Fandom News Roundup 8/14-8/20/21

What’s up, Fandom Fans! We are about halfway through August, and we can smell the pumpkin spice just around the corner. As we move closer to a change in seasons, the world of fandom is getting ready for a difference too. The Fall season brings with it new films, new series, and new news. Still, with a little bit of Summer left, we got some hot stories to share. So, put down that Holloween sweater, and let’s get reading.

A Second Shot at The Last Airbender

Netflix’s Avatar Studios recently announced the cast for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series. Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, and Dallas Liu as Prince Zuko. Many were excited about the casting news, but some felt concerned about the casting choice for Katara and Sokka. The actors portraying these well-known characters are noticeably lighter than their counterparts. A similar complaint was made with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender film. Perhaps artist Shan Maxx 5’s rendering of Cormier as Aang was done to give Avatar fans some hope. If Netflix can make Cormier look as good as this edit, we may trust them with the rest of the cast look.

Triple X and Valerian Star Arrested for Rape Charges

Kris Wu Arrested on Suspicion of Rape | Billboard
Former Kpop star turned actor was arrested this week on multiple rape allegations. Kris, whose real name is Wu Yi Fan, had these allegations brought up a month ago by Du Meizhu, an 18-year-old woman. Meizhu accused him on social media of date-raping her while drunk and doing the same to other young women. He denied the charges at the time. The Chaoyang District People’s Procuratorate in Beijing issued an official statement that it had approved the arrest “after an investigation in accordance with the law.”Kris Wu is a former member of the K-Pop group EXO. Wu also starred in Triple X: Return of Xander Cage and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. In China, a rape charge will incur a sentence of at minimum three but no more than ten years in prison. We will keep you updated on this developing story.

A Hellraising Crossover

Hellraiser' Series in the Works at HBO – The Hollywood Reporter
The famous horror game Dead by Daylight has players trying to survive against evil monsters. Iconic movie monster Pinhead from Hellraiser will be taking a stab at players in September. The game developers describe the Pinhead addition as “[Pinhead] comes to Dead by Daylight using a “Lament Configuration” to leave his dimension and travel to the game. “What comes next is sweet suffering that will spill over the realm.” The Hellraiser Chapter for Dead by Daylight will be launching in September 2021 on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Stadia, and Nintendo Switch.

Another Adventure This Time

Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake Series Coming to HBO Max - IGN
It’s Adventure Time. Come on and tell your friends. We are going off to distant lands; with Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human, the fun never ends! That’s right, folks! HBO Max has announced that Adventure Time is getting a spin-off series. The spin-off will follow Fionna and Cake, the genderswapped versions of Finn and Jake. The new show will have 10 30-minute episodes. Fionna, Cake, and the former Ice King Simon Petrikov will embark on a multiverse-hopping adventure and journey of self-discovery. There is no word yet when the spin-off will debut on HBO Max.

Take On Aliens From The Comfort of Your Home

If you have Alien invasion on your 2021 bingo card, you need Hasbro’s new Nerf gun. The iconic M41-A Pulse Rifle from James Cameron’s Aliens has gotten a kid-friendly makeover, with Hasbro putting up for grabs a colorful NERF replica of the movie gun! The limited-edition replica celebrates the 35th anniversary of Aliens, and it’s on Hasbro’s website for $94.99, set to begin shipping out to customers closer to Halloween. You can pre-order your personal friend on Hasbro’s website. 

DC Superheroes Coming to Webtoon

DC Heroes: The Top 20 DC Comics Superheroes of All Time

DC superheroes are coming to the Webtoon platform. Under the agreement, DC and Webtoon, owned by South Korean internet company Naver, will collaborate on standalone webcomics with original content for DC fans of DC. No word yet on which superheroes will be making their webtoon debut. With a catalog of notable characters that include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and more it’s sure to be exciting. The DC webcomics will first be available in English, followed by other language translations. Stay tuned for more announcements from Webtoon in the upcoming weeks.

Animal Crossing Manga to Get English Translation

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Deserted Island Diary Releases This September - Nintendo Life

Screen Rant has just announced that Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Deserted Island Diary will be receiving an English translation, courtesy of Viz Media. Published exclusively in Japan in 2020, the manga by Kokonasu Rumba takes readers on a journey through the pleasantly quaint world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While the franchise has had multiple mangas, Deserted Island Diary is officially released in English. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the second highest-selling game for the Nintendo Switch, and this manga is sure to delight avid fans of the game.

Under Wraps Reboot Releases New Trailer

Disney Channel to Remake First Original Movie 'Under Wraps'

Under Wraps, the Disney Channel mummy movie released in 1997, has been rebooted for new audiences coming this October via MovieWeb. The film follows curious teenagers and mummy in a race against time to reunite the mummy with his lover 4,500 years ago. Disney released a minute-long trailer showing off what the new film will have in store for viewers. The new Under Wraps will star Christian J. Simon, Malachi Barton, Sophia Hammons, and Phil Wright. Will viewers be wound up for this new adaptation? Stay tuned!

Netflix Releases New Limited Series Brand New Cherry Flavor

Netflix's 'Brand New Cherry Flavor' Is Definitely 'Channel Zero' Season 5

Looking for a haunting show that is spine-tingling? Brand New Cherry Flavor is a new limited series released on Netflix based on the novel of the same name by Todd Grimson. This horror stars Rosa Salazar, Catherine Keener, Eric Lange, Manny Jacinto, and Jeff Ward. The series follows Lisa Nova, an aspiring film director in the sun-drenched but seamy world of 1990 Los Angeles. But her journey quickly turns sinister as she embarks on a mind-altering trip of supernatural revenge that becomes uncontrollable. This dark and twisty series is a revenge thriller with viewers on the edge of their seats.

Geeki Tiki 80s Collection Drops


It’s five o clock somewhere! Now you can enjoy reminisce and get a boost of nostalgia Geeki Tikis mugs in their Kids of the ‘80s Collection, which honors 1980s pop culture icons per Pop Insider. This collaboration with Toynk, in partnership with Creative Beeline, includes nine mugs in total. Some of the designs feature notable characters such as Tom and Jerry, Trix Rabbit, G.I. Joe, and more. These ceramic mugs are bright in color and range from 16 ounces to 24 ounces, varying per design. These mugs would be a welcome addition to any summer party or your own home.

Nancy Drew Board Game Hits Shelves in October Hunt A Killer Nancy Drew - Mystery at Magnolia Gardens, Immersive Murder Mystery Game, Examine Evidence, Eliminate Suspects, Catch The Culprit, for Aspiring Detectives, Game Night, AMZ Exclusive : Toys &

Ready to solve a mystery? Amateur sleuths will get excited over this Mystery at Magnolia Gardens game that pays tribute to Nancy Drew’s iconic investigative abilities per Comic Book Review. Nancy investigates poisoning at a botanical garden filled with exotic plants. While investigating a potential poisoning at the exhibit, Nancy herself becomes mysteriously ill, and it’s up to the players to help her solve the case. This game is a hands-on experience for players’ objective evidence, including maps, police reports, and personal belonging. The Hunt, a Killer, continues to create a portfolio of games, and we can’t wait to see what fun they’ll release next.

Marvel Studios Releases Final Trailer For Eternals Film

New Eternals Trailer Reveals the Epic Scope of Chloé Zhao's MCU Movie

The final trailer for Marvel’s most ambitious film, the Eternals, was released on August 19th.  This film follows the saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. In the newest trailer, it brings viewers back to where Avengers Endgame left off while giving insight into who the Eternals serve. This next MCU installment has writer-director Chloé Zhao at the helm and is set to release in theatres on November 5th.

Marvel’s Ironheart to Debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

A Star in Her Own Right | Cornell Research
Photo: Dave Burbank

In other Marvel news, Dominique Thorne will debut as teen genius Riri Williams in next year’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Marvel Studios head Kevin confirmed that Thorne will make her MCU debut in the Black Panther before her own series Ironheart which will have a total of six episodes for Season One.  Riri is a genius who creates an Iron Man-style suit and is mentored by an  A.I. of the deceased Tony Stark. Along with the debut of Ironheart,  Black Panther 2 will feature Namor and Atlantis.

Titan Comics To Publish New Doctor Who Series

Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf teams Rose Tyler with the Eighth and Eleventh Doctors

On November 3rd, Doctor Who fans can expect to see a new series from Titan Comics titled Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf. This new series is written by Jody Houser, and illustrated by Roberta Ingranata and colorist Enrica Eren Angiolini. The series will feature the Eighth and Eleventh Doctors including Rose Tyler! The first issue will have four covers by David Busian, Abigail Harding, and Christopher Jones as well as a photo cover featuring a brand-new character from the upcoming TV series. variant covers.

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