Monstrous ‘Being Human’ Season 2 Preview With Sam Witwer, Sammy Huntington, and Meaghan Rath

We’re just a day away from the Season 2 Premiere of Being Human and Sam Witwer (Aidan the vampire), Sammy Huntington (Josh the werewolf) and Meaghan Rath (Sally the ghost) spoke to the press about several topics heading into the new season. They’re a fun bunch who are much like their TV counterparts yucking it up with the media and with each other. There are spoilers involved, so beware and scroll down and you’ll see two Syfy videos of the actors echoing some of their comments in our discussion.

If you haven’t caught on by now, Season 2 is all about each character being tempted towards the dark side of their respected monster. When asked about the big differences in approaching the development of their characters as opposed to season one, this is what they had to say.

Witwer: In the first season there was so much heavy lifting on everyone’s part to establish these characters and to try make this all work. If season one was about putting these people who are at risk into a safe environment, well season two is all about what is that risk about? And I think it’s inevitable with these people and their adversities, you know specific risks that they have in terms of you know vampire, werewolf and ghost, what do those conditions mean. And basically what it means is these people are in trouble and we’re going to see a lot of that trouble this year. We’re going to see why they need so badly to have a sanctuary because things get a little bit darker this year.

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Going dark can be inexplicably dangerous especially in a show that’s called Being Human, so how will the roommates try to maintain humanity in this descent?

Rath: For me it’s important to keep in mind that these are real people and not to get sucked into the supernatural element of the whole thing. What makes the show different is that we’re playing into the supernatural stereotypes, we are trying to play these as regular people.

So for me it’s a lot about just keeping in mind what I would do in this kind of situation and what’s great about the show is that it’s really acting, what would you do if you were put in this situation. And so I think that’s where the humanity comes from, just being a good person and being with these challenges that sort of question your morality and your values.

Witwer: What we’re trying to do as three actors is we’re trying to bring as much humanity into those events as possible. For example if someone dies–hopefully we’re going to tell a story where you realize that that is an awful sacrifice or that something has happened that is really, really terrible. So we’re really trying to keep our reactions to this entire supernatural stuff very grounded. And in terms of the dark stuff that comes up, I mean the messed up thing is that at first you’ll see our characters react with horror and shame and all this awful stuff. And then as time goes on you might see them kind of get used to it and that hopefully will be a very sad thing to watch.

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Aidan though is different because he’s been a monster for so much longer than the other two. Even if we were to paint a broad brush over all of the fictional portrayals of vampires in anguish, Aidan has kept his dark side in check for awhile now.

Witwer: Our take on it with the whole drug addiction analogy is I think really fresh and cool and that analogy, that metaphor is alive and well this season in a big, big way. He wants to fight against it but this year you do see him embrace it a little bit. Kind of against his will, the thing that we have to remember is in the first season if he’s trying to kick the habit in a drug addiction sense well the first thing he’s got to do is stay away from his old drug buddies. And this season we’re going to see an older version of Aidan this year and when I say older we’re going to see a worse version of him, we’re going to see some of his old character traits that he had over the past 200 years start to resurface. We’re going to learn first hand why everyone seems to be afraid of this guy, why Bishop gave him a wide berth and Marcus was wary of him and everyone spoke so highly of him as this maniac.

It was discussed with our conference call with showrunners Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke that Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse) is joining the cast in the role of Suren, who is the daughter of a vampire matriarch named Mother. Suren is placed in the role that Aidan is unworthy of, and she brings with her years of experience with the old Aidan. I asked Witwer about the addition of Lachman and her character Suren.

Witwer: We go into some vampire authority matters and there are vampires that are much, much older than Aidan or even Bishop. I was talking earlier about how we learn about older Aidan, we learn about how he was, rather than how he is, and Dichen represents a lot of that in this season for Aidan. She represents a lot of what he wanted, a lot of who he wanted to be and she’s thrown back into the mix. Imagine that you had a really close relationship with someone back in high school and then you link up with them later. It’s not exactly the same as it was because you’ve both changed.

As for Sally, we’ll recall that she passed up her door to help Aidan. This season Sally will be dealing with the consequences or ramifications of doing that. Was this a gift or a privilege that she turned down? Will she have a new sense of purpose? And what will she learn moving forward?

Rath: Sally acquired these new powers of being able to very briefly touch things [remember how she was able to touch Aidan’s hand when he was severely injured] which was a result of missing the door they think and she meets some new supernatural beings that introduce her to different powers and one being possession which takes her down a very dark path, because it is very addictive. And really her trajectory of the season is trying to fight or give in to this temptation, to this new sort of vice that she’s discovered and what that brings to her and how that breaks her down.

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As for the Sally’s drab gray attire, we asked Rath about that at Comic-Con and we assumed that we’ll see her in flashbacks but with some of her new abilities public she was able to expand on her answer.

Huntington: She wears a really cute barrette this year.

Rath: We do get to see Sally in some different outfits and I think you know in the promos that they’ve released you do see Sally in a couple different things.

Huntington: Including her birthday suit, oh yeah.

Rath: That’s true, there is some nudity.

Huntington: Finally some female nudity on the show [Huntington is nude every time he turns from the werewolf back into his human form.].

Rath: The producers are like, ‘Here’s the deal, you can’t change. You can get out of those clothes but that’s it.’ [Joking] I’m not allowed to get into anything else. So there’s a little bit of that. But this possession door that Sally’s opened has really allowed me to change it up a little bit which has been nice, yeah. But the leggings stay, I hate to break it to you. The sweater stays, too. It’s the uniform.
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Josh’s arc though is tied directly to his future with Nora. It’s been three weeks since the events of the Season 1 finale and Josh does not know that he scratched his girlfriend. And while we got confirmation from Sammy Huntington at Comic-Con about the baby, the two of them will be dealing with that unfortunate tragedy too.  Sammy Huntington’s explanation of his arc was so spoiler-filled that we’ll bring that up after a few episodes have aired but while we’re talking about Josh and Nora, (who is the show’s unofficial fourth lead) look for a much larger role for her this season. Rath explained that she shares scenes with Kristen Hager this year–how we’ll find out soon enough–

Rath: I can’t really say much about it but I really felt like oh God, this is what I’ve been missing out on?

Witwer: Kristen’s just wonderful this season; she’s so great! We feel tremendously bonded to her as well. She’s one of us.

“Relationships”

Carver and Fricke spoke about how each roommate is going to be more independent and that means that there will be a little less of those magic scenes where all three of them are in the house.

Rath: We all are on our own journey and trying to get ourselves out of these really desperate situations. So for the reason that we’re doing completely different things when we do come together there’s a question of can we still relate to each other and how non-judgmental are we actually going to be towards each other?

Something else that viewers can expect to see less of is the hospital. Even though three of the four main characters work there, the hospital was a second haven for the roommates in Season 1. Josh and Aiden could talk openly about various subjects without Sally being privy (when she couldn’t figure out how to leave the house), Aidan gets his blood there, and Josh used the basement to change into the wolf once ever month. Let’s also remember that Aidan introduced the wing of lost souls to Sally, so the hospital was important to all of the characters. With all of this self-exploration planned for Season 2, I asked what role does the hospital serve for them still? By their responses, I could tell that the hospital still serves as something very important.

Huntington: You’ll– [Thinking of how to respond without spoiling, Sammy pauses]. Things that happen in the hospital are pivotal and spring boards a lot of stuff that happens in the season. Yeah, you definitely touch on something that’s true in that it’s not like our home away from home this season like it was last year. I think a lot of that actually is also because each of us is having our individual paths so there’s less of us actually meeting up at the hospital you know? Would you guys say that’s true?

Witwer: Yeah, I think that’s true.

Rath: I feel like I definitely spend more time in the hospital this year.

Huntington: You do, for sure.

Rath: But it’s not – yeah. I wouldn’t say that it was a home away from home–

Huntington: It’s in a different regard too, it’s…

Rath: Yeah, totally. It’s kind of like just as the house is a huge part of the show, so is the hospital, just kind of a different character.

Huntington: To be honest, and Sam and I actually talked a lot about this this season because you know we actually feel kind of differently about it but I could lose the hospital as a location altogether.

Witwer: Whereas I love it. I think it’s really great.

Huntington: Yep. I like it in theory, like the idea that we can go there and it serves as a lot of different sets and it make sense for the characters but logistically I’m not into it for some weird reason, I don’t really like it.

Witwer: I think it’s because they always have you cleaning up you know vomit and for me, you know I’m carrying something somewhere.

Huntington: That’s what it is. That’s it.

Witwer: Somehow, Aidan ditches all the most unpleasant stuff like (cleaning) bedpans; he just doesn’t do it. He’s like, ‘You know, if I ditch it someone else will do it.’

Huntington: That’s right.

“A Look Ahead”

In this last section, the actors were asked more about their experiences as actors, their challenges and discoveries going through this season.

Huntington: You’re always challenged by this wonderful material, this material that makes you really, really think. And you know it forces you to just basically become a better actor. I had several moments this year where I got to places emotionally that I’d never gotten to before on a set. You don’t want to let them (the writers and producers) down. They’ve given you this material and you want to do it justice.

Rath: I have the feeling so often where I came to set and I’m looking at the scenes and I’m like – how – I don’t know how I’m going to do this, when I read the script. I don’t know what I’m going to do and I think that is where you really grow as an actor, when you’re scared. And there was definitely a lot of that this season.

Witwer: We’ve established the characters pretty thoroughly last year and so it’s like, ‘Okay, what new sides of this character can we show?’ When you do a pilot you’re trying to sell the pilot, sell the character, sell this, sell that. So you’re trying to show them as much as you can. But because we didn’t do that [this year] I felt that – we all felt just sort of patient. And so this year it’s like okay well what new can we show you? And I feel pretty confident that all three of us you’re going to see – We do get to know these different sides of these characters in big ways. And the other big challenge this year is that we shot everything a little bit faster. We had less time to do stuff in for various reasons and so there were several times – like Meaghan I said–how am I going to do this, and I had one take to get it right.
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Rath: I think for me I feel like that’s the way I’ve grown as a person since I started acting and it’s a strange thing but every new experience you go through, every different set, every character I feel it forces you to find something in yourself that has been there. But you never knew it existed so you’re just trying to access different parts of your emotional life or things – feelings that you’ve suppressed over the years. And it changes you, especially when you connect to a character so much and you love that character, it really forces you to question what would I do in this situation and what does this mean to me and how can I put this situation into my own words? And that’s for me how I mature and grow.

Witwer: I think we’ve all three learned to trust ourselves a little bit more in terms of our creative instincts. I’ve learned that if the editors have it even in pieces, even if I never got through a full take without blowing something, if the editors have it in pieces, fine, leave it alone, go to sleep, it’s fine, done.

With the monsters and supernatural genre seemingly near capacity, we as television fans can’t help but eat more up. Movies, comics, television series, it doesn’t matter. We eat it up, not like it’s a fad diet, but instead like it’s our sustenance, especially when it’s written and acted as well as it is in Being Human. Huntington answered with a tongue-in-cheek response but Witwer tried to tackle the reasons as to why monsters resonate with TV viewers in a very interesting manner.

Witwer: I think that our society has good points and bad points but we’re a little bit more self-aware I suppose as Americans–

Huntington: Oh you’re going deep.

Witwer: It’s come to our attention that our country­–we’re not always just the sterling good guy, that there’s some gray area in there and that our heroes don’t always live up to our expectations. The 70’s were a cynical era, but I don’t know that they felt as messed with, in terms of the media machine and constantly feeling manipulated and pushed around; feeling like perhaps we’re pushed into participating in things that are maybe not the best things morally. So maybe it’s that moral uncertainty that makes people lock in to all this dark stuff, you know looking – because what are zombies? Zombies are our selves, only completely corrupted and messed up. Another example, you drive by Warner Brothers’ studios, – there’s this building and they have this painting of all the DC Comics superheroes all along the wall right? And it used to be Superman was in the middle, flanked by Batman and Wonder Woman and then you’d have all the other people. Well now Batman’s in the center and Superman’s off to the side. And you’re just like wow, when did that happen?

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Huntington: When Batman made a hundred gajillion dollars.

Witwer: Well it’s like that, but people are relating more to Batman than they are to Superman. If you went back to like the 40s or the 50s, Batman was second place to Superman. Superman was the guy, like, ‘This is us, Superman is us’ and now it’s like, ‘I think it might be Batman’; we’re a little bit messed up, you know?

Eloquently said. And to close this Being Human Season 2 Preview I had to include a question that was asked about the constant comparisons to the original UK series from which Syfy’s version is based on.

Witwer: We as actors we didn’t watch the British series when we were shooting our first season because we wanted to do our own thing. We wanted to make sure that ours was its own animal. And then afterward we watched it. We watched everything. I love their show and I truly dig on it and I got Sammy and Meaghan started by buying them the box sets for season one and they watched it since then, watched more of it since then. And you know we’re all into it, but our writers hate it. No just kidding. For the same reason that we avoided watching season one, they’ve avoided watching season two because they want season two to be its own animal. So there is a little bit of cross over here and there in terms of things happening sometimes in similar ways. But it’s really coincidental considering our writers didn’t even know. So it’s interesting, whenever something would happen that was similar I’d read it in the script and kind of laugh. Because they have no idea, but you know it’s for the most part extremely different.

Despite all of the efforts to be different, none of the stars believe the comparisons will stop.

Rath: No, because it is founded on the same situations, they’re both the same show. But I mean that’s okay with me, I don’t mind that because like Sam was saying, I’m a huge fan of the British one. And I’m very positive in the second season that it does differ in a huge way. We’re the same family but different kind of – we’re different cultures and I don’t know, I’m happy to be associated with them and I’m excited for the day that we actually meet.

Huntington: Yeah me too, I really want to meet them. I think also we’d probably be singing a different tune if it was more negative. To be honest I think they’ve been so kind to us. You know primarily, the people who are fans of the BBC series or were first fans of the BBC series have really embraced our show and I think if they were really hating on it we’d be ready for them to be like, ‘Uh guys, you know that we are our own thing.’ And listen, we embrace that, the fact that this season there’s some small crossovers but for the most part they are unintentional. We are our own beast. And – but yeah, I think we’d be a lot more eager to have the comparisons cease if they were negative comparisons. Right?

Witwer: Absolutely. I think that people have their preferences. For example if someone says hey I like the British version better, I’m not going to sit there and go, ‘Whoa you’re wrong.’ I see why. It’s different; there are different things. Personally when I watched the two shows, our season one versus their season one. I was kind of torn because I’d see stuff and I’d go, ‘Oh they really nailed that moment in a way that we didn’t’. Yeah, that’s better. Oh I like this better about theirs,’ and then I’d see other stuff and go, ‘Oh but you know what, I like ours better on this, or we had a better take on this,’ So considering I’m so close to it I could never say which is objectively better. And frankly I don’t know that most people could objectively say that, I think it’s more of a taste thing.

Being Human Season 2 starts Monday, January 16 on Syfy at 9pm ET/PT and kicks off a new Powerful Monday lineup followed by the American premiere of the Canadian hit-show, Lost Girl at 10PM.

See Catwoman and Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Trailer #2

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Here it is, the new Dark Knight Rises trailer. Please do check it out here and tell your friends about it. C’mon, you know you want to. My reactions are below the video.

What you saw
The trailer opens in Heinz Field where the Pittsburgh Steelers play and we see multiple shots as to how it was used, especially for the big wow factor when Bane (Tom Hardy) detonates the field from under a live football game. A boy is singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” while Alfred (Michael Caine) talks to Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) about failing to take care of him. Gotham City is in that transition period of when Batman was declared an outlaw (as we recall how The Dark Knight ended) and the political unrest in the city is mounting.

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Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) is seen sharing a dance with Wayne where she whispers and warns him in his ear to “You think this going to last. There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches,” because he has lived so large and left so little for the rest of Gotham. Meanwhile, Bane is leading a revolution, a prison breakout, and an act of terrorism. Standing over Wayne, Bane tells him, “When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.”

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Then we see a quick montage of clips that include seeing Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard), Gotham City Cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and we see the Tumbler, Tumbler-Tanks and the Bat-Wing/Bat-Plane. GCPD looks as it their moving in on some type of operative mission but are walking into a big trap. Some of them are repelling into a giant well that reminds one of the well Bruce fell down as a child in Batman Begins and eventually became the Bat Cave. The camera pans up skyscrapers and the image of the bat is seen in the open sky, mirroring the first official theatrical poster for The Dark Knight Rises.

You can also view The Dark Knight Rises Trailer #1 here:

First Reaction
What’s keen is to see how all of that leaked footage and raw footage that made its way to the internet the last six months, looks when it’s in its final edit. So my first reaction is that Hathaway looks as if she made to look like a Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween) drawing, down to the big shiny lipstick! She’s also wearing a mask while dancing with Bruce but it it just one of many for Catwoman, or is she at a Wayne-sponsored masquerade ball? In case you haven’t heard it, that isn’t Bane on auto-tuned, that is Bane speaking through his mouthpiece. It is a bit hard to make out clearly what he’s saying on first pass. I wonder if he’ll have subtitles when he talks. I’m a little mixed on the choice to garble Hardy’s voice. This is the first time we’ve seen either talk in character, unless of course you caught the Dark Knight Rises prologue this past week.

As the inmates chant, Wayne comes out of a cell that appears to be Arkham Asylum where a fellow inmate tells him that the chant means “rise.” I’m not sure if Wayne was admitted into the Asylum or if he’s undercover, but Arkham looks like something out of an M.C. Escher illustration. In other words, it’s cool.

The colors and palettes all look like trademark Christopher Nolan warm ambers and cold greens that he used in Inception. There are several shots that are shot wide, look at the screen shots we’ve included here. The picture is shot real wide and that should look magnificent on a massive IMAX screen, Nolan’s preferred method of viewing the film since much of the film have been shot on IMAX film. Share your thoughts below!

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‘Justice League: Doom’ DVD Release Date Announced (+Blu-ray), Starring Nathan Fillion & Michael Rosenbaum

Warner Bros has just announced that Justice League: Doom will hit DVD and Blu-ray on February 28, 2012.

The film features the voices of primetime stars Nathan Fillion (Castle), Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) in addition to a cavalcade of voiceover alums from the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated television series.

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “JLA: Tower of Babel.”

Justice League: Doom Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack has 3 hours of exciting content, including:

• Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
• UltraViiolet™ Digital Copy,
• Sneak Peak at Superman vs. The Elite, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
• Featurette – “A Legion of One: The Dwayne McDuffie Story” – The skilled writer penned some of the best stories which consistently entertained fans. From his early writing career to adapting the popular work of All-Star Superman, this is the story of Dwayne McDuffie, as told by his family and friends.
• Featurette – “Guarding the Balance: Batman and the JLA” – Everyone has a weakness and so do superheroes, yet when they go rogue, their power can topple more than a few egos, they can shatter worlds. The Justice League is the most powerful organization of superheroes on the planet, but what if the Justice League went rogue, and decided to use their power for harm?
• Mini-featurette – “Their Time Has Come: Cyborg and the DC Universe’s New Diversity” – 2011 will go down in DC Comics storied history as a year when a rich diversity of characters were re-introduced into the spotlight alongside Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. One of the most celebrated of the re-imagined characters is Cyborg, who became the new Man of Steel in Geoff Johns’ altered universe storyline, Flashpoint.
• Creative team commentary
• Two bonus episodes from the Justice League animated series handpicked by Bruce Timm: Wild Cards, Part 1 and 2, written by Stan Berkowitz and Dwayne McDuffie
• Digital Comic

New ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Poster – Plus Details on Six-Minute IMAX Prologue

First things first, check out the new poster for The Dark Knight Rises featuring the image of Bane walking away from Batman’s broken cowl and the tagline “The Legend Ends” certainly sets the tone doesn’t it?

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The next bit of exciting news is that there will be a six-minute prologue of The Dark Knight Rises shown before select IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Below is a listing of the 42 theaters in North America that will show the prologue on December 16th. Christopher Nolan said in a statement the reasoning why the prologue is being shown at IMAX screens only:

“Our experience on ‘The Dark Knight’ shooting and projecting IMAX 15 perf 65mm/70mm film was inspiring. The immersive quality of the image goes beyond any other filmmaking tool available, and in revisiting Gotham, we were determined to shoot even more of the movie in this unique format. Giving the fans an early look at an IMAX sequence is a great way to draw attention to what I believe will be an incredible way to experience our story when it comes out next summer.”

Market – Theatre – City

Austin, TX – IMAX Theater Austin – Austin
Boston, MA – Jordan’s IMAX – Natick
Boston, MA – IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading – Reading
Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Theatre Chinook 16 – Calgary
Chantilly, VA/Washington, DC – Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX – Chantilly
Chicago, IL – Navy Pier IMAX Theatre – Chicago
Des Moines, IA – SCI IMAX Dome Theater – Des Moines
Detroit, MI – Henry Ford IMAX – Dearborn
Edmonton, AB – Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton – Edmonton
Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts – Harrisburg
Houston, TX – Houston Marq*e Stadium 22 + IMAX – Houston
Indianapolis – White River IMAX – Indianapolis
Los Angeles, CA – Irvine Spectrum 20 + IMAX – Irvine
Los Angeles, CA – RAVE 18 + IMAX – Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA – Ontario Palace Stadium 22 + IMAX – Ontario
Los Angeles, CA – Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX – Universal City
Madison, WI – Star 18 Fitchburg with IMAX – Fitchburg
Miami, FL – AutoNation IMAX – Fort Lauderdale
Minneapolis, MN – Great Clips IMAX – Apple Valley
Montreal, QC – Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal – Montreal
Nashville,TN – Opry Mills Stadium 20 + IMAX – Nashville
New York, NY – Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX – New York
New York, NY – Palisades IMAX – West Nyack
Omaha, NE – Star Cinema 16 with IMAX – Council Bluffs
Orlando, FL – Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX – Orlando
Ottawa, ON – Silvercity Gloucester + IMAX – Gloucester
Palm Springs – Desert IMAX Theatre – Cathedral City
Philadelphia, PA – IMAX & the Tropicana – Atlantic City
Philadelphia, PA – Tuttleman IMAX–Franklin Institute – Philadelphia
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX – Tempe
Providence, RI – Providence Place 16 with IMAX – Providence
Quebec City, QC – IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec – Quebec City
Sacramento, CA – Esquire IMAX – Sacramento
San Antonio, TX – IMAX at RiverCenter – San Antonio
San Francisco, CA – Metreon 16 with IMAX & ETX – San Francisco
Seattle, WA – Boeing IMAX–Pacific Science Center – Seattle
Tampa, FL – Museum of Science and Industry – Tampa
Toronto, ON – Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX – Mississauga
Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Theatre Toronto + IMAX – Toronto
Toronto, ON – Colossus 18 Woodbridge + IMAX – Woodbridge-Vaughan
Vancouver, BC – Colossus Langley + IMAX – Langley
Vancouver, BC – Silvercity Riverport 18 + IMAX – Richmond

And showing in the UK on December 21st:

UK – BFI London – London
UK – National Media Museum IMAX – Bradford
UK – Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema – Glasgow
UK – Odeon Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks – Manchester

Now if you’re not in one of these markets or near any of these theaters, there is another way you can view the prologue. On December 13th, you can visit www.operationearlybird.com which shows a map and IMAX locations that will screen the footage and prompt you on how to get tickets. And if you visit www.thedarkknightrises.com there is an audio file hidden there that lists off a series of numbers. When those numbers are entered into the Operation Early Bird site, more locations show up.

I’ve yet to see the footage but from what I’ve heard it shows a hostage situation and footage of Bane and it’s apparently awesome. Comingsoon.net has a write-up of the prologue. The footage is introduced by Nolan who explains his exuberance to bring the big event movies back on the big screen (IMAX) where they belong. They’ve certainly found some interesting ways to use viral marketing to add mystery and anticipation to what should be next year’s biggest movie event.

The Dark Knight Rises has a release date of July 20, 2012 and stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Nestor Carbonell, Daniel Sunjata, Josh Pence and Juno Temple.

Attention Batman Fans: Gotham City Imposters Release Date and Open Beta Announced

Warner Bros Interactive has just announced that gamers can start getting their Gotham City Imposters action in starting in December with Open Beta.

The new first-person shooter game will launch on the Playstation Network (PSN) on PS3 and on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 consoles on January 10, 2012.

Check out the latest screenshot below:

Exclusive: Legendary Batman Voice Kevin Conroy Talks Getting Sexual with Dushku, ‘Justice League: Doom’, ‘Arkham City’ & More

Hot on the heels of the release of Batman: Year One, we’ve got a steamy interview with legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy.

You’re probably wondering how a voice actor interview can be steamy. Well, Conroy takes it there. When asked about his scenes with Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, upcoming Ghostbusters III) – who voices Catwoman, both in Year One and in the DC Showcase: Catwoman short – Conroy reinacts some of his earlier “grunts” and “groans” in the booth with voice director Andrea Romano.

It’s at 1:30 into the interview and you have to see and hear it to laugh as hard as we did. You can just imagine Romano’s cheeks turning red the first time Conroy did these kinds of “groans”.

Conroy also discusses work on Batman: Arkham City as well as his next Warner Bros Animated movie, Justice League: Doom.

If you’re a fan of any of the Batman or Justice League animated series, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.

Comics Review: ‘Batman’ #2 – Snyder’s Deliberate Dark Knight Tale Shines in 52

Reading a Scott Snyder comic is like sitting back with your favorite novel and savoring every page. You know that the next page will be just as good or better than the one that you are currently reading, but it’s so hard to go on. Snyder is a deliberate storyteller who wants you to read carefully into every phrase, dialogue bubble, and thought box – because there is always a subtle detail lurking in the text.

Batman #2, part of the 52 reboot, does a lot of things right about the Batman franchise. For starters, it doesn’t really reboot the series at all. Instead, Snyder has continued to stay true to the core characterization of Batman. While the Dark Knight’s costume may have had a military upgrade – the suit now has sharp points on Batman’s forearms – the character and his colleagues remain completely the same. If anything, this “reboot” – in particular issue #2 – has helped to add more depth to the famed Batman/Commissioner Gordon relationship as well as Bruce Wayne’s ties to Gotham.

The first page of Batman #2 starts off with brief history of the original Wayne Tower in Gotham. Bruce’s great, great grandfather oversaw its construction in 1888. Right away – without knowing anything about Bruce or his family – you realize that the Waynes have been in Gotham for over 100 years. Literally and figuratively, they helped to build Gotham. Alan Wayne is in architecture, which puts him in line with the Masons. The description also gives you a sense of Bruce’s age. We’re dealing with a younger Bruce. All of this happens within the first panel.

Snyder then proceeds to add a few Biblical references that will most likely have some importance in the future. For example, the tower has seven guardians to protect each of the seven train lines running through Gotham. It seems like an arbitrary number, but when Snyder is writing everything has significance. That reminds me, I have to pick up the second volume of American Vampire. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. Snyder really shows off his deft writing prowess in an original work.

When you turn to the second page of Batman #2, Bruce gets knocked out of a window. Once again, we see the Batman we know and love. The descriptions of Gotham’s history are all in Batman’s head. Yet, he’s totally calm and calculating just as he’s being thrown out of the window. Instead of panicking, he is thoughtfully analyzing how he was just thrown through “unbreakable” glass. The story then jumps back to 24 hours earlier. It’s Batman on a motorcycle against a helicopter. He’s gutsy and cocky all at once. Greg Capullo pencils a slight smirk on Batman’s face as he makes a very unpredictable move to take down the bad guys. While he takes down these unnamed villains, Batman chats calmly with Alfred, assuring his butler that the Dark Knight will be on time for his meeting with Gordon.

Back at the Batcave, Dick Grayson calls attention to a new Batman tool – a Photogrammetric Scanner – being used at the morgue. Batman is able to analyze bodies from the comfort of his cave.

This issue introduces a new threat in the Batman mythos – The Court of Owls. They want Bruce Wayne dead. Why? We have no idea? This phantom organization apparently exists in Gotham, even though everything Bruce knows about the city his family built would say otherwise. Although little information is given about this new threat, we do know that its assassins look like ninjas with goggles and claws. They also may be using some kind of augmentation to be virtually invincible.

Capullo’s artwork does a nice job of complementing Snyder’s writing. In American Vampire, Snyder always went for very visceral scenes. Capullo nimbly shifts between cartoony reactions to bloody illustrations. There are three superb pages of Bruce getting knifed. On one, Capullo pencils an extreme close-up of Bruce’s teeth, with blood flying everywhere. Two pages later, there is an amazing up angle shot of Bruce standing on top of a gargoyle with knives protruding from his body. It’s always great to see Batman in this kind of pose, like on the cover of the iconic Jim Lee Batman. However, to see Bruce in this similar pose riddled with blood is a visual treat.

If you haven’t checked out the new Batman series, you’re missing out on one of the best stories at DC. This is “THE” DC book of the Fall.

Note: This issue also contains a preview of Batman Noel, a deluxe graphic novel scheduled for November release. Story and art are by Lee Bermejo.

Batman #2
Batman #2
Issue Title:Trust Fall
Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 19, 2011
Rating:

9 / 10

Photos from ‘Batman: Arkham City’ Launch at Toys R Us Times Square

On Oct 17 in New York City, 500 Toys R Us Times Square shoppers got a chance to get their hands on Batman: Arkham City, 1 day in advance of the North American release date.

100 of those Dark Knight fans were able to get the game, comics and branded Batman merchandise autographed by Arkham City’s Game Director Sefton Hill, legendary Batman voice Kevin Conroy and DC Comics co-publisher and artist Jim Lee.

The festivities started at 4pm, when Hill, Conroy and Lee made a public appearance outside of Toys ‘R Us. Then everyone went up to the the third floor for signings and pictures.

Check out the photos below:

One of Batman’s younger fans gets a warm greeting from the Dark Knight’s famous voice:

Batman: Arkham City hits the Xbox 360 and PS3 on Oct. 18.

NYCC Cosplay: Bane Breaks Batman’s Back Prior to Dark Knight Rises

Next year, The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters on July, 20, 2012. But fans got a chance to see some Bane (will be played by Tom Hardy in 2012 feature) vs Batman (played by Christian Bale) action this year at NY Comic Con (NYCC).

One cosplayer dressed up as Bane and proceeded to simulate the scene from the Batman Knightfall story arc, where Bane broke Batman’s back in Batman #497.

Check out the scene as it played out below:

And, the clincher:

NYCC: Superman Joins Batman and Green Lantern in a Lego Exclusive First

At New York Comic Con, LEGO will be doing a first for its new DC Super Heroes collection, inspired by DC Comics heroes Batman and Green Lantern. For the first time, Lego is debuting its Superman Minifigures. Superman will be available to con-goers before the toy hits the mass market.

LEGO will be giving away the exclusive this weekend so be sure to check out the DC Comics booth. The building block maker will also be showing off for the first time its new LEGO Batcave – part of the upcoming LEGO Batman collection. If you played LEGO Batman: The Videogame, you’ll definitely want to check this out.

In tandem with the Super Hero festivities, Lego is currently promoting its new Super Heroes line with a ‘Super Hero Minifigure in Action’ contest. LEGO builders can upload pictures of there hero creations to win monthly prizes or a grand prize trip to California for exclusive tours of Warner Bros. Studios, WB Animation and LEGOLAND.