Fox has committed to series for “Gotham,” a new drama based on the DC Comics Batman Universe with a focus on Gotham City and Commissioner James Gordon and the villains of Gotham before Batman came into the picture. “The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller will write and executive produce.
The level of series commitment is certainly unusual given that this is the first public news about the project, not to mention that the DC Comics property will air on Fox rather than the CW, home of “Arrow” and its upcoming “The Flash” possible spinoff.
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” finally debuted last night to incredible ratings — according to EW.com, the show got 11.9 million viewers and a rating of 4.6 among viewers age 18-49 — stats that make the show’s pilot TV’s highest-rated drama premiere in nearly four years.
Certainly, the level of promotion on both the part of Marvel and ABC helped. Yesterday, Clark Gregg appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” driving up to the front in Lola for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” day.
For more fun, a stinger for what to expect on the upcoming season as well as more specific scenes from the second episode have surfaced online. Check them out for S.H.I.E.L.D. goodness below.
Airs Tuesdays on ABC
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
The brief teaser for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has found its way online — it’s not much to go off of, just Iron Man’s helmet being hammered into Ultron’s head interspersed with some quotes from “The Avengers,” but still worth watching.
Opens May 1, 2015
MAN OF STEEL
David S. Goyer spoke with Digital Spy about the somewhat controversial decision to have Superman use lethal force in “Man of Steel.”
“We were pretty sure that was going to be controversial,” Goyer said. “It’s not like we were deluding ourselves, and we weren’t just doing it to be cool. We felt, in the case of Zod, we wanted to put the character in an impossible situation and make an impossible choice. This is one area, and I’ve written comic books as well and this is where I disagree with some of my fellow comic book writers – ‘Superman doesn’t kill’. It’s a rule that exists outside of the narrative and I just don’t believe in rules like that. I believe when you’re writing film or television, you can’t rely on a crutch or rule that exists outside of the narrative of the film. So the situation was, Zod says ‘I’m not going to stop until you kill me or I kill you.’ The reality is no prison on the planet could hold him and in our film Superman can’t fly to the moon, and we didn’t want to come up with that crutch.
“Also our movie was in a way Superman Begins, he’s not really Superman until the end of the film. We wanted him to have had that experience of having taken a life and carry that through onto the next films. Because he’s Superman and because people idolise him he will have to hold himself to a higher standard.”
Now in theaters
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
To wrap up, here’s a new trailer for “Thor: The Dark World” with some new insight into Thor and Jane Foster’s relationship.
Opens November 8