Now that I didn’t review the Snyder cut of Justice League starring Staplewolf by popular demand, we can get up to speed on The Flash! (Since the DuckTales finale was the runner-up, you’d expect me to get to that blog first. It takes longer to write reviews where there are hardly any criticisms. I will definitely get to it when it’s no longer newsworthy!) The tail end of The Flash’s sixth season was off to a solid start at the beginning of its seventh season. (There’s a sentence!) How about the last two episodes to close it out? Well I’ve got some good news & some bad news… Oh, season seven officially starts with episode four. SPOILERS ahoy for its latest three episodes!
The Beeboverse is back, baby! The CW’s new TV season is only a quarter later than usual. By now you should know Ruby Rose isn’t returning to star in Batwoman’s second season. Rather than recasting Kate Kane, Javicia Leslie has been cast Rose Wilder. She’s a brand new character created to be the brand new Batwoman. Ryan Wilder debuted in the wilds of Batgirl #50 (after she’d been announced to be headlining a TV show) so she’s technically a canon DC Comics character. I don’t think she’s shown up in since, so any future comics appearances will take their lead from the show fleshing her out. Meanwhile DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow will add as many characters as possible so long as they’re not from DC comics.
I wrote up a lengthy blog about my initial thoughts on the matter. Lets see how the series confirms or denies my suspicions as the season progresses. If you don’t want to go back & reread that, here are the highlights of my misgivings: The first season’s arcs heavily involving Kate hadn’t been concluded. The inaugural season’s writing was quite ropy, & we don’t know whether they would’ve stuck the landing. The entire show’s character dynamics are constructed to revolve around Kate. We barely established Kate Kane as Batwoman last season, & now we have to halt the narrative momentum to do another origin story for a whole new Batwoman. Now Kate is missing when it still hasn’t solved the mystery of what happened to Bruce Wayne. It’s not so much that the rookie has big shoes to fill as she has big shortfalls to overcome.
They’ve abandoned doing Lewis Carrol quotes for titles this season. “Whatever Happened To Kate Kane?” is very direct & possibly misleading. Here are SPOILERS of the non-Stephanie Brown variety!
The CW’s DC Comics shows used to be unofficially Pre-Crisis. Then Crisis On Infinite Earths changed everything. Now the Beeboverse has irrevocably became a Post-Crisis world. This is much nerdier than prime time network TV used to be! Well, one network is nerdy at least. CW scheduling as been erratic since. I finally decided to publish my Post-Crisis impressions now rather than wait for them to get on relatively the same page. So here’s the tardiest (Green) Arrow series finale review plus miscellaneous SPOILERS for the other Beeboverse series. We also have more to say about Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey & The Batman.
One of the numerous DC adaptations not directly referenced in Crisis On Infinite Earths was Gotham. So this week I’ve made a custom of its Ra’s al Ghul! Except for the bits I changed because I didn’t like them. And the bits I made up because I couldn’t get sufficient reference for. So barely in the same ballpark as the show. Unfortunately this blog will not settle the epic controversy over the correct way to pronounce his name. I also mumble about The Batman movie that probably won’t have a themesong by The Edge.
The final installments of Pre-Crisis TV have aired. The crossover even that’s been foreshadowed ever since The Flash’s series premiere is finally here! Not even the DCAU attempted a direct Crisis On Infinite Earths adaptation! I have some concerns over how they’ll pull off the whole shebang in just five episodes (if you don’t count all the prior build-up), especially with Marc Guggenheim is overseeing it. It’s at a disadvantage of not being able to include characters from every DC adaptation ever made. I’m gonna watch it anyway!
This crossover is instantly better than last year’s for including the
Feet of the Future Leg-Ends of Tomorrow! It also contains more Elseworlds. Wasn’t it established The CW’s multiverse only has fifty-three alternate universes? Why are these Earth #’s so high? Granted Crisis On Fifty-Three Earths doesn’t sound as thrilling. Maybe the real Crisis On Infinite Earths is needing to save Lodge 49? (Which Earths has it not been cancelled on?) It’s a SPOILER that nothing below will make a lick of sense if you’re not up on your CW DC, although that may make it more entertaining.
This week’s blog is delayed because Ezekiel the
cockroach ice storm treacherously deprived me of power for over three days. I missed out on Monday’s #joinLodge49 campaign, Cyber-Monday deals, & watching television as it aired. The only thing saving me from hypothermia was my cuddly cat. She donated so much warmth! I SHALL BROOK NO INSULT AGAINST HER MEWOJESTY!
Now’s the time to check back in on this DC CW season before the five-part Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover. Soon the general public will have a sense of Pre-Crisis vs. Post-Crisis continuity! (I haven’t even written about Riverdale season four shenanigans yet!) SPOILERS for Batwoman, Supergirl, Black Lightning, The Flash, & Arrow ahead!
Now that Preacher gave its last sermon, it’s time for the return of shows that admit to being based on DC Comics! I chose writing about these over watching Joker! Will no one think of the Joker? (Thanks to The Wages Of Cinema for taking that cinematic bullet for me.) SPOILERS for the newest season premieres of Batwoman, Supergirl, Black Lightning, & The Flash below! They’re all different numbers, but at least they coordinated them for the same week this year unlike the Emerald Archer & the Temporal Justice League! (I finally read The Collector so I can join the Time Bureau book club.) There’s a lot of Batwoman to cover since it’s the rookie. Apparently nothing noteworthy happened at NYCC, but I’ll pepper in some tidbits about Crisis On Infinite Earths!
Batwoman is the new CW series starring Kate Kane, not to be confused with The CW’s new comic book adaption Katy Keene. She’s an update of the original Batwoman, Kathy Kane, who is officially a separate character. Kate Kane should also not be confused with Cass Cain a.k.a. Batgirl, who’ll be debuting in Birds of Prey & Harley Quinn’s Extended Title. (That movie is probably keeping Renee Montoya embargoed.) Kate is the only member of the Bat-family to have had a bat mitzvah.
Last week floated the question of whether I’d be reviewing the Hellboy reboot this week. The answer is … no. Sorry, everybody eagerly awaiting my review!
I both do & don’t want to see it. I really wanted Hellboy 3 by Guillermo del Toro starring Ron Perlman! Mike Mignola’s stark minimalism was almost diametrically opposed to del Toro’s lush maximalism but it worked! (I’ve heard gossip that Mignola being displeased with the movies diverging so much from the comics was a factor in nixing the third one.) I would’ve been fine seeing this one providing the trilogy had finished, but it didn’t. The monsters in the trailers (where Hellboy says he’s a Capricorn despite being a Libra in the comics) look nifty, but both general reviewers & Hellboy fans say it’s not good. I kind of feel bad skipping it since I’ll probably end up seeing the much worse looking Dark Phoenix in theaters. The original was released in April too, but I still think October would be a better fit (especially with all the competition this month). I was thinking about seeing it at a matinee, but the timing hasn’t worked out yet. Maybe I’ll get to it once it’s completely irrelevant?
So this almost late installment will mostly be about tangential Avengers tidbits that would’ve made my forthcoming review of the next movie even more long-winded.