Baby, I've missed you. *swoon*
I've never seen Batman look so happy. It's like his parents were never gunned down in front of his young, impressionable eyes! #Adorable
‘El Corazón’ by Hard ‘n Phirm, which I may very well have listened to 43 times on my commute to work this morning.
I had a productive day at work, obviously.
Very spoiler-tastic, but also *very* accurate.
A few years ago, I was at the New York Comic-Convention, waiting in line to get into a panel with a few acquaintances, when someone walked by in an excellent Tenth Doctor costume. When the people I was with started discussing how great the costume was, and how excited they were for Matt Smith to start as the Eleventh Doctor, I casually mentioned that I wasn’t, in fact, someone who had ever watched Doctor Who.
Their reaction was very similar to how I would imagine most people would respond to someone asking if they could molest a beloved pet while doing unseemly acts to the grave of a loved one. I was told, in an extraordinarily loud fashion, that I could not consider myself a nerd unless I watched Doctor Who. I shrugged it off, avoided accusing them of a lack of nerd credentials given that they were at a comic convention and didn’t know that Hulk and Captain America weren’t part of the Justice League  because I try to avoid nerd-on-nerd hate, and quietly swore that I would never watch Doctor Who. Ever.
Earlier this year, however, one of my friends told me that he had just gone through all of the new Doctor Who on Netflix, and that I had to give it a chance. I did, and I found the first few episodes of the first series painfully dull, which I decided to use as a defense for any future instances that someone told me I had to start watching the show. That same friend insisted that you had to watch it straight through to understand what was going on, and the Ninth Doctor was a leather-jacket wearing dose of British Ambien in my mind, so that wasn’t going to work, thank you very much.
It wasn’t until I met Tom at BiSC last May that I decided to give the show a final shot. Unlike the other Whovians , Tom not only listened to my complaint about the episodes I had watched, he actually accepted that someone could find something that he enjoyed less than rad.  He rejected my other friend’s claim that you needed to go through the first season to enjoy the others, and that if I started with the David Tennant episodes in series two, it was very likely that I would love it.
And, wouldn’t you know it, that charming Canadian bastard was 100% correct. I have since consumed series two through seven in the past few months , and have spent more time than is appropriate Googling various Doctor Who trivia. 
Basically, this is a very long-winded way of saying I am super excited for the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, which will be simulcast across the world on November 23rd, the trailer for which is above.
Because they are Marvel Characters, and the Justice League is published by DC Comics, you see. ↩
A nickname for Doctor Who fans that makes me wretch every time I hear someone say it. Which I only used here because I wanted to point out how much it annoys me, because I’m not above making myself gag in order to complain, dammit. ↩
Admittedly, the other fans I had spoken to were Americans – specifically, New Yorkers – and Tom is Canadian, so his more even-tempered homeland’s influence may have had a lot to do with it. ↩
Which is fairly impressive, considering my two-and-a-half job schedule and all. ↩
Because a nerd is not defined by what they enjoy, as far as I am concerned, but by the level of detail they want to learn about something they enjoy. Those are my nerd credentials, and you shall never take them from me. ↩
Thanks to a bit of good luck and a healthy dose of being related to the right people , I was at the Marvel Friends and Family screening of Thor: The Dark World yesterday. I know a lot of my friends, and some people I’ve seen on the internet in general, are going into The Dark World with fairly low expectations of it based on the first Thor film, which existed almost exclusively to explain who Thor is and give Loki a reason to want to take over Earth in The Avengers. 
Those people are going to be shocked, because The Dark World is an awesome movie, you guys. I love it almost as much as I love The Avengers, and I’ve seen that more than a dozen times in theaters, so that’s saying something.
You guys, #Thor is freaking GREAT. My only disappointment is that I have to wait until Friday to see it again.
— eD! Thomas (@edthomas) November 7, 2013
I am not going to write a “real” review – I think the above Tweet is more than enough of that – but I do have some quick, spoiler-free thoughts.
- Tom Hiddleston owns this movie. I would be okay with him playing every comic-book villain from here on out, as he’s got the mix of crazy/funny/intense down to a science.
- Unlike other movies with red-caped demigods I can name, The Dark World makes a character who should be completely unrelatable and gets you to not only to relate to them, but actively root for them as well. Marvel’s Distinguished Competition should take notes, because this is how you do an invulnerable alien superhero movie.
- How is it that people don’t know by now that you need to stay to the actual end of the credits of a Marvel movie? I was shocked at the number of people who had gotten up before the credits were done, and this was at a showing for Marvel-related people, so you’d think they’d know for crying out loud.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to be sitting here waiting anxiously for this to open on Friday so I can go see it again. (And again. And again.)