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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Inhumans Casts It's Royal Family & Begins Shooting! Nightwing Announced!

So what's been going on in the cinematic jungle when it concerns comic characters coming to life on the big or small screen. Well, Logan seems to be a hit and little Laura Kinney or X-23 seems to be a hot topic of discussion. 

It's been announced recently that Ant-Man & the Wasp will begin filming this summer and Captain Marvel is set to film in January of 2018. Another big bit of news is the Inhumans.

Once said to have been dead, the Inhumans have cast their Royal Family and have begun shooting for their upcoming ABC TV show, which every comic fan remembers was to be a movie and even had Vin Diesel signed on to play Black Bolt.

So here's who will be portraying our favorite family from the Blue Area of the Moon:

Anson Mount as Black Bolt

The head of the family and ruler of the Inhumans will be played by none other than Anson Mount, the rugged star of the hit TV series Hell on Wheels. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Inhuman Black Bolt has the power of a sonic-scream that can level planets at full strength.

Actually any use of his vocal chords can cause a particle and electron disturbance, and he can apparently destroy a city with a single whisper. Since this power is linked to his brain's speech center, Black Bolt wears a fork-like antenna to help control this destructive power.

While most of the fictional Marvel race of Inhumans are stronger and faster than the best human athletes, Black Bolt surpasses most typical Inhumans in those areas. Black Bolt first appeared in Fantastic Four #45 in a last panel cameo, but fully appeared in Fantastic Four #46 and on set photos of Anson Mount as Black Bolt has recently leaked on line.

 I wonder what Gene Simmons of KISS thinks since he is a big fan of the character. Definitely will be a challenging role as the character hardly speaks.

Serinda Swan as Medusa

Serinda Swan is no stranger to TV shows based on comic books. She is the beauty that played Zatanna on Smallville

Instead of magic, this time she will take on the extremely important role of Medusa in the Inhumans show. Medusa is the queen of Attilan and wife of Black Bolt. 

Because of her husband's inability to freely speak due to his powers, Medusa is often tasked with interpreting her husband. She is an experienced state figure within the Inhuman government or ambassador when dealing with other non-Inhumans. 

Also created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Medusa has the power to control and animate her hair. She can use it as a whip, to wrap around and bind enemies, and even to lift heavy objects with.

Medusa did not debut in Fantastic Four #45, and is actually the first of the Inhumans to make their comic book debut, which was in Fantastic Four #36. She is an original member of the Frightful Four, but it was later revealed that she suffered from amnesia and regained her senses, reuniting with Black Bolt and her Inhuman family.

She is the older sister of Crystal and both of those characters have strong ties or alliances with the Fantastic Four. Medusa has even joined the team on occasion and has appeared in the Fantastic Four comics many times. 

Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad

Every superhero needs a good adversary, and when it comes to the Inhumans, Maximus the Mad is the guy. Stakes are raised even more when the baddie is actually a family member.

Maximus is the baby brother of Black Bolt. Lucky Welsh actor Iwan Rheon from the hit show Game of Thrones has been tapped and tasked to play the scheming brother who will go to any lengths in usurping his brother and claiming the throne of Attilan.

This villain is another creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, no surprise there. He can control and manipulate people's minds and also has genius-level intellect, meaning he is a gifted inventor with great knowledge of physics, mechanics, and biology. He is also slightly unstable mentally, but just slightly.

Heroes are only as good as the villains who test them. Iwan has some important shoes to fill in this TV series, and we shall see how diabolical this baddie will get. In the world of comics, Maximus the Mad first appeared in Fantastic Four #47 back in the good ole Silver Age.
Isabelle Cornish as Crystal

Australian actress Issabelle Cornish is a relatively fresh face to American audiences but has had roles in Australian shows like Puberty Blues, Home and Away and Dance Academy. She will play fan-favorite Crystal, a character that is well-known in the Fantastic Four and Avengers comic since she did end up marrying the mutant Quicksilver. In comics, their daughter is Luna.

Highly doubt that will play out in the Inhumans show since Marvel's version of Quicksilver seemingly bit the dust in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The character of Crystal is the younger sister of Medusa and has her teleporting pet dog known as Lockjaw.

Due to the Terrigen Mists that all Inhumans are exposed to, Crystal can psionically control the four classical elements: air, earth, fire, and water. In short, she can kick some ass. She briefly joined the Fantastic Four and had a romance with Johnny Storm before meeting and marrying Quicksilver.

Like the character of Black Bolt, Crystal also debuted in Fantastic Four #45 and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Throughout the character's depiction in comics, she is shown as brave, intelligent, and highly compassionate.

Crystal was also a main member of the Avengers team for a while when Bob Harras was writer for the title.

Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon

Nigerian-American actor Eme Ikwuakor is an up-and-coming actor and has been cast as Gorgon for the Inhumans show. He is a 1st cousin to Black Bolt, and his father Korath is the brother of Agon, Black Bolt's father. 

The Terrigen Mist gave Gorgon an increase in strength and turned his legs into those like a bull and his feet into hooves. His legs allow him to generate highly destructive seismic waves.

He is often seen as the personal bodyguard of Black Bolt in the comics and is the 2nd Inhumans character to appear in the world of Marvel Comics after Medusa. Gorgon first appeared in Fantastic Four #44, and in that issue, he is sent to retrieve Medusa who suffered from amnesia and was being a very bad girl. 

Gorgon is very loyal to the Inhumans and the royal family, though he has defied the Attilan Genetics Council and helped to hide a once pregnant Medusa on Earth. He is basically the muscle or enforcer of the Inhuman Royal Family.

Mike Moh as Triton

Known for his role as Ryu in Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist, Mike Moh is a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo and is relatively a fresh face in Hollyweird. His role in the show will be Triton.

Triton is the brother of Karnak, and the cousin of Gorgon, Black Bolt, Maximus, Medusa, and Crystal. The Terrigen Mist basically made him into a fish-like humanoid.

He has the ability to breathe underwater and can handle the cold temperatures and pressures of the deep oceans. Unfortunately, he cannot survive outside the water and much like Abe Sapien from the Hellboy comics, Triton needs a special breathing apparatus to survive non-aquatic environments.

Because of the Terrigen Mists' effects on Triton, his parents Mander and Azur decided not to expose Triton's brother Karnak to the process. Triton has first debuted in Fantastic Four #45.

Ken Leung as Karnak

Remember this guy from Rush Hour? Ken Leung as been around and is no stranger to the action, sci-fi and super hero world of movies. 

He was Admiral Statura in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Kid Omega in X-Men: The Last Stand. Now, he will play the non-super powered brother of Triton in the Inhumans show.

So without powers, Karnak developed his fighting prowess and is an expert in martial arts. He has honed this skill so intensely that he can find the weak spot in almost anything and annihilate it.

For this reason, he usually used as a planner or strategist by the Inhumans and even serves as a priest and philosopher. Along with his brother Triton and cousins Black Bolt and Crystal, Karnak's 1st appearance is in Fantastic Four #45 also.


Sonya Balmores as Auran

 Another fresh face and up-and-comer in the world of acting is the former winner of Miss Hawaii Teen USA, Sonya Balmores. She will also play this relatively unknown Inhumans character called Auran.

She is the only character on this list that wasn't created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The character was created by Charles Soule, Pepe Larraz and Ryan Stegman.

Auran is like an Inhuman tracking device of sorts. Her power was the ability to hear anyone by choosing a word and knowing the location of where that person was. 

I guess it's like super-human hearing or something. Because of her power, she is a prominent investigator and is part of an Attilan Security Force. 

This character debuted in the 2014 Inhuman #7 which according to ComicChron has an estimated sales to North American comic shops of around 29,903. There are also incentive variant covers and you can see those by clicking this mycomicshop link if interested.

Don't think this character really has all that many appearances in comics, but she is relatively new. 

Alright, and to end this post, we have the recent announcement that DC/Warner Bros. is plotting a Nightwing movie helmed by director Chris McKay. This will be in the DCeU.

No casting announcements for the role of Dick Grayson as Nightwing, but some rumors point to the Walking Dead's Steven Yeun? I don't even know what that's about or why it would even make sense for Steven Yeun in that role, but whatever.

Have a good one all, and what do you think about the cast for Inhumans?


  1. I'm glad Marvel decided to do an Imhumans project. I stocked up on Silver and Bronze Age Inhumans key issues when there where rumors of a possible project a few years back. I kinda wanted an Inhaumans movie but I think its makes since to put them on ABC with Agents of Shield with all the Inhuman plots on the show. Maybe they will have a some crossover episodes between the two.

    1. I'm interested in seeing what they do with the Inhumans, and I'll watch it on the TV, but I'm not so sure about seeing the pilot and episode 2 in IMAX theaters. I think I'll wait for those 2 episodes to hit Netfflix after season one is done.

  2. Oh no! Bad timing! Just sold my Inhumans Origin Issue from Thor in NM for 30! Whatever. Life goes on. Any reports on the Logan movie yet? Hope you do a special on that, Mayhem san.

    Max Rebo

    1. I'm planning on seein' it. Have you seen it yet Major Rebo?

  3. Black bolt's first is FF #46?

    1. Thanks for catching that. His 1st is considered FF #46. He shows up in a last panel cameo in FF #45.

    2. That's his first full appearance and 1st cover as well. A good key issue to have.