The Death Of Superman: Why It Worked In The Comics And Not So In Batman V Superman | Kismet Decals

The Death Of Superman: Why It Worked In The Comics And Not So In Batman V Superman

A spoiler-free discussion.

Every so often, a new story concept would emerge that subsequently impacts the comic book world quite significantly. One such momentous occasion, probably the most shocking and memorable of them all, was the heroic death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday in 1992. Of course, it has to be mentioned that this epic moment in pop culture was not a meticulously crafted pre-planned affair. In fact, as the writer, Jerry Ordway, candidly noted after the massive success of the story arc, the entire concept of having the Man of Steel meet his end began as a joke. In actuality, the writers had been working on a marriage story arc between Clark Kent and Lois Lane before it was postponed by the publisher in order to coincide with a similar story arc for the Lois & Clark television show.

Why The Death of Superman story arc worked in 1992

The iconic image of Superman deadThe iconic image of Superman dead

Superman #75 sold six million copies making it the highest-selling single-issue comic book in 1992. What began as a joke proved to achieve the level of success it had intended to as interest in Superman comics began to increase from then on. The worry of dwindling sales was now negated, as the story arc captured the Man of Steel in an entirely new light, one where the long-thought-of-as immortal Kryptonian had finally met his match and perished in a blaze of glory. The biggest attribute the comic had going for it was the familiarity that comic readers around the world had with Superman. After all, the Man of Steel had already been around for nearly six decades at that point. Hence, shaking things up a little was the next best thing for the character’s popularity.

Why The Death of Superman story arc failed in Batman v Superman

Superman’s death scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)Superman’s death scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Like many aspects of this film, Batman v Superman was chock full of moments that, while appearing to achieve narrative plausibility on the page, did not successfully translate as well on the big screen (at least, on first viewing). Arguably the biggest letdown in the movie was Superman’s death. The easiest reason to point out as to why the scene itself took a kryptonite spear to the chest simply boils down to character establishment. Unlike Superman in the comics, with nearly 60 years of established rapport among comic readers under his belt, the Man of Steel in the DCEU had only ever appeared in one other movie, which was his origin film back in 2013.

Unfortunately, this relatively fresh Superman was not allocated the adequate amount of time (or movies) to make his death resonate strongly with viewers. To put it simply, how can one genuinely empathize with the death of a significant character if one has not spent enough time with them? It would be akin to Ned Stark being beheaded in episode two of Game of Thrones instead of episode nine or Iron Man sacrificing himself in his sophomore film as opposed to Avengers: Endgame.

In short, Superman’s death in Batman v Superman received the polar opposite reception from the one the character got in the comic books simply because it carried no weight. It is the time spent with a character that gives them this weight with audiences, and sadly, Batman v Superman simply forgot about this most crucial element of storytelling – and the rest, as they say, is history.


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December 09, 2021 — Di Kismet
Black Adam: Is Dwayne Johnson The Right Actor For The Role? | Kismet Decals

Black Adam: Is Dwayne Johnson The Right Actor For The Role?

A spoiler-free discussion.

Where Hollywood is concerned, Dwayne Johnson is arguably its biggest star and, therefore, its biggest cash cow. The professional wrestler turned actor known for the heaps of charisma he exudes both on and off-screen makes him an individual that would be extremely difficult to dislike. Thus, it was only a matter of time before Johnson would inevitably be approached to star in a superhero film. After all, charisma aside, the man certainly has the build to accurately translate a muscle-bound comic book hero onto the live-action big screen.

Known for his heroic portrayals in various films, it came as no surprise when DC Comics initially offered the role of Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Shazam, to Johnson, which would have given the actor the perfect role to showcase his heroic prowess further. However, Johnson would eventually turn the role down, opting instead to portray Shazam’s primary antagonist, Black Adam. Fast forward to today, Black Adam has since wrapped filming and is in the post-production stage, with a release date slated for July 29th, 2022.

As excited as we are to see Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, we would be lying if we said that we were not at all hesitant about his casting as the villain. This simply boils down to the fact that Johnson has not really played a truly villainous role throughout his career. Of course, this is not to say that he has never played an antagonist at all: far from it. But in all the roles that Johnson has been in that made him out to be the antagonist, his immediate likeability became his biggest flaw. This often made it difficult to see Johnson as a true villain, one that would be taken seriously enough to justify the character as a true baddy.

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, seen here in a sneak peek of a scene from the upcoming filmDwayne Johnson as Black Adam, seen here in a sneak peek of a scene from the upcoming film

Black Adam, on the other hand, is an example of a true baddy. His immortality and imprisonment for over a millennia by the wizard Shazam have rendered him cold and indifferent to all that exists around him. He is a man of few words, leaving only death and destruction in his wake, possessing absolute power and a skewed view of how the world should be. Therefore, in comparison to Dwayne Johnson’s other villainous roles, Black Adam is sure to be the actor’s darkest one yet. In order to nail the part, Johnson would have to trade in his now-iconic brow-lift, illuminating smile, and kind nature to embody a convincing all-powerful, god-like villain.

Whether or not the actor is able to achieve this darker feat remains to be seen. That being said, if Johnson does manage to pull off the character of Black Adam, it would certainly not have been the first time that we, as audiences, were pleasantly surprised by such an achievement in DC Comics film history.

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November 24, 2021 — Di Kismet
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The Batman: Why A Heavily Armored Caped Crusader Is A Bad Idea | Kismet Decals

The Batman: Why A Heavily Armored Caped Crusader Is A Bad Idea

A spoiler-free discussion.

 

To get the obvious out of the way: we are all well aware that with each inevitable reincarnation of a superhero, whether it be in the comics, video games, television, or on the silver screen, there is ultimately going to be an equally inevitable provision of creative liberty applied to the aforementioned character. This is an essential aspect of providing audiences, like us, with what is to be perceived as a “fresh” take on the superhero, or at the very least, just enough of a difference to separate the new version of the character from what came before. However, one such factor of a superhero’s reimagining that seems to often generates more negative uproar from the fans rather than their universal approval is a character’s design. 

Over the years, the Batman character has undergone numerous transformations on screen, an evident display of the superhero’s success among audiences of comic book films and shows. And while there appears to be no inkling of viewer fatigue towards Batman films happening anytime soon, there still lingers the apparent contentious discourse online that questions certain facets of the Caped Crusader’s design in each incarnation.

One such creative choice that has spawned plenty of debates among fans is to do with the new design of the Batman in the film by Matt Reeves scheduled for release in just a handful of months. It seems that the biggest gripe from the Robert Pattinson version of the Dark Knight stems from the character being a heavily-armored interpretation of the superhero.

The problem with a heavily-armored Batman

Scene from The Batman trailer depicting a seemingly bulletproof Batman

Scene from The Batman trailer depicting a seemingly bulletproof Batman

Although there was certainly plenty to enjoy from the official full-length film trailer, glimpsing the Caped Crusader casually walking down a blacked-out corridor while being riddled with a hail of gunfire seems like an odd design choice for a character such as the Batman. Sure, from a solely visual standpoint, the scene will undoubtedly have casual moviegoers screaming in excitement. However, from a more logical perspective, one that takes into account the characterization of the Dark Knight, such a scene only appears to cheapen the character as a whole.

This is simply because, throughout all the past iterations of the superhero, one factor of the character’s design that has remained consistent in each portrayal is the Batman’s similarity to that of a ninja. Regardless of the level of toughness associated with each past reimagining of the character, the Dark Knight was always depicted as a hero that relied on his agility, stealth, and evasive maneuvers in the presence of his foes. It is specifically this feature that separates the character from other superheroes in the comic book world; the fact that his own impermanence is a driving force in enhancing his formidability as a feared and respected crimefighter. Furthermore, this aspect of the Caped Crusader adds a degree of risk in each instance that he is shown overcoming foes, making the character’s exploits all the more impressive when he would eventually emerge victoriously.

That being said, looking back at the various unpalatable designs associated with the character from past films, a heavily-armored Batman is in no way as laughable or as ludicrous as the dreaded “Bat nipples” in the Clooney film. Perhaps there is a justifiable reason as to why the Pattinson Batman is as “tanky” as he is in the upcoming movie, but that remains to be seen. All that we can say is it will require a period of adjustment before fans of the Bat can be wholly on board with the idea.

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November 10, 2021 — Di Kismet
The Joker: Is It Time The Character Is Retired In The Films? | Kismet Decals

The Joker: Is It Time The Character Is Retired In The Films?

A spoiler-free discussion.

In any form of fiction, a hero is only as memorable as the villain that antagonizes him. Without the existence of a formidable evil persona to challenge or torment the good guys that we root for, the hero’s journey will never truly leave a mark on audiences’ minds.

Arguably the greatest comic book villain in existence, The Joker is one of those said antagonists that manages to push Batman to his limits with each of his more modern-day appearances. That being said, as enjoyable as it is to see The Joker on screen giving the Caped Crusader a run for his money, there lies a problem with the viability of a continuous Joker/Batman face-off taking place each time there is a new Batman reboot in the works.

Too many Jokers

In as little as over a decade, audiences have been presented with not one but three separate portrayals of The Joker on screen, with rumors circulating that there will be yet another Joker cameo in 2022’s The Batman. As a casual moviegoer, one might take no issue with the fact that we have witnessed a new Joker every couple of years, but for the more hardened fans of comic book movies, and particularly fans of the Batman Mythos, seeing The Clown Prince of Crime again and again can seem a little too much.

The difference between a protagonist and an antagonist

Unlike the protagonist, an antagonist thrives far better in fiction the lesser he is seen. Within the confines of that limitation, a villain like The Joker can shine as the agent of chaos that he is. Villains are the bombs that go off in a hero’s life, and we, as the viewers, follow along with the hero as he tries to overcome the obstacle. However, if the same villain was to be presented every single time doing the exact same thing when the said hero had a new story, the villain would only serve to be more of an annoyance rather than a point of interest to audiences. Simply put, it is a lot easier for a villain to become stale in viewers’ eyes than it is for the hero in a similar situation.

That is precisely why The Joker needs to be retired as a character on screen, or at the very least, put away for the next decade or so until he is missed. By doing this, the studio will undoubtedly retain the villain’s appeal among fans, ensuring that the magic surrounding the character will result in a better pay-off on screen after having disappeared for so long. After all, one of the main reasons we, as fans, still love Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker in 2008, even until this very day, is because the last time a live-action Joker appeared on film, it was nearly two decades prior.

Food for thought.


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October 31, 2021 — Di Kismet
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Batgirl: Why the Character Is the Most Tragic Member of the Bat Family | Kismet Decals

Batgirl: Why the Character Is the Most Tragic Member of the Bat Family

This is where Batgirl’s trauma takes the top spot. The character was crippled, tortured, and further humiliated by The Joker in the events of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. Barbara Gordon did not die. She was not allowed the respite of dying from her wounds, not at all. Instead, she was forced to live with the horrors of what happened to her, a continuation that can be argued to be far worse a fate than the one Jason Todd endured.
October 13, 2021 — Di Kismet
Aquaman 2: Will The Sequel Incorporate Elements From Zack Snyder’s Justice League | Kismet Decals

Aquaman 2: Will The Sequel Incorporate Elements From Zack Snyder’s Justice League

A spoiler-free discussion.

In a little over a year from now, we will once again return to the magical underwater kingdom of Atlantis to join Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Amber Heard’s Mera in yet another breathtaking CGI-filled aquatic adventure in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. And while we certainly cannot wait to dive right into the superhero sequel (pardon the pun), a thought did cross our minds where creative continuity is concerned.

As we should already be well-aware of by now, the hugely successful release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League earlier this year introduced (or should we say, reintroduced) DC Comics fans to a very distinct version of the Atlantean community in comparison to what we witnessed on screen in the first Aquaman film in 2018.

No, we are not referring to the contrast in color grading between the two films, although it is very obvious to see that the two films stand in stark difference on that front.

Instead, there were three key aspects of Atlantis in the Snyder Cut, which we believe were far greater depictions of the city and its people, ones we hope to witness again on the big screen when the Aquaman sequel finally arrives in theaters.

Atlantis as a sunken city in Zack Snyder’s Justice League

One of the coolest depictions of Atlantis in the Snyder Cut was undoubtedly in the way the city itself was designed. Even though viewers were not provided with much in the form of a panoramic view of the city in the film, it is easy to conclude that the Atlantis that we see in the Snyder Cut draws its inspiration closely from the actual mythology about the city being one that was swallowed up by the sea, with its buildings showcasing a more ruined visage and its surface-dweller masonry exhibiting signs that it has eroded over time due to having been submerged underwater for thousands of years. This depiction of the city felt authentic to viewers like us, as opposed to the city concept used in the Aquaman film that was eventually dubbed by audiences as the “underwater Wakanda”.

How the Atlanteans communicate in the Snyder Cut

Yet another glaringly obvious difference between the Atlantis we see in the Snyder Cut and the one we see in Aquaman is the way characters communicate with one another underwater. While the Aquaman version of communication appears no different from how individuals would communicate on the surface, the Snyder Cut took it a step further by implementing a telekinetic bubble of sorts that could be summoned to allow the characters to speak to one another freely without any watery obstruction.

This concept made more sense, as sound would have a far more difficult time traveling through the liquid, making for a more garbled and unintelligible form of dialogue to take place. Unless the Aquaman sequel plans to incorporate a complete telepathic means of communication between its characters throughout its underwater sequences, it would certainly be wise for this element from the Snyder Cut to be incorporated into future Aquaman films for added plausibility during regular communication underwater.

The Atlanteans speak with an English accent in the Snyder Cut

This particular point may have slipped under the noses (or ears) of most casual audiences, but there is a significant difference in the Atlantean accents both in the Aquaman film and the Snyder Cut. While the former did not pay much attention to providing the people of Atlantis with a distinct accent, the Snyder Cut would later reveal the Atlanteans to have English ones. Of course, whether or not an English accent is utilized in the Aquaman sequel for the people of Atlantis would not make much of a difference storywise. Still, it would undoubtedly add more “class” to the characters, primarily because the Atlanteans we follow in Aquaman mythology are either of royal descent or nobility.

Therefore, the question of whether Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom would implement elements of the Snyder Cut depends solely on the direction that the studio intends to head towards. As we have learned from recent superhero news, Andy Muschietti’s The Flash film has indeed tweaked things around to suit the continuity established by Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Hence, we certainly would not be surprised to see the Aquaman sequel doing the exact same thing. At least, we sure hope so.

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September 15, 2021 — Di Kismet
Batman: Will the Dark Knight Ever Find Peace? | Kismet Decals

Batman: Will the Dark Knight Ever Find Peace?

Definitively the greatest comic book superhero of all time, Batman’s grim neo-noir aesthetic effortlessly combined with classic genre tropes make for a thoroughly enjoyable experience with each passing decade. We all know the story of Bruce Wayne, the only son of Thomas and Martha Wayne, who watched in horror as his parents were monstrously murdered in a lonely Gotham alleyway right before his very eyes. It was during this same tragedy that the innocent young boy swore to avenge the death of his family, subsequently becoming the hero Batman, terrorizing criminals in the dead of night until this very day.

However, despite how pleasantly beguiled we are by the prospect of witnessing the Dark Knight continue to drain Gotham City, and beyond of its underworld sludge, a lingering, troubling question is yet to be answered regarding the superhero from a more realistic perspective: when will Batman ever find peace

While it is almost certainly admirable to consider that our heroes would continue their fight until they breathed their very last breath, this particular view is akin to stating that all human beings should never stop working until the very day they expire. Despite coming from a good place, the notion that Batman is without rest and relaxation is terribly myopic and self-serving.

Of course, we are well aware that we are, in fact, discussing the livelihood of a fictional character, but it surely does not dismiss the point that Bruce Wayne is a human being too.

Batman #47 (1958)

Cover of Batman #47 (1958)Cover of Batman #47 (1958)

The first glimmer of peace to ever cross paths with the Caped Crusader was in Batman #47 when the Dark Knight discovered the identity of his parents’ murderer, Joe Chill, and confronted the criminal, thereby completing his redemption arc and finally attaining justice for his dearly departed mother and father. Yet, as we are quite well aware of today, the vigilante denied himself this opportune moment of hanging up the cape and cowl and embracing peace for the remainder of his years.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986)

Cover for The Dark Knight Returns #1 (1986) by Frank MillerCover for The Dark Knight Returns #1 (1986) by Frank Miller

The next time we would hear of Batman’s retirement from his crime-fighting duties would be in 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns. Of course, the events of the story take place after Bruce Wayne is forced to come out of retirement and fight crime once again, and not forgetting the fact that the Caped Crusader stepped away from his Batman role not because he had achieved a hint of peaceful closure, but a retirement brought on by the death of Robin at the hands of The Joker. Still, by the end of the tale, the much older Batman is shown faking his death, hanging up the cape and cowl once and for all, only to then have him secretly training an army of new protectors of Gotham City.

Batman #50 (2018)

Cover for Batman #50 (2018), a.k.a. “The Wedding Issue”Cover for Batman #50 (2018), a.k.a. “The Wedding Issue”

In more recent years, fans were teased with what seemed like an event that was a long time coming, a moment for Batman to finally experience the feelings of joy and peaceful bliss: Bruce Wayne was to wed Selina Kyle. You must imagine the shock on readers’ faces when they once again had the rug pulled from right under them. As it turns out, Selina Kyle left Bruce Wayne at the altar, the reason being that Batman could never exist in his total capacity if he were happy.

Thusly, it would seem that no matter how hard Batman would try to lead a normal life, this poor, tortured soul would never be able to escape his dark and brooding persona until the moment his heart ceases to beat. For as long as Bruce Wayne continues to don his iconic outfit and remain as the Knight of Gotham, he is only sacrificing his chance at a peaceful life for the sake of keeping the city and its people safe.

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September 15, 2021 — Di Kismet
The Man of Steel, Part II: The Best Way to Write a Superman Story | Kismet Decals

The Man of Steel, Part II: The Best Way to Write a Superman Story

To not venture forth into spoiler territory, the general consensus finds Superman exposing himself to a large amount of radiation from the sun that not only enhances his powers beyond his existing physical attributes but is also responsible for killing his cells, eventually leading to his very own demise. This then begs the question, what would an all-powerful god-like being do if he knew his days were numbered?

August 25, 2021 — Di Kismet
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The Flash: Why He Should No Longer Be Called the Scarlet Speedster | Kismet Decals

The Flash: Why He Should No Longer Be Called the Scarlet Speedster

“Just gotta go faster than the speed of light, far beyond the speed of light. You gotta break the rule, Barry—and you gotta do it now.” - Barry Allen (Zack Snyder’s Justice League)

Ever since his introduction into the DC Comics universe some five and a half decades or so ago, The Flash has undoubtedly become a household name through his speedily gained popularity among the elite superhero figures in pop culture. Whether it be Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, or Bart Allen, it is safe to assume that each iteration of the character has been well-received by comic book fans around the globe.

The flaw in The Flash’s character design

That being said, as much of an icon that The Flash is today, we would be remiss if we did not point out a very pronounced flaw in the character’s design that has caused sincere confusion among the more casual fans of the character. This, of course, relates to the nickname often associated with The Flash: the Scarlet Speedster.

Do not get us wrong: we love the name, but it has become increasingly difficult to ignore how very quickly general audiences can misconstrue the title in regards to The Flash’s superpower. You see, unlike a particular “silver” counterpart from another well-established comic book publisher that is often compared to The Flash, the differences between both superheroes far outweigh their similarities. True, both characters utilize speed as their superpowers, but that is essentially where their resemblances end.

Why The Flash is more than just another speedster

What truly makes The Flash a far more unique (and far more powerful) superhero than his “quick” equivalent on the sunnier side of the comic book publishing world is in how the Scarlet Speedster employs his gift of speed. As opposed to being yet another character who can run fast as his primary ability (even Superman can do that), a new element was introduced into The Flash mythos in the 1990s by writer Mark Waid to elevate the character to new heights. It was called the Speed Force.

The Flash, seen here tapping into the Speed Force in Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)The Flash, seen here tapping into the Speed Force in Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

This is the part where things get exciting for us: with the power of the Speed Force at his fingertips, The Flash is no longer relegated to the category of “superheroes that run fast”; rather, he now has the ability to affect the very fabric of time itself. This is simply because as the Scarlet Speedster enters the Speed Force, no longer is he moving speedily across the surface of the Earth, but in actuality, The Flash is moving either forward or backward through time, thereby making him a time traveler, one who possesses a skill that is unequivocally far more powerful than any other regular speedster could hope to achieve.

Should The Flash be given a different nickname?

Therefore, it is due to this fact alone that there needs to be a serious reconsideration of The Flash’s nickname. On the one hand, we would be foolish to claim that tweaking his title to the Scarlet Time-Traveller rolls off the tongue nicely, but on the other, we genuinely believe that it is high time the character be conferred with a brand new title that would reflect the sheer scale of The Flash’s ability. After all, we would not want such a powerful character being confused with other less impressive ones now, would we?

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July 21, 2021 — Di Kismet
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The Man of Steel, Part I: The Challenge of Writing Stories for a God-like Being | Kismet Decals

The Man of Steel, Part I: The Challenge of Writing Stories for a God-like Being

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird...It’s a plane...It’s Superman!

Adorned with monikers such as The Kryptonian, Man of Steel, Son of Krypton, Man of Tomorrow, and The Metropolis Marvel, it is no wonder that Superman still manages to retain the enthusiasm and respect of many a fan over the decades. While we cannot say for certain if Superman is truly the greatest superhero of them all, we can definitely conclude without a shadow of a doubt that he is, in fact, the first comic book superhero in existence.

Debuting in June of 1938’s Action Comics #1, a copy of which fetched a whopping $3.2 million in 2014, it is safe to say that The Man of Steel has indeed enjoyed a long and fruitful tenure in the comic book world since his inception. And while it may appear that the superhero has stood the test of time both in and out of the pages of the comics, at least, from a general standpoint, a more astute observer would point out that The Kryptonian’s fate was more often than not teetering on the brink of cancellation.

Action Comics #1Cover of the iconic Action Comics #1 (1938)

Although there are surely a myriad of factors that could otherwise have contributed to the gradual decline in excitement towards The Man of Tomorrow, one of these said factors, if not the biggest issue of them all, lies in the writing of his stories.

Fundamentally speaking, this issue arises due to the simple fact that Superman is personified as a god-like being, an absolute figure at the peak of his strength. Of course, this is not to say that in order for a comic book character to appeal to audiences, he or she would have to be portrayed as a weakling; not at all, but it does put forth a difficult proposition where relatability towards the character is concerned.

The trouble with an all-powerful protagonist is that he or she can very quickly turn vapid in audiences’ minds. It was Joseph Campbell who outlined in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces that what we relate to the most, as consumers of a story, is the Hero’s Journey. Despite how ubiquitous and cliché the idea might be, we are predisposed to repeatedly indulge ourselves in a character’s journey from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of greatness. This view directly correlates to the manner in which we view our livelihood, a journey that we must undertake with the hopes of achieving our best selves by the end.

Suffice it to say, by that very definition, Superman can be summarized as being that of a hero but without the journey. After all, The Metropolis Marvel was, in fact, born “super”, inheriting his god-like powers without so much as breaking a sweat. This factor alone handicaps any writer who dares take on the challenge of writing for the Son of Krypton, as it significantly limits them to write about the character’s story from a point after the heroic journey has concluded.

That being said, perhaps there is another alternative to the traditional Hero’s Journey that would best be suited for an omnipotent being such as Superman, one that we would gladly like to explore in Part 2 of our The Man of Steel series.

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June 23, 2021 — Di Kismet
Wonder Woman 1984: Gal Gadot Explains Diana Prince’s Transformation in the Sequel | Kismet Decals

Wonder Woman 1984: Gal Gadot Explains Diana Prince’s Transformation in the Sequel

Casting Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was undoubtedly the right choice. Her character has become iconic. In her return as Diana Prince in Wonder Woman 1984, the first reactions to the film were very positive and convincing, giving fans something to look forward to yet again. The first installment introduced Diana during World War I, while the anticipated sequel shall witness her in the year 1984, adapted to living in the retro world of men, away from Themyscira. 

In a recent interview with Gal Gadot ahead of the Christmas Release, the actress explained how Diana undergoes a transformation in the sequel, especially in having to cope without her Amazonian family, and being influenced by the lifestyle of the man’s world.

Gadot talked about how Diana discovered her powers in the first film and became Wonder Woman, and how at the time, she was merely an observer of humanity from the outside, strongly opinionated and expressive about what she thought was right. However, in the sequel and according to Gadot, Diana has a much better understanding of the complexities of mankind as she has lived among them for decades. The film explores Diana at a more personal level, showing that although she is pretty much invincible and super powerful, she suffers the same emotional challenges and vulnerability of any other human, especially because of having to live alone and without aging a day in decades. 

"I think that it was a very good decision that Patty, Geoff Johns, and Dave Callaham made with the script. And, it was delightful to play. I love strong, powerful women, and I love to play them and to see them on screen, but there is something more interesting to me to show the flaws, the imperfections, and the vulnerabilities. This is something that I always look into doing when I portray Wonder Woman," said Gadot.

During the interview, WW84 director Patty Jenkins also spoke of how she wanted the superhero to resonate with the audience. Jenkins told the press that even Diana, Wonder Woman, made and makes the same mistakes like any other human being. She mentioned that there are things that we desire so badly especially when we can’t get over grief, or when we are unable to accept things that are happening in our lives. Jenkins emphasized that she particularly likes the fact that Wonder Woman faces the same challenges and has a similar journey as the villain in the film.

Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord, and Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva, will have it’s theatrical release on the 16th of December 2020, and make its way to HBO Max on December 25 in 4K Ultra HD. Don’t miss it!
December 15, 2020 — Di Kismet
Wonder Woman 1984: Post-Credits Scene Confirmed! | Kismet Decals

Wonder Woman 1984: Post-Credits Scene Confirmed!

Redemption in the form of a Christmas Release of Wonder Woman 1984. That’s the good news we have for this month. Last week we were delighted by the news of high-quality streaming for the movie that will be available in 4K Ultra HD on December 25, exclusively on HBO Max. This week, director Patty Jenkins confirmed that there will be additional scenes following the end credit of the film.

In a recent podcast interview with Reelblend, Jenkins, when asked whether WW84 will have a post-credits scene, answered “Yes.” This shall be something new that the team is bringing to the film as 2017’s Wonder Woman did not have anything similar to it. The fans did not hear about this earlier as the previous version of the film which was shown to critics for reviews, did not include the post-credit scene.

Jenkins assured that the additional scene is something special for the audience, and revealing it beforehand will kill the fun. If you don’t plan to watch WW84 at your local cinema, fret not, the scene will also be available on stream for those who plan to watch the movie on HBO Max.

We haven’t the faintest clue about what the scene might be about, however, based on her previous stance on DC Comics crossovers, as well as a potential Wonder Woman spinoff focusing on the hidden island of Themyscira’s Amazonians, we expect Jenkins to not feature any other superhero, and maybe hint something about Wonder Woman 3. We hope we’re wrong though. It would be awesome to see a crossover, especially with Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

So, be sure to save the date, as Wonder Woman 1984 will be available for your viewing pleasure in less than 14 days from now!

December 14, 2020 — Di Kismet