Justice League, Star Wars Battlefront II, and More – The Weekend Chill

by admin December 3, 2017 at 7:54 am

Last Friday, a report said that Ellen Page (Inception) had been tapped as one of the leads for Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s comic book The Umbrella Academy, which is set in an alternate timeline where John F. Kennedy was never assassinated. Page will play one of seven super-powered misfits who are adopted by a millionaire inventor to save the world.

Over the weekend, Netflix dropped Louis C.K. from his stand-up special deal, after he confessed to sexual misconduct remarks made against him by five women. The release of his upcoming film I Love You, Daddy has also been cancelled. The star was also ousted from the sequel to The Secret Life of Pets.

Hulu announced at the start of the week that it was making a TV series around the Hitman video games, with John Wick creator Derek Kolstad as writer. Deadline says that Hulu wants Hitman to be a flagship series alongside The Handmaid’s Tale, which is a tall order given the latter’s success, and the history of video game adaptations.

Meanwhile, the Lord of the Rings TV show became official at Amazon this week, with the company greenlighting a multi-season order for a prequel series. It won’t be based on The Hobbit, since the rights don’t include that, so it might be all new characters then. There’s no word on when we can expect to see it.

Justice League is out this week, and Ben Affleck has once again been contemplating whether to continue being Batman. In an interview with USA Today, he said he wants “to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it”.

Warner Bros. has pushed up the release of Wonder Woman 2 by six weeks, with the film now slated for November 1, 2019. That decision is most likely motivated by the presence of Star Wars: Episode IX on December 20, 2019, which pushed back from May after rehiring J.J. Abrams earlier this year.

Illumination Entertainment – the studio behind Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets – is reportedly said to be close to a deal with Nintendo for an animated movie on Super Mario Bros., according to the Wall Street Journal. Mario hasn’t been seen on the big screen since the incredibly awful 1993 live-action adaptation.

On Wednesday, Hulu provided a release date for the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale: April 2018. That’s the same month as season one released earlier this year, though we’ll get a total of 13 episodes this time around, or three more than the debut. It will focus on Offred’s pregnancy.

The next entry in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts film universe now has a title, it’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We knew the sequel would focus on the feud between Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and his frenemy Gellert Gridenwald (Johnny Depp), and the title is clearly emphasising that. It’ll be out November 16, 2018.

Lastly, James Franco has signed onto a new X-Men movie from Fox: Multiple Man, who self-replicates whenever he makes physical contact with something. Franco is known for playing Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy. Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg is on script duty, with X-Men producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) set to produce alongside Franco.

That’s all the entertainment news for this week. Welcome back to The Weekend Chill, your one-stop destination for what to watch, play, or listen to this weekend. Here are the best picks:

TV:
Marvel’s The Punisher
Further expanding the inter-connected Marvel superhero world on Netflix, The Punisher – starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle and the titular anti-hero – is the first spin-off of that partnership, after Bernthal appeared in Daredevil season two last year. Set after those events, Castle is living an anonymous life when a hacker called Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) invades his life.

That’s not the only person trying to track Castle down. Homeland Security agent Dinah Madani, a Persian-American who’s been relocated to New York from Kandahar, is still pursuing an old case of hers that forces our gun-toting vigilante into the spotlight. Created by Steve Lightfoot (House of Saddam), The Punisher also stars Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page (Daredevil, The Defenders), and Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, an old army buddy of Castle’s.

Though we enjoyed the series, noting its dark, ruthless depiction and study of American veteran affairs, overall critical opinion on The Punisher is split across the board, with a 73 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a Metacritic score of 59. If you enjoyed Bernthal’s presence in Daredevil and missed him in The Defenders, give it a try.