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Fans of Hulu animated series Hit-Monkey had probably long already accepted that the show was done. The series debuted in late 2021, ran for 10 episodes, people liked it, and then it was radio silence for over a year. In today’s day and age, that length of non-news almost always means bad news. But for Hit-Monkey, it does not.
Hulu has reportedly just renewed the animated adaptation of the Marvel comic series for season two. However, unlike the first season, season two will no longer be branded as a “Marvel” property. Why? Well, Hit-Monkey fell under the umbrella of Marvel Television—an offshoot of Marvel that was responsible for shows like Netflix’s Daredevil and ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, as well as a slew of animated shows announced for Hulu way back in 2019. Those included Howard the Duck, MODOK, and others.
However, around that time, Marvel Television got wrapped up into Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios and the studio decided to only make shows that fit under that vision. Of the group, only MODOK and Hit-Monkey happened, and MODOK only lasted one season. What makes Hit-Monkey the rare exception? We don’t know. But to make sure there’s no confusion about it being part of Marvel Studios, “Marvel” is no longer a part of its title. It becomes only the second show to get a new life in the Marvel Studios era. The other is Netflix’s Daredevil, which is getting a flashy new Disney+ reboot called Daredevil: Born Again.
Hit-Monkey, which follows a Japanese snow monkey who becomes an assassin to get revenge on the crime bosses that murdered his family, features the voices of Olivia Munn, Jason Sudeikis, Ally Maki, and Fred Tatasciore.
EXCLUSIVE FROM DEADLINE.COM
Amazon Studios is finalizing deals for Criminal, a TV adaptation of Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips’ bestselling crime comic book series, sources tell Deadline.
Details are scarce, but the project — written by Brubaker, who serves as executive producer and showrunner — is described as an interlocking universe of crime stories based on his award-winning comics. I hear a writers room for the potential series is up and running. A rep for Amazon Studios declined comment.
“Criminal tells the interweaving saga of several generations of families tied together by the crimes and murders of the past,” Brubaker explained to Deadline in a 2019 interview. “And one of the big events in many of these characters’ pasts, which has been referenced since the very first Criminal story, was the death of Teeg Lawless. Before we even met Teeg, we knew that he had died when his son was a teenager, but other than the identity of his killer, we have never told the rest of that story. It’s just been a ghost haunting the series, as Teeg Lawless has become one of the most popular characters in the comic.”
Brubaker is one of the most celebrated comic writers, receiving numerous accolades and winning both the Eisner and Harvey Awards for Best Writer five times. While writing for DC Comics, Brubaker revamped Catwoman with artist Darwyn Cooke and was the co-creator of Gotham Central. His groundbreaking run on Marvel’s Captain America included the creation of the Winter Soldier, who has played a pivotal role in the Marvel movie franchise.
Brubaker is primarily known, however, for his multi-layered, episodic crime sagas. Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips have spent 15 years creating a massive body of original work highly sought after for adaptation. Their series Criminal, Incognito, Fatale, The Fade Out and Kill or be Killed have sold millions of copies internationally.
Disney+ and Lucasfilm announced that the second volume of the animated anthology series will premiere May 4, 2023, a.k.a. Star Wars Day, exclusively on Disney+. Volume 2, building on the Emmy Award-nominated first run of Star Wars: Visions in 2021, will feature nine new shorts from nine studios from around the globe; the shorts promise to feature unique animation styles from a variety of countries and cultures, depicting each filmmaker’s specific vision of the Star Wars galaxy.
The shorts included in Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 were created by the following international animation studios: El Guiri (Spain), Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), Punkrobot (Chile), Aardman (United Kingdom), Studio Mir (South Korea) Studio La Cachette (France), 88 Pictures (India), D'art Shtajio (Japan), and Triggerfish (South Africa). D’Art Shtajio’s short was created in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. (United States).
“The reaction to the first volume of Star Wars: Visions blew us away. We were delighted that this project inspired and resonated with so many people,” says James Waugh, Star Wars: Visions executive producer and senior vice president, Franchise Content & Strategy, at Lucasfilm. “We always saw Star Wars: Visions as a framework for celebratory expressions of the franchise from some of the best creators working today. Animation is in a global renaissance, and we’re constantly staggered by the amount of creativity pushing the medium forward. With Volume 1, the imaginative minds of Japan’s anime industry were on full display. With Volume 2, we expanded our canvas to take audiences on a global tour of some of the most talented creators from around the world. We’re so proud to be able to reveal the line-up of studios we’ve assembled. Every short is incredible, full of heart, scope, imagination, and the values that make stories distinctly Star Wars — all while opening up bold new ways of seeing what a Star Wars story can be.”
One of Solo: A Star Wars Story's most beloved characters is spinning off into her own novel. On Monday, author E.K. Johnston took to Twitter to announce Star Wars: Crimson Climb, a new novel that will star Solo's Qi'ra, portrayed by Emilia Clarke in the 2018 movie.
Johnston has already become a staple of the realm of Star Wars novels in recent years, penning the novel Star Wars: Ahsoka, as well as a trilogy of novels following Padme Amidala, Star Wars: Queen's Shadow, Star Wars: Queen's Peril, and Star Wars: Queen's Hope.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian's third season may sound different than the first two. Film Music Reporter reports that Joseph Shirley, who scored The Book of Boba Fett, will compose for The Mandalorian Season 3. In an arrangement similar to The Book of Boba Fett, Ludwig Göransson, who scored The Mandalorian's first two seasons, will provide the show's musical themes.
EXCLUSIVE FROM VARIETY.COM
Amazon has ordered an animated adaptation of the comic book series “Wytches,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The comic was created by Scott Snyder and Jock. It tells the story of “17-year-old Sailor Rooks, whose family moves to a remote New England town after a tragic accident, only to discover that a burrow of monsters—ancient creatures that prey on our darkest fears and desires—lurks beneath the town,” per the official description.
Snyder and Jock will both executive produce along with Plan B Entertainment, Project 51 Productions’ Kevin Kolde, and Amazon Studios.
“Driven by the pairing of Scott and Jock along with our partners at Plan B and Project 51 Productions, ‘Wytches’ fuses nail biting horror and evocative drama while unearthing the dark lore surrounding an ancient burrow of witches,” said, Melissa Wolfe, head of animation for Amazon Studios. “Given the haunting and intimate nature of Scott and Jock’s well regarded comic series, we are looking forward to delivering their creative vision to our global audience and expanding our growing roster of animated series.”
EXCLUSIVE FROM VARIETY.COM
A Spider-Man Noir live-action series is in the works at Amazon, Variety has learned exclusively.
The untitled series will follow an older, grizzled superhero in 1930s New York City. An individual with knowledge of the project says that the show will be set in its own universe and the main character will not be Peter Parker.
This is the second known project based on the Sony-controlled Marvel characters at Amazon Prime Video and MGM+.
Oren Uziel will serve as writer and executive producer on the Spider-Man Noir show. Uziel developed the show along with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and former Sony boss Amy Pascal, who all executive produce. Pascal executive produces via Pascal Pictures. Sony Pictures Television is the studio, with Lord and Miller currently under an overall deal there.
Uziel most recently worked on the screenplay for the romantic comedy feature “The Lost City” starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. His other writing credits include “22 Jump Street,” the 2021 “Mortal Kombat” film, and “The Cloverfield Paradox.” He has also worked on the scripts for upcoming films like “John Wick 4” and “Borderlands,” based on the video game of the same name.
Pamela Isley’s comic book journey has grown beyond her original plan as today the publisher announced the hit six-issue DC mini-series Poison Ivy, which was expanded into a second six-issue arc in December 2022, will continue as an ongoing comic book series beginning in June 2023 with Poison Ivy #13!
Written by G. Willow Wilson, with art by Marcio Takara and covers by Jessica Fong, fan-favorite Poison Ivy’s quest to undo the wrongs of man and return the Earth to the Green persists…at whatever the cost. The comic book series “shines best when we see Ivy being forced to confront humanity, both her own and that of others, and in the process forces the reader to truly see the world”.
Launched as a limited series in June 2022 during DC’s annual Pride celebration, Poison Ivy’s dark, lush, character-driven first story arc focused on “an Ivy who is both a giver of mercy and merciless, who is beautiful and deadly, broken and fierce” with psychedelic art and a host of new characters and ethical quandaries that brought Ivy up to the edge of horror from issue to issue.
Poison Ivy’s second story arc kicked off with two issues of interior art by Atagun Ilhan, a graduate of DC’s Milestone Initiative, who brought “a haunting, evocative vision to Ivy’s newest adventure, with impressive shadow work and explosive action scenes'' and delivered “emotional eco-horror energy while building off what came before to enter a new phase for the green-loving villain”. Series regular artist Takara then returned to interior art in February’s Poison Ivy #9, available now wherever comics are sold.
DC has released the first trailer for a new animated film.
The heroes of DC’s Justice League and Rooster Teeth Animation’s RWBY join forces to battle an evil entity attacking Remnant in Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One, available to purchase Digitally and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray on April 25, 2023. The all-new, feature-length DC Animated Movie finds Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Vixen in new iterations – transformed into teenagers while in transport to RWBY’s world, and presented in Rooster Teeth’s anime-influenced animation – and partnering with the heroes of Remnant (Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang) to battle a mysterious, superpowered creature before it destroys everything they know.
The first western-produced anime series to be dubbed and distributed in Japan, RWBY was created in 2013 by the late Monty Oum (Red vs. Blue) as an animated web series. Now one of Rooster Teeth’s most beloved, viewed, and shared franchises, the 9th volume of the series premiered earlier this month exclusively on Crunchyroll alongside all previous volumes.
Amanda Waller has proven time and time again that she is the most focused and ruthless person in the DC Universe, stopping at nothing and for no one to achieve her goals. But she’ll have her hands full when she squares off against the heroes (and villains) of the Wildstorm Universe in Waller vs. Wildstorm, a four-issue DC Black Label limited series.
In the late 1980s, as the Cold War stubbornly refuses to thaw, a new battle heats up, this time for the soul of the intelligence agency Checkmate. As the agency’s super-heroic public face, Jackson King—a.k.a. Battalion, the former leader of Stormwatch and the symbol of American might—has long suspected that Adeline Kane is up to dirty tricks overseas, engineering horrors that betray everything he believes about service to one’s country.
But King doesn’t know that Kane has a clever new ally—an ambitious young woman named Amanda Waller. She has her own ideas about how metahumans can serve their country. And honor, dignity, and long lives don’t factor into them.
Co-written by author and national security reporter Spencer Ackerman (Reign of Terror, Daily Beast), and Evan Narcisse (DC Power: A Celebration, Batman: Gotham Knights – Gilded City, Marvel’s Rise of the Black Panther and Waller vs. Wildstorm celebrates WildStorm’s legacy of espionage-flavored superhero morality plays, pitting Stormwatch against Amanda Waller and the deadliest people in the DCU – including, its most lethal assassin, Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke!
This can’t-miss debut issue is available for pre-order now, and features art by fan-favorite artist Jesús Meriño (Wonder Woman, The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox, Infinite Frontier), with a main cover by Rorschach and current Danger Street artist Jorge Fornés. Issue #1 also features a main variant cover by Eric Battle, with a 1 in 25 “ratio” variant cover by Mike Norton. Visit your local comic book shop for details and pre-ordering. Waller vs. Wildstorm #1 arrives in comic book shops and participating digital platforms on Tuesday, March 21.
Throughout DC’s history, The Brave and The Bold has been the launching pad for some of DC’s most beloved and enduring characters and teams, including The Suicide Squad, Justice League of America, Metamorpho, The Element Man, Teen Titans and more. The series has also hosted incredible team-up stories featuring Batman. This May, Batman: The Brave and The Bold returns in an all-new ongoing anthology series, with more tales of The Dark Knight, plus stories spotlighting super heroes from all corners of the DC Universe. This can’t-miss first issue features four thrilling tales, including the writing debut of one of DC’s top artists.
Coming off the spectacular success of Batman - One Bad Day: The Riddler, the Eisner Award-winning team of Tom King and Mitch Gerads reunite for a horrifying four-part retelling of the first bloody clash between The Joker and the Batman. A tale of loathing, lies, and laughter, this may be the most frightening Joker story in a generation.
Superstar artist Dan Mora (Batman/Superman: World’s Finest, Detective Comics) makes his writing debut kicking off a new series of Batman Black & White short stories. In a Gotham City overrun by the cybernetic henchmen of The Joker, the only person who can save us is the mysterious motorcycle-riding, bat-costumed hero of urban legend…
The Justice League may be gone, but its enemies aren’t. Who’ll protect the world from the worst of the worst? Ed Brisson (Batman Incorporated) and Jeff Spokes (Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special) pick up the story started in the Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special as Director Bones and his new covert StormWatch team travel the globe on black-ops missions to take super-powered weapons of mass destruction off the board. But this is StormWatch, and as always, not all is as it seems. “Down with the Kings” starts here!
In “The Order of the Black Lamp—Part I,” from writer Christopher Cantwell (Co-creator, Halt and Catch Fire, Briar, Marvel’s Iron Man) and artist Javier Rodríguez (Marvel’s Daredevil, The Defenders), Superman finds a decoder ring with a secret message—“Save Me”—which sends him on a quest to solve a mystery with ties to the Man of Steel’s past.
This 64-page blockbuster debut issue arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms on Tuesday, May 16.
Mike Mignola’s on-again, off-again retirement from the world of his most iconic creation, the supernatural-fighting demon Hellboy, has seen the legendary writer/artist return here and there for everything from covers to new series. But his latest expansion of Hellboy’s world sees him teaming up with a new artist for the first time.
io9 can exclusively reveal the latest Hellboy spinoff from Dark Horse Comics, Miss Truesdale and the Fall of Hyperborea. Penned by Mignola, and illustrated by Jesse Lonergan, the four-issue miniseries will follow the titular Miss Truesdale—one of the final followers of the secret society known as the Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra. Gifted with a vision from the Brotherhood’s leader, Truesdale finds her life in Victorian London connected to ancient Hyperborea, and the life of a young gladiator there—giving her an opportunity to tweak the past and change her future.
Miss Truesdale and the Fall of Hyperborea begins when issue one hits comic store shelves May 17, 2023.
There’s nothing quite like a road trip to really bring a family together. Especially when your parents are The Joker and Harley Quinn. Following the explosive finale of Batman: Beyond the White Knight, available today at local comic stores, Sean Murphy is expanding the White Knight Universe with Batman: White Knight Presents: Generation Joker. Murphy reunites with co-writers Katana Collins (Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn) and Clay McCormack (Batman: White Knight Presents: Red Hood) to bring fans the latest chapter of the White Knight story with the help of rising-star artist Mirka Andolfo (Sweet Paprika, Superman vs. Lobo).
"I'm really excited to be expanding the world of White Knight with this new book,” said Sean Murphy. “I think Clay, Katana, and Mirka are doing a great job of adding more variety to the characters and the universe. Anyone who's wondering what happens to Bruce and the gang after the big reveal in Beyond the White Knight will want to check this out."
When the rebellious twins run away in a stolen Batmobile, only Joker Jack Napier’s quickly fading hologram has any hope of getting them home safely and keeping them out of the family business. But a life of crime isn’t the only temptation young Bryce and Jackie are facing: the kids uncover a dark secret that could bring their dad back to life for good! With a wild array of Batman’s former enemies and allies on their tails, will the kids succeed in reviving the Dark Knight’s greatest foe? Find out as Jackie and Bryce take center stage in the White Knight Universe!
Also revealed at the end of Batman: Beyond the White Knight #8 is that Murphy will write and draw the upcoming World’s Finest: White Knight. The story will address Superman and Wonder Woman’s inclusion in the White Knight Universe and will feature unique twists on the classic characters, including Diana Prince as an F.B.I. Agent. Stay tuned for a future announcement on when fans can expect the series to launch.
Before this year’s Hawkeye spinoff Echo brings both the deaf street-level warrior Echo and the blind Hell’s Kitchen defender Daredevil back to Disney Plus, Marvel Comics will unite the pair in a new book this May. Polygon has an exclusive look at the new miniseries, which pairs Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas — a seasoned comic book writer at this point, having penned Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Werewolf by Night, and stories in the Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices one-shots — and his regular collaborator B. Earl.
In the new series, Daredevil and Echo team up to investigate a series of child kidnappings orchestrated by Demogoblin, who hopes to “wake an ancient and powerful evil deep within the bowels of the city.” There will be bumps in the road — Echo is coming down from a recent stint as the host of the Phoenix Force — but together they’ll no doubt stop the classic Marvel villain, rescue the kids, and save all of New York.
“First off, Benny [Earl] and I are blessed and thankful to be continuing our journey as Marvel writers,” Taboo said in a statement to Polygon. “It’s an honor to be rocking this new Daredevil project along with the amazing mighty matriarch Echo. We are about to have a blast bringing the heat to Hell’s Kitchen! Can’t wait for the world [to] check out this crazy ride! One love!”
“My Marvel journey with Tab has been a privileged blessing, allowing us to explore so many characters, both new and old, as well as tell riskier stories which touch on untold narratives and perspectives,” added Earl. “To now take that lens and bring it to the iconic character Daredevil is personally an incredible opportunity since I was raised both Catholic and Jewish. Combining Daredevil’s Roman Catholic devotion with Echo’s Native heritage while weaving back and forth between time periods to explore their ancestors has got me giddy at our opportunity to tell another mind-bendingly Marvel-ous tale!”