DC Entertainment/Warner Bros, Y’all Are On A 90-Day Improvement Plan!

Some of us have been on an Improvement Plan somewhere in our job life. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a way to give underperforming staff the opportunity to succeed while they are still employed before they are fired. With that said, DC Entertainment/Warner Bros is on a 90-Day Improvement Plan.

I’m placing them on this plan because of the consistent poor choices besetting their overall filmmaking.

Under this document, I have established an action plan for improvement. Please see below.

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Performance Improvement Plan
Company: Warner Bros.       Position Title: DC Entertainment

Supervisor:  The Fans

Summary of Performance Expectations/Action Plan:

    • Start respecting and properly developing DC Characters
    • Stick with 85% of the subject material provided by decades of stories told in the DC universe
    • Find competent producers and writers to strengthen the DC Comics brand
    • Develop a two-tier process for reading all scripts of the next wave of DC films
    • Increase the diversity in the writers’ room and production
    • Invest in quality storytelling
    • Allow yourselves more than 6 months to put a film together
    • Reduce Zak Synder’s role to Consultant
    • Reevaluate the current slate of DC films with Geoff Johns
    • Stop trying to be Marvel
    • Create a story, not films full of pretty pictures with no connection between them
    • Take time to understand the DC universe, before writing the script
    • Invite DC Comics writers to review each screenplay
    • Develop a financial plan that factors in realistic profit and loss
    • Find directors and producers who gives a f#$k about the characters

Timeline for Performance Improvement:

This performance improvement plan will be in effect from today through November 10, 2016 
Failure to provide an immediate and sustained improvement in performance may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of fan support.

DC Fans create a petition on Change.org to End Rotten Tomatoes over a Negative Review of Suicide Squad

DC Comics are fed up with film critics!

After a storm of bad reviews about Suicide Squad, mostly led by Rotten Tomatoes, these fans have decided to strike back. How, you ask? Well, by creating a Change.Org petition to end Rotten Tomatoes. Currently, the petition has over 12,000 signatures.

Now, let’s take a moment to look at what Change.org is all about.

The organization’s purpose is to provide a voice for the voiceless and fight for social change. This issue, is not that important!

Rotten Tomatoes gave a review, just like dozens and dozens of others who did the same. This isn’t going to change (pardon the pun) anything. If Suicide Squad sucks, it just sucks! Just accept that and move on.

I haven’t seen it yet, but I have a feeling it’s going to be… something

Sex and the Gotham City: The Killing Joke Review

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Spoilers included

So… The Killing Joke film…

Okay, before I start, I want to say that I loved the comic as a teen. It was such a big deal back then. We learned a lot about the Joker, went into shock as he shoots Barbara Gordon, paralyzing her instantly. Then, watched as the Joker does his best to break Commissioner Gordon on this wild, insane circus ride. It was a lot to take in as a 17-year-old, and yet, I read it over and over again.

So, when I heard that an animated version was coming out, I was excited and nervous about it. However, i was relived when Mark Hamil, Tara Strong and  Kevin Conroy were joining the cast. I thought, “Alright, it’s going to rock!”

Too bad I was wrong about that.

The film doesn’t get into The Killing Joke right away. We’re given this… How do I describe it… A bad 30 minute story of Batgirl’s woes. I mean… We get this story of Batgirl being admired/hunted by a criminal named, Paris Franz. He’s obsessed with Batgirl and leaves “gifts” to entice her. Bats becomes all over-protective and pushes her back by belittling her; telling her she’s not his equal. This doesn’t sit well with Batgirl and, well, it gets awkward.

After a heated argument, Batman and Batgirl… do the nasty. No, I’m seriously, they have sex.  I totally didn’t see that coming at all, mostly because it’s never been something mentioned the comics. We’re very familiar with Barbara and Dick’s get-togethers, but this scene was out there! After the deed is done, Batman becomes the f*ckboy we all hate and Barbara transforms into Carrie Bradshaw.

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The second half is truly where The Killing Joke begins. You’re literally watching the pages come to life here and the voices… The voices of Mark and Kevin are truly the winning combo of the whole entire thing. Without them, this film would’ve been a complete mess.

The Killing Joke could’ve worked if they didn’t add the ‘Sex and the Gotham City’ piece in it. We didn’t need it, we didn’t ask for it, so why did they add this sloppy mess in the first half? I understand filling up the time, but the writers could’ve been more creative. Hopefully, if they ever animate The Judas Contract, we won’t see 20 minute intimate scene between Tara, Slade and Gar.

Geoff Johns is President & Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment

 

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There are some big things happening over at DC Comics/Entertainment…

The Big man of Campus has another new gig. Geoff Johns has been bumped up to President & Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment.

Now, you might be thinking… Isn’t Diane Nelson the President of DC Entertainment? Well, yeah, she is. There will be two, however Geoff will still report to Diane.