12 items from 2015
Brandon Routh is making the case for Ray Palmer!
Introduced at the start of Arrow’s third season, the charming, fast-talking and super-witty Palmer Technologies billionaire breathes a different energy into The CW comic-book show. Not weighed down by the vigilante lifestyle or a cursed family name, he has a perspective and approach on life far different from that of Oliver Queen (who will be M.I.A. for a while). And, he can hold his own against Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards)!
Routh is well aware of the mark Ray is making on Arrow (there's even talk of a potential spin-off!), especially when it comes to the passionate “Olicity” fans – and he has to be. Routh has been a part of a major TV love triangle before (see: Chuck), but this one may take the cake.
“I’ve been »
When Brandon Routh first joined Arrow as Ray Palmer – the alter ego of size-changing superhero The Atom – many wondered if the former Man of Steel could be in line to get his own spinoff series. It happened with Grant Gustin’s Flash to widespread praise and record-breaking ratings, so it made sense that if the character were successful on Arrow, he could venture off on his own small screen adventures.
Now, it appears that that’s certainly the plan, and that the network is already in discussions about making Routh the headliner of his own Atom series.
Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti (who’s also developing Supergirl for CBS) clarified the studio’s plans this past weekend at TCA. He stated that they’re in “very early talks in a very general idea that we haven’t gone deeper on yet.” That’s not exactly confirmation that »
- James Garcia
"...the 'Advanced Technology Operating Mechanism' is designed to allow Palmer the ability to protect 'Starling City'. But considering that the inspiration behind it's creation was to allow one man to have a plethora of military technology in the palm of their hand, the potential ramifications of 'Queen Technologies' initial designation for the suit -- 'O.M.A.C.' -- ('One Man Army Corps') is yet to be seen..."
- Michael Stevens
Brandon Routh is no stranger to playing DC Comics superheroes. After playing Superman in Superman Returns, Routh has went from playing the mightiest to the tiniest, signing on to play Ray Palmer aka The Atom on The CW's Arrow. While at the Winter TCA's Routh had a few details to share about his role as the Atom with Shh. Here's a rundown of what was disclosed. +Routh is currently reading the 1983 limited series, Sword of the Atom as preparation and inspiration for the role of Ray Palmer. +Routh also divulged an interesting, mild-spoiler about Palmer's backstory on Arrow. " No, [Palmer being a corporate executive] is a totally a new thing to make him able to take over Queen Consolidated. That adds another cool go-getter aspect to him which I think is fun, which is where a lot of his passion and energy comes into the fact that he’s a self-made man »
Earlier today, The CW announced that Arrow and The Flash have been renewed, along with six other shows, during the network's TCA Winter Tour presentation. Network president Mark Pedowitz also revealed that The CW is engaged in "very early talks" with Arrow producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim for yet another spin-off, based on the Ray Palmer/Atom character played by Brandon Routh. While he hasn't transformed into Atom yet on Arrow, a new trailer released last week showed Palmer constructing his Atom suit, so it seems we'll be seeing him spring into action very soon. Here's what Greg Berlanti had to say about the Atom spin-off.
"We're in very early talks in a very general idea that we haven't gone deeper on yet."
Mark Pedowitz added his own brief statement teasing the possible spin-off.
"You'd have to be judicious. Could there be another hour in that universe? »
Nerdist caught up with Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim following the reveal earlier today that a series starring The Atom may be in the works to ask him just how in place those plans really are. "The thing that we’ve been talking about is just how do we further expand the universe; and we love Brandon and we love having him on Arrow," he vaguely responded before being quizzed on the appeal of possibly giving the character and Superman Returns star Brandon Routh his own TV series. "Brandon’s so terrific and embodies the role so well that when we talk about how to further expand things, he’s a natural person to talk about. It’s like Brandon said on the panel, originally when we met with him we just wanted to bring a great character onto the show and we wanted a great actor to play him. »
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg revealed that they are working on a “very general idea” related to the character Brandon Routh plays in Arrow.
In addition to his myriad comic book appearances, Ray/The Atom — who can alter the size of his body as well as other objects — has turned up in numerous animated series, »
The CW just had the biggest panel of this press tour, with 13 actors from "Arrow" and "The Flash" — Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, Katie Cassidy, John Barrowman, Colton Haynes, David Ramsey, Tom Cavanagh, Brandon Routh, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Robbie Amell, Victor Garber and Matt Nable(*) — plus producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim. Panels that size — particularly involving two different shows, even if they're linked like these two — are usually unwieldy and leave lots of people sitting silently on stage, but this superheroes and villains panel was lively, had a lot of interplay between the two casts, and almost everyone had at least one good line or moment. (The only exceptions: Colton Haynes and Matt Nable from "Arrow," neither of whom got asked anything.) (*) You'll note Cassidy was the only woman from either show. After the panel, Berlanti admitted to a small group of reporters that he had messed up on that. »
- Alan Sepinwall
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details on Amnesiac, The Atticus Institute, and Alien Outpost, multiple trailers, premiere details for Head, and a Q&A with the founder of The Philip K. Dick Film Festival:
Amnesiac Distribution and Release Details: “Amnesiac tells the story of a man (Wes Bentley) who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife. The web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner.
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the psychological thriller Amnesiac starring Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games series, Interstellar). XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “Macabre” genre label. »
- Tamika Jones
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.
Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.
20. Billy Zane
If it seemed like the Dark Knight was a poisoned chalice for a good decade or so after Joel Schumacher drove him into the ground with the camp-tastic Batman & Robin, spare a thought for the Man Of Tomorrow. There were eight years separating that monstrosity and Christopher Nolan’s rebooted Batman Begins – there are nearly twenty years between Superman IV: The (inexplicably low-budget) Quest For Peace and Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns.
Not that there weren’t attempts to get Clark Kent back off the ground in the meantime. In fact, once Burton had been shunted off of Batman in favour of Schumacher (abandoning plans for an end to his own trilogy), Warner Bros placated him with a pay-or-play deal on a Superman movie. Which meant even if it didn’t get made, he’d still be paid.
Superman Lives, or Superman Reborn, or whatever you want to call it, »
- Tom Baker
Xlrator Media has acquired the North American rights for Michael Polish's thriller Amnesiac. The thriller stars Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games series, Interstellar). Amnesiac tells the story of a man (Wes Bentley) who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife. The web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner. "Amnesiac is a stylish and twisted thriller in the vein of Misery with superb performances by Kate Bosworth and Wes Bentley. Audiences will discover a side of Kate they have never seen before!" said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.Xlrator Media...
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12 items from 2015
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