After a year-long absence, the Doctor returned to TV in the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”. The sci-fi series climbed aboard the superhero bandwagon to show what would happen if the time travelling hero from Gallifrey met a Superman-like caped hero. Did the comic book homage work or was it a super stinker?
Mary Sue, Mary Sue: oh how our heads ache from you. The season finale of the CW’s Arrow, and the unquestionably cheesy ending with Oliver and Felicity driving off into the sunset has increased the long-growing hostility against the character of Felicity Smoak, who is the latest, annoying Mary Sue to worm her way onto our screens. Isn’t it time to retire this clichéd trope?
The upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will set up the planned Justice League movie in 2017. For comic fans who just can’t wait another two and a half years for the iconic super hero group to appear, you may be getting an earlier version on TV, in the shared universe being created by Arrow, the Flash and the in-development Supergirl show.
Sometimes it's hard for comic book fans to separate the worlds of the printed page with that of the film and television ones. I'm just as guilty as anyone of wanting the two to co-exist together, even though it really isn't possible. Some would argue, but I found Smallville to be an entertaining and satisfying adaptation of the traditional Superboy tale. The show consistently showed the trials and tribulations of growing up as a normal teen, not to mention one with secret super powers which kept you from fully opening up to even your closest friends.
Ten seasons for a television show about a super hero is a great track record to hold. Many people believed a show like Smallville might last three seasons at the most. How far can you take the concept of a high school-aged Clark Kent dealing with his new found super powers and saving his hometown from "meteor freaks?" Apparently a long way. When the show ended, fans and DC Comics weren't satisfied and an eleventh season via comic book was launched.
With Zack Snyder heading up Superman: The Man of Steel, expectations are high that the man behind 300 and Watchmen can bring a Dark Knight-level of success to Big Blue. As Superman Returns proved, however, achieving greatness isn't easy. Like so many superhero films of late, what seemed like a great idea for a Superman story didn't quite materialize on the big screen.
Man of Steel is set to begin filming this year, so I've thought hard about how the director can really make this film work. I've now compiled five different ways Zach Snyder can make us all happy to see the Last Son of Krypton on the big screen again.