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Two Additional Bat-Villains Come to Gotham

12:00 PM, Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

The first season of Gotham will not only see the introduction of yet another classic Batman supervillain; it'll also add another Big Bad who recently appeared as an Arkham games villain to its already busy roster.

Gotham's showrunner, Bruno Heller, confirmed that Harvey Dent will be heading to Gotham City in the first season of Fox's Batman TV prequel.

Here's what Heller told IGN:

"We're playing Harvey Dent slightly older. He's more Gordon's age in this telling. One of the things to avoid in order not to tell a high school story -- which would be great, but it''s a different show on a different network at a different time that I would not be a part of. But he will go back to school and villains will be part of that world."

Not only will Dent -- who will later become Dark Knight nemesis Two-Face -- appear on Gotham, but so will Professor Hugo Strange, another classic supervillain who will also be familiar to videogame players: The character showed up in Batman: Arkham City. Strange is known for making monster men through psychological or chemical means. He later learned the Caped Crusader's secret identity, which led Strange to become obsessed with Batman/Bruce Wayne.

"Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we're going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely. It's a Season One thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how is one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to -- you don't have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage -- but if you're telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, 'What the f***? Why don't you make that place a place people don't escape from?' We're going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that."

Along with Two-Face, Gotham will also see the introduction of such classic Batman villains as Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), aka Catwoman, Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), aka the Riddler, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Taylor), aka the Penguin, and Ivy Pepper (NOT Pamela Isley as in the comics, played by Clare Foley), aka Poison Ivy, before they became the comic-book characters we all love to hate and hate to love.

Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney. The series is set to premiere on Sept. 22.

Source: Blastr

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Lucy lawless to Join Agents of SHIELD

7:30 PM, Monday, July 21st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

As it progressed, the first season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. grew into something more than anyone expected, and one of the main reasons why was the fantastic side-characters that appeared on the series. From Saffron Burrows' Victoria Hands to Patton Oswalt's Eric/Billy Koenig, if there's one thing Marvel's always been good at, it's casting both big and small roles across various projects. Knowing that, right before Comic-Con no less, TV Guide has unveiled a brand new actress that will coming to the show next fall-Lucy Lawless.

According to the outlet, Xena herself is coming to the series in season two. Unfortunately - though not at all surprising - the outlet is unaware of what role (or for how many episodes) the actress will be playing on the show. Considering prior work, her casting could go anywhere from top X-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to Asgardian. It seems we'll just have to wait until the fall - or at least this weekend - to know exactly what Lawless will have in store for Team Coulson.

The next season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is shaping up very nicely. It's going to be interesting to see how the team deals with the task of rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D., in addition to how the series will set things up for Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. If it ends up being anything like the way things went with Captain America: The Winter Soldier this past season, then we're in for one hell of a treat.

Source: Nerdist

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Clone Wars Skywalker to Voice Aquaman

2:00 PM, Monday, July 21st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Matt Lanter, best known as the voice of Anakin Skywalker on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will voice the title role of Aquaman in Justice League: Game of Thrones, the next animated DC Universe feature coming from Warner Bros.

The film, which continues the story begun in last year's Justice League: War animated feature, will adapt a story arc from The New 52 version of the character.

It also will see a reunion of sorts, with Lanter's Clone Wars colleague Sam Witwer, starring as Aquaman's devious brother Orm, the villain of the piece.

Also providing voices are many cast members from War, including: Jason O'Mara as Batman, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Christopher Gorham as The Flash and Sean Astin as Shazam! Other actors providing voices include Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Jerry O'Connell as Superman and Sumalee Montano as Mera.

Source: Animation Magazine

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Marvel Will Not Move Captain America 3

9:00 AM, Monday, July 21st, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is ready for a superhero showdown.

The studio head told Empire that they're not going to change "Captain America 3′s" May 6, 2016 release date just because Warner Bros. is launching "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" on the same day.

"I continue to be all for quality entertainment for moviegoers to enjoy on weekends," he said. "If it is on the same weekend, I enjoy it slightly less. But we are doing what we've always done, which is sticking to our plan and sticking to our vision for the movies going forward and we have a very large vision that we're working on for ';Cap 3′ and for all the threes movies and just because another movie plops down onto one of ours, doesn't mean we are going to alter that. Maybe we should, but we're not going to."

It was widely anticipated that one of the two tentpoles would move off the date since they will surely cannibalize each other. WB's "Man of Steel" debuted to $116.6 million last summer and went on to haul $668 million worldwide, while "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" launched to $95 million in April and has so far earned $712.7 million worldwide.

WB had already secured that date — moving it from July 17, 2015 — three months prior when Marvel made the announcement in early April that the untitled Disney-Marvel project it had slotted for that date would be "Captain America 3."

"It doesn't make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16," WB said in a statement back in April. "However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for ';Batman vs. Superman.'"

Source: Variety

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5:00 PM, Sunday, July 20th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Little has been said about Fox's upcoming The Fantastic Four since production began in New Orleans, though it's possible we might see something out of them at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. In the meantime, star Michael B. Jordan, who plays Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the film, was asked about the upcoming reboot in a discussion with MTV and mentioned some interesting things about the project.

"We have been pretty much in our own world, that's really the only way we could get a project like this done. It is so massive, so many moving parts, so many moving pieces, things are changing every day...The script is evolving, [you make] on set decisions on the fly, things are always constantly changing. Me personally, I block out that extra noise and I focus on the job I have to do. It is an important film for all of us... We're taking it seriously, taking a lot of risks. I think it's going to pay off."

He went on to talk about director Josh Trank's vision for the film and how overall it's not going to be the kind of superhero film people expect.

"Josh's vision is very clear and he knows exactly what he wants, and he gives us room to adapt and to play. That's what I kind of think sets us apart, is that this is going to be grounded and unconventional. It's not your typical superhero film, you know, we aren't looking at this as like, being superheroes. We're more or less a bunch of kids that had an accident and we have disabilities now that we have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards - try to be as normal as we can."

Jordan is joined by Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Miles Teller who will play the titular team in the upcoming film. Toby Kebbell will also appear as Victor Von Doom along with Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man. The Fantastic Four is set for release on June 19, 2015.

Source: Superhero Hype

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James Earl Jones to Win Icon Award for Voice Work

7:00 PM, Saturday, July 19th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Highly revered actor, James Earl Jones, will be honoured with the Icon Award at the inaugural Voice Arts Awards Gala this November.

His vocal style is highly sought after however no-one but the man himself can quite pull of his deep baritone and delivery. As one of America's most distinguished and versatile actors, Jones has an incredible body of voice-over work, in addition to his on-screen roles.

Best known for his voice-over work as Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise, he also performed the voice of Mufasa in the Lion King movies (yes, there were two) and provided the voice-over of Mufasa in a Lion King audiobook.

His voice is permanently etched in the minds of the public when hearing CNN's taglines, "This is CNN." In 1990, Jones performed the voice work for the popular Simpsons Halloween episode "Treehouse of Horror," in which he narrated the Simpsons' version of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven."

In addition to this special award, and among others, The Voice Arts Awards will also introduce categories for Outstanding Body of Work Male and Outstanding Body of Work Female, assuring that great work, done over one's career, will not be overlooked. Submissions for this category should be up to five minutes of work in at least three genres: commercial, animation, promo, narration, video games etc.

Entrants can upload as many files as they wish, up to five minutes in total length, so there is no need to edit or compile the work into a single file.

Submissions are being accepted until July 31th, 2014. For complete entry rules and a list of all available categories, visit: http://sovas.org/rules-eligibility/#category

The Voice Arts Awards is an open competition juried by experts in various fields associated with voice-over, and is presented by The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS).

It will be the first awards ceremony ever to honour all those who collectively contribute to the voice-over industry including; voice actors, creative directors, copywriters, casting directors, talent agents, directors, producers, audio engineers, account executives, equipment manufacturers, podcasters, bloggers and others who create and sustain the highest levels of achievement within the voiceover industry.

Foundered by Joan Baker (author of Secrets of Voice-over Success) and Rudy Gaskins (Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of That's Voiceover!), SOVAS is a non-profit corporation committed to the acknowledgment, recognition and advancement of all those involved in the industry. Steve Ulrich (Executive Director of the Sports Emmy Awards and a five-time Emmy Winner), plus Stephen McCarthy (CEO/Founder of Brave Dog) round out the leadership team.

Some awards will be presented during the live Voice Arts Awards Gala, which is open for ticket sales to the public.

Voice Arts Award winners will be announced on Sunday November 9th, 2014 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.

Source: Voice-Over news

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Wentworth Miller to Play Captain Cold on Flash

1:00 PM, Saturday, July 19th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

"The Flash" will have a familiar foe to face in the fourth episode of his upcoming series on The CW. It was revealed today that "Prison Break" star (and Stoker scribe) Wenworth Miller will play Leonard Snart, the man who becomes the Captain Cold, beginning in the fourth episode of the new series.

First appearing in 1957′s "Showcase" #8, "The Man who Mastered Absolute Zero" was raised by an abusive father and turned to a life of crime, inventing high-powered freeze rays that uses in his ongoing conflicts with the heroes of the DC Universe.

It was also confirmed that Robbie Amell (cousin of "Arrow" star Stephen Amell), who was previously announced to play Ronnie Raymond, will make his debut in episode three of the new series.

"The Flash" arrives from co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who, along with Geoff Johns, wrote the pilot episode which was helmed by "Arrow" pilot director David Nutter. Grant Gustin will star as the titular hero along with Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris's father, Detective West, Michelle Harrison​ as Barry's mother Nora Allen and many others, including John Wesley Shipp, from the original "The Flash" TV series as Barry's father.

"The Flash" will premiere on Tuesday, October 7 on The CW.

Source: Superhero Hype

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Female Lead Changes in Constantine

12:00 PM, Monday, July 14th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

With the pilot ready to premiere at Comic-Con International in less than two weeks, NBC's upcoming "Constantine" drama, based on the Vertigo Comics character, has replaced its female lead with Latina actress Angelica Celaya joining the cast as Mary "Zed" Martin, as confirmed on the show's Facebook page.

Angelica Celaya Becomes the New Female Lead on NBC's Constantine

Celaya will replace Lucy Griffiths' Liv, the female lead in the pilot, as she takes on the role of the character from the comics, an artist who joins John Constantine's battle against evil forces as well as being his lover.

Matt Ryan stars alongside Charles Halford and Harold Perrineau Jr. ("Lost") in the upcoming series from David S. Goyer, Neil Marshall and Daniel Cerone, many of them appearing at Comic-Con International at the panels and screenings planned for the new show.

Source: Superhero Hype

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Dracula Untold Starts at the Beginning

9:00 AM, Monday, July 14th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

There's a new video for Dracula Untold that gives us a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes of this brand-new interpretation of the Dracula mythos.

The lucky folks over at ET Canada were invited onto the set of the upcoming Universal Pictures vampire flick (of the non-sparkly kind) starring Luke Evans (Immortals, The Hobbit) as Vlad Tepes, the original Prince of Darkness, who inspired Bram Stoker's immortal classic Dracula.

Tepes, a Romanian Prince of Wallachia, was also known to all his pals and his enemies as Vlad the Impaler.

Dracula Untold -- a dark retelling of Dracula's origins -- also stars Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) in the role of a vampire Vlad Tepes turns to for help in order to destroy the brutal Sultan Mehmed (Captain America: The First Avenger's Dominic Cooper) in order to save his family.

Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Diarmaid Murtagh (Vikings) and Charlie Cox (the upcoming Daredevil Marvel/Netflix series) round out the cast.

Dracula Untold is set to hit theaters on Oct. 17, 2014.

Source: Blastr

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Robbie Amell to Play Ronnie Raymond

1:00 PM, Thursday, July 10th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Not only is The CW expanding their DC comic based shows with "The Flash" and "iZombie" this year but they're doubling down on the Amell family as TV Line reports Robbie Amell (cousin to Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell) has been cast as Ronnie Raymond for "The Flash." Raymond will serve as a S.T.A.R. Labs maintenance worker who is engaged to Danielle Panabaker's Caitlin Snow and reportedly plays an integral part in the accident that gives Barry Allen his powers.

In the source material, Ronnie Raymond is one half of the superhero Firestorm, who he becomes upon fusing together with his partner. The character has some of the most complex and unique powers in the DCU as he's capable of transforming matter into other elements in addition to superhuman strength and flight. It's unclear if he'll take on the role of Firestorm in the series, though the irony of him being engaged to Caitlin Snow (the future Killer Frost) is a nice touch.

"The Flash" arrives from co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who, along with Geoff Johns, wrote the pilot episode, which was helmed by "Arrow" pilot director David Nutter. Grant Gustin stars as the titular hero along with Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris's father, Detective West, Michelle Harrison​ as Barry's mother Nora Allen and many others, including John Wesley Shipp, from the original "The Flash" TV series as Barry's father.

"The Flash" will premiere on October 7.

Source: Superhero Hype

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