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Firestorm’s first appearance since Forever Evil

Believe it or not, we haven’t seen Firestorm in the mainstream DC universe (call it The New 52 if you like) since Forever Evil #7 (released way back in March 2014). Yup, it’s been over a year since the Nuclear Man appeared. Kinda surprising, isn’t it?

I know what you are thinking… Didn’t we just see Firestorm in The New 52: Futures End? Nope, that was a possible timeline five years in the future. Didn’t we see Firestorm in Justice League a few months ago? Nope, he was only referenced as being infected. Didn’t he just appear in a panel of the Bat-Mite promo? Well yes, but that was a gag, and it was just a photo. It wasn’t Firestorm actually appearing and doing something.

For the first time since Forever Evil #7, Firestorm has made an appearance in a mainstream DC comic! Sort of. Truthfully, he has a one panel appearance in the online DC Sneak Peek of Justice League United #11. Not exactly a triumphant return, but we’ll take it!

DC Sneak Peek: Justice League United with Firestorm

Hmmmm…

  • Does this mean Firestorm will appear in Justice League United at some point?  Not sure.
  • What’s up with Firestorm’s shadowy appearance and obscured costume? Not sure
  • Why is he floating above the Earth and what is the lofty-concept universal threat? Not sure

Lots of questions and we’re short on answers. Looking forward to finding out! My thanks to Siskoid and Martin Gray for the heads-up on this appearance!

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Sci-Fi TV of the 1970s and 80s – FIRE & WATER #127

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 127th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is now available for your listening pleasure! THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is the official podcast of FIRESTORM FAN and THE AQUAMAN SHRINE.

Shag and Rob welcome guest Gene Hendricks (of The Hammer Podcasts) to discuss some of their favorite (and not-so-favorite) sci-fi TV shows of the 1970s and 1980s! ‎Felgercarb‬! Be sure to check out our Tumblr for the opening credits from 45 different sci-fi TV shows from the 70s & 80s: fireandwaterpodcast.tumblr.com!

You can find the 127th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST on iTunes. While you’re there, please drop us a review on the iTunes page. Every comment helps! Alternatively, you may play the podcast using the player below or by right-clicking “download”, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (102 MB).

As always, thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on these episodes! This episode brought to you in part by InStockTrades.com!

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Fire and Water Podcast #127

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The Flash Season Finale – What You Didn’t See in the Episode

I’m not going to include any spoilers for The Flash season finale here just yet, but we are going to share what you didn’t see in the finale.

Robbie Amell as Firestorm on The Flash

Robbie Amell did an interview with Comic Book Resources in which he talked about a scene that was cut from the season finale. Check it out!

CBR News: In “Fallout,” Ronnie and Prof. Stein left Central City to learn about their abilities. In what ways do you feel they had a better handle on their powers when you returned to deal with Reverse-Flash?

Robbie Amell: In the finale, you were going to see a scene where Caitlin and I are talking. I tell her, we do have a better handle on our powers, [and] I show her a new trick. They introduced matter manipulation in the finale — but the finale was also thirty minutes too long, because it’s such a huge, incredible episode, [the scene] was one of the things that could go. You won’t see it, but originally I turn a thermometer into a flower for her. It was a very sweet scene that showed some matter manipulation. Maybe they will release it on the DVD/Blu-ray set.

While we were away, we’ve just become more comfortable with our abilities. At the end of the other episode, when we flew away, as long as we accepted the transformation and we were both on board, it went a lot smoother. In the finale, there was going to be a scene when we turn into Firestorm. We literally step towards each other and turn into him. There isn’t any difficulty. And, now, we get to do matter manipulation — but nobody gets to see it yet.

Wow! While it didn’t appear in this episode, at least we know Firestorm will be displaying his trademark Matter Manipulation powers on future episodes of DC TV! And my streak of being COMPLETELY WRONG remains unbroken in my speculation of what the future holds for Firestorm on TV! I was convinced they wouldn’t give him matter manipulation powers on TV (then again, months ago I was convinced Firestorm would never appear in live action either).

Also, during the interview CRB asked about Robbie about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

CBR News: The “Legends of Tomorrow” promo features Firestorm and Prof. Stein, but Ronnie is notably absent. How much of that is explained in “The Flash” finale as opposed to the series?

Robbie Amell: You think more would be explained in the finale, but it’s not. I can’t tell you anything about “Legends of Tomorrow” other than it’s going to be incredible. I can tell you that I will be in Season Two of “The Flash.”

Cryptic, but more Robbie Amell/Victor Garber Firestorm is in our future!

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Watch The Flash Tonight & More Info on Legends of Tomorrow

Don’t miss The Flash season finale tonight! We know both Robbie Amell and Victor Garber will guest-star tonight! Not sure if they’ll combine to form Firestorm this episode, but it’s certainly worth tuning in. Also, this is the last confirmed appearance of Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond as he’s not listed as part of Legends of Tomorrow. Fingers crossed Robbie makes it through tonight’s episode!

Firestorm on The Flash

Quite a bit more information about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been released. Here are a few points I thought you Match-heads might want to know:

  • The series will premiere in January 2016, and will run for 13 episodes. It’s being described as a, “big 13 hour long mega movie“. Given it’s status as a mid-season event, you gotta wonder if The Flash or Arrow will take a 13 week break while this series airs.
  • The new scenes in the Legends of Tomorrow trailer were filmed specifically for the trailer.  They have not filmed a pilot yet, so it’s possible those scenes might not even make it into the final show.
  • During an interview with Screen Rant, Legends of Tomorrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim said this when asked about Firestorm, “I will say Victor Garber, who plays Martin Stein, is a part of the spinoff… and we wouldn’t have Martin Stein on the show if there wasn’t going to be some Firestorm.”

Finally, all along I’ve been calling DC’s Legends of Tomorrow by it’s proper name, “Firestorm and his Atomic Friends.” Now Xum Yukinori, friend to the Fire & Water Podcast, has stepped up and produced an appropriate theme song for the new series. My fellow Match-heads, please sing along with the opening theme to, “Firestorm and his Atomic Friends!”

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Live Action: Avengers / Supergirl / Firestorm – FIRE & WATER #126

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 126th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is now available for your listening pleasure! THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST is the official podcast of FIRESTORM FAN and THE AQUAMAN SHRINE.

Shag and Rob discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron, the new Supergirl show, Firestorm on The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow!

You can find the 126th episode of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST on iTunes. While you’re there, please drop us a review on the iTunes page. Every comment helps! Alternatively, you may play the podcast using the player below or by right-clicking “download”, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (62 MB).

As always, thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on these episodes! Opening theme, “That Time is Now,” by Michael Kohler. Special thanks to Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge with their band The Bad Mamma Jammas for our fantastic original closing theme! This episode brought to you in part by InStockTrades.com!

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Firestorm in Legends of Tomorrow Trailer

The era of Firestorm on television continues, Match-heads! The trailer for CW’s new show Legends of Tomorrow was released yesterday and it features both Firestorm and Professor Martin Stein! Below you’ll find the first team shot released, plus the trailer itself!

Legends of Tomorrow - Starring Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein of Firestorm

If you can’t view the embedded trailer below, click here:

We know from casting announcements that Victor Garber will be a regular cast member of Legends of Tomorrow as Professor Martin Stein. We also know that Robbie Amell will NOT be a member of the cast. In fact, current speculation is that Ronnie Raymond will die in the season finale of The Flash. This speculation is being driven by Robbie Amell’s absence in Legends of Tomorrow, and the description of The Flash season finale as, “heartbreaking.”

So what’s up with Firestorm in Legends of Tomorrow (LOT) trailer? Here are my thoughts:

  • Some of the Firestorm shots are repurposed from previous episodes of The Flash.
  • The new footage of Firestorm very carefully avoids showing you Firestorm’s face. This avoidance could be purposeful if it turns out that Professor Stein fuses with someone other than Ronnie Raymond to create Firestorm. The folks behind the show would want to avoid spoiling that plot point in the trailer.
  • Rip Hunter implies that some of the team may die. So perhaps Ronnie Raymond doesn’t die in The Flash season finale, but instead appears in the LOT pilot (including the new scenes in this trailer), and then dies during the LOT pilot. This would require very careful camera work to avoid showing Ronnie Raymond up close since Robbie Amell isn’t in the show. We know from interviews that the special effects gurus who work on The Flash have a digital version of Robbie Amell for the Firestorm scenes.  They could just use the digital Robbie Amell from a distance for Firestorm in LOT.
  • Maybe Ronnie Raymond doesn’t die in The Flash season finale, and will make very infrequent guest-appearances in the LOT series. Again, these could be carefully filmed to avoid showing Ronnie Raymond up close

Regardless what happens with Firestorm and Ronnie Raymond, we will definitely be getting a weekly dose of Professor Martin Stein! And if this trailer is anything to go by, he’s going to be pretty snarky and funny!

So excited!  Can’t wait for 2016!!

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Support DC TV Podcasts in the Fight Against Cancer

Four DC related podcasts are coming together this Saturday, May 16 to raise funds and awareness in support of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Please consider donating today to this worthy cause. I did!

If you aren’t in a position to donate, please spread the word via social media. You may read all the details of the fundraiser by clicking here. Alternatively, you may go directly to the donation page by clicking here.

DC TV Podcasts support Winships fight against cancer

In addition to supporting a great cause, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some great shows! On Saturday, May 16, 2015, all four contributing podcasts will air special episodes starting at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST running into the evening that will be concluded with the first ever DC TV Podcasts Assemble show featuring hosts from all the four podcasts. Here are links to each of the shows participating:

The Flash Podcast has been a great friend to FIRESTORM FAN and we wish them the best of luck with this fundraiser!

Please consider donating to support the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University!

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Back to the Futures End – Issues #36-39

Hey Match-heads, Shag here! Today our good friend Tim Wallace continues his coverage of DC’s weekly event, The New 52: Futures End! If you missed the previous installments, click hereWarning, Tim’s entries contain SPOILERS for the related issues of The New 52: Futures End. Consider yourself warned!  

Be sure to follow Tim’s regular work over on his exceptional site, Kord Industries: A Blue Beetle Blog! Get all your Ted Kord, Jaime Reyes, and Dan Garrett goodness there! Get even more Tim-time over at the Legion of Super-Bloggers! You can also stalk Tim on TwitterFacebook, and Google Plus. And now, let’s turn it over to Tim…

Once again I apologize for the delay. The thing is, I uh…I was…captured by Brainiac and kept in a domed city, cut off from the rest of the world. Yeah, that’s the ticket! (Shag here – Tim shouldn’t take all the blame. I’ve been swamped lately and haven’t been posting these as quickly as I should. Sorry, Tim!)

The New 52: Futures End #36

Five years from now, Amethyst has taken Frankenstein to the House of Mystery in the hopes that the members of Justice League Dark can save him. Unfortunately the Nth metal that’s poisoning him seems to be resistant to their magic and even the combined efforts of Zatanna, Madame Xanadu and Deadman can’t help. Constantine joins the party late, and tries cracking some jokes…only to get run though by the sword of the Princess of Gem World!

New 52 Futures End #36

Fifty Sue takes a long walk off a short pier and finds the locked Cadmus vault Faraday and Rock have been looking for. When they don’t quite believe her, she materializes it on the roof of their Las Vegas penthouse headquarters.

New 52 Futures End #36

In Smallville, Constantine wakes up with a start, spooking Midge. Turns out, like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” he’s not dead yet! Kal-El has decided to go for a walk around town, and when he returns Constantine tells him something’s not right…Smallville is inherently evil. In New York, Plastique and Batman beyond have a heart to heart on the roof of the Wounded Duck after nearly being killed by the terminator Bat-Joker from the future. While up in space, on the Justice League satellite, Masked Superman and Stormguard  have a one-on-one about what it means to be a hero, which segues nicely into Stormguard’s origin. He was an ordinary soldier, fighting the parademon hordes. Just when it looked like he was down for the count, he made a last ditch effort to take them out. He impaled one with an American flag, then stole its weapons and armor before draping himself in the flag. As they talk about how symbols live on (the flag and Superman’s “S”) an unexpected visitor teleports in…the new Firestorm!

New 52 Futures End #36

 The New 52: Futures End #37

Back at the House of Mystery everyone’s surprised to see Constantine still standing with Amethyst’s sword in his chest (not us though…we read the last issue and saw him in Smallville). Turns out he’s only visiting Justice League Dark as an astral projection. He even offers a suggestion. If they want to save “Francis” they have to take him to his birthplace…Castle Frankenstein!

New 52 Futures End #37

On the League’s satellite, Jason tries walking Madison through rewiring a teleporter, thinking that since they were fused in Yamazake’s failed teleport experiment they can use this one to help separate themselves. It doesn’t go as planned.

New 52 Futures End #37

Down on the ground though Yamazake, the new Doctor Polaris, is throwing a tantrum (and a bus) calling out Firestorm. He gets Masked Superman and Stormguard instead. In Vegas that vault Fifty Sue materialized falls through the penthouse and takes out a big chunk of the building. When Rock and Faraday reveal the vault contained valuable DNA, Fifty Sue realizes something she wasn’t meant to know…it’s the DNA they used to create her. So, Mercy drops the powerful preteen with a Vulcan nerve pinch.

New 52 Futures End #37

E2 Lana is devastated, Grifter is pissed…and then they, along with the girl and the vault vanish into thin air. At Terrifitech HQ, Mr. Terrific celebrates the sale of ten million uSpheres with a workout and a chat with Brother Eye. While in Smallville Kal-El, Constantine and Midge don’t seem to notice the eye watching them from a cornfield. Then, in New York, Cal/Tim makes it home to the Wounded Duck while Batman Beyond and Plasitque get intimate on the roof. When Cal loses his cool, surveying the damage from the Batman vs. Batman Beyond brawl a few issues back the Bat-Joker from the future moves in for the kill.

New 52 Futures End #37

The New 52: Futures End #38

Picking up right where the action left off, Bat-Joker begins blasting away at Batman Beyond, and Tim Drake, but much to his dismay misses. Beyond’s suit deflected the bullets. Batman, who’s been watching from the shadows, jumps into the fray and we get the Batman/Batman Beyond/Bat-Joker rematch we’ve been waiting for. Tim, tired of sitting on the sidelines jumps in only to get tangled up in Bat-Joker’s robotic wings. Plastique makes the save tossing an explosive brick, and as the heroes regroup Beyond decides it’s time to tell Batman the truth…everything that’s wrong with the future is because of him and Mr. Terrific. He then sends Tim, Plastique and Batman to investigate T-Tech, while he leads Bat-Joker away.

New 52 Futures End #38

In Metropolis, Dr. Polaris is battling Masked Superman and Stormguard until Firestorm shows up. Madison surprises everyone by making a deal with the villain. If he helps her and Jason separate, she’ll get him access to the League’s teleport technology so he can share it with the world.

New 52 Futures End #38

In the Sahara desert we learn Fifty Sue was faking it when it appeared that Mercy took her out. She teleported Lana, Grifter and the box here so they could determine what to do next. They decide to hide it, only Fifty Sue will know the location, after all…it contains the DNA of every known hero of two Earths! It can’t fall into the wrong hands. Then, in the Carpathian Mountains, Amethyst drags Frankenstein through the snow, on their way to Castle Frankenstein. Frank recites poetry along the way, and reveals that after all his been through, all the battles he’s fought, the one thing that scares him is trying to write poetry of his own. That’s a bit of a surprise…but not as much as the unexpected presence of Doctor Frankenstein when they arrive at the castle!

New 52 Futures End #38

The New 52: Futures End #39

On the Justice League’s satellite, Masked Superman isn’t happy about Firestorm making deals to share their tech with a villain. He doesn’t even know her! She explains who she is, how she came to be the new Firestorm, but it’s when she mentions Jason Rusch is in the matrix with her that he starts to come around.

New 52 Futures End #39

In Vegas, Faraday tells Banger and Mash to kill Grifter’s friend Justin, before they can though Fifty Sue teleports him away. Seems if Lana and Grifter are to be her adoptive parents, Justin is to be her adoptive brother. Faraday is more than pissed, and decides he may need to use Voodoo’s friendship with Grifter as leverage.

New 52 Futures End #39

In Smallville, Kal-el, Constantine and Midge find themselves under attack from the children of the corn! According to Constantine the tiny corn creatures that attack are the creation of Brainiac…seriously. To make matters worse, Midge is back under the control of the big baddie. Sadly, she gets taken out by a flying corn stalk through the chest. With her dying breath she tells them Brainiac is planning to take Manhattan.

New 52 Futures End #39

Back at Castle Frankenstein, the Doctor offers to help the monster. He’ll save Frankenstein’s brain, build him a new body…but one that he can control, make the creature a loyal soldier. Frankenstein refuses, he’d rather die that be his creator’s servant…besides, he’s seen the future, seen the abomination he’ll become (with Black Canary’s head sewn onto his chest) and he refuses to become a “monster”. With that, Amethyst beheads the Doctor and kills his monster army. Frank asks for pen and paper…he’d like to write down his story before he goes. And finally, on the satellite an alarm sounds, but the remote probes are disabled before they can determine what set them off!

New 52 Futures End #39

Well, that was interesting to say the least! Again, apologies for the delay, but more on the way soon I promise!

Shag here again! That’s it for this month! Thanks again to Tim for this fantastic coverage! Tim will return with further coverage of, The New 52: Futures End! Let us know what you think of this weekly series in the comments.

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Confirmed: Slipknot in Suicide Squad Film!

Last month we reported on speculation that Slipknot, a Firestorm foe, may appear in the Suicide Squad film. Turns out those rumors were true! Last week Suicide Squad director David Ayer tweeted a photo of the Squad cast in full costume! Then DC Comics posted a follow-up listing the cast and characters, specifically identifying Adam Beach as Slipknot! Click the image below to enlarge!

Suicide Squad movie cast

That’s right! The guy on the far left is the Larcenous Lariat himself, Slipknot! But what’s up with that costume?!? One thing I always loved about Slipknot in the comics was his unique costume design. With that creatively decorated mask, open sleeves, and exposed ribs, his look really works in a comic. To bad Adam Beach didn’t get the chance to show off his rib muscles. For a film to comic comparison, see below.

Slipknot from Suicide Squad

I truly love the character (Fury of Firestorm #28 was the first Firestorm comic I ever bought), but he’s absolutely a bargain basement character. The fact that he can hold his own against Firestorm is pretty ridiculous. He’s a guy with trick rope. That’s his entire gimmick. Over on the FIRE & WATER PODCAST we regularly mock Slipknot, so we consider his appearance in the film to be our own personal victory!

You have to wonder, how big a role will Slipknot have in the Suicide Squad film. Well, I suspect you don’t have to look much further than the original source material. In the Suicide Squad comics, all Slipknot really did was to serve as an example to the audience just how deadly it was to cross Amanda Waller. I don’t think Adam Beach will make it to the end of this movie; and if he does, he’ll be sans one arm.

Slipknot from the Suicide Squad comic

This news is a week old, so I apologize for the delay in getting it posted here.  My thanks to all the folks who gave me a heads-up on this casting announcement: Rhett_CTR, Aquaman Shrine, John Godwin, J David Weter, Andy Kappelusch, Robert Bell, and I apologize to all the folks I missed!

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