Supergirl Chases a Kryptonian Fugitive

CBS has released these new images and a plot summary for the second episode of SUPERGIRL, “Stronger Together,” airing tomorrow, Nov. 2.

Here’s the official episode synopsis:

When Kara’s attempts to help National City don’t go according to plan, she must put aside the doubts that she — and the city’s media — has about her abilities in order to capture an escapee from the Kryptonian prison, Fort Rozz. Also, Cat pressures James to use his connection to Superman to get her an interview with Supergirl.

The episode marks the show’s debut in its regular time slot, 8 p.m. Mondays.

Villainous Red Tornado on SUPERGIRL Will Be… Red

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?
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SUPERGIRL TV Series Uniform Unveiled

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.
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Calista Flockhart Cast in SUPERGIRL Series

 calista-flockhartCalista 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.

SUPERGIRL Seeking a Superman — Sort of

SupergirlweriesThat 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.

CONSTANTINE’s Next Stop Could Be on Syfy

constantinemoveWith 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.
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‘Constantine’ Exorcizes Lead Actress

Constantine - Season PilotThe pilot for NBC’s CONSTANTINE will not air until October, but the network has already decided to replace the female lead, Lucy Griffiths (TRUE BLOOD), who plays Liv Aberdine in the premiere. Liv is the daughter of one of Constantine’s dead friends, and he protects her from some demons in the pilot episode.

Producers decided that going forward with the series, they would need a more active, driving force to work off Constantine (Matt Ryan), so they are importing the character Zed from the Hellblazer comics, a powerful psychic who will be more at home in Constantine’s world of supernatural danger. The role will be played by Angelica Celaya.
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NBC Snuffs Out Constantine’s Bad Habit

badhabitIt was always a long shot, but NBC has snuffed any hope by comics fans that supernatural investigator and all-around bad example to kids John Constantine would be allowed to smoke in CONSTANTINE, this fall’s adaptation of the comic book Hellblazer.

Producer David Goyer (Man of Steel) earlier had been hopeful that the network would let TV Constantine indulge in the comic book character’s trademark deadly addiction, but pilot director Neil Marshall (GAME OF THRONES) has confirmed that there will be No Smoking onscreen.
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Images From This Fall’s CONSTANTINE

One this fall’s most promising series is NBC’s CONSTANTINE, which will pit supernatural investigator John Constantine (Matt Ryan) against malevolent otherworldly forces mankind could never dream of. And he has an attitude about it.

I thought I’d gather together a few cool images from the show’s Facebook page which, along with the teaser video, make me believe the producers are on the right track with adaptation of DC Comics’ Hellblazer comic book series.


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Meet the Baddies of GOTHAM

This trailer focuses on the villains — present and future — that young Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) will encounter on the increasingly mean streets of Gotham City in the Batman prequel series GOTHAM.

Looking at this clip suddenly made me realize a very HUGE problem facing the producers of GOTHAM: How to avoid making Gordon look like a failure and a screw-up! After all, he can hardly take down Penguin and Catwoman before Batman confronts them, so the entire series could be about how the baddies foil Gordon, the last good cop in the city.

Of course, the corruption of the GCPD could be the key to this problem: every time Gordon and partner Haevey Bullock (Donal Logue) arrests Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) or Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) the dirty system puts them right back out on the street, thus Gordon is allowed to win many battles but lose the war.