Review: Supergirl Television Premiere

Supergirl Photo: CBS

Supergirl. Photo Credit: CBS

When I first saw the trailer for CBS’ Supergirl, I, like many others, couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the similarities it shared with SNL’s Black Widow Rom-Com Parody sketch. Despite this, I still had high hopes for the show.

First off, when I was a wee little youngin’, I spent a LOT of time reading Supergirl comics. That is until DC killed her off. Something I’m still angry at my brother for since he was the messenger of this heartbreaking news. Second, being that Captain Marvel keeps getting pushed back and Wonder Woman still seems quite awhile away, the idea of seeing an iconic super-powered woman on the small screen was exciting (I’ll be watching you too, Jessica Jones!).

I’m happy to say that after watching the pilot, I’m pretty pleased with the overall result. There are, however, a few aspects I could have done without.

Image from Supergirl Pilot. Photo Credit: CBS

Image from Supergirl Pilot. Photo Credit: CBS

The good:

Supergirl was fun!

Don’t get me wrong. Generally, I like my moody-broody-angst-ridden heroes who walk the dangerous line between darkness and light as they navigate the painful internal struggle of right vs. wrong! Supergirl, though, was very much in line with the reasons why my childhood self first gravitated towards the comics.  Kara was enthusiastic, longing to embrace her abilities and share the excitement with those nearest and dearest to her. She didn’t waste time letting friends, both old and new, in on her secret and beamed with joy as she finally got to flex her superhero muscles. Even when the battle was hard, she rose to the occasion quickly and with gusto, doubting herself only for a brief moment.

Supergirl‘s support system consists of adoptive big sister Alex, pining co-worker Winn and the sexy new incarnation of Jimmy James Olsen. The original Supergirl, Helen Slater and former Superman Dean Cain are also perfectly nostalgically cast as Kara’s adoptive parents. The opening episode also quickly establishes that Supergirl will have her own various rouges gallery to face in the coming weeks including a big bad that is sure to hit close to home.

The bad:

While I have nothing against Calista Flockhart as an actor, much of the dialogue out of Kara’s Devil Wears Prada-esque boss Cat Grant was a bit cringe-worthy. For example, I did not need the psuedo feminist rant on why the term “girl” is empowering.

At Kara’s expressed dislike for the term, Grant responds, “What do you think is so bad about “girl?” I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So if you perceive “Supergirl” as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem you?”

Um, no. It isn’t.

I have absolutely zero problems with the show being called Supergirl. That is, after-all, how the character has been referred to since 1959. While I do think the problem with the term “girl” is anchored to idea of maturity more than gender, the show really didn’t need to defend its title so much. If Grant had said, “‘Girl’ has more pep! It pops! Easier to use in a hastag!”, I would have thought that much more believable rather than a sophisticated adult business woman launching into a diatribe referring to herself as a girl.

I also couldn’t help but sigh when co-worker Winn Schott reinforces the tired old She’s-All-That trope as he comments how pretty Kara is without her glasses. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying that one person can’t compliment the appearance of another. Not at all. I’d just like to see the “glasses as beauty’s camouflage” idea in regards to women, fade away.

Being that this was the pilot, I expect the show to have a few growing pains, but overall, I think Supergirl is off to a strong, fun and exciting start.

Up Up and Away!

Up Up and Away!

Why you should be watching iZombie!

iZombie -- Image Number: ZMB1_KeyArt2.jpg -- Pictured: Rose McIver as Liv -- Photo: Jordon Nuttall/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo: The CW

Hello folks!

I know it’s been awhile but I’m working on getting back in the swing of things and plan on getting more posts up on this here bloggity blog.

Last month, I attended Wizard World Comic-Con Chicago and I promise to have those pictures up very soon.

First, I must write about my current obsession. One that I want to pass on to you so that perhaps you too may become obsessed with my obsession. This obsession comes in the form of a CW program entitled iZombie.

iZombie, a show loosely inspired by the comic of the same name, centers around the life of the recently zombified Oliva “Liv” Moore as she attempts to navigate her new undead life and the various social and physical difficulties that come along with it.

Let me share with you a few points as to why I’m so entertained by iZombie, and perhaps I can help you determine if iZombie is right for you! (I feel like I should include a list of side-efftcts after that statement but I’ll just go ahead and move on to the (brain)matter at hand).

1. Humor, violence and brains

The hot sauce will make more sense later.

The hot sauce will make more sense later.

Olivia “Liv” Moore is your average working zombie who chooses to procure her brain food the “ethical” way, via her job at the morgue rather than munching on an unsuspecting populace.  However, this new diet makes for interesting complications because in this world, zombies are the lucky recipients of visions every time they eat a brain, which makes for an uncomfortably close connection with their meals.

Furthermore, not only do we witness as Liv vividly experiences moments of the deceased’s life (and often death), but she typically acquires the more dominate personality traits and skills of the unfortunate victim. This often leads to some humor heavy scenarios or scenarios that are just plain heavy. More often than not, each episode deftly juggles the two.

iZombie, in this regard, filled the void I had been feeling since Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended its run. Though nothing can ever quite replace Buffy, iZombie shares many similarities in how it handles both the serious and the silly within a fairly macabre setting.

2. The show is created by Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars fame, not Matchbox Twenty)

Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell at Paleyfest.

Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell at Paleyfest.

Veronica Mars wasn’t a show that I watched while it was on the air. Once I did, I gave myself a good swift mental kicking on missing out on such a wonderfully well written show for so long. If you are a fan of Veronica Mars but fear the horror/sci-fi elements of this show will lose you, fear not!

Rose McIver does an excellent job portraying Liv and it’s not hard to see similarities between her and Ms. Mars. Rob Thomas gives us an excellent female lead who despite her zombie state, is smart, confident and funny.

3. It stars David Anders

David Anders as Blain in iZombie

David Anders as Blaine in iZombie Photo Credit: (Diyah Pera/The CW)

David Anders is my boyfriend one of those actors who has probably popped up at one point or another in a show that you’ve watched. He got his big start as the villainous Julian Sark on Alias and went on to do recurring roles in Heroes, The Vampire Diaries and Once Upon A Time as well as having made appearances on 24 and Arrow.

In the world of iZombie, Anders’ job is to basically chew up the scenery like nobody’s business as the cruel yet cool zombie entrepreneur Blaine DeBeers. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Spike might be interested in the blonde baddie for he too is the type of charismatic villain you love to hate (or maybe just love).

Season 2 will surely see some interesting obstacles for our charming villain but I won’t spoil that one for you.

4.Great title sequence

While I know in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t necessarily the most important aspect of a television show, I appreciate the effort of a unique title sequence. This one pulls from the show’s comic origins while also giving us a memorably catchy theme song “Stop, I’m Already Dead” by Deadboy and the Elephantmen.

Additionally, as we return from commercial breaks, each act of the show is prefaced with a comic style image screen and title.

5.Great ensemble cast

iZombie Cast Photo

Much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the ensemble cast of iZombie compliment each other wonderfully with each member bringing something special to the table. Often times while watching other shows, I’ll find myself wishing that a character would be written out or killed off entirely but a small tear forms at the thought of losing any one of these characters.

Season 2 of iZombie will premiere on October 6, on the CW. Season 1 is currently available for purchase digitally but will also be available September 29 in DVD format. You can also currently watch a handful of episodes via Hulu.

Here’s hoping I helped sparked your interest in iZombie.

Are there any shows out there right now that you feel are extremely underrated? Share in the comments!

Looking for female superhero merch? Here’s a helpful list!

WeLoveFine's Age of Fashion Clothing line for women.

WeLoveFine’s Age of Fashion Clothing line for women available at 

It’s clear to anyone who follows this blog that I’m a huge fan of Marvel, both the films and of course, the comics. There is however, one major problem I have with the unfortunate direction Marvel continually seems to go towards in regards to both their films and merchandising.

Before I get into that, I would like to first acknowledge the wonderful job Marvel has done with its comics, showcasing some wonderfully well-written female-lead titles such as Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Elektra, Storm, Angela, A- Force and Spider-Gwen. My criticism is rooted mostly in an unfortunate trend happening with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its merchandising.

While I do believe that the MCU does include some very intelligent, strong and complex female characters, the problem lies in the fact that they, and their fans are often underrepresented. Plot points aside, what I’m getting at is the lack of availability and promotion that has been given to both their female characters as well as their female fanbase.

Upon a few of my recent trips to Target Stores, I have ended up leaving the store rolling my eyes because the toy aisle, despite its huge Age of Ultron banners and end cap displays, have repeatedly failed to include both images and toys of Black Widow or Scarlet Witch. Yes, Hawkeye isn’t always on everything but I think it’s safe to say he’s most certainly included on far more.  A similar story can be said for Gamora’s representation when Guardians of the Galaxy was being heavily promoted. We can have a raccoon and a tree, but apparently, not a woman.

On a similar note, I recently visited several stores in search of girl superhero onesies for a baby shower that I was attending. While I found a plethora of options in the little boys section, the girls’ section was a veritable wasteland and was instead filled with princess after princess. It’s a similar story when comparing the t-shirt offerings in the men and women’s departments (thankfully though, there are far less princess items in this situation). While I have found, on rare occasions, a few in-store items from time to time, it certainly hasn’t been easy and the pickings have most certainly been slim.

All hope is not lost though!

HerUnivese and Hottopic's Marvel fashion line.

HerUnivese and Hottopic’s Marvel fashion line.

I’ve decided to compile a list some great websites and companies where female fans and fans of female heroes can actually feel overwhelmed rather than underwhelmed with their choices:

1. Her Universe – As per their website bio, “Her Universe is the vision of Ashley Eckstein, actress and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Araca Group, a leading theatrical and brand management company. Founded by Eckstein in 2009, Ashley and Araca created Her Universe with the mission to create stylish, fashion-forward merchandise for female sci-fi (and comic) fans. Her Universe is a place for fangirls to step into the spotlight and be heard, recognized and rewarded. ”

2. WeLoveFine – WeLoveFine is another website that while selling merch featuring male heroes and men’s fit apparel, also has an amazing selection of female hero merch and merch made to fit females.  Be sure to check out the amazing dresses!

3. Hottopic – Mall staple Hottopic has certainly upped their game over the last year to offer up some great items including a limited edition clothing line teaming up with HerUniverse focusing on the Avengers and Loki. Sadly though, those items look to be nearing the end of their stock (due to the immense popularity) but Hottopic has also featured a healthy amount of tshirts in women’s fit that include Black Widow.

4. Funko Pop – While the options are severely limited when it comes to the official Hasbro action figures, FunkoPop offers plenty of female character options including Gamora, Thor’s Lady Sif, Nebula, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, two versions of Black Widow, and more!

5. TeeFury – TeeFury has been a major player in the shrinking of my wallet. While they originally started with an ever changing daily tee option, they have since expanded greatly to offer a wide variety of female characters and always with a women’s fit option. I have them to thank for my many Agent Carter t-shirts as well as a few Black Widow and Spider Gwen ones as well.

Additionally, I’m happy to see that DC is focusing on a line of products on young versions of their heroines with DC Superhero Girls which is features the “unprecedented Initiative to Include Digital Content, TV Specials, Made-For-Videos, Publishing, Toys, Apparel and Other Products”.

If you know of any other inclusive sources for geek female centered merch, please leave a link in the comments!

Let's hope Marvel fixes this soon....or else. ;)

Fix this soon….or else. 😉

Till next time folks!

Comic picks of the Week: SpiderGwen #3, Giant Days #1 and Ms. Marvel #13


SpiderGwen #3, Giant Days #1 and Ms. Marvel #13

SpiderGwen #3

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Color Artist: Rico Renzi
Publisher: Marvel

SpiderGwen‘s been catching quite a bit of buzz lately and while I found the first two issues did hold my interest I wasn’t as captivated as the hype seemed to tell me I should be. That’s not to say that issues #1 and #2 didn’t have their strong points. Kudos to the beautiful artwork and coloring of Rodriguez and Renzi as well the ridiculously awesome idea of Gwen Stacy in a band with Mary Jane called of course, The Mary Janes. The story, in my humble opinion, just needed a little extra emotional ooomph and by golly, issue #3 certainly gave me what I wanted.

As awesome as it is to watch superheros kick ass and take names, I’ve found that I need that extra bit of emotional connection to really make my read a compelling one. Issue #3 finally has the very poignant and genuine heart-to-heart with Gwen and her father that I’ve been waiting for as well as just the right amount of character introspection due to the loss of Peter Parker. She also does that kicking ass thing I was talking about. It was a well balanced and beautifully written issue that now has me officially hooked on the wonderful and brilliantly drawn world of SpiderGwen.

Oh and because the internet can sometimes be pretty awesome, you can actually listen to The Mary Janes’ hit song “Face it Tiger” online!

Giant Days #1

Writer: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Colors: Whitney Cogar
Publisher: Boom!Box

While perusing the shelves at what is quickly becoming one of my favorite comic spots in Chicago, Alley Cat Comics, I stumbled upon a previously unknown but magical gem titled Giant Days. I knew nothing of this comic before picking it up but something about this title’s simple yet eye catching cover of a young goth-tinged girl sitting on a pile of luggage typing into her cell phone convinced me to give it a shot. After-all, about 75% percent of the titles currently holding my interest are superhero-centric so I thought it might be a nice change of pace to try something new.

Giant Days #1 is an adorably fun, genuine and entertaining read focusing on three college roommates, Daisy, Esther and Susan as they navigate college life as well as each other’s personalities and drastically different behaviors. Allison’s writing has such a strong sense of authenticity that it’s certainly not difficult to imagine myself having similar conversations and interactions with my group of friends.  In fact, I’m sure a lot of mine have come remarkably close. Treiman and Cogar do a great job of capturing the array of emotions these three characters go through. This comic has the whole package. I can’t recommend it enough.

Ms. Marvel  #13

Writer: G. Williow Wilson
Artist: Takeshi Myazawa
Colors: Ian Herring with Irma Knivila
Publisher: Marvel

Ms. Marvel is of those comics that had me hooked from the very first issue. Kamala Khan is one of the most captivating and endearing characters that the superhero world has put out there in recent memory. As a teenage Pakastani-American living in Jersey City, she must navigate her new-found powers and responsibilities while learning how to incorporate them alongside her faith as well as her family and social life. She uses the alias Ms.Marvel in reference to her hero and idol Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel.

Throughout most of the series’ run thus far, Kamala’s focus was on her first nemesis, The Inventor, but at issue #13 we see the beginnings a new story arc emerge. I don’t want spoil too much of the plot so I’ll just say that this issue has managed to pull together everything I love about Kamala’s personality and makes me love her even more. Additionally, even though I am a big fan of previous artist Adrian Alphona’s work I immediately took to the wonderful illustrations of artist Takeshi Myazawa as he incorporated his own interpretations of Ms. Marvel while managing to maintain the original essence of its characters.

So that’s it for this week’s top comic picks and I hope to continue in sharing my weekly faves with you. I have a nice pile o’ comics in my living room that I look forward to getting through so please keep in mind that my picks may not always reflect the actual new releases of that particular week.

Any titles currently have you hooked? Share them in comments!

Trailers! Trailers! Trailers! (My top trailers of the moment)

I love watching movie trailers. I often find myself going to Apple trailers and just clicking through anything that sounds even remotely interesting (and somethings that don’t) as I sit there for potentially unhealthy amounts of time. The last month has been an exceptionally great time for trailers (in my humble opinion) and I can only hope the feature lengths can keep up the same sense of awe, humor, terror and/or excitement their bite sized counterparts do.

So without further ado, grab some popcorn and feast your eyeballs (not ON your eyeballs. Ewwww)…

Crimson Peak in which Guliiermo Del Toro gives us a Goth Tom Hiddleston.

What We Do in the Shadows in which vampires live together and hilarity (and awkwardness) ensue.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (TV Spot #2) in which everything is truly awesome.

Barely Lethal in which “Sansa Stark” FINALLY gets to kick some ass.

Mad Max: Fury Road in which we witness a violent desert ballet and Charlize Theron continues to amaze.

Any trailers got you pumped? Post a link in the comments!

So much tv, so little time: What I’m watching right now

“That’s how I was raised and I turned out TV.- Homer Simpson

I’ve been watching ridiculously large amount of television as of late. I mean really crazy stupid amounts. I have a long to-do list that’s barely whittled down because I’m either trying to catch up on old programs or I’ve made the ill-advised decision to start watching something new and have therefore sealed my unproductive fate.

The silly little problem I’m currently experiencing is that, in terms of television, we really are living in the golden age. With more and more shows really pushing the boundaries of production quality as well as attracting some truly top notch actors, it’s no wonder theater attendance has dwindled down over the last few years. The tables have turned recently as fans have flocked to theaters in anticipation of watching their favorite programs being given the big screen treatment with screenings of HBO’s Game of Thrones on IMAX as well as The Walking Dead finales and premieres.

Not only have cable companies like HBO, FX and AMC seen an unprecedented boost in viewership but streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have thrown their hats in the ring receiving critical praise and high viewership ratings for their original programming.

So I figured I would incorporate my poor excuse of a hobby and share a few of the shows that have contributed in keeping me from living in the land of productivity.


Black Mirror –  Image Source: BBC

Black Mirror (BBC)
I started watching Black Mirror when I came across one of those “THIS IS THE BEST SHOW YOU’RE NOT WATCHING!” posts which described it as “a Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi series” based around technology. At first I feared this was going to be some heavy handed metaphor about the evil path that technology has taken us down but instead it tends to focus more on the pre-existing dark side of humanity and how we manipulate technology to feed it. It’s also one of those shows that will have you checking IMBD fairly frequently as plenty of recognizable faces tend to pop up from time to time.

I’m a big fan of anthology shows which are essentially like reading short stories. They often don’t get weighed down by long winded origin stories and instead typically just drop the viewer smack dab in the middle of a confusing, often nightmarish situation. What if our entire lives were recorded from our own perspective and could be accessed and projected for all to see at any time from our own minds? What if you were asked to do a perversely horrific act in front of the entire world to save one person’s life? What if you awoke to find yourself void of any memories only to discover that while most of the world was watching you, the rest was trying to kill you?

Black Mirror is not a happy show. In fact it’s a very bleak one. Though it may be lacking in joy, it’s certainly not lacking in quality.


The Originals –  Image Source: The CW

The Originals (The CW)
The Originals focuses on the world’s first vampires, The Mikaelson siblings, as they attempt to restart their immortal lives in their old stomping ground of New Orleans with psychotic high-tempered brother Klaus leading the way as a soon-to-be-father who is hellbent on reclaiming his Louisiana “throne”. Things take a complicated and violent turn as he attempts to take power from his once progeny as well as protect himself and his family from both the literal and metaphoric demons of their past.

The Originals is a spinoff of another vampire drama The Vampire Diaries, which for some viewers may not exactly be a mark of high quality, however don’t let that idea discourage you. The Originals remains a complex and often violent hour of network television that has also managed to successfully do things with their roster of actors that few shows have, often replacing key characters with new actors in effectively inventive ways. This as well as a combination of a charismatic cast and a gorgeous New Orleans setting, makes The Originals definitely worth your time.

The Leftovers - Image Source: HBO

The Leftovers – Image Source: HBO

The Leftovers (HBO)
The best description I’ve read of the The Leftovers (based on the book by Tom Perrotta) is that it is like “an extended Twilight Zone episode” in which 2% of the worlds population, without warning, just disappear. The point of the show is not to discover some big reveal as to why this has happened but instead to take a journey with the folks who are left behind to continue on with their lives. Much like Black Mirror, this show rarely ends on a happy note and much is left of to viewers’ interpretations.

While the departing of friends and family does happen on a universal scale, The Leftovers focuses on the lives of those who live in the fictional small town of Mapleton, New York and how they have dealt with the variety of loss thrust upon them. The antagonist for this show are the cultish group known as the Guilty Remnant, who harass and frustrate the townspeople through silence, excessive chain smoking and a major lack of fashion sense (among other things).

While I’m not exactly sure what to make of this show, I couldn’t help but binge watch the living hell out of it.

Orphan Black - Image Source: BBC

Orphan Black – Image Source: BBC

Orphan Black (BBC)
Orphan Black initially focuses on the street smart/vagabond Sarah Manning, who while attempting to figure out how to be a part of her young daughter’s life, encounters the suicide of her seemingly identical twin. Of course, as you can determine quite easily from the show’s trailers and #cloneclub marketing campaign, she’s something far more unique than a twin.

A huge part of Orphan Black’s success is reliant on the remarkably subtle and complicated acting skills of its lead Tatiana Maslany, who by all accounts should just win every award ever. Orphan Black is one of the few sci-fi shows that manages to play well at the idea of existing in the real world (unless you’re some kind of nitpicky scientist person).

Orphan Black’s supporting cast of characters helps to create a captivating and innovative piece of entertainment unlike much of what’s currently out there.

Marvel's Agent Carter - Image Source: Marvel/ABC

Marvel’s Agent Carter – Image Source: Marvel/ABC

Agent Carter
If you’ve been following this blog, it’s no secret that I’m a huge Marvel fan, both of its cinematic universe as well as its comics. When Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. first aired, it admittedly was a bit of a struggle maintaining the same level of excitement for each episode like I had for each MCU film. Eventually though, the show managed to find its groove before taking its winter break allowing Agent Carter to take over for an eight episode series.

I’ve often said that not every show needs to go on forever and that perhaps allowing shows to work within shorter seasons may help to strengthen their direction and focus. Whether that is the case with Agent Carter is a matter of opinion, as personally, I find the series’ main selling point being both their charismatic and extraordinarily talented cast combined with a beautiful noir 1940’s setting.

Agent Peggy Carter, who appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger must fight her way through the misogynistic roadblocks of her peers as well as the various devious foes who cross her path. Even if Marvel and their roster of superheroes are not your cup of tea, Agent Carter very well could be.

Thanks for reading and rest assured this is just of the tip of the iceberg of my tv show rotation. I hope to share more viewing suggestions with you soon.

What shows are currently holding you captive to your couch? Share in the comments!

My top five things in Pop Culture that don’t exist (but should!)

So it’s the end of the year and the internet is just brimming with various “Best Of” lists. While there were many things that intrigued, entertained, amused and most certainly enraged me over the past year, I couldn’t help but think of a few things in pop-culture that I would love to see manifest itself into existence.

1. Only Lovers Left Alive: A Graphic Novel

Only Lovers Left Alive

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch’s film Only Lovers Left Alive, focuses on two vampiric lovers named Adam and Eve who, when the film starts, are living on opposite ends of the earth before reuniting in Detroit. While many would argue that the vampire genre has been just a bit over-saturated the last few years, Only Lovers Left Alive is a story that manages to genuinely carry some hefty emotional weight alongside some witty sardonic humor. The story itself isn’t about teenage lust. It’s about two old souls trying to thrive in an ever changing world. Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a cynical musician who has grown weary with humanity while his lover Eve (Tilda Swinton) can’t help but find joy in almost everything the world has to offer.

In response, an abundance of fans have taken to creating a wide variety of fan-fiction centered around the immortal lives of the two. Granted, many of these stories may just be an excuse to fantasize about Tom Hiddleston, but generally speaking, one of the more positive aspects about the vampire genre is that so much more story can be told due to the extensive lifespan of the characters. Having extended multiple stories on people who have lived extraordinarily long lives doesn’t seem far fetched when your main characters can live forever with a variety of historical backgrounds.

If these types of things were decided by me, of course Jarmusch would write the story and another original soundtrack featuring SQURL and Yosef Van Wissem would be recorded to accompany it (but I guess I’m just being greedy). As far as artwork is concerned, I can clearly see the beautiful work of Phil Noto (Marvel Now’s Black Widow) lending itself quite elegantly in telling stories of the lives of Adam and Eve.

2. Any type of film starring Fran Kranz, Gabriel Mann and Tom Lenk as brothers

Fran Kranz, Tom Lenk and Gabriel Mann are three highly entertaining, charismatic and under-appreciated actors who also happen to REALLY look like they are related to one another.

Fran Kranz, Gabriel Mann and Tom Lenk

Fran Kranz, Gabriel Mann and Tom Lenk

Fran Kranz might be most known for his roles on Joss Whedon’s now cancelled Dollhouse as well as the horror hit Cabin in the Woods. Tom Lenk, another Whedon alum, was featured heavily in Season 6 and 7 of Buffy the Vampire as part of an evil geek trio as well as a small role in Cabin in the Woods (though he and Kranz never shared a scene). Gabriel Mann is most likely known for his turn as the extravagant and eccentric tech mogul Nolan Ross on ABC’s Revenge. Of course each actor has a slew of other work you might recognize them from but the point is that as far as my mind goes, they need to co-exist, in lead roles, as siblings.

Plot you ask? Well I’m open. How about a 70’s period piece about three brothers attending Woodstock? Or maybe a roadtrip across America? 1920’s Chicago prohibition comedy? I’m up for almost anything really, as long as the comedic charm of each of these gentlemen is represented.

3. Fray The Vampire Slayer: A Netflix Original Series

Joss Whedon's Fray

Joss Whedon’s Fray

So Joss Whedon is done with Avengers: Age of Ultron and it sounds like he will not be the one in the directors chair for the Infinity Wars. So what should he do now? Fray the vampire slayer, that’s what!

Fray, Whedon’s 2001 graphic novel, focused on Melaka Fray, a young vampire slayer activated in the 23rd century. Fray fights her way through various demons and alien-like creatures through a futuristic city landscape making for an action packed story certainly not void of the Whedon brand of humor his fans have come to know and expect.

Why Netflix? Well, Whedon hasn’t exactly had a lot of success with traditional network television. From Buffy to Firefly to Dollhouse, Whedon and Fox haven’t always seen eye to eye and Netflix has certainly shown itself as a fierce competitor with its cutting edge programming like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Hemlock Grove. A sci-fi action horror show would fit right in and Netflix seems like the type of network that would likely give Whedon the space to direct his vision as he sees it.

4. Tilda Swinton as Doctor Who with Caleb Landry Jones as her companion

TildaSwinton & Caleb Landry Jones

Tilda Swinton & Caleb Landry Jones

Okay, okay…I know this is a touchy subject for some who feel that The Doctor has and always should exist in the male form. I can very much understand the discomfort one feels when something they immensely enjoy gets a big stinky re-design. However, in this particular case, I personally would love to see this change happen. It doesn’t even have to be for an entire season. Perhaps a 3 episode arc? TV movie? Christmas Special? I’ll take this idea in any form.

Why? I just really love Tilda Swinton. I think she should be in everything. Caleb Landry Jones? Not many people have heard of him but I also think he should be in everything. If you want to get familiar with Mr. Jones, check out the sci-fi flick Antiviral as well as the vampire horror drama Byzantium. Just a thought for you to ponder BBC (because I’m sure networks LOVE having fans tell them what to do).

5. A film written, starring and directed by both Jenny Slate & Lake Bell (in some combination)

Jenny Slate & Lake Bell

Jenny Slate & Lake Bell

After seeing Jenny Slate’s Obvious Child as well as Lake Bell’s In A World, life would be a much better place if these two immensely talented and witty ladies shared the big screen together. I almost don’t care what the film is about but I’m thinking with Bell in the director’s chair and both ladies writing the script, it’s sure to be a film that’s both funny, charming and genuine.

So please, someone fund this project or at least lock these two in a room together with a couple bottles of scotch and let’s see what happens.

Some honorable mentions:

  • Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a hero
  • Erin Morganstern’s The Night Circus gets green-lit for a film adaptation
  • Gail Carriger’s The Parasol Protectorate gets a television series or movie starring Lizzy Caplan as Alexia Tarrabotti
  • 50% more films pass the Bechdel Test (this shouldn’t be that hard…really)

Anything you’d like to see happen in the world of pop culture in 2015? Post it in the comments!