Winter is Here and more!

We are in that weird time of the year. The holidays are done and the majority of our favorite shows are in the midst of their winter break.

So, the majority of us are biding our time until our favorite shows return.

We found out that the most anticipated finale season since the Sopranos’ finale season has a start date and that is… April 14th.

Kit Harington stated that he thought that this finale season was created to break the actors, but I think it will also break the fans. That trailer screams doom.

Awards:

The information about Game of Thrones popped up during the Critics Choice Awards. The list of winners is as follows:

Best Picture: “Roma

Best Actor: Christian Bale – Vice

Best Actress: Glenn Close – The Wife

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King -If Beale Street Could Talk 

Best Young Actor/Actress: Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Best Acting Ensemble: The Favourite

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón – ROMA

Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Action Movie: Mission: Impossible — Fallout

Best Comedy: Crazy Rich Asians

Best Actor in a Comedy: Christian Bale – Vice

Best Actress in a Comedy: Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: A Quiet Place

Best Foreign Language Film: ROMA

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader -First Reformed

Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón – ROMA

Best Production Design: Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart – Black Panther

Best Editing: Tom Cross – First Man

Best Costume Design: Black Panther

Best Hair and Makeup: Vice

Best Visual Effects: Black Panther

Best Song: A Star Is Born

Best Score: Justin Hurwitz – First Man

Best Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader – Barry

Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Henry Winkler – Barry

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Drama Series: The Americans

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Best Actress in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh – Killing Eve

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Noah Emmerich – The Americans

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Thandie Newton, “Westworld

Best Limited Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Best Movie Made for TV: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Amy Adams – Sharp Objects and Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects

Best Animated Series: BoJack Horseman

Casting News:

The third season of FX’s Legion has started casting. They have added Lauren Tsai and her character is called Switch. Switch is a young mutant whose secret ability serves as the key to executing David Haller’s plan. Variety

The prequel for Game of Thrones is continuing to add to their cast. Joining Naomi Watts as series regulars:

Naomi Ackie

Denise Gough

Jamie Campbell Bower

Sheila Atim

Ivanno Jeremiah

Georgie Henley

Alex Sharp

Toby Regbo

Josh Whitehouse

SJ Clarkson will direct the first episode and executive produce. This bit of the info put an end to the next Star Trek movie, which she was going to direct. TV Guide

Jesse L. Martin. a.k.a. Papa West, will be back for the 15th episode of The Flash. Syfy

Returning Shows:

THE CW ANNOUNCES SPRING 2019 PREMIERE DATES

Jane The Virgin” Begins its Final Season Wednesday, March 27 at 9pm

New Series “In The Dark” Premieres Thursday, April 4 at 9pm

The 100” Returns Tuesday, April 30 at 9pm

iZombie” Debuts its Final Season Thursday, May 2 at 8pm

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” Moves to Mondays at 8pm Beginning April 1

Arrow” Moves to Mondays at 9pm Beginning April 15

January 10, 2018 (Burbank, CA) – The CW Network today announced dates for the debut of its new series IN THE DARK, plus the returns of THE 100 and DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and the premieres for the final seasons of JANE THE VIRGIN and IZOMBIE.

The final season of the critically-acclaimed hit series JANE THE VIRGIN begins Wednesday, March 27 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) following an all new episode of RIVERDALE (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). ALL AMERICAN will conclude its first season on Wednesday, March 20 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The new series IN THE DARK, starring Perry Mattfeld, makes its debut Thursday, April 4 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), following an all new episode of SUPERNATURAL (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). LEGACIES season finale will air Thursday, March 28 (9:00-l0:00pm ET/PT).

TV’s favorite rom-com-zom-dram IZOMBIE will return for its fifth and final season Thursday, May 2 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by IN THE DARK (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT). The season finale of SUPERNATURAL will air Thursday, April 25 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

The gritty sci-fi drama THE 100 is back for its sixth season Tuesday, April 30 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), following THE FLASH (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). The season finale of ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO will air Tuesday, April 23 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW moves to a new time starting Monday, April 1 (8:00-9:00pm PT/ET) followed by ARROW (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) beginning Monday, April 15. The BLACK LIGHTNING season finale will air Monday, March 18 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

In The CW’s new series IN THE DARK, Murphy (star Perry Mattfeld) is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She’s also blind. Murphy lives with her supportive best friend, Jess (Brooke Markham), and—more reluctantly—her trusty guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Murphy’s closest friend is a sweet teenager named Tyson (Thamela Mpumlwana), who she befriends after he saved her from a violent mugging. Her life comes crashing down when she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of Tyson in the alley outside her apartment.  But when the police arrive there is no body to be found—and with Murphy not exactly sober, the police aren’t especially inclined to investigate. Murphy is determined to find the truth, no matter the risk… even if it means she has to sober up a little. IN THE DARK stars Perry Mattfeld, Rich Sommer, Brooke Markham, Casey Diedrick, Keston John, Morgan Krantz, Thamela Mpumlwana, Derek Webster and Kathleen York. IN THE DARK is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Red Hour Films, with executive producers Corinne Kingsbury, Jon Collier (“Bones”), Ben Stiller (“Zoolander”), Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock and Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”).

Following is The CW’s complete premiere schedule for Spring 2019. All times ET/PT:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27

8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN (Season Premiere)

MONDAY, APRIL 1

8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Time / New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM PENN & TELLER: FOOL US SPECIAL

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM IN THE DARK (Series Premiere)

MONDAY, APRIL 15

8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Time / New Episode)

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM THE 100 (Season Premiere)

THURSDAY, MAY 2

8:00-9:00 PM IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM IN THE DARK (New Episode)

It’s happening:

We will be getting a Scarlet Witch and The Vision series! Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will probably reprise their roles in the series that Jac Schaeffer will write the pilot for and also come aboard the show as executive producer. Syfy

This series will join the list of shows that Disney+ is touting and that includes the series that will revolve around Loki starring Tom Hiddleston, The Mandalorian starring Pedro Pascal, and the Rogue One prequel series that stars Diego Luna.

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Outside of Climate Change, Saving Wildlife, and Gun Control, this site endorses:

Even Charlie Cox is lauding the efforts of fans to save this much beloved and heralded superhero show.

What You Missed…

Quite a bit of news dropped yesterday and the majority has to deal with casting.

First, everyone is talking about the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer that was released in Brasil.

  1. Happy is flirting with Aunt May and she is not balking and she is ok with him being Spidey. But, Peter needs a break from being the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
  2. Far from home equates to Peter and his schoolmates go on a trip to Europe, but he has left his spidey suit behind in the States.
  3. In Venice, he gets closer to MJ.
  4. Nick Fury pops up with new spidey suits to recruit Peter.
  5. Peter and Mysterio (Mysterio is the name of several fictional characters, supervillains appearing in Marvel Comics) work together to combat the Elementals and Hydroman.

Keep in mind that this could all be a ploy by Mysterio to become a supehero as that is what his modus operandi is in the comics.

Now, fans were confused because of Infintiy War, but…remember that the following timeline exists for the upcoming Marvel movies through Summer 2019.

  • Captain Marvel –  8 March 2019
  • Avengers: Endgame –  26 April 2019 – Remember, this movie ties up all the storylines of the first 10 years of Marvel movies. Did you notice that Doctor Strange actually said ‘Endgame’ in Infinity War?
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home –  5 July 2019

Because Far From Home comes after Endgame, it stands to reason that Peter survives and this may be the reason why Peter wants to take a break from being Spider-Man.

While we are talking about Spider-Man, speculation is running high that with the announcement of Venom 2 getting a new screenwriter via Games Radar…Spidey may be involved. Discussing Film (via IGN) interviewed Jeff Pinker and this is what he had to say:

“Without revealing anything I’m not allowed to reveal,” Pinker teases, “It is not impossible that in a future, upcoming Venom movie, Spider-Man will play a significant role.”

While we are talking about Marvel properties, Marvel confirmed that a Doctor Strange sequel is officially happening. Variety

In regards to the Marvel properties that air on Netflix, Variety states that there is a clause in the agreement between Marvel and Netflix that prohibits the characters in these shows from appearing in anything other than Netflix “for at least two years after cancellation.” This clause also includes films.

Casting News:

Steven Yeun has joined Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone. The title of the episode he will star in is “The Traveler.” Yahoo

DC announced that Joel McHale will be playing Starman in the DC streaming service’s Stargirl.

Joel McHale plays rich socialite Sylvester Pemberton, aka Starman. A courageous and confident Super Hero, Starman is a member of the Justice Society of America—DC’s original Super Hero team, which first appeared in ALL STAR COMICS #3 in 1940. Starman wields a mysterious anti-gravity weapon called the Cosmic Staff. His longtime partner is his sidekick, Stripesy, better known as Courtney Whitmore’s stepfather, Pat Dugan.

Ali Wong has joined the cast of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). She will play an ancillary character in the Gotham Police Force that is close to Renee Montoya. The Wrap

Chris Messina has also joined the cast of the Birds of Prey movie. He will play Victor Zsasz, who is a sadistic serial killer who carves a tally mark onto himself for each of his victims and is working with the Black Mask aka Ewan McGregor. Deadline

Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be back on Supernatural as Papa Winchester in the 300th episode of the longest running show on The CW. People

Miley Cyrus is returning to acting. She mentioned in an interview with Howard Stern that she will be in an episode of Black Mirror. In regards to the character:

“There’s a lot of dimension to it, and actually it was while the devastation of Malibu was happening, and it was a really weird learning experience for me because I was so far from home and the show is already really dark, and it’s already kind of eerie when you’re there the whole time.”

In Development:

After the Elseworlds finished, finding out that a Batwoman pilot was in the works was no surprise. Here is the synopsis for the pilot.

In a Gotham suffering in Batman’s absence, Batwoman is a dark DC Comics drama following the journey of Kate Kane as she dons a cape, cowl, and detective’s hat to save her city. But Kate’s personal life proves just as complicated as she grapples with a fractured family, a rookie team, and unattainable love. SpoilerTV

By the by, Syfy has an interesting article about the possibility of the Green Arrow being killed off at the end of the 2019 Crisis crossover. I think that it would be a smart move, but we also saw that in Elseworld’s crossover, that there is a chance that Oliver Queen dies and Diggle takes over. We shall see, but this speculative talk is fun to read.

Photo by Joey Nicotra on Unsplash

 

Recap: Riverdale – Outbreak w/ a Hint of What’s to Come in January…

When we last left Riverdale, Betty looked like she was officially drinking the Kool-Aid, but we see that she is still the Betty that we all love, which allows her to keep the facade up, but still maintaining some semblance of sanity. Betty comes up with a plan to undermine Ethel and that is to make her think that Betty is the new Queen of the Gargoyle King. She locks up Ethel to start the withdrawal process and to make her the one person that can help her stop this scam that Hiram and Nuns have started to produce fizzle rocks. Their goal is Sister Woodhouse.
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As this is happening, a massive seizure outbreak has overtaken the cheerleaders of Riverdale High, will no one do anything about it? Is it contagious. The worry over the stricken Toni, allows her to ask her petit amour to move in and she accepts the offer. Veronica realizes that something is rotten in the state of Denmark and she knows that her Father is responsible for it. This nagging feeling is heightened when Reggie tells her that her Dad has pulled Jangle off the marker and replaced it with Fizzle Rocks. She is determined to stop them. In desperation to stem the seizure outbreak, men in hazmat outfits take the infected to Riverdale General. At the meeting in the school, Veronica and Cheryl confront the board and Hiram has an answer for everything, of course.
There is a point where Veronica mentions Narcos. The thing is, this whole scenario would make sense in Narcos, but this show…it is getting tiring. Can we have some Gossip Girl storylines?
I digress.
This is just as Jughead and Archie reach their destination…Mrs. Gladys Jones and little Jellybean.
Possibly the only funny moment of the first half of this season happens when Gladys sees Archie and Jug and her first response is that she is thrilled that they are finally together romantically. The boys tell Gladys about what has happened in Riverdale and when she hears the name Penny Peabody she gets so annoyed, but she suspects (like Jug) that Hiram is the issue. Of course there are deep-seeded issues that are discussed, like Gladys abandoning her son.
Guess who popped up to take in Archie, Penny. Smh. Hiram is like a dog with a bone. Surprisingly, JB takes down Penny easily. However, it is Gladys that will get the info that spurs her son to thwart Hiram’s twisted game of Monopoly of making Riverdale his vice-ridden Kingdom.
This means that Jughead goes back to Riverdale with FP and Archie runs for the border with his Dad’s blessing and with Vegas by his side.
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Betty is connecting the dots with Veronica and Cheryl. While Betty confronts the Nun, Cheryl and Veronica confront Cheryl’s gorgon-like Mother. Well, the Nun says that G&G was created by the kids in the asylum because they made the game to cope. The drugs that Hiram tests help with the patients and he is also donates quite a bit. Ethel and Betty take the keys and head to Riverdale as they lock up the Nun in the basement. But they need the Gryphon Queen to have all the patients leave the asylum and their plan works.
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We also learn from the interrogation that Cheryl and Veronica conduct that Hiram’s empire would allow for prostitution and drugs to be run sans issue. However, they need help and they come in the form of the cadets.
It seems like everything is starting to fall into place for a massive battle between the kids and Hiram, but they were too late. Hiram got the town quarantined and no one can go in or get out. Hiram wins for now…
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Where is the backbone Hermione?

Next – No Exit

 

The Mandalorian Adds to Cast and More Casting News

Star Wars announced the names of additional cast for the highly anticipated series that follows a lone Mandalorian gunfighter, played by Game of Thrones fave Pedro Pascal, in the outer reaches of the galaxy.

We knew of Gina Carano and Nick Nolte, but we learned of the following additions:

  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Emily Swallow
  • Carl Weathers
  • Omid Abtahi
  • Werner Herzog

Outside of Pedro Pascal’s character, we still do not know of the particulars for the other characters.

Deadline stated that Ian Ziering has been cast as a Hollywood has-been named Daniel Cassidy, a.k.a. the Blue Devil.

Here is a little info about the character?

Dan Cassidy was working as a stuntman and special effects specialist in Hollywood when he created the Blue Devil full body suit, complete with a built in exoskeleton, specifically designed for the Blue Devil movie being produced by Verner Brothers Studios.

During filming on île du Diable, the demon Nebiros was accidentally unleashed from within an ancient temple and, thinking Cassidy was an actual demon, tried to drain his demonic powers with blasts of magic. Instead, the blasts permanently bonded the suit to Cassidy. This unnatural fusion of magic and technology caused Cassidy to experience unusual events and draw the attention of otherworldly beings, a condition known in occult circles as a “weirdness magnet”.

Horrified at the prospect of being stuck in the suit forever, Cassidy sought ways to separate himself from it, becoming a reluctant super hero along the way.

Cassidy was eventually transformed into an actual demon after making a deal with the demon Neron. Regretting the deal, Blue Devil decided to fight occult evil, often alongside the other members of Shadowpact. Wikipedia

The Letter for the King has added to it’s cast.

The novel is by Tonke Dragt and the tale is of one boy’s battle against evil set in an enchanted world of chivalry, courage, and true friendship.

Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help.

A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains–a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter . . .

Tiuri’s journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter evil enemies who would kill to get the letter, but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places. From David Fickling Books.

Amir Wilson, Ruby Serkis, and Nathanael Saleh will lead the cast. Deadline

Marvel Announces that The Punisher’s 2nd Season Will Air on Netflix in…

…January.

While Netflix is turning a blind eye to all of the Marvel shows on its platform, Marvel listed the following on their site for the upcoming second, and possibly final, season of the show that focuses on Frank Castle:

Alongside Bernthal, “Marvel’s The Punisher” Season 2 features fellow returning cast members Ben Barnes (“Billy Russo”), Amber Rose Revah (“Dinah Madani”), and Jason R. Moore (“Curtis Hoyle”). They’re joined by some new additions to the cast, including Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim, Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont, and Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix, along with Corbin Bernsen and Annette O’Toole as Anderson and Eliza Schultz. Marvel

Marvel even listed to go to the 1:57 mark in the trailer. Take that Netflix!

In a moment where you have to wonder how they do metrics, Netflix released a lost of the most binged shows of the platform:

The Shows We Fell in Binge with This Year:

  1. On My Block
  2. Making a Murderer: Part 2
  3. 13 Reasons Why: Season 2
  4. Last Chance U: INDY
  5. Bodyguard
  6. Fastest Car
  7. The Haunting of Hill House
  8. Anne with an E: Season 2
  9. Insatiable
  10. Orange Is the New Black: Season 6

No mention of any of the Marvel shows, was that intentional?

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Netflix Orders I Am Not Okay With This to Series

 Jonathan Entwistle, director of The End of the F***ing World and the producers of Stranger Things are bringing a new series to Netflix, I Am Not Okay With This, which is based on the Charles Forsman graphic novel. It is a coming of age story about a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all the while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and… mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken from deep within her. The show will encompass 8 episodes.

Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry will produce for 21 Laps. The writer/EP/Co-Creator is Christy Hall and the Director/EP/Co-Creator is Jonathan Entwistle.

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This announcement comes on the heels of Netflix’ announcement of a bio-series based on the life of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

Prepare Yourselves for Crisis on Infinite Earths…

Not much happened yesterday, except for the finale of the Elseworlds crossover event.

Surprisingly, we started the episode off with the realization that Superman is really John Deegan. No surprise there. This is a man who loves his new found power, so why not allow yourself to think that you can be a Superhero, even if it is due to circumstance…and that is the book. As you can tell he is a little off his rocker.

But he continues to hold the mantle of Superman and that is trying to save the meek of Central City. In this new Earth, Kara is jailed and her powers are dampened and Barry and Oliver continue to be the famed Trigger Twins. Even if they have no powers, they are still a threat to John Deegan and that gives them a little leg up on Deegan because he can’t read them.

In order to be the hero he wants to be, Deegan creates a team of familiar faces to help him in his quest. But he had to scrambled reality in order to do so.

That’s when the Monitor pops up to talk to Barry and Oliver, aka Boliver, about their destinies. This is all a trial, but due to their inherent desire to help humanity even if it means losing their lives while doing so…The Monitor thinks they have a chance. So, their first stop is finding Mr. Ramon the Kingpin. Boliver teaches Mr. Ramon to use his vibing so they can find Clark and Lois.

While this is happening, Kara is trying to crack the nut that is this Earth’s version of her Sister. She does it and just as she is ready to escape with her sister, Our Clark, with Mr. Ramon and Boliver show up. Now, it is Superman vs. Superman and like the DCEU movies, they are tearing up the city.

However, Kara gets her hands on the unlocked book and she gets it to Clark. He manages to fix Boliver and they are in their respective costumes and have their powers. Is that enough to stop Deegan…no. Of course not. He gets his hands back on the book and as he tries to rewrite reality to the nth degree, Oliver confronts the Monitor and he challenges him, why? To ensure that Kara and Barry live, but something has to change.

Is that Oliver…we shall see.

We did get is a resolution to this storyline. Barry and Kara slowed time enough to give Oliver, with a special arrow in tow, the time he needed to burn that book and take out John Deegan.

Everything is as it should be, but we got more…

Lois and Clark are leaving for Argo for an extended amount of time due to Lois being pregnant. Clark leaves Earth 38 in the capable hands of his cousin and then pops the question to Lois.

Boliver have reached a new level of understanding and appreciation for one another.

And Kate tells Oliver that something is amiss with John Deegan and his new bestie…

Then we get this…

All in all, it was a great crossover event that should be it’s own series. These characters are at their best when they work together to save humanity. Now, the countdown begins for next fall.

FYI, here is a little info on the comic book series that the next crossover event is based on:

At the start of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is unleashed on the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the various Earths that it comprises. The Monitor tries to recruit heroes from around the Multiverse but is murdered, while Brainiac collaborates with the villains to conquer the remaining Earths. However, both the heroes and villains are eventually united by the Spectre; the series concludes with Kal-L, Superboy-Prime, and Alexander Luthor Jr. defeating the Anti-Monitor and the creation of a single Earth in place of the Multiverse. Crisis on Infinite Earths is infamous for its high death count; hundreds of characters died, including DC icons such as Supergirl and Barry Allen. Wikipedia

Does this mean we will see a shift in the Arrowverse in the foreseeable future? Only time will tell…

What You Missed…

While the World is waiting for the Mueller Report to be released and the vote to happen for Brexit, the latest trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters dropped. Yes, yes…not as important. However, all I could say was, “Is that Rodan?!?!? Was that Mothra?!?!? Is this Japan?!?!?!? As you can tell, it is a must watch:

 

While Netflix is purging all of their competitor’s content on their streaming platform,  they are getting all of their ducks in a row. First, they announced that their animated series for Carmen Sandiego, which will focus on new criminals and how Carmen became Carmen. Mark your calendars, if you are a globetrotting crime-fighter at heart.

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Netflix also dropped the trailer for the final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events:

 

Bits and Bobs:

With notice that Constance Wu will be in a romantic comedy for Screen Gems, Jennifer Lopez’ Second Act coming up (and it is a fun and sweet little movie), everyone still wowed by Widows, and talk of Tiffany Haddish possibly being the host of Academy Awards…it looks like we are in the time of  Being a Woman of Color is the best thing to be.

NASA offered assistance in saving Tony Stark after the Avengers: Endgame trailer came out last week.

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Recap: Elseworlds: Part 2

Well…Barry is still Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow and Star City is falling apart due to the red skies. Diggle is right, whenever Supergirl, Green Arrow, and The Flash are together…there is a problem. What’s funny is that Oliver thinks Batman is an Urban Legend and he is facing speed force issues. We saw the Wayne Enterprises building!

Soooooooooo…Oliver’s reputation proceed’s him when they make it to Gotham…which is a city where people travel by armored car. Apparently, Wayne left Gotham three year’s ago and Kate Kane has bailed them out. While this is happening, Cait is consoling Felicity about why Oliver did not tell her about the body swapping?

Kara finds out from Kate that Deegan is a doctor at Arkham and that is where the trip heads to next. We then cut to Kate going into the bowels of the Wayne Enterprise building to go get her Batgirl outfit.

Ruby Rose is not bad as a superhero.

The Brainiac team tells the supes that they have to get “the book.” They find Deegan and he knows Oliver is Oliver and then sets off the alarm that buys him time to escape. The alarm just opened every door to all the cells.

Wow…Reverse Flash and Malcolm Merlyn show up. Basically, all hell is breaking loose in Gotham. However, they are not really there. Basically, Oliver and Barry are fighting each other. Kate stops them from killing each other due to inhaling a powerful hallucinogenic. This moment allows the two friends to learn of the burdens that both of them carry and thus a greater appreciation grows for one another.

And…Kara and Kate have a moment. Will this mean that possibly they may cross paths again? I think everyone wants that.

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With the book in tow, team Freaky Friday head back to Star City.

Oliver has a moment with Felicity and tells her that no matter what, she is the love of his life. Very sweet moment where she knows that this man in front of her is her Oliver. Apparently, all they needed was a much needed heart-to-heart. I hope this carries over to their own normal timeline.

Barry from Earth 90 shows up and explains the devious plan of the Monitor that revolves around a “Crisis.” He wants to save the multiverse from someone. Who?

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Now, they are in a new world where Oliver and Barry are in robbers in Central City (snazzy outfits). They have no powers and dark Superman is the hero of this world. How are they going to get themselves out of this mess?

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Next: Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow and Superman face the battle of their lives.

 

 

 

What You Missed…

This is what had everyone talking in my inner circle, the teaser for Stranger Things, which lists all the episode titles for the upcoming third season that will air in 2019:

  • Suzie, do you copy?
  • The Mall Rats
  • The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
  • The Sauna Test
  • The Source
  • The Birthday
  • The Bite
  • and The Battle of Starcourt

It also states that all the episodes take place during the Summer of 1985. That was a good Summer.

Netflix also released the trailer for their highly anticipated upcoming live action show that is based on the Gerard Way comic, The Umbrella Academy:

The show will air on Netflix on 02/15/2019 and stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe and Kate Walsh.

Between this, Deadly Class, The Gifted, Marvel’s Runaways, and Cloak and Dagger, it is clearly evident that networks (traditional, cable, and streaming) are aiming for a certain demographic that can propel a show with their ravenous fandoms.

We also have the trailer for the Doctor Who New Year’s special:

One thing, with the confirmation of Jodie Whitaker coming back for season 12, we learned that season 12 will come early 2020.

I know…we went through this with Sherlock. We’ll survive.

Here are some quick recaps of the shows I am covering:

Blood of My Blood: Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser’s Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion; when Grey takes ill, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor.

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Yes, yes…I was on the edge of my seat when Lord John Grey popped up at Fraser’s Ridge while on his way to Lynchburg and do you know who tagged along?

Jamie’s son, Master William.

Why did John take the circuitous route of getting to Lynchburg through North Carolina…well, to test himself to see if he had feelings for Jamie and this is all due to the fact that he had no feelings for his wife when she passed away. This all comes out when John comes does with the measles.

This was great because it:

  1. Allowed Claire and John have this moment to come to terms with one another and to come clean about certain things. Remember, they both love the same man. So, it starts off with Claire telling John that she felt he was sent, by Tryon, to spy on Jamie,  it then went on with her telling how pissed off she was that Culloden robbed her and their now adult daughter of twenty years with Jamie. and then the kicker was when John reveals to Claire that Jamie offered himself to John in exchange for John to become William’s surrogate father. That was a lot for Claire to swallow. But, she can see that John holds Jamie in high regard and at the end of the day, while she may have Jamie…he has William. And they come to a tenuous truce.
  2. With John being highly contagious with Measles, Claire sends Jamie and William away. This allows Jamie to reconnect with his son. At first, Jamie does not reveal who he is to the lad…and that is not Dad, but the man that used to take care of the horses on his estate aka Mac. The fact that Jamie did not tell him who he was bothers William. The fact that his Dad is potentially dying also puts William in a mood. However, he goes fishing and deer hunting with Jamie and tries to prove that he is not just a kid in Mac’s eyes. That is until he does something that Jamie told him not to do and that was take a fish from Cherokee land. They demand blood, so Jamie tells the Cherokee that William is his son and that they should take his life in lieu of William’s. William is not having it and tells the Cherokee that he was not Jamie’s son and that they should rightfully take his blood. Well, they basically give him a paper cut, because he is so brave. There is a moment where William asks Jamie why he never turned back when he left all those years ago. Jamie replied that he did not want to give him hope of seeing him again. So, when it was time for John and William to leave, as they trot away on their horses…William turns to look back at Jamie. That is hope that they will cross paths again. And I suspect a part of William believes that there is more to his Mac.
  3. Murtagh. He is so not happy with Jamie and John’s friendship. With Murtagh being the leader of the local Regulators group, sitting and listening to John as he laments how the Regulators are dangerous, it just rubs him raw…however once Jamie fesses up that William is his son, he decides to back off.
  4. . Jamie gave the ring to Claire, the one made with the candlestick and then they make sweet, sweet love after 1000 kisses.

Yes, the episode ended on a high note. But, happiness can only last so long…

Next: Down the Rabbit Hole – Brianna follows in her mother’s footsteps and travels through the stones back in time to 18th century Scotland, where she struggles to make her way to the Colonies to find her parents

 

Elseworlds – Part 1 – Barry and Oliver wake up to find they’ve swapped bodies, but Team Flash doesn’t believe them, so the two heroes travel to Smallville on Earth-38 to get help from Supergirl.

There is something magical about these crossover and that is the camaraderie and humor of all the heroes working together as they try to deal with whatever cataclysmic issue they are dealing with.

Now, Barry adapts to being the Arrow a bit faster than Oliver as the Flash and that makes sense. But, their first instinct is to get to one another to figure out what is going on. Barry thinks this is all great…until he finds out that Oliver woke up in bed with Iris and that makes him want to fix this stat.

Now, Iris tells Oliver that Felicity is broken by the deal that Oliver cut. She tells him that he is ruled by violence and revenge and that is a bitter pill to swallow.

Then…Iris drugs Oliver and Ralph knocks Barry out.

Cisco finds out that the  red skies is causing a disturbance and sees The Monitor. The Monitor is the reason this is happening. He gave a book to Professor Deegan so he could change reality. Now, we are dealing with a robot that looks like the Monitor, but has all the supes powers.

We see Lois and Clark! YaY! This Lois is the first Lois to make me think of Margot Kidder and that made me so happy. This Lois also knows that Clark is Superman. So, we caught up with Kara and Clark as they talk about Kara leaving the DEO and Clark having returned from Argo City. The good thing is that Kara knows Barry is Barry and Oliver is Oliver.

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But, Oliver is annoyed that Barry is still so jovial when he is the Arrow and he just wants to take Barry out..when Barry and him do the infamous Arrow/Running test from season 1. But, Barry wanted to make Ollie suffer in a teasing fashion. That just set off Oliver and Barry storms off. They eventually hash out their issues and what comes out of it is we see how different they are and what really motivates them to do what they do.

They agree to play the parts they were given, which is perfect because Cisco pops up to tell them that they should return home because there is a robot tearing up the city. Guess who is coming along…Kara, Clark, and Lois! Were they successful in stopping him? Nope. He copied all of their powers.

They realize that they have to download a virus to stop him. Barry is sounding like the Arrow for real and Oliver is giving a thumb’s up. It’s weird. Now, Like Iris, we are worried that these guys will not be able to change back to who they really are.

Cisco vibes Barry and Arrow to see what he saw when the Monitor gave the professor the book. The Monitor saw the vibing (Is that a word?) and ominously tells them that they cannot change what has been put into motion. Yet, Oliver knows where to find the Professor and the Monitor…and that is in Gotham City. So, we will watch Oliver, Barry, and Kara (Clark and Lois went back to protect their earth) go to Gotham to cross paths with…?

No, not Batman. Yes, Batgirl.

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I have to admit I like Barry in the Arrow outfit, he looks good in it and this episode was so fun. Can we see more of Superman and Lois Lane? I love their dynamic! I also love that Barry and Iris’ love transcends just the physical.

Can’t wait for Part 2 – Still trapped in each other’s bodies, Oliver and Barry head to Gotham City with Supergirl to find out why their reality changed and cross paths with the mysterious Kate Kane.

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As Tony Stark says, “Part of the journey is the end…” And that is what we are getting as we get our first promo for Avengers: End Game.

This movie will tie up the first 10 years of the MCU and allows it to move on to a new slate of storylines and characters that will help it continue to dominate the comic-book based movie franchise wars.

Who knew Ant-Man would be a sign of hope for Captain America and the fans of the MCU. This movie is slated to be released in October 2018.

Captain Marvel, which will be out in March, also released a new trailer:

 

While, Captain Marvel is the hope that the Avengers need…she is the character that a good percentage of the population has been craving for. A Marvel hero that can rival Wonder Woman. How she set’s us up for End Game will be interesting to see.

While we are on the topic of female-centric superheroes, we are happy to announce that Jodie Whitaker will indeed be back for season 12 of the BBC’s cult classic series that revolves around the adventures of a Time Lord named “the Doctor”, an extraterrestrial being with two hearts. Now, the news outlets have stated that this bit of news would quash any worries that fans had about Jodie leaving the series. Well, season 12 was never an issue. It was actually season 13 of Doctor Who that people were worried about. Whatever the case may be, it is nice to get confirmation that we will continue to see Ms. Whitaker again as the Doctor for another few episodes.

It seems like there is no lagging in the foreseeable future when it comes to superhero programming for movies and TV. Fans want it and the networks and movie studios are happily offering whatever they can get their hands on.

Case in point, Plastic Man, which will be developed by the WB as part of their DC slate of movies. If you do not who Plastic Man is, here is a bit of info on the humorous character that was popular in the late 70s and early 80s. Variety

Plastic Man was a crook named Patrick “Eel” O’Brian. Orphaned at age 10 and forced to live on the streets, he fell into a life of crime. As an adult, he became part of a burglary ring, specializing as a safe-cracker. During a late-night heist at the Crawford Chemical Works, he and his three fellow gang members were surprised by a night watchman. During the gang’s escape, Eel was shot in the shoulder and doused with a large drum of unidentified chemical liquid. He escaped to the street only to discover that his gang had driven off without him.

Fleeing on foot and suffering increasing disorientation from the gunshot wound and the exposure to the chemical, Eel eventually passed out on the foothills of a mountain near the city. He awoke to find himself in a bed in a mountain retreat, being tended to by a monk who had discovered him unconscious that morning. This monk, sensing a capacity for great good in O’Brian, turned away police officers who had trailed Eel to the monastery. This act of faith and kindness—combined with the realization that his gang had left him to be captured without a moment’s hesitation—fanned Eel’s longstanding dissatisfaction with his criminal life and his desire to reform. Wikipedia

Plastic Man, coupled with 2019’s Shazam is a clear indication that the DC Extended Universe is taking a break from the much more tradition fare of serious movies that we have seen in recent years. With that said, we learned from Amy Adams during the Actors on Actors series that she is out of the DCEU:

“I think I’m out of the DC Universe now.  I think they’re revamping that. I don’t know the details.”

This makes sense as Henry Cavill has moved on to The Witcher on Netflix.

Amazon is also throwing itself deeper into the superhero pool with the announcement that it is developing Deadtown which is based on The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente. The collection of short stories  come from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress. These women meet in a purgatory like area called Deadtown. Syfy Wire

Thanks to Chris Hemsworth, we have our first look at the Men in Black reboot:

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Anime fans, you may be thrilled or upset by the fact that Netflix is adapting Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga, titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The series will air in 2020. TVLine

One last bit of news that makes all of you 90s kids thrilled. We have the Kim Possible live action movie trailer from Disney:

 

Now, if you follow me on social media than you know that I am a sucker for a gimmick that makes the movie experience all the more fun. I went to see Mission Impossible: Fall Out in 4DX and it was the most fun I have ever had in 4DX…wait embuste, I watched one Marvel movie and I remember the water spraying on my face as Captain America hurled himself down during a storm and I almost fell of the chair. I told everyone, only purchase a ticket for 4DX if you know you will be in a roller coaster ride of action during the movie. So, we learned of the upcoming slate of movies from SONY that will air in that 4DX in 2019 and two of the movies that may be worth forking over so much money is Spider-Man: Far From Home and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel. However, I suggest you wait and see the first round of reviews from fans to see if it is worth watching in that format.

There is also ScreenX.  This is a new immersive cinema experience that has every wall in the theater acting as a movie screen. Now, Aquaman will air in that format and that may be the movie to watch it as a chunk of the movie is under water.

Reminders: Set your DVRs or mark your calendar as busy, because The CW’s Arrowverse crossover event, Elseworlds, starts on Sunday.

DEC 9 The Flash – Elseworlds, Part 1 – When Barry Allen and Oliver Queen wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies with each other.

DEC 10 – Arrow – Elseworlds, Part 2 – With Oliver and Barry still stuck in the other’s bodies, the two get a lead on John Deegan and head to Gotham City with Supergirl to figure out why their reality has changed.

DEC 11 – Supergirl – Elseworlds, Part 3 – Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow and Superman engage in the battle of their lives.

Also, on DEC 14, the Chilling Adventure of Sabrina will air their Holiday special on Netflix.