Another week, another cascade of comics-adjacent media in the news! Hellboy drops this week, Avengers this month, and Disney cannot stop itself from mining the Marvel IP mines for literally everything they can.
Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone), Oscar-nominated director, kickboxing champion, former stuntwoman, and prolific tweeter, did a really fascinating interview about cinematography, equity, gender, and the film industry recently. [CinemaVitas]
Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) is in talks to join The Eternals (and Angelina Jolie is, I guess, reported confirmed for Sersi). Are they gonna beat the Avengers up for killing Thanos (our current only canon Eternal in the MCU), give ’em medals, or have their own drama? Who knows, but it will probably be stacked with big names. [THR]
Variety reports that Disney+ is developing a Hawkeye series focused on Kate Bishop, featuring Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton as her sidekick, probably. No confirmation or other casting news yet. I’m holding out hope for Teen Wolf’s Arden Cho as Kate, personally, but tell me your fancasts in the comments! [Variety]
Other Marvel News: Zoe Saldana is amped about James Gunns’ return to Guardians of the Galaxy [Vanity Fair] & Rachel Weisz is rumored to be looking at a role in a Black Widow standalone, a project I still don’t believe is actually happening. [Variety]
If you got opening night tickets to Avengers: Endgame, you can probably scalp them but I don’t know that $10,000 is a reasonable asking price. That’s just me though! [Entertainment Tonight]
Turns out the new Hellboy reboot is very bad, actually. [IGN]
Production Weekly had a wild synopsis of Taika Waititi’s upcoming Akira that differs quite a bit from both the source material and his earlier statements about adapting the manga rather than the animated film. Kaneda and Tetsuo are brothers, for one. While it’s a solid source, there’s been no confirmation on this either way, and considering how many hands Akira has passed through on its way out of development hell, I’d take it with a grain of salt. [CBR]
In case you missed it, John Cho has been cast as Spike Spiegel in Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the seminal Cowboy Bebop. Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage’s Bushmaster) is Jet Black, and Danielle Pineda (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is Faye Valentine. Overall, this show is gonna be full of hot people, and isn’t that really half the battle? We’ll see if Cho has the martial arts chops for this, and if a live-action adaptation is even feasible, but I’m not mad about any of the cast thus far. Prayers for Ed to be played by a nonbinary actor of color though. Marvel TV alum, Alex Garcia Lopez (episodes of Luke Cage, Cloak & Dagger, and Iron Fist) will direct the first two episode. [THR]
This isn’t really “news” but I also just need to let you know that the production company behind the live-action Cowboy Bebop, Midnight Radio, is also responsible for the upcoming shows Limetown (based on the podcast), High Fidelity (based on the movie), and the completely, totally bonkers CBS show Zoo. It’s really tough for me to conceive of a Bebop show from these showrunners but maybe the bonkers tone will be a boon?
Idris Elba isn’t trying to start a beef with Will Smith after all, and will be playing a different character in James Gunns’ Suicide Squad, not Deadshot as initially reported. [Variety]
If you’re looking for some behind-the-scenes peeks at Titans, pop over to Minka Kelly’s Instagram, where she’s got a few looks with the Hawk to her Dove, Alan Ritchson.
— Kelli Maroney (@Kellimaroney) April 10, 2019
I love Night of the Comet and our reviewer loved Bloom, so this was pretty exciting!
Did you know Babylon 5 first came out 25 years ago? J. Michael Straczynski (you might also know him from his comics work!) sat down with Newsarama to talk about his “novel made for television.” Can’t wait to send this to my dad. [Newsarama]
Apparently Avatar: The Last Airbender was meant to run for one more season, and include a longer and complex redemption arc for Zuko’s sister, Azula (which was explored further in the comics, at least). This plan got derailed by the M. Night Shyamalan live-action adaptation, a project that’s best to learn a lesson from and then forget. [io9]
And I’ll leave y’all with the latest Jamila Woods’ music video for her song Eartha, an homage to Eartha Kitt in all her Catwoman glory. It was directed by Fatimah Asghar as features the poet Safia Elhillo, Indya Moore (Pose), and Langston Kerman (Insecure). [The Fader]