White Suicide Squad may not have been the hit WB hoped, there was one thing that stayed with fans – Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.Robbie is using that leverage to help spearhead a Birds of Prey film. While we have little details as of yet, and it’s not apparent what role Harley will play with the Birds of Prey, we do have our first casting announcements. As we take a look at our new heroines that will share a screen with Robbie, we also look back on past versions of the characters as soon on TV.
Long before there was Arrow-verse and the intertwined adventures of The Flash, Supergirl, and the Legends of Tomorrow, many of those characters in one form or another actually turned up in Smallville. The pre-Superman Superman series ran for 10 years on the CW and it chronicled how Clark Kent (Tom Welling) went from awkward teen struggling to comprehend his incredible power to becoming the Earth’s greatest superhero. Part of that unusual journey was the friendship between Clark and a young Lex Luthor played by Michael Rosenbaum, who was constantly struggling between his desire to be a good man and his own dark instincts. It was meaty stuff for an actor, so why did Rosenbaum bail at the end of season 7? (more…)
Popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu may be seeing some competition in the near future. The CW, the network famous for its DC-related television shows such as Arrow, The Flash, and less recently Smallville may be getting its own stand-alone streaming service quite soon. With the streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime outputting shows that are both critically and culturally acclaimed, as well as incredibly lucrative, it’s hard not to see the allure in the idea. Could this be the end of TV as we know it? Maybe… (more…)
We’ve known about The Shannara Chronicles as an upcoming TV series for a while, and now we’re getting our first good look at the opening sequence of the show. Based on the Shannara novels by Terry Brooks, television-producer and host channel MTV is hoping the series will be their Game Of Thrones. If the newly-released opening credits scene is any indication, I would say they’ve got a good chance at it. (more…)
The show is called Supergirl, but fans have been curious if the show will be limited to the appearance of just one Kryptonian. Superman is the more famous, but the question is whether DC Comics and Warner Bros. would want to have their most famous character turn up in a guest spot on a CBS series? Well question no more because the Supergirl production has sent out a casting call for a tall, muscle-bound, square-jawed man for an “iconic DC Comics superhero.” Plastic Man! No, that doesn’t sound right. Anyway, if you fit the right type, and you’re going to around the Los Angeles area for the next couple of months, than the Supergirl casting department would like to talk to you. For Superman! (more…)
David S. Goyer is a mixed bag when it comes to his output within the nerd-o-sphere and all things comic book related, having single-handedly ruin the Bladefranchise with the godawful Blade: Trinity, and further destroying its legacy with the unwatchable Sticky Fingaz staring vehicle Blade: The Series, the man is still a ticking time bomb when given carte blanche on various projects. Goyer is co-creator of NBC‘s Constantine, which suffered from a shaky pilot and its consequent first few episodes trying to gain some traction, eventually coming into its own; but it is probably too late now as it has been put on hold after 13-Episodes with NBC failing to pick up the back nine. I guess what I’m trying to say here, is that Goyer is rather hit’n’miss and tends to work better when he is co-writing scripts – just look at The Dark Knight trilogy for example (Goyer was working alongside Jonathan Nolan on penmanship duties). Now he is set to take on another project for the network SyFy, and while it is great that SyFy are starting to develop great original shows again instead of repeating The Wrestling all night (Helixis a prime example of what the network is capable of, although the last few episodes left a lot to be desired. Anyway, I digress, …Goyer is bringing a Superman prequel to the SyFy network simply titled Krypton. (more…)
The first thing that occurs to you is that Allison Mack looks the same. It’s been nearly three years since the end of Smallville, and the actress best know to millions of fans as the first and only Chloe Sullivan of the Superman multiverse is still every inch the perky blonde quipster that had Clark Kent’s back for 10 years of the show. For her appearance at Toronto ComiCon, a first for the actress I believe, the fans had about a decade’s worth of queries about life in Smallville. (more…)
As we wait for the piece of casting news we all really want, the identity of the actor who will bring Finnick Odair to life in The Hunger Games sequelCatching Fire, Lionsgate gives us another minor bit of casting news, but one that should catch the attention of the nerdy amongst us.
Actor Alan Ritchson has been cast as Gloss, a career tribute from District 1 and former victor who’s recruited for the all-star, 75th edition of the Hunger Games, which are central to the plot of Catching Fire. If you recognize Ritchson then you might be a fan of Smallville. Ritchson appeared regularly as the young Arthur Curry/Aquaman, one of Clark Kent’s first superhero allies.
Here’s the press release from Lionsgate:
Santa Monica, CA, August 9, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Alan Ritchson has been cast in the role of Gloss in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. A former Career tribute from District , Gloss and his sister Cashmere are both competing in the Quarter Quell.
Ritchson most recently starred in the CBS comedy pilot SUPER FUN NIGHT with Rebel Wilson, and BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE, which aired on Spike TV for three seasons.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.
Ritchson will join returning cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and Donald Sutherland, along with fellow newcomers Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding, Patrick St. Esprit and Toby Jones, when Catching Fire starts shooting later this fall.
How about it, Bastards? Catching a fever for Catching Fire yet?
There’s a lot of TV Series going the Fairy Tale route these days. Grimm. Once Upon a Time. Lost Girl (hey, it’s fable-ish). The genre is trending upwards. And why not? Fables and fairy tales rock! Show me one person who’s not a fan of old mother Hubbard and I’ll show you a fan with no imagination and care for pop culture. But I digress…
There’s another fairy tale classic making its way to the small screen. I’ll give you a hint: a silly blonde girl and a trolling purple cat are involved. Yep, you guessed it. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is getting retold. Again!
There have been numerous retellings of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. So many, that another interpretation is kind of obnoxious. In this case, however, the re-imagining has already been told… in comic book form. The three comics Return to Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, and Escape from Wonderland are all modern retellings of the Lewis Carroll story with Alice’s daughter taking the lead. I’ve never read it, but I hear it’s an excellent series. And sexy (see above art).
Lionsgate TV will be producing a television adaptation of the series by Zenescope. Brian Robbins of Smallville will executive produce the series and the search for a writer has begun. Robbins says that he’s looking for an experienced actress to play Alice with a relatively unknown actress playing her daughter. There’s no TV home yet for the series but Robbins thinks it would fit in well on broadcast of premium cable.
“There’s an opportunity to take something that has really great pre-awareness and spin it like we did with Smallville,” said Robbins
OK, so the guy from Smallville is doing a mature retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I’m sold!
The CW just released a new trailer for the upcoming Green Arrow television show “Arrow” starring Stephen Amell and there are a couple of interesting items. The biggest for this NerdBastard is the appearance (3:22 mark on video) of the Deathstroke like mask pictured above. Does this mean that Deathstroke will be a recurring villain in the series? Sign me up!
There is a guy, or guys maybe that is running around in a red and black skull helmet/mask that I’m not sure about yet. Could be Black Mask, maybe Red Hood, or could be some new bad guy.
There are a couple of quotes in the trailer that stand out:
“The Oliver you lost . . . might not be the Oliver they found.”
“Nobody can know my secret.” *CRACK*
This is starting to look like a darker look at the Emerald Archer, more along the lines of the Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters.
Did this trailer change your opinion and desire to watch the show?
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.