It looks as though fans of the show Arrow may get something they’ve been hoping for since the show premiered three years ago. One of the things that really makes a large, interconnected universe enjoyable is seeing different characters crossover and interact with each other, especially when the characters have decades of comic book history behind them that fans can look forward to seeing brought to life. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is dominating the box office right now (with other franchises hot on their tail), the Arrowverse currently has television pretty much locked down. The popularity of Arrow and The Flash has led to the development of another spin-off, Legends of Tomorrow. There’s even talk of a crossover between the Arrowverse and the successful new show Supergirl. The rapid expansion of the Arrowverse has led some fans to wonder whether they might even see DC‘s big three (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) on the small screen again. Recently, Steven Amell, Green Arrow himself, addressed this very question.
Well, we finally got the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and, boy, was it underwhelming. Many fans have been expressing fears about DC rushing into things since the movie was announced. A team-up with Batman already when he hasn’t even been introduced into the DC Extended Universe? Still, fans were with Batman v Superman, because all of the footage seen thus far had looked pretty cool. The showdown between Batman and Superman on a rainy rooftop next to the Bat-signal set up great expectations for the movie. Despite some concerns about casting, Ben Affleck looks to be a very capable and appropriate Batman, bringing to mind Frank Miller’s stocky brawler, which is a Batman we’ve not yet seen on the big screen. Even Jesse Eisenberg, who is a complete departure from any sort of Lex Luthor known to anyone anywhere, didn’t appear to be completely terrible. Unfortunately, it looks as though our willingness to give DC the benefit of the doubt will not be repaid, as the new trailer makes it clear that every bit of interesting and compelling footage from the movie must have been used up already.
DC really seems to know what it is doing lately when it comes to their TV properties, and the latest hero to hit the small screen is no exception. Supergirl has been both a critical and ratings powerhouse, despite the first episode being leaked a full 6 months early on download sites and has been a career kick starter for its star Melissa Benoist, but what is more important, it has given female comic fans something to really sink their teeth into, without feeling like a rehash or a low rent Superman clone. In fact the writers have gone out of the way to make sure Supergirl, while referencing and recognizing her Superman based origins, is a hero in her own right without pandering to a general female audience. (more…)
Recently, the film Pan opened and died at the box office. Apparently, no one in the history of storytelling, or at least since J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan, ever wondered what happened in Neverland before Wendy, Peter and John went there. Shocking though this may be, that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from loving the concept of the story before the story, and this is another example. It’s been a while since we heard anything about the proposed Man of Steel prequel Krypton. One might hope that it’s because someone at Syfy came to their senses, but no, David S. Goyer said that there is timing to everything, including Krypton. (more…)
If you think this sounds like something out of the 90s, you can be forgiven. There was a storyline that ran through the Superman books in the mid-1990s called “The Death of Clark Kent,” where one of the Man of Steel’s adversaries learned his secret identity and launched an attack to destroy him, forcing Superman and his adoptive parents to become fugitives flying under the radar in a Winnebago. But this time is different, because in the 90s Supes never got around to choosing a new name for himself, and this time, he has. Say hello to truck driver Archie Clayton: Last Son of Krypton. (more…)
There has been much discussion and dissection about the possibilities of a Man of Steel 2. At present, no where in Warner Bros‘ exhaustive list of upcoming movies based on DC Comics movies, is there a release date for a sequel to Man of Steel, even though the movie was good enough to inspire a whole interconnected universe of movies. New rumors have pointed to the possibility that Mad Mad: Fury Road director George Miller was being warmed up for Man of Steel 2, and then almost as quickly it was suggested that Man of Steel 2 was being put on development ice. As it turns out though, Zack Snyder says that Man of Steel 2 is much closer than you think… (more…)
The RadioBastard Podcast Prepares You For The Coming Trump-pocalypse With Alternate Pulp Fiction Casting, More Batmans (Batmen?) and More
It’s almost like we never abandoned you for two months.
Jeremy and Jason have returned, but where were they and who have they become?! Learn about their harrowing tale (busy working and playing Playstation) and also learn about their thoughts on Stephen Colbert‘s late night takeover, Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s takeover of The Apprentice, Batman V. Bourne, Godzilla V. King Kong, the almost Pulp Fiction cast, the unkillable Fantastic Four franchise, gritty Mary Poppins, sex bot ethics (RIP HitchBot), plus Donald Trump: herald of the end times.
DOUBLE BONUS PLUS: an all new, all nude edition of #TacoTalk. (more…)
As the world draws closer and closer to March 25, 2016, more questions are arising with respect to DC’s Expanded Universe than answers. Is Suicide Squad’s Joker really Jason Todd? Will Wonder Woman play a big enough part in Batman v. Superman to sate those Amazonian sized appetites? Will Ben Affleck give audiences the hero they deserve? While we may have an answer to that last one, thanks to Heroic Hollywood (more on that in a moment), we know very little about the rest of the universe that Warner Brothers and DC are creating on screen. Sure, with comic book movies the secrecy behind creating the film is often discussed more than the movies themselves, but what if there is a really good reason for keeping their cards close to the vest? Of course, it would have to be a very good reason, right? I mean a WHOPPER of a secret, right? Well, what if that secret is right in front of our noses? What if Superman’s death has already been teased? Possible spoilers ahead. (more…)
It seems like the perfect combination: take the guy who directed Snatch, Sherlock Holmes (the Robert Downey Jr. versions), and RocknRolla, and let him make a spy movie that stars Superman and The Lone Ranger. Oh, and set it in the 1960s, where men were men and you had to rely on your wits and your talent instead of letting technology do your dirty work. Sounds pretty badass, right? Well, movie-goer, you’re in luck – because The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an amazingly-cool movie that’s fun to watch and easy to enjoy.
As the protector of Truth, Justice and the American Way for nearly 80 years, it would makes sense that if there were a group of people being victimized, unarmed against a well-armed force, that the Man of Steel would step in to help. But what if the victims were people protesting the police, and the people doing violence against them were the actual Metropolis Police force? That’s the very real world inspired story line in a recent edition of Action Comics, and one in which Superman comes out on the side of the people. Naturally, Fox News has a problem with this. (more…)