Daredevil and Punisher Getting Crossover Comic Series This May

Daredevil and Punisher Getting Crossover Comic Series This MayDaredevil and the Punisher are set to cross paths this spring as season 2 of Daredevil lands on Netflix in March. The latest teaser has promised a darker storyline, which will introduce new threats and complications for Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), specifically the arrival of his “psychotic” ex-girlfriend Elektra (Elodie Yung) and the Punisher (Jon Bernthal), who will launch an extremist war on crime.Daredevil won’t be hanging up his horns beyond the second season of the series, as Marvel just announced that the (usually) red-clad superhero will meet the hyper-violent antihero again in the comic book universe. A new comic book series titled Daredevil/Punisher is scheduled for release on May 4, 2016.Information on the series has been relatively limited, the release did offer a glimpse at the new series’ first cover, which features the Man Without Fear in his new post-Secret Wars black-and-red costume, while Castle is decked out in his familiar skull shirt, sensible pants, and automatic weapon.Take a look at the cover and the issues solicitation (via Newsarama) below:

“A simple change of venues for one of Matt Murdock’s cases becomes more complicated when THE PUNISHER attempts to send the defendant away…permanently! If DAREDEVIL and BLINDSPOT want to get this mobster his day in court, it will take every ounce of wit and wile they have. All Frank needs to get what he wants is a bullet. The race is on.”Unsurprisingly, the story sounds as though it will follow a successful Marvel Comics formula by further exploring the Daredevil/Punisher dynamic with particular focus on Matt and Frank’s interactions and their opposed morals, methods, and characteristics. The two have a long history of epic dust-ups in the comics, which is one of the reasons why Frank Castle was added to Netflix’s upcoming second installment in its hit adaptation. Meanwhile, anticipation for the live-action fisticuffs between the two was likely the impetus for this new series.

As mentioned above, many details surrounding the comic book series remain under wraps for the time-being, but as Punisher Central reported, we do know that Reilly Brown – the comic book artist behind The Amazing Spider-Man, Cable & Deadpool, and many others – will handle the covers and layouts. Meanwhile, Szymon Kudranski – who has drawn to life cult superheroes such as Spawn, Green Lantern, and Batman – will be responsible for the finished artwork.Daredevil/Punisher has been listed on the official Marvel website as a digital comic, which will be part of the Infinite Comic project that was launched in 2012 with the release of Avengers vs. X-Men. Marvel Entertainment CCO Joe Quesada explained the concept as being “a new technique in comics storytelling,” meaning that Daredevil/Punisher will be available across digital platforms and will allow readers to advance the story with a simple swipe to reveal new panels, transitions, captions, and dialogue boxes.With anticipation for the two characters’ onscreen interaction reaching a fever pitch among fans ahead of its March premiere, giving Daredevil and The Punisher their own miniseries – albeit a few months later – seems like a no-brainer on Marvel’s part.Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016 and the Daredevil/Punisher comic book crossover miniseries will follow on May 4th, 2016. Release dates for Iron Fist and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. Screen Rant will also keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.Sources: Newsarama, Punisher Central, Marvel

Animals Series Premiere Review: Uninspired Concept Kills the Fun

Animals Series Premiere Review: Uninspired Concept Kills the Fun[This is a review of the series premiere of Animals. There will be SPOILERS.]-While many TV shows are often initially sold to a network based on a solid creative concept, few can succeed on that concept without it eventually being backed by strong, well-rounded characters and the relationships that form between those characters, which ultimately help inform a show’s humor and comedic voice (see FOX’s The Last Man on Earth). Unfortunately, HBO’s new half-hour animated series Animals is a comedy that largely ignores character and story, choosing instead to lean almost solely on its concept, which isn’t even that funny or original to begin with.Created by TV newcomers Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano and co-produced by Mark and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), the show presents life in New York City from the perspective of different anthropomorphic animals each week, who deal with all the same everyday problems (social anxiety, insecurity) that humans do. While slightly amusing, this flimsy one-note comedic premise fails to sustain 30 minutes of material in Animals’ series premiere ‘Rats,’ so we can only imagine how tired and thin it will look over the course of a 10-episode first season.For the majority of ‘Rats,’ we are following NYC rodents Mike (voiced by Luciano) and Phil (Matarese), a pair of best friends who, after awkwardly observing and commentating on a couple having sex in a cheap motel, attend a party with other rats in the hopes to hook up with some females and have babies. Confident and self-assured, Mike has no problem meeting this goal, but anxious virgin Phil has some trepidation about taking on such a serious life event and struggles to spark conversations, mirroring the social woes many young, single urbanites experience in daily life.

Comedically, what works in the episode is not so much the absurdity of animals casually using slang-filled vernacular, attending social events or cooking steak and eggs, but rather the intentionally banal and mundane banter exchanged between them – like when Phil and Mike debate about whether or not bringing paper plates to the party would be appropriate. Of course, these exchanges are buoyed by the deadpan delivery of the show’s leads and the inclusion of talented comedic voices, such as Jason Mantzoukas (The League), playing who else but the obnoxiously arrogant alpha-male ringleader at the party.Another positive thing we can say about the series, but mostly of the network, is Animals’ smart timeslot choice at 11:30 p.m. While it’s clear that many will be turned off by the crude animation and the series’ very deliberate tone and concept-focused approach, there will probably be a niche audience that appreciates its casual presentation, making for a relaxing and breezy watch late at night. Those who voraciously consume the type of alternative animated programming Adult Swim is often producing, for example, would likely find plenty to love with Animals.But for many, the humor of Animals will likely get old very quickly. It’s even safer to make this assumption after seeing Animals’ need to inject two other animal vignettes – one involving two police horses, and another involving happy bed bugs – to fill out its first 30 minutes. Considering the series couldn’t even develop a half-hour around the rats we are initially introduced to, it makes sense that the show was originally conceived as a short – a format much better suited for the material and the concept.

With the promise that each week will follow different animals and a different set of characters, it becomes clear that the series has to little to offer beyond the humor of animals talking and behaving like humans in modern society. Without taking the time to develop characters or narrative arcs, the series is essentially banking everything on the hope that the audience will fall in love with its conceit, but if you find rats acting awkward at parties and horses jealously talking about a successful friend hilarious, then perhaps Animals’ approach is a gamble that will pay off.While there are some funny moments – thanks in large part to the improvisations of its voice cast – the show’s lack of real characters and a reliance on an uninspired comedic concept will likely make it difficult for Animals to ultimately earn the devotion of audiences. Then again, like all forms of comedy, Animals’ success or failure will come down to a matter of individual taste. But for this reviewer, the comedy flavor Animals is serving up is one to be avoided.Animals season 1 continues next Friday with ‘Pigeons’ @11:30 pm on HBO.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Wanted For NBC Cruel Intentions Series

Sarah Michelle Gellar Wanted For NBC Cruel Intentions SeriesCruel Intentions is a film adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a French novel from 1782 by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The movie was written and directed by Roger Kumble (The Sweetest Thing) and starred Ryan Phillipe (Sebastian), Reese Witherspoon (Annette) and Selma Blair (Cecile) alongside Gellar. The proposed TV adaptation is set to reintroduce the story in current times, finding Kathryn contending for the family company Valmont International and seeking to control her late stepbrother’s son Bash Casey (through what is hinted to be a semi-sexual relationship). The plot will apparently add another tie to the original story with the device of Sebastian’s journals describing the film’s dark and sexy events. Casey comes into possession of the journals and is inspired by the content – opening up a world of possibilities for the series to explore similar themes, should the pilot be a success.

Kumble has signed up with NBC to direct and produce the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, who recently attracted the director’s interest with their stage production The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions. Deadline reports that Gellar is currently reading the pilot’s script and considering the network’s proposal to reprise. The actress has ventured back into TV post-Buffy for the axed drama series Ringer and sitcom The Crazy Ones but is particular about her projects.TV adaptations of celebrated movies has become a popular theme of late, with the teen genre offering reboots of Scream and Teen Wolf for MTV. Cruel Intentions performed well at the box office and featured some iconic scenes whilst exploring some pretty adult themes that are becoming more prevalent in the current climate of entertainment. This TV concept is interestingly both a sequel to and a reboot of the original film, which would evolve the material into a family saga with many possible facets. NBC’s decision to utilize the experience of the movie’s writer/director is reassuring, and securing Gellar would be an adept stroke in pleasing the original fan base and allowing a more natural evolution from film to TV.Should Gellar decide to reprise her role, this adaptation would have many of the ingredients needed to replicate the film’s memorable style and bring the concept into a new era for both the characters and a new audience. Without her, the idea loses some authenticity, but Kumble has racked up a number of years writing and directing for TV since the movie’s debut, and so has the experience to guide this project. Hopefully he can do it with Gellar at his side.We will keep you up to date with news of the Cruel Intentions pilot as it develops.Source: Deadline.

Gotham Set Photos Reveal Mr. Freeze’s Full Costume

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On the other hand, a character like Freeze significantly ups the ante in terms of what the heroes of Gotham can be expected to battle and the types of small-screen spectacle the creators can serve up for fans. Thus far, gangland violence and gunplay have been the main building blocks of the series’ action beats, so the introduction of quasi-science-fiction concepts like a freezing-gun (it’s unclear how the device will actually be presented in terms of functionality) offers a chance to shake up the status-quo in that regard. And while Freeze may at first seem a strange new element in terms of what we’ve seen so far on Gotham, he can’t be any more uncomfortable than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s portrayal of the same character in 1997’s Batman & Robin – a misfire that many had feared would put the character on ice permanently.In any case, fans won’t have to wait too long to find out: Gotham is set to return to Fox on Monday, February 29.