[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!
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 21, Image.
Episode synopsis: Robin gets the chance to lead the Team as they to go to Qurac, neighbouring country to Bialya, to find out why the democratically elected president of Qurac is handing over his country to the Bialyan dictator, Queen Bee. Once there they break cover to protect a wildlife sanctuary on the boarder between the two countries that’s being invaded by Bialyan troops. That sanctuary is owned by Marie Logan and her son, Garfield, and Marie happens to look a lot like M’gann. While there the sanctuary is attacked and Garfield is injured, requiring a blood transfusion. M’gann tries changing her blood to match his, while the Team watch ‘Hello Megan’ a 70s sitcom that M’gann based her human identity on. That night they go to rescue the president from Psimon’s control, and in the process M’gann and Psimon confront each other again. Psimon threatens to reveal that M’gann is really a White Martian, and pushes the wrong buttons as M’gann brain blasts him into a coma. That night Queen Bee comes to M’gann and says she knows her secret too, and if she wants to keep it a secret she better do what she says.
The latest DC animated movie is out and it’s the continuation of the Son of Batman story in Batman Bad Blood. Batman has gone missing and is presumed dead so it’s up to former Robin Dick Grayson to don the Batman costume with Bruce’s son Damian as his Robin to try and bring order to Gotham as it comes under a new threat. This movie also introduces Batwoman and Batwing in their first animated appearance. This review will contain spoilers and discussion of one of the bigger twists of the movie.
From the pages of a cult hit Marvel comic and several failed TV projects Jessica Jones finally found a home on Marvel’s Netflix line-up. I was sceptical of this series at first since it seemed like Marvel was using their Netflix deal to get one of their failed TV shows made, if they couldn’t sell it to a TV network then how good could their take on the comic really be. Then they made the show and it turned out incredible and it was a great thing a regular TV network didn’t make it; the series would’ve been butchered it if was on network TV. This show was made by the right people, for the right place, at the right time.
I’d like to just say go watch the show, do it without any spoilers or ideas of what to expect, it’s a great A+ series. Fair warning, the show deals with rape, PTSD, addiction, rape trauma, and an incredibly creepy David Tennant, among other things, though this isn’t Game of Thrones so no rape is actually shown on screen. This isn’t a happy-go-lucky series so if you are affected by any of that and want to watch the series prepare yourself beforehand.
The rest of this review will contain spoilers, lots of spoilers, since the show’s been out for over a month.
Last year I wrote about the Ultimate Comics version of Spider-Woman, how he had excellent potential to be a great high-profile transgender character in the world of comics and that he was so under used he didn’t even really have a character to speak of. Well in the most recent issue of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man there was an answer to that question I asked a year ago, is Spider-Woman was transgender or just wasted potential. Sadly it was the latter.
Shezow is an Australian-Canadian cartoon created by Obie Scott Wade that was recently picked up by the Hasbro network The Hub; home to popular Hasbro cartoons such as Transformers Prime and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This rather unremarkable show managed to spark some controversy with its premise of a 12 year old boy inheriting a magic ring that turns him into a superhero, except the ring is meant for a girl so it changes him accordingly.
This topic came as a fortuitous coincidence of reading about it, seeing people discussing it, and starting some research on it for something else entirely, in the span of a few days. So since the universe is pulling me towards it let’s talk about when we’ll see LGBT characters be in cartoons.
Now before I start let me clarify some terms. By “cartoons” in this case I mean Western, mainly American, animation. By “seeing” I mean actually having their sexuality confirmed on screen. Not, for example, like Lexington from Gargoyles, who we only know was gay and hadn’t figured it out for himself because the creator, Greg Weisman, confirmed it years after the series ended. Which is the standard state of affairs at the moment regarding any known LGBT characters in cartoons, years after the series is over the creators might say a character is gay. And for those that don’t know, since I always seem to have to clarify this to someone, LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual. Sometimes it’s GBLT, there’s also more letters added on every so often to include more types, but for our purposes it means non-heterosexual and non-traditional gender identification.
This anime movie is a retelling of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, a thirteen episode Anime series started in 2004. It centres on Nanoha Takamachi as she is drawn into interdimensional emergency and must help stop her home town from being destroyed. What makes this a different sort of Magical Girl series is that it is written for 10 year old boys rather than girls. It has more of an action adventure feel with a bigger scope on the devastating fight scenes between magic users. The franchise had three series, various Manga’s, video games, novels, radio dramas, and two movies.
I’ve championed for more diversity in media for a while now because I want to see everyone get a change to be represented fairly and equally. One thing I’ve talked a bit about here recently is sexuality in media, be it the Ultimate Spider-Woman, Wonder Woman, or fans and their shipping ways, but I’ve never really talked about why it’s important. You’d think the reasons would be really obvious but since anything beyond heterosexuality in media today is still pretty rare I believe I need to point this stuff out.
That’s a question a lot of people have asked over the years. It’s been the subject of much debate, internet fan bickering, academic essays, and thesis’. Some say yes, others vehemently disagree, and then there are those who just want to make porn. All in all it’s a complicated issue.
I feel the need to raise the question again after the recent announcement that in Justice League #12 Superman and Wonder Woman will “begin a super romance.” Now I’m too cynical and jaded by modern comic industry practices to actually believe this “romance” will last a full year. However this latest headline grabbing short term sales spiking move did make me ask the question “why Superman and Wonder Woman?” In most out of continuity Elseworld stories they’re paired together for the same lazy writing reasons, “they’re so similar” but that doesn’t make much of an interesting story in a canon comic. Why not actually shake things up and have Superman date Black Canary or have Wonder Woman flirt with Batwoman (she’s in a relationship with Maggie Sawyer at the moment so dating Wondey is out of the question)? That’d actually be something new and different that DC could play with instead of travelling the safe and well traversed road they’re going down.