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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?

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E19 – “Broken Arrow”

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Oh Roy… What is there left to say about the man who would be Arrow? I’m not sure, but we’ll give it a whirl here. Arrow, the TV series, returns after a one week break and a fun diversion of key Arrow characters to Central City in last night’s The Flash. Well, it seems that meta-human trouble followed Felicity and Ray Palmer back from “the fun one” of the Arrow/Flash metropolitan dyad. Aside from that, this episode came complete with black cloud, not because of Oliver’s ongoing police troubles, but because this episode’s long been teased for having, let’s put it this way, a significant departure. (more…)

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A couple of years before the comic book movie craze became full-blown, there was a script making the rounds of the Warner Bros. backlot called Super Max. In it, the Green Arrow is sent to a prison full of super-villains, some of whom he put away, and is forced to survive amongst a jail full of the worst of the worst all the while planning his escape and then trying to prove his innocence. During the finale of tonight’s episode of Arrow the existence of Super Max came to mind, and despite the fact that it was written by David S. Goyer, who by this point has as man detractors as fans, it’s always seemed like a missed opportunity. Or is it? (more…)

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It’s rare that the wedding of two main characters in an episode is actually the least interesting, or the least pertinent, development in an episode, but that’s the way it was with the latest episode of Arrow. Now this was vintage Arrow, people! It had solid action, character development, dense plotting, and more than a couple of decent Easter Eggs. Specifically, it featured a long-awaited superhero face-off and some insightful background into one of the series long-time antagonists. But it was also a compelling story in its own right with a good twist in the A story, and a killer twist in the B. (more…)

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This time on the all new lemon scented RadioBastard podcast hour of power, Jeremy and Jason get wrapped up in the timeless internet sensation known as #DressGate. Also, there’s some hot llama action, a plot to steal Winston Churchill‘s vampire blood and a hot Latin body for Jason, 47 uses for chicken skin, and DuckTales! Wooo… Wha?

You seem like you could use some specifics… (more…)

Heroes of ‘Arrow’ & ‘Flash’ Team-Up for a Spin-off

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With all the ground work being laid in both Arrow and The Flash, introducing new characters who could each lead their own spin-off series, unless the CW wanted to change their name to the DC Network, this was really the only option that made sense. The CW has announced that they’re presently developing a “superhero team-up” spin-off series featuring a ragtag group of actors from both Arrow and The Flash. Currently being developed by DCTV Universe overseers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, the new show already has a popular quartet of actors apparently signed up to lead team, which will only, undoubtedly, open the door to more spin-off ready characters. (more…)

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Big news from today’s Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour 2015, and not just big news relative to the size of the network presenting: The CW. Yes, the CW is an also ran of a network, churning out 10 hours of programming a week and basically being relegated to the a category so derogatory, it’s the only one to be given the term “netlet,” but they’re still churning our a lot of popular TV. They know what they’re doing and they’re doing it well, which is why they went hog wild this afternoon and renewed eight of its series, including the superheroic Arrow and The Flash. Speaking of which, if you love the world of the Emerald Archer and the Fastest Man Alive, then you might just be welcoming a third hour featuring the man with the Power of the Atom. (more…)

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It’s the same old story: boy meets girl, boy saves girl from super-powered bad guy, girl falls in love with boy, girl becomes a trained archer and kills people to impress boy, boy and his friends try to stop here. This week’s Arrow was all about matters of the heart, and apropos, the bad guy was a woman named Carrie Cutter, AKA: Cupid. Obsession is nothing new for superheroes and their rogues, one might say that The Joker is obsessed with Batman for example, but I’m not quite sure if “Draw Back Your Bow” plays as a superhero Lifetime Movie of the Week, or Fatal Attraction with costumes. Either way it was a big week for our heroes and their romantic issues. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E1 – “The Calm”

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Like an RPG blowing up your favorite romantic dinner spot, the third season of Arrow began with more plot, exposition and character development than a skid full of C4. Following quickly on the heels of last night’s very well-received premiere of The Flash, it was Arrow’s turn to assert itself. The gold standard of comic book-based series, there were a lot of expectations for this first new episode of the season, but did it deliver? Mostly yes, but a little bit no. This premiere episode has packed from beginning to end with some slick action, interesting new characters, interesting twists for old favorites, and a gut punch in the end that will have reverberations all season long. (more…)