|9:00 AM, Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Supergirl, Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler's drama based on the DC female superhero, has landed at CBS with a series commitment. The deal closed last night, a day after the project was taken out to the broadcast networks on Wednesday. I hear the size of commitment eclipses the series commitment DC Batman drama Gotham got at Fox last fall. Warner Bros. TV is producing with studio-based Berlanti Prods.
The Supergirl character was created by writer Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino in 1959. Of the several women who have assumed the caped girl persona in the comics, the Berlanti-Adler series will feature the most popular one: Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. Unlike WBTV's long-running Superman series Smallville, which focused on the superhero's journey up to acquiring the powers and becoming Superman, Supergirl starts with Kara beginning to use her abilities.
Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she's been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Berlanti and Adler will write the script and executive produce with Berlanti Prods.' Sarah Schechter. Also closely involved in the development of the project has been DC Entertainment's chief creative officer Geoff Johns.
While CBS may look as a surprising home for a younger-skewing superhero drama, it was the only broadcast network without a comic book series. Additionally, CBS has been making a push in female-lead dramas with Extant, Madam Secretary and CSI: Cyber joining staple The Good Wife.
There will be five DC/WBTV series on the air this coming season: Gotham on Fox, the CW's Arrow, The Flash and iZombie on the CW, and Constantine on NBC. With the Supergirl deal, WBTV has successfully targeted every available broadcast network as ABC is considered off-limits because of its corporate ties with Marvel, producer of its series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.
Supergirl expands Berlanti's superhero series footprint. He also is behind popular CW drama Arrow and its upcoming offshoot The Flash. Additionally, Berlanti has new NBC crime dramedy The Mysteries Of Laura, which opened well on Wednesday.
This marks Berlanti's second high-profile sale to CBS this year, along with supernatural procedural The Things They Left Behind, which has a put pilot commitment. His company also has conspiracy thriller Blindspot set at NBC.
Adler, who previously worked with Berlanti on his superhero-themed ABC drama No Ordinary Family, co-created the NBC comedy The New Normal. She and Berlanti are repped by WME.
There has been a push to get more female superhero characters in comic books and on the big and small screens. Marvel has a Jessica Jones series in pre-production at Netflix.
|5:00 PM, Friday, September 19th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Marvel has provided CR with another clip from Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. This time it's from episode 5, airing at 9am/8c on Disney XD, titled "The Next Iron Spider."
"When Peter Parker debuts an ultimate spider suit, it draws the attention of both friend and foe alike! Can Spidey make sure the powerful Iron Spider suit does not fall into the wrong hands?"
Check out the video by clicking below, and tune in on Sunday, September 21st to watch the episode!
BIG HEROES! BIG VILLAINS! AND BIGGER ADVENTURES this week, Share Your Universe with a brand new episode of Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors this Sunday at 9am/8c inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD.
Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors - "The Next Iron Spider"
Spider-Man's patience is tested when his old academic rival, Amadeus Cho, is recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. This will be the ultimate face off of two Spidey's as Amadeus Cho dons the Iron Spider suit. The suit has drawn the attention of more than just Spidey and Amadeus though, as Taskmaster plans to attain the suit...by any means necessary!
|12:00 PM, Friday, September 19th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Move over FX. TNT is clearly stepping up its game in the area of blockbuster movie acquisition deals. The network has inked a licensing agreement with Marvel for the next five theatrical releases from Marvel Studios. This comes on the heels of its recent deal with Lionsgate to acquire network TV rights to the Hunger Games and Divergent movie franchises. TNT's most recent pact includes the network television premiere windows for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, due in theaters next summer, and the third installment in the Captain America franchise, slated for release in 2016. Each of the five films is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release.
"Marvel's brand of entertainment is a thrill ride for audiences, and we're excited to be adding their next five blockbusters to TNT's arsenal of high-quality genre fare," said Deborah K. Bradley, senior vice president, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "These movies will play a key role in TNT's long-term success, especially among key adult demos."
Avengers: Age of Ultron is the anticipated follow-up to Marvel's The Avengers, reuniting the team of Marvel Comics characters including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and more. Based on the Marvel comic book series first published in 1941, the third chapter in the Captain America series will follow the alter ego of Steve Rogers as he continues his heroic adventures in a world of constant change.
TNT is clearly making a foray into the area of blockbuster movie acquisition deals that has been dominated in recent years by FX, which has grabbed virtually all No.1 openers, including Man Of Steel, Iron Man 3, Fast & The Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness.
|7:30 PM, Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
Twentieth Century Fox has finally confirmed they are in fact making a Deadpool film, and it has an official release date of February 12, 2016, just less than a year and a half away. The movie will still star Ryan Reynolds in the lead role of Wade Wilson/Deadpool, and the "leaked test footage" was real, as we did learn soon after it made the rounds.
Ever since X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released, we've heard rumors about the Deadpool film since Reynolds played the character in that film. But it sat in development for years while various other X-Men sequels and prequels were released. Then Reynolds went on to play Green Lantern for DC/Warner, which wasn't met with great acceptance after the fact. Up to that point, fans were concerned the Deadpool movie would never be made, but after GL flopped, talk of Reynolds still doing the Deadpool movie resurfaced.
After the leaked footage, the fan base has been abuzz about the possibility of the film materializing, and now they get their wish.
In a recent interview with Niagra Falls Review, Reynolds commented on the aforementioned leaked footage, and suggested that it helped the film get moving after the viral response it received.
"The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel lik, 'Oh, so we aren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.' It's interesting to see the power of the Internet. It's awe-inspiring, actually, and it's neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way."
In addition to Ryan Reynolds being attached to the film, Tim Miller () is attached to direct. The Hollywood Reporter says, though, that no deals are in place just yet.
Speaking of Fox comic films, Fantastic Four was also moved from its previous June 2015 release to August 7, 2015. This move is likely completely unrelated to the Deadpool movie, which releases months later. Fox probably just realized August was a better release date for the film.
Our friends at Comic Frontline also ran a video on the news of the Deadpool film. Check it out below:
Sources: MTV.com, The Hollywood Reporter
|4:00 PM, Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
It's almost time for another season of AMC's The Walking Dead, and AMC is helping us get pumped for the Season 5 Premiere with some sneak peek photos!
These photos are from the premiere episode, titled "No Sanctuary," as we see Carol and Tyrese hiding from someone, and Rick and the other survivors trying to get out of the train car. All the photos can be seen below. All photos are © AMC. Click to Enlarge.
AMC's The Walking Dead returns on October 12th, less than a month away! Check local listings for times.
|6:00 PM, Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Adult Swim will be taking NYC by storm with fun events scheduled for New York Comic-Con, taking place October 9-12 at the Javits Center. Debauchery will reign supreme through panels for fan-favorite animation and live-action series as well as new shows. And, for the first time, the Adult Swim Tyrannic Maiden Voyage will take lucky fans on a three hour cruise along the Hudson for a chance to take in the sights, enjoy a surprise musical guest and hang out with the AS family.
To take a shot at boarding the Tyrannic Maiden Voyage — which boards Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. — visit AdultSwimPresents.com on September 29 to submit your RSVP for free boarding. If you miss the RSVP, dazzle one of the AS panelists during the convention with an astute question and you might received a Golden Ticket! This event is open to adults 21 and over and is first come, first served. Tickets for signing sessions will also be made available through AdultSwimPresents.com soon.
Animation panels scheduled include: Rick and Morty (Friday, Oct. 10, 3:20 - 4:05 p.m. at Main Stage) featuring exec producers Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland and voice star Chris Parnell — signing on Saturday from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.in Hall 1B. Robot Chicken (Friday, 4:15 - 5 p.m., Main Stage) with co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, writer/actor Breckin Meyer and guest star Clare Grant, moderated by Keith Crofford — signing Saturday, noon - 1 p.m. in Hall 1B. Black Dynamite (Sat., 5 - 5:45 p.m., Panel Room 1A10) with exec producer Carl Jones, producer Scott Fuselier and voice stars Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson and Byron Minns. And last but not least, Mike Tyson Mysteries (Sat., 6:45 - 7:30 p.m., Panel Room 1A10), with star Mike Tyson, voice actor Rachel Ramras and producer Hugh Davidson.
Source: Animation Magazine
|5:00 PM, Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Warner Bros. TV is really bringing the comic book world to life.
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Lucifer, based on the property from DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, EW has confirmed.
The one-hour drama stars—you guessed it—Lucifer, who resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous and shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux.
Californication's Tom Kapinos will write and executive-produce the project, which hails from Warner Bros. and Kapinos' Aggressive Mediocrity.
Warner Bros. will have five primetime comic book series on air this season, including Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Gotham and midseason entry iZombie. If all goes according to plan, Supergirl and Titans could eventually join the fray.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
|8:00 PM, Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that acclaimed actor Scott Glenn has joined "Marvel's Daredevil," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015.
Best known for his work in blockbuster films such as "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Silence of The Lambs" and "The Hunt For Red October," Scott Glenn will play Stick, the mysterious martial artist and mentor of Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil).
Scott Glenn joins Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), with Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk) in the critically-lauded cast of "Marvel's Daredevil."
"Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock's life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero's journey," said Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television. "There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt's journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil."
"Marvel's Daredevil" follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City.
Marvel's first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight ("Spartacus," "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer," "Angel") and Drew Goddard ("Cabin in the Woods," "Lost," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," in addition to writing the first two episodes of "Marvel's Daredevil"), along with Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Smallville," "Heroes").
"Marvel's Daredevil" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix
|6:00 PM, Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson|
It's been almost a quarter century since the CBS aired The Flash, a shortlived but fondly-remembered(-by-a-couple-people)(-including-yours-truly) attempt to tell an ongoing superhero saga on the small screen. In recent years, superpowered dramas have become quite common on television-to the point that DC Entertainment has a new Flash show launching this season on the CW, alongside network sibling Arrow and Fox's Batman-minus-Batman prequel Gotham.
Although the new Flash is constructed as a completely new story about superspeedster Barry Allen, the show will honor the character's TV past. We already knew that CBS-Flash John Wesley Shipp would appear as Barry Allen's father on the new series. Now, EW has confirmed that original series star Amanda Pays will appear on the CW's Flash-and in an intriguing twist, she'll be playing Dr. Tina McGee, the same character she played on the 1990 series.
On the original series, Tina was the Flash's sidekick-and over the course of the single season, Tina and Barry developed a kind of will-they-won't-they relationship. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tina will appear on the new Flash as an employee of a rival Very Big Science Company.
It's unclear if Shipp's character will ever interact with Pays, although presumably if they do interact, it would cause some kind of continuum-bursting TV-canon-rebooting Crisis event that would somehow involve Adam West's Batman teaching the Batusi to Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman and Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
|7:00 PM, Monday, September 15th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler|
With the Season 2 premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just over a week away now, there's no better time than the present to catch up on last season. And as of last Tuesday, Season One of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is available on Blu-ray and DVD!
You can check out some new video clips, images, and the official press release below. And be sure to tune into the Season Two premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesday, September 23rd at 9pm Est! Comic Related's own John Wilson will once again be live-Tweeting during the show as it airs!
Hacker Kind of Life
Asgardian Bar Fight
Simmons Shot Someone
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Relive All 22 Thrilling Episodes, Plus Get Level 7 Access
with Newly De-Classified Bonus Features Available On
Blu-ray and DVD. In Stores September 9, 2014
The mind-blowing saga that began in Marvel's The Avengers continues in ABC's action-packed series, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Complete First Season.
In the wake of The Battle of New York, the world has changed forever. An extraordinary landscape of wonders has been revealed! In response, mysteriously resurrected Agent Phil Coulson assembles an elite team of skilled agents and operatives: Melinda May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and new recruit/computer hacker Skye. Together, they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. But every answer unearths even more tantalizing questions that reverberate across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe: Who is "The Clairvoyant"? What is Hydra's sinister master plan; what dark secret lies behind Skye's puzzling origins, and most importantly of all, who can be trusted?
Cast: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grand Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.
Journey Into S.D.C.C. - Hop on the bus and share the thrill of a lifetime as the series makes its first ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, where the cast is welcomed with open arms by a sea of enthusiastic fans
Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe TV Special
5 Behind-The-Scenes Field Reports - Get exclusive access to the show's classified sets for the making of some of your favorite episodes
- "The Malibu Jump"
- "The Bridge"
- "Asgardian Bar Fight"
- "Cello Duet"
VFX Breakdowns - Explore the layers of effects in sequences with split-frame comparisons to the final version
Audio Commentaries with Filmmakers & Cast
Writers: Varies by Episodes
Executive Producers: Joss Whedon ("Marvel's The Avengers", "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"), Maurissa Tancharoen ("Dollhouse", "Spartacus", "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog"), Jed Whedon ("Dollhouse", Spartacus", "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog"), Jeffrey Bell ("Angel", "X- Files", "Alias") and Jeph Loeb ("Heroes", "Lost", "Smallville")
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Rating: TV PG
Run Time: Approx. 946 minutes; 22 episodes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, 16x9 Widescreen
Audio: Blu-ray: 5.1 DTS-HDMA, DVD: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages: English Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French