It Pays to Stick Together: Daredevil and Flash Cast Familiar Faces

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm


As announced on the official Twitter of The Flash TV show, another veteran of the property is returning, with Amanda Pays reprising her role from the previous Flash show as Dr. Tina McGee - though presumably, Dr. McGee will no longer be Barry Allen's love interest. With John Wesley Shipp, the original Barry, playing Barry's dad, all that's missing is Mark Hamill...but he's kinda busy right now.

In Daredevil news, the martial-arts mentor Stick has been cast...

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My Liveblog of 12 Straight Hours of Arrow Season 2

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:30 am


One week ago, all I knew about Arrow, really, was that you all wanted a spoiler thread for it, I gave you one, and it was popular. Based on the comments I saw, I figured it was a good show. So when I was offered a box set of Season 2, of course I said yes.

Then I realized the fine print - my end of the deal was to review it by Tuesday. And I'd never seen a single episode. Drastic measures would be required here, so I made it my mission this past Saturday to Clockwork Orange this sumbitch. The rules were simple: once I hit play, I could not hit pause or stop; bathroom breaks and food must be obtained during the boring parts. Also, I could not drink till after 5 p.m. I am well aware that I will display my ignorance multiple times - you are still welcome to comment below with "Dumb fuck, you only display your ignorance. I miss Rob," but it will be mildly redundant.

I made it twelve hours. Here, with only minor edits for coherence, is my running commentary...

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Darwyn Cooke Draws 23 December DC Covers - Including Masters of the Universe!

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:00 am


You know and expect Darwyn Cooke to draw retro-style versions of DC heroes. But given DC's dogged determination to create rather awful redesigns of He-Man and friends, you wouldn't necessarily expect that he'd go back to Filmation designs for his only cover not featuring in-house DC-owned properties. It seems like an unfair fight, though - where's Hordak? Until next time...

(Also, his Harley Quinn is still the New 52 version. Weird, but probably mandated.)

Check out all 23 retro-ish covers at Comics Alliance.

If '80s Cartoon Characters Were Working-Class Has-Beens Living in England

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm


An obese Jessica Rabbit, now with a thick working-class UK accent, narrates this thoroughly depressing tale in which Inspector Gadget is homeless, Mumm-Ra torments Lion-O as his manager at the grocery store, Optimus Prime works in fast food and Skeletor makes cold sales calls.

All it's missing is a "Knowing is half the battle!" end tag in which unemployed Cobra Commander tells us that the lesson is capitalism doesn't work.

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Aw Hell...Batman and Robin Writer Akiva Goldsman Is Maybe Doing a Teen Titans Show

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm


Hey, guess what else?

It's just going to be called "Titans." Presumably so they can all be 20-something and get drunk and have sex without any of it being, y'know, illegal.

Or maybe Akiva Goldsman just wants to get Chris O'Donnell back. The project is "nearing a pilot order" at TNT, which means there's still hope it won't happen, but probably not a lot of hope it'll be good. Let's face it: we're talking about a guy who's had two cracks at Robin already, made him so annoying that he hasn't really been seen onscreen since (John Blake doesn't count), and this is the guy you're counting on to bring him back into live-action? Deadline says in this he'll be Dick Grayson as Nightwing, for what that's worth - I can't be entirely sure if that's actual description of the show, or Deadline going by a Wikipedia description.

Nipples on Batman = Nipples on Batman. Just sayin'.

New Official, Detailed Pic of Batman v Superman Batmobile

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

As Tweeted by Zack Snyder earlier tonight.


It looks to me a whole lot like the Arkham Knight version, which I bet would have sold better at Comic-Con had people only known.

h/t troi

Dum Dum Dugan, Jim Morita to Appear With Peggy Carter on Agents of SHIELD

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:30 am


Well, it only makes sense - when you have a new show that's tangentially related, you spin it off with a guest appearance on the existing show. TV Guide debuted the above image, which makes it clear Peggy Carter's appearance will be in the past, alongside two cohorts we haven't seen since the first Captain America movie.

But I have an ulterior motive for posting this, and it involves the day the episode will run and a previous role of Mr. McDonough's...

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Lego Batman 3 DLC Lets You Play as Movie Bane and Jor-El

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00 am


I hesitate to say "Tom Hardy Bane" because presumably Tom Hardy himself won't be doing the garbled voice. But minifigs based on him, Gary Oldman, Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe will be playable; Crowe in particular seems a good fit for a game that involves throwing things and having them smash. And in a Lego setting, who's gonna object if Zod's head pops off?

As for the Batman 75th pack, you can play as first-apperance Batman with purple hands, as well as the Joker, Harley Quinn, and multiple other iterations of Batman through the years.

My fingers are crossed for a Schwarzenegger Freeze, but I'm very likely the only one.

New Comic Book Day: The Promethean Adventures of A Beastly Batgirl

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:00 am


Prometheus is not as bad as we pretend it is. Okay, it's a pretty crappy, made-by-committee clustercuss, but damn if the movie wasn't a triumph of production design and hastily scribbled notes on the origins of the species by way of aliens (or Aliens).

Which is a roundabout way of saying we've got the first comic follow-up to the film out this week, Paul Tobin's Prometheus: Fire and Stone from Dark Horse, while in other licensed comics news, Regular Show gets its first original graphic novel.

But wait, there's more: Regular Show gets its first original graphic novel while Gail Simone bids farewell to Batgirl in the only way she can: by putting the character in a muscle suit and making Batgirl a franchise in Gotham.

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TR Comic Review: Grant Morrison's Annihilator #1

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm


For a bunch of guys who basically sit in our rooms in front of a computer all day, we writers sure do like to think we're fascinating people. Why, we create whole worlds in our heads and such!

The actual process of doing that - lest anybody's unclear - is both uninteresting and visually dull. Grant Morrison, however, is determined to make it look motherfucking cool. His writer protagonist, Ray Spass (pronounced "space," as he reminds people constantly and foreshadowingly) is basically a rock star with a cool haircut, good physique, bisexual proclivities and a fondness for drugs and alcohol that seems romantic as shit in fiction but would probably make him sick to his stomach constantly in real life.

Ray's writing a sci-fi blockbuster script about a giant black hole. Metaphor alert.

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