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Media Watch: HBO Max Disappoints For Roku/Amazon Fire Users, Cavill To Return As Superman, ‘Upgrade’ Gets TV Sequel & More!

Henry Cavill in Discussions to Return as Superman

As HBO Max has officially announced the “The Snyder Cut” of 2017’s Justice League, it hast been rumored that Ben Affleck might return as Batman to face off against Joseph Mangliello’s Deathstroke in a yet to be announced project.  Meanwhile, DC Entertainment is still focused on “uniting the seven”  re in current talks to bring Henry Cavill back to as Superman.  Cavill previously portrayed the character beginning in 2013’s Man of Steel, 2016’s Batman V. Superman and 2017’s Justice League.  No word yet about the further participation of co-stars Jesse Eisenberg, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, or Amy Adams.

Upgrade Sequel Series in Development; Leigh Whannell to Direct

Blumhouse Television is currently developing a sequel television series to the 2018 film Upgrade.  To be directed and co-created by Leigh Whannell (Upgrade, The Invisible Man), Tim Walsh (Treadstone, Chicago P.D.) will serve as co-creator and showrunner on the series.

The film, which Whannell wrote and directed, focused on Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body following a brutal mugging where his wife was killed and he was left paralyzed. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – which provides its host with heightened physical abilities, allowing Grey to exact revenge on those responsible for his wife’s death.

The series, “picks up a few years after the events of the film and broadens the universe with an evolved version of STEM and a new host — imaging a world in which the government repurposes STEM to help curb criminal activity.”

HBO Max Launch Disappoints on Arrival

HBO Max has finally launched and it offers a huge catalog of movies and TV shows -to DC content to Studio Ghibli properties to classic HBO series to every episode of Friends. Unfortunately, if you’re planning on watching HBO Max on your Roku or Amazon Fire Stick/Fire TV, the service is not available on those devices.

WarnerMedia and their parent company AT&T haven’t been able to make a deal with Roku and Amazon. But talks are reportedly ongoing.

“As the No. 1 streaming platform in the US we believe that HBO Max would benefit greatly from the scale and content marketing capabilities available with distribution on our platform,” a Roku spokesman said in a statement, according to CNET. “Unfortunately we haven’t reached [an] agreement yet with HBO Max. While not on our platform today, we look forward to helping HBO Max in the future successfully scale their streaming business.”

HBO Max’s Synder and Green Lantern Cuts Details Revealed

During an interview with Business Insider, HBO Max content chief Kevin Reilly revealed new details on the new streaming platform’s upcoming projects, including the Green Lantern series, J.J. Abrams’ Justice League Dark series, the Justice League Snyder Cut, and more.

“Greg [Berlanti, who is producing a Green Lantern series for Max] has done a lot of really quality DC fare for The CW,” said Reilly. “These will not be that. These will be the next step up in production value. You can expect the highest level of cinematic production values on those shows, and that’s the same for the projects we’ve announced with J.J. [Abrams].”

Reilly continued that Abrams pitched the Justice League Dark series, saying “he’s always loved it. He always felt that there was a lot of opportunity there and an unexplored territory, and kind of a pond that he could play in exclusively.”

Shifting to the Justice League Snyder Cut, Reilly explained that he and his team were onboard the project after a meeting with Zack and Deborah Snyder about the director’s cut: “I forget when Zack and Deborah [Snyder] first gave us the sense of where they were heading, but even from that meeting, me and my team felt it was something we really wanted to do. There were a lot of issues involved to figure out how we could deliver on his vision, and a myriad of legal issues. We’ve been sitting on this for quite some time but working on it. It was obviously a secret project given the high level of interest, but we were chipping away at it piece by piece. There was some strategy but also some serendipity in how we got over the hurdle of some of those issues just before the launch [of Max].”

Spawn Reboot Update

In an interview with producer Jason Blum revealed that there’s been an “enormous amount of activity” going on behind the scenes on the project and that it’s not one he intends on having sit in development hell.

“No new news that I’m going to reveal here, I’m sorry to tell you, but the title Spawn, I’ve been uttering that word a lot in the last two or three weeks and we’ll have more news to come,” Blum said. “But, suffice it to say, it is a very active development. I wanna make the movie so badly, I wouldn’t put that past myself, and it’s an excellent question, but in this case, I’ve actually been talking to other people about it, but there’s been a seismic event on Spawn.”

McFarlane is set to write and direct the Spawn reboot, which he previously confirmed will be “dark and R-rated,” even going so far as to say that it would be a harder R than Deadpool. McFarlane also revealed that the budget for the film will be a meager $10-to-$12 million, an atypical budget for a superhero film (which range into the hundreds of millions at Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios) but par for the course for Blumhouse Productions (who specialize in lower-budget features anywhere from $100k to $10 million). With such a smaller scale film, the money for which McFarlane himself is at least partially putting up, allows the filmmaker to share more content with fans from the set, which he promises to do every day of production.

AMC’s NOS4A2 Season 2 Trailer Released

AMC has debuted the first full trailer for the next chapter of NOS4A2.

NOS4A2’s second season picks up eight years after the events of season one. Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) remains more determined than ever to destroy Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto). Charlie, having faced his own mortality, emerges desperate for revenge against Vic. This time, he sets his sights on the person who means most to Vic — her eight-year-old son Wayne. The race for Wayne’s soul sends Vic and Charlie on a high-speed collision course, forcing both to confront the mistakes of their pasts in order to secure a hold on Wayne’s future.

The series also stars Ashleigh Cummings, along with Jahkara Smith, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Virginia Kull, Jonathan Langdon, Ashley Romans, Jason David, and Mattea Conforti.

Netflix’s Dark Season 3 Trailer Released

Netflix has released a date announcement teaser for the upcoming third season of the award-winning German-language series Dark that follows a densely layered story playing out across multiple overlapping points in time. You can check out the video below and watch Season 3 when the final cycle begins on June 27th.

Dark is a family saga set in a German town in present-day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. The story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.

In the second season, Jonas finds himself trapped in the future and desperately tries to return to 2020. Meanwhile, his friends Martha, Magnus, and Franziska are trying to uncover how Bartosz’ is involved in the mysterious incidents occurring in their small hometown of Winden. More and more people are drawn into the events orchestrated by an obscure figure who seemingly controls everything that is connected throughout different time zones.


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