CELEBRATE THE BLACK KNIGHT IN NEW COVERS BY STEPHANIE HANS02/22/21 @ 8:47 pm EST
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THE FLASH MOVIE IS IN PRODUCTION04/18/21 @ 3:26 pm EST
On March 17th, the greatest knight of them all rides again! Written by Simon Spurrier with art by Sergio Dávila, BLACK KNIGHT: CURSE OF THE EBONY BLADE #1 will expand the fascinating mythology behind the cursed hero and introduce his adventures to a new generation of fans. To celebrate this fan-favorite hero’s highly-anticipated return, acclaimed artist Stephanie Hans has crafted a stunning collection of connecting covers. These five covers will adorn each issue of the series, laying out the rich history of the Black Knight mantle from Stan Lee and Joe Maneely’s original creation to the villainous days of Nathan Garett to Dane Whitman’s time as an Avenger!
“When I was offered the opportunity to do these five iconic covers for BLACK KNIGHT: CURSE OF THE EBONY BLADE, my main concern was to find a way to link them all together, a strong concept,” Hans explained. “Flames are the constant element uniting them all. I tried to make them all as interesting together and as singular pieces. My second concern was to be able to give a solid representation of older designs, considering materials and practicality. I hope I did a good job.”
Currently holding up the legacy of the Black Night, Dane Whitman who knows all too well that welding the magical Ebony Blade comes at a terrible price: an insatiable lust for blood and mayhem that constantly threatens to swallow its owner in darkness. Will that be Dane’s fate? Following his epic battle against the KING IN BLACK, a reinvigorated Dane has a greater sense of purpose than ever before. But his sword is the key to a new enemy’s evil plan and only the Black Knight can prevent the coming death and destruction. This conflict spanning mythical Camelot to modern-day NYC will test Dane like never before and challenge everything he believes about himself, the Ebony Blade, and the entire history of the Black Knight.
Check out the first three LEGEND OF THE BLACK KNIGHT covers now and be there for the startling next chapter in the saga of Black Knight when BLACK KNIGHT: CURSE OF THE EBONY BLADE #1 hits stands on March 17th.
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RIAN JOHNSON HAS TALKED TO DAVE FILONI ABOUT DIRECTING THE MANDALORIAN04/18/21 @ 3:13 pm EST
According to Deadline
, Warner Bros upcoming The Flash film is now in production. In an article about Andy Muschietti
and Barbara Muschietti
forming a new production company called Double Dream, Th Flash film is listed as one of the movies currently in production. The film is being directed by Andy and produced by Barbara and Michael Disco
The film was originally announced by in 2013 with star Ezra Miller
and expected to be released in 2018, but the reaction to the 2017 Justice League
movie put the breaks on a lot of the WBs plans for the DCEU. The film has gone through a variety of directors before settling on Muschietti who is coming off It
and It: Chapter Two
The project is now filming in London with a script by Christina Hodson
and is expected to include Sasha Calle
, Kiersey Clemons
, Maribel Verdu
and an appearance by Ben Affleck
. There has been talks about Michael Keaton
returning to the cowl in the film as well, and while originally it was believed to be a done deal, now his appearance is uncertain due to scheduling. It’s slated to be in theater Nov 4th, 2022.
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DOMINIC PURCELL TO EXIT LEGENDS OF TOMORROW04/18/21 @ 2:54 pm EST
There may be no more divisive name to Star Wars
fans than Rian Johnson
. After his Star Wars: The Last Jedi, some fans felt he’d mistreated the beloved characters while others watched his breakout hit film Knives Out
and wondered how he could be celebrated and loathed at the same time. Well, this might get some fans attention as USA Today bestselling author Sariah Wilson
asked Johnson if he would ever consider doing an episode of the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian
and then she posted his response on Twitter
“He said he was dying to, but that for him it’s all about scheduling. He’s been writing KO2 and now he’s going to go directly into filming it. So it would be a matter of finding time to break away and do it. He said he has spoken to Dave Filoni about it. He had gone and visited the set during Season 1. He said it was so cool and I told him I was very jealous. He had seen ‘Baby Yoda’ months before the reveal. He said it was fascinating seeing the way that they’re shooting the show. He asked if I’d seen BTS stuff (of course I had). He said when he was standing there in that space and they did the thing where they moved the camera and the perspective on the screen shifted he said he almost fell over. You get vertigo. That it’s almost like virtual reality. That it’s fascinating and feels so real when you’re standing there. It’s really interesting to see how it translates onscreen.”
While Johnson has proven himself as a director and it would be fascinating to see how he’d handle working in the Volume and dealing with the characters, the fan reaction might be the most interesting thing to see.
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Dominic PurcellAMAZON CANCELS PLANNED LOTR ONLINE ROLE-PLAYING GAME04/18/21 @ 2:35 pm EST
, one of the original Legends of Tomorrow
, announced on social media that he has no interest in continuing in the series. Purcell joined his former Prison Break co-star Wentworth Miller
on the first season of The Flash
, playing rogue Heat Wave aka Mick Rory opposite of Miller’s Captain Cold. The two were then brought over to the spinoff series, Legends of Tomorrow, along with Caity Lotz
, Brandon Routh
, Victor Garber
, Franz Drameh
, Ciara Renee
, Falk Hentschel
and Arthur Darvill
. Only Lotz and Purcell were left going into the series sixth season.
His departure appears to come from a dispute between Purcell and the studio. He wrote on Instagram (but has now been deleted): “Deal isn’t done. I have no interest whatever cash they throw on the corporate level. I’m walking away from @cw_legendsoftomorrow. It’s been a total pleasure and a humbling experience bringing @dccomics iconic character #heatwave aka Mick Rory to life. I smashed this character – not an actor in the world could have done better. The studio does not care. The actors work ethic and talent must give them the confidence to question authority. Much love to all. It’s not lost on me how fortunate I am.”
Purcell has since confirmed that he’s made a “handshake deal” with EP/Showrunner Phil Klemmer
to “come back periodically.”
The sixth season of the series debuts May 2nd and the show has already been renewed for a seventh.
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FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER CAMEO CAUSES CONFUSION04/17/21 @ 1:17 pm EST
According to Bloomberg
, Amazon has pulled the plug on the planned online role-playing game based on the Lord of the Rings
series. The game was originally announced in 2019 and had been in development between Amazon Game Studios and Leyou Technologies Holdings, which was recently bought by Tencent Holdings. The purchase caused a dispute between Amazon and Tecent which lead to the games cancellation after contract negotiations stalled.
Amazon is putting a lot of cash behind the LotR franchise, initially spending $250 million to secure the rights and then invested $465 million in the first season of the new series.
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DOOM PATROL TO ADD THE DEAD BOY DETECTIVES04/17/21 @ 12:42 pm EST
If you’re watching The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
and had no idea who the “big named performer” was supposed to be playing when they popped up… don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. But don’t make the mistake that some people are making…
**** Spoilers ****
The best kept secrets since Luke Skywalker’s appearance on the Mandalorian
had to be award-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus
joining the MCU in the fifth episode of the current Disney+ series, but while most people recognized her from roles like Elaine Benes on Seinfeld
or Selina Meyer on Veep
, few but the most long-time comic reading fans knew exactly who Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is and what she might mean to the MCU. Even some sites and YouTubers made a misconnection when trying to explain just who the character is.
Most often called Val in the comics, she was created by Jim Steranko in the 1967 Strange Tales #159 as part of the European jet set that was recruited by Dum Dum Dugan to join S.H.I.E.L.D. She would excel in her training and become a love interest for Nick Fury which would lead to an odd love triangle between them and Steve Rogers who Val used to make Fury jealous. She would also go on to lead the agency’s Femme Force which included Sharon Carter… also awkward because of Steve Rogers.
But we would later learn that Val was actually a sleeper agent for the Russian spy group Leviathan and she would go on to become Madame Hydra and finally end up as part of J.A.N.U.S. The Hydra angle is where a lot of people are making a mistake, as Madame Hydra is a title that gets passed to the current leader of the group. I’ve seen a few sites make the erroneous connection that Val is also the character Viper, who at times is Madame Hydra too, but she is not.
With the diverse history of the character being both agent of SHIELD, Hydra and Leviathan, it is impossible to tell yet just how the character fits in with the current MCU. It is also being reported that Val is set to appear in the Black Widow movie, which was originally slated to come out before Falcon and the Winter Soldier, meaning that we were already expected to know a bit more about her before she strolled up to John Walker in the latest episode.
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DISNEY RELEASES POSTER FOR STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH04/17/21 @ 12:30 pm EST
The DC / HBO Max series Doom Patrol
is gearing up for it’s third season and there is a new casting announcement. According to The Direct
, Sebastian Croft
and Ty Tennant
will play the Dead Boy Detectives Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland, two adolescent boys from the early 20th century who died and decided to stick around and solve supernatural crimes. The characters first appeared in The Sandman #25 and were created by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner.
Production on the third season is believed to have started in January of this year and a previous casting announcement revealed Doctor Who’s
Michelle Gomez would be playing the shapeshifting villain Madam Rogue when the series returns after having been shut down prematurely due to Covid-19 leaving the 10th episode of season two un-filmed and a unresolved cliffhanger to wrap up before moving forward.
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ADDAMS FAMILY ACTOR FELIX SILLA PASSES AWAY AT AGE 8404/17/21 @ 12:11 pm EST
We’ve got an official poster for the upcoming Disney+ series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch
. Released on the official Star Wars Twitter
account. The series focuses on Clone Force 99, a group of clone troopers with genetic defects which grant them special abilities. The team consists of Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, Hunter and Echo and we see the addition of a young clone named Omega. The poster also features Emperor Palpatine looming over them.
The characters were first introduced in the 7th season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
which also aired on Disney+. The story takes place in the time between Revenge of the Sith
and Star Wars: A New Hope
, after the execution of Order 66, which had the clone troopers kill the Jedi.
Also featured in the series is Ming-Na Wen’s
character from The Mandalorian
, Fennec Shand. The series premieres on May 4th and is believed to be 14 episodes long.
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ALFRED MOLINA CONFIRMS HIS RETURN AS DOC OCK04/17/21 @ 11:46 am EST
Actor Felix Silla
passed away Friday at the age of 84 from pancreatic cancer. The actor appeared in some of the most popular genre series of the 60s, 70s and 80s including playing Cousin Itt on the Addams Family
, Colonel Poom on Lidsville
, Lucifer on the original Battlestar Galactica
and the robot Twiki on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
. He also played Dink in Space Balls,
a hang-gliding Ewok in Return of the Jedi
, and the Emperor Penguin in Batman Returns
His passing was announced on Twitter
by his Buck Rogers co-star Gil Gerard who said: Felix died just a few hours ago and the only good I can draw from his passing is that he didn’t suffer any longer. I will miss him terribly, especially the great time we had at our panels. Just him telling me to ,” go ‘ f ‘ myself”.
Silla was born in Italy, coming to the U.S. in 1955 and getting work as a trapeze artist and tumbler for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus before finding work as a stuntman in 1962. Being just under 4 feet tall and weighing around 70 lbs lead him to acting roles in shows like Bonanza
, The Monkees
and the pilot episode of Star Trek
One of his most endearing roles, Cousin Itt, was unique to the Addams Family series as it wasn’t a character featured in the Charles Addams cartoons, but rather one created by a series producer. The hairy, bowler wearing character would appear in 17 of the series 64 episodes.
He is survived by his wife Sue and their children Bonnie and Michael.
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'LEGENDS OF TOMORROW': SEASON 6 PREMIERE PHOTOS RELEASED04/16/21 @ 4:36 pm EST
When you speak to an actor in the MCU, they all dance around giving away secrets (except Tom Holland
) and mention the men who will “take them out” if they spill the beans. Then there’s Alfred Molina who not only confirmed to Variety
that he will be reprising his role of Otto Octavius in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home
, but he even talked about the filming.
“When we were shooting it, we were all under orders not to talk about it, because it was supposed to be some great big secret. But, you know, it’s all over the internet. I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!”
What was it like to go back to a character from 2004? “It was wonderful. It was very interesting going back after 17 years to play the same role, given that in the intervening years, I now have two chins, a wattle, crow’s feet and a slightly a slightly dodgy lower back.”
In Spider-Man 2, the film ended with Doc Ock sacrificing himself to stop his reactor from exploding. According to Molina, director Jon Watts told him, “In this universe, no one really dies.” And explained Otto’s story would pick up from that moment in the East River.
While impressed by the de-aging process Marvel has done in the past, the 67-year old actor was concerned with how he would look in fight scenes, pointing out that he didn’t have the physicality of his 17-year younger self. Then he remembered that most of his fighting was having a mean look on his face while the puppeteers made his metal arms do all the hard work. “It was fantastic.”
The casting of Molina from the Sam Raimi / Tobey Maguire films combined with Jamie Foxx returning as Electro from the Marc Webb / Andrew Garfield era ties together two decades of Sony’s Spider-Man films. The latest installment, Spider-Man: No Way Home, is set to be in theaters December 17th, 2021.
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