I’ve only seen 6 episodes of The Flash and no episodes of Arrow so I’m probably not the right one to be posting this, but after the cut, a first extended look at DC and CW’s new spinoff series DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow.
I won’t spoil anything with regards to the “Name Dropping” reference in the title, but keep your ears open…
The first season of Flash was one of the most unexpected and fantastic surprises of the past year. It was an amazing show with action, intrigue, fun characters, a fantastic story arc, and an overall optimistic worldview that was lacking in other superhero movies or TV shows. It was so good I waived my typical rule of not letting my boys watch a primetime superhero show (Arrow, SHIELD) and allowed them to watch Flash–they loved it as well and we still watch some of the older episodes. The first season finale is one of the best episodes of superhero TV ever.
But now the second season is two episodes in and while the storyline continues to build there are a couple of troubling morality implications. I’m not condemning them…yet…but I am concerned. Head after the break to find out what has me troubled.
[SPOILER ALERT: THIS POST CONTAINS FLASH SEASON TWO SPOILERS FROM THE FIRST TWO EPISODES]
The Flash returns tonight to the CW, and fans probably couldn’t be happier. But there’s a lot of superhero bouncing around TV right now. Which one excites you, dear reader, the most? Answer the poll after the cut.
DC Comics has released the first look at Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders and Falk Hentschel as Carter Hall. Look for Hawkgirl and Hawkman to debut in this season’s Arrow and The Flash crossover before joining the spin-off show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
So, the CW has had a lot of success with Arrow and The Flash, so why not use some more characters from their combined universe that Watson already hates as a concept to make a team show?
Legends of Tomorrow is that show, featuring the Atom, a resurrected Sara Lance as the White Canary, Captain Cold and Heat Wave, Firestorm, Hawkgirl, and a Rip Hunter with that smarmy demeanor that makes you just want to pop the guy in the face. With what looks like a guest appearance at least by the Flash, and Vandal Savage as a bad guy who may have a giant robot, well, it has the potential to be fun.
The end of one TV season means the fate of dozens of network shows are being determined right now. What fate has befallen your favorite TV show? Vox has the full list on their site but check after the break for some of our own thoughts on current geek shows.
You know that superhero TV show? That one you really like starring that white guy who was an orphan and now fights crime? But as a vigilante, of course. And he has a secret identity which should be obvious to everyone around him but then again nobody seems to mind that there’s a leather costume for this superhero for no good reason?
Yeah, that show. Or should I say one of a dozen shows? This infographic from Bea Yuen shows that a lot of those cool superhero TV shows we’re enjoying right now are…somewhat similar. Check out the full-sized graphic after the break.
Netflix recently dropped the first of five superhero series for its subscribers to enjoy. Daredevil is quite good, though to be honest as of this typing I’ve only seen the first five or so episodes. Charlie Cox makes a good superhero. Vincent D’Onofrio is an excellent Kingpin. There was much rejoicing.
Now, I’m not here to review the series. Better reviewers than I have or will do so, and I have other things to do. Instead, I want to discuss tone and how it applies to superheroes on TV and to a lesser extent in the movies.
The CW has had some success with TV versions of Green Arrow and the Flash on, well, Arrow and The Flash, also known as the shows my wife rolls her eyes at when I say I’m going to sit down and watch one. Now, this season Arrow introduced Ray Palmer, also known as the Atom, and while he so far is more of an Iron Man than a guy who can shrink, the guy’s gotten a lot of screentime and Brandon Routh has been a welcome and charismatic addition to the series. Given how The Flash began life as an Arrow spin-off, would it be safe to assume The Atom is next? Eh, not quite.
Instead, the CW is looking to do a superhero team show, and this leads me to wonder…will it be a version of the Justice League?