Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.
So the world’s falling apart and you’ve turned to your superhero stories for comfort! Welcome! This week tackled a bunch of “fun” topics like murder, transphobia, and prematurely saying goodbye to longtime friends because contracts were about to expire and networks felt the need to write them off. Fun stuff! By and large, everyone did a solid job. The Flash is the only series that’s currently struggling a bit in the narrative department, but I think they ultimately have a point. Let’s dive in!The Farewell
One of my first pieces here at /Film was an article lamenting what Legends of Tomorrow would lose by saying goodbye to Ray Palmer and Nora Darhk. One is a constant beacon of hope and optimism, even in the darkest of times, the other a symbol insisting that your trauma doesn’t get to define you. The idea of losing them has been heart-wrenching since it was announced.
While the writers did their best to give a good reason for the departure and a solid farewell episode, it did little to make the farewell any easier. Obviously, the most difficult part of this story was always going to be seeing Ray say goodbye to Nate.
The SteelAtom friendship is, to this day, one of the best on-screen depictions of male friendship I’ve ever seen. There’s not an ounce of toxicity to it. It’s just bros being bros doing bro stuff all the while loving each other as fiercely as all men should be allowed to.
We all watched the same show, I’m not going to recap their goodbye. We all saw it, most of us ugly cried. It sucked. I will miss Ray and Nora forever.Dream on Dreamer
No I’m not sorry for getting Cascada stuck in your head. This week’s episode of Supergirl finally buckled down and gave us some Dreamer content. While it was worth the wait, let’s not go another half season without giving the gal something to do, yeah?
Nia decides to take things into her own hands after a transphobic creep starts targeting trans women to get to Dreamer. He doesn’t think that she’s the right kind of symbol for his “good” and “right” community. When you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes, and Mr. “Good” – no, his character name wasn’t even worth remembering – played a real, real stupid game.
We fittingly see Dreamer angrier than we’ve ever seen her in the past. There is a plague trying to wipe out her community, and she’s going to eradicate that plague no matter how hard Kara pleads with her to let a system that’s consistently failed her and her trans brothers and...
Stephen Williams, whose directing credits include episodes of Watchmen, The Walking Dead, Lost, and more, is set to helm Universal’s new monster movie Don’t Go in the Water. There are zero plot details at the moment, but it’s safe to assume from the monster movie distinction and the title that this is going to be some sort of aquatic horror movie – and we could always use more of those.
Variety has the scoop on Don’t Go in the Water, described simply as a “suspenseful monster movie” from director Stephen Williams. Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy is producing, along with Dan Levine for 21 Laps Entertainment, while Adam Kolbrenner will produce for Lit Entertainment Group. Adam Rodin is executive producing.
Williams directed two Watchmen episodes – “She Was Killed by Space Junk”, which featured the now-infamous giant Dr. Manhattan dildo, and “This Extraordinary Being”, one of the most memorable episodes of the series, in which Regina King’s Angela relives her grandfather’s memories via a drug trip. That episode was highly renowned for its unique visual style, so it’s great to see Williams branch out into a big movie. Save for 1995’s Soul Survivor, all his other credits are in TV.
I wish I could tell you more about the Don’t Go in the Water plot, but there simply isn’t anything to tell. However, the title certainly suggests this is some sort of aquatic horror film, and that’s a sub-genre I always enjoy. Earlier this year we saw the release of Underwater, a surprisingly fun undersea monster movie starring Kristen Stewart.
Other entries include DeepStar Six, Leviathan, Deep Rising, and more. Hell, you can even include every shark movie under that banner as well – all the Jaws flicks, The Shallows, Deep Blue Sea, and so on. The only real prerequisite is that the plot involves unlucky characters either on a boat or in some sort of underwater location being plagued by danger. It doesn’t even have to be monster-based danger. There’s Dead Calm, where the danger is Billy Zane. Hell, go ahead and include Titanic in there, I don’t care. There are no more rules anymore, folks. Anything goes these days.
Netflix broke into the original film business in fall 2015 with the release of Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” which opened in select movie theaters and hit the streaming platform on October 16. That proved to be a game changer for Netflix, which has gone on to release hundreds of original movies in the years since. The streaming giant offers so many original titles be it productions that were produced in-house or titles picked up at film festivals that it has become an impossible task keeping up with every single one.
The lucky Netflix movies become hits. Some seemingly come out of nowhere to become word-of-mouth streaming blockbusters “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “Bird Box”. Other titles Netflix prioritizes for Oscar season and supports with massive marketing campaigns “Roma,” “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story”. Some Netflix movies just have the star-power to attract attention “6 Underground,” “Triple Frontier”. But the majority of Netflix movies that get released are simply put on the streaming platform and it’s up to subscribers to discover them. IndieWire hopes to make the search for a hidden gem a bit easier with the below list of overlooked Netflix original films worth streaming. The list is presented in alphabetical order.='c-gallery-vertical-loader u-gallery-app-shell-loader'>='u-gallery-app-shell__figure u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__text u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__text-small u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__content u-gallery-app-shell__content-1 u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__content u-gallery-app-shell__content-2 u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__content u-gallery-app-shell__content-3 u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__content u-gallery-app-shell__content-4 u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='c-gallery-vertical-loader u-gallery-app-shell-loader'>='u-gallery-app-shell__figure u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__text u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__text-small u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__content u-gallery-app-shell__content-1 u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__content u-gallery-app-shell__content-2 u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__content u-gallery-app-shell__content-3 u-gallery-app-shell u-gallery-react-placeholder-shimmer' >='u-gallery-app-shell__content u-gallery-app-shell__content-4 u-gallery-app-shell...
With large swathes of the population sitting at home, audiences have a chance to catch up on films that were released years ago and find new insights into their narrative. Recently, a fan who had been watching Suicide Squad with his family reached out to the film's director David Ayer to ask about the meaning behind the scene where the Joker is lying in the middle of a room lined with a circle of knives, guns, and baby clothes. Denying that the baby onesies were trophies after an infanticide spree on the part of the cackling psychopath, Ayer provided the following explanation for the scene instead.'No it's more innocent. Harley wanted a normal family with Joker hence the baby in her vision. I figured she would have endlessly pestered Mr. J about having a kid. So he had Mr. Frost buy some onesies. The circle represents how he sees Harley.'
The scene under discussion comes up early in the story. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is locked up in Arkham, and we see Joker, played by Jared Leto, in his mansion mourning her absence. He has also shown to have drawn a grin across his face using a sharpie, which according to David Ayer, is because...'He was having a hard time smiling without Harley so gave himself some help with a sharpie.'
This introduction sets up the fact that this Joker is unlike any other live-action portrayal of the supervillain as a man who is missing his demon lover. The onesies we see lined up on the floor next to the Joker later make an appearance in the scene where the Enchantress offers Harley her heart's desire, and she imagines a life of domestic bliss with her beloved Mistah J, with their babies wearing the onesies.
How the circle of knives represents Harley in the mind of the Joker is up for debate. Perhaps he fears that his affection for Harley makes her dangerous to him, and thus views her as a circle of knives drawing closer, threatening to destroy him.
This sentiment of Joker being attracted towards Harley and simultaneously hating the fact that she has made him care for her is also played out in the scene where Harley willingly throws herself into a pit of acid on Joker's command. After trying to walk away from the whole thing, Joker almost unwillingly jumps in after her and rescues her, proving that she means more to him than he can bring himself to admit.
From his explanation, it is clear that Ayer had a solid backstory and reasoning behind the script for Suicide Squad, which unfortunately did not translate very well to the big screen. But now that James Gunn has taken over directorial duties on the sequel, there is a chance to see a Suicide Squad film that gets critical acclaim in addition to minting money at the box office. David Ayer on Twitter brings us this news.