Justice League Movie – Does DC Even Need One?

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If there were any other justifiable analogy to go with the supposed upcoming Justice League Movie it would have to be this one. I’ve tried to research the films. The characters. The television shows. Even the comics. Everything has evolved so much within the last two years, or as recently as the latest Batman movie franchise that a Justice League movie in the making right now just doesn’t make sense. I mean, DC Comics has just released another origin story for the Superman character and didn’t just kill Batman, they nuked him with an Atom bomb. Not too many people without some kind of regenative super power comes back. Even though for the new Batman/Superman movie Warner Bros. is reportedly offering Christian Bale $60 million to reprise the role of the Batman.

That my friend(s) in my opinion is bad for business.

With the Justice League in a cinematic format, the characters would have to have time to be originated into the universe of characters to build some kind of fan base to come see a film that have a lot of high profile characters with no cinematic origin story. That alone could doom the movie. Add in to the fact that with DC’s New 52 era of their character franchises, they’ve added in new origin stories for most of their mainstream characters with the release of the #0 issues in the middle of their respected series just to introduce their characters’ new origins. Now, DC has to plan on introducing another variation of the origins just to introduce the Justice League, unless they plan to introduce the characters already established into the league. Without that, you get Superman, Batman (after having just been blown up), and Green Lantern. The success of the CW series Arrow could resonate a rendition of the character Green Arrow (would they call him Green Arrow or just Arrow? Who knows).

I don’t believe DC or the film makers in Hollywood should rush to make a Justice League movie or make one at all just because they feel like one could succeed based off the success of Marvel’s The Avengers. Their model for an ultimate team up style movie was years in the making, and did more than add a poster or an Easter egg to include other characters within the Marvel Universe and incorporate them in to their movies.

What do you think about a Justice League movie? Do you believe DC Comics needs to make one? Would you go see one if there was one made? Leave a comment below and let me know how you feel about a Justice League movie!

Marvel Characters That Need To Make A Comeback Part II: Patriot

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Elijah Bradley wasn’t just the average teen. He wanted to be a hero. And when Iron Lad came from the future looking for a now AWOL Josiah X, Eli jumped on the chance. Calling himself Patriot and honoring his grandfather, Isaiah Bradley, or the FIRST Captain America as he likes to call him, made a costume designed close to the original Bucky Barnes‘ but wanted to honor his grandfather so he uses a shield that was modeled after Isaiah’s.

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The Young Avengers, led by Patriot, went through tremendous battles with Captain America and others from the original Avengers, coming out victorious. But during the story line from Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade, Patriot led a mission to help find Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, and ended up in battle with none other than Doctor Doom. This battle led to countless losses, including two members of the Young Avengers, Cassie Lang aka Stature, and The Vision. The loss of Cassie also hurt Iron Lad emotionally, and led him on his ultimate fate of going back into the time stream and eventually becoming Kang The Conqueror. This left the surviving members Hawkeye, Speed, Hulking, and Wiccan in flux. Eli decides to leave the Young Avengers and the rest were eventually invited to join the Avengers.

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A few years after those events a new group of Young Avengers has emerged ( Miss America Chavez, Hawkeye, Hukling, Marvel Boy, Wiccan, and a child version of Loki), with no Patriot or Speed. Thomas Shepherd, aka Speed, is still with the Avengers, but what happened to Eli? He said he was moving to Scottsdale to live with his mother, but with a personality like his, one has to wonder, what has he been up to?

Patriot is one of those characters that could be in the same position as Ultimate Comics version of Spider-Man is in. Miles Morales has the job of filling the shoes of one of the greatest heroes of all time, while dealing with life as a teenager. Peter Parker is a tough act for anyone to follow, but Steve Rodgers? The name even says Captain America. Those boots are impossible.

What would a young person do after giving up a mantle? What would that particular person do after “retiring” from something not only that they loved to do, but love to it at a young age? That type of adrenaline rush is hard to fill. I wonder what Eli Bradley’s story would be if Marvel decided to bring him back. Better question, how would I bring him back into the Marvel Universe?

My possible story line for Eli Bradley

Eli joins his mother in Scottsdale, NY and begins his new life with his mother. He graduates from high school and decides that he wants to attend college, get a degree in creative writing, study criminal justice, and maybe become a police officer. After he enrolls in school, he instantly becomes bored with it. One night while doing his homework, Eli is having trouble focusing because he keeps reliving his time as a Young Avenger in his mind. He’s so sidetracked that he takes a break from his studies and turns on the news. He sees some super-powered crimes going on. In one segment, he sees the NEW Young Avengers. Headlining them on the news is Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye. Eli gets a little jealous and turns off the TV.

That same night, Eli decides to go for a walk through downtown New York City. While out, he’s very angry and cussing the members of his old team, maybe out of jealousy. Not paying attention, he unintentionally interrupts a mugging in process (cliche’, I know). In the act of apprehension, he realizes that the mugger is a mutant with the power to make copies of himself, like Jaime Maddrox aka Multiple Man. Eli fights the copies and the original gets away.

Haunted by the fact that the mugger got away, Eli decides to come out of retirement. He moves into a studio apartment in the city and off campus. Instead of becoming the “Next Captain America”, he decides to become the first Patriot. He redesigns his costume and sets out on new adventures as his alter ego.

What do you think? Should Marvel bring back Patriot? Do you even care? Is there another character not seen in the Marvel Universe in a while that you’d like to see make a comeback? Leave a commet below and share your thoughts!