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“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

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You all know I’m a huge fan of DC Comics. I’ve talked about that often enough here! I’ve also mentioned a number of times how I’d love to work on a DC Comics project – especially a novel based on DC Comics characters. That still stands.

Yesterday afternoon Desirée Lee and I went to see the new movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. We saw the 3D version, which I quite enjoyed. A lot of people are complaining about the film for various reasons. Was the movie perfect? No. Did we like it? Yes; very much so. There are a few things that we hope will unfold further, with explanations for them, in “Justice League: Part 1”, which is to begin filming in a week or so. Or, maybe some of those explanations will be in the longer R-rated Director’s Cut of the film, which is to run about 3-hours-long, and be released in July of this year.

I must say, though, don’t listen to the bad-mouthing of the film. Go see it yourself. Judge for yourself. It’s dark,gritty, and powerful. Ben Affleck is my new favorite Bruce Wayne/Batman. Henry Cavill continues to be my favorite Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman. The ever-beautiful Amy Adams continues to be my favorite Lois Lane. I look forward to seeing more of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.

I’m very excited about the unfolding DC Comics cinematic universe that we’re seeing. It also makes me want, even more, to be able to take on some of these characters that I’ve grown to love to much over the years in novel format. If anyone reading this post can help to make such a book project happen for me, please get in touch with me at the “Contact” page of my website.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

DC Comics Writers Workshop

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I just found out this morning that DC Comics – which you all know I’m a huge fan of! – is launching a workshop/class for comic book writers. Go here for details. I wanted to share this with my fans and readers because so many of you are also comic book fans, and/or writers.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

More Aquaman

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As you all well know by now, I’m a big fan of DC Comics. Batman is my main character, but, over the past few years, I’ve become a big Aquaman fan, too. I talked about that in this post a while back.

Several years ago an “Aquaman” television series had been in development. That project didn’t make it. If I remember right, a pilot for that project was filmed, but never aired. From what I’ve seen, it didn’t look as if that show would truly do justice to the character. Aquaman is an amazing character. After watching “Arrow”, “The Flash”, the pilot for “Supergirl”, and seeing previews for the upcoming show “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”, I know it’s possible for television to handle complex and difficult characters on an episodic basis. Yes, a TV series featuring Aquaman would be visually complex. But looks at “The Flash”! They’ve used Gorilla Grodd (and won an award for those CGI effects!) and routinely continue to show us Firestorm. I’ve read that the “Supergirl” pilot had a budget of $14 million. My jaw dropped when I saw that!

I really want a network to throw resources like that at an “Aquaman” series. The call I put out to DC Comics and Warner Bros. in the post I linked to above still stands. How about it, guys?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Wonder Woman

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I know, I know. Yes, here I go with yet another DC comic book-related post. Want to know just how much of a DC fanboy I really am? I’m wearing one (yes, I have more than one!) of my Batman T-shirts as I write this post.

About three years ago DC Comics pretty much ended their previous timeline. Anyone familiar with DC Comics at all will know about the “Crisis” stories that have run from time to time. “Flashpoint” ought to have been titled “Ultimate Crisis”. It basically mashed several DC Comics timelines into one. That one being DC’s New 52.

In the previous timeline, which I still refer to as the “real timeline”, I simply adored Diana/Wonder Woman. Despite her Amazon warrior heritage and upbringing, and her love of the physicality of combat, Diana was a very peaceful, serene, spiritual person. Her message and philosophy of peace were almost Wiccan at times. For those of you who don’t know, I’m Wiccan, and have been for years. “Wonder Woman” was a very unique title. It blended action and adventure, with general themes of peaceful, harmonious co-existence, tolerance, and people helping people to make everyone’s lives better.

Not so in the New 52. Now, all of the spirituality that made Diana such a lovely and captivating character for me is gone. Now about all Diana does is run around with a sword, and kill monsters. She glories in combat and bloodshed. I read the first few issues of “Wonder Woman” in the New 52, and dropped the title, sickened by it. And by what DC had done with the character.

My guess is that the movie version of Diana that we’ll be seeing on the upcoming films “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, and “Justice League” will be based on the New 52 Diana. If so, I’ll be greatly saddened.

However, there is a glimmer of hope. The real timeline is creeping back! My hope is that DC has seen the error of their way – a.k.a. the New 52 – and is about to correct that, returning us to the real timeline. Sorry for the spoilers, for anyone not up to speed on their DC titles. If and when we return to the real timeline, I would love to work on a project revolving around Diana. Not now; now with the mess DC has made of the character. But if we ever do return to the real timeline.

So, DC Comics and Warner Bros. – As I’ve done in a couple of prior posts on this blog (see here and here) I’m putting out a call to you. Please return us to the real timeline. And then please let me work on a project involving Wonder Woman. Be it a short story, novel, comic book project, or film; I have experience in them all. Working on a “Wonder Woman” project would be a dream come true – if it’s set in the real timeline.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

ATTN: Warner Bros.

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As you all well know by this time, I’m a huge comic book fan. I’m a non-repentant fanboy of the DC Comics Universe ( DCU ). You can’t imagine how thrilled I am right now with the amount of DCU-based television and film projects that are either currently on the air, or in development. We have “Arrow” and “The Flash” on the CW Network, with “iZombie” – a comic book I haven’t read – coming soon. Fox is airing “Gotham”. NBC has “Constantine”. CBS is rumored to have a “Supergirl” series in the works.

Any the movies! We have “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” due out in 2016, “Wonder Woman”, “Justice League”, a “Green Lantern” reboot, “The Flash”, “Aquaman”, “Shazam”, and several others in various stages of development right now, too, including new solo Batman and Superman films. I plan to be in the theater for each of those I’ve listed here. I can’t wait!

As a bestselling, award-winning writer of books, comic books and screenplays, and a fan of the DCU, I would love, love, love to work on a DCU-based project. Be it an actual DCU comic book title, a novel based on a character, or a TV or film project. I’ve posted on this blog before regarding a “Green Lantern” sequel, and my desire to work on an “Aquaman” project. I would link back to the “Green Lantern” post, but that was regarding an article I had written for “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” when I was a contributing writer for them. That site is now defunct, and the article linked to in the aforementioned post is, like the rest of the site, gone.

Batman is my primary DCU character. I have story ideas involving him that I’d like to write. Since the launching of DC’s New 52, I’ve become almost as big of an Aquaman fan, too, and want very much to work on an “Aquaman” project. As DC and Warner Bros. don’t seem to have too much faith in that character, maybe they’d be willing to allow me a shot at that?

What do you say, DC Comics, and Warner Bros.? Here I stand, or sit, to be fully truthful – a bestselling, award-winning writer of books, comics, and screenplays, as well as a DCU fan, asking you flat-out to give me a shot at a DCU-based project. Comic? A novel? TV show? Film? Your choice, guys! Please let me hear from you!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“The Flash”

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One my proudest moments as both a father, and as a comic book fan happened recently. Anyone who knows me at all knows that I love my comic books. I’m a huge DC Comics fan. Batman is my primary character, but by no means my only interest in the DCU as a whole.

Desirée Lee and I have been happily watching the CW network’s smash hit series “Arrow” since the pilot episode aired. While I’ve never avidly followed Oliver Queen in the comics, I thoroughly enjoy “Arrow”. In Season 2 of the show, we met the CW’s version of the DCU character Barry Allen. News hit the wires about that time, too, that the CW planned to spin Barry Allen out into his own series—”The Flash“. Two iconic DC characters with their own TV shows, on the air, on the same network, in production at the same time? I had what Desirée calls one of my “nerdgasms”.

As the months passed, excitement built toward the premier of “The Flash”. Remember, as I’ve mentioned in past posts on this blog/site dealing with the topics of TV shows, Desirée and I have Netflix, but not cable or any sort of satellite dish service. The evening “The Flash” pilot aired, we weren’t able to watch it. But, we watched it the following evening on the CW network’s website. In preparation for the event, we had bought a Flash onesie for our 15-month-old daughter. We let her stay up past her bedtime to watch “The Flash” with us as a special treat. She’s too young to understand what she’s seeing on the screen, but still captivated by anything happening on a TV screen or computer monitor.

So, there we were, settled on the sofa as a happy, loving family, watching “The Flash”. Of course, our daughter decided partway through the episode that she wanted down. She wanted to roam, and wander. We let her. And then the proud moment mentioned at the start of this post occurred…

We were, maybe, halfway through the pilot of “The Flash” when our daughter—happily sporting her Flash onesie, and watching “The Flash” on TV, mind you—stood up on her own, completely unsupported, and took four or five consecutive steps. It’s the first time she’s walked so many steps, unsupported, at a time. Desirée and I were thrilled beyond words, and Desirée teased me several times later about the timing, and our daughter’s apparel at the moment. She told our daughter, “You made Daddy very proud by walking like that during “The Flash”, with your Flash onesie on.”

She did, yes. As a father, and as a comic book fan, I couldn’t have been happier.

Why am I devoting a post on my blog to talking about this? Simple—I hope that someday, in some way, my own writing work can be involved in something even half as meaningful to someone. I’m a geek. I know that. Hardly a day goes by that Desirée doesn’t remind me of that at least once. I love comic books. I get very excited about them. If, someday, something I’ve written, comic book or otherwise, happened to be part of something as touching and meaningful and memorable in someone else’s life as the DC comics character the Flash, and the CW network’s new series “The Flash” now is in ours, I would be thrilled beyond words. I’m a bestselling, award-winning novelist, who has branched out into comic books, and film. What’s the point of the writing if it doesn’t touch someone? Again, I truly hope that one of my projects can have the same touching impact that all thing Flash will now have on our family.

Thank you, everyone involved in the comics, and new TV series, “The Flash” for giving my family that special moment!

Scott Harper
www.scottharper.net

“Nightwing: The Series”

A few weeks ago I posted on my Facebook fan page about the upcoming fan-made webseries based on the character Nightwing, published by DC Comics. I stated then that, as a writer, and as a comic book fan, I’d like to work on such a project someday. After watching this first episode, that still stands—even more firmly now. If a paying job on a project like this came my way, I’d jump on it!

The makers of this webseries released Episode #1 on Monday of this week. Ending credits included, this episode is just over 8-minutes-long. It blew me away, though! I’ve never seen a webseries look so professional, or well-done. I’m amazed at what they’ve put together for this. I’d like to see this series run for a while. Heck, I’d like to see this series picked up by the CW, and worked into their “Arrow” and “The Flash” continuity!

Episode #1 is titled “Deathstroke”. For anyone not familiar with him, Slade Wilson—a.k.a. Deathstroke—is an assassin/hit man. His introduction into this webseries is, typical of the character, violent. So, you might not want to allow children to watch this. If you’re an adult, though, please check out what they’ve accomplished with this first episode. While I’m not affiliated with these guys in any way, I’m a huge DC Comics fan. Batman is my main character. And these guys are doing such a great job that I can’t help myself; I needed to do this shout-out regarding “Nightwing: The Series” as a comic book fan, and as a writer.

Fan Fiction?

A while back, when Amazon started up Kindle Worlds, I was thrilled. There are a couple of comic book properties I’ve been watching Kindle Worlds for, hoping to see them there. For those who have been following my career over the long-term, you probably know just which ones I’m talking about, and why. For those of you who don’t…

Several years ago, I was in talks with Mirage Studios – back before Peter Laird sold off the franchise – about doing some writing for the main “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comic book. I had four single-issue story ideas that Mirage was considering. I was also in touch with them about a full-length novel I wanted to write, that would take the TMNT back to their darker, grittier roots – the way I prefer them to be. I actually ended up being put in touch with Mirage Studios’s agent regarding that project. All of those fell through when the franchise sold, and Mirage Studios shut down.

Also, I am a huge Batman fan. I have several Batman stories that I would love to write. Someone associated with DC Comics reviewed them several years ago. I was basically told “Not at this time”, and that was that.

Since Amazon launched Kindle Worlds, I’ve been hoping for the TMNT and Batman to become part of that. If that were to happen, I might finally be able to write these stories, do so legitimately, rather than them being unlicensed fan fiction, and get paid for my time, efforts, and talent, too. Much as I love writing, it’s what I do. I need to be paid. I can’t just write these stories because I want to, and not see a return on them.

Now, I’m reading articles on-line talking about how Kindle Worlds isn’t performing to expectations. I haven’t yet heard anything about Amazon shutting down Kindle Worlds, luckily, so there’s still hope. But, I’ve been wondering if there are other licensed fan fiction sites out there that are paying markets. Are there? I’ve yet to find any. If you know of one – or more! – please let me know via the “Contact” form on my website.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Mash-Up

Early this morning I dreamed that I had been hired to write a novel that would be a combination Batman story, and a Ghostbusters story. As Desirée said when I told her, that would be a dream job for me. “Ghostbusters” is my all-time favorite film, and I’m also a huge Batman fan. Since waking up from that dream, my mind keeps wandering back to that concept, toying with plot ideas. Too bad I’ll probably never get the chance to actually write such a book!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Aquaman

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The DC Comics character Arthur Curry—a.k.a Aquaman—has, over the past couple of years, turned into one of my favorite fictional people. Before DC launched into the New 52, I had never really followed Aquaman. I had seen him cameo in other comics I read, but had never read his book. I keep mentally kicking myself for that, wishing I had picked up “Aquaman” a long, long time ago. Granted, I don’t know what the stories were like before the extremely talented Mr. Geoff Johns began writing “Aquaman”. But I love his work on the book, and am sorry to see him leaving that title.

Anyone who knows me—even a little—knows of my fandom (all right; near obsession is closer to the mark) for Batman. I first began reading the Batman family of titles back in the early 1990s, coming to them only a month or two after the “Knightfall” trilogy in which Bane was introduced. Before then, I had been a reader of Marvel titles, but came to my senses and hopped over to the DCU. I instantly discovered that I vastly prefer the DCU, and have never looked back.

Anyway, since the early 1990s, I have been a die-hard DC fan. Especially of Batman. Yet, as said above, I had never really gotten to know Aquaman. For some reason that I still don’t understand, I had a very, very strong urge to read “Aquaman” when the New 52 launched. I picked up the first issue, loved it, and am now almost as big of a fan of Aquaman as I am of Batman.

Regularly, things show up on-line regarding Aquaman. Most of these things take the slant toward bashing the character. I’ve come to the conclusion that these people either don’t know the character at all, or, at the very least, haven’t given the current title a try. Aquaman, as written by Geoff Johns, is a solid character. Being half-Atlantean, Arthur Curry is only half-human. Yet, he had more humanity in him than most fully-human comic book characters.

His non-human lineage has blessed him with an array of powers—an entire physiology evolved to withstand the crushing, cold depths of a deep ocean environment. This allows for super strength, the ability to breathe underwater, being able to swim faster than any human could even begin to move in the water, and skin toughened nearly to the point of being bullet-proof. On top of that, he is able to telepathically communicate with sea life. Contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t control them, however. He can simply communicate with ocean life, calling upon them for help.

Yet, Aquaman is a thinking, feeling being. He has a wife—a mermaid named Mera—and is deeply in love with her. Never knowing his mother, and the loss of his father, affect Arthur in a very fundamental way. He’s been hurt time after time by betrayals by those he thought were close friends and allies. These things make Aquaman someone any reader can identify with.

Keeping these things in mind, I truly think that an “Aquaman” movie could be a spectacular thing. Recently, I read something about this on-line. Apparently, Warner Bros.—who owns DC Comics—has estimated that an “Aquaman” movie would take around $200 million to make. This is due to all of the CGI and underwater photography that would be needed.  According to what I read, Warner Bros. is also of the mindset that Aquaman is a “third-tier character”, and that they wouldn’t recoup the cost of making the project.

I wholeheartedly disagree.

Aquaman is a fantastic character. He’s strong physically, yes, but also strong morally. Yet, as said before, he’s more human than most other fully-human comic book characters. He struggles emotionally at times. His dual heritage means that Arthur Curry is not fully at home—or welcome—on land, or in the ocean. Each side finds him suspicious because of his bloodline from the other. He’s an outcast wherever he goes. And, despite his moral strength, Aquaman has killed. He accidently murdered the father of a man named David (last name still unknown) in a rage-filled attempt to avenge the death of his own father at David’s hands. David, in a on-going attempt to avenge his own father, became Black Manta—one of Aquaman’s greatest foes. To this day Aquaman deeply regrets his actions that day; that never stops eating at him.

Aquaman’s personality, social status as sometimes King of Atlantis, yet mistrusted by people both in Atlantis and on land, combined with his physical attributes, would allow for a deeply-compelling, layered film. A movie focusing on the character could incorporate so many things. We could see an emotionally-vulnerable, yet morally strong superhero on screen. Aquaman could well be a role model for everyone if people would simply show this character the support and respect he deserves.

On top of that, for those who are drawn in and captivated simply by eye-candy CGI, an Aquaman movie would provide lots of that, too. I keep imagining what Atlantis and the underway seascapes would look like in such a movie. They would be truly incredible.

People who simply want lots of action in a film could also be satisfied by an Aquaman movie. Even when not working as part of the Justice League team, Arthur Curry is a man of action. He has a rogue’s gallery as impressive as Batman’s in length, on top of the companies he takes on who are harming the ocean environments of the Earth.

The possibilities for a film focusing on Arthur Curry are endless. I very much hope that the upper echelon bozos at Warner Bros. pull their collective heads of the sand and realize that very quickly. From what I keep reading on-line, they do plan to give us an Aquaman-centric film at some point. But they keep pushing that back, further and further. It seems they want to release the Batman/Superman film, which is currently in development, and then release “Wonder Woman”, “The Flash”, “Green Lantern 2”, and “Justice League” before working on “Aquaman”. There other in-development films based on DC comics characters, too, that will probably see release before “Aquaman”. And, I fear that Warner Bros. will simply slap something together, half-heartedly, in the expectation than an Aquaman film will fail, thus sabotaging the project, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. I don’t want that to happen. I want them to release a solid, well-thought out “Aquaman” movie. I want them to promote and market the film properly. Such a project could prove to the world that Aquaman is an excellent, solid character who is to be admired and respected.

As a writer, and a fan of Aquaman, I would relish the chance to work on an Aquaman project—be it a novel (where the lion’s share of my experience lies), comic book project, TV series (live action, or animated), or a film (again, live action, or animated). Warner Bros.? DC Comics? Are you listening to me? Here’s an experienced writer who wants a chance to help prove to the world that Aquaman could be a gold mine for you. Where do I sign up?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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