Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Looks Both Wet and Wild

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Behind the Scenes DC Fandome Clip

There’s not much to be gleaned from it, but man, some of that concept art is wild! And I’m weirdly thrilled by the possibility of Aquaman getting to ride his classic giant seahorse as opposed to the “sea dragons” of the first film.

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The plot of the sequel—directed by James Wan and written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick—is still officially under wraps, but we have some good guesses about what’s going on. Obviously, the Lost Kingdom refers to the chunk of Atlantis that disappeared after the island sank into the sea and split into seven separate provinces. Both Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Patrick Wilson are returning as the villains Black Manta and Ocean Master, respectively, which doesn’t bode well for Arthur. Additionally, and this is just a hypothesis of mine, since The Trench spin-off movie was canceled, I can easily see those irksome piranha people’s storyline getting folded into Lost Kingdom, meaning they could be the larger overall threat. I’d be fine if they weren’t, though; I’d much prefer to give Abdul-Mateen II more time to flesh out Black Manta, who’s always been Aquaman’s best villain anyway.

In addition to Momoa, Abdul-Mateen II, and Wilson, Amber Heard returns as Arthur Curry’s love interest Princess Mera, Dolph Lundgren as her father King Nereus, Temuera Morrison as Arthur’s human father Thomas Curry, and Randall Park as the marine biologist Dr. Stephen Shin. Vincent Regan has replaced Graham McTavish as the ancient first king of Atlantis, Atlan. Meanwhile, Jani Zhao will play Stringray, a new character created for the movie; Indya Moore as Karshon (a villain who’s currently a mutated, telepathic tiger shark in the comics), and Game of Thrones baddie Pilou Asbæk in an undisclosed role, probably as a baddie.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently scheduled to premiere on December 16, 2022. And don’t forget about HBO Max’s adorable animated miniseries that just premiered this week.


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Aquaman: King of Atlantis Wins by Laughing at Its Hero With the Audience

 
or get as kid-y as grimdark as Young Justice, but the series sits comfortably between series like that, tonally, all the while never wandering into the R-rated realm that’s common in many other Warner Bros. Animation projects.

Season 3 of Young Justice really shifts from junior grimdark to the harder R for violence seen in some direct-to-disc streaming.

Especially with the many bloody deaths of Halo and the maiming of Vic Stone…

I Know What You Did Last Summer’s First Clip Reminds You to Watch the Road

I Know What You Did Last Summer Series First Clip: NYCC 2021

While we as audience members know immediately “what the fuck” it is that the kids have hit, what remains to be seen is how the new show’s going to differentiate itself in order to really spook a new generation of viewers. I Know What You Did Last Summer—which is written and executive produced by Sara Goodman, and also counts horror master James Wan among its executive producers—also stars Brianne Tji, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley More, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, Brooke Bloom, Chrissie Fit, and Danielle Delaunay. The show hits Amazon Prime on October 15.


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I Know What You Did Last Summer’s New Trailer Reminds Us That Murder Is on the Menu

I Know What You Did Last Summer TV Series Full Trailer Released

If you are unfamiliar with the book, the movie, or failed to watch the trailer above for some reason, here’s the official synopsis:

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“One year after the fatal car accident that haunted their graduation night, a group of teenagers find themselves bound together by a dark secret and stalked by a brutal killer. As they try to piece together who’s after them, they reveal the dark side of their seemingly perfect town—and themselves. Everyone is hiding something, and uncovering the wrong secret could be deadly.”

While the movie portrayed the accidental killers as real people who made a bad choice on the spur of the moment, this trailer for the I Know What You Did Last Summer TV series seemingly paints its cast solely as self-entitled teens, which if true will make it very tough to care about these characters’ lives. It’s often satisfying to watch a slasher murder a bad person, but that’s not particularly scary—and it will be even less scary if extended to an entire TV series.

But this is merely a trailer, and there’s no reason to believe that somehow Wan, creator of The Conjuring universe and producer of Saw and Insidious franchises, has suddenly lost his touch. We’ll see when this show, which is clearly set during two summers in Hawaii, premieres October 15 on Amazon Prime.

I Saw What You Did Last Summer stars Madison Iseman, Bill Heck, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, and Brooke Bloom.


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In Netflix’s Latest Slasher Film, the Killer Is You

There’s Someone Inside Your House Trailer: Netflix Horror

That trailer makes There’s Someone Inside Your House feel like a very 1980s or 1990s slasher movie. Multiple, interchangeable teens, lots of dramatic secrets, and plenty of suspects who could believably be the killer. One would assume the producers are hoping this could maybe be a franchise too, especially when the killer could more or less be anyone.

Having not read the book, my biggest question after this trailer though is… how does the killer make these masks? Technology like that feels like it exists mostly for the Marvel Cinematic Universe or with the Mission: Impossible crowd. In reality, a machine that can duplicate faces certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but wouldn’t it be rather easy to trace? How many people in rural Nebraska have gotten shipments for real life mask technology in the past few weeks? Case solved.

In all seriousness though, from the 21 Laps team of Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, as well as the Atomic Monster team of James Wan and Michael Clear, There’s Someone Inside Your House looks like it has some serious nostalgic horror chops. We hope it can live up to its potential. Co-starring Jesse LaTourette, Diego Josef, Burkely Duffield, Sarah Dugdale, William MacDonald, Andrew Dunbar, Markian Tarasiuk, There’s Someone Inside Your House drops on Netflix October 6.


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Aquaman: King of Atlantis’ First Trailer Is a Sassy, Saccharine Trip Under the Ocean

Aquaman: King of Atlantis Trailer: Animated, Thundercats Team

It all looks very cute and lighthearted and has a very big ThunderCats Roar! vibe from its aesthetic—which makes sense, as Roar’s Victor Courtright is showrunning the trilogy, alongside Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Marly Halpern-Graser, and both will executive-produce alongside Wan. Perhaps, like Roar before it, this might displease fans expecting a more straight-laced take on the early days of Aquaman’s rule of Atlantis, but, like Roar before it, that might not matter nearly as much when this looks as fun as it does.

Aquaman: King of Atlantis, which also stars Jellystone’s Dana Snyder as Orm, the Ocean Master (who we see getting the snot beaten out of him, yet again, in the trailer) will stream in three parts weekly on HBO Max, starting on October 14.


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Updates From Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Dune, and More


Dune

Meanwhile, a new featurette discusses the royal houses of Dune.


The Addams Family 2

A new trailer reveals the Addams Family 2 will be in theaters and on-demand simultaneously this October 1.


No One Gets Out Alive

An immigrant moves into a haunted boarding house in the trailer for No One Gets Out Alive, coming to Netflix on September 29.


Pokemon The Movie: Secrets of the Jungle

Pokemon does Fern Gully in the trailer for Secrets of the Jungle, also coming to Netflix this October 8.


Peacemaker

James Gunn denied rumors Bane is set to make an appearance in his Peacemaker TV series on Twitter.

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Evil

In conversation with TV Line, Evil co-executive producer Robert King promised the acidic goop Kristen released last week is entirely metaphorical.

It’s partly a joke because it’s partly Alien, the movie. It was supposed to be like the acid that comes out, and it burns through everything. In fact, at the end credits, we were going to do one thing where you’re in China, the Great Wall, and it burns through an upside-down Great Wall, and it just felt like, no. [Laughs]

There’s three ways the supernatural happens on our show. One way is that it’s in a vision. The other way is, it’s metaphor. And the third way is it’s [Kristen], usually with a bad medication, and seeing things that aren’t there. I would put that in the world of metaphor.

There’s something going on with [Kristen], the way she’s using sex that makes it burn right through her kitchen into her basement. I mean, makes me laugh even saying that! But yes, I have a feeling that will be a weird one, because it doesn’t seem to come back. We had a lot of debate about it… Anyway, it feels sometimes like the show nudges its way toward some kind of metaphor that you want to grab not as literally, but… it sets a tone. I would put that in the world of “sets a tone”.

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Nightbooks

Bloody-Disgusting has new photos of Krysten Ritter as she appears in Sam Raimi’s new Netflix series, Nightbooks. Click through for more.

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The Chestnut Man

Bloody-Disgusting also has photos of the titular crime scene effigy in The Chestnut Man—the latest Danish crime thriller coming to Netflix this September 29. More at the link.

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What We Do in the Shadows

The vampires plan a trip to Buffalo in a new trailer for tomorrow night’s episode of What We Do in the Shadows.


Stargirl

Elsewhere, Cindy comes for the JSA in the trailer for next week’s episode of Stargirl. 


Squid Game

Finally, the Korean government invites desperate people to participate in life-and-death interpretations of popular children’s games in the trailer for Squid Gama new Netflix series combining Battle Royale and The Hunger Games with the gameplay of As the Gods Will.


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Aquaman 2’s New Suit Is Stealthy and Laden With Abs

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: New Stealth Suit Costume Revealed

Wan describes the new suit, designed by David Leslie Johnson, as being “Atlantean tech based on [a] cephalopod’s camouflaging ability,” and taking inspiration from a similarly toned suit Aquaman wore in the comics, the blue camouflage introduced in Neal Pozner and Craig Hamilton’s 1986 miniseries. But one interesting design evolution aside from the coloration is the torso, which is just… well, chiseled in a way that is meant to reflect Arthur’s own body, but is really just a suit of bones stealth abs on top of his actual abs.

There’s no doubt Jason Momoa of course, has quite the physique underneath all this costuming—we got to see plenty enough of that in the first film as well—but there’s something kind of delightfully retro and cheesy about the sheer amount of sculpted musculature on the new suit compared to the first movie’s costuming for Arthur. Throw in the darker color palette and it really does feel like a throwback to superhero movie costuming tropes from the ‘90s, with more than a little camp thrown in for good measure. And really, if there’s going to be a DC sequel with some retro cheese in it? It’s gonna be the one that’s following up the movie with Pitbull’s take on Toto, isn’t it?

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently scheduled to release in theaters in December 2022.


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Star Trek: Picard Season 2 Has Found Itself a Major Villain

Star Trek: Picard Season 2 Casts Borg Queen in Runaways Star


Malignant

Meanwhile, James Wan has fun with cameras, spatial relation, and architecture in the latest clip from Malignant.


Star Trek: Picard

Annie Wersching (Runaways, The Vampire Diaries) has been cast as the Borg Queen in the second season of Picard, taking over the role from Alice Krige (First Contact, Voyager season seven) and Susanna Thompson (Voyager seasons five and six).

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Peacemaker

James Gunn cast doubt on whether his Peacemaker series would receive a mere R-rating on Twitter, were it not a TV show on HBO Max.

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Midnight Mass

Netflix released a new poster for Mike Flanagan’s latest Netflix series, Midnight Mass.

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Roswell, New Mexico

KSiteTV has photos from “Goodnight Elizabeth, the September 6 episode of Roswell, New Mexico. Click through for more.

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Y: The Last Man

Yorick and 355 need a doctor in the synopsis for “Mann Hunt” airing on September 27.

Yorick and Agent 355 search for Dr. Allison Mann in war-torn Boston. Back in D.C., Jennifer hides the truth about Yorick from her political rivals. Written by: Tian Jun Gu Directed by: Mairzee Almas

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond

AMC has released a three-minute trailer for the second (and final) season of The Walking Dead: World Beyond.


Teenage Euthanasia

A teenager named Euthanasia brings her beetle-controlling mother back from the dead in two new trailers for Adult Swim’s latest series, Teenage Euthanasia.


Hellbound

Finally, ambassadors from Hell cast judgment on the living in the trailer for Hellbound, Yeon Sang-ho’s new “procedural drama” at Netflix based on a Korean webtoon.


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The New Malignant Trailer Focuses on Its Superstar Filmmaker

New Malignant Trailer Focuses on Horror Master James Wan

Using Wan to promote this film is a smart move. He’s a proven commodity, not just in horror, but in other genres as well (he also did Furious 7 and Aquaman, and is currently working on Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.) When people see the name “James Wan” it has become synonymous with originality in horror and scope in blockbusters. Malignant could have a bit of both, as evidenced by the second half of this trailer which has a lot of very effective overhead shots, complicated camera moves and quick glimpses of a powerful, evil presence.

What I like most about Wan’s horror films, besides the scares and gore, are that each one sets the stage for a much larger world. In Saw, that was Jigsaw. In Insidious, that was the Further. And in The Conjuring, it’s just the nature of the Warrens’ work as paranormal investigators. Each film offers a contained, satisfying story with loads to explore in the future if possible. Watching the Malignant trailer I’d venture to guess that’s the case here too, but I can’t exactly tell what about it is bigger than the story itself. I’m excited to find out and I won’t have to wait long: Malignant opens next week, September 10, both in theaters and on HBO Max, where it’ll live for a month.


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