Two years ago 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 is, has managed to survive this long. But it’s well-deserved–the drama and action rival any other series on television. The second half of Season Four is coming soon, and we’ve seen a first look at what’s to come courtesy of the History Channel at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.
Swag available at this year’s SDCC booth for the series included a drinking horn and comic book from a story written by Michael Hirst. “The Bastard,” was written by Ralph Tedesco and drawn by Andrea Mutti.
Panelists from the series this year included key players Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo), Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn), Gustaf Skarsgard (Floki) and Michael Hirst (writer/creator).
Check out this preview of part two of Season Four of Vikings, previewed this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con:
It looks like the set up for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sci-fi classic Predator. A mission gone wrong. A puzzled crew. And something unexpected hunting man in the jungle. It’s not an alien but the next King Kong reboot, Kong: Skull Island, and the first trailer for the movie was released Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con.
With an impressive cast, including Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson, Skull Island has the feel of Jack Black’s most recent big budget King Kong from 2005. And that movie was a generally good remake.
The producers, who also made the last version of Godzilla, were savvy enough to hide a full shot of the giant ape from us this early on.
So check out this trailer for Kong: Skull Island, direct from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures at this year’s Comic-Con:
Although DC Entertainment seemed to sweep the spotlight at this San Diego Comic-Con this year, Marvel Studios released one noteworthy trailer late today. We’ve said it before: not since Robert Downey, Jr. was cast as Tony Stark has the studio really nailed its casting efforts as with Benedict Cumberbatch’s match to the classic comic book character. And he looks spot-on in this new trailer.
This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry is directed by Scott Derrickson, known for his horror work in films like Deliver us From Evil, the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
Doctor Strange co-stars Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes, State of Play) as Christine Palmer, Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia, Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One, Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity, The Martian) as Baron Mordo, Amy Landecker (Revenge, Early Edition), Scott Adkins (Expendables 2, The Bourne Ultimatum), and Michael Stuhlbarg (Hugo) as Nicodemus West.
Marvel also issued a new poster at Comic-Con today:
Check out the second trailer released for Doctor Strange:
Although it still has that same look and feel of the recent Man of Steel franchise, at long last DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. revealed the first trailer for Justice League at San Diego Comic-Con this afternoon. And of course, for better or worse, it’s down one superhero. Not Superman… no Green Arrow. And no Black Canary. Just sayin’.
Next year’s Justice League is another Zack Snyder creation, hitting theaters next year along with Wonder Woman, previewed here at borg.com earlier today. Although Jared Leto is rumored to be on of the villains in the film, we haven’t seen any villains yet confirmed.
Old timers should know this Justice League (sans the “America”) is consistent with the more recent incarnations of the superfriends squad. So we have Ben Affleck returning as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the new Barry Allen/The Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Looks like we have a new borg variant to be inducted into the borg Hall of Fame this year.
Straight from Comic-Con, check out this trailer for Justice League:
We’ve been fans of Haven, Syfy’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, from episode one and seeing Emily Rose (Audrey/Sarah/Mara/Lucy), Eric Balfour (Duke), and Lucas Bryant (Nathan) at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2012. The three series stars are returning, joined by Dwight (Adam Copeland) and the brothers Teagues (Richard Donat and John Dunsworth), as they have one season to make a final stand against The Troubles.
Unlike so many series that have a good run and are cancelled dead in their tracks, leaving fans hanging forever, Haven will be able to complete its story, with 13 episodes that have already aired in Season 5 and 13 more in the can, including a series finale promising to tie up any loose ends.
When we next catch up with the citizens of Haven, Dwight makes an important announcement: Haven PD is no more, The Guard has taken over and everyone is trapped inside town.
Here is a promo for the end of the series:
To quote Major Lilywhite: “Zombies? C’mon.”
Spoiler alert: iZombie is a big contender for multiple top honors at this year’s borg.com Best of the Year awards. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas did the unthinkable this year by putting together a big hit for Warner Bros. on par with both his own tale of a butt-kicking young woman but also the ultimate series of the genre, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The writing, the characters, and the actors make for a surprising hit show. The other unthinkable bit? After much kicking and screaming, Thomas finally sucked us into the zombie genre and even The Walking Dead was unable to do that.
Happily audiences and the CW agreed with us and quickly renewed iZombie for Season 2. It’s “in the can” and ready to air next month.
Where we last left Rose McIver’s medical-resident-turned-morgue-dwelling zombie-police aide Liv Moore, Liv had made her life into a complete mess in classic TV cliffhanger style. What’s to become of boyfriend Major (Robert Buckley) now that he knows she’s a zombie? It’s not really the end for fan-favorite evil zombie Blaine (David Anders), right? What about the fate of Liv’s poor brother, and will her roommate ever talk to her again after she witnessed Liv in full-on zombie mode? Will Liv finally get a taste for brains and throw out the hot sauce?
We can hardly wait to find out. Meanwhile, check out this preview of the premier episode of iZombie Season Two, followed by a San Diego Comic-Con panel from this summer, and if you’ve missed Season One, a great 3-minute catch-up reel:
IDW Publishing announced during this year’s San Diego Comic Con a new series spinning off from the classic Back to the Future movies, timed in honor of the series’ 30th anniversary. The original movie creator/screenwriter Bob Gale is behind the new series. Joining Gale in alternate timeline stories are IDW writers John Barber (Transformers) and Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters). The artistic duties will be split between Brent Schoonover (Batman ’66) and Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters). Each subsequent issue will feature rotating artistic teams.
“We’ve subtitled this ‘Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines’ because for years, fans have asked questions about things that happened before the events of the trilogy, in between the events of the trilogy, or in our alternate realities,” said Gale in the IDW news release. “In this series, we’ll finally answer some of those questions, with our focus squarely on the characters everyone loves.”
In the first tale of the debut issue, readers are taken back to 1982 and witness the very first meeting between Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Then the story heads back even farther to 1943 with a younger Doc Brown. This first issue will feature three standard covers, by Schoening, Schoonover, and Amy Mebberson (My Little Pony). Additionally, Back to the Future #1 will join in on Artist’s Edition Month in October with an original art styled cover by Schoening. And all four standard covers form the banner image above. Check out all these great covers for Issues #1 and #2:
This year’s San Diego Comic Con netted many interesting trailers, and one of those we haven’t yet discussed is NBC’s next new series beginning next month, Blindspot. It is also billed as featuring a “female Jason Bourne,” and a pile of unique previews indicate we might have the next new kickass female genre character coming our way.
Jaimie Alexander plays a Jane Doe–left in a duffel bag in the middle of Manhattan, she awakens with no memory, covered over her entire body with tattoos. One of those is the name of an FBI agent, played by Australian native Sullivan Stapleton. He and acclaimed actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste co-star in the series as they try to piece together her secret past.
NBC has created plenty of previews for Blindspot, including one specifically for Comic Con. Each gives another angle to attempt to get us interested–enough that we’re sure to at least give this one a try.
Check out several of the previews for Blindspot, after the break:
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: