Fandom News Roundup 2/20 – 2/26/21

Hey Fandom Fans, we made it through another month of 2021- how do you feel? February seemed to be a good month for fandom news; we got lots of announcements about new projects and lots of trailers! This is our last news roundup for February but we are excited to see what March brings us. This week was similar to others, we have more trailers and plenty of announcements. So, sit in a comfy chair and turn the TV down, let’s read some news.

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Disney Plus Shares Their Spring & Summer Plans 

Photo via Rotten Tomatoes

If we weren’t already staying inside due to COVID-19, we will be now. Disney+ released their Spring & Summer slate and it looks like we will all be homebodies. Disney’s Spring & Summer releases include The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, The Mighty Ducks sequel series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, High School Musical season 2, Loki season 1, The Monsters Inc. sequel series: Monsters at Work, a Turner & Hooch reboot, and a new Chip n Dale animated series. Which new show are you most excited to watch?

Flashpoint Finds Its Supergirl 

Sasha Calle

The Flashpoint story is a favorite of many. Flashpoint has Barry Allen deal with the consequences of changing the timeline. Something he does A LOT. The DCEU’s Flash film will follow this iconic story. Ezra Miller will be returning to play the Flash and there have been rumors it will feature Michael Keaton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Batman. We now know that Supergirl is joining the time-traveling chaos. Sasha Calle (The Young & the Restless) has been cast as Superman’s cousin. This will be the first time Supergirl will be portrayed by a Latina. Calle was 1 of the 400 who auditioned and stated she didn’t know what role she was actually auditioning for. Talk about a super surprise!

A Train to…the United States? 

The South Korean zombie film Train to Busan became an international hit. The film is practically perfect. Now, the film will be getting a U.S. remake because we just can’t let great things be great. Indonesian filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto is in talks to direct the film. Tjahjanto specializes in horror, so it makes sense they would choose him. Another horror director, James Wan, will be producing the remake. No word on what U.S. city will be the centerpiece of the film but our money is on Boston. Train to Boston.

Lady Jaye Reporting for Duty

Get ready to yell, “Yo Jaye!” Amazon Video and Hasbro announced that they are working on a G.I. Joe TV series centered around Lady Jaye. Lady Jaye will be our guide through the G.I. Joe universe. This means we can expect to see some of your favorite heroes and villains in the series. Carnival Row’s season 2 showrunner and executive producer Erik Oleson will create and run the show along with executive producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura.

Rumor: A Queen Replaced by Another Queen

Arthur and Mera go to Sicily | Aquaman [4k, IMAX] - YouTube

After much backlash from the public, it seems Amber Heard has been fired from Aquaman 2. Heard’s public court case against Johnny Depp had many labeling her as an abuser. Depp supporters felt it was unfair that he was being let go from his film projects but Heard was not. Now, rumor has it that Amber Heard has been let go from her role as Mera, and will be replaced with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke. Well, at least we know Clarke is committed to dyeing her hair for a role.

Pixar’s Next Film is About Adorable Sea Monsters 

Speaking of Summer, Disney & Pixar’s newest film is perfect for the season. The trailer for Luca was released this week, and we got to admit…it looks cute! Disney describes Luca as a coming-of-age story. Set in Italy, Luca experiences an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. The film is scheduled to be released in June of 2021.

Paramount Plus Enters The Streaming Wars 

Netflix, Hulu, Diseny+, HBO Max, and Amazon Video have been dominating the streaming world. A new challenger has entered the arena and they mean business! Paramount gave a presentation for their streaming service, Paramount+ this week. Let’s just say they are banking on nostalgia. Part of their line-up includes a 3D reboot of the Rugrats and a 3D prequel about Spongebob Squarepants’ younger years. MTV’s very first Real World cast will be reuniting for a new season of the reality show. They also announced a Yellowstone prequel titled, “1883.” You can see trailers on their official YouTube channel.

Spider-Man 3 Title Suggests Major Danger

Peter Parker may find himself lost in more than one way in his next film. After the cast of the film shared fake titles for the third film, we finally learned the real title.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is the official title of the third film. Not much is known about the plot but rumors have many speculating that it will be a live-action adaption of Into The Spiderverse. Is Peter trying to return to his own dimension?

Not the Last of Avatar

Millennials can rejoice! You will finally get what you wished for! During the Paramount+ presentation, it was revealed that they’ve created a dedicated studio to work solely on Avatar: The Last Airbender projects. Avatar Studios will work on building upon the rich universe with new animated films and series. Creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will serve as co-chief creative officers of Avatar Studios, reporting to Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation, developing new animated shows and movies.

The New Big Blue 

The DCEU continues to amp up its Latinx representation with the news of its latest project, a live-action Blue Beetle film. Jaime Reyes will make his feature film debut directed by Angel Manuel Soto. Fandom fans may remember Jaime’s Blue Bettle from Smallville and Young Justice. It is reported that the film will have a primarily Latinx cast, staff, and crew. The film has the potential to pull in many different DC heroes, along with potentially taking place on Earth, in space, and different dimensions.

Woah, that was a lot of amazing news! 2021 is shaping up to be a fandom-filled year. What story has you most excited? Chat with us in the comments and online. Have a safe weekend and we will see you next time.

About Yali Perez

When she's not writing about pop culture for Fandom Spotlite, curating social media for the*gameHERS, or helping to produce the DB4L podcast, she is a single mom to the coolest kid in the world. In Yali's free time she likes to bake, exercise, watch horror films, and play Mario Kart. Yali's goal as a writer is to share her nontraditional and colorful view of the world with readers everywhere.

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