Luke Cage Cancelled by Netflix

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When Netflix announced last week that their Marvel series Iron Fist would be canceled, many weren’t surprised. Of the five Marvel productions on the streaming service, Iron Fist was arguable the weakest of them. While the second season was an improvement to the first, the move was understandable.

However, a shocker has developed as of Friday night. Reports are circulating that Netflix is canceling Luke Cage. This has come as a shock on social media since Luke Cage is considered one of the more popular products in the Netflix/Marvel partnership. Rumors have circulated that the cancellation is a mix of “creatives decisions” and the inability for the parties to move forward. Deadline went on to add the following:

“The writers’ room was put on hold for a week in September, as the streamer and the Disney-owned company were figuring out the mechanisms of changing the deal for the planned Luke Cage third season from the original 13 episodes to a slimmed down 10 episodes. It eventually escalated to behind-the-scenes turmoil in the past two days and demands for changes in creative regime. With Marvel and Netflix seemingly intractable and in different sides of the disputes, a harsh cancelation became the only viable exit strategy, it appears.”

Theories are already circulating on the internet regarding the move. Some are saying that this is all leading up to a Heroes For Hire series, where Luke and Danny are partnered. Others believe this may be a move by Disney to eventually move all their properties to their own streaming service. If that were the case, it could be a move that would see Daredevil, Jessica Jones and The Punisher making the move. Time will tell what the ultimate plane is.

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/deadline.com/2018/10/luke-cage-cancelled-marvel-netflx-mike-colter-cheo-hodari-coker-1202486487/amp/

Anthony Esteves

Defenders Season 2 Indefinitely Shelved

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Earlier this week a change to the Defenders Facebook page dashed hopes for a second season of the Marvel Netflix series. The question of a second season had already been addressed by Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb during an AMA session, “Not in the plans right now,” he stated, but finished by saying, “you never know.”

When referencing The Defenders social media you find their last twitter post is from June 22 promoting Luke Cage season 2. Currently all the Defenders individual series have dropped two seasons, with Daredevil season 3 on the way. With Loeb’s ambiguous response can we really lament no season 2 of Defenders? Or does hope still remain for another street level team up?

Cavill Out as Superman?

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Today Hollywood Reporter broke with the news that Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill will be stepping away from the role of Superman in the DCEU. According to reports negotiations for a cameo in Shazam, and potentially other appearances broke down between Cavill’s rep and WB studios over the role. 

Hollywood Reporter quoted a studio source as saying, "Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors.” Currently WB’s Batman and Superman actors are in question. While WB/DCEU focus on other characters like Wonder Woman, Aquaman and apparently Supergirl, we will have to wait and see what becomes of the Last Son of Krypton and the Dark Knight in the DCEU.

**Update**

WB released an official statement this morning after the news broke,

"While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we've always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged.”

What does all of this really mean? We will have to wait and see

Disney Reveals Plans For *Some* Fox Properties

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During their Third Quarter 2018 conference call, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed some of the plans Disney has in store with their newly acquired Fox properties. The acquisition of 20th Century Fox gives Disney the opportunity to expand upon titles like Avatar, Kingsman, Planet Of The Apes, but more importantly, gives Disney’s Marvel division control of X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool.

"The assets we're buying fit perfectly with our plan to substantially grow our portfolio," Iger said. "FX is renowned for great high quality television. Our plan is to provide even more resources to further FX's existing business." Fox already has X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants set for release in 2019. With Deadpool 2 a big hit, X-Force is expected to follow up the Ryan Reynolds blockbuster, unless the merger between Disney and Fox messes with that timetable.

Iger also brought up other networks the company will acquire, which includes National Geographic. "National Geographic is another tremendous brand built on quality, one that has global reach and cross generational appeal," he said. It seems Disney has plans to expand the channel and provide the resources it needs. Iger also brought the production studio Fox Searchlight, staying that "with 20 Oscar nominations last year, along with the Academy Award for Best Picture, our strategy is to continue to allow the studio to do what it does best."

Disney’s acquisition of Fox properties is believed to be complete in by late summer 2019.

Star Wars Episode 9 Cast Revealed

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We now have an official list of the cast set to appear in Star Wars: Episode IX!

The official Star Wars website on Friday revealed the names, which features a blend of past and present members of the legendary franchise. The following statements come directly from the website itself:

Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Not only will Mark Hamill somehow play a role in the upcoming sequel, but unused footage of Carrie Fisher will be used to keep Leia in the story. Moreover, the return of Billy Dee Williams reprising his role as Lando Calrissian. There’s bound to be a connection between Lando and Chewie, what with the loss of Han in Episode VII.

Let the countdown begin as we inch our way closer to the release of the next chapter in this ongoing epic saga.

Disney/Fox Deal Approved

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Thanos, meet Magneto. Professor Xavier, meet Doctor Strange.

That’s right. It looks like another big step has been taken in the potential merger between Disney and Fox. Variety is reporting that shareholders for both companies have approved Disney’s $71.3 billion buyout of Fox’s major assets. Shareholders gathered Friday morning at the New York Hilton in separate meetings to vote on the decision.

Each meeting took less than 15 mintues.

Fox shareholders, about 50 in attendance, were seated in a small room, whereas Disney’s meeting was held in one of the hotel’s ballrooms. This vote seals the deal for Disney. Winning a bidding war with Comcast, Disney will take ownership of 21stCentury Fox assets, including the 20th Century Fox studio, FX Networks, National Geographic Partners and other entertainment assets. The Murdoch family will now head the company dubbed New Fox, which will comprise of Fox Broadcasting Co., Foz’s TV station group, Fox Sports and Fox News.

The merger is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019. The Justice Department has approved of the purchase, on the condition that Disney must sell Fox’s 22 regional sports networks within 90 days of closing. Disney CEO Robert Iger was quoted saying, “We’re incredibly pleased that shareholders of both companies have granted approval for us to move forward, and are confident in our ability to create significant long-term value through this acquisition of Fox’s premier assets.”

Iger continued, “We remain grateful to Rupert Murdoch and to the rest of the 21st Century Fox board for entrusting us with the future of these extraordinary businesses, and look forward to welcoming 21st Century Fox’s stellar talent to Disney and ultimately integrating our businesses to provide consumers around the world with more appealing content and entertainment options.”

Saga Takes Year-long Hiatus...at Least

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Saga is easily one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed comic book series to date. As one of Image Comics top products, the series has a faithful fellowships committed to the complex adventure they are on.

And that adventure is going to be put on hold.

NewsaRama is reporting that Saga creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples will be taking a break from the Image epic. Vaughan was quoted regarding the decision:

"After fifty-four issues and over 1,200 consecutive pages of sequential storytelling together, Fiona and I have decided to take an extended break before we eventually reunite with Saga #55. And unlike our usual three months of 'Vacationanza' between arcs, we plan to pause publication of this series for at least the next year."

Vaughan went on:

"This obviously wasn't a decision we took lightly, but Fiona and I feel a responsibility to keep making the very best comic we can, and we both agreed that he only way to eventually finish the epic saga we set out to tell was with this one significant... let's call it... Intermission!"

This is most likely not the news readers wanted to hear. Yet, given the complexity and lengthy arc featured in the series, it’s understandable why Vaughan and Staples need a break. If anything, an “intermission” could lead to an even more exciting angle applied to the story.

Loyal readers will have to wait and see what this break produces.

DC impresses with trailers at SDCC

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The stage was set at hall H at San Diego Comic Con as the DC Extended Universe presented what they have coming up in the next year. Our own Amy (@ijaneyourobot) was in attendance to capture the excitement and energy as she joined the thousands present to witness what was in store for DC’s mighty heroes. 

On the stage, host Aisha Tyler (CBS’ The Talk, Archer, 24) introduced the talent, both in front of and behind the camera, for Wonder Woman 1984, Shazam! and Aquaman. Guests for the panels includes each film’s lead star: Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Zachary Levi. WW84’s director Patty Jenkins described that the reason she chose to go with setting the sequel during the 1980s was because she felt the ‘80s represented humankind at its best and worst, which includes the nuclear arms race. Levi, holding a can of Guinness he says he received from Momoa, calls his role as Shazam! “complete wish-fulfillment.” Momoa addressed the special cliff dive himself in Hawaii as a promotion for Aquaman, explaining that growing up in Hawaii, the jump was an average occurrence. Director James Wan went on to explain that he wanted Aquaman to play more like  a SciFi/Fantasy than the traditional superhero film.

Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be released November 1st, 2019, Shazam! is set for release on April 5th, 2019, but first up will be Aquaman, which is due out December 21st of this year. Check out the links below for the Aquaman and Shazam! trailers !

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Shazam!

Millarworld Arrives At Netflix

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The time has finally arrived. 

A year after news hit of the deal, Netflix has finally announced its slated projects with Mark Millar due to be released on the streaming service. Last year, Millar’s company Millarworld was acquired by Netflix in a deal that kept Millar as President giving him control to continue creating comics, TV shows and films.

The slated lineup will feature two TV shows: Jupiter’s Legacy and American Jesus. Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus: War Of The Damned, Netflix’s Daredevil) will be the showrunner for Jupiter’s Legacy. Also feature will be three films: Empress, Huck, and Sharkey the Bounty Hunter. Millar had this to say to The Wrap about the upcoming projects:

“My wife Lucy and I are 11 months into our jobs at Netflix and it’s everything we hoped for to the power of ten,” Mark Millar said. “To see a movie based on your work every couple of years is incredibly exciting, but to see them all happening at once like this and with talent this high-end is just off the scale.”

For our faithful listeners, you’ll remember that we discussed Huck on one of our episodes. In what could be defined as a blend between Captain America and Forrest Gump, the character of Huck will be a joy to watch on screen once the film is released. We’ll be keeping an eye on any future Millar/Netflix news to come.

Jamie Foxx Cast as Spawn

 Photo from Todd McFarlane's official Facebook page

Photo from Todd McFarlane's official Facebook page

Jamie Foxx has been cast in the title role of the upcoming Spawn film, produced by Blumhouse and written and directed by the character's creator and Image comic co-founder, Todd McFarlane. Originally debuting on the big screen in 1997 and starring Michael Jai White, the Spawn character is a mercenary-turned-hellspawned-soldier, who returns to earth to protect his family. 

The remake is pitched as less a superhero film and more a "supernatural thriller", however the presumably R-rated film does not have an estimated release date yet. T

he move is an interesting one, since last year in an interview with AZCentral.com McFarlane stated that "Spawn doesn't say a word the entire movie, and it's the same way with Jaws," he said, instead "It's about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost." Why cast an well-known actor with such great chops for a character that won't say a word? Who knows, but it's refreshing to see the comic book's creator so heavily involved in the project.