Is Wonder Woman … (spoilers/speculation)

Rumors indicate that Wonder Woman’s origin is being tweaked for the upcoming Batman v Superman – Holy Shit They Might Actually Pull This Off. In the comics, Wonder Woman is an Amazonian, the princess of a mystical race of warrior women who have separated themselves from the world of man. In the Nu52, DC’s latest continuity reboot, she’s a demigod, and has assumed the mantle of the God of War.

But in BVS

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A new take on the Dark Knight

We all know that Batman v Superman – Holy Shit Finally is–loosely–based on Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, the story that, after decades of camp, returned Batman to his gritty roots. That story was set in a “possible future,” where Reagan was declared President for Life, nuclear fallout had created a race of evil super mutants, and Superman had become America’s enforcer in chief. This made Batman sad, and as we all know, when Batman gets sad, he spends a billion dollars over the next decade synthesizing the one element in all the universe to which you are vulnerable, then builds a suit of powered battler armor to shove said glowing green rock up your ass.

Show us on the doll where the Batman touched you

The rumor mill has also stated that BVS will feature an older, grizzled Batman. Because of this, I always assumed that the movie would fast-forward, and show us events several years, maybe even decades, after Man of Steel. That latest news, though, shows that isn’t true.

The first footage from BVS has been released, and it shows an older, gray-templed Bruce Wayne … surveying damage to a Wayne Enterprises building caused by Superman’s battle with Zod.

This means BVS is happening in story-now time. This also means that Batman, in 2015, has been active for about thirty years.

The rumors are that this Batman became active sometime in the eighties, and has managed to stay below the radar that entire time. As of BVS, he’s still an urban legend, and has never been so much as photographed.

Except this time

It’s Superman, and the possible threat he poses, that finally draws him out of the shadows.

This is fascinating, and unique as far as Batman movies go. In Burton’s original film, Batman was an urban legend, but by the end, the entire city had seen him (and his giant, bat-shaped jet) fight the Joker toe-to-toe. Nolan’s film started with Batman announcing his presence to the world by stringing up Falcone on a dockyard spotlight. Nolan did show us an old, grizzled Batman, but by that time, he was a well-known entity in Gotham City.

A Batman that has flown under the radar for decades is completely new, as far as I know, and I’m really excited to see what they do with it.

More rumors indicate that the same is true of Wonder Woman; she’s been active for some time, but never made her presence known until Superman popped the world’s superhero cherry.

The image we’ve seen of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman indicates that they’re staying true to the latest versions of the character; a Greek-themed, ass kicking warrior who is physically on par with the Man of Steel.

Yes, please

When they first announced this movie, it sounded like a disaster in the works. But the more I hear about it, the more excited I get.

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The latest Flash trailer shows Barry in action

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A look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Want to relive some old memories (and get ready for Guardians of the Galaxy? Check out this recap of the MCU from ComiCon.

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Star Crossed

Sergent Shithead: Egads! These beings have mastered the technology necessary to cross interstellar distances, making us look like feces-covered apes who have yet to work out how rubbing two sticks together can create flame! And their homologous morphology suggests either convergent evolution or, perhaps more incredibly, common ancestry!

Ranger Redneck: Homo what? Evolution? Fuck you, science! Guns ‘n’ Jesus, woohoo!

Sergent Shithead: Look, than man is carefully approaching us, hands empty and raised, in what appears to be the universal symbol of “I mean you no harm!”

Ranger Redneck: Holy shit! Better shoot the fuck out of ‘em before they steal our wimmins! Are there any kids I can kill? Blam blam blam blam blam blam blam blam blam!

Well, the CW has managed to steal another hour of my week. Honestly, if I could get Time Warner to sell me an “MSNBC and CW and PBS so my wife won’t go into Downton withdrawal” cable package, I would be all over it. On the other hand, this show appears to have nothing to do with Julie Plec, so at least I’m not completely her bitch.

The above is a fairly accurate representation of the opening minutes of the CW’s latest opus. Aliens land. They appear friendly. We shoot the fuck out of ‘em anyway, and lock them in internment camps.

Flash forward ten years, and we’re dropped right into an analog of the racial integration of Little Rock Central High School. The aliens, called Atrians, are still living in government-run ghettos, but a new program allows a limited number of them to be bussed to a white human high school. And in case the metaphor was a bit too subtle for you, the aliens are called the Atrian Seven.

Heavy handed? It might seem so. Hell, you might be tempted to call it ridiculous. We’re so much more open minded than we were 57 years ago, right? We would never be that evil to an innocent people, would we?

But then you see the shit that they’re trying to pull in Arizona, the test lab for the Tea Party’s crazy. They are–and this is actually happening, right now, in 2014–trying to pass a law that makes it legal to discriminate against LGBT people because of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” And suddenly, the premis of Star Crossed doesn’t seem all that far fetched.

Our romantic leads are Aimee Teegarden, playing Emery Whitehill, and Matt Lanter as Roman, who are, respectively, Nina Dobrev’s long lost cousin and Cam Gigandet’s slightly more muscular clone. And TVD‘s Malese Jow, in her longest running arc yet, survives the first episode, so that’s cool.

Star Crossed is your basic riff on Romeo and Juliet, but with humans and aliens instead of Montagues and Capulets, but the stars have good chemistry, the sci-fi element is fun, and the social commentary is topical. The Atrian’s special powers, revealed at the end of the episode, are cool, but come at a cost, eliminating a too-easy get out of jail free card.

All in all, a solid premier. Yeah, I think Star Crossed can stick around for a while.


Vampire Academy

Take Veronica Mars, and make her a half vampire. Team her up with Daniel Gillies’ stunt double, and give him a ponytail and a trench coat. Drop them both into Hogwarts for Vampires, mix in some mean girls, and stir in a grave threat to the upcoming vampire royal, Mary Sue von Dracula. That’s Vampire Academy in a nutshell.

And somehow, it really, really works.

This is going to be one of those divisive movies. As I’m writing this, Rotten Tomatoes is giving it a 10% fresh score from critics, and an 81% fresh score from viewers. It’s a weird movie, with a weird premise, but if you’re coming from a TVD background, that’s probably exactly what you’re looking for.

The heroine, Rose Hathaway, is fantastically sarcastic and very competent, both as an investigator and as a fighter. She’s kind of what I’ve always wanted Elena Gilbert to become.

The only issue I had with the movie is Rose’ love interest, Dimitri. The ~*~insurmountable obstacle~*~ keeping them apart is the age difference; Rose is 17, and Dimitri is 24. That’s a pretty big gap, but when I was watching the movie, I thought Dimitri was supposed to be in his mid-30s, and was squicked out the entire time.

That aside, I really had fun, and recommend Vampire Academy to anyone looking for a little fang in their night.


The Godless Saint – Looking for Beta Readers

Caden Lyndsey was a man of God, glimpsing vision of the future and calling down fire from heaven.

He lost his faith, but not his power.

In the small town of Mirrormont, a crazed cult attempts to raise their ancient deity from the dead. If Caden can’t stop them, hundreds will die … including a very special woman named Mirand DuBois.

It’s done.


I’ve been sitting on The Wild Hunt, the first Godless Saint novel, for almost a year. I’ve been working on other books — St. Troy, The Janus Project, and a few others — and giving TWH time to settle.

I did my final read through last night, and I think it’s ready for the world to see.

At least, some of the world. I’m ready to give TWH to my beta readers, and unlike previous books, I’m not going to ask you to send me an email to get a copy. I’m just going to put it up on my web site, tweet the link, and hope for the best.

In particular, I’m hoping that you’ll read The Wild Hunt, and that you’ll love it. But whether you love it or hate it, I would love to hear your thoughts. You can reach me through the contact page, or by sending me an email at

Without further ado, Download The Wild Hunt right here:


Love You To Death – Season Four

The entire Love You To Death series stands as an entertaining, exhaustive bible of the character arcs, plot lines, mythology, and the behind-the-scenes happenings of a TV series made by people who are crazy in love with their work.

-Julie Plec, Executive Producer of The Vampire Diaries, destroyer of joy, and frequent target of internet rage

Love You To Death Season 4

I know what you’re saying. “Thomas? Shouldn’t you be using this valuable blog space to pimp out your own books?”

Well, yes, probably. And don’t worry, I’ll get back to that soon enough. But I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to the latest book in the Love You To Death series, written by two friends* of mine, Crissy Calhoun (@crissycalhoun) and Heather Vee (@dieslaughing). In addition to tolerating my presence, Crissy originated the LYTD series, and Heather is the co-owner of, the number one TVD fan site in the world.

Julie wasn’t kidding when she said these books were exhaustive. Not only does LYTD4 recap each and every episode of TVD season four, it also includes insights from the cast and crew (director Pascal Verschooris became my favorite person ever when he said “it was a lot of fun to bring candy canes to the screen, but more so (and this is gonna sound creepy), it was really cool to kill the mayor with Christmas in the background”), facts and trivia, a running commentary on The Rules (compulsion, the sire bond, et cetera), continuity, and a discussion of the points that weren’t quite clear. If you like my post mortems, you’ll be wild about Love You To Death.

Confession: I originally wrote “you’ll love Love You To Death.” I’m paid to write, people. Jesus.

LYTD is available from ECW Press, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Get your copy today, before Jeff Bezos destroys books forever!

*Friends here defined as they wouldn’t run me over if they saw me walking down the road. Probably.


The Great Batfleck Controversy of 2013

Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman, and the internet has exploded.

Affleck is a great actor, and an even better film maker.

That’s kind of a funny statement to make, because a lot of people still seem to think of him as “that guy from Gigli,” or maybe “that guy who got into Jennifer Garner’s pants by playing Dardevil.” And to be honest, a lot of his roles are pretty forgettable. Affleck doesn’t really have an iconic character to his name.

But he was fantastic in The Town and Argo, and the man has two fucking Oscars, for Good Will Hunting and Argo. The man has chops.

But he’s not scary.

Christian Bale, weird bat-voice aside, is a fucking maniac. You can honestly believe that he’d throw himself into a Chinese prison for half a decade just to see what it’s like. When you watch him, you get the sense that he might just break ever bone in your body, just because. Bale had a menacing presence, and when you’re playing the scariest man in the world, that’s important.

Affleck is a great actor, but he’s not intimidating, and that’s why I don’t think he’s going to be a great Batman.

Of course, everybody said the same thing about Michael Keaton, and I still think he’s the best Batman of all time …

Oh, and by the way: Buzzfeed totally picked up on my #batfleck rage last night.

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Morganville Vampires – The Series

Welcome to Morganville, Texas.

Just don’t stay out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero.

When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life. But they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

The Morganville Vampires, a bestselling series written by Rachel Caine, are pretty much my favorite YA vampire novels. The story focuses on Claire Danvers, a smart, tough freshman in college who just happens to live in a town controlled by vampires.

Claire is the perfect answer to the Hollow Shell Mary Sue protagonist you’ll find in a lot of today’s YA, and the supporting cast is just as wonderful. You have Michael, the hot, barefoot musician who never seems to be around during the day–but you won’t guess why–Shane, the rebel with a heart of gold, and Eve, a gothed-out princess who drives a hearse and packs a stake.

On the vampire side of things, you meet Amelia, founder of Morganville and the oldest vampire in the world … at least, as far as anyone knows. In her employ is Myrnin, the resident mad scientist / alchemist / vampire in bunny slippers. Contending for Amelia’s throne is … but that would be telling.

The Morganville books are great, quick reads, and at fifteen entries so far, there is a ton of material for a live-action adaptation.

Enter kickstarter.

Rachael Caine and Pen Ultimate Productions has launched a campaign to create a high-quality web series based on the Morganville books. How high are they aiming? They’ve got Amber Benson, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, attached to play Amelia.

There are four days left in the campaign, and an ~*~anonymous benefactor ~*~ has stepped up and offered to match the next $15,000 in donations. The campaign is this close to being funded, and the world is close to having another fantastic vampire show to devour. If this is your kind of thing, head on over to kickstarter and make your pledge today.