Darren Shahlavi

The Green Arrow adaptation, Arrow, starts up next month.  Fans are all praying that CW does something to make it shine and it doesn’t end up being just another in a line of often-failed attempts at bringing a super hero to television.  And though they’re updating the show for the modern day, it looks like many old favorites will be showing up during the series – 11 DC characters have been confirmed so far, in fact.

Which ones, you ask?  Well, just in case you’ve missed the piece-meal news announcing each character and who will be playing them, we’ve organized a list here.  Some of these you may know, while others played more obscure roles in Green Arrow’s comic and may be lost on you.  So without further ado, the line up is…

 

Black Canary (AKA Pretty Bird, Scream Queen, Canary)

Played by: Katie Cassidy

Super martial arts lady who ends up on the romantic side of Arrow’s life.  Looks like this one may have been seriously nerfed by the Arrow team, however (lame).

 

China White (AKA Queen of thePacific Rim, The Woman without a Heart)

Played by: Kelly Hu

Leader of a drug cartel in the Pacific Rim who butts heads with Green Arrow.

 

Constantine Drakon

Played by: Darren Shahlavi

Kick-ass martial arts master and assassin who almost takes Green Arrow down.

 

Deadshot (AKA The World’s Finest Assassin, The Man Who Never Misses, The Greatest Sniper on Earth)

Played by: Michael Rowe

Expert marksman who, despite being an assassin, has a softer side.

 

Deathstroke (AKA Deathstroke the Terminator)

Played by: ???

Super-soldier mercenary with mega-genes who once managed to kick the entire JLA’s ass.  Little info is available about what they want to do with the character in the series, including who will be playing him.

 

Felicity Smoak

Played by: Emily Bett Rickards

Computer software businesswoman who fights the good fight.

 

The Huntress (AKA Batgirl II)

Played by: Jessica De Gouw

Mafia daughter who sees the evil of crime and dedicates herself to taking down the bad guys in rather violent ways.  Looks like this one will be a regular on the series.

 

Merlyn (AKA The Dark Archer, Vordigan)

Played by: Colin Donnell

Bow and arrow wielding member of the League of Assassins.  Looks like this one may not be quite the character he was in the books, as the team at  Arrow has seen fit to rewrite his story just a bit.

 

Speedy (AKA Arsenal, Red Arrow OR Mama Mia)

Played by: Willa Holland?

There are two versions of this character, one male and one female.  Both ended up serving in a side-kick capacity for Green Arrow.  All the rumors so far point to using the girly Speedy and having Holland play the role as a mash up of side-kick and sister to the titular hero.

 

Walter Steele

Played by: Colin Salmon

Stepfather of Oliver Queen and CEO of Queen Industries who stays out of the action.

 

“The Well-Dressed Man”

Played by: John Barrowman

Who is Barrowman playing?  We do not know yet, but that shouldn’t matter too much.  I mean, it’s John Barrowman!  Speculative folks have kept the list short on who they think he might be, the possibilities including Count Vertigo, the Star City Slayer, Dr. Light or Deathstroke (which would put the real total to 10, I suppose?).

 

Well, this is certainly looking to be more interesting than I had first though.  Luckily, the show starts up on October 10th, so we’ll all soon get to see what DC has planned for us.

 

Btw, screenrant has an excellent breakdown of each character, including where you might have seen them first, some of their background and what CW is looking to change about them.  Check it out.

The first episode of  Kevin Tancharoen’s online web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy -spawned from the 2010 viral video– premiered last week on Machinima.com . In the course of the week, that one 12 minute episode attained over 5 million YouTube hits. While 5 million people can’t be wrong (FYI 5 million is a lot for a web based series. like whole a lot). I did have my complaints. The story followed Sonja Blade (Jeri Ryan), Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett) and Jax (Michael Jai White) while they try and stop an evil crime ring run by Kano (Darren Shahlavi). At least, that’s what happens in the first 10 minutes. The episode didn’t really grab me. Too many guns for the beginning. It was a standard cop routine, impaired by pretty mediocre acting, even worse dialog. It didn’t feel like MK. I know Tancharoen’s intent is to put a real world spin on the fantastical elements and characters of the fighting based video game franchise, but the first episode was cliched; one of thousands of generic action movies we see all the time. To be fair, I paid money to watch the Mortal Kombat movies, (yes both of them) I got this for free. This is much better than those.

Now episode two is upon us. Which honestly, should be ep1 part 2. Titled Jax, Sonya and Kano (Part 2) it plays out the rest of the showdown set-up in part one. It’s only 9 minutes (while 6 if you cut out the the recap and credits), half the time as the first, yet twice as good. Huh? How does that work? Well, the direction, production, action, acting, dialogue and thematic elements and so on are simply done right this time around. Clean and concise.  You’ll probably be too pissed at the mere 6 minutes of new material (which is a bit ridiculous to wait a week for) to take notice, but really, the difference is night and day. But I do agree, this is nothing they couldn’t have shoved into the 1st episode. It was kinda dumb having two episodes to tell this. Especially when there is only 9 episodes in the whole series. Regardless, Mortal Kombat: Legacy is getting better.

Watch episode 2 below, hit the jump for a newly released press release and don’t forget to share your thoughts on the series in the comments section.

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Well, the first episode of the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries is here!

Almost one year ago, the “trailer” popped online showing a more gritty, down to Earth and dark world populated by serial killers, thieves and heroes with a secret. The trailer kicked so much ass that everyone I know was looking forward to it!

Now we finally have the first episode, and to be honest: Wasn’t bad!

It was not as amazing as the trailer, but that’s because an actual storyline is needed.

In this installment, it follows Sonya (Jeri Ryan) and her partner Jax (Michael Jai White) tracking down their arch-nemesis, Kano (Darren Shahlavi)with a little help from Stryker (Tahmoh Penikett).

The action happens fast, and the shoot-out in the warehouse is very well done. I just wish I could see more, as 12 minutes is NOT long enough! But, what I did like were the Easter eggs.

Did you hear about the “Cyber Initiative” and see the familiar looking masks of Cyrax and Sektor? What about the reference to a “red eye”?

You can watch the full episode embedded below. What do you think?

And to wet you appetite even more for what’s to come, here’s a newly released trailer for what you can expect NEXT!

And finally, here is the previously released press release regarding the webseries premiering on Machinima‘s YouTube channel:

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It’s got violence, it’s got blood and it was the first fighting game you tried playing in real life only to get suspended from school (guilty). Now the world of kicks, punches and fatalities we know as Mortal Kombat is almost here for the world to enjoy in the live-action Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series. A  gritty, real-world approach to the fun but completely preposterous, fantastical fighting game. It started out as a fan short that garnered over 10 million views worldwide and now it’s one of the most anticipated series to date.

Director Kevin Tancharoen has been doing a lot of updating of his Twitter the last few days, offering us a hand full of new photos and sneak peaks at fan favorite characters. While the first episode is only days away ( April 12th on Machinima.), we’re uncertain when the likes of Baraka, Raiden, Sub-Zero and Scorpion will make their appearances. I kinda ruined it in the title picture above, but HIT THE JUMP for a closer look at these grounded-in-reality versions.

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The Mortal Kombat web-series know has an official title, Mortal Kombat: Legacy. And not only that, but we have out very first clip of the action!

This short clip features Jax (Michael Jai White) taking on Kano (Darren Shahlavi) in a warehouse of some sort. While the clip is not exactly drop your jaw awesome, it shows that the fight choreography is top notch, which is all we really want from the series really.

If you’re a fan of the video games like I am, or just the kick ass trailer that aired all those months ago (which you can view here), you really need to watch the clip embedded below.

Mark your calenders, as it will premiere April 19th on Machinima.

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Excited? Why, of course!

Warner Brothers has announced that Kevin Tancharoen‘s highly anticipated web series Mortal Kombat: Rebirth will launch next week!   On Tuesday, April 12th Machinima will be hosting a live event where the Machinima crew and web series director Kevin Tancharoen will all be playing the new MK video game. And after that, they will debut the first episode of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth! The web series stars Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White and Darren Shahlavi. As of now it doesn’t specify an airing time, but one would have to assume 12 pm, Pacific Time.

For those not in the know. Rebirth, which you can watch below, was a short film representative of the fighting game and its characters, but in a modernized setting. Brutal and disgusting, offering inspired suspense and horror from films like Seven and Saw. It was met with such collective jaw drop that Warner Bros. green lit a web series.

Oh man, I’m so excited.

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We have not one, not two, but three pictures from two upcoming projects – The Green Lantern movie, and the upcoming Mortal Kombat webseries!

The first photo is a picture of a completely CGI character known as Kilowog from the upcoming Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds.

Kilowog is an alien whose role in the movie is that of a drill sergeant on the Green Lantern homeworld of Oa, who helps train Hal Jordan (Reynolds) after he puts on the lantern ring.

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