Welcome back to Last Week’s Episode! This week we have more depressing news about a merger that will end one monopoly and create a new one, YAY! But there’s actually a ton of legitimately exciting movies and TV to talk about too, so it’s not all bad. Let’s get to it!
Bow Down to Your Corporate Overlords
After literally fighting the government and antitrust laws in order to spend $84 million on Warner Media, AT&T are bowing out. In a deal that was essentially conducted in secrecy, it looks like the telecommunications company will be selling the massive media brand to Discovery of all people. It’s another wild choice in the midst of the streaming wars and means you’ll likely soon be able to watch the Snyder Cut and Man vs. Food in the same place. Wow the wonders of modern technology. [BBC]
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 17, 2021
Speaking of Zack Snyder, he’s been on the media trail for his new Netflix zombie movie Army of the Dead and it’s been a rollercoaster. Not only did he give his opinions on poor old Martin Scorcese’s thoughts on superheroes, but he also revealed a snubbed project from WB which was apparently going to be a gay period drama set in ancient Greece. Intriguing.
In some very, very, very good news John Boyega will be starring and producing a sequel to his breakout cult sci-fi Attack the Block. Original writer and director Joe Cornish–of Adam and Joe fame–will be back too, and this has quickly hit our most anticipated list. [Deadline]
Kevin Feige has apologized for one of many bad decisions in Doctor Strange: whitewashing the Ancient One, which was arguably the worst of those choices. In a chat he said, “It was a wake-up call to say, ‘Well, wait a minute, is there any other way to figure it out? Is there any other way to both not fall into the cliché and cast an Asian actor?’ And the answer to that, of course, is yes.” It took long enough but is a step in the right direction. [Men’s Health]
3 movies. 3 weeks. 1 killer story.
Based on R.L. Stine's best-selling books, the FEAR STREET trilogy is coming this July. pic.twitter.com/UBhjzvRNrn
— Netflix (@netflix) May 19, 2021
Netflix is playing to our nostalgic side with a trailer for their Fear Street movies. The trilogy will air over three weeks in summer and are based on the iconic teenage horror novels which delighted young readers in the ’90s. The cast is great, the director is horror up and comer Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon) and the mood is perfect. We cannot wait.
Batgirl has a director! Well, two directors and neither of them are Joss Whedon. While that is a relief, sadly neither of them are women either. According to reports, WB has turned to the directing duo behind Bad Boys For Life–which is very fun and completely ridiculous–to helm Barbara Gordon’s first ever solo outing. Seems like a misstep but also fits into their new more conservative vibe, which also includes sending the Batgirl movie straight to streaming rather than to cinematic release or a combo. Honestly an infuriating decision that hints that from now on WB will be following Disney’s footsteps of sending female led movies straight to streaming while other films get to go on to the big screen… thanx corporate overlords. [THR]
Two new and exciting DC cartoons are headed this way. The first is the family friendly and extremely cute My Adventures With Superman. The Boys‘ Jack Quaid will be voicing the cutie Clark Kent, and he’ll be joined by Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane as the trio grow up in Metropolis and try to save the world. The animation looks too cute for words. We love it. [Polygon]
Next up is a very dark and gritty looking new Bruce Timm series Batman: Caped Crusader. Produced by JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves, the show will look back at Batman’s gothic roots. The fact he’s got those long ears in the promo image means this could really be harking back to the old days of Batman when he casually threw people out of windows and occasionally even shot them. [Polygon]
— Loki (@LokiOfficial) May 19, 2021
A new Loki trailer shows a very Brazil inspired dystopia where Loki has to work alongside the creepy timekeepers known as the TVA. This honestly looks really, really good and fingers crossed it delivers on the abject weirdness it’s promising. Also Kang better be in this.
MECH CADETS: an animated series based on the Boom! Studios comic series Mech Cadet Yu by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa. The series is executive produced by Boom! Studios, Japanese studio Polygon Pictures Inc. and Aaron Lam who serves as the writer and an executive producer. pic.twitter.com/43QXQZYtK6
— Netflix Family (@netflixfamily) May 20, 2021
Boom! is finally making their dreams of becoming an IP farm come true. Which is great news for Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa–who we are hoping got a lot of money–the creators of Mech Cadet Yu which will be coming to Netflix as an animated series.
okay so I loved Mech Cadet Yu and I am absolutely delighted for the creative team and I'm sure new series will be great
but one of the characters (if that's him) seems to have undergone some changes. one good! one…less pic.twitter.com/GzMB8ry2ye
— Jon Erik is: 💃 (@HonestlyJon) May 20, 2021
Of course it couldn’t all be good news as it looks like Netflix / the animators took a fat character and made him skinny… because of course they did.
You fear them. They fear her. Based on the award-winning Filipino comic book series, TRESE is coming to Netflix on June 11. pic.twitter.com/8ncmut38KO
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) May 21, 2021
And in what almost got the “Best News of the Week,” title, Netflix is adapting the cult Filipino comic Trese by writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo. The supernatural detective story will be coming to the screen in animated form and looks just as creepy and awesome as its source material. We cannot wait for this one.
The Best News of the Week
Kathleen Palmer, Senior, submitted her Cubism painting to the Congressional Art Competition. She based her Cubism style painting off a television show she’s currently watching. Kathleen WON – Her painting will be on display at the U.S. Capitol – AMAZING! 💙 #lrhsd #shawneefamily pic.twitter.com/oOLIVt1hyH
— Shawnee High School (@ShawneeHSNJ) May 18, 2021
In a truly rare bit of very good news a young Fannibal got her incredible cubist Hannibal fanart some global renown as it was accepted into and won the congressional art competition. What that means is that from now on this gorgeous gothic piece will hang in the halls of Congress, which is so badass I can barely put it into words. The piece is called Dolce, the artist is Kathleen Palmer, and this might even get us closer to season four…
If this high school girl’s fanart is the reason we end up with a season 4, BOY pic.twitter.com/pNFX9C7JsA
— Moosetress (@mistresscurvy) May 21, 2021