Last Week’s Episode: Two Lokis Guaranteed

Last Week's Episode

I’ve got a GLUT announcements from Netflix’s Geek Week, two separate claims of racism behind the scenes of diverse shows, some fun tweets, and more!

Television

Simu Liu has tweeted and posted about tensions behind the scenes of Kim’s Convenience ever since the show’s cancellation was announced — focusing initially on the lack of resolution for his character — but most recently he took to Facebook to denounce . When that post was criticized by Canadian columnist John Doyle, Kim’s Convenience actor Jean Yoon took to Twitter to support her castmate and reveal even more dissent and racism happening on set after the departure of creator Ins Choi. The cast had to push back against culturally inappropriate storylines and racist jokes, and were often ignored when they tried to give creative input. There were no Korean writers on the show once Choi left the project. A spin-off is in the works — starring white actress Nicole Power.  [Reappropriate, Time]

Hot on the heels of the news behind Kim’s Convenience, an LA Times feature reveals that the Netflix original Selena: The Series was ordered as a “Latin American original,” which meant it was given significally less money than a US Netflix show (seems like its own problem!). The lower per-episode budget allowed writers to be significantly underpaid and still adhere to WGA rules, despite a grueling schedule. [LA Times]

The biggest question about Disney+’s Loki for some of us is — is he queer? A snippet from a marketing image had his gender listed as “fluid,” but fans hoping to see some gay rep in mainstream series want more than just Easter eggs. In a convo with Vanity Fair, Tom Hiddleston discussed Loki’s queer identity, saying he has “always been aware of it” and he sees it as his “responsibility as somebody who is able to portray this character, at this time, that I honor the aspects of the character which are there in the canon.” Guess we’ll see how it shakes out in practice! [Vanity Fair]

Good news for Darklina shippers and fans of gay thieves — Shadow & Bone has been renewed for a second season (which is probably a relief for the writing team, which has finished the scripts for said second season). [Deadline]

Netflix also released viewer data on Shadow & Bone, while markedly not doing the same for the now-cancelled Jupiter’s Legacy. [Yahoo!]

Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) debuted his Soldier Boy costume for The Boys season 3. [EW]

Locke & Key is coming back and Netflix has LOTS of promo images for you. [Gizmodo]

Movies

Author N.K. Jemison will be adapting her 3x Hugo-winning Broken Earth series for Sony TriStar. (Not sure if this is a movie or tv deal but I’m putting it here). [Deadline]

Indiana Jones, much like my own father, is committed to the fedora in these photos of Harrison Ford from the Indiana Jones 5 set. [Screenrant]

Blue Beetle is the latest WB/DC film to go straight to streaming, [LA Times]

Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience, Shang-Chi), Phillipa Soo (Broadway’s Hamilton and Moulin Rouge) are doing an indie today called One True Love from director Andy Finkman (She’s the Man, Kevin Can Wait). [THR]

Cannes attendees will get to be fast and furious: F9, the latest installment in the franchise will be premiering at the film fest. [Variety]

Bryan Fuller is remaking John Carpenter’s Christine, based on the Stephen King novel, which is an interesting choice but kind of a bummer for me, a Stephen King hater. [Bloody Disgusting]

Animation

Issa Rae (Insecure) will (most likely) be voicing Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman in the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the first new casting announcement we’ve heard (Shameik Moore and  Hailee Steinfeld are returning). [THR]

A trailer for Kevin Smith’s upcoming Masters of the Universe show has dropped, and it is full of buff ladies so I’m maybe more interested than I anticipated being.

Castlevania is getting a Warren Ellis-free spinoff, from Powerhouse Studio, the same animation house as the first three seasons (and Masters of the Universe), starring Richter Belmont, son of Trevor and Sylva (and hopefully Alucard) and vampire hunter Maria Renaud, set during the French Revolution. [The Wrap]

Lord of the Rings is getting the anime treatment, or at least the War of the Rohirrim is. Director Kenji Kamiyama will helm the series, and his long resume — Blood: The Last Vampire, Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C., Cyborg 009 Call of Justice, Blade Runner: Black Lotus — promises something lush and epic.  [Deadline]

Zack Snyder’s newest project is animated — and inspired by Norse mythology. A stacked cast features John Nobel as Odin, Sense8‘s Jamie Clayton as The Seid-Kona, Paterson Joseph as Loki, Rahul Kohli as Egill, and more. [AV Club]

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.

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