Henry Cavill came out last week as still being Superman for the DC universe of films. That's great if you are a fan of Henry Cavill as Superman. But it's not so great if you are producing a TV series starring Henry Cavill. Suddenly you have a busy star who is likely not going to have the time to do your TV series.
Usually this wouldn't be a huge issue, but Netflix's The Witcher had the cast held for a three-season deal. And so with a (set to be very pricey) re-negotiation on the cards for it was a natural exit point for Cavill. But the show must go on. And in the natural order of things, if you can't get Cavill, you then hire a Hemsworth. Available was Liam, so he has been slotted in to take over the character.
More on Girls5Eva
As I was putting ABW together on Friday morning, news had just broken that Girls5Eva was moving to Netflix from its ancestral home of Peacock. At that stage, it was just press release news.
Since then, reports have emerged that it wasn't so omedy series and Netflix had picked up its charred remains.
You can read more about that at Indiewire at the kink below.
But in some original Always Be Watching reporting, I can confirm that the show, in Australia at least, will be making the move to Netflix. It isn't tied up in a deal that will keep it on original networks for the life of the series, as I had speculated last week. Up until now it had been on local streamer Stan (which will see its output deal with NBCU end this year).
New Marvel series is a Vision...
In news that will surprise nobody, Marvel is working on a spin-off series from WandaVision about the Vision character.
Paul Bettany will return as Vision, with WandaVision showrunner Jac Schaeffer behind this new series.
- The Batman is a Halloween movie. Read: Polygon
- In the US, The Real Love Boat has been dumped from broadcast, but will be available on Paramount+. Read: THR
- CNN is pulling back on its original films and TV series as a cost-saving measure. Disappointing for those that enjoyed watching Stanley Tucci holiday in Italy. Read: Variety
- The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli says that The Sopranos creator David Chase is working on something for him and actor Steve Schirripa, from The Sopranos. Speculation is it may have something to do with The Sopranos. Read: The AV Club
- Apple is developing a scripted limited series based on the company’s podcast Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy. John Hoffman, the co-creator of Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building is writing. Read: Variety
- James Gunn says that Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige was the first person he told that he is set to co-run DC. Read: THR
- When Avatar: The Way of Water debuts in cinemas, its runtime will be 3+ hours, but an exact runtime is yet to be revealed. I am now trying to do the math on how many screenings I can squeeze into day one. Read: Deadline
That's it for today. A new week begins. Which also means a new episode of Andor, so not all is so bad...