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DC Needs A Movie/TV Multiverse, And Here’s How To Make It Happen

MultiFeatWith the word that Syfy and David S. Goyer are officially developing a TV series focused on Krypton — and on Superman’s grandfather — I’ve been thinking about how DC’s ambitious TV and movie plans could affect each other. Right now, DC is trying both to compete with Marvel’s huge head start at world-building and to set itself apart from Marvel’s “everything is connected” approach. So they’ve gone the opposite direction, with an interlocking movie continuity in the works while DC’s various TV properties unfold in their own separate realities (with the exception, so far, of The CW’s Arrow and The Flash). But what if we could instead have the best of both worlds? Or, more to the point, the best of infinite worlds?

One of the things that made the DC universe so fun over the years was the notion of the “multiverse” — countless parallel worlds, some dramatically different from the core DC universe of “Earth-1,” while others varied only in the smallest of way. I loved seeing Earth-2’s Justice Society — composed of the older “Golden Age” versions of DC’s heroes — teaming up with Earth-1’s Justice League to take down Earth-3’s Crime Syndicate, and that was one of the least nutty things that the multiverse made possible. So why not apply this multiverse idea to the various DC TV and film projects? DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns even hinted such a thing was possible a while back, and the concept is back in play at DC comics right now thanks to Grant Morrison’s Multiversity event. Honestly, the more I think about this, the more I love the idea. So, let’s break down why the notion of a DC movie/TV multiverse has the potential to be amazing.

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Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Reveals Changes From The Film In This Featurette

Over the next few months, Syfy is definitely upping their game. Next week you have the big event miniseries Ascension kicking off, Helix returns to your TV screen early next year, and on January 16, you’ll finally get a look at their adaptation of 12 Monkeys. To hype that particular series, the network has released this new featurette to give you a better idea of the world you’re walking into.

Like Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time travel film, this 12 Monkeys revolves around James Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man from the future, sent back in time in order to stop a plague that wipes out most of the human race and forces the remnants to struggle for survival. On his journey, he meets Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), and enlists her help to save the human race from a dismal, post-apocalyptic future. As you probably guessed, there also appears to be some romance in the air.

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Steven Moffat Confirms That The Doctor Could Become A Woman, Here’s How

CapaldiWe know that Peter Capaldi will be back as the lead in Doctor Who through season 9, but as a show about continual rebirth and reinvention, there is always an eye on the future. And like it or not, love the idea or hate it, there is still talk that a future incarnation of the venerable Time Lord may be a woman. That’s not going to go away anytime soon, as Capaldi, Steven Moffat, and Michelle Gomez have all recently chimed in on the subject.

Just a head’s up, there may be some minor spoilers beyond this point if you’re not current on Doctor Who.

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Like Orphan Black? More Clone Drama Is Coming To NBC With This

ImitationIf you’re a fan of seeing clones on your television set, you’re in luck, because BBC America’s Orphan Black won’t be the only option you have for much longer. NBC, Amazon, and super producer Jerry Bruckheimer are all getting in on the act together, developing an adaptation of Heather Hildenbrand’s clone-based digital novel Imitation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series just got a script commitment from the network, and there is a solid team in place to continue to push this forward. Matt Morgan and Ian Sobel, who worked on the From Dusk ‘Til Dawn series on El Rey, will write the adaptation and executive produce, with Bruckheimer, Alloy Entertainment, and Warner Bros. on board to provide logistical production support. Alloy is also responsible for releasing Hildenbrand’s novel through Amazon Publishing as a part of their “digital-first” imprint, and this is their first TV sale.

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Syfy And David Goyer Are Making A Superman Show…Sort Of

ManOfSteelI remember when Smallville was first announced, hearing the whole “no tights/no flights” rule and thinking, “How the hell is that going to work?” It ended up working better than it had any right to, even though it was far from a perfect show. Now we’ve got Gotham, a Batman show without Batman. It takes the Smallville concept even further by showing us adventures in Batman’s burgh before young master Wayne has even gone through puberty. Well, brace yourselves, folks, because DC’s just getting started with this shit. Next up, a Syfy series focused on Superman’s Kryptonian grandpa. Great Caesar’s ghost! (Stay tuned for the inevitable series about Perry White’s great-grandfather’s adventures during World War II.)

We first mentioned the possibility of a Krypton series in October, when word broke that Man of Steel/Batman Begins screenwriter David S. Goyer was developing a Superman prequel series that would focus on Kal-El’s homeworld. At the time, details were scarce — and actually, they’re still pretty scarce, but now we at least know the network involved. Syfy, amidst its full-court press to regain respectability and become the go-to destination for scripted science fiction TV, is partnering with Goyer, Ian Goldberg (FlashForward), and Warner Horizon Television to develop Krypton. Goldberg is writing the pilot script, based on a story conceived by Goyer and himself. And look, they have a logo!

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Continuum Is Coming To An End, Get The Details Here

continuum06Well this sucks. Unfortunately it isn’t ever entirely unexpected when a fantastic sci-fi show is cancelled prematurely, but that doesn’t make it sting any less when it actually happens. We could run down the list of genre shows that were taken from us well before there time, but that would take too way long, and now it is one name longer, as Continuum has been cut off. The one bit of silver lining here is that it will get a final, albeit truncated season.

Deadline reports that the embattled time travel police procedural has finally been officially renewed for a fourth season, though it will only run for six episodes and be the last in the series. This isn’t an ideal situation, of course, but it’s better than having no resolution at all. In a statement, star Rachel Nichols says, “All great stories deserve an end.” Canadian channel Showcase will continue to produce the series, and Syfy will still handle the U.S. side of things, with the final episodes airing sometime next year.