EW reunites the cast of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Buffy

EW reunites the cast of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

It’s hard to believe that ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ first hit our TV screen 20 years ago. For seven year and over 100 episodes Buffy Summer and her Scooby Gang entertained fans of the supernatural around the globe. Despite ending in 2003 the show has continued to foster a rabid fanbase.

On paper the series continues through the Dark Horse comic series which is current publishing the speculative 11th season. Spin-off series ‘Angel’ also continues in comic book form whilst its star David Boreanaz is wrapping up a twelve season run on ‘Bones’.

Though news of a revival is yet to become official that didn’t stop Entertainment Weekly from bringing most of the shows cast back together for a photoshoot. In our gallery below catch up with series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), David Boreanaz (Angel), James Marsters (Spike), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Amber Benson (Tara Maclay), Seth Green (Daniel ‘Oz’ Osbourne), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers) and a painting of Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) who was sadly appearing in a plain London and unable to attend.

The EW issue featuring the ‘Buffy’ interviews hits newsstands on Friday March 31st.

Justice League

‘Justice League’, ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Aquaman’ footage screened at CinemaCon

Last night Warner Bros. made its annual presentation at the CinemaCon event. Fans had hoped this would include snippets from the DC Extended Universe and they were in for a treat. Members of the cast of ‘Justice League’ were in attendance along with director Zack Snyder. Patty Jenkins also appeared alongside ‘Wonder Woman’ star Chris Pine whilst director James Wan introduced an ‘Aquaman’ sizzle reel.

Jason Momoa kicked off the DC section of the panel telling the crowd he had seen ‘Justice League’. Momoa described it as the ‘greatest movie in the world’ before announcing that he was today flying out to Australia to begin production on ‘Aquaman’.

Speaking of the Atlantean hero: Momoa and director James Wan introduced a short sizzle reel to tease the film. Speaking of the film Wan said ‘you get to see a while different world you’ve never seen before, Jason Momoa is larger than life and he [Momoa] is the perfect embodiment.’

The sizzle reel was said to include images of armoured sharks in underwater dog fights, shots of the Atlantis landscape and a tease of Black Manta’s costume.

Next up was ‘Wonder Woman’. Director Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine appeared and presented an extended look at several moments from the last trailer. The footage featured the first name drop of rumoured villain Ares as Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor head for London by boat. As Trevor explains the notion of marriage to Diana she tells him she needs to find Ares as she believes he is manipulating the Germans in to fighting WW1.

The panel was rounded out by an extended look at ‘Justice League’. In attendance were Ben Affleck (Batman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (Flash), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Henry Cavill (Superman). Gal Gadot recently gave birth to her second child and could not attend. Director Zack Snyder was also in attendance.

The Hollywood Reporter broke down the new footage:

Alfred (Jeremy Irons) tells Bruce Wayne that his employer has been working like there is no tomorrow trying to assemble the team. Soon, we’re in a Wayne warehouse, where he’s working on a giant vehicle.

Bruce remarks that he spent $1 million on the security for that building, to which Wonder Woman (Gadot) answers he got his money’s worth, because it took (her) almost a minute to disable it. He explains the vehicle he’s working on his a troop carrier (it seemed reminiscent of something from the Batman v Superman nightmare dream sequence.)

Later in the footage, Batman and Barry Allen/The Flash are standing on a roof (out of costume) and they see the Batsignal in the sky.

‘Oh awesome. It’s the Batsignal! That’s your signal,’ Barry tells Bruce, before apologizing for speaking too loudly about it. ‘That means we have to go now. That’s so cool.’

Which upcoming DCEU film are you excited for most?

Batgirl

Joss Whedon in ‘final talks’ to write/direct solo ‘Batgirl’ film

Variety is reporting ‘Batgirl’ is coming to the big screen in a solo outing and she’s bringing Joss Whedon with her. In an exclusive story the outlet is reporting that Whedon, famed for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and both ‘Avengers’ movies for Marvel, is in final talks to write, direct and produce the film. No other producers are currently attached to the as-yet-untitled film.

Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, is overseeing with Jon Berg and DC Comics own Geoff Johns.

Whedon, DC and Warner are yet to comment or confirm the news.

Should the film make it to the big screen this will be the second time Batgirl has found herself in a film. She was last on the silver screen in Joel Schumacher’s ‘Batman & Robin’ played by Alicia Silverstone. The character has also appeared in various animated incarnations and was played by Dina Meyer in the short lived live-action TV series ‘Birds of Prey’.

Warner Bros. continue to develop a sequel to 2016’s ‘Suicide Squad’, a Harley Quinn centric spin-off under the ‘Gotham City Sirens’ banner as well as films based on ‘Aquaman’, ‘The Flash,’, ‘Nightwing’ and ‘Batman’.

More on this story as it develops…

First ‘Black Lightning’ photo released

WIth the pilot for ‘Black Lightning’ currently filming in Atlanta we’ve got our first official look at Cress Williams (‘Heart of Dixie’) in costume.

Black PantherBlack Lightning was created back in 1977 and was the first African-America hero in the DC Comics universe to get his own standalone series. An early synopsis for the series notes that Jefferson Pierce (Criss) has retired from life as a superhero, only to be pulled back into action thanks to one daughter hell-bent on justice and the other a star student being recruited by a local gang.

The series is executive produced by Salim Akil who recently spoke in the press about his love for the character.

I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California. I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness or the feeling that no one cared about what was happening in my life. Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when Black Lightning was created, and finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives. Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking. Black Lightning will be that hope. And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it is time to harness and release our power, and become our own Super Heroes.

Brining ‘Black Lightning’ into the Arrow-verse on The CW will also be Executive Producer Greg Berlanti. ‘Black Lightning’ joins the roster of CW DC shows which includes ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ and ‘Supergirl’.

‘Black Lightning’ stars Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams and Christine Adams.

5 Things we learnt from the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailer

The second trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ dropped yesterday. If like us you’ve watched it fifty times over you’ve probably started to pick up on a few details about the film.

We thought we’d pull together some of our observations for you. Don’t forget you can also check out our gallery of over 130 screenshots from the trailer. You can also join the chat about ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ on our social media channels, just search @getyourcomicon!

1. Too much Tony Stark?

One criticism which seems to be uninamous with fans is that Robert Downey Jr. looms large over this trailer. Now we’ve learnt that Tony Stark will have to save Spidey during the Staten Island Ferry incident and as a result take back the costume he gave to Peter during ‘Captain America: Civil War’.

We’ve known for a while that this film wouldn’t focus on Spidey’s origin and that means no Uncle Ben. However it would seem with that father figure missing he has been replaced by Tony Stark. With Peter so keen to impress Stark and become an Avenger could the whole movie feel like an ‘Iron-Man’ spinoff?

Focus on Stark too heavily and it will take the movie away from Tom Holland and make him feel like a sidekick. Feature him too little and fans will feel ripped off by the announcement he would be co-starring.

2. Home made suit.

The first trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ showed us that Peter Parker would at some stage put on his home-made Spidey costume. There was a belief that the film may have flashed back to some early moments in his Spidey career to show how he caught the attention of Tony Stark.

Now we know that Peter is forced back to basics when the suit is taken away from him. With this revelation the film takes on a whole new feel. Instead it would seem that we will be watching Peter fighting for the right to call himself a hero. The back-to-basics approach will allow the Marvel-Sony partnership to tell an origin story of sorts without retreading films of the past.

We clearly see Spider-Man facing off against Vulture and Shocker wearing the old costume. What is unknown is when or whether he will get the Stark designed costume back.

3. Avengers cameos?

One unexpected cameo which made its way in to the second trailer was a brief appearance of Captain America. Seen during a highschool fitness video it brings around one of the lighter moments in the trailer.

Could this signal that other Avengers may make appearances?

In ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Spidey sided with Iron Man. This paved the way for the relationship the two share in this film. He was also fighting alongside Black Widow, War Machine, Black Panther and Vision. Any one of them could appear to support the young hero.

Of course the Team Cap heroes are now in the shadows following the events of ‘Civil War’ so it is unlikely we will see any of them.

4. Aunt May.

Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) appeared briefly in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. Her scenes acted mainly to show the character existed and only gave us a small glimpse of her personality.

Suspiciously she seems very absent from this new trailer.

There are two brief moments where she appears and neither gives way anything about her story arc. Fans will remember that Tony Stark was quite taken with this younger interpretation of the character. There’s a concern amongst fans that with Stark taking on the father figure role Aunt May will be sidelined to  little more than an object for his flirtations.

After the mother figure role in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ films it would be great to see her character taking on a more involved role in this new version. She doesn’t need to suit up as a costumed hero but give her more to do than sit at home doing laundry and making dry meatloaf!

5. Tech-heavy Vulture.

The Vulture first appeared in comics in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ #2 released in May 1963. He was the second villain that Spidey ever faced. First was Chameleon.

Vulture is the alter-ego of Adrian Toomes a former electronics engineer and inventor. After losing everything when his business partner had embezzled their earnings he turned to a life of crime.

The Toomes of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is a little different however. His company is put out of business by Tony Stark leading him to get some vengeance by using salvaged materials from various battles involving The Avengers to create his signature wings and weapons as seen in the trailer.

It takes away a little of the magic of the Vulture in the comics and cartoons. It does definitely help ground him in the MCU though.

Checkout the trailer in the player below and let us know on social media what your favourite part of the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailer was.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Starring Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., MIchael Keaton. The film is directed by Jon Watts from a screenplay by Watts, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein and others. It hits cinemas in July 2017!

Updated ‘Wonder Woman’ image gallery

Today Warner Bros. has released a couple of new still from Patty Jenkins ‘Wonder Woman’. We’ve teamed them with the rest of the films official stills to bring you this new gallery! In the first of the two new stills Gal Gadot and Chris Pine strike a pose during a break from WW1. In the second Gadot looks to be bringing together the squad seen in the old photograph in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’.

Checkout our ‘Wonder Woman’ gallery below!

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.

‘Wonder Woman’ hits movie theaters around the world in June when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (MONSTERAMC’S THE KILLING). Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the STAR TREK films), Robin Wright (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO, HOUSE OF CARDS), Danny Huston (CLASH OF THE TITANS, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE), David Thewlis (the HARRY POTTER films, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING), Connie Nielsen (THE FOLLOWING, GLADIATOR), Elena Anaya (THE SKIN I LIVE IN), Ewen Bremner (EXODUS: GODS & KINGS, SNOWPIERCER), Lucy Davis (SHAUN OF THE DEAD), Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming ASHES IN THE SNOW), Eugene Brave Rock (AMC’S HELL ON WHEELS) and Said Taghmaoui (AMERICAN HUSTLE).

Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, based on characters from DC. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. The film is produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Stephen Jones, Geoff Johns, Wesley Coller, Jon Berg and Rebecca Steel Roven serving as executive producers. Joining Jenkins behind the camera are director of photography Matthew Jensen (CHRONICLE, FANTASTIC FOUR, HBO’S GAME OF THRONES), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (AMELIE, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, PAN), Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (CHICAGOJACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, V FOR VENDETTA), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGYTOPSY-TURVY). The music is by composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (HACKSAW RIDGE, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN). Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, ‘Wonder Woman.’ The film is scheduled for release beginning June 2, 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company

Katie Cassidy

Katie Cassidy returning to ‘Arrow’ as series regular

Breaking news from camp ‘Arrow’ this evening. Katie Cassidy will be returning to the show as a regular character in season 6! There’s a catch though, she will be returning as her Earth-2 counterpart Black Siren.

Fans of the show will know that Cassidy returned for the first episode after the mid-season break raising hopes that Earth-1 Laurel had been resurrected. That episode ended with Black Siren shipped back to her cell in Central City at Star Labs.

Tonights announcement confirms that Cassidy will return for the final two episodes of ‘Arrow’ season 5 before picking up her series regular status in season 6. ‘Arrow’ executive producer Marc Guggenheim has released the following statement:

One of the things that most excites us about ARROW is that we go where the story takes us. Last year, the story took us to the tragic death of Laurel Lance. This year, our midseason finale reintroduced us to Laurels doppelganger, Black Siren. We were so taken by Katie is fearless interpretation of this character that we knew her story was not yet finished. We could not be more thrilled to welcome Katie back to Arrow as Black Siren, though as her appearances on ARROW and DCs LEGENDS OF TOMORROW this season show, she never really left the family.

‘Arrow’ has also picked up a new Black Canary this season in the form of Dinah Drake. Is there room for two Canary’s in Star City? Will Cassidy return as a hero or villain? We’ll have to wait and see.

‘Arrow’ airs Wednesdays on The CW in the US and Thursdays on Sky One in the UK.

First official look Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

Today we’ve got our first official look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft! Earlier this year photos from the set of ‘Tomb Raider’ leaked online. Now we have an official look at the character in action and it’s clear where this film is taking its inspiration.

From the outfit to the weapons and the location it would see that 2018’s ‘Tomb Raider’ will follow the storyline of the game franchise most recent reboot. We still know very little about the story and extended cast for the film but with shooting well underway we expect leaks to soon begin.

Checkout the first look photos in the gallery below and let us know what you think of Alicia’s Lara.

‘Tomb Raider’ stars Alicia Vikander (‘The Danish Girl’) as Lara Croft. Vikander will be joined by Daniel Wu (‘Warcraft’), Walton Goggins (‘Django Unchained’) and Dominic West (‘300’) as Lord Richard Croft. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug based on a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet and will hit cinemas on March 16th 2018.