This Month in Superheroes & Comics
Why Marvel Made Daredevil a Netflix Series
Marvel's Daredevil was arguably one of the hottest TV shows of the summer. Released on the streaming video service Netflix April 10, 2015, it follows the story of Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and crime-fighting vigilante by night. The show has received widespread critical acclaim for its acting, story, cinematography, and unique “mature” perspective on the superhero genre.
But Marvel executives had originally planned for Daredevil to be a movie. In a recent interview, the show's creator revealed why Marvel and Netflix changed their minds to make it a TV series instead.
“It felt that we’d have more freedom to make it on the small screen and make it more adult,” said Daredevil creator Drew Goddard in an interview with IGN. “Look, if we took the Netflix [show] and put it in theatres, it’s rated R. And they’re not doing R-rated movies. And we also got to really explore the character. I feel like Netflix was the best possible home for that, otherwise you’d end up with a watered down version.”
Jessica Jones Teaser Trailer Released
Daredevil isn't the only Marvel show lined up for the streaming video service Netflix. Marvel announced earlier this year that it would be releasing a total of four live-action series, including Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones. While Marvel has remained tight-lipped in regards to Luke Cage and Daredevil, the studio released a teaser trailer for Jessica Jones earlier this month.
Although only 50 seconds in length, the teaser trailer looks promising. It opens with the music of a jukebox playing in what appears to be a bar, at which point you see a woman's feet (possibly Jones?) walking away from the jukebox. As she's walking, we see a trail of battered and bruised people in her wake.
Jessica Jones offers a unique perspective on the superhero genre, as it follows the story of a superhero turned private detective. Jones had a short stint as a superhero before it ended in tragedy. So, she has since been rebuilding her career as a private detective in Hell's Kitchen, New York City -- the same Hell's Kitchen that has been taken over by organized crime as seen in the Daredevil series. Jessica Jones is set to air this year on Netflix, although a specific date has yet to be announced.
Video: Marvel's Jessica Jones - Nightcap [HD]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Receives PG-13 Rating
The upcoming film depicting two of our favorite superheroes battling it out will be rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA). According to Entertainment Weekly, who first broke the news, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was given a PG-13 rating for its "intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality." Granted, it's hard to produce a superhero vs superhero movie without some violence but where exactly does the sensuality come from? I guess we'll have to wait until next year to find out...
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is schedule for release on March 26, 2016.
Jared Leto as the Joker
We posted a trailer of DC's upcoming antihero film the Suicide Squad a while back. DC Comics did not initially want to release the trailer. However, a leaked version surfaced online, prompting executives to release a more complete, high-definition version. Suicide Squad certainly has some intriguing characters, but the one character that has everyone talking is the Joker, who is being played by rock star-turned actor Jared Leto.
In an interview with Heroic Hollywood, Leto shared some insight into what movie-goers can expect to see from his character in the Suicide Squad. Images of the Joker reveal an almost psychotic persona, complete with full-body tattoos and metallic teeth. Leto says that his character will look even more crazy than what the images depict, though. "I can't wait for you to see this - they're going to lock me away in a box after this movie comes out," says Leto.
DC Reveals 'Super Hero Girls'
How many female superheros can you think of? While they aren't unheard of -- Black Widow, Elektra, Catwoman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Super Woman -- they are few and far between, especially when compared to their male counterparts. In an effort to appeal to a broader demographic, DC unveiled a new all-female superhero lineup in its animated show DC Super Hero Girls.
According to USA Today, the new franchise will center around a universe of female superheroes, some of whom we mentioned above. The characters will come from both DC and Marvel, creating new challenges in regards to licensing. In addition to the animated TV series, DC Super Hero Girls will also be woven into toys, comic books, digital content, clothes, and accessories.