Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SUPERGIRL Casts Chris Browning as Reactron

The Girl of Steel is starting to build her rogues gallery.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the upcoming CBS series Supergirl has cast Chris Browning as Ben Krull, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain Reactron.  The character's first appearance will be in the series' third episode, with the potential to recur.

Described in the article as "a deadly adversary of Superman’s from Metropolis, who wears an armored suit powered by nuclear energy," Reactron will "venture to National City to get revenge on Superman by trying to kill Supergirl."

Best known as Gogo on Sons of Anarchy, Browning is a character actor who has appeared in a number of film and television roles, including 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Terminator Salvation, The Book of Eli, Cowboys & Aliens, Ray Donovan, Castle, The 100, Bones, The Bridge and Cold Case.

Created in 1983 by Paul Kupperberg and Carmine Infantino, Reactron first appeared in Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #8 as Ben Krullen, a sergeant serving in the US Army during the Vietnam War, alongside future Doom Patrol member Joshua Clay (Tempest). When Krullen massacred the inhabitants of a Vietnamese village, the shock triggered the activation of Clay's mutant powers.  Clay seemingly destroyed Krullen with his energy blasts, then went AWOL.  Instead of being killed, Krullen was transformed into a being capable of generating radioactive energy and concussive blasts.  Calling himself Reactron, the Living Reactor, he surfaced years later and attacked the Doom Patrol, then later fought Supergirl.

The character was reinvented in 1988 as Benjamin Martin Krull, with much of his original continuity intact except that instead of Supergirl, Reactron fought Power Girl.  He resurfaced as a member of the Suicide Squad, but was once again seemingly destroyed when Deadshot shot holes in his containment suit, causing him to go critical.  He later appeared in the Superman storyline "New Krypton" where he was recruited by General Sam Lane as part of his Project 7734.  Reactron was equipped with a heart made of gold kryptonite and partnered with Metallo (who has a heart of green kryptonite).  Reactron and Metallo attacked the city of New Krypton, where Reactron murdered Zor-El, Supergirl's father.

Supergirl premieres on CBS on Monday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m. EST.

THE FANDOM ZONE 018: "The Man in the Yellow Suit" is Up!

"The man in the yellow suit, he's taken enough from us already.  Don't let him take any more."
-- Henry Allen to Barry Allen, The Flash: "The Man in the Yellow Suit"

As you've probably guessed, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another (really, really long) new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  And this time, we're joined by friend of the show Lou Sytsma!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Flash 1x09 -- "The Man in the Yellow Suit
Birds of Prey 1x05 -- "Sins of the Mother"

We talk about things the weather in Canada, Christmas in July, the geography of the DC television universe, the return of Amanda Pays as Dr. Tina McGee, Barry Allen being edgy, Iris' Christmas gift fail, how The Flash writers are failing Iris West, how Harrison Wells can feel a punch from the Reverse-Flash, The Flash stepping its show game up to the next level, Firestorm showing up at S.T.A.R. Labs, Barry admitting to Iris that he loves her, the idea of John Wesley Shipp appearing as an alternate Earth Flash, Harrison Wells out of his wheelchair, losing interest in Arrow Season 3, Dinah from Birds of Prey as Harry Potter, Lori Loughlin as a proper Black Canary, Stephen McHattie as a backup Lance Henrikson, the ending to the Watchmen movie, Black Canary's feud with Catwoman as a "bird/cat thing," bullets not setting things on fire, some comics on TV news, saying goodbye to Woodhouse on Archer, 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 The 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 sixth episode of the 2002-03 WB series Birds of Prey, and Arrow Season 1 episode "Muse of Fire," right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mark Hamill Confirmed for Animated BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE

"Madness is the emergency exit.  You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened.  You can lock them away…forever."
-- The Joker, Batman: The Killing Joke

Batfans can rest easy.  Collider has confirmed previous rumors that Mark Hamill will reprise his arguably greatest role of The Joker for the upcoming animated adaptation of DC Comics' Batman: The Killing Joke.

On July 17th, Hamill posted on his official Twitter account that he hoped to voice the character for the adaptation, but according to Collider, "sources reached out to us and confirmed that Hamill has already recorded his voice acting for the film."

Hamill, 63, debuted as The Joker in 1992 with Batman: The Animated Series, and continued voicing the character with the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, The New Batman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Static Shock, Justice League, the live-action TV series Birds of Prey, and several videogames.

Created in 1988 by writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland, Batman: The Killing Joke is a one-shot graphic novel that provides an origin for The Joker as a failed stand-up comedian who agrees to aid a gang of criminals and is thwarted by the superhero Batman before being disfigured.  In the process, he is driven insane and adopts his supervillain persona. The story is also notable for The Joker shooting and paralyzing Barbara Gordon, which forced her to give up her Batgirl identity and later adopt the new alias Oracle.

Batman: The Killing Joke is expected to arrive on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital video sometime in 2016.

Friday, July 24, 2015

ARROW Casts J.R. Bourne as Double Down

It might be time for Green Arrow to get his own rogues gallery and stop stealing from everyone else's.

TheWrap revealed yesterday that the CW series Arrow has cast J.R. Bourne in the role of Jeremy Tell, better known to fans of The Flash as DC Comics supervillain Double Down.

According to the article, Double Down is described as "a metahuman who can turn his playing card tattoos into deadly weapons" and will appear in the third episode of the upcoming season.

Bourne, 45, is best known as Martouf from Stargate SG-1 and as Chris Argent from MTV's Teen Wolf.  His previous TV work includes episodes of Revenge, Fringe, Smallville, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS, 24, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Jeremiah, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, and Millennium.  He's also appeared in the movies The Butterfly Effect 2, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Josie and the Pussycats.

Created in 2001 by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, Double Down first appeared in The Flash: Iron Heights as Jeremy Tell, a Central and Keystone City area con man and gambler, who gained powers when a cursed deck of cards bonded to him.  During a high stakes game, Tell lost all his money and angrily murdered the winner.  A "cursed deck of cards" that the murdered man owned animated and flew at Tell, cleaving and bonding to his skin.  Most of his flesh was seared off, replaced by the cards.  They can detach itself on his command, slicing everything in their way.

During his time in Iron Heights prison, the villain Murmur released the Frenzy virus and Tell tried to escape in the ensuing mass breakout.  However, he was stopped by Pied Piper and taken back to solitary confinement.  A later attempt to break out was successful, when he and Girder were both hired by The Penguin to help him establish a crime ring in Keystone City, but was stopped by The Flash and Nightwing.

Arrow returns for Season 4 on October 7, 2015.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 029: "A Town Called Mercy" is Up!

"Anachronistic electricity...keep out signs...aggressive stares...Has someone been peeking at my Christmas list?"
-- The Eleventh Doctor to Amy Pond and Rory Williams

My good friend and co-host Jesse Jackson and I are back with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  And this time, we're joined by special guest companion Karen Lindsay (of The Fandom Zone Podcast!) as we explore the Matt Smith story, "A Town Called Mercy"!

Exploring this Series Seven episode from 2012, Jesse, Karen and I discuss things like Part 2 of our Ben Browdercrossoverathon with The Fandom Zone Podcast episode 017, Karen still watching Under the Dome, Karen being the Puppet Mistress, Ben Browder's handlebar mustache, Jesse gushing over David Tennant, potential companions that didn't quite make it, Kahler-Jex's search for redemption, why the Doctor shouldn't travel alone, Joss Whedon basing Firefly's Malcolm Reynolds on Farscape's John Crichton, Whataburger vs. In-and-Out Burger vs. Five Guys, the problem with leaving a cyborg marshall around in the 19th century, the importance of filming in Almeira, Spain, casting Ben Browder, Michael Sheen talking to Chris Hardwick, Karen being the Document Arrow Nazi, a very quick Reverse the Polarity, and 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 next for our review of the Matt Smith story "The Angels Take Manhattan" and look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website!

THE FANDOM ZONE 017: "Suicide Squad" is Up!

"Do you cuties need some counseling?  I'm a trained therapist."
-- Harley Quinn to John Diggle and Lyla Michaels, Arrow: "Suicide Squad"

As you've probably guessed, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another (really, really long) new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  Ah, but this time, we're joined by my Next Stop Everywhere co-host, Jesse Jackson!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Birds of Prey 1x04 -- "Three Birds and a Baby"
Arrow 2x16 -- "Suicide Squad"

We talk about things like Jesse being manipulated by puppet mistress Karen, Mr. Peabody meeting The Doctor, Ashley Scott's retweets, Huntress holding a grudge, discovering what notable actors appeared in Birds of Prey, birthday cupcakes for a rapidly aging baby, Karen's secret identity as Helena from Orphan Black, Jesse missing Sara Lance and Oliver Queen begin together, the secret origin of Karen and Jesse's friendship, the abandoned story potential of Oliver's Russian mob ties, Arrow fans hating the flashback scenes and Arrow writers ignoring them, Monty Python references, Amanda Waller being a Vulcan, Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad film, Ben Browder, some comics on TV news, the closing credits of Ant-Man, 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 The 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 check out Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast for Part 2 of our Ben Browder Crossoverathon, then come back next week for the fifth episode of the 2002-03 WB series Birds of Prey, and The Flash Season 1 episode "The Man in the Yellow Suit," right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GOTHAM Casts Michael Chiklis as Nathaniel Barnes

It's clobberin' time in Gotham City.

TVLine reports that the Fox series Gotham has cast Michael Chiklis as Captain Nathaniel Barnes, a new series regular for Season 2.

Barnes, a new character created for the series, is described in the article as someone who "lands on the GCPD like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force.  He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies – on either side of the law.  For Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Barnes is a hero and a mentor, someone with whom he can share the burden of heroism.  Captain Barnes proves himself to be a strong ally to Gordon…but one day he will make an equally powerful enemy."

Chiklis, 51, is no stranger to comic book projects, having appeared as The Thing in the two Fantastic Four films directed by Tim Story, and as Jim Powell on the superhero TV series No Ordinary Family.  In addition, he's known for his roles as Detective Vic Mackey on The Shield, Dell Toledo on American Horror Story: Freak Show, and as Curly Howard in the Three Stooges TV movie.  

During the Gotham panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that Season 2 is about "the rise of the villains," and will explore "what Gotham can give birth to when people start to feel power within themselves and don’t feel the urge to answer to morality."

"As the villains rise, there’s an arms race, and the good guys have to increase their force as well," said Ben McKenzie at SDCC.  "There’ll be new heroes introduced."

Some other Gotham Season 2 tidbits from SDCC...

Camren Bicondova said that Selina Kyle is "trying to figure out where she stands, whether she’s a bad guy or good guy," which will show viewers "a big part of her background."

Sean Pertwee remarked that "more of a contract is being drawn" between his character Alfred Pennyworth and young Bruce Wayne with the uncovering of his father's secret cave, resulting in a "more adult relationship out of mutual respect and understanding."

As for Jim Gordon's ex-fiancee Barbara Kean, executive producer Danny Cannon said that "She’s the crazy ex-girlfriend from hell, but she also becomes a woman in full in her own right.  It’s a story of insanity, but also fulfilling your potential."

Gotham returns to Fox for Season 2 on September 21, 2015.