Character Mari McCabe becomes Vixen through the power of the Tantu Totem, worn on a necklace she inherited from the parents she never knew. The totem gives her the ability to draw on the abilities of animals, giving her the right amount of strength, speed, or agility just when she needs it. The official synopsis for “Taken” reveals that she’ll also be able to use her animal connections to find Darhk’s secret location.The DC heroine can currently be seen in animated form on the web series Vixen, available on streaming service CW Seed. The voice actress Megalyn Echikunwoke (also known as Megalyn E.K.) will also take on the live-action role on Arrow. You can get a closer look at the costume in E.K.’s Instagram above, and the presence of a stuntwoman means we’ll definitely be seeing her “kick ass,” as promised in the video clip up top.The original Arrow promo image of Vixen shows a ghostlike image of a wolf hovering next to her, similar to how the web series animates her different manifestations. The CW has done pretty well with a low effects budget, so hopefully the live-action scenes can incorporate this imagery in a non-cheesy way. CW President Mark Pedowitz has indicated Vixen might go on to join the Legends of Tomorrow team, and that decision will likely depend on how well the character comes across in this installment of Arrow. We’ve only gotten a tiny clip of her, but so far she seems pretty amazingly badass.NEXT: CW President Teases Vixen’s Live-Action TV Show FutureArrow returns with episode “Taken” on February 24, 2016. Vixen will continue on CW Seed later this year.Source: The CW
Hayley Atwell first appeared as Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1 film Captain America: The First Avenger, acting as a love interest and fellow soldier to Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans). Then, she appeared in the Marvel one-shot, Agent Carter, that was spun-off into the ABC drama series currently airing its sophomore season on the network.However, although Agent Carter hasn’t necessarily been a ratings powerhouse – especially compared to fellow Marvel/ABC drama Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s series premiere ratings – the show did secure a second season. Now, though, Agent Carter may be affected by a something aside from possible cancellation: sharing its leading lady with a fellow ABC drama series.Deadline is reporting Atwell has been cast in the new ABC pilot, Conviction, a legal drama created by Liz Friedman (Jessica Jones) and Liz Friedlander (The Following). Conviction is still in the pilot stages of development, but if ABC gives it a series order, the network will make sure Atwell’s schedule can accommodate both shows. As for whether or not Agent Carter will continue after its current season, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. But, according to Deadline, it “does not look likely” the show will receive a season 3.Friedman penned the Conviction script and Friedlander will direct the pilot while both will serve as executive producers. Atwell has been cast as the series’ lead, Carter Morrison, “the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former President, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit.” Morrison works with a team of lawyers, investigators, and forensic experts looking into cases where the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.
Based on the report of Atwell’s casting in the Conviction pilot, it seems as though the new show won’t affect her role as Peggy in Agent Carter. With the Marvel drama having limited series runs – season 1 consisted of eight episodes while season 2 will be 10 – and airing during the winter hiatus of the network’s main programming, that leaves plenty of time for the actress to also star in Conviction. That is, if it’s given a season 3 order.Whether Agent Carter will return for a third season is another question entirely. Although Conviction won’t affect the renewal of Agent Carter, the 1940s spy drama may not be granted a third run due to its ratings. Certainly, with two Marvel Comics comedies in development, including Damage Control and another unnamed project, in addition to the drama series being developed by John Ridley (American Crime), the network has plenty of comic book-based series coming down the line. So, if Agent Carter were to be cancelled, ABC has plenty of other Marvel series to take its place – especially with the S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Most Wanted recently ordered to pilot.Although Agent Carter viewers may be enjoying the Marvel heroine’s adventures in the 1940s – and how they could possibly explore the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization’s creation – ABC may need to cut back on its current comic book lineup in order to make room for upcoming projects. But, if Conviction does end up with a series order, Atwell fans will be able to tune in to the ABC legal drama to see the actress more often.Next: Is Netflix’s Slate of Marvel Shows Getting Too Crowded?Agent Carter continues with ‘Life of the Party’ and ‘Monsters’ on February 16th at 9pm on ABC.Source: Deadline
Marvel Studios opened the door to a shared cinematic universe both on the big screen and on television – at least in the current era of superhero popularity – with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter both existing in the MCU continuity. On the other hand, the various DC Comics television series are separate from the DC Extended Universe, though they may exist within their own multiverse. Now, although FX is teaming with Marvel and 20th Century Fox to develop two series based on X-Men, Hellfire and Legion, they will be separate from the current universe.FX is currently in the middle of casting the Legion pilot, though at the Television Critics Association 2016 winter press tour network president John Landgraf said he has seen scripts for multiple episodes. Now, a new series regular joins the cast with a production start date in mind.THR is reporting that Jeremie Harris (The Get Down) has joined the cast of Legion with filming expected to begin in March. He joins the previously cast Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as well as Jean Smart and Rachel Keller (Fargo). The show will follow David Haller (Stevens) – who takes on the name of Legion in the comics – a diagnosed schizophrenic who has spent much of his time since his teenage years in and out of mental hospitals. But, “after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.”
FX tapped Fargo’s Noah Hawley to pen the Legion pilot script. He’ll also serve as executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse), Fox’s X-Men universe architect Simon Kinberg, Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil) and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb. Hawley’s Fargo collaborator John Cameron is also set to executive produce.As we’ve seen in recent years, the rise in popularity of comic book properties has caused a boom of superhero stories on not only the big screen, but television as well. But, not all superhero TV series are created equal, with some unable to stand out from the rest. TNT recently cancelled their in-development Teen Titans series because of so many other superhero stories currently on television – and NBC’s Constantine wasn’t able to gain the success the network wanted, getting cancelled after one season.That being said, Legion is certainly assembling a cast who lend themselves more toward grounded and dramatic series. Additionally, with Kinberg calling Legion the “Breaking Bad of superhero stories,” it seems the X-Men show could take a different path than the other comic book shows on ABC, CBS, Fox, and The CW. Certainly, if Legion takes on the more adult tone of Marvel/Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, it could prove to be just as successful and critically well-received as those series while carving out its own corner of the superhero TV landscape.Next: Fargo Creator Talks Legion TV Series & Connection to X-Men Movie UniverseFX has yet to set an official premiere date for Legion, though it is believed to be on track for a late-2016 release.Source: THR
Netflix launched their New York City-based corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in spring of 2015 when the first season of Daredevil debuted to praise from both critics and fans. The streaming service followed up that release with season 1 of Jessica Jones in late 2015, another series that was well-received by critics, fans, and casual viewers alike. Now in 2016, Netflix is gearing up to launch the second season of Daredevil – which will introduce fellow Marvel characters Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung). Also set to arrive in 2016 is the first season of the Luke Cage standalone series.Luke Cage (Mike Colter) first appeared in Marvel and Netflix’s Defenders universe as an ally/romantic interest to Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) during her solo series. Although the premiere date for Luke Cage has yet to be announced, a new image of the Hero For Hire character has been released.The Jessica Jones Twitter account released a new character poster (below) for Luke Cage, in the purple style of much of the other imagery from the show’s first season. This isn’t the first time Jessica Jones has released a Luke Cage-related photo; the Twitter account previously tweeted an image that teased a November release date – though later rumors suggested Luke Cage season 1 will arrive in August.Whats cooking, good looking? #JessicaJones #LukeCage pic.twitter.com/8EGJpmPNgb- Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) February 17, 2016Although the Luke Cage character poster doesn’t appear to offer any new information, it’s possible the purple scrawl of Luke’s name in the bottom right-hand corner is teasing the standalone series’ logo. If the previously-released promo photo was, in fact, teasing a November release date, then it wouldn’t be unheard of for the Jessica Jones’ Twitter to drop hints about the Luke Cage solo series. But, that remains to be seen.We likely won’t know much about Luke Cage season 1 until after Daredevil season 2 premieres. As has been the case with Jessica Jones season 1 and the second season of Daredevil, Netflix and Marvel have generally held back promoting the next show on their slate until after the immediate upcoming series had premiered. So, we didn’t hear much about Jessica Jones until well after Daredevil season 1 debuted, and information about Daredevil season 2 didn’t truly begin to arrive until after Jessica Jones had premiered.
Of course, with more seasons and shows potentially being added to the Marvel/Netflix slate – reports surfaced during the 2016 Winter TCAs that they were developing a Punisher spinoff, and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos has said that he’s open to even more MCU spinoffs – the release schedule may become even more condensed than originally planned. Though Netflix originally planned to release Marvel series 8-15 months apart, Jessica Jones arrived seven months after Daredevil, and season 2 of Daredevil will debut four months after Jessica Jones season 1.So, with Luke Cage possibly arriving as early as August, or as late as November, it’s likely we won’t hear much more about the show until after Daredevil season 2 premieres – though it seems Luke Cage himself (or at least his bar) will appear in the second season of Daredevil.Next: What We Want to See in Marvel’s Luke CageDaredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 later in 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. We’ll keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.Source: Marvel/Netflix
Game of Thrones season 6 will pick up right where the last season left off when it debuts on April 24, 2016, though that doesn’t mean fans of the HBO series will know what to expect. In fact those watching are facing the new episodes with greater uncertainty than ever before, as the show has (unsurprisingly) outpaced its source material, meaning that the promotional material will, more than ever, provide tantalizing clues as to possible storylines and future events, prior to the season debut.So far, Twitter users have been encouraged to tweet a series of hashtags to review ‘battle banner’ teaser trailers for House Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen, which consist of audio clips promising a dark and violent continuation of the story. More recently, 20 photos from the epic fantasy were shared online, showcasing a first look at the survivors from the previous seasons. Details surrounding the upcoming season have largely been kept under wraps, but now, finally, an official trailer has been released.The trailer takes place in the deepest level of the House of Black and White in headquarters that fans of the show will recognize as the Hall of Faces – a stone structured vault where the figureheads of hundreds who have died are housed. A few familiar faces make an appearance here, including Ned Stark (Sean Bean), Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
Among the whisperings in the room, some of the characters’ most memorable lines are ominously echoed. Robb muses about winning the battles but losing the war, while Catelyn and Joffrey talk about tormenting ‘the others’ and showing them how it feels to lose what they love. Even though the trailer doesn’t appear to reveal any actual footage from the upcoming season (unless it will surface as an Arya vision) it does confirm that “the long night is coming and the dead come with it.”The final shot is the most eerie and surprising of all as it reveals current living character and beloved fan favourite Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) in the same position, among the ranks of the dead. Last time that we saw Tyrion he was alive in Meereen watching Daario (Michiel Huisman) and Jorah (Iain Glen) leave on their quest to find Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). Does this mean that Tyrion has died or – more likely – that he is facing imminent danger this season?Without clues from the books to guide us through this mysterious first trailer, plenty of unanswered questions remain such as: Is Jon Snow really dead or is there still a chance that Lady Melisandre (Carice van Houten) could aid in his resurrection? Will the fallen characters be recruited as members of the army of the dead? And, who else’s head will be on the chopping block this year?Discover the answers when Game of Thrones returns for season 6 on Sunday, April 24 on HBO.Source: HBO
Is there a difference? #Daredevilhttps://t.co/kZUvXEa5Fc- Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 14, 2016In 2015, Marvel kicked off the Netflix side of their cinematic universe with the first season of Daredevil. The show received an overwhelmingly positive critical response, and Marvel followed the series up with a second critically well-received series with the first season of Jessica Jones. Now Daredevil season 2 is the next release from Marvel and Netflix, with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a Defenders team-up series set to arrive in the coming years.Daredevil season 1 followed Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as he fought against Kingpin (Vincent D’Onfrio) in order to save his neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. Season 2 will introduce other characters from Marvel Comics, including Elektra (Elodie Yung) and the fan-favorite anti-hero The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). A promo for Daredevil season 2 teases a new trailer for the Marvel Netflix series that will feature Punisher.The new teaser (above) released by Daredevil on Twitter features the head of the titular hero’s costume flickering in and out and changing into the logo for Punisher. Meanwhile, Bernthal can be heard speaking as Frank Castle a.k.a. Punisher, saying, “You know you’re one bad day away from being me.”Soon after Daredevil added Bernthal to the series as Punisher, season 2 showrunners Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie – who took over from Steven S. DeKnight – referred to the second outing of The Man Without Fear as “Daredevil vs The Punisher.” Reports about Punisher in season 2 have teased an exceptional portrayal of the anti-hero that will please fans – which may explain the rumors that Netflix and Marvel are developing an entire Punisher spinoff series, though it’s unclear when that would arrive if the reports turn out to be true.From everything we know so far about Daredevil season 2, it seems Punisher will play an integral role – likely filling in for Kingpin as Matt Murdock’s main antagonist for the season. Additionally, like the contrast between Daredevil’s way of cleaning up Hell’s Kitchen versus Kingpin’s in season 1, it seems season 2 will provide another comparison in the way that Matt Murdock and Frank Castle handle vigilante justice.Of course, although much of season 2 will likely be devoted to Daredevil facing off against The Punisher, the season will also see the introduction of the famed assassin Elektra as well as the return of Matt Murdock’s friends, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). But, though Daredevil season 2 will likely provide compelling returns to the season 1 characters and an introduction of Elektra to the MCU, the fight between Daredevil and Punisher will be the main attraction – one that we will hopefully get a glimpse of in the upcoming trailer.Next: Is Netflix’s Slate of Marvel Shows Getting Too Crowded?Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 later in 2016. Release dates for Iron Fist and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. Screen Rant will keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.Source: Twitter