Netflix confirm Punisher series 

One batch. Two batch. A penny. A dime. This will come as no surprise to anyone who watched series 2 of Daredevil because, if you did. You saw this coming. Netflix announced today that they’re officially moving forward with a spin-off series for The Punisher.
Jon Bernthal will be reprising his role Frank Castle.

As I’m sure you’re aware, Bernthal was breath taking as The Punisher and they couldn’t have cast a better actor. He brought gravitas, weight, conviction and, emotion.
The Punisher is the sixth Marvel series ordered by Netflix. 

We have Luke Cage to look forward to later this year, with Iron Fist and The Defenders coming next year. Which will be ensemble miniseries, that includes Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and, Luke Cage. It’s currently unknown if The Punisher will be included in that line-up. 

The Punisher will be run by writer and executive producer, Steve Lightfoot. 

Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb said:

“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from ‘Marvel’s Daredevil.’ Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”

Netflix Vice President of Original Content, Cindy Holland added:

“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot.”

Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot said:

“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world. After watching Jon’s performance in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”


The Marvel/Netflix partnership has proven to be a hit with fans and critics. I can’t wait to see what they give us with The Punisher. I’ve enjoyed all three of The Punisher movies, but I’ve always felt a character as complex as Frank Castle deserved a TV series. 

Stephen Merchant cast in Wolverine 3

We all know that Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine, in Wolverine 3. But what nobody knew, is that Stephen Merchant will also be in the movie.

Deadline broke news of Merchant’s casting, this morning. The role he’s playing has yet to be revealed, but I imagine given his comedic background, he will probably be some sort of comic relief.

The actor confirmed the news, by posting a video of him having his head shaved, on Instagram.

An actor prepares. #Wolverine3

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James Mangold is returning to direct and David James Kelly, is writing the script. Hugh Jackman has previously hinted, that the film will be inspired by the “Old Man Logan” range of comics, which follows an elderly, now-retired Wolverine on a road trip, with Hawkeye across a dystopian future. As Marvel own the rights to Hawkeye, it’s thought that Professor X will be replacing him.

Merchant got his big break, when he collaborated on The Office with Ricky Gervais. The pair then worked together on Extras, The Ricky Gervais Show, and Life’s Too Short. But recently the pair seperated creatively.


If Merchant’s casting seems a little strange, just remember in 1999, we heard a 6ft 2″ Australian, whom had only done musical theatre, would be playing the role of 5ft 4″ Canadian, Wolverine. The news did not go down well with X-Men fans.
Wolverine 3 will be Jackman’s last outing as the mutant anti-hero, Jackman has appeared in every X-Men film since the original in 2000, except of course for Deadpool.

Wolverine 3 scheduled for relaese in March  2017.

Trailer-The Killing Joke

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have released the first trailer for their highly anticipated animated film adaptation of Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke. 

Both Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy have returned to voice to The Joker and Batman. 
The film was unsurprisingly given an R-rating (15 or 18 in the UK), which is sensible, given the subject matter. 

  

Disney remove Inhumans from schedule 

Disney have officially removed Inhumans from their schedule. It had been due for release on 12th July, 2019. It currently has no release date.
This isn’t the first time the film’s release date has been changed. It was originally slated for release on 2nd November, 2018 before it was moved to the July. 

It’s entirely possible that Inhumans was removed because of the recently announced Indiana Jones 5. That’s scheduled for release on 19th July, 2019, which is just a week after Inhumans. It would make any business sense to put two Disney movies up against each other. 
Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige said the recent Spider-Man deal with Sony, also plays a factor in the re-shuffle. When asked about the Inhumans movie, he said:

“Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big, joyous coup for us. We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big, fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time. So I think it will shuffle off the current date that it’s on right now. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet.”

Speculation has been rife online, that Fox and Marvel may be about to make a deal, to incorporate either the X-Men, or Fantastic Four into the MCU. Personally, I think a deal with the Fantastic Four is more likely. Fox just don’t need Marvel’s help with the X-Men and Marvel don’t need the X-Men, when they have Inhumans. The past three X-Men based films have been received well critically and, have done well at the Box Office. Deadpool is currently the highest grossing movie of all time.  

With the Fantastic Four, Fox find themselves in a similar position to Sony with Spider-Man. Do they push a head with a sequel to a film, that was poorly received. Independently reboot it for a third time, or accept a co-production deal with Marvel and reboot it into the MCU?
These posts were taken off Faceboook. They seem to be between a fan and an employee at Marvel. 


Relationships between Fox and Marvel are historically bad. Fox haven’t been allowed to sell X-Men toys since 2003 and, Marvel have mostly reduced the X-Men to background characters in the comics. 

Whatever happens, I’m sure Marvel will release a Inhumans movie at some point.  

Pearl Mackie announced as new companion 

The BBC have announced that Pearl Mackie has been cast as Bill-the new companion, in the next series of Doctor Who.

The Brixton born actress is currently starring in the critically acclaimed production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. At the Gielgud Theatre, in the West End. 


Mackie said: 

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” she said. “It’s such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the Tardis my home. Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character, I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space. Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in – I can’t wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series. 

I always loved stage combat at drama school so I can’t wait to get on set and kick some evil monsters into the next dimension! 

Shooting the trailer was absolutely mental, there were pyro technics and smoke and I met my first Dalek! I’m not sure it will ever become ‘the norm’ seeing crazy monsters on set, but I cannot wait to meet some more! The weirder the better, bring it on!”


Peter Capaldi added:

It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures.

Titan announce Doctor Who cross over event

BBC Worldwide and Titan Comics announced today, that this summer’s special Doctor Who event comic will feature the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors from Titan’s four ongoing Doctor Who series. This comic will be a spectacular five-part, fortnightly adventure featuring one of the Doctor’s most iconic foes – the Cybermen

  

 

Penned by best-selling authors George Mann (Eighth Doctor, Dark Souls) & Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor, Vikings) with art by Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors, Captain America & Hawkeye), this highly anticipated event comic kicks-off in stores and on digital platforms Wednesday, July 6th 2016, supported by Titan’s third annual Doctor Who Comics Day event on Saturday, July 9th 2016.

  

 

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the show’s iconic cyborgs, the Cybermen. The Cybermen first appeared in the serial ‘The Tenth Planet’ in 1966, and have been featured in Doctor Who numerous times since, including the 2006 two-part modern origin story, ‘Rise of the Cybermen’ and ‘The Age of Steel.’

  

 

This special crossover event comic entitled ‘Supremacy of the Cybermen’ stars the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), and Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and their comic companions – Gabby, Cindy, Alice, Rose (Billie Piper) and Captain Jack (John Barrowman)!

  

 

Exiled from Gallifrey at the very end of time, Rassilon, fallen leader of the Time Lords, has been captured by the last of the Cybermen. Now, the Cybermen have access to time travel. With it, every defeat becomes a victory. Every foe is now dead — or Cyberized.

The debut issue comes with five variant covers to collect: an art cover by series artist Alessandro Vitti, a photo cover by Will Brooks, a cool Cybermen variant by Fabio Listrani, a blank sketch variant, and a fun coloring variant – perfect to color in at home or in stores on Doctor Who Comics Day.

  

This year’s global Doctor Who Comics Day event on Saturday, July 9th, is set to be even bigger than previous years with new comics and collections, merchandise, variant covers, signings, and events across the globe at comic shops, bookstores, retail chains, libraries, and on digital platforms. New to this year’s event, Doctor Who comics fans can register for an event kit to hold their own reading group parties.  Doctor Who comics fans, retailers, and librarians should visit Titan-Comics.com for details to sign-up.

Retailers can order both issue #1 and issue #2 of Doctor Who Event 2016: Supremacy of the Cybermen from the May edition of PREVIEWS. Doctor Who fans will not want to miss out on this spectacular crossover event series! Fans can find their nearest comic store at ComicShopLocator.com.

To keep up to date with news about Doctor Who Event 2016: Supremacy of the Cybermen and this year’s Doctor Who Comics Day, follow Titan Comics on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Titan comics announce Torchwood range 

Titan Comics announced today that Doctor Who TV spin-off Torchwood is back, in an all-new ongoing comic series starring the daring Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper.

  
 
Written by Captain Jack himself – John Barrowman – and Carole E. Barrowman, and with issues illustrated by Antonio Fuso (Drive, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) and Pasquale Qualano(Batman ’66, She Hulk, Harley Quinn), this spectacular original ongoing series is not to be missed.

    

In continuity with the new hit Torchwood audio dramas from Big Finish, as part of the official continuation of the Torchwood saga, the comic arrives in stores on July 6 – the week of Titan’s third annual Doctor Who Comics Day event – Saturday, July 9 2016.

    
The BAFTA-winning cult science-fiction drama by Doctor Whoshowrunner Russell T Davies, which aired for four successful seasons from 2006 to 2011, follows the exploits of Captain Jack, Gwen (Eve Myles – Broadchurch), and their team as they investigate the unusual, the strange, and the extraterrestrial.

    
The hotly anticipated Torchwood comic sees Captain Jack return to Cardiff to engage the help of the last person who expected to see him again, Gwen Cooper! A dark technology from a forgotten species has been claimed by a conspiratorial power… and in this collision between an ancient civilization and an all-new evil, the Earth itself may be forfeit! Only Jack, Gwen, and their allies from what remains of Torchwood hold the key to stopping a cataclysmic wave of destruction… 

  
On the road, on the run, and under fire – can Jack and Gwen put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwood… before its flame is stamped out forever?!
  

The debut issue comes with variant covers to collect from Doctor Who superstar artists including Tommy Lee Edwards (Tenth Doctor, Turf), Elena Casagrande (Tenth Doctor, The X-Files), Blair Shedd (Ninth Doctor), and Rod Reis (Doctor Who, C.O.W.L.)!

Number Four, Privet Drive opens its door to visitors

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter opened its doors on 31st March 2012. But, up until now you’ve only been able to see the exterior of Four Pivet Drive. From May 27th-6th of June, you’ll get the chance to step inside number four, Privet Drive and peer into the Dursleys’ living room as the exterior set is opened especially for the Studio Tour’s 15th anniversary celebrations of the film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

For one week only, visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the front door and look into the Dursleys’ front room where hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters created by MinaLima, the graphic designers for all eight Harry Potter films, will be suspended in the air as though they’ve flown through the fireplace as they did in the iconic scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The letter that started Harry’s adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry featured so prominently in the film that an astonishing 10,000 of these envelopes were created for the first Harry Potter film and were even printed on extra lightweight paper so the owls could carry them.

Fans will remember number four, Privet Drive as the Muggle home where Harry spent most of his childhood with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and Cousin Dudley. During production, set decorators were tasked with filling the house with quirky pieces of furniture and had lots of fun sourcing the ugliest sofas, worst tiles and most unattractive curtains possible which will be on display in the dressed set.

Also on display for the first time in the Studio Tour will be the Dursleys’ costumes which proved to be a rich source of inspiration for Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky.  She remembers them being the most fun to dress, creating clothes that appeared out of date and pretentious for Mr and Mrs Dursley, as well as hideous jumpers for young Dudley.

In addition to the opening of number four, Privet Drive, Warner. Bros Studio Tour London will be showcasing the equipment that was used to shoot Harry’s Hogwarts letters through the letterbox of number four, Privet Drive. The machine, which was specially created for the film by award winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson, will be on display in the Studio Tour during the feature between 27th May – 6th June.

Highlights include walking through the Great Hall where so many famous scenes were shot, seeing the treasures stored in Dumbledore’s office and strolling down Diagon Alley. Tickets must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or by calling the Studio Tour’s Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900 and cannot be bought at the attraction.

Spider-Man logo revealed

Sony Pictures took to the stage at CinemaCon, to announce a whole heap of projects. One such announcement, was the official title of Marvel/Sony’s solo Spider-Man movie. The title will be Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Tom Holland took to the stage to unveil the new logo.

 

A lot of people still don’t understand the Sony/Marvel deal, so here is a very simple explination. Sony is dad, Marvel is mum. He lives with dad, but can visit mum. Subsquently any friends he makes at mum’s can come visit him at dad’s.

Confirmed: Ben Affleck directing a Batman movie 

It was finally confirmed last night that a standalone Batman movie co-written, starring and, directed by Ben Affleck is officially in development. Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara took to the stage at CinemaCon to break the news. 

Speculation that Affleck would direct the project, has been circling for about a year now. But this announcement is the first official confirmation. 

Reactions to Batman V Superman have been mixed. But Affleck was universally praised for his debut as the Caped Crusader.

  
No further details were given on the production, but it’s thought that a new Batman could be one of the two as-yet untitled DC movies already given a release date — if so, Batfleck could be back in the cowl on either October 5th, 2018, or November 1st, 2019. Personally, I think Batman will be 2018, with Suicide Squad 2 in 2019.