Defenders NYC

Filming in the biggest U.S. cities can be incredibly expensive. Thanks to the costs of permits, security, and simple logistics, to actually film on location in New York City or Los Angeles is not financially feasible for many major productions. But most major productions aren’t backed by Marvel or Disney. Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a special, multi-million dollar incentive program created specifically to lure Marvel Studios to New York to film the entirety of its Netflix series of shows, That’s 60 one-hour episodes total, which will now be shot in NYC.

UPDATE: We updated with the full press release.

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Marvel’s deal with Netflix to bring a quartet of heroes to television was a somewhat divisive move. The TV idea, with four shows building to one limited series starring super-team The Defenders, is ambitious and interesting, but a new TV show is not how some fans wanted to see Daredevil and Luke Cage.

Seems like many of the displeased fans have been mollified by Marvel’s additional plans for each show. Hiring one creator/showrunner to oversee each character’s series is a good move, which will hopefully give each series a unique personality. For Daredevil, the choice is Drew Goddard, who scripted Cloverfield and co-wrote and directed The Cabin in the Woods. The original report of Goddard’s involvement came just under a month ago, and Marvel has now confirmed and offered a bit of extra detail.  Read More »

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Ben Affleck was not the Internet’s top pick to play Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, to put it mildly, in part because we all remember what happened the last time he donned a superhero costume. But if it’s any consolation, Affleck is just as aware as you are that Daredevil sucked, calling it “the only movie I actually regret.”

Hit the jump to read his thoughts on Daredevil, plus his comments on how his Batman “doesn’t compete” with Christian Bale’s.

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The first name attached to Marvel’s Netflix shows has been revealed. It’s Drew Goddard, director and co-writer of The Cabin in the Woods. He’s in negotiations to write the series based on the blind superhero Daredevil. Read More »

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The announcement that Marvel and Disney are launching four characters on Netflix and ultimately building towards a super-team was a big deal. Starting in 2015 we’ll see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist on Netflix, and eventually they’ll all come together to form NYC-based team The Defenders.

But those characters may not be limited to appearances on Netflix. If the shows do well enough, Jay Rasulo, Senior Executive VP and CFO of the The Walt Disney Company, says that any one of those characters could earn their own movie. Read More »

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Remember the report that Marvel was developing four new live-action TV shows with the intent to partner with a non-traditional TV outlet to present them?

The deal has been revealed, and the basic terms are that Disney and Marvel are setting up shows for Netflix based around four characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Those characters will each get a 13-episode series, and over “multiple years” the shows will build towards what will basically be a TV version of The Avengers, with the capper being a miniseries featuring Marvel super-group The Defenders. Read More »

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Marvel has had an impressive run at the box office since the debut of Iron Man in 2008, leading up to the billion-dollar success of The Avengers last year. The company is in its self-defined “phase two” right now, which began with Iron Man 3 earlier this year, and will continue with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians the Galaxy, and conclude with Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.

We know that phase three kicks off with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, also in 2015. And as Feige did press for the new Thor film this past weekend, he was asked many questions about the further development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will we see characters such as The Punisher, Daredevil, and Doctor Strange on screen? How about a solo film for a female character? When will we know the titles for the “mystery movies” dated for May 6, 2016, July 8, 2016, and May 5, 2017? And what’s up with James Spader being cast as the title villain in the Avengers sequel? Read More »

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Want to see a bunch of awesome key frame art from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight? How about the first trailer for the Man of Steel Blu-ray? What’s the latest comic and idea from Mark Millar? Where can you see some new footage from Thor: The Dark World on TV? Has Joe Carnahan finished his Nemesis script? How is Joseph Gordon-Levitt feeling with the announcement of Batman vs. Superman? Did CinemaSins tackle Ben Affleck in Daredevil? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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