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Quick Review: Superman & Lois on The CW

Last week, the CW Network rolled out the newest addition to it’s lineup of “Arrowverse” shows set in the DC Comics universe; Superman and Lois

Thanks to the events of the Arrowverse version of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths”; Superman and Lois are now older and have a 14 year old twin sons. Meet Jonathan and Jordan Kent:

Jonathan is the one with the blond hair and necklace…

Not as revolutionary an idea as you think. Clark and Lois have a son about that age in the actual comic books who is also named Jonathan (named after his grandfather):

In fact, he’s the current Superman in the latest twisting of the DC Universe. That’s a WHOLE different post to explain however… Let’s get back to the show instead.

Spoilers Ahead:

If you haven’t seen episode 1 yet, it’s probably on the CW’s website. Otherwise, spoilers ahead. Episode 2 is tomorrow though.

The show starts out briefly introducing the current state of the Kent family before Lois and Clark have to head off to work at the Daily Planet. It apparently has been bought out by some internet media conglomerate and is laying off most of the staff. Clark is among those that get the axe. Right afterwards, he gets called away to stop a nuclear reactor from melting down. During that process, we learn that Lois’s dad, General Sam Lane knows Clark’s identity. Significant since Lane has been an anti-alien xenophobic borderline nut in the comics at times. Right now, he’s working with Superman though.

After the reactor is saved, Clark learns his mother has just died of a stroke. Everybody heads back to Smallville (which is NOT the same town or Kent farm that was used in the Smallville show but both are VERY VERY close in appearance).

For the sake of leaving some surprises, I’ll simply leave it that the episode wraps up with Lois and Clark deciding it’s better for the family if they live on the farm in Smallville.

As a side note, there are a few stories dropped about Clark’s past in Smallville that could easily be taken as events from the Smallville series.

My Opinion:

Before the show was even released, I had heard that it was going to focus on the human side of Superman and the family dynamics of the Kents; how Clark has trouble protecting the world and being there for his kids. I went into the premiere with an admitted negative bias.

Happily, I was proven wrong in my expectations. Instead of being yet another excuse for the Far Left to trash a cultural icon, the show was pretty even handed and realistic in it’s presentation of Clark’s struggles with balancing duty and family. It’s a good show that balances the human side of Clark and the struggles of his sense of obligation and right.

IF they keep the same storytelling approach, I think we have another Smallville in the making.

This one is definitely worth watching, and probably the best Arrowverse show thus far. Less emo than Arrow or Flash, even with Jordan having social anxiety disorder.

Quick side notes: John Diggle from Arrow is joining the show, and there will be a Superman & Batwoman crossover later this year that MAY explain what actually happened to the Arrowverse’s MIA Batman.

The Return of The Bat???

It was recently announced that Michael Keaton is in talks to reprise his role as Batman.

Keaton potentially would be revising his role as part of the DCEU “Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller. Fans have been going crazy speculating on what exactly the role would be, due to the premise of the movie being DC’s “Flashpoint” event that rebooted the DC Universe for it’s “New 52” line up. AFTER Flash straightened out his screw-up that is.

Flashpoint involved The Flash traveling back in time to try to save his mother, only to have it all go sideways and create a dark alternate reality. In that reality, Bruce Wayne was killed, not Thomas and Martha. Martha Wayne went crazy from the loss and became the Joker. Thomas Wayne followed nearly the exact same path as Bruce did, and became that world’s Batman. A much meaner Batman more akin to Marvel’s Punisher.

So, Keaton MIGHT fill that role as an older, grimmer Batman, OR he could take over the role for the main reality Batman. With the DCEU movie franchise in seemingly constant turmoil as producers, directors and actors go through a revolving door, anything is possible. Fans are speculating like crazy, right down to what the costume might look like. Some are even suggesting a version of the Terry McGinnis “Batman Beyond” future Batman costume:

image from GeeksOnCoffee.com

Personally, I’ve always loved the look of that Batman costume. I even duplicated for my Champions Online character Shadowhawk:

Her normal costume is more modern Batgirl themed, but I love this one.

This, by the way, is Thomas Wayne’s bat suit:

Yes, he carries guns and he uses them.

Again, which Batman we’ll see, and if Keaton gets the role at all are still up in the air. Nothing ever seems certain with DC’s movie production. Despite strong initial doubts in the 80s about Keaton as Batman, he did an excellent job as The Bat and Bruce Wayne. I hope this works out, even if it’s a one shot appearance for Keaton as Thomas Wayne.

It’s funny also, because over at ComicBookComplex, one of the blogs I follow, we were recently talking about how Keaton did a great job as Batman and it would be great if he could somehow come back. Trendsetters we are, I tell yah. LOL.

Rumor has it that much like the Comics, the Flash’s flashpoint themed movie will be used to reboot the movie universe. We shall see there also.

My biggest hope for the movie is that Ezra Miller’s Flash isn’t the bumbling buffoon he was in Justice League

My First VSS – Juggernaut vs Power Girl

Juggernaut stomped down the street, splintering the asphalt with each step of his massive feet.  The giant sack of money from the bank robbery clenched in his fist.  NYPD cars and officers were batted aside like children’s dolls as he plodded along.  One brave, or perhaps foolhardy officer stood his ground in the middle of the street, emptying his service weapon at Juggernaut.  The bullets only ricocheted off of the massive supervillain.

Juggernaut snarled and grabbed the officer by the shirt.  “What are yah, stupid or something?” he growled.  “Maybe I need ta make an example out of you fer the rest of these clowns!”  So saying, he flung the officer with all his might, sending him flying off into the distance.

A moment later, the officer returned, carried in the arms of Power Girl.  Supergirl’s buxom adult version from Earth 2 put the officer down, then turned and scowled at Juggernaut.

“That’s about enough out of you.” Power Girl snarled defiantly.

Juggernaut laughed mockingly.  “Don’t you know who I am?” he challenged.  “I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!!”  Juggernaut charged at Power Girl in a full on run, his fist cocked back to strike.

Power Girl smirked as he charged.  “Hi, Juggernaut Bitch.” She replied as she punched him in the face.

The force of the blow knocked him backwards through 15 buildings before his unconscious form came to a stop on a pier along the East River.  Power Girl tossed the bag of stolen money she’d snatched away from Juggernaut as she hit him, to a nearby SWAT officer.  “He went that way,” she said, pointing before flying off still smirking.

 

That one done in honor of Superhero Saturday on Twitter.  It’s a scene I’ve been wanting to use ever since I saw X-Men 3, LOL.

New Story – Lost Memories

This is a rework of an OLD piece of City of Heroes fan fiction that I wrote.  It stands alone on it’s own now, and I doubt a reader unfamiliar with the game would even recognize it as fan fiction without my confession.

17 year old Nancy Winters, AKA Miss Deadshot was a heroic archer along the lines of Hawkeye or Green Arrow when she was abducted by the sewer dwelling mutates known as The Lost.  In the aftermath of the event, Nancy finds herself developing mental powers, yet is still learning to full control them.  Two weeks after being rescued by her friend and teammate Danger Rose, Nancy finds herself having memory issues along with a strong compulsion to return to the site of her rescue.

Lost Memories

Will she find answers?  Will she regain her badly shaken self-confidence as well?

Witchfire Pt 8 Published

I finally got this one finished.  Krystal’s nearly losing her life to Count Ivanova on Halloween has major consequences when Hexanna blows off the near defeat.  Krystal’s up and down relationship with the She-Legion goes down again, and Amazing Babe reacts poorly to discovering Krystal’s true heritage.  In the middle of everything, the Aberration decides to tear up the town also.  Can anything be salvaged, and can Krystal continue to hold everything together on her own?

Witchfire, Pt 8 – Reinforcements

Hope everyone enjoys.

Witchfire Halloween RetCon Published

For those not familiar with it, RetCon is shorthand for ‘Retroactive Continuity’.  It’s a term that first came about in comic book circles.  They occur when the writers have mucked up a story so badly that they need to rewrite a chunk of existing history.  Sometimes they just happen when a writer  thinks they have a better idea to tell a story in a more modern way.  I’ll spare my opinion of most of those efforts.

Getting back on track, I had very limited information on Mister X’s character Hexanna when I wrote the first version of this story.  I tried to take some creative liberties and made her a character with a magic staff who didn’t actually believe in magic.  I thought it would be an interesting contradiction to explore.  Probably a bad idea to start with, and once I learned more about Hexanna’s character, I decided a re-write was in order.

Without getting preachy, I feel that if somebody writes fan fiction, they should keep it as true to form as possible to the work of the original author.  Ergo, I’m doing what I can to humanize and add some depth to the characters, but I do NOT want to change long established canon about them.  Nuff said. 🙂   Here’s the story:

Witchfire, Pt 7 – Halloween RetCon

As the name might suggest, the re-write also lets me fit the story more properly into the existing story line also.  Readers will have to suffer through an added sex scene too. 😉

Witchfire Pt 6 Finally Done!

Considering parts 5 & 6 were supposed to just be a more detailed account of the events that were summarized at the end of Chapter 4, they turned into a monster.  Chapter 6 is 16,712 words long, and has a few sex scenes, a few fight scenes, and A literal ton of plot and character advancement.

Witchfire Pt 6 – Revelations

Things should start falling together for readers, giving them a better idea of the shape of things in MY version of Delta City.  I’ve made a real effort to create a world with some depth and grit without going total emo melodrama.

As always, comments and feedback are welcome and encouraged. 🙂

And for those still not up on the characters, here’s Mister X’s heroines fact sheets page.

That specific page is fairly tame, but be warned that other parts of his site are solidly NSFW.

Witchfire Pt 5 Posted!

This took far longer than I anticipated, but chapter 5 is finally out.  This one is covering the events that were just skimmed over at the end of chapter 4.  I felt that was a sloppy wrap up and I wanted to do something more proper.  Chapter 6 will conclude that series of events and lead into the Halloween story I did.  THAT will hopefully be ready next week.  For now, enjoy chapter 5

Witchfire, Pt 5

Chapter 6 will have more fighting and sex.

Why Superheros and Superheroines?

A Twitter post by Ava Sterling, (link to her blog “What I Write” is to the right) who follows this blog and is an amazing erotica writer, inspired me to write this.

Much of the public today doesn’t understand the attraction that superheroes hold for others.  This is my attempt at explaining that, and why a good portion of this blog has stories focusing on them.

In the bigger picture, we live in a world where everything seems upside down and out of control.  Everything is exaggerated and distorted by special interests and the media.  This is on both sides of every issue in my opinion.  Real world heroes are human and have flaws which are exposed and they’re torn down.  People love their heroes though.  They want role models and to believe there are people out there who can make a difference.  Superheroes have taken the place of knights in shining armor in the eyes of some of the public.  Others gravitate towards Jason Bourne type characters, but the general pattern holds true.

Marvel movies are so popular because they give people heroes who stand up for their beliefs and go the distance to do what’s right.  Then there’s the fact that everything superheroes do is on a grandiose scale which makes for great modern special effects movies.  Sadly the comic companies themselves are losing money like mad on their actual books.  There are multiple reasons, but the biggest one is that they’ve just forgot their audiences and try to make the characters and world as muddied as the real world.

Metahumans can be just as three dimension and suited for grown ups as any characters though.  They simply need intelligent story telling.

On a personal level, I’m doing fan fiction so I don’t burn through story ideas for my own erotica of all flavors.  I need to improve a bit before I’m on Ava’s level (And thus ready to try getting published), and this is my personal training regimen.  Taking something like the objectified and stereotyped characters of Danger Babe Central and turning them into more three dimensional characters with unique personalities and motivations is a major exercise in creativity and writing also.  All the more so if I want to keep some of the exaggerated sexual vulnerabilities these characters have while making them human beings.

I’ll be the first to admit that the vast majority of fan fiction is complete drivel.  If I write a Star Wars story, it may not be on the level of Alan Dean Foster also.  I can promise you it’ll be better than a lot of blogged writing though.  So, if you’ve only read my “normal” stories, I hope you’ll give the other stuff a look also.