April 6-7, 2024
Written by Sarah Minazzo, Chris Daniel & Kieron Byatt
This week has been massive in all realms of pop culture news! Without further ado, here are some happenings you might have missed.
Netflix ordered a new anthology horror series from Guillermo del Toro, titled Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, which the streaming service has described as “a collection of personally curated stories, that are both equally sophisticated and horrific”. Netflix has also ordered a second season of acclaimed sci-fi series Lost In Space.
After cancelling some beloved series last week, FOX has unleashed the teaser for new Ridley Scott-produced vampire drama series The Passage, while also confirming that Gotham will be back on screens for a fifth and final season.
In other DC news, a live-action series of Doom Patrol has been ordered for upcoming streaming service DC Universe, with 13 episodes expected to drop in 2019.
“Supa-Star” Stephen Amell took to the stage at The CW’s Upfronts presentation (think of it like a teaser for the upcoming year of TV shows) and announced that Batwoman would be joining the Arrowverse in this year’s crossover!
So… pretty excited to fight alongside Batwoman.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) May 18, 2018
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. was renewed for another season, though it is expected to be of a shorter format. The 13-episode season will reportedly be used as a premise for the seventh season.
Set photos from Daredevil season three have emerged, revealing what looks like the return of the iconic black suit donned by the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. No premiere date is set, but details are expected to emerge in the coming months.
The quintessential Lois Lane and “Supa-Star” alumni Margot Kidder passed away earlier this week aged 69. As well as her famous role alongside Christopher Reeve’s Superman, Kidder was a noted environmental and anti-war activist and featured in the cult horror hit The Amityville Horror. In later years, she played a reoccurring role on Smallville and in 2015, was awarded a Daytime Emmy for her performance in R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.
Speaking with ET, X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg said the new film is “more intense and it’s more real and grounded, and hopefully more relatable.” Meanwhile, Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore told CinemaBlend that Captain Marvel will break the mould of what their origin movies typically are.
We’ve also been given a creative title for the third Guardians Of The Galaxy film:
I hear this suggestion a lot, from many different people. But, no, the three films are a set and I’m going to stay consistent with Vol. 3. https://t.co/jLGg625s4I
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 15, 2018
“Supa-Star” Stephen Amell and Nocking Point (the Arrow star’s wine company) have teamed up with Supanova for a very special event next month called One Night In Sydney. Sign up now for more info and tickets when they become available.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been unveiled, designed for gamers with limited mobility or conditions that make using traditional controllers difficult. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said the new release was created to “address these challenges and remove barriers to gaming by being adaptable to more gamers’ needs”. It’s expected to be released later this year.
Set for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in 2019, an official gameplay trailer has been released for Rage 2.
Earlier this year, Neil Gaiman fans worldwide rejoiced when DC announced a Sandman Universe spin-off, and now the artists have been unveiled. Bilquis Evely was announced as the artist of Sandman Universe #1 back when the news first dropped, now you can add Dominike Stanton, Max Fiumara, Sebastian Fiumara and Tom Fowler to the roster of artists to bring Morpheus and company to a comics rack near you.
Rumours of another DC Universe Crisis level reboot have been squashed by two of the biggest creative minds in the comic publishing house, DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee and seasoned writer Scott Snyder. Lee’s Tweet on the gossip succinctly stated:
Rumors of reboots are ridiculous. Just stop with the misinformation. Thanks and have a great weekend!
— Jim Lee (@JimLee) May 12, 2018
Marvel has unleashed their first Chinese superheroes, joining forces with NetEase to co-create two collections of new comic books featuring original Chinese superheroes.
THIS WEEK’S COMIC PICKS
A Walk Through Hell #1 – Preacher co-creator, and master of comics not safe for children, Garth Ennis debuts a new horror comic which sees two FBI agents investigating a spooky warehouse, drawn by Goran Sudžuka.
New Challengers #1 – Scott Snyder and Aaron Gillespie pen the return of Challengers Mountain to the DC Universe, with art by Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert.
Bubba Ho-Tep And The Cosmic Blood-Suckers #1 – Fans of the Bruce Campbell starring cult-favourite need to get their hands on this prequel, written by Joshua Jabcuga and drawn by Tadd Galusha.
X-Men: The Wedding Special #1 – Colossus and Kitty Pryde finally tie the knot in this landmark issue written by X-Men superstar writer Chris Claremont, Marc Guggenheim and Kelly Thompson with art by Marika Cresta, Greg Land and Todd Nauck.
Gideon Halls #3 – If you haven’t yet picked up this supernatural noir from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow fame, it’s not too late to start.
Phew! That’s it for now. Come back next week, for more servings of worldwide pop culture news.
Pic: Brie Larson as Captain Marvel