The Justice League is now brought to the present and we have guest artist Gene Ha step in for Jim Lee.
With the team now established and everything brought into the present, that means less time introducing each character and a little more time on story development. We have a little bit of both in this issue with the introduction of a new villain posing a minor threat and a focus on Steve Trevor this time around. The new focus on Trevor is a refreshing one and his "relationship" with Diana is addressed. He spends his time re-enforcing his trust in the Justice League by being their alleged "caretaker" There are also a few humorous moments between Steve and the League while he video-chats with Diana and finally the JLA Watchtower is revealed.
Guest artist Gene Ha steps in for Jim Lee this issue and take over the art. While his art isn't bad being wonderfully vibrant and a unique style, it's a definite step down from Lee's art. The art lacks sharpness and is somewhat inconsistant here and there but fortunately, it is one of the better parts of the issue.
Another positive side is the addition of the "SHAZAM" short at the end of this issue. The art by Gary Frank is stunning and while the mythos is changed around quite significantly and it does cut short, it's an interesting read especially considering the change to a major character.
Geoff Johns continues writing this new arc for the Justice League. Due to his experience with a few of the main characters, you'd expect better characterization from him, but he seems to throw it all out the window. Green Lantern acts like an imbecile, Flash and Diana try to play The Devil's Advocate's and Cyborg seems to be the brains of the bunch. I'm still baffled to see how little interest Johns put into making Superman and Aquaman lively at ALL considering his brilliant work on Aquaman's solo run and both character lacking more than a few sentences in the entirety of the issue.
While it's nice to see Justice League brought into present times, nothing appears to have changed at all. Johns adds refreshing characterization to Steve Trevor but seems to annoyingly avoid putting any interest into the lead characters leaning towards more style over substance writing in this issue. The art and the SHAZAM short seemed to be the only saving grace this time around.
I, like most of you, absolutey adored Avatar the Last Airbender. It was easily my favourite animated tv show since DBZ and up there with Spectacular Spiderman. My main problem with the new series (from what I can tell) is that its too...modern. They say it takes place only 70 years after Aang's story which is insane to believe. Looks more like 200-300 hundred years. To me it just doesn't fit.
One of my favourite things about the original was the authenticity of it. I loved the older, even ancient times feel to it. And i'm a little worried that the new series strays too far from the original. Nevertheless, I am incredibly excited that it's finally going to happen.
I've always dreamed of seeing a Justice League film since the cartoon show several years back. I always imagined how they would manage to throw all those epic heros into one film and pull it off in a limited time period. I didn't believe anything could be done, until I saw the Avengers trailer and I was blown away.
So it got me thinking... Who would I want in a Justice League film? Just to clarify, I might not throw in some members that I think shouldn't belong in the film or just have no idea who should play them.
Green Lantern: The most obvious choice would be to choose Hal Jordan and the actor to play him is Nathan Fillion who is already craved for( right word?). Another logical choice would be to go with John Stewart who was made popular due to the Justice League cartoon. Portraying him I would choose Wesley Snipes.
Aquaman: is a tricky character to nail down. No one really takes him seriously and there have differentvisualizations of him over the years ( good and bad). My personal choice for Arthur Curry would be Jensen Ackles, made popular by the hit tv show Supernatural.
The Flash: Even though I fully respect Barry in the position of the Flash, my personal choice would be to go with Wally West. Barry was before my time and I grew up with Wally. I would choose Michael Rosenbaum or even Bradley Cooper for the Scarlet Speedster.
Martian Manhunter: The Martian Manhunter is a character not too many non-comic fans are familiar with. He's an alien from Mars and people wouldn't find that easy to relate with. For his human form my personal choice would be Idris Elba . He's a solid actor who has a solid build and could easily pull off the last of the Martian race.
Cyborg: In the case of the New 52, Cyborg might be the logical replacement of Martian Manhunter since any new readers attracted to comics would expect to see the same team on the big screen. Since he is still a teenager (shown to be in High school), my personal choice for Cyborg would be Donald Glover
Wonder Woman; Now here's an extremely difficult choice. There are many believed requirements for an actress to play this spotlighted DC heroine and for fans, they are sky high. A personal choice for me would be Gina Carano. She's already got the brawn, the skills and is a powerful woman. Now I wonder if she could act...
Batman: There have been quite a few actors over the years who have portrayed Bruce Wayne in films and tv shows. There has been a mixed bag of good and bad actors but hopefully I choose the right one. I would go for a Batman who is still relatively early in his career and isn't as experienced. I would choose Michael Fassbender. He would portray a younger, more brash, and over-confident Batman that we've been seeing in Snyder's run of Batman.
Superman: Last but no least, Clark Kent or better known as Superman. I know that there are many people who believe that Tom Welling should portray Superman in a film or the Justice League film, but even though I did like Smallville, he's not a great choice. I believe that Henry Cavill is an excellent choice and I'm excited to see him play the Man of Steel in the upcoming movie.
Well those are my choices for a Justice League film. Feel free to comment( positively or negatively) and even mention your own personal choices for who would play your dream cast of the Justice League.