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James Tynion IV’s comic book The Department of Truth is heading to screens.
Sister, the production banner co-founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone, has picked up both the film and television rights to the title, drawn by Martin Simmonds and published by Image Comics.
Tynion and Simmonds will exec produce.
A comic that couldn’t be more timely, Truth deals with the idea of how conspiracy theories that take hold can shape the fabric of reality. The story focuses on a former FBI agent who joins a mysterious government organization that deals with conspiracies ranging from faked moon landings or the idea that the Earth is flat to politicized beliefs involving paid crisis actors and faked school shootings. The book has earned rave reviews and comparisons to the books released by DC’s acclaimed Vertigo imprint in the 1990s.
Sister is the creator-focused venture that has been involved with shows such as Sky/HBO’s Chernobyl and Sky/AMC’s Gangs of London and has invested in Molly Stern’s publishing initiative Zando, LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Springhill Entertainment, podcast studio Campside Media and comic and digital publisher AWA Studios. The company has also picked up rights to books such as James McBride’s Deacon King Kong and Lydia Millet’s A Children’s Bible: A Novel.
Tynion has been writing various Batman books for DC since the early 2010s. He rose not only through the DC ranks but also made a name for himself in the creator-owned space with titles such as The Woods and Something Is Killing the Children, the latter one of the best-selling books that indie publisher Boom! has put out. He recently took over writing duties on Batman, which is DC’s top title.
The search is on for yet another actor to play the role of John Constantine for a new series in early development at HBO Max. Guy Bolton is currently attached to write the show.
Said series will also tie into the “Justice League Dark” series currently in the works at the streamer, a series that has J.J. Abrams executive producing through his Bad Robot label.
That show will boast characters like Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, and Doctor Mist. It’s speculated HBO Max may follow the Netflix Marvel strategy and do shows focusing on individual characters first before the team-up show.
Keanu Reeves played the character in the 2005 film “Constantine,” but the most well-known portrayal to date has been Matt Ryan who has taken on the role across three different series – NBC’s “Constantine” along with The CW’s “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow”.
More recently, “Rocketman” and “Kingsman” star Taron Egerton voiced the role in an Audible adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” while a Netflix live-action series based on that property is expected to include the character – though no-one has been announced for that version as yet.
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Peyton Reed will return to helm “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” which sees not just the return of all the regulars but also the inclusion of “Freaky” star Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang and “Lovecraft Country” breakout Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror.
Rachel McAdams will return for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” which now arrives March 25th 2022.
“Captain Marvel 2” is set for November 11th 2022 with Nia DaCosta directing and Brie Larson returning as Carol Danvers. Joining them will be Teyonah Parris as the grown up Monica Rambeau reprising her role from “WandaVision,” and Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel reprising her role from the in the works “Ms. Marvel” series.
Finally “Black Panther II” will arrive July 8th 2022 and they confirm they will not re-cast the T’Challa character. Ryan Coogler returns as director.
Three new series for the Disney+ service were announced, the first being “Secret Invasion” which sees Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos.
Next is “Armor Wars” with Don Cheadle reprising the James Rhodes/War Machine role exploring what happens when Tony Stark’s tech falls into the wrong hands.
Then there’s “Ironheart” starring Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams. That series follows the creator of the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man.
There’s also two one-offs. “I Am Groot” is a series of shorts featuring Baby Groot and several new and unusual characters. Meanwhile James Gunn will write and direct “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” which will hit the service in 2022.
Other reveals include confirmation that Christian Bale is playing Gorr the God Butcher in “Thor: Love and Thunder” arriving May 6th 2022, Tim Roth will return as Abomination and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in the “She-Hulk” series starring Tatiana Maslany, and the “Shang-Chi” production has fully wrapped.
The trailers aren’t half-assed either, all of them (bar “Ms. Marvel”) are full on trailers with plenty of footage and reveals including a few shots that seem like potential spoilers.