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Media Watch: ‘Batwoman’ Replacing Kate Kane With New Character, ‘Lovecraft Country’ Gets New Trailer’, New Ghibli Movie & More!

Batwoman Season 2 To Replace Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane With a New Character

Leaving behind a season of unresolved plotlines, Ruby Rose’s exit, as the lead of CW’s Batwoman series, left fans perplexed on how the producers and network would handle the situation.  In a surprise move, the series will go forward with a completely new character instead of recasting Rose as the title character, aka Kate Kane.

The new, uncast role is Ryan Wilder, who is described as, “She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”

Apparently producers are seeing actresses of all races, and is hoping to cast a performer who identifies as LGBTQ.

Studio Ghibli Announces Aya and the Witch

After nearly six years since Studio Ghibli released an animated drama film the award-winning Japanese animation studio has officially announced their upcoming and latest animated film titled Aya and the Witch will be their first-ever CG film. Set to make its debut sometime this winter on Japan’s NHK network.

The project hails from Goro Miyazaki, the son of Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki, who is also being credited with the planning of the film.

“After corona, how the world changes? That’s the biggest concern for many types of people now. Even the movie and television industry can’t avoid that,” Studio Ghibli co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki said in a statement. “Can Aya and the Witch do well after corona? I thought about that many times when I was watching the early footage. Then I realized the big characteristic of the movie is Aya’s wisdom. If only we have wisdom, we can overcome anything in any era. When I thought about that, I was relieved.”

Maisie Richardson-Sellers is Not Returning to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW

Maisie Richardson-Sellers will not be returning as a series regular for Season 6’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Richardson-Sellers has portrayed two different characters on the series since she joined the cast during the Season 2 premiere, starting with Amaya Jiwe, aka Vixen, a member of the Justice Society of America in the 1940s. In the Season 3 finale, Amaya returned to her own time in 1942. Richardson-Sellers took on the new role as the shapeshifter Charlie, who was also revealed to be one of the Greek Fates called Clotho.

“This was something that was well over a year in the works,” co-showrunner Phil Klemmer said. “We knew that [Maisie] was wanting to make her mark as a filmmaker on her own, and so that allowed us to craft a story that would, hopefully, make for a satisfying conclusion. The finale was sort of all about her. For me, it’s so bittersweet, bringing it back to that punk club and The Smell… The good thing is that people are allowed to come back and have come back.”

Godzilla vs. Kong Gets PG-13 Rating

Godzilla vs. Kong received an official PG-13 rating from the MPAA for “intense sequences of creature violence/destruction and brief language.”

Adam Wingard is directing Godzilla vs. Kong, which serves as a follow-up to both King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island. The film began shooting last November and wrapped principal photography back in April. Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, and Zhang Ziyi will all reprise their roles from King of the Monsters. Some of the new cast members include Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry, Jessica Henwick, Demián Bichir, and Rebecca Hall.

HBO’s Lovecraft Country New Trailer

HBO has released a new teaser trailer for Misha Green and Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country, the forthcoming horror drama series adaptation of Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name. In the video we get a new look at the timely series, the story and characters as they face terrifying creatures all the while resisting against racism. The series is scheduled to make its debut this August.

Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

AMC Might Shutter All Theaters

AMC Entertainment revealed it might be forced into filing bankruptcy due to the impact of the pandemic. The company expects its first-quarter financial results to reveal a loss between $2.1 and $2.4 billion.

COVID-19 has forced AMC to close its more than 1,000 theaters with 600 corporate employees being laid off or furloughed. After operating for months with no revenue, AMC believes when theaters are able to reopen, customers might hesitate to come back.

In addition, the company added that complying with new health guidelines could add costs as well as cut into profits.

With growing uncertainty as to what the future looks like for AMC, the company acknowledged that “substantial doubt exists about our ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time.” The over $2 billion in loss is reportedly mainly attributable to a $2 billion impairment charge related to the shutdown.

The company said it had hoped they could reopen theaters this summer in time for Tenet and Mulan. AMC writes, “We believe we have the cash resources to reopen our theatres and resume our operations this summer or later. Our liquidity needs thereafter will depend, among other things, on the timing of a full resumption of operations, the timing of movie releases, and our ability to generate revenues. We cannot assure you that our assumptions used to estimate our liquidity requirements will be correct because we have never previously experienced a complete cessation of our operations, and as a consequence, our ability to be predictive is uncertain.”


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