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02.19.22 SOURCES

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In an interview with DN.SE, actor Stellan Skarsgard confirmed that Andor will be receiving a second season. The actor told the Swedish publication that after a brief break, he'll be returning to a few sets - including Andor, come this fall.



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Sony Pictures has released the main poster for Morbius, coming to cinemas on April 1.



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Lucasfilm released the first poster for Obi Wan Kenobi, as well as announcing the premiere date, May 25th exclusively on Disney+.



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FROM.DCCOMICS.COM


In the original Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, the homeworld of Pariah, along with the infinite Multiverse, was obliterated. Now this mad sole survivor has found a way to bring his homeworld and the entire infinite Multiverse back from the dead: Earth-0 must die. An ancient destructive force called the Great Darkness, first appearing in Swamp Thing by Alan Moore and Stan Woch, is the weapon Pariah will wield as he paves a path to rebirth and vengeance. In DC's next big event, DARK CRISIS, the heroes left behind must come together to combat this great evil and save the lost Justice League, but what happens when not everyone agrees to join the fight?


Dark Crisis is a monthly event, written by Joshua Williamson, featuring art by Daniel Sampere, colors by Alejandro Sánchez and lettering by Tom Napolitano, that will kick off with Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition, available on Free Comic Book Day. A special one-shot, Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1, will be available at local comics shops on May 31.


“Dark Crisis is an epic DCU event about legacy,” said writer Joshua Williamson. “It will have all the giant, fun cosmic battles and Multiversal set pieces, but it’s not about reboots, retcons, or rewriting time and space. At its core it’s about the characters and the relationships that we’ve seen built over DC’s great history. Dark Crisis spins out of Justice League 75 'DEATH OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE' and connects all the story threads across the DCU since Infinite Frontier #0 in a major way. Unifying the new legacy of the DCU as we honor the classic. You can't miss it!"


Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition is a prelude to DC’s biggest story of 2022 and will be available to everyone for free on Free Comic Book Day.


“To me, Dark Crisis is a big celebration for all DC fans,” said artist Daniel Sampere. “It’s a huge event full of epic heart, an event that embraces the past while looking to the future. Joshua and I are the biggest DC fans, and this is our love letter to these characters and this universe.”


Dark Crisis is not only an epic battle of good versus evil with epic surprises in store, but is about showing how heroes relate to each other when faced with the impossible.



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Exclusive from VARIETY.COM


Hollywood is about to stampede into Middle Earth. An array of movie, merchandising, gaming and live event rights to “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit” and other titles from author J.R.R. Tolkien are coming up for auction now that the Saul Zaentz Co. has decided to sell its Tolkien holdings.


Zaentz Co. has hired ACF Investment Bank to handle the sale process, which is unfolding this week as bankers make the rounds of the logical Hollywood buyers. The Tolkien properties are projected to fetch at least $2 billion, based on recent high valuations for top-tier IP and content producers.


Representatives for Zaentz Co. and ACF declined to comment.


The timing of the sale process is not accidental. Amazon is set to premiere its long-awaited, mega-budgeted TV series rendition of the enduring “Lord of the Rings” saga, “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” on Sept. 2. Amazon is at the top of the list of prime candidates to pursue the additional rights now held by Zaentz.


The Zaentz Co. holdings encompass rights to exploit “LOTR” and “The Hobbit” properties in film, video games, merchandising, live events and theme parks. It also includes limited matching rights should the Tolkien estate decide to make movies or other content based on two compilations of Tolkien writings that were published after his death in 1973: “The Silmarillion” and “The Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth.”


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Warner Bros. also maintains some film development rights to “LOTR” through its ownership of New Line Cinema. New Line had massive global box office hits and Oscar wins with director Peter Jackson’s trilogy “Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), “The Two Towers” (2002) and “The Return of the King.” Warner Bros. last year announced plans for an anime theatrical feature to be produced with New Line and Warner Bros. Animation, “The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim.”


But it’s understood that in the Zaentz Co.’s view, substantial live-action film rights reverted back to them last year in part because Warner Bros. had not been actively developing new “LOTR” and related content. That development, plus the anticipation for the new Amazon series, was enough to convince Zaentz Co. that the time was ripe for a sale. Warner Bros. declined to comment but it is believed that the studio and Zaentz Co. are already odds over who controls what when it comes to “LOTR” and “Hobbit” rights, which have been the subject of extensive litigation over the years.



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Amazon released the first images of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power via Variety magazine.



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Amazon released the first teaser trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power during the Super Bowl, coming to Amazon Prime Video September 2nd.



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Warner Brothers Pictures and DC released a teaser trail for their 2022 theatrical DC films, including The Batman, Black Adam, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, featuring new footage from all four films.



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Exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter


Ray Stevenson is going from sailing the oceans to sailing the spaceways.


The actor, who last appeared on History Channel’s Vikings, has joined Ahsoka, the next Star Wars live-action series gearing up to go into production at Lucasfilm and Disney+.


The series centers on fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano, a Jedi Knight survivor popular on the animation side of Star Wars who made her live-action debut in the second season of The Mandalorian and appeared in an episode of The Book of Boba Fett.


Rosario Dawson is starring as the titular character and the cast also includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ukrainian actress Ivanna Sakhno and Australian thespian Natasha Liu Bordizzo. Hayden Christensen is reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker.


It is unclear who Stevenson will play, but sources say he is a villain in the series and will play an admiral … although, not Thrawn.



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Exclusive from DEADLINE.COM


Netflix’s Marvel series are coming home. Social media has been abuzz this morning about a notification added to the six Defenders universe shows, that they would only be available on Netflix until March 1.


Sources confirm to Deadline that Netflix’s license for Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Iron Fist and The Defenders team-up limited series is ending and the rights to the shows is reverting to Disney. The company is keeping mum about its distribution plans for the suite of series; they are expected to be announced the shows’ new streaming home soon.


Made by Disney for Netflix in a different era of the streaming age under a different regime at the now-defunct Marvel Television, the series are not a slam-dunk for flagship Disney+ because of mature content, especially in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Still, Disney+ feels like the best fit, being the designated Marvel streaming home, and the platform’s recent Marvel series Hawkeye even featured a villain from the Defenders universe, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin, as the post-cancellation ban on Disney’s use of characters had expired.


In addition to Disney regaining control of the existing episodes of the Defenders series, Feige has indicated that there is a possibility to revive/reboot some of the shows, including Daredevil, whose star Charlie Cox recently made his MCU debut in Spider-Man: No Way Home.



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Marvel Studios released the first trailer for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, coming to cinemas May 6.



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Marvel Studios released the first TV spot and new poster for Moon Knight, coming to Disney+ March 30th.




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From DCCOMICS.COM



Since their debut on The All-New Super Friends Hour in 1977, Zan and Jayna, the extraterrestrial shapeshifters known as the Wonder Twins, have stood proudly in the shadow of the Justice League. But they’re about to get their moment in the spotlight. As announced today in The Hollywood Reporter, a live-action Wonder Twins movie is now in development for HBO Max. Warner Bros. has tapped Adam Sztykiel to write and direct the film, who wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Black Adam. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce the movie under their Temple Hill banner, which has a successful track record of producing films aimed at young adult audiences, including the Twilight and Maze Runner sagas. The film, which will be a part of the DCEU, is titled, simply, Wonder Twins.


The movie’s storyline is unknown at this point, but as an HBO Max original, it’ll follow the other previously announced original DC movies coming to the service, including Batgirl (which is currently in production) and Blue Beetle. While Wonder Twins will be the most substantial live-action project to feature Zan and Jayna, it technically won’t be their live-action debut. The Twins appeared in an episode of Smallville during the show’s final season, and also had something of a cameo on The CW’s The Flash. In addition, Gleek made a quick appearance during the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event.



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Peacemaker has been renewed for a second season, with James Gunn writing and directing all episodes.


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From DCCOMICS.COM

When an unknown alien ship enters Earth’s atmosphere, disrupting global power and communications and plunging the planet into chaos, the world is left wondering…where is Superman when he is needed most? In the mysterious absence of the Last Son of Krypton, Batman must rally the rest of the Justice League to counter the alien threat…but first, he must quell a crime wave on the blacked-out streets of Gotham! Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Darick Robertson (The Boys) join forces to turn everything you think you know about Superman upside down in DC’s new comic book mini-series Batman: Fortress launching this May!


“This has been my first opportunity to collaborate with my Oliver co-creator Gary Whitta for DC, on a character that is one of my all-time favorites to draw,” says Robertson. “I'm having the best time creating the art for this series and with my pal and original The Boys editor, Ben Abernathy at the helm, it's been a dream project, with a lot of fun twists and surprises ahead for the readers!”


“It’s always been my dream to write a truly epic Batman story, one that draws inspiration from some dark and unexpected corners of the DC universe,” says Whitta. “The opportunity to once again collaborate with my friend Darick Robertson makes this all the sweeter. I hope that together we’ve done justice to some of DC’s most iconic characters, while at the same time reinventing everything you thought you knew about them…”


Batman: Fortress by Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson, a brutal and shocking 8-issue adventure that will challenge everything you think you know about Superman, launches on May 24.




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Exclusive from CBR.COM


Releasing June 7, writer Ram V. (Venom, The Many Deaths of Laila Starr) and artist Christian Ward (Suicide Squad, Invisible Kingdom) will team up for Aquaman: Andromeda.

The three-issue miniseries is billed as a psychological horror book that will put Arthur Curry/Aquaman to the test in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.


The plot synopsis for Aquaman: Andromeda reads, "Deep in the Pacific Ocean, at the farthest possible distance from any land, sits Point Nemo: the spaceship graveyard. Since the dawn of the space race, the nations of the world have sent their crafts there on splashdown, to sink beneath the silent seas. But there is something… else at Point Nemo. A structure never made by human hands. And that structure seems to be… waking up."


"A covert team of scientists, survivalists, and soldiers make up the crew of the experimental submarine Andromeda, a prototype deep sea exploration vessel powered by a mysterious black-hole drive, and they have been chosen to investigate the sunken mystery… but they aren't the only ones pursuing it. Anything of value beneath the ocean is of value to the master pirate Black Manta… and anything that attracts Black Manta attracts Arthur Curry, his lifelong foe, the Aquaman! But heaven help them all when the doors of the mystery at Point Nemo swing wide to admit them…"


In an upcoming interview with CBR, Ram V. said, "I went back and looked at everything to make sure that we were presenting a concept and an idea that genuinely felt fresh and new. Obviously, there have been a lot of great stories. Generally, the Aquaman stuff has tended to veer towards sort of this magic and fantasy route. I wanted to see if we could drop it into a different genre and make it work. I think of it as a sci-fi horror human character drama set inside a situation that has both literal and metaphoric pressure."




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