AT&T and Discovery Are Reportedly in Talks to Combine Content to Take on Disney and Netflix

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AT&T and Discovery Inc. may soon join forces to improve their chances against leading competitors like Netflix and Disney in the streaming wars. According to multiple reports, the two companies are in talks to merge Discovery’s reality TV empire with AT&T’s catalog of cable channels and other media holdings to create a new entertainment entity.

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AT&T and Discovery are in the advanced stages of negotiations and an agreement could be reached by Monday, sources told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. So far, the companies have discussed several major players in AT&T’s WarnerMedia division, including CNN and its TNT and TBS cable channels. If they make a deal, AT&T shareholders would own a big stake in the new entity, according to the outlet. People familiar with the negotiations told Bloomberg a deal could be announced as soon as this week.

Tipsters that spoke with both outlets didn’t reveal terms of a potential deal and cautioned that these talks could still fall apart before an agreement is reached. Both AT&T and Discovery have declined to comment on the matter.

One thing’s for sure, the two certainly have enough content to market a joint venture. AT&T’s cable empire includes CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, TruTV, and Cinemax, among others, along with the movie roster of Warner Bros. studio. Meanwhile, Discovery’s offerings include Food Network, TLC, and HGTV—some of the most binge-worthy trash TV that cable has to offer (and I say that affectionately).

AT&T’s existing streaming channel, HBO Max, has steadily gained subscribers since its debut last May despite its chaotic rollout, but it hasn’t seen the same explosive growth as Disney+ did in its first year. Discovery’s streaming service, Discovery+, is also fairly new on the scene, and both face steep competition from long-established services like Netflix. So teaming up could certainly give them an edge.

On the other hand, AT&T could be shooting itself in the foot here. It already plans to roll out a cheaper, ad-supported tier of HBO Max in June, which could deter existing subscribers from sticking with their more expensive plan. If people can also watch their favorite WarnerMedia programming on another streaming service like Discovery+, that’s one more reason for them to quit paying full price for HBO Max. It’s like AT&T is determined to undermine its own sales pitch.

Harley Quinn’s Margot Robbie Wants Poison Ivy in the DC Movies So Bad

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy's Wonderful Romantic Relationship

Pictured: one of the healthiest romantic relationships in all of superhero entertainment.
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Well, of course she does. At this point, who doesn’t?

As Harley Quinn, DC Entertainment’s biggest—or at least the most consistently successful—star, Margot Robbie knows her character intimately, which means she’s read up on her Harley Quinn comics. The fact that Harley and her fellow Batman villain turned antihero Poison Ivy have had a long-running romantic relationship has not escaped her notice. And she definitely wants to bring that relationship into the DC Extended Universe.

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In an interview with Den of Geek, Robbie said of the idea: “Trust me, I chew their ear off about it all the time. They must be sick of hearing it, but I’m like, ‘Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy. Come on, let’s do it.’ I’m very keen to see a Harley-Poison Ivy relationship on screen. It’d be so fun. So I’ll keep pestering them. Don’t worry.”

Between Robbie’s massive stardom, Harley Quinn’s prominence in and importance to the DCEU, and the fact that HBO Max’s Harley Quinn cartoon was already a fan-favorite before it became lauded for how well it portrayed Harley and Ivy realizing their feelings for each other, it is extremely probable that Robbie will get her wish eventually… along with all the fans who ‘ship one of the best, healthiest, and most positive romances in the entirety of the superhero genre.


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Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Metalocalypse, and The Venture Bros. Are All Getting New Movies

Characters from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Metalocalypse, and The Venture Bros. will soon be seen again in a trio of Adult Swim movies.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Metalocalypse, and The Venture Bros. are all getting new movies.
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Some of your favorite weird, unforgettable animated shows are coming back in a major way. Adult Swim just announced it’s producing feature length films based on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Metalocalypse and The Venture Bros.

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The films will first be released on Blu-ray and VOD then, 90 days later, premiere on HBO Max and Adult Swim. So while you won’t get to see them in theaters, a big dose of corporate synergy is what’s bringing the titles back to life.

“Leveraging the power of WarnerMedia allows us to deliver original content to our amazingly dedicated and not-shy fans, while also giving our talented series creators an opportunity to tell stories in new and interesting ways,” Adult Swim president Michael Ouweleen said in a press release.

That same press release had brief descriptions of what each movie will be about, along with their key creative teams. Metalocalypse has the longest description:

The power-hungry TRIBUNAL unveils their secret and deadly “Falconback Project” as the world grows in embattled chaos and the menacing Doomstar breaches the Earth’s atmosphere while the mysterious and twisted dissent of a band member threatens the future of Dethklok. Picking up directly after the heroic rescue of Toki Wartooth: Can Dethklok choose between their egos and the greater good of the world to embark on a gauntlet of dangers that will try their very souls and finally write the song that will be their salvation? The new movie is created by Brendon Small and Tommy Blancha. The movie soundtrack will be released on WaterTower Music.

The Venture Bros. is shorter but still very specific:

Doc’s latest invention will either bankrupt the Ventures or launch them to new heights, as Hank searches for himself, Dean searches for Hank, The Monarch searches for answers, and a mysterious woman from their pasts threatens to bring their entire world crashing down on them. The Venture Bros. is created, written and executive produced by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer.

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And Aqua Teen Hunger Force is the most vague, which is kind of fitting:

A continuation of the hit animated series, fans will find out what happens next with Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake, who consider themselves crime fighters, but the truth is they never fight crime. Aqua Teen Hunger Force is created by Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis and follows the strange everyday lives of three human-sized food products living in New Jersey.

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No word on release dates for any of these, but you have to assume sometime next year at the earliest.


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Suicide Squad Director James Gunn Confirms Multiple Post-Credit Scenes

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Comic book movies are in the business of post-credit scenes, and according to James Gunn, his Suicide Squad film may have more than one. How do we know this? Well, this Tweet gives a pretty clear indication he has something up his sleeve.

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Gunn is doing a complete 180 from David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad film. He told Den of Geek, he added as many off-the-wall characters as possible to have the freedom to unpack them all.

“I wanted to do the things that other spectacle films haven’t been able to do, which is really take my time and investigate these characters, get to know them, focus on the character aspects, focus on who they were, and deal with time in a different way than it’s been dealt with in these movies,” he says.

Gunn also mentions the film’s antagonist. It’s such a wacky choice that it’s easy to think he’s joking, but he’s dead serious. “Starro is hilarious because he’s ridiculous. He’s a giant, cerulean blue starfish, but he’s also f**king terrifying.” Gunn wants to make fans laugh but terrify them as well.

“When I was a kid, I thought that was the scariest thing of all time, and I think that exemplifies what this movie is: it is ridiculous, and it’s also terrifying and serious. So he works really well as the villain of the movie – as one of the villains, actually.”

There is a bunch of new cast addition to the lineup of degenerate anti-heroes from DC comics.

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Idris Elba as Bloodsport

John Cena as Peacemaker

Peter Capaldi as The Thinker

Michael Rooker as Savant

David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man

Mayling Ng as Mongal

Nathan Fillion as TDK

Pete Davidson as Blackguard

The only actors/characters returning from the Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie are Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jai Courtney Captain Boomerang.

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Suicide Squad premiere’s in UK theaters on August 6, 2021, while simultaneously being released on HBO MAX in the US.


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Updates From Dungeons & Dragons, The Conjuring, and More

Gather your party, and venture forth!

Gather your party, and venture forth!
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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

There’s good news for Stargirl and Kung Fu’s future on the CW. Get a look at the new ghost-ship show from the creators of Dark. The What We Do in the Shadow sets its premiere date. Plus, a psychedelic glimpse of Army of the Dead. Spoilers get!

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Production has officially begun on the new Dungeons & Dragons movie starring Chris Pine.


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Here’s another Army of the Dead poster.

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Bloody-Disgusting has new photos from The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Head over there for more.

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw

21 Savage has released a music video for his single from the Spiral soundtrack.


Stargirl/Kung Fu

TV Line reports both Stargirl and Kung Fu have been renewed for a third and second season at the CW, respectively.

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Wellington Paranormal

A What We Do in the Shadows spinoff series, Wellington Paranormal, focusing on police officers Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary is set to premiere on The CW on July 11, 2021. It will then be available on HBO Max the next day. [Bloody-Disgusting]

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Netflix has released a teaser for 1899, the new series from the creators of Dark about a ship of immigrants who encounter a ghost ship en route to the United States.


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Finally, Dog With Bucket Hat turns traitor in the trailer for next week’s season finale of Birdgirl.


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Taika Waititi Is Blackbeard in HBO Max’s Pirate Comedy Our Flag Means Death

Taika Waititi @ the 25th Critics Choice Awards

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Taika Waititi is jumping in front of the camera for a new role in the HBO Max Pirate comedy, Our Flag Means Death. Written by David Jenkins (People of Earth), Garrett Basch (What We Do in the Shadows), and Dan Halstead, Waititi will start alongside Rhys Darby and act as executive producer.

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The director will play history’s most popular pirate, Blackbeard. Jenkins told Deadline about his vision for Blackbeard as “a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul and quite possibly insane.” The show writers are clearly interested in showing Blackbeard’s softer side, which is why Jenkins thought Waititi would be perfect for the part, “Only one man could play this role, and that is the great Taika Waititi. We’re thrilled beyond measure he’s decided to don the beard.”

The series is based on the misadventures of the “gentleman pirate” Stede Bonnet, who was a wealthy Barbadian aristocrat before turning to a life of piracy. To get started, Stede buys an expensive boat and names it Revenge, then travels travels up and down the American east coast with his paid crew, robbing, pillaging other ships.

Waititi has quickly become a Hollywood darling. After directing indie hits What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, he got scooped up by Marvel to direct Thor: Ragnorok and its sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder. In 2019, he won an Oscar for best-adapted screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. Whew! This is one booked and busy man.

There is no information available for when Our Flag Means Death will go into production, but I’m sure HBO max will keep fans in the loop once more information is released.


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Anker’s R2-D2 Mini Projector Is Adorable but Flawed

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They say if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door, but you can probably be just as successful by slapping some Star Wars graphics on it instead. That’s what Anker’s done with its Nebula Capsule II mini projector, which now looks like a legless version of R2-D2. The facelift doesn’t add much in terms of functionality aside from making a solid portable projector more appealing to Star Wars fans and X-wing pilots.

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As flat-screen TVs have become larger and lighter, they’re minimizing the need for an expensive video projector as a way to get a movie theater-sized screen inside a home. But mini projectors have remained an appealing alternative, making it easy to set up a movie theater almost anywhere, be it a backyard or a campsite. And that’s probably the biggest appeal of the Anker Nebula Capsule II: It’s small, but still manages to squeeze in everything you need to bring the movie theater experience anywhere. All you need to provide is the screen.

There are a few disappointments with the new Anker Nebula Capsule II R2-D2 edition, but the most obvious is that its Artoo facelift really doesn’t add much beyond a bit of novelty. The projector has the same cylindrical shape as the original, which just barely matches R2-D2’s shape. It would have been more fun to see Anker upgrade this version with a rounded dome top and a swivelling projector eye like Haier did back in 2015 just before we realized how awful those last three Star Wars films would be. In addition to the Artoo graphics, the projector does play a couple of droid-like “beep-bloops” every time it boots up, but that’s about as much enjoyment Star Wars fans are going to get out of it—aside from actually watching Star Wars with it.

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Anywhere you can carry a soda can or a water bottle you can carry the Nebula Capsule II.
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As mini projectors go, I’ve come to quite like the can-shaped design of the Nebula Capsule II over the boxy uninspired rectangle that most projector makers opt for. It’s easy to slip into a water bottle pocket on a backpack thanks in part to it being only just a tiny bit larger than an actual soda can or water bottle.

Even more impressive is that Anker has managed to include a solid sounding speaker in there too, with more than enough volume to fill a room with decent levels of bass. It obviously can’t compare to what you’d get from a dedicated surround-sound setup with a big woofer on the floor, and while you can connect a larger wireless Bluetooth speaker to the projector for better sound if you prefer, having decent sound built right in just adds to the convenience and portability of this thing.

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Also hidden away inside the Nebula Capsule II is a rechargeable battery that in my tests usually hit the 3-hour mark before completely dying, but you might see a little less than that depending on how loud the speaker is cranked. It’s more than enough to get through an entire movie in the backyard without having to run an extension cord from the house, and is easily the best reason to choose the Nebula Capsule II over the competition.

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The projector’s tall design occasionally makes it a little top heavy, but a tripod mount on the underside provides a secure place to easily mount it.
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The taller design of the projector does occasionally make it a little top heavy and a challenge to stand on a surface that’s not completely flat and level. But on the bottom is a standard tripod mount so if you bring along a flexible legged tripod that can stand on its own or wrap around another solid object, you’ll never have to worry about this thing ever toppling over.

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Media files can be accessed directly through a USB port, while consoles and streaming sticks can be easily connected using an HDMI port.
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On R2-D2’s butt you’ll find an AUX connector for those who only want to use the projector as a speaker, an HDMI port for connecting consoles or a streaming device like a Chromecast, a data-only USB port for connecting an external drive full of media files, and a USB-C port that’s only used for power and charging the battery.

Unlike most projectors that are dependent on an external video source, the Anker Nebula Capsule II is actually a full-on Android TV device that, when paired with a solid wifi connection, can stream content from services like Disney+, HBO, and YouTube, all on its own. After using it for a few weeks it makes you wonder why every projector doesn’t run Android TV, but there are some challenges. The projector unfortunately doesn’t meet Netflix’s stringent certification process, so you can’t install it natively from the Google Play Store. You can jump through hoops and sideload Netflix yourself, or install a special app that Anker has created that provides access to the streaming service. While it technically works, navigating the Netflix interface a bit of a challenge unless you want to also connect your smartphone and use it as a wireless mouse. It’s unfortunately far from ideal.

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If Netflix support is critical for you, you’re better off buying and connecting an HDMI streaming stick device like a $50 Chromecast, even if that does diminish the all-in-one benefits of the Nebula Capsule II.

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The included Android TV remote is basic and a little disappointing, because it lacks the convenient playback controls that the latest Nvidia Shield remote includes, but it works. On top of the projector you’ll also find most of the remote’s functionality replicated through a series of touch-sensitive buttons, which is nice should the remote itself go MIA. One thing that I found extremely frustrating was quickly accessing the projector’s auto-focus functionality. Simply holding down the ‘input’ button on the remote for a couple of seconds is supposed to be a shortcut to quickly trigger it, but it doesn’t work, as apparently a recent update broke that functionality. Manually activating autofocus has to be done by jumping back to the Android TV home screen and activating it through the settings, which is a pain, or holding down the middle button on top of the projector itself. Hopefully this is something that can be fixed through a future update.

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The projector can autofocus and make keystone adjustments all on its own, but occasionally the focus will soften, and manually triggering a refocus isn’t as easy as it should be.
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I haven’t dabbled with small projectors for a few years, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy they are to set up now. Once fully booted the Nebula Capsule II automatically corrected for keystone issues, although its ability to do so is limited to vertical adjustments, so when setting up a makeshift movie theater you’ll want to ensure the projector is horizontally centered in front of your screen. The projector was also good at focusing itself using a reference marker it temporarily projects, but focus does tend to drift as it slowly heats up during use. Sometimes the projector will realize it and refocus itself automatically (a built-in motion sensor also detects when it’s been moved or repositioned, triggering a refocus) but more often than not you need to manually trigger an autofocus, which as I mentioned before isn’t as easy as it should be.

As for image quality? Well that’s probably the biggest drawback to the Nebula Capsule II. It only projects at 720p, so you’re definitely going to see jaggies on fine details, particularly with text and on-screen menus. And in order to max out that rechargeable battery so you can get through a whole movie on a single charge, its brightness levels top out at around just 200 ANSI lumens. In a very dark room that’s bright enough to create a 100-inch image and even larger if you really push it, but even at shorter distances the Nebula Capsule II is all but unusable in the daytime, even when it’s cloudy or overcast outside.

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The included remote has a dedicated power button, but you can’t actually completely turn off the projector using it. It can only be completely powered down using a physical button on the back, so you’ll want to make sure you never permanently mount it somewhere out of reach.
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If portability is a priority, the Anker Nebula Capsule II is one of the best options around, especially for those looking for an easy way to enjoy a backyard movie on a warm summer night or while ‘roughing it’ at a campsite. It’s easy to use, and the built-in battery and speaker mean you don’t need much else besides a makeshift screen and a reliable wireless data connection to build a temporary movie theater. But for $700 it’s a tough sell for anyone also hoping to use it to replace a big screen TV. Unless you’re only planning to watch TV at night, you could be disappointed.

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We all love R2-D2, but for $300 more, a projector like the 1080p, 1,000-lumen Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 seems like a better all around option. It lacks the portability and convenience of the Anker Nebula Capsule II, but you can use it all day long and just use your imagination to pretend it’s a loyal droid.

The Last of Us HBO Adaptation Adds New Directors

Elle and Joel in The Last of Us Part One

Elle and Joel in The Last of Us Part One
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HBO’s video game adaptation of Sony Computer Entertainment game The Last of Us, starring Game of Thrones alums Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, has just hired two new behind-the-scenes creatives.

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Variety reports Jasmila Zbanic (Quo Vadis, Aida) and Ali Abbasi (Border) will be directing episodes for the show. They are joining Russian director Kantemir Balagov (Beanpole), who is directing the show’s first episode. The network decided to take a different approach by hiring individuals who aren’t well known in Hollywood and giving them leeway to create art.

It was announced last fall that Craig Mazin and Neil Druckman, creators of the Emmy award-winning HBO show Chernobyl are working on the script for the show. Despite them being some of television’s best storytellers, expectations are high for the show. Since the video game debuted in 2013, the game is beloved by millions of fans worldwide not only for its player interface but also for its likable characters and cinematic storytelling.

The Last of Us will follow two people, Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey), after an extinction-level event and civilization is destroyed. A mutated strain of the Cordyceps Fungus (parasitic “zombie” fungus) turns humans and animals into cannibalistic killers called the infected. Joel is a smuggler hired to move Elle out of a quarantine zone because she might be the cure for this infectious disease. They travel across the U.S., dodging the infected and mercenaries. What starts as just a job for Joel transforms into a makeshift family unit committed to protecting one another.

Video game adaptations have a track record of being terrible. However, with a great team on board, maybe there is some hope for this project. Keep your fingers crossed!


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Robin Thede Zombie Film Killing It Is Shaun of the Dead Meets Girls Trip

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Robin Thede attends Our Stories to Tell Event
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Comedian Robin Thede (former host of BET talk show The Rundown with Robin Thede) and creator of the A Black Lady Sketch Show is teaming up with Amazon Studios for a new horror comedy film, Killing It. Thede wrote the script and will produce it through her production company, For Better or Words.

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Variety describes Killing It as Shaun of the Dead meets Girls Trip as it follows four friends who are Spelman College dropouts living in Atlanta. When they meet to celebrate at a Spelman homecoming event, instead of getting turnt up, they have to survive an Atlanta that is overrun by Zombies.

With the astronomical success of A Black Lady Sketch Show, The Amazon announcement comes on the heels of Thede signing an overall deal with Warner Bros. television under her production company banner. In the multi-year agreement, Thede will create television programming for all WB affiliates, including HBO Max.

Movies like this are the type of content I’ve been waiting for! It’s dope that Robin Thede is developing her own space within the horror genre.

The film has no release or production start date, but details will be forthcoming soon!


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Doom Patrol Adds the Sisterhood of Dada and Dead Boy Detective Agency to Season 3

From left to right: The Quiz, Mr. Nobody, Sleepwalk, Frenzy, and the Fog.

From left to right: The Quiz, Mr. Nobody, Sleepwalk, Frenzy, and the Fog.
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The Doom Patrol is going to have a lot more to patrol once the series returns for its third season. Not only will their greatest group of foes arrive to make their lives miserable, but some (deceased) characters from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics will also be stopping by.

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Comics fans will know the Brotherhood of Dada, a group of superpowered agents of mayhem (they’re not really evil, per se) who have clearly been renamed the Sisterhood of Dada even though they have the same members, because why the hell not? Here are the official cast and character descriptions:

  • “Micah Joe Parker will play Malcolm… He is a quiet, sensitive, and thoughtful soul who would often rather be invisible than face this unforgiving world.
  • “Wynn Everett will play Shelley Byron, a.k.a. The Fog… Supposedly a deadly terrorist, Shelley is charming, seductive, poetic, and a bit mad.
  • “Miles Mussenden will play Lloyd Jefferson a.k.a. Frenzy… A sculptor of strange life-like masks who is covered with tattoos and scars, the memories and injustices that immortalize his life, he is cryptic and stoic with a capacity for extreme devastation.
  • “Anita Kalathara will play Holly McKenzie, a.k.a. Sleepwalk… A light-hearted ne’er do well, Holly knows where the best parties are. After a wild night of partying, she usually takes a nice long nap in the ice cream truck where she works, and if she is awoken mid-nap, there is hell to pay.
  • “Gina Hiraizumi will play Sachiko, a.k.a. The Quiz… She is an enigmatic germaphobe whose crippling phobias mask awe-inspiring powers.”

While the names of the characters match up with the comics, some of the characters seem to have been either been altered for TV or the press release is just playing coy. The Fog’s power was that he could turn into a cloud that could absorb people, but he could still hear them in his mind. Sleepwalk was super-strong but only when she was sleeping. The Quiz’s power, and my favorite superpower of all time, was “having every superpower you haven’t thought of,” forcing the Doom Patrol to keep naming superpowers in an attempt to stop her. Frenzy is the most changed because the comics version could turn into a human cyclone, which doesn’t match with his TV incarnation even slightly. Malcolm is actually a character from the second Brotherhood of Evil, whose super-name is Mr. !, who “comes as no surprise” despite the fact his torso is a birdcage.

Both Brotherhoods were led by Mr. Nobody, played so memorably by Alan Tudyk in Doom Patrol season one. If he’s coming back to lead the Sisterhood in season three, that would be fantastic.

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From left to right: Charles, Crystal, and Edwin.
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As for the Dead Boy Detective Agency, its members have never appeared in a Doom Patrol comic to my knowledge, but they did appear in Vertigo Comics, which were briefly connected by the 1993 Children’s Crusade crossover event. Plus, they’re made up of a living teen psychic and two dead children, so they fit into the Doom Patrol aesthetic perfectly. Here they are:

“Ty Tennant will play Edwin Payne… Dead since 1916, Edwin spent 80 years in hell due to a ‘clerical error’ and has seen horrors no one could imagine.

“Sebastian Croft will play Charles Rowland… Affable, charming, and dead since 1989, he always does his best to be chipper, but his death by hypothermia and neglect haunts him.

“Madalyn Horcher will play Crystal Palace… A cool, sarcastic teen who is also a psychic medium, her only friends are Charles and Edwin, the two dead boys who freed her from demonic possession.

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I have nothing else to say about the Dead Boy Detective Agency.

Doom Patrol’s third season hasn’t started filming yet, but with the addition of five new castmembers (the Sisterhood) and three new guest stars (the Agency), it’s clearly getting closer. Whenever it arrives, remember, it’ll only be on HBO Max.

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