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You know what the fastest growing demographic of comic reader is? Women aged 17 to 33. No, I did not make that up. No, that is not a skewed number. Facts, baby, all the way.
With that fact looming it’s not surprising to see a demographic that has been basically ignored by Marvel and DC Comics suddenly getting love. And by that I mean teenage girls.
It makes sense. The earlier you can hook a reader, the more likely they’ll be a comic reader for life. DC and Marvel have done that with dudes for years. But younger women? Eh, not so much.
Oh, they had books with younger characters - Batgirl and Spider-Girl come to mind, but those were a rarity. And DC Comics has certainly talked about going after that audience. I can still remember during the launch of the new 52 the Supergirl team saying they wanted the female audience reading “The Hunger Games”. If anyone has seen what is going on with Supergirl these days you’ll know that goal failed.
Marvel has dived full-in with targeting the younger female audience with Ms. Marvel. That book featuring a teen age girl is accessible to all ages and is one of the best comics of the year.
But yesterday, on a day when DC also announced a eye raising new team for Wonder Woman they also announced a book that has its eye on the female audience - Gotham Academy.
And you know what? I think they’ve got it right.
Entertainment Weekly has posted the first look at the series Gotham which was given a series order by Fox for the Fall.
The trailer isn’t long but you get a little bit of Batman iconography
You also get your first look at Jada Pinkett in character as “Fish Mooney”
And you have Jim Gordon telling your Bruce Wayne “however dark and scary the world might be, there will be light.”
How can you not think of “A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”?
You can watch the preview here.
As previously reported actress Victoria Cartagena has been cast as Renee Montoya in Fox’s Gotham. And here is a look at the actress in character filming with Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon.
What do think?
I’ve stayed far away from this comic given its first arc was basically an ad for Maytag. But as the comic has gone on its premise of an out-of-continuity, multiworld comic (as opposed to the New 52 multiworld, incontinuity comic) has let us see some characters eliminated in the latter.
I mentioned last week that Oracle has shown up in the digital comic penned by Tom Taylor’and that certainly intrigued me. So his Tweet suggesting there was more in chapter 6 made me slap down my $.99.
And I was happy I did. (Spoilers for those who haven’t read it)!
Fox has released another character image for its Gotham show and this time it is Bruce’s butler, Alfred as played by Sean Pertwee.
What do you think?
Fox’s Gotham has released an “official” image of their 14 year old Selina Kyle as played by Camren Bicondova and here it is:
Perhaps, as this is set in the past, she is a Madonna fan? I do like the two buildings giving her “cats ears”
What do you think?
Fox TV released the logo and first official synopsis for Gotham earlier today and on Friday the show will film what is sure to be a key part of the pilot.
According to casting call sheets (see below) on Friday March 14 the show will film a funeral for “the richest couple in town.” For background they are looking for a male priest and mayor and several mayoral aides (both men and women). These are all background extras (and you have to be in SAG-AFTRA).
Gotham - TV Pilot - Shoots Mar 14
Project Type: TV Series
Union Status: SAG-AFTRA
Pay Scale: Scale background rate
Posted Date: 3/11/2014 5:06:24 PM
End Date: 3/14/2014
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Gotham - TV Pilot. No synopsis provided.
Casting Dates: Based on Submission
Shoot Dates: 3/14/2014
SAG-AFTRA Male Minister | Male | Any Ethnicity | Age: 30 - 70 | Role Type: Featured Background
Talent to portray a featured priest. Please indicate in your cover note: Neck and Sleeve sizes and Jacket size. MUST own nice black pants, black lace up dress shoes. Shoots Fri., 3/14.
SAG-AFTRA Mayor and Mayoral Security | Male | Any Ethnicity | Age: 30 - 65 | Role Type: Background
Talent to portray a mayor and mayoral security. Exterior funeral scene. Must own the following: This funeral is for the richest couple in town, therefore the wardrobe is upscale. Exterior scene: please bring jacket or coat. Colors should be black, dark gray, or navy. MEN: Bring well fitting dark suits, proper fitting dress shirts in white or cool colors i.e.: light tan, pale blue, grey etc. Nice wool dress coats, black dress shoes, black belts, dark ties, they can also bring nice gloves. Shoots Fri., 3/14.
SAG-AFTRA Mayoral Aides | Male or Female | Any Ethnicity | Age: 25 - 40 | Role Type: Background
Talent to portray mayoral aides. Exterior scene. Must own the following: This funeral is for the richest couple in town, therefore the wardrobe is upscale. Exterior scene: please bring jacket or coat. Colors should be black, dark gray, or navy. WOMEN: As high end looking and as classy as you can get. Wear dresses, skirt suits, pansuit, and should bring a purse and accessorize with conservative jewelry, possible hats, gloves, scarves, etc. MEN: Bring well fitting dark suits, proper fitting dress shirts in white or cool colors i.e.: light tan, pale blue, grey etc. Nice wool dress coats, black dress shoes, black belts, dark ties, nice wool scarves, even an ascot if they have, they can also bring nice gloves. Shoots Fri., 3/14.
According to IMDB Victoria Cartagena who as appeared on Law & Order SVU and Elementary has been cast in the pilot of Gotham as Renee Montoya.
What do you think?
Fox’s Gotham announced the casting of two characters that were long rumored for the hour drama - a young, pre-Batman Bruce Wayne and a young Selina Kyle.
Thirteen year old David Mazouz who has appeared on Fox’s Touch will play the emerging hero. Fourteen year Carmen Bicondova, who is new to acting but an accomplished dancer who has appeared on “America’s Best Dance Crew”, will play the orphaned Selina Kyle.
Bicondova reminds me of a young Michelle Pfeiffer in that head shot. In an interview a few years back she was asked if she were a superhero what power she would have and said “reading people’s minds.”
The leaked script for the pilot includes Renee Montoya - I’m waiting for casting of that character to be announced.
So what do you think of the casting so far? Do you like the idea of Bruce and Selina knowing each other as kids?
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