Joss Whedon: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver ARE in Avengers 2
Most Craved: More reveals about
the second Avengers movie.
Joss Whedon has confirmed the rumor
Crave Online reported May 3:
he wants to include Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in his script for his
The Avengers. The mutant twin
children of Magneto are Avengers in the comic books, but Fox holds the rights to
Marvel's mutant characters, so if they're included in Avengers 2, don't expect
much talk of their parentage or the origin of their abilities.
“I really love that I saw a rich
girl dance with a duck.”
I’ve got to admit, the movie I was most looking forward to at
Film Festival was the rebel Troma premiere of Return to Nuke
‘Em High: Volume 1. Something about seeing a Troma movie in the middle of
the most prestigious film festival in the world really gave me a kick. Besides,
I’m Franchise Fred! I have to know how the Nuke ‘Em High saga
The Tromaville nuclear power plant is claiming to go organic,
but of course they’re just repackaging their chemicals that either turn the
nearby high schoolers into mutated Road Warrior characters, or just
make them explode into piles of gore. The main students we follow are Chrissy (Asta
Paredes), an environmental blogger who puts on a tough front at school, and
Lauren (Catherine Corcoran), the new rich girl in school.
There’s something so joyous about totally on-the-nose
slapstick satire. Yes, corporations are bad. Yes, they try to pass off harmful
stuff as community serving products. And Lloyd Kaufman himself leads the charge
of broad hammy gesticulating nonsense as the evil corporate exec. If he weren’t
the director, the rest of the cast would probably mimic his performance anyway.
I also can’t help laughing when they put fart noises on pretty girls.
Maybe those silly scenes are to disarm you for the really
smart jokes they manage to sneak in there too. The line about the dot in .com is
brilliant. A joke about foreshadowing takes the piss out of the very dramatic
concept. We’ve heard the joke about the token black guy before but it’s cleverly
addressed in the context of this film. I love when on screen text breaks the
fourth wall. I think the name of Chrissy’s source is a cute riff on Woodward and
Bernstein, considering the audience for this movie has probably never even heard
of Watergate. There’s a “Yankee Doodle Dandy” joke that’s so literal it took me
a few seconds to realize what just happened. Also, Lauren dances with a duck. I
don’t know what that means, but I’m going to assume it’s a profound metaphor
because I really love that I saw a rich girl dance with a duck.
Fox’s newest animated series is
coming this summer.
In two months, Fox is opening up another block of animated
programing on Saturday nights with Animation Domination HD.
Foremost among the Adult Swim style series is “Axe Cop,” which
is based upon the comic created by Ethan and Malachai Nicolle. The Nicolle
brothers debuted the “Axe Cop” web comic back in 2009 when Malachai was five and
Ethan was 30. And “Axe Cop” has earned a reputation for being one of the wildest
and funniest comics out there.
The newest trailer for “Axe Cop” seems to keep that tradition
of comic insanity alive as Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) voices the
title character alongside Army Chihuahua, Grey Diamond and Liborg to avenge the
friends of Bat Warthog Man.
The “King of The Hill” and “Beavis
& Butt-Head” creator’s dark Silicon Valley comedy series gets a greenlight from
Mike Judge’s most recent stint on television was a revival of
his first animated show, “Beavis & Butt-Head” on MTV. However, Judge is about
to produce his live action comedy for HBO.
Deadline is reporting that Judge’s
untitled dark comedy project has been given a series order by HBO. Judge
co-wrote the pilot script with John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and directed the
pilot episode; which is set in “ the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon
Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of
Exclusive Interview: Nicole Munoz Sees The World in ‘Defiance’
The first show to blend gaming and
television, is more than an FPS or RPG, says Defiance’s teenage star.
If you have watched science fiction series "Defiance" on SyFy
in the United States or Showcase in Canada, you've seen some tried and true
sci-fi tropes. What you should see, according to Nicole Munoz, is a television
show trying to tackle issues of race, family and whom we are allowed to love.
"The script is very intriguing and very detailed and there’s
so many twists and turns in the season. I think the show is just captivating,"
said Munoz, who plays teenager Christie McCawley, daughter of Defiance mining
big shot Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene).
The series portrays the events in and around the town of
Defiance, where St. Louis used to be, almost two decades after Earth's
disastrous first contact with aliens. The plant is razed and humans now have to
learn to live with several extraterrestrial races.
Munoz's character Christie is in love with the son of an alien
leader at odds with her father.
"She’s very much young. She’s 17 in the show and what you see
right now, she’s in love with Alak Tarr, which is a very Romeo and Juliet
type thing because it’s not accepted by her parents or his parents. So
Christie’s just trying her best to make everyone accept each other and love each
other because that is so important to her," explained the 19-year old Vancouver
Munoz grew up an actress. Dozens of commercials, guest roles
on "Supernatural," "Stargate Atlantis" and other shows, movies like the
Fantastic Four and TV movies, all since before kindergarten. So what's it
like to grow up on-screen?
Orlando Jones on his Digital Graphic Novel Series “Tainted Love”
The “Sleepy Hollow” star has a
graphic-novel inspired action comedy web series that’s turning some heads.
Orlando Jones, MAD TV veteran and star of Fox's
upcoming Sleepy Hollow, may have a slightly different definition of
what a digital graphic novel is than most of the rest of us do, but there's no
doubt that his new Machinima web series
Tainted Love is heavily inspired by the comic book style, and he's
definitely got his nerd bona fides. Crave Online spoke with the star this week
about the inspiration behind this six-episode run that he wrote in preparation
for a full-fledged theatrical release. Check out what he had to say, as well as
the first three episodes of the series (or the first three issues of the digital
graphic novel, if you prefer) below.
CRAVE ONLINE: How did Tainted Love start? How
did it all come together?
ORLANDO JONES: The
original plan was that we wanted to make a graphic novel for the 21st century.
When we looked at that, we realized that making a graphic novel in the dying
print business didn't make a lot of sense. Every other graphic novel that's been
released was in print, and that time has sort of passed. If we were to do it
today, how would we do it? What would it look like? Who would be the best
partner to launch it with? It was just sort of a big idea, and we thought we
would just get together and do it and find a partner afterward. We always wanted
Machinima, so we were lucky that they embraced it.
As far as the story goes, it was thinking about the idea of
tainted love, that everybody loves something they're not supposed to.
Everybody's got that love romantically, or it's food, or it's drink –
everybody's got something. So it's looking at two characters who have that love.
They have that love for each other – maybe they should probably stay apart, but
they love each other and they love gunplay, they love being criminals. But just
because what they do has no dignity doesn't mean they are not human and don't
have their humanity intact. Exploring that idea became the basis of the creation
of the series.
Terry McGinnis goes one on one
with Shriek, while Max has to match wits with Rebel.
Here we go! It looks like the future Batman has his hands full
with the sonic villain Shriek, while Max has to figure a way out from Rebel's
thumb in a way only her particular genius can manage. Look out and shout!
Check out Crave Online's exclusive preview of Batman
Beyond Unlimited #16.
The official graphic novel prequel
to “Star Trek: Into Darkness” brings the Klingons into the picture.
After participating in the immense
Star Trek: TOS-a-thon recently and getting a
heavy dose of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, it's a little difficult to
shift gears to plug into the J.J. Abrams version of young, hip, cool, action-man
Star Trek. I remember enjoying the new version of Star Trek
well enough – especially Karl Urban's channelling of DeForest Kelley, but I
always default to Shatner. Obey Your Shatner.
However, it's time to get our new school groove on, and what
better way to get back into that new jack swing than with IDW's Star Trek:
Countdown to Darkness, the official comic prequel to Star Trek: Into
Darkness. Writer Mike Johnson developed the story with one of the film's
screenwriters, Roberto Orci, so the 'official' part ain't no joke.
We open here with Spock being plagued with guilt nightmares
about the loss of his home planet Vulcan, growing ever distant from his lady
love, Lt. Uhura, while Captain James Kirk is all lonely and wants some shore
leave. Their Federation duties bring them to the planet Phaedus on a routine
scanning mission to check the progress of their civilization, which at last
check was comparable to the ancient Roman Empire – and thus, the Prime Directive
prevents any kind of contact with them. However, this time around, they get
zapped with an energy field that should be far beyond their technology, and the
resulting shuttle investigation leads to them being shot down with laser fire.
Obviously, things ain't what they should be.
Exclusive Interview: Walter Mirisch on The Great Escape
The producer of some of the
greatest films of all time discusses his classic World War II blockbuster, and
that awesome motorcycle jump.
If you don't know the name of Walter Mirisch, you definitely
know his movies. As a motion picture producer, Walter Mirisch was responsible
for dozens of classic motion pictures, including The Pink Panther, The
Magnificent Seven, The Apartment, In the Heat of the Night
and The Great Escape, the World War II prison break movie that was just
released on Blu-ray with a slew of special features. The film, released in 1963,
stars Steve McQueen (Bullitt), Sir Richard Attenborough (Jurassic
Park), James Garner (The Notebook), James Coburn (Affliction),
Charles Bronson (Death Wish) and Donald Pleasance (Halloween)
as prisoners of war who engineer a mass jailbreak to distract the Nazis away
from front. It's a classic film, one of the most referenced in all of popular
culture, and features one hell of a motorcycle jump over barbed wire.
We talked to producer Walter Mirisch about the film's enduring
legacy, that famous stunt, and why the Great Escape is so much more
than just a popcorn movie.
CraveOnline: Thank you for doing this interview. They
said Walter Mirisch was doing interviews, and I said, “Oh my god!”
[Laughs] Well, what can I do for you?
First of all, you can talk about The Great Escape.
A great, great movie, everyone loves it, it’s one of the most popular and
referenced movies I’ve seen. This was another all-star production that came off
the success of The Magnificent Seven. Did you know this was going to be
a huge hit? Was this your anticipated blockbuster?
Well, you don’t know. Picturemakers always live in hope. You
hope it will please audiences and accomplish the goals you set for it, and the
The Great Escape is just one of those pictures that realized most
everything that we hoped it would.
Did you have advanced screenings for audiences, to
test how the film would be received?
You mean, like previews of it, before or while we were working
Marvel lands its first live action
network TV series in decades.
The pickup of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has been
expected ever since the project was announced. And with The Avengers director,
Joss Whedon onboard and Clark Gregg signed to reprise his role as Agent Phil
Coulson, it was the easiest call to make.
ABC has officially announced that “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is
going forward, although the length of the first season wasn’t specified. The
first promo for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will premiere tomorrow night on ABC
during the season finale of “Once Upon A Time.” It’s also likely that “Agents
of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will end up on Sundays and be paired with “Once” next season.
This marks the first Marvel live action TV series on a broadcast network since
“The Incredible Hulk” ended its run in 1982. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is also
the first live action Marvel TV series produced since Disney purchased Marvel in
The sci-fi drama will return with
new episodes in 2014.
Syfy is committing to another season in “Defiance.”
Earlier today, Syfy officially ordered a 13 episode second
season of “Defiance” that is expected to premiere in 2014.
Created in conjunction with Trion Worlds, “Defiance” was
released concurrently with the Defiance video game in a “transmedia
convergence.” Both the game and the TV series take place decades after seven
alien races arrived on Earth and attempted to make it their new world. Now
humans and aliens live side-by-side in Defiance, the town formerly known as St.
Louis that is protected by Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted
alien daughter, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas)
Fox Orders ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ ‘Almost Human’ & 7 Other New Shows
At least nine new dramas and
comedies are on tap for Fox next season.
A week ahead of the network upfronts, Fox has already pulled
the trigger on its newest batch of shows. And for genre fans, there’s a lot to
be happy about.
On the drama side, Fox ordered the modern day “Sleepy Hollow”
series from “Fringe” co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci while the other
“Fringe” co-creator J.J. Abrams and former executive producer, J.H. Wyman also
landed a new series tentatively titled “Almost Human;” which takes place in the
near future as human cops are partnered with life-like androids.
First Look: Marvel’s Version of Angela, By Joe Quesada
Neil Gaiman’s long-standing Image
character comes to the Marvel universe, as does Gaiman himself.
Today, Marvel Comics gave us the first
look at their version of Angela, the long-standing Image Comics character
created by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane. At the end of Age of Ultron,
Angela will be arriving in the Marvel Universe for the first time, now that
Gaiman has the full legal rights to her. Marvel honcho Joe Quesada has now
revealed his redesign of the character, as seen above.
The definitive story of how The
Dark Knight met The Man of Steel is told by Greg Pak and Jae Lee.
Superman has a new movie coming out next month, as well as a
new Scott Snyder/Jim Lee book called Superman Unchained. But that's not all –
he's also got Greg Pak going back to the start to tell the definitive story of
how The Man of Steel met The Dark Knight.
“Our story takes place around the time of Grant Morrison’s
Action Comics #1," Pak
explained. "So it takes place when both of these guys are very young and
very new to the whole superhero thing. We're going to have this fantastic
opportunity to see how these very young guys view each other. Imagine finding
out for the first time about some guy who runs around in a bat costume fighting
crime or some guy with these insane powers doing the same thing. Each hero's
reaction to the other is going to surprise folks a little bit, because they're
both so new. Their reactions to each other are going to be a lot more dangerous
than you're used to thinking about when you think about Batman and Superman.”
“There’s a hugely fun opportunity right now in the New 52
because the way they’ve been set up, particularly in the time frame we’re
looking at, and they have no idea about the existence of the other guy,” he
added. “They don’t even know about other superheroes. So when they first
bump into each other, they immediately assume the other guy is the most
dangerous guy on the planet. And you know what? Each guy might be right about
that. They’re powerful enough, they’re young enough, and they’re cocky enough
that if they make mistakes, they could make huge mistakes. That’s a really great
place to plunge into this relationship and see them push each other in really
big ways at this really early stage. I think it’s just going to fuel a lot of
great character moments, character development, and story.”
Check out this Jae Lee preview art from Batman/Superman #1.
How did new-school Sulu and Chekov
first meet? Back at their old school, naturally.
You know it, I know it. The second installment in the
new-school Star Trek movie series is almost here, and the lack of any
of the original cast members this time will make or break it. But before you
check into Star Trek Into Darkness with its
apparently-important-to-the-plot shots of Alice Eve in her skivvies, you can
familiarize yourself with the new origin stories of the crew of the Starship
Enterprise with IDW's ongoing Star Trek series, supervised by movie
screenwriter Roberto Orci.
Check out this preview of Star Trek #20, due out
tomorrow from writer Ryan Parrott and artist Claudia Balboni, which will give us
backstory for both Sulu and Chekov from their Starfleet Academy days.
Most Craved: The movie version of Orson Scott Card’s epic
Ender's Game is the latest
movie to preview their preview trailer with a teaser trailer. The video is
introduced by two of the film's stars: Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield.
ComingSoon website caught the
video as it dropped Friday. (The sorta-full length trailer hits May 7.)
Butterfield is Ender Wiggin in the film, trained initially at Battle School by
Harrison Ford's Colonel Hyrum Graff to fight alien invaders of Earth.
Ender's Game will hit theaters
in North America November 1, 2013.
Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige Talks Phase 2 Flicks Avengers 2, Ant-Man,
Most Craved: The crystal ball
Marvel is using for these movies.
Marvel movies are so big right now (the last six movies before
Iron Man 3 have made a combined $4 billion worldwide) that getting an
exclusive interview with the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, is quite a
feat. So when Crave's
SuperHeroHype website scored such a conversation, it was
bound to make news.
Feige said he is committed to another Iron Man movie but Tony
Stark's next appearance will be in Joss Whedon's sequel to The Avengers.
Who will play Stark beyond that isn't clear. Feige says he was sold on doing an
Ant Man movie despite some derision after meeting Edgar Wright a decade ago and
hearing his take on the character. Vision seems to be a key theme with Feige: he
says a comprehensive vision is how they scored Robert Redford for Captain
America: The Winter Soldier.
And though Iron Man 3 opens this weekend, Feige's
attention is out in the future:
“Orphan Black” becomes the second
BBC America original program to get another season.
It’s always difficult to predict when “Doctor Who” will return
to BBC America. But one thing is certain: “Orphan Black” will be back in 2014.
BBC America has officially renewed “Orphan Black” for its
second season of ten episodes, which is slated to premiere next year as a part
of the network’s “Supernatural Saturday” block. “Orphan Black” stars Tatiana
Maslany as Sarah, a young woman who discovers that there are multiple clones of
herself and that she may also be a clone. The series was co-created by Graeme
Manson and John Fawcett.
Watch a Deleted Scene From ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ Season 1 Episode 3
confides in da Vinci about what he gave up under torture.
Last month, STARZ began life without “Spartacus” after its
epic three season run. However, “Da Vinci’s Demons” has proven to be popular
right out of the gate and STARZ has already renewed the series for a second
Created by David S. Goyer, “Da Vinci’s Demons” follows the
adventures of young Leonardo da Vinci (Tom Riley) in a fictionalized time in his
life when his genius earned him enemies and only a few true allies.
STARZ has passed along a deleted scene from last Friday’s
third episode of “Da Vinci’s Demons” in which Giuliano Medici (Tom Bateman)
discloses to da Vinci the torture he was forced to endure and what info he
reluctantly gave up. There is some NSFW language in the clip, so consider
The star of Netflix’s original
monster series talks about his character and working with multiple directors on
“Hemlock Grove” is now available for viewing the entire 13
episode season on Netflix. The horror series tells a tale of monsters and murder
in the town of Hemlock Grove.
Dougray Scott plays Norman Godfrey, a central figure in the
investigation of a murder and the unraveling of secrets within the town. We sat
with Scott after the Netflix presentation to the Television Critics Association,
where only mysterious clips were showcased at the time.
You can read this interview before you watch the series on
Netflix Instant, or check in with Scott while you’re midway through binge
watching “Hemlock Grove.”
CraveOnline: Are Norman and Olivia a team, or are they out to get each
Dougray Scott: I think
we’re very much linked. Our relationship is very complicated and it started a
long time ago. I think Norman can be manipulative as well, but in terms of what
her manipulations are, he’s not really connected with that. They have a very
complicated relationship, Olivia and Norman.
What does Norman want?
He wants his cake and eat it. He wants everything. The tragedy
of his story is that he starts off thinking that everything can carry on as it
is, the world he’s created. Of course he realizes that things have to change.
He’s been living a lie for 15 years. He finds that he just can’t carry on in
He always threatens to leave his wife and marry Olivia, but
that never quite happens until the end of the series, things begin to change. He
wants to be happy and he finds he’s constantly fighting against this
dysfunctional world he lives in. All he ever wants is happiness but at the same
time, he’s very comfortable living in this world of unpredictability and
It’s something that a lot of people are very accustomed to.
They say they want happiness, they want calmness and peace within their lives,
but actually they’re addicted to some sort of dysfunction within their world and
it’s very hard for them to break away from that and I think Norman’s one of
What is his interaction with the high school
His connection is that he obviously knows those characters.
There’s his nephew and his daughter is involved with Bill [Skarsgard] and Landon
[Liboiron]’s character. So his involvement with them is through his daughter
really, and also through Olivia and Bill’s character as well, so he becomes
involved with them. But that story, that plot line between the kids and my plot
line with Famke is somewhat separate until the end and it all comes together.
Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel set
up their own corner of X-land, spotlighting the women of the atom.
The Brian Wood version of X-Men has stood pretty well
apart from the standard goings-on in the 616, and now that the NOW has been
cooking with gas for months now, it seems the new version of his X-world is
finally getting around to joining that train – although it'll still likely be
its own, self-contained entity.
Here's the synopsis blurb for the new X-Men #1, which will
sport Olivier Coipel on art duties.
"Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Rogue &
Psylocke redefine what it means to be a Child of the Atom in X-Men #1, kicking
off the all-new ongoing series by the blockbuster creative team of writer Brian
Wood (Ultimate Comics X-Men) and artist Oliver Coipel (Avengers VS. X-Men)! An
old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come
back to Earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she’s brought with her an
orphaned baby who might hold the key to the Earth’s survival…or its destruction!
With an imminent alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and
sister around the corner, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the
child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life in the Marvel Universe!"
Check out these preview pages from X-Men #1, due out
next month. Also, you should read Wood's Dark Horse book, The Massive.
It is good.
Robert E. Howard’s only Conan
novel gets the graphic adaptation from fan-favorite creators.
King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon
is the only Conan novel from his creator, Robert E. Howard. It's now been
adapted into a novel of the graphic variety by Timothy Truman, Tomas Giorello
and Jose Villarrubia, a team of creators that Conan fans tend to enjoy.
Check out this preview for King Conan: The Hour of the
Dragon, featuring a grizzled and still combative monarch regaling a young
scholar with tales from his legendary life.
The Man Without Fear has an evil
twin of sorts with Ikari, but he also consults Iron Man for help with Foggy
A new villain by the name of Ikari (Japanese for "fury" so'z
ya knowz) is making life difficult for Daredevil, since he has all of Matt
Murdock's power while still retaining his sight. He's tied into the experiments
to replicate the accident that gave Matt his abilities in the first place, but
he has yet to figure out the true culprits. Meanwhile, in light of Foggy
Nelson's recent cancer diagnosis, Matt's turning to Iron Man for help.
Check out this Chris Samnee preview art for Daredevil #26,
by writer Mark Waid, due out next month
Cheech and Chong explain how Ice
Age influenced their new animated movie and how close Robert Altman came to
directing Up in Smoke.
It's been nearly 30 years since the last official"Cheech
& Chong" movie, featuring the comedy stylings of Richard "Cheech" Marin and
Tommy Chong, who parlayed their personae as affable stoners into a series of
classic comedies like Up in Smoke, Nice Dreams, and Still
Smokin between 1978 and 1974. Although the duo went their separate ways,
they've reunited here and there for episodes of "Nash Bridges" and "South Park"
and their 2008-2009 reunion tour.
Now they're back on screen in their first full-fledged comedy
in decades, Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie, which brings them to life
in cartoon form, acting out some of the classic routines from their Grammy
Award-winning comedy albums, and we got to talk to them about their storied
careers because sometimes – just sometimes – things aren't tough all
CraveOnline: It’s been a long time since a proper
“Cheech and Chong” movie. How did this come about?
Tommy Chong: Well, it’s
an animated movie, and we’ve animated our old record bits, and we’re very
pleased with it. The color came out really good, and in focus…
Cheech Marin: We look
Tommy Chong: Yeah.
Cheech Marin: [Laughs]
And young, and hairy.
Was this your idea or was this pitched to you as an
Tommy Chong: It was
friends of my son’s, the Chambers brothers. They approached us with the idea,
actually four years ago. They put it all together, and they brought it to
Was there ever any talk about original content
together for this, or was it always to highlight your favorite bits?
Tommy Chong: The
original content was the way we put it together into a movie. What we did, we
strung all the bits together with the help of this little character called “Les
Morpion,” or “Buster the Body Crab.” We kind of copied Ice Age, the way
they used the little squirrel. We used a little body crab.
Cheech Marin: There’s
an original soundtrack that comes with the movie too. We recorded that. So
all-new tunes in the soundtrack.
We talk to the alien gangster of
“Defiance” about hot tubbing with Jaime Murray and the human sides of the show’s
My theory on Hollywood is that everyone who plays bad guys are
actually the nicest people in real life, and it’s “America’s Sweethearts” that
you have to watch out for.
Tony Curran continued to prove my theory when I met him during
the Television Critics Association Press Tour. On Syfy’s “Defiance,” Curran
plays Datak Tarr, the leader of the Castithan race who wields considerable
influence within the town while controlling its criminal underworld as well.
Unlike Datak Tarr, Curran was completely personable as he
spoke with me at length about his detailed inspirations for the character.
CraveOnline: You’re one of the few actors who gets to
be in both the game and the show. Does that mean Datak goes to San Francisco in
Tony Curran: At the
moment I don’t think I’m in the game right now, but I think I will be joining
the game this year, so yeah. I look forward. I’ve done motion capture before. I
did Tintin recently with Spielberg and so on, but it’ll be fun to play
the same character in a game as well as being in a show. It’s going to be quite
compelling, going from both worlds I would imagine.
That makes sense that you haven’t done the game yet
because they couldn’t have you do both at the same time. So now you’ve shot the
show and you can be available for the game.
Julie [Benz] has been doing a bit more. Grant [Bowler] and
Stephanie [Leonidas] have obviously been doing quite a lot of it, but it does
take up a lot of time. So I think they’ll just start with the more main
characters first and then they’re going to start integrating everybody else in.
The televisual aspect obviously takes some time, but not as long as the video
game does and the world, putting that together. We’re all looking forward to
being part of both.
Do you think shtako is going to become the new frak?
Most definitely, yeah. I think it’s going to be quite a
popular term at Comic-Con this year, definitely. I say it all the time. It’s
much better than saying other things as well, other vernaculars I guess. Shtako.
There’s a few other good swear words as well in Castithan.
‘True Blood’ Season 6 Preview Scene: Jason Threatens Nora
Jason demands information from
Eric’s sister and someone is conspicuous by their absence…
Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) has never been the smartest or
the sharpest character on “True
Blood.” And there have been times when Jason has been downright
the fifth season finale, “True Blood” left
Jason in a pretty dark place as he began hallucinating vampire hating visions of
his dead parents and he even rejected his lover, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll)
because he now hates all vampires.
a deleted scene from the finale, Jason’s
visions continued and he mentioned Warlow — the ancient vampire to whom Sookie
Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) was sold centuries before her birth — before Nora (Lucy
Griffiths) overheard him and seemed to know who and what Warlow was.
For the first behind-the-scenes promo from the new season of
“True Blood,” Jason angrily confronts Nora about Warlow’s whereabouts. And
Jason’s hold on sanity seems tenuous at best…
Preview: Geoff Johns’ Swan Song in Green Lantern #20
“The Wrath of the First Lantern”
story comes to a close, as does Johns’ near-decade run with the GLs.
After almost a decade of writing Green Lantern stories,
bringing Hal Jordan back to life and introducing all the various spectrum
Lanterns, Geoff Johns is wrapping it all up with Green Lantern #20,
releasing on May 22. It'll be a 66-page issue with 55 pages of Doug Mahnke art
and appearances by Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Cully Hamner,
Aaron Kuder, Jerry Ordway and others.
It will be conclusion to the "Wrath of the First Lantern"
epic, which disguised itself initially as the "Rise of the Third Army" and has
become something totally different. Instead of the Guardians of the Universe
foisting a Borg army on the universe to remove free will, we're now dealing with
the opposite – an emotional vampire thriving entirely on free will, bad choices
and regret, but one powerful enough to remake the universe.
"I'm extremely grateful for being able to conclude our run on
Green Lantern with this monster of an issue,"
Johns said. "I'm moving on feeling very proud of what my creative
collaborators and I have done over the years with the Green Lantern universe.
Thanks to all the readers out there who've been with us for this adventure. I
can't wait until #20 is in your hands — the last several pages in particular."
DC has told us that the final four story pages will make our
heads explode. I… don't see why that's a selling point. I like my head
undetonated. At least they didn't misuse literally, though!
Check out this preview art from Green Lantern #20.
TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman
takes on the penciling duties and gives us a visual feast.
After battling The Foot Clan, mutated vicious amphibians and
Krang’s army in another dimension, what’s the best way for the Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles to start their next story arc? How about with original artist
Kevin Eastman stepping up to the penciling table. TMNT #21 doesn’t
really hatch the next story until the end, but that doesn’t matter – it’s so
awesome to view Kevin Eastman’s art that the plot is irrelevant. Perhaps that
was the point, to have an easy issue so readers could feast mainly on the
Issue #21 begins with our four heroes taking care of their
normal patrol. Something is wrong in their city, a foul wind blows through it,
bringing petty crime and an uneasy feeling. Suddenly, the Turtles are attacked
by a small, masked, ninja. This masked warrior knows them, and he knows of
Splinter, the Turtles' master. Threatening to kill him, the masked ninja takes
on all four brothers, making quick work of them.
The Man Without Fear has an evil
twin of sorts with Ikari, but he also consults Iron Man for help with Foggy
A new villain by the name of Ikari (Japanese for "fury" so'z
ya knowz) is making life difficult for Daredevil, since he has all of Matt
Murdock's power while still retaining his sight. He's tied into the experiments
to replicate the accident that gave Matt his abilities in the first place, but
he has yet to figure out the true culprits. Meanwhile, in light of Foggy
Nelson's recent cancer diagnosis, Matt's turning to Iron Man for help.
Check out this Chris Samnee preview art for Daredevil #26,
by writer Mark Waid, due out next month.
Preview: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #16
Ultra Magnus is dying. Rewind is dead. And the
Autobots have no one to blame but themselves.
The last issue of Transformers: More Than
Meets The Eye, the best TF series of all time,
was a chaotic symphony of destruction and madness, as the supremely powerful
Phase-6 Decepticon Overlord rampaged through The Lost Light, crushing everything
and everyone he saw. Pipes, smashed. Rewind, sacrificed. Ultra Magnus, circling
the drain. The monster was stopped, but at great cost. Now comes the aftermath.
The questions. The misery. The Autobots who were kept in the dark about
Overlord's presence have to wonder where the hell this came from, while the
secret science team who experimented on him have a lot to answer for – and given
Chromedome's close, personal connection to Rewind, who gave his life to save the
ship, the guilt he feels must make him inconsolable.
Will we really lose Ultra Magnus, the Duly Appointed Enforcer
of the Tyrest Accord, one of Rodimus' closest advisors and original movie star?
The prognosis looks grim, as you can see below.
Check out this preview for tomorrow's Transformers: MTMTE
#16, from James Roberts and Agustin Padilla.
Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Details: No Rooker or Batista?
Most Craved: New details from the
director of Guardians of the Galaxy.
James Gunn won't talk about who is — or is not — in the movie
he's directing, Guardians
of the Galaxy. Guardians is the one movie of Marvel's coming
Phase 2 slate of films that earns the Sesame Street song, "One of these things
is not like the others."
It's a film about a team of completely non-human aliens,
including a talking raccoon named Rocket and a sentient tree named Groot, who
are forced together and save the galaxy from some celestial menace. No Earth. No
Iron Man. Gunn spoke with Crave's
ComicBookMovie website about what's rumors and what's real
Apparently Hollywood is taking a swing at one of the last
sacred cows: remaking John Hughes movies. This time Universal wants a fresh take
on the 1985 classic Weird Science.
Weird Science tells the tale of
two high school outsiders, Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith, who
create the perfect woman, Kelly LeBrock, Frankenstein-style with their
Joel Silver, who produced the original, is also set to produce
a remake which Crave's
Collider website reported will be an edgier, R-rated
version of the lighthearted look at misogyny, sex and hormonal teenaged boys.
The man who wrote Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the 21 Jump
Street remake will write Weird Science for a new generation.
I’ve had a hard time writing a proper review of Joseph
Oblivion. I’ve actually started to consider just cutting and
pasting reviews of other, better sci-fi films from other, better critics in a
logical order and just calling it a day, covering my ass under the pretense of
“intentional homage.” Why not? That’s just what Oblivion does.
Not that there’s nothing to recommend about Oblivion.
As he proved with his first feature film, TR0N: Legacy, Joseph Kosinski
has a remarkable eye for geometric production design, epic scales and negative
spaces. He’s like the bastard child of John Toll and Victor Vasarely. It’s a
pleasure to watch the imagery of Oblivion on the big screen, and I
suppose I’m glad I did. If I could write Oblivion off as a painting I’d
call it a classic and let that be that, but unfortunately there‘s a screenplay
here as well, and that screenplay is cobbled from so many familiar sci-fi
classics that every single plot point is clearly visible from a mile away. Or
rather, since films move through time rather than physical space: they are
predictable at least half an hour before they happen.
Now, Amazon has officially released the pilot episodes of
“Zombieland” and 13 other pilots
which can be viewed for free. Of the eight comedy pilots, “Zombieland” is
the most prominent, as it serves as a sequel to the film with the further
adventures of Columbus (Tyler Ross), Wichita (Maiara Walsh), Tallahassee (Kirk
Ward) and Little Rock (Izabela Vidovic).
Comedy veteran Jeffrey Tambor is starring in “The Onion
Presents: The News,” while John Goodman is toplining “Alpha House,” a political
comedy from Doonesbury creator, Garry Trudeau. There are also five children’s
programs among the Amazon pilots.
Viewer response to the pilots will determine which shows get a
series order. Presumably the original series would then be made exclusive to
Amazon Prime members as Amazon attempts to position itself as a direct rival to
We speak with the alien outlaw of
Syfy’s new drama and find out what she can’t see and what she can say in
Tonight, Syfy is launching a multi-media venture with
“Defiance." The series stars Grant Bowler as Nolan, an outlaw who settles in the
town of Defiance along with his adopted alien daughter, Irisa as portrayed by
Stephanie Leonidas. Concurrently, there is also a “Defiance” video game on all
major platforms that allows players to encounter characters from the show.
At the Television Critics Association press tour, we met with
Leonidas, who gives a striking performance on the show. Leonidas’ character
Irisa is an Irathient whose unique appearance includes a substantial brow,
altered nose and red hair. Irisa doesn’t get along with many in the “Defiance”
pilot, which could be because she’s an alien or just because she’s a loner. But
Leonidas was lovely to speak with in person.
CraveOnline: Does Irisa have a futuristic form of Aspergers?
Stephanie Leonidas: In
a way, yes. I could see that. I’ve never been asked that question, so that’s
quite possible in some ways. She’s very quiet and slowly comes out of her shell
through the series, but she’s also in a place she doesn’t recognize and she’s
growing up around people that she doesn’t feel comfortable around. That’s also
part of the fact that she’s a different species to Nolan who’s this human who
she’s traveling with. Yeah, that’s an interesting question. I guess to some
Of course I’m basing that on only one episode’s worth
of behavior that I’ve seen.
Yeah, a lot of her behavior remains. Irisa will never be a
chatty alien girl. She’s always going to be somebody that is very internal, but
she knows how to speak her mind.
How do you fathom that, playing a different race? You
must get to transform into a lot of different things as an actor, but a
Pretty extraordinary. As hard as prosthetics sometimes can be
and as early as my calls are in the morning, I wouldn’t feel like I was Irisa
until every part of that was complete. So yeah, you really do transform.
He-Man & The Masters of the Universe #1: One More Try
Keith Giffen takes a stab at
jumpstarting the series that stumbled a bit out of the gate.
DC tried recently to launch a new Masters of the Universe
series, but some creative churn seemed to derail it. Now, we've got a new
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 from writer Keith Giffen and
artist Pop Mhan, that doesn't discount whatever came before, which started with
Skeletor triumphant and everyone having to fight to overthrow his rulership, but
maybe it should have. Wherever it's going, though, it's somewhere for
We open with Duncan, aka Man-At-Arms, and Prince Adam
preparing for the funeral services of The Sorceress, who apparently died to
defeat Skeletor or some such. They seem remarkably bantery for such an somber
occasion, especially with the apparently recent revelation that The Sorceress
was the mother of Duncan's child Teela. For her part, Teela seems to be
exceedingly surly, apparently unhappy with the fact that her hair is now red for
some reason (like punch you in the gut if you mock it surly, like her
red hair is accidental or something), and she seems to be openly calling for a
genocide against all magic users. Why she's this surly, we have no idea,
although it may be some relation to her discovering the identity of her deadbeat
mother. Apparently, nobody's all that broken up about the death of The Sorceress
– and the fact that her real name was apparently Teela Na only pisses off her
daughter even more. For some reason that's not entirely clear.
Cable’s team has just freed an
interstellar war criminal, and now they’re on the run. Again.
Cable and X-Force has been
pretty cool so far, although it's been nothing but trouble for the team of
Cable, Domino, Colossus, Dr. Nemesis, Forge and Boom-Boom. Seeing as how they've
just sprung an interstellar war criminal from S.W.O.R.D. lockdown, who
immediately captured his team, things are going to get hairier as they head out
into outer space. Seems that's the place to be these days.
Check out this Salvador Larocca preview art from Cable and
X-Force #8, written by Dennis Hopeless. :
Devastator is running wild over
the burning Cybertron civilization, and Megatron can’t be stopped. Can he?
Things are looking bleak for the fledgling Cybertronian
post-war society. Megatron has returned, revealed he's been playing everybody
all along, and he's laying waste to everything in his path – and he's got a lot
of help, because the titantic gestalt Devastator just ripped the Autobots' giant
Superion in half. What makes it worse is that one of the Autobots, namely Prowl,
has been somehow forced to become a part of that unholy union of Constructicons
that's gone insane. What can the Autobots and their allies do to stem this tide
Find out when you see this preview for Transformers:
Robots in Disguise #16, from writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith.
Morris Chestnut Teases Black Panther in The Avengers 2
Morris Chestnut tweeted, and then
immediately deleted, that he’d be playing the Marvel superhero in the near
Morris Chestnut may have just let the cat out of the bag… so
to speak. In a recent tweet to his followers, the star of The Call
heavily implied that he'll be playing
The Black Panther
in the near future.
"It's time to get familiar with the Black Panther
character!" he wrote, and then promptly deleted,
from his account at
Coming Soon). He also reportedly added,"Not
final #BlackPanther may be in #avengers2 first. RT @jamaal91604133: @Morris_Chestnut
Can't wait to see this movie. #BlackPanther" but that tweet also
appears to have been taken down.
The Black Panther was the first black superhero in American
comics, first appearing in The Fanastic Four #52 way back in 1966. The
superhero, real name T'Challa, is the ruler of the African nation of Wakanda, a
technologically advanced civilization with an enormous repository of Vibranium.
He's been a member of The Avengers on and off in the comic book series, and has
long been rumored to have a feature film in development, dating back to 1992,
when Wesley Snipes first expressed interest in the project. Snipes went on
instead to play the Marvel Comics hero Blade in a 1998 film that helped
jumpstart the modern superhero movie zeitgeist.
Professor Witney Seibold analyzes
the huge (and dubious) film output of The King.
It's time, my children, for another installment of
CraveOnline's awesome and award-winning series,
School, hosted by me, your humble professor, Witney Seibold.
Today's topic? Elvis.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on the 8th of January
in 1935, and famously faked his own death in 1977 in order to live out of the
limelight. He currently resides in a somewhat modest and secluded home somewhere
in Michigan, sharing his space with Kurt Cobain, The Notorious B.I.G. and,
oddly, George Hamilton. A lot of Faygo is consumed in that home. I have been to
this mansion, although I couldn't divulge its location if I wanted to; one can
only be led there by a special team of trained sled dogs, and you are forced to
wear a blindfold.
Elvis Presley is, of course, perhaps the single most famous
figure in all rock 'n' roll history. Some rock critics may cite Chuck Berry as
being more influential, or The Beatles as being more creative and expansive, and
many fans even point to dozens of bad and/or forgettable songs in his vast
repertoire. But in terms of sheer, overpowering fame wattage, Elvis was the
figurehead of the rock form. No music collection of any stripe is complete
without at least some Elvis Presley in it, and no music fan is complete without
performing in-shower renditions of “Hound Dog” or “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”
While something of a hayseed (however smart the man was, Presley was not famous
for his intellect), and notoriously addicted to various substances over the
course of his life, it's tempting to dismiss The King as something moribund and
campy, the aged and expired result of blue-collar obsession with the past. His
late-career Las Vegas shows and on-stage karate demonstrations didn't really
help him dissolve his campier aspects, either. Elvis, however, is no mere relic.
Elvis lives on, literally and figuratively. With every rock star that is
considered even remotely sexy by any yearning teenage fan, Elvis lives on. With
every pelvic thrust performed by any rock star on any stage anywhere, Elvis
lives on. Elvis made rock sexy, and he gave rock a voice. Don't insult the man.
He's old now.
For the purposes of the Free Film School,
however, we are going to look at Elvis Presley, the film star, and I will give a
brief run-down on the feature films that he acted in, from 1956 until 1969.
Elvis, it should be noted, was a famously prolific film performer in addition to
being a musician. In his life, he acted in 31 narrative feature films, which is
more than any other musician. By contrast, The Beatles were only featured in
five during their careers. Even musicians who turned to acting aren't as
prolific as Elvis was. Madonna has only starred in about 20 features film. Cher,
even less. David Bowie hasn't beaten Elvis yet. Some onetime singers threaten
Elvis' record, but many of them have given up on their singing (Justin
Timberlake and Ice Cube may beat Elvis yet). Elvis not only acted in 31 movies,
but managed to keep his musical career going simultaneously.
Foxx will write and direct a
horror anthology series while Fuller gets a pilot order for “High Moon.”
Earlier today, word leaked out about Syfy’s miniseries plans
ahead of its upfront presentation. And now several other projects have come to
Deadline, Django Unchained star Jamie
Foxx will write, produce and direct a new five part horror anthology series for
Syfay that will debut this year. In a brief statement, Foxx hinted that he may
also act in the currently untitled project: “This is a project that I’ve wanted
to do for a long time and I’m so happy to see it come to life. Get ready to lose
it when some special friends and I bring the scares this October, and who knows…
maybe I’ll make a guest appearance or two along the way!”
“High Moon” takes place in the future when Earth’s mining
colonies on the moon discover a new form of life living there; which throws
humanity into chaos as various factions seek to control and exploit it.
Syfy also revealed a number of sci-fi series that are
currently in development at the network:
Two classic sci-fi novels by Larry
Niven and Arthur C. Clarke are in development at Syfy as four hour miniseries.
Entertainment Weekly, Syfy is developing Larry
Niven’s “Ringworld” and Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” as four hour event
miniseries. “Ringworld” tells the story of a group of interstellar explorers who
discover an immense alien created habitat that holds the secrets of ancient
civilizations, advanced technology and a possible way to save the Earth from
destruction. Michael Perry (“The River”) is slated to adapt “Ringworld;” which
is a co-production of MGM Television and Universal Cable Productions.
Michael DeLuca (The Social Network) is attached to
executive produce “Childhood’s End,” which finds humanity peacefully invaded by
aliens who bring about a utopia on Earth while preparing the world for its
Thor’s past mistakes return to
haunt him as the Apocalypse Twins gain control of his old Celestial-slayer
In this week's Uncanny Avengers, we saw the impetuous
young Thor defy Odin's decree in order to fashion a weapon out of his axe
Jarnbjorn that wa capable of piercing the Celestial-fueled armor of Apocalypse
in olden tymes, all thanks to Kang's manipulations. Odin warned that Thor had no
idea what he'd wrought, and soon, the Thunder God will find out that it's "Ragnarok
NOW," once The Apocalypse Twins wield that axe to assassinate a Celestial.
Check out this preview of Uncanny Avengers #8, from
writer Rick Remender, artist Daniel Acuña and a cool Sunfire cover from John
Catwoman is in the Justice League
of America, but it really doesn’t seem to be going well.
It seems crazy, but Catwoman is now a member of the Justice
League of America. However, things don't seem to be going all that well, if
Crave Online's exclusive preview of Catwoman #19 is any indication. It
looks like her teammates are beating her up and throwing her into Arkham Asylum.
Has she gone nuts, or is this a well-crafted cover story? Find out below.
Check out these pages from Catwoman #19, due out next
week from Ann Nocenti and Rafa Sandoval. The story is called "Slam." Dare we
hope for Slam Bradley to show up?
“The Company You Keep is Robert
Redford’s The Expendables.”
The Company You Keep is Robert
Redford’s The Expendables. It’s sort of a greatest hits from his
classic movies starring all his contemporaries, and a few of the new generation
to hit all four quadrants. It starts out kind of fun too, but gets really
plodding and way too message-y.
Former Weather Underground member Sharon Solarz (Susan
Sarandon) gets apprehended after 30 years in hiding from crimes committed during
the radical group’s political activism. Albany Sun Times reporter Ben Shepard (Shia
LaBeouf) gets on the story and uncovers that Jim Grant (Robert Redford) was
really Weather Underground member Nick Sloan. So Nick goes on the run before the
FBI can get him too and Ben tries to get the full story about the Weather
Underground members in hiding.
The Nick storyline is totally Three Days of the Condor.
Nick uses tactical handoffs to send messages and gathers intel to elude the FBI.
Along the way he encounter’s a host of legendary actors: Chris Cooper, Nick
Nolte, Sam Elliott, Richard Jenkins, Julie Christie. The old school spy thriller
leg of the movie is actually the fun part, until it gets preachy, which I’ll get
Exclusive Interview: Fede Alvarez on Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2
Fede Alvarez wants the the Evil Dead
crossover movie to “unite the two sagas together in one last epic film.”
While I was working the press rooms at
I did not have a chance to see the panels presented to the audience. So I was
not aware that the presenters for Evil Dead were already discussing plans
to merge Fede Alvarez’s re-imagined world with the Army of Darkness/Bruce
Campbell world. Still, I hope you’ll find that my one-on-one
grilling of Alvarez clarified some important details about the two series. Of
particular interest, Alvarez knows better than to call his sequel Evil Dead
II, and while Campbell may disagree, Alvarez definitively feels his film
takes place in the same world as Raimi’s trilogy. I took out specific spoilers
for Evil Dead but I did ask about the easter egg after the credits,
which you won’t want to know about yet but will definitely have questions about
CraveOnline: Let me tell you my experience with your
film and get your take on it. For about half the film, I was noticing this comes
from the original, this is a twist on what happens in the original. But you wore
me down the way things keep coming and coming. Is that what you were going for?
Fede Alvarez: Yeah. As
a storyteller, when you’re writing a movie and when you’re directing, you want
to keep people entertained. That’s the whole point, right? It has to be
entertaining. A lot of people ask me, “Is the main goal to be scary or
shocking?” It’s not. The main goal is to give you an entertaining story. It
doesn’t matter the amount of gore, the amount of shocks that you can have in a
movie, if the movie’s not entertaining, if the story’s not entertaining. Usually
when things keep happening and happening and happening, it keeps you hooked.
There’s a drama in the story that will keep you hooked and you invested in Mia.
By the time things start happening, you want her to succeed with whatever she’s
doing, right? It was really important to have a story that moved forward all the
time. There’s something happening every five minutes, right?
I think at the beginning it takes its time because that was
the nature of the story. It had to take some time to introduce the characters
and believe this is a grounded story and realistic, which really empowers the
fear later on when you set it up in such a realistic tone. Then when someone’s
throwing up in someone’s face, you feel it’s out of the movie, right? It feels
like what’s going on? Because in the first half, nothing that outrageous is
happening, so that was the whole trick, having a realistic set up with a good
story and things keep happening, happening, happening. Then suddenly you unleash
the Evil Dead universe on them.
Exclusive Interview: Bruce Campbell on Evil Dead & Burn Notice
Bruce Campbell explains the
post-credits easter egg on the Evil Dead remake and teases the final story arc
of Burn Notice.
Well, we’re going to have to get into spoiler territory with
Bruce Campbell. Believe us, once you see the
Evil Dead remake (in theaters Friday), there are some questions you’d want to
ask, but questions you wouldn’t want to have going into the movie. However, at
panel, the Evil Dead filmmakers already announced their hopes
to merge Fede Alvarez’s remake with the Ash universe, so
you might already want to know more. We got a one on one with Campbell, who
produced Alvarez’s remake, and got some good tidbits about the upcoming
Crimewave Blu-ray as well.
SPOILER WARNING for
those who don't want the post-credits scene from the Evil Dead remake
ruined. Seriously, Spoiler Warning.
CraveOnline: I understand it was important to you that
there be no Ash character in this Evil Dead. Is that true?
Bruce Campbell: I
wasn’t that adamant. We just wanted to make sure Sam [Raimi] was happy with the
idea in general of doing a remake, because it was our little baby. It’s the
thing that got us all into the film business so we’re going to be pretty careful
with it. So we were glad when Fede Alvarez pitched an idea to Sam that did not
have the Ash character. We’re like, “Yeah, that, we’re interested in” because it
meant that we were saving it just for us. We didn’t want to share the character
What are we to make of the Easter Egg appearance after
Make whatever you’d like. Fans want a cameo. Anyone who stays
to the end of the credits, we give ‘em a little somethin’ somethin’.
But does that mean these worlds have – -
It means absolutely nothing. It means everything and nothing.
It’s Paul McCartney crossing Abbey Road barefoot. That’s what it means.
Did you ever think you’d still be in the Evil Dead
world 30 years later?
I never thought I’d be in the film business 30 years later. So
no, no, you never think about that. We didn’t even think we’d finish the movie
at the time, let alone get people their money back, let alone have it be
successful, let alone having it stay around for as long as it has. So no, you
can never plan that. The stuff that you think is going to happen like that
doesn’t. The stuff that you don’t think about, that’s the stuff that takes hold.
Bitsie Tulloch & Claire Coffee on ‘Grimm’ Season 2
The ladies of “Grimm” talk about
making out with each other and the gross Wesen coming up later this season.
When I saw Bitsie Tulloch and Claire Coffee sitting down at
the Television Critics Association party for NBC, they looked so comfortable I
couldn’t ask them to stand up. So I kneeled down between them and interviewed
them for as long as my knees could hold up.
It was fun to party with the “Grimm” girls and talk about
magic and creatures. On the show, Tulloch plays Juliette Silverton, Nick's
girlfriend while Coffee portrays Adalind Schade, a Hexenbiest with dubious
CraveOnline: A lot of people are asking if Adalind will get her powers
back. I’m wondering is she still a lawyer?
Claire Coffee: That’s a
really good question. She is because when she was working for Eric, it was under
the guise of doing legal duty, so I think she’s a lawyer for passport and
legitimacy purposes. But I don’t know how many cases she’s busting wide open
Because that’s how we first met her.
Coffee: Yeah, yeah,
working at the law firm where all of her friends died.
What cool stuff is coming up for you?
Coffee: There’s a lot
of cool stuff. James Frain who plays Eric is coming back, so more royal
Do you still have monster makeup to deal with or is
that gone with the powers?
Coffee: No, all gone. I
never had to do the makeup. It was all CGI but no, the only evils I have now are
Do you ever have scenes together?
Coffee: We do.
Tulloch: Yeah, one in
12 and hopefully more.
Coffee: A big long one.
Tulloch: I’ve been
saying, drunkenly, everybody’s like, “Oh, I love the love triangle.” I was like,
if I had my druthers, I’d make out with everyone on the show including the
Netflix Finally Sets a Date For ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4
The Bluth family’s reunion gets an
extra episode as the long awaited revival inches closer to launch.
Back in December, rumors leaked out about an early May debut
for “Arrested Development” Season 4 on Netflix. However, Netflix quickly shot
down the rumors while tacitly admitting that the fourth season had been expanded
from ten episodes to fourteen.
Earlier today, Netflix announced that “Arrested Development”
Season 4 will premiere on Sunday, May 26 with all 15 episodes available
simultaneously, as apparently an additional episode was added to the order.
On Monday, BBC posted a photo of Tennant and Smith (as seen at
the top of this post) side-by-side at the first table read of the anniversary
script. BBC also confirmed that Joanna Page (“Gavin & Stacey”) will be in the
anniversary special alongside veteran actor John Hurt.
Michael Avon Oeming’s twisted
superhero team returns next month in a new ongoing.
Michael Avon Oeming's
The Victories miniseries was an interesting, if fucked up kinda
look at a different sort of superhero team. Now, they're coming back in a new
ongoing series, and Dark Horse isn't trying to hide its dark, twisted nature.
Hell, they're plugging this preview by branding it as "Super Fucked Up." When
the company itself is dropping f-bombs to describe things, you kinda have to
take a look, don't you?
Check out this preview for The Victories #1, due
out in May.
In Dan Slott’s ‘guilty pleasure’
issue, Ock-Spidey storms Shadowland to eliminate the Kingpin.
Marvel has slated July as "Superior Spider-Month," and that's
when Superior Spider-Man #14, the issue
Dan Slott described as his "favorite guilty pleasure" hits the stands.
"Issue #14 is, I think out of the entire run, my favorite
guilty pleasure book,"
he told me last weekend at Wondercon. You could not wipe the grin off my
face the whole time I was writing #14. I was chortling. Lots of things 'splode!
Things are just blowing up, and there's death and destruction and mayhem. I was
fiendishly having fun and laughing. Oh, it's going to kill me if they don't make
toys. There's stuff in #14 where I want the toy. I want the toy!"
"#14 is 'holy – I can't believe you're doing that,'" he added.
One of the best artists working today
talks Before Watchmen, Captain Brooklyn and enjoying filth.
I've made no secret of my gushing love for Amanda Conner art,
because it leaps off the page and gets right into your feel-meats. In
retrospect, the previous sentence makes it sound lurid. That's not what I mean
(well, not entirely). It's just got such a life to it that you can feel exactly
what her characters are feeling, and it destroys any cynicism you may have about
comics. She's done some excellent work – you have to check out her Power
Girl and Painkiller Jane written by her husband Jimmy Palmiotti
and, most recently, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre with the inimitable
Darwyn Cooke. As high-minded an artistic project as that was, however, you may
also remember her for Garth Ennis' down-and-dirty hooker-turned-superhero story
The Pro and thus look forward to the upcoming Captain Brooklyn,
with Palmiotti and Frank Tieri.
The point here is that I got to sit down with Ms. Conner for
an interview at Wondercon this weekend, and she couldn't have been nicer about
my pathetic fawning. We talked about her influences, her upcoming projects, her
predilection for filthy stuff, her post-mortem on Before Watchmen,
Darwyn Cooke's burnout and the unlikely connection between Hilary Knight's
Eloise and The Pro. Check it out, won't you?
CRAVE ONLINE: First, let me just say I'm a ridiculous
fan of your work. It's amazing.
AMANDA CONNER: Thank
There's something about your style that I'm curious
about – it's so emotive that it pours off the page and sucks you right in. How
did you develop this – I know there's an Archie influence, but what else is
there to it?
I did grow up on Archie Comics. That's what my mom would get
me when I was sick with the flu and home from school, and she was like 'I don't
want her watching TV for the next twelve hours, so let's make her read.' But I
think a really big influence was watching a lot of Chuck Jones.
Oh, yes. Yes. Absosmurfly.
Chuck Jones, baby. It helps that both of my parents are
artists, and my dad actually used to watch a lot of Chuck Jones with me, because
he's a big Chuck Jones fan.
As everybody should be.
Also, there's an artist – you probably don't remember this,
because you're a boy – but Eloise?
I've heard of her!
Okay. The guy who drew Eloise was named Hilary
Knight, and he was so good with body language, and he has a really, really
simple line style. It's very simple, but the emotions and attitudes that he gets
across are just great.
And that's so much of what I love about your work.
We kind of just fall in love with everybody you draw. Even someone like The Pro.
The Pro is almost like a grown-up Eloise. (laughs) Only
without all the money.
Wow. I need to read some more Eloise and blow my mind
Yeah, you'll see. If you ever get Eloise, you'll
totally see it.
Exclusive Interview: Scott Snyder & Jim Lee of ‘Superman Unchained’
DC’s biggest names talk to Crave
Online about building up Metropolis in the new Superman book.
At DC Comics these days, you will not find two bigger names
than Batman scribe Scott Snyder and industry legend Jim Lee. The two of
them are teaming up to forge a new path for the Man of Steel in a series
entitled Superman Unchained, which will join Scott Lobdell's
Superman and Creators-To-Be-Determined's Action Comics as ongoing
books about The Man of Tomorrow.
At Wondercon over the weekend, Lee and "Friend of The Book Report"
Snyder sat down with me to chat about their upcoming effort. Check out Crave
Online's exclusive interview right here, wherein Snyder compares Lee to Stephen
King, and Lee tells us about where Metropolis is actually geographically
CRAVE ONLINE: Jim, you seem to me to be the standard
bearer of comic book art. When people think of comic books, I think their minds
picture Jim Lee art instinctively.
JIM LEE: (laughs) I've
been around for a long time.
As one of the higher-ups at DC, dealing with this day
in and day out, do you still get awestruck when working on a character like
Superman, or does it just feel like work to you?
JIM LEE: I'll say,
honestly, it's less the character and it's more who I get to work with. So, in
this instance, working with Scott, his passion for the character and the
discussions we've had about it and the themes that he's developing in the story,
it makes me look at the character differently. I just want to do something that
matches the level of artistry and craftsmanship that he's bringing to the story.
That's the kind of thing that motivates and inspires me moreso than the fans'
reaction – I want them to react favorably, of course, but I really am working
towards my collaborator. That's what keeps me in the game and keeps me
So what's the collaborative process like between you
SCOTT SNYDER: The way
it works is that we talk story before I write the script, and I say 'what do you
think? This is what it's going to be about, this is what this issue is really
focused on,' and then I write the script. Sometimes along the way, we'll talk
and I'll say 'oh, I have an idea for this,' and then a page will come in from
Jim that will give me idea on how I could better change something towards the
end of the issue. I love working that way, where I feel like his art constantly
inspires a better story from me. I have a better way of telling the end of this
issue because I saw something awesome in the page that he sent that gave me an
idea for an emotional twist I could do. So I try to keep really, really present
in that way, where I get pages from him – how many times have I said to you
already 'I have a new idea for this scene down the line.' Visually, I see it,
and I'm like 'god, that's so awesome, I would love to tell a new scene that
plays on that theme.' The process has been constant inspiration. With Jim, I
could write the phone book and it would look amazing, period. At the end of the
day, his passion for doing a good job on it and how much thought goes into each
page – it's like when I was working with Stephen King on American Vampire.
The guy writes like a hungry young writer. Jim, on this book, is like somebody
with all this fire, page to page, and that makes me up my game on every page.
It's been a real joy. It's a dream come true for me.
Exclusive: Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese on G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Deadpool and
The screenwriters say Channing Tatum originally had a larger
role and promise a “Hard R” Deadpool movie that breaks the fourth wall.
After the success of Zombieland, you’d think we’d
have seen a lot of Reese and Wernick movies by now. Hollywood being Hollywood,
things take a long time. They wrote a script for
Deadpool which is no sure thing,
and a Zombieland sequel became a TV series. Even their current film,
the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation took an
extra nine months to come out after a 3D conversion. This weekend we sat with
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to finally talk about the long-awaited G.I. Joe
sequel and all their upcoming projects, which include
Cowboy Ninja Viking as well.
CraveOnline: Isn’t this what G.I. Joe should
have been all along? Get The Rock and Bruce Willis to play G.I. Joe, not some
Paul Wernick: True.
It’s true. Great, great actors playing iconic roles and iconic actors
themselves. It’s kind of a perfect fit.
Rhett Reese: Someone
called The Rock franchise Viagra. I forget who called him that but it’s a pretty
funny word because he has that ability now to come into a franchise and breathe
life into it so I think it was a great choice.
Were you writing the script for established action
guys to play Roadblock and Colton?
Rhett Reese: Not
originally. We wrote it for the character of Duke originally and then found that
Channing was only going to have a more limited role so we had to back off that
draft. The Rock and Bruce came a little bit later into the script process but
once they did, it was a true blessing because they’re so easy to write for. They
come with so many iconic qualities and to write to their voice was really,
really wonderful. Knowing they were going to be in it before we wrote the lines
was a big help.
Paul Wernick: It was
funny because when Dwayne got cast, we really didn’t rework the script very much
at all for him because he was so Roadblock when he came, it wasn’t a major
retooling. It’s as if we had written the role for him. He’s so perfect for it.
How would the Duke draft have worked? Would he have
fulfilled what Roadblock does in the movie?
Rhett Reese: Kind of a
combination. It would be interesting to go back and look at it, it’s been so
long. It was kind of a combination of what Flint has and what Roadblock has now
would be the best way to describe that draft.
Roadbloack was in the script. It was Duke, Roadblock and Flint.
Rhett Reese: And it was
Lady Jaye, wasn’t it? Because Flint was a Duke replacement.
Paul Wernick: I thought
Flint moved into the Duke spot. I don’t know, we’d have to go back.
Rhett Reese: It’s so
confusing. We’ve been through so many drafts of it. It’s really embarrassing. I
have no idea, depending on which draft you got. Basically Duke was the
protagonist, then Flint became the protagonist and then Roadblock became the
protagonist. So there were three major drafts with three different protagonists.
China’s Iron Man 3 Will Be Different Than America’s
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing will
make a cameo appearance exclusive to her native country.
China is an increasingly driving force in the global economy,
and with worldwide box office grosses more important than ever nowadays, it only
made sense that American studios would begin catering to the nation with the
largest population on the planet. The
re-editing of Red
Dawn was a disappointment on many levels, but Marvel
Studios is taking a more proactive, and less controversial approach to the
lucrative foreign market. Their upcoming release, Iron
Man 3, will feature exclusive content in China that
won't be seen in other countries.
Marvel Studios announced today that the Chinese release of Iron
Man 3 will include a special appearance by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (Flash
Point), who is credited as playing the wife of a character named "Dr. Wu,"
rumored to be the counterpart of the Marvel Comics character Chen Lu, aka "The
Radioactive Man." As near as we know, Dr. Wu will appear in both the American
and Chinese versions of Iron Man 3, although that's merely speculation.
Dr. Wu is also played by a prominent Chinese actor, Xueqi Wang, who replaced
Andy Lau in the cast of the film after
Lau departed the production
after the birth of his son.
Is the 1987 animated toy
commercial G.I. Joe: The Movie still the best film based on the hit franchise?
The Test of Time thinks so.
G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)
Starring: Don Johnson,
Burgess Meredith, Chris Latta, Michael Bell, Richard Gautier, Jennifer Darling,
Written by: Ron
Directed by: Don
What Is It: A motion
picture tie-in to the popular 1980s television series "G.I. Joe: A Real American
Hero," that was intended for theatrical release but ended up going
straight-to-video, with a cameo appearance by famous pro wrestler Sgt.
What Critics Said:
Since G.I. Joe: The Movie went straight-to-video, and since the
internet hadn't been invented yet, critics pretty much ignored this film
What Audiences Said:
Little kids mostly dug G.I. Joe: The Movie, which unlike Transformers:
The Movie didn't kill off one of its most beloved characters (although that
was originally the plan). In the years that followed, the film held a minor
place in the 1980s nostalgia canon, but is mostly remembered as a toy line
cash-in with a quirky pro-wrestling connection. Only hardcore G.I. Joe fans seem
to remember it very fondly, and even their enthusiasm tends to come across as
The Test of Time:
Ever since Clark Gable took his shirt off in It Happened
One Night, revealing that the movie star didn’t wear an undershirt
underneath, and nearly killing sales of undershirts overnight, movies have had a
pretty close relationship with commercialism. But it wasn’t until the success of
Star Wars in 1977 – a film that was, and as a franchise still probably
is, the most merchandised movie of all time – that movies and TV shows started
becoming all but indistinguishable from toy commercials. Granted, on some level
every movie and TV show is at least trying to sell you itself, but by
the 1980s it seemed like many were just being made to move plastic figurines out
of warehouses, not to tell a meaningful story.
CraveOnline picks the best 80s and
90s cartoons that deserve a movie of their own.
I've been feeling a little nostalgic these days. Remember Ecto
Cooler? Remember Gak? These were, sadly enough, defining cultural milestones in
the life of many people in America, and while we've all grown up, we still look
back fondly on an era of crass commercial sell-out cartoons that existed almost
exclusively to sell us toys. Incidentally, G.I.
Joe: Retaliation is in theaters now. It's better than the last
G.I. Joe live-action movie. That's not saying much.
The beautiful thing about nostalgia, from a capitalist
perspective, is that the kids who grew up loving 1980s and 1990s cartoons have
by now grown up and started having toy-mongering kids of their own. Or, if they
haven't "grown up," they're still buying toys and cartoons exclusively for
themselves. That's why movies like Transformers and G.I. Joe
are such big blockbusters. Kids want to see them, and parents aren't going to
say no, because they want to see them as well. They're arguably not as good as
the original series - G.I. Joe: The Movie is still
marginally better than any of the live-action installments
– but the potential for good stories is still there, and the series themselves
have a built-in appeal that makes studios more like to take chances on making
them. The odds of a big budget movie about little blue people fighting Hank
Azaria will get made increase exponentially if you call it The Smurfs.
But Hollywood seems to have gotten pretty stagnant with ideas
for nostalgia cartoons to turn into big budget blockbuster movies. The obvious
ones, like G.I. Joe and Transformers, have already been
taken. There's a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie in
development right now. But the 1980s and 1990s were rife with cartoon series
that not only have the potential to make money, but also have a lot of potential
to make a good movie. In the interest of feeding the movie industry with good
ideas for a change, CraveOnline has put together a list of Ten
Nostalgia Cartoons That Should Be Movies. Some of these shows were
hits, some of them were bombs, but they all have the potential to entertain new
generations if done right.
That's a big "if" obviously.
“M.A.S.K.” is one of many 1980s cartoon series that are better
remembered for their toys than the actual TV show itself, but man, those toys
were cool. The acronym “M.A.S.K.” stood for “Mobile Armored Strike Kommand,”
complete with a sigh-worthy misappropriation of the letter “K,” so perhaps it’s
not meant to be adapted into a very serious movie. The heroic agents of M.A.S.K.
use high-tech vehicles that transform into other vehicles – motorcycles that
turn into helicopters, for example – to fight off an enemy organization called
V.E.N.O.M., which of course stands for “Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem.”
Okay, “M.A.S.K.” would need a lot of massaging to be taken
even remotely seriously nowadays, but there’s a lot of potential here for an
action-packed thrillride (with endless merchandising opportunities, naturally)
with a story that’s certainly no worse than G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. With a little luck, it might
even be as fun as Battleship. And with a lot of luck, it might even
make more money than Battleship.
However, “Sense8” will be skipping TV entirely. Netflix has
announced that it has ordered “Sense8” to series with a ten episode order. The
story is currently described only as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and
souls hunted;” which the Wachowskis said came from “a late-night conversation
about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that
paradox ‘Sense8’ was born.”
Straczynski is best known as the creator of “Babylon 5,” in
addition to writing the Thor movie and comic book series, as well as
Changeling, “The Twilight Zone” revival in the ‘80s and “Jeremiah.”
Andy and Lana Wachowski’s seminal work was The Matrix trilogy and more
recently, Cloud Atlas. Straczynski i and the Wachowskis previously
collaborated on Ninja Assassin.
This cool Vertigo anthology book
boasts work from Gail Simone, Simon Spurrier, Jeff Lemire, Damon Lindelof and
Time Warp #1 is a pretty cool
anthology book from Vertigo, and it features nine short stories about the
general notion of time travel from a lot of talented, interesting creators. It's
an entertaining read with a lot to talk about, so let's make with the rundown.
"R.I.P." is written by Damon Lindelof with art from Jeff
Lemire, and one supposes Vertigo has free rein to borrow DC characters from time
to time, as it's a Rip Hunter story about a pseudo-paradox where future versions
of himself keep traveling back to the dinosaur age to prevent his younger self
from getting eaten by one. Hunter's alternate selves are amusingly cussy and
short with him, and Lemire does a good rough and tumble job with the artwork.
"It's Full of Demons" by Tom King and Tom Fowler opens with a
weird orange fiery-looking spaceman showing up in 1901 to shoot a young child
through the head while he was innocently playing, leaving his sister with
traumatic confusion, believing a demon killed her brother, Addie. She gets
locked up and goes through hell, descending into madness while the world which
unfolds around her is a much more peaceful and progressive history than we know
in our reality. Very well paced and plotted, even though the initial obfuscation
isn't quite enough to make the final reveal unguessable.
Warren Ellis and Mike McKone are
relaunching Marvel’s original graphic novel line with a big story.
Marvel has recruited some A-list talent to help them relaunch
their original graphic novel line. Warren Ellis and Mike McKone are teaming up
to bring us Avengers: Endless Wartime, due out this October.
Here's the synopsis blurb of what Marvel is calling "a
movie-length epic," showing us that the goal is to give stand-alone stories to
movie fans who don't know where to start with the comics:
"An abomination, long thought buried, has resurfaced in a
war-torn land- but now it wears an American flag. Faced with another nightmare
reborn, Captain America will not stand for yet more death at the hands of a
ghost from his past. Haunted by his greatest shame, Thor must renew the hunt for
a familiar beast. Side by side with the great Super Heroes the world has seen,
united to end the threats no one of them could face alone, the Avengers will
stare down the greatest threat the team has ever faced. But is even their
combined might enough to overcome a force of pure evil?"
Check out these preview pages from Avengers: Endless
Wartime. It's Warren Ellis, for pete's sake. You're gonna want to read
Robert Redford Wanted for Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Wouldn’t Robert Redford would be in “a senior leadership role”
at SHIELD. Wouldn’t he make a great Dum Dum Dugan?
When Marvel Studios does casting,
they aim high. Case in point: Robert Redford is now reportedly in talks to
co-star in Captain
America: The Winter Soldier, from directors Anthony &
Joe Russo. He'd join Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and
Anthony Mackie in "a senior leadership role" at SHIELD, the secret organization
at the heart of the Marvel Universe, according to
In My Boxer Shorts: Elliott Gould on Dorfman In Love
The star of Dorfman in Love also reminisces about Robert
Altman, MASH, The Big Hit, The Muppet Movie and more
Elliott Gould has a new movie coming out. In Dorman In
Love, he plays the title character (Sara Rue)’s father, a widower who
complains a lot and even says politically incorrect things like The F Word with
a Yiddish twist. When Dorfman housesits a downtown L.A. loft, it opens her
world, even though her father resists change. We got the chance to talk with
Gould by phone and go back over his storied career in cinema classics. He was
very open about everything. He even told us what he was wearing!
CraveOnline: How many films have you ever actually
made in L.A.?
Elliott Gould: The
Long Goodbye. We made Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in L.A. We made
MASH in L.A. And I’m sure I did quite a few others in L.A. but the idea
of L.A. having such a role as it does in Dorfman In Love is an extra
I’m surprised to hear all those classics were filmed
in town because most productions leave.
Oh, I understand. Have you seen the film?
Yes, and I was going to ask have you explored those
areas of downtown L.A. yourself?
I get lost. If I have to walk around the block, if I turn two
corners I’m lost. The answer is yes, I have done several projects here. I enjoy
exploring it and it’s a very interesting location.
You might be surprised one of my favorite movies is
The Big Hit. Was that filmed in L.A.?
No, we did that in Canada. I love Mark Wahlberg.
How do indie filmmakers like the makers of Dorman reach you
if they want you for a part? Are you pretty accessible?
Yeah, if you want me, you can find me. Anybody can. I belong
to the union. I’m a unionist and I am who I am, so I’m findable. How they found
me is that Len Hill, who’s the producer of the film, owns the properties that we
worked at, especially where the loft was. He and I had met over union business,
union politics so he got in touch with me through an agent and also directly.
Then I came in for a meeting. I read the script and then I came in to meet Wendy
[Kout] who wrote it as well as Brad Leong who directed it. We then embarked to
get to precisely where we are.
Peter Jackson Sets Sight on One Dalek to Rule Them All
Most Craved: The man who brought Middle-earth to life wants to
direct Doctor Who … for a price! A gold Delek!
As far as geek culture is concerned,
Peter Jackson can pretty much name his
price to handle any project he wants. Well the man who redefined The Lord of
the Rings and The Hobbit for generations to come says he will
gladly direct a franchise he's loved since childhood: "Doctor Who."
Sylvester McCoy Interview From ‘Doctor Who’ Convention Gallifrey One
We catch up with the Seventh Doctor himself as he tells us
about the influence of his Doctor and the joys of being a lego figure.
Last month at the Gallifrey One “Doctor Who” convention in Los
Angeles, CraveOnline and Girl on Geek caught up with Sylvester McCoy, who is
better known as the Seventh Doctor from “Doctor Who.” But McCoy also had a
supporting role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as the wizard,
Radagast the Brown.
In our interview with McCoy, he spoke about the growth of
Gallifrey One, the continuing influence of his Doctor on the current incarnation
of the series, his joy about becoming a lego action figure, his thoughts on the
50th anniversary and his strangest fan encounter!
The former “Spartacus” co-star is promoted to series regular
as Slade Wilson gets a bigger role in the second season
Manu Bennett’s time as Crixus may be winding down on
“Spartacus,” but he’ll be hanging around on “Arrow” next season.
The Hollywood Reporter, Bennett has been
promoted to a series regular for “Arrow” Season 2. Bennett joined “Arrow”
earlier this season as Slade Wilson, the alter-ego of Deathstroke in DC Comics.
Unlike his comic book counterpart, the Slade Wilson on “Arrow”
is an ally and mentor for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) during his time trapped
on an island in the flashback sequences. Having Bennett on board for the entire
second season may open the door to bringing Wilson’s character into the present
day storylines as an adversary for Arrow. Deathstroke would also make an ideal
choice for the new “big bad” of “Arrow” Season 2.
The longstanding Spawn character is now legally Gaiman’s to do
with as he pleases – and apparently, that’s give it to Marvel.
Well, the big secret from Age of Ultron's
hush-hush ending has been
Marvel decided to announce their big
coup to the world. Neil Gaiman will be returning to the House of Ideas,
and the unexpected new entry into the Marvel Universe will be none other
than Angela, the longstanding Spawn character whose legal
rights Gaiman won from Todd McFarlane… and which he's apparently turned
around and sold to Marvel.
Vertigo’s “Hellblazer” is gone, and John Constantine
headlines in the DCU proper, and it just doesn’t work.
DC Comics almost got one by me. Constantine #1,
the reboot of a character that did not need rebooting, nearly became one
of the more embarrassing moments of my writing career. Why? Well, being
a long time fan of writer Jeff Lemire, I came within a hairs breath of
publishing a review that skewered the beloved writer of Sweet Tooth,
Animal Man and now Green Arrow. Simply put,
Constantine #1 is absolutely terrible. A bastardization of the
character and something I wouldn’t line the bottom of a bird cage with.
Just as I was unleashing my fury, I noticed two names in the writer’s
The second writer is Ray Fawkes, a man whose writing I
have come to loathe from
Batgirl. Suddenly, all of
Constantine’s problems began to make sense. True, there is no
confirmation of my suspicions, but I’d be willing to bet Lemire wrote
the story and Fawkes mutilated…er…..wrote the script. Constantine #1
has something to do with our hero hunting a compass that shows the
whereabouts of all magical properties in the world. There’s a demon crew
after it and somehow a guy named Chris gets involved because his head is
one fire, or something like that.
As I said, I have no proof Fawkes penned the script
outside of the fact that it has identical problems with Batgirl.
Constantine #1 is a convoluted mess that is nearly impossible
to follow. Think about that, mull over the lack of ability it takes to
make a twenty two page comic book hard to follow. The problem? Much like
in Batgirl, Constantine is bloated with unnecessary
exposition. A character who was never one for words drones on and on
endlessly about nothing. Wrapped within these long speeches might be a
nugget of information we can use to thread together a plot, but those
nuggets are hard to find.
A mysterious villain has been targeting the Doctor’s
companions, and The 3rd Doctor is up next.
Doctor in action, facing the threat of a mysterious villain who is
targeting our hero through his companions. This wek, The 3rd Doctor gets
his turn to catch on to this threat who is capable of existing outside
of time, to harrass him in all of his different incarnations.
Check out this preview of Doctor Who: Prisoner of
Time #3, from writers Scott and David Tiption and artist Mike
Marvel's rabid fanbase routinely push any of the studio's
movie casting news to the top of the online "trending" heap — and that was no
different following the announcement of actor/MMA fighter/former WWE champion
Dave Bautista as alien powerhouse Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming
“Upside Down, in terms of its visuals, is gorgeous and clever
The premise is a little tricky, so let me see if I can be
succinct. Upside Down takes place on a pair of distant planets
inhabited by human-like people who refer to themselves as humans, and look like
humans. The two unnamed planets in question exist in what is called a binary
gravity field (or some such thing), which means they orbit their sun as a pair,
but remain constantly at the same distance from one another. That distance is
only about 500 feet. This makes for a pair of cities, one on either planet, both
at the one point where the planets are nearest, that seem to exist on the
distant ceiling of the other. One planet is referred to as “up top” and the
other is referred to as “down below.” The people Down Below see Up Top above
them instead of a sky, and vice versa. Never mind that there is no “up”
in space and both planets would appear to be “down below” to its own
inhabitants. Another odd wrinkle: the people (and objects) from each planet are
beholden to their own hometown gravity. So when someone from Down Below travels
to Up Top, they require special weights to keep them on the ceiling, which is
their counterparts' floor.
Haynes gets promoted to a regular cast member as Roy Harper
gets a larger role in the second season.
Colton Haynes has only appeared in a single episode of “Arrow”
to date, but he’ll be seen a lot more next season.
The Hollywood Reporter, Haynes has been
promoted to a series regular for “Arrow” Season 2. Haynes made his “Arrow” debut
on February 20 as Roy Harper, a troubled thief who stole Thea’s (Willa Holland)
purse. Haynes will recur on the series for the rest of the first season as Roy
and Thea form a burgeoning romance.
Jenna-Louise Coleman Will Stay On For ‘Doctor Who’ Season 8
Coleman confirms that Clara Oswin Oswald isn’t going away
Given that Clara Oswin Oswald has already died twice on
“Doctor Who,” no one can guarantee that her third incarnation won’t meet
a similar fate. But that doesn’t mean that Clara’s portrayer,
Jenna-Louise Coleman won’t be around for this season and beyond.
During an interview with BBC Radio 5 (via
Radio Times) Coleman noted that “I can
say I will be in season eight." Coleman also said that production of
“Doctor Who” Season 8 won’t even begin until September, because her
co-star, Matt Smith will be away filming How To Catch A Monster,
the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling.
Ben Cotton on ‘Battlestar Galatica: Blood & Chrome’
Cotton talks about playing young Adama’s partner and
the possible future of the series.
If you haven’t seen the “Battlestar Galactica” prequel
movie “Blood & Chrome” yet, it’s now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The
all new story shows William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) on his first
mission. Ben Cotten plays Coker Fasjovik, the veteran saddled with this
We got to speak with Cotten by phone about his role in
the “Blood & Chrome” movie and where things might go for Coker and Adama
in the future.
You must be the only character who’s yelled at Adama.
[Laughs] Well, I’d have to go back and watch the series again.
too, I’m making a very big assumption here.
That’s entirely possible.
You had a chance to appear on “Razor” and “Caprica.” How long have you
been in the “Battlestar” family? Was that just a coincidence or have you
worked your way up to a leading role?
Ben Cotton: I
think part of that was just a function of the fact that I live in
Vancouver and they shoot here. Both shows were shot here so I guess I’ve
been in the family for a while. I can’t remember how long ago “Razor”
was, but “Razor” was the first time. That was the beginning.
How different was it playing a leading role in “Blood & Chrome?”
Ben Cotton: Oh,
like two different shows. With “Razor I think I showed up and finished
shooting before lunch and that was the end of it. So I barely got to
know anybody. Of course, some of the crew was the same but it was a
different crew when we did “Blood & Chrome.”
It’s a different ball game when you’re playing one of
the leads. It’s obviously a whole lot more work but a whole lot more
intimate with everybody. You get to know everybody and people help you
out a lot more when you’re number one or two on the list. People bring
you water. [Laughs]
What was your take on Coker when you read the script?
Ben Cotton: I
loved him. I don’t know, there was something about Coker that resonated
with me. In fact, I didn’t get to read the script for quite a while.
Nowadays in TV everything is very secretive of course because they don’t
want anything leaked over the internet, so you don’t get an entire
script sometimes until you’ve got the job.
But before you get the job, I think in this case there
were two auditions and a screen test before I actually saw the whole
script. So that’s an interesting trip. It was funny, I auditioned for
Coker before Christmas and I thought about him through the holidays and
into January which is then when we resumed to audition and screen test.
Usually when I audition, I do the audition and it’s
gone. I walk out of the door and I don’t think about it again, but for
some reason Coker stayed in my head. I thought about him a lot, about
the person, which I thought was interesting. That was unusual for me. So
I really liked him. I really liked him. There was something about him
that I thought I can get behind that guy. I kept imagining what his life
might be which again was unusual for me so I knew that something sort of
resonated for me right away.
Katana of the new Justice League of America has her
own business to handle.
Katana is a badass martial arts woman who
believes the soul of her dead husband is in the sword that
killed him – the sword she wields. She's also a new member of
the Justice League of America, but she's got her own business to
handle with a jerk named Coil.
Check out this preview of Katana #2,
from Ann Nocenti and Alex Sanchez.
Janine’s team of replacement Ghostbusters is
being forced to wear hotpants by the government.
IDW's Ghostbusters series may be an
acquired taste. The art is extremely cartoony and the writing is
fairly relaxed and easygoing, so it's not all that exciting.
However, it does seem like a nice, comfortable pair of pants –
the one in the rotation you know you won't have to struggle to
fit into and you know won't bind in the crotch. It's a fun
These days, we've got a refresh of the book
calling itself The New Ghostbusters, which is a team of
substitutes that has to rise up because our O.G. quartet has
been sucked into the netherworlds by jerk ghosts. Thus,
erstwhile employee Janine Melnitz has gathered together Ray
Stantz's occult bookstore manager Kylie Griffin and Peter
Venkman's federal agent love interest Melanie Ortiz to pick up
the ghostbusting slack. Unfortunately for them, the nefarious
Walter Pecker (wait, his name is Peck) has strongarmed them with
legalese to answer directly to the city government, and assigned
to them a huckster by the name of Ron Alexander, who looks
suspiciously like Chevy Chase in Fletch.
Check out this preview of The New
Ghostbusters #2, from Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening, and
see how you think it fits. Because the hotpants the team is
being forced to wear surely frosts their shorts.
Cyclops and his crew have gone to Wolverine’s
school to steal away students.
Cyclops and his rebels in the new Uncanny
X-Men have just told off Captain America and the Avengers
when they tried to arrest him for the murder of Charles Xavier
(which he had previously surrendered for and was incarcerated,
so he's also a fugitive), but thanks to a time-stop girl that
Cyclops rescued from jerks when starting his new Charles Xavier
school (that's balls, there, naming a school after a guy you
killed), the team got away. They even tried to pass off the
blame for the entire Phoenix Five debacle onto Iron Man for
breaking it apart in the first place. Now that's just damn
Now, the self-righteous team is full of piss
and vinegar – so much so that they've gone directly to
Wolverine's Jean Grey School to steal away any students they can
to bolster their own ranks. What do the Stepford Cuckoos make of
what's become of Emma Frost?
Check out this preview of Uncanny X-Men #4,
from Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo, due out next month.
If it wins an award there's probably a porn paradoy out
there, so why not a heart warming black and white animated short porn parody?!
Next time you make a paper airplane, just remember, you're totally touching it,
running your fingers along it's lengths… how dare you!
Behind the Curtain: Joe Roth on Oz the Great and Powerful
The producer reveals what wasn’t allowed in Oz the Great and
Powerful, and why he won’t remake Young Guns.
You know Joe Roth, even if you don't know his name. The
founder of Revolution Studios, and former chairman of 20th Century Fox and
Disney, has produced a broad swath of movies in his nearly forty year career,
including Young Guns, Major League, Nightbreed and The
Jerky Boys. Lately, he's been producing a series of fantasy films that put
a new spin on classic fairy tales.Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Snow
White and the Huntsman, and now Oz the Great and Powerful, a new
film from Sam Raimi that stars James Franco as a stage magician and shyster who
travels to Oz and becomes "the man behind the curtain."
We sat down with Joe Roth to discuss the development of the
film, why he's making so many fantasy movies lately, why he won't remake Young
Guns, and his upcoming low budget drama, Heaven is for Real.
CraveOnline: You’ve done a couple of different films
that take fantasy tales and repurpose them, recontextualize them…
Joe Roth: Four of them.
Four of them, with Maleficent coming out. Do
you feel like you could have done a straightforward Wizard of Oz movie,
or is this the best way to go right now?
No. No, you can’t… I mean, this is my own personal opinion.
You can’t remake a classic. You can remake a movie that had a very good idea,
but somehow wasn’t executed as best it [could be]. The Wizard of Oz?
You’re not going to remake The Wizard of Oz. So once I heard the idea,
“Who is that guy behind the curtain, and how did he get there?” That seemed like
a great way in to do a prequel to the story.
George Lucas Confirms Cast of Star Wars: Episode VII
The director lets it slip that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher
will join Harrison Ford in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.
Finally, a Star
Wars: Episode VII story from someone who actually knows what
they're talking about. George Lucas may have washed his hands of the Star
Wars franchise, but he still knows what Disney is doing with it, and the
creator of the world's most popular sci-fi franchise admitted in an interview
that the original cast of the original trilogy is planning to return for Star
Wars: Episode VII, even though he's supposed to be keeping his damned mouth
shut about it.
The “Battlestar Galactica” executive producer returns to Syfy,
but is there another project by Moore waiting in the wings?
For the last few months, it’s been heavily rumored that Syfy
was close to giving a greenlight for Ronald D. Moore’s dark thriller, “Helix”
even before a pilot was filmed. And today, the network made it official.
In a brief announcement (via
Deadline), Syfy confirmed that “Helix” is getting a rare straight-to-series
order for 13 episodes. The premise for “Helix” centers upon a group of
scientists “investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research
facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.”
Syfy President of Original Content, Mark Stern welcomed Moore
back to the network in a quick statement: “With its well-drawn characters, taut
drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this
intense thrill-ride of a series come to life,”
Moore was one of the key executive producers behind the 2004
reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” on Syfy, as well as the spinoff series, “Caprica.”
Prior to that, Moore had memorable stints on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,”
“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Carnivàle.”
‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Developing Exorcism Drama
Kirkman partners with Fox International Channels to bring his
upcoming comic book series to television.
Walking Dead” isn’t just a success story of the current TV season. It is THE
success story and the show has continued to bring in blockbuster ratings while
leaving broadcast networks behind in its wake.
Deadline, Kirkman and Fox International Channels have announced that they
are developing Kirkman’s currently untitled exorcism based comic book series for
televison. What this means is that the project doesn’t currently have a home on
a U.S. network, but FIC handles the international distribution of “The Walking
Dead;” which will allow the potential series to line up deals around the world.
The project follows Kyle Barnes, a man who has been haunted by
a possession for years. When the story picks up in the present, Kyle “embarks on
a spiritual journey to find answers but what he uncovers could mean the end of
life on Earth.”
Jon Stewart Takes “Daily Show” Hiatus to Direct a Movie
John Oliver will replace Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” this
summer, when Stewart will direct a serious drama based on the life of one of his
Acclaimed comedian, TV host and Fox News antagonist Jon
Stewart is stepping away from his award-winning series "The
Daily Show" to make a movie. Alas, it is not the sequel to Death
to Smoochy. Stewart is parlaying his popularity and respectability into a
dramatic motion picture production called Rosewater, which Stewart has
written and will direct this summer. Rosewater will force Stewart to
take a 12-week hiatus from "The Daily Show" this summer. "Daily Show" co-star
John Oliver will take over hosting duties for eight of those weeks according to
Rosewater is an adaptation of
the non-fiction book Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love,
Captivity and Survival, written by BBC journalist Maziar Bahari (with Aimee
Molloy), who appeared on "The Daily Show" multiple times between 2009 and 2011. Rosewater
will tell the story of how Bahari traveled to Iran to cover the 2009
presidential elections and wound up spending 118 days in prison, brutally
interrogated by a man who, according to Bahari, smelled like rosewater. An early
appearance by Bahari on "The Daily Show" was actually used against him in
Rosewater is clearly a passion
project for Stewart, who will be making his directorial and motion picture
screenwriting debut on the film. Stewart's career in films was a recurring joke
when he hosted the Academy Awards in both 2006 and 2008. Stewart had small parts
in such critically pummeled motion pictures as Big Daddy, Doogal
and The Faculty, the latter of which was actually pretty danged good.
It's unusual for a popular comedian to make a serious drama his directorial
debut, but Stewart has over the last decade raised his visibility as a serious
political pundit when he wasn't mocking Fox News… and often when he was.
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson bring their
critically-acclaimed homage comics to DC proper.
Cool! Astro City is coming back!
In the days of WildStorm Comics, Kurt Busiek and Brent
Anderson (with Alex Ross on covers) fashioned Astro City as an homage
to superhero comics, but with a focus shifted away from most of the big action
and onto what life is really like for the man on the street in a world full of
capes and codenames. It won all sorts of critical acclaim and created some very
compelling characters, such as Steeljack (the metal Robert Mitchum-looking
ex-con), Samaritan (the Superman allegory who actually tries to fix every
problem on Earth) and the Silver Agent (the tragic Captain America figure who
shamed a nation out of the death penalty). However, Astro City ended back in
2010 with the closing of WildStorm and its assimilation into DC Comics.
Now, however, the Homage Comics are
following the WildStorm characters into the DC fold. Astro City is
coming back this June under the DC Entertainment umbrella as an ongoing monthly
open-ended series, and it will still be creator-owned. Rest assured, though,
these characters are not mixing into the DCU proper.
Brian Michael Bendis and Bryan Hitch throw the Marvel
Universe into brutal chaos for this big event book.
You have to give it to Brian Michael Bendis. He starts off
Age Of Ultron with a swift kick to our comic book loving balls (it’s a
metaphor, so girls are included). This first of a ten-issue series doesn’t ease
us into a story – it throws us into the deep end, all the while screaming "sink
or swim!" This is about as unpleasant a first issue as I’ve read in many years.
I don’t say that negatively, I say it with great admiration that Bendis would go
right for the jugular.
Age Of Ultron #1 opens with a
decimated New York City. Blown to all hell and back, the once great metropolis
looks like Poland post-Nazi invasion. Burnt out buildings, few signs of life,
crime running rampant, the city’s only real light is that of a huge ship
hovering just overhead. Running through this apocalyptic hell is Hawkeye, a
beaten up version of the handsome hero. He’s also deadly, shooting criminals in
the throat and eyes as he makes his way through an abandoned building filled
with super criminals and standard street scum.
Hawkeye pushes through these criminals like a man possessed.
Why? Well, in the basement of this hole is a captured Spider-Man, stripped of
most of his costume and beaten savagely. Hawkeye slaughters his opponents,
rescues Spider-Man and then steps into the street, where Ultron robots swoop
down from the ship. Releasing sound that rattles humans at a molecular level,
the Ultrons demand the humans to surrender.
Preview: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #14
The mighty “Phase-Six” Decepticon Overlord emerges to
threaten everything good anywhere.
In the best Transformers series ever, which is the James
Roberts/Alex Milne book called Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye,
we've been following the story of the Lost Light, a spacecraft on a voyage to
seek out the fabled Knights of Cybertron to try to bring about a new golden age.
But much like many quests, the true tale is not about the destination, but about
last issue's yukfest, this month's installment will finally bring to bear
the dark secret that's been hidden in the bowels of the ship – the
sociopathically sadistic Decepticon Phase-Sixer Overlord. "Phase Six"
essentially means they are the most powerful and most feared of the entire
Decepticon army, so much so that Overlord was obsessed with pitting his might
against Megatron himself, and when Megs was thought dead, allt he life went out
of his spark, and he's been presumed dead.
But he ain't. He's in the ship. And Chromedome is prying
around inside his head. This can't end well.
Check out this preview of Transformers: MTMTE #14.
DC’s comic book based on toys based on comic books goes
Okay, so Ame-Comi Girls is a series from Justin Gray
and Jimmy Palmiotti, writers of All-Star Western and all the Freedom Fighters
miniseries like Phantom Lady & Doll Man, The Human Bomb and
The Ray. It's… well, I'll let the
official DC Comics machine explain this one.
"The splashy, fun, action packed digital-first series
featuring alternate versions of your favorite DC heroines based on the popular
line of Japanese anime and manga influenced figures from DC Collectibles, is now
a new print monthly ongoing series!"
So it's a comic book based on toys based on comic books. And
everybody in it seems to be a lady. So there you go. If you dig the manga-influenced
art style of Eduardo Francisco, you're good to go. For me, I can't look at this
title without getting
"Volcano Girls" by Veruca Salt stuck in my head for some reason.
Check out this preview of Ame-Comi Girls #1, due out
Review: All-Star Western #17 – A Plague Upon Gotham
Vandal Savage brings a cholera epidemic to 19th century
Gotham City, and Jonah Hex still won’t leave town.
Every once in a while, it's good to check in with All-Star
Western, where Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are quietly churning out
quality western yarns set in Gotham City of the 19th century. J&J also handled
the Jonah Hex series before the New 52, which had the ornery,
disfigured bounty hunter in his natural element, the actual Old West. Now, while
it does feel like a bit of a stretch to keep him tethered to Gotham City, a
place he despises, working with Amadeus Arkham, a fussbudget doctor that annoys
him, it still makes for some compelling historical fiction.
Case in point, All-Star Western #17, which mixes a
tragic tale of human barbarism in the face of a cholera outbreak with classic
comic book supervillainy. It's not often that a book set this far in the past
gets to make use of characters you've heard of, but there is that one immortal
bastard named Vandal Savage who can show up anywhere at any time. Much to
Gotham's chagrin, he's chosen this time to show up with intent to spread
Much of this series has been ass-kicking and name-taking
blended with the truly twisted sort of malevolence that seems to constantly
bubble up in Gotham, a trait apparently bred into the city's history from the
outset. This issue is darker and heavier, as the outbreak has its roots in a
destitute, shady district of the city that soon became known as Death's
Doorstep, and the infected were herded into that area and quarantined away from
the healthy. This is not unlike the basic premise of the Batman: Arkham City
video game, except in this case, we're trading out the criminally insane for the
fatally plagued. Oh, and Our Man Arkham is actually appalled by this.
Today we got a chance to speak with Bryan Singer by phone
about his new movie, Jack the Giant Slayer. We’ll bring you the full
interview next week, and we waited until the end to ask about his next film.
However, his next film is
X-Men: Days of Future Past. A lot
of X-Men fans are still smarting that he didn’t get to direct X-Men: The
Last Stand, and that the ultimate director of that film, Brett Ratner, made
some choices with which fans perhaps disagree. Perhaps I am also being
We’re two films removed from the close of the X-Men
trilogy Singer began, but the plot of Days of Future Past involves
combining the generations of X-Men: First Class and Singer’s present
day trilogy. So could this be a chance to not only do the X-Men 3
Singer would have wanted to do, but to fix things?
Singer said. “That’s the answer to your question.
And a lot more because this combines the stories and the casts of both
X-Men: First Class and my original X-Men films, so I get to do a
little bit of that kind of fun stuff, but I also get to do a lot more. It’s a
very epic story. It takes place in multiple times and a crazy, crazy cast.”
Matthew Vaughn established his own distinct X-Men
world in First Class, a gritty reality of the ‘60s, yet with the
classic yellow X-Men suits Singer famously ditched for the black. However,
Singer has remained involved with the franchise so it’s not weird playing in
“It would be [weird] if I didn’t write the story for
X-Men: First Class. I wrote the story to that movie and I produced it
and I was instrumental in the casting, in design and involved in the
post-production, so I was part of that movie. I initiated that movie and
originated it so in that way, and worked with Matthew and I was the one who
actually hired Matthew so in a way I feel like I’m not completely entering
someone else’s franchise. I’m entering one that he executed wonderfully, but one
that I was also part of.”
Deadline is reporting
that Mark Pellegrino has joined “The Tomorrow People” as Dr. Jedikiah Price; who
is described as “an evolutionary biologist committed to containing the threat
posed by the Tomorrow People, whom he believes to be a grave danger to the human
The initial premise for “The Tomorrow People” is very similar
to the X-Men as they both consist of young people from around the world who
develop superpowers as part of the next stage of human evolution. However, the
original incarnation of “The Tomorrow People” added more sci-fi elements that
distinguished it from its comic book predecessor.
Deadline, Nicole Beharie has joined the cast of
Fox’s modern day “Sleepy Hollow” pilot; which is not to be confused with the
CW’s modern day “Sleepy Hollow” pilot.
Beharie will play Detective Abbie Archer, a woman who
witnesses a mysterious and brutal murder right before she leaves the FBI
academy. And the only person who backs her account of what happened is Ichabod
Crane himself. “Sleepy Hollow” will focus on Archer and Crane as they
investigate bizarre crimes in Sleepy Hollow as the town struggles to survive on
the frontline of the war between good and evil.
When The CW presented a panel on “Cult” to the Television
Critics Association, they were faced with a lot of questions about the show’s
“Cult” is about a reporter investigating a show on the CW
called “Cult;” which is about a cult, and its cult of followers who are involved
with missing people in real life. Simple! We got some one on one time with
“Cult” creator Rockne S. O’Bannon to delve into this unique concept.
CraveOnline: What’s so hard to explain? It’s a show within a
Rockne S. O’Bannon:
Then you watch it and we have 13 hours to better explain it all, but yeah.
CraveOnline: Are you
essentially producing two shows, “Cult” and “Cult?”
Rockne S. O’Bannon:
Yeah, in a way, it’s interesting. It ultimately homogenizes down to one big
production, but keeping them both straight, especially early on, has been kind
of a fun challenge for everybody because obviously there are dangerous followers
in what we refer to as the inside show, the Billy Grimm/Kelly show.
And then the Matt Davis/Jessica Lucas side we call the outside
show, there’s also people that are dangerous. There’ll be times in production,
they’re going to put some of the dangerous minions from one into the other and
it’s like no, no, you can’t do that. You can’t cross-pollinate like that. From a
production standpoint, there’s been a fun challenge to keep the two separate in
nature that the two worlds are different, because part of the fun of the show is
creating those kind of crossover points.
For example, the pilot, for me the iconic orange car, the
Valiant that you see in the show and then you also see it out in the real world,
that crossover starts to blur and then from the production side, it blurred for
CraveOnline: When there
are scenes on the set of “Cult,” do you have two setups? The cameras, lights and
cranes within the show, and another set of cameras, lights and cranes shooting
The final leading role in the upcoming “Zombieland” pilot has
Deadline is reporting
that Kirk Ward has landed the part of Tallahassee; which was originated in the
2009 Zombieland feature film by Woody Harrelson.
And according to
Deadline, Ward was actually the actor that
Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick originally had in
mind for Tallahassee when “Zombieland” was first developed for television before
eventually becoming a movie.
We got a
black-and-white preview a couple weeks back,
and now we've got a few full-color treats to look at from the second
installment. We're getting the history of Sam Alexander, his drunken father's
glory stories from the old Nova Corps days, and the arrival of Rocket Raccoon
and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy to induct Sam into the ways of
intergalactic adventure. As you can see here, Sam doesn't react well to a
talking raccoon with a giant gun.
Check out these pages from Nova #2, including a
variant cover from J. Scott Campbell.
The Golden Age of comics always has its place, even in the
modern era. Dynamite Entertainment is one of the companies that is continuously
whetting our appetite for heroes of the past. One of their biggest assets is
Matt Wagner, a writer and artist who has a real knack for writing Golden Age
material without making it seem dated. Wagner has brought to life the old
Sandman, as well as Green Hornet and Zorro. This month, he delves into The
Shadow with the first issue of Year One.
Wagner brings in elements mainly from the radio series. For
instance, he uses the age-old alter ego of Lamont Cranston, a wealthy man about
town, instead of the old print name of Kent Allard, an aviator who fakes his own
death. This story is set between when Cranston first develops his psychic
ability and when he decides on the look and name of The Shadow. We first see
Cranston in a small South American village, where he pretends to be a legendary
spirit of vengeance in order to take out a drug czar. Cranston returns to
America at the cusp of the Great Depression. Prohibition is in full swing.
Criminals run rampant. It’s a time that calls out for The Shadow.
I won’t lie; The Shadow: Year One #1 is a slow roll.
Wagner paces this story very deliberately and there’s little to no action. The
plot centers on three elements. The first is Cranston’s return to America and
his quest for justice. The second is a crime lord named Guisepppe “Joe”
Massaretti, who is quickly rising to power (this is also how we meet Shadow love
interest Margo Lane). The final element is a snoopy reporter, looking to bust
open the secret life of Lamont Cranston. Wagner painstakingly sets up these
three intersecting tales, not letting The Shadow to be seen until the last page.
It’s very much a Golden Age pacing, which might not sit well with all readers
Months ago, shortly after the announcement that
Disney was buying Star
Wars and would release Episode VII
in 2015, reports came that the original cast of the film was excited about the
new films, and that Harrison Ford in particular was interested in reprising the
role of Han Solo. Well, Disney was apparently listening, because we're now
hearing reports that Han Solo will be returning in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars:
The report comes from El Mayimbe of
Latino Review, who actually broke the
story on Fox News Latino during an interview. El Mayimbe has a solid track
record of reporting early scoops, although many of them go unconfirmed by
filmmakers and studios until the film itself is in production, or sometimes even
in theaters. Track record or no track record, until an official confirmation
comes from Disney, Abrams or Ford himself, we recommend treating this as a
Beautiful Creatures is a teen
fantasy romance movie, clearly intended to capitalize on the vast, gaping void
left in the wake of tweeners’ dearly departed Twilight franchise. It
makes up a whole bunch of new rules about an old timey horror monster – this
time it’s witches – and devotes most of its running time to love conquering all
in high school, where in reality love is perhaps more doomed than any other
location on Earth. It has a huge, sprawling cast of respected actors, Oscar
winners and nominees alike, spouting giggleworthy dialogue about the fate of the
world, the curse of young womanhood and, just for the hell of it, Google.
It is also, and this is very, very important… pretty good.
If you haven't seen The Incredible Shrinking Man, you
owe it to yourself to fix that. Equal parts action, horror, adventure, visual
effects spectacle and existential nightmare, the original film by director Jack
Arnold (Creature from the Black Lagoon) still holds up today as one of
the greatest science-fiction films of the 1950s. In the decades that followed,
advancements in CGI have made many of its original special effects advancements
seem quaint, but the story remains as powerful as ever. That's probably why MGM
has decided to remake it.
has announced that a new cinematic version of The Incredible Shrinking Man
is in the works, written by Richard Matheson (who also penned the novel) and his
son, Richard Matheson Jr. MGM has picked up the rights to the property from
Universal, who had been planning a comedy remake starring Eddie Murphy. Those
plans have been completely scrapped in favor of a new, serious take on the story
- about a man who slowly shrinks to microscopic size, becoming an international
sensation in the process and straining his relationship with his wife - that
would mark the elder Matheson's first screenwriting work in 20 years. Richard
Matheson's novels and short stories have previously been adapted, often by
Matheson himself, into films ranging from I Am Legend to Real Steel
to What Dreams May Come. He has also written multiple classic episodes
of the original "Twilight Zone" television series.
A new series on NBC called "Hannibal" just wrapped up shooting
in Toronto and will debut on April 4th, it was recently announced.
Creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller made the
announcement Thursday via social media, tweeting: "#Hannibal Requests the Honor
of your Presence for Dinner" (Global
The show is based on characters that were created by Thomas Harris. Starring
Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter as well as Hugh Dancy ("The Big C"),
Caroline Dhavernas ("Off The Map"), Lara Jean Chorostecki ("Copper"), and
Canadian-born actor Scott Thompson ("Wingin' It"), will profile the eerie title
character as the well-known psychiatrist (played by everyone from Anthony
Hopkins to Brian Cox) sympathizes with serial killers and explores his
relationship with a young FBI criminal profiler. Thirteen episodes of the series
were shot in all, wrapping up in Toronto this week.
For years, the “Doctor
Who” creative team have hinted that something special is in store for
the 50th anniversary. And earlier today, BBC finally revealed some its plans to
celebrate the occasion.
BBC News, it was announced that the “Doctor
Who” 50th Anniversary Special will be broadcast in 3D.
In a brief statement, “Doctor Who” executive producer and
showrunner, Steven Moffat said ‘It’s about time. Technology has finally caught
up with ‘Doctor Who’ and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole
new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore.”
Bleeding Cool, a separate report suggests that
the 50th Anniversary Special may also be shown in movie theaters, but that
information was not included in BBC’s official announcement. And any possible
movie theater showings may limited to the U.K. market.
Imagine a world where the Nazis and the Axis powers won World
War II. Philip K. Dick was among the first to conceive that idea in his 1962
novel, “The Man In The High Castle.” Now the first adaptation of that story is
heading to television.
Syfy has reportedly reached a deal to adapt “The Man In The
High Castle” with Ridley Scott on board as an executive producer and “The
X-Files” veteran, Frank Spotnitz attached to write the four hour miniseries.
In the world envisioned within “The Man in The High Castle,”
Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated years before World War II; which eventually
weakened the United States when it was forced to defend itself against both
Germany and Japan. When the novel begins, Germany and Japan have already
conquered America and divided it between themselves as they stage a Cold War
against each other.
“‘The Man in The High Castle’ is one of Dick’s most
imaginative and captivating works and certainly one of my favorites,” wrote
Scott in a brief statement. “I am pleased to team up with the singular Frank
Spotnitz and Syfy, Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd and FremantleMedia
International to bring this epic to audiences who will find this story as
intriguing and riveting as we do.”
Erik Burnham's and Dan Schoening's Ghostbusters
series for IDW has been some good and breezy entertainment, and now they're
stunting up a story that allows them to drop a new #1 issue on us. While slowly
cultivating an unlikely supporting cast - including Kylie Griffin, the manager
of an occult bookstore and Jonni-On-The-Spot for emergency Tobin's Spirit Guide
consultations, and Melanie Ortiz, a federal agent who somehow took a liking to
Peter Venkman during the recent cross-country ghost-busting road trip - Burnham
has put erstwhile bookkeeper Janine Melnitz in charge of the mismatched squad as
a replacement team.
Why? Because the original four have been abducted by ghosts
and brought into some mysterious netherworld. But New York City remains in need
of paranormal elimination services. Thus, out of duty, Janine steps up, and
we've got lady Ghostbusters now. Trouble is, they're not licensed operators of
the equipment, and that lets their perennial adversary Walter Peck step in and
strongarm them into becoming an arm of his government regulatory agency. That's
gonna be bad news when the boys who like their independence get back.
Secret Avengers #1 is an
interesting little title. It’s filled with action and adventure. It has SHIELD,
Hawkeye and Black Widow. It starts with an interesting premise and even
introduces Nick Fury’s African American son as the new Nick Fury. This way, we
get a bald, black Nick Fury in the normal world and not just the Ultimates
books. This will help alleviate confusion for those (none) people who didn’t
read comics before (absolute zero) but will now because of the movies (nobody at
With all this good energy coursing through Secret Avengers
#1, it’s completely unsuccessful. I’m going to assume that Marvel has some
master plan behind making SHIELD suddenly a bunch of dicks (more on that later)
and turning New Nick Fury into the evil seed-spouting tip of this new SHIELD
dick. Not having access to Marvel’s secret inner lair, I’m left scratching my
head and thinking writer Nick Spencer rolled the dice on being “edgy” and lost.
To try and maintain interest, Secret Avengers #1 is
split into multiple time jumps. Our story opens in the present where Hawkeye has
been shot in the stomach and captured by some long-haired bad guy with something
etched into his head. He wants to know why Hawkeye is here, but Hawkeye has no
idea. After much torture, Black Widow shows up. Secret Avengers jumps
back ten hours where Hawkeye and Black Widow are meeting with Agent Coulson
about becoming part of the Secret Avengers. Turns out if the two join, they’ll
be subjected to a new type of memory implant that will erase the mission from
their minds completely once the objective is achieved or they are captured.
There was some hubbub about the cancellation of Vertigo's
longest-running series Hellblazer, the book which allowed John
Constantine to be explored in all of his R-rated nefariously dickish glory. Now
that he's being toned down a bit to lead his own standard DC New 52 book
Constantine, we'll see just how much we've lost in the translation. Too
much? Just enough?
Well, you can get your first taste here. Check out this
preview of Constantine #1, from Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes and Renato
Brian Michael Bendis is a talented writer, as evidenced by his
work on Daredevil: End of Days at the moment. His glaring weakness,
however, has always been his lack of regard for continuity, although certainly
there are those who consider that a ballsy strength. With his relaunch of
Uncanny X-Men cementing his takeover of the X-books, he's establishing a
new status quo for Cyclops and his team of revolutionaries that seems to bear
little relation to what the fall-out of Avengers vs. X-Men led us to
believe it would be.
As I recall, the events of AvX had the five Phoenix
Force mutants essentially taking over America and reformatting it into some kind
of mutant utopia. Sure, there may have been those who liked some of what he was
offering, but by and large, people don't respond well to mutant despots in the
Marvel Universe. Hate and fear and all that. However, in Uncanny X-Men #1,
Bendis informs us that the actual result of AvX is that only the
superhero community actually hates Cyclops, and the people love him -
particularly all the mutants they've been rescuing. So Cyclops is a
revolutionary hero to the people. Apparently, normal people have no idea why
Cyclops was in prison, and thus they view Infamous Terrorist Magneto breaking
him out as justified. I could see if just mutants loved Cyclops, but Bendis
makes it sound as if the general public is along for that ride, too.
As regular readers of
The Series Projectcan attest, I have a set of frequently-unabided rules that I try to
follow when it comes to selecting what series I will cover. When I first
conceived of the idea, I decided to limit my selection of long-running film
series to any sequence of films that totaled five or more. True, I have written
about one three-film series (that'd be
Basket Case) and one four-film series
3 Ninjas, which I still think someone
owes me for), but I typically like to stick to five. I did this for two reasons.
One was that I felt a film series was really in the thick of
things by the time it got to part V; by the fifth film, we'll have strayed so
far from the original premise, that we might have to contend with something new,
adding an odd epic element to an otherwise interesting film series. The second
reason was to avoid the spate of fraudulent Part IVs that had sprung up a few
years ago. Like a film series was content with three parts, but decided to tack
on a fourth chapter years after the fact in what always felt like a cynical
cash-grab. Think of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Think of Rambo. Think of Die Hard. Closed at three, re-opened
under new management at four.
Of course, Die Hard, in a twist I never could have
expected, bucked my expectations by stretching into a fifth. There are even
rumors of a sixth in the mill. This means it's ripe for the Series
Project plucking, and it's high time I turn my critical eye on another
deserving series that will be, next week, opening its fifth and final (?)
Let me explain my relationship with Die Hard. The
first Die Hard film came out in 1988, just weeks before my tenth
birthday. It was a huge hit, and even though they were young, all of my peers
managed to see it. I think cable TV might have a lot to do with that. Die
Hard was praised endlessly by my friends as the most awesomest film ever
(right next to Predator), fulla 'splosions an' fights an' blood an'
swears, and the really cool scene were the bad guy falls off a tall building.
ILM visual effects supervisor Jeff White and his team are
nominated for an Oscar for their work on The Avengers. He came down to
L.A. from ILM’s office in San Francisco, along with producer Victoria Alonso, to
talk about the Oscar nominated shots in the biggest movie of the year. We geeked
out over Hulk smashing and Thanos, and tried to get some Guardians of the
Galaxy, Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 news out of the duo as well.
CraveOnline: Have you been to the Oscars before?
Victoria Alonso: Yeah.
Jeff White: I’ve been
in the nosebleeds, way up.
Victoria Alonso: Where
do you sit now?
Jeff White: I think
we’ll sit down below somewhere. I’ve never been in the down below section.
Victoria Alonso: You
have to be close enough, right?
Jeff White: Yeah, but
you sort of learn the strategy of how to walk the red carpet as slowly as you
possibly can, see as many celebrities as you possibly can.
Victoria Alonso: Or, it
depends how cold it is. If it’s cold you’re walking in, because you’ll see them
The visual effects team is so big, how do you
supervise each crew member?
Victoria Alonso: I
don’t supervise them but I supervise the 11 companies that work on the movie.
Jeff can tell you more of the in house. I can tell you, if you’re not present
and you’re not there every day, I think it’s a problem but I think there are
some movies that get done that way. We’re quite involved.
Jeff White: We talked
very regularly through the process, at least three times a week, sometimes more.
Victoria Alonso: Yeah,
at the end of the movie it’s like every day, sometimes a couple of times, three
times a day. You’re turning it up, but you guys have a good process.
Jeff White: It is. That
is one nice thing about being at ILM. They have so many years of knowing the
process and how it needs to go. I don’t know exactly how big our crew was over
the whole thing but it’s a really interesting thing now. There’s work done in
San Francisco, some of it was done in Singapore, trying to manage on multiple
time zones all the different artists. Our process is probably very much like
what you guys have there at Marvel where every morning we look at the latest
versions of the shots, give feedback, show them to these guys, get feedback,
incorporate that in the end march towards the finish. The part that I always
enjoy though is you give the artist a shot and they bring their own sensibility
to that and sometimes they really surprise you with where they take the shot and
just make it incredible in a couple of days in a way that you hadn’t even
thought to tell them to do. To me, that’s definitely one of the most enjoyable
parts of it.
"Come on, J.J. Abrams... Leave some cool movies for the rest
That's what we expect half the directors in Hollywood are
saying today, after Abrams and Gabe Newell, the Managing Director of Valve,
announced that they're working together on potential video games and, more
importantly to the CraveOnline Film Channel, potential movie
adaptations of Half-Life and Portal, two of the most popular,
critically acclaimed video games ever made. Abrams and Newell took the stage at
the DICE Summit and uttered the following (via
Quoth the Abrams: "There's an
idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on."
Quoth the Newell: "We're super
excited about that, and we also want to talk about making movies, either a
Portal movie or a Half-Life movie... What we are actually doing here, we are
recapitulating a series of conversations going on. We reached the point that we
decided to do more than talk."
Also quoth the Abrams: "It's as
real as anything in Hollywood ever gets, which is that we are really talking to
Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very
While we don't know yet whether Abrams would direct these
feature films or just produce them, or even if they'll get off the ground at
all, it's the first big step Valve has made into the world of feature
filmmaking. To gamers, Valve is not unlike Pixar in that every damned thing they
do comes out awesome, with memorable characters and groundbreaking storytelling
and game mechanics. Half-Life is arguably their flagship franchise, and
tells the story of Gordon Freeman, a scientist drawn into an alien-invasion
conflict when his laboratory accidentally opens a portal to another dimension.
Portal is about Chell, a woman trapped in a science lab which has been
overtaken by an artificial intelligence named GLaDOS, a passive-aggressive
personality that wants to test a new "portal gun" - capable of creating
instantaneous doorways between separate locations in space - and also kill her
test subject just because.
When “Doctor Who” returns to BBC America next month, there
will be a new companion... series.
As part of BBC America’s “Supernatural Saturday” lineup,
“Doctor Who” will be joined by “Orphan Black,” a new original series starring
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, an opportunistic grifter who happens upon the suicide
of a woman who looks remarkably like her.
But while Sarah begins cleaning out the woman’s bank account
and assuming her life, she gets another unpleasant surprise: there are several
duplicates of herself running around and even Sarah isn’t sure which one is the
genuine article... if any of them are.
A newly released trailer for “Orphan Black” offers the best
glimpse of the series to date, as we see Sarah in action as the truth slowly
begins to emerge.
One of the joys of being an entertainment journalist is
meeting the people who play your favorite characters in person. When it’s an
animated show, just hearing their voice is like being in the presence of a
The distinct voice of H. Jon Benjamin greeted the press in an
“Archer” conference call earlier this week. As he answered questions about the
show’s current season, and a few about “Bob’s Burgers,” there was no mistaking
the voice of Sterling Archer and Bob Belcher.
Q: How did the idea of the worlds of Bob
Belcher and Sterling Archer colliding come about, and what was it like filming
H. Jon Benjamin: It
basically came about from Adam Reed the creator of the show had the idea to do
it. Apparently he was a fan of “Bob’s Burgers” and mine. So he came up with the
idea to do it and he asked me to ask Loren Bouchard, the creator of “Bob’s
Burgers” so I was like the middle man.
But it went really smoothly. I think it was right around the
15-20 second phone call. Then they turned it over to hundreds of thousands of
lawyers and they hammered out a deal. So yeah, it all came from Adam wanting to
open the season like that, which was really well done, I thought.
Q: Is it ever odd or
confusing switching between Bob and Archer?
H. Jon Benjamin: Well,
a lot of people complain how I don’t do anything different for either, and f***
them. No, it was funny to do. I did notice finally that Archer’s a little bit
different, when I had to do him as Bob, but it got very convoluted. Some real
During the third season of “Community,”
Chevy Chase and series creator, Dan Harmon publicly feuded over various issues;
which may have helped hasten Harmon’s unwilling departure from the show. And
from most accounts, Chase’s tenure during the fourth season was also tumultuous
Chase left the series for good.
On the Howard Stern show (via TVLine),
“Community” star, Joel McHale was asked about Chase’s abrupt exit. And McHale
bluntly stated that Chase “didn’t want to be there.” According to McHale, even
his attempts to reason with Chase were met with hostility.
“When I would try [to talk to Chase], he would just try to
fight me,” explained McHale. “He physically wanted to fight me.”
In a widely reported incident, Chase used the N-word on the
set while arguing with the producers; which upset his co-stars and the crew.
When asked about that, McHale was forthcoming about what happened.
“He was protesting his character’s racism,” recalled McHale.
“He didn’t like the way that Pierce was going... He had also said in the past
that Richard Pryor said it was okay for [Chase] to call him that. He literally
You shouldn’t be throwing that [word] around on the set,”
continued McHale. “[After] he said it, I said, ‘We are now at DEFCON 1.’”
So we don't know exactly what Brian Michael Bendis is bringing
to bear with his Age of Ultron book, which looks entirely like an
alternate reality story that he insists it isn't. More likely it'll be something
akin to the big "Rotworld" arc in Swamp Thing and Animal Man,
where everything is dire, miserable and doomed, but at the end, someone gets to
go back in time and put right what once went wrong, Quantum Leap-style.
In the meantime, we get images like this, that let us, well,
marvel at wacky, dark changes that our heroes may go through.
There have been mutterings of a new Gail Simone project for
quite some time, and now we know what it is - she'll be writing The Movement
with artist Freddie Williams II, which tackles the theme of the Occupy Wall
Street efforts of the 99%.
“The Movement is an idea I've had for some time,”
Simone said. “It's a book about power -- who owns it, who uses it, who suffers
from its abuse. As we increasingly move to an age where information is currency,
you get these situations where a single viral video can cost a previously
unassailable corporation billions, or can upset the power balance of entire
governments. And because the sources of that information are so dispersed and
nameless, it's nearly impossible to shut it all down.”
Hand in hand with that will be The Green Team, a book
from writers Art Baltazar & Franco Aureliani (Tiny Titans, Young Justice)
and artist Ig Guara that examines life for the super-rich in the DCU, and just
what that means.
“The real question is: Can money buy you anything in the DC
universe? Would it make you powerful? Can it make you a hero? Can money make
you…Super?” Baltazar teased.
Marvel doesn't have a lot of female heroes who are household
names - as evidenced by there being only one in the Avengers movie.
They would like to change that, though, and we'd all like to see it happen, too.
So here comes The Fearless Defenders #1, which teams up Misty Knight,
the women in charge of the recent
Heroes for Hire series, and Valkyrie,
who took center stage in a book called
Fear Itself: The Fearless, which was
one of the few good things associated with that lamentable event.
Writer Cullen Bunn had a hand in crafting the latter series,
and he's keeping his Valkyrie mojo going with this first issue of what's slated
to be an all- (or at least predominantly) female book, although judging by
what's here at the moment, he doesn't plan to make a big deal out of that hook.
There are just a lot of cool female characters and it seems he's planning to
We open with Valkyrie enjoying a rainfall which soon turns to
bloodfall. A bad omen if ever there was one. Cut to Misty fighting jerks on a
boat during a storm over some funky old artifacts that a Ms. LeFay is trying to
make off with. Nobody good is ever named Ms. LeFay, and although the classic
Avengers villain Morgan Le Fay doesn't tend to be the type to employ high end
mercs and helicopter goons, this could be a new day. Misty beats them down, but
not before they make off with their primary acquisition. The secondary relics
are brought back to a Dr. Annabelle Riggs, whose examination of an Asgardian
sculpture leads to setting off a deadsong that starts bringing undead Nordic
jerks to life to attack everybody. That's when Valkyrie swoops in to help fight
them off, back to back with Misty Knight.
With all the icky potentially-rapey stuff put to bed with
the baloney-bopping last issue, it seems we may
be able to move on with a body-switching hijinks story in Superior
Spider-Man #3 instead of fretting about just how skeevy a supervillain will
get while inhabiting the body of a superhero. That helps make this issue the
best so far of this controversial experiment, because we can see the true
reformation of Otto Octavius beginning as he squares off against the Vulture.
It's not all wacky, of course, as this is still a much darker
tale than Dan Slott usually spun in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man,
but opening with a web-splurt in the face of the Batman mythos kicks us off with
comedy. It seems Mayor J. Jonah Jameson has commissioned a spider-signal to try
and get the more cooperative Superior Spider-Man to be at his beck and call. Of
course, Otto immediately destroys it, claiming it's "a giant beacon in the sky,
announcing to all my enemies where they can find me. Only an idiot would put
that into effect." However, with some cunning reverse psychology, he gets JJJ
eating out of his hand, and full access and approval to work with the NYPD -
something at which the ghostly astral form of the real Peter Parker still
present in the mind-meld marvels.
The mayor sets him on the case of tracking down the Vulture,
who messed with Mary Jane last issue, and who, as we see in flashbacks, was one
of the few people in Otto's old life as Dr. Octopus that he could have a real
and almost friendly conversation with, given that Adrian Toomes was also a
fairly brilliant scientist in his own right. Peter sees this in flashbacks as
well, because he's still figuring out how this mind-sharing thing works (as are
we). Unfortnately, Peter abandons the surface thoughts to start digging around
in Otto's mind to see if there's anything he can use to aid his plight, leaving
Otto to go about hunting the Vulture, with a potentially murderous intent.
A few weeks ago, the story of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams
(Arthur Darvil) came to an end as both of them were trapped in the past by the
Weeping Angels and forced to live out their lives without ever seeing the Doctor
(Matt Smith) again.
Among “Doctor Who”
Angels Take Manhattan” was pretty well received. However, several observers
openly wondered about Rory’s dad, Brian Williams (Mark Williams); who encouraged
the couple to keep traveling with the Doctor. Would he never learn the fate of
his son or his daughter-in-law?
Apparently, this plot thread was not forgotten by the producers of “Doctor
Who,” as Chris Chibnall wrote a scene that wrapped up Brian’s story that also
offered up a glimpse at Amy and Rory’s life in the past. Unfortunately, the
scene was never filmed.
However, BBC has released an animatic of the scene under the title “Doctor
Who: P.S.;” with Darvil providing Rory’s voice-over as he says goodbye to his
father for the last time. It’s a genuinely moving piece of writing and it should
have been filmed and released.
But for now, it’s the best closure that we’re going to get.