Arrow Season 4 Promo Shows Live-Action Vixen’s Arrival in Star City

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Character Mari McCabe becomes Vixen through the power of the Tantu Totem, worn on a necklace she inherited from the parents she never knew. The totem gives her the ability to draw on the abilities of animals, giving her the right amount of strength, speed, or agility just when she needs it. The official synopsis for “Taken” reveals that she’ll also be able to use her animal connections to find Darhk’s secret location.The DC heroine can currently be seen in animated form on the web series Vixen, available on streaming service CW Seed. The voice actress Megalyn Echikunwoke (also known as Megalyn E.K.) will also take on the live-action role on Arrow. You can get a closer look at the costume in E.K.’s Instagram above, and the presence of a stuntwoman means we’ll definitely be seeing her “kick ass,” as promised in the video clip up top.The original Arrow promo image of Vixen shows a ghostlike image of a wolf hovering next to her, similar to how the web series animates her different manifestations. The CW has done pretty well with a low effects budget, so hopefully the live-action scenes can incorporate this imagery in a non-cheesy way. CW President Mark Pedowitz has indicated Vixen might go on to join the Legends of Tomorrow team, and that decision will likely depend on how well the character comes across in this installment of Arrow. We’ve only gotten a tiny clip of her, but so far she seems pretty amazingly badass.NEXT: CW President Teases Vixen’s Live-Action TV Show FutureArrow returns with episode “Taken” on February 24, 2016. Vixen will continue on CW Seed later this year.Source: The CW

X-Men Legion Pilot Casts Jeremie Harris; Filming Starts in March

X-Men Legion Pilot Casts Jeremie Harris; Filming Starts in MarchMarvel Studios opened the door to a shared cinematic universe both on the big screen and on television – at least in the current era of superhero popularity – with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter both existing in the MCU continuity. On the other hand, the various DC Comics television series are separate from the DC Extended Universe, though they may exist within their own multiverse. Now, although FX is teaming with Marvel and 20th Century Fox to develop two series based on X-Men, Hellfire and Legion, they will be separate from the current universe.FX is currently in the middle of casting the Legion pilot, though at the Television Critics Association 2016 winter press tour network president John Landgraf said he has seen scripts for multiple episodes. Now, a new series regular joins the cast with a production start date in mind.THR is reporting that Jeremie Harris (The Get Down) has joined the cast of Legion with filming expected to begin in March. He joins the previously cast Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as well as Jean Smart and Rachel Keller (Fargo). The show will follow David Haller (Stevens) – who takes on the name of Legion in the comics – a diagnosed schizophrenic who has spent much of his time since his teenage years in and out of mental hospitals. But, “after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.”

FX tapped Fargo’s Noah Hawley to pen the Legion pilot script. He’ll also serve as executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse), Fox’s X-Men universe architect Simon Kinberg, Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil) and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb. Hawley’s Fargo collaborator John Cameron is also set to executive produce.As we’ve seen in recent years, the rise in popularity of comic book properties has caused a boom of superhero stories on not only the big screen, but television as well. But, not all superhero TV series are created equal, with some unable to stand out from the rest. TNT recently cancelled their in-development Teen Titans series because of so many other superhero stories currently on television – and NBC’s Constantine wasn’t able to gain the success the network wanted, getting cancelled after one season.That being said, Legion is certainly assembling a cast who lend themselves more toward grounded and dramatic series. Additionally, with Kinberg calling Legion the “Breaking Bad of superhero stories,” it seems the X-Men show could take a different path than the other comic book shows on ABC, CBS, Fox, and The CW. Certainly, if Legion takes on the more adult tone of Marvel/Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, it could prove to be just as successful and critically well-received as those series while carving out its own corner of the superhero TV landscape.Next: Fargo Creator Talks Legion TV Series & Connection to X-Men Movie UniverseFX has yet to set an official premiere date for Legion, though it is believed to be on track for a late-2016 release.Source: THR

The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere Ratings Slightly Down, Still Massive

The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere Ratings Slightly Down, Still MassiveAMC’s The Walking Dead came back strong this past weekend after its midseason break. Over 13.7 million people tuned in for the midseason premiere to see the resolution of last November’s cliffhanger that left most of cast in one form of peril or another.Unfortunately for AMC, this was actually a drop from the nearly 14 million who watched that finale and a drop of around 12 percent from the comparable viewership of the previous year’s midseason premiere. Year-over-year viewership in the show’s target demographic of adults 18-49 showed an even larger drop of 15 percent, but there’s no reason for AMC to worry just yet.Part of the reason for The Walking Dead’s viewership drop can likely be attributed to when the midseason premiere aired this year compared to last year. This past Sunday was Valentine’s Day, and it was a holiday weekend to boot, with President’s Day following immediately after on Monday. The season 5 midseason premiere came a full week earlier on February 8, 2015, avoiding both the holiday weekend and romantic plans that might preclude watching survivors be attacked by a zombie horde. There was also some pretty solid competition on other networks, including two Valentine’s Day specials and the NBA All-Star Game.

The show being on the air for as long as it has also likely played a part; it’s reached a level of maturity where it has a strong core audience but isn’t drawing in huge amounts of new viewers. This isn’t even the first time that The Walking Dead has seen a drop in viewership, as the second half of season 5 experienced slightly lower demographic ratings and viewership than the first half. The season 6 midseason premiere garnering 13.7 million viewers and a 6.8 rating among adults 18-49 is still respectable, though, and the episode’s numbers will likely be bolstered once delayed viewing totals are figured in.This may well be the trend moving forward for The Walking Dead. Most long-running shows see their momentum level out or start to decline over time, and The Walking Dead has paved the way for other shows that weren’t around even a year or two ago when TWD was climbing in the ratings. There are other tense adult dramas, and even other zombie outbreak shows (including Fear the Walking Dead) that viewers can check out. Viewership will likely stay strong moving forward, but the show probably won’t pick up its previously unstoppable momentum again anytime soon. And there’s nothing wrong with that.The Walking Dead remains the top-rated show among its target demographic, and it was already renewed for season 7 way back in October. Recent seasons might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean the show will fade away anytime soon. Given how much material there is in the comics for the show’s writers to draw inspiration from, The Walking Dead will likely be around for several more years before AMC even starts to worry about ratings slips.Next: The Walking Dead Honest Trailer #2 Tackles Seasons 4-6The Walking Dead airs on Sundays on AMC.Source: Variety

Agents of S. H.I. E.L. D: Absorbing Man Set to Return in Midseason Premiere

Agents of S. H.I. E.L. D: Absorbing Man Set to Return in Midseason PremiereAt least so far, season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the best-received run of the series. In contrast to the slow-starting debut season and the often-cited lack of focus in the current episodes, season 2 was praised by fans and reviewers for a series of genuinely surprising twists and a strong, clear narrative-arc that answered two huge mysteries (“Why is Coulson alive?” and “What is Skye’s real identity?”) while simultaneously introducing The Inhumans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – even though their movie isn’t due out until 2019.One of that season’s big mandates was to bring in more supporting characters from the comics, and with season 3 making its midseason return on March 8, now comes word that one season 2’s most popular guest villains will make a comeback for the occasion.The Absorbing Man, a.k.a. Carl “Crusher” Creel, is set to make his return in ‘Bouncing Back,’ which picks up after the life and universe-altering events of ‘Maveth.’ Absorbing Man (Brian Patrick Wade) is a former boxer turned muscle-for-hire who is gifted with the superhuman ability to take on the physical properties of any material his skin touches – making him a favorite of comics fans, writers, and artists for the inventive action sequences his unique powers make possible. Fans of the Daredevil Netflix series will also note that he was the final opponent for Matt Murdock’s boxer father, apparently prior to getting his powers – which come from Loki in the comics but have not been given a definitive origin on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The question now hovering over Creel is whether or not he’ll be back as a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. when he makes his return, as much has changed regarding “gifted” individuals since the Agents first encountered him. Season 3 has chiefly seen the heroes grappling with a world-wide outbreak of unwitting Inhumans having their powers activated, with Coulson’s new underground relaunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. working to help (and possibly hire) the newly gifted while other forces see them as weapons to be controlled or even a threat to normal humans – and if that sounds suspiciously similar to X-Men to you, it’s supposed to.It’s not known whether Creel is himself an Inhuman (most people don’t know until exposed to transformation-triggering Terrigen Mist), but if he is, it’s possible he’ll have to choose sides between S.H.I.E.L.D.’s under-construction Secret Warriors initiative or their evil counterparts in HYDRA. Season 3 of Agents (and, some believe, the eventual wrap-up of Agent Carter’s current adventures) has revealed the evil organization owes its true origins to a medieval death-cult worshiping a particularly dangerous Inhuman exiled to an alien world. That entity is now back on Earth inhabiting the body of an familiar face.While season 3 has thus far failed to keep up the momentum the series achieved last season, the pieces do seem to be in place for a strong finish: Powerful new enemies, a redefined HYDRA, and The Absorbing Man all add welcome components to the formula. Marvel and ABC, at least, still appear bullish on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a franchise, though the “Inhuman problem” storyline has been heavily teased to tie-in with Captain America: Civil War’s superhuman-registration plot, and a spinoff series (Marvel’s Most Wanted) is currently in the works featuring the Mockingbird/Hunter action-couple. While not the strongest ratings draw in network primetime, the series is expected to be renewed for season 4 – which would bring its episode count to the point typically considered necessary for syndication.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, March 8 @9pm on ABC.Source: ScreenCrush

The Flash Review: Zoom’s Secrets Spill as Heroes Fall

The Flash Review: Zoom until, once again, a pep talk from his friend made him realize he absolutely could. We've mentioned before that the 'you can do this, Barry, now do it' is getting worn out, not to mention undercutting Barry's heroism. To see it return here just as unconvincing is something we sincerely hope will be addressed (read: cast side completely).The bad news is that the strong character comedy and dynamics, and the infinitely compelling reveal of the man in the iron mask, are balanced out by two of the worst moments in recent Flash memory. It's safe to assume that, at this point, everyone even somewhat familiar with superheroes has heard of the police chief or (the far more stereotypical) newspaper editor who, based on nothing but plot conventions, decides that the hero is actually

The single scene introducing the subplot is even more puzzling, since it’s never returned to or elaborated upon to justify it. But even more disappointing is the thing – probably best to not even call it a character – called upon to give the team at S.T.A.R. Labs their own battle. Seeing Jay regain his speed and leap into the fight is a treat for fans, but even he isn’t forced to lower himself to what is possibly the worst villain the show has introduced thus far. Such formulaic or standard superhero fare can usually be written off as required to give fans a reliable episode, but with Caitlin and Iris each given their own minor subplots, there was really no reason to include the villain, other than hint at Jay’s secret activities.Next: The Flash: Zoom’s True Identity Finally Revealed?The Flash returns next Tuesday with “King Shark” @8pm on The CW. Check out a preview below:

The Shannara Chronicles: Every Druid Needs a Successor

The Shannara Chronicles: Every Druid Needs a Successor[This is a review of The Shannara Chronicles season 1, episode 8. There will be SPOILERS.]-The Shannara Chronicles proves that not all places are as they seem in this week’s adventure, entitled ‘Utopia’. Eretria finally embraces her destiny when Wil and Amberle show up in the nick of time.’Utopia’ may be the best episode since the series premiere almost two months ago. It’s difficult to say if Shannara has matured as a series since its conception, but the episodes do have a more stable rhythm, making them easily digestible. Perhaps guilty pleasure is the right word to use when describing this drama since it lacks the subtlety and ambiguity of its more “prestigious” piers, like Fargo and Better Call Saul.That was not meant to dig at Shannara, since MTV and its creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) are clearly trying to reach a different demographic. This is still a series that’s a lot of fun even if everything is on the surface. Eretria’s encounter with the charismatic leader of Utopia made for some interesting drama, as the young rover had a difficult decision ahead of her. The question Tye brought to her attention made sense. Both paths in front of her were a kind of slavery. One meant being a slave to Tye and the other to destiny. Deciding which of these paths to follow on her own would truly make her free.Ivana Baquero gave her best performance yet, as she had to make us believe that she might actually leave the quest, or die in the process. Going back to everything being surface level on this show, there was little doubt that Eretria would end up joining Wil and Amberle, but Baquero sold the dilemma as best she could with the material given. The young Spanish-born actress has come a long way since playing little Ophelia in Pan’s Labyrinth, so let’s hope that this is a sign of better things to come.

Tye was a solid villain, possessing both the charm and craziness factor that made him watchable. In a world where Trolls, Gnomes and Elf Hunters can kill you at anytime, doesn’t watching old Star Trek episodes and dancing the night away sound like a better alternative? It sure does, well if you’re into sacrificing innocent lives to a Troll every now and again it’s all good. It was also nice seeing old human technology being used. Eretria is a good shot and it will be interesting to see what other “ancient” contraptions the group will come across in the future.Back in the elven kingdom, Ander finally accepts his role as king. With two dead brothers you can’t blame the young prince for getting a little depressed and turning to drink. Thankfully, Allanon was there to provide Ander with a little wisdom before he threw it all away. After overcoming so much adversity, Ander should make a good ruler – but what his role will be in the larger scheme of things is still unclear.There are only two more episodes left this season. What do you think of the journey so far? Keep watching to see what happens next.The Shannara Chronicles continue with ‘Safehold’ next Tuesday @10pm on MTV. Check out a preview below:

Syfy’s Van Helsing Daughter TV Series Casts Kelly Overton More

Syfy MorePerhaps one of Bram Stoker’s most enduring creations from his seminal Gothic horror novel of the late nineteenth century came in the singular character of Professor Abraham Van Helsing, the now infamous vampire hunter who took it upon himself to seek out and destroy the evil Count Dracula and his suckling brood. Since the time of the original novel’s publication, the character of Van Helsing has been portrayed by countless leading men, most notably including Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins in Bram Stoker’s Dracula from 1992 and Hugh Jackman in the critically disregarded eponymous Van Helsing film in 2004.Of late, a feature film reboot of the property is currently underway on the behalf of building a shared Universal Pictures Monster Movie Universe, though an entirely novel Van Helsing television series is also in development – surrounding the undertakings of the late physician’s daughter, Vanessa Helsing, who is the next heir apparent to lead a great lineage of warriors to battle against a world taken over by the undead. And according to the latest casting report, the Syfy network has just found their leading lady.According to Deadline, Kelly Overton (True Blood) has just been cast in the lead role of what will be a thirteen-episode series on Syfy later this Fall, with production set to begin in Vancouver, B.C. later this month. Also cast in the new vampire series from Nomadic Pictures (Fargo) and showrunner Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man) are Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels) as a career Marine named Axel, Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels) as a steadfast survivor of the vampire Rising named Sam, Paul Johansson (Mad Men) as the nefarious vampire leader Dimitri, David Cubitt (Ray Donovan) as an embittered and prejudiced survivor, and Tim Guinee (Homeland) as the tragic vampire warrior named Flesh.

Syfy’s Van Helsing series will undoubtedly diverge drastically from any past iterations of the property and world than anything seen before – though if LaBute is to be believed, viewers may be greeted with a TV show that will be far more character-driven then might be expected from its outstanding premise. When asked to comment on the members of the cast, LaBute was positive about the talent involved, remarking, “We’ve been extremely blessed to get such a wonderfully talented and diverse cast for Van Helsing,” with co-chairman of Nomadic Pictures, Chad Oakes, echoing that enthusiasm in regards to assembling the cast with the rejoinder, “Kelly will be an amazing Vanessa and our lead cast is nothing short of outstanding.”It remains to be seen whether or not the SyFy network will be able to deliver on all of the promise that LaBute has built up for the Van Helsing series, though the new TV show certainly has enough seasoned talent behind it to make it a compelling bit of genre entertainment to watch (at the very least). For now, viewers can look forward to another piece of distracting genre fiction from the Syfy network – and the return of the vampire-inhabited world inspired by Stoker’s great work.Van Helsing will premiere on Syfy sometime this Fall.Source: Deadline