Talking of The Flash we have our first look (and a title for) DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (spoilers-ish for the current seasons of Arrow/The Flash):
This got (and is getting) some amount of stick, mostly unwarranted in my opinion. The go-to comparison was the SNL spoof Black Widow trailer from a few weeks ago but Supergirl and Black Widow are pretty (vastly) different. This looks much closer to The Flash which manages to be fun and funny, dramatic without brooding darkness, and just downright entertaining. If Supergirl can manage that I’ll be a happy bunny. We could do with more superheroes who smile.
Holy crap The Flash is amazing. I just watched the latest episode (in the UK) where we got some big reveals and it was awesome. So awesome. I really like Arrow, a lot, but The Flash is just so much fun!
If you’re thinking, “I don’t care about Dan wittering on about more superhero crap, what’s with the title?” Jesse Watkins, Rick Cosnett and Carlos Valdes (who are all in The Flash*) recorded an a cappella cover of the Serenity theme song as a thank you to Joss Whedon for backing their Kickstarter and it is beautiful:
A mother hides her family from slavery in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The children have grown up with a tale of a man known as The Letter Carrier. As the legend goes, he roams the mountains looking for children to sell as slaves. Painted against this historical backdrop, it is a raw, mysterious, and interpretive fable. Told through a cappella song, using original folk music, spirituals and a score using only natural sounds.
This all only makes me love The Flash even more.
* Playing respectively: Joe, The Flash’s surrogate father, Eddie, Joe’s partner in the police department, and Cisco, badass scientist on The Flash’s support team
So, they’re really going for it on the casting (as long rumoured):
Here’s the official cast/character list:
Jared Leto – The Joker
Will Smith – Deadshot
Tom Hardy – Rick Flag
Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
Jai Courtney – Boomerang
Cara Delevingne – Enchantress
Brief aside: Harleen Quinzel is the most ridiculous comic book name ever. That shit is nominative determinism up the wazoo.
Smith’s Deadshot, meanwhile – who Courtney had been rumoured for – is really Floyd Lawton, a hired assassin who claims he never misses. Rick Flag (Hardy) is the son of a legendary military man called upon to lead the squad despite some seriously unstable tendencies. Robbie has taken the role of Harley Quinn, who might be familiar to Batman fans as the Joker’s female sidekick, but who has her own agenda. Courtney, meanwhile, will be Boomerang, whose skill you can probably figure out. Seen as something of a class clown by the others, he’s also been known for racism, though we doubt that will be covered in the film. Finally, there’s Delevigne as Enchantress, a woman who uses her magical gifts for villainous ends.
Not feeling too excited about this, at least not yet, but (as always!) I hope it’s good.