Watching the teaser trailer for Otto Bathurst‘s upcoming Robin Hood I wonder if it’s alternate title was Arrow: The REALLY Early Years because thematically it plays just like an episode of that series in a medieval setting.
Though that’s picking nits.
A more significant problem potentially is that, despite being masked, how is it even possible–even in medieval times where I hear they didn’t have the Internet–does one become such a great archer sans a reputation as such?
Archery isn’t an innate skill. You have to learn it, so why isn’t anyone aware of a guy who’s a master archer–especially one so young–is a bit odd.
The movie may explain this, but it feels like it might be a bit of a plot hole.
And I hope the movie expands upon another aspect of life in that period, namely medieval cities were supposedly filthy–if London was any indicator–which helped the spread of plagues like the Black Death (though according to Wikipedia it didn’t start there, pre-existing sanitary conditions certainly wouldn’t have helped matters).
Though I get the feeling that the archery won’t be the only thing that’s blatantly unrealistic.
I like it how as of late DC Entertainment stopped Nolanizing all their comic book properties–at least on television, at any rate. Not every character is Batman, and it’s good to see that they’re finally embracing the more fantastical aspects of many of them.
It’s a trend that began with The Flash, moved into Arrow, and seems to continue with Supergirl and the upcoming DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
I know who the individual characters are, but little about their particulars, though I think that making Rip Hunter a time-traveling Brit–whether or not he is in the comics–isn’t particularly a good move, especially since there’s a much better known British time traveller on television as of late.
And he’s not part of the DC Universe.
I haven’t been a fan of DC Comics-based series like Arrow (too soapy) or Gotham (too pre-Batman) but I have to admit that I like this trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
It’s the adventures of the Atom, Rip Hunter, Hawkwoman, Flash, Captain Cold and Heatwave though what I like most is that it feels like it’s fully buying into the fantastical, comic book origins of the characters, which is cool–and since The Flash, it seems that DC is bucking that trend toward “realism,” on television at any rate.
Overall I think the movement of superheroes from the comic shop to the television has been a good one, though that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything that’s made the transition is necessarily that good.
I have noticed a variance in quality, which I think happens for three reasons. The first is that the line that separates a series about superheroes from a soap opera that happens to have superheroes is a thin line; a rubicon that I believe the CW’s Arrow crossed long ago.
While on the other end of the spectrum, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stumbled a bit during its first season, mainly because it wasn’t quite sure what it wanted to be, but as the producers embraced more of the Marvel Universe–cinematic and comics–it found its footing (though the ratings haven’t consistently reflected the change in direction, creatively) in the second.
Another comic-based series was NBC’s Constantine which was recently cancelled, though another Vertigo property, Lucifer, is coming soon to Fox.
I don’t know what it is about Warner Bros superheroes. For some reason, if the movies are any indicator, Metropolis and Gotham City are where dreams and hope go to die. Overall, everything is dark (more so, at least in a physical sense, in Gotham) and gloomy, as if the inhabitants carried invisible weights upon their shoulders.
And this gloominess is apparently contagious, because their superheroes are the same. And the thing is, I actually get it in the case of Batman. He’s not called ‘the Dark Knight’ for nothing, though Superman? Not so much.
It’s what I have come to call ‘Nolanitis,’ because it’s a way of visualizing superheroes that became popular with Christopher Nolan’s Batman films (Tim Burton’s Batman lived in a gothic, dark Gotham as well, but his version was way more pulpy and very much like the comics writ large while Nolan’s films–which are just as cartoony as Burton’s and Schumacher’s; don’t let anyone tell you different–there’s a nihilism that I am not quite sure works, considering the subject matter.
I stopped watching the CW’s Arrow because (though intend to give it another try at some point) the producers reinterpreted some interesting characters, such as the Royal Flush Gang, in a manner that meant that they were the Royal Flush Gang in name only, reduced to a bunch of thieves with a playing card motif and no special abilities.
I prefer my superheroes as close to their versions in the comics as possible, unless you’re bringing something really innovative to the table.
And speaking of the CW, I just finished watching the extended trailer from The Flash. I liked it, despite the dopey-looking costume. It appears to me that the people behind it, the same that created Arrow by the way, are finally embracing the fantastical nature of the DC Universe.
And remembering why people read comics in the first place, which is a good thing.
image courtesy of the New York Daily News
Do you ever get the feeling that someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes? I ask because many outlets, including the New York Daily News and Superherohype, have posted a picture of costume that would be worn by Grant Gustin in the CW Network action series “The Flash.” My problem is that, despite showing the entire costume, the picture seems deliberately taken in a way that doesn’t show you what it looks like if the actor were just standing around wearing it.
And let’s be honest, that’s the pose that the character is most likely to be found in.
That being said, despite the unusual position, the costume is OK, though I am getting the feeling that I am understanding why the other CW series, “Arrow,” avoided them.
I also think that it makes quite a bit of sense that the character is relatively thin. This is because, when you think about it, very fast animals don’t tend to be large and massive. For instance, a cheetah, one of the fastest land animals, is actually a relatively thin animal, as opposed to a lion, which is significantly larger, but also not as fast.
This is quite a contrast with an earlier version of the character played by John Wesley Shipp.