Every year on September 11th, I take the day off and watch superhero movies and eat pizza. I usually post a tribute here to my dear departed friend, Patrick Grady. He always loved superhero movies but died before some of the best ones (The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Avengers) came out. The last thing he was able to eat was my beloved father-in-law’s pizza hence my commemoration of him with pizza (also a nod to Poppa, whose name was indeed John, but whose pizza was vastly superior to that chain but I digress) and superhero movies.
Patrick would have been thrilled with the current state of superhero movies over the past few years. This year marks a major shift to television. The success of Arrow has spawned The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine so, at least for a small period of time, there will be four DC comics television series and one Marvel (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Marvel also has/had plans to develop Agent Carter.
The big news to me though is that Amazon is bringing back The Tick! Writer Ben Edlund is on board as is Patrick Warburton (who simply is The Tick). No word yet on Arthur, Captain Liberty, or Bat-Manuel. Amazon is ordering a pilot and, as usual, will invite folks to vote on whether to fund this series. The original series is currently on Netflix and is only nine episodes long so why aren’t you watching it.
My plan for today is to watch Captain America, The Avengers (currently on Netflix), and Captain America: Winter Soldier which just came out on Tuesday. It was a good comic book year with X-Men: Days of Future Past, The (not so) Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and The Guardians of the Galaxy but, for my money, Winter Soldier was the best of the lot.