Brian Bendis


PlayStation Network: The multimedia service offered on Sony‘s PlayStation game consoles is set to release its first original series, an adaptation of the comic book series Powers published by Image and written by Ultimate Spider-Man scribe Brian Michael Bendis, who will also executive produce the show.

Powers follows the adventures of a pair of “normal” cops fighting crime in a world where superheroes and villains are very real, and public knowledge. The series will star South African actor Sharlto Copley of District 9, and The Following‘s Susan Heyward, and it’s being produced by Charlie Huston. Director David Slade–known best for directing 30 Days of Night, and several episodes of NBC‘s Hannibal–will helm the first two episodes. More after the jump: (more…)

Most of you have heard about DC Entertainment’s plans to create the DC Nation block of programming on Cartoon Network. Cartoons such as Green Lantern and Young Justice, comic creator interviews, live action, shorts, anything DC.

You know that Marvel wouldn’t be far behind. Marvel’s highly publicised upcoming animated series Ultimate Spider-Man based on Brian Bendis’ comic of the same name, will debut in a new programming block on the basic cable channel Disney XD called Marvel Universe. The animated block of television will also contain:

“. . . exclusive Marvel content, including new animated short-form series, live-action interstitials and the series return of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  The block will be home to Marvel’s biggest superstars, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and many more to introduce dynamic stories of action, adventure and heroism to a whole new generation.”

Ultimate Spider-Man will also have a few differences from the comic we know so well. For a start, the lead character is white.

“Ultimate Spider-Man features a teenage Peter Parker juggling the typical growing pains of high-school with the not-so-typical growing pains of being a Super Hero.  As the newest member of Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, Peter finds himself on a team with four other teenage Super Heroes.”

Credits across the shows include some of Marvel’s creative greats:  Joe Quesada, Paul Dini, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle and Brian Bendis.

Hopefully this wil spark some creative juices on both sides of the Marvel/DC comic fence, driving improvments to both companies quality and quantity of animated series.


The more I hear about Jessica Jones the TV series, the more I stroke my chin with intrigue. Jones, the lead character in Marvel Comics Alias series, is a superhero turned investigator. I’ve never read it, but I hear it’s a mature comic that features drug use and implied anal sex. Considering how America loves them Law and Order type shows, as well as unheroic heroes who constantly make shitty choices, I guarantee this will be an instant hit.

Anyway, you nerds will be pleased to know that not only with this show include B-list heroes, like Luke Cage and Ms. Marve, but it will also reference The Avengers. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) has the update:

“I wrote it kind of off season so it fell in between seasons,” Rosenberg says. “So, we are waiting to see what happens for the upcoming season now and our hope is that it will come to life at that time. It fell between the cracks of the seasons and, hopefully, this will be the one.”

Rosenberg confirmed the show would also have principal parts for Luke Cage (also known as Power Man and her eventual husband in the comics) as well as Carol Danvers (better known as Ms. Marvel).

“I had Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Carol Danvers [for the pilot script]. Basically, I wanted those three guys — then I would have a series. Everyone else we can be digging into lesser known characters or taking known characters and renaming them.”

As for The Avengers themselves, Rosenberg says she can reference them, but Tony Stark and Stark Industries are in the current pilot script. Rosenberg notes, “As we go along things will alter in terms of what is made available to us, but we’re definitely in that universe. We are in no way denying that that universe exists. And as much as I can I’m going to pull everything in from there that I can use.”

Marvel-Disney is adapting Brian BendisAlias comic; Jessica Jones for ABC. They got Twilight hack Melissa Rosenberg to write and produce the series. The story revolves around a superhero that suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. She quits fighting crime once her disorder interferes with her powers. She decides to help in a different way by opening a private detective agency that caters to other superheroes.

Out of all the Marvel characters and storylines, we get “Jessica Jones”? Regardless, I like the idea of this show.  It could do so much more for Marvel.