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Deadline is reporting that American-born Chinese superstar Daniel Wu (Overheard, That Demon Within, Don't Go Breaking My Heart) has signed on to star in and serve as executive producer on AMC's new drama series Badlands. Based loosely on the classic Chinese story Journey To The West, Badlands casts Wu as Sunny, a ruthless, martial arts warrior who embarks on a cross-country odyssey with a young lad in tow, in search of spiritual enlightenment.David Dobkin (The Judge, Wedding Crashers) will direct the six-part series, which will also star Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger and Oliver Stark and was created by Smallville scribes Al Gough and Miles Millar.While the need for yet another screen adaptation of the Journey to the West is up for debate, this is great...
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Wu will play Sunny, a ruthless warrior who teams up with a young boy to traverse dangerous lands and find enlightenment. He will also executive produce the six-episode series, which was ordered by the network in July and is set for a late 2015 or 2016 release.
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The Chinese-American actor has starred in over 60 films, including “City of Glass” and “Around the World in 80 Days.” Wu also won the 2006 Hong Kong prize for »
- Travis Reilly
According to THR, Manu Bennett (Arrow, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies) has booked a series regular role on MTV's Shannara TV series. The 45 year-old Kiwi actor will play a character named Allanon, who will serve as a mentor of sorts to the hero of the tale, Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler). The site describe Allanon as "a wise, perceptive and serious man, who knows something incredibly important has begun when the wise tree Ellcrys starts to die." Poppy Drayton (Downton Abbey, When Calls The Heart) will play Amberle, an Elf princess. Jon Favreau and Smallville duo Al Gough and Miles Millar will produce the show, which is based on the 20-strong series of novels (there has been one graphic novel also - The Dark Wraith Of Shannara - published back in 2008) in Terry Brooks' Shannara saga. The story is set after the destruction of our civilization in »
With rumours arriving that The Walking Dead spin-off may be a prequel, hot on the heels of the news that Syfy is pursuing a series about Superman's grandfather, titled Krypton, there are officially no more jokes. Anything you might say about making a comic book series set some ridiculous amount of time before the real story starts happening, can and will be seriously considered as a pitch by some network, somewhere.
A Newsroom-style series about The Daily Planet before Clark Kent started working there? A psychological procedural featuring Dr. Harleen Quinzel but no Joker? A jungle-set adventure series about Gorilla Grodd's granddad? We could keep going until the phone rings and someone makes us an offer for a pilot, but that would be an unnecessary amount of pre-amble before getting to the point, »
Big, ambitious and more than a little weird, Syfy’s “Ascension” is being billed as a three-night limited-event series, which is misleading at best. That’s in part because this strange project ultimately feels more like a teaser for the hoped-for series to come, as its intriguing premise carries through the first two chapters before beginning to unravel in the third. Those who board the flight will likely be curious enough to want to see the trip through to its conclusion, but while there are strands of “Battlestar Galactica” in the project’s DNA, the idea never ascends to that level.
Granted, it’s not every day that you run across a miniseries rooted in the 1960s, and a super-secret century-long mission — birthed during the Kennedy administration — to launch an ark filled with 600 people, into space. Fifty-one years later, two generations have grown up aboard the facility, adopting their own unique rituals and culture, »
- Brian Lowry
Following the release of Gotham it seems DC are looking to go back to the roots of their other cape-wearing icon, as Syfy announce Krypton. Set on the planet of Superman’s birth, this takes place when Smallville was just a smattering of particles in the ether and focuses on Jor-El’s grandfather. As you may recall the setting was depicted in the Christopher Reeve movies as a land of crystals and stuffy politicians, and the storyline – developed by Batman V.Superman’s David S.Goyer and Once Upon A Time‘s Ian Goldberg – appears to follow a more serious template than simple flying about and rescuing attractive journalists.
The whole point of Superman is that he is an exceptional figure amongst mortals, so how a drama located on a world chock full of Kryptonians will play out remains to be seen. Nevertheless, this is the latest in a trend »
- Steve Palace
Based on the sprawling book series by Terry Brooks, “Shannara” will follow Butler as Wil Ohmsford, who is half elf. When he learns that he is the last of the magical Shannara family, he must set out to find the Druid who holds the key to his future. “Shannara” takes place centuries after Earth’s current civilization destroyed itself in a nuclear holocaust. MTV’s take on the saga will begin with the second book in the series, “The Elfstones of Shannara.”
MTV ordered 10 episodes of the series in July, hoping to establish a “Lord of the Rings”-type franchise for the network. Brooks’ novels have undergone many attempts at Hollywood development since “The Sword of Shannara,” the first in the series, was published in the late 1970s. »
- Marianne Zumberge
The Mask. I read the name with dread. ‘Oh, Great Maker,’ said I to myself in a pseudo-Russian accent. ‘This does not bode well.’
Then I watched it.
Bullock has witty and powerful dialogue inside an already superb script. The action is well paced, the plot thoughtful and detailed. It has good character development and exploration. Fish Mooney and Oswald are back on form. Selina Kyle isn’t totally annoying. Even the scenes with Bruce are compelling viewing. Also, they use the word ‘asshat’. Twice.
Folks, Gotham is on-form! Go watch the show – but from here there are incoming spoilers.
Before I delve any further, I’d like to talk about an important threshold Gotham just crossed: it became reflexive, meaning it started to refer to itself. For a brief, almost throw-away moment Gordon is speaking with Captain Essen about the general weirdness, asking ‘when it became normal’. Fascinating stuff! »
This week's big comic book movie news comes courtesy of Warner Bros., who just announced the all-star cast of the upcoming film Suicide Squad. The biggest revelation was probably that Jared Leto will have the unenviable task of following Heath Ledger's legendary turn as The Joker (opposite Christian Bale's Batman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight), but it was also announced that Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne will round out the cast. The film will be directed by David Ayer, whose most recent flick was the Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf-fronted WWII tank epic Fury, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Barry has to deal with a Woman whose touch can turn anything or anyone into an explosive, while also trying to dissuade Iris from continuing her blogs about his heroic alter-ego.
Okay so it was bound to happen sooner or later, but we finally have an average episode of The Flash (but that doesn’t mean that it is bad). This show has had a very strong start to it’s maiden-run (more than most shows do), which has made me wonder if a mediocre episode was even possible (and the closest I have seen before now was ’things you can’t outrun’ and that was still good). But this episode had a lot of potential and some really cool moments but ultimately it was a let-down, feeling flat and dull overall when it shouldn’t have been either of those. »
Whilst Marvel might have the monopoly on the superhero movie, DC are well out in front when it comes to television series’. Both Flash and Arrow have produced great viewing figures for CW, and even Gotham, which is over at Fox, has had a more interesting first half-series than that of Agents of Shield. Not wanting to miss out on the action CBS are hard at work on bringing the next DC character, Supergirl, to the small screen.
There was of course an ill-advised film of Supergirl released in 1984 which saw Helen Slater don the tights and cape. The now departed Smallville also featured the character of Kara wherein the role was played by Laura Vandervoort. But who will play the flying female this time around? The new production is currently in its test-shoot phase with one actress in particular getting a lot of attention, step forwards Claire Holt.
- Kat Smith
With Warner Bros and DC Comics announcing the all-star cast for David Ayer's Suicide Squad film this week, it seems like the perfect time to cast an eye over the lesser-known team from the world of Batman and Superman.
What is the Suicide Squad?
Task Force X - better known as the 'Suicide Squad' - is a government-sanctioned team of convicted super-felons who serve as 'deniable assets', performing high-risk black-ops missions for the government. They are offered commuted sentences in return.
The team operates out of Belle Reve prison under the control of hard-nosed agent Amanda Waller, who keeps the motley crew of villains on a tight leash with remote explosive devices that can be detonated at any time. »
“The Flash” has gotten off to a fast start in more ways than one, but in hindsight, that shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. After all, those responsible for the show were able to devise their comics-to-screen formula working on “Arrow,” the sister DC/CW/Warner Bros. property used to launch the franchise, and they have managed to replicate that in most respects, with a lighter tone and (in Grant Gustin) an extremely appealing and likable lead.
As a result, the inevitable “Flash”-“Arrow” crossover – airing on consecutive nights, Dec. 2 and 3 – does a nifty job of bringing the two series together, although probably not in a manner likely to boost the shared audience between them much more than already exists.
- Brian Lowry
Welcome to casting rumour corner, where so many pinches of salt are doled out that pepper is beginning to feel woefully neglected. However, this rumour does at least have a ring of plausibility about it.
Picking up a familiar face from a sister network to try and sway a few viewers into checking out your new show? Sounds like TV network exec logic to us. That's no slight against Holt herself, mind.
The show, »
Before Arrow's Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) joined a superhero team to save the day with her computer skills, the CW had another blonde It wiz on another superhero team—Smallville's future Watchtower, Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack). But Chloe is about to trade in her super friends and tech genius for a much more serious case. E! News can reveal that Mack has just been cast on Fox's serial killer thriller The Following. So will she be a friend or foe to Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon)? Mack will play Hillary, a naive, small town police officer caught up in Ryan Hardy's hunt for a serial killer. She will appear in at least one episode of the Fox drama this season. Mack tweeted »
Longmire wrapped up its third season earlier this year on A&E. Apparently it wasn't renewed at that time since Netflix has just announced that Longmire Season 4 is on the way. The 10 episode arc is set to hit the streaming service in 2015 and will be produced in conjunction with Warner Horizon Television. The contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick), Lou Diamond Phillips (Southland, La Bamba), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Adam Bartley (Justified). Hit the jump for more on Longmire Season 4. Here's the official synopsis: Season four of Longmire picks up moments after season three’s exciting finale. Walt Longmire (series star Robert Taylor), having found »
- Evan Dickson
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently revealed that had Chris Pratt turned down the role of Star-Lord, he and Marvel would have made an offer to Glenn Howerton. At this point, it's hard to imagine anyone turning down Marvel for any reason except other contractual obligations or scheduing conflicts. Said Gunn, "Glenn came along a little bit later, but there was a good chance that, if I didn't cast Chris, that I would've cast Glenn Howerton in the role." That's interesting considering the long, Long, Long list of candidates initially in the running for the role. To be exact, Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises »
Director: Glen Winter
Synopsis: The Flash stops a robbery but the culprits get away after shooting a guard, and Barry chooses to save the man instead of following the criminals. Joe shows Barry a book of suspects and Barry identifies Leonard Snart (guest star Wentworth Miller, “Prison Break”) as the leader of the group. While investigating the case, Barry gets a surprise visit from an old friend –Felicity Smoak, who heard about his new abilities and came to check them out for herself. She joins him at S.T.A.R. Labs to help stop Snart after it’s revealed that Snart his gotten his hands on a stolen “cold gun,” which could kill The Flash.
- Ben Read
From HBO’s Game of Thrones to Starz’s Outlander, high-fantasy series are increasingly in demand on the small screen. This past summer, MTV announced its intentions to get in on the action, ordering a 10-episode first season of Shannara, based on Terry Brooks’ massive fantasy book series. Now, the first bit of casting news for the show has emerged, with word that Downton Abbey actress Poppy Drayton has landed a lead role.
Shannara is set thousands of years in the future, long after our civilization has been destroyed, and follows the Shannara family, whose descendants possess an ancient magic. Their dangerous adventures have the potential to dramatically change the world they live in. This first season, which is written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, will adapt The Elfstones of Shannara, the second book in Brooks’ series.
Drayton will play Amberle Elessedil, an Elven Princess. Strong-willed, quick-witted and physically agile, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Flash goes up against a Man who can physically clone himself multiple times, only to find that his own doubts and his need for calories are slowing him down.
So after a strong pilot episode, how does the second installment of The Flash‘s first season hold up? Very good actually, though there are a few niggles but that is to be expected with a show this young.
So after we have another open narration from Barry, this time poking fun at the numerous Hero monologues that we have heard time and again in the past. We get a cool sequence where the Flash saves a group of civilians from a burning building, before looking somewhat drained by the whole endeavour (which we find out is that Barry has to consume a much larger amount »
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