“My Erica statement is a short little story about why I like her so much.
When we were in prep for ‘Infamous’ Darren Swimmer (who was producing the episode) and I got a call that said Erica has a thought on the script.
‘She wants to lose the kiss with Clark right before he goes back in time.’
This news was met with a confused chuckle from me. ‘Uh Clark and Lois have to kiss. It’s such a huge, promotable moment.’ Plus Erica wasn’t in the pitch when I outlined it to the studio and network and they LOVED it.
The set up to the scene I wrote was that Clark tells Lois he’s going back to before the world knew he was the Blur and Lois realizes, ‘that means I’m going to forget who you really are.’ And she’s bummed. And she mulls on that a beat and then looks at Clark and says ‘well I may not remember you, but something tells me you’ll sure as hell remember this’ and she plants one on Clark. Sexy Genius, I know.
But whatever, TV’s collaborative. So we called Erica back to hear her thoughts at least. So Erica starts talking about the scene. She loves it. She just wants to lose the kiss with Clark. I’m on the other end thinking ‘you’ve gotta be kidding me.’ I’m about to pull my hair out when Erica launches into one of the most eloquently stated, passionate thoughts I’d ever heard about Clark and Lois. To summarize,
‘Lois is nothing without her self-certainty. She has nothing to prove to Clark and she’s not the type of girl to throw herself at a guy out of desperation. If it’s meant to be, it will be.’
As Erica talks, I jot down on the back of my script to Darren ‘OMG she’s so right.’ And there went the kiss.
Erica reminded me that I don’t love Lois because she loves Clark. I love Lois because of her unwavering confidence. And it’s Erica’s fearlessness as an actor that makes her such an amazing Lois Lane.”
- Caroline Dries (writer, producer)
- Season 11 will likely be revisiting the concept of an all female hero story.
- Writing for the page rather than screen means there’s room for more classic Clark/Lois banter in the comic than Miller was able to include in most episodes of the show.
- Somewhat vague hint Bart might return.
- DC editorial hasn’t been providing BQM with very many restrictions or guidelines. The design of Clark’s Superman costume is one of the few examples of DC getting involved.
- Dan Turpin and Maggie Sawyer will show up in the second “episode” of the comic.
- Frank “the newsstand guy” will be making an appearance.
- There’s is no sign of Cat Grant appearing yet, but it could happen at some point in the future.
- There will be “loads” of Clark and Lois.
- There is a conscious effort to keep Clark in the comic as much as possible. Clark is “front and center.”
- There will be “tons” less angst.
- As Superman, Clark can stay behind and shake hands. He can give advice and encouragement. He has a different set of responsibilities. He inspires people.
- The first scene in Week 2 features Clark and Lois catching up while Clark is brushing his teeth. The idea is to make sure the comic presents these characters as “real people.”
- Tess’s death is not something that’s brushed under the rug. It’s definitely something everyone is aware of.
- Clark’s inner circle will struggle with accepting Lex’s claims he’s a new man without any memories, especially since they suspect he killed Tess. However, they are hesitant to do anything about their suspicions out of fear they might expose their own secrets. It’s a very “tricky” situation for everyone.
- Lex possesses instincts that are tied to his past memories, but not specific information about his memories. It’s instinct not information. However, BQM didn’t dismiss the possibility Lex could gather some of this information from newspapers, photos, paintings, etc.
- When asked if Lex would be attempting to reclaim his memories, BQM admitted he would like to reveal more but could not do so without giving away too many spoilers.
- Miller is proud to have written some Chloe dialogue without extensive metaphor and is trying to avoid having Lex quote classic literature like Art of War.
- There’s a fun scene in the first 30 pages that addresses whether or not Clark (not Superman) is on Lex Luthor’s radar.
- There will be a decent amount of Superman/Lex scenes.
- By the time readers get to the end of the first 12 weeks (Episode #1), Chloe and Oliver will be the “in” to the “larger mythology of the season.”
- Green Arrow isn’t as needed as before. Chloe and Oliver are eager to start their married lives together in Star City, but things keep pulling them back to Metropolis. There’s a much larger problem they have to address.
- A “full on” Justice League thing likely won’t be happening until the very end. New characters will be added to the roster throughout the season, though.
- At some point, Martha will come up in part to explain where Shelby is.
- Clark and Lois are still going to be living at their apartment. They’re going to be trying to figure out what to do with all of their wedding presents, since they had to cancel the wedding yet still intend to get married someday.
- The comic has a definite in the city vibe.
- In the comic, BQM hasn’t yet answered the question: do the Kents own the farm? The interviewers remind Miller the farm is still in the family in 2017, according to “Homecoming.” Miller reminds them that because Clark saw his future in “Homecoming,” he may have caused a few ripple effects. So some of the future details of “Homecoming” may be in play.
- Either Lana, Pete, or Conner will have a story of some kind in Season 11.
- Hank Henshaw will be a former astronaut who will serve partly as a commentary on the current state of the space program.
- Something happens in space that sets things in motion in “Guardian.”
- It’s nice to have Lois’s voice because she can come in and say “this is bunk.” Basically, she’s the voice of the audience.
- There will likely be “flashback” panels to explain past events referenced in the comic.
- It seems one story might recount an event that occurred on the show only it will be told from another point of view. This sort of storytelling advice will likely be used once or rarely.
Reasons why I love Peeta Mellark:
1. “To murder innocent people?” says Peeta. “It costs you everything you are.”
At this point in the story, Peeta has been through hell and back. He has been taken away from the woman he loves and doesn’t know whether or not he will ever see her again. He is confused and doesn’t know who he should trust. But one thought he never lets go of, the very thought that he has had since book one, is his belief about taking another human being’s life.
He absolutely hates himself for what he has done in the games, although he doesn’t show it much. Even though it was what he had to do to keep Katniss and himself alive, he absolutely hates the thought of killing. He truly believes that he is a monster for taking the lives of those strangers in the arena. And even though he knows he had no other option, or that he wasn’t in his right mind, he blames himself for every single person that has died at his hands.
For example, towards the end of Mockingjay, all hell has broken loose. He starts to lose himself and his desire to kill Katniss is too strong. Once he gets his chance, he goes for it. And as he’s about to kill her, a member of their squad restrains him. Peeta pushes him away and the man falls into a trap that soon kills him. Later, when Peeta has turned back to his normal self, he requests to be killed because he knows how much of a danger he is to everyone around him. After he tells them this, they all try to console him and tell him it wasn’t his fault.
“I just murdered a member of our squad!” shouts Peeta.
“You pushed him off you. You couldn’t have known he would trigger the net at the exact spot,” says Finnick, trying to calm him.
“Who cares? He’s dead, isn’t he?” Tears begin to run down Peeta’s face. “I didn’t know. I’ve never seen myself like that before. Katniss is right. I’m the monster. I’m the mutt. I’m the one Snow has turned into a weapon!”
Seeing him think this way about himself kills me. This is one of the most heartbreaking characteristics of Peeta Mellark, but it is also a major factor of why I love him so much. It shows how much he truly cares about other human beings, even ones he hasn’t spoken two words to. And I will always respect him for that.
Preview of Young Justice Season Two
A very meaty look at what is coming up on the show.
OMFG I NEED the Robin flashback and Artemis/Red Arrow team up eps NOOOW!!!
wantisamlindyla replied to your post: PRIYA WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?! YOU SAW ERICA AND YOU WATCHED HER DOING A SCENE?!?! AND YOU MET THE SHANKS?!?! I CAN’T. I AM LITERALLY SITTING HERE CRYING LISTENING TO BREATHE AGAIN AND SOBBING BECAUSE I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND I LOVE YOU AND I LOVE…
About ‘Breathe Again’? Oh Cindy. All I could see was Lois. A scenario in which Lois is crying and missing Clark (possibly after being killed by Doomsday). It was like watching an exclusive scene being shot for Smallville: SEASON 11 or something!
I can’t. OMG. Oh my fucking god Priya…nooooo you made me start cryiiinnnggg!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
I. WANT. TO. GO. TO. TORONTO. LIKE. RIGHT. THIS. FRIGGING. INSTANT. RIGHT NOW. I AM PACKING MY BAGS. MEET ME AT THE AIRPORT!!!