Iron Fist Official Trailer

Marvel Studios was the first studio to create a interlinked series of movies– known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU–based upon preexisting properties (like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk) that culminated in event movies (such as The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron) that featured all (or the bulk of) the characters introduced prior.  

Marvel Television?   A bit of a late bloomer.  Their first shows were Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, the latter of which lasted only one season.  

This is while DC Comics has made significant inroads into the television space with shows like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow, with more on the way.  

Though a curious thing happened.  Marvel Television began developing Daredevil as a television series on Netflix and it did well enough to warrant a second season.  

Then came Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and most recently, Iron Fist

And since all the Marvel Television series were on Netflix, as opposed to regular television, there was less of a need to appeal to everyone so they possess a grittiness, an edge the Marvel movies can’t touch. 

Oddly enough, Marvel’s television arm seems to be employing a strategy that didn’t work too successfully for DC Entertainment on the big screen–which is building a more noir-ish world –but appears to be paying dividends on the small one. 

Iron Fist revolves around Danny Rand (Finn Jones) who reappeared after having vanished for over ten years to claim the company started by his parents, Rand Enterprises.

Though the people running Rand Enterprises have somehow become involved with the deadly Madame Gao, and she thinks Danny Rand needs to vanish again… 

Is The Flash Cursed?


Of course the production isn’t (though the headline probably grabbed your attention, if only because it’s so asinine) though it’s shaping up to be a particularly troubled one.

First, Seth Grahame-Smith left due to ‘creative differences’–a term that is so vague that  it could literally mean just about anything–now according to Comicbook.com his replacement, Rick Famuyima, has left the production for the very same reason/non-reason.

If DC Films/Warner Bros and settle on a director that they’re creatively in sync with then most people will forget this game of directorial musical chairs was ever played.

Though if the movie, when the question of whom will direct is settled and it’s released, that is, either tanks or underperforms people are going to point to the defections of Grahame-Smith and Famuyima as early signs of a troubled production and the first cracks in the supposedly director-focused approach of Warner Bros Pictures.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1 Trailer

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.

The Flash – ‘My Name Is…’ Trailer

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.

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Shots Of Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch From ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Image courtes of Moviefone

Quicksilver (image courtesy of Moviefone)

I am not terribly easy to please when it comes to real-world interpretations of superheroes that I have followed since I was a kid.  Then again, I also Quicksilver (image courtesy of Beyondhollywood.com)understand that costume designers have quite a balancing act to maintain.

Sometimes, they cannot be too literal, because it would mean spandex, and virtually no one looks good in spandex.

So some degree of creative license has to be taken.

Then again, fans also don’t want their heroes to look drastically different than what they remember.

So, on one hand you have the recent interpretations of the Flash and Quicksilver (from “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), neither of which I found particularly inspired.

So I placed my hopes in Marvel Studios, and their interpretation of the character from the upcoming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Seeing some of the pictures that have come in, now I am not so sure.  The actual photos will definitely look different, when lit properly, but I am not too crazy about it so far.

Scarlet Witch (image courtesy of

Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, fares better.  She doesn’t look anything like the comic character, though there’s no way that it would translate to the screen.

The Scarlet Witch (courtesy of Moviefone)

The Scarlet Witch (courtesy of Moviefone)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Costume Of The CW’s New ‘Flash’ Is Revealed, And It’s ‘Meh,’ Part Deux

Flash CostumeAnd as you can see from this picture, “Meh” was being generous.  This image is from Screen Crush, and as you can tell, it’s a picture of the new Flash costume, and it.  Looks.  Pretty. Bad.

It also looks confining, when it should allow movement (I assume that the show’s producers will say that it’s designed as it is to protect him from friction).

What Colleen Atwood seems to have been missed is that the Flash is a character based upon movement, so why make him look so encumbered; almost the directly opposite approach from the way the character is treated in the comics.

Which is not to say that it’s terrible design, in and of itself.  It would just look better if it were repurposed for some other character.

We’ve seen Bryan Singer’s version of Quicksilver, who just happens to be another speedster, who looks worse.  My only hope appears to be Joss Whedon, who also plans for Quicksilver to appear in his Avengers sequel, ‘Age Of Ultron.’

The Costume Of The CW’s New ‘Flash’ Is Revealed, And It’s ‘Meh.’

image courtesy of the New York Daily News

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.

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