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Posted: May 14th 2011 4:25PM Vagrant Zero said

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Every time I watch that Green Lantern trailer Han Solo chirps in my mind "I've got a bad feeling about this."

I'm far more of a DC guy but I have to admit that I'm really looking forward to X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The First Avenger more.

Posted: May 14th 2011 4:38PM DarkWalker said

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What I hope is that DCUO's team is using this time with the game closed to better push ahead in the changes and improvements they were already planning.

It would not be true compensation for the time without the game, but coming back to find the "superservers" ready to go and a good handful of previously know bugs fixed would be nice.

I think SOE should have set up a specific page for each of the affected subscription games, so their respective teams could tell us directly what they are doing and what we could expect to be different/better when the service is restored.

Posted: May 14th 2011 6:27PM Yellowdancer said

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@DarkWalker

DCUO is going to come back up and it will look the same as it did when it went down. They're going to pretend nothing happened and not say a word about anything to deal with hackers. There will be a generic official comment made on the SOE blog and the whole issue will be swept under the rug. That is the SOE way.

The only way to save DCUO is to get Sony's name off the game. Keep the programmers, but get the license back over to WB and put it under Turbine's control. The frustration at SOE is too great to overcome for a game that is very lacking in features/content.
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Posted: May 15th 2011 2:28AM kalipou134 said

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Famous Quote

"It's dead Jim! It's dead..."
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Posted: May 14th 2011 5:20PM Protoavis said

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in the movie trailer....something about the outfit looks wrong, might just be the usual cgi against skin looking off thing.

Posted: May 14th 2011 9:22PM Protoavis said

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I think it's more a case of it looking like bad cgi integration with real things than anything else, makes it look cheap (when obviously it wouldn't have been). The suit looks better on the aliens and against the full cgi backdrops, when it's on Ryan in the real world backdrops though it just looks too obviously cgi.

It really just looks like someones done some poor photoshop work over him in that scene.
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Posted: May 14th 2011 6:22PM Yellowdancer said

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I don't think WB has a lot of confidence them movie will do well. They admitted the first pass at CG was awful and had to redo the animations. Fandango does interest tracking, and the GL movie was tied for last place at 0% with Priest. The movie tie-in game looks to be about as good as the the superman game. I donno....I will see all 3 marvel movies this summer...I will not see GL.

Posted: May 14th 2011 7:01PM (Unverified) said

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@Yellowdancer

I can see now that whether the movie is good or not you have alredy decided you'r not going to watch it ... this alone tells me all I need to know about the value of your opinion!
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Posted: May 14th 2011 8:14PM Yellowdancer said

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Yes, my opinion is equal to yours. Cause all opinions are equal...

But you are wrong...I will go see it if the feedback is positive. I just have a feeling they are going to be bad. $11 is too much money to throw away on a bad movie.

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Posted: May 14th 2011 8:22PM Yellowdancer said

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@Tempes Magus

The interest is high among a certain niche audience. GL is a character who is off the radar for the larger audiences, IMO.

I took a date to the movie to see Thor. She knew who Thor was. She knew the X-men. She knew who Captain America was. They had the GL preview on and she asked me why is the Green Arrow in space....Fandango says GL is tracking at 0% in comparison to other comic book movies. I tend to believe it.

I think DC makes better DVD cartoons than live movies. Their characters are just too "cosmic" and hard to relate to. In animated form, they don't have to dumb down the special effects to fit the character in a certain budget.
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Posted: May 14th 2011 10:40PM JuliusSeizure said

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@Tempes Magus

"This movie is not going to appeal to people who don't like comics and don't know who Green Lantern is at all. That's obvious."

Nnnno. That's naive. I'm pretty sure WB want to make a profit on the movie. They definitely want an audience well beyond the existing fans.
I don't know what the interest outside of existing fans is, but I do know that there's not enough fans for the movie to so much as break even on ticket sales.

Look at Iron Man. How many people went to see that and loved it despite not having a clue who the character was when they first heard of it? I'll give you a hint: IT WAS LOTS.

Personally, I am gonna watch it, but I don't expect it to be as good as Thor and I definitely don't have as high expectations as I do for Captain America or X-Men: First Class (which is really weird because I was all set to think the latter was going to suck until the trailers started coming out).

PS - Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are good precisely because they're different from the comics. I've gotten plenty of faithful Batman adaptation in animated form. A fresh, new take that also happens to be really good on its own merits is far more interesting.
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Posted: May 14th 2011 9:26PM Furdinand said

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I like the bit with Killowag

Posted: May 14th 2011 9:33PM (Unverified) said

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I do think the comment made by one poster stating DC heroes being too "cosmic" is one of the main reasons why their movies fail compared to their Marvel counterparts. Telling the story of a superhero needs to walk that fine line of believability and being able to be relatable. It's no wonder that the only DC movie that has succeeded in recent years is Batman, who isn't cosmic and the movies feel somewhat "real".

I also think Marvel has an advantage basing most of their stories within actual cities like NYC. Gotham, Metropolis and such are nice but it's just another measure to separate that small bit of realism in their story. When fights happen in Times Square in the Marvel universe, we have a frame of reference that DC can't match.

And I should also add, Marvel seems to be placing all their money on products outside of their comics. If anything, I think their focus now is on movies/games/other media and comics are now a supplemental tool to promote them.

Posted: May 14th 2011 10:44PM JuliusSeizure said

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@Tempes Magus

How do you do fail to realise both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are both meant to be very early in Batman's career, so it makes perfect sense for the tech to be grounded, the costume to still be getting the kinks out, and so forth?
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Posted: May 15th 2011 1:02AM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) I don't think realness in the sense of the setting is the problem, plenty of great, popular movies have really out there premises.

Maybe the problem is that the movies try to get in too much characterization. A lot of DC heroes are cool heroes but really boring people compared to Marvel heroes.
Bruce Wayne: Rich, handsome, muscular playboy. Clark Kent: Smart, handsome, muscular reporter. Hal Jordan: Handsome, muscular, fighter pilot. Barry Allen: Handsome, muscular, cop. Wonder Woman: beautiful, powerful, Amazon princess. Arthur Curry: handsome, muscular, king of Atlantis.
Meanwhile, the Marvel heroes tend to be physically, emotionally, economically, and/or socially damaged people who are heroes in spite of their disadvantages. If you are any kind of outcast, there is probably a Marvel hero that you can identify with.
The main DC characters have interesting stories told about them, just not when the masks are off.
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