The CW is working through its announcements with what to expect for new dramas this fall, and some renewals, but on the new front for the genre fans we’ve got a pair of series that have made the cut. First up is the completely expected to make the cut title Arrow, which comes from Warner Bros. TV in order bring the Green Arrow character and some form of superhero to the small screen. The new series comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter. It’ll star Stephen Amell as the lead, Oliver Queen.
In addition to that, CW has announced the pickup of the reboot for Beauty And The Beast. This series comes from CBS Television Studios and brings Kristin Kreuk back to the network she got semi-famous on after her run in Smallville.
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With Arrow set to start this week on The CW, the folks at Collider got a pretty good interview with the series lead, Stephen Amell. The piece is pretty fun, especially his past experiences since moving from the Canadian film business to dealing with pilot season in Hollywood, but he also goes into the dynamics of the show pretty well. Of interest to comic book fans is just how the creative side feels about the slew of potential characters that can be used with the series.
Will viewers start to see some of the other comic book characters pretty quickly?
AMELL: Yeah. There’s a clear lineage with Katie’s character, Willa’s character and Colin’s character. We showed the Deathstroke mask. I would assume we will see Deathstroke, either on the island or otherwise. In Episode 2, we have China White. In Episode 3, we have Deadshot. The guys that are writing the show are huge comic book fans and they’ve just been waiting to pull from the DC universe, so we’re going to do that, all the time.
In addition to that, he talks a bit about how Oliver Queen is being portrayed in this series and the approach being taken by him in bringing that out.
With this being a different version of the character, especially after what people have just seen of him on Smallville, what can you say about who Oliver Queen is, when this show starts?
AMELL: What we’re going to start to see, in the first season, is that Oliver’s biggest threat is himself. He’s coming back from the island with post-traumatic stress disorder. He has to have that, based on what he saw on the island. We’re presenting a damaged individual. He’s somebody who is, for lack of a better word, a ticking time bomb. We get to see him do super things, but we’re also going to get to see him fall, every once in awhile, and see him fail. I hope that really human element will connect people to him.
The series premieres on October 10th at 8pm ET.
TNT made the announcement today that summer series Falling Skies will be back for a fourth season in 2014 with another ten episode run, which mirrors what it’s done for the three seasons to date. The series, produced by DreamWorks Television that has Noah Wylie as its lead, has managed to rankk as basic cable’s number one scripted series among adults 18-49 and 25-54. Falling Skies is averaging 5.8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery.
Falling Skies tells the extraordinary tale of life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Wyle plays Tom Mason, a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader after a massive invasion by an alien force. The series also stars Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Colin Cunninghamand Sarah Carter. Among the guest stars this season on Falling Skies are Gloria Reuben, Robert Sean Leonard, Stephen Collins and Doug Jones.
We haven’t really heard anything significant about the Krypton series since it was announced last December. There’s still not a lot of details and on some level you have to figure that they were kind of gauging things between the upcoming film and the Supergirl TV series to see where things land. The project is still in development though as David S. Goyer was asked about it in an unrelated interview where he talked about how it’ll be set two hundred years before the events of the film and that they’re expecting to provide more news about the project soon.
“Part of the fun of doing Man of Steel — and I was so insistent on setting that opening on Krypton and really seeing it, was pulling back the curtain. The first draft, the first forty pages were on Krypton, so we compressed that all down to fifteen minutes and there were a lot of ideas that I wanted to use in the film that didn’t ultimately make it into the film.”
The project comes from Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics and is being set up at Syfy. The development has David S. Goyer as an executive producer on it and he’ll also be writing the pilot for it. Ian Goldberg of Once Upon a Time will also be producing.
Plot concept: Krypton takes place years before the Superman legend we know, when the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This drama follows the Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.”
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After some choice words from Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight and some from series star Charlie Cox talking about the Punisher in relation to that series, it was only a matter of time before more rumors started to firm up. But with Daredevil doing well, a second season on the way and the other three series in the works, can Netflix add another Marvel TV series? The potential for The Punisher is certainly there as there is a built in audience – both of comic fans and those that enjoyed the two main movies that were produced in the past decade.
According to Vigilantist , they’re hearing that Netflix is looking at their “Phase 2″ of the universe of street level heroes that’s being built there in the same way as the theatrical side, and that makes a lot of sense that it could be built out that way and work with smaller budgets, engaging characters and more gruonded and interconnected stories – particularly if there are chances to cross over with things like the movies of Agents of SHIELD.
Would you want to see a Punisher series? And what other Phase 2 Netflix series would you be interested in seeing brought into reality? We’re expecting some more female driven pieces such as potentially Spider-Woman making that grade, though Punisher really does seem ideal.
The Punisher was origianlly created back in 1974 in the always sought of Amazing Spider-Man #129, which was created by Gerry Conway, Ross Adnru and John Romita, Sr. The character has had multiple series over the years in the comics world and was given quite a strong place back in the 90′s when the violent side of comics were all the rage. At one point he had three different monthly comics. With a number of animated appearances that toned down the character, we also saw three live action films made with Dolph Lundgren in 1989, Thomas Jane in 2004 and Ray Stevenson in 2008. The rights reverted to Marvel a few years back and we had teases that he might have had a certain almost off-screen cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but Marvel hasn’t formally set any projects with the character.
While production began back in April to help fill the slot emptied by the departure of Merlin, BBC America has signed on to c0-produce the fall 2013 series Atlantis and will make the 13 episode run available on the network in the fall as well. The series will be paired with the Supernatural Saturday line-up, which in the past has seen shows such as Doctor Who and Orphan Black run during it.
“Atlantis is the perfect series for our long-running successful Supernatural Saturday programming block. An incredible creative team and exciting cast are in place to deliver ambitious adventures this fall,” said Ricard De Croce, senior vice president of programming at BBC America.
“It is both a privilege and a delight to have the opportunity to take audiences on a journey into the fantastical world of Atlantis. Drawing on the Greek myths for inspiration, we aim to tell classic, action adventure stories in unexpected and exciting ways – weekly mini-movies that we hope will appeal to young and old alike,” said series creator Howard Overman.
Ken Bones as Melas
Alice St Clair as Erinna
Aiysha Hart as Ariadne
Karl Johnson as Itheus
Plot concept: The city of Atlantis is a strange, ancient dwelling; a world of bull leaping, of reptile haired goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants. Young Jason arrives in the city and a magical adventure begins, inspired by the Greek and Roman myths.
Warner Archive continues to do right by fans by providing them high definition releases of their favorite DC Comics animated series and now they’ve got a new one set with the Young Justice: Invasion (The Complete Second Season) . The release is planned for December 2nd, 2014 priced at $29.99 with all 20 episodes in HD with the group even saying “as they were meant to be seen!”. Which is why we never bought any of the DVD releases. The set will run for 440 minutes on two Blu-ray discs and unlike other recent releases will have some bonus features:
- Commentary Track on series finale episodes “Summit” and “Endgame” with creators Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti along with vocal cast Jason Spisak (Kid Flash) and Stephanie Lemelin (Artemis).
- Behind the Scenes featurette.
Plot concept: A lot can change in five years, as our super heroes are about to find out. And there’s some new residents to be found at Mount Justice: new team leader Nightwing, Wondergirl, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Bumblebee and Beast Boy. Young Justice will need all the help it can get as an alien presence has infiltrated Earth, while certain members of the Justice League are forced to stand trial at the criminal hearing off-world. Watch as The Reach, spearheaded by the quick-talking Ambassador and backed by the muscle of Black Beetle, manipulates a trusting public while maintaining its shadowy maneuvering with The Light. So report in for an epic 20-Episode adventure, as the risks have never been greater and the conflicts never so far-reaching. The epic finale will shatter everything you know!