It’s season finale time in new promo for BLACK LIGHTNING

Legends of Tomorrow (The CW/Warner Bros.)

It’s the end of the road for Ray and Nora in new LEGENDS OF TOMORROW promo photos

The moment that Legends of Tomorrow fans have been dreading is finally here. In releasing the synopsis and promotion photos for the March 17 episode, the cleverly titled “Romeo V. Juliet: Dawn of Justness”, the network has confirmed this episode will wave goodbye to Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford.

With Ray and Nora leaving the Waverider this leaves room for some fresh blood to join the Legends but we can’t help but feel sad to see them go!

“Romeo V. Juliet: Dawn of Justness” – (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

SAYING GOODBYE – The Legends continue their hunt for pieces of the Loom of Fate and find themselves face to face with William Shakespeare. Ray (Brandon Routh), Nate (Nick Zano), Rory (Dominic Purcell), Constantine (Matt Ryan), Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) and Behrad (guest star Shayan Sobhian) stay a little longer on the mission making things worse after lying to Sara (Caity Lotz). Meanwhile, Ray and Nora (Courtney Ford) make another big life decision that leaves the team surprised and best buds, Nate and Ray, on the outs. Jes Macallan, Tala Ashe and Olivia Swann also star. Alexandra LaRoche directed the episode written by Ray Utarnachitt & Matthew Maala (#507). Original airdate 3/17/2020.

Legends of Tomorrow stars Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Amy Pemberton, Jes Macallan, Matt Ryan, Nick Zano, and Dominic Purcell. The series airs Tuesday nights on the CW in North America and on Sky One in the UK.


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Kayla Compton (The Flash)

THE FLASH upgrades Kayla Compton to series regular for season 7

Hot on the heels of confirmation that Brandon McKnight was being promoted to a series regular on The Flash, the has now been confirmed that we’re going to be seeing more of another recurring character.

Deadline is reporting that Kayla Compton, who joined the series at the beginning of season 6 as Allegra Garcia, has now also been upped to regular following positive feedback from fans.

Recent episodes have revealed that Allegra, or an alternate universe version, has connections to Tom Cavanagh’s latest Wells incarnation, Nash.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cicso Ramon, Tom Cavanagh Harrison Wells, and Jesse L. Martin as Joe West. The series airs Tuesdays  at 8/7c on The CW.


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Scoob! (Warner Bros.)

Warner Bros. drops final trailer for SCOOB

Nearly two-decades on from the release of Scooby Doo! Monsters Unleashed the Scooby Gang are heading back to the big screen! Last night Warner Bros. dropped this magical new trailer for the film which will chart the origins of Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby as they come together to form Mystery Inc.

Check out the final trailer in the player below!

As well as the brand new trailer, Warner Bros. has released this cool new poster for the film.

Directed by Tony Cervone, Scooby! is set to star Frank Welker as the titular hound, Zac Efron as Fred Jones, Gina Rodriguez as Velma Dinkley, Will Forte as Shaggy Rogers and Amanda Seyfried as Daphne Blake.

Joining them will be Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman, Ken Jeong as Dynomutt, Kiersey Clemons as Dee Dee Sykes, Mark Wahlberg as Blue Falcon, Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly, Pierce Gagnon as Young Fred, Ariana Greenblatt as Young Velma, McKenna Grace as Young Dapne and Ian Armitage as Young Shaggy.

Scoob! is set for release on May 15, 2020.


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Stargirl (DC Unuverse)

DC Universe and The CW sets premiere dates for STARGIRL

DC Universe and The CW have jointly announc Stargirl will premiere on DC Universe on May 11. Following it’s streaming debut the series will also air its first episode on The CW on May 12.

In announcing the news Warner Bros. has shared two new stills of Brec Bassenger from series’ pilot episode. Both appear to be shots from the recently released trailers but it’s still great to see the promo for Stargirl beginning to ramp up.

Will you be tuning in to the show on DC Universe? Or waiting until the series debuts on TV?

Take a look at a recent promo released for season one of Stargirl following her appearance in Crisis On Infinite Earths.

https://youtu.be/jZs33IW7udQ

The show stars Brec Bassinger in the title role. Luke Wilson is playing S.T.R.I.P.E., alongside Joel McHale (Starman), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (Hourman), Henry Thomas (Dr. Mid-Nite), and Brian Stapf (Wildcat). Neil Hopkins (Sportsmaster), Joy Osmanski (Tigress), and Nelson Lee (Dragon King) will portray members of the Injustice Society.


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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BOOM! Studios)

BOOM! Studios releases first look at BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #13

As we much as we refuse to believe it, the Hellmouth crossover event running in the pages of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel comics is finally drawing to a close.

The event has cemented to readers the amount of effort that BOOM! are willing to put in to crafting this new, contemporary version of the so-called Buffyverse in comics. The publisher has now shared this preview for the upcoming thirteenth (unlucky for some) issue.

Before she became the Slayer, Kendra was a young woman in training on the island of Jamaica, fighting vampires under the guidance of her Watcher, and eagerly awaiting the day that she would be called to serve as the Chosen One. But when the vampires in her hometown get out of hand, threatening the safety of her people, will the young not-yet-Slayer have the strength to face them on her own? Or are the burdens too much for one teen to bear?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #13 features main cover art by David López (BlackHand IronHead), as well as variant covers by illustrator Becca Carey, artist Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural), and Valero-O’Connell.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith; and The Red Mother by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Fireflyfrom Greg Pak and Lalit Kumar Sharma; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #13 will be available for sale on March 4, 2020 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.comto find the nearest one). Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.


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Lucifer

LUCIFER season 6 a step closer to reality as Tom Ellis signs new deal

Following persistent rumours that Netflix was actively seeking to extend Lucifer for a sixth season it seems the idea has taken another step closer to becoming a reality.

Last week we heard that co-showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson had signed new deals which could allow the series to live on. It was also rumoured that much of the series cast either had existing deals or had signed new ones to cover production on a further season.

The only missing piece in the puzzle? Lead actor Tom Ellis. Now, TVLine is reporting that Ellis has signed a deal to continue in the role which he started back in 2016.

No official news from Warner Bros. or Netflix yet as to continuing the series but it certainly looks like a resurrection is on the cards!

Lucifer stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris, and Aimee Garcia. The series comes from Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich.


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Onward (Walt Disney/Pixar)

ONWARD (2020) review

Onward hits cinemas on March 6, 2020.

Synopsis

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s ‘Onward’ introduces two teenage elf brothers (voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae – the team behind ‘Monsters University.’

Review

I have to hold my hands up and admit that prior to seeing this film I did not have a huge awareness of its presence. Onward had somehow managed to sneak by me in a way it thankfully hadn’t for the younger members of the audience who attended a screening I was recently at.

I have an acute awareness with films like this that I am no longer in the target market. So I hugely appreciate watching these films alongside a younger audience to allow me to gage how it lands with its actual demographic.

Having said that there were a couple of moments during Onward at which I felt choked up by it’s touching and honest storyline.

The film stars Tom Holland (the current Spider-Man for the uninitiated) and Chris Pratt (the guy all your kids want to cosplay as from Guardians of the Galaxy) as brothers Ian and Barley. Raised by their mother from a young age, only Barely has memories of their father but when Ian’s sixteenth birthday rolls around they’re given an unexpected gift.

Writer/director Dan Scanlon is very honest in his portrayal of loss for the boys. Both are impacted by the loss in different ways and it’s refreshing to see the topic of parental loss handled in this manner. The writing portrays a delicate balance between a realist portrayal of loss and the surrealist world which the characters inhabit.

This type of delicate emotional balance is something which is evident throughout the story. I’ve seen the film compared to Frozen with its sense of family but also Finding Nemo and other Disney/Pixar fare. But as much as there are echoes of those films, the overall project is much more original and not at all derivative of films past.

Onward takes a lot of cues from the world of Dungeons & Dragons and similar table top RPGs. Something I could absolutely get behind and really helped me buy in to the story. But rather than imitate it uses those elements as signposts along the way as the story weaves its way to a truly emotional conclusion.

There were points in the film where I felt I could predict what would happen and how it would end (you can hear me talk a bit about that in our latest podcast) but I was proven wrong as Onward saunters nicely towards the end credits.

What was also great to see was the amount of character development which went in to all of the main cast. There’s no character left undercooked with individual storylines all coming to a satisfying conclusion when the credits roll.

Of course the lions share of the work goes in to Ian and Barley as Holland Pratt really own the film. The two have an excellent bond which really comes across well even with only their voices and separate to the excellent animation on screen.

I was particularly impressed with how the film built their relationship with their father using only his legs. It’s no spoiler to say that when a spell is cast which will bring their dead father back for 24hrs, it goes wrong and only half of him is resurrected. Despite this there are some hugely emotional moments as Barely recalls drumming on his dad’s feet and later in the film when the three characters all dance together.

For anyone who has lost a parent, as I have, there’s a bit of inherent danger about an emotional outburst. But Onwards really blew me away with it’s handling of the subject matter.

Onwards features the usual, top notch work of Pixar. the film is littered with incredibly well realised landscapes and the fantasy world allows us to go to a wide range of different locations. From the suburban family home, to the high school, in to the city and out in to the mountains, all of the locations are filled with fine detail and will be suitably engaging for children and adults alike.

Likewise there are some brilliant character designs in Onward. Like the film itself, the characters take inspiration from characters in RPG games. There’s enough red and blue in Ian to remind the audience of his other, major big screen role and Barely felt like seeing my teenage self on the screen.

Much like with Monsters Inc. and Monsters University, the film truly benefits from its fantasy setting. It opens up the opportunity to create weird and wonderful looking characters which will appeal to the young audience. The joy the creative team had creating this immersive film is palpable on screen and definitely adds hugely to the enjoyment factor.

Verdict

Onwards is a huge triumph for Pixar. Emotionally impactful but never heavy handed it has all the adventure we could expect from the studio built around some important life lessons.

8/10

Written and directed by Dan Scanlon, Pixar’s Onward stars Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer.


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