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The Flash is easily the biggest success so far of the fall TV season. Critically beloved and a huge ratings success for The CW, the series has gotten off to a start that many hoped it would but few could have actually predicted. So how has The Flash been so successful? I think I have the answer: it’s the perfect combination of Arrow and Smallville. Leading up to its premiere and in every episode since, many critics have compared The Flash to Arrow, calling it a lighter, more bright and fun superhero series than the darker, grittier one that it spun-off from. However, even though the two series exist in the same universe (and will even have crossover episodes, the first of which will happen next week when Felicity shows up on The Flash to help Barry battle Captain Cold), The Flash, right now at least, bears a much greater resemblance to Smallville, »
- Chris King
Justin Hartley is stepping into some big shoes on “The Young and the Restless” — and he doesn't mind if some fans don't think he can fill them. On Nov. 5, Hartley will take over the role of Adam Newman on the CBS soap, following the departure of Michael Muhney. But he's not particularly worried if viewers don't take to his portrayal of Newman. “People are going to have their opinions, which I think is great — I welcome it and I love it,” Hartley, a veteran of “Passions,” “Smallville” and “Revenge,” told TheWrap. See photos: The CW Diversity Scorecard: From ‘Arrow’ to. »
- Tim Kenneally
The Flash has been a huge hit for The CW, and after record breaking ratings for the premiere, the second episode showed no signs of showing down. One of the best parts about the series is the fact that it feels so similar to the comic books, and this was something Geoff Johns believes its success can in part be attributed to. "I felt like "Smallville" had shied away from the comic book stuff a little bit, but then as the seasons went on, obviously it got to that place," he told the site about how The Flash differs to other comic book TV shows. "With "Arrow" it was more grounded, but it got to that place with Deathstroke, and it felt like it was the next step of comic book television shows. When we were doing "Flash," it was like, "You know what, he's going to have a red costume, »
The Flash is one of DC Comics’ longest-running (though admittedly second-string) franchises, with various incarnations of the character appearing almost continuously in comics since 1939. The super-fast hero — able to run anywhere between the speed of sound and the speed of light, depending on when you ask — gets his second chance at live-action-tv success with this season's CW series The Flash (a big-budget series came and went on CBS from 1990–91). And while DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns — himself a Flash comic-book writer of great renown — will likely encourage the show’s producers to mine the character’s nine-decade history for villains and story lines, there are a few notable elements that are unlikely to make the cut (unless the show goes the Smallville route and lasts ten seasons, by which time all bets are off). [Disclaimer: I worked for many years as an editor and media-development executive at »
- Ivan Cohen
The DC Comics universe is spreading quickly throughout the TV landscape, with Gotham, The Flash, Arrow and Constantine all airing on major networks this year. CBS, the only network currently without a superhero show, is getting in the mix by developing Supergirl, a character previously played by Laura Vandervoort on The CW's Smallville. While it remains to be seen who will be the new Kara Zor-el, Laura Vandervoort did have some advice for whoever signs on to play the title character.
"Make sure you have some Nike soles in there. Just kidding! So you can run. Just make it your own. Everyone has an idea of how she should be, which I was concerned about when I played her, but when you find a way to relate to her and then bring your own self into it, I think people appreciate it. You can't make everything the same. So, just make it your own. »
Director: Danny Cannon
Writer: Bruno Heller
Synopsis: A new recruit in Captain Sarah Essen’s Gotham City Police Department, Detective James Gordon is paired with Harvey Bullock to solve one of Gotham’s highest-profile cases: the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne.
Verdict: After 75 years worth of Comic Books, 10 different animated shows, 8 big screen movies and 5 faces of Batman…it’s fair to say that Gotham had it’s fair share of anticipation. When it was first announced that a live action television series chronicling the early years of Gotham City was in development, the news was met with an equal amount of criticism and curiosity. After the CW’s Smallville took 10 years to put a cape on Tom Welling’s Clark Kent, »
- Ben Read
Marvel’s Daredevil follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
With a plethora of Marvel and DC characters coming to life on the big and small screen, there appears to be no sign of things slowing down with this series on the horizon’s and particularly Marvel’s stronghold seemingly taking over the world. This time, thanks to Netflix, Marvel’s first original series on the streaming service is executive produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, »
- Dan Bullock
Last month it was announced that CBS have committed to developing an hour-long drama based on DC Comics' Supergirl. So it makes sense that IGN would want to know what Laura Vandervoort ("Bitten") thought of the news as she played 'Kara' (Supergirl) on CW's long-running series, Smallville. In the interview, which you can view in the video below, the Canadian actress says that whoever plays the role needs to make it their own. She also says that she would be open to making a guest appearing in the series, much like what Smallville did with Dean Cain, Margot Kidder, Helen Slater, and Christopher Reeve. Supergirl - CBS has given a series commitment to an hour-long drama about Kara Zor-El, the DC Comics heroine who escaped the planet Krypton amid its destruction. Having hid all this time on Earth the powers she shares with “her famous cousin.” 24-year-old Kara decides »
Author Nicholas Sparks has another book, The Choice, being adapted into a movie, and Tom Welling has been cast in a lead role. This might just be the biggest thing to happen to Welling since Smallville ended. He really hasn't done a lot since that series.
The movie also stars Benjamin Walker as Travis Parker and Teresa Palmer as Gabby Holland. In the story they play neighbors in a small coastal town, and "end up pursuing a relationship neither expected." According to Deadline, Welling will take on the role of Kevin McCarthy, a doctor at his father’s practice who is Gabby’s boyfriend. The love triangle plays out over the course of a decade. »
- Joey Paur
Marvel Comics fans can finally get their first look at Netflix's upcoming "Daredevil" series, as a new image from the show was unveiled at the New York Comic Con today. As seen below, Marvel and Netflix are teasing fans by not really showing us what Daredevil's suit looks like this time around. It's not exactly a clear shot of the Marvel hero, but vigilantes have to stick to the shadows, right? In a much brighter shot, here's Cox as Dd's alter ego, the blind attorney Matt Murdock. Do you see any similarity to Ben Affleck? We'll have to wait to see Vincent D'Onofrio as the nefarious Kingpin, with Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Scott Glenn as Dd's martial arts sensei, Stick. Meanwhile, here's some concept art by Marvel mainstay Joe Quesada, which »
- Dave Lewis
Christopher Reeve: 'Superman' and his movies (photo: Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' 1978) Christopher Reeve, Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987, died ten years ago today. In 1995, while taking part in a cross-country horse race in Culpeper, Virginia, Reeve was thrown off his horse, hitting his head on the top rail of a jump; the near-fatal accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He ultimately succumbed to heart failure at age 52 on October 10, 2004. Long before he was cast as Superman aka Clark Kent, the Manhattan-born (as Christopher D'Olier Reeve on September 25, 1952), Cornell University and Juillard School for Drama alumnus was an ambitious young actor whose theatrical apprenticeship included, while still a teenager, some time as an observer at London's Old Vic and Paris' Comédie Française. At age 23, he landed his first Broadway role in a production of Enid Bagnold's A Matter of Gravity, starring Katharine Hepburn. »
- Andre Soares
Please note: this article refers only to Gotham's UK broadcast. Our Us episode reviews are here.
"Somebody save me/I’ve been waiting for you"
If excitement about tonight's UK premiere of Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham has got you caterwauling the lyrics to the Smallville theme tune on rooftops in anticipation, early whispers from fellow Bat-fans over in the Us who’ve had a look at the first episodes are saying there is much for us to look forward to as we wait for it to descend on Channel 5 here.
So far, we know that the timescale Gotham sticks with sees Batman as barely a notion to the boy-Bruce Wayne, and instead takes Detective James Gordon as its central character. Gordon here is a little different to the ‘Jim’ we’ve come to know, »
The novel The Choice was published by popular author Sparks in 2007.
The Choice has no release date yet. »
Lionsgate might be missing the guaranteed teen-bait tribulations of The Twilight Saga, but they’re still on track to make millions of young girls uncontrollably weep with their adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice. As is often the case with the author’s tearjerking tales of woe, the cast are all devastatingly attractive. This week alone we’ve heard news that Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was attached, and this morning Smallville‘s Tom Welling signed on. In a matter of hours we’ve now learned from The Wrap that True Detective‘s Alexandra Daddario will be joining the movie as well.
Not wanting to stray from tradition, the story revolves around a couple – Gabby Holland (Warm Bodies‘ Teresa Palmer) and Travis Parker (Walker) who meet as neighbours. Their attraction to one another leads the pair into a ten-year long relationship, which the film will follow. As is the case with true love, »
- Gem Seddon
It’s a brave new world for DC Comics. After the success of Arrow, the company has launched into the TV market with shows based around their popular characters. But while we wait for Supergirl to go into production and before Constantine hits the airwaves, we have a duo of new shows who have recently debuted on the idiot box. The “Before Batman” series Gotham and the Crimson Speedster’s return to television, The Flash.
But which was better?
Gotham‘s pilot was lambasted by the majority of those who saw it. Our own Anthony Stokes hasn’t been kind with his reviews and even penned an article claiming the show to be “pointless”. When speaking with other members of the Flickering Myth writing staff, the feeling seems mutual. Editor-in-chief Gary Collinson (who »
- Luke Owen
Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan will oversee the project for the studio.
“The Choice” is set in a small coastal town where a man ends up pursuing a relationship with his new neighbor, leading to a journey that neither could have foreseen.
- Dave McNary
As is the case for the majority of Sparks’ back catalogue, the film will centre on a lovestruck couple — namely Travis Parker (played by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star, Benjamin Walker) and Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer)— and charts the ups and downs of their relationship over the course of a decade. It will be based on the eponymous 2007 novel.
In terms of Welling’s role, however, Deadline has reported that the American actor will step into the shoes of Kevin McCarthy. Essentially, McCarthy is an esteemed doctor at his father’s practice and effectively makes up the third corner of the love triangle following Travis and Gabby. As such, The Choice tells the tale of the three young lovers, set in North Carolina. »
- Michael Briers
Tom Welling has landed a lead in The Choice, the Ross Katz-directed adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel from a script by Bryan Sipe for Lionsgate. Benjamin Walker plays Travis Parker and Teresa Palmer plays Gabby Holland. Neighbors in a small coastal town, they end up pursuing a relationship neither expected. Welling plays a doctor at his father’s practice who is Gabby’s boyfriend. The triangle plays out over the course of a decade in North Carolina. Tom Wilkinson also stars.
Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions, and Eda Kowan, Evp acquisitions and co-productions, will oversee the project for the studio. Good Universe is handling international sales for the film.
- Mike Fleming Jr
The first words we hear on "The Flash" come from our hero Barry Allen, who explains, "To understand what I'm about to tell you, you need to do something first: you need to believe in the impossible." That "The Flash" (it debuts tonight night at 8 on the CW) is as good as it is isn't impossible, but it is improbable. The core of its creative team — including Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and longtime Flash comics writer Geoff Johns — are all important parts of another CW superhero drama, "Arrow." "Arrow" (which begins its third season tomorrow night at 8) has turned out to be a strong show, and the standard-bearer for this new wave of comic book TV series, but it also has an obvious template: it's "Batman Begins: The TV Show," with some of the names changed, but not all (see Ra's al Ghul, coming soon to an "Arrow" episode near you! »
- Alan Sepinwall
Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil Netflix series may have been noticeably absent from San Diego Comic-Con this year, but that’s because the studio was waiting to debut the first glimpse at the Man Without Fear at New York Comic-Con instead. Today, Marvel officially announced their plans to bring Daredevil to Nycc next weekend and released the official logo for the highly anticipated show.
While the logo itself obviously isn’t very revealing, it’s got a great pulpy, comic book feel to it. It’s ironically unlike any of the more blocky, “gritty” logos used for the Marvel films, despite the fact that Daredevil has extensively been described as a look at the “dark and gritty” side of the McU.
- James Garcia
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