Weekly Recap: Superheroes on TV, Rednex in Sweden and Keanu’s Lost in Space
We’re less than a week away from the movie debut of DC Comics’ flagship team of superheroes in Justice League. I can feel the excitement in the air. Okay, DC hasn’t had the same consistent success as its Marvelous competitor in recent years. Their only unqualified success since Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has been this past summer’s Wonder Woman. It hasn’t been for lack of trying either. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel served as a launching point for the DC Cinematic Universe primarily because the previous efforts to kick-start their line of superhero movies were disappointments.
There are plenty of reasons to keep your expectations low for next week’s team-up movie, but advance reviews also suggest there is hope that Justice League could be a fun diversion at least. This week we spent some time talking about DC superheroes in movies and TV, so get ready for a superpowered weekly recap!
The picture at the top of the article comes from one of Warner Brothers’ failed attempts to compete with Marvel. The studio hoped Green Lantern could duplicate the success of Iron Man, but they shot themselves in the foot by setting a release date in stone before they had a finished script. That and other foibles left Green Lantern powerless to launch his own franchise much less spin-offs.
Television isn’t the best medium for telling super-hero stories. Tales of spandex-clad heroes are best served in comic books where the artist’s imagination is not limited by budgets. Movies at least allow for big screen spectacle if not in-depth character arcs. When superheroes come to the small screen, they loose the big name stars and special effects. In exchange, TV writers can engage in the kind of long-form story-telling comic books are known for. The history of DC superheroes on the big screen is hit and miss, but the characters’ treatment has been more consistent on TV. Comparing dissimilar series made decades apart is a tricky prospect, but I did my best with a list of DC Superhero TV shows ranked from worst to first.
This week’s birthday’s included a superhero’s girlfriend and aunt. Yep, that was my best segue into Jestak’s birthday articles. Let’s see who got a year older this week:
- November 6: Adam Devine, Emma Stone, Ethan Hawke, Kris Wu, Michael Cerveris, Patina Miller, Sally Field, Thandie Newton
- November 7: Anushka Shetty, Guy Gavriel Kay, Joni Mitchell, Judy Parfitt, Lindsay Duncan, Lorde, Morgan Spurlock
- November 8: Alain Delon, Bonnie Raitt, Dania Ramirez, Kazuo Ishiguro, Matthew Rhys, Michael Nyqvist, Parker Posey, Richard Curtis
- November 9 & 10: Abigail Washburn, Bille August, Debra Hill, Ellen Pompeo, Miranda Lambert, Neil Gaiman, Roy Scheider, Russell Means, Taron Egerton, Walton Goggins, Zoey Deutch
- November 11: Adam Beach, Demi Moore, Jonathan Winters, Robert Ryan, Scoot McNairy, Stanley Tucci, Tye Sheridan
- November 12: Alexandra Maria Lara, Angela Watson, Anne Hathaway, Megan Mullally, Neil Young, Patrice Leconte, Ryan Gosling, Tonya Harding
Not only did we have a WTHH subject this week, we also have the daughter of another.
After cutting a rug at his high school reunion, Jeffthewildman wondered whether or not Rednex techo remake of the country classic “Cotton Eyed Joe” could be considered a cheesetastic classic. By a 2 to 1 margin, readers decided, nope, the 90’s “Cotton Eye Joe” didn’t pass muster. Whether that means it is not good enough or too good for consideration is up to you to decide.
The band has been through a lot of changes since their version of the song hit. In 2002, the then-current Rednex released a video for their take on “Cotton Eye Joe” because apparently one European dance mix of the song wasn’t enough.
Reminds me of the last Lebeau family reunion…
We also heard from Kevthewriter who wanted to know why the sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine bombed. Or why it was ever made. Or since someone seemed to think the world needed a Hot Tub Time Macine 2, why did they loose John Cusack’s phone number? So many burning questions.
This week’s Movieline cover-story was an interview with Keanu Reeves circa 1992 when the actor brought his own unique acting style to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The interview is a most excellent look at a young man figuring out how to make it in the jungles of Hollywood. We also had the second half of a two-part interview with director Oliver Stone. This came from the November 1997 issue just as Stone’s career was really starting to cool off. And finally, there was a profile piece on actress Mia Kirshner as she was attempting to go the Hollywood route after a few head-turning performances in racy Canadian films. It didn’t take, but Kirshner found work on television.
That’s a wrap for this week. But be sure to come back next week for more superheroic shenanigans.