‘The Cape’ Casts Rapper Lil’ Romeo & Michael Irby as Villains

Published 4 years ago by

romeo irby The Cape Casts Rapper Lil Romeo & Michael Irby as Villains

Add two more antagonists to NBC’s midseason superhero show. The Cape will feature Michael Irby and Lil’ Romeo in episodes later this year.

Irby is best known for his role on CBS’s thriller The Unit. He’s also had roles on 24, Chase and last year’s Dwayne Johnson vehicle Faster. Irby will be playing Pokerface, an underling of the series’ main villain Chess whose visage is permanently frozen in an “expression of glum murderousness.” So he’ll be something like The Joker without the comedy theme and sunny disposition.

Romeo Miller, A.K.A. Lil’ Romeo, will play his wise-cracking gangster accomplice Lil’ Z. (I wonder how long it took the NBC writers to come up with that one). Miller has had roles in Honey (2003) and self-referential show Romeo on Teen Nick. Pokerface and Lil’ Z will feature in the series’ ninth episode later this spring.

While it’s good to see that the series’ producers still have faith in The Cape, TV viewers may not be as enthusiastic. After a satisfactory debut two weeks ago, The Cape dropped 30% of its viewers Monday night (down to 6.2 million). While these aren’t terrible numbers, any further slide could spell doom for the fledgeling show.

Cancellation would certainly be a disappointment for NBC, and those interested in seeing original superheroes on TV, since the next few years are likely to see television adaptations of several Marvel and DC properties oversaturate the TV landscape across various networks.

cape nbc1 The Cape Casts Rapper Lil Romeo & Michael Irby as Villains

The Cape is NBC’s next superhero effort since cancelling Heroes after four seasons in 2010. Screen Rant‘s Anthony Ocasio found it an enjoyable but campy experience in his review of the series premiere.

In case you’re not up to speed on the series, The Cape follows an ex-cop (David Lyons), accused of murder and left for dead, out to clear his name and clean up the streets of Palm City. He dons the identity of his son’s favorite comic book hero to fight the supervillian Chess (James Frain of True Blood). The Cape is aided by super-hacker Orwell, who mirrors another Batman fixture, Oracle. Orwell is played by Summer Glau of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Kieth David delivers an enjoyable performance as the carnival master/cat-burglar Max Malini.

The Cape airs Monday nights at 9:00 PM on NBC.

Source: TV Line, Zap2It

TAGS: The cape
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. i kind of liked the first ep. the second was meh…i dunno if I can continue. and lil romeo..no thank you

    • The Cape is certainly more fun than most anything else on television. We certainly don’t need another law or cop drama. Those shows are a dime a dozen, while their is nothing else like The Cape on television.

    • I personally enjoy The Cape (Summer Glau is one of the reasons why I decided to start watching). I’m excited to see where they are going to take it. So hopefully NBC gives it a chance.

  2. I really liked the premiere. I already have my dvr set so I’ll watch until its cancelled I think its a good show.

  3. Fell asleep multiple times trying to watchadt nights episode. Kept going back to where I drifted off. Gawd wish it were more enjoyable, but I enjoyed last weeks, and to follow the show I’d try to watch last nights again. But first impression on this post is at least two reasons for it to be canceled.

  4. Casting a rapper in anything is a Huge Mistake. Especially if its a rapper that was nevre really good at anything (Rapping included.)

  5. the show steps on its own feet by being to predictable and over the top, the characters are not taken seriously so its hard for me to take them seriously, this is not the type od super hero shows I want. I want mature shows that portray the charcters in a respectable light

  6. My 2 cents on the show: Hero keeps getting his head handed to him. Saved by skinny, but good looking chick in a very, very, very noticable Benz. Fell asleep on 2nd episode.. Um, i’ll keep watching “No Ordinary Family.”
    I won’t miss this show one bit.
    Lil Z?! Really?! That was the nail in the coffin for me. It’s not only unoriginal, it’s 80′s treatment of a token character.

  7. I thought the two hour premiere was borderline, but decided to give it a shot. Watched the first 20 minutes of this week’s episode and decided it’s not for me.


  8. I watched the premier and enjoyed it. Then I watched the next show. I still liked it. I hope NBC will give it a chance to work out any problems. But after there track record I do not think so. Remember MOONLIGHT!

  9. I really like this show a lot. I’m not current on comic books, I read them in the ’70s. Before they got all angsty and serious. This show reminds me of those comic books. I liked “The Dark Night” as much as most people, but enough all ready with the soul searching and the preaching and the struggl to make comic book stuff look “reality based”. This show moves fast, it doesn’t seem to be taking itself too seriously, and it’s fun. I hope that’s what they’re aiming for, I hope they stick to it, and I hope NBC gives it time to find an audience. Now that Comcast owns them and world domination is imminent, I think they can afford to give this show room to breath.

  10. 01/19,/2011
    I think its a good show and I hope it will become a hit.

  11. This show is so canceled.

  12. dis is goin 2 be th vry enjoyed supahero mvie especially wth a rapper “lil romeo” who is gud @ evrything.Ooh boy i’m gona enjoy dis 1