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Top 10: Animated Series for Crisis on Infinite Earths

Top 10: Animated Series for Crisis on Infinite Earths by Jerry Whitworth

At the start of December, journalist Matías Lértora claimed that an animated film trilogy was in development adapting Crisis on Infinite Earths featuring the various animated incarnations of DC Comics’ assorted properties. With a history of scoring major scoops far in advance, the news media cycle picked up on the alleged project without any confirmation from Warner Bros. A rather vast concept especially when you begin to consider that live action projects like the Arrowverse/CWverse, which had its own vast Crisis on Infinite Earths, have been animated but there are certainly cartoon universes more likely than others to make it into such an endeavor. Lets take a look at what this undertaking could entail.

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Stargirl Season Three’s Villain Revealed

Stargirl Season Three’s Villain Revealed by Jerry Whitworth

Much like the final moments of the first season finale, the second season of Stargirl ended giving fans a tease of what threat the series’ heroes will face in the upcoming season subtitled “Frenemies.” Of course, there will be S P O I L E R S for Stargirl‘s second season so you’ve been warned. With the defeat of Eclipso and the return of Sylvester Pemberton, “Summer School: Chapter Thirteen” featured the appearance of Mister Bones in its final moments. Voice acted by Keith David, Bones appears to be in charge of the Helix Institute investigated by Jennie-Lynn Hayden during her search for her brother Todd earlier in the season. This development appears to indicate the emergence of the villain group Helix for the show’s future.

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Young Justice: Phantoms of Mars

Young Justice: Phantoms of Mars by Jerry Whitworth

With the surprise release of the first two episodes of Young Justice: Phantoms to coincide with DC Fandome, the two year wait for the fourth season of the cult favorite series Young Justice has ended. Focusing on the lives of the proteges and offspring of the Justice League of America along with other young heroes, Young Justice first aired in 2010. The show was canceled in 2013 after two seasons despite its popularity when toy sales for it and other DC properties failed to perform well enough at the time. However, it was given a new life as an exclusive series for the new streaming service DC Universe and returned with a third season in Outsiders in 2019. Unfortunately, DC Universe struggled in the emerging streaming service climate and Young Justice lingered for years before returning from the dead yet again now as part of HBO Max. Little is known what this new season will entail but thus far, the latest offering has delved heavily into the alien world of Mars. Lets take a look at what we’ve seen thus far and how it relates to the source material. Warning: there will be SPOILERS.

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Top 10: Possible Power Rangers Crossovers

Top 10: Possible Power Rangers Crossovers by Jerry Whitworth

With the recent announcement from Hasbro Pulse of the Power Rangers X Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lightning Collection based on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series in the wake of Ryu and Chun-Li from Street Fighter in Power Rangers Legacy Wars and Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid video games as the Crimson Hawk Ranger and Blue Phoenix Ranger, respectfully, Power Rangers seem to be going all in on major crossovers. Having crossed over in the past with Masked Rider, Beetleborgs Metallix, and the Justice League (not to mention the Ninja Turtles before), the brand has a history teaming with other properties. But in recent years and with Power Rangers’ acquisition by Hasbro, the frequency and prominence of these crossovers has increased. With this in mind, lets take a look at what the future of these team-ups could entail.

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Top 10: Possible Ninja Turtles Crossovers

Top 10: Possible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Crossovers by Jerry Whitworth

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are no strangers to crossing over with others brands. During their earliest years, they passed through the worlds of Cerebus the Aardvark, Grimjack, Miyamoto Usagi, Flaming Carrot, Garfield, and the Savage Dragon. In more recent times, there’s been series dedicated to their adventures with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman, and the Ghostbusters. It recently came to light the Turtles nearly crossed over with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe until a series of unfortunate circumstances intervened. Ultimately crushed at Mattel’s end, that leaves the door open for New York’s favorite sewer dwelling, pizza eating heroes to continue their proud tradition of universe crossing. Lets take a look at what worlds they might pass through next.

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What Could Have Been: He-Man/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

What Could Have Been: He-Man/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Jerry Whitworth

Late last month, creator Freddie E. Williams II began selling pencil studies for a proposed He-Man/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover comic book series. At the time, Williams simple stated the project was delayed twice over the last year before being canceled. Williams had previously worked on such crossovers as Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I-III, He-Man/ThunderCats, and Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe. The art sold depicted mash-ups between various characters from both franchises showing Leonardo as He-Man, Michelangelo with Orko magic wand nunchaku, Raphael in Teela-inspired armor, Donatello with Man-at-Arms-based equipment, Prince Adam dressed as a ninja with the Ninja Turtles’ weapons, and an amalgamation of Shredder and Skeletor dubbed Shreddator. Recently, the creator spoke with the Raging Bullets podcast to discuss the defunct story.

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What Could Have Been: The CW’s Unproduced Arrowverse Shows

What Could Have Been: The CW’s Unproduced Arrowverse Shows by Jerry Whitworth

When Arrow made its television debut in 2012, no one knew it would explode into what became the Arrowverse (or the CWverse) with the Flash, Constantine, Vixen, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, Black Lightning, Batwoman, Stargirl, Superman & Lois, and Naomi (not to mention all the connections made through Crisis on Infinite Earths). However, with the establishment of HBO Max, it seems its time is quickly coming to an end as recent attempts to continue to grow the brand have mostly collapsed while the streaming service picked up Doom Patrol, Titans, Peacemaker, Green Lantern, Strange Adventures, Justice League Dark, Constantine, and an untitled Gotham PD project (as Netflix plays with Lucifer and Sandman). Before the CW gives up being the superhero channel to whatever form it will take next (undoubtedly featuring young, attractive people that make poor decisions), lets take a look at what shows almost joined the Arrowverse/CWverse but didn’t make it to television.

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Who Are The Midnight Sons?

Who Are The Midnight Sons? by Jerry Whitworth

As the rumor mill is working over time speculating on future teams coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Young Avengers, Thunderbolts, Dark Avengers, and the West Coast Avengers, That Hashtag Show alleges the Midnight Sons are in the works. While over the years a number of groups emerged to tackle the paranormal (the Defenders and the Secret Defenders to a degree, Legion of Monsters with Ghost Rider and Morbius, Avengers of the Supernatural with Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, and Blade, and the Night Shift in a reverse manner), the Midnight Sons grew directly out of the popularity of Ghost Rider in the 1990s. Reinvented by Howard Mackie and Javier Saltares in 1990, Danny Ketch inherited the Ghost Rider mantle from Johnny Blaze of the 1970s and adopted a menacing spiked leather look wielding a chain and driving a flaming motorcycle with an armored design. Enhancing his rogues’ gallery with the likes of Lilith and the Lilin, Deathwatch, and Blackheart, Ghost Rider grew to have his own toyline and nearly was picked up as an animated series part of the X-Men, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Hulk cartoon universe of the 1990s. The group came together in the comics during the Rise of the Midnight Sons.

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Who Are The West Coast Avengers?

Who Are The West Coast Avengers? by Jerry Whitworth

With the emergence of White Vision in WandaVision and U.S. Agent in the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, speculation has arisen that the stage is being set for the West Coast Avengers. Introduced in 1984 in a miniseries of the same name, the West Coast Avengers was an extension of the Avengers lead by Hawkeye based out of Palos Verdes. Founded initially with Mockingbird, Wonder Man, Tigra, and Iron Man (James Rhodes), the group came to add Henry Pym, Moon Knight, Vision (who became White Vision around this time), Scarlet Witch, and U.S. Agent in the ensuing years (later becoming Force Works under Tony Stark). While Marvel’s characters typically sprung out of New York, in the 1970s a number of heroes started to appear in California including Werewolf by Night, Daredevil, Black Widow, Moon Knight, Black Goliath, Spider-Woman, and the Shroud as 1975 saw the formation of the Champions in Los Angeles lead by Black Widow with the Angel, Ghost Rider, Hercules, and Iceman. Lets take a look at what a West Coast Avengers could be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Who Are The Dark Avengers?

Who Are The Dark Avengers? by Jerry Whitworth

With the introduction of Wyatt Russell as U.S. Agent in the season finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, speculation has arisen that in addition to the likely introduction of the Thunderbolts in the near future, the stage may be being set for the Dark Avengers as well. Introduced as part of the Dark Reign event, the Dark Avengers was the brainchild of Norman Osborn who, in the wake of Secret Invasion, was made the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. which he transitioned into the new organization H.A.M.M.E.R. Previously the head of the Thunderbolts, Osborn saw that group become a covert ops team while the Dark Avengers were founded as an extension of the Thunderbolts for H.A.M.M.E.R. with supervillains posing as the Avengers. The original team in the comics was composed of Moonstone in the role of Ms. Marvel, Venom/formerly Scorpion as Spider-Man, Bullseye as Hawkeye, and Daken as Wolverine with Ares as a stand-in for Thor and Osborn adopting a red, white, and blue version of the Iron Man armor as Iron Patriot. Heroes the Sentry and Noh-Varr as Captain Marvel rounded out the group. U.S. Agent was added to the team a number of years after. Lets take a look at what the Marvel Cinematic Universe version could entail.

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Top 10: DC Rogues’ Galleries

Top 10: DC Rogues’ Galleries by Jerry Whitworth

A hero is only as good as the villains they face. Captain America and the Red Skull, Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, X-Men and Magneto, Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom, Iron Man and the Mandarin, Thor and Loki, Wolverine and Sabretooth, Hulk and the Leader, Daredevil and the Kingpin, Dr. Strange and Dormammu, Ghost Rider and Mephisto, Punisher and Jigsaw: good villains define great heroes. DC Comics quickly became the ground bed of superheroes following the popularity of Superman and equally gave rise to its share of memorable supervillains. Lets examine which rogues’ galleries are the best the multimedia brand has to offer.

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Make It So: The DC Cinematic Multiverse

Make It So: The DC Cinematic Multiverse by Jerry Whitworth

With the announcement of Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 from DC Comics following in the footsteps of series such as Batman ’66, Wonder Woman ’77, Smallville: Season 11, and assorted Arrowverse comics, the stage is set to tell a comic book story in the DC cinematic multiverse. A lot of the groundwork for this kind of series has already been established in the Arrowverse thanks in no small part to its Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. Therein, the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline was adapted in a toned down version featuring characters from the 1990 Flash television series, Smallville, and the DC Extended Universe, to name a few, as several Earths were merged into one and cutoff from the rest of the greater multiverse. Lets take a look at what a DC cinematic multiverse comic book series could entail.

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Generation X: The Original Movie Mutants

Generation X: The Original Movie Mutants by Jerry Whitworth

In recent weeks, rumors have spread that Kevin Feige’s remark about ‘mutants’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 was meant to mean a change of branding from ‘X-Men’ to ‘mutants’ when its characters make the transition. While Marvel’s plethora of mutants began with the X-Men, in the decades since their inception, the likes of Alpha Flight, Soviet Super-Soldiers, New Mutants, Morlocks, Freedom Force, X-Factor, Excalibur, X-Terminators, X-Force, Team X, XSE: Xavier’s Security Enforcers, Six Pack, X-Ternals, Generation X, Big Hero 6, New X-Men, X-Statix, Exiles, Agency X, and the Young X-Men have sprung up from that well. Interestingly enough, Fox’s X-Men brand began with one of these later groups in Generation X.

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Human Target: The Unlikely Television Hero

Human Target: The Unlikely Television Hero by Jerry Whitworth

With series like The Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, DC Comics’ characters were no strangers to television and often times proved to be culturally iconic. Beyond the trinity and their assorted supporting characters (Supergirl, Batwoman, etc), the likes of company heavyweights such as the Flash, Captain Marvel/Shazam, and Green Arrow made their marks across airwaves as well. But there were also some peculiar characters that made the transition and caught on with viewers. One such character was Swamp Thing, the star of two feature films, two live action television series, and an animated series with accompanying toyline. Undoubtedly, this development arose from the critical acclaim of Alan Moore’s run with the property and a likely desire to diversify from solely superheroes. But arguably a more interesting choice for adaptation was the Human Target.

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Superman Lives: Tim Burton’s Man of Steel

Superman Lives: Tim Burton’s Man of Steel by Jerry Whitworth

With the announcement of Batman ’89 and Superman ’78, the memory of an entity that almost was can be stirred up. 1987’s Superman IV: The Quest for Peace effectively ended the life of Superman at the box office while Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) brought superheroes back into theaters. Warner Bros. sought to tap Burton to apply his magic touch to the Man of Steel with Superman Lives. However, three weeks before filming, the motion picture was abruptly canceled. For years, stories have been told about the doomed project with a snapshot of star Nicolas Cage dressed as Superman one of the few relics of this mysterious work. Filmmaker Jon Schnepp finally got to the heart of Superman Lives and revealed its secrets in his 2015 documentary The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?

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