Thursday, September 15, 2011
Geek out - The Cult of Timm
(more Speak Out With Your Geek Out)
In Hollywood chat among 'geeks', Joss Whedon fans have been referred to as "cult of Whedon" and some t-shirts are emblazoned "Whedon is God."
Now, I am not here to slam Whedon or compare, at all. I just use this example to illustrate those who love everything he touches.
Personally, I'd like to start a "Cult of (Bruce) Timm." Because, I thoroughly enjoy any animation project he does that involves the DC Comics universe.
I didn't get into comics until I was well into adulthood. Oh, I had the occasional horror comic, or old Conan comic, (Later, I would acquire graphic novels, collections and issues when Dark Horse revived the Conan line.) But, I never really appreciated the superhero vein.
Then I watched Cartoon Network's Justice League, produced by Bruce Timm.
I was hooked. I still am. I have all the series he produced, Batman: the Animated Series, Superman: the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League. I went back and caught up. I also have a shelf full of the action figures in my home office.
Since 2007, Timm & company have been producing DC Universe Animated Original Movies. These feature a rotating cast and crew and even changing animation styles. They don't need to have continuity, each stands alone, and I enjoy the mix up. All the movies have been from good to excellent.
I've delved into the occasional comic title, or graphic novel of DC superheroes now. Either because they were directly adapted or because I was curious to learn more. I will continue to do so. I've even picked some issues of the New 52 reboot. I know DC are probably losing some longtime fans, but for me - still a relative newbie - it's exciting to get in the ground floor. As a writer and fan, it will be interesting to see how the line is revamped - and what works, and what doesn't.
In short, I'm excited about superheroes and I don't think I would be saying that without Bruce Timm's work.
I don't know if this is a full geek out because I am not an expert on the history of the DC line, and I don't know minutiae about Bruce Timm. But, he opened the world of superheroes for me like no one had before.
If you haven't seen any of his DC Animated work, do yourself a favor. Pick an episode or a movie, any one should do. If you want a starting point, my favorite of the movies so far was Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.