Friday, February 24, 2017

BLACK LIGHTNING Pilot Casts Cress Williams as...Black Lightning


The CW's Arrowverse has an electrifying new hero.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that the Black Lightning pilot for The CW has cast Cress Williams as lead character Jefferson Pierce, better known to DC Comics fans as the superhero Black Lightning.

Williams, 46, is probably best known as the hitman Wyatt on Prison Break and as Mayor Lavon Hayes on Hart of Dixie.  In addition, he's appeared as Baron Sunday on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and on episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy, Close to Home, The West Wing, Veronica Mars, House, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Providence, Nash Bridges, Sports Night, JAG, NYPD Blue, Living Single, and Beverly Hills, 90210.

Black Lightning is being developed by Greg Berlanti (famous for the four DC Comics series currently on The CW), Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane).  The project is from Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions.  Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil will serve as executive producers with Berlanti Productions' Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

According to the article, Black Lightning "centers on Jefferson Pierce.  He made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning."

Created in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning first appeared in Black Lightning #1 as Jefferson Pierce, a gold medal-winning Olympic decathlete who returned to his old neighborhood in the Southside (Suicide Slum) section of the city of Metropolis, with his wife Lynn Stewart and his daughter Anissa to become the principal of Garfield High School.  Southside was where his father, renowned journalist Alvin Pierce, had been murdered.  Guilt over this event was a factor in Jefferson's decision to leave the city of Metropolis.  Suicide Slum was being torn apart by a local organized criminal gang called the 100, shady corporations, and crooked local politicians like Tobias Whale.

Peter Gambi, a family friend and tailor, had taught a much younger Jefferson how to suppress his inborn metahuman ability to generate and magnify externally-localized electro-magnetic phenomena, by manipulating intense bio-electric fields generated from his body, so that he would not accidentally hurt any of the people he cared about.  Upon his return, Gambi suggested to Jefferson that he should use his powers to help the neighborhood.  Appalled by the public murder of Earl Clifford, one of his more promising students, Pierce tried to intervene on behalf of the schoolchildren, but quickly learned that the 100 objected violently to any interference.  He soon adopted the identity of Black Lightning.

As Black Lightning, Pierce developed a strong reputation as a crimefighter and was invited to join the Justice League of America, but turned them down.  He did, however, end up joining the Outsiders and remained with them until their eventual breakup.  After moving to Brick City, Black Lightning continued fighting crime, while his daughter Anissa joined a new incarnation of the Outsiders as the superhero Thunder, and his sixteen-year-old, younger daughter, Jennifer Pierce, was recruited by the Justice Society of America under the code name Lightning.  Black Lightning eventually joined another incarnation of the Justice League of America, who needed help fighting the android Amazo.

The character has appeared in a number of animated projects, including Batman: Brave and the Bold (voiced by Bumper Robinson), a "Thunder and Lightning" DC Nation Short (voiced by Blair Underwood), Young Justice: Invasion (voiced by Khary Payton), and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (voiced by LeVar Burton).  His only live-action appearance was in a 1992 Saturday Night Live sketch that parodied "The Death of Superman" storyline in DC Comics (played by Sinbad).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chris McKay in Negotiations to Direct NIGHTWING Movie


Wingnuts, your time has finally come at last.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Chris McKay, director of The Lego Batman Movie, is in negotiations to direct a movie based on DC Comics superhero Nightwing.  Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) is reportedly writing the script.

Nightwing is the latest in Warner Bros.' plan to grow the DC Extended Universe, including Gotham City Sirens starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, a sequel to Suicide Squad, The Batman starring Ben Affleck, Shazam starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson,The Flash starring Ezra Miller, and Cyborg starring Ray Fisher.

In addition to The Lego Batman Movie, McKay has directed the animated TV film Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, along with various episodes of the animated TV series Robot Chicken, Titan Maximum, and Moral Orel.

Created in 1984 by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Nightwing first debuted in Tales of the Teen Titans #44 as Richard "Dick" Grayson, a member of the New Teen Titans who gave up his previous superhero identity as Robin and his partnership with Batman.  When the supervillains Deathstroke and Terra kidnapped his fellow Titans, Grayson adopted his new identity of Nightwing after being inspired by Superman telling him the legend of Kryptonian heroes Nightwing and Flamebird.

As Nightwing, Grayson became the protector of Gotham City's neighboring municipality of Blüdhaven, relocating there to investigate a series of murders.  He remained the city's guardian for some time, facing foes such as Blockbuster and new villains such as Torque, dividing his duties between Bludhaven and Gotham after a devastating earthquake and the subsequent decision to declare Gotham a No Man's Land until the city was fully rebuilt.

In the current New 52 continuity, after briefly acting as an agent of the Spyral organization, Grayson has resumed his identity of Nightwing and associated with a vigilante named Raptor in a plan to bring down the Court of Owls from the inside.  Though Raptor seemed willing to play by Grayson's rules of not killing, he tricked Grayson into agreeing to a plan that resulted in the deaths of all of the Parliament of Owls in Sydney.  After defeating Raptor, Nightwing has once again become the protector of Blüdhaven.

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 075: "The Androids of Tara" is Up!


"Hear that, K-9?  Wedding bells or a funeral knell?  Do hurry up, a hamster with a blunt penknife would do it quicker."
"You ordered me to make no noise, master."
"Just get on with it."
– The Fourth Doctor and K-9Doctor Who: "The Androids of Tara"

That's right, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back once again with a special 75th episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, we're joined by special guest companion Karen Lindsay from The Fandom Zone Podcast and review "The Androids of Tara", the fourth serial from Season 16, a.k.a. "The Key to Time" season, starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Mary Tamm as the First Romana, and John Leeson as the voice of K-9!

This time, Jesse, Karen and I discuss things like my two podcast worlds colliding, Karen's love of the Tom Baker era, K-9 being thrown to the wolves by the Fourth Doctor, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Princess Bride, the original humanoid Jabba the Hutt, Robert A. Heinlein's Double Star, the Fourth Doctor going fishing, K-9 beating the Doctor at chess, everyone underestimating the Fourth Doctor, Mary Tamm carrying the entire story on her shoulders, Count Grendel's crazy yet historically proven plan to become king, Neil Patrick Harris in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Jesse and Karen debating the greatness of K-9, Twiki from Buck Rogers and the Robot from Lost in Space, the branding of K-9, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment fail, and more!

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Be sure to come back soon as Jesse and I review "The Power of Kroll", the infamous fifth serial from Season 16, a.k.a. "The Key to Time" season, starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Mary Tamm as the First Romana, and John Leeson as the voice of K-9!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 093: "Rock in the Road" is Up!


"And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children -- black men and white men, jews and gentiles, protestants and catholics -- will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual -- Free at last!  Free at last!  Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
– King Ezekiel (after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) , The Walking Dead: "Rock in the Road"

You guessed it, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another big episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 7x09: "Rock in the Road"  (Midseason Premiere)
Supergirl 2x12: "Luthors"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x14: "The Man Behind the Shield"
Arrow 5x13: "Spectre of the Gun"
Legion 1x02: "Chapter 2"

This time, we talk about things like the Justice League Dark animated movie, wanting Sandman and Doom Patrol Funko figures, Sgt. Hulka from Stripes, Gregory the useless bureaucrat, Rosita's anger issues, King Ezekiel wanting Morgan's opinion, Rick and Michonne's awesome zombie decapitation stunt, everybody wanting to think that Lena is evil, Lillian's appreciation for Lena's chess skills, Coulson and May's almost relationship, that awkward moment when your secret organization is infiltrated by evil android duplicates, the classic Star Trek episode "Spectre of the Gun", Team Arrow getting up on their soapboxes about guns, Mayor Queen's magical solution to solve the gun debate in an hour, the bird being the word, speculating on X-Men villain the Shadow King, wondering if David's memories of his dad are completely false, Karen's MRI machine fantasy, some feedback from Justina, and more!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MARVEL'S INHUMANS Casts Iwan Rheon as Maximus


Maximus might want to stay away from Lockjaw's kennel.

Marvel has revealed that the upcoming ABC television series Marvel's Inhumans has cast Iwan Rheon as the Inhuman supervillain genius Maximus the Mad.  The 8-episode series will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the Inhuman royal family.

Maximus is described in the article as "a clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King – although he harbors an intense desire to wear the crown himself."

Rheon, 31, is best known as the psychopath Ramsay Bolton on the HBO series Game of Thrones.  He has also appeared as Simon Bellamy on the British series Misfits and has appeared in episodes of Residue, Our Girl, Vicious, and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.  In addition, he's appeared in the films Libertador, Wild Bill and Resistance.

"Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life," said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television and Executive Producer.  "We’re thrilled to have him on board."


Scott Buck, executive producer and showrunner, added, "Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment, and I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent."

Created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Maximus the Mad first appeared in Fantastic Four (vol.1) #47 as Maximus Boltagon, the second son of two of Attilan's top geneticists, Agon, the head of the ruling Council of Geneticists, and Rynda, director of the Prenatal Care Center.  Subjected to the DNA-altering Terrigen Mist when he was an infant, Maximus peculiarly showed no outward sign of any mutagenic change.  As he matured, he hid his developing psionic powers from the community, but was less successful at disguising his antisocial tendencies.  When he was about sixteen, his elder brother Black Bolt was released from the protective chamber in which he had been confined since birth due to the destructive nature of his Terrigen mutation. One of Maximus's first responses to his brother's freedom was an unsuccessful attempt to make him release his power and prove Black Bolt could not control his sonic powers, and thus lose his freedom.

A month later, Black Bolt witnessed Maximus making a treacherous pact with an emissary of the Kree, the alien race responsible for genetically accelerating the Inhumans eons before.  In an attempt to stop the fleeing emissary so that he could be questioned by the ruling council, Black Bolt used his forbidden power of the quasi-sonic scream and blasted the alien ship out of the sky.  When the ship crashed to earth, it landed on the parliament building, killing several key members of the Genetics Council, including his parents.  The reverberations of Black Bolt's voice also affected Maximus, who was standing nearby, affecting his sanity and suppressing his nascent mental powers.  When Black Bolt assumed the throne shortly thereafter, Maximus vowed to oppose his brother and eventually usurp his rule.

Maximus staged his first successful coup a few years later.  By performing an illegal experiment on the Alpha Primitives, the subhuman worker clones that once served the Inhumans, Maximus created the Trikon, three bodiless energy beings of great destructive power.  While the Trikon wreaked havoc in Attilan, Maximus was able to drive the Royal Family of the Inhumans out of the city.  Feeling secure in his position, Maximus bade his servant, the Seeker, to locate the Royal Family and bring them back to Attilan.  Immediately upon doing so, Black Bolt seized the crown back, to Maximus' dismay.  Maximus also encountered the Fantastic Four for the first time.  Maximus, hoping to win back the public's affection, activated the Atmo-Gun device he had been working on, a machine he believed would kill the human race and leave all other living beings intact. Maximus miscalculated, however, and the device had no effect.  Out of spite, Maximus used the device to erect a barrier that encased Attilan in a dark force sphere, imprisoning the entire race inside.  Black Bolt liberated his people by using his quasi-sonic voice to destroy the barrier, at the price of devastating Attilan's ancient architecture.

This will be the first time the character has appeared in live action, although he has been in several animated projects, including the 1994 Fantastic Four animated series (voiced by Mark Hamill), Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Ultimate Spider-Man (voiced by Nolan North), Guardians of the Galaxy (voiced by Diedrich Bader), and Avengers: Ultron Revolution (voiced by Keith Silverstein).

The first two episodes of Inhumans will first debut in IMAX theaters on September 4, 2017, followed by the ABC television series two weeks later.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 092: "Chapter 1" is Up!


"Stop looking at me like that, man.  I know, I'm dead, you killed me.  And I gotta say, not cool, man."
"I didn't."
"Yeah, you did.  Don't blame her, don't blame her.  She was just a passenger, riding around in your body.  Don't give a newbie a bazooka and then be surprised when she blows shit up."
– Lenny Busker and David Haller, Legion: "Chapter 1"

That's right, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Supergirl 2x11: "The Martian Chronicles"
The Flash 3x12: "Untouchable"
Legends of Tomorrow 2x11: "Turncoat"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x13: "BOOM"
Arrow 5x12: "Bratva"
Legion 1x01: "Chapter 1"  (Series Premiere)

This time, we talk about things like the first appearance of Legion, Karen meeting the late Ray Bradbury, the Heat Wave opening to Legends of Tomorrow, the Hyperclan from Grant Morrison's first four issues of JLA, Karen giving Alex cancer with multiple uses of her X-Ray Vision, Mon-El entering the Super Friendzone, Karen's Sean Connery impression fail, Joe c-blocking Wally, the death of Iris West in the comics, obscure Flash villain Clive Yorkin, the Flash's awesome train rescue, Heat Wave inspiring George Washington on how to be an American, Citizen Steel and Vixen having Revolutionary sex, that awkward moment when you try to turn someone into an Inhuman and turn yourself into an Inhuman instead, the Captain America movies being the best superhero trilogy, Karen's proof that she was on the Dark Web, wondering how Ragman can stop a nuclear blast with his rags and not leave radioactive fallout, the origin of Legion from the comics, the career of Bill Irwin, David being instantly smitten with Syd, wondering if the devil with yellow eyes is X-Men villain Mojo or the Shadow King, some feedback from Justina, Karen's upcoming appearance on Next Stop Everywhere 075, and more!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 091: "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" is Up!


"Face it, kid -- Gotham has no heroes."
– Jerome Valeska to Bruce Wayne, Gotham: "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"

With Karen off the disabled list, we're back with a new HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  So huge, in fact, we're splitting it into two parts!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Supergirl 2x10: "We Can Be Heroes"
Gotham 3x14: "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"
Lucifer 2x13: "A Good Day to Die"
The Flash 3x11: "Dead or Alive"
Legends of Tomorrow 2x10: "The Legion of Doom"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x12: "Hot Potato Soup"
Arrow 5x11: "Second Chances"

This time, we talk about things like Karen dropping some geek cred points, Karen's new Funko figures, the term "chicks" still being acceptable, hoping that Mon-El's new costume isn't permanent, Kara telling everybody how to be a superhero, wondering why The CW pushes angsty junior high romance on all of their shows, hoping for a Lois & Clark reunion on Supergirl, National Lampoon's Vacation, another rehashed imposter storyline, David Mazouz stepping his game up, the Penguin's doomed crush on the Riddler, Bruce vs. Jerome in a prototype Batman vs. Joker showdown, why flipping Lee Thompkins to the Dark Side is a terrible thing, Bruce getting his arm stapled, Bruce developing his code against killing, Lucifer sending himself to Hell to save Chloe, Karen missing Arrow, my theory that Gypsy was actually working with H.R./Abra Kadabra, why Barry and Iris are much better together than apart, not wanting Dark Future Barry, Keane vs. Lily Allen's cover, Heat Wave beer runs being better than replicated beer, Karen watching Twin Peaks Season 1, Northern Exposure, being disappointed that the Koenigs are clones instead of LMDs, why it's okay to give heroes superpowers without using that damn particle accelerator accident, Karen on the Dark Web, wanting Mystery Arrow Theater 3000, some feedback from Justina, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week, as Karen and I review the series premiere of Legion, along with new episodes of Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!