By Alex Zalben
We’ve been eagerly anticipating the Punisher fan film “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted” since it was announced a few months ago. But now, after a cease and desist letter from Marvel, it looks like the film will never see the light of day. And even more importantly and portentously, what does this mean for the future of fan films – and the future of Punisher on the big screen?
That’s a lot of questions, but first a bit of history. In a five page long open letter on his website, creator Mike Pecci extensively runs through the production, development, and eventual demise of “The Dead Can’t Be Distracted.” It’s a fascinating read full of a lot of tech info on filming, and even a few shots and a screen test. In fact, given that Marvel wrote a cease and desist stating: Read More...
By Charles Webb
"We approached the first episode as if it was a movie sequel" explains "Arrow" showrunner Andrew Kreisberg during a recent visit to the Vancouver set of the CW drama. The series enters its second season tomorrow night, bringing back Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), AKA "the vigilante," with a new mission to clean up crime in his hometown.
But first, someone's got to get him back off that island.
****Mild spoilers for the season premiere of "Arrow" will follow.**** Read More...
by Alex Zalben
Earlier today, we posted an extensive interview with "The Walking Dead" Producer Gale Anne Hurd up on MTV News, but left out a little bit that should be pretty exciting to fans of the comic book. For those of you worried that the show has moved too far afield, worry no more. Talking about season four, Hurd had this to say:
"We'll actually have episodes in this season that fans of the comic book will very much identify with, recognize, and hopefully appreciate. But since we are divergent tracks... We have characters that don't exist in the comic book, there are characters who have been killed off who are still alive in the comic book, there's no way it can be the comic book come to life, nor did Robert Kirkman want to do that since the very beginning. But there certainly are touchstones from the comic book that fans will recognize this season."
Which begs the question: what storylines, or issues could the show possibly adapt at this point? Potential spoilers, but here are some storylines we might see coming up.
Right now, we're less than two years away from a Batman and Superman team-up, the kind of geeky synergy that many thought would never happen. Because it's not like DC hasn't tried it before.
The tentatively titled "Batman Vs. Superman" is the second attempt at that specific team, but there was another project in 2007 that would have brought together the entire Justice League, something that still might be years down the road for this current "Man of Steel" iteration.
That version was to be directed by "Mad Max" mastermind George Miller, and it was set to star Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as The Flash, and Common as John Stewart.
The script for that project has recently leaked online (via Superhero Movie News), and it provides an interesting look into an alternate universe where that project didn't fall apart in the development phase.
by Ryan Rigley
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." may be the latest comic book series to hit the small screen, but it's certainly not the first. Almost as old as comic books themselves, comic book TV series have become a mainstay of current popular culture. With a number of television shows based on both Marvel and DC comics, it's hard to imagine a TV series based on any other comic book publishing company.
One might think that Malibu Comics' "Night Man" didn't fit the Marvel/DC bill when his TV series debuted in the late '90s, but that was not the case! Marvel Comics acquired Malibu in 1994, and began crossing Night Man over with popular Marvel superheroes like Thor, Wolverine, and even Gambit. Surprisingly enough, Night Man even got his own TV series a year after his comic book was canceled!
by Brett White
Ever since Marvel reacquired he film rights for characters like the Punisher, Daredevil, Blade and Ghost Rider, fans of the street-level heroes have been clamoring for their big screen return and integration into the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. But could Marvel have planted the seeds for their return already?
Screen Crush tweeted the above screen cap from "Iron Man 3," pointing out the somewhat familiar skull painted behind the kneeling Ben Kingsley. I gotta admit, I'm not personally convinced this is an intentional Punisher reference, as one could call pretty much any stylized skull an homage to Frank Castle. But there are a few other Marvel Easter Eggs that I'm surprised have gone unnoticed. Check them out after the jump!
by Brett White
This November, seven of Marvel's hottest and most high-profile titles will get a little "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." makeover. Variant covers for each individual cast member as well as the entire cast will hit comic book shops, giving fans of the new series an opportunity to collect comics with the as-seen-on-TV agents on the stark covers.
Even if these are just variant covers and have no bearing on what happens within each issue, we can't help but wonder if this is just the first of many "S.H.I.E.L.D." interactions with the Marvel comics. So far only Agent Coulson has a comic book counterpart, and his five cast mates could get a similar treatment eventually.
by Brett White
There's no time to rest in the "Walking Dead" universe, because even if the zombies have backed off a bit, there are always ruthless humans like the Governor just waiting to make life after the zombie apocalypse a living hell. In a new interview with Collider, "Walking Dead" executive producers Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd revealed that the upcoming season will lean heavily towards zombie threats following season three's more human drama.
"By the end of last season, the walker threats fell to the wayside," Nicotero told Collider. "What was really, really important to [incoming showrunner] Scott Gimple and I was keeping that threat relevant. It's like a terrorist attack. As soon as you stop thinking about it, or you don't remember that it's there, it hits you. You're the most vulnerable when you're the most comfortable and you think everything is fine. You can see, in the first two episodes, that we've put our characters in situations where they can't see it coming. I think that's exciting because no matter how prepared they think they are and no matter how good of killers they are, in terms of the walkers, they can never be prepared for that, and it's important."
by Brittany Breen
New Jersey proved this weekend that it is stronger than the storm, fire and zombie invasion. Nearly ten thousand zombie walkers gathered in Asbury Park, New Jersey to take a bite out of history and reclaim the Guinness World Record for largest zombie walk. Walk founder, Jason Meehan, combined forces with the Stronger Than The Storm campaign to ensure this year's New Jersey Zombie Walk was a total community event.
"I wanted to make this year's event about more than the zombies. I wanted to bring people back into the community to support the local businesses that have supported this walk in previous years," stated Meehan. "Zombies are resilient, just like New Jersey. We faced a lot this year and we need to bring the world record home."
by Brett White
Let's be honest for a second: every promo for "Arrow's" second season has been just okay at best. That's not to say they haven't made us excited for the show's return, but they haven't upped the stakes. All that has changed with the latest promo for the season two premiere, "City of Heroes."
The minute long spot makes a pretty convincing argument for giving the cast and crew of "Arrow" some big screen money and allowing them to put Oliver Queen in a feature film, because this looks nearly Christopher Nolan-level good. This clip has everything: racing motorcycles, flipping cars, machine guns, angry protesters, passionate embraces, graveyard visits, parachutes, pleas for helps, solemn vows, a Black Canary, and so much broken glass. This looks bigger than television, to be perfectly honest, and we now have our fingers crossed that the new episodes deliver on this hefty promise.
"Arrow" returns to the CW on Wednesday, October 9th.
[via Comic Book Movie]
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