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New trailers: Black Mirror, Batwoman, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and more

New trailers: Black Mirror, Batwoman, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and more

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Welcome to the annual biggest week in trailers, aka TV upfronts week. This is the week when TV networks present glimpses of their new shows to advertisers, trying to woo commitments ahead of the shows’ debuts later this year. Naturally, those trailers also end up online.

I love watching all the upfront trailers because they’re just incredibly awkward and strange most of the time. At this point, the shows have each only filmed a pilot episode, and so a trailer for them is basically a three minute tour through a single 20-or-so minute episode of TV. No surprise, a lot of them are pretty bad, but there are always a few gems.

I’ve included some highlights below, but if you want to watch them all, you can check out trailer roundups for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and more.

Check out nine trailers from this week below.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

The first Maleficent wasn’t a critical success, but it was a huge hit at the 2014 box office. So naturally, Disney is giving it another shot. Mistress of Evil puts Angelina Jolie back in the antihero role, seemingly ready to start a war over... something or other. It’s not really clear. The film comes out October 18th.

Black Mirror

It’s hard to make much sense of a Black Mirror trailer, but you’ve got all the staples here: some familiar actors, some eerie technology, and plenty of gorgeous shots. Three new episodes arrive June 5th.


Here’s my one note on recent horror trailers: you’ve gotta hold off on the creepy violins until creepy stuff starts happening. Anyway, Midsommar is sure to be a horror hit this summer — it’s the next film from the director of Hereditary, and its pastel palette and dreamy imagery are the perfect backdrop for some very eerie twists. The film comes out July 3rd.

Big Little Lies

The latest trailer for Big Little Lies’ second season spends time showing how life continues for its stars in messy new ways. And naturally, it shows plenty of Meryl Streep, who’s the season’s big addition. The show returns June 9th.


The CW put out a first look this week at its adaptation of Batwoman, which has Ruby Rose playing Kate Kane, one of the latest incarnations of the character. In its pilot, at least, the show is very much trying to build up the character’s feminist cred. She also wears a Ramones shirt. The show arrives sometime this fall.


Fox has a new series coming up that’s basically about if Alexa became sentient and then spread to all technology and started killing people. On one hand, Next looks like it’s playing with technological fears in the same way that sci-fi always has, but one thing is particularly interesting about it: it has an early tech leader be the one to sound the alarm, much like we’re seeing with many former Facebook execs today. The series debuts next year.


One of ABC’s new series has a very Stranger Things-esque twist, with a mysterious girl appearing out of nowhere and causing lots of inexplicable problems. It should start sometime this fall.

Nancy Drew

Warner Bros. just released a modern Nancy Drew adaptation in theaters, and now The CW is giving the character a very different spin — one that’s far more stylized and dark. The show will start this fall.

The Mountain

This is the Jeff Goldblum role you were looking for.

Today’s Storystream

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Andrew J. Hawkins21 minutes ago
Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle brand is about to go public via SPAC

LiveWire has completed its merger with a blank-check company and will make its debut on the New York Stock Exchange today. Harley-Davison CEO Jochen Zeitz called it “a proud and exciting milestone for LiveWire towards its ambition to become the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world.” Hopefully it also manages to avoid the cash crunch of other EV SPACs, like Canoo, Arrival, Faraday Future, and Lordstown.

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Andrew Webster45 minutes ago
“There’s an endless array of drama going on surrounding Twitch right now.”

That’s Ryan Morrison, CEO of Evolved Talent Agency, which represents some of the biggest streamers around. And he’s right — as you can read in this investigation from my colleague Ash Parrish, who looked into just what’s going on with Amazon’s livestreaming service.

Asian America learns how to hit back

The desperate, confused, righteous campaign to stop Asian hate

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Richard Lawler52 minutes ago
Green light.

NASA’s spacecraft crashed, and everyone is very happy about it.

Otherwise, Mitchell Clark is kicking off the day with a deeper look at Dish Network’s definitely-real 5G wireless service , and Walmart’s metaverse vision in Roblox is not looking good at all.

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Jess WeatherbedTwo hours ago
Won’t anyone think of the billionaires?

Forbes reports that rising inflation and falling stock prices have collectively cost members of the Forbes 400 US rich list $500 billion in 2022 with tech tycoons suffering the biggest losses.

Jeff Bezos (worth $151 billion) lost $50 billion, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin (worth a collective $182b) lost almost $60b, Mark Zuckerberg (worth $57.7b) lost $76.8b, and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (worth $4.5b) lost $10.4b. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (worth $83b) lost $13.5b while his ex-boss Bill Gates (worth $106b) lost $28b, albeit $20b of that via charity donations.

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A direct strike at 14,000 mph.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) scored a hit on the asteroid Dimorphos, but as Mary Beth Griggs explains, the real science work is just beginning.

Now planetary scientists will wait to see how the impact changed the asteroid’s orbit, and to download pictures from DART’s LICIACube satellite which had a front-row seat to the crash.

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We’re about an hour away from a space crash.

At 7:14PM ET, a NASA spacecraft is going to smash into an asteroid! Coverage of the collision — called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test — is now live.

Emma RothSep 26
There’s a surprise in the sky tonight.

Jupiter will be about 367 million miles away from Earth this evening. While that may seem like a long way, it’s the closest it’s been to our home planet since 1963.

During this time, Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye (but binoculars can help). You can check where and when you can get a glimpse of the gas giant from this website.

Emma RothSep 26
Missing classic Mario?

One fan, who goes by the name Metroid Mike 64 on Twitter, just built a full-on 2D Mario game inside Super Mario Maker 2 complete with 40 levels and eight worlds.

Looking at the gameplay shared on Twitter is enough to make me want to break out my SNES, or at least buy Super Mario Maker 2 so I can play this epic retro revamp.

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Russell BrandomSep 26
The US might still force TikTok into a data security deal with Oracle.

The New York Times says the White House is still working on TikTok’s Trump-era data security deal, which has been in a weird limbo for nearly two years now. The terms are basically the same: Oracle plays babysitter but the app doesn’t get banned. Maybe it will happen now, though?

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Russell BrandomSep 26
Edward Snowden has been granted Russian citizenship.

The NSA whistleblower has been living in Russia for the 9 years — first as a refugee, then on a series of temporary residency permits. He applied for Russian citizenship in November 2020, but has said he won’t renounce his status as a U.S. citizen.