A couple of weeks ago, Sherlock producer Steven Moffat revealed that super criminal Moriarty would not be returning to the hit show. With the great detective’s arch-nemesis out of the picture, Hypable delves into the original stories to try and deduce who will fill the villain void.

James Moriarty may be Holmes’ most famous adversary, but he is by no means the only deadly foe that Sherlock and John face in the original Conan Doyle stories. In fact, “the most dangerous man in London” only actually appears in one story – “The Final Problem.” Aside from that, he is only ever mentioned or referenced in six of the 60 adventures. So, it is hardly a surprise that co-creators Moffat and Gaitiss decided to retire the criminal mastermind. However, his departure from BBC’s Sherlock does leave incredibly big shoes to fill. So, Hypable’s Harri Sargeant takes a look at some of the other famous villains in the canon, to try and work out who Sherlock could be facing next.

 

Charles Augustus Milverton

One of the few Sherlock Holmes villains to have an adventure named after them, Charles Augustus Milverton is one of the series’ most vile criminals. Milverton makes his money by collecting compromising letters before ruthlessly blackmailing the subjects, demanding high amounts of cash to avoid scandal. The slimy villain outrages Holmes, who says “I’ve had to do with fifty murderers in my career, but the worst of them never gave me the repulsion which I have for this fellow. “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” features murder, scandal, disguises, and even Holmes and Watson breaking into the criminal’s house.

If he became the new Sherlock villain: we could expect Milverton to deal in videos and private-eye photographs, as well as phone hacking and leaked emails. His targets would probably be celebrities, given our contemporary fascination with gossip and the personal lives of people in the public eye. There would also be a potential return for Kitty Reilley, first seen in ‘The Reichenbach Fall,’ as a frequent purchaser of Milvertons compromising material. Finally, expect some hilarious interaction between John and Sherlock as they attempt to break into the villain’s house.

 

Dr. Grimesby Roylott

He might be unlikely to appear in series three due to the ‘The Speckled Blonde’ references in ‘A Scandal In Belgravia,’ but Dr. Roylott is a villain screaming out to be brought to life in a contemporary setting. The violent stepfather of Helen Stoner, Roylott is willing to murder the daughters of the woman he widows. He is a quirky, unpredictable man who likes to keep Indian animals like cheetahs, baboons and snakes – all of which are allowed free roam of his estate, alongside a group of gypsies camping on the grounds. He is a terrifying man, threatening the great detective and using serpents to murder. While the story may have already been referenced, ‘The Speckled Band’ is Steven Moffat’s favourite Sherlock Holmes story – so, you never know.

If he became the new Sherlock villain: Roylott’s crimes would probably be changed dramatically and put on a grander scale. He would be a manic, flamboyant man who would probably own a zoo or animal sanctuary. Sherlock and John would be pitted against a variety of dangerous animals, including the famous swamp adder. The gypsies would probably feature a lot, in a terrifying and odd episode laden with metaphors.

Colonel Sebastian Moran

The odds-on favourite to be Moriarty’s successor is also his right-hand man in the Conan Doyle stories. Fans on Tumblr have taken a shining to the character (fan-casting Misfits star Craig Parkinson for the role), and he is also the first villain that Holmes faces after revealing he survived his final showdown with Moriarty. In ‘The Empty House,’ Moran is described as “the second most dangerous man in London” after Moriarty himself. A keen hunter, and crack shot with a sniper, the Colonel swears to kill Holmes in vengeance for his former boss’s death. While he only appears in one story, he proves to be a dangerous enemy and an interesting character. We might have already seen him in Sherlock anyway, as one of the snipers from 2×03.

If he became the new Sherlock villain: Moran would be a slightly different character; the lover of Moriarty if shippers got their way. We could expect him to be a lingering presence throughout the series, never seen but always there. He may even go after John, in an effort to make Sherlock feel as lost as he did when Moriarty killed himself. As a keen card player, Moran may even like to play games with the detective, leaving things to chance in an array of deadly puzzles. Expect an appearance from a tiger or two as well.

So, who do you think the next Sherlock villain will be? One of the above, or someone completely different? Do you think the series will be able to maintain its quality without the deadly Moriarty?

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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