As the first live action Star Trek series since Enterprise was cancelled more than a decade ago, the pressure is on for Discovery to get pretty much everything right — and the writers are taking that challenge very, very seriously.
We’ve already heard that Discovery would toss out Gene Roddenberry’s golden rule of not having direct conflict among the crew, but don’t think that means the new Trek series will be throwing out much anything else from the beloved sci-fi franchise. In an interview with CNET, producer Alex Kurtzman said they plan to revisit themes and ideas from The Original Series (Discovery is technically a prequel to the franchise-starter), while also filling a writers’ room with hardcore fans.
Taking that a step further, Kurtzman said they literally have a few Trekfact-checkers in the writers’ room to ensure that any story or episode ideas don’t step on the toes of established facts and stories within the universe. Check out an excerpt from his comments below:
“If you are a fan of Trek you are going to see a lot of things which hearken back to the original series and elements of the original series…I’m not just talking plot, but the spirit of what that show was. We are going to be revisiting a couple of things on Star Trek: Discovery that I think people are going to find familiar. Without spoiling anything we are adhering to a timeline and sticking to the rules, but also I think finding some new areas and avenues that have only been alluded to, but never fully explored.
You’ve got a roomful of people with very different and very devoted relationships to Star Trek in that writers room. And that carries on a pretty proud tradition of Trek being written by fans. You have to respect canon as it’s being written. You can’t say, ‘That never happened.’ No, no no, you can’t do that, they would kill you. Star Trek fans would kill you. No, you have to respect canon. You have to understand the timelines and what the different timelines were and what the different universes were and how they all worked together. You have to keep very meticulous track of who, what, where, when and why. And we have people in the writer’s room whose sole job is to say, ‘Nope, can’t do that!’”
It’s obviously not uncommon for a new installment in a major franchise to double-check the facts along the way, but for Trek fans, it’s an encouraging thought to know the Discovery team is taking what’s come before so seriously. If they can strike a balance of doing something fresh while also respecting the franchise’s roots, Discovery truly could be something special.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS, and the series will run as an exclusive on the network’s CBS All Access streaming service.
Is this what we are going to see the last scene of the relaunched Twin Peaks which is airing on Showtime. Oz closely resembles the fine town of Twin Peaks. Could this be all in Coopers mind????? Time will tell what David Lynch has in store for us in the world of Twin Peaks.
Comic-Con: ‘Twin Peaks’ Making Confab Debut In Hall
HEXCLUSIVE: Better stock up on a couple cups of joe and some pie if you’re in San Diego later this month because Twin Peaks is bringing its unique weirdness to Comic-Con for the first time.
Comic-Con: ‘Doctor Who’ Brings Peter Capaldi Back To Hall H One Last Time; ‘Dirk Gently’ To Make Debut
After the long-expected The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones announcements plus Doctor Who back in Hall H, it looked like all the big TV panels were public knowledge. However, turns out David Lynch and Showtime had a surprise for everyone, I’ve learned. With a number of cast members likely in attendance, the premium cabler’s revival of the iconic series created by Lynch and Mark Frost will be appearing in Hall H on July 21 in the afternoon, it seems. Being that the GoT panel is set for 1:30 PM and AMC’s Preacher making its Hall H premiere at 4 PM, Twin Peaks is expected to take the stage around 2:45 PM.
Showtime did not respond to a request for comment. Nor is it clear if Lynch will be onstage in Hall H.
Having debuted on May 21 with a two-episode opener, the technically third season of Twin Peaks has seen the return of Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Agent Dale Cooper and now his evil doppelganger, as well as cast members such as Michael Horse, Mädchen Amick, James Marshall and the Sheryl Lee-portrayed Laura Palmer herself among others from the original early 1990s series.
Also back in the new Twin Peaks, which I called “sometimes intentionally tedious, and amazing at the same time” in my video review, is director and co-writer of the 18-episode limited series Lynch as the FBI’s Gordon Cole and The X-Files’ David Duchovny as fellow FBI brass Denise Bryson. They and other past cast members are joined by a bevy of new additions to the franchise such as Naomi Watts and Laura Dern, who worked with Lynch on the features Mulholland Drive and Wild at Heart, respectively.
Predicting if Lynch will be at SDCC or any moves the director intends to make is often a mug’s game, but the 2001 Palme d’Or winner was in attendance for the Twin Peaks screening at the Cannes Film Festival just a few days after the revival’s cable debut so … guess you’ll have to be one of thousands in attendance at Hall H to find out for sure.
Deadline will be at SDCC this year as well as in Hall H and more as co-Editor-in-Chief Mike Fleming Jr, Anthony D’Alessandro and I lead our coverage from July 20-23.
Just released is this Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Sneak Peek video along with a new poster for you to feast your eyes on.
We have some bits of comedy in the sneak peek. We see a sign “Space Suits for Emergency” and then added under that “Or for Fun”! The video features prominently a pop song “I Can’t Spot this feeling, inside of me”. The dialog is saying “There are two types of being in the Universe, those that dance and those that do not”.
A couple of captions pop up saying “The Galaxy”, “won’t save itself”.
We see all of the main characters, namely: Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana).
However there is still no actual date for the release. All we have been told the film will be released next year, 2017. In the middle of the video there is a caption reading “This Summer”. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 sneak peek video, at the end, seems merely confirm the movie is “Coming Soon
The new poster features Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) with some new punk friends. We used a section of that as our feature image for this article. The full poster can be found below.
We are also have below the image that was released to mark the start of production. This was a little while ago, back on February 17th 2016. There is also the logo treatment below
Thousands of people gathered in the Big Apple for what could very be the best New York Comic Con yet. With movie star appearances and top notch cosplay, the celebration was the grandest party for superfans from around the world to come together and let their geek flags fly.
Here’s everything you missed at NYCC…
1. The amazing cosplay
The best part of every NYCC is always the cosplay. Fans spends months designing looks to transform into their favorite movie, comic book and anime characters with extreme detail. Harley Quinn, Deadpool and Overwatch characters were amongst the favorites this year.
Even those who chose not to dress up at least have new inspiration for their Halloween costume.
2. The Comic Con-only exclusives
When the biggest enthusiasts of every fandom gather in one place, they expect only the best. Luckily, this year’s NYCC was no short of juicy exclusives.
The folks at the Marvel booth revealed an exclusive ‘Iron First’ trailer and introduced fans to the the members of ‘The Defenders’ which included Sigourney Weaver. ‘The Walking Dead’ panel alluded to a key character death in the start of season. And ‘Power Rangers’ had its biggest NYCC in recent memory with a huge booth on the convention floor and movie trailer debut at Madison Square Garden.
3. Conversations with industry legends
NYCC is one of the only place where fans can meet face to face with the writers, artists and actors that create their favorite worlds, and this year was no short of talent.
My Chemical Romance frontman turned DC Comics writer Gerard Way celebrated his new DC imprint, Young Animal. YouTube star Joey Graceffa signed copies of his new book ‘Children of Eden’. And the cast of ‘Teen Wolf’ talked about their upcoming sixth and final season.
4. All the cool merch
Whether it was signed editions of your favorite comic books and manga or accessories to complete your perfect cosplay, Comic Con housed the best goodies for purchasing and drooling over.
5. The cute junior superheroes
Everyone loves cosplay, but kids do it the best. NYCC has become a gathering for families and superfans of all ages, meaning cute superhero costumes everywhere. Shout out to all the NYCC parents starting their kids off young!
Stan Lee shows up, as does ‘Star Wars’ – but could the day belong to Marvel’s Black Panther?
The second day of programming for New York Comic Con doesn’t just bring out Stan Lee for a conversation with two other comic book legends — although the line-up for that panel is amazing, mightyanduncanny — but there’s alsoStar Wars, 50 years of Marvel’s first black superhero and breaking gender stereotypes, too. (Not to mention BBC America taking over Madison Square Garden for aDoctor Who/Classpresentation.)
Wondering where to be during Friday at NYCC? Here are some suggestions.
Marvel: 50 Years of Black Panther
It’s been half a century since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby unleashed T’Challa on the world in the pages ofFantastic FourNo. 54, and with aNew York Times-bestselling comic book series and an upcoming movie starring Chadwick Boseman on the horizon, the hero’s profile has never been higher. Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze, creators of the current comic, talk with fan-favorite writer Christopher Priest and others about the character’s appeal.Room 1A06, 11am-12pm
Star Wars Presents: A Writers Roundtable
Writers ofStar Warsnovels and comics — includingAftermath‘s Chuck Wendig andPoe Dameroncomic writer Charles Soule — talk about what it’s like to write for a galaxy far, far away, in this Lucasfilm-moderated panel that’s sure to unveil at least one previously unknown tidbit of information. After all,Rogue OneandEpisode VIIIaren’tthatfar away, by comparison…BookCon@NYCC, 11am-12pm
DC’s Young Animal
The creators ofDoom Patrol,Shade the Changing GirlandMother Panicare on hand to talk about DC’s latest imprint, dedicated to reviving some of the company’s stranger heroes with even more unusual twists. For those who like their superheroes offering up something different than the norm, this is where you probably want to be.Room 1A06, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Stan Lee Creators Roundtable
As if the prospect of hearing Stan Lee spin a tale or two about the old days wasn’t entertaining enough, this Kevin Smith-moderated panel has two secret weapons in fellow guests Chris Claremont — A.K.A. the man responsible for theX-Menthat you love — and Walter Simonson, whose fan-favorite run onThe Mighty Thormight be even more fun than Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s take on Norse mythology.The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Moving Beyond the Strong Female Character
t’s not just about ensuring that there’s gender parity in pop culture — it’s also about the way that characters are portrayed, as well. A group of pop culture writers and critics discuss ways in which things can move beyond stereotypes and well-meaning cliches, and point to some examples of shows, books and comics that got things right.Room 1A18, 6:45pm-7:45pm
New York Comic Con runs Oct. 6-9 at the Javits Center, and other locations across New York Cit
Let’s jump right into it with the movie in my opinion that started it all with making superhero movies a real thing instead of just a joke.
This is one of my all time favorite movies. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie. It was one of the main reasons why I became a Batman fan. I was 11 years old when it was released and of course when I saw it, I was confused since I didn’t know that much about Batman. (Side note. I have a tattoo of the Bay symbol from the emblem from this movie. The little change of the tail of the bat symbol looks awesome) obviously the writers made some changes. First and foremost, Batman does not kill, yet he kills in this movie. Secondly, the fact that The Joker did not kill Bruce Waynes parents in thr comics like he did in the movie, but I let it slide because there’s only so much information you can put in a 2 hour movie. Having said that, I thought the plot, the story telling and the acting were top notch. Kudos to Michael Keaton who not only nailed it as Batman, but as Bruce Wayne as well. Especially the first meeting between Bruce, Knox and Vicki…he played kind of a dimwit which is what Bruce Wayne pretends to be so no one suspects him as Batman. Before the internet, people wrote letters, and thousands upon thousands of people wrote to Warner Bros voicing their anger of the hiring of Michael Keaton, but he knocked it out of the park. Jack Nicholson was great as this version of the Joker and who can forget the wonderful acting of Tracy Walter. Who is Tracy Walter? He played the best portrayal of what a goon should act like as Bob the goon. He was such an excellent goon, that he even had his own action figure. Having The Joker SPOILER ALERT…..die at the end wasn’t the best choice, but again, this was 1989, years before anyone thought about continuity sequels the way they make suoerhero movies now…so it is what it is. I was really happy to hear that Michael Keaton signed on to return in
The main gripe some people have with this movie was that it was too dark. I don’t see it. I see it as another very well told Batman story. In my opinion, the plot wasn’t as good as the previous installment, but it was still a very good movie. This was the movie that pushed the well loved, excellent Batman: The Animated Series so how bad could it be? The story is that Oswald Cobblepot has been living in the sewers for pretty much all of his life thanks to his parents dumping him over a bridge just because he looked different. Now an adult, he wants to start living like a normal human being and just be accepted. But does he have a hidden agenda? Of course he does, he’s the Penguin. Also in the mix is Selina Kyle, a lowly secretary (administrative assistant) working for the evil Max Shrek, a businessman with a hidden agenda of his own. Selinda is at the wrong place at the wrong time and even though she makes a great cup of coffee, she gets pushed out an office building window for finding out the truth about Shrek. Instead of dying, she becomes Catwoman. Batman, must stop Shrek and the Penguin of their evil plots all the while wondering what to make of Catwoman...friend or foe? It was rumored that Michael Keaton was planning on coming back to do the next Batman movie. It is said that the studio offered him upwards of 20 million dollars to do a third movie as well. Rumor has it that he wanted to do an origin, Batman Begins type movie, but instead we get
Gone is the dark, gritty, realistic Gotham city of Tim Burton and instead we get Joel Schumacher and the dawn of the bat nips. Oh man, where to begin….let’s start with the positives…Nicole Kidman looked really sexy…..and…uh…..ok. Michael Keaton was offered 20 mil to don the Batsuit once again, but he turned it doen…Awesome decision, because whatever he did to legitimize Batman would’ve been flushed down the toilet. Instead, we get Val Kilmer. It’s been said that Val didn’t really care about this movie and believe me, it shows. He barely tries to throw his voice as Batman. Jim Carrey is here playing a Frank Goshin type Riddler when by now, we see the riddler as a more serious, insane genius villain from the comics and animated series. Edward Nigma is an employee of Wayne Enterprises who is creepily obsessed with Bruce Wayne. He has an idea of a tv enhancer simply called The Box. When Bruce rejects his idea, he decides to become a super villain and team up with Harvey Two-Face…not just Two-Face, but Harvey Two-Face. Tommy Lee Jones is a tremendously talented actor, but his portrayal of Two-Face was the exact opposite of who the character really is. He’s an extremely serious villain and isn’t a campy bone in his body. Let’s not forget Chris O’Donnell as Robin. Anyone who is familiar with the comics knows that Robin was first introduced as a 7 year old kid and he didn’t have a brother. The reason why Bruce felt connected to Dick Grayson was because he lost his parents at almost thr exact same age. He wasn’t 18 years old. Why would he need to take in a legal adult? And the way Chris played the character actually made me not want to watch anything else he was in. This movie was horrible and I hate this movie almost as much as I can’t stand….
Batman & Robin
If you thought Batman Forever was campy, it had nothing on this heaping pile of monkey excrement. The one thing positive I have to say was I liked George Cooney better than Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne / Batman if nothing more than he just has that look. Where do I begin…Chris O’Donnell is back as the whiney, Dick Grayson / Robin. Arnold Schwarzenegger is here playing Mr. Freeze, a cryogenics scientist who was also a decatholete. I guess Patrick Stewart was busy, because Victor Fries didn’t have an athletic bone in his body. Instead of the ultra serious, emotionless Mr. Freeze we all know from the comics, animated series, Arkham games, we get ice puns in almost every other line of dialogue. They kept the plot of him trying to find a cure for his wife, but apparently for some reason, he decided to build a suit that needs diamonds to run, because…..reasons. We also get Uma Thurman as anothercampy villainess Poison Ivy..again, I guess Schumacher and Akiva Goldsmith thought it was 1966 and didn’t see Tim Burtons movies. To top of the trio of terror, we get Bane…the super intelligent assassin? No a 1970s Hulk ripoff of a roided out hoss lackey that likes repeating the last words of doing what he’s told…..I’m sorry, after describing them, I threw up in my mouth a little. Did you think that was it? No, because we’re also introduced to Barbara…not Barbara Gordon, daughter of police commissioner James Gordon, but Alfreds niece who’s british, but has no English accent, played by Alicia Silverstone. She likes street racing on motorcycles, has no fighting training at all, but because she eats to help Batman and Robin, Alfred, the caring overprotective uncle, programmed his Batcave algorithm to make her a suit, because that makes total sense. The “plot” has so many holes and makes absolutely no sense, I’m not going to torture you or myself by trying to explain it.
Part I is completed, Part II, the Nolan trilogy will be coming up in a few days.