The Man in the High Castle’s SDCC 2018 Panel Teases a New Resistance – and a Premiere Date!

The Man in the High Castle will return on October 5th…and it’s already been renewed for a fifth season! The dystopia takes place in a timeline where the U.S. lost World War II, and was subsequently divided between a Nazi Annex in the East, and a Japanese colony in the West. The show hosted a lively panel at San Diego Comic-Con featuring actors Alexa Davalos, Rufus Sewell, Stephen Root, and Jason O’Mara, and executive producers Isa Dick Hackett and Dan Percival, showed an extended clip of Season Three, and discussed the difficulties of creating alternate timelines.

I’ve rounded up some panel highlights below!

  • Apparently the Nazis have learned they’re in a multi-verse..which means there are more worlds to conquer. Not good.
  • Rufus Sewell’s Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith has to become even more dedicated to his Nazism, because “there’s no retiring from the Reich.”
  • Meanwhile, Stephen Root said that ...

Arthur Curry Gets the Worst Pep Talk Ever in First Aquaman Trailer

Aquaman trailer, Jason Momoa

You’ve been waiting. Are you ready for the first Aquaman trailer?

In case you were wondering, Nicole Kidman and Temuera Morrison are his parents, so that’s two poorly-adjusted well-loved kids Jango Fett is responsible for:

That’s… a lot of CGI creatures. But it’s pretty! And Patrick Wilson makes for the oddest ice blonde you’ve ever seen.

Watch Billy Batson Shazam! For the First Time in New Trailer

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San Diego Comic Con brought the very first Shazam! trailer to the Warner Brothers panel, and it’s every bit as delightful as one could hope.

This is charming as all get-out:

Zachary Levi looks like he’s having all the fun you’d expect to have as a kid-turned-superhero. The film’s sense of humor is on-point, and it’s thankfully not awash in the usual DC movie palette of gray, gray, and more gray.

Shazam! is coming to theaters in April of 2019, so we won’t have long to wait!

The Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer is the Godzilla Movie We Deserve

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So, um, did you ever think a Godzilla movie would make you tear up? Because there is something surprisingly powerful about the first trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, screened at San Diego Comic-Con. Which is to say, they are going old school, tapping into the deep roots of Godzilla’s character as the hand of nature when humans take things too far.

But not just Godzilla—there’s Mothra, too, and Rodan, and King Ghidorah. This trailer is the real deal.

The official synopsis, from Warner Bros:

Following the global success of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized ...

Dumbledore Sees What He Wants Most in the Mirror of Erised in New Fantastic Beasts 2 Trailer!

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We’ve got a brand new trailer from San Diego Comic Con for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and it looks like those crimes are really stacking up.

Prepare yourselves for a hard pitch on behalf of wizarding fascism:

There’s a lot going on here, including a pretty clear idea of how events with Grindelwald will unfold going forward. We also get to meet Nicholas Flamel by the end (pronouncing his own name like a true and proper Frenchman, unlike everyone else in the Potter films), which indicates that we might have to worry about him and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. Newt is being put on a very dangerous path by Dumbledore, but we still don’t know how all the pieces or characters fit together.

And then there’s who Dumbedore sees in the Mirror of Erised. Which he once told Harry was himself holding a pair of woolen socks. And ...

Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse Adds John Mulaney as Spider-Ham and Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir

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In new footage from animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screened at San Diego Comic-Con, Miles Morales, Peter Parker, and Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider-Gwen walk into a multiverse meeting of Spider-Folks and are in for quite a surprise. Upon being handed “Hello My Name Is” stickers, they discover even more iterations of themselves—namely, Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham. And here’s the best part: Those roles are being voiced by (respectively) Nicolas Cage and John Mulaney!

That was the most fun tidbit to come out of Into the Spider-Verse’s SDCC panel, which featured Shameik Moore (Miles), Jake Johnson (Peter), and Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen). Phil Lord, who wrote the movie and produced it with Christopher Miller (following their success on 22 Jump StreetThe LEGO Movie, and The LEGO Batman Movie), shared his thoughts on the fun of crossing into parallel universes with different Spider-People:

All ...

Watch the First Teaser for the TV Adaptation of Thriller Podcast Homecoming

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As part of the Amazon Prime Video showrunners panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail was in attendance—not for his lauded series, but for a new project. Esmail is helming the television adaptation of Homecoming, based on the Gimlet Media podcast that was a hit upon its premiere in late 2016.

While the original podcast starred Catherine Keener as case worker Heidi Bergman, who strikes up a friendship with veteran Walter Cruz (Oscar Isaac) while helping him and other veterans readjust to civilian life as part of the mysterious “Homecoming” initiative, the TV version has Julia Roberts filling that starring role. Amazon shared the first teaser for the series at SDCC.

The teaser doesn’t give too much away, but that’s how it should be. There are strains of the podcast’s familiar theme intertwined with appropriately enigmatic shots, and a quick intro to Heidi herself before we ...

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Renewed for Season 2

Cloak & Dagger season 2 renewed SDCC 2018

Fans of Marvel and Freeform’s new teenage superhero series Cloak & Dagger, which premiered earlier this year, were excited to learn at San Diego Comic-Con that the series will be returning for a second season. Tandy and Tyrone still have a long way to go in mastering their powers and discovering the truth behind how they got them, but they’ll get at least another 10 episodes to do so when the series returns in spring 2019!

The news was announced at the SDCC panel. The official Twitter account for the series also shared this teaser art, from Marvel artists Mike McKone and Aburtov:

According to TV Guide associate editor Megan Vick’s tweets, the panelists ...

Joss Whedon is Rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a Black Lead

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Big news out of San Diego Comic-Con for Joss Whedon: The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is overseeing a reboot of his landmark television series, acting as executive producer while Monica Owusu-Breen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Midnight, Texas) will write the script and serve as showrunner. The most significant detail of the reboot news, which comes from The Hollywood Reporter, is that the new Slayer will be black.

While there isn’t too much substantial information about the reboot, with Whedon still working with Owusu-Breen to develop the script, THR did share some details:

The new version, sources say, will be contemporary and build on the mythology of the original. Like today’s world, the new Buffy will be richly diverse, with some aspects of the series, like the flagship, seen as metaphors for issues facing society today.

No word yet on who ...

Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Look at The Tick Season 2

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On the Amazon Prime Video showrunners panel at San Diego Comic-Con, The Tick creator Ben Edlund shared a sweet video for fans of the series: Stars Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman running around on the set, comparing costumes between seasons 1 and 2, and introducing a bevy of new superheroes coming out of the woodwork when season 2 premieres sometime in 2019.

That includes Tyrannosaurus Rathbone, the head of A.E.G.I.S., the agency that will work with The Tick and Arthur to fight off supervillains. Plus, Edlund revealed, Arthur will get involved with a bank robber. “Just expanding the world has been sort of our goal, just build out more heroes,” he said, per Comic Book Resources’ report. “I’m not at liberty to give too much away.”

The Tick will premiere sometime in 2019.

The Expanse Season 4 to Return in 2019

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While the Amazon Prime Video showrunners panel at San Diego Comic-Con didn’t have a shiny trailer ready for The Expanse season 4, they did share a sweet video from the cast and creators thanking fans for resurrecting the show. While Amazon picked up the series after it got cancelled by Syfy, it was due in large part to fans’ fervor to continue on the journey with the crew of the Roci and see the rest of James S.A. Corey’s space opera series play out on television.

Amazon Prime tweeted this video, filled with warm gratitude from the crew, some concept art for season 4, and #ScreamingFirehawks shoutouts:

Plus, showrunner Naren Shankar shared some insights on season 4 production:

  • Moving to the streaming service means that ...

Watch the First Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

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The first trailer for Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s continuation of the superhero narrative begun with 2000’s Unbreakable and picked up (surprisingly) in 2016’s Split, brings together an indestructible man, a villain with bones of glass, and a man possessing two dozen identities, including the fearsome Beast, in a most interesting place: an asylum, where they are presided over by a psychiatrist who believes that they believe that they are superheroes.

It’s a great angle for Glass to take, with Sarah Paulson’s new character operating under the assumption that what drives these men are delusions of grandeur rather than actual superpowers. But after what audiences saw with Bruce Willis as reluctant superhero David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson as his all-too-eager archnemesis Mr. Glass… not to mention the monster that lurks within James McAvoy’s astonishing range of other personas… it’s simply a matter of not if they convince the ...

Frances McDormand to Play God in Good Omens–Here’s Your First Look

At the Amazon Prime Video Showcase at San Diego Comic-Con, Neil Gaiman showed off an exciting teaser for the forthcoming Good Omens television adaptation, all because God told him to. And you listen to God, especially when she is Frances McDormand.

That is, Gaiman was in the middle of joking about all of the other SDCC guests having trailers to show their waiting fans, when he was interrupted by the voice of God, who will be portrayed in the series by McDormand.

And God said, let there be light some behind-the-scenes footage:

There was also a short clip shown. It doesn’t seem to be online yet, but judging by Twitter reactions, fans of the book should be very excited. CNET’s engagement editor Cait Petrakovitz, who tweeted coverage of the panel, describes some of what she saw:

Spock, Captain Pike, the Original Number One, and Mini Episodes in Store For Star Trek: Discovery

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At San Diego Comic Con, Star Trek: Discovery took the stage with news about the show’s second season… and confirmed a few very special guest spots.

According to now-showrunner Alex Kurtzman was keen to assure fans that will continue to be unlike anything they’ve seen before. The show will return in January of 2019, but fans can expect new stories in December with four mini episodes, each ten to fifteen minutes long. One of these will delve into Saru’s backstory, and Tilly and Harry Mudd are also to make appearances.

Wilson Cruz was on the panel, prompting questions as to whether there was more in store for Stamets and Culber. It turns out that Culber will be back… somehow. Cruz wouldn’t spill the beans, but we will see him again.

In addition, a sizzle reel revealed that Captain Pike will take command of the Discovery at some point in the ...

Gwen Stacy Lives at the Hands of Seanan McGuire in Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider!

Seanan McGuire Gwen Stacy Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider SDCC 2018

At San Diego Comic-Con, the magic word for Marvel Comics was Spider-Geddon—something of a sequel to the Spider-Verse, or perhaps even revenge on that multiverse crossover event. And one of the players in Spider-Geddon is none other than Wayward Children author Seanan McGuire, who will write Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider!

McGuire sat in on the SDCC panel, seemingly like any other audience member… until, that is, up came the slide announcing her and artist Rosi Kämpe’s collaboration! At that point, what was there to do but let the cat out of the bag? Or, as McGuire puts it:

“The death of Gwen Stacy in 616 was the most traumatic thing that happened in a comic book during my childhood,” McGuire goes on to say in the ...

Pick Your Side in The Walking Dead Season 9 Trailer

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The first trailer for The Walking Dead season 9 carried extra anticipation at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, as star Andrew Lincoln, a.k.a. Rick Grimes, confirmed that he will indeed be leaving after this season. While there are no explicit hints as to Rick’s fate, it’s clear in this trailer that the core group, along with the new communities they’ve encountered and created over the years, are being drawn in different directions.

“This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes,” Lincoln said during the emotional panel (via AMC’s Twitter). “I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show. I’m particularly fond of the people who watch this show.”

Will Rick’s end come at the hands of zombies? Other humans? Will he and Daryl ride off into the sunset? (Kidding about that last, as ...

“Yesterday’s Yesterday, Today is Today”: Watch the Fear the Walking Dead Season 4B Trailer

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AMC dropped the first trailer for the latter half of Fear the Walking Dead season 4 at San Diego Comic-Con. The extended video both brings to mind classic horror movies and proves how trailers can use disarmingly peppy covers to chilling effect. Following a brutal midseason finale, the next half-season will see the remaining members of the core cast moving across an infested country and finding out what happens when you mix zombies and hurricanes.

Yes, there’s a literal storm coming, but there’s also a metaphorical one en route, with Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) in its eye. Watch the creepifyn’ trailer for yourself:

Fear the Walking Dead returns August 12.

Five Books / Series to Read if You Like The Laundry Files

The Laundry Files is a cross-genre series; it’s British, but beyond that it transgresses wildly by crossing the streams of normally rigid marketing categories. We have comedy, we have horror, we have magic, we have technology, we have spies. So: what else is out there that has a not-dissimilar feel to the Laundry Files?

The works I want to point you at today all share three or more from a set of six attributes: they’re mostly British, their protagonists mostly work for bureaucracies (government or police, but also academia), and they mostly involve magic. They may also share other attributes—humour, time travel, and a seasoning of steampunk—but the latter three are a little more optional.

So, without further ado, here’s my “if you liked the Laundry Files you may like these” list.

 

 

The Peter Grant Series by Ben Aaronovitch

Midnight Riot (UK title: Rivers of ...

Clichéd Storytelling: The Furnace by Prentis Rollins

At their best, graphic novels—comics—combine visual intensity and compelling narrative, like a television show without the drawbacks of actors and a special effects budget, and I’ve read enough to I know what I like. Veristic art, with clean lines and either black & white or strong, realistic colours; narratives that include interesting women (you’d never have guessed that one); and a strong thematic argument.

When I heard that Tor Books was publishing an original science fiction graphic novel called The Furnace, I was pretty interested.

I’m aware of my ignorance when it comes to graphic novels. Unlike with the non-graphic kind, I haven’t read widely enough to have a solid grasp on the genre’s more interesting nuances—though I’ve tried, on occasion, to get something of an overview. (It turns out I’m much more of a fan of Greg Rucka’s Stumptown and G. Willow Wilson’s current run on Ms. Marvel...