Black Canary

The world would be a very different place if the entertainment giant known as Disney hadn’t of stepped in and lobbied for change to copyright laws. Movies, comic books, anything and everything superheroes would be unrecognizable today. And it all started with Steamboat Willie, soon to be known the world over as Mickey Mouse. Copyright law used to be a very finite thing, but with the popularity of Mickey, Disney couldn’t stand to let him go, and still fights today to hang on to the property. Because of this, many other properties have benefited from the changes in law, including but not limited to Marvel and DC. Ever wanted to write a Superman story of your own? Ever wanted to combine Thor and Wonder Woman in their own superhero duo? You can’t. But only because Disney stepped in. What did they change? What beloved superheroes could you be creating with today?

WB’s DCEU Birds Of Prey Begins To Take Flight

White Suicide Squad may not have been the hit WB hoped, there was one thing that stayed with fans – Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Robbie is using that leverage to help spearhead a Birds of Prey film. While we have little details as of yet, and it’s not apparent what role Harley will play with the Birds of Prey, we do have our first casting announcements. As we take a look at our new heroines that will share a screen with Robbie, we also look back on past versions of the characters as soon on TV.

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CW’s DC spinoff show Legends of Tomorrow isn’t set to air until 2016, which gives us plenty of time to get acquainted with several of the lesser-known DC characters that will be spotlighted. Among them will be Caity Lotz playing White Canary, and Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl. Both ladies have been dishing out lots of information on the show, and details about their characters’ roles in it. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E21 – “Al Sah-Him”

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The CBS series Person of Interest is good at a great many things, but one of its prize assets is the way it will alter the opening voice over to suit the narrative or theme of a given episode. This week’s Arrow followed in that tradition with the words, “My name was Oliver Queen.” To reflect last week’s development where Oliver joined the League of Assassins, stepping up to declare himself the heir to Ra’s al Ghul. Oliver is now not Oliver, but Al Sah-him, the Arrow. So now what? Well, there can’t be two heirs to the demon running around, can there? Time to settle old scores and take out the artist formally known as the heir to the demon, who right now is enjoying a french fry dipped in a milkshake. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E20 – “The Fallen”

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So that happened. After weeks of beating around the bush, Ra’s al Ghul finally was able to paint Oliver into a tight enough corner that he accepted being Ra’s al Ghul Jr. and being preparing to take over the League of Assassins. In a way, this is the episode of Arrow that the whole season’s been building up to, but in another way it seems like the writers worked backwards from the moment when Oliver suits up as the new League master right after he was branded with an arrow sign and told that everything else about Oliver Queen was dead and gone. Frankly, I thought my interest in the League of Assassins storyline was dead and gone, but maybe there’s something to this idea. Maybe. (more…)

‘Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ Secrets Revealed at PaleyFest

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The CW’s two flagship superhero series return this week with all new episodes, and both The Flash and Arrow have a great many mysteries to unravel for fans before the season’s through. On The Flash, we know that there’s a showdown coming with “the Man in Yellow,” who is much closer than anyone else on Team Flash realizes. As for Arrow, there’s Ra’s al Ghul’s offer to Oliver to take over as leader of the League of Assassins, an offer that Oliver likely can’t refuse. So where do we go from here? What secrets are about to be revealed? Some, if not all, was discussed at PaleyFest this past weekend. Spoilers follow obviously. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S03E13 – “Canaries”

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Watching last night’s episode of Arrow unfold, one has to appreciate the re-emergence of the series narrative gusto, a quality that’s been sorely lacking in much of the season so far. A great many ongoing elements of the show came together to push the story and the characters forward, capitalizing on the somewhat meticulous maneuvering of deck chairs that characterized much of the last 12 episodes. In the wake of Oliver’s return to Starling is the realization that things have changed pretty profoundly for Team Arrow, and in the shadow of Vertigo’s return – the man and the drug – some awful truths are revealed, and even accepted. (more…)

dc-post-new-52The New 52 is dead. Long live the New 52 (sorta)!

Earlier today, DC Comics announced that following this spring’s Convergence event their entire line-up will be overhauled and a bold new direction for the comic company will begin, one focused on diversity, accessibility, and every other buzzword comic book companies use to describe major shake-ups such as this.

Still, when you look into the details it seems that DC might have some method to this madness. Fresh talent working with long time veterans. Bestselling fan-favorite series will be joined by a very interesting (and surprising) list of new titles. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E12 – “Uprising”

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This week’s episode of Arrow brings the stirring and action-packed finale to the Funeral for a Friend Brick trilogy, in which Team Arrow comes to terms with being Oliver-less just in time for the Man in the Green Hood’s return. In a busy hour of television that saw Oliver’s triumphant comeback, and the titular gathering of Glades residents ready to stand up to Brick and his very ambitious gang of psychos and criminals. We also get new revelations into the mind of Merlyn and a new direction for the season as to how Ra’s al Ghul will respond when he finds out that stabbing a guy with a sword isn’t nearly as effective a death as it should be. (more…)

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It’s been a packed couple of days of Arrow news as the beloved CW superhero series was renewed for a fourth season and interest was expressed in a second spin-off from the show. But on to more practical concerns, like what’s coming up in the second half of the season and where fate might take the ragtag group of heroes and villains that populate Starling City. During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the CW hosted mega-panel of the costumed vigilantes, allies and agitators, from which we got some insight into what’s ahead on Arrow given the peculiar circumstances that the show left its titular hero in just before the Christmas break. Warning, spoilers be ahead. (more…)