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Friday, February 23, 2018

TITANS Casts Jake Michaels as Robotman


The Doom Patrol is almost complete.

ComicBook.com has revealed that the upcoming DC Universe digital series Titans has cast Jake Michaels as Cliff Steele, better known to DC Comics fans as Robotman, member of the team of strange superheroes known as The Doom Patrol.  

Michaels joins Bruno Bichir as The Chief and April Bowlby as Elasti-Girl.  The Doom Patrol will make their debut in the series' fifth episode, "The Doom Patrol", written by Geoff Johns.

According to the article, Robotman is described as "A former race car driver, Cliff Steele was in a horrific accident that left his body uninhabitable.  Cliff’s brain was saved by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder and he lives on in a powerful robotic body."

Michaels has previously appeared in episodes of Designated Survivor, Killjoys, Condor, Saving Hope, Suits, 11.22.63, Beauty and the Beast, Lost Girl, Nikita, Na dobre i na złe, and Transporter: The Series.

Created in 1963 by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, Robotman first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 as Clifford "Cliff" Steele, a race car driver who had an accident that destroyed his body (a later retcon had the accident intentionally caused by Niles Caulder).  Caulder subsequently placed Cliff's intact brain into a robotic body which had superhuman strength, speed and endurance. After the operation, Cliff suffered from frequent depression because he viewed himself as less than human.

Cliff was approached by Caulder, who offered him a place among fellow "freaks" attempting to use their powers for good.  As Robotman, he joined Caulder's team, the Doom Patrol.  Eventually, tragedy struck when the Doom Patrol's enemies, the Brotherhood of Evil, threatened a small New England fishing village.  The Patrol members opted to sacrifice themselves to save the innocents, and were killed in an explosion.

Although initially believed to have been killed by Madame Rouge, Cliff's brain had survived. Will Magnus, the robotics expert who created the Metal Men, recovered Cliff's brain and built him a new body.  Cliff then joined a new Doom Patrol headed by a woman claiming to be Caulder's wife, Arani.  Refusing to believe that Niles was dead, she formed this new team to search for him and took his place as leader, calling herself Celsius, due to her heat-and-cold-based powers.  This new Doom Patrol was eventually almost all killed in action, with the exceptions of Cliff, Tempest, Negative Woman, and Rhea Jones (who remained comatose).  Caulder had turned up alive by this time, and denied having been married to Arani, although he admitted having known her.

Cliff voluntarily committed himself to an asylum, having fallen into a state of depression due to his condition and the loss of his teammates.  In particular, he was angry about being in a metal body and unable to enjoy the feeling and senses that humans take for granted. Caulder sent Magnus to try to help Cliff, and he introduced Cliff to a person with "worse problems than [his]", a woman called Crazy Jane.  Forming a new incarnation of the Doom Patrol, Cliff became Jane's guardian, and eventually fell in love with her.  Later, his human brain was revealed to have been replaced with a Central Processing Unit (CPU), making him a robot in reality.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as "The New 52", Cliff Steele is an adventurer and daredevil who agrees to be injected with experimental nanomachines designed to improve and repair his body.  After he's involved in a fatal car crash during a high-speed race, the nanomachines respond by creating a robotic body in order to encase and protect his still living brain.  Though initially distraught over his condition, the nanomachines prevent Cliff from being able to kill himself.  After coming to terms with his new body, he becomes a freelance hero, later joining the latest incarnation of the Doom Patrol.

This will be the first time the character will appear in live-action, although Robotman has appeared in various animation projects, including Teen Titans (voiced by Peter Onorati), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Henry Rollins), and in the DC Nation Doom Patrol shorts (voiced by David Kaye).

Titans is expected to debut on the DC Universe digital service sometime in 2018.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

THE FANDOM ZONE 130: "Daddy Darhkest" is Up!


"That was Rip.  This is John Constantine."
"Skinny Brit in a trench coat.  Same thing."
"Oh, doubtful, mate.  You see, I am an accomplished warlock, an expert of the occult, and a master of exorcism.  I'm also a Taurus for those of you taking notes."
-- Sara Lance, Mick Rory & John Constantine, Legends of Tomorrow: "Daddy Darhkest" 

Back in The Fandom Zone once again, Karen and I have returned with another new episode of The Fandom Zone PodcastThis week's reviews of comics on television include:

Legends of Tomorrow 3x10: "Daddy Darhkest"  (Midseason Premiere)
Black Lightning 1x05: "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like more technical difficulties with Karen's sound card, my Constantine action figure's flaming cupcakes, wanting a Legends of Tomorrow soundtrack with songs used in the episodes, the Michael Keaton movie Mr. Mom, the return of Matt Ryan as John Constantine, Constantine flirting with Citizen Cold, why Heat Wave isn't homophobic, Mallus trolling Constantine about Astra, Amaya getting knowledge of the future from Kuasa, the Star Wars parody Thumb Wars, Sara reminding everyone she's bisexual and not a lesbian by shagging Constantine, Ava Sharpe doing her best Princess Leia hologram, Team Fandom Zone, Frozone looking for his super-suit, the famous Casey Kasem rant, Annisa shopping for her first Thunder costume, Tobias Whale and his sister confronting their abusive power, Jennifer breaking the wrist of a bully, Black Lightning being closer to the Marvel Netflix shows than the other CW superhero shows, some new Justina feedback, wanting our editor Rob to bring my TitanTalk podcast out of the darkness, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Karen and I review the Season 4 premiere of The CW's iZombie, the midseason premieres of AMC's The Walking Dead, Fox's Gotham and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the sixth episode of The CW's Black Lightning, and new episodes of Fox's Lucifer and The CW's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Arrowright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 106: "The Power of Three" is Up!


"Right, I’m due at work."
"What, you’ve got a job?"
"Of course I’ve got a job.  What do you think we do when we’re not with you?"
"I’d imagine mostly kissing."
-- Rory Williams and The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Power of Three"

You guessed it, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, we finish our Chris Chibnall Doctor Who retrospective and review "The Power of Three", the 2012 episode from Series Seven of Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams, and the introduction of Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like Amy and Rory adjusting to real life on Earth, my magic black cube I've had decades before the episode aired, Brian taking the Doctor's request to watch the cubes way too seriously, the official introduction of Kate Stewart, science leading UNIT in the modern era, the Doctor wondering how humans can get along with only one heart, why a slow invasion doesn't really work as a Doctor Who threat,
 my Reverse the Polarity segment, new feedback from Holly from Wisconsin and Paul from Australia, my quick take on the movie Black Panther, and more!

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Be sure to come back in three weeks as Jesse and I are joined by special guest companion Christine Peruski to review "The Shakespeare Code", the 2007 episode from Series Three of Doctor Who, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

GHOSTWOOD 029: "My Life, My Tapes - Part 2" is Up!


"What did you see?"
"The abyss, Coop.  The abyss."
"What did you find there?"
"Wonderful things."
-- Dale Cooper and Windom Earle, The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we finish up our review the 1991 Scott Frost novel The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes! 

LET'S ROCK!

In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like Xan being a fidgeter, Cooper impressing F.B.I. agents with his autographed photo of J. Edgar Hoover, more of Cooper's draft-dodging brother Emmet, love on the F.B.I. Academy gun range, Cooper dictating his tapes to his secretary Diane Evans but knowing that he's talking to himself, Cooper's first encounter with Albert Rosenfield and his first meeting with Gordon Cole, the early chess games between Cooper and Windom Earle, Windom Earle's mysterious abduction, Cooper working a joint FBI/DEA task force with Dennis (Denise) Bryson, Caroline Earle's mysterious abduction, Cooper and Caroline's mutual attraction, Dale Cooper's brain not being wired for love, Cooper's stabbing and Caroline's murder at the hands of Windom Earle, Cooper transferring to the F.B.I.'s San Francisco office, Cooper going undercover at a gay bar, Cooper's fear of dentists, Cooper investigating the death of Theresa Banks in Deer Meadow instead of Chet Desmond, a question from listener Rachel O'Rourke Williams on Facebook, Xan taking a trip to Spain, hoping our old "Diane..." cassette tapes won't get eatenand more!

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Be sure to come back in three weeks as Xan and I review the 1990 Scott Frost audiobook "Diane..." - The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

THE FANDOM ZONE 129: "The Devil's Greatest Trick" is Up!


"I don't trust anyone's word, Mr. Diaz.  I put my faith in data, information.  Ones and zeros never lie.  This is digital proof that one of you has betrayed me."
-- Cayden James to Ricardo Diaz, Arrow: "The Devil's Greatest Trick" 

Back in The Fandom Zone once again, Karen and I have returned with another HUGE new episode of The Fandom Zone PodcastThis week's reviews of comics on television include:

Lucifer 3x14: "My Brother's Keeper"
Supergirl 3x13: "Both Sides Now"
The Flash 4x13: "True Colors"
Black Lightning 1x04: "Black Jesus"
Arrow 6x13: "The Devil's Greatest Trick"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like problems with Karen's sound mixer, racism against Muppets, Lucifer's respect for Ella's faith, Ella being naive about her shady brother Jay, Pierce vs. Amenadiel, Dr. Linda needing some counseling, speculating if Ella is Pierce's weakness, my not being a fan of folk music, Supergirl getting hate tweets for disrupting the subway, wondering by Lena Luthor doesn't figure out that Kara Danvers is Supergirl, Karen's rant about Saturn Girl just being arm candy for Mon-El, Martian Manhunter moonshine, wondering how Elongated Man can flood his skin with melanin, wondering why the Thinker decided to download himself into Hazard's female supervillain body while having several male supervillain bodies to choose from, Barry actually doing science for once, the Black Mirror episode "The Callister", Annisa confronting some drug dealers, Jennifer regretting quitting track to take care of her famewhore paralyzed boyfriend, Black Siren taking the heat for killing Cayden James' son, Dinah raging on everyone to kill Black Siren, Green Arrow using the Flash as an Uber substitute, my theory that Arrow brought in Oliver's son William so that Felicity isn't the most annoying character on the show, Oliver's Take Your Son to Superhero Day, our Wooden William smack, the color of polar bear fur, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review the midseason premiere of The CW's Legends of Tomorrow and the fifth episode of The CW's Black Lightning, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TITANS Casts April Bowlby as Elasti-Girl


The Doom Patrol is about to really grow in size.

Entertainment Weekly has word that the upcoming DC Universe digital series Titans has April Bowlby as Rita Farr, better known to DC Comics fans as Elasti-Girl, member of the team of strange superheroes known as The Doom Patrol.  

Bowlby joins Bruno Bichir as Dr. Niles Caulder, a.k.a. The Chief.  The Doom Patrol will make their debut in the series' fifth episode, "The Doom Patrol", written by Geoff Johns.

According to the article, Elasti-Girl is described as "An actress on the rise, Rita Farr was exposed to a toxic gas that altered her cellular structure — which, in the comics, allows her to expand or shrink her body at will. Longing for the days of old, Rita finds a place for herself among The Doom Patrol."

Bowlby, 37, is best known as Kandi on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men and as Stacy Barrett on the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva.  She's also appeared in episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Psych, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, How I Met Your Mother, and CSI: NY.

Created in 1963 by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, Elasti-Girl first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 as Rita Farr, an Olympic swimming gold medalist turned Hollywood actress who was exposed to unusual volcanic gases while shooting a film in Africa.  When Farr recovered, she discovered that she could expand or shrink her body at will—from hundreds of feet tall to mere inches in height.  When she gained greater control of her powers, she discovered that she could enlarge one limb at a time.

Although not physically disfigured, Rita initially had no control over her size changes.  Considered a freak and a menace, she became a recluse, leaving her Hollywood career in ruins.  However, Rita was approached by Dr. Niles Caulder who offered her a place among fellow "freaks" attempting to use their powers for good.  As Elasti-Girl, she joined Caulder's team, the Doom Patrol.

Rita soon fell in love with and married Steve Dayton, an ally of the Doom Patrol known as Mento.  Later on, the couple adopted young Gar Logan, became the Teen Titans member Beast Boy.  Eventually, tragedy struck when the Doom Patrol's enemies, the Brotherhood of Evil, threatened a small New England fishing village.  The Patrol members opted to sacrifice themselves to save the innocents, and were killed in an explosion.  It was later revealed that several members of the team actually cheated death (to appear in Doom Patrol revivals), although Elasti-Girl would remain dead until John Byrne rebooted the team's continuity in 2004 as if none of the previous events ever happened.  Byrne's reboot was later removed from continuity in the Infinite Crisis mini-series.

Following the "One Year Later" storyline, the Doom Patrol changed considerably, losing several members and gaining Beast Boy, Bumblebee and Vox.  Rita's resurrection was explained that The Chief salvaged a piece of Elasti-Girl's skull and used his technology to regrow her entire body due to its malleable form.  Consequently, Elasti-Girl was very docile, and was reluctant to question the Chief.  The Chief hinted that her malleable form hampered her thinking abilities, leading to her lack of personal initiative which makes her dependent upon Caulder.  As he observed her interaction with the Chief, Robin suspected that the Chief had brainwashed Rita and the other Patrol members.  Rita's husband Mento was under the control of his Mento-helmet, and believed that his wife would never love him without it.  Following their battle against the Brotherhood, the Titans and the Doom Patrol confronted the Chief.  Mento finally removed his helmet and pointedly told the Chief that he was no longer leader of the Patrol and if he ever again insulted his wife and son, he would use his powers to destroy the Chief's intellect.  Rita firmly stood behind her husband, breaking out of the Chief's control.

In the most recent Doom Patrol series, Rita changed her codename to Elasti-Woman.  It was revealed that when the Chief regrew her, he did so using protoplasm to eliminate "weaknesses" such as bones and internal organs and therefore Rita was no longer human. When she slept, Rita lost her human shape and reverted to a puddle of goo, having to reshape herself when she wakes up every morning.

This will be the first time the character will appear in live-action, although Elasti-Girl has appeared in various animation projects, including Teen Titans (voiced by Tara Strong), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Olivia d'Abo), and in the DC Nation Doom Patrol shorts (voiced by Kari Wahlgren).

Titans is expected to debut on the DC Universe digital service sometime in 2018.

DOCTOR WHO Reveals New Logo & Teaser for the Jodie Whittaker Era


My thoughts on the new logo?  "Oh, brilliant!"

At a BBC Worldwide showcase earlier today, Jodie Whittaker revealed the new logo for Doctor Who's upcoming Series 11, the first season featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill as new companions Graham, Ryan, and Yasmin, and Chris Chibnall as the new Doctor Who showrunner.

The new orange-gold logo, produced by creative agency Little Hawk, harkens back to the logo colors from the Russell T. Davies era during 2005-2009, while offering something new along with a sly female symbolism Easter egg if you turn the "ho" in "Who" sideways.

The Doctor Who logo and insignia are the quintessential signifier for the brand," said BBC Worldwide Executive Creative Director Rafaela Perera.  "Our aim was to create modern and elegant designs that were anchored in the things that we love most about Doctor Who."


A brief 17-second teaser for the new logo and Series 11 also debuted, with music from British musician and sound artist Matthew Herbert.  The video features the TARDIS bursting through a crystalline debris field to illuminate the new lettering, which you can view below thanks to the official Doctor Who account on YouTube...




Doctor Who will return to BBC America for Series 11 sometime in Fall 2018.