The Defenders First Episode

Last year at San Diego Comic-Con International, Netflix premiered the first teaser trailer for their crossover event series The Defenders in Ballroom 20. In 2017 they returned with a panel, but this time in the biggest hall at the con – the infamous Hall H. And the appearance came with a few surprises, including the premiere of the first episode. Below, watch the new trailer that made its debut, and read what we learned from the panel and my reaction to the first episode.

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The Punisher TV Show Footage Revealed at Comic-Con

Hall H was filled with thousands of Comic-Con attendees ready to learn more about The Defenders, the Netflix series that unites the heroes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. But first, Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb had a special surprise for the crowd. Jon Bernthal took the stage and we all instantly realized what was coming. After all, Bernthal played Frank Castle (known in the criminal underworld as The Punisher) in season 2 of Daredevil and we knew he was getting his own spin-off.

And so the audience got to watch the first footage from The Punisher, which was quickly followed by a string of other Marvel Television announcements…including an official announcement of Iron Fist season 2.

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Preacher Comic-Con Panel

AMC’s Preacher is based on one of the most popular (and controversial) comic books of the past few decades, so it’s right at home at Comic-Con. The blasphemous blend of fantasy, horror, and comedy has showcased some serious momentum in its second season and the series’ panel revealed a new trailer and an extended clip that promise the off-kilter insanity isn’t stopping anytime soon.

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Gambit movie

It’s been two years since Channing Tatum took the Hall H stage at Comic-Con 2015 to take a photo with the massive assemblage of X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool cast members during 20th Century Fox’s panel. Now, in the midst of Comic-Con 2017, we’re not much closer to seeing him suit up as the card-throwing Cajun mutant Gambit.

The film has experienced a revolving door of directors over the past year or so, and now Tatum says that the movie’s script is being reworked in the wake of the success of unconventional X-Men film like Deadpool and Logan. Get the latest info on the long-brewing Gambit movie below.
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Y The Last Man TV Show

An adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra‘s sixty-issue comic book series Y: The Last Man has been in the works for years –  first as a movie and then, thankfully, as a TV show, which is a much better fit for the sprawling tale.

But the show has been in the works at FX for a long time now, so what’s up with the delay? According to writer/showrunner Michael Green, you can blame the 2016 presidential election for the long wait.
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Spawn movie

20 years after the first live-action Spawn movie hit theaters, a new one is officially in the works from Todd McFarlane. The famed comic book artist and creator took to Facebook to announce that he has teamed up with Get Out producer Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions to make a new, R-rated Spawn movie. Get the details below.
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Luc Besson interview

When filmmaker Luc Besson was 10 years old, he was reading the comic book he’d adapt into a massive feature film 48 years later. Based on Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières‘ “Ambassador of Shadows,” published in 1975, Besson has brought their colorful, wacky world to to the big screen with his personal touch on every frame. From the complex, clever set pieces to the jokes to the colorful environments, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is pure Besson.

In a race against the clock, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) will have to save the city of Alpha, where alien species from all over the galaxy come together to share knowledge. The world feels endless, full of all sorts of aliens, characters, and environments. It took many years it took to build this world piece-by-piece, and the French director behind La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element recently told us about the process.

Below, check out our Luc Besson interview.

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Walking Dead season 8 trailer

Last October, AMC renewed its long-running, highly popular zombie series, The Walking Dead, for season 8. The upcoming season premiere will be the series’ 100th episode. There’s still no end in sight for the show, which is based on Robert Kirkman‘s comic book series. The brass at AMC don’t even know how the series will conclude, but in the meantime, we attended the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel and learned what they have in store.

Below, check out new The Walking Dead season 8 trailer and read everything you need to know from the panel.

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Channing Tatum Van Helsing

Universal’s Dark Universe is off to an inauspicious start. This summer’s The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman and headlined by Tom Cruise, has made nearly $390 million worldwide, but only $79 million in the United States. That’s a bit of a disappointment, considering it features one of the world’s biggest remaining movie stars. But the studio is doubling down on reaching out to big names in an attempt to keep the ball rolling, and the latest report indicates that they have their eye on Channing Tatum to play the latest incarnation of Van Helsing in the Dark Universe.
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shazam will be the next dc film

Update: DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns says Dwayne Johnson will not appear in the Shazam! movie. “We haven’t announced any casting yet,” Johns told Yahoo Movies. “But Dwayne isn’t going to be in this movie. He’s still doing Black Adam, but he won’t be in Shazam!” Our original article follows.

The future of the DC Extended Universe remained uncertain after Aquaman, the last DC Comics film with an official release date. But spurred on by the success of Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. had scheduled two more DC Films for 2020, mysteriously leaving all of 2019 blank. That is, until now.

The next DCEU film to hit theaters after Justice League this November and Aquaman in 2018 will be Shazam!, aiming for a 2019 release date. And while it doesn’t yet have a star to play the boy who magically transforms into a powerful and wise superhero, it does now have a director.

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