I watched the first episode and trailers of the fifth season of Gotham and I look forward to seeing Jeremiah complete his transformation into the Joker. Based on what I have seen, it looks like Jeremiah will become even crazier than he was last season such as laughing more often and displaying more theatrics. On a map of Gotham City’s current state, it was revealed that every supervillain has carved out their own chunk of territory and are defending them to the death. However, when Harley Quinn snuck into the room, she drew a smily face with a mouth that said “HA HA HA”. This implies that Jeremiah is the true ruler of Gotham City’s criminal underworld and is seemingly ruling from the shadows. Later in the season, we will see Jeremiah fight Bruce Wayne within the Ace Chemical building, right above some vats of chemicals. This is obviously a reference to the Joker’s origin story in the Tim Burton Batman film. In that film, the man who would become the Joker fell into a vat of chemicals, which resulted in him becoming the Joker. With this in mind, it is obvious that Bruce is going to knock Jeremiah into one of those vats of chemicals, which will result in his completed transformation into the Joker. I hope this is what will happen because it was such a letdown when Jerome died.
I just watched this trailer about a very dark superhero film called Brightburn. It is a horror version of the classical Superman story. Like Superman, this kid came from the sky and was raised by a couple of farmers. However, unlike Superman, this kid never learned how to be human and he failed to learn the difference between right or wrong. Also, to add to the dark nature of the film, the kid was regularly drawing alien symbols that resembled the Brand of Sacrifice from the anime/manga Berserk. Instead of a superhero, this kid becomes a superhuman serial killer. So far, this kid’s powers consist of flight, super strength, possibly telekinesis, and heat vision, but there are bound to be more powers at his disposal. I look forward to this film and see this dark new look at the classical Superman story.
I have finished the seventh chapter of my new superhero book and started the eighth chapter. These chapters depicted the transformation of the ultimate cyborg as well as depicted the existence of superhumans in government custody. These chapters were full of pain, madness, and revenge.
One of the main themes in my new superhero series is the concept of political assassination. After acquiring their powers and starting their crusade against a fascist government, the main characters would conduct a series of political assassinations against government officials of the totalitarian regime. Because my characters will be more anti-hero instead of true heroes, they will be killing a lot of people throughout the story. In some ways, it will kind of be like V for Vendetta in that the anti-hero targets agents of the government that wronged them. The only difference will be that my characters would take out their targets with superhuman powers while V has no powers that I know of. These assassinations will be modeled after fantasies I have been having. You might say that writing this story and depicting these assassinations will be a form of catharsis for me. I look forward to continuing this project and I will keep you updated on any further developments.
I look forward to Gotham Season 5 for one specific reason: we will get to see Bruce Wayne complete his transformation into Batman! Many fans don’t realize this, but we saw Bruce Wayne die with his parents in Crime Alley in the first episode. Up until now, “Bruce Wayne” has been a shell filled with raw untamed psychological power without an identity of his own. Now, Gotham City is under siege, its criminals are taking over, and its citizens are trapped. As they say in Game of Thrones, “kill the boy and let the man be born.” In its darkest hour, Gotham City needs Batman more than ever. From the fires of chaos and madness the last remnants of Bruce Wayne will fade and the Dark Knight will rise! It will be the start of a war Batman will fight for the rest of his life.
In the aftermath of The Death of Superman, we were introduced to four new so-called “Supermen”: Superboy, Steel, the Eradicator, and Cyborg Superman. Even though each of these characters claimed to be the new Superman, I noticed that each of them represents a particular aspect of the original Superman. Superboy is how Superman would have turned out if he was raised by the Kardashians instead of the Kents. Superboy symbolizes the part of Superman who loves the spotlight as well as the fame and glory that comes from being a hero. Steel AKA John Henry Irons is a man wearing a mechanical power suit and a war hammer. Because Steel is a normal human, it would safe to say that he represents Superman’s humanity. The Eradicator is a Kryptonian artificial intelligence and is essentially Spock on a truckload of steroids. The Eradicator represents the Kryptonian or inhuman part of Superman. Cyborg Superman AKA Hank Henshaw symbolizes Superman’s power because his Kryptonian DNA made him strong while his cybernetics made him even stronger. Overall, because Superman was such a model superhero, there are bound to be others who are willing to take up his mantle and carry on his legacy.
In the Flashpoint comic, we were introduced to an alternate version of Batman. Instead of Bruce Wayne, this Batman is his father, Dr. Thomas Wayne. Due to the Flash altering the timeline, Bruce was shot in Crime Alley instead of his parents. As a result, Thomas Wayne became Batman while his wife Martha Wayne was driven mad with grief from the murder of their son and became the Flashpoint Joker. Compared to his son, Thomas is a darker and more brutal version of Batman who has no problems of killing to get the job done. Witnessing the death of his son and the madness of his wife turned Thomas Wayne into a bitter and constantly angry old man. While Bruce uses high-tech gadgets to fight crime, Thomas uses guns and explosives. As Barry Allen once said, if Bruce Wayne is James Bond then Thomas Wayne is the Unabomber. Overall, I like Thomas Wayne as Batman because he provides a much deeper and darker look at the persona of the Dark Knight.