Sunday, July 24, 2016

CBS All Access Series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Announced at SDCC 2016

The USS Discovery has made her initial test flight at San Diego.

During yesterday's Star Trek 50th Anniversary panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016, moderator Bryan Fuller revealed the name and first look at the ship for Star Trek: Discovery, the new Star Trek series debuting first on CBS and then moving over to the digital platform CBS All Access for the remaining 12 episodes.

Stars from previous Star Trek series were on hand for the big reveal, including William Shatner (Star Trek), Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), and Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise).

Star Trek: Discovery will be overseen by Fuller as showrunner, along with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's son Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth also executive producing.  David Semel will direct the pilot.

The series will take place primarily on the USS Discovery (NCC-1031) and will have new characters to the Star Trek universe seeking new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the franchise's signature contemporary themes.

A one-minute, 15-second teaser for the new series also debuted during the panel, showing the Discovery launching from what appears to be a hollowed-out asteroid orbiting a planet. The new gold-plated ship resembles concept art from Ralph McQuarrie, artist on the original Star Wars film, that was made for a Star Trek movie in 1976-77 that failed to happen.

If you'd like to check out the teaser for Star Trek: Discovery, you can view it below thanks to the official Star Trek account on YouTube...

Star Trek: Discovery is currently scheduled to premiere on CBS in January 2017, with the next 12 episodes airing on CBS All Access.

Second DOCTOR STRANGE Trailer Debuts at SDCC 2016

It's almost time to question reality.

At yesterday's Marvel Studios' panel in Hall H at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016, Marvel unveiled the second trailer for Doctor Strange, the Scott Derrickson film based on the Marvel Comics Master of the Mystic Arts.

The new 2-minute, 20-second trailer opens with fleeting images of Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as a surgeon in New York, until the brutal car accident that costs him the use of his hands.

A voiceover from the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) begins "Dr. Strange, you think you know how the world works?  What if I told you the reality you know is one of many?"

We see Strange stepping backward into a shattering mirror-type special effect, as he says "This doesn't make any sense."

"Not everything does.  Not everything has to," replies the Ancient One.

Next, we see a psychedelic Marvel Studios graphic, as the Ancient One continues speaking. "Through the Mystic Arts, we harness energy and shape reality.  We travel great distances in an instant."

Doctor Strange follows the Ancient One through a portal to a hidden monastery, where he asks the Ancient One "How do I get from here to there?" as he gestures from himself to her.

"How did you become a doctor?" asks the Ancient One.

"Study and practice," replies Doctor Strange.  "Years of it."

We see Strange mastering his new abilities, followed by a conversation between Karl Mordo (Chiwtel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong).  "There's a strength to him," admits Mordo.

"But is he ready?" asks Wong.

"Be care which path you travel down, Strange," Wong remarks as we see the film's Big Bad Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen).  "Stronger men than you have lost their way."

"I am death," Kaecilius states as we see him warping reality around him, "and pain.  We'll die protecting this world."

As the threat of Kaecilius becomes apparent, Doctor Strange tells Mordo, "I can't do this."

"There is no other way," Mordo replies.

Fleeting images of Doctor Strange using his mystical abilities follow, as the Ancient One remarks in a voiceover "I've spent so many years peering through time, looking for you."

Strange's Cloak of Levitation flows onto his body and he enters the battle against Kaecilius with Mordo at his side.

Lastly, we see a quick scene at the monastery where Mordo gives Doctor Strange a slip of paper with the word "Shamballa" written on it.  "Oh, what's this?  My mantra?" Strange asks.

"The wi-fi password," smiles Mordo as he closes the doors to Strange's room.  "We're not savages."

If you'd like to check out the new trailer, you can view it below thanks to Marvel Entertainment's official YouTube account...

Doctor Strange
is scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 4, 2016.

Marvel Confirms Brie Larson as Captain Marvel at SDCC 2016

No, not the "Shazam!" guy.

Entertainment Weekly reported yesterday that Oscar-winner Brie Larson has been confirmed as Marvel Studio's Captain Marvel for the character's upcoming solo movie in 2019.  Larson was part of Marvel’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016, joining Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige along with the casts of Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Larson, 26, won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2015 for the film Room, and has appeared in the movies Kong: Skull Island, Trainwreck, The Gambler, Don Jon, 21 Jump Street, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (as Envy Adams).  She also appeared as Rachel on Community, as well as episodes of The League, United States of Tara, Hope & Faith, Raising Dad, and Popular.

During the panel, Feige clarified that the Captain Marvel will indeed be a woman, saying "Captain Marvel has gone by many names in the comics, has had many people who’ve inhabited that costume and used that power base.  I want to make it very clear: This hero’s name is Carol Danvers."

Created in 1968 by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan, Carol Danvers first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 as an officer in the United States Air Force and Security Chief of a restricted military base, where Danvers meets Dr. Walter Lawson, the human alias of alien Kree hero Captain Marvel.  In a later story, Danvers was caught in the explosion of a Kree device, after trying to get close to Captain Marvel.  Although Captain Marvel managed to save her life, Danvers sustained serious injuries.

Danvers resurfaced with superhuman abilities and becomes the hero Ms. Marvel in a self-titled series in January 1977, first written by Gerry Conway and later by Chris Claremont.  In the series, it was revealed that the energy exposure from the explosion of a device called the "Psyche-Magnetron" caused Danvers' genetic structure to meld with Captain Marvel's, effectively turning her into a human-Kree hybrid.

Ms. Marvel later joined the Avengers, until she was kidnapped by a character named Marcus (the apparent son of Avengers foe Immortus) in a controversial story featured in The Avengers (vol.1) #200 and taken to an alternate dimension, where she was brainwashed, seduced, and impregnated.  She gave birth on Earth to a child that rapidly aged into another version of Marcus, who was ultimately unable to remain on Earth after Hawkeye mistakenly damaged his machine.  Marcus took Ms. Marvel back to the alternate dimension with no opposition from the Avengers, claiming to have felt something between them.

Claremont effectively negated the Marcus story in 1981's Avengers Annual #10.  In that story, Danvers was revealed to have returned to Earth, courtesy of Immortus's technology after Marcus continued to age and die of old age, but was attacked by the mutant Rogue, who permanently absorbed the character's abilities and memories.  Danvers' memories were restored by Professor X, followed by an angry confrontation with the Avengers concerning their failure to realize that Marcus had brainwashed her.

During an adventure in space with the X-Men, Danvers was altered with experimentation by the alien race the Brood into a newly empowered character called Binary.  Drawing on the power of a cosmic phenomenon called a white hole, Danvers became capable of generating the power of a star.  As Binary, the character had a number of encounters with the X-Men, the New Mutants, and the British team Excalibur.

In the event storyline "Operation Galactic Storm," Carol lost her connection to the white hole she drew her powers from, reverting to use of the original Ms. Marvel powers, but retaining the energy manipulation and absorption powers she had as Binary, albeit on a smaller scale.  As Ms. Marvel once again, she soon became a member of the team the Mighty Avengers.

In July 2012, Carol Danvers assumed the mantle of Captain Marvel in an ongoing series written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Dexter Soy.  As Captain Marvel, Carol currently plays a significant role in Civil War II, as the leader of a faction of superheroes who wish to use Ulysses' precognitive power to profile future crimes before they occur.

Captain Marvel is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

ARROW Casts Joe Dinicol as Ragman

Star City is getting pretty crowded in Season 5.

Entertainment Weekly has revealed that the CW series Arrow has cast Joe Dinicol as Rory Regan, better known to DC Comics fans as the supernatural vigilante Ragman.  The role will be recurring and he'll first appear in the second episode of Season 5

According to the article, Regan is described as "Fresh from a personal tragedy, Rory hopes to find answers in Star City, where he ultimately crosses paths with Green Arrow (Stephen Amell)."

Dinicol, 32, is a Canadian actor probably best known as David Wagner on the NBC series Blindspot.  He's appeared in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and on episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Betas, Flashpoint, The Famous Jett Jackson, and Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension.

Created in 1976 by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert, Ragman first appeared in Ragman #1 as Rory Regan, a Vietnam veteran, who had grown up helping his father, a junk man who owned a pawn shop named Rags'n'Tatters.  While drinking with his friends one night, his father discovered two million dollars stuffed inside an old mattress that had been pawned just recently.  He and his friends decided to hide the money for Rory, since they were too old to truly benefit from it.  The money turned out to be the loot from an armored car heist and when the hoods came to the shop one night to get it, they shot down some electrical wires and used them to torture Rory's father and his friends into revealing where the money was hidden.  

Rory arrived soon after and seeing his father in agony attempted to pull him free from the wires.  A final shock of power ran though the old men and grounded out at Rory, knocking him unconscious.  When he woke, his father and friends were dead and the hoods responsible were gone.  Using a costume made out of old rags (his father had bought it from a stranger before he died and left a note saying Rory could wear it to a costume party) he became Ragman, "The Tatterdemalion of Justice."

The character was reworked in 1991, with the costume made from materials found around the rag shop, Rags'n'Tatters, that he shared with his father.  Each of the patches in the suit was made from the soul of an evildoer that the Ragman had punished and absorbed.  The absorption of these souls caused a problem for Rory at one point, when the evil souls hungered for murder and finally freed themselves of Ragman.  It was only with the support of Batman and Regan's old friend, Rabbi Luria, that he regained control, though at the cost of Luria's life.  Ragman's powers increased, allowing him to absorb souls into his costume. With each new soul added, a rag is added.  He can call upon the souls in his costume to lend him their attributes or power.  He is also a very proficient magic user and later joined the supernatural team the Shadowpact,

Arrow returns to The CW for Season 5 on October 5, 2016.

Friday, July 22, 2016

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 062: "Technophobia" is Up!

"Here.  Coffees.  Easy when you know how."
"Where’s mine?"
"You?  You’re the last person I’d give caffeine.  Oi, Sylvi – Search ADHD. I bet his picture comes up."
-- Donna Noble and the Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who: "Technophobia"

It's taken quite a bit of effort this time, but we're finally back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, we review "Technophobia," the first Tenth Doctor audio adventure from Big Finish Productions starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse Jackson being confused with that other Jesse Jackson on Twitter, Jesse's reaction to David Tennant and Catherine Tate returning to their Doctor Who characters, trying to hook us up for free review copies, notable guest stars in the episode, wanting Christopher Eccleston to record Ninth Doctor audios for Big Finish, that silly rumor that Matt Smith is returning to Doctor Who, how the Tenth Doctor comes off on audio, Jesse slowly warming to Donna Noble, being screwed over by Skype once again, Jesse's shuffle mode issues, my David Tennant impression, Big Finish using the specific theme arrangements to match a certain Doctor Who era, more of why it's okay to like other Doctors in addition to your favorite Doctor, my Reverse the Polarity segment, and more!

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Be sure to come back soon as Jesse and I review "Time Reaver," the second Tenth Doctor audio adventure from Big Finish Productions, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST & THE DEFENDERS Teaser Trailers Debut at SDCC 2016

If you're a fan of the Marvel Comics shows on Netflix, you should be pretty happy right about now.

During yesterday's "Luke Cage" panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016, Marvel Television debuted new teaser trailers for the upcoming Netflix series Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders.

Luke Cage explores the world of Luke Cage (Mike Colter) before his appearance on Jessica Jones Season 1.  After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke becomes a fugitive who attempts to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City.  But soon he is pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

Luke Cage debuts all 13 episodes on Netflix September 30, 2016.

Iron Fist, confirmed for 2017, centers around martial-arts superhero Iron Fist (Finn Jones) and will follow Luke Cage.  Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

The teaser opens with a flashback to Danny Rand's childhood as he is ripped away from his mother in a plane crash and lands in a snowdrift, still strapped to his seat.  As he blacks out, he sees two monks dressed in yellow leaning over him before the screen fades to black.  It then switches to the present day, where a bearded Danny Rand is strapped to a bed in what looks to be a mental hospital.  He breaks out of his bonds, then manages to escape by delivering a punch so powerful that it blows a reinforced steel door off its hinges.  As Danny steps out over the fallen door, the teaser fades to the series logo.

The Defenders, also confirmed for 2017, will team Luke Cage and Iron Fist with Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter).  The short teaser, with Nirvana's classic song "Come As You Are" (!), features Stick (Scott Glenn) from Daredevil saying "You think the four of you can save New York?  You can't even save yourselves," and hints that The Hand will be the team's major threat.

In addition, Daredevil Season 3 was confirmed by Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, although no release date was given.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 068: "The Road Before Us" is Up!

"That man in there is praying for a miracle that you and I know is never going to come, because no one's fucking listening.  If God is out there, he's laughing at you."
– Kyle Barnes to Reverend Anderson, Outcast: "The Road Before Us"

You guessed it, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Preacher 1x07 -- "He Gone"
Outcast 1x05 -- "The Road Before Us"
Wynonna Earp 1x05 -- "Diggin' Up Bones"

This time, we talk about things like fun with a monster finger puppet, Karen and her especially curly hair, Jesse and Tulip until the end of the world, teasing Jody for Preacher Season 2, Jesse's doucheometer reaching stratospheric heights, wondering if Eugene/Arseface actually deserved being sent to hell, our disagreement on Jesse's mullet and white jeans from the comics, Odin Quincannon interpreting The Word his own way, finally getting a shoutout to Jesse's favorite movie star, advising Outcast viewers that there should be a lot of important stuff coming up, Amber calling her mom Alison a bitch, the awkwardness of being about to arrest someone for murder when the murder didn't happen, Sidney and Mildred making out, finally getting another mention of The Merge, Wynonna breaking and entering into a police station, the introduction of the Stone Witch, Waverly having the Dark Side inside her, Wynonna and Doc having sexytime, some more listener feedback from Xub Xerox, this year's Emmy nominations for geek shows, an interesting Preacher finale theory, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week, as we review Episode 6 of Outcast, Episode 6 of Wynonna Earp, and Episode 8 of Preacherright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!