‘The Cape’ TV Spots Show Off Villains & Sidekick Summer Glau

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 am,

nbc the cape summer glau The Cape TV Spots Show Off Villains & Sidekick Summer Glau

NBC is starting their latest promotional campaign for The Cape‘s two-hour pilot in January, and a pair of 30-second promos have been making the rounds on the network. The first shows off the titular character’s backup/sidekick played by Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and the second gives us a look at three of the series’ antagonists.

The Cape is NBC’s would-be successor to Heroes, which floundered and died after its fourth season earlier this year. David Lyons (ER) will star as the titular vigilante with backup from Orwell (Glau) the blogger/investigator. It looks like the show creators are trying to build a dynamic not unlike Batman and Oracle in their comic book forms. Prolific voice actor Keith David will play a mentor role.


We haven’t had a good look at the show’s villains before, and some are actually pretty compelling. “Scales,” a criminal boss with some serious complexion issues, is played by Vinnie Jones. Jones is certainly familiar with bad-guy roles from working in movies like Snatch and Swordfish, but most will know him as The Juggernaut from X-Men: The Last Stand. Crazy-eyed “Chess,” played by James Frain (True Blood and the upcoming Tron: Legacy), was the one who orchestrated the hero’s fall from grace and inspired his crime-fighting persona. Blade aficionado “Cain” also make an appearance in the spot, but little is known about the character at present.

Check out the two promos below:

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The Cape is looking to be a lot better than I originally thought. When NBC showed off the teaser trailer last month, I though the show looked pretty cheesy. The updated footage looks… well, it’s still cheesy, but there seems to be a lot more self-aware fun going on. Casting Glau and David was smart, since they’re already well-established in the target market. And while the villains certainly have a Dick Tracy freak-of-the-week vibe, they seem menacing and interesting enough to hold viewers’ attention. It looks like a much more action-oriented affair than ABC’s No Ordinary Family, where light-hearted family drama and superpower special effects are the order of the day.

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After the disappointment of the last three seasons of Heroes, and with Smallville wrapping up its ten season run,  The Cape seems ideally placed to win a few fans who are still hungry for superhero action.

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The Cape premieres January 9th, on NBC.

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  1. I am looking forward to this. Please do not disappoint.

  2. I’ll be watching it as well. That little guy cracks me up.

  3. I’m torn sometimes it looks decent sometimes it looks cheesy and terrible.

  4. Actually, I find the cheese encouraging. Heroes cardinal sin was running away from its basic premise: Superheroes. I have bad news for those who want to “mainstream” the superhero genre: people like the gimmicks. The alter egos. The colorful costumes. The goofy pun-laced banter. The fact that they chose the CAPE, the ultimate symbol of super-heroic unreality, shows they learned their lesson.

    • I agree. A show like this should place itself firmly in it’s own universe, not dance around the edges of ours. That’s why I think “No Ordinary Family” may be looking at only one season.

  5. I’m impressed…and with a January start date, the best solution for the cold of winter is…a healthy dose of Summer!

  6. the villains made me laugh…those actors always look like they’re trying too hard

  7. I want to know how a blogger gets a Mercedes supercar. Sign me up for that job.

  8. I sure hope this one doesn’t get cancelled. Summer Glau is great to watch!

  9. Summer is hot but this looks unwatchable.

  10. I don’t think this looks very good at all, I’ll give the first episode a try but this looks worse than Heroes. If thats even possible.

  11. Im sorry but this just has fail stamped all over it which is a shame,Summer should be having a glittering career but she gets stuck with this.I hope I’m wrong,but I doubt it.

  12. Is it me or would that little guy be perfect to play Krillin if they ever made another Dragon Ball movie? Check out his fighting sceen in “Corky Romano” and tell me he wouldn’t be perfect for Krillin.

  13. I would watch a show of summer everytime, im pretty sure this will be cancelled within the first 6 episodes but i hope it does well, it will be ok if its writen well and the story line is compelling , but we will see

  14. hmm not bad