Bruce Timm Explains Barbra Gordon’s Role in ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’

During this year’s San Diego Comic-con, we had the chance to sit down with some of the people responsible for bringing The Killing Joke to the screen. One of those responsible for the animated adaptation of the controversial graphic novel was none other than Bruce Timm. Bruce Timm is known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series, an animated series that changed the animated world for the better. In this interview, Timm explains the need for more Barbra Gordon in the animated adaptation, what he did not like about the graphic novel and why he originally didn’t want to do this project.

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Q: It took a long time to get this one off the ground, what slowed this project down and how did it happen now?

Bruce Timm: Our first iteration of the movie was (I didn’t even know exactly what year, Brian [Azzarello] seems to think it was 2007), whatever year ‘The Watchmen’ came out, that’s the jest of it. When we first started talking about doing it, Brian wrote the script, we let the home video people know that this is kind of a special case, a famous comic, it’s a very notorious comic, if we do it is there a chance that it might be R-rated, are they going to be okay with that? The home video people said yes, reluctantly we are okay with that. Later that year, the ‘Watchmen‘ movie came out and kind of under performed and everyone kind of took a second look at it and thought ‘well maybe this is not the time to do an R-rated superhero movie.’ So we put it on the shelf. A couple of years later we revisited it, home video people said ‘yeah, let’s do it this time, go.’ We started designing it, storyboarding it and then the shooting in Aurora happened, which was a horrible tragedy. And everyone looked at it and said ‘Okay…Batman and gun violence is kind of hitting to close to home right now. This is not the time.’ So we shelved it again. And both times I kind of – honestly, I sighed in relief ’cause I was dreading doing this movie. So a couple of years later, we said ‘Let’s do ‘The Killing Joke’ again.’ Initially, the comic is so short, it’s not really long enough to make a feature film out of and Brian’s script wasn’t feature length. The home video people said ‘Yeah, we’ll just do it as a short movie and adjust the price point so people don’t feel ripped off.’ But this last time we put it out on the floor, we said you know what, let’s expand it to feature film length and we’ll use that screen time to kind of fix one of the things about the comic that’s kind of always bothered me, in that Barbra [Gordon] is kind of just a victim. She’s basically there to be wounded so that Commissioner Gordon and Batman  can be all pissed off and swear revenge. Not that this completely mitigates that but to me it made the movie more palatable to spend more time with Barbra in the story before ‘The Killing Joke’ happens.

Q: You mentioned the fact that it’s a little bit more of a mature story, how do you feel that fits in as far as fleshing out what comics can do that are going to be at different levels for all people, different styles of adaptation?

Bruce Timm: I’m kind of at two minds about it. I felt a little weird when we got the r rating and then the home video people said ‘Okay let’s do it’, on one hand it was like okay cool, we kind of crossed that threshold, the other part of me was kind of like oh, man that’s kind of sad, I kind of finally made a Batman movie that little kids should not see. But in a way it’s kind of okay because they do have alternatives, there are other things that are more age appropriate Batman in the comics, the movies , cartoons, tv shows, the toys but it did feel a bit weird.

Age of the Nerd: As far as adding more Barbra Gordon to the story, how tough was that to add this bigger layer onto something that everybody read and grew up with?

Bruce Timm: Well what’s interesting about it is that knowing that would be a possibly issue for certain people, we designed the movie in such a way that if you really are only interested in seeing ‘The Killing Joke’. if you’re really that much of a purest, the movie is designed in such a way that you can go to chapter five and hit play and you’ll skip the entire first half of the movie, just watch ‘The Killing Joke’ part and you’re good. It’s a clear break. It’s not completely integrated, it’s almost like literally two different movies sandwiched together, so having said that, I hope people do watch the first part of it because I’m very proud of it, I really enjoy the first half of the movie, weirdly enough, almost as much as that I enjoy the second half of the movie. I think Tara [Strong] is great in it, I think Kevin [Conroy] is awesome in it and Brian wrote a really great script. I’m very proud of it, so we will see.

Q: Were Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill always in the cards for this movie?

Bruce Timm: Well Mark has very publicly said many times that he would only come back and play the Joker if it was ‘The Killing Joke’ and I think that was just his way in sending a message to us that if we would ever do ‘The Killing Joke’ that we would be in a lot of trouble if we didn’t hire him. So…mission accomplished, Mark! It was great. He would obviously be our first choice anyways. Him having said that, chances are if we offered him that part, he would probably say yes. Once he was signed on, it was like well it would be really weird if we have him as Joker if we didn’t have Kevin as Batman, so that made that an easy sell. Then it was like okay, who’s going to play Batgirl? I guess it better be Tara Strong then shouldn’t it? So everything just kind of fell into place. I’m always delighted anytime I can work with any of those guys. Kevin is always my number one choice for any Batman project.

Q: At the core of it, why did you pick out this story? Is there something that particularly about the story that drew you in?

Bruce Timm: I have not always wanted to do it. I have always kind of not wanted to do it. I admire the comic enormously, I respect it. I don’t really loved it, I never loved it. It’s not my favorite Alan Moore comic. I think Brian Bolland’s artwork is phenomenal, that to me, still holds up. There’s even things that Alan wrote in the story that I think are amazing as well but there are certain things about it that have always just rubbed me the wrong way for weirdly personal reasons, specifically the way that Batgirl is treated. I think even Alan Moore himself said that he kind of regrets those aspects of ‘The Killing Joke’. But when it came down to doing it, it was just kind of like well, I could say no and somebody else would do it. That would probably be okay but at the same time, it’s just kind of a challenge. It’s kind of like can I take this mature material that I don’t love but can I turn it into a movie that I love without putting my own stamp on it and that was my own personal challenge. You guys would be the judge if I pulled it off.

 

 

Be sure to check out our review of Batman: The Killing Joke and our interview with Kevin Conroy.

 

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Kevin Conroy Talks ‘The Killing Joke’ and ‘Batman: The Animated Series’

At San Diego Comic-con 2016, we had the honor to sit down and talk with some of the faces and voices behind the newest DC Animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke. One of those voices we talked to were none other than the man behind the voice of Bruce Wayne and Batman, Kevin Conroy. Take a look at the interview below as Kevin Conroy talks about Batman: The Animated Series, The Killing Joke and how it felt to make Batman laugh for the first time.

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Q: How was it approaching something like this where it’s R-rated?

Kevin Conroy: Well remember the original show that was on Fox was on primetime. It was really geared toward an adult audience to begin with. It was never geared towards kids to begin with. I think that kind of evolved over time with ‘The Adventures of Batman and Robin’ and ‘The Justice League’, ‘Batman: Beyond’, those were intended to be for a younger audience but ‘Batman: The Animated Series”, what made it so wonderful was that it was a primetime show. They were going for an adult audience. Our biggest audience for that show was I think college age. To answer your question, this is a much darker version, a much more adult story but when you approach the character, you’re being true to the character, regardless of the situation he’s in. The situations change, the character doesn’t change. The thing I found about Batman is that the audience is so passionate with this character. They’re so passionate. They know more about him than I do, in terms of his background. If I was ever to be inauthentic or to lie, or to take a shortcut, I would hear about it in about five seconds. They would just tune it out! And I have too much respect for them. I know that I can’t get away with it, I’m not gonna try. So for me, it’s always getting to the character from the inside out. And I know that’s the way Mark [Hamill] approaches the Joker. He always comes at it from the inside out. These are both really complicated twisted characters. Each twist in their own way. Batman is not square-jawed Superman, he is dark and complex and struggling with inner demons, which is why he’s most comfortable in a cave with bats. Joker is equally damaged. They just go in different directions. Sometimes complete opposites end up in the same place, you know what I mean. I often thought that we define each other (Batman and Joker). One wouldn’t exist without the other.

Q: As a longtime animation veteran, what do you think it means to have a more mature type of entry into the field?

Kevin Conroy: As an art form, I think it’s been being done for awhile with shows like ‘Family Guy’, you got a lot of very adult content animation going on. So for this show we do it with Batman, it makes all the sense in the world. There’s a huge adult audience for animation. It’s appropriate that it happened now. I certainly see it when I go to comic-con, ninety percent of people who come to see me are adults, occasionally, there’s some kids. I’m a very adult character.

Age of the Nerd: How important was it to you to comeback and do the voice of Batman for The Killing Joke, especially when you heard that Mark Hamill really wanted to do it? Did you want to do it as much as Mark did?

Kevin Conroy: Oh, absolutely. I would fly across country to be able to work with Mark [Hamill]. I love working with Mark Hamill. He’s like a brother to me. We get together and there’s (?) we both trust each other. I know Mark [Hamill] wants me to be good and I know he knows that I want him to be good. We want the best out of each other – that’s like a wonderful relationship. I mean it’s like a great, great brother that you just trust.

Q: How was it like to have Batman laughing for the first time?

Kevin Conroy: Isn’t that wild?! I’ve never done that before. We’ve never done that sort of thing, like wait a minute…how do I laugh? I’ve never explored that quality to him. Where does that come from?

Q: Can you do it now by any chance?

Kevin Conroy: No! [Laughs] Because it’s not just putting on a laugh. You’ll see when you see it, Mark [Hamill] said it was wild listening to it. It’s interesting.

 

 

 

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Joking Around With Suicide Squad’s Jared Leto

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(PCM) When Jared Leto stepped into the shoes of the Joker, it was no laughing matter. The 44-year-old is stunning and terrifying as the iconic comic book character in “The Suicide Squad,” while making his mark on a role that had previously been nailed by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.

The Warner Bros. film, which opens on Friday, [August 5], is about a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super-Villains, who are sent off on an impossible mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.

Best known for his Oscar-winning role in “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” and his role in television’s “My So-Called Life,” Leto is a bit of a chameleon, as an actor.

Leto’s other films include: “Requiem for a Dream,” “Fight Club,” “Panic Room,” “American Psycho,” “Girl, Interrupted,” and “The Thin Red Line.”

At the heart of the movie, is taking a group of renegade criminals being blackmailed into doing a job deemed too difficult for the government’s deepest government agents.

Among the Super-Villains is the Joker’s girlfriend, former psychiatrist, the bad-ass Harley Quinn, perfectly played by Aussie actress Margot Robbie. Clad in girlish pony tails and skimpy outfits, and wielding a baseball bat, the colorful character dubbed ‘Daddy’s Lil Monster,’ provides important comic relief.

“Suicide Squad,” is a fantastic and fun-filled spectacle, with a wild and edgy pulse.

The film is a true thrill ride and a must-see summer blockbuster. It does not get better than this cast led by Leto, Robbie and Will Smith.

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Writer-director David Ayer has brought together a group of award-winning actors and let them loose to transform themselves into a tightly-knit ensemble. The rest of the stellar cast includes: Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman and Carla Delevingne.

The writer of “Training Day,” and writer-director of “Fury,” Ayer also used some unique techniques to get to the heart and soul of these bad-ass bad guys. What ensues is a wild, weird and wicked ride for these anti-heroes who had already found themselves in some insane adventures that landed them shackled in an impenetrable prison.

During a recent press day in midtown Manhattan, the director said it was a challenge to write the Joker, a lunatic who so easily takes to the asylum. “The Joker is a fascinating complex guy, but it was terrifying to work with this character because he’s one of the best-known villains in Western fiction.”

Ayer said that he needed to “be respectful of the legacy of the Joker” and everything that came before. “To understand the core of that character, and not tamper with that, yet at the same time, reinvent the Joker for the new film. Jared beautifully pulled off that high wire act.”

Robbie, who endured both physical and emotional hardship for her role as the Joker’s girlfriend, said that the “emotional stuff” was definitely more difficult. “I was trying to figure out why Harley was so devoted to the Joker, a guy that tries to occasionally kill her,” she said. “That was difficult to get my head around.”

Q: What was it like bringing these characters to life, especially since you seemingly had the most difficult acting job in the whole movie?

Jared Leto: It’s kind of like giving birth out of your pr**k hole.

Q: Obviously, you’ve got my attention, please continue.

JL: I felt I had permission to break all the rules and challenge myself and everyone around me in a way I had never done before. For me, it was absolutely the role of a lifetime. I had so much fun playing the Joker. I could easily just play the Joker a few more times and retire.

Q: So, how do you see the Joker?

JL: He lives in between reality and another plane. It is a truly intoxicating role.

Q: Does the Joker truly love “the adorable and vexing” Harley?

JL: The Joker has a very strong attachment to Harley. No one else really matters very much, but why would they when you’ve got her? What’s the rest of the world? It’s just a game. We’re sharing a wicked dream and having a good laugh.

Q: Some feel you are courageous stepping into the Joker’s shoes?

JL: The Joker is an iconic legend. He’s been around for 75 years, and there are so many variations on the story. The Joker is Mount Everest; one of those impossible ideas where you most likely can’t achieve what you set out to do. It was terrifying and exciting and a total honor to take on this role.

Q: I hear there was a real process and technique to getting you and the other actors into these larger-than-life characters.

JL: Yes. It required some manipulation.

Q: How so?

JL: I was isolated from the others, while the rest of them were bonding and becoming this rather dysfunctional family. I was off steeping myself in the comics, as well as psychopaths and psychiatrists – so that Joker felt deeply different.

Q: How do you put humanity and humor into this movie, which has its dark, comic book and campy elements?

JL: Our director, David [Ayer], was really brave because from the beginning it was clear that he wanted to do something different, he wanted to do something special, he wanted to make something that we would all be really proud of. So, I could get the sense from him that he was willing to go to all lengths to get that, and that was both a little scary, but also very exciting

Q: Tell me more.

JL: David is not only the director, but also the writer of the film, so I was surprised by how much freedom that he gave to everybody to go completely crazy. [Laughter]. But what I thought was really genius about David was that he was always looking for the accident. He was always looking for the mistake and embracing that, and for Margo and I there was a lot of humor, there was a lot of things that I thought were funny in a sick and twisted way and he was really wonderful in that way.

Q: Please take me back to when you found out you were chosen for the role of the Joker.

JL: I remember when I got the call. I had this simultaneous feeling of excitement and dread. As soon as I heard the word “Joker” I knew that I was going to have to dive really deep and go to a place I had never gone before. He’s been interpreted so beautifully, they should almost put a cap on the well and just call it a day.

Q: But you decided to take on this great challenge.

JL: Yes. There was the other side: what else could I uncover? What could I do that hadn’t been done? The side of me that likes exploration and adventure was immediately set on fire by this. So it changed me forever. It was such an immersive, challenging, unique experience going into that rabbit hole. I never thought in a million years that I would have the chance to play a role like this.

Photo credit: Paula Schwartz

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Dissecting The Music Festival: A Chat With Clay Busch VP Of Sponsorship And Marketing For Danny Wimmer Presents

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(PCM) Summer is generally everyone’s favorite time of year. It is the time of year when many of us plan our vacations filled with fun times and relaxation. Perhaps your plans include a trip to the beach or maybe some type camping excursion, however if you are anything like us then your summer plans include at least one or two music festivals before it is time to head back to the grind.

As fans we head out to a music festival to chill out, relax and have a good time while rocking out with some of our favorite bands. It is a place to escape the reality of day to day life and just let yourself go in the music and atmosphere of the festival environment. We do not always take the time to think about the team and the individuals who spend countless hours putting these festivals together from the inside.

Thanks to the wonderful individuals at Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP), we have seen such a massive rise in the amount of solid rock festivals that are taking place in all areas of the country. PCM has been covering rock festivals such as Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance, and most recently Chicago Open Air for many years all of which are put together by DWP.

It has been truly amazing to watch the growth and expansion of these festivals throughout the years. Rock On The Range celebrated its’ ten year anniversary in 2016 and we are now seeing festivals such as Rock Allegiance, which takes place at Talon Energy Stadium in Chester, PA in September, making the leap from a stellar single day festival to now a much larger scale, multi-day event.

While out at Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH, we had an opportunity to catch up with VP of Sponsorship and Marketing for DWP, Mr. Clay Busch to chat about the ways in which the company has expanded their festivals to all areas of the country, what goes into the curating such amazing line-ups, and more. Busch reveals “We are doing a lot more than just putting together rock festivals. We are putting together real, one of a kind destination events and experiences for fans”.

He goes on to say, “For example, when you got to Rock Allegiance in the Philadelphia area this fall, you are going to have a true Philadelphia experience.  You are going to get gourmet Man Food Philly-style, you are going to get the who’s who of rock n’ roll, along with an incredible beer experience, incredible beverage experience and that is really what are number one priority is. How do we push the limits to make sure the fans enjoy this. They spend a lot of time and money to travel to these things and it is our responsibility to create the best experience of the year because that could be their only trip. If we don’t do our job in over delivering than we didn’t do our job right.”

After another fantastic year at Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, and Chicago Open Air, we are totally amped for Rock Allegiance!  This year’s line-up features Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Slayer, The Offspring, Volbeat and many, many more! Preview feature here!

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Mr. Robot Dominates San Diego Comic Con! Exclusive Interview With Actor Christian Slater!

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(PCM) Talk about a show that has grown in popularity enormously within the last year, even winning a Golden Globe award for Best TV Drama!  The USA Network series Mr. Robot barely had any presence at last year’s San Diego Comic Con, however this year the show was everywhere and fans just couldn’t get enough news and information about just where this amazing series is headed.

In addition to having advertisements for the show splayed across multiple San Diego city buses, pedicabs and walls, we discovered that hidden down a side street in the Gaslamp District there was a small computer repair shop. Once you entered the computer repair shop, you were then escorted down a side passageway prior to entering an exact replica of Elliot’s apartment. It was eerily accurate and once inside you were handed a Samsung Gear VR headset to watch a super exclusive episode of Mr. Robot filmed in 360-degree video. It was amazing and proves that VR is certainly the wave of the future. We won’t give anything about the episode away, but it was a definitely an “altered” experience!

We had a chance to catch up with actor Christian Slater, who plays the elusive Mr. Robot on the series during the show’s Comic Con press room.  When speaking about the negativity that can occur from people that troll the internet, Slater comments that “Contempt prior to investigation, that annoys me.  You can’t hate something without seeing it and that is not something any of us should subscribe to. ”

We mentioned that a few weeks ago some set images popped up revealing perhaps a flashback to Mr. Robot’s family, so of course we were curious to know just what was going on in that particular scene. Slater reveals “Elliot is reminiscing and I’m really excited for you guys to get to see that stuff.  It’s difficult to talk about it because Sam [Esmail] was having a particularly creative moment there I think and it’s going to be interesting to see what you guys think of episode five.”

We jokingly asked Slater what his characters name was in his head to which he replied “That’s a really good question!  On the scripts its’ “Mr. Robot” so when I get the scripts I’m “Mr. Robot”. It’s crazy because when I got the pilot for this show I was like ‘Mr. Robot, what’s this?, Am I going to have little wires and gear boxes on me?’ but I was very grateful and relieved that it was going in a completely different direction.”

When speaking about what initially drew him to the role, Slater comments “It was certainly a world that I didn’t know a great deal about, so it was something very interesting to explore. I had more questions after reading the pilot than I had on any other thing I had done before, so to be able to sit down then after having those questions with somebody like Sam Esmail and Chad Hamilton the producer and have them answer those questions in such a fully detailed manner got me very excited.”

He went on to speak out his attraction to characters who are very anarchist and avant-gard saying “Sure, “Heathers” and “Pump The Volume” and I’ve even heard people describe this as “Pump The Volume” 2.0.” We asked if there was anything he was surprised to learn about himself as an actor while exploring the character of Mr. Robot. Slater tells us “I think so. You know, I’ve certainly been faced with a lot of interesting challenges and again the writing has just given me such an opportunity to have something to really sink my teeth into and I really hadn’t had that feeling in such a long time. The writing is so detailed and so rich and the characters are so beautifully developed it was such an usual experience for a television show and for this to be on USA Network. It’s been an interesting process to be a part of where all these wonderful filmmakers, because this was originally supposed to be a movie, Sam had written it as a movie, to get financing for independent movies has become so difficult, that I am grateful that we have all these other new platforms for all these creative people to be able to tell these fully realized stories.”

Finally we had to know how far in the script he had seen to which Slater revealed “For this season, he had them all written before we started, so we did a read through of every episode in two days, so that put us all the way in. It was a fantastic experience.”

AMC’s The Walking Dead Invades San Diego Comic Con! Exclusive Interviews And Season Seven Premiere Date Revealed!

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(PCM) When we last left our beloved Walking Dead, Rick and his crew were in a pretty pretty perilous situation at the hands of Negan and his beloved friend, a barbed wire bat named “Lucille”.   Season six left us with a major cliffhanger as we were unsure as to which character on the show met their ultimate fate with a smash to the face from Lucille. The wait is almost over as, AMC has revealed that season seven of The Walking Dead will premiere on October 23 at 9:00pm ET/PT. As in previous seasons, the show’s seventh season of 16 episodes will air in two parts, with the first eight episodes kicking off October 23 and the final eight returning February 2017. The season seven trailer made its’ debut during The Walking Dead’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic Con, you can check it out it all it’s amazing glory below:

We had a chance to catch up with the cast and producers of AMC’ The Walking Dead during their press room at San Diego Comic Con and one of our burning questions was just how hard it has been for all of them to talk about the upcoming season and keep it secret.

Robert Kirkman jokes, “It’s pretty easy to say nothing!”. Sonequa Martin-Green then adds “Even our friends and family try to figure it out. They are following on our social media accounts trying to gather clues about what we are posting with our whereabouts and trying to get us to stumble and say something”.

Scott Gimple acknowledges that the show took a big risk leaving such a massive cliffhanger at the end of season six and of course knew that many fans would be angered. He commented “You have to respect the reaction no matter what but I think it’s important not to be afraid.”

When speaking about the big death that we all know is inevitable Greg Nicotero commented that the biggest challenge was “how brutal, unexpected and senseless” it was going to be.  He felt the producers had some very big expectations to live up to and it was going “change the direction or course” for all the survivors.  It is always difficult to change up the entire landscape of a cast. Dave Alpert said it best when he commented “If a character is killed off and it doesn’t hurt or affect anybody then we are not doing our job.”

We also wondered just how hard it was for Steven Yuen, who plays Glenn to have to remain hidden for quite a long time before it was revealed that his character did not perish during the infamous dumpster scene. He commented “During the dumpster time, that was pretty much because I was literally just holed up in the apartment. I gave me a lot of time to think because when you do sign on for a show that is long running, in this day and age you’re not just signing up to be an actor in a show, but signing up for a particular lifestyle to a degree.  I rarely came out, just for a month, but it was new to me”.

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Greg Nicotero revealed that  “it’s natural progression as we move through the story line to introduce a lot of these characters from the comic book and there will definitely be some surprises for sure.” He went on to say that right now it is all about Ezekiel and Shiva as a new characters  … and of course a CGI tiger.” For those that are curious as to why the show decided to use CGI for the tiger, the show runners told us it was more humane and having a real life tiger on set would be truly terrifying.

Nicotero also pointed out to us that that comics have always been a good roadmap for the direction of the show, however that does not mean that they can’t deviate from time to time. Some changes will be made in regards to Ezekiel, the Hilltop colony and their war against Negan, however we are left to wonder just how those changes will play out.

The group was very overconfident when it came to taking on Negan and his group, however as we all saw in the finale that confidence was diminished very quickly when the group discovered what kind of fate was laid out before time. Steven Yuen says “You see these characters the most scared than they’ve ever been”. Michael Cudlitz adds “It almost felt as we, as characters, were experiencing just how bad things truly were in real time, right along side the audience. Danai Gurira concludes that the groups overconfidence was “based on the fact that we’ve gotten over so much in the past and we are very agile mentally with our strategies and we all have different strengths.”

If you have ever noticed while watching an episode of the The Walking Dead, the season always seems to be spring or summer. We have very rarely if at all seen these characters dealing with any other climate elements. We posed the questions about whether or not we would ever seen winter time in the series to which Scott Gimple replied “I make no promises but I would be shocked if we didn’t. It would be special if we did.”  Robert Kirkman added “If we can CGI a tiger, than I am sure we can do something with snow”.

Obviously, Lauren Cohen who plays Maggie on the show couldn’t reveal a lot about her characters pregnancy and the final outcome (believe me, we tried) she did however speak about the idea behind dealing with pregnancy during an apocalypse situation saying “I think the lesson that I take from character progression and what we see on the show is there will be suffering and that is inevitable.” She went on to reveal that she feels Maggie needed to experience those types of situations to be where she is now and that is what has shaped her into the person she has become.

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Love him or hate him, we are certainly going to be seeing a ton of Negan this coming season and actor Jeffery Dean Morgan says that he fully expects to greeted by a “sea of middle fingers” come Comic Con next year.  He did however reveal that he was “fully embraced by everyone on the set and they made him feel like one of the family from day one”.  He did comment that things get “very weird” on set when Negan is around, however everyone acts with complete professionalism.

AMC also announced that there will be two “The Walking Dead” special programming events hosted by Chris Hardwick. A “The Walking Dead Season 7 Preview Special,” which will give fans an early look at what to expect in the upcoming season, including exclusive interviews with the cast and executive producers and behind-the-scenes moments, premieres Sunday, August 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  A two-hour “The Walking Dead” Recap Special”, a retrospective on the series’ acclaimed six seasons, premieres Sunday, October 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

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