Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dominators Revealed as Big Bad for DC Heroes CW Crossover

The CW is about to have an Invasion.

CBR has word that DC Comics aliens The Dominators will be the central villains of the upcoming DC superhero crossover event on The CW.  The crossover will take place across all four CW shows set in the Arrowverse -- Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.  Arrow's 100th episode is expected to be part of the crossover.

"This year, for our mega ‘Arrowverse’ crossover," said Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim, "we’re taking inspiration from a DC crossover from the late 1980s known as Invasion!, which featured an alien race called the Dominators, who’d previously vexed the Legion of Super-Heroes.  We’re using cutting-edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters."

Created in 1967 by Jim Shooter and Jim Mooney, the Dominators first appeared in Adventure Comics (vol.1) #361 as a 30th century confederation of worlds that sued for peace after two decades of war with the United Planets.  With anti-Dominion feelings strong on Earth, the President called upon the Legion of Super-Heroes to ensure their ambassadors' safe arrival. The heroes were sent to the neutral planet, Politor, where they met the Dominators, a race characterized by blue skin, baldness, and round white discs on their foreheads which signify rank.  Under orders from the President, the Legion oversaw the transport of the Dominators' ambassadors through the 10th dimension, a sub-universe in which a billion-mile trip is reduced to only five hundred miles.  

A costumed group of villains called the Unkillables entered the 10th dimension, intending to strike and weaken the caravan at periodic intervals before finally destroying it.  Their leader was revealed as the Dominators' deposed ruler, who sought to use the Unkillables for revenge.  The Unkillables, found to be descendants of infamous assassins in Earth history, were turned into killers by one of his machines.  As the Legion returned to Earth, the Dominators revealed that they are actually three-dimensional images, and that the real aliens have already reached Earth.

The Dominators were active in the 20th century as well, during the events of Invasion!, where they formed an Alliance of several alien races to invade Earth and eliminate the threat posed by their unpredictable metahumans.  In secret, however, the Dominators wished to harness and breed their own army of metahumans, but this goal was kept secret from the rest of the Alliance, and from their own junior cadres.  After purging the galaxy of numerous potential threats to their plan, such as securing Darkseid's non-interference by assuring him that they would not destroy the planet and thwart his quest for the Anti-Life Equation, assassinating many former members of the disbanded Green Lantern Corps, and attacking the Omega Men, the Alliance launched a massive attack on Earth, overrunning Australia and establishing there a base from which to conquer the rest of the planet.  The Alliance made an offer to spare the human race provided that the world's governments surrender their metahumans, but the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly rejected this offer.

Superman led a counterattack against the main Alliance base, which was temporarily disrupted by the Daxamites, who temporarily defeated him, but fell prey to Earth's atmospheric differences from their own world.  After Superman helped save them, the Daxamites decided to withdraw from the Alliance and help defend Earth.  To that end, a small fleet of primarily troop transports arrived and demanded that invasion alliance to withdraw from Earth.  The Dominators decided to ignore them, unaware of the effect of a yellow sun environment on Daxamites, until the fleet deployed several thousand soldiers into space as a near invincible attack force.  This, combined with key defeats in various theaters, and a full-scale and uncontrollable riot aboard the Alliance Gulag, led to a quick collapse for the Alliance and individual surrenders by each former member.

Afterwards, a young Dominator, aspiring to prominence among his people, managed to isolate the human gene that made a person able to survive otherwise lethal episodes and develop superhuman powers.  On his own initiative, he developed and deployed the Gene Bomb, a device that bathed the Earth in a weird energy and affected every metahuman exposed in malignant ways, causing them to lose control of their powers and eventually fall into a coma and die.  Since the point of the invasion was to harness these beings, not eradicate them, the Dominator was imprisoned by his own government.  Prior to his execution, a group of heroes unaffected by the gene bomb, led by the Martian Manhunter, managed to steal data from his mind crucial to reversing the effects of the gene bomb and restore most metahumans back to health.  Ironically, the detonation of the Gene Bomb was actually responsible for the creation of several metahumans.

This will be the Dominators' first appearance in live-action, but they've appeared in a couple of animated projects, the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series and the direct-to-home video Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

The four-way crossover is expected to air on The CW sometime in December.

DOCTOR WHO: No Christmas Companion, Just Nardole and a "Superhero"

Well, at least there's a telephone box with plenty of room to change in.

The RadioTimes has some new details on the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, revealing that the Doctor won't have a temporary companion before Pearl Mackie arrives in Series Ten as his new companion Bill.

The article confirms that Nardole, played once again by Matt Lucas, will have "a major role" that occupies the "companion space".  Lucas' return as Nardole in the 2016 Christmas Special was announced last June.

"The Doctor won’t have a temporary companion this Christmas, and essentially, that space will be taken by Nardole," said their source.  "He’s not a companion as such, but it’s not as if he doesn’t play a similar role."

Nardole first appeared in the 2015 Christmas Special "The Husbands of River Song" as a member of the human colony of Mendorax Dellora, and an employee of River Song. Nardole was told to find the surgeon River Song needed to extract the Halassi Androvar from the head of King Hydroflax.  Unfortunately, Nardole found the Twelfth Doctor and brought him to River Song instead.

When River and the Doctor escaped Hydroflax’s ship with his head in a bag, Hydroflax’s mechanical body turned to Nardole for strategic information.  Although Nardole claimed to know little of River’s plans, there was only one way for Hydroflax’s body to be sure, so it removed Nardole’s head and attached it to its own.

After the crash of the Harmony and Redemption on Darillium, Hydroflax's body was recovered from the wreckage.  As the hostile onboard computer was destroyed by the Doctor, Nardole and another head, Ramone, shared control of the body, working in a restaurant situated before the Singing Towers.  When River arrived several years after the crash, Ramone was in control as Nardole was getting some "me time" inside the body, something he admitted was hard when he greeted River from inside Hydroflax's body.

In addition, the article reports that Canadian actor Justin Chatwin will play a "superhero character" who is "a brash figure with an American accent – and in all likelihood a few dark interstellar secrets of one sort or another."

Chatwin, 33, is probably best known as Jason Kellerman on the BBC America series Orphan Black and as Tom Cruise's son in the 2005 film adaptation of War of the Worlds. He's also appeared in the movies Dragonball Evolution and Josie and the Pussycats, and on episodes of American Gothic, Shameless, Lost, Weeds, and Smallville.

The 2016 Christmas Special will be written by showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Ed Bazalgette.  Series Ten follows sometime in April 2017.

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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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.