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The Flash Trailers Are Here, Time to Get Excited

Flash Fact: Following The Arrow Season Three finale, now the hype machine begins for The Flash Series premiere. The first trailer was shown last night during Arrow making it clear that the series is going to be a big part of Arrow’s universe. Just a sweet way to show that while Arrow and The Flash are two unique series, the connection will still be there and prominent. Even better showing the personalities of the two characters and how different but similar they are in their own way. Check out the fun trailer first, that I am going to show below. It’s a cool trailer that can give you a great idea as to how Barry Allen’s Flash is being trained.

The hashtag of Don’t Blink is perfect for this show, even the logo for The Flash screams fun for this show. The longer trailer shown today gives us more of an idea of the tone The Flash will have. You can see the full interconnected nature of The Flash and Arrow highlighted further and get an idea as to how the series will play out in the months to come. I love that they’re putting Weather Wizard in this as the first major Rogue, I am surprised they’re not using Captain Cold but that’s for the full Rogues later on. This is the trailer that made me excited for The Flash and made me realize that The Flash and Arrow are going to compliment in each other in a brilliant way. Check out the full trailer below and see what you think.

I’d love how Grant Gustin handled Barry Allen in the Arrow episodes he was in and he plays The Flash with that same energy. The suit in motion looks a lot better than what the still shots gave me. Now I am full speed ahead in being jazzed for The Flash. The CW putting this on at 8 pm on Tuesday bugs me a bit as I would love to have had the Arrow and The Flash power lineup. To speculate here, maybe the CW is going with splitting up the shows over two nights for crossovers and having more live eyes on the network. DVR views are huge but the live audience is huge and keeping viewers engaged for two nights of live programming would be huge.  Of course the other speculation is not having two superhero shows in one night that could just be too much of a good thing to have right now. Either way, The CW is going to be a happy network this year I think.

Between Constantine, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Gotham, and now The Flash hitting the airwaves this fall, this is an exciting time. Prepare your DVR’s, your snacks, and whatever other preparations you need to make, we are in for one amazing fall season. The Flash is just one part of a sequentially beautiful year in comic book television.

 

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Pondering the Aftermath of Arrow’s Season Two Finale (Spoilers)

(As per the Agents of SHIELD column, spoilers upon more spoilers shall be in this column. Please be advised that I hold little back when I discuss something that involves a spoiler. Your mileage may vary on spoilers but I just want to get this out of the way now. Warning is given and onwards with the writing at hand.)

If you may or may not known I did a column for Comics Crux and for a short time at Rhymes With Geek called Arrow Analysis. I ended up putting the column on hiatus to focus on other matters. Now likely next season for Arrow I’ll revive Arrow Analysis because the Season Two finale set the stage for big possibilities. If you deal with Agents of SHIELD, the uptick for that show happened just before and after Captain America: Winter Soldier. Season Two of Arrow was on a high from the beginning outside of stumbling a bit at the midpoint, mostly in Laurel Lance’s character development. Outside of any stumbling points in Season Two, Season Three of Arrow looks like it could be mindblowing.

By the way get your spoiler goggles on now, because this is where I pull no punches and start revealing extra stuff left and right. Spoilers are now officially on because if one warning isn’t good enough, two should be sufficient to get my point across.

Now that you’re still here now we can begin, Arrow’s Season Finale gave us multiple changes to characters and new situations to play with. Thea Queen now moving on to be with her Dad, Malcolm Meryln which will be the set up for more appearances from Malcolm in the future. I’m looking forward to Thea’s evolution as a character, I hope that the series spends time with her as she gets to know her Dad. The train station scene of Thea and Malcolm shows that she has a lot more in her than even she realized. I don’t think this will end up being the generic someone becomes evil, I’m thinking along the lines of Thea becoming a stronger version of herself thanks to someone who’s accepted who he is. That’s my own theory on this one as Thea Queen’s evolution has only just begun.

At this point I am begging The CW at some point to do a Suicide Squad spinoff because Amanda’s team needs more screen time. Deadshot popping up in that last bit near the end made me so happy. The next step towards a stronger presence for Deadshot next season, especially with Diggle about to be a Dad with Lyla’s baby on the way. That ties A.R.G.U.S. into Arrow’s universe even more. Now that the flashbacks are going to be centered around Ollie’s time with Amanda Waller in Hong Kong, we’re going to be getting tons of A.R.G.U.S time next season. I’m happy that we’re not going to see a different setting for the flashbacks next season. I was so burnt on The Island flashbacks it was unreal so a new surrounding for them is a breath of fresh air.

Of course The Island is still a factor, Deathstroke is now there in the beginning of the A.R.G.U.S. supermax it seems. That is a slick idea especially when you realize Waller and Oliver Queen already have a relationship of sorts, it makes all the more sense how The Island became known to her in the first place. That’s actually the clever part of this season finale, the threats are all around but in a new way and the possibilities of new allies in the process. You even have the Black Canary set up with Laurel Lance though we’re not going to see that for a long time, Sara only gave her the jacket and Laurel has training to do. I was shocked though at Quentin Lance’s collapse, I’m shocked at what went down there.

Now as for speculation for next season, Roy is now Arsenal/Red Arrow depending on what name they use. That’s about all you can dive into there as really now that Thea is out of the picture, Roy is going to be focused on that. Felicity probably got to be part of one of the best teases in Arrow history with that relationship fake out on Deathstroke. The confusion and cheering that was happening at that moment was wonderful that turned out to be a larger scheme. Of course now the next focus is Diggle and Felicity with friends likely enough to help Ollie get back his company. That is going to be fun to watch, Oliver’s Arrow life is stronger than ever just he now has to get his secret identity life back in order.

I’m hoping that they don’t do the year jump like they did last time, it would be fun to see Arrow spending the season rebuilding itself. I wouldn’t be shocked if Season Three did another jump in Arrow to set things in motion. I’m going to repeat myself though on this, don’t do the time skip again as that gimmick can only be used once or twice in the history of a series. I want to see Arrow built back up before my very eyes, I want to see all of third season happen in a way that blows my mind. Arrow Season Two blew Season One away, maybe Season Three will be the time I revive Arrow Analysis once more. Until then, here’s to Season Three of Arrow being even better than the second.

 

The Future of Agents of SHIELD in The Second Season (Spoilers)

(Before we even start, this is going to be spoiler heavy as to what the season finale of Agents of SHIELD revealed. Turn back now because I’m not going to be holding back a single spoiler here. You have been warned.)

Agents of SHIELD has been on the uptick in the latter half of the season. After a good but uneven beginning no one can deny that the series ended on a strong note for the season finale. Captain America: Winter Soldier opened the doors for Agents of SHIELD to become the series everyone hoped it would be. Agents of SHIELD started as NCIS in the Marvel Universe and now the show feels like a true part of the Marvel Movie-Verse. I liked the show but could tell it was uneven in trying to figure out where it fit into the larger spectrum of Marvel’s plans. The NCIS comparison isn’t unfair because that’s how the series was promoted in a sense, I’m getting now it was the throw us off the scent as to what was to come. As they introduced the elements fans demanded to see, never seemed to work the way the show wanted. Of course the attitude started to change once Lady Sif made her first appearance, that’s when it all became evident that things were going to change rapidly.

By the way for all of those who are still reading at this point, this is where I start spoiling the season finale. The only way I’m going to be able to talk about this in any fashion is with spoiler theater. Now that the disclaimer has been put in twice, let’s begin the full chat. As the second season has opened up to Agent Coulson becoming Director Coulson and rebuilding SHIELD over the next season. Now that Nick Fury has at least explained why we’re not likely see Samuel L. Jackson much in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the door is opened for this daring new world. As Guardians of the Galaxy explores the cosmic side of Marvel Movie-Verse, Agents of SHIELD gives us the Earth side of things to set up Avengers: Age of Ultron. While the show can be used as a logical tie-in fest, the series has mysteries of its own to deal with.

I loved how John Garrett was handled at the end of the show, I couldn’t help but laugh. Laughing in a good way just when you think that John Garrett could be back after being smacked down with new technology, Coulson zaps him and that’s that. The way the scene was set had to be done to show everyone that Season Two would put Agents of SHIELD is a new direction. The mystery of Skye’s Dad revealed alone will be occupying a good part of the season it seems, why in the world was he dripping blood? Again more questions and exciting ones as the series is now on new footing. Of course now Coulson is doing that weird thing Garrett was doing in the finale with the graph of sorts, I’m wondering how that’ll play out in the next season.

As for everything else, please let Trip be confirmed as new cast member! I think he’s awesome and a great replacement for Ward on the team. Heartbreaking in this was FitzSimmons and the fate of that team, Fitz is not dead but that’s the only thing Simmons will say this point. Even further, yay Patton Oswalt is still on Agents of SHIELD! I swear the Koenings are likely life model decoys but whatever the case may be, Patton Oswalt still being on Agents of SHIELD is awesome. So many possibilities are being set for the next season, I can’t wait for it to begin.  Now let’s all wait in anticipation for the next season and see just what the series has in store for us. I’d love to hear from you all on this so feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you all on this.

 

Now The Magic Begins With NBC’s Constantine Trailer

Now as the series commitments are getting confirmed, the trailers for these comic book show adaptations are hitting quick. Now the Constantine trailer has hit the scene giving us our first glimpse as to what the series will be like this fall on NBC. I’ll link the trailer below as I just got a youtube link to embed in here, sadly at this stage it is region locked but there is a solution! Thanks to Ari of Comics and Cookies I have a region free trailer that I can share with you good people across the rest of the world, check it out here. Either way, you can watch the trailer and we can all chat about it from there, so links in two places and after you’re done watching head on below and I’ll share more of my reactions. I’ll be here, just watch the trailer, enjoy and learn more about the Constantine show.

Now that hopefully everyone is caught up, time for Constantine trailer reaction time!  I’m not a die hard Hellblazer fan but I’ve read enough to see that at least they got the look right.  The people working on this show are wanting to connect the comic and television worlds to satisfy as many people as possible. Take note of this, Matt Ryan as John Constantine is an improvement over Keanu Reeves, a dramatic one. Captures the personality, wit, conversational tone, and he looks the part and that helps in believing he is Constantine. I was initially afraid that the show was going to try to be Constantine by way of The CW’s Supernatural and the trailer ends that speculation quick. Now in the full show I don’t know what we’ll be in for but at least in the trailer there’s an immense amount of promise in the full show.

Impressing me even further is the fact that NBC is scheduling Constantine after Grimm on Friday nights. I had a feeling they were going to do it as it just made sense and NBC did the the smart play. As I was thinking about all these comic shows, NBC’s best bet for Constantine to go over with the audience was to pair it with Grimm. The audiences will go together smoothly, at least let’s hope so for the sake of Constantine. I’m optimistic about Constantine as it looks like a good show if it lives up to the promise of the trailer. Response wise sounds positive so I’m happy to see where this goes from that rocking trailer.

Comic Books Are All Over TV This Fall

I never thought I’d be in an age where this many comic books would be hitting television screens at the same time. To start this off we have Agents of SHIELD renewed and Agent Carter on the way, Now DC’s lineup for television is insanity in a good way, Constantine on NBC, Gotham on Fox, The Flash and iZombie on the CW, with Arrow renewed for another season too. Don’t forget The Walking Dead on AMC returning in the fall, which means eight comic book shows are going to be on TV at the same time. This is huge to say the least because right now this proves that comics on TV are big business, especially with that Preacher adaptation on the way from AMC. Which means if these shows all survive by that point, we’ll have nine comic book shows on TV. If I’m missing anything else please let me know, I’m just astonished as to how many comics are appearing on the screens and how many are going to be on TV at the same time.

Now I’m still unsure as to the survival of the new shows on the scene. Agent Carter has potential to be huge as my own shock of my Mom getting excited about the series. She heard about the premise of Agent Carter and she got intrigued, I can’t wait to see who else will be in this cast. The Flash should be an easy sell as it ties into Arrow with Grant Gustin’s take on Barry Allen going over well with everyone. iZombie could be a touchy sell as it exists in its own little world but it has a strong creative pedigree behind it. Constantine on NBC is one I’m unsure about though if paired with Grimm NBC could have something there. Gotham will be the next easiest one to get a second season next to The Flash because Fox paid huge money for that show. Gotham also has the bonus of having a strong cast to build the series. Gotham’s push of showing what puts Jim Gordon and Young Bruce Wayne into their respective roles while building Batman’s rogues gallery in the process should be a winner. Even more amazing is how I managed to shove in that many perspectives into one paragraph, that’s impressive.

Right now I really don’t have too much to say on a lot of the new shows, I’m in awe of the fact that we’re going to have that many comic shows on in the first place. I do consider this huge despite my cynicism on a few things, this is a big deal for me to see. Either of these shows could hit big, could get renewed, and have potential to last a few years. As I start to see trailers for more of this I’ll have more to say in the months to come but for right now, I remain hopeful. Please let these all be as solid as what I hope they could be, I want a vibrant future for comics on my TV screen as much as anyone else.