Saturday, June 27, 2015

THE FANDOM ZONE 014: "Birds of Prey" is Up!

"I resent that!  I'm as broody and romantically self-destructive as the next girl!"
-- Barbara Gordon to Helena Kyle, Birds of Prey: "Pilot"

You guessed it, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  Ah, but this time, we also have a special guest -- none other than my Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast co-host, Jesse Jackson!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Birds of Prey 1x01 -- "Pilot"
Daredevil 1x11 -- "The Path of the Righteous"

We talk about things like Jesse's long podcast history with Karen, the upcoming TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, the backstory war between Batman and The Joker, the vocal greatness of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, my shared TitanTalk APA history with Jesse, the potential of Birds of Prey, the unexpected appearance of Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, Dinah as the Wesley Crusher of Birds of Prey, the difference in Dinah's TV powers vs. the comics, the first mention of DC Comics' metahumans, Huntress' personality difference after being raised only by Catwoman, the cost of superhero equipment, the Arkham Asylum money booth, Mia Sara as the Big Bad Harley Quinn, comparing Birds of Prey and Gotham, Leland Owlsley wanting everyone to know he was almost poisoned, Jesse's slightly-dated Al Haig reference, Karen's possible on-air electrocution, Karen Page's monkey balloon, Vincent D'Onofrio in Men in Black and Full Metal Jacket, the return of Father Latte, Melvin Potter the Gladiator, the private basements of bad guys, the awesomeness of Karen Page saving herself, and more!

You can check out the episode HERE and for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us! If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well. In addition, we have our Fandom Zone show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE. And we're also on Twitter using the account @FandomZoneCast.

Be sure to come back next week for the second episode of the 2002-03 WB series Birds of Prey, and the twelfth episode of Daredevil, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 026: "Dr. Who and the Daleks" is Up!

"Young man, do you know what you have just done? You have transferred us in time and space and I haven’t even set the controls.  Now I don’t know where we are!"
-- Dr. Who to Ian Chesterton, Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

My good friend and co-host Jesse Jackson and I finally back with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  And this time, we review the um...interesting Peter Cushing Doctor Who movie, Dr. Who and the Daleks!

Exploring this first-ever Doctor Who movie from 1965, Jesse and I discuss things like my Doctor Who birthday gift, sending our positive thoughts to Sir John Hurt for his battle with cancer, Jesse's dread of discussing the movie, the two non-canon Peter Cushing movies, Dalekmania, Roy Castle's horrible take on Ian Chesterton, Peter Cushing's fumbling movie Doctor, Susan as a young girl instead of a teenager, why the original TV episode "The Daleks" is superior, The Time Tunnel, all kinds of differences from the television series, Susan calling Ian out as a coward, Susan being the only competent one in the group, slow-moving elevators, teaching pacifists how to fight, Jesse's hatred of bad movies, my love of bad movies, our Reverse the Polarity segmentand more!

And for those who still aren't aware of this yet, we're available on iTunes RIGHT HERE as well as Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and tell your friends about us. If you're looking for direct MP3 downloads, you can find them RIGHT HERE as well. Oh, and don't forget we have an officially official Next Stop Everywhere Facebook page and Twitter account, so be sure to Like and/or Follow us, okay?

Be sure to come back in two weeks for our review of the William Hartnell classic The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website!

GOTHAM Casts James Frain as Theo Galavan, Tigress' Brother

It's James Frain.  You know he's playing a bad guy.

Deadline reported late yesterday that the Fox series Gotham has cast actor James Frain in the role of Theo Galavan, the billionaire industrialist brother of Tabitha, a new version of DC Comics supervillain Tigress.

According to the article, the two new characters will be series regulars and Theo is described as "a new Gotham arrival, Galavan is the savior the city has been waiting for — he is sexy, heroic, and lovingly devoted to his sister Tabitha (yet to be cast).  But behind Galavan’s altruism is a centuries-old vendetta.  Galavan and Tabitha (aka Tigress) will take chaos and violence to a new level in order to bleed Gotham.  Their plan will lead to the creation of new villains…and the destruction of others."

Frain, 47, has appeared in numerous comics, science fiction and horror projects, including the television series Orphan Black (as Ferdinand), Agent Carter (as Leet Brannis), Intruders, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, The Cape, True Blood (as Franklin Mott), FlashForward, Fringe, Invasion, and Threshold.  He was also featured on the Showtime series The Tudors as Thomas Cromwell, and appeared in the films Tron: Legacy, The Lone Ranger (2013), and Water for Elephants.

Created in 1938 by Fred Guardineer, the original Tigress first appeared in Action Comics #1 as a woman named Brooks, who was a thief and recurring enemy of the sorcerer Zatara.

The second Tigress, Paula Brooks, debuted in 1947's Sensation Comics #68 as a supervillain calling herself The Huntress, until it was retroactively revealed that she originally began as a member of the superhero group The Young All-Stars.  She later married the supervillain The Sportsmaster and had a daughter, Artemis Crock.

Artemis became the third Tigress, who was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Todd McFarlane and first appeared in 1987's Infinity, Inc. #34.  Taking up her parents' career in crime, Tigress joined the new Injustice Society, renamed by The Wizard as Injustice Unlimited.  She later fell in love with the second Icicle, Cameron Mahkent, and became pregnant with his child.

Gotham is expected to return for Season 2 in September.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tom Holland Cast as Next SPIDER-MAN, Jon Watts to Direct

After a lengthy search, Sony Pictures and Marvel have agreed on their new Spider-Man. 

Marvel has announced that actor Tom Holland will portray Marvel's Peter Parker, better known to comics fans as the amazing/spectacular/sensational Spider-Man. Holland, 19, starred in the 2012 film The Impossible and played the title role in the London West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical.

The actor should first appear as Spider-Man in the upcoming 2016 Marvel film Captain America: Civil War before starring in his first solo Spider-Man film for Sony Pictures in 2017. Holland will be the sixth actor to portray Spider-Man in live-action, after Danny Seagren on The Electric Company TV series, Nicholas Hammond on The Amazing Spider-Man (1978) TV series, Takuya Yamashiro in the Japanese Spider-Man TV series, Tobey Maguire in the three Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi, and Andrew Garfield in the two Amazing Spider-Man movies directed by Marc Webb.

In addition, Marvel announced that Jon Watts will direct the still untitled film.  Watts previously directed the 2014 horror film Clown, he upcoming movie Cop Car and several episodes of The Onion News Network television series.

And look, here's a handy press release from Marvel...

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.  The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of "Cop Car," the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director.  The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in "The Impossible," “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming "In the Heart of the Sea," and by a series of complex screen tests.  Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job. 

Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job.  The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding.  I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception.  I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent.  For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.   All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life.  We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world.  With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger.

Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.

HANNIBAL Cancelled by NBC, Producer Exploring Options

First Constantine and now Hannibal.  NBC, you're officially dead to us.

TVLine reported yesterday that NBC series has cancelled their critically acclaimed series Hannibal and that the show's current third season will be its last.

"NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared," said showrunner Bryan Fuller in a statement, "and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers.  [NBC president] Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure."

Added Fuller, "Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again.  And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC."

The decision was probably an easy one for NBC, after the June 11th episode earned a series-low 1.7 million viewers and a 0.5 in the demo.

NBC issued their own statement, remarking, "We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons.  Bryan and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television — broadcast or cable.  We thank Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made Hannibal an incredible experience for audiences around the world."

So, Fannibals...What now?

According to DeadlineHannibal executive producer Martha De Laurentiis said that "we are exploring options with other potential partners" and invited viewers to "join us in sending a message to other potential partners."

The article also mentions that there's significant interest in Hannibal from other outlets, suggesting that the one that would make most sense is Amazon, which already has exclusive rights to the existing three seasons of the show as part of a four-year, five-show deal with NBCUniversal.  The deal is in the middle of its term, which would complicate potential negotiations with Amazon competitors like Netflix.

The remaining ten episodes of Hannibal will air on NBC Thursday nights at 10 p.m. EST, ending sometime in August.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Solo HAWKGIRL Series IS NOT in Development at The CW

*** UPDATED AS OF 6/23/15 ***

Comic Book Resources revealed yesterday that SpoilerTV's original article has been refuted by The CW, who informed CBR that the solo Hawkgirl series is "not true."

Renée also debunked SpoilerTV's article, with the following post on her official Twitter account...

* Original Article *

Well, that was fast.

SpoilerTV has word that The CW is developing a separate Hawkgirl series starring Ciara Renée as DC Comics character Hawkgirl/Kendra Saunders.  Presumably, this would be a spinoff from the upcoming CW series Legends of Tomorrow, which will feature Hawkgirl as a team member.

According to the article, the project is in the very early stages of development, and if The CW decides to move forward with it, it will most likely bypass the pilot stage and get a straight to series order.

Renée has already debuted as Kendra Saunders in an "easter egg" cameo at the end of The Flash season finale, "Fast Enough."  She also appeared in the first Legends of Tomorrow trailer prepared for The CW upfronts, which also featured fleeting glimpses of a CGI Hawkgirl.

The character was described and the end of March as "a young woman who is just beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries.  When provoked, her ancient warrior persona manifests itself, along with wings that grow out of her back, earning her the moniker Hawkgirl."

Legends of Tomorrow is expected to debut on The CW as a midseason replacement in early 2016.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

THE FANDOM ZONE 013: "Blaine's World" is Up!

"Why are you doing this?"
"Daddy issues...Megalomania...Greed...Wow, that felt really good to get off my chest."
-- Major Lillywhite and Blaine DeBeers, iZombie: "Blaine's World"

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:

iZombie 1x13 -- "Blaine's World"
Daredevil 1x10 -- "Nelson v. Murdock"

We talk about things like giving in to the temptation of Wayne's World resets, Karen's six degrees of separation with Rose McIver, Tatiana Maslany's male clone fail, Liv's true feelings about being a zombie, Liv and Major's "It's Complicated" relationship, comparing the After The Fire and Falco versions of "Der Kommissar," Major's dramatic action movie theme, Blaine's various dick moves, the awkwardness of not being able to donate blood because you're a zombie, speculating on Ravi's zombie cure being only temporary, crushing on Rose McIver, the awkwardness of waking up and finding that your best friend uncovered your secret identity, Foggy's college goatee and mullet, Foggy using Matt's blindness to get a better class of chicks, the evil Marvel Comics corporation Roxxon Oil, meeting the Kingpin's mom, the awkwardness of drinking poisoned champagne, Madame Gao's awesome roof garden, some comics on TV news, the movie Love Actually, why it's really not smart to go after me for taking a picture with Funko Pop figures, and more!

You can check out the episode HERE and for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us! If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well. In addition, we have our Fandom Zone show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE. And we're also on Twitter using the account @FandomZoneCast.

Be sure to come back next week for the first of our reviews of the short-lived WB series Birds of Prey, and the eleventh episode of Daredevil, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!