More auspicious casting news from the world of Gotham. Following the well received decision to give Donal Logue the role of dubious Detective Harvey Bullock, Warner Bros. has announced that Jada Pinkett Smith will appear in the series based on the Batman comic books published by DC Comics. Smith will portray a new character called Fish Mooney, who in the series' mythology is meant to be the ruthless boss of the man who Batman fans know will one day become the Penguin.
Playmates did a thorough job of building its "World of Springfield" toy line to include scores of regular cast members from The Simpsons from 1999 to 2004, but one potential aspect of the line went unfulfilled for years... until now. Just in time for the show's 25th anniversary, fans will be able to collect action figures of The Simpsons celebrity guest stars in their four-fingered Matt Groening-style glory.
The mid-'80s Michael J. Fox comedy film Teen Wolf, co-written by current head of Marvel Television and bestselling comics scribe Jeph Loeb, was maybe my favorite movie when I was ten. I held it in nostalgic affection for years after -- until I made the mistake of watching it again. It didn't hold up.
Yet even as a fan, I was baffled when MTV announced plans to adapt Teen Wolf as a TV show, and especially as a drama that shared little in common with the original but a bare bones premise -- "teenage werewolf" -- and a few character names. A couple of years later it's one of my favorite shows -- and one of my favorite superhero stories.
Kate Leth is a kind of comics renaissance woman: web cartoonist; retail leader; self-publisher; artist-for-hire contributing to Locke & Key, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, and numerous projects for BOOM! Studios; and, most recently, a ComicsAlliance guest contributor. But this spring, Leth's taking on a new role. With Adventure Time: Seeing Red, the third original graphic novel based on the popular Cartoon Network series, Leth's taken on her first job writing comics -- and she's using the opportunity to take Marceline the Vampire Queen and Jake the Dog on a weekend trip to the Nightosphere.
To find out more about Leth and her new OGN with artist Zachary Sterling, we spoke to Leth about approaching comics as a critic, retailer and creator at the same time, her love of Adventure Time, and why she identifies with Marceline as "an angsty teen at heart."
Saban's localization of Toei's Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Power Rangers Super Megaforce, finally kicked off on Nickelodeon this past weekend, and Bandai was celebrating the premiere in a big way at Toy Fair 2014. The core component of the line, of course, is Ranger Keys -- the tiny totems of every Power Ranger's abilities that the Super Megaforce crew use to transform into any Ranger from history -- but the team's default pirate-themed gear was also prominently displayed. Classic Mighty Morphin reissues were also on display, including the Legendary Dragonzord and Titanus the Carrierzord. You can see all of the upcoming action figures, Zords, roleplay/costume toys and of course Ranger Keys, after the cut.
It seems Hasbro's Constructbots are going to have some mix-and-match company later this year with the arrival of Transformers Mashers figures. The upcoming line of Autobot and Decepticon toys will be fully compatible with Marvel's new Super Hero Mashers figures and give fans the power to remix the robot modes of Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Bulkhead, Springer and Drift, plus Dinobots Grimlock and Swoop.
Diamond Select Toys had much to show at Toy Fair 2014, and while much of it couldn't be photographed (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates! Guardians of the Galaxy Minimates!), there was still plenty to take in. Coming soon from DST and Art Asylum are all new The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, Sin City and The Walking Dead Minimates. There was also a TMNT bottle opener and pizza cutter shaped like Michelangelo, because a party isn't a party without a certified Party Dude. You can check out a selection of what DST had on display after the jump.
Season four of The Walking Dead, AMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and drawn by Charlie Adlard, has returned from its mid-season break. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker is back again to see who lives, who dies, and what fire does to zombies.
As the rest of the survivors struggle with hope, a familiar face returns, some new faces appear, and other faces do stuff. It's pretty face-heavy.
Playmates had two showrooms at Toy Fair 2014: One for its toy line based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG animated series on Nickelodeon/the '90s TMNT movies, and one for toys based on the upcoming live action TMNT movie. One of these rooms didn't allow photography (and may or may have not involved taking a mutated blood oath to enter). So you can probably guess which room we focused our attention on! While there we got to see reimagined TMNT favorites like Slash, all new characters, 6" tall Retro Collector's Series versions of the '90s movie ninja brothers, roleplay toys, LARPing TMNT toys, cute new figures designed with young fans in mind, and more. Take it all in, after the jump.