DC TV Report for Lucifer Season 6

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the final season of Lucifer. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary. There were 10 new episodes this week including a premiere, a penultimate and a series finale.

Friday – 9/10/2021

Lucifer - Season 6 Premiere "Nothing Ever Changes Around Here" 1) Lucifer and Chloe's supposed last night on Earth was ruined when the Magician they paid to see fell on stage, slain with his own sword. 2) During a dinner party, Dr. Linda could not help but play therapist for Maze and Eve. Last Minute Reveal: As Dan continued playing ping-pong in Purgatory, a woman in fishnet stockings and platform boots sat on the Throne of Hell!

Lucifer - S06E02 "Buckets of Baggage" 1) Lucifer decided to start learning to help people he doesn't care about by helping Detective Carroll get laid while he was investigating the murder of drag queen. 2) Ella's Pete TSD made her try digging up Carroll's dark secrets. 3) Chloe was feeling restless in retirement and tried picking a fight with Maze. 4) An angel with bloody wings began walking the halls of Hell looking for clues on how to take down Lucy. Last Minute Reveal: A frog seemingly landed from nowhere onto the hood of Ella's car!

Lucifer - S06E03 "Yabba Dabba Do Me" 1) Chloe joined Lucifer on a trip to Hell to check on the first murderer they locked up together and wound up trapped in a cartoon. 2) Maze crashed Amenadiel's first day as a trainee. 3) The angel with bloody feathers and blades in her wings brought Dan's ghost to Lucy's loft and waited for him to get home. Last Minute Reveal: The Angel confronted Lucy and told him she was his daughter!

Lucifer - S06E04 "Pin the Tail on the Daddy" 1) Lucifer began flying around the country trying to prove the bloody-winged Angel was not his daughter. 2) Chloe caught up with Lucifer, furious that he was keeping secrets. 3) Dan wandered around LA as a ghost, unable to be seen or heard by humans. Last Minute Reveal: Lucifer's daughter surprised Chloe with a hug and called her Mom!

Lucifer - S06E05 "The Murder of Lucifer Morningstar" 1) After their daughter Rory claimed Lucifer would abandon Chloe in 3 weeks, the couple tried solving the mystery of his disappearance before it could happen. 2) Maze became insensed after Rory did not recognize her and called Eve her Auntie. 3) Ella told Amenadiel her suspicions about a coming Apocalyse. Last Minute Reveal: Dan got to tell Chloe she was the strongest person he'd ever met and left her crying tears of thanks!

Lucifer - S06E06 "A Lot Dirtier Than That" 1) On Amenadiel's first official day on the job he found himself working under the cop who almost shot his friend Caleb. 2) Lucifer tried making up for lost time with Rory by recreating childhood milestones. Last Minute Reveal: Rory and Lucy sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" together!

Lucifer - S06E07 "My Best Fiend's Wedding" 1) Lucifer tried encouraging Rory to attend Maze and Eve's wedding. 2) Wedding plans were in jeopardy when Adam showed up asking Eve to come home. 3) Chloe wanted to come out of retirement to help Amenadiel clean up the department but had second thoughts after realizing how it might affect Rory. 4) Dan was bummed out he couldn't help Ella with whatever was bothering her. Last Minute Reveal: After Ella got drunk on mic at the reception, called out all the angels and demons in the room for not telling her the truth and revealed that the world was ending, Carroll got back from the bathroom, wondering what he missed!

Lucifer - S06E08 "Save the Devil, Save the World" 1) Lucifer brought all his friends to Lux to comb through the manuscript of Dr. Linda's book to try and figure out the psychosomatic reason he could not spread his wings and fly up to Godhood. 2) The scenes from the book began as caricatures of everybody and slowly turned into a clip show. 3) Maze offered to help Dan figure out his guilt problem. 4) Ella made it well known she was still royally pissed about being kept in the dark for years. Last Minute Reveal: Amenadiel returned from the Silver City and told Lucifer they needed to talk!

Lucifer - Series Penultimate "Goodbye, Lucifer" 1) The day Rory predicted Lucifer would abandon Chloe had arrived and Lucy pondered the idea of free will vs. fate, told his favorite people how awesome they were, and enjoyed a wonderful day with his family. 2) Dan's ghost witnessed his murderer, Vincent Le Mec, escape prison and found a way to take posession of his body. Last Minute Reveal: Midnight came and Lucifer was still on Earth but he got a call from Le Mec, who regained control of his body after Dan earned his way to Heaven, kidnapped Rory and was holding her at 10th and Swanson!

Lucifer - Series Finale "Partners 'Til the End" 1) Lucifer and Chloe went to 10th and Swanson together to rescue Rory from Le Mec. 2) Rory helped Lucifer realize his calling. 3) Amenadiel took control of the Silver CIty and all of Lucy's loved ones lived full lives on Earth. Last Minute Reveal: Chloe knocked on the door of Lucy's therapy session in Hell, offered to be his partner and kissed him!

Ed’s Winner for the Season:  Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) - Knowing that this series was originally intended to end last season made me somewhat skeptical about this one. Theoretically, the show's writers were given ten full episodes to accomplish something they thought they could achieve in the last act of an episode. I am so thankful they got that extra time because it allowed for Lucifer be introspective and figure out what he really wanted. The show shifted from a classic procedural into a character study. In fact, the final two episodes were pretty much one long goodbye. Some may call it self-indulgent, but they cannot deny that it was a fun and emotional journey with an old friend.


Lucifer boss Ildy Modrovich pens heartbreaking goodbye to co-stars ‘So sad to see it end’


Lucifer's Lesley-Ann Brandt on Saying Goodbye to Mazikeen and Her Friendship with Costar Tom Ellis


Lucifer's Rachael Harris Found It 'Extraordinarily Moving' That Fans Saved the Show Twice


Lucifer season 6 binge recap: The devil says goodbye


DC TV Report for week ending 9/11/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday September 11th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were 4 new episodes this week including 1 Finale. A separate report on season 6 of Lucifer will be published later this weekend.

Sunday - 9/5/2021

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - Season 6 Finale "The Fungus Amongus" 1) While Spooner lay in a coma, the Legends made it "What Would Sara Never Do Day" and timenapped a younger version of Bishop to wake up Spooner and help prevent the evil Bishop's impending alien invasion. 2) Beyrad swore that Constantine's spirit was living in a mushroom and everyone thought he was high. 3) Mick insisted to Kayla that he wanted to be a part of their 48 kids' lives. 4) Sara and Ava decided they wanted to get married right now! Last Minute Reveal: The triumphant Legends watched a second Waverider appear in the sky, blow up their Waverider and disappear!

Tuesday - 9/7/2021

DC's Stargirl - S02E05 "Summer School Chapter Five" 1) Cindy was unable to warm up to Cameron Mahkent and out of spite used the Black Diamond on Mr. Desinger. 2) Everyone on the JSA was juggling personal issues as they tried using the weather to track Eclipso. Last Minute Reveal: While painting his mural, Cameron's hand stiffened and his paintbrush fell to the ground, frosted over!

Supergirl - S06E10 "Still I Rise" 1) Nia got to spend a day with her dead mom, who immediately informed her she made a stupid bargain allowing Nxly to escape into the real world. 2) Nxly joined forces with Mitch the alien poacher and tricked him into helping her find a way to restore her Impish powers. 3) Supergirl decided to try and use her social media influence to sway the City Council from voting to scrap a housing program for paroled convicts. 4) Kelly was having a rough first day of Guardian training with Alex. Last Minute Reveal: Kara stood helplessly watching Nxly bring the Ornfeld building to the ground and summoned Mr. Mxyzptlk for help!

Thursday - 9/9/2021

Titans - S03E07 "51%" 1) Scarecrow immobilized Jason as the final leg of his plan to get Gotham addicted on the antidote began. 2) Dick convinced Barbara to reactivate the Oracle computer in an attempt to track down Scarecrow. 3) Kory and Blackfire did some sisterly bonding while trying to get intel from a mob queen. Last Minute Reveal: Gar knocked on Molly Jensen's door, showed her the letter she wrote to Jason, saying he wanted to help and she let him in!

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  The AvaLance Wedding (Jes Macallan and Caity Lotz) - One of the hallmarks of Legends of Tomorrow is the show's bonkers finales and the latest installment did not disappoint. The spur-of-the-moment outdoor ceremony featured our heroes fending off an alien invasion, Spooner discovering her power-swapping powers, and good ole Gary stepping up in the clutch to be the greatest wedding planner in history. It was a beautiful moment for a wonderful couple. Co-Captains Forever!


DC's Jim Lee Celebrates The CW's Stargirl With Epic Art


Stargirl: Which DC Hero (Or Villain) Will Cameron Become?


‘Batwoman’ Boss Caroline Dries on How 9/11 Opened Her Mind to ‘People’s Ability to Empathize’


The Flash "Armageddon" Director Checks In, Shares BTS Images


Doom Patrol Season 3 Key Art: Madame Rouge Keeps An Eye on the Team


James Gunn Denies Reports Bane Is in the Peacemaker Series


The Batman Star Jeffrey Wright Says Gotham Will Be Unlike Other Gothams We've Seen


Y: The Last Man’s showrunner on adapting the comic: ‘It’s not a blueprint for television’


Y: The Last Man Showrunner Eliza Clark on Adapting the Comic and How "F-cked" We Are



DC TV Report for week ending 9/4/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday September 4th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were 4 new episodes this week including 1 penultimate.

Sunday - 8/29/2021

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - Season 6 Penultimate "There Will Be Brood" 1) After being stranded at the House of Secrets, Sara and the Legends called on Kayla to help them find the Waverider and rescue Mick's eggs. 2) Constantine shared his magical map with Bishop and the pair piloted the stolen Waverider to 1925 Odessa, Texas in hopes of locating the Fountain of Imperium. 3) Astra and Spooner stowed away and discovered Spooner's mother alive and working as a healer in the oil town. Last Minute Reveal: Zari and the Legends reached the dried out fountain just as John said goodbye to Astra, got swallowed up by roots and shrivelled to nothing!

Tuesday - 8/31/2021

DC's Stargirl - S02E04 "Summer School Chapter Four" 1) Sportsmaster and Tigress broke out of prison and asked Pat to give them a pass so they could watch Tigress tryout for football. 2) Courtney and friends had to go to the library and find hard-cover books to learn more about Eclipso. 3) Cindy carried aroung the Black Diamond and began gathering new recruits for her new evil team. Last Minute Reveal: The real Dr. Charles McNider walked in the shadow realm calling out to Beth!

Supergirl - S06E09 "Dream Weaver" 1) Kelly started her job as a social worker and met a 10 year-old alien boy who was worried that his brother was being abused in prison. 2) Kara and J'onn looked into a series of robberies and found links to an alien prisoner work-release program. 3) Andrea charged Kara and William with landing interviews with the "Super Friends." 4) Nia was approached in her dreams by Nxly, who offered to bring Nia's Mom back to life for a day in exchange for access to the real world. Last Minute Reveal: Nia ignored the wise owl and decided to take Nxly up on her offer!

Thursday – 9/2/2021

Titans - S03E06 "Lady Vic" 1) Dick thought back on his thieving teenage year with Barbara as he went behind her back to help investigate a slaughter committed during a brain surgery by a platinum blonde with a samurai sword. 2) Kory threw her hands in the air, clueless about what to do with her elitist, revolutionary sister. 3) Scarecrow hired the assassin Lady Vic to do some dirty work in Gotham and demonstrate to Jason that he was expendable. Last Minute Reveal: Jason watched a junkie high on the antidote shoot up Tim Drake's family noodle shop, inhaled another hit and walked away!

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Reunions - Characters in all of our shows this week experienced reunions both happy and unhappy. Spooner got to meet her mother again on Legends. Supergirl got to reunite the orphaned alien Joey with his brother Orlando. Stargirl briefly allowed Sportsmaster and Tigress to watch their daughter play quarterback. Finally on Titans, Lady Vic strolled into Gotham and got to take another swipe at Barbara.


Legends of Tomorrow star Matt Ryan opens up about Constantine's 'cathartic' fate


DC's Stargirl: Joel McHale on Playing Starman, Batman; S0204 Preview


Brenton Thwaites on 'Titans' Season 3, Dick and Barbara's Relationship, and What Lies Ahead for the Team vs. Red Hood


Everything Confirmed for DC FanDome 2021


‘Batwoman’: Bridget Regan To Play Poison Ivy In Season 3 Of CW Drama


'Doom Patrol' Season 3 Trailer Reveals Madame Rouge on the Scene and the Sisterhood of Dada


Peacemaker Series First Look Poster Released by James Gunn


Dead Boy Detectives’ Series From Steve Yockey, Jeremy Carver, Greg Berlanti Lands HBO Max Pilot Order


Y: The Last Man’s showrunner has a plan: five seasons and a monkey



DC TV Report for week ending 8/28/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare 

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday August 28th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were 4 new episodes this week including 1 premiere.

Sunday - 8/22/2021

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - S06E13 "Silence of the Sonograms" 1) A new clone of Bishop allowed Sara to lock him up and offered to help Ava with her wedding plans. 2) On advice from Bishop, Mick poured a nutrient mix in his ear and went into labor. 3) Zari asked Astra for help getting John to detox from magic. Last Minute Reveal: After being thrown around the room by himself, Constantine took a magic swig and decided to listen to Bishop's proposal!

Tuesday - 8/24/2021

DC's Stargirl - S02E03 "Summer School Chapter Three" 1) Mike picked up a pen and became the new controller of Johnny Thunder's magical Thunderbolt. 2) Pat, Courtney and the JSA took their time to carefully plan how to locate and capture Richard Swift aka the Shade. Last Minute Reveal: The Shade stood looking over Blue Valley with the empty box that once contained the Black Diamond and commented that Pat will get all of those kids killed!

Supergirl - Midseason 6 Premiere "Welcome Back, Kara" 1) Kara was happy to be home but became overwhelmed getting back in the flow of working for Andrea and dealing with post-traumatic stress. 2) Zor-El took it upon himself to try solving Earth's ecological crisis and avoid the mistakes he made on Krypton. 3) Nia and Lena bonded talking about grieving their lost mothers. Last Minute Reveal: Nia woke up in the middle of the night and cried out "Nxly!"

Thursday - 8/26/2021

Titans - S03E05 "Lazarus" 1) After escaping the GCPD into the woods, Scarecrow told Jason of his plan to unleash fear and terror upon Gotham so they could provide the answer. 2) 3 months earlier, Jason was disappointed that Bruce made him see Dr. Leslie Tompkins for therapy. Last Minute Reveal: Molly Jensen begged the newly red-hooded Jason to seek help and cried as he walked away!

Ed’s Winner for the Week: Super gizmos and serums - We saw all of our heroes using remarkable items or mixtures this week. Mick had an earful of Bishop's labor-inducing concoction on Legends. Mike clicked a pen and unleashed the Thunderbolt on Stargirl. Supergirl's Dad tricked out a robot to solve the ocean garbage problem. Finally on Titans, Jason followed Scarecrow's instructions to produce his "Fear antidote."


DC's Legends Of Tomorrow Just Gave Fans Something Nearly As Great As The TV Show


‘DC’s Stargirl’: Neil Hopkins & Joy Osmanski Promoted To Series Regulars For Season 3


Supergirl star Melissa Benoist promises Kara-Lena relationship is 'stronger than ever this season'


‘The Flash’: Tony Curran Joins CW Series As Despero For Season 8


‘The Flash’: Lineup of Superheroes & Villains Revealed For 5-Part Season 8 Launch Event


DeMane Davis Signs Warner Bros. TV Deal, Joins CW’s ‘Naomi’ as Co-Executive Producer


New ‘Naomi’ Set Image Reveals Star Kaci Walfall in Ava DuVernay’s Superhero Series


Michelle Gomez brings Madame Rouge to Doom Patrol in new season 3 photos



DC TV Report for week ending 8/21/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday August 21st, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were 4 new episodes this week including 1 finale.

Sunday - 8/15/2021

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - S06E12 "Bored on Board Onboard" 1) The Legends murder mystery role play was ruined when Constantine's magical roid rage made him decide to make the game real. 2) While everyone else was trapped in the game, Gary and Mick were surprised when an injured Kayla docked with the drifting Waverider. Last Minute Reveal: Sara heard music down the hall and was dumbstruck by what she found!

Tuesday - 8/17/2021

DC's Stargirl - S02E02 "Summer School Chapter Two" 1) Courtney was feeling jealous after Pat took in Jenny Hayden and tried to teach her how to use her father's green lantern and ring. 2) Barbara got a creepy vibe from a dapper antiques collector named Richard Swift. 3) Cindy used the Eclipso gem on her stepmother Bobbie, who began hearing voices telling her to try and kill Cindy. Last Minute Reveal: Cindy was upset the Eclipso gem took hold of her and turned Bobbie to dust!

Superman and Lois - Season 1 Finale "Last Sons of Krypton" 1) Zeta-Rho inhabited Jordan's body and ordered Tal-Rho to begin the Eradication of Earth in Smallville. 2) Lana and Kyle decided to stay and help General Lane keep the peace in town. 3) Lois asked Clark and John Henry to give her a chance to use telepathic tech to try and reach out to Jordan. Last Minute Reveal: A space vessel crash-landed on the Kent farm and Natalie Irons stepped out, gave her dad John Henry a hug and called Lois "Mom!"

Thursday - 8/19/2021

Titans - S03E04 "Blackfire" 1) Dick snatched Scarecrow during a prison transfer and drove him into the woods to try and draw out Jason. 2) Kory figured out her visions were being sent to her by her sister, Blackfire, who was being kept prisoner in an underground DOD facility. Last Minute Reveal: A sniper's bullet ordered by Barbara hit Dick and allowed Jason to escape!

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Sibling Bonds - All 4 eps this week featured at least one character trying to reconnect or learn more about a sibling. On Legends, Beyrad tried warning Zari that Constantine was bad news. Stargirl featured Jenny believing that learning about her superhero father would help her find her long lost brother. Superman and Lois were saved when Jordan snapped out of his trance before roasting Jonathan. Finally, Starfire's psychic bond with her sister, Blackfire, led to a surprisingly easy prison break on Titans.


Superman & Lois Season 2: What to Expect When the Show Returns


'Titans' star Vincent Kartheiser investigated twice for misconduct allegations on HBO Max series


Supergirl Season 6 Cast on Something They Learned from The CW Series


Finn Wittrock sets the stage for 'sprawling' Green Lantern series: 'It's not your average superhero story'


New Y: The Last Man Teaser Released



DC TV Report for week ending 8/14/2021

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare 

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday August 14th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were 6 new episodes this week including 2 premieres and a penultimate episode.

Sunday – 8/8/2021

DC's Legends of Tomorrow - S06E11 "The Final Frame" 1) Sara, Mick, Spooner and Astra found a shiny puzzle box, got transported to a bowling alley in space and were forced to roll against the Pin Killers for the fate of the Earth. 2) Beyrad was not picking up any of the signs that Constantine was roiding out on magic juice. 3) Nate's camping date with Totem Zari was being spoiled by a couple of rich yuppies. 4) Ava asked Gary to help her pick out a wedding dress. Last Minute Reveal: Grateful to have control of his lanes back, Buddy took a group polaroid of the Legends!

Tuesday – 8/10/2021

DC's Stargirl - Season 2 Premiere "Summer School Chapter One" 1) Decades ago, little Rebecca McNider was seduced and then attacked by a creepy boy weilding a purple gem. 2) In the present, Pat's plans for a family road trip were spoiled after Courtney failed two classes and had to go to summer school. 3) Beth was bummed out that she was having trouble rebooting Chuck's consciousness in her goggles and that her parents were getting divorced. 4) Rick discovered signs that Grundy was hiding out in the woods. 5) Yolanda was disturbed that she was still hearing echoes of Brainwave. 6) The Green Lantern's Lantern began flashing. Last Minute Reveal: Cindy Burman looked at photos of kids related to the Injustice Society, including Mike, and the purple gem said it was ready to serve her!

Superman and Lois - Season 1 Penultimate "The Eradicator" 1) Tal-Rho charged himself up with sunlight and flew to Metropolis with the powers of the Eradicator. 2) Lois convinced her father to speak at a town hall and try to be honest with the people of Smallville. 3) Lana and Kyle went back and forth with their decision to move away. 4) Jordan and Jonathan each tried getting their minds off recent events. Last Minute Reveal: Tal-Rho finished eradicating Jordan with Zeta-Rho's consciousness!

Thursday – 8/12/2021

Titans - Season 3 Premiere "Barbara Gordon" 1) After Jason Todd was murdered, Dick returned to Gotham and was concerned about how Bruce was handling the loss. 2) After the Titans foiled a Gizmo robbery, Gar was a little jealous that he did not have the same following as Conner and Kory. 3) Kory landed a date with some guy named Justin. 4) Young Tim Drake skirted curfew delivering dumplings and idolizing Batman and Robin. Last Minute Reveal: Dick was woken up by an upset Bruce who claimed he had killed the Joker and offered Dick the city!

Titans - S03E02 "Red Hood" 1) Dick brought the Titans to Gotham to help Barbara track a new criminal calling himself Red Hood, who was taking over the underworld and forcing ordinary citizens to commit violent crimes. 2) Hank got antsy living the campus bicycle cop life and decided to follow Dawn to Gotham. 3) Kory's blackout visions persisted. Last Minute Reveal: Dick was so shocked to learn Jason Todd was the Red Hood that he let him get away!

Titans - S03E03 "Hank & Dove" 1) Dick confirmed Jason was still alive and scrambled to find him. 2) Hank was lured into a trap by Jason and left with a bomb hooked up to his heartbeat. 3) Conner and Gar were each having their own existential crisis thinking about Dick's leadership. Last Minute Reveal: Dick held the crying Dawn in his arms after she was tricked by Jason into detonating the bomb and killing Hank!

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Jason Todd's death and resurrection - The murder of Robin and rise of the Red Hood are two comic book storylines I have always enjoyed but never thought I would see told in live-action. While they are being compressed and told back-to-back instead of years apart, their impact remains intact. I only wish we could see more of Batman dealing with it instead of Nightwing. Then again, the show is called Titans.


‘Legends of Tomorrow’: Jes Macallan on Directing Constantine’s Dark Turn & What’s Next


Titans Season 3's Carrie Kelley & Other Robin Candidates Explained


Curran Walters on Bringing Red Hood to 'Titans' Season 3 and Which Episode He's Most Excited for Fans to See


Psychedelic Doom Patrol season 3 teaser previews the arrival of classic villains




Chloe fights the Devil in Lucifer final season trailer


‘Y: The Last Man’ EPs & Stars Talk “Opportunity To Blow Up” Gender Binary With Transgender Representation In FX Series



DC TV Report for week ending 8/7/2021 Movie Review: The Suicide Squad

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare


Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday August 7th, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were no new episodes this week but a new DC Movie premiered.

Friday – 8/6/2021

The Suicide Squad - Released 8/6/2021 1) Amanda Waller ordered Col. Rick Flag to storm the beaches of the island nation of Corto Maltese with Harley Quinn and a gaggle of expendable Task Force X inmates. 2) Waller also blackmailed Bloodsport into leading Peacemaker, King Shark, Ratcatcher 2 and Polka-Dot Man on a mission to land on the other side of Corto Maltese, kidnap the Thinker, infiltrate Jotunheim tower and destroy all evidence of Project Starfish. 3) Harley survived the suicide mission and found herself being wined and dined by the Maltesian president who had just stolen power. Last Minute Reveal: Peacemaker clung to life support as Economos and Harcourt arrived at his bedside with orders from Waller on his next mission to save the world!


It is hard to think of a movie that I was more excited for and more disappointed in than 2016’s Suicide Squad. The group of super-villain convicts roped into covert ops missions in exchange for time off their sentence has been one of my favorite comic book teams since I was a teenager and discovered their first adventure written by John Ostrander in the Legends crossover series from 1986. Unfortunately, their maiden voyage on the silver screen was disjointed and void of much of the fun of the books. I believe I appeared on The Wicked Theory Podcast and said watching the movie was like “watching my cousin play a video game by himself.” Fortunately, Warner Bros. decided to take another crack at the idea, added an article to the title and let James Gunn write and direct without studio interference. The results were much more satisfying.

The reason Gunn is the perfect choice to tell this story is not his past success with Marvel, but rather his apprenticeship with Lloyd Kaufman, the King of Filth. Kaufman is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment and director of films such as The Toxic Avenger (1984) and Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986), which mix obnoxious gore with embarrassingly lewd humor. They are the kind of films that your mother would catch you watching and immediately insist you seek psychiatric care. James Gunn began his career working on multiple Troma projects and has found success taking Kaufman’s sensibilities and making them more palatable for mainstream audiences. The Suicide Squad is the ultimate culmination of that practice.

Not only is this film filled with balls-to-the-wall action and humor but James Gunn’s real magic trick is how he injects all of his characters with pathos and sincerity. As expected, Harley Quinn’s emotional journey continues to develop as it had in the series initial installment and in last year’s Birds of Prey film. It is inspiring to see Harley with her fully developed self-image and the violence that results are some of the most shocking and beautiful ever seen in a comic book movie. More importantly, Gunn somehow found a way to give each and every laughably obscure character a moment of introspective resonance that not only makes you care about them but cry and whale when they are inevitably murdered in horrifying fashion.

To conclude, James Gunn should not only be lauded for delivering the best DC film since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) but also for fully restoring the verisimilitude that Richard Donner brought to Superman: The Movie (1978). Fingers crossed that Warner Bros. will use this film as a jumping off point and learn the right lessons from its success.

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  James Gunn - Not only did the Marvel director get to work his magic with a DC property but the film's R-rating allowed him to achieve the purest expression of his style with a blockbuster budget. I cannot think of anyone winning on a bigger scale in any week since I started this report.



‘Legends of Tomorrow’: Jes Macallan on Directing, Her Special Guest Star & the Avalance Wedding


Keesha Sharp To Direct Episodes Of ‘Our Kind Of People’, ‘Charmed’ & ‘Superman & Lois’


‘Stargirl’ Boss and Cast Tease More Romance Is Coming in Season 2


DC's Stargirl star Brec Bassinger explains why season 2 'will really shock people'


Melissa Benoist marks end of filming on Supergirl final season: 'That's a wrap'


Titans Actress Explains How Close Season 3 Sticks To Comic Stories For Oracle, Batgirl And The Joker


James Gunn on ‘The Suicide Squad,’ “Grounded” ‘Peacemaker’ and the Day Kevin Feige Came to Set


Every Confirmed Justice League Dark Show And Movie


Lucifer Season 6 Poster Assembles The Entire Cast To Say Goodbye


‘The Sandman’ Season 1 Has Finished Filming


Y: The Last Man trailer brings the classic comic to life for FX and Hulu



DC TV Report for week ending 7/31/2021 Retro Pick: 'Steel'

 -        Li’l Eddie O’Hare

Welcome to the DC TV Report for the week ending Saturday July 31st, 2021. I'm here to bring you recaps, news and commentary for all live-action television shows based on DC Comics. There were no new episodes this week so I have a retro pick.

Retro Pick

Steel - Released 8/15/1997 1) John Henry Irons left the Army after an advanced weapons demonstration went wrong and returned to live with his grandmother and little brother in Los Angeles. 2) Nathaniel Burke, the disgraced jerk who botched the weapons demo, stole the sonic weapons and brought them to an LA gang so he could showcase them to underworld buyers. 3) Johnny busted his parapalegic friend Susan Sparks out of a VA hospital and brought her to his uncle's junkyard so she could build him armor and weapons to save the neighborhood from Burke. Last Minute Reveal: Sparky showed off her new wheelchair at the grand opening of Grandma's restaurant and gave Johnny a big hug!

Many moons ago and long before he began spending his nights arguing with Charles Barkley on TNT, Shaquille O’Neal attempted to be a type of triple threat rarely seen in the world of entertainment. Being a generational basketball talent was not good enough. Shaq wanted to be a rap artist and a movie star on top of that. I cannot speak for his music career but the flick that served as the nail in the coffin of the Big Aristotle’s time as a Hollywood leading man was the adaptation of a Superman spinoff character I just recapped above. For the past quarter century
Steel has been a mainstay on most lists of the worst superhero movies ever made. However, I just watched it for the first time and I do not think it is all that bad.

The cynical way to think about how this film got made would be to say that Warner Bros. sat Shaq down in a conference room, showed him a lineup of characters and then he pointed at Steel and said that one. While that may or may not be true, it cannot be said that the effort behind making this film was half-cocked. Writer/Director Kenneth Johnson had been THE name in superheroes on television in the 1970s and ‘80s, bringing The Bionic Woman and The Incredible Hulk to the small screen. The supporting cast included Annabeth Gish, Richard Roundtree and Charles Napier, who all deliver solid work. Ironically the $16 million budget forced the production to rely more on practical effects that I believe hold up much better today than CG smothered action picks that were released a few years later.

In the end, it seems that the biggest mistake made with this film was releasing it in the wrong medium and targeting the wrong audience. Essentially, this movie was made for young kids. The marketing tried to draw in the teenaged and older superhero fanboys, who smelled a rat and did not see it. There are a bunch of corny jokes laden throughout the film but there is a homespun sincerity to the story that feels right at home in a kids movie. If this had debuted as a movie-of-the-week or as part of the Wonderful World of Disney, modern fanboys would be shaming people my age (I was nine when this was made) defending this movie with the zeal of a medieval crusader. Instead Steel was put on over 1,200 screens and could not even gross $1 million opening weekend.

To put it simply, if you enjoy superhero films from before the Marvel revolution, give Steel a chance. It is currently available on HBO Max and while it is not great (or even objectively good), it just might put a nostalgic smile on your face.

Ed’s Winner for the Week:  Shaquille O'Neal - It seems like the entire Hollywood-Industrial Complex conspired to make this movie fail and make sure Shaq stuck to basketball for the next decade. I feel like that is our loss.


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