Can you really call those characters "creator-owned properties" if he obviously just recolored Wolverine with Hawk's color scheme and gave Cable a mullet-ponytail and a Nightwing-esque edgy domino mask?
I'll give credit where credit is due, though; the zipper on that skull-faced man's pants has to be one of the kinkiest things I've seen in a while (it's not a Liefeld drawing, but still).
Also, this movie has to be completely CG, right? You're not going to be able to accurately reproduce Liefeld's unique sense of grotesque disproportionality with real, live actors.
@G-Man: Actually, Tony, Aquaman is the third figure released in this line. The Hal Jordan figure was the second.
At least, my local comic book store has had it for the past few weeks now and just got the Aquaman one last week. Given the fact that the back of Aquaman's box says that The Flash and the Parademon figures are next to be released, I'm pretty sure the Green Lantern figure was released before.
I was looking though some of the previews of this week's DC books, and something about two of the books coming out this week caught my eye.
Does anybody else see it?
The black outlines on Grifter, Deathstroke, and Lobo's faces are all EXACTLY THE SAME.
Now, the designs of Grifter and Deathstroke's masks (and overall costumes, really) didn't look like this before Liefeld jumped aboard these titles, so clearly the consistency in the eye designs are his doing.
I don't really know what the point of this post is. I guess I just wanted to point this out. I thought it was a little amusing... in the worst way possible.
It isn't that "Superman needs better villains." Superman has a bunch of great villains already. The problem is that Superman needs better writers who can utilize these villains properly and make a case for these villains as a legitimate threat to Superman and the people of Metropolis.
For all three of these villains, all you need to do is watch "Superman: The Animated Series" to see legitimately good and compelling interpretations of these characters. The doll-faced version of Toyman, in particular, is genuinely creepy and disturbing.
Also, Metallo is voiced by Malcolm McDowell. How is that not thoroughly awesome?
One of the biggest problems with the New 52's relaunched Superman book is that for some reason, the writers of the book haven't been able to use any of the Superman's classic villains (as far as I know, Lex Luthor hasn't even shown up in that particular book). Perhaps because Grant Morrison's Action Comics takes place when Superman was in his relatively formative years, they at DC who make such decisions might have wanted to save all those characters for that book and left the writers of the Superman title to craft "new" and "cool" villains, which, if you think about it, is a huge challenge in general.
Most writers of superhero comics these days, be they DC or Marvel, haven't been very successful at all at creating new villains and having them stick around and stand among the ranks of already-established villains. Besides Scott Snyder's Court of Owls idea (which itself is still too new for us to know how prominent these villains will remain in the future), how many new Batman villains have remained prominent enough to be used after their introductory storylines? Hush is probably the only one I can remember. Who else would you include? Orca? I think not.
Even the writers at Marvel haven't really been entirely successful at introducing new villains into their universe. Matt Fraction tried but seemed to be ultimately unsuccessful at establishing The Serpent as a big, game-changing villain for both Asgard and the Marvel Universe at large. Other than that, I can't really think of any other new villains that were introduced in the past decade or so, though the heroes over at Marvel have arguably been too busy fighting each other over the past few years for that to really matter anyway.
BOTTOM LINE: Since this reboot is more-or-less a pretty fresh start for Superman, get better writers who can properly reintroduce the villains that Superman already has and utilize them in a compelling fashion. Better use of villains makes for better conflict, which makes for better stories, which makes for a better Superman.
I can't say I like the whole super-techy costume that forms when he taps the S-shield on his chest or what have you. I think there's some merit in it just being a simple costume. I'm mostly fine with the design (I think it could use more yellow, especially in the belt, and I don't know why the S-shield on the cape is black instead of yellow), but the concept and logic behind it seems a bit overcomplicated.
That said, I'm actually excited for when Lobdell and Rocafort take over. I like Rocafort's art quite a bit. Hopefully, Lobdell doesn't make it too weird or change too many things; I stopped reading most of his other stuff because it got too complicated too fast (like the stuff with "The Culling" and N.O.W.H.E.R.E.), and I really not a fan of Tim Drake never having been a Robin and going straight to the "Red Robin" status.