Saturday, July 22, 2017

THE FLASH Casts Neil Sandilands as The Thinker

Cogito ergo sum.

Deadline has word from The CW TV panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that The Flash has cast Neil Sandilands as Clifford DeVoe, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain known as The Thinker.

According to the article, The Thinker, who will be the Big Bad for Season 4, is described as "a metahuman with a mega mind who embarks on a seasonlong battle with The Flash that pits the 'fastest man alive' against the 'fastest mind alive.'  A true genius, he’s devised an intricate plan to fix all that he deems wrong with humanity."

Sandilands, 42, is a South African actor probably best known as Titus on The CW series The 100 and has appeared on episodes of The Americans, NCIS, Hap and Leonard, and House.

Created in 1943 by Gardner Fox and E.E. Hibbard, the Thinker first appeared in All-Flash Comics #12 as Clifford DeVoe, a failed lawyer who bitterly ended his career in 1933.  Realizing that many of the criminals he had encountered had the skills but not the brains to rule Gotham City's underworld, he started a new career as the brain behind small-time villains.  As the Thinker, he was defeated by Jay Garrick, the original Flash.  He always sought out new scientific devices to use and his most important was the "Thinking Cap", a metal hat that could project mental force.  The Thinker would use this device repeatedly over the years.

The Thinker was a member of the Injustice Society, who often faced off against the Justice Society of America.  At one point, The Thinker appeared as a judge in a trial of the Justice Society, but was revealed as the Green Lantern in disguise, having captured the real Thinker after escaping Brain Wave.  This led to the Injustice Society's defeat.  Together with the Fiddler and the Shade, the Thinker was the man behind the decades-long "abduction" of Keystone City and the original Flash, after which he was defeated by the Flashes of two eras.  His "suspended animation-time" in Keystone kept the Thinker young over the years, and he continued his criminal career in modern times.

In recent years, DeVoe accepted a mission with the Task Force X (A.K.A the Suicide Squad) in exchange for a full pardon.  Although he was seemingly killed by the Weasel during this mission, he turned up alive soon after only to be dying from cancer due to the cap. His former foe, the original Flash, attempted to save him with the Thinking Cap but DeVoe refused, preferring to rest in peace.

This will be the first time the character has appeared in live action, although he has appeared in episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited and Batman: Brave and the Bold.

The Flash returns to The CW for Season 4 on October 10, 2017.

Warner Bros. Reveals THE FLASH: FLASHPOINT & DC Films at SDCC 2017

It looks like Flashpoint is hitting the big screen.

During the Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, a new title for the upcoming movie based on The Flash was announced -- The Flash: Flashpoint.  The title seems rather important, considering the DC Comics mini-series event was used to lead into DC's big The New 52 relaunch.

According to Comic Book Resources, the panel began with a sizzle reel of footage, accompanied by the words, "Where wonder awaits, where justice prevails, where good battles evil, from Gotham to Atlantis, Metropolis to Apokolips, Krypton to Themyscira and beyond, welcome to the worlds of DC."

This followed with the reveal of multiple logos for upcoming DC Comics films including Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps (showing comic book art of Hal Jordan and John Stewart), The Flash (followed by a Flashpoint logo), and Wonder Woman II.

The five-issue limited series Flashpoint was released in 2011, written by DC Films Co-Chairman Geoff Johns and drawn by Andy Kubert.  In the series, Barry Allen wakes up to discover everything and everyone around him has changed.  He's not the Flash, nor does he have powers, his mother Nora Allen (deceased in his own timeline) is alive, while his father, Henry Allen, died of a heart attack three years ago.  Captain Cold is Central City's greatest hero, the Justice League is never established, and even Superman is seemingly nonexistent.

Barry Allen drives to the Batcave, where Batman attacks him.  Batman is revealed to be Thomas Wayne, who in this timeline, lost his son, Bruce, along with his wife.  At Wayne Manor, Barry tries to explain to Thomas about his secret identity as the Flash and his relationship to Bruce Wayne.  Barry's memory begins to spontaneously realign itself to the altered timeline and Barry realizes that the world of Flashpoint is not a parallel dimension, but an alternate reality.  Barry's ring ejects Eobard Thawne's Reverse-Flash costume and causes Barry to believe that his enemy is responsible for changing history.  Barry decides to recreate the accident that gave him his powers in a bid to undo the damage caused by Thawne, but his initial attempt fails and leaves him badly burned.

A second attempt at recreating Allen's accident restores his powers and health.  He concludes that the Reverse-Flash changed history to prevent the formation of the Justice League.  He also learns that Kal-El was taken by Project: Superman.  Flash, Batman and Cyborg join the cause to stop Wonder Woman and Aquaman, who are on opposite sides of the Atlantean-Amazon war.  The Marvel Family transform into Captain Thunder, also transforming Tawky Tawny. Captain Thunder attacks Wonder Woman and appears to be winning until Enchantress reveals herself as the Amazon spy in the Resistance and uses her magic to restore the Marvel Family to their mortal forms. Penthesilea (who was secretly one of the conspirators of the Atlanteans-Amazons war, along with Orm) kills Billy Batson, causing a massive explosion that cripples the opposing forces.

In the wake of the devastation, Thawne appears in front of the Flash.  The Reverse-Flash reveals that Flash himself created the Flashpoint timeline by traveling back in time to stop him from killing Barry's mother.  Barry pulled the entire Speed Force into himself to stop Thawne, transforming the timeline by shattering the history of his allies.  Thawne resets Barry's internal vibrations, enabling him to remember this.  According to Thawne, these actions transformed him into a living paradox, no longer requiring Barry to exist and allowing him to kill the Flash without erasing his own existence.  Thawne continues to taunt Barry with this knowledge until Batman kills him with an Amazonian sword.  Thomas insists that Barry puts history back to normal to undo the millions of deaths.  Now knowing the point of divergence, the Flash restores the timeline.  As he enters the timestream, a dying Thomas thanks him for giving his son a second chance and gives Barry a letter addressed to Bruce. Barry then meets with his mother and bids a tearful farewell to her.

Traveling back in time, Barry merges with his earlier self during the attempt to stop Thawne. While traveling through time, Barry realizes he can see three different timelines — DC (New Earth), Vertigo (Earth-13), and WildStorm (Earth-50).  A mysterious hooded figure (later revealed to be a cursed immortal Pandora) tells him that the world was split into three to weaken them for an impending threat, and must now be reunited to combat it.  The DC, Vertigo, and Wildstorm universes are then merged, creating a brand new DC Universe. Barry then wakes up in a similar manner to the beginning of Flashpoint, also retaining all his memories from the alternate timeline.  Believing that everything is over, Barry remembers Thomas' letter and gives it to Bruce, who is still the Batman in this timeline.  Bruce, deeply touched by his father's sacrifice to ensure his son's life, cries and expresses his gratitude to Barry for informing him of the events that transpired before the timeline was reset.

This will be the third time Flashpoint has been adapted, after the 2013 animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, and the Season 2 finale and Season 3 of The CW series The Flash.  

The Flash: Flashpoint is now expected to arrive in theaters sometime in 2020.

Friday, July 21, 2017

GHOSTWOOD 013: "The Return, Part 10" is Up!

"Hawk, electricity is humming.  You hear it in the mountains and rivers.  You see it dance among the seas and stars and glowing around the moon. But in these days, the glow is dying. What will be in the darkness that remains?  The Truman brothers are both ‘true men.’ They are your brothers, and the others, the good ones who have been with you, now the circle is almost complete.  Watch and listen to the dream of time and space.  It all comes out now, flowing like a river.  That which is and is not.  Hawk, Laura is the one."
-- Margaret "The Log Lady" Lanterman to Deputy Chief Tommy "Hawk" Hill, Twin Peaks: "The Return, Part 10"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back once again with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we review "The Return, Part 10" from the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!


In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like Xan having Elvis Costello Concert Sexy Voice, Fire Walk with Me being released by Criterion in 4K Ultra HD, my contact lens bifocals, the Twin Peaks panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, the classic Twin Peaks sketch on Saturday Night Live hosted by Kyle MacLachlan, Miriam being way too trusting and naive, Richard Horne being a horrible person, Deputy Chad pretending to care about Lucy and Andy, the heavy implication that Doppelganger Cooper impregnated Audrey Horne while she was in a coma, Richard dropping the C-bomb and being more of a horrible person, Ben & Sylvia being divorced, Carl Rodd singing "Red River Valley", Steven Burnett going full Leo Johnson, Candie whacking Rodney Mitchum with a TV remote control, wondering if Candie is openly rebelling against the Mitchums, Janey-E getting all hot and bothered over Kyle MacLachlan's abs, wondering if Janey-E is "the one" for Cooper, Nadine fixating on Dr. Jacoby, Jerry still being high in Ghostwood Forest, Albert finally finding someone he actually likes, Gordon drawing a freaky lizard dog thing with a tree growing out of its head, Gordon's vision of Laura Palmer, more wondering about what's going on with Diane, another phone call from the Log Lady, wondering if Laura will be a spirit of vengeance for all the women being treated like crap by horrible men, Rebekah Del Rio's chevron patterned dress, Ben & Jerry mellowing out in their old age, some feedback from Ivan Ivanov and Vesuvi Timeaux, our thoughts if spirits like BOB actually exist, YouTube troll Tachyon Timelord targeting our show, and more!

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Noah Hawley Developing DOCTOR DOOM Movie for Fox

Show me the puny mortal who does not tremble at the name of Doctor Doom!

According to the Hollywood Reporter, at the end of yesterday's San Diego Comic-Con 2017 panel for the FX series Legion, showrunner Noah Hawley teased that he's developing a movie based on Marvel Comics supervillain Doctor Doom for Fox, which holds the rights to the character and his archenemies, the Fantastic Four.  

"Two words," said Hawley. "Doctor.  Doom."

The article claims "Hawley is developing a feature project centering around one of Marvel Comics' most recognizable villains with an eye to direct."

The project would presumably be part of another attempt to create a Fantastic Four film franchise for Fox, which had mediocre success with 2005's Fantastic Four and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, followed by the outright failure of Fox's 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, a box-office bomb that reportedly cost $120 million to make and only brought in $56 million in domestic ticket sales.

Doctor Doom was featured in all three films, played by Julian McMahon in the first two, and Toby Kebbell in the reboot.

Created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Doctor Doom first appeared in Fantastic Four (vol.1) #5 as Victor Von Doom, who was part of a tribe of Latverian Romani people under the rule of an unnamed nobleman called the Baron. Victor's mother was a witch named Cynthia Von Doom who died by Mephisto's hand while Victor was young.  His father, Werner, was the leader of the tribe and a renowned medicine man who kept his wife's sorcery quiet in order to protect Victor from a similar fate.  Soon after Cynthia's death, the Baron's wife grew incurably ill from cancer and Werner was called to the capitol to heal her. When she succumbed to illness, the Baron labeled Werner a murderer and called for his death. Werner escaped with young Victor, having realized the night before the woman would die. He died of exposure on the mountainside, cradling the boy in a final embrace and giving him his garments to keep him warm. Victor survived and, on return to the Romani camp, discovered his mother's occult instruments and swore revenge on the Baron.  Victor grew into a headstrong and brilliant man, combining sorcery and technology to create fantastic devices which would keep the Baron's men at bay and protect the Roma people.  His exploits attracted the attention of the dean of Empire State University, who sent someone to the camp.  Offered the chance to study in the United States, Victor chose to leave his homeland and his love, Valeria, behind.

Once in the United States, Victor met fellow student and future nemesis Reed Richards, who was intended to be his roommate, but Victor immediately disliked him and asked for another roommate.  After a time, Victor constructed a machine intended to communicate with the dead. Though Richards tried to warn him about a flaw in the machine, seeing his calculations were a few decimals off, Victor continued on with disastrous results.  The machine violently failed and the resulting explosion seemingly severely damaged his face. Expelled after the accident, Victor traveled the world until he collapsed on a Tibetan mountainside.  Rescued by a clan of monks, Victor quickly mastered the monks' disciplines as well as the monks themselves.  Victor then forged himself a suit of armor, complete with a scowling mask, and took the name Doctor Doom.  As Doctor Doom, he would go on to menace those he felt responsible for his accident—primarily, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.  He succeeded in taking over Latveria, taking an interest in the welfare of the Roma.

In his first appearance, Doctor Doom captured the Invisible Girl, using her as a hostage so the Fantastic Four will travel back in time to steal the enchanted treasure of Blackbeard which would help him conquer the world, but he was fooled by Reed Richards, who swapped the treasure with worthless chains.  Over the years, Doctor Doom became the central foe of the Fantastic Four and eventually menaced Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, Doctor Strange, and other Marvel superheroes.  

In the recent Secret Wars storyline, Doom usurped the power of the Beyonders with the aid of Doctor Strange and the Molecule Man,  collecting what he could of the destroyed multiverse and forming a new Battleworld consisting of different alternate realities.  He also assumed the role of God and claimed complete dominion of this new world and its inhabitants, controlling them into thinking he was always the almighty force of creation. Richards and a ragtag collection of heroes and villains that survived the destruction of all universes challenged him and, with the help of Molecule Man, were able to take his power and restore the multiverse.  Opting to heal rather than harm, Richards finally uses the Beyonder's power to heal Doom's face and turn him into a good man.  Following the defeat of Tony Stark at the hands of Captain Marvel at the conclusion of Civil War II, Doom remembered his unsatisfaction as a God and decided that it was his role to help heal the world.  Inspired by Stark, Doom currently fights for his unique brand of justice as the Infamous Iron Man.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GHOSTWOOD 012: "The Return, Part 9" is Up!

"I can't believe this day has come."
-- Betty Briggs, Twin Peaks: "The Return, Part 9"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back once again with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we review "The Return, Part 9" from the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!


In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like Xan's wisdom being shared throughout the Twitterverse, our love of silent movies, David Lynch's Mullholland Dr., Diane's interest being raised when a Blue Rose case is referenced, the introduction of Tim Roth as Gary "Hutch" Hutchens, wondering why Doppelganger Cooper likes Cheetos, finally getting an explanation of why no one bats an eye at Dougie's odd behavior, coffee moving the Cooper Installation progress bar forward, Lucy and Andy as a poor man's Burns and Allen, wondering if Laura Palmer's spirit will enter Johnny Horne, the Twin Peaks panel at San Diego Comic Con, Stranger Things, Major Briggs and Bobby Briggs being on two totally different wavelengths, Lucy and Deputy Chad being on their lunch break, the mysterious contents of the cylinder hidden in Major Briggs' chair, Jerry tackling his own foot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, wondering what happened to Doppelganger Laura, Diane being a mole for Doppelganger Cooper, William Hastings' blog in the real world, the coordinates of Lookout Mountain in west South Dakota, the importance of what you wear when you die, Albert finally liking a small-town medical examiner, wanting to become a curmudgeon like Dr. McCoy from Star Trek, my ringtone on Xan's phone, our first movies with our significant others, Showgirls, some Facebook page feedback from Ivan Ivanovand more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Xan and I review "The Return, Part 10", the next episode of the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

THE FANDOM ZONE 110: "Children of Wrath" is Up!

"The world is dead."
"The world will not end until you die."
– Victor Strand and Cosmonaut Vaschenko, Fear the Walking Dead: "Children of Wrath"

That's right, Karen and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Fear the Walking Dead 3x07: "The Unveiling" 
Fear the Walking Dead 3x08: "Children of Wrath"  (Midseason Finale)
Preacher 2x04: "Viktor"
Wynonna Earp 2x05: "Let's Pretend We're Strangers"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like the Wonder Woman soundtrack, the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor on Doctor Who, why those announcements are like the movie They Live, the Clark family realizing they're on the wrong side, that awkward moment when Alicia realizes she's with the guy who killed Travis, land agreements not mattering in the zombie apocalypse, Nick finally cutting his scraggly receding hair, that awkward moment when Ofelia poisons Nick with anthrax, wanting to see Daniel Salazar's hallucination torture Ofelia with oranges and lemonade while she's dying in the desert, Walker getting mad respect for Madison, that really awkward moment when Madison reveals to her children that she killed her dad when she was a kid, Strand talking to a Russian cosmonaut, Tulip's plan to get herself a gun, Cassidy being annoyed that Jesse's isn't worried about Tulip being missing, Cassidy and Jesse posing as Game of Thrones casting people, not being able to enhance a VHS videotape, Eugene succumbing to peer pressure in Hell, the new Fraternal Order of Firefighting Demon Hunters, Wynonna giving Dolls the finger, both of us thinking that Officer Haught was being killed off, some new Wynonna Earp feedback from Justinaand more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review new episodes of Preacher and Wynonna Earpright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Monday, July 17, 2017

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 090: "Planet of the Spiders" is Up!

"A tear, Sarah Jane?  No, don't cry.  While there's life, there's..."
-- The Third Doctor to Sarah Jane Smith, Doctor Who: "Planet of the Spiders"

It was another battle to record, but my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, Jesse and I review "Planet of the Spiders", the fifth serial of Season 11 from the original series of Doctor Who in 1974, starring Jon Pertwee in his final story as the Third Doctor, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, and John Levene as Sergeant Benton!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like the big announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, me revealing the news to Jesse, our thoughts and hopes for Jodie Whittaker as the first woman to portray the Doctor in the series, Doctor Who fandom already being split on the announcement, owning up to getting our Thirteenth Doctor picks wrong, why it's okay if we have to wait until fall of 2018 for Series Eleven, the Third Doctor's Venusian Aikido, Eastern philosophy being introduced to the series, shipping Sarah Jane and Mike Yates, Jo Grant returning her Metebelis 3 crystal, seeing the inside of the Third Doctor's TARDIS, wondering what specific fear the Third Doctor was trying to face, Cho-Je as the future incarnation of the K'anpo Rimpoche, Superman as the Last Son of Krypton, Sarah Jane befriending Tommy, the Brigadier finally getting to see a regeneration, the new K'anpo teasing the Fourth Doctor's persona, why the Metebelis 3 spiders need to return in the modern era, TV fighting in the '60s and '70s, the Doctor hanging out with the Brigadier socially, my plan to lead up to Peter Capaldi's regeneration into Jodie Whittaker, Jesse's Reverse the Reverse the Polarity, feedback from David K. Proctor and Paul from Australia, my Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast kicking butt, teasing the Master Trilogy, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Jesse and I review the 1981 classic "The Keeper of Traken", starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, and Geoffrey Beevers as The Second Master!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!