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Carlos Velasco
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Posted: 15 November 2019 at 1:56pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply


I am reading the amazing book American Comic Book
Chronicles: The 1980s (you can buy it
here The
digital version it's only 15$ and they are nice to send you
the previous edition if you ask by email so you don't have
to wait two months for the next edition
) and I am
surprised about how much drama there was between comic book
creators and editors 30-40 years ago. So I had an idea.

Imagine a movie similar to Micro Men that, instead of
focusing on Clive Sinclair and other classic computer
designers, told the story of the DC vs. Marvel rivalry in
the 70s and 80s.

With potentially interesting characters such as one based
in Jim Shooter, do you think this movie could be a good
one?


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Edited by Tim O Neill on 16 November 2019 at 11:14am
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Brian Hughes
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Posted: 16 November 2019 at 9:59am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Isn't that what this is about?
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Posted: 16 November 2019 at 11:12am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Having lived thru it, I cannot imagine how it could be of any interest to civilians.
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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 16 November 2019 at 12:19pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply



Brian, that's a doc the James Johnson started a thread on
on the TV Forum. While I don't like the approach to the
story as a rivalry, I do like the idea of a well done
documentary that interviews the people who were there.

I'm not as interested in a narrative film on this "rivalry"
- I think it's inevitable that there will be a "Stan and
Jack" narrative film in the next 5-10 years, so Jack going
to DC wiill have that element, but the focus will be on the
people. I don't see a movie about Jim Shooter.... ever.

For both narrative and documentary, each will have to
figure out a way to represent a comic book page and/or the
comic book reading experience. I have yet to see it done
effectively. I just know in my bones it's possible, but
nobody has cracked the visual code yet. My money is on the
Russo Bros. - i bet they will have an interesting approach.



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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 16 November 2019 at 12:34pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

It still feels like something's wrong with the universe that Marvel's owned by Disney and DC is owned by Warner Bros. Going at least by each of their cartoon properties, It feels more natural for that to be the other way around. Bugs Bunny was far more subversive than the "safe" Mickey Mouse. 

But then again, that would have meant far shittier Marvel movies.
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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 16 November 2019 at 1:46pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Marvel being owned by Disney -- the company that once sued Marvel over Howard the Duck going pants-less -- is indeed very weird. 

DC has been owned by Warner Bros. for as long I can remember. Is it still the case that AT&T, which now owns Warner Bros., is seriously considering selling DC? 

I realize that the comics are taking a beating in the direct market (funny how that's happening when hacks like Bendis and Tom King are writing SUPERMAN and BATMAN), but I can't imagine AT&T wanting to let go of Batman, or even Superman and Wonder Woman. The merchandising makes serious money, right? Same with the Flash because of the CW TV show. 
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Rodrigo castellanos
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Posted: 16 November 2019 at 4:56pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

It still feels like something's wrong with the universe that Marvel's owned by Disney and DC is owned by Warner Bros.

Totally. DC was always "Disney" to me in the comic book world while Marvel for me has much more of a Warner Bros vibe.


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