CBS’ upcoming SUPERGIRL series will be dipping into comic book lore and adapting four-color characters for the small screen. Among them will be the complicated evil-turned-good android Red Tornado — whose powers are about what you’d expect from his name.
Now we have our first look at the live-action Red Tornado, and I can tell you… well, he’s red. I’m really concerned about the… texture of this synthetic life form. Are the designers trying to make it look like he’s covered in some kind of rough fabric? Is it supposed to be cardboard? Specialized body armor? Is it supposed to look like his parts are cheaply spray-painted?
SUPERGIRL will not premiere on CBS for more than a month yet, so, in order to keep fans interested in the face of GOTHAM and FLASH and ARROW, CBS has released a new SUPERGIRL trailer that showcases some of the more colorful elements of the series.
These include Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) demonstrating her powers and views of villains such as Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli), Reactron (Chris Browning), Vartox (Owain Yeoman) and Hellgrammite (Justice Leak).
So there we saw Kara Zor-El’s heat vision and super breath, and we now know that James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) both know Kara’s secret identity.
I’m not a fan of the more humanized Hellgrammite, but then again, there was probably not much chance of a centipede-looking dude making it on air.
Still, I have high hopes for this series.
SUPERGIRL debuts Monday, Oct. 26, on CBS.
The very first promotional image for PREACHER, the TV series based on the subversive Vertigo comic book series, has been tweeted by executive producer Seth Rogan!
Seth accompanied the image with this caption: “Preacher is coming to AMC! @evandgoldberg @SamCatlin123! The beginning is nigh!!!”
Rogan and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End) will write and serve as executive producers, while Sam Catlin will be the show-runner.
Written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon, the Preacher comic book series from Vertigo (home of The Sandman) told the story of Rev. Jesse Custer, a Texas preacher who lost his faith and is possessed by the supernatural entity called “Genesis” who grants him the power of the Word of God, with which Jesse can compel anyone to do his bidding. Jesse learns that God has left heaven, so Jesse sets out to make God answer for abandoning his creation. Meanwhile, a group of angels summon the immortal Saint of Killers to stop Jesse and reclaim Genesis.
That upside-down church image makes a whole lot of sense, doesn’t it?
Here is the first look at what Melissa Benoist will be wearing when she appears as the title character in CBS’ upcoming SUPERGIRL pilot. It’s clearly a version of the fighting togs worn by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.
And I think that’s the point: DC Comics/Warner Bros want to establish a brand, and so they have to have a consistent look. If Supergirl’s uniform were all bright and cheery, that would conflict with the established grim-and-gritty feel of Superman’s look. Let’s just hope that Kara Zoe-El doesn’t go around casually breaking necks whenever it’s convenient, like her cousin.
Calista Flockhart has joined the cast of CBS’ forthcoming SUPERGIRL series as Cat Grant, a character who has roots in Superman comics.
Introduced in Adventures of Superman #424 by creators Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway, Cat Grant started out as a gossip columnist for the Daily Planet, however, Variety reports that this version of Cat will be “a self-made media magnate and founder of CatCo.”
Cat Grant has appeared on-screen before: In LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, she was played by Tracy Scoggins, and by Keri Lynn Pratt on SMALLVILLE.
SUPERGIRL is being planned for a fall debut.
That planned CBS SUPERGIRL series is looking for someone for portray the title character’s cousin, Superman.
Technically, the show is looking for a Kal-El “body double,” so Superman might only be seen from a distance or in silhouette, as opposed to actually having lines.
According to ProjectCasting.com, the production is looking for someone “5-foot-11 or taller” and “square-jawed,” with “a ripped physique” be portray the double of a “DC Comic Superhero.” How mysterious! But then again, interested parties are told to respond via e-mail with “Superman” in the subject line.
The cast already includes Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El.
BBC America released a series of character clips this week to hype the April 18 return of its brilliant original series ORPHAN BLACK. In the video series, the clones (all portrayed by the stunningly talented Tatiana Maslany, of course) warn that they are not to be trifled with.
Sarah: “I am not your property”
Alison: “I’m not your toy”
David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller when BROADCHURCH returns for its second season on BBC America March 4, once again written by creator by Chris Chibnall, who won a Peabody Award for the first season of the soul-crushing mystery series.
Check out this extended trailer for the premiere:
Tennant, Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill are reprising their roles from the first season. Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge join the cast for the second season.
With CONSTANTINE’s 13-episode first season wrapping up tonight — Friday the 13th… what could be sinister about that? — thoughts naturally are turning to next season, and since NBC has not announced a decision about renewal, will there even be a second season for the DC Comics-based series?
When NBC decided not to shut down production rather than give CONSTANTINE a “back 9” renewal for a whole season, it was not exactly a vote of confidence. And when NBC recently announced a bunch of renewals, CONSTANTINE was nowhere to be seen.
However, according to CineLinx, the series may have more options for continued life than originally thought: NBC is apparently mulling moving CONSTANTINE to its Syfy sister network and renaming it HELLBLAZER (just like the comic book). Along with the move (and name change) would come lesser expectations — shows don’t need blockbuster ratings to survive on basic cable — and greater creative freedom.
I knew it. I knew the producers of Fox’s GOTHAM would not be able to resist plundering the Batman mythos for villains years before the Dark Knight himself appears in on the scene.
I was afraid something like this would happen.
The teaser for the next episode indicates Gotham City’s next villain is “no joke” — then not-so-subtly cuts to an image of a man laughing maniacally. Make. It. Stop.
The actor is Cameron Monaghan (SHAMELESS, The Giver), 21, and the character’s name is “Jerome.”