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Archive for January 2017

The Flash: “Dead or Alive” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Last time a hugely popular, nerd-friendly TV series hinged an episode around a trial by combat, the result was Game of Thrones’ “The Mountain and the Viper.” Luckily, the Flash crew weren’t interested in mentally scarring their viewers with the sight of Cisco’s head being smushed into jelly. Instead, this trial by combat offered a fun change of pace and the opportunity for the show to focus on characters other than Barry for a while.

The big news this week was the debut of Gypsy (Sleepy Hollow’s Jessica Camacho). This was a fairly loose interpretation of the character, though, what with her being re-imagined as an interdimensional bounty hunter and her illusion powers being cast aside in favor of making her Earth-19’s answer to Vibe. Comic fans might be a little disappointed, but these changes definitely worked in the context of the episode. Plus, much like Vibe himself, Gypsy was a mildly offensive ethnic stereotype when she first debuted in the comics. With all the problems the Romani people have with representation in media already, I don’t know that a traditional take on the character is really in anyone’s best interests.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “The Legion of Doom” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

It’s been pretty clear for most of this season that Legends of Tomorrow has become the best of the various Arrow-verse shows. But based on the show’s recent track record, there’s a strong case to be made for labeling it the best current superhero series in general, even counting Marvel’s Netflix projects. “The Legion of Doom” is a terrific showcase for the all those things Legends does so well, from great character dynamics to comedy to its ability to build on the dense tapestry that is the DC Universe.

As the title suggests, this episode focused an unusual amount of time on Reverse-Flash and his “partners.” These three villains have proven plenty entertaining in their previous appearances, and they certainly didn’t disappoint as they took the spotlight. The appeal ran a lot deeper than the simple thrill of seeing Matt Letscher and Neal McDonough be their usual, charismatic selves. This episode played the three villains against each other wonderfully, as Darhk and Merlyn vacillated between squabbling with each other and trying to turn the tables on Thawne. What else would you expect when three hugely ambitious and self-centered villains try to form an alliance. They truly are their own worst enemy, more than the Legends themselves.

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Nicole Kidman Up for Role of Aquaman’s Mom

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman has reportedly been offered the role of the titular superhero's mother in the Aquaman movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kidman "has been Wan's top choice for weeks, with an official offer finally going out on Monday."

In the DC Comics, Aquaman's mom Atlanna was a member of the Atlantean royal family who fell in love with lighthouse keeper Tom Curry and gave birth to their half-human, half-Atlantean son, Arthur Curry.

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La La Land Songwriters Contributing The Flash/Supergirl Musical Ep

La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have written a song called "Runnin' Home to You" for the upcoming Flash/Supergirl musical episode.

The pair aren't the only notable contributers - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and executive producer Rachel Bloom has joined Robot Chicken's Tom Root to write a song called "Superfriends", which will also be featured in the episode.

Pasek and Paul are currently up for Academy Awards for their songs City of Stars and Audition (The Fools Who Dream), both from La La Land.

The musical episode will take place on The Flash, and is called "Duet." Musical performances are expected from stars Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Jesse L. Martin, Victor Garber, Carlos Valdes, Jeremy Jordan, and John Barrowman, and non-singing guest star appearances from Supergirl’s David Harewood and Chris Wood.

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Aquaman Movie Casts Its Black Manta

The Aquaman movie has reportedly found its Black Manta.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix's The Get Down) is "in early talks" to play the DC Comics supervillain in director James Wan's movie. "The official offer went out yesterday and the parties are now in talks," the site claims.

Variety reports Abdul-Mateen "beat out a short list of actors that included Moonlight breakout Trevante Rhodes and 24: Legacy star Corey Hawkins."

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Bane’s Return to Gotham City Will Feature ‘The Greatest Battle in the History of Batman’

Bane is returning to Gotham City in the next Batman story arc, fittingly titled "I Am Bane." When he arrives, adorned in his classic costume with veins full of the Venom super-steroid, he will aim to take vengeance on Batman (natch).

What did Batman do this time? He formed his own personal Suicide Squad to break into Bane's fortress on Santa Prisca, all in a play to kidnap the Psycho Pirate, who has the power to help the mentally fractured Gotham Girl. It turns out that Venom is highly addictive and not having it in his system leaves Bane in constant agony, but the Psycho Pirate's power allows him to feel at peace. He wants to get the Pirate back and make Batman pay.

We hopped on the phone with Batman writer Tom King and artist David Finch to talk about what they've got planned, starting with tomorrow's Batman #16. While a big battle with Bane will most certainly come, this issue is a surprisingly light-heated one, at least in part, thanks to the Bat-family meeting in a Batman-themed fast-food restaurant instead of the Batcave.

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Report: BAYWATCH Actor ‘In Talks’ for BLACK MANTA

Could he be Aquaman's archnemesis?

Report: BAYWATCH Actor ‘In Talks’ for BLACK MANTA

Could he be Aquaman's archnemesis?

Report: BAYWATCH Actor ‘In Talks’ for BLACK MANTA

Could he be Aquaman's archnemesis?

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Costumes, Captain’s Chair Revealed

A behind-the-scenes look at STAR TREK: DISCOVERY gives the first glimpse of what viewers can expect.