She’s not defined by The Joker anymore even though they have a relationship. Which I really love. In the comics there’s been a lot of different versions of where it’s antagonistic. It’s not a healthy relationship often and this is like Harley and Joker are like Bonnie and Clyde of the DC Universe.
—  Geoff Johns on Joker and Harley Quinn’s relationship (x)

So cute

I’d rather good people trust me than bad people fear me.                                    - Clark Kent/Superman

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Ivan Reis

Colours: Rod Reis

I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t like the vast majority of The New 52 Superman but this is a pretty good summary of what makes Superman special.

Acting Chemicals

This is going to be a quick post but bravo! Bravo to Grant Gustin and Candice Patton. I love Westallen, their scenes are always heart-warming, pure, and leave me yearning for more. Every Westallen scene, since the very beginning of the show,  has taken my breath away (and the actors have all respectively gotten better over time so that’s maybe why). I’ve often said that I feel like I’m intruding when watching a Westallen scene because everything feels so genuine. But last night, Grant and Candice really did it. There was so much heart, vulnerability, and intimacy in that last scene that I was blown away. I don’t know what they did different but it felt so chilling in a way that I’ve never felt before with them. I was literally living vicariously through Iris, naturally, but also Barry, because they emoted so well, that I could feel what the characters were feeling. They’ve just gotten more and more effortless and delicate with each other; and that’s saying a lot when I’ve always felt the chemistry to be phenomenal. 

I would like to thank Geof Johns for casting these two. He knew what he was doing. He decided to screw the comic canon appearance of Iris and go with the Candice, whom fits the character so incredibly well, that I think she was born for it; and for choosing someone that plays off Grant Gustin so well. Grant Gustin can ACT, but Candice projects it more all the while he does the same. And while they prop each other’s acting chops, they manage to have one forget acting, forget fiction, and just revel in the love they create with these characters. I can’t properly express how taken aback I am by last night, the acting, and the fact that Barry Allen and Iris West are gracing my screen so magically. 

Don Heck was one of the great unsung heroes of Fifties and Sixties comic books. Never a flashy draftsman or innovative storyteller, he was nevertheless a solid and reliable craftsman of entertaining super hero stories. And, in a way, the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t exist without him– because he co-created Iron Man, the character that became the foundation on which the MCU was built.

To my knowledge, though, neither Don nor his family ever received any royalties for his contribution to the MCU.

Happily, though, thanks to the Creator Equity contract Don and I both signed when we created Steel, and to the fact Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti appear to be such big fans of early-80’s DC heroes, Don is finally getting his due.

That’s Steel on the left in the iconic costume Don Heck designed for him back in the mid 1970s.

Thanks, DC, on behalf of a true Legend, the great Don Heck.