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TEN BEST LIVE-ACTION DC CHARACTER PORTRAYALS (ARROWVERSE and GOTHAM)

Superhero TV shows have generally been a strong force in animation form for many years. With certain exceptions such as Batman 1966, Lois and Clark and Smallville, there has never been such high quality comic based shows on TV at one time. With DC ruling the roost on The CW and Fox, Marvel’s MCU taking Netflix and ABC by storm and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and Outcast making some damn fine TV! So, the first in a number of countdowns, I wanted to give some top 10’s based on more current comic book shows and the characters that feature within them. With the short lived Constantine being hugely popular, Arrow creating a massive TV universe and Gotham giving us some great origins on much loved characters.

This list was not easy to write, but there was so many to choose from. Honorable mentions go to Morena Baccarin’s Dr Leslie Thompkins in Gotham, her partner and good cop Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon and Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Reverse-Flash in The Flash. I want to know who you would say was portrayed best as opinions will always vary. This is my personal list, so take this as you will.

  1. Harold Perrineau – Manny (Constantine)

Portraying an original character in a comic book show is not always seen as a great idea, but Harold Perrineau pulls it off so well as the angel Manny. Guiding Constantine on his journey to prepare for the oncoming war with evil, Manny appears at times of great need (even when John really could do without seeing him). Sometimes a very insightful character and a moment or two of comic relief, it is a shame that we may not see him spread his wings in Constantine’s future anytime soon.

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  1. Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom (The Flash)

Trying to top the brilliant work by Tom Cavanagh in season one was never going to be easy, but Teddy Sears takes you on one hell of a journey in season two. Revealing himself to be Jay Garrick at the start of the season, he claims his speed was stolen by another known as Zoom! The twist here is that Jay is actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom and he has hatched a plan to destroy all universes and speedsters…including Barry. Who knows if he will run again into the lives of the STAR Labs team.

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  1. Emily Bett Rickards – Felicity Smoak (Arrow, The Flash)

Originally a minor character, Felicity grew to be one of the most important characters in the Arrowverse. Originally an employee of Oliver’s step-father Walter, Felicity proves herself to be a welcome addition to Team Arrow. Originally only wanting to save Walter, Felicity eventually joins the team full time and is vital in helping Oliver become more understanding and find new methods to deal with crime. Though many see their romance as annoying, Felicity really does make a big impact in the show and I hope she will do for a long long time to come.

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  1. David Harewood – “Hank Henshaw”/J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter (Supergirl)

One of the biggest surprises of Supergirl was the revelation that head of the DEA Hank Henshaw was actually the Martian Manhunter. Having been nearly killed by the real Hank Henshaw, Kara and Alex’s father saved J’onn and in return J’onn promised to look after Alex and Kara as much as he could. A character with a huge heart and one of the most heartbreaking backstories in comics, he fights his inner demons and becomes a true hero who eventually gets the recognition he deserves.

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  1. Manu Bennett – Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Arrow)

Probably the greatest rival to come up against Oliver, Slade Wilson originally helped Oliver Queen survive on the island and gave him the help he needed to escape and find his family. After Slade was injected with the “mirakuru”, he finds himself stronger than ever before, but his mind suffers from the chemical. He personally wants revenge against Oliver after what happens to him in regards to Shado and losing his eye. Killing Oliver’s mother and almost destroying the city was indeed enough to push The Arrow to his limit!

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  1. Danielle Panabaker – Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (The Flash, Arrow)

When she had her cameo in Arrow, I was not too sure how much I would like this character. But from her first episode, Caitlin is shown to be a great part of the STAR Labs team. She is shown to be very distraught over the particle accelerator explosion which seemingly killed her fiancé and at times being cold towards her friends. Though Caitlin is indeed, in at least one life, destined to be the villainous Killer Frost, she proves a true friend and a heart to the show. She knows how to take on enemies without powers of her own and will do anything to help you.

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  1. Stephen Amell – Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Arrow, The Flash. Legends Of Tomorrow)

The man behind the Arrowverse, Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after five years being presumed dead. When he returns, he takes on the mantle of The Arrow to fight the crime in the city as part of his promise to his father. Originally wanting to take on this crusade alone, Oliver later gets assistance from John Diggle, Felicity, Roy Harper, Sara Lance, Laurel Lance and even his sister Thea. Though Oliver may be sometimes hard to trust, he does care about his friends and family and does show a lighter side with his friend Barry/The Flash.

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  1. Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash (The Flash, Arrow)

After getting caught in his lab as the STAR Labs accident happened, Barry Allen became The Flash. Originally unsure if he deserved his powers, Barry would go on to become one the greatest heroes in existence. With a pure heart and mind, Barry is definitely the best person to have on your side when in trouble with a meta-human. When Barry developed his powers and begun travelling through time, we see him truly get emotional with anything around his deceased mother when he sees her in the past. We want Barry to have a happy ending, but has he destroyed the world to get it?

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  1. Robin Lord Taylor – Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

The only Gotham character to make it into the list, but there is a good reason why he is this high! Robin Lord Taylor from episode one managed to make Penguin probably the best portrayal of the character in any medium. Danny DeVito done a great job in Batman Returns, Nolan North makes a great performance in the Batman Arkham games but it is Taylor’s take on the character which is unique and intriguing. Starting as an aspiring gangster, he eventually takes control of the Gotham underworld and uses many means to get what he wants. Whenever his version of Oswald Cobblepot takes to the screen, I am glued!

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  1. Matt Ryan – John Constantine (Constantine, Arrow)

You know you have done a character right when you have a fan and cast campaign to get you to be the character again (eventually appearing in Arrow Season 4) and then becoming the character again for an animated movie (2016’s Justice League Dark). Am I right? Matt Ryan embodies the character perfectly and does everything right. He smokes like a chimney, isn’t afraid to be rude, enjoys being an arse to people and fights demons with ease. The look is also done right, down to the hair colour and the clothes. We may have only had 14 hours of TV with John Constantine, but I am sure Matt Ryan’s version of the character will be around for a long time…and maybe that petition to get a season two of Constantine will also become reality one day!

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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INJUSTICE 2. What I Want To See!

Who would have thought a game based around DC comics and using the game engine from the latest Mortal Kombat series would prove such a hit? But it did in both the look and the gameplay. It was fun and really had you hooked all the way through the story mode and repeatedly going through the arcade segments to master each superhero and villain. The personal highlights I got from this game was how well each character was represented and the special moves given to each was well made and faithful to their traits. Also, who expected them to actually give a reason to how Green Lantern and Green Arrow could fight each other on equal grounds? But anyway, we have Injustice 2 on the way next year. With a cool looking trailer and hints to some new and returning characters, here are the five things I want to see in the next game…

  1. Don’t be afraid to extend the roster

There was a great cast of characters in the first game, though I am sure many fans would like a further expansion of the DC characters you can pick from. We already know Supergirl, Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd will be in the new game with returning characters Batman, Superman, Aquaman and The Flash. After the successes of the DC TV shows, there is a lot of new characters who deserve a spot on the game. I reckon Black Canary, Constantine, Red Arrow, Firestorm and more would work well as some new heroes to feature. On the villain side, we need Captain Cold, Zoom, Riddler, Ra’s Al Ghul, Livewire, Clayface and maybe Brainiac as the main enemy? Why not.

  1. Keep them equal

The big selling point in the fights was that each character could handle their own with any other and still stay unique. Before 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, I would have thought a game like this could not exist. Though I think the pills will not be a factor in this game, and that may not be a bad idea. In the trailer, it looks like we get to see some “upgrades” for the heroes to see them capable of going head to head on a level playing field again. Will that work into the story? This is where we get to the next point…

  1. Take inspiration from a certain 2016 film

Before you say it, I am not talking about Batman v Superman. If you have watched Captain America: Civil War, you will see its biggest talking point was the big battle between Team Cap and Team Iron Man. Maybe a similar story seeing the two sides form in the one universe (I think we could avoid multiverse for this game) and it would be fun to see two sides form over some crisis. I wouldn’t ask for a remake of what I saw on screen, but there are some elements that could be borrowed. Maybe it’s a way to deal with the defeat of a villain like Joker or Lex Luthor and then them fighting each other leaves earth vulnerable to an attack. From the information I have read, this looks very unlikely and seems to be a more direct continuation of the first. But fingers crossed the links will be there.

  1. Keep the same actors/actresses

Another good point from the first Injustice game was the voice acting. If you have Kevin Conroy voicing Batman, you have already sold it to me. There was also Carl Lumbly reprising his role as Martian Manhunter from the Justice League cartoon, Phil LaMarr becoming Green Lantern again and the amazing Tara Strong living her role as Harley Quinn. If we could have the same cast again, it would not be a disappointment. To have consistency within the games, it would be nice to get that same feeling back from the first title. The only change in cast would be for me The Joker, no offence to the guy who took it on, but I think Mark Hamill or Troy Baker needs to re-take the part.

  1. Longer story mode

In Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us, the story was always strong and enjoyable. The only problem was that story mode could be completed in about 5 hours. I know this would not be the end of my time playing the game, but it would be great to expand the story some more and get about 8-10 hours. If we learnt anything from the first game, the story shot past with great speed and indeed kept you hooked. I hope the next instalment can keep the same momentum but give a longer experience without just padding it out.

Injustice 2 will be released on PS4 and XBOX ONE in 2017.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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12 Best TV Characters Of The Last 12 Months

Another year has gone by and some great TV characters have emerged and stood out. Going from an initial list of 22, I have narrowed down my list to 12 of the best characters in the last 12 months. A mix of comedy, drama, action and even animation. Find out which 12 have stood out for me above the rest. I will say now there is a few spoilers ahead, so please be careful…

T.J. Miller – Erlich Bachman – Silicon Valley

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This show is probably the funniest on TV at the moment. Filled with some superb characters and hilarious set pieces, it was hard to decide which actor really stood out most. While Richard has really grown in confidence and Gilfoyle continues to be blunt and side-splittingly funny, you can’t help but love T.J. Miller who continues to impress as Erlich. Whether he is stealing coconut water, trying to rip-off Big Head (in fact, puts Big Head in financial ruin) or even his interactions with the Pied Piper board, he is indeed the best character and does it with the least effort. Want more proof, just remember this from Season One “Richard wrote the code, yeah, but the inspiration was clear. Let me ask you something. How fast do you think you could jack off every guy in this room? Because I know how long it would take me, and I can prove it!”.

Jon Bernthal – The Punisher/Frank Castle – Daredevil

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Last year, the main antagonist of this show made the list. This year, the semi antagonist/anti-hero has and does it just as well. From episode one, he is a force to be reckoned with. Straight away we see him come into conflict with Matt Murdoch and the two engage in some of the most engaging action ever seen on TV. Sod Batman v Superman, this was really the big superhero clash that March was going to give us and it delivered in every respect. Jon Bernthal did so well, that Netflix is working on a Punisher series! That is awesome! We see Frank Castle is a tortured soul and one that you will cheer for as he kills all the enemies in his path now and into the future.

Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones – Jessica Jones

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This character is truly a unique superhero. Most people go for the “with great power comes great responsibility” philosophy. Krysten Ritter goes 180 on this as one of the most reluctant protagonists to ever appear. She lost her family, was brainwashed by a psycho in a purple suit and adopted by a horrible step-mother. But, where Jessica Jones shines is in the fact that she does care about some people (her step-sister Trish and love interest Luke Cage) and the strength that they give her. Also, she will always help those who are truly in need, though sometimes it may take a while to happen. She won’t go down easy, and I can’t wait to see where she will be in season two.

Melissa McBride – Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead

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There were many characters who could have been considered for this list again. The reason I chose Carol was because I feel she went through the most inner turmoil in this season. Her season long rival Morgan proved to her that she was maybe wrong in her actions, but also made her think more about what she wanted from her life. She begins a short romance with Tobin and saves Maggie from Negan’s soldiers, but she also loses her nerves and is unsure if she can protect anyone anymore. Her breakdowns are truly shocking for a character who has been very strong and this makes her more human.

David Harewood – J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter/Hank Henshaw – Supergirl

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This is an actor who has previously portrayed Tuck in Robin Hood, Nelson Mandela, a Doctor Who villain (ish) and even appeared on Selfie (oh god why was that show ever made?). Truly one of his best performances is of him becoming the last green martian who aids Supergirl and is close friends with her cousin. As Hank Henshaw, we see J’onn save countless lives and protect the earth many times over. As J’onn J’onzz, he has become a great ally and helped Supergirl and her sister Alex more than any other being ever could. Let’s just hope Season Two will show more Martian Manhunter and possibly see him form the Arrowverse equivalent of The Justice League. (Which just to really make a go of it, would include: Arrow, Flash, Atom, Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, Black/White Canary, Firestorm, Mr Terrific and maybe Hawkman and Hawkgirl)

Andre Braugher – Captain Raymond Holt –  Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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After three seasons, the straight faced leader of the Nine-Nine has remained a favourite for many. He has become more relaxed and involved in the activities of his colleagues and still manages to stay as funny as he did in the first episode. He still tries to make Jake a better detective and is a father-figure to him when needed. He is a committed husband to Kevin which is indeed still the provider of some great scenes. Also, he considers an oboist a celebrity (which is funnier than it should be) and is at the end of season three placed into witness protection with Jake. Captain Holt will surely be suffering with this arrangement, but all for our amusement.

Rami Malek – Elliot Alderson – Mr. Robot

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A hacker with people problems? Yeah you probably have seen that before. But not to this level! Elliot has to deal with social anxiety and clinical depression which clearly isn’t fun, and to see how he can possibly work with a group of hackers looking to clear all debt by taking down E Corp (or Evil Corp as it is referred to). He has few friends, Rami’s voice over fills in some of the gaps we don’t see on screen or find out in his interactions. Being part of fsociety is clearly important to him and seems to be feeding on his paranoia and delusion to get him to help the hacktivist group. Also, the biggest moments come from his interactions with Mr. Robot himself and that trip when Elliot goes cold turkey is striking and incredibly insightful.

Maisie Williams – Ashildr/Me – Doctor Who

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Wait a minute, why not mention Maisie Williams as arse kicker Arya Stark (To be honest, she is now making her mark this season)? Well, she has had 6 years now perfecting that role. In Doctor Who, she becomes a recurring character in the form of Ashildr. When she first meets The Doctor, Ashildr is living in the time of Vikings and sacrifices herself to save her people. The Doctor revives her, and she later becomes a conflicted character. She goes against The Doctor and very much nearly destroys the world and inadvertently kills Clara. Hate her? Can you really hate her? She didn’t ask for immortality, but is the only one who will wait for The Doctor till the end of time itself!

Justin Roiland – Rick Sanchez – Rick and Morty

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The only animated character to make this list, the foul-mouthed grandpa who is happy to bend the universe (and other dimensions) to his own will. Rick is fearless, a drunk and a loner. He has his grandson Morty by his side to help him feel more human and give some meaning to his existence. This is shown in full when he sacrifices his freedom at the end of season two to protect his family from any harm. Want more proof Rick is a good guy, his “only” friend Bird Person says about the good Rick has done and will do anything for Morty and Summer (including making a car that will murder anyone who poses a threat to his grandchildren).

Jaimie Alexander – “Jane Doe”/“Taylor Shaw” – Blindspot

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A woman is found in a bag and has no memory of who she is and how she got there. “Jane” is brought to the attention of FBI agent Weller after his name is placed amongst the tattoos that nearly covers her whole body. What makes Jane great is that she is not so much a victim, but a vital asset for investigations in relation to the tattoos on her skin. Throughout the series, we see that Jane is capable of many styles of combat and is fluent in multiple languages. Whoever Jane turns out to be, I am sure there will be something big in store for Jane in the future and let’s hope they can keep the tension and excitement high for another year.

Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom – The Flash

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From the beginning of Season Two of the show, we got to see Jay Garrick. The original Flash in the comics, he really was set to be a big force in the show. Well, the twist in this tale was that Jay was actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom! The character blends in so well initially and makes his mark as the hope/support for Barry Allen after he arrives from Earth 2. When he reveals himself as Zoom, everything changes. The man who seemed to want to help The Flash was actually wanting to defeat him all along. He loved Caitlin Snow and saved Barry, but was also happy to kill a time remnant of himself multiple times. Zoom truly made a huge impact in the show, and let’s see if he does come back as The Black Flash!

Kit Harrington – Jon Snow – Game Of Thrones

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He managed to do two episodes of the show as a body lying on a table (we knew he wouldn’t stay dead), and then came back to life and begun making his plans to help his family and save his home. Where he has been a huge force and an almost untouchable character in the early series, we see his vulnerable side in Season 5 and this year continues to struggle with his own limitations and still find worry/fear with what has happened to him and what could happen. Also, Jon Snow continues to be one of the purest characters in Game Of Thrones and will probably be until its final episode when be either wins the game, gets killed again or becomes a dragon himself and destroys all that is in his path (I think that last one isn’t likely to happen).

Honourable mentions go to Tom Cavanagh for portraying another version of Harrison Wells on The Flash, Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul, Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony and Idris Elba as Luther.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow VS. Supergirl

The 2015-2016 TV season is to bring two new big comic book shows to our screens. While Netflix is continuing to expand on the MCU with Marvel based Television, DC continues to grow. While Supergirl is with CBS and may or may not cross over with the established CW shows, we know that Legends of Tomorrow will bring characters from both The Flash and Arrow as well as introduce new characters not previously seen. So let’s weigh these up with five rounds to see which show is definitely the more exciting.

ROUND ONE: SYNOPSIS

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow: Rip Hunter travels back in time to the present day where he brings together a team of heroes and villains in an attempt to prevent an immortal from destroying the world and time itself.

Supergirl: Twenty-four-year-old Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 12 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. The Danvers teach her to be careful with her powers, until she has to reveal them during an unexpected disaster, setting her on her journey of heroism.

It is fair to say that Supergirl offers more of a premise than a synopsis for the show. Where someone like Supergirl will arguably have a more epic origin than many characters we would normally see, haven’t we seen this thing countless times before? I won’t say time travel is original, even for DC. But, to see a lot of focus on an as-yet-unseen character is rather fun. Where we already seem to know so much about Kara Zor-El, I would argue hardly anyone knows Rip Hunter. Legends Of Tomorrow take the first round.

ROUND TWO: DC ROOTS

We have a tricky one here. Where Legends Of Tomorrow will have many characters from Arrow and The Flash coming together, the new Supergirl has already announced 80’s Supergirl Helen Slater will be joining the cast as will former Superman Dean Cain. Even though we finally get to see Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) Atom take a lead, just for the geek level on previous super-powered beings pre 2000, Supergirl takes the win here.

ROUND THREE: SCI-FI ROOTS

We already established some cast members for Supergirl (Dean Cain and Helen Slater); also David Harewood has guested and starred in many shows. But, Legends Of Tomorrow has Victor Garber who has been in Alias, Stargate Universe and will return as his character Dr. Martin Stein from The Flash. Also who can ignore the fact Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill will be taking a lead role as Rip Hunter! Also we get to see Hawkgirl finally on the screen! Legends Of Tomorrow take round three.

ROUND FOUR: FUTURE

OK, neither of these shows have yet aired. But, we should be ready for what will happen. Arguably, Legends Of Tomorrow does sound more like a limited series, and it may very well will be. Supergirl, if it goes well, could possibly see itself fall into the same universe as Arrow, The Flash and maybe Legends Of Tomorrow. We could see a great story ark emerge and multiple seasons. I unfortunately can’t see the same happening for Legends. Supergirl wins it.

FINAL ROUND: THE TRAILER

Well, trailers have come out for both! They both look brilliant, but which one do you think is best? Check them out now…

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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