Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Comics on TV

   Tuesday night was a great one for comic book fans: on ABC-TV there was a documentary celebrating Captain America's 75th Anniversary (and promoting the upcoming Civil War movie, natch); and then the two-hour premiere episode of the new Agent Carter season.

   On the CW there was a preview of the upcoming DC's Legends of Tomorrow series (which spins out of The Flash and Arrow), and a Kevin Smith-hosted preview of the upcoming movies Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad and the solo Wonder Woman movie.

   So how does the future look?

   Well, the Captain America feature was very good, giving Joe Simon and Jack Kirby proper credit for their work creating the character, and it was loaded with interviews that talked about the past, present and (possible) future of the character. My only criticism is that there were so many interviews crammed in, and the people popped in and out so quickly, that it was almost impossible to identify some of the speakers (the microscopic lettering on the IDs below each person didn't help).

   I haven't had a chance to watch the new Agent Carter show yet, but I loved last season, and Hayley Atwell is terrific, so I'm optimistic.

   I have similar high hopes for the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow TV series - it's ambitious, it has a great lineup, and any show that features Rip Hunter, Atom, Hawkman and Hawkgirl is ok by me. I'm really looking forward to this one.

   The film preview show was, frankly, cringe-worthy - mostly because of Kevin Smith playing it way over the top. All he needed was a couple of pom-poms. The show featured Smith "bantering" with Geoff Johns - the show felt thrown together, and was mostly filled with clips we've seen already. It did include a new Suicide Squad trailer and a few shots from the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. As with all the DC feature films, it all looks very dark and depressing and not at all kid-friendly.

   Still, it's amazing how comics-friendly both TV and films have become - it really is a Golden Age for comics fans!



Anonymous said...

Crap! How did I miss this???

Chuck said...

Anon, I almost missed them, too - I checked the DVR to make sure the Cap and Agent Carter shows were recording and I spotted the CW specials. They're no doubt available online - somewhere.

Kevin Findley said...

If you have On Demand, they are readily available with a few clicks. Copies are probably all over YouTube by now.