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

 

What You Missed…

Barring Iron Fist, the Marvel shows on Netflix have proven to be fan favorites. So, it came as a surprise to everyone when Netflix cancelled Luke Cage.

In a joint formal statement by Netflix and Marvel:

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”

Since the end of the second season, the showrunner, writers, and actors assumed there would be a third season and scripts were created for that additional season. However, since September, issues arose as the third season was reduced to 10 episodes and tensions arose over the new scripts. Variety

There are two reasons that this may have happened:

  1. They could be developing a series called Heroes for Hire, which is a comic book series that focused on Luke Cage and Iron Fist. GeekTyrant
  2. This could all come down to the fact that Marvel/Disney are formulating their plans to create their own streaming service. By slowly picking off the Marvel properties, Netflix is severing ties with the media giant and future rival.

Now, if Netflix is not developing a Heroes for Hire show, then the question is if another tv/cable channel or a streaming service will snap up the popular show or could the character of Luke Cage pop up in another Marvel property?

Matthew_(Tawni_Bannister)_Color20181019-9865-1ev46yuNetflix is currently casting for its High School apocalypse, Daybreak. Matthew Broderick has joined the cast and will be portraying Principal Burr. The cheerful, upbeat principal of Glendale High, Burr knows the name of every kid in school and their favorite character to play in Overwatch. In a hashtag-filled world of #metoo and #blacklivesmatter and #timesup, Burr is genuinely trying to be part of the solution: a good guy, an advocate and ally for all. But let’s face it, kids can be monsters.

The show is based on the graphic novel by Brian Ralph, the subversive dark comedy Daybreakfinds 17 year old high school outcast Josh searching for his missing girlfriend Sam in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12 year old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.

The show will have 10 episodes.

Casting news continues with Netflix’ Lucifer adding Vinessa Vidotto to portray the Angel, Remiel. Remiel is an angel that feels under-appreciated or overshadowed while struggling to match fellow Angel, Amenadiel’s towering standards. Deadline

The CW’s Supergirl continues to add to its cast. Azie Tesfai will be portraying, Kelly, the younger sister to James Olsen. Kelly is an intelligent and insightful woman who spent time in the military in order to pay for medical school. She’s recently discharged from the military and is currently finishing her training as a psychiatrist. She’s got a large heart and cares deeply about others. Deadline

Epix’ Penneyworth has cast its villain. Paloma Faith has been cast to play Bet Sykes, a cruel adversary who will test the courage of young Alfred Pennyworth and his new boss, Thomas Wayne, the future father of Bruce Wayne. DS

The Doctor is Going to a Galaxy Far, Far Away and More…

Quiet day, news-wise.

However, we did get the best news about our favorite Doctor, Eleven, and that is that Matt Smith has been cast in the last chapter of the Skywalker saga. No details, as of yet, about his character. Is he a rebel or is he part of the First Order? We shall see… Variety

Luckily, this comes as Matt Smith has taken his bow as Prince Philip in The Crown. Who is taking over for him? Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies.

Tobias

Casting News:

Luke Cage‘s Karen Pittman has been cast in a recurring role in NOS4A2 (Do you get it?). She will play Angela Brewster,  a.k.a Willa’s mother. Angela is a beautifully put together Northeast liberal. Vic’ McQueen’s, a young, working class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx, mother is her cleaning lady, and she is warm and welcoming to Vic. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted Christmas Village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas day and unhappiness is against the law. The show will air on AMC. Deadline

Tom Stevens has joined SYFY’s Deadly Class. He will portray Stevens will play Chester ‘F*ckface’ Wilson, a volatile, vengeful school attendee with a bone to pick with Marcus, the show’s main character. Deadline

Both Even Peters and Emma Roberts will be back for the latest installment of American Horror Story. They will play the ghosts of their characters from the Murder House series. EW

New Shows w/ Casting: 

Press Release from Netflix – Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow join the cast of ANOTHER LIFE

Omar Madha to direct first two episodes of the series

  • Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow have boarded the Netflix sci-fi drama series Another Life, from creator/showrunner Aaron Martin (Slasher, Saving HopeDegrassi: The Next Generation) and producer Noreen Halpern (Alias Grace) through her Halfire Entertainment shingle, both of whom are executive producing.
  • The four join previously announced Katee Sackhoff and Selma Blair.
  • Prolific television director Omar Madha will direct the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, which Netflix ordered to series last April.
  • Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. She leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As Niko and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.
  • Hoechlin (“Supergirl,” “Can You Keep A Secret,” “Bigger,” “Everybody Wants Some”) plays ‘Ian Yerxa,’ the former commander of The Salvare space explorations ship, who loses the post to Niko.
  • Chatwin (“Shameless,” “Orphan Black”) plays ‘Erik Wallace,’ part of the United States Interstellar Command, dedicated to finding intelligent life out in the universe and husband of Commander Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff).
  • Anderson (“Loaded,” “Dr. Who,” “Trollied”) plays ‘William,” a holographic interface of a sentient A.I. Neither a futuristic Tin Man, nor a robot who pines to be human, William is a new form of life with the knowledge of all humanity at his disposal.
  • Ludlow (“The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”) plays ‘Cas Isakovic,’ Niko’s second-in-command and staunchest ally, filled with courage and moral conviction.
  • Omar Madha’s credits include the series “Scorpion,” “Turn,” “24: Live Another Day,” “Person of Interest,” “The Blacklist” and the pilot of Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order: UK.
Miscellaneous:

EW has been posting some pics of upcoming shows. The latest batch is from The Vampire Diaries spin-off, Legacies. Click on the image to see more. EW.png

There are some people that are upset that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will not be participating in the annual crossover event that, until now, has involved all of the Arrowverse shows. Yet, they forget that we will be meeting both Batgirl and Lois Lane. We will also have Superman involved. Loop in the full casts of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl and their story line for this crossover event, well…there would be no real air time to devote to our favorite superhero misfits.

Mind you, LoT will have their hands full with Constantine as one of the newest members of the team. So, do not be too sad.