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With roles in The Flash, and the recent X-Files miniseries, not to mention The Tomorrow People, and a recurring part in Alcatraz, Robbie Amell has positioned himself well as a young actor interested in making himself a linchpin of nerd culture. Of course, it’s a family trade. His cousin Stephen Amell is TV’s Green Arrow on Arrow, and will be appearing as Casey Jones in this summer’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel. Still, this Amell had much to talk about, a lot of Flash memories, a new project with his cousin launching Tuesday, and, of course, being Mulder Jr. (so to speak) on The X-Files. (more…)

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I’m sure you all saw The Flash season premiere last night, but in the off chance you’re saving it for the weekend, or a rainy day, or whatever, we won’t talk about the spoiler-y implications till after the “Read more…” thing. If you came to this article via social media and don’t want to be spoiled – LEAVE NOW! – because this article is about a plot detail that emerged about 15 minutes into last night’s premiere. A development that has a big impact on more than one Flash character, and promises grand implications going forward. And for those of you who know what I mean, you should realize that the executive producer of the show says don’t worry. The end is not always the end. (more…)

FLASH VS. ARROW

It’s coming down to crunch time for both of the CW‘s flagship superhero series, Arrow and The Flash. Both shows are two-thirds over for the season, and major plot points have been revealed as the pieces have started to be arranged for what’s sure to be seminal, cataclysmic season finales. There’s the rub, obviously the shows want to keep their secrets close, but they both shoot outside on the occasionally, but rarely, mean streets of Vancouver, where sharp-eyed shutter bugs can catch site of superhero doings in progress if they’re quick enough, and/or lucky enough. Making the rounds on the internet this morning is what might be a look at the epic fight that will cap The Flash’s first season, and this should go without saying, but spoilers are ahead. (more…)

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With all the ground work being laid in both Arrow and The Flash, introducing new characters who could each lead their own spin-off series, unless the CW wanted to change their name to the DC Network, this was really the only option that made sense. The CW has announced that they’re presently developing a “superhero team-up” spin-off series featuring a ragtag group of actors from both Arrow and The Flash. Currently being developed by DCTV Universe overseers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, the new show already has a popular quartet of actors apparently signed up to lead team, which will only, undoubtedly, open the door to more spin-off ready characters. (more…)

Review

Another week, another entertaining episode of The Flash.  At this point, it is pretty much a guarantee that The Flash will deliver an entertaining episode and all of the naysayers who were sure the series wouldn’t make it past the first few episodes are now claiming that they knew the series would succeed all along.  That’s when you know you have made it and The Flash has certainly made it big.  No one will claim that last night’s episode, Fallout, was the best episode of the season, but it was certainly entertaining and gave its audience a few laughs along with the action.  Spoilers ahead. (more…)

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The writers of The Flash certainly had some brass when they decided to incorporate the DC Comics hero Firestorm into the show. Now Firestorm may not make the front bench of the Justice League, and he may not make the Top 100 of the best-selling superheroes of all time, but his super-power is fire and he’s got, easily, one of the most flamboyant costumes in the entire DC Universe. Now we’ve seen what Firestorm (and actor Robbie “cousin of Arrow’s StephenAmell) looks like when the flame is on – so to speak – but one has to wonder how The Flash will re-interpret the costume for TV. Well wonder no more! Behold, Firestorm’s CW-approved, ready for prime time, updated haute couture. Warning, this may not exactly meet you definition of fighting style. (more…)

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Last week’s entry of The Flash addressed a typical superhero quandary: what happens to a super-powered person when they’re suddenly no longer super-powered? At the same time though, the seeds were sewn for another proud superhero trope, an appetizer if you will in the form of Robert Knepper‘s The Clock King taking hostages and trading time-related quotes from Bartlett’s  with Det. Joe West. Yes, it was finally time for the biggest superhero team-up live-action TV has ever seen as the separate but equal worlds of Central City and Starling City converge in “Flash Vs. Arrow,” the Flash half of the two-night Flash/Arrow crossover. But was it everything that we hoped it would be? (more…)

USE THIS FIRST

I was just getting around to seeing ‘The Flash’ premiere last night. DVR’s are the coolest damn things on the planet right now. There’s no way I can keep up with everything just flipping channels and configuring my life around what times what shows come on. I loved the episode and, with a few tweaks, it will transcend its already “winner” status. One thing they’re doing right with the update, as opposed to the original series, is casting other superpowered beings. That’s nothing new – ‘Smallville’ did it a lot. But it’s still a major ingredient in the recipe for winning. So is nepotism. That’s how Robbie Arnell, cousin of ‘Arrow’s’ Stephen Arnell, got cast as one half of Firestorm. Now we have the other half, and he had to win the role on merit alone. (more…)

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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…)

All right, big changes are coming to DC Universe in an effort to condense their ever-so-convoluted history and attract new readers with a simple and safe, #1. A lot of characters are getting new back stories, different histories, and some might not even exist anymore! Needless to say many, many comic book fans are freaking the fuck out. Unless you only woke up from a coma, like 20 minutes ago, you haven’t heard the apocalyptic news that DC is rebooting their universe. Well, reboot might not be a fair word. Relaunch? Revamp? Shake-up? Slight alteration  of everything just enough to piss off your die-hard fans? Yeah, it’s something like that.

Of course this isn’t the only time DC decided change was needed. There’s a reason we refer to certain eras in comics as ‘golden’ or ‘silver’, they predominately refer to differences in characters and stories as they reflect their time period. We’re entering a new age now and it’s exciting, thrilling and a little disconcerting.

Listed here, all in one handy post is every new #1 title beginning in September in the post-Flashpoint DCU. Their covers, their quick solicits and a few snarky comments from myself. I admit now I am no DC expert, just a fan. And there are going to be some books I’ll have little to say about, others I could probably devote an entire post to, but I’ll try an keep ’em short. If I don’t share the same concerns you do about a title or I just say little about your favorite new book please, please, please share your thoughts and feel free to contradict me in the comments section. On to the books!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS.

On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes! This spectacular debut issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.

I think this sounds solid. We’re going to be introduced to our favorite heroes as younger, more inexperienced people and with the team of Johns and Lee, it’ll rock. They want to put their best foot forward with this book, this’ll be the title that introduces new fans to the core of DCU. It’s great to see Cyborg being included in such an iconic group, too. They’re starting out strong with their whole plan to diversify the DCU. We’ll just see how long that plan continues…

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