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Star Wars: Resistance Trailer
The latest Star Wars television trailer has dropped and it’s titled: Resistance. The show is being consistently described as “anime-inspired” despite the fact that shows like Legend of Korra or Voltron: Legendary Defenders wear their Eastern animation influences more nakedly on their sleeve than Resistance. Following in the grand traditions of its wildly popular predecessors – Clone Wars and Rebels – Resistance immediately establishes that this new series is set in the post-Abrams continuity with Poe Dameron and BB-8 featured prominently in the opening seconds all in a slick CGI style. The aesthetics are a pretty big divergence from the house style of previous Star Wars shows, which will certainly spark fan debate about whether or not the look of the show is “good” or not.
While Poe appears in the trailer, Resistance stars Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot who joins up with the Resistance pre-The Force Awakens.
Sadly, Star Wars-television maverick Dave Filoni is not involved in Resistance. While on the one hand this allows new voices to shape the future of the Star Wars television universe, Filoni is credited with much of the success that Star Wars: Rebels came to enjoy. It remains to be seen whether the loss of this creative force will affect Resistance in a measurable way.
Watchmen Gets Full Series Order
The Watchmen pilot hasn’t even dropped yet and HBO has already ordered it to full series, according to Variety. Headed up by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), the series is set to debut in 2019. While little is known about the series, Lindelof has confirmed that it will diverge from the strictest adherence to source material (the quality that, arguably, sunk The Watchmen movie):
“Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising, yet familiar, set of eyes … and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks.”
There’s a lot of conjecture that this implies Doomsday Clock has been brought into the mix, but we won’t know that until next year!
Veronica Mars Gets the (re)Boot
A source has told Variety that the streaming service Hulu has picked up fan favourite mystery series Veronica Mars. Although both Warner Bros and Hulu have declined to comment, it is assumed that original series star Kristen Bell will reprise the titular role. Complicating matters, of course, is Bell’s current starring role in NBC’s The Good Place.
Veronica Mars would join the long line of shows that have been relaunched in our current age of nostalgia with the likes of: Roseanne, Will & Grace, and Arrested Development.
Crazy Rich Asians Win the Box Office
Crazy Rich Asians dominated its opening weekend winning the box office with a $35 million five-day-launch also leading to the immediate greenlighting the sequels: China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. Along with commercial success the movie has also landed a huge blow for diversity in the Hollywood machine.
Kevin Smith to Headline First DC Universe Show
DC Comics has been teasing their original streaming platform, DC Universe, for years and now it appears that they are officially ready to launch – and with the power of Kevin Smith, no less! Titled DC Daily, the show will feature:
“… entertaining news and insights, exclusive guest appearances, interviews and panel discussions with some of the most knowledgeable voices in the DC universe.”
At first blush it appears that this is the logical progression of the DC All-Access youtube show, but the streaming nature will guarantee a more immediate experience for the viewing audience.
Set to launch the show, DC Daily will premier on August 29th at 4:30pm and provide a deeper explanation about the streaming service itself and air across platforms including: Facebook, Twitch, and Youtube.
DCTV Crossover Announces Lois Lane
JUST ANNOUNCED: actor @TylerHoechlin returns to @TheCW as Superman in this year's #DCTV crossover event! And he'll be joined by none other than … LOIS LANE! Ready for this power couple to make their #DCTV debut? pic.twitter.com/9NIdA2AdLF
— DC (@DCComics) August 22, 2018
In a Tweet from the official @DCComics account it was announced that Tyler Hoechlin would be returning to this year’s DCTV crossover as Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman and that he would be joined by his famous counterpart – Lois Lane!
Lane joins Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman as a badass lady being introduced into the very male dominated WB DCTV Universe.
While no casting has been announced, this could be the opportunity for a Teen Wolf cast reunion if The CW brings back the star of their series, Reign, actress Adelaide Kane.
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