Punisher Series Officially Coming To Netflix

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 2, 2016.

The Punisher, the break out character of the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil has been rumored to be getting his own Netflix series for a while now, but thankfully those rumors can now be put to rest since it appears that a Punisher Netflix series has been officially greenlit.

The series will star Jon Bernthal, reprising his role as Frank Castle The Punisher. Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal) will serve as the as the showrunner, writer, and executive producer on the series, which will follow Castle as he dispenses his own brand of lethal justice.

“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil,” said executive producer/head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, in Marvel’s official statement. “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix.”

“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in Marvel’s Daredevil, and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.

“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world,” said Lightfoot. “After watching Jon’s performance in Marvel’s Daredevil I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”

This will be the sixth Marvel series to find a home at Netflix, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (which is slated for September 30, 2016), Iron Fist (which is now in production), and the crossover miniseries The Defenders (which is set to begin filming later this year). At the moment it is unclear if The Punisher will join the upcoming team-up series, but EW says “it seems likely he’ll at least pop in.”

Daredevil Season 2 is currently available on Netflix.

Source- Entertainment Weekly

Krypton Series Set For Pilot Order

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 27, 2016.

With the success of comic book based shows on networks like Fox, AMC, The CW, and a few others, it appears that the SyFy channel is now looking to get into the superhero business as well.

According to THR, SyFy is looking into possibly ordering a pilot for a show called Krypton which would be based on David S. Goyer’s (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Constantine) take on Superman’s origin story.

The narrative for Krypton would be constructed around the House of El when they were ostracized from Kryptonian society. Seyg-El, the grandfather of both Superman and Supergirl, would most likely serve as the primary protagonist, and would follow his attempts to bring equality to Krypton while dealing with an unknown enemy.

DC and Warner Bros previously tackled Superman’s early days in their hit series Smallville, but this show sounds as though it will be focusing on Clark’s biological family instead before he was probably even conceived.

The show will be executive produced by Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1) and directed by Colm McCarthy (Sherlock). No actors have been attached yet, but if the series gets officially picked up than that shouldn’t be too far behind.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

Marvel’s Iron Fist Has Started Filming

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 23, 2016.

Production has begun on Iron Fist, the latest collaboration between Netflix and Marvel. The first images from the New York set have been released, which reveal a shoeless Finn Jones skipping through the streets.

Check them out below, via Tumblr user Delevingned:

Judging by the pictures, it appears that this takes place when Danny Rand/Iron Fist returns home to New York City for the first time in years after living in the mystical city of K’un-L’un for the past decade.

Once Iron Fist has finished shooting, all four of the Netflix Marvel heroes, Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Jones), will unite together for the fifth Marvel Netflix series The Defenders. It was revealed earlier this month that the superhero team-up show will begin production later this year.

The cast for Iron Fist currently consists of Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, and Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum. Carrie-Anne Moss’s Jeryn Hogarth from Jessica Jones may appear on the show due to her character’s connection to Iron Fist in the comics but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for the show from Marvel: “Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.”

No release date has been set for Iron Fist just yet, but it will most likely debut on Netflix sometime in 2017.

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger TV Series Greenlit

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 11, 2016.

The long-discussed Cloak and Dagger adaptation for television has been officially greenlit and given a straight-to-series order by Freeform, the cable channel previously known as ABC Family.

Based on the Marvel characters Tyrone Johnson (Cloak) and Tandy Bowen (Dagger), Cloak and Dagger is described as a “superhero love story.” The live-action show will follow the two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love — Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger had been in the works at Freeform’s predecessor ABC Family for about five years, though there is no writer currently attached to the series just yet, a search is currently under way. Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios are signed on to the project as co-producers.

“We are thrilled to be able to explore another corner of the Marvel Universe with Cloak and Dagger,” said Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “We want to thank Tandy and Tyrone’s fans everywhere who have been waiting for this exciting news.

Source- Variety

Machinima Reveals Teaser Poster For Transformers: Combiner Wars Animated Series

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 7, 2016.

Transformers, one of the most beloved franchises in the world has gone through many different iterations over the years. While certain incarnations of the property have had more mature story lines and themes in them (like the Transformers comics from IDW for example), all of the various animated series have been made specifically to appeal to a young audience. It appears that may no longer be the case since the latest Transformers series from Machinima, Transformers: Combiner Wars, will be the first animated series specifically aimed at an adult audience.

Transformers: Combiner Wars will be an eight-episode animated series which is set to launch in July. On Machinima’s Twitter page, they unveiled the first teaser image for the show which featured Windblade and what streaming service the series can viewed on.

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The series will launch on go90, the video streaming service from Verizon Wireless, making it exclusive to mobile devices on that provider and anyone with a compatible mobile device. It is currently unknown if the show will be posted anywhere else beside go90 in case any interested potential viewers who don’t own the service wish to watch it another way.

Transformers isn’t just a franchise, it’s a global phenomenon; the ultimate passion platform for over 30 years,” said Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein. “There are over 10 billion views of Transformers-related content on YouTube and the four theatrical movies have grossed over $3.7 billion dollars in global box office. At Machinima, we are honored that Hasbro has chosen us to bring the next phase of this beloved passion platform to the world.”

Taking place 40 years after the great war on Earth, Transformers: Combiner Wars introduces new lore and all-new characters that, combined with the characters fans have known for decades, will bring the Transformers storytelling in a new direction.

The Autobots and Decepticons have disbanded and returned to Cybertron. With the days of Optimus Prime and Megatron over, Cybertron is now ruled by a triumvirate. However, an ancient technology has enabled a new threat, the power for multiple Transformers to combine into one massive, dangerous form: Combiners. Who will stand-up to this threat to ensure that the fragile peace that was 4 million years in the making remains?

Source- Flickering Myth

Marvel’s Luke Cage to Debut on Netflix on September 30th

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on March 13, 2016.

At the Daredevil season two premiere red carpet event, Jessica Jones star Mike Colter revealed that Marvel’s Luke Cage will debut on Netflix on September 30th.

“Its going to be action packed from the beginning to the very end. Trust me,” Colter said. “Daredevil premieres March 18, and I will see the fans on September 30.”

Luke Cage is the third of Marvel’s Defenders series and will see Colter’s ex-con hero, who debuted in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, move to Harlem, we’re he’ll have to deal with villains like Cottonmouth and Black Mariah.

The cast for Luke Cage will also include Simone Missick (Ray Donovan) as Misty Knight, Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) as “Shades” Alvarez, Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction) as Rafael Scarfe, Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, Alfre Woodard as Minetta, Rosario Dawson will reprise her role of Claire Temple, and Sonia Braga (Angel Eyes) will play Claire’s mom, Soledad. Finn Jones Iron Fist has also been rumored to make an appearance on the show.

While Luke Cage is still months away, fans can look forward to Daredevil‘s second season which will be hitting Netflix on March 18, 2016.

Big Hero 6 Animated Series Coming to Disney XD

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on March 3, 2016.

Big Hero 6, the award-winning Walt Disney Animation Studios film based on the characters and concepts from Marvel Comics, may not be getting a traditional film sequel anytime soon, but it will at least be followed up with an animated series on Disney XD instead.

Big Hero 6 The Series will pick up where the movie left off and will follow Hiro, Baymax, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Fred, and Go Go as they defend their city from scientifically enhanced villains while Hiro will face the challenges of being San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s newest prodigy and all the social hurdles that entails.

Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, who collaborated on Kim Possible, will executive produce the series and Nick Filippi will serve as a supervising director.

“Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world class animated series…” Disney Channels Worldwide President Gary Marsh said in a statement.

It’s currently unknown if any of the voice actors from the film will be reprising their roles for the show or if the show will also share the same art style as the movie.

Big Hero 6 The Series is now in production and is set to debut in 2017.

Source- The Hollywood Reporter

Marvel Finds its Iron Fist

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 26, 2016.

Out of all the planned Marvel/Netflix series, Iron Fist seemed to be the problematic one out of the five shows. Even though we have known about the existence of this project for quite some time, news on the progress of Marvel’s Iron Fist has been extremely scarce while the other Defenders (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage) have already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Things may be looking up though since it appears that Marvel may have finally found someone to play the titular hero.

finn-jones_0A recent report from Entertainment Weekly claims that Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) will take on the role of Danny Rand aka The Immortal Iron Fist, in the fourth Marvel/Netflix collaboration. Neither Marvel or Netflix have yet to comment on the casting.

Here’s the official plot synopsis from Marvel: “Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.”

Scott Buck (Six Feet Under and Dexter) will serve as the showrunner on Marvel’s Iron Fist. Aside from Jones, no one else has been announced to be in the cast. Carrie-Anne Moss’s Jeryn Hogarth from Jessica Jones may appear on the show due her character’s connection to Iron Fist in the comics but nothing has been confirmed yet. In addition to appearing in his own series, there’s a good chance that Jones Iron Fist could also appear briefly in Marvel’s Luke Cage as well since the two characters are close friends and partners in the comics.

Even though Jones psychically resembles Danny Rand’s character from the comics, this choice of casting could be seen as a disappointment since some fans have been urging Marvel to cast an Asian-American actor in the lead role.

While a set release date for Iron Fist has not been announced yet, the show likely won’t premiere on Netflix until 2017 at the earliest. Jessica Jones debuted on Netflix in November, Luke Cage is now in production, and Daredevil’s second season will be hitting Netflix on March 18, 2016.

SourceEW

Will Lobo Appear on Supergirl?

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 21, 2016.

In a preview clip for an upcoming Supergirl episode, there was a not-so-subtle Lobo reference dropped in it that makes us wonder if the Main Man will be making his first live-action appearance soon.

In the first of three preview clips from the next episode, Truth, Justice and the American Way, an armored man known as the Master Jailer, is kidnapping and killing aliens. Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) suggests that it could be an interstellar bounty hunter to which Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) asks about a specific “him” and John says “If he were in town, we’d know.”

lobo-b8ea6It’s pretty obvious that they were referring to Lobo in that clip. In the DC Universe, Lobo started off as a villain but soon became a fan-favorite antihero/bounty hunter whose hulking, massive biker look, ultraviolent tendencies, and colorful catchphrases became his signature calling cards. In the New 52’s version of Lobo, the hulking biker had been replaced by a toned down version of the character who has not been as well received as his pervious iteration by the fans.

So far, this just seems like a throwaway easter egg line for the fans just like the “Men of Steel” or “Dark Knights fall” line from Legends of Tomorrow was which obviously alludes to Superman and Batman. At the moment, the creators of Legends of Tomorrow don’t seem to have any plans for introducing those characters into that universe so it’s likely that Lobo might also not appear in Supergirl either.

Although if Lobo were to appear at some point in a future episode of Supergirl, would it be the classic version of the character? The New 52 version? Or a version of the character that the show runners create exclusively for the show just like how Deathstorm from The Flash barely resembles his comic book counterparts? Whichever version of Lobo that they do decide to go with, it would be interesting to see just what they would do with the Main Man in his first live-action appearance.

Supergirl: Truth, Justice and the American Way will air on Monday, February 22 at 8PM on CBS.

New Avatar: The Last Airbender Graphic Novel Announced

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 19, 2016.

At the recent ComicsPRO retailer summit, Dark Horse Comics revealed some details on the next installment of their Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel line.

Writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Gurihiru will be returning to work on Avatar: The Last Airbender—North and South after working on the previous graphic novels in the series. The Dark Horse Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels are the in-canon continuation of the story of Avatar Aang and the adventures of Team Avatar after the defeat of the Fire Nation. They were created in conjunction with Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

“When Aang leaves to aid Zuko with the Kemurikage, Katara and Sokka return to the Southern Water Tribe by themselves. Katara is shocked to find that her beloved village has become a bustling city, with none other than their father, Hakoda, in charge! A Northerner named Malina seems to be behind this change, pushing the North and South to be more unified…but what are her true goals?”

Avatar: The Last Airbender – North and South Part One goes on sale Sept. 28, 2016, Part Two arrives on January 25, 2017, and Part Three will be released on April 26, 2017.

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Source- CBR