Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was one of the big winners out of Comic-Con 2016, with James Gunn’s upcoming sequel headlining Marvel Studios’ panel and going all-out with new footage and big revelations. At this point, it’s getting hard to believe that this group of characters were considered obscure just a few years ago. There are going to be kids growing up who hold the likes of Star-Lord and Drax in the same esteem as Spider-Man and Wolverine. That’s nuts.
You could feel the reverberations of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s success beyond Hall H, like at the Marvel Animation panel. Although the panel teased the new seasons of the company’s various shows and announced a new Hulk/Doctor Strange team-up movie, they also revealed a new series of animated shorts built around Rocket Raccoon and Groot. And you can watch the animation test that screened at the panel right now.
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When I wrote about Nickelodeon’s upcoming TV movie adaptation of Legends of the Hidden Temple, I joked that there would probably be a scene where the main characters hopelessly struggle to assemble the statue in the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, a tribute to the room in the original game show that seemed to baffle even the smartest kid contestants. And lo and behold, such a scene exists in the new trailer!
If you remember Legends of the Hidden Temple, congratulations: you are a ’90s kid and everything from your childhood is next in line for a nostalgic revival (hello, Power Rangers). However, this new version is not a game show where kids participate in increasingly humiliating physical challenges to earn the chance to get traumatized by temple guards – it’s a family adventure movie about three kids exploring an actual temple that is hidden…and we can safely assume that it will contain some legends.
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As you’re probably all aware, Comic-Con was last week, and we’re still poring over some of the details that went unnoticed while covering panel after panel at the convention. For some fans, who didn’t get into Hall H for some of the bigger movie presentations from Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures, the next best thing was getting into Ballroom 20 for a sneak peek at what’s coming on the next season of their favorite DC Comics television shows, and those fans didn’t go home disappointed.
This past weekend, Warner Bros. Television debuted new trailers for almost all of their DC Comics TV series. Gotham, Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow all received new trailers teasing their new season coming this fall. Sadly, Supergirl didn’t have any footage to show, but they teased the second season with a panel at Comic-Con that you can watch online. So without further adieu, see what’s coming with this batch of DC Comics TV show Comic-Con trailers. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
In theory, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is connected, from the films to the Netflix and ABC shows. In theory, though, the big- and small-screen sides intersect only rarely, and that disconnect has only seemed to widen since corporate restructuring put Marvel’s series and Marvel’s movies under different leadership. But what about within the Marvel TV universe? Currently, Marvel’s small-screen properties are split between ABC and Netflix. Could Matt Murdock give S.H.I.E.L.D. an assist, or vice versa?
Don’t count on it, says Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg. The actor admits he’d love to see Iron Fist or Luke Cage drop by his show someday, but blames “corporate stuff” for keeping the ABC and Netflix sub-franchises separate. Read what he has to say about the possibility of a SHIELD Netflix Marvel crossover. Read More »
Arrow returned to San Diego Comic-Con for the fifth time in advance of its fifth season on The CW. We spoke to producer Wendy Mericle in a roundtable where she shared the show’s plan to return to its roots. After several seasons of year-long story arcs, Arrow plans to return to villains of the week and standalone episodes, culling from the history of DC comics.
“There will be more standalone episodes this season,” Mericle said. “We are looking to go deeper into the bench of villains from the DC universe. Again, go back to our roots, more season one.” Read More »
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The Flash returned to Comic-Con for the third time in anticipation of its third season on The CW. We spoke with producers Todd and Aaron Helbing in a roundtable before their panel. The season premiere is called “Flashpoint,” based on the classic comic book alternate universe story. Like other classic comic book titles, like “Worlds Finest” on Supergirl and “The Brave and the Bold” on Arrow, The Flash will put a new twist on “Flashpoint.”
“It’s like any of those iconic moments in Flash,” Todd said. “You want to make sure you do right. But it’s also, the way we approach all these stories are we know what happened in the comics but we take that event and we sort of run it through the Flash television show filter so we can tell the same story with our spin. It was challenging but it wasn’t impossible.” Read More »
24: Legacy won’t be on until midseason, but the cast and creators came to Comic-Con to get the fans excited early. Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) plays the new hero Eric Carter, joined by Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits in the cast. We interviewed the creators of 24: Legacy, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Howard Gordon, all the creators of the original 24, in a roundtable where they shared a surprising inspiration for the new story.
“It was suggested by events leading to the shooting of Osama bin Laden,” Coto said. “What we had read about was the soldiers who had actually done it, having done this wonderful heroic thing for the country, many of them had to go into hiding. The FBI told one of them when he asked, ‘What do I do for a living?’ ‘We can get you a job as a truck driver.’ It was fascinating that idea, that nugget, the idea that these great heroes would have to go into hiding and take menial jobs. That became a spark for such a character, part of a team that killed a very notorious terrorist, a fictionalized version, now is living his life, trying to get his life back together. Now one by one the members of the squad are being killed. He realizes someone has given up our names and I’m next.” Read More »
Last fall came the wonderful news that the movie-mocking comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 was getting a revival. Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series and with creator Joel Hodgson they took the project to Kickstarter for fans to help support the return of the show. And the good news is fans will easily be able to watch it nearly anywhere.
Over the weekend at Comic-Con, Netflix announced they would be the official home of the new Mystery Science Theater 3000. So now you can get your movie mockery from your couch, on your iPad or even on your phone in the not too distant future. Find out more about the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Netflix deal after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
Last month, HBO cancelled Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl after already having renewed it for a second season. But if you’re mourning the loss of your window into the 1970s New York music scene, fear not — Baz Luhrmann‘s The Get Down is arriving in just a few weeks. Though to be fair, this 1970s New York-set music drama looks pretty damn different from that other 1970s New York-set music drama.
The Get Down unfolds at the dawn of punk, hip-hop, and disco, following the “young, scrappy, and hungry” types at the forefront of those movements. The cast is loaded with intriguing up-and-comers like Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Shameik Moore, and Skylan Brooks, most of whom are trying to make it in music one way or another. Watch the first The Get Down trailer after the jump, but be warned it may make you really frustrated that you can’t watch the show right freakin’ now. Read More »