First Look! The CW Network Reveals DC’s Legends of Tomorrow!

With Arrow ending it’s third season this past Wednesday and The Flash Season Finale coming this Tuesday, it’s no surprise that the CW will be making another spinoff show.

Titled DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, it follows a team created out of both rising heroes and villains that have been seen in both Arrow and The Flash. The team consists of Firestorm (played by Alia’s Victor Garber), White Canary (Arrow’s Caity Lotz), Hawkgirl (Broadway Star, Ciara Renee), The Atom (Arrow’s Brandon Routh), Captain Cold and Heatwave (Prisonbreak’s Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell) and are led by Timemaster, Rip Hunter (Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill). Their mission? To stop the destruction of humanity’s future by Vandal Savage and his powerful army.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres next year on The CW Network.


Me Chibi!Grayson M. is the Editor in Chief of Teh Lunchbox Publications and he trusts that DC Comics knows what they’re doing to keep the fans happy. For more information, news, previews, and reviews, be sure to bookmark us here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and Twitch!

A Slow Start, But We’ll Be Back, Ready, & Awesome – Editor in Chief Message for May 2015

May.

The month where the weather gets warmer, grass is freshly cut, and classes are now coming down to the wire with finals and graduation preparation. Some of us, both me and the staff, will be on crunch time but when it’s over, we’ll be doing one hell of a comeback.

This month for the entertainment world, there’s a lot to see and offer. For movies, it’s no surprise (personally, I didn’t do it) that you’ve seen Avengers: Age of Ultron two or three times now over the weekend and our writer Stephon has a review up!. Later, we’ll see a post-apocalyptic world with crazy scavengers and high octane car chases in Mad Max: Fury Road, see a nation against others in a crazy acapella competition in Pitch Perfect 2, an out of this world adventure to a city of tomorrow in Tomorrowland, follow a CIA analyst in her transformation as a secret agent in SPY, and see California get hit with seismic natural disasters in San Andreas.

It may not be much this month, but for games, they have us saving the world from evil forces in The Witcher III: Wild Hunt and a PS4 re-release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for the Playstation 4. We also may be taking a break from the gaming, but we won’t stop streaming on our Twitch channel with Mortal Kombat X and Bloodbourne gameplay from our streamer, Brandon P.

Also, it’s a good time for your favorite fall shows to have their season finales such as The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Arrow, Chicago P.D., and more.

We have a huge announcement next week on Monday, May 11th. Stay tuned, it’s quite awesome.

From us and the rest of the staff, we want to say thank you for your patience and for those who are on finals, we wish you all the best of luck is passing them. For those graduating this month, congratulations!

As always, keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com, and be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube.

Stay Cool,

Me Chibi!

-Grayson M.

The Flash: The Red Streak Lives

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Exactly what it should look like

Despite being a bigger fan of heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, I’d always tap my brain to figure out what a live action movie or even a show would look like for The Flash. Now I was still very young at the time and only saw The Flash as a guy who ran really fa   st which was the obvious opinion of most around my age at the time. It’s wasn’t a lot, but it was cool nonetheless. Growing older and discovering comics that included The Flash and all of his exploits made me realize that he’s much more than just a guy with fast feet. This just made me even more intrigued to see what the scarlet speedster could do with a prime time television spot. Don’t have to do it anymore as we are now four episodes into CW’s The Flash and it has been a joy to see. Read on to see why.

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Grant Gustin as Barry Allen

 At a time where live action superhero shows are becoming more and more acceptable as a commodity for viewers, The Flash is not only a part of that new wave but it is at the head of it. The small screen version of this hero stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, a forensics scientist who gets struck by lightning after a storm mixes with an accident at Star Labs. After being in a coma for nine months Barry finds out that somethings not right… yadda yadda, becomes a superhero; you all know the rest. The formula for creating the Superhero may be static but what is dynamic is the character in the suit and the villains he faces.

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A look at the series first villain Weather Wizard played by Clyde Martin

What’s probably the biggest benefit this show has it its format. It’s almost the antithesis of its predecessor Arrow from which it shares the same continuity with. The show is far less gritty and while still actively trying to stay rooted in realism, has its own comic book charm that’s reasonable enough. It can get a bit carried away, but that’s much more the exception rather than the norm. The plot is also very simple. Working with a crew of scientists from S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry battles the typical Villain of the day with powers given to them in similar fashion to Barry while he tries to continue his daytime career. Its an easy concept to grasp and very workable for a first season

Unlike Gotham, easter eggs and the name drops are just that. Even if the characters may not be as recognizable as the more mainstream heroes subtle hints at future characters and plot lines are all that’s necessary. With that the focus of an episode isn’t shoved to the side by viewers because of all the easter eggs shoved in your face. Even seeing spots from characters like Ollie and Felicity from Arrow in this show make it a delight for fans of Arrow as they enjoy the benefits of seeing a shared universe. What this show benefits from the most is its heart. From the first episode when you see Barry have a moment with his father in jail to seeing Barry’s adoptive father Joe West (Jessie L. Martin) realizing the mistakes he made in dealing with Barry and his agenda to find out who framed his father for the murder of his mother, you get to see a depth of character and emotion seldom seen in much of any live action comic book adaptations,


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Special effects also play a big role in the quality the show possesses

While the show has many things to praise let’s not absolve it of its shortcomings. Let’s start with the fact that it’s still a CW show (yes that can be a bad thing). Whether the station produces good shows or bad, its target audience will still be teenagers and even young adults. Typically that is fine because they watch television too and as apart of that demographic I watch a bit of television. However, what seems to be this running theme in most, if not all of their shows is this angsty sort of vibe that characters seem to give off. Whether its the script (which often times it is) or the expressions and overall look of the characters, the end result always seems awkwardly executed and a bit unnerving to watch. In the most recent episode entitled “Going Rogue” there’s a date scene which sees Barry and Felicity on sort of a contrived double-date with Iris (Candice Patton) and her boyfriend Eddie (Rick Cosnett). I get what the writers were going for with the scene regarding the latter two but it just seemed a bit too much and too common an issue of what plagues other CW shows more than this one.


The Flash is largely what many like myself wanted from this and some other adaptations. A simple start to a complex character and a shared universe. Not a lot to gripe about concerning the show but it’s also not like the show is perfect. If I wanted to give it a grade I could but that wouldn’t be fair now would it, Show’s this new need time to develop and it’s worthy of that time. It’s done a lot of good things thus far and it looks like it will get the time to do more.

Verdict: Good show with even better potential. Look for more from this show and maybe even some more crossover episodes with Arrow.

No score

+ A simple format for a slightly lesser known character

+ Good special effects and villains to combat the main characters

+ Nice portrayal of Barry Allen’s character

– Still has a bit of the angst and drama prevalent in most show on the CW

Watch The Flash Tuesday nights at 8PM Eastern/7PM Central on the CW

October Message From The Editor-In-Chief

With witches on brooms, spirits on edge, and monsters under the bed, it can mean only one thing… it’s October! Bumps in the night, the funk of forty thousand years (Yes, I pulled a Michael Jackson there), and candy won’t stop us from doing and enjoying our jobs.

For gaming, we have our 3DS’s fully charged and Super Smash Bros. busting our fingers and the scary moments from PT and The Evil Within. Speaking of those two horror games, we will have a livestream with the latter two titles and a commentary video of our reactions as well, so stay tuned later this month!

For movies, we’ll be watching Annabelle & Dracula: Untold to creep us out of our seats, and John Wick for the action thrill seekers.

Television has our attention with the series premiere of The Flash and Constantine, as well as season premieres of Regular Show, The Legend of Korra, and The Walking Dead.

Our ear buds are ringing on music, with albums from Steve Aoki’s Neon Future and Taylor Swift’s 1989.

Our main focus at the moment is still building the company and the release of our newly designed website, which is schedule to have its official launch in the first week of November. We can’t wait to start posting all our reviews, gameplays, and livestreams in one place over using individual social media outlets, which will still be available for you to get in contact with us.

So, lock your doors, close your blinds, and stick with us as we save you from the horrors of bad games, movies, television, music, and comics… but we can’t protect you from the mad man wearing a leather mask, wielding a chainsaw, and hiding in your backyard. You’re on your own for that one.

Boo!

Grayson M.
Editor-In-Chief