We try not to get political here at ComicMix, but this is just too important in the wake of current events to ignore.
The Second Amendment is clear: the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Granted, when the Founding Fathers wrote that amendment, they understood an “arm” to be a musket, which, if you were a practiced expert, could fire (at best) maybe three or four rounds a minute. But don’t you think that they probably kind of also assumed “arms” would eventually mean that any American or intergalactic Titan, if he or she so chose, could if snap their fingers (which are attached to the arms) and instantly wipe out 50% of life on the planet? If you read — actually read — the Constitution, I think you definitely get this vibe that they saw this kind of situation coming.
The Hush storyline by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams was a smash sales success because it safely followed the Loeb formula of a 12-issue mystery that enveloped every major member of the rogues’ gallery. First, there was the Holiday killed and the making of Two-Face and here we have the new threat of Hush which connects to young Bruce Wayne’s childhood.
To fit this into the connected Animated Universe, Batman: Hush, out now from Warner Home Entertainment, a host of changes had to be made. The one that did not need alteration is the one that entirely spoils the final third of the 82-minute film.
I’ve not been fond of veteran animation writer Ernie Altbacker’s previous forays into the DCAU, but this contains some of his finest moments. Coupled with above-average source material and fine character designs, this is one of the stronger-looking films in a while.
I have no problem with the replacements: Lady Shiva (Sachie Alessio) for Talia, Batgirl (Peyton List) for Huntress, and Damian for Tim Drake. The latter has the film’s best moment, a hilarious dialogue between Batman and Damian (Stuart Allan) about the Bat now dating the Cat.
Altbacker shifted the emotional center of the film from the comic’s relationship between Bruce Wayne and Tommy Elliot to Batman (Jason O’Mara) and Catwoman (Jennifer Morrison). Given last year’s attention to the wedding that wasn’t, the romance between the pair remains ripe for exploration. The evolving relationship between the two throughout the film makes it eminently watchable. It’s fun watching Selina Kyle adjust to being part of the extended Batman family with some of the film’s nicer moments, Voice actors O’Mara and Morrison blend very nicely together.
Hush has an elaborate scheme involving Batman’s foes, a revenge mystery that keeps Batman guessing until the beginning of the ill-conceived final third, that ignores the comics in favor of something that makes little sense and feels wrong on multiple levels.
Nicely replicated from the comics are the confrontations with Poison Ivy (Peyton List), Superman (Jerry O’Connell) (with some fine Lois Lane [Rebecca Romijn] (lines), and Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch). The emotional toll reaches a crescendo when Batman nearly beats the Joker (Jason Spisak) to death even though, ironically, he’s innocent this time. One could argue that emotional outburst really needs to come later in a moment between Batman and Tommy Elliot (Maury Sterling) but the latter is seriously underdeveloped.
The whole Jason Todd back from the dead thread, something that has never sat right with me in any medium, is absent here, having been covered previously in the series’ Batman: Under the Red Hood entry.
The film is available in all the usual combinations. The Ultra HD 4K edition is in the standard 16×9.1 ratio, nicely capturing the shadows and muted color scheme throughout. The Blu-ray version is equally strong so either edition would be fine for hoe viewing. The accompanying DTS audio track is up to the task, making explosions and sound effects work well with the effective Frederik Wiedmann score.
On the Blu-ray disc, extras include the welcome return of the DC Showcase series of shorts featuring secondary heroes. We have here a Sgt. Rock adventure (14:51), written by Louise & Walter Simonson and Tim Sheridan. It’s fun seeing the combat happy joes of Easy Company, the Iron Major, and the Creature Commandos although I have my quibbles with some story choices. I’d much rather had had a straight war story for variety.
Rounding out the special features, we have Batman: Love in Time of War (16:52), with an assortment of talking heads exploring the Batman/Catwoman relationship in comics, television, and film. There’s a Sneak Peek: Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (9:59) and, finally, “Catwalk” from Batman: The Animated Series.
BURBANK, CA (July 31, 2019) –Hey Marshmallows…The wait is over! Television’s favorite super-sleuth is back, and on a mission to save Neptune! Discover more secrets, snooping, and seduction like you have never seen before as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season on DVD October 22, 2019. Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season contains all 8 edge-of-your-seat episodes from the first season along with exhilarating extra content including the Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019 bonus feature! The DVD is priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($30.99 in Canada). Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season will also be available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers (available on August 19th in the U.S.).
Veronica Mars (2019): The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-rayTM release includes all bonus features on the DVD and is also arriving October 22, 2019. Warner Archive Blu-ray releases are found at wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.
Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Kristen Bell) is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.
“You don’t need to be a superfan to get hooked on this new series,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “Both fans and newcomers of the critically-acclaimed series alike will be in for a treat as they relive their favorite episodes from the first season, along with the Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019 extra feature for a deeper investigation behind the scenes.”
Veronica Mars (2019) is executive produced by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, 2004; Veronica Mars, 2014 feature film; iZOMBIE), Diane Ruggiero-Wright (iZOMBIE, Veronica Mars, The Ex List), Dan Etheridge (Veronica Mars, Party Down), and Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, The Good Place, Bad Moms) and stars Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Person of Interest), and Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars, Ringer).
Veronica Mars at Comic Con 2019
8 ONE-HOUR EPISODES
Spring Break Forever
Chino and the Man
Keep Calm and Party On
Heads You Lose
Entering a World of Pain
Gods of War
Years, Continents, Bloodshed
The first season of Veronica Mars will be available to own on Digital on August 19 (in the U.S.). Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others.
BURBANK, CA (July 31, 2019) – The adventure that was initially too big for one animated film now arrives as a comprehensive 166-minute tale – with never-before-seen footage – in The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gift Set, a numbered, limited edition release available October 1, 2019 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. An extension of the popular series of DC UniverseMovies, the box set of the combined films The Death of Superman & Reign of the Supermen – produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC – includes an exclusive “Steel” figurine plus a bonus disc Superman: Doomsday, and will be available as an Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack ($54.97) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($44.98 SRP). Order due date is August 27, 2019.
The Death and Return of Superman Complete Film Collection Gift Set Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Packs both include a digital version of the film, and each gift set will feature 45 minutes of new enhanced content, an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR bonus disc of Superman: Doomsday (first time in 4k) and a dazzling, four-inch figurine of the popular character Steel.
The Death and Return of Superman finds Superman in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature Doomsday and his unstoppable rampage. Superman saves the planet, but not himself, leaving Earth’s citizens – and his heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. The aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.
The Death and Return of Superman completes the quest of Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Animation and DC to craft a faithful animated version of “The Death of Superman,” DC’s landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. Superman Doomsday, the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, told an abridged version of that comics story, as the film’s runtime of 75 minutes allowed for a narrow focus on a core, singular storyline. The 166-minute The Death and Return of Superman restores many of the moments and characters that fans hold dear to their hearts.
The Death and Return of Superman all-star cast matches its epic scope with Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play,Stand by Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) leading the way as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Matt Lanter (Timeless, 90210) as Aquaman, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly Betty) as The Flash, and Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly, The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter.
The robust cast also spotlights Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as Steel, Cameron Monaghan (Gotham) as Superboy, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, and Tony Todd (Candyman) as Darkseid. In addition, the cast includes Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski and The Eradicator, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Perry White, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, Max Mittleman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, Paul Eiding (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Jonathan Kent, Jennifer Hale (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Martha Kent, Trevor Devall (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Dabney Donovan & Bruno Mannheim, Erica Luttrell (Salvation) as Mercy, Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing) as the Mayor, Rick Pasqualone (Mafia II & Mafia III video games) as Turpin, AND Amanda Troop (Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts) as Sawyer.
Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) co-directs The Death of Superman portion of the combined film with Jake Castorena (Justice League Action) from a script by New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). Liu produces and directs the film’s Reign of the Supermen second-half from a script by Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) and Tim Sheridan (Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost). Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer, and Alan Burnett (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) is co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Justice League Dark).
“The collected work of The Death and Return of Superman, with its two films and added footage, is truly an epic, authentic animated retelling of ‘The Death of Superman’ saga, giving fans the complete tale just as they have craved since the inception of the DC Universe Movies,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “The Warner Bros. Animation filmmaking team and the all-star cast have gone far beyond expectations to bring this important Superman story to life.”
The Death and Return of SupermanEnhanced Content
Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
Long Live Superman (Featurette) – Superman is a symbol for hope across the world. Hear the story of how the Man of Tomorrow will always be the hero we need today. Long Live Superman!
The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All (Featurette) – Experience the battle between Superman and Doomsday like never before as creators of the iconic comic and the new film explore the nuances of “The Greatest Fight” with the help of a martial arts expert.
Lex Luthor: The Greatest Nemesis (Featurette) – Evil Genius. Archenemy of Superman. Misunderstood hero? This documentary will look at one of the most renowned villains in literature and debate his ethics and motivations throughout his publication history and as the calculated anti-hero of Reign of the Supermen. We’ll also explore how Lex Luthor is emblematic of technology without limit, often demonstrating what effect unbridled power, resources, and influence can have on humanity. We’ll discuss the affinity for storytellers to associate Lex Luthor and with the field of science as they challenge our morals and integrity with real world issues such as cloning and what can happen if science fiction became science reality.
From the DC Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 1”
From the DC Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 2”
From the DC Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, “Heavy Metal”
From the DC Vault: Justice League Unlimited, “Panic in the Sky”
The Death and Return of Superman will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own The Death and Return of Superman via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 1, 2019.
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4K UHD Combo Pack $54.97
Blu-ray Combo Pack $44.98
4K and Blu-ray Street Date: October 1, 2019
Blu-ray Languages: English, Spanish, French
Blu-ray Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Running Time: 166 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action violence and action including bloody images, and for some suggestive comments.
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (July 29, 2019) – Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Endgame) and Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) join forces to take on an apocalyptic alien threat in director F. Gary Gray’s (The Fate of the Furious) exciting globetrotting adventure MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, debuting on Digital August 20 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on September 3, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Joining Hemsworth and Thompson is an all-star supporting cast that includes Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), international dance phenoms Les Twins (Laurent Bourgeois & Larry Bourgeois) with Emma Thompson (Late Night) and Liam Neeson (Taken).
The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.
The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray of MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL feature exclusive deleted scenes–plus erase away those embarrassing moments with an all-new Neuralyzer infomercial and let Frank the Pug trace your out-of-this-world roots with Alien-centry.com. All formats come packed with bonus feature content, including a gag reel, several behind-the-scenes featurettes and much more!
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL has a runtime of approximately 115 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action, some language and suggestive material.
4K ULTRA HD COMBO PACK AND BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIALS
“Alien-cestry.com”: Everyone has a little alien in them! Trace your roots with Alien-cestry.com!
“Neuralyzer: Like It Never Even Happened”: As NOT seen on Alien TV, order now to get your very own Neuralyzer and erase life’s embarrassing moments like a pro.
BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS MATERIALS
“Gag Reel”: Even top MIB agents forget their lines. See their bloopers in this unforgettable gag reel.
“New Recruits, Classic Suits”: Anchored by the delightful chemistry between Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth and supported by icons like Emma Thompson & Liam Neeson, the cast of MIB International is truly out of this world!
“Let’s Do This! Inside the Action & Stunts”: MIB International is packed with action and stunts, go behind the scenes with the team to see how they pulled it off.
“Look Right Here: Gadgets, Weapons, & Rides”: From the iconic Neuralyzer to a tricked out Jag, check out the amazing arsenal of gadgets, weapons and vehicles.
“Expanding the Universe of MIB”: MIB ups the ante with international locations, aliens and more as the universe expands.
“Frank & Pawny’s Peanut Gallery”: Everyone’s favorite pug and pawn join together to watch a few key scenes and share their thoughts.
“Les Twins Leave It on the Floor”: Dance sensations Les Twins show off their signature style and how they devised their alien moves.
“In Case You’ve Been Neuralyzed: MIB Recap”: Join Frank the Pug for this rapid-fire recap of the MIB franchise.
“The MIB Meet the NBA”: With talent like this, these NBA stars must be super-human.
CAST AND CREW Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall, introducing Les Twins – Laurent Bourgeois & Larry Bourgeois, with Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Edward Cheng, Howard Chen, E. Bennett Walsh, Riyoko Tanaka, David Beaubaire, Barry Sonnenfeld Written By: Art Marcum & Matt Holloway Producers: Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald Director: F. Gary Gray
SANTA MONICA, CA (July 30, 2019) – John Wick reloads for another worldwide smash hit when John Wick: Chapter 3– Parabellum arrives on Digital August 23 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand September 10 from global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B). The highly anticipated third film in the blockbuster John Wick franchise is an action-packed, international thrill ride that is now Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™.
The film stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Speed, Point Break), Oscar® winner Halle Berry (2001, Best Actress, Monster’s Ball), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It), Marc Dacascos (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O,” Brotherhood of the Wolf, Only the Strong), Asia Kate Dillon (TV’s “Orange is the New Black,” “Billions,” “Younger”), Lance Reddick (White House Down, Jonah Hex, TV’s “American Horror Story”), with Oscar® winner Anjelica Huston (1985, Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi’s Honor), and Golden Globe® winner Ian McShane (2005, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, TV’s “Deadwood”).
Super assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has a $14 million price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline-fueled action series.
Erik Davis from Fandago raved, “[it’s] hands down, one of the year’s best action movies.” Take home John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and immerse yourself in the thrilling world with exclusive special features, including all-new featurettes that explore the mythology and over-the-top action of the John Wick expanded universe. Dive into the hidden world of Killer Ballerinas, Shinobi, and the Bowery King, learn the intense planning that went into the film’s incredible horse chase sequence and “dog-fu” fight sequences, and even get an editing master class with director Chad Stahelski and editor Evan Schiff! Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Additionally, the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features Dolby Atmos, which will transport viewers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio that flows all around them. Fans will feel like they’re inside the action as the sounds of people, places, things, and music come alive with breathtaking realism and move throughout the space.
The John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
I’m not a major Manga fan but am certainly aware of the most popular and enduring properties, such as Gunnm, a.k.a. Battle Angel Alita, which ran from 1990-1995 and was adapted into two-part anime. By 2000, James Cameron had been made aware of the series and immediately wanted to bring it to the big screen. He allowed himself to get repeatedly distracted so he eventually handed off the directing chores to Robert Rodriguez, who took the mammoth script Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, and honed it down to something 20th Century Fox could afford.
After all that build up, several other Japanese stories had made it to American audiences, with few making a positive splash (Ghost in the Shell, anyone?). So, when Alita: Battle Angel finally arrived this year, audiences were primed to be awed or disappointed. Had the film arrived two decades ago, it would have been a far more interesting and arresting story, but by now so many of its elements had been mined elsewhere that it felt less than fresh.
Alita (Rosa Salazar) is a cyborg with a human brain, discovered in Iron City by Dr. Dyson (Christoph Waltz), who brings it back to life and names her after his deceased daughter. We’re in a world three centuries after an alien attack devasted the world in what is now called The Fall. Life is cheap, criminal enterprises run rampant, and survival is always iffy.
Alita remembers nothing of her past but over time discovers her battle instincts so while she’s a on a quest to establish herself, she fights in order to control her destiny. While Dyson is a positive influence, his ex-wife, Dr. Chiren (Jennifer Connelly) is less so, working for the criminal entrepreneur Victor (Mahershala Ali). With junk dealer Hugo (Kennan Johnson) as her only friend, Alita enters the Motorball games to earn money to help him, which is where many of the set pieces occur.
It’s a visually rich story and the worldbuilding is fine, no surprise from Rodriguez, who shifted from his Grindhouse days to his special effects-laden kids films. It’s nice to see him blend interests here. The cast is certainly diverse with some big names in an unusual genre offering. Uncredited is Edward Norton’s criminal Nova, seeded here for the hoped-for sequel, and other familiar faces include Jackie Earle Haley, Rick Yune, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jai Courtney.
The problem beyond the feeling of having seen it all before, is that the characters don’t snap to life, playing their parts without complexity or variety, deadening what could have been fascinating.
The film, out now from 20th Century Home Entertainment, is available in the usual varieties, including the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo pack. The AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1 is perfectly fine, if unexceptional, just like the film itself. It does capture the color palette quite well even if the CGI portions are just a little soft. Better is the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track, helping bring the world to life.
While the packaging boasts two hours of extras, they’re more perfunctory than revelatory. We have a variety of behind-the-scenes pieces ranging from short to medium-length starting with The Fall (5:05), Iron City (3:19), What It Means to be a Cyborg (2:28), Rules of the Game (2:52), From Manga to Screen (20:47); Evolution of Alita (19:43) is an overview of the character. Motorball (6:02), London Screening Q & A (26:38) with Cameron, Rodriguez, Salazar, Waltz and Connelly; 10 Minute Cooking School: Chocolate (5:28); and the confusingly named 2005 Art Compilation (2019) (14:20).
The most fun extra is Scene Deconstruction (10:47), which allows the viewer to use the remote’s color buttons to toggle through various levels of digital rendering for four sequences: I Don’t Even Know My Name, Just an Insignificant Girl, I’m a Warrior, Aren’t I?, and Kansas Bar.
So, I guess Daredevil is a lot smarter than I thought he was. Which, considering some of the bonehead plays he’s made in the past – Mike Murdock, anyone? – wasn’t all that high. However, in Daredevil #595, Matt (Daredevil) Murdock actually showed some smarts.
No, it wasn’t in acquiescing to the orders of the newly-elected mayor of New York City, Wilson (the Kingpin of Crime) Fisk, that Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, of which Matt was an employee to, “build cases against the vigilantes” to fulfill Kingpin’s campaign promise to “clampdown on non-governmental exercise of authority.”
A smart Matt Murdock would have pointed out to his boss the DA that the office didn’t really have any grounds on which to build a case. Stopping super-powered criminals isn’t a crime. One might even say it’s a public service. If an average citizens sees a crime being committed do we want a public policy that says they should do nothing? And if not, then why do we want one for our above-average citizens?
Moreover, I know of no anti-vigilante law in place in New York City or New York State that the heroes would be violating with their actions. I’m not saying in a world of super-powered people such a law wouldn’t be enacted. I’m just saying I don’t think that has happened yet.
Even the Superhuman Registration Act which prompted the first Civil War in the Marvel Universe seems to have been junked. In Daredevil vol 2 #25, the Supreme Court ruled that masked super heroes can testify in court while still masked. If that was even a question, it would imply that the SHRA had been shelved. If all hero were required to reveal their identities by Congressional law, the whole case about whether they could testify while masked would have been unnecessary. And believe me, the Supreme Court doesn’t like to take cases that are unnecessary. Hell, it only takes a small number of the cases that are necessary.
Even New York’s anti-mask law wouldn’t help justify a crackdown on vigilantes. New York Penal Law 240.35(4), specifically forbids two or more people to congregate in public while wearing masks to conceal their identities. That law wouldn’t generally apply to people like Spider-Man or Daredevil or Ms. Marvel, as they usually work alone and not in congregations. Of course, they’re not in congregations. Crime doesn’t take Sundays off, so neither can they.
It also wouldn’t apply to people like Luke Cage or the Punisher; they don’t wear masks and their civilian identities are known to all. I’m not even sure it would apply to the Avengers, as I think the civilian identities of most of their members are either known to the general public or, in the case of Captain America, to the government. Either way, if they’re wearing masks, it’s not to conceal their identities. So, why are they wearing masks? Maybe they like extreme hat hair.
So the anti-mask law would only apply in some limited instances like the Champions or Marvel Team-Up, which feature two or more masked heroes. But only if they’re acting in New York. And probably only if the villain they were fighting was lame. I think the authorities might look the other way about costumed hero activity, if Dr. Doom were attacking again.
So, yeah, a smart Matt Murdock might have asked his boss on what grounds they build cases against vigilantes. Matt might even have pointed out that hamstringing the costumed heroes would, in the long run, be a bad thing for the city. Costumed villains either wouldn’t be similarly limited or wouldn’t care if they were. Either way, they would continue to commit crimes without adequate resistance if only the non-powered police and not, say, Thor could have at them. Matt could even have told his boss they should ignore the directive. I seem to recall a few other direct orders from another Chief Executive, which his underlings either ignored or refused to put into operation. So Matt’s actions wouldn’t have been without President— err, precedent.
Matt did show some smarts. He told his assistant that “it can take a long time to build a case… years, sometimes.” Recent events have certainly shown that to be true. Meanwhile, the heroes could be free to act, while the cases against them were being built. Slowly.
But Matt showed his real intelligence later in the issue, when he was on patrol as Daredevil and stopped what appeared to be a simple mugging in Hell’s Kitchen. Turns out it wasn’t so simple. It was a police sting operation designed to find and arrest Daredevil.
No, it wasn’t intelligent for Daredevil to fall for the trap. With his hyper senses he should have detected the presence of the other police officers laying in wait and not fallen for the trap. No, Daredevil showed his intelligence when he told the cops, “This is entrapment. It’ll never stick.”
Because it wasn’t entrapment. That’s what made Daredevil’s statement so brilliant.
And that’s why Daredevil saying the sting operation was entrapment was so brilliant. Not too many weeks earlier, in Daredevil vol 5 #20, the Purple Children combined the mind control powers they inherited from their father Killgrave, the Purple Man, with Killgrave’s own mind control powers to make the world at large forget that Matt Murdock and Daredevil were the same person. After Matt had his secret identity purpura ex machinaed back into place, he didn’t want to risk losing it again.
That’s why he told the police that what they did was entrapment when he was a good enough attorney to know it wasn’t. It was to fool the police into thinking that in his secret identity Daredevil wasn’t a lawyer who would know the definition of entrapment.
It was brilliant!
Unless, of course, Daredevil wasn’t trying to con the police after all and he really didn’t know the definition of entrapment. Please tell me that wasn’t the case and that Matt/Daredevil did know the definition of entrapment. Please tell me Matt/Daredevil wasn’t as clueless about the law as usual.
Universal City, California, July 25, 2019 – A quiet town finds itself under attack from the undead with the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled in the comedy, THE DEAD DON’T DIE, arriving on Digital on September 3, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on September 10, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Showcasing exclusive bonus features not seen in theaters including insight from the cast and filmmakers, as well as a closer look at the making of the film that takes fans deeper into this “giddy apocalypse with no way out” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker). Starring Academy Award®† winner Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters), Adam Driver (Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, BlacKkKlansman) and Chloë Sevigny (“The Act,” Boys Don’t Cry), THE DEAD DON’T DIE is a “hilariously fun” (Adam Patterson, Film Pulse) and irreverent film unlike any you’ve seen before.
Directed by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Paterson, Only Lovers Left Alive), THE DEAD DON’T DIE features a powerhouse of an ensemble cast including Tilda Swinton (Suspiria, Trainwreck), Steve Buscemi (Hotel Transylvania Series, Fargo), Danny Glover (Proud Mary, Lethal Weapon Series), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out), Rosie Perez (“Pure,” White Men Can’t Jump), Iggy Pop (Gimme Danger, Coffee and Cigarettes), Sara Driver (Stranger than Paradise), RZA (“Snowfall,” The Man with the Iron Fists 2), Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania Series, Spring Breakers), Carol Kane (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Dog Day Afternoon), Austin Butler (The Intruders, “Arrow”), Luka Sabbat (“Grown-ish”) and Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Book of Eli).
In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behavior. No one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing the town: THE DEAD DON’T DIE – they rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living – and the citizens must battle for their survival.
BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:
Bill Murray: Zombie Hunting Action Star – Bill Murray discusses his fear of being typecast as an action hero.
Behind-the-Scenes of The Dead Don’t Die – A collection of behind the scenes moments from the set of The Dead Don’t Die
Stick Together – Jim Jarmusch’s frequent collaborators talk about his filmmaking style, and what makes The Dead Don’t Die stand out from other zombie films
THE DEAD DON’T DIE will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD, Digital, and Movies Anywhere.
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FILMMAKERS: Cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez and Tom Waits Casting By: Ellen Lewis Music By: SQÜRL Original Song: Sturgill Simpson Sound Designer: Robert Hein Costume Designer: Catherine George Editor: Affonso Gonçalves Production Designer: Alex DiGerlando Director of Photography: Frederick Elmes A.S.C Co-Producer: Carrie Fix Executive Producers: Norio Hatano, Frederick W. Green Produced By: Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan Written and Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™: Street Date: September 10, 2019 Selection Number: 62207775 (US)/ 62208340 (CDN) Layers: BD 50 Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.78:1 Widescreen Rating: Rated R for zombie violence/gore and for language Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French Canadian and Latin American Spanish Subtitles Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, Latin American Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1 Run Time: 1 Hour and 44 Minutes
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: Street Date: September 10, 2019 Selection Number: 62202003 (US) / 62202004 (CDN) Layers: DVD 9 Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Rating: Rated R for zombie violence/gore and for language Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French European/ French Canadian and Latin American Spanish Subtitles Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0, French European Dolby Digital 5.1 Run Time: 1 Hour and 44 Minutes