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Contrary to what broadcast television’s fall schedules might suggest, the revamped trend of using comicbooks as source material for TV shows has been hot for a while — even if the brains behind the networks’ programming slates have a hard time remembering that.
“It’s funny — if you talk to the people at the networks, they constantly forget that ‘The Walking Dead’ is based on a comicbook,” David Goyer, exec producer of NBC’s upcoming “Constantine” says of the hit AMC series. “I mean, constantly. ‘The Walking Dead’ is the most successful show on television, bar network, bar anything. That’s a massive statement.”
That’s because the highly rated zombie apocalypse drama, which is an adaptation of scribe Robert Kirkman’s Image Comics series, doesn’t feel like it came from a one-dimensional medium, argues comicbook author and “Batman: The Animated Series” alum Joe Lansdale — at least not in the stereotypical sense. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Every summer tells the same story: superheroes reign supreme at the global box office, with studios churning out sequel after reboot after prequel to capitalize on pop culture’s hottest trend. This year’s undisputed champion is Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which has raked in over $300 million domestically to date.
But while Marvel continues to dominate the big screen, rival publisher DC Comics is poised for a small screen coup. This fall, DC and Warner Bros. Television have three hotly anticipated comicbook properties slated to hit the air: the CW’s “Arrow” spinoff “The Flash”; NBC’s darker “Constantine” and Fox’s Batman prequel series “Gotham,” with CW procedural “iZombie” on deck for midseason. Looking ahead to next season, TNT is also nearing a pilot production order for “Titans,” a one-hour drama that will focus on DC’s younger heroes, while Fox just gave a put pilot production »
- Laura Prudom and Whitney Friedlander
Stars, executives and press braved the sweltering Los Angeles heat on Tuesday evening to toast NBC’s new television season, taking refuge in the air-conditioned wood and glass hideaway of Hollywood’s Hyde.
The atmosphere was cheery but comfortably low-key, fitting for a network in the midst of an enviable resurgence, having just emerged as the number one broadcaster for the entire year in the 18-49 demo for the first time since 2004.
NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt and entertainment president Jennifer Salke happily hobnobbed with press and talent all night, while guests nibbled on assorted tacos, risotto and croquettes. “Hannibal” showrunner Bryan Fuller was spotted chatting with “Constantine” executive producer David Goyer, while the young cast members of “Parenthood” and “About a Boy” hung out all night, even visiting the party’s gif booth.
Katims kids having fun at #NBCFallParty! @benjstockham @realtyreebrown @xolo_mariduena @nbcparenthood @nbcaboutaboy http://t.co/zkitjYkgjJ
— NBC »
- Laura Prudom
Updated With Corrected Membership Figures: TV writer and producer Shawn Ryan was the top vote-getter in the WGA West’s board election, which saw a turnout of 22.4% of the guild’s members casting ballots. Ryan, creator and showrunner of The Shield and The Chicago Code, got more votes than all of the incumbents in the race, with his name appearing on nearly 67% of the 1,835 ballots cast. The guild has more than 21,000 members, according to its latest filing with the Department of Labor. The guild said there were about 8,200 members eligible to vote.
All five incumbents — Chip Johannessen, Scott Alexander, Michael Oates Palmer, Katherine Fugate and Marjorie David — won re-election to two-year terms on the board. Fugate finished second in the voting, with her name appearing on 1,124 ballots (61.3%), followed by Johannessen (1,071, 58.4%); Alexander (965, 52.6%); Aaron Mendelsohn (964, 52.5%); David (952, 51.9%); Palmer (817, 44.5%); Jonathan Fernandez (722, 39.3%); and Peter Lefcourt, who was elected to a one-year term (648, 35.3%), filling the vacancy »
- David Robb, Special To Deadline
Ryan, creator and exec producer of “The Shield” and other shows, becomes a first-time member of the board after serving on the guild’s negotiating committee at recent bargaining with producers. He was the top vote-getter among the 17 candidates for nine open seats and said on his Twitter account that he was “very honored.”
Being serious now, very honored to be joining the @WGAWest Board of Directors… http://t.co/ILpQ0Xf8N7
— Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) September 17, 2014
Incumbent Katherine Fugate (“Valentine’s Day,” “Army Wives”) came in second, followed by “Homeland” exec producer Johannessen, an incumbent who co-chaired the contract negotiating committee this year with Billy Ray.
Incumbents Michael Oates Palmer, Marjorie David and Scott Alexander also were re-elected, along with former board members Peter Lefcourt and Aaron Mendelsohn. Newcomer Jonathan Fernandez also won a seat. »
- Dave McNary
According to Deadline, Fox have given a pilot commitment to Lucifer, with Californication creator and executive producer Tom Kapinos attached to develop the project for DC Comics and Warner Bros. The character was a supporting player in Neil Gaiman's Sandman (which Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer are currently trying to bring to the big screen), but he would later get his own pretty popular spin-off. The site adds that the TV series which Kapinos is also writing, "centers on Lucifer who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux." This Fall will see Arrow, Constantine, The Flash and Gotham all on TV, with Supergirl and a Nightwing led Titans series also on the way. Lucifer's adventures have taken place on Earth, Heaven and in »
In light of yesterday's (debunked) rumor that Batman V Superman's Batmobile had been stolen by Detroit locals, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder took to Twitter to continue the lighthearted joking between himself and Star Wars director Jj Abrams, but also revealed the criminals behind the attempt on Batman's favourite automobile: the Stormtroopers! Case closed. pic.twitter.com/fVyENoksFp — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 13, 2014 Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Zack Snyder will direct. It's written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. The film stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The cast also includes: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Will arrive in theaters March 25th, 2016. »
Warner Bros. Television makes another exciting return to New York Comic Con (Nycc) with three new eagerly anticipated series, including Gotham (Mondays, 8/7c on Fox), Forever (Tuesdays, 10/9c on ABC), and Constantine (Fridays 10/9c, on NBC), in addition to returning hits The Following (Midseason on Fox) and Person of Interest (Tuesdays, 10/9c on CBS).
Confirmed to attend New York Comic Con 2014 for panel sessions with fans include Constantine stars Matt Ryan and Angélica Celaya, along with executive producer David S. Goyer; Gotham stars Ben McKenzie, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor and Erin Richards; Forever stars Ioan Gruffudd and Alana De La Garza, along with executive producer Matthew Miller; The Following's Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore and executive producer Marcos Siega; Person of Interest's James Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Amy Acker and Kevin Chapman, along with executive producer Greg Plageman.
For the second year at Nycc, Warner Bros. Television will »
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Zack Snyder will direct. It's written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. The film stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The cast also includes: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Will arrive in theaters March 25th, 2016. »
Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a "terrifying force of nature". The film is set in the present day, fifteen years after the unearthing of two chrysalises in a mine in the Philippines. From the pods come two giant radiation-eating creatures, known as "MUTOs", which cause great damage in Japan, Hawaii and the western United States. Their awakening also stirs a much larger, destructive, ancient alpha predator known as "Godzilla", whose existence has been kept secret by the U.S. government since 1954. It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is credited to Max Borenstein but includes contributions from David Callaham, David S. Goyer, Drew Pearce, and Frank Darabont. »
Several times during Zack Snyder.s Man of Steel, particularly during the more heinously destructive sequences, it seemed like screenwriter David S. Goyer was more inspired by Rob Liefeld.s morally inept superhero Supreme than the Superman that everyone else grew up with. Snyder' flick made over $650 million, so it should surprise no one that Liefeld has been getting calls from Hollywood about securing the rights to his Supreme comic series. That is, unless your superpower is being surprised by everything. Liefeld took to Twitter for a little humblebragging, saying that not just one but two studios had their literature departments call him about film rights to Supreme, all in the same week. Can we assume Fox, Disney, Sony and Warner Bros. aren.t involved, given their ties to the more marquee names of the comic world? Ponder that while taking a peek at Liefeld.s tweet. So that's Two »
Following yesterday's set photos revealing Batman's Bat-mobile in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder took to Twitter to unveil an official photo of the superhero's epic vehicle. This close-up of the heavy metal beast is set in a dark warehouse and showcases the massive turret on the front of it. Take a look.
Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile. http://t.co/47beaZqr6fpic.twitter.com/Ez1ILa8JeE
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 11, 2014
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Superman and Batman. It is the intended sequel to 2013's Man of Steel and the second installment in the DC Cinematic Universe. Zack Snyder is directing the film, written by Chris Terrio, from a story by Snyder and David S. Goyer. It is to star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, »
Earlier today we posted some set photos of the batmobile from Zack Snyder's highly anticipated "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Seems that Snyder was too thrilled about the set photos, so he went on Twitter to reveal the official photo for Bruce Wayne's ride and yes it looks pretty awesome.
Set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.
Check out the photo below.
Here’s a real picture of the #Batmobile. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Seriously though, how much longer will Jason Momoa have to deny he's Aqumana in Bvs? I think his facial expression says it all. This is as close as you'll get to officially seeing Jason Momoa as Aquaman... for now. pic.twitter.com/bOYeBALGq8 — Superhero Report (@SuperheroReport) September 10, 2014 Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Zack Snyder will direct. It's written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. The film stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The cast also includes: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Will arrive in theaters March 25th, 2016 »
The spy pics just keep on coming!
Hot on the heels of a sweet overhead shot of the Millennium Falcon out on the town from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, we now also have a bunch of shots of another iconic Hollywood vehicle- The Batmobile.
Batman's legendary ride is seeing some action on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice lately, so it was only a matter of time before photos flooded the net. What's interesting about the design of the vehicle is how it fuses together different design philosophies from Batmobiles past and present. When the initial teases came out, some people speculated it would look like a cross between the Burton Batmobile, and Nolan's Tumbler. It would appear that anyone that thought that was right on the money.
Here, see for yourself:
New Image of the Batmobile! pic.twitter.com/tIp5hq4R »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
"...'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' is directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. The film stars Henry Cavill as 'Superman/Clark Kent' and Ben Affleck as 'Batman/Bruce Wayne'. Cast also includes Amy Adams as 'Lois Lane', Laurence Fishburne as 'Perry White', Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent', Jesse Eisenberg as 'Lex Luthor', Ray Fisher as 'Cyborg' and Gal Gadot as 'Wonder Woman/Diana Prince'..."
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- Michael Stevens
Now you see me! Yesterday, Nicole Yioupis tweeted the image that you can view below along with the message, "Just met Jesse Eisenberg from The Social Network and had a conversation with him. Cool." As we know from recent Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set photos, Jesse is filming his 'Lex Luthor' scenes at the moment. What's interesting about the image is that the hair on top of Jesse's head does not look natural at all. I would imagine it is a wig of some sort. Perhaps to cover up a freshly shaved head? What do you think? Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Zack Snyder will direct. It's written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. The film stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The cast also includes: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, »
Juliet Blake, producer of The Hundred-Foot Journey, is bringing Neil Gaiman's graphic novel Hansel & Gretel to the big screen. As the title suggests, the graphic novel is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
Perhaps the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters didn't leave you with much appetite for this fairy tale, but something tells us that this adaptation will be a lot different. After all, Gaiman is the author of works like Coraline and Stardust, which have successful adaptions.
Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti and to be released in October, Hansel & Gretel follows the story of a brother and sister who discover a candy house that's actually a trap for kids set up by a wicked witch. The adaptation will be live-action.
Gaiman said in a press release that "retelling Hansel and Gretel was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, »
- Laura Frances
Director David Fincher ("Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") has a new movie coming out fairly soon, Gone Girl. It stars Ben Affleck ("Argo"), and he is beginning to do some press for it. Recently, the New York Times chatted with the Affleck and got him to yap a bit about Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He describes Chris Terrio's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice script as "really unique to the genre and really smart." And despite fans initially criticizing Warner Bros. for choosing Affleck to be the next Bruce Wayne/Batman the actor says he is "having a blast" on set. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Zack Snyder will direct. It's written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. The film stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The cast also includes: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, »
Sneak Peek new images from the Detroit, Michigan set of "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice", revealing actor Henry Cavill as 'Superman' aka 'Clark Kent', preparing for a TV report surrounded by police, plus take another look @ teaser footage from Comic-Con:
"Zack Snyder is directing the film, written by Chris Terrio, from a story by Snyder and David S. Goyer, starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter..."
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- Michael Stevens
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