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.
Birds of Prey Trailer is Here!
On October 1st the official Birds of Prey Twitter account dropped the first full length trailer for the movie:
BIRDS OF PREY only in theaters February 7, 2020 ———— https://www.birdsofpreymovie.com/ https://www.facebook.com/BirdsOfPreyMovie https://twitter.com/birdsofpreywb https://www.instagram.com/BirdsOfPrey/ ————
The trailer confirms that Harley Quinn, herself, will be the focal point of the movie. It still tells us very little about the plot of the movie, but it feels fun, vibrant, and feminine. Each of these adjectives heralds that Birds of Prey is heading in the right direction, in my opinion!
The end title card (for lack of a better phrase), lays out what a murderers’ row of Hollywood actors make up this cast. I noticed comedian Ali Wong’s (Always be my Maybe), name and wasn’t aware that she had previously been announced. I didn’t think I could be more thrilled with the casting than I have been and this surprise really delighted me.
According to an article from The Wrap from December of last year – that I fully admit I missed – they exclusively “reveal” who she is playing:
Wong is playing an associate of Renee Montoya in Gotham law enforcement.
More details remain to be seen.
Back to the trailer, itself, trailers are meant to get audiences excited about going out to the cinemas and buying movie tickets. For my money, Birds of Prey has done just that! I would love to read everyone’s takes on the trailer in the comments section below!
Stranger Things will Return for a Fourth Season
It’s pretty common knowledge by now that Stranger Things is streaming giant Netflix’s biggest thing. The first season was so popular the original conceit of an anthology show (in a style closer to Black Mirror), was scrapped and Stranger Things has proceeded as The Adventures of Eleven and Friends ever since then.
This week Variety broke that, unsurprisingly, Strange Things will be returning for a fourth season.
We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Netflix. Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright, and Matt Thunell took a huge chance on us and our show — and forever changed our lives. From our first pitch meeting to the release of Stranger Things 3, the entire team at Netflix has been nothing short of sensational, providing us with the kind of support, guidance, and creative freedom we always dreamed about. We can’t wait to tell many more stories together — beginning, of course, with a return trip to Hawkins!
Said the show’s co-creators, The Duffer Brothers.
In addition to Stranger Things getting another season, Variety reports that The Duffer Brothers signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix which will tie up their creative careers for the near future. They join several other creative juggernauts in signing up with Netflix including: Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman, Monster), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones creators), Shonda Rhimes (How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal), Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Pose), and Janet Mok (Pose).
About the Duffers’ new deal, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said:
The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love. We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.
I know people love Stranger Things, but I’m interested in what their sophomore offering at Netflix is going to look like!
Lyla Diggle will be Harbinger in Crisis
Comicbook.com broke the news on Wednesday that Audrey Marie Anderson who play Lyla Michaels/Lyla Diggle on Arrow and the Arrowverse collection of show will be suiting up and playing Harbinger in the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths five-part television crossover.
Per the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths comic book event, Lyla is introduced as Harbinger, the associate of the Monitor. Fans who are familiar with this original continuity have been wondering for a long time whether or not Arrow’s Lyla would play the same part and it seems we finally have our answer!
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim had this to say about her inclusion:
Lyla Michaels as Harbinger is a key component of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths that we were determined to honor in our crossover. What makes this particularly satisfying for us is that we introduced Lyla Michaels and her Harbinger codename all the way back in Arrow Season 1.
Anderson has always been one of my favourite actors in the Arrowverse and I was among the fans who were clamouring for her to step into the role of Harbinger. I know everyone has been losing their minds over the Supermen-of-it-all, but for my money, this is the most exciting Crisis on Infinite Earths news we’ve had recently!