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A Look At 5 DC Entertainment Television Shows In Development

DC Entertainment currently has five television shows in development. While some of them are based on well-known DC characters, a few focus on characters that are a bit more obscure. However, they all have their roots in serialized comics. Let’s take a look at them…

The Flash

We’ll be seeing The Flash on the small screen on December 4, 2013 in the first of two back-to-back episodes of Arrow.

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Featuring actor Grant Gustin as everyone’s favorite Central City forensic scientist, this debut will make the new Flash series currently in development for The CW something of a spinoff.

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Gotham

This highly anticipated new series currently in development for Fox is a prequel of sorts set in Gotham and focusing on the origin of Commissioner James Gordon and other characters and villains found within the Batman universe. While set within his world, Batman won’t be a part of the show. It seems very possible that the series will pull from the Jim Gordon sequences in Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli’s seminal Batman: Year One.

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Constantine

The character of John Constantine was first introduced in the pages of Swamp Thing before spinning off into his own Vertigo series (Hellblazer, which wrapped up its 300-issue run earlier this year and remains Vertigo’s longest running series) and eventually his own ongoing series in The New 52. He’s also no stranger to the screen, having previously appeared in a 2005 film starring Keanu Reeves.

A con man who dabbles in sorcery and the supernatural, Constantine is a gritty character who’s about as far on the magic-using spectrum from Harry Potter and Gandalf as you can get. Currently in development for NBC, the Constantine series will hopefully get a chance to show off the darker side of DC Comics characters this fall.

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Hourman

Yes, we’re diving into much less familiar waters of the DC Universe with this one, but that’s what makes it so intriguing. The character of Hourman stems all the way back to 1940, and has appeared in a variety of forms and under a variety of names since then. In this show being developed for The CW, Hourman is a pharmaceutical analyst who possesses the ability to glimpse tragic events from exactly one hour into the future, and makes it his mission to do what he can to stop these events from happening.

Hourman doesn’t have a self-titled series, but among other things, he’s known for being a part of the Justice Society of America.

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iZombie

Based on a quirky Vertigo series by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred, iZombie promises to be a lot different than the other zombie shows and movies out there should it make it to series. Currently in development for The CW, with a pilot script being written by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero, iZombie tells the story of a young female coroner who helps solve homicide cases. The catch? She’s also a zombie who must consume brains to maintain her humanity, and every time she does, she inherits the corpse’s memories.

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Bottleneck Gallery Announces Matt Ferguson’s Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Timed Print Release; Sale Starts On Friday November 22, 2013

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To celebrate Dr. Who’s 50th anniversary, Bottleneck Gallery will release a new series of prints from Matt Ferguson that honors each Doctor over the course of the entire series.

All 11 prints will be available as a timed released edition at Bottleneckgallery.com. The sale will start Friday, November 22nd at 12pm eastern and last till 11:59pm on Sunday, November 24th. Each giclee print is 8 x 11 inches, numbered and costs $25.

There will be an option to purchase each piece individually or as a set of 11 for $260. Each set will come with a free “12th” print that will be shown over the weekend on Bottleneck Gallery’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/Bottleneckgallery).

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Home Sweet Home, an organization that helps incarcerated mothers and their children reconnect in society.

Also, If you happen to be attending UK’s Thought Bubble, stop by and say hello to Matt who will be at table 88 in the Allied London Hall.

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Under The Dome Snow Globe

The scene will forever be emblazoned in your mind, and now you can have it commemorated as well. The Under The Dome Snow Globe ($50) based on the hit CBS series features the halved cow with the barn, the new home of the mini-dome, in the background. Give the snow glove a shake and pink stars start falling down around it.

This would make a perfect gift for the Stephen King fan on your Holiday shopping list!

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Dimensions: W: 3.9″ H: 4.7″ Globe: 4”

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Breaking Bad Season 5 Alternate Ending

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The Breaking Bad complete box set will include an alternate ending, and the scene has surfaced on YouTube in advance of its official release.

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The Night of The Doctor, A Doctor Who Mini-Episode Leading Up To The 50th Anniversary Special

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The Night of the Doctor is a mini-episode of Doctor Who written by Steven Moffat starring a rather unexpected Doctor. The special leads up to the 75-minute 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, which will air on BBC One on November 23rd, 2013.

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Tales From The Darkside Reboot From Joe Hill In Development At The CW

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The CW Network has teamed with producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci and writer Joe Hill for Tales From The Darkside, a reinvention of the 1980s horror/fantasy/thriller anthology series by George A. Romero. 

Hill will write the project, which will keep the original series’ 30-minute format, for a summer run consideration.

Hill, Kurtzman and Orci will executive produce with Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin and Jerry Golod for CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products is based. The project reunites Kurtzman and Orci with Hill, son of horror master Stephen King.

The three previously worked together on Locke & Key, a drama adaptation of Hill’s graphic novel, which went to pilot at Fox.

Tales From The Darkside, which is in the vein of other genre anthology series like Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Tales From The Crypt, had a four-year syndicated run and is owned by CBS TV.

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Funko Pop! Robots: Robby The Robot, The Iron Giant and Robot B9 Coming On December 24, 2013

Forbidden Planet’s Robby The Robot, The Iron Giant and Robot B9 From Lost In Space will get the Funko Pop! treatment and hit store shelves on December 24, 2013.

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Jimmy Fallon & Billy Crystal Use Lip Flip Technology

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Jimmy Fallon and Billy Crystal try out “Lip Flip” technology. The future is now and it will have you laughing to tears. 

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Print By Dave Perillo On Friday November 15, 2013

Dark Hall Mansion, will release this year’s officially licensed Peanuts print for Charles M. Schulz’s 1973 classic, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on Friday, November 15, 2013 at a random time between 9:30 AM PST and 11:30 AM PST.

Dark Hall Mansion’s invited artist for this year’s take on everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving classic is Dave Perillo and his flair with the multi-panel approach captured many memorable scenes from the beloved fall television special.

The editions are as follows:

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Standard Edition (Edition of 280) – $65

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Variant Edition (Edition of 50) – $100

And a select run of just 10 of each style-Standard and Variant-printed on full 12″ x 36″ panels of wood:

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Standard artwork Wood Edition of 10 – $250

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Variant  artwork Wood Edition of 10 – $250

All Editions go on sale next Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at Dark Hall Mansion: The prints go on sale on DHM’s dedicated store page at a random time between 9:30 AM PST and 11:30 AM PST.

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Marvel And Netflix Announce Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist & Luke Cage Serialized Programs & A Defenders Miniseries

The Walt Disney Co. and Netflix Inc. today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.

Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

Here is a breakdown of the characters:

Daredevil

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Daredevil was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, with an unspecified amount of input from Jack Kirby and first appeared in Daredevil #1 in April 1964.

Living in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle. While he no longer can see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability. His father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, supports him as he grows up, though Jack is later killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight. After donning a yellow and black, and later a dark red, costume, Matt seeks out revenge against his father’s killers as the superhero Daredevil, fighting against his many enemies including Bullseye and the Kingpin. Daredevil’s nickname is “The Man Without Fear”.

Jessica Jones

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Jessica Jones was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. Jones debuted in the series Alias as an embittered former superheroine who had used the aliases Jewel, Knightress, and currently Power Woman. After hanging up her costume, she became the owner and sole employee of Alias Private InvestigationsJones, no longer a superhero, opened a private detective agency. Given her background, she was sought out by clients with superhero connections. Despite her wishes to leave the superhero life, she finds herself repeatedly drawn back into it. She has had an off-and-on affair with Luke Cage.

Luke Cage

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Luke Cage (born Carl Lucas and also called Power Man) was created by writer Archie Goodwin and artists George Tuska and John Romita, Sr.. He first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 in June 1972. He obtained his powers in an accident that left him with near-impervious skin and superhuman strength.

A streetwise youth, the man called “Lucas” was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. In exchange for parole, Lucas clandestinely underwent an experimental procedure, originally intended to generate immunity to all illness; instead, it inadvertently granted him steel-hard skin and heavier, enhanced muscle. After escaping Seagate Prison, he forged the identity of “Luke Cage” becoming a “hero for hire,” a sort of super-enhanced private detective—although Cage commonly refused money, or simply received none, for cases gone awry (a fair portion, for the unlucky Cage). Later, he formed a business partnership with the martial arts hero known as Iron Fist in the series Power Man & Iron Fist.

Iron Fist

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Iron Fist (Daniel “Danny” Rand-K’ai) was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first appeared in Marvel Premiere #15 in May 1974.

The practitioner of martial arts starred in his own solo series in the 1970s, and shared the title Power Man and Iron Fist for several years. At age nineteen Rand was given the opportunity to gain the power of the Iron Fist. He was sent to battle the enormous fire-breathing serpent called Shou-Lao the Undying which lived in a cave outside the city and which ferociously guarded a brazier containing its heart, which had mystically been removed from its body. In their battle Rand grabbed the serpent’s body, which bore a scar which imprinted itself upon Rand’s chest. Killing the serpent, Rand plunged his hands into the now unguarded brazier containing Shou-Lao’s molten heart when his hands shone with a quasi-mystical force and he earned the title “Iron Fist,” for he could now summon superhuman energy to reinforce the power of blows struck by his hands.

The Defenders

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This is the street equivalent of The Avengers. Its original incarnation was led by Doctor Strange and included the Hulk, Namor, and, eventually, the Silver Surfer. They first appeared as The Defenders in Marvel Feature #1 in December 1971.

The group has had a rotating line-up with Dr. Strange and the Hulk being more or less constant members along with a number of other mainstays such as Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Hellcat, the Gargoyle, Beast, the Son of Satan and Luke Cage, and a large number of temporary members.

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