Friday Links goes listicle, for one night only. Number Three will shock you!
Happy Friday folks! It’s that time of the week again – the weekend is nearly upon us and that means it’s time to catch up on all the weeks big pop-culture news. This week we’re going to try something a little different, dispose with the pithy segues and go straight-up (or straight-down, as it were) list-style. Because it’s the internet, and who on the internet doesn’t love a list (or, at least, to argue about a list)? So here goes…
Top Ten Links Links for Friday, November 3, 2017
10. New Warriors need a new network
So as it turns out, a half-hour teen-pitched comedy about a rag-tag team of Marvel superheroes is not quite as surefire a hit as you might think. We don’t know if it’s post-Inhumans jitters or something else, but the show, which was ordered straight to season earlier this year, has been dropped by (US) ABC’s younger-leaning cable channel Freeform. It’s looking like the show will still go ahead, but at this point, nobody knows when or where, which is never a good start. Bummer.
9. New Justice League Poster
Serious question: Does *anyone* at this point think Superman is not going to appear in this movie? Another serious question: Does *anyone* like the crime against typography DC has committed by forcing all those logos into the tagline? Anyway, Justice League has a new poster, and it’s hinting very heavily at something to do with Superman, but of course he’s not on it because it’s maybe going to be a surprise or something. Also, it’s good how they’ve again put both the good characters at the top so we can crop the poster and pretend it’s just an Aquaman and Wonder Woman movie.
8. Star Wars is getting 40th Anniversary Funkos
In the first of multiple appearances by Star Wars on this list (because ‘duh!’), US chain Walmart has this week unveiled a series of four sets of limited edition Funko Pops based on the original Star Wars films. Each set contains two figures and re-creates an iconic moment in the original trilogy. As the inadvertent time-traveller says to the evil faceless corporation: Shut up and take my money!
7. Good Omens gets a Beezelbub…
… and some horsemen! It might be just me, Amazon’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s very-great novel Good Omens feels like it’s been quietly in the works for a long time, but this week we got some more casting news (as though previously announced Michael Sheen, David Tennent and John Hamm weren’t enough) that makes the whole thing seem a lot more… imminent. Hurrah!
6. Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gets its turtles
I’m old enough to have some lingering allegiance to the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and the accompanying live-action films, one of which featured Vanilla Ice as himself, because it was a different time…) but if you’re not as old as me, or you’re more open to remakes of your childhood faves (…or you just have kids), you may be interested to know that the latest Turtle-eration has been cast, and it features actors from all your millennial comedy faves — Parks and Rec! Silicon Valley! You’re the Worst! — which suggests that this might actually be a fun time for all ages, and not just a cheesy kid-fest. Radical, dude!
5. The Orville gets a second season
True fact: Every single Facebook conversation about Star Trek: Discovery goes like this: “I love it!” “I hate it!” “I like it but it doesn’t feel like Star Trek!” “I love it. It’s perfectly Trek.” “Why is it a prequel? It would be better if it wasn’t a prequel.” “It’s good it’s a prequel.” “Hey have you seen The Orville? It’s better.” “No, it’s terrible!” and then an ensuing argument about Seth Macfarlane. Every single one. I challenge you to find one that doesn’t. And now, just like Star Trek: Discovery last week, The Orville has been renewed for a second season, so this can go on for at least another twelve months. Yaaaaaay.
4. Zachary Levi cast as the lead in DC’s Shazam!
Now, I have a very big soft spot for weird 2000’s spy-dramedy Chuck (actually-not-acting-as-a-terrible-person, not-to-be-named supporting cast-member aside), which maybe bumps news that Zachary Levi is finally getting another nice big part up a spot or two, but I feel like DC going with someone who can handle comedy for a super-hero lead could be a good thing for the whole DCEU. It’s news to keep an eye on at least.
3. Taika Waititi has confirmed a What We Do In The Shadows sequel
Now that he’s a bona-fide superstar who has (almost) single-handedly made Thor fun, Taika Waititi can pretty much do whatever he wants, and apparently what he wants to do is make a sequel to his brilliant vampire horror-comedy, What We Do In The Shadows! And team up with Flight Of The Conchords’ Jemaine Clement to do it! Hells to the yes! The only bad news? We’re going to be waiting a long, long time. Still, it’s nice to have things to look forward to, isn’t it?
2. The Lion King is getting a remake
Ooooh! Controversial surprise number two! Now, I know it’s not our geeky Wars/Trek/Marvel/DC/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action-Adventure bread and butter, but will you just look at this cast? Look at it. Whether The Lion King was a huge part of your childhood or not, whether you care about Disney movies or not, whether you are sick to death of Hollywood remaking everything from the 90s or not, this is the kind of cast that comes along once in a never. Beyonce AND Donald Glover AND John Oliver? Come on.
1. A new (semi-)surprise Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser
Look, I took off points for the porg (and the accompanying news that there will be baby porgs) but I added them for ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ELSE, so this was never not going to be Number One on this list. The only week in which a new Star Wars Teaser is not the biggest piece of pop-culture news is a week where there is also a Star Wars Trailer, and even then it really does depend on the content. It’s hard to top [redacted for spoilers] in the [redacted for spoilers] — which is to say, if you are an extreme spoilerphobe who likes to come into these things fresh, this is not the teaser for you.
Well, that was fun. Your regular non-ranked painfully-segued links links will be back next week, but until then, may all your pop-culture be excellent!