Here are some of the highlights (and lowlights) from the world of movies, television and gaming from the past week:
He always said he’d be back, and he wasn’t lying. After the Terminator reboot failed in 2015, it seemed like the franchise was dead and buried. But now that series creator James Cameron has the rights again, he plans on rebooting it again and keeping star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cameron isn’t exactly known for being in a hurry though, so I hope this gets made before the star is in too old for the role
It appears the curse may be broken. After three DCEU movies that failed to live up to fans’ expectations, Warner Brothers may finally have a true winner on their hands. Despite early reports stating the opposite, early reviews for Wonder Woman are coming out and they are generally highly positive. Lets just hope people haven’t given up on the franchise yet…
After seriously botching the character in Spiderman 3, Sony has been eager to make a proper Venom movie. Now that Tom Hardy has signed on for the role, it appears that it is finally becoming a reality. Supposedly this will not tie in to the new Spiderman movies or the MCU whatsoever, but since they are aiming for a R-rating, it makes sense
Three new releases came out this weekend, all aimed at different crowds. Alien: Covenant opened to $36 million, but fell hard after opening day. Long term prospects aren’t great. Everything, Everything, a tearjerker aimed at teen girls did better than expected with $11 million. The 4th Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie (which absolutely no one asked for) opened with a bad $7 million, almost guaranteeing that this will be the last big screen version for quite some time
So this news has the potential to be very good, or very bad. Netflix is producing a show based on The Witcher series of books and games. Since video game adaptations usually suck, but literary ones have a great track record, I have no idea how this will play out. In any case, Netflix with Game of Thrones coming to an end next year, this could fill the void. I’m just looking forward to who they get to play Triss…
Speaking of Netflix, a fifth season of Arrested Development has officially been ordered with the entire cast returning. Many fans complained that the last season kept the dysfunctional family separated for most episodes, and that issue is being rectified this time. Also there will be some flashbacks episodes going back to when the Bluth family was much younger. No word if Seth Rogen and Kirsten Wigg will reprise the roles of the parents.
With all the renewals and cancellations out of the way, this week had the networks announce their fall schedules and new show pickups. Here are some of the highlights:
CBS: Not many changes of note, except Big Bang spinoff Young Sheldon will appear after it’s parent show on Thursday nights once the football season is over.
ABC: Once Upon a Time has been moved from Sundays to Fridays, where it will be paired with Marvel’s The Inhumans. Black-ish is being moved to Tuesdays. Agents of SHIELD and Quantico are being held off until midseason
FOX: Gotham is moving from Monday to Thursday where it will be with Seth McFarlane‘s new live action Star Trek spoof The Orville (it looks VERY funny).
NBC: Trying to recapture the magic of its old “Must-See TV” Thursday block, NBC is airing the Will & Grace revival where it will partner with breakout hit This is Us and anthology series Law & Order: True Crime (the first season will deal with the Menendez murders)
CW: The network continues it’s slow transformation into the DCW as a 5th show in the Arrowverse – Black Lightning – premieres midseason. With those 5 shows, along with Riverdale and iZombie, a whopping half their series are comic book based
It was a big week for superheroes in video games. The first big release was the long awaited Injustice 2. The sequel to the 2013 hit improves on the original in almost every possible way and contains one of the most expansive rosters in fighting game history. I enjoyed it more than I thought I ever would. Read my review here.
The other big superhero game to launch this week is Marvel Heroes Omega. The console version of the long running PC game went to open beta this week for those who purchased a founder’s pack, and will release for everyone on May 23rd. The top down shooter has an impressive list of heroes to play with, so I guarantee that one of your favorites will be included.