Weekly Wonder Woman

Review: Wonder Woman #16/Justice League #16/Batwoman #16 et al

Wonder Woman #16

I might have made a rod for my own back here. Trying to flag up and review every appearance of Wonder Woman each month in DC’s various titles seemed quite easy (and cheap to do) when it was just Wonder Woman and then Justice League I had to pay attention to. But this month, as well as those and the continuing crossover with Batwoman, there’s Ame-Comi girls, the H’El on Earth storyline that’s crossing over Superman, Superboy and Supergirl, and the alternative reality Injustice: Gods Among Us to deal with, too. Blimey. I’ll try my best anyway.

This month, we’ve had the continuation of the New Gods storyline in Wonder Woman, including the return of pretty much every Old God we’ve had so far in the comics. Justice League sees the continuation of the Atlantean war against the upper world – and the return of pretty much every Justice League member from pre-nu52. Batwoman gets a little bit back on track, even if it seems to have lost the plot with Wonder Woman, and H’El on Earth gets all ‘mantic. Isn’t that nice?

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The BarrometerA Barrometer rating of 2

Third-episode verdict: Banshee (Cinemax)

In the US: Fridays, 10/9c, Cinemax

Already time for a third-episode verdict on Banshee? Well, that’s what happens when you have a backlog, isn’t it?

So, to recap, I was quite impressed by the first two episodes, in which a master criminal accidentally ends up the sheriff of a small Pennsylvania town while he’s looking for his former partner and lover and his share of a diamond robbery. Yes, it had a marked tendency towards the ludicrous, the bombastic and the downright sadistic, but it had some decent characters, dialogue a cut above the usual Cinemax migraine-inducers, and interesting things to say about the line between criminality and law enforcement.

The third episode was, in a sense, a make-or-break episode for the main character – is he just pretending to be a sheriff or is he actually a sheriff? Here the choice was to ignore a woman’s rape in order to bring money to the town and avoid antagonising the head criminal, or to bring the accused to justice. Notable for one of the longest, protracted fights you’ll have seen on television, it was clearly put together by a stunt team that knows the difference between a sport like MMA and a genuine martial art and wanted to illustrate the difference in graphic detail.

The show’s still a little ludicrous, a little “heightened reality”, particularly the scenes involving Ivana Miličević and/or her father Ben Cross. But if you like a decent action show that’s also got some thought and character behind it, Banshee is a definite recommendation.

Rob’s rating: 2
Rob’s prediction: Should last at least a season, maybe even two or three.

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Question of the week: what films would you like to see do a crossover?

Not so long ago (okay, a couple of years ago now), I asked you which TV shows you’d like to see do crossovers. Time has moved on, though. Now movie franchises do crossovers, at least if they’re owned by Marvel Studios.

To reflect this new paradigm, this week I’m asking:

Practicalities aside, which movies would you like to see do crossovers?

So ignore who owns what rights, who’s dead, etc and let us know which movie characters you’d like to see in each other’s movies? Captain Kirk on board the Millennium Falcon? Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Twilight? Carrie Bradshaw in Kes?

And if you’re feeling very creative, how about extending it to TV characters appearing in movies?

As always, please give your answers below or on your own blog.

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Monday’s “Returning X-Men, Dr Strange is coming and loads more pilots” news

Film

Film casting

  • Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore returning for X-Man: Days of Future Past

Trailers

  • Trailer for Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, with Audrey Tautou
  • New trailer for Snitch with Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon et al [US only]

Theater

  • Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to star in No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot

Canadian TV

UK TV

US TV

US TV casting

  • Sarah Chalke to guest on Grey’s Anatomy
  • John Pyper-Ferguson to recur on Once Upon a Time and Sendhil Ramamurthy to be a regular on Beauty and the Beast

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting