11
Mar
2015

Daredevil 1

It’s sad when a trailer is better than the entire movie that covered the character years ago.

Folks, lets just forget the Daredevil movie ever happened. Why? Because the trailer for the first season of the Netflix series just kicked its behind in two minutes and 18 seconds. The tone, the look, the actors… everything is spot on for what I want from Daredevil, and I can not wait for this premiere next month on April 10.

And for those of you wondering just how much this connects to the main Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is a line towards the end that should seal that deal for you.

Come on April 10…

5
Feb
2015

Daredevil Netflix logo

Netflix and Marvel debuted the trailer for Daredevil on Wednesday, and at just 90 seconds it’s already more satisfying than the movie.

Lets just forget the movie happened. It was horrible, and we’re all better off that way. Now, with that out of the way, we’re on to a 13-episode Daredevil show on Netflix debuting on April 10. It stars Charlie Cox as blind lawyer/crime-fighter Daredevil and a definite tone has been established in this brief glimpse into Marvel’s Hells Kitchen neighborhood.

I’m not going to say that everything in the trailer was awesome — I could have done without so much yellow lighting or quite the level of darkness we see in the fight scenes — but a lot of it was cool. Seeing Scott Glenn as Matt’s blind mentor Stick already tells me this is sticking more to the comics than the movie did.

What is a little concerning to me is Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk/Kingpin is just not imposing enough. Yes, I realize the comic version would never work on film, but his physical presence should intimidate you immediately, and the brief glimpse we saw of him from the back was underwhelming. I am sure his performance will be superb, but you need to fear the Kingpin the moment you see him.

There’s a lot riding on this show, and judging by what we’ve just seen, it should work.

30
Jan
2015

Hellcat

Marvel has hired Rachael Taylor to portray another female superhero from its long history.

Okay, sit down kids, this is a doozy. In 1944, Marvel Comics was not yet Marvel, it was called Timely Comics at that time. In issue #2 of Miss America Magazine, they introduced Patsy Walker as a character. She would go on to appear in various romance comics for two decades. In 1965’s Fantastic Four Annual #3 she made an appearance which meant she was now in mainstream Marvel continuity. In Amazing Adventures vol. 2, #13 (July 1972), she made her first foray into being a hero and became Hellcat.

In short, Patsy as actually one of the oldest Marvel characters around and hardly anyone knows who she is.

So, imagine my surprise when it was announced Rachael Taylor had been cast as Patricia “Trish” Walker on the upcoming Netlix AKA Jessica Jones series. But you should also know her friends call her Patsy.

No word as of yet if she will be donning the Hellcat costume, or if they will even refer to her being a hero. This version of the character is a popular radio DJ and former child actress who happens to be the best friend of Jessica Jones.

Man, I will laugh hysterically if Hellcat actually makes it on screen in costume. Please… please let this happen.

AKA Jessica Jones will debut sometime this year on Netflix.

27
Jan
2015

Purple Man

Things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe never cease to amaze me. We’re seriously going to see Zebediah Killgrave (AKA Purple Man) in a live action format? This is an actual thing that is happening?

Marvel announced on Monday that David Tennant – best known for playing Doctor Who – had joined the upcoming AKA Jessica Jones series over at Netflix. The mind twist came when it was announced he would be playing Zebediah Killgrave, a man who, at least in the comics, is purple. While it has not yet officially been stated he will be purple in the series, it seems odd that Marvel would skip one of the character’s defining traits.

“I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He’ll make Kilgrave a truly original villain.”

“Anyone familiar with David’s work knows he brings an incredible level of dedication to any role he inhabits, a level we knew we would need from the man playing Kilgrave,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “While most know him for his roles as a hero, we can’t wait to unleash a whole new side of this talented actor.”

For those of you unfamiliar with Killgrave, he produces pheremones that allow him to control people in his presence. Once he leaves the area they will slowly regain control of themselves as those pheremones diminish. While he has fought with Jessica Jones in the comics, apparently he will play a larger role in the TV series.

As a long time comic book fan, let me just say that seeing characters such as Killgrave show up like this, and with such a talented actor, it really makes me feel like we are living in the golden age of comics being taken seriously as a tremendous source material for Hollywood.

That being said… Purple Man? Really?

[ Source Marvel ]

23
Dec
2014

Luke Cage

Marvel has finally announced who will be playing Luke Cage in its upcoming Netflix series.

While we have still yet to see the Daredevil series – it is set to debut in May – Marvel is moving forward with its second series, AKA Jessica Jones. (Which, I admit I totally missed when Krysten Ritter moved from being rumored to play the title character to it being made official) In that series Luke Cage will be making appearances before moving on to his own series, and it has now been announced that Mike Colter will be playing the strength-enchanced street hero.

Colter appeared in Halo: Nightfall, American Horror Story: Coven and The Good Wife, and judging from this publicity photo, he may have been born to play Cage.

Mike Colter

What’s odd about this announcement is that it is very specific to mentioning AKA Jessica Jones, but does not mention the Luke Cage series itself. One has to assume he is signed for both, but it is noticeable that it’s missing from the press release.

No word as of yet to when AKA Jessica Jones will begin filming let alone airing on Netflix, but my guess is it will air towards the end of 2015.

MIKE COLTER TO STAR AS LUKE CAGE IN MARVEL’S A.K.A. JESSICA JONES

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Mike Colter will star as Luke Cage in “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following “Marvel’s Daredevil.”

During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage – a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

Colter will star opposite Krysten Ritter, who plays the title role in “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.”

“Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage,” said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We’re excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life.”

“Fans have longed to see Luke Cage and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,’ and experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”

Colter is currently starring in the XBox original series “Halo: Nightfall” as Jameson Locke. He has appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed television series, including “The Good Wife” and “American Horror Story: Coven.”

After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

“Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

For more information on “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” and the other exciting new Marvel Television series coming to Netflix, stay tuned to Marvel.com.

23
Nov
2014

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

At this point Netflix should just give up the ghost and admit it has become a television network.

NBC decided it wasn’t quite ready to move ahead with Tina Fey’s new comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. As Universal Television was producing the series it had the right to shop it around to find a new home, and Netflix quickly stepped in and snapped it up. Not only did they say they wanted it, they gave it an automatic two season order. This news comes shortly after the announcement that the streaming service was also resurrecting Longmire for a fourth season. This also doesn’t include the numerous completely original projects that Netflix currently has cooking up or continuing.

Honestly, my hats off to Netflix. Someone needed to step in and shake up the status quo, and I think Longmire is the perfect example of this. The series had strong numbers and critical acclaim, but it was canceled because it didn’t appeal to the RIGHT audience (people between the ages of 18 to 49). So Netflix fixed that wrong. In the case of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it sounds quirky as hell. Here’s the official synopsis:

After 15 years of living in a cult, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is rescued along with three other women, causing a national sensation that culminates with an appearance on the “Today” show. Before getting back on the bus to Indiana, Kimmy decides to reclaim her life. And with just a big wad of rescue-fund cash, she’s ready to take on New York City. It’s easily the best time of Kimmy’s life as she frees Central Park horses and makes a spontaneous decision to rent a room from Titus, a wannabe Broadway actor who makes a living as a robot in Times Square. Motivated to start moving forward, Kimmy gets a job as a nanny for an Upper East Side family and it quickly becomes clear to her that money and status aren’t synonymous with happiness (or even sanity). Determined to have a romance and take advantage of everything life has to offer, Kimmy is using her overly optimistic spirit to finally start having all kinds of adventures in a world she never knew existed.

It sounds quirky, which means it would have lasted only a few episodes on NBC more than likely. Now it has the comfort of knowing it has room to try things out, and it has the back-up of a locked second season to make changes. And best of all… no advertisers to answer to.

Keep it up, Netflix. You may just finally start scaring the networks with the way you’re going.

20
Nov
2014

Longmire

After some deep negotiations, Netflix has ridden in to rescue Longmire for a fourth season.

Following the abrupt cancelation of Longmire, no one was quite sure what was going to happen to the series. It was enjoying 5.3 million viewers per episode, but they were from outside the demographic that advertisers find desirable: 18 to 49. So despite it being the most watched series on A&E, the plug was pulled and fans were left high and dry.

Netflix has been a prime target for the series as the streaming service currently airs the first three seasons. Rumors circulated the two sides were negotiating, but nothing was said officially.

Apparently the only two actors assured to be returning are Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire) and Katee Sackhoff (Victoria ‘Vic’ Moretti). No other cast members have been guaranteed to return as of yet because season three ended in a cliffhanger, and rumor is there will be a major departure.

The fourth season of Longmire will be 10 episodes and will air sometime in 2015 on Netflix.

NETFLIX ORDERS FOURTH SEASON OF LONGMIRE

Rousing Western Thriller from Warner Horizon Television to Premiere Exclusively in US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Series To Return for 10 New Episodes in 2015

Beverly Hills, Calif., November 19, 2014– Netflix, the world?s leading Internet TV network, has ordered a fourth season of the hit drama Longmire, from Warner Horizon Television. Ten new episodes of the series will premiere exclusively in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

“When Warner Horizon Television came to us with the idea for a new season of Longmire, we were intrigued because the series is so unique, and consistently great. We are thrilled to help continue Walt Longmire?s story for his large and passionate following,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.

In a joint statement, the Longmire executive producers said: “We?re excited and honored to have the opportunity to bring this show that we love so much, and all its devoted fans, to Netflix.”

Season four of Longmire picks up moments after season three?s exciting finale. Walt Longmire (series star Robert Taylor), having found out who was behind the murder of his wife, succumbs to his darker impulses and takes off in pursuit of the killer with murder on his mind. Meanwhile, Branch Connally (Bailey Chase), the deputy who Walt fired for erratic, violent behavior, believes he has already figured out who the real culprit is. But during his confrontation with this suspected killer, a gun goes off. Now the audience will finally learn what happened, and whether Walt can be stopped before he makes a fatal choice.

Longmire, the contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick), Lou Diamond Phillips (Southland, La Bamba), Bailey Chase (Damages), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Adam Bartley (Justified).

Longmire is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Hunt Baldwin (The Closer, Trust Me), John Coveny (The Closer, Trust Me), Greer Shephard (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck) and Michael M. Robin (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck) serve as executive producers.

14
Nov
2014

Longmire

It seems that Netflix may once again ride in on its white horse to rescue a canceled series.

According to Deadline, Netflix and Longmire producer Warner Horizon are “deep in negotiations” for a fourth season of the hit series, but rumor is the talks have been tricky and could still fall apart. Should it all work out, however, production could begin as soon as March 2015.

Longmire was canceled by A&E in Sept. despite high ratings. While it was pulling in a large viewership, the demographic was older than the cable channel or advertisers wanted. This makes a service such as Netflix perfect for the series as it is not beholden to advertisers and it could also possibly lure in some new subscribers that haven’t tried Netflix before.

This is similar to the situation where Netflix stepped in and resurrected The Killing for a final season. Is Netflix going to become the savior of all canceled niche shows? Works for me if it happens that way.

[ Source Deadline ]

11
Oct
2014

Daredevil Netflix logo

Finally, Netflix is allowing us to get a taste of its first series from Marvel: Daredevil.

While leaked set photos have appeared here and there, nothing too concrete has appeared. During a panel today at New York Comic Con all that changed with the premiere of the first footage along with the first images of Charlie Cox as both Matt Murdock and Daredevil himself.

Interestingly, the series has gone with a lesser known costume for Daredevil. As opposed to the iconic red costume, they opted to go with something close to the black costume from >Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s Daredevil: Man Without Fear run. An interesting choice to say the least, but one that definitely looks a bit less silly on screen I imagine.

Still no announcement of a release date, but I’d say we’re getting closer and closer.

4
Oct
2014

Daredevil Netflix logo

Netflix seems to be taking its sweet time getting its Daredevil series ready to run, but at least we have a logo now!

Next weekend is the New York Comic Con and it has been announced that the main cast of the series – Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk) – will be appearing for an autograph session. Hopefully this increased promotion (although, how do you increase from zero?) might indicate we’re getting closer and closer to release which so far has only been listed as “2015.”

Included with the announcement is the logo you see above, the first official artwork we’ve seen from the show. It’s not anything mind bending as its just one of the logos from the comic, but at least it’s something.

As time has progressed, I’m really curious how this entire Netflix plan is going to work out. There are still three more shows planned (Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) and there has been no word on casting for those shows let alone filming.

I have faith that Netflix will turn out quality shows, I just wish we had a little bit more information on them.

28
Aug
2014

The Blacklist

What The Blacklist shows up on Netflix beginning next weekend, make sure you enjoy it. Netflix paid through the nose for you to be able to watch it.

If you thought your favorite TV shows are only supported by the ads you have to sit through, you were very wrong. Those are but a small component of how they make their money. Honestly, the ads barely make each episode break even, if they even get that far. The real money comes from selling the rights internationally, and that’s how some shows end up staying on the air despite low ratings in the U.S. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a rough first season in the U.S., but it did extremely well overseas, as an example.

Then there is the money from home video sales. It isn’t huge, but it helps.

The real money these days comes from “repurposing.” It’s a fancy word for finding other places to air episodes. Sony Television, the company that produces The Blacklist, just struck a massive deal with Netflix that will see the fan favorite series hit the streaming service for an amazing $2 million per episode. Seeing as there were 23 episodes in the first season, that means Sony just pulled in $46 million dollars off a secondary stream of the series.

How much each episode costs to produce is unknown, but this is sure to recover a lot of the cost.

As Deadline points out, the current per episode champ is CBS’ Elementary at $3 million per episode, but that included both syndication and a deal with Hulu. When The Blacklist goes to sell its syndication rights it is just about guaranteed to become the new champ.

[ Source Deadline ]

27
Aug
2014

Daredevil

Netflix has finally confirmed that its upcoming Marvel shows do indeed exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While it seemed crazy for the upcoming Netflix Marvel shows – Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones – to exist anywhere else, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has finally confirmed that the shows share a universe with The Avengers. Speaking with Empire Magazine, Sarandos was asked if the shows could cross-over with the films and simply stated, “It has definitely been talked about.”

While not black and white, it seems fairly clear that we could someday see these characters show up in the films, and that is fine by me. Why create a totally different universe when you already have one already so well established?

Sarandos also commented on how the shows will be built and will follow the example set by The Avengers.

It was really based on the theatrical model of The Avengers. Could you take another group of characters, The Defenders, and go about it the same way? Normally they do the big movie and then eventually they get to the group origin story. Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time.

And the big one for me, will the Daredevil series be darker than the film? Thankfully it appears so.

The series will not be afraid to go darker than the film did. What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they’re a little more down to Earth. Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds.

Daredevil is currently filming, and I can’t wait to see what Netflix turns out. No release date has been announced as of yet other than some time in 2015.