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The DC Comics TV & Movie Thread - A Thread for Talking about Detective Comics Comics Television Shows and Movies

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
I know Teen Titans Go! has a mixed reputation, but I love it. The movie won me over bc the Teens were completely deranged murderers but the series has kept my attention bc its middle-age writers can't stop trying to give financial advice to children who will find it inscrutable.
Yeah, I like Go for the most part. For the most part. Some of the early stuff is ill-considered but it eventually found its weird niche and its best when bees are money.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Given both the nature of the show, and the production of it, I have absolutely no idea if the fact that Iris has been barely seen nor heard of in several episodes despite several characters talking to her off camera is intentional or just the clumsiest possible way to write around the absense of one of the main actors.

Also, wasnt Nora erased from history all together? And… like… the entire thing with her last appearance was how she erased herself from history… and Barry and Iris were very sad because watching your future daughter obliterate herself from The time stream isn’t the kind of grief most counselors are able to deal with?

Also, literally no mention of the next big bad before this episode to my memory, even though I guess everyone already knows all about him?

The Flash is an intensely dumb show
 

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
At least we still have Legends where this week gave us:

Baby yoda, return of original recipe Zari, douchebro Behrad and pregnancy after pregnancy after pregnancy!
 
WB announced it's casted its Barbara Gordon for the new HBO Max Batgirl movie. I thought this was a pretty good response to the announcement:

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Meanwhile, this week The Flash has uh, definitely uh, jumped something.

 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
Meanwhile, this week The Flash has uh, definitely uh, jumped something.

Haven't watched Flash in several years, but I'm delighted by the early-to-mid-90s Power Rangers aesthetics on display, from the costumes to the sets to the lighting to the cinematogrpahy. White Ranger here has the best acting ever and I wish I could frame the silent reactions from the peanut gallery to the lightsaber duel.

Also I gotta say I really appreciate Thawne wearing an actual, cloth cowl, in an era where SFX rely way too much on insta-helmets and insta-masks.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
The current Godspeed arc of Flash is substantially more fun than… like… anything in the last couple of seasons.

Mainly because Godspeed himself is bringing out the biggest performance ever in the show.

The giant CG Gorilla Man was a much more restrained actor
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
Titans continues to be an amazing and frustrating mix of genuinely very good and head scratchingly bad. The first few episodes of Season 3 spend their time trying to convince the viewer that Jason Todd is a threat to the whole team, while having spent all of last season establishing him as a dork ass loser.
 

SpoonyBard

A Bard Named SPOONY
(He/Him)
Supergirl returned last week for its final run of episodes.

It was really nice to have the gang back together after the mini-plot of Supergirl being stuck in the Phantom Zone, but it was still a bit awkward. With previews implying it would be mostly about her dad, as 'Uncle Archie' poorly adapting to his new powers and giving away that he's an alien, it was instead about Kara dealing with facing her trauma at the hands of the Phantoms (good) and her dad reliving Krypton's end through Earth's environmental crisis (meh?). Only the latter also spawned the monster of the week in a really wonky CGI battle. But honestly, I missed this kind of wonkiness.

The episode is strongest at the very end, after Space Dad zips back to Argo City (goodbye Zor'El, you sure contributed a lot) and Kara and Alex have the big sisterly moment that most of the audience has been waiting for since the end of the episode before the hiatus.

Oh and the very last stinger of the episode has Nia wake up in a fright after apparently having a dream about Nixly? Guess we'll see where that goes this week.

No sign of Lex, weirdly enough. I was expecting the show to at least give us a peek at his reaction to Supergirl's return, but I guess we have to wait for him to drop in at some point in the future to screw everything up.
 
Oof, like I said, trick or treat.

Is that Nightwing as a monster truck?? How does that make sense??? The family's acrobat is a hulking unweildly truck? 🤔
 

SpoonyBard

A Bard Named SPOONY
(He/Him)
So this week on Supergirl Lena goes to Newfoundland, of all places, to track down her heritage (wasn't she Irish? Whatever), and I posted my thoughts over on AVClub on how the episode handled the setting:

Ok so wow, the Newfoundland stuff. On the one hand it’s not a super-retcon regarding Lena’s Irish heritage, Newfoundland has a lot of Irish decendents (hell there’s even a band with that exact name) but the framing definitely feels weird.

There’s no town called Fortune Bay, that I’m aware of, but there IS an actual bay with that name. Some of the panning shots were good and felt right for the province, but I the bar/restaurant setting felt wrong, no town with a population of around 800 is keeping up a business like that.

Also, witchcraft is not really a thing in our folklore, at least not of the Salem variety that the show seemed to be leaning into. If they had gone with something more like the Fae folk it may have felt a bit more authentic.

But the accents. My god. It’s true the province has a wide range of dialects but most of the people in this town didn’t even sound like they shared the same one. Really makes it feel like this was a last minute setting decision, even if that’s not actually the case.

And I think I pulled something cringing at Andrea when she said ‘Newfinlind’. That was old in the 90s, American media! How is that pronunciation still a thing?!
 

gogglebob

The Goggles Do Nothing
(he/him)
Oof, like I said, trick or treat.

Is that Nightwing as a monster truck?? How does that make sense??? The family's acrobat is a hulking unweildly truck? 🤔

I totally buy that Monster Trucks are the "circus performers" of the vehicle universe. Physically, Nightwing is lithe and acrobatic, but psychologically, he is often showboating and easily would be the most-interesting-to-watch-in-action member of the Bat-family. People would pay money to see the Flying Graysons, and then stick around for Night-truckasaurus.

Wouldn't be my first choice, but I can see the justification.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
And I think I pulled something cringing at Andrea when she said ‘Newfinlind’. That was old in the 90s, American media! How is that pronunciation still a thing?!
..... kay I'll be the one to ask it. How do you pronounce it there?
 

SpoonyBard

A Bard Named SPOONY
(He/Him)
Newfinland. Newfin' Land. Be sure and pronounce land as Land, not 'Lind'.

And its not New-Found-Land either. (Mercifully I've never heard anyone say New-Found-Lind, though that would be a new one.)

It might be nitpicky, but I've heard folks from the states (and even some Canadians) mispronounce this my whole life.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
My father is from Newfoundland and never ceases to be outraged when someone pronounces it incorrectly.

So help me God, I can not tell the difference between the way he says it and the way he's complaining about
 
I totally buy that Monster Trucks are the "circus performers" of the vehicle universe. Physically, Nightwing is lithe and acrobatic, but psychologically, he is often showboating and easily would be the most-interesting-to-watch-in-action member of the Bat-family. People would pay money to see the Flying Graysons, and then stick around for Night-truckasaurus.

Wouldn't be my first choice, but I can see the justification.
See, I thought about this angle, and it still didn't really work either. Yes, monster trucks are a type of performance art. But high wire circus acts are all about grace and elegance high skill body manipulation. And at their core, monster trucks are about big dumb unwieldly things smashing into stuff. It would be a better fit for Red Hood than anyone else. And if you're having a hard time figuring out how to match Dick with a vehicle, there's still lots of options that would be better fits. Hot rods, rally sport cars, I even count dirt bikes as a way better option. Dirt bikes races done for audiences are way closer to displays of grace and skill and body control, especially when you've got someone doing stunts on top of the jumps.
 

SpoonyBard

A Bard Named SPOONY
(He/Him)
Supergirl's final season continues on, and on the one hand it's kind of weird this new antagonist and new season focus come in just in the back half of the last season, but I've been enjoying it all the same.

Lex's absence has been conspicuous, but as delightful as he is he has been the 'big bad' for two seasons straight now and Nyxly is at least doing the legwork so hopefully he won't just swoop in to steal the spotlight at the very end.

I'm kind of confused by the big macguffin for this episode, though? I don't really get why Kara failed the courage test. It seemed like the totem was implying that she should have just.... let Alex and everyone on the plane in episode 1 die? Nyxly won by showing the 'courage to be vulnerable' but I don't really get how that tracks with Kara's trial. Clearly she was supposed to show courage in some other way than pure heroism, but the audience is left just as confused as she was.

I was sure that the moment where she tells the team to relinquish their half of the totem to bring ahead of the immediate crisis would have been the True Test, but hope, Nyxly gets the first macguffin. It's just kinda weird.

Newfinlind Count: 2
 
I'm kind of confused by the big macguffin for this episode, though?
The writing on Supergirl doesn't seem to really much care about consistencies and getting this kind of stuff ironed out. Just about every episode, there's some gargantuan plot hole that leaves me scratching my head. Which is fine I suppose, I don't think that's a big priority for their writers. They've got the Star Trek Discovery thing going on where the interpersonal drama and especially focus on social justice issues is what they care about first and foremost, and everything else is just kind of window dressing to enable that. As someone who likes to pour over details it can be a bit frustrating, but approaching the show on its own terms, it's fine.

Doom Patrol is back and I'm loving it so far. We managed to move forward from a lot of the plot threads that weighed down Season 2 and kept it from being fun in relatively quick order. And most of Season 3 so far has been back to being whacky zaney adventures. So I'm happy.

Stargirl is getting mired really hard in teenage drama. I know there are definitely people who eat this stuff up and love it, but I find it terminally boring. (I see this high school drama literally every day at work, I find it very off-putting in my media!)

Titans here in Season 3 is knocking things out of the ballpark. This season has generally focused on the characters and stories that work/are interesting while shoving aside or eventually removing the ones that don't. They've given Dick's supporting cast things to do that are interesting (Kori dealing with Black Fire has been largely good; Black Fire's trist with Superboy is like an edgy version of Superboy/Ms Martian in Young Justice) and having the show move to Gotham for a season while Dick struggles to pick up the pieces of Batman going AWOL has been very good stuff in general. Also, Dick & Babs 4eva :love:

Something worth mentioning is that HBO Max has been doing these:


Which I wish got more play and recognition. These are incredible stuff. I love radio plays, I want these to be successful.
 

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
Titans managed to surprise me with what they did to poor Hank, good on them.

I feel like they should have done more with that Blackfire tease way back in… Season 1 maybe? Jumping from her casually murdering some lady and leaving her children for dead to being one of the gang is giving a bit of whiplash.
 

YangusKhan

does the Underpants Dance
(He/Him/His)
A Peacemaker show seems like it came out of nowhere (I'm sure they announced it before but that's not the point). Like, he was only kinda funny and amusing in The Suicide Squad, but also not something I would expect an entire other show about.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
I haven't been able to watch the trailer and have no idea as to the tone of the show, but his near death in the movie and Rick Flag's parting words could set Peacemaker up for an interesting arc of reexamining his whole approach.
 

Honestly, I don't know what to even make of this. The webtoon comic is maybe the best thing I've ever read, but I have a really hard time imagining how this would even work at a live action thing.
 
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