Last year I interviewed two stars of Vikings here at borg.com just before the premiere of Season Two of the landmark series. It’s hard to believe a show this good, and as historically and culturally focused as Vikings has managed to survive this long when so many other good series get cut from the network and cable line-up. Season Four has been filmed and will premiere next year, but we have a first look at what’s to come.
Three new major players will enter the scene in Season Four: Peter Franzen (The Gunman), Jasper Paakkonen (Frozen Land, Secret Lives), and Dianne Doan (Once Upon a Time). Franzen plays Scandinavian King Harald Finehair, a threat to series lead Ragnar (Travis Fimmel). Paakkonen will play Halfdan the Black, Finehair’s younger brother. Doan will portray Yidu, a new Chinese character who, along with Ragnar’s growing sons, will have a big role in the next season, which skips ahead a few years after the events in last season’s stunning finale.
Historians also know the role Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is destined to have in the series. How the series writers reveal her role, the fate of Ragnar, and the subplot with Alyssa Sutherland’s Aslaug, is plenty reason to watch this coming season.
A new TV series is coming to USA Network this Fall that looks very similar to the claustrophobic, post-apocalypse Wayward Pines, but without all the Pacific Northwest charm. Colony, previewed last weekend at San Diego Comic-Con is a look at a family trying to escape from Los Angeles when the future of America goes bad.
Call it dystopian, call it post-apocalyptic, it also looks to pull from past science fiction themes found in Alien Nation, Haven, Red Dawn, Wicker Man, and Under the Dome. Oh, yeah, and Lost. And speaking of Lost, the draw for many will be star Josh Holloway, known for his role as Sawyer on Lost and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Another actor co-starring in Colony is The Lost Room and House, M.D.’s Peter Jacobson, who looks particularly good as the apparent puppetmaster of the show.
Here is the trailer released at Comic-Con for USA Network’s Colony:
The best month of the year for news about new TV series and movies is July, thanks to all the buzz started at Comic-Con 2015 last weekend. We have a few more previews in the coming days. To continue the dark theme started by Batman v. Superman, the BBC previewed the next season of Doctor Who, featuring our newest Doctor played by Peter Capaldi as well as companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman.
And yes, it really looks like a darker Doctor Who, but it has been getting darker especially since The Day of the Doctor. As much as we like Capaldi’s 12th Doctor, it’s still difficult to understand some of the motivations of the Doctor’s latest incarnation. After a year of episodes, Capaldi and Steven Moffat still seem to be tinkering with and exploring the essence of the 12th Doctor–how much of Matt Smith and David Tenant’s Doctors are we getting and what is truly unique about this Doctor?
Anyone else notice his wedding ring before?
What we want to know the most is whether we’ll see more of the Paternoster Gang, who doesn’t appear in the Comic-Con trailer. We’re betting they find their way back. Check out this preview for Doctor Who, the ninth of the modern seasons of the show:
With 20th Century Fox’s own Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse previews released this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, the studio will be hard-pressed to gin up significant support for its efforts to reboot the Fantastic Four brand with next month’s release of the third film to feature the classic Marvel team. But the studio at least has put the final trailer for the movie into the fans of the masses with this release, after giving an early look to panel attendees at Comic-Con.
The new team of “kids” as the preview calls them also will be up against the buzz generated this weekend for other 2015 and 2016 films, including superhero flicks Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad.
Check out this new trailer for Fantastic Four:
Now that you’ve watched it at a 45 degree angle through the lens of a fuzzy cell phone camera in the dark, it’s time to see what you missed. It’s the motley band of DC Comics’ own Dirty Dozen (give or take), the Suicide Squad. The trailer premiered at the DC Entertainment/Warner panel this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, and millions watched it before Warner Bros. & Co. decided to go ahead and release the real thing Monday.
If a little make-up throws you off a bit, here’s the line-up: Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) is Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) is Enchantress, Will Smith (Men in Black, Independence Day) is Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) is Flagg, Margot Robbie (Pan Am) is Harley Quinn, Jay Hernandez (Grindhouse) is El Diablo, Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens) is Slipknot, Karen Fukuhara is Katana, and our favorite, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, G.I. Joe, Thor: The Dark World), is Killer Croc. Oh, right, and Jared Leto (Urban Legend, My So-Called Life) is The Joker.
A pretty diverse group for a superhero universe hive of scum and villainy.
Here’s the trailer for Suicide Squad:
People are scared.
Five seasons in the can and AMC’s The Walking Dead shows no signs of letting up, if the four-minute sneak look at Season 6 previewed at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend is any indication.
As we recently saw with Star Wars Rebels, The Walking Dead will have an insert episode outside the regular season. AMC announced in the Hall H Comic-Con panel that the series will return Sunday, Oct. 11 with a special 90-minute episode. The second half will be aired in February 2016.
Here’s the preview from SDCC 2015:
DC Entertainment and the CW released a first look at the new costume for Oliver Queen’s superhero incarnation the Arrow at the DC panel at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday night. This suit was crafted by Maya Mani, who also crafted supersuits for Arsenal (Colton Haynes), Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Speedy (Willa Holland), and Ray Palmer’s Atom. The original costumes for the series had been designed by Academy Award winning costumer Colleen Atwood.
The new look seems to pull more from the New 52 look at the Smallville supersuit more than any classic look for the character. Those football pad shoulder pieces are going to take a bit to grow accustomed to.
Sunday the cast appeared again, this time with Amell in the new garb claiming the “Green” in the Green Arrow title, and mentioning the change from Starling City to the classic Star City.
The panel showed a video (below) recapping the series highlights from 2015 so far. What it really does is emphasize that Ra’s Al Ghul has the worst name in comicdom and that no one at Warner Bros. must have any idea how it is intended to be pronounced (your guess is as good as ours, but just look at each cast member to see how many different ways it can be said).
Neal McDonough joins CW’s Arrow this season as villain Damien Darhk (sometimes DC Comics seems like it attended the George Lucas school of character naming, doesn’t it?). McDonough crosses the divide from the Marvel universe, formerly playing the awesome Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Agent Carter. We’ve also been fans of his work in everything from Quantum Leap to Star Trek: First Contact, from The X-Files to Timeline, and Walking Tall to RED 2.
Here’s the video montage from the panel at Comic-Con:
This year’s remake/adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. remains in the lead this year for our best marketed theatrical release. Each teaser and trailer has been so stunningly executed that it actually makes us almost forget that it features the stars of Man of Steel and The Lone Ranger. The theme is style and specifically retro style. And Henry Cavill makes a much better James Bond type than a classic superhero.
You have so many ways to turn with a modern remake of a classic property. You can update the setting to the present day. You can spoof the original. Or you can do what The Man from U.N.C.L.E. appears to be doing: Giving a faithful attempt to update to the original in its original place and time.
More than five minutes long, the latest trailer, released earlier today at San Diego Comic-Con, may be trying a bit too hard and certainly may be in need of an edit. Yet if any of the style in these trailers (seen here and here previously at borg.com), makes it into this movie we might have a winner on our hands. In fact, it looks like loyalists to the original could probably forget this is the same universe and be able to enjoy this movie on its own merits. It just looks that good.
What better from San Diego Comic-Con than a free digital download of a new comic book?
Today, the official Hitman debuted as a free download at SDCC 2015. Written by F.J. DeSanto, the comic book serves as a prelude to the movie, and depicts the story of Agent 47 as he hunts down a contract, leading into the opening scene of the feature film. This marks the first time the Agent 47 character will appear in a comic.
Starring Rupert Friend (who we think is a dead ringer for Orlando Bloom), Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware, Hitman: Agent 47 follows a genetically engineered assassin (Friend) who targets a mega-corporation that wants to use the secret of his origin to create a whole army of killers.
No film footage or panel footage has yet hit the Interwebs, but meanwhile Quentin Tarentino released the above, beautiful, retro-Western style poster to promote his 2016 release, The Hateful Eight, in advance of his panel at San Diego Comic-Con today.
But the bigger news is that he disclosed that iconic composer Ennio Morricone will be creating the score for the film, his first Western movie score in more than 40 years. Morricone is known best for Western film classics A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Two Mules for Sister Sara. More recently he’s covered every other genre, including scores for Footloose, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Red Sonja, Once upon a Time in America, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables, Wolf, Mission to Mars, and Tarentino’s Inglourious Basterds.
Look for The Hateful Eight in theaters January 8, 2016.