and Lois: Three/Titans:
Three (all 2022/DC
Season Blu-ray Sets)
B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Episodes: C/B+/C+/C+
for the latest batch of DC Comics on TV....
bid a fond farewell to Grant Gustin, the TV Flash, in this his eighth
and final season and the last remnants of the CW Arrowverse as well.
(GOOD RIDDENS!) Featuring an epic five episode event entitled
Armageddon, this season is packed with action and if nothing
else shows off some interesting aspects of the Flash franchise and
possibilities for the future. Gustin is still a pretty charming
Barry Allen after eight seasons and certainly is a better casting
choice than the loathsome self destructive Ezra Miller from the big
Flash stars Grant Gustin (Arrow, Glee), Candice
Patton (The Game), Danielle Panabaker (Sky High, Friday
the 13th), Danielle Nicolet (Central Intelligence), Kayla
Compton (Making Moves), Brandon McKnight (The Shape of
Water) and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). Based on
the characters from DC, The Flash is produced by Berlanti
Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with
executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl,
DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale), Eric Wallace
(Teen Wolf, Z Nation, Eureka), Sarah Schechter
(Batwoman, Riverdale, Black Lightning,
Supergirl) and Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza (Bella
and the Bulldogs), and Sam Chalsen (Sleepy Hollow).
Episodes include the five part Armageddon series, Impulsive
Excessive Disorder, Lockdown, The Fire Next Time, Phantoms, Reckless,
Resurrection, Death Rises, Death Falls, Funeral for a friend, Into
the Still Force, The Curious Case of Bartholomew Allen, Keep it Dark,
The Man in the Yellow Tie, and Negative: Parts One and Two.
Flash is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with
an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and an
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless
soundmix. This commercial free presentation is a definitely leap
from the original network broadcast.
The DC Heroes: Path to Glory
Featurette: The Flash: Standing the Test of Time
wonder boy James Gunn (Guardians
of the Galaxy
and DC Comics' second Suicide
film) helms the adult themed and fantastic superhero comedy HBO MAX
comedy series, Peacemaker:
The Complete First Season
(2022), which is a spin-off of the character seen in Suicide
(2021) and played by John Cena. In my opinion, this is probably the
best super hero series out there at the moment as it's pretty funny
as well as full of really cool superhero moments and humor and keeps
you wanting to see the next episode. This series to be feels like
one that came out of creativity and passion for the character and not
so much geared towards making a buck, and I think that shows. Mr.
Gunn has a lot of passion for superhero characters and has a good
knack for humanizing them and showing them as real people and not
just otherworldly vigilantes.
for the kiddies, this superhero show is definitely R-rated and crafts
the tale of Peacemaker (Cena) who is thought to be dead after his
fight with Bloodsport (Idris Elba) in the 2021 Suicide Squad.
As he deals with his supervillain Dad (Robert Patrick), he soon
becomes entangled with an alien threat that only he, and his trusty
pet Eagly, can help solve along with a team of other wild characters
including Adebayo, Harcourt, John Economos, Vigilante, and Murn to
name a few.
include A Whole New Whirled, Best Friends or Never, Better Goff
Dead, The Choad Less Traveled, Monkey Dory, Murn After Reading, Stop
Dragon My Heart Around, and It's Cow or Never (which
features a cameo from The Justice League.)
series also stars Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Jennifer Holland,
Chukwudi Iwuji, Steve Agee, and Robert Patrick. James Gunn wrote all
eight episodes of Peacemaker and directed five, including the
first. Gunn, Peter Safran and Matt Miller serve as executive
producers on the series. This is the first series that Gunn has
helmed and he and producer Peter Safran are now the head honchos at
DC Entertainment. This project basically solidified that they can
deliver fan approved material.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a lossless,
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) soundmix. The
show looks and sounds as cinematic as a movie and has a substantial
budget and production design team behind it, like all of Gunn's work.
This is top notch! Too bad its not on 4K UHD!
Features are plentiful including:
the World Safe for Violence: Peacemaker's Team
Daddy Issues: Peacemakers Search for Inner Peace
Under the Helmet
Butterfly Team Members Featurettes
Set with Steve Agee
Comic Book Readings with Chukwudi Iwuji
the Quantum Unfolding Storage Area
and Vigilante: BFFs
What Do You Really Think of Peacemaker?
Brooks Explains the DC Universe
How to Properly Give a F*ck
DC television projects have hit the market as well. All of these
shows are going to be revamped and reconstructed under the new
leadership of Warner Bros./Discovery and so these will be funny to
look back on a decade from now to see the growth. One big mistake
all of these DC shows made was that they didn't really connect to
each or seem to even exist in the same fictional world, this is now
planned to be remedied under James Gunn's leadership where movies,
games, and shows will all inter-connect, which this reviewer feels
strengthens the brand as a whole and makes it feel more unified as
opposed to these all mediocre television series that all have
interesting moments and aspects to them, but none of which are very
the CW's Arrow first aired in 2012, it had some strong
momentum behind it with fans and it spawned The Flash series
and others, but the CW went way too crazy with way too many shows
(Supergirl, Batwoman, Legends of the Tomorrow,
and others) and things got a bit muddy and confused.
nothing else, DC Comics and Warner Bros. must feel (at the time of
this article it is 2022) that all of those millions spent were an
experiment of sorts. While Zack Snyder has a lot of fans that love
him, there are an equal amount of fans that dislike his darker
approach to some of the material that he chose (even if his big
screen casting was spot on to say the least.)
this point in the time, the superhero movie genre is feeling a bit
stretched and played out since it's boom in the 2000s and so while we
once held a bit more awe and wonder how these properties, some of
them have gotten pretty safe and stale. Even Disney's Marvel
Cinematic Universe has its hits and misses, as apposed to the glory
pre-Covid days where they had constant hits for the most part.
hope that James Gunn has what it takes to bring some DC characters
and stories to life that haven't been seen by the general public
before. There is certainly decades of comic book material to pull
fans will want to check out the Superman and Lois series in
its Second Season with Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch in
the leads. The series isn't terrible, but its still hard for a
casual Superman fan like myself to compare this is to the bigger
budgeted Superman fare that has spoiled me with its bigger
imagination and effects, especially Man of Steel, which this
reviewer feels was a bit underrated. For what it is, Superman and
Lois is fine as an episodical serial for television, and not as
dark as the Zack Snyder films. Where Snyder films are Coca-Cola,
this is Pepsi. You either prefer one take on Superman or the other.
& Lois stars Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl, Arrow),
Elizabeth Tulloch (Supergirl, Grimm), Jordan Elsass
(Little Fires Everywhere), Alex Garfin (New Amsterdam),
Erik Valdez (Graceland), Inde Navarrette (13 Reasons Why),
Wole Parks (All American), Tayler Buck (Tyler Perry's
Assisted Living), Sofia Hasmik (All the Bright Places),
with Dylan Walsh (Blue Bloods) and Emmanuelle Chriqui
(Entourage). Based on the DC characters, and Superman created
by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series was developed by Greg
Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Batwoman, Supergirl)
and Todd Helbing (The Flash, Black Sails), who
executive produce alongside Sarah Schechter (All American,
Riverdale), Geoff Johns (Titans, DC's Stargirl,
Wonder Woman) and David Madden (Kung Fu, Save the
episodes include What Lies Beneath, The Ties that Bind, The Thing
in the Mines, The Inverse Method, Girl... You'll Be a Woman Soon,
Tried and True, Anti-Hero, Into Oblivion, 30 Days and 30 Nights,
Bizarros in a Bizarro World, Truth and Consequences, Lies that Bind,
All is Lost, Worlds War Bizarre, and Waiting for Superman.
and Lois is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc
with an MPEG-4 AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.20:1 and
English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) lossless mixes,
both of which look and sound great here. No annoying network
watermarks or commercials here, which is nice and allows you to enjoy
the filmmaking more.
Features: Fractured: The Heart of Bizarro and The DC
Heroes: Path to Glory.
is set in the Batman universe and is now in its Third
The HBO MAX series features Jason Todd's journey as Robin to
becoming Red Hood and facing off with the Scarecrow and Batgirl as
well. While it's better than the CW DC shows and has a bit more
violence and grit to it, I feel like Titans
is still lacking compared to the Zack Snyder films, and feels kind of
like a fan that has a lot of money made something with cosplayers.
series stars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter,
and Curran Walters.
Episodes include Barbara Gordon, Red Hood, Hank and Dove,
Backfire, Lady Vic, 51 percent, Home, Souls, Troubled Water, The Call
is Coming From Inside the House, Prodigal, and Purple Rain.
is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with an MPEG-4
AVC codec, a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.00:1 and lossless, English
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) soundmixes, both of are
of a high standard for the format.
Features (per the press release):
EXPANDED: Sit down with the cast and showrunners of Titans as they
cover all the new characters and elements of Season 3.
WORLDS WITHIN WORLDS: Step into the world of the Titans as we get a
glimpse behind the scenes of how the look, feel, and texture of
Season 3 came to life.
a Metahuman: A behind the scenes look at training the Titans, the
young metahuman heroes, with Stunt Coordinator Larnell Stovall and
cast members Brenton Thwaites, Mame-Anna Diop, Ryan Potter, Curran
Walters, Damaris Lewis, Joshua Orpin, and Savannah Welch.
the Part: L.J. Shannon, Specialty Costume Designer, reveals her
design process and explains how she worked to match the looks and
actions from the comic books. This featurette includes executive
producer Greg Walker and cast members Brenton Thwaites, Mame-Anna
Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Curran Walters, Damaris Lewis, and
the Character: Red Hood: A behind-the-scenes look at the new
anti-hero character Red Hood as portrayed by Curran Walters.
the Character: Barbara Gordon: A behind-the-scenes look at the
character of Barbara Gordan as portrayed by Savannah Welch.
Welcome to Gotham: A behind-the-scenes exploration of iconic
Gotham City with cast members Brenton Thwaites, Mame-Anna Diop,
Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Curran Walters, and executive producer
Greg Walker, art director Khanh Quach, director Boris Mojsovski, and
producer/director Carol Banker.