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HBO has revealed a new trailer for the first season of the new upcoming epic, His Dark Materials, based on the bestselling trilogy of the same name written by Philip Pullman.
The series is set in an alternate reality not too dissimilar to the industrial age London, where humans have talking companions, called deamons, who also act as vessels for the souls of their owners.
His Dark Materials: Season 1 | San Diego Comic-Con Trailer | HBO - YouTube
The first season sees Logan actress, Dafne Keene, trying to unravel the mystery behind disappearing children, and the sudden departure of her uncle, Lord Asriel, played by James McAvoy, with the aid of an armoured polar bear.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson are playing the roles of Lee Scoresby and Mrs Coulter respectively.
This is the second attempt to bring the trilogy to the screen. The Golden Compass, a film adaption of the first book came to cinemas in 2007 with Daniel Craig as Asriel and Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter. The film scored a critic rating of 43% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The collaborative effort from HBO and BBC is due to air worldwide on HBO this fall with the BBC handling the UK release.
San Diego Comic Con was jam packed full of DC Comics announcements, particularly surrounding The CW’s Arrowverse. Here’s everything that was announced at the Arrowverse panels.
Arrow – Final Season
At The CW’s Arrowverse panel, the first trailer for Arrow‘s final season was revealed.
Arrow Comic-Con®️ 2019 Sizzle | The CW - YouTube
The trailer acts as an emotional recollection of all those whom Oliver Queen has loved and lost over the years, before showcasing the familiar faces he will encounter while fulfilling his commitment to the Monitor (in the Elseworlds crossover).
Arrow Season 8 will premiere on 15 October 2019.
Brandon Routh To Play Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover
Hot off yesterday’s announcement that Brandon Routh was to reprise his role as Superman alongside Tyler Hoechlin in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, the actor today revealed that he will play the Kingdom Come Superman.
The actor, who first wore the suit and cape for Superman Returns, has been playing Ray Palmer (The Atom) in Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
Given the title of the Arrowverse cross-over and the existence of the multiverse, Routh’s casting as another Superman should come as no surprise, though it will be interesting to see how Routh’s Superman fairs alongside Hoechlin’s.
The Flash Season 6
DC Comics’ fastest man alive will return for another adventure. The trailer for The Flash season 6 was revealed at SDCC, which reveals what Team Flash gets up to in the wake of defeating two different versions of Cicada and losing Nora.
The Flash Comic-Con®️ 2019 Sizzle | The CW - YouTube
Following The Flash panel, The CW revealed that Heroes alum, Sendhil Ramamurthy has been cast in the recurring role of Dr. Ramsey Rosso, a character who transforms into the season’s big bad, Bloodwork.
Tom Cavanaugh, who played multiple iterations of Harrison Wells throughout the first five seasons, has also been confirmed to return as yet another version of Wells, as well as, the character Pariah in the Crisis on Infinite Earths event. In the comics, Pariah is responsible for releasing the Anti-Monitor to the world.
Season 6 of The Flash will release on October 8th.
Supergirl Season 5
At the Supergirl panel at SDCC, The CW revealed the first look at Supergirl’s new suit, new cast announcements and the first trailer for season 5.
Supergirl Comic-Con®️ 2019 Sizzle | The CW - YouTube
According to reports, Supergirl will have an important part to play in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, so naturally, the new suit has been designed with that in mind.
Veronica Mars’ Julie Gonzalo and Game of Thrones alum, Staz Nair, will star in season 5. Gonzalo will play Andrea Rojas aka. Acrata, a DC comics character who is described as a “polished businesswoman and heir to a Central American tech empire” who’s unapologetic about who she is, but has “a mystical secret”.
Nair, on the other hand, will play William Dey, a cynic with ties to the criminal underworld, who looks down on Kara’s earnest idealism.
Season 5 of Supergirl will premiere on October 6th.
At Batwoman‘s inaugural panel at SDCC, The CW announced that Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1960s Batman TV series, will appear in the Crisis on Infinite Earths five-part crossover event. Furthermore, season 1 of Batwoman will see the introduction of Tommy Elliot, who’s best known as the alter ego of the villain, Hush. The series is said to touch on Elliot’s backstory.
Batwoman showrunner, Caroline Dries, stated that the series will not feature villains from the Arrowverse, but will instead tackle those from the library of villains from the Batman and Batwoman comics.
Though Warner Bros. Pictures did not have any DC film announcements at SDCC this year, there were plenty of DC Universe announcements to get fans excited.
Here’s a breakdown of everything coming to the DC Universe streaming service.
Doom Patrol Season 2
DC Comics’ Doom Patrol will be returning for season 2. The second season will not only be available on the DC Universe streaming service but will also be on HBO Max.
Season 2 of Doom Patrol is due for a 2020 release.
Titans Season 2
New footage from season 2 of Titans was revealed during the DC Universe panel and featured a first look at Deathstroke (Esai Morales) and Aqualad (Drew Van Acker).
The second season will directly continue the events of Season 1 with the introduction of several new characters.
The new characters will include Batman (Iain Glen), Superboy (Joshua Orpin), Jericho (Chella Man), Ravager (Chelsea Zhang), and Mercy Graves (Natalie Gumede).
Jason Todd (Curran Walters), Donna Troy (Connor Leslie), Hawk (Alan Ritchson), and Dove (Minka Kelly) will also be returning.
Titans Season 2 will debut on September 6th on DC Universe.
Harley Quinn Animated Series
DC Universe debuted the first trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series at the streaming service’s SDCC panel.
Harley Quinn is an R-rated comedy, which focuses on Harley, post break-up with the Joker, as she goes off on her own to join Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew villains, including Catwoman and the Scarecrow.
Kaley Cuoco stars as Harley Quinn, with Lake Bell (Children’s Hospital) as Poison Ivy, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as the Joker, and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) as Doctor Psycho. Also joining the voice cast are Wanda Sykes, Ron Funches, and Jason Alexander in unconfirmed roles.
Young Justice Season 4
The highly acclaimed animated series, Young Justice, was today confirmed for a fourth season. Series co-creator, Greg Weisman hinted at more secrets and lies for the upcoming season. There will also be more from Apokolips as well as Lex Luthor in season 4, though not much more was revealed.
Young Justice: Outsiders currently streams on DC Universe and no doubt the fourth season will be streamed exclusively on the service as well.
At today’s San Diego Comic Con panel, Marvel Studios officially announced Phase 4, the next chapter of the Marvel Universe.
The Phase 4 announcement includes both plans for the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”), as well as Disney + programmes.
Below are the ten upcoming projects that have been revealed.
Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige, took to the stage to reveal an overview of The Eternals, its full cast, as well as a release date.
The Eternals will star Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
The Eternals, which will be directed by Chloé Zhao, will come to theaters November 6, 2020.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
The first show to stream exclusively to Disney+ was revealed to be none other than The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier respectively in the series. It was also revealed that Daniel Brühl will return as the villain, Baron Zemo, donning his infamous mask.
Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will come to Disney+ in the fall of 2020.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Part of Marvel Studios’ plans for Phase 4 includes introducing classic Marvel Comics characters into the MCU. The first character on the list being, Shang-Chi, who will make his movie debut in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Simu Liu (from Kim’s Convenience) will appear in the titular role. Appearing alongside Liu will be Awkwafina in an undisclosed role and Tony Leung as the (real) Mandarin.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision, from the Avengers, will return to screens in 2021. The series will see Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany return as their respective characters.
Teyonah Parris, whom Feige revealed would be playing the adult Monica Rambeau, who was introduced as a child in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel will co-star alongside the pair. Marvel Studios’ WandaVision will arrive on Disney+ in the spring of 2021.
Marvel’s fan favourite villain, Loki, will also return to screens in an original series on Disney+. The series, starring Tom Hiddleston, will see the Asgardian God of Mischief causing a whole lot of chaos and even more trouble. Loki is due to release in the spring of 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Benedict Cumberbatch will return for a second Doctor Strange film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
According to the announcement, Doctor Strange will be joined on screen by Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen. In another twist, the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will connect with the Disney+ series Marvel Studios’ WandaVision.
Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will cast its spell in theaters May 7, 2021.
The popular What If…? comic series is finally being adapted for screens!
Marvel Studios’ What If…? will be the first animated series in the MCU and will star Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher. Several actors from across the MCU will reprise their roles as voice talent. W
What If…? will present alternate realities in the Marvel Universe that are set to warp your world in the summer of 2021, exclusively on Disney+.
Jumping across from the MCU to the small screen is Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner, who plays the titular character in the MCU, joined Kevin Feige onstage to share more details about the show. According to the reveal, Hawkeye will introduce the character of Kate Bishop, who has been hitting her mark in Marvel Comics.
Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye will come to Disney+ in the fall of 2021.
Thor: Love and Thunder
In a surprise reveal, Marvel announced the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster in the upcoming Thor film, directed by Taika Waititi. The actress will star alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Marvel also confirmed that Jane Foster will become the female Thor, Goddess of Thunder in the film.
Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder will arrive in theaters November 5, 2021.
After years of speculation and casting rumours, Marvel today officially announced the stand-alone Black Widow film. Black Widow will star Scarlett Johansson reprising her MCU role. She will be joined by David Harbour as Alexei AKA The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
Looks like fans will finally get the chance to learn more about Natasha Romanoff’s backstory. Marvel Studios’ Black Widow will come to theaters May 1, 2020.
To round up the series of epic announcements from Marvel, Kevin Feige introduced Mahershala Ali as the iconic vampire hunter Blade! Blade will be a reboot of the 1998 film of the same name.
But What About The Fantastic Four and the X-Men?
At the end of Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel, Kevin Feige confirmed that the Fantastic Four will, indeed, be coming to the MCU.
Feige revealed that a Fantastic Four film, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is on the way, as well as mentioning Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Captain Marvel 2. At present, no release date has been set.
He also coyly mentioned to the audience that “there’s no time left to talk about mutants, and how mutants fit into the MCU.” While this doesn’t officially confirm that the X-Men will join the MCU, it’s enough for fans to be wild with excitement at the possibility.
Netflix has revealed the highly anticipated first trailer for The Witcher, at San Diego Comic-Con.
The trailer shows a struggling Geralt, played by Henry Cavill, trying to find his place in a world that detests anything not human. The trailer shows several monsters, including a brief look at what could be the Striga, the cursed child of a monarch and a kikimora.
The Witcher | Official Teaser | Netflix - YouTube
The teaser trailer also shares some insight into the Sorceresses Lodge, the journey Ciri embarks on, the politics of the world and the start of a massive battle.
Earlier this week, Netflix also revealed the horse who plays Geralt’s trusty steed, Roach.
The first season is based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Last Wish, first published in 1993.
No release date has been revealed for the 10-episode first season, but it is expected to hit the streaming platform in late 2019.
Kevin Smith took to Twitter this morning to drop a surprise trailer for his upcoming movie, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, ahead of his Hall H panel on Saturday night at San Diego Comic-Con.
The eighth movie in Kevin Smith’s View Askeweniverse sends Jay (Jason Mewes) and his hetero-life partner Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) on a cross-country adventure to stop Hollywood from rebooting Bluntman and Chronic.
A reboot of the film they tried to stop in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which is based on the comic book versions of themselves in the Bluntman and Chronic comic created by Ben Affleck’s character Holden McNeil in 1997’s Chasing Amy.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Comic-Con Red Band Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers - YouTube
With Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith reprising their roles as the stoner duo, they’re also joined by Harley Quinn Smith, who plays Jay’s estranged daughter and Aparna Brielle of A.P Bio fame.
The movie is filled with cameos from stars both current and past including, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Hemsworth, Melissa Benoist, Val Kilmer, Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
After being stuck in production limbo since 2017, Saban films acquired the distribution rights with Universal Pictures in January this year.
Filming officially began on the 25th of February this year, one year to the day Smith suffered from a massive heart attack that almost claimed his life.
The film is set to hit cinemas on October 15th this year.
Ubisoft brings an end to Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (“Odyssey’) and a final mode to Ghost Recon: Wildlands (“Wildlands”)
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
After 19 title updates in its almost two-and-a-half-year life span, a PvP v PvE mode called ‘Mercenaries’ will be free for all players and available this Friday. The new mode pits eight players against each other, along with the Santa Blanca Cartel, in a race against
time and bullets, to be the first to reach an extraction point and make it out alive.
It’s not a surprise Wildlands is coming to a close after releasing in March 2017 and its direct sequel Breakpoint coming later this fall.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Meanwhile, Odyssey get’s the third and final part of its Fate of Atlantis expansion titled, The Judgement of Atlantis, which sees Kassandra or Alexios go up against Poseidon, the God of the Seas himself, in a last epic adventure.
While this is the last official expansion for the 2018 game, Odyssey recently received a ‘Quest creator” mode where players can create their own voyages across the Greek world, ensuring this Assassin’s Creed game has content for months to come.
Warner Bros has announced that the popular animated series, Batman Beyond, will be getting a remastered release later this year.
The announcement comes directly from the Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary reunion panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which kicks off today.
The remastered release celebrates the series’ 20th anniversary and comes as a limited edition set, which will release digitally on October 15 and Blu-Ray on October 29.
According to the announcement, the set will feature every episode of the animated series across 4 discs. There will also be 2 discs of bonus content, which will include a remastered version of Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and 15 featurettes.
Like the Batman: The Animated Series Limited Edition blu-ray set, which released last year, the physical release of the set will also include a Batman Beyond Funko Pop, with chrome paint and four lenticular art cards.
The digital edition will cost $49.99, while the Blu-Ray will run at $99.99. It’s uncertain at this stage whether there’ll be an Australian release.
Ahead of the retail release, Season 1 will also be available on the DC Universe app starting on August 23.
The 2012 isometric RPG, Torchlight II, is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Switch on September 3rd.
The game is being ported to current-gen consoles thanks to Panic Button and publisher Perfect World.
The newest version of the game will come with all the upgrades one would expect from a remaster, including upgraded controls, gameplay systems and a UI catered to each consoles requirements.
The developers behind the remaster are also responsible for the Switch ports of Warframe, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Doom and the Switch version of the last game from Runic Games, Hob.
The original developers behind the game. Runic Games, was disbanded by Perfect World in 2017 after
releasing Hob on PS4 and Windows that same year.
With the rise in isometric old-school style RPG’s, Torchlight II, fits perfectly on the shelf next to the Divinity: Original Sin games, Pillars of Eternity and the upcoming console ports of Baldur’s Gate 1+2 and NeverWinter Nights.
More and more Kiwis are embracing LEGO, according to PriceSpy, the fully impartial price and product comparison site.
The site witnessed a massive increase in the percentage of consumers clicking on LEGO products, up by almost 70% during the month The LEGO Movie 2 was released, which reportedly earned $164.6m globally a month after it was first screen in April 2019.
Liisa Matinvesi-Bassett, New Zealand country manager for PriceSpy, says: “LEGO is a massive household name that resonates with kids young and old around the world. Whilst its products remain popular across the year, our latest research reveals just how influential the LEGO movie franchise is for the brand. For example, during the film’s opening month, our historical data insights show that the percentage of consumers clicking on LEGO products grew by 67 percent in April compared to the month previous. We also saw the biggest peak in clicks received for LEGO products appear between the 17th and 19th April (the days following the film release) and overall, our numbers also reveal popularity for LEGO products have increased 18 percent year on year.
“However, when we take a look back at our insights before the movie launched, the percentage of clicks received for LEGO products tell a different story. For example, in February 2019 the percentage of clicks received for LEGO products grew just four per cent compared to January 2019. In March 2019, the percentage of clicks actually decreased by two per cent, compared to the month prior.”
Liisa continues: “Interestingly, whilst you might expect the most popular LEGO products during the movie’s launch month to be those aligned with The LEGO Movie 2, our findings suggest its actually the older and significantly more expensive items that consumers appear to be more interested in. For example, no products associated with The LEGO Movie 2 were found listed within our top ten most popular LEGO products during the film’s launch month and all the items appeared to be released between 2016 and 2018.”
Top ten most popular LEGO products in April 2019 (based on clicks*)
Liisa concludes: “Based on our historical insights, you can certainly see just how valuable the LEGO movie franchise is to LEGO as a business, not just for the products that are aligned with the film release itself, but for its brand’s entire range.”