Ain't It Cool News (

See The First Hour Of NBC's THE CAPE Now, Official And Free, On iPad!!

Merrick here...



If you've been anywhere near a television recently, you've likely caught at least a small tidbit of preview for a new series called THE CAPE, which premieres on NBC this Sunday.  Said promos look something like this:  


Per the below press release from NBC, you don't have to wait until Sunday to see the first hour of the series…if you have an iPad and DC Comics' free app (linked below).  Which I used to, but don't anymore, because my wife and 4 year old pretty much commandeered my iPad and now I rarely if ever get to use it.  And when I do, I have to sift through page after page of chick-centric applications, games, cute little learning apps, etc.  Which is awesome for them, and a nice treatment to the platform's functionality and appeal, but it's kinda frustrating.    



As such, I haven't actually seen THE CAPE yet, but I was at least able to confirm it's now online and what small portion I glimpsed seemed promising.  I know Howard Stern has recently been speaking very highly about the show - will we agree?  




Promotion Will Offer Viewers The First Hour From January 5 through January 8

Series Premieres on NBC Sunday, January 9 (9 – 11 p.m. ET)


UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – January 5, 2011 – NBC is offering viewers a sneak peek at the new NBC series “The Cape” (two-hour premiere Sunday, January 9, 9-11p.m. ET).   In a special promotion, DC Comics will offer viewers the chance to view the one-hour pilot episode of “The Cape” via their free comic book iPad application during the week preceding the show’s premiere on NBC – January 5 through January 8.  This is the first time DC Comics has offered long form video through their iPad application (which is also available for the iPhone) and Digital Comics Store. “The Cape” will move to its regular timeslot on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET starting January 17th.  The series stars David Lyons (“ER”) as Vince Faraday, a cop who is unjustly accused of a crime and becomes a secret crime fighter.

“We wanted to offer viewers a chance to take an advance peek at our exciting new series and what better partner than DC Comics, whose audience is devoted to the comic book genre from which ‘The Cape,’ draws its inspiration,” said Adam Stotsky, President, NBC Marketing.  “We know fans will love ‘Vince Faraday’ and his many adventures as an underground crime fighter.”

To download the DC Comics application, visit .

From the producing team of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun comes "The Cape," about a man who lost everything -- and is about to take it all back.

David Lyons ("ER") stars as Vince Faraday, a cop framed for crimes he did not commit, forcing him to team up with a group of carnival misfits to take a new identity, fight crime and win his family back.  Fueled by a desire to reunite with his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, "Life on Mars") and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, "Flash Forward"), Faraday becomes "The Cape" – his son’s favorite comic book superhero – taking the law into his own hands and battling the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City.

Rounding out the cast are James Frain ("True Blood, "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 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; Dorian Missick ("Six Degrees") as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday; Martin Klebba ("Pirates of the Caribbean") as Rollo, member and unassuming muscle of the circus gang of bank robbers and Vinnie Jones ("Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels") as Scales, resident thug and cohort of Chess, The Cape's nemesis.

"The Cape" is a Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun production from executive producer/creator Tom Wheeler ("Empire"), along with executive producers Berman and Braun, John Wirth ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"), and Gene Stein ("Accidentally On Purpose").



— follow Merrick on Twitter ! --





Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    But. . .

    by davida4348

    Will it be canceled before "No Ordinary Family"?

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    this could go either way

    by vin_diggler

    I like the idea of a "somewhat" original superhero and it has a pretty good cast. Something still just dosn't settle right though. I will probably give the premier a watch.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    This show looks awesome. Great fucking cast.

    by HoboCode

    That is all.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Summer Glau in the cast = kiss of death

    by F-18

    Though I hope I'm wrong because I like the premise, I predict swift cancellation.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Do they teach him how to squeeze a bunch of people...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...into a tiny car? I bet that could be a useful trick.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    ...if I were a circus superhero, I'd call myself The Tell...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and my young sidekick would have an apple balanced on his head at all times.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    she got like a retard head

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    still adorable as River/crazy chick on Dollhouse, but nonetheless, she got a tardhead

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Fuck exclusives!

    by gruntybear

    Seriously, fuck them.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    It could be worse

    by Snookeroo

    The last super hero that got his start in the circus ended up kicking bad-guy ass in elf booties.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Some flash videos not working on my new laptop

    by Nomad_Jackson

    Most videos work fine (like almost everything else on youtube), but this Cape trailer and a few others (like highlights) have colored distortions all over the place when they play. Anyone know what's up with that?

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I have heard it not bad but not great

    by eric haislar

    but if given the time to get it legs it has a ton of potential.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by lfhlaw1

    If NBC were to can it, I think it would be nicely paired with the Human Target on Wednesdays on Fox. Call it Action Wednesday or something lol.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    could it be more cliche?

    by thot

    I was hoping for something a bit more daring and original. This looks like Batman-lite. He even has his own Lucius Fox! This has all been done before and done better. The outfit is pretty poor too. Can any network do a superhero movie right? Can't really count Smallville since Superman isn't really even in it.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    "The Flash" Series From 1990 Was Pretty Good

    by Autodidact

    It's totally cheesy if you watch it now of course. But I remember at the time it was new on TV. They did a good job with the speed effects, in the age before digital compositing, CGI, and bullet time was still almost ten years away. Plus Amanda Pays just makes everything better. Her voice is great... I'm hoping they announce a big-budget Flash movie soon. Imagine how amazing all the speed effects could be these days. I remember basically dreaming up bullet-time (at least the concept of using multiple cameras and/or high speed cameras on rails for slow-mo) around 1992-1993 when I was first getting into computers and also reading a lot of comics.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Holding out for "The Spandex"

    by donkingkong


  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Just call the series "The Canceled"

    by DangerDave

    Fuck NBC. They fucked up the greatest TV show in history. HEROES. Season 1 is pitch perfect as to how to make a super hero show and then they fucked it up past the point of return. Fuck this one too.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I basically dreamed up Avatar around 1992-1993

    by Cheif Brody

    When I got a hold of some bad 'shrooms and I dyed my yellow-eyed iguana blue. I swear it looked 10 feet tall.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to giving this one a try...

    by Chewtoy

    I like that they're going full-on comic hero with this one... secret identity, costume, freakish villains... rather than the watered down bullshit that television readily tries instead. And I love that people are upset that he's a rip-off of Batman... The only time that kind of thing annoys me is if the average viewer isn't going to know the source material that's being liberally borrowed from. I'm pretty sure Batman (which, one would argue, was pretty much a ripoff of The Shadow and others) is safe.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Apple=trendy and stupid

    by Tim Duncan

    I will not be watching this. If not owning an imaxipad doesn't make me cool enough to access a sneak peak then fuck them, they just lost a viewer.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    The Cape can work but....

    by yamayama

    the writing must be consistent. The reason NBC Heroes failed is because the writing was inconsistent , poor and was closer to be a soap opera than a homage to super heroes. If anything a good template would be Ben Stiller's Mystery Men. That movie took a bunch of unknown characters and took less than 20 mins in to establish them all in the viewers mind. If it takes more than two episodes to set up the characters and their motives then the writers havent done their job. Also remember it took Buffy the Vampire Slayer a second season until the writing gelled.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    this looks fun

    by SmokingRobot

    I'm looking forward to it. But then I still watch 'Space Precinct' so what do I know.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    That...looks fucking terrible!

    by ROBRAM89

    Even by television standards, and 90% of TV is shit. That's just off-the-wall awful.


  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Is there any way that this show can be halfway decent?

    by AzulTool

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    They should make an 80s style SuperHero show

    by Christopher Bynum

    Starring Dolph Lundgren as The Toilet. After he beats up the bad guys, he could deliver his catchphrase "You just got flushed!"

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by bagwanbob

    “We wanted to offer viewers a chance to take an advance peek at our exciting new series and what better partner than DC Comics, whose audience is devoted to the comic book genre from which ‘The Cape,’ draws its inspiration,” said Adam Stotsky, President, NBC Marketing. “We know fans will love ‘Vince Faraday’ and his many adventures as an underground crime fighter.” "Yo know? I don't believe there's any meat in here at all! Double plus good!"

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by Bass Ackwards

    I'll give it props to being well paced. They don't spend much time with exposition, it just lays out the cliches right up front and moves trough them. So I guess it's refreshingly derivative? But on the whole pretty bland and flat. There are comic book characters I love and enjoy, but comic book simply as a formulaic genre unto itself? Not so great. I won't be tuning in again, but I can see the appeal this might have to 12 year olds. It's what Knight Rider or A-Team was to me.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    What is 7 inches long, and satisfies a cunt?

    by V'Shael

    An iPad, obviously.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    How can it be free if you need an iPad to see it?

    by tonagan

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    The early 90s Flash show was fantastic!

    by The Krypton Kid

    I didn't catch the original airing (my family watched the NBC lineup), but a few years ago I burned through the DVD set in a... flash. I was surprised how fun and sincere the show was. John Wesley Shipp was supremely likable as Barry Allen. His chemistry with Amanda Pays was nice and sweet. The supporting cast was terrific. And there was some really terrific episodes, especially Captain Cold, the Trickster episodes, and the episode in which Barry is thrown into the future. The best episode is Ghost in the Machine. Nightshade is an awesome character, and Jason Bernard was subtley brilliant in the role.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Thank you, krypton kid

    by Immortal_Fish

    Lots of negativity in this thread. Thanks for brightening up this burlap sack of rabid weasels(tm). 90's TV Flash _was_ awesome and too short lived. I really could have done without the bits of "quick, let's eat!" or "quick, let's clean apartment" but the show had a lot of charm. One of the too few GREAT live action superhero shows. The Cape appears to want to recapture that. The joy and wonder of superheroics shared between father and son. The unabashed costumes. Actual super villains. It almost feels like an environment that could fit into the first 12 issues of Invincible. It's just a shame that it's NBC. Already I can feel their reaching tendrils. "Do you math homework." Ugh...

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    I'm giving it a shot for the cast.

    by Jack Burton

    NBC tends to suck ass at genre dramas but the cast on this one is strong enough to give it a look. James Frain was fun in True Blood, and if he is similarly unhinged here it should be good. Vinnie Jones is a great heavy, Keith David is a plus, and Summer Glau is, well, it could go either way. I've never seen her play a person before that wasn't some kind of superhero so I'm not sure what she can do. I checked in to the awful The Event for 4 eps before bailing, I can at least give The Cape that. Not like anything else is on right now anyway. Times like this, I really miss that 24 is over.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    "Never lose hope. And study your Math."

    by Subtitles_Off

    This would probably make an okay-ish superhero movie (but I'm not really advocating that because the LAST thing the world needs is another one of those fukken things), but stretched out for episodic television it will just be ridiculous.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to this show.

    by allykatD

    It looks fun to me and the reviews so far have been promising.