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TV Review: The Flash S1E4 Going Rogue

theflash_full_costumeThe Flash stops a robbery but the culprits get away after shooting a guard, and The Flash chooses to save the man instead of following the criminals. Joe shows Barry a book of suspects and Barry identifies Leonard Snart as the leader of the group. Snart revises his plan to steal the Kahndaq Dynasty Diamond and gets a boost when he gets his hands on a stolen “cold gun,” which could kill The Flash. Dr. Wells is furious when he finds out that Cisco built the cold gun without telling anyone and now it’s missing. Meanwhile, Iris is getting the silent treatment from Joe because of her relationship with Eddie. Finally, The Flash and Captain Cold have an epic confrontation.

The first that stands out about the episode is the humor of it. With Felicity back for the episode, there’s a cuteness that really grounds The Flash. It’s really cute, and put a smile on my face. That cuteness is balanced out with the seriousness about half-way through as the Flash and his team have to deal with the loss of a life (a civilian, so no big shocks). That mix of serious and lightheartedness really makes the episode, and series, stand out for me.

This episode is the debut of Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, probably the most iconic of Flash’s rogues. Out of them all Captain Cold is absolutely my favorite, partially due to the fact he’s somewhat sympathetic. He has a clear set of rules, like to not kill unless they have to. But, here he ups the damage compared to previous villains. He goes out of his way to cause damage, and almost kills folks, which flies in the face of his rules.

Even better, the episode ends in a bit of a draw, and sets up Snart/Captain Cold as a big villain for the future. We’ll clearly get the full Rogues in the future, I’m crossing my finger it’s this season, and if the end is any indication, looks like we will! Can’t wait.

Overall rating: 8.5

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Demo-Graphics: Comics on TV

It’s Monday and that means another dive into Facebook‘s data. This week I decided to do another multi-part study where I gather data now, and then will look at it again down the road. This week I decided to dive into the data concerning television shows based on comic book shows that are currently on the air and have debuted. I’ll again look at the data during the fall break, the spring launch, and then when the seasons are complete.

I think you’ll see the data gets interesting, and isn’t when I expected (some I did). Arrow has the strongest female following, while it’s sister show on The CW, The Flash has the least. We’ll see if that changes over the season. I also included the percent of the individuals in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The Flash is the best when it comes to the 18-49 demographic, while Arrow is the worst.

Facebook comic tv showsAnd that wraps up the latest edition of the Facebook Fandom Spotlight.

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone looking forward to?

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ICv2 – Movie Rights to Dash Shaw GN Acquired – Cool.

CBR – “The Flash” Gets Full-Season Order from The CW – Well deserved.

ICv2 – Interview with Lee and Didio – An interesting interview.

 

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ICv2 – Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Comic Vine – Injustice: Year Three #4

Talking Comics – Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Strip 1944–1945

TV Review: The Flash S1E3 Things You Can’t Outrun

theflash_full_costumeAs Barry and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs work to capture Kyle Nimbus a.k.a. The Mist, a dangerous new meta-human with toxic gas powers, they revisit the painful night the particle accelerator exploded and killed Caitlin’s fiancé, Ronnie. Meanwhile, Joe decides to finally visit Henry in jail after all these years, but things take a dangerous turn when Kyle shows up looking to punish Joe for arresting him years ago. Meanwhile, Iris and Eddie continue to hide their relationship from Joe.

Three episodes in and The Flash keeps running away as the freshest “comic” show to debut this year, might be why its been picked up for a full season.

Tonight’s episode introduces yet another meta-human for Barry to fight, but really the episode’s points are two other things. First, it addresses the fact that Barry could run into prison and grab his father. The second is the introduction of Ronnie Raymond. Why is he important? Well, fans of DC Comics will know him as the superhero Firestorm.

The episode is decent, not quite as strong as the first two, but like those first two it does an excellent job setting up what’s to come. We know there’s more Rogues, the Reverse Flash, Firestorm, lots for comic fans. The fact the show is able to do this in a fun package.

Yes the episode has issues, lets face it a vacuum could defeat the bad guy, but that’s not the point. This is a show that’s fun, and that’s something we need more of on tv.

Overall rating: 7.5

TV Review: The Flash S1E2: Fastest Man Alive

theflash_full_costumeBarry escorts Iris to a university gathering honoring scientist Simon Stagg. When six gunmen storm the event, Barry changes into The Flash and tries to stop them. While he does save a man’s life, he passes out before he can capture the robbers, which frustrates him. As Dr. Wells, Caitlin and Cisco scramble to find out what’s wrong with Barry, Joe comes down hard on Barry for taking the law into his own hands and risking his life. Barry realizes that it wasn’t six gunmen but a metahuman named Danton Black, who can make multiples of himself. Meanwhile, Iris becomes even more intrigued by the “red streak.”

The premiere episode of The Flash caught me in its speed and fun. The debut was fresh, positive, entertaining, and most importantly fun. The series has a lot to live up to with such a solid start. The second episode isn’t quite as good, but it’s still a fantastic episode that continues along a solid path.

The second episode does really well in building off of the first one. It gives us an idea of the issues that Barry will deal with as he learns about his new powers. It fleshes out his relationship with Detective Joe West. It also has some fun with his balancing his secret identity with his work and social life. It also adds to the mysteries from the first episode as well as winks and nods for fans of DC Comics.

Two episodes in and the series is solid. It challenges The Walking Dead as the best “comic” television show out there right now. There’s something vibrant about it all, it makes me want to come back for more. A great second episode for a series that looks like it’s a can’t miss. I had high hopes for it, and it looks like it’s going to deliver, building on the success of what’s come before, just doing it with a positive and fun spin.

Overall rating: 8

Warner Bros. Announces their DC Comics Movie Schedule

New-DC-Logo_BlueDuring a shareholder meeting Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced plans for Warner Bros.’ plans for movies based on DC Comics, ending months (years?) of speculation and rumors. This is the list of movies to expect post Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

August 5, 2016: Suicide Squad“four A-listers are currently in talks to star,” and the film will be directed by David Ayer.

June 23, 2017: Wonder WomanGal Gadot spins off into her on film.

November 23, 2017: Justice League Part 1 – the first part of Zack Snyder‘s two part film brings back the cast of Batman v Superman with man more added.

March 23, 2018: The FlashEzra Miller will suit up as the scarlet speedster, instead of the television show’s Grant Gustin

July 27, 2018: Aquaman – the studio has confirmed that Jason Momoa will star.

April 5, 2019: ShazamDwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to the film.

June 14, 2019: Justice League Part 2

April 3, 2020:  Cyborg – the film will star Ray Fisher.

June 19, 2020: Green Lantern

There also more solo Batman and Superman films in the works. Also announced was The Lego Batman Movie in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and The Lego Movie 2 in 2018.

In August a list of ten movie release dates was posted by BoxOfficeMojo. Here’s how those dates match up.

  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – 3/25/16
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2020) – 6/19/20 – Green Lantern above.
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2020) – 4/3/20 – Cyborg above
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2019) – 6/14/19 – Justice League Part 2 above.
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2019) – 4/5/19 - Shazam above.
  • Untitled DC Film (July 2018) – 7/27/18 - Aquaman above.
  • Untitled DC Film (March 2018) – 3/23/18 – The Flash above.
  • Untitled DC Film (Nov. 2017) – 11/17/17 – probably Justice League, thought it’s shifted by a week.
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2017) – 6/23/17 – Wonder Woman above.
  • Untitled DC Film (2016) – 8/5/16 – Suicide Squad above.

All the dates match up, except one which is shifted one week.

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New York Comic Con is kicking off! We have a few of the team there, and hope everyone has fun!

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ICv2 – ‘The Flash’ Posts Best CW Debut in 5 Years – Well deserved!

 

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Comic Vine – Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1

Comic Vine – Amazing Spider-Man #7

Comic Vine – Arrow Season 2.5 #1

Comic Vine – Avengers #36

Comic Vine – Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1

Comicgirl – The Best American Comics 2014

CBR – Batgirl #35

Comic Vine – Batgirl #35

Talking Comics – Batgirl #35

Comic Vine – Batman #35

Comic Vine – Birthright #1

Talking Comics – Birthright #1

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #8

Comic Vine – Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #1

Comic Vine – New Suicide Squad #3

Talking Comics – The October Faction #1

The Beat – The October Faction #1

Comic Vine – The Punisher #11

Talking Comics – Punks: The Comic #1

Comic Vine – Punks: The Comic #1

Talking Comics – World Trigger Vol. 1 and 2

Comic Vine – Wytches #1

Talking Comics - Wytches #1

Fashion Spotlight: Hardboiled Speedster, Fast Cat, and Crimson Comets

Ript Apaprel has three designs for fans of The Flash. Hardboiled Speedster, Fast Cat, and Crimson Comets from RyanAstle, alecxps, and A_Man_Oxford will be for sale on October 8, 2014 only!

Hardboiled Speedster by RyanAstle

Hardboiled Speedster

Fast Cat by alecxps

Fast Cat

Crimson Comets by A_Man_Oxford

Crimson Comets

Two Looks at Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold

The Flash debuted tonight on The CW and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns has given us a first look at Wentworth Miller who we’ll see on the show as Captain Cold!

TV Review: The Flash S1E1: City of Heroes

theflash_full_costumeFor those who have watched Arrow are pretty familiar with this version of The Flash. In the second season of the show, we were introduced to Barry Allen, the police lab tech who eventually becomes the speedster hero. In this pilot, that previous footage is weaved perfectly into a debut that’s fresh, fun, and perfect for those not familiar with the character or world the two television shows share.

Taking place nine months after the Star Labs explosion we saw in Arrow, Barry awakens to find a lot has changed while he was in a coma. With his new friends and powers Barry must try to right the wrongs of his new Mentor and Owner of Star Labs.

Here’s the worst part of the show, it takes the group dynamic built up and perfected in Arrow and transplants it to the show. That’s the worst part, and only flaw I can really think of.

Otherwise, the show as I said is fun, exciting, and full of energy. So far, out of all of the “comic” televisions shows that have debuted in recent years, this pilot is the most solid of the bunch. The Flash is a pretty simple character, a guy who can run fast, but this episode lays that out, some of the other abilities he has gained, and puts him, and the DC television world, on a course. We get references to meta-humans, and their explosion in growth. We get an interconnection in Arrow. Get nods to Keystone, Superman, and much more. And there’s a cliffhanger that’ll leave fans of the Flash giggling with delight, and newcomers wondering what’s next.

The show is a fantastic debut, it’s fun, colorful, and strangely full of hope and positive. Out of all of the new comic television shows I’ve seen so far this season, this debut is the best of the bunch, and best in a long time.

Overall rating: 9

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