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[April Fools comedy post, none of this is real except for the fact that these are all characters fans have asked for in season 3 since it was announced. Even if it’s just a joke you can read my slow decent into madness as the list goes on. 😉
I’ve also added some commentary at the end if anyone’s curious about the hows and whys this post was made.]
Since the revival of Young Justice for a third season many fans have speculated what’s going to be happening in this new season, and just what new characters will be appearing. Well wait no longer as I have been given insider info about who is going to be showing up in season 3! It’s going to be a jam packed season with so many fan favourite characters, you just won’t believe who’s going to show up!
Season 3 is being made because of the giant outpouring of fan support for so many years, it wouldn’t be happening without that devotion from the fanbase. So to truly show their appreciation to the fans the creators are putting in all of your fan requested characters, every single one of them. These are all 100% real fan suggestions for characters to appear in season 3, all taken from when Warner Bros. announced the renewal. I’ve even been given some new artwork in advance to show off some of these new characters that are coming in season 3.
Warning: this is an image heavy post! Seriously there’s 53 images here and one gif. You’ve been warned!
There’s a new Justice League cartoon out and this time it’s all about the action. Eleven minutes of action per episode and each episode is supposed to start right in the middle of the action, and so far these first seven episodes have certainly done that. Eleven minute episodes are the current “in thing” for cartoons nowadays, with popular shows like Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, and even another DC show Teen Titans Go (divisive as it is among DC fans it’s still a popular show), and so it makes sense to get another DC show in that mould, one that also fills in the gap of action cartoons that’s been lacking the past few years. The one issue with these eleven minute shows to me is that they do take a while finding their feet and hitting their stride, probably at least twice as long as a twenty minute cartoon, I’m expecting the same will be true here. Though if these episodes are anything to go by when the show does hit its full potential it will be amazing.
I love the DC TV shows, they are right in my wheelhouse and it would take an awful lot to make me stop loving them. That being said I don’t think they are flawless masterpieces that are above criticism, because the last season of all of them was a bit shaky. Just to be clear I am talking about Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and now Supergirl, none of the other TV shows based on DC comics like Gotham, Lucifer, or iZombie. Those four shows are the ones that are all connected, Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow are all in the same universe, and Supergirl is set in an alternate dimension which Flash travelled to for an episode. That interconnectivity has fans buzzing with excitement, heroes meeting up and crossing over has been a staple of comics for decades and doing that in TV form is a treat for fans. But I get the feeling that those treats are harming these DC shows.
*No real spoilers will be mentioned from the last seasons of all the shows*
This movie, it’s just a mess. It might be an enjoyable mess for some, but it’s still just a mess. There’s all this talk about how the critics hate DC movies and how it’s so much better than what the critics are saying. Honestly it is as bad as what the critics are saying, it’s a badly put together movie with a generic plot and it utterly wastes the majority of its characters. There’s just enough things that are “fun” that some fans can latch onto and ride out for the rest of the movie. But having fun parts doesn’t mean it’s a good well put together movie. Liking flawed movies isn’t bad, but the critics aren’t wrong for pointing out those flaws either.
The plot of this movie is that Amanda Waller wants to put together a black ops team of supervillains in order to face any possible new meta-human threat now that Superman is dead. Before the team is even assembled one of their number, the Enchantress, slips away and tries to end the world. So Waller sends in the rest of the Suicide Squad. Then it plays out like a bog standard action movie.
I’ve made my thoughts on the Killing Joke known already, at great length in fact, but with this new animated movie there’s some new things to talk about. It’s another Bruce Timm project, something he’s apparently been trying to make for at least 10 years now, with Brian Azzarello writing and Sam Liu directing. The movie had a 30 minute Batgirl sequence at the beginning before the Killing Joke starts, because the comic was too short to make into a 70 minute movie. That sequence has become the centre of much attention as it includes Batgirl and Batman have rooftop sex, but that certainly not the end of rather questionable decisions made for this movie. The rest of the Batgirl additions aren’t particularly good, the Killing Joke parts are lacklustre at best, and all in all it’s a rather lame duck to the usually good quality of the DC Animated Movie scene. But much like the Killing Joke comic I can’t help but talk for far too long about how this movie fails and why this missed the mark so thoroughly.
Certainly the most “controversial” movie this year, in the geek circles at least, is the new Ghostbusters movie. From the first announcement of “reboot with an all-female cast” any attempt at a conversation about the movie was walking through a minefield. So that leads us to today, now that the movie is actually out, and it’s almost impossible to talk about the movie itself without in some way addressing the massive internet backlash against it. Let me address it now, the movie is good, I had a lot of fun watching it, as a giant Ghostbusters fan I had no problems with it. No childhood got ruined, can’t we all just enjoy a good fun movie. With that out of the way let’s talk about the actual movie itself.
The basic plot is that old friends Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Abby (Melissa McCarthy) along with Abby’s lab partner Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) discover an actual ghost, but when Erin loses her tenure and Abby and Holtzmann are ejected from their lab they decide study this paranormal phenomenon on their own. Joined by subway worker Patty (Leslie Jones), who also saw a ghost on a train line and called them in, the four of them need to figure out how to stop these ghosts before the man who summoned them begins the end of the world.
If you haven’t been following me on Twitter for this past week here’s the low-down my current situation. I’ve got the flu and haven’t been able to work on any blog posts this past week, so I won’t be able to make Young Justice season 2 posts until I’m feeling better. I’m sorry to have to delay the Re(af)Watch but these things happen, it’s just lucky this didn’t happen in the middle of season 1.
I’ll post when things get back on track, but rest assured you won’t have to wait five years to get season 2.
Now that Netflix has uploaded season 2 of Young Justice it’s the best time to rewatch the series, especially as doing so might mean Netflix picking the show up for a third season. (Though if you live in the UK like me you have to watch it through Amazon Prime and just share around posts about it). This Re(af)Watch series is not quite a review, more of an opinion piece about each episode as I rewatch them. Covering all 46 episodes of the show, and hopefully any beyond that. Continuing on with episode 26, Auld Acquaintance.
Episode synopsis: Red Arrow is being hunted by the Justice League, the Team get told by Batman of him being the mole and that his efforts to control the League with Starro-Tech failed. But they find Red Tornado trying to infect them when Batman leaves. Searching for answers they go after Red Arrow and put Tornado in his civilian android body of John Smith. They find out that Savage controls the League and that Red Arrow has been a clone this whole time, programmed in infiltrate the League. The Team devise a way to beat the Starro-Tech and strike back against Savage. They cure all of the League and drive Savage and Klarion off the Watchtower. The day is saved, but questions remain over where the real Roy Harper is, where Savage sent the League for 16 hours, and what he had them do.
Now that Netflix has uploaded season 2 of Young Justice it’s the best time to rewatch the series, especially as doing so might mean Netflix picking the show up for a third season. (Though if you live in the UK like me you have to watch it through Amazon Prime and just share around posts about it). This Re(af)Watch series is not quite a review, more of an opinion piece about each episode as I rewatch them. Covering all 46 episodes of the show, and hopefully any beyond that. Continuing on with episode 25, Usual Suspects.
Episode synopsis: As the new Justice League members are getting announced the Team head off on their own secret mission, to find Cheshire and recover that mysterious suitcase from Insecurity. They get there and it’s a trap, set by the Riddler, and the Team must fight their way out. They capture all the goons, except Cheshire, and retrieve the case, which they hand over to the League. Superboy’s used the last of his Shields and Luthor contacts him to meet up in Santa Prisca if he wants more. So he goes there, and meets Lex, Queen Bee, Sportsmaster, and also Artemis and Miss Martian. Turns out the Team had set their own trap, with them revealing their secrets to each other they took advantage of The Light’s plan to turn them. With the element of surprise they manage to capture almost all of them, except Luthor, Queen Bee, and Mercy, and find out the Injustice League was just a cover for The Light. A good days work, but on the Watchtower Red Arrow has implanted the mind-control tech that was in the case, turns out he was the mole all long, and now Vandal Savage controls the Justice League.
Now that Netflix has uploaded season 2 of Young Justice it’s the best time to rewatch the series, especially as doing so might mean Netflix picking the show up for a third season. (Though if you live in the UK like me you have to watch it through Amazon Prime and just share around posts about it). This Re(af)Watch series is not quite a review, more of an opinion piece about each episode as I rewatch them. Covering all 46 episodes of the show, and hopefully any beyond that. Continuing on with episode 24, Performance.
Episode synopsis: The Team are sent on an undercover mission as a family of acrobats known as ‘The Daring Dangers’ at Haly’s Circus, former home of The Flying Graysons. Haly is suspected of robbing high tech labs along their train route across Europe, Robin’s there to prove his innocence. Everyone in the circus is getting a mysterious flu-bug, and when M’gann gets it they find the real culprit, the Parasite. He’s been stealing abilities from the circus troupe and using it to steal equipment to turn the Large Boson Collider into a black hole generator. He managed to steal M’gann’s and Conner’s powers, which are enhanced by his Shields, to get away. They manage to track him down and stop him, saving Geneva and Haly’s Circus. Also after he sees them in action Red Arrow admits that there can’t be a mole on the Team.