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AC! Entertainment News for June 19, 2014

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Rumored DC Movie Schedule: Plans til 2018? Also, Jason Momoa role in Batman vs. Superman role revealed.
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From nikkifinke.com  and screenrant.com

With Marvel hitting their extended film universe out of the park, Warner Bros. and DC extended universe has been playing catch up. Due to Man of Steel‘s 2013 release, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice wont be hitting theaters until 2016 which is a ways off. More so, the plans after that are unknown except for a smattering of small rumors. The biggest rumor to date comes from nikkifinke.com, which hints that Warner and DC will have a huge announcement pertaining to the future of its films. This isn’t surprising. What is intriguing about this rumor is that dates and films are lined up until 2018 — these films and dates are as follows:

May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 –Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2

While Bats/Supes may move up or down a week, that date is pretty set in stone and the inclusion of a Justice League, Man of Steel, Wonder WomanShazam film don’t come as any surprise.

The big surprise is everything else.

Sandman, based on the series by Neil Gaiman, has been rumored for a while — but listed as a DC film and not a Vertigo title — may speak to some of the plans with Sandman as a brand in the comics. With characters John Constantine and Swamp Thing moving to DC proper, maybe Morpheus and the rest of The Endless make their way over.

The inclusion of a Flash and Green Lantern film is also eye-catching. The Flash is going to make big strides this fall on The CW in his own TV series after Arrow, but what’s weird is his teaming up with Green Lantern. Most have long forgotten Ryan Reynolds’ take on the character in the 2011 film, and I doubt Reynolds will return as Hal Jordan. So, who will assume the role of Lantern in this new take? My bet’s on the strongly rumored John Stewart version of Green Lantern (John Stewart, not Jon Stewart). One can also hope that the upcoming Flash and newer seasons of Arrow start to move towards DC’s film universe.

Another big announcement is that Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman in the upcoming Batman V. Superman. Momoa’s name has been attached to Bats/Supes since December and his inclusion as the King of Atlantis makes the huge cast of Bats/Supes larger. One can hope Momoa plays Aquaman like Khal Drogo and melts a crown on Supermans face.

 

Live Action/CGI Hybrid Sonic The Hedgehog Film Announced
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From Destructoid.com

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sega Sammy’s Marza Animation Planet studio have announced plans for a big screen version of Sega’s iconic mascot. With an unknown release date, the plan is to combine CGI with live action and will be written by Upright Citizens Brigade alumni writer Evan Susser and Van Robichaux.

“Sony Pictures has had great success with hybrid animated and live-action features, and we’re confident that this collaboration will bring a fresh take to Sonic while still capturing everything that the fans love about him,” said Marza CEO Masanao Maeda.

I’m rarely speechless, but this… oh man. Sega has spent YEARS trying to re-invent Sonic for a new audience. But with each new take, it slides further in a downward spiral. It’s hilarious that Maeda brings up trying to bring a “fresh take” to the franchise when Sega is already planning a “fresh take” to Sonic with a new show and game at the end of the year — complete with new character designs.

I cannot fathom how the fanbase is going to react. For people who don’t know, think of the worst fanbase you know. It’s not even close to Sonic fans. This is a fanbase who flipped when Sonic’s eye color was changed to green!

I’m full of dread and excitement at the same time. A film of Sonic the Hedgehog could be this generation’s Super Mario Bros.

 

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Avatar: The Legend of Korra Season 3 trailer announced.

from Youtube.com

Oh. My. Jam.

The new trailer for the upcoming season three of Season of Korra is here and it looks incredible.

For long time fans, a few things pop up that make me pretty giddy for season three including the possible return of some fan favorite characters, a look into Lin Beifong growing up, and (you know what that means?) more stories involving Toph!

No start date announced but I guarantee something will be announced at San Diego Comic Con. My guess is a September start date.

 

Netflix and Scholastic Media announce new Magic School Bus Series
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from screenrant.com 

Hot off the heels of Levar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter, Netflix along with Scholastic Media has announced plans to bring new episodes of The Magic School Bus exclusively to Netflix.

Based off of the 90’s book series, The Magic School Bus is based around Ms. Frizzle and her class as they go on amazing adventures while traveling in — you guessed it — a magical school bus. Also a book series, The Magic School Bus was known more for being a TV show, airing on PBS from 1994-97. It was one of PBS’s highest rated shows at the time.

The new incarnation of School Bus will air through Netflix in 2016 and, with the return of this and Reading Rainbow, maybe we can cross our fingers for a new Carmen Sandiego?

 

Image Comic’s Rat Queens Cartoon Announced
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From IGN.com

I hope this actually happens.

Weta Workshop’s Pukeko Pictures and Heavy Metal have announced this week that they will be adapting Kurtis J. Weibe and Roc Upchurch Fantasy-Comedy from Image Comics with the plans of shopping around a 30-minute pilot for networks.

If you haven’t heard about Rat Queens, this is a must read book. The Rat Queens are a group of badass ladies who put sexy back in large wholesale slaughter. With members Dee the cleric, Hannah the mage, Violet the dwarf and Betty the thief, working together to kill monsters, eating mushrooms and helping the locals (if the money’s right).

Rat Queens is a standout in the marketplace as a diving rod for fangirls, a market as yet untouched by most comics publishers,” Heavy Metal’s Jeff Krelitz said. “It is not only perfect for the TV space, but much needed.”

Along with Rat Queens, Heavy Metal is also producing Weibe’s other series Peter Panzerfaust which is being adapted by BBC Worldwide. Side note, Peter Panzerfaust is also pretty great.

With the popularity of fantasy in films and TV like The Hobbit and Game of ThronesRat Queens can bring some much needed sass to the genre.