Written by Sarah Minazzo, Chris Daniel & Kieron Byatt
From film to TV, gaming to comics and everything in between, here’s what you might have missed in pop culture news this week.
FX has renewed X-Men adjacent series Legion for a third season, set to air in 2019. With the show’s history of implementing unconventional storytelling methods, fans will surely be in for a wild ride.
A trailer has dropped for the highly anticipated third season of Preacher, welcoming Jesse home with a vengeance. The second season was more true to the source material, but as more and more teasers are released, it appears the third season is striving for greatness, introducing new characters and more absurd storylines. You can watch it June 25 via Stan.
First set photos from HBO’s Watchmen series have made their way online, revealing what appears to be the Police Strike of 1977. Being only a minor incident in the original comics, this could potentially mean a more in depth construction of the live action series.
With fans of The Walking Dead still recovering from last week’s news that Andrew Lincoln would be departing the show after the upcoming ninth season, it’s now been revealed that Lauren Cohen, who portrays Maggie Rhee, will be leaving mid-season.
A new trailer for the Wreck-It Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks The Internet, has landed and it includes a scene featuring Vanellope meeting the Disney Princesses. It opens in Australia this November.
The cast for the upcoming animated Addams Family film has been revealed, with Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Bette Midler as Grandmama and Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester.
The Michael Bay-less, new Transformers reboot Bumblebee also rolled out onto the internet with its first trailer featuring the popular Autobot back in his original vehicle form, the Volkswagen Beetle. It hits cinemas December 20.
Variety has reported that Warner Bros and DC are planning on a Joker standalone film with Jared Leto both producing and starring in the titular role. This apparently will not affect the Joaquin Phoenix Joker film also slated for production.
Sony Pictures’ Into The Spider-Verse dropped in with its first teaser trailer, tingling that spider sense in Spidey fans. It’s expected to be released in cinemas on Boxing Day this year.
And if that wasn’t enough trailer action for you, the first official teaser for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has also been unleashed.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead game will come to a close later this year, with a release date for The Final Season set for August 14.
Warner Bros have hinted at a big announcement, but internet sleuths discovered clues leading them to believe Hitman 2 is nearly upon us. Developed by IO-Interactive after announcing their independence from Square Enix, the game is set to be a full-fledged sequel to the 2016 predecessor.
Animelab launched its new app this week on Telstra TV making anime in Australia even more accessible for fans.
Meanwhile, new anime feature film Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms hit cinemas this week after its Australian premiere over the past weekend.
Coming as either a surprise to nobody or anybody, hot on the tail of the conclusion to Hunt For Wolverine, Marvel has announced The Return Of Wolverine #1 from Steve McNiven and Charles Soule, the same team behind 2014’s Death Of Wolverine. The five-part series is the third instalment in the trilogy which first began with Logan’s canonical death four years ago.
Fans of Batman Ninja can rejoice! The latest DC animated feature of “Elseworld” flare set in feudal Japan will be adapted into manga form by Area 51 artist Masato Hisa.
The new Justice League: Dark villain has been unveiled by the scribe of the series, James Tynion IV. The writer took to Twitter and debuted the first image of “Upside Down Man” who will face the new team of Wonder Woman, Detective Chimp, Zatanna and Man-Bat in July.
THIS WEEK’S PICKS
Batman #48 – Tom King’s run on the Caped Crusader has been slowly building to this moment since the “I Am Suicide” arc and after a hilarious use of Booster Gold in the build-up. With artwork by Mikel Janin, the wedding is finally here… but somebody is not laughing about their invitation being lost in the mail…
Justice League #1 – It’s what we’ve all been waiting for since the end of Dark Knights: Metal. We were able to whet our appetites with the delightful No Justice and now Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung’s relaunch of the new era of justice is here!
Deadpool #1 – If you missed Gerry Duggan’s epic run on Deadpool, the good news is the next chapter for the regeneratin’ degenerate is here courtesy of Skottie Young and Nic Klein.
Death Or Glory #2 – Lovers of gorgeously colourful art, car chases, theft and organised crime need to catch up quickly on this second issue from writer Rick Remender and artist Bengal.
Isola #3 – Readers who also dive into anime should acquaint themselves with this Image fantasy adventure from writer Brendan Fletcher and artist Karl Kerschl (who also co-writes) and Msassyk.