Batman and Harley Quinn is bucking the doom and gloom trend of DC’s straight to video animated features of late. In fact, with the new trailer (which we can watch courtesy of Entertainment Weekly) it’s clear that they’re taking the animated franchise back to its roots — or at least its renaissance.
You see, Batman and Harley Quinn is animated in the style of the classic 1990s Batman the Animated Series, and to boot it features Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester as Batman and Nightwing reprising their respective roles. Honestly, the whole thing looks pretty awesome.
Batman and Harley Quinn is expected to come out this July.
Last August we found out that Edge of Tomorrow director had stepped away from the Gambit movie to take on the Justice League Dark movie Dark Universe. Well, as time passes, and none of these movies seem to be getting made, he’s now stepped away from this one too apparently.
Liman seems to have left the the Justice League Dark film because of scheduling issues, as Lionsgate has greenlit his film Chaos Walking. And you know what they always say “Make the movie that someone’s actually paying you for.”
Liman, of course, was not the first director on this film, as Guillermo del Toro was attached before he got pulled away to work on other projects as well. No word yet on who will take over Justice League Dark from Liman, as the studio isn’t commenting on the departure. We’ll keep following this once a replacement is announced.
The “sadness” in the DC Carnival of Sadness is normally the kind of sadness that brings about “Nerd Rage.” It’s the kind of thing that makes us disappointed in how iconic characters and fans of those characters are treated.
This is not one of those entries. Director Zack Snyder and his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, are stepping away from the Justice League film following the suicide of their daughter Autmn back in March. The Snyders tried their best to not make this public and had hoped to return to the film after some time to grieve. Understandably their whole family is still coping though, so (with Warner Brothers’ blessing) they are stepping away and leaving the film in the hands of Joss Whedon.
This story is overwhelming honestly. Firstly, I’ve probably been one of the harshest critics of Zack Snyder in more outlets than I care to list right now, but I would never wish this heartache upon him, or any parent. My heart goes out to both Zack and Deborah Snyder right now.
The news of Joss Whedon seems very strange to me. Keep in mind, the movie is in post-production. At this point, while there’s still room to maybe add a scene or do some re-shoots, the tone, story and characters are all pretty much set in stone. It seems like such an odd move to bring in such a big name to direct what is essentially a wrap-up job. Especially to choose a director with a distinct style that doesn’t exactly match the one Snyder is known for. This is just really weird news — weird and very sad news.
Justice League is still set to open in November, so right now all we can do is wait.
Last week we found out The CW has picked up their fifth DC superhero show with Black Lightning, and today they’ve released a trailer for the show. Starring Cress Williams as titular character Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning will be a bit different than the other superhero shows on the network — and not for the obvious reasons.
The main character is a veteran superhero coming out of retirement, which is very different from the stories told on Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, or Arrow, which all feature younger characters and their origin stories. This means that Black Lightning can explore territory none of the other programs will be able to touch for some time.
Personally, I’m really excited for when this show premieres in the fall.
Update (5/15):Timeless has been un-cancelled. Original story appears below.
The annual trials of cancellation and renewal continue at the major networks, and it’s time to head on over to NBC. Sadly the network seems to have taken an axe to its genre programming this year (and everything with a -less suffix), as the network has now officiallycancelled both Powerless and Timeless.
Timeless had been on the bubble, but fans had still hoped that the freshman drama would come back for a second season. While it doesn’t help that there are multiple time travel shows on television right now, Timeless took it from a slightly more serious angle. It wasn’t a perfect show, but we’re sad to see it go.
Losing Powerless means that NBC no longer has any superhero shows airing on television, even if the sitcom was only superhero adjacent. It’s really a shame the show never caught on, as while the start wasn’t the strongest, it really was finally getting its footing. A lot of comedies don’t really figure themselves out until their second season, so losing the show on the cusp of its potential is really too bad. There are still a few unaired episodes of Powerless too, and no word on what will happen to those yet.
We last talked about Krypton on this site a year ago when Syfy ordered a pilot of the show, and honestly we’ve tried not to think about it since then. If you don’t remember what Krypton‘s about, the show is set on Superman and Supergirl’s home planet two generations before it blows up. Think Caprica meets Gotham, and if combining the show no one watched with the show no one likes seems like a good idea… well, welcome to Syfy?
David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler and executive producing, with Kindler showrunning. Cameron Cuffe will star as Superman’s grandfather, along with Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre, and Ian McElhinney. The pilot was written by Goyer and Kindler.
And I just don’t understand why.
Who wants this show? Do you? I sure don’t. Caprica wasn’t a bad show, but a lot of us had a hard time getting invested with the fates of people we knew were going to get nuked from orbit. Krypton is effectively the same thing all over again, only shoehorning in a Superman connection. The planet is going to explode no matter what happens on the show, and I’m not sure how it’s going to be any fun.
Fox made two big renewals today – one of which we’re pretty excited about, and the other we’re just kind of indifferent on at this point. Those two shows, of course, are Last Man on Earth and Gotham.
To be fair, we kind of expected Gotham to come back another season, even if we’re not big fans of the show. I’m honestly not sure exactly who is watching the show still, but the ratings show that someone is. I guess it kind of goes to show that regardless of something’s quality, if it’s Batman-adjacent, people will pay attention.
Last Man on Earth, on the other hand, we’re really happy about. I’ll go so far to say that it’s the best post-Apocalyptic show currently on the air (take that AMC). The idea that we’ll get to spend more time with the wacky band of survivors is pretty damn exciting.
The network already renewed Lucifer and picked up Marvel’s The Gifted, so even with Sleepy Hollow ending, the network has a pretty solid genre lineup for next year. I mean, even if one of those shows is Gotham.
Well, it’s that time of year again where we find out what shows have made the cut and which ones haven’t. Over at The CW, most of their renewals have actually already been announced, with Supernatural and the DC shows getting renewed way back in January. Riverdale and The 100 were announced to be renewed earlier this spring as well. That only leaves a few strands hanging on the only broadcast network dominated by genre television, and it seems like we have that news now.
On the good news train, The CW is officially adding a fifth DC superhero show, as Black Lightning has been picked up to series. As for existing shows, both iZombie and The Originals have been renewed. While The Originals may not be my cup of tea, iZombie is literally one of the most fun shows on television.
On the bad news front, we finally have word on the fates of freshman series Frequency and No Tomorrow. Sadly both shows have been officially cancelled and won’t be back for second seasons. It’s really too bad as both shows were fairly enjoyable. This also means that Riverdale is the only new show to get picked up at the network this year.
While the marketing has felt a little light on Wonder Woman, Warner Bros has released a final trailer for the film that’s due at the beginning of next month. And you know what? It’s a pretty epic trailer.
Honestly, this is the first film set in the DCEU that I’m genuinely excited for. My expectations aren’t all that high based on the studio behind it (and the fact that the film seems determined to stick to the washed out color palette found in other DCEU films), but I think this one has the shot to be great.
I look forward to finding out whether or not my hope is justified.
Wonder Woman hits theaters (right in the face) June 2nd.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae rambles incoherently for ten minutes about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. After that, we discuss how Stan Lee has (probably) been playing Uatu in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, lament Young Justice and Titans getting shunted off onto yet another streaming service, and then tackle this fortnight’s convention news.
In the con scene, Midwest Media Expo got cancelled days before their event, Missouri’s Oz Con had to be cancelled mid event due to historic flooding, and police are looking for information about a Maryland man who allegedly has been soliciting sex from minors at cons.