Is Zack Snyder Right About Grant Gustin?

Okay, I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen/the Flash on the CW’s wildly popular show, The Flash, wasn’t allowed to play his character in the DC Cinematic Universe. While Grant has been characteristically classy about it, fans were certainly curious why Zack Snyder decided to start over from scratch with the Flash in the films.

I mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Well, Snyder might disagree with how well the Flash is characterized on the CW show. Here’s what he told NY Daily News:

I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where…that (tone is) not our world.

Sure, I get it. The Flash is super lighthearted, and Barry himself is particularly bright and sunny. Just look at this happy smile:

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Understandably, Zack Snyder might not want such a sunny character ruining his dark and twisty vibes. And to top it all off, Snyder has even come out to say that Batman and Superman hail from an entirely different universe from The Flash and Arrow (which is evidenced by the Flash/Supergirl crossover ep).

But…

Snyder is still including the Flash in the Justice League movie, and Ezra Miller’s Flash will get his own movie. So clearly, there’s enough there to add him to the DC Cinematic Universe, right?

Side note: I should also point out that word on the street is that, should the Green Arrow find his way to the Justice League too (which he should since he’s a vital part of it), Stephen Amell will probably not be the movie Green Arrow. That brings up an entirely different argument of Zack Snyder inadvertently shooting DC Comics/DCTV in the foot by turning the CW’s Flash and Arrow into the “poor man’s Flash and Green Arrow”. While I could talk about that more, I want to go back to what he said about Grant Gustin and the tone of his Barry Allen.

There was a lot of success behind the Dark Knight trilogy and the dark and twisty-ness that came with it–despite the fact that Batman properties have been lighthearted in the past. Like this:

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Or even this:

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Of course the Dark Knight trilogy was based on the equally dark and twisty Dark Knight comic book series. Still, there have been plenty of times where Batman is depicted in more lighthearted stories both in movies, series, and comics. Superman, too.

So is Snyder and the DC Cinematic universe making a mistake planting their flag in the dark and twisty superhero camp? After all, Man of Steel didn’t exactly blow the doors off an box office records, and the fact that Brandon Routh has a solid place in the DC TV Universe as Ray Palmer/The Atom on Legends of Tomorrow means that most of us probably forgot that he had a run as Christopher Reeve’s doppelganger/the protector of truth, justice, and the American way in 2006’s Superman Returns.

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Meanwhile, the MCU is dominating ALL THE THINGS because they’ve allowed their superheros to be for kids and grown-ups alike. Sure, MCU heroes may have some rough stuff in their backstory, but their films are ultimately fun and uplifting to watch–and just about everyone takes the MCU seriously. Even if you’re over superhero movies and the MCU, there’s no denying that they’re doing something right.

But, Kendall, you say, what about Deadpool? He wasn’t necessarily uplifting and he definitely wasn’t for kids!

I’m so glad you brought Wade up! Let’s talk about Deadpool! Remember when we first met the mouthless, laser-eyed”Deadpool” in the Wolverine movie?

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Deadpool fans were pissed. Why? Because that was not our Deadpool. Hell, it wasn’t even Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, and he played the abomination. The Deadpool we all know and love is foul-mouthed, he’s crass, and any story involving the Merc is hella gory. Deadpool’s origin story is also a heavy one, and unlike a lot of our favorite superheroes, his doesn’t have the happiest of endings. Wade will always be disfigured, and he’ll always be in some sort of pain, despite his healing factor. If anyone has a reason to be dark and twisty, my friends, it’s Wade Wilson.

But he isn’t. Like a lot of us, he masks his pain and anger in snark, silliness, and several asides. And unlike a lot of us, he also masks his anger in wielding weapons and killing bad guys. You know, whatever works for you, Wade.

So when Ryan Reynolds took over making an actual Deadpool movie, he focused on doing it right. As a fan of the Merc himself, he was obsessed with sticking true to the Wade we’ve all come to love, and worked for eleven years to make a Deadpool movie the right way. Which, as we all know now, he did. The movie has exploded at the box office, because it was true to the source material. Reynolds made sure of it. We got a good balance of the tough moments:

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and the silly:

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They made him feel familiar, right down to the illogical eyes on his costume that change shape depending on what expression Wade is making. By staying true to the source material, they made a solid story that not only brought in new fans to the series, but they also made sure not to alienate their core group of Deadpool fans.

So what does this have to do with Zack Snyder and Grant Gustin? It all comes down to the fans and the source material. Like it or not, Barry Allen isn’t a dark and twisty superhero. He’s just not. Yes, he’s got some demons and a tragic past, but he’s ultimately a pretty upbeat guy. I fear that by forcing DC into this dark, tormented hero box, they’re going to alienate their core fan base–which we saw in Man of Steel when they tried to make a stylistic, darker Superman movie. A superhero doesn’t have to be exclusively for kids, Deadpool proves that, and a dark superhero franchise can work as we saw with the Dark Knight trilogy. However, making a darker, R-rated superhero just to try to bring “legitimacy” to superhero films or make them feel more realistic while not necessarily sticking to the source material is usually where superhero movies tank.

Or not. I could be totally wrong. After all, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman looks crazy badass (and inspired by the New 52 Aquaman), and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has got me ALL KINDS of excited for her debut in the DCCU. Still, I can’t help but think that Zack Snyder is making a mistake by making all of his DC movies have that darker, stylistic vibe, regardless of what we see in the comics. I hope I’m wrong, but if Deadpool is any indication, comic book movies do much better when they stay true to the source.

What do you think of Zack Snyder’s choice to cast a new actor to play Barry Allen? Do you like the darker vibe that the DC movies have, or do you think it’s too forced? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

Supernatural Pi Day Marathon

It’s Pi Day (March 14…3.14…get it? Math humor, it’s a thing, y’all). So in honor of this special day, I’ve made a list of Supernatural episodes to watch in celebration of this mathtastic and deserterific day. After, all, we know how Dean feels about pie.

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Episode 1.11: “Scarecrow”

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This is an early episode of Supernatural, so it’s firmly planted in their urban legend phase. The episode centers around the boys investigating several disappearances in the same spot on a highway. Turns out a creepy town in Indiana has been kidnapping travelers and sacrificing them in exchange for a bountiful apple harvest–which they put in their world-famous apple pies. Ultimately, they take Dean as a sacrifice, and we see him do something he never does–profane the name of pie.

Episode 4.02: “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester”

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This episode comes right on the tail of Dean meeting Cas for the first time. Sam gives Dean loads of homework to do in order to research the existence of angels, and Dean demands pie. Unfortunately, while Sam is out retrieving the pie, Sam meets Ruby who freaks him out about the possibility of angels existing, and Sam forgets to bring Dean pie. Oh yeah, and Sam, Dean, and Bobby get trapped in a house with with Witnesses who simultaneously herald the apocalypse and try to kill the three of them. Nbd.

Episode 5.16: “Dark Side of the Moon”

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Your pie too sweet? Maybe add a bit of SALT FROM YOUR TEARS when you watch this episode. After getting shot by two hunters who are nervous about what power Sam holds, Sam and Dean find themselves in heaven. The entire episode is an emotional wreck as we see the memories Dean valued versus the memories Sam valued (hint: Sam’s most treasured memories were spent away from Dean and John). One of Dean’s memories includes mom offering him some pie. If the realization that Dean’s obsession with pie likely comes from missing his mom isn’t enough to break your heart, this episode is also where Dean drops the Samulet in the trash after Joshua tells them it won’t help them locate God.

Episode 7.3 “The Girl Next Door”

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This is the episode where Sam learns a very important lesson–cake isn’t pie. Sam also learns an important lesson about being honest with Dean about his childhood crushes that are also monsters. When Dean realizes that Sam has known a kitsune with blood on her hands for years–and let her live–Dean ultimately tracks the girl, called Amy Pond (and played by Jewel Staite!!!), and kills her.

Episode 8.22: “Clip Show”

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This episode actually doesn’t have Dean directly interacting with pie. Instead, it’s Cas attempting to buy Dean pie. Cas has been acting sketchy, running around, losing the angel tablet, and getting injured. Dean’s super angry, and Cas tries to make amends by going on a supply run. Unfortunately, the store is out of pie, and Cas simply can’t accept it. And Sam and Dean learn about curing a demon, Sam is feeling worse after starting The Trials…blah, blah, blah. The real hero of this episode is the missing pie.

What are some of your favorite Supernatural episodes with pie in them? Let me know in the comments, and tell me about your Pi Day celebrations!

Supernatural Returns Tonight: Prepare Your Fangirl Hearts for The Cage, The Darkness, Sam and Luci, and Dean and Amara

Supernatural is back tonight, and it’s not a moment too soon. The mid-season finale was INSANE and left me INCREDIBLY concerned for Sam’s safety

…I suppose now’s a good time to warn those who aren’t caught up on Supernatural: SPOILER. ALERT. 

Alright, everyone here okay with talking Supernatural season 11 part 1 spoilers? Well then…

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We left both Sam and Dean in rather precarious positions at the winter finale. Dean was with Amara, and by with Amara I definitely mean with Amara…

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Seriously, first Sam and Ruby and now Dean and Amara? These boys suck at finding nice girls…

Okay, to be fair it’s not like Dean is head over heels in love with Amara, but the two of them definitely have a connection. While Amara is the one who does the big talk of “we’ll become one”,  Dean does a lot of posturing as though he plans to kill her, but he never actually does–and not for lack of opportunity. He’s had quite a few chances to kill Amara, but he’s never actually done it. In fact, in the moment that leads up to their kiss, Dean tries to stab Amara and doesn’t–they make out a little instead. Just as we’re trying to figure out if we want or should start shipping Dean and Amara (Damara? Deara?), and while we try to ignore the parallels to Sam getting with Ruby while Dean was in hell, Amara is attacked by a group of angels. She wipes them out fairly quickly, but then realizes that the angels have another plan of attack. Every single angel smites her at the same time, but before we know if the attack is successful or not (I’m gonna guess not since we still have an entire half of the season), Amara zaps Dean to safety. I guess you can’t say that The Darkness isn’t loyal.

Dean’s situation with The Darkness is certainly heavy, and her presence on earth has wreaked quite a lot of havoc. However, the big mid-season cliffhanger had to do with Sam. Ever since the boys unleashed The Darkness, Sam has felt a calling from someone–someone who Sam believes can truly help them defeat The Darkness. Of course, the visions Sam had weren’t always great. While he had a vision that he was speaking with a young version of his father (because Jeffrey Dean Morgan is busy being the Worst Person In the World over on The Walking Dead), he’s also had pretty vivid visions of his time in The Cage. While I was stoked to hear mention of The Cage again–especially because I thought it might mean we get a clear answer on what’s up with poor Adam–it didn’t take long for Sam to decide that 1) the visions were from God, and 2) the visions meant he needed to return to The Cage. Of course Dean was NOT on board with this “visit The Cage” plan, but since he was busy snogging The Darkness, he wasn’t around to smack some sense into Sam. Instead, Sam finds Crowley and Rowena, and they work to bring Lucifer up for a bit of a chat to see if he’ll be willing to help them defeat The Darkness.

Can I just stop and say, if the King of Hell and his mom think your plan to visit the Devil in hell-prison is a good plan, FIND ANOTHER PLAN.

But I digress…

Of course, things don’t go as planned, and it turns out that not only are the visions from Lucifer, not God, but he manages to snag Sam and lock him back in The Cage (where Adam and/or Michael is noticeably absent, but whatevs). That’s how we were left. Merry Christmas, kids, Sammy’s back in The Cage. Happily, the wait is over and the show returns today. I don’t know about you, but I’m really hoping Sammy’s second tour of The Cage is about as short as the so-called “year of the Deanmon” which actually turned out to be approximately three episodes. However, I really fear that Sam will have to wait it out in The Cage a bit longer so Dean can do his worried brother thing and fight to get Sam out of hell. Here’s Jeremy Carver talking a bit about the second half of the season:

So what do I want out of the mid-season premiere?

First off, I want a clear answer on Amara’s fate. If she’s dead–which I highly doubt–then I want to know what is going to happen now. Does life just go back to normal? Are there any aftershocks from her death? Of course in the highly likely event that she isn’t dead, I want to know what she’s going to do now. I also really want to know how she can be killed. If the biggest angel smiting in the history of the world doesn’t get her, I highly doubt that anything like Dean’s demon blade or an angel blade will be able to get her.

I also want to understand more about Dean’s relationship to Amara. She’s been going on and on about how she is bound to Dean, but apart from her bearing the mark and Dean inadvertently freeing her (though, if we want to get technical, wasn’t it really Sam and Rowena who freed her since they were working on the spell?) I’m not sure how they’re connected. She’s clearly got plans for Dean, and I want to know what they are. I’m super nervous about what could be in store for him.

I also want to understand what is really in store for Sam. Okay, so Lucifer has him in The Cage, and he plans to use Sam as a vessel to get out of hell. So what does that mean for Sam? Not that hell is the best place to spend a weekend, but it’s gotta be more low key without Lucifer around to torture him, right? Ultimately we know Sam will manage to be rescued somehow, but I really want to understand what’s in store for him in the meantime.

Will we see Adam? Like I said, the cage was very noticeably lacking any signs of Adam, so it’s safe to say we won’t see him again. Still, I really hope they at least tell us what happened to him so we can finally get some closure on his story.

What’s the deal with the Reapers? Okay, we probably won’t hear about this in the mid-season premiere, but I just want to go on record that I haven’t forgotten about this and I want more info. I was super freaked out by the Reaper who told Sam that, since Death is dead, any time a Winchester dies they’ll not only be dead for good, but they’ll be “lost” forever. That isn’t true, right? The Winchesters won’t die and have their souls lost by the Reapers, right? Once The Darkness is taken care of, the natural order of things will be restored, right? RIGHT?!?

Happily, we won’t have to wait much longer for some of our answers since Supernatural comes back tonight. Take a peek of an extended trailer for the mid-season premiere:

What questions do you have about the second half of the season? What are your theories on Sam in The Cage, Adam, The Darkness, and Dean and Amara? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to tune in to Supernatural tonight–as well as the premiere of the amazing new show, Legends of Tomorrow–on the CW!

Everyday Cosplay: Captain Cold

If you’ve been around here for long, you’ll remember that after a few episodes of The Flash‘s first season, I wasn’t sure if I was a fan of the show. Because of that, I backed off of The Flash for a bit, and didn’t really keep up with Barry Allen and the rest of the gang at Star Labs. Sure, I’d watch the crossover episodes, but that was about it. But as more episodes passed, more and more people told me that I needed to give the show another shot. They said that though The Flash had some growing pains starting off, they definitely found their groove as each episode passed. I’m always game for another superhero show in my life, so I gave the show another shot, and I am so glad that I did. Any doubts that I had about the show previously are completely gone. I’ve fallen madly in love with Barry, Caitlin, Cisco, Iris, and Joe. I even have a soft spot in my heart for Harrison Wells, even though I know the truth behind his identity. Though, full disclosure, I’m pretty sure my love for Harrison Wells is a side effect of my love of Tom Cavanagh.

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

Regardless, I rescind everything negative I said about The Flash. It’s a fun, exciting show, and I love having it as a part of my superhero TV lineup. Because I’ve fallen back in love with the show, I thought I’d do an everyday cosplay outfit dedicated to one of The Flash‘s sassiest villains–and a future hero on Legends of Tomorrow: Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold.

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Who is your favorite villain on The Flash? Will you be watching Legends of Tomorrow when it premieres? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Arsenal

I mentioned in my Fandom 5 post from last week how I’d love to dress as Arsenal from Arrow this Halloween, so I thought I’d help that become a reality by creating an everyday cosplay look inspired by the Red Arrow himself (or herself, depending on where you are in Arrow), Arsenal.

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Though Oliver’s vigilante style is awesome, there is just something about Roy’s suit that has always appealed to me. I had to create a look inspired by this awesome super-suit. Take a look:

Everyday Arsenal

Who has your favorite style from the Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow ‘verse? Are you planning on dressing as any of them for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: The Flash

Fall TV is officially back in full swing! My faves are all coming back this month, and one of those–The Flash–premieres tonight! It looks like things are going to be getting pretty crazy in Central City this season, and I cannot WAIT to see what is in store for Barry and the gang. To get in the spirit, I’ve pulled together a super comfy look to pay tribute to Barry Allen himself. Check it out! Everyday Flash

The Flash premieres tonight on the CW at 8/7c! Be sure to tune in!

First Look at the Supernatural Premiere!!!

Supernatural premieres next week, friends!!!

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It’s time to get excited–and probably a tad bit concerned–about what the HECK is going on now that the Darkness has been released. To help get you into the fall premiere spirit, take a peek at this first look into season 11. Enjoy!

Got any initial theories? Let me know what you think in the comments, and be sure to catch the Supernatural season 11 premiere on Wednesday, October 7, 9/8c on the CW! 

News Break: Matt Ryan will play John Constantine on Arrow

We were ALL sad to say goodbye to the NBC show Constantine. While it doesn’t look like the series is being nabbed up by any network (yet, anyway), we can expect to see Matt Ryan reprise his role as John Constantine on Arrow this season. Here’s the official word from The CW:

As announced at TCA this afternoon, we have cast Matt Ryan as John Constantine in episode 405 of “Arrow,” entitled “Haunted.”

John Constantine is a weather worn exorcist and expert on the supernatural and the occult.  He is a detective, magician, and a hunter of demons, and will provide critical support to Oliver (Stephen Amell) when arrows aren’t enough.

EP Marc Guggenheim says: “We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”

And here’s the man himself letting us know to expect him in Star City:

Are you excited to see Constantine on Arrow? What do you think of the Constantine universe colliding with the Arrow-verse? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

The Coolest (but sadly, fictional) Jobs from TV and Movies

Movies and television often give us unrealistic expectations. Whether its about life, love, or what kind of apartment we can afford (seriously how the hell did the Friends gang afford such a kickin’ place in NYC?!?), we’re forever confused about what is actually attainable vs. what seems to be attainable because of movies. I’ll be honest, one of the areas I am most guilty of allowing movies to skew my perception of reality is my career. So even though I know these jobs are utterly fictitious–and are probably LOADS more challenging than I’d like to admit–there are a few jobs that always give me a twinge of regret when I remember they are merely fictional gigs.

Hunter 

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I am well aware of the fact that hunting is a crazy dangerous job, but I can’t help but think it would be one of the coolest careers around. Sure, you don’t make a ton of money–or, like, any at all–but getting to travel all over the country (and the world, if you aren’t afraid of flying like Dean) to save people and hunt monsters sounds like a blast. Plus, I’m dorky enough like Sam that I would totally love digging into the lore as I researched for a case.

SHIELD Agent

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Okay, so maybe SHIELD isn’t the greatest place to work, especially after the whole Hydra thing, but BEFORE things got messy, I would have loved to have been a part of SHIELD. Protecting the earth and working with the likes of Thor and Black Widow? Oh please, oh please tell me, where do I sign?!

FBI Special Agent, the X-Files

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For all I know, the X-Files are a real thing. After all, THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. But really, I would love to work in the X-Files division of the FBI. You can call me Spooky Kendall all you want. If my 9-5 consisted of chasing down aliens and other supernatural phenomena, I’d take the stupid nicknames. This one would also include a more steady paycheck than hunting. So win-win.

Vigilante

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I really hate it when I hear about horrible things happening all over the world and feeling largely powerless to stop it. I think becoming a masked vigilante, trolling the streets for evil-doers and other mischief-makers to keep my city safe for everyone would be kind of rad. Plus, I’d be really excited about getting some sick fighting moves, a snazzy vigilante outfit, and a cool vigilante/superhero name. Though I’d probably just let the papers name me. If I tried to name myself I’d probably pick something stupid and grammar-related like The Dangling Participle or something equally ridiculous.

…though that does have a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

Mother of Dragons

They say motherhood is the most important job, and I think that most definitely includes being the mother of dragons as well. While I could go without jumping into a fire with my three dragon eggs and then having to come out stark naked in front of a giant group of Dothraki just to add “the unburnt” to my name, I’m totally down for adding this to the “special skills” portion of my resume:

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What are some fictional jobs from movies and television that you wish were real? What would your dream, fictional job be? What fictional job would you absolutely HATE? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Everyday Team Free Will

I’ve seen a lot of outfits that are Castiel, Sam, or Dean-inspired, but since their looks are largely modern, it’s tough to not want to just copy-and-paste their outfits. So I decided to create some everday cosplay looks inspired by Team Free Will, with a bit of a different take on what you normally see for Cas, Sam, and Dean outfits. Take a peek!

Disclaimer: I am well aware that the messenger bag I’ve included with the Cas outfit is inspired by Daryl Dixon’s vest, and has nothing to do with Castiel or Supernatural. However, the rough-looking angel wings were just too perfect for Cas for me not to include here. I also included FBI badge wallets for the boys, because it’s always good to be prepared. 
Everyday Castiel

Everyday Sam Winchester
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What do you think of these looks? How have you brought your fandom into your everyday wardrobe? Let me know in the comments!