Category Archives: Superhero Rundown
Let’s Talk About Speculation
I’m of two minds on this: Obviously speculation can be a good thing because it motivates fans to have their drive for their favorite hero/villain/franchise. It drives fanart like the one of David Tennant as the Riddler and such.
There are some media outlets who like to sensationalize speculation to the point where some people question if it’s real. I’m obviously aware of the people who need to sell advertising space on the Internet and such. But I’m talking about headlines like “David Tennant as the Riddler” and then you click on it and it’s a speculation piece.
Then there’s the speculation about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and while I’m all for that (again it drives the conversation), Marvel is a lot better about reigning it in as far as speculation is concerned.
Most of the time, Kevin Feige is pretty quick to shoot down any speculation. Now I understand that once a movie is released, some speculation is to be had. Such as when everyone was debating what timeline that Captain America was in before he gave up the mantle. (I was right about that by the way. YAY TIME TRAVEL.)
But to sensationalize the speculation before news is announced is incredibly misleading. It’s part of the reason I don’t give credence to specific articles until they are confirmed by the director, the head of MCU, or by the actors themselves.
With Crisis on Infinite Earths coming to the Arrowverse soon, I have noticed the ramping up of speculation of who’s going to be in it, even outside of the trailer. I like speculation, but maybe news outlets should frame it as such?
San Diego Comic-Con: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Picard
Okay, it’s time to talk San Diego Comic-Con superhero news and I’m sorry, Picard was the best announcement at the whole con for me. Sorry, that’s just my opinion. Especially since it looks like Santiago Cabrera (of BBC Musketeers’ Amaris fame) is involved.
Marvel and DC didn’t have a bad showing either.
Let’s start with DC because Crisis on Infinite Earths is happening as the big crossover this year. I like that they are suiting up Brandon Routh as Kingdom Come Superman. I can’t wait to see him interact with Tyler’s Superman from Supergirl. It’s going to be great.
And they confirmed that all the shows are part of the Arrowverse, so shut up:
Arrow: Final season for the show. I’ll miss it especially since I just did an episode on Season 2 that’s waiting to be released, but at least I can catch up now? I am digging the logo though for the final season. It looks great. I also like the mix of some of the previous seasons and the glimpse of Ruby Rose as Batwoman in there. Bravo!
Batwoman: I like that right of the bat (pun intended), Batman seems to have abandoned Gotham. “I’m not about to let a man take credit for a woman’s work.” OH MY GOD, I have a mighty need. I can’t wait to see how this series takes off, especially with Arrow ending.
Black Lightning: I love this show with a fiery passion. Tobias is still around, but I still like that the show is focusing on the family. I also like the rules that Jefferson has set down: don’t reveal your identity, don’t go it alone, and don’t kill. Can’t wait for this season
Flash: Oh, goddammit, Barry. What is going on this time? Bloodwork. OH NO. But it has apparently been teased that there will be a Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis villain. I’m all for Goddammit, Barry as it is my favorite of the Arrowverse shows, but goddammit, Barry, what have you gotten yourself into this time?
Legends of Tomorrow: I’m still salty about Captain Cold, but I have high hopes for how well this show is doing.
Supergirl: The technology addiction angle is a good way to go and I like the motivation of Lena Luther. Also, always nice to see Lex. (He’s still better than the current President, fight me.)
Watchmen: Okay, I’m intrigued, but not much else. The trailer is interesting and Regina King as the main character is nice, but I don’t have much else to go on.
Doom Patrol and Titans: Haven’t watched them yet, but I hope to at some point in the near future.
DC Movies: The promo art for Birds of Prey looks good and James Gunn has confirmed he’s finishing Suicide Squad before he goes to Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Which brings to the MCU.
Eternals: Female director, all star cast including people of color. I’m not entirely sure if I’m on board with the story, but I will wait for a trailer before I say anything more.
The Falcon & Winter Soldier: Glad they have the Cap shield in there and that Zemo is coming back as a villain. The dynamic between these guys is hilarious and I cannot wait for more.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: I’m glad Marvel Studios has decided to get freaky with Phase 4 and try out some new things. Can’t wait.
WandaVision: Looks interesting, especially with Maria Rambeau in there, but I’m still unsure how that’s going down since Vision is dead.
Loki: Great that Tom Hiddleston is still going to be Loki. That logo could use some work though.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Together with Scarlet Witch, huh? That looks pretty damn fun and if it’s a horror movie? All the better.
What if…?: Though animated, it looks like a ton of fun. I won’t be covering it on Superhero Rundown as per my strict live-action media rule, buuuuttt, I might tweet about it when I finally see it.
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop? HELL YES. I’m in.
Thor Love and Thunder: Tessa and Chris are back and Natalie Portman is wielding the hammer as Thor. I’m excited especially since Tessa has said the King of Asgard needs a queen. Also Watiti is back, so I’m here for it. Ragnorok was great and I am certain this one will be good too.
Black Widow: I’m on the fence about this. I would rather a new character introduction, but I know that a lot of people were clamoring for this.
Blade: Mahershala Ali is our Blade. I’m stoked. I don’t like that it seems they are leaving the Netflix shows behind because Jessica Jones, Kingpin, Daredevil, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Luke Cage, Night Nurse, Madame Gao, and Colleen Wing were PERFECTLY cast. But whatever.
Successful announcements all around. I’m stoked for a lot of this. I’m glad that some things are happening and disappointed about some others, but I’ll take this as a win for DCTV and the MCU.