Author: Neil Vagg

Neil is the Editor-in-Chief at GYCO. He has a BA in Film & TV and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 in an office and 5-9 as a reviewer. He has been reading comics for as long as he can remember and is never far away from any book which has the word Bat in the title.

‘Gotham’ actress Jada Pinkett Smith has been doing rounds of press recently to promote the show. On Friday she appeared on the ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael’ show and dropped a bombshell when asked about her return as Fish Mooney for the already announced second season of the hit Fox show. In response to the question Jada replied: ‘I signed for a year and the year’s up,’ Fans of the show know that Mooney has been sidelined in recent episodes after falling out of favour with mob boss Carmine Falcone. Fleeing the city in fear of her own life in the…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw5vcUPyL90 A little controversial but none the less outstanding fan film that has been doing the rounds for the last fortnight is ‘Power/Rangers’ by notable music video director  Joseph Kahn and colleague Adi Shankar. The film takes an extremely violent and adult look at a property once though to be purely the stuff of kids TV. The film injects blood, swearing, nudity and everything else that would completely enrage parent groups previously upset by the hit 90s shows glorification of martial arts and wearing cardboard boxes to pretend to be giant fighting robots. Will a reboot film of the franchise…

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Directed by Jeannot Szwarc Written by David Odell Starring Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway & Pete O’Toole Released 21st November 1984 Before there was Melissa Benoist (first seen here in costume) and before there was Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck there was Christopher Reeve – sadly missing from this film – and Helen Slater who starred as the original super-cousins. After the release of ‘Superman III’ came this first attempt to broaden the horizons of the franchise and bring in a wider audience to the notion of superheroes. It would be a further three years until Reeve would return to the screen…

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CBS have released the first photographs of ‘Glee’ star Melissa Benoist in the role of Kara Zor-El in the new ‘Supergirl’ pilot by the ‘Arrow’ team of Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kriesberg and ‘No Ordinary Family’ producer Ali Adler. Alongside Benoist the show will star ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ alum Chyler Leigh; ‘Ally McBeal’ herself Calista Flockhart as well as ‘Lois & Clark’ star Dean Cain and the original Supergirl Helen Slater. The pilot episode began production this week and will form part of the 2015-2016 pilot season.

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‘The Blind Fortune Teller’ continues a run of incredibly strong episodes with another huge DC Comics connection and a brilliant case of the week which may (or most likely not) give us our first experience of Gotham’s very own Joker. Fans have been aware for some time that this episode would feature a guest appearance by the future Grayson family prior to the birth of their son Richard ‘Dick’ (Robin, Nightwing etc…) Grayson. What we weren’t aware of was another character who might be waiting in the wings at Haly’s Circus. Let’s start out with the setting : Haly’s Circus is…

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Last weeks opening gambit in the Scarecrow saga ‘The Fearsome Dr. Crane’ (reviewed here) paved the way for one of the more creepy and twisted episodes of ‘Gotham’. It’s like a mini-serialised story within a show which is predominantly all serialised stories. Gerald Crane continues to conduct experiments on victims from his support group whilst Bullock and Gordon investigate his background. Discovering he lost his wife in a fire years ago they deduce that his own fear is what caused him to be unable to save his wife. Believing he can ultimately abolish fear Crane is experimenting on adrenal glands…

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Romance is in the air in ‘Gotham’ with the first of a two-part episode exploring the backstory to the famous Batman villain The Scarecrow. ‘The Fearsome Dr. Crane’ is a wonderfully misleading title as all of us were kept guessing about just how the show would introduce Jonathan Crane aka the Scarecrow. I didn’t see the twist coming that he would be nothing but a teenager. Instead the episode focusses on his father Gerald Crane (Julian Sands) who poses as a victim attending a support group to identify the subjects for his fear experiments. The introduction of a pre-Scarecrow history…

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It’s the return of Bruce and Alfred this week in ‘Welcome Back, Jim Gordon’ an episode that seeks to bring about a change in power in ‘Gotham’. Another heavily serialised episode of the freshman show which picks up very quickly after the events of previous episode ‘What the Little Bird Told Him’ (check out our thoughts on that episode here) with Fish Mooney being held captive by Don Falcone and Penguin riding high on his most recent successes. Happiest of the bunch his Jim Gordon who has made a triumphant return to the GCPD after helping capture Jack Buchinsky. The most…

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‘What the Little Bird Told Him’ continues a run of strong episodes for Fox’s ‘Gotham’ pushing the serialised elements of the show further to the forefront. I remain a little baffled that ‘Gotham’ is allowed to proceed with such a heavily serialised storyline when ‘Sleepy Hollow’ is continually criticised by Fox execs and so publicly being pushed in the other direction. Picking up where ‘Rogues’ Gallery’ (reviewed here) left off Jack Gruber and Aaron Danzing are rampaging through the city after escaping the confines of Arkham and with the help of Edward Nygma; Bullock and Gordon quickly work out that Don…

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This week our new favourite show ‘Gotham’ returned to screens in the US with it’s first new episode since November ‘Rogues’ Gallery’. When last we left our hero James Gordon he had been dismissed from the GCPD after the death of Dick Lovecraft – see our review of ‘Harvey Dent’ & ‘Love Craft’ for more – and shipped off to the newly opened Arkham Asylum to live out his days on guard duty. Picking up after the break we find Gordon watching the inmates of Arkham putting on a show which unsurprisingly ends in attempted murder. During this sequence we…

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