Friday, July 18, 2014

THE FLASH Casts Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold


At last, we have the first of the Rogues coming to Central City.  (No, Weather Wizard's brother and Reverse-Flash don't count.)

The Hollywood Reporter provided details on The Flash's casting of Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart, better known to Flash fans as the supervillain Captain Cold, in the series' fourth episode titled "Going Rogue."  Executive producer Greg Berlanti made the announcement earlier today during the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The 42-year-old actor is best known as Michael Scofield on the Fox series Prison Break and as Chris Redfield in three Resident Evil films.  He also voiced the DC Comics supervillain Deathstroke on the Young Justice: Invasion animated series and appeared on episodes of House and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The episode will also feature Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards as her character Felicity Smoak.  "It’s an episode where Barry’s beginning to question his teammates," said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, "and Felicity coming along is not just to reconnect with him -- it actually serves a grander purpose, which is that Felicity is somebody who knows how difficult it is to have teammates who are fighting crime.  So, she’s there to offer some sage advice, both to Barry and to to Caitlin, Cisco, and Wells.  So we’re really excited."

Created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, Captain Cold first appeared in 1957's Showcase #8, the second comic to feature Barry Allen as The Flash.  Originally a small-time thief, Leonard Snart developed an experimental cold gun from a cyclotron that would interfere with the Flash's super-speed.  Taking the identity of Captain Cold, Snart became of the Flash's greatest enemies and eventually joined the supervillain group The Rogues, along with his sister Lisa, who became The Golden Glider.  In the current New 52 continuity, Captain Cold recently helped free the Earth from the dangerous Crime Syndicate and became a member of the Justice League.

Miller will be the second actor to portray the character in live-action, after Michael Champion in the previous Flash television series that ran from 1990-91.  The character has appeared in several animated series and films over the decades, including Challenge of the Super Friends (voiced by Dick Ryal and Michael Bell), Justice League Unlimited (voiced by Lex Lang), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Steven Blum), Young Justice (voiced by Alan Tudyk), Justice League: The New Frontier (voiced by James Arnold Taylor), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (voiced by Michael Gough), and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (voiced by Danny Jacobs).

The Flash is scheduled to debut on The CW on October 7, 2014, with the Captain Cold episode presumably airing on October 28th.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DAREDEVIL Casts Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page


The Man Without Fear finally has a love interest.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that actress Deborah Ann Woll has been cast as Karen Page in the upcoming Netflix series DaredevilBest known as the vampire Jessica Hamby on the HBO series True Blood, Woll has also appeared in the films Meet Me in Montenegro and Ruby Sparks, and episodes of The Mentalist, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI and ER.

Woll joins Charlie Cox as Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Vincent D'Onofrio as The Kingpin/Wilson Fisk, Elden Henson as Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, and Rosario Dawson in a still-unnamed role.

Created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, Karen Page first appeared in 1964's Daredevil (vol.1) #1, which also introduced Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson.  She was the longest-running love interest for Matt, debuting as the secretary at the law firm of Nelson & Murdock until Matt revealed his secret identity to her.  This resulted in a long break-up that ended with Karen leaving in 1972 to become a film actress.

The character eventually returned to the series fourteen years later in Daredevil (vol.1) #227, where we learned that Karen had become addicted to heroin while making pornographic movies.  Desperate for a fix, Karen sold Daredevil's secret identity to a drug dealer who later sold in to Daredevil's arch-enemy, The Kingpin.  After Matt helps Karen overcome her addiction, the two resumed their relationship until Karen learned that Matt was having an affair with another villain, Typhoid Mary.   

After becoming an anti-pornography activist and later a radio show host using the name "Paige Angel," Karen left Matt for a talk show host position in Los Angeles.  During a routine blood test performed by the supervillain Mysterio, Karen was told she was HIV positive and went back to New York to tell Matt, but was later murdered by Daredevil's adversary Bullseye in 1999's Daredevil (vol.2) #5.

Woll will be the second actress to portray Karen Page in live-action, after Ellen Pompeo in the 2003 film Daredevil, although that role was very minor.

The 13-episode series will debut on Netflix sometime in 2015.

Marvel Reveals New Captain America on THE COLBERT REPORT


Captain America's shield is about to be passed once again and what better TV show to announce Steve Rogers' latest replacement than on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report?

On last night's episode, host Stephen Colbert lamented President Barack Obama's leadership, telling his viewers that just when the United States needs a leader more than ever, it's losing one of the country's greatest -- Captain America.  "He first won our hearts back in 1941's [Captain America Comics] issue #1 by punching Hitler in the face," began Colbert, "and the Hulk, may I point out, the Hulk was nowhere to be found here.  I guess the Holocaust doesn't make Bruce Banner that angry.  Hulk ignore atrocities!  Unfortunately, Cap's days of protecting America are numbered...and that number is 21."

Displaying a copy of the current Captain America #21 by Rick Remender and Nic Klein, Colbert spoiled the issue's contents by saying, "Because unless you've been frozen in ice for the last sixty-five years, you know exactly what happens in this issue.  It's a tale as old as time -- The Iron Nail, currently in his monster form, has launched a plot to frame Captain America by forcing the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier Gungnir to transform into a flying robot and destroy the nation of Nrosvekistan.  Of course, all this is just a fantasy and in the real world, Nrosvekistan has been annexed by Vladimir Putin."

"But," continued Colbert, "when Cap tries to stop him, the Iron Nail hits him with flying needles which remove the super-serum from Captain America's blood, causing him to lose his super-soldier powers and instantly age sixty-five years, meaning his new super-serum will be Ensure.  I cannot believe this is happening right now, I mean, Captain America was this close to being promoted to Major America.  This is a disaster, Nation, Steve Rogers brought low is a huge void in the captaining of America."

Colbert then introduced Marvel Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada to reveal the next Captain America.  "Thanks for flying over in your helicarrier," Colbert said to Quesada.  "What the hell is going on with Captain America?  What did you do to this guy?"

"Well, you know, Steve Rogers saved the world again but not without personal sacrifice," replied Quesada.  "He lost his super-soldier serum."

"Without Steve Rogers, who's going to keep those Guatamalan kids from coming over our southern border?"

After telling Colbert that he wasn't going to be the next Captain America, much to audience disapproval, Quesada revealed that Sam Wilson, Cap's occasional partner as The Falcon, would become his replacement.

"The Falcon?" replied Colbert to some mock amazement.  "Well, if there is one bird associated with America, it's the falcon."

Showing a picture of The Falcon in his regular costume and also as the new Captain America, Colbert and Quesada clarified that this change will only be in the comics, not the Captain America and Avengers movies.

"Let me ask you something," said Colbert.  "This guy is...uh...this new guy is black.  Doesn't that make him Captain African-America?  No?  I didn't know, I'm asking.  I'm just asking."

"I don't see color," replied Quesada.

"You don't see color?  Neither do I.  If you don't see colors, how do you do comic books?" smiled Colbert, flipping through the copy of Captain America #21.

"Wait a second," Colbert continued, "doesn't that mean there's another void?  Don't we need a new Falcon?"

"You know, that's a great question, Stephen, and we really thought about this at Marvel and the opening is available."  As chants for Colbert to be the new Falcon rang from the studio audience, Quesada continued, "To try this out, we commissioned one of our great artists, Kris Anka, to do an image of you as the Falcon."

Pointing to the picture, Colbert remarked, "I didn't realize people knew I've been waxing my chest.  I've got a great catch phrase for the Falcon...Why did the Falcon cross the road?  For justice, motherf#cker!"

If you'd like to check out the full segment, you can view it below thanks to the official Colbert Nation website...






Captain America #25, the first issue with Sam Wilson as Captain America, arrives in October, followed by All-New Captain America #1 in November.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS Cast Announced


We have our new King of the Seven Seas.

TV Guide has revealed the full cast for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, the upcoming animated home video release based on "Throne of Atlantis," the six-issue storyline by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Paul Pelletier from 2012 that ran in Justice League (vol.2) #15-17 and Aquaman (vol.7) #14-16.  This release will cover the origin of Aquaman and will be the second animated DC Comics movie set in the current "The New 52" continuity, set after the events of Justice League: War.

According to the article, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will adapt the story and feature "the undersea nation of Atlantis against the surface world.  Unlike the comic, the movie will focus on how young Arthur Curry discovers his aquatic heritage.  Raised by his human father, when the movie begins he doesn't know that he is the heir to the throne of the watery kingdom."

"We meet him at a low point in his life," said supervising producer James Tucker, who previously worked on the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.  "He's a little bit lost.  His father has died and he's always been an outsider, so the one person who had his back is now gone.  When that Atlanteans instigate incidents to escalate a war with the surface world, he doesn't yet know who he is.  As he discovers his true history he's going to have a lot of choices to make. It's definitely about him finding his own path."

Tucker also acknowledge the snark and skepticism from the general public about Aquaman as a character.  "A lot of times with Aquaman people just focus on his powers and their opinion of them as being lame — which I don't believe — and that's all they think of him," he remarked.  "Hopefully we've made him a person in people's eyes first.  And then the powers and the telepathy with fish and all that can be put in perspective."

The role of Aquaman goes to Matt Lanter, who appeared on 90210 and Star-Crossed and also voiced Anakin Skywalker on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Returning from Justice League: War are Jason O'Mara as Batman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Christopher Gorham as The Flash and Sean Astin as Shazam.  Meanwhile, Nathan Fillion now reprises his role of Green Lantern, with Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman and Jerry O'Connell as Superman.

In addition, Being Human (US) and Smallville vet Sam Witwer will play Aquaman's brother Orm, better known as the Ocean Master, and Sumalee Montano (who played Katana on Beware the Batman) will be Mera, Aquaman's significant other and the future queen of Atlantis.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will arrive on Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand sometime later this year.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CONSTANTINE Casts Angélica Celaya as Zed


Zed's alive, baby...Zed's ali--Oh, wait.  I already made that joke.

The official Twitter account for the upcoming NBC series Constantine has just announced that actress Angélica Celaya has landed the role of Zed with the following tweet...

Although primarily known for her work on Mexican television, the 34-year-old Tucson native appeared as Angela Flores on the series Burn Notice and as Lucia Trevino on the recent remake of Dallas.

The Hollywood Reporter provided some additional details from the show's panel during the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday.  "She’s someone who can go toe to toe with John [Constantine], and that's ultimately something we felt like we needed," said executive producer Daniel Cerone.  "We wanted a more dynamic relationship, as opposed to someone who is a teacher/mentor and a student. It just didn't feel as fertile and rich of an area as just a strong a man and a strong woman who are both very different."

"Liv is a great character," continued Cerone.  "She's very wide-eyed, she's very reactive, she doesn't have powers and when we started to look at the story, we thought this is a character who is always going to be reactive."  This resulted in a discussion of looking at other Constantine characters they thought better fit within the confines of the universe.  Cerone revealed that the writers originally thought about bringing Zed into the pilot, but when they "started writing ourselves into the corner" without Zed that they made the change.  "We hope it energizes the fanbase."

As posted this past Friday, Celaya's character Zed replaces Lucy Griffiths' character Liv Parsons after the showrunners opted to go in this different creative decision.  The recently leaked pilot episode received a somewhat lukewarm reception from fans online, which may or may not have contributed to the decision.  Zed will appear in an early episode of Constantine, but it's not known if the pilot episode will be retooled before the series' premiere date.

Created by Jamie Delano and John Ridgway, Zed first appeared in 1988's Hellblazer #4 as a former lover of John Constantine and wayward daughter of an evangelical family, who is also an artist at the time she first encounters Constantine.  She assists him in the rescue of his niece, Gemma, from an occultist pedophile that collects child brides.  Later on, she's taken into custody by her father, a senior member of a group called the Resurrection Crusade, who attempts to offer her to an angel for the purpose of conceiving a baby who will become the new Messiah.  Constantine defeats Zed's father's plan, however, by spoiling her with his own Nergal-tainted blood before the heavenly coupling can be consummated.

Additional Hellblazer and DC Comics supernatural characters are expected as the series progresses, with Doctor Fate being a strong possibility after the Helmet of Nabu was shown briefly in the pilot.

Constantine premieres on NBC on October 24th at 10 p.m. EST.

First DOCTOR WHO Series 8 Trailer Debuts During World Cup


Doctor Who Into Darkness?  Hmmm, sounds familiar...

While most of the planet Earth was watching Germany facing off against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final in Brazil, the BBC had something a little special for Whovians at halftime -- the first full trailer for Doctor Who Series Eight starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

The one-minute trailer opened with an exploding TARDIS console, Clara Oswald's big eyes and an ominous Dalek eyestalk.  "Life returns..." begins a voice that could be the Dalek's creator Davros, the Dalek Emperor, Dalek Caan, or...something else.

"I don't think I know who the Doctor is anymore," frets Clara.

"Life prevails..." continues the mysterious Dalek voice as we see a shadowy outline of the newly-regenerated Twelfth Doctor bracing himself while the TARDIS console room sparks and flashes with fire.

"I'm the Doctor," says the new Doctor to Clara.  "I've lived for over two thousand years.  I've made many mistakes and it's about time that I did something about that."

We see a number of new monsters, including a steampunkish Victorian android with a blowtorch for a right hand, another android that resembles a Silurian, an alien with two long eyestalks, and a squad of UNIT soldiers.

"Where are we going?" asks Clara.

"Into darkness," replies the Twelfth Doctor.

"Here we go again," says the Silurian Madame Vastra, returning once again to the series.

We then see Clara falling down some sort of tunnel/shaft, a Tyrannosaurus Rex walking past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (The second Invasion of the Dinosaurs, perhaps?), a Dalek saucer in space, a medieval-looking android, and the Doctor a long nightshirt riding a horse.

"Clara, tell me..." asks the Doctor, "...am I a good man?"

"I...don't know," replies Clara.

If you'd like to see the full trailer, you can view it below thanks to the BBC's official YouTube channel...



Doctor Who returns August 23, 2014 on BBC America and BBC One.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

THE FLASH Casts William Sadler as Simon Stagg


And where Simon Stagg goes, will a certain Element Man follow?

Filming for the second episode of the CW's The Flash, titled "Fastest Man Alive," took place yesterday in Vancouver and according to the site Flickering Myth, popular character actor William Sadler will feature prominently in the episode.  Sadler, of course, is known to many science fiction and comic book fans for numerous film and television roles, including Death in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Colonel Stuart in Die Hard 2, Luther Sloan on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sheriff Jim Valenti on Roswell, Doctor Sumner on Fringe, and President Matthew Ellis in Iron Man 3.

And the Twitter account @CWTVFlash posted a photo of Sadler on set that revealed his character as none other than DC Comics character Simon Stagg, the businessman responsible for the creation of the superhero Metamorpho.

As you can see from the photo above, Simon Stagg apparently appears at Central City University to accept a Regent's Choice Award as Man of the Year, presumably putting him in contact with Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Iris West (Candice Patton) and her father (Jesse L. Martin), who were also spotted on the same set.

Previous on the shared television universe series Arrow, the episode "Broken Dolls" featured a van with the label "Metamorpho Chemical" that Oliver Queen used to track the Dollmaker's location.  And earlier in Season One, Stagg Industries was mentioned as a benefactor of Laurel Lance's legal firm that dropped their support.  So perhaps Simon Stagg will be a character that interacts with both shows?

Created in 1965 by Bob Haney and Ramona Fradon, Simon Stagg first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #57, which was also the first appearance of Metamorpho.  Simon is the conniving owner and CEO of Stagg Enterprises and father of Sapphire Stagg, the love of adventurer Rex Mason.  When Rex showed his intention to propose to Sapphire, Simon sent Rex to Egypt a radioactive artifact known as The Orb of Ra.  However, Simon had his Neanderthal bodyguard Java attack Rex and leave him for dead inside the pyramid.  Exposed to the Orb of Ra's radiation, Rex transformed into the Element Man later called Metamorpho.

"Fastest Man Alive" is written by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kresiberg, and is directed by David Nutter, who also directed the Flash pilot.  The episode is expected to air on September 14, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST.