2014-2015 TELEVISION SEASON
It's easier to lump all of these into one category instead of breaking it down this week. With network upfronts scheduled for next week, news has begun to trickle out as to what's getting the green light and what's getting the ax. As it turns out, comic book fans have a lot to get excited about:
- The CW has given series orders to "The Flash" and "iZombie"
- NBC has given a series order to "Constantine"
- ABC has renewed "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for a second season, and given a series order for an "Agent Carter" television series
There's a lot to digest here, but there aren't many surprises in these pickups. Given the success "Arrow" has found on the CW, "The Flash" is somewhat of a no-brainer for the network -- and "iZombie" has the pedigree of "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas, which makes it a pretty safe bet as well. "Constantine" had already received a pilot order from NBC with a commitment plus penalty -- meaning if the pilot wasn't produced and aired, the network would owe a hefty sum to Warner Bros. -- so it's likely NBC liked what they saw, and placed a series order.
Many were sure "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." would get the second season pickup, but "Agent Carter" is the true surprise on the announcements so far. Marvel's been pretty hush-hush on the development of the series, confirming its existence, but saying little else. A description of the series has been released, courtesy of Deadline.
It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life -- Steve Rogers." "Agent Carter" will be executive produced by "Reaper" creators Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, "Captain America" screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb.
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
With the subject of television on everyone's minds, SpoilerTV has posted the cold open for the season finale of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
Airs Tuesdays on ABC
The CW has released photos from the upcoming finale of "Arrow," and there's a lot to take in -- the return of Lyla Michaels, Nyssa al Ghul and Deadshot, as well as a somewhat unnerving photo for fans of Felicity Smoak.
Marc Guggenheim took to Twitter to release a poster for the season finale featuring both Oliver and Slade.
Arrow Season 2 finale poster... pic.twitter.com/t8X54cGmJm— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) May 8, 2014
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
"Gotham" received its series order before any of the other comic book shows this week, and showrunner Bruno Heller discussed what to expect from the series as the premiere approaches, including that audiences can expect to see "Gotham's" take on Penguin, the Riddler, young Catwoman, Alfred, Poison Ivy and "possibly Harvey Dent."
"I would be remiss to tell you who will show up when. I will say we’re not going to skimp on giving people the characters they want and expect from 'Gotham,'" Heller said. "But when and how they’re going to show up is half the fun."
Premieres on Fox for the 2014-2015 season
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Comic Book Movie has posted a new promo featuring Evan Peter's Quicksilver with a bit of new footage.
Simon Kinberg spoke with SuperHeroHype both about "Days of Future Past" and its sequel, "X-Men: Apocalypse," briefly discussing the work that's going into crafting the film's version of Apocalypse.
"We want to tell the Apocalypse story and there's massive scale and scope to telling that story," said Kinberg. "There's going to be set pieces that I suspect are going to be bigger than anything we've ever done in an X-Men movie before and he's a great character. The biggest and funnest challenge of the Apocalypse movie to me is his character. How do you create a new villain for the X-Men world that is as good as any villain that's come before, is compelling philosophically as Magneto, not just in his physical powers, but in his philosophical depth. 'Apocalypse' is going to be a fun movie to write and make."
Latino Review has posted an interview with Hugh Jackman about the next "Wolverine" film, with Jackman saying there's a story in place.
Opens May 23
"The Wire" alum Reg E. Cathey has been cast as Dr. Storm in Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot. Cathey will play the father of Michael B. Jordan's Johnny Storm and Kate Mara's Sue Storm.
Simon Kinberg spoke with Collider about the current attitude on set as well as the potential for a sequel.
"The energy on set is great," Kinberg told Collider. "Josh Trank is fantastic on set. Really in command, really clear, and the thing that is most unique or defining about the new Fantastic Four is the tone. We’re approaching it in a much more realistic, grounded, science rather than science-fiction way. The playfulness or goofiness of those other movies is very, very different from what we’re trying to do, and that is true for the production design, the casting, the storytelling. But you never know until you get on set how it’s all gonna start to feel, and just seeing those actors and seeing Josh, the way he’s articulating the tone and the way the actors are executing it gives me a lot of confidence that we’ll actually be able to make a cool Fantastic Four movie."
Opens June 19, 2015
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Wrapping up the week, The Hollywood Reporter has posted the full voice cast for "Transformers: Age of Extinction," which includes John Goodman as Hound, Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, Frank Welker as Galvitron, John DiMaggio as Crosshairs, Mark Ryan as Lockdown, Robert Foxworth as Ratchet and Reno Wilson as Brains.
Opens June 27