Wednesday, September 28, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 076: "Better to Reign in Hell" is Up!

"Details can be distracting, sometimes a simple solution is best.  So, no matter what she's planning, remember -- Penguins eat fish."
– Edward Nygma to Oswald Cobblepot, Gotham: "Better to Reign in Hell..."

Karen and I are back with the Season 3 premiere of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Fear the Walking Dead 2x12 -- "Pillar of Salt"
Gotham 3x01 -- "Better to Reign in Hell..." (Season Premiere)
Lucifer 2x01 -- "Everything's Coming Up Lucifer" (Season Premiere)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x01 -- "The Ghost" (Season Premiere)

This time, we talk about things like my meeting Karen (Katana) Fukuhara at the Cincinnati Comic Expo, how to pronounce Gerardo Naranjo, Karen having to cut a bitch if Strand dies, Madison's stupid plan of turning on the hotel lights, being Team Alicia, how to pronounce La Colonia, Luciana being the puppet master, David Mazouz needing to hit the KFC, the Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie, Lucius Fox needing to work in the Batoffice, the Riddler and the Penguin as villain bros, speculating on the future of Bruce's doppelgänger, Boba Jim the bounty hunter, Ella Lopez as the Barry Allen of Lucifer, Amenadiel losing his angelic powers, the debut of the Robbie Reyes version of Ghost Rider, Radcliffe's "container" for his female artifical intelligence AIDA, the awkwardness of Jemma ordering Agent May around, Chris from Fear the Walking Dead as Ghost Rider's brother Gabe, the return of Justina, our live show for the Southgate Media Group podcast marathon, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week, as we review the series premiere of Luke Cage, along with new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, Gotham, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Peter Capaldi Confirmed for DOCTOR WHO Spinoff CLASS

The Caretaker is returning to Coal Hill School.

The RadioTimes has confirmed that Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi will be reprising his role of the Twelfth Doctor for the first episode of the upcoming Doctor Who spinoff Class.  "The Doctor Who family is growing," said Capaldi, "and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class into the Whoniverse."

According to the article, the Twelfth Doctor will appear in the first episode of the new series, "For Tonight We Might Die," which will introduce Coal Hill Academy classmates Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), along with physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly).

Nigel Betts, who played Mr. Armitage in "Into the Dalek" and "The Caretaker," is also listed as part of the regular cast.

A new BBC description states that the group will be "charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi): guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own."

Capaldi's appearance on Class was first rumored back in March.  The official Class Twitter account also verified the news with the following post...

Two episodes will drop on the first day, with the second episode of the series titled "The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo."

BBC3 controller Damian Kavanagh said, "We know lots of BBC3 fans are Doctor Who fans so Class on BBC3 is a perfect fit. It’s nice to be back as part of the Doctor Who family."

Class will debut on BBC3 on October 22nd, with BBC America airing the series in the United States sometime in Spring 2017.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 075: "I Walk the Line" is Up!

"Purgatory’s overrun by demon Revenants, a.k.a. Wyatt Earp’s resurrected outlaws, Bobo del Rey’s their leader, I am Doc Holliday — yes, that Doc Holliday — and Dolls here is just a dick."
"Finally!  Thank you!  It actually makes perfect sense...except for the…last…part."
– John Henry "Doc" Holliday and Officer Nicole Haught, Wynonna Earp: "I Walk the Line"

After an understandable hiatus due to Karen's husband's hospital stay, Karen and I are finally back with the Season 2 finale of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Fear the Walking Dead 2x11 -- "Pablo & Jessica"
Wynonna Earp 1x13 -- "I Walk the Line" (Season One finale)

This time, we talk about things like Karen's hubs not being in the hospital anymore, our planned live episode getting kicked to the curb by Fringe's John Noble, Madison stealing her son Nick's trick of smearing blood all over herself, Alicia finally living up to her reputation of being smart, Madison being the Pied Piper of the undead, Nick being the junkie version of Donald Trump, Nick and Luciana getting busy in the trailer, my theory that Chris is going to kill Travis, Chris Hardwick reading one of my tweets live on Talking Dead (!!!), some Gamer terminology instruction from Karen, Doc hinting that Waverly might not be an Earp, Jesse and I sending positive vibes Karen's way, a preview of the upcoming fall TV season of comic book TV shows, Michael Imperioli on the ABC version of Life on Mars, getting tons of Facebook likes for Karen's pictures, flaming cars not being as cool as flaming motorcycles, DAMN Good Coffee...and HOT celebrating its 6th anniversaryand more!

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Be sure to come back next week, as we begin Season 3 of The Fandom Zone and review the season premieres of Gotham, Lucifer, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., along with a new episode of Fear the Walking Dead Season 2right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Friday, September 16, 2016

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 065: "The Deadly Assassin" is Up!

"I can feel my hair curling.  And that can mean either it's going to rain...or that I'm on to something."
-- The Fourth Doctor to EnginDoctor Who: "The Deadly Assassin"

My partner in crime and partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, we review "The Deadly Assassin,the classic story from 1976 starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Peter Pratt as the Master!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like being at the mercy of the Dallas Cowboys football schedule, writer Robert Holmes introducing important concepts to the Doctor Who mythos, the Doctor being a frat boy on Gallifrey, the Second Master's emaciated state, why the Master has gone through more lives than the Doctor, revisiting my personal theory of why the Doctor originally left Gallifrey, James Bond movie connections, the book and movie The Manchurian Candidate, the Doctor's homecoming on Gallifrey, the Doctor gently stroking the TARDIS, the Wachowskis swiping The Matrix from The Matrix, the introduction of Rassilon and the Eye of Harmony, wondering why the Time Lords limit themselves to only twelve regenerations if they can give the Doctor more, Emperor Palpatine looking suspiciously like the Second Master, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, sending good thoughts to Karen and her husband, and more!

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Be sure to come back soon as Jesse and I review "The Time Warrior," the classic story from 1973 starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor and Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith! Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

SUPERGIRL Casts Dichen Lachman as Roulette

Supergirl, remember the first rule about Fight Club. has confirmed that the CW series Supergirl has cast Dichen Lachman as Veronica Sinclair, better known to DC Comics as the supervillain Roulette.  Lachman had been spotted in some recent set photos, and fans had started to speculate about what role she might be playing, with Roulette being a popular theory.

According to the article, Roulette is officially described as "Based on the classic DC Comics character, Roulette runs an underground alien fight club in National City and she is eager to get Supergirl in the ring."

Lachman, 34, is best known as Sierra on the Fox series Dollhouse and as Quake's mother Jiaying on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  In addition, Lachman has appeared on episodes of The Last Ship, The 100, Shameless, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The League, Husbands, Being Human, The Guild, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Hawaii Five-O, and Neighbours.

Created in 2001 by Geoff Johns and Derec Aucoin, Roulette first appeared in JSA Secret Files #2 as Veronica Sinclair, a woman whose grandfather was a Golden Age villain who was also called Roulette, ran a conventional casino and fought Terry Sloane, the original Mister Terrific.  The current Roulette believed Terry Sloane to be her grandfather, but it was indicated that her grandfather was actually Terry’s brother Ned.  Having encountered Michael Holt, the second Mister Terrific, during one of her schemes, she came to view him as an unworthy successor to Sloane.

Her casino ("The House") is a superhuman gladiatorial arena, capturing heroes with teleporter technology similar to Holt's T-Spheres, and pitting them against each other, while various supervillains bet on the outcome.  In her debut, she captured most of the current Justice Society of America and forced them to fight each other; Mr. Terrific and Dr. Mid-Nite were forced to play a chess game where the loser would be electrocuted, Sand and Hawkman had to reach Hawkgirl while infected with a fast-acting lethal virus (for which Kendra had a single dose of the cure), and Black Adam clashed with Atom Smasher.  All managed to escape their traps, but Roulette teleported them away before they could capture her.

Dr. Mid-Nite later infiltrated her current fight club location in search of information regarding purported organ-napping.  She agreed to give him information only if he beat her bodyguard in a game of arm wrestling.  He did so, using his knowledge of nerves and their debilitation, and though she felt he had "cheated" she gave him the name of a model who had surgically implanted wings.  After Dr. Mid-Nite left, she called the owner of the surgical clinic, who later proved to be Delores Winters, and told her of the hero's investigation into the implants and operations.

Lachman will be the second actress to portray the character in live-action, after Steph Song on the CW series Smallville.  The character has also appeared in the animated series Justice League Unlimited, voiced by Virginia Madsen.

Supergirl returns for Season 2 on The CW, October 10th at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Margot Robbie Signs Deal to Co-Produce HARLEY QUINN Spinoff Movie

Warner Bros. is going all in on Harley Quinn.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed yesterday that Australian actress Margot Robbie has signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros. that includes a Suicide Squad spinoff for her character Harley Quinn (and other DC Comics heroines).

The project was originally reported in May, with claims that Robbie was the driving force for the project.  Apparently, when she landed the part for Suicide Squad, she heavily researched the comics to learn as much as possible about the character.  In the process, she reportedly became a fan of DC’s female characters.  Robbie brought on the female writer to help develop the project and brought it to Warner Bros.

Robbie will develop and produce feature films through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner.  Producing and developing with Robbie will be her LuckyChap partners Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara and Sophia Kerr.

According to the article, Robbie and LuckyChap are in postproduction on their first movie as producers, a neo noir thriller called Terminal.  In addition, LuckyChap is developing and producing a Tonya Harding biopic, I, Tonya, where Robbie will play the disgraced figure skater, and is developing an adaptation of Bad Monkeys, a novel by Matt Ruff, along with Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark for Universal Pictures.

Robbie, 26, best known as Naomi Lapaglia in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street and as Laura Cameron on the short-lived ABC television series Pan Am.  Her other films include The Big Short, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and The Legend of Tarzan.

Created in 1992 by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, Harley Quinn first appeared in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Favor," voiced by Arleen Sorkin.  Initially intended as a female sidekick for The Joker, Harley quickly became popular with fans and the character was developed further.  In the 1994 DC Comics graphic novel The Batman Adventures: Mad Love, Quinn received her origin story, revealing her as Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum who fell in love with the Joker and turned to a life of crime in order to be with him.

The character's first comic book appearance was in 1993's The Batman Adventures #12, but Harley's growing popularity encouraged DC Comics to bring her into official Batman canon starting with Batman (vol.1) #570 in 1999.  She soon received her first ongoing series in 2001 that ran for 38 issues and was made a member of the Suicide Squad starting with 2011's Suicide Squad (vol.4) #1.  Harley received her second ongoing series in 2013 and her third in 2016 as part of DC Comics' relaunch known as Rebirth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fox Buys Rights to Stan Lee's Life for 1970s Action Movie

The big question, of course -- Will Stan Lee make a cameo in his own movie?

The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the movie rights to the life of Stan Lee, co-creator of some of Marvel Comics' greatest superheroes. Oh, and it's not a standard biopic, as you might expect, but a period action adventure movie.

That's right, Stan "The Man" Lee as a '70s action hero.

According to the article, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, the producers for the movies Twilight, The Maze Runner and the upcoming Power Rangers, are attached to produce "what is being described as being in the tone of Kingsman: The Secret Service, or as one insider put it, 'Roger Moore’s 007,' with Lee as the hero with an alter ego."  No writer has been hired yet, but executive producer Matt Reilly will oversee the project for Fox.

Born on December 28, 1922 in New York City, Stanley Martin Lieber started his comics career in 1939 as an assistant at the new Timely Comics division of pulp magazine and comic book publisher Martin Goodman's company.  Timely eventually evolved into Marvel Comics in the 1960s.

In the late 1950s, DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz revived the concept of superheroes and achieved considerable success with an updated version of the The Flash, and later with the superhero team the Justice League of America.  In response, Goodman assigned Lee to create a new superhero team, which he did, giving his characters a flawed humanity not seen in DC's superheroes.  The first superhero group Lee and artist Jack Kirby created was the Fantastic Four.  

The team's immediate popularity encouraged Lee and Marvel artists to create a series of new titles.  With Kirby primarily, Lee created the HulkThorIron Man, and the X-Men; with Bill Everett, Lee created Daredevil; and with Steve Ditko, Lee created Doctor Strange and Marvel's most successful character, Spider-Man, placing all of them in a shared universe. Lee and Kirby put several of their new characters together into the team title The Avengers and revived previous Timely superheroes from the 1940s, including the Sub-Mariner and Captain America.

Lee used comic books to provide some measure of social commentary about the real world, often dealing with racism and bigotry.  His "Stan's Soapbox" column, in addition to promoting an upcoming comic book project, also addressed issues of discrimination, intolerance, or prejudice.  In 1972, Lee stopped writing monthly comic books to assume the role of publisher. His final issue of The Amazing Spider-Man (vol.1) was #110 in and his last Fantastic Four (vol.1) was #125.  In later years, Lee became a figurehead and public face for Marvel Comics.

Currently, as Marvel broadens its scope into television and film adaptations, Lee has made a number of cameo appearances in the various projects.  A few of these appearances are self-aware and sometimes reference Lee's involvement in the creation of certain characters. His next cameo is set for this year's adaptation of Doctor Strange.