January 26, 2009
Influence Films has released a short fan film starring the Flash, called Crossover.
Here’s how the site describes the film:
Wally West (Jason Damian), is grieving the death of his mentor, Barry Allen, The Flash … and trying to decide if he wants to continue the heroic legacy as The Fastest Man Alive; when two of Gotham City’s most sensational villains, Harley Quinn (Amanda Geisel) and Talia al Ghul (Rachael Redler), along with Talia’s henchmen (Tim Rowe & Khigh Abner), come to Kansas to ask for his help at any expense. They are willing to do anything to get his help — even — if it means harming Linda Park (Angela Morrow), Wally West’s longtime friend and love interest. Now Wally must choose between hurting over the death of his mentor, or helping these two villains with a shocking request, and in the process determine his own future in The Flash: Crossover.
It runs about 13 minutes, and you can view the film at InfluenceFilms.com.
January 25, 2009
I apologize to those who’ve tried to visit the site this weekend and couldn’t see it. Apparently when I upgraded one of my plugins (WP Super-Cache, which normally improves performance on the site), it tried to enable a feature on the server that it didn’t have permission to turn on. Whenever it tried to load a page from the cache, it would run into the permissions problem and show a “500 Internal Server Error” page.
Of course, since I was always logged in when I looked at the site, it never tried to load the page from the cache, so I never saw the error. I even made a few posts.
Reminder to self: When updating plugins, always test the site both while logged in and while not logged in!
Technical details: The .htaccess file in the wp-content/cache folder didn’t have permission to turn on expiration (the error in Apache’s logs was “ExpiresActive not allowed here”). Solution: add “AllowOverride Indexes” to the folder’s area in the server configuration.
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Jason AKA Papa Zero has taken the familiar Ethan Van Sciver promo piece for Flash: Rebirth, altered the colors, and produced this mirror image of the Flash vs. Professor Zoom.
Flash v.1 #178 takes the #4 spot on Greg Hatcher’s single-issue countdown at Comics Should Be Good.
Meanwhile Flash vs. the Rogues takes #23 in CBR’s Top 25 VS list.
Fan art: Boyblue’s DC Universe draws John Fox, Flash of the future.
Also: nothing to do with the Flash, but Bryan Lee O’Malley draws Kitty Pryde. (via Robot 6)
January 23, 2009
From Newsarama’s Dan DiDio: 20 Answers, 1 Question for January 23:
13. One question that keeps coming back with the return of Barry Allen as Flash. What’s the role of Wally West going to be?
DD: That question is great fodder for story, and what will be taking place in Wally’s life. He will be trying to figure out his place in the world in regards to being a hero and a family man, given the turn of events and the return of Barry. The return of Barry basically forces Wally to ask himself why he would want to continue, and should he continue in the role of the Flash? He took the mantle on, and “graduated” from Kid Flash to Flash because Barry died, and now that he’s returned, Wally has to question what he wants to do. He also gets to reexamine his family life, and see where he fits in and what exactly his purpose is. That’s going to be the centerpiece of a lot of stories in Titans and beyond in the coming year. Wally will be featured very prominently in Titans following the conclusion of Flash: Rebirth. We’re going to be addressing all of that – there’s a lot of story left to be told with Wally.
The interview also talks about a possible role for Barry Allen in Blackest Night, which seems to have grown from this year’s big Green Lantern story in the style of Sinestro Corps War to being this year’s big DC Universe Event-With-a-Capital-E.
A question to anyone reading Titans: has it actually gotten good? It took me a long time to break the habit of reading it, and if I’m going to have to fall off the wagon just to be able to read new Wally West stories, it had better be worth it.