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I don't care about TW (even though their cable service sucked), but I do hate WB more and more with each passing moment. No Captain Marvel/Shazam! franchise, no JLA, no Wonder Woman, no Flash, a mediocre-to-disappointing Green Lantern, etc. etc. A conglomerate of that level should have DC competing with Marvel/Disney on multiple fronts (cinema, TV, online-based entertainment, direct-to-DVD, etc.) I'd give them some kudos for Batman: The Brave & The Bold and Young Justice, but their own company (Cartoon Network) shuffled the former to an early cancellation and has almost sealed the fate of the latter.
At this point, I'm hoping that we at least get more from their animated division (since that's the only beyond-comics media output that's worth a damn).
But I digress... back to the awesomeness that will be The Avengers.
I hate WB being retarded as much as anyone, but Brave and the Bold had 65 episodes made (64 actually airing since the Birds of Prey one ended up never airing). For a modern cartoon, that's fantastic. I mean, there was like 25 episodes of Spectacular Spider-Man or Legion of Superheroes. Lots of shows get fucked far worse than Brave and the Bold did.
That said, as to the larger issue of WB having no clue what to do with their superheroes, that's dead on. They are so busy trying to ground their shit in some bullshit idea of reality and trying to make sure not to alienate people, and it's just fucking dumb.
Here's an Avengers movie coming off a series of movies where we saw Frost Giants, Asgard, the Red Skull shooting lasers in WWII made of the energy of the Cosmic Cube, Hulk vs the Abomination in the middle of (fake) Harlem, Iron Man and War Machine vs an army of killer robots, Whiplash, Iron Monger, the birth of The Leader, Iron Man rediscovering the power of the Cosmic Cube, the Cask of Ancient Winters, the Destroyer, Cap frozen in ice, and just about every other comic booky, unrealistic, off the wall, type of thing you'd expect from stories with Cap, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk. And the reason they worked wasn't some bullshit attempt to ground it all in reality or tone down the comic book stuff, but rather a full on embrace of it while still bringing in quality writers, actors, and directors who fit the material and put forth a serious effort to make the best stuff they could with the products. Meanwhile WB brings in people without a cohesive vision, or they avoid making movies in the first place for fear that the audience can't handle real bright and shiny superheroics.
Marvel has had the power to build this for like 10 years, and has brought us 5 awesome movies and now an Avengers franchise is born.
WB has had DC for 40+ years and hasn't done shit except a few great Batman and Superman movies and a Green Lantern movie that was filled with untapped potential (I still like the movie, despite the haters, but it's not nearly on par with the Marvel stuff and has some major flaws that I'm willing to overlook because I just love GL) that all live in their own little worlds and can't interact, plus Smallville (the closest they've ever gotten to a shared world, and even as someone that enjoys it, it's sad that's the best they've ever done). Oh and then a bunch of shitty fucking wastes of film like Catwoman or Steel or the various shitty Superman and Batman movies that are just as numerous as the good ones.
I hope that The Avengers makes a billion dollars and gets WB to pull their heads out of their asses and give us the Justice League movie that blows this into a full on rivalry and gives us a ton of great stuff from both sides, but I have no faith in them to actually do it.