Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Superman Movie Could Be a Period Piece

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Early reports say that Ta-Nehisi Coates’ already much-anticipated Superman movie could take place in the 20th century, which offers some very interesting options for what’s going to be an extremely interesting movie.

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This information comes from a piece today from the Hollywood Reporter, which clarifies the process is still so early that this is merely a possibility rather than Coates’ definitive pitch, since “Coates isn’t expected to deliver his Superman script until mid-December.” But here are the vague details as of now: “The Superman film appears to be moving onto its own track and won’t be part of the [DCEU], as of now. Sources tell THR that Coates is crafting a Kal-El in the vein of the original Superman comics and will have the protagonist hail from Krypton and come to Earth. While the story is currently being crafted and many details could change, one option under consideration is for the film to be a 20th century period piece.”

There are some very interesting potential stories to be told about a Black Superman throughout the 20th century even if “period piece” is purposefully vague. I can imagine a movie that takes place in 1978, the year the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie came out, to directly compare and contrast how the two heroes would be received by the world. But it could be even more powerful to see the challenges faced by Coates’ Superman during the character’s original comic setting in the 1940s or during the civil rights movement of the ‘60s.

When Joe Siegel and Jerry Shuster first created Superman in 1938, the last son of Krypton was, for lack of a better term, a Social Justice Warrior rather than a superhero who fought supervillains. He caught criminals, sure, but he also stopped fought poverty, protected victims of abuse, and in a 1946 radio serial even took on the Ku Klux Klan. Bringing Superman back to those roots could be absolutely fascinating to see on screen, especially compared to the spectacle that was Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Again, this is all merely speculation for now, so anything is possible. The prolific Coates has plenty of time to consider all his storytelling options.

As a reminder, this project was announced just this past February and will be produced by J.J. Abrams, but has no director attached just yet. The report notes on that front, “Insiders say Warners and DC are committed to hiring a Black director to tackle what will be the first cinematic incarnation of Superman featuring a Black actor.”


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2021 Summer TV Preview: All the Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy to Stay at Home With

Vampires, superheroes, supernatural hijinks, interstellar blunders, and... men *and* kids with horns? Oh summer TV, you’re so silly.

Vampires, superheroes, supernatural hijinks, interstellar blunders, and… men *and* kids with horns? Oh summer TV, you’re so silly.
Image: Netflix, HBO Max, Marvel Studios, and CBS

Like the movie industry, the realm of television is still in the process of clawing its way back from covid-related delays. While some new seasons, hiatus returns, and debuts will need a little more time to make it to the airwaves, rest assured there’s still plenty of fresh summer TV on the way.

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If you missed our gargantuan summer movie preview, make sure you check that out. TV choices this summer aren’t quite as numerous but that doesn’t mean you’ll be lacking in entertainment options. Before we dive in, it’s worth noting that—also like the movie industry!—all dates here are subject to change, and more titles may be coming that have yet to be announced.


MAY

Nick Zano as Nate Heywood, Shayan Sobhian as Behrad, Jes Macallan as Ava, Lisseth Chavez as Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory on Legends of Tomorrow.

Nick Zano as Nate Heywood, Shayan Sobhian as Behrad, Jes Macallan as Ava, Lisseth Chavez as Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory on Legends of Tomorrow.
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Legends of Tomorrow: The kookiest show in the Arrowverse is already in progress as it returns for its sixth season, which promises all manner of deliciously ridiculous alien hijinks as well as episodes themed around ALF, Clue, and 1990s animated Disney princesses. Check out some thoughts on that revealing premiere here. (May 2 on the CW)

Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Out of the ashes of The Clone Wars comes the next Star Wars animated series, following the titular elite group of genetically enhanced Clone Troopers as the Clone War ends and the Rise of the Empire begins. Our premiere review is already up (plus an interview about that big cameo) but the second episode is already arriving this Friday. (May 4/May 7 on Disney+)

Jupiter’s Legacy: What happens when the world’s superheroes decide it’s time for their kids to step into their shoes… and the younger generation isn’t quite up to the challenge? This adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s comic—with a cast that includes Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter, and Ian Quinlan—aims to find out. (May 7 on Netflix)

Mythic Quest: Rob McElhenney’s workplace comedy set at a gaming company returns for its second season, with the characters going back to the office after quarantine to bicker, flirt, scheme, and occasionally work on the expansion of Raven’s Banquet. (May 7 on Apple TV+)

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Castlevania: The beloved, bloody animated take on Konami’s supernatural video game franchise returns for a fourth and final season, as the myriad forces at play in the wake of Dracula’s death finally make their plays—with Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard caught in the crossfire. (May 13 on Netflix)

Love, Death, & Robots: The adult animated anthology series, a riff on Heavy Metal, returns for a second season of futuristic, violent, but often darkly humorous short tales. This season draws from stories by Harlan Ellison, John Scalzi, Joe Lansdale, J.G. Ballard, Neal Asher, and others. (May 14 on Netflix)

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Superman & Lois: Smallville’s finest are back for the rest of Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch’s debut spinoff series, as the Kent-Lanes still try to balance smalltown life with the stresses that come with being the Last Son of Krypton’s family. (May 18 on the CW).

Camp Cretaceous’ Kenji, Darius, Sammy, Brooklyn, and Yaz.

Camp Cretaceous’ Kenji, Darius, Sammy, Brooklyn, and Yaz.
Image: Netflix

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Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous: The animated, in-canon extension of the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World universe returns for its third season, with the surviving campers still trapped on Isla Nubar with rampaging dinosaurs, including a new creature that no doubt hopes “screaming teens” is on the menu. (May 21 on Netflix)

Marvel’s MODOK: Patton Oswalt voices the title character of this stop-motion animated series, which follows the giant-headed supervillain as he tries to balance his flailing career with his family life. Other voices include (Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennett, Jon Daly, Sam Richardson, John Hamm, and Nathan Fillion. (May 21 on Hulu)

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Solos: This seven-part anthology series aims to “illuminate the deeper meaning of human connection” with sci-fi and futuristic tales about time travel, intergalactic travel, memory transplants, and more. To go with that high concept comes an all-star cast, including Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie, Helen Mirren, Dan Stevens, and Constance Wu. (May 21 on Amazon)

Rugrats: Nickelodeon’s upcoming Rugrats reboot’s straightforward enough that its new adventures featuring talking babies will strike a nostalgic chord for people who grew up watching the original series. But what’s interesting about the reboot is that while the surviving cast members of the original will all be reprising their roles as Rugrats’ babies, all of the adults are now being voiced by a slew of comedians including Nicole Byer, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, and Timothy Simons. (May 27 on Paramount+)

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Lucifer: The supernatural detective-slash-romance series returns for the second half of its fifth season, bringing with it a holy war between Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and his creepy twin brother, Michael (also Tom Ellis). Also, we can finally watch that musical episode the show’s been teasing for ages. (May 28 on Netflix)


JUNE

Lego Masters: The Lego-building team competition returns for a second season, again hosted by Will Arnett. (June 1 on Fox)

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Lisey’s Story: Based on the Stephen King novel (King wrote all the episodes) and produced by J.J. Abrams, this miniseries is more “psychological horror” than full-on horror. But still… Stephen King! Julianne Moore stars as the widow of a famous author (Clive Owen) whose past becomes tangled with her present as she’s cleaning out his office. (June 4 on Apple TV+)

Sweet Tooth: Post-apocalyptic stories are usually so downbeat, for obvious reasons, but Sweet Tooth takes the idea of most of the people on the planet dying and gives it a fantastic twist, in more ways than one. It seems that horror may have been caused, or started, by a rise in babies born has hybrids of humans and animals. One such deer boy, the titular character, teams up with a survivor to try and get to the bottom of the mystery. It’s based on the DC comic by Jeff Lemire and produced by Robert Downey Jr. The first trailer blew us away. (June 4 on Netflix)

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War of the Worlds: Now in its second season, this “reimagining” of H.G. Wells’ classic alien invasion story is set in present-day Europe and stars Gabriel Byrne, Bayo Gbadamosi, and Daisy Edgar-Jones. (June 6 on Epix)

Wunmi Mosaku (as Hunter B-15) and Owen Wilson (as Mobius) in Marvel and Disney+’s Loki.

Wunmi Mosaku (as Hunter B-15) and Owen Wilson (as Mobius) in Marvel and Disney+’s Loki.
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Loki: Marvel’s attempts to dominate the streaming space continue with this post-Endgame Tom Hiddleston vehicle, with the actor portraying the… *checks timelines* Avengers-era version of the titular god of tricks, last seen in Endgame snatching the tesseract out its intended timeline. Naturally, shenanigans like that cause a bit of a temporal mess, and Loki’s been recruited by the Time Variance Authority to help clean up. Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Wunmi Mosaku (Lovecraft Country, His House) also star. (June 9 on Disney+)

Tuca & Bertie: Netflix who? Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt’s cult-beloved adult animated series has shifted over to Adult Swim for its second season, which promises more hijinks (“Just be warned, you’ll never look at plants the same way again!”) with the best bird friends voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong. (June 13 on Adult Swim)

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Rick and Morty: It’s still incredible that we’re getting a new season of Rick and Morty (the series’ fifth) so soon after the previous season ended (just last year!). As usual, we don’t know much about what to expect from the smartest guy in the universe and his somewhat less-smart family (and their clones, as the case may be), but Hellraiser appears to be involved. (June 20 on Adult Swim)

The Mysterious Benedict Society: Tony Hale and Kristen Schaal head up a cast of mostly young actors in this adventure tale about orphans who must band together at their boarding school to save the world. It’s based on the YA bestseller by Trenton Lee Stewart. (June 25 on Disney+)

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JULY

Monsters at Work: Set soon after the events of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.—when Monstropolis is shifting to being laugh-powered rather than scream-powered—this animated series follows a young mechanic (voiced by Ben Feldman of Mad Men and Superstore fame) who idolizes Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman). (July 2 on Disney+)

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Wellington Paranormal: The What We Do in the Shadows spin-off finally arrives for easy stateside viewing. It’s executive produced by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, and follows the two cops seen in the 2014 mockumentary as they investigate paranormal goings-on around Wellington. (July 11 on the CW/HBO Max)

Chip N’ Dale: Park Life: This series of animated shorts follow the chipmunk pals as they cause shenanigans in and around the big-city park they call home. Word is some classic Disney characters, including Pluto and Butch, will show up too. (July 23 on Disney+)

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Roswell, New Mexico: The rebooted tale of aliens masquerading as humans (and humans sometimes behaving like monsters) is back for a third season of extraterrestrial intrigue. (July 26 on the CW)

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness: Capcom’s unstoppable action-horror video game/feature film franchise now has its own anime series; it takes place in 2006 and follows the characters of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield from Resident Evil 2. (July TBD on Netflix)

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AUGUST

 Yvette Monreal as Wildcat, Brec Bassinger as Stargirl, Mark Ashworth as Justin, and Cameron Gellman as Hourman in Stargirl season one.

Yvette Monreal as Wildcat, Brec Bassinger as Stargirl, Mark Ashworth as Justin, and Cameron Gellman as Hourman in Stargirl season one.
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Stargirl: After spending an entire season leading viewers and its titular heroine to believe that Sylvester Pembleton, the original Starman, was dead, Stargirl’s season one finale revealed the DC Comics hero to be alive and well, something that’s sure to cause quite a stir once the surviving members of the Justice Society of America and the Injustice Society of America find out. But along with Pemberton, Stargirl’s set to introduce its takes on classic other classic DC characters like Shade and Eclipso, meaning that when the series returns to the CW for its second season this supper, Starman won’t be alone making waves in Blue Valley, Nebraska. (August 10, the CW)

Riverdale: Riverdale returns to the CW for the rest of season five right where it left off—seven years into a new future where the 20-something crew’s returned to their hometown after having grown apart from one another. Betty, Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Toni, and Cheryl haven’t been able to help themselves from falling back into their messy old ways and finding themselves… right back in high school. But now that they’re the adults in the room, their outlandish approaches to handling life’s issues are likely to have even greater consequences. (August 11, the CW)

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Star Trek: Lower Decks: Mike McMahan’s delightful animated exploration of some of Starfleet’s most troublemaking yet heroic ensigns returns for a second season. (August 12, Paramount +)

The Walking Dead: The beginning of the end. After 10 seasons as one of the biggest, most influential shows in the history of television, this year marks the start of the final season of The Walking Dead. Not the franchise, but this original show. And the final season will be split in two, this being the first half. So it’s not like zombie killing on AMC is going way, but the version that got it started is starting to, and it’s sure to be every bit a gross and massive as it’s always been. (August 22, AMC)

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Supergirl: Supergirl season six has just one episode before it takes a little break for Kara’s cousin to return to the CW for his family drama. Things have been extremely tense so far with Lena leaving LexCorp as the only way to get back at her evil brother and Supergirl trapped in the Phantom Zone. When the series does return this summer, it’ll be for the last time to wrap up the series as a whole. Though Kara’s friends and family will be by her side as she stands off against her enemies in the series finale, Supergirl’s coming to an end may mean that whatever Kara faces may genuinely have significant consequences for the larger Arrowverse. (August 24, the CW)

Fantasy Island: Yep, it’s a reboot of the 1970s series about an island where guests can test out their fantasies with the help of some magical realism. Roselyn Sanchez stars as Elena Roarke, a descendant of Ricardo Montalbán’s iconic Mr. Roarke on the original series. (August TBD on Fox)

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Summer TBD

Chapelwaite: Set in 1850s Maine, this gothic horror series stars Adrien Brody as a widower and Emily Hampshire as an aspiring author who becomes drawn into his spooky family history when she becomes nanny to his children. It’s inspired by Stephen King’s short story Jerusalem’s Lot. (Epix)

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Motherland: Fort Salem: This alt-history supernatural drama about militaristic witches who’ve made Salem their power HQ returns for more combat magic, spells, and intense interpersonal conflicts. (Freeform)

So, you turned into a zombie...

So, you turned into a zombie…
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Marvel’s What If… ?: The beauty of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always been that all the stories count. They’re canon. They happened. But what if, they weren’t? That’s the premise behind this highly anticipated animated series which will take popular Marvel movies and change one big thing about them, and see how it played out. Like what if Peggy Carter became Captain America instead of Steve Rogers? That kind of thing. Almost all of the MCU actors will be lending their voices as well. (Disney+)

Aquaman: King of Atlantis: As part of its larger project of revitalizing Aquaman’s image for a new generation, Warner Bros.’ upcoming Aquaman: King of Atlantis follows Arthur Curry’s adventures as Atlantis’ new king, an authority he isn’t quite sure how to wield beneath the ocean. Though heroism may come naturally to Arthur, Atlantis’ ways don’t always, and it’s only with Mera’s help that he’s able to find his way in the underwater world. (HBO Max)

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Nintendo Teases More Animated Plans for Future Movies

Bowser: King of the Monsters. Do it, cowards!

Bowser: King of the Monsters. Do it, cowards!
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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.

The Toxic Avenger remake recruits another star. Robert Kirkman teases some directions the next few seasons of Invincible could go in. The Flash recruits a familiar face for its 150th episode. Plus, get new looks at Spiral, The Suicide Squad, The Green Knight, and more. Spoilers go!

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The Toxic Avenger

Deadline reports Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Zola) has joined the cast of Legendary’s upcoming Toxic Avenger remake in an undisclosed role. The film already includes Peter Dinklage and Jacob Tremblay.


Nintendo Movies

During a recent interview with Fast Company, Nintendo’s Shuntaro Furukawa said the company plans to develop more films based on its library of games following the release of Illumination’s upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie.

Animation, in general, is something that we are looking into, and not just this [Super Mario] franchise. Although the ways we are expanding our IP are increasing, we are very, very careful about where and how our IP is licensed. We are not deploying our characters and worlds merely to increase public exposure.


Vamprechaun

Meanwhile, Leprechaun creator Mark Jones sat down with Bloody-Disgusting to discuss—at length—his plans for a vampiric leprechaun movie. Click through for more.

Well, it’s an original creation. Anybody can do a movie with a leprechaun. And it’s not going to be a movie with Warwick Davis playing the same character from the Leprechaun movies. I’ve always looked at Vamprechaun as a standalone. If Warwick wants to do it, great. I’d love to have Warwick. But he’s certainly not locked in and attached. And it would work without him. But if Lionsgate wants to make a new deal for Vamprechaun, then I’d certainly be happy to talk with them.

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Great White

USA Today reports the Australian killer shark movie, Great White, comes to both U.S. theaters and VOD this July 16. Have you checked out our extensive summer movie release list yet?

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Army of the Dead

USA Today has a new photo of a zombie hillbilly from Army of the Dead.

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Chris Rock finds a pig-man in a marked truck in another new photo from USA Today.

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The Suicide Squad

The (surviving) members of the Suicide Squad spring into action in this new photo from USA Today.

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The Green Knight

We also have a new photo of Dev Patel in The Green Knight, courtesy of USA Today’s summer movie preview.

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The Flash

TV Line reports Jessica Parker Kennedy is set to return as Nora West-Allen for the 150th episode of The Flash. Meanwhile, Barry realizes he’s made a new enemy in the Speed Force in the trailer for next week’s episode.


The Irregulars

Netflix has canceled The Irregulars after one season. [TV Line]


Invincible

Robert Kirkman teases that Angstrom Levy will appear in the next few seasons of Invincible.

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Titans

The titles and release dates for the first four episodes of season 3 have been revealed.

Titans – Episode 3.01 – Barbara Gordon (July 22)

Titans – Episode 3.02 – Red Hood (July 22)

Titans – Episode 3.03 – Hank & Dove (July 22)

Titans – Episode 3.04 – Blackfire (July 29)

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Supergirl

Finally, Supergirl is rescued from the Phantom Zone in the trailer for “Fear Knot”—next week’s midseason finale.


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Making Fun of Superman Is Tradition

Calvin Ellis as he appears on the cover of Infinite Frontier #1.

Calvin Ellis as he appears on the cover of Infinite Frontier #1.
Screenshot: Bryan Hitch/DC Comics

As part of DC’s new Infinite Frontier relaunch—meant to build on the foundation laid by its Death Metal and Future State titles—the comic publisher’s set to put out a new miniseries. It kicked off with the massive Infinite Frontier #0 featuring a bevy of creative talent ahead of writer Joshua Williamson and artist Xermanico’s takeover for the following five issues later this summer.

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In press releases, DC Comics explained that Infinite Frontier’s meant to explore the dynamics of its new multiversal status quo now that essentially all of the publisher’s different realities have been brought back into the canonical fold. Tangled and messy as DC’s various Crises had previously left the multiverse (something that’s always made it difficult to jump into DC’s comics), the promise of Infinite Frontier is a fresh start where the possibilities are seemingly endless. One of those possibilities was Calvin Ellis, DC’s Black Superman from Earth 23, being put front and center in a new story exploring his place in the larger world. Early solicitations for Infinite Frontier #1 made clear that Calvin would factor into the plot significantly, but what really caught a number of peoples’ attention about the character’s big return to DC’s comics was one of the comic’s variant covers from artist Bryan Hitch.

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Calvin Ellis as he appears on the cover of Infinite Frontier #1.
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Ahead of Infinite Frontier #1’s upcoming release, an Aquaman fan account on Twitter posted an image of Hitch’s variant. Though some were glad to see Calvin back in action, many were quick to voice their distaste with the odd placement of the character’s hairline. Of course people’s specific jokes about Calvin’s fivehead were all different, but they were all ways of expressing disbelief that a Black man who was also the President of the United States and the most famous superhero on the planet would be caught in public with a haircut that made him look like Sinestro.

The predominantly white mainstream comics industry is well known for its history of doing a piss-poor job when it comes to illustrating Black characters with respect and beauty. This is also what made it so disappointing, though not exactly surprising, when Hitch himself chimed in with a now-deleted post on one specific thread telling a couple of people to “fuck off” for dragging his illustration. It’s easy to understand why people’s comments might have gotten to Hitch, who is a white British man—but it is also very easy to understand why people made fun of Hitch’s drawing of a fictional Black man with a truly outlandish way of styling his hair.

What was particularly telling about this entire situation is that Hitch’s illustration does actually bear a general resemblance to artist Valentine De Landro’s (who is Black) take on the character recently seen in Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1. The overall shape of Cal’s hairline is similar in style between De Landro and Hitch’s art, with the key difference being the hair’s placement, which reads as unnatural in Hitch’s piece. It’s also worth noting that Hitch also drew Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1’s cover where Calvin is again shown to have a hairline that arcs upwards in ways that most Black people’s hair simply doesn’t grow, or at least not how they would choose to cut their hair.

Superman coming down to help a family find their dog.

Superman coming down to help a family find their dog.
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Even if one were to excuse the variant cover’s oddness as more of a perspective issue, what was immediately lost in Hitch’s snap reaction to people’s valid and relatively tame criticisms was the fact that making fun of Superman is a major part of the tradition surrounding the 80+ year old character. DC’s Superman has always been as silly and ridiculous as he is noble and indestructible. That duality is a part of the character’s charm that some have come to appreciate over time as we gain a better understanding of how archetypical characters like Superman can contain multitudes. People who like to pretend that they’ve never cracked a dumb joke about Superman wearing his underwear on the outside, or understand how fans frequently poke fun at the character’s Boy Scout energy are lying to themselves. Beyond the actual text of stories where characters jab at Clark Kent for those sorts of things, Superman occupies such a prominent space in pop culture that it’s very common for people to hold him up as an example of a character worthy of derision for one reason or another.

It’s hard to argue that people were really punching down by raising an eyebrow at Calvin’s Fourth World hairline because, at the end of the day, feedback is simply that. In this instance, that feedback wasn’t just honest and straightforward, it was part of the much larger, longstanding roast fans have been putting the Superman brand through for years that Calvin Ellis now has a special place in.

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Infinite Frontier #1 hits stores on June 23.


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Updates From She-Hulk, Peacemaker, and More

Jennifer Walters is ready for action, legal, avenging, or otherwise.

Jennifer Walters is ready for action, legal, avenging, or otherwise.
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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.

Whoopi Goldberg wants in on her own superhero saga. Adam McKay teases his doomsday comedy. Plus, what’s to come on all the DC/CW shows, more footage from Cruella, and what’s next on Fear the Walking Dead. To me, my spoilers!

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Untitled Whoopi Goldberg Superhero Film

During a recent interview with Variety, Whoopi Goldberg revealed she’s writing a superhero movie about an “older Black woman who acquires new powers and has to learn to use them.”

Since I was a little kid, I’ve been obsessed with superheroes. They’re all saving the earth all the time. But do you know who’s really going to save the earth? Old Black women.


Untitled Pixar Film

Pixar is looking to cast a teenage girl in the role of Jess, “a fourteen-year old transgender girl” in an unspecified new project.


Don’t Look Up

During a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via /Film), Adam McKay described his upcoming doomsday comedy Don’t Look Up as a tonal cross between The Other Guys and The Big Short.

Definitely not as dark as Vice. Vice, I’d say, really probably ended up being a drama with some comedy. But Big Short, still, even though there’s drama in it – I would say this one is a tad more of a comedy than The Big Short…I don’t know if the Ferrell movies, because they’re so uniquely Will Ferrell – but somewhere in between The Other Guys and The Big Short, I’d say, is where this one lives.

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Cruella

Emma Stone’s Cruella de Vil gets her origin story in a new TV spot.


Siberia

Willem Defoe goes on a spirit quest in the latest trailer for Abel Ferrera’s Siberia.


She-Hulk

A photo from Atlanta Filming sees Tatiana Maslany on set to play Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk.

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Peacemaker

James Gunn has finished his first cut of the Peacemaker pilot.

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Secrets of Sulphur Springs

According to TV Line, Disney has renewed Secrets of Sulphur Springs for a second season.

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Legends of Tomorrow

Spooner boards the Waverider in the synopsis for “Meat: The Legends” airing May 9.

With Spooner (Lisseth Chavez) on board, Ava hopes that her special abilities will help lead them to locate the Aliens spread out on the timeline, which could ultimately lead them to Sara (Caity Lotz.) The Legends soon find themselves tracking an Alien in 1950s San Bernadino and having to figure out what is making the town go on a feeding frenzy. Zari (Tala Ashe) lets Behrad (Shayan Sobhian) know she is ready to use the Totem, but Behrad isn’t ready to share it, causing tension between them. Meanwhile, after crash landing, Sara tries to figure out a plan and runs into none other than Amelia Earhart who could be her ticket home. Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Matt Ryan, Adam Tsekham, Jes Macallan and Olivia Swann also star. Rachel Talalaly directed the episode written by Matthew Maala & Morgan Faust (602). Original airdate 5/9/2021.

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Batwoman

Batwoman may-or-may-not meet Cluemaster in the synopsis for “I’ll Give You a Clue” airing May 9.

When Sophie (Meagan Tandy) must face a foe from her rookie days with The Crows, Ryan (Javicia Leslie), Mary (Nicole Kang) and Luke (Camrus Johnson) are also pulled into the villain’s game. Meanwhile, the tables turn on Alice (Rachel Skarsten) when she finds herself in dire circumstances, and Jacob (Dougray Scott) continues to revisit the past. Marshall Virtue directed the episode written by Caroline Dries and Natalie Abrams (#213). Original airdate 5/9/21.

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Black Lightning

Lynn makes “the biggest decision of her life” in the synopsis for “The Book of Reunification: Chapter Two” airing May 10.

Jefferson (Cress Williams) takes Khalil (Jordan Calloway) up on his offer to help. Meanwhile, Lynn (Christine Adams) finds herself wrestling with what could be the biggest decision of her life. Lastly, Tobias (Marvin Jones III) follows through on a hunch. Nafessa Williams, James Remar and Chantal Thuy also star. The episode was written by Asheleigh O. Conley and directed by Bille Woodruff (#411). Original airdate 5/10/2021

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The Flash

Barry seeks counsel from Timeless Wells (is that—that’s what we’re calling him?) in the synopsis for “Timeless”the ninth episode of The Flash’s seventh season.

After a devastating betrayal, Barry (Grant Gustin) turns to Timeless Wells (Tom Cavanagh) for help. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) leads Team Citizen down a dangerous road in search of answers, and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) confides his biggest fear to Kamilla (guest star Victoria Park). “The Flash is starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton. Menhaj Huda directed the episode written by Kristen Kim & Joshua V. Gilbert (#709).

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Supergirl

The Super Friends enter the Phantom Zone in the synopsis for “Fear Knot” directed by David Harewood.

As the Super Friends brave the Phantom Zone to bring Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) home, each member of the team is confronted by visions of their worst fear. SUPERGIRL stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman. David Harewood directed the episode written by J. Holtham & Elle Lipson (#607).

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Nancy Drew

Tom Swift joins Nancy Drew in the synopsis for “The Celestial Visitor” airing May 12.

TIAN RICHARDS (“BURDEN,” “DUMPLIN”) GUEST STARS AS TOM SWIFT – As things begin to go haywire at The Claw, a striking stranger appears looking for Nancy (Kennedy McMann), and announces himself as the billionaire Tom Swift (guest star Tian Richards). Meanwhile, Ace (Alex Saxon) has issues with the way Nancy insists on handling things with Celia (guest star Teryl Rothery). Tunji Kasim, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani and Riley Smith also star. Ruben Garcia directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor & Noga Landau (#215). Original airdate 5/12/2021

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Legacies

Hope’s a bit suspicious in the synopsis for “I Was Made to Love You”the twelfth episode of Legacies’ third season.

Hope’s (Danielle Rose Russell) suspicion is piqued after Wade (guest star Elijah B. Moore) shares some startling news with her. To uncover the secrets of a mysterious artifact, Alaric (Matthew Davis) must work with an enemy from his past. After Ethan (Leo Howard) finds himself in harm’s way, MG (Quincy Fouse) is forced to make a difficult decision. Danielle Rose Russell, Aria Shahghasemi, Jenny Boyd, Quincy Fouse, Peyton Alex Smith, Chris Lee and Ben Levin also star. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Brett Matthews (#312).

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Charmed

The Charmed Ones find a letter from mom in the synopsis for “Spectral Healing” airing May 14.

The Charmed Ones (Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery) discover a letter from their mother that may hold answers to burning questions; meanwhile, Harry (Rupert Evans) considers a life-changing decision and Jordan’s (Jordan Donica) good-will gets him into trouble. Also starring Poppy Drayton. Jacquie Gould directed the episode written by Tommy Cook & Nicki Renna (#312). Original airdate 5/14/21.

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Kung Fu

Nicky takes the law into her own hands in the synopsis for “Rage” airing May 12.

JUSTICE AND REVENGE — When the retrieval of a weapon doesn’t go as planned, Nicky (Olivia Liang) takes matters into her own hands. Elsewhere, Jin (Tzi Ma) takes Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan) on a surprise date and Althea (Shannon Dang) finds herself faced with an ultimatum. Jon Prasida, Eddie Liu, Gavin Stenhouse and Vanessa Kai also star. Joe Menendez directed the episode written by Lillian Yu (#106). Original airdate 5/12/2021.

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Fear the Walking Dead

A new group is introduced in both the trailer and a clip for next week’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead.


Birdgirl

Finally, Birdgirl’s forehead swells to the size of an empanada in the trailer for next week’s episode.


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The Witcher Could Return to Netflix Sooner Than You’d Thought

Geralt’s back. But also, Geralt’s back!

Geralt’s back. But also, Geralt’s back!
Image: Netflix

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

A sequel to 47 Ronin is coming, with some cyberpunk flair. Stellan Skarsgard teases his role in Dune. Greg Russo wants to go back to the manga for the Death Note sequel. Plus, what’s coming on Supergirl, and Showtime’s The Man Who Fell to Earth adaptation picks up another actor. Spoilers, away!

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47 Ronin 2

Deadline reports Lucifer’s Aimee Garcia will team with New York Times Bestselling author AJ Mendez on a script for a sequel to 47 Ronin blending “martial arts, horror, cyber-punk and action.” Though details on the story are currently unavailable, Mendez states the film will tell “a modern, multicultural story with powerful female leads.”


Dune

During a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Stellan Skarsgard revealed his Baron Harkonnen “doesn’t show up for too much” of Dune’s running time.

I did eight or ten days on the movie, so my character doesn’t show up for too much, but his presence will be felt. He’s such a frightening presence where even if he doesn’t say anything, I think you’ll be afraid of him. And I’m extremely fat. I had eight hours in the makeup chair every day. And in some scenes, I look very tall because I levitate. You’re going to have a lot of fun with it.

The thing about it, and why I’m looking forward to this film as well, is because it’s Denis Villeneuve. Whatever he does, he creates an atmosphere that is dense, that you can touch, and you’re just sucked into it. You’re never bored—even if he does long, slow takes. The atmosphere builds up, and you’re in his universe.


Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Physical stand-ins for Tails and Knuckles have been photographed on the set of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. View them on Tails’ Channel’s account.

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Death Note 2

During a recent interview with We Got This Covered, Death Note 2 writer Greg Russo stated the sequel will “go back to the source material” of the original manga.

It’s funny because it sounds like a shift in genre but really, it comes down to the same things. It’s about adapting IP. It’s about bringing over an amazing piece of fan property and trying to do it right. And Death Note, I’m a huge fan of the manga, I’m a huge fan of the original source material and I think it’s one of the greatest mangas ever written. And so for me, I didn’t play any role in Death Note, the first film that Netflix did, but I came in with kind of a point of view with what I wanted to do in a sequel. And part of that is I wanted to go back to the source material. Hopefully, there will be more info on it soon, but it’s going to be… it’s not going to be exactly what you’re expecting. And I mean that in a very enticing way.

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Comic Book has the latest poster for the new Saw movie starring Chris Rock.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Sonya Cassidy has joined the cast of Showtime’s The Man Who Fell to Earth series as Edie Flood, “CEO of OriGen Industries and a woman driven to her protect family’s prominent tech company at any cost.” [Deadline]

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Cobra Kai/The Witcher

Deadline also reports both Cobra Kai and The Witcher will return for new seasons in the “fourth quarter” of 2021—presumably meaning they could drop any time between October and December.

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Stranger Things

Meanwhile, Finn Wolfhard told Games Radar the fourth season of Stranger Things “should be out sometime next year, hopefully.”

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The Flash

Godspeed returns in new set footage from The Flash.

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Supergirl

Finally, Dreamer and Brainiac 5 travel back in time to Alex and Kara’s past in the trailer for “Prom Night!”next week’s episode of Supergirl.


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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Could Have Had an Even More Ridiculous Title

Hey, remember this terrible scene from Batman v Superman? Good times.

Hey, remember this terrible scene from Batman v Superman? Good times.
Image: Warner Bros.

When it was announced that the DC Extended Universe’s follow-up to Man of Steel would be titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, people had quite a laugh. After all, it sounded like Batman was going to sue Superman, presumably for all the manslaughter by depraved indifference he committed at the end of his debut movie. However, it turns out the movie’s title could have been much, much more ridiculous.

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Speaking at Justice Con this past weekend (via Collider), director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio revealed that the reason Batman is “v” Superman as opposed to “versus” Superman is because they didn’t want it to sound like some lame “versus” movie, which is funny because it is absolutely and unequivocally a “versus” movie. But that’s apparently not the title they really wanted.

“The whole ‘v’ instead of ‘versus,’ it was like this crazy negotiation,” Snyder said at the con. “I was like, ‘Guys, can’t we just do something like Son of Sun and Knight of Night, or something that’s a little bit more poetic?’”

On one hand, Son of Sun and Knight of Night is pretty clever since Superman derives his powers from Earth’s yellow sun, and Batman is the ultimate night person. On the other hand, this is a terrible, hoity-toity title for a movie starring two of the most popular superheroes in the world whose names are essential to gaining mass audiences’ attention and interest.

If nothing else, it’s a good reminder that it’s really fine that Zack Snyder is no longer in charge of the DC cinematic universe. Yes, his cut of Justice League was infinitely better than the theatrical release, but his vision for these superheroes has always been prohibitively adult, over serious, and self-aggrandizing.

What I want to know is if there are even hoitier and/or toitier titles for the movie out there. If you have ideas, please share them in the comments! My vote is for A Tale of Two Marthas: Who Is Donna Justice?


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Updates On Furiosa, Flash, and More

Furiosa’s heading to the road once more this summer.

Furiosa’s heading to the road once more this summer.
Image: Warner Bros.

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

Vin Diesel is bringing Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots to real life. Jamie Foxx’s vampire hunter movie expands its cast. Loki producer Nate Moore suggests that there could be room for more than one season of the show. Plus, a glimpse of Superman & Lois’ return. Spoilers away!

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The Flash

According to The Wrap, Michael Keaton is now officially attached to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Flash. This comes after the actor made recent comments that he would potentially reconsider future roles due to covid-19 safety concerns.


Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

Variety reports Vin Diesel is attached to star in a film adaptation of Mattel’s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots from Rampage screenwriter, Ryan Engle. The story is said to follow “a father (Diesel) and son who form an unlikely bond with an advanced war machine.”


Spaceman

Deadline has word Paul Dano and Kunal Nayyar have joined the cast of Spaceman—Netflix’s upcoming film adaptation of Spaceman of Bohemia starring Adam Sandler and Carey Mulligan.

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Day Shift

Snoop Dogg, Scott Adkins, Meagan Good, Karla Souza, Eric Lange and Zion Broadnax have joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming vampire film, Day Shift, starring Jamie Foxx. The film will sees Foxx as “a hard-working, blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income, hunting and killing vampires as part of an international union of vampire hunters.” [THR]

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The Munsters

Bloody-Disgusting additionally reports Rob Zombie’s upcoming film adaptation of The Munsters is rumored to be a Peacock exclusive “that will open day-and-date in theaters via Universal Pictures/UPHE, similar to what Warner Bros. is doing with HBO Max.”

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Furiosa

Production on Furiosa begins this June in Australia, which director George Miller describes as an “epic” taking place over several years.

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From

Deadline reports EPIX is now developing From, a new horror series from John Griffin that will “unravel the mystery of a nightmarish town in middle America that traps all those who enter. As the unwilling residents fight to keep a sense of normalcy and search for a way out, they must also survive the threats of the surrounding forest—including the terrifying creatures that come out when the sun goes down.” Jack Bender is attached to direct the first four episodes.

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Loki

In a recent interview with Indiewire, producer Nate Moore suggested Loki “lends itself to multiple seasons in a way where it’s not a one-off.”

The one that comes to mind — and that probably isn’t a secret — I think there’s a lot of storytelling in Loki that’s really irreverent and clever and cool, but also lends itself to multiple seasons in a way where it’s not a one-off. Tom Hiddleston, I think, is doing some of his best work on that show. It really is kind of amazing. I think of all the great stuff he’s done, but this show is going to show such different sides and really the true scope of his range. I think that show is going to surprise a lot of people.

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Superman & Lois

The CW has released a new poster for the May 18 return of Superman & Lois. 

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Debris

The latest piece of alien debris has the ability to “reset reality” in the trailer for next week’s episode, “Do You Know Icarus?”


Birdgirl

Finally, the Sebben & Sebben building comes to life in the trailer for next week’s episode of Birdgirl.


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Supergirl Is Gaining Another Magical DC Comics Imp

Ms. Nyxly as seen in DC Comics; Peta Sergeant

Ms. Nyxly as seen in DC Comics; Peta Sergeant
Photo: (Left: DC Comics), Gaye Gerard (Getty Images)

The CW is not playing around and is dominating the nerd news cycle this weekend. Supergirl is heading into the final stretch as the upcoming season six will be the show’s last, and actress Peta Sergeant (The Originals) is now a series regular.

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Deadline states that Sergeant will play Nyxly, a quirky, fifth-dimensional Imp. Imps are a race of magical tricksters sprinkled throughout the DC multiverse and you may recall Mister Mxyzptlk already showed up on Supergirl in the form of Peter Gadiot in season two and Thomas Lennon in season five. In the comics, Nyxly’s backstory is quite tragic. She’s a dimension hopper who is constantly escaping death and watched her father die at the hands of fellow Imp Vyndktvx. On the show, the character will become friends with Kara (Melissa Benoist) and use her power to help. With the way season five ended, team soar needs all the help they can get.

Season five ended with the high-powered Brainiac ready to risk it all to get rid of Leviathan. Season six has him knocking on death’s door after trying to stop Lex Luthor from doing what Lex Luthor does. After Supergirl beats the crap out of Leviathan, she goes after Lex, who used the Obsidian platform to brainwash the world to his will. A lot to pack in toward the end for sure.

Sadly, the Berlanti/CW DCTV universe is losing one of its best shows, but things have run their course. However, I think we’re in for one of Supergirl’s best seasons. If you’re going to go out, why not go out with a BANG!


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Updates From Black Adam, Black Widow, and More

Looks like team Kahndaq’s blasting off agaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiin!

Looks like team Kahndaq’s blasting off agaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiin!
Image: Warner Bros.

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

A new Saw is in development. The 4400 reboot expands its cast. The Mortal Kombat kast assembles in a new poster. Plus, what’s next on Supergirl and Batwoman, and a sneak peek at today’s Invincible. Spoilers get!

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Black Adam

Deadline reports Tony-nominated actor James Cusati-Moyer has joined the cast of Black Adam in a currently undisclosed role. Not to be outdone, THR additionally reports Bodhi Sabongui has also joined the cast in a currently undisclosed role.


Saw X

According to the latest issue of Production Weekly, Saw Xthe tenth film in the Saw franchiseis now in active development.


Mortal Kombat

IMAX has released a new Mortal Kombat poster.

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Black Widow

Black Widow has only just been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “intense sequences of violence/action, some language and thematic material.”

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The Power

Shudder has a new clip from The Power, a ghost story set during the 1974 London blackout.


4400

Deadline reports Brittany Adebumola, Jaye Ladymore, and Amarr Wooten have joined the cast of 4400. Adebumola will play Shanice, “a driven lawyer, wife and new mother from the year 2005 who is suddenly transported to 2021 only to find that her daughter is now a teenager” opposite Ladymore as Claudette,” a preacher’s wife from the 1950s who was active in the early Civil Rights Movement.” Wooten has been cast as Hayden, “who arrives in 2021 from the 1930s where he was kept in an institution. Perhaps due to an unpleasant past, he doesn’t appear to speak but is compassionate and seems to have insight and knowledge into things he couldn’t possibly know.”

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Supergirl

Supergirl may escape the Phantom Zone yet in the synopsis for her April 20 episode, “Lost Souls.

Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) finds an opportunity to escape from the Phantom Zone but it comes with some dangerous strings attached. Meanwhile, Lena (Katie McGrath) joins the Super Friends on a mission but finds she disagrees with their plan of action against the Phantoms and wonders if she is truly ready to be a part of the team. Alysse Leite-Rogers directed the episode written by Karen E. Maser & Nicki Holcomb (#604). Original airdate 4/20/2021.

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Charmed

The Charmed Ones learn who was behind the Tomb of Chaos fiasco in the synopsis for “Bruja-Ha” airing April 18.

As the Charmed Ones (Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery and Madeleine Mantock) try to contain what was unleashed from the Tomb of Chaos, they discover who created it…and why. Also starring Rupert Evans. Joe Gallagher directed the episode written by Joey Falco and Blake Taylor (#310). Original airdate 4/18/2021.

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Batwoman

Tensions escalate between Batwoman and the Crows in the synopsis for “Arrive Alive” airing April 18.

With Batwoman (Javicia Leslie) and The Crows each hot on the trail of the False Face Society, their efforts collide, and tension escalates. Alice (Rachel Skarsten) seeks out Enigma (guest star Laura Mennell), and Sophie (Meagan Tandy) and Ryan find some common ground. Also starring Dougray Scott, Nicole Kang and Camrus Johnson. Mairzee Almas directed the episode written by Daniel Thomsen and Daphne Miles (episode #211). Original airdate 4/18/2021.

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Invincible

Finally, Machine Head antagonizes Titan in a new clip from today’s episode of Invincible.

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