Elongated Man Coming To The Flash

Well this is good news! Elongated Man is coming to the small screen in the next series of The Flash. According to the brief article,

[Ralph] Dibny will be a “fast-talking private investigator” who, after discovering his metahuman abilities will help Team Flash solve “one of Central City’s greatest mysteries.”

And with a bit of luck, if Ralph’s around, Sue won’t be too far away either.

I miss those two in the DCU – hopefully Rebirth will bring them back soon.

Dr Why The Hell Not?

So the new Dr Who is Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take on the role.

I have to admit to not being the biggest Dr Who fan at all – of the last series, I watched only the first episode; I don’t know why but Capaldi’s Doctor never really grabbed me. I enjoyed David Tennant’s run and most of Matt Smith’s but after a while it all got a little samey. By the time Capaldi took over the role, I’d lost track of how many times the universe had been re-set, who knew who the Doctor was, whether the Time Lords and Gallifrey were still in existence or not and how often Davros had died and returned.

With Jodie Whittaker taking over on the Christmas special, I’m interested in Dr Who for the first time in ages and I’d like to see what they do with the series with the breath of fresh air and the subverting of expectations that this casting affords them. I doubt it’ll make me a die-hard fan (hell, Tom Baker couldn’t do that when I was a child) but it should be interesting.

And on a side note, I really, really hope the internet isn’t going to lose it over this. It would be so sad to read of people reacting with rage over the casting of a woman in a role that has previously been played by men. If the series had been called Mr Who all these years, they might – might – have a point, but if the Master can become the Mistress, why can’t the Doctor become . . . well . . . a Doctor?

Batman R.I.P.

Honestly, I was never a fan of the 60s Batman series – even as a kid, I found it too camp, too silly for my liking.

Over the years, though, my fondness for Adam West grew as he embraced the fame the role had given him and was willing to be a good sport about the whole thing, voicing himself in the last Lego Batman game.

Farewell, Adam West. Batman R.I.P.


Dark Universe

Man, that makes me want to watch those old Universal films again!

Back when I was a kid (in the long ago 1970s) there used to be a double bill of horror films on the weekend and it was usually a black and white Universal classic followed by a blood drenched (at least to my young eyes) technicolour Hammer Horror film and it was these films that fuelled my love of, and interest in, the horror genre for many a year.

Universal’s new shared universe, starting with the soon to be released The Mummy, gets a collective name of Dark Universe as seen in the montage trailer above that showcases the original versions and while the trailers for the Tom Cruise film haven’t set my world alight, I’ll definitely be giving it a watch.

After all, it can’t be worse than Benicio del Toro’s dreadful The Wolfman.

Can it?