A little behind the scenes look of the early stages of Green Lantern the Animated Series.
My eternal gratitude to everyone who helped prove the doubters wrong.
NBC wants you to submit your ideas for a new comedy sitcom.
Starting May 1, 2014, “NBC Comedy Playground” will accept your submissions for a new show. So if you’ve ever watched a show on T.V. and said , “I’m way funnier than that schlock,” here’s your chance. (Finally worked schlock into an article – check that one off the bucket list.)
First, get your idea past the network execs. Then, you have two different chances to win. Impress a rather notable line-up of comic advisors to become one of two on-air winners or get the most votes online to become the digital winner. If you are thinking about entering be sure to check out the official rules before applying. And good luck!
By the way, you think a certain Youtube show about a man who lives in his apartment with a sentient cardboard cutout of Batman would win? It already has its own theme song. Just saying.
Bruce Timm Returns to Batman Animation
DC announced that the legendary Bruce Timm is returning to his roots and creating a new Batman short entitled Batman: Strange Days. It features the Caped Crusader against the antics of Arkham’s Dr. Hugo Strange. It will debut on April 9th, alongside a new episode of Teen Titans Go!
Bruce Timm (along with Paul Dini) revolutionized animated features when the created Batman: The Animated Series. Many consider it one of, if not the, best animated series to grace television screens. I’m liable to agree with them, the series holds up to this day. It truly captured what’s great about Batman and Gotham with a stunning creative team.
Hence all the excitement for Bruce Timm’s return to Batman. His considerable talents have helped create some of Bruce Wayne’s finest moments, and here’s hoping he will again. We’ll find out on April 9th when the short airs.
Here’s your first look at the new Sailor Moon anime, due this year.
Lego Cuusoo has plans for an Invader Zim Lego set!
Lego Cuusoo is a crowd-sourced Lego site where if enough people vote on fan-made plans then the designs get reviewed by Lego officials and may actually become official Lego models.
The Invader Zim design created by buggyirk and jiminyc needs 10,000 supporters to be reviewed by Lego. This is the Internet people…we can DO this! The set would include minifigures of Zim, Dib, Gir and Gir in dog suit, a Voot Cruiser and Zim’s House complete with playable insides and opening roof for the Voot Cruiser.
If you would like to see this set become a reality go here and click on the support button on the right side of the screen (you will need to create a Lego Cuusoo account). Then look around at the other amazing fan designs on Lego Cuusoo. After all, this is the site that gave us the Lego DeLorean and Lego Minecraft.
20 days ago, from when this article was written, a long-awaited dream for World Wrestling Entertainment became a reality with the advent of the WWE Network. It promised to be a vehicle for WWE programming like pay-per-views, NXT, replays of Raw and Smackdown, and original programming that includes a look back on the big Wrestlemania matches as well as a reality show where geriatric wrestling legends live under one roof.
Oh, and did I mention that you get access to EVERY SINGLE PAY PER VIEW EVER MADE by WWE, WCW, and ECW?
Oh, and did I also mention that you get all of that, plus the ability to play said content on just about any modern device (sorry Nintendo products) for $9.99 a month?
But anybody that has followed the launch of the WWE Network with even a passing interest has come to learn that the first few days were plagued with more issues than Lindsay Lohan. The VOD library wasn’t working, devices had glitches, and even the inaugural NXT Arrival was plagued with issues about two-thirds of the way in for a large chunk of their subscribers (more on that in a bit).
However, the tone and tenor surrounding the WWE Network of late has been more positive, as it seems that (most of) the major issues have cleared up. So, with Wrestlemania 30 approaching, is the coast clear for you to plunk down $120 a year on the WWE Network if you haven’t made the plunge already. In the words of D-Generation X, let’s “break it down”.
Video-on-Demand Library: A
In my humble opinion, this is the lifeblood of the whole Network, and perhaps one that WWE underestimated judging by the issues in the first few days. Want to relive every King of the Ring from the first to the last? Sure. Want to go back and watch every WCW PPV in 1998? Done. Fan of a particular wrestler? No need to slog through shows, just search him up! Missed NXT? Watch a replay of it tomorrow. Once the initial issues were cleared up, video plays back immaculately. Only reason it’s not an A+ is the lack of historical Raws and other programming (like Monday Night War) that are available at the moment. Small gripe, though.
Overall, whether you want to relive your childhood or fill in some blanks on eras or shows you may have missed, the VOD library pretty much offers something for everybody. Strangely enough, the first shows I watched were from the utterly abysmal mid-90s era for WWF. Why? Because it’s good for a laugh and it fills in blanks from an era where I quit wrestling.
Live Programming: B+
Nothing really wrong with the programming itself, but if we’re going to get Wrestlemania 30 and other future PPVs live on the Network, they really need to fix the buffering issues I get when I just want to watch NXT. NXT Arrival died about two-thirds of the way in for me and many others and even the most recent NXT episode had a case of the fuzzies and the occasional deja vu buffering where the video skips back five seconds or so. Not a good sign when 98% of your subscriber base will be tuning in to Wrestlemania 30. Hopefully it’s something that can be remedied between now and then.
A further note on programming, one brand that is going to get a large boost from it is NXT. There is a noticeable faction of the audience that either wants the WWE product to be wrestling oriented or even something that is a throwback to a territory-style type of wrestling. Now, NXT has been on Hulu Plus, but I personally never subscribed to it. My first exposure to NXT was Arrival, and I was hooked immediately. The fact they are on Thursday nights in the same timeslot as TNA Impact (for its only hour anyway) should have people in TNA worried, as NXT is a very solid wrestling product that offers characters that can be a little on the silly side (Adam Page, Tyler Breeze) to those that are relatable (Sami Zayn, Paige). It’s a good variety that does offer the alternative some of us have sought, like myself.
It’s pretty impressive for something that was built out of scratch. But as anyone that has spent time with newly rolled-out software or games, there’s bugs galore in the first couple days. WWE Network was no exception, but credit them for working out the major kinks. There are still some PPVs in the VOD area that don’t have the ability to skip ahead matches, but I assume this is just an oversight given the bounty of video they have to comb through. The layout of the software, I’ve come to find, varies a little depending on what platform you’re using. For example, PPVs are sorted by company>year on Roku, while PS3 has them sorted by company>PPV title>year. I probably like Roku’s the best, but I still cannot get video to work on my Roku 3, and I have not been able to find a fix or a clear reason why. Apparently I’m not the only one having issues, so we’ll see. I’d be more critical, but I have no issues getting it to work on my Windows 7 PC, Windows 8 laptop, phone, or my PS3.
I’m giving that grade a bit of a positive curve because my overall enjoyment of the WWE Network has been very, very good. Potential still remains for the Network to turn that minus into a plus, but if you’re worried about whether you want to take the Pepsi Plunge (not CM Punk’s pre-WWE finisher, of course), as long as you have a way to put it up on your flat screen without issue (may want to avoid Roku for now) and you can accept a couple new software speedbumps along the way, you shouldn’t have any reservations.
Why yes, Booker T,I can dig it. Sucka.
So the first images of Matt Ryan as John Constantine have finally emerged.
I have to say, visually I’m rather impressed. Okay, more than a little. More like blown away. John Constantine is one of my favorite comic book creations. He’s such a fascinating, complex, and original character. Naturally I was simultaneously excited and more nervous about the adaptation to the small screen. Particularly given that a similar favorite character of mine, Harry Dresden, also had a show which was less than stellar.
But this is John Constantine, not Harry Dresden and look at the pictures. Look at them! They’re next to perfect (the trademark cigarette is missing). But the coat, the tie, the scruff, the hair and the swagger are all there. Can’t say anything about the writing but at least the costume design is spot on.
Constantine is being played by Matt Ryan, who recently did the voicework for Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV. After listening a bit, I can hear Constantine in Kenway. I’m going to remain skeptical about the rest of the show, but I’ll put full faith in Mr.Matt Ryan. Visually and vocally it’s spot on. And hey, it’s better than Keanu Reeves.
If the show stays on course, Hellblazer fans could have something to seriously look forward to.
Constantine will be airing soon on NBC.
Green Hornet and Batman are teaming up in a new comic miniseries.
DC Entertainment and Dynamite Entertainment have announced a new 12-part biweekly mini-series titled BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET.
This new mini-series is reportedly set in the continuity of the crime fighters’ earlier team up in the 1967 TV episodes “A Piece of the Action” and “Batman’s Satisfaction.” Our heroes will again be facing off against the infamous General (upgraded from Colonel) Gunn along with a mystery villain.
The new mini-series has an impressive team working on it. Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman are the two writers who are developing the story while Ty Templeton will be creating the artwork with Alex Ross creating the covers and Michael Allred creating a variant cover for the print issue of #1.
BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET will be released digitally on May 21, 2014, with the print edition being released on June 4.
A while back we talked about a Kickstarter-funded Nightwing series. The teaser for said series is now live.
Here’s a better look at Grant Gustin’s costume for The Flash. So far the CW Network has only ordered a pilot for the Arrow spinoff, but there are hopes it’ll be getting at least a full season.
Disney just put up some episodes of their awesome 90’s Gargoyles series on YouTube. How many?
Season 1 - here.
Season 2 - here.
Season 3 - here.
We’re going to be giving away a digital version of the first season of ARROW in our next podcast (2/5/14)! We’ll announce a code word during the episode; simply tweet to GeekCavePodcast on Twitter with the code word to enter, and we’ll pick a winner on Valentine’s Day! Check back when the episode goes live!
Remember our story from earlier this week where Stephen Amell commented that he’d had discussions about appearing in a Justice League movie?
Now he says he was misquoted, and he’s pretty angry about it.