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 »
If Batman isn’t going to show up in Fox’s upcoming fall series Gotham, and if the show largely deals with the origins of future Police Commissioner James Gordon, well then, shouldn’t the show more aptly be titled Gordon? Such weighty questions about how Gotham will expand on the Batman universe, not to mention the show’s potential resonance with fans, were at the heart of the series panel at Sunday’s TCAs. One issue that was raised was how Gotham would create tension, especially if it doesn’t plan to kill off such legendary villains such as The Riddler and The Penguin, which would mess with Batman mythology.
Gotham executive producer Bruno Heller sarcastically responded, “It’s a sad thing when you can’t bring tension by killing people. One of the show’s great advantages with this world is that people know where it’s going, there are people who are invested in the story.”
Ben McKenzie, who plays Gordon, equated Gotham to “Greek tragedy. The fate comes in the first act. The series is about the interesting journey and how the city falls into disrepair and total anarchy.” Read More »
Fox and Warner Bros TV have dropped a new 45-second teaser for Gotham, the gritty cop drama based on DC Comics’ Batman lore that premieres September 22. Ben McKenzie stars as James Gordon, war hero and newbie Gotham City homicide cop tasked with solving one of the city’s highest-profile crimes: The murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Here he crosses paths with some of Gotham’s once and future criminal masterminds, including Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, and Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle: Read More »
Australian actress Georgina Haig (Fringe) has been tapped to play the coveted Frozen character Elsa in Season 4 of ABC’s fantasy drama Once Upon A Time. Elsa was introduced in the Season 3 finale and is expected to appear in the premiere episode this fall. She will play opposite Elizabeth Lail and Scott Michael Foster, who will play Elsa’s younger sister Anna and Anna’s love interest Kristoff, in the heavily recurring role. Paradigm-repped Haig can currently be seen on CBS’ Reckless.
Kyle Massey has booked a recurring role on Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham. Based on DC characters from the Batman universe, the hourlong drama series explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as an idealistic rookie detective in Gotham City, along with Bruce Wayne and the villains who made Gotham City famous. Massey, repped by Untitled and The Osbrink Agency, will play Macky, an abused and neglected kid who lives on the streets. Massey can next be seen in indie feature Senior Project.
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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Fox has released a new teaser for its Batman prequel Gotham and this time it’s all about the villains. Featured are Camren Bicondova, Robin Lord Taylor and Jada Pinkett Smith. Voiceover asks, “How will a little girl, a low-level thug, and a businesswoman become the most dangerous villains around? We’ll have to wait to find out. Gotham is produced by Warner Bros TV and based upon characters published by DC Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Bruno Heller, director/executive producer Danny Cannon and executive producer John Stephens. Gotham premieres this fall. Check out the sneak peek:
Social media platforms are connecting hard-core fans to TV shows and movies in massive numbers, helping build a durable base for success for the programs smart enough to harness it in creative ways. But measuring what that superfan is worth, and how best to connect that superfan to a show and to broader audiences, in a way that everyone in Hollywood can understand is and advertisers will pay for, well, that’s a very different challenge. That’s the takeaway from the past three days of the PromaxBDA conference, which brings together marketing, publicity and promotion execs from throughout entertainment. As the show wrapped Thursday in New York, I took the opportunity to talk with the conference co-chairs, all top execs with NBC, Fox or Warner Bros. and all struggling to figure out what that fan is worth, and how you can consistently reach that fan.
“It’s a challenge here in the U.S. and it’s a global issue, which never before have we faced as marketing executives, where the viewer is so empowered,” said Lisa Gregorian, president and chief marketing officer of the Warner Bros Television Group. She also ended her term as PromaxBDA co-chair Thursday. “We’d craft the message and there was no dialog coming back (from audiences). Now we’re dealing with social issues, measurement issues. Really what viewers have is choice and voice.”
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Check out the first look at Fox‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. Check back for more as they come in.
Gotham – Fall Drama
Produced by Warner Bros TV and based upon characters published by DC Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Bruno Heller, director/executive producer Danny Cannon and executive producer John Stephens.
Gracepoint – Fall Event Series
Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends. From writer/executive producer Chris Chibnall and executive producers Anya Epstein, Dan Futterman, Jane Featherstone,John Goldwyn and Carolyn Bernstein. Futterman and Epstein serve as showrunners.
Red Band Society – Fall Drama
Produced by ABC Studios in association with Amblin TV. From writer/executive producer Margaret Nagle and executive producer Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
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After guest-starring in the pilot, Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart-Jones have been promoted to regulars on Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham. Based on DC characters from the Batman universe, the hourlong drama series explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as an idealistic rookie detective in Gotham City, along with Bruce Wayne and the villains who made Gotham City famous. Smith plays Edward Nygma,the DC Comics character destined to become future supervillain The Riddler. Nygma is a brilliant but socially awkward forensic scientist who’s eccentric and outgoing and desperate to be liked. Cartagena, repped by Gersh and Sweet 180, and Stewart-Jones, both play detectives in the major crimes unit of the Gotham Police Department, Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen, respectively. Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, and Camren Bicondova also star.
Big day for the citizens of Gotham City. Fox handed a series order to its Batman prequel this afternoon, and now we get the first full trailer for Gotham. The origin story stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, an idealistic rookie cop who has a long way to go before reaching the commissioner’s office. Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen. Have a look:
And we are off with the first official series order for a pilot this season. Exactly a week before Fox is slated to present its schedule to advertisers, the network has given a formal series pickup to one of its high-profile pilots, Gotham. The project, based on characters from the DC universe, had a series commitment and had been considered a lock for the spot on the 2014-15 schedule. An origin story of the great DC Comics supervillains and vigilantes, Gotham explores the early years of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as an idealistic rookie detective in Gotham City and the rogues’ gallery of villains that made the city infamous. The pilot for the project, from Warner Bros TV, was written/executive produced by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller and directed/exec produced by Danny Cannon. John Stephens recently was brought in and will serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Heller.
Co-starring alongside McKenzie are Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen.
Related: ‘Gotham’ Character Photos Revealed
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Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham is staffing up, with TV writer/author John Stephens coming on board as an executive producer. The assignment is part of an overall deal Stephens has signed with Gotham producer Warner Bros TV. Gotham, from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, has a series commitment and is fully expected to go to series. Stephens, repped by UTA and and Jackoway Tyerman, previously worked on the WBTV series Gossip Girl (exec producer) and The O.C. (co-exec producer).
Cory Michael Smith has joined the cast of Gotham as Edward Nygma, the DC Comics character destined to become future supervillain The Riddler. In the prequel drama from Fox and WBTV, Nygma is a brilliant but socially awkward forensic scientist who’s eccentric and outgoing and desperate to be liked. Smith has a guest role in the pilot and might become a series regular on the hourlong drama exec produced by Bruno Heller, which stars Ben McKenzie as young Gotham City cop James Gordon. Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, and Camren Bicondova also star. Smith is coming off of HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge with Frances McDormand and turns in Todd Haynes’ Carol, opposite Cate Blanchett, and Camp X-Ray with Kristen Stewart. Smith is repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion.
‘Gotham’ Character Photos Revealed: Slideshow
2014 Fox Pilots
Here is a first look at a member of the Batman DC universe from Fox‘s Batman prequel series Gotham. Warner Bros TV has released this image of Donal Logue as Gotham City Police Detective Harvey Bullock. Gotham explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as an idealistic rookie detective in Gotham City and the rogues’ gallery of villains that made the city infamous. Bullock is Gordon’s rough-around-the-edges partner and mentor.
This is the second unshaven, trench coat-wearing DC comic book detective we’ve seen this pilot season, along with NBC’s John Constantine, played by Matt Ryan in the WBTV-produced pilot (see him here). Just like Constantine, Bullock has been stripped of his smoking habit in his transition from comics to TV, with no sign of his trademark cigar. We have yet to get a glimpse of Gotham’s lead character Gordon.
Twelve-year-old David Mazouz, who played the young lead opposite Kiefer Sutherland in Touch, is taking on a lead role in another Fox drama series, the Batman prequel Gotham. He will play the iconic comic book character of Bruce Wayne who will grow up to become the Caped Crusader. Also cast in the project, based on DC characters from the Batman universe, is newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle and future Catwoman. Gotham explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as an idealistic rookie detective in Gotham City, along with Wayne and the villains who made Gotham City famous. The preteen Wayne is sentenced to a solitary life after the tragic murder of his wealthy parents and relies on the guidance and protection of Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) and Gordon.
Mazouz’s casting stems from a talent deal Fox inked with him following Touch‘s cancellation in May after two seasons. He was an early choice of WBTV for the role, and the studio stuck with him throughout the casting process. Rounding out the regular cast of Gotham is Bicondova as Selina Kyle, a teenage orphan, skilled street thief and pickpocket who is dangerous when cornered. Its hard not to notice the resemblance to Michelle Pfeiffer, probably the most memorable screen Catwoman. Mazouz is with Paradigm, Intellectual Artists Management and Jackoway Tyerman; Bicondova … Read More »
The Matrix’s Jada Pinkett Smith will co-star opposite Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue in Fox‘s Batman prequel drama Gotham, which has a series commitment. Based on DC characters from the Batman universe, Gotham explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (McKenzie) as an idealistic rookie detective in Gotham City, along with Bruce Wayne and the villains who made Gotham City famous. Smith will play Fish Mooney, an imposing, hotheaded and notoriously sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner with street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book who is not one to be crossed. Pinkett Smith, who started in television on the NBC comedy A Different World, also toplined and executive produced the TNT drama Hawthorne. Repped by Paradigm and attorney Jason Sloane, she is executive producing The Queen Latifah Show and works as an activist against human trafficking.
Fox’s ‘Gotham’ Casts Four Roles Including The Penguin & Alfred
TCA: Fox’s ‘Gotham’ Series Will Feature All Classic Batman Characters, Including Bruce Wayne
After weeks of speculation, the worst-kept Gotham casting secret is finally out, with Donal Logue closing a deal to co-star opposite Ben McKenzie in Fox‘s Batman prequel drama, which has a series commitment. Based on DC characters from the Batman universe, Gotham explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (McKenzie) as an idealistic rookie detective in Gotham City, Bruce Wayne, and the villains that made Gotham City famous. Logue plays Detective Harvey Bullock, Gordon’s rough-around-the-edges partner and mentor who plays loose with police procedure, but he gets results … and he does it with old-school, forceful panache. Once a sitcom star, Logue reinvented himself as a drama actor with dark turns on BBC America’s Copper and FX’s Sons Of Anarchy. He is with UTA, Kipperman Management and attorney Shep Rosenman.
Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Sean Pertwee (Camelot) and Erin Richards (Breaking In) have been cast opposite Ben McKenzie in Fox‘s Batman prequel drama series Gotham. Based on DC characters from the Batman universe, Gotham explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (McKenzie) as an idealistic rookie detective in Gotham City; Bruce Wayne following the death of his parents; and the villains that made Gotham City famous.
Taylor will play one of those villains, Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin. With the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal, Cobblepot is a low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney who hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor. Guevara, repped by the Kohner agency and Jennifer Wiley Stockton, will play Captain Essen, Gordon’s boss at the GCPD Homicide Squad, who balances the worlds of police and politics with a Machiavellian skill that’s as much corporate litigator as cop. Pertwee, repped by NB Management, Hamilton Hodell and attorney Dale De La Torre, will play a younger version of Bruce Wayne’s trusted valet Alfred Pennyworth. A tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London, Alfred has loyally served the Waynes and now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he’s fiercely protective of the young Bruce. Read More »