April has begun, and which means Easter is true across the nook. We all know that this yr, conventional Easter egg hunts could also be in brief provide—however we are able to nonetheless have them Sofa Membership-style! Each month, I break down our favourite Easter eggs we caught whereas watching #DCTV. It’s all of the enjoyable of an everyday egg hunt, however you don’t have to go away your sofa and we get to speak about cool DC lore. With that in thoughts, let’s start!
Flash followers had loads to be enthusiastic about this month, because of the return of Wally West. When he sped onto the scene as soon as once more within the episode “Loss of life of the Velocity Power,” I knew it was going to be certainly one of my favorites of the season. Wally mastered the Velocity Power, and he knew issues about it that even Barry didn’t.
It could be laborious to imagine in case you’re not acquainted with Flash historical past, however that’s comedian e-book canon. Throughout Mark Waid’s legendary Flash run from the 1990’s, the Velocity Power was launched and Wally realized methods to use it to spice up his powers. By the point Barry Allen returned from a 23-year absence (it was a Disaster factor), Wally had surpassed his former mentor and had powers he didn’t understand have been attainable. In actual fact, Wally had realized concerning the existence of the Velocity Power years earlier than Barry may even realize it.
Later time journey shenanigans prompt that Barry created the Velocity Power, nevertheless it doesn’t change the truth that Wally West had a greater relationship with it. In fact, the Arrowverse model of Wally didn’t use these powers to understand his sister has been caught in a mirror for a couple of months, so that they do have their limits. (I’ve so much to say about Wally’s powerup, so don’t be shocked if there’s a complete article dedicated to it within the close to future.)
The episode additionally namedropped Quimby Labs, which is probably going a reference to Ira Quimby, one of many DC Universe’s many mad scientists. Quimby first appeared in Thriller in Area #87 the place he battled Hawkman. On the time, he was calling himself I.Q. and had an arsenal of goofy sci-fi weapons. We may solely speculate, however I hope this namedrop is setting the stage for a future look. I need to see Flash battle a man with rocket boots!
Was anyone else creeped out by Obsidian Platinum within the episode “Alex in Wonderland”? That digital world was fairly unnerving. Don’t get me incorrect, it was cool to see Alex kicking butt as Supergirl, however terrifying to see her get misplaced inside this digital world of senseless NPCs. I did get a smile when the evil Hank Henshaw summoned her, although: “Supergirl, that is Hank Henshaw. There’s just one factor alive on lower than 4 legs that may hear this frequency, and that’s you.” It’s the very same message that Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor despatched Christopher Reeve’s Superman within the 1978 Superman film.
In fact, Hackman’s Luthor didn’t determine himself as Henshaw, and he acquired Superman’s gender accurately, however in any other case it’s the identical message. David Harewood even used a few of the identical vocal inflections Hackman did. If Jon Cryer wants a break day, we all know the place to search out our substitute Luthor. And earlier than you name me loopy, simply do not forget that this can be a universe the place shapeshifting and body-swapping are par for the course.
All rise for the honorable judges—and belief us, these two judges deserve your highest honors. Within the Black Lightning season three finale “The Guide of Struggle: Chapter Three: Liberation,” Jefferson gave an explosive testimony to a panel of judges, with two of them having very attention-grabbing names. Choose Isabella and Choose Von Eeden have been performed by none aside from Black Lightning’s creators, author Tony Isabella and artist Trevor Von Eeden. If it wasn’t for this artistic duo, the world would by no means have met Jefferson Pierce, Lynn Stewart, Tobias Whale, Peter Gambi or Garfield Excessive. It’s not day by day that our heroes come head to head with their creators, and I feel Jefferson dealt with the state of affairs effectively.
Critically, are you able to think about a greater option to finish the season?
What did you all consider Duela Dent, the psycho slasher from the episode “Grinning Ear to Ear”? In case you thought she was a nutjob, wait till you get a load of her comedian counterpart.
When comedian readers first met Duela in Batman Household #6, she was calling herself the Joker’s Daughter. This early model of the character dressed up as gender-swapped variations of Gotham’s best criminals and prompted mischief for Robin. She later revealed that it was a ploy to get invited to affix the Teen Titans…and amazingly, it labored! (What can I say? It was a special time.)
Duela’s modified her identification dozens of instances since then, and at one level took on the identify Harlequin years earlier than Margot Robbie picked up her first mallet. For some time the thriller of her parentage was a operating joke, till it was revealed she was the daughter of an alternate universe model of the Joker. At the moment, Duela’s residing actually underground in Gotham and carrying a masks comprised of the precise Joker’s carved-off face, so let’s not make an excessive amount of gentle of her. (Her stunning ultimate scene in “Grinning Ear to Ear” was virtually definitely a nod to this.) The Joker’s Daughter could be a formidable villain when she units her thoughts to it and there’s no assure we’ve seen the final of her on Batwoman. For extra on Ms. Dent’s weird historical past, take a look at this text I wrote for DC Universe.
Duela’s uncle Harvey was additionally talked about, and longtime Gothamites may know him higher because the villain Two-Face. It seems like this model of Harvey hasn’t had his face scarred but, so let’s hope he stays cautious. Within the comics, there was a quick interval the place Deula claimed that Two-Face was her father, which defined her uncommon first identify. It turned out that she was mendacity, although. She does that so much.
We may go on, however my basket is getting full. To be sincere, I need to hear what you discovered. Did I overlook one thing massive? Be happy to ship your tweets over to me at @TBUJosh so we may geek out collectively.
Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, motion pictures and comics for DCComics.com and DCUniverse.com, is an everyday contributor to the Sofa Membership and writes our month-to-month Batman column, “Gotham Gazette.” Observe him on Twitter at @TBUJosh.