Superhero Cage match as Flash and Arrow take on some villains

That’s how you do a promo video!

I know it’s like a year away, but this gets me even more excited for the Flash/Arrow spinoff

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What do Phil Lord and Chris Miller mean for The Flash and the DC Cinematic Universe

So just this past week it was announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie fame (though I’ll always love them for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) were to be involved with The Flash movie. Now one thing about these 2 guys is that they are very funny, taking concepts that may not seem very desirable but making them hilarious and successful. And one thing that can not be said about the DC Cinematic Universe, is that it is very funny. OK we’ve only had one movie so far, but that movie was Man of Steel, a Superman movie, Superman who is a beacon of light for so many, and made it kind of dark, even made Superman kill (FYI, I wasn’t actually that affected by the death scene, but the internet was outraged). So how will their style of film fit into this.

If there is a character in the Justice League who is more upbeat than Superman, then it is The Flash. Here is a guy, who in one of the most beautiful moments in the Justice League animated series, stops Batman and Orion from beating on The Trickster and instead make sure he takes his meds and promises to go and see him in the hospital.

So when the plans for a Justice League film were announced, my first thought is how will Flash fit in to this Man of Steelverse. But getting Phil Lord and Chris Miller might save it from being too gritty and dark. And if DC is allowing Flash to go in that direction, there’s hope for other films, Shazam in particular, which require a lighter feel. I’m just glad that not every DC movie will feel the same, part of what makes Marvel work is that individual films feel like different genres as opposed to just being superhero movies.

Also I know if these 2 are writing the script, they have to make some sort of reference to the CW show, whether it’s included or not is a different story.

Ranking the weeks comic book movie reveals

It felt like this was a week where studios with comic book properties decided to reveal character from said properties. I’m not complaining, after all, it is the week DareDevil came out and the first showing of Avengers, so other studios took that chance to get themselves a little buzz.

5. Justice League Cast Reveal

Suicide Squad

Coming in at number 5 is a cast picture without anyone actually in costume, which is cool, but it doesn’t beat the rest of the reveals this week. However it does have Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, AKA Adibisi, AKA the man who I hope will end up winning the Game of Thrones, then tipping his crown to the side. He will be playing Killer Croc, and if he channels some of that Beware the Batman Killer Croc, then we’re in for a treat. This picture also made everyone ask where is Jared Leto, which is  the first time that has happened.

4. Jared Leto as The Joker

And here he is taking the picture and channelling the classic Killing Joke cover. Yeah so his hair is gone, which is a shame, because it looked mad soft, but it is what it is. I’m cautious about this film, however I am looking forward to it, probably a bit more than Batman vs Superman, feel like with this one they can let loose a little bit.

3. DareDevil costume

daredevil

I’ve written before about how i don’t actually hate Affleck’s DareDevil film, but this series looks like it takes it to another level (I haven’t had a chance to start it yet.) But part of me feels like this costume doesn’t actually suit him, I’m sure it looks better on screen but in this image, just not feeling it.

2. The Thing

the thing

Despite the lack of eyebrows, The Thing looks really good. I have this weird feeling, and it’s probably completely wrong, that this has a chance to exceed expectations, which isn’t too hard considering expectations for it are so low. I didn’t hate the trailer, it had an epic sci fi feel, while I would prefer a more light hearted take on the characters, you can’t write off something based just on the trailer, well you can, that’s kind of the point of trailers, but yeah, I’ll check it out.

1. Vision

Vision

Along with positive reviews for his part in Age of Ultron, this week has been a week of Vision. Marvel has kind of kept him under wraps until very recently, but we got a proper look at him this week, and what a look it is. Taking enough of the comics without looking too cartoony, this shot Vision and the hype around the first responses saying he is the person to look out for has me really excited, which I obviously already was, because it’s Avengers.

Lamenting the loss of Beware the Batman

There are many, many animated action shows which have been deemed to be cancelled too early, Young Justice, Sym-Bionic Titan, Green Lantern the Animated Series just to name a few. And this streak wasn’t ended when Cartoon Network cancelled Beware the Batman last year.

When it was first announced, complaints were made, of course. “Why another Batman show?” “Why CGI?” “Why are they using secondary villains?” The problem any Batman series will have is that it is not Batman: The Animated Series, the pinnacle o Batman media, considered by some to be the best representation of Batman on screen. But you have to take things as they come, just because something doesn’t match up to a previous version, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. And that’s exactly what I did with Beware the Batman.

I actually thought it was quite refreshing that we got different Batman villains to what we are used to seeing, even if a couple were kind of just straight up replacements (Magpie was Catwoman, Anarky was The Joker). 2 of the most exciting villains were Humpty Dumpty and Killer Croc. Humpty Dumpty’s stand out episode was one he was hardly in but his fingerprints were all over, Games, a Saw style murder mystery that put the characters together in a house full of traps. Killer Croc was just brutal and his fight with Batman in the prison was probably the best of the series.

The show was split into 2 arcs, League of Assassins and the rise of Harvey Dent in the second. The second half was a lot stronger than the first and culminated in a great 3 parter that brought in the ubiquitous Deathstroke.

And that is why I am really upset about this ending, you had so many things set up in Season 1 that Season 2 could have built on. We saw the formation of The Outsiders in the season finale, consisting of Batman, Katana, Alfred, Barbara Gordon, Man-Bat and Metamorpho, imagine a season 2 becoming a team up show like a Justice League that allows different characters to have stand alone episodes. We know Harvey Dent would have completed the transition and become Two Face, something which had been built up really well in the final 13 episodes of the series. Anarky was still in the mix, as we saw in the last episode, his game of human chess had been won by Batman, but he was up to play again. And mentions of the Penguin were made. Would the series have introduced more of the classic villains? I like to think no, it had a decent rogues gallery, and with 75 years of comics mine, I’m sure more could have been introduced.

But these are all what ifs, as we all know another action show has been sent out to pasture,  which I don’t understand,  at a time where superhero movies are the biggest things in cinema, we can’t get a decent serialised superhero story in animation. These shows aren’t given a chance to grow and expand, instead cut of just as they begin to grow their wings

Superman has a goatee and the Justice League is a terrorist organisation in the first clip from Justice League: Gods and Monsters

It’s been a while since Bruce Timm worked on a DC project (75th Anniversary short aside) so it’s good to see him back. And what a way to come back, presenting the beloved Justice League as pseudo villains. I am particularly looking forward to see the portrayal of Lex Luthor as his arc on the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited was really interesting.

There’s also a preview video with discussions with Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano:

Trailer for new Syfy shows Killjoys actually looks decent

So SyFy is currently in the process of trying to regain it’s stronghold in genre television, which has meant we have seen a few attempts to recreate the success of its most successful show, BattleStar Galactica. However this trailer for their new show Killjoys, which is from the producer of Orphan Black actually looks quite fun. I like the idea of a crew of bounty hunters going from planet to planet on missions. And yeah so the planets will be different parts of Canada, that place is like a different planet anyway.