DC and Marvel

No, I am not doing a comparison, I’m not pitting the two franchises against one another – the title is merely reference to how both had an impact on my day. To begin with, as part of the original plan, my wife, daughter and I journeyed to the O2 Arena in London to see the DC Exhibit, an event that took in the history of the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more. It had original costumes, props and artwork from the TV shows and films alike.

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I’m more of a Marvel fan, but I’m not immune to the history and legacy of these characters – without which, the Marvel characters would not exist. Nor am I unaware of the messages these characters carry – Superman embodies the determination to do the right thing, Batman is the spirit of justice, Wonder Woman is a beacon of light and hope for the world and especially women. These characters continue to resonate with the world today, a tribute to their creators.

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One of the most interesting things of note was artwork from a never-made Superman film, that would have starred Nicolas Cage as the hero.

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I guess we’ll never know how that would have panned out!

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Yep, they actually acknowledged the Green Lantern movie.

After a spot of lunch, we decided to go to the on-site cinema – the original hope had been to go and see Christopher Robin, but that would have meant trying to kill an hour, whereas Ant-man and the Wasp was starting in a few minutes. Hence the post’s title. I have to say that once again Marvel have kept their universe moving forward, opening up unique possibilities and providing a sledgehammer of an ending. The film was also very enjoyable – it’s impossible not to like Scott Lang as he blunders his way through the process of being a superhero, whilst Rose an Dyne is on a very personal mission when she is forced to bring Scott back into her and her father’s lives. It was a very good film and without giving away too much, it will repercussions going forward, not least of all for Avengers 4.

To finish, a few more pics from today:

The above photos are of Heath Ledger’s Joker costume from The Dark Knight. It remains a tragedy that this talented actor was taken from us so early. His Joker carried a presence – whether you liked it or not – that stole the scene every time he was on screen. There won’t be another Joker like that.