Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Four Years of DAMN Good Coffee...and HOT!

I can't believe it either, but DAMN Good Coffee...and HOT turns four years old today.

As some of you already know, I began this blog in 2010 to keep myself writing and to share things that I hoped all of you would find at least somewhat interesting.  Sadly, I haven't been able to land another writing gig that actually pays yet, but I've been keeping busy helping with DC Comics' various digital comics sales and co-hosting a little project I've been rambling about recently called Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast.

And now, after 730 posts, over 480,000 pageviews averaging more than 15,000 views per month, and a lot of visitors (34,500 and counting) apparently thinking Criminal Minds' Dr. Spencer Reid dressing up as the Fourth Doctor is the Best Thing Ever, I'm about to head into Year Five. Ohio Comic Con 2014 is coming up at the end of next month, there are four new DC Comics and two new Marvel television shows making their debut over the coming year, and yes, I might have a few thoughts and news items about that weird Doctor Who show all the cool kids are watching these days.

So once again, my deepest thanks to everyone who's supported The Little Blog That Could over the past year and shared links on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit or elsewhere. As you can tell by the lack of annoying ads, I'm certainly not doing this for the money and it means a lot that DAMN Good Coffee's audience continues to grow.   Keep sharing those links and I'll keep writing my usual geeky nonsense, okay?

We now return to to our regularly scheduled DAMN Good Coffee...and HOT, already in progress...

ARROW Casts Nick Tarabay as Captain Boomerang

Wait...Shouldn't that headline read "THE FLASH Casts..."?

Entertainment Weekly revealed yesterday that the CW series Arrow has cast Nick Tarabay in the role of George "Digger" Harkness, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain Captain Boomerang.

According to the article, Harkness will be "a former A.R.G.U.S operative, highly skilled in martial arts and espionage, with a deadly thirst for vengeance against his former employers."  The character first appears in the seventh episode of Season 3, then continues into the eighth episode, which is Arrow's crossover episode with spinoff series The Flash.

Tarabay is a Lebanese actor best known as Ashur on the TV series Spartacus, and has also had roles as a Klingon in the film Star Trek Into Darkness, and on the television series The Sopranos, CSI: Miami, Crash, Burn Notice, and Believe.

Considering the characters' prior history with the Suicide Squad, it seems more than likely that Harkness will be added to the team's roster on Arrow.  And as one of the Flash's gallery of Rogues, there's a good chance we'll see him turn up now and again on The Flash.

Created in 1960 by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, Captain Boomerang first appeared in The Flash (vol.1) #117 as a mascot for a toy company that was ridiculed by audiences, so he decided to use his advanced skills of making and throwing boomerangs for crime.  He became as recurring enemy for The Flash and a prominent member of the Rogues, a supervillain group consisting of The Flash's enemies. 

As time passed, Captain Boomerang became a member of the Suicide Squad in exchange for being pardoned for his crimes, but his grating personality often caused conflict within the team.  Eventually, he was killed by Jack Drake, father of Tim Drake, the third Robin, after being set up by Jean Loring.  However, he was brought back to life during the events of the event miniseries Blackest Night.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as The New 52, Boomerang joined the Suicide Squad, telling the team that he was the new field commander under the orders of Amanda Waller.  Later on, it was revealed that he was working for Basilisk, a metahuman terrorist cell.

This will be Captain Boomerang's first depiction in live-action, although the character has appeared in a number of animated projects including Justice League Unlimited (voiced by Donal Gibson), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Futurama's John DiMaggio), Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (voiced by James Patrick Stuart), and Batman: Assault on Arkham (voiced by Greg Ellis).

Arrow returns for Season 3 on Wednesday, October 8th at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DAREDEVIL Casts Scott Glenn as Matt's Mentor Stick

The Man Without Fear now has a mentor.

Marvel officially announced that the upcoming Netflix series Daredevil has cast Scott Glenn as Stick, the man who trains Matt Murdock.  Glenn joins Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), with Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin).

The 73-year-old actor has had several notable film roles, including Alan Shepard in The Right Stuff, Emmett in Silverado, Commander Bart Mancuso in The Hunt for Red October, FBI Director Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, and Ezra Kramer in The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Legacy.

"Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock's life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero's journey," said Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television.  "There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt's journey to become the superhero we call Daredevil."

Created in 1981 by writer/artist Frank Miller, Stick first appeared in Daredevil (vol.1) #176 as a mysterious, blind sensei who found a young Matt Murdock shortly after the accident that blinded him but heightened his other remaining senses.  Stick taught Matt how to control his augmented senses, master his special "radar sense," and trained his in various forms of hand-to-hand combat.

Later on, Stick accepted Matt's college girlfriend Elektra Natchios as a pupil, improving her already formidable combat skills.  He later expelled her, however, because Elektra was unable to rid herself of destructive emotions consuming her since her father was murdered by terrorists.  Stick eventually died during an attack by the ninja clan The Hand aiding Daredevil and Black Widow.

This will be the second live-action depiction of Stick, after Terence Stamp portrayed the character in the Daredevil spinoff film Elektra.

The 13-episode series is expected to debut on Netflix sometime around May 2015.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amanda Pays Reprising Tina McGee on THE FLASH

So...Any chance of Joyce Hyser reprising Megan Lockhart?

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that actress Amanda Pays from the original series The Flash is going to reprise her role as Dr. Christina "Tina" McGee on the new 2014 series.  According to the article, this version of Tina will be "an employee of a rival company to S.T.A.R. Labs."

Now 55, Pays is an English actress who is also best known as Theora Jones on the ABC series Max Headroom and has appeared on episodes of The X-Files, 7th Heaven, Nip/Tuck and Psych.

As fans of the original CBS series from 1990-91 know, Tina McGee was an expert geneticist at S.T.A.R. Labs who assisted John Wesley Shipp's character Barry Allen/The Flash with his super-speed abilities and served as Barry's central love interest.  On the new 2014 series, Shipp plays Henry Allen, father to the new Barry Allen, Grant Gustin.

Created in 1987 by Mike Baron and Jackson Guice, Tina McGee first appeared in The Flash (vol.2) #3 as a nutritionist and researcher for S.T.A.R. Labs that originally received a Harvard grant to study the metabolism of Wally West, the third Flash.  Tina became romantically involved with Wally, cheating on her husband Jerry McGee, who experimented upon himself and became the psychotic Speed Demon.  After breaking off her relationship with Wally, Tina and Jerry repaired their broken marriage and assisted The Flash several times.

The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th at 8:00 p.m. EST on The CW.

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE: Episode 004 - "Listen" is Up!

"Is she doing the all eyes thing?  It’s because her face is so wide.  She needs three mirrors."

While we're waiting to find out what happened to Episode 003.5 that was recorded prior to this one, Jesse Jackson and I back with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast.

This time out, we give our thoughts on "Listen," the fourth episode from Doctor Who Series Eight, including things like Clara and Danny's first terrible date, the Twelfth Doctor and Clara picking on one another, a new glimpse at the Doctor's mysterious past, Clara's importance in the Doctor's timeline, the progressiveness of British television, listener email, our popular Reverse the Polarity segment, going down memory lane with our history in the APA TitanTalk, and more!

And for those who aren't aware yet, we are available on iTunes RIGHT HERE as well as Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and tell your friends about us. 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 be sure to watch "Time Heist" on BBC America this Saturday, then keep checking iTunes, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website for our next review!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TITANS TV Series Nearing Pilot Order at TNT

Titans together!

The Hollywood Reporter stunned fans of DC Comics' beloved superteam the Teen Titans by revealing that TNT is nearing a pilot order for a television series called Titans.  The drama comes from Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics, with writers Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend, Fringe) and Marc Haimes.  Goldsman will executive produce, while Haimes will be a co-executive producer.

According to the article, Titans "revolves around a group of young superheroes-to-be who are recruited from every corner of the DC universe.  The action-themed drama centers on Dick Grayson, who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new superheroes including Starfire, Raven and more."

Titans is the second new DC Comics property reported to be in the works for television, after a Supergirl series that is reportedly being shopped around to various networks.  If the pilot goes to series at TNT, Titans will join other DC Comics shows including Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and Constantine, with iZombie and Preacher coming soon.

The announcement that Nightwing, Starfire and Raven will be team members on Titans seems to hint that the classic '80s comic book series The New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George PĂ©rez will be the basis for the drama.  The series was very successful for DC at the time, rivaling Marvel Comics' The Uncanny X-Men in terms of sheer popularity.

First appearing in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980, the New Teen Titans were a new team of Teen Titans featuring original members Robin (who later becomes Nightwing), Wonder Girl (who later becomes Troia) and Kid Flash, along with former Doom Patrol member Beast Boy as Changeling and new characters Cyborg, Raven and Starfire.  Brought together by Raven to fight her demonic father Trigon, the seven teenaged heroes continued as a team to fight such notable villains as Deathstroke the Terminator, the Fearsome Five, Brother Blood, Blackfire, the H.I.V.E., the Brotherhood of Evil and more.

This will be the Teen Titans' first depiction in live-action, after various animated adaptations that included The Superman-Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-68), Teen Titans (2003-06), Young Justice (2010-13) and Teen Titans Go! (2013-present).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE: Episode 003 - "Robot of Sherwood" is Up!

"I am the Doctor...and this is my spoon!"

With many thanks to our editor Rob Southgate stitching our faulty recording back together in a reasonably synced production, we're back with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast.  And even better, Jesse and I are finally in stereo!  Hooray!

This time we discuss "Robot of Sherwood," the third episode from Doctor Who Series Eight, the classic Errol Flynn film The Adventures of Robin Hood, our fondness for the Sonic Screwdriver toys, the Doctor's fondness for letting himself get captured, the TARDIS Bookshelf of Holding, our popular Reverse the Polarity segment, and more!

And for those who aren't aware yet, we are available on iTunes RIGHT HERE as well as Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and tell your friends about us. 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 be sure to watch the next episode "Listen" on BBC America this Saturday, then come on back for our takes on the episode and keep checking iTunes, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website for our next review!