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WIRE Buzz: 'The Deep' talks to sea lions; DC FanDome Day 2 trailer; and WB's Tenet long game
The Boys are back in town, which means you should check out Chace Crawford's commencement address to a group of sea lions about to be released back into the wild by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Crawford, of course, plays the Aquaman-inspired "Deep" in Amazon's adaptation of Dynamite's subversive comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
The seals' names? Blondie, Gaia, and Bonzai.
Check out the inspirational maritime speech below:
Last we saw of The Deep, he had been justly exiled to Sandusky, Ohio, after sexually harassing Starlight (Erin Moriarty). He's back for the new season, although his aquatic powers don't do him much good. As we saw in a scene released during Comic-Con@Home, the Supe summons a whale named Lucy that is promptly disemboweled by a speedboat. At a special drive-in screening of Season 2's first two episodes in Los Angeles last night, fans were able to roll through a replica of Lucy's mangled corpse.
Cast members Antony Starr ("Homelander"), Jack Quaid ("Hughie Campbell"), Erin Moriarty ("Starlight"), Karen Fukuhara ("Kimiko"), Shantel VanSanten ("Becky Butcher"), Claudia Doumit ("Victoria Neuman"), Langston Kerman ("Eagle the Archer"), Abraham Lim ("Kenji Miyashiro"), and more showed up to celebrate the series' sophomore outing. The event began with a pre-recorded video message from executive producers Eric Kripke (who also serves as showrunner), Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
"He's kind of an a**hole, but you feel sorry for him in a way because we see how inept he is," Crawford told SYFY WIRE last year. "He doesn't even really know how to go grocery shopping — and there's a scene there. Everything's done for these guys. They are the top one percent of the one percent. They are so used to being babied and catered to, and they have so much power and money. They get these contracts [to protect] these cities. It's just interesting to see what happens to a person like that who loses all of that."
The first three episodes of The Boys Season 2 are now streaming on Prime Video. The remaining five will premiere on a weekly basis from here on out. Aisha Tyler (Archer) is hosting a special aftershow for all eight installments. Watch a recap of the first season here.
You thought FanDome was over? Bah! The 24-hour event from two weeks ago was only the first part of DC's virtual comic book convention. Day 2, which will be full of panels and reveals for the upcoming slate of DC-related television projects, is scheduled to kick off next Saturday, Sept. 12. To tide us over until then, the company has dropped a teaser trailer that features appearances from the cast members of Doom Patrol and Superman & Lois.
But that's only the tip of the super-powered iceberg. Batwoman, Black Lightning, Titans, Pennyworth, The Flash, Harley Quinn, Lucifer, and more shows are also going to be represented at FanDome Day 2. Here's the full schedule.
Watch the trailer now:
A fully packed slate of kids' programming is on the docket as well:
"At DC Kids FanDome, kids of all ages will be entertained for hours on end, learning how to draw their favorite characters, watching clips and exclusive panels from favorite animated shows like Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls, reading comics and so much more."
The fun begins next Saturday at 12:00 p.m. EST. Check out our roundup of the first day's events right here.
While it's taken a little longer than expected, Christopher Nolan's Tenet is now playing in movie theaters around the globe, including America. With the coronavirus pandemic still a pressing issue, many movie fans are still hesistant about returning to theaters, but that's okay. Warner Bros. is happy to let the feature play and play until they're in the black.
“We’re using the old marathon-versus-sprint approach. We’re in it for the long game. It’s so unprecedented to launch it this way. We’re feeling good and waiting for some numbers to start coming in," Ann Sarnoff, head of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, recently told Variety.
So far, Tenet has made over $53 million in worldwide box-office sales. Since the film only officially opened in U.S. theaters yesterday, we'll have to wait and see how the domestic numbers shake out during the movie's North American debut. The project cost a whopping $200 - $255 million to produce, so it's going to take some time for WB to recoup the immense production costs that are only ever afforded to a small group of ambitious and financially successful filmmakers like Nolan.
Also written by the director, Tenet attempts to put a new spin on time travel via a spy-fi homage to James Bond. Navigating a time-reversing phenomenon known as "inversion," a CIA agent (played by John David Washington) must stop a world-ending event that would make nuclear annihilation look tame by comparison. Those hoping to see the genre flick on the big screen must adhere to the new safety measures of big theater chains. Mandatory face masks (except while eating and drinking) and social distancing will be par for the course until the virus is curbed.
"We love this movie. We really thought it deserved to be on the big screen,” added Sarnoff. “We’re very grateful for the fact that we have movie theaters back now. We’re getting so much press that it’s another layer of publicity that we are grateful for. We are hearing very good indicators from our research."