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New ‘Batman’ Comic Book Characters Ranked From Least to Most Interesting

Writer James Tynion IV boarded the flagship Batman title with issue 86 in early 2020. He is no stranger to writing Batman, however, as he has written a number of issues for the 2014 series Batman EternalBatman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the 2016 series Detective Comics. Ever since his first issue on the title, Tynion IV has introduced new characters in a variety of issues since #86, all while still playing around with the pre-established, old characters as well.

Through a big event from issues 95-100( coined The Joker War) and through the issues that followed it, Tynion IV and artist Jorge Jimenez managed to create more and more characters bolstered up with all unique designs. However, not all of the characters’s motivations and developments can match up to their cool designs. With that being said, let’s look at five new characters in the main Batman comic ranked from the least to most interesting.

5. Ghost-Maker

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Ghost-Maker’s first appearance was in Batman #100, the conclusion issue to The Joker War event. His full, real name has not been revealed yet, but he knew Bruce Wayne when he was a teenager and also trained with several of Batman’s mentors around the world. Ghost-Maker goes to Gotham after The Joker War to take the place of Batman as Gotham’s protector as he believes Bruce is not handling Gotham’s criminals correctly.

Ghost-Maker has a bit of an interesting backstory, but there is not nearly enough character development for him. There is no real advancement for him or his own story, even with his own short story now at the end of the Batman book that started in issue #107. His relationship with Bruce is also a bit underdeveloped as well in that there is no clear indication in how far back their history goes and why exactly they have managed to come back together twenty years later.

4. Clownhunter

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Bao Pham is a vigilante who created the Clownhunter persona after his parents were murdered by Joker in The Joker War. Pham was a big fan of Batman before his parents were murdered, and after he killed three goons that Joker sent to kill him directly, he realized that he idolized Batman too much and began to think that Batman does not take good enough care of the citizens of Gotham, and that Batman failed his parents. His weapon of choice consists of a bat with a Batarang stuck through the top of it which he uses primarily on Joker goons.

Clownhunter has more depth than some of the other new characters in the book, but he is unfortunately a forgettable character whose motivations mirror a lot of other established Batman villains. There is potential for him to eventually be a standout if he sticks around long enough to make more of a lasting impact.

3. Simon Saint

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Simon Saint is a very recent character introduced in the Infinite Frontier #0issue Batman #106, which ushered in a new era for the Batman book. Saint is the CEO of Saint Industries as was the man who first proposed the creation of the authoritarian pseudo-police force, the Magistrate, and the officers, the Peacekeepers, who were introduced in the ‘Future State’ event. He is a cunning, intelligent man whose presence has already been felt in the DC Universe. He has crossed into the solo Catwoman book already and will likely be featured in other books as well, considering his plans for the Peacekeepers and the Magistrate as a whole.

Besides his CEO role and the implications of what the Magistrate will be doing, Saint has not been seen too heavily, but rather heard more, as his actions and ideologies are already reverberating throughout Gotham City and beyond.

2. Miracle Molly

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The newest character introduced, Miracle Molly is a neo-futuristic, pseudo-anarchist who deals in various criminal activities in the aftermath of The Joker War. The most striking thing about Molly is her design. She has shades of lime and neon green, pink, purple and blue on her clothes with bright green hair, green cheetah print pants and two different neon-colored eyes. Thankfully, she also has more depth than some of the rest of these new characters. Her motivations are sound in that she believes the people of Gotham deserve safety and the uber-rich of Gotham should be the ones to provide that safety. She does not match-up to Batman from a physical standpoint, but rather in an intelligent way, which is infinitely more interesting.

1. Punchline

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Punchline was one of the first new characters introduced as was immediatley marketed as Joker’s new girlfriend and a replacement for Joker’s now-ex, Harley Quinn. She is neither of these things, but instead a fanatical, maniacal right-hand man to Joker’s craziness. She is much more brutal and violent than Harley Quinn as well, simply being touted as a villain rather than an anti-hero that Quinn has been pushed into recently. Punchline is more than just a Joker clone, utilizing her fanatical mindset to carry out violent acts against citizens, while separating herself from the Joker in terms of her crazy actions when it is needed. Her own brand of aggravated violence will keep her relevant for years to come, if it isn’t the cosplayers who will do it by replicating her unique costume.

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3 Big Names Join A Few Upcoming DC Films

DC comic movies are back and better than ever. Coming off of the recent success of the Snyder Cut of Justice League, Warner Bros. has brought more good news to follow the next slate of comic book films: new castings. After troubling news of the cancellation of a few promising DC adaptations, it’s relieving to hear some good news about the projects still in the works. However, the castings aren’t just for one upcoming film but rather three. Black Adam, The Flash, and Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods all have already had big names attached but now more fan-favorite characters join the pantheon of heroes and villains.

 

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First, we have the casting of the villain in the sequel to 2019’s electrifying Shazam. Zachary Levi and Asher Angel will reprise their role as Billy Batson/Shazam only to face off against the mysterious Hespera now set to be played by Dame Helen Mirren. Not much is known about the character as she is a new addition to the DC Villain line up making the casting all the more intriguing. Being a goddess of the art of acting Mirren will very likely bring the charm and gusto to rival the fury of the gods.

 

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The Upcoming Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson led Black Adam already teased the arrival of the JSA (that’s Justice Society of America to non-nerds) but now the final casting has arrived from the ashes. The JSA has received their magical powerhouse in Dr. Fate now being played by 007 alum Pierce Brosnan. A quick rundown of the gold helmeted sorcerer, Kent Nelson is an archeologist that discovers the helmet of Nabu, a magical lord of order. With the helmet, Kent transforms into Dr. Fate, a hero of insurmountable magical abilities who is a founding member of the JSA. Brosnan will now join the likes of Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, and Quintessa Swindell playing Hawkman, Atom Smasher, and Cyclone respectively in their efforts to thwart the tyrannical Black Adam.

 

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Lastly, the much anticipated Andy Muschietti The Flash film recasts Henry Allen after a slew of rumors of the character being omitted from the movie. Ron Livingston of Office Space fame will now replace Billy Crudup as the father of the scarlet speedster. Crudup briefly appeared in both of Warner Bros. Justice League films but had to drop the role due to a scheduling conflict. With Livingston at the helm, Henry Allen can once again have the huge parental role in Ezra Miller’s timeline bending film which according to speculation should cover an alternate version of the fan-favorite Flashpoint arc. Henry Allen is framed for murder as his son Barry Allen/ The Flash seeks to become a forensic analyst to clear his name only to find that his superhero persona has much more to do with the alleged crime than he believed.

 

With comic book films returning to form since the start of the pandemic last year, it’s amazing to see that despite the dire circumstances creators take the time to cast brilliant performers in these pivotal roles. The inclusion of fan-favorite characters and new faces to the genre always fills the air with giddiness as comic fans and casuals alike can relish in the performances between the light and color shows. Black Adam is slated for an early June 2023 release with The Flash racing in November the same year. Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods is pegged for a summer 2023 release in June that year.

The Snyder Cut: Tempering Expectations

Last Thursday, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was released on HBO Max, a long awaited cinematic experience that was not only a whopping four hours in length, but was also presented in a 4:3 format to apparently “preserve the integrity of Zack Snyder’s creative vision.” While Justice League (2017) was tonally inconsistent and incomprehensible in terms of character motivations and plot, people, when anticipating the release of the fabled Snyder Cut, seemed to have forgotten that Batman V Superman, the director’s previous film, while consistent in its tone, still suffered from the pseudo-intellectualism that the DCEU has gained a reputation for.

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Which brings me to my point: Zack Snyder’s Justice League is still a film directed by Zack Snyder, and while I can’t speak for everyone when I say this, but I was disappointed. It’s important to stress, though, that it’s not the movie’s fault, at least not entirely. The Snyder Cut has gained such a mythic reputation amongst the geek fandoms that I couldn’t help but expect a movie at the very least on par with the first Avengers. It only took the first ten seconds, when HBO Max informed me that the movie I was able to spend the next four hours of my life watching was going to be shop in a 4:3 format, did I remember that a significant number of Zack Snyder’s creative decisions lack anything substantive to add to the overall experience, and only exist to give off the impression that the film you’re watching is artistic and deep.

The Snyder Cut has gifted me a very particular and beneficial lesson: to temper my expectations. I felt a very similar disappointment when I was watching Avengers: Endgame. I couldn’t help but feel that all too familiar sting of dread when Steve Rogers suddenly appeared as an old man after he went back in time to return the Infinity Stones, completely violating the time travel rules that were established. Don’t get me wrong, Endgame was one of the best cinematic experiences in my life – the culmination of twenty-two films and over a decade of childhood memories – but it wasn’t perfect (even if it was damn near close). I was prepared to witness the greatest movie in history, and, I admit, I was prepared for something similar last Thursday.

But this is just my experience. You may have thoroughly enjoyed the Snyder Cut – you may have even found it as mind-blowing of an experience as Endgame – but, for me, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was ultimately a longer Batman V Superman. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the film and was more than glad I experienced it, yet it’s important to note that its the natural inclination of fandoms to overreact; what else should we expect from fanatics?

 

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‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’: Will It Be Good?

For years, the Snyder Cut has existed as the Holy Grail of nerd culture, a lost artifact that has gained an almost mythical status, an artifact few even believed truly existed. Snyder loyalists, however, stayed faithful, and were ultimately vindicated on March 2019, when Zack Snyder confirmed that his original cut did in fact exist, and two years later we were finally gifted the official trailer, yet many have already asked: is the Snyder Cut going to be as spectacular as people are claiming?

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If you were interested enough in Zack Snyder’s Justice League to click on this article, then chances are you already saw the trailer, so I’m not going to waste your time with a trailer breakdown (though it will be included below for your re-viewing pleasure). What I will be doing instead is reminding you of Batman V Superman, and it’s, at best, polarizing response from general audiences. Now, I wouldn’t dare make the argument that a film’s quality is determined solely by the most prevalent opinion of its viewer base, but Batman V Superman, while containing a number of interesting ideas (such as the relationship between power and morality), they were never explored beyond a pseudo-philosophical understanding. Unfortunately, I don’t see why Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be any different in that sense.

Batman V Superman also suffered from poor character motivations. From Lex Luthor’s widely convoluted and inconsistent plan to Batman distrusting superman because he believes him to be a dangerous vigilante (despite being a dangerous vigilante himself) to, worst of all, him subsequently gaining trust for the Krpytonian when he learns the name of his adoptive mother, these few examples of the wretched characterization in Batman V Superman was the film’s most prevalent issue. Instead of truly learning who the characters were through their actions, the plot was a paint by numbers, with story beats progressing the plot not in such a way that would organically result from the character’s choices, rather to culminate in Batman and Superman fighting.

Yet, despite all of this, I am excited to see Zack Snyder’s Justice League and will be watching it when it releases on March 18th on HBO Max, because while I am convinced it will still suffer from the same issues as it’s predecessor in the Snyder Trilogy, it will at least possess a consistent creative tone, even if many might claim that tone to be overly dark, especially for a comic book franchise. No forced jokes in a futile attempt to capture the magic of Marvel’s The Avengers, the Snyder Cut – while excessively gloomy, pretentious and more than willing to sacrifice proper character for beautifully composed shots and fantastic fight scenes –  will grace our television screens as a complete and singular vision, as opposed to the Frankenstein’s monster of a film we were unfortunate enough to pay thirteen dollars to see in 2017, and that will make it a far greater movie.

 

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