Screen News and Analysis Roundup

Compiled by Carl Slaughter:

Men in Black spinoff

Liam Neeson is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in Sony’s Men in Black spinoff.

Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray is directing the project, written by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The studio has the film dated for a June 14, 2019, release.

Hemsworth and Thompson are not playing the same alien-fighting and world-saving characters portrayed by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the initial film trilogy. The new movie is set in the same onscreen world, however.

Watchmen TV show

The show was in the pilot stage until now, but HBO released a short teaser video on the network’s Twitter on Friday to celebrate the series order. The video shows the text “Nothing ever ends” and the bloody smiley face that is the novel’s signature image, before revealing that the show will premiere in 2019.

…Lindelof revealed plot details about the series in a letter on Instagram in May. The show will be an original story with new characters, but take place in the universe of the graphic novel. He implied it would be set in a post-Trump world.

Live action Doom Patrol

A former race car driver, Cliff Steele was in a horrific accident that left his body uninhabitable. Cliff’s brain was saved by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder and he lives on in a powerful robotic body.

Fraser will provide the voice-over for Robotman and will appear in flashback scenes as Cliff Steele. Riley Shanahan has also been cast in the role of Robotman. He will provide the physical performance of the character on stage in full body costume.

Vampyr TV show

If you’re looking for a new supernatural television series, you’re in luck (if you don’t mind waiting a while). Fox 21 Television Studios will produce a new show based on the video game Vampyr by the developer of Life is Strange, Dontnod. The title came out for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 5th.

Prodigy TV show

The service has unveiled Prodigy, a Mark Millar-penned comic book due in both digital and paper forms on December 5th. The series revolves around Edison Crane, the “world’s smartest man,” who has virtually everything he could want but is fueled by an endless drive that leads him to solve problems for governments around the planet. As the artwork from Batman visualizer Rafael Albuquerque suggests, Crane will have to rely on both his mind and some firepower to get things done.

Birds of Prey / Black Mask

Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya will join Harley Quinn’s girl gang in the Margot Robbie film “Birds of Prey,” TheWrap has exclusively learned.

It’s tough keeping track of all the places that Margot Robbie might show up in the DCEU at the moment. Conservatively, there’s Suicide Squad 2, a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, maybe a Harley Quinn solo movie, and Birds Of Prey.

The team-up movie that could potentially introduce characters like Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Black Canary, Huntress, and others to the DCEU, seems to be high on the priority list at WB, having recently hired Cathy Yan as director with a script by Christina Hodson.

Move over Marvel/DC, these are the new comic book movies

But there are a lot more comics out there. If you’ve never heard of Rogue Trooper, the Umbrella Academy or American Jesus, here’s everything you need to know about these stories leaping from page to screen.

15 comic book projects in development and 15 that are rumored

It’s not only limited to the big screen, though. Comic books are being adapted everywhere. There are almost too many shows to count from both Marvel and DC, not even counting series based on so many indie comics.

DC has built an entire universe at CW, just as Marvel has done at Netflix.

Spider-Man will return to the universe of open-world adventure games that he helped to define with ActiVision’s Spider-Man on the original PlayStation for the new PS4 game, while other Marvel properties are promised to receive new games as well.

DC has been dominating the gaming sphere for years with mega-hit titles like the Arkham series and Injustice.

From comics to TV to movies, superheroes are all over the place—and comics aren’t just limited to them either, of course. There are so many comic based properties coming down the pipeline that they can be hard to keep track…

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