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The Rundown: September 21, 2020

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Welcome back to The Rundown, our daily breakdown on comic news stories we missed from the previous day. Have a link to share? Email our team at rundown@multiversitycomics.com.

In case you missed it, DC Entertainment announced that DC Universe will be becoming a comics-only subscription called DC Universe Infinite next year. We also unveiled two variant covers for “Commanders in Crisis” #1 by Laura Braga and Paul Harding, due out next month.

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– DC Comics released a teaser poster for ‘Future State’, a new project scheduled for January and February 2021. Details about the series have yet to be released, however, Dan Jurgens’s short story in “Detective Comics” #1027, which saw Batman’s history and continuity being altered, ended with the caption “Continued in ‘Generations: Future State’ #1,” a comic which has not currently been announced. ‘Generations’ was announced in February and was due to “bring the new DC timeline to life,” according to the then-Editor-in-Chief, Dan DiDio, but has since been delayed by COVID-19 and rewrites following DiDio’s departure. Many fans have speculated that ‘Future State’ will inherit some of the long-rumoured ‘5G’ reboot story being developed by DiDio, but Jurgens tweeted that his story “was not produced for any other title.” ‘Generations’ is set to start with “Generations: Shattered” #1 on January 5, 2021.

– DC Comics also gave a first look inside the upcoming ‘Endless Winter’ event with the design of its villain, Frost King, and by revealing a new iteration of the Justice League, who have battled against Frost King before, consisting of Hippolyta, Swamp Thing, Black Adam, and Viking Prince. Event writers Ron Marz and Andy Lanning — who revealed that they have been referring to the team as Justice League Viking — said, “We had to sort out which characters would logically be around in the 10th century, and then figure out how those relationships work.” “Justice League: Endless Winter” #1 will be released on December 1, but you can check out the Frost King design in the meantime here.

– Abram Books announced they will be publishing My Neighbour Hayao, an art book celebrating anime director, Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). The book will feature work inspired by Miyazaki’s work from over 250 artists, whose chosen mediums include painting, embroidery, and sculpture. Spoke Art Gallery are creating the book, and will include many pieces which were first exhibited in their three group expeditions. My Neighbour Hayao will be released on October 6.

– HBO’s Watchmen took home four awards at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday night. The series won Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, and Movie Or Dramatic Special for its episode “This Extraordinary Being,” by Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson. Regina King took home Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series or Movie, while Yahya Abdul-Mateen II won Outstanding Supporting actor In A Limited Series or Movie. This took the series’ total wins at the Awards to 11, having already won seven Creative Arts Emmys. The Mandalorian also took home seven Creative Arts Emmys including Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score). The second season of The Mandalorian is set to debut on Disney+ on October 30.

– The new WarnerMedia CEO, Jason Kilar, announced that an investigation into all the company’s productions has been launched, as well as an update of their Standards of Business Conduct, which, each employee, as well as those of Warner Bros.’ production partners, will be obligated to sign. In a memo to staff earlier this week, Kilar wrote “We have engaged a third party to do an objective, proactive review across our production business (internal teams in addition to partner productions),” continuing to specify that “existing and prospective partners” will be communicated with to “make clear the requirement that people be treated with dignity and our intention to sever ties where patterns of behavior are at odds with that requirement.” This comes after the company launched an investigation into Ray Fisher’s allegations of abuse on the Justice League set last month, as well as allegations of a toxic working environments on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and misogyny, verbal abuse, and racism at TMZ earlier this year.

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– Movie studios Maybe Movies and MaGic C announced they will be collaborating to adapt Maybe Movies’ feature films into kid’s TV series, and to produce original content. The first film set to be adapted is Calamity, which is set in the 19th century, and sees a young tween have to look after her family after her father is injured. The second film being adapted is Zombillenium, based on the comic book series by Arthur de Pins, which explored a theme park run by vampires, zombies, and werewolves. De Pins, who served as co-director on the film, is set to be the series’ showrunner, with Sabine Hitier set to direct. There are no release dates for the series adaptations, but Calamity is set for release in France on October 14.

THR reported that Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys For Life), Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Saving Face) and Meera Menon (The Punisher) are the directors for Disney+’s upcoming Marvel series Ms. Marvel. Bisha K. Ali has already been announced as the head writer for the series, which will introduce Marvel Studios’ first Muslim hero, Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American growing up in New Jersey. This directorial announcement follows on from the reported casting of Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk. A release date for Ms. Marvel is not currently set.

– Disney+ released the first trailer for the upcoming series, WandaVison. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, the trailer shows Scarlet Witch and Vision moving into a new home in the 1950s and having guests over for dinner. When they are asked about where they moved from and when they got married, neither is able to answer, and the pair begin to question their reality. A poster for the series was also released. Wandavision does not currently have a release date, although it is scheduled to launch later this year.

– Finally, Lego announced Lego 1989 Batman Batwing to celebrate Batman Day. The kit, which is based on the design from Tim Burton’s film, will consist of 2,363 pieces, and feature a full interior, removable canopy, and posable aerodynamic flaps, as well as several Easter eggs from the film. It will also come with a wall mount. You can check out the kit here, before its release on October 21.


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