Breaking down the biggest moments in the final BIRDS OF PREY trailer

Breaking down the biggest moments in the final BIRDS OF PREY trailer

Yesterday brought the final trailer for Warner Bros. Birds of Prey. The film hits cinemas in just under a month and today we’re taking a look at several key moments from the latest trailer to see what hints they might give about the final film.

A reliable storyteller?

The trailer opens with an extended look at a scene from the previous trailer. Harley (Margot Robbie) enters a GCPD station and tells the cop on the desk that she’s there to report a crime, when he asks her what crime she pulls out a gun and fires. The scene freezes and Harley, now in narration, tells us she got the story wrong and starts again.

We know from the film’s synopsis that Harley will be the one in charge of telling the story of Birds of Prey. But how much can we trust what she tells us? Could much of the story be exaggerated because it comes from Harley’s POV? Is she really working with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Montoya (Rosie Perez)?

We wouldn’t be surprised if in the film’s final act it is revealed that Harley’s tale isn’t quite the truth of events!

Return to ACE Chemicals

Before beginning her emancipation, Harley makes one huge gesture after her breakup with Joker. She returns to ACE Chemicals, the place where she was dumped in to a vat of acid, to blow the joint up.

It’s a symbolic moment for Harley as she closes the book on her time with Joker and her transformation and looks forward to her future. It echoes a similar moment in the animated series Harley Quinn when she learns that she jumped in to the acid rather than being pushed by Joker.

Revenge mission…

A the trailer progresses we learn more about just why Harley joins up with the rest of the gang and why they are taking a stand against Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). Each of the main cast has, for some reason, annoyed the crime boss and now he’s building an army to take them down.

Cass (Ella Jay Basco) stole a diamond from Mask’s henchman Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina) before she meets up with Harley. Huntress killed one of his best guards. Canary, once a singer in his club, sold him out, most likely to the GCPD. Finally, Montoya was brave enough to go against the corruption in the police force to build a case against him.

Alone they can’t stand against his arm of masks, but together they can make a stand!

Raising an army…

Though we don’t know his whole plan, it seems that Black Mask is building an army in his mission to take revenge on each of the Birds. We see several shots throughout the trailer where he is surrounded by goons also wearing intricate masks.

It seems this version of the character has some quirkier personality traits including a penchant for disguising his and his henchmen’s faces.

But the question remains: when the movie ends and credits roll, will the mask be burned on to his face? Or will Roman Sionis remain intact underneath his garish disguise?

Personality traits…

In 2016’s Suicide Squad we got to to see Dr. Harleen Quinzel’s transformation in to Harley Quinn. Following her transformation we saw Harley making use of her skills as a psychologist to try and manipulate her squad team mates.

In this scene it seems like she’s up to her old tricks as she goes all analytic on Huntress. It might seem like a comedy moment at first but it also emphasises that despite all of her craziness, Harley still retains all of the intelligence she had before her breakdown.

Could the Clown Princess of Crime talk her way out of a hot spot or two purely but using her old mental prowess?

A scar for the ages…

We’ve seen very little of Victor Zsasz in the trailers so far. But this scene makes it clear that he will, to some degree, show off his trademark scars.

In the comics Zsasz permanently marks himself for each of his kills. The lack of visible scaring here could indicate that he’s early in his career or has only recently taken up the practice of scarification.

Either way we’re excited to his relationship with Black Mask as they are played as a bit of an odd couple in the trailer and it looks like a unique take of both of this classic comic book characters.

Roller Derby Harley

It would be remiss not to mention the flash of footage from the roller derby scene in the trailer. Though we have no context for how and why this scene takes place it looks set to be a classic Harley Quinn moment and one we cannot wait to see in action!

Canary Cry!

From the beginning fans have been worried about the comic book accuracy of Birds of Prey. The lack of Batgirl is a fairly major departure from the comics but up until now we’ve also yet to see Black Canary using her iconic Canary Cry.

We always knew it would be in there but until now we didn’t know what form it would take. This trailer finally shows, but doesn’t let us hear, exactly how the cry will work in action. As Dinah projects her voice forwards it throws a crowd of nearby goons flying.

The visual effect makes it look like Dinah is being seen underwater. It looks like very cool ripples or waves of sonic energy being blasted towards her victims. We cannot wait to hear what it sounds like!

A nod to The Dark Knight

In the final shot of the trailer finally introduces us to one of Harley’s trademark hyenas. It seems she may only have one rather than the traditional two but this is still a scene not to be missed.

As Cass is bemused by a hyena sitting in a bathtub, Harley proudly tells her that she named the animal Bruce after none other than Bruce Wayne who she refers to as cute. If only Harley knew that she had kissed him through his cowl eh!?

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. The movie will be directed by Cathy Yan and arrives in cinemas on February 7, 2020.

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Ranking the SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Spidey suits

Monday sees the release of Sony Pictures summer blockbuster Spider-Man: Far From Home on DVD and Blu-ray™ here in the UK. To celebrate we’re taking a look at the five different suits that Tom Holland’s wall crawler wears in the film. But before we do that let’s take a look at a clip from the film’s bonus features.

There are five, yes FIVE, different suits worn by Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far From Home and here we’re going to rank them from worst-to-best (just our opinion of course!).

Homemade Homecoming suit

During one of Far From Home‘s more outlandish sequences, Peter finds himself back in his original, homemade costume first seen in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

When Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) lures Peter to a disused warehouse during his trip to Europe, he gets the upper hand on Peter by using his holographic technology to warp reality.

The scene culminates in a nearly defeated Peter suddenly being transported back to his Spidey origins and his homemade suit. Featuring crude goggles and a design make out of a hoodie and what looks like a pair of blue PJs it doesn’t do much for Peter by way of armour.

We loved this costume in Homecoming as it showed Peter taken back-to-basics in his fight with Vulture (Michael Keaton). There he used nothing but his powers and his wits to win the day. But in Far From Home that setup is flipped on its head by director Jon Watts.

Instead the costume represents Peter, defeated and at his lowest point. For this reason we’re putting the homemade suit at the bottom of our list!

Iron Spider

Avengers: Infinity War

For many their first taste of the Iron Spider costume came during Avengers: Infinity War when Peter, trapped on the hull of one of Thanos’ ships, is heading in to outer space. As the oxygen beings to thin Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr.) calls the Iron Spider suit to save the day.

It’s easily one of the most comic book accurate costumes we’ve ever seen him wear on film. In Far From Home the costume is largely absent. Peter wears the suit in early scenes before heading out to Europe. We see him attending a charity event alongside Aunt May (Maurisa Tomei) but there’s very little action to speak of.

On the home video release of Far From Home you can see the suit get in on the action in the new short-film “Peter’s To-Do List” in a scene briefly glimpses in one of the trailers.

Whilst the suit is easily one of Spidey’s most powerful weapons, it also serves as a huge reminder of everything he (and we!) lost in Avengers: Endgame. For Far From Home to be able to move on from the incredible loss of Iron Man it feels important to the story that he be able to move on from wearing the suit.

Classic Homecoming suit

The classic Spidey look. No film would be complete without the red and blue suit. As Peter is packing for his school trip to Europe he is keen to leave the suit and his alter-ego behind. But when Customs opens his suitcase he’s immediately confronted by the suit and note from Aunt May ensuring he has the costume in case it’s required.

This is the look that the majority of the audience associate with the character and it would be disingenuous not to have included it in the film. Even in its short time on screen it resets the audiences expectations of the character and allows some breathing space between the events of Endgame and the real beginning of the action in Far From Home.

The look was designed in Spider-Man: Homecoming by costume designer Louise Frogley who spoke at length with SFX magazine about creating Spidey’s iconic look.

When asked that the hardest part of creating the costume was, Frogley explained “Endless experimenting to get the texture right. We were printing on a dyed textile. The dots we were printing looked a bit like a ping pong bat. If you got the dots too high, too raised, they would collapse. If they were too close together or too far apart they would strobe. The dots drove me nuts for weeks and weeks! It’s all the tiny details. The only way to get it to look simple and perfect is for the work to be impeccable. It drives people crazy – these poor women would be in the work room crying, or throwing scissors!

Well we think you did an awesome job and we hope to get to see this costume in action again in the future!

Night Monkey

Perhaps the most iconic new look in Far From Home is the stealth suit which has lovingly become known as Night Monkey. When Peter is drafted in by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on a mission in Europe has begs for a way to hide his identity from his school friends.

It’s a smart idea in the context of the film to have Peter fully aware that suddenly being Spidey, in Europe, in the same place as the school trip may put his secret identity in danger.

When SH.I.E.L.D. creates him a new, stealth look, Peter isn’t hugely impressed with the immobility of the outfit. But when Molten Man appears and causes havoc in Prague there’s little time to worry about a tight fitting costume.

During the fight Ned (Jacob Batalan) and Betty (Angourie Rice) are trapped atop a ferris wheel. When Betty spots the web slinging hero she – rightly – calls out to Spider-Man. Ned distracts her by claiming this is a European equivalent known as Night Monkey, a name which has stuck with the suit ever since.

Sony even released a trailer promoting the home video release of the film as if it were titled Night Monkey!

Speaking about the costume, director Jon Watts said “Because we have Nick Fury in this movie, I thought, ‘What would it look like if Spider-Man had a suit that was essentially designed by the S.H.I.E.L.D. team?’”

As cool as it is to see Spidey wearing something different, the suit itself isn’t quite as exciting as our number one pick for best costume in the film…

Black and Red

In the film’s third act Peter is backed in a corner with only Happy (Jon Favreau) and some Stark tech on his side. In a moment of emotional acceptance of the loss of Tony and his place in the post-Endgame world Peter crafts himself a new costume which easily tops our list as the best suit in the film.

The red and black costume brings a contemporary edge to Spidey. It features his classic web wings, a costume feature rarely seen in live-action but mixes the tech of the Iron Spider suit and the classic design of the red and blue.

Far From Home costume designer Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard spoke with EW about the design of Spidey’s newest look, saying “It has to be stretchy, and it has to withstand a lot of trouble and different gymnastics he does in the movie.”

Sheppard, who previously worked on Captain America: The First Avenger and Maleficent went on to say “A lot of movement, a lot of stretching in every possible direction — plus it has to be breathable because he’s wearing a mask over his face all the time.”

This look encapsulates Peter’s rise from the ashes and brings his journey full circle as he saves the day and gets the girl. Whilst the coda scene in Far From Home teases an uncertain future for the character, at least we know he’s stepping in to his future in some stylish threads!

Let us known in the comments which was your favourite Spidey costume in Far From Home!

Spider-Man: Far From Home Digital Gifting Box is available now from select retailers and will be available to own on DVD & Blu-ray from 11th November.

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Titans (DC Universe)

Recap TITANS season 1 ahead of today’s home video release

The first season of Titans hit the ground running, introducing us to a new spin on the classic teen crime fighting team, now older and facing a dangerous onslaught of the nastiest DC villains around. 

With season two underway and the first season releasing onto DVD and Blu-ray today (pre-order now), we did some Titans sleuthing to get behind the scenes of the series origins to bring you seven facts about the show that you might not have known!  

Beast Boy has multiple names

The green shapeshifter with the power to become any animal is an absolute fan favourite, thanks to his prankster personality and animal habits. But very few fans know his real name; Garfield ‘Gar’ Logan. Raised by the manipulative and self-obsessed Nicholas Galtry after the death of his parents at a young age, the name Beast Boy was an insult used to belittle Garfield, something which tainted his opinion of himself. To escape the grip that Galtry had over him, Beast Boy adopted the name Changeling when joining the New Teen Titans.

Raven has a really bad history with weddings

With a father who is one of the most powerful and evil beings in the DC universe, it’s no wonder Raven has a few issues in her social life. But if the early comics are anything to go by, you shouldn’t invite her to any form of wedding, ever. At the wedding of Donna Troy (WonderGirl) and Terry Long, Raven refused to turn up as she was too busy sulking in her magical realm. Then, as if that wasn’t rude enough, at the wedding of Starfire and Nightwing she attacked the event with a team of supervillains and turned the poor priest to ash. Now that’s just rude.

The team has had lots of different members

When we think of Teen Titans, most of us think of Robin, Raven, Stafire, Cyborg and Beast Boy only. But the teen team has been around long before those iconic characters joined. Beginning in the 60’s, the Teen Titans has had members including Kid Flash, Aqua Lad, Bumblebee, WonderGirl and even Joker’s Daughter (bet you forgot about her, didn’t you?). The original group was used an opportunity to give greater depth to the cast of smaller sidekicks, with a wealth of cameos from across the DC Universe. Its thanks to lots of drama, deaths and infighting that we have the wonderful team we all know and love.

Raven isn’t an only child

Trying to take over the world and establish a legacy of evil that spans the infinite breadth of time and space can be a lonely job, so Trigon has good reason for wanting a large family to help out from time to time. Whilst Raven is the most promising child of the multi-dimensional demon god-king, there are hundreds of others working behind the scenes or just out and about causing mischief. No doubt we’ll be seeing more of them in the later episodes of the Titans TV series, but don’t expect a happy reunion.

The Titans have had some weird team ups

As any comic fan knows, stories tend to get really weird over time. The Titans are no exception and over the years have teamed up with the Powerpuff Girls, Scooby Doo and The Young Justice team in a series of crossovers that have resulted in a host of entertaining misadventures. Not just that, but in the TV series, the Titans have come face to face with the Doom Patrol in a crossover event. We very much doubt it’ll stop there, but how far will DC go? It’ll be a fun ride finding out.

Starfire’s ancestors were cats

Starfire has always been straight up odd-an alien princess who struggles to understand the rules and regulations of the planet earth with disastrous results. In a team of weirdos, she manages to stand out pretty dramatically, which is saying something. But one of the strangest revelations is that Starfire’s race, the Tamaraneans, actually evolved from cat like beings on their homeworld, helping to explain her unique odd appearance in the cartoon and TV show. How this happened is a mystery, and how that has given her superpowers we may never know. But the science of superheroes has never been an exact process, so better to take the series word for it.

Nightwing/Robin will not stop changing into monsters

You’d think Dick Grayson has enough on his plate with a host of father issues from Batman, crime to fight and a team of superfriends to lead, but he also has a habit of turning into a monster every now and then. In 2016s “Night of the Monster Men” he got the old mutagenic goo treatment and turned into a sociopathic bat monster, as you do. Weirder still, he spent some time as “Avogodo”, a huge, evil avocado after falling into a stack of the vegetables. Hopefully he can keep it together in the TV series, otherwise things are going to get really weird, really fast.

If you want to find out more about the Titans and catch up with their most recent adventures, check out Titans: Season One on DVD and Blu-ray, releasing on October 14th.

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Minka Kelly as Dove. 

Season 2 drops new episodes weekly via DC Universe. Netflix are yet to announce a premiere for the second season internationally.

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Neil’s top 5 JOKER moments

This week sees the release of Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips Joker in cinemas across the globe. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix, takes a fresh look at the character a crafts a unique and thrilling origin for one of comics most loved villains.

To celebrate our team are all taking a look back over the history of the character and pulling out some of their favourites. Today it’s Neil’s turn to tell us his favourite Joker moments!

5. The Joker Gets Loose (Arkham Asylum, 2009)

Although it’s difficult choosing a favourite Joker moment featuring Mark Hamill (more on that below), this is by far one of the best Joker moments in any DC related video game.

The opening to 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum sees The Dark Knight racing to the asylum after capturing The Joker. He races to Arkham to make sure Joker reaches his cell and what follows is a very intense sequence.

With very little controllable abilities we follow the Joker, strapped down and restrained, as he monologues at both Batman and James Gordon. Hamill does an excellent job of recalling the character from Batman: The Animated Series and ramping up the attitude as he’s given more freedom to act like a crazed maniac.

Of course by the end of the sequence Joker has broken free and it kicks off the storyline of the game. But the few minutes of Joker’s insane rantings before that is an excellent and classic moment in the character’s history.

4. Death In The Family (1988)

The Joker had a lot going on in 1988, that was the year he did a lot of damage to Batman (see number 1 for more) and this moment is one which shocked comic fans and the general populous alike.

When DC decided to move Dick Grayson on from being Robin they brought in Jason Todd. A character who quickly became a hate figure amongst fans. This famously resulted in a telephone poll whereby fans could choose whether Joker killed the young Robin or he survived.

The story featured Robin being captured by Joker who violently battered him with a crowbar before blowing up the building where he was being held captive.

Fan chose to kill off the character and so Joker’s plan was enacted and led to a very famous cover of the broken Bat holding the dead Robin’s body in his arms. Of course this was the best thing to happen to the character as Jason soon found himself in a Lazarus pit and came back as Red Hood who finds himself one of the most popular members of the Bat family.

Death in the Family was another moment were DC felt able to let go of the reigns and allow Joker to play to his full potential. Though the impact of his actions resonate more, to see him bludgeoning the young Jason with a crowbar will forever remain one of those moments that feel surreal to read in a comic book.

The scenes were adapted in the 2010 animated film Batman: Under The Red Hood in which Joker was played by John DiMaggio.

3. Mark Hamill

I’ve spent hours trawling back over actor Mark Hamill’s time as The Joker. Debuting in 1992 in the second episode of Batman: The Animated Series, “Christmas With The Joker” introduced the world to perhaps the most iconic version of the character outside of the comics.

In the end it was impossible to pick a single favourite moment and so Mark Hamill becomes his own top moment in the history of Joker.

Over the course of BTAS history Hamill appeared in 18 episodes. He then returned to the role for the first BTAS inspired movie, Mask of The Phantasm. That movie also made a loose attempt at giving the character an origin and, thanks to the PG rating, allowed the producers to up the violent side of the character.

He returned to voice the character again in 2000’s Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker animated movie. That film jumped between flashbacks to Joker and Harley Quinn brutally torturing Tim Drake’s Robin to a future-set story where the character returned from the dead.

He also voiced the character in episodes of the Justice League and Superman animated series set in the same universe as BTAS. He has also voiced the character in Justice League Action, animated movie The Killing Joke.

Of course Hamill’s voice work hasn’t been solely in animated series. He also voiced the character in the hugely successful Arkham game series and dubbed his voice over actor Roger Stoneburner in the pilot to 2002’s Birds of Prey live-action series.

2. Joker’s Parade (Batman, 1989)

A moment which will forever haunt me from my childhood will be Joker’s parade in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989).

Listeners to our podcast will know that for years I thought Joker was riding on a giant set of dentures to mirror is recurring teeth gag. I’ve moved on from that now and I’ve come to understand it’s a cake in celebration of 200 years of Gotham…

The scene always scared me because everyone looked like they were having so much fun, especially with the Prince soundtrack playing in the background. Then he starts letting the gas free from the giant balloons and everyone starts dying around him.

It truly shocked me to my core and I think probably the source of my fear of ever being anaesthetised in case they accidentally use Smilex gas on me!

Jack Nicholson remains my favourite live-action Joker to-date. The way he plays the character is truly excellent. From the laugh all the way through to the psychotic mania with which he switches his mood in the middle of scenes. This is MY Joker.

1. The Killing Joke (19889)

In case you’ve not come across this seminal piece of Joker history: The Killing Joke is a 1988 graphic novel written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland.

The Joker escapes from Arkham once more and breaks into Gordon’s home, shooting his daughter Barbara – the former Batgirl – crippling her for life before kidnapping a distraught Gordon and torturing him.

It’s an utterly chilling tale which portrays Joker as his most deranged. The iconic cover adorned my wall for a great many years, scaring friends in the process.

The Killing Joke is one of those comic books which hammers home the point that comics oftenaren’t for kids. It’s graphic, it heavily implies sexual assault on top of its already violent nature. It’s incredibly challenging psychologically seeing the aftermath of the shooting on poor Commissioner Gordon.

On top of all this the ending which implies Batman broke his one rule is a spine tingling moment which cements The Joker as the number one villain for The Dark Knight.

Truly my number one Joker moment of all time.

It was adapted in to a less successful animated film in 2016. The film added a prologue section to the story to help get fans accustomed to Batgirl prior to her shooting. Though it fell flat for many fans it introduced a whole new generation to The Killing Joke.

Props to WB for bringing Mark Hamill back to voice Joker for the movie though.

Joker centres around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, also starring are Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

Phillips directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver, based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.

Joker is in cinemas now! For all our Joker coverage head to our archive!

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The Flash (The CW)

Neil’s top 5 moments from THE FLASH

Over the last 5 years The Flash has wowed us with countless trips around the multi-verse. The series has dived deep on DC Comics lore and brought to life plenty of characters we never thought we would see in live action.

Today we’re celebrating today’s release of The Flash season 5 on Blu-ray™ & DVD by taking a look at Neil’s top 5 Flash moments!

5. Becoming The Flash!

Episode 1×01: “Pilot”

Let’s start at the very beginning. The moment which started it all, when Barry Allen first wakes up from his seven month coma and learns of his new powers.

The pilot episode of The Flash was an excellent glimpse in to the series and how it would differ from its parent series, Arrow. The Flash instantly had a much more colourful palette and refreshingly upbeat nature.

Where Arrow kept Oliver Queen isolated in a city of villains, The Flash quickly surrounded Barry with the characters we would come to lovingly call Team Flash.

Seeing Caitlyn and Cisco helping Barry to understand his speed for the first time made for compelling viewing. Whilst flashbacks to the night or Nora Allen’s death and family scenes with Joe West showed that the series was capable of some truly emotional moments.

4. Flash vs. Arrow

Episode 1×08: “Flash vs. Arrow”

It seems like years ago that Arrow and The Flash first crossed over. In actual fact it was almost five years ago that Barry and Oliver teamed up to take down Captain Boomerang.

These were simpler times when crossovers were grounded in the reality of Arrow rather than traversing the multi-verse like this year’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths”.

But nothing will quite compare to the excitement of seeing the two shows crossing over. Their casts mixing for the first time and how it would instantly blow the world of DCTV wide open.

Though we long for happier and much simpler times, looking back on “Flash vs. Arrow” shows just how far this universe has come over the last five years and it’s amazing to think where we could go in the next five.

3. The Flash races Super… girl

Supergirl episode 1×18: “Worlds Finest”

Okay, okay this isn’t an episode of The Flash but it does still include his character in a big way.

Back when Supergirl was airing on CBS and with the rest of the Arrowverse on The CW it seemed like the two franchises would never meet. But thanks to some trickery (and an excellent analogy for crossing universes), Barry Allen was able to hop over to another earth and meet Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist).

The episode brought to life an iconic moments from the comic books when Barry raced with Superman. Replacing the Man of Steel for the Girl of Steel was a genius way to put a feminist twist on an iconic moment. But it also allowed for a crossover event with a much lighter storyline.

Barry and Kara’s series are brilliantly matched in their tone but also their outlooks on life are a recipe for electric viewing.

2. The death of Nora West-Allen

Episode 5×15: “Legacy”

Over the years The Flash has proven that it can portray drama just as well as it can comedy. Despite all of the comedy style villains and capers that Team Flash has gotten themselves into over the years the series can still make us reach for the tissues when the story calls for it.

Season 5 saw the addition of Nora West-Allen (Jessica Parker-Kennedy) to the cast as the future daughter of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton).

To begin with Barry struggled to trust his daughter, afraid and burned from double-crossings past. But after sharing several adventures with the fledgling speedster known as XS, Barry soon began to bond with Nora.

Come the end of the season Nora is wiped from the timeline after Team Flash are able to stop Cicada and Reverse Flash. The series culminates in a tear-jerker of a sequence as Nora fades in to non-existence in the arms of her parents.

The moment is perhaps the most poignant in The Flash‘s five year history and is one we won’t be forgetting any time soon.

1. Reaching 100…

Episode 5×08: “What’s Past Is Prologue”

During season 5 The Flash reached its 100th episode. A huge milestone for a series in the modern era of TV. The episode was a chance for the series to celebrate storylines and characters past whilst looking towards the future.

Barry and Nora time travel to gather items needed to stop Cicada; a highly magnetic alloy from Savitar’s armour. The journey takes them back to several iconic moments from the past and allows some major villains to return as guest stars.

Savitar, Zoom, Reverse Flash and a visit from a Time Wraith all help this episode to become one of the best moments, so far, in the series.

But then, in a cliffhanger ending, Nora travels to the future to confront the man with whom she is working… none other than Eobard Thawne!

The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the Blu-ray and DVD today. Grab your copy from the WB store now.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cicso Ramon, Tom Cavanagh Harrison Wells, and Jesse L. Martin as Joe West. The series airs Tuesdays  at 8/7c on The CW.

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Supergirl (The CW)

Neil’s top SUPERGIRL season 4 moments

Over the last 4 years Supergirl has given the Girl of Steel a whole new life in live-action. The series has dived deep on DC Comics lore and brought to life plenty of characters we never thought we would see in live action.

Today we’re celebrating today’s release of Supergirl season 4 on Blu-ray™ & DVD by taking a look at Neil’s top 4 Supergirl season 4 moments!

4. Crossing over…

Episode 4×09: “Elseworlds Part 3”

Over the course of four seasons, Kara has had plenty of changes to crossover with the rest of the Arrowverse heroes. During season 4 we get to see Kara involved in one of the most intense, world building crossover events ever in the history of DCTV.

When The Monitor gifts an all powerful, universe-altering book to scientist John Deegan (guest star Jeremy Davies) everything begins to get a little weird for our heroes.

The ensuing team up brings the 90s TV Flash (John Wesley Shipp) back in to the fold and sets up the events of this year’s huge Crisis On Infinite Earths event which is set to change the course of the Arrowverse forever.

3. The other House of L…

Episode 4×16: “The House of L”

Having already brought Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) in to the ranks of the show, Supergirl went one further in season 4 and introduced his arch nemesis, Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer)

“The House Of L” starts out three years in the past, as Lex was put on trial for mass murder but before going to prison he is visited by Eve who is hired by Lex to go undercover to spy on James.

Nine months ago, the Kaznians found a stray, amnesiac copy of Supergirl, who was created from Harun-El, and informed Lex about this four months later. Since then, the Kaznians have been training the Supergirl copy while Lex raised and manipulated her for his own uses, teaching her a biased history about her rival, the original Supergirl.

The episode tells a twisty tale which proves that Lex has been behind most of the events of season 4 to-date. It proves that the show is able to tell some complex storytelling without writing itself into difficult corners.

Where Lex Luthor is concerned, nobody is trust worthy!

2. World’s Finest

Episode Arrow 7×09: “Elseworlds Part 2”

We’re taking a cheat on this one, it technically happens during Supergirl season 4 although it happens in an episode of Arrow. During the “Elseworlds” crossover event the gang head to Gotham City where they meet Kate Kane/Batwoman (Ruby Rose).

Scenes between the two allow the Arrowverse producers to recreate another iconic moment from the world of DC Comics but with a new, feminist twist.

Dubbed The World’s Finest in the comics the pairing would normally feature Batman and Superman. But to see the two swapped for their female counterparts is endearing and empowering to a whole audience of fans who can’t wait to see the two meet up again in the future.

1. Respecting the legacy…

Episode 4×22: “The Quest for Peace”

The season four finale of Supergirl brought the season full circle and brought the hammer of justice down on Lex Luthor for one final (?) time.

In a series which was extremely heavy on political context the finale was able to tie up all the loose ends and bring a sense of hope back to a series which was beginning to feel hopeless.

The excellent storytelling of season four is punctuated by a hell of a lot of action and some twists which none of us saw coming. As Supergirl and the Red Daughter take on Lex Luthor – in his trademark suit – for a final battle on the world’s stage.

It’s the number one moment in Supergirl season four that is not to be missed!

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist, David Harewood, Mehcad Brooks, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines and Chyler Leigh. The series airs on The CW in North America, Sundays at 8/7c.

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Neil’s top 7 ARROW moments

Over the last 7 years Arrow has launched a shared TV universe and brought us countless moments of heroism from across the multi-verse. We’re celebrating today’s release of Arrow season 7 on Blu-ray™ & DVD by taking a look at Neil’s top 7 Arrow moments!

7. Let’s start a riot!

Episode: 7×07 “The Slabside Redemption”

Early episodes of season 7 featured Oliver locked up in Slabside Prison. Incarcerated for his crimes as the Green Arrow, Oliver refused to break himself out and instead faced the consequences of his actions.

Finally, seven episodes in to the most recent season, Oliver was finally freed from Slabside following a huge riot started by Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). Before he could be reunited with Felicity and Diggle he had one hell of a fight to get through.

Arrow is well known for its incredible action sequences and this is easily one of the series best. Multiple fights break out all across the prison and it leads some incredibly moments. It’s edge-of-your-seat stuff as Oliver battles for his life and the lives of others within the prison.

The huge, multi-levelled set constructed for the prison allow the series fight choreographers plenty of ways to shoot the action and it’s a spectacular sequence not to be missed!

6. Green Arrow and The Flash team up for the first time

Episode: 3×08 “The Brave and the Bold”

It seems like years ago that Arrow and The Flash first crossed over. In actual fact it was almost five years ago that Barry and Oliver teamed up to take down Captain Boomerang.

These were simpler times when crossovers were grounded in the reality of Arrow rather than traversing the multi-verse like this year’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths”.

But nothing will quite compare to the excitement of seeing the two shows crossing over. Their casts mixing for the first time and how it would instantly blow the world of DCTV wide open.

Though we long for happier and much simpler times, looking back on “The Brave and the Bold” shows just how far this universe has come over the last five years and it’s amazing to think where we could go in the next five.

5. Laurel takes on the mantle of Black Canary

Katie Cassidy - Arrow (Warner Bros.)

Episode: 3×10 “Left Behind”

After two years as a supporting player Laurel (Katie Cassidy Rodgers) finally took centre stage after picking up the mantle of Black Canary from her fallen sister Sara (Caity Lotz) and finally took her place in centre stage.

During much of season 1 and 2 Laurel supported the vigilantes of Arrow through her work at CNRI, a legal firm which would eventually find itself written out of the show. But following the death of her sister Lauren began to train with Ted Grant and became a much more street smart character.

When Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is presumed dead after his brush with Ra’s al Ghul the city is overrun and needs a new hero. Laurel finally suits up and becomes the character comic book fans always hoped she would become.

Though she would sadly die in season 4 we still have the knowledge that she left this world a hero.

4. Invasion!

DCTV's heroes star in 'Invasion'

Episode: 5×07 “Invasion!”

Arrow’s 100th episode fell in the middle of 2016’s crossover event with not only The Flash but also the sophomore seasons of both Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.

When an alien race ripped right from the pages of DC Comics, The Dominators, came to Earth we saw all of Earth’s greatest champions teaming up to take them down.

This was the first of DCTV’s hugely ambitious crossovers and featured a huge cast of characters. But it is under the leadership of Green Arrow that the team are able to save the day.

This episode was also particularly poignant for bringing back a number of long dead characters for the series including Susanna Thompson as Oliver and Thea’s mother, Moira Queen.

3. Oliver calls Moira before returning home

Episode: 5×23 “Lian Yu”

For it’s first five seasons Arrow utilised flashback storytelling to bring viewers up to speed on Oliver’s time on (and off!) Lian Yu. Each season features a specific storyline set in the past which bares some resemblance to present day events on the show.

All of that came to end in season 5 when the time caught up and Oliver finally returned home. But not before the series writers slipped in a gut punch of a new scene between Oliver and returning guest star Susanna Thompson.

Without announcing her return fans were treated to a previously unseen – but newly shot – moment when Oliver first called his mother to let her know that he was alive and returning.

Thompson’s performance was heartbreaking and reminded us just how much we had missed Moira following her untimely end at the hands of Slade Wilson.

2. Green Arrow takes on Deathstroke

Episode: 2×23 “Unthinkable”

After a season of heartbreak and loss, Team Arrow finally took on Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) in the spectacular season 2 finale. In scenes which saw nearly every character on the show taking on Deathstroke’s Mirakuru army it was the biggest sequence the show DCTV had attempted… at the time!

Following the big battle Oliver and Deathstroke found themselves locked in a battle for survival. Having already lost his mother and almost losing his city Oliver was a man pushed to the limits and it showed as the two went head-to-head.

Having used Felicity to slip Slide the Mirakuru cure, Oliver finally saw his chance to take Slade down in one of the best fights scenes we have ever seen on the show.

The whole sequence played out against flashbacks of a younger Oliver fighting a rage filled Slade in the past and it all added up to one of Arrow‘s best ever episodes.

1. Crisis begins…

Episode: 7×22 “You Have Saved This City”

Though this moment signals the beginning of the end of Arrow, it’s hard not to see the end of the seventh season as a highlight for the show.

With Oliver having said goodbye to his team mates and safely hidden Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and newborn daughter Mia where his many enemies can’t find him he settles down to live a normal life. But sadly not for long…

In the closing moments of the episode The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), first seen in the “Elseworlds” crossover, reappears to collect on the deal he made with Oliver. After a tearful goodbye Oliver leaves with The Monitor in order to help avert in impending crisis.

What are your favourite moments from the series? Let us know in the comments.

Arrow Season 7 will is available on Blu-ray™ & DVD now, order your copy from the WB Store!

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Who is HUSH?

Batman: Hush hits DVD and Blu-ray today across the UK but for those who haven’t read the seminal series by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee we’re asking…

Who is Hush? Batman’s childhood friend turned mysterious villain…

Batman finds himself taking on new challenges in Batman: Hush when a mysterious figure takes control of Gotham’s most dangerous forces. This shadowy villain known simply as Hush can be seen taking down Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life, but who is this secretive figure determined to take Batman down? To celebrate the release of Batman: Hush on DVD and Blu-ray™ August 12th, we’re finding out…

Introducing Hush…

Hush first appeared in DC Comics issue #609 in January 2003 as an adversary to Batman. He was added as part of the 12-issue storyline ‘Batman: Hush’ and was created by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee. 

Powers and Abilities

Hush has genius level intellect, and as a neurologistspecializes in brain surgery. However, he is also a skilled plastic surgeon and master of disguise. This mysterious villainis also the ultimate manipulator and strategist and uses a combination of his skills in his attempts to take down Batman. 

How does Hush fit into the DC Universe?

Hush’s capability to think and plan strategically started from a young age when he was known by his real name, Tommy. Him and Bruce were close childhood friends who often played strategy games together. However, Tommy always outmanoeuvred Bruce despite his attempts to teach Bruce to think like his opponents in order to win. 

Hush’s Background

Tommy had a complicated relationship with his parents. He hated his father who was an abusive drunk and his mother came from a background of poverty with no motivation to help herself or her son.  

How he became a villain

Tommy came to resent his parents and in a dark turn of events, tried to kill them in order to inherit their fortune. He severed the brake lines on his parent’s car causing them to skid and crash. Tommy’s father died instantly, however, his mother survived thanks to the surgical skills of Bruce Wayne’s father, Dr. Thomas Wayne.

His relationship with Batman 

Years later came the unfortunate murders of Bruce Wayne’s parents. Tommy resented Bruce for inheriting the Wayne family fortune, which had been his own plan years earlier. Tommy also blamed Bruce for the failure of his plan, although Bruce is unaware of this. Fuelled by hatred and anger, Tommy became Hush and created an elaborate plan to take Batman down aided by a band of villains in Batman: Hush

Batman: Hush is available on Digital Download, DVD and Blu-ray™ now!

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