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Ronnie Raymond on The Flash, Post-Game Report & Look Ahead

So what did you Match-heads think of Robbie Amell’s performance as Ronnie Raymond last night on The Flash?!?! Let’s jump right to the discussion! We’ll leave the episode recap for other websites. Besides, you watched it already yourself, right?!?

One thing I enjoyed last night was the live Tweeting! Both Robbie Amell and Danielle Panabaker were Tweeting during the west coast broadcast of the episode. It was fun interacting directly with both of them! Nice folks who really seem to love their jobs!

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond on The Flash


My first impressions…

  • I really enjoyed Robbie Amell’s portrayal of Ronnie Raymond! Ronnie was compassionate, self-sacrificing, and even had a sense of humor. I suppose the biggest compliment I can give is that I totally accepted Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond.
  • Making Ronnie the lead engineer on the particle accelerator project is an interesting choice. It’s certainly a departure from the “dumb jock” personality of the comics. Yet you still get a sense that he’s a hard-working mechanic, rather than a number-crunching engineer.
  • I thought the wardrobe was a nice touch. Ronnie’s shirt sleeves were rolled up. In the comics he’s a get-your-hands-dirty kind of guy, so I felt the wardrobe was in keeping with that personality.
  • It was heart-wrenching watching Caitlin as Ronnie was “killed”. Strange, Ronnie and Caitlin have never maintained a relationship in the comics, yet I totally bought it on screen. Well done Robbie Amell and Danielle Panabaker!

What did y’all think of Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond?

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond in The Flash


According to Robbie Amell on Twitter last night, the door to the particle accelerator has a Firestorm symbol embedded in the door! We don’t see the entire door during this episode, but you can make out white circles along the outer ring. Check the images below:

Robbie Amell reveals the Particle Accelerator door has a Firestorm symbol

How cool is that?!? I took a couple screen shots that show the door (see below).

The Flash Particle Accelerator door with Firestorm symbol

The Flash Particle Accelerator door with Firestorm symbol


The past few days have seen lots of interviews published with Robbie Amell about his role. Below I’ve pulled out some particularly relevant bits from The Hollywood Reporter interview:

You meet Ronnie Raymond tomorrow [in “Fastest Man Alive”] and then in December, you meet Firestorm. It’ll take a minute before Firestorm turns back into Ronnie because when they find him in December, my character is really going through some stuff. He’s schizophrenic, doesn’t know what’s happening, he’s confused and dangerous to the people around him. You may not see Ronnie Raymond for a little while, but you’ll see Firestorm.

People will barely recognize him in December, but they’ll know it’s him when the fire bursts in the hands and the fire bursts in the head. The particle accelerator almost killed Ronnie and the fallout from it will definitely be seen in December.

I worked with Victor Garber on a TV movie a couple years ago and he was awesome. He’s so freakin’ talented and it doesn’t hurt that my fiancee [actress Italia Ricci] is the biggest Titanic fan I’ve ever met. She’s more excited about me working with Victor Garber than anything else. I gotta start watching Alias and start working on my Victor Garber impression. Sometimes Firestorm is Ronnie and sometimes he’s Martin Stein, but physically it’s going to be my body. I’m just excited to work opposite him because, I mean, he’s Victor Garber. The fact that I get to share a character with this guy is going to be really fun.

The telekinesis [on Tomorrow People] is really similar to my shooting nuclear energy out of my hands and some other powers, which I can’t give away. One of them is really badass and that’ll be revealed in one of my episodes in December. They’re not holding anything back. Firestorm is very powerful and it definitely helps to have been shooting a sci-fi show leading into this.

From the amount of powers they’ve given him [Firestorm], he’s going to be a difficult foe for anyone to go up against.

Very interesting! Start the countdown! Firestorm coming to your television this December! Also, interesting how they plan to handle Ronnie and Martin sharing the body. Sounds like Victor Garber will provide the voice while Robbie Amell does the physical acting. Or at least, that’s how I’m interpreting it.

Wow! Such a great performance by Robbie Amell last night and exciting things ahead! I can’t wait!

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Ronnie Raymond appears tonight on The Flash!

Robbie Amell appears as Ronnie Raymond on The Flash tonight!! I’m guessing it’s simply in flashbacks and a brief appearance. Either way, for the first time ever, we get to see Ronnie Raymond in live action! Hot damn!

Below are a few snapshots that have been released to promote The Flash episode 3, “Things You Can’t Outrun”.

Robbie Amell ( Ronnie Raymond ) and Danielle Panabaker ( Caitlin Snow ) on The Flash

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond on The Flash

Flash S01E03 - Things You Can't Outrun

For a full length interview with Robbie Amell, including some thoughts and spoilers on Ronnie Raymond & Firestorm, check these out:

Tune in tonight on the CW Network at 8pm EST!

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Power Records Podcast #07: More Monsters!

The Power Records Podcast, Part of the Fire and Water Podcast NetworkThe seventh episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST is now available! It’s Halloween time, and that means Monsters! Hosts Rob Kelly and Chris Franklin talk about two spooky Marvel Monster records, “The Monster of Frankenstein!” and “The Curse of the Werewolf!”

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Power Records - Monster of Frankenstein

Power Records - Curse of the Werewolf

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Custom Mego Firestorm in Development – Part 2!

Time for an update on the Firestorm custom Mego action figure being created for me by Markneto (a.k.a. Mark Sautter)! Click here for the card art we previously shared.

Mark has been acquiring pieces and begun assembly. In fact, he’s already finished Firestorm’s very first look as he appeared immediately after he received his powers way back in Firestorm the Nuclear Man #1 (1977). Check it out! Ha!

Firestorm custom Mego

In all seriousness, Mark has started fabricating clothes and assembling the costume. Here are a couple shots of Firestorm’s costume as a work in progress!

Firestorm custom Mego action figure - work in progress

Firestorm custom Mego action figure - Work in Progress

Mark has also built these cool stickers for his emblem and glove gauntlets!

Firestorm custom Mego action figure - work in progress

My thanks to Mark for crafting such a cool looking figure and for sharing the creative process with us! We’ll keep posting updates as Mark progresses on this awesome figure!

If you’re not familiar with Markneto’s astonishing custom work, visit his blog or “Like” his Facebook page. For another example, check out his amazing custom Mego Doctor Fate (given to me by my generous friend and FIRE & WATER PODCAST co-host Rob Kelly).

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Watch Multiplex Tonight on The Flash!

Firestorm’s first super-villain, Danton Black (a.k.a. Multiplex), is scheduled to appear on The Flash tonight!

Michael Smith as Multiplex Danton Black on The Flash

Danton Black is being played by actor Michael Smith. Can’t wait to see our favorite multiple menace in action! Check out this clip discussing Danton from tonight’s episode!

For those of you unfamiliar with Multiplex, check out his awe-inspiring original costume! :) Personally I love it, but I can understand why they didn’t use it on The Flash.

Firestorm the Nuclear Man #5 with Multiplex

Tune in tonight on the CW Network at 8pm EST!

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WHO’S WHO: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe, Volume XXIII

Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC UniverseThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents… WHO’S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume XXIII!

The twenty-third episode of our WHO’S WHO podcast is now available — the show that dares to tackle one of DC Comics’ greatest publications! Each episode Rob and I cover a single issue of the legendary 1980s series, Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe. This time around we chat about WHO’S WHO: Volume XXIII, discussing characters such as the Tarantula, The Teen Titans, Tellus, Terminator, Timber Wolf, and more! We wrap up the show with your Who’s Who Listener Feedback! This episode sponsored in part by!

Be sure to check out our Tumblr site for several pages from this Who’s Who issue:!

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You can find the twenty-third episode of WHO’S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE on iTunes. Each episode is released as part of THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST feed. While you’re on iTunes, please drop us a review. Alternatively, you may download the podcast by right-clicking here, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (169 MB).

Thanks to my co-host Rob Kelly, Sea King of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE, for doing all the post-production on this episode! Special thanks to Daniel Adams and Ashton Burge with their band The Bad Mamma Jammas for our fantastic Who’s Who theme song!

One of the coolest aspects of each Who’s Who issue was the amazing wrap-around cover! Check out this Joe Staton and Mike DeCarlo cover for Volume XXIII! Click the image to enlarge.

Who's Who the Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #23 cover by Joe Staton and Mike DeCarlo

No Firestorm characters this time. The closest would be The Thinker, as he was later replaced by Cliff Carmichael.

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BREAKING NEWS! Victor Garber is Professor Martin Stein on THE FLASH

Victor Garber has been cast as Professor Martin Stein in upcoming episodes of CW’s new hit show, THE FLASH! 

Absolutely brilliant casting! My favorite character from the Firestorm mythos being played by an outstanding actor! Hot dog!

Victor Garber is Professor Martin Stein on The Flash, part of Firestorm

The Hollywood Reporter announced:

Alias alum Victor Garber, known for his Emmy-nominated turn as Jennifer Garner’s father on the beloved spy drama, has booked a major recurring role on The CW’s The Flash, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

First appearing in the 12th episode, Garber will play DC Comics character Dr. Martin Stein, who becomes one-half of Firestorm.

Dr. Stein is a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers the particle accelerator fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Tomorrow People’s Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it’s too late.

Lots to discuss in the upcoming months, but just give yourself a few moments for this to sink in! Sounds like we might be seeing Firestorm in live action within the next 12 weeks!

Congratulations to Victor Garber on landing this role. We’re looking forward to his interpretation of the character. Let’s be sure we give him a Firestorm family welcome!

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Back to the Futures End – Issues #16-19

Hey Match-heads, Shag here! Today our good friend Tim Wallace continues his monthly 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 Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. And now, let’s turn it over to Tim…

I look out at you all, children of apes and man, gathered here today and I know what you’re thinking…”Lawgiver, who knows about the Futures End?” I do. And who am I to deny your request…so let’s get on with the monthly Futures End recap!

The New 52: Futures End #16

Five years from now in Washington D.C., Justice League member Stormguard, busts a man and woman buying and selling illegal IDs. Earth Cards, the IDs in question, are tied via DNA to their owner. Ethan Boyer, our criminal scientist on the run from Superman, has found that Earth DNA and Earth 2 DNA are identical and used the dead Earth 2 soldiers to create the fake IDs. On Cadmus Island, Faraday watches several security monitors that show Mister Miracle out of his cell and staring at a bank computer screens. All the screens have 3 small words lit up at their centers that read “run scott run”. Faraday then joins E2 Lana Lang, Deathstroke and Fifty Sue in the Cadmus Island break room for some coffee where they discuss stealth OMACs and system glitches. In New York, Mister Terrific worries about the delays in uSphere production, but Brother Eye is there to ease his mind…and to compare mankind to an ant farm. When Holt asks if Brother Eye is a god, the response is an eerie “I look forward to conversing with the most intelligent man alive…face to face” That doesn’t sound good, does it?

The New 52: Futures End

Rampage is on the loose in Metropolis, and Lois Lane finds herself right in the monster’s path. Luckily Masked Superman is looking to continue his game of tag with Rampage, showing up just in time to save Lois from becoming a super-villain crime statistic. While out in space, Amethyst, Frankenstein and Hawkman wait in a holding cell, trying to figure out why Frank is dreaming and how they can get out. Angie, the Engineer, appears and tells them her master wants to assess them. She also reveals that they aren’t on a planet…they’re on a spaceship! But wait, there’s more…her “master”…is Braniac!

The New 52: Futures End

The New 52: Futures End #17

Constantine and friends find themselves in an African village. Every person, every animal, every living thing has been slaughtered! Whatever did it left a trail and they decide to follow it. On Cadmus Island, E2 Hawkgirl is being transported to a lab. A doctor, Dr. Sook, wants to see why the implant they put in her is growing. He doesn’t get too far in his research though, because out of nowhere an OMAC suddenly squishes his head!

The New 52: Futures End

At that moment, E2 Lana, Deathstroke and Fifty Sue are waiting for Grifter to use his abilities to scan the Earth 2 prisoners, looking for some kind of anomaly. Grifter’s eyes go white (as do those of the Earth 2 prisoners) and he takes a swing at Deathstroke. Before anyone can react, all the E2 prisoners are out and running wild!

The New 52: Futures End

Up in Vancouver, Barda and Emiko meet up with the latter’s associate, John Diggle. He’s arranged transportation, because the trio is going to “a very special island”. Emiko elaborates that the island will lead them to the man who’s holding the other E2 survivors and the man who murdered Green Arrow…and when they find that man, they’ll kill him! Back in Metropolis the battle from last issue between Masked Superman and Rampage continues. Massive blow after massive blow is struck, while Lois looks on speculating why the big red “S” wears the mask now. That is until Rampage gets the upper hand. The beast has Superman in a headlock, crushing him. Now, with his mask shattered and any chance of survival slipping away he makes a desperation move and says…”SHAZAM.”

The New 52: Futures End

Rampage is down for the count, but Superman is missing…replaced with the body of a teen named Billy Batson! Holy moley! I knew something was up with Supes, but I didn’t see this coming! Back in Africa, Constantine and his friends are now stranded in a desert, when the ground begins to rumble, water spouts burst from the earth, and a bearded figure appears.

The New 52: Futures End

The New 52: Futures End #18

This issue starts right where we left off, in Africa. Constantine is trying to get Kal-el to help fight this approaching evil, but the Kryptonian wants nothing to do with it. But this is a job for Superman, argues the Brit. “So tell him, he wears a helmet now” is the response as Kal-el tries to get back to work plowing a field…until Constantine tells him about the village…and the being responsible is Brainiac. Lois tries to sort out what’s going on with Billy, but Rampage comes to and interrupts. Stormguard flies in to put her back down and whisks the reporter and teen to a Justice League space station. Lois wants an explanation…if Billy is the fake Superman, where is the real one? Somewhere in the Pacific, Barda, Emiko and Diggle arrive at their island destination. Emiko explains that this is the island where Oliver Queen became Green Arrow, and that more recently he had been using it to prepare for a “secret war” he knew was coming. He’d made contingency plans, she says, before they enter a clearing and come face to face with…Green Arrow!

Shag here… ummmm, HELLO! I think somebody owes Ronnie Raymond an apology!

The New 52: Futures End

On Cadmus Island though, all hell has broken loose! The E2 prisoners and OMACs are running amok killing most of the staff, while Faraday sits in an office…negotiating with Brother Eye? Deathstroke and E2 Lana are hiding Grifter’s unconscious body (apparently Fifty Sue did it when he attacked Deathstroke) in a cave while Power Girl watches them from above. Fifty Sue calls out Brother Eye with a list of demands. Interestingly he refers to her as “the first”. The first what?

The New 52: Futures End

The New 52: Futures End #19

At Terrifitech, Batman Beyond and his band of misfits begin their break in. Coil messes with the magnetic field, keeping everyone hidden from the security system. Key unlocks all the doors. Terry uses knockout gas to take down the staff of a computer lab, believing that the key to destroying Brother Eye lies there. Plastique strays off plan though, and tracks down her cyber-bug future self in Terrific’s research lab. Alarms go off, Key and Coil get nabbed by security, but Terry finds Plasitque and leads her out.

The New 52: Futures End

Lois meets with her editor and discusses the Superman story. He urges her to run it, but she’s not sure. She wants more time to think about it. Shazuperman shows up and tries to talk her out of running the story. The world needs to know there IS a Superman. She wants answers though. What happened to the real Superman? Where is he? “Not for me to say” is Billy’s reply. But he warns that if she reveals the secret, she’ll destroy everything. Out in space on the remains of Stormwatch’s Carrier, Ray Palmer is visited by a mysterious figure identifying itself as a “Storm Lord from the Stormwatch Shadow Cabinet”. He reveals that Brainiac has Ray’s friends, and that Ray has been chosen as the new leader of Stormwatch. Ray isn’t sure he can though, something is wrong with him, something caused by all the shrinking he did as the Atom.

The New 52: Futures End

Back on Cadmus Island, Power Girl swoops in to confront Deathstroke and E2 Lana. She’s about to kill them when Fifty Sue appears, and reminds “Boob Window” that they are off limits per her deal with Brother Eye. Fifty Sue then asks where Grifter is. The implants in all the E2 heroes are what allow Brother Eye to control them, and Grifter has been implanted too…they need to get it out! Finally, at the “Wounded Duck”, Cal reads a news headline that shocks him…Lois ran the story, the world now knows that Shazam has been masquerading as Superman!

The New 52: Futures End

Wow! Some serious reveals took place over these issues, huh? Shazam is Superman, Kal-el is in a Kingdom Come style self imposed agricultural exile, Brainiac is out there (and tied to Brother Eye I’ll bet)…but most importantly I think we saw Earth 2’s Firestorm flying around Cadmus Island! Pretty cool huh?

Shag here again! That’s it for this month! Thanks again to Tim for this fantastic coverage! Next month 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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Watch The Flash tonight!

The Flash premieres tonight on the CW Network at 8pm EST! Don’t miss the first episode! Keep pace with the fastest man alive so you’re ready when Robbie Amell makes his debut as Firestorm!

The Flash on CW

If you can’t stand the wait and want Flash excitement right now, check out The Flash Podcast! Flash fan Andy Behbakht has been doing the show for about 10 months helping to build excitement for the series premiere! He’s also been kind enough to invite me to discuss the Firestorm characters appearing on the Flash! If you want some Firestorm/Flash chocolaty goodness, check out these episodes!

Want even more Flash excitement? Be sure to check out our buddy Kelson’s Speed Force blog! Kelson has been chasing the fastest man alive for over six years now! Great site!

Can’t wait to watch the episode tonight!

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Whatever Happened To…? Congorilla/Johnny Thunder – FIRE & WATER #103

Firestorm and Aquaman: The Fire and Water Podcast

The 103rd 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.

This episode Rob and Shag present the next installments of, “Whatever Happened To…?” We love these back-up strips from DC Comics Presents! This time we’re covering adventures from DCCP #27 & 28, featuring Congorilla (plus Congo Bill) and Johnny Thunder (plus Madame .44)! Congorilla by Bob Rozakis, Romeo Tanghal, and F. Chiaramonte. Johnny Thunder by Mike Tiefenbacher and Gil Kane! Enjoy… we certainly did!

You can find the 103rd 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 download the podcast by right-clicking here, choosing “Save Target/Link As”, and selecting a location on your computer to save the file (43 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!

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Below you’ll find the splash page to each story. Click to enlarge!

DC Comics Presents 27 - What Happened to Congorilla

DC Comics Presents Whatever Happened to Johnny Thunder

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