Saturday, April 25, 2015

DAREDEVIL's Charlie Cox Discusses Season 2

Like most Daredevil fans who already burned through the Netflix series' first thirteen episodes, you're probably going through various stages of withdrawal until your next fix in 2016.

Well, Empire was able to talk to star Charlie Cox during their weekly podcast about on the timeline for the show's second season and what Cox would like to see.

"I have to be careful because we just got commissioned, so I have no idea who is going to turn up," remarked Cox.  "Based on the show we’ve created, which is very grounded in reality, I’d like to see Punisher maybe show up, a little bit of Elektra maybe.  I wouldn’t mind Black Widow making an appearance, and you can’t think about Daredevil for too long without thinking of Bullseye.  I don’t know when or if or how that would happen, but it’d be cool if it did."

The sudden popularity of the show prompted Netflix to move Daredevil Season 2 ahead of The Defenders, which will team Daredevil with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist in a limited series event.  "We’ll begin shooting in the second half of the year," Cox revealed. "It’ll be the same timeline as the last show, so Season 2 will come out about this time next year. Again, I’m imagining all this, but they’ll probably do Iron Fist or Luke Cage at the same time, followed by the other one [of the two] in the first half of 2016 and then maybe Defenders in the second half of 2016 or the beginning of 2017."

The next Marvel series for Netflix, AKA Jessica Jones, is currently filming with Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and David Tennant as the Purple Man.  However, Cox seems to prefer the move of having Daredevil Season 2 before The Defenders.  "What’s exciting is to have a season where [Matt Murdock] is really embodying his alter-ego before we get to The Defenders."

AKA Jessica Jones is expected to air on Netflix later this year, while Daredevil is expected to return for Season 2 in April of 2016.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

THE FANDOM ZONE Episode 005: "Broken Arrow" is Up!

"This is not about strength, this is about heart.  Ray, when the mayor was killed, you put yourself in harm's way to save Felicity.  Normal people, they don't do that -- Heroes do that."
-- Oliver Queen to Ray Palmer, Arrow: "Broken Arrow"

After a slight delay, Karen and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Gotham 1x19 -- "Beasts of Prey"
The Flash 1x18 -- "All Star Team Up"
iZombie 1x05 -- "Flight of the Living Dead"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x17 -- "Melinda"
Arrow 3x19 -- "Broken Arrow"
Daredevil 1x02 -- "Cut Man"

We talk about things like fun with an action figure of Grant Gustin as The Flash, the awesomeness of the name Eagle Egilsson, the movie American Psycho, waiting for Jada Pinkett Smith to leave, Bruce Wayne becoming an accessory to murder, the Bosom Buddies theme song, connecting Kevin Tancharoen to Joss Whedon, Cisco Ramon and Ray Palmer's bromance, guys not responding well to ultimatums, Karen and Cisco's mutual apiphobia, Felicity getting an arch-nemesis, Karen crushing on Lowell, getting crap from skater punks, getting background on Melinda May, the M*A*S*H mountains, the awesomeness of Doug Jones, Arrow and The Flash being one show on twice a week, Captain Lance becoming a total douche, saying goodbye to Roy Harper, finally bringing up the issue of S.T.A.R. Labs prisoners eating and pooping, fun with Lazarus Pits, dropping ACME fire extinguishers on bad guys, Matt Murdock's advantage of learning braille over other blind kids, the awesomeness of the hallway fight scene, getting Facebook likes from Deathlok, and more!

You can check out the episode HERE and for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us! If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well. In addition, we have our Fandom Zone show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE. And we're also on Twitter using the account @FandomZoneCast.

Be sure to check out our 005.5 bonus episode of spoilers, then come back next week for more on Gotham, The Flash, iZombie, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow and the third episode of Daredevil, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Spinoff to Feature Mockingbird & Lance Hunter

Here's hoping they call this show Mockingbird and not Mr. & Mrs. Hunter...

Deadline reported yesterday that the planned spinoff of the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will feature Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, reprising their current roles of Marvel superhero Mockingbird and her ex-husband Lance Hunter.

Hunter first appeared in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 opener, "Shadows," as a mercenary brought into S.H.I.E.L.D. by Isabelle Hartley together with Idaho.  He used to work for S.T.R.I.K.E. (Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies), the British counterpart to S.H.I.E.L.D. until Phil Coulson hired him as a mercenary following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Mockingbird first appeared four episodes later in "A Hen in the Wolf House" as Barbara "Bobbi" Morse, an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent posing as the head of security for Hydra Laboratories, but actually working for Coulson in order to monitor Jemma Simmons (who had also infiltrated Hydra).  When Simmons was compromised, Morse revealed her true allegiance in order to help Simmons escape and acquire valuable Hydra data.  She was later revealed to have been previously married to Hunter and to be good friends with Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie.

According to Deadline, the spinoff was developed by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell and co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski, who are writing the script and would executive produce.  ABC isn't expected to make a formal greenlight call until the script comes in, with the hope of doing that before the upfronts.  The spinoff may film a promo or do a pilot and if it goes to series, Zbyszewski is expected to serve as showrunner.

The Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff is one of two new Marvel series for ABC in the works, along with a drama written by John Ridley, that has been rumored to focus on the current Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan.  ABC and Marvel also have the midseason drama Agent Carter under consideration for next season.

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday nights on ABC at 9 p.m. EST.

Monday, April 20, 2015

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE Director Reveals Teaser Trailer & Premise

Remember, many Bothans died to bring us this information.

The Hollywood Reporter has details from yesterday's panel at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, California, where Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards appeared, with Pablo Hidalgo serving as panel moderator.  They were joined by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and head of development Kiri Hart.

The film, starring Felicity Jones, will officially be called Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the first of a series of Star Wars spinoff films comprising -- you guessed it -- an anthology. "We really wanted freedom to do some films that could stand on their own, and tell new stories," said Hart.

Edwards mentioned that filming will begin this summer, but did come with a teaser trailer showing a jungle landscape, with a voiceover reusing dialogue from the late Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi...

"For more than a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic...before the dark times, before the Empire."

The camera pans skyward, revealing the Death Star orbiting the planet.

Hidalgo revealed the official logline for the movie -- "A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans."  This, of course, means the film is a prequel to Star Wars Episode IV, showing the events of how the Rebel Alliance obtained the secret plans to the battle station.

Edwards added that Rogue One won't have easily definable heroes and villains, and also will be a war film.  "It's called Star Wars," he joked to the audience.  "It’s about the fact that God’s not coming to save us, and we’re on our own.  The absence of the Jedi is omnipresent in the film.  It hangs over the whole movie."

Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is expected to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2016.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Leaked Sony Emails Reveal DOCTOR WHO Movie Plans

Rule One -- The Moff lies.

Less than two weeks after Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat shot down the idea of a big-budget Doctor Who film, The Telegraph has revealed that -- Surprise! -- there will be a film made, after all.  Sometime within the next eight years, anyway.

The article reports that leaked Sony emails that were published by WikiLeaks show that Danny Cohen, the Director of BBC Television, "claimed that the popular TV series will become a film under an eight-year plan to keep the franchise alive."

However, the Doctor Who team are "very hot under the collar" because they feel "their position on it is not being listened to or accepted."  The article claims that they want to wait until the time is right and have made their feelings "very clear" on the matter.

In addition, Cohen claimed there is "tremendous interest" in a Doctor Who film and says there has been "pressure" to make it from BBC Worldwide, the subsidiary of the BBC that commercially exploits BBC brands and sells BBC programming abroad.

The details were included in a database of 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails that was uploaded to the WikiLeaks website after hackers stole them from Sony Pictures Entertainment, the company’s movie division, last November.

The movie plans were in an email sent in January last year from Andrea Wong, president of International Production for Sony, to the company’s chief executive, Michael Lynton.  The email says: "He (Cohen) said that while there has been tremendous interest (and pressure from BBCWW) (BBC Worldwide) to do a Dr Who film, the show runners feel very clear that they don’t want to do one at this moment.  That said, over the course of the coming months, the show running team is coming up with an 8 year timeline for the brand – laying out all that will happen with it.  He says that a film will certainly be a part of that timeline. So the answer is that a film won’t happen in the next year to 18 months, but it is expected that it will happen after that within the 8 year horizon."

Lynton replied, "Sounds like we need to meet with the show runners."

Wong followed up, emailing: "Spoke to Danny and he doesn’t think it makes sense right now and actually might hurt our cause.  He said that the creative team on the show have been having the movie conversation with BBC Worldwide in recent weeks and are very hot under the collar that their position on it is not being listened to or accepted."

Thursday, April 16, 2015

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Teaser Trailer #2 Reveals Han & Chewie

So, are you pumped for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet?  If not, you will be.  You will be...

A new two-minute teaser trailer for the film debuted today at Star Wars Celebration 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  In our newest look at Star Wars Episode VII, we finally get to see and hear some of the returning characters, including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and everyone's favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca.

Opening up a a desert planet that may or may not be Tattooine, we hear the lovely sounds of John Williams' score and see a crashed Imperial Star Destroyer.

"The Force is strong in my family," Luke Skywalker begins in a voiceover, recalling his words from over thirty years ago in Return of the Jedi, as the severely-damaged helmet of Darth Vader is raised.  "My father has it.  I have it."  A cloaked figure, presumably Luke, places his artificial hand on R2-D2 and then someone hands a young female a lightsaber. "My sister has it.  You have that power, too."

A squadron of X-Wings soars over a river and then we see Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn with ball droid BB-8 running from an explosion.  The Sith known as Kylo Ren raises his lightsaber and Stormtroopers in new armor stand together in formation.  A group of TIE fighters then attacks the Stormtroopers, hinting they're on the side of the New Republic.

The Millennium Falcon battles the TIE fighters on the planet that may or may not be Tattooine, as the familiar rumble of Harrison Ford's voice begins speaking.  "Chewie...we're home," sans Han Solo as he and Chewbacca come into view aboard the Falcon and Chewbacca gives his approval.

Yes, we're home, all right.  It's gonna be a long wait until Christmas.

Here's the trailer, thanks to Star Wars' official YouTube account...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

THE FANDOM ZONE Episode 004: "Into the Ring" is Up!

"I'm not seeking penance for what I've done, Father.  I'm asking for forgiveness...for what I'm about to do."
-- Matt Murdock, Daredevil: "Into the Ring"

We're back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast, and even better, the ever-awesome Karen is back as well!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

iZombie 1x04 -- "Liv and Let Clive"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x16 -- "Afterlife"
Powers 1x07 -- "You Are Not It"
Daredevil 1x01 -- "Into the Ring"

We talk about things like grammar issues with the song "Live and Let Die," everyone's complete disinterest in Liv's zombie skin tone and hair color, knowing kung fu, Karen busting on me about my show notes, Ravi crushing on Liv, Blaine's Jenny Craig plan for zombies, keeping zombie henchmen in a freezer, the movie Glengary Glen Ross, the awkwardness of jumping the line to becoming an Inhuman, FitzSimmons shippers being happy once again, Deathlok's Matrix-like aircraft flying downloading ability, Powers being overly convoluted again, producing on the fly, Matt's horror at becoming blind, Karen's approval of depicting the visually-impaired, Matt Murdock as a Catholic, taking your shirt off in front of a blind person, the superiority of Daredevil's fights over Arrow's fights, and more!

You can check out the episode HERE and for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us! If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well. In addition, we have our Fandom Zone show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE. And we're also on Twitter using the account @FandomZoneCast.

Come back next week for more on Gotham, The Flash, iZombie, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow and the second episode of Daredevil, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!