In the wake of the uber-massive-success of Marvel’s The Avengers, it wasn’t a huge surprise to hear that Warner Bros. had hired a writer to revive Justice League. They’re DC’s answer to the superhero team and a project has been in various stages of development for several years. The key to The Avengers, though, wasn’t just that it was a good movie. Much of its success was because it was more than a movie. The Avengers was an event with a four year, five film build up that started with Iron Man in 2008. Which begs the question, will Warner Bros. attempt to go the same route or will they jump right into a Justice League movie?
A report from Variety suggests the former. They’ve dug up that in addition to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the Justice League news, and the Wonder Woman news, Warner Bros. has six other characters at various stages of development. And no, that does not include Green Lantern or Batman, both of which might get rebooted. Read what’s what after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV Bits contains two noteworthy pieces of guest casting, as Troy Barnes goes to Brooklyn and Landry Clarke dips into the meth trade. Plus, there’s a new trailer for The CW’s Green Arrow series, and it piles on both drama and action. Hit the jump to read on.
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Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
One year after the end of Smallville, the CW is trying to lure back fans with a couple of new shows. The most obvious replacement is Arrow, which, like Smallville, tells the origins of a DC Comics character. In this case, it’s Green Arrow, a.k.a. Oliver Queen. But for Lana Lang lovers, there’s also Beauty and the Beast. Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan star in the drama, a sorta-remake of the 1980s show starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. Watch sneak peeks for both after the jump.
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Two big-shot feature filmmakers are headed to the small screen, albeit in two very different capacities. Michael Bay will executive produce Starz’ pirate adventure Black Sails, while David Cronenberg is set to guest star on Syfy’s time-travel thriller Rewind. Also after the jump:
- Go behind the scenes of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season
- The first set photo from Season 7 of AMC’s Dexter drops
- The CW’s Arrow is virtually “a lock” for pick-up
- January Jones says to expect more “Fat Betty” on Mad Men
- The BBC orders a brand-new zombie drama
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Want to see a hint of what the villains in The Avengers look like? Has someone made a Batman entry into the “Sh*t People Say” meme? What does Ryan Reynolds have to say about Deadpool? What do some toys from The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers look like, including the Helicarrier? Who has been cast as Green Arrow in an upcoming TV pilot and how can you be hypnotized by The Avengers? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
The CW lost Smallville when the series ended with the finale of the show’s tenth season in May 2011. Since then, the network has been looking at other DC properties, like the Deadman series that is being spearheaded through development by Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke.
Now the CW is nearly ready to order a pilot for what could become its new DC franchise: Arrow, a show based on the long-running DC archer Green Arrow. The show would be an hourlong drama conceived and exec produced by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who were the primary writers among several people credited for the script for last summer’s Green Lantern. Read More »
Who could be scoring The Avengers? How can you play as Batman Beyond in Batman: Arkham City? Where does Robert Downey Jr. rank Iron Man 3 with the other films in the franchise? Will Thor 2 change Hollywood’s perception of blockbuster female directors? What news came out of the Smallville retrospective that screened at New York Comic Con? When will we learn the DC 52 origin story of Superman? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
IESB speculates that director Peter Segal, currently attached to helm a Shazam feature for Warner Bros., might also be the man who brings the studio’s planned tentpole, Jonny Quest, to the world as well for Summer ’09. Apparently the script by Dan Mazeau is quite strong and in better shooting condition than Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam. Moroever, the site spoke to Segal recently, who was enthusiastic about the latest screenplay, noted his involvement with getting a Quest flick off the ground in the past, and even discussed casting preferences (The Rock for special agent Roger “Race” Bannon). As you might recall, for over a year now Dwayne Johnson has been attached to play Shazam‘s Black Adam.
At the center of the Jonny Quest franchise is the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, about the titular young boy, his scientist father, his adopted Indian brother, a spastic bulldog, and a snowy haired special agent/bodyguard who hop around the globe pursuing epic cryptozoological and sci-fi adventures. Quest is one of several retro tentpole projects on Hollywood’s burner, including Buck Rogers, Spielberg/Jackson’s Tintin, the now filming Transformers 2, and another live-action He-Man flick (also buzzing loudly at Warner Bros.). Of course, the recent wipe-out of the similarly cheeky/mothballed Speed Racer is no doubt being taken into consideration when updating Quest.
Also of note: David Goyer‘s Supermax, which now looks to have broader box office potential after the success of Iron Man, has been retitled Green Arrow. The well-reviewed script, which sees Green Arrow facing off in a high security prison with DC villains like The Riddler, is by Justin Marks, who wrote the aforemenioned He-Man script that’s driving the Internet nuts right now.
Discuss: Is Jonny Quest the next Speed Racer or the next Transformers/Harry Potter? Is Segal a smart choice? Could Green Arrow be the next Iron Man?
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