Sci-Fi Sunday, February 24 - March 1, 2020

This week had announcements with their ups and downs with ‘Tales from the Loop’ getting its own series, Disney makes an announcement that has fans worried but also bringing a much-requested era to life, and Warner Brothers to bring six years of animated movies to their peak.

Amazon Primes’ new trailer brings the Art Of Simon Stålenhag to life

This week saw the release of the series trailer of ‘Tales from the Loop’, Amazon Primes sci-fiction drama based on the work of acclaimed Swedish sci-fi artist Simon Stålenhag. 

“The Loop” is a massive machine, buried underground, which is exploring the mysteries of the universe.  This unlocks miraculous innovations in the outside world beyond imagination.  But even with all of that wonderment, the TV series will explore “poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling.” 

Stålenhag’s art was collected in the book ‘Tales from the Loop’ as an art book but was not as a novel with a story. Fans aren’t sure how writer Nathaniel Halpern will adapt it to television but judging from the trailer there will be a lot of great robot eye candy and visual effects to make it worth watching.

Rebecca Hall (‘Godzilla Vs Kong’) heads up the cast as Loretta, a physicist.  Recent Oscar nominee Jonathan Pryce (‘The Two Popes’) plays Russ, the founder, and leader of the Loop project and Paul Schneider (‘Chance’) plays his son, George.

The series will begin streaming on the Amazon Prime service starting on April 3.

Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down to retire in 2021

The beginning of this week saw the release of an announcement that rocked the entertainment world, Disney announced that Bob Iger would be stepping down at CEO and be replaced by Bob Chapek. Iger will step down into the position of executive chairman through 2021 and plans to focus on Disney’s creative strategy through the remainder of his tenure.

Iger said he decided to step down now because he wanted to focus on the creative side now that major projects like the Fox merger and launch of Disney+ were behind him. He had also announced in a previous investors meeting that he planned to retire by the end of 2021 so the transition to another head was not wholly unexpected. 

During his time as CEO, he oversaw the opening of another successful theme park, Shanghai Disneyland and the acquiring of Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm LTD, three of the most popular brands in entertainment. Most recently, Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, adding a huge library of properties to Disney’s portfolio. Iger is set to go off on a high note after the launch of Diney+ immediately making Disney a popular streaming service provider which has amassed over 26.2 million subscribers in its first-quarter making it the most successful streaming service launch so far.

What will happen after the two-year transition to a new CEO remains to be seen, fans are on the fence and hoping that Disney will continue to be successful.

Disney announced the launch of ‘Star Wars: The High Republic’

It’s not all doom and gloom at Disney as they announced this week an ambitious publishing initiative called Star Wars: The High Republic’. It will feature stories set 200 years prior to ‘The Phantom Menace’ and depict the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order at the height of their power and influence. The first set of stories will be told in waves, crossing between traditional books and comics, with Wave One being dubbed “Light of the Jedi”.

The announcement came in the form of a video that teases at some of the stories and characters that will appear in the stories.

Lucasfilm LTD’s Kathleen Kennedy stated:

“We are so excited to be opening up such a rich, fertile era for our authors to explore.  We’ll get to see the Jedi in their prime.”

Lucasfilm Creative Director Michael Siglain added:

“It’s a golden time.  A time of peace and prosperity… a time when the Jedi really are galactic guardians, stewards of peace and justice.”

Wave One will begin to be released starting on August 25 with the release of the ‘In the light of the Jedi’ novel and then cross across four more print releases with ‘A Test of Courage’ by Justina Ireland (‘Star Wars: Lando’s Luck’), a middle-grade book, ‘The High Republic’ by Cavan Scott (‘Star Wars Adventures’), a Marvel comic series, ‘Into the Dark’ by Claudia Gray (Star Wars: Master & Apprentice), a novel, and ‘The High Republic Adventures’ by Daniel Jose Older (Star Wars: Last Shot), an IDW comic series.

Currently, there are no plans to adapt this series into live-action or animated releases but if it’s popular enough, who knows what the future will bring?

Warner Brothers announce upcoming animated movie ‘Justice League Dark: Apokolips War’

Warner Brothers announced this week that six years of interwoven DC animated movies will culminate into their most ambitious project yet which will bring back a huge cast of voice talent. ‘Justice League Dark: Apololips War’ sees Darkseid finally make his move with a full invasion of Earth. We were also lucky to be treated to a sneak peek of the movie and it looks like things are going to get tense!

Tony Todd (‘Candyman’) reprises his role as the voice of Darkseid, Todd previously voiced the despot in ‘Reign of the Supermen’.  (Steve Blum voiced him in ‘War’.)

The movie also sees Jerry O’Connell returning to the role as Superman after previously lending his voice to the character in ‘Justice League: Throne of Atlantis’, ‘Justice League vs. Teen Titans’, ‘Justice League Dark’, ‘The Death of Superman’, ‘Reign of the Supermen’, and ‘Batman: Hush’.

Matt Ryan, who portrays Constantine in live-action on ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, will once again voice the character here, after starring in the first ‘Justice League Dark’ animated movie, as well as in the streaming movie ‘Constantine: City of Demons’ released via The CW Seed.

Taissa Farmiga will once again voice Raven, after portraying her in ‘Justice League vs. Teen Titans’ and ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’.

The movie also sees the return of many alumni such as Roger R. Cross as John Stewart and Swamp Thing, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, Christopher Gorham as The Flash, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Jason O’Mara as Batman, o John Stewart, Camilla Luddington as Zatanna, and Ray Chase as Jason Blood/Etrigan. Other returning cast members that aren’t part of either team include Stuart Allan as Robin/Damian Wayne, Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane, and Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor.

Additional cast members include Liam McIntyre as Captain Boomerang, Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn (taking over for Tara Strong, who voiced her in ‘Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay’),  Sachie Alessio as Lady Shiva, and John DiMaggio as King Shark.

There are many more actors who haven’t been announced yet but judging from pictures that have been released we may be playing ‘spot the voice actor’ during the second or third watching of the movie.

We’ll have to wait and see what it will bring as no official release date has been announced.