Catch up on your fandom news and get pumped for returning TV and movies!
After a lackluster international debut, The Mortal Instruments film series has an uncertain future. The previously greenlit sequel to City of Bones, titled City of Ashes, has been delayed by the production studio and, like any stalled project, faces possible cancellation. It’s immensely disappointing news for any fans of the books and new movie. Unless you hated the movie, in which case you are probably celebrating – but don’t forget TMI gave us plenty of great slash ships. And I personally was looking forward to seeing more of Godfrey Gao’s perfect face. Sigh.
Getting all of the potentially bad news out of the way: Justin Bieber recently instagram’d a photo of himself with a script of the new Batman vs. Superman film starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, leading some portion of the internet to believe, even for one short moment, that he might be accepting a role in the film, perhaps to play Robin beside Affleck’s Batman.
I thought about giving this rumor it’s own section titled “Weekly Fandom What-Have-I-Done-To-Deserve-This-Oh-Please-No” but decided that no one would want to read a paragraph of my reactionary, horrified keyboard smashing. But don’t take the news too seriously; given Bieber’s cryptic tweet earlier in the day (“Off to do something funny… or die”), there’s been solid speculation that the whole thing is part of a Funny or Die satire sketch and/or that it’s just making fun of the fit many fans threw when they heard about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. Plus, the script looks too short and is printed on the wrong type of paper to be authentic. So here’s to confidently hoping there’s NO truth to this rumor – sorry to those of you hoping for Bieber!Robin. If you exist.
In much happier fandom news, yet another smoking hot actor has been cast to narrate a story in The Bane Chronicles, a spinoff series starring The Mortal Instruments’ omnisexual Magnus Bane. Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) is the newest in a growing line of really attractive dudes reading these Chronicles, joining the rich-voiced ranks of Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), George Blagden (Les Miserables, Vikings), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), and Stephen Lunsford (Teen Wolf).
As of September 1st, filming for the highly anticipated BBC Sherlock series 3 has wrapped and the sets have been packed up. No word yet on a premiere date, but the Sherlock fandom is accustomed to waiting.
In other Sherlock Holmes news…
Ian McKellen has been cast as a retired Holmes in a new film adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind! This Holmes will be older, haunted, and Watson-less. A sad state for any Sherlock! But did I mention IAN MCKELLEN AS SHERLOCK HOLMES!!!!
Obligatory Teen Wolf update: tidbits of news and spoilers for season 3B are starting to trickle out into the world. So far we’ve been promised a Chris Argent flashback involving the Japanese yakuza, which will hopefully reveal some more about the origins of this terribly and unfairly attractive dad.
IN 3B we might also get a treat in the form of a scene proposed by Dylan O’Brien and Tyler Hoechlin themselves, involving Stiles and Derek’s inevitable reunion. Hoechlin let slip that the scene would be touching in more ways than one.
Supernatural season 9 (premiering October 8th) is shaping up to be something special. New promo pics show our lead trio looking awfully fine, and the sneak peek video is full of promising goodies. We also know that there are going to be several new characters introduced this season, and that some of these will undoubtedly be the seeds for the Supernatural spin-off series currently in the pipeline.
While we bide our time waiting for season 9, most of the Supernatural fandom can be found watching the newly-released and ever-entertaining season 8 gag reel on repeat. This reel features Destiel gems such as: “I need you, Cas. You’re my baby daddy,” and “No, I know, I love you, too,” as well as a little “I’ve missed your musk” + Jensen and Jared climbing all over each other for the Wincest and J2 fans out there.
September 18th is Destiel Day! This day marks the 5th anniversary of when Dean and Cas first “met”, i.e. when the first episode featuring Castiel aired on TV. I’d like to see a little more HYPE around this momentous occasion, considering Destiel basically won the internet not too long ago!
And last but CERTAINLY not least, J.K. Rowling has announced… HARRY POTTER SPINOFF MOVIES!!! Partnered with Warner Bros. studio, Rowling herself will be screenwriter for a new movie series based on her Harry Potter supplement/mock-textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The new films will focus on the imaginary author of the textbook, Newt Scamander, and follow his adventures in America in the 1920s. The HP fandom is, understandably, flipping out in excited anticipation. J.K. seems to have a lot of love for Newt, and it’ll be a huge treat to see this new character in action as fans return once again to the wizarding world!