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    • Netflix has officially announced The Witcher: Blood Origin, a prequel series set 1200 years before their wildly successful The Witcher.

      Today, Netflix announced the development of The Witcher: Blood Origin. It will be set 1200 years before Geralt's story and will tell the origin of the very first Witcher. Additional details have yet to be revealed, though it is clear that The Witcher: Blood Origin will be a 6-part live-action series, and The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will produce alongside Declan de Barra.

      Per the official logline provided by Netflix, The Witcher: Blood Origin will see the "worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one." Therefore, it seems like this will be about two different origins: That of the Witchers, as well as the world fans know from the original series. De Barra, who serves as a writer on The Witcher, said about this new show, "A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read ‘The Witcher’ books – What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans?" He continued, "‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher." For those interested in the history of the Continent and its civilization, The Witcher: Blood Origin sounds like the perfect series. It'll be interesting to see how the first Witcher ends up comparing to Geralt.

      Considering the scope of The Witcher's fantasy realm, it isn't too surprising that it has yielded its own spin-off. After all, many have compared The Witcher to Game of Thrones, and that series is getting a prequel as well. The Witcher: Blood Origin seems to still be in the early development stages, which means it might be a while before fans get to see it. Before then, though, Netflix will likely prioritize season 2 of The Witcher, which resumes production next month. While it might be a while before these projects end up on fans' screens, at least they can rest assured that they'll be learning a lot more about the Witchers and their world in the future.

      https://screenrant.com/witcher-blood...MBjYZECCw56JUl f6tdsvKQ7U4UmVhvkwGc

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      • Get Duked!

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        • Disney to Release Mulan on Disney+

          Mulan is one of the most-anticipated films of the year, but the ongoing pandemic has made it difficult to bring the movie to theaters. So far, Disney has been forced to alter the release date for Mulan multiple times as COVID-19 spikes continue to delay its premiere. Now, Disney has confirmed in an investor call that Mulan will stream on Disney+ through a premium access basis that will cost about $30.

          So far, Disney+ aims to release Mulan on September 4th using its new premium access feature. Few details about the feature were given during the call, but its cost was discussed. Users will spend $29.99 to access the feature in order to watch Mulan, and many expect it to work like other VOD services. Disney said it would have another call for investors within the next month to discuss specific details.

          The shocking move comes as a new press release from Disney breaks down its third-quarter losses due to COVID-19. The company reports it has suffered a $3 billion loss because of the pandemic's effect on business. This premium model for Disney+ will help mitigate the box office loss Mulan will take by streaming, but CEO Bob Chapek made it clear Mulan would screen in select theaters.

          According to Chapek, Mulan will be available in theaters in select markets with widely opened theaters. No specific areas were named during the call, but markets like Japan have reopened their theaters in stages within the last month or so.

          This move is a first for Disney and comes as a surprise to many fans. Last month left fans convinced Mulan would be moved back further for a theatrical release following the delay of Tenet by Warner Brothers. Discussion about the live-action Disney flick flared after it was announced Tenet would screen theatrically in select markets, but the idea of it moving to VOD was considered extreme. However, given the new information, Disney has provided about its streaming service's user base, this move could easily work. Chapek confirmed the site has amassed more than 60 million paid users, and those are all potential consumers for Mulan on VOD. That doesn't even account for non-subscribers who would flock to the service to watch the feature at an additional cost.

          At this time, Disney has not made any other announcements about the release dates of any other films. The comic fandom is keeping a close eye on The New Mutants as it is meant to hit theaters later in August. The call did say Disney is treating Mulan as a one-off instance for VOD at this time.

          https://comicbook.com/movies/news/mu...dBtklwJdiFW7Dx IYvUYYdaF70nQS8RpAQ

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          • Raised by Wolves

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            • The Boys Season 2 - Official Trailer

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                • The Boys Season 2 Casts X-Men's Shawn Ashmore as Lamplighter

                  The Boys Season 2 has cast X-Men actor Shawn Ashmore as "Lamplighter," the former member of The Seven who also happens to have some big ties to Billy Butcher and The Boys - including why the group first broke up. As Boys showrunner Eric Kripke says, “We were thrilled that Shawn — who is, let’s be honest, an OG superhero — wanted to play the crucial part of Lamplighter. He brings so much depth, menace, and world-weary humanity to this former member of the Seven. And Shawn is a really good guy. We’re grateful to have him join our bloody little family.”

                  Lamplighter was mentioned several times The Boys season 1. It was his "retirement" from The Seven that opened a space for Starlight to join the team, with inferences that he also made big trouble for The Boys squad.

                  In terms of powers, Lamplighter is basically The Boys' the parody of DC's Green Lantern, with a pyrokinesis staff that lets him harness open flames and wield them. It's a nice send-up of Ashmore's famous role as Iceman in the X-Men movies, where his powers were (obviously) the elemental opposite. As Kripke points out, Shawn Ashmore is indeed an "O.G." of superhero movie genre - which is why it's going to be so much fun watching him get to cut loose and satirize the genre in The Boys!

                  "Lamplighter is a former superstar, a member of the Seven before he left under mysterious circumstances, to be replaced by Starlight. He ties in directly to the Boys' tragic history — he’s actually the reason they broke up 8 years ago. So when he enters their lives again, he dredges up painful memories, pokes at their raw nerves, and changes everything."

                  Here's the release date info about The Boys season 2, and it's new aftershow, Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys:

                  "The second season of the Amazon Original The Boys will premiere on Prime Video with the first three episodes on Friday, September 4, and new episodes available each Friday following, culminating in an epic season finale on October 9.

                  https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/news/...y0Sw9mwOQrBes0

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                  • Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

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