Daredevil Artist Releases Alternate Netflix Costume Designs

Daredevil Artist Releases Alternate Netflix Costume DesignsWhile the unexpectedly topical Jessica Jones ended up being the more heavily talked-up of Marvel’s Netflix series, Daredevil hit first and made a major impact in its own right. Fans celebrated the series’ elaborate fight sequences, the dark rendering of a New York City recovering from the destructive events of The Avengers and Vincent D’Onofrio’s turn as the Kingpin, Wilson Fisk. But one element that wasn’t widely praised was Matt Murdock’s final costume, which drew harsh criticism for being underwhelming after a full season of build-up and for uncharacteristically (for Marvel) departing from the source material.Now, concept artist Josh Nizzi has released a pair of earlier designs for the final suit, revealing that Matt Murdock potentially sported a more classic Daredevil look.Structured as a season-length origin story, Daredevil opted to keep Matt Murdock wearing a home-made “ninja” getup inspired by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr’s Daredevil: Year One comic (and possibly also the unaired pilot of a ’90s Daredevil TV series tied-in to The Incredible Hulk) for most of its duration. The upgraded suit was commissioned at the midpoint and first donned for the final slugfest with Kingpin in the last episode. Thus far, previews for season 2 have all shown Daredevil wearing that same basic getup, though the idea of a second upgrade has not yet been ruled out by the producers or the cast.While fans wait to see how things turn out in season 2, they can now take a glimpse at the concepts for Murdock’s costume below:

The first of Nizzi’s designs showcases a “practical” redesign that effectively preserves the color scheme and style from the comics (even retaining the visible “DD” logo) imagined in an armored-fabric form that resembles Captain America’s uniforms from The Winter Soldier and Civil War. The second, on the other hand, demonstrates a step toward the final design that wound up on the show in terms of increasing the “armor” look and de-emphasizing elements like the horns and the logo, while sporting a more muted shade of red. The final design (used for the show) was handled by Ryan Meinerding.In the comics, Daredevil has worn all manner of costumes – some more popular than others. Originally designed wearing a yellow-and-black jumpsuit that reflected the “circus acrobat” implications of his name, he acquired the now-standard all-red number after only six issues. In the 1990s, often cited as a tough decade for comic book costume-design in general, he briefly wore a red, blue, and silver armored uniform still loathed by fans to this day. In the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe, Daredevil has taken to sporting a predominantly black outfit with red accents.While it is always interesting to see what might have been with regard to costume designs, these concepts may be of particular interest to Daredevil fans who would like to see the Man Without Fear adjust his vigilante duds one more time to something a little more reminiscent of his look in the comics.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: Josh Nizzi

Taken TV Series Casts Vikings Star Clive Standen In Lead Role

Taken TV Series Casts Vikings Star Clive Standen In Lead RoleTaken turned seasoned dramatic actor Liam Neeson into an action star practically over night, and he even returned to the franchise for two more installments. And though Neeson remains open to idea of Taken 4 (assuming it happens within the next two years), the Taken franchise appears to have something else in mind – a Taken prequel television series.NBC has already given a straight-to-series order for Taken, which Luc Besson will executive produce along with Homeland’s Alexander Cary. The prequel series has also tapped Alex Graves (Game of Thrones) to direct the pilot. And now, we’ve learned that Vikings actor Clive Standen has been cast as the younger version of the role Neeson played across all three films.Standen has been a major character on Vikings throughout its run, playing the treacherous Rollo, a fearsome warrior and brother of viking leader, Ragnar Lothbrok. Of course, with news of Standen being cast as the lead in the NBC drama, questions have undoubtedly arisen as to whether or not this teases the fate of his character on the just-begun fourth season of History’s bloody Norse epic. After all, given the situation Rollo finds himself at the end of the season 4 premiere, it would seem prudent for Standen to be making plans for the future.

However, according to Deadline’s sources, the series is expected to be picked up for season 5 soon, and that there are no plans for Standen’s character to be killed off. Furthermore, it was not only reported that Standen will begin filming Taken after he’s finished filming Vikings’ double-sized season 4, it was also suggested the actor would return as a guest star for Vikings season 5. None of this is confirmed at the moment, of course, but it does seem to suggest that Rollo will still be a factor (in some form or another) by the time this current season comes to an end later this year.While this casting news could mean a shake-up for Vikings, it indicates production on the Taken series is picking up steam. Standen is obviously well-versed in filming action scenes, and surely his work on Vikings proves he’s capable of handling Bryan Mills’ particular set of skills. What may prove more difficult, though, is being able to effectively embody a role that Neeson made into a pop culture icon (or at least, a quotable gag). Taken 3 may have been the worst-reviewed of the series, but it still made $300 million, so there’s still an audience for Taken films starring Neeson.That also means Standen has his worked cut out for him if he’s going to make the role his own. Regardless of the fact the Taken television series is a prequel and therefore following a younger Mills, Standon will certainly be compared to and scrutinized against Neeson’s portrayal.Screen Rant will keep you updated on any information related to the Taken television series.Source: Deadline

Netflix Voltron Series Titled Legendary Defender; Official Poster Revealed

Netflix Voltron Series Titled Legendary Defender; Official Poster Revealed“From days of long ago. From uncharted regions of the universe. Comes a legend. The legend of Voltron.”With those words, originally spoken by famed voice-actor Peter Cullen (best known as Transformers’ original Optimus Prime), a generation of American children were introduced to the the Anime subgenre of “combination mecha” and the world of Voltron: Defender of The Universe. A unique fusion of medieval-fantasy, futuristic spaceopera, and an animated take on the Super Sentai genre, Voltron captured the imaginations of viewers and became a longstanding cult-classic with both Anime fans and 80s kids in general – despite a limited number of available episodes and ultra low-budget localization, which led to multiple (U.S. produced) reboots and talks of a movie spanning decades of fandom.Now, Netflix and Dreamworks Animation are teaming up to give send the Voltron Force back into space, announcing a new series and providing fans a glimpse of what’s to come with a new teaser poster.Although the poster comes via Nerdist, no details have yet been provided about what form the new series will take. Previous reboots such as 1998’s Voltron: The Third Dimension framed itself as a sequel to the continuity of the original series with the original characters, while 2011’s Voltron Force followed new characters recruited as proteges to the original team. Neither series lasted very long. The Dreamworks series, rumored for awhile now, has been presumed to be a new retelling of the original story, but no official confirmation exists. The version of the titular giant robot partially visible in the teaser poster appears to resemble the classic Lion Force or “Far Universe” incarnation from the original series.

The original Voltron was said to have been an accident of history: Small-time U.S. based distributor World Events Productions was attempting to import a Japanese anime series called Mirai Robo Daltanious, which featured a giant robot with the emblem of a golden lion’s face on its chest as the hero, but a mistake of translation when requesting more episodes instead led their Japanese partner-company Toei to send them copies of Beast King GoLion, which featured five human-piloted, color-coded robot lions who combined into a single larger humanoid robot. World Events decided they much preferred GoLion, and proceeded to re-edit and dub the episodes into English to create the first season of Voltron: Defender of The Universe. The series proved so enormously popular with U.S. audiences that Toei produced a second season’s worth of episodes, even though GoLion had originally only run for one.Further episodes were created by substantially re-dubbing a second unrelated series, Dairugger XV, to claim that its 15-vehicle combiner-robot was a Near-Earth (“Vehicle Force”) counterpart to Voltron, with an original animated feature produced for the U.S. only bringing the two officially together. A third season was planned to feature a “Gladiator Voltron” created from episodes of Kosoku Denjin Arubegasu (a.k.a. Lightspeed Electroid Albegas), but those plans were scrapped before they were officially completed. The unique design aesthetic and sprawling episode-to-episode continuity, common for anime but unfamiliar to U.S. audiences of the early ’80s, enraptured young viewers.A live-action film has been talked about for years, but has continuously stalled despite renewed interest each time a new Transformers movie is set to be released. At one point, many Internet fans became convinced that the secrecy-shrouded film Cloverfield was actually a Voltron movie in disguise because of a mis-heard dialogue snippet from the trailers. Whereas the original series involved a group of space-explorers from Earth sent to a medieval-esque planet to find and activate the legendary Lions to restore Voltron as a weapon against an intergalactic tyrant, most early word about a proposed feature film purported to have seen the setting move to contemporary or near-future Earth. All rights to produce a live-action Voltron feature currently rest with Relativity Media, a troubled studio that recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a new arrangement with actor Kevin Spacey as its chairman – no word yet on whether or not the new Spacey regime still plans to let Voltron form his Blazing Sword on the big screen anytime soon.Screen Rant will bring you more details on Voltron: Legendary Defender as they are made available.Source: Nerdist

Gotham Season 2 Promo: The Bad Guys Are Changing

Gotham Season 2 Promo: The Bad Guys Are ChangingThe first half of Gotham season 2 was known as “Rise of the Villains,” and it showcased the ways in which the criminal element in Gotham City had begun to escalate. Thing had gotten so bad, in fact, that the mid-season finale demonstrated the changes in detective James Gordon, as he found himself partnering with unlikely allies and eventually crossing lines he had refused to cross in season 1.The second half of season 2 begins on Monday, February 29, and with it begins a new storyline. “Wrath of the Villains” will show just how much the bad guys in Gotham are changing, and a new promo gives us a taste of how sinister those bad guys may be.Focusing largely on the arrival of Mr. Freeze, the promo features Gordon’s voiceover explaining that “The bad guys in this town are changing. I don’t know how bad it’s going to get.” There is also a brief glimpse of Oswald Cobblepot in prison stripes and chains, Bruce Wayne training on a punching bag (presumably with Alfred), and B.D. Wong in action as Hugo Strange. Additionally, the promo hints that Edward Nygma’s transition to the Riddler is advancing even further, and that he’s becoming even more fixated on Gordon. The brief trailer ends with scenes of Professor Strange and Gordon, overcut by a voiceover of Strange referring to “troubled times” before fading to a frozen “Wrath of the Villains” image of Gotham.

The promo largely builds on what has already been revealed, and hints that two of the biggest influences in the latter half of the season will be Freeze and Hugo Strange. Mr. Freeze is front and center throughout most of the promo, though we don’t get a good look at the costume that’s been revealed in some pictures. There are also some fairly strong visual hints to let fans know that Freeze’s character will be based at least somewhat on the classic ‘Heart of Ice’ origin story from Batman: The Animated Series. It doesn’t look like the character will share that version’s icy demeanor, however.It will be interesting to see where things go with Strange, since there wasn’t much in the promo to suggest what role he’s playing in the “Wrath of the Villains” that’s coming to Gotham. We know from the midseason finale he’s experimenting on bodies of criminals like Theo Galavan, and anyone familiar with the character (from either the comics or Arkham games) will know he’s likely involved in much more than that. It’s possible Strange is involved with Freeze and his research/abilities, and it’s already been revealed he’s going to have an encounter with Cobblepot that changes the latter’s life forever. With any luck, the new character won’t be as prominent a villain as some of the other bad guys featured this season, since Strange works best when he’s manipulating everything from the shadows.Some fans may take issue with how Freeze appears in the promo (and how the “freezing” effect looks in the first scene), though it’s certainly not the first time that Gotham has taken familiar characters in a different direction. Only time will tell how well the new characters play out on screen, but fortunately there isn’t long to wait.Next: Gotham Season 2: First Look at BD Wong as Hugo Strange RevealedGotham returns on Monday, February 29 on FOX.Source: FOX

Daredevil Season 2 Teaser: The Time Has Come To Settle All Debts

Daredevil Season 2 Teaser: The Time Has Come To Settle All DebtsEveryone has a debt to pay. Have you paid yours? Happy Chinese New Year from Hell’s Kitchen.Posted by Marvel’s Daredevil on Saturday, February 6, 2016

The first season of Marvel’s Netflix series Daredevil followed blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as he evolved from a black-clad Hell’s Kitchen vigilante into the eponymous superhero and took down crime lord Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). The show’s second season premieres on the streaming outlet this March, and will introduce all new threats and complications for Matt Murdock, including the arrival of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and his “psychotic” ex, Elektra (Elodie Yung).This time around, Daredevil will be “questioning everything” as he contends with The Punisher’s extremist war on crime. All of the promotional material we’ve seen so far hints at a far darker direction for the show, with the stakes likely to become more personal. Beyond the criminal underworld of Hell’s Kitchen and even The Punisher, there seems to be something deeper going on.Case in point, a new teaser for Daredevil season 2, which you can watch above. On a rooftop framed by Chinese New Year’s celebrations, Daredevil rises to his feet as a voice intones, “your work is not yet finished.” The tagline “The Time Has Come To Settle All Debts” appears behind him, and then Punisher says “beg,” (and it sounds like “bang!”)This short teaser is yet another promo promising dark times to come for Matt Murdock. While he was able to keep the violence of his life as Daredevil separate from that of his day job as a criminal defense lawyer, the tone of this teaser – along with the previously released image of Murdock’s shattered glasses – suggests that these two lives will intersect.If the crime rate has plummeted in Hell’s Kitchen following the Kingpin/Wilson Fisk’s downfall, then Matt Murdock could conceivably be exploring the idea of hanging up his horns – until The Punisher shows up. The notion of Daredevil retiring may be what the voice in the teaser above is referring to, but what are the “debts” that need to be settled? We’re going to meet one figure from Murdock’s past in Elodie Yung’s Elektra, but we’ve already met a crucial one: his former mentor Stick (Scott Glenn), who will return in season 2.Much was left unresolved between Stick and Matt, so if anyone still has a score to settle, it would be him. The details on his return are unknown, but how much of a stretch is it to imagine that Stick’s return is somehow connected to the coming of The Punisher or Elektra? Considering how much Stick knows about Murdock, it’s very likely that he thinks Matt owes him.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: Netflix

Gotham Season 2: First Look at BD Wong as Hugo Strange Revealed

Gotham Season 2: First Look at BD Wong as Hugo Strange Revealed[SPOILERS AHEAD for those not caught up on Gotham season 2.]-“Rise of the Villains” was the self-proclaimed theme for the first half of Gotham season 2, but things will change when the show resumes this month – namely, from the “Rise” to the “Wrath of the Villains”. Similarly, now that Theo Galavan (James Frain) is dead – or, rather, dead for the time being – there is room for someone else to fill the “Big Bad” position that Theo occupied during the “Rise of the Villains” story arc. It’s not clear exactly who is going to be taking over that job in the episodes ahead, but one strong possibility is that of Professor Hugo Strange, who’s been quietly stirring up trouble behind closed doors at the Indian Hill facility, away from the prying eyes of Jim Gordan (Ben McKenzie) and his allies at the Gotham City Police Department.Strange, who debuted in the world of DC Comics in 1940, will be portrayed on the small screen by Law not just Theo, but other villains that’ve been featured on Gotham season 2 thus far, including Bridgit Pike a.k.a. Gotham’s one and future Firefly (Michelle Veintimilla). McKenzie recently confirmed that death is not at all a permanent condition for the citizens of Gotham City – and we know of at least one character who, for certain, will come back from the dead (in either a figurative or a literal manner) during the second half of Gotham season 2: Penguin’s old boss, Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), whose return has been confirmed by FOX.And speaking of Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) – Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller previously teased that Strange “makes a new man of him in many ways,” when the pair cross paths on the show. FOX has released a promo for Gotham’s return that shows the Penguin incarcerated and chained up in some unidentified facility, which TVInsider has now confirmed is, indeed, Arkham Asylum – the place that Strange is currently running. Wong further teased that the encounter between Strange and Oswald will be a memorable one for the latter in particular, saying that “He is never the same from the moment he walks through the door.”The young Penguin on Gotham has thus far proven himself to overall be a careful and shrewd schemer (even with his occasional emotional outbursts) who’s willing to get his hands dirty. However, much like the show in general, it sounds as though Gotham’s version of the super-villain is only going to become all the more twisted and maniacal hereon out, when season 2 picks back up and Hugo Strange gets his chance to “mess” with the Penguin as he pleases.NEXT: First Look at Mr. Freeze’s Full Costume on GothamGotham season 2 resumes airing on FOX on February 29th, 2016.Source: TVInsider