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One of the staples of a Marvel movie is the Stan Lee cameo. He’s been in all the McU movies to date, all five Spider-Mans, both Fantastic Fours, two X-Mens, Hulk, and Daredevil. But he never shows up as the same character twice… or so we thought. The Stan Lee theory posits that the Marvel […]
- Angie Han
Sin City “Hard Goodbye”
Originally serialized in Dark Horse Presents #51-62
Written and drawn by Frank Miller
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Full spoilers for the “Hard Goodbye” Sin City story
If you’ve read any of Frank Miller’s comics, you’re probably familiar with some of his most beloved tropes found in his work from Daredevil to Holy Terror, including pudge-faced, long coated wearing anti-heroes, prostitutes, a crapsack urban setting, and hardboiled voice-over narration that ranges from unintentionally hilarious (“ Sin City, she’s a big, bad broad flat on her back begging for it and I take her for all she’s worth and then I take her again and still she’s begging.”) to tight and poignant (“Worth dying for. Worth killing for. Worth going to hell for. amen.”) In “Hard Goodbye”, Miller plays with these tropes and devices like a kid with his favorite action figures, »
- Logan Dalton
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »
- Darren Franich
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Gotham, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash, Arrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America 3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, The Defenders, Avengers Assemble, Big Hero 6, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Powers and more….
Fox got the new small screen superhero TV season underway this past Monday with the premiere of the hotly-anticipated Batman prequel series Gotham, which enjoyed strong ratings, pulling a 3.2 rating with adults aged 18-49, and 8.2 million viewers from its highly competitive time slot. The pilot episode seemed to have a lot of admirers, although Flickering Myth’s Anthony Stokes and Anghus Houvouras were both unimpressed – check out their reviews here and here. And looking ahead, we’ve got three promos for the second episode entitled ‘Selina Kyle’, which you can see here and here, »
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to fun roles in Joss Whedon's The Avengers and Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and to a lesser extent Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2), Black Widow has been firmly and successfully centered as the female lead of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. But what you may not know is that there was actually a Black Widow movie in development long before Scarlett Johansson tried on her first pair of stingers... and it was killed by one of the uglier box office bombs of the last decade. Comic Book Resources has a full breakdown Black Widow's long flirtation with live action - which actually dates back to an attempted Daredevil/Black Widow television show back in the 1970s - but the more interesting details are about the Black Widow movie that nearly got made back in 2004. At the time, actor/screenwriter David Hayter »
Ben Affleck and Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil movie doesn't get lot of love from the fans because it was kind of a terribly made film. Marvel knows this, so they aren't going to make the same mistakes this time around when developing their Netflix series.
Marvel television executive Jeph Loeb was interviewed by Kfi Am 640, and during the interview he used the opportunity to comfort the fans of the comic who hated the movie saying:
"When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie. If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that's really what television and our films really do is that we take the best. »
- Joey Paur
"When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie," he said in an interview with L.A. radio station Kfi Am 640. He continued, "If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that's really what television and our films really do is that we take the best....We hope and we're very confident that this is the beginning of something that's very exciting on Netflix."
On the tone and scope or the Daredevil series, as well as the other Defenders-based »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Marvel Exec Assures Fans That Daredevil Won’t Be Like the Film. Everyone may have remembered how much of a failure Ben Affleck’s film Daredevil was in 2003 but rest assured, Marvel TV executive Jeph Loeb won’t make the same mistakes on Netflix’s take on the blind [...]
Continue reading: Daredevil: Marvel Exec Says The Series Is Nothing Like the Movie »
- Mufsin Mahbub
In an interview with Los Angeles' Kfi Am 640, Marvel's Head of Television Jeph Loeb was asked how Netflix's Daredevil series starring Charlie Cox will be different compared to the 2003 Ben Affleck film. Loeb says the show will be nothing like the movie, and will be more like the comics. When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie. »
- Jesse Giroux
With Marvel set to give us our first look at its Netflix series Daredevil at the New York Comic Con next month, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb has taken a moment to discuss the upcoming show during an interview on Kfi Am 640 (via ComicBook), stating that fans wanting to know what they’re not doing with Daredevil need look no further than the 2003 feature film starring Ben Affleck.
“When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we’re not doing, go watch the movie. If you want to know what we’re doing, it’s very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that’s really what television and our films really do is that we take the best… »
- Gary Collinson
When Ben Affleck took the role of Batman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," he often spoke about his "Daredevil" movie, stating that it's one of the big negatives in his career. Marvel is now hard at work on a "Daredevil" Netflix TV series and promises that it won't make the same mistakes the movie made. "When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie," said Marvel's Jeph Loeb. "If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own. We hope and we're very confident that this is the beginning of something that's very exciting on Netflix." Loeb went on to answer a question fans have been asking »
"When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie.
If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that's really what television and our films really do is that we take the best....We hope and we're very confident that this is the beginning »
- Garth Franklin
Our weekly round-up of the latest superhero news and talking points, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Punisher, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, Venom, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Superman Returns, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Lucifer, Supergirl, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Powers and more…
It looks like Marvel Studios is gearing up to kick off the promotion for next year’s sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, with this week bringing us the first official synopsis for Joss Whedon’s eagerly-anticipated follow-up to his 2012 blockbuster, which reads as follows:
“Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, »
- Gary Collinson
Deadpool isn't dead after all. The long rumored X-Men spinoff has been given a release date of Feb. 12, 2016. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news Thursday. It's likely that Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role, although no deal is set. Tim Miller will direct the Marvel Comics movie. Reynolds played human Wade Wilson in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (co-starring Hugh Jackman), while actor Scott Adkins played Deadpool after Wilson was transformed into a fast-healing mercenary. The talkative and humorous anti-hero first appeared in Marvel Comics' New Mutants #98 (Feb. 1991) Twentieth Century Fox hired Miller in 2011. He's done visual effects for X-Men, X-Men 2 and Daredevil. »
We have a look at some of the more obscure comic book movie ideas which nearly made it to the big screen…
We've recently been investigating the pile of nearly-made-its in the ever-growing world of cinematic comic book adaptations. You could be forgiven for thinking Hollywood will strap wads of cash to any old comic book writer who stumbles past their door, but so far we’ve written approximately 5,000 words that say otherwise.
First, we delved into DC’s chequered past and found heaps of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman projects that we’ll sadly never get to see (and some other projects we’re quite glad we’ll never have to sit through). We then did the same for Marvel, unearthing plans for a Paul McCartney Silver Surfer rock opera, James Cameron’s bizarre Spider-Man script ideas and an amazingly-cast Dazzler animation from the 1980s.
Now, we turn our »
The Wrap has word of seven actresses who are trying out for a major role on True Detective this week. According to an exclusive report from writer Jeff Sneider, those auditioning for the HBO drama include: Rosario Dawson, Jessica Biel, Brit Marling and Malin Akerman. Rounding out this list of potential tryouts include the lesser-known Jaimie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) and Kelly Reilly (Flight).
According to Sneider, these actors will be reading for Nic Pizzolatto, the creator and screenwriter of True Detective. Sneider says that Dawson is a favourite, aided by a stellar recent track record working on Danny Boyle’s Trance, Chris Rock’s Tiff favorite Top Five and Netflix’s Daredevil series. Meanwhile, being a Puerto Rican actor in a show that takes place in California (and where all of the other rumored stars are white) could be an advantage over the other choices, »
- Jordan Adler
While Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams are said to still be in the running for the female lead in Season 2 of True Detective, creator Nic Pizzolatto and HBO are having a difficult time finding just the right actress to take on the part, and are holding another round of auditions, which includes 7 other actresses, a few more well known than the others.
The network needs to make a decision soon as True Detective gears up for production and a 2015 return date. The Wrap has learned who has been invited back to read for the coveted role this week, though HBO has no comment on the casting as of yet.
True Detective Season 2 will take place in »
In the comics, Stick has the abilities of radar sense, acute hearing, taste, touch, smell, telepathy,and the ability to drain life energy from another person.
"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 the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such »
- Michael Stevens
In another move that shows how much inspiration the upcoming Daredevil Netflix series will draw from Frank Miller’s run in the comics, Marvel has cast Scott Glenn (The Hunt for Red October, Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, the mysterious martial artist famous for training both Elektra and the titular Man Without Fear.
Stick was created by Miller in 1981, where he’s depicted as a blind master martial artist who not only teaches a young Matt Murdock how to fight, but how to control his senses and develop his “radar sense.” Stick is also revealed to be the leader of a warrior order called The Chaste that regularly fought with a mercenary group known as The Hand.
- James Garcia
Marvel Studios is planning on revealing lots of new details about their upcoming Daredevil series at New York Comic Con next month, but showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight already shared a few things about it with Paste Magazine. In a recentinterview he offers a little tease of their vision for the man without fear.
"With this version of Daredevil we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the shit beat out of him. That's one thing that makes him a great character. He's not super strong. He's not invulnerable. In every aspect, he's a man that's just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal humans. He is human. The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he's one »
- Joey Paur
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