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We're big fans of composer Bear McCreary around here, from his work on "Battlestar Galactica," "Da Vinci's Demons," and more. So how does the prolific musician put together the score for a show like "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."? Not like this. Not like this: Read More...

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by Ryan Rigley

Last week's return of "Arrow" to the CW marks the beginning of a new wave of DC television series. Not only have Warner Bros. and DC announced their plans for a "Flash" spinoff series sometime next year but they've also made mention of a Jim Gordon-centric "Gotham" TV series over at FOX.

Marvel Studios may be killing it in the Cinematic Universe, but it seems like DC has television on lock. In fact, DC has always been pretty proficient with their TV series. Case in point being "Swamp Thing: The Series," a TV show based on a DC character made popular by Alan Moore in the 80's. With Guillermo del Toro's plans to include Swamp Thing in his "Justice League Dark" film, we think now's as good a time as any to reflect back on the "Swamp Thing" TV series. Read More...

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So, this happened. At New York Comic-Con, Troy Baker - who plays The Joker in the upcoming video game "Batman: Arkham Origins," read The Joker's iconic monologue from "The Killing Joke" using the Joker voice: Read More...

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By Kat Rosenfield

Aaaaand we're back! The dead were up and walking again on Sunday night, as we rejoined the cast of "The Walking Dead" in their prison-dwelling, zombie-slaying lives of leisure. It's been six months since we watched Woodbury go down in the big finale of Season 3, and about as much time has passed in the Walking Dead universe — giving the remaining survivors plenty of time to make friends, build a community, and possibly become a bit too secure in the ability of their barbed wire and big walls to keep the dangerous world at bay. Here's what went down in the long-awaited premiere of Season 4.

To begin with, things are pretty hunky-dory at Chez Survivor. They've got al fresco dining, a robust garden, even a working iPod with which to drown out the gnashing of walkers whilst you hoe a row. And whatever early (off-screen) growing pains the prison community might've experienced, everyone's getting along famously now: there's a council in charge of decision-making, there are romances blossoming left and right, a hyper-eager bespectacled young man named Patrick is calling Daryl "Mister Dixon", and everyone who was on the verge of madness last season seems to have conquered their demons. Even Carl has traded in his cold stares and killing sprees for comic books (although he still turns up his nose at joining the rest of the kiddies for story time.) Read More...

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By Alex Zalben

This is pure speculation on my part, based on a pair of "Z"s in a recently released "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." title, but are we headed for our first super-villain team-up? Potential spoilers for the series past this point:

As just announced, episode 6 of AoS will feature Titus Welliver, reprising his role as Agent Blake from the Marvel One-Shot short, "Item 47." We don't know a lot more about the episode, except it's called "FZZT." That title alone, though, suggests a few things:

- Looks like we'll finally get a Fitz focused episode, though we imagine things aren't going so well for our little tech nerd.

- That title sure reminds us of Hulk villain Zzzax.

...Which, mind you, is a pretty tenuous connection to make, but here's more fuel for the fire: Zzzax, a being made out of pure electricity, teamed up fellow villain Graviton in the comics to take down the West Coast Avengers. And as we all know, Graviton, aka Dr. Franklin Hall, made his debut in last week's episode of AoS.

Furthermore, in the comics, Graviton assembled a team to represent the four fundamental forces of the Unified Field Theory: Gravity; Electricity; Weak; and Strong. Which yes, is the nerdiest possible reason for assembling a super-villain team, but come on: science.

So we've already met Graviton. We may meet Zzzax in episode six. Can the other two, Quantum and Half-Life, be far behind?

We'll just have to stay tuned...

What villains do you want to see on 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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By Charles Webb

It's only been a month since DC and the CW announced that they'd found their would-be Flash in actor Grant Gustin. Technically, Gustin would be playing police forensic investigator before something causes him to make his fateful transformation into the fastest man alive.

But given the (relatively) grounded nature of the DC television universe, what kind of impact will having an actual, super-powered hero have on the vigilante and his world? Read More...

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By Charles Webb

Last night, sources at Variety revealed some of the frontrunners for the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot which appears to be slowly but surely coming together at Fox, with "Game of Thrones'" Jon Snow, Kit Harington possibly snagging the lead role of Reed Richards.

In fact, it seems like Fox has their eye on a Fantastic Three with several young up-and-comers being eyed for the roles of Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, the Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, and the Human Torch/Johnny Storm with no immediate word on who'll be filling the rocky shoes/feet/whatever of the Thing/Ben Grimm.

Reed Richards, depending on whether your comics canon is regular Marvel or Ultimate-ized, is alternately a brilliant scientist who convinces his pilot best friend, girlfriend, and her little brother to join him on a rocket ship where they're all bathed with cosmic rays granting them super powers, or, in the Ultimate universe, a child prodigy who creates a teleportation device which goes awry, transforming his friends in the process. Read More...

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By Kat Rosenfield

Sunday marks the long-awaited return of "The Walking Dead" on AMC, and unnnnngh, we are rarin' for it. The fourth season of the wildly popular show promises something for everyone: comic book-based goodies for the source material loyalist, brand new characters for those bored with the ever-dwindling cast of the Ricktatorship, and lots and lots of zombies who will no doubt be dispatched to the undead afterlife in ways that are gross beyond our wildest dreams. Don't forget: the more time passes in the "Walking Dead" universe, the more squishy and festering the titular characters get!

So, with that in mind, let's take a little refreshing run back through the best moments of Season 3 — so that when the zombies come a-running (or a-shambling, as the case may be), we'll know exactly where we left off: Read More...

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By Ryan Rigley

Taking place a few months after the events of the season one finale, last night's "Arrow," entitled "City of Heroes," starts off with what you assume is a flashback but is then revealed to be present day Oliver Queen running through the dense forests of Lian Yu. Apparently, he has not taken the death of his best friend, Tommy Merlyn, well at all. Never the less, Diggle and Felicity somehow manage to find Oliver on this mysterious island in the middle of nowhere and successfully persuade him to come back to Starling City.

In the wake of Malcolm Merlyn's wrath, the Glade lies in ruin with the percentage of homeless people in Starling City now at an all time high. Not to mention the hundreds of people that were killed during the season finale. Returning to his hometown, Oliver makes one thing perfectly clear; he's not back to be the hood. He's back to protect his family and Queen Consolidated.

At Club Verdant, which is now apparently owned by the youngest member of the Queen family, Thea and Roy make out passionately in a dimly lit room. Apparently, Roy has been playing vigilante since last we saw him. Then, Oliver walks in. Thea explains to her brother that she will not be visiting their mother, Moira, at the Iron Heights prison because she thinks of her as a murderer and a liar.

On the other side of town, Laurel attends a classy press conference with her new boss, the district at tourney. Suddenly, the mayor of Starling City is shot dead on live television. Laurel manages to defend herself against the masked gunmen who have dubbed themselves "The Hoods" thanks to a number of self defense classes. Oliver shows up, having seen Laurel on the news, and the two talk about Tommy and how hooking up with each other was a mistake.

The next day, Oliver pays Queen Consolidated a visit and sits down with the Vice President of rival company Stellmore International, Isabel Rochev. Isabel begins explaining to Oliver that they each share 45% of Queen Consolidated stock, with the remaining 10% being put up for sale the following day. Oliver realizes that he doesn't have enough money to buy the 10% of stock required to win back the company. Suddenly, the Hoods barge in and attempt to assassinate Oliver Queen.

Successfully evading his would-be assassins, Oliver heads over to Iron Heights to seek business advice from his dear old mother. Moira advises Oliver not to trust Isabel. Meanwhile, at Club Verdant, the Hoods shoot up a crowded dance floor and hold Thea Queen at gunpoint. Roy attempts to save his girlfriend, but Thea is taken before he can do anything to stop them. Read More...

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By Charles Webb

One of the casualties of the massive earthquake in the season one finale of "Arrow" was the bow-wielding hero's hideout, the Arrowcave. Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) combination lab/dojo was a mainstay of the first season--a place for allies Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) to help Oliver in his mission to combat the conspiracy at the heart of Starling City.

But as we detailed yesterday, the vigilante has a new mission, and with that, new digs for his team. We visited the set of the new and updated Arrowcave, which will make its debut tonight in the season two premiere of "Arrow;" and of course, snapped some pics of all the bow-wielding action! Read More...

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