Another day, another string of news around comics-related television. Today we learned of an addition to TV's Arrow, as well as the former star of Fantastic Four and The Shield bringing his own comic series to TV.
Spartacus' Katrina Law Cast as the other al Ghul Daughter, Nyssa
Yes, Ra's al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins, is sending his daughter to Starling City, but not the famous Talia. Instead, actress Katrina Law has been cast as the other al Ghul girl, Nyssa.
Nyssa was created by Greg Rucka and Klaus Janson and is a centuries-old illegitimate child born in Russia in the 1800s. She worked as a lieutenant of sorts to Ra's before being disenfranchised with his goals and turning against him. However, she was allowed to continue use of the Lazarus Pits to keep her alive for far longer than a normal human.
Nyssa's more famous half sister Talia appeared as the new head of the "League of Shadows," the retitled League of Assassins in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy of films. There has been some entirely unconfirmed speculation that Isabel Rochev, played by Summer Glau, may actually be Talia working under an alias on Arrow.
Nyssa will make her debut in season 2, episode 13, entitled, appropriately, "Heir to the Demon." For those not in the know, "Ra's al Ghul" translates to "Demon's Head." The episode will see her coming to Starling in search of Canary, indicating her return to the present-day storyline of the show isn't far off, either.
Katrina Law marks the third Spartacus alum to join the cast of Arrow. On the show, she played Mira, where she was no stranger to danger, action, shirtless men, or a bow and arrow. Manu Bennett, Slade Wilson on the series, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who debuted last week as Amanda Waller, both also appeared on the TV show that chronicled the journey of the most famous Roman slave.
Michael Chiklis Brings His Pantheon Comic Series To TV
Deadline is reporting that actor Michael Chiklis is dusting off his 2010 IDW comic series Pantheon and producing it as a live-action television series with IDW's recently initiated television division, IDW Entertainment. The prospective television series will be a co-production of IDW and Circle of Confusion, who have been party to several successful comics-to-film adaptations. Pantheon was published by IDW as a five issue series, and centered on the Greek gods returning to Earth in the near future and finding it a near chaotic state, leaning towards an Armageddon. In it, the Greek god Zeus leads a contingent of fellow gods against his father, the Titan Cronus, and his allies.
“As a kid, Greek Gods were very real to me, so the chance to bring my childhood heroes and villains to life in the modern world is irresistible,” said Chiklis about the series in a press release released in 2010. “Besides, I couldn’t say no to Zeus. . . no one in the family would ever talk to me again.”
Chiklis is a third-generation Greek-American, and also a well-known comics fan. In addition to appearing as Ben Grimm/The Thing in both Fantastic Fourmovies, Chiklis also starred in the superhero family series No Ordinary Family in 2010. Chiklis created Pantheon with comics writer Marc Andreyko as well as Anny Simon Beck.
Chiklis, IDW and Circle of Confusion plan to develop the Pantheon television series internally and then shop it around to networks. At this time no cast has been announced, but in the Pantheon comic series one of the character's likeness is based on Chiklis himself.