Ahead of this years San Diego Comic Con, DC has given us a look at its fall subscription service and there's some definite pros and cons. While the service is looking to launch a handful of new titles, including the live action Teen Titan series, it seems like it might be light in some other areas. Dc has promised to provide members with access to their extensive library, but it appears that certain fan favorite series including the animated Justice League as well as the DC series that live on the CW network might not appear on the service. It's also no secret that Netflix has acquired a deal with the CW to release these comic book series just 8 days after the airing of their final episodes. It also appears that the comic book feature included in the service will be limited to a "curated" selection, rotating out comics periodically and thus not allowing full access to the massive DC catalog. The other big concern is the price. With Disney looking to launch their own streaming service in the fall and DC having most, but not all, of their series and advertising a comic book feature (which would most likely make less sense to view on the television versus viewing on your phone), it wouldn't be surprising if the price was closer to HBOGo's tag of around $15 dollars or more. The other issue is that this is for dedicated fan boys of the comic giant. With new series like an animated cartoon for Harley Quinn, Swamp Thing, as well as the return of Young Justice, you're less likely to pick up a subscription for something with a hefty price tag if you aren't solely looking for movies and content based on DC franchises. With that being said, there is a lot here to see, including many of the popular DC animated films, the Batman film series, and even the original Superman TV series. The other big issue is that if you are going to pick up a subscription because of one these new series you might want to hold out because the only one launching this year is the live action Teen Titans, while the Swamp Thing, Harley Queen, Young Justice, and Doom Patrol series won't debut until sometime in 2019. We will have to see if DC's can stand up against Disney's streaming service, which is said to be home to not just their films, but the Marvel and Star Wars catalog as well. If you're interested, the website is now live and you can sign up for the possibility to be part of the early access beta later this year here. Read a bit more about what's missing here.
We have a lot of good news from CW as well as some bad. While the network announced their finale dates for their current airing series, they also renewed 10 as well. This includes fan favorites like Arrow, and The Flash, as well as new comers Black Lightning and even the expensive Legends of Tomorrow (which means Constantine is returning to TV once again). Supernatural has also been renewed for an impressive 14th season. As for The 100, iZombie, Valor, and Life Sentence, it looks like we will have to wait until May for a final decision on those series. Are you happy with the renewals?
After a brief hiatus, I am back and ready to kick off the New Year! Expect lots of fun changes in the upcoming weeks and a promise to more fun reads, stories, and content! If you've been here for awhile, thanks for sticking around!
Great news for Hulu fans! Two of the streaming giants better original shows that debuted last year have been officially renewed for their second season. Marvel's teen mystery, Runaway's as well as the fantastically hilarious Future Man, are both getting a season 2 and I can vouch for both series as being loads of fun. Marvel's Runaway follows a group of teens as they try to discover the mystery their parents are hiding from them and the secret organization they are running, Pride. Future Man follows lead actor Josh Hutcherson as Josh who beats the final level of a video game whose characters suddenly appear in front of him and tell him that he is the true savior. The series are both really fun and Future Man was one of the best shows I watched in 2017. Get excited and binge these series if you get a chance!
It's very early in the morning here on the east coast and it appears after weeks of speculation, the rumors have come true. Disney has purchased Fox in a historic media merger deal for 52.4 billion. This includes all of Fox's TV and movie studios, cable networks like FX, and international TV businesses. Several smaller properties and Fox news and Business channels will be spun off however, but Disney has just acquired basically every well known Fox entity. This includes the rights to the X-men film franchise, the upcoming Avatar sequels, Deadpool, and long time animate series The Simpsons. While it looks like the deal will happen over the course of two years, this definitely puts Disney in the position to expand their growth into the TV field and not being limited by their own Networks like The Disney Channel and Disney XD. It will be interesting to see how they will handle the more edgy an R-rated films that Fox has done over the years, as well as the many films Fox had in development. Looks like we are just going to have to wait and see but this is a major move for a company that about to crush the 2017 box office with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi across the country this evening.
One of televisions best reviewed series is almost back and it just dropped a chilling new trailer. Mr Robot left on a high note and massive cliff hanger and it looks like the paranoia and intensity aren't going to slow down in season 3. Take a look at Elliot and the gang and get ready for Mr Robot to return to TV October 11, 2017.
Netflix may be trying to open the door to it's own super hero universe. The streaming service has purchased the company behind the comics for Kick Ass, Kingsman, and Wanted. The comics turned films were all created by Mark Millar, a former Marvel writer, who's films adaptations have proved fairly popular at the box office, especially with the Kingsman franchise. The bad news of the deal is that it looks like those titles were not part of it, so we won't be seeing a Kick Ass or Kingsman Netflix series anytime soon but it does open up the possibility of developing other Millarworld comics such as Superior, Nemesis, Empress, and a handful of other titles. Guess we will just have to wait and see which directions Netflix is going to take their latest acquisition.
Disney has been in the planning stages or creating their own streaming service for quite some time and it looks like they are ready to pull their catalog from one major provider. Disney announced that they will be removing all of their films from Netflix but not until the end of 2018, prior to the launch of their official app in 2019. The Marvel TV series are said to remain on the service as they are produced through Netflix. Along with the news, ESPN will also be launching a streaming service that will broadcast an estimated 10,000 sporting events annually. The news also had an immediate effect of Netlflix, sending it's shares down over 5 percent. While we are a few years away from Disney's app materializing, it is still going to be a massive hit to Netflix and other services.
Game of Thrones has finally returned to HBO and it has absolutely obliterated viewing records for a season premier. The hugely popular series brought in an astounding 10.1 million viewers Sunday night, which is up from the 8.9 million that watched last years finale of season 6. On top of that, the seasons premiere is up 27% from the premier of season 6 as well. The series which has usually ran its season begging in April, has begun in July due to its season order being cut from the usual 10 episodes, to only 7. While it looks like we'll be seeing a little less of Westeros this year, the season is off to a strong start.
Netflix's monster hit, Stranger Things, was one of the biggest pop culture stories from 2016. The sci-fi series went on to win a number of awards and received critical acclaim from both critics and audiences. Netflix originally announced a second season for the series to debut on Halloween, but it seems that the date has been moved ahead several days as well as a debut of a brand new poster. Season 2 promises to be "weirder and darker," than it's predecessor so we will just have to sit and wait until October to find out more about the upside down and all the mysteries within.
The weekend's not even over and Netflix's Castlevania series is off to a strong debut! The series based on the gaming franchise, debuted on the streaming service on Friday and was quickly announced for a second season renewal on Saturday. Not only that, the series will double it's episode size, from 4 to 8 episodes in the second season, which will arrive sometime in the future. Make sure to check out the dark adventures of the last member of the Belmont clan and all the vampiric action on Netflix now!