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. 

Disney's Stars Wars Land set for Summer 2019 Opening

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A galaxy far far away will soon be a little closer to home, as a video released yesterday on the Disney Parks Youtube page has revealed the official debut seasons of Star Wars land at both the Disneyland Resort in California the Disney World Resort park in Florida. The intergalactic themed expansions will open in Summer and Fall of 2019, respectively. 

Star Wars has had a presence at Disneyland since the late 80's, with the introduction of Star Tours. With the acquisition of LucasFilms in 2012, the franchise has brought more and more to the park, with fans hoping for an expansion of the park dedicated to Star Wars. That will at last be a reality next year, which means we'll probably need to wait two more years until we can visit it and be able to breath.

Transformers 7 Removed from Paramount Production Calendar

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It appears the Autobots will transform and roll out only one more time, at least according to Paramount's official production calendar. The yet-unnamed sequel was supposed to carry on the new direction for the "Transformers cinematic universe" established by 'Transformers: The Last Knight', and follow the Bumblebee solo film, the 6th in the series.

In February, plans for or mentions of the new cinematic universe were nowhere at the Toy Fair Hasbro Investor Preview, already signaling an end for the series that started in 2007 with Michael Bay's original 'Transformer' live action film.

Is this truly the end for the robots in disguise? Or will be a hiatus ramping up for a relaunch of the franchise? At this point, we here at TCC have got some serious Transformers fatigue and we are totally fine with either.

Opening Dec. 21, 2018, 'Bumblebee: The Movie' is directed by Travis Knight with a script by Christina Hodson. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Rachel Crow and Pamela Adlon.

'Batman' prequel 'Pennyworth' Receives Series Order

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Epix has given a series order to "Pennyworth", a Batman prequel series that will focus on the Wayne family's famous butler, Alfred Pennyworth. “Gotham” executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon will help bring the story to life, focusing on the character's time living in London and working for Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne.

In a ever growing landscape of comic and superhero themed stories, is this a chance to break from the norm? Or is this a prequel story that nobody cares to see? Only time will tell.

Young Animal Imprint at DC Shutting Down in August

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Young Animal, the comic book imprint organized and headed by former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way, will be closing up shop in August. The statement came from Way himself, and while we are sad to see the titles go, it seems this ending was always in the cards for the eccentric imprint.

Originally advertised as a "pop-up imprint", Way confirmed that the series' were planned to end at a specific point. Shade the Changing Girl, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye, and Mother Panic were all rebooted after 12 issues, with the new titles set to end at issue 6. Doom Patrol has been placed on hiatus, with issue 12 being taken off of DC's release schedule. The imprint also featured two miniseries', Bug! the Forager and Eternity Girl (which will end at issue 6 with the rest of the imprint) and one crossover event called "The Milk Wars".

Way is confident that the Young Animal universe will live on in some fashion, thought beyond the Doom Patrol hiatus, there has been no announcement of another imprint or the characters being used in another series. We look forward to what may come, as Young Animal was a strange, refreshing take comics, and a welcome reprieve from the typical superhero stories. 

'Venom' #1 Goes to Second Printing

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Marvel has revealed that Venom #1, written by Donny Cates with art by Ryan Stegman, is heading back to press after selling over 200,000 copies. The series, which focuses on the original Venom host Eddie Brock,  takes him "...on an adventure like he’s never seen before" says Donny Cates in an interview with comicbook.com. “The marketing campaign behind it, some of the blurbs that you've probably seen say, ‘The horror story a thousand years in the making,’” Cates said. “And that is certainly true. As far as comparisons to past Venom stories, this is the biggest one. This opening arc is called ‘Rex,’ and ‘Rex’ is going to see a new threat that is bigger, stronger, probably the scariest thing that Venom's ever gone up against, and its tendrils kind of touch every single corner of the Marvel U."

“This is a thing that's incredibly old and incredibly powerful,” he continued. “It's something that only Venom can face. In that sense, tone-wise, I've been reading a lot of Lovecraft and a lot of Stephen King, a lot of stuff like that. I'm not going to promise that the entire run is going to be like a horror story, but this first arc I've been describing as like a Lovecraftian action film. And to whatever the hell extent that makes any sense, that's what it is."

The story draws on themes established in the Flash Thompson Venom/Venom Space Knight stories, giving a broader background to the symbiote species, and the connection between them and their hosts. It also delves into the history of symbiotes on earth, revealing that Spider-Man's original encounter was not the first time they had arrived on our planet, not by a long shot.

Venom #1 is in stores now.

'iZombie' Will End with Fifth Season

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Less than a week after the news that it would be renewed, CW has announced that "iZombie", based on the Vertigo series of the same name, will end at the conclusion of its fifth season. The series joins "Jane the Virgin" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend", which will also air their final seasons. Rose McIver, who stars as Liv Moore, a zombified medical examiner, confirmed the news on her twitter account.

The final season of "iZombie" is expected to air on CW sometime in 2019.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Renewed for Shorter 6th Season

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Agent Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are back, but not for as long as we are used to. The ABC series has been renewed for it's 6th season but only 13 episodes have been ordered, instead of the usual 22. Does this signal an end for the series? Or are there larger implications caused by the events of "Avengers: Infinity War" that warrant a shorter season? We'll just have to wait and see.

'Deadpool 2' set to Dethrone 'Infinity War'

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The sequel to the highest grossing R rated film of all time is on track to open between $130 million and $150 million. 20th Century Fox’s "Deadpool 2" opens is North America on May 18th, and is expected to end the three week run on top for Marvel Studio's "Avengers: Infinity War". As of Monday, "Infinity War" had earned over $552 domestically, bringing it's global total to $1.63 billion.

The film will focus on the formation of the X-Force, a mutant superhero team assembled to protect a young mutant from the time traveling Cable, played by Josh Brolin

Deadpool 2 is directed by David Leitch and stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Stefan Kapičić, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Shioli Kutsuna, Terry Crews, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgård, and Rob Delaney.