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…)

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…)

NBC has announced that they’ve cast Laurence Fishburne to play a pretty big part in their upcoming crime drama Hannibal from writer Bryan Fuller. Fishburne will join Hugh Dancy (Will Graham) and Mads Mikkelsen (playing the titular role) to play Jack Crawford, head of the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit.

“Laurence Fishburne is an iconic man who has been making his cinematic mark since ‘Apocalypse Now’ and it’s a thrill not only to work with him but to see such a brilliant, sophisticated actor step into the shoes of Thomas Harris’ brilliant, sophisticated character,” said the official NBC announcement. “I cannot imagine a better cast for ‘Hannibal’ than the one we’ve assembled.”

Crawford has appeared in past Hannibal Lector stories starting with 1986’s Manhunter in which he was played by Dennis Farina. The part was recast for Silence of the Lambs in 1990 when Scott Glenn stepped into the role, and was recast again for the 2002 remake of Manhunter (made under the original title of the book Red Dragon) where Crawford was played by Harvey Keitel.

Hannibal is one of two series being overseen by Fuller with premiere dates to be scheduled for midseason on NBC, the other, of course, being The Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane. David Slade, who directed the pilot for NBC’s critically acclaimed Awake, is set to direct the pilot of Hannibal, which received “script to screen” approval earlier this year allowing it to circumvent the typical development process and go straight into production.

Fishburne’s last TV project was Dr. Raymond Langston in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and he will be stepping into even bigger, nerdier shoes next summer when he takes up the role of Daily Planet editor Perry White in Man of Steel.

Source: Screen Rant

Looks like there could be two serial killers on television very soon, but this one doesn’t make trophies…he makes his next meal.

Already in development is “Hannibal,” a one-hour drama written by Bryan Fuller centering on Lecter’s early days, namely his time going head-to-head with FBI agent Will Graham. Martha De Laurentiis (Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon) has signed on to produce the show. Given her previous experience with Hannibal, it will be like just riding a bike.. The series will be handled by newly created Gaumont International Television (GIT) based out of Los Angeles, GIT is led by Katie O’Connell as CEO and Richard Frankie as COO.

“As we  looked to expand our global presence in television it became clear that the next  logical step was to launch Gaumont International Television. As a leading  independent studio we are looking to build a company that is nimble, global and  creative in this ever changing television landscape,” commented French studio Gaumont’s CEO,  Sidonie Dumas, and vice CEO, Christophe Riandee. “With Katie and Richard’s background in the US television market, both from a creative and business perspective, and with Erik in London overseeing our distribution and  co-production, and our French team, we feel we are well positioned to produce  and offer top-quality entertainment that will succeed globally.”

The back story between Hannibal and Agent Graham has been alluded to in Thomas Harris‘ novel Red Dragon and the films Manhunter and Red Dragon. Having another killer in a dramatic series will be different, for one Lecter isn’t killing in the name of justice. His character is that of of a maniacl killer with cunning and wit against his opponents. Wait a minute….this sounds like Dexter all over again.

Via: Coming Soon