Though they’ve only aired two episodes so far the Hawkeye series which aired this weekend on Disney+ is already a tremendous love letter to its source material. Over the course of the dozen or so years, the MCU has been around Hawkeye has been kind of a running joke among the other Avengers. He has no powers to speak of and tends to be the most reserved. This doesn’t make him the most interesting subject for a TV series.
This is why the series smartly chose to focus on Hawkeye’s comic book protégé Kate Bishop. Like most of the female counterparts of the core Avengers, she’s not just the female equivalent of the character. Kate Bishop, in the comics at least, is a fully formed person with her own life and motivations. She had a life before Hawkeye came on the scene and that life will continue once he’s gone. The same can be said for the upcoming She-Hulk series. These are far from one-dimensional characters.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD! From the opening moments of the show, it’s clear the showrunners want to tie Bishop to The Avengers and they give her fantastic motivation. By making her a young child in the middle of the Battle of New York she not only has the need to protect her family but she’s seen firsthand what these heroes can do. It is no wonder the event changes the course of her life.
Grown-up Kate Bishop is played by Hailee Steinfeld and she’s a perfect fit for her comic book counterpart. Thankfully the show knows what the best Hawkeye stories are and draws heavily from them. If you haven’t already go out and read the “Hawkeye: My Life As A Weapon” series by David Aja. It’s one of the best graphic novels of the last decade with Hawkeye and Kate Bishop from and center. The show pulls some of the best elements from that run and makes them canon.
Unfortunately, not all of it works. With the need for a villain (any villain), the show has chosen to give Kate a new stepfather and instantly paints him as an evil mastermind. With so many villains out there to pull from this seems like low-hanging fruit. Her stepfather, played by Tony Dalton, feels like he’s going to evilly twirl his mustache and hatch a plan against our heroes at any moment. My instincts tell me this is just a red herring, but time will tell.
With only the first two episodes out it would be unfair to judge the series as a whole. There’s a lot of potential and if nothing else this will set Kate Bishop up to be in more series (like the Young Avengers) and really let her grow.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.