We won't find out why Batman doesn't dance anymore in a new animated series being brought to TV by JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves - director of the upcoming film The Batman.

The new cartoon is expected to be a dark noir take on Batman “We are beyond excited to be working together to bring this character back, to tell engrossing new stories in Gotham City,” said Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Reeves (The Batman) in a statement. “The series will be thrilling, cinematic and evocative of Batman’s noir roots, while diving deeper into the psychology of these iconic characters. We cannot wait to share this new world.”

One assumes that this series will be different to the take on Batman seen in the upcoming Reeves film. It does sound like the show will be a little darker than the animated Batman shows we have seen in the past.

Batman Animated Series from J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves Coming to HBO Max
J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves are re-teaming for a new Batman animated series. The powerhouse directors, along with DC animated universe veteran Bruce Timm, have received a straight-to-series order for Batman: Caped Crusader from HBO Max and Cartoon Network. The series is billed as a “reimagining of t…

Jack Quaid is Superman

The Boys star Jack Quaid will voice Clark Kent/Superman in a new animated series that, like Batman: Caped Crusader, is coming to HBO Max. It sounds like this cartoon will be a lot more family friendly, with the series exploring Clark/Superman, Lois, and Jimmy in their twenties as they get involved in newspaper-related adventures. It looks like Jimmy Olsen (and maybe Lois) also has a new ethnicity. Okay.

It's a smart move to make a Superman show as family friendly as possible - it does feel like this is a character who badly needs to bring on a big new fan base of youngsters.

Source: THR

Arnold Schwarzenegger - star of screens

Two unrelated, but totally related, Arnold Schwarzenegger stories to note today...

Schwarzenegger appeared at the The Big Screen is Back conference to tell the industry that the theatrical experience is set to be just as big on the other side of COVID. Of course, for this to resonate, it would probably be best if we ignore that Schwarzenegger hasn't really been the lead in a big blockbuster release since, what, 2000's The 6th Day?

Arnold Schwarzenegger Kicks Off ‘The Big Screen Is Back’ Confab; Emphasizes Exhibition’s Impact On Retail, Employment Of 153K+ Workers
The former governor of California and Terminator franchise star made a big splash today at “The Big Screen Is Back” conference to exclaim, “The big screen is back, ladies and gentleman!” Arnold Schwarzenegger then led the whole auditorium at the AMC Century City 15 in a chant of “We are back! We are…

But just as faded movie star Schwarzenegger is wowing the exhibition industry, Netflix announced that it has given the greenlight to Arnold Schwarzenegger's first TV series. It's a father-daughter spy series that's not entirely unlike True Lies.

Scorpions creator Nick Santora is set to showrun the series, which Netflix has given the okay to an 8-episode first season.

The untitled project stars Schwarzenegger and Monica Barbaro (Top Gun: Maverick, Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead) as a father and daughter duo who “learn that they’ve each secretly been working as CIA Operatives for years, they realize their entire relationship has been a lie and they truly don’t know one another at all. Forced to team up as partners, our series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, fantastic action and humor.”

The big screen is back! As long as we're talking about a newly purchased 85-inch TV set.

New Arnold Schwarzenegger Spy Adventure Series Officially Ordered by Netflix
The untitled Arnold Schwarzenegger spy series from Skydance Television and Nick Santora has been given a series order by Netflix.

Netflix has its Wednesday Addams

The smoke plumes are being seen across TV land - Jenny Ortega is our new Wednesday Addams. The Jane The Virgin actor will play the goth twentysomething in the new series Wednesday, helmed by Tim Burton.

Jenna Ortega To Play Lead Wednesday Addams In Netflix’s Live-Action Series From Tim Burton
Jenna Ortega (Yes Day, Jane the Virgin) has been tapped for the title role in Wednesday, Tim Burton’s live-action Addams Family series for Netflix focused on the iconic character of Wednesday Addams. Primetime-Panic Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders See All The coming-of-ag…

Rock out with new Mouse Rat album

Mouse Rat have a new album. The iconic band from Pawnee, Indiana will release The Awesome Album on August 27. Of course, the album will include hit single 5,000 Candles in the Wind and there will be collaborations with contributions from famed jazz legend Duke Silver and local Pawnee band Land Ho.

The full track listing:

  1. 5,000 Candles in the Wind (Bye, Bye Lil Sebastian)
  2. The Pit
  3. Sex Hair
  4. Catch Your Dream (feat. Duke Silver)
  5. Two Birds Holding Hands
  6. Ann Song
  7. The Way You Look Tonight
  8. Menace Ball
  9. Remember
  10. I Get A Kick Out Of You
  11. Lovely Tonight
  12. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  13. I Only Have Eyes For You
  14. Pickled Ginger (performed by Land Ho!)
  15. Cold Water (performed by Scott Tanner feat. Duke Silver)

Find out more at /Film:

‘Parks and Recreation’ Band Mouse Rat is Releasing an Official Album, Including “5,000 Candles in the Wind”
On the 10th anniversary of the passing of Li’l Sebastian, an official Mouse Rat album inspired by Parks and Recreation is finally getting released.

The final season of Kim's Convenience

TeeVee Snacks

  • The Vampire Diaries creator Julie Plec will adapt the YA Vampire Academy book series into a series for Peacock. Read: Deadline
  • RIP comedian Paul Mooney, who died at age 79. Read: Variety
  • Fans of the boy wizard will want to check out the upcoming Harry Potter TV quiz show. Read: THR
  • The BBC has announced 6 new series, including a new project from Michaela Coel. Read: TBI
  • Kumail Nanjiani will star in a scripted series about The Chippendales for Hulu. Read: C21)
  • HBO Max has confirmed that it will launch its ad-supported service in June for $9.99. Read: Variety
  • Seinfeld writer Larry Charles says Kramer would be into QAnon. He's probably right. Read: The Daily Beast
  • The WarnerMedia/Discovery merger was structured to make it easier to sell the combined company yet again. Read: CNBC

Spotify streaming concerts

Spotify is live streaming a series of concerts for US fifteen bucks apiece. The concerts will be pre-recorded, but stream as-live. This means that once the concert starts at the designated time, there's no pausing, rewinding, or fast-forwarding. Streams will start multiple times over a few days, meaning you can select a time that suits you. Just make sure you're in front of your device when it starts.

Artists include: Black Keys (May 27), followed by Rag’n’Bone Man (June 3), Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff (June 10), Leon Bridges (June 17); and Girl in Red (June 24).

What isn't clear to me is whether this is a video stream (which I assume it is) or just audio.

Spotify Is Launching a Virtual Concert Series, With Shows Priced at $15 Apiece
Better late than never? Spotify — more than a year after the COVID pandemic sent most of the world into lockdown mode — is launching a virtual concert series with a lineup of five groups and artists. Access to the live-streaming performances will cost $15 each. The Spotify concert series kicks off n…

Trailer Park

Friends: The Reunion debuts on HBO Max 27 May.

Animal Kingdom returns to TNT for season 5 on July 11.

RL Stine's Fear Street drops three movies on Netflix on July 2, July 9, and July 16.

In 1994, a group of teenagers discovers that the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations ​may all be connected - and that they may be the next targets. Based on R.L. Stine's best selling horror series, the trilogy follows the nightmare through Shadyside's sinister history.

Elite Short Stories drops new short stories (four of them) daily from June 14 on Netflix. A new season of Elite then kicks off on June 18.

Young Royals debuts on Netflix July 1.

Summertime 2 debuts on Netflix June 2.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness debuts on Netflix July 8.

What's next? Tomorrow.