On one hand, the way in which WB and DC have been outpacing theatrical films with TV show development is surprising. Think about it for a moment, however, and it makes sense. The stakes are lower. Stories aren’t overthought. Hell, with a full season of TV to play with, shows might not be fully conceptualized from the start at all. Movies seem like monolithic artifacts; they’re juggernauts when it comes to defining pop culture. A TV series, especially one considered to be lighter entertainment, is perhaps a bit easier.
And so, despite the fact that the 2011 attempt to make a Wonder Woman show failed, and the second iteration, Amazon, has stalled, DC has managed to follow Smallville with Arrow, and will soon offer The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine on television. (We’ll see how it goes with that last one.)
Now there’s a Supergirl show in development, too. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s pretty early on, and there’s no title, with producers reportedly considering stuff such as Super and Girl. Look beyond that, however, and hope for the best. More info on the new Supergirl TV series follows. Read More »
One of the stark differences between Marvel and DC is that the latter is just as interested in launching heroes on TV as it is on the big screen. Marvel has its forays into TV, sure, but in the wake of the success of Smallville, DC has experimented with bringing Wonder Woman and Aquaman to the small screen, had a minor run with Birds of Prey and successfully launched the Green Arrow series, Arrow, on the CW.
Now the Arrow team is putting together Flash, a new series based around (surprise!) DC speedster hero the Flash. Read More »
Want to read a damning portrayal of Marvel Studios? Which character might be cameoing in The Wolverine? Has another actor been cast in Guardians of the Galaxy? Will another Green hero appear on Arrow soon? When does Geoff Johns say we’ll learn more about DC Entertainment’s upcoming plans? Did Robert Redford spoil his role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? What is Hugh Jackman doing on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past? Does Hans Zimmer‘s Man of Steel score blend with the John Williams Superman score? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
We’re baaaaack! Yes, Superhero Bits is back and today you can find out the following. What’s the latest Justice League/Man of Steel rumor? How large is Hugh Jackman‘s role in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Does Chris Mintz-Plasse have a crazy look in Kick-Ass 2? When might we see The Wolverine teaser trailer? Which characters have been added to Injustice: Gods Among Us? Is there a new Batman: Arkham game coming out later this year? Could Guardians of the Galaxy be cast completely with the Parks and Recreation cast? Read about all this and more in today’s return of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Tonight I was invited to the IMAX Theatre at Universal Citywalk to get an early look at Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises prologue, which will be attached to huge screen IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on December 16th 2011 (participating theaters list). I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, so my report will be pretty spoiler free — purely a reaction.
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It’s always nice to spend a weekend with old friends. It’s even better when those friends are Dick Tracy, Captain Kirk, Clark Kent, Mr. Incredible and Tony Stark. The Los Angeles Times hosted their second annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood this weekend, screening classic superhero and genre films with their filmmakers in attendance. Beginning on Thursday with Dick Tracy and Warren Beatty and ending Sunday with Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr., it was a whirlwind four days of great movies, interviews and surprises. We’ve already pulled out two of the biggest bits of news (Dick Tracy 2, Iron Man 3) but, after the jump, you can read a rundown of the festival as a whole include tidbits on Star Trek 2, Cars 2 and more. Read More »
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Dick Tracy, Iron Man, Captain Kirk, Superman and the Incredibles will all be represented at the upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival. Presented by the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, it’ll not only feature screenings but in depth Q&A’s with several important and influential filmmakers.
The event runs from June 9-12 at the Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood CA and kicks off with a screening of Dick Tracy followed by Q&A with Warren Beatty. Day two starts with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn featuring writer/director Nicholas Meyer in person, followed by the 2009 Star Trek with special guests, and Star Trek 2 screenwriters, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Day three features Richard Donner discussing Superman and Superman II, with a special appearance by Geoff Johns and on the last day animator Dave Mullins presents The Incredibles and then Jon Favreau will be on hand to screen and discuss Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
After the break, find out how you can get tickets and more. Read More »
I’ve flown direct from CinemaCon in Las Vegas to WonderCon in San Francisco. The first day presented two interesting panels, one for the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion television series Falling Skies and the other for Warner Bros’ big screen comic adaptation Green Lantern. Read the details and my thoughts after the jump.
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