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Glee Alum to Play Music Meister in Flash/Supergirl Musical

A gleeful reunion. By Alex Osborn Darren Criss will star as the Music Meister in The CW’s upcoming The Flash / Supergirl musical crossover. According to TVLine, Criss will guest star in the two-part event, reuniting with Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist after starring alongside the two in Glee. Grant Gustin (left) and Darren Criss (right) in Glee “With our Flash and our Supergirl being Glee alums, how could we not have them go up against another Glee favorite like Darren Criss?” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said to TVLine. “We have been blown away by his talent over the years and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the Music Meister.” The Flash / Supergirl musical crossover will begin on March 20, during the end of Supergirl: Season 2’s sixteenth episode. The second half of the two-part event will air the following day, on March 21, during episode 17 of The Flash: Season 3. The Music Meister’s only previous appearance was on the the musical episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold where he was voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. This led to speculation that Harris could play the role in live-action as well, something The Flash/Supergirl producers implied was a possibility, but READ FULL…

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Neil Gaiman to Adapt His Novel Good Omens as Miniseries

Debuting on Prime Video in 2018. By Alex Osborn A limited series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s apocalyptic novel Good Omens is headed to Amazon. The six-part hour-long comedy series, which will debut on Amazon Prime Video in 2018, is being written by Gaiman, who is also on board as showrunner. BBC Studios is co-producing with Narrativia and The Blank Corporation. Following its release on Prime Video, this series will air on the BBC in the UK. Good Omens novel, written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett Good Omens tells an apocalyptic story set in 2018 when the “Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity,” and the prophetic book titled “The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch” has foretold that the world will end next Saturday. Per Amazon Studios’ plot description: “The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming war. And… someone READ FULL STORY…

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Teen Titans Animated Movie Casts Deathstroke and Terra

Christina Ricci and Miguel Ferrer join the cast. By Alex Osborn Miguel Ferrer and Christina Ricci have joined the voice cast of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ricci will voice the earth-manipulating superhero Terra, while Ferrer will play the mercenary assassin Deathstroke. Photo credit: DC Entertainment, via THR This isn’t the first DC Comics adaptation Ferrer has been involved in, as the actor also played the villain (a version of the Weather Wizard) in the unaired 1997 live-action Justice League of America pilot. Additionally, he’s the cousin of former Batman star George Clooney. In addition to Ricci and Ferrer, Warner Bros. Animation’s upcoming movie will feature a number of voices familiar to Teen Titans fans, including Sean Maher as Nightwing, Kari Wahlgren as Starfire, Brandon Soo Hoo as Beast Boy, and Stuart Allan as Robin. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is being helmed by Justice League vs. Teen Titans director Sam Liu, and is set to be released sometime this year. The story, with a screenplay written by Ernie Altbacker, is based on a plot from the classic 1980s comic Tales of the Teen Titans. The Judas Contract storyline, crafted by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, centers around Terra’s betrayal of the Titans and READ FULL STORY AT…

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God of War: Kratos' Son's Name Revealed

Meet Atreus. By Alex Osborn The name of Kratos’ son in Sony’s upcoming God of War game for PS4 is Atreus. God of War director Cory Barlog confirmed the character’s name in a post on Twitter, crediting a fan who discovered the name in the comments section of the God of War E3 2016 Overture MP3 file. God of War E3 2016 Overture MP3 details, via Twitter Following Sony’s announcement at E3 2016 that Sony Santa Monica is developing a new God of War, Barlog confirmed that the upcoming PS4 exclusive will be a single-player only experience and won’t serve as Kratos’ final game. For more on the highly anticipated PlayStation 4 title, read our thoughts on how the new God of War adds some much needed depth and humanity to Kratos. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his video content on YouTube. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

Superman Gets a New Costume

A new look for the Man of Steel. By Alex Osborn DC Comics has revealed the new costume Superman is sporting in 2017. As revealed by ComicBook.com, the Man of Steel’s new outfit will debut this April on the cover of Superman #20 from artist Patrick Gleason, as well as in Action Comics #977. For an early glimpse at the iconic hero’s new look, check out the image below. Superman’s new costume – Photo: DC Entertainment, via ComicBook.com The new outfit “is materially the same one he’s been wearing since the start of Rebirth,” according to ComicBook.com, but features a metallic belt with a yellow pentagon-shaped buckle that is reminiscent of the House of El. Additionally, his cuffs are gone and he’s wearing red metallic boots with the iconic “jagged” design. It’s also worth noting that the classic “S” shield design is consistent with his look in Rebirth, and he’s seen sporting a big smile. In addition to the image above, you can head over here for another look at Superman’s new outfit. That’s not the only exciting news for DC fans this week, as just a few days ago a selection of titles from DC Comics’ Rebirth launched digitally free of charge through…

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Disgaea 5 Complete Announced for Nintendo Switch

Launching spring 2017. By Alex Osborn NIS America has announced that Disgaea 5 is coming to Nintendo Switch. This new version, dubbed Disgaea 5 Complete, will launch in spring 2017. The game will feature the “full Disgaea 5 story along with 8 bonus scenarios, 4 fan-favorite characters and 3 character classes” from the series. According to NIS America’s online store, a Limited Edition will be available that comes packed with a copy of the game (with a reversible cover), a 30-track soundtrack spanning two discs, a collector’s box and several other items. Disgaea 5 Complete Limited Edition For our thoughts on Disgaea 5, read IGN’s review of the original PS4 version. Nintendo shared a lot of new information about its upcoming console during its Switch presentation. Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017 for $299.99 USD and 29,980 yen. Additionally, the company confirmed that the console will be region-free. For more on Nintendo Switch, here’s a look at what the game boxes look like. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his video content on YouTube. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Rogue One Comic Features Director's Extra Scenes

Debuting in April. By Alex Osborn Marvel Comics is adapting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story into a six-part miniseries that includes story content that didn’t make it into the final movie. According to Entertainment Weekly, the series will debut in April. Jody Houser is writing the comic with illustrations by Emilio Laiso. Cover art for the first issue of Marvel’s Rogue One: A Star Wars comic, via EW Speaking to EW, Houser confirmed the series “will definitely expand on what was seen in both Rogue One the film and the novelization.” She noted that director Gareth Edwards “had a bunch of ideas for extra scenes and character moments that didn’t make it into the film,” and she’s “having a lot of fun playing around with those.” With regard to the film’s cast of characters, Houser said she found the three-person team of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) and Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) especially fascinating. “You have the new convert, the lapsed believer, and the life-long devout thrown together to work for a common goal,” she explained. “That’s a dynamic I’m excited to explore further.” A novel based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, written by Alexander Freed, READ FULL STORY AT…

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The Defenders: First Team Photo Revealed

Plus, showrunner Marco Ramirez reveals how the four meet up. By Alex Osborn Marvel’s upcoming Netflix-exclusive ensemble series The Defenders will debut this summer. Confirmation of the show’s summer 2017 debut comes by way of Entertainment Weekly, who recently visited the set in Brooklyn where filming for the first group scene that unites Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage, and Finn Jones’ Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist) was underway. Check out the first team photo, as featured on the cover of the next EW, below. Marvel’s The Defenders team photo, courtesy of EW The four cross paths after finding themselves trapped in a corridor at the Midland Circle offices, where they must fight their way to through a group of foes. “Every one of them is following their own trail of bread crumbs, trying to unpack a mystery in New York,” The Defenders showrunner Marco Ramirez told EW. With regard to their first big meet-up, Ramirez added, “We wanted them all caught off guard. Once they’re in that room together, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh, s**t, who are you?’” For more on Marvel’s The Defenders, which is getting its own comic READ FULL STORY AT…

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Amazon Launches Its Own Anime Streaming Channel

Prime membership required. By Alex Osborn Amazon has just launched its own anime-focused streaming channel called Anime Strike. For $5 a month, Amazon Prime subscribers can gain access to an expanded library of anime available for streaming, with new episodes arriving each week. Amazon’s channel page for Anime Strike Anime Strike includes brand-new exclusive titles like Scum’s Wish and ONEHEI. Other popular anime, including the new season of Blue Exorcist, as well as classic movies like Akira and Paprika, are available as well. An Amazon Prime membership is required in order to subscribe to Anime Strike. You can sign up for a 7-day free trial to sample the service. For more on anime, check out our anime-focused show, IGN Anime Club. While you’re at it, head over to our Best of 2016 awards to find out which show was awarded IGN’s Best Anime Series of 2016. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his video content on YouTube. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Big Little Lies: HBO Debuts Poster for Next All-Star Series

Premiering February 19. By Alex Osborn HBO has released the official poster for its new limited series Big Little Lies. The key art, pictured below, features the faces of the show’s three leading ladies: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley. Big Little Lies official key art, courtesy of HBO As described by HBO, “Big Little Lies paints a picture of a town fueled by rumors and divided into the haves and have-nots, exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors.” The series, based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel of the same name, centers around three mothers—Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Witherspoon), Celeste Wright (Kidman) and Jane (Woodley)—who reside in the “tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California” where “nothing is quite as it seems.” Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée is helming the seven-episode comedic drama, which was written for television by David E. Kelley. The series also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling. Big Little Lies debuts on Sunday, February 19 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his video content on YouTube. READ FULL STORY AT…

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Tomb Raider Reboot Casts Into the Badlands Star

Starring as ship captain Lu Ren. By Alex Osborn Daniel Wu has joined the cast of Warner Bros.’ upcoming Tomb Raider film reboot. According to Variety, the actor, who plays Sunny in the AMC series Into the Badlands, will star as a ship captain named Lu Ren who aids Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) as she seeks to find her father. Daniel Wu as Sunny in AMC’s Into the Badlands Norwegian director Roar Uthaug is helming the film reboot, which is based on Square Enix’s popular video game franchise of the same name. In addition to Vikander and Wu, the movie will star The Hateful Eight’s Walton Goggins as the villain. Tomb Raider opens in theaters on March 16, 2018. In the meantime, find out what Vikander had to say about the film’s “fresh” take on Lara Croft. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his video content on YouTube. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Comic Announced

All-new creative team spearheading the series. By Alex Osborn Marvel has announced a new Guardians of the Galaxy comic, which is from an entirely new creative team and brings with it several changes for the Guardians. As revealed by ComicBook.com, the new series, aptly titled All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, is being created by Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan, Death of X artist Aaron Kuder, and Secret Wars colorist Ive Svorcina. All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 cover art by Aaron Kuder, Marvel Entertainment, via ComicBook.com All-New Guardians of the Galaxy takes place after the events of the final “Grounded” arc of the current series, and the story sees the Guardians amidst a war between the Collector, Grandmaster and two Elders of the Universe. The core crew is down to just five members, with Groot in his baby form, unable to regenerate. Things have changed for Drax the Destroyer as well, with the character being more of a pacifist than a destroyer. For more on All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, including a look at some of Kuder’s character sketches, check out ComicBook.com’s exclusive interview with Duggan, Kuder and editor Jordan D. White. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can READ FULL STORY AT…

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Gears of War 4 to Get 2 Classic Maps in Huge Update

Clocktower and Blood Drive arrive this month. By Alex Osborn Gears of War 4 is getting a major update this month, bringing with it two classic multiplayer maps that series fans will no doubt recognize. As detailed on Xbox Wire, Blood Drive returns and blends together the classic Gears 2 map with the “improved flow” of the re-imagined successor featured in Gears 3. Check out the video below for a sneak peek new version coming to Gears 4: Clocktower will also be added to Gears 4’s selection of multiplayer maps this month, “re-imagined as the stunning Bank of Bronn as it’s slowly claimed by the Swarm.” Watch the clip below for a fly-through look at Clocktower: Season Pass holders can check out both maps in the Developer Playlist starting today. On January 17, both will be available to everyone in Public Play free of charge. In addition, 280 new Cards are available for players to collect, with the arrival of Series 2. Thirteen new characters have been added, along with more than 260 new Weapon Skins. Gears of War 4 Series 2 Collection, via Xbox Wire Alongside the fresh batch of new cards, Gear of War 4 is also READ FULL STORY AT…

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Star Wars: Rebels Creatures Rumored to Be in Episode 8

Possible spoilers ahead! By Alex Osborn Star Wars: Episode VIII may feature a familiar creature from the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels, if a recent rumor proves true. Warning: Possible spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VIII below. According to Making Star Wars, the puffin-like bird creatures from Star Wars Rebles known as convorees may appear in Episode VIII. The outlet reported last week that a bird-like creature will serve as “protectors of Ahch-To,” and has since heard from its sources that these creatures are in fact the convorees from Rebels. For those unfamiliar, Ahch-To is the planet where the first Jedi Temple is located and the place Rey (Daisy Ridley) meets Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the convorees of Star Wars: Episode VIII are rumored to have the same general design, the outlet was told to “leave some room open for the animated shows’ interpretation.” Here’s a look at the creature from Star Wars Rebels. Convorees, as depicted in Star Wars Rebels Rebels executive producer and co-creator Dave Filoni discussed convorees in an interview with IGN last year, calling the creature “a messenger” and “an observer.” He also suggested that “whatever that thing READ FULL STORY AT…