Hayley Atwell Cast in ABC’s Conviction; Agent Carter’s Future Unclear

Hayley Atwell Cast in ABCs Future UnclearHayley 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

Agent Carter: A Lighter Team-Up Mission Underlines This Atypical Hero Story

Agent Carter: A Lighter Team-Up Mission Underlines This Atypical Hero Story[This is a review of Agent Carter season 2, episode 5. There will be SPOILERS.]–Last week, Agent Carter was an arguably more serious episode for the series as ‘Smoke her team includes a man with a disability, two women (one of whom doesn’t fit into the ideals of beauty standers), a man who has more of a penchant for technology than fitness, and a man who knows more about baking a souffle than diffusing a bomb. Altogether, they epitomize where Agent Carter excels: taking these characters that don’t seem like typical heroes and proving they’re just as capable (if not more so) as the superheroes of the universe.

Elsewhere in the episode, Whitney is going further down the path of succumbing to the Zero Matter that she absorbed earlier this season, using her husband Calvin Chadwick (Currie Graham) to help her track down the atomic bombs in order to further experiment with her powers. Though we may know of Whitney’s eventual evolution into the Marvel Comics villain Madame Masque, her descent into a power-hungry antagonist is incredibly interesting to watch – especially when it is shown next to Calvin’s reactions to her plans and requests of him.As it was established in ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, Whitney has always been forced to use men to gain what little power she has had – she helped establish Isodyne even though Calvin was the public face of the company, and she was spotted by a male talent agent who helped her become a successful actress. However, with her gaining more power from the Zero Matter, it has permanently altered the dynamic in their relationship, evidenced when Whitney tells Calvin, who is upset that she is demanding more uranium for her experiments, “You need to calm down, you are overreacting.”Because Whitney is gaining her own abilities and power through Zero Matter for the first time, she no longer defers to Calvin (or anyone else), and doesn’t wish to give up the Zero Matter in her when Peggy offers to “fix” her. This focus on Whitney in Agent Carter has been a strength of season 2, with the character development rivaling – if not flat-out outpacing – that of the other main characters. As a result, Whitney is becoming the most fascinating villain of the series as well as one of the most compelling characters on the show as a whole.

The majority of ‘The Atomic Job’ may have taken on a lighter tone overall, but the relationship between Sousa and Violet was a more serious aspect of the episode. Sousa’s botched proposal dinner and his later fight with Violet when she realizes that he left New York to run away from Peggy (and that he’s still in love with her) offer an emotional throughline to the episode that is decently acted by Bolger and Gjokaj. But, the machinations of the episode to cause the rift between Sousa and Violet in order to set up the eventual relationship between Sousa and Peggy come off a bit too contrived to fully enjoy the drama of this storyline.All in all, ‘The Atomic Job’ was another entertaining episode of Agent Carter in a much more compelling season 2. New members on Peggy’s rogue SSR team and an exceptionally well-developed antagonist prove to further strengthen the show’s second outing. Although some aspects of the episode fall a bit too far into using tropes and conventional storytelling, ‘The Atomic Job’ is another example of Agent Carter season 2’s capability in balancing fun spy humor with moments of more serious drama.-Agent Carter continues with ‘Life of the Party’ and ‘Monsters’ on February 16th at 9pm on ABC. Check out a preview below:

Supergirl Director Lexi Alexander Talks Superheroes Vixen TV Show Hopes

Supergirl Director Lexi Alexander Talks Superheroes  Vixen TV Show HopesWith the recent success of Deadpool, many have been talking about the new world of possibilities for R-rated superhero movies. While Deadpool has now proven that an R-rated superhero film can be successful, director Lexi Alexander had made her mark eight years ago with her own R-rated superhero movie, Punisher: War Zone. While the movie didn’t fare well at the box office, the film has since earned a cult following and been brought up in conversation again, with the huge box office success of Deadpool. Alexander has now made her transition away from the film industry to becoming a television director. Recently, she has been working on Arrow and now has another directing credit on CBS’ Limitless. With the success of Arrow, Alexander has become familiar with directing superheroes on the TV screen and has even gained the trust of executive producer Andrew Kreisberg – who then let the director take on Supergirl herself.Screen Rant recently talked to the Supergirl director about her new episode, “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”, how she’s influenced Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) fighting style on the show, and what superheroes she would like to direct next.

Lexi Alexander working with Melissa Benoist on the Supergirl set

We’re here to talk about your new Supergirl episode, which is the first one you’re directing, and I know that you’ve worked on Arrow previously. How do you approach that differently from something more dark like Arrow?Supergirl is only in its first season and the writers and creators are developing this character and were happy to have input, like the fighting style. I came just at a time when they were thinking about what’s the next step to her fighting style. They were really excited to have someone like me, who is actually a former fighter. So I was able, creatively, to add much more than I am usually able to do in TV.You were a previous stuntwoman and a martial artist, you’ve influenced that in Supergirl. Will they be using your fighting style in future Supergirl episodes? I asked if I could change the fights that they planned and they said, ‘Absolutely, that’s why we hired you’. I made it slightly more grounded, like she doesn’t need to rely on her powers, she’s more of a badass without using them. They liked it a lot, I mean think Andrew Kreisberg has said that it’s best fight sequences we’ve ever had on the show.They told me afterwards that it’s a blueprint for every fight they’re doing from now on. For someone like me, it’s a huge compliment. In TV, it’s not often that you’re asked to contribute so much creatively.Now that you’re working with executive producers who are on Arrow and Supergirl, do you see yourself working on their other shows: The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow? Maybe, they haven’t invited me. Here’s the thing: I’m so grateful that Andrew [Kreisberg] I consider who the person who opened the gates for me directing on TV, it’s going to be hard to say ‘no’ to anything he wants me on because I feel like I owe him a lot.I’m currently working on a show called Limitless. I’m stoked to not have not to have a single stunt scene, so I’m really happy about that people are hiring me that have nothing to do with action. I don’t need to direct any superhero show in town, but I’m always not going to be ungrateful that they consider me the go-to girl for superhero shows.

Lexi Alexander and Ray Stevenson on the Punisher: War Zone set

Since you mentioned Limitless, you’ve been gravitating more towards directing on TV. What does television offer that movies don’t right now? First of all, movies generally treat women like shit. I don’t have a good time there. In terms of equality, movies are worst than some third-world countries that we look down upon. Movies are the Saudi Arabi of gender equality.That’s why whenever my manager tries to convince to direct a movie again, I’m always telling them it’s like you’re asking me would you like to go back to the locker room of the National Football League. Now I’m finally allowed in, but it’s not a great environment for me, I don’t want to be around guys like that. It’s not fun. No one believes in you. They might hire you, but they’re not excited about hiring you. You’re a constant risk. It’s a just a belief that because you don’t look like Spielberg or there hasn’t been a woman who’s made a shit-ton of money. Nevermind that we’re not in the position the where we were able to do that. We’re always the underdog. It’s not fun for me. TV is such a better environment. I say this often, but Supergirl is the best experience in my entire career. I don’t know what people can offer me to even consider a movie again. What I think they would have to offer me, they wouldn’t offer me anyways because they don’t really care about women directors.You’ve pitched TV shows, do you see yourself becoming a showrunner? What show would you like to direct? I pitch a lot, I’ve been doing that for years. I’ve had a lot of shows optioned and spec pilots optioned, but they’ve never made it on the air. That’s my dream come true, to have one of my shows on, because I think that the best version of me is when I can completely contribute.I think back to one of my best feature experiences was Green Street [Hooligans], which was something I experienced in my teens. It was developed, co-written and directed by me and it’s a true filmmakers’ journey. It was my world that I brought to the audience. I feel like, creating my own TV show would be similar version of that on TV. Yes, I pitch a lot and write a lot.Is there any comic that you’ve liked recently that you would like to adapt as a TV show or on the big screen? There’s so many of them. I really like Greg Rucka’s work, I loved Lazarus and I loved Stumptown.I’m very outspoken for women and a middle-eastern crowd. My dad is Arab, I’m not Muslim, but half of family is, so I see a lot of injustice happening in the portrayal of Muslims that they don’t have any heroes. A personally favorite of mine would be is Kamala Khan. There’s so many more that could be put onto the screen.With Jessica Jones, Marvel is really going for darker storylines, do you see there’s an opportunities for these type of comics? I hope so. One of the great things about Jessica Jones, I love that show, we’re talking about rape and consent and not understand the word ‘no’, which is such a big subject, but no one spoke those words. It was an entire show about consent or rape, but no one said consent or rape. I think comic book writers are really genius. I’m saying beyond DC and Marvel, we should go into other publishers and find stories that are Jessica Jones-like. Imagine things we can change, telling stories in a way that young people may attention to them. They can’t create enough of that.Frankly, I’m seeing it go on and they’re still kind of listening and letting only certain people pitch. Whenever they have to send our millions, they say let’s trust the guys who did 24 and did X-Files. They’re not giving newcomers a chance or new publishers a chance. I’m hoping that changes, so much content needs to be produced for TV that I feel like it’s going to happen.

Megalyn Echikunwoke as Vixen in the Arrow/The Flash TV Universe

With the success of Deadpool, it’s open a whole range possibilities of R-Rated superheroes. From your experience with Punisher: War Zone, what do you see the future of the R-Rated world in both TV or movies? The whole Deadpool thing is bittersweet for me. I did get credit, but I didn’t get anything at the box office. They left me hanging with no marketing. For weeks, I’ve been watching this genius marketing campaign, so it’s hard for me to watch it, but at the same time, enough of the smart people have written about me or written me emails saying that it was ahead of your time.It’s a double-edged sword, I made a R-Rated film eight years ago that became a cult hit, so it’s great everyone is on the train now. I think there needs to be a limit to things. I hope there’s not five years where everyone is trying to do Deadpool. Deadpool is massively successful because they made a very unique movie. That uniqueness and originality, try to imitate that. Not, how about let’s try to do Deadpool on a train. They always take the wrong thing from a box office success. Trust new filmmakers and trust them with budgets that haven’t really been proven in the box office.You’re one of the few directors to direct both Marvel and DC characters. Is there a superhero that you would want to direct?Vixen is my favorite! We need a Vixen show. Look, the next step we need is a women of color superhero. We can do that, that is the next step. She’s in an episode coming up on Arrow on the 25th and I assume this is a test from the network. I hope that crowd gets behind this. The worst thing that can happen to us that happen to equality is getting a white superhero female, but we can’t have a black one. It’s not good for intersectionality for equality, for anything. It’s not good for our culture. We all need to be represented.Is there any other comic book hero that you would love to see their own show or movie? Kamala Khan, definitely.Is there anything you’ve want the Supergirl fans to know? I really would like for people to tune in and for everyone else to tune. In TV, what’s not certain is that a show comes back for a second season and super important that this show doesn’t get cancelled. I want it to have the best ratings possible.Thank you so much for your time to chat with me.Thank you, I appreciate you for doing this interview.

Supergirl continues with ‘Truth, Justice and The American Way’ on Monday, February 22 on CBS.

The Flash Season 2: Andy Mientus Returning as the Pied Piper

The Flash Season 2: Andy Mientus Returning as the Pied PiperDC Comics is about to have two versions of The Flash on screens. Gracing the big screen will be Ezra Miller in the title role. That film will come a week earlier than previously expected on March 16, 2018. On the small screen, the Flash is portrayed by Grant Gustin and remains one of The CW’s most popular shows. Given the success of The Flash on The CW network, we will likely continue to see Grant Gustin in the role through 2018 (when the film debuts) and beyond.Season 2 of The Flash has introduced the concept of the multiverse with Earth-2, a slightly altered version of Earth-1 where Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is from. Introducing alternate dimensions and alternate timelines has led to some pretty crazy plot threads, and we’re likely to see some more in the near future, as Team Flash makes an inter-dimensional jump to see just how different things are on Earth-2.Now TVLine reports that another member of the rogues’ gallery may return to The Flash soon. The Pied Piper (as portrayed by Andy Mientus) is set to appear in the season 2 episode ‘Flash Back’. But there is more to it than a simple visit from a familiar villain, as it was also reported that The Flash will encounter the Pied Piper when he “revisits an earlier timeline.”

Pied Piper (a.k.a. Hartley Rathaway) is a metahuman with ultra-sensitive hearing, and sonic technology that previously threatened the crew of S.T.A.R. Labs. He was involved in the search for Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) in season 1, before it was known that Raymond had bonded with Professor Stein (Victor Garber). Rathaway eventually found a way to escape the “Pipeline” – the makeshift jail for metahumans assembled in the ruins of machine that spawned so many super powered individuals. Ronnie Raymond eventually died for good (we think), but Robbie Amell will also make a return to the show via an alternate dimension, as the villainous character Deathstorm.But just because Pied Piper escaped in season 1 that doesn’t mean that this particular version of the character will be the same. After all, the report mentions an “earlier timeline.” The Flash has already approached concepts like time travel and the multiverse, with some success. Barry Allen has also gone back in time to change the past on a few occasions. It’s likely that we’ll see Andy Mientus return as the Pied Piper in a similar scenario. It will be interesting to see when and how the character will return, as he had a huge effect on core characters (like Cisco) during his brief appearance during season 1.The Flash returns tonight with ‘Welcome to Earth-2? at 8pm on The CW.Source: TVLine