Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:55 p.m.
The blind superhero Matt Murdock is front and center in new poster images for Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, “Daredevil.” Starring Charlie Cox, the series centers on the unlikely hero who is conflicted about his choice to become a vigilante, with his quest for justice taking him to some very dark places. 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 other senses to superhuman levels. After his father, boxer Battlin’ Jack Murdock, is killed for refusing to throw a fight, the son takes up the fight for justice on two fronts: in the courtroom as an attorney, and on the streets as a vigilante. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
“Supergirl” appears to have found its first villain. David Harewood (“Homeland”) is joining the CBS drama as Hank Henshaw. In the comics, Henshaw is a supervillain also known as the Cyborg or Cyborg Superman. In the series, Henshaw is a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats. Harewood’s casting was announced Thursday, along with news that “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh will play Supergirl’s foster sister, Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, a doctor whose fascination with her sister’s powers inspired her lifelong obsession with science. The name Danvers is a nod to Linda Danvers — the name of several alternative versions of Supergirl throughout comics history. Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 12:23 p.m.
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction are bringing their big ideas to the small screen. The married comic book duo has signed a deal with Universal TV to adapt some of their comic properties for television, as well as create original TV series concepts, an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Among the first batch of titles to get the TV treatment is “Sex Criminals,” Chip Zdarsky and Fraction’s Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning comedy-adventure series about a librarian named Suzie and an actor named Jon who freeze time when they orgasm — a power they use to rob banks. Other titles slated for TV adaptation have yet to be announced. DeConnick is perhaps best known for her work on Marvel Comics’ “Captain Marvel.” (The character is headed to the big screen in 2018.) More recently, she has written the myth-infused western “Pretty Deadly” […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.
'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors' is bringing the Spider-verse from the comic book world to TV
Feb. 23, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
“Supergirl” has found its Cat Grant. Actress Calista Flockhart will play the self-made media magnate in the new one-hour CBS drama starring “Glee” alumnus Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin. Written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing, “Supergirl” will focus on a 24-year-old Kara, who works as an assistant to Grant at her global company, CatCo. However, Kara is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero. The addition of Golden Globe-winning actress Flockhart (“Ally McBeal,” “Brothers & Sisters”) to the show’s cast was confirmed by Warner Bros. Television on Monday. “Supergirl” also will feature actor Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Jimmy Olsen — the character will not work as a young photographer in the Daily […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 4:41 p.m.
Jared Bush and Sam Levine, the creators of Disney XD’s “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero,” drew inspiration from childhood memories to craft the new animated series. At the age of 12, Bush discovered that his parents worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, while Levine, the child of a New York City film projectionist, would routinely sit beside his father to watch classic movies and new releases. ———— FOR THE RECORD In an earlier version of this article, it was stated that Alfred Molina and Larry Wilmore were either guest stars or recurring actors. They are both regular cast members on the show. ———— “One of my favorites was ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,'” Levine said in a recent interview. “I remember watching it four times back to back, and covering my eyes every time the faces melted off at the end.” Those […]
Feb. 12, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
James Franco has been cast as the lead in “11/22/63,” J.J. Abrams’ new Hulu series based on the novel by Stephen King. Franco (“The Interview,” “127 Hours”), who is also a producer for the series, will portray high school English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy. The nine-hour event series based on King’s thriller is coming to Hulu via J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions. Abrams, the creative mind behind the likes of “Lost” and “Fringe,” is no stranger to bizarre tales of time-travel and parallel realities, and it seems this series will be no exception. In King’s “11/22/63,” published in 2011, Epping’s quest to save JFK is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, romance and a past resistant to change. Bridget Carpenter — whose previous credits […]
Feb. 06, 2015 | 3:33 p.m.
Captain Jean Renard of “Grimm,” played by Sasha Roiz, is easily the most mysterious character on the NBC show. A royal heir, a Wesen (half-Zauberbiest) and a police captain, he, like the show’s hero Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli), has his feet planted firmly in both worlds. The same can be said for Roiz. The actor, a Canada native, has, like many of the cast, adapted to life in Portland, Ore., where the series films about nine months out of the year. He’s devoted a lot of his time recently to helping with a charity called the Grimmster Fund for a local children’s hospital. The endowment, which assists families in financial need, is holding a gala (sold out) and an auction that features authentic drawings and props used in the show, and even includes a limited amount of “Grimm” shoes made […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 2:33 p.m.
Milo Ventimiglia, well-known for his work on NBC’s “Heroes,” will join the cast of Fox’s “Gotham,” playing a serial killer known as the Ogre. The character, which is not the same as the Ogre that previously existed in the DC canon, will first appear in the 19th episode of the series, Warner Bros. Television confirmed today. The Ogre, whose given name is Jason Lemmon, is described as a handsome and wealthy predator who abducts women in search of a perfect mate. His victims meet with grim fates after they fail to meet his exacting standards in a series of “tests.” Charting the exploits of a young Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he battles to protect the city from mobsters and criminals, “Gotham” has performed well for the network and already has been given an order for a second season. Robin […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 12:14 p.m.
The Doctor will undergo yet another regeneration — this time, materializing as a Lego character. A “Doctor Who”-themed Lego set will go into production this year, the Lego Group announced Wednesday morning. The concept for the set was chosen after “Doctor Who” fan Andrew Clark submitted a design on the Lego Ideas website, where fans can vote for their favorite ideas to be produced. Clark, who works as a video game artist, offered a design featuring an unfolding TARDIS (the Doctor’s time machine and spaceship) and a range of Doctors, including incarnations played by fan favorites David Tennant and Tom Baker, as well as the current actor, Peter Capaldi. His concept also included several companions and monsters, among them Daleks and Weeping Angels. Lego has yet to release details about which characters and features will appear in the toy set, […]