"All-Star Superman," the latest film in DC's line of animated features, had a lot to live up from the very first moment moment the project was announced. Based on Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's award-winning, 12-issue comic book series, "All-Star Superman" faced the super-heroic task of living up to the accolades of its source material while bringing the signature styles of the comic's creators to life on the screen.
In the original series, Superman is pitted against an enemy he can't overcome with a well-timed punch or a blast of heat vision: his own mortality. Diagnosed with a fatal case of radiation poisoning, the Man of Steel has only a short time left to take care of everything he's meant to do in life, and ensure the world is in good hands after he leaves.
Directed by Sam Liu ("Superman/Batman: Public Enemies") and adapted by recently deceased comics and animation writer Dwayne McDuffie ("Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths"), "All-Star Superman" features James Denton ("Desperate Housewives") as Superman, Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") as Lois Lane, Anthony LaPaglia ("Without A Trace") as Lex Luthor, Ed Asner ("Up") as Perry White, and Matthew Gray Gubler ("Criminal Minds," MTV's 2009 Hump Day Hottie Of The Year) as Jimmy Olsen, among others.
But does it make a successful leap from page to screen? Read More...
Episode Title: "Pilot" & "Tarot"
Written By: Tom Wheeler
Story: Palm City policeman Vince Faraday (David Lyons) is framed by masked crime boss Chess. Left for dead, he's taken in by a group of bank-robbing former carnival performers led by Max Malini (Keith David) and becomes the vigilante known as "The Cape" in order to protect his wife and son. The Cape quickly becomes a thorn in the side of Peter Fleming (James Frain), the head of the corrupt ARK corporation and the alter ego of Chess, who decides to get some help from the vicious, reptilian-looking Scales (Vinnie Jones). Meanwhile, Faraday is assisted by the mysterious blogger Orwell (Summer Glau).
In the second episode, Chess recruits dangerous chemist and knife-wielder Cain, and The Cape's first encounter with the new villain is nearly his last. Forced to temporarily abandon his signature cape, Faraday learns more about the challenge he'll face in bringing down Chess — and earns the attention of the criminal organization known as Tarot. Read More...
Episode Title: "A Christmas Carol"
Written By: Steven Moffat
Story: Amy and Rory's honeymoon on a cosmic cruise ship is cut short by catastrophe (of course), and The Doctor is tasked with saving the day — but first he has to warm the heart of a cruel miser. It's the night before Christmas, and it will take all the Time Lord's cleverness to produce a holiday miracle in this holiday-themed "Doctor Who" adventure.
Okay, so you're probably going to hate me for this: I've seen the "Doctor Who" Christmas Special.
"Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol" officially premieres Saturday night, December 25 — but thanks to the good people at BBC America, your friendly neighborhood Splash Page editor was able to get an early look at the next big "Doctor Who" event. And let me put it this way, fellow Whovians: you will not be disappointed with Matt Smith's latest adventure as The Eleventh Doctor.
The last thing I want to do is ruin any of the fun you'll have when the episode airs this weekend, but given how much I enjoyed it, I felt obligated to offer up a spoiler-free assessment of why "Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol" is one of my all-time favorite adventures with The Doctor — and why I suspect you'll feel the same way about it. Read More...
Episode Title: "The Return of Baptiste"
Written By: Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine
Story: When Ilsa Pucci (Indira Varma) needs help tracking down a kidnapped friend being held in South America, she turns towards Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) and his unorthodox methods. Chance's proposal is even more dangerous than usual: he wants to team up with his longtime nemesis Baptiste (Lennie James), because the criminal holding Ilsa's friend is a mutual enemy of theirs.
Chance and Baptiste forge an uneasy alliance under the philosophy that the enemy of their enemy is their friend, but old habits die hard for these two foes as they work alongside and against each other in the pursuit of their own goals. Read More...
Episode Title: "TS-19"
Written By: Adam Fierro and Frank Darabont
Story: Following the assault on their camp, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors of the zombie apocalypse seek refuge at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Once there, our heroes are treated to food, wine and a whole lot of information about how the zombie infection functions and what's happening in the rest of the world. The answers, unfortunately, are not what Rick and his companions were hoping to hear.
With the CDC on the cusp of power failure, Doctor Jenner (Noah Emmerich) springs an alternative option on the group — an option that could well be their damnation or their salvation. Read More...
Episode Title: "Taking Ames"
Written By: David Simkins
Story: Although she swears that she's turned a new leaf, it turns out that old habits die hard for Ames (Janet Montgomery). After the young thief and her oldest friend finds themselves in a jam with a cold blooded professional killer, she turns to the only person she can trust at the moment — Christopher Chance (Mark Valley).
Chance and Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) do their best to pitch in and save Ames from her current predicament, but the rest of the squad — namely Winston (Chi McBride) and Ilsa (Indira Varma) — are more than a little bit reluctant to interfere with the troubled thief. Read More...
Episode Title: "Wildfire"
Written By: Glen Mazzara
Story: Following the aftermath of the zombie attack on their camp, the remaining survivors are forced to address the freshly dead with permanent solutions. For his own part, one injured survivor makes an unconventional request, while Andrea (Laurie Holden) tries to figure out how to deal with her sister Amy (Emma Bell).
When Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his allies conclude that it's no longer safe to keep their camp in one spot, the survivors pack up and move on towards the Center for Disease Control — but what they find there is certainly not what they were expecting. Read More...
Episode Title: "The Wife's Tale"
Story: Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) is ready to take on his first case post-Ilsa Pucci (Indira Varma), but his normal routine of snarking off and playing around with his clients gets a grimmer coat of paint when the security contractor is tasked with cleaning up a mistake he made in the past. Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley), meanwhile, does his best to help Chance with his typical behind-the-scenes operations, but his methods are questioned by new recruit Ames (Janet Montgomery).
As Chance's mission continues, Winston (Chi McBride) finds himself defending the ex-assassin's troubled past to the new boss. Read More...
Episode Title: "Vatos"
Written By: Robert Kirkman
Story: Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is back in Atlanta alongside Glenn (Steven Yeun), T-Dog (IronE Singleton) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), but Daryl's brother Merle (Michael Rooker) is nowhere in sight — other than his severed hand, that is. The group continues their search for Merle and the guns, but the plan takes an unexpected curve thanks to the arrival of some gun-toting "vatos."
Back at camp, Jim (Andrew Rothenberg) begins digging holes in the ground, confusing and scaring the other survivors. But following the episode's grisly conclusion, the survivors might want to thank Jim for getting some dirty work done in advance. Read More...