‘The Expanse’ Sees Daylight At Comic-Con

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The first trailer had us curious (and not just about sex in zero-gravity, as the EW article would have you believe), and the second trailer had us pretty excited.  Now, the pilot for the upcoming Syfy space opera The Expanse has been screened at Comic-Con, and you can check out io9‘s synopsis and reactions here!

The series sounds increasingly like the show that may finally make “Where did you go, Syfy?” into “Where have you been?!”  Based on the article’s reaction, the series covers the gap between the modern day and the far-future period where technology is ubiquitous and works; here, technology and humanity cover various states of progress, including humans evolving in low-gravity environments and futuristic politics contrasted with a noir-like detective who feels he may as well dress the part.

The series doesn’t line up perfectly with the source material, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (featuring some characters early on that don’t appear in the book series until volume two), but it does feature plenty of action mixed in with its science fiction, and it looks like a story that builds a strong world but still lives and dies with its characters.

In short: We’re ready to make our own opinions on this show, and the pilot can’t come fast enough for us to do it.  Welcome back, Syfy.

The Flash adds Jay Garrick and Patty Spivot!

 

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In an exciting piece of news for longtime DC fans, The Flash has announced the casting of Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex) as the original Flash, Jay Garrick, for season 2, reported here by EW.  Needless to say, Garrick will not be appearing as part of dimension-shifted Keystone City as in the original, but looks to play a significant part of Barry’s development as a hero.

In the article, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg states, “Having Jay Garrick come onto the show was one of our earliest ideas. It is so exciting, as we rush into season 2, that we finally get to bring the Crimson Comet to life.”

EW calls Garrick “a mysterious figure who arrives in Central City to warn Barry Allen and his team at STAR Labs of an impending danger that he [alone] cannot hope to stop.”

In contrast to old-guard Jay Garrick, however, Shantel VanSanten (of One Tree Hill and, most recently, The Messengers) has been cast as Patty Spivot, a police officer who unknowingly develops a romantic entanglement with Barry Allen.  Spivot, per the article, “is obsessed with metahumans and partners with Det. Joe West … but has no idea that her new crush is The Flash”, and as Kreisberg also stated, will “help complicate Barry Allen’s love life in Season 2”.

As a character, Spivot has been a potential romantic interest for Barry since 1977 (in a fanciful “what-if” daydream of Barry’s), but that relationship has only really been realized in the comics post-Flashpoint.

These are two characters with plenty of history in the Flash mythos, and we can’t wait to see Sears and VanSanten give them life on the small screen!

We’ll just be over here waiting for the inevitable Justice Society spin-off, Legends of Yesterday….

Arrow: Ollie’s Got New Duds For Season Four

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We heard recently that in the upcoming season of Arrow, even after his ride into the sunset, Ollie would be facing a new foe in Damien Darhk.  Now, in this latest from Entertainment Weekly, it looks like Ollie will be getting a new suit, too — one that’s strapped in leather armor and looks much more defensive than the old jacket (despite the exposed…and impressive…biceps).

We’ve speculated on Arrow Season Four before (check out Mike’s piece on a potential reboot here) but now that more concrete information is coming out, it’s clear that this season will mark a turning point for Oliver Queen.  Are you excited for what Arrow has in store?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Suicide Squad Trailer is Slow and Sad and Has the Joker

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The moment you’re all looking for – hearing Jared Leto’s laugh as the Joker for the first time, comes at the very end of this trailer. The rest is an introduction to the concept of the Squad, and follows the very slow, very sad style of the DC Cinematic Universe we’ve come to expect. Which is unfortunate, because it looks like the movie itself is trying to be a fun romp, not a depressing character study. Lots of long takes of shots with little, tiny inserted attempts at humor abound here. What do you think? Is this the direction you wanted from the Squad? Continue reading

Comic-con Proposal is the Sweetest Thing You’ll See This Year

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When Makeup Artist Barry Bishop and Visual FX Artist Billy Brooks were brought on stage for the Con Man panel at SDCC this year, people probably thought it was odd. Usually, the panels are reserved for directors, producers, and the cast – the crew behind the magic don’t normally get the spotlight. Maybe Alan Tudyk was being really nice? Well, it turns out, he had an ulterior motive. You see, now that their wedding would be legal in their home states in the “deep south,” Billy had decided it was time to ask his man to tie the knot, in our absolute favorite thing from Comic-con this year. Seriously, even the Batman v Superman trailer can’t top this. Gentlebeings, prepare your tear ducts: Continue reading

Here are your Eisner Award Winners!

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Last night, at San Diego Comic-con, the 2015 Eisner Awards were announced. The long-running awards recognize the best and brightest in comics every year, and this year was no exception. Dominated by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, the awards also showered attention on lesser known series like Lumberjanes and This One Summer. I always use the Eisner Awards as a litmus test for what comics I should be picking up this year, and there’s a lot of good recommendations to be had. Check out the full list after the jump, and let us know what series you thought deserved awards and who you thought was snubbed! Personally, I’m most excited about Gene Luen Yang getting recognized. Continue reading

Batman: The Killing Joke Movie is coming!

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Announced yesterday at SDCC, the Batman: The Killing Joke animated movie is happening! We don’t know any other details other than it’s being produced by Bruce Timm, but that alone is enough to get us excited.

 


Green Lantern Corps Movie Announced!

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DC just announced at their SDCC panel that the previously announced Green Lantern film would now be entitled Green Lantern Corps. A teaser piece of artwork was shown featuring multiple Earth-based Green Lanterns. No cast or crew was announced yet, but this would explain the tons of rumors around casting that we’ve been hearing for the past few months. Which lanterns do you want to see in the film?