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The previously announced "Flash"/"Arrow" spin off show, "Legends of Tomorrow" finally has a release date and a new, extended series trailer. "Legends of Tomorrow" will premiere on The CW at 8/9C on Thursday January 21, 2016. The series will be introduced on the upcoming "Flash"/"Arrow" crossover event December 1 and 2, and will run for 15 episodes. The show will follow the journey of eight heroes: The A.T.O.M., Heatwave, Captain Cold, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, White Canary and Rip Hunter, as they attempt to stop Vandal Savage from taking over the entire planet. Check out the new, extended trailer below: “When heroes alone are not enough…the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, »
- Lauren Gallaway
The CW has released the first trailer for the eagerly anticipated new superhero show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, a spin off from both Arrow And The Flash, which features Rip Hunter leading a time-traveling team of heroes to confront an unstoppable threat to the planet… and to time itself.
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh »
- Phil Wheat
Warner Bros. Pictures
Man Of Steel had a lot going for it. Free from the continuity of the past Donner films that weighed down 2006’s Superman Returns, it promised a darker tone with an actual villain to fight instead of a repetitive Lex Luthor real estate scam. People felt Returns was too silly, too referential, so DC and Warner Bros. turned hard in the opposite direction, creating a Krypton that felt nothing like the past movies and a Superman who, rather than being an insufferable boy scout, was willing to take a life to save another’s.
Fans, critics, and creators (most notably Mark Waid) reacted pretty negatively.
After the failure of Green Lantern, their last attempt to jump start their superhero films toward an eventual Justice League blockbuster, it was clear to DC and Warner that in order to save the franchise, they’d have to be bold. Enter Batman, »
- Trevor Gentry-Birnbaum
If anything, Supergirl is more connected to the original 1978 Superman, a story that was continued in 2006's Superman Returns. And it does not exist in the same universe as this spring's epic blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So the show is getting to have some fun with the iconic DC superhero. The latest trailer for this week's upcoming episode even teases the return of Kara Zor-El's more famous cousin. But will we ever really get to see his face?
Superman probably won't have much of a presence in the all-new episode Fight or Flight. But the plot is directly tied to his legacy. In this next installment, Supergirl's powers are tested when Reactron, one of Superman's formidable enemies, arrives in National City and targets the young hero. Also happening? Cat plans to run an expose on Supergirl. And Peter Facinelli guest stars as tech entrepreneur Maxwell Lord. »
The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).
It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best. »
The trio has signed a deal with rights holders Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo of Kirmser Ponturo Group. The untitled project will focus on Louis’ historic two fights with German boxer Max Schmeling.
Joe Louis Barrow II, the son of the fighter, signed his father’s life rights to Kirmser Ponturo Group in 2013 and will also produce.
Originally intended as a stage play, Eisenberg approached Kirmser and inquired as to the project’s present status, then pitched the idea of a film and brought in Duke and Adler as his partners, and the deal was made.
Joe Louis became a symbolic figure in boxing during early global tensions leading to World War II, becoming among the first U.S. black cultural heroes. Schmeling was exploited as Hitler »
- Dave McNary
Born just days before Halloween, filmmaker Michael Dougherty has always had an affinity for the spooky holiday. After breaking into the business by co-writing X2: X-Men United, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and Superman Returns with Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty set out on his own to make his directorial debut with the horror anthology Trick 'r Treat, long before the format was back en vogue. Despite getting rave reviews from the festival circuit in 2007 and 2008, Warner Bros. decided to forgo a theatrical release, instead debuting it on DVD back in 2009. It became an immediate cult classic, with some starting annual traditions of watching Trick 'r Treat every year on October 31.
Trick 'r Treat tells four separate stories, all set on Halloween night in the same town, as it's revealed how each of these completely different characters' stories are connected to one another. Lurking in the shadows for each of these tales is Sam, »
Fans of the 2007 horror anthology Trick 'r Treat can now enjoy an early Halloween goodie in the form of Legendary Comics' Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead, a graphic novel containing four eclectic Halloween horror stories and featuring Sam, one of cinema's ultimate enforcers of All Hallow's Eve traditions. For our latest Q&A feature, Daily Dead caught up with two of the comic's co-writers, Todd Casey and Zach Shields, who discussed creating Days of the Dead, co-writing Michael Dougherty's upcoming Krampus film, and much more.
Where did the idea for Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead originate?
Todd Casey: I came late to the party, so I'll defer to the others on this. But my assumption is that people have been waiting a long time for Trick 'r Treat 2 (Mike included) and a comic made sense as a way to begin welcoming people back into that world. »
- Derek Anderson
Ricky Church on whether nostalgia can be a bad thing…
Last week Star Wars: The Force Awakens released its final trailer and crashed many theater sites in its sale of tickets, literally breaking the Internet. The reception of the trailer has been overwhelmingly positive, stirring the emotions of a grown adult to make them feel like a child again while raising excitement of this film to whole new levels. The Flickering Myth team discussed our reactions to the trailer and one word that was thrown around a lot here, and among various other sites and forums, was the word ‘nostalgia’.
Everyone agreed the trailer was full of nostalgic moments, from the music to various shots reminding you of the Original Trilogy’s magic, but there was some concern that there might have been too much nostalgia in the trailer, begging the question: can nostalgia be a bad thing?
- Ricky Church
There’s no denying that Batman is one of the most popular—arguably the most popular—comic book hero. The Nolan/Bale Batman trilogy was a financial and critical super hit. Naturally, the Bat is going to figure prominently in DC/Warner Bros plans for its shared universe. However, is he becoming too much of a crutch for the company as their plans move forward? Cinelinx looks at the movie version of Batman and whether he should be the dominate figure in the Dccu.
"The Bat Signal! DC needs me to save another film!"
It’s not unusual for a film studio to continue to rely on what’s worked in the past. That’s why we have so many sequels and remakes these days. DC/Warner Bros is using this tried-and-true philosophy in their cinematic universe by relying deeply on their heavy hitter, the Batman. Since they are mired »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Using an archive of the star’s recollections, Brando’s gradual decline from giant of the screen to bloated bit-part player is carefully teased out
Built upon Brando’s archive of self-analysing audio tapes, Stevan Riley’s intimate documentary gets under the actor’s skin to reveal a troubled, fragile, self-obsessed soul. From the triumphs of A Streetcar Named Desire to the cheque-collecting of The Formula (an earpiece meant he didn’t have to learn his lines), Brando is seen slipping gradually into the slough of disillusioned despond, accentuated by near-Shakespearean family tragedy. Significantly, Riley opens with Brando describing having his face electronically mapped to produce an avatar that speaks to us from beyond the grave (a la 2006’s Superman Returns), enabling Marlon to dispense with the drudgery of acting altogether. We hear of our subject’s sense of shock at Bernardo Bertolucci’s invasive insight in Last Tango in Paris »
- Mark Kermode Observer film critic
The Flickering Myth writing team discuss the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens…
Disney and Lucasfilm sent the internet into meltdown yesterday by releasing the full theatrical trailer for December’s massively-anticipated blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The latest glimpse at the film seemed to get the whole world talking, and of course the Flickering Myth team had plenty of thoughts…
Anghus Houvouras: There’s a line in the trailer from Kylo Ren while staring at Darth Vader’s scorched helmet… “I’ll finish what you started”. That line could easily be referring to J.J. Abrams, who appears to be obsessed with crafting a story from the discarded junk of the original trilogy. It may end up being a very entertaining movie, but everything about this trailer feels recycled. This is dumpster diving through nostalgia. Even a ho-hum trailer won’t dissuade me or »
- Gary Collinson
Last week, Marvel announced two new TV shows that have roots in the X-Men comics, FX's Legion and Fox's Hellfire. Surprisingly, the official announcements did not make any reference to X-Men, even though both shows will be produced by Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, who have spearheaded the beloved mutant movie franchise. TV Insider caught up with Legion series creator Noah Hawley, who confirmed that his show will not be immediately connected to the beloved movie universe.
"It's conceived more as a standalone. I don't want to say too much more about it on that level, but certainly it's not constructed as a back-door anything. It's more just that there's a story that I want to explore that has to fit into that larger universe, which is exciting. It's interesting; I do think that the show needs to stand on its own two feet. The people who »
Samuel Brace on the DC Bad Movie Myth…
There is a lie that is being perpetuated, a myth if you will, a myth tinged with vitriol that DC makes bad movies, exclusively bad movies, and that the new DC Extended Universe needs to save both them and their reputation. Time and time again it is being said that Batman v Superman Needs to be great because of the films that have come before it, that this is almost a last chance saloon for Batman and crew. This quite frankly makes no sense. Batman v Superman needs to be great — whatever you decide that means — because it needs to compete with a market that is saturated by competitors. That’s just how it is. It has nothing to do with a history of bad content. When it comes to this particular falsehood that has been created, the proof is in the pudding. »
- Samuel Brace
After playing Jimmy Olsen in “Superman Returns” and appearing in the “Veronica Mars” movie, Sam Huntington is back in business with Warner Bros., as he has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood‘s drama “Sully,” TheWrap has learned. Huntington has also landed a lead role in the romantic comedy “Second Nature” opposite Collette Wolfe. Eastwood’s movie stars Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who became an American hero when he landed his disabled jet on the Hudson River in 2009, saving the lives of everyone aboard. The incident was captured on video that was viewed around the world. “Sully” aims to go. »
- Jeff Sneider and Beatrice Verhoeven
Luke Owen looks at the failed franchise reboots…
Rebooting a franchise isn’t just an idea anymore, it’s a formula. If you have a pre-existing franchise with a pre-existing audience, reboot it. And then if that doesn’t work, just reboot it again. We live in a world where we have three different attempts at creating a sustaining Spider-Man franchise, both Neil Blomkamp and Ridley Scott are desperately trying to breathe life back into the Alien series and today we heard that Len Wiseman will directing a franchise reboot of Die Hard, said to be a prequel titled Die Hard: Year One.
The problem with this is that not every franchise reboot works. Christoper Nolan’s reboot to the Batman legend with his Dark Knight Trilogy, Daniel Craig’s Bond and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films are proof that it can be done, but they’re floating rafts »
- Luke Owen
Marvel announced today that they are developing two new TV shows with X-Men producers Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, for Fox and FX. Fox is developing Hellfire, which is only a working title at this point, while FX has issued a pilot order for Legion. Neither project has been branded as an X-Men series, but they both feature characters set within the same universe, based on characters from the Marvel comics.
Set in the late 1960s, Hellfire -- which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production -- follows a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires - known as "The Hellfire Club" - to take over the world. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who wrote an early version of the Star Trek Beyond script, »
Well, it looks like Fox has secured Marvel’s agreement to take the X-Men franchise to the small screen, as two X-Men TV pilots have officially been announced today by the studio and Marvel Television, with Hellfire set up at Fox TV and Legion at FX.
Hellfire will be set in the late 1960s. The series — which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production — follows a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as “The Hellfire Club” – to take over the world. Hellfire is a co-production of 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, co-created by Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Patrick McKay, and Jd Payne.
“We are thrilled to partner with Marvel to bring this world to television and build upon the vibrant mythology »
- Gary Collinson
However, Archer finds himself dragged into a much darker and treacherous world, with extremely high stakes.
"Archer is a compelling and complex character," said Riley. "He is a good guy struggling to reconcile his job as a policeman within the repressive Nazi machine.
The pint-sized burlap-clad Sam is back in the four-part graphic novel Days of the Dead from Michael Dougherty, the creator of Trick 'r Treat. Also: release details for Lavalantula, an excerpt from Mark Morris' The Society of Blood, and a special Halloween weekend iTunes release for Crazy Bitches.
Trick 'R Treat Graphic Novel: "From the twisted imagination of Trick ‘r Treat creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 and screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) alongside a top-notch team of creators including writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields (Krampus), Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Stephen Byrne (Buffy/Angel), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) and Zid (Son of Merlin) comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel.
- Tamika Jones
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