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.
Another poster has been unveiled for this month’s huge Arrowverse crossover event. Supa-Star Tyler Hoechlin was the focal point of much speculation once it dropped, with the Superman actor appearing twice on the poster, wearing two different suits.
— CW Network (@TheCW) December 3, 2018
According to Disney, their planned streaming service has no intentions of slowing down the productions belonging to rival streaming services. As the streaming wars begin, people are desperately trying to find answers for the cancellation of beloved shows including Daredevil, though it appears an explanation is yet to be found.
The return of Patrick Stewart’s Picard in the upcoming Star Trek series is slated for late 2019. CBS has reported that the series will run for numerous seasons, but only available on the CBS streaming service.
An adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider has been picked up by HBO. Following a gruesome murder case, the story also investigates the supernatural, a force of evil not unfamiliar to the horror legend. The Outsider has no release date, but is expected to start production next year.
Jason Momoa will be attending the Gold Coast Aquaman premiere on December 18 at Event Cinemas Robina. Fans can greet the star on the Blue Carpet, catching a glimpse of him from 5:45pm onwards.
Captain Marvel’s new trailer and poster landed this week, building up more anticipation for next year’s MCU releases, including that of Avengers 4, which, according to speculation, will also have a trailer landing soon.
In an interview with Associated Press, Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joseph Russo spoke about Chris Evans’ (Captain America) emotional tweet after wrapping up on Avengers 4. Russo teases, “I think it was more emotional for him than us. Only because he’s not done yet. And I don’t want to explain what that means but the audience will soon understand what I’m talking about.”
A Blue Beetle movie is reportedly in the works for the DC film universe and will apparently centre on the third to take up the Beetle mantle, Jaime Reyes. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Scarface remake) has been named as the writer developing the script.
The MCU is also looking to expand on its heroes, with a Shang-Chi film in development with Chinese-American writer Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Wonder Woman 1984) to pen the script for the new entry.
Entertainment Tonight delivered the first look at the live-action Kim Possible film this week. The photos feature cast members Sadie Stanley and Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) in their roles as Kim and Ron respectively as well as Isaac Ryan Brown (Raven’s Home) at the keyboard as Wade. The villain of the show, Professor Dementor is being played by his original voice actor, Patton Oswalt. The film will premiere on the Disney Channel next year.
Happy Death Day 2U’s trailer slashed its way online this week. Tree Gelbman will be re-living her worst day ever but this time trying to save her friends.
Another Disney live-action adaption appears to be on the horizon. According to Deadline, director Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) has been tapped to take on Cruella. Emma Stone has apparently been attached to the project, expected to play the titular role.
Online streaming service Stan will have, for the first time in Australia, the entire James Bond movie catalogue in stunning 4K. This will also include the Sean Connery produced non-franchise entry, Never Say Never Again. You can begin your marathon mission this Boxing Day!
Epic Games has teased the theme for Fortnite season 7, featuring skiing and zip lining.
Ascend to new heights… Season 7 starts tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/tCjPRsFvJf
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) December 5, 2018
Warner Bros. has teased a new Batman game, setting its sights on the concept of the Court of Owls. As some would know, the Court consists of some of the most influential members of Gotham. Though a relatively new concept in Batman lore, the Court of Owls will make for interesting gameplay.
The latest Dragon Ball Super: Broly trailer blasted its way online this week along with Madman Entertainment’s announcement that the film will be screening in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand from January 24.
The Disasterous Life of Saiki K has announced the series conclusion will premiere at the end of the month on Japanese television through a special.
— moetron | pKjd (@pkjd818) November 28, 2018
Get set to return to the Sohma House, with a new Fruits Basket anime series coming from TMS Entertainment, with Original Manga Author Natsuki Takaya on board as an Executive Supervisor, check out the trailer below!
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe, featuring titles including the Stone Fisted demon himself as well as Abe Sapien and B.P.R.D., now has an official canonical timeline, thanks to Dark Horse. The publishing house released the 30-year span timeline of the “Mignola-verse” to SyFy Wire to clear up any confusion about where all the arcs and spin-offs take place in relation to each other.
Current Batman writer has announced the return of a legendary Dark Knight creator in a photo posted to Twitter. There are no further details yet other than the fact that Miller is listed as providing the variant cover art for Batman #62 but we can hope there’s a full arc coming with Miller pencilling in what is now reported to be a #105 issue run on Batman for King.
Coming up in Batman.
Art by Frank Miller. pic.twitter.com/stiuhAQ1ab
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) December 4, 2018
Batman: White Knight creator Sean Gordon Morphy has unveiled more of his plans for the smash-hit’s sequel Curse of the White Knight. Speaking with DC Daily, the publishing house’s variety show for their exclusive streaming app, the writer/artist has spoken more about the next installment’s main villain, Azrael, whilst also detailing plans to deliver his take on the Batman Beyond universe and Jason Todd.
THIS WEEK’S PICK
Shazam #1 (DC) – Ahead of the major live adaptation comes this relaunch of Billy Batson and his magical superhero alter-ego from superstars Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham.
Killmonger #1 (Marvel) – The villain who stole cinemagoer’s hearts gets his own comic series! Writer Bryan Edward Hill and artist Juan Ferreyra take us back to a time before Killmonger was conceived – when a boy named N’Jadaka was set on a path of vengeance and tragedy.
Die! #1 (Image) – A squad of middle-aged role players are forced to face off against the horrific world they brought to life decades earlier during an RPG. Writer Kieron Gillen describes it as “Goth Jumanji” and he is joined by artist Stephanie Hans on her first ongoing title!
Freeze #1 (Image) – Only one man has survived a cataclysmic event which freezes the entire population of Earth. It’s up to Ray to thaw the world! Written by Dan Wickline with art by Phil Sevy.
Prodigy #1 (Image) – In Netflix’s second “Millarworld” release, the legendary Mark Millar is joined by artist Rafael Albuquerque for this action-espionage caper of a bored super-genius who is tired of being the most brilliant man on the planet.
Lead image: Captain Marvel