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‘Riverdale’ Spinoff ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Coming to The CW

The CW’s Riverdale has been pretty divisive here at Nerd & Tie, but personally I’ve enjoyed the Twin Peaks influenced take on Archie Comics’s namesake. Viewers as a whole seem to agree with me too, as the show has now been successful enough to generate its first spinoff show.

The CW and Archie Comics have now announced that another Archie Comics character is coming to the network in the form of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. As the show’s title implies, it will be at least in part based off of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s comic of the same name, which is a dark reimagining of the classic Archie character Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Of course, this isn’t the first time a Sabrina the Teenage Witch show has happened, but I seriously doubt this version will be remotely like the Melissa Joan Hart iteration. Aguirre-Sacasa will showrun the series, and it will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Obviously it is far too early to have any casting information.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is expected to premiere during the 2018-2019 television series.

Via io9

The First Full Trailer For Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ Shows a Much Bloodier MCU

If there were any concerns that Netflix’s The Punisher would be a sanitized version of the character, they can be easily dismissed. While we got a teaser after the credits of this August’s The Defenders, the streaming service has released the first full trailer for the show.

It’s very, very dark and very, very bloody.

And if you’re a fan of The Punisher, that’s probably exactly what you want. I mean, as bullets fire to the beat of Metallica’s “One,” it’s hard to imagine any other way this series could more accurately capture the tone of the character. That said, it will be interesting to see how audiences react to the show, considering how much darker it is than the rest of the Marvel properties.

The Punisher season one is expected to hit Netflix this November.

The First ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Season 4 Trailer Looks Awesome

Most of us were sad that Voltron: Legendary Defender season three was only half the episodes of seasons one and two when it hit this last August, but the promise that season four would quickly follow in October held us over. Well, we’re getting closer to the show’s return, so Dreamworks and Netflix have put out the first trailer for the season.

It’s not much, but it definitely whets the appetite.

We’ve said it before, but Voltron: Legendary Defender is a pretty amazing. It took a butchered anime series and turned it into one of the best animated science fiction franchises out there. It’s hard to believe that Legendary Defender has only been around for a couple of years.

All six episodes of Season Four hit Netflix October 13th.

The First Trailer for ‘Tomb Raider’ Has Arrived

The first trailer for the new Tomb Raider movie is here, and it’s very, very Tomb Raider-y. Starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, the film is loosely based on the 2013 reboot of the video game series.

Honestly? It looks pretty decent so far. I mean, it’s always hard to tell from a trailer, but the tone is clearly much more grounded than the previous film franchise based on the game series. I think the best attitude to take right now is “cautious optimism,” and I guess we’ll see what happens.

Tomb Raider hits theaters March 16, 2018.

Anime Punch Disbands After Con Chair Michael Beuerlein Pleads Guilty to Sexual Battery

Columbus, OH based convention Anime Punch has been disbanded and will no longer hold any more events. The convention staff announced that they would be ceasing all future operations on in a statement on their official Facebook page on September 14th:


This is in the wake of convention chair Michael Beuerlein pleading guilty to Sexual Battery in the state of Virgina on September 5th. A misdemeanor, Beuerlein is currently currently out on parole. He has also been required to register as a sex offender.

It’s always terrifying to find out someone like this is running around the con scene. For what it’s worth, not many seem surprised about Beuerlein, as at least this rather lengthy Facebook thread seems to detail a number of other alleged incidents involving Beuerlein. Whether those other allegations are true or not, he sure seems like a person you wouldn’t want to let into your con, let alone operate an event

First Look at David Tennant and Michael Sheen in ‘Good Omens,’ More Cast Confirmed

The march of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens to television screens continues forward, with the latest news being a first look at David Tennant and Michael Sheen in costume as Crowley and Aziraphale. The official Terry Pratchett twitter account tweeted out an image of the two earlier today:

Beyond that image, we also know a lot more casting information about the show now. It’s been announced that Jack Whitehall will take on the role of Newt alongside Michael McKean as Sgt. Shadwell. Filling out that corner of the story, Miranda Richardson will play the psychic/courtesan Madame Tracy.

We importantly also know that Adria Arjona will play Anathema Device, the descendant of prophetic witch Agnes Nutter. In less notable parts of the cast, we have Nina Sosanya as Sister Mary Loquacious, Ned Dennehy as Hastur, and Ariyon Bakare as Ligur. No word yet on who will play the Horsemen, Adam, or the rest of Adam’s gang.

Good Omens is expected to be released in 2019.

Via Twitter, Variety, DarkHorizons

Rose City Comic Con Taking Firmer Stance Against Nazi ‘Cosplay’

Last week Portland, OR based Rose City Comic Con expanded their ban on hate symbols to include any cosplay that includes accurate recreations of Nazi uniforms. The convention expanded their policy in the wake of a couple of “cosplayers” who wore what are effectively Nazi uniforms with Hello Kitty imagery integrated into them. As Women Write About Comics points out, this year’s convention (which was held September 8-10) wasn’t the first time these particular cosplayers have showed up to the event either.

The convention tweeted about the update on their official twitter account.

While many cons would consider Nazi uniforms banned as hate symbols, the Rose City Comic Con’s old policy was fairly vaguely worded on the matter:

Hateful symbols aren’t welcome at Rose City Comic Con. Historical costumes can be great, but reminders of unspeakable atrocities are not appropriate.

The new policy is much more specific and harder to purposefully misinterpret:

Hateful symbols aren’t welcome at Rose City Comic Con. Historical costumes can be great, but reminders of unspeakable atrocities are not appropriate – this goes for Old School Hydra and Red Skull or any other Nazis from entertainment properties. Those figures, while comic-related, are still very much Nazis. As a result, they are 100% banned, always. This includes any sort of “ironic” or satirical costumes that re-appropriate Nazi paraphernalia or gear. You won’t just be banned from that year’s convention. You will be banned from coming to RCCC for life.

Honestly I think this is a much needed step. Some outlets (*cough*) have reported this as a ban on “Hydra and Red Skull” cosplay, but what’s really being banned here is Red Skull and Hydra cosplay that integrates actual Nazi uniform designs. It’s a perfectly reasonable ban, especially in the current political climate.

When you get down to it, there are two kinds of people who put on Nazi cosplay. There are people who are too microfocused on their fandom to think about how what they’re wearing will be perceived by the people around them, and then there are people who are completely aware of it and it’s the whole reason they’re doing it. The former are good people who need to take their convention blinders off (and I’ve been complaining about this issue for a while). The latter though are people who have no place at our events, and we need to take a stand against as a community.

When real Nazis are marching, we shouldn’t be dressing up as them.

Via Women Write About Comics, Rose City Comic Con

Accomplished Character Actor Harry Dean Stanton Has Died

Sadly it’s being reported that prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton died earlier today. He passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical center, as was comfirmed by his agent John S. Kelly.

Stanton most recently appeared in the revival season of Twin Peaks where he reprised his role from 1992’s Fire Walk With Me, but his on screen credits stretch back to the 1950s. He’s appeared in films like Alien, Escape From New York, and Repo Man. That’s not even mentioning his non-genre appearances in films like Cool Hand Luke and more westerns than you could shake a stick at. Honestly I’m leaving quite a bit out.

The man worked a lot.

It’s always sad when a talented performer passes away, but it’s hard to find a more accomplished career for a character actor. He may have largely played supporting roles, but he had a unique quality that’s hard to explain.

Harry Dean Stanton was 91 years old.

Via The New York Times

Nnedi Okorafor’s ‘Who Fears Death’ To Be Adapted For TV By HBO

Nnedi Okorafor’s novel Who Fears Death is officially being adapted for television at HBO. Set in a post-apocalyptic Sudan, the story follows the a young woman named Onyesonwu. An outcast in her society, she goes on a journey to defeat her evil sorcerer father Daib.

Okorafor is consulting on the show, and the pilot will be written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds. George R.R. Martin, Michael Lombardo and Angela Mancuso are executive producing.

Who Fears Death was first published in 2010 and won both a 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the 2010 Carl Brandon Kindred Award for an outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity. It’s is a unique coming of age tale, and should bring a unique voice to television. With Okorafor heavily involved in the development process, it also means that any area explored outside the confines of the original novel will stay in tune with that voice.

It’ll be interesting to see how this goes.

Via Deadline

The First Look at David Harbour as Hellboy is Amazing

There’s been a flurry of controversy about the upcoming Hellboy reboot, so it’s nice to finally be able to post something free of it. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has tweeted out the first official image of star David Harbour in his full Hellboy getup.

And it looks amazing.

I mean, there’s not much to say. Obviously it looks very similar to the makeup used on Ron Perlman in Del Toro’s original two films, but that’s just because both are very, very close to the original source material. Frankly, it’s just nice to see they didn’t make changes for the sake of change.

They’re making a Hellboy movie, so he looks like Hellboy.