CM Podcast 275 – Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons (2020 Movie Review)

DC Animation recently released a new movie called Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons. It features DC’s anti-hero Deathstroke and the movie was written by long time comic scribe, J.M. DeMatteis.

Here is a description about the movie:

Ten years ago, Slade Wilson-aka the super-assassin called Deathstroke-made a tragic mistake and his wife and son paid a terrible price. Now, a decade later, Wilson’s family is threatened once again by the murderous Jackal and the terrorists of H.IV.E. Can Deathstroke atone for the sins of the past-or will his family pay the ultimate price?

As I understand it, the movie originally debuted on CW Seed (free streaming service for CW) as a multipart web series and then it was collected and released as a Blu-Ray movie. I bought the movie but did not know about the streaming part.

If you would like to watch the first 30 minutes free, here is the CW Seed link:

https://www.cwseed.com/shows/deathstroke/knights-and-dragons-part-one/?play=5ad6c91c-436e-4bf8-a892-946593996bec

Jon and I watched the movie and it is a retelling of the origin of Deathstoke but modernized and all references to the Teen Titans have been removed. I think the WB Animated Universe is trying to make Deathstroke into a viable IP as an anti-hero with this movie. Maybe this will lead to more Deathstroke miniseries and movies.

The first half of the podcast we go over the movie and plot points and the second half of the podcast, we discuss how often do comic companies retell and modernize the origin of their characters. How often is too often? Is it better to replace heroes with newer, younger versions then to retell the origin? What if you vary too many elements of the origin story that an older fan can no longer recognize a character?

We had a really good discussion so join us.

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 275

CM Podcast 194 – Reign of the Supermen Movie

1992 was a very eventful year in comics. It was the death of Superman. What will Metropolis do? Who will protect the city from the forces of evil?

4 new challengers enter the fray…

Actual comic covers from “Reign of Supermen”

The weeks that followed, readers of the Superman comics were introduced to 4 new defenders of Truth, Justice and The American Way. These 4 new heroes were (from left to right): Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and Eradicator.

Fast forward to 2018, Warner Bros Animation release the Death of Superman movie and several months later, we receive the follow-up:

Reign of the Supermen Movie!

Jon and I have recently watched the movie and we go over how well the movie does to try to tell 4 origin stories and then try to introduce a major villain while giving a surprise reveal all within 90 minutes!!

Jon and I agree that overall, the movie is pretty good with its story and animation. I have some minor complaints about the origin of one of the Supermen but its not a deal breaker.

Here is a close-up of Cyborg Superman

Is he the real Superman?

As you watch the movie, Cyborg Sups seems like he is the real deal but is he hiding a dark secret from Lois Lane and the viewers? If you listen to the podcast, you will find out.

Lastly, we do have some Spoilers regarding the plot of the movie. I don’t consider spoilers since the movie is based on a comic that came out over 25 years ago. You have been warned!

Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 194