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Catch the Characters in DC’s Stargirl!

DC Universe has revealed the official posters for DC’S Stargirl, highlighting heroes and villains from the digital streaming service’s upcoming original series. The highly-anticipated live-action superhero drama from creator Geoff Johns, premiering on DC Universe on Monday, May 18, showcases an all-star cast including Brec Bassinger (Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl), Luke Wilson (Pat Dugan/S.T.R.I.P.E), and Yvette Monreal (Yolanda Montez/Wildcat). Announced for the first time, the full list of characters and the actors who portray them can be found below.

  • Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl – Brec Bassinger (“School of Rock,” “The Goldbergs”)
  • Pat Dugan/S.T.R.I.P.E – Luke Wilson (“Old School,” “Idiocracy”)
  • Yolanda Montez/Wildcat – Yvette Monreal (“Matador,” “Faking It”)
  • Barbara Whitmore – Amy Smart (“Just Friends,” “Varsity Blues”)
  • Sylvester Pemberton/Starman – Joel McHale (“Community,” “Ted”)
  • Beth Chapel/Dr. Mid-Nite – Anjelika Washington (“Tall Girl,” “Young Sheldon”)
  • Rick Tyler/Hourman – Cameron Gellman (“Heathers,” “20th Century Women”)
  • Ms. Brooks/Tigress – Joy Osmanski (“Santa Clarita Diet,” “Dead Night”)
  • Dr. Henry King/Brainwave – Christopher James Baker (“True Detective,” “Ozark”)
  • Jordan Mahkent/Icicle – Neil Jackson (“Welcome to Marwen,” “Absentia”)
  • Dr. Ito/Dragon King – Nelson Lee (“Blade: The Series,” “Mulan (2006)”)
  • Crock/Sportsmaster – Neil Hopkins (“Lost,” “The Good Wife”)

DC Universe members will be the first to stream new episodes, every Monday commercial-free in downloadable 4K Ultra HD. Additionally, members will have access to several exclusive offerings, including extended versions of select episodes, behind-the-scenes footage of cast and crew, exclusive collectible pins and limited-edition posters, fan community forum to discuss the latest episodes and access to deep dive into all the comics that inspired the series.

DC's Stargirl

Watch the First Episode of Vagrant Queen on Youtube

Based on the comic series by Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith and published by Vault Comics, Vagrant Queen debuted on SyFy and now you can watch the entire first episode for free!

Former child queen Elida has been on the run since her mother was shot and killed by Commander Lazaro, the man responsible for bringing down their empire. A highly skilled fighter, Elida has been living in hiding and making ends meet as a scavenger while the unhinged Lazaro obsesses over tracking her down. When Elida’s old frenemy, Isaac, shows up with news about her past, it takes the help of the optimistic mechanic Amae, to escape Lazaro’s army in an adventure across a dangerous galaxy. To take Lazaro down, the team must break into the heavily guarded region of space where Elida once ruled, but an encounter with a group loyal to her former throne forces Elida to face her past as a child queen. Cannibalistic aliens, dangerous planets, shootouts, karaoke, and parking tickets complicate the journey further, and they don’t have long before the increasingly deranged Lazaro catches up to them.

You can read the first issue of the comic series for free and buy the first volume digitally for just $5.

TV Review: Vagrant Queen S1E1 A Royal Ass-Kicking

Vagrant Queen

Vagrant Queen is the latest comic series to be adapted for television or film. The television series is based on the comic from writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jason Smith. The comic series is published by Vault Comics.

Starring Adriyan Rae in the lead role of Elida, Tim Rozon as Isaac, and Paul du Toit as the menacing Commander Lazaro, the series follows Elida. Elida is an orphaned queen turned scavenger who keeps one step ahead of the Republic government attempting to kill her.

The first notable thing of the series is the visuals which feel like a cross between The Fifth Element, Doctor Who, and Red Dwarf all in a slight dayglo coloring. The visuals are both high quality and low quality at the same time. While some characters like the Republic soldiers look great, some aliens look like bad cosplay.

The longer the show went on the more the visuals grew on me, even with flaws. There’s a vision for the show and it’s consistent and is cohesive. Still, it’s an interesting mix since some things are so good and others are so bad. For every one thing that works, there’s another that doesn’t. That aspect seems to pass that along to the cast too.

Rae, Rozon, and du Toit all seem to be having fun in their roles at times going over the top and overall just having fun. Rae as Elida has a charm about her that is inviting and brings the entertaining aspect to this entertainment. Du Toit especially chews up the scenery with an over the top performance which has a fun villainous wink to it, especially compared to Rae and Rozon’s delivery.

The show has the “Syfy aesthetic,” a certain quality and style that seems to be consistent of shows on the channel. Things are both good and bad, interesting and not so much. It’s fascinating how consistent show are. And that consistency brings with a certain amount of cheese but that cheese is also fun.

Vagrant Queen does a solid job of setting things up and by the halfway mark, you have a good idea of where it’s going. The show is excellent in jumping between the past and present introducing us to Elida. Even with its predictable twist, the first episode is enjoyable and characters have their charm.

Vagrant Queen knows what it is. It wears its style on its sleeve. There’s good and bad about it and the result is good popcorn television. Even when parts are bad, there’s still something fun about it. Think the Enterprise being hit and crew knocked around for quality. There’s a cheese factor but velvety goodness.

I have no idea how well the show sticks to the comic source material but the first episode makes me want to find out. It’s Friday fun television that delivers some sci-fi escape.

Overall Rating: 7.75

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DC’s Stargirl Will Premiere May 18 on DC Universe

DC Universe today announced that the premiere of the highly anticipated original series DC’S Stargirl will shift one week to Monday, May 18 in advance of The CW broadcast on Tuesday, May 19.

DC Universe members will be the first to stream new episodes, every Monday commercial-free in downloadable 4K Ultra HD. Additionally, members will have access to several exclusive offerings including extended versions of select episodes, behind-the-scenes footage of cast and crew, exclusive collectible pins and limited-edition posters, fan community forum to discuss the latest episodes and access to deep dive into all the comics that inspired the series.

From original creator and comic book writer Geoff JohnsDC’S Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger, “School of Rock,” “The Goldbergs”) as she moves to Blue Valley, Nebraska after her mother remarries Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson, “Old School,” “Idiocracy”) and inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The live-action superhero drama reimagines the 1999 Stargirl comics and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series. DC’S Stargirl is lovingly inspired by Johns’ late sister, who was killed in a plane accident.

Stargirl — “Pilot” — Image Number: STG101_0001r.jpg — Pictured: Brec Bassinger as Courtney/Stargirl — Photo: The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Castlevania: A Very Warren Ellis Anime. with Leslie Lee III & Kat Overland

Warren Ellis‘ Castlevania show for Netflix is about powerful old men who want to bring the world down around them and the OT3 who say “nope” to all that. I’m joined by two critics who know their anime way better than I to talk about the show: Kat Overland is a freelance culture critic and the small press editor at Women Write About ComicsLeslie Lee the 3rd is a writer and host of Struggle Session.

We open with a Spoiler-free discussion of if you should watch the show. Answer: yes, there are lesbians. And the Byronic is actually likeable. 

Then deep dive into the show:

Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures Premieres Sunday, March 15

On Sunday, March 15 at 7:00am EST Cartoon Network premieres the third season of the hit Transformers animated series, Cyberverse. Season three, titled Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures, introduces new characters including Hammerbyte, Thunderhowl, Wildwheel and Meteorfire, as the war for the Allspark rages on! All new episodes of Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures will air Sundays, weekly on Cartoon Network.

In the third season of Cyberverse, Bumblebee and the Autobots encounter mysterious new threats and unlock the ancient secrets of Cybertron as they continue their adventure to bring their planet back to life. After winning a new battle against the Decepticons, Bumblebee and the Autobots begin to rebuild Cybertron. But things are not what they seem, causing the Autobots and Decepticons to join forces to fight a new enemy. Unlikely alliances will be formed, new legends will be made, and new heroes will emerge as the war for the Allspark comes home.

Launched in 2018, Cyberverse follows the ongoing battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons to find the Allspark. It follows Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Windblade and the larger Autobot team as they work to defeat the menacing Megatron and his team of Decepticons.

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