Welcome to the DC Weekly, where every week we cover DC news, TV show reactions, and random speculation.
This week is light on news, as the other writers at Latino-Review have been doing a bang-up job of churning stuff out on their own. You can check out some of those highlights here! We do, however, have a reaction from writer David S. Goyer on seeing “Batman v Superman” in all its completed glory. I follow that up with the usual foray into television. For “Gotham,” I venture slightly away from a typical recap, and more into a editorial of sorts that asks if the series needs to change to survive. Finally, I round it off with a “Flash” recap!
First up…David S. Goyer!
David S. Goyer’s reaction to “Batman v Superman”
We’ve of course heard all those rumors about “Batman v Superman” getting a standing ovation from studio execs at Warner Bros., but we tend to take things like with a huge grain of salt. After all, these are the same dudes who have a vested interest in the film’s success, so we can hardly expect them to say anything other than "we loved it."
That being said, there is always a little piece of us that wants to know what the filmmakers think of their own stuff. David S. Goyer is one writer who has brought more comic book material to the screen than practically everyone, including “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Taking advantage of the opportunity, Collider asked him his response to his viewing of the upcoming superhero flick.
Goyer’s response was as follows:
“I think just the kind of giddiness in being a kid that grew up going to the comic book store every Saturday and reading comic books in which these two epic characters clashed. Just the fact that I got to be involved in something like that is crazy. Much less that I got to be involved in two cinematic iterations of Batman is also crazy.”
An understandably—though still annoying—response from Goyer, to say the least. Of course, anyone writing such an iconic film would feel these things, but we want to know exactly what he thinks of it. It’s a PR-safe response, to be sure, and further proof that we can’t simply ask what these filmmakers think of the finished product.
Sadly, we’re no closer to knowing if this film is great or terrible. While Goyer does have an experienced hand, his track record isn’t exactly pristine. For every “Dark Knight” there is a “Ghost Rider” to knock back his credibility, and if you’re a “Man of Steel” hater, then there’s likely even less hope you’ll enjoy this new take.
What do you take from this interview? Take a look at it below and let us know your thoughts!
DC TV (SPOILER ALERT FOR THIS WEEK’S EPISODES):
Mini-torial: Does “Gotham” Need to Change?
While I still manage to enjoy this season of “Gotham,” this episode—perhaps more than any other—is a real indication of why the series isn’t more popular with DC fans. On top of being an aimless, meandering mess in terms of plot, with no real overall goal or mission in mind, it, above all else, still can’t seem to nail its tone.
This episode of “Gotham” has the early versions of villains Firefly, The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, and Theo Galavan (whowever he ends up becoming) all on full display, and they ham it up as usual.
Theo Galavan’s elaborate scheme to get revenge on the Wayne family for an injustice committed over two hundred years ago also gets revealed…and boy is it ridiculous an nonsensical. That’s not to say fans can’t get behind the ridiculous. Sure the villains are unbelievable, but in the right context, that can be…believable. Contrary to what people think, many fans can get behind the idea of a campy Batman story. Heck, to this day, the 1960s “Batman” series holds a place in many fans’ hearts.
The problem is when you take such childish motives and ridiculous caricatures and juxtapose them with, say, a boy getting blown up into a thousand little pieces--or a cop catching fire and burning to death--as were shown in this week’s episode. It’s a wild swing from one end of the spectrum to the other, and while I personally enjoy it, not a lot of fans do. Fans of the dark and gritty aren’t necessarily fans of over-the-top characterization, and fans of camp aren’t usually fans of graphic violence.
It take a steady hand like Matthew Vaughn's to find the balance between the two, and let's face it, hardly anyone is as talented as Matthew Vaughn.
If “Gotham” wants to continue, it’s really going to have to decide which side of the spectrum it wants to fall—either that, or audiences need to adapt to its strange style.
Does “Gotham” work for you? If not, what needs to change about it?
“The Flash” Season 2 Episode 3: “Family of Rogues”
This week may have been the strongest in the series yet, in my opinion. If not, definitely the strongest so far this season. In this episode, Jay Garrick and the multiverse take a backseat to Leonard and Lisa Snart and their parental issues, namely, with their father, Lewis Snart—a renowned criminal in his own right.
As a secondary plotline, we have Joe reveal to Iris that he’d lied to her all these years about her mother’s death. In reality, her mother was a drug addict who ran off. And now, decades later, her mother has finally returned, and wants a chance to see Iris. While this was definitely a B-plotline, I was surprised with how much deft they were able to handle this. The CW isn’t exactly known for their nuanced storytelling, and as a result, this could have been an absolute trainwreck.
Luckily for us, actor Jesse Martin brings his years of experience to the table, as well as a wonderful amount of restraint to the scene. I really felt his motives as he explained them, and it sold the scene in a way that I wouldn’t have thought possible. Even better was the fact that writers allowed Iris to forgive her father for the deceit right away. This is the kind of event that would normally throw a wrench in any TV relationship, but the fact that they let Iris forgive him like this was pretty awesome. All in all, they seem to be doing much better with Iris’ character this season, and I look forward to seeing what happens when she eventually does meet her mother.
Now back to the main plot of the episode.
Man what a difference a year can make. Tell 2014’s me that Captain Cold would become a favorite character of mine in “The Flash” and I would’ve said you were crazy. The character is ridiculous, and above all else, I loathed the over-acting from Wentworth Miller. Now, however, I find his obnoxious speaking style, and over-the-top acting to be the main things I look forward to when he comes on screen. I think the writers are partly to thank for that, as they have done a great job of humanizing him, and this weeks’ episode was a huge step up for him.
After Leonard’s betraying Flash at last season’s finale, I was ready to be done with him. But now, seeing how he was raised, and the kind of life he had to survive, it’s understandable. He manages to be a likable asshole—one with shades of good that are slowly being colored in as time goes on. I’m excited to see this arc continue in this season, as well as into “Legends of Tomorrow.” Snart is a character that could have been transitioned terribly, but so far, I’m really liking it.
Also nice to see in this episode was Cisco getting some action from Lisa. With his powers slowly coming front and center, however, I wonder if her pull on him will ever bring him over to the dark side for a short time. I hope that isn’t the case, but it is a concern of mine. They are definitely bringing these two together for something down the line, and I just hope it brings Lisa to the good side.
Lastly, we have the big reveal of Harrison Wells coming through one of the portals. Having spent last season dealing with Reverse Flash, and this season so far dealing with Zoom, I can’t see a return to Reverse Flash in our future. I’m not sure what Earth 2’s Harrison Wells is like, but I’d like to think he’s a far cry from the baddie we faced last season.
What did you think of this week’s episode, and what do you make of Harrison Wells’ return? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments down below!