Super- and Not-So-Superheroes: A Roundup

Compiled by Carl Slaughter:


  • 10 Stupid Arguments About Superman That Don’t Make Sense


  • Antman Easter eggs


  • Infinity Stones

  • 10 Most Hated Retcon Changes In Marvel Comics


  • Was Terminator Genisys Really That Bad?

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are back in the franchise together for the first time since Terminator 2 in 1991.  The chronology will be a sequel to Terminator 2 and the movie will be the first in a new trilogy.  Filming begins in March 18.James Cameron is producing, Tim Miller is directing, No one else has been cast.  There’s no synopsis, trailer, or poster yet, David Goyer and Josh Friedman are among the writers.


Amazon decided to take on the quirky superhero spoof The Tick in 2016 despite the fact that the last live-action version of the comic was cancelled before it could complete a single season. But that risk seems to be paying off because Amazon has now greenlit a second season of the show even though the first season isn’t yet finished.


  • When Doctor Who Completely Jumped The Shark

So, is everyone dead then?

Steven Moffat is famous for not quite killing characters off. In River Song’s first story, for example, she dies in reality but has an afterlife when her conscience is downloaded into a library computer (which, based on my experience working in a library, would still be running on Windows XP). Amy and Rory were horribly killed by living a normal human lifespan. In the Capaldi era, Clara dies but is then brought back by the Doctor and given a theoretically infinite fanfic shipping situation. Bill Potts is turned into a Cyberman, but retains her personality and the Doctor believes she will not survive the events of The Doctor Falls. Nardole, too, is presumed to live life on the run but it’s hard to know if he can die (what with being decapitated in his first appearance).

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5 thoughts on “Super- and Not-So-Superheroes: A Roundup

  1. Engadget reports The Tick is renewed… Amazon has now greenlit a second season of the show even though the first season isn’t yet finished.

    My first thought was, “huh? old news.” But not: I’d lost track that the six new episodes that become available starting tonight (Fri Feb 23) are the remainder of Season 1. “Renewed” means “The second season will air with 10 episodes, and it will premiere on 2019.”

    I enjoyed the initial batch. (Note, episodes are 22 minutes each – shackable.) It’s at the delicate intersection of “superhero-ing in a relatively real-world context” with a lot of funny and edgy bits, and meta bits that show it’s written etc by people who’ve read lots of (superhero) comic books.

    My second favorite bit: in the villain lair, villain (or perhaps a minion) swings open an upright sarcophagous’ door to reveal a vending machine. My favorite (in the final episode before the new ones drop tonight): the show’s Big Bad, preparing to gloat to Captive Protagonist, says “Alexa play ominous music.” (One Reddit user reported “my Alexa heard it and started to play “I wanna dance with somebody” ¯_(?)_/¯ “

  2. I watched about half the first one. The title is referring to the video itself, isn’t it? He relies a lot on “it just IS” sort of arguments and then scoots off to the next one without ever having proved anything. Whoever this guy is, I think I’ve watched as many of his monologues as I ever will.

  3. On Dr Who, I am totally here for the spin-off of Clara and Arya Stark traveling the universe having adventures ina 50s diner.

  4. Joshua K. on February 23, 2018 at 1:34 pm said:

    @Daniel P Dern: What does “shackable” mean in this context?

    It’s a typo. Perhaps for “binge-able.” Or a portmanteau for Ghu knows what. Or rot-i for something. One friend said they were the perfect length for his treadmilling. Aha (to quote the Modern Maj-Gen) I have it! “snackable”!

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