Fandom News Roundup 8/21-8/27/21

What’s up, Fandom Fans! As we head into the end of August, summer’s still not over just yet, with blazing temperatures outside and the news is heating up too. We’ve got lots of new and exciting things to share about what’s happening in the world of fandom. Here’s the latest batch of news to catch up on as you wrap up a long week and prep for the weekend.

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Pepper Ann To Be Added to Disney Plus Catalog

It’s no secret that there are many nostalgic shows that have yet to be added to Disney+ but one 90’s favorite is coming to the streaming service. Disney has officially confirmed that the first three seasons of Pepper Ann will be coming to Disney+ in the United States on September 8th. Pepper Ann is a show that focuses on the trials and tribulations that occur during Pepper’s adolescence and charts her ups and downs at Hazelnut Middle School. The show was a part of Disney’s One Saturday Morning block and ran for a total of seven seasons from 1997-2000.  No word yet on if the additional seasons will also make their way to Disney+.

Junji Ito’s New Manga Sensor to Bring Chills

Junji Ito is one of the reigning masters of horror manga with stories such as Tomie, Uzumaki, and more. His newest manga Sensor has been released and this new story is set in a world of cosmic horror. Originally published in Japan under the title Travelogue of the Succubus, the manga has the formula of grotesque horror that readers are familiar with when it comes to Ito’s stories. The story follows a woman who walks alone at the foot of Mount Sengoku and meets a mysterious man who invites her to a nearby village. The village has a strange aura that comes from the starry skies and what seems like a beautiful night of stargazing quickly turns into horror.  This definitely sounds like manga horror fans and regular Ito readers will enjoy.

DW Star to Play Despero in DC’s The Flash

Tony Curran, who notably played Vincent van Gogh in Doctor Who, will play the role of DC villain Despero in the eighth season of The Flash. Despero is an alien from the planet Kalanor with a genius intellect who possesses a third eye on his forehead capable of mind control and illusions. Curran’s other roles include Ray Donovan, Your Honor, Blade 2, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Underworld: Evolution. The Flash starts the new season with a five-part event series titled “Armageddon” which will kick off the next season in November and is set to include a multitude of Arrowverse stars.

First Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Images Revealed


This week, the first images of the anticipated Cowboy Bebop live-action movie have been revealed and they appear to perfectly mirror the characters of this beloved 90’s anime. This film follows a set bounty hunter in a world that is essentially a space western. The film stars John Cho, known for starring in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek films, alongside Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda as they hunt down criminals throughout the solar system. The film is set to expand upon the original series and will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 19.

Hasbro PulseCon Is Back This October

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Save the date! Hasbro Pulse Con 2021 will run its two-day virtual event October 22-23. This one-of-a-kind event is a convention where fans will be able to experience the brands they love and get a behind-the-scenes view of material and insider details. The con will be hosted by Jackie Jennings, on-air correspondent, writer, and producer for SyFy Wire, and Khleo Thomas, most known for his role as Zero in Holes. Stay tuned for more details to come!

Game of Thrones Actor to Star in Interview With a Vampire TV Show

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Game of Thrones’ Jacob Anderson, who portrayed Grey Worm on the HBO series, will take a bite at playing Louis de Pointe du Lac, the character that was played by Brad Pitt in the film Interview With a Vampire. Anderson will be acting under the direction of Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor for the first two episodes of the series. The series is based on the novel of the same title and the Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice. The show will have eight episodes for the first season and will start production later in the year. The new adaptation is set to premiere on AMC sometime in 2022. A series to really sink your teeth into!

Netflix Drops He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Trailer

Netflix has released the first trailer for the upcoming CG animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, produced by Mattel Television. This new series, which is canonically separate from their Masters of the Universe: Revelations show, will re-explore the classic series where He-Man and his friends attempt to defend the realm of Eternia and the secrets of Castle Grayskull from an evil nemesis. The series will include a number of voice acting talents including Yuri Lowenthal, David Kaye, Grey Griffin, Kimberly Brooks, Trevor Devall, and many others. This reboot will premiere on the streaming platform on September 16.

RL Stine Adaptation To Come To Disney+

Disney Plus’ newest adaptation Just Beyond is set to bring thrills and chills to the platform. The series dropped some images to give viewers a first look at this show that that’s more on the spooky side of things. The anthology series is based on the BOOM! Studios comics by children’s author R.L. Stine, whose Fear Street novels were recently adapted for a Netflix movie trilogy. Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride, Prejudice & Zombies)  will write the adaptation, with The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb set to direct two episodes. Each episode of the show introduces a new character and a brand new story, with themes ranging from supernatural horror to alternate dimensions. The series is set to have an eight-episode run and is set to arrive on Disney Plus this fall.

And that’s the news! So many new projects coming out; which are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments and our socials. We’ll see you here next week! 

About Rachel Moulden

Rachel is a fandom nerd who loves to create new stories. Outside of Fandom Spotlite you can find her writing books, chatting about all things pop culture related, and gushing about all things bookish on her book blog, Life of a Female Bibliophile. When Rachel is not busy writing you can find her jamming out to anime OSTs, indulging in a good cup of coffee, or watching too many K-Dramas. Check out her middle-grade debut novel (Lost Love: My First Boyfriend) available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. You can follow her on Twitter at @bibliophilelyfe and Instagram at @lifeofafemalebibliophile.

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