DC Dispatches: Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and… Doc Savage?

DC Dispatches: Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and… Doc Savage?

10 Jul, 2014

This week: Miho sins in Arrow, Gotham Freezes, Firestorm & Prof Zoom join The Flash… is Superman joining Arrow!? And who is “Doc Savage”?

DC Dispatches: Gotham, Batman vs Superman, The Flash & Justice League: War

DC Dispatches: Gotham, Batman vs Superman, The Flash & Justice League: War

23 Jan, 2014

This week: New Gotham TV show will feature Classic Villains & Bruce Wayne, Arrow still hopeful for Man of Steel 2, and The Flash get a father-figure.

TV REVIEW: ARROW Season 2, Episode 9 – Three Ghosts

TV REVIEW: ARROW Season 2, Episode 9 – Three Ghosts

16 Dec, 2013

The mid season finale of Arrow Season 2 aired this evening. Weirdly, this is also a sort of pilot for a new series – seeing the origin of another DC Comics character as well as introducing two other villains (well, one we’ve already seen) from the comics continuity into the world of Arrow. How does the episode fare? Does it hold the viewers’ interest? Are we left wanting more? You can see what I thought below. After a battle with Cyrus Gold, Oliver is poisoned and left for dead, and Felicity gives him an antidote that causes hallucinations of his past. Meanwhile, Brother Blood captures Roy, Barry continues assisting Felicity, and Lance loses someone when he tries to run surveillance on Cyrus. Episode nine marks the mid-season finale for Arrow. Set at Christmas, the story can’t really be called a “Christmas episode” but it does have elements of a Christmas Carol in it. Well, sort of. OK, there are three ghosts but they’re all from the past. So not really that much in common at all when you think about it. Following on from last week, we get a great scene where Barry performs science (I love the eliminations he goes through). It seems that there are after effects to Ollie’s trauma last week and, being the science guy, Barry is tasked with finding out what is effecting our hero. As with last week, these quiet scenes with Barry work really well and Grant Gustin seems to have a great presence without being in-your-face about anything. Good casting. The ghosts in the title refer to the hallucinations that Oliver has following the beating and injection he received last time. These take the form of Shado, Slade and Tommy – all of whom died in Oliver’s presence. Clearly the man has some survivor’s guilt issues to work through and on the whole this works for me. The resolution of this plot point, not so much. I found that slightly cheesey and clichéd, but that’s to be expected. This is another episode that focuses more on the support characters than Ollie. Feeling compromised, our hooded vigilante has taken a back seat sending Diggle on investigations. Meanwhile, Thea and...

TV REVIEW: ARROW Season 2, Episode 8 – The Scientist

TV REVIEW: ARROW Season 2, Episode 8 – The Scientist

9 Dec, 2013

Arrow season 2 continues after a short break for thanksgiving. I do not thank you, dear Americans, for interrupting my Arrow viewing this way! This week sees the introduction of a new hero – one who will be getting their own series. Does this intrude or is the balance right? Find out after the break Police scientist Barry Allen travels to Starling City to investigate a seemingly impossible robbery from Queen Consolidated’s Applied Science Division, and Felicity takes a liking to him… much to Oliver’s dismay. Meanwhile, Sin asks Roy for help tracking down a missing friend, and Thea joins her boyfriend in the hunt, only for one of them to be injured. It’s here. The moment when “super-powered” rather than “technology-powered” characters start popping up in Arrow has arrived. I like the slow build up that’s been made towards this – especially the links back to Oliver’s time on the island. I’m still wary of the inclusion of super-powered folk in the series, but I do trust the team to work it in nicely. Admittedly the super-soldier-serum is a bit of a cop out on one level, but I think within the rules of the show as established in season one a scientific (or pseudo scientific) explanation is needed in Arrow. The episode introduces another hero into the mix although we see him here in a pre-powered state. Barry Allen (who comic fans know as The Flash) is a forensic scientist working out of Central City. In the comics he gained his powers by being struck by lightning and hit by a cocktail of chemicals. I mention this solely because there’s a nice nod to this event in the episode that’s subtle enough for those in the know to get but not intrusive for those who don’t . Barry comes over as something of a Felicity analogue. He’s a bit bumbling and doesn’t know when to stop talking sometimes. He’s also extremely intelligent and innovative. I’m not sure if the direct mirroring of Felicity works or not but time will tell. There’s an instant attraction between the two that when examined deeply (they’re practically the same personality) could have some creepy implications! However – I like...

DC Despatches: Arrow, Aquaman, Young Justice

DC Despatches: Arrow, Aquaman, Young Justice

4 Dec, 2013

Whether it’s Warner Bros, The CW or the DC stable themselves, here are the world-wide mutterings! This week: Man of Steel 2 or Arrow… where will NightWing land?! Aquaman? No, really!!! And can we look forward to Young Justice in 2015? Arrow: co-creator Greg Berlanti revealed that despite rumours, Arrow has no immediate connection to the DC Comics universe that’s unfolding via Man Of Steel: “We haven’t had any of those conversations other than to say, what characters are we allowed to use this year and advocate or request certain ones that are of interest to us,” Berlanti said. “And every now and then, they’ll say, ‘You can’t have that guy’. They don’t say why, and we figure out why later on.” So using deep thought & logic, it now seems very unlikely that Nightwing will be in both Arrow and Batman Vs Superman, as if they’re going to deny The CW the use of Ra’s (or even Talia) al Ghul, the chances of them getting NightWing are somewhere between slim and anorexic. That said, they managed to prise Amanda Waller out of The Green Lantern and on to the TV. Aquaman: yes, that’s right – the guy Raj always cosplays in The Big Bang Theory; well, there’s rumblings of big things for DC Comics’ aquatic wonder boy – possibly even a Warner Bros movie to tie in with the Man Of Steel universe. “He’s a priority character for the company,” Geoff Johns, who reinvented the character and serves as DC’s chief creative officer said. “There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most well-known characters among superheroes, and in popular culture.” Off late, Aquaman has been relegated to the very popular and well-made DC Animated Universe – there was a 2006 Aquaman TV pilot – starring Smallville’s Justin Hartley – but just think The Hoff’s turn as Nick Fury and you know what league we are talking about. So what are the options? With all of his superhuman strength, endurance, agility and healing, as well as limited telepathy and control of water, TV just doesn’t seem scalable enough for a show in the same vein & budget as Arrow, but with NightWing and Wonder Woman both tipped for roles in Man Of...