20 items from 2014
Last month, it was rumoured that Blade and Sons of Anarchy star Donal Logue was set to take on the role of Commissioner Gordon in Fox's upcoming DC series Gotham, and while the role of Detective Gordon subsequently went to Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Batman: Year One), the original report wasn't entirely wide of the mark, with Logue announced as having secured the role of Gotham P.D. Detective Harvey Bullock. Speaking to Nerd Repository, Logue has discussed his casting in the Batman prequel series, as well as giving us some insight into the tone of the show.
"What I do love about Gotham, that I can say so far, is that it creates this incredible world that, for me, you can step into things that almost feel like the roaring 20s, and then there’s this other really kind of heavy Blade Runner vibe floating around", Logue responded when »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3, Phase Three, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow and more...
Well, The Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off production this past week, with the crew heading to Johannesburg for a fortnight of filming in South Africa (with the city apparently doubling for Johannesburg, rather than Wakanda), so we should expect to see and hear plenty from the Joss Whedon-helmed sequel over the coming weeks and months, and to get us started new cast addition Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marelene, Godzilla) has spoken about her costume for the Scarlet Witch, reiterating that we'll be seeing something different than the »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this week it was announced that Ben McKenzie (Southland, Batman: Year One) will take on the role of Detective Jim Gordon in Fox's upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham, and now McKenzie has received some words of advice from the last man to don the 'tache, Gary Oldman, who starred as Gordon in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
"I’m sure he’s going to be fabulous," Oldman tells Access Hollywood. "[My advice is to] go back to the comic books. That’s what I did. There’s great stuff about Gordon. He had whole other life." However, when told that the series will revolve around a pre-Dark Knight Bruce Wayne, Oldman responded with a 'perplexed look on his face', stating: "A show without Batman?"
- Gary Collinson
After adding five cast members yesterday [see here and here], Fox has now filled another key role in its upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham, with Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Blade) signing on to play Detective Harvey Bullock. Logue had previously been identified by Latino-Review as a potential addition, although they assumed he'd be playing the role of Jim Gordon, which has now been filled by Ben McKenzie (Batman: Year One).
Logue and McKenzie are set to be joined in the cast of the pilot by Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot, Zabryna Guevara (The Guilt Trip) as Detective Essen and Erin Richards (Being Human) as Barbara Kean, the future Mrs. Gordon. The show has been created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), with Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd) set to executive produce, as well as directing the pilot.
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- Gary Collinson
Coming hot on the heels of the announcement that Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Batman: Year One) is set to play Detective James Gordon in Gotham, it's been revealed that four more names have joined the Batman prequel series with Fox casting the roles of Bruce Wayne's trusted butler and father figure Alfred Pennyworth, a pre-Penguin Oswald Cobblepot, Gordon's boss Captain Essen, and his fiance and future Mrs. Gordon Barbara Kean.
British actor Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) has been cast as an Earth One-style Alfred, whom Variety describes as "a tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London, Pennyworth has loyally served the Wayne family. Now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he’s fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne — the boy who will eventually become Batman."
- Gary Collinson
This weekend, it was announced that Ben McKenzie has landed the lead role of Jim Gordon in Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series, Gotham. Minutes later, Twitter exploded with congratulations, a few skeptical remarks, and every O.C.-to-Gotham pun you can think of: “Welcome to Gotham, bitch.” “I hope Jim Gordon’s going to wear a choker.” “Does this mean Seth Cohen will be be The Joker?” And although I understand everyone’s desire to reference McKenzie’s well-known run as Ryan Atwood on my favorite show in the history of ever, I also want to stress that McKenzie »
- Samantha Highfill
Game of Thrones fans, anxious for a glimpse at the upcoming 4th season, have been thrown a bone! This weekend, the HBO production released “Game of Thrones Season 4: Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing,” a 14:30 long preview video.
In it, we get to hear the cast and crew reflect on last season’s infamous Red Wedding and how the show will, in Peter Dinklage’s words, “Pick up the pieces and top it- in a lot of ways.” The video is filled with all kinds of exciting clips and glimpses into what’s to come.
I think this season looks nothing short of epic, and it’s the returning show I’m most excited for. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out:
Game of Thrones will return on April 6.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
DC Comics are slowly beginning to catch up with their rivals over at Marvel on the big screen, with Man Of Steel grossing over $600 Million worldwide it secured the much-hyped sequel Batman Vs Superman which is set to hit theatres May 2016. However on the small screen DC are well and truly dominating the competition with the incredibly successful Arrow as well as a multitude of other television adaptations on the horizon.
Warner Bros and DC Comics have not only announced the development an Arrow spin-off centering on The Flash but also a Constantine adaptation for NBC and a Batman prequel series on Fox titled Gotham. As of right now Warner Bros and Fox’s Gotham is the only DC television adaptation with a full series commitment, however viewers can likely expect The Flash and Constantine to debut this fall. Gotham will reportedly focus on a young James Gordon investigating the »
- Ben Read
With The CW bringing together most of its cast for The Flash pilot over the past couple of weeks, Fox has now started the ball rolling on its own upcoming DC pilot Gotham, with Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland) signing on to play Detective James Gordon.
McKenzie is no stranger to the world of DC Comics, having lent his voice to Bruce Wayne / Batman in the animated movie Batman: Year One. His Gordon is set to be one of the main roles in the series, with the Gotham iteration of the future commissioner is described by The Hollywood Reporter as:
"A rookie detective for Gotham City Open Police Department's Homicide Squad, a former college football star and war hero, Gordon was fast-tracked through the Gcpd ranks. He’s brave, energetic and honest. Driven to live up to the classical virtues of a father he barely knew, he’s an idealistic soul, »
- Gary Collinson
Former “O.C.” star Ben McKenzie recently graduated to adulthood with TNT’s critically acclaimed but little seen “Southland,” and now he’s putting the uniform back on for Fox’s “Gotham,” the network’s pre-Batman Batman TV show from “The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller. Curiously, this won’t be McKenzie’s first foray into Batman-land. He recently voiced the Bat himself in the original animated movie “Batman: Year One,” based on the Frank Miller comic book about the early days of the Caped Crusader. Which makes perfect sense, since “Gotham” is also being envisioned as a Year One for the show’s Commissioner Jim Gordon, Batman’s longtime ally in the Gotham police force. Although the show was originally spun as a Batman show without Batman, that has since changed, with Fox’s Kevin Reilly recently saying this: The show will track Bruce from a child (around 12 years old »
Ryan Atwood is coming back to Fox! It was announced on Feb. 8 that ‘The O.C.’ and ‘Southland’ actor had been cast as a young Commissioner Gordon in ‘Gotham,’ the upcoming series about the origins of Batman.
The makers of Fox’s Gotham, which will show the beginnings of Batman, must have liked how Benjamin McKenzie played a policeman in the short-lived show Southland, because on Feb. 8 they casted him in the lead role of their show as Detective James Gordon. Do you like the casting call?
Benjamin McKenzie Cast As Commissioner Gordon In ‘Gotham’
For those who know the Batman story, Detective James Gordon goes on to become Commissioner Gordon, Batman’s go-between with the Gotham City Police Department. Most recently, Commissioner Gordon was played by Gary Oldman in The Dark Knight trilogy.
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- Andrew Gruttadaro
Oc and Southland star Ben McKenzie has landed the lead role of a young Commissioner Gordon in the Batman inspired TV series Gotham. McKenzie is a solid choice to take on the role, as he's been really good in the things that he's been involved with. This isn't the first time that the actor has worked in the world of Batman either. He also provided the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 2011 animated film Batman: Year One.
The series will show us Gordon's origin story along with the rise of Gotham City’s infamous villains. A young Bruce Wayne will also be featured in the series, and we will follow his pre-teen years to the moment when he puts on the iconic Batman cape and cowl for the first time. I hope the series actually runs that long! I guess they plan on it being really freakin' good. »
- Joey Paur
Commissioner Gordon just got abs.
McKenzie plays the man who will go on to become the city's police commissioner and works with Batman to restore the community. At the start of the series, he's a rookie detective in Gotham City Open Police Department's Homicide Squad.
The character is described as a college football star and war hero who was fast-tracked through the Gcpd ranks. He's honest, brave and an idealistic soul to the point of naivete.
- Garth Franklin
The search for a Jim Gordon is now over, as The O.C. star Ben McKenzie has been offered the main role on the upcoming Batman prequel series, Gotham. The show will explore the commissioner in his early days, before Bruce Wayne donned the cape and cowl. It will also dive into the origins of some of the city’s most famous rogues, like Riddler and the Penguin.
Of course, McKenzie’s claim to fame is the aforementioned The O.C., but the actor has done some notable work since. He starred on the TV drama Southland for five seasons and though that show never caught on in as big a way as his previous one, it built a decent-sized audience over the years and earned strong reviews from critics. It was certainly this performance, as a police officer covering the Hollywood division of Los Angeles, that put him in contention for »
- Matt Joseph
“Gotham” has found its Detective James Gordon.
Fox topper Kevin Reilly announced at the net’s winter TCA session that “Gotham” will feature the origin story of Gordon along with Gotham City’s notable villains. A young Bruce Wayne will also be featured, as “Gotham” follows Wayne from his pre-teen years to the moment when it puts on the Batman cape for the first time.
McKenzie is no stranger to the Fox family, as the thesp landed his breakout role on the net’s sudsy drama “The O.C.” McKenzie also has experience working in the Batman universe, »
- AJ Marechal
Some of the strongest content I.ve seen come from comic adaptations has been made into DC animated films. A good example would be Batman: Under The Red Hood which holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 88% from film viewers which may not mean much to you, but I think it.s pretty damn good for an animated flick. Batman: Year One was a good watch as well though didn.t really touch on the greatness of Red Hood. The next Batman animated flick from DC is Son Of Batman. The story is based on the »
- Niki Stephens
The fun of writing film columns is when an article generates a discussion about a movie and you come out the other side with a completely different perspective from when you started.
Like all comic book adaptations, the recent speculation about who will play Doctor Strange got the internet discussions a stirring. I had some thoughts on the subject and thought I'd take a moment to analyze some of the more unique actor/director pairings that have stemmed from a series of discussions on a number of popular online websites before revealing my one and final choice for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange.
Directed by Ridley Scott
Never in an thousand years would this pairing have crossed my mind. It's inspired, and certainly out of left field (something I always appreciate). Ridley Scott has »
- Gary Collinson
Bruce Wayne is heading back to the small screen in live-action form for the first time since 1968, with Fox chairman Kevin Reilly announcing that the upcoming Gotham TV series will focus on the exploits of the young billionaire prior to him donning the cape and cowl as Batman.
Gotham has been created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), with Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd) set to executive produce and direct the pilot episode. The show had been described as focussing on a pre-Commissioner Jim Gordon, but now it's been revealed that it will instead adopt a Smallville style approach by exploring the origin of the Batman.
"The show will track Bruce from a child until he puts on a cape (in the finale),” said Reilly, before stating that The Riddler, Catwoman and The Penguin will also makes appearances. "We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge. »
- Gary Collinson
The TV show “Gotham,” a new Batman origin story in development at Fox, will introduce viewers to Bruce Wayne at age 12, says Fox chief Kevin Reilly. Of course, Batman fans have already seen young Bruce fall into a cavern filled with bats — the inspiration for his crimefighting alter-ego — in comics and the film “Batman Begins.” (The images above are from Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s brilliant “Batman: Year One.”) Also read: Pete Holmes’ Favorite Batman Comics Revealed (Video) Reilly didn’t go into specifics about Wayne’s age throughout the series, but noted that it will lead up to his decision. »
- Tim Molloy
In an electrifying return to his signature role, Vin Diesel heads up an internationally acclaimed cast that includes Karl Urban (Star Trek franchise), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Jordi Mollà (Columbiana), WWE superstar Dave Bautista (upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy), Noah Danby (“Defiance”), Danny Blanco Hall (Immortals), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Neil Napier (White House Down), Nolan Gerard Funk (Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award nominee Keri Lynn Hilson.
Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew and cutthroat characters.
The Riddick Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes a Digital HD Copy of the film available on UltraViolet. UltraVioletis the revolutionary new way »
- Robert Greenberger
20 items from 2014
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