AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Today is the big day. Will network audiences fall in love with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?" Will they enjoy Whedon style dialogue? Will we ever see a live-action Danny Rand? The mind races. In the meantime, enjoy this curious clip from Good Morning America (via MTV News) in which reporter Cameron Mathison takes a tour of the Bus, the series' key set:
Meanwhile, here at CBR, we spoke with show runners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen about the challenges in creating a show set in a movie universe filled with established characters from a comic book reality. "Because we'll be telling different stories each week, and pulling so much from the Marvel Universe, it felt important to not be tied down by mythology that already exists with our main characters, and be able to invent that as we go along," Whedon said of creating original characters for the main cast. "They can meet people along the way that are established and have backstories that are known, but we felt for our main characters, it was important -- the way Coulson is sort of a new character -- for them to have a wide-open range of things that we can do with them."
MTV News also suggests that a ratings win for "S.H.I.E.L.D." could be a success for the cross-town rivals in New York and Burbank. Their evidence: a recent USA Today interview with Ed Brubaker in which he says, "There's been talk of 'Gotham Central' on TV since when we were doing the comic even (in the mid-2000s). Everyone at Warner Bros. really loved it. ['Dark Knight' trilogy director] Chris Nolan after they did 'Birds of Prey' had asked them to just please not do any Batman-related stuff until he was done with his trilogy — looking at 'Birds of Prey,' you can see why. It was not the world's greatest pilot." He also mentioned a Hollywood Reporter article from "a couple of months ago" that stated the series was in development. I suppose once the "S.H.I.E.L.D." ratings come in, we'll know for sure. I think it's a great idea. "Gotham Central" is a terrific superhero-adjacent premise that can be produced on a TV budget with ease. Also, who wouldn't want to see Crispus Allen and Rene Montoya in real-deal live action?
Deadline reports the Oni Press graphic novel by Joe Harris and Steve Rolston is on the route to becoming an NBC series. The show will center on "an American UN weapons inspector and a Russian FSB agent who are forced to team up to chase a group of thieves before they end up spreading dangerous supernatural material stolen from an old abandoned Soviet weapons lab."
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
The Hollywood Reporter notes that after a period of inactivity, Bryan Singer's teaser Twitter feed resumed over the weekend with this shot from the editing bay:
While some are suggesting Xavier's School has been destroyed, I bet it's just Wolverine doing some berserker rage on his way off the grounds.
Release date: May 23rd, 2014
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
In that same USA Today article referenced earlier, writer Ed Brubaker offer some praise to the film. "I read the script and I was really blown away by it," he said. "The tone of it and the Bucky stuff is so perfect and the way I'd want it to be, I was so thrilled to see that." He's also happy Marvel will be publishing a hardcover collection of his "Winter Solider" storyline. "That is the first time Marvel has one specific book to point people to ... So it's exciting, as the guy who gets royalties for that book."
Release date: April 4th, 2014
Every time I read news about "Warcraft," I'm genuinely surprised. In the latest wrinkle, Deadline reports that actress Paula Patton is "negotiating for a lead role" and Colin Farrell has been offered another lead part while Paul Dano, "Vikings's" Travis Fimmel, "Hell on Wheels'" Anson Mount, and "Star Trek's" Anton Yelchin are on the shortlist for other other roles in the fantasy epic based on the MMO "World of Warcraft." According to the article, nothing's a done deal yet, but it's still amazing that this thing is coming together under the direction of "Moon's" Duncan Jones and set to begin production in January. Video game adaptations are usually cheap or stuck in development for decades ... and when they do happen, they turn out like "Super Mario Bros." See? It is surprising.
Release date: TBA