Marvel vs. DC: TV Edition

It’s the infinity question: Marvel or DC? Obviously the answer is normally Marvel but that’s just in print and on the big screen. It is now the golden age of television and the two comic giants have not slacked in getting their content out on TV. As of right now, there are more than ten Marvel/DC shows airing and even more in development. The question is: who’s better?

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Marvel: Netflix

With the recent release of Luke Cage (full review here), the Marvel Netflix series are in the spotlight at the moment. This group contains: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and in five months, Iron Fist.

Of all the comic book shows, these are the most unique in terms of format. Thanks to Netflix, these 13 episode seasons are all released at once which has the awesome effect of being able to watch them in one sitting – almost like a 13 hour movie.

They are praised for their grittier, darker tone in comparison to the wider MCU but what I love most about these is the characters. TV allows character development on a much larger scale than film but even by that standard, it feels like these dive into the stories of everybody: heroes and villains alike. Also, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple is my favourite thing.

My only gripe is something that Netflix proudly claims: this is “event television”. It only comes around twice a year and if you watch them immediately (like myself) you’re left with nothing for 6 months.

DC: The CW

The CW is home to the Arrowverse – The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl – but many people don’t know that the show, iZombie, is also based on a DC comic.

Network television is a far departure from Netflix which means that these shows aren’t allowed to be as violent or deal with heavy issues. The general tone of them is much lighter but they all have their own unique stamps which make them really good at being what they are.

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My personal favourites are Supergirl and iZombie – Supergirl is unabashedly feminist and maintains this unbelievably bright, cheerful aesthetic. It could come off as cheesy but the character dynamics are fantastic and the actors (particularly Melissa Benoist) really sell the story.

Unfortunately, without the space to explore any more substantial themes, some of the plots can become needlessly convoluted and no amount of good acting can make you believe the stakes that are being presented to you.

Marvel: ABC

Whilst Agents of Shield is technically the only Marvel series currently on ABC, I live in constant denial that Agent Carter got cancelled so I’m just going to include it in this category.

When Agents of Shield began it seemed like it was just fan service: “don’t worry guys, Coulson’s okay!”, but it has evolved since then and I think that it’s finally finding its own feet in it’s third season. That is largely helped by the fact that they now have a later air time which means that they can get a bit more violent.

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Agent Carter never had that issue: it is a show that has known exactly what it’s about since the beginning . These shows are a nice reminder that whilst we watch the superheroes, there are ordinary folks that do just as much, probably more.

DC: Fox & AMC

Finally DC have Gotham and Lucifer on Fox, and Preacher on AMC.

I’m not going to lie: I think that Gotham is the definition of trash-television but for some reason I continue to watch it.

Preacher is much more interesting. I fell in love with the concept but my interest dwindled as the first season played out. I think that these are the riskier, more experimental ideas and whilst they aren’t perfect, I love the fact that these networks are taking a chance on something different.

So, those are our shows. Which is better?

Marvel! I mean, come on, I’ll be loyal until the day that I die but I genuinely believe that the quality of their shows is miles ahead of their DC counter-parts. DC might have more breadth but that isn’t always a good thing.

What do you think? Marvel or DC? I am completely biased? Let me know in the comments.

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Luke Cage || Review

*Spoiler Alert*

8.5/10

There’s nothing that can hurt you, so what the hell are you afraid of?

My issue with Superman is that he’s boring. He is essentially all-powerful and he lives to save people – no matter what he comes up against, the outcome is pretty predictable. I was slightly worried that Luke Cage might suffer from the same problem. If he’s invulnerable, how exactly were they going to create real stakes? Never doubt Marvel.

After months of anticipation, the first episode of the series was aptly named, “The Moment of Truth” and it delivered. They made sure to pack it full of wider MCU references, from the Avengers, to Jessica Jones, and even Justin Hammer (definitely look out for all kinds of Easter eggs in this series – including that Power Man costume).

If they felt that they had to reinforce the fact that this show was a part of the MCU, that’s because this is completely different to anything else that Marvel has produced.

Whilst the Netflix shows are known for their grittier, darker takes on heroism; Luke Cage strays from that model. Yes, there’s blood and violence but Luke isn’t like Matt Murdock or Jessica Jones. He has his issues but he’s not the tortured vigilante: Luke Cage is warm and funny and it takes an Uncle Ben-esque moment to force him into the position of hero.

There are no masks and Luke doesn’t fight crime in the shadows – he’s out in the open. Honestly, this feels almost revolutionary for a superhero show: a hero who doesn’t hide??? Obviously there are reasons why this doesn’t happen often in the genre and this show examines those to great effect.

One of my favourite scenes in the entire season is where Luke and Cotton Mouth fight, not with their fists but in a debate. It’s brilliant and a technique that other shows can’t employ. It makes it immensely clear that the battles in this series extend past brawls between individuals and incorporates a fight for the public support.

A hero is nothing without a good villain and there are plenty to choose from in this show – maybe too many? This show was fantastic at building the back-stories of all of their characters but sometimes it felt too late. They would wait until that character’s final arc and then reveal their motivation which meant that there was such a long period in which these villains just didn’t quite make sense.

The perfect example of this is the show’s “big bad”, Willis. We’ve seen the theme of religion handled expertly with Daredevil’s Catholic guilt, and in comparison this felt weak. The idea of the character was a lot more interesting than the execution and at points it felt like he was just a caricature of an evil religious zealot.

On the other hand, I liked the other villains of the season a lot more – particularly Shades and Mariah. Throughout the season a part of me was rooting for Shades and I was certainly sympathetic towards Mariah during that game-changing scene in episode 7 where she kills her cousin.

Rape, racism, prejudice: this show handles some heavy themes. Luke Cage is a black superhero and that matters a lot. The creators of the show don’t try to dismiss that, they really embraced it and portray this honest depiction of black lives in Harlem without being preachy. It gave a balanced view: looking at the racial divide from both sides of authority.

There are a lot of things that make this series special and you certainly can’t forget the soundtrack. It had already been announced that music would be a large part of this show and it was true. The mixture of jazz and hip-hop, whilst actually shooting in Harlem gave a wonderfully authentic feel to events. Harlem feels like more than a setting, it’s like a character in and of itself.

Amongst my favourite parts of this show were the flashbacks, which were always superb, the gorgeous cinematography, and more Claire Temple than we’ve seen in Daredevil and Jessica Jones combined.

This didn’t hit as hard as Daredevil with the action sequences; it didn’t have as compelling an antagonist as Jessica Jones; but it held its ground. Luke Cage is a different kind of hero so he has a different kind of show. It’s still amazing.

What did you think of Luke Cage? What were your favourite parts of the series? What didn’t you like? Let me know in the comments.

Wait, What Happened? || Geek News

The news cycle at the moment is pretty much all Presidential Debate coverage but if you don’t live in the US or maybe you just don’t need the events of the debate repeated to you over and over again, I have some other news!

Luke Cage Trailer

Netflix just dropped another trailer for Luke Cage yesterday. Honestly, it felt like when Beyonce dropped her album – super casual, but it had me freaking out. The show premieres on Friday morning and I can’t wait. I was excited but this trailer has taken it to a whole new level. The Marvel Netflix series just keep getting better and they seem to have perfected the art of the villain. If you want to be as excited as I am, you can watch the trailer below:

Sherlock Season 4 Episode Titles

Image result for sherlock season 4The BBC revealed the titles for the season 4 episodes of Sherlock. They are: The Six Thatchers, The Lying Detective, and… well, the last one is still a mystery. That’s most likely because it would act as a spoiler for where this season is heading. Nonetheless, more dedicated fans than myself have taken the two titles we know and all sorts of fan theories are sprouting – peruse those at your own risk.

First Look At Superman In Action

There are a couple of Supermen floating around our screens at the moment but I am talking about the one played by Tyler Hoechlin in Supergirl. A clip from the first episode of the upcoming season was released and it just makes me happy. Supergirl has this very bright, optimistic aesthetic and I’m glad to see that their move from CBS to The CW hasn’t changed that. I wasn’t completely sold on the casting of Tyler Hoechlin but he definitely looks the part in this clip. You can watch that below:

That’s all for today but I’m always here with different content and I’ll be back soon with more news. Until then:

Are you psyched for Luke Cage? What do you make of the Sherlock titles? Is Supergirl to sugary-sweet for you? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

Happy Thursday and Happy Birthday to Jackie Chan. It’s been an interesting couple of days so let’s just dive right into it:

New The BFG Trailer

Disney released the first full-length trailer for their upcoming film, The BFG. We get to have our first look at Giant Country and actually hear some dialogue between Sophie and the BFG but I’m still kind of disappointed. When the teaser came out, it was brilliant and it raised my expectations a lot more than the trailer. Take a look:

New Harry Potter Theme Park Opens

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and what an opening it was. Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch and the Phelps twins were some of the Hogwarts alums that attended. The night was a beautiful spectacle of fireworks and magic and I’m in England where all of this awesomeness is entirely unavailable to me. *sigh*

Luke Cage Actress Also In Captain America: Civil War

It appears Marvel have now hired everybody in Hollywood and they’re having to recycle actors. Either that, or there was some lazy casting over at Marvel Studios. Alfre Woodard has been revealed to have a minor role in Captain America: Civil War after already being cast in a main role in Luke Cage. Apparently the two characters that she will play are different and completely unrelated.

Wonder Woman Release Date Moved Forward

Warner Bros. have shifted their release calendar so Wonder Woman will be released June 2 2017 instead of June 23. Additionally, Jungle Book which had been set to be released in October of next year will come out in 2018. Personally I think that the Jungle Book news is great as we’re already getting a new The Jungle Book in a matter of days (yay!) so at least there will be a bit more time between them.

That’s all today but let me know what you think about everything that’s going on:

Are you less-than-enthused about the The BFG trailer? Is geography keeping you from all your wizarding dreams? Are you more interested in Disney’s Jungle Book or Warner Bros.? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

It’s Sunday and I don’t know about you but this weekend has just been a blur of Zootropolis and Daredevil for me but let’s move away from that now.

Daredevil Season 2 Was Released

What? Come on, I’m not a trustworthy person. On Friday morning the second season of Daredevil was released worldwide on Netflix. This season sees new characters, new threats and even new costumes for the series. Of course we have a full review for you but otherwise head over to Netflix and check it out.

Luke Cage Teaser

After my 12 hour binge of the entire second season of Daredevil I was surprised to see a familiar face popping up on my screen. The first Luke Cage teaser ahead of the series’ premiere in September was released with the second season of Daredevil. You can watch it for yourself but I’m excited about it.

Amber Heard To Play Queen Mera In Justice League

Amber Heard (Drive Angry, Never Back Down) has officially confirmed that she will playing Queen Mera – Aquaman’s wife – in Justice League: part 1 and the Aquaman film. I genuinely have no real feelings about this casting and I’m not even sure how involved a character she is (particularly in Justice League) but we’ll see her in action soon enough.

Netflix Picks Up The Little Prince

After Paramount dropped the animated feature, The Little Prince, Netflix have now picked it up and will be distributing it sometime this year. The film was supposed to hit cinemas two days ago and had already received mixed reviews but now it will be available for streaming on Netflix at a date currently unknown. I will say that I fell in love with the trailer from the first time that I saw it.

X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer

There’s a new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse which is great because I somehow forgot that this film was even happening this year. It’s full of action and dread and some very expensive visual effects.

So, I will be back again next week with more news and reviews and all of the other things that I do on this site but until then:

What did you think of Daredevil? Do you care about the casting of Mera? Did you forget about X-Men in all of the other superhero films happening this year? Let me know in the comments.

What’s New? || Geek News

It’s Sunday guys, which – of course – means that I have all of the news from the last few days for you.

New Captain America: Civil War Trailer

If you haven’t heard about this or seen it, then what are you doing? Stop reading this and watch the video below. Right now. Go. I feel like this deserves its own feature but every time I watch it I dissolve into an inarticulate mess because it’s so damn good. We get to see all of the heroes: Black Panther in action, Ant-man on Hawkeye’s arrow and Spiderman. Spiderman is my favourite superhero so I hold him to a pretty high standard and so far I adore Tom Holland’s webster. If you’ve already seen it – I imagine you still want to watch it again, so:

Halle Berry In Kingsman 2

We already talked about Julianne Moore potentially taking on the role of the villain in the sequel to Kingsman but now Halle Berry is rumoured to be joining the cast. We don’t know very much about this film yet but if Halle Berry does take the role she will playing the head of the CIA.

Luke Cage Premiere Date Revealed

With all of the excitement of Daredevil having its Netflix release next week it could be easy to forget about Marvel’s next Netflix show, Luke Cage. It was announced yesterday that Luke Cage will be released on September 30th of this year. I did just mention Daredevil so in case you were wondering, I will definitely be bingeing the show and posting up a review of the season (how soon that happens depends entirely on how much I care about my job).

The CW Renewed Everything

It’s the time of year where we find out which shows are getting cancelled and which are getting new seasons – it’s a very tense time for me. Except the CW haven’t cancelled anything? Arrow, The 100, The Flash, Reign & Supernatural are amongst the 11 prime-time shows that the network has renewed for another season. This is great news (especially as The (mostly) CW Review would be kind of screwed otherwise) and a real testament to the quality of shows that the CW is producing.

That’s it today – we’ll be back next week Tuesday with even more news for you but until then:

What do you think about the new Spiderman? Are you excited to see Luke Cage? Which CW show are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments.