Thursday, August 28, 2014

ARROW Recasts Rila Fukushima as Katana


Well, so much for Devon Aoki.

Deadline reported yesterday that the CW series Arrow has recast the role of Tatsu Yamashiro, better known as the DC Comics superhero Katana.  According to the article, previous actress Devon Aoki pulled out due to a scheduling conflict, so the recurring role will now be portrayed by Rila Fukushima, best known as Yukio from the 2013 movie The Wolverine

According to the article, Tatsu will be "one of Oliver’s mentors in the [Hong Kong] flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to eventually become The Arrow of present day."  Tatsu's husband, Maseo Yamashiro, will be portrayed by Karl Yune.


Created by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo, Katana first appeared in The Brave and the Bold (vol.1) #200 in 1983. Skilled in martial arts, Katana was married to Maseo Yamashiro until Maseo was killed by his brother Takeo with a sword, a katana called Soultaker, as their children are killed. Tatsu took possession of Soultaker and learned that her husband's spirit resided inside her sword, allowing her to hear his voice.

Originally introduced as a regular member of the superhero team The Outsiders, Katana eventually received a short-lived ongoing comic book series and recently appeared in the pages of Green Arrow during the storyline "The Outsiders War." The character has also appeared in two animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Beware the Batman.

Arrow returns to The CW on October 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GOTHAM Director Discusses Mr. Freeze, Harvey Dent & The Joker


Sounds like Arkham Asylum could fill up faster than Batman fans think.

Nuke The Fridge shared an exclusive interview with Danny Cannon, the director of the pilot episode for Fox's upcoming Batman prequel GothamIn the interview provided during the Television Critics Association party for Fox, Cannon shared his thoughts on a number of Batman's villains that could be brought into the series, in addition to the younger versions of Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy. 

Cannon also remarked that he has no current plans to direct any more episodes, but will remain with the series as a consultant.  Here are some highlights taken from the article:

MR. FREEZE

Nuke the Fridge: You mentioned to me you’d like to see a version of Mr. Freeze on Gotham. Is that something that could happen in the first year?

Danny Cannon: Oh yeah, we all have our favorite villains. That was my favorite villain and I still think the origins of that story are really beautiful and tragic. The technicalities of it are quite beautiful too, so that’s something I keep bugging Bruno (Heller, the series' showrunner) about.

Nuke: Does that require a little more science fiction?

Danny Cannon: Not really. Not really. Depending on how you do it. I just find him a very tragic character.

Nuke: I assume it won’t be a guy in a cryo suit.

Danny Cannon: Well, luckily we’re in a show where we go way, way back for the origins, so perhaps he’s just a man who goes through a tragedy and he doesn’t know how to express his anguish yet, but he’ll find a way.

HARVEY DENT, THE FUTURE TWO-FACE

Nuke: Would Harvey Dent have graduated college yet, let alone running for office? Do you imagine we could see a young Harvey Dent?

Danny Cannon: I would say that would be a good thing to hope for because he’s a fascinating character.

Nuke: He is, but have we ever seen him before he’s DA?

Danny Cannon: I don’t think so. I don’t think we’ve seen a young lawyer, or a young DA or a trainee.

Nuke: Is he Bruce’s age? What would Harvey Dent be able to contribute to Gotham City as a kid?

Danny Cannon: I always assumed that Harvey was older than Batman. I always assumed that Batman was a younger man. I don’t know but it certainly gives us really great problems to have. I always imagined Batman as a young vigilante. I never imagined him as middle aged.

Nuke: So Harvey could be a law student at this point.

Danny Cannon: I would say that was a good guess.


THE JOKER

Nuke the Fridge: There have been some theories going around that every episode will introduce a red herring for The Joker. Are you going to take it that far?

Danny Cannon: Absolutely not. No, I think that’s a rumor that got spread very quickly. I think what got said originally was: will The Joker be introduced in the first season. We were like, “We’re uncertain, but a lot of other people will and perhaps one of them will resemble him.” I think that was just a teaser that may have gone too far.

Nuke: But it’s not going to be the comedian from the pilot, right?

Danny Cannon: Probably not, no.


Gotham debuts on Fox on September 22, 2014.

Monday, August 25, 2014

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE: Episode 001 - "Deep Breath" is Up!


"Look at the eyebrows...These are attack eyebrows!  You could take bottle tops off with these!" 

Jesse Jackson and yours truly are back once again with our third episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast, which we are of course treating as Episode 1 just because we can.  In this review of "Deep Breath," the first episode from Doctor Who Series Eight that aired this past Saturday, Jesse and I share our thoughts about the episode and try our very best to entertain you while not saying something completely stupid in the process.  (That last bit's usually on me...)

We'll cover things like the new opening credits and theme arrangement, the Scotification (is that even a word?) of Doctor Who, Clara Oswald stepping her game up, who that mysterious Scary Poppins woman calling herself "Missy" might be, some lovely reviews of the podcast posted on iTunes, and more!

Yes, for those who have been wondering, we are finally available on iTunes RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and tell your friends.  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?

Oh, and tune in for the next Doctor Who episode "Into the Dalek" on BBC America this Saturday, then keep checking iTunes and the Southgate Media Group website for our next review!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE FLASH Casts Greg Finley as Girder


Central City is about to show some rust.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the upcoming CW series The Flash has cast Greg Finley in the role of Tony Woodward, better known to Flash fans as the DC Comics supervillain Girder

Woodward will appear in Episodes 6 and 7 of the show's first season and is described in the article as being able to "transform his skin into living metal" after the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion.  In addition, "The Flash tries to stop Tony when he goes on a crime spree, but this is not the first time Barry Allen has faced Tony—Tony was the bully who used to torment him as a child."

The 29-year-old actor is best known as Drake on the CW series Star-Crossed and has also appeared in episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Emily Owens M.D., House, Cold Case and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Created in 2001 by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, Girder first appeared in the one-shot special The Flash: Iron Heights as a steelworker named Tony Woodward who causes a riot at the plant after assaulting a female co-worker, and ends up thrown into a vat of molten metal that contains scraps from various S.T.A.R. Labs experiments. His body is changed into living iron and he gains superhuman strength in the process.

The Flash premieres on The CW on Tuesday, October 7th, with Girder presumably first appearing on November 11th.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE: Episode 000.5 - "New New Doctor" is Up!


Clara, be our pal and tell us...Are we good men?

Jesse Jackson and yours truly are back once again with our second episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast, which we are of course treating as Episode 1/2.  In this second warmup podcast before the Doctor Who Series Eight premiere on Saturday, Jesse and I cover a number of subjects to get you ready for the 34th season of the world's longest-running science fiction television series.

Starting with the new Doctor Who specials on BBC America, we also cover how to plan your Doctor Who viewing party and how to prepare yourself for a new, new Doctor.  We also answer some listener e-mail and talk about our new officially official Next Stop Everywhere Facebook page and Twitter account.  Don't forget to Like and/or Follow us, okay?

Be sure to watch Peter Capaldi's first episode "Deep Breath" on BBC America this Saturday and then keep checking the Southgate Media Group website for our long-awaited (by us at least) "Deep Breath" review and also for more great podcasts!

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Casts Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird


What wonderful casting.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the ABC TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has cast Adrianne Palicki in the role of Barbara "Bobbi" Morse, better known as the superhero Mockingbird.  Palicki will appear in the fifth episode of the new season, with the potential to return, and the episode will "find her popping in perhaps not as an ally to Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team."

No stranger to comic book roles, Palicki was previously cast as Wonder Woman in NBC's failed 2011 pilot produced by David E. Kelley, as Nadia in The WB's failed 2006 pilot Aquaman, and as Kara/Lindsey Harrison in the Smallville episode "Covenant."  The actress is also known for playing Lady Jaye in the 2013 film G.I. Joe: Retaliation and for playing Tyra Collette on the series Friday Night Lights.

Palicki joins a number of new actors/characters for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s second season, including Kyle MacLachlan as Skye's unnamed father, Lucy Lawless as veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartly, Reed Diamond as Hydra agent Kraken/Daniel Whitehall, Henry Simmons as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Alphonso "Mac" Mackenzie, and Simon Kassianides as Bakshi.


Created by Gerry Conway and Barry Windsor-Smith, Bobbi Morse first appeared in 1971's Astonishing Tales (vol.1) #6 and later became Mockingbird in 1980's Marvel Team-Up (vol.1) #95.  Starting off as a female scientist called "Dr. Barbara Morse," Bobbi was later revealed as Agent 19 of S.H.I.E.L.D. before she briefly took on the superhero identity called "The Huntress."

Looking into corruption at S.H.I.E.L.D., Bobbi adopted the new identity and costume of Mockingbird after being hunted by the organization because of being mistaken for a criminal.  Mockingbird later became romantically involved with the Avenger known as Hawkeye and after the two married, they formed a west coast branch of the Avengers in Los Angeles.  The two later divorced, with Mockingbird going off to become part of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Secret Avengers roster.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Monday, August 18, 2014

DOCTOR WHO Series Eight Episode Titles Revealed


Here comes Series 8...or Season 34, take your pick...

Just five days before the premiere of Doctor Who's eighth season of the current series, Doctor Who Magazine has revealed the full list of episode titles and writers.  As you can see below, showrunner Steven Moffat is now credited as co-writer on Episodes 2, 5 and 6 and the former "Robots of Sherwood" has been changed slightly to a singular robot.  The official synopses for Episodes 1 and 2 are also provided.

  • Deep Breath Written By Steven Moffat

  • Dinosaurs in the Thames and spontaneous combustions all over the city lead the Doctor and Clara into the heart of an alien conspiracy in Victorian London. Only this is a new Doctor, and Clara is not sure whether their friendship will survive his change.

    This episode features the return of the Paternoster Gang -- Madame Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint

  • Into The Dalek Written By Phil Ford And Steven Moffat

  • When a single ship is surrounded by an entire Dalek fleet, only the Doctor can help the rebels within. Facing his greatest foes, and with a monumental decision to make, the Doctor must examine his conscience and try to find an answer to his question — "am I a good man?"

    This episode features the debut of Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink, Clara's fellow teacher and friend at Coal Hill School.

  • Robot Of Sherwood Written By Mark Gatiss

  • Listen Written By Steven Moffat

  • Time Heist Written By Stephen Thompson And Steven Moffat

  • The Caretaker Written By Gareth Roberts And Steven Moffat

  • Kill The Moon Written By Peter Harness

  • Mummy On The Orient Express Written By Jamie Mathieson

  • Flatline Written By Jamie Mathieson

  • The Forest Of The Night Written By Frank Cottrell Boyce

  • Dark Water Written By Steven Moffat

  • Death In Heaven Written By Steven Moffat

  • The Series 8 finale features the return of the Brigadier's daughter Kate Stewart, her scientific assistant Osgood, UNIT and the Cybermen.

    Doctor Who returns to BBC America this Saturday the 23rd.