DC Comics is bringing Watchmen into the main universe making Doctor Man

first_imgLong ago, a mohawked video game psychopath said that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. It certainly sounds pithy, and Vaas’ monologue was memorable, but that isn’t insanity. I have discovered true insanity: whatever DC is doing.First, have no fear, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fans. I’m not going to keep dumping on that movie. I don’t think I can without becoming dehydrated. I have to mention it, but I won’t dig. This is about DC as a whole, and specifically what they’re doing with comics now. On Monday, DC revealed details about Rebirth, its newest universe reboot event to drum up sales after New 52 has started to fizzle. The core of the concept seems to be that Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen will be responsible for the universe reboot, and that Watchmen itself will become part of DC mainline canon. I had difficulty making out much more than that because I was laughing too hard.DC Comics head Geoff Johns explained a bit of the concept in an interview with USA Today. The full details of how Watchmen will tie in with the DC mainline universe haven’t been revealed yet, but we know Doctor Manhattan will be a very big factor of it. Johns said to USA Today, “If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, you need to have someone who represents a cynical view of life and also has the ability to affect this. I know it’s crazy but he felt like the right character to use.”If you’re going to have a conflict between optimism and pessimism, you could just put the “usual” DC universe concepts into what Warner Bros. is trying to develop into a cinematic universe. I can’t think of a purer conflict between those forces than that. But Watchmen?I love Watchmen. It’s a genuinely important work of literature and one of the biggest and more successful examples of deconstructing and exploring what heroism and superheroism mean. It’s also a very pointed commentary on society’s attitudes towards both current events and fiction at the time. It also was Alan Moore coming up with some interesting ersatz version of already present comic book characters to explore these topics because DC wouldn’t let him use Charlton Comics characters like the Question, Blue Beetle, Nightshade, and Captain Atom. And, yes, it was dark and gritty.Putting Watchmen in the rebooted DC Comics universe to provide a counterpoint in a hopeful-versus-cynical discussion of comic book ideals is like putting characters from The Great Gatsby in a story about the 2016 presidential election. There might be some parallel themes you can string between them, but it’s still a really bad idea that can only dilute the older, more prominent work.All of that aside, putting Watchmen in the DC Comics main universe is simply a hilariously terrible plan because of how it makes DC appear. Warner Bros. releases Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to critical complaints of it being a morose, disjointed trudge through a swamp of misery. It’s been beaten in domestic gross not only by Captain America: Civil War, but by Deadpool. It’s a commercial success on its own, in a vacuum, but it isn’t the wild explosion of money that a movie where Batman fighting Superman should be. The general refrain from unhappy fans and critics is that it was so joyless, morose, and depressing. There was nothing lighthearted to help break up the darkness of the story. It wasn’t fun like a four-color comic book story should be.And DC’s answer is to make Watchmen part of its main comic book universe. “Hey, DC? You seem to have a hole in your head. Maybe you should go to the hospital.” “You’re right, it isn’t big enough! I’ll pop on over to Home Depot and get a drill press!”To be fair, DC Comics has folded in other universes in the past without throwing everything into turmoil. The WildStorm universe was made part of DC’s multiple earths when it was rebooted in the Captain Atom: Armageddon series. Funnily enough, Captain Atom was originally a Charlton Comics character, and was the basis for Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen. Also funnily enough, the merging and reboot didn’t fix WildStorm’s problems, and it went through another storyline purge a few years later.Also, to be fair, Doctor Manhattan creating the current DC Comics universe wouldn’t be the stupidest thing to happen to it. Remember that Jason Todd was brought back to life when Superboy Prime got angry and punched reality so hard it altered time.And, to be fairest, it might not be as stupid as Captain America being a long-time Hydra sleeper agent. But still, DC is dealing with cinematic uncertainty and an audience tired of grim heroes, and it wants to mix Watchmen into its main universe? That’s insanity.Actually, they both are. What is going on with comics?last_img read more

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first_imgAlabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams did not participate in drills or testing at Alabama’s pro day on Tuesday.Williams, who was limited in NFL Draft Combine due to a finger injury, will still interview with teams and go through board work, reports NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Williams already met with the New York Giants (sixth pick) last night and is expected to spend time with the San Francisco 49ers (second pick) later Tuesday. The first seven teams picking in the draft, including the Arizona Cardinals, who select first, are expected to host Williams on a visit, Rapoport added. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The potential No. 1 overall pick already participated in a handful of drills at the combine. He ran a 4.83-second 40-yard dash, leapt 30.5 inches in the vertical jump and recorded a broad jump of 112 inches.Williams, who left Alabama after a redshirt junior season, measured 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds with 33 1/4-inch arms and 9 5/8-inch hands.Related LinksCardinals sign DB Josh Shaw to 1-year contractFormer Broncos OG Max Garcia signs with CardinalsNick Bosa: Cardinals would be making ‘big mistake’ passing on meA more agile defensive tackle who lacks elite size or length, Williams was lauded for his excellent use of hands, quickness and technique. He used his smarts and leverage, along with his instincts, to win matchups.Heading into the 2018 season, Williams was not viewed as a top prospect. But despite the 2019 NFL Draft class looking strong at the tackle position, he has worked his way into consideration for the top draft pick, where the Arizona Cardinals hold the top spot and in terms of need could use him in Vance Joseph’s 3-4 defense.Williams switched from defensive end to tackle heading into his final college season, and that’s where his production took a leap. After recording just 20 tackles in 2017, he finished this past season with 71 tackles and 8.0 sacks.As for the Cardinals, Williams could remain an option if they retain the top pick. Veteran tackle Corey Peters returns, but there are few proven bodies beyond that. Robert Nkemdiche, who flashed last year, underwent knee surgery to repair a torn ACL in December, which puts his ability to return by the season opener in question. Arizona also has Cameron Malveaux, a smaller lineman who is versatile, along with the bigger-bodied Vincent Valentine and Pasoni Tasini returning next year.Defensive end Nick Bosa and quarterback Kyler Murray are the other most likely No. 1 picks for Arizona as it evaluates its options.last_img read more