“Batman: Assault on Arkham” Interview with Matthew Gray Gubler

Thanks to my friend Chad Osuna, I had the pleasure to interview the very talented Matthew Gray Gubler.  Many of you might recognize him from Criminal Minds where he portrays the criminal profiler Dr. Spencer Reid.  Even though our time together was short, it was a blast!  My original post was uploaded onto the Geeks with Wives website, but since I am not sure how long it will remain there, I have decided to copy the post onto my site.

Here it is for your viewing pleasure!

“Batman: Assault on Arkham” Interview with Matthew Gray Gubler

“Batman: Assault on Arkham” arrived Tuesday, August 12 — on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.  During SDCC 2014 Chad and I got a chance to chat with Matthew Gray Gubler about his role as the Riddler in the latest DC animated film.

Videography: Chad Osuna
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BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM

Stellar Voice Cast Includes Kevin Conroy, Troy Baker,

Matthew Gray Gubler, CCH Pounder, Greg Ellis and Giancarlo Esposito

Batman, one of the world’s most valiant super heroes, faces a villainous squad of criminals in an epic battle of good vs. evil in the DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: Assault on Arkham. Set in the world of the best-selling Batman: Arkham video game series, this action-packed film takes place between the Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum video games.Available on August 12, 2014 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD, this hit is one DC Comics fans won’t want to miss.

Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler.  Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City.  Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.

“Batman: Assault on Arkham is a thrill-ride with everything a fan would want — a courageous super hero, depraved villains, and suspenseful plot twists,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Featuring voice talent from some of today’s hottest television actors, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to release this as the next DC Universe Original Movie.”

“Working on a new Batman story is always exciting,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “As a fan of the Arkham video games, I know this movie is going to entertain all Batman groups, from comic book and super hero fans to the most dedicated gamer.”

Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) voices Batman, and joins forces with several Hollywood greats to bring the legendary characters to life.  Adding to the celebrity-laden cast is Neal McDonough (Justified, Desperate Housewives) as Deadshot, Troy Baker (The Last of Us) as Joker, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Riddler, CCH Pounder (The Shield, Warehouse 13) as Amanda Waller, Greg Ellis (24) as Captain Boomerang, and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) as Black Spider.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: Assault on Arkham is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Justice League: War) and Ethan Spaulding (Son of Batman) from a script written by Heath Corson (Justice League: War). Sam Register (Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!), Benjamin Melniker (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight Rises) serve as executive producers. James Tucker (Son of Batman) is Supervising Producer.

Batman: Assault on Arkham has tons of exciting enhanced content. The Blu-ray Combo Pack will include:

  • Arkham Analyzed: The Secrets Behind the Asylum – This is the documentary that traces the strange, demonic history of the location where horror is mixed with the extremities of the criminally insane. A place where Batman must keep his watchful gaze, to insure that what goes in does not come out …. ever.
  • The Joker’s Queen: Harley Quinn – If The Joker were to have a girlfriend, what would she be like? This featurette covers the story of the deviancy and often provocative side to The Joker’s greatest ally, Harley Quinn.
  • An advance look into the next DC animated feature film with the creators and cast.
  • Four episodes from the DC Comics Vault.

Once again, I would like to thank Chad Osuna for this opportunity.  You’re the best, Chad!

Robin Williams- Remembering the Man

On August 11, 2014, the world became a little less bright with the loss of the amazingly talented Robin Williams.  Many remember him for his comedic genius on and off the big screen, but for me, his most memorable roles were the dramatic ones.  When I heard the news of his passing, I started thinking of all the movies I had seen him in.  I then looked up his resume and realized that I had forgotten so many of his roles.  From Mork and Mindy to Good Will Hunting, the man’s work was genius.

On the last Popcorn Podcast I was on with Geeks With Wives, we discussed the loss of Robin Williams and how it affected us.  I found myself thinking about the exact moment I found out and realized how much the news truly saddened me.  I also found that strange as I had never met the man.  But in remembering his work, I finally understood that the reason it had affected me so was because of how real his characters felt.  There was something so remarkably pure, so relatable and you felt that connection.

Now, I spent some time re-watching some of the films I grew up with and realized that although they were not as good as I had remembered, Robin Williams’ acting was still great.  For example, Hook did not hold up well for me over the years; however, Robin Williams’ ability to show a childlike innocence as an adult was beautiful.  You have to find that impressive.

Onto a serious note:  I don’t care why he found it necessary to take his life.  He is not my immediate family and honestly, it’s none of any of our business.  It is such a shame that our society has turned into these celebrity news junkies where they need to know every single bit of someone’s life, invading their personal space just to get a sneak peek of the other half lives.  Their job is to entertain us, not to share every single detail of their lives.  All I can say is put yourself in their shoes.  Would you want someone watching you while you eat, following your every move, or even finding ways to record or photograph you in your own home?  I think not… We should all be respectful of each other.  If celebrities want you to know something, let them share it.  Most of them do.  But when they suffer a loss of a loved one, even if it is someone whom we respect, we should never pry.  Let them grieve in peace.

Now, I shall step off of my soapbox.

Before I wrap this up, I wanted to mention some of the movies I think you MUST see.  DISCLAIMER: Many of these are dramatic, but well worth it.  I won’t be mentioning the super popular movies that all, aside from those who live under a rock have seen.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t like them.

  • The World According to Garp
  • Moscow On The Hudson
  • The Fisher King
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Bicentennial Man

Please enjoy this clip of some of Robin Williams’ best work-

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Take care of each other-

The Fatal Siren

SDCC Press Coverage of Vertigo’s (DC Comics) Constantine

One again, San Diego Comic Con has given us a sneak peek of upcoming television shows and I am extremely intrigued to see what is to come from Constantine.  The show is based on the horror comic book series Hellblazer, published by Vertigo/DC Comics, which follows demon hunter/master of the dark arts, John Constantine.  Constantine, struggling with his dark past, which includes his soul being damned to Hell, decides to leave is no-good deeds behind and protect humanity from the supernatural beings that are unleashed.  A main factor that led him to this decision is when Liv, the daughter of an old friend, is targeted by demons.  We later find that she has the gift of second sight, which allows her to predict supernatural occurrences.  Hence the reason why she has been targeted.

Now don’t be fooled.  Just because they have the same name doesn’t mean the movie and the show will be exactly the same.  The producer took the high road and aid there was no right or wrong with the movie; “It’s just… different.”  Now trust me, I won’t be comparing the two.  I liked the movie (don’t judge me), but there were definitely holes in it.  I am hoping the show gives us all what we were missing.  The trailer leads me to believe we will be pleasantly surprised; however, we won’t really know until October 24th, which is when the pilot is scheduled to air.

SDCC gave us the opportunity to learn a bit more about the show and we got some AMAZING photos of the cast.  Please enjoy!

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And for those of you who missed it, here is the trailer!

Cheers!

The Fatal Siren

San Diego Comic Con 2014 Outlander Red Carpet!

This year was nothing short of brilliant when it came to offering fans footage of new shows and movies.  One show that I am looking forward to is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Now, for those of you who have not read the book, it is a brilliant story about a woman, Claire, who travels back in time to 18th century Scotland.  She meets the ruggedly handsome Jamie and we are taken on an adventure filled with action and romance.  Diana Gabaldon has a way of taking fantasy, history, science fiction, romance, and action, and rolling it up into an amazingly beautiful story.

I highly recommend reading the book, but for those of you who don’t really like to read, STARZ has made enjoying this book a hell of a lot easier for you!  Season 1 begins on August 9th, but since they are so nice, you can watch the first episode HERE!

And now onto the SDCC coverage!  Aside from what you saw in the exhibit hall, which was a great exhibit I might add, STARZ brought the first season AND the cast to Spreckels Theatre.  Although it was an extremely hot day, the night cooled off quite nicely.  But with all the light on the red carpet, I’m surprised their makeup didn’t’ melt off them!  The women looked beautiful, as they always do, but this time, the men stole the show.  Why, you might ask?  Well, I have one word for you…  KILTS!  Who DOESN’T love a man in a kilt!

So, for all of you to see, beautiful women and men in KILTS!  And just in case you don’t know who the actors/characters are, I have listed those for you.

  • Claire Randall- Caitriona Balfe
  • Jamie Fraser- Sam Heughan
  • Frank/Jonathan Randall- Tobias Menzies
  • Dougal MacKenzie- Graham McTavish
  • Geillis/Geilie Duncan- Lotte Verbeek
  • Laoghaire MacKenzie- Nell Hudson
  • Author- Diana Gabaldon
  • Producer- Ronald D. Moore

 

The following has to be my favorite photographs of the night!  They were asked to play it up for the camera and they did.  You can really see that they were perfectly cast for the rolls of Jamie and Claire!

Outlander994

 

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Watch the first episode and let me know what you think!

Cheers!

The Fatal Siren

Batman: Assault on Arkham Interview with Troy Baker

Batman: Assault on Arkham Interview with Troy Baker

During SDCC 2014 I got a chance to talk with Troy Baker about his recent role as the Joker in the upcoming animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham.  While he was making his way down the press line I commented to Chad about what an attractive man he was.  This led to how our interview started out, and then ended with a Happy Birthday wish to Chad from his favorite game character of all time.

Produced by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: Assault on Arkham is based on the best-selling Batman: Arkham video game series. The film finds Gotham in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains – code-named the Suicide Squad – and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top-secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when Harley Quinn frees the Joker, who is intent on using a dirty bomb to blow up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.

The animated movie – which will be available August 12th, 2014 on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and for Digital Download – features a new story based on the popular Batman: Arkham video game series. In Batman: Assault on Arkham, a routine mission by the Suicide Squad to stop The Riddler goes awry when The Joker gets involved, drawing the attention of Batman.

Videography by: Chad Osuna

SDCC 2014- Day 1: Hey, look. That’s me!

Day 1 came and went with a blink of an eye!  Thank goodness there were enough people to keep track of everything.  Movieviral.com did a write-up on day 1 of Comic Con and there’s a photo of me!  How exciting!

Check out the following link to see some other great cosplayers!

http://www.movieviral.com/2014/07/25/san-diego-comic-con-2014-thursday-24th-july-cosplay-day-1/

And a special shout out to my friend Tori who found this for me!

Cheers!

The Fatal Siren