The Punisher Hits Hell’s Kitchen Next Season on ‘Daredevil’

Marvel and Netflix certainly enjoyed near universal adulation for their new take on Daredevil.  Many like myself were worried that lightning couldn’t strike twice.  How would the showrunners up the ante on season two which is due next year?


Well, with today’s announcement that Jon Berenthal (The Walking Dead, Fury) would be joining the cast as Frank Castle aka The Punisher, it looks as there won’t be anything to worry about.

In a statement, Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television had nothing but excellent things to say about that actor:

Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.

As much as I loved Thomas Jane in the role, I really do think that Berenthal is perfect casting.  I think that this is setting up a great conflict for season two, with the various factions of organized crime in New York City will be trying to get a foothold while The Kingpin is sitting behind bars.

via [/Film]


The First Trailer for “The Martian” Is Finally Here!

Last year I raved here about Andy Weir’s breakout novel, The Martian and now some sixteen months later we have our first look at the trailer for the film directed by Sir Ridley Scott. Having watched the trailer a couple times now it looks as though the film adaptation will remain extremely faithful to Weir’s extremely taut and humorous survival tale.

When it was announced they were making a movie based on The Martian, my dream casting for Mark Watney was either Matt Damon or Sam Rockwell.  Being that Sam Rockwell already has a loner space survival film under his belt in the form of Moon, I have to say that it looks as though Damon really is going to “science the shit” out of The Martian.


The Martian will be in theaters this November in time for that big holiday push.

via [io9

Tomorrowland Did Not Kill TRON 3

For any of you who follow me on Twitter, you are well aware that I am an unabashed fanboy of TRON: Legacy.  It is truly a visually stunning film by director Joseph Kosinski and which with the help of Daft Punk and Olivia Wilde in latex it went on to gross nearly $400 million worldwide.

20130713-024014.jpgTalk of a sequel had all but died down until this past March when it was announced that the Kosinski would be ramping up production on TRON 3 this coming fall in Vancouver.  Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund confirmed their involvement in the sequel as well which had fans excited to return to the grid.  And then suddenly Walt Disney derrezed TRON 3 last week, with the timing of the announcement coinciding with the dismal box office performance of Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland was budgeted similar to TRON: Legacy around $180 million, but the comparisons pretty much stop right there. I find it hard to believe that Tomorrowland itself killed TRON 3.  Currently Disney has its hands full with live action remakes of classic cartoons, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and relaunching the Star Wars franchise.

While Disney may have untold billions at their disposal, right now they are trying to recoup their investment in what are arguably their two biggest acquisitions in their company’s history.  And unfortunately for us, TRON 3 was on the bubble … but I have faith that we will see a return in the near figure.


The Convention Season Starts Early with The Great Philadelphia Comic Con

gpcc_logoIt seems as though the convention season is getting a jump start in a few short weeks when the The Great Philadelphia Comic Con gets underway April 3-5 in Oaks, PA.  This independent show boasts a guest list full of Star Trek and Power Rangers alumni along with some notable comic veterans which will delight fans of all ages.

Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead, The Wire), George Takei (Star Trek), J. August Richards (Marvel’s Agents of Shield), Austin St. John (Power Rangers), Peter David (The Incredible Hulk, Babylon 5) and Jim Steranko ( S.H.I.E.L.D.) are all scheduled to appear over the course of the weekend.

Why spend the holiday weekend with your family when the guy who played Zordon’s head in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is going to be a short ride from your home?  VIP packages, three day passes and single day admission is available for purchase. For hours, directions and more information head on over to the internet home of The Great Philadelphia Comic Con.


The Most Unlikely Howard The Duck Cameo of 2014 Was in a Kid’s Movie

Last weekend I was watching Planes: Fire and Rescue for the second time in as many days with my kids when I came upon the most ridiculous Marvel easter egg to date, a fleeting glimpse of a case for Howard The Truck presented by George Lexus.


As unnecessary Planes: Fire and Rescue is, I would really really like to see Howard The Truck and see how Disney would tackle the awkward sex scene between Lea Thompson and a mid-size pickup truck.

Here’s Our First (Blurry) Look At The Upcoming LEGO Kwik-E-Mart

Last summer saw the release of (71006) The Simpsons House a 2500 piece behemoth that long time of the fans of America’s first family giddily embraced.  One of the long held rumors within the online LEGO community was that there would be another set based on The Simpsons coming in 2015.  And as early as last fall there were persistent unconfirmed reports that we would see Apu Nahasapeemapetilon’s iconic convenience store in 2015 which many (myself included) were very skeptical of.

Today a user on LEGO fan forum Eurobricks posted a blurry snapshot of the upcoming set, which is believed to be slated for release on May 1st.

via lego_sid on Instagram

via lego_sid on Instagram

I fully expect this set to come in at a 2500 piece count and $199.99.  There’s so much detail on the front, I just cannot wait to see what the inside looks like.  I will be sure to update as soon as non-potato quality pictures make themselves available.

via [The Brick Fan & Eurobricks]

‘Mad Max Fury: Road’ Has Officially Reached Ludicrous Speed

I remember reading about the development of Mad Max: Fury Road back in the days of 56K modems and Usenet newsgroups.  And to be completely honest I never believed that George Miller would ever return to the post-apocalyptic Australian wastelands to continue the legend of “Mad” Max Rockatansky.

This summer the long gestating sequel will finally be in theaters with Tom Hardy taking over the titular role of Mad Max and I could not be any more excited.

A new international trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road hit the Interwebz earlier this week giving us a few new shots of the ludicrous action full of explosions, desert mutants and beautiful women in chastity belts.

Mad Max: Fury Road is in theaters May 15. 2015

Arm Chair Toy Fair ’15 – Ultra Magnus Surprises, Terminator Goes MegaBloks & Kotobukiya’s Hulkbuster


It is proving to be infinitely difficult trying to keep up with the bevy of announcements that came out of Toy Fair.  While many were disappointed about the lack of new Star Wars product due to pending release of Star Wars The Force Awakens, several properties from film, comics and television surprised everyone with some great new product for 2015.

Ultra Magnus Makes a Surprise Appearance – Despite my lifelong love affair with the Transformers, I can honestly say I have not actually purchased one in three years.  That may all change with the Generations Leader Class Ultra Magnus, which is based on his current look from the IDW Comics continuity.


Of all the reveals at this year’s Toy Fair I may have to say as a HUGE fan of the Generation One inspired Generations line … Ultra Magnus may be my favorite so far, even if he can’t hold onto the Matrix of Leadership for more than five minutes.  [via TFW2005]

Image via Action Figure Insider

Image via Action Figure Insider

Terminator Genisys Goes Mega Bloks?!?

It looks as though Mega Bloks picked up the license for construction sets based on the upcoming film Terminator Genisys.  During Mattel’s “collector’s event” Sunday morning they had a rather impressive T-800 bust on display.

This is a huge step up for the Terminator franchise being that the last construction sets were made by a cheap Chinese LEGO-knock off company.

I have not seen any details regarding the license, but from what was on display it appears that the sets coming out this year are for the new film only.  I will update accordingly as more information makes its way onto the Internet.  As a LEGO loyalist, I have typically veered away from Mega Bloks; but it seems like they have done a good job with their HALO, Call of Duty and Titanfall construction sets. [via Action Figure Insider]

Hulkbuster! Hulkbuster! HULKBUSTER!!!!  From everyone that was on the ground at Toy Fair, it was clear that Marvel is doubling down on Tony Stark’s fan favorite suit of armor to be a big seller later this year.  Of everything Hulkbuster related, I must say that I am completely in lust Kotobukiya’s Avengers Age of Ultron Hulkbuster ArtFx statue.


Image via Toy News International


Release date and MSRP is still to be decided, but figure on the second half of 2015 with a price point around $250.00 [via ToyNewsI]

Finally, A Felicity Smoak I Can Take Home Without Being Arrested – DC Collectibles showed off the latest action figures from the pair of highly successful CW series The Flash and Arrow.  Later this year fans can expect a masked Oliver Queen as Arrow, Arsenal, John Diggle and Felicity Smoak.  On The Flash side of things we will get Barry Allen as The Flash along with Captain Cold. [via ToyArk]



Arm Chair Toy Fair 2015 – TMNT LEGO No More, NECA’s Power Loader, Diamond Select Takes on “Ghostbusters” & More

ArmchairSDCC14Toy Fair International is running throughout off the weekend at the Jacob Javitts Center in New York City and lots of press releases and photographs of the latest and greatest in nerd culture is hitting the Interwebz.

The collector’s event for Hasbro is taking place Saturday afternoon with Mattel’s big event scheduled for early Sunday morning.  Until then, I have gathered some of the biggest surprises and reveals to date.  Keep an eye out here all weekend for the latest and greatest from Toy Fair 2015!

TMNTlegonomoreTMNT LEGO NO MORE!!! – Mattel and Nickelodeon announced in a press release that beginning in 2016 Mega Bloks will be producing construction sets based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  LEGO will obviously sell out their remaining stock based on the current animated series as well as the lackluster sets based on the 2014 live action movie.

I fully expect the first wave of TMNT LEGO sets will see their secondary market prices increase in the coming months. [via The Brick Fan]

“Get away from her you bitch!” — After much anticipation NECA revealed the prototype for of Lt. Ellen Ripley and her Power Loader from the science fiction classics Aliens.

Image via Toy News International

Image via Toy News International

The folks at Toy News International have a really good look at everything NECA has in the works, including their continuing Pacific Rim, 8-bit tribute figures and a 12″ Christopher Reeves as Superman.   [via Toy News International]

Diamond Select Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost! — It looks as though the good people at Diamond Select Toys quietly picked up the license to make action figures based on Ghostbusters!  In their booth they had prototypes of Ray Stanz and Winston Zedmore on display and from the initial look it appears they learned from Mattel’s  bungling of the license are doing everything right. [via The Fwoosh]

Gordon’s Alive!?! — Bif Bang Pow is rolling out a line of 3.75″ scale action figures based on the characters of the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon.  The first wave will include: Flash Gordon, Prince Vultan, Prince Baron, Ming the Merciless and Princess Aura.



As a youth my GI Joes would have done unspeakable things to a 3.75″ Princess Aura … just saying.

[via Action Figure Insider]

Here’s Enough “Big Trouble in Little China” Funko POP! To Fill A Six-Demon Bag!

I’m fairly impressed that I’ve been able to avoid the urge to collect Funko POP! figures considering that Funko has licensed everything from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe to The Muppets.  That streak may be ending with the announcement of the Big Trouble in Little China Funko POP! figures.

FU_BTiLC_JBMost of the main players from John Carpenter’s cult classic will be available in this highly collectible format including Gracie Law and David Lo Pan along with the Three Storms: Thunder, Rain and Lightning.  It does make me a little sad that Wang Chi and The Chinese Wildman did not get any love this time around.

You know what is even better? Funko also announced a series of Big Trouble in Little China retro-styled ReAction action figures.  These limited articulation figures are a call back to the Kenner-era Star Wars action that so many Gen X-ers melted, maimed and otherwise abused.  The standout for me has to be Lo Pan which features his little eyeball covered sentinel … looks like an instabuy for me!


Sponsor and friends of the site Entertainment Earth has the first round of Big Trouble in Little China Funko POP! and ReAction figures up for preorder with an estimated release date in February.