Saturday, December 9, 2017

#ArmyNavy & Other Notes

A couple of notes here from Variety about the DCEU and its would-be movie projects following Justice League.

DC Shake-Up in the Works After ‘Justice League’ Stumbles
Warner Bros.’ corporate leaders at Time Warner support the moves and are said to be unhappy with the financial performance of “Justice League.” The film was intended to be DC’s answer to Marvel’s “Avengers,” uniting the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman under the banner of a team of world-saving superheroes. With a budget reported to be as high as $300 million, it represents an expensive bet. After three weeks of release, it has managed to gross $570.3 million worldwide. In contrast, the first “Avengers” film racked up $1.5 billion. The studio did have a number of successes this year with “Wonder Woman,” “Dunkirk,” and “It,” which has helped offset the disappointment of “Justice League.”

The ‘Justice League’ That Might Have Been: We’ve Seen the Script
Beall’s draft predated the current DC cinematic universe, which began with 2013’s “Man of Steel.” In fact, Beall wrote it a year before Christopher Nolan completed his Batman trilogy with “The Dark Knight Rises,” and before Disney’s Marvel released “The Avengers.” Its many Easter eggs, and world-spanning scope, feel in line with both “The Avengers” and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

I don't know how good (or bad) that first script was, but the concept was delightfully insane.  Highly recommend this article to fans of the DCU.

West Point Magazine Fall 2017

I finally got a chance to read the Fall 2017 issue of West Point's alumni magazine, and it was easily the best issue that they've ever produced.  The issue itself was about the opening, naming, and dedication of the new Benjamin O. Davis barracks at the Academy and about Davis's life.  

Briefly, Davis was only the fourth African-American graduate in West Point's history, and the first in the nasty, Jim Crow era of the early 20th century.  He was "silenced" at West Point but persevered and graduated, eventually earning the overwhelming respect of his classmates through sheer determination.  He went on to command the famed Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and eventually rose to the rank of General in the Air Force.  One of the biggest reasons that West Point chose to honor GEN Davis was its desire to highlight its own graduates' contributions to military aviation, and Davis is considered one of the Fathers of the U.S. Air Force.

Definitely worth a read.  Made me proud to be a West Pointer, and as these things often do, made me ask myself (again) what I've done for my country lately that is making a real difference.

Leading Army’s Running Game, Two Years After He Nearly Walked Away (NY Times)
But what is Bradshaw most proud of as his college football career nears an end?

“I’m proud I’m still here,” he said. “I’m proud that I was able to grow and adapt to West Point. I’m a different person than when I first got here.”

This is a terrific article, but the best part is right here at the bottom:

There was no epiphany for Bradshaw at Army, no magic path suddenly appearing that was easy to follow. He bought a whiteboard on which to write his school assignments each day, and chose a mission that he wanted to accomplish. He stopped questioning the rules he had to follow and instead did his best to follow them.

He asked himself, “Am I doing enough to prepare myself?”

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