Image: DC Comics. The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1 cover by Cameron Stewart.

The sixth Mission Impossible gets a title. Another familiar face is returning for the Avatar sequels. A major character could make a comeback in Agents of SHIELD. Arrow is bringing back another character from last season’s climax. Plus, behind-the-scenes on Altered Carbon, and even more new Black Panther footage. Spoilers!

Shazam

Salt shakers at the ready, but Revenge of the Fans claim Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the movie, and the character will play an important role in inspiring Billy Batson as a hero.

All I’ve been told, story-wise, is that Superman has had an impact on Asher Angel’s Billy Batson. Batson sees the Man of Steel as an inspirational figure in his life, and that seems to feed into how he conducts himself when he eventually transforms into a cape-wearing, square-jawed superhero himself, in the form of Zachary Levi.

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Avatar 2-5

Dileep Rao will reprise his role as Dr. Max Patel in James Cameron’s myriad Avatar sequels. [Deadline]

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Despite announcing last year that he’s “retiring from the superhero business,” Hans Zimmer has been hired to score Dark Phoenix, according to actor Evan Peters on the latest episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast.

[The set] was actually very tame. Simon directed this one, and came in very prepared, very professional. It was a different energy on set and everything got done like clockwork. It was very seamless. Everybody was a little bit more level-headed, so it was a very pleasurable, light experience. I think the film is gonna be incredible. Hans Zimmer’s scoring it—I don’t know if I was supposed to say that or not. Simon has surrounded himself with incredible people, and Simon knows this world better than anybody, so it was just cool to see him—he’s so happy and in his element in that world, and also being able to direct and guide everybody in this way. I was very happy for him and I think it’s gonna be great.

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout

The film’s official title is Mission: Impossible - Fallout. According to director Christopher McQuarrie, “The title has multiple meanings in the film, from the literal to the figurative.”

There is the threat of nuclear terrorism hanging over the movie, which is the literal threat. There’s the notion that what’s happened in the movie is the end result of choices that Ethan Hunt has made in his life. It’s Ethan’s past come back to haunt him. It’s the fallout of all his good intentions.

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One will now be released one day earlier than originally intended. Its new release is date is March 29th. [Deadline]

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Upgrade

Leigh Whannel’s latest horror film, about a paralyzed man learning to walk again with a murder-minded computer chip, is now looking at a June 1st, 2018 release date. [Bloody-Disgusting]

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Halloween

Laurie Strode will be packing heat in the new Halloween, according to Jamie Lee Curtis.

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The Endless

Entertainment Weekly has the first poster for The Endless, an upcoming scifi/horror film about two brothers who escape a cult only to learn the group’s otherworldly beliefs are factually true.

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Black Panther

War comes to Wakanda in the latest TV spot.

We also have a minute-long commercial for the film’s tie-in Lexus sports car. I kind of like thinking that the Dora Milaje just have a fleet of Lexuses on hand to help T’Challa out.


Winchester

Either the wallpaper goes or Helen Mirren does on the latest poster for Winchester [Bloody-Disgusting]

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Krypton

Hannah Waddingham has been cast as Jax-Ur—a character typically presented as male in the comics—the Kryptonian scientist who leads the underground terror group, Black Zero. [Deadline]

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Arrow

Katrina Law is slated to return as Nyssa al Ghul in episode sixteen of the current season, “The Thanatos Guild,” marking the character’s first return since she was seemingly bumped off in the explosion on Lian Yu at the climax of the last season. [Variety]

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Charmed

The CW has ordered a second pilot for a reboot of Charmed, this time set in the present day. [TV Line]

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The Greatest American Hero

ABC has officially picked up the female-led Greatest American Hero reboot to series. THR reports the new version will concern a 30-year old Indian-American woman named Meera, whose “talents include tequila, singing karaoke and not much else” until aliens gift her with a super suit.

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MaddAddam

Deadline reports Paramount has acquired the television rights to Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy, which concerns a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a deadly plague.

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Critters: The New Binge

Speaking with /Film, director Jordan Rubin revealed the new Critters TV series will be comprised of eight ten-minute episodes, forming an eighty-minute movie. The New Binge will follow the continuity of the original series, with two new alien bounty hunters stepping in to fill the roles of the “probably retired” Ug and the late Lee (eaten in Critters 2). In the interview, Rubin states he’s spoken to the Chiodo Brothers about returning to design the web series’ puppets but is still “trying to make that work.”

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Gotham

TV Line reports David W. Thompson will be taking over the role of The Scarecrow from Charlie Tahan, who’s busy filming Ozark on Netflix.

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Alongside the new Scarecrow, Gotham returns March 2nd with Peyton List (the 1986 version, not the 1998 one) stepping in as the show’s *third* Poison Ivy, who makes a brief cameo in the latest trailer.



Agents of SHIELD

Brett Dalton is teasing a reprisal as Ward in an upcoming episode of season five.

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Altered Carbon

Finally, a new featurette spotlights the series wirework and fight choreography.


Banner art by Jim Cooke. The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1 cover by Cameron Stewart. 

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