Mike Colter to empower up Power Man on Netflix

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Mike Colter to empower up Power Man on Netflix

Power Man is arriving to the original series cast of “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones”. The ’70s originated superhero has a just over forty-years fan-favorite relevance that of recent decades belongs to a short list upon where popular comic book aliases have the prolonging fans query of the encircling paraphrase “When will we finally see this hero appear in a movie or TV series?”. Actor Mike Colter is that question’s answer, Santa hat included on top of it.

The likened fireworks-haloed announcement was presented by Marvel Entertainment yesterday, right on the Holiday Season time-frame.

The move to the Netflix episodic series by Colter succeeds his starring part as Jameson Locke on the Xbox mini-series “Halo: Nightfall”.

“Fans have longed to see Luke Cage and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,’ and experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”

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A look to Dec.’s just past kick-off announcement named the first role cast set at Jessica Jones andgoing to Kristen Ritter (“Breaking Bad”, “Veronica Mars”). Colter will star alongside Ritter with their comic book-based roles adapting from the title’s source material.

Marvel outlines the premising introduction.

During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage – a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

A recurrence over multiple seasons on “The Good Wife” relived Colter in the well-recognized portrayal of the drug baron character Lemond Bishop. On a string of break-out performances the South Carolinian actor has distinguished his career in various films the likes of “Million Dollar Baby”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, and “Men in Black 3”. His television reprisals notably appeared on “The Following”, “Ringer” and the “American Horror Story” series.

Luke Cage’s comic book history began with a solo title. His continuity excelled at the point the superhero began the P.I. partnership Heroes for Hire, teamed with martial arts transcendent Danny Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist. Their teaming leagued them with the bionic-armed private detective Misty Knight and samurai phenomenon Colleen Wing. This alliance has been a long-standing identity for all four characters, but mainly an umbrella association highlighting central heroes Cage and Rand. While Iron Fist roots from the creative innovation of the Kung Fu film sensation that swept the 1970s, Power Man epitomized the Blaxploitation franchise craze into his comics at-large establishment.

Power Man first appeared in a starting titular Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. Comic book legendaries Archie Goodwin and John Romita, Sr. created this strong-man stylized superhero with unbreakable skin.

Netflix has already ordered a 13-episode pilot season for “A.K.A. Jessica Jones”.


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Mark Hamill to again play The Trickster on ‘The Flash’

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Credits: DC Comics

Mark Hamill to again play The Trickster on ‘The Flash’

DC Comics, with HitFix, announced today that Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”) has signed on to play James Jesse, aka The Trickster, in an episode of the hit new “The Flash” series.

If this announcement seems familiar, no, you have not taken a trip on The Flash’s time traveling Cosmic Treadmill. Hamill, who played The Trickster on the 1990 “The Flash” series that originally aired on CBS, will again be playing the villain on The CW‘s current “The Flash” series, starring Grant Gustin.

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Earth 2 Batman is ready for war


Earth 2 Batman is ready for war

DC Collectibles recently released the “DC Comics The New 52 Earth 2 Bruce Wayne as Batman” action figure. This figure represents the Batman character who appeared early in the “Earth 2” comic book, rather than the one currently appearing in the series, hence the “Bruce Wayne” specification here. This Earth 2 Batman action figure is based on artwork created by Nicola Scott, the original series artist on “Earth 2,” and features a sculpt by Steve Kiwus.

On Earth 2, the planet had been ravaged by a war with Darkseid and the denizens of Apokolips for five years when the “Earth 2” comic book series picked up and Nicola Scott’s depiction of Bruce Wayne Batman reflected this. In addition to the traditional black and grey bodysuit of the Dark Knight are elements of medieval-type armor covering the arms, shoulders, and knees. The armor is representative of Batman’s constant presence on the front lines of the war effort, as opposed to operating out of the shadows as an urban legend fighting street level crime in the traditional continuity of the character. Earth 2 Batman’s weapons of choice are two combat batons, similar to those used by Nightwing on Earth 0.

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Birds of a Feather: 2nd Black Canary costume coming to CW’s ‘Arrow’


Birds of a Feather: 2nd Black Canary costume coming to CW’s ‘Arrow’

A verge of crime-fighter galore is edging into a pluralizing trend taking-names femme fatales on superhero TV series. Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) doles twin-fighting stick beatdowns in superspy missions for ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. On the same series, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) trenches the veteran go-to hard-hitter for Coulson’s squad of international spies. Jessica Jones for the self-titled series undergoing development for its airing on Netflix. And on a nearing spotlight, “Arrow” will bring forth its next self-obligating heir to the moniker mantle declaring Black Canary.

“Arrow” declares a sort of Long live Laurel Lance through CW’s reveal of Laurels costume assumption to her sister Sara’s crime-fighter legacy. CW released first looks at Laurels super-heroinne garb over TVLine.

That reveal holds an impressiveness defining a synonymous position juxtaposing against the Green Arrow canon that has been the long-time teaming with Miss Lance a.k.a. Black Canary. Oliver Queen sets the show’s velocity for gritty origin story pacing per season rather than within a few compartmentalized pilot-ensuing episodes. But the writers have not been stingy with more of the casts origins, episode in point for Nov. 12’s take on Arrow’s inner circle member and genius hacker in “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoake”.

For Black Canary, a season two and three accompanying tale of the show’s first Black Canary Sara Lance has been character-driven threading starting from her cheating with Olive on his marooned yachting voyage to her final evolution graduating through the ranks of the League of Assassins. Sara’s non-quid pro quo severance from the Assassin’s didn’t sit well with the League’s leader Ra’s al Ghul along with his daughter Talia, Sara’s ex-girlfriend. A masked identity was necessary for the new Starling City bad-to-the-bone, and the show’s first Black Canary made a significant mark on the viewing audience.

In the DC Comics continuity, Dinah Lance is the person behind the Black Canary alias. The show’s adaptation has been an validating factor for the writing staff’s remix of this upper tier fan-fave into the weekly broadcast. Plus, there is the twist of geek trivia. Laurel is Dinah’s middle name, which makes the show’s handling of the Green Arrow circle of characters far more verging into show-offs, coolly so and pun intentional.

While Arrow has evolved from camouflage paint disguise across the eyes to an actual jade colored mask, Assistant District Attorney Laurel Lance has gone through life and loss. Her experiences cover withstanding ex-fiancee Oliver return after 5 years lost at sea, her new boyfriend Tommy Merlyn’s death caused by a city-wide calamity, sister Sara’s homecoming after believed dead, repairing a complicated relationship with her police-career father Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and currently falling off the wagon upon the murder of Sara. A whole spin that has brought Laurel (Katie Cassidy) progressively aligning into the “Arrow” course of introducing boxing ex-champion Ted Grant. Grant is now training her how to fight and deal with her distress and addiction.

A pathway clearing the means propelling Laurel’s going full Black Canary dramatic stick-the-landing superhero styled debut.


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IDW’s Cobb is coming to TV

IDW Publishing
IDW Publishing

IDW’s Cobb is coming to TV

IDW Entertainment and Entertainment One Televisionannounced yesterday that they will co-produce the comic book property “Cobb” as a television series. Thania St. John will write the pilot and act as showrunner for the Secret Service drama. St. John’s credits include “Covert Affairs” and “Chicago Fire.” “Cobb” was co-created by Beau Smith and Eduardo Barreto.

IDW described the series as:

COBB is a conspiracy thriller following Frank Cobb, a top ranking Secret Service agent, whose life gets turned upside down when he is removed from active duty after stumbling onto a deadly conspiracy at the highest global level. He must win back his reputation and save the newly elected President of the United States.

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‘Penny Dreadful’: The Saving of Monsters


‘Penny Dreadful’: The Saving of Monsters

Many times when people discuss vampires in literature they usually begin to discuss two specific time periods in literature, these may be the modern paranormal romance vampire books or those not interested in cutesy vampires may point out what many consider the “first” vampire Dracula. Both are vampires that pop culture loves, loves so much that they have worn fans out with the same story of a brooding vampire that either wants to die because of love or because of the monster within him.

But, many forget that there were stories of not only vampires but of monsters in general several decades before Bram Stoker released the wonderful “Dracula” on unsuspecting readers. These stories that came during from the 19th century Victorian England period were printed for the enjoyment of young working class males were short sensationalized readings that were sold cheaply for just one penny an issue. The story was carried out over multiple issues that were released weekly.

These stories were nicknamed “penny dreadful” because they cost only a penny and many said that the writing was dreadful. The complaints were that the stories dragged on week to week much like our dreaded soap operas of today. The penny dreadful were also called penny blood because many readers at the time thought that they were very bloody and action filled.

There were many penny dreadful stories that became famous and were either read and studied multiple times and some even had television shows and movies based on them. One of the most famous of these were “Varney the Vampire: Feast of Blood” and “The String of Pearls: A Romance” that introduced Sweeney Todd to readers. These two stories are ones that readers will reread over and over and discuss for hours about social commentary of the stories. These were the first written monsters on the Victorian Age, not Dracula or Frankenstein or those that became more famous.

But, overtime the term “penny dreadful” became synonymous with gothic horror and thus the result of the Showtime hit show, “Penny Dreadful”. The show is set in Victorian England but doesn’t feature the characters of the actual penny dreadfuls of that time period but more of the monsters and action figures of the classical literature of that time.

“Penny Dreadful” centers on the struggles of the following characters: Dorian Gray of the self-titled book, “Dorian Gray”, Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monster from “Frankenstein”, and Mina Murray and Abraham Van Helsing (though both short lived) and Sir Malcolm Murray from “Dracula”.

Vanessa Ives, a childhood friend of Mina’s, Ethan Chandler, a werewolf and an American, and Sir Malcolm Murray appear to be the monster hunters of the story whose job is to keep the evil at bay. Many people have compared this story to “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman” and there are many similarities but what this show is doing that the League did not do is to really bring the monsters, particularly the vampires in the show back to their roots.

The male vampires are very Nosferatu like and the female vampires are very ghostly revenant like, they definitely are not the cute vampires that we are flooded with today. They act as vampires would if they were real- like monsters that are very primal and need to survive. “Penny Dreadful” shows the pain, agony, and torture of being a monster and human living in that world that the author of that time wrote in the penny dreadfuls that were published at that time.

The monsters and the humans in the show, mirror the fear of life and death, of their souls and of their immortality or after life that even we face today. The longing for a connection to another human but the isolation of being a hunter, prostitute, sharp shooter, monster or narcissistic mad man. The show is a British- American show that was given only eight episodes but was quickly renewed for a ten season episode to air in 2015 schedule.

I will be honest, I resisted watching the show because of the unneeded sex scenes and I just assumed they characters were going to be all pretty and brooding like so many are today. But, once I watched a couple of episodes I became hooked. We fans of monsters, whether its television or literature must give credit to Penny Dreadful for bringing the monster back to its dark, grimy, and gothic literary roots. There may be hope for vampires and monsters to stay in the mainstream after all.

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New logo revealed for ABC’s newly queued Marvel-based series this Fall

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Credits: ABC network

New logo rvealed for ABC’s newly queued Marvel-based series this Fall

On ABC is “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. On AMC is “Mad Men”. The latter is a drama show’s throwback. For ABC, the network is taking Marvel Cinematic ties once more and reversing the years. A rather retro television pilot is the announced greenlit prequel premise by the network last week. Hayley Atwell will star in the network’s pick-up of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” reported Deadline.

The show will take place in 1946 centering around Agent Peggy Carter much like the web series short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter”, which now seems a production prologue for the Agent Carter program. In comic books, Richmond, Virginia- born Margaret “Peggy” Carter first appeared in 1966s Tales of Suspense (issue #75).

On May 10, Saturday’s TV news prospered with Marvel’s unveiling of the first official logo for ABC network’s series, of which Superherohype posted.

Atwell (“The Duchess”, “The Pillars of the Earth”) brought the well-known comic book character to live action portrayal in 2011s “Captain America: First Avenger”. Carter was the active military liaison and strategic adviser for the super-soldier operations. ABC’s official synopsis posits the series on:

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.

The logo displays Agent Carter’s silhouette facing towards looming emblem for S.H.I.E.L.D., it seems the SSR is a progenitor for the future intelligence agency Nick Fury decades later heads as director.

The pilot season for Marvel’s newest TV project will arrive a year after “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” debuted its own first season. “AoS” was officially picked up for a sophomore season last week.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” is the latest that joins a bevy of Marvel-minted adaptations slated for television. “Daredevil”, “Power Man”, “Spider-Woman” and “Iron Fist” burgeons Netflix’s catalog of original programming. The online network had a windfall awards-year for its flagship series “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey.

ABC’s Peggy Carter solo also keeps its link to its Captain America roots outside of casting in regards to production development. Christopher Markus and Steve McFeeley co-wrote “Captain America: First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. The Agent Carter-oriented teleplay has been penned by them. With the series moving forward news that the two writers will take a helming debut at executive producing has been underlined. Their new positions on the pilot show puts them alongside Michele Fazekas (“Reaper”, “Resurrection”) and Tara Butters (“Reaper”, “Resurrection”) and Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb.

Beyond Atwell, casting information hasn’t been detailed. Yet with Howard Stark named in the synopsis, it can be presumed that Dominic Cooper (“The Wire”, “Captain America: First Avenger”) may take on the role once more.


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Fox releases first trailer for new series, ‘Gotham’

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Credits: Fox

Fox releases first trailer for new series, ‘Gotham’

This past Monday, Fox released their first trailer for their new series, “Gotham”. “Gotham” is set to premiere this fall and begin telling the story of a young Detective Jim Gordon as he is learns more about the dark side of Gotham City and the soon to be villains that many Batman fans connect with the doomed city.

“Gotham” is currently described as “an origin story of the great DC Comics super-villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.”

Ben McKenzie plays the young Detective Jim Gordon who goes into his job with honorable goals but as time goes on he sees the darker side of Gotham. His mentor Detective Harvey Bullock plates by Donal Logue really makes Gordon look at reality and challenge him and his ideas of an honorable man.

When looking at the trailer fans will notice that they are going to be introduced to the young versions of Poison Ivy, Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman. But, you will notice that Fox is beginning the series showing the death of the Wayne’s and the orphaning of the young Bruce Wayne.

The trailer really shows the action of what the writers hope the show can provide to the fans. Many people have compared “Gotham” to “Smallville” and have suggested that this will be the story of the young Batman/ Bruce Wayne like “Smallville” was for Superman/ Clark Kent.

So click on the video above and see what you think about “Gotham”. Please comment below.

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Matt Ryan has been given lead role in new ‘Constantine’ television show

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Credits: CBS

Matt Ryan has been given lead role in new ‘Constantine’ television show

NBC has announced that they have cast Matt Ryan as the lead character Constantine in the new upcoming pilot for a potential new fall series.

Matt Ryan is famous for his voice acting for “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’s” character Edward Kenway and as lead character Mick Rawson on CBS’ “Criminal Minds” spinoff series, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.”

The NBC pilot is based on the DC comic book “Constantine”. The main character, John Constantine was a very dark character into the occult. He was a British magician, a con man, and very much an anti hero. He is described as a cynic that is foul mouthed and disillusioned. He constantly interacts with both heaven and hell and it is always an adventure.

In 2005, Warner Brothers released a theatrical version of “Constantine” with Keanu Reeves as John Constantine.

There is no word as to whether this pilot will make it off the ground but this show could really bring more interest in the supernatural.

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FX, HBO, Lifetime, MTV and PBS announce their renewals and cancellations

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Credits: Lifetime

FX, HBO, Lifetime, MTV and PBS announce their renewals and cancellations

Well with the release of shows this spring, these cable providers are releasing their lists of renewals and cancellations of their most popular shows. So, here is the winners and loosers of FX, HBO, Lifetime, MTV, and PBS.

Cable shows that are cancelled nor or at the end of this season

  • Army Wives
  • Boardwalk Empire ends with fifth season
  • Drop Dead Diva
  • Eastbound & Down
  • Enlightened
  • Family Tree
  • Hello Ladies
  • Justified ends with season 6
  • The Client List
  • The Newsroom ends with third season
  • True Blood this is last season coming in June
  • Underemplyed
  • Wilfred ends with season 4
  • Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous

Looking at this list you will notice that HBO has cancelled or is cancelling the majority of their shows like “True Blood”, “The Newsroom”, and even “Boardwalk Empire”. It looks as if HBO is looking maybe to rebrand or update their series.

Which of these shows that are cancelled were your favorites?

Cable shows that are renewed

  • American Horror Story
  • Anger Management
  • Archer
  • Awkward
  • Call the Midwife
  • Devious Maids
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Getting On
  • Girls
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Legit
  • Louie
  • Mr. Selfridge
  • Sherlock
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Americans
  • The Bridge: Renewed for Season 2
  • The League
  • Veep
  • Witches of East End

“Witches of East End”, the series based on the book series by Melissa de la Cruz was renewed after the first season. It was received with a huge following of not just the series readers but also of fans of just the show.

“Game of Thrones” and “Girls” are the big hits for HBO as is “Downtown Abbey” is for PBS.

Fans are debating the theme for “American Horror Story’s” next season. Guessees include a carnival or circus in Texas or the south in the 1950’s. But, there is no official word

Which of these shows that are renewed are you happy about?

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