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The Walking Dead’s Ratings Reveal a Bad Omen

The Walking Dead seems to be on a march toward ratings death. The 8th season of the series only aired two episodes and the viewership numbers don’t exactly look promising. The ratings currently reside at their lowest ranking since season 2. That is awful news because a ratings decline becomes very difficult to turn around. Once fans leave the series, they do not often return. Pulling several million departed viewers isn’t exactly something that can easily be done. Someone at The Walking Dead and AMC has to figure how to stop the ratings death spiral or else this series won’t last much longer.

The incredibly exciting World Series currently taking place may be drawing viewers away from The Walking Dead. While this might account for some lost viewership, serious examination shows the entire Negan and The Saviors storyline is flopping. The decision to make the show even more violent than usual further turned off fans. The excruciating death of fan-favorite character Glenn was too much for many in the audience to bear. They tuned out of the show and do not seem to be coming back. Maybe something can be done to draw them back in, but the Negan “All-Out War” storyline won’t do it. Ratings so far indicate antipathy towards the events.

The end of the series won’t exactly happen this season. More than eight million people turn in to watch. The Walking Dead tops its cable competition by a wide margin. The series also makes money through all sorts of additional revenue such as video games. The declining ratings show the series won’t likely have legs too far beyond the 10th season. Hopefully, once the current storyline ends, the series can reboot its direction and try and rebuild ratings.

Catwoman Comes to Gotham

Camren Bicondova achieved acclaim for her role as Selina Kyle on the DC Comics television series Gotham. She’s likely to receive more acclaim and notoriety for becoming Selina Kyle’s alter ego Catwoman. The newest episode of Gotham features the costumed appearance of the classic Batman villain. Catwoman’s arrival continues the slow burning change of a series focusing on normal people as opposed to heroes and villains. In order for the series to continue, more heroes and villains are needed.

The original concept for Gotham was to show the early years of Batman’s universe by looking at the life of young Bruce Wayne. The supporting cast in the series featured a number of soon-to-be villains who had yet to become costumed maniacs. The characters slowly evolved through the initial seasons into the roles they assume in DC Comics canon.

Gotham really does need villains and some costumed heroes. The television series has its fans and receives critical acclaim. The ratings for the series haven’t exactly been groundbreaking. The humanity side of the series seems to be wearing thin. The current comic book movie and television series craze draws a lot of its success from presence of super-powered and fantastic beings. After a while, audiences get a little bored of a Batman series without Batman and his famous rogue’s gallery.

The core audience that enjoys the series aren’t going to go away when more villains enter the narrative fray. Quite a few new audiences members may jump in when the program takes a greater turn in the direction of traditional comic book entertainment.

Likely, the production team of Gotham sees the success of The Flash and Arrow and realize more heroes and villains means more ratings. Gotham must head in that direction to thrive in future seasons.

The Dawn Of A Young Batman Comes To Gotham In Season 4

The San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) has become famous for debuting surprises in store for fans of upcoming movies and television programs. One of the more shocking posters heralds the arrival of Bruce Wayne as a young Batman in Gotham’s fourth season. To say the arrival of the Caped Crusader on television would be big news would be a massive understatement. The new TV Batman would be a complete first for the hero as the first year of the character’s existence would be played out for the first time ever.

The poster does show Bruce wearing either a cape or a flowing coat, but definitely not the traditional Dark Knight uniform. Fans of the comic book series know the development of crime-fighter Bruce Wayne into Batman took some time. The costume came out of a bit of trial and error. Likely, this is how the television show will develop the transformation from Bruce Wayne to Batman.

Slowly bringing out the Batman character makes perfect sense. Once Batman debuts, Gotham ceases being Gotham. Instead, the series turns into “The All-New Batman Show” as the focus would shift from the city and its inhabitants to the Dark Knight and his adventures.

Allowing the program to show how Bruce Wayne becomes the well-known persona of Batman could help the series immensely. The transformation may time some time — and several seasons — allowing viewers to continue to maintain interest in the program.

And maybe the end game would be a new Batman TV series sequel once Gotham’s run ends.

The Defenders Receive Top Treatment From SFX Magazine

The hype machine rolls in for The Defenders. The upcoming Netflix series brings together all its top heroes for an ensemble program. Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Iron Fist all team up to oppose a major threat to New York City. SFX Magazine is hyping the show’s debut by putting the heroes on its cover. Actually, that statement has to be amended somewhat. All four won’t be appearing on a single cover. The four heroes each get their own cover. Fans can choose what particular magazines and corresponding covers to buy.

Collectors are sure to buy all four different covers. SFX Magazine likely will appreciate that gesture of collector’s consumerism.

Multiple and alternative covers absolutely helps the comic book industry sell more issues. SFX Magazine’s publishers are wise to borrow this tactic. Marvel and Netflix gain an added benefit as well. Each hero has his/her own base of fans.

Placing all four heroes faces on the newsstands helps remind those fans the new adventures of a preferred hero are forthcoming. Additionally, the lesser-known characters gain more exposure. This definitely helps build up the value of these heroes. Iron Fist definitely would benefit from some positive press and promotions considering how poorly the solo series was received.

Not everyone follows Netflix programming closely. Magazine and newsstand hype acts as a friendly reminder. The marketing of the program has to reach beyond the dedicated fans. Magazine cover appearances does assist with this cause.

And SFX Magazine may reap some huge sales as a side bonus.

New Game of Thrones Season Seven Trailer Revealed

The new Game of Thrones season seven trailer is very ominous, to say the least. It starts out with a paranoid Cersei Lannister who, now in control of the King’s Landing as queen of the seven kingdoms, is musing about the impending battles with the enemies that wish to challenge her throne. This is coupled with very dramatic music and a montage of the enemies as she lists them: Greyworm and the Unsullied army, a ship (possibly the Ironborn), a person cleaning a sword (possibly Dornish), and Arya Stark riding a horse alone in Northern attire.

 

Arya Stark’s appearance in this scene is most interesting because we know that Cersei is on her list, and it implies that Arya is returning to Westeros to come after her. With Arya’s new training from the House of Black and White, she will definitely be a threat to Cersei’s rule. Will Cersei be able to respond to all these invaders, or will she end up like the Mad King?

 

We then see Cersei commanding her army from atop the Iron Throne, with Jaime Lannister at her side in the King’s Guard; this is juxtaposed with their brother Tyrion commanding the Khaleesi’s dragons, and Daenerys sitting atop (what appears to be) the Dragonstone Throne. Daenerys is making a fiery speech, similar to the one Cersei made previously, “I was born to rule the seven kingdoms… and I will.” Shortly after this, Unsullied are seen clashing with Cersei’s army in King’s Landing. The Dothraki also make an appearance later on, swarming across a flat land killing members of Cersei’s army, dragons in tow.

 

There is then a shift in focus to the North: Jon Snow in Winterfell, Sansa Stark with Littlefinger, Wildlings running from an unseen threat, Arya huddling for warmth around a small fire, and even a cameo by Theon Greyjoy and the Red Woman. The video is finished by Jon Snow saying, eerily, “The Great War… is here.”

“The Warriors” Ready to Come Out and Play Again

The 1979 film, “The Warriors,” is in the early stages of being made into an hour-long television series by the makers of the Captain America films, Joe and Anthony Russo. The Russos will be working with both Paramount and the streaming service, Hulu, with Frank Baldwin scheduled to handle the writing for the episodes.

The original movie, which earned $22.5 million on a budget of $4 million, has been able to maintain cultural significance primarily due to the release of video games tied to the storyline. That story involved the challenges faced by a New York gang in getting back to their turf over the course of a single night. Along the way, they encounter other gangs intent on killing them, with choreographed violence a hallmark of the film.

The reason for the animosity is due to the belief that the Warriors were responsible for the murder of the leader of the city’s most powerful gang. Each of the 21 gangs that are noted is dressed in unique clothing and has a particular gimmick attached to their particular group.

One change that will presumably be seen by viewers of the television series is in the presentation of crime in the New York City area. At the time the film was shot in 1978, crime was a much more serious problem than it is in 2016. In addition, what gangs that exist now aren’t focused on fashion concerns.

Author Sol Yurick wrote the 1969 book on which the film was based.