Snyder Fans and DCEU Fans

DCEU Fans and Snyder Fans

Today there has been a lot of talk on Twitter about whether someone is a DCEU fan or a Snyder fan. I contributed to a lot of this conversation today, for good or for bad (I’ll let you judge that).

I’ve been really conflicted with all the crazy that’s involved Justice League, Zack Snyder, and the Snyder Cut (which may or may not be a thing). I’ve talked about this a lot with Ray, my cohost on a couple of podcasts. Some of my issues have stemmed from believing the story that Whedon was finishing Snyder's movie. Some of my issues stem from some Snyder Cut fatigue I think I'm experiencing. I'm also not convinced that everyone will be happy even if one is released. In fact, I’m pretty positive it’ll just start a fresh round of arguments. But I've made some observations about myself. Thinking about Snyder and my own personal history as a comic fan.

I’m not a Snyder fan. I am, however, a DCEU fan. I loved Man of Steel. I was disappointed by Batman v. Superman (the Ultimate Edition helps thankfully). I really enjoyed Justice League. But I would have gone to those movies regardless of who directed them. Frankly, walking into Man of Steel, I’m not sure I could have told you the director’s name. And it didn’t matter. Because I don’t follow directors. Prior to seeing MoS I don't think I had even seen a movie Snyder directed (yes that includes whatever "required viewing" you're thinking of).

Growing up, reading comics, I would buy a comic based on who the characters involved were. That was almost the entirety of my thinking. I never cared who the writer was. If flipping through it I decided the art was good enough for me, I bought it. It was the story I wanted.

It was the characters I wanted.

And that has translated into comic movies and tv shows. For example, the DCCW is my favorite shared universe. I love it. I adore it. Faults and all (and yes, there are many and I will happily talk about them with you). The man behind the DCCW is Greg Berlanti. Not alone of course, but he is the person in charge. So naturally you would think I’m a huge fan of his work. And yet, he’s involved in other television shows that are NOT part of the DCCW, that I’ve never seen an episode of. Like with comics, I don’t follow the creator.

Yeah I know who some creators are now, and that can get my attention, such as Brian Michael Bendis coming to DC. However, I haven’t bought a book based solely on a creator in years.

Today I made that observation about Snyder Fans and DCEU Fans. Apparently other people were making it as well and it’s sort of blown up into a thing. I’m not saying it blew up because of me but I know I contributed to that. Funny thing is, I didn’t draw any real conclusions from that observation. So let me be clear on a few things as far as I'm concerned.

  • Identifying as one type of fan or the other is fine.
  • Identifying as a fan of both is fine.
  • Regardless of what type of fan you are, you’re a fan. That’s what matters.

What I’m finding interesting is just trying to look at things from other perspectives and what their motivations or priorities are. Frankly that’s something we all could be better at when talking about Snyder and the DCEU at large.

Myself included.

17 DCCW Easter Eggs that are explainable.

Recently I read an article from Screenrant, 17 Arrowverse Easter Eggs That Didn't Go Anywhere

I started reading this list, as I adore the DCCW so I read just about everything on it, and quickly had to stop. It's clear the author doesn't watch the shows, or at the least doesn't pay attention. It's also clear they don't understand the term "Easter egg".

An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work (often found in a computer program, video game, or DVD/Blu-ray Disc menu screen).

from Wikipedia)

Let's go through the list (on one page even)

  • Dawn Allen. For the record I think it's XS (Barry's granddaughter). Regardless, complaining she doesn't show back up in Crisis on Earth-X is a bit of a reach. She was clearly a minor point to seed a future story. She even pops back up in episode 411: The Elongated Knight Rises.
  • The Flash (1990). Also in the most recent episode of the flash they once again pay homage to this show. The current Flash show has paid homage to its predecessor since the pilot with the inclusion of John Wesley Shipp. Having him become Jay Garrick is all the flash crossover we will get. These were an Easter egg. Not a plot point.
  • Lois Lane. The author argues that despite people with connections to Lois, she has never shown up, or even had a cameo (which itself would have made this list I’m sure). Good news. It looks like she is coming to the show.
  • The Accelerated Man. Sure, it would have been cool for Gypsy to have recruited him for the fight against Savitar. This one is definitely just an Easter egg.
  • Warworld. This one I might grant you. Warworld has been mentioned a couple times. Once was an Easter egg. Twice feels like laying groundwork for a potential story. Of course it's been all of a half season since then. Little early to claim it went nowhere.
  • Zod. It seems your chief complaint is Kara hasn't interacted with Zod. You have to remember she was a child on Krypton. It's quite possible she's never even met him.... Update. We now know she is aware of him.
  • Justice League. Both the art work in the CCPD entryway and "Hall of Justice" are homages in my opinion. But I do think if they used the Hall that would be cool.
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes. We saw the ring in the Fortress. We also saw it during one of Flash's trips through the speedforce (same shot). We don't know that Kara saw it or knew about it. Considering the LSH, complete with rings, are a currently ongoing story in Supergirl I'm going to say this paid off.
  • Aquaman. References to Atlantis and Arthur Curry. Both Easter eggs.
  • Lobo. Easter egg. Though he would certainly be an interesting villain for an episode.
  • Lex Luthor. I'm starting to think you feel the show is titled Superman. It's quite possible Lena Luthor is as close as we get to Lex. And that's okay. He wasn't an Easter egg. He was in the story to serve Lena's storyline.
  • Ted Kord. You're right. Never went anywhere. The DCCW producers planned to use him and DC squashed it for a movie that was never announced formally. Blame DC for that one.
  • Harley Quinn. Easter egg. The very definition of an Easter egg.
  • Bart Allen. Come back to this when we know about the girl who is either Barry's daughter or grand daughter. Bart is Barry's grandson. I hope we see him. But nothing to date has implied we will outside of the mystery girl.
  • Hal Jordan. Easter egg after Easter egg. Again this feels like they are laying groundwork so I'll give you this one. And the Green Lantern franchise is my favorite in DC comics so I would love to see it.
  • Bruce Wayne. The biggest Easter egg is the future newspaper but yes he's been mentioned a couple other times. It's not impossible we will see him, considering we have seen Superman, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
  • Wonder Woman. There has only been a few episodes since the Themyscira reveal, one of which was the Crossover. To early to call this as anything but an Easter Egg.

Don't get me wrong, many of these I would love to see more of. But I'm also realistic about when the powers that be at the DCCW are playing homage to the past or just winking at the audience who is in the know.

How I produce Fans Without Borders

A few episodes ago, on my podcast Fans Without Borders I moved a significant part of my production to my iPad Pro and the app Ferrite Recording Studio, a professional podcast app. There was a bit of a learning curve, but overall it's allowed me to achieve the same level of quality while at the same time speeding up my workflow. However, it did create a couple of challengers that I needed to resolve first.

Share Groups of Workflows at Once

Recently on reddit I came across and interesting Workflow (thread) from u/schl3ck. Schl3ck was sharing, what to my eys, is a pretty complicated series of workflows regarding various math functions. What caught my eye was the delivery method, where he provided one workflow, which, when ran would import the others. It imported these in a similar method that my Backup/Restore does, using a combination of Base64 Encoded data and the workflow URL scheme.

What blew my mind was the concept of packaging a group of workflows together as a way to easily share them. I looked at Schl3ck's workflow, as well as my own and came up with a couple that I think Are pretty useful.

Open Webpages in iCab Mobile with Workflow

Lately I have been frustrated by a couple web pages that I go to on a regular basis, that refuse to show me Desktop versions on my iPhone or iPad. This would happen in Safari or Google Chrome. I finally looked at other websites and settled on iCab Mobile, which I can set to always present my device as a desktop, and so far from my tests it's been working for me.

Counting Actions with Workflow and TextTool

Something I have been interested in Workflow is find out how many actions are actually included in a paticular workflow. The only way I knew how to find out was to either search in Spotlight for it, or call a list of your workflows, from within a workflow, followed by a choose from list action. This works but I wanted to know if there was a way to get it for all of them. I asked on twitter about it and @nahumck was nice enough to provide an answer for me. So I have to give full credit to him and I would encourage you to check out his fantastic website. The workflow he provided lets you pick an individual workflow to get the result. You can get it here.

The Future of Workflow – MacStories

Federico Viticci for

With Workflow, Apple could lead us into a second generation of iOS productivity apps by turning automation and inter-app communication into an extensible, integrated platform.

I've been waiting for this article since news of Apple buying Workflow broke.

Brief Thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming

Brief Thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming

With how much I obsess over the DCCW, this might be a little bit of a surprise but Spider-Man is my favorite comics character. I absolutely loved the Tobey Maguire movies (well, the first two) and I adored the first Andrew Garfield movie, but felt less positive about the sequel. All of that said, there were aspects that just never felt right.

Mostly Spoiler Free Thoughts on Power Rangers

Here's the thing about Power Rangers. If you go into it expecting some super deep thinker you are going to be disappointed. But if you go into it expecting a popcorn movie and a modern take on a 20 year old franchise then you're in for a good time. If you were a fan of the original Might Morphing Power Rangers then there is plenty here that you're going to like.

Mixed Feelings About Apple Acquiring Workflow

The iOS automation community was rocked by the news yesterday that Apple has acquired Workflow. I will openly admit my first thoughts were "oh crap." Apple has a history of purchasing an app and then we often don't see much from it after that, or at least not for a long time. For example, Siri used to be a separate app but is now built into the operating system directly. However, for at least a few months, after they acquired Siri, the app was pulled from the app store leaving people lacking for a service they were enjoying. I can't speak to what Siri was like prior to Apple taking ownership, but I think we can all agree it's advanced relatively slowly since it's debut on the iPhone 4s.