Thursday, March 22, 2018

THE FANDOM ZONE 132: "The Book of Revelations" is Up!

"This attempt at framing me.  You know what it proves?  I'm getting under someone's skin."
-- Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning: "The Book of Revelations" 

With Karen unavailable this week, I'm joined by my Next Stop Everywhere and TitanTalk co-host Jesse Jackson for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Legends of Tomorrow 3x14: "Amazing Grace"
iZombie 4x03: "Brainless in Seattle, Part 1"
The Flash 4x16: "Run, Iris, Run"
Black Lightning 1x08: "The Book of Revelations"

In this episode, Jesse and I talk about things like sending all our love to Karen, the Legends meeting Elvis Presley, not having Elvis songs in an Elvis episode, Nate being an Elvis fan, Elvis' stillborn twin brother Jessie, Legends of Tomorrow making up an uncle that Elvis never had, Kid Flash quickly clicking with the Legends, the current best CW superhero shows, Ray's tiny lock box that can be easily carried away, Elvis' love of peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches, Liv's brain recipes of the week, iZombie handling comedic moments better than Gotham, Liv dragging Peyton to Human/Zombie Night at the Scratching Post, "The Trial of Barry Allen" storyline in both the comics and the TV show, the Thinker storyline running on way too long, Caitlin and Killer Frost being a Jekyll and Hyde character, Iris getting her soopah suit and running on water, Harry Wells' ominous intelligence cap, more on Mystery Girl, Jefferson passing on what he's learned as a superhero to his daughter Anissa, Gambi in the Lightning Cave, Jefferson geeking out that Annisa saved his life, finally getting some background on Peter Gambi, Mitchum Huntzberger on Gilmore Girls, Jennifer getting her Lightning powers, John Constantine becoming a regular character on Legends of Tomorrow Season 4and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as special guest Phil Perich and I review the series premiere of Syfy's Krypton, along with new episodes of The CW's Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning, and Fox's Gotham, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

THE BOYS Casts Karen Fukuhara as The Female

And yes, she's deadlier than the male.

Deadline has word that the upcoming Amazon series The Boys, based on the Dynamite Entertainment comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, has cast Karen Fukuhara as The Female.  She joins Jack Quaid as Wee Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, and Erin Moriarty as Starlight.

According to the article, The Female is described as "a young Asian assassin with blistering fighting skills who happens to have superpowers, and uses them for explosive evisceration. When The Boys find her, she’s savage, doesn’t speak and is a complete mystery.  She later learns what it means to be human through her relationship with Frenchie."

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as 'the Boys,' who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.

Fukuhara, 26, is best known as the DC Comics superhero Katana in the DC Extended Universe film Suicide SquadHer other roles include the 2017 movie Stray and the Cartoon Network animated series Craig of the Creek.

Created in 2006 by Ennis and Robertson, The Female (of the Species) first appeared in The Boys #2 as a presumably mute Japanese girl whose mother had taken her daughter to work for the day, only to have her daughter crawl away and expose herself to dangerous and toxic chemicals, including Compound V.  Falling into a bucket of the dangerous drug, researchers at the facility found themselves overwhelmed and killed by the small child, as the situation quickly escalated with many bodies left at the hands of the Female.  Although only an innocent child, she would prove very deadly and lethal.  She was eventually caught and treated like an animal.  Heavily drugged and tranquilized, the young Female managed to escape her confines every so often, escaping to the outside world where she would get glimpses of what an ordinary life might entail.  Her nickname was derived from the Rudyard Kipling poem of the same name.

Butcher Baker reassembled the anti-superhero team the Boys, tracking down the Female in the United States where she was doing violent hired muscle work for the Mafia.  The Female was introduced to Wee Hughie at the first team meeting and already knew the rest of the team from past experience.  Presumably hired by former contacts, The Female soon began to stalk men again and targeted the ones identified in photos given to her.  The Frenchman was aware of the Female's extra curricular activities and attempted to intervene by both appealing to the Female directly and threatening and intimidating one of the criminals hiring her to kill.

After a successful mission with the Boys where the Female ripped off the hands of one Supe and the face of another, the Female continued her side work as a hired arm. Unfortunately she was lured into a trap by powerful Payback member Stormfront. Considered by some to be the second most powerful superhuman in the world after the Homelander, The Female found herself in the unusual position of being the underdog.  The Female managed to tag Stormfront across his face, shredding his skin with her fingernails. The Female is overpowered regardless, and Stormfront delivered a vicious beating, with only the Female's ferocity allowing her to gouge Stormfront's right eye out before he beat her unconscious.

Later, during a meeting discussing how The Boys were going to stop Butcher, Hughie brought up the idea of including the Female, since she had not spoken for herself.  The Frenchman disagreed, saying this would halt or even reverse her positive development and Mother's Milk voiced his opinion she deserved the opportunity to walk away more than anyone else.  Hughie concurred, then told the Female it was okay to stay behind.  However, as the others started to walk out the door, she said to them "I hate mean people," the only time she had ever spoken a complete sentence.  She then puts on her trench coat and joined them against Butcher.  In The Boys #69, she and The Frenchman were seemingly killed when Butcher bombed The Boys' headquarters, the Flatiron building.

The Boys is expected to debut on Amazon sometime in 2019.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

TITANTALK 004: "Rockin' Robin" is Up!

"And swear that we two will fight together against crime and corruption and never to swerve from the path of righteousness!"
"I swear it!"
-- Batman and Dick Grayson, Detective Comics (vol.1) #38: "Robin the Boy Wonder"

That's right, my fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast!  This time, we're joined by special guest Phil Perich from the Southgate Media Group podcast Capes and Lunatics.

In this fourth episode, Jesse, Phil and I discuss Phil being too busy to sleep, Dick Grayson the first Robin, Burt Ward as TV's Robin, Dick Grayson and Wally West being best friends, Robin becoming Nightwing, Dick Grayson being the definitive Titan, Nightwing's name honoring Superman, Jesse's rant about the various Superman origins, Jason Todd the second Robin, Jason having the pressure of following Dick Grayson, the fine line of changing characters' histories, Tim Drake the third Robin, Batman having a favorite type of Robin, DC learning its lesson with Tim Drake, counting Stephanie Brown as the fourth Robin, Damian Wayne the fifth Robin, Grant Morrison making Batman: Son of the Demon canon, Dick Grayson as Batman, Jesse not being able to stand Damian, Batman's relationship with his son, Jason as the Red Hood, the casting of the Doom Patrol on the Titans TV show, speculating on some possible upcoming Titans TV characters, my meeting Cyborg (Ray Fisher) at Wizard World Cleveland, sending some love and condolences to my Fandom Zone co-host Karen Lindsay, and more!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Conjures Matt Ryan's Constantine as Season 4 Regular

Well, it's not Constantine Season 2, but it's close.

Deadline has revealed that The CW series Legends of Tomorrow is making Matt Ryan's occult detective character John Constantine a full regular for the show's upcoming fourth season.  

According to the article, Ryan’s promotion from a recurring role to series regular is contingent on the show's Season 4 renewal. The article states The CW hasn't yet made renewals for next season but Legends and the rest of the network’s DC Comics series are fully expected to come back.

Ryan, 36, began appearing as John Constantine in the short-lived (but fondly remembered) NBC series Constantine, which ran for 13 episodes from 2014 to 2015 before being cancelled.  After appearing in the Arrow episode "Haunted" later in 2015, he returned to voice the character for the 2017 DC Comics animated movie Justice League DarkHe then reprised Constantine in the Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 episodes "Beebo the God of War", "Daddy Darhkest" and "Necromancing the Stone", and voiced the character for a Constantine animated web series for CW Seed.

The character of John Constantine first appeared in The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 in 1985 and was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben.  Based physically on the musician Sting, Constantine proved popular enough in 1988 to be spun off into his own VERTIGO series Hellblazer, which ran for an impressive 300 issues until earlier this year.  The replacement series Constantine immediately followed, after Constantine was brought back to the relaunched DC Universe as part of "The New 52" to lead the supernatural team Justice League Dark.  In DC's "Rebirth" era, Constantine currently appears in his latest monthly series, The Hellblazer, which just reached its twentieth issue.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

THE FANDOM ZONE 131: "The Real Deal" is Up!

"That other thing we talked about.  I want you to promise me that you'll do that, no matter what happens."
"No.  No, no, it's not important, especially now.  It's...That's...It's just symbolic.  It wouldn't even change anything."
"Symbols are important.  Institutions are important.  People need things to believe in, Fitz, especially now.  People need hope."
-- Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "The Real Deal" 

Finally back in The Fandom Zone, Karen and I have returned with another new episode of The Fandom Zone PodcastThis week's reviews of comics on television include:

Lucifer 3x16: "Infernal Guinea Pig"
The Flash 4x15: "Enter Flashtime"
Gotham 4x13: "A Beautiful Darkness"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5x12: "The Real Deal"  (Episode #100)

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like Karen's naturally curly hair, my meeting David Tennant, Ray Fisher, Ezra Fisher, and Matt Ryan at Wizard World Cleveland, Karen's recent migraine issues, our new review format, Charlotte being a big ol' control freak, wanting an episode of Lucifer like The Office, Cain and Abel not being the Cain and Abel from The Sandman, Mazikeen still being pissed off that Dr. Linda and Amenadiel hooked up, the Roy Orbison song "Mystery Girl", wondering why Barry didn't just run back through time only eight minutes to prevent a nuclear weapon from exploding, the return of Jay Garrick and Jesse Quick, Harry telepathically sharing the memories of his dead wife with his daughter Jesse, my shared moment with Sean Pertwee over bad karaoke, Poison Ivy's plant chestbursters, Bruce experiencing a vision of his future Batman self, Alfred as Secret Agent Man, the Joker dressing the Penguin up in a clown suit, the Michigan J. Frog Alien from Spaceballs, Deke trying way too hard to be cool, the long-awaited return of Deathlok, Ghost Rider's brother Ghost Runner, everyone being pissed that Coulson didn't tell them that he's dying, waiting for Yo-Yo's bionic arm replacements, expecting Fitz & Simmons' wedding to go horribly wrong, a sick Justina making for an unhappy Fandom Zone Podcast, teasing Karen's secret projectand more!

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Be sure to come back soon as Karen and I review new episodes of The CW's iZombie, The Flash, and Black Lightning, and Fox's Gotham, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Final AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Trailer Teases Captain America vs. Thanos

Avengers Reassemble!

Marvel has released the final trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, giving us a look at the Black Order and what appears to be major confrontation between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin).

The two minute, fifteen second trailer opens with an upside down view of Manhattan as we hear a voiceover from Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Thanos' adopted daugher, who says, "The entire time I knew him, he only ever had one goal...to wipe out half the universe.  If he gets all the Infinity Stones, he can do it with a snap of his fingers.  Just like that."

"Tell me his name again," replies Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.).


We then see images of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) leaving his school bus, putting on his Spider-Man mask, and web swinging off a bridge.

"We've got one advantage," Iron Man says in a voiceover as we see him flying after a spaceship.  "He's coming to us."

"We have what Thanos wants," Iron Man continues as Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) activates the Eye of Agamotto, "so that's what we'll use."

Steve and the other Avengers arrive in the African nation of Wakanda, where Steve shakes the hand of Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who is accompanied by his Dora Milaje bodyguards.  We then see T'Challa's sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) looking down at a hologram of The Vision (Paul Bettany) in the palm of her hand.

The trailer cuts to a different scene, where Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is talking with Iron Man, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Spider-Man.  "Let's talk about this plan of yours," he says to Tony.  "I think it's good, except, it sucks, so let me do the plan and that way, it might be really good."

Tony rolls his eyes and replies, "Wow."

We then see Black Panther and Steve Rogers on a flying craft, leading the Wakandan forces into battle alongside Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Steve's longtime friend The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).

"The end is near," remarks Thanos in a voiceover as we see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) briefly blinding Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) with a burst of lightning, "and when I'm done, half of humanity will still exist."

We glimpse the larger Thanos squeezing Thor's head in the palm of his hand, causing his agony as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and the Black Order look on.  Thanos then crushes the Tesseract in the palm of his other hand.

As the battle in Wakanda begins, Thanos remarks in another voiceover, "Perfectly balanced, as all things should be."  We see Corvus Glaive torturing Doctor Strange, followed by Thanos saying "I hope they remember you."

This is immediately followed by Thanos' large Infinity Gauntlet coming down on Steve, who blocks it and struggles to hold it back with everything he has, much to Thanos' surprise.

A final scene has Spider-Man awkwardly meeting Doctor Strange, with Peter offering his hand, saying "I'm Peter, by the way."

"Doctor Strange," replies the Sorcerer Supreme.

"Oh!" exclaims Peter.  "Using our made-up names.  Then I am Spider-Man."  This is followed by a brief shot of Spider-Man swinging into the chaotic battle from before.

If you'd like to view the trailer, you can check it out below thanks to the official Marvel Entertainment account on YouTube...

Avengers: Infinity War will arrive in theaters on April 27, 2018.

Ava DuVernay to Direct DC's THE NEW GODS Film Adaptation


Deadline is reporting director Ava DuVernay is closing a deal with Warner Bros. to direct a big-budget film adaptation of DC Comics characters The New Gods.  Back in December, DuVernay answered a question on her Twitter account stating that her favorite superhero was "Big Barda.  Many reasons."

According to the article, Warner Bros. has tapped Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) as the screenwriter, who will develop the story and work closely with DuVernay.  The article also claims there is no connection to other DC films, although New Gods character Steppenwolf was the featured villain in last year's Justice League.

DuVernay is best known for her films Selma, which was nominated for Best Picture in the 2015 Academy Awards, and for the recent adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.  In 2017, she was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13th, and her other films include The Door, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow, and This is the Life: How the West Was One.

Created in 1971 by Jack Kirby, the New Gods first appeared in The New Gods (vol.1) #1 as natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet filled with unspoiled forests, mountains, and rivers and is ruled by Highfather, while Apokolips is a nightmarish, polluted and ruined dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits, ruled by the tyrant Darkseid.  The two planets were once part of the same world, a planet called Urgrund (German for "primeval ground"), but it was split apart millennia ago after the death of the Old Gods during Ragnarök.

In Kirby's saga "The Fourth World", Darkseid sought the Anti-Life Equation, which would allow him to control the thoughts of all living beings.  Opposing him was Orion, his son raised by Highfather and his enemies on New Genesis.  Other characters caught in the deadly battle included the Forever People, Mister Miracle (the son of Highfather raised on Apokolips, who triumphed over a torturous childhood to become the world's greatest escape artist), and Lightray, the heroic warrior of New Genesis. Their adventures would take them to Earth where the war continued.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as The New 52, is was revealed that Darkseid and Highfather (Izaya) were some of the only survivors of a previous larger world, where they were brothers and peasants.  Their world was also inhabited by colossal beings known as Old Gods, who spent much of their time brawling with each other, feeding off the worship of the "mudgrubbers", whose lives were often lost in the battles.  One day, the man formerly known as Uxas, having tired of his idol's destructiveness, decided to spark a war between them which would in turn devastate their world fatally wounding his sister, Izaya's first wife. After which he opted to kill all the wounded Old Gods, steal their powers and bring about a new order.  One by one, the Old Gods were destroyed by Darkseid, who became more horrific in turn as he leeched their essence from them.  As Darkseid's schemes started to tear the planet apart, Highfather ran with his wounded Avia in hand towards one of the last and greatest of the Old Gods, acknowledging his time had come and passed he chose to pass on the last of his power to reward Izaya's beloved's devotion to them.  Empowered in a blinding flare of light, Highfather arose a New God to battle Darkseid.  The brothers, now equal, tore the world apart during their battle, leaving them to rebuild on the remains, which became Apokolips and New Genesis.