First There Was SMALLVILLE…Now There Is GOTHAM…Soon There Will Be KRYPTON!

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By: Adam Basciano

Krypton

Every time I sit down and watch “Man of Steel”, I am awestruck with how incredible the Krypton segment of the movie is.  When I watch, I constantly wish there was more of the film set on Superman’s home world, often remarking that I would watch an entire 2 hour film set on Krypton. While it might not be in film, it seems as though I’m getting my wish via television.  And no, I’m not talking about potential flashback scenes on the recently announced “Supergirl” series.  Thanks to the recent success of prequel series “GOTHAM” on FOX, and the CW”s “SMALLVILLE”, that preceded it; “Man Of Steel writer/producer David Goyer is involved in a TV show called Krypton.  The name suggests a pre-Superman drama set on the planet Krypton, maybe involving the House Of El, maybe Brainiac, maybe an end of the world cult, maybe lots of dragons flying around the place.”

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I know that DC Entertainment C.O.O. Geoff Johns recently stated that the movie universe and television universe operate in a “Multiverse”, giving them the autonomy to tell separate stories. However, he did state that the potential for crossovers was available, if the right opportunity presented itself. With David Goyer having been involved with “Man of Steel” and also being involved with “Krypton”, it makes sense to have the Krypton of the film, and the Krypton of the television series be one and the same. Given how far ahead in time the TV series would be, combined with Krypton’s ultimate fate, it wouldn’t interfere or “step on the toes” of future film plans. And if the film and show are not connected, how would “Krypton” affect the aforementioned “Supergirl.” television series? Either way, there are plenty of comic book stories, prior to Krypton’s destruction that can be used for inspiration.

(Source: Bleeding Cool)

Morena Baccarin Checks Into GOTHAM As Dr. Leslie Thompkins!

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By: Adam Basciano

MORENA BACCARIN

One of the great opportunities GOTHAM has, is to introduce audiences to characters they’ve never encountered in live action form.  They’ve already promised viewers an appearance by Hugo Strange, and hinted at the likes of the Court of Owls and Hush. You can add another confirmed addition from the comic books to GOTHAM, who is a newbie to live action. Actress Morena Baccarin (Firefly, V, Homeland) has joined the cast of GOTHAM as Leslie Thompkins. In the comic books “Leslie is portrayed as having been a close friend of Thomas Wayne. She took it upon herself to look after Wayne’s son, Bruce, after the boy’s parents were killed, often acting with the family butler, Alfred Pennyworth, as a parental figure and guardian, although other sources have her as a woman who comforted Bruce immediately after his parents’ deaths. During that time, Leslie was concerned with Bruce’s behavior as he grew increasingly antisocial. She was even more perturbed when she discovered that, in his adult years, Bruce spent his nights fighting the criminal elements of Gotham as the Batman. ” In the context of the show, the character is described as “a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Bruce Wayne’s parents, Thomas and Martha. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.”  I love this casting.  Morena Baccarin is a talented actress with plenty of geek/sci-fi credibility given her previous work.  Her start on the show is said to be episodes airing in 2015.

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(Source: Deadline)

TV Review: GOTHAM – Season 1 Episode 4 – “Arkham”

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By: Darryl Frisbie

GOTHAM

“War is just politics by another name,” Penguins says to Gordon and then with one word he reveals where the blood feud will begin- Arkham”

This was an intense episode, fueled by a hit man who used a steel spike as his weapon of choice. His victims were council men deciding to vote on the critical fate of Arkham and the utilization of the property.  The opposing players in the battle for Arkham are Maroni and Falcone. Bruce Wayne confesses to Jim Gordon that his parents mission for Arkham was to house and rehabilitate the mentally ill in the most humane manner. Unfortunately, Bruce has to sit helpless as the war for Arkham begins.

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The most engaging part to this storyline is the Penguin himself. We witness him play the lowly unsuspecting dishwasher at Maroni’s restaurant, and then see him make his first move by hiring gunmen to steal some mob money hidden in the back kitchen, while the manager is left for dead. It’s clear it’s not wise to cross Oswald Cobblepot. And never accept a gift of cannoli’s because it may be your last. In the end, he takes all the money and is now the man at the restaurant calling the shots.

The conclusion of the episode we have the mayor threatened by the mob and he cowers to their demands. Half of Arkham goes to Maroni where Gotham’s waste will go, while the other half to Falcone’s low income housing.

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Now I want to delve deeper into the strong points of this show and what I feel may help it improve, but let’s start with the weak points. Fish Mooney is very derivative and that was made very clear in this episode. It’s like she’s a poor imitation of Eartha Kitt. Unfortunately, some fans of this show find her as a strong character but the only glamorous thing about her is her wardrobe. When the singers audition for her club and she asks to be seduced, that whole sequence felt not only contrived, but wasteful to the storyline. Too many shows capitalize on a characters sexual orientation and every case it has to be the most trivial thing to the plot. So if I had my way Fish Mooney would have less screen time. I would love to see more of Edward Nygma. He has to be the most undervalued character of the show and he’s a great character!!! And while there are so many great characters on the show it’s hard to bring them all in focus within forty-five minutes of actual show time. But since it’s a TV show, it has the advantage of developing these characters over a ten season period (fingers crossed). My hope is that we will have episodes where the central focus will be Oswald Cobblepot or Edward Nygma. These are characters that deserve more than just being in the background. And I’m all for strong female characters, whether it be the heroine or the villain but Fish Mooney just does not cut it. One more thing that could help improve the show is the investment of the audience in our heroes. While the villains are just as fascinating we need to still have a reason to care and root for our heroes. Overall the show is great and the relationship between Bruce and Gordon is developing well.

Overall Grade: 7/10

 

Holy Sidekick Batman! Jena Malone Cast In Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

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By: Adam Basciano

Batman V Superman - Dawn of Justice

A couple of months ago, soy photos surfaced online featuring actress Jena Malone (Sucker Punch) on the Detroit set of “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”, with director Zack Snyder. Some played this off as nothing more than the actress visiting her friend and former director.  Fans jumped to the conclusion that she would play Carrie Kelley aka Robin. For those who don’t know, she “is a female Robin appearing in the alternate universe of The Dark Knight Returns. During The Dark Knight Strikes Again she becomes Catgirl. Her parents, although living, are aging stoner hippies who do not pay a lot of attention to their daughter. She is the successor to Jason Todd. Carrie Kelley was created by Frank Miller

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These rumblings died down until an extra working on the film, was interviewed on a local Detroit news broadcast, under anonymity of course, and revealed that Robin is not only in the film, but was indeed female. Adding more fuel to this fire is the fact that Jena Malone is now sporting red hair, like the character of Carrie Kelley in the comic books. The Hollywood Reporter has done their own investigation into the matter, and their sources confirm that Jena Malone has been cast in the film.  However, her role is being closely guarded. It’s worth noting that the characters of Batgirl and Batwoman are characters with red hair. So Jena Malone could be playing one of those characters. However, with the film taking its cues from “The Dark Knight Returns, and the extra risking a lawsuit of $5 million for breach of the NDA to reveal the presence of a female Robin, it’s safe to assume that Jena Malone is indeed playing Carrie Kelley. If this is the case, consider me 100% behind the inclusion of the character and the casting.

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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

 

Charles Roven Talks “Batman V Superman” + Michael Keaton Open For Return To Batman!

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By: Adam Basciano

Affleck Batman

Charles Roven, producer of “The Dark Knight Trilogy”, “Man of Steel”, and the upcoming “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and discussed what Chris Nolan’s role is with the new film, and the how and why of casting Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. He also explains what type of Batman we’ll see in the film.  Talk turned to Wonder Woman being in the film, where Mr. Roven said Wonder Woman was a Demi-God and the daughter of Zeus. This suggests that her origin will be inspired by New 52 continuity, which in my opinion is a good thing. Check out the video:

Former Batman on film, Michael Keaton recently spoke about his time in the cape & cowl while promoting his upcoming film “Birdman.” When asked if he would ever consider returning to Batman, Mr. Keaton said; “If it was Tim Burton directing? In a heartbeat.” Now while the likelihood of this scenario ever happening is slim to none, here’s a scenario where I think it could hypothetically be possible.  Ben Affleck will most likely fill the role of Batman for three films, “Batman V Superman”, “Justice League”, and a solo “Batman” film.  After that, we’ll probably need a new Batman. Warner Brothers could at this point decide to finally pull the trigger on a “Batman Beyond” film. “Batman Beyond” was originally an animated series where; Fueled by remorse and vengeance, a high schooler named Terry McGinnis revives the role of Batman. Under supervision of an elderly Bruce Wayne, he fights crime in a harsh futuristic Gotham. I would be completely onboard if Tim Burton was brought on board to direct, with Michael Keaton as the elderly, retired, but mentoring Bruce Wayne.  You could put Tim Burton’s “Batman” & “Batman Returns”, in a vague history.  You could even mention Joel Schumacher’s two travesty as a hallucination Batman once had due to Scarecrow’s fear toxin, and retroactively delete those two films from history.  It’s a win/win for everyone.  While I legitimately believe a Tim Burton/ Michael Keaton “Batman Beyond” would be intriguing and entertaining, it won’t happen, but it’s certainly fun to think about!

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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly)

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