After lurking as a presence in Arrow throughout the second season, villain Ra’s al Ghul finally will appear in Season 3, as will the hero Wildcat, fans at Comic-Con’s mega-screening for Warner Bros TV and DC Comics properties learned tonight. While his face was not identified, the criminal mastermind was seen in full costume and with a sword in a new preview clip. Following up on a Facebook hint by Arrow lead Stephen Amell that Ted “Wildcat” Grant would join the show, producer Marc Guggenheim tonight confirmed both additions to the hit CW drama. A longtime DC villain, Liam Neeson played the character on the big screen in 2005’s Batman Begins and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.
The Arrow revelations came at the end of the first nighttime presentation for SDCC, screening a smorgasbord of upcoming WBTV shows in massive Hall H.
“You saved the best for last,” said WBTV Marketing chief Lisa Gregorian to the thousands in the hall in kicking off the 3-hour event. The extravaganza not only was a testament to the rise of superheroes but also WB and DC properties. “I remember being at Comic-Con when we were the only DC property on television,” said Amell, the night’s emcee, as he named off The Flash pilot, the world premiere of Batman prequel Gotham, plus a preview of NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine and … Read More »
Once again it’s the networks that have poured big money into blanketing downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in promo materials, with a few exceptions. Besides Showtime’s Penny Dreadful being on all the lanyards for the more than 130,000 attendees, here’s what’s greeting Comic-Congoers on the ground as Wednesday’s Preview Night kicks into gear ahead of the Thursday-to-Sunday rush (check back for more glimpses from geek ground zero throughout the week):
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NBC’s Constantine (above) has a blazing standee of star Matt Ryan on display to get audiences used to seeing the Welsh thesp as DC Comics antihero John Constantine. Show debuts October 24. Elsewhere around Comic-Con’s downtown HQ, a massive banner for TNT’s August-premiering series Legends, starring Sean Bean and Ali Larter, has taken another chunk of prime eyeball real estate. Read More »
Telenovela actress Angelica Celaya will join the cast of NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine as the character Zed, the show’s producers revealed at today’s TCA panels.
Executive producer Daniel Cerone — appearing on the panel with EP David S. Goyer and cast members Harrold Perrineau, Matt Ryan (who plays the title role) and Charles Halford — described Zed as a character with “an interesting dark past” and called her a perfect foil for the Constantine character. “Zed is intuitive, she can detect bulls***,” he said, and Constantine is a “bulls*** artist.”
The psychic Zed character will serve as a replacement of sorts for the character of Liv Aberdine, played by True Blood actress Lucy Griffiths, who is leaving the show. The network had previously announced that the Zed character, who appears in the Hellblazer and Constantine comics series on which the series is based, would be aded during early episodes of the show.
The producers said that there was no need to reshoot the pilot without Griffiths. In Constantine’s life, Goyer said, “characters drop around him like flies” and having the character leave the show seemed “kind of consistent with the character.”
Goyer called Constantine “one of the great characters of modern literature” but added that the success of the 2005 movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves “didn’t hurt.“ He says when he was given his choice of comic-book characters for a TV franchise, he chose Constantine. “He is the best the … Read More »
UPDATE, 1:15 PM: Warner Bros Television, as per its Wednesday night Comic-Con tradition in Ballroom 20, will preview the pilots to Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright’s adaptation of the Vertigo comic iZombie, The Flash, Constantine and a brand-new episode of Teen Titans Go! starting at 6 PM. iZombie, airing midseason on the CW, stars Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life until she is turned into a zombie. With each brain she eats, she inherits the corpse’s memories, making her the perfect person to solve homicides with her medical examiner boss and a police detective. McIver, Thomas, Ruggiero-Wright will be on hand for a panel at 11:30 AM Friday, July 25, with stars Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley and Rahul Kohli. WBTV’s other frosh series coming to San Diego is Adult Swim’s animated Mike Tyson Mysteries, in which the boxer takes the fight from the ring to the streets. Panel is in the Indigo Ballroom, at 2:30 PM Friday, with stars Tyson, Rachel Ramras and Jim Rash and producer Hugh Davidson. In addition, Comic-Con regulars Childrens Hospital, The Big Bang Theory, The 100, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest, The Following and Supernatural will return with their casts and creators as well as clip/episode presentations.
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Check out the first look at NBC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. Check back for more as they come in.
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State Of Affairs – Drama
Produced by Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions. From Writer/director/executive producer Joe Carnahan and executive producers Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz.
Marry Me – Comedy
Produced by Sony Pictures TV and FanFare Productions. From writer/executive producer David Caspe, director/executive producer Seth Gordon and executive producer Jamie Tarses.
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EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of drama pilot Constantine getting picked up to series by NBC, the project’s executive producer David S. Goyer has signed a first-look deal with NBC sister studio Universal TV. Goyer will continue as an executive producer alongside writer/executive producer Daniel Cerone on DC Comic-based Constantine, which is produced by Warner Bros TV, while developing new projects for Uni TV. “David Goyer is a wildly imaginative writer with a distinct voice,” said Uni TV EVP Bela Bajaria. “Whether the setting is world-building or grounded, he creates memorable characters.” Read More »
After picking up three new drama series from its sibling Universal TV on Tuesday, NBC moved on to Warner Bros. with orders for the Debra Messing-starring The Mysteries Of Laura, from Aaron Kaplan, Greg Berlanti and McG, and Constantine, from Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. With Constantine‘s pickup, DC Comics has completed a sweep, with all four of its Warner Bros. TV pilots going to series. Constantine joins Gotham at Fox and The Flash and iZombie at the CW. Of the remaining NBC drama pilots, the futuristic Tin Man is dead, with saga Salvation also not going forward.
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Written by Jeff Rake based on a Spanish series and directed by McG, Laura follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective (Messing) who can handle murderous criminals — but not her unruly twins. Laz Alonso and Janina Gavankar co-star. Kaplan, Berlanti, Rake and McG exec produce with Sarah Schechter and Todd Lituchy.
Written/exec produced by Cerone, exec produced by Goyer and directed by Neil Marshall, Constantine centers on John Constantine (Matt Ryan), an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from … Read More »
True Blood alumna Lucy Griffiths has been cast as the female lead opposite Matt Ryan in NBC’s drama pilot Constantine, from Warner Bros TV. Also cast in the project, based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories are Lost alum Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford (True Detective). Constantine centers on John Constantine (Ryan), an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond. When Liv (Griffiths), the daughter of a late friend, is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her. Griffiths’ Liv is an offbeat young woman tired of her ordinary life who comes to discover that she has the ability of seeing the supernatural world among us, which makes her a key player in the battle between good and evil. Liv teams up with Constantine to save lives, master her power, and learn more about her late father.
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Welsh actor Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) is finalizing a deal to play the lead in NBC’s drama pilot Constantine, from Warner Bros TV. Based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories, the project centers on John Constantine (Ryan), an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond. John Constantine is described as a working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager. When the daughter of a late friend is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her. The project was written by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone from a story he co-penned with David S. Goyer, the go-to writer for Warner Bros’ feature DC adaptations who has co-penned The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Man Of Steel and the upcoming Batman vs. Superman.
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UPDATE: NBC also has picked up to pilot Warner Bros TV-produced drama The Mysteries Of Laura, from writer Jeff Rake, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project, based on the popular Spanish series Los Misterios De Laura, had a production commitment and I hear has a cast-contingent order. It follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her evil twins. WBTV, where Berlanti Productions is based, is producing. Rake wrote the adaptation and will executive produce with Berlanti and Kaplan, while Berlanti Productions’ Melissa Kellner Berman co-execute produces.
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PREVIOUS, 3:34 PM: It is a big day for Warner Bros TV and DC Comics. On the heels of Fox confirming its Batman drama Gotham is going to series this morning, NBC has greenlighted a pilot for Constantine, a drama based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories. The project, which had a script commitment with penalty, was written by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone from a story by him and David S. Goyer, the go-to writer for Warner Bros’ feature DC adaptations. The two are executive producing, with Cerone serving as showrunner. Constantine centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.
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