TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E3 – “Corto Maltese”

- 10-22-14Comics, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Corto Maltese, the titular island for this week’s adventurer, is entirely made up. Like a lot of locations in the DC Universe. It was introduced in The Dark Knight Returns as a Cuba surrogate, your basic South American hellhole. In Tim Burton‘s Batman, Corto Maltese was Vicki Vale’s last stop before Gotham City where she was taking pictures of a massacre stemming from the uprising of some local rebels. On Arrow, one gets the sense that Corto Maltese isn’t so bad, at least no worse than the average banana republic/tax shelter for rich guys that want to disappear in luxury. Sound like anyone we know? (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E2 – “Sara”

- 10-15-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Before we dive into this week’s Arrow let’s agree about one thing: Laurel kinda sucks. No disrespect to Katie Cassidy, she’s done fine work with what she’s been given, but to be honest, what she’s been given hasn’t been very much. The Arrow team is clearly trying to create a more compelling path for Laurel, one that was hinted at in last season’s finale when Sara gave her big sister her Black Canary jacket. Said jacket made a reappearance in tonight’s episode, a moment of epiphany for Ms. Lance, and the audience, that says “Oh yeah, I have a destiny.” With all subtlety of a bat crash through the library window at Wayne Manor, Laurel now realizes that she must become someone else; she must become something else. And that thing is a hot, blonde, leather-clad crime-fighter with the initials B.C. (more…)

FAN EXPO – Stephen Amell Has Not Failed His City

- 09-01-14Comics, Nerd Culture, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Even before Arrow became a franchise-birthing hit on The CW, Arrow star Stephen Amell has been a fixture at Toronto’s National Fan Expo, and why shouldn’t it? This is the actor’s own backyard. “This is my third straight year now and I’ve seen some of the same people for three consecutive years,” said Amell enthusiastically, kicking off his Sunday Q&A. “This is my home! It’s been amazing!” (more…)

‘Arrow’ to Become Deadliest Game as Manhunter is Added to Season 3

- 08-05-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

mark-shaw-manhunterDear Arrow season three. You rock! We haven’t seen a single frame of film yet with the exception of the Comic Con trailer from a couple of weekends ago, but to us, you’re already awesome! Please keep up the good work. Signed comic nerds everywhere.

Today’s love-letter to Arrow is brought to you by the letter “M,” “M” standing for Manhunter. The DC Comics villain is the latest established DC Universe character to appear on the CW series based on Green Arrow. Joining a roster of guest spots that already includes Black Canary, Huntress, China White, Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Nyssa al Ghul, and Bronze Tiger, Manhunter will take his place amongst his comic book brethren in the third episode of Arrow’s upcoming third season. But in what context will he appear, and who will be playing him? Read on… (more…)

‘Prison Break’ Actor to Chill Out as Major Villain on ‘The Flash’

- 07-19-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


This past week during the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Geoff Johns, the executive producer of the new CW superhero series The Flash said that this series, following the weekly adventures of the Scarlet Speedster, would be the most faithful DC Comics-based TV show yet. Well, it wouldn’t be a faithful Flash series without his colorful rogues gallery, so the latest casting news from the show starts to fill out those ranks very early on the series. So who’s coming to take on The Flash? Let’s just say he’s about to put a freeze on Central City. He’s going to make the citizens chill out, and despite the best efforts of the police, they’re not going to put him in the cooler… Sorry. I’ve got a million of these.  (more…)

‘Arrow’s Cousin to Play Firestorm on ‘The Flash’

- 07-09-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Phew. Sounds like I conjugated DC Comics with that headline. But yes, it’s true! Sources are saying that Robbie Amell, cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell, has signed up to play the role of Ronnie Raymond on the Arrow spin-off, The Flash. The former Tomorrow Person will make his Flash debut in Episode 3, and will appear on a recurring basis through the first season of the show. As to whether or not we’ll see Raymond seize his destiny as one-half of the hero Firestorm, is yet to be determined, but presumed to be in the works. (more…)

New ‘Flash’ Featurette Reveals “Detective Pretty Boy”

- 07-02-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


I know, with a nickname like “Detective Pretty Boy” we could be talking about any number of male characters in any one of the CW’s series. In this case though, the reference is specifically for a key character in the upcoming superhero series The Flash, and for the discerning comic book fan, you just might be a tad surprised when you find out who “Detective Pretty Boy” refers to. Hint: he might not end up being one of the Scarlet Speedsters friends… (more…)

The CW Announces Fall Schedule; ‘The Flash’ Kicks ‘The Originals’ to Monday

- 05-15-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


The final network to announce its fall schedule, The CW, made their move this morning by announcing as few moves as possible. Chances are, if you like The CW’s schedule how it is right now, you will be 60 per cent pleased with how it will look in the fall. Small moves happen on Monday and Tuesday as the netlet benches two returning shows and two new series till midseason and premiering two shows in the fall, including its highly anticipated new superhero show. (more…)

CHECK IT OUT: First Teaser Trailer For ‘The Flash’

- 05-14-14Comics, TV Posted by Luke Gallagher


The first teaser trailer for The CW’s The Flash series has just hit. The teaser is titled “Don’t Blink”, and they’re  not kidding. The teaser features so little of the shows titular hero. Blink, and you might miss him. I’m exaggerating a bit. However, you will see more Oliver Queen than anything. But, I guess that’s the point isn’t it? It’s a passing of the baton sort of thing, as it should be. Anyway, check out the teaser below. You’ll get what you need – in way of Flash’s costume, movement and personality. Oh, and a little 30 Seconds to Mars to set the vibe.  (more…)

The CW Passes on ‘Supernatural’ Spin-Off ‘Bloodlines’

- 05-09-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight


May Up-Fronts are the time when TV fans get to both celebrate and lament their favorite series either getting picked up by a network or cast off into nothingness like the end of great Louis CK bit. And while genre fans are undoubtedly celebrating the renewal of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the announcement of a new Agent Carter series with Hayley Atwell (not to mention a Flash spin-off of Green Arrow), they’re probably disappointed by the announcement that the proposed Supernatural spin-off, Bloodlines, has been given the deathblow by the CW.