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Superheroes and the Small Screen

With Marvel and Netflix inking a deal to bring “Marvel’s Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen” to the small screen (Netflix being an internet version of television), there is the potential for even more heroes to follow the same path.

"The Man Without Fear"  [image property of Marvel Comics]

“The Man Without Fear”
[image property of Marvel Comics]

After regaining the rights to Punisher, Ghost Rider, Daredevil, and Blade, fans have been wondering what plans Marvel had for their darker properties. Now we (sort of) have an answer. Starting in 2015, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones will each have their own 13-episode runs on Netflix, culminating in a “The Defenders” mini-series. Depending on how successful this deal ends up being, it could open a lot of doors for other Marvel characters. And maybe even characters from other comic publishers.

For starters, an unrated Punisher series, made in the same vein of the Marvel MAX imprint, would be phenomenal. An unrelenting, bloody, violent, carnage-filled series showcase how truly badass the Punisher is, is exactly what Marvel needs. The same goes for Blade. It needs to be uncensored, violent and bloody. It’s a story about a half human/half vampire that hunts and kills other vampires. But it should definitely not star Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones. I don’t think Wesley Snipes should reprise the role either. We need a fresh perspective for both Blade and The Punisher.

Marc Spector/Moon Knight [image property of Marvel Comics]

Marc Spector/Moon Knight
[image property of Marvel Comics]

From there they could venture into the realm of a character like Moon Knight. He’s essentially Marvel’s version of Batman but with a few differences. He believes he’s the avatar for the Egyptian god of vengeance, so he might be just a tad bit crazy. Where Batman fights crime to avenge the murder of his parents, Moon Knight will kick the crap out of anyone he thinks deserves a butt-kicking because it makes him feel better about all the people he killed as a mercenary. He’s rich and uses gadgets like Batman, but he fights with a different code of ethics, so that could make for some interesting story arcs. After that they could even branch out to Cloak and Dagger, Black Panther, or Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier.

Other comic publishers could take notes from this and bring characters from Hellblazer, The Sandman, B.P.R.D., Preacher, 100 Bullets, Y the Last Man, and so on to life. DC Comics might have some success with this venture, even though they’ve had some recent success with Arrow and possibly even more success with a Flash spin-off, they still had shows for Aquaman and Wonder Woman that never made it past their pilot episodes. This might be the perfect way to set up their Justice League movie. Characters like Aquaman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter might not have what it takes to hold their own on the big screen like Batman (and to a lesser extent, Superman) but they would probably do very well (if written, acted, and directed properly) on the small screen. They shouldn’t be discourage by their previous failures, but be encouraged by the success of Smallville and Arrow.

The big screen has been good for Marvel, and I think the small screen will too. They have been able to dominate the competition quite easily and, from the looks of things, will continue to do so. But in order to stay in the game, the other comic book companies need to step up their game and start trying to make things happen in new outlets. Netflix, HULU Plus, iTunes, Amazon Video…something. The fans want to see their favorite characters brought to life, as long as it’s done well. A season or more of one-hour episodes gives you more time to fully develop a characters story than a few two-hour films would.  A leap to the small screen could be just the way to give them what they want.

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Randomness from Rob’s Random Mind: Chapter One

1. Ben Affleck as Batman

I’m still not a fan of him being Batman, but he is pretty damn funny. I’ll give him credit for taking all the crap he’s getting in stride. Taking it like a champ. But it comes with the territory, I guess.

Fluid Man, Coil Man, Multi-Man

Fluid Man, Coil Man, Multi-Man

 

 

2. The Impossibles

I’m probably one of four people that remember this cartoon, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be revived with a live action movie. A trio of rock and roll musicians who become superheroes when there’s danger…the story practically writes itself. Superhero movie are all the craze now, so this could be a huge success.

RALLY HO!

3. Josh Homme vs. Jay Z

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Take that, Jigga Man!

Apparently, Jay Z is a bit of a douchebag. At his Made In America Fest, he had his security search everyone that performed. Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age wasn’t a fan of that idea at all. Jay Z also wanted them to take pictures with the champagne that he gave them, another thing that struck a nerve with Homme. “And I thought that’s not a gift that is a marketing tool. So I destroyed it. Because I thought it was rude overall. And you shouldn’t frisk my guys, you should f–k off.” [source]

Job well done, Josh Homme.

4. Arrow Season 2

I’m pretty stoked for season two. Black Canary, more Deathstroke, and The Flash. Bring it on! Who knows what other heroes and villains will be introduced this season. There were a few references to Bludhaven, so maybe they’ll bring in Nightwing. Crossing my fingers for that one. Also hoping they find a way to tie the Arrow universe to the Man of Steel cinematic universe.

5. Supernatural Season 9

Just try to watch the new promo trailer and not get excited for the new season. No more angels?! Holy crap! What are the Winchesters gonna do without the assistance of Castiel. I mean, he’ll still be around but without any powers. All hell is gonna break loose! (No pun intended)

Plus, Death is back! Huzzah!

6. NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is about a month and a half away. I’m definitely going to try my hardest to participate in it this year. I need to avoid procrastinating with it like I do every year. I need the motivation, something that’ll kick me in the butt and get me to write on a regular basis.

7. PUMPKIN FLAVORED EVERYTHING!

*drool*

*drool*

My favorite part of Fall, other than Halloween, is that pumpkin flavored food and drink is available in abundance. So much deliciousness for me to enjoy! There’s also Peppermint flavored items but those are more of a Winter/Christmas thing. More on that later. Recommendations: Edy’s Pumpkin Ice Cream, Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin rolls, Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin Cappuccino, and Pumpkin fudge. YUM!

 

 

 

The Princess Bride. Excellent film.

The Princess Bride. Excellent film.

8. Mawwiage

“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam. And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah and evah… So tweasuwe youw wove”

I’m getting married on the 28th of September, and I couldn’t be more excited. Just wanted to throw that out there. Love is a wonderful, wonderful thing, folks.

*happy face*

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Man of Steel 2: Batman, Superman, & the Who and What I Want to See

Over the past few weeks, after DC/WB’s announcement of the MOS sequel, I’ve been thinking about who I would like to see in the film (characters and cast) and what should happen.

I’ve been wondering a lot about how this story is going to go. Are Bats and Supes going to be friends or enemies or enemies then friends once they realize they have a common goal? Who will the villain or villains be? Where will it take place? Metropolis or Gotham City or both? And this film is supposed to be a lead-in to the Justice League film, so will there be any guest appearances or clever references to other DC characters or places in the DC Universe?  There has also been talks of crossing the DC television universe into the cinematic universe, so is there a chance of “The Hood” making an appearance?

The World's Finest playing nice? (image source: WB & DC)

The World’s Finest playing nice? (image source: WB & DC)

First, for the story, I think they should do a combination of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and the animated feature The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest. The Joker (or The Riddler) shows up in Metropolis wreaking havoc, teams up with Lex Luthor for some sinister plot, and Superman has to ask Batman for help since he’s dealt with The Joker before and somewhat knows how he works. When Supes shows up in Gotham, Batman isn’t pleased after seeing the destruction he caused in Metropolis some time back, so at first they’re at odds. There’s a big epic fight but then they realize that they should be working together to thwart a greater threat, so they team up. Which means the film will spend a small amount of time in Gotham but will mostly take place in Metropolis.

Obviously, that means the villains of the film will be Lex Luthor and The Joker, the heroes of course being Batman and Superman. Recasting the Joker after Heath Ledger’s phenomenal performance in The Dark Knight will be difficult and Lex Luthor is never an easy task. There’s also the highly-likely chance that Batman/Bruce Wayne will be recast. However, I thought I’d take a crack at it.

1 – All recurring characters from Man of Steel should be played by the same actors because that was perfect casting.

A perfect choice, I think. (image created by Javier de Mairena)

A perfect choice, I think. (image created by Javier de Mairena)

2 – Batman/Bruce Wayne: Josh Brolin. He’s an incredible actor with great range, he can handle the physicality of the role, and he has the look. Strong jawline, gruff-looking, older, that’s what WB is looking for with this recast. Now I would love to have Christian Bale back, but on the chance that he doesn’t come back, Brolin is my top choice to put on the cowl.

3 – Lex Luthor: Billy Zane. I know many people don’t think much of Mr. Zane, but I find him to be an exceptional actor. He can play smart and sophisticated, as well as cold, calculated, and maniacal. Not to mention, he can pull off the bald look nicely.

4.1 – The Joker: Adrian Brody, Crispin Glover, Damian Lewis, or Robert Carlyle. One of these four actors would make a superb Joker. It’d be difficult for them to top Ledger’s performance but I’m positive they would give it their best, knowing that they have big shoes to fill. Honestly, Crispin Glover has always been a top choice for me but I believe Damian Lewis might actually be a better choice.

Tennant's Riddler.

Tennant’s Riddler.

4.2 – The Riddler: David Tennant or Matthew Gray Gubler. I’m partial to Tennant because he’s my favorite Doctor, a brilliant actor, and can play the conniving genius quite well. Gubler is also an incredible actor and would do well in the part but Tennant is my first choice.

5 – Commissioner Jim Gordon: Gary Oldman. If they bring Gordon into the film, there is no other actor that should play him than Oldman.

As for crossovers and references, I don’t think any crossovers should take place other than Bats and Supes, of course. It would be nice to see Stephen Amell make an appearance as Oliver Queen at least, but not “The Hood” (of course by the time this film is being made, they may actually be referring to him as “Arrow” or “Green Arrow” though). But WB could get by with just making references to other heroes and their respective cities without actually including them in the film. They don’t wanna blunder and pull a Spiderman 3 move and have too many characters in one film. Just stick with the two heavy-hitters and their main arches and don’t overdo it. I’d also like to make a point that Robin should not be involved in this film at all, neither the comic book character or Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character from The Dark Knight Rises.

The way I see it, this film could be the perfect stepping stone for DC/WB to lead them into the Justice League film and helping them to making the DC Cinematic Universe as successful as Marvel’s has become. On the other hand, this film could be a complete disaster and be a huge setback for DC/WB. Either way, I’m willing to give it a chance and see what happens.

Are you? What are your thoughts and predictions for Man of Steel 2?

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Recaps & Ramblings

I wasn’t really sure what to write about this week; I didn’t have a super-stellar idea for an article, so I thought I might just talk a bit about what’s going on in some of my favorite, and possibly NEW favorite shows, and offer my thoughts and musings.  Potential spoilers lie within.

Arrow

Arrow [source: megavideozer.com]

Honestly, I’ve only seen the first episode of this (the lack of cable television make it difficult to watch things on a regular basis), but it seems like it has potential. I know TJ has talked about it, but I thought I might offer some additional words. I was skeptical about the show at first because Justin Hartley wasn’t playing Green Arrow, but the new guy, Stephen Amell, seems like he might be okay. His acting comes across as a tad stiff sometimes, but hopefully he’ll grow out of that. Actually, I’m still warming up to most of the cast. It may take a few more episodes.

The stunts and fights have been pretty on-key, and his archery skills aren’t too shabby either, making for the potential of a great Green Arrow. There’s hints towards key characters, mainly Deathstroke, and they’re done very subtly, hinting that the writing might be pretty decent. And I’m stoked to see how John Barrowman’s character is going to fit into the mix. This show may end up being a new regular of mine.

Dexter

Dexter [source: wikia.nocookie.net]

I knew after last season’s ending that this season was just going to be amazing right from the beginning– it’s delivered. I mean, Deb figures out pretty much everything before the first episode ends. Well, the basics anyway. Sure, she took 6 seasons, but whatever, she knows–and there’s no going back now. This means Dexter has to be more restrained and a lot more careful with his kills because she is watching him like a hawk. It’s going to be incredibly tough for him, but I think he can pull it off. Just thinking about the tricks he might pull to get a kill gives me goosebumps. Also a plus, Ray Stevenson, aka “the good Punisher,” is on the show this season as the potential main bad guy, which means he has work. And that always makes me happy. I still have yet to see the latest two episodes, but I’m sure that they are incredible.

 

Supernatural

Supernatural [source: wikipedia.com]

This show just gets stranger and stranger, which I guess works for a show of its nature. The first five seasons had this huge story arc involving their dad, the yellow-eyed demon, and the Devil, all of which lead up to the apocalypse. After that, it’s pretty much gone on a season-by-season basis with tie-ins here and there, possibly leading up to something big. Not quite sure.

Series creator, Eric Kripke, only planned for fives seasons, so after the fifth ended and CW wanted more he handed over story control to someone else and became an executive producer. That might have something to do with the new weirdness. Season six was about Castiel‘s search for Purgatory, then finding and absorbing it to become “God,” then things got out of control so he tried to put it back but the Leviathan got out, and that’s where season seven took off. Seven was all about Leviathan and the brothers stopping them from using humans as a continual food source. Well they stopped Leviathan, but Dean and Castiel ended up in Purgatory and that brings us to the current season. Dean gets out (because it seems that neither Hell or Purgatory can hold Dean) by making buddies with a vampire and hitches a ride though some portal, but Castiel doesn’t escape. Apparently he’s dead, but probably not. It’s possible Dean may have left him there.

Sam tried to live a normal life and Dean got pissed because he didn’t try to find him, but they got over it. There was also an auction where some creepy old guy bought Mjolnir with five-eighths of a virgin, which I just shook my head at. (I thought you had to be worthy of it to possess it, but apparently you can buy it at auction. I’m gonna check eBay.) I hope this season doesn’t turn into a confusing ball of “When is this getting cancelled?”

Finally, my favorite:

Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy [source: Collider.com]

By far, the best show on television. Hands down. And I know that I’ve already talked once about the show this season, but I have to speak again. I just finished the past week’s episode (“Small World”), and eagerly await my chance to watch this week’s episode (“Toad’s Wild Ride”), and let me just say that my mind has been blown once again by this show’s awesomeness. First off, the title “Small World” makes me happy. If it had not been titled as such, then it should have been titled “Opie’s Redemption.” Because that was the best thing about this episode, payback for Opie’s murder. I breathed a sigh of relief when it all went down and smiled devilishly when it was over. Does make me slightly sadistic? Some more stuff happened that was also pretty damn good, including a total WTF ending, but the redemption part was the best. I can’t wait to see where this season is going.

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Arrow Review

I have a huge man-crush on Stephen Amell. Or maybe I’m just jealous of his abs. I just wanted to get that out of the way.

Arrow is the new superhero TV series on the CW. It was definitely made to fill the void left by Smallville‘s ending, and I think it does the job. While it hits many of the same beats, I think it surpasses Smallville (at least the first 5-6 seasons) in many ways.

Ollie is an adult.

Thank goodness. High School drama is ridiculous. If I’m going to have ridiculous drama in a show, I want it to be about adult superhero problems. Being an adult gives Ollie a certain amount of jaded-ness. He used to be a bit of a jerkwad; after the shipwreck (and the revealing of a dark secret by his father), he, like Batman, has to walk the line between the jerkwad public face and his more noble secret identity.

Dinah Laurel Lance and Tommy Merlyn

Remember how at the beginning of Smallville, other DC characters were doled out in such a miserly way? Arrow didn’t do that at all. Two of the main characters are Dinah Lance (who becomes Black Canary in the comics; she goes by “Laurel” on the show) and Tommy Merlyn (arguably Green Arrow’s arch-nemesis; here though, he is Arrow’s best friend, much like how they did the Luthor/Kent dynamic on Smallville.) 

The other big reference that I noticed was Deathstroke’s mask on the beach where Ollie was living. If Deathstroke is going to take on Green Arrow, we could be in for some epic hand-to-hand combat. Speaking of which…

Action

Remember how Clark Kent would just throw people? Green Arrow isn’t super strong, so he relies on his agility and hand-to-hand combat skills… and it works so well for televised action. The fights mean a little more when the hero could get knocked out or tazed at any time.

I like the parkour on the show. I think it’s fitting for the character.

Also, I don’t know if Ollie will take an oath not to kill people later, but he’s doing it right now. Arrows are a weapon meant for killing things, after all. He snaps people’s necks. He’s a bit brutal. Honestly, I think it makes more sense for the character, but I’m not sure how it’ll work out in the greater DC universe of the show.

Mystery

Ollie’s dad told him a secret. Then he killed himself. When Ollie comes back, he is out for revenge. We’re not sure exactly why, but we know his mom is probably working for the bad guys.

The cops are also looking for a guy in a green hood. The lead detective on the case (played by the guy that played Harry Dresden, Paul Blackthorne), who is also Laurel Lance’s daddy, already hates Oliver Queen because his other daughter died in the shipwreck that marooned Ollie. So, there’s drama everywhere.

I’m going to keep watching. It has its cheezy and nonsensical moments, but that’s par for the course on a superhero property. Looking at the descriptions of some future episodes this season, we’ll see some guest stars like Kelly Hu and John Barrowman (squee!), and some other DC characters like Deadshot will be showing up. All-in-all, I’m glad that the CW has a superhero series again.

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