So I got bored and put some of the action movie references from Taylor Swift’s new music video in a giant collage. I’m aware there are tons of nods to other movies that I don’t mention and that the whole video has a strong Resident Evil vibe, but these were my first connotations. Hope you like it.
I hope everyone’s watching The Flash. The show is amazing and packed with countless easter eggs. During the latest two episodes, the show has successfully told the entire origin story of Firestorm and even though I never liked the “nuclear man” in the comics, this particular depiction of the character and his team-up with the Flash were absolutely awesome. Aside from Firestorm’s look, with the hair only turning into flames while he’s attacking and the strange white eyes, the effects are pretty decent. But nothing compares to the astonishing CGI-model and animation of Gorilla Grodd! This is by far the most amazing thing I have seen in comic book television and moreover it’s so true to the comics. It’s not your giant cosmic cloud Galactus, mute Deadpool-Zombie-Terminator or Batman with a roaring voice. This is Grodd as we know and love him: A merciless, powerful, mind controlling black giant. Please, have a look at these screenshots, relive the excitement and tell me why this can’t be part of an interconnected TV-and Cinematic DC Universe.
I’ve finally finished my Marceline “pin-up”. It took me almost a day to figure out which font I should use and how to put it on the picture without messing it up. My first idea was to use a an ornamental tattoo font but in the end I settled for horror-themed writing.
At one point I had a spiderweb in the background but it took too much away from the character and was a bit distracting. Another idea was to have everything but the axe-bass, eyes, lips and boots colored in shades of grey, but the blue pants felt too iconic to not have them in their familiar tone as well as the slightly “greenish” skin. When I started thinking about a good slogan/title dealing with “rad/red stuff”, Nancy Sinatra’s famous song Summer Wine came to my mind. Obviously, I changed the lyrics a bit.
Lately some details about the new Supergirl TV series have been published. From the character descriptions it seems like the writers have no problem to almost entirely ignore the source material and simply grab some random names from the DCU to equip them with new character traits and backstories. Jimmy Olsen is a handsome hunk and probably one of Kara’s love interests. Cat Grant (Wtf?) is Kara’s boss and founder of the media conglomerate CatCo. Hank Hanshaw works for the CIA. (Wait a minute …Seriously?!!) You can check out the descriptions below and read an entire article on IGN.
James Olsen: In his late 20s/early 30s, open ethnicity, James is a smart, worldly and attractive photographer for CatCo (see below). Though an alpha male, his salt-of-the-earth nature elicits a huge ol’ crush from Kara.
Cat Grant: The project is eyeing females in their 40s, open ethnicity, to play the founder of CatCo, a media conglomerate that Cat built from the ground up. Kara (Supergirl’s mild-mannered alter ego) will work as a personal assistant to Cat, who is described as “J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour.”
Winslow “Wynn” Schott: This twentysomething tech whiz/Comic-Con stalwart toils for CatCo as a programmer, unaware of his own potential. Unware of her secret, he carries a torch for Kara, whom he lives next door to.
Hank Henshaw: As an upstart CIA agent, Hank grew obsessed with intergalactic intel. Now in his 40s and lording over the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations), he is on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself, worried that her otherworldly abilities pose a threat to humankind.
I’m a bit bummed (since I’ve tried to keep my cautious optimism alive as long as possible) but it really looks like the series could turn out to be a poor people’s “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “Dawson’s Creek” with some Sci-Fi elements thrown into the mix. Sadly, now there’s no more hope for Powergirl to show up which could have been so great.
Also, here’s a new design I did yesterday featuring Terra who’s my favorite Titan.
That sounds an awful lot like Smallville to me and the only thing good about Smallville was Kristen Kreuk’s face (which made even the Legend of Chun-Li fairly watchable). Story’s about Kara are always great when she’s in company of other heroes, but her solo titles were seldom entertaining enough to succeed. Amazons teaching her how to fight and Supes becoming her most important mentor although she was his nanny not long ago: Those instances make for some great story opportunities but are not likely to be integrated into the show. Kal-El will probably be restricted to the big screen and a new depiction of Themiscyra is also on its way to theatres. Perhaps The Legion Of Superheroes could pop up and take Kara to the future – which would be fun to watch – but who knows if the budget suffices to create a believable portrayal of the DCU’s future.
Now here’s my idea.
Make it a show about POWERGIRL that takes place in Manhattan. There are many reasons why Pee Gee would be the better choice and I’ll give you some.
- Powergirl’s origin
Powergirl doesn’t need an origin story because she’s one of the only residues of the Earth-2 Universe. She has almost no recollection of her former life, which leaves her without any tethers and makes for some great mysteries.
- The Justice Society
Powergirl’s a member of the Justice Society, which is much easier to integrate into a show than Superman. Mr. Terrific, Doctor Mid-Nite and Jay Gerrick could be her recurring mentors and allies. They were the one who helped Powergirl creating her Karen Starr identity in the comics.
Karen Starr is always trying to make the world a better place. She’s the founder of Starrware, a company that employs some of earth’s greatest scientists and engineers to develop eco-friendly energy solutions and new futuristic technology. Businesswoman and world-class superhero are two professions that will likely involve a lot of juggling but also provide a great and established dichotomy. It incorporates a relatable microcosm featuring a typical day-to-day life into an exotic world of aliens, super-powered entities and threatening monster villains. The Starrware technologies could turn into some great gadgets to help Powergirl in her pursuit of justice but could also be stolen and misused by rogues.
Other than Kara Zor-El, Powergirl has a friend and sidekick who can relate to her situation: Terra is an alien herself. Her geo-kinetic powers and her connection to an entirely different civilization under the earth’s surface make her the perfect companion for Pee Gee.
Karen Starr is tall, very beautiful and above all BUSTY. The fact that she’s many men’s dream girl and people tend to underestimate her because of her appearance is the perfect premise for some great jokes. The series would really stand out, if the makers kept it mainly funny and light-hearted.
Since it seems very unlikely that Supergirl’s immediately wearing a costume almost similar to Superman’s suit from Man Of Steel, Powergirl’s costume would be a lot easier to implement. It has no symbols on it and basically a white swimsuit with a giant cleavage-window. I admit that it’s a bit hard to explain why a strong woman would prostitute herself like that. In the comics Powergirl addresses the boob-loophole and explains that she left the space out for a representative symbol. She needs to find her place in this world first and will then be able to close the hole. I’d suggest making the window a bit smaller and maybe even have her create a symbol that she can stitch on at the end of the first season.
- Giant Strength
Powergirl is almost invincible and since you can’t wreck entire cities or fly into space every episode, instead put her friends, colleagues and fellow superheroes in danger. Put her into situations where strength alone is not enough. Have her struggle to combine her personal-, professional- and secret life and also discover her forgotten past. The show shouldn’t be about powers but about relationships and not like a teen drama with lots of heartbreak and kitsch but like a sitcom with lots of quirky moments and strange encounters.
- The general audience could care less
Only those people who are familiar with the comics know that there are different versions of Supergirl. To the general audience it makes no difference which heroine is featured on the show. Meanwhile, the geeks get a lot of lesser-known characters (like the members of the Justice Society) to rejoice about.
So these are some ideas for a Powergirl TV Show and some reasons why I think it’s superior to a Supergirl TV Show. What do you guys think?
Since I’ve started posting some of my designs, more and more people seem to get interested and become followers. This is amazing but also puts me under a bit of pressure. Last week was quite productive. Here’s another design for you guys, that I’ve finished this morning. What do you think? I’m loving it. Sadly, I have a very restrictive wardrobe and only wear black shirts. In any other imaginable life, I immediately would have ordered this for myself.^^ Raven Shirt
I’m a giant Green Lantern fan, which is why I’ve designed a very specific shirt. Kilowog from Bolovax Vik has always been one of my favorite ringslingers. He’s a giant powerhouse and still holds up in most fights, when his rings has long run out of juice. He’s probably also the last of his kind, which puts him in a Superman-like position. Somehow this makes him more relatable and explains why Kilowog can sometimes be a hardass, especially when he drills new recruits in effectively using their willpower. He simply doesn’t want to lose any more lives to the darkness of the universe. Kilowog Shirt