Obi-Wan Confirmed as Next Star Wars Standalone Film

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The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Lucasfilm has taken the first steps to finalize a deal with director Stephen Daldry (The ReaderThe HoursBilly Elliot) to helm an upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie centered on the fan-favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi. As the project is still in its early stages, there is no script as of yet, but if he signs, Daldry will be developing the script alongside Lucasfilm.

There’s also no news on whether longtime Obi-Wan actor, Ewan McGregor, who has expressed numerous times his interest in returning, will be back for the role.

Real Final Defenders Trailer

Well, ignore that previous final trailer, because it totally wasn’t the real final trailer. With hours remaining until The Defenders hits Netflix, they’ve decided to drop one more trailer on us, with plenty more footage of the series. How they’ve been able to keep so many mysteries with all of this footage unveiled is beyond me.

The final trailer is a doozy showing not only teamwork between our heroes, but dissension, as well. Iron Fist going toe-to-toe with Daredevil would be a hell of a thing to watch, so needless to say, I’m pretty damn excited for this show to go live tomorrow!

Shenmue Finds Publisher in Deep Silver

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Shenmue III developer, Ys Net, has shared that they’ve signed a global partnership with publisher Deep Silver for the long-awaited sequel. Updates have been quiet on the Shenmue III front for quite some time, since the crowdfunding campaign was a massive success.

The good news? Ys Net also announced that Yu Suzuki will be attenting GamesCom, and is expected to show off many new updates, clips, and gameplay footage from the game. Shenmue III launches in 2018 for the PlayStation 4 and PC.

King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 3

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SNK has released the third episode of their King of Fighters: Destiny animated series on YouTube, with the rest of the 24-episode season being added through the remainder of the summer.

You can head over here to check out the first two episodes that were previously posted, or hit the jump to watch the third episode.

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New Trailer for Thor: Battle Royale

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If you’re unsure of the film I’m talking about, well, it’s actually the official title of Thor: Ragnarok in Japan. Thor: Battle Royale sounds way cooler, so I am intensely jealous of that update. With that in mind, Thor: Battle Royale has a new trailer with a new glimpse of Doctor Strange in the film, and plenty of new footage.

You can hit the jump to check out the full trailer, which Avengers’ Japan social media accounts posted to Twitter this afternoon, in their awesome, localized Japanese formats.

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New Comic Books: August 16

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This week was an unbelievable week for comics, made so by the first issue of DC’s massive and ridiculous event, Metal, which is shaping up to be something immensely special and fun for fans of DC Comics. On top of that, so many mainline heroes had releases, with the entire Trinity dropping books this week. Plus, the first issue of Gotham City Garage!

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This was a pretty decent issue, but didn’t quite have the stakes that previous issues in this arc did. It’ll be nice to see Diana team with her friends to take down some ridiculous-looking assassins, but it’s not exactly something we haven’t seen up to this point. Overall, a good continuation, and lead-in to where this arc is going, as it seems to be more filler than anything.

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Super-Parallax! This was a great change of pace for the Man of Steel after he’s spent the last several months fighting classic foes from his youth. Now he’s up against the entity of fear, Parallax, in a fresh story, that you don’t see very often. Superman just won’t let up with the great stories since Rebirth, and this is absolutely no different.

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There’s a lot of fun story-telling happening this week, with the origins of the Justice League’s future children coming to light. The revelation that Jessica Cruz and Barry Allen have three children together made me practically fall out of my chair, and the thought that Diana could abandon her child? There’s something strange happening there. Something that we don’t know just yet. This has been a fun story already, and a lot of mystery still remains.

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This was a somber, slow-moving issue that built up to a fantastic reveal, that Batman would be joining a side in the War of Jokes and Riddles. The nine-course dinner was a tense back-drop to the chemistry between Joker and Riddler, with Bruce Wayne in the middle, attempting to play the part of a supposed peacemaker, but in the end, offering up his alter-ego as a prize for the victor. Batman’s plans are always best-laid, and it’ll be interesting to see how this one ends.

METAL

I have been waiting for this event for months, and now, with Metal upon us, I am not disappointed. This is so ridiculous, and so fantastic. This is everything that a comic book event should be. The story is slowly already starting to make a small bit of sense, and the inclusion of so many heroes that we haven’t seen in so long really make it feel like something special. This is absolutely my recommendation for the week, because if you’re a fan of DC Comics, this is going to make you giddy.

 

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I was a little worried at first when the War Thor seemed to be making quick work of the Queen of Cinders after all the fan-fare and work they put into building her into a massive force to be reckoned with, but my fears were alleviated when she basically cut him in half. I’m somewhat hoping for a Thor reunion where Volstagg reveals himself as the War Thor, and Jane reveals herself as Thor, given their history and close friendship.

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Being a digital-first story, the format for this was short, but sweet. It’s obvious this is going to be an incredibly fun Elseworlds title, and with an interesting mix of heroes and villains forming an all-female biker gang… well, that’s the beginning of a kickass story. The art is great, and the story is getting across a ton of info in such a short format. Very impressive.

Johnny Depp Producing a Secret World TV Show

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The Secret World has long been one of most ripe properties in video games, with its incredible blending of mythology and lore. The fight between the Templars, the Illuminati, and the Dragons has ravaged on for centuries, with a war of supernatural abilities tipping the scales back and forth.

Now, that incredible story is being developed for television.  It will be produced by Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Sam Sarkar and Gudrun Giddings alongside Showrunner Pam Veasey. Giddings and Sarkar optioned the rights to The Secret World media back in 2012. The pilot is being written by James V. Hart, who is best known as the co-writer of Hook, with Robin Williams.

Analog EP22: I’m a Cyborg!

Josh and Theo are back with another geeked out episode of Analog! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!
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New Godzilla: Monster Planet Trailer

Toho Animation and Polygon Pictures have released a new trailer for the upcoming Netflix-animated film, Godzilla: Monster Planet, and with the new trailer, we have our first good look at the all-new Godzilla design created specifically for the animated film. The film follows hero, Haruo, who is selected to return to Earth with one purpose in mind after witnessing his parents death before his eyes: defeat Godzilla.

Godzilla: Monster Planet debuts in Japan this November followed by a release on Netflix. Godzilla: Monster Planet is from Polygon Pictures and directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Shshita, with a script from Gen Urobuchi.

Sasha Lane Cast as Alice Monaghan in Hellboy

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Slowly but surely, the cast of Hellboy and his supporting characters continues to grow. The Hollywood Reporter is showing the Sasha Lane (American Honey) has been cast in the role of Alice Monaghan. In the comics, Alice is a girl of Irish descent, kidnapped as an infant by fairies, until she’s rescued by Hellboy. Her love of the fairies never leaves, though, and she returns to them quite frequently, hardly ever aging, and even becoming the caretaker of the last fairy.

The casting can slowly point us in a direction as to where the film will go, with many of the more popular comic stories coming to the forefront for Big Red.

Daniel Craig CONFIRMED for Bond 25

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It’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs, will he’s, and won’t he’s, in the case of Daniel Craig returning as James Bond for the 25th film in the franchise. Now, thanks to the man himself, we have confirmation. Daniel Craig is set to reprise the role of James Bond in Bond 25.

The actor confirmed the casting last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, returning for his fifth time to the character. Bond 25, which currently remains untitled, hits US theaters on November 8th, 2019.

Kirk Acevedo Cast as Richard Dragon in Arrow

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Season 6 of Arrow has finally found their big-bad for the season, with genre actor Kirk Acevedo (Fringe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) playing the part of Richard Dragon. Deadline says Richard Dragon is an ex-con, who is released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit.  A master in hand-to-hand combat, he’s set to take over Star City’s criminal underworld upon his return.

Arrow is clearly taking cues from The New 52 run of Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire, with Ricardo Diaz Jr. being trained by the League of Assassins and taking on the name Richard Dragon.

Want Your Own Game of Thrones Cloak?

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If you’ve always envied the fashion prowess of Jon Snow, then IKEA Norway has you covered. While he may know nothing, Jon certainly knows how to keep warm with the fiercest… IKEA rugs? That’s right! While it’s been known for quite some time that costume designer Michele Clapton used IKEA fur rugs to create the garb for the Starks of Winterfell, it’s only recently picked up a head of steam.

Now, IKEA Norway has released a set of “Official Instructions” detailing how to create your own. Hit the jump to check out the adorably Swedish instructions.

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Yoko Taro Saved Platinum Games

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Platinum Games has long been a fan-favorite studio, with a love for innovative franchises and new ideas, they’ve never shied away from making the quirky but lovable title. From Bayonetta, to The Wonderful 101, they’re an absolute favorite. However, after the studio put millions into Scalebound, only to have it cancelled, they were in trouble. Enter Yoko Taro, and the little game that could, NieR: Automata.

After the game’s release, it has outsold and outshone all expectations, becoming a merchandising giant, and one of the best games of the year. Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya has taken to Twitter to formally credit NieR producer Yoko Taro, with single-handedly saving his studio from bankruptcy. Hit the jump to check out the message.

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Sonic Mania Launch Trailer

Today is the long-awaited release of Sonic Mania, and with it, we have an incredibly charming new trailer for the retro-inspired title. Players who pre-ordered the game will be receiving a free digital copy of Sonic The Hedgehog this morning, on the platform that they chose to purchase the game on.

Hopefully we get a fantastic vinyl release of the Sonic Mania soundtrack, because the music in this trailer was so wonderful. Hopefully the excitement around this title gives SEGA a better understanding of what we’re after as Sonic fans.