The Best Films & Shows to Watch on Netflix (September 24-25, 2022) – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Gotham signs off while new video game adaptations arrive on Netflix. Here’s what to binge on the streaming service the last weekend in September.
Over the past week, autumn has officially begun, and the last weekend of September is now upon us. School is now in full swing nationwide, making the weekend all the more important to sit back and chill out over a well-deserved Netflix binge. Fortunately, CBR is here to help audiences sort through the streaming service’s extensive library, especially what has been recently added and what is slated to leave.
Here are CBR’s recommendations on what movies and television shows to watch on Netflix this weekend, from well-crafted video game adaptations to fan-favorite films and series set to leave the digital platform by the end of September.
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One of the bolder, grittier depictions of the Batman mythos is the fan-favorite Fox television series, Gotham. Following a young Jim Gordon as he arrives in Gotham City to serve as a police detective, the show reveals the early days of the Dark Knight’s familiar foes. The five-season series is set to leave Netflix next week, making this the final chance to binge it in full on the platform.
Gordon’s arrival at the start of the series coincides with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, two socialites whose deaths plunge Gotham into chaos. Subverting fans’ expectations, Gotham packed plenty of bloody twists and turns as it showcased its vision of the iconic comic book location and community. A rollercoaster ride through the more lurid corners of the DC Universe, Gotham offers a uniquely thrilling take on the Caped Crusader’s world.
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Though the high-profile video game Cyberpunk 2077 may not have had the smoothest release in 2020, the neon-soaked world from the game is explored in the Netflix original animated series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Set in Night City, the sprawling metropolis is rife with class warfare, an enormously uneven distribution of wealth and rampant crime on virtually every level. After enduring a personal tragedy, teenager David Martinez abandons his schooling to become an edgerunner, a black market mercenary facing off against rival criminals and the law.
With its gorgeously rendered and vivid animation style and thrilling action set pieces, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is inviting to fans of the game and those looking to dive into Night City fresh. Packed with engaging character arcs and a journey spanning the darkest corners to the neon skylines of Night City, Edgerunners perhaps offers the immersive experience that Cyberpunk 2077 couldn’t quite deliver. Another superb original animated series, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners continues Netflix’s winning streak of adapting video games for television.
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With the current state of affairs in the United Kingdom over the past couple of weeks, it’s safe to say that the Netflix original series The Crown hits differently now. The historical fiction provides an intimate look into the family life of Queen Elizabeth II over the 20th century. For a look into the lives of the House of Windsor, the first four seasons of The Crown are available to stream now on Netflix.
The series begins with Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as Great Britain continues to recover from World War II. By Season 4, Elizabeth and Philip’s children have grown up and become prominent figures in British society, including Prince Charles’ wife, Lady Diana Spencer. While The Crown Season 5 isn’t slated to premiere until this November, the show holds a special resonance in the wake of Elizabeth’s recent passing and Britain’s widespread reaction.
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Pokémon has steadily released new episodes of its long-running anime series on Netflix for international distribution, and this continues with Pokémon: The Arceus Chronicles. Originally aired in Japan this past January, the four-episode miniseries continues Ash Ketchum’s saga to become the best Pokémon Trainer. Serving as a cross-promotional tie-in with the recent Nintendo Switch game Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the miniseries is set within the continuity of the main series as Ash explores the Sinnoh Region.
Summoned to Sinnoh by a message from the Mythical Pokémon Arceus, Ash reunites with his old friend Brock. The group of friends and Pokémon Trainers discover the villainous Team Galactic still active, with a new plot threatening the safety of the entire region. All four episodes of The Arceus Chronicles have been released on Netflix this past week, offering fans a chance to explore Sinnoh through Ash’s eyes.
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One of the biggest auteur filmmakers in Hollywood right now is David Fincher, whose work often leans into grittier sides of the human condition. The movie that helped catapult Fincher among Hollywood’s most prominent filmmakers was 1995’s Seven. It stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt as two police detectives tracking down a serial killer whose murders are influenced by the biblical seven deadly sins.
A lurid thriller that captivates and terrifies its audience, Seven still stands as some of Fincher’s best work. With an all-star cast and haunting atmosphere, the movie is a spellbinding look at the evil that men do, twisting morality into unspeakable acts of violence. The film is set to leave Netflix at the end of September, making this the last weekend to watch it on the streaming service.
Sam Stone is a 10th level pop culture guru living just outside of Washington, DC who knows an unreasonable amount about The Beatles. You can follow him on Twitter @samstoneshow and ask him about Nintendo, pop punk, and Star Trek.
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