Dec. 04, 2014 | 5:23 p.m.
Krysten Ritter is tipped to play the title role in “Jessica Jones,” Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series based on the character originally created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg will oversee the series, which is said to focus on the heroine as she runs her own detective agency while dealing with PTSD. Marvel did not officially comment on the casting. Ritter appeared in AMC’s acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” and in the comedy “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” among other projects, and she can be seen on the big screen later this month in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” about the lives of Margaret and Walter Keane. Rosenberg’s previous credits include the short-lived ABC series “Red Widow” as well as “Dexter” and the films in the blockbuster “Twilight” saga. “Jessica Jones” is the second of four planned […]
Oct. 11, 2014 | 6:05 p.m.
“Daredevil” made its New York Comic Con debut Saturday, and perhaps fittingly for a show about a man who practices law by day and vigilante justice at night, the new Netflix series appears set to offer darker, more morally ambiguous television than some other superhero-inspired TV. Indeed, when “Daredevil” arrives in May, the producers and actors who turned out for the NYCC panel emphasized that the show will paint in murky corners. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area that’s inherent to Daredevil,” said showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. “He’s one day away from becoming Frank Castle instead of Matt Murdock,” he added to laughter. Said Charlie Cox, who plays the blind superhero, a character celebrating his 50th anniversary this year: “We’re meeting a man who believes in law and justice, and at night he is taking law […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.
New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians“ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]
July 29, 2014 | 3:05 p.m.
Paolo Rivera won two Eisner Awards for his lush work on Marvel’s “Daredevil,” but he hasn’t produced regular interior art since leaving that title in 2012. This October, he returns to monthly comics with “The Valiant,” a new miniseries written by Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt. Uniting Valiant Comics’ superhero characters against a threat that has evolved through time, this project gives Rivera freedom to stretch his creative muscles in a fledgling comic-book universe, and early preview pages and concept designs promise all the detail and dynamism of his work at Marvel. Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Fla., Rivera was introduced to comic books by his father, Joe Rivera, a painter of custom motorcycles who kept assorted issues around the house. “I grew up in Florida not too far from Disney,” Rivera says. “I was a kid who could […]
July 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Who is the most important person in Marvel Comics history? Several audience members responded to Mark Waid’s question by shouting back “Stan Lee!” No, the Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” writer told the crowd gathered for a panel about Marvel’s 75th and the Man Without Fear’s 50th anniversaries. But they were close: It’s Lee’s wife Joanie, Waid said. In 1961, Lee “was starting to feel burned out” after 20 years and about 10,000 issues of various genre stories under the direction of publisher Martin Goodman, said Waid, an expert on comics history, and was looking to do something else with his life. “It was his wife Joanie,” Waid continued, “who said … ‘If you’re done with comics and go away and do something else, at least take one last shot and do something that you really want to do… And if it […]
June 20, 2014 | 3:25 p.m.
Hell’s Kitchen is getting populated one face at a time. The latest performer to join Netflix’s “Daredevil” series is Rosario Dawson. Marvel announced the actress would be joining the cast of the 13-episode series on Friday. According to Marvel, Dawson will be playing a “dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life.” No word on what her character’s name will be. In a statement, “Daredevil” executive producer Jeph Loeb said, “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.” Charlie Cox was previously announced to play blind attorney Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil) and Vincent D’Onofrio will play the main villain Wilson Fisk, “The Kingpin.” The “Daredevil” series is expected to debut on Netflix in 2015 and will […]
June 12, 2014 | 1:34 p.m.
By the time Mark Waid penned the 1996 miniseries event “Kingdom Come” for DC, he’d already built a reputation as a smart, innovative writer on titles including “The Flash” and “Captain America.” In the wake of its success and while working alongside Grant Morrison to re-invent the Justice League, Waid realized he had reached a personal peak of sorts, a conclusion that brought him to an artistic crossroads. “I woke up one day and thought, ‘Jeez, I’ve written Superman and Batman. I’m a professional comic book creator. I get to work in a medium I love and do the thing that I would do for free as a child and I get paid for it. This is a great life. And … I’m 35. What now?'” Then came “Empire.” In 2000, Waid and Barry Kitson introduced their creator-owned brainchild starring […]
June 10, 2014 | 1:44 p.m.
Vincent D’Onofrio will channel his inner villain for Marvel. The actor will play Wilson Fisk, the rotund foe of the Man Without Fear, in Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series for Netflix, the comic book studio announced Tuesday. The news comes on the heels of last month’s selection of actor Charlie Cox to star in the new show as blind attorney/costumed vigilante Matt Murdock, the superhero leading the latest charge of Marvel comic book characters heading to television. Steven S. DeKnight, whose previous television credits include “Spartacus,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” will serve as showrunner for the series. Drew Goddard, who wrote the first two episodes, will serve as executive producer while simultaneously working on Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man” spinoff, “The Sinister Six.” The Emmy-nominated D’Onofrio is well known for his work on television in the long-running procedural “Law & Order: […]
May 27, 2014 | 8:14 p.m.
Charlie Cox will star as the Man Without Fear in Marvel’s new “Daredevil” series for Netflix. Best known for his work on HBO’s period gangster drama “Boardwalk Empire” and the Neil Gaiman adaptation “Stardust,” Cox will play blind attorney/costumed vigilante Matt Murdock, the superhero leading the latest charge of Marvel comic book characters heading to television. The comic book powerhouse also is developing new, original live-action series centered on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage for Netflix. Each series will have a minimum of 13 episodes, and will culminate with a special “The Defenders” miniseries event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his […]
April 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.
Marvel’s next big comics event is “Original Sin,” and the concept — the Watcher has been murdered and familiar superheroes have terrible secrets — could give some pause. Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” and “Hulk” writer Mark Waid would be one, if he wasn’t privy to the plans. The self-described “hard-core traditionalist” said his first instinct was to worry that the story line would make the heroes “look like jerks.” But that’s not the case, he told the All-New Marvel Now panel crowd Saturday at Wonder-Con in Anaheim. “I am proud of being part of a team of writers and artists and editors who didn’t take this opportunity to make the characters uglier, that ‘Original Sin’ is not about tarnishing the nobility of the Marvel characters, not about just screwing with and overriding stuff you already know just for the shock value,” […]