The Batman Reportedly Begins Production in December 2019

The Batman – written and directed by Matt Reeves – reportedly begins production in December 2019, ahead of a planned 2021 release date. Arguably the most popular superhero of all time, Batman has had a long, strange trip when it comes to big screen adventures. The Caped Crusader – along with his billionaire alter ego Bruce Wayne – debuted in theaters in 1966, starring Adam West in an offshoot of the campy 1960s TV series. Batman didn’t return to live-action films until 1989, with Michael Keaton in the lead and under the direction of Tim Burton.

Burton returned for 1992’s Batman Returns, which didn’t prove as successful as its predecessor at the time, although now it stands as something of a cult classic. 1995’s Batman Forever saw Val Kilmer don the cape and cowl, with Joel Schumacher taking over as director, and embracing the rarely tapped camp value of Gotham City once more. 1997’s Batman & Robin – also helmed by Schumacher – took that attitude up to eleven, with George Clooney as Batman. By 2005, Christopher Nolan had rescued the character via his Christian Bale-led Dark Knight trilogy, leading to the greatest level of acclaim yet for Batman movies.

Related: All 31 Upcoming & In-Development DC Films

Bale’s run as Batman was of course followed by the most recent live-action film incarnation, Ben Affleck in the DCEU. Affleck starred in both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League, interacting with Superman and Wonder Woman on the big screen for the first time. However, Affleck is now out, and writer/director Reeves has been left to once again reinvent the costumed crimefighter with his upcoming film The Batman. It’s not yet known who’ll take over for Affleck in the lead role, but Production Weekly (via Comic Book) now reports that The Batman will begin production in December 2019.

While this report isn’t official confirmation of The Batman’s production schedule, it does fit with a recent tweet by Reeves himself that the film was likely to begin filming before the end of 2019. Either way, we’ve reached out to Warner Bros. for comment on the matter. There’s still little known about The Batman’s plot, although Reeves reportedly wants to cast a younger actor in the role, and a recent report suggested it might be set in the 1990s.

With The Batman having already received a 2021 release date, a production start of late 2019 should allow Reeves and company the time they need to get this latest take on Batman right. While many grew to like Affleck’s version of Batman and Bruce Wayne, the movies surrounding him were riddled with problems, and often gave DC’s legendary hero short shrift. It’s about time Batman once again gets his due on the big screen.

More: The DCEU Wasted Ben Affleck’s Batman (& His Other Skills)

Source: Production Weekly (via Comic Book)

2019-03-20 07:03:30

Michael Kennedy

Netflix: Every New TV Show & Movie This Weekend (December 7)

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but video-on-demand is so delightful – so we’ve collected together the big new Netflix releases for the weekend starting December 7. Last weekend we got into the holiday spirit with A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, and the week before that Kurt Russell ho-ho-ho’d his way into our hearts as Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles. This weekend there are more seasonal offerings among the exciting new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix.

If you liked Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book, but are looking for a slightly darker adaptation of the source material, look no further than Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. The other big Netflix Original movie of this week takes place in an even scarier jungle: the world of beauty pageantry. Dumplin’ is about a plus-size teen who decides her own form of rebellion will be following in her mother’s footsteps and competing for a pageant crown. Let’s dive into these releases, and the other fresh content coming to Netflix this weekend.

Related: Netflix: 15 Shows And Movies You Didn’t Know Were Coming In December


Directed by Anne Fletcher, Dumplin’ stars Jennifer Aniston as veteran beauty pageant queen Rosie Dixon and Danielle Macdonald as her daughter, Willowdean. Based on the novel of the same name by Julie Murphy, Dumplin’ follows Willowdean as she decides to stage a protest against the pageants’ beauty standards by signing up to compete – inadvertently inspiring a wave of other girls to do the same. She’s never competed before and she doesn’t even know how to walk in heels, so Willowdean turns to a group of local drag queens for help with her look, her style, and her confidence.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

War for the Planet of the Apes‘ Andy Serkis used his motion-capture expertise to create a living, breathing world of talking animals in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. Featuring a stellar voice cast – including Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Christian Bale as Bagheera, and Cate Blanchett as Kaa – Mowgli also introduces newcomer Rohan Chand in the title role as Mowgli, an orphaned infant who is raised by a wolf pack. Serkis himself provides the voice of Mowgli’s bear pal, Baloo.

The Ranch Part 6

The Bennetts are back in The Ranch Part 6 (a.k.a. the second half of season 3), with all 10 episodes released this weekend. Starring Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliot, Debra Winger, and Elisha Cuthbert, The Ranch follows the dysfunctional Bennett family. In Part 6, Colt Bennett (Kutcher) is facing his frighteningly imminent father status as his wife, Abby (Cuthbert) prepared to give birth. Danny Masterson, who played Rooster Bennett, was fired from the show following multiple allegations of rape, and was written out at the end of Part 5.

Other New Netflix Releases This Weekend

The American Meme – A documentary following Paris Hilton, Josh Ostrovsky, Brittany Furlan and Kirill Bichutsky as they try to build their personal stardom through social media.

Russell Brand: Re:Birth – The English comedian, actor and activist returns to his stand-up roots with an hour-long special, filmed during his 2017-2018 tour.

Dogs of Berlin – A German murder mystery series that follows an investigation into the murder of a German-Turkish football star.

Nailed It Holiday – The first big holiday-themed release of this weekend is a special edition of Nailed It, in which unskilled bakers try to recreate culinary masterpieces in competition for a $10,000 prize.

5 Star Christmas – Also bringing in the holiday cheer is this Italian comedy film about the Italian Premier finding a dead body in his hotel suite, and desperately trying to avoid a scandal.

Bad Blood Season 2 – Based on the real-life Montreal-based Rizzuto crime family, season 2 of this Canadian thriller series picks up five years after the end of the first season.

ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay? – Music documentary series ReMastered returns with a look into the murder of Run-D.M.C. DJ Jam Master Jay, who was shot and killed in 2002.

The Hook-Up Plan – This French comedy series sees a group of friends hire a male escort to cheer up their friend after a rough break-up.

Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas – This Netflix Original anime debuted in 2017 and now returns for a Christmas special. Set in an alternate version of New York filled with an elite class of wealthy magicians known as “Magistocrats.”

Free Rein: The 12 Neighs of Christmas – Another Christmas special drops this weekend, this time for the British equestrian drama series Free Rein.

Super Monsters and the Wish Star – Need another TV Christmas special? Oh, all right then. You can also check out this special episode of the animated children’s TV show Super Monsters.

Pine Gap – This Australian political thriller series is set in the top-secret intelligence world of a US/Australia joint defense facility.

More: The 25 Best Films on Netflix Right Now

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Netflix: 15 Shows And Movies You Didn’t Know Were Coming In December

2018 is almost over, and while we all get settled in to hibernate, watch Christmas movies, and reflect on everything we meant to get done this year (there’s always 2019, right?), Netflix is launching its final crop of shows and movies. Wrap up 2018 the right way – binge-watching on the couch, where it’s warm and cozy.

It’s not all Christmas goodness. In fact, many of the biggest new Christmas movies actually dropped on the streaming service last month, so this month sees the addition of some major blockbusters (Avengers: Infinity War), new comic book shows (Happy), and of course, Netflix Originals (Dumplin’).

Related: Every New TV Show And Movie On Netflix This Weekend (Nov 30)

Decorate the Christmas tree, grab a blanket to curl up under, and check out these new upcoming Netflix movies and TV shows.

15. Hellboy

Fans of this underrated superhero movie will be thrilled that it is coming to Netflix this month. Starring Ron Perlman as the titular red ‘hero’, Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy has long been a fan favorite. The sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, was removed from Netflix at the start of November, so sadly a marathon isn’t in the offing… but never mind, it may return. And of course, this is a must watch before the new version of Hellboy lands in theaters in April.

Arriving: Dec 1

14. The Lobster

This Oscar-nominated film from 2015 defies easy categorization. Set in a dystopian near-future, it blends drama, romance, and black comedy, and it looks absolutely spectacular. Starring Colin Farrell, The Lobster takes place in a world where everyone has to couple up or be turned into an animal (literally). The newly single David is sent to a hotel to find someone or accept his four-legged future (or in his case, eight-legged, as he would become a lobster). However, he soon realizes that everything is not as it seems at the Hotel.

Arriving: Dec 2

13. District 9

On the surface, this may look like another alien-invasion flick, but it is definitely not that kind of sci-fi. District 9 is set in South Africa, where an alien ship landed decades ago, bringing with it a cargo of otherworldly refugees escaping the loss of their home planet. Shunted into slums, the aliens are targeted by humans wanting to crack the secrets of their technology – and this found-footage-style film explores what happens when one of the company men is forced to truly see how they are treating the aliens who came to them for help.

Arriving: Dec 4

12. Happy (Season 1)

This series may be set at Christmas, and it’s got plenty of snowy city scenes… but it’s not exactly a holiday show for the whole family! Based on the comics of the same name, Happy is a dark and twisted journey into the criminal underworld, as a disgraced ex-cop with a drinking problem partners up with a tiny blue unicorn – the imaginary friend of a little girl who has been kidnapped.

Arriving: Dec 6

11. Dogs Of Berlin

This German series will appeal to those who love a (fictional) look at the criminal underworld, as two cops investigate the murder of a famous football player in Berlin. As with most cop series, these two men couldn’t be more different, and together, they have to investigate a huge range of potential suspects; from the Neo-Nazis to the Mafia. The series is filmed in German and subtitled.

Arriving: Dec 7

10. Dumplin’

This Netflix Original is based on the book of the same name by Kristin Hahn, and features some big names in the cast (including Jennifer Aniston and music by Dolly Parton). The film revolves around the daughter of a former beauty queen who now runs pageants – and who isn’t happy when her daughter enters her pageant as a protest, sick of the way she is treated because she doesn’t look like the stereotypical pageant girl.

Arriving: Dec 7

9. Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle

No prizes for guessing that this is also based on a book… another adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’. The incredible voice cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Christian Bale as Bagheera, and Andy Serkis as Baloo, as the young Mowgli grows up in the jungle under their watchful (and in Shere Khan’s case, hateful) eye. Expect stunning special effects, although as one of a dozen remakes of the same tale, viewers will already be well aware of the narrative itself. Sit back and just enjoy the talented cast and stunning scenery.

Arriving: Dec 7

8. Out of Many, One

Immigration is currently a hot-button issue, so this Netflix Documentary Short is incredibly relevant – and sure to ruffle a few feathers. Out Of Many, One looks at the process of becoming an American Citizen through the stories of five immigrants who are being prepped for naturalization with the help of the Citizenship Project. While the film doesn’t directly look at some of the major issues around the immigration debate today, it does give a sense of the kind of people seeking to make the United States their new home.

Arriving: Dec 12

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7. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a huge Halloween hit for the streaming service, and now, Sabrina is back with a holiday special. The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale takes place at the annual Yule celebration of the winter solstice, and is sure to blend the spooky vibes of the first season with a little holiday cheer – which should be a fascinating combination for this single episode.

Arriving: Dec 14

6. Tidelands

Netflix takes a trip into the world of mermaids with this new Australian series – but don’t expect these to be sweetly-singing maidens brushing their hair on the rocks. Instead, Tidelands is set in a fishing village inhabited by half-human, half-siren women. After the body of a fisherman washes up on shore, it’s time for a local to start figuring out why so many men are going missing in the Bay…

Arriving: Dec 14

5. Baby Mama

Take a break from dystopian worlds, mysterious murder, and holiday themes with a little lighthearted comedy in the form of Baby Mama. Starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, this quirky comedy is about a single woman who decides to become a mother through surrogacy… but her journey quickly goes wrong when the scheming surrogate she chose shows up on her doorstep, looking to make a quick buck. Expect the usual twists and heartwarming ending.

Arriving: Dec 16

4. The Theory Of Everything

If you were disappointed in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, enjoy the talented Eddie Redmayne in a very different film: the Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything. This biographical romance tells the story of Stephen Hawking’s relationship with his wife, starting with his time at Cambridge, and moving forward as his illness has a greater and greater impact on his life, and his love.

Arriving: Dec 16

3. Bird Box

Back to the world of post-apocalyptic films with Bird Box, based on the novel of the same name and starring Sandra Bullock. This horror film takes place in a world where mysterious creatures are causing people to go mad and end their own lives if they so much as catch a glimpse of the creatures – and one woman must attempt to stay safe and keep two children safe with her as she attempts to find them a refuge; but the creatures are not the only thing that they are in danger from.

Arriving: Dec 21

2. Avengers: Infinity War

This Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster is coming to Netflix just in time for Christmas, and at the perfect time to keep kids busy during school holidays! Of course, there are plenty of adult fans who are also looking forward to re-watching this massive team up as (almost) every Marvel hero joins forces in order to try and stop Thanos from getting his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet and wiping out half of the universe…

Arriving: Dec 25

1. The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

Finally, wrap up the year with a little more horror (who says that scary movies are just for Halloween?). The Autopsy Of Jane Doe stars Emile Hirsche and Brian Cox as a father and son coroner team, who attempt a standard autopsy of a mysterious body… but soon discover that this isn’t just any body, and that they may not survive their attempts to discover what happened to this woman.

Arriving: Dec 30

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Netflix: 15 Best Movies And TV Shows Leaving In December

Time to have a look at the final crop of films and TV shows leaving Netflix this year, as the streaming service prepares to ditch a few last films and series before 2019 arrives.

This month, we’re saying goodbye to some horror films (including Hellraiser and Children of the Corn), superheroes (Spider-Man 3) and Disney family films (Moana and Pirates of the Caribbean)… so don’t plan on those particular titles to keep the kids occupied during the holiday festivities!

Related: Netflix: Every New TV Show & Movie This Weekend (November 30)

Read on for some of the other best streamables to watch before they leave Netflix this month!

15. The Game

Michael Douglas stars in this ‘90s thriller about a closed off investment banker who decides to take part in a mysterious ‘Game’… but one that rejects his application. Slowly, he begins to fear that the company who created the Game is now after him, and he is dragged into a terrifying world where he has to try and escape this shadowy organization.

Leaving: Dec 1

14. Groundhog Day

Bid farewell to this classic comedy, starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell. Murray plays a jaded weatherman who ends up stuck in a time loop, reliving one day over and over, and learning how to become a better man along the way (and one worthy of the woman that he wants to be with). It may be a fairly simple premise, but Groundhog Day is accepted as one of the greatest rom coms ever.

Leaving: Dec 1

13. Hellraiser

Halloween is long gone, so it’s time to say goodbye to this classic horror. Hellraiser (and the sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser II) are both leaving the streaming service on December 1st. While there are eight other films in the franchise, none of them are available to stream either. So get your fill of PinHead and the portal to hell while you still can.

Leaving: Dec 1

12. Sons of Anarchy (Season 1-7)

All seven seasons of Sons of Anarchy are departing Netflix this month, so if you aren’t quite finished with the adventures of this motorcycle club, you may be out of luck (or out of sleep, desperately binging). Spin-off series Mayans MC is also not on Netflix, although with the first season only just finished (the finale aired on Nov 6th), there’s still a possibility that this one will be available to stream in the future.

Leaving: Dec 1

11. Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is going to hit the big screen in December, but on the small screen, the only Spider-Man movie currently on Netflix is going to be leaving at the start of the month. Spider-Man 3, the last of Tobey Maguire’s run as the web-slinger with Topher Grace as Venom, leaves the streaming service on Dec 1st. However, with so many better spider-movies in theaters these days, we should be able to handle the loss.

Leaving: Dec 1

10. Children of the Corn

Hellraiser isn’t the only classic horror to bid farewell to this month. Children of the Corn is also heading off Netflix at the start of the month. Based on a Stephen King story, Children of the Corn plays into the natural creepiness of children, as the inhabitants of a small rural town slaughter anyone who is over the age of 18. Of course, there are still plenty of Stephen King offerings available for any who want to get their end of the year horror fix.

Leaving: Dec 1

9. Air Bud

There are no fewer than fourteen Air Bud films in this franchise about an adorable dog who can play sports… and several of them are leaving Netflix this month. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, Air Bud: Spikes Back, Air Bud: World Pup, Air Buddies, Spooky Buddies, and The Search For Santa Paws are all being removed on December 4th (so good luck entertaining the kids with this franchise over Christmas!).

Leaving: Dec 4

8. Battle Royale

Before there was The Hunger Games, there was Battle Royale. This Japanese film (also based on a novel), takes place in a future where the BR Act has been passed to control the youth of Japan – and a ninth-grade class are given three days to fight to the death, with a single victor expected. Battle Royale may not have the districts or love triangle of The Hunger Games, but it has the same kind of phenomenal character development and plot twists and is sure to please fans.

Leaving: Dec 10

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7. Teeth

More horror in this Sundance Film Festival award winner, Teeth, a film about a teenage girl who discovers that she has an ‘aberration’… and one that might not be as bad as she thinks it is at first. A Christian girl who preaches abstinence, when Dawn is assaulted she discovers that she actually has something that can be used as a weapon against the men who would hurt her.

Leaving: Dec 10

6. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Gary Oldman stars in this 2011 thriller about a semi-retired spy who has to put his skills to use to find a secret agent in MI6 during the days of the Cold War. Nominated for no fewer than three Oscars and with a star-studded cast, this tense drama is perfect for anyone who loves complex mysteries and spy thrillers.

Leaving: Dec 16

5. Moana

Another family film leaving the streaming service this month is Disney’s Moana, the animated feature film about a young Polynesian girl who sets off across the ocean to try and find the Demigod Maui to save her island home. Expect all the usual Disney goodness, with great songs and inspiring lessons for children and adults alike.

Leaving: Dec 20

4. Food, Inc

This well-known 2008 documentary takes a hard look at American industrial farming and the food industry, including meat production and mass-produced grains, as well as the financial benefits to major food corporations. This is a fascinating look at how food gets to our tables (with a distinct pro-vegan message, but one that doesn’t overwhelm the film as a whole), although maybe it’s a good thing it won’t be around to watch before Christmas dinner!

Leaving: Dec 20

3. Spotlight

This true story is definitely not one for those looking for a little lighthearted Christmas fare before the end of the month. Spotlight delves into the story of how the Boston Globe was instrumental in uncovering the scandal of child molestation within the Catholic Church, and it doesn’t shy away from the painful parts. With a star-studded cast and two Oscars under its belt, Spotlight is definitely one to watch before it leaves Netflix.

Leaving: Dec 22

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Disney pulls another film from Netflix this month, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. The first film in this wildly successful pirate franchise, Curse of the Black Pearl isn’t the only film in the franchise on Netflix – and it looks like both At World’s End and Dead Men Tell No Tales will remain available past this month… although of course, that’s only helpful if you’ve already seen the first two!

Leaving: Dec 25

1. Troy

Finally, bid farewell to Troy, just before the arrival of 2019. The epic story of the Trojan War, Troy is packed with familiar faces, including Orlando Bloom, Brad Pitt, and Eric Bana. Be warned, though… while this Oscar-nominated film is absolutely worth the watch, it’s not a short one… at almost three hours long, you definitely need to set aside a serious chunk of time for this film!

Leaving: Dec 31

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Anthem Closed Alpha Starts in December: Here’s How to Register

Gamers who have been keenly looking forward to playing BioWare’s upcoming multiplayer action role-playing game Anthem now have the opportunity to sign up for the Closed Alpha, which will run from December 8-9, 2018 across four separate three-hour sessions. The deadline to register is the end of day on December 3, and requires an EA account.

Anthem will be something of a departure from the kind of role-playing games that BioWare fans are used to. The developer is best known for the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series, which have single-player campaigns, extensive dialogue trees, and offer romantic relationships with other characters in the game. By contrast, Anthem won’t have large, branching dialogue trees (just two dialogue options each time) or romances, and the action gameplay is primarily focused on the multi-player experience (though it does have a single-player portion).

Related: BioWare Gets Rid of the Dialogue Wheel in Anthem

To sign up for Anthem‘s Closed Alpha, go to the EA Community Playtesting portal and log in with your EA Account (if you don’t already have one, you can create one). Read and accept the terms and conditions, and then choose from either the PC, Xbox One, or PS4 playtest. Once you have completed these steps, your status will appear as Pending, and should be changed to Approved within a few days. Be sure to sign up (and add your Xbox gamertag, if you’re signing up for the Xbox One playtest) by the end of day on December 3, or you’ll risk missing out on the Closed Alpha. Once approved, you will receive in email with further instructions.

Anthem‘s approach to mingling single-player and multi-player gameplay has been dubbed “Our World, My Story.” There is a central hub where players can progress through the single-player story and build relationships with non-player characters. Then, upon donning exosuits called Javelins and venturing out into the world, the multi-player portions of the game will begin. You can also choose to play through the entire game solo, if teamwork isn’t your thing.

The Anthem pre-launch demo will become available for players who have pre-ordered the game (or signed up for the premium services EA Access or Origin Access) on February 1, 2019, and Early Access will begin on February 15. However, the Closed Alpha will be the first opportunity for players to explore BioWare’s new sci-fi world, and see if it measures up to the studio’s past titles.

More: There Are Too Many Huge Games Releasing February 22nd, 2019

Anthem will release February 22, 2019, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Source: EA

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December 2018 Video Game Releases: What To Play Next Month

It’s been a great year for the gaming industry, but there are still a few video games left to release in December 2018. Some of the biggest titles of the year have already released, including Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. But the year isn’t over yet.

Although December doesn’t generally bring in a lot of new video games, there are still games to look forward to in the final month of the year. These might be titles that would get overlooked otherwise, but gamers need to remember that there’s always new stuff to play, even at the end of 2018.

Apparently, the biggest titles to release in December 2018 are Just Cause 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but there are a few other games to also look forward to as well, including two new Persona titles. Here are the new games that people can play in December 2018.

Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • DEVELOPER: P-Studio

The concept of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight is rhythm game meets the Persona 3 RPG. The idea is that the characters from Persona 3 are dancing, using players challenged with hitting the right notes (by using their controller) in time to a musical track. At times, more than one character dances, representing their relationship in the original Persona 3 title. Dancing takes place in the Velvet Room, a location from the RPG.

Related: Sony Patents A New VR Controller Sparking PlayStation 5 Rumors

Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight has the same concept, but its premise comes from the Persona 5 RPG. Although there is no story mode, the rhythm game uses characters from Persona 5. And like Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, dancing takes place in the Velvet Room. Persona fans will appreciate revisiting some of their favorite characters, and rhythm games are always an excellent way to pass the long cold days of wintry December.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: The Bearded Ladies
  • PUBLISHER: Funcom

Imagine a dystopian future where humanity is all but gone, only leaving behind mutants to wander a world of abandoned cities and wasteland countrysides. Based on a tabletop game called Mutant Chronicles, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden allows players to step into the shoes of animal and human hybrid creatures to explore a world of adventure by using tactics to survive in what is often a harsh environment. The game transitions between turn-based mode and real-time, allowing players to control a team of five mutants at any given time.

It’s the universe created by Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden that will draw players in. The post-apocalyptic world is a mash-up of technology and fantasy with the central location, the Ark, serving as the hub where players go to restock on supplies and take a breather from combat.

Just Cause 4

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: Avalanche Studios
  • PUBLISHER: Square Enix

Read Screen Rant’s Just Cause 4 Hands-On Preview

The most significant release of December is probably Just Cause 4, a highly anticipated sequel in a franchise that allows players to seek action and adventure in an open world environment. In Just Cause 4, Rico Rodriguez travels to a fictional part of South America known as Solis. It is here where the Black Hand resides, one of the world’s most powerful private armies. Rico wants to learn more about his father, who was a part of the group.

What will set Just Cause 4 apart from its predecessors, though, is that it’s using a new game engine, called Apex. This new engine can create all new kinds of dynamic weather effects, as well as improves upon the AI of existing titles in the franchise. As a result, NPC’s are a lot smarter and behave in ways that could provide more of a threat to Rico. The new engine also provides better animation.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Retail Version)

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: Ninja Theory
  • PUBLISHER: Ninja Theory

Although Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice initially released digitally in 2017, this year sees the title finally getting a retail release. The game follows Senua, a Pict warrior dealing with the Viking invasion of her homeland who also suffers from mental illness. Many critics have referred to the game as a work of art, particularly in its depiction of mental illness, which is not just well thought out, but honest.

In this dark fantasy, Senua must embark on a journey through Helheim, carrying the skull of her dead lover Dillion in hopes of saving his soul from death. Senua must fight monsters, those that reside within her and without, while solving puzzles using symbols that only she can see in her environment. Although the voices in her head continuously berate her, she suffers through an increasingly dark world that includes Pict and Viking lore.

Override: Mech City Brawl – Super Charged Mega Edition

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: Xbox One
  • DEVELOPER: The Balance Inc.
  • PUBLISHER: Modus

Here is a title for those who want to do nothing more than step into a giant mecha and fight. In Override: Mech City Brawl – Super Charged Mega Edition, it’s all a big brawl and players can go to battle with various mechs, with each having their own special qualities and skills. The mega edition also includes all season pass content with additional mechs, new skins, and legendary skins.

Players can compete in multiple modes in areas modeled after real-world cities and countries, including Egypt, Tokyo, Mexico and San Franciso. They can also challenge other players locally or online or indulge in co-op modes. For those players interested more in playing through a story, players can dive into a single-player campaign. Players can also team up with others in a unique co-op mode where each person controls one part of a mech.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • RELEASE DATE: December 7
  • PLATFORMS: Nintendo Switch
  • DEVELOPER: Bandai Namco
  • PUBLISHER: Nintendo

Read Screen Rant’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate Hands-On Preview

For those players looking to brawl with characters they’re more familiar with, there’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In this title, players can step into the shoes of some of their favorite Nintendo characters, such as Mario, Ridley, Dark Samus, Link, Mega Man, and more. Then the fun begins: they can fight other players in an arena. The goal is to knock the other player out.

What makes this title so much fun, though, is that players can use a variety of fun tools at their disposal. This includes power-ups, Pokéballs and Assist Trophies, along with a Final Smash attack. This title also introduces a few new gameplay modes to players. In Smashdown, players can only use each character once. In Squad Strike, players team up and battle together. In Tournament, players can form teams of up to 32 characters and compete in tournament brackets.

Katamari Damacy Reroll (Retail Version)

  • RELEASE DATE: December 7
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Nintendo Switch
  • DEVELOPER: Bandai Namco
  • PUBLISHER: Namco

In 2004, Bandai Namco released Katamari Damacy, a little game about a Prince who serves the King of all Cosmos who requested that he roll up the world, and later the universe, into a big ball. Although that premise sounds ridiculous, the instantly addictive game took players by storm and remains a favorite, even 14 years after its release. That game is getting an updated re-release, titled Katamari Damacy Reroll, that will offer new HD visuals, along with a two-player mode and special gyro controls. Players can also roll up entire cities and planets with enabled motion control for Joy-Con.

Perhaps there is no better way to spend the holiday season playing a game that does nothing but give players pure joy. Enjoy countless hours of gameplay while rebuilding the universe under the direction of the King. Sure, it’s not a new Katamari game, but why mess with a classic?

Earth Defense Force 5

  • RELEASE DATE: December 11
  • DEVELOPER: Sandlot
  • PUBLISHER: D3Publisher

In Earth Defense Force 5, players will become soldiers with the Earth Defense Force, a special army trained to protect Earth from alien threats. In the game, players come face to face with an alien species, beings that come from a planet called Primer. These alien insect-like invaders want to take over Earth, so it’s up to the Earth Defense Force to stop them.

This might sound like a progressive game, but the wonderful thing about this franchise is that it’s a lot like the B-movies of the 1950s. The Earth Defense Force games don’t take themselves too seriously and don’t worry about things like stellar graphics and fantastic voice acting. This franchise embraces the cheesiness of fighting bug-like invaders. The new title features more than 100 missions with five different difficulties. If that isn’t enough, then there’s also a two-player co-op mode.

Insurgency: Sandstorm

  • RELEASE DATE: December 12
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: New World Interactive
  • PUBLISHER: Focus Home Interactive

New World Interactive recently partnered with Focus Home Interactive to bring the next Insurgency title to gamers, allowing the developer more creativity and ability to expand upon the first game in the series. In Insurgency: Sandstorm, players will enter into matches, but for the first time, it also has a story mode that will revolve around a squad of characters that have to face such challenging missions, starting with the 2003 invasion of Iraq to modern day.

For those wanting something a little more like esports, though, Insurgency: Sandstorm will also have a competitive tactical multiplayer component, as well as console split-screen capabilities. Players can also customize their characters for the first time. Combat is in close quarters and quite often lethal, with New World Interactive promising that it has greatly expanded upon what it built with the first Insurgency game.

Borderlands 2 VR

  • RELEASE DATE: December 14
  • DEVELOPER: Gearbox
  • PUBLISHER: 2K Games

While fans patiently wait for Borderlands 3, they can now relive Borderlands 2 in an entirely different way. That’s right, Borderlands VR will finally land in December, bringing with it the bright and vibrant worlds gamers love. Relive the adventures of Axton the Commando, Maya the Siren, Salvador the Gunzerker, and Zer0 the Assassin as they make their way across the world, taking on missions and killing Psychos, all while armed to the teeth.

The VR version brings a new kind of aiming to gameplay, one that uses head movement. It also introduces a feature called BadAss Mega Fun (BAMF) Time. This is basically like bullet time, which slows down movement long enough to get as many hits in during combat as possible. The downside is that the VR adventure is a solo one, but seeing Borderlands come to life in virtual reality is still a must for hardcore fans of the franchise.

More: Top 20 Video Games of 2018, According to Critics

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Avengers 4 Probably Won’t Be The Only MCU Trailer in December

Avengers 4‘s trailer is confirmed to arrive before the end of 2018, but the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home might not be far behind. Featuring the largest gathering of superheroes ever onscreen, Avengers: Infinity War wowed fans and critics alike, and it went on to make over $2 billion at the worldwide box office. It also boasted one of the most jaw-dropping endings in superhero movie history, as iconic hero after iconic hero turned to dust as a result of Thanos’ fateful snap. With an ending like that, it’s understandable that fans all over the world have been absolutely rabid for more information about what’s to come in Infinity War’s follow-up, Avengers 4.

Unfortunately, Marvel Studios has protected Avengers 4’s secrets as if the fate of the universe itself was at stake. Just over five months out from the release date, Marvel has yet to release a trailer, unveil any imagery, or officially confirm which characters will be participating in the film, not to mention what Avengers 4‘s title actually is. Naturally, this has started to frustrate fans who don’t understand the fundamental process of movie marketing, especially for a movie on this scale. It’s worth pointing out, though, that no “delays” have ever actually occurred, as no date for the trailer’s arrival was ever announced. Eager fans seem to be arbitrarily picking dates, and expecting the trailer to appear. That said, it’s known for sure that Avengers 4’s trailer will arrive before the end of 2018, as Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirmed that fact in October.

Related: Why The Avengers 4 Trailer “Delay” Is A Smart Move For Marvel

However, there may well be two (or more) MCU trailers that debut in December, as the stars appear to be aligned for fans to possibly get Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s first trailer as well. For starters, Sony Pictures is set to release Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse on December 14, and there’s no more natural a choice to pair Far From Home’s trailer with in theaters than another Spider-Man film. Outside of the obvious logic of Sony – who fronts the money (and handles the marketing) for MCU’s Spider-Man solo movies – wanting to pair Far From Home’s trailer with Into the Spider-Verse, doing so would also be following precedent when it comes to time of release, as the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming debuted in December 2016 before its summer 2017 theatrical arrival. That would line up perfectly again for Far From Home.

Of course, there’s a glaring issue involved with releasing any kind of footage for Far From Home, that being Spider-Man’s being dead in the MCU. Fans last saw Peter Parker as a pile of dust, and it’s still entirely unclear how he gets resurrected in Avengers 4. With Marvel’s pattern of intense secrecy around everything Avengers 4, it’s quite possible none of the currently dead heroes are seen in trailers or other pre-release promotional materials, in order to preserve the mysteriousness of the plot. That means that Far From Home’s trailer will just have Peter alive again, and also won’t be able to explain how he got that way. Sony’s marketing department is, therefore, trapped within a web of convoluted MCU continuity.

Finally, in addition to the likely December release of trailers for both Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home, there’s a smaller – but still possible – chance that the full trailer for Captain Marvel shows up soon too. There’s a much lower level of certainty around that one, though, as no December movies really stick out as a logical pairing with Carol Danvers’ solo debut. However, it’s possible Captain Marvel appears prominently in the Avengers 4 trailer, which would make Marvel want to promote her further via her own trailer not too long before or after the Avengers 4 trailer hits.

More: Spider-Man: Far From Home – Every Update You Need To Know

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Xbox Free Games With Gold For December 2018 Announced

Xbox users the world over anticipate the arrival of a new month, as it brings with it a bevy of brand new titles that are made available completely free-of-charge through the system’s Games with Gold feature. All that players require to get a monthly serving of freebies is a gold-level subscription to Xbox Live on either Xbox One or Xbox 360 and they’ll be set to receive some goodies – potentially even in time for this December’s lineup of Games with Gold.

Although November’s Games with Gold selection was far superior, Xbox One gamers will still get the better end of the stick this month since the console is (more or less) completely backward compatible. Still, those gamers will be able to download and play both Q.U.B.E. 2 and Never Alone on their more powerful hardware. And, if that’s not already enough, they can then add the Xbox 360’s Dragon Age II and the original Xbox’s Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction to their ever-growing collections

Related: Digital-Only Xbox One Coming in 2019?

Xbox Free Game With Gold for December 2018: Q.U.B.E. 2

A puzzle game set in an alien world, Q.U.B.E. 2 will surprise gamers looking for a very different take on the genre. The title itself features first-person action that’s reminiscent of Valve’s Portal franchise, with a major focus on clearing rooms in order to progress to the next stage. It’s sure to pose a challenge to any puzzling aficionado, but at least their frustration over being stumped by a puzzle will be met with a sense of financial relief in knowing that Q.U.B.E. 2 was free through Games with Gold.

Xbox Free Game With Gold for December 2018: Never Alone

This side-scrolling platformer also features puzzle elements, much like the other Xbox One game on this list. Still, this stylized title from Upper One Games is based on the Iñupiaq tale known as “Kunuuksaayuka.” Suffice it to say, there’s a lot of history surrounding this story as a result, with gameplay that stands out from the rest of the pack by the player’s ability to jump between control of the main heroine Nuna and her arctic fox friend.

Xbox Free Game With Gold for December 2018: Dragon Age II

Developed by BioWare, the same studio responsible for the Mass Effect series, Dragon Age II was a standout title when it debuted on the Xbox 360 back in 2011. Despite having received a sequel within that time for modern hardware, the second entry in the franchise remains a favorite for fans as it acted as a turning point that began to flesh out the world originally explored in the first title. With impressive RPG mechanics and countless hours worth of content, Dragon Age II is a great freebie to check out during the holiday break this month.

Plus, with Dragon Age 4 said to be in development, this serves as a nice piece addition to anyone’s collection.

Xbox Free Game With Gold for December 2018: Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction

Heralded as an open-world gem upon its release on the original Xbox in 2005, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction is a true standout from the hardware’s library that it debuted on. Exploring the world, balancing favor with feuding factions, and piloting a number of vehicles to wreak all sorts of havoc are the focus of this title, ensuring that it lives up to its Playground of Destruction subtitle.

The total value of all the above games is $59.96 USD, making it a decent haul for Xbox users this holiday season. Next month will feature an entirely different batch of titles ripe for the downloading as well, so stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information for future updates on the offerings for Games with Gold.

More: Free PlayStation Plus Games For December 2018 Announced

Will you be downloading any of the above titles? Which games are you hoping to see added as freebies through the service next?

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New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!

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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

Star Wars 9 Filming Change Forces Adam Driver to Cancel College Appearance

Star Wars: Episode IX actor Adam Driver is forced to postpone a university appearance due to a scheduling change on the film. Director J.J. Abrams began production on the Skywalker saga’s grand finale earlier this year, after the project had gone through substantial behind-the-scenes changes. Abrams, of course, came in to replace Colin Trevorrow as helmsman, penning an all-new script alongside Chris Terrio after numerous stabs at the screenplay failed to impress Lucasfilm higher-ups.

Abrams’ arrival late in development meant things needed to be moved around. Originally, Episode IX was supposed to start principal photography this January in order to meet a May 2019 release date. However, it was pushed back to December 2019, meaning filming started later in the year. This caused some of the cast members to cancel previously arranged obligations, and now Driver is the latest to do so.

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The user Riri19911 shared a statement from Driver’s management on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit, where the actor’s team announced Driver needed to postpone an appearance at a university. You can read it in full below:

Star Wars has just had a massive schedule change, and given what they need to shoot next week they need Adam to rehearse all day tomorrow. He feels terrible letting everyone down and doing this last minute, but has been left with no choice. This will be rescheduled at a later date.

It’s unknown exactly what circumstances led to the change, but right now, fans shouldn’t be too concerned. There are always a lot of moving pieces on something as massive as Star Wars, and it’s possible Abrams saw a window to shoot a specific sequence – which obviously involves Kylo Ren. It’s possible this is some kind of action set piece, given that it’s required Driver rehearses for an entire day. Lightsaber battles always involve high-end choreography that the actors need to learn. On the Last Jedi director commentary, Rian Johnson noted how Daisy Ridley and Driver performed their own stunts during the throne room fight, and odds are someone as method and committed as Driver wants to handle the action bits himself for Episode IX.

The Star Wars films of the Disney era haven’t always had the smoothest productions, with Solo being an obvious example. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like this situation on Episode IX is nearly as dire. While it’s certainly an inconvenience to have to switch things around at the eleventh hour, it sounds like it’s a matter of scheduled shoots getting moved around and won’t be a major setback. And fortunately for the university students, they’ll still have an opportunity to see Driver another time, once Star Wars 9 is all taken care of.

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2018-10-08 07:10:22 – Chris Agar