Wednesday, November 25, 2015

THE FANDOM ZONE 034: "Many Heads, One Tale" is Up!

"Aliens.  I pine for the days where we didn't have to fight bloody aliens.  It's just not a fair fight."
"Let's see if we can even the playing field."
"Really?  Your batons?  That's your game changer?"
-- Lance Hunter and Bobbi (Mockingbird) Morse, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "Many Heads, One Tale"

You guessed it, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 6x06 -- "Always Accountable"
Gotham 2x09 -- "A Bitter Pill to Swallow"
Supergirl 1x04: "Livewire"
The Flash 2x07: "Gorilla Warfare"
iZombie 2x07: "Abra Cadaver"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x08 -- "Many Heads, One Tale"
Arrow 4x07: "Brotherhood"

We talk about things like wondering why Brian Michael Bendis doesn't just call himself "Brian Bendis," setting up the Saviors, Abraham hitting on Sasha, why Daryl Dixon deserved to have his crossbow and motorcycle stolen from him, modern cellphones missing the aesthetic of olde-timey rotary phones, Michelle Gomez from Doctor Who on Gotham, Shady Silver St. Cloud, a nod to Reservoir Dogs, the Riddler and the Penguin as murder bros, Azrael and the Sacred Order of St. Dumas, the return of Helen Slater, Dean Cain as an expert on Superman, wondering why Supergirl doesn't fly as well on screen as The Atom, the debut of Livewire, wanting The Flash to stop moping and whining about getting his ass kicked, The Princess Bride, speculating on the true identity of Zoom, Peter Boyle singing "Puttin' on the Ritz," Ravi as a magic geek, why Grant Ward would be a good Batman, comic book writer Andy Diggle vs. John Diggle's brother Andy, Farscape's shoutout to Toy Story, another weekly review from Justina, 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 The 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 as we review the first episode of Jessica Jones, the midseason finales of The Walking Dead and Gotham, and an all-new episode of Supergirl, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!


Talk about a prelude to war...

During last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. stopped by to premiere the first trailer for their upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Captain America: Civil War.

The two-minute, twenty-five second trailer follows up on the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Captain America attempting to help his old friend The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) while fending off government interference and a huge rift with his fellow Avenger Iron Man.

Picking up after the mid-credits bonus scene in Ant-Man, we first Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) trying to see if Steve's old pal Bucky Barnes remembers him after being brainwashed by the Russians.  

"Your mom's name was Sarah," Bucky replies.  "You used to wear newspaper in your shoes."

"You're a wanted man," remarks Steve as we see an explosion followed by a crowd of panicked people running for safety.  This seems to hint that the Winter Soldier is responsible for the act, or has been framed by someone else.

"I don't do that anymore."

"Well, the people who think you did are coming right now...and they're not planning on taking you alive."

We then see the return of William Hurt as his Incredible Hulk character Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.  "Captain," Ross begins, "while a great many people see you as a hero, there are some who'd prefer the word vigilante.  You've operated with unlimited power and no supervision.  That's something the world can no longer tolerate."  To emphasize the point, Ross slides over a copy of the Sokovia Accords, recalling the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) offers Cap her sympathy for his situation, along with a warning.  "I know how much Bucky means to you," she says.  "Stay out of this one.  Please. You'll only make this worse."

"Are you saying you'll arrest me?" asks Cap.

"There will be consequences," remarks Ross as we see armed agents and Iron Man showing up to take Captain America into custody.  

"Captain," begins Iron Man after removing his helmet, "you seem a little defensive."

"Well, it's been a long day," Cap replies.

"If you can't accept limitations," says Tony Stark in a different, presumably earlier scene, "we're no better than the bad guys."

"That's not the way I see it," counters Steve.

"Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth."

We see The Falcon diving into action, as Sam tells Steve while hiding out in a bar, "I just want to make sure we consider all our options, because people that shoot at you usually wind up shooting at me, too."

"You know what's about to happen," warns Black Widow as we see Iron Man and War Machine (Don Cheadle) facing off against Cap, the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch.  "Do you really want to punch your way out of this?"

"What do we do?" asks The Falcon as we get a quick glimpse of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.  

"We fight," replies Cap as we see him and his "side" charging into action.  Black Panther lays into the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye faces off against Black Widow, Captain America chases after Black Panther, Steve Rogers struggles to keep a helicopter from taking off, Black Widow watches an explosion at an airport, and Winter Solider fights Iron Man.

"I'm sorry, Tony," Steve says in a voiceover, as we see Iron Man caring for a wounded War Machine.  "You know I wouldn't do this if I had any other choice...but he's my friend."

"So was I," responds Iron Man, just before the last thing we see is him squaring off against a brutal double-team of Captain America and the Winter Soldier.

If you'd like to check out this great trailer, you can view it below thanks to JImmy Kimmel Live's official YouTube account...

Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Debuts New Trailer & Premiere Date

Tomorrow will be here in January.  Um...yeah.

The CW has released a new trailer for their new DC Comics anthology series Legends of Tomorrow, which spins off various characters introduced on Arrow and The Flash.  

Clocking in at 2 minutes, 40 seconds, the new trailer opens in 2166 London, with Big Ben destroyed and the city under siege by the forces of the immortal Vandal Savage (Casper Crump).  In a voiceover, time traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) describes Savage as "an evil dictator blessed with immortality.  He has achieved what no one in human history never has -- He has conquered the entire planet."

Hunter introduces himself to the other heroes while decloaking a stylish time/spaceship, saying "I'm from east London.  Oh, and the future.  I've been tasked with assembling an elite team to travel through time, to capture Savage before he grows into the monster he becomes."

"Of all the people who ever lived, I chose you eight," Hunter continues.  "I certainly hope you won't let me -- and the world -- down."

"It's time to start growing," remarks Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) as we see The Atom (Brandon Routh) enlarging to normal size from an advanced piece of equipment.  

"When you've lived in the shadows long enough," Black Canary (Katie Cassidy) advises her sister White Canary (Caity Lotz), "be a hero in the light."

We see The Atom asking Rip Hunter about Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell).  "Are you sure it's a good idea to leave these two unsupervised on a time machine?"

Next, we have Firestorm (Franz Drameh) in a new costume telling someone, "I don't just burn, pal! 

Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) follow, showcasing their retractable CGI wings, with Hawkman saying "You, my love, almost got us killed."  Rip Hunter asks them, "Have you two considered couples counseling?"

"I know it's difficult for you to fathom, but in the future, none of you are heroes," remarks Hunter.  "You're legends."

We see the inside of Rip Hunter's time ship, with the course plotted for 1975.  "All your worlds are about to change," Rip tells the group as the ship enters the time stream.

Unfortunately, things don't go as planned (of course), with Hunter showing visible frustration.  "Unfortunately, we now have larger problems than Savage, if only you would've listened to me about the dangers of upsetting the timeline!"

Professor Stein (Victor Garber) watches as his wedding ring vanishes from his hand, presumably due to said upset timeline.

"I've see men of steel die and dark knights fall," continues Hunter.  "Your entire 21st century world will suffer."

"Rip has already seen the future," remarks The Atom.  "He knows exactly what's in store for each of us."

"If we have the power to change the world," adds White Canary, "don't you think we have the power to change our own fate?"

"For better or for worse," quips Captain Cold.

Lastly, we see White Canary and Heat Wave enjoying themselves in a brutal bar fight.  "I love the '70s!" exclaims Heat Wave.

If you'd like to check out the trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official CW Television Network YouTube account...

Legends of Tomorrow premieres Thursday, January 21, 2016 on The CW.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WONDER WOMAN First Photo & Principal Cast Announced

It's actually happening.

Warner Bros. has officially released the first photo of Gal Gadot in the 2017 Wonder Woman film, along with a press release announcing the film's principal cast.

Gadot posted on her official Twitter account, "Almost 75 years in the making... Wonder Woman is underway."

Here's the official press release...

Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman feature film, the highly anticipated action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”), starring Gal Gadot (the “Fast & Furious” movies) in the role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. The character will make her big screen debut this spring in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but the new film will mark her first time headlining a feature.

The film also stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead”).

The film is being produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.

Joining Jenkins behind the camera are director of photography Matthew Jensen (“Chronicle,” “Fantastic Four,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie,” “A Very Long Engagement,” “Pan”), and Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (“Chicago,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “V for Vendetta”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Topsy-Turvy”).

Principal photography will take place on location in the UK, France and Italy.

Set to open in 2017, the Wonder Woman feature film is based on characters created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Wonder Woman is currently expected for release in theaters on June 23, 2017.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 045: "Sleep No More" is Up!

"So, what happened?"
"From the beginning of time?  That's a very long story."
-- Nagata and the Twelfth Doctor, Doctor Who: "Sleep No More"

After a slight posting delay, my good friend and co-host Jesse Jackson are back with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like the movie Chronicle, found footage being bad storytelling, wondering why the opening credits were dumped, space stations with a monster, wondering why Neil Gaiman didn't write this episode, wondering how eye boogers become a giant monster, the one really cool moment in the episode, explaining what the Sandmen were actually trying to accomplish, the movie The Ring, why this story would've worked much better in a different format, Penn and Teller, comfort food vs. weird Whole Foods food, The Forever War, Clara fading into the background, transgender actor Bethany Black, running down previous Mark Gatiss episodes, my Reverse the Polarity segment, 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 back very soon for our review of the tenth Series Nine episode "Face the Raven," and look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

THE FANDOM ZONE 033: "Enter Zoom" is Up!

"Look at your hero.  This man is no god.  He is nothing!"
-- Zoom, The Flash: "Enter Zoom"

After a slight posting delay, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 6x05 -- "Now"
Gotham 2x08 -- "Tonight's the Night"
Supergirl 1x03: "Fight or Flight"
The Flash 2x06: "Enter Zoom"
iZombie 2x06: "Max Wager"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x07 -- "Chaos Theory"
Arrow 4x06: "Lost Souls"

We talk about things like Arnold Schwarzenegger talking Walking Dead, the greatness of sewer walkers, why Glenn is still alive (for now), Ron's plan for Carl, lowering the bar once again for the Alexandrians, the Riddler's picnic in the woods, some background on Reactron, why having Superman saving Supergirl was a big creative mistake, wanting Supergirl to improve, our Earth-1 vs. Earth Prime debate, Linda Park training as Doctor Light, speculating on what happened to Johnny Quick, speculating on who Zoom is, preparing to eat a gambling addict's brain, Liv and Major playing strip poker over Skype, Ray Palmer's future career as a paperweight, Felicity's mom dating Laurel's dadanother weekly review from Justina, 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 The 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 as we review all-new episodes of The Walking Dead, The Flash, Supergirl, iZombie, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Gotham, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SUPERGIRL Casts Charles Halford as Jemm, Son of Saturn

We have a Son of Saturn, now how about a Manhunter from Mars?

CBS has revealed that Supergirl has cast Charles Halford as DC Comics character Jemm, Son of Saturn, in the series' seventh episode, "Human for a Day."  Here's the official description for the episode:

Kara and her friends must rely on their inner strength and courage when an earthquake strikes National City. Also, Alex’s mistrust of Hank reaches a breaking point when the earthquake traps them in the DEO with Jemm (Charles Halford), a powerful alien escapee, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Dec. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Halford, 35, is best known as Chas Chandler on the NBC series Constantine, and has also appeared in such television series as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., NCIS: Los Angeles, True Detective, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Vegas, and The Event.

"Human for a Day" was written by Yahlin Chang and Ted Sullivan, and directed by Larry Teng.  The episode also features Laura Benanti as Alura/Astra, and Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord.

Created in 1984 by Greg Potter and Gene Colan, Jemm first appeared in Jemm, Son of Saturn #1 as the son of King Jaxx of the Red Saturnians, who was forced to flee the palace after a White Martian coup.  His mother Jarlla was able to hide him in a cave, where Jemm was trained by his White Saturnian teacher Rahani in the use of his powers.

After both his mother and teacher were killed by the White Martians, Jemm stole a ship and escaped to Earth, in search of his lover Syrra who had fled there earlier. He arrived in Harlem, New York and was befriended by an African-American orphan named Luther Mannkin.  After a series of adventures with and without Luther, Jemm eventually found Syrra. They all then travelled to New Bhok, a Red Saturnian colony.  Because he refused to take sides in a civil war on New Bhok, Jemm was disavowed and cast out by both factions.  Dispirited, Jemm and Luther returned to Earth.

Jemm learned that a criminal named Claudius Tull planned to use Saturnians as living energy sources. He had allied himself with a female White Saturnian named Synn.  When Tull's true goal was exposed, Synn surrendered her forces to the Red Saturnian military. When last seen, Jemm had set out in search of Syrra, who had mysteriously disappeared yet again.

Jemm resurfaced years later as a member of the Injustice Gang.  He had apparently been brainwashed by Lex Luthor through the use of a Philosopher's Stone and used as a psychic weapon against the Justice League.  He was able to impersonate J'onn J'onnz, the Martian Manhunter, telepathically.  J'onnz was able to sense and connect with Jemm's mind. J'onn's powers freed Jemm, but left him comatose.  J'onn took Jemm to Z'onn Z'orr, his hidden Antarctic retreat in order to heal his mind.  

Jemm spent the next several months recovering his mental and physical health.  He was later discovered, detained and abused by J'onn's evil brother Malefic, who convinced the JLA that J'onn had gone insane and was torturing Jemm.  While Jemm recovered at the JLA Watchtower, a delegation of Saturnians arrived to reclaim the prince. J'onn discovered that Jemm was to take part in a brokered political wedding designed to unite warring factions of Red and White Saturnians.

Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.