Comic book properties have gained a new market on the small screen, and with the amount of news coming at us we've decided to compile it all in This Week on Geek TV!
The big news of the week saw our first look at Grant Gustin as the Flash in full costume, which sparked some serious fan discussion. More shots of the suit in action have been released, giving us a better look at Gustin as Barry Allen AKA the Flash as they shoot the pilot for CW, which is slated to air in the fall.
Following the recent Constantine casting announcements, we get our first look at Matt Ryan as John Constantine in the first official photo from the series which is heading into production soon.
While some of the fan discussion about the Flash reveal focused on the outfit’s differences when compared to the comic book version, there’s no denying that Ryan’s Constantine is a pretty direct adaptation of his comic apparel.
Fox’s Gotham released the first official logo along with the surprisingly long and detailed series synopsis, following the recent casting of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle.
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, Open Grave, “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, “HawthoRNe,” Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” Another Earth).
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD adds a familiar character to Hulk fans as Glenn Talbot will be appearing on the show, played by Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar. Talbot has appeared on screen before, played by Josh Lucas in Ang Lee’s Hulk, but this would mark the character’s first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Pasdar currently voices Tony Stark/Iron Man on Disney’s Avengers Assemble.
And finally the CW’s iZombie has cast the lead in the series, which has come under fire for disregarding a lot of the source material. Once Upon a Time‘s Rose McIvers joins Malcom Quinn, Robert Buckley, David Anders and Alexandra Crosney in the supernatural police procedural.
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