We need to talk about Supergirl Season 2

I was worried about Supergirl season 2. Mostly because Calista Flockhart left and the idea of Supergirl without Cat Grant sounded preposterous. And also, because the show’s move in network and location might spell doom. I lived through the WB/UPN merger into The CW, I saw what happened to shows I loved. Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars both lost their identity in that transition. One Tree Hill as well, but I think we’ve covered that.

I shouldn’t have been worried. The show has done a number of things to make sure that it stays afloat and after last night’s episode, I kind of can’t believe that it’s done as well as it has. The introduction of new characters (Mon-El, M’gann M’Orzz and Lena Luthor) have filled in the Cat shaped hole (it does take all three to do it, which is saying something.) and the coming out narrative for Alex Danvers has been beautifully and lovingly handled.

I’m less thrilled about James Olsen’s decision to become Guardian, though love what it’s done for Winn’s storyline, which was getting bogged down a bit into what I call, “Caitlin land” where they get nothing to do on their own.

Next week Kara heads over to Earth-1. (What number is Kara’s earth? 3? Can someone tell me this.) And I can barely contain my excitement. Almost as excited as I was when we learned that Batman is almost certainly a thing on Kara’s earth.

See, while Kara was denouncing Guardian she mentioned a vigilante that Clark once worked with, who had, “a lot of gadgets and a lot of issues.” That’s the only one person who that could be right?

I mean right????

You should understand, I’m less concerned about Batman himself interacting with Kara as I am about others who are related to him. You know, ex sidekicks. One in particular, and maybe not the one you think.

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Very important.

Now, I understand that Kara of Supergirl and Kara of The New 52 are like, not even a little bit the same. And actually, TV Kara would fit better with Dick or Tim than Jason, but ever since this issue of Supergirl came out 2 years ago, I’ve been fixated on these two together.

And it could theoretically happen, now! I mean, I know just theoretically, because apparently The CW isn’t allowed to touch Bat characters, but hey, a girl can dream right?

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice: On Ambition

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As the final push into Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice was made, and I finished up season 2 of Daredevil,  I found myself wondering if the movie would feel too much like a Frank Miller comic book. Not that I would mind, I like a lot of Miller’s work, but after 13 episodes of what felt like Miller’s world, I wasn’t sure I wanted a movie of it.

And there is absolutely no way to deny that Miller’s DNA is all over the movie. But he’s too deeply engrained in Batman as we know him now to be erased. So that’s all there, the “sons,” the clunky epic speechifying, the brutal violence, it’s all there.

But as I sat back and watched, I realized that this didn’t feel like a Frank Miller story at all. It felt like a Grant Morrison story and for that reason, I was able to sit back and enjoy it all the more, because I don’t love any comic writer the way that I love Morrison. (And that includes Kelly Sue DeConnick and Gail Simone…I adore them, but Morrison is something different.)

Like a Morrison story this movie is ambitious, heavy, nonsensical at times, full of on the nose symbolism, and sort of impenetrable to newbies. It’s also very messy, which is not really an accusation you can hurl at Morrison, but I mean in spirit.

Elements of the movie are perfect. Affleck is great. I did go in rooting for him, but that means that if he’d been bad I would have been really disappointed. (Hello, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller in Fantastic Four…) He’s such a solid choice for this role, and we get to see things we’ve never really seen on screen. (BRUCE IN THE LAB!!!!)

The thing that made both Aless and I happiest is that we skip the Lois and Clark relationship drama. They’re together. They’re a team. That’s it. The end. There are issues, she isn’t sure he should risk the innocent lives that seem to fall around Superman for her sake. He can’t bring himself to not save her. Honestly, if it weren’t for the music and desaturated color scheme the scene where Superman saves Lois in the first twenty minutes would have been absolutely perfect.

Gal Gadot and the energy she brings to Wonder Woman is amazing. The story comes to life with her and she’s the impetus for Bruce to actually do him some sleuthing. Also, how good Gadot and Affleck look together has even brought me around to Bruce/Diana shipping. (You may recall, I have some opinions on that score…) Her movie is going to be SICK, because she owns Diana.

The Doomsday fight is fine, if unnecessary, the movie would have been streamlined by simply having the Luthor storyline, which involves him manipulating Batman and Superman to fight each other. (In fact, the final fight only happens because he kidnaps Matha Kent and tells Supes that she’ll be killed if he doesn’t kill Batman.) This is a good contrivance, and while the potential fridging of Martha is dangerous, it’s worth it to create a new framework for the smackdown. But without Doomsday they would have needed another reason for Wonder Woman to suit up, so there’s that.

The Justice League set up is probably the best part of the movie, including a brilliant reveal that I won’t spoil.

Batman v Superman isn’t a great movie. It’s either an adequate movie or an ambitious and interesting failure and I can’t decide which yet. Parts of it remind me of Iron Man 2, in the bad way, but in the end it’s worth it to see the Big Three on screen together.

Jesse Eisenberg is a huge disappointment. Or maybe the script. Either way, I’m not into weird crazy Luthor. The only time Luthor should feel unhinged is when there’s rage happening. Otherwise he should hold it together.

Overall the movie has more good than bad for me, but I can’t really recommend it to people who don’t really love these characters and aren’t overly attached to a particular version. It’s a specific niche, but a worthwhile one. It did set up an interesting world, and honestly, I think the other films, which are out of Snyder’s peculiar control (The Ben Affleck/Geoff Johns helmed Batman solo movie in particular) should be really good.

Look, if it means a lot to you to see Batman and Superman punch each other, get your butt to the Cineplex. Because that definitely happens here.

“The World Needs You To Fly”

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Like today wasn’t going to be about the Supergirl pilot?

What, have you not been paying attention?

OK, so let’s get this out of the way.

It was not the most transcendentally amazing hour of television ever made.

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It is most certainly the pilot episode of a superhero television show. Which means that it was a little bit clunky, a little bit overstuffed with mythology and a lot of bit ridiculous.

I knew all of that going in, because I was like, one of the last people on earth who hadn’t watched the pilot yet. I’ve been watching TV long enough to know that a pilot isn’t always indicative to how a show is going to be overall.

Need we rehash things like Glee and Smash? Or in the opposite direction, 30 Rock?

But let’s not focus on the negative. (Clunky writing, tell don’t show all over the place), and let’s focus on the good. We get a quick crash course in Supergirl lore, that is, Kara is sent as a protector and companion to her cousin, Kal-El. She is delayed (cryo sleep in the Phantom Zone), and when she arrives on Earth, the already adult Kal-El sets her up with a family, scientists named The Danvers.

Literally, all you need to know about her origins and we knock it out in the first five minutes. Great.

Now all grown up, Kara is working for Cat Grant (yay!) and not using her powers until her sister Alex is on a plane that’s going down and she decides to save the plane. Now she’s Supergirl, and her friend Winn is helping her. Oh, also James Olsen (seriously, only Superman is allowed to call him Jimmy), is around and he’s going to mentor her.

That’s the show. She’s also going to be tracking down a bunch of escaped Phantom Zone prisoners, because, believe it or not, a superhero show does require a plot engine and this is a good one for this.

The show has a lot of promise, shown especially in the really great cast, and the way they click. Melissa Benoist was a brilliant choice for Kara. She’s immediately appealing, and has the hard to pin down it factor that makes for a good lead. Calista Flockhart seems to be having the time of her life with Cat, which is great, (I thought she was the perfect choice for this character.) Jeremy Jordan brings his trademark sweetened smarm to Winn. Mehcad Brooks is dreamy and perfect as James.

And I think we really need to talk about Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers. I figured from even the previews that the relationship between Kara and Alex was going to be the show’s heart. I love the prospect of it and I like that they delivered it here. These two feel like family. It’s not an easy dynamic to sell, but it’s still pretty great.

The show did more right than it did wrong and didn’t shy away from girl power, though, even I was starting to feel like, “maybe we back off after this, we get it.” It’s already won the numbers game. The ladies on this show outnumber the dude folks. (Oh, and two of the dude folks are black!)

I’m really excited to see where this goes, and the implications for my little sequined corner of nerd-dom are huge, to the point where I can’t even begin to verbalize it. The hastags last night of #Supergirl and #SupGurl will fill you in in ways that I never can.

You Owe Them Nothing

So, I don’t know about the rest of you but I had a nice quiet weekend, and did absolutely nothing even remotely attached to fandom and the nerd work.

I’m kidding.

Obviously. It was San Diego Comic Con weekend. I wasn’t there. If I was there I’d be sleeping right now and I would be currently jumping up and down like a maniac that I had just been to San Diego Comic Con. (I am going to try to go next year…truly…there are things happening…)

But I did have a lovely weekend at Chrissy and Glen’s house, and we drank beers and watched Game of Thrones, and checked newsfeeds, and saw Minions (review coming Thursday)

And of course we spent a good amount of time talking about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the amazing trailer that came out.

And while lots of things that got me excited came out of Comic Con. (Lumberjanes won the Eisner for best new comic for instance! WOOO!)  Nothing else mattered after watching that trailer on Saturday. Since I’m sure we’ve all watched, it, I’ll just link to it on Youtube again, so that we can all watch it again.

I don’t know what you all were most excited about but, I think my favorite part was ALL OF IT!

I mean, we now know some things, like this movie will be fairly brightly colored, that Batfleck has been around for 20 years, and that he was in Metropolis for the climax of Man Of Steel.

I like all of this.

We don’t know how Wonder Woman features in this movie, but she seems important and she looks amazing.

Also there is Luthor, and he looks like a real dick head.

But for the most part, I just can’t get over how at the very least, the trailer seems to be selling everything that I want the movie to be. I’m no longer ambivalent. This is the real deal. I want this movie now. Like, immediately. Let’s not see Ant-Man this weekend, let’s just all go see Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Wonder Woman instead.

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I’m just throwing this up again…for…reasons

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I wanted to say something really involved or cool about the new pictures that we got yesterday, but here’s the thing.

I’m too excited to get overly analytical about them, and that’s a good thing.

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He looks like Zuckerberg, which is fine. The hair is a nice touch, I wish it was more Red, but this works.

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Mmmmmm, Ben…in tux….mmm…Gal in awesome dress…so long as this doesn’t lead to them together, I just really love this picture.

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Bat SIGNAL! RAIN! OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!

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He’s very, very handsome. Also the full color costume looks good. Well, better. I like it, I guess is my point.

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Not sure what’s happening here, but Ben looks good. It’s exciting.

And then of course there’s the big one!

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THEY LOOK SO GOOD! WONDER WOMAN IS SUCH A BADASS! I’m obsessed with this costume, and have been since I first saw it, but seeing it in color only helps it a whole lot! I love the whole shebang!

I have a feeling that we’re going to be getting even more things next weekend, as comic con rages one.

I hope everyone Stateside has an awesome Fourth of July! I’m off to the beach! See you soon!

DC Animated Movies: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

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Back with a vengeance, what can I tell you? Mostly I didn’t want to be so backed up that me reviewing Batman Vs Robin would look ridiculous. (Although, I can already point to like 7 things about that movie that are going to annoy me…) So I decided to swallow my luke warm feelings about Justice League:War and Assault on Arkham and give Throne of Atlantis something of a fair shake.

I don’t know if it was my low expectations, or that Heath Corson has figured out the rhythms of writing these team movies, or a shake up in voice cast, or the spot on characterization that New 52 Aquaman has, but this movie was pretty stinking wonderful.

The plot: Oh, the plot. So the Justice League isn’t really a thing, because, as you may recall from War, these guys don’t actually like each other all that much, but Clark and Diana are totes hooking up, so there’s that. We know that at some point Bruce is busy with the whole, “learning he has a kid who’s also a super assassin,” thing, and uh, that’s about it. Anyway, when a nuclear sub gets attacked, the League regroups and try to figure out what happened.

Meanwhile, in Florida, Young Arthur Curry is mourning his father. (It’s not New 52 without dead parents!) He’s drunk in a local seafood place and befriends a lobster in a tank. When someone orders the lobster he gets into a fight with them.

Yes, that’s right, Aquaman fights some dudes over his lobster friend, and this is my new favorite thing to ever happen. He’s being watched by two people, a scientist who wants to prove the existence of Atlantis, and Mera, of Atlantis.

The League figures out that something is totally up with that nuclear sub. Turns out that Prince Orm and Black Manta want to start a war with the surface, and Queen Atlanna is like, “mmm, maybe not.” She’s also convinced that Arthur, her illegitmate half human son needs to come rule Atlantis. So, the Justice League tracks down Arthur, and they all go to Atlantis and there are battles and betrayals, and in the end, the invite him to join the League that isn’t really a league, and also Victor gets a girlfriend.

HOORAY!

Look, I just really enjoyed the movie, mayyybbbee I was a little buzzed, but for the most part I thought it was great, and fun and much more on tone than it’s predecessor.

Voice Cast! Some returned from War others were different. First and foremost Nathan Fillion is back as Hal Jordan, which is frankly, great. Rosario Dawson is Wonder Woman, and, yeah, I don’t think I need to elaborate, beyond the fact that I love her look in this movie, and I love the idea that Rosario Dawson is Wonder Woman, at long last. Jason O’Mara is Batman, as I’ve said before, he’s grown on me, but he’ll never be my favorite, certainly not within hours of seeing a movie with Conroy. Jerry O’Connell is Superman and Sean Astin is Shazaam, and that just makes me no end of happy. They also do better by Shazam in this movie, because it doesn’t play on his stupid revamped origin that I hate.

There’s a post credit tag that shows Lex Luthor visiting Orm in prison, so I’m interested in seeing how that goes, as these movies continue. But I do think, either I’m settling into this world, or it’s finding it’s groove, and that’s a good thing.

I Am Kara-Zor El.

So we have a casting announcement for the new Supergirl TV show.

Melissa Benoist will be playing our beloved Girl of Steel, and I’m, luke warm about this casting.

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I did really like Benoist on Glee, she was meant to be a centerpiece of the last season of that show that I watched. She was Marley, “The New Rachel,” who was like, not as talented, or as interesting as Rachel, but way more likable? Is that a good way to describe her, 5 other people who gave a crap about Glee after season 2? Mom? Uncle Mark? (Seriously, I can’t think of anyone else who liked the show past then…)

It is fun that both Kara and Barry Allen are ex Glee kids. Grant Gustin played Sebastian, who was the captain of the Warblers when Blaine left, and then just, like a big bullying gay, who told Karofsky to kill himself. Weird to think about, because he’s SO PERFECT as Barry, who is the opposite of all of those things…though I would love to see Barry in an acappella group.

That would just be adorable…

Sorry, got a little distracted.

Anyway, I’m good with the casting. Mostly.

I think they definitely could have gone another way….

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