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Marvel’s ‘DAREDEVIL’ Showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight Describes A ‘Grounded Gritty’ Series

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Marvel Studios’ first Netflix series Daredevil is set to reveal some details at next month’s New York Comic-Con, but that’s not stopping showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight from sharing a few early details!

DeKnight recently spoke with Paste Magazine and dropped some hints about what fans can expect from his take on the man without fear.

“With this version of DAREDEVIL, we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the shit beat out of him. That’s one thing that makes him a great character. He’s not super strong. He’s not invulnerable. In every aspect, he’s a man that’s just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal humans. He is human. The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he’s one of the most morally grey of the heroes… He’s a lawyer by day, and he’s taken this oath. But every night be breaks that oath, and goes out and does very violent things.”

 

He also hints, as fans might expect, Frank Miller’s run on the title is serving as a huge inspiration.

“The image that always struck in my mind was the Frank Miller Elektra run where he’s holding Bullseye over the street and he lets Bullseye go because he doesn’t want Bullseye to ever kill anyone again. When I read that originally, when I was young, I’d never seen anything like that in comics. Superman scoops up the villain and puts them in jail. This time the hero didn’t do that. It was a morally grey ground that I found absolutely fascinating. There are two sides to this character. He’s literally one bad day away from becoming the The Punisher!”

 

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is executive produced by DeKnight and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the WoodsBuffy The Vampire Slayer) who is writing the first two episodes of the series along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, Smallville).

Marvel’s Daredevil is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

Animated Mini-Series ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS CHRONICLES’ Heads To Machinima in 2015

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In the first programming collaboration since Warner Bros. investment in Machinima earlier this year, it has been announced that Machinima has greenlit the new animated shortform series Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles from Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett (both producers on Batman: The Animated Series). The digital series is based on Justice League: Gods & Monsters, an original animated film executive produced by Timm and co-produced by Burnett that will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment later in 2015. CHRONICLES will focus on alternate versions of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

Chad Gutstein, Machinama’s CEO said:

“Ever since we announced that Warner Bros. strategic investment, we have been looking for a new and exciting way to tap into the company’s unmatched content. With JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS CHRONICLES, Machinima will be the very first place fans can experience a new vision for DC Comics’ beloved Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman characters. In addition, we have built a first-of-its-kind package for brands to engage with these characters to reach Machinima’s elusive audience.”

 

The series marks the first project from Warner Bros. newly formed digital content production unit, headed by Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series.

Sam Register said:

“We couldn’t be happier to be announcing our first new digital series today, and we’re even more excited that it’s a collaboration with such accomplished storyteller as Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, who have been responsible for some of the most innovative and creative DC Universe projects. We can’t wait for fans to have a chance to see the world they have created when JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS CHRONICLES debuts on Machinima next year.”

 

DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson said:

“We are committed to delivering DC Entertainment’s extensive line-up of world-class characters and stories to audiences across all platforms and formats. JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS CHRONICLES is an exciting opportunity to bring alternate versions of DC Comics iconic Justice League characters to Machinima, and we look forward to bringing this new animated shortform series to life with our partners across Warner Bros.”

 

The series explores a newly conceived reality in the DC Universe where Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the Super Heroes that people think they now. The episodes are expected to debut on Machinima in Spring 2015, weeks before the launch of the film.

Two New TV Spots For ‘STAR WARS REBELS’

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Check out these two new TV spots that Lucasfilms and Disney XD has released for their highly anticipated series Star Wars Rebels down below!

STAR WARS REBELS continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grips of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

The TV debut of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion premieres Friday, October 3 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the series Star Wars Rebels beginning Monday, October 13 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney XD.

Promo For Syfy’s Second Season of ‘HELIX’

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Check out this promo that Syfy has released for their upcoming 13th-episode second season of their hit show Helix down below!

The show premieres on January, and finds the doctors of the Centers for Disease Control, still haunted by the Narvik outbreak and the events that took place in Artic Biosystems, investigating a deadly outbreak of a new disease on a Windjammer cruise ship. Their investigation leads them to a mysterious island inhabited by a cult with the hope of creating a utopian society.

Helix stars Billy Campell, Kyra Zagorsky, Matt Long, Jordan Hayes, Neil Napier and Steven Weber. The series is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Gallactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Contact, Sleepless in Seattle). The series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

FOX Reveals Six Clips For ‘GOTHAM’

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Check out these six new clips from the show’s pilot episode of the Batman inspired series Gotham that can be seen down below!

Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Also stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Zabryna Guevara, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, David Zayas and Jada Pinkett Smith.

GOTHAM premieres on September 22 on FOX.

‘SUPERGIRL’ Gets Series Commitment By CBS

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While it was revealed that Supergirl TV series was in fact in development, now news is that CBS has given a series commitment to the show!

Greg Berlanti of Arrow and The Flash will be teaming up with Chuck and No Ordinary Family producer Ali Adlerto to write and executive produce the series.

The series is said to focus on Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El beginning to use her superpowers which she has kept hidden for much of her life on Earth.

This deal not only mirror’s FOX’s Gotham commitment from last season, but also means that DC Entertainment now has comic based shows on almost every major network, not including the Disney owned ABC.

The cousin of the Man of Steel himself, Supergirl was previously adapted into a feature film back in 1984, often considered one of the worst superhero films, starring Helen Slater as the character. Laura Vandervoort later appeared as the character on The CW’s Smallville in the later seasons. A number of character haven taken on the name of Supergirl in the source material, with some ranging as far back as the 1950s.

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Official Poster For ‘AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D’ Season 2 Arrives!

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Check out your official poster that ABC and Marvel Entertainment has released for the highly anticipated second season of their hit show, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D down below!

The show stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge.

The series is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tanchaeroen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb. Season 2 airs September 23.

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