New Inhumans Poster & Premiere Date Revealed

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While everything we’ve currently seen of Marvel’s Inhumans doesn’t instill the utmost confidence in the mini-series, it’s still one to look out for. The series is rumored to have a $200 million-plus budget, with MCU-level visual fx to boast about. Inhumans will premiere its first two-episodes in an IMAX limited engagement for two weeks on September 1st, and now we have our television premiere date, as well: September 29th, at 9PM EST.

A new poster was also released featuring the three leads in the Inhuman royal family: Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan (Smallville) as Medusa, and Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) as Maximus the Mad. Hit the jump to see the poster in full.

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Netflix: July 2017

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Starting this month, Ph LEVEL will be posting monthly updates related to the content changes on Netflix, and give a few recommendations for what to catch before it leaves, and what to look out for in the coming month.

First up, July 2017! The main thing to catch before it leaves on July 1 is absolutely the 1989 classic, Batman, with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. As far as arriving, there’s a few great gems! On July 1, check out Spawn: The Movie with Michael Jae White. July 7, we finally get the animated Castlevania series from Frederator, and July 18, if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Hit the jump for the full list.

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Watchmen Series in the Works at HBO

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Last year, there was a pretty spicy rumor that Watchmen would be making the jump to the small screen. Nothing came of that. But now, we have some solid movement on that front, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that HBO is now working on the project with Damon Lindelof at the helm.

Lindelof doesn’t have the most spotless track record (fuck you, Prometheus), but his television work is pretty solid. While Zack Snyder was initially involved in the project, he is no longer working with the studio, and Lindelof is proceeding alone. The series is expected to be based on the classic Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons graphic novel. It’s also likely we’ll see a few snippets of the Beyond Watchmen books in there, as well.

Static Shock to Possibly Appear in Black Lightning

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Black Lightning is coming to The CW next year, and as production and promotion starts to ramp up, showrunner Salim Akil has revealed a bit of love for a fan-favorite character. He’s revealed that he hopes to have Static Shock appear in the show sooner, rather than later.

Static has come close to the small screen several times in live-action since his acclaimed animated series ended many years ago. This would be a great way to bring him into the fold.

I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in that way. So I’m holding out hope because I love that character.

Disney XD Ant-Man Shorts

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Disney XD has put the first three animated shorts for their new Ant-Man series online. The series of animated shorts consists of six episodes, with the first three debuting in a few days on Disney XD, and the next three future chapters, “Exterminator,” “Proton Cube” and “Not a Date,” set to air Sunday, June 11 at 11:28am, 5:28pm and 8:58am, respectively.

Josh Keaton is voicing Scott Lang, with Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach directing. You can hit the jump to watch the first three episodes.

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Live-Action Cowboy Bebop in the Works

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After years of misfires, it would seem that the cult-classic anime that paved the way for most of us on Toonami is finally getting the live-action treatment. Deadline has reported that Cowboy Bebop is getting a television series from Tomorrow Studios in conjunction with Midnight Radio.

No plot details have been announced or anything for the matter. We do know that Chris Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) is writing the script, with Becky Clements (Aquarius) and Matthew Weinberg on as Producers.

“We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and global marketplace as a live-action series,” said Tomorrow Studios’ Adelstein. “The animated version has long resonated with audiences worldwide, and with the continued, ever growing, popularity of anime, we believe a live action version will have an incredible impact today.”

Three Defenders Getting new Seasons in 2018

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We knew that Jessica Jones was absolutely getting a second season next year, as that confirmation is already out there. We also know that Luke Cage was filming its second season later this year, implying a mid-to-late 2018 release, as well. However, Entertainment Weekly has also put out there that the 3rd season of Daredevil will be released next year, as well.

It makes sense that Netflix would start putting out a yearly 3 new seasons each year, as that’s the plan starting this year, with The Defenders on August 18th, and Punisher slated for a November release.

The Thinker for Flash Season 4

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Ever since the show started placing hints about the upcoming presence of Clifford DeVoe, aka The Thinker in the Flash’s future, it was inevitable we would be seeing him. Abra Kadabra mentions by name, as well as Savitar twice near the tail end of the season.

Now, TVLine is reporting that the foreshadowing wasn’t just name-dropping, and The Thinker has been confirmed as the primary villain for The Flash season 4. This will mark the series’ first foray into an antagonist that’s not a speedster. With that in mind, the next season of Flash should definitely be… running at a different speed. (Sorry…)

Netflix’s The Punisher Release Date Leaked

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It’s been a busy year for Netflix’s Marvel series, and it’s only getting busier. The Defenders comes out later this year, August 18th to be exact, and it looks like The Punisher will be joining it come this November.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, director Dearbhla Walsh let slip the series general release date of November, while discussing her first television projects outside of the U.K.

I’ve directed one other time that hasn’t been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it’s not airing until November. I directed that in New York and edited in L.A., but this was my first directing experience in lovely Canada.

Preacher Season 2 Trailer

If you haven’t watched the first season of Preacher, you’re absolutely missing out on a gruesome, classic good time. It’s a fantastic, and very well-made show, with great mystery and memorable characters. Six new additions to the cast, include Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones), Pip Torrens (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Crown), Julie Ann Emery (Fargo, Better Call Saul) Malcolm Barrett (War on Everyone, Dear White People), Ronald Guttman (Homeland, Mozart in the Jungle), and Justin Prentice (13 Reasons Why, Malibu Country).

Preacher returns with its second season on June 25th.

Sin City TV Show in the Works

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Deadline is reporting that The Weinstein Company and Dimension Entertainment are working on a television reboot of the popular Sin City franchise. Created by Frank Miller, the series came to mainstream prominence after the success of its cult-classic live-action adaptation. After an unimpressive sequel, it looks like they’re going back to the drawing board.

Former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara (The Shield), is set to pen the script, which is meant to be vastly different from its source material, with new character and stories set in the world. Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) is set to direct the pilot. The show currently has no home network, but many are expressing interest, supposedly.

Netflix’s Castlevania Gets Teaser Trailer

Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for their Castlevania anime adaptation. While the trailer doesn’t show too much, it gives us our first look at the incredible animation, as well as a few of the voices in the series.

Castlevania is currently set to premiere on Netflix on July 7.

DC Super Hero Girls Getting Animated Series

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DC Super Hero Girls has been a boon for the company and its representation with young children, and it would appear they don’t plan on slowing down that train any time soon. The short web-series, and toy line is officially getting an animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation in 2018. The series will have “fresh character designs” and writing by producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, Powerpuff Girls).

The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.

Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, and their bros in the Justice League amp up the fun whether they’re at a concert or taking down a crime ring. But what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.

Could Karl Urban Return as Dredd?

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Last week, we covered the announcement for the new Judge Dredd focused television series, Mega-City One. Now, while speaking with the 2000ad Thrill-Cast, producer Brian Jenkins has stated that there have been talks with the man himself, Karl Urban, star of the recent cult-classic Dredd film. Urban has declared his love for the character in the past, stating he would more than love to come back for a sequel. Would he be so open to a series? His recent foray into television, Almost Human, was far from a success, but hopefully it hasn’t soured him on the experience.

We have had many conversations prior to this, about all sorts of things. He’s also very busy, a full-time professional actor. So we’re going to have some long and complicated conversations I would imagine, and we’ll see where we go. It’s too early to tell yet, but if we can use him and he’s available to us, then I think that would be absolutely brilliant. There’s always a possibility he will be busy, or that his schedule for other movies won’t allow — basically, we don’t know at this stage.

Given Urban’s busy schedule, it’s possible he may not be able to, but he’s shown an endearing love for playing the role of Judge Dredd. With the press tours for Thor: Ragnarok starting in a few months, we will likely hear from Urban himself, what the plan is moving forward.

Black Lightning Synopsis & Update

The CW has posted an extended synopsis for its new Black Lightning series, as well as some updates regarding its place in the CW-verse. First off, the series is not currently planned as being a part of that universe. Things could potentially change with all of the multiverse shenanigans that universe seems to get into, but that’s the plan as of now. With that in mind, the series will not be present during the large-scale crossover this winter. You can check out the synopsis below:

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

UPDATE: The CW has also released the first trailer for Black Lightning, which you can watch above.