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Swamp Thing S01 E04: Curse of the TREE ZOMBIE! (review)

During this weeks episode of Swamp Thing, I was even more convinced that Avery Sunderland fired the rocket launcher that blew Alec Holland up in the Swamp in episode one. He’s resorted to even more dubious tactics since then and now there’s a little girl involved!

Spoilers ahead

Abby Arcane

This week we pick back up in the Marai swamp in Ocheo Forks. We’re introduced to a new character named Todd. He and a friend or his dad, I’m not sure, are searching around the swamp for something rare.

They find it, but not before a Tree Zombie jumps down, attacks Todd from above, and scratching his arm. Apparently, it wasn’t an actual Tree Zombie, just a dead corpse with a strong fear demon attached to it.

Todd ran away and went to work the next day as if nothing happened. He works with Liz (the town reporter) and her father Delroy at their restaurant. Unfortunately for Delroy, Todd starts hallucinating that a snake is on his arm.

Todd starts stabbing at his arm with a knife and eventually shoves his arm down the garbage disposal until he faints.

He dies, but not before scratching Delroy and transferring the curse of the Tree Zombie to him.

Alec is still in the swamp. The leaves, trees, and vines are communicating with him. They tell him that the swamp has darkness in it.

When I heard this, I began to think that Alec is in the swamp, but he’s not the Swamp Thing. There are two entities in the swamp. One is Alec and the other is whatever haunted the Tree Zombie and caused Todd to lose his mind.

Abby, being the curious doctor she is, goes to visit Ocheo Forks where Todd was exposed to the Tree Zombie and runs into Alec. He’s still in his feelings about her dancing with Matt last week, but he entertains her anyway because … love.

They agree to work together to find out:
a) What is happening to him.
b) Remove what is terrorizing the town.

Alec gives up a sample of his DNA for research. However, I think Abby makes a terrible decision when she lets Dr. Woodrue help her with the research.

I understand he’s a biologist, but he’s definitely on Avery’s payroll so this can not end well.

“This ‘Thing’ belongs here in the swamp” – Alec Holland

Back in town, Delroy experiences his haunting. It’s a recount of when his mother was killed by burglars when he was a boy. He almost shoots Liz, Abby, and Sheriff Lucilia but no one dies. Lucilia does get scratched next and ends up freaking out at the towns fish fry hosted by Avery and Maria Sunderland.

Lucilia thinks her son has been shot in the line of duty and starts pointing guns at everyone. Luckily, Abby gets scratched next and takes the haunting back to the swamp.

Abby is not immune to the hauntings and starts to freak out while being attacked by a man with no face. But, Alec is just in time and takes the haunting away from her. He puts it back on the corpse and leaves it there.

I wonder why he didn’t move it somewhere else. Someone could easily come to the same area and get exposed to the haunting again. But I guess we’re not supposed to think about that.

Alec and Abby save the day and the town is safe for now. The patients in quarantine can go home, no one is haunted, and little Susie Coyle is being adopted.

By whom?

Avery and Maria Sunderland!

Avery conned Maria into funding his research with Dr. Woodrue under the assumption that he is trying to make sure the “Green Flu” is fully out of Susie’s system. And he didn’t stop there! He paid off her uncle so that he would not claim her or speak to her again.

Not to mention, he burned the body of Haas (the banker) and buried him in the swamp.

What a dubious, dubious man.

Ms. X (the psychic, witch doctor) can sense a storm coming to affect the destiny of this town and everyone in it. While talking to Daniel (also known as Blue Devil) Ms. X states that Daniel made a bargain to stay in the town of Marai until called upon.

Could he have made that bargain with the Conclave? Haas made it seems like a secret organization, but we didn’t get any more information about what it is this week.

Theory

The same reason Daniel is in Marai, is the same reason Avery is obsessed with researching the swamp.

Alec tells Abby that the swamp is poisoned and now it will bring death. Is the Conclave the reason that the swamp has been poisoned?

During my first analysis of this show with episode one, I asked if this series was worth saving. Honestly, if the suspense and craziness keep building up as it has been, I think so. We’ll see what happens next!

Review: Swamp Thing S01 E03 | Avery in financial ruin, Holland’s new powers

Swamp Thing S01 E03 |Financial ruin & new powers (review)

Every episode of Swamp Thing is an information dump. This has been a good experience so far and I’m enjoying it. However, the conspiracy is proving to be very complex. So every time I think I’ve figured out exactly what is going on, something else weird happens and it throws me off.

As a result, I am bent discovering the major conspiracy before the show reveals it in episode 10. I don’t know if I will be successful, but it will be exciting to try.

Also, Swamp Thing continues to succeed in creeping me out without fail.

In this most recent episode, I have come up with another theory. You may remember in the last entry about Swamp Thing, my theory about Avery Sunderland being the mastermind behind the swamp contamination was proven correct.

Now, in episode three, I have decided that he did not hire anyone to kill Holland as I once suggested. I think committed the murder himself.

Spoilers ahead

We need to remember two things. First, Avery Sunderland took a financial hit when his swamp experiments caused people to get sick. Second, Avery Sunderland fired Holland when he got to close to the truth about what caused the swamp to mutate.

In episode three, Liz, the journalist in Marais confronts Gordon Haas, a bank supervisor, for giving loans to Sunderland off the record. So Sunderland has been funding his research but falling into debt as well.

As a result of Liz bringing this up to him, Haas decides to visit Avery’s home unannounced an threaten to expose him if he does not pay back the money in 24 hours. This causes Avery to visit Haas’ house unannounced later in the episode and try to intimidate him into giving him more money.

The intimidation tactic goes wrong and Avery ends up killing Haas with a golf club. So my theory is Avery Sunderland blew Holland up in the swamp himself. He didn’t need to hire anyone because he’s already a psychopath and is more than willing to get his own hands dirty and then wash them in the sink.

I also think the sheriff, Lucilia Cable, is in on the conspiracy in some way. In this episode, she keeps urging her son, Matt, to stay away from Abby. Remember, Abby and Matt saved Susie Coyle when she ran away to the swamp to save Swamp Thing/Holland.

She keeps saying that Abby is bad news. Sure Matt has a crush on her, but Abby is doing legitimate work in trying to cure the infected patients in Marais. So why would the sheriff have an issue with her?

It’s because she had a fling with Avery in the past (or present, I can’t tell yet) and she doesn’t want Abby to get to close to the ultimate truth to cover for Avery. She even tells Matt that they will close the cases as accidents if 24 hours pass and there is no further evidence.

There is a moment in the episode where Sheriff Lucilia is interviewing Avery for the investigation into Hollands death. They almost get intimate, but Maria makes a bump sound and that sends Lucilia running out of the door.

Abby and the Swamp Thing

Meanwhile, Swamp Thing is having flashbacks and hallucinations about one of the men he tore apart in the last episode. As a result, the swamp bugs bring him back to life and he goes on a vendetta to find Swamp Thing and avenge his death.

He crosses paths with Abby, who in the middle of searching through Hollands research for a path to a cure for the infected patients. She’s being undermined by the CDC who sent in another doctor, Eli Troost, and she wants to find a breakthrough.

Not to mention, Avery has his biologist, Jason Woodrue, at the hospital as well doing autopsies and researching the plants on Eddie Coyle’s body.

During this time, the bug swamp zombie attacks her and asks her where Swamp Thing is. Swamp Thing appears to be tracking Abby somehow because he appears out of nowhere and uses his powers to release the man’s soul from the swamp bondage and makes him rest in peace.

We find out that Swamp Thing doesn’t remember who he is or anything that happened before the explosion. He does manage to give Abby some useful information.

The swamp is not attacking, it’s fighting back. Which makes sense because Avery is the one who put a foreign body in the swamp in the first place.

This prompts Abby to change the treatment course for infected patients. They stabilize and she earns the trust of Dr. Troost in the process.

She also inadvertently gains the affections of Swamp Thing who is clearly stalking her as of the end of the episode. Abby goes to the town bar to decompress and meets Matt Cable there. They end up dancing and of course, Swamp Thing sees this. So Matt is probably going to end up dead or injured at some point due to this love triangle.

But the true story in this episode is Avery. He is out of money. He’s killed his bank connection. His wife has financially cut him off, and he’s tied up in his swamp adventures.

What does a man on this type of edge do next? And what is the Conclave? Haas mentioned telling the Conclave what Avery was doing before his skull was bashed in.

Might the Conclave have something to do with Daniel? He’s a new character that we were introduced to by the voodoo witch doctor. His tarot card reading hasn’t changed in 8 years.

Fool, hanged man, wheel of fortune.

But recently he met Abby and thinks she may be the key to change his destiny.

I guess we’ll see how they are all connected in episode four.

Episode 2: Review: Swamp Thing S01 E02 | My theory confirmed

Swamp Thing S01 E02 | My theory confirmed (review)

Last week, I watched Swamp Thing for the first time. I watched it without referring to any source material and without any preconceived notions. The only thing I knew about the series was that it had been canceled. With only one episode available, the Swamp Thing series on DC Universe would end after episode 10.

After watching the first episode, I had a few opinions but I didn’t see anything that would warrant such a hasty cancellation. I actually enjoyed episode one. So I’ve decided to continue watching it. Episode two turned out really weird, so I’ll start with the easy stuff first.

Spoilers ahead

Last weeks episode left me with a theory of my own regarding Avery Sunderland. The first episode set him up as the wealthiest man in the town and we found out that he was Holland’s employer. This led me to believe that he had to be the person hiring boats to drop the mutagen accelerant in the swamp.

I was proven correct in this episode. Turns out that Avery is the reason that the accelerant is being dumped in the swamp. Apparently, he consulted two scientists (Jason and Caroline Woodrue) to find out ways to make use of the swamp.

The accelerant was their idea. It was supposed to help the swamp thrive, but of course, that backfired and now the townspeople are dying. Jason Woodrue stands firm that an accelerant would not cause disease. He pretty much said blame the swamp for doing swamp things.

Avery is definitely the big bad! All through this episode, he made strides to keep people from investigating the swamp and the dumping. He denied Abby the help she asked for to find Holland (who is presumed dead as far as the characters are concerned). He also threatened the scientist he consulted with blackmail, and he admitted to those same scientists that he is “handling business” to keep his name away from the swamp problem.

So, if we read between the lines, we can deduce that Avery had Holland killed by the mysterious man with the rocket launcher from episode one. Remember, Holland went up to Avery after a town hall meeting and told him that something was happening to the water. This must have prompted him to kill Holland so that he would not figure out the full scope of the conspiracy.

Little does Avery know, he created a swamp monster with a vendetta.

Here is where weird things start. Apparently, patient zero (Susie Coyle) has a psychic connection with the swamp.

I don’t understand how because she was not in the swamp when the initial attack by the vines happened. But okay.

In the last episode, when her father (Eddie Coyle) revived on the autopsy table, Susie had a moment where she called out to the dead corpse that was being controlled by vines. In this episode, she escapes the hospital in order to go meet the Swamp Thing.

The first time she tries to escape the doctor catches her. He asks her why she is trying to leave. Susie says it’s because the man in the dark is scared and needs her.

What could he possibly need from her? Does she hold the cure?

Eventually, Susie does escape and the sheriff’s office and doctors are looking for her in the swamp. Abby is scared because she has seen the Swamp Thing before and no one has believed her up to this point about the dumping, the monster, or the Holland conspiracy.

Susie ends up on a boat with some men who have been hired to dump by Avery. They don’t know she is there and after they have a disagreement, one of them kills the other.

This death prompts the Swamp Thing to rise from the water and save Susie. He rips the boat henchman apart and Susie is saved. However, Abby finds them just in time and takes Susie away.

After they escape the swamp, Susie tells Abby that the Swamp Things name is Holland.

Oh, snap. Here’s more information for the town not to believe.

We also have a bit of story progression for Maria Sunderland. It turns out that she has been dabbling in voodoo and having a witch doctor communicate with her dead daughter (Shawna) for the last 14 years.

As a result, we see that Shawna has not been able to rest in peace and is stuck in a realm between the living and the dead. The witch doctor tells Maria to let her rest because the balance with the living and the dead is shifting. The witch doctor felt that bad things are happening in the swamp.

Here’s the thing. After this weeks episode, I need to understand if Swamp Thing is a sci-fi horror thriller or a supernatural horror thriller. The characteristics of Holland as the Swamp Thing remain horrific. He’s killing people and groaning in pain. Normal stuff.

However, with the addition of Maria’s seance in the swamp, I got confused. How does this play into the swamp? Was the swamp haunted before the accelerant was dumped into it? The first episode never shows Holland and Susie speaking, so how is Susie connected to the Swamp Thing? When did the connection start?

This episode may have muffled the identity of the show a bit. But, it was still interesting. There are so many questions that need to be answered. I’m hoping as I keep watching, the show can clear up some of the confusion.

EPISODE 1 Review: Swamp Thing S01 E01 | Is it worth saving?

Swamp Thing S01 E01 | Is it worth saving? (review)

Before I even had the chance to watch Swamp Thing on DC Universe, the show was trending on Twitter confirming the cancellation of the show.

I don’t know the history of shows that have been canceled, but the decision to cancel Swamp Thing after only one episode had been aired felt rushed. So instead of automatically assuming that the first episode was complete garbage, I watched it for myself.

The pilot episode of Swamp Thing gave me serious sci-fi horror vibes. There is a lot of suspense in the first episode and the creators did a great job making the contaminated swamp graphics gross and unnerving. It’s a great presentation.

What about the story?

It’s a good story. However, I think the pilot episode may have given away the biggest part of the series too early in the season.

Spoilers ahead

We’re introduced to the swamp as a dark and mysterious place in Marais, Louisiana right away. A group of fishermen and a tech genius were hired to drop some sort of device in the swamp. They end up being attacked by the swamp and killed.

One fisherman, Eddie Coyle, makes it home somehow and infects his daughter. His daughter goes to school, passes out with a bloody nose and becomes patient zero.

Dr. Abby Arcane is ordered by the CDC to leave the Congo, where she is fighting an epidemic, to come back to Louisiana and cure the mysterious illness in Marais.

She ends up entrusting a somewhat awkward biologist named Alec Holland who has been commissioned by Will Sunderland, a wealthy member of the community, to run tests on the swamp. Initially, Holland is meant to help discover positive means to help the community flourish, but he discovers a fertilizer accelerate that is “jacking up” the mutagens in the swamp and causing the town to become sick.

There is also a side story line about Abby’s past where a childhood friend of hers died before they graduated high school. It turns out that friend was the daughter of Will and Avery Sunderland. Avery is not happy that Abby is back in town. At first, she attempts to intimidate her to leave the town, but then she asks her to save the town in the same breath.

Earlier, I stated that the pilot episode gave away too much information. What I am referring to is the end of the episode. Abby and Holland figure out some new information and plan to go study it more at the hospital. They are hoping that it will lead to a cure. However, Holland wants to go fish out the devices in the swamp first because they are causing the sickness.

A mysterious “I know what you did last summer” man somehow knows that Holland is going to do this and shoots him in the chest two times with a shotgun then blows him up.

While watching, I thought to myself, “Oh he’s definitely the Swamp Thing”. I didn’t realize that with 4 minutes left in the episode, this theory was going to be confirmed. That took a lot of the steam out of it. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t find out, but maybe not in the first episode.

Technically, there could have already been a Swamp Thing and Holland’s character could have been a bait to throw off the viewer. I guess he still could be, but I don’t think so.

At the end of the episode, Abby boats out to the area where Holland should be and finds fire, dead swamp bodies, and moving swamp branches. Then the branches subside and the Swamp Thing reveals himself.

Here’s a question. Why did the swamp bond with Holland and not with Coyle earlier in the episode?

I hope that we find out this season.

My Theory

There are 9 episodes left before the season ends. My ultimate theory involves Will Sunderland. I think that he is the anonymous financial backer to the fishermen boats that are poisoning that swamp in Marais. He’s already been cast as the rich member of the community. And maybe he has a “V for Vendetta” because his daughter died all those years ago.

Is this series worth saving? We’ll have to see. This coming from someone who has not read the comics and is going off of the show alone. I definitely think the episode was attention grabbing.

Who can replace Cisco Ramon on Team Flash?

We’re 2 weeks removed from the season five finale of The Flash on The CW at the time of this writing. It was a finale that saw another change in the timeline due to the interference of Nora West-Allen all season long.

As a result, the Reverse Flash is back on the loose, Sherlock went back to his earth, Nora disappeared, and Cisco decided to take the cure and remove his Vibe powers.

Not only is Cisco a big part of Team Flash using his scientific knowledge and creativity (plus he’s the funniest character on the show), but his meta-human abilities to open dimensions were helpful for the entire team.

Now that Cisco is a regular human again, who will be able to step in and fill his shoes as an additional meta-human on the team?

Dr. Carol is Caitlin Snow’s/ Killer Frost’s mother. We were introduced to her while her relationship was strained with Caitlin. She kept the meta-human status of Caitlin’s father, Thomas Snow, a secret. Ultimately, Thomas tried to turn both Caitlin and her mother into frost meta-humans for good.

We saw Caitlin and Carol reconcile before the end of season five. But, we also find out that Carol now has meta-human DNA in her blood due to the efforts of Thomas Snow.

Dr. Carol could possibly enter Team Flash as an extra brain to assist with dissecting meta-human issues and as she realizes her meta-human abilities, she will be able to join the team in the field.

Maybe her name could be called Mother Frost.

My other suggestion is Harrison Wells. Every season they find a way to bring his character back into Team Flash. So perhaps they can do it again. But then again, bringing Dr. Wells back again will only fill the void that Sherlock Wells left.

So maybe no one can fill Cisco’s role and we’ll just have to deal with his absence and look forward to new additions to the team that we haven’t met before.

The Flash S05, E22: Is the legacy of Team Flash disappearing? (review)

There were some tearful moments in The Flash season finale, ‘Legacy’. I was hoping for a future Trunks moment like in Dragonball Z. I expected Nora West-Allen to help her dad defeat Cicada II and stop the Reverse Flash from getting out of his time period. After all of that was done I thought she’d go back to the future and after a teary-eyed goodbye, Iris would reveal that she is pregnant.

However, that’s not what happened. It was actually a pretty gloomy episode and barely anything went right for Team Flash. Feel free to go watch the episode before you read any further because I am going to mention spoilers.

Spoilers ahead

In the season finale of The Flash, my entire theory was blown to shreds except for one thing… Eobard Thawne also known as the Reverse Flash became the main villain for Team Flash once again.

What I didn’t expect was for him to get away. We find out in the story that Eobard used Nora to alter the timeline and cause destruction of Cicada’s dagger to the sole key to his freedom. The destruction of the dagger is also the only thing that will save all of the meta-humans on earth from being destroyed.

The dagger ends up being destroyed and Cicada II disappears leaving little Gracie awake from her coma and headed for a new life.

But at the end of the day, Nora was being played from the beginning and it ended up costing her, her very existence. After some villainy exposition from Eobard Thawne, Nora starts to crackle and disappear. Thawne tells Barry she can survive if she goes into the Negative Speedforce like before. However, Nora doesn’t want to live like Thawne and decides to disappear instead.

This entire ending was a shock. Sherlock went back to his earth and Joe West became the captain of Central City Police (apparently the old captain already knew Barry was the Flash but never said anything until he promoted Joe).

But most importantly, Cisco made a very rash decision. After almost getting killed by Cicada earlier in the season and going through an identity crisis about who he is and how he can find love with meta-human powers, he told his girlfriend about Vibe.

She was so understandable. I thought the crisis was averted. But no, after he has a clear huge part to do with almost taking down the Reverse Flash, he decides to take the cure with the help of Caitlin.

Vibe was such an intricate part of Team Flash and he may still want to be helpful from the lab like Iris, but what happens if Cisco wants to quit the team altogether?

Lastly, the biggest change came at the very end of the episode.

The whole purpose for Nora coming to this time was to help fight Cicada and stop her dad from disappearing. Well, it turns out that Nora’s interference has actually changed up the timeline.

In season 6, the Flash will supposedly disappear. A newspaper article popped up on Gideon’s diaplay wall showing 2019 is when the Flash disappears during the crisis. So, Nora’s interfernce effectively sped up Barry’s disappearance.

Bummer.

I thought this season was going to end with some happiness, but it was a lot of gloom. Will next season start off the same way? Will Team Flash be trying to pick up the pieces or creating new ones?

The Flash S05, E20-E21: Gone Rogue & The Girl with the Red Lightning (review)

I watched Gone Rogue and I have to admit I was a little put-off. Why?
Because I felt like Nora should have committed to her rogue persona. I wasn’t sold on Nora’s quick turn around at the end of the episode.

We begin the episode with Nora teaming up with a few low key baddies to steal technology. We find out that she wanted to get a specific tool to render Cicada II’s dagger unusable.

At the same time, she’s still upset with Barry because he didn’t come with Iris to get her back from the future. By the end of the episode, Nora’s villain friends backstab her and team flash saves her. And they lived happily ever after.

I was uninspired, so given the title of this weeks episode, The Girl with the Red Lightning, I thought I should wait and see where this goes.

The most confusing idea about this season is how fast Iris and Barry started to act like they were parents to Nora. Nora is their age or a few years younger. Iris and Barry have seemly matured over the last 20 episodes, but I don’ t know if that is realistic. During every situation, they try to baby her. So it was surprisingly refreshing to hear her stand up to her parents and tell them she was an adult.

Nora took a stand because she is mentally linked to Gracie. While tapping into the negative energy that Gracie feels, Nora can see through her eyes. Doing this allows Nora to pinpoint Cicada II’s exact location when she is about to set off her meta-human killer bomb.

By the end of The Girl with the Red Lightning, I was reinvested in the season. Not because of the family storyline, but because Cicada II finally weaponized the meta-human cure and we were about to enter the last stand.

But, the real hero of this episode was Ralph. He guessed that Cicada II / Gracie wasn’t acting on her own earlier in the episode. Of course, Barry was too tied up thinking about the immediate threat to pay attention. But in the closing moments of the episode when Gracie was defeated and Barry was about to use the tool that Nora stole last week to warp Cicada’s dagger away, Ralph had an epiphany.

Eobard Thawne has something to do with Gracie coming back from the future. It’s a part of his master plan to stop his execution! He used Gracie as a pawn and Nora as a distraction.

In next weeks season finale, we’re going to find out just what that plan is. I’m curious to find out if Ralph was successful in stopping Barry from warping the dagger, or if Thawne will be successful. I have a feeling that the Reverse Flash will once again become the main villain in The Flash series.

I am excited now.

The Flash: Barry Allen has achieved boss status in Godspeed (review)

Am I the only one that wishes Godspeed had more screen time in this weeks episode of The Flash?

Seeing Godspeed as the main catalyst for Nora West Allen realizing her powers was cool.

with the killing of her best friend aside.

I kind of wish his character was a little more flushed out. I suppose if he became the main villain for season six, it would feel a little redundant. But, he sure looked cool.

Spoilers a head

This Godspeed episode aimed to explain how Nora West Allen linked up with Reverse Flash,
Eobard Thawne. Last episode, Barry didn’t hesitate to throw her in that cell when he found out.

That may be the most boss thing that he’s ever done. He may be a complete boss after this episode. I’ll explain why later.

Anyway, this episode we find out Nora worked on a case where an artificial speedster, Godspeed was stealing chemicals to make himself a permanent speedster.

In the process, Nora and her best friend find out that she has always been a speedster, and in fact her mother, Iris put a power dampener in her chest. We the audience found this out early in the season. But during this episode, the hurt is brand new.

Finding out her mom stopped her from being her true self, coupled with the fact that her best friend dies at the hands of Godspeed…

Literally

… Nora turns to a incarcerated, Eobard Thawne to hone her skills and get rid of Godspeed.

Here’s the thing, Barry and friends found all this information out and deduced that she was sad and lonely. Of course, Iris felt that her future self left Nora no alternative so she let her out of her cell. I can see both sides.

Iris’ guilt has her wanting to change things for her child. But, Barry is still thinking Eobard could have poisoned her mind. Both sides are understandable.

Now can we talk about how Barry Allen is a complete boss?

The best part of the night came when Barry threw Nora back into the future and left her there. He has reached a new level of intense!

That was better than throwing her in the cell. Just kicking her out of the timeline all together! I laughed and gasped at the same time!

Imaging your dad being so pissed at you that he throws you to a different timeline and tells you never to come back.

Feels bad, man.

Looking forward to next week! I expect some strain on Barry and Iris at this point because Nora and Iris just forgave each other for the power dampening situation. So, now that Barry is ready to throw her away, things may not go over so well.

Check out my previous opinion about XS aka Nora West Allen- Opinion: XS has the best story on The Flash season 5

Opinion: Aquaman is the best DCEU character

I have watched all the recent DCEU (DC extended universe) movies. I got through Man of Steel, limped through Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman was okay, and I actually tried to watch Justice League twice and didn’t stand out to me.

That is not me knocking DC characters. Batman will always be one of the best superheroes of all time.

This isn’t an argument about whether DC heroes are inferior. However, the DCEU is lacking. It may just be me, but I find the CW’s iteration of Flash as one of the better things in DC now.

However, if we are thinking about the movies only then I’d have to say that Aquaman is the best DC movie character now! His movie is far more captivating than any of the other releases.

Why?

Jason Momoa’s portrayal of Arthur Curry/ Aquaman is refreshing. He’s upbeat, he’s sort of funny, and likeable. His solo film introduction was cool. I don’t know much about Aquaman, but he was super strong without rubbing me the wrong way like Superman.

Superman has always rubbed me the wrong way because I never understood why he has so many powers, but he is always fighting from underneath. You can’t have every single power ever thought of and expect me to believe you are an underdog.

I’m just saying.

But back to Aquaman, when we catch up with him after Justice League, he’s not brooding or depressed and the local news broadcasters aren’t calling him a vigilante. He’s a bonafide hero that fisherman want to take selfies with. He is immediately painted as someone you want to like.

Even the moments in the film that are supposed to make you feel down, like when he finds out about his mother being sacrificed. He doesn’t go on a rebellious rampage. He still wants to learn about his people and insists that he’s not king material.

He only seriously considers becoming king and retrieving the Trident of Atlan when Mera tells him that King Orm is trying to become Ocean Master and destroy the world. His character comes off genuine. I can’t say that for the other DC cinematic characters at this point.

Maybe Batman and Superman have been overdone at this point and that’s why seeing their stories redone hasn’t been entertaining to me. But, I think that DC should learn from this. There is a reason his movie was the highest grossing film.

In my opinion, Aquaman should spearhead the DCEU. Forget about re-inventing the wheel for the 20th time with Batman and Superman. Make them supporting characters and push someone new this time.



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