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.
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The Punisher Season 2 Gets a Release Date
In a trailer dropped earlier this week, Netflix and Marvel Studio’s The Punisher series, starring Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Accountant), announced the release date of Frank Castle’s second season. The Punisher season two will be streaming all over the world on Friday, January 18th. If you are going to be one of the people staying up all night to watch the season sound off in the comments section of this post!
Stranger Things Season 3 has a Poster & Release Date
Along with all of The Punisher content, Netflix has more gifts for the genre-loving community in the form of Strange Things season three goodies. Accompanying the poster above, we also got a full trailer opening implications about the Starcourt Mall and including the phrase “When Blue and Yellow Meet In The West” on a computer screen for fans to mull over.
The events of this season will take place over the July 4th summer weekend in 1985. Stranger Things season three will debut for streaming on July 4th, 2019. Dun. Dun. DUUUUNNNN.
The CW Officially Orders a Batwoman Pilot
I’ve been writing about Ruby Rose’s (Orange is the New Black, John Wick 3), Batwoman character (and the likeliness of a Batwoman show), since the inception of this column. Following the typical trajectory of The CW Arrowverse shows the news Variety broke that a Batwoman pilot was ordered comes as very little surprise to me, personally.
Couple this with the largely positive reaction Rose’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne’s cousin, Kate Kane, garnered following her debut in the Elseworlds crossover last November from the Twitter community I am even less surprised at the confirmation of a pilot.
On a slightly less positive note: rumours have been swirling for the last two years of the Arrowverse’s only other female-led television show – Supergirl – getting the chop and discussion is already swirling about whether Melissa Benoist’s (Glee, Waco), Kara Danvers will be joining Kate Kane in Gotham. For my money? I’d rather see her on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but this is all unconfirmed speculation.
Vixen was popular in it’s animated series incarnation. Legends enjoys being the comedy cornerstone of the Arrowverse. Supergirl made a gigantic cultural splash when it launched in 2015. The shows are also littered with queer characters. It’s about time these two aspects were combined in the lead of a DCTV show.
American Gods Season 2 – Watch the First 3 Minutes!
Neil Gaiman’s American Gods us returning to the STARZ network for a second season. As a thank-you to all of the fans who supported the show in the past, STARZ released the first three minutes of the season two premier episode on the network’s official Twitter account.
More and more often minute new media offerings are being released directly to the consumer via new media (here’s looking at you: WH1 & RuPaul’s Drag Race!), overstepping more traditional media, even modern staples like blogs. It’s a compelling marketing move which immediately stirs buzz across social media platforms and perpetuates the feeling that the consumer is a more important part of the equation than they may feel when interfacing with the marketing campaigns of traditional network television.
STARZ released the following statement about the new season of American Gods:
When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.
— American Gods (@AmericanGodsSTZ) December 30, 2018