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News Around the Net — UPDATED with Book of Boba Fett Trailer!

November 5th, 2021
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Lots to discuss!  Let’s dig in!

This is a great trailer — at last! — for The Book of Boba Fett:

I am excited to see this expansion of the Star Wars TV universe!  I hope this is awesome.  I am excited by the idea that Boba Fett will finally get the cool, bad-ass storyline I’ve been waiting for since the eighties.

Macbeth is my favorite Shakespeare play, and I love Denzel Washington.  So I am very excited for this:

This is an interesting trailer for The Batman:

I love director Matt Reeves (his Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is my all-time favorite Apes film!) and I believe he can make a great Batman movie.  I’m not sure about Robert Pattinson in the lead role, though.  I will say that this film looks pretty bad ass.  It’s an interesting choice, after Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, to apparently try to go even more grounded (and also even more grim and gritty).  That’s not the approach I’d ideally have wanted DC/Warner Brothers to have taken… but I can’t wait to see what they’ve created here.

Here’s a first-look at the Flash feature film (which they apparently have actually gone and made after years and years in development):

That’s a solid teaser though I can’t imagine it means much to any non-comic book fans out there.  I can’t wait to see Michael Keaton reprise his role as Batman, but we don’t actually get to see any of that here yet.  It’s wild that both Marvel and DC are making multiverse movies in the next year or so!!!

I thought James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad film was terrific.  (I highly recommend it, if you missed it this summer.  Forget the terrible first Suicide Squad film, this reinvention by Mr. Gunn is tremendous!)  I can’t believe Mr. Gunn and John Cena have actually made a Peacemaker spin-off TV series!!  This looks amazing, and absolutely bonkers.  I can’t wait.

Circling back to Batman, here’s an interesting look at the in-production new animated Batman cartoon, called Batman: Caped Crusader, by Bruce Timm, one of the masterminds behind Batman: The Animated Series.  I have high hopes for this series!!  Can Mr. Timm recapture the glory of Batman: The Animated Series with this new project?  Here’s hoping:

For years I’ve enjoyed listening to The Bendis Tapes on Jon Siuntres’ Wordballoon podcast — Mr. Siuntres’ multi-hours-long Q&A sessions with comic book author Brian Michael Bendis.  I’m delighted a new Bendis Tapes was just released!  This is a must-listen for all comic book fans.

I have fond memories of Smallville, which I enjoyed watching when it originally aired (even though the show never lived up to the level of quality I wanted it to have, and I doubt it’s a show I’ll ever go back to rewatch).  It was fun to watch this recent reunion of actors Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, and Kristin Kreuk:

I’m not quite sure what to make of this trailer for Netflix’s animated adaptation of Mark Millar & Leinil Francis Yu’s comic book series Supercrooks:

I quite like the original comic, but that anime adaptation trailer leaves me cold.  (Weirdly, Netflix has also announced a live-action adaptation of Supercrooks, which they’re claiming is an expansion of the “universe” of their cancelled-too-soon adaptation of Mr. Millar’s Jupiter’s Legacy comic book series.)

We already knew that Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, was returning to the role for the upcoming Obi-Wan Disney+ show.  Now we know he’s also going to appear as Anakin in the upcoming Ahsoka show!  That’s wild that the Disney Star Wars team is so heavily embracing Mr. Christensen, whose performance as Anakin in the Prequels is not, shall we say, universally loved.  I’d love to see an older, more seasoned Mr. Christensen impress us with his return to this character.

I loved Denis Villeneuve’s Dune film and I can’t wait for Part Two!!!  Click here for a great interview with Mr. Villeneuve in which he discusses his Dune film as well as the journey to Part Two…

This short video is a wonderful look back at the title cards of Disney’s previous 59 animated feature films!  Encanto will be their 60th.

I was fascinated to read this feature, by TV critic Alan Sepinwall, on actor Connor Ratliff, who has apparently turned his experience of getting fired from Band of Brothers (Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s magnificent look back at the men of Easy Company during World War II) into a podcast.  And he also plays George Lucas in the parody The George Lucas Talk Show, alongside Griffin Newman (The Tick)??  I need to watch and listen to all of this immediately!!

I’ve been waiting for years for Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s wonderful comic book series Y: The Last Man to be adapted into a movie or TV show.  Finally it became a TV show on FX… I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, and it’s already been cancelled, after airing only seven of its ten first-season episodes.  This is a big disappointment to me.  This in-depth article explores why the show was cancelled, and it’s stunning to me that it seems to have very little to do with the actual quality or popularity of the show.  Urgh…

Sad news of the passing of actress Camille Saviola, who so memorably played Kai Opaka on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Walk with the Prophets, Kai…

I adore the comic book work of author Ed Brubaker, and his recent Reckless series of noir-ish graphic novels, illustrated by the incredibly Sean Phillips, is amazing.  Click here for a great interview with Mr. Brubaker (that includes a brief update on his very public criticism of the poor way that Marvel Comics compensates its creators when their characters make the leap to the big screen, as Mr. Brubakler’s The Winter Soldier did).

Click here to purchase my “Maclunkey” Star Wars/Highlander mash-up t-shirt!

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