Laryngitis Forces Stan Lee To Cancel SDCC Appearance & More News

(PCM) A case of laryngitis has forced Stan Lee from his planned appearance and autograph sessions at SDCC 2014, according to our friends at the Hollywood Reporter. Fans can still expect to see a ‘Stan The Man’ cameo in next week’s Guardians of the Galaxy, although he had nothing to do with the creation of that particular Marvel franchise.AliLegendsWe visited a Legends panel with cast members Ali Larter (Heroes), Morris Chestnut (American Horror Story, Nurse Jackie) and Tina Majorino (Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood), and executive producers Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24) and David Wilcox (Fringe). (more that conversation next week!)

TNT is encouraging fans of actor Sean Bean to use the hashtag #DontKillSeanBean in social media postings about the show. (more that conversation next week!)

The hashtag plays on the fact that Bean has died in more than 20 acting roles, including the two characters for which he is widely known: Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Eddard “Ned” Stark in the series Game of Thrones. The hashtag will have its own tumblr page and will be featured on Legends premium items being handed out to Comic-Con attendees.

TV Guide also reported that the CW will run a crossover special with Arrow and The Flash this upcoming season. Earlier reports have indicated that there are no plans to connect the television shows with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Set To Deliver An Amazing Showcase Of Content At Comic-Con 2014

WB-Logo1(WB) Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, whose celebrations in honor of 75 years of one of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes—Batman—will be in full swing.

On Saturday, July 26th, beginning at 10 a.m., Warner Bros. Pictures brings three of its most hotly anticipated films to this year’s Con: Peter Jackson will be on the main stage with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and George Miller will be on hand to present a first look at “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The Hall H audience will also get a peek at the Wachowskis’ original sci-fi actioner “Jupiter Ascending,” also from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Attending stars will be revealed at a later date.

In addition to the Studio’s Hall H presentation, Warner Bros. will also host a pre-Con fan screening of New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures’ upcoming “cli-fi” thriller “Into the Storm,” directed by Steven Quale. The screening will take place on Wednesday, July 23rd at 10 p.m. at the Gas Lamp Theatre.

Warner Bros. Television Group returns to Comic-Con with 15 series in 2014, holding panels throughout the four days of the Con for fan-favorite series including “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Following,” “Supernatural,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Teen Titans Go!,” among many others, as well as once again kicking off the Con with screenings of new series “The Flash,” “Constantine” and more on Wednesday’s Preview Night.

On Saturday night, July 26th, it’s all DC Entertainment all night in Hall H when Warner Bros. Television treats attendees to a three-hour special event designed specifically for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics’ greatest characters. The event will run from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will feature the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama series “Gotham” (the only screening of “Gotham” at this year’s Comic-Con), followed by a screening of the complete pilot of “The Flash,” and exclusive video presentations from returning hit “Arrow” and new thriller “Constantine.” Cast members and producers from all four shows will make special appearances throughout the three-hour event. For complete information on Warner Bros. Television’s plans for Comic-Con and for real-time updates during the convention, please follow us on Twitter at @warnerbrostv—official hashtag #WBSDCC—and visit http://comiccon.thewb.com.

In concert with all the WB divisions, DC Entertainment continues to fête Batman’s 75th year, making the icon the centerpiece of their offerings, including all-star panel appearances by Batman talent as well as a rare display of some of the canon’s most famous film costumes in history—those worn by Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton—on display in the DC Entertainment booth. The character will also appear on the cover of the Con’s official souvenir book, and on a Con-exclusive T-shirt designed by DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and legendary artist, Jim Lee.

Lee will also participate in the Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight panel discussion with veteran Batman creatives Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, current series writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. The panel will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24th.

Johns and artist John Romita, Jr., the new creative team behind Superman, will explore their upcoming plans for the Super Hero, as will the husband-and-wife creative team behind comics’ most beloved heroine, Wonder Woman, writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch.

In addition to their numerous other activities, including 20 panels over the course of the Con, the company will also reveal plans for numerous upcoming titles for DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine imprints, as well as unveiling new action figures from DC Collectibles, including those commemorating The CW and WBTV’s “Arrow” and “The Flash,” as well as a stellar new line based on the upcoming videogame “Batman: Arkham Knight,” from WBIE.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, in celebration of the upcoming release of Rocksteady Studios’ “Batman: Arkham Knight,” will host the Cape/Cowl/Create art exhibit, open to the public daily from July 25th through the 27th, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hard Rock San Diego Hotel’s Legends Room. This free public exhibition will feature true-to-scale replicas of the game’s cape and cowl used as a blank canvas by top contemporary artists to produce their own original interpretations.

On Friday, July 25th at 12:30 p.m., WBIE and Monolith Productions will host a panel for the anticipated game “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor,” discussing how the game’s innovation evolves storytelling while exploring the history of the Rings of Power. Panelists will include Monolith’s Michael de Plater and Phil Straub, as well as the game’s lead writer, Christian Cantamessa, and voice actor Troy Baker, moderated by Professor Janet Croft.

And Sunday, July 27th at 1:00 p.m., WBIE will also host a panel for “LEGO™ Batman 3: Beyond Gotham,” developed by TT Games, with an exclusive gameplay demonstration, character reveals, special announcements and a lively panel discussion with several members of the voice cast featured in the game. Also, throughout the Con, the game will be available for the first time for hands-on play by consumers.

Blanketing the Con from start to finish with entertainment and activities for fans, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment celebrates its coming release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ summer blockbuster “Godzilla” with a four-day interactive display on the lawn behind Hall H. From Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, view the 24-foot tall sculpture of the king of the monsters, along with fan art and a graffiti wall where visitors can memorialize their favorite Godzilla moments. Giveaways and photo opportunities will also be available.

From 6:00 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24th, WBHE hosts Batman ’66, reuniting pop icons Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar on the Hall H stage for “Batman: The Complete Television Series.” Moderated by Ralph Garman, the actors behind Batman, Robin and Catwoman will give the audience an inside look at the exclusive content contained in the Home Entertainment release due out later this year, as well as present dazzling high-definition re-mastered footage from the landmark series.

On Friday, July 25th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., it’s the world premiere of “Batman: Assault on Arkham,” the next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies, due out on Digital HD on July 29th and as a Blu-rayTM Combo Pack on August 12th. Produced by WBHE, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the full-length animated film is based on the best-selling “Batman: Arkham” videogame series. Lucky attendees at the Ballroom 20 event will also be treated to a panel discussion featuring Kevin Conroy of “Batman: The Animated Series,” Matthew Gray Gubler, Troy Baker and John DiMaggio, and the filmmaking team of producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva, dialogue director Andrea Romano, screenwriter Heath Corson, and moderator Victor Lucas. There will also be special announcements, exclusive prizes and a few potential surprises.

The final day of the Con, Sunday, July 27th—Kids’ Day—will see WBHE’s world premiere of the family animated film “Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy” at 10:00 a.m. in Room 6BCF. The story follows everyone’s favorite Great Dane and the Mystery Inc. gang on a trip to a cursed castle inhabited by a terrifying ghost. Attendees can stay for a panel discussion among several of the voice actors, including Mindy Cohn and Grey Griffin, director/producer Paul McEvoy and screenwriter Jim Krieg. The feature will be available August 5th on Digital HD, and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on August 19th.

On the same day in Room 6A, at 2:15 p.m., animation fans can also watch the world premiere of the beloved cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry in “Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon,” an hour-long feature filled with song, sorcery and slapstick. Filmmakers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone will be on hand to present the film, which will be released on Digital HD on August 19th, and on DVD on September 2nd.

And fans of the extensive WBHE library will be able to enjoy panels discussing some of their newest and greatest classic offerings: on Saturday the 26th at 1:00 p.m., Warner Archive Collection presents Trailers From Hell Live! A match made in classic movie heaven, the gurus of TFH, paired with the fan-centric trio of WAC podcasters, make a detailed, often humorous dissection of trailers from some of the great films in the fanboy spectrum. From sci-fi and horror to action and noir, it’s an education on current and upcoming releases in the WAC catalog and Warner Archive Instant, from a panel that includes Josh Olson and WAC Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti. In Room 25ABC.

At 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, WAC presents A Batman for all Seasons. Join respected producer/author Michael Uslan, producer James Tucker, producer/director Brandon Vietti, WAC Podcast hosts Patterson and Ferranti and surprise guests, as they examine Batman iterations and oddities throughout history, from early films like “Public Defender” and the Batman cartoons, to new versions of the character, the off-kilter takes and new media. Attendees who stick around to the end will be privy to a special WAC announcement that will excite fans both “Young” and old. Room 7AB.

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The Flash Pilot Explained – PART TWO: Totally Spoiled!

The Flash

The Flash Pilot airing October 7th 2014 on CW Network

Warning this article reveals every spoiler in the pilot! Stop here and do not read if you want to watch the TV show without anything spoiled.

For the Unspoiled Review Click Here

(PCM) The Flash Pilot is good television, but let’s face it. You want to know what parts of the real DC Universe made it into The Flash pilot.

Flash #22

Flash #22

The Flash pilot is crammed with fun but to anyone with existing knowledge of The Flash will agree the producers of the show make confusing use of characters and the back stories they come with.

You see the plot thread established in the pilot use elements from the DC Universe before and after it was rebooted with New 52. Take a moment to wrap your head around this. It’s important. The New 52 is the name of all DC titles (originally 52) rebooting the entire DC universe in 2011 in an effort to bring new readers into comics without the burden of knowing each character’s backstory. But in doing so existing readers are asked to pretend all the history of DC comics never took place.

Reverse Flash

The show begins with its biggest Easter Egg. If you’ve read the Flash in the New 52, you know Barry’s mother is killed. In the pilot, we flash back to Barry’s youth and witness a yellow streak (known as the speed force) circling Barry’s mother Nora Allen. In Barry’s second flashback there is a cinematic freeze frame. There you get a glimpse of a man in a yellow suit.

Reverse Flash

Get this glimpse of Reverse Flash in Barry’s second flashback

If you blink you’ll miss the super villain Reverse Flash …Or at least one of the villains known as Reverse Flash. Like The Flash, DC has a few characters taking on the role of Reverse Flash.

Could this incarnation of Reverse Flash be Professor Zoom whose real name is Eobard Thawne? Remember the name Thawne. We are going to revisit it.

Reverse Flash and Flash

Flash’s Greatest Foe

The CW show pilot The Flash depicts the current print New 52 canon. Reverse Flash kills Barry’s mother Nora leaving authorities to believe Barry’s father murdered his mother. Solving the death of his mother becomes Barry’s motivation to become a forensics detective hoping one day to free his father.

Print Continuity Breaks

In an act of kindness a detective (Joe West) on the scene raises Barry as a foster child. To fan faithful this may be an issue as in no previous tellings or current print universe of New 52, Barry isn’t raised by the West family. He is however raised by a friend of the family, detective Frye.

Including Reverse Flash will do a lot for the show as Professor Zoom one-day kills Barry’s wife Iris.

A glaring difference from print legacy is Barry’s one-day wife Iris raised under the same roof with Barry like a sister. If Flash is using any of the past Flash material and it is, then having Iris raised in the same house is going to be hard to explain. You see Iris is from the same future as Eobard Thawne.

The Eobard & Ethan Connection

Later in The Flash pilot we meet a young detective in Central City named Ethan Thawne. Is he related to the 25th century’s time traveling Professor Zoom or is he to become Professor Zoom? Recall that in the opening act we see a story element Eobard Thawn where Barry’s mother dies by his hands as Reverse. Changing the name of Eobard to Ethan may the writers way of confusing the comic book faithful just enough not to spoil the evolving storyline. However the similarity of the names and appearance of a Reverse Flash seems too obvious to ignore.

Regardless of who Reverse Flash is, it appears the time travel aspect of the Flash’s super powers is part of a long-term storyline. The last act of the pilot episode reveals this to be true. We’ll get to that.

Reverse Flash is never referred to as Reverse Flash or Professor Zoom in the pilot. It’s a mystery yet to be solved that a haunts Barry.

Ferris Air

Ferris Air

S.T.A.R. labs is a central character to The Flash. In a freak accident S.T.A.R. used as the scientific catalyst, which creates Barry Allen’s super powers along with Weather Wizard. It’s also revealed that due to the accident S.T.A.R. labs many other superheroes and supervillains await us.

Egg Hunt

Grodd's Cell

Grodd’s Cell

Look for:

  • Gorrilla Grood’s cell at S.T.A.R. labs.
  • Ferris Airlines
  • News item, Wayne/Queen Merger Complete
  • Names of characters that are actually more meta’s like Flash:
  • Caitlin Snow: Killer Frost
  • Cisco Ramon: Vibe
  • Actor John Wesley Shipp
John Wesley Shipp The Flash 1990

John Wesley Shipp The Flash 1990

Let’s not leave the John Wesley Shipp as a footnote in the Easter Eggs. He was after all the original Barry Allen in the 1990 TV series, The Flash. He plays Barry Allen’s father, Henry Allen. It’s better than a homage to the show and actor, it’s a proper form of respect. Few viewers will ever learn this tidbit.

The Flash Costume

The Flash Suit

The Flash Suit

It’s acceptable for TV. The show producers acknowledged they want to follow the plausible approach Christopher Nolan used in his Dark Knight Trilogy. So for Barry’s suit to pop out of his ring at this time isn’t going to happen.

Our TV version is an adapted fire suit developed at S.T.A.R. labs by a free spirited Cisco Ramon who is to one day portray the costumed Vibe. It fits Barry nicely but does look a bit drab and loose. As an actor Barry may need to bulk up in the lats to really wow the audience.

 

What Happened To Flash’s Boots?

In the spirit of explaining authenticity the the layman, Barry’s boots are not his trademark yellow. They too are red, but if Green Arrow can adopt a real mask after a full season, then Flash can change his boot color too at a later time. His trade mark bolt background shield is red not white. This matters in that the Reverse Flash’s suit is a perfect inverted suit.

What Happened To Barry's Boots?

What Happened To Barry’s Boots?

Barry’s suit is designed with two way communication back to S.T.A.R. labs where a small team support him. Not canon, but it’s TV, Barry can’t run around talking to himself in every episode, or can he?

What gives The Flash some real hope is writer Geoff Johns is on board. Not only has he been a TV writer for Smallville and Arrow, his pedigree is best supported by the fact he has written the Flash comic book, The Flash as well. If anyone knows canon and has the right to make changes for the sake of television it’s an original author.

Danielle Panabaker is Killer Frost, Carlos Valdez is Vibe

Danielle Panabaker is Killer Frost, Carlos Valdez is Vibe

Flash Dies

As mentioned in part one of this article, the New 52 reboots every DC character, Batman, Superman, everyone. Any great story in the past is to be forgotten and may be retold in time.

DC's 1985 continuity fix - Crisis on Infinite Earths

Crisis on Infinite Earths

In the last scene of The Flash pilot we get a huge teaser for a long term plotline. You witness an Internet news headline that Flash is missing. In the year 2024! The keyword is Crisis. That word is deliberate.

The writers of the The Flash are pulling a story element from Crisis On Infinite Earths (1985) where Barry Allen dies in a heroic act upon which he reset the continuity of the entire DC universe.

What’s confusing to any existing Flash fan is the TV show The Flash appears to boot the show from the New 52 (2011) which is yet another reboot of the entire DC universe.

If you try to establish from all the characters revealed in the pilot what’s to happen, you may get a headache.

Let’s hope he continues to write The Flash in upbeat style of the pilot and not the dark slow character study style of Smallville and Arrow. Those shows don’t match up with the print universe of Superman or Green Arrow. With The Flash attempting a more realistic comic book style it may be the first live action superhero TV show to most accurately portray a comic book super hero.

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