For years Smallville fans clamored for a guest appearance by Batman. And they weren’t the only ones: Producers frequently tried to get the Dark Knight or at least his alter ego, Bruce Wayne to swing into young Clark Kent’s world. Alas, corporate red tape kept the ultimate team-up from happening — until now.As announced earlier this week, Batman will finally find his way to Metropolis in DC Comics’ digital series Smallville Season 11, the continuation of the late, great WB/CW show. And he won’t be coming alone. Series writer Bryan Q. Miller who also wrote for the TV version tells TV Guide Magazine that Batman’s partner is none other than Nightwing.In a twist, the character behind the mask is Stephanie Brown, rather than Dick Grayson, the former Robin, who ultimately became Nightwing in the comics. Stephanie debuted in the DC Comics universe as the vigilante Spoiler. She later became Batgirl, in a series Miller wrote from 2009-11.This new version of the Dynamic Duo comes to Metropolis to follow a lead on the man who killed Bruce’s parents. It was those murdered that spurred him into a life of caped crusading. “Batman’s been operating in a vigilante/urban legend capacity for probably a little bit longer than when Clark started being The Blur,” Miller says, referring to Clark’s pre-Superman identity on the TV series.As to why he picked Stephanie for the sidekick slot, Miller says, “Bruce can be somewhat of an angry man. Stephanie’s personality is so can-do and unsinkable and bright, so it’s very much on purpose on Bruce’s part that he has a good cop going out on patrol with him every night.” Miller says it will eventually be addressed as to why Stephanie is Nightwing in this comic and not Batgirl.Batman and Nightwing show up in early August in a digital-first chapter of the series. Printed collections of the chapters come out monthly, with the start of this arc slated to go on sale in September. To download chapters of the comic go to readdcentertainment.com.”I’m thrilled by how it’s been received so far,” Miller says of Season 11′s positive feedback and strong sales. DC says that it’s consistently one of their top 10 digital comics. “Even with this Batman announcement there’s a heavy amount of griping about Batman’s armor [as seen in the preview image above]. But people are talking about it, which is not necessarily a bad thing. And I’m hearing from people that it’s bringing them to comic shops and the DC app, and they’re discovering all kinds of other comics. In the best way, I think it’s a good gateway drug for all of the storytelling that DC has to offer.”For an exclusive sneak peek at this week’s chapter of Smallville Season 11 featuring Green Arrow/Ollie and Chloe click here.
Last night, I watched “Saving Hope” on NBC which starred several relatively good television actors like Michael Shanks, who I loved in his roles Stargate roles as Dr. Daniel Jackson on “Stargate SG-1,” “Stagate Atlantis,” and “Stargate Universe” as well as his short-lived role as Hawkman on Smallville with co-star of “Saving Hope,” Erica Durance who plays his fiance Dr. Alex Reid, there seems to be no hope to the survival of “Saving Hope.”
It might be that Shanks has been typecast as Dr. Daniel Jackson, but his performance as Dr. Charlie Harris last….
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Stephen Amell will step into the title role after his alter ego, Oliver Queen returns from a desert island after being stranded for five years. Upon his return to civilization, Olivier reinvents himself as the vigilante called Arrow in order to take down criminals who would otherwise escape justice while keeping his new life a secret from his sister, Thea (Willa Holland) and his mother, Moira (Susanna Thompson); who may have engineered the shipwreck that trapped Oliver and took the life of his father….
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The Superman Celebration is under way in the 6,500-resident Ohio River community of Metropolis and runs through Sunday.
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend the celebration that includes movies and music, along with appearances by John Glover…
Marvel’s “The Avengers” has grossed over $1 Billion worldwide and is one of the most successful films in history. Yesterday it was announced that Warner Bros. would seek to duplicate this success by moving forward with the development of a much expected “Justice League” Movie. As a fan of the JLA and of its many members I should be ecstatic about this—but I’m not. In fact, given the information we have, I think it’s a pretty big mistake.
In brief, we’ve been told that Warner Bros. has hired “Gangster Squad” writer Will Beall to provide a screenplay likely to feature Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman…..
Cassidy Freeman is moving on to a new series, but she still can see “Smallville” in her rear-view mirror.
Formerly the devious Tess Mercer on the young-Superman saga that lasted a decade, the actress plays it much more down-to-earth as the attorney daughter of the title sheriff (Australian actor Robert Taylor) in “Longmire,” A&E’s modern…..
The CW has just released an extended preview of their highly anticipated series “Arrow.” Don’t be fooled by the name. This Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) is way darker than the one you remember from “Smallville.”
He’s been on an island alone for five years and something happened to him there that changed him forever. It also did something pretty fantastic to his abs as seen in the picture above. How are those even real?
Saving HopeWhen: premieres tonight, 9 p.m.Where: CTV, NBCErica Durance compares per-forming fake surgery with acting in a well-choreographed play.The Calgary-born actress is on the phone from Toronto after six gruelling hours in the operating room performing make-believe life-and-death procedures as the star of CTV’s new medical drama Saving Hope.As with most hospital-set dramas, there’s an emphasis on authenticity. Makeup and prosthetics certainly help. Consultants are on hand for the rest.It has all conspired to make Durance look every bit the expert she is supposed to be when it comes to wielding the scalpel. She seems pleased when told how authentic it all looked in Episode 1.”It’s a little bit crazy,” she says. “As an actor, you’re trying to get your bearings a lot.”TV doctors should always look competent. But as Dr. Alex Reid, chief surgical resident of the fictional Mount Zion Hospital, it’s even more important that Durance, 33, looks sure-handed and confident. Part of the dramatic tension in Saving Hope is watching the pragmatic Reid’s certainty unravel as she’s faced with personal tragedy….”
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