The Splash Page Blog: July 16th, 2015

On this edition of The Splash Page Blog; Emmy Nominations get Super, Milkfed Criminal Masterminds’ Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick unveil their Master Plans, could Constantine rise from the dead thanks to Arrow, Your first look at the cast of X-Men Apocalypse, The Rated R Superstar coming to The Flash, and the premiere date for CW Seed’s Vixen.

Constantine, Daredevil, The Flash, Gotham, & Agents Of S.H.I.EL.D. Score Emmy Nominations

The 67th Emmy Award nominations were announced by the Television Academy today, and several television shows based on superheroes were nominated.

The debut season of Fox’s Gotham received 4 nominations: Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More), Outstanding Costumes For A Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.

Netflix’s first foray into the Marvel Universe, Daredevil, earned 3 nominations: Outstanding Main Title Design, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.

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Milkfed Managing Editor Lauren Sankovitch sat down before a small but crowded panel room at Comic-Con International in order to discuss the goings on at Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds Inc and their upcoming releases with special guests Gabriel Ba, Fabian Moon, Chip Zdarsky and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Greeting the crowd, DeConnick described Milkfed Criminal Masterminds as the business endeavor she started with her husband and fellow comic creator. Due to an ill family member, Fraction himself was unable to attend the panel, though he did attempt to appear over Skype, albeit unsuccessfully. “You all sounded like hellraisers,” Fraction got in before he signed off for good.

As executive assistant Kit Cox tried to connect with Fraction via Skype, fellow comic creator Brian Michael Bendis entered from the back of the auditorium with a birthday cake, as DeConnick’s birthday is coming up on July 15. “That is so sweet,” DeConnick said after she blew out the candles. “Except for the part where it says I’m 61.”

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Forget the cancellation, Matt Ryan’s Constantine could still crossover to The CW’s Arrow

NBC’s cult favorite Constantine might be gone, but it’s not forgotten. Turns out, former star Matt Ryan might be making the jump over to another DC series.

Back before NBC decided to pull the plug on the low-rated horror series, there were rumblings that Constantine might crossover into The CW’s superhero hit Arrow. Arrow had just taken a supernatural turn with the addition of the Lazarus Pit and Ra’s al Ghul, so it seemed like a natural entry point, and everyone seemed keen to make it happen. But then, attention turned from crossovers to cancellation, and we didn’t hear much else.

Good news: Those conversations are apparently still underway, and Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle says they’re actively working to close a deal with Matt Ryan (and all the movers and shakers at Warner Bros and DC) to make it a reality. Here’s an excerpt from her comments to IGN:

“Yeah, we really want to do it. It’s something we’ve been talking to DC about and it’s just a question of some political things, but also the actor’s schedule. We’re trying to work it out, but we don’t know 100 percent if it’s going to happen But we’re really optimistic and we would love to have him.”

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Comic-Con International may be in the rear view, but the advance peeks at upcoming comic book-based films are still coming: The cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly sees three stars of 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” in full costume: franchise newcomers Olivia Munn as Psylocke and Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse; plus the returning Michael Fassbender as Magneto.

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The pro wrestling/comic book connections continue to run deep, with confirming Thursday that Adam Copeland, better known as retired WWE performer Edge, has been cast on season two of “The Flash” as Atom-Smasher.

Unlike the Atom-Smasher of DC Comics, this take on the character will be a villain. Here’s the description: “One of the most powerful enemies we encounter this season, Atom Smasher has come to Central City to kill The Flash. His incredible strength and ability to grow to enormous size makes him more than a match for Flash and the entire S.T.A.R. Labs team will have to come together to find a way to defeat him.”

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Vixen Coming to CW Seed on August 25

Vixen, the new animated series based on the longtime Justice League member, will come to CW Seed on August 25, the Arrow Twitter account revealed today.

The series, which will also feature a number of existing characters from The CW’s superhero dramas Arrow and The Flash, will air via the CW’s online streaming service for free. There’s no word as to whether the full season will eventually be available as a paid download or DVD.


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