18 items from 2016
It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »
After Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns, few creative types have had as big an influence over the current state of superhero TV than Brian Michael Bendis. Netflix's current line of Marvel Comics shows may as well be called the Bendis Cinematic Universe, since in the comics he co-created Jessica Jones, promoted Luke Cage from Marvel's C-list into the vital character he is today, and wrote one of the definitive modern Daredevil runs. (He also put Iron Fist into the Avengers, though it remains to be seen what comics influences his upcoming Netflix show will draw upon.) He's also co-creator of Powers, a comic about human cops who investigate murders tied to superheroes and villains, and an executive producer of the TV version, which is in the midst of its second season on the PlayStation Network. And during an appearance at the Atx Television Festival earlier this month, Bendis let slip »
- Alan Sepinwall
Yesterday was a big day for Noah Hawley. Before the Fall, his fifth book — and his first since becoming the award-winning creator and showrunner of FX's Fargo — debuted to rave reviews(*) and a spot at the top of Amazon's bestseller list. And FX chose Hawley's publication date to officially order Legion — an X-Men spin-off of sorts (in the comics, the character is Professor X's son, but the show won't be connected to the films at all) starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, and Rachel Keller — to series. (*) I raced through my copy of the book — which cuts back and forth between the story of a man who survived a plane crash and the backstories of the passengers who died — then went back and reread large chunks of it again and again. It's fantastic. Part of Hawley's day involved an appearance at Word Bookstore in Jersey City, where we talked »
- Alan Sepinwall
I read your piece “The Case Against Dan Didio.”
I’m rarely impressed, but you wrote an impressive article. The attention to detail, footnotes, research and overall thoughtfulness you put into making your case was indeed extraordinary.
I’m a bit taken aback by your use of my article as the motivation to write yours. My article why are we still complaining about Dan Didio had little written about Mr. Didio. It certainly wasn’t a defense of his work nor a damning of it. He and others mentioned were only used to illustrate my outlook.
Much of what you wrote regarding my views and work can do with a bit of clarity. I fear what you’ve constructed in your narrative is somewhat unbalanced and frankly unfair.
For example, placing quotes around a word when no one is speaking gives the distinct impression you don’t believe, »
- Michael Davis
Have you ever attempted to make sense of the X-Men movie continuity? As in pick apart the entire timeline of events across the eight, soon to be nine films in the franchise? Of course not, you all have lives. You have friends and family and loved ones, and probably spend time with them. I, on the other hand, give a worrying amount of time over in my brain space to consider these things, and recent conversation with my good friend Lee Chrimes, ostensibly about the merits (or lack thereof) of the brand new X-Men: Apocalypse, led to a very deep exploration of X-Men chronology which drove us toward one inescapable conclusion: the writers have no idea, and are probably hoping we’re past the point of worrying about it. Well I have news for you, Simon Kinberg – this matters. »
- Tony Black
It seems like the Gambit movie has been in the works for a long, long time right now. They've had a star in place for well over a year with Channing Tatum, and the production is now on its second director. Still, the 20th Century Fox X-Men movie universe seems to be functioning just fine, with the recent success of Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse just weeks away, and Wolverine 3 just getting underway for a 2017 release.
“We’ve got to get the script right” he told Flickering Myth. “We just didn’t get the script to the place where we all thought the movie deserved. So we’re still working on the script. »
Back in May, 20th Century Fox closed a deal with The Fault In Our Stars filmmaker Josh Boone to write and direct the X-Men spinoff The New Mutants. Last month, the filmmaker revealed on his Instagram page that he had completed the second draft of the screenplay and turned it in to producer Simon Kinberg, which is essentially all we know for sure about the project. Over the past few days, the filmmaker has taken to his official Instagram page, revealing six of the mutant characters who will be featured in this superhero adaptation.
The characters revealed by the director through his Instagram page are Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot and Warlock. Oddly enough, this isn't the first time we've heard that Magik and Wolfsbane will be a part of the story. An unconfirmed rumor surfaced in March that claimed Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will play Wolfsbane, »
Details of filmmaker Josh Boone's "X-Men" spin-off film "New Mutants" have been scarce, but the writer-director has used his Instagram account today to seemingly tease the characters that will assemble as the young superhero team in the movie.
The artwork Boone has posted includes Mirage, Magik, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Warlock and Cannonball. This would fit in with the casting rumors around Magik and Wolfsbane that have already cropped up.
Source: Instagram »
- Garth Franklin
When I ran a recent report about some exciting cast attachments for Josh Boone’s upcoming The New Mutants, I also reported on which mutants you could expect to see in the film. Now it appears that Boone, who recently turned in his latest draft of the proposed new addition to the bigscreen X-Men universe, is dropping some big hints today on Instagram that confirm the characters I previously mentioned. What’s even more exciting are the additional characters he’s suggesting may show up in the movie. For me, the idea that Warlock is going to be built into the franchise from the beginning is terrific news. I wasn’t sure until now that he was part of the line-up, and I think it’s fair to say that is the best news I’ve heard about the film so far. As originally introduced in New Mutants #18, he was »
- Drew McWeeny
As a young comic fan growing up in New York State’s Finger Lakes Region, the tall tales and whispered rumors about the fabled NYC comic conventions were fascinating. They were a siren call. But the big city was so far away that I didn’t imagine, at that time, I’d ever make the trip to the Big Apple for a comic convention. Of course, my eight-year-old self would have been awestruck when years later, as a marketing professional, I’d work in NYC and would even help Reed Elsevier build the New York Comic Con.
Biking to Fay’s Supermarket one day, I noticed a flyer on the community bulletin board for something called the “Ithaca Comic Con.” Unlike New York City, this was only about 45 minutes away from my hometown. I urged my parents to make the trip. Maybe it was more nagging than urging, but it »
- Ed Catto
Deadpool did a sly job of helping set up the X-Men spinoff New Mutants. It introduced Negasonic Teenage Warhead as part of the team, and gave us a look at their uniforms without ever mentioning the Marvel outfit by name. While we don't know when The New Mutants movie is coming, it is definitely in the works at 20th Century Fox. Over the weekend, co-writer and director Josh Boone showed off the cover page to the script. And he had this to say.
"Cover of a certain script @knatelee and I turned in last night to @simondavidkinberg #newmutants second draft."
As you can see in the Instagram post from Josh Boone, Knate Lee co-wrote the script alongside the director. No story details have been revealed, but the movie has been called a Ya version of X-Men with a much younger cast. While it has never been confirmed, it is expected »
One of the many projects on the horizon in the X-Men cinematic universe, along with Deadpool 2 and Wolverine 3, is New Mutants, a film adaptation of Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod’s comic book series of the same name. Last year, Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) was hired to not only helm but also write the project, and since completing the first draft of the film’s screenplay in October, official details on the project have been few and far between. However, in a recent Instagram post, Boone announced that he and co-writer Knate Lee finished the second draft of the script.
“Cover of a certain script @knatelee and I turned in last night to @simondavidkinberg #newmutants second draft,” wrote the director for the caption that accompanied the picture below…
- Justin Cook
The New Mutants has been in the news a lot lately. And it is believed that this will be the next installment in Fox's Marvel series following X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Force. While Josh Boone, best known for The Fault in Our Stars, is confirmed as the director, there is precious little else that we actually know about the project. Today, Hitfix claims that the movie has found three of its leads. Though, none of this has been officially announced or confirmed by 20th Century Fox.
The biggest piece of casting intel revolves around Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams. She is said to have joined the project, and is the second Game of Thrones star to sign on as a Mutant following Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey (aka Phoenix) in this summer's X-Men: Apocalypse. The report goes onto claim that Maisie Williams will be playing Rahne Sinclair, the New Mutant otherwise known as Wolfsbane. »
For years, fans have argued whether there is any real difference between The New Mutants and X-Men. On the surface, it's the fact that The New Mutants are younger and in a class of their own. This summer's Apocalypse is actually introducing several iconic X-Men as New Mutants, incoming students at Charles Xavier's school for the gifted. We'll get to see Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm and Nightcrawler in their freshman year. And we met another New Mutant in Deadpool, with Negasonic Teenage Warhead confirmed to be wearing the official New Mutant uniform. But will we see any of these characters in the upcoming New Mutants movie? And if so, how will that be different from any other X-Men movie we've seen before?
Every few months or so we get a new rumour sprouting up suggesting that Marvel is developing a TV series based around this character or that character, and generally these rumours turn out to be little more than speculation, based upon the fact that Marvel is no doubt considering many of its virtually endless roster of superheroes for adaptations.
With that being said, we now have word on another potential series, with poster artist Ciara McAvoy taking to Twitter today to suggest that development is underway on a Captain Britain series. McAvoy posted the following image, with the caption “Who will be playing Brian Braddock in the upcoming tv series?”…
Pressed for more information, McAvoy stated that “I am being paid to do the promo poster so yes I’d say this is really happening. I can’t reveal anything yet but hopefully I’ll be able to soon. Waiting »
- Gary Collinson
Go check your phone or computer for the date. Did yours denote the year 2016? Mine did. In the immortal words of my muse, Bartholomew Simpson… “God-schmod, I want my monkey man!”
Now Bart was referencing a future in which humanity would have half-man/half-monkey hybrids as pets. While I too would love such an abomination on the open market, I come today in search of another future technology that seemingly should exist, but for whatever reason… isn’t. I come in search of a universally accepted streaming comic book service.
To date, I believe the most ubiquitous platform for digital comic book consumption is comixOlogy. They, like iTunes, offer an exhaustive catalog of periodicals of the pulpy nature. You find the ones you want, you purchase them, and you’re treated to enjoying them in a proprietary reader. Your digital library is always available to you, and can be read on desktops, »
- Marc Alan Fishman
A mutant, Gambit can mentally create, control and manipulate pure kinetic energy.
He is also skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat and the use of a bō.
Originally a professional thief, Gambit has shown a more vulnerable side of himself with the mutant 'Rogue'. Proud of his Louisiana heritage, he speaks in a thick Cajun accent.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Gambit'...
- Michael Stevens
Created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, the mutant character Gambit was first introduced to Marvel Comics in 1990, and while considered by many to be a controversial character, he certainly has developed his own dedicated fan-base (particularly in thanks to the animated show that began in 1992. With the X-Men franchise expanding, 20th Century Fox has spent years trying to capitalize on this popularity, but may now actually get to by giving the mutant hero his very own solo movie. But what.s the Gambit film going to be about? Who is it going to star? Who has been put in charge of making it? We answer all of those questions and more in this latest installment of our What We Know So Far guides. Read on and learn! The Director Though he wasn.t necessarily 20th Century Fox.s first choice for the gig (we.ll get more into that »
18 items from 2016
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