Seeing as the US election was last week–is it over? who knows–and we were all just trying to survive, we’ve got a double stuffed stack of news for you this time round. From hilarious schadenfreude to shocking exposes and of course plenty of casting, releases, and overly optimistic announcements about movies and TV in the midst of a global pandemic! So read this instead of going out.
Movies and TV
HBO Max has removed August's trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League over music rights issues, but it will likely go back up on YouTube once the issue is resolved
— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) November 2, 2020
Starting this week off with some rare hilarious news. The impeccably on the nose choice to use Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah on the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League was apparently not cleared by the WB legal team… so at the beginning of November the trailer was taken down by HBO MAX. But many other fans kept it alive on the popular Youtube platform.
Though we wont’ be watching Fantastic B3asts anyway because of the creator’s abject bigotry, we had to include this major news. Johnny Depp has resigned from the flailing franchise after WB asked him to do so. It occurred after Depp lost a court case against a British newspaper for calling him a “wifebeater” in regards to his relationship with Amber Heard. [Syfy]
In an incredibly quick turnaround it seems like Mads Mikkelsen might be taking on the role of Gellert Grindelwald that Depp just vacated, but as much as we want Mads to get that money, we hope our favorite “bitch” is being consoled against this choice by his beloved bestie Bryan Fuller who surely has no time for Rowling’s horrific transphobia. [Deadline]
Some personal news: Wednesday I got word that my contract on Superman and Lois won't be extended, my services no longer needed, my outline and draft subpar (obviously I disagree with that last bit lol). This, after months of me flagging #metoo jokes in dialogue 1/2
— Nadria✨👑 (@NadriaTucker) November 6, 2020
While The CW continues production on what would have been their Fall slate of shows writer Nadria Tucker spoke on Twitter about her horrible experiences in the writers of room of Lois & Clark, the network’s new superhero spin-off. In the heartbreakingly honest thread Tucker–who was also a story editor for Krypton–explains that she was fired from the show after highlighting issues with the script in regards to gender and race. While this is deeply disappointing, it’s not too surprising as The CW has long been criticized for it’s treatment of Black women both on and off screen. [AV Club]
If you’ve ever wanted to see Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Karen Gillen, Lena Headey, and Carla Gugino as badass assassins then you’re in luck. “Gunpowder Milkshake focuses on Sam (Gillan), who was only 12 years old when her mother Scarlet (Headey), an elite assassin, was forced to abandon her. Sam was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Now, 15 years later, Sam has followed in her mother’s footsteps and grown into a fierce hit-woman. She uses her “talents” to clean up The Firm’s most dangerous messes. She’s as efficient as she is loyal.” [Empire]
Danai Gurira is one of the best actors of our generation and we’re incredibly excited to see that she’ll be playing the groundbreaking Black politician and presidential candidate Shirley Chisolm in a new feature. “Though Gurira will play Chisholm, the movie is not a biopic, instead focused more centrally on the campaign and how ‘the Chisholm Trail was populated by young people who sought social and political change during one of the most turbulent times in American history.” At the time, Chisholm had already made history as the first Black congresswoman, and according to a description of the piece, “recognized that she could make real change by challenging the status quo through her efforts to gain enough delegates to speak for the people at the Democratic Convention.'” [Variety]
Is it almost awards season? The nominees for the 30th (!) Gotham Awards have been announced — and all the Best Pictures awards were helmed by women directors (First Cow, The Assistant, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Nomadland, and Relic). [IndieWire]
None of us deserve Wentworth Miller. If you’ve seen Stoker or watch Legends of Tomorrow then you’ll already know that but for anyone who had missed just how wonderful he is then he shared an incredible Instagram post (which refuses to embed) to cement it. In a beautiful piece of writing about his decision to leave the upcoming Prison Break reboot due to his desire to stop playing straight characters. What an absolute icon. Can’t wait to see all the amazing gay people that Miller chooses to play next. [Instagram]
Actually Buffy should have dated Willow.
— alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) November 12, 2020
In another moment of “we don’t deserve you” magic, Alyson Hannigan said what all of us have been thinking. It was a reference to an ongoing conversation about Buffy’s dating habits sparked by radical Georgia politician Stacy Abrams. Of course, Abrams had some very good points but we had to shout out Hannigan for this recognition of what we all knew to be true since the ’90s.
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) November 12, 2020
If you’ve been starved of MCU content this year–which it seems will be the first year without MCU stuff since ’09–then we have both good and bad news. The good news is that WandaVision has a date, the bad news is it isn’t until January 15th. So you’ll have to keep streaming all those Disney Channel Original Movies to make your Disney+ account worth it until then.
Covid-19 Strikes Again
Quibi was a super-spreader. An event they held with CBS in NYC in March was “among the first batch of known [Covid] cases in the city.” https://t.co/Axut0waG1x
— A S Hamrah (@hamrahrama) November 3, 2020
The fall of Quibi has truly been a sight to behold and though it’s devastating to think of all the jobs lost and the $2 billion that was wasted it’s also been rather funny to see the hubris of billionaires bought so clearly to light. In a less funny twist though it seems like not only did the company not understand why people wouldn’t want to pay $5 to watch expensive Youtube videos but they also played a part in NYC’s brutal Covid-19 crisis with a superspreader launch event in March.
In other pandemic news The Witcher S2 was the latest in a series of shows to be halted due to an outbreak of the virus. As much as we all love sexy Geralt and his penchant for warm baths, I’d really like to see studios putting people before profits. [PCGamer]
Merry Gay (but kind of closeted) Christmas
It’s here!!! The lesbian Christmas movie starring famous queer Kristen Stewart and every queer’s favorite, Mackenzie Davis. Directed by lesbian icon Clea Duvall this is very high on everyone’s Christmas lists though the setup may not be for every gay. Centering on the two hotties who go to spend Christmas with Davis’ conservative family who shock horror… don’t know she’s gay. That doesn’t seem great but with Duvall at the helm and this delightful trailer to go on we’re keeping our hopes high. Also Dan Levy stars a K-Stew’s hot bff who apparently also pretends he’s straight very badly so it’s a yes from this chaotic bisexual.