There’s a LOT of CW news this week, some trailers, a Christmas special, and more in this week’s overview of comics+ media.
Popstar and singer Rina Sawayama has just been cast in John Wick 4, her first movie role [Deadline]
"Maybe I'm a werewolf. Maybe you're a werewolf."
In this exclusive trailer, @SamRichardson and @MintMilana lead a delightful cast for a new horror comedy. #WerewolvesWithin promises to be a howling good time, in theaters and on demand, this July. pic.twitter.com/jr095c6dYT
— Fandango (@Fandango) May 26, 2021
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who you’ve seen with Elizabeth Olsen in Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and for one hot second in WandaVision, will be playing Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter in a solo movie for Sony. [The Wrap]
"Throughout the years we have never interfered, until now."
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 24, 2021
There can be only one… buff guy in a fantasy series who has a sword, apparently, because Henry Cavill is currently “in talks” to star in an upcoming Highlander reboot. [Deadline]
Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg’s Uncharted is real, and so is studio thirst for video game franchise films. [NYT]
Because it’s my week for news, here’s the trailer for Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, starring Taylor Russel (Escape Room, Waves), Isabell Fuhrman (Orphan), Indya Moore (Pose), and Holland Roden (Teen Wolf).
good morning from the TikTok dude 😘 pic.twitter.com/y5cv7sTzzd
— Jordan Fisher (@jordanfisher) May 21, 2021
The Impulse suit for the Flash show is Good, Actually.
Oscar Isaac just confirmed-confirmed on his Facebook page that he’ll be playing Moon Knight in a new Disney Series (plus a selfie). Dear Oscar, please include us in your press blitz, I promise to only ask one or two Poe-related questions. [Facebook]
Loki-cest is absolutely on the table in Loki… or at least the potential is there as he meets his alternate selves. [EW]
The origin story of a new hero. NAOMI is now officially a series at @TheCW! Many hands/hearts went into bringing this saga to the screen. Thanks to my creative ace Jill Blankenship, the teams at @ARRAYNow + @warnerbrostv, and the extraordinary @kaciwalfall, our Naomi. You shine! pic.twitter.com/gUfh8S5u5k
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 24, 2021
Naomi, based on the DC Comics from Brian Michael Bendis & Jamal Campbell, has been officially ordered to series by the CW.
The CW’s new live action Powerpuff Girls show, however, has been sent back for an overhaul and a new pilot. Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, Yana Perrault, and Donald Faison are all still attached, and I personally think one of them should leak the pilot they already shot. Get the hype going. [Variety]
CBS’ Evil returns this summer and I am STOKED.
Black Lightning’s spin-off Painkiller, which got a backdoor pilot in the final season, is up in the air and might not make it to CW. [Shadow & Act]
Christopher McDonald has been added to the star-studded roster of Disney+’s upcoming Secret Invasion, joining stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn and Killian Scott, Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, and Kingsley Ben-Adir. [Deadline]
Each bit of behinds-the-scenes information (cw for badly handled sex scenes) from Game of Thrones I learn is a nightmare, and that includes finding out Hannah Waddingham, who played Unella, was literally waterboarded on set. [Collider]
Jeffrey Wright will be playing The Watcher in the upcoming What If… Marvel cartoons. The Watcher will host, leading us thru strange alternate universes like “what if Captain America, but girl?” [The Direct]
Legends of Tomorrow is getting an animated holiday special — Beebo Saves Christmas! If this wasn’t meta enough, CW is also putting together an animated Scooby-Doo reunion show where hopefully Daphne throws a glass of wine at someone. [AVClub]
The movie Demon Slayer: Mugen Train blew open the US box office, pulling in over $45 million and surpassing the earnings of 2002’s Spirited Away, which previously held the title of most successful anime film in America. [AnimeNewsNetwork]
The next Teen Titans GO! movie will be the old Space Jam movie — the team will be having a movie night, mostly likely MST3K style, where they cozy up with a VHS from 1996 and some popcorn. [io9]
News & Faves
Howard University has named their College of Fine Arts after alumnus and dearly loved actor Chadwick Boseman. Students circulated a petition shortly after he passed away, but “Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick said he, too, was thinking of a way to honor him.” Disney’s executive chairman, Bob Iger, will also be involved in raising the funds for an endowment honoring Boseman and a new building for the university. Howard also just recently appointed actor and alum Phylicia Rashad as the Dean of the newly-christened Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. [Washington Post]
Canadian voice actor Bev Standing is suing TikTok parent company ByteDance for using her voice in TikTok’s text-to-speech feature without permission (or payment). While she’s not in animation (aka she hasn’t voiced any of your faves), she’s a full time voice actor who does corporate work and more, and possibly had some legitimate recordings turned into a feature used by thousands. (Don’t know if TikTok’s hasty replacement is really doing it for me either!) [CBC]
Amazon paid $8.45 billion for MGM, well over its competitors’ bids. Everything from MGM from 1986 to now is Amazon’s (the pre-1986 film library was acquired by Ted Turner/Warner Bros. in 1986, though there have been other contracts between MGM and WB since). Now Amazon is awash in potential corporate IP for their streaming service and future projects, including James Bond (well, 50% of it), RoboCop, Pink Panther, Tomb Raider, and more. Get psyched for some reboots, methinks. [NYTs]
We still haven't answered the "Why would Captain America's shield be given to Air and Space in #FalconAndTheWinterSoldier?" question, but in a new blog, @SILibraries explores the other question on our minds: "Would they have been allowed to take it back?" https://t.co/xG22UfFB4I
— National Air and Space Museum (@airandspace) May 21, 2021
Actor and artist Chella Man (Titans), musician Japanese Breakfast, and more Asian American creatives talk about how identity, community, and the city of New York all influence their work. [i-D]
An all queer live-read of Legally Blonde for charity, featuring Alexandra Grey, Jen Richards, Mara Wilson, Rain Valdez, and more? Sign me up to stream it June 4th. [EW]