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Last Week's Episode

The 2019 Emmys were Sunday, filled with fashion, questionable music cues, and a few historic wins. If that’s not enough news, there’s also more about Joker (so content warnings for discussions of gun violence in the body of the post). Beyond that, my brain is just filled with the sweet sweet static of too much news happening at once — hopefully you can take a break and think about CW shows for a second, too.


Joaquin Phoenix took a premature exit in an interview when he was asked about audiences taking away the wrong sort of inspiration from his film. [Telegraph]

But then, in an interview with IGN, Phoenix and director Todd Phillips responded to a question about the concerns raised by critics that Joker could influence people to commit real-world violence, basically saying that they hope people will see it before judging and trusting the audience to know the difference between right or wrong. It’s a tough conversation, however, especially when a US Army memo circulating mentions Joker and gun violence specifically. [io9]

Family members and friends of those killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting have written an open letter to Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff, asking WB to stop contributing to political candidates who take NRA money and vote against gun reform. For some, their concerns about Joker are more personal. [Variety]

The Aurora, Colorado theater where the 2012 shooting took place will not be running Joker. [Entertainment Weekly]

Valiant wants a piece of that superhero franchise film pie, and they’ve got Vin Diesel as BLOODSHOT. [Business Insider]

The Craft remake has its cast: Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone (Greenleaf), Cailee Spaeny and Zoe Luna, a transgender Latina, which is all pretty rad and make me kind of hopeful that this movie could be great.  [LGBTQ Nation]

Comic TV

Superhero show Raising Dion dropped its trailer this week. The show centers a mother, Nicole Reese (Alisha Wainwright), raising her son after her husband (Michael B. Jordan) has passed away — oh, and Dion (Ja’Siah Young) has powers. The show is based on a short film based on a comic written by Dennis Liu and illustrated by Jason Piperberg (Liu directed the short, and will also serve as executive producer on the show).

Arrow may be wrapping after this season, but that doesn’t mean the Arrowverse doesn’t have room for more spinoffs . This upcoming one will focus on the daughter of Green Arrow, Mia Smoak, and the two Canaries Laurel Lance and Dinah Drake, starring Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy, and Juliana Harkavy. [Deadline]

Vagrant Queen also got a trailer this week. Based on the comic of the same name by writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jason Smith, the show follows the titular queen Elida (Adriyan Rae) as she escapes her past as child royalty and dodges the authorities, and there’s some space fighting and political intrigue thrown in as well. I’m looking forward to it; Rae looks exactly like her comic counterpart and it should fit nicely into SyFy’s wheelhouse.

An animator for Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego alleges that he was fired from company Top Draw for requesting fair compensation. Raf de las Alas also alleges he was being paid under minimum wage. [Daily Dot]

Netflix’s interactive episode, Bandersnatch, won an Emmy…which means maybe a video game won an Emmy? [Polygon]

Michael Rosenbaum will not be joining his former Smallville costar Tom Welling in the Arrowverse Crisis on Infinite Earths megacrossover; WB had no comment. Seems like a legit reason to turn it down, also WB give Welling and Rosenbaum the animated Smallville continuation they keep joking about at cons. [Entertainment Weekly]

Stumptown, starring Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Avengers) and based on the comic by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth, premieres tonight on ABC. If you’re looking for more deets on characters and plots, check out this guide by [ScreenRant]

Grab Bag

Steve McQueen’s new BBC anthology, Small Axe, just released some first look images. The project stars Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and John Boyega (Star Wars), who will also star together in the upcoming sci-fi film Hold Back the Stars, based on the novel by Katie Khan. [Shadow & Act]

Michael B. Jordan discusses Naruto and looks phenomenal. [High Snobiety]

A long look at the trolling behavior surrounding Vic Mignonga’s defamation case, and an explanation of Anti-SLAPP laws. [The Verge]

Every It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode, ranked, if you want to get het up about something insignificant for a change. [Vulture]

Kat Overland

Kat Overland

Small press editor Kat Overland is a displaced Texan now living in Washington, DC, where she is perpetually behind on reading her pull list. She's a millennial, Latina, exhausted, and can often be spotted casually cosplaying America Chavez and complaining.