I got very excited when I saw this week’s Thursday Movie Picks for two reasons: 1) TELEVISION EDITION!!! 2) SUPERHEROES!!! While Marvel dominate our cinema screens and DC try to do the same, superheroes on TV have really taken off so this week’s theme is current and fits well. My picks are going to be a mix of shows that I’ve watched at different stages in my life and have revisited since watching. So without further ado, here we go.
The Batman (2004)
Just one of the many Batman cartoons that are always playing on Cartoon Network. The Batman isn’t cannon with any of the comics, it merely draws inspiration from the stories and ideas. I chose this, however, because I used to watch it every. single. day as a kid. I’d gt home from school and this would be on. The on a weekend, I’d marathon it. I couldn’t get enough. I think it had the right amount of darkness and comedy that I wanted as a kid so it was definitely one of my favourite cartoons growing up. While it’s definitely not the best Batman on TV, it was my favourite.
I have a feeling this will be popular this week, or at least I hope it will. Heroes followed a bunch of people around the world who developed superpowers because they had special genetics. The show’s first season was loved by nearly everyone and things kind of sloped off from there. I really enjoyed it despite its decline, it was different and diverse and had some really interesting and gripping characters I just wish it would have been better. As a teenager my little nerd heart would get excited on a Tuesday night when it was time for Heroes. Despite that, I didn’t watch Heroes: Reborn because I knew it’d be cancelled straight away, I think, sadly, the Heroes ship has sailed but still gave us some wonderful talent and an amazing first season so it definitely deserves a place on my list.
Jessica Jones (2015)
When Marvel and Netflix teamed up there was very little chance of something awful happening. Dare Devil was a success and the production quality was strong. But nothing (for me) has come close to Jessica Jones, yet. Krysten Ritter plays the anti-hero with a drinking problem who is recovering from her escape from an evil, sociopath who has the ability to control people’s minds. It’s such a dark and adult take on the superhero world as Jessica must face her abuser to stop him in his tracks. The writing was intelligent, exciting and so deep that alone had me gripped. But the cast is so amazing as well that it’s hard to not love this show.
That’s it once again for this week! I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s picks.