- Only a few months after the surprise firing of Han Solo prequel directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Lucasfilm made headlines by dumping Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow from Star Wars: Episode IX, allegedly due to Trevorrow's "unbearable" "and "egotistical" behavior. Whatever the circumstances may have been, they didn't stop Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi from mocking Lucasfilm.
- ABC is developing a reboot of the campy early-80s superhero comedy The Greatest American Hero, about an ordinary teacher given superpowers by aliens—this time, with an Indian-American woman as the protagonist. Keep that "Believe It or Not" theme song, at least.
- It is smashing box office records, but some critics think the film does a disservice to the character of Beverly Marsh, its female lead. Though the movie thankfully ditches the novel's pubescent sewer orgy, Vanity Fair's Laura Bradley writes:
...there’s something about Beverly’s treatment that feels egregious. She’s not just largely absent from the action at the end of the movie, but the role she once played in that action has been taken away. And in most of her scenes before that moment, the focus has been not on her personality, but on her gender. Beverly is not a girl in a movie, but The Girl in the movie—and given what her story could have been, it’s hard to let that slide.