Fan Wishes: Alternate Universes I Hope to God Happen in CW

I interrupt our regular poetic programming to babble about my current fannish obsession with the CW show “The Flash”. This was written/drafted yesterday. Apologies for the gibbering, and I promise there will be poetry next week.

If you guys remember, I was excited about the concept of alternate timelines in the CW heroes universe earlier this week. And while stuff didn’t happen exactly the way I thought they would, I was still excited at the way it all turned out.

I have seen the futur—okay no, not really. I’ve seen the finale of CW’s “The Flash”, which basically amounts to me seeing multiple POTENTIAL futures/alternate realities a la Vibe (oh hey, Cisco Ramon!). And I guess that’s good enough.

Of course, I’m probably not seeing actual potential futures. These are probably just things that I want the various superhero series showrunners to actually do. I don’t EXPECT them to do all this; I will just love them forever if this is, in fact, what will happen in the wake of that Flash finale.

Even if it WAS a cliffhanger (DAMMIT!).

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King Koala Approves

So what are the timeline divergences I’m hoping they’d tackle? Well…(spoilers ahead for those who haven’t watched the finale)

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Legends of Tomorrow: Let’s Have an Awesome (Alternate) Time(line)

Full disclosure: while I tend to complain about some things that DC does, I’m still a fan of their superhero stories when I feel like they’re doing most of it right. With the upcoming (here, at least) finale of “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow”, I totally see myself loving their TV stuff all over again.

(I’m reserving judgment re: “Batman vs Superman” until I see it.)

I saw the official trailer for “Legends of Tomorrow” on Friday, Manila time, and spent most of the weekend geeking out over it (with my father and sister, naturally).

Wait, you haven’t watched it yet? HOW DARE YOU. Watch it first:

Done? Okay, cool.

Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? THIS SHOW WILL HAVE CRAPLOADS OF TIME TRAVEL IN IT, with the adventures apparently being led by a former Time Lord companion (brilliant piece of casting, by the way—good job, CW!). You know what Time Travel does? It gives us alternate timelines. We’ve already had a glimpse of how that works in episodes 15 and 16 of “The Flash”, in which Barry goes back 24 hours to stop horrible things from happening—including a horrifyingly contrived confession of love from Iris.

I know she’s end game, but that doesn’t make her any less annoying. (Image from http://arrow.wikia.com)

PS: Don’t complain about that whole “confession” thing being a spoiler. It happened weeks ago and you should have at least heard about it by now.

But let’s get back to the point: we KNOW that time travel and alternate timelines are a thing in the DC-CW universe thanks to “The Flash”, and “Legends of Tomorrow” will have time adventures galore. This, in turn, opens up possibilities for other potential realities…

One of which might actually be the freaking LoT timeline itself.

Of course I’ll explain my convoluted theories/fannish wishes; but this might contain spoilers. Do some plotty catching up for “Arrow” and “The Flash” before continuing to read.

If you’re caught up (or don’t mind spoilers), then read on, my friend!

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Just Watched: Avengers – Age of Ultron

I interrupt my regular poetic programming to squee over the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It may include logic flow issues, typos, and swearing in a positive light. Reader discretion is advised.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” came out in the Philippines last week, and it was a thing of freaking beauty.

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Photo from HDWallpapers.In

Sure, reactions were somewhat mixed—in my (thankfully spoiler-free) Facebook timeline, I saw people thanking Joss Whedon for the movie while others noted that the film would have been much better if a good 90 minutes had been removed from it. You guys know who you are. Before I got to watch it with the significant other that Saturday, this worried me.

Of course, it didn’t worry me enough to NOT want to see it on IMAX.

Because come on, people; it’s THE AVENGERS. We’ve been seeing them for more than half a decade, and they’re almost like family to us by now.

And I have to say: I’m happy to report that it was NOT as disappointing as I thought it would be, given the initial apparently underwhelming response. In fact, I’ll be counting myself among the folks who thank Whedon for this. It was beautiful. It was glorious. It made me happy to be alive and totally capable of dropping about 400 Pinoy bucks to watch a movie focused on a semi-ragtag team of superhumans (plus one regular-ish human) fighting a self-aware robot.

Maybe it’s because I’m not a hardcore Marvel comics fan. Maybe it’s because I regard the MCU as an entity of its own. Maybe it’s because I’m just a big fan of solid storycraft.

Or maybe it’s because I feel like this movie is about legacies, and I totally dig that.

Spoilers ahead!

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I’m Back!

I’m back,  guys. I had to take a bit of a blogging break because being sick all week last week meant I needed to ration my energy. Since stuff for the office and for home were technically more important, I went with getting rest by foregoing this.

The problem is that I seem to have fallen off the blog writing habit and will likely have trouble getting back on that metaphorical horse, which means you’ll have to suffer through my being LESS than entertaining (as I have been over the last few weeks.

I really suck
I really do.

 

As an apology for that, I give you this Batman transformation sequence. It is in conjunction with the superhero fever we have at work, which likely won’t end until September 20 (the day they announce the winners of the bay decor contest).

In case you’re wondering, this is what the excitement looks like:

Marketing Team as superheroes
Have I mentioned how much I love my job yet? (Image care of the RC Manila Facebook page)

Oh, we are SO kicking ass on the 18th. And this has the added benefit of inspiring me to write my hero story some more.

So how was last week for you?

Super Storycraft: Manning Up

As some of you might know, I have this pet project of trying to figure out what puts the “super” in the superhero story by creating my own hero. I actually have the plot outline and a few scenes of his adventures lined up in a notebook somewhere (progress!), and I’m trying to decide whether I should post it on this blog or on Wattpad – because I really should post it somewhere.

If only because the world needs Liberty (art care of my sister)
If only because the world needs Liberty (art care of my sister)

Of course, the original point of this is to learn more about writing a story about a super-powered person trying to help other people. Over the course of trying to hammer out certain details, something became clear to me.

In many plots, fathers really are important.

I believe that I’ve complained about excessive use of “daddy issues” in various hero tales, and I do believe that, in most cases, it’s cheating (I’m glaring at you right now, 2011 Green Lantern movie). But I think writing Liberty – Lady Liberty in previous incarnations – has given me another perspective. I now feel that the use of father figures in many stories such as this reflect one important aspect of turning into a hero. I think the dads are there to teach the superheroes how to use their powers responsibly.

They’re there to show the heroes how to man up when needed.

Let’s face it: many superheroes – the popular ones – are male. As such, superhero stories can be seen as metaphors for being an adult in the context of manhood, for becoming and being a man. Peter Parker became a man when he became Spiderman – and he is the hero he is because of the man Uncle Ben was. Superman was also the hero he is because of who Jonathan Kent is.

In my own story, Liberty is a hero – but he won’t be the hero he is meant to be, the man he is meant to be, until he reconnects with his father.

The entire point here is to know how to step up – as men are expected to.

I think this is why many find it difficult to write stories about female superheroes – it’s because most of the sensibilities of superhero stories tend to deal with what we are told are essentially male aspirations. Being rescuers, protectors, defenders, and (to a certain extent, at least), avengers are things that boys are supposed to aspire to be.

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Nobody really talks about what a woman’s gotta do (I’ll rant about this in a future post).

Nevertheless, a good superhero story seems to require the main character to man up. Call it morals or ethics or whatnot. But in the end, it’s recognizing a sense of right and wrong within one’s self and knowing how to apply one’s powers to it.

I could be wrong – but this is as good a start as any.