A few weeks ago, we learned that the comic book rights of Buffy the Vampire Slayerwere acquired by BOOM! Studios. We weren’t given any real details other than a teaser poster that showed Buffy with a smartphone. This has led to speculation that the vampire slayer would get the reboot treatment via comics. If you thought that’s what was happening, you have earned yourself a prize. It’s just like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Same characters, but with an updated setting. This worked really well for Power Rangers in my opinion, so I don’t think Buffy fans have much to fear.
In addition to the synopsis, we finally know who will bring the comics to life as well. Jordie Bellaire will be writing the stories and Dan Mora will be providing the art. Joss Whedon will be a story consultant. Bellaire released the following statement to express her excitement:
Mora also released a statement:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 will be available January 9, 2019.
I’m still making my way through The Dragon Prince, but it must’ve done quite well considering Netflix has renewed it for a second season. My main hope is that the animation becomes more consistent. Most of the time I was able to ignore the inconsistent animation, but there were times where it bugged me. Sometimes it’s smooth and nice and other times it feels really choppy.
Series co-creator, Aaron Ehasz sent out this tweet a few days ago that hinted at this announcement.
The second trailer for Dragon Ball Super: Broly has dropped and there’s some stuff to unpack. First, it looks like this film will not just explore Broly’s past, but the history of Goku and Vegeta as well. We see King Vegeta bragging about his young son, Bardock and Goku’s mom are seen putting their faith in Goku, and Paragus is heard vowing revenge for the treatment of Broly. We’ll also get to see what appears to be Freiza’s first meeting with the Saiyan race alongside King Cold. Freiza appears to be joined by Zarbon, Dodoria, and the Ginyu Force as they arrive on Planet Vegeta. I’m getting really excited for this film. Dragon Ball Super: Broly is currently set to release in Japan on December 14, 2018, and it will then come to North America on January 16, 2019.
Filler episodes in animated TV shows normally suck. Depending on the show and length of the filler, it can even kill interest (I’m looking at you Key of the Starry Sky arc in Fairy Tail!) in the show. Of course, the worst offenders of including filler are anime shows so that the manga has plenty of time to put out content for the anime to adapt. There are some shows that take filler episodes to really have fun. I’d like to share three filler episodes that were done extremely well and are actually a blast to watch. What are some of your favorite filler?
“The Feud!” – Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 7, Episode 4
Voltron has a couple of decent filler episodes, but “The Feud!” takes the cake in my book. It’s nothing but good fun and the writers know it. The Paladins end up on a high-stakes game show facing off against caricatures of their foes from across the show. The whole time I watched it, I had a decent laugh and more importantly, I didn’t want to skip it. There are parts that are predictable, and in the end, you can skip the episode as it has no bearing on the actual story. However, to watch some of the commercials they made is something that rewarded me as a fan for watching the last six seasons. Little jokes that made me feel like the writers were in tune with fans.
“Special Request: Watch out for the guy you like!” – Fairy Tail Episode 50
Yes, a filler arc has all but killed my interest in watching Fairy Tail, but that was well after I saw this gem. In fact, outside of the horrifically dumb Key of the Starry Sky arc, Fairy Tail does really well with its filler episodes. They didn’t have long arcs like many anime, but rather most fillers were one-off episodes with the occasional 3-5-episode story. Episode 50 though is the best in my opinion. It all stems from Juvia’s love for Gray, but the love potion she buys to “persuade” Gray spreads across the Guild. What’s more is that instead of everyone falling in love with others, it causes the guild to create rivals amongst one another. Cana and Makarov end up in a drinking contest, Gray is jealous that Happy can fly, and best of all, Erza declares a pillar to be her rival. Once again, the episode doesn’t take itself seriously. In addition to this storyline though, there’s a treat for NaLu fans, but it’s not why this episode is so great. It’s just a cherry on top.
“The Ember Island Players” Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 3, Episode 17
Avatar: The Last Airbender is an amazing show and I always recommend it to friends. Of course, one of the best episodes happens to be a filler. The episode features Team Avatar as they’re preparing to defeat Fire Lord Ozai when they decide to take a day to relax and regroup. They decide to go see a play that is the story of the show up until the third season. It’s a great way for the audience and writers to poke fun at some of the quirks about the show. For example, Toph was originally going to be a boy, but the writers convinced the creators to make Toph a girl. The Toph in the play though, is a big man that one might expect from Toph’s personality, and I’m sure is a nod to this change. It even pokes fun at how ambiguously a character disappeared from the show. This episode may be filler, but it’s the best filler.
Season 7 of Voltron: Legendary Defenders came to Netflix on August 10, 2018. Now, it’s time to suit up for the eighth and final season. December 14, 2018. That is the date that this show will end. Season 8 will have 13 episodes total and will feature the Paladins finally putting an end to Honerva/Haggar.
In addition to the release date and description though, fans have been treated with this teaser and ComicBook has a couple of special images. The teaser doesn’t show anything new, but it’s enough to get fans excited. The images on the other hand show Honerva in a new suit similar to the Altean we saw at the end of season 7 as well as the Paladins in some awesome looking coats for the Galaxy Garrison. I’ll be tuning in in about two months to finish the series, will you?
Is it December 20, 2019, yet? I really want to see what J.J. Abrams has in store for us in Star Wars: Episode IX. We know very few details about the film and none of them really tell us anything about the plot. However, we do know that Dominic Monaghan is going to be in it, and he just told us something. It’s not a big something, but it’s something.
So, it looks like he’ll be heavily present during the first act but not during the other acts which means his role probably is not huge. However, he does mention that Abrams is trying to work him into the other acts more in rewrites. My theory is that Monaghan is going to be playing one of the Knights of Ren. If I’m correct, it’s possible that the first act will in some way deal with them. Maybe it’s full of flashbacks (or is a giant flashback itself) to Kylo’s journey to the dark side which would involve the Knights. It could also mean that the Knights show up, but then are disposed of or otherwise disbanded during the first third. That second one doesn’t seem as likely, but it’s possible. Of course, I could be completely wrong. What do you think Monaghan’s role will be in Episode IX?
RWBY Volume 6 is coming out this month and there’s a little going on. First, check out this awesome poster Rooster Teeth is putting out. It looks awesome and shows us the back of a mysterious figure. Who could it be?
Also, don’t forget that you can catch the premiere of Volume 6 as well as get a refresher of parts of Volume 5 in theaters thanks to Fathom Events. This special premiere will be in select theaters (roughly 400) on October 25, 2018. If you can’t make it to a theater, the premiere will be available October 27, 2018, on Rooster Teeth.
If you were looking forward to seeing two Robert Downey Jr. films within a month next year, I have grave news. The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has been pushed back by nine months all the way to January 17, 2020. Its original release was going to be April 12, 2019, which was just 3 weeks before the release of Avengers 4 that will also star Downey Jr. Universal has instead moved their film Little to the April date.
Joining Downey Jr. is Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent, and Michael Sheen. An extensive voice cast including Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, and Carmen Ejogo will also be featured.
Pokemon and pixel art go hand in hand. I see them and they’re adorable and fantastic. Then, people make crafts of pixel art and it continues to be cute and great. That is, most of the time it’s cute and great. Reddit user u/AmazingOrigami has made some pixel art coasters for their local esports bar. On paper this is fantastic and a great idea. Even when you look at the top right corner of the picture he posted. Look at the rest of the picture though and you learn the they have created coasters that are Pokemon butts, anus included. My very first thought was the episode “Art Crawl” from Bob’s Burgers when Gayle is obsessed with painting animal anuses. Depending on your sense of humor, this is probably the most appalling thing you’ve seen in a while, or it’s one of the best things you’ve seen. If you love these, unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that they’re available for sale. You could always contact the original creator and see if you can work something out though.
Whenever new casting in superhero films is announced, we’re used to seeing some art from BossLogic who shows us what that casting could look like. This time though, Datrinti seems to be the first one to give us a rendering of Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and she looks awesome! The costume very much takes inspiration from her classic costume, Injustice 2, and New 52. This art gets me extremely excited to see what Smollett-Bell’s look will actually be in Birds of Prey.