In just a little under a month, Netflix audiences will go back to Hell’s Kitchen as the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil hits the streaming service. Anticipation for the second season is already running high, given the outstanding critical and audience success of both Daredevil’s inaugural season and its sister series Jessica Jones – further solidifying Netflix’s standing as a provider of original content. The bar has been set sky high and Daredevil’s second season has a lot to live up to.Blessedly, there seems to be little reason to think Daredevil season 2 will disappoint, and the intensity already seems to ramping up nicely. Joining series stars like Charlie Cox and Rosario Dawson in season 2 are Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Elektra Natchios and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as Frank Castle/The Punisher. While the addition of these heavyweight characters adds to the anticipation for the upcoming season, a series can be made or broke on the strength of its side characters, and there can be no denying that Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page and Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson helped make the first season stand out as much as it did.Netflix released two new spots showcasing Karen and Foggy in the final run-up to Daredevil season 2’s premiere. While the new ads add little to our understanding of what to expect from the new season, they certainly help fuel the hype machine and, at the very least, portend interesting roles for both of the series’ main side-characters. Check them out, above and below:Described as character sketches, these Daredevil season 2 promos are intended more to provide insight into the roles of each character than insight into series specifics. Karen sits amidst a pile of paperwork topped with a skull – alluding both to her work with Matt Murdock as a legal assistant and hinting at the specter of death the looms over her – as she looks over the Punisher’s sign. Meanwhile, Foggy walks through a darkened alley, looking backwards towards an off camera yell – one that, in all likelihood, results from The Punisher’s work on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen.Both of these sketches build on the characterization from Daredevil season 1. Karen, of course, was framed for murder and gotten off by the legal team of Nelson and Murdock. Foggy spent most of the season in the dark regarding his partner’s superheroic activities, choosing a different path to fight the evils of man. These new ads definitely add ambiance to the marketing campaign for season 2, and give us little doubt that the new season will be every bit as fantastic as its predecessor.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. We’ll keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.Source: Marvel/Netflix
[This is a review of Legends of Tomorrow season 1, episode 5. There will be SPOILERS.]–There was quite a bit of discussion and rumination on codes, credos, and humanity throughout this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow. With the fate of the world – and the lives of three teammates – hanging in the balance, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) grappled with sacrificing the few to save the many. Though separated from one another, both Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) stuck to their thieves code, while ultimately expanding those rules to include the rest of the team.In ‘Fail-Safe’, directed by Dermott Downs and written by Beth Schwartz and Grainne Godfree, Sara and Snart go on a rescue mission to save Ray, Mick, and Stein from the Russian gulag. In an effort to keep the Firestorm technology from scientist Valentina Vostok, Sara is tasked with killing Stein should the rescue mission fail. Meanwhile, Ray and Mick try to survive in prison using very different methods, and Jax and Kendra team up to create a backup plan.Code of Honor
Still angry that Rip ordered him to leave Mick and Ray behind during the fight at the lab, Snart easily identifies Rip’s contingency plan and in the process highlights a much larger conflict that is shaping up to be the central point of contention between Rip and the team: is their captain really just using them as pawns in his larger game with Vandal Savage? Clearly impacted by Carter’s death, there is still not much distinction between how much Rip is willing to sacrifice in the name of the greater good and his desire to protect his team. It is Snart’s code to never leave a man behind that turns him from the snarky thief to the voice of reason.Snart’s urging to not shoot Stein because Sara is no longer a killer not only adds a nice layer of emotional connection between the two, it also has shades of an Arrow relationship in its early stages. Though it is far too early to compare the burgeoning friendship of Snart/Sara to the Season 1 angst of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak, it does follow the same pattern of broken souls gravitating to people who harness their light, and see the good in them. That’s something that could be significant down the road, as the two shows share multiple executive producers.Over the first four episodes we have seen Ray repeatedly cling to his own code of squeaky-clean ethics, often to the determent of the team. We see this play out again in the gulag, only this time he doesn’t need Snart to beat some sense into him, he’s got his fellow inmates for that. For the first time we see how Ray’s morals, his choosing his team – and Mick specifically – over his own survival truly make him a hero in his own right. It’s a nice win for a guy who hasn’t yet excelled in heroic field work.The Great Escape
The team’s collaboration to break their friends out of jail displayed just how powerful they are all working together. Even as Kendra struggles to distinguishing herself from her counterparts, she is slowly beginning to be a more active part of the team. While her main asset still seems to be her ability to kill Savage, she was at least working with Jax on the rescue operation. Her optimism and faith in her friends hint at a more layered character underneath, though it would have been nice if she had more to do than drop off Jax and stalk away from Savage.The stakes in this episode are huge: save/kill one man or an army of Soviet Firestorm’s will destroy the world. But then again, the stakes are impossibly high in every episode, with the fate of civilization hinging on their every mission. It’s difficult to sustain that type of momentum for an entire season, and beyond. Hopefully the show’s writers will begin to layer in smaller, more personal stories to balance out their epic quests.It’s All Connected
After an intense cross promotional lead up to the show, Legends has cooled in highlighting its connection to Arrow and The Flash after the pilot. This week was stuffed with sister show references and Easter eggs, with more than just Giedon to remind you that they are all connected. The opening hallucination of Valentina as Cisco Ramon was a fun cold open – and Carlos Valdes’ Ramon is always a welcome addition. Sadly with Valentina now (presumably) dead we won’t get to explore whatever power or manipulation allowed her to control Stein’s mind without drugs, or get to see her try for a more convincing Cisco. Echos of Arrow were especially strong as the team negotiated with the Bravta, the Russian Mafia who were all sporting tattoos that match Oliver’s. The episode even managed to sneak in a wink to Miller’s other hit show Prison Break, as they determined how to, well, break into another prison.Of course, The Flash cameo and many references to Star City were all in service of the ending cliffhanger: after another attack by Chronos the team finds themselves in a dystopian future version of Star City. In this world, Palmer’s skyscraper has been renamed in favor of a certain hacker genius – with “Smoak” now emblazoned where Ray’s name used to be.The episode also brought up many questions about the nature of time travel itself, and the rules that govern it. It’s been repeatedly emphasized that the timeline is resistant to change, but this week’s episode brought devastating results cementing a new future almost immediately. So far Legends has done a good job of world-building, but as the team’s time-bending adventures get wider in scope, so too do the implications of their actions. Hopefully, the series’ writers will be able to establish a clear set of rules, and then abide by them as the fight against Savage intensifies.-This week proved that the Legends of Tomorrow works best when all of the pieces are on the board, working together against a common enemy. It managed to anchor the action in heart and emotion (even with a few narrative missteps), while advancing the plot. Next week should bring a host of Arrow characters into play as the team explores the future Star City, facing down a Green Arrow who is most definitely not Oliver Queen, and uncover what went wrong in the timeline.Legends of Tomorrow will return with ‘Star City 2046’ on February 25th, 2016 at 8pm on The CW. Check out a preview below:
As Supergirl season 1 has progressed, the alter ego of Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) has utilized her Kryptonian powers to face off against formidable opponents including Fort Rozz escapees like her Aunt Astra (Laura Benanti) and Non (Chris Vance), as well as human antagonist Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli). Supergirl has also featured a number of smaller scale villains like Toyman, Reactron, and Livewire that antagonized Kara for a single episode before being defeated.An upcoming new nemesis on Supergirl comes in the form of Siobhan Smythe a.k.a. Silver Banshee to be played by Italia Ricci (Chasing Life). Now, a new image depicts Ricci suited up as Silver Banshee on Supergirl.ET Online released the image (below) of Siobhan utilizing the sonic scream for which this super villain is known. Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kresiberg additionally spoke about Ricci in as Silver Banshee:”We are so excited to be working with Italia. We’ve been a fan of her work for years and we cannot wait to see her take on this iconic comic book role.”
According to the synopsis for the upcoming episode of Supergirl, ‘Truth, Justice and the American Way’, Siobhan will debut as the new second assistant to Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) and immediately antagonize Kara. However, according to ET, the pair will “square off as their super alter-egos later this season when the new assistant eventually unveils her terrifying Silver Banshee bedside.” It doesn’t appear as though Silver Banshee will act as a villain in ‘Truth, Justice and the American Way,’ which makes sense considering Supergirl may have her hands full with Master Jailer.Though Siobhan may not unveil her alter ego as Silver Banshee right away, she may be terrorizing National City when The Flash comes to town. CBR previously reported a set photo from the crossover episode of Supergirl and The Flash that featured Silver Banshee in the background while filming episode 18 in CBS’s freshman superhero drama. Though it’s unconfirmed she’ll appear in the crossover episode, it seems likely.So, it seems Silver Banshee won’t be a one-off villain like others on this season Supergirl and will be part of the series for at least a handful of episodes. However, exactly how Siobhan will be revealed as Silver Banshee – whether it’s a slow reveal as was the case with Bizarro, or if she has already taken on the evil alter ego like Toyman – remains to be seen.Next: New Supergirl Image Offers First Look at Fortress of SolitudeSupergirl continues with ‘Truth, Justice and The American Way’ on Monday, February 22 on CBS.Source: ET Online, CBR
While TV series based on films are becoming an increasingly common part of the TV landscape, slightly more rare is the big to small screen adaptation that retains direct involvement from the principal players involved with the original property. Thus, many fans of the 2001 crime thriller Training Day found themselves encouraged by the fact that the film’s director Antoine Fuqua would be returning to direct the pilot episode of the series it spawned, and that movie co-star Ethan Hawke was in talks to reprise his role. Unfortunately, those two ties to the Training Day film are now reportedly no longer a part of the upcoming CBS series.For those unfamiliar with the film, Training Day starred Denzel Washington as corrupt narcotics detective Alonzo Harris, a man willing to do absolutely anything to accomplish his twisted vision of justice. Along for Harris’ ride was idealistic rookie cop Jake Hoyt (Hawke), a man of principle and faith in the law. The two officers clashed repeatedly, with things ultimately leading to a deadly showdown in the streets of LA. The film was both a critical and commercial hit, earning Washington a Best Actor Oscar win and Hawke a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.Fuqua has been the driving force behind bringing Training Day to TV since the beginning, and will still remain with the series in the capacity of executive producer, despite no longer serving as director of the pilot. The reason for Fuqua’s exit from the director’s chair appears to be a simple scheduling conflict, as Fuqua remains hard at work on his latest film, The Magnificent Seven. A remake of the classic 1960 western of the same name, Fuqua’s Magnificent Seven features an all-star cast, including aforementioned Training Day stars Washington and Hawke. Stepping in to helm the Training Day pilot will be Danny Cannon, who also directed the pilot episode of FOX’s Gotham.
As for Hawke, the actor was being courted to reprise the character of Jake Hoyt in the Training Day TV adaptation, who has since graduated from naive young cop to the LAPD’s deputy chief. The cause of Hawke’s exit has yet to be revealed, although it’s very possible that he just didn’t have the time in his busy film schedule to participate in what would have been a recurring part on a weekly series.The new central conflict behind Training Day the series is a sort of racial flip of the movie’s plot, and centers on a up-and-coming black detective who is assigned to infiltrate and ultimately bring down an elite LAPD unit and its ruthless white leader. Hoyt’s deputy chief was designed to be the impetus behind this mission taking place, as presumably his experiences with Alonzo have made him adept at spotting officers who have overstepped the boundaries of their profession. With Hawke now out, the deputy chief will be rewritten as a different character, and casting for the role is apparently already underway.While it’s hard to spin the loss of Antoine Fuqua and Ethan Hawke from their respectively important roles behind and in front of the camera as being anything but a detriment to the prospects of Training Day’s move to TV, perhaps the departures will turn out to a sort of blessing in disguise for the series from a creative standpoint. With its most direct links to the original film now gone, the door is open for Training Day the show to fully carve out its own path among the crowded field of televised crime dramas, without the shadows of Alonzo Harris and Jake Hoyt looming quite as large in the minds of viewers.The Training Day TV series has received a pilot order, but has yet to enter production.Source: Deadline
Until now, the show’s writers have done little to weigh in on the backlash that occurred following ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,’ allowing the episode’s director (Jeremy Podeswa) and Turner herself to defend the sexual violence towards one of the series’ most long suffering and innocent characters. (As reported by EW) Cogman took this chance to justify his silence and discuss the plot decision:”I think it’s important to talk about because of the response this storyline got I’ve known Sophie since she was a kid… I think it was the attack on our motives behind it that upset me. Because I love these characters. I’ve spent the better part of the last decade with these characters, and I love these actors – I’m getting emotional talking about it – I love Sophie, I love Alfie, I love Maisie [Williams - who also features on the commentary] and it’s … very personal to me and it’s not an easy thing to put a character that I love through a scene like this.”He also references Williams’ character Arya when discussing why Sansa does not fight back against her abuser:”Yes, it would have been hugely satisfying [for Sansa] to have a shiv up her sleeve and gut Ramsay, but that’s not Sansa. We can’t all be Arya (Williams) and, in fact, most people aren’t Arya. Most people in that situation, they have to play a longer game. She goes [into the marriage] without the right information about Ramsay, she gets the sense that he’s dangerous, and when he turns out to be even worse than she thought, she’s not broken by the attack, she immediately sets to getting the hell out of there and planning her next move.”Another controversial element of the scene Cogman was keen to set the record straight about was the focus on Theon Greyjoy’s (Alfie Allen) role and the reason behind this editing choice:”Another argument – and I get why this criticism was leveled at us – is idea that we took Sansa’s story away from her and made it all about Theon [by cutting to his face at the end]. I personally don’t believe that’s the case … Certainly Theon’s redemption journey is an element of the subplot. But if you really watch this scene it’s played from Sansa’s viewpoint, for the most part. The main reason we cut away at the end, frankly, is that this was Sophie’s first scene of this nature, and we didn’t want to show the attack. And so we cut to Theon to hear the attack. I understand why many people reacted to that, [thinking] we were making this scene about Theon and not Sansa. I’m sorry it was viewed that way. All I can say is it’s certainly not my intention when I wrote it or when we were producing it … We could have stayed on her face of the entirety of the attack, that would have been a perfectly valid choice. To me it was about being respectful to Sophie.”
Turner has recently teased a greater narrative purpose to her most difficult scene, promising exciting future character development – and Cogman seems to also confirm this:”It’s an upsetting scene, it’s a horrifying scene, it’s meant to be … [But] the accusation that our motives were [that we] just threw in a rape for shock value, I personally don’t think the scene as shot, or as written, or as acted by our wonderful actors, supports that argument. Nor do I think the aftermath of the scene supports that argument. Not only in these episodes, but also in future episodes. This story is not over. This is a long ongoing story. Sansa has a journey ahead of her, and what happens to her in that room is a huge part of that journey, and one that we’ve thought through.”These comments are a clear indicator that Game Of Thrones’ writers are as fond of their characters as the show’s truly epic fan base. In trying to deal with their subject matter as sensitively as the series tone would allow, the creators somehow made the scene feel more uncomfortably exploitative than the almost identical scenario in which Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) was raped (far more gratuitously) on the night of her politically arranged marriage in season 1.As the show continues, fans’ relationship with the few surviving original characters make it harder to endure the dark experiences that befall them. This adds pressure to the creators to achieve the right balance between maintaining the shock factor Game Of Thrones is known for without alienating their fan base. With all signs suggesting Sansa will rise from her despicable experience into a satisfying new storyline, we can hopefully look forward to some less bleak events in season 6 (although with this show, such hope is usually futile).Game Of Thrones season 5 Blu-ray and DVD will be released on the March 15, 2016. Season 6 will air on HBO on April 24, 2016.Source: EW
You can check back into Bates Motel this coming March, as the prequel story to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 adaptation of Psycho returns for season 4. The 10-episode season will continue to chronicle Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) slow descent into madness and bloodlust. Meanwhile, Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) will seek professional help for her son, but this act will be perceived as betrayal and drive the Bates family apart.A previous teaser trailer for the upcoming season indicated that the series is drawing closer to the end, as events come further into alignment with the film. Before you find yourself going a little mad (we all do, sometimes) over a lack of promotional material, A&E has released the first batch of official photos and a further teaser trailer.The photos (via ScreenCrush) depict moments from the season 4 premiere, which is titled “A Danger to Himself and Others”. Norman and Norma are the focal point with one of the photos capturing them in front of a mirror, wearing the same robes, as Norman slowly transitions into his ‘mother’ persona and becomes a literal and metaphorical reflection of her. Meanwhile, Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke) is right where we would expect her to be following the events of last season, after she received the good news that a transplant donor had been found for her.
The madness reaches boiling point in the latest ‘Mother’ teaser (above), which portrays Norman and Norma’s tumultuous relationship as the desperate mother tries to break through to her troubled son, who has landed in a very dark place. Despite her attempts, it seems that it is too late for Norman and that he has passed the point of no return. At one point in the trailer, he even admits: “You’re dead to me”, which signifies the unfortunate fate that lies ahead for her.The official synopsis for Bates Motel season 4 reads:“Bates Motel,” a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, will return with ten new episodes that further reveal Norman’s continued downward spiral and the effect it has on the family. This season Norma becomes increasingly fearful and desperate, going to great lengths to find Norman the professional help he needs. This further complicates their once unbreakable trust while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) once again finds himself drawn back into Norma and Norman’s lives. Will things finally heat up between Norma and the other man in her life, Sheriff Romero, and just how much further will he go to protect her?While this season is set to draw upon more parallels with the film than ever before, the big question remains: Will Norman commit the pinnacle act and murder Norma? From everything that we have seen so far – especially Norman franticly chasing his mother up the stairs in the latest teaser – it seems quite likely that this could be the moment. Perhaps though, the reveal could be saved until the end of the season and Norman could (similarly to Psycho) trick us – the audience – by making us believe that she is still alive as the episodes move forward.On the side of the knife, Bates Motel has been renewed up to season 5, so while these episodes could potentially concentrate on the aftermath of his murderous act, would there be enough material post-mother murder to keep the audience hooked up until season close? Or is it more likely that one of the other characters, perhaps Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), is facing danger in season 4? Either way, we are edging closer to the big reveal of the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.Bates Motel Season Four premieres on March 7th, 2016 and will be directly followed by the brand new movie-to-television adaptation Damien.Source: A&E (via ScreenCrush)