Across the Spider-Verse’ Teaser, Reveals ‘El Muerto’; “Seconds” with Blake Lively; ‘Grendel’ Coming to Netflix; Kite Man anime series; AWA TV Development Agreement
May is here and the road to summer is paved with showbiz news. It’s time for another roundup!
batman 2 is officially in development at Warner Bros. Director Matt Reeves is writing a sequel to the hit film that topped box office charts in March (see “‘The Batman’ Tops Friday Box Office with $57 Million”). Dylan Clark will also comment on the product of this sequel.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has offered a first look at Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (Part One) at Cinema Con (see images below), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (Part One) had recently been pushed back to June 2, 2023 (see “Sequels to ‘Spider-Verse'”). They also announced that Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, aka Bad Bunny, will play El Muerto in a El Muerto film. It is set to hit theaters on January 12, 2024.
A film based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley seconds is in development at Searchlight with a screenplay by Edgar Wright, who co-wrote and directed the adaptation of O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Blake Lively is on board to direct, which would be the first feature film she’s directed, though she’s not without directing credits (she was nominated for the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards for her direction of the video by Taylor Swift for I bet you think of me). The graphic novel was released in 2014 and ranked in the top five of Comic Book Shop (see “Top 300 GN – July 2014”) and Book Channel (see “BookScan Top 10 – July 2014”).
Netflix will release a Grendel series based on Matt Wagner’s comics, most recently published by Dark Horse, in 2022, the streamer announced. The series had been reported to be in development with Dark Horse since 2021 (see “How much is too much”). The new series will have eight episodes and will feature Abubakr Ali as Grendel/Hunter Rose.
HBO Max has ordered a 10-episode adult animated DC series centered on DC’s Kite Man, a spin-off from the harley quinn series with working title Noonan’s, announced the streamer. In the series, Kite Man and Golden Glider will moonlight as criminals to fund their purchase of Gotham Noonan’s dive bar. Harley Quinn was launched on the DC Universe service and moved to HBO Max as DC Universe dropped video content (see “DC Universe Drops Video”).
AWA Studios (the media division of artists, writers and artisans, which also publishes comics) has signed a development agreement with Fremantle to develop a slate of television projects based on AWA’s intellectual properties, the companies announced.
We’ve updated our Geek Movie Calendar with the reissue of Avatar with image and sound restored in autumn 2022, new dates for wonders and The ant Man in 2023, and the date of Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie. For geek movies coming out in 2022, see “Geek Movie Calendar – 2022” and for 2023, see “Geek Movie Calendar – 2023”.