This Friday will see NBC airing the last of its initial 13-episode ‘Constantine’ order, certainly a worrying notion for those concerned by the network’s recent exclusion of the DC drama among multiple renewals. There may yet be hope for ‘Constantine’ however, as NBC is reportedly considering moving a second season to Syfy, and allowing a bit more creative freedom.
We did it, everyone! First 'Smallville' took us back to a teenage Clark Kent's evolution into the Man of Steel, then 'Gotham' explored the origin's origins of a prepubescent Batman. Now, Syfy is officially upping the ante with writer David Goyer to create a 'Krypton' TV series, exploring the origin's origin's origin of Superman's grandpappy!
This TV season is already overflowing with new TV shows based on comics, with Gotham, iZombie, Powers, The Flash, and more on the way, but SyFy announced this week that it's adding even more to the list.
Keeping in line with its return to science fiction and fantasy programming (though it's keeping its oddly spelled name, it seems), the network is launching a huge slate of new shows, including four based on comics: Ronin, Pax Romana, Letter 44 and Clone.
Fangasm is a SyFy reality show which employs the standard “bunch of strangers forced to live in a house for a few weeks” format. It’s produced by 495 Productions, the creators of MTV's exploitation hit Jersey Shore, but instead of “guidos” Fangasm is about “geeks” -- which is to say in the simplest way possible, passionate individuals drawn to a deeper understanding of creative works like comic books, video games, science fiction, fantasy and related genre entertainment. The six-part series has been hyped by the network and its associated principals as this really real... thing about geeks and our culture.
In reality (no pun intended), what we casually refer to as "geek culture" has in the last 10+ years ascended from a derided subculture to a massive consumer class actively serviced by virtually every commercial sector in America, a fact that's put an existential challenge to the nature of "geekdom," particularly its claim to underdog status. That Fangasm exists at all speaks to this notion of cultural currency, but unfortunately it's the literal currency that is the most basic and base element of the entire Fangasm enterprise, which we discover is even faker than the kinds of series -- to use the reality show parlance -- it throws under the bus.
However, it is through Fangasm's breathtakingly brazen expression of unreality and exploitation that we ultimately see the truth of how geek culture is understood by those to whom geeks pledge their once hard-earned allegiance, and perhaps by a generation of geeks themselves.
Toys: Mezco's first wave of Batman '66 Mez-Itz is slated for a July debut.
Upcoming: Cartoon Books will collect Jeff Smith's complete RASL in a 472-page, full color, oversized hardcover this September.
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Movies: The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special is set for release on Blu-ray and DVD on July 9.
Lego: New images of the Lego DC Universe Super Heroes "Superman: Battle of Smallville" set have arrived online, wit
Well, that was fast.
The winning character from last week's episode of the SyFy reality series Face Off, a heat-powered man named The Infernal Core, shown above with his creator, makeup artist Anthony Kosar, will appear in one of the DC Comics hitting shelves today. It's just as DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee promised on the show. And the book isn't Earth 2 as I predicted. It'll be Justice League Dark #16,
If you're as unfamiliar with it as I was about a week ago, SyFy's reality show Face Off pits makeup artists against one another in character design and creation battles. Most of the time, those battles involve whipping up some movie s
Things have been quiet on the Booster Gold front for some time, outside of the character's appearances in DC's Justice League International series, but that doesn't mean that the time-traveling superhero isn't still moving towards world domination; the writer of the CW's upcoming Arrow series is about to hand in his script for the pilot of Syfy's television incarnation of the character.Talking to fan sit