Wonder Gal: “Luke Cage” grounds itself in real life by weaving the comic characters along with the struggles of being black in America today. The bulletproof black man in his “Trevon Martin” hoodie who stands tall in the face of corruption and is vindicated – but more importantly, lives.
Unfortunately, “Luke Cage” dragged at times under the weight of trying to be too much at once. Yes, seeing Cage fighting police through a dash cam is striking, but too obvious. Taking on Cottonmouth, Black Mariah and Diamondback in one series is more than enough.
But there is a sexy style to the series with a breadth of talented musicians including the late Sharon Jones of the Dap Kings. We also learn more of the nurse-turned-hero, Claire Temple, finally giving her much needed personal narrative.
#3 Wynonna Earp
It's a little bit Buffy, a little bit wild west. Wyatt Earp's kills rise as demons, and his descendants need to send them back to hell with the aid of Peacemaker, a magical gun.
The show is definitely a diamond in the rough, but by the end of season one, I was routing for this rag-tag team of anti-heroes.
Outlaws, demons, magic, covert government agencies, Doc Holiday, and a whole lotta girls kickin' ass. So saddle up, you're in for a wild ride.
Clark Justice: With the move to the already successful comic network The CW, the "Supergirl" writers were able change the structure of the show to a more comic base reality. The season two premiere added the Superman and I was sold! For years DC has been trying to get Superman to work on television and film. Well, they nailed on the first episode. I haven't seen a great – and I mean great – representation of Clark and Superman since Tom Welling on "Smallville." Bravo! "Supergirl" has a great balance of lovable characters and action. Keep it coming CW.
WG: “Deadpool” only tired to do one thing – tell a story about a guy in love with a girl. Along the way, he begrudgingly becomes a superhero. So many superhero movies try to be too much (*cough* BvS), but “Deadpool” proves keeping it simple allows your hero – or anti-hero – to shine.
Throw in some excellent writing for humor with an unnatural love of ‘80s memorabilia, and you’ve got a hit movie.
#2 The Flash
CJ: The Flash added some of the best comic book television action we have seen with the Flashpoint storyline. The addition of Kid Flash, Killer Frost and Vibe added extra dimensions to the current on-screen characters. The crossover event with "Supergirl," "Arrow," and "Legends of Tomorrow" was a comic geek's dream. The reason why this show still works for me: I love the characters. "The Flash" was able to hook me by creating characters I truly enjoy. The only downside: The current version of the Harrison Wells character. But who knows, there is always a new version on another Earth
WG: It would be easy enough for me to say that the second season of “Supergirl” is hands down my favorite simply because it brought Lynda Carter back into the superhero fold. “Wonder Woman” was for me in the ‘70s what “Supergirl” is to a whole new generation of girls – dynamic proof that girls can be the title superhero. Even when the series introduced us to the Man of Steel, the writers were able to do so without Supergirl suddenly playing second fiddle. He is a feminist Superman – completely comfortable taking the lead from his cousin.
Strong and complex female characters are desperately needed and it’s not just Supergirl who is making an impact. This season has seen Alex Danvers, Supergirls’ sister, realize that she is gay. The storyline was well crafted from the questioning to final acceptance. To quote Alex, “I’m glad I am, because I finally get me.” And with that, closeted kids are seeing their heroes accept who they are – allowing for their own acceptance. It’s a storyline that saved someone's life.
Representation matters – even if it comes wearing a cape.
CJ: "Deadpool" is was of the most anticipated and riskiest films from Marvel. Would they make a R-rated film that was just slightly edgy or would they go full fledged "R"? Well they didn't disappoint with the hard "R" rating. It totally lived up to the hype and then some. From the nonstop 4th wall breaking humor to the over the top brutal action sequences, "Deadpool" managed to keep the plot coherent. It appealed to fans of the comics and viewers who knew nothing of the character like my wife for instance. This was and is easily one of my favorite comic book film adaptations.
Clunk of the Year —
"Batman v Superman"
WG: I think we are both in agreement with this one. "Batman V Superman" was such a let-down from the great hype. As a kick-off to the DCU movie franchise, we were presented with an over somber and depressing version of these superheroes.
Best way to sum the movie up is from a 10-year-old boy. He turned to his mom after the movie preview and asked, "But isn't Superman a good guy?"
CJ: "Dawn of Crap"! For a film I had been anticipating for so long – it just wasn't FUN. Other than the "Dark Knight" trilogy, I've struggled to enjoy any DC films. I always end up folding my arms questioning why it's so hard to make a good DC film. Convoluted plot, horrible portrayal of Clark Kent, and I don't even know why Lois is there. A great Batman is not enough to make this film work. Plus what is wrong with Lex? Is this supposed to be Lex Luthor or The Riddler?