April 5-7, 2019
From film to TV, gaming to comics and everything in between, here’s what you might have missed in pop culture news this week.
Netflix has given Daredevil fans a glimpse of the show’s highly anticipated third season with a new snippet that promises more darkness. Further details, including an official release date, are expected soon.
New teasers have arrived ahead of fan favourite CW shows The Flash and Arrow. Team Flash looks to be reuniting with new villains in the mix, whilst Oliver Queen appears to be battered, bruised and behind bars in Star City. The Flash and Arrow return to the CW in October.
— Arrow (@CW_Arrow) September 12, 2018
— The Flash (@CW_TheFlash) September 8, 2018
Meanwhile, a new Supergirl trailer reveals new villains and allies for season four. Relieving the tension, the long wait is almost over with the series gearing up to return in less than a month.
— Supergirl (@TheCWSupergirl) September 12, 2018
The CW is on a roll this week, with news surfacing that Vampire Diaries executive producers Chad Fiveash and James Stoteraux are working on a new drama for the network. The Cove’s IMDb synopsis reads: “This soapy, swashbuckling adventure follows estranged sisters in the aftermath of their father’s death as they return to the Caribbean resort island they frequented as a family, only to discover the sun-drenched paradise is hiding many secrets, including the missing treasure that was their father’s obsession and may ultimately hold the key to eternal life.”
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson and the rest of The Good Place gang will return for season three later this month, with NBC unveiling a new teaser this week.
Grab the tissues, because AMC has delivered a new extended trailer for The Walking Dead’s ninth season titled Rick Grimes’ Final Episodes. It was announced earlier this year that Andrew Lincoln would be stepping down as the show’s lead.
And if you don’t have enough trailers to keep you busy, Fox has released two new clips for the second season of The Gifted.
For those still on the fence about the upcoming Titans live-action series, DC has unveiled a handful of images from the show’s first two episodes. Anna Diop as Koriand’r, aka Starfire, is pictured as Newstime’s lead image above and you can check the rest out via Spoiler TV before next month’s premiere.
Hollywood horror producer and founder of Blumhouse Productions, Jason Blum is coming to Australia in a promotional tour ahead of his latest production Halloween, slashing its way into cinemas nationwide on October 18. Blum has produced a number of huge horror hits, including Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Ouija, Get Out, Split, Happy Death Day and The Purge franchise.
Speaking of horror hits, The Nun had a record-breaking opening weekend in the US Box Office, beating its previous Conjuring entries and earning $53.5 million USD, proving that the franchise is still going strong.
Amidst reports that Henry Cavill has exited the DC Extended Universe, the Superman actor has shared a cryptic post to Instagram.
Meanwhile, Mad Man legend Jon Hamm has expressed interest in being the next Batman. Speaking with Hollywood Reporter, Hamm said: “It depends on the script, what the story is. I am a huge comic book fan, always have been. I’ve read comic books since I was 9 or younger. And I’m pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I like the genre, and I like when they’re done well.”
Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs And Shaw has started shooting this week, with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham returning to the franchise with Deadpool 2 and John Wick director David Leitch taking the wheel.
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DAY 1 and the evolution has officially begun. Long awaited Fast & Furious spin-off movie, #HobbsAndShaw is electric. My partner in heavy crime & fun @jasonstatham is lookin’ like $1million bucks and holdin’ it all down. Our visionary & bad ass director @davidmleitch (just directed Deadpool2) at the helm and ready to evolve the franchise in exciting and fresh new ways. And as always, our @sevenbucksprod president @hhgarcia41 capturing the dopest images thru his 📷 lens. Keep crushing on that set boys… the man known as “HOBBS” will touch down in London in two weeks. Pancakes, tequila and ass kickin’s 🥞🥃 on me. #Day1 #TheEvolution #HobbsAndShaw
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Though it hardly seems surprising, Fortnite is about to become materialistic with Monopoly and Nerf bringing the popular game to life. This week, Hasbro announced the collaboration based on the battle royale game, and though no release date has yet been confirmed, the products are expected to hit shelves in 2019.
A week of trailers has appealed to audiences across every console, with games offering highly anticipated first look experiences to upcoming releases. This week, trailers for Samurai Showdown, Project Awakening, Kingdom Hearts III, Left Alive, Dead Or Alive 6 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey graced our screens, anticipating one of the biggest years in gaming.
SAO fans rejoice, there’s another new trailer for Sword Art Online: Alicization out this week ahead of its October 6 premiere featuring the series opening and closing themes.
Tokyo Ghouls fans, you’ve got something to be excited about, too. Tokyo Ghoul:re season two will be returning on October 9. Accompanying the announcement, a new key visual was released of Haise Sasaki back in the form of Kaneki Ken.
The Harvey Awards have announced the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees for their 30th awards ceremony on October 5 at New York Comic Con. Supa-Star alumni Dave Gibbons, the artist behind seminal DC/Vertigo graphic novel Watchmen, and Rosalind “Roz” Chast, New Yorker cartoonist for over forty years, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. NY Comic Con ceremonies will also present the International Spotlight Award to Harold Sakuishi and the inaugural Comics Industry Pioneer honour to Jackie Estrada.
DC Comics will expand the “Giant” titles offered as part of their team-up with Walmart, adding Swamp Thing and The Flash to the roster of 100-page special edition issues. Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special will arrive October 7 followed by the Nuclear Winter Special on November 11 and The Flash will follow suit in February 2019. All issues will be $4.99 (USD).
Tom King has hinted at a mysterious Batman project with frequent collaborator Mitch Gerads. The Batman: Rebirth writer posted a photo on his Twitter account not so sneakily suggesting that the Mister Miracle and The Sheriff of Babylon artist would suit an upcoming detective story idea for the Caped Crusader.
Marvel is bringing back Otto Octavavius’ turn as New York’s friendly web-crawler with The Superior Spider-Man announced as relaunching in December. The new series will be written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Mike Hawthorne and will leave off from The Superior Octopus, due for release in October.
DC Comics is celebrating 24-Hour Comic Day by selling blank DIY comics featuring official DC Universe logos for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Organised in 2004 by Peanuts legend Nat Gertler, 24-Hour Comic Day issues a simple but brutal challenge: create a 24-page comic book story in 24 hours straight. DC co-publisher and industry legend Jim Lee christened the three official blank titles decreeing: “To share the love of the craft is what creating comic books is all about!”
THIS WEEK’S PICKS
House Of Whispers #1 – The next ongoing series of DC/Vertigo’s brand new Sandman Universe arrives. All aboard the House of Dahomey, the houseboat of Erzulie Fréda where all souls of Voodoo followers go when they sleep… Written by Nalo Hopkinson with art by Domonike Stanton.
Cemetery Beach #1 – Writer Warren Ellis and artist Jason Howard, the duo behind the acclaimed Trees series, deliver the tale of a professional pathfinder and a murderess as they escape a torture cell in the middle of a hundred-year old secret off-world colony brimming with generations of psychopaths.
Iceman #1 – Bobby Drake is back and leaping to the defense of the Morlocks, who are being hunted down for sport! Writer Sina Grace and artist Nate Stockman bring Iceman’s return to comic aisles as he attempts to prevent a mutant massacre!
Supergirl #22 – Supergirl and Krypto blast off to the Green Lantern Homeworld of Mogo to solve the mystery of Rogol Zaar and who destroyed Krypton. Written by Terry Dodson and Marc Andreyko with art by Kevin Maguire.
MCMLXXV #1 – Pamela Evans looks like your average taxi driver, but she’s actually a monster fighting/magical tire iron wielding vigilante! Written by Joe Casey with art by Ian Macewan.
The latest episode of Supanova TV has arrived! Bec chats to homegrown hero Bob Morley from The 100, while Quinny meets his childhood hero and Jess Harmon and Marie Avgeropoulos talk TV habits.
To celebrate the release of VENOM, we’ve teamed up with the folks at Sony Pictures to give Supa-Fans the chance to be the first in Australia to see the film. You can find all the details over on our competition page.