The Flash And Arrow Give Us Exciting New Trailers

The Flash returns from its mid-season break tonight, with Arrow coming back tomorrow night. That has not stopped the CW from releasing some exciting new trailers though!

Tonight on Flash we get the episode “Potential Energy” which introduces a new villain The Turtle, a character that can literally slow time.. and Barry. The Turtle will be played by Aaron Douglas, most well known for play Tyrell on Battlestar Galactica. There does not seem to be a lot of mention of this episode in the extended “Pretty Messed Up” trailer however. Check it out!

Tomorrow night on Arrow, Oliver starts a manhunt for Damian Darhk, which will start to test both his physical and moral limits, not to mention the limits of the team. Unlike The Flash‘s trailer, Arrow‘s “Revenge” trailer is very much about what is started in this episode. In addition to the “Revenge” trailer however, they just released, minutes ago, a mid-season sizzle trailer. It very much follows the “Revenge” trailer, just with much more footage and insight. Not to mention a little Malcolm Merlyn being a jerk, which is always great. Check them out!

So let us know what you think of the trailers! If they release a mid-season trailer for The Flash, I will update it and put it here!

It’s Time To Get Psyched About Legends Of Tomorrow

We live in the time of the geek (or “Tempus Geek” as our logo states). Sites like ours and many others are doing quite well because there is so much quality content make for us. However not all of it is as amazing as we’d like.

Do we know Legends of Tomorrow will be as good as The Flash or even as good as its slightly less entertaining, but still darn good big brother Arrow? No we don’t. But the trailers look really, really good. So cautious optimism is warranted here.

To prove as much, I am linking all the official trailers and teasers thus far. Enjoy.

So what do you think? Did you watch them all? I have a feeling that Legends of Tomorrow will be every bit as good as The Flash is, mostly because neither are assuming the viewer can’t keep up with complex story lines. Tell us what you think so far in the comments!

A PG-13 Version Of Deadpool Is Inevitable

First off, I wanted it noted that no one that I know who is a fan of comics endorses a PG-13 version of Deadpool. The very idea takes away from the character, is reductive of the idea of adult targeted comics (which have existed longer than child targeted comics) and takes away from the very spirit of Deadpool.

Comics have a long history of political and social commentary . Everything from Superman literally meaning “Uber Meinch” (the Nazi ideal) to the X-men reflecting the attempted extermination of a different race every generation since they have been out (currently the Muslims), to Captain America’s patriotism only going as far as freedom does (hence why he turns against the US Government during Civil War), comics have ALWAYS been a reflection of ourselves and the world we live in. You have children stories telling adult story lines far beyond what the kids generally understand.

This never, in popular comics, goes so far as Deadpool does. Deadpool is a reflection of comics itself. He is the only character that knows he is in a comic book, so he is the only one not beholden to its rules. He doesn’t hold back so he only inflicts minor wounds. He does not arrest bad guys so they come back to haunt him later. He does not call people “bub” instead of “asshole”. He knows the rules and he chooses to ignore them, which is great, which is entertaining. Which is why people love the character.

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So to put him in a movie and then give him rules.. It is counter intuitive to the character and takes away the idea of him reacting to the fact that he’s a comic character AND NOT REAL (for the record though, only one of his personalities recognizes that, but I don’t want to make this article more complicated than it is.). The R cut does not appear to be placing rules on him, but a PG-13 version surely would.

However. There is a demand. Not only the 3,197 signatures (as of this writing) that have signed the original petition, but hundreds of thousands of kids who can’t sign the petition and very recently, every comic book fan in China. So what’s a studio to do? Here are some options:
Release a PG-13 version at the same time? Hell no. There is not enough time to make another cut and it would confuse people enough that some might avoid the movie altogether.
Wait till it comes out on DVD and then release a safe version? Again, NO! You don’t think every underage kid from every corner of the world won’t sneak in to a screening or pirate by the time the DVD comes out? In 1991 I had a pirated copy of Nirvana “Nevermind” (with the secret track) in my hands and I didn’t pay a penny for it (I did however buy it eventually) . Kids are much smarter these days than I was then.
Let the internet make it for you? This was my favorite answer once I thought of this article until recently. The internet is going to make this version even if the studios don’t.. That is unless..
Fox does it themselves and releases it a month or so, in the theater, after the R release. The internet will make one if 20th Century Fox doesn’t, so Fox might as well make money off of it.  They have to advertise they are doing so though. Make the “R” limited run, maybe JUST a month, then pull it and replace it with the PG-13 (or vice versa, the censored version first, then the R version, but then we fall into the first problem of rushing a censored cut).  Here is the kicker though.. They have to do it right. They have to film a single scene where Deadpool acknowledges that this is the censored version, and they literally “bleep” all his curse words (complete with visual, comic book text popups with various &$(#@!! options). This is the only way you can keep the character true and still censor him. Basically by letting him acknowledge he’s being censored. By letting him tell the kids that the things he is saying is not for them. Lastly, by letting him tell the audience that censorship is bad and that the parents should not have let them see this movie AT ALL, let alone a censored version of it, as its still going to be violent.
Make an animated version of the movie that’s PG-13! I must admit, this is an edit to the original article. I thought of this after publishing it. But imagine a cartoon version of the movie, complete with the additions I mentioned above (except the judgement) and have that be published by Marvel themselves? Then you just leave the movie itself alone! Everybody wins!

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IN OTHER WORDS: Let Deadpool use common sense where the parents aren’t.

So what do you think? Can a censored Deadpool actually still be entertaining and true to the character? Do you think the whole thing should be hands off? Let us know in the comments!

Why Kevin Smith Directing Flash is Great and Isaiah Mullins is an Idiot.

Editors Note: This post is inspired by our community contributor chat where Isaiah Mullins insists that Kevin Smith directing The Flash isn’t even kinda cool. – MM

In case you’re living under a rock, blissfully ignorant or Isaiah Mullins here’s a few reasons why you should be excited that Kevin Smith is directing an upcoming episode of CW’s Flash.

He’s Kevin Smith dummies!! Forget the next few reasons, just his movies alone should prove his worth for directing something like this and the love he’d put into it. Love is gramma’s secret recipe and gramma bakes some awesome fucking cookies. If you’ve seen his movies then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

Let’s look beyond his screen work. How are we even having this conversation? According to a Ray Kurzweil book I read before this internet thing fastened itself to my brain, the exception proves the rule and if our own not-so-round geek, Isaiah, is the exception then I guess there’s a rule. So here we are. Kevin Smith has written numerous full runs for both DC and Marvel; Batman, Daredevil, Green Arrow, Spiderman, just to name a few. All that and he wrote the comic book extensions of his own properties. He didn’t just write them but he rocked them. The critics, who you probably don’t care about, all shouted praise for his runs with our favorite heroes. In fact, he’s even been hailed as the one who brought back Green Arrow.

CW’s Flash is an offshoot of their Arrow series and here comes the man with a proven love of comics who brought some life back into it all. How’s that not exciting? How are you not standing on you chair wearing nothing but a pair of tube socks and shouting out with GLEEEEEE? I think we need to keep things simple and face the facts, folks. If Kevin Smith directing an episode of The Flash doesn’t at least inspire a “Hey, that’s pretty cool,” from you then you’re probably just another fanboy and your opinion really doesn’t count.

Personally, I’ve never even seen the series and I’m excited. Especially since I just saw bits of the pilot the other day and thought it looked cool enough to give a shot. This will be my 3rd ever CW show… wish me luck.

So that’s all I have to say. Kevin Smith is an excellent if not obvious choice for this show. Let us know the consensus in the comments, is Isaiah an idiot or is Isaiah an idiot? I’ll be waiting for his return fire in the meantime.

The Shannara Chronicles – Episodes 1-4

Let me begin by offering my opinion as to why this adaptation has started with the second book of the original Shannara trilogy: The first book had an uncomfortable number of parallels with the Lord of the Rings. I won’t go into more detail than that, because the world of Shannara evolved into something vastly different after that first book, and became an entity that can easily be differentiated from Tolkien’s classic.

Spoilers (and profanity) after the warning image. Fair warning: This review mentions a lot of stuff about the books. It may not make sense if you’ve never read them.

Spoilers

My first impressions, verbatim are: No. No no no no no. That is NOT how the fucking choosing ceremony works. It’s not the fucking Hunger Games. It may make for a good opening scene, but that just ruins the feel of the books. Hell Fucking No. Shannara has always been a slow build to a crescendo, and the magic is often understated rather than flashy. The Choosing ceremony illustrated the sentience of the Ellcrys better than anything I’ve seen so far here. To add insult to injury, they’ve turned Allanon into bloody Mad Max with magic. Allanon does not crack wise, he does not show off his muscles. He silences people with a look, rather than a fucking snappy comeback. What the fuck is this shit?

After giving it some more time (meaning I went for a walk), I feel that at least the rest of the characters are reasonably faithful to the book, especially Eretria, but having Allanon’s broody, chilling presence replaced by an action hero is just wrong on so many levels.

Also, Wil is now Shea’s son rather than grandson? And Shea, the goody-two-shoes hero of the damned Four Lands becomes a drunk?

Okay, this thing is a huge departure from the books. So many things out of order, so many changes. I’ll just have to start reviewing this thing as a TV show that mildly resembles a favourite book series rather than an actual dramatisation, because This is the MTV-I-A (bonus points to anyone who remembers that reference ;)).

As the show begins, it’s all very exciting and full of beautiful people, as is expected from an MTV show. There are some wonderful touches in the opening credits that set up the world visually. The end of the world is seen, then through blood we see that the Gnomes, Dwarves, and Trolls are mutations of the original human race. We also see an elven person after the blood trail ends. This is not an oversight. In the world of Shannara, the Elves have always existed alongside, and hidden from, the human race. They only reveal themselves after the great war. I thought it was a nice touch.

In this re-imagining, the Dagda-Mor is now a fallen Druid, and there’s also an early reference to the Illdatch. This means that it’s likely that, as the seasons progress (if it gets renewed), young Will Ohmsford is going to take on the burdens of his descendants and go on their journeys, too, which will be tricky unless there are more features of the world added from later books. My theory is reinforced because Wing Hove also gets an early mention, and the elves of Wing Hove only appear from the fourth book onward. I’m guessing airships will come in at some point soon if they’re going that way, but they may wait for a second season for that, as their availability would break the Elfstones story. Tegging back to the Dagda-Mor, he was originally a demon imprisoned in the Forbidding millennia before the great war, so he pre-dated any of the Druids. Changing him to become a Druid who got sent there by the Illdatch (the darker counterpart of the Ellcrys) would also fit with the complete and utter fucking-up of Allanon, especially if he’s meant to be more like Walker Boh (The guy who became the next Druid after Allanon). With that observation, I can maybe forgive them a tiny little bit for that. Walker was a little more relaxed than Allanon, and would more frequently show his face.

The Shannara Chronicles is good television. It’s just not a faithful reproduction of the Shannara books. It’s going for immediate thrills and abandoning the slow build approach that Terry Brooks is so good at. The problem with television is that the slow build type of storytelling doesn’t work unless it’s a Netflix show.

As a Shannara story, I give this show 1 out of 5, but as a TV show, I’ll give it a tentative 4 out of 5. Tentative mainly because there are a few lines in there that really seem out of place with the language used in the rest of the story. Yes, the heroes are teens, but they’re not teens from this era, so they shouldn’t be using phrases from this era.

We’ll see how it goes.

Have you seen it yet? If you haven’t read the books, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!