Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s the latest dispatch from the crossroads of faith and media:

1. The Hollywood Reporter notes that DC’s Vertigo imprint has cancelled controversial plans to launch Second Coming, a satire comic book pairing Jesus with a superhero named Sun-Man. The book’s co-creator (that’s “creator” with a small “c”) Mark Russell doesn’t blame DC.  He says he asked for the rights back and they gracefully agreed.

2. HR also reports that the CBS pilot Evil has cast Katji Herbers (Westworld) as a skeptical forensic psychologist who works with the Catholic Church to investigate possible miracles and cases of alleged demonic possession. About that title, I get it when it comes to supposed demonic possession. But, if miracles from God (a definite good thing) are to be a focus too, wouldn’t a better title for the show be something like Extraordinary Occurrences. Just a thought — or, better yet, ditch the demonic possession angle and reboot the old NBC/Pax drama Mysterious Ways.

Will Dumbo fly for a new generation? We’ll find out on March 29 when the new live-action version opens in theaters. A lot of talent is attached here, including legendary director Tim Burton (Alice In Wonderland, Big Fish, Batman Returns) and a cast that includes Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Danny DeVito (Matilda, Batman Returns) and Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice, Batman).

 Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11