20
Sep
2014

Supergirl New 52

There is just no stopping DC Comics lately when it comes to adding its properties to TV. CBS has made a series commitment to a new Supergirl series.

Warner Bros. TV has now gotten a series order from every major network except ABC – which is doubtful it ever will as Disney and Marvel are involved with it – and if everything goes according to plan it will have a massive foothold on our televisions next fall. If no shows from this season get canceled, and all of the development deals go through, this would be the DC lineup for next season.

  • Arrow – The CW
  • Flash – The CW
  • iZombie – The CW
  • Constantine – NBC
  • Gotham – Fox
  • Titans – TNT (in development)
  • Lucifer – Fox (in development)
  • Supergirl – CBS (in development)

That is just insane to me.

The pilot episode script was written by Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and will deal with Kara Zor-El having been on Earth for some time, having escaped the destruction of Krypton. Now 24-years-old, she has decided it’s time to embrace the powers shares with “her famous cousin” and help the world.

How Fox can pull this off on a weekly budget remains to be seen, but Smallville did it for 10 seasons, so no reason Supergirl shouldn’t be able to as well.

I’ll be following this with a lot of interest.

[ Source Deadline ]

19
Sep
2014

Deadpool leaked footage

Fox has finally given a go ahead to the Deadpool movie and given it a release date of February 12, 2016.

Ever since Wolverine: Origins, Ryan Reynolds has been pushing for a solo Deadpool film, but Fox just wasn’t moving forward with it. At some point this year, he and the other folks that are up for making it decided to shoot some test footage. Said test footage “leaked” out and fan reaction to it was highly positive.

Enough so that Fox finally decided to move ahead with the film based on the Merc With a Mouth that is part of the whole X-Men universe. I can promise you, this won’t be quite like any other super-hero movie out there. I’ve never been a huge fan of the character, but it may work better as a movie, and – I can’t believe I’m saying this – I do think Ryan Reynolds is the right person to play Deadpool.

Ew… I feel dirty now.

18
Sep
2014

Dr Strange

Marvel has finally confirmed a release date for Doctor Strange: July 8, 2016.

Back in July Marvel announced film release dates through 2019, but the list wasn’t that filled out at that time. Since then we learned when we would be seeing Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but there were still some holes in the schedule. With the new announcement of the 2016 date for Doctor Strange, this is how the schedule now stands.

  • May 2, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015: Ant-Man
  • May 6, 2016: Captain America 3
  • July 8, 2016: Dr. Strange
  • May 5, 2017: Unknown
  • July 28, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • November 3, 2017: Unknown
  • July 6, 2018: Unknown
  • November 2, 2018: Unknown
  • May 3, 2019: Unknown

So now we now have an odd mystery on May 5, 2017. The belief is that it is not Avengers 3, so I’m currently leaning towards Thor 3, but those tend to come out at other times of the year. Marvel will tell us in due course, and it is almost three years away, but I hate having gaps like that.

Marvel is said to already be in negotiations with Pinewood Studios for space for the end of this year into early next year to work on Doctor Strange, so I would expect we’ll hear casting news in the not too distant future.

17
Sep
2014

Lucifer Vertigo

DC isn’t beating around the bush any more when it comes to getting its properties on TV. Next up: Lucifer on Fox.

What if Lucifer got bored with running Hell? What if he decided to quit, move to Los Angeles and open a piano bar? Well, that’s the concept behind the Lucifer comic book series and the upcoming TV pilot based on it.

According to Variety, Fox has ordered the one-hour drama pilot from Californication creator Tom Kapinos and joins the increasing number of DC properties on TV. TNT is currently developing Titans, and this season will see Arrow joined by Flash, Gotham, Constantine and iZombie. Apparently the movies just aren’t moving fast enough for DC, so they are just going to try to take over TV.

Can Fox work with a series based around the Lord of Hell? I guess we’ll find out if this makes it past the pilot stage.

[ Source Variety ]

16
Sep
2014

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Yep, the studios have officially hit rock bottom when it comes to picking films for remakes.

According to Deadline, Sony is in active development of a remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer. The original film hit theaters in 1997 and went on to earn about $125.5 million globally off an estimated $17 million dollar budget. Apparently Oculus co-writer/director Mike Flanagan and partner Jeff Howard are working on an entirely new adaptation of the 1973 Lois Duncan book.

At least Flanagan and Howard know how to make a cheap film, but why not just develop something new? Is there any good reason to visit this story again? Nope.

Sony is said to be hot to get this going and has a target set for 2016.

Nope, no need for something fresh and original, lets just go back to a really boring concept for our horror films. Joy.

[ Source Deadline ]

15
Sep
2014

No Good Deed banner

The fall is upon us, and that means here comes the smaller, more psychological films.

No Good Deed opened to a healthy $24.5 million off of its $13.2 million budget. It’s not expected to be a huge film, but a final tally of $60 million isn’t out of line to be sure.

Second place went to Dolphin Tale 2 with $16.55 million off of a $36 million dollar budget. It came in below the first film’s $19 million haul, but it included 3D premium ticket prices.

Guardians of the Galaxy landed in third with $8 million and pushed it to $305.9 million domestically off of its $170 million dollar budget. Globally it stands at $611.5 million.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took in $4.8 million to land in fourth place and bring it up to $181 million off of a $125 million dollar budget. It’s still opening in more markets, but it’s up to $319.9 million globally.

Rounding out the top five was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with $4.3 million. It now stands at $72.9 million off of a $17 million dollar budget.

Next week’s big releases are The Maze Runner and This is Where I leave You.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2014 – 3rd Quarter report.

14
Sep
2014

Star Was medal scene

Ever wondered just how important a musical score is to a scene? Apparently int he original Star Wars it was pretty darn important.

As a fan of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope since it’s original release, I have to admit I never pondered possibly how awkward the medal ceremony might be. The Auralnuts YouTube channel removed John Williams’ score from the scene and added some ambient noise you might hear in such a situation in real life and… the results are pretty spectacular.

Next time you see an emotional moment in a movie, imagine it without the score… and you may end up laughing at a really inappropriate moment.

Thank you film composers!

13
Sep
2014

Longmire

Longmire was canceled a few weeks ago, but it appears it wasn’t due to low ratings. The folks watching it were just too darn old.

Two weeks ago A&E surprisingly canceled Longmire. Why was this a surprise? It averages 5.6 million viewers per episode which actually puts it ahead of the likes of critical darling Mad Men. So why would a network cancel a show with such good numbers?

The average age of its viewers is over 60.

The network average for A&E is 48, so Longmire was skewing older than the network at large meaning that advertisers weren’t hitting their key demographics and in turn didn’t want to buy time in the series. Luckily Warner Bros. TV has not pulled the plug on the series and has spent the past two weeks prepping a sales pitch for the series’ fourth season according to Deadline. While apparently it will talk to some cable networks, it looks like Netflix – which already airs past seasons – and Amazon have both stepped up and expressed interest in taking on the show.

With 5.6 million viewers, it’s easy to see why either service would want it as it would be a great chance to pick up new customers who may not have looked at the services previously.

There’s no guarantee that the series will be saved, but it certainly seems like a good fit for services that don’t rely on advertisers. For that very reason it sounds like Hulu is already out of the running, even though its new head of content, Craig Erwich, was part of the team that developed and sold the series while he was at Warners.

While I have never watched the series, but both of my parents – in their 60s, admittedly – love the show. They already use both Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, so they’re set for this, but there are certain to be some folks who would try them out for the first time.

What a shame that advertisers can’t embrace seniors.

[ Source Deadline ]

12
Sep
2014

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice Batmobile

Not happy with low quality leaked images taken with cell phones, Zack Snyder decided to post a high quality image of the new Batmobile for everyone to see.

You can click the image for a much larger version, and I have to say it’s worth it. This is one awesome looking vehicle. I am not a car guy, but show me a Batmobile and I will immediately have an opinion on it. And this one? It works for me.

I enjoyed the Tumbler in the last three films, and this is staying somewhat in that vein of a more heavily armored vehicle. Some have already pointed out the obvious weapons systems and how that contradicts Batman’s no killing policy, but it really doesn’t. It looks to me like the side launchers would be some form of crowd control like tear gas, and the guns could either fire rubber bullets or just be for obstruction removal. Weapons on his vehicles don’t bother me in the least.

I have some trepidation about this film due to the number of characters in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the Batmobile will certainly give me something awesome to look at.

11
Sep
2014

New Teen Titans First Issue

Is there a better time to be a long time comic nerd than right now? I don’t think so. A live action Teen Titans series on TNT? Sign me up.

According to a report from Deadline, TNT is nearing a pilot order for a series called Titans based on the long running DC Comics team, the Teen Titans. Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes are attached for the script and apparently the only thing holding this back from going to pilot right now is an exec change happening at the network.

While the Teen Titans have gone through many iterations, the most popular, by far, was the 1980s team roster of Robin, Kid Flash, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven and Wonder Girl. Pretty much everyone in the 80s was reading this title thanks to the fantastic artwork of George Perez and the awesome writing of Marv Wolfman. The Titans have had some success as animated series on Cartoon Network as Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, but a live action series would set my heat to thumping.

Of course, there are a lot of potential issues here. Could Kid Flash be here with Flash over on The CW? Cyborg and Wonder Woman are headed to the movies, so Wonder Girl may be in question as well. Robin is tied to Batman which is over at Fox in the form of Gotham. So that leaves Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy available?

While it’s awesome to see DC finally getting some traction with all of its properties, perhaps it is going in a few too many directions at once?

Don’t care… give me Titans… I need this in my life.

[ Source Deadline ]

10
Sep
2014

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Peggy Carter Episode

Before Hayley Atwell heads off to her own Agent Carter series, it seems she needs to drop by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a little flashback work.

ABC released a photo today of Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, the original director of S.H.I.E.L.D., from an upcoming flashback. Seeing as she helped from the group that would eventually be infiltrated by HYDRA, it seems fitting she shows up.

And it doesn’t hurt to promote her upcoming mid-season show.

While I’m thrilled to see all this stuff related to Carter, there’s a comic geek inside me who is silly happy to see the Howling Commandos and especially Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough).

The idea that I can even see Dum Dum realized on film still blows my mind. What a marvelous (no pun intended) time it is to be a geek.

9
Sep
2014

Iron Man 3

You can stop holding your breath for an Iron Man 4 according to Tony Stark.

While attending TIFF 2014, Robert Downey Jr. spoke with Variety about the possibility of Iron Man 4, and it’s pretty straight forward.

There isn’t one in the pipe, No, there’s no plan for a fourth ‘Iron Man.’

Well… that sucks.

He is contracted for Avengers 3, so at least we have that.

Things took a funny turn, however, when he was asked if he would ‘let’ someone else play the role. “I like that the idea is that it would be up to me, like I’m casting director for Marvel,” Downey said.

Somehow I imagine he might have at least some say in it. But, that being said, the world is a sadder place with a little less Tony Stark in it.

[ Source Variety ]