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Brand Spanking New Photos From NBC’s Midseason Superhero Series THE CAPE!! Plus Casting News!!

I am – Hercules!! From NBC’s “The Cape,” due at midseason:
The Cape (David Lyons) doesn’t get his mask until episode two. This is the first photo of it anywhere.
This is Vinnie Jones (“X-Men: The Last Stand”) as deformed reptilian criminal Scales.
And this is James Frain (“The Tudors”) as the millionaire supervillain Chess. The network’s official description:
"The Cape" is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons ("ER") as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, "Life on Mars") and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, "Flash Forward"). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes "The Cape" his son's favorite comic book superhero -- and takes the law into his own hands. Rounding out the cast are James Frain ("The Tudors") as billionaire Peter Fleming - The Cape's nemesis - who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David ("Death at a Funeral") as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape; Summer Glau ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick ("Six Degrees") as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday.
AICN has also learned exclusively that: * Mena Suvari (“American Beauty,” “Six Feet Under,” “Rumor Has It”) will grace an upcoming episode as a girl named Dice. * Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong,” “Wanted,” “Valkyrie”) will have a major role in an upcoming episode. * Elliot Gould (the “Ocean’s 11” movies”) has joined the series in a recurring role. * The great screenwriter Craig Titley (“Percy Jackson,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) has joined the show’s writing staff and has already scripted “Kozmo,” the fourth episode that’s shooting even as you read this. NBC should be assigning a premiere date any minute now.
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  • Oct. 28, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Another bungled superhero show?

    by gun_will_travel

    I'll watch for Summer Glau but I'm skeptical.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    superhero show?

    by Titus05

    I thought the guy had no special powers and was just an ordinary guy...Chess looks like ke's a reptile of some kind with those are they now making this a superhero show? actually sounds good on paper

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute..!

    by Chewtoy

    A superhero TV show with actual comic book style super villains? Unheard of! <p> actually, this looks like it could be fun to me.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    You know Batman is a superhero, right?

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Keith David

    by palewook

    spawn sighting!

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by rdrwebstuff

    I don't think it's a lion. It looks like a knight (the chess piece).

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    yeah. a superhero show..

    by sonnyhooper

    ...that dosen't run away from comic book conventions as fast as it can? how the fuck did this even get greenlit? don't they know comic books are silly and you should change as much as possible from the everyday trappings of them? don't they know that everything super hero-like about super heros should be thrown out the window? especially if they are on TV. haven't they seen the matrix movies? because everything should be just like that. sunglasses and leather all the way.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Summer Glau not kicking ass? Cop Angle again?

    by Saen

    They just did the whole he works at the police station thing in No Ordinary Family, and with Matt on Heroes. Its tired already. And it sounds like Summer Glau is going to be severely underused.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Elliot Gould

    by OldDickLemon

    The best you could come up with from his resume is the frickin "Ocean" movies? Isn't this supposed to be a movie lovers site?

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Those pictures actually

    by Jimbonx

    look pretty good. Ill be tuning in and i fully expect it to be cancelled within the first season.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    BTW...girls named Dice...

    by sonnyhooper

    .....are not to me messed with. in the same way you don't play pool or poker with guys nicked named after citys, you don't mess with chicks named dice.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Over/Under on how long this crap will last.

    by AzulTool

    I'll set it at 4 episodes.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    I thought that this was an MTV Reality show set in Cape Cod.

    by AzulTool

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Summer Glau under-used?

    by Titus05

    great, that should at least ensure a second season...she is ratings kryptonite...Firefly, Terminator, Dollhouse

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    best new shows of 2010 season thus far...

    by Titus05

    1) Walking Dead 2) Boardwalk Empire 3) Hawaii Five-O...potentially best new shows of 2011= 1) Game of Thrones 2) The Cape

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    by Uncle Stan

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    by Uncle Stan

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    by Uncle Stan

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    by Uncle Stan

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Basing best of on preconceptions is bad.

    by Saen

    Walking Dead best of 2010 before its even on TV. Now what happens if you watch through Walking Dead and it is mediocre like Rubicon. Is someone going to have to remove all the sharp objects in your home.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Batman Villian

    by ShadowVision

    Did anyone else think Killer Croc when they saw the pic of Vinnie Jones? I could see that in Nolan's world.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by Titus05

    I have a gift for predicting awesome TV shows...I knew LOST was going to be amazing before the 1st episode...I also knew Rubicon would suck

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    No parent would ever name their son TRIP. It's sssstuuuuuuuuupid

    by Tigger Tales

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    This is for real?

    by The McPoyle Clan

    I thought it was just a bad joke.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Low budget batman

    by jazzylg

    Still could be fun. Too bad it won't last(it's NBC!) They canned Heroes for this?

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Another MEH... a long with the Captain America news...

    by codecrackx15

    ... This just looks tired. I bet they usse flash backs or some Lost plot device...I'll skip it.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The Cape kinda looks like Marvel's The Shroud..

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    No originality in names either

    by JoeKeppel

    Max Malini was the name of an actual world renowned magician in the '30s who performed for kings and presidents.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 11 p.m. CST


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  • Oct. 28, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    Wow, what a fanastic teaser clip

    by Rinse

    for a super hero show! I know I'm hooked! zzzzzzz..

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Lost me at "investigative blogger"

    by kevred

    Some aspects of it, like that, sound pretty dumb. But overall it sounds like it has some good things going for it, and some nice, interesting casting choices (Keith David & Vinnie Jones, especially). I like how this sounds more "overt" than the tepid Heroes, where everyone spent 99% of the time looking like perfectly ordinary people.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by BlackJackBauer2

    "The Cape" looks like a bite off of "The Dark Defender" from Dexter which is obviously a bite off of Batman. Check out this image: or here with shorturl:

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Holy fuck, NBC has made a live-action MYSTERION!!!

    by zillabeast

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    This will flop

    by GornPirate

    this looks terrible.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Summer Glau = brilliant scifi television.

    by sighborg

    She may be "ratings kryptonite", but every show she's been in has been excellent. Angel. Firefly. Terminator. Dollhouse. And hopefully The Cape. I will now watch this show that I was otherwise uninterested in.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Mask makes a definite improvement.

    by Lyghthouse

    The pictures from the pilot make looking all serious made him look like a hobo. The mask and the wry smile make it look much better.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 2:54 a.m. CST

    the chess dude...

    by cuntworthy

    his right eye is a rook and the left is a knight

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by TheComedian77

    I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN STAKED!!! Sorry. James Frain pic simply reminded me of the last season of, you know, HBOs best show running.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST

    I liked Rubicon.

    by hst666

  • The girl is hot as hell, but success continually eludes her.<br /><br />Her best was in the Terminator series, but even that didn't last more than two seasons.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Wow! A superhero that...

    by Master Bruce

    actually wears a costume! What a concept! (Cough) No Ordinary Family (Cough) Heroes. Agree w/ya sonnyhooper, don't know how this "crazy notion" slipped past NBC execs. As a comics fan, I'll give it a chance...hope it's good.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 5:15 a.m. CST


    by DonLogan

    Yes, I thought the same. This is exactly how i think Killer Croc would appear if he were in the new Batfilm. I get the feeling he might as they're filming in New Orleans, maybe this is Tom Hardy's role?

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST


    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Whatever. Not interested. Bring on the Walking Dead!

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Let's see how long this one lasts

    by ricarleite2

    * looks at watch *

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    "NBC should be assigning a premiere date any minute now."

    by ForgetfulPete

    And NBC should be assigning a cancellation date about a minute later.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Oh and in case anybody missed it

    by ForgetfulPete

    this looks like phenomenal fun, with great ideas for superpowers for THE CAPE (I know his powers come from devices and such but theyre still powers) and cool comic book villains. That's why the project won't possibly last. Like it or not people want THE MATRIX black leather and no powers and moping NO FUN people complaiinng about EVERYTHING. It's what the Public desires.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    This show looks really great

    by eric haislar

    the preview look really bad ass. I love that his cape is a weapon.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    No Herc, Batman is a "masked avenger."

    by cookylamoo

    To be a super-hero, you have to be able to fly or something. Otherwise, Robin Hood is a super-hero.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    "Masked Avenger"?

    by IceMonkey

    Are you kidding me? Batman is a superhero, always has been.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST


    by Robber_Button

    Is a Caped Crusader.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Brand New Spanking Photos?

    by Himbo

    I was expecting something else. Then I re-read the headline. If Summer Glau is such a big credit/detriment to this show, why are there no pictures?

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    His eyes are a rook and a knight

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Quite obviously. Sounds like more than a few of you have never played chess.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    The day Summer Glau stops kicking ass...

    by tangcameo the day that we realize she really can't act. ...not that we care. *ogle*

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by oisin5199

    Termi-who? There is no contest against the inimitable River Tam. She can kill you with her brain. No power in the 'Verse can stop her.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by deelzbub

    Dead-on in that shot. Someone missed the boat

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I liked The Cape when it starred Corbin Bernson.

    by vic twenty

    And was about astronauts. <p> Co-Starring Adam Baldwin, Browncoats!!

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    James Frain - FUCK YEAH

    by HoboCode

    Fucking best thing about True Blood this past season. This show looks like it might actually be cool.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    So now it's cool to trash Summer Glau?

    by Sonny_Williams

    Fuck that shit! As far as "ratings kryptonite", that's horseshit too. No secondary character was ever responsible for the death of a series. She may be under-utilized but I fail to see where she ever hurt a show. But her character description for THE CAPE tells me that once again "under-utilized" will best describe her character.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Anything THat Employs Keith David...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... is OK in my book, even if his voice acting $$ is dwarfing his live-acting $$.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    NBC should be assigning a premiere date any minute now.

    by cairo

    and its 4 weeks before its cancellation date

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by optimus122

    I concur about Summer. The 20,000 Nielsen boxes for some reason would rather watch the Kardashians or Jersey Shore but that doesn't mean shows that Glau are in are not real good. The people with Nielsen boxes are all rank fools. As are most of the talkbackers. FUCK YOU.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Frain kicked ass on the otherwise sucky TB S3

    by HapaPapa72

    I'd check out this show to watch him be a villain again. Summer's not bad either.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Good ol' Herc

    by torontoxic

    pimping his friends lame as shit network garbage.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Don't hold back Optimus122

    by cookylamoo

    Tell your dog he stinks, too.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Glad keith David is still getting work.

    by Stalkeye

    Great actor; from The Thing,Dead Presidents,Spawn,Disney's gargoyles,Mass Effect and even Marvel's Black Panther.<p>Count me in!!

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Color me skeptical

    by Screwbini

    But I will definitely check it out and give it a chance, especially since Keith David is in it. I wish he was the star of his own show, though.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by BrannigansLaw

    I was embarrassed for everyone (myself included) just looking at that clip.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Wow, that clip is cheesy

    by ides

    And he looks just like the Dark Defender from Dexter. I really do hope the show is good, though.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    If your super-power is you wear a cape...

    by fiester

    You fail. Just look at what happened to Watchmen's Dollar Bill.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Batman has a super power:

    by fiester

    He's super fucking rich. That's the best super power there is right there, yo.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    It's True, Fiester

    by Aquatarkusman

    He can also listen to all cell phone calls simultaneously, but still can't discover the identity of a relatively low-level thug.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Low level thug?

    by arta

    Who's that? I must be getting old.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by SpyGuy

    But it HAS to be at least a little bit better.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Batman is a vigilante with awesome toys. He is a hero.

    by Quadrillionaire

    To get the super, you have to have powers.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Don't blame Summer for the material she's in.

    by impossibledreamers

    First, I liked Firefly - just never found an audience. But, for the other shows she was in... meh. I was never interested in either The Doll House or Sarah Conner series.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Ah, Rubicon...

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    "Who gives a shit?"<p>Can you really afford to put that in your show? Fuck you, fans, you shouldn't have cared about anything and now you are screwed!<p>As for The Cape, I'm sure watching his wife and kid from across the street etc. is going to get old quickly. I hope they take the route most modern shows seem to be doing, and shake these things up early on. Like Jounrney Man did... oh, cancelled!

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Cape has potential

    by Titus05

    I like the Jedi Knight look of the Cape...looks like a Sith Lord

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Full-on fucking superhero burnout commence in 5,4,3,2...

    by AzulTool

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Summer Glau is NOT ratings kryptonite.

    by Kevservo

    The two shows she's best known for got canceled because they were on Fox where they scrap shows just for the lulz.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Strong Suggestion to the producers of this show.

    by cookylamoo

    Hire the fight director from Buffy and Angel.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is this shit?

    by Professor_Monster

    Shows like these always suck -- Mantis, Automan - where a group of execs who have only read coics for 1 year to try and figure out how to make money on them, suddenly think the crap like No Ordinary Family and this garbage can somehow become someone's favorite show - not when there's too many to choose from. This thing has all of the ingredients on a 4 to 6 episode flop.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    James Frain

    by bod33

    As others have said, he was fantastic as a psycotic vampire in True Blood. I will be checking this out now

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    looks like total fucking shit

    by antonphd

    it looks like it was made from scraps of shitty ideas for a superhero show

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    No matter how good this is or could be,

    by John_Cocktoasten

    NBC is run by coke snorting monkeys so no matter what, they'll find a way to totally clusterfuck this show into oblivion.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    ever notice how ost TBers

    by HongKongCavalier

    ... make Comic Book Guy and Sheldon Cooper look like a social butterflies?<p></p> It smells like Aspergers up in this bitch!

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    batman would figure out a way...

    by sonnyhooper kill every asshat with powers you could name (even that cunt wolverine) yet he does not. and THATS what makes him a super hero.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    shouldn't the snake skin guy....

    by MurderMostFowl

    shouldn't the snake skin guy have the special contacts?<BR><BR>I'll give this show a try, but we really need a more DC "perfect" superhero show for once. I'm really sick of every story being the Marvel "flawed" superhero stuff ( never thought I'd say that but it's now just trite )

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by palewook

    you made me laugh, i imagined you saying that in a dave chappelle voice

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    It already looks more entertaining....

    by crankyoldguy

    ...than that steamy pile of convuluted bullcrap genuflected at called "Lost." This actually

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    yes, that was a typo....

    by crankyoldguy

    too f-ing tired from all the political ads and pre-recorded calls.Can I sue for invasion of privacy?

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 2:02 a.m. CST

    holy shit

    by Kontarsky

    thought it was looking gay but looks pretty fucking awesome from the pics alone. like frain and the mighty KEITH FUCKIN DAVIDDD in the cast. Not to mention...VINNIE JONES! Fuck ya haters, i'll give it a chance

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Thomas Kretschmann

    by Kontarsky

    Will be a villain, heard it here first, folks 200% probable. lol

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    What, a REAL superhero show? The hell?!

    by DarkHawke

    MAN, that was a great scene! Initially, I was upset that The Cape didn't get a fall berth, but now I'm okay with it. All the crap of the first season will be burnt off by the time The Cape premieres and then just FUCKING owns us all with its ridiculous level of awesome!<P> NOT to say, of course, that it can't be WELL fucked over by network execs. To paraphrase the classic line, it's what they do, it's all they do. But that teaser they put out at ComiCon, and now this? Truly, this is the best looking SUPERHERO series since The Flash, and THAT was the only superhero TV show I've ever seen where exactly NOTHING got toned down. Not the powers and certainly not the villains. If they truly go for broke on this one, it'll shine like gold! May not last a month, but better to go out with a fight than a whimper!

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Can't believe stalkeye didn't mention...

    by DiscoGodfather

    "Requiem for a Dream". Or "There's Something About Mary". How the hell DID he get the beans above the frank?

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    CrossGen should be made into tvseries

    by KilliK

    just saying...

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by dj_bollocks

    ...but this has got shit written all over it...

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Spyguy, that's BRILLIANT!

    by ForgetfulPete

    I like the idea. You may not even realize you came up with it! From now on, I propose that ANYTHING we like, or think we'll like, be described as "not THE EVENT." "I like vanilla ice cream. Therefore, vanilla ice cream is not THE EVENT." "I want to dick Zooey Daschund or however you spell her name. Therefore, Zooey De Chanel is not THE EVENT." Anything you like must automatically NOT be THE EVENT! It's brilliant. Herc, you are MOST definitely THE EVENT.

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Spyguy, that's BRILLIANT!

    by ForgetfulPete

    I like the idea. You may not even realize you came up with it! From now on, I propose that ANYTHING we like, or think we'll like, be described as "not THE EVENT." "I like vanilla ice cream. Therefore, vanilla ice cream is not THE EVENT." "I want to dick Zooey Daschund or however you spell her name. Therefore, Zooey D. Camel is not THE EVENT." Anything you like must automatically NOT be THE EVENT! It's brilliant. Herc, you are MOST definitely THE EVENT.

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    NBC should be assigning a cancellation date any day now...

    by Zardoz

    'Cause all of their shows suck!

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Summer Glau under-wear?

    by smutpeddlar

    Summer Glau under-wear? sure i'll buy a few pairs of panties..but only if the money goes to charity

  • Oct. 31, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    not sure if david E kelleys wonder woman is

    by emeraldboy

    still going ahead. or. what. but there has been a distinct lack of butt kicking heroine shows. people either love or loathe xena. that was in the 1990s. for fecks sake.