WARNER BROS ANNOUNCES JUSTICE LEAGUE, WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN MOVIES & MORE
At a presentation to investors on Wednesday morning, Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara unveiled his studio’s blockbuster movie slate for the next few years through to 2020, finally confirming the titles for an ambitious number of movies based on DC Comics superhero properties.
The announcement confirms that we will finally see a long-awaited Wonder Woman movie in 2017. Gal Gadot will reprise the role after 2016′s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The announcement also includes the expected Justice League movie — and a sequel — the previously announced Suicide Squad movie, and pictures starring Justice League members Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Cyborg. This means DC now has one superhero movie in the works with a female lead, and three with non-white leads.
‘THE FLASH’ SEASON 1 RECAP, EPISODE 2: ‘THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE’
By Dylan Todd
Welcome back to Up To Speed, home of the Flashest Recaps Alive. Here we’ll recap the episodes, dispense some Flash Facts and talk about what works, what doesn’t, and where the series might be headed, as we try and keep up with the adventures of Central City’s finest hero, Barry Allen: aka the Red Blur, aka The Flash. This week, we’re looking at the second episode of the inaugural season, titled “The Fastest Man Alive.” How does it stack up against last week’s (pretty good, actually) pilot? Read on and see Flash…natics?
FLASHBACK: What Happened This Week
We start off with Barry doing his intro voiceover, but then he breaks the fourth wall, and it’s kind of great. I like that this show is taking itself just serious enough. This is a good thing. Keep it up, The Flash television show.
Barry’s rushing to a fire at an apartment that I swear I lived in when I lived in Yonkers for a brief time, but it’s probably an apartment in Canada. He’s going 350 miles an hour, which is good, because as we overhear, the fire truck is still two minutes out, a response that is met with a “People are going to die in there!” from the dispatcher. The poor, harried fire chief on the CB just resignedly spits back an “I know,” and now I want to see more from these two, with the dispatcher saying obvious things to the fireman who just takes it with an eyeroll and an exasperated look.
‘THE FLASH’ COMICS GUIDE: ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, READ
As you may have heard, a new Flash TV show began on the CW this week, spinning off from the network’s popular superhero-esque series Arrow. And since nothing adds an air of legitimacy to the junk culture of comics quite like the approval of a respectable medium like television, there will doubtless be a number of comics readers, new and old alike, searching out Flash comics for the first time. But the Flash is a character that has been around in one form or another for about seventy years; how on earth would one know how to begin?
Don’t worry: I’m here with a brief history of the Flash, plus a guide to the major runs (get it???) on the character by various creators who’ve shaped the hero’s mythology over the years.
The Flash, perhaps more than any other character in DC Comics’ stable, represents the strength of the legacy hero: the passing of the mantle from mentor to protege, with each successive version having their own strengths and weaknesses. It’s hard to talk about the Scarlet Speedster without taking a look at the different versions of the Flash, which can be broken down into distinct eras.
GEOFF JOHNS: THE FLASH IS A NON-DEPRESSING ‘BLUE-SKY CHARACTER’
Since the launch of the New 52 reboot in 2011, DC Comics has seemingly gone out of its way to find new ways to make its superhero darker. Its current Futures End weekly comics event is one in which everything has become even more dour and depressing in the span of five (narrative) years, for example.
But there’s one character that DC writer Geoff Johns simply can’t view as dark, however: The Flash. In an interview with Nerdist, former Flash comics writer Johns answered a question about the lighter tone of the new The Flash TV series by saying that Barry Allen simply can’t be a gloomy character.
SPIDER-MAN WITH SUPER-SPEED: COMICS ALLIANCE REVIEWS ‘THE FLASH’ TELEVISION PILOT
If you’ve read my recaps of The CW’s Arrow, then you likely know I’ve been pretty hard on it. Yet I ultimately think the show accomplishes what it has brazenly set out to do since it started: be a television version of the Christopher Nolan Batman films.
The CW’s new series The Flash, which spun off from Arrow and even features a guest appearance from Arrow star Stephen Amell in its pilot episode, takes much the same approach, but the movies it attempts to emulate aren’t the dark, brooding Batman films. It’s chasing after the Spider-Man franchise. And for both better and worse, it nails it.
HERE’S THE THING, EPISODE 15: WHY’S MARK WAID’S ‘FLASH’ RUN SO GREAT
If our weekly Ask Chris column isn’t enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here’s The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you’re wrong and he’s right.
This week, a reader wants to know just what the big deal is about Mark Waid’s run on Flash in the ’90s, and, as tends to happen with this sort of things, that simple question sends Chris into a lecture about the history of the DC Universe and the underlying themes, with an argument that Flash is the third most important character in DC History.
- A good chunk of Mark Waid’s run on Flash is available digitally through Comixology. Start here to kick off with “The Return of Barry Allen”!
- If you prefer physical comics, TheReturn of Barry Allen book is currently out of print, but still available to purchase.
- “The Trial Of The Flash” is an infamously long and dragged out story, but if you want an interesting take on it, check out the archives of Tom Katers’ Tom vs. the Flash, where he went through every single issue of the Silver Age Flash, culminating here.
- Mark Waid would, of course, go on to continue making great comics, including Fantastic Four with Mike Wieringo, Daredevil with Chris Samnee, Empire with Barry Kitson, and others. Dude has a solid track record.
NEW FULL-LENGTH ‘THE FLASH’ TRAILER COMPLETELY NAILS IT
Well, that was probably a lot better than anyone could have reasonably expected.
Some quibbles aside, the first long look we’ve had at the new Flash television show comes with just about everything longtime comics readers would want to see in a modern Flash adaptation: a faithfully depicted origin of his speed powers, his partnership with STAR Labs, his battle with the Weather Wizard, and, most astonishingly, the Flash vs. a tornado.
Actor Grant Gustin may not look exactly like the square jawed, blond Barry Allen as envisioned by creators Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino, but his performance in this clip expresses some crucial essences of the character. Specifically, he’s a cop, he wants to help people, he runs really damn fast, and he’s late. And while it’s sort of cheating given that the line was written by Mark Waid for ’90s Flash incarnation Wally West, it’s still pretty cool to hear the words “My name is Barry Allen and I’m the fastest man alive” spoken aloud as the Flash zooms through Central City.
FIRST PROPER ‘FLASH’ TEASER TRAILER WARNS YOU NOT TO BLINK (BUT YOU CAN ACTUALLY BLINK)
Actor Grant Gustin will portray a version of the Barry Allen incarnation of the scarlet speedster, a police scientist who encountered Arrow Oliver Queen in two episodes of the Arrow series. Produced by DC Entertainment, written by Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, The Flash could mark the first instance of a live-action DC Comics superhero smiling since the Batman of the 1960s, which would be in keeping with the character’s traditionally bright idiom, as defined by original creators Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino.
DC ENTERTAINMENT’S CONSTANTINE, IZOMBIE AND THE FLASH TV SHOWS ALL GET SERIES PICKUPS
To paraphrase the immortal Xzibit, “Yo dawg, we heard you like DC Comics, so we put DC Comics in your TV so you can watch comics while you read comics.”
Two different networks announced today that they’re picking up three different shows based on DC and Vertigo properties: Constantine on NBC, iZombie and The Flash on The CW. With Arrow headed into its third season at The CW and Gotham already in production at Fox, this fall will be filled with hour-long dramas based on DC Comics. Industry scuttlebutt is that DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is the primary force behind getting these shows this far, making today a pretty good day for the longtime superhero writer.
COMICS ALLIANCE PRESENTS HERE’S THE THING, EPISODE 1: WHY ‘IMPULSE’ #3 IS THE BEST SINGLE-ISSUE STORY EVER
If our weekly Ask Chris column isn’t enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: This week, we’re launching Here’s The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.
This week in the debut episode, Chris tackles the question of what the greatest single issue of all time is — or at least, his favorite, same thing, right? — and declares it to be Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos‘s Impulse #3 from 1995. Check out the video to find out why!