Luke Cage Season 2 – Teaser Trailer

While I don’t think that it’s disputable that Marvel on Netflix has upped the ante on superheroes on television immensely that’s not for a moment to imply that there aren’t problems.

The biggest of which (in my eyes) is that no matter the series–Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones or Luke Cage–they never seem to quite know how to end a season, which typically means you end up with more than a few episodes that feel either extraneous or even worse, like filler.

The Defenders in this regard was a bit leaner (if I recall, at only 10 episodes as opposed to the usual 13) and the series was the better for it.

Let’s hope the upcoming second season of Luke Cage learns the lesson.


Santa Clara Diet – Official Trailer

Netflix is hitting it out of the park as far as their work producing superhero-based action series is concerned (their pact wirh Marvel Television will soon introduce Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders–though as far as Frank Castle goes, perhaps ‘reintroduce’ would be a better choice of words since he played a prominent role in Season two of Daredevil) though their horror offerings?  

Not too impressive.  We got two seasons of Hemlock Grove, which started out promisingly, then jumped the shark relatively quickly. 

Their latest entry has it’s tongue firmly in cheek as Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) play a couple that lets nothing–including Sheila being a zombie–get in the way of their love because the family that slays together, stays together. 

The trailer is hilarious, though what’s particularly novel is that–as opposed to being something to be shunned–their children seem to have adapted amazingly well to their mom’s altered state (it helps that she looks pretty healthy, minus the whole ‘no heartbeat’ thing.

The title is also particularly clever in that it not only refers to the often goofy diet fads that tend to emanate from the West Coast, but Sheila’s somewhat unique dietary requirements. 

Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 2 – Official Trailer – Part 1 – Trailer

Screenshot 2016-01-07 19.25.43Marvel Television, in the shows that they have made for Netflix–so far we’ve seen Jessica Jones and Daredevil, soon to be followed by Luke Cage and Iron Fist and culminating in The Defenders–have created some of the most addictive television in recent memory.

It’s worth mentioning that since you’re getting an entire season all at once, most viewers are going to watch as many episodes as they can stand at one time, which is more akin to actively consuming them more than the passive act that television viewing typically is.

This latest trailer–in two parts, by the way, which is odd in that the trailer has become the event in and of itself–is more Punisher/Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal)-centric as we see him causing all sorts of trouble for Daredevil/Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox).

And speaking of the Punisher, I get the feeling that we’re not going to see the Punisher’s iconic skull where the (Marvel) Universe intended, over his chest and abdomen.  I hope I’m wrong, but then again, in the more realistic way Marvel Television is handling these characters, I can at least understand it (Daredevil only wears a costume because it shields his identity and provides protection against bladed weapons).

Though that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

The Punisher We Need

For some reason Marvel Comics’ Punisher has been a difficult nut to crack–despite the fact that the character is essentially Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) from 1974’s Death Wish, a movie that went on to do pretty well at the box office.

His first appearance was in New World Pictures 1984 movie The Punisher, and despite the criticism that surrounds that movie, wasn’t terrible–which isn’t to imply that it was great, though it was enjoyable in its own way–and Dolph Lindgren (and his ever-present Swedish accent) interpreted the material pretty well.

Unfortunately, not even the Punisher couldn’t get people into theaters, and the movie flopped.

The character was revisited again in LionsGate’s 2004 movie The Punisher, this time starring Thomas Jane.

Jane does pretty well in the role, despite not being as physically similar to the character as Lundgren.

And it once again underperforms–despite that if you move forward ten years to 2014 Denzel Washington starred in the successful movie interpretation of The Equalizer (based on a 1985 CBS television series) who essentially IS the Punisher.

Lionsgate tried again in 2008 with Punisher: War Zone which was similar in tone to the 1984 movie (with its violence intact and intensified, if nothing else).

And it too didn’t do that well, and since you’d be lucky to get one chance at success, never mind three, you’d be safe in assuming that the Punisher had killed his last opponent. Continue reading

Marvel’s Daredevil – Official Season Two Trailer

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The first season of Marvel’s Daredevil had a huge hurdle to overcome.

When Fox released the 2003 movie based on the character, he was treated pretty much as a red-suited Spider-Man, which anyone familiar to the character could tell you isn’t the way to go.

In any case, the movie didn’t do badly from a financial standpoint, so Fox intended to proceed with a sequel (though likely without Ben Affleck) and were gearing up to do just that when they lost their director (David Slade, who went on to direct Hannibal on NBC).

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Daredevil Premiere Date

Daredevil, The Man Without Fear

Daredevil, The Man Without Fear

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daredevil (the first entry of Netflix’s launch of Marvel superheroes, soon to be followed by A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, culminating in The Defenders) will premiere April 10.

And as typically the case with series that appear on Netflix, the entire first season will probably air in its entirety.

And I for one can’t wait.


Marvel Studios Prepares to ‘Wow’ Us Again!

Yeah, I'm all that AND a bag of chips!

Yeah, I’m all that AND a bag of chips!

If you’ve seen Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Avengers or any of the Thor, Captain America or Iron Man movies, you’re familiar with the work of Marvel Studios.

Their approach to television have been a bit more tentative.  Currently they have only one show, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (MAOS) on ABC (Disney owns both Marvel Studios and the ABC television network) and another is going to be introduced soon, Marvel’s Agent Carter, also on ABC.  While MAOS took awhile to build momentum, in its second season it’s currently one of the best comic-based series on television.

Though Marvel Studios is preparing to enter the television space in a huge way, though not in the fashion you’d traditionally expect.

They entered into a deal with Netflix, which resulted in four new series, Daredevil (20th Century Fox lost the license), A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage–also known as Power Man–and Iron Fist coming in 2015.

Daredevil was recently completed and the producers of A.K.A. Jessica Jones have found both their Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter).

In reference to Colter (and Krysten Ritter, for that matter), I am not too aware of what he’s done, but when I look at filmography, I know that I have seen him but didn’t realize it at the time.

Though what’s most interesting is that Marvel Studios is following the same approach that they took with their feature films, which is to created individual series based upon the three aforementioned characters, as well as Iron Fist before bringing them all together in an event series, The Defenders.

As I said, Marvel Studios wasn’t the first to the game, but looks like they’ve changed the way the game is going to be played from now on.