Why Daredevil Season 3 Doesn’t Feature Any Defenders Crossovers

The third season of Daredevil will feature many things, including the return of past villains, and a Sopranos-inspired storyline. What it will not include is any crossovers from The Defenders. A move that may be surprising given that Iron Fist‘s post-credits scene teased Daredevil Season 3. Fans of the Marvel universe, curious as to why that decision was reached, are about to get their answer. Daredevil‘s new showrunner Erik Oleson explained the move to CinemaBlend’s own Corey Chichizola, and here’s what Oleson said:

Given that Daredevil was presumed dead at the end of the crossover miniseries event, you would think the characters that interacted with him there would be shown reacting to him being alive in Season 3. Maybe even desiring to confirm it in the flesh. But, it sounds like a passing mention may be all the superhero show ordered.

During its first two installments, Daredevil was the springboard to many characters within the Marvel Universe, including The Punisher and Elektra. The former ended up getting his own spinoff, and the latter played a crucial role in The Defenders‘ storyline. So, what Daredevil‘s showrunner is teasing is relatively groundbreaking for a new season of Netflix’s original Marvel series, and exciting. The superhero drama shifting inwards, once again, to the characters it has developed will be a fun thing to explore.

That said, Daredevil has had a history of doing such a wonderful job with its crossovers, it was never really an issue. For instance, The Punisher’s story was so cohesively woven into the fabric of Season 2 that it did not seem out of place when he was brought in. Plus, it fueled a stellar story for Karen, which helped her continue honing her identity. Not to mention the philosophical dialogues that took place between Frank Castle and Matt Murdock.

Based on the incredible trailer, conversations like those seem as though they will be echoed in Season 3’s direction. So, in many ways, the crossovers have helped propel Daredevil as much as it has helped drive them. There are many intriguing things about Erik Oleson’s quote, and one of them is him saying the show will be getting back to its core characters by having them interact in “surprising ways.” Fans may have already gotten a hint as to what that might entail.

Daredevil‘s showrunner had previously teased to EW that Foggy and Matt’s relationship would be hitting a rough patch in Season 3. Given how betrayed Foggy has felt by Matt that is not entirely surprising. One can only hope the one-time best friends can work things out. Tune in to find out if, and how, they can when Daredevil Season 3 premieres October 19 on Netflix. And, the superhero series will not be the only fresh content the streaming giant and networks will be welcoming this fall, so be sure to keep up with everything else coming to the small screen.

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule Trailer Is Super Tense

These days, multiple Oscar winner Clint Eastwood is doing a lot more directing and not much acting. The last time Clint Eastwood starred in a film was all the way back in 2012 in Trouble with the Curve. That changes later this year, though, when Clint Eastwood steps in front of the camera for his next directorial effort, The Mule, where he stars as a man in his eighties who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel. The first trailer for the film has been released and it teases an emotional performance from Clint Eastwood in what looks to be a super tense film. Check out the trailer for The Mule below.

Interestingly, there is another film out right now called The Old Man & the Gun, starring Robert Redford, that is also about an old man committing crimes, and it looks absolutely nothing like what we see here from Clint Eastwood’s The Mule. That film looks like a charming romp while The Mule looks like a dark nail-biter. The trailer here is incredibly tense with a slow boil feel that ratchets up the tension with each successive scene, from the sweaty-palmed nervousness of the interaction with the cop to the dangerous dealings with the cartel to the alarm at seeing Bradley Cooper’s FBI agent literally right behind Clint Eastwood’s drug mule.

The danger is palpable for Clint Eastwood’s Earl Stone as he finds himself in way over his head, eluding the authorities and dealing with very dangerous people. This doesn’t look to be a situation where Clint Eastwood’s character is a cold 80-year-old badass either. Based on the trailer and the narration, this looks to be an emotional performance for the actor as a character with real regret and sadness in his life as he stares down the barrel towards the end of it. It’s those moments that deal with his family that makes this film especially interesting and should add emotional weight to the criminal elements.

As you can tell from the trailer, Clint Eastwood’s World War II vet and horticulturist doesn’t know what exactly he’s driving, at least not at first. He becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel and he winds up being pretty good at it, which puts him on the radar of Bradley Cooper‘s FBI agent Colin Bates. Like Walter White before him, Earl Stone looks to be doing the wrong things for the right reasons and before he knows it, he may find himself on the wrong side of the law and the cartel, putting him in terrible danger with no good way out.

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort reunites the actor-director with his Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk, who also wrote The Mule. Clint Eastwood seems to have a preference for using true stories for his films in recent years, and that is the case again here. The Mule is inspired by the true story of 90-year-old Leo Sharp, who became a drug mule for the Sinaloa cartel. His story was told in a New York Times story which you can read ahead of seeing the movie adaptation.

This movie looks like a compelling crime drama and something a little bit different than what we’ve seen from Clint Eastwood’s films of late. It is also exciting to see him back in front of the camera in a role that seems ideal for him. The Mule stars Clint Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña and Laurence Fishburne, and it hits theaters on December 14. For all of the movies you can look forward to the rest of this year, check out our release schedule.

Gareth Evans Praises Joe Manganiello’s Dedication To DC’s Deathstroke

As far a cinematic universes goes, there is no place quite as unique as DC’s live-action universe. The DCEU has already had plenty of peaks and valleys, with projects regularly announced, and then promptly cancelled. As such, it’s unclear when many of the franchise’s favorites might return to the silver screen. This includes Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, who had a brief cameo in the final moments of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After originally being set to appear as the villain in the Batman movie, it now looks like a Deathstroke movie may also be in the works for Manganiello, with Gareth Evans recently rumored to be helming the project. While revealing he’s only had a few quick phone calls, Evans praised Manganiello’s dedication and knowledge of the DC villain, saying:

Well, that seem pretty clear. It looks like, despite the characters’ myriad setbacks, Joe Manganiello is still very much committed to playing the DC’s live action version of Wilson Slade aka Deathstroke. Now the question is: when will that be?

Gareth Evans’ comments to Comic Book will likely elicit a mixed back of emotions from the DC fandom. On one hand, they’ll be pleased to learn just how seriously Joe Manganiello has taken his Deathstroke research. Comic book fans look very closely to film adaptations, and expect each actor to have done a fair amount of homework ahead of performing. Manganiello does just that, and apparently knows more than most of his peers in the superhero genre.

But there’s also a downside to Gareth Evans’ Deathstroke update: it doesn’t seem like he’s actually attached to direct a spinoff. Edwards is mostly known for his contributions into the horror world, and therefore seems like a fascinating choice to helm a DC project. The horror genre has been on a serious upswing as of late, and plenty of directors have made their way to superhero movies, including James Wan. A fresh take might be just what the DCEU needs, as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is still the only critical success to come from the shared universe.

Seemingly anything can happen in the DC’s still growing universe, so perhaps Gareth Edwards will work out a deal with DC after all. If he’s taken so many calls, he’s at least somewhat interested– especially if it links him with Joe Manganiello.

The next installment in the DCEU is Aquaman on December 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Krypton’s New Villain Lobo Looks Ready To Tour With Rob Zombie In First Image

Well, now. Let’s see…Guns a’poppin? Check. Muscular, exposed torso? Check. White skin? Check. Long, dark, voluminous hair? Check? Scowl? Check. Chain wrapped arm? Check. Red eyes? Check. Face paint and attitude that would have him fitting right in on stage at a Rob Zombie concert? Check, check, check! You might have also noticed that Scanlan is outfitted in Lobo’s signature fanged skull decorative pant ornament. While this is usually shown as being a belt buckle of sorts, it appears as though Krypton has decided to switch things up a bit and have the character use it as more of a cod piece. What can I say? I can’t complain about it. Though, I do feel like he needs a more impressive layer of white all over to really make his Kiss-like eye adornment pop, but I can withhold full judgement until I actually see Lobo in action on the drama.

Did Chris Evans Just Say Goodbye To Marvel For Good?

You have to hand it to Chris Evans, eight years is a hell of a run. Having already left his mark on the superhero movie world as Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch, in 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Evans made an even bigger impact as Captain America, leading three of his own movies, co-starring in all the Avengers movies and even popping up briefly in Thor: The Dark World and Spider-Man: Homecoming. But eventually every actor must leave a role, and Evans has been strongly hinting that Avengers 4 will be his last outing as Captain America. Again, officially we don’t know this for sure, and even if this is what’s happening, there’s always the chance that years down the line, an opportunity could arise where he’d be interested in reprising the role. But for now, fans should make peace with the idea that he’ll soon be departing from the MCU.

Why Disney Hated Johnny Depp’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Performance

With Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald soon approaching theaters, audiences will soon get to see the unconventional Johnny Depp make his mark on yet another beloved franchise as the film’s sinister villain. Although the 55-year-old actor has roots as a rebellious indie favorite in the 90s, he is best known as the leading high-earning family friendly franchises that he has twisted on its head with his unique performances. Depp’s shift into super-stardom began when he first played Jack Sparrow in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. The Disney character became so iconic that Depp was added to the classic Disney park ride dating back to 1967. However, Depp said when he first introduced his interpretation of the pirate on set, the studio had quite a bit of criticism about it. In his words:

Johnny Depp’s comments come from a completely unfiltered interview with GQ. It’s no secret that Depp and Disney had their differences. The actor has previously how he expected the studio to fire him because he wasn’t following its wishes. He reminisced how he would get on set and go completely “rogue”, tearing up the script and muttering what he felt was best for the drunken scoundrel. After working in a collaborative environment on independent films, working under a big studio was a new experience for him. And Depp felt that if he wasn’t challenging the values of Disney and making them unhappy, then he wouldn’t be doing his job as an actor right. Depp continued by divulging another conversation with a Disney executive:

Johnny Depp’s unhinged name drop is regarding former Disney executive, Nina Jacobson who was president of Buena Vista until 2006. Jacobson is a gay woman herself, who currently helms her own production company– best known for producing the Hunger Games franchise. Despite Disney’s alleged comments to Depp, his controversial performance became a huge success and he went on to make four Pirates sequels along with working with Disney again with the new Alice in Wonderland franchise. You can see Depp next in Crimes of Grindelwald, coming to theaters on November 16.

The Conjuring 3 Has Hired A New Director

For some time it has been suspected that director James Wan would not be returning to helm The Conjuring 3. James Wan directed the first two films in the series and is the architect of the growing and successful Conjuring Universe, but his name is increasingly in demand for bigger and bigger projects like the upcoming DCEU flick Aquaman. Even without James Wan behind the camera, the main series in this universe will continue. We heard a few weeks back that The Conjuring 3 had a script, and now it also has a director. Michael Chaves is coming aboard and taking the baton from James Wan to helm The Conjuring 3.

You probably haven’t heard Michael Chaves’ name before and that’s okay; his first film isn’t even out yet. Michael Chaves recently made his feature directorial debut with The Curse of La Llorona, which doesn’t release in theaters until April 19, 2019. That horror film stars Linda Cardellini in a film about a social worker who ignores the warning of a troubled mother and finds her family soon drawn into a supernatural realm. Although he is stepping away from directing duties, James Wan remains the architect of this universe and according to Deadline, he will produce Michael Chaves’ The Conjuring 3 under his Atomic Monster label. We still don’t know what case paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren will be taking on The Conjuring 3, but David Leslie Johnson, who co-wrote The Conjuring 2, will handle the script.

It is hard to evaluate Michael Chaves as a replacement for James Wan on The Conjuring 3 given that we have yet to see his feature directorial debut, but his horror short The Maiden did win Best Super Short Film at Shriekfest in 2016. It will also be exciting to see what a new director can bring to this franchise. Like The Conjuring films, Michael Chaves’ The Curse of La Llorona is a New Line production. So clearly the studio already knows what they are getting with the director, and likes what it sees from that debut — enough to give Michael Chaves the keys to The Conjuring 3, the third film in the mainline series in a billion-dollar franchise. That bodes quite well for The Curse of La Lloronoa and horror fans should probably have that movie on their radar next year.

The Conjuring 3 is aiming to begin production in 2019, which means we could see it arrive in theaters in 2020. Before that though the next film in The Conjuring universe is Annabelle 3, which is scheduled to hit theaters on July 3, 2019. For all of the biggest movies to look forward to in a positively jam packed 2019, check out next year’s release schedule.

Daredevil Season 3 Trailer: The 5 Most Exciting Moments

There’s A New Daredevil

A bulk of footage seen so far for Daredevil Season 3 has featured Matt taking the fight to others in his traditional black costume, and sometimes with no costume at all. It appears the true Devil of Hell’s Kitchen left his red costume behind, and it unfortunately got snagged by someone else pretending to be the fearless vigilante. The rest of the world doesn’t realize the change of the guard, of course, so Daredevil’s good name is being besmirched by this new guy, who seems incredibly violent and merciless and incredibly accurate. This smells like one of Fisk’s schemes to exact revenge on Matt, but the big question we have concerns the person behind that mask. We have our guesses for who it is, but we won’t know for sure until Matt kicks this imposter to the curb.

Why Criminal Minds Won’t Keep Garcia’s Dark Side Up In Season 14

Garcia faced a different challenge in the 300th episode of Criminal Minds, and it is going to leave a mark. Having been kidnapped by a cult of serial killers and forced to do something unfortunate to help in the larger scheme of things, Garcia will have a lot of dark feelings to sift through in Season 14. So, how long will Garcia’s darker side, show? Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer shed some light on that and why it will not last too long, saying:

With Garcia’s upbeat nature having been impacted by the events of the Season 14 premiere, what may be a short time, relatively speaking, might feel longer. Criminal Minds‘ showrunner revealing to TV Insider that Garcia’s mood will be overcast for around four episodes does not sound that lengthy. However, the show’s fourteenth season is currently slated to run for fifteen episodes, meaning that this is almost a third of the season. So, Garcia’s return to her upbeat nature will not be a blink-and-you-missed-it event.

That said, the crime drama will not be lingering on it for a great deal of time for the reasons the showrunner mentioned. So, there is light at the end of the tunnel as fans settle in for Criminal Minds to contribute a significant block of the season to explore this side of the usually upbeat character.

As showrunner Erica Messer points out, Garcia is the show’s source of sunshine, and when the sun is eclipsed, it tends to get noticed. Garcia will not be alone in facing darker times ahead. Messer also teased that Season 14 will find Reid pausing to reflect after being tortured in the premiere.

Maybe he and Garcia can help each other? With her facing a challenging time in her life, fans should prepare for an arc that will take them through some ups and downs. It is sad but realistic for her not rebound from a trauma overnight, or in the span of a single episode. While Criminal Minds‘ showrunner revealed how long Garcia’s dark side would last, she did not reveal the mechanism that will eventually help Garcia overcome the darkness so that she can shine again.

While time heals, fans will have to tune in to see if anything else plays a role in helping her. Given how Garcia’s personality helps stave off the show’s own dark side, that development will be a significant game changer for the crime drama. Stepping in to provide some light in the meantime, will be Rossi’s reignited romance with his ex-wife, and he is not the only one whose personal life will be explored in the current season.

In that vein, there will be lots to look forward to as the latest installment in the crime procedural moves forward. The fourteenth season of Criminal Minds continues Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The crime procedural is joined by a ton of new programming arriving on CBS, along with other series coming this fall.

Gareth Edwards Praises Joe Manganiello’s Dedication To DC’s Deathstroke

As far a cinematic universes goes, there is no place quite as unique as DC’s live-action universe. The DCEU has already had plenty of peaks and valleys, with projects regularly announced, and then promptly cancelled. As such, it’s unclear when many of the franchise’s favorites might return to the silver screen. This includes Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, who had a brief cameo in the final moments of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. After originally being set to appear as the villain in the Batman movie, it now looks like a Deathstroke movie may also be in the works for Manganiello, with Gareth Edwards recently rumored to be helming the project. While revealing he’s only had a few quick phone calls, Edwards praised Manganiello’s dedication and knowledge of the DC villain, saying:

Well, that seem pretty clear. It looks like, despite the characters’ myriad setbacks, Joe Manganiello is still very much committed to playing the DC’s live action version of Wilson Slade aka Deathstroke. Now the question is: when will that be?

Gareth Edwards’ comments to Comic Book will likely elicit a mixed back of emotions from the DC fandom. On one hand, they’ll be pleased to learn just how seriously Joe Manganiello has taken his Deathstroke research. Comic book fans look very closely to film adaptations, and expect each actor to have done a fair amount of homework ahead of performing. Manganiello does just that, and apparently knows more than most of his peers in the superhero genre.

But there’s also a downside to Gareth Edwards’ Deathstroke update: it doesn’t seem like he’s actually attached to direct a spinoff. Edwards made history by directing the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, and therefore seems like a great choice to helm a DC project. Rogue One was set in a fantastic world, but still managed to be grounded and character driven. That seems like just what the DCEU needs, as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is still the only critical success to come from the shared universe.

Seemingly anything can happen in the DC’s still growing universe, so perhaps Gareth Edwards will work out a deal with DC after all. If he’s taken so many calls, he’s at least somewhat interested– especially if it links him with Joe Manganiello.

The next installment in the DCEU is Aquaman on December 21st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.