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CW’s The Flash just finished up its second season along with the other DC TV shows including Arrow and Legends of Tomrrow. Out of all these shows, The Flash is by far the most fun to watch because, in my opinion, it properly balances the lighthearted nature of the character with the drama that superheroes face. I immediately find myself thinking about how The Flash is my favorite of the DCTV shows, but then I stop and wonder if my being a fan of the character and comics gets in the way, because I always get caught up in the fan service the include and ignore the flaws until the next day. The Flash has had two really great seasons, they have been fun and exciting, but that doesn’t take away from the flaws or weak writing, which is why I hope to see some things change going into the third season.
Spoilers about comics and the show, so if you don’t want to know the possible fate of certain characters, don’t read on
This second season brought a lot of new elements to the show that will hopefully have some great long-term impact. Wally, despite starting out pretty stale and poorly written, has grown on me and become a decent character who I’m hoping continues to get better. The Velocity formulas were introduced and it seems like Jesse Quick will eventually turn into the speedster that she is in the comics which is exciting because we are seeing some elements of the Flash family being built up into the show. We also got to see a significantly sized down version of the Infinite Crisis story during his battle with Zoom, which was pretty cool visually. On top of this, the death of Zoom by the Speedforce creates the Black Flash, who looked phenomenal and presumably will make a return at some point in the future. There are a lot of great things to come that should be the basis of more rich plot lines depending on where the writers decide to take things and these are also elements that make the Flash such a great character with great stories, the balance of sci-fi and reality.
The second season ends in a similar fashion to the first season with Barry running back in time to the moment of his mother’s death, but, this time he saves her. When I was watching the first season finale live I was shaking my girlfriend while repetitively saying FLASHPOINT, FLASHPOINT, FLASHPOINT. Yet, we actually ended up watching Barry go against his emotions and let everything happen how it should be. While I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be getting the television show’s take on one of the greatest stories, I was actually super impressed that the character was able to be so mature and wise about things. I actually was really happy with the decision they made. During the finale of season two, we see how shaken Barry truly is and how big of a tole the hero role is taking on him. He continues to watch the people closest to him die or be hurt, he keeps getting betrayed by those closest to him, and, to him, it feels like despite everything he accomplishes, it comes at too great a cost to feel like he’s actually having an impact.
They chose to end season two with the set up for Flashpoint. Once again we watch the same scene play out again; however, this time Barry isn’t thinking rationally and he is operating off of complete emotion. He saves his mother leaving us with the question, what type of a butterfly effect will this have on the present day? All of these things are a Flash fan and comic lover’s dreams come true. With the DCMU being a complete mystery right now it’s unbelievable to see all of these great classic DC elements get the recognition they deserve, and I love The Flash for giving us that, but eventually I stop and wonder, does all of this outweigh the flawed continuity and repetitive plot points?
It’s the second season in a row where the show’s villain has been an enemy speedster who takes on a false identity to dupe team Flash into thinking they have a friend, but are really a foe. Jay wasn’t that great of a character and I honestly couldn’t stand Teddy Sears until he started getting to play a villain, which he pulled off much more convincingly. Zoom was built up to be this big threat but there were just so many times that either him or Flash could have ended things. My biggest problem was when they had Cisco vibe a trapped Zoom on Earth 2; by this point they knew that Jay was dying from the failed Velocity formulas and they had sealed up all of the breaches leaving him left for dead. He wasn’t shown doing anything to really force Barry to come after him or re-open the connection between Earth’s. At the end of the season Zoom also wouldn’t necessarily have to race Barry, but only charge up the machine by running around it twice the amount. It’s plot points like those that become too hard to ignore after a while and also just seem like lazy writing.
Despite stumbles along the way, it doesn’t mean The Flash lacks any good or extremely well done ideas either. The moments Barry shares with his three father figures always feel extremely meaningful and I love his connection with all of those characters. Barry’s interactions with those characters are usually when we see how human and level headed he is as a person. This is sort of why the end of the season bugged me, because it seems like Barry has just thrown everything he’s learned on his journey out the window and let himself become consumed by his emotions. He decides to save his mother without taking into consideration the repercussions that it could cause. I understand that Barry is tired of losing people, but I think his actions are pretty selfish, especially considering what he has gained this season. Barry gets a non-evil Wells figure back into his life, he actually develops a relationship with Wally by season’s end and Iris even wants to start a relationship with him, which should be icing on the cake. The naive and impulsive decision seems so out of character and is another recycled plot idea.
The Flash had a strong second season and I have no doubts that I will love the third season just as much. Flashpoint is an amazing story and idea that will be another amazing thing to watch on live television. I am really hoping they stretch out the new reality for the entire first half of the season and think that would be interesting to watch. All I would hope to see from The Flash is more originality going forward. They do so well by bringing important classic comic elements to life that are vital to the character, but I just want it to be different. I would love to see them do a full on Gorilla Grodd Planet of the Apes attempt or a focus on the Rogues working together, just something that will change things up. I hope that Berlanti and co. aren’t getting stretched too thin having to focus on four shows at once, but we’ll find out the truth behind that this Fall.
How did you feel about The Flash season 2 overall? Let me know, I’d love to discuss it!
Five years ago DC Comics decided that they thought it would be a good time to finally reboot their entire universe and start fresh for the new generations of comic readers. We all know how the story goes at this point; Flashpoint happens, it reboots the universe, the New 52 begins. Now, there was a bunch of good and bad within the New 52, and it was a brave and bold move by DC to decide to wipe away decades of history and start anew, but in the long-term things just didn’t hold up. It has only been five years since the inception of the New 52, so when Rebirth was announced, it rightfully freaked everyone out. Was this another universe reboot? Had DC acknowledged their mistakes but decided to scrap the new universe? It was an interesting announcement, but, in Geoff Johns we trust.
Despite not being a DC Comics expert and trying to catch up with A LOT, I absolutely loved this book. I have enough knowledge to know the deal with Wally, and he was the perfect story to focus on because of the emotional wrapped up in his character. For me, seeing Wally try to find his way back to reality by having a single person remember him was really sad, and I wasn’t sure if he would make it back. When he decides to visit Barry, when Wally thinks all hope is lost, I was pretty sad and thought that it might actually be the end; yet, when Barry remembers and they both begin to break down from the flood of memories that come rushing back, it hits you in the feels really hard.
The use of Wally trying to get back is also a great way to re-introduce us to what all of the characters are up to. Something that the story does really well is transition us into this new era of storytelling for DC by acknowledging the changes of the New 52 and that we can expect changes going forward. Wally talks about how Green Arrow and Black Canary are meant to be but currently don’t even know each other, he watches with familiarity as Aquaman proposes to Mera, and it’s things like this that help blend the past and the present of DC Comics for the readers.
Throughout the story, Wally keeps discussing the idea that it wasn’t actually Flashpoint that launched the New 52 and changed things, but an outside force who was attacking them. In the end, we learn that it was the Watchmen, or, at least, Dr. Manhattan. It’s a really interesting concept to move forward with and something that I’m excited to read through. This story positions the Watchmen as enemies and that should be a really fun confrontation.
Overall, DC Rebirth was an amazing comic. People keep commenting on the fact that it was the best DC Comic to be released in the past 10-15 years, which I can’t claim, but I can at least believe. The story presented carried a ton of emotional weight and is an extremely unique idea that feels like it’s going to work. Geoff Johns knows what he is doing and shows us that time and time again. I’ve only recently started getting back into DC comics on a hardcore level; I know I have a lot to catch up with, but I can already see the difference between some New 52 stories and Rebirth. What it comes down to is Rebirth had he emotion and heart that goes missing in the New 52. I probably won’t be caught up or following the Rebirth titles right away, but I can’t wait until I get there.
Last night the full length Batman v. Superman trailer was released during Jimmy Kimmel Live! When I initially discovered that this would be the followup to MoS, I was pretty pumped that we were going to get Batman back in the DCMU so quickly. Although I’m not the hugest Zack Snyder fan, I do like a lot of his work; Watchmen was amazing and even 300 was super cool. Yet, his take on Superman was definitely different from what we’ve seen before.
I’ve loved the dark tone that is being established for this universe because it worked for the Nolan Batman trilogy and brings a unique style to these classic heroes and their stories. Henry Cavill is a pretty solid Superman in my opinion (although I’m not the biggest expert on the character) and I have enjoyed his performance so far. I was on board with Battfleck from the moment it happened, and have really only questioned the Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor decision although I can understand what they saw in him (see Social Network).
When the San Diego Comic-Con trailer was released, I was actually more on board for BvS than I ever had been. It was just like seeing the first clips for The Avengers where I was just mind blown to see these characters on the big screen together. I loved everything it had set up and actually thought the movie looked pretty badass; however, last night’s full trailer was a huge let down to me, and it seemed like the bad outweighed the good.
- The DC holy Trinity: Holy crap! We got to see the DC Holy Trinity lined up on screen. That was pretty amazing. It was a comic nerd’s dream in the same way we saw The Avengers together in one place. I love this, they looked so good, and it’s not even the full Justice League!
- The Clark vs. Bruce Dynamic: I loved that the trailer opened up with Clark and Bruce meeting. This was awesome and their interaction was perfect. Bruce’s brooding criticism of how the Daily Planet writes puff pieces praising an alien yet calls Batman a vigilante. The movie is Batman vs. Superman, so I’m pumped to see these two constantly interacting and how their relationship develops.
- The Dark Tone & Setting: The one thing I loved about MoS was its dark tone and setting. Although a very nontraditional looking Superman and setting, the DCMU is really diversifying itself with a gritty more realistic feeling take on superheroes. While there was too much destruction in MoS, I definitely didn’t mind the tone it created. I love the look that BvS is establishing so far and am excited to see this world expanded.
- Alexander Luthor Jr.: We heard that Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor, or, apparently, Alexander Luthor Jr.. While I’m glad to hear that he isn’t his father, the portrayal of the character has me scratching my head a bit. As many have already stated, the trailer makes him feel like the Joker and he’s a little too quirky for my taste. The trailer reveals that he seems to be the one pushing Batman and Superman to fight one another, but we’ll see his full plan in the movie. What really bothered me about Eisenberg was that we saw too much of him. I would have loved to have seen the quick clip of his excitement that Clark and Bruce have met and how he loves bringing people together, but cut it there. I know and believe that Eisenberg can pull off the dark brooding evil moments like in the Social Network, but this trailer was definitely not what I had been expecting from the character.
- The Doomsday Reveal: Along the same lines as seeing the holy trinity together on screen, seeing Doomsday was amazing. Seriously, it’s crazy to think this character is going to come to life before our eyes; however, I’m disappointed they revealed it now. We were under the impression that Luthor was the main villain and from previous clips knew he recovered Zod’s body, but just gives us the Doomsday roar and leave the mystery for the actual film. The character felt a little more CGI that I would have liked, but he still looked cool nonetheless. I’m just disappointed that they showed him because it would have been a phenomenal reveal that I would geek out on in the theater.
- It’s a Long Revealing Trailer: The movie trailer standard has turned into releasing long theatrical mini-movies that usually reveal too much. The Batman V. Superman trailer does exactly that, and is what really put a sour taste in my mouth when it was all said and done. The editing was off and chose to display a long string of moments that sort of spell out the plot of the movie. The theme of this is Batman and Superman seeing each other as threats only to realize that they are better off working together because they believe in the same cause. This trailer sort of kills that whole idea. As I said before, I loved seeing the holy trinity on screen, but I think it would have been smarter to just keep Doomsday out and show Wonder Woman drop in. In my opinion, that would make the comedic line, “I thought she was with you,” land better because it doesn’t disrupt the tension that the Batman & Superman vs. Doomsday establishes. I really loved the teaser and the SDCC trailer, but felt like this was too much.
I really want this movie to be good. I don’t see anything as a competition between Marvel and DC, because both are so amazing in their own right. The DCMU is definitely diversifying itself with a darker more realistic tone, and I’m hoping it can accomplish that look and feel within all of the characters. I almost wish I hadn’t seen this trailer because I loved the idea that anything was possible in this movie, and no matter what, it would be about the entire dynamic between the Batman/Superman relationship. It would have been nice for them to not give us a skeleton of the plot and save all of the fun stuff like Doomsday and Wonder Woman for the actual movie. The scenes look pretty cool, but this was just a classic case of a trailer that is too long and revealing.
What did you think of the trailer? Let me know!!
Well, I finally was able to catch up with the Superior Spider-Man series just as it’s heating up towards what should be a huge finale this spring. The most recent issue, #28, totally flipped SpOck into an unusual world of chaos with him being the one to scramble for his life.
The issue opens with Spider Island up in flames. How? The last we saw of SpOck he had outsmarted the Goblin King and discovered his underground hideout with a projection of himself. Right?
It turns out the Goblin King was one step ahead of Otto and sent his three goblin glider warriors to blow up the entire island complex. This is the first time that SpOck has really been in trouble; he literally has to flee everything he has built on the back of Automaton (the magnificent whirr-klikk-iking robot). He barely gets away, but damn, this was really an intense start to the issue. The Goblin King doesn’t even care that Otto got away because he already has established plans to go take everyone close to SpOck hostage.
Meanwhile Mayor Jameson, of course, rolls out his newest line of “Goblin Slayers” which are really just Spider Slayers — which remind me of the navy Star Wars battle droids repainted to look like a Portal turret with a hologram of Jonah’s face in the center. Jameson has been pretty frustrated about being controlled by SpOck, so there was no surprise to see him make a prideful power move like this; although, I’m totally expecting it to just create more problems.
As I mentioned, the Goblin King had already sent out some thug units to go kidnap all of the close known associates to SpOck, starting with Mary Jane, who decided to become super badass in this issue. Three of the flying child goblins come crashing through window; poor firefighter Ollie is helplessly swinging a chair in the air to ward them off, and all of a sudden, THWIP! TWIP! That’s right, Mary Jane pulls out some web shooters and traps the 3 mini goblins to the wall. She understands exactly how the Goblin plays games and out of nowhere grabs Ollie and pulls him out the door like she had some Emergency Goblin Protocol ready. It’s great, she gathers up May and Jay while telling her own mother to take the first flight out of town. I think Mary Jane is the reason SpOck will be able to win this one, by “removing pieces from the board.”
We find out that Otto made it back to Parker Industries safely, but he was tracked down and confronted by Monster, who pulls off her mask to reveal that she is a Goblinized Carlie. She forces her way through all of Parker Industry’s defense mechanisms, eventually getting her desired one on one time with Otto. Even though this looks like it could be pretty bad, Carlie is still able to somehow temporarily take control of Monster and tell Otto that he better cure her before it’s too late. She says that Otto has no idea what the Goblin King has in store for him,
but no, oh no, the worst thing that could happen, the issue ends with the Goblins capturing the one person that truly matters to Otto;
Damn. I really love this series, I think it’s one of the coolest original and unique ideas that I’ve ever read. I’ve loved SpOck from the beginning; he was a fun and cool change to the character and a great break from Peter Parker. I definitely want Pete back, but am really really going to miss the professionally serious and technical approach that Otto’s character brings to Spider-Man.
The only thing that I didn’t like in this issue was the two full page panels that showed ghost Peter slowly losing himself having to relive Otto’s memories. While the full page layouts were nicely designed, I thought it interrupted the flow of the main story. I’m definitely interested in what happens to Peter and how he comes back, but honestly, I don’t want it to take away at all from this Goblin Nation story and how awesome and crazy it’s getting, especially with only 3 issues to go.
Overall, I thought this was another awesome issue of the Superior Spider-Man, and obviously cannot wait for issue #29, especially because Spidey 2099 appears in his costume again!
Going forward, my one big theory or expectation is that Anna Maria, sadly, will die before the series is over. We know that Peter is coming back, and she’s Otto’s love interest, not his. Now she’s been kidnapped, and while Otto would probably do or give anything to protect her, it would be a really tragic way to show him that he’s not superior. It’s the easiest way for the writers to eliminate the relationship and totally wreck Otto for good, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
How did everyone else like this month’s issue of the Superior Spider-Man? Let me know!
So everyone loves the Flash; he’s the most relaxed, funny, and generally likable superhero in the DC Comic universe. It’s awesome that he will finally be represented on screen in the modern era, and holds even more promise because of how good Arrow has been so far for its first two seasons.
I’m not totally sold on Gustin yet, only because I haven’t seen him in anything, but from the little bit we saw in Arrow, he seemed fine.
I definitely love this picture though, the head part of the suit looks awesome and about as good as I could have imagined it. Hopefully a full body picture is released soon and the entire costume can be revealed!
What do you think?
Alright, so here we are entering the final chapters of the All Out War story line. Issue 121 of The Walking Dead comic is chapter 7 out of 12 in this run, which technically begins the start of All Out War: Part Two, and is setting up for the end of this arc which has been very intense so far.
In this issue Eugene and the bullet makers for Rick’s side get compromised and captured by Negan and his gang, meanwhile everyone else just seems really tired from this war and unable to stand the casualties it has cost them. It turns out everyone is going to relocate back to the Hilltop with Maggie and her crew.
It seems like there is going to be one last major battle between Rick and Negan that takes place at the Hilltop, which will probably work to Rick’s advantage. It obviously really hurts to have Eugene in Negan’s possession, but I really hope he holds out somehow and doesn’t end up supplying them with the ammunition.
Either way, I think that the reason Negan will be defeated is because of Dwight. We know he’s secretly on Rick’s side, and proved it by killing Negan’s men and giving Jesus the grenades. I think he’s possibly been getting a group together to turn on Negan, which could come as a nice flank for Rick in a battle…
There have been a bunch of deaths so far in All Out War, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more in these next five issues. That’s plenty of time for a lot to still happen, and this will probably have a very big and thrilling end because Negan has been the toughest challenge that Rick has faced so far.
Overall, I thought that issue #121 was relatively boring and was mainly set up to kick off All Out War: Part Two, but I’m really excited for the rest of this story.
– Eugene has been caught by Negan. Ouch. Hopefully he holds out.
– Rick’s group is moving to the Hilltop. Could be an advantage in positioning.
– Heath said goodbye to Denise. I think that this will cause him to rage and either blame Rick or aim his anger towards Negan and become a huge asset.
– Ezekiel and his people are possibly leaving, but are considering going to the Hilltop with Rick and gang. I think they’ll head to the Hilltop, or return in a final battle.
What did everyone think of this issue? Drop a comment below and let me know how you see the All Out War story unfolding!
So this is a good visual aid from the Reddit r/movies page to help you stay clear on which studios have the rights to certain Marvel characters and groups.
It’s nice and easy to follow!
I’ve been keeping up with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and like many, I found myself on the fence about deciding whether to give up watching or not. The show got off to a rough start and just felt boring most of the time because of its lack of, I guess, Marvel-ness. People wanted minor heroes and villains to pop up from time to time, or at least let us see inside of S.H.I.E.L.D. more… I get that the point of this show is to focus on agents, not heroes, but the majority of the characters still felt annoying and out of place. However, if you have been one of the viewers, like me, to push through and hang tough with the show, it now has become very rewarding. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a huge pain to get through, but last night’s episode; “T.R.A.C.K.S.” may have just been the best yet.
I’m going to keep this short.
And of course, spoilers ahead…
In last night’s episode, I felt like we were given a full plate; interesting plot, confusing timeline of events, and great character arcs. Just little things filled out last night’s episode like Agent May with all of her solo fights and how she escaped nearly being tortured. I loved watching her dagger skills and finally seeing what she can do. Everyone seemed to get in on the action last night and it’s been good they have found ways to get the characters off of the plane finally. Skye showed off her newly acquired fighting skills, but you can see she is still learning, but it’s okay! because Fitz is now comfortable with shooting the “night-night” gun to cover her. Even Simmons got out of the plane and had to function in a undercover situation. It seems like the writers have found the groove for each character and they are aware of the roles. Tonight was hilarious when Coulson and Ward were trying to figure out the holotable, but being field agents, they are completely defeated when it comes to advanced technology.
The biggest and best part about the night was that Deathlok has arrived!! This was huge news when it was announced Mike wasn’t dead, but actually the cyborg mercenary. I didn’t expect them to deliver so quickly, but last night he was showing off the new leg in the episode and is working for the Clairvoyant. I’m hoping to see Mike slowly become more and more cyborg (like the picture to the right), and there was evidence of that eventually with Ian Quinn saying, “every piece of technology in you is top of the line”.
Then, to top off the arrival of Deathlok and finish up the episode, Quinn ends up shooting Skye twice and by the time Coulson and the team get to her, she doesn’t seem to have a pulse. They throw her into the hyberbaric chamber that was just previously preserving Mike, but I wonder if they will be bale to save her. I have pretty much hated Skye the most throughout this entire season and just didn’t enjoy her character or anything she was doing. The writers have created this mystery about her being some type of alien which has definitely increased my interest in the character, but they have also made a nice choice to have her start showing off her basic fighting capabilities and worth. Last night I definitely found myself sad when she was shot because she now has a purpose in the show. I’m not expecting her to die, in fact, I think it’s probably a good thing because she might have some regeneration or super self healing powers that come forth from this.
This episode of AoS was very eventful and filled with action. I thought the storytelling was really awesome with how they picked up the plot from different perspectives to slowly reveal the entire timeline of events. I think that “T.R.A.C.K.S.” was the best AoS episode to date and now there is a lot to look forward to this show going forward.
We still don’t even know who the Clairvoyant is yet! The big bad guy behind the scenes who is apparently psychic and pretty evil. I’m hoping it’s someone really awesome from the comics, but either way, the inclusion of Deathlok makes everything way better! We also still have Graviton and Blizzard looming in the depths; two more villains who have been established and could return anytime! I’m really excited with where AoS seems to be going, especially that Marvel has been tying it into the movies as well. Hopefully they can keep this up!
What did everyone think of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night? Did you enjoy the episode? Let me know why or why not!
Empire magazine celebrated its 25th anniversary by releasing 25 X-Men: Days of Future Past character covers yesterday. You can check them out here on slashfilm.com. I still have to read the Days of Future Past comic (I know, I know…) but am really excited for the film. I think most of the costumes look good; future Wolverine with that body armor looks sweet, Fassbender looks awesome, even the sentinels look mean. Like I said, these covers are really solid looking.
The one problem I have. The single cover that I hate! Although it could possibly be considered the most important of them all!
I guess he kinda looks futuristic? Right? With all the shiny silver and the nifty goggles and gadgets? I know it’s tough to do the silver hair thing and make it look good but I just don’t like the costume they’ve set him up in. Obviously, this doesn’t relate to Evan Peters’ acting capabilities, so he could still be great in the role. The costume just feels fake and reminds me of this.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… X-Men: Days of Future Past looks sweet and pretty much all of the covers have me excited to see both X-Men movie cast combine.