COMIC REEL: "The Walking Dead" Gets Renewed; Count Vertigo Returns To "Arrow"

Wed, October 30th, 2013 at 8:55am PDT | Updated: October 30th, 2013 at 1:16pm

TV/Film
Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

THE WALKING DEAD

"The Walking Dead" got renewed for a fifth season, which surprises absolutely nobody. The critically-acclaimed AMC drama set new records with its season premiere, so the move comes as a no-brainer. That said, the press release announcing the renewal also stated that current showrunner Scott Gimple would stay on for another season to run the show. He's well on his way to being the person to hold the position the longest, provided he can last more than two seasons. Glen Mazzara left the show after running seasons two and three, while Frank Darabont only ran the first season.

Either way, more "The Walking Dead" is coming.

Airs Sundays on AMC

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Empire Online has posted commentary from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer on different images from the trailer, essentially doing commentary on the many beats it contains, including Storm's place in the X-Men's future.

"She’s one of the last surviving X-Men in this post-apocalyptic world," Singer told Empire. "She’s part of that with Wolverine and Charles and Magneto; they’re some of the last folk standing from the original X-Men. They’re at the spearhead of this mission, this last chance at saving the world. This is their only hope, their mission into time. Can you actually go back and affect time? Can you go back and change things or will time correct itself? Will history fight you back and is your destiny pre-determined or can you change it?"

Opens May 23, 2014

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Marc Webb posted a fun Tweet in a runic script teasing the trailer for "Amazing Spider-Man 2." Translated, it means "Trailer for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes in front of The Hobbit in 3D."

Opens May 2, 2014

ARROW

According to Green Arrow TV, Seth Gabel is headed back to "Arrow" November 20 as the nefarious Count, based on the Count Vertigo character of the comics. Check out the synopsis below.

MOIRA FIGHTS FOR HER LIFE; THE COUNT RETURNS — Oliver (Stephen Amell) is concerned when a mysterious illness sweeps the city, infecting hundreds of people, including Diggle (David Ramsey). Oliver discovers Vertigo in Diggle’s blood and realizes The Count (guest star Seth Gabel) has broken out of prison and is once again distributing his drug.

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

THE SECRET SERVICE

"The Secret Service" has cast actress Sofia Boutella as the lead female antagonist of the piece. Boutella joins cast members Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson and Samuel L. Jackson. No further details were divulged about Boutella's role.

Opens November 14, 2014

SENSE8

J. Michael Straczynski has signed on for "Sense8", a new Netflix Original Series collaboration with the Wachowskis.

“After doing a truckload of amazing films, Andy and Lana began looking for new challenges and thought it could be really cool to try their hands at television,” Straczynski told Spinoff Online. “Since I have that background and it was all still new to them, Lana invited me up to San Francisco for several days to toss some ideas back and forth. The thing about working with the Wachowskis that you always have to remember when you walk in the room is that they have these 12-story-tall brains, and what starts off as a story idea quickly spirals into discussions of quantum mechanics, free will, Heidegger, Kant, and suddenly you’re really in the tall grass trying to keep up. Working with the Wachowskis always keeps me on my toes because the last thing I want is to come off as an idiot in front of them by putting Descartes before the horse.”

JUSTICE LEAGUE WAR

World's Finest has posted the official synopsis and cover art for "Justice League: War," as well as an official release date of February 4, 2014.

When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, “Justice League: Origin,” by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment’s “The New 52.”

Opens February 4, 2014

TEEN TITANS GO!

Here's a new clip for DC Nation's "Teen Titans Go!" featuring a look at the Titans' future of adulthood and responsibility.

HONEST TRAILERS: THOR

The folks at Honest Trailers have taken on the first "Thor" movie. It's good for a couple laughs.

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TAGS:  the walking dead, x-men days of future past, arrow, amazing spider-man 2, the secret service, sense8, justice league war, teen titans go

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