In addition to Starz airing the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods starting this year in April, there’s another story penned by Gaiman — and Sir Terry Pratchett († 2015) — finally greenlit: Good Omens.
“Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons…” Gaiman said. “Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.”
Good Omens is, in one word, delightful. In two words: fucking delightful. It features an angel, Aziraphale, who doesn’t so much Fall as “saunter vaguely downwards,” and his best friend, Crowley the demon, who quite happily Tempts humans here and there and is generally responsible for your printer malfunctioning on the morning of your essay due date. They’ve been more or less together for millennia and, quite frankly, they’re far too comfortable to deal with something as resolutely exhausting as the apocalypse. Thing is, Downstairs doesn’t bloody well care, and now it’s up to the two of them to find the child known as the Antichrist.
If you haven’t yet read, I highly recommend it. There’s also a truly excellent BBC Radio 4 adaptation of it, starring Peter Serafinowicz as Crowley and Mark Heap as Aziraphale, with Phil Davis, Colin Morgan, Louise Brealey, Harry Lloyd, Josie Lawrence and Paterson Joseph rounding out the cast, among others.
I know that this blog isn’t really the hotbed of superhero stories, but I present this second piece of news mainly because I’m in awe of Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, and because I’m a sucker for really cool fanart, so here goes.
According to The Verge, Johnson has been confirmed to star in a Black Adam solo movie, after having been part of the cast of Shazam! since 2014. Shazam! is part of the extended slate of DCEEU movies expected to arrive within… well, certainly the next seven years.
Here’s a primer on who Black Adam actually is, fresh from to the DC Comics character database:
Power corrupts. It’s a trial many heroes have had to face. But no one exemplifies this more than Black Adam—a champion turned villain whose quest for dominance over all magic drives him to destroy anything that stands in his path.
Long ago, the council of wizards—powerful beings that held dominion over all magic in the world—chose the warrior Black Adam as their champion, granting him vast magical powers and abilities. However, that power only further skewed Adam’s already maligned moral compass, and rather than use his newfound gifts to help others, he used it to dominate them.
Adam turned against the wizards and after a brutal battle was imprisoned for thousands of years. But now he is free once more, and his insatiable quest to conquer the world, to control all magic, continues. The only thing that stands in his way is Shazam!, the new champion of magic—and Black Adam will do anything in his power to destroy him and assert his position as the true ruler of the world.
Driven by a need to rule, incredibly arrogant and one of the most powerful beings on the planet, Black Adam lives by a simple creed: kneel at his feet or be crushed by his boot.
According to The Verge, “Johnson is set to play the character as an anti-hero,” so I expect we’ll see him actually struggle with that “maligned moral compass” of his and actually help people.
Since he’s been attached to the project for so long, fan artists have created some really cool stuff, so I wanted to show you this one:
Damn. I’m in.