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Heresy of the Week – Is it that terrible if Superman kills people?


superman and zod

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

“A lot of people were not exactly enamoured of the decision to have Superman kill an enemy, in a recent outing — but given that just about every other superhero has killed at least one bad guy at some point, why shouldn’t the man of steel join in?”

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Heresy of the Week – What is Batman v Superman meant to be, anyway?


batman v superman

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

Having announced their plans to ape Marvel’s success, DC hopes to break into popular consciousness with the amusingly titled Batman v Superman. But leaving aside the obvious problems DC labours under, what is this film actually supposed to be?

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Heresy of the Week – Zack Snyder will ruin DC Comics


zack snyder

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

In their hour of need, DC Comics have turned to Zack Snyder to save them in their film war with arch-nemeses Marvel. This is, however, a mistake, and a simple look at Snyder’s films will reveal the true magnitude of this error.

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Heresy of the Week: Batman should be left to die


here lies batman

Having just emerged from an epic, gritty trilogy (courtesy of Christopher Nolan) the Dark Knight’s cowl should not be passed on the next the line of chisel-jawed actors, but rather the (film) franchise should be stowed away in some dusty Warner Brothers/DC Comics archive, and permitted to lie fallow for a while.

Ah, Batman. You’ve been on the big screen eight times, by my count, played by five different actors. Your franchise has been taken in all directions, from the camped-up gothic of Tim Burton’s films, to the gritty “realism” of Christopher Nolan’s rebooted trilogy, to…well, let’s not dwell on Batman and Robin.

And now Ben Affleck is going to get a go. Most of the internet seems to be up in arms over this, despite that it’s not really the end of the world. I’m not terribly bothered about Affleck per se, though the whole Batman vs Superman business seems a little questionable. (It does seems a somewhat odd casting decision, since Affleck was the lead in one of the worst not-Batman and Robin superhero films of recent times: Daredevil)

No, my contention is a little more controversial than Mr Affleck. Frankly, I’m not sure there should be any more Batman films with anyone wearing the cowl.

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