Each week, Lauren Gallaway brings you the best and most exciting pop culture news. Get ready for a fresh perspective on the week’s most buzzed-about stories in the business.
First Official Assassin’s Creed Trailer Debuts
Michael Fassbender is a time-traveling assassin in the new video game feature adaptation Assassin’s Creed. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. The trailer features a sweeping score and the high-leaping parkour fans of the game have come to expect.
Assassin’s Creed hits theaters December 21, 2016.
Supergirl Gets Renewed, Moves to The CW
CBS announced today that freshman superhero show Supergirl will live to fight another day. Supergirl has officially been renewed for a second season. That means Superman’s cousin Kara Danvers will be able to defend National City for another year. The caveat with this renewal is that the series will no longer film in Los Angeles and will no longer air on CBS. Supergirl will shoot season two in Vancouver and will air on The CW, alongside fellow super shows The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. While the network move may concern some viewers on budget changes, with Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schechter at the helm, the show is sure to continue to do well. Plus, Kara can now crossover with those other DC/CW shows much easier. Which show would you like to see Supergirl cross over to first?
ABC Cancels Marvel’s Agent Carter
Agent Carter has always been a difficult show for ABC to market. It’s a Marvel show, which should draw an audience, but it’s not about superheros. It’s a strong female show and an arm chair mystery, but with it’s oddly placed mid-season schedule, a lot of non-Marvel fans didn’t even know it existed. While Agent Carter may have an incredibly devoted fanbase (myself included), it wasn’t doing great ratings. Unfortunately ABC decided to cancel the series, which was announced Thursday. While Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell may not be wearing her signature red hat any time soon, ABC did pick her up her new show Conviction, which means Atwell will continue to be a strong part of ABC’s fall lineup. Are you surprised at Agent Carter’s cancellation, or would you like to see it get another chance, perhaps on Netflix?
Marvel’s Most Wanted Dead at ABC
In more sad Marvel news, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Marvel’s Most Wanted was not picked up by ABC. The series was meant to shoot a pilot last spring, but was passed on by the network. Then a pilot was ordered this spring, which co-stars Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood left Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to go film. Unfortunately ABC passed on the series again. With Most Wanted and Agent Carter dead, is there a future for Marvel shows on ABC? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was renewed for a fouth season, so the network at least believes in the future of that show. It’s likely that both Palicki and Blood will return to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., now that their spinoff series is not moving forward.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s two-hour season finale airs this Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Co-star in Marvel’s Black Panther
Break out Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jungle Book star Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to co-star in Marvel’s upcoming film Black Panther. News broke this week that Nyong’o may play Chadwick Boseman’s love interest in the film. Black Panther is set to begin filming later this year and will be directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler. If Nyong’o is cast, she will likely play a powerful Wakandan woman and potential ally to T’Challa’s Black Panther.
The CW Picks Up Archie Comics-Based Series Riverdale
In addition to picking up Supergirl, The CW has also greenlit Riverdale. Riverdale is a teen drama series that’s based on the 75-year history of Archie Comics. Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends. The series will explore the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Riversale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, Marisol Nichols, and Madchen Amick,
X-Men: Apocalypse Review
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters at the end of this month, and the Tracking Board has an extensive review of the film: “The great thing about X-Men films at Fox is that it combines the fun and excitement of MCU with the moody grit from the DC movies. It has successfully carved a niche for itself the comic book cinematic universe. It knows it’s lane and does a good job of staying in it – most of the time. Essentially, X-Men: Apocalypse is Bryan Singer’s Age of Ultron. It bursts at the seams with plenty of action and has a fair share of fun and noteworthy moments (and surprise X-guests), but in the end it’s not the most stellar comic book adaptation nor is it a downright failure. It’s just a necessary bridge to something bigger and better.” You can read the full film review here.
X-Men: Apocalypse rides into theaters on May 27, 2016.
NBC Picks Up DC Comics-Based Series Powerless
NBC has ordered DC Comics-based work place comedy Powerless to series. Powerless will blend the high octane world of superheros with an Office-like comedy that centers on an insurance adjustment company. The series stars Vanessa Hudgens (Grease Live), Danny Pudi (Community), Alan Tudyk (Firefly), and Christina Kirk (A – Z). Hudgens will play Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. When Emily stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures that she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right — even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.
Powerless will air in NBC’s fall lineup.
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Entertainment journalist who’s passionate about science fiction, superheroes, and all things nerdy. Regular Comic Con attendee, co-founder of The Marvel Report and co-host of The Flash Podcast and the Peggy Carter Podcast. Assistant editor at CBR and contributing writer to The Tracking Board. Obsessed with British accents, strong female characters, Sherlock, and Steve Rogers.
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