Okay… fuck it. John Wesley Shipp is the Flash. No one else. I am in love with this series.
I’m up to disc five of six. It started off slow… poor stories, poor acting, and poor everything all around. But I’ve come to love it. Mirror Master, Captain Cold, The Trickster… they nailed that shit. And John Wesley Shipp plays the Flash so well. He’s kind, unsure of himself, and so goddamn handsome. In the same way that I always hear Kevin Conroy’s voice when I think of Batman, I’ll hear John Wesley Shipp’s when I think of the Flash. And the costume is perfect, goddammit.scalar quantity
The Flash live action series has redeemed itself. I watched episode thirteen, “The Trickster,” last night and greatly enjoyed it. Why? Because it had the goddamn Trickster in it!
The Trickster has always been a weird sort of supervillian. I mean, he’s sort of lame: his super power is MPD and a terrible sense of humor. Exactly like a certain (more memorable) Batman villian. But there’s also a lot of badass stories about him. The only reason to read all 52 issues of the 2007 Countdown series is for the Trickster/Piper storyline, which is absolutely phenomenal.
So how do you make the Trickster a good mainstream villian? You get Mark Hamill to play him, of course. Hamill did the voice of the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series, and here he more or less takes that voice and gives it a body. It’s amazing to watch. I thought Heath Ledger did a good job as the Joker in The Dark Knight, but Mark Hamill’s Trickster blows that out of the water. As he’s screaming “But I loved you!” and being dragged away by police at the end of the episode, I get serious chills. He plays the sadistic, unapproachable villian perfectly.
Posted in comics on 03/04/2009 07:00 pm by Zachary
The Black Flash. Consider this “Flash Week” or something, because that’s all I’m going to b e talking about. I believe the idea behind the Black Flash is that speedsters are basically capable of moving so fast they cannot die. They have such a sublime control over space and time that they can escape the traditional rules governing life and death, so the universe manifested the Black Flash to balance this. Basically. the Black Flash will appear and negate the character’s existence, assimilating them into the Speed Force.
I remember reading The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive and seeing the Black Flash pop up in a panel background. It got a big “OH SHIT” out of me. The book ended shortly thereafter for, uh, obvious reasons.