In this section, you’ll find all recent headlines that you, as a pop culture aficionado, should not miss. We can’t all keep track of everything, so each week we’ll select the important news for you. We bring you our: Geekly News Round-Up!
Constantine executive producer Daniel Cerone announced the end of his shows battle against cancellation yesterday on Twitter.
*I promised I’d share news when I had it — sadly, that news is not good. The cast and writers of Constantine are being released from their contracts. The studio tried to find a new home for the show, for which we’re forever grateful, but those efforts didn’t pan out. I’m sorry, I wasn’t provided any information on the attempts to sell the show elsewhere. All I can report is that the show is over. *
Many ingredients went into this TV series. From the dedicated cast that breathed these characters to life, led by Matt Ryan as the comic-made-flesh embodiment of John Constantine, to the exceptionality talented crew that put unreal images on screen, to the original Hellblazer writers and artists who gifted us a universe.
As a general principle, writers don’t choose a writing career to achieve stardom. Whatever demons or insecurities drove them to find freedom of expression through written words generally keeps writers comfortably obscure behind their words. Nor do people choose writing as a means to financial freedom. I’d venture to guess that most who set out to write professionally never receive a paycheck for their hopeful scribbles or key strokes.
In fact, nobody I know ever chose a writing career — it chose them. You write because that’s what you do. Like breathing, it just happens and you have to do it and you just hope that someday somebody out there notices what you’re trying to say.
If that’s the dream of writers, than the writers of Constantine lived the dream, because we’re leaving behind wild and passionate fans who believe in and were moved by what we tried to do. To leave such a significant, dedicated and active fan base on the table — that’s the real sadness. You all deserve many years of the series we set out to make, and we’re disappointed that we couldn’t deliver that to you. The good news is that Constantine will live on for years in many more forms. But our time as caretakers has ended.
Thank you for letting us in.
It is a sad thing to see any show end, especially as a huge fan of the source material, but at least we got one season of a relatively close adaptation of Hellblazer. I still think the show would have been more successful, if it had been a bit braver and darker like the comic it was based on, but what we got was a good show, which got lost in the shuffle of similar programming like “Supernatural” and “Grimm” (which both stole more than enough from the Hellblazer comic). Matt Ryan was as perfect an actor for the role as we were ever gonna get, so I applaud to what he did with the character and hope to see his talent in other things soon.
Warner Bros. Exec. Talks DC Movies
Last week, Warner Bros. executive Greg Silverman talked to the Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming DC Comics based movies in their first shared universe. He talked about the difference between DC’s and Marvel way of doing things, the darker tone of the DC movies and their general plan for it.
We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other. You’ll see the difference when you see Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League and all the things that we are working on.
There is intensity and a seriousness of purpose to some of these characters. The filmmakers who are tackling these properties are making great movies about superheroes; they aren’t making superhero movies. And when you are trying to make a good movie, you tackle interesting philosophies and character development. There’s also humor, which is an important part.
Every project is different. On some projects, we have multiple writers working together. In some cases, we put writers together who have never been a team together. And sometimes, there is only one writer whose voice is right. In the case of Wonder Woman, the right approach was to have writers pitching different scenes within the framework we created. [...] They came to me and said they wanted to try this approach. I don’t know how much collaboration and noncollaboration was going on. Treating writers well is a massive priority at this studio. I’d be very shocked if writers weren’t treated with respect and grace.
Sounds good to me. I, for one, loved most of what DC has done with their movies in the last decade (Dark Knight Trilogy, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Man of Steel) and enjoyed their darker take, so of course I am glad that DC/WB is staying their course and don’t try to just ape what Marvel has been doing. Rumors have it that this years SDCC will be BIG on DC Comics movie news, so we probably only have to wait a few weeks for some new casting news or maybe even trailers for BvS and Suicide Squad!
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
The next Tomb Raider game “Rise of the Tomb Raider” has a new trailer! Check it out! There will be a bigger preview for the game at E3 on June 15th, while the game is due later this year, exclusively for Xbox One (at least for the first year)! The last game, which was just called Tomb Raider, was a very successful reboot of the franchise and very close in gameplay to the Uncharted game series, just a lot more brutal and dark. Cannot wait to see how the sequel will turn out!
New Hulk for Civil War
The guys at MCU Exchange have reported a hot Captain America Civil War rumor last week… and believe me, it is a doozy!
As we reported before, General Thunderbolt Ross, played by William Hurt (from Incredible Hulk) is back in Civil War. As comic fans know, Ross is not only the Dad of Bruce Banner’s love interest Betty, but also the Red Hulk!
According to their source, Ross will make the transition to Red Hulk in Civil War next year (on the side of Iron Man) and Mark Ruffalo’s green Hulk will fight him to even things out for Captain America’s side. Sounds pretty great, even if the movie seems to get bigger and bigger each week. Seems like Marvel is trying to put all their big guns into one basket (like the old saying goes, right? Guns… in a basket… right?) to combat Batman v Superman, DC’s first big superhero team up, which will still be in theatres when Civil War hits. I cannot wait to see how this’ll turn out early next year!
TV Series for Punisher and other Marvel characters Rumored
Heroic Hollywood reported last week on a rumor that Marvel is looking to expand their TV series plans in the coming years! According to the site, Punisher, Ghost Rider, Hulk and Blade are currently being developed with Netflix, who already brought us the amazing Daredevil show this and AKA Jessica Jones next year! The question about a Hulk show is how it would work with Mark Ruffalo, who probably would not focus on TV while he has a perfectly fine Hollywood movie career. Punisher seems to me the safest bet, since it would be relatively cheap to do (a Daredevil budget would be enough), wouldn’t need much CGI and is just a great fit for Netflix! Most interesting news bit out of this: According to the guys at HH, there is a rift forming between Kevin feige (head of Marvel Studios) and the Marvel TV division, as Feige called the TV shows “a necessary evil”, said he did not watch Daredevil yet and seemed like not very impressed and/or interested in that at all. Hmmm. A shame, because I think the Daredevil TV show runs circles around most Marvel movies in story, quality and craftsmanship, but maybe that is part of it.
New Arkham Insider Video For Arkham Knight
The latest installment of Arkham Insider has dropped a few days ago. To see more gameplay footage of the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight videogame, just check it out above.
Arkham Knight is only weeks away now! Are you guys as excited as I am? Also check out or Videogame merch store on Archonia.com and the Arkham Knight tie in comics from DC!
Fallout 4 Revealed
There is not much to say other than… I WANT THIS NOOOOOOOWWWW! Check it out and look for Fallout merch in our videogame merch store on Archonia.com!