Disney NOT looking to move BLACK WIDOW release following Coronavirus fears

Black Widow (Marvel Studios)

Disney NOT looking to move BLACK WIDOW release following Coronavirus fears

Following the news that Universal was moving the release of No Time To Die, other studios have been facing a barrage of enquiries from press and fans as to whether other high-profile movies would shift release dates.

Deadline is reporting that Disney is “adamant” it will not be moving the May 1 release of Scarlett Johnasson’s Black Widow. There had been rumours the film would shift to the November 6 release date currently being held by another Marvel Studios film, The Eternals.

For now it seems that Disney and other major studios aren’t planning on shifting release dates but no doubt they are all watching the outbreak very clearly.

Black Widow will see the return of Scarlett Johansson as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina.. The film is due to release on May 1, 2020 from Marvel Studios.


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Loki (Marvel Studios)

First set photos from LOKI surface online

Production has kicked off on Disney+’s Loki series with the first set photos surfacing online.

The series is currently shooting in Atlanta and it looks like the character is up to his usual mischief. As you can see from the photos below Loki (Tom Hiddleston) appears to be in trouble with none other than the TVA (Time Variance Authority).

These photos give us a first look at Sophia Di Martino’s character, who looks suspiciously similarly dressed to Tom Hiddleston. Could she be Lady Loki?

The Disney+ series is set to star Tom Hiddleston, and will also star Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.


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Batman (DC Comics)

BATMAN (2016- ) #89 review

Batman #90 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

The mysterious master criminal known only as the Designer once brought together Gotham City’s greatest criminals to plot the perfect crime, and now his plan has been unleashed upon the city in all its might. Batman will go to any length to uncover the grand design, but Catwoman is the one who holds the greatest secret. If Batman wins against the Designer, he will lose everything.

Review

There’s absolutely no denying that James Tynion IV has injected some fresh blood in to the Batman series. four issues in to his run and this feels like the polar opposite to Tom King’s “City of Bane”. Not in terms of quality, but in terms of mission statement and scope.

This latest issue of Tynion’s Batman still feels incredibly rooted in the recent continuity and I’m impressed at his reverence for the relationship between Bruce and Selina.

In fact, this latest issue brings the story full circle back to their relationship but also to the early days of their careers are vigilante and villain.

Leading up to this issue the Tynion run has focussed on setting up The Designer as an “off-screen” villain. Someone pulling the strings of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler and Penguin. But here he finally takes centre stage as the machinations behind his plans are revealed.

The issue plays out partly in the present day, but most in flashbacks as Selina narrates the story of how she and the other A-List villains became involved with The Designer with Tynion finally pulling back the curtain on his new, original character.

The present day scenes remain very much focussed on the emotional fallout of Selina’s involvement and portray some great emotional writing from Tynion as well as equally striking imagery from Jimenez and Morey.

The flashback story allows the creative team to bring the group of villains together and illustrate more of their interactions with each other. I don’t find this is an aspect which has been heavily focussed upon, particularly during the King run on Batman. Yet another example of how Tynion is already differentiating his time with The Dark Knight.

What’s particularly interesting in this issue is seeing versions of these characters in a very early stage of their careers. Catwoman in the purple costume is a great throwback to early appearances by the character and she is able to pull serious focus, even from Joker. The concept of Joker being at an early stage of his career also feels fresh for a character who has arguably been done to death.

With Todd Philips rejuvenating the character on the big screen this feels like a similar reinvention if only for a handful of scenes. Bringing in The Designer and making the focal point of the flashbacks be his plan to help each villain elevate their status gives the issue a great hook. It opens up plenty of new questions around the Joker. Could this be a brand new trigger point in his descent in to madness?

It certainly leaves the read with plenty of lingering questions. As we watch The Designer’s layer burning to the ground, Catwoman narrates “It was my first time seeing what kind of evil he was going to become.” It perfectly embodies the fear that the story harbours.

Outside of the flashbacks there’s still some great emotional impact to the story. Tynion has allowed Bruce and Selina to maintain a grown up relationship particularly as the two confront her involvement in The Designer’s plans.

Rather than break the couple or thrown particularly huge roadblocks to their happiness, Tynion is allowing the characters to confront their issues from an adult perspective. Whilst the issue does leave them on a cliffhanger, it seems that Bruce has learnt to accept her past even when it stands at odds with his ideals.

As always Jorge Jiminez and Tomeu Morey bring their A-game to the look of Batman. There colour palette is particularly striking in this issue as we see the colours of the villains classic costumes.

Verdict

Tynion continues his run on Batman by bringing things full circle back to the beginning. This is brilliantly fleshes out the concept of The Designer as well as adding more layers to the relationship between Bruce and Selina.

8/10

Batman #90 is written by James Tynion IV with pencils and inks by Jorge Jimenez, colours are by Tomeu Morey. Jimenez and Morey also provide cover artwork.

Batman #90 cover art by Jorge Jimenez & Tomeu Morey

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DC Comics

DC COMICS schedules final issues of SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN and LOIS LANE for June 2020

Back in July 2019, DC Comics began to uncover new corners of its own universe as it launched new series following the adventures of both Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane.

Both hugely successful characters in their own right, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane have been breaking new ground and introducing new characters like the Kiss of Death to the DCU.

Now the publisher has confirmed details of the final issues of both series, both will be hitting shelves in June 2020.

Will Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen’s adventures continue? Show your support with #LongLiveLoisLane and #JimberlyJimmyOlsenForever! 

Lois Lane #12, written by Greg Rucka with art and cover by Mike Perkins and a variant cover by Amanda Conner hits shelves June 3, 2020. 

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #12, written by Matt Fraction with art and cover by Steve Lieber and a variant cover by Ben Oliver, hits spinner racks June 17, 2020.


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The Simpsons (Disney/Fox)

Disney+ confirms THE SIMPSONS for UK launch

Disney+ is set to launch in the UK on March 24 with plenty of fans looking to content on the US version of the app to plan their potential watchlist. But one series which has been absent from announcements is The Simpsons.

A major draw for fans in the US has been access to over 30 seasons (600+ episodes) of the long-running comedy series. But now it has been confirmed that Disney has been able to strike a deal with Sky to bring the series to the UK version of the new streaming service.

The company announced the news on social media:

Fans in the UK who sign up at DisneyPlus.com ahead of the March 24 launch will be treated to a discounted years subscription at £49.99. The regular price for an annual subscription will be £59.99.


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No Time To Die (Universal Pictures)

Universal delays NO TIME TO DIE release due to Coronavirus fears

Whilst the world is gripped by fearful headlines around the Coronavirus we’ve seen a number of high profile events impacted as governments look to contain the outbreak.

Following the confirmation that Disney was scrapping the launch event for Disney+ we’ve not got the news that Universal and MGM are delaying the release of No Time To Die, the 25th James Bond film, by seven months.

Original set to release on April 2, the film will now hit cinemas on November 12 in the UK and 25 in the US. Global dates are to follow.

A joint statement from the producers and the studio reads “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020. The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020.”

No Time To Die see’s Daniel Craig return at the titular spy. Also starring are Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Lea Seydoux, Ana De Armas and Rami Malek.

The movie is due for release on April 2, 2020.


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Matt Reeves reveals THE BATMAN’s Batmobile!

Just when the world was looking bleak at the hands of Coronavirus, Matt Reeves arrives with a shining beacon of hope. The direct has just shared these new images of Robert Pattinson in costume as Batman alongside our first look at his Batmobile!

With The Batman still in production we think this likely means they will be shooting out in public soon and jumping the gun on the press getting hold of photos of the car.

It looks like a very classic version of the legendary comic book vehicle, like something a little more home made and street-wise, much like the costume we’ve seen him wearing so far.

What do you think?

Written and directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman is set to star Robert Pattinson in the title role, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton.

The Batman is due for release on June 25, 2021.


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Stranger Things (Netflix)

The STRANGER THINGS 4 cast meets for a table read in new teaser

Netflix has released a brand new promo for Stranger Things 4. This latest promo doesn’t give away any storyline from the upcoming series but does give us a nice glimpse behind-the-scenes.

Watch as the cast all come together for a table read but don’t expect too many spoilers. If you look around the 00:40 mark it appears a new character has had their face blurred out to keep the secrets.

There may or may not be an appearance by a character thought dead at the end of Stranger Things 3 however!

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalie Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Priah Ferguson, Cary Elwes, Jake Busey and Maya Thurman-Hawke.

Season 1-3 of Stranger Things are available to stream now via Netflix.


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Brandon McKnight

THE FLASH ups Brandon McKnight to series regular for season 7

Although he has only appeared in three episodes so far, Chester P. Runk has made quite the impression on fans of The Flash. During his most recent appearance, Chester seemed to finally join Team Flash when Barry had a heart-to-heart and accepted his help in escape the minds cape with Grodd.

Deadline is now reporting that actor Brandon McKnight has been promoted to a series regular for season 7. Could we see him becoming a more permanent member of Team Flash going forwards?

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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No Time To Die (MGM/Universal Pictures)

Head behind-the-scenes on NO TIME TO DIE with new featurette

With less then a month to go until the release of No Time To Die you can expect to see marketing on the film start to ramp up. Today we’ve got a new featurette doing behind-the-scenes on a spectacular car chase which was filmed in Italy using Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5.

Take a look at the full video in the player below!

No Time To Die see’s Daniel Craig return at the titular spy. Also starring are Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Lea Seydoux, Ana De Armas and Rami Malek.

The movie is due for release on April 2, 2020.


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