Joel McHale Joins Stargirl

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According to Variety, Joel McHale (Community) has joined the upcoming DC Universe streaming series Stargirl as Sylvester Pemberton, a.k.a Starman. McHale will star alongside lead Brec Bessinger (School of Rock), Anjelika Washington (Shameless), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad).

Pemberton is the original Starman, and wielder of the cosmic staff. He’s a long-time member of the Justice Society of America, who also has a sidekick named Stripesy, who is the Father of lead character Courtney Whitmore. No other details are available for Stargirl just yet, but as more casting comes in we should hear more.

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Blue Devil Cast in Swamp Thing

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ian Ziering (Sharknado) has landed a recurring role as Daniel Cassidy, a.k.a. Blue Devil in the upcoming DC Universe streaming series, Swamp Thing. Blue Devil is a stuntman turned actor who sold his soul to Neron for fame. After being betrayed by the elder demon he was resurrected as a demon, himself.

This will be Blue Devil’s first live-action appearance, I believe, which adds yet another amazing magical element to this already packed series. Titans has been surprisingly great, and Swamp Thing is shaping up to be even better.

New Ultraman Series Planned for International Release

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It’s been years since Ultraman saw any sort of official release outside of Japan, but The Hollywood Reporter has the good news that Tokyo’s Tsuburaya Productions is working with Starlight Runner Entertainment to produce a new take on the long-running Japanese superhero franchise, aimed at International audiences, with the goal of expanding the franchise’s presence.

In an official statement, Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner said “Ultraman is one of my greatest childhood heroes. We’re honored to be embarking on this mission to bring this family of characters back to the world stage.”

Crisis on Infinite Earths Headed to The CW

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One of the most iconic event series in the history of comic books is officially headed to The CW next year, as the finale of the Elseworlds Arrow-verse crossover concluded with a tease for Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the comics, Crisis on Infinite Earths, written by Marv Wolfman and published in 1985, features a villain known as the Anti-Monitor battling the likes of Superman, Supergirl, and Flash, among others, in an attempt to destroy all life in the Multiverse, that ended when heroes and villains alike across multiple worlds banded together to stop the threat.

The kicker? The event ended with the deaths of Supergirl and The Flash, Barry Allen. The Crisis has been teased since the very first episode of The Flash, so seeing it finally come to fruition is immensely exciting.

First Look at Carmen Sandiego Reboot Revealed

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After what seems like ages since its initial reveal, Entertainment Weekly has given us our first look at the upcoming animated series for Carmen Sandiego, starring Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin) as the voice of the titular criminal. According to the reveal, the 20-episode series will be split between the present, and Carmen’s past into shaping her into the master thief she’s known as.

It’s nice to see that the interesting visual style presented in the teaser image has carried through to the show, as it was unique and looks incredibly fun. Hit the jump to check out a few additional images from the series. Carmen Sandiego hits Netflix on January 18th, 2019.

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First Trailer for The Umbrella Academy Released

Netflix has released the first official teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Gerard Way-penned cult classic, The Umbrella Academy. The series 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.

The original comic book series was Gerard Way’s introduction to the industry after his stint with My Chemical Romance, and helped quickly establish him as a force to be reckoned with. The Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15th, 2019.

Cassian Andor Finds its Showrunner

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Deadline is reporting that Stephen Schiff has been tapped to serve as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming Star Wars spin-off series, Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna reprising the role as the titular character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Before jumping aboard LucasFilm, Schiff served as showrunner for the critically acclaimed FX series, The Americans, about a husband and wife set of Russian spies posing as a normal American family. While that’s great news, let me know when Alan Tudyk is confirmed to return to the role of K-2SO, the best character in all of Star Wars.

The Vision and Scarlet Witch Confirmed for Disney+

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We’ve known for months that Disney was planning a Scarlet Witch-focused mini-series for its upcoming streaming service, Disney+, but we now have confirmation of the series’ title, and an additional character. The series will be officially titled The Vision and Scarlet Witch and feature Paul Battany and Elizabeth Olsen reprising their respective roles.

Deadline has no additional information on the series, as the plot is being kept severely under wraps. Given timelines, it’s possible that the series could follow the duo before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, or perhaps even after. We’ll have to wait and see.

Netflix Cancels Marvel’s Daredevil

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I suppose it was only a matter of time, but Deadline is reporting that Netflix has officially cancelled Marvel’s Daredevil after three wildly successful seasons, with the latest being one of the series’ best. After the cancellation of the other Marvel Netflix shows, speculation shows the possibility of the series moving to Disney+, the upcoming streaming service, but nothing is set in stone, and the future of the characters remain uncertain.

“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix. We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note. We’re thankful to showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and incredible cast including Charlie Cox as Daredevil himself, and we’re grateful to the fans who have supported the show over the years. While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.”

Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures Revealed

Disney has revealed a new series of shorts, debuting on their new Star Wars Kids YouTube channel on November 30th. Called Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures, the shorts will use original dialogue and sounds from the Star Wars films to introduce the franchise to a new generation, condensing the content for younger audiences.

This is a genius move, with Star Wars Episode IX hitting theaters next year, and parents looking to find ways to get their parents invested in the franchises that they grew up. “Over the years, I’ve had so many of my friends who are parents tell me how much they wanted to introduce their kids to Star Wars but didn’t feel that their kids were quite ready for the movies yet,” James Waugh, VP of franchise content and strategy at Lucasfilm, told StarWars.com. “They wanted a way to celebrate the universe they love.”

Netflix Announces Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series

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Continuing the crazy string of announcements by the streaming service, Netflix has announced that a live-action Cowboy Bebop series is in development for the platform. Little is known about the series currently, outside of original Cowboy Bebop creator, Shinichiro Watanabe, serving as a consultant for the series. Additionally, Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) will pen the pilot episode.

This is certainly one of the more ill-advised announcements in recent memory for the service, who seems to be grasping at every property it can get its hands on, at this point. We’ll see if they’re able to do the series justice, when it debuts.

The World of Roald Dahl Headed to Netflix

Netflix is in the midst of a busy time, with announcements coming left and right, including the new addition of The World of Roald Dahl. The announcement reveals a new animated series featuring many of Roald Dahl’s most iconic works, with the intent to bring their messages to as many children across the world as possible.

“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” Felicity Dahl, Roald Dahl’s widow, said in a press release. “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”

Included works are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy – Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.

Elseworld’s Batwoman Trailer Now Online

The CW has shared a first look trailer for Batwoman in the upcoming Elseworlds crossover for Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. It’s a short, but cool snippet of footage that even references Batman himself, albeit as an urban legend in this world.

This crossover is shaping up to be an incredible event. Be sure not to miss it when it starts the first of its 3-night run with The Flash on Sunday, December 9th. Arrow will continue the story on Monday, December 10th, before it all comes to an end in Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11.

Jon Cryer Cast as Lex Luthor in Supergirl

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TVLine  is reporting that Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) has signed on for the fourth season of The CW’s Supergirl, in the recurring role of Lex Luthor. Cryer is surprisingly no stranger to the DC Universe, as he portrayed Lenny Luthor, the insufferable nephew of Lex Luthor in Superman IV: A Quest for Peace.

“We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor. Jon is a super-talent, and the fact that he played Lenny Luthor in ‘Superman IV’ brings an added layer of legacy to his casting. We’re beyond thrilled to welcome Jon to the Supergirl family.”

Devil May Cry Series Headed to Netflix

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IGN is reporting that Castlevania producer, Adi Shankar, whose plate is getting quite full lately is officially working on a new animated series for Devil May Cry. Additionally, Shankar’s universe of animated series is now part of a shared universe, being officially dubbed the “Bootleg Multiverse.”

Interesting word choice for a potential shared universe of franchises from different video game companies. Maybe we’re seeing the beginnings of a new Smash Bros.-style crossover happen over at Netflix?