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
I'll watch for Summer Glau but I'm skeptical.
Oct. 28, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST
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 eyes...so are they now making this a superhero show?...it actually sounds good on paper
Oct. 28, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST
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
You know Batman is a superhero, right?
Oct. 28, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST
I don't think it's a lion. It looks like a knight (the chess piece).
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST
...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
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
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
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
.....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
I'll set it at 4 episodes.
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST
great, that should at least ensure a second season...she is ratings kryptonite...Firefly, Terminator, Dollhouse
Oct. 28, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST
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, 7:57 p.m. CST
by Uncle Stan
Oct. 28, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST
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
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
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
by Tigger Tales
Oct. 28, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
I thought it was just a bad joke.
Oct. 28, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST
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
... 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
Oct. 28, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST
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
by suit and tie
JUST LIKE LOST.
Oct. 28, 2010, 11 p.m. CST
for a super hero show! I know I'm hooked! zzzzzzz..
Oct. 28, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST
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
"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: http://media.comicmix.com/media/2007/12/16/darkdefender300.jpg or here with shorturl: http://alturl.com/qitox
Oct. 29, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST
this looks terrible.
Oct. 29, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST
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
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
his right eye is a rook and the left is a knight
Oct. 29, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST
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
Oct. 29, 2010, 4:23 a.m. CST
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
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
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
Whatever. Not interested. Bring on the Walking Dead!
Oct. 29, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST
* looks at watch *
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST
And NBC should be assigning a cancellation date about a minute later.
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST
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
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
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
Are you kidding me? Batman is a superhero, always has been.
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST
Is a Caped Crusader.
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST
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
Quite obviously. Sounds like more than a few of you have never played chess.
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST
...is the day that we realize she really can't act. ...not that we care. *ogle*
Oct. 29, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST
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
Dead-on in that shot. Someone missed the boat
Oct. 29, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST
by vic twenty
And was about astronauts. <p> Co-Starring Adam Baldwin, Browncoats!!
Oct. 29, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST
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
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
... is OK in my book, even if his voice acting $$ is dwarfing his live-acting $$.
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST
and its 4 weeks before its cancellation date
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST
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
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
pimping his friends lame as shit network garbage.
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST
Tell your dog he stinks, too.
Oct. 29, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST
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
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
I was embarrassed for everyone (myself included) just looking at that clip.
Oct. 29, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST
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
You fail. Just look at what happened to Watchmen's Dollar Bill.
Oct. 29, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST
He's super fucking rich. That's the best super power there is right there, yo.
Oct. 29, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST
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
Who's that? I must be getting old.
Oct. 29, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST
But it HAS to be at least a little bit better.
Oct. 29, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST
To get the super, you have to have powers.
Oct. 29, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST
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
"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
I like the Jedi Knight look of the Cape...looks like a Sith Lord
Oct. 29, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST
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
Hire the fight director from Buffy and Angel.
Oct. 29, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST
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
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
it looks like it was made from scraps of shitty ideas for a superhero show
Oct. 29, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST
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
... 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
....to 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 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
you made me laugh, i imagined you saying that in a dave chappelle voice
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST
...than that steamy pile of convuluted bullcrap genuflected at called "Lost." This actually looks...fun.
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST
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
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
Will be a villain, heard it here first, folks 200% probable. lol
Oct. 30, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST
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
"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
Oct. 30, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST
...but this has got shit written all over it...
Oct. 30, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST
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
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
'Cause all of their shows suck!
Oct. 30, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST
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
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.
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