Welcome to this week’s PUNCHLIST, where we round up the biggest news in nerd culture. It might be from the MCU, board gaming, D&D, and more. But whatever the news is this week, you can bet it will eventually separate you from your money.
7. DC Looking to Offer Two Stream-Only Releases Per Year on HBO Max
DC’s decision to do a simultaneous release for Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max and in theaters raised more than a couple of eyebrows. Now they’ve announced intentions to release two movies per year exclusively to the streaming service. This move may serve to draw fans of the comics to the fledgling streaming service, which lags well behind the likes of Netflix and Disney+.
+ More here: DC’s HBO Max Exclusives
6. Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond Heading to HBO Max
WarnerMedia is also bringing two fan-favorite Batman cartoons to HBO Max: Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond. With the transition of the DC Universe platform away from streaming and to comics exclusively, these two classics, along with a host of other DC animated and live action content, find a new home on HBO Max in January.
+ More here: Classic Batman Series Heading to HBO Max
5. Small New Details Confirmed for New Star Wars Shows
In an interview with Good Morning America, John Favreau noted that both Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic will take place shortly after the events portrayed in Return of the Jedi – as does The Mandalorian (which takes place approximately 5 years afterwards). Filoni is also credited as writer for Ahsoka. Lucasfilm previously announced that Rangers would eventually arrive at some sort of crossover event with other stories, as well.
4. New Horror Game in the Works from the Man Behind Silent Hill Franchise
Keiichiro Toyama founded a new game studio, Bokeh Game Studio, earlier this year and has said that their first project is a “horror-oriented game” that will “focus on making…a broader entertainment experience, rather than a hardcore horror game.” The untitled work is aiming for a 2023 release.
+ More here: Silent Hill Creator Developing New Horror Game
3. Furiosa Release Date Confirmed
The prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road is set to hit theaters on June 23, 2023. George Miller will write, direct, and produce, and the movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular hero alongside Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Maheen the II – both of whom have unconfirmed roles.
+ More Here: Furiosa Releases in 2023
2. She-Hulk Details Revealed
Kevin Feige explained that She-Hulk will be a “half-hour legal comedy” that will “stay true” to John Byrne’s 80s run on the comic of the same name (with maybe a little of Dan Slott’s contributions sprinkled in, as well). Tatiana Maslany will play Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk, and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and/or Hulk is also slated to make an appearance. Feige also teased that since Walters specializes in superhero cases, “you never know what Marvel characters are gonna pop up from episode to episode.”
+ More here: Feige Talks She-Hulk
1. Coming 2 America’s First Trailer
The 1980s comedy’s sequel is set to debut on Amazon Prime in March of next year. Here’s your first look!
Check back next Wednesday for more news for nerds. And don’t forget to catch Clave and Abram’s Facebook Live breakdown of each week’s news Wednesdays at 4:30pm CST!