MAX LVL Radio: Sunflower – Post Malone, Swae Lee

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The first single from the surprisingly deep soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a relaxing track that will get you nodding along with it, as well as excited for the film. The soundtrack itself hits theaters the same day as the film, this Friday. On top of that, we’re also finally getting that unreleased Vince Staples track from the very first teaser trailer released almost a year ago.

MAX LVL is a curated selection of single songs currently available on the official Ph LEVEL Spotify playlist.

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Chris Messina Cast in Birds of Prey

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Warner Bros. has released the full cast list for their upcoming live-action adaptation for Birds of Prey, and according to Deadline, Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) has been cast in the film as Victor Zsasz, the long-time murderous Batman villain. In the comics, Zsasz is a psychopath dedicated to the “art” of killing, who most notably marks himself with a cut for every life he’s taken.

Messina joins Junee Smollett-Bell, headlining the film as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead will co-star as the Huntress, with Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, and Ewan McGregor as Black mask. Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th, 2020.

Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas Announced

Netflix has revealed that the wait for a little more Aggretsuko is shorter than we thought. While season 2 is still in the works, the relatable red panda is getting her own Christmas special, Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas. Oh, and the teaser features a performance from Rancid’s Tim Timebomb, which is amazing.

“While Retsuko desperately makes plans for Christmas Eve, her new obsession with seeking validation through social media spirals out of control.”

Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas releases on Netflix on December 20th.

Legendary Announces Reboot of Toxic Avenger

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Pictures has acquired the film rights to The Toxic Avenger with plans to produce a full franchise based on the film and its characters. The original series was released by Troma Pictures, and it was directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Micheal Herz. Troma has since featured the iconic character as their mascot for many years.

Kaufman and Herz will oversee the franchise for Legendary Pictures with no additional details for the reboot, such as writer or director. The Toxic Avenger helped rocket Troma Pictures to fame in the independent film community, helping to launch the careers and inspire many notable filmmakers, including James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy).

First Trailer for Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac

Netflix has released the first, wildly controversial, trailer for its upcoming reboot, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. On top of the animation style departure, with a transition from 2D to 3D animation, the series has also updated Andromeda Shun to be a female character for more representation.

While the change is understandable, fans are up in arms over the decision to change the fan-favorite character who always acted as the outlier for the male characters in the series to begin with. His sensitivity and drive to end fights with as little violence as possible reinforced the idea that men can be sensitive, and the update somewhat goes in reverse in that regard, given there were plenty of female characters they could have put the work in to explore. I’ll leave the judgment to you, when Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac hits Netflix next summer.

New Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer Drops

Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures have released the second full trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, giving us our first fantastic looks at Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, an updated design for Godzilla, and even a few surprise monsters.

This latest trailer is in stark contrast to the last, subdued and more operatic first trailer, now featuring loads of city destruction and kaiju-on-kaiju battles, including what is sure to be an iconic closing shot. Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters on May 31st, 2019.

Panzer Dragoon Remake Announced

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Game studio, Forever Entertainment, has announced that they’re working with Sega to develop Panzer Dragoon Remake, and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake, HD remasters of the cult classic game and its sequel for modern systems. Details are slim, but Panzer Dragoon Remake will see a 2019 release.

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is a refreshed version of Panzer Dragoon. The original version of the game had its premiere on the Sega Saturn console in 1995 and was well received by both players and critics. The entire Panzer Dragoon series has been repeatedly remade and released on many platforms. The last re-launch took place in April 2018 on Xbox One, where players can play Panzer Dragoon Orta with a backward compatibility. The new version of the game will be characterized by a completely new graphics compatible with today’s standards and several modifications of the game, making it more attractive to modern players, while remaining faithful to the original in terms of story. The first materials from the game will be presented in the upcoming months!

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.

Netflix Announces Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

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Netflix continued its onslaught of classic anime properties with the announcement that a new Ghost in the Shell anime would hit the streaming service in 2020. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex).

With that team in mind, the series should be in good hands. Though, we have no other details outside of the creative team, and the above image.

First Trailer for James Gunn Produced Brightburn

We’ve known for a while that Sony Pictures would be releasing a horror film, produced by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), but details were kept quiet on the project. Now, we have an official title, cast, and even a first trailer for the upcoming twist on a classic superhero origin, Brightburn. The film is directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and written by Mark Gunn & Brian Gunn. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) stars alongside David Denman (Power Rangers), Jackson A. Dunn (Shameless), Matt Jones (Home) and Meredith Hagner (Younger).

“What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.”

Plastic Man Film in the Works at Warner Bros.

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In an otherwise news-worthy day (Thanks, Marvel), the best news I have heard all day is that Warner Bros. is working on a live-action Plastic Man film, according to Deadline. Warner Bros. has tapped Amanda Idoko to write the screenplay, with her sole screenwriting credit for the upcoming film Breaking News in Yuba County, which stars Laura Dern and Allison Janney.

Any picks for who could play the fantastic Patrick “Eel” O’Brian in live-action? My pick is going to go to Matt Smith (Doctor Who, Terminator: Genisys). We’ll see if this goes anywhere, however, as the film has not been greenlit, and only has a screenwriter attached.

Avengers: Endgame Revealed With First Trailer

The wait is finally over, as Marvel Studios has revealed the official title for the fourth installment in the Avengers franchise as Avengers: Endgame. The first teaser trailer for the film was certainly that, a tease. Giving us a glimpse into where our heroes are at after the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

Tony Stark adrift in space with Nebula, while the Avengers on Earth concoct a last-ditch plan to avenge the Universe. We even get a look at Hawkeye, now in his Ronin persona in the film after the rumored loss of his family. There’s not much to take in here, aside from hype, but that should be enough to sustain us all for a while before the film releases on April 26th, 2019.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Revealed

The Game Awards kept the surprises coming, as a rumor from earlier this week was confirmed, with the reveal of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, an HD remaster of the fan-favorite kart racing game.

Releasing exclusively on PlayStation 4 on June 21st, 2019, the game will retail for $39.99 for its standard version with a $59.99 Nitrous Oxide Edition including in-game bonuses and the instant unlock of Oxide in the game.

Persona 5’s Joker Headed to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In a shocking announcement at last night’s Game Awards, Nintendo revealed the latest DLC character to hit Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, despite the game releasing this morning. The star of Persona 5, Joker, is headed to the franchise fighting game, including his own original stage and music.

No release date has been set as of yet, but expect more, soon.

The Outer Worlds Revealed from Obsidian

The Game Awards gave us plenty of announcements, with one of the cooler surprises being the reveal of The Outer Worlds from Obsidian Games, the original creators of the Fallout franchise. The game is an FPS with RPG elements similar to past projects, though the new setting seems to be a dystopian space epic.

Published by Private Division, a new label from Take-Two Interactive, The Outer Worlds will release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, despite Microsoft’s purchase earlier this year, as the company has agreed to honor Obsidian’s original contracts.