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News Brief: LORD OF THE RINGS TV Series Covers 2nd Age; SUICIDE SQUAD 2 New Characters; CRASHING Cancelled; & More

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News Brief about: Suicide Squad 2 Characters, Lord of the Rings TV Series Covers the 2nd Age, Crashing Cancelled, and More

In brief, new movie news and television show news has broken. Below you will find a brief rundown on all that news and their most significant segments, distilled down to the most salient information.

Movie News

Suicide Squad 2 New Characters Announced

Joining recast Deadshot (Idris Elba) and possibly recast Harley Quinn in James Gunn‘s Suicide Squad 2 will be King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, Peacemaker, and Ratcatcher.

The new characters, their real names, and their abilities:

  • King Shark, aka Nanaue, a humanoid shark.
  • Polka-Dot Man, a character usually called Mr. Polka-Dot in the comics. His real name is Abner Krill, and he wears “a bizarre costume covered in spots, the point of which soon became apparent – once removed from the costume, the spots could be used for a variety of purposes, creating deadly weapons and a bizarre escape vehicle.”
  • Peacemaker, real name Christopher Smith. He’s a peace agent whose “motives are driven by an extremist form of pacifism, which makes him love peace so much he would kill for it.”
  • Ratcatcher, aka Otis Flannegan. In the comics, the character is male, but Collider says Ratcatcher. “will be gender-swapped and played by a woman.” A former exterminator, Ratcatcher can control rats.

Suicide Squad 2 will be released in U.S. theaters through Warner Bros. Pictures on August 6, 2021.

TV Show News

Cartel Book Trilogy Being Made into FX TV Series

Don Winslow’s Cartel trilogy (The Power of the Dog, The Cartel, and The Border) is being adapted into a TV series by FX.

The Cartel trilogy’s plot synopsis: “the book series follows DEA agent Art Keller and his 45-year battle with Mexican drug kingpin Adan Berrera. The stories are appropriately brutal in their depiction of everything from power struggles between members of the cartel to the corrupt cops patrolling the border and political corruption.”

Shane Salerno is co-writing the screenplay for the pilot episode.

The Lord of the Rings TV Series Set During Second Age

Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings TV series will take place during the Second Age of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.

On the Second Age of Middle-Earth:

The Second Age was the time-period of Arda that began after the climactic banishment of Morgoth into the Void by the Lords of the West (the Valar), led by Eönwë, the Herald of Manwë.

The Second Age lasted for 3441 years and ended with the downfall of Sauron’s army when he was defeated by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men following the downfall of Númenor.

This age was characterized by the rise (eventually with increased insolence) of Númenor, the rise of Sauron in Middle-earth, the creation of the Ringwraiths, and the early wars of the Rings between Sauron and the Elves. The Ring of Power also came into existence during this period.

Amazon posted these tweets of Middle Earth, announcing the date and setting of their The Lord of The Rings TV series:

Disney+ Will eventually house entire Disney Library

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger announced this week that Disney’s streaming service Disney+ will eventually house the entire Disney film library. The films looks in the Disney vault (films not currently on the market to be purchased) will eventually be permanently available on Disney+.

Crashing Cancelled by HBO after Three Seasons

Comedy TV series Crashing has been cancelled by HBO after three seasons.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Day Revealed for Florida and California Parks

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 31, 2019.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Walt Disney World (at Hollywood Studios park) in Orlando, Florida, on August 29, 2019.

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