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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND Vet Vinnie Jones To Play Deformed Supervillain On NBC’s CAPE!!

I am – Hercules!! Vinnie Jones, who’s already played the supervillain Juggernaut in “X-Men: The Last Stand,” will play a reptilian criminal named Scales in NBC’s new post-“Heroes” superhero series “The Cape.” This development reminds me of Ray Park, who played The Toad in "X-Men" before he appeared as a supervillain in the final season of "Heroes." The new series, from writer Tom Wheeler (ABC’s 2005 Ancient Rome miniseries “Empire”), follows a non-superpowered fellow who assumes a new identity to fight crime. Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.
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  • June 8, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    If they keep making these "

    by Jimbonx

  • June 8, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    they have to make a good one eventually, right? right???

    by Jimbonx

  • June 8, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    I give it a month.

    by RPLocke

  • June 8, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    This shitstorm will be canceled in under 6 weeks.

    by fiester

    There is such a thing as "too silly to live" and this is it.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Bring back the live action TICK!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    That's all the post-modern comic book goodness that the world needs.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    im the juggernaut bitch

    by ORIONgods

  • June 8, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    After watching the trailer for The Cape...

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    There's some amazing footage in there, but there's a lot of bad stuff to.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    bring back lois and clark

    by ORIONgods

    that has to be better than the cape

  • June 8, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Killer Croc or the Lizard????

    by Thanos0145

    Take your pick. This show still looks like crap.

  • June 8, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    They did get one right, it was called THE TICK!

    by br1947

    and it was promptly cancelled...

  • June 9, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Will be the first fall NBC show to get canned.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 9, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    I'm the jagganaw..bitch.

    by The Dark Shite

    Vinnie Jones is without doubt the worst "actor" I've ever seen. <p> The only good performance I've ever seen from him was when he pretended to be a footballer.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Funny, I watched X3 today...

    by TSTEWIE

    ...and it does not cease to be the most disappointing, rage-inspiring, piece of shit superhero movie ever made. Fuck it and all references to it existence.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST

    This show reminds me of Night Man,

    by Dingbatty

    for some reason.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Night Man... fighter of the Day Man?

    by Heckles

    Champion of the sun?

  • June 9, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Night Man?

    by thededmontonian

    "you gotta pay the troll toll, if you want to get into this boy's soul"

  • June 9, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    This is to Superheroes as Chuck is to Spies

    by SmokingRobot

    But it's hard to have sexual chemistry between your two leads when one is pining for his wife who thinks he's dead. Writers, good luck with that.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST

    One cool thing about Night Man was

    by Dingbatty

    the Manimal crossover.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    X3 is almost as bad a ending to the series as...

    by Rinse

    the LOST finale!! ...Just kidding. ;)

  • June 9, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST


    by LethargicJ

    Vinnie Jones is in the trailer you posted weeks ago after the upfronts. Why is this a story now? And this show can't be the first fall show cancelled because it doesn't start in the fall.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST


    by Shubniggorath

    Man. I am so. Incredibly. Sorry for you.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Vinnie Jones vs Ray Park

    by newc0253

    Ray Park is a terrible, terrible actor. He makes a pile of fucking timber seem expressive.<p> But compared to Vinnie Jones, he's Lawrence bloody Olivier.

  • June 9, 2010, 3 a.m. CST

    Since nobody in AICN Coaxial is going to bother....

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    ......reporting this until sometime late next week......or the week after;- File under today's "Most Awesomest News EVAAR!!!" - <p> <p> (remove the space)

  • June 9, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST


    by Kai_Mah'gra

    .....that would be:- <p> <p> Remove the space. Friggin AICN and their 1980's Talkback technology.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:09 a.m. CST

    if they pull this off a live action Batman should follow

    by ahdvd

    Seriously, that looks like it might be pretty good, and Batman has no super-powers, so why would it be so hard to make a Batman series with similar production values?

  • June 9, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST

    The Cape

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Just saw that trailer for the first time. Now that's more like what Heroes should have evolved into by season 2 and 3. Gradually becoming more traditional superheroes over time with costumes and all that. Instead of ya know, just constantly blathering at each other in random rooms about stuff nobody cares about.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:36 a.m. CST

    "Vinnie Jones To Play..."

    by buggerbugger

    ...the same unconvincing scowling ponce he always does? Aye, thought so.

  • June 9, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    lamest hero "disguise" - face exposed

    by ToddFluhr

    the character's face is too exposed: the one "news" shot of the character's face, a quick "brightness/contrast" pass in photoshop, and you have the character unmasked. Lame disguise.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Vinnie is sick

    by Denty420

    ... but he's not getting a lot of Guy Ritchie love lately.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    So they're ripping of Batman in two ways... the Nolan-esque look of the thing, (Minus the Heroes-esque, stupid Circus Hideout. Seriously, are there still even circuses in tents? Last time Ringling came to town, the show was at the local civic center) and now thy're just stealing characters outright from the comics (Killer Croc).

  • June 9, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Batman series?

    by BlueLando

    I decided to write a Bruce Wayne series (in TV format) for my own amusement. An actual show would be better, but if you're bored... <p>

  • June 9, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Knight Rider bad

    by DangerDave

    After Heroes....I don't give a fuck.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    This is like all the hospital, lawyer, or doctor show ripoffs

    by D.Vader

    Are superhero shows becoming a new genre like those 3 so that we get a new series every season on every network?

  • June 9, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    This is like all the hospital, lawyer, or cop show ripoffs

    by D.Vader

    Are superhero shows becoming a new genre like those 3 so that we get a new series every season on every network?

  • June 9, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    wow obvious name is obvious

  • June 9, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I Thought This Was Set In a "Realstic" World

    by Crow3711

    At least for the most part. From the trailers I never would have assumed there was no possibility of "super villains", let alone a reptilian man/beast. Sounds even worse than it initially looked at this point. I mean, ingress hebwas magically grabbing things out of thin air with a bed sheet, but still....a reptilliam super villain? Count me out.

  • June 9, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Fucking iPad is so Hard to TB with!

    by Crow3711

    I hate it. I never want to type extended sentences ever again. Nothing but errors

  • June 9, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST


    by Dead_Geek

    ...Wahahahahahaha! What a piece of crap! Hahahahaha! Cancelled in 2 episodes!

  • June 9, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by Dead_Geek

    ..Mysterion! The creator of the show watches South Park! Hahaha!

  • June 9, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Don't see anything unique or new here. Just looks

    by Atrayou

    like a derivative composite of all superhero/costumed crime fighter properties that have come before.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Call me Scales

    by cookylamoo

    And I'll tell you about the heartbreak of psoriasis.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Christ, buddy

    by oisin5199

    you don't know the meaning of heartbreak. <p>Oh, I thought we were doing a Tom Waits riff.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

  • June 9, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by CaptainAxis

    You assholes will bitch about anything. Looks pretty good to me, with top-notch production values, a solid cast, and a unique (for TV) story to tell. Give it a fucking chance.

  • June 9, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    looks horrible

    by antonphd

    maybe passes for a saturday morning show but no way this makes it on primetime

  • June 9, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Oisin wins the talkback for the Waits reference

    by schadenfreudian

    Step right up.

  • June 9, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I still say the comic book publisher...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...would track him down and sue him for copyright infringement. He might be able to fight off evil midgets and a British mobster with a bad case of psoriasis, but no way can he escape legions of Jewish attorneys!

  • June 9, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Ringling Bros. isn't a real circus...

    by WarrenSmooth

    It's a circus-themed special-effects show. Anyway... Vinnie Jones was the best thing about THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN. He didn't have to actually speak in that one though.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Heroes was a blatant X-men ripoff

    by nostairway

    So what is this show ripping off?

  • June 9, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    nbc deformed supervillain

    by alice133

    liefeld leno.

  • June 9, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Hahahah... TRAINED By CARNIES...

    by TheBLIGHT

    Better than Ninjas, I Guess... CANCELLED IN 2-3 Episodes.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    NBC presents The CRAPe.

    by Squashua

    That's what it looks like to me; terrible M.A.N.T.I.S. / Night Man style butchered Smallville excrement.<br><br> The "No Ordinary Family" one looks at least a bit better.

  • June 9, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    In trailer - is Vinnie Jones getting beaten by a midget?

    by Squashua

    It looks like him; is that him?

  • June 9, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    M.A.N.T.I.S. 2?

    by Sorbo1980

    Get Raimi on one of these comic-book shows.

  • June 9, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Wow.. someone got out the blender here...

    by impossibledreamers

    Let's see... a little bit of Beauty and the Beast, some Daredevil, a pinch of Darkman, a gaggle of Nightman... and an extra helping of Lycra. Shake well!

  • June 9, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    This is just....sad

    by Hervoyel

    This makes me not want to own a television because it's possible that through some sort of accident something like it might appear on it without warning. Thank you AICN for these timely early warnings.

  • June 9, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    They combined all the crap 80s superhero ideas

    by RPLocke

    and came up with this!

  • June 9, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Is this about Dayman?

    by _Venkman

    Fighter of the Nightman?

  • June 9, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Sometimes geeks bitch a bit TOO MUCH

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I must be getting old. The other day I was cleaning out some things as part of spring cleaning, and I came across across a box filled with issues of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND from growing up, as well as other old fanzines dating back to the 70s. As I said, I guess I'm showing my age because I remember a time, as a kid, that I'd be ecstatic to get ANY kind of superhero show on TV -- let alone with a budget and on primetime. But today's geeks are so quick to pounce negatively on something, I often wonder whatever happened to simply having fun by being a geek and going from there.<p>Does that mean I think the fans should accept crap for the sake of it being the only thing handed to them? No, not at all. But the YouTube trailer simply shows that this IS a superhero show, so I really don't see the point of bagging on it till we've actually seen it.<p>After all, I'm sure the trailer was simply cut from scenes from the pilot. Which means that even after they completed that...or showed it to other people (test audiences, etc)...perhaps they're ALREADY changing some of the things many of the people are pointing out here. So I say let's just wait and see, and then go from there. Least let's give it a fucking chance.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    As for it being a copy of other things...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Yeah, it has a sort of SHADOW feel and all. But give me a break -- how many REALLY flat-out original ideas do you see come along in comics these days? Versus how many times does a creator simply pimp something else...he feels he/she is putting their own spin on it...and then you've got a mashed up creation of mix & matched ideas? That's how you end up with Superman (super strong guy/alien born) and his 100 derivative takes or "homages". Batman (normal guy who trains himself) and his 100. Wolverine and -- oh, you get the idea.<p>To be honest, I wanted to like HEROES, but it ultimately suffered from the standard superhero bullshit these days that the property must be treated "real" and set in "our" world. Fuck that. What made a show like ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN a classic or even the old BATMAN show -- hell, even most cartoons -- is that they're unapologetic about it being a SUPERHERO show. I agree with what someone above said. HEROES started okay being what it was (a TV rip-off of X-Men), but it should have morphed into them wearing costumes or other things more in line with superhero comics. Frankly, by the time HEROES ended I couldn't tell any fucking difference from the way it started, there was no advancement at all, which is never a good thing for a network show that got 4 years of air time to prove itself.

  • June 9, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by Majereuk

    Well, seems a bit hokey from the trail but if it makes it to this side of the pond I'll probably give it a whirl. Mr V. Jones getting dropped like a bad habit by a midget (Vern?) with a wrench has to be worth a look :)

  • June 9, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    How does the kid NOT recognize his own dad's voice?

    by tylerzero

    Plot hole #1,546 and counting...

  • June 9, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    "I can't let my son think that I did those things!"

    by SlyAndTheFamilyStallone

    ..yeah, you said that already.

  • June 9, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    He's a fahking slag

    by bobbyperusteeth

  • June 9, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I'm the villian, NBitchC!

    by tangcameo

  • June 9, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Is this the show . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    that's about a guy who needs to hide his identity, so he doesn't wear a mask or throw his very distinguishable voice?<br /> <br /> Yeah, let's see how long that lasts. I give it two episodes, just because NBC is stubborn after all.

  • June 9, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    I just think the stereotypical cartoon circus setting...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... is the dealbreaker here. I don't mind the magic fabric cape or the rip-off of Oracle... oh hell fuck it... everything about this show is off. But I'll give it a viewing anyway.

  • June 9, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    One man can make a difference????

    by WIBoomer1

    ...where have I heard THAT before??? Knight Rider n'uff said

  • June 9, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    With apologies to Edna from "The Incredibles..."

    by Triple_J_72

    ...NO CAPE!

  • June 9, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    And he wears BLACK!

    by Triple_J_72

    Seriously, stop it with the black leather costume crap. It's lame.

  • June 9, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST


    by Colonel Activity

    This looks Sarah Palin's kid retarded.

  • June 10, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Is the actor playing The Cape disguising

    by Dingbatty

    an English or Aussie accent?

  • June 10, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    It's cool that Keith David is in it, though.

    by Dingbatty

    Love that voice. Yay, Goliath!

  • June 10, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST


    by Canidate_Micheal

    Just kidding. But I wish I wasn't cause the preview for this show makes me wanna hurt myself!!!!!

  • June 10, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by theeternalhipster

    Was that the score for Batman Begins underneath all that schlock? I think this could be better if they quit trying so hard to make it funny and family friendly.. Honestly this looks like something that was canceled on the WB in 2001..

  • June 10, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    What is that black guy's name?

    by theeternalhipster

    I swear that black guy in the previews is popping up everywhere these day.. videos games and recently I saw him in Requiem for a Dream.. "Hey baby I didn't take it out just for air"..That was so disturbing.

  • June 10, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    RE: How does the kid NOT recognize his own dad's voice?

    by itrainmonkeys

    Tylerzero said: "How does the kid NOT recognize his own dad's voice?" <br><br> I don't know....maybe the same way that Lois Lane and the rest of the newsroom doesn't recognize that Clark Kent and Superman look exactly alike except for the addition of glasses?

  • June 10, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Supernatural is getting the Anime treatment COOL

    by knowledge1027

    had to post it somewhere

  • June 10, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    A terrible 'actor'

    by Mr Lucas

    and, having observed his behaviour on Celebrity Big Brother, a nasty, bullying thug in real life. I can't wait to see his film 'career' crash and burn.

  • June 10, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    'Night, man

    by Adam13

    It was about my roommate often who drank too much after dinner.

  • June 11, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Vinnie should've stuck to playing football. Sorry, 'soccer'.

    by feebster69

    Checkout his pre-film career career, playing for Wimbledon fc.

  • June 12, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    "I gotta eat, bitch!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • June 13, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Acapulco HEAT

    by necros

    Surprised they didnt try to bring that back or Viper. I bought Acapulco HEAT season 1 on DVD. Remembered it being cool. Oh was I wrong, every episode was so bad it was funny.