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 111 – Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Back in 1984, there was a DC comic written by Marv Wolfman and penciled by George Perez called the New Teen Titans.  The comic focused on some of the younger heroes in the DC Universe at the time: Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire, Cyborg and Changeling.  They were the core team.  It was a pretty popular book so Marv and George decided to do something that not a lot of books would do: introduce a new, likeable character to Teen Titans and then make her the teams worst enemy.  It was a pretty bold move but it worked and that is the story that is told in New Teen Titans – The Judas Contract.

This year, DC Direct release an animated movie based on the story from the 1984 comic.  Jon and I have seen the movie and we have also read the comic so now it is time to breakdown both.

Jon and I compare the 2 and let you know of the differences.  The book does somethings better than the movie but the movie also does somethings better than the comic.

We also talk about the comic and what was going on in the world in 1984.  We compare some historical events of the previous years and show you how we think these events influenced characters in the story.

Grab a Zima and enjoy the show.

Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 111