Titans finally find its Beast Boy, The CW in early development of another DC Comics show, Punisher gets a release date and more in the latest edition of Superhero After Dark!
Another week has ended and we had, as always, a lot of superhero and comic book action on our television screens. But it was also a good week for superhero news for both DC and Marvel as well as Archie Comics.
To make it easier for you, we have another edition of Superhero After Dark this week with a collection of news that you may have missed. Disclaimer: none of these news stories contain any spoilers!
The Punisher Set To Arrive In November
Due to the tragic shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month, Netflix and Marvel had to push back the release of The Punisher, starring Jon Bernthal. But as of this week, we officially know when to be ready for Frank Castle’s return.
Netflix announced that the first season of The Punisher will officially drop on Friday, November 17. That day is also when Justice League hits theaters so you’ll have plenty of superhero action that weekend.
In addition to the release date announcement, Netflix also unveiled a brand new trailer that you can catch below. And yes, there is another awesome Metallica song in this trailer.
Ryan Potter Rounds Out The Titans Cast
We’ve been waiting for almost a month to get news on who would bring Garfield Logan a.k.a. Beast Boy to life in DC’s Titans. But the wait officially came to an end as of this week.
Big Hero 6 star Ryan Potter has been cast as the iconic Teen Titans hero and will star as a series regular in the upcoming DC drama. Warner Bros. TV and DC Entertainment describe his character as follows:
“As a child, Potter’s Garfield “Gar” Logan contracted the lethal disease, Sakutia, while on an African expedition with his geneticist parents. Treated with an experimental drug, Gar survived but not without developing some bizarre side effects. Along with skin and hair turning permanently green, the wisecracking, fun-loving Beast Boy is able to reshape himself into any animal of any size he can imagine.”
Potter will join his co-stars Brendon Thwaites as Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire and Teagan Croft as Raven who is also set as series regulars. Titans will also feature Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove and Lindsey Gort as Amy Rohrbach who are attached as recurring guest stars.
The pilot will be directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist) as production is set to start on November 14 and will be going on until May 2018. Titans will be part of the original programming that the new DC streaming service will offer when it launches sometime in 2018.
DC Drama Project 13 In The Work At The CW
The CW isn’t quitting the comic book business anytime soon as we might get another DC show next year. Variety broke the news that CW is developing a one-hour drama based on the DC characters Traci Thirteen and her dad Dr. Terrance Thirteen.
The series is called Project 13 with Elizabeth Banks executive producing it. Daegan Fryklind (Bitten) will write the pilot and work as an executive producer on Project 13. The show tells the story of 20-something Traci Thirteen who is a forensic scientist and a believer in the paranormal as she discovers her “own hidden extra-sensory abilities”.
Traci will explore her powers as she joins her estranged and skeptical father, Terrance, to investigate mystery case that has to do with the paranormal and unexplained phenomena. The show is currently in development stages and isn’t guaranteed to land a slot on the 2018-2019 TV season.
There is no telling of whether this show would exist in the same universe as Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow or the upcoming DC drama Black Lightning. Project 13 isn’t the only comic book drama that is in the works at The CW. The network is also working on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a darker version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the Riverdale creators.
Casting Breakdown For Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Revealed
While The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hasn’t been given a pilot order yet, casting is already underway as the network is looking for the perfect Sabrina Spellman. That Hashtag Show recently revealed the casting breakdown for the lead role which reveals that they keeping open ethnicity for the role.
“Female, Open Ethnicity, to play 16.
Sabrina is an half-human, half-witch,empowered young woman just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High. Sabrina’s intelligent, compassionate, and brave to the point of recklessness.
She is fiercely loyal to her family and friends; wickedly funny and in the middle of a star-crossed romance with her classmate Harvey Kinkle.She challenges witch-doctrine at every turn. She is all that stands between us and the Forces of Darkness that threaten our world.”
Production on a pilot is reportedly going to happen in spring of 2018. As for whether Sabrina will show up on Riverdale this season remains to be seen. It should be noted that Greendale has been mentioned a lot in the first few episodes of Riverdale Season 2. Greendale is better known as the town that Sabrina and her aunts live in the comics.
Cloak & Dagger Set To Air On Thursday Nights In 2018
While we don’t have a premiere date yet, we now know where on the schedule the new superhero series will air. Freeform announced that Cloak & Dagger will air on Thursday nights in a press release.
“Thursday nights will exclusively consist of genre programming beginning January 18 with the two-hour season premiere of Beyond leading into the March 29 premiere of Siren. Thursday nights will also be home to Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.”
That will be it for this week’s edition of Superhero After Dark!