Ready For The Team: Young Justice: Outsiders Part 1

So, we’re, here you guys. We’re through the first half of Season 3 of Young Justice, and we’re not getting more until summer.

While I have been having giddy excited brain exploding fangirly squee fests over the episodes as they’ve dropped (usually on Twitter!) this weekend, Aless came over and we watched the whole season and found ourselves, giggling, and gasping and clapping and forming more inside jokes about this. (Aless and I already have a lot of Young Justice based inside jokes. It’s that kind of show. And we’re those kind of friends.)

Here’s the thing, I love Young Justice. I think it’s completely wonderful. The first two seasons have everything I like about superhero stories. Team work, legacy characters, awkward real world metaphors, shipping, Nightwing…season 3, freed of the need to please network people, since it was on DC Universe, took those things and destroyed any barriers that may have previously been holding them back.

Team work? There are like six different teams happening on this show. There’s the Justice League, which Kaldur (now assumed the role of Aquaman,) and Wonder Woman are leading. The Team, which gives the show it’s name, being led by M’gann and Conner. Batman, Inc. lead by Batman, and Batman Inc. Jr (as I’m calling it) being lead by Tim Drake, and Super Secret Spy Team, lead by Dick Grayson.

Legacy Characters? Sure, Kaldur’s Aquaman now, so there’s that. We’re still dealing with Tim Drake as Robin, but we catch glimpses of resurrected Jason. (It’s wonderful) Bart Allen is both Kid Flash and helping his grandmother Iris West-Allen raise his dad and aunt. Conner is very concerned that Clark’s been spending a lot of time off world, so he now has to step up as the Super-being in chief.

OH, right, also we see Talia holding a baby in one episode, and Lois Lane with her son Jon. So you know, the Supersons are coming.

Real world metaphors? Well, this world is dealing with a refugee crisis as Quarac has merged with Bialya and people are trying to escape Queen Bee. Also kids are being kidnapped and tested for meta-genes and being deployed as weapons. (Dick is trying to end this. To be fair.)

Shipping. My god, this show gives good ship. Dick and Barbara are a couple. (Oh, also she’s Oracle now.) M’gann and Conner are engaged, but kind of having some problems. Clone!Roy (who goes by Will) is living with Artemis and there are vibes there, but he’s not really over Cheshire and Artemis’s morning routing still involves waking up to a picture of Wally. (The show has NO CHILL about a lot of things, and one of them is Wally’s death. They’re going to make you sad about whenever possible.) Jaime and Bart are still chilling (They are my out there not really a ship, but yes they are.) Tim and Cassie are still together but strained, and he’s leading a squad that includes Steph. (My heart belongs to Tim and Steph.) New characters Violet (Halo) and Brion (Geoforce) and falling for each other, but she’s also strongly drawn to Cyborg. And Beast Boy is dating Queen Perdita of Lativa (they met at Wally’s funeral.)

Nightwing. There’s so much Nightwing. He’s leading a secret black ops crew to break up a metahuman trafficking ring. He’s bailing on his friends because he’s having trouble connecting since Wally’s death. He’s bringing Black Lighting along on missions where lots of teenagers die, because, I don’t know, he hates Black Lighting? (YOU KILLED A KID! Is one of said new inside jokes.) He’s making out with Barbara, and making bad puns so she rolls her eyes. He’s fighting Jason but he doesn’t know it’s Jason. He’s training the new kids and being kind of a jerk about it. There’s just so much Nightwing. It’s really great.

Straight Arrow

Also, this happens. It brings me great joy.

This is just scratching the surface of all the things that make Young Justice: Outsiders really great, and a good continuation of two seasons of very good TV that came before.

I’m pretty much incapable of putting together coherent thoughts on what makes it great, and I’m not sure why.

Dick and Babs

Oh, wait, that’s why…

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Nerd Homework: Birds Of Prey (2002)

Sometimes, I do the nerd homework because it’s something good or essential, sometimes I do it because it’s fun, and sometimes I do it to remind myself that, nope, you made the right call back when you were 14 and this show about Batgirl premiered on The WB and you thought it was dumb.

Birds Of Prey is a bizarre artifact from it’s time period, full of pleather and reheated guitar pop and bad acting and some really muddled DC-verse mythology. If you’re a DC fan, you know The Birds, the all female Gotham-based team, usually lead by Barbara Gordon (Either as Batgirl or Oracle) and Black Canary. They’re fun, sassy and kick copious ass.

The Huntress has been on and off the team in both her iterations, as the alt-verse daughter of Batman and Catwoman, Helena Wayne (my preferred version) or the mob princess turned crime fighter Helena Bertenilli (Also great!).

I don’t think I need to outline my love for Babs and Dinah Lance, because you know, I’ve done that a lot.

Birds Of Prey, the TV show, presents us with Barbara Gordon, as Oracle, seven years since she was paralyzed after being shot by The Joker and Batman disappeared from the city. She’s about the only thing that the show gets right. Intelligent, empathetic, brilliant and driven, this is the Barbara Gordon I know and love.

She’s mentoring Helena Kyle (she refuses to claim the Wayne name) and Dinah Lance, a runaway.

This is where things get infuriating to a DC fan/Confusing to a Filthy Casual.

Helena is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. Good. OK. Batman’s disappeared from New Gotham (why New? This isn’t a far flung Batman Beyond style future, it hasn’t even been a decade! So weird…) Selina Kyle was killed by The Joker to get at Batman (I mean, fine?) And we’re going by the Batman Returns style Catwoman had cat like powers, which, Helena has inherited. (Ehhh, I like my Bat-characters without powers, for the most part, but again, at least consistent) Helena refers to herself as a Half-Meta. (THAT IS NOT HOW META HUMANS WORK IN ANY VERSION! YOU CAN’T BE HALF META) She also doesn’t wear a costume or mask of any kind. Which is just an exceptionally bad idea.

Then there’s Dinah.

Oh boy did I get screamy about this. Oh, but Dinah didn’t. Yes, rather than Dinah Lance’s actually fun power of emitting disabling sonic booms with her vocal cords, Birds Of Prey makes her a pre-cog.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF DC CHARACTERS WITH PSYCHIC ABILITIES, WHY WOULD YOU GRAFT THAT ON TO A BRAWLER LIKE CANARY?

Also, Alfred is around, because I guess with Bruce all disappeared he’s doesn’t have anything to do.

The big bad is Harley Quinn (An excellent call) except she’s still functioning as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, and she’s like a criminal mastermind, mob boss type? Which is not Harley’s MO at all, and if she’s still practicing, she wouldn’t be Harley at all, you know? It’s confusing.

All of this deviation could be excused if Birds Of  Prey were any good, (Smallville, at least at it’s best is an example of that. Also the whole Arrowverse.) but it isn’t. It feels a little bit like some Charmed and Angel spec scripts had DC grafted on to them and then also you lost the charismatic cast that made Charmed work at all, and Joss Whedon and Tim Minear’s story sense that made Angel one of the greats.

It all feels cheap and dated and my god is it dull. Which is a bummer, because it has solid bones. Doing The Birds Of Prey is an excellent choice for a “Batman without Batman” show, the dynamic of Barbara Gordon in her 30’s, Helena Wayne in her 20’s and a teenage Dinah creates an interesting relationship model. And they really do get Barbara right, so that’s worth something.

But it also screams the Smallville “no tights, no flights,” ethos taken at it’s stupidest. No costumes for Huntress and Harley, in a city that’s already had Batman and Batgirl and the various Robins is a baffling choice. When Helena is considering quitting, which she does three times an episode, at one point, Barbara points out that heroing is an important legacy, carried on by people with potential, people like her, and Dick Grayson! And Tim Drake! And Jason Todd! ALL THOSE PEOPLE! But where are they? Bruce disappeared and the boys are just gone? I can handwave Dick ( In Bludhaven, maybe going through one of his “I work alone” phases) and Jason (Still dead? When was Under The Hood?) but Tim? Tim Drake wouldn’t quit after Barbara became Oracle and Bruce disappeared! Tim Drake would organize and then get all huffy when no one wanted to organize with him. He should be popping out of shadows telling Helena that she’s sloppy and to put a mask on for God’s sake every five minutes. Oh, that might be why he’s not a character on this show. Because that would actually be fun and entertaining, and this show seems allergic to both of those things.

Anyway, it’s nice to know that even as a teenaged girl, I could recognize that this show was shitty nonsense and I remain eternally grateful to Batman The Animated Series and Batman Beyond for exposing me to proper adaptations of this material early on. Also, I’m proud of nerd kind for rejecting it outright, even back in the dark ages when we thought that Brian Singer’s X-Men was the closest we’d get to the source material. (Though I can’t help but wonder if it’s forgotten for being both terrible and lady centric.)

I have a lot of affection for The WB, the network of my teen years. Both sides, what I call the Buffy side (Buffy, Angel, Charmed, Smallville, Supernatural) and the Dawson’s side (Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, also Smallville) (That Smallville straddles both is really the show’s greatest achievement.) but they, for the most part relied on a formula, and any half assing of a formula is going to be bleak.

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Smallville’s SECOND greatest achievement. Making me give a shit about Green Arrow(‘s abs)

The Nerd Homework feature has been all about challenging my preconceptions of stuff in my wheelhouse, that I’ve previously put off or ruled out. That is the Raison d’etre for these projects. Star Trek, Battlestar, Anime, the work of Stephen King. Which is why Birds Of Prey being on DC Universe felt like a blessing. I’d outright rejected the show twice before after watching the pilot (when it first aired and then after Arrow premiered when CW Seen was pushing it.) but maybe now I’d enjoy it.

I did not. It’s terrible. It deserves it’s fate of obscurity and mocking.

60 Books In 2018 #3: Crisis On Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Perez

OK so, I picked this up so that I would have a basis of comparison for when the Arrowverse version coming next fall.

Also, just because as I get back into superheroes (not that I was ever not into them, but you know what I mean!) and back into reading superhero comics this seemed a good place to start. (Seriously, last year the only superhero book I read was Grayson.) Like all it’s later immitators, Crisis On Infinite Earths is both wonderful and befuddling, and delightful and dull, all at once.

Wolfman’s story meant to forever simplify the DC Universe by streamlining it’s many alternate worlds into one, but only served to show the company that big crossovers will sell books and also that killing a Flash from time to time is to be expected, is given a huge leg up but Perez’s art. Seriously, I’m not even big into that era of comic book art, (I came to comics post Image and the glossy style of Jim Lee & Co really shaped my taste.) but Perez just so so good.

The story, though, well, let’s talk about that. The Monitor and Anti-Monitor are battling for the universe, and The Monitor calls the greatest heroes from across the multiverse to his side. Two Supermen, Supergirl, The Flash, Captain Marvel and many others, join in the battle, which in the end destroys worlds, and everyone forgets and the DC Universe spins on, but simpler, until it isn’t.

What Crisis really represents is a the last gasp of a certain time in comics. It was published in 1985, just before the earth shaking forces of Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns changed everything. Crisis was trying to simplify a status quo that was about to be obliterated anyway, but on it’s own, it’s a fun exciting superhero story.

When it comes to The Arrowverse, my guess is that it’s going to end with Kara Zor-El’s world merging with those of Barry Allen and Oliver Queen.

But by this time next year, we’ll know.

Up next is The Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker. I’ve joined the book club at my library and this is the book this month, so I’ve gotta get it read.

Don’t Be Robin, Be Someone Else

I’m the first to admit that my hype for Titans went from, “THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT,” to “Oh no,” to “people are saying it’s pretty good and I’m getting DC Universe for Young Justice: Outsiders anyway, so I’ll get around to it.”

Look, that “Fuck Batman,” trailer was rough, no way around it. And I’m still not sold on the designs for Starfire and Beast Boy. And that Donna Troy never suits up is kind of a bummer. (Spoilers, sorry…)

But, Internet Nerds, we have greatly misjudged this show. It’s pretty wonderful. As an adaptation of Teen Titans, it’s only OK, but as a genre show in it’s own right, a version and riff on the concept, it’s good. It’s full of game performances, excellent character work, and a steady build up of suspenseful writing leading to a hell of a cliff hanger.

I’m not going to say it’s the best first season of a live action superhero show. Daredevil season 1 exists after all, but it’s damn sure of it’s self and super entertaining all the way through, which is more than I can say for any other DC TV project from the past 10 years. (I loved the first seasons of The Flash and Supergirl but they still had their bumpy finding their feet moments.)

And it has it’s problems. The costume designs really are awful. Minka Kelly’s wig as Dove is one for the DCTV bad wig hall of fame. Geoff Johns seems a little too happy to drop the F-bomb. It’s refreshing that the young heroes actually talk like young people, but it’s also, you know, kind of heavy handed at times. The FX are laughably bad at points. The violence is a lot, but not unexamined. I was mostly concerned about this from the perspective of Dick.

Kori and Rachel (Raven) being more violent is consistent. Starfire, being an alien and all, has different values about life than humans do. Raven’s powers are all about darkness and containing bursts of violence. Titans examines both of these perspectives, Rachel desperately trying to contain her power, and Kori accepting it as a part of herself.

Dick though, it’s handled masterfully. The show begins by showing it’s been a year since he walked away from being Batman’s partner, because he felt himself losing control. But he’s basically addicted to the violence, and he’s not happy about it. The entire season and his entire arc (and the show really does belong the Brenton Thwaites) is him grappling with this side of himself. He knows he can’t really be Robin anymore, but he doesn’t know how to deal with this any other way.

This all really hits home in two episodes, which are easily my favorites, episode 6, “Jason Todd,” and Episode 8, “Donna Troy.” Jason, a year into his tenure as Robin is eager and excited to spend time with his predecessor. Dick is mostly annoyed by Jason’s, well, Jason-ness (Seriously, he’s perfect.), Bruce’s seeming trust of his new partner, (“You’re allowed to drive the Batmobile?”) and most especially, the kid’s sanity and safety. I burst into tears when Dick warned Jason, “the cost is too great.” THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW  THE COST YET! Even in Dick’s “darkest timeline,” created in his mind by Trigon in the finale, Jason is paralyzed, not brutally murdered, then resurrected and insane. (This show is uniquely well set up to do Red Hood as a storyline though.)

“Donna Troy,” meanwhile, just made me gloriously happy as a Dick Grayson fan. Donna’s retired from being Wonder Girl, but she’s still doing her part, and working as a photographer. Dick goes to see her, they talk a lot, there’s a really good flashback to when they were kids where she gives him a pep talk and there’s also a scene where they go to a party and Dick babbles like an idiot to some unsuspecting friends of hers. He says things like, “my dad used to work with her mom sometimes.” (STAHP! MY FANGIRL INSIDES CANNOT HANDLE IT) She says things like, “Wonder Woman was created to protect the innocent, Batman to punish the guilty.” They giggle and do backflips, they track down some big game poachers. They drink beers and confide. This is a very good depiction of friendship between superheroes.

Also, Donna continues to be awesome throughout her run on the show.

So, to recap, things that Titans isn’t great on

  • Design – It’s an ugly show. That can be improved as we move forward though. I also did like Jason’s Robin suit.
  • Effects – They’re groan worthy in places, but again, now that it’s a hit (apparently? Streaming’s weird that way) maybe they’ll get a budget increase to help with that.
  • Tone – Scale back on the angst a bit, it worked but tipped too far a few times

Things that are good

  • Characters & Writing – Everything’s consistent and well thought out.
  • Violence – It’s a violent show, but it actually grapples with that violence. Which is a nice change of pace.
  • Dick Grayson – Seriously, this is a very good version of this character. Who I love. Kind of a lot. 

This Is Gonna Be Fun

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I think DC has finally figured out how to stand out, and it’s magic and myth.

Marvel’s got the whole team up thing on lockdown. While I’d love to see everyone cross paths again some day, the only times, since Nolan gave up the reigns on Batman, that WB’s superhero movies have worked have been when they leaned hard into mysticism and magic.

Aquaman is a superhero movie, sure, but it’s much more of a fantasy quest film. The King returning to the throne that was denied him. The lesser prince, desparately grabbing at something that was never supposed to be his to begin with. The Goddesses guiding the path of the hero. And it’s lifted up by some really game performances that are tuned to exactly what they need to be. Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard (despite her truly terrible, terrible wig), Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren (the stealth MVP of this year’s movie season!) and Jason Momoa all commit and run with every goofy curve ball thrown at them.

But this movie had one huge highlight for me.

I once noted that Patrick Wilson has been banging his head against the mainstream door for so long, it’s gotten sad. He could have been one of the Broadway greats, but ceded that throne to others (Christian Borle, Norbert Leo Butz both better than him btw) chasing a segment of the industry that didn’t know how to use him. But my God, his performance here as, Orm, Sea Master (SQUEE!) is a sight to behold, and the perfect foil to Jason Momoa’s flinty bro version of Arthur Curry. He’s ice cold patrician aristocracy, merciless and unbending, which, of course becomes his undoing. It’s my favorite villain performance in a super film in quite a long time. Maybe since Loki’s turn in The Avengers. (It’s not quite that good, but it’s very good.) Yahya Abdul-Mateen II turns in a good B-line villain performance as Black Manta as well.

The action is great, the script is well constructed, if a little too quick to laugh it’s self and it’s well performed. It’s not a game changer, but not everything needs to be. Somethings simply are what they are.

Rankings:

  1. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  2. Aquaman
  3. The Incredibles 2
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. A Star Is Born
  6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  7. Creed 2
  8. Deadpool 2
  9. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
  10. Ocean’s 8
  11. Infinity War
  12. Ant-Man And The Wasp
  13. Venom

Trailers:

Avengers: Endgame: Oh wow, you guys, I am going to weep at this one. Like a baby. I know it.

Shazam!: I can’t wait for this truly, and I think leans into my theory about DC and magic and myths. Wonder Woman is the daughter of gods and Aquaman is a prophesied king and Captain Marvel/Shazam is given his powers by a wizard.

Still no Captain Marvel trailer. BOOOO.

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It’s the most most wonderful time of the year! NO! I do not mean Christmas (Christmas is also pretty rad though!) This week was Arrowverse Crossover Week!

The second best week of the year, after Halloween/My Birthday, where The CW and Greg Berlanti take us on a glorious romp, where Oliver Queen is grumpy at Kara Zor-El Danvers and Barry Allen. Where they world hop as we would jump on a bus! And where secrets that these heroes don’t know yet, but we, we as comic book fans, hold in our hearts are revealed.

This year was never going to live up to last year’s truly exceptional Crisis On Earth-X, where the entire stable of heroes took on the Nazi versions of themselves and their friends and family. (Seriously, how sad was it watching Nazi-Tommy Merlyn try to kill Oliver? Or Nazi-Papa Lance put Sara in a concentration camp?) It was intentionally scaled back to 3 episodes instead of 4, thus leaving the Legends out. (A bummer, everything is better with Legends…) 

But it had a few things going for it too. John Wesley-Shipp playing The Flash of Earth 90! (AKA, The Flash he played on The Flash in 1990. He’s also The Flash on The Flash that’s on The CW on a couple of alternate Earths, and The Flash’s dead Dad.) Introduction of Lois Lane! (Elizabeth Tulloch, who was wonderful!) Introduction of Batwoman! (Ruby Rose, also good.) THE MOTHER FUCKING MONITOR! (Remember, my first real deep dive into superhero comics came via Grant Morrison. This is a guy I like.)

Anyway, it’s important to remember the cornerstones of these Crossovers:

  1. Oliver is Grumpy. And violent.
  2. Barry is peppy, and optimistic and LOVES SCIENCE.
  3. Kara is the Mom friend, and Barry is her favored child.
  4. We must be reminded the Barry and Felicity dated, but now Barry and Iris ARE SO IN LOVE THAT IT BLINDS EVEN THE SUN. Also, Oliver and Felicity have ISSUES. Kara and Alex love each other more than they could ever love an SO.
  5. Cisco and Diggle will be delightful in their own ways. But always, always, delightful. (Jimmy got to be delightful this time too! Good for you Jimmy!)

Anyway, now into this specific crossover. Entitled Elseworlds, we start with the monitor giving Gotham based Psychologist John Deegan a magic book that rewrites reality. Being, kind of a twit, Deegan uses the book to switch Barry Allen and Oliver Queen’s lives. Not a body swap, they’re themselves, it’s just that everyone thinks Oliver is Barry (and he has The Flash’s powers) and that Barry is Oliver (he can beat the shit out of Diggle. Which. No.) Barry is kind of delighted by the switch, until he realizes it’s implications for his life. (Oliver and Iris in bed together) Oliver is annoyed, not just because like, dude just got out of prison (I think? I haven’t watched Arrow in years.) but because the whole huggy touchy feely aspect of being on Team Flash just doesn’t fit his vibe.

So after a brief sojourn in The Flash’s secret meta tunnel, they decide that if they go over to Earth-38, to see if this new reality has even infected Kara.

It hasn’t, and she’s hanging out on the Kent farm, talking about her feelings with Clark while Lois buzzes around being the best. Tyler Hoechlin continues to be staggeringly good as Clark Kent/Superman, (and an evil version in Parts 2 & 3) and this whole segment was like getting a warm hug for me. From starting the visit with an overhead shot of Smallville and Remy Zero’s “Save Me,” blaring, to Clark’s calm confidence brushing up against Oliver’s dark arrogance and Barry’s hyper excitement, you know one thing, Berlanti & Co, get Superman. They get him hardcore in a way I don’t know if anybody since Richard Donner has. (Really, though, that Smallville call out was amazing. I started my journey with these characters through that show.)

Anyway, after some training and arguing and Mama Kara setting everyone straight, Cisco comes and fetches everyone (including Clark! SQUEE!) to fight AMAZO in Central City. They do, it’s wonderful and they learn, quickly, that they need to go to Gotham, for reasons.

They are immediately mugged. (Ah, Gotham!) Then they’re arrested, and bailed out and chauffeured to Wayne Tower. (Kara’s remark that “Bruce Wayne bailed us out? That doesn’t sound like him,” lead me to believe that Kara and Bruce’s relationship on Earth-38 is kinda fraught, which is cool. It actually made me think of Batman/Superman: Apocalypse, which is one of my favorite stories.)  But of course it isn’t Bruce, because Bruce and Batman mysteriously disappeared at the same time a few years ago. (Kara makes sarcastic comments about this too. Kara’s Batman knowledge rubbing up against Oliver and Barry not even being sure he exists is one of the best things here) It’s his cousin! Kate Kane! She’s Batwoman, she and Kara flirt, and talk about long shadows and doing the right thing and it’s pretty excellent. After this fight and the revelation of the Book of Destiny, Kate basically tells the others to get the ef out of her city now, kthnxbi! (Bruce would be so proud. *Sniff*)

In the end of the episode, The Monitor is confronted by The Flashes (Oliver and Flash-90) Green Arrow (Barry) and Supergirl. He’s impressed that they’ve done better than any other group of heroes he’s tested and warns them that a Crisis is coming. Since ya can’t have a Crisis without a dead Flash (I don’t make the rules) Flash-90 gets zapped out of existence. Onto 6 years of bit parts before playing the greatest TV dad ever. (MITCH LEERY RULES!)

After this confrontation, we get another reality rewrite, and a black suited Superman lands to take out a leather jacketed and bandannaed Oliver and Barry.

They fight, and scheme and learn that this isn’t Superman at all, but Deegan! DUN DUN! They decide to go get the real Superman, so they have to find Cisco. And find him they do!

I love Cisco all the time, but I particularly love alternate Ciscos, and this one is no different! He’s a mobster who own a bar and uses his Vibe abilities to break into banks. (Dante’s still dead though.) Oliver and Barry convince him through the power of friendship (or whatever) to go to Earth-38 and pick up Clark. (They also pick up Lois, Brainiac-5 and J’onn) the two Supermen fight and it’s awesome.

Meanwhile, Earth-1 Alex (WHO EXISTS! And has a terrible wig) is guarding Kara who convinces her to A) Come out of the Closet in this reality. (All Alex’s are gay, I guess?) and B) Fight on their side rather than evil Superman.) All is set right when Oliver confronts the Monitor again, and sacrifices something oh, and also Batwoman’s still a thing, and Crisis on Infinite Earths is coming. Back on Earth-38, Clark and Lois reveal that they’re pregnant and get engaged, and that they’re moving to Argo City for a while, because they don’t want to raise a Kryptonian child on Earth. (Fair.) I think they’ll be back soon though.

Some random thoughts that made me clap my hands:

  • The Wayne Tower wi-fi password is “Alfred”
  • Gary from Legends was the bartender at Gangster-Cisco’s bar. Jimmy was his muscle. It was cute.
  • Everytime Barry said, “You have failed this city” I guffawed.
  • When Flash-90 saw Diggle he said, “John! You don’t have your ring!” DIGGLE IS JOHN STEWART ON EARTH-90 AND IF DAVID RAMSEY AS A GREEN LANTERN ISN’T A THING WE GET TO SEE SOMEDAY I WILL NEVER FORGIVE GREG BERLANTI! EVER! You can’t tease that, even the guy who bought infinite good will by making Joey and Pacey a thing, and not follow through.
  • Batwoman should be good. I think they laid an OK foundation here and Rose has a decently fun energy. I’m planning on finally watching Titans this weekend, hopefully neither lets me down as a Bat-verse show the way Gotham did.
  • As Ok-ish as Batwoman will probably be. (And look, Berlanti hasn’t delivered a total turd yet. Even Season 1 of Legends has it’s moments) I want a Lois and Clark show yesterday. My LORD they were excellent.
  • Speaking of Clark, apparently Michael Rosenbaum and Tom Welling were meeting with Berlanti this week. As we have Clark in Hoechlin and Jon Cryer will be playing Lex on Supergirl, I imagine they’ll either be playing other characters (a la Erica Durance, Helen Slater, Dean Cain and Terry Hatcher) or we’ll get a quick glimpse of the Smallville earth during the Crisis. Frankly, I would love a moment where Welling, Hoechlin, Cain and Brandon Routh all connected. Elseworlds was great, but not having The Legends did prevent the Clark meets Ray encounter of my dreams.
  • As usual, this has made me want to catch up on The Flash, so I’ve finished season 4. I’m probably going to watch the first half of season 5 in the next week or so. It might take Stephen Ammel coming to my house and holding me in his beautiful muscular arms himself to get me to catch up on Arrow though. Binging The Flash is nearly always an unexpected joy, even watching a little of Arrow at this point feels like a chore. More on all of that in the weeks to come, I think.
  • I requested Crisis On Infinite Earths from the library this week, and dusted off my copy of Final Crisis, not that I think Final Crisis will ever factor into this version, I just love it a lot. These characters’ dumb little Berlanti Brains probably couldn’t handle the Morrison stuff. (Except maybe the Legends, who basically are his JLA.)

BIRDS OF PREY!!!!

It’s happening you guys.

Warner Brothers has officially green lit a Birds Of Prey movie.

I’ve spent the past 24 hours freaking the frak out about it.

The BOP lineup is apparently set. Margot Robbie is going to be producing as well as featuring as Harley Quinn, and apparently there’s going to be a villain, “we’ve never seen on the big screen before” (This is both exciting and kind of a bummer, because I was really hoping it would be the Birds VS Harley and Ivy)

I’ve wanted this for a very long time, but let’s get into the lineup:

The Huntress -Helena Bertinelli

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It appears they’re going Helena Bertinelli, which is fine? I like both versions of the character, but I prefer Helena Wayne. Her backstory is much more fun, and her relationship to both the vigilante world and the crime world a delight. (Bruce Wayne is her dad, Selina Kyle is her mom) But Bertinelli’s good too, and hey maybe they’ll go with her Grayson  spy backstory rather than her “mob kid decides to fight crime” one? That could be cool

Batgirl – Cassandra Caine

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YYYEEESSSSS! While Cassandra is the Batgirl I know the least about, this gives me a good excuse to dive into her stuff. What I do know? She’s a straight up BADASS. Raised by her league of assassin parents to be the perfect weapon, she was also kept from speech and verbal communication. This makes her a body language expert, and kind of weird about like, people.

Also, she’s Asian, which means it’s a representation win.

Renee Montoya

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We don’t know whether Renee will be Detective Renee Montoya of the GCPD or The Question but either way I’m on board. Renee’s a great character with some fun stories to tell and like Harley, I’m pretty sure she’s a BTAS original, which is fun.

AND OF COURSE!

Black Canary – Dinah Lance

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Look, y’all know how I feel about Black Canary. She’s my signature cosplay, a character who pushed me to look beyond the A-List to DC’s deep and fascinating B-List characters. Dinah’s a great fighter, has a really cool power, a distinct and fun costume look. (If they skip the fishnets a la Arrow, I’ma cut a bitch) Not to mention she’s been leading the Birds for most of their best iterations.

I’m very very excited about this movie. Like dance around my room excited. Pull out my platinum blonde wig and give a Canary call excited. I was already planning on bringing the costume back this year. (HOORAY FOR SIGNIFICANT AND CONSISTENT WEIGHT LOSS!) Of course DC has taught me to be cautious with said excitement, but I have faith in Margot Robbie as a producer. She has very good instincts.