Luke Cage featurette

We’ve already met Netflix’s next leading Marvel hero, thanks to Mike Colter‘s recurring role on Jessica Jones season one. We’re familiar with his powers and his personality, as well as the broad strokes of his backstory. But as we approach the much-anticipated premiere of the Luke Cage solo series, Netflix thinks there are a few more things we ought to know. A new Luke Cage featurette gets us up to speed on the man with unbreakable skin — what he’s been up to since we last saw him, and where he’s headed next in his own show.  Read More »

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Black Panther Plot Details

Chadwick Boseman‘s T’Challa may have made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War, but he raises many questions that are still unanswered when the credits roll. Some of this is due to him being a supporting player in a movie that is really about Captain America and Iron Man, but much of it has to do with the fact that he’s going to be the subject of his own solo adventure, due out in 2018.

So fret not! Boseman himself says that any of your lingering Black Panther questions will be answered in the next movie.

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Agents of SHIELD showrunners interview

The third season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. jumped ahead six months, with (spoiler alert) the S.H.I.E.L.D. team pursuing a runaway Daisy (Chloe Bennet) who can apparently fly. Prior to the time jump Hive (Brett Dalton) met his demise, the second time Dalton’s character has died on the show. Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) also sacrificed himself for the greater good.

Season four not only has to deal with that aftermath, but also promises to introduce Ghost Rider with Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes. We spoke with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen at a Marvel Television cocktail party for the Television Critics Association.  Read More »

extended Guardians trailer

Next year, we’ll see an original superhero pic titled Guardians (foreign title “Zaschitniki”) from Russia and director Sarik Andreasyan‘s (American Heist) about a team of Soviet superheroes. This group of heroes includes a man who can levitate rocks, a deadly teleporter who uses two scythes (pictured above), a woman who can become invisible and manipulate water, and a beefy bear-man with a huge gun. We saw a trailer for Guardians last month, but another preview was recently released.

Below, watch the new Guardians trailer and other footage from the film.

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Rocket Raccoon Hip-Hop Variant Cover

Which character from The Flash will be coming back in Kevin Smith‘s episode from the third season? What did Wolverine 3 director James Mangold have to say about reports of Mr. Sinister in the movie? How will Agents of SHIELD be affected by Doctor Strange this fall? Which major character died recently in Batman Rebirth? Is Superman being used to much to promote the second season of Supergirl? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Black Panther Suit Created by Visual Effects

The creation of the entirely computer generated superhero suit for Green Lantern in the 2011 film was so bad that star Ryan Reynolds mocked it when he played Deadpool earlier this year. However, it turns out that it’s possible to have an entire superhero suit created with visual effects, and you probably didn’t even know that it happened this past summer.

In Captain America: Civil War, we met T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a prince of Wakanda tragically turned king of the nation when an explosion kills his father. But in addition to being the new leader of his people, T’Challa is also the warrior known as Black Panther. And it turns out that the suit he wears just couldn’t be perfected practically, so they opted to have it created entirely with visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic. Find out more about the Black Panther suit created by visual effects after the jump. Read More »

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justice league alternate costumes

Every time a costume is revealed for a new superhero movie, the internet goes into overdrive to analyze it, nitpick it, and discern the purpose and meaning of every design choice. It happened when Justice League director Zack Snyder revealed Batman’s newest suit last week and it’ll continue to happen until the comic book movie craze comes to an end (which may coincide with the sun burning itself out).

Of course, every final costume design is the result of dozens of other options being thrown the wayside. Countless sketches are whittled down to stack of fully rendered paintings. The best of that stack may get a quick 3D dimension sculpt. Ideas are blended and merged. No final design is reached easily. And that’s why alternate designs are so fascinating – we can see what could have been, what was ultimately rejected in favor of what we got. Currently on the table: alternate takes on Cyborg and The Flash that are quite different from how they actually turned out Justice League.

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Spawn Reboot

Todd McFarlane has been talking about rebooting Spawn for the big screen since as far back as 2009. At one time he was touting the attachment of an Oscar-winning actor who kept bugging him about the script, and eventually it was determined that actor was probably Jamie Foxx. At the time, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star himself said that he was “aggressively pursuing” the lead role in the comic book adaptation, but three more years have gone by and nothing has happened. Now Todd McFarlane is again talking about the kind of Spawn movie he wants to make, and he has some concept art this time. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

Gotham Season 3

Gotham returns for its third season tonight. What began as “Batman without Batman,” the story of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie)’s rise to commissioner in the Gotham City Police Department, has embraced its comic book roots. Season two featured “Rise of the Villains” and “Wrath of the Villains.” The third season’s “Mad City” promises to see Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) prepare to suit up and introduce characters like Valerie Vale (Jamie Chung) and an aged up Poison Ivy (Maggie Geha), with the Council of Owls enacting their machinations throughout the season.

We interviewed Gotham co-executive producer Ken Woodruff over the summer when he was on a panel for the Television Critics Association. Beginning with tonight’s season premiere, Woodruff discussed the plans for the third season. Hit the jump to read our Gotham Season 3 interview with Woodruff.

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