I've mentioned before that this is largely owed to the fact that as a young guy I was handed a stack of comic books from the manager of my small town's only bookstore -- these were ones with the cover removed as they were being sent back for credit. As fate would have it, most of these were characters from the DC Universe.
Friends were quick to point out that these titles didn't sell so naturally they "weren't popular with the kids those days" (FYI: the early 1970's). I can't argue with that. But that's where I learned one of the lessons that's stuck with me throughout life: just because something fails to find an audience doesn't mean it's garbage.
These stories lit a fire in me. They showed me a whole new world outside of Small Town America. And, of course, I found the feats of heroism inspired.
As I aged, I did check out Marvel titles, as well, but for a lot of reasons many of these heroes just didn't excite me the same way the DC ones did. The Marvel mutants always seemed a bit snarky, a bit angry, and maybe even a bit disrespectful. Sure, they did the right thing in the big finish; but I didn't care for all of the quips along the way. It just seemed like filler to me.
Unlike so many others who blog these days, I'll admit to totally digging the Zack Snyder visions of some of DC's legendary good guys. (Yes, for the record, I've enjoyed some of the Marvel stuff, as well.) I'll agree that some sections of the films get a bit dark, but dark never hurt any of the Batman films, did it?
Well, I don't want to belabor the point. I essentially wanted to get up a post about the final trailer for Justice League - The Zack Snyder dropping this past weekend. It looks pretty spiffy, so I wanted to give it some props in this space. Check it out below.