Swamp Thing’s first season is still set for a May 31 premiere on DC Universe - however, it’s been abruptly cut short from 13 episodes to 10, and different reasons for this have been cited by different sources. Some say it’s a matter of creative differences, while others think that it’s a matter of Warner Bros. preparing to launch their own streaming service, and as owners of DC they may be preparing to scrap DCU and absorb its programming. Personally, I don’t thing those reasons are mutually exclusive, and I actually think it’s a combination of the 2.Read More
Kevin Tsujihara is out as Warner Bros. CEO, in the wake of a vile sex scandal involving Brett Ratner, his production partner James Packer, and an actress named Charlotte Kirk. There are no heroes in this tale, although I kind of already thought that Brett Ratner was kind of villainous. Kirk herself has seemingly swept up Neil Marshall, who has devoted his schedule post-Hellboy to booking work for her, and failing that, to create projects for her himself. Love is a funny thing, and love between narcissists is kind of grotesque. This is the same story that resulted in Bryan Singer being removed as director on Red Sonja, so the only ones left to be penalized for their gross behavior are Ratner and Packer. Let's see some consequences for the middle-men, which come to think of it would be a much more fitting name for their production company.
Meanwhile, Ezra Miller is apparently trying to solidify his role as The Flash in the upcoming movie spotlighting the speedster, by writing a dark, unpleasant script that flies in the face of DC's stated mission of a less grim cinematic universe, as evidenced by Aquaman and the upcoming Shazam. So of course the brilliant Miller has partnered with Grant Morrison for a grim and gritty Flash script, and fighting with directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. His deal to produce a script that everyone agrees on expires in May, and I'm willing to bet that we're going to find out about yet another DC re-casting sometime in early June.Read More
The reviews are pouring in for Aquaman, in theaters December 21, and unlike the early hot-takes I reported on last week, the praise is not universal. It's largely liked - certainly more than most recent DC Extended Universe offerings - but both The Guardian and IndieWire have similar complaints about the movie, likening it to a watered-down Thor retread. I'm still excited to see it, it's just that the negative reviews were bound to surface once the review embargo was lifted.Read More
Yet another player has entered the streaming wars - AT&T, having acquired Time Warner earlier this year, has announced plans for a Warner Media streaming service, debuting late 2019. Between Warners, Disney, and the still-nascent DC Universe, a clear pattern is beginning to emerge: the streaming landscape is going to be crowded, competitive and expensive.
And speaking of streaming developments, about which I've predicted but hoped in vain to be proven wrong - Daredevil is hanging up his horns. I would have been surprised if this weren't the case - Marvel wants to move all of its properties over to Disney's upcoming streaming service, and Netflix is extremely unhappy with the performance of its Marvel series. The viewership has been vanishing for each of these shows after season 1, and the critical failure of Iron Fist and The Defenders has meant this was a near-certainty. Sadly, it's now official. As fans, we can only hope that the last remaining Marvel/Netflix content - Jessica Jones season 3 and The Punisher Season 2 - see the light of day before this fun, if flawed, experiment in superhero television comes to a close.Read More