Netflix have announced this weekend that Krysten Ritter will be returning as Jessica Jones receives a second season, to shore up local whisky manufacturers across New York.
The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, which also announced things like an April release for season 2 of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Released in November last year, we likely won’t see the show return until at least the end of this year, but it joins the previously-announced and in-production second season of Daredevil as part of an increasingly-committed mini-universe of Marvel TV shows streaming through the service.
No details beyond the ‘it’s going to happen’ stage have come up yet, but we can all now happily start boldly and wildly predicting what might happen in season two. My money is on BAD Girls Inc.
Because my money is ALWAYS on BAD Girls Inc.
The 2012 movie adaptation of Judge Dredd, simply called DREDD, proved a critical success, with fans and critics both enjoying the tense lock-in thriller. However… there were not very many of them, which meant that the movie struggled to recover its costs and wasn’t a huge hit at the box office. Regardless, fans quickly took to the internet to register their admiration for the film, and to call en masse for a sequel.
Until recently, that petition called for the sequel to be a movie, Dredd 2, and had seen support from the actors involved in the movie, 130,000+ fans, and 2000AD themselves.
But, perhaps following a shift in perspective following the success of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the petition has now switched gears: the goal is now for Dredd to come to Netflix. Or HBO. Or Amazon Prime. Any online streaming service which could do the tone of the movie justice, in other words. Quoting 2000AD co-owner Jason Kingsley in the press release sent by 2000AD:
“What Frank and Brian have achieved over the last three years has been incredible – they’ve kept the fires burning and their decision to open out the campaign to include TV AND films is a sensible one. Who amongst us wouldn’t want to see a DREDD series from Netflix or Amazon? I wish them all the best and thank them for keeping the faith. In the meantime, we’ve been doing – and will continue to do – all we can to give the fans what they want, which is more from the incredibly rich world of Judge Dredd.
Star Wars Rebels, the CGI continuation of a CGI continuation of the third chronological Star Wars film, will feature a guest appearance later this year from one of the most beloved characters from the movies. The twist, however, is that the guest is NOT a character from the prequel movies.
The series is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, meaning it focuses on the fallout of The Clone Wars and the attack which wiped out almost all the Jedi – the infamous Order 66. Only a few Jedi are left, and they’re in hiding, whilst the Imperial forces build up and consolidate their power. In the midst of everything, the Rebel Alliance begin to form up.
And on an episode which’ll air on Disney XD on January 20th, the show will get to bridge the trilogies for the first time, as none other than Princess Leia will make her first appearance in the new, expanded Star Wars continuity. Voiced by Julie Dolan, she’ll mark the first time any of the central three characters have appeared outside of the movies since Disney bought Lucasfilm and cut out the Expanded Universe from canon.
She also joins Darth Vader, who is now a recurring villain for the series, and Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated series which preceded this one. This is only planned as a one-off for the time being, but it’s another sign of Disney really consolidating the various Marvel properties, and tying them together in a pre-planned, careful manner.