Saturday, March 8, 2014
Timing malfunction...The Master! He's out there...
Rumors of The Master's return to Doctor Who after a four-year absence continue to grow, with a former Doctor apparently providing confirmation. According to the Doctor Who news site Kasterborous, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy provided some intriguing news about the Doctor's "best enemy" while appearing today at the Newcastle Film and Comic Con.
McCoy, it seems, has been told the name of the actor playing the next incarnation of The Master and according to him, the new Master will be "very, very scary."
This promising news follows earlier rumors that Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance, 67, who plays patriarch Tywin Lannister, has already been cast in the role of The Seventh Master. In a completely unconfirmed list of episodes breaking down Peter Capaldi's first season in Series Eight, Dance's name appears as part of Episode 12, the Series Eight finale. The episode is described in the breakdown as follows:
8.12 ‘Master and Commander (rumoured)’
The return of the Master and consequently the Time Lords. It's believed the Master is now the [Lord] President and will be played by esteemed British actor Charles Dance.
If this information turns out to be true, Dance would be the eighth actor to play the role on Doctor Who, after Roger Delgado, Peter Pratt & Geoffrey Beevers (playing the same incarnation), Anthony Ainley, Eric Roberts, Sir Derek Jacobi, and John Simm. This will be The Master's first appearance since "The End of Time, Part Two" on January 1, 2010.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
"I've died before. It was boring, so I stood up."
I know what you're thinking -- Another Moon Knight #1? Really? What is this, volume 7? Yeah, it's another Moon Knight series, with another take on the Fist of Khonshu from another completely different angle. But the thing is, unlike so many of the others, this approach actually works.
A couple of years back, writer Warren Ellis wrote an incredible six issues of Marvel's Secret Avengers series, giving us stories far better than a superfluous Avengers book deserved. One of those stories, "Aniana" from Secret Avengers #19, featured Moon Knight wearing a tailored white suit and mask instead of his traditional superhero costume and coming off more insanely cool than ever before.
Well, Marvel and Ellis must've loved the idea, because Marc Spector is rocking the white suit once again (Does he shop at the same men's store as Planetary's Elijah Snow?) in a new ongoing series, with art by Declan Shalvey. Instead of wiping the slate clean as you might expect, the book is a subtle continuation of previous Moon Knight incarnations, including previous runs by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev, and Charlie Huston and David Finch. And for old-school Moon Knight fans, Ellis even brings back characters like Joy Mercado and Detective Flint.
This first issue brings the character back home to New York (after Bendis' series set in Los Angeles), a location Ellis seems to know well after his recent novel Gun Machine. Instead of flying around in moon-shaped helicopter, however, Marc now rides in the back of a white limousine, driven by a computer named Driver. Oh, and he and Detective Flint now have an arrangement where "Mr. Knight, a concerned citizen," is able to assist the NYPD without them being forced to arrest a dangerous vigilante. If you've ever wondered what a Batman series written by Warren Ellis would be like, Merry Christmas.
Shalvey's art feels a bit sketchy in places and may depend on your personal taste, but there are some incredible visuals here that add considerable impact to Ellis' script. There's a particularly effective sequence where Moon Knight parks his limo over a sewer manhole and climbs down at least three levels of underground tunnels. I'm not exactly sure how he manages to keep his suit so pristinely white in the process, but hey, it's comics and sometimes you just have to roll with that sort of thing.
Ellis caps off the issue with some intriguing revelations about Marc's presumed Dissociative Identity Disorder and how it may be something else entirely...unless, of course, Marc is actually hallucinating these revelations and it's just yet another example of his mental instability. This book is going to be one hell of a ride that could take us practically anywhere, so here's hoping Ellis is in this for the long run.
John Constantine now has a possible love interest, an angel and his best mate Chas.
Deadline reports that three supporting roles have been cast for the NBC pilot Constantine, based on the supernatural DC Comics/VERTIGO character John Constantine. Almost two weeks ago, Welsh actor Matt Ryan was announced in the lead role.
The proposed drama series is described as centering around "a working-class Londoner with deadpan humor who is a mysterious conman and occult detective haunted by the recent loss of a young girl's soul. No stranger to the dark underworld that exists parallel to our own, Constantine has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager. He's taught himself spells, rituals, curses and conjuring, but the one person he most wishes to see -- his mother, who died giving birth to him -- remains out of reach, at least so far. When Liv, the daughter of a late friend, is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her and the two form an alliance."
True Blood and Robin Hood actress Lucy Griffiths has been cast as Liv, described in the article as "an offbeat young woman tired of her ordinary life who comes to discover that she has the ability of seeing the supernatural world among us, which makes her a key player in the battle between good and evil. Liv teams up with Constantine to save lives, master her power, and learn more about her late father."
Meanwhile, Lost and Matrix trilogy actor Harold Perrineau will play Manny, described as "an authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine who has the power to step into other people’s bodies, and although he is meant only to observe, Manny will not hesitate to help out if he can save a life."
And lastly, True Detective and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Charles Halford is playing Chas, "Constantine’s oldest friend and staunch companion who possesses powerful survival skills that might possibly be supernatural." Chas Chandler is one of the major recurring characters in the comic book series Hellblazer and a version called "Chas Kramer" appeared in the 2005 Constantine film, played by Shia LaBeouf.
Neil Marshall will direct the pilot from a script by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It feels a bit like DC Comics' Batman: Li'l Gotham series, doesn't it?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming Fox series Gotham has found their young versions of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, who eventually grow up to become the iconic DC characters Batman and Catwoman.
David Mazouz, 14, is playing Bruce, and Camren Bicondova, 13, will portray Selina. Mazouz is best known as Jake Bohm on the Kiefer Sutherland TV series Touch, while Bicondova is a relative unknown, having appeared in an obscure movie called Battlefield America.
Bruce is described in the article as "the son of Thomas and Martha Wayne. The preteen character is sentenced to a solitary life after the tragic slayings of his wealthy parents. Young Bruce is serious and soulful, and relies on the guidance and protection of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon."
Mazouz is the latest in a long line of actors to potray Bruce Wayne, starting with Lewis Wilson in the 1943 film serial Batman, and followed by Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and soon to appear, Ben Affleck.
As for Selina, she's described as "a teenage orphan who is suspicious and wholly unpredictable. She's a street thief and skilled pickpocket who is dangerous when cornered."
Prior to Bicondova, Selina Kyle/Catwoman was played by Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether, Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway. In 2004, Catwoman received a rather horrible solo film, starring Halle Berry as a knockoff version named Patience Phillips.
The two actors are the last of the regular cast, joining Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, and Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean.
Already given a series order by Fox, Gotham is currently expected to air sometime this fall.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
And so, it begins.
Just two days after the first photo of Grant Gustin wearing his Flash costume dropped, filming has officially begun on the pilot for the proposed CW series The Flash.
The pilot, directed by Smallville and Arrow veteran David Nutter, started production today in Vancouver, with several creators including executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns posting a few pictures on Twitter. Here's what we've received so far, with further updates as they come in...
On your marks... Get set... GO! #TheFlash pic.twitter.com/ZKnuToEgRu
— Andrew Kreisberg (@AJKreisberg) March 2, 2014
It begins... pic.twitter.com/yBYJGavta5
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) March 1, 2014
Anyone thirsty? #TheFlash pic.twitter.com/ufhjpJ5x3E
— Andrew Kreisberg (@AJKreisberg) March 2, 2014
The coffee shop CC Jitters is based upon the Jitters introduced during Johns' period writing The Flash (vol.3) from 2010-2011. The shop is a particular favorite of Candice Patton's character Iris West, who has a considerable coffee addiction in the comics.
Swift safe service! #TheFlash @GBerlanti @AJKreisberg @grantgust @candicekp pic.twitter.com/se73UgRYHU
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) March 2, 2014
Not a bad place to work! #TheFlash pic.twitter.com/Vqqm1IEvQ9
— Andrew Kreisberg (@AJKreisberg) March 3, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Score one for the Dark Side.
Variety reports that actor Adam Driver is close to signing on to play the lead villain role in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII. Little is known about Driver's character, but according to the article, it's "said to be in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader."
The 30-year-old actor is best known as Adam Sackler on the HBO series Girls, and also appeared as Samuel Beckwith in the film Lincoln and Al Cody in Inside Llewyn Davis. Reportedly, Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also under consideration for the role.
Driver is the first of the Episode VII cast to be revealed and more announcements are expected over the next month. The movie is scheduled to begin filming in April at London's Pinewood Studios and is expected to feature the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in their iconic roles of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo.
There had been rumors of Driver's involvement, but the delay in making a decision was due to scheduling issues with Star Wars and Girls. According to the article, it wasn't just Season Four that was the problem, but also future seasons, since future Star Wars films could create conflicts. Apparently, the scheduling issues have been worked out and a deal should be finalized shortly.
Abrams recently announced that the script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan was finished and that they would soon begin focusing on casting decisions. Michael Arndt wrote the original draft, with Kasdan and Abrams taking over last fall after a "difference in opinion of which characters to emphasize."
Star Wars Episode VII is currently expected to arrive in theaters on December 18, 2015.
Monday, February 24, 2014
It's like the First Doctor, Ian and Barbara for the twenty-first century...
The BBC has officially announced that Series Eight of Doctor Who will have a new recurring character, with Jenna Coleman's former Emmerdale co-star Samuel Anderson joining the cast. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School where Coleman's character Clara Oswald has been teaching since "The Day of the Doctor."
"I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started!" said Anderson. "It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honor to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!"
Steven Moffat, lead writer and showrunner, added, "For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963, teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!"
Moffat's "first series" statement there feels somewhat important, considering recent speculation that Peter Capaldi is going to pull a "Christopher Eccleston" and appear in only one season as the Twelfth Doctor. A possible attempt to reassure viewers this isn't the case?
And interestingly, the official BBC announcement only refers to Danny Pink as a new "recurring character," but the Radio Times piece refers to him as a "new companion." Given the emphasis of the announcement, my money's on full Companion status as well.
Filming recent began on episodes four and five of Doctor Who Series Eight, with the Series rumored to air sometime this fall.