Sunday, 14 October 2012

John Barrowman: Arrow reviews and pantomime news

"Arrow" showrunners, star discuss Huntress, Villains & John Barrowman's Mystery Character

As the recent promotional push for Arrow has been telling us, the new CW show is not your average superhero story.

In fact, Oliver Queen isn't technically a superhero at all. The series' protagonist doesn't have superpowers, his enemies don’t have supernatural abilities and his weapon is a bow and arrow. But that's exactly the type of superhero story showrunners Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti want to tell.

Comic Book Resources was invited to attend an Arrow press event at DC Comics' Los Angeles headquarters where Guggenheim, Kreisberg, leading man Stephen Amell and DC Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns were on hand to answer questions about the debut season of Arrow. One thing they all drove home repeatedly is that the show is grounded in reality to make it accessible to all audience members.

"We want everybody to like this show," Kreisberg explained. "If you've never picked up a comic book, if you have no idea who the Green Arrow is, you have no idea what DC Comics is, you can watch this show, come into this show and really enjoy it. And yet, if you are a huge fan of the comics and Green Arrow, you see enough of the DNA in the comic books and enough of what makes the comic book special."

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John Barrowman and The Krankies launch their 'Jack and the Beanstalk' panto

The trio have teamed up three years on the trot for the annual pantomime at the SECC Clyde Auditorium – and they were in hilarious form as they suited up to promote their latest show.

John Barrowman and The Krankies will be appearing this Christmas in Jack and the Beanstalk – with Barrowman taking the leading role of Jack, and The Krankies playing Farmer Trot and Jimmy Trot.

Barrowman and The Krankies took some time out to pose for the press, with Daisy the pantomime cow in tow.

Referencing the infamous swinging “scandal” last year, as they were taking direction from photographers Ian from The Krankies joked: “Slip his chopper between your fingers – where have I heard that before?”

Special effects will feature heavily in the latest production, with brand-new surprises including a 3D Giant, and a journey through the giant’s castle.

The three stars of the show were joined by children with Down’s syndrome who receive support from Down’s Syndrome Scotland, one of John’s chosen charities.

Jack and the Beanstalk runs at SECC Clyde Auditorium from Saturday December 15 to Sunday January 6, 2013.

Tickets, priced from £12.00, can be booked on 0844 395 4000 or online at
Source (with video) STV

Video: John Barrowman and The Krankies launch Glasgow pantomime

1 comment:

  1. Loved the pilot episode of Arrow. The influence of Chris Nolan's Batman movies was palpable and made the show all the better.



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