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The Man Without Fear is officially an Englishman Who Was On Boardwalk Empire. Variety has confirmed an earlier Latino Review rumor that actor Charlie Cox has signed to play Matt Murdock in Marvel’s upcoming live action Daredevil series on Netflix.
Set to debut on Netflix in 2015, the 13-episode Daredevil series will be set in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. It will be joined by Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones shows, all four of which will all culminate in a sequel series called The Defenders.
Initially set to be helmed by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias), as announced this weekend, the show will now be run by Steven S. DeKnight. Goddard’s not out of the picture, however, as he’ll still serve as a consultant while moving on to write and direct The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s planned Sinister Six spinoff movie.
This is kind of Cox’s second live action comic book role, having starred in the Stardust in 2007, which was based on Neil Gaiman’s novel-turned-Charles-Vess-sort-of-comic-sort-of-illustrated-novel from DC Comics circa 1997.
The new series will mark Marvel’s third attempt to take Daredevil to the small/big screens. Rex Smith played Daredevil in the 1989 The Trial of the Incredible Hulk TV movie, and Ben Affleck portrayed the hero in the eponymous 2003 live action film. Affleck, of course, will play Batman in 2016′s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Charlie Cox is not on Twitter, so who knows how he feels about it? Probably pretty good?
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We’ve seen Hulk Hands, Thing Hands and even a Rocket Raccoon mask, but Hasbro’s San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 offerings will outfit fan hands in a straight up Infinity Gauntlet. The legendary jeweled glove (or a foam facsimile, anway) is part of a special $74.99 box set that includes 3.75″ figures of Nebula, Starfox, Thanos and his unrequited love Mistress Death. The cosmic theme continues with a box set based on The Thanos Imperative comic book storyline that includes 6″ Marvel Infinite scale takes on Black Bolt, Medusa, Gladiator, Blastaar and Star-Lord for $99.99.
Though both action figure sets are comics-centric, their timing is no coincidence as Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy movie opens a few weeks after SDCC concludes. The Infinity Gauntlet has been popping up in Marvel movies since Thor in 2011 and is expected to play a major role in an eventual movie. For now, though, fans can satisfy reliving Jim Starlin, George Pérez and Ron Lim’s iconic 1991 Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Comics miniseries and associated storylines with a big, squishy glove. The toy version doesn’t seem to come with conductive fingertip pads, though, so you’ll just have to take a break from your smartphone while warping reality. Such is the nature of cosmic power.
In the event that you can’t trek to SDCC 2014 to pick these sets up, unsold inventory will be available through Hasbro’s online store after the show.
You can see the first of Hasbro’s SDCC 2014 Marvel offerings below.
3.75″ The Infinity Gauntlet Box Set
6″ Marvel Legends Infinite The Thanos Imperative Box Set
[Via USA Today]
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You might want to prepare your Simpsons house set for some guests because the population of LEGO Springfield is about to explode. This May LEGO will release its first line of 16 LEGO The Simpsons minifigures, which will come blind-bagged and retail for $3.99 a pop. Why wait until May? Well, they’re timed to arrive around the May 4 debut of the LEGO episode of The Simpsons on FOX at 8 p.m./7 p.m. central. Click through to see the upcoming LEGO minifigures of Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Maggie Simpson, Grandpa Simpsons, Milhouse (and his LEGO Biclops comic book!) Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Krusty the Clown, Itchy, Scratchy, Mr. Burns, Ralph Wiggum, Chief Wiggum, Nelson Muntz and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
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Between its massive Hasbro and LEGO toy lines, Guardians of the Galaxy is the undisputed movie license of Toy Fair 2014. So it’s no surprise that Funko has debuted some new GotG figures as part of its own sizable 3.75″ tall Pop! Vinyl empire — or that the usually four-character Pop! wave is extra big to accommodate the film’s five heroes.
Set for a summer release ahead of the Guardians of the Galaxy opening on August 1, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon will each come out swinging (and shooting) with sculpted-on signature weapons. Star-Lord will have his Quad Blasters, Drax will wield his double daggers, Gamora is toting her sword, Rocket Raccoon is heavily armed and Groot has big ol’ Grooty plant hands ready to swipe at foes.
You can see all five of Funko’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Pop! Vinyl figures below.
Guardians of the Galaxy Pop! Vinyl
Read More: Toy Fair 2014: Funko ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Pop! Vinyl | http://comicsalliance.com/toy-fair-2014-funko-guardians-of-the-galaxy-pop-vinyl/?trackback=tsmclip
We’ve known that James Spader will star as the titular evil Tony Stark-created artificial intelligence of Avengers: Age of Ultron for months, but what we didn’t know is that the evil robot’s son would also be joining the fray. That’s right, The Vision is set to join the film, which begins production next month, as played by actor Paul Bettany — AKA The voice of Jarvis in the Iron Man films.
Many fans (myself included) speculated that Tony Stark’s AI personal assistant would lose its cool and become Ultron — much as Hank Pym’s initially friendly robot went rogue in the Marvel Comics universe — but it seems likely that the voice of Jarvis may instead morph into the Vision, Ultron’s first “son” from the comics. Depending on how the Ant-Man movie shakes out, we’re probably going to have to draw you a robot family before long. Just as Ultron and The Vision gained self-awareness, so too does Marvel’s movie continuity seem to be taking on a life of its own.
Bettany’s casting news comes via a Daily Mail rumor, which was confirmed by Variety. Neither source has info info regarding the nature of the cinematic version of The Vision, specifically if Bettany will appear on camera as a crying android dressed in red, green and yellow. After all, Jarvis could just be pulling a “This is me now!” and be forcing his dad to call him a cool new nickname. In any case, Marvel should probably prepare to sell a bunch more copies of Avengers AI, where the character is currently doing a lot less crying and a lot more smashing.
Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015.
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Back in 1997 Toy Biz released the first-ever Classic X-Men box set modeled after the team’s debut 1963 appearance in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s X-Men #1. I loved that set so much that I managed to go through two of them (Angel lost his wings after some dangerous aerial maneuvers, Iceman accidentally shed a few arms, etc.). Some 17 years later Hasbro will assemble action figure versions of the team yet again with its own All New X-Men Marvel Legends Box Set, putting a more modern 6″ spin on the blue and yellow-suited lineup of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel and Beast.
The figures in the box set appear as they did in 2012 when they were (re)introduced in the time-traveling adventures of All New X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and artists including Stewart Immonen, David Marquez and Brandon Peterson. The team’s since switched to a more individually-colored set of contemporary suits, which could very well find their way into Hasbro’s Infinite action figures lines in either the 3.75″ or 6″ scales down the road.
For now fans can expect to grab this box set for $84.99 exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us stores in February.
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Over the past few years, DC Collectibles has steadily been scaling up its 6″ lines to include more and more massive villains — especially in its Batman: Arkham video game lines. At Toy Fair 2013, you could practically hold Solomon Grundy like a baby. DCC isn’t stopping there, though, and will climb to an even higher height in 2014 with its more than 13″ tall Batman: Arkham City Clayface Deluxe Action Figure.
Based on the shapeshifting villain’s appearance in the 2011 Batman: Arkham City video game, the upcoming deluxe Clayface is “the largest action figure that DC Collectibles has ever produced.” If holding the roughly 5 lb. Arkham City Grundy felt like holding a baby, I suppose Clayface might just feel like toting a toddler around.
Its massive size seems to have limited the toy to a smaller (but still satisfactory) 11 points of articulation, but with swappable arms and an interchangeable Joker head, the figure is hardly short on features.
DCC hasn’t announced just when the figure will roll out yet, or how much it will cost, but it’s safe to expect to pay about $90 (Grundy went for $80) or so for it when it finds its way to retailers later this year.
You can see how the upcoming Clayface stacks up compared to DCC’s other sizable Arkham toys below.
What are you doing on New Year’s Eve? If you’re on the east coast, you just welcomed the new year and Sony Pictures is swinging in your festivities with new footage from this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. If you’re still waiting for midnight in the rest of the continental U.S., well, the new footage is here for you early. There’s lots of Electro, a little bit of (Mecha)Rhino and… plenty of Stan Lee to get things started. See what cinematic Spider-Mannery awaits on May 2 of 2014, after the jump.
Last year we collected 150 classic comic book covers celebrating the Santa-ier aspects of the holiday season and it was so popular, we dug into even more covers. Seriously, there’s at least 200 now. There may even be more! Our fingers are covered in tape and bows and whatever from wrapping presents and cats are knocking over trees and there’s a Tofurkey feast burning in the oven. It’s chaos, man. Distract yourself from the season of giving with 200+ holiday comic book covers after the cut.
The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be jumping from the DC movieverse to a more Vertigo live action landscape. Deadline reports that the 32-year-old actor and director is “finalizing a deal” to team with Dark Knight trilogy co-writer David S. Goyer to co-produce a Sandman film at Warner Bros., based on the 75-issue comic book series and its spinoffs written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by artists including Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, Michael Zulli and Dave McKean. What’s more, rumor has it that the deal will see Gordon-Levitt star as Sandman protagonist, Dream, the immortal physical manifestation of dreaming who works to reestablish his role in reality after escaping a 70-year imprisonment at the hands of human occultists.
Badass Digest had the initial scoop for this news back in November, and the details regarding Gordon-Levitt’s level of involvement are just now firming up. No writer has been named for the potential project thus far, but given that Goyer wrote the Blade trilogy, co-wrote The Dark Knight trilogy, and worked on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Man of Steel and its upcoming sequel (Batman Vs. Superman?), it seems likely that he could lend his pen to this potential Sandman adaptation as well.
This project would be the second director’s credit for Gordon-Levitt, who recently directed and starred in Don Jon (alongside Scarlett “Black Widow” Johansson) and is also still set to star in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For in 2014.
This isn’t the first time a Sandman movie has come close to being made, although it may be the most serious effort to date. Jill Thompson illustrated a series of 27 watercolors depicting scenes from the comic book series which were use in a movie pitch in the mid ’90s and both James Mangold and Eric Kripke have tried, unsuccessfully, their hands at adapting the series for television. Lending a bit of extra credence to this latest development is the fact that Hank Kanalz, SVP Vertigo and Integrated Publishing for DC Entertainment, has Tweeted a link to Deadline’s report.
Sandman recently returned to comics with the release of The Sandman Overture #1 by Gaiman and artist J.H. Williams III, which serves as a prequel to the original series. Issue #2 currently awaits release with a planned February debut, following delays.
Gaiman is yet to comment, although this news will surely have his nearly 2 million Twitter followers on high alert.