Sunday, December 4

Heroes from the Arrowverse/Flashverse/Berlanti-verse

The DCTV/Arrowverse started with Greg Berlanti started Arrow back in 2012. DC Comics has vast heroes and some double up with the TV universe and the movie universe such as The Flash and Superman. Here I try to put which heroes have been adapted. Some characters don't come directly from comics, some recast and others changed. This is a guide to which series they have appeared in. There is probably more, I'll add when I remember.  

Oliver Queen/Arrow
Actor: Stephen Amell
Series: Arrow
Has appeared in: The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow

Roy Harper/Arsenal
Actor: Colton Haynes
Series: Arrow Seasons 1-3

John Diggle/Spartan
Actor: David Ramsey
Series: Arrow
Has appeared in: The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow
He is an original creation, not from the comics.

Laurel Lance/Black Canary
Actress: Katie Cassidy
Series: Arrow, The Flash

Thea McQueen/Speedy
Actress: Willa Holland
Series: Arrow
Has Appeared in: The Flash
She took over Roy's place and then retired but helped in "Heroes vs Aliens."

Sarah Lance/White Canary
Actress: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Caity Lotz (Season 2 onward)
Series: Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow
Has appeared in: The Flash
She technically doesn't exist in the comics but mostly based on Black Canary. She was recast in season 2 of Arrow and now a regular in Legends of Tomorrow.

Lyla Michaels/Harbringer
Actress: Audrey Marie Anderson
Series: Arrow
Has appeared in: The Flash
Where she has taken the name of Harbringer, she is not an active hero. She did appear in the "Heroes vs. Aliens" teamup.

Barry Allen/The Flash
Actor: Grant Gustin
Series: The Flash
Has appeared in: Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow

Catilin Snow/Killer Frost
Actress: Danielle Panabaker
Series: The Flash
Has appeared in: Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow
While a villain in the comics, she has been mostly a hero in the series. In Season 2 of Flash, she met Earth-2 Killer Frost who was a villain. Now in Season 3, her powers have arose and her evil personality. Even though she didn't use her powers, she was useful in the "Heroes VS Aliens" crossover.

Cisco Ramon/Vibe
Actor: Carlos Valdez
Series: The Flash
Has appeared in: Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow
He is the only one from the Arrowverse other than Flash that has appeared in Supergirl.

Jesse Wells/Jesse Quick
Actress: Violette Beane
Series: The Flash
In the series, she comes from Earth-2 and daughter of Harrisons Wells. She returns to Earth-2 in Season 3. In the comics, she is the daughter of Johnny Quick.

Wally West/Kid Flash
Actor: Keiynan Lonsdale
Series: The Flash
He first came in season 2 and got his powers in season 3.

Jay Garrick/the Flash Earth-3
Actor: John Wesley ship
Series: The Flash
season 2

Martin Stein/Firestorm
Actor: Victor Garber
Series: The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow
He was part of the Heroes vs Aliens teamup.

Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm
Actor: Robbie Amell
Series: The Flash
He was killed off in Season 2. He appeared in season 3 as Deathstorm in Earth-2.

Jefferson Jackson/Firestorm
Actor: Franz Drameh
Series: Legends of Tomorrow
Seen in: The Flash
He was not in the comics, Ronnie's replacement in the comics was Jason Rusch.

Mick Rory/Heatwave
Actor: Dominic Purcell
Series: The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow
Was part of "Heroes vs Aliens"

Leonard Snart/Captain Cold
Actor: Wentworth Miller
Series: The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow
"Killed" off in Season 1 of Legends but later reappears.

Ray Palmer/The Atom
Actor: Brandon Routh
Series: Arrow Season 3/Legends of Tomorrow
Appeared in: The Flash

Rip Hunter
Actor: Arthur Darvill
Series: Legends of Tomorrow

Carter Hall/Hawkman
Actor: Falk Hentschel
Series: Legends of Tomorrow
Appeared in: The Flash (Season 2), Arrow (Season 4)
Killed off but later reappeared again.

Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl
Actress: Ciara Renee
Series: Legends of Tomorrow
Appeared in: The Flash (Season 1), Arrow (Season 4)

Curtis Holt/Mr Terrific
Actor: Echo Kellum
Series: Arrow Season 4-on
In the comics, his name is Michael. Part of Heroes vs Aliens, he met the Flash and Supergirl

Tobias "Charon" Church/Ragman
Actor: Joe Dinicol
Series: Arrow Season 5
Part of Heroes vs Aliens, he met the Flash and Supergirl

Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog
Actor: Rick Gonzalez
Series: Arrow Season 5
Part of Heroes vs Aliens, he met the Flash and Supergirl

John Diggle Jr/Green Arrow
Actor: Joseph David-Jones
Series: Legends of Tomorrow
His storyline is of Connor Hawke but in the series, he is the son of John Diggle and Lyla Michaels, being made from Flash's Flashpoint.

Marie Jiwe McCabe/Vixen
Actress: Megalyn Echikunqoke
Series: Vixen (animated)
Appeared in: Arrow Season 4
She was in an animated series online and then moved to a guest spot on Arrow.

Amaya Jiwe/Vixen
Actress: Maisie Richardson-Sellers
Series: Legends of Tomorrow (Season 2)
When they couldn't get  Megalyn Echikunwoke, they hired Maisie and made the character her grandmother.

Actress: Courtney Whitmore
Series: Legends of Tomorrow
Appears as part of the early JLA.

Henry Heywood / Commander Steel
Actor: Matthew McCaull
Is grandfather to Nate, part of early JLA

Nate Heywood/Commander Steel
Actor: Nick Zano
Series: Legends of Tomorrow Season 2
Has appeared in: Arrow

Kara Danvers/Supergirl
Actress: Melissa Bensoit
Series: Supergirl
Has appeared in: The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow
In her own Earth, which Cisco calls Earth-31, there only exists Superman and her. And perhaps Batman, as Gotham has been mentioned.

J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter
Actor: David Harewood
Series: Supergirl

Clark Kent/Superman
Actor: Tyler Hoechlin
Series: Supergirl

Jimmy Olsen/Guardian
Actor: Mehcad Brooks
Series: Supergirl
The Guardian was Jim Harper in the comics but he already appeared on Supergirl so now Jimmy Olsen is the Guardian on the show.

Thursday, November 24

My Top Ten Animated Horses

The majority are from Disney, it can't be helped as they have the majority of horses. I'm not counting unicorns (even though I love The Last Unicorn), Pegasus (sorry Disney's Hercules), ponies (sorry My Little Pony) or robotic horses (yes they exist).

10. Spirit/Swiftwind
She-Ra's horse was suppose to be female but they cast the male voice that did Battlecat in He-Man and he became male. Spirit became the Allicorn Swiftwind.

9. Angus
Disney/Pixar's Brave had Merida and her horse loyal steed Angus. He is a Clydesdale.

8. Bullseye
He doesn't speak, doesn't do much or contribute to the plot but he is a sweetheart and loyal. He debuted in Toy Story 2 and continued on to Toy Story 3 and the shorts and TV specials. He is the only toy horse on the list.

7. Headless Horseman's horse
In The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Sleepy Hollow was adapted and the Headless Horseman had his equally scary black horse with the red eyes. The horse's name was Daredevil in some stories.

6. Samson
Prince Philip's horse in Sleeping Beauty (the 50's) was considered his personality by the animators. The Disney animators before the 80's hated animating the Princes. They thought them boring and stiff but the animators enjoyed animating Samson as an extension of Philip. He is the only grey horse on the list.

5. Phillipe
Belle's dad's horse in Beauty and the Beast (1991). He was smart but a coward, he abandoned his owner to go get Belle. But when Belle stayed at the Beast's castle, he did too. He is the second brown horse on this list.
4. Skydancer
Starlite was cool but Skydancer was the bad boy horse in Rainbow Brite, belonging to Stormy. Stormy was in charge of lightning, storms and winter. Skydancer jumped on clouds and sneeze out icicles. Onyx the robotic horse was cool too but I didn't want this post to be all about Rainbow Brite. He is the only purple horse on the list.

3. Kahn
The loyal horse of Mulan (1998), he always stood by her and protected her but did not help Mushu nor the lucky cricket.  He is the third black horse on the list.

2. Maximus
The horse of the guards of a kingdom in Disney's Tangled (2010), he was relentless to find Finn. Maximus didn't speak but conveyed a lot in his face and actions. He was a bit anthropomorphic as he did things horse aren't even capable of doing. He is one of three computer animated horses on this list.

1. Starlite
Number one has to be the most magnificent horse in the whole universe, Starlite (Starlight) of Rainbow Brite. Rainbow Brite was a 1983 franchise from Hallmark Cards that included TV specials, a movie ("Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer"), toys, cards and other merchandise. He 'flew' by running on a Rainbow. What made him so magnificent other than he can speak. He entered a large castle on his own to retrieve a stolen belt and save Rainbow Brite. Also, he always managed to outsmart Murky Dismal, which wasn't a big feat unto itself but still.  Plus he is the third white horse in this list.

Monday, November 14

Dream Casting: Doom Patrol

There is no news that Doom Patrol will be adapted into a film, but I think the comics has potential. Doom Patrol is a DC comics in 1963 that has a lot of resemblance to X-Men. So much that the creators have noted this. A group of mutants or freaks lead by a man in a wheelchair that goes against the Brotherhood of Evil. Even similarities to Fantastic Four. The current Doom Patrol has changed since and included Teen Titans staple Beast Boy. Since the X-Men franchise is imploding, Warner Bros and DC Comics could grow on Doom Patrol. A potential adaption can focus on how disenfranchised the group is and given a purpose after being rejected. 

The Chief
Dr. Niles Caulder is a paraplegic gifted with a genius-level intellect. Caulder uses his scientific knowledge to develop numerous inventions and innovations that have made him wealthy. To make it different, I would change the Chief to a female, maybe Gina Tores, best known for Angel, Firefly and Westworld and also being wife to Laurence Fishburne. She has a wonderful charisma, humor and mother-like grandiose. In the comics, he is generally powerless but at one point gains Kryptonian powers but in the end, I would leave the Chief just a super genius. I guess I would call her Nancy Caulder.

Cliff Steele became Robotman, initially dubbed Automaton, after a race car accident destroyed his body. Caulder subsequently placed Cliff's intact brain into a robotic body. After the operation, Cliff suffered from frequent depression. In my version, he would be called Automaton because Robotman is too clunky of a name. Caulder would be responsible of the accident but not race car but of a prototype rocket.  Teddy Sears did a great job as Zoom in The Flash but I think he could call sympathy as a man disconnected and not feeling like a man. Also I would love to see him as a robot, malfunctioning and perfectly built. 

Negative Man
 Larry Trainor sees himself as a victim as much as a hero, and his superpower as an infection rather than a blessing.  He is accidentally exposed to a radioactive field in the atmosphere while piloting a test plane. This experience leaves him radioactive himself, but also gives him the ability to release a negatively charged energy being from his body; the being, also referred to as Negative Man. In later comics, he can surround himself with it so I would have both abilities. Since he is mostly in bandages, he can be any actor. Who he has such a great voice is Luke Hemsworth.

Rita Farr is exposed to unusual volcanic gases and discovers that she can expand or shrink her body at will—from hundreds of feet tall to mere inches in height. When she gains greater control of her powers, she discovers that she can enlarge one limb at a time. In the comics, she was an actress but I would change it to a work-a-day job. She would be the audience surrogate, more like a regular person. Since the Incredibles had an Elasti-Girl, here she could be called Elasti-Woman, Elasti-Lady or Miss Elastic. Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men would be a good fit as she is plucky, funny and can 'bring the feels.'

Element Woman
Emily Sung  could transform her body into any of the elements naturally found in the human body and shape them at her will. She can change her hair color using metals, and she can create silicate faces that fall off after a while. She uses the faces for ashtrays. She is not an original member but I think she would be useful. She has had different origins in the comics but in this version she can a snarker and strong character. Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, Thor) is a defiant snarker.