Wednesday, May 20, 2015

THE FANDOM ZONE Episode 009: "S.O.S." is Up!

"She just killed them...All of them.  Didn't even think about it."
"Yeah, I thought my mom was bad when she started watching Fox News."
-- Skye/Daisy Johnson and Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "S.O.S. (Part Two)"

After a slight Charles' Life delay, Karen Lindsay and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Daredevil 1x06 -- "Condemned"
The Flash 1x22 -- "Rogue Air"
iZombie 1x09 -- "Patriot Brains"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x21/22 -- "S.O.S. (Parts One and Two)" (Season Finale)
Arrow 3x23 -- "My Name is Oliver Queen" (Season Finale)

We talk about things like Fred the dinosaur, planning for the lack of new episodes, why hostage episodes suck, telling a superhero to suck your dick, Superhero 101 fails, pimping your wheelchair, the evils of AXE body spray, due process fails, why you should never trust a lying supervillain, possible competition for Firestorm, Karen's hair fail, the zombie "L" word, lectures on Kurt Cobain, going to high school with Dave Grohl, zombie assassination fails, killing someone in front of your daughter, Karen finally jumping off the Grant Ward train, teleporting fails, being mellow about having your arm chopped off, teasing the Secret Warriors, the Kree artifact being a symbiote, resetting Star Trek: The Next Generation, Felicity going emo, the Swede from AMC's Hell on Wheels, Laurel's tingling Alcoholic Sense, fighting to live, costume alterations before a battle, dumping your vigilante crusade to drive in front of bad green screen with the woman you love, kneeling before Merlyn, Iron Atom suit tinkering fails, listener feedback in a spiffy audio format, and more!

You can check out the episode HERE and for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us! If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well. In addition, we have our Fandom Zone show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE. And we're also on Twitter using the account @FandomZoneCast.

Be sure to come back next week for more on The Flash, iZombie, and the seventh episode of Daredevil, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

THE FLASH Season 2 to Explore Multiple Earths & Speedsters

Jay Garrick fans, it's going to be a long summer for you.

After the epic events of last night's "Fast Enough," the Season One finale of The CW series The Flash, anyone who enjoys the concept of DC Comics' alternate Earths should be bursting with anticipation for Season Two.  SPOILER WARNINGS for anyone who hasn't seen the episode yet...

By way of some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey storytelling, the episode teased some upcoming events in Barry Allen's life, including the winged helmet worn by Jay Garrick (the original Flash from Earth-Two), Caitlin Snow becoming the supervillain Killer Frost, and perhaps even the Flash Museum as shown below...

In an article posted by TV Guide, Flash star Grant Gustin revealed that multiple Earths and timelines will be in play, specifically Jay Garrick's Earth.  "What's fun about this show is that there's going to be multiple timelines as we move forward," remarked Gustin.  "I think we're going to start showing Earth-One and Earth-Two in the near future.  There will be kind of different dimensions going on."

Added Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco Ramon (the future superhero Vibe), "It gets a little Rubik's Cube-y in terms of keeping consistency between all these timelines and whatnot, but the writers have their stuff together.  If I were to trust anyone, it would be them."

As for other plans for Season Two, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg about what we might see, including additional speedsters.  "We are going to introduce a few more speedsters next year and a bunch more villains," said Kreisberg. "How they and those villains come about is part of the surprise of Season Two.  We're really excited. [Executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] and myself and [executive producer] Geoff Johns and the writers, the cast, the crew, the directors — we are so proud of this season of television. It really is a high mark for all of us and we feel a great deal of pressure and anxiety to live up to it, because it's been so well received.  As proud as excited as we are about everything we've done this year, we really are just as proud and excited for all the things we are planning coming up and hopefully people will continue to take this ride with us."

Concerning the future of the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) after the Season One finale, Kreisberg remarked, "Tom Cavanagh will be back.  That is not in question.  Tom Cavanagh will continue to be a regular."

THR also asked if the story structure for Season Two will be the same as Season One. "Not to pat ourselves on the back too much," said Kreisberg, "but if you watch the pilot, there are clues that got laid out throughout the season.  We've done the same thing for season two and hopefully we've created a structure and a scenario for season two that people will find equally compelling and equally interesting.  Some of it has already been set up in the events of season one. Just like we do on Arrow, where without even realizing it toward the end of the season we're setting up the next season.  Once people come back in season two, they'll look back at some of these episodes in season one and go, 'Oh wait a minute, I see where this came from.'"

And lastly, will Eddie Thawne be back?  "The great thing with our show — you saw it with Colin Donnell and with Caity Lotz — is just because you're dead doesn't mean you're not coming back.  Especially in the world of The Flash, which involves time travel and real hardcore science fiction, there's always a way for Eddie to return and we hope Rick (Cosnett) will."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

David Lynch Returning to Direct TWIN PEAKS Revival with More Episodes

I've got good news.  It is happening again...It is happening again...

The Hollywood Reporter revealed yesterday that Twin Peaks co-creator and director David Lynch has resolved his salary and budgetary standoff with Showtime and will return to direct the upcoming Twin Peaks revival.  

A month and a half ago, Lynch announced that he was leaving Showtime's nine-episode revival over a salary dispute.  He originally signed on to direct the project but noted that there was "not enough money offered to do the script the way I felt needed to be done."

Following Lynch's announcement, the cast united for a special video in support of Lynch that went viral as part of a #SaveTwinPeaks campaign that said doing the show without Lynch is "like pies without cherries."

Lynch posted the news on his official Twitter account with the following post...

And even better, Showtime has committed to producing more than the nine episodes originally planned, all of which will be directed by Lynch.

"This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark and David tastes more delicious than ever," remarked Showtime president David Nevins in a statement Friday confirming the news. "Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected.  David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!"

Twin Peaks is expected to return on Showtime sometime in 2016.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 024: "The Sirens of Time" is Up!

"You know, talking to yourself is often the first sign of madness."
"Hmmm...Yes, but a little madness helps, don't you think?"
-- The Seventh and Sixth Doctors, Doctor Who: "The Sirens of Time"

My good friend and co-host Jesse Jackson and I back with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  And this time, we try something a little different as we review the very first Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio adventure, "The Sirens of Time"!

Exploring this meeting of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors from 1999, Jesse and I discuss things like Big Finish carrying the torch after the 1996 TV Movie, liking John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness as opposed to Malcolm Merlyn, the 40th anniversary story "Dimensions in Time," the greatness of modern Dalek voice artist Nicholas Briggs, comparing the Doctors on their first audio story, Claudia Christian on Babylon 5, Jesse's man crush on Colin Baker, my early experiences with Big Finish audios, Gallifrey as a story playground, satisfying fans who create their own fan fiction, a 14-year prequel to "The Five(ish) Doctors," audio adventures as the modern form of 1930s radio plays, absent companions, our Reverse the Polarity segment, some Series Nine news, and more!

And for those who still aren't aware of this yet, we're available on iTunes RIGHT HERE as well as Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and tell your friends about us. If you're looking for direct MP3 downloads, you can find them RIGHT HERE as well. Oh, and don't forget we have an officially official Next Stop Everywhere Facebook page and Twitter account, so be sure to Like and/or Follow us, okay?

Be sure to come on back next week for our review of the Doctor Who audio adventure "Spare Parts," featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and the origin of the Cybermen, and look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website!

The CW Releases First LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Trailer

It's going to be a long wait until The CW's upcoming series Legends of Tomorrow premieres in early 2016, but at least now we know who Caity Lotz will be playing...

In a new four-minute first look trailer released by The CW during upfronts, we get our first look at Lotz's character Sara Lance as the White Canary, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Ciara RenĂ©e as Hawkgirl, and more.

The trailer opens with Stephen Amell as The Arrow, speaking to others on a rooftop as footage from past Arrow episodes are shown.  "I started this alone," begins The Arrow, "and I had everything intention of keeping it that way. I had a plan...Life had a different one.  And then things just got stranger..."

We then cut to the familiar lightning strike/particle accelerator accident that gives Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) his powers of super-speed as The Flash.  "But the hard inescapable truth is that sometimes, we're not enough," begins The Flash.  "Sometimes the world needs a team."

We switch to the opposite view, revealing Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein (one-half of Firestorm), Hawkgirl, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Brandon Routh as The Atom, and the White Canary.  "You call this...a team?" replies Professor Stein.

Stein, through a voiceover, describes the various members of the team -- "A girl with wings and a past lives complex...a deceased assassin..."

Images of Sara Lance naked and rising from a pool of water seems to strongly hint that her character will indeed be resurrected by a Lazarus Pit, as recently introduced on Arrow.

"A pair of criminals..." continues Stein, "and a billionaire with more tech than he clearly knows what to do with.  And I'm half a hero...and my other half is combustible."

"What you're up against is bigger than all of us," remarks The Arrow.  "Which is why it's going to take all of you," adds The Flash.

"His name is Vandal Savage," explains The Arrow.  "He's been alive thousands of years. "He is immortal and commands the most powerful army the world has ever seen."

White Canary asks what makes The Arrow think they can stop him.  "Because one day, you do," says Rip Hunter, stepping into view and announcing himself as we get our first look at Rip's Time Sphere.  "I'm from east London. Oh, and the future.  I'm a member of the Time Masters, an organization charged with protecting history itself.  And in the future, as unlikely as it may seem, you people become a team....Well, those of you who survive, at least."

"Savage's evil spans the course of history," continues Rip, "so we will have to travel through time to stop him."

After battling Savage's army and a giant robot, Captain Cold remarks, "I can't imagine any kind of future where I'm a hero."

"Well, you're not," replies Rip.  "See, in the future none of you are...heroes.  You're legends."

After showcasing the team members in various action scenes, we end with White Canary and Professor Stein in a laboratory with The Atom.  "So...You weren't dead," White Canary says to The Atom.  "You were just...small," adds Stein.

The Atom is incredulous that neither of them believe him, so he asks them to watch as he activates a button on his armored chestplate and shrinks down to the size of about three inches and flies off.

You can view the trailer below, thanks to The CW's official YouTube account...

Legends of Tomorrow is expected to debut on The CW as a midseason replacement in early 2016.

THE FANDOM ZONE Episode 008: "World on Fire" is Up!

"Lawyer by day, vigilante by night.  How the hell does that work?"
"Yeah, I'll let you know when I figure it out."
-- Claire Temple and Matt Murdock, Daredevil: "World on Fire"

After a slight health delay, Karen Lindsay and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Daredevil 1x05 -- "World on Fire"
Gotham 1x22 -- "All Happy Families Are Alike" (Season Finale)
The Flash 1x21 -- "Grodd Lives"
iZombie 1x08 -- "Dead Air"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x20 -- "Scars"
Arrow 3x22 -- "This Is Your Sword"

We talk about things like the Funko POP Flash and Orphan Black figures, Matt Murdock's radar sense, Karen's eye issues, Turk from Frank Miller Daredevil comics, bringing a gun to a second date, the awkwardness of leaving your hidden signature in a fake letter, the emergence of Edward Nygma's Riddler persona, Boss Maroni going full Gamergate on Fish Mooney, why you should never have tea with your boyfriend's psycho ex-girlfriend, the fate of Barbara Kean, where Bruce Wayne's father kept his porn stash, fun with Six Million Dollar Man sound effects, why you should never experiment on animals and turn them into dangerous supervillains, S.T.A.R. Labs' horrible security, Major going off the deep end, Liv trying to keep Ravi from hooking up with her maneater roommate, the awkwardness of finding out that your zombie boyfriend is eating the brains of your ex-boyfriend's friend, fond childhood memories of Star Wars bedsheets, saying goodbye to Admiral Adama, finally seeing Rila Fukushima as Katana, the awkwardness of swordfighting your husband and killing him, Arrow sidekick sex, and more!

You can check out the episode HERE and for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us! If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well. In addition, we have our Fandom Zone show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE. And we're also on Twitter using the account @FandomZoneCast.

Be sure to come back next week for more on The Flash, iZombie, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and the sixth episode of Daredevil, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Josh Boone Writing & Directing X-Men Spinoff THE NEW MUTANTS

Warlock will become the new Groot, just watch.

Deadline revealed yesterday that Fox has tapped The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone to co-write and direct The New Mutants, an X-Men spinoff film based on the Marvel Comics characters.

According to the article, Boone will co-write the film with Knate Gwaltney.  Simon Kinberg will serve as producer produce along with Lauren Shuler Donner.

"We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe," remarked Kinberg, "and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters."

The film is the latest in an increasing line of X-Men franchise films from Fox.  Ryan Reynolds is starring in Deadpool with Tim Miller directing, Bryan Singer is directing X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman are returning for another Wolverine sequel, and Channing Tatum is attached to star in a solo Gambit film.

Created in 1982 by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, the New Mutants first appeared in Marvel Graphic Novel #4 as another team of young mutants brought together until the supervision of Professor X while the X-Men were off in space fighting the Brood.  The initial team consisted of:
  • Cannonball (Samuel Guthrie), a mild-mannered Kentuckian and eventual co-leader, who became nigh-invulnerable when rocketing through the air.
  • Karma (Xi'an Coy Manh), a 19-year-old Vietnamese girl and the team's original leader, who could mentally possess other people's bodies.
  • Mirage (Danielle Moonstar, originally codenamed Psyche), a Cheyenne and eventual co-leader after Karma's "death," who could create visual empathic three-dimensional illusions.
  • Sunspot (Roberto da Costa), a Brazilian who gained superhuman strength fueled by sunlight and could store solar energy in his body to use his super strength during the night.
  • Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair), a Scot who could transform into a wolf-like creature.

Karma was later presumed killed, with additional members joining the team:

  • Cypher (Douglas Ramsey), an otherwise ordinary young man who could learn any language, spoken or written, at an exponential rate, whether it was human, alien, or machine, making him an unmatched computer expert.
  • Magma (Amara Juliana Olivians Aquilla), a fiercely tempered native of a secret Roman society in the Amazon who can control lava.
  • Magik (Illyana Rasputin), sister of the Russian X-Man Colossus and long-time resident of the X-Mansion, an accomplished mystic who could open "teleportation discs" allowing travel to Limbo and from there, any point on Earth.
  • Warlock, an extraterrestrial of the techno-organic race known as the Technarchy.
New Mutants members Sunspot and Warpath have previously appeared in live action, played by Adan Canto and Booboo Stewart in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The team also appeared on the animated series X-Men: Evolution, which featured team members Boom-Boom, Cannonball, Magma, Mirage, Sunspot and Wolfsbane.

The New Mutants will most likely arrive in theaters sometime in 2017.