TV News: ‘Gotham’ round-up

'Gotham' on Fox

TV News: ‘Gotham’ round-up

Premiering on September 22nd on Fox ‘Gotham‘ is one of the most talked about and most buzzed pilots of the 2014/15 season. The show had a big presence at SDCC this year with the city skyline forming the backdrop to a 130 foot long (and 30 foot high!) zip line between the convention centre and the Hilton hotel as well as freebies given away at the DC stand and a screening of the pilot as part of the Warner TV panel on the Saturday night with appearances from the cast at all of the above.

Of the big three pilots for DC this year, the others being ‘The Flash‘ and ‘Constantine‘, ‘Gotham‘ is the only one not to have leaked online although the writers over at Bleeding Cool have managed to see a copy (you can checkout their thoughts here) and they have a lot of good things to say about it.

As you know we’re big fans of Batman here at GYCO so we’re going to be following this show closely and with that in mind here’s a little roundup of the latest goings on:

Deadline has just broken the news that ‘Dexter‘ alum David Zayas has been cast as Salvator Maroni. Maroni is most famous for scarring the face of Harvey Dent giving birth to the Two-Face character, here expect to see him vying against rival mob boss Falconi (John Doman) for territory in Gotham.

– Fans in the queue for the ‘Gotham‘ zip line were handed copies of the ‘Gotham Chronicle‘ newspaper featuring the headline ‘WAYNES SHOT DEAD IN ALLEY’ but an advert on the back page directs readers to gothamchronicle.com a neatly designed tumblr blog with media from the show.

– Fox has launched a contest – sadly only for US residents – looking for fan made posters and trailers for the show. Details of the contest can be found here. As part of the contest Fox have released a huge amount of promotional materials to help fans create their artwork which you can see in the gallery at the top of the page.

– Finally the ‘Gotham‘ YouTube page has pulled together lots of clips, trailers, interviews and footage from SDCC to make the below playlist so sit back and check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6PPDhWuTRo&list=PLr5xdVw1KkGsseLG3w9Gn5Bs6uo785sJg

The 'Constantine' panel at SDCC 2014

SDCC 2014: ‘Constantine’ panel highlights

Constantine Season 1 Poster Art
Constantine Season 1 Poster Art

On a hot sunny afternoon and on my birthday no-less, we managed to walk straight in to hall 6BCF at San Diego Comic Con and enjoy the ‘Cartoon Voices’ panel followed by ‘Marvel’s Cup O’ Joe’ and the ‘Batman 75’ panel. After several hours of sitting came a special pilot presentation for new NBC show ‘Constantine’ based on the DC Comics title of the same name along with various other titles on the dark arts side of the DC Universe.

Up first was a rep from Warner Bros. TV who introduced the show and kindly asked that we all take as many pictures and videos of the panel as we could and share them on social media to get the buzz going about the show and without further hesitation we spent roughly 50mins watching a genuinely exciting pilot from part of the DC world with which I am not overly familiar.

You can checkout our review of the pilot itself here.

After the screening was over out came TV Guide’s Michael Schneider to moderate a short panel featuring several key players from the world of ‘Constantine’

  • David S. Goyer – writer and producer
  • Daniel Cerone – producer
  • Matt Ryan – the titular ‘Constantine’
  • Harold Perrineau – Manny
  • Angelica Celaya – joining the cast later in the season as Zed
  • Charles Halford – Cas
The 'Constantine' panel at SDCC 2014
The ‘Constantine’ panel at SDCC 2014

The cast spent roughly fifteen minutes talking about the genesis of the show, the casting process, the writing process but also a lot about where they hope to take the show in the future. Some time was spent discussing the casting of ‘Constantine’ himself with David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone proclaiming that after reading hundreds of actors for the part Matt walked in and simply was Constantine.

After discussing the disappointed with the character of Liv and her departure from the series talk turned to Angelica Celaya and the character of Zed who will be introduced further down the line. Angelica had just completed her first night of shooting at 4am that day and jumped straight on a flight to San Diego to be at the panel. The panel shared an interested anecdote about when the producers decided to perform a chemistry test on Ryan and Celaya and how within seconds she had backed him in to a corner and it was clear the two would work well together on screen.

Each of the cast shared some thoughts on their particular character with Perrineau talking a length about his excitement at joining the series as a new character written specifically for the TV world and how he felt he wanted to take that opportunity to help expand the universe of ‘Constantine’.

There was talk of future characters who may appear on the show stemming from the collective gasp the audience gave at the appearance of Doctor Fate’s helmet during a scene in the pilot. Goyer explained that DC had given full rights to the dark arts characters from within the DC Universe meaning there was nothing to stop them from bringing together the full ‘Justice League: Dark’ team at some point in the future. Goyer did however make it very clear that guest characters/heroes would need to be organic to the story and not shoehorned in for the sake of trying to entice viewers, clearly taking notes from the ‘Arrow’ writers on how best to develop a cast of secondary heroes to help progress the story.

Finishing the panel the attendees thanked the crowd for attending and hoped we would continue to watch the show once it premieres on screens in the US on 24th October.

Batman by Jim Lee

Batman 75 SDCC Announcements

Batman by Jim Lee
Jim Lee’s Batman cover for SDCC 2014 souvenir book

Big Batman news coming out of San Diego right now as the ‘Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight’ panel has been announced take place on Thursday July 24 at 3:30pm at San Diego Comic Con with guests including Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, current series writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

Next up the costumes worn by Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and even George Clooney will be on display at the Warner Bros. booth on the SDCC exhibition floor.

In addition to the ‘Batman ‘66’ and ‘Batman 75’ panels taking place there will also be a screening ‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’ the next film to come from the DC Animated Universe on Friday 25th July in ballroom 20.

Lastly Warner Bros. Interactive will be exhibiting not one but TWO Batman games at this years convention with special exhibits for both ‘Arkham Knight’ and ‘Lego Batman 3’ taking place throughout the con.

Checkout the official SDCC site (http://www.comic-con.org) for more!

'Batman' 66 coming to DVD/BD Nov 2014

Batman ’66 HD Sizzle Reel

We just posted a review of the digital first Batman ‘66 comic series issue #37 but did you know that the original Adam West TV series is FINALLY making its way not just to DVD but also to Blu-Ray and digital HD this November?!

The show is fully remastered and the release will feature all 102 episodes plus brand new special features and the release will be launched at a special panel at this years San Diego Comic Con on July 24th. Sadly we only have tickets for 25th and 26th but we’ll bring you news from the panel as soon as it hits!

Marvel 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Title Card

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ announces third episode title!

Marvel 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Title Card
Marvel ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Title Card

As fans are gearing up for next weeks debut of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ ABC Studios have released the title of the third episode in the season which will be entitled ‘The Asset’ that bring our knowledge to the following:

Episode 1 ‘Pilot’ will be directed by Joss Whedon and was written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen.

Episode 2 is entitled ‘0-8-4’ and is directed by David Straiton. This episode is written by Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen & Jeffrey Bell.

Episode 3 will be ‘The Asset’ but no news yet on writers or director.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ premieres on Tuesday 24th September on ABC and Friday 27th September on Channel 4 in the UK!

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

Marvel developing ‘Agent Carter’ TV series?

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

After the overwhelming positive feedback to the Lizzy Caplan starring ‘Marvel One-Shot: Agent 47’ it seems that Marvel, Disney and ABC Studios maybe eyeing another Marvel short to create a TV series.

Deadline is reporting here that chatter in the industry is that after similarly positive feedback to the ‘Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter’ short which is appearing on the ‘Iron Man 3’ home video release the studio would like to bring back Hayley Atwell once more but this time on a long term basis.

Add to that a report appearing on SuperHeroHype (here) that when the film was screened recently at Comic-Con Victoria Alonso (Marvel VP) asked Atwell in the Q&A session if she would appear on the TV show to which Atwell replied:

‘Well, if the scripts are good!’

What do you think? Would you like to see Agent Carter on the small screen? Sound off in the comments below!

Stephen Amell - 'Arrow'

TV NEWS: ‘Arrow’ season 2 posters

David Ramsey on 'Arrow'
David Ramsey on ‘Arrow’
Stephen Amell in 'Arrow'
Stephen Amell in ‘Arrow’

Thanks to etonline and TV|Line we have two new posters for season 2 of ‘Arrow’ which returns to US screens on Wednesday 9th October on The CW network at 8/7c.

What do you think of this topless marketing scheme? Do you think this is shameless marketing aimed to bring in female viewers?

More importantly: are you excited for season 2?

Don’t forget season 1 of ‘Arrow’ is released tomorrow in the US on DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Poster

‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary poster

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

‘The Day of the Doctor’ stars Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman and The Doctor and companion Clara with returning stars David Tennant and Billie Piper reprising the roles they left back in 2010. The 75min special also stars John Hurt as mysterious further incarnation of The Doctor.

Look out for promos to begin airing soon ahead of the 23rd November premiere.