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Monday Musings: Batgirl

Monday Musings: Batgirl

I had planned to stop writing about the DCEU for a while. My Monday Musings have all involved this franschise and I wanted to talk about something a little more personal. However the news that Joss Whedon was going to write and direct a stand alone Batgirl movie changed all that. Over the weekend, I had seen several articles about the Batgirl movie, arguments for and against Joss Whedon directing. Ideas for possible storylines and dream casting ideas. So here we are again, another Monday and another Musing about the DCEU.

Everyone is assuming the Batgirl movie will be about Barbara Gordon, most people associate her with Batgirl. I am guessing this is correct as it might be confusing for audiences to suddenly introduce Cassandra Cain or Stephanie Brown as Batgirl. Unlike Wonder Woman, there have been several live action versions of Batgirl onscreen. Most iconic is Yvonne Craig’s version from the 1960’s TV programme. Then the awful version from the 1997 Batman and Robin movie. Finally, a post Killing Joke version of Barbara Gordon in the short-lived Birds of Prey TV programme.

If I had to pick a dream writer/director for a Batgirl movie, Joss Whedon would be high on my list. He has created some of my favourite TV programmes, he creates interesting characters, as well as included numerous strong women. His filmography is extremely varied, vampire shows, a space western, a musical series and a Shakespeare adaption. He has written comics for Marvel and directed two films for the MCU. Joss Whedon can do Batgirl justice.

Joss Whedon is so much more than just the director of The Avengers films but it is hard not to mention them when talking about him. The first Avengers film, helped create the MCU as one entity, elevating these films into some different. For me the highlight of these films was his interpretation of Black Widow. Whilst, Black Widow first appeared in Iron Man 2, it was in The Avengers that her character became more interesting. There has been criticism of her storyline in Age of Ultron, but for me she still a fascinating character.

What I would like to see?

Originally, I had hoped Barbara Gordon would be introduced into the Arrowverse. As I mentioned before I like the DC television programmes, I would have liked to see a Batgirl programme added to this franchise. Arrow has already introduced Black Canary and Huntress. I imagined taking these characters and adding them to a Batgirl and Birds of Prey TV Show. But a feature film, would be incredible.

As for the storyline, it is unclear where in Batman’s timeline the DCEU is taking place, yes he appears to be an older version of Bruce Wayne. In Suicide Squad they hinted that the Joker had killed a Robin (assuming Jason Todd). So I am guessing around three years into Batman’s career, around the time of Killing Joke. Of course, the Batgirl film could be set out of the timeline and be an origins story.

If they are adapting an existing storyline from the comics, I would like to see Year One, up until to Killing Joke. I hated the animated version of Killing Joke, but I still believe it is one of the best Batman storylines and I would like to see it a decent adaption. Whilst leaving the heroine paralysed might not be an ideal ending. The end of Batman vs Superman shows the DCEU aren’t affraid to take risks.

Batgirl (New 52)

Another option could be the new 52 storyline of The Darkest Reflection. A post Killing Joke version of Batgirl, still traumatized by her attack, but trying to find her place back in the Bat-family. This could be darker, more like the Jessica Jones TV show, making the character more interesting than the comical version of Batgirl from the previous Batman movie franchise.

What do you think about the news of Joss Whedon directing the Batgirl movie? What storyline would you like to see in the film? Do you have any ideas who should play Batgirl?

Recommended Reading

Is Joss Whedon the Right Choice (CBR article)
Is Joss Whedon the Wrong Choice (CBR article)
Fan Cast for Batgirl (Nerdist News)
Batgirl: Year One
Batgirl: The Darkest Reflection TP (The New 52)

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Currently… March edition

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March was very much a month of two halves. I started the month with by celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary, in the miserable rainy weather. By the end of the month, I was stressing out about my course and finances. On the plus side we have had a few amazing days of sunshine here in London.

Currently Reading… Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb & Jim Lee

My reading this year seems to have an old school Bat-family theme. Which involves me re-reading a lot of my favourite trade paperbacks from pre-New 52. This month, I re-read Batman: Hush. This is definitely one of the storylines that cemented my love of Batman.

Currently Watching… Iron Fist

Despite all the controversy surrounding Iron Fist, I decided I would watch the show. I have loved all the previous Netflix/Marvel programmes, and whilst I could find fault in them, I was expecting something impressive with Iron Fist. The show wasn’t as bad as publicised, yes it was a little slow, it could have been 8 episodes instead of 13. I didn’t like or understand some of the characters, but did I loved Colleen Wing and Davos (Steel Serpent).

Currently Playing… Fun! Hospital
One of my all time favourite PC games was Theme Hospital (and it’s sister game Theme Park). I have found several time management games centred around a roller-coaster in the app store. Until now I hadn’t found one based around a hospital. Fun Hospital is very similar to Theme Hospital, you even have to try and cure “invisibility”

Currently Loving… Joss & Batgirl

Yesterday, the news broke that Joss Whedon would be writing and directing a standalone Batgirl movie. I have a lot to say about this and I will save it up for a future post, but for now I will say I am thrilled! I adored Buffy, Angel and Firefly and can’t wait to see his spin on my favourite hero.

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Five Questions about Fandoms

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Five Questions about Fandoms

Every week Kayla from Epicfied hosts a Fandom Friday Q&A about a specific fandom and asks readers submit their answers. Last week, it was five general questions about fandoms, so I thought I would turn my answers into a blog post – so you could get to know the fandoms I love (You can read their answers here).

  1. What are your top five fandoms?
    • Star Wars
    • Game of Thrones
    • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Batgirl
    • Sherlock
  2. What is a fandom you love but isn’t extremely popular?


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    I am going to have to say Orphan Black, I love this show and became hooked from the first season however, no one I know seemed to watch it, so that’s why I adding it here.

  3. What is a fandom you highly recommend?
    Too many to mention, I spent a few years convincing all my friends to watch Game of Thrones just so I could discuss each episode, spoilers and theories.

    Ned's Sword Ice and Arya's needle "Stick 'em with the pointy end!"
    Ice & Needle at the Game of Thrones Exhibit

    I know a lot of people have read the New 52 Batgirl, but I prefer the pre-Flashpoint version, with Barbara Gordon as Oracle and Cassandra Cain as Batgirl, so I guess I would recommend reading Batgirl: Silent Knight or Birds of Prey: Vol 1.

  4. Do you collect anything?
    My largest collection is Star Wars based, in the attic I have a lot of merchandise from the 1990’s, Episode One Lego sets, board games and dozens of Expanded Universe books.

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    A few of my favourite tsum tsum

    Last year, I brought a few Tsum Tsum, this year as they released two Star Wars waves and a Civil War set, I seem to have developed a larger collection, with the Finding Dory and The Force Awaken sets being released this month, I think my collection will continue to grow.

  5. Anything else?
    Like many I am still not over the fact the Firefly got cancelled!

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Five Fandom Friday

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OTP

This is my Missed One, catch up for the beginning of March (last week). Obviously, this will contain spoilers.

    1. Barbara Gordon & Richard Grayson (DC Comics)
      Batgirl & Grayson
      My OTP

      Whether this couple are Batgirl and Robin or Oracle and Nightwing, they are my ultimate pairing, “my first OTP.” Over the years, we have seen them go through a lot, her accident, the death of their mentor and even him faking his own death. Last year, there were some amazing storylines involving these two, The Convergence storyline, his return to Gotham and although in Future’s End it seems they are no longer romantically linked I am hoping the new Rebirth later this year may rewrite their future together.

    2. Logan & Veronica (Veronica Mars)
      Logan and Veronica
      The happy ever after couple

      I’m going to call these two my “the happy ever after couple” in the television series I was always Team Logan. Even though he was very immature in high school and still not ready to commit in college, in the movie he had grown up. The movie was the perfect ending for True LoVe shippers, plus we got to see Logan in his uniform!

    3. Rory & Jess (Gilmore Girls)
      Rory and Jess
      hope I get a happy ending couple

      I’m referring to this couple as my “hope I get a happy ending couple.” Like Logan Echolles in Veronica Mars, Jess was too immature in their relationship to realise what he had, when he had grown up it was Rory who was in the wrong place. As the new mini series is going to air on Netflix later this year, I am hoping these two will finally get together.

    4. Han & Leia (Star Wars)

      Han and Leia
      So Close
    5. I invested a lot of time reading the Star Wars Expanded Universe books, I liked Han and Leia as a married couple, and even more as parents. When I heard about Episode 7 (which would later become The Force Awakens), I was excited to see Han and Leia as husband and wife, I imagined little Skywalker/Solo children – I was thinking a mini Leia with pigtails. Whilst The Force Awakens didn’t disappoint, theirs wasn’t the happy ending I was hoping for.

    6. Wash & Zoe (Firefly)
      Wash and Zoe
      Too Sad

      Over thirteen episodes and a movie, it was impossible not to fall for this dysfunctional couple. Maintaining their romantic relationship onboard Serenity, surrounded by all the waifs and strays. Whereas Mal and Inara are the parents of the crew, Wash and Zoe are the loved-up cool aunt and uncle. Again they did not have the happy ending, I would have liked for this couple.

    Thank you The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick for creating Fandom Friday check out their blogs for more information. Or follow the #fandom5 or #5fandomfriday on Twitter.

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Five Fandom Friday

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5 Fandom Deaths I’m Still Upset About…SPOILERS!

One of the downsides to any fandom is the amount of time you can invest in the lives of your favourite characters – so it is obvious sometimes can be deeply affected when one of those characters dies. These are some of the deaths that still upset me.

  1. Paul Ballard (Dollhouse).Paul & Echo in DOLLHOUSEThis list could have been entirely made up of deaths from Joss Whedon shows, the one that still upsets me is Paul from Dollhouse. Whilst Dollhouse isn’t the  most popular shows from the Whedonverse, it is one of my favourites. In the second season I became engrossed in the relationship between Echo and Paul. In the final episode, Paul is gunned down whilst saving Mag as Echo watches. In the end Echo does imprint herself with Paul’s wedge and finally opens up to him so they can live happily every after, but it should have been a happier ending.
  2. Obiwan “Ben” Kenobi (Star Wars)
    ObiwanNow when I originally watched A New Hope as a child this death wasn’t so upsetting, but since they having seen several more Star Wars movies and the Clone Wars series, I have come to love Obiwan as a character, he had an extremely sad life, losing his mentor and apprentice, watching his kind be hunted and killed until he is forced into hiding. Then years later his life is turned upside down again and he sacrifices himself hoping he can turn the tide in this bloody war.
  3. Sirius Black (Harry Potter).
    Sirius BlackThere are so many deaths in the Harry Potter franchise I am still upset about Hedwig, Dobby, Fred, the list goes on. The first death in the books that truly upset me was Sirius. In Prisoner of Azkaban, we have a hint that Harry might have some happiness in his life when he discovers the truth about godfather, finally Harry has someone who wants to spend time with him during the holidays and maybe the first glimpse he could have a normal wizard life. Of course, all hope of Harry’s life turning around are quickly lost in Order of the Phoenix.
  4. Pietro “Quicksilver” Maximoff (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
    QuicksilverYes in comics and the MCU no one really dies, but this one seems to be real. The two things that stand out about Quicksilver where his overprotective nature and his wit, he had all the makings to be a great addition to The Avengers! Unfortunately, his efforts to save a young boy and Hawkeye caused his demise and the first upsetting deaths in the MCU (the second being that of Anthony the Ant).
  5. Ellie Fredricksen (UP)
    Ellie & CarlIn my opinion, the greatest love story ever told is that of Carl and Ellie Fredricksen! Ellie was the adventurer and dreamer, whilst she dreamed of a family and travelling the world, that was not her lot, instead her adventure was a long happy marriage to Carl. The first ten minutes of UP layout an amazing love story and one of the saddest moments of recent cinema.

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