Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy.
Wonder Woman 84 has a Poster
On Wednesday Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins revealed the first poster for the sequel to the DCEU’s runaway hit:
By now you’ve heard: WB isn’t going to Hall H this year. We’re so sad to miss you there! And waiting until Dec. to start our official #WW84 campaign in full– But the truth is… we can just… barely… wait…
It appears Wonder Woman 1984 is fully embracing the 80s colour palette and the much loved Thor Ragnarok aesthetic. While the poster itself tells us very little theories are already running wild about the symbology of Diana appear in front of a vaguely defined letter “W”, arguing whether or not she’s wearing the Kingdom Come armour, or is it more of a Metropolis reference, along with sleuths trying to suss out if there are obscured photos behind Wonder Woman or not.
It is certainly striking and certainly has people talking. For a movie not releasing until mid-next-year that’s a pretty impressive feat!
Jenkins post also sneaks in a reminder that WB will not be at Hall H this year … hmm … seems ominous.
Swamp Thing Cancelled After 1 Episode
With the Warner Bros. streaming service on the horizon we all knew DC Universe wasn’t likely long for this world. However, Deadline broke the news early yesterday that their latest series, Swamp Thing, has been cancelled after only airing one episode.
The show has been in pretty obvious distress for a while now. Not long ago it got out that Swamp Thing abruptly stopped shooting and had their season reduced from 13 episodes to 10, seemingly out of nowhere. Now Titans similarly cut their first season short, but Titans was renewed right after it launched, rather than cancelled.
Reviews on the Swamp Thing pilot have been mixed to bad with this series lacking the critical excitement its forebearer Doom Patrol garnered by focusing its narrative around a group of dark weirdos.
There don’t seem to be any statements coming forward as to why this decision was made and whether or not it was prompted by the Warner streaming service, currently slated to launch in 2019. However, sometimes a lack of context can speak volumes. With Stargirl already in active production, it will be interesting to see what the DC Universe announcements look like coming out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and whether or not any of its planned content ever comes to fruition. However, with a lack of Hall H presentation (as mentioned above), they may debut to considerably less fanfare.
Netflix Renews Lucifer for Final Fifth Season
Variety has confirmed that the little DC show that can’t be kept down – Lucifer – has been renewed for its fifth and final season. The show recently transitioned to a new home with streaming giant Netflix where it purportedly took full advantage of a lack of censors and guidelines. Fans responded positively to this turn for the show and it appears to have paid off with Lucifer dodging the sword of Damocles yet again.
In a statement from Netflix:
We’re thrilled that ‘Lucifer’ fans around the world have embraced this series on Netflix, and we can’t wait to give them the big finish they’ve all been waiting for.
Said showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich in an, admittedly, more enthusiastic, statement:
We are so incredibly thankful to Netflix for resurrecting our show last season, and now letting us finish the story of ‘Lucifer’ on our terms. Most importantly, we want to thank the fans for their incredible passion and support. The best is yet to come!!
In the current internet culture there’s always a discussion to be had about fan entitlement. I’d like to contend, in the case of Lucifer, that the dedication of fans and errant support has paid off for the best. Tom Ellis appears bound for the hellishly exciting ending I never thought he would get to when the show was first announced.
I tip my hat!
Lucifer is certainly not the first show to find a new life on a different network – or even by transitioning to a streaming service – but the rare cases like this where it does find new life are awesome to behold.