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New York Comic Con 2017: The Gotham Panel

New York Comic Con arrived again for another year at the Javits Centre between 5-8 October 2017. The Warner Brothers Television Takeover happened across the road at the Hammersmith Ballroom. At 3:45pm EST 15 members of Gotham took to the stage to talk about the upcoming episode of Gotham and what to expect from the rest of season 4. Damien Holbrook was the Gotham panel host, which I was please to see as he did the Gotham panel at PaleyFest NY,  I really like his direction with questions and the time he allows the cast members to talk. The panel started with a presentation of a sizzle reel which recapped season 4 so far, ending with Ra’s al Ghul and Barbara Keen with a freaky creepy new character called Dog Boy. The scene will feature in this weeks episode which airs on Thursday 12th October, this episode has been written by Ben McKenzie and directed by Kenneth Fink. This is exciting news as Ben McKenzie’s director debut was excellent in season 3 and Kenneth Fink directed my favourite episode from season 2 “Mommy’s Little Monster.”

I have put together some of the highlights from The Gotham Panel. The next episode is called “The Demon’s Head” which will focus on Ra’s al Ghul. Ben McKenzie was still writing the episode  whilst getting married and being on honeymoon with Morena Baccarin ( Lesley Thompkins ). Ben explained that the process of writing the episode took a few months. The walls of Gotham are closing in during season 4.

David Mazousz ( Bruce Wayne) said he had so much fun playing Billionaire Brat Bruce. There definitely will be a Bat – Cat connection which David was very enthusiastic about. David also mentioned he recently watched Batman Forever to study up and still reads a lot of comics. Camren Bicondova ( Selina Kyle ) feels that Barbara and Tabitha are mom and Dad but Selina is very much the real aldult in the room. Camren made it clear that Selina is only looking out for herself and isn’t really concerned what Bruce is up. Also billionaire brat Bruce was just a taster of what is to come. David mentioned a sequence they have filmed for episode seven and he said it’s was the best fun ever, best nine hours he has ever filmed. David also feels the theme to season 4 of Gotham is control and how to protect the Gothamites and every one has their way. Gordon has his idealistic way, Penguin has pax penguina way and Bruce is going to come up with his way.

Sean Pertwee ( Alfred Pennyworth) confirmed that we get to see a side of Alfred that we have never seen before. He will unravel very quickly and it ain’t going to be pretty. Sean Pertwee felt that his characters  defining moment was loving someone so much you allow them to kill you.

Donal Logue ( Harvey Bullock) talked about Bullocks decision in siding with the GCPD instead of going with Gordon in episode 2. Bullock has seen Gotham for a long time, he lost Falcone, Marconi, Fish Mooney, so the underworld he understood is gone and it’s going beyond good and evil. So going along with Penguin will mitigate some of the damage that has already been done and saving some cops lives. This will be the first time we see Jim and Harvey on a collision course where they cannot work it out and causes a rift between them.

Robin Lord Taylor ( Oswald Cobblepot) mentioned if Bruce wants to be the man he wants to be he is going to have to confront everyone. Batman has ultimate control of the city but it’s going to be a fight, lessons will be taught. Robin also mentioned Penguin’s main adversary this season is Jim Gordon, as neither of them want chaos but both want control. Robin discussed during the Q&A with the fans that trying to murder someone in Gotham is a positive thing “you tried to kill me so you care.”

Crystal Reed ( Sofia Falcone) will meet the Penguin for the first time in episode 4. Sofia needs Penguin for a mysterious purpose. Even though the death of Sofia’s brother Mario has not been discussed with Jim, Crystal as an actress she is using that emotion in her character. Sofia’s feelings for Jim are real but not exactly sure what feelings exactly!

You may not recongise Lee when she returns, she will show up in a fight club. She has changed a great deal since the virus and she couldn’t stay away from Gotham. Lee doesn’t want to come back to the GCPD but she starts working in a underground society called The Narrows. She is there to try and help people as the best she can. Morena  Baccarin would not say any more. But Lee does finally get her chance to deck Barbara Keen.

Chris Chalk ( Lucius Fox) we will definitely see how the relationship with Bruce develops and how he will keep the masked vilgilante safe, it his main objective. It’s very important to keep Thomas Wayne’s son a saint. Lucius will become more involved in the technical side as well.

Cory Michael Smith ( Edward ‘The Riddler ‘ Nygma ) when he watched the scene where Oswald freaks out because Ed has gone from his ice prison Cory absolutely loved it he loved the reaction. Robin commented that he screamed so loud he nearly passed out and saw stars. Cory commended the writers this season.

Erin Richards ( Barbara Keen) is back with a more zen like look on her world. She has got a different kind of way of moving through the world but you will see she still got the some of the old Barbara inside of her. Barbara is approaching Gotham in a bit more like a business woman now because she learned a lesson she just can’t be crazy because her best friend Tabitha won’t put up with it, she needs family, she needs Tabitha, she needs Selina to create safety around her even though she has new skills.

Jessica Lucas ( Tabitha Galavan ) is smart enough to realise she needs allies and that Barbara and Tabitha are stronger together then they are apart. When Tabitha sees Butch as Grundy she is delighted then horrified!

Drew Powell (Soloman Grundy ) feels that Butch is still somewhere in there, but he doesn’t remember anything, so his team up with Nygma who Butch hated, is so much fun to see these two teaming up. When people of Gotham who knew Butch, see him as Grundy they will be shocked.

Alexander Siddig ( Ra’s al Ghul ) the people he comes into contact will realise Ra’s is insane to late. He explains to Bruce very carefully what his intentions are and starts to exercise those plans. Some of the motives he is keeping to himself, but Barbara is the most useful persuasive ally Ra’s could find at the top of the show. Alexandar thinks it very exciting relationship especially when they doing the martial arts together.

The Gotham panel rounded up with questions from the audience and another sizzle reel which they called the Penguin rap containing scenes from episode 4.

Hall of Fame : October Semi Finalist 3 – Mark Hamill as Trickster/Joker

It’s that time of the month again, and we at DCWorld are launching the semi-final for September’s HOF chapter.  Here is the third entrant for the October Hall of Fame, Mark Hamill.

Mark Hamill is most famous for his role in Star Wars, but has also been a big hit in the DC universe, the original Trickster in the 90’s version of The Flash and returning again as The Trickster in the current season of The Flash.

Not only known as The Trickster, he is also very well known for his role as Joker which started in the animated series back in 1992.

Also a Star Wars legend, Mark is very well known amongst the ‘comic con’ generation and is totally deserving of being a member of the Hall of Fame.

Are you a fan of DC Comics?  Do you think Mark Hamill deserves to join Jackie Earl-Haley & Robin Lord Taylor in the Hall of Fame final in December? You can vote in October’s Hall of Fame semi-final here.  Every vote counts so make sure you have your say!

DCWorld are all in, are you? – Special shareable images!

To celebrate being a month away from Justice League’s release, DCWorld have got some very special images for you to share on your social media.

Remember to share these on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #DCWORLDALLIN.

We will be keeping an eye on the hashtag, we want to know who the DCWorld universe backs most when it comes to the Justice League!

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Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Episode 1 – Aruba Con

Legends of Tomorrow is back and boy are we glad to see our hell raising, unlikely team back on our screens.

The episode started in 2017, where time was broken as per the previous episode, the last in the season just gone.  T-Rex’s were running amok and citizens were scared for what was to come!

We got to see Sarah Lance working in a department store.  Here she was throwing knifes at things, as she always does.  My particular favourite part of these scenes was when she threw the knife at the loser Shop Manager, he had that coming!

We also saw Nathan Heywood as the ‘second favourite’ super hero in Central City – hey he stated that himself, i wouldn’t even rate him at second with Kid Flash & Vibe ruling the roost there!

In Silicon Valley we saw Ray Palmer trying to put across how his shrinking technology was the next big thing – but got shot down with the guy he was talking to declaring, ‘if it’s not on a phone it’s not the next big thing’.

Meanwhile, Mick Rory was soaking up the sun in Aruba, and of course – he was the first one to get in on some drama when Julius Caesar himself came strolling across the beach – time is certainly broken!

Everybody was failing at life since the ‘Legends’ disbanded it was evident that they all wanted to get the band back together, even if it was only 6 months apart.  I mean hey, if Take That can get back together, why not the Legends…It only takes a minute, girl!

Back to the story and Rory had called up the Sarah and told them what he had found.  Sarah then gathered the team back together to go to Rip Hunter’s Time Bureau to tell them of Rory’s find.  Of course the stuck up jackasses that work there couldn’t believe it – and thought they’d been proved right when Mick turned up with a kid dressed as Julius Caesar.

The team really needed to prove a point to Rip (Did they? who care’s what Rip thinks?) and so they stole the Waverider from the Time Bureau (now being used as a training console no less) and went to Aruba Con to find the REAL Julius Caesar.

They did catch him, but in true Legends style, some drama and catastrophe had to happen first.    The usual oh no he’s got away, oh yes we’ve caught him again filled up at least 10 minutes of the show and if i’m honest – i did find this very cheesy and a waste of my viewing time.  Yes, Legends is lighthearted, but it would be lovely if it wasn’t so darn predictable all the time!

Again we had a bit more of this when the Legends took Julius back to his own time, only for him to steal a book about the Roman Empire and change the future, with Caesar ruling everywhere.

That didn’t last long, and after yet another catastrophe of the Time Bureau’s Agent getting kidnapped, Sarah saving her and then everything being fine and dandy the episode was over.

The episode started solid, and got weaker as it went on.  Not to say I didn’t enjoy it because I did, but the predictability of Legends does get a bit tiresome at times.

The most notable moment of the episode for me was the part where Martin and Jefferson were talking, Martin wasn’t sure about coming back to the team but Jefferson feels that its now his home.  Martin was willing to give up his dreams of being a grandfather to be with is other family, the legends!

Sidenote here but, there have been rumours recently that Martin is going to leave Legends this series, possibly to do with Victor Garber staring in the new Seth Macfarlane show, The Orville.

So far, so good for Legends of Tomorrow.  It didn’t feel as good as previous series, i’m not sure how they can beat the likes of Vandal Savage from Season 1 personally, but i’m very excited to see what unfolds in the upcoming episodes.

With the stars such as Constantine and Kid Flash featuring this series, and i’m sure many more surprises, the series can only get better as it goes on!

The Flash Season 4, Episode 1 Recap: The Flash Reborn

“We back baby!” Say no more Cisco, say no more.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

The Flash returned with a thrilling Season 4 opener. Well, except for the part where we flashbacked to last season’s finale. Thanks for reminding us how much of a bummer that was and breaking our hearts all over again.

During Iris’ opening voiceover, did anyone else think for a flash second that it was her zooming through the city? No? Just me? OK. Fine. That would have been awesome though, seeing Iris in a Flash suit zipping through Central City!

But it’s just Wally (Kid Flash), oh and Cisco (Vibe), oh here comes Joe too. All three in pursuit of Peek-a-Boo, making her grand entrance on screen with a little surprise and delight double hook, knocking out Team Flash during what seems to be amateur hour. Too harsh? Sorry, maybe I just really miss The Flash. Nevertheless, the opener was very exciting with a speedster vs teleporter rooftop chase, accompanied by some sweet special effects. Let’s not forget Iris (the love of the love of our lives). It was enjoyable to see Iris take on a Felicity/Oracle type of role, adding her own spunk and vigour. I do recall her promising The Flash she’d keep running. Seems she didn’t even make it past S.T.A.R Labs. We don’t blame you, Iris. We would’ve done the same thing.

Kudos to the show for putting the spotlight on Iris at the beginning of the season. We got a glimpse into her life after she lost Barry to the Speed Force. From sleeping on the couch, to a photo frame face down, it was clear that after 6 months, Iris was not OK. None of us are OK. Flash where are you?!

They don’t give us much time to grieve, as an electric blast whooshes through Central City and Holy Ronin it’s a Samurai with jet pack wings! A ROBOT SAMURAI, dammit. If you’re into the comics, then you’ll know this is no ordinary Samurai, this is a Samuroid. Created by Baron Katana and first introduced in The Flash #180 issue. Inner geek screaming internally. But of course our new favourite villain has one demand, “bring me The Flash or else your city falls.” Shortly after, sending an electric blast through the ground with his Katana Sword then activating his wings and jetting off into the distance. Now that’s how you make an exit!

OK Flash, you can come back now. Oh, but wait, Cisco has a plan brewing and Iris is not on ‘Team Cisco’ for this one. Avoiding the possibility that Barry may or may not be brought back, Iris urges Team Flash to find other ways of taking down the Samuroid. However, there is no stopping Cisco, who is hell-bent on bringing back our favourite speedster. This means getting Caitlin Snow (who was expecting him) back on board. Yes, Team Flash is slowly coming together again. And don’t think we didn’t notice that sneaky reveal of a few Arrow characters who helped Cisco brew his plan. This obviously means they survived the explosion on Lian Yu!

In the spirit of bringing back old friends, we are presented with the Speed Force Bazooka. Yippee-Ki-Yay, let’s bring Barry back! OR let’s give the Quark Sphere a whirl and open up a portal downtown where a wild Flash suddenly appears, unbeknownst to the rest of the group. Conveniently, Iris shows up right after the plan seems to have ‘flopped’. HOW CONVENIENT. But, don’t worry Iris, you can thank your lucky stars that a butt-naked, bearded Barry Allen has appeared. I mean, he may not be himself, but he’s back. Certainly not the lively Barry we’re used to. Now he talks gibberish, writes wacky symbols on essentially any wall he can find and has not a clue in the world who Iris is. Hit us right where it hurts why don’t you (I’m looking at you Flash writers)!

How do we bring Barry back? Two words, Lady Gaga. We Flash fans appreciate this homage to the pilot. Well played. Unfortunately, even Gaga is not enough to save Barry, so back he goes to being contained while they evaluate the situation. But, do not fret, Iris West has a plan and it involves three little words; “come get me”, she says from outside the cortex.

Iris confidently turns herself over to the Samurai. Which causes a panicked Joe to plead with Barry to snap out of it. After a couple of desperate attempts, Joe finally convinces Barry that Iris will die if he doesn’t snap out of the funk he’s in. A rapid electric jolt in the right eye and WE BACK BABY! The Flash zips through The Cortex, taking the new suit with him and racing after the flying Samurai carrying a damsel in distress. Or more like a damsel with a good play. Zipping through a wind farm, he saves his damsel and unveils the Samurai to be a robot, that was controlled by The Thinker. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of The Thinker this season. Bring it on!

Meanwhile, Caitlin practically agrees to re-join Team Flash, but she hasn’t tossed Killer Frost to the side yet. We get a taste of Killer Frost when she kicks that guys butt at the bar. But she seems to be struggling with her identity and transitioning between Caitlin Snow and Killer Frost. The “not again” implies that she might not know how to control her alias Killer Frost from revealing herself at any given time. Something to look forward to this season! Keep an eye out for Caitlin/Killer Frost.

Well, in conclusion, it’s so great to see The Flash has been reborn and reunited with Iris. I can’t help but to be a little sceptical of whether The Flash is back to his true self. It’s clear the Speed Force changed him, but I’m curious as to how.

 

Notable mention:

When Cisco encrypted some of the symbols Barry had been writing and they translated to THIS HOUSE IS BITCHIN’. I’m going to need some serious answers to that. But also, GOOD ONE GUYS!

 

What did you think of The Flash Season 4 premiere? Share your comments!

Supergirl Season 3, Episode 1 Recap: The Girl of Steel

I’ve got two words for you, IDENTITY CRISIS. Supergirl premiered its third season with a powerful, very quotable first episode as well as a new Supergirl title treatment. Supergeeks rejoice!

Millions of viewers tuned in to see The Girl of Steel struggle with her identity and try to overcome heartbreak while being National City’s favourite superhero.

How about that (literally) dreamy opening sequence where we got a glimpse into a ‘perfect world’ for Kara Danvers. From sharing a moment with Mon-El (the lover she sent away at the end of Season 2. Ouch.), to embracing her mother. Talk about an opening to hit you right in the feels. Don’t lie, you cried too.

Well, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Dreamland was short-lived as the opening scene quickly cut to Supergirl hovering above the high-rise buildings of National City and listening in for any trouble she could dive right into. Trouble didn’t take long to find. Maggie Sawyer and Alex Danvers were right in the thick of a high-speed car chase with a semi-trailer and bad guy, Robert DuBois, whom they identify later on in the episode. You could feel the Sanvers fandom lose its breathe for a good few seconds as an insane (but very cool), large gun blaster was ready to fire at them. Supergirl to the rescue, of course. You can breathe again Sanvers fans. Breathe.

Back at the DEO, the crew are reunited and Supergirl means business. With no time to waste and no time for small talk (I’m looking at you Winn). You can sense her detachment from a mile away, especially after blowing off her own sister’s tasting for the wedding reception. How good was that dig from J’onn, “Come on Alex, your unrelenting seriousness is one of your best qualities”. Ouch. But we still love you Alex.

In this first episode of the season, we are introduced to Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar). The new bad guy of National City disguised as a hot-shot real estate mogul. Edge is on a mission to drive out the low-middle-income residents from the waterfront area, where the Supergirl statue is unveiled, and replace it with overpriced high rises. Typical bad guy thing to do. We’re onto you, Edge. Lena Luthor on the other hand is always ready for a challenge, putting Edge on blast in front of the city’s leaders. The award for most quotable bad-ass dialogue goes to Lena Luthor in this episode. Power to the strong female that she is. Slay girl.

Now, I must give a special shout-out to the Supergirl writers for Cat Grant’s speech as the new White House Press Secretary. Cat’s rant on the President believing in Global Warming and that the Earth is round because the President is not a moron IS-JUST-EVERYTHING. Well played Supergirl writers, well played.

It’s not long before Supergirl is back at it again chasing all the trouble she can. Clearly distracting herself as she tries to forget that devastating Season 2 finale. Is anybody really over it? I’m not. Kicking ass and saving the city post-breakup. Sigh. If only we could all deal with breakups this way.

Soon after they identified Robert DuBois, a mercenary by the codename Bloodsport, Supergirl was back in action. Tracking down Bloodsport at a secret building guarded by military personnel. Well, not that guarded considering by the time she flew there, the guards had been knocked out. Inside the building she has a choice to take down Bloodsport, who jumps out of a Daxamite Ship, or attend to an injured guard. Of course she chooses the guard. There’s our Kara.

James interrupts her by signalling the emergency beeper. Bad idea James. When Kara zooms over to CatCo to confront James, the conversation ends with Kara quitting CatCo and leaving her reporting life behind. Real smooth move James.

Meanwhile, the DEO has discovered that Bloodsport has stolen some serious equipment to cloak any vehicle (a submarine let’s say) so it can send a nuke right into the heart of National City. If you put two and two together, you’ll realise that Bloodsport is obviously working with new baddie Morgan Edge. But we could smell that evil duo brewing from a mile away.

Let’s talk Danvers sisters. Alex and Kara share an intense, unforgettable scene in Kara’s apartment. Alex storms in to tell Kara the ‘pity party’ is over and she needs to get her true self back in the game. This is actually quite an intense scene for the pair and I give props to the writers for the beautiful dialogue exchanged between the two. Kara has clearly bottled up all “human” feelings regarding the loss of Mon-El, all the while struggling with whom her true identity is. Words were thrown around like “I’m not human” and “Kara Danvers was a mistake”. Then we all died a little inside.

Alex makes a quick switch to business mode as she briefs Kara on Bloodsport. Telling her to be there at the unveiling of her own statue. Before leaving Alex hit us right in the feels with “Kara Danvers is my favourite person. She saved me more times than Supergirl ever could. So just think about that while you’re trying to get rid of her.” Did I mention we all died a little inside?

If Alex trying to get through to Kara wasn’t enough, J’onn also tried his luck with a little one-on-one at the waterfront unveiling reminding Kara that she also has a human heart which is essential to part of her identity. Reality check Kara. Get it together GF!

At the waterfront, during patrol, Maggie and Alex discuss their wedding over comms. Alex explains her hesitation to tie the knot with Maggie, and her reasoning is just the sweetest thing. The absence of Alex’s dad is giving her cold feet and making her second guess plans for a big wedding. Of course Maggie has some words to say and damn were they some sweet words. The Sanvers fandom (myself included) goes into meltdown. Actually, any scene with Alex and Maggie sends me into meltdown. Yes, guilty.

We are briefly introduced to a new character by the name Samantha (played by Supergirl newcomer Odette Annable). Samantha’s character will be important as we discovered she possesses some sort of super strength, saving her daughter from being trapped underneath a heavy steel girder. At first she’s introduced as a normal human, but I’m excited for the rest of the season assuming she transitions into the villain Reign.

Lena Luthor had some nice words to say about Supergirl after the unveiling of the statue. This was soon interrupted by an explosion rocking the waterfront. Bloodsport was back at it again, this time attacking from underwater in an invisible submarine. VERY COOL. But also not cool. Supergirl finds his heartbeat and plunges into the deep water (knowing very well she can’t breathe underwater). Where is Aquaman when you need him!

As another missile is fired from the submarine, Supergirl is knocked back by the blast and she drifts unconsciously underwater. But not for long. The sound of Mon-El’s voice brings Kara back to life and before you know it she submerges from the water, lifting a whole submarine above her head. Yes, Queen.

Some notable mentions:

Lena Luthor buys CatCo and convinces Kara to become a reporter again.

Supergirl warns Morgan Edge that all her attention is on him, before leaving him scared and abandoned on a container ship in the middle of the ocean. But that won’t be the last we see of him.

An alien ship activates underwater. Curious to see who or what is in the ship.

Alex asks J’onn to walk her down the aisle because she sees him as a father figure. I’m not crying, you are.

 

Finally, an ending I won’t forget because it terrified the hell out of me! We return to the opening dream sequence with Kara’s mother. Except this time, she turns around and her face turns into something from your worst nightmare and then some. Samantha also wakes up in a panic, ending the first episode of a promising new season.

What are your thoughts on the Season 3 premiere? Did episode 1 hit all the right notes for you?

Sam Benjamin Interview

Hi all and welcome to another Exclusive DC World interview by Paul Edwards. Today I got to meet the great young British Actor Sam Benjamin. Sam has started his acting career in quite a few films and TV shows, like Doctor Who, Stan Lees Lucky Man, The Few series, Peaky Blinders and much more, and even more recently the Justice League Movie. This is the one that brought us together and interview Sam as he is a massive Superhero fan and thought together we could get together in London and to get to sit down and chat on his life, acting and also what it was like working on a big budget movie with the director Zack Snyder. (No Spoliers)

We talked his early life, The Few web series (check this out) plus DC Comics, Superheroes and Batman and loads more.

Please watch the video below and like on our Youtube channel and subscribe for more.

A BIG thank you to Sam for his time and we wish him the very best for his future career, links are below for Sam Benjamin too.

IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3967981/

Twitter page https://twitter.com/SamBenjaminNow

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/sambenjaminactor

 

 

Gotham Season 4 Episode 3 A Dark Knight: They Who Hide Behind Masks.

This episode to me had a very serious sounding title. Do we all hide behind a mask, if so what kind of mask? Compared to the last two episodes this had a lighter tone, comedic but ensuring that Gotham city is still the dark mysterious place that we all are familiar with. Personally I think it’s the best episode of the season 4 so far and we are only 3 episodes in.

The opening scene reminded me of a Ridley Scott historic film, we are taken back to Arabia. 125  AD. A hooded man ( Eddy Toru Ohno ) is riding horseback alone through a battlefield covered in bodies. He finds Ra’s al Ghul as we currently know him dead, he carries him towards the green luminous water which we recognise  as the Lazarus pit. Ra’s al Ghul rises alive and confused as he knew he was no more. The hooded man explains the water has given Ra’s life and he must go forward in finding his own heir. A decorative dagger is handed to Ra’s, he removes it from its case the blade is curved.

Its a full moon in Gotham vigilante Bruce is out patrolling a large shipment down at the docks after hearing a rumour, the shipment belongs to Penguin. Keeping in radio contact with Alfred who is waiting for him parked up in a car,Bruce recites what he sees. Four heavily armed men who belong to Penguin watch the assumed valuable shipment being loaded onto a truck. Bruce decides to take a closer look, which doesn’t surprise Alfred. As Bruce doubles checks before he makes his moves he spots a stalking thief heading towards the shipment, Bruce quickly realises they are walking into a trap. Alfred insists he walks away as he won’t have him risking his life over a thief. The unidentifiable thief makes their way onto the back of the truck, but there is something familiar about the way this thief moves. Checking the different create numbers the thief starts to open up the box marked MDE23. Stalking the outside of the truck Bruce watches through the slats of the truck, behind he hears a gun load behind him, they accuse Bruce of wanting to steal from The  Penguin. Bruce puts his suit to the test as guns are fired but one of the men manages to cut the top of his wrist where there is exposed flesh. The thief inside the truck finds cover from the bullets, tries to take the create but decides to leave it as the bullets fly through  and the men drive the truck away, the thief is annoyed at being empty handed then it is revealed to be Selina Kyle.

 

A taxi pulls into a palatial home on the coast down south. Jim Gordon gets out of the taxi, he stands and watches a dark hair, slight in stature lady dismount from her horse. A steward greets Jim he explains that Carmine Falcone is not expecting him, but wishes to see him the steward agrees. Carmine Falcone  (Jon Dolman ) is my favorite out of the Dons that have appeared in Gotham and always a pleasure to have him as a guest appearance. Falcone is having breakfast outside overlooking the rolling waves of the ocean, and certainly is surprised to see Jim arrive at his breakfast table, Jim holds out his hand to shake Falcone but he doesn’t return the gesture and comments “your a long way from home?” Jim complements Carmine on his home, but Falcone is not interested in small talk. This is where we are introduced to Sofia Falcone ( Crystal Reed )after an induction by Carmine. I really like how Sofia slightly shakes her head to say I don’t need you to stand to Jim as she takes her seat at the table, Jim looks uncomfortable as he wants to discuss with Carmine, but it is Sofia who asks the question “what are you doing here, James?” Carmine expresses he doesn’t keep any secrets from his children and urges Jim to tell all. When Jim explains that Penguin has taken over the city, the GCPD has turned its back on Gotham, and asking for help to knock Penguin off his perch. Falcone refuses to help as he is dying, the doctors don’t know what off, he may think its karma. Sofia goes to offer her help but Carmine hushes her as he doesn’t think she’s ready for Gotham, Sofia looks hurt and disappointed. Falcone does questions whether this is actually about Jim and his loss of power. Jim is sure of himself when he replies “this is bigger then me.” There was a time when Carmine would of done anything for the city, but not anymore and makes it clear that Jim is on his own.

Whilst sewing up Bruce’s hand, Bruce questions if Alfred knows what he is doing. As Alfred pulls on the thread Bruce comments about Alfred being angry with him. Of course Alfred is as Bruce let his guard down. Bruce decides to go back to the docks as there must be a manifest on the freighter as whatever was in that crate must be valuable if the thief was willing to steal it from the Penguin. Bruce feels this is his chance to investigate real crime, stop it before it becomes something bigger. Alfred suggests not to wear the mask out in daylight as it would bring attention to him, Bruce is confused in how he will get himself on the ship. This is where the title of the episode comes in and Alfred explains “There are other kind of masks you can wear Master Bruce.” This is what the episode is about not essentially vilgilante Bruce, but how many types of masks and the complexity of different Bruce Wayne’s.

Barbara’s weapon shop is finally open for business, she demonstrates a new shot gun on a shuddering man the force of the shot sends him halfway across the room to other customers laughing. A protental buyer is impressed and places an order. Selina turns up empty handed Barbara asks where her crate is, but is concerned that Selina didn’t get seen by Penguins men, which is no as Selina wore the mask that Barbara suggested. Selina feels that Barbara is mad at her which she isn’t, she feels she misjudged Selina and wrong to cut Selina in on the new business. Barbara decides she will get the crate herself which annoys Selina, but she can redeem herself by mopping the floors.

Penguin is satisfied with a good night of business, until Zsasz tells him that someone tried to steal his shipment. Zsasz tells Penguin to relax in own relaxed way that his men stopped the thief. After a brief conversation between himself and frozen Ed, Oswald is anxious as the shipment is full of black market items for an auction in which Gotham’s Elite is invited and Oswald stands to make a fortune. Penguin orders Zsasz to take him to the warehouse so he can bring the items back to The Iceberg Lounge where they will be safe. The part I really like about this scene is when Zsasz and Penguin leave a mystery person appears with a gas flame tourch. We have never seen this character before she is here for one thing only to defrost The Riddler. Oswald’s reaction is everything I thought it would be, a very loud expressive tantrum which is completely OTT, but that’s why we love him. Zsasz lightens the mood in his opinion ” I dunno, kinda opens the room up” Penguin demands he finds who is responsible as they will die for this and he wants Ed back. Oswald is shaking with rage as he holds Ed’s hat that has been left behind in the melted ice and Oswald quietly says to himself “where are you Ed?” Good question Penguin!

Mrytle Jenkins (IIana Becker ) has a history with our Riddler, they attended the same high school ‘Hilltop Elementary’ they both attended Mrs. Macher’s class she used to sit three rows back closest to the window. Mrtyle is officially Ed’s and The Riddlers number one fan, having read every article on his rise to becoming the Riddler. I love how the fandom of Gotham has embraced this delightful character on social media. Ed definitely doesn’t recognise her, he decides he needs to leave but Ed can’t move he thinks he is tied to the bed. Myrtle explains because he has been on Ice he has muscle dystrophy, she has heat lamps surrounding his bed to thaw him out. Ed remembers being down by the river, he asks Mrtyle how long was he on ice, she works it out to be five months. Myrtle shows Ed The Iceberg Lounge flyer and explains that Penguin has opened a new club and Ed was the centre piece. Ed is enraged that he was on display like a caged animal. But Mrtyle is going to nurse Ed back to health so he can reclaim his throne as Gotham’s greatest villain, but not forgetting Mrtyle will be his sidekick, I really like this character I found Mrtyle and her enthusiasm an absolute delight. The return of Ed (Cory Michael Smith ) is perfect timing as I was starting to miss him. The way the defrosting has been done had me slightly disappointed as I thought it would be a big elaborate revenge, anyhow Gotham always likes to surprise us and they did by introducing us to The Riddler’s number one fan.

Back down at the dock Bruce is back in a different disguise flat cap and 1920’s style work clothes. When asked what he is doing Bruce answers in a different deeper drawn out accent that he is looking for his uncle. With reculance the crew above board agree Bruce can came aboard, he makes his way to the Captains Bridge to find the Mainfest. He scans the list and sees the contents written down one of them being an embalming knife. Bruce gets caught by one of the crew, one of the men shows him the injuries from the thief the night before, and believes he is putting on an act. Alfred turns up in overalls, wool hat, he calls Bruce “Andy” he has also changed his filmilar British accent to an American one. As Alfred walks forward to take Bruce home the two guys stop him, Alfred admits defeat “your right though the boys acting does need a bit of work” Que  00Alfred time he punches the two men and they hit the floor, then explains to Bruce, “improvisation is a very important weapon in any actors  tool kit”

Barbara seeks a knife that Oswald Cobblepot is auctioning, he wants to know why this knife is so important to Barbara. It’s of no interest to her, but it’s for her client who has a great interest in it, he has given her a ton of cash. Barbara wants to buy it at a lower price and make a profit, she will triple the opening price at auction as it will probably go for less. Oswald chuckles as he calls out wherever Barbara has been these last few months has not made her a better liar. Penguin knows it not all about profit for Barbara but her mysterious benefactor is her client, all he wants to know who Barbara’s client is then she has a deal. Barbara remains silent, Oswald is impressed how her client has got his hooks into her, he isn’t backing down so Oswald tells Barbara to bring her chequebook to the auction. Once Barbara leaves Oswald opens a crate which contains the knife.

At Wayne Manor Bruce and Alfred are studying a history book.  There is a drawing of the knife on the page where Bruce reads out “The knife was used to Embalm King Balahsi” According to the book he ruled ancient Mesopotamia for the first century. The question they both ask “what thief in Gotham would want a knife like that?” Also whilst trying to work out who hired the other thief Bruce turns over a page in the book to reveal another drawing, which describes a man being healed by water. Bruce recognises his eyes and his face, he asks Alfred “who does that remind you of?” Alfred hesitates but answers “that’s impossible, as the drawing alone is 2000 years old.” Bruce confirms its him Ra’s al Ghul, and it is he who wants the knife.

Jim is on his cellphone telling Harvey that Falcone refused to help. Jim is unexpectedly joined by Sofia down at the beach bar, she hands him a whisky. Jim does question why Sofia has joined him and there are two possible reasons she didn’t want Jim to drink alone and he doesn’t know anybody in town. Sofia has chosen to keep Jim company, she raises a glass to make a toast to her father, Jim shares his respect for Falcone with Sofia. She reveals some truth about how if she wanted to spend with him she had to make an appointment. Falcone being sick has brought them closer together, Sofia tells Jim she has lived down south since she was thirteen. Falcone sent her away from Gotham to be safe, Sofia was never  alone she had Mario. Jim admits that there is nothing he can say for causing the death of Mario, Sofia agrees but she understands he was infected by the virus and Jim did what he had to do.

Ed awakes to find acupuncture needles in various parts of his upper body. In the room you can see a silhouette of Mrtyle changing clothes behind a screen. The really wonderful part of this scene she is so excited for Ed to see her dress that is tribute and calls herself “The Riddlette” she asks Eds opinion he cuts her coldly with his words “I think that rehashing someone else’s idea isn’t very original ” Mrtyle tells Ed how if she was the criminal mastermind like Ed is they would of been together sooner. She goes on to explain it took her months to plan his escape, she  learnt Penguins schedule, when he came and went and devised an exit strategy. Ed is impressed as she managed to outwit Oswald. Mrtyle asks Ed how he would devised a plan, but Ed can’t think, his brain isn’t functioning like it used to, she removes the acupuncture  needles that have not helped his muscles, then she’s come to the conclusion it’s the wrong muscle. Ed’s brain needs stimulating to fire synapses that carry neurons  to the rest of his body. Ed likes Mrtyle’s logical thinking,  she suggests some riddles. Ed excepts as this is exactly what he needs. It is quickly apparent The Riddler can’t riddle anymore.

As Sofia and Jim walk along the side of the ocean, she asks Jim whether he thinks about walking away from Gotham. Jim agrees he has thought about it, but he can’t. Jim feels Gotham is in his blood, his own father spent his entire life fighting for the city and never took the easy way out, neither can he. Sofia encourages Jim to stand still in the ocean, and this is where Sofia places a kiss on Jim’s lips.

As Alfred helps Bruce get ready, they go over the evenings plan which is essentially to buy the knife, which for Bruce will be easy as he is a billionaire. Alfred reminds him that he is a very public one. Turning up at the Penguin’s black market Auction will raise a few eyebrows. With Alfred suggesting bidding on it was the smarter play, Alfred agrees but he doesn’t want Bruce to attend the auction as himself, he asks Bruce what was the idea of him going down the docks and pretending to be someone else. Alfred was teaching him a lesson, because if he wants to carry on down this vilgilante path then he needs to assume other roles. Alfred advises Bruce “Play the role you were born to play. That of a privileged, somewhat pedantic teenager with deeper pockets then anybody else in this city.”  Bruce understands that he needs to play a brat, which is against everything his parents tried to ingrain in him. Alfred agrees, Bruce turns to look at himself in the mirror Bruce Billionaire Brat is ready to spend some money. Bruce doesn’t hold back at the auction we see him spend $250,000 on a painting which he will put in the bathroom!  The Elite of Gotham watch with a mix of awe and disapproval. The whole auction scene is supberb Bruce is loud, he wants to high five Alfred but he rufuses as he declares how much he loves art. Bruce uses his own improvised skills, when Alfred tells him to be steady on what he buys. As Bruce sees it, if he only buys the knife he must be the thief  who tried to steal it from Penguin, so recklessly throwing his money around no one will think twice. One of the funniest parts was when Bruce calls out loudly to Oswald and calls him ‘my friend’ Oswald is surprised to see Bruce, as he tells Bruce he is welcome and so is his insanely large bank account. Barbara Keen arrives and Bruce is surprised as he thought she was dead. She has arrived in time for the next item to be auctioned the embalming knife from the Tomb of King Balahsi of Sumeria the opening bid starts at $50,000. Just before Bruce bids Alfred does warn Bruce that if he wins Ra’s al Ghul will come for it. Barbara instantly bids $100,000 which makes Bruce question why does she want it. Alfred tells him to stay focused. It becomes a biddding head to head with Bruce always going one dollar more then Barbara, she approaches Bruce to ask him let someone else here have fun, he apologies. Barbara puts in another bid in at $300,000, then she is outbid one cent by Bruce. Another rebid by Bruce at $500,000 Barbara and turns to Bruce and tells him to back off you little brat. The attendees gasp as Bruce makes another bid of $2 million dollars, to make sure Barbara doesn’t bid anymore Oswald grabs the auction hammer “sold to Mr. Bruce Wayne” There is applause, Barbara calmly congratulates Bruce and leaves. Penguin is delighted but does warn Bruce that Barbara does not give up easily she will be coming for that knife.

Riddlette Mrtyle is reading a book of riddles to Ed, he gets another simple one wrong. She shows him the title of the book ‘Riddles for children, Ed is horrified. Mrtyle comes to the disappointing conclusion  that his mind is as damaged as the rest of his body. Unknown to Mrtyle Eds body is feeling fine, Ed picks up the book smacks Mrtyle on the side of her head she falls to the floor with a thud.

Selina quietly sneaks into Wayne Manor, unknown to her Bruce sits in the dark he was expecting someone else. He asks Selina why she is there. Selina answers confidentiality she heard about  Penguins auction. Bruce asks Selina because they are friends does Barbara think he will just hand the knife over. Selina genuinely doesn’t know why Barbara  wants the knife she was supposed to get it for a client. The only information Selina knows he is dangerous man and Barbara thinks if Bruce is smart  he would just hand it over. Bruce questions Selina “are you here protect me?” Selina doesn’t see how the knife can be valuable to Bruce but as spent $2m on it he intends to keep it. Bruce asks  Selina in a heated discussion about being Barbara ‘s errand girl, Selina corrects him she is a partner. Selina needs to give the knife to Barbara or she will never see her as a equal. Bruce refuses and tells her to leave.

Jim returns to the GCPD to meet a new detective, Detctive Harper. As she is being introduced Sofia Falcone turns up at the GCPD, she sees Gotham  as her birthright and no matter what her father says she is ready to help bring down the Penguin. Sofia warns Jim not to be sore as he came looking for a gangster and that is exactly what he found, she believes they can do great things together.

Zsasz has tracked down Mrtyle, she explains in a very sad way Ed’s mind is broken he could not solve any riddles, which Zsasz does get right and is delighted, so good to have Zsasz back. Penguin has had so many people steal from him lately Mrtyle needs to be made an example of. RIP Mrtyle.

Ra’s al Ghul compliments Barbara on her fighting technique, we finally know he has been her teacher after bathing her in the Lazarus pit.  He was compentant Barbara would become an ali, she is glad he feels that way. Barbara approaches Ra’s and says “the knife doesn’t seem special” but Ra’s al Ghul informs her she is wrong, the knife is key to everything. The absolute shocker for me at the end of this episode is when Ra’s and Barbara kiss passionately.

The next episode of Gotham is titled “The Demon’s Head” which has been written by Gotham very own Ben McKenzie. He made his directing debut in season 3 “These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” The sneak footage that was recently shown at New York Comic Con looked fantastic. Next episode airs on Thursday 12th October.

 

 

New York Comic Con Interviews by Alex Knight

UPDATED…

So DC World’s very own Alex Knight was lucky enough to go to New York Comic Con and had an amazing time, and while writing this he is still in the city for the week. He met many many guest stars and got to interview a lot too, including Kevin Conroy, Burt Ward, William Shatner, Bruce Timm, Jason O’ Mara and lots lots more on our youtube channel, hope you enjoy the videos, please like and subscribe to our Youtube channel too.

He also met the Legends Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.

Thank you, Alex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE : Official Heroes Trailer and a Nightwing Photoshop!

Justice League is fast approaching it’s cinema release date, and the latest trailer “Official Heroes” is no let down.

It based around Superman and his impending return, and as https://io9.gizmodo.com stated, there is definitely a lot of action to wet your whistle with in this cracking trailer!

To celebrate the release of Justice League, fans have been creating fan art, including one great piece of fan art of Green Lantern in the Justice League posters.

Well, I thought i’d have a go as well – this is by far not my best piece of Photoshopping work – but i hope you like it none the less!  It features Dev Patel as Nightwing – the perfect choice for the role in my opinion!

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