Catie here, filling in for Laura this week! The DC news-sphere is pretty Bat-heavy this week…which means it’s probably not too different from most DC news weeks!
We now have solid, irrefutable proof that DC has reached its “grim and gritty” apex and is starting to emerge on the other side…there are now official adorably smiling Batman dolls. Don’t you just want to pet him on his little cowl ears and tell him what a good job he’s doing at solving crime? I just spent way too long trying to figure out which Bat-boy the Robin doll is meant to be…the cute little hair curls are a classic Jason Todd identifier, but he’s in Tim’s classic costume. The biggest mystery, though, is who the hell did Killer Croc have to eat to get the cute doll treatment? Harley Quinn and the Penguin make sense as iconic Batman villains, but Killer Croc??
In less adorable DC news, the first image of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has emerged. He looks…very bald and serious! Just as I’d expect Lex Luthor to look, so good job so far. But wait! Zach Snyder told Entertainment Weekly that this Lex isn’t like any of the other Lex portrayals before:
“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure, other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course […] Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”
Jesse Eisenberg is super talented and Lex Luthor when written well is one of comics’ all-time greatest villains, so I’m hopeful about that. But “when written well” is the key phrase there, and the script wasn’t exactly one of Man of Steel’s strong points.
DC has published a guide to Convergence, their zany Alternate Universe event starting in April. There’s a weekly Convergence series to go along with all the two-issue miniseries set in various DC continuities, but, let’s be honest, is anyone reading this one for the plot? This is all a nostalgic shot to the heart to give fans a bit of that old DC flavor they used to love, a few years after erasing all that stuff from history.
And…it’s working on me, though I’m ashamed to admit it. Gail Simone’s interview about her Nightwing and Oracle story makes my shipper heart go pitter-patter. Even though Grayson and Batgirl are some of my favorite DC books right now, getting to revisit this era of the characters’ history has me excited. Though…why the hell an apparently evil Hawkman has to be involved is beyond me. Probably something to do with that over-arching plot that I don’t care about. Then again, I will NEVER care about Hawkman, evil or not.