Damien

Damien, the A&E series based on the film The Omen, premiered March 7. So with three episodes on the air, the cast and series creator Glen Mazzara, formerly of The Walking Dead, gave a panel at Wodercon. In a press room roundtable, Mazzara told reporters we’ve only seen the beginning of how dark Damien will get.

“The show’s going to get darker,” Mazzara said. “It gets really dark. We have some episodes coming up that really, I think, are going to push the limit. It’ll be interesting to see how people respond to it. I don’t think it ever gets gratuitous or anything but we go into some pretty dark territory. It’ll be interesting to see how the middle of the season plays because that stuff is really taking risks. The end of the season I think is just a freight train. It just races and I’m really, really proud of the finale. I think people will be pleased when they see how it all comes together and all the questions people have about Damien I think are going to be answered. I’m excited for people to see it.”  Read More »

The 100 Stealing Fire

The cast and creator of The CW’s The 100 were at WonderCon last weekend for a panel. After their panel, we caught up with creator Jason Rothenberg and stars Eliza Taylor and Lindsey Morgan in roundtables. The show has been on hiatus for a few weeks after a devastating episode in which (spoiler alert!) Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) dies moments after consummating her love with Clarke (Taylor). The Flame, an A.I., is removed from Lexa’s neck and saved for the future commander. Rothenberg said The 100 will address that story for the rest of the season, but takes a bit of a break this week.

“Episode 9 is a different story,” Rothenberg said. “It’s a very emotional episode and it has a lot of things in it that will be hard for people to watch, but it’s a very special episode in many ways. The story of The Flame from the Arcadia side of it, from A.L.I.E.’s side of it is taking a week off. In 10 is when that really begins to ramp up in a huge, huge way.”  Read More »

Legends of Tomorrow

Marc Guggenheim produces both Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow as part of Greg Berlanti’s team of Arrowverse producers. He was at WonderCon for a Legends of Tomorrow panel with his cast, and gave roundtable interviews with the press after. Coming up on Legends, Jonah Hex gets another chance as Jonathan Schaech plays him on television.

“He’s in episode 11, I can tease that,” Guggenheim said. “He’s terrific. Jonathan is an amazing Jonah Hex. I would say very, very faithful to the comics incarnation with a touch more sass, a little bit more attitude. That might have had something to do with the fact that I wrote episode 11 and I can’t seem to write characters without sass. But he’s great and watching his interactions with Rip are gold. They’re just so much fun. Jonathan and Arthur [Darvill] make a great team.”  Read More »

Scorpion

Members of the cast of Scorpion attended a Wondercon panel for the CBS show. Based on the cases of Walter O’Brien, a team of geniuses helps Homeland Security solve crises, many based on O’Brien’s true missions. An upcoming episode will portray the Scorpion team break into Fort Knox. Eddie Kaye Thomas, who plays compulsive gambler Toby Curtis, told reporters about the episode.

“It doesn’t go smoothly, I can tell you that,” Thomas said. “Like everything else that we do on Scorpion, it’s possible but not probable. We almost die but no one’s going to die at Fort Knox. It gets very close and it’s a very fun episode, it’s very cool.”  Read More »

Agents of SHIELD Season 3 opening

The cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were on a panel at WonderCon last weekend and spoke to the press afterwards. The tight-lipped stars of the Marvel show were able to preview some of the upcoming adventures of this corner of the MCU. Daisy Johnson will have some full Secret Warriors action sequences coming up, said actor Chloe Bennet.

“Fans will be thoroughly satisfied with some of the Secret Warrior action we have coming up,” Bennet said. “It was some of my favorite stuff to shoot ever on this show because it’s something that Daisy’s wanted. I can’t say how it ends in that it’s not going to be like ‘We’re a team and this is how it is forever happy yay!’ It’s not necessarily going to be like that but there’s a couple of really good comic book classic moments that we have with the team.”  Read More »

Lights Out Trailer

While James Wan was at Wondercon presenting his own sequel The Conjuring 2, he also presented a new horror film he produced. Lights Out is based on a Swedish short film of the same name that has garnered over 150 million views online. /Film spoke to the director, David F. Sandberg, producer Lawrence Grey, actor Maria Bello and Sandberg’s wife Lotta Losten, who starred in the short and recreated a different version of the two minute scene in the feature film.  Read More »

Dominic Cooper Agent Carter

Dominic Cooper was at Wondercon promoting Preacher, the upcoming AMC series based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s comic book, in which he stars as Jesse Custer. Meanwhile, Marvel fans are awaiting word on a third season of the series Agent Carter. Set in the post-WWII era, Agent Carter features Cooper in a recurring role as Howard Stark. Should both shows continue, Cooper suspects he would be able to do both, at least staying on in a guest starring capacity on Agent Carter.

“Yeah, I hope so,” Cooper said. “Yeah, because Howard Stark kind of runs in and runs out. He does some ridiculous thing, creates some madness and then hops off on a plane with a leggy blonde.”  Read More »

Conjuring 2 (3)

James Wan returned to Wondercon to present The Conjuring 2. He’d presented the first film at Wondercon 2013 in Anaheim. Wan returns to direct the sequel, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga once again playing Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens are famed paranormal experts and both Conjuring films are reportedly based on their true cases.

The Conjuring 2 is about the Enfield Poltergeist, the Warrens’ investigation of poltergeist harassing a London single mother and her four children. The setting provides a change of pace from the Rhode Island case of the Perron family in The Conjuring, and Wan teased how it will make the film feel different.  Read More »

Dominic Cooper in Preacher

AMC presented a panel on the upcoming series Preacher at Wondercon. Before the panel, showrunner Sam Catlin and stars Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga spoke with reporters. Catlin said he did not know series creators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg before he started working on the project, and had not heard of the Preacher comic book series. Catlin took a meeting with the pair and started explaining the needs of a television series, to which he says they were receptive.

“I would say, ‘You can’t pace it that way for a TV show. We won’t be able to do X, Y and Z then because where would you put your sets?’” Catlin said. “Stuff like that, because they’d never really done TV before. What I like about Preacher [comics] is it has a modular [structure]. You can kind of lift and place stories all over the place sort of like episodes. He goes to Louisiana. There are these chapters to it, which is really liberating. You can tell stories all over the place. As long as you still have that drive of what Jesse wants, who he’s looking for, you can go anywhere you want.”  Read More »

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Producer Donald DeLine was at Wondercon discussing the second season of the Fox series Wayward Pines. He is also producing the movie adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. During a roundtable interview, we got to ask DeLine about Ready Player One, which he says falls in line with Spielberg’s classics like Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park.

“It’s classic Steven Spielberg, right in the center of the sweet spot of really his classic work, but with this whole new world now,” DeLine said. “There could be no one better to bring this to the screen.”  Read More »