Daredevil Season 2 Promo: The Punisher Fears No Man

Daredevil Season 2 Promo: The Punisher Fears No ManWith the widespread acclaim that greeted the season 1 of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, it’s understandable that the upcoming second season carries with it an extremely high level of anticipation. Perhaps the biggest addition to Daredevil’s second Netflix outing is the character of Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher. This time played by The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal, Castle has been brought to cinematic life three times prior, only for each iteration to disappoint a large section of The Punisher fanbase. While viewers the world over wait to see whether the fourth time will be the charm, Netflix has seen fit to release a new short promo for Daredevil season 2 that serves to make clear The Punisher fears no man – not even The Man Without Fear.Short and to the point, the promo above features Bernthal’s Punisher walking straight toward camera in what sounds like an NYC subway tunnel. In one hand, Castle holds a gigantic gun; in the other, Matt Murdock’s Daredevil mask.While it’s been known for some time that the driving conflict for Daredevil season 2 would be Matt Murdock’s law-abiding superhero vs. Frank Castle’s take-no-prisoners vigilante, each new piece of promotional material has served to further drive home the stakes of this fight. Frank Castle will do absolutely anything to bring what he feels is justice to the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, and if that means he has to go through Matt Murdock’s red-suited alter ego then that’s just what he’ll (at least try to) do.

Of course, The Punisher isn’t the only potentially explosive addition to the mix of Daredevil season 2. Also joining the cast is Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung), an ex of Matt’s that hides her own deadly secrets. Marvel fans will recall this isn’t Elektra’s first on-screen incarnation either, with the character having been played by Jennifer Garner in the 2003 Daredevil film and its 2005 spinoff movie Elektra. Needless to say, most hope that Netflix’s rendition of the sai-wielding assassin/conflicted Murdock love interest can serve to rejuvenate Elektra’s brand as well as it did Daredevil’s.Hitting Netflix queues just one short week before DC blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters, Daredevil season 2 seeks to prove that the success of the series’ first season was more than just a fluke, and cement Marvel streaming properties as a viable platform for years to come. Will it succeed? At this point, it doesn’t seem wise to bet against Matt Murdock.NEXT: Daredevil Season 2 TrailerDaredevil 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. A Punisher spin-off is also in development.Source: Netflix

Game of Thrones Season 6 Trailer to Air on HBO with Vinyl Premiere

Game of Thrones Season 6 Trailer to Air on HBO with Vinyl PremiereSend a raven. The #GoTSeason6 tease will air this Sunday at 8:59PM ET before @VinylHBO

(WARNING: You will be teased)https://t.co/93Pl8aCEie- Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) February 12, 2016While many around the world are preparing for Valentine’s Day with chocolates and flowers, HBO and Game of Thrones have their own plans for the holiday. Even though Game of Thrones isn’t the most romantic show around, the premium cable channel is showing fans a little extra love this Sunday with a special teaser of what’s to come for season 6.The Game of Thrones Twitter account has been active lately, tweeting out new photos from the sixth season, which have also been released on the Making Game of Thrones website. Along with the battle banner teasers of House Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen, the show has been slowly introducing what’s to come for the show and its many characters; and, unsurprisingly, the results doesn’t look pretty. So far, the marketing for season 6 has slowly revealed a bloody future all those still locked in the brutal game of thrones, and even revealed the resurgence of a few familiar faces along the way, like Bran Stark, who sat out the previous season.Today, the Game of Thrones Twitter account has piled on the season 6 excitement with the announcement that a new teaser will be released right before the Vinyl premiere at 9pm EST. In addition to the announcement, the tweet included a 10 second teaser, which included the House of Black and White:The tweet made no mention of whether there will be actual footage from the season. Although, unlike the previous marketing schemes, it seems likely the teaser will seek to entice viewers with something to get them primed for what lies ahead. Given that tweet showed the House of Black and White, there may be some Arya-related footage waiting for those who tune in.However, marketing for Game of Thrones has always been especially ominous and rarely reveals too much before the season starts. It may specially secretive this year as now the show has, for the most part, caught up to the books and may start spoiling events even the most devoted reader of George R.R. Martin’s tale aren’t yet familiar with. That might put HBO is something of a tricky spot, as most everyone is in the dark with regard to what’s to come, but, then again, marketing for the show is in a rare position where it doesn’t actually have to actively convince anyone to watch – because, let’s face it, everyone who is going to is already planning to. So, really, the purpose of the teaser is to encourage more people to stay on the channel when Vinyl comes on.Although it is unlikely that Game of Thrones fans will get the answers to their most burning questions, the teaser on Sunday will sure to excite fans for the season 6 premiere this April.Game of Thrones returns for season 6 on Sunday, April 24 on HBO.Source: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 6 Trailer to Air on HBO with Vinyl Premiere

gameofthronesWhile many around the world are preparing for Valentine’s Day with chocolates and flowers, HBO and Game of Thrones have their own plans for the holiday. Even though Game of Thrones isn’t the most romantic show around, the premium cable channel is showing fans a little extra love this Sunday with a special teaser of what’s to come for season 6.The Game of Thrones Twitter account has been active lately, tweeting out new photos from the sixth season, which have also been released on the Making Game of Thrones website. Along with the battle banner teasers of House Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen, the show has been slowly introducing what’s to come for the show and its many characters; and, unsurprisingly, the results doesn’t look pretty.

So far, the marketing for season 6 has slowly revealed a bloody future all those still locked in the brutal game of thrones, and even revealed the resurgence of a few familiar faces along the way, like Bran Stark, who sat out the previous season.Today, the Game of Thrones Twitter account has piled on the season 6 excitement with the announcement that a new teaser will be released right before the Vinyl premiere at 9pm EST. In addition to the announcement, the tweet included a 10 second teaser, which included the House of Black and White:The tweet made no mention of whether there will be actual footage from the season. Although, unlike the previous marketing schemes, it seems likely the teaser will seek to entice viewers with something to get them primed for what lies ahead. Given that tweet showed the House of Black and White, there may be some Arya-related footage waiting for those who tune in.However, marketing for Game of Thrones has always been especially ominous and rarely reveals too much before the season starts. It may specially secretive this year as now the show has, for the most part, caught up to the books and may start spoiling events even the most devoted reader of George R.R. Martin’s tale aren’t yet familiar with. That might put HBO is something of a tricky spot, as most everyone is in the dark with regard to what’s to come, but, then again, marketing for the show is in a rare position where it doesn’t actually have to actively convince anyone to watch – because, let’s face it, everyone who is going to is already planning to. So, really, the purpose of the teaser is to encourage more people to stay on the channel when Vinyl comes on.Although it is unlikely that Game of Thrones fans will get the answers to their most burning questions, the teaser on Sunday will sure to excite fans for the season 6 premiere this April.Game of Thrones returns for season 6 on Sunday, April 24 on HBO.Source: Game of Thrones

New Supergirl Image Offers First Look at Fortress of Solitude

supergirlWhile Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is poised to continue Man of Steel’s vision of the current big-screen Superman franchise as a grim and brooding affair, things are considerably lighter on the television side of what’s now been confirmed as the DC Multiverse, where an earnestly upbeat Supergirl is busy building a reputation (and a weekly audience) independent of a mostly-offscreen version of her famous cousin. While decidedly charting its own identity, Supergirl hasn’t been shy about incorporating elements of the classical Superman mythos, including Kryptonite and a grown-up “James” Olsen.Now, another huge piece of the Superman canon is set to make its debut, as the upcoming episode “Solitude” will find Kara Zor-El visiting a certain famous Fortress.According to an early synopsis for the episode, Kara (Melissa Benoist) will travel to Superman’s (presumably unoccupied – at least for the moment) Fortress of Solitude in order to conduct research on defeating new villainess Indigo (Laura Vandervoot), a female equivalent to classic Superman nemesis Brainiac, who is set to become a new recurring threat on the series. Vandervoot, incidentally, previously played a version of Kara on Smallville, making her the second previous Supergirl to appear on the series after Helen Slater.

Early images of the set for the Fortress reveal that the series appears to be using the “crystal fortress” design from the 1978 Christopher Reeve Superman as its main visual reference. Whereas the interior construction of The Fortress has taken many forms over the years, the ’78 movie version – which looks like ice but is actually formed of rapidly-growing crystals generated from a Kryptonian shard flung into the arctic tundra – is easily the live-action version most familiar to mainstream audiences. In Man of Steel, the Fortress was replaced by a repurposed Kryptonian spacecraft that was subsequently destroyed (along with pretty much everything else) at the conclusion of the film.Traditionally (though not originally) depicted as a base of operations built into a hollow mountain and usually located somewhere in Antarctica, The Fortress of Solitude is one of the longest consistently-appearing aspects of the Superman mythology – though the name and basic concept were initially “borrowed” from pulp hero Doc Savage. Though it has taken many forms throughout the history of the character, the core concept of a hidden space for Superman to keep the physical aspects of his secret life (alien technology, the remains of his shuttle, etc) has remained. In most comics depictions, it has also functioned as a kind of museum/shrine to the lost culture of Krypton, frequently rendered to include large statues of Superman’s birth parents and a globe of Krypton. In other periods it has functioned as Superman’s version of The Batcave, housing scientific equipment used for crime-fighting research, a zoo for alien creatures, and at one point even an army of Superman look-alike robots designed to solve the “why does no one ever see him with Clark Kent?” problem.This marks the latest deep-dive into DC Universe arcana for Supergirl, which is also preparing for an upcoming crossover with The Flash that will definitively cement it as part of a “multiverse,” connecting initially-unrelated live-action and animated series within Warner Bros.’ stable of DC Comics adaptations. Left unsaid (so far) is how far the connections plan to go. As yet, there don’t appear to be any plans to bring Fox’s Gotham into the mix, and there is no official talk yet of whether or not the DC films spinning out of Dawn of Justice will be shown to be reachable by universe-transcending characters like Flash.Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 pm on CBS. “Solitude” is set to premiere Monday, February 29.Source: CBS

Lethal Weapon Pilot Ordered by Fox; Damon Wayans Sr. Cast as Murtaugh

Lethal Weapon Pilot Ordered by Fox; Damon Wayans Sr. Cast as MurtaughLethal Weapon was one of the highest grossing films of 1987, followed up by three successful sequels released in 1989, 1992, and 1998. For some time, Warner Bros. were trying to get a fifth installment off the ground, but it seemed as though it wasn’t going to happen. That is until Warner Bros decided to follow in the footsteps of other movies hoping for a sequel, by moving across to the small screen.Like Minority Report and Limitless before it, and the soon to air Rush Hour adaptation over at CBS, Warner Bros. announced back in October 2015 that a Lethal Weapon reboot was in development at Fox. At the time, scant details were known but now it’s been revealed that Fox has ordered the show to pilot, and that one of the main roles is already cast.According to The Wrap, Damon Wayans Sr., who first came to fame in sketch show In Living Color before he went on to write and appear in My Wife and Kids and The Underground, will take on the role of Roger Murtaugh, originally played by Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies. As yet, there is no word on who will play the role of Martin Riggs, made famous by Mel Gibson, but it’s a safe bet casting directors will be searching carefully for the perfect pairing with Wayans Sr. in an effort to recreate the great chemistry exhibited by Glover and Gibson on the big screen. After making his name on Living in Color, Wayans Sr. went on to write and appear in My Wife and Kids, and Underground.

The official synopsis for the Lethal Weapon reboot sounds incredibly similar to the films, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, Fox will surely be hoping to draw an audience based on those who enjoyed the original franchise. Read it, below:When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.Matt Miller (Forever, Chuck) will write and executive produce the pilot under his Good Session banner, while McG will direct. Also executive producing (along with Warner Bros.) are Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie, Sherlock Holmes) and Jennifer Gwartz. Miller and Lin previously worked together on Forever, which was canceled after one season.Original Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner and producer Joel Silver will not be involved with the pilot or indeed the series if it gets a full order, but they have given it their blessing. In essence, that means that they are happy with the premise and the potential the show has.

Lethal Weapon joins an ever-growing list of TV adaptations of popular movies. As well as those previously mentioned, The Exorcist is also in development at Fox, while CBS is also bringing a Training Day adaptation to the small screen, and Cruel Intentions has found a home at NBC. Each and every one will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Limitless, which has been a hit – and not to emulate Minority Report, which had its run shortened to just ten episodes.As yet, there is no word on when the Lethal Weapon pilot might appear, or any other casting details, but who would you like to see join Waymans Sr. as Martin Riggs?Source: The Wrap

Gotham Producer On Adding Villains Mr. Freeze as Gordon’s Mirror

Gotham Producer On Adding Villains  he had the connection to the Order of St. Dumas, and was a villain that we might not have seen at the beginning of season one. The Maniax were another baby step toward that kind of anarchic pre-Joker type of villain that paves the way.

Fans of the series have been aware for a while now that the second half of Gotham season 2 will introduce Mr Freeze/Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow) – a villain who, as Stevens points out, is just one of several characters that the Gotham team has been wanting to add to the show’s ensemble. The challenge, however, lies with getting other larger than life Batman villains (like Solomon Grundy and Killer Croc) to mesh with the setting of Gotham, a world that embraces a pulpy yet not necessarily fantastical tone and design, as Stevens noted:”I feel like those characters are out there, and if we can figure out a way to do them where the reality of our world can stay intact, approach them in a way where people say ‘I can imagine them existing in our world,’ then yes, I’d keep us open to all of those characters. We’re hesitant to go down any mystical routes. If we can solve those riddles ourselves, it’ll be exciting to have those people in our world.”In the end however, the key element that Stevens says he and his fellow Gotham producers are most interested in maintaining a grounded human element to the backstories of the TV show’s comic book-born characters. By staying true to this, the TV series aims to create interesting parallels between its villains and those who are in charge of combating them.”We really want our villains to be as human and relatable as possible. We wanted to give Freeze a compressed version of what we gave to someone like Nygma, who we gave an emotional reason to why he became the person he became. We also wanted him to serve as a mirror to what’s going on in Jim and Lee’s life, at the same time. Those coincide together, so that the path Freeze goes down mirrors the path that Jim’s going down, and they sort of go down that together.”

Gotham does appear to be taking its cues from the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, when it comes to the show’s portrayal of Mr. Freeze – including his backstory, in that the character is searching to find a cure for his seemingly terminal-ill wife, Nora (Kristen Hager) on Gotham, too. The character could well prove to be an effective mirror to Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his experiences, what with the latter character now facing the prospect of fatherhood and a new stage in his relationship with Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin). It’s an approach that seems appropriate for Gotham, given how the show has incorporated villains into its ensemble in the past.NEXT: First Look at Hugo Strange on GothamGotham season 2 resumes on February 29th, 2016 on FOX.Source: Comic Book

AMC Orders Kevin Smith Late-Night Talk Show

AMC Orders Kevin Smith Late-Night Talk ShowAMC has had astounding success with genre hit The Walking Dead, a series so popular that a talk show focusing on each episode has also racked up impressive viewing numbers for the network. Talking Dead, hosted by comedian and famed nerd Chris Hardwick, lets viewers interact with cast and crew from the zombie drama as they dissect every facet of the episode that’s just aired.With viewers ready and willing to watch people sitting around talking about TV shows, it seemed a no-brainer to give Kevin Smith his own unscripted series on AMC as well. Since 2012, the writer/filmmaker has hosted installments of Comic Book Men in his own New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. Now the network is planning to give Smith an even bigger platform to discuss every obsessive corner of entertainment and fandom.The late-night show, with the working title Geeking Out, will be hosted by Smith and Heroes franchise alum Greg Grunberg. The half-hour episodes will, according to the official synopsis, “take a timely look at pop culture through a fanboy lens.” Like a conventional talk show, it will feature celebrity interviews and preview clips of their latest projects. There will also be fan discussions and “out-of-studio” segments.

While Talking Dead and Comic Book Men have a more specific focus, AMC is hoping to cast a wider net with this latest offering. Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, promises the hosts will be bringing an insider view to the entertainment world that should appeal to both casual and hardcore fans.”Kevin and Greg are both true fans of this content, and share a deep passion for talking about it, and engaging other fans about it. But it is their natural chemistry as hosts that really brings this idea together.”Smith began his career with a homemade film set at his convenience store job and starring his friends. That circle of friends expanded with each movie, with films like Dogma featuring longtime collaborator Ben Affleck along with Matt Damon, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Alanis Morissette, George Carlin, Linda Fiorentino, and Alan Rickman. Discussing the new show, Smith expressed extreme excitement about the new celebrity hook-ups his co-host was going to provide.”I can’t wait to lose fluids on the airwaves of my favorite channel over the genre gems we’re gonna get insider access to due to gregarious Greg’s bonafides! And to make it even more of a family affair, Geeking Out lets me work with the Weinsteins again – the two guys who started my career 22 years ago! I’m lucky to be working at all, let alone working with friends and family on a dream show where all we do is talk about all the media that makes us moist!”

Grunberg, seen recently on the big screen in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, has appeared in a slew of TV shows including Heroes Reborn, Masters of Sex, Criminal Minds, and The Mysteries of Laura. He also produces the web series One Question Interviews, which features a wide variety of celebs promoting their latest projects before answering a completely random question from host Rick Yaeger. Grunberg promises that Smith’s anticipation isn’t unwarranted, because he’s going to take advantage of every connection he’s made in Hollywood.”I am going to get every single genre-based writer, director and actor I know to come on our show and geek out with us. And they’re going to thank me for it. I love how Kevin Smith smells and we fit together like two hibernating fan-bears. Thanks to AMC and the Weinsteins, the rest of the world is going to get to see what’s inside our dark, dank geek cave. It’s going to be a fun 30 minutes, if I can just get Kevin to stop talking and smoking.”Smith can be an engaging storyteller, and has proven in the past that he isn’t afraid to tell the industry’s darker secrets to an eager audience. As long as the show doesn’t get too glossed-over in its attempt to reach that more “general” audience, Geeking Out should be fannish dream for everyone who loves a geeky insider view of Hollywood. From Smith and Grunberg’s statements on the show, it sounds like they’ll be keeping it weird, which is the best way for this series to please its target audience.Geeking Out is expected to premiere with a special episode covering Comic-Con International: San Diego in late July, with eight more episodes to run weekly starting in late summer.Source: AMC