Batman is hands down one of the most popular comic book superheroes to ever exist. However, some of the best parts of Batman’s comic books aren’t the caped crusader himself. It’s the people around him. Known affectionately by fans as the “Bat Family”, Batman’s various mentors, wards, partners, friends, and family are all key members of the group. This includes all five Robins, three Batgirls, Batwoman, Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin, Alfred, and of course the illustrious Batman himself.
One of the most fascinating Bat clansmen is Kate Kane, the one and only Batwoman.
With the exciting news that Patrick Stewart is returning to the role that made him a household name, Jean-Luc Picard, there is a chance that Hollywood can make up for the mistakes of its past by recognizing the impact he and his character had. His training in the Royal Shakespeare Company and the recognition he received for his stage work should have been a precursor for his recognition in film and on television.
However, that is not how things worked out.
The Emmy awards have recognized the Star Trek franchise for its technical work (mostly visual effects). The franchise has even won 34 awards out of 155 nominations but only one of those wins was a “major” award. That win was for Star Trek: The Animated Series (TAS) when it won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment Children’s Series in 1975.
ALF was a sci-fi comedy series starring a puppet alien named ALF (Alien Life Form) that premiered in 1986. For years people have referenced the show, used the title character as an easter egg, and its become a strange icon of pop culture. There’s an emphasis on strange because a lot of people know of it, but few really know what it is. Surely this writer didn’t.
This week, Warner Brothers Television announced a reboot of the series. The new ALF is currently in development. It’s been discussed that the new ALF might follow the alien leaving Area 51 (where fans last left him) and interacting with the new world around him.
Even among the most hardcore fans of Marvel’s Netflix shows, Iron Fist ranks low. Iron Fist was rushed, and it showed in both writing and fight choreography, as well as crew preparations. But fans saw hope for the character in Defenders with the chemistry between actors Finn Jones and Mike Colter who play Danny Rand, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, respectively. Still, the character fell short of fan expectations. That is until Danny showed up for an episode of Luke Cage. Finally, fans saw an Iron Fist they could root for. A more grounded character. But what was still missing from the character, and will Iron Fist Season 2 give it to us?
A lot of adult nerds grew up with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A lot of us matured and changed right along with Buffy and her cohorts. We experienced love and loss that was mirrored in the series. Rewatches garner different points of view as we grow older, seeing characters and perspectives differently than before. So the idea of rebooting that can be daunting for those who care for the show. But showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen puts us at ease with a single tweet. How does the showrunner feel about the original versus the new show?
Star Wars has always been a bit of a divisive franchise. With so many fans devoted to the original trilogy, additions to the narrative leave them a bit prickly. Most new Star Wars stories get a fair amount of hate. However, one franchise was different. One franchise was almost universally accepted by lovers of the Star Wars universe.
That franchise was the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
DC Comics have shaped so much of nerd culture during their tenure as superhero kings. Their comic books have shaped dreams, inspired heroes, and sparked imaginations. Their animated series have left fans in wonder, have created iconic characters, and connected superheroes to viewers outside of their normal audiences. DC has created some of the most memorable heroes to ever exist: Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman.
This year at the San Diego Comic Con, DC revealed several new productions about their superheroes. Fans marveled at all the upcoming projects. The company showed trailers for two films, Aquaman and Shazam, one live action series, Titans, and the continuation of their animated series, Young Justice: Outsiders.
Comic Con is often remembered for the big panels in Hall H, the massive studio presence by companies like Marvel, and the fans. When Marvel announced they would not have the usual massive presence many worried that the behemoth that is SDCC might be slowing down in its old age (next year the con turns 50). Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Along with news of tentpole films like Aquaman, WonderWoman84, and Godzilla King of Monsters there were also a lot of great new trailers for shows like Doctor Who, Star Trek: Discovery, and the Walking Dead franchise.
Sometimes those big reveals overshadow some other shows worthy of attention.
Here are a just a few of the TV trailers that premiered over the weekend.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans rejoice! Fox is moving forward with plans to reboot our favorite slayer, only a little different this time. While Buffy may not be the bouncy blonde valley girl we’re used to, our Lord and Savior Joss Whedon will be around to guide the new slayer’s show as it finds its footing.
CBS All Access has debuted the action-packed official trailer for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery following the panel for the series at Comic Con.
The trailer features the return of Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and introduced a new alien character named Linus, while showing us a few other new cast members.
We also got a first look at some snazzy new Starfleet crew uniforms that look very familiar.
Showrunner Alex Kurtzman confirms we will be seeing Spock in the new season which will have a ‘family’ theme unlike the war theme of the first season.