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1. DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow now has a Hawkman

German actor Falk Hentschel, who has been seen on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Reckless will be joining the cast of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as the newest incarnation of Carter Hall aka Hawkman. The series has already recruited Ciara Renee to play Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, so it was surely only a matter of time before […]

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2. SDCC ’15: Our Animation and Comics Creator Interviews in Audio-form

Here’s where I finally release what’s left of our SDCC audio content…as a follow-up to last week’s set of DC and Marvel Television interviews, here are our chats on the animated side of things including discussions with Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Ike Barinholtz, Seth Meyers, and more! Additionally, here are the audio […]

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3. "I Thought I Was Alone": Thoughts on Sense8

You could probably run an interesting poll among genre fans to see which ones find the elevator-pitch description for Netflix's new show Sense8--a globe-spanning genre series from the minds of the Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski--an immediate selling point, and which ones see it as a reason to stay away.  I have to admit that I'm in the latter group. The involvement of the

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4. USA Networks making a pilot from Brooklyn Animal Control

Comics on TV! An emerging trend. While The WB and the Walking Dead-iverse seem to have been having the most success on broadcast TV, IDW is getting into the game with Brooklyn Animal Control, the comics by JT Petty (Splinter Cell) and Stephen Thompson is in development as a pilot at USA Network, with Petty […]

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5. Entertainment Round-Up: Hamill to reportedly voice The Joker again, Jackman teases one last Wolverine film, Okamoto’s role in Batman v Superman revealed, Marvel courting McAdams

Your Tuesday collection of Entertainment headlines

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6. SDCC ’15: Listen to our interviews with the stars of DC and Marvel Television (and Hannibal)

For those of you who don’t know, my fellow Entertainment Editor, Hannah Lodge and I, along with Beat Contributors Harper Harris and Cal Cleary, host a mostly-weekly podcast together for our site, GeekRex (where we also write-up comic and movie reviews, along with the rare television and game piece). For the latest episode, Heidi has been […]

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7. A sneak preview of Supergirl wows 400 Moms and their daughters

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In a pretty nice piece of marketing, CBS is aiming squarely at the young women demographic for the upcoming Supergirl, and to highlight that they invited 400 mother and daughters to view a sneak preview of the first episode.

In doing so, they also got a nice surprise, which you’ll see in the short video below…

Given the tendency of superheroics in mass media to aim for the testosterone, it’s nice to see a network to cater to a wholly different demographic for this series. It should give us a whole new reason to root for its success. Everybody needs heroes to look to up to after all.

Supergirl premieres Monday, October 26th (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

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8. SDCC ’15: Tom Cavanagh tells us about Eobard Thawne’s favorite snack food

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For those who don’t know, Tom Cavanagh (who plays Eobard Thawne/The Reverse Flash on CW’s The Flash) has a podcast with comedian Michael Ian Black called “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks”, of which the premise is that both actors eat, rate and review a different snack food each episode.

During San Diego Comic Con, in the same press room where I pestered Grant Gustin regarding Jay Garrick and a possible Flash musical episode, I decided to beat my fellow reporters to the punch and open the volley of questions for Cavanagh with a query regarding just what sort of snack food a time traveler from our distant future might find appealing. His answer was enthusiastic to say the least:

I love the fact that you are just bridging The Flash with my podcast, “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks”! My god, I love you! All I want to do is talk about that thing, and you just led me into it…my gosh! You know, it’s a really good question, Eobard Thawne’s favorite snack would involve some kind of cow-based, meat product because cows don’t exist where he’s from. They’re out of cows. They’re out of cows! So maybe some beef jerky? I like the fact that in my head that while everyone here is waiting to talk about The Flash, I’m wondering: ‘would it be beef jerky?’.

But listen to this podcast, you won’t be disappointed! “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks” with Micheal Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh! It’s very funny and it’s very blue! It’s not what you’re used to seeing, agreed?

I, of course, answered in the affirmative!

While the rest of his time with us, he couldn’t answer much, having to, as he said himself: “dodge and weave and bob and duck questions like crazy”, other than revealing that he will be a part of the cast in the second season.

In an attempt to get around that, the question was posed about how the second season provides an opportunity to reinvent his character:

My starting point has always been, and will always be, Reverse Flash. That is the starting gate to the track I’m running. I thought they did a really great job with that last year. We ended with a well earned season finale…sometimes with a season finale (showrunners) go “well we have to have this big thing” and you work hard and formulate it, but it’s not organic. I feel like with Rick Cosnett sacrificing himself with the death of Eddie Thawne, coming a little out of left field, I feel like we actually earned that big moment. The job now is to try and vault the high-bar that Rick and the season finale set for the second season.

What’s nice about it is…our writing has been unafraid of the challenge from the beginning, to the point where (Executive Producer) Greg Berlanti last year…this is my third show with Greg…we came out of the gate so fast last year around Episode 7. I said ‘are we at all worried about story?’ because we were coming out with Captain Cold and Plastique and here comes Grodd and you’re unveiled in Episode 9 as the “Man in the Yellow Suit”. Verbatim, Greg’s answer was: ‘there’s always more story’. They’re unafraid, which I like, they’re fearless. They’re not trying to repeat a pilot that worked. And so, in Season 2, we’re not trying to repeat Season 1. We’ve got twists and turns and we’re going to open in a much darker place picking up where we left off last year. I’ve read the first few episodes and it’s accelerated, and it’s not going to be “let’s try and follow a model that worked in Season 1″. I think if you’re a fan of the show what we have in store will keep you a fan.

In other words, Cavanagh has to keep pretty mum about what’s coming for his character, though he did let us know that he will be continuing some of the dual affable/”success at all costs” nature of his character.

Anyone have any guesses as to how Thawne returns next year? Hit me with them!

 

 

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9. Adam Copeland to Play Atom-Smasher in CW’s The Flash

atomsmasher-144694Today, comicbook.com broke the news that WWE veteran Adam Copeland has been cast as Al Rothstein, aka Atom-Smasher in CW’s TV adaptation of The Flash.  The second season, which premieres this fall, will feature the super-strong size-changing character as a villain, even though he has primarily been portrayed as a hero in the comics.

 

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10. New Heroes: Reborn Trailer Features the Return of Original Series Stars

“Memories are funny things.  The good ones fill our lives with meaning— with context, with clarity…but other memories can deceive.  The ones that make you believe you know the truth— those are the dangerous ones.  When you look back at the decisions you’ve made in your life, the one thing you don’t wanna feel is regret.”

— Noah Bennet

In a cryptic opening statement that summarizes series creator Tim Kring’s entire relationship with the Heroes franchise, Jack Coleman aka Noah Bennet introduces the world of Heroes: Reborn.  This brave new world is different than the one we left at the end of Heroes‘ final season in 2010, but will feel incredibly familiar to those that stuck around until the end of the original series:

The fresh faces of the 13 episode mini-series are dwarfed in this new footage by the return of original series regulars including Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh, Cristine Rose as Angela Petrelli, Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman, Jimmy Jean-Louis as The Haitian, and Noah Gray-Cabey as Micah Sanders.

It looks like the plot is going to echo some old X-Men storylines, with the government hunting down meta-humans.  The cheese-factor of the series looks like it will be back in full force, as the trailer features an awful lot of samurai and even an act-into-the-camera moment from an unnamed character whose ability seems to be controlling auroras…how that actually affects the world in any way has yet to be seen.

Heroes: Reborn debuts this fall.

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11. SDCC ’15: Alex Ross portrays Seth Meyers and The Awesomes cast as live action heroes

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Not everyone realizes that Seth Meyers, Rashida Jones, and Taran Killam are already playing superheroes – the trio, along with a cast list that reads like the credits for an episode of Saturday Night Live, voice original heroes on the Hulu animated comedy series The Awesomes. But Meyers was able to merge the characters’ off-screen faces with their on-screen costumes with the help of artist Alex Ross.

“Our dream is to present this show as the show that stars these people,” said Mike Shoemaker, co-creator of the series. “So the idea to have somebody who can put their faces in – I didn’t think it would happen, but he did it… he took it and just made everyone real.”

Killam said he and Meyers are both huge fans of Ross’s work.

Kingdom Come is one of my favorite graphic novels, for lack of a better definition, and he’s my favorite artist,” he said.

The cast joked that the painting could springboard a live-action episode, and while Meyers said it would be unlikely due to scheduling conflicts, he would like to do a table read with the full cast (fortunately we won’t have to wait long to see Ike Barinholtz in a live action role, as he’s set to appear in the upcoming Suicide Squad film).

Meyers said in addition to having flexibility to book high-profile voice talents due to the nature of animation, doing the series for a company like Hulu, rather than traditional network television, puts less pressure on individual episode ratings.

“I think it’s really been exciting for us to be on Hulu,” he said. “In the network world, the next morning you always find out the ratings and things like that. It’s really refreshing to live in a world where it’s more about building subscribers and content.”

The Awesomes seasons 1 and 2 are available on Hulu, and a third season will debut this year.

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12. SDCC ’15: Supergirl TV series embraces what it means to be a female hero

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As fan frustration increasingly mounts over the lack of female-centered superhero movies and TV shows, the team behind Supergirl vows that when translating Kara to the small screen, they won’t sacrifice the unique take her gender brings to the story.

“For us, usually when you see a female hero – and it’s no disrespect to any of them – they’ve had to lose being female to be the hero,” said Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer and writer for the show. “Usually when you see a hero, it’s because she’s badass. And what we’re saying is you can be badass and still be a girl, and being a girl ins’t a bad thing. And so much of what makes Kara successful her is that she is a girl, and women do things differently. Our version of this world presents Superman as a bit of a loner… and that’s not the way Kara does things.”

Chyler Leigh, who plays Alexandra Dancer, a character created specifically for the show, said the female-led show was a common sense move.

“I wouldn’t even say it’s a good step forward; it’s appropriate. It makes sense. It is timely,” she said. “I have two daughters, they’re eight and six, and I couldn’t think of a better way to be a part of something that is such a great influence for them. They get to look up to Supergirl.”

Executive Producer Ali Adler said that they saw more than 1,000 women audition for the role, but that Melissa Benoist – who landed the role – was the very first person they saw, and she stuck with them throughout the audition process.

“She is so special and contagious and true,” she said. “She’s unapologetically a badass, and she’s soft.”

Benoist said that although she’s been physically training for the role, it wasn’t something she was used to.

“It’s funny because in my every day life, I have always been such a pacifist. I grew up in a household full of women, and if you hit someone, it was a huge deal, even just a slap,” ehs aid. “So the butt kicking is new, that’s a new muscle I’m flexing, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I liked it.”

At the SDCC panel, showrunners also revealed that Maxwell Lord would be appearing this season, played by Peter Facinelli,  as well as villains Livewire and Reactron.

Supergirl will debut in late October of 2015 on CBS.

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13. SDCC ’15: Hannibal crew teases season three time jump and possible feature film

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Though Hannibal has yet to find a new home for a potential fourth season, showrunner Bryan Fuller said during an SDCC panel that he was investigating the possibility of a feature film instead. In press interviews he later confirmed Amazon and Netflix had passed on the series, though when asked about Hulu, indicated they had not passed as far as he knew. Fuller also said he was confident they could get all of the key players back for a movie, regardless of the recent reports that all of the actors were released from their contracts.

When asked whether they would consider a fan-funded film, such as via Kickstarter, or if they’d go with traditional funding, Producer Martha De Laurentiis answered: “They’ve approached me, so I just don’t know what model we’re looking at, whether we’re entertaining television, or the timing with the cast,” she said. It was unclear whether De Laurentiis had been approached by a crowd-funding type of site or a more traditional method of funding for a feature film, however.

When discussing his character during the panel, actor Hugh Dancy said that the episode airing in two weeks would jump the characters forward three years, to a period where Will Graham is married and starting to recover from his involvement with Hannibal, which is when the show will also introduce the story of  Francis Dolarhyde’s transformation into the Red Dragon. Fuller also said they were going to minimize the focus on the sexual nature of the crimes committed by Dolarhyde, because he does not believe rape should be depicted on television unless the proper time is allotted to deal with the damage and effects. Instead, he said it would focus on Dolarhyde’s attack on the family unit as a whole.

If the show does come back, Fuller said he has plans to reinvent the relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal, but isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to include the character Clarice – though he does have some fantasy casting in mind.

“The Clarice rights have always been tricky, because they’re owned by MGM. Martha has rights to everybody in Red Dragon and every character that originated in Red Dragon, but she doesn’t have the rights to whoever originated in Silence of the Lambs,” he said. “Because the show may be changing formats it might not be possible, or if in the change of the formats we’re able to work out a deal where we can include those things, that would be fantastic. I love Ellen Page. I think she would be a great Clarice, but I also love the idea of not casting someone who is white in that role, and having race play a factor in Clarice’s background in the way that race plays a factor in everybody’s background.”

Fuller said if the show ends here, though, the finale will hold as a series finale, and that he wrote the season with a potential ending for the series in mind. He said he had a gentleman’s agreement with NBC about where his ratings needed to be to survive, and knew when he was falling below that threshold.

“Part of that gentlemen’s agreement was ‘I will let you do the show that you want to do, and I can protect the show as long as we’re above a .5,'” he said. “And once we went below a .5 rating, I knew Jen [Salke] wouldn’t be able to protect us… so I was aware that this was going to be our last season, in many ways, so I wanted to get as much in there. And I thought if we don’t do Red Dragon now, we might not be able to.”

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14. SDCC ’15: Gotham to abandon procedural format for serialized storytelling

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While chatting with press at SDCC this weekend, Executive Producer John Stephens revealed that the second season of Gotham will move away from a story-of-the week method, opting instead for ongoing character arcs and development.

“Bad things will happen and there are villains, but it’s really a saga about the characters who live inside Gotham and their lives,” he said. “So it’s much more fun to write, and I think it’s more fun for the actors to act. I feel like we are taking a big evolutionary step towards the Gotham that we know from the comic books.”

Showrunner Bruno Heller said the change happened as the show found its audience.

“The first season on any show is very much kind of finding its feet, finding out what works, what the audience responds to, and what kind of animal you have,” he said. “The second season is more like, we understand this game now… so this second season is very much allowing us to stretch our legs.”

Stephens added that the popularity of serialized storytelling and binge watching of other shows, such as Game of Thrones, encouraged them to make the switch, though the length of the season presents obstacles.

“It’s tricky to do it over 22 episodes, because you have to build a lot of story,” he said.

David Mazouzwho portrays a young Bruce Wayne on the show, said as a result of the new direction, he expects his character will be less isolated from the ensemble in the upcoming season.

“He’s going to start to go out more and interact with some new characters, and I feel like that’s going to be cool, because you haven’t really seen him do that,” he said.  “I think in the first season I worked with three series regulars, and there’s like 15 of them.”

Gotham also intends to deliver more villains next season, with Victor Freeze, Clayface, and Jerome’s transformation into a proto-Joker.

Meanwhile, fan favorite villain Robin Lord Taylor, who plays the Penguin on the series, says he will continue to delight in the stark differences between this on-screen persona and his own.

“I won’t even send food back at a restaurant,” he said, when asked if he was anything like his character.

Gotham returns on Sept. 21 on Fox.

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15. SDCC ’15: CW’s The Flash Casts Jay Garrick & Patty Spivot, Zoom to be Main Villain

Today, Warner Bros and The CW confirmed some news about the upcoming second season of The Flash.  First off, they’ve announced that Zoom will be the premiere villain of the arc.

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Shantel VanSanten has been cast as Patty Spivot, a “police officer and science enthusiast who catches the eye of Barry Allen.”

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Finally, Teddy Sears has been cast as Jay Garrick, the first hero to call himself The Flash.  His official character description says he’s “a mysterious figure who arrives in Central City to warn Barry Allen and his team at S.T.A.R. Labs of an impending danger that he alone cannot hope to stop.”

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16. SDCC ’15: CW’s Arrow Gets a Wardrobe Upgrade

Tonight, the CW debuted a new look for Stephen Amell’s Arrow.  The Green avatar of justice will be rocking some sweet new gauntlets and showing off those biceps for season four.

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No word on whether or not his wardrobe is a junkie.  Season four premieres on October 7th.

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17. SDCC ’15: Cinemax Debuts First Trailer for Kirkman’s “Outcast” TV Series

Robert Kirkman‘s media conquest continues.  Today, Cinemax debuted the first trailer for Outcast, a new TV series based off the Image comics series with the same name.  This is Kirkman’s second TV adaptation following The Walking Dead.

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18. SDCC ’15: Will Jay Garrick become Barry’s new mentor on The Flash? We ask Grant Gustin

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Today I sat in the press room for The Flash, which included stars Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh (who will be returning next season), Candace Patton, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, John Wesley Shipp and show producer Andrew Kreisberg. Typically, it’s a bit challenging to get too many details out of the cast and crew for any television series in this kind of environment. But just ahead of their big panel tonight in Hall H, I was able to squeeze a few hints from Gustin about what can be expected in the highly anticipated second season of the series.

The first question that came up related to where Barry finds himself given the cliffhanger we were left with at the end of Season 1:

When we’re coming back, we’re going to see how the singularity affected everybody and kind of piece together exactly what happened. It’s not a completely direct pick-up and the Flash is getting a lot of acclaim from the city for being a hero at this point. And Barry is having a hard time dealing with that, just because, as we all know, Eddie stopped Wells. He was the hero that day and Barry knows that and is kind of having a hard time dealing with the attention. He’s kind of shunned everyone he works with because he doesn’t want anyone else to have to die. He’s kind of going about things a different way when we find him at the beginning of Season 2.

In a follow-up, Gustin addressed this topic further:

I think the biggest thing, as Season 1 was winding down, he was getting a lot of confidence. He knew what he was doing, he had that team behind him, and they all felt like they could take down these metahumans and do something good. But that’s all kind of been turned on its head for season 2. Barry’s going to be spending a lot of time this season maturing, trying to find confidence again, he’s working with a new mentor that’s going to help him hone some new powers pretty early on. He discovers a new power in the second episode that I’m pretty excited about.

This mentor detail made my ears perk up, so I pressed further and asked if that may tie into Geoff Johns‘ revelation about Jay Garrick appearing on the series:

Could be.

And finally on that same topic, Gustin danced around it a bit when asked what he’s excited for fans to see next season:

I don’t know too much about what else is to come. I know some vague things, other than the first two episodes that I read. Things that have kind of been vaguely mentioned with mentors and iconic characters and what not (looks directly at me) that were teased in the season finale even. I think that’s the biggest thing I’m excited about that I think fans will be excited about as well.

Many in the Press Corps at SDCC also noticed that the Flash costume that’s on display on the show floor (at DC’s Booth) has a white emblem instead of the red emblem that we’ve seen so far. We had to find out more:

That’s a thing, yeah, I shot in the suit on my first or second day of filming in the red emblem. But, yeah, I will be in that suit pretty soon.

And what about future cross-overs with Arrow and the upcoming spin-off DC’s Legends of Tomorrow?:

There’s some crossovers already planned….throughout the year and probably at the end of the year. I think it’s going to start to become kind of a staple, I think it was Episode 8 that The Flash and Arrow crossed-over, I think that’s going to be the time every year, provided we still have tv shows.

And finally, in terms of fun questions, I hearkened to the idea that perhaps The Flash should produce a musical episode, given the singing chops of so many of its castmates and if he’s pursued that idea with the producers:

No (laughing), I have not. Although I am pushing fun in general on the show, and maybe even the karaoke bar we went to becoming a frequent place we can go, bring Cisco, and just have it be a set to hang out on and squeeze in karaoke moments here and there. I think a musical episode is like a season 10 kind of thing, if we make it.

Very exciting details all around, particularly the idea that perhaps Jay Garrick might be introduced as early as one of the first 2 episodes. Based on something I heard from Andrew Kreisberg, it’s probably the second episode, as he stated there would be a huge fight scene in that episode that fans have waited for. “Flash of Two Worlds” anyone?

The second season of The Flash premieres on October 6th.

 

 

 

 

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19. SDCC ’15: Lego Doctor Who and a September 19th season 9 release date among highlights from Doctor Who panel

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Many of the fans packed into Hall H on Thursday waited overnight on the street outside of the San Diego Convention Center for their chance to catch Peter Capaldi’s first appearance at SDCC since becoming the Twelfth Doctor on Doctor Who. Capaldi himself had visited the line for Hall H earlier in the day, embodying the goodwill actors portraying the Doctor have shown fans going all the way back to the classic series era.

Headoverfeels.com creators and editors Sage Young and Kim Rogers held their spots in line for 21 hours, with only one break to rest at a nearby friend’s house. “We had an amazing time,” Rogers said of the nearly day-long experience, “we thought it would be miserable but it was a gorgeous day. We had food, we had friends, and we knew we would have an amazing seat.” The pair ended up being some of the first 100 people let into the massive 6,500 seat hall.

If the fans were tired from their line-waiting experience, their enthusiasm was undimmed as Capaldi took the stage with co-stars Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez, who portray the Doctor’s companion Clara and long-time nemesis The Master respectively. The stars were joined on the panel by showrunner and long-time Whovian Steven Moffat. Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist and Talking Dead moderated the hour-long discussion.

Hardwick kicked things off by commenting on Capaldi’s take on the Doctor’s newest regeneration, saying:  “I love that you’re kind of cranky and intense.”

Capaldi replied: “I think he [Steven Moffat] just saw those qualities in me, and just cast me.”

For his part, Moffat explained that writing for the different Doctors wasn’t what made them unique, saying: “On paper the Doctors are actually quite similar, it’s what the actors bring to it.”

Putting on the mantle of a character that’s over 50 years old is no simple task. “Did you feel the weight of Who immediately?” asked Hardwick of Capaldi, who is still in the midst of filming the show’s ninth season.

“It’s in my bones, it’s the only show I’ve followed since I was six years old,” said Capaldi, who then referenced his first appearance on the BBC series in the rebooted fourth season. “I thought that would be the only time of being in Doctor Who.” He then related how excited he was to be on set while David Tennant was playing the part of the Doctor’s Tenth incarnation, asking: “‘David! David! where’s the TARDIS?’ I got quite teary.”

Coleman revealed that her character, Clara Oswald, companion to both the Eleventh and and Twelfth Doctors, “has a rule that that she gets dropped off 30 seconds before she left. I think she’s a bit of a control freak.” Coleman then added that “This series she’s more head first into the TARDIS,” and would be spending more time on-board the Time Lord’s time-traveling spaceship.

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Following “Death in Heaven,” the finale episode of season 8 which saw Gomez’s character seemingly de-materialized in the final moments of the show, there was much in the way of fan-speculation that we hadn’t seen the last of The Master’s game-changing female regeneration known as Missy. Her appearance on the panel confirmed the theories correct.

When Hardwick asked Gomez’s approach to playing Missy, she replied: “Luckily I never know why I’m saying what I’m saying…the writing is all there for me. It’s just a thrill to turn up and get this opportunity to be The Master, it’s still ‘pinch me?’” Gomez further explained her take on the long-running character, saying: “I think he or she or it is the best friend you love to hate…the rules don’t apply to her and that makes her really fun to play.”

Moffat agreed with Gomez’s assessment of the Doctor/Master relationship: “They are friends, which is terrifying. It’s like a friendship between a vegetarian and a hunter.”

Gomez added: “It’s this great friendship that just went wrong. And we’ve all had those…and you’re trying to get in the way of me destroying the universe,” she said, looking to Capaldi, “which I have to do! We both kill a lot of people, he feels bad about it, I don’t.”

Capaldi expounded on his feelings regarding the character of the Doctor: “ I think he doesn’t know who he is, he’s always scrambling around trying to figure out who he is…he’s a constantly growing character.” Echoing a debate his Doctor has with Clara’s love interest Danny over his military past, Capaldi continued: “He’s not a soldier. He’d rather sit at night in a car park looking at the stars than be blowing up Daleks,” before adding: “I like blowing up Dalek’s.”

Though Capaldi felt his Doctor was still mostly a “bohemian/philosopher/rebel time lord,” Coleman was asked about her character’s trouble with the transition of the Eleventh into the Twelfth Doctor.

“She was familiar with how it was working,” said Coleman, “then suddenly your best friend changes his face and who knows what to trust anymore? It’s changing all the rules basically.”

Hardwick inquired after the health of Twelve and Clara’s relationship, asking: “Are they okay now?”

Coleman felt they were, saying: “They’ve found their groove, eating up all of time and space with reckless abandon.”

A never-before seen trailer for Doctor Who’s upcoming ninth season was then shown, which announced the return date of the series as September 19th and ended with a shot of highly publicized guest star Maisie Williams squaring off with Capaldi’s Doctor. The Doctor clearly recognizes Williams’ mysterious character, saying, “You?”

To which Williams replies: “What took you so long, old man?”

When the lights came back up, Moffat explained he could say no more about the episodes featuring the actress, best known for her work on Game of Thrones as fan-favorite character Arya Stark.

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Capaldi told the crowd about the first moment he felt he was really the Doctor: “I think it’s when they threw a rubber spider in my face and said: ‘fight it!’ I said, it doesn’t work, where’s the operator? And they said:  ‘there is no operator, it’s just a big rubber spider. Fight it!’”

Coleman was asked about her character’s difficulty in returning to a normal life after adventures on the TARDIS, to which she answered: “I think it becomes addictive and I think that’s the problem.”

Pondering the fact of the TARDIS’ “bigger on the inside” feature, Moffat said “I used to wonder why the Doctor didn’t use that more? ‘Don’t believe I’m an alien? Look at that!’” When the crowd didn’t react, he continued: “I guess that was just me, then. My Mom was right I should have got a girlfriend instead. Applause for my imaginary girlfriend!” The crowd offered some, and over the sound of the clapping Moffat teased: “Virginity kept me pure.”

The Doctor, for all his humanity, often fails to understand human nature. This seems particularly true of Capaldi’s incarnation, with Coleman commenting: “Clara teaches him how to interact with humans more this season…helps him with his social skills, makes him more of a welcome party guest.”

Speaking again of the Doctor/Master relationship, Moffat said: “This is not new, the Doctor and the master being friends.” He explained he recently went back and viewed  “the Delgado and Pertwee episodes.” Said Moffat: “One of them wants to blow up the world the other one wants to stop it, but they don’t let a little thing like that get in the way.”

When the panel opened up to questions from the audience, one came from a young boy who thanked the panel for helping him with his “Make-a-wish.” Moffat seemed visibly moved in recognizing the child, who asked what Capaldi felt was iconic about this Doctor.

Capaldi answered: “Eyebrows.”

Hardwick extended the question to the other actors on the panel, and when Coleman balked at answering, Moffat chimed in with: “Eyes, huge eyes!”

Gomez added “Lips. Obviously.” She then talked of her kiss with the Doctor in episode 11 of last season, asking fans to decide who was kissing who, saying that if they watched it back again: “Peter is —  there’s some suction there…what you couldn’t see was I was also holding Clara’s hand.”

“That’s hot!” a fan cried loudly from the audience.

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Another fan asked of Moffat what literature he drew most from for inspiration. Moffat answered: “Doctor Who is what made me wanted to be a writer…. I was so inspired by Doctor Who.“He added: “Every screenplay William Goldman has written is great, and if you want to know about comedy writing read Neil Simon.” He later added: “For the record, I do anything for a laugh, I’m a tart.”

When the panel was asked to describe their character’s perfect day, Gomez replied she thought Missy would start her day with a croissant and some tea before saying: “And then slapping Wonder Woman in the face.”

One of the final questions asked if the panel had any advice for aspiring actors. Gomez said: “My agent calls me the roach because I keep getting squashed like a bug and coming back,” before encouraging the audience: “just never give up. This world is abundant, there’s enough for everyone.”

As the panel drew to a close, Capaldi reflected on his first SDCC experience: “To come here and find this warmth and affection for something I’ve been following since childhood is extraordinary….I feel the warmth of the full 50 years pointed right at me.”

Hardwick closed the proceedings by showing a trailer for the recently announced Lego: Dimensions video game featuring a Lego version of Capaldi’s Doctor interacting with Lego Batman and character’s from the Oscar nominated The Lego Movie. Hardwick also announced that his Nerdist network would be broadcasting a TV special titled Doctor’s Finest on August 15th, showcasing the Nerdist’s top 8 favorite episodes of Doctor Who hosted by Youtuber Hannah Hart.

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20. SDCC ’15: Watchtower Thursday: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Okay… Thursday.  The first day of actual full-bore, you-can-sleep-when-you’re-dead programming.

Since we’re on the East Coast, we have a 3-hour difference, so much of the early Hall H stuff doesn’t really hit the Internet until around Noon our time. Generally, I ignore all the celebrity stuff, although Bill Murray was cool to walk up the aisle, greeting fans along the way.  (And, as an example of “you never may know”, Bruce Willis said Bill Murray and Gilda Radner were the only stars of Saturday Night Live to treat him nicely when he was a studio page at NBC many decades ago.)


1970 to 2015: Comic-Con’s Top 5 Changes Through the Years

David Glanzer is Comic-Con International’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations and a man who spends 365 days a year thinking about San Diego’s largest annual convention… now celebrating its 46th year.
Then (1970) vs. Now (2015): here are Glanzer’s top 5 changes over the last 4 ½ decades to Comic-Con.

(I tried to embed the video, but if that doesn’t work, click on the headline above.)

Supergirl Flies High as a Debutante at the Nerd Cotillion

RadioTimes has the Twitter reviews from last night’s premiere of the Supergirl pilot.

This Year’s Official Comic-Con Bags

Normally, I’d present this as a separate post… THIRTEEN different bags this year! 

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The design on the reverse of the bag.

For the record (since the original post might disappear):

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The ingenuity–and speedy sewing skills–of our attendees is amazing! Here’s a dress made out of this year’s Comic-Con 2014 Warner Bros. bags! Photo by Kevin Green © 2014 SDCC

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Marvel’s C.B. Cebulski Dishes on the San Diego Food Scene

Zagat’s + Cebulski = Con Food Guide

What’s the one restaurant you need to visit when you come to San Diego?

For me, it’s a tie between Hodad’s and Pizza Port.

Hodad’s is a San Diego classic first introduced to me by artist Jim Lee, who lives in the area. I always get the same thing, the Double Bacon Cheeseburger; it’s a monster, but it’s how I start every trip to San Diego. And for folks that don’t have wheels at the con, not to worry: Hodad’s opened a Downtown location within walking distance to the convention center.

As a big beer drinker, Pizza Port Ocean Beach is an oasis for me, brewing all kinds of eclectic beers right on the premises and baking great pizzas to pair with them. Last time I visited, their brewer, Nacho Cevantes, let me try this amazing tomato and basil beer he was working on. And do not miss their wings! Plus, Pizza Port embraces Comic-Con with theme nights and discounts for cosplayers, so it’s always an amazing time to visit them.

Why the “Future of Women in Comics” Thinks It Helps to Be Terrifying

Vanity Fair profiles Kelly Sue DeConnick and the new demographic shifts in comics:

DeConnick has been a comics reader since childhood, but she only came to the industry after earning a drama degree from U.T. Austin, writing copy for the nude photo spreads in dirty magazines (“I hate to break this to you, but that’s not actually the models talking”), and eventually posting her own stories on a message board for author Warren Ellis, of the Planetary series. Ellis then invited her to work on a new site, artbomb.net, where she wrote catalogue entries for comic-book issues. Later, she got a job re-writing Japanese manga comics for a small publisher. She worked alongside a translator, making sure dialogue and story arcs made sense in an English-speaking context. She did this for seven years, in which time she estimates she wrote more than 11,000 comic-book pages. “So when people say dialogue is the best part of my scripts, it’s because I had a lot of practice.”

How to write a strong female character? Be one.

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Photos from the Associated Press

(Links to their website, to avoid any copyright concerns.)

Members of the Chun family carry out bags of Mattel products purchased on Preview Night at the 2015 Comic-Con International held at the San Diego Convention Center Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in San Diego. The pop-culture event is held July 9-12. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer shakes hands with people dressed as Stormtroopers from the “Star Wars” films at an event on the first day of the 2015 Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in San Diego. Comic-Con runs from July 9-12. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

The oldest Comic-Con photo in the AP archives:

Spacesuit wearing Scott Kind, left, and Alma Perez hand out complimentary editions of their comic book “Space Hustlers” at the 28th Comic-Con held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego Saturday July 19, 1997. The four day event attracts over 30,000 people interested in comics and popular culture. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Space Hustlers, created by Steve Owen, was published by Slave Labor Graphics in 1997. You can read it at ComiXology.  I wonder if Dan Vado can supply some backstory?

…and Getty Images.

They have lots of good “man on the street” photos, but as soon as Hall H opens, they and everyone else start flooding the pages with celebrity photos.

Here’s a great cosplayer:

You can tell this was taken on Wednesday… everyone’s still smiling.  But from reading my Facebook feed, people aren’t grumbling about Comic-Con, and I know attendees are excited to be there, even with the online obstacle course people have to endure.

Comic-Con: Christian Activists Disrupted By “Beast Rises” A&E Promoters

A team promoting the upcoming horror series took to the streets Thursday alongside the religious protestors usually camped out across the street from the San Diego Convention Center. However, instead of saying “Jesus saves” and “Jesus will rise,” posters and shirts for the series read “From flames, Damien will rise” and “the beast rises.”

Additionally, street teams are handing out stickers, pins with three sixes – a “mark of the beast” – and pamphlets directing convention goers to visit www.itsallforyou.com, a site warns visitors “He is the only way to deal with the coming end” – not a far cry from some of the other religious-themed materials handed at the Con every year.

If they were really on the ball, they would hand out mini-comics which spoofed Jack Chick tracts.


 

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21. SDCC ’15: Lucifer TV series to take place between The Sandman and Lucifer comics

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Though only loosely based on the comics, Lucifer is meant to take place between Lucifer’s exit in The Sandman and the beginning of the comic Lucifer, said Executive Producer Ildy Modrovich in an interview, rather than act as a television interpretation of the comic.

“At the end of Sandman, Lucifer leaves Hell to go to LA and open a piano bar,” Modrovich said. “So we’re sticking right there. Right there in the reality, the grounded world. We’re never going to go to Hell, we’re never going to go to Heaven. So it’s all about his fascination with humanity, trying to figure out if he can actually care about something other than himself.”

Modrovich also said some characters from The Sandman could show up in the show’s future, depending on whether DC would permit it.

Set to air on Fox in 2016, Lucifer stars Tom Ellis as the devil, who has recently vacated Hell to explore life on Earth, where he begins to help the LAPD solve crimes. The show will use a hybrid of episodic and serialized storytelling, according to the producers.

Ellis said he was drawn to the character from the pilot’s script, but had no idea what the source material was.

“I didn’t know it was based on a comic until I read on Deadline that I’d got the job and it was based on a DC comic,” he said. “Which I’m kind of glad about, because it might have altered my approach slightly. But now I’m reading them avidly.”

Modrovich said adapting the series has come with its set of challenges, both from fans of the property and others who had religious objections.

“When it was first announced, there were a lot of haters. Because when you’re talking about comic books, people are serious. They’re not messing around. And I don’t blame them, because Lucifer is a gorgeous comic, it’s beautiful,” she said. “So I think they were upset to hear ‘Oh, they’re going to make a cop show.’ But I feel like if they watch it for what it is, they’ll like what it is.”

The religious objection Modrovich alluded to includes a petition from AFA website One Million Moms to prevent the show from airing, claiming the series will “glorify Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh.”

Lucifer also stars DB Woodside as Amenadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Maze, and Lauren German as Chloe Dance.

 

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22. SDCC ’15: The Beat sits down with Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, and Ryan Ridley to discuss Rick & Morty Season 2

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Press rooms at Comic Con are both great fun and sometimes a bit of a tease in that you get face time with some of your favorite television creators, but it’s in such a short burst, you have to really make the most of it.

This afternoon, I joined a group of other members of the Press Corps for a set of roundtable interviews with the creators behind the Back to the Future/Doctor Who/Twilight Zone parody series Rick & Morty: Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland (who had a drink in hand that I was hoping was scotch, but was instead apple juice, I learned), and Ryan Ridley.

Harmon, who developed the show with Roiland, first addressed a question regarding the fact that the first two episodes of the new season, the first of which is set to debut on July 26th, had leaked out onto torrent sites a month early:

It was a mixed blessing, Justin and I were worried about the first episode frankly, because it was very complicated. So the silver lining of the leak…is that it was sort of like a soft roll-out. And the other part of the mixed blessing is that people would want your show that bad, that your trucks are being hijacked on their way to the city. It’s good marketing, I guess.

Though Roiland was quick to point out that the episode was also still unfinished.

Roiland: There’s still little animation mistakes and things I’m fixing.

Harmon: We have to add all the d*cks.

Roiland: Right, and the version that leaked had no d*cks, and the final version is supposed to be somewhere in the neighborhood of sixty d*cks. *laughter* But I was shocked by how many people loved that episode.

Given some the content that makes it onto the screen from the series, and there’s quite a few examples that I’m blushing to even describe, I was curious about what sort of network restrictions they might face and if there was anything that was just too raunchy to make it on the air.

Roiland: Very little (motioning to Harmon), didn’t you post to Instagram some of the edits they asked for?

Harmon: Yeah, I always think S&P memos are hilarious.

Roiland: “Remove Worm Jerry’s butthole”

Me: “Anus”

Harmon: Right! It’s just so funny to see a list and go…”Jesus Christ!” (laughter)

Roiland: But usually we get to do what we want, aside from notes that go “censor the use of f*ck here”, it’s all the ones where we go: “yeah, we knew that”.

After a discussion of events that occur in the leaked episode (that frankly, didn’t make much sense out of context to me, but good job to my fellow journos who admitted they watched a torrented episode to the creators), Roiland teased one tid-bit that there’s a really great moment coming where we meet an alternate reality step-dad for Morty named Paul Fleischmann, a character who Ridley (who is Jewish) described as a “highly anti-semitic selling out of my people”.

Before time ran out, the team addressed how the popularity of the show affected the development of the second season:

Roiland: Going into season two, we realized the stakes were raised and were blown away by how well received season one was. We wanted to keep the bar high. I think that kind of stuff swimming around in the back of your head can make stuff harder.

Harmon: I think, well-received or not, the part that’s difficult is doing a second season of a show that’s out there. You can’t put a mirror in front of a parakeet without changing the entire environment of the cage.

Roiland: Yeah, there’s also a number of sweater threads and things we purposefully left open…

Ridley: Lots of debates about “should we do more Mr. Meeseeks episodes? Or let’s bring back Evil Mortie!”…

Harmon: You’ll realize that you’ll never regain that initial joy (of the first season).

Additional details we learned are that Mr. Meeseeks (that great blue character that I love doing an impression of) will indeed be making a cameo next season and there will be another television episode in the vein of “Rixty Minutes”, though it will not have quite as clean an “A” and “B” plot as that initial entry. Roiland calls it very “balls to the wall”. The team also revealed that Beth, Morty’s mother, will finally go on an adventure and we’ll also meet one of Rick’s ex-lovers.

During the panel that followed afterward, the same trio mentioned that this upcoming season will also introduce Morty’s Uncle Steve as well as a new creature that resembles a banana wearing a top hat that is referred to as “Mr. Poopy Butthole”.

Rick and Morty, folks! It’s great!

 

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23. AMC Releases Trailer for “Fear the Walking Dead,” the First Walking Dead Spinoff

Hall H fans got a special treat today during The Walking Dead panel when AMC revealed the first trailer for the series spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead.  Luckily for you, we have the trailer here.

The series will debut on August 23rd.  The season finale will be followed by a special talk show entitled Fear the Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick.  After judging ratings performance, the talk show might return for Fear the Walking Dead‘s second season.

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24. SDCC ’15: Netflix Release the FIRST Images of Jessica Jones Series, Featuring Luke Cage!

Netflix has just released the first press images from its Jessica Jones original series.  The followup to spring’s breakout hit DaredevilJessica Jones continues to darken the tone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  After a tragedy ends her career as a superhero, the series sees Jones attempting to rebuild her life as a typical private eye– albeit one with superhuman strength, invulnerability, and the ability to fly.

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The preview images showcase Krysten Ritter as Jones and Mike Colter as Luke Cage, another metahuman with indestructible skin.  Hence his rather calm reaction to being on fire.

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25. SDCC ’15: Agent Carter showrunners reveal Season 2’s villains

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We’ll have more to say about the big “Marvel Television Presents” Press room that ended just a few moments ago a little later on, but one big detail that we can share right away comes from Agent Carter showrunners Tara Butters and Michelle Fazekas who were able to share just a few tid-bits about the Season 2 antagonists that will be opposing Peggy and Jarvis when they come to L.A.:

Fazekas: The antagonists, I would say, exist in the Marvel comics, a version of them. And there’s even a group called the Secret Empire. And I can also tell you, and this is somewhat of a spoiler, there’s a thing called Darkforce, that comes from the comic book universe, which also created Blackout on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it comes out of the Doctor Strange universe as well. That’s going to show up, causing problems for people.

Fazekas is surely being a bit vague in order to keep things under wraps, but The Secret Empire would indeed be a logical choice of villain for this upcoming season. In the comics, this organization began as a subsidiary of HYDRA and have always been led by a mysterious (and changing) leader, simply known as “Number One”. They later reformed as major antagonists for Captain America, with an implication that their leader was actually the President of the United States. They’ve existed in the background of the Marvel universe ever since, making a recent appearance in Mark Waid‘s seminal Daredevil run.

The fact that Agent Carter will also be potentially tapping into the Doctor Strange mythos most likely underscores the importance of the upcoming Scott Derrickson-directed feature film.

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