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Geek News on the Radio for June 22nd, 2020

Rasputin features in all his mad, mystic glory in The King’s Man final trailer

Any trailer that features Rhys Ifans chewing up the scenery as the mad, mystic Rasputin is going to be a winner, and that’s just what we get in the final trailer for The King’s Man, Director Matthew Vaughn’s prequel film to his successful Kingsman franchise. It was originally meant to be released on November 15, 2019, then rescheduled for February 14, 2020, before 20th Century Studios moved the film to its current release date: September 18, 2020. As I wrote when the first trailer dropped last fall, the Kingsman franchise is based on the Marvel comic series The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, which spawned two very successful action/comedy spy films. In the first film, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), the young son of a deceased Kingsman agent, is recruited to follow in his father’s footsteps by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), aka Galahad. (All the Kingsman agents take on the monikers of the Knights of the Round Table.)

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Star Wars: Squadrons — everything you need to know

With Star Wars: Squadrons, Electronic Arts is making a very bold promise to its most critical fans. Promotional materials call this game the “definitive” Star Wars space combat experience, and that’s a powerful claim to make in 2020. It’s been several generations since the classics — Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars: TIE Fighter — broke onto the scene. The shadow of these games still looms large over the entire flight simulation genre as examples of what the gold standard should be. Pile on slightly more modern classics like Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, and even current generation titles like Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen, and suddenly the space combat genre becomes a very competitive place. After the bungled launch of Star Wars Battlefront 2, the pressure is on EA to follow through on its promise. Since talking with creative director Ian Frazier, I think that his team just might be able to pull it off.

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Wonder Woman 1984, Lucifer, ‘Snyder Cut,’ more set for huge virtual DC event

The Flash, Wonder Woman 1984, and every other DC Comics show and movie may not be participating in this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which went virtual in the wake of the pandemic. That’s because Warner Bros. is actually planning its own virtual fan experience centered around the comic book publisher’s many properties for August. On Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. PT, Warner Bros will launch DC FanDome, a free global online event boasting big announcements and new content from across the DC’s TV, movies, games, and comics, and only available for 24 hours, the studio announced Tuesday morning. As of right now, the massive endeavor will include the cast and creators of the following DC titles: Aquaman, The Batman, Batwoman, Black Adam, Black Lightning, DC Super Hero Girls, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl, Doom Patrol, The Flash, Harley Quinn, the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, Lucifer, Pennyworth, SHAZAM!, The Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, Teen Titans GO!, Titans, Watchmen, Young Justice: Outsiders, and of course, Wonder Woman 1984. You can also expect some news about WB Games and comics, too.

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‘Solar Opposites’ & ‘Crossing Swords’ Adult Animated Series Renewed By Hulu

Hulu over the past month launched a foray into original adult animation with the premieres of Solar Opposites and Crossing Swords. Both have now been picked up for additional seasons. Hulu first dipped its toe into original adults animated content in its early days with the 2013 The Awesomes. Solar Opposites, which launched May 8 as Hulu’s most-watched original comedy premiere to date, and Crossing Swords, which debuted June 12, are the platform’s first original efforts since but Hulu had been building a slate of acquired adult animated series, including Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, Futurama and King of the Hill. The category has been driving engagement and currently holds the highest average re-watch rate on the service, which fueled the original expansion.

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