Category Archives: Comic Book Adaptations

Universal is Adapting Mark Millar’s Chrononauts Into a Feature Film

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Mark Millar is no stranger to having his comic books adapted into feature films. So, it is no surprise that yet another of his works is making the way to the silver screen and they have picked quite an exciting comic book to make the jump. “Chrononauts” has been announced for adaptation courtesy of Universal.

“Chrononauts” follows two friends, Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, who will mess with the theoretical science of time travel during the 1960s race to space. After discovering the ability to mess with time travel, the two buddies must decide how to use the new technology. They can either help mankind or explore the advantages to their own selfish end. The story will show the consequences of messing with such technological capabilities.

Millar is most known in the movie world for the adaptation “Sin City” but the films “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass,” and “Kingsman” were all based on his comic book series as well.

There is currently no word on when Universal is planning to begin production on “Chrononauts” but it is expected to move without delay given the hot commodity that time travel films are currently. They also haven’t revealed whether Millar will be involved with film development.

The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Will Run 90 Minutes

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The season five finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is just a few weeks away and according to Dalton Ross, the finale will run 90 minutes – much to the joy of fans and viewers everywhere. This will be the first time the show has extended an episode past its usual hour-long length.

Currently, there is not much known about the events of the finale but the fact that they are extending it must mean it will be incredible. Heart pounding? Most likely? A character death? Probably.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 pm on AMC with the finale airing on March 29. You can see the tweet below.

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“Hit-Girl” Centric Movie May Happen

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Matthew Vaughn, the director behind the successful “Kick-Ass” movies has revealed recently that he has been flirting with the idea of a standalone prequel to  Kick-Ass featuring Hit-Girl.

Vaughn spoke about the idea during a press tour for his recent release, Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is now in theaters. He said that the “Kick-Ass” franchise is currently stalled due to the way the last film and he thinks it’s time for a change. Though the idea of a prequel starring Chloe Grace Moretz, who played Hit-Girl in the two films, is not likely as the actress recently turned 18. She was 12 when she filmed the first movie.

Regardless Vaughn said this about his plans for continuing the franchise:

“Do you know what’s going to be next if I do it … we’ve finished plotting it. What we have to do is, we’ve got to do the X-Men: First Class to the Kick-Ass world. We lost a few fans on Kick-Ass 2. It wasn’t as loved as one would’ve hoped.

So we have this idea for a Hit-Girl prequel. It’s a really strong, really simple prequel where I think we can regain the love and the passion. If that happens, I’m pretty sure I can persuade Aaron and Chloe to come back and finish the story of Kick-Asswith Kick-Ass 3.

Mark and I have already plotted Hit-Girl. We have to get the script done next. It’s so far out there, you have no idea.”

Hit-Girl was the most popular character of the franchise and would likely be the reason another movie would be given a greenlight despite Kick-Ass 2 not faring well in the box office.

Vaughn also revealed he would not return to direct the series.

Lady Sif Returning to Agents of Shield

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“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will see the return of Lady Sif in an upcoming episode of the new season. The “Thor” film series character is played by Jaimie Alexander and she has previously crossed over into the Marvel series in Episode 15 of season one. According to Marvel Entertainment, in the upcoming episode Lady Sif will have no idea who she is, who Thor is, and will appear without her iconic Asgardian armor.

Executive producer Jeffrey Bell said,

“Sif has no idea who Thor is or that she serves a king, and we’re going to have fun with that. It’ll give us some much-needed humor in a season that’s been full of betrayal and death. Sif can’t even recall who she came here from Asgard to stop, but Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] and his team will try to help her figure all that out…We’ve been dealing a lot with space aliens and Inhumans in our last few episodes—things our Earth-bound heroes just don’t know much about. They need help understanding what’s really going on. Sif’s memory—what’s left of it—will come in very handy.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is set to return on March 3. It is rumored that Lady Sif will appear in the episode titled “Thor: Ragnarok” though it has not been confirm by ABC or Marvel.

Milo Ventimiglia Joins Gotham in Recurring Role

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“Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia has officially signed on to join the cast of “Gotham” in a recurring role. Ventimiglia will appear in a major, multiple-episode recurring arc as Jason Lennon, aka the Ogre.

The Ogre is described as being handsome, wealthy, and seductive… and also a serial killer. He preys on young women in Gothamfor nearly a decade, luring them into his web and confronting them with a series of “tests” as he searches for his perfect mate. When the women fail to live up to his impossible standard, Lennon disposes of them quickly and viciously.

According to the release, Lennon’s obsessions with finding his mate and James Gordon’s determination to bring him down, send both Gordon and Lennon — and those around them — on a course toward tragedy. Though his character shares a name with a villain from DC lore, he’s an all-new character for the series.

There is no word yet when Ventimiglia will begin his recurring arc. “Gotham” airs on Mondays at 8 P.M. EST on FOX.

Trailer Premieres for “Daredevil” on Netflix

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“Daredevil,” the Netflix Original Series has finally give us a real first look with the premiere of its first trailer.

The series stars “Boardwalk Empire’s” Charlie Cox as the titular hero who spends his days as the blind lawyer Matt Murdock. This iteration of the character is touted as being darker and “grittier” than the movie predecessor starring Ben Affleck. This series is based largely on the comic book arc written by Frank Miller titled “The Man Without Fear.”

The teaser trailer shows the masked hear at the early stages of his vigilantism. He isn’t in his red suit just yet but rather a cobbled together suit by the main character, Matt Murdock. “Daredevil” will explore his origin story along with featuring Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen and Daredevil’s greatest enemy.

Marvel has been expanding its Cinematic Universe into television series and “Daredevil” is the first of four shows slated for Netflix release.

All 13 episodes of “Daredevil” is set to debut on Netflix on April 10. You can watch the debut trailer below:

The Fantastic Four Trailer Released

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20th Century Fox has officially released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot film. You can watch the teaser trailer below. The film comes from director Josh Trank and producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg.

Fantastic Four is going to be an origin story inspired largely by the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comics while being a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards will be played be Miles Teller, Kate Mara will play Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan will be playing The Human Torch/Johnny Storm, and finally Jamie Bell will portray Ben Grimm/The Thing. The cast rounds out with Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom, Reg E. Cathey as as Dr. Franklin Storm and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder/The Mole Man.

Fantastic Four is set to hit the big screen on August 7. Watch the teaser trailer below:

Deadpool Starts Filming in Vancouver This March

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Deadpool is finally beginning shooting this March. After years of fans pleading for this movie to become a reality, our desires are becoming a reality. The film will be shooting in Vancouver, the hometown of star Ryan Reynolds.

Fans have wanted this film since 2009 when Reynolds first played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Then it was seriously pleaded for even harder when the test footage for a Deadpool movie was leaked online. Obviously the studio heard the overwhelming response from fans because shortly after it was announced they would bring the movie into development.

The character of Deadpool is known for being more of an adult oriented character. His comic books are of a darker shade compared to other supers especially that of the Marvel world. He is known for breaking the fourth wall and being overly talkative, and often sarcastic. The question is now whether the film Deadpool film will end up being R-rated. It is likely that the theatrical cut would be PG-13 but possible they could release a special R-rated director’s cut once it is released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Casting rumors have T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) and Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones) in talks to star in supporting roles.

Tim Miller is signed on to direct. Deadpool is expected to hit theaters Feb. 12, 2016.

Scarlett Johansson Confirmed to Return for Captain America: Civil War

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Last week the directors for Captain America: Civil War announced that fans will see Black Widow again. Scarlett Johansson has been confirmed to return for her iconic role in the next installment. The news was  announced by directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

In a press event in Beijing, the directing pair said,

“We’ve been preparing for the movie since the one debuted last year,” Anthony said. “So, we’ve been working on it for a long time now. We’re very happy how it’s coming along. Captain America 3 is gonna be called Captain America: Civil War and it’s going to star Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson will be back, Winter Soldier will be back, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man will also be joining us in the next film.”

Captain America: Civil War is a very highly anticipated addition to The Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film will include new as well as already-loved members of the MCU films including Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Daniel Bruhl in a mystery role, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, and potentially Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Captain America: Civil War is set for release on May 6, 2016.

Marvel’s Daredevil Gets Netflix Premiere Date

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Earlier today, at the Television Critics Association (TCA), Netflix officially announced the premiere date for the upcoming series, “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Turns out the premiere date is earlier than anticipated which is good news for fans. The 13 episode first season will debut on Friday, April 10th and as it is a Netflix Original Series, all the episodes will be available immediately.

“Boardwalk Empire” star Charlie Cox stars in the series as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. He is joined Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Steven S. DeKnight is serving as showrunner. Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods) are the executive producers, alongside DeKnight.