Show Notes Episode 100: Triple Digits with The Orville’s Tom Constantino

Tonight New Padawans, Kate Mulgrew immortalized in Indiana, we remember Sir Sean Connery and a special interview with Producer Tom Costantino of The Orville. All that and more on the one hundredth edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and Welcome to Episode one hundred of Multiverse Tonight. I’m happy to have made it this far and I’m glad you’re listening to the show. 

Star Wars

Lucasfilm Publishing Executive Editor Jennifer Heddle unveiled on Star Wars dot com a few of the Padawans that will be seen in The High Republic books and more that are coming next year. Included were Burryaga AgaBurry, a Wookie described by writer Charles Soule as quote “While he is skilled with his two-handed lightsaber, it is Burryaga’s natural, effortless ability to sense the emotions of others that sets him apart from other members of the Order.” unquote. Reath Silas, padawan to Jedi Council member Jora Malli, Lula Talisola described by Daniel Jose Older the writer for IDW’s The High Republic Adventures as quote “all about the Jedi Order.” “She loves it, can hardly wait to get Knighted, and wants to be the best Jedi that ever was. Besides being amazing and top of her class with a lightsaber, she’s loyal and compassionate and looks out for her two best friends, Farzala and Qort. Especially when they’re causing mischief.” unquote and Bell Zettifar, who is stationed on the Jedi Outpost of Elphrona in the Outer Rim with Jedi Master Loden Greatstorm. The High Republic kicks off on January fifth with Star Wars: The High Republic — Light of the Jedi, by Charles Soule.

Star Wars attraction, the Galaxy’s Edge is going through rough times as the cast members in the park are being laid off due to the pandemic’s effects on park attendance. Layoffs are based on seniority and unfortunately, those that transferred from Disneyland’s California Adventure to the Galaxy’s Edge are some of the first to get the layoff notices. 

Gamestop may have “accidentally” leaked the release date for Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga. The game which will be released for PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. was originally going to be released this year, but was delayed. Gamestop’s website lists the date as May 31, 2021. However, that date might just be a placeholder since it’s odd for a game to be released on a Monday.

Speaking of accidental leaks, News of a new Star Wars action game from EA Motive has leaked out, there’s scant details about it other than the studio, the leak came from a listing from EA Motive for a programmer, it mentioned that quote “the team is starting immediately on an upcoming Star Wars action game and will also be building original IP.” unquote 

Star Trek

Star Trek Prodigy will have music from Nami Melumad according to Film Music Reporter. Nami previously scored the Short Trek episode Q&A. She will have the honor of scoring new moments with a known starship captain, as also joining the show is Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway and at a Q&A for our next story, she revealed what brought her back to Trek quote “Well, frankly, the negotiations took quite a long time,” Mulgrew said. “When Alex Kurtzman presented me with this idea, I wasn’t entirely sure, and then over the months, the conversation evolved into what we could bring to an entirely new demographic of watchers. I thought the idea of bringing this to young minds was just too exciting, too evocative, and too promising.” unquote

She answered during a Q&A for the unveiling of the Captain Kathryn Janeway statue in the Captain’s future hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Kate Mulgrew attended the unveiling virtually of course and Robert Picardo sent a video. The Statue is of the character from the waste up atop  a pedestal that says “Future Birthplace of Captain Kathryn Janeway, Bloomington, Indiana, Earth May 20, 2336.”  Ms. Mulgrew said about the honor quote I’m not often rendered speechless, but in this moment I am. How many people have such a marvelous thing done in their honor, in their memory. It’s a wonderful comment on Janeway’s legacy… And hearing you all speak today is deeply moving to me. To realize that Janeway has had such an important role in your lives, and I think in cultural history, it not only terribly affecting for me, but makes me want to go forth in a new way. And I am doing that with Prodigy. But this recognition is something extraordinary to me and I am deeply proud to be honored in this way. Unquote  The statue is on the B-Line Trail next to the Wonderlab Museum in Downtown Bloomington.

A new Star Trek Picard novel will give us some backstory on what happened on the Titan after the attack on Mars that eventually saw Picard forced into retirement.  Star Trek Picard The Dark Veil will be written by James Swallow. Here’s the synopsis quote “The Alpha Quadrant is mired in crisis. Within the United Federation of Planets, a terrorist strike on the shipyards of Mars has led to the shutdown of all relief efforts for millions of Romulans facing certain doom from an impending super­nova. But when the USS Titan is drawn into a catastrophic incident on the Romulan-Federation border, Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew find themselves caught between the shocking secrets of an enigmatic alien species and the deadly agenda of a ruthless Tal Shiar operative. Forced into a wary alliance with a Romulan starship commander, Riker and the Titan crew must uncover the truth to stop a dev­astating attack—but one wrong move could plunge the entire sector into open conflict!” unquote The novel goes on sale on January fifth. 

This piece of news goes out to my European listeners, The British Royal Mail announced that they will issue a twelve stamp collection of stamps celebrating Star Trek. The stamps, with art by artist Freya Betts depict Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Commander Deanna Troi, Captain Benjamin Sisko, Doctor Julian Bashir, Captain Kathryn Janeway, Captain Jonathan Archer, Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, Captain Gabriel Lorca, Lieutenant Ash Tyler, and Commander Michael Burnham. There will also be an additional short sheet of six stamps with characters played by British and British Commonwealth actors Those characters are Montgomery Scott, Shinzon, Tolian Soran, Klingon Chancellor Gorkon, Carol Marcus, and Krall.

Amazon has announced that November is Star Trek Month on the shopping site, on sale will be Star Trek: Discovery: Season One (Blu-ray™, DVD) – The collection includes all 15 episodes from the first season of the CBS All Access original series, along with a trove of compelling featurettes and additional special features. The series stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp and more.

  • Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two (Blu-ray, DVD) – “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes, the CBS All Access series returns with all 14 episodes from the second season and over four hours of exclusive special features, plus two series-related Short Treks: “Runaway” and “The Brightest Star.”
  • Star Trek: Picard Season One (Blu-ray, DVD, Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook) – Patrick Stewart reprises his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard in the premiere season of the CBS All Access release, which boasts over two hours of exclusive special features, including never-before-seen interview footage of Patrick Stewart. Also includes the Short Trek “Children of Mars.”
  • Star Trek: Short Treks (Blu-ray, DVD) – Dive deeper into key themes and characters that fit into Star Trek: Discovery and the expanding Star Trek universe with all nine of the CBS All Access original short stories, including three U.S.S. Enterprise shorts featuring Star Trek: Discovery: Season Two favorites and two animated shorts unlike any other from the Star Trek universe. The complete collection also includes more than 50 minutes of exclusive special features.
  • Star Trek 10-Movie Stardate Collection (Blu-ray) – Experience every unforgettable moment from Captain Kirk’s triumphant return to the U.S.S. Enterprise with this brilliant collection, including: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis. The set also includes access to Digital copies of all 10 films.
  • Star Trek Picard Movie & TV Collection (Blu-ray) – Relive Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s greatest adventures with the six-disc collection, including two feature-length TV episodes, Star Trek: The Next Generation “Chain of Command” and “Best of Both Worlds,” and four Next Generation films – Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis. The collection is packed with over 10 hours of previously released special features.
  • Complete Series Collections:
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Complete Series
    • Star Trek: Enterprise: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    • Star Trek: The Original Series: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
    • Star Trek: Voyager: The Complete Series

And now let’s get to that interview with Tom Costantino

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00:24 Thomas Townley: My guest today is one of my favorites from the past 100 episodes. And I’m so glad that he’s graciously come back to talk sci-fi with us. Please welcome, producer of The Orville, Tom Constantino.

00:37 Tom Constantino: Thanks for having me. Sorry. I am looking like I just got out of bed. Even though I didn’t. [chuckle]

00:44 Thomas Townley: Oh. That’s great, and I mean, my hair needs cutting and everything too.

00:51 TC: Quarantine edition, right? 

00:54 Thomas Townley: Yeah. Unfortunately, I haven’t had to quarantine. I’m an essential worker at Walmart.

01:00 TC: Oh god, yeah, okay. So you’ve been in, huh? 

01:04 Thomas Townley: Yes. Yeah, the protocol to get into my work is busy; I gotta go in and have temperature check, I answer questions. I mean, it’s dangerous.

01:17 TC: Reduced capacity in the whole thing or…

01:20 Thomas Townley: We were going at reduced capacity for a while. It was… They reduced the store to, I think, a third, which is like 600 people can be in at once. We never have 600 people.

01:29 TC: No, oh yeah, of course.

01:30 Thomas Townley: No, not at our store. Lately, they’ve gone away with that but they’ll probably snap that right back, especially this month because we have all our black Friday stuff, so they’re gonna…

01:41 TC: Oh yeah.

01:42 Thomas Townley: Re-introduce that.

01:43 TC: Keep forgetting it’s November. [chuckle]

01:45 Thomas Townley: Yep. So how’s everything else gone this year for you? 

01:51 TC: Aside from the world [chuckle] quasi coming to an end, you know? No, I won’t make jokes. I mean, I’m just… Everyone on my end is healthy, and just trying to live in this new homeschooling, Zooming, not being at… Not having normalcy, kind of thing. So…

02:13 Thomas Townley: Well, that’s good. You’ve been away from fires this year? Because last year you had fires around.

02:20 TC: Oh, yes. I forgot about that. I actually… Did we interview when it was like literally on fire? 

02:27 Thomas Townley: Yeah.

02:28 TC: I’m trying to remember that. Yeah, no. It just smells like smoke outside all the time but I’ve had friends who’ve had to evacuate, and the AQI’s an average of 50 points higher this year every day. [chuckle] Sunny California. [chuckle]

02:44 Thomas Townley: Yeah. Alright. Well, I know there’s not much you can tell me about The Orville, is there anything? Just a little hint? Nothing? 

02:56 TC: Blessed, the thing I can say is, I think, hopefully, things will be back on track very soon.

03:06 Thomas Townley: Excellent, excellent.

03:07 TC: For shooting. Yeah, no, nothing’s official but hopefully, everyone can rest easy with good safety protocols in place. So I think there’s good news coming down the pike. I would say more than cautiously optimistic.

03:25 Thomas Townley: Excellent. Excellent.

03:27 TC: Alright? 

03:28 Thomas Townley: Now, of course, I brought you here to talk about sci-fi in general. What have you been watching? 

03:33 TC: What have I been watching; you mean in terms of sci-fi as of late? 

03:38 Thomas Townley: Yeah. Sci-fi, you know, geeky things.

03:41 TC: Well, it’s funny ’cause I’ve sort of been taking a little break from sci-fi, I still obviously have to watch The Mandalorian season two. What have I… I sat down and watched all of Rogue One the other day, just out of nowhere, it just was on and so I did that. But I’ve been doing things like I watched The Vow, [chuckle] which is about the NXIVM cult. I’m late to the game but the show Alone, the survival. I don’t know, there’s like a cult survival theme going on but I watched that as well. I have to catch up on Lost In Space, ’cause I have been dying to check that out. But yeah, there hasn’t been too much of sci-fi. I mean honestly, I end up watching old clips of Wrath of Kahn on the YouTube and sorta… Yeah, I go to the comfort food right away. You know, there’s been some T&G on BBC that I’ve… That’s on and suddenly I’m watching whole episode. That’s kinda where I’m at.

04:40 Thomas Townley: Have you been watching any of the new Star Trek shows lately? 

04:43 TC: Oh, I have watched a little bit. I have to catch up with the new Discovery season. I finally watched Picard, obviously, I loved it. It’s hard for me because as a person making space TV, I have feelings, and as a strict fan, I can’t just… I don’t feel like I have the privilege to just love or dump something. It’s a whole different experience for me. But no, I will watch it eventually. But I mean I was just like, Picard finished and then two months later I watched. It’s just the way my life runs. But obviously, it was great. I’m very much for comfort food, so the best part of Picard was obviously seeing Frakes and [05:21] ____ show up with… That’s the kind of stuff that just gets me going, and Jeri Ryan and all that stuff.

05:31 Thomas Townley: So if CBS and Viacom showed up at your door and said pitch me a new star Trek show, do you have any idea what you would wanna pitch? 

05:40 TC: Oh my god, that’s a good question. What would I want to pitch? I would go call Michael Dorn and he’d be like, “Who the hell are you?” And I would do the Worf series. I would watch that all day long. I don’t need to make up… I would do a Worf series and I would do anything… You know, you know, obviously seeing Jane way back, I would love to… I’d watch her read the phone book. So those would be the two. I would need to think about if I wanted to do something original original, but yeah, I would be very much into the Worf series.

06:15 TC: I just think that that’s a lot of mileage and obviously, you know, George Takei too. You know, I would’ve loved the Sulu series; that would have been the other one. Oh, I will say, randomly I went down a deep rabbit hole about, I can’t remember the name of the episode from Voyager where they had to re-shoot… They redid the whole Praxis explosion. I went down that rabbit hole for a while, you know, and comparing the shots and doing that. Like, that’s what I do, I look like side by side comparisons. Like I end up watching old… For no reason, I’ll watch the old V effects, you know, comparison from the original series one to the updated ones that [06:50] ____ and those gang did. That’s how I spend my time. It’s pathetic. [chuckle]

06:55 Thomas Townley: Well, on totally a different topic but dealing with the character of Worf, who would win a fight between Bortus and Worf? 

07:08 TC: With weapons or without? 

07:11 Thomas Townley: Let’s go without.

07:14 TC: I think Bortus, ’cause Moclans are very strong and Peter is a real big guy. If there was a bat’leth or guns, I mean Peter’s got good aim but Worf with a sword I would be scared of. That would be my… You couldn’t just run the table.

07:33 Thomas Townley: Yeah, I see your point there. Now, speaking of other sci-fi’s, The Mandalorian has those virtual sets. What could you use those virtual sets for? 

07:45 TC: Well, we did, actually. We had it for our view screen in Season 1. As a matter of fact, it was Jon, I believe, who had the idea along with another producer, Jason Clark, and it wasn’t because we… It locked us in too early. We ended up going to green screen because we had more flexibility but basically, our huge view screen was basically The Mandalorian [08:10] ____, and obviously The Mandalorian expanded, it’s more 360. So if we were to have it back, I’m sure there’s a couple of planets, it’d be great for the simulator room, but we… A lot of ours takes place in the ship, we’re a fundamentally different show, we go to planets sometimes, and we usually find a location. So it’s a different methodology, but we experience it. I mean, the way they’ve used it is great, obviously, and… The other time I ever thought that that worked was like in, once again, Rogue One where they used it for the cockpit stuff. But yeah, that’s what I would say. I would probably use it for the simulator room if we could.

08:55 Thomas Townley: I would love to see that. And you know, they’re Disney or…

08:58 TC: Yeah, it’s super… They’re bright as hell. They have their issues, this is a lot of technical, but you end up there’s a lot of tears and a lot of technical issues with them. They’re really great for interactive lighting and landscapes. As a view screen, having finished battle shots, it was not always practical.

09:23 Thomas Townley: When you’re watching shows like The Mandalorian, do you think about, “Ooh, how did they do that?” Or…

09:29 TC: Yes, yes, all the time, and sometimes I know how they did it ’cause we’re doing what they’re doing. Yeah, yes, but I’m always… Yeah. It’s always fun to see what other people are coming up with but then sometimes I just get stressed out. [laughter] Yeah, it just reminds me of not sleeping and working a hundred hours a week. [chuckle] But yeah, no, there’s some pretty… Not just The Mandalorian, I mean they do some great stuff, but even on some great things on Discovery, and you know even like, I’m a big fan of shows that you need to do the real hidden visual effects. Set extensions and creating worlds that they did through virtual production versus going out and shooting it. That stuff gets me too.

10:17 Thomas Townley: Yeah. Now with… I was thinking the other day, with shows having smaller and smaller episode counts per season…

10:24 TC: Yeah.

10:25 Thomas Townley: Is 100 episodes really an achievable milestone for most shows anymore? 

10:33 TC: No. Yes, but you’re gonna have to think about your 10 or eight or 12 episodes, you gotta go seven, eight, nine, 10 seasons, and at a certain point… Everything’s at a quasi-feature level now, I mean the Marvel shows are feature level.

10:49 Thomas Townley: Mm-hmm.

10:50 TC: Everybody’s… There’s probably 25-30 shows of this scale and magnitude. It’s… I know people complain about the 22-episode thing. We would literally die. [chuckle] It’s just too much. So I don’t know if it’s achievable. If you’re a comedy or something, maybe, but even like HBO, they run 13 eps. You can’t go… You start getting beyond six, seven seasons, it’s… You just run out of steam.

11:15 Thomas Townley: Yeah, if you look at shows like The Next Generation and all the… They had a lot of good shows but they had a lot of filler shows too to stretch out the season. So in other words…

11:27 TC: Less coverage, less effects, different methodology. They were great shows but the demand is now… Anything, everything gets scrutinized. Which is great ’cause it keeps you on your toes but it keeps you on your toes.

11:43 Thomas Townley: And here’s a thought. Should sci-fi shows have a message and a moral to them? ‘Cause some of the shows nowadays, it’s just kind of more action than anything else.

12:01 TC: I’m part of the optimistic sci-fi crowd. If I wanna go… I don’t like the two mixing. I like my Battlestar Galactica’s and I like my Star Treks. I like the optimistic, happy, fun stuff. And then when I wanna go dark, I wanna go dark. I have trouble mixing the two. But like I said, I’m very… I’m an old man, I’m very into old school. Do I think it needs to have a message? No. Does it help? Yeah, I think it’s add some layering storytelling to the complexity of it all. But not necessarily… Different strokes for different folks, I guess. [chuckle] You know what I mean? Different… I don’t bemoan somebody loving something that I don’t. There’s only a few things that I have true hatred for, which you can ask me another time, ’cause that’s a thing about it. But anyway, long story, I think that was a long answer, but I think a message helps but isn’t necessarily the key. Take Cobra Kai, for example. That show’s got heart and that’s why it works. It’s not just seeing the characters… If it was just all Johnny and Ralph Macchio fighting or stuff, it wouldn’t have it, but it’s all the heart that’s layered underneath. And I feel like your sci-fi needs that as well.

13:13 Thomas Townley: Now, thinking about crews and sci-fi and everything, who’d win in a battle between The Orville crew and The Next Generation crew? 

13:22 TC: Oh my god, don’t make me answer that. [chuckle] I work for them. Orville’s scrappy but, you know, I don’t know, I think the Enterprise-D would probably cut right through the damn thing. [chuckle] I am a non-impartial. [chuckle] I can’t… Yeah. Although, Ed has been… Acquitted himself quite a good captain. So I actually… I don’t actually know. You know, funny enough, I don’t know the answer. Orville’s got some tricks up her sleeve but I can’t go against my Next Generation crew. You’re wounding me. [chuckle]

14:04 Thomas Townley: By the way, how does Seth have all this time? I mean, he just recently announced that he and Dan McBride are doing a revival of Smokey and the Bandit. He’s doing these jazz concerts on Instagram. The Orville. The animated shows. Is he human? 

14:17 TC: I question that sometimes, I think he’s superhuman. No, he’s just smart… No, he’s a super-smart guy and likes to keep active. And, no, I know he loves the show, so obviously that’s one of his priorities, but he’s a man of… I always joke on Twitter, I said, multi-hyphenate, but he really is. I learn a lot from him every day, from a production standpoint. And he tends to think three or four moves ahead, and sometimes you can keep up with him and sometimes you’re arguing move number two but he’s actually at move number five, and then you catch up with him and go, “Oh, I see what you were doing there. That made complete sense. You were just way ahead of it.”

14:56 Thomas Townley: That’s cool. And finally, what are you looking forward to on the horizon? In 2021, what are you looking forward to? 

15:06 TC: Going to a restaurant again, hopefully. [chuckle] The new normal. And hopefully finishing up production of season three of the show, so people can finally see it. But no, just a little more peace in the world and health for everybody; I can’t be trivial about that, it would be nice to be… It’s been a long road so far for everyone, I believe, on planet earth.

15:38 Thomas Townley: It’s been a long road getting from there to here.

15:42 TC: Yeah. And we’re not even there. We’re still on the here.

[chuckle]

15:46 Thomas Townley: Alright, well, I know you have other things to do and I have podcasts to record today as well. So thank you very much for joining me today.

15:56 TC: Oh no, thank you. Sorry again about the t-shirt, the 911, I’m just like a train wreck but I appreciate you having me. It was fun talking to you.

16:03 Thomas Townley: That’s okay. Tom Constantino, I wish you the best of luck, the best of health.

16:07 TC: Thank you. You too.

16:08 Thomas Townley: Stay safe, and we’ll see you next time.

16:12 TC: Yeah, we’ll talk again soon.

16:13 Thomas Townley: Okay.

16:13 TC: Bye.

Geek

Amazon has ordered a new SciFi Drama from Legendary television. Lightyears centers around a couple named Franklin and Irene York who years earlier discovered a chamber buried in their backyard which leads to a strange deserted planet. Since then they’ve guarded the secret until an enigmatic young man enters their lives, their life is upended and the mysterious chamber turns out to be much more than they could have possibly imagined.  No word on when it’s expected on the service.

Actor Jeff Bridges has announced that he’s been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is the cancer of the lymphatic system. He posted on twitter quote “As the Dude would say… New sh– has come to light.”

“I have been diagnosed with lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” “I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”“I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes,” “And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together.” unquote I think we all wish him the best of health.

Ghostbusters Afterlife has been pushed back another three months to June eleventh, almost a year after it was originally supposed to be released this past July. The sequel to Don’t Breathe has been given a date of August thirteenth, 2021. The same date as twentieth century’s Deep Water starring Ben Affleck.

Spectrum Originals and AMC are producing a new series based on the Beacon 23 novel by Hugh Howey. The story, described as a suspenseful thriller slash love story is set in the farthest reaches of space and is about a couple trapped on a lighthouse at teh end of teh known univese. The show will be created, executive produced and showrun by Alphas showrunner and The Avengers co-writer Zak Penn along with Ira Steven Behr, Katie O’Connell Marsh and Elisa Ellis.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is recovering from surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to replace his aortic valve. The actor tweeted quote “Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery,” “I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying yo when ur amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team!” unquote This isn’t his first heart surgery, he had a valve replaced in 1997 and emergency open heart surgery to replace that valve.

Sir Sean Connery has passed away in his sleep at this in Nassau in the Bahamas. He was born THomas Sean Connery in Edinburgh, Scotland on August twenty fifth, 1930. He left school at the age of 13 and delivered milk, polished coffins and laid bricks before joining the royal navy in 1946, He was discharged three years later because of a duodenal ulcer. He would then work as a lorry driver, lifeguard, artists model and in his spare time did bodybuilding, he could have played soccer for Manchester United, but he decided to go pursue acting instead. In 1953, while he was competing in the Mr Universe competition, he heard that South Pacific was looking for parts in the chorus, by the next year he landed the role of Lieutenant Buzz Adams, encouraged by American actor Robert Henderson, he educated himself on works by Ibsen, Shakespeare and Bernard Shaw and began taking elocution lessons. In 1957, he got his first leading role in Blood Money, a BBC reworking of Requiem for a Heavyweight. And then came the role that would make him famous world wide when producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, began searching for an actor to play the lead character in Ian Fleming’s novels, James Bond. It was Cubby’s wife Dana who persuaded her husband that Connery had the magnetism and sex appeal for the park. Ian Fleming on the other hand was not that impressed at first, however once he saw him on screen, the author made James Bond half scottish in some of the later novels. Sean would play the secret agent in a total of seven movies, Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever and Never Say Never again. However the role and pressure of that the role put onto him would eventually drive him to walk away, only to return once for for Never Say Never again, He would go on to do other movies like The Name of the Rose, Time Bandits, The Man Who Would Be King, Zardoz, Highlander, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October , The rock, Dragonheart, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, First Knight, The Avengers, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and more. He was even offered the role of Gandalf, but he declined claiming not to have understood the script.. He also turned down the role of the Architect in The Matrix for similar reasons. He moved to the Bahamas in the 1990’s and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth the Second in 2000, which had been held up by the Labour party because of his support of Scottish Independence. Sean Connery retired from acting in 2006. Over his career he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables, The British Academy Film Award for Best Actor for The Name of the Rose, as well as the BAFTA Fellowship, Two Golden Globe Awards one for Best Supporting Actor for The Untouchables and the World Film Favorite Male aka The Henrietta Award as Well as the Cecil B Demille Award. On top of being knighted by the Queen, he was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, The Kennedy Center Honors, The European Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award and The AFI Life Achievement Award. He was married twice. The first time to actress Diane Cilento, they had one son, Jason Connery and his second and last marriage to Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune. The greatest James Bond, Sir Sean Connery passed away in his sleep, on Halloween, A life well lived, he was ninety years old.

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Show Notes: Episode 98:Discovery Thoughts on Such A Winters Day & Episode 99: Elvira, Mistress of the Comics

Tonight! The High Republic goes for a crawl, Captain Janeway returns, Ready Player Sequel and my thoughts on Discovery. All that and more this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 98 of Multiverse Tonight! So what have you thought of the season premiere of Star Trek Discovery. I thought it was much better than the first two seasons. They seem to get a little better with each season. I do have some troubling thoughts. And I’ll leave them for the end of the show after the closing music so stick around if you want to hear those spoiler filled thoughts.

Star Wars

Video Game Developer EA Motive is breaking the hearts of fans of Star Wars Squadrons, as they have announced that there will be no DLC or updates for the game and that it is being treated like a self contained product. Star Wars Squadrons Creative Director  Ian Frazier told Upload VR quote “Never say never, so to speak, but as far as our philosophy goes we’re not trying to treat the game as a live service,” “We don’t want to say, ‘It’s almost done!’ and then dribble out more of it over time, which to be honest is how most games work these days. So we’ve tried to treat it in kind of an old-school approach saying, ‘You’ve paid the $40, this is the game and it’s entirely self-contained. We’re not planning to add more content, this is the game, and we hope you understand the value proposition.'” unquote  The game is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC and will be released later this year for PS4 and Xbox Series X.

Season Two of The Mandalorian kicks off at the end of this month, with new episodes released every friday with the finale on December eighteenth. 

Ewan McGregor on The Graham Norton SHow told host Graham Norton that the Obi-Wan show will be getting in front of the camera in March of 2021, the star said quote “It’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi story, I suppose,”. “It’s not all (about) me. But it certainly will be a lot of me, which is good! We start shooting it in March of next year.” unquote. He also said that he will guide his portrayal by who he thinks Sir Alec Gunness would have played the role. 

We got some more info about the stories to be told in the new book From a CertaStar Wars: From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, which comes out on November tenth. Del Rey went to twitter to give short blurbs about the stories like :1 – Imperial probe droids scour the galaxy, searching for the hidden rebel base. Who exactly is watching? And what else might they discover in service of the Empire? @kierstenwhite #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/OqnHEwQsSI

2- Did you ever hear the tragedy of the wampa on Hoth? @MarkDoesStuff #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/OK7mWcbM2e

3 – Toryn Farr takes center stage, finally. @skrutskie #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/ThlkeFiE5a

C.B. Lee, Delilah S. Dawson, and Amy Ratcliffe

Some people on Hoth aren’t heroes.

Some people on Hoth don’t get to stand around flirting with their crush.

Some people on Hoth have an actual job to do.@cblee_cblee #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/xju7HbAqca

5 – We’re not crying over tauntauns. You’re crying over tauntauns!

Oh you aren’t? Well, you will be. You will be. @DelilahSDawson #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/rtU4l96wOC

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6 – Corwi Selgrothe thought going to Hoth to interview the “Heroes of the Rebellion” would be a fun adventure. She thought wrong. @amy_geek #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/ZBL7mjCiKh

Gary Whitta, Charles Yu, and R.F. Kuang

7 – When Luke Skywalker goes missing amidst the snow of Hoth, there’s only one thing left for Rogue Squadron to do.

Bet on who finds the commander first. @garywhitta #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/pD39wCuTTd

8 – Admiral Ozzel was as clumsy as he was foolish…to the last. @charles_yu #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/KVSGpk1M9H

9 – Dak Ralter is ready to take on the whole Empire by himself.

He always has been. @kuangrf #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/SeLfiBUPbg

Michael Moreci, Christie Golden, and Hank Green

10 – How do you win a war? By finding reasons to fight, even when all hope seems lost. @MichaelMoreci #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/v86nubhf7u

11 – And now your watch has ended. General Veers has arrived. @ChristieGolden #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/H7GRNXs3MU

12 – Hoth may appear to be a desolate, terrible and worthless place. Unless you take a closer look at the beauty underneath. @hankgreen #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/NdwmdeX6Fd

Katie Cook, Beth Revis, and Jason Fry

13 – Everyone wants to be friends with R2-D2 @katiecandraw #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/knADOzBrDv

14 – Piett might not have come into the role of Admiral by traditional means. But he’s determined to hold onto that power, no matter what. @bethrevis #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/xMqHyw8suS

15 – The rebels escaped Hoth. Leia and Luke are missing. Who will step up to lead them? @jasoncfry #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/XgslMfFskw

Seth Dickinson, Django Wexler, and Jim Zub

They’re just asteroids. What possible threat could they pose to a Star Destroyer and its captain? #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/GsrJBvmA1r

TIE pilots don’t usually have long careers. But follow Amara Kel’s rules and you’ll survive (Probably). @DjangoWexler #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/o4N0LwGThj

18 – The first meeting between a Jedi master and a would-be student is critical. Especially when that would-be Jedi has the last name Skywalker. @JimZub #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/55BIZVlawQ

Mike Chen, Catherynne M. Valente, and John Jackson Miller

19 – “There has been a great disturbance in the Force. We have a new enemy…”

Spooky Force vision? Dark side machinations!?

YOU. ARE. NOT. READY.@mikechenwriter #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/wX8FYu4irC

20 – A mind-bending, beautiful weird tale across the vast expanse of time and space, along the Road of All Moons.

This is the space slug. The exogorth.@catvalente #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/fCzg2A4jCI

RAE SLOANE returns. @jjmfaraway #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/7eIXwbbPDL

Tracy Deonn, Michael Kogge, and Daniel Joe Older

22 – “What’s in there?”

“Only what you take with you.”

You are not prepared. @tracydeonn #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/LiqhPbAovg

The plan is made. The trap is set. And Bossk has fallen right into it! He just doesn’t know it yet. @michaelkogge #StarWars#FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/nNqoKCYPPi

Parazeen has landed the magazine profile of a lifetime: Fabled bounty hunting duo 4-LOM and Zuckuss. But their editor has a few notes about the story.

@djolder #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/p2IfM2kxaj

Zoraida Cordova, Sarwat Chadda, and Mackenzi Lee

You can’t have a bounty hunter party without Boba Fett. @zlikeinzorro #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/yuA7nCVk9q

One man’s trash is another bounty hunter’s treasure, that you really, really, shouldn’t touch. @sarwatchadda #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/2K3eb3HaJU

The problem with Skywalkers is that they care too much. Obi-Wan knows. He’s always known. #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/4PFHLY1esH

Cavan Scott, S.A. Chakraborty, and Lilliam Rivera

Jaxxon just wants to visit his friend Lando Calrissian. He couldn’t possibly have worse timing. @cavanscott #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/pyOhm51xM2

Guess who’s coming to dinner? @SAChakrabooks #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/CE78yjp0Lr

A wannabe bounty hunter, marooned on a city in the clouds, faces a choice. Follow the love of her life, or meet her hero that could make all her dreams come true.

Never meet your heroes. @lilliamr #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/mTwFlIRQcN

Austin Walker, Martha Wells, and Brittany N. Williams

Dengar and IG-88. The oddest of odd couples, on the hunt for Han Solo.

They just might catch him, if they don’t kill each other first.@austin_walker #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/k4zcRXnYRB

Discover what goes on beneath the gleaming corridors of Cloud City. @marthawells1 #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/wwE6wmgfBz

“Sir, I don’t know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect.”

L3 returns. Truth is, she was never really gone. @BrittanyActs #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/VcZudcO6aE

Rob Hart, Karen Strong, and Adam Christopher

You can’t spell #StarWars without Willrow Hood.

Now, what’s in the camtono? @robwhart #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/3DfYAzXGDQ

A side should always be taken.

Especially if it’s the side that doesn’t capture princesses. @KarenMusings #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/4593WbEFR4

A stormtrooper stumbles upon the most awkward family reunion ever, and tries to live to tell the tale. @ghostfinder #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/s5JPzq6tpl

Alexander Freed, Anne Toole, Lydia Kang, and Tom Angelberger

Have you ever heard the tragedy of the King of Cloud City? I thought not. It’s not a story Lando Calrissian would tell you. @AlexanderMFreed #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/mZDCdGiIsE

The heroes may have escaped, but for the people of Bespin, the battle’s just begun. @amely #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/b8fA2eHMc3

Always listen to the advice of your physician. Droid or otherwise. @LydiaYKang #StarWars #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/Lya6J0MRlr

The problem with chronicling the story of #StarWars is deciding where to begin…or rather, continue.

Everyone’s got an opinion. #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack pic.twitter.com/jfJ7J8gS3F

The Opening Crawl for the Star Wars The High Republic has been revealed. The story is set two hundred years before Episode One: The Phantom Menace and tells the story of the Jedi at the height of their peace in the Republic. The opening republic goes like this “The galaxy is at peace, ruled by the glorious REPUBLIC and protected by the noble and wise JEDI KNIGHTS.As a symbol of all that is good, the Republic is about to launch the STARLIGHT BEACON into the far reaches of the Outer Rim. This new space station will serve as a ray of hope for all to see.

But just as a magnificent renaissance spreads throughout the Republic, so does a frightening new adversary. Now the guardians of peace and justice must face a threat to themselves, the galaxy, and the Force itself….” unquote  The first installment of the novels comes out on January fifth with Star Wars The High Republic Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule and Star Wars The High Republic A Test of Courage.

Actor Donald Glover recently confirmed that he and his wife Michelle White had their third daughter during the pandemic saying quote “You know, I had [a kid] during the coronavirus,” Glover shared during the conversation. “It was nuts. I was in the hospital bed. My son had just been born, like, an hour before and I was watching the George Floyd video. It was such a weird moment. It was such an intense, weird moment, because I’m watching that video and it’s like eight minutes long, so you’re sitting there and I had just had this amazing, joyful, expanding moment, plus my dad had passed away recently, so [my son] was named after my father… I don’t even know what, really, the word is to describe it. It was just expanding: the empathy and compassion and the terror and the joy of it.”

He added, “Having the future in your hands! And then having to explain to him – the one who was just in here [Legend] – ‘Why are people angry? Why are people marching?’ ‘Well, you look like this…’ It’s just heavy. Again, your show, you whittle down that kind of thing; you simplify what is happening to us. It’s really beautiful to see it, because you can’t really describe it. You can just feel it.” unquote He also said that his next child might be adopted. Quote “I’ve actually had that thing where I’m like, ‘Maybe I should just get a vasectomy and just freeze those assets,'” Glover detailed. “Because adopting kids, my family adopting kids … and we actually have been talking about [it], because we have three boys so I’m like, ‘Oh, it might be nice to get a girl in there.’ So I think all those are great options. But it is hard.” Congrats to the Glover family!

Star Trek

Well no con in Las Vegas this year, Creation Entertainment posted this statement on their website, quote During this pandemic crisis, Creation Entertainment remains steadfast in keeping the health and safety of our attendees, celebrities and staff as our top priority. While we had hoped to present our Official Star Trek Convention on December 9-13, 2020, due to ongoing local, federal and international protocols, we are unable to do so.

We will be next returning again to our traditional time of year and will be back in Vegas on a new date: August 11-15, 2021 at the Rio All-Suites Resort Hotel and Casino, and its beautiful state-of-the-art convention center!

The year 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Creation Entertainment, the 55th Anniversary of Star Trek, the 20thAnniversary of our convention in Las Vegas and Gene Roddenberry’s 100th birthday year. It’s the perfect time to celebrate and no city is better than Las Vegas to do just that!

We are renaming the convention “Creation Entertainment Presents The 55-Year Mission Tour.” We’ll have over 100 celebrity guests as usual, multiple tracks of non-stop programming, contests, music, cosplay and surprises, plus partying galore. We’ll immerse our attendees into the positive and loving atmosphere with thousands of other fans, as we all celebrate Gene Roddenberry’s legacy. CBS is not an official partner of this event.

The Roddenberry Team will be on hand to join in the tributes to the Great Bird of the Galaxy Gene Roddenberry, talk about all their new projects and help celebrate the 55th Anniversary!

If you wish to hold your same reserved seat or general admission, you do not need to do anything. Your tickets and same seating will be transferred to the new 2021 date and updated tickets will be sent to you via the email address you used at the time of purchase within a few weeks. Your 2020 ticket will no longer be valid.

If you’d like a refund, please contact customer.service@creationent.com. The deadline for refund requests for the convention is October 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM PDT (please include your invoice number and the convention name/city in your email). If you do not request a refund by the deadline, your admission passes and a la carte photo op and autograph tickets will be transferred to the new date. If we cannot confirm a guest for the new 2021 date we will be issuing refunds on their autograph and/or photo op ticket. Refunds will begin to be processed after the deadline date. Please allow up to 8 weeks from the deadline date for your request to be processed.Being in Las Vegas for the week is our favorite time of the year, and while the extra waiting will be difficult, it will only make the actual gathering more exciting than ever.

Look for the completed new site with confirmed guests so far to be launched by Monday, October 19, 2020! Check it out because it’s going to be the most outrageously fun week in Vegas yet!

Until we can safely meet and celebrate in Las Vegas, thanks for your continued support!

Your friends at Creation Entertainment unquote 

Well Lower Decks first season is done, and I loved it. So what will we see in Season two? At the New York Comic Con Virtual event a panel discussion with creator Mike McMahan and the cast, talked about season two. Mike said about season two quoteIt’s even bigger and it’s even funnier, and it’s still very Star Trek… We’re very proud and we are very careful. It is amazing to be part of Star Trek. And it is mind-blowing… We know that it is bigger than us and we have to be very careful with it. And we want it to be very funny good and very surprising. So we are working very hard to make something special for everybody. Unquote He also mentioned that Boimler will stay were he is at the beginning of the next season, for those who haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil where he ended up. He also mentioned that season two will have see new character matchups, like Mariner and Tendi.

While we’re on the subject of Star Trek animation, it was revealed in the NYCC Star Trek panel that  Star Trek Prodigy will feature Kate Mulgrew reprising her role as Captain Kathryn Janeway. Prodigy, to refresh your memory is the Nickelodeon CG animated show that has a group of lawless teens finding an old abandoned Starfleet ship and going on a journey of adventure,meaning and salvation. The show is set to air on Nick in 2021. In a statement Ms. Mulgrew said quote “I have invested every scintilla of my being in Captain Janeway, and I can’t wait to endow her with nuance that I never did before in Star Trek: Prodigy,” “How thrilling to be able to introduce to these young minds an idea that has elevated the world for decades. To be at the helm again is going to be deeply gratifying in a new way for me.” unquote The show is aimed at a younger audience, than the other Star Trek shows.

Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman says that despite the show now being set 930 years into the future from where season two ended. The technology won’t seem magical. Quote We always want to come up with the coolest ideas and we usually try to come at them from a place of how does this play a part in our story. So usually the technology comes from a need that the story is telling us it wants to deliver. The temptation is you can do anything. The temptation is you can just say that anything is possible and the laws of physics don’t apply anymore. While the crew definitely go into a world where there’s a tremendous amount of technology that they’ve never seen before, it was also equally important for us to have it feel grounded. So some of the technology they find is actually the evolved versions of technologies they’re already familiar with. That keeps it grounded in the language of Star Trek. Unquote   As to who is Captain at the beginning of the show, it was revealed at the NYCC Trek panel that it’s not a settled matter at the start of season three, Doug Jones, who plays Saru on the show said quote We don’t know right away… The captain’s chair is open and it’s a big question and that Burnham and Saru are both equally capable and qualified for it and both equally wanting the other one to have it. The other thing that remains when we get to the future, is the Federation intact? And is it in a place where they would assign a captain from the future or do we self-govern? All those questions remain into those first couple of episodes. Unquote 

Star Trek Discovery has been renewed for Season Four at the soon to be Paramount Plus. And production on that season will resume the day before election day here in the US, November second.

Also revealed at NYCC was that we are apparently in a new golden age of Star Trek content that will last for at least the majority of this decade, he said quote Heather Kadin and Aaron Baiers, who work with me at Secret Hideout, we literally just got off a call before this with the network mapping out with us through 2027. When I say that, it’s not like it’s set in stone, it’s just “okay here’s a plan, here’s what we’re looking, here’s how the different shows are going to drop.” Consider that it takes a year from start of production to airing, so you have to plan way way in advance to get these things done and you have to stay on top of the zeitgeist and make sure what you’re doing is relevant. Unquote He also thinks that Discovery could go on for years, even past the seven year point saying quote I’m going to say in all honesty there are years and years left on Discovery. I think that because, first of all, you know Star Trek, in general, has a long history of going seven seasons minimum, and we just jumped into the future, and in a way, it’s not that it’s a brand new show, but it’s a whole new set of variables with a whole new set of ideas and stories. I don’t think we limit ourselves to thinking, “Oh we’re capped at this place.” I’ll tell you that when the show starts to feel too stale to us, we’ll be rallying to stop it. But for now, it doesn’t feel like we are running into a shortage of stories. 

He also touched upon the difficulties of production in the era of Covid-19 saying quote We just started shooting a new show [Clarice], and it’s been a real learning curve just in the three days that we’ve been doing it. The great news is that it’s very doable, but it’s a highly militarized operation, everything is slower. Between testing, and your set it doesn’t function like it used to function, there are groups that are vetted by the unions, pods within the groups themselves, there are rotations in and out of people so that if somebody gets sick in your pod, the pod just gets removed and another pod gets pushed in, but it doesn’t infect the whole group. It is a massive massive operation. And we haven’t even started that yet on the Star Trek shows. Quote 

Geek

Doctors Ten and Thirteen will be meeting in a video game from Maze theory and BBC Studios. Doctor WhoL Edge of Reality is coming for PC and consoles in Spring of 2021. Starring David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker, the game is a reimagining and expansion of the Doctor Who VR game Doctor Who The Edge of Time. According to the press release quote A Console and PC adventure across Space and Time – built with current and next-generation consoles in mind, Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality features new worlds to explore, new puzzles, new challenges and new gameplay.

An Original Doctor Who story – uncover a universe-spanning threat as you seek to save reality from a series of time-breaking glitches. Continue the story that began in The Edge of Time and partner with the Doctor to unearth a greater mystery.

New Enemies and AI – come face-to-face with classic Doctor Who monsters including the Daleks and Weeping Angels. Experience the metal-clad terror of the Cybermen and more foes yet to be revealed…

Also announced was a mobile and Nintendo Switch game called Doctor Who The Lonely Assassins. The game is a quote found phone experience unquote and tasks players with investigating the house that was in the Doctor Who episode Blink, so don’t turn your back, don’t look away and don’t blink. It arrives for Switch, iOS and Android in Spring of 2021.

The Wrap reports that Legendary pictures has nabbed the rights to classic sci fi character Buck Rogers, The studio, which is behind the new version of Dune and Jurassic World is hoping to modernize the character and they are working on multiple outlets for the character including film, tv and animated.

The much anticipated sequel to Ernest Cline’s novel, Ready Player One will be out next month and at a panel at NYCC the author revealed the synopsis for the book saying quote “Are you ready? Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous — and addictive — than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest — a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize.

“And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who’ll kill millions to get what he wants. Wade’s life and future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance. Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, run, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.” unquote Ready Player Two will be out on November twenty fourth.

The Hunger Games prequel book The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be made into a movie. At NYCC, it was revealed that quote “We see the evolution of Snow and that’s interesting. But to me, the more interesting part was seeing the evolution of Panem and seeing the Hunger Games in its 10th year and seeing how rudimentary it was,” publisher David Levithan shared. “And seeing how all of the themes and all of the ideas that we’ll see later in the trilogy are having their origin story. When you see them in the trilogy, it’s a foregone conclusion: The Hunger Games is what it is, it is evil, it is punitive. But seeing where it didn’t have to go that direction, seeing how it sort of wobbled, and seeing how the forces pushed it into existence, that was fascinating to me because there are lessons to be learned about human nature and about societies and governments that we would really do well to listen to.”

“Everybody at first thought it was going to be a fallen angel story, like Snow’s going to be a hero and then something happens and he becomes bad,” Levithan added. “What Suzanne shows is that it’s so much more complicated than that. His personality was what it was but it was outside forces that either amplify pieces of who you are or help you go a different direction. You see a tug of war in this book.”

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So you’ve waited, here’s my thoughts on the season premiere of Star Trek Discovery. The big plot of the season is all about the after effects of an event that happened over a hundred years before Michael landed in the future called “The Burn” where apparently the galaxy’s dilithium went boom, destroying most of space travel. Okay, I can accept that. However, dilithium doesn’t power all of the galaxy’s Faster Than Light travel. If there’s very little dilithium, wouldn’t the Romulans have taken over? Fans of Star Trek will remember that Romulans use mini black holes to power their warp drives, not dilithium. Also, if you’ll remember the second pilot of Star Trek, they used lithium. Plus it’s highly doubtful that Zephrem Cochrane used dilithium since it’s not present on Earth, not that we’ve found any yet. So couldn’t the Federation use that? Or perhaps come up with something else to use? The episode seemed to imply some expense to travel now, but let’s just set something straight, the Federation doesn’t use money, they make stuff just to make stuff. The Federation also would have access to all sorts of knowledge, including knowledge of Transwarp conduits, Discovery’s store drive, surely in a hundred years they could come up with a new method of warp drive that doesn’t involve dilithium.

But other than that, it was a fine start and I look forward to the Rebirth of the Federation. Good Night.

Tonight! Spider-Man 3 gets Strange, Someone’s betting against Wonder Woman 84 and Soul skips the theater. All that and more on the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Well this is the last show in the double digits, episode 99. Well it’s been a long road, getting from there to here. 

Marvel

We’ve gotten some character hints for Disney Plus’ upcoming Hawkeye series, some casting descriptions have shown up including quote  MISHA – 20s – 40s, Male or Female, Eastern European henchman. Speaks with an accent. Strong Supporting/Recurring

BELLA – Female, white, 8 years old. Precocious, daring and confident with a sense of humor.

BRADY – Male, white, 9 years old. Energetic and sweet.

HEATHER – Female, white, Midwestern, 26 years old. Smart & scrappy, does what she needs to in order to survive.

ROSE – Female, 8 years old, Deaf, Indigenous. Independent, athletic & bright. Small supporting. Please note that the dialogue in the audition scene can be spoken in English or signed in ASL (American Sign Language) if the actor knows that language.

RICHARD – 40s – 50s yr old male, Indigenous, American. A loving father and fierce protector.

MARY – Female, late 30s – early 40s, open ethnicity. Highly professional & ambitious career woman. No nonsense. Recurring.

DETECTIVE SHERMAN – 40s, Male, Open Ethnicity, New York City Detective. Recurring

ALEX – Female or Male, 30s – 50, a sincere but funny oddball with an obsession for the Fantasy/SciFi genre

Make of this list what you will.

Benedict Cumberbatch is joining Spider-Man 3 , as master of the mystical arts Doctor Stephen Strange. According to an exclusive report in the Hollywood reporter, Doctor Strange will be in a mentor role to Spider-man in this movie, Like Tony Stark and the Skrull Nick Fury in the previous two movies. If you’ll remember the last comic book episode, we got the news that Jamie Foxx had joined up as well. Spider-man 3 is due in theaters December seventeenth 2021 and then Strange will be appearing in the sequel to Doctor Strange, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a few months later in March 25, 2022.

And while we’re on casting news, if you’ll remember the last comic book edition I talked about Tatiana Maslany  being cast as She-Hulk for a new Disney Plus series. Well Tatiana is deing the report in an interview with the Canadian paper, The SudBury Star she was asked qutoe I was hoping to ask you about some of the stuff you’ve got going on too. Obviously you are the new She-Hulk, which is a pretty big deal —

A: That actually isn’t a real thing and it’s like a press release that’s gotten out of hand. It’s totally not — I’ve been connected to these things in the past and press has gotten onto it, but it’s not actually a thing, unfortunately.

Q: Seriously? I think I even saw it on the BBC, like serious news outlets.

A: Yeah, I don’t know how these things get — I don’t know, I don’t know. You know better; I have no idea. (Laughs.) unquote 

So do you think she’s telling the truth? Or is she just trying to keep it under wraps for a big announcement lately.

IDW’s Captain Marvel series, Marvel Action: Captain Marvel will be relaunching in 2021. Writer Sam MAggs and artist Sweeney Boo are returning with art by newcomer Isabel Escalante Escalante will handle the first two part story with Boo coming in for issues three through five. Sam Maggs said in a statement quote “Writing for Carol — who always has been and always will be my favorite SuperHero — has been a career highlight, and I’m so thrilled to continue her story with the amazing team at IDW,” says Maggs. “Carol is powerful, self-assured, and independent, but there’s still so much she can learn about playing well with others. One of my favorite things about writing Carol’s Marvel Action adventures has been delving into her relationships with other heroines, and we’ll be continuing that theme in this new series!”unquote 

TMZ reports that The Original cover Art for the Punisher’s first appearance in Amazinig Spider-man number 129 will soon go up for auction at ComicConnect at the end of Novemer and it expected to go for millions. The art had originally been sold to a private collector by co-artist Gil Kane and is estimated to be worth two million dollars.  

In an effort to inform people about mail in balloting, a collection of actors and comedians got together for a new video with Represent US and they did it in the nude. The video features Mark Ruffalo, Tiffany Haddish, Amy Schumer, Josh Gad, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Ryan Bathe, and Naomi Campbell. The nudity had a point as it was to remind you that some states make you put the ballot in two envelopes and that just using one will get your ballot labeled as a “Naked Ballot” , which will be tossed out. 

Patton Oswalt says that Hulu’s MODOK could be out as soon as the beginning of 2021. THe comedian, actor and executive producer told Collider quote “The episodes have been written. They’ve been recorded. Now they’re being animated,” Oswalt told Collider. “And because we committed very hard to the stop-motion aspect to it and we’re really packing every frame with crazy detail. It’s looking like it’ll be early next year, but I don’t know the exact date yet.” unquote 

With the Eternals movie being delayed, The release of the new Eternals comic relaunch has also been pushed back. Marvel has pushed back the release of Eternals number one two January sixth. The movie had been rescheduled for November fifth of 2021.

DC

Michael B Jordan will be producing the Static Shock movie alongside scribe Reginald Hudlin via Jordan’s Outlier Society production banner. IN a statement with the hollywood reporter Jordan said quote “I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that,” “Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros on this initial step.” unquote  Not only is DC making a static shock movie Hudlin will be writing a new Static Shock digital comic series under the Milestone banner starting in February.

Black Adam has cast actress Sarah Shahi in an unnamed role. According to Deadline she will play quote “university professor and freedom fighter leading the resistance in Kahndaq.” Sarah Shahi might best be known for her role on Person of INterest.

Ruby Rose, the Batwoman of season one of the Arrowverse’s Batwoman show has finally elaborated about why she left the series. Speaking with the Jess Cagle Show, she said quote “It wasn’t that. That definitely made going back to work so quickly tricky, but they really accommodated trying to help me out the best they could, going back so early, because we wanted to obviously meet the release date of the show,” Rose explained. “I think what played a bigger part was more, we got shut down early. We didn’t get to finish the first season, which is such a shame, especially for a first season show. And then we went into lockdown with COVID and thinking of in quarantine and locked down, there was a lot of thought and reflection and kind of everyone did it. We all kind of thought about where we’re at and so Warner Brothers and [producer] Greg [Berlanti], and we were discussing the show and we had a conversation.”

“I had a great time on Batwoman,” Rose continued. “I am so proud of what we achieved. We set out to achieve something pretty significant, you know, the first-ever live-action Batwoman and the first-ever, out gay superhero, her and Kate Kane. And I love that character and the whole experience, but we did have a discussion and we sort of mutually agreed that probably what was best for the show at the time was that they go in a different direction and I go in a different direction. It was tough, because it was sad cause we will love each other, but also it made sense for so many different reasons. And I think at the end of the day, I’m really excited to watch season two. I think the show is great. I love the cast. I’m still in contact with everyone, but it was, it was a decision that we talked about, we discussed, we slept on. But at the time with all that reflection, it just seemed like the right thing to do.” unquote  But she also said she was proud of the work she did on the series, but she feels her leaving was best for the show.

Speaking of the CW, maybe the CW should restart production on a second season of Swamp Thing. The series, which only lasted one season on the DC Universe app has been reused on the CW as the network buys time for it’s regular shows to get episodes made. Well According to TVLine, the series is actually seeing great numbers on the CW’s Tuesday night, giving them the largest audience in that time slot since May nineteenth, which was an episode of DC’s Stargirl.

And there’s good news on the filming front, Lucifer Season Six has officially started filming”Today is our first day of shooting Lucifer season 6!” Henderson wrote. “So happy we’ve finished up season 5, and we will be working our buns off to get it finished and to Netflix! Thanks to our incredible cast and crew for working hard and safe and delivering a kickass finale!!”ming. Show runner Joe Henderson announced on Twitter the happy news quote  Lucifer fans were surprised with the announcement of a one season renewal back in July, originally season five was to have been the show’s last.

The Green Lantern show Greg Berlanti is making for HBOMax has found a showrunner and writers. The show beb written by Seth Grahme-Smith and Marc Guggenheim with Seth acting as showrunner. The show will focus on multiple Green Lanterns including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and Alan Scott. The show will also feature Sinestro and Kilowog and introduce some brand new characters to the Green Lantern Corps.

If there’s ever a live action Batman Beyond, there’s already someone who wants the part. MTV’s Teen Wold Star Tyler Posey says he would be down to playing the part of terry McGinnis. Posey told Collider that he is a fan of the animated series and he thinks he would brring energy to the part quote “Yeah, I really wanna do Batman Beyond. There was a cartoon, years ago, called Batman Beyond, and I really wanna adapt that into a TV show,” he explained. “I wanna do that so bad. I think it would be a really cool spin on a younger Batman. I know Rob Pattinson is doing the new one right now and he’s younger but not as young as me. I think it would be cool to do a take on old Batman being this mentor to a younger Batman.” unquote 

Wonder Woman 1984 is still set to hit theaters on Christmas weekend, but Box office Pro Chief Analyst Shawn Robbins is predicting that the movie will be pushed back again to another holiday weekend in 2021. He told Observer dot com quote “Optimistically, there’s a window for a big tentpole around the Presidents and Valentine’s Day holiday weekend in February since Marvel”s Eternals vacated that spot,” Robbins told Observer. “That could be a good fit if the fall and winter fight against the virus goes better than expected and New York, alongside Los Angeles, reopen theaters by then.” unquote Robbins also added that another weekend for it to land would be June eleventh. 

Geek

Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira Mistress of the Dark along with Dynamite Comics has launched a Kickstarter for a new comic descibed as quote”Dynamite is the proud publisher of Elvira comics and we’ve been having a deadly-delightful time bringing her into our 4-color world. Since the beginning, writer, David Avallone (Elvira, Bettie Page), has worked with Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a. Elvira) to really hone Elvira’s voice and make it the great comic series it is today. When it came time to create another Elvira comic, we here at Dynamite decided it was time to pull out all the stops and combine the talents of David and Cassandra to make an Elvira comic that REALLY services the fans. This fall, Dynamite presents Elvira: The Omega Ma’am, an epic, 48-page comic event that sees Elvira waking up in the midst of a quarantine apocalypse (timely, we know). Watch Elvira’s adventure as she makes new friends, confronts new fiends, and tries to find her way back to a figurative (and literal) land of the living!” unquote The project has less than 25 days to go and has made it’s 6666 goal several times over.

Disney Pixar’s upcoming movie Soul will be diverted to Disney Plus instead of hitting theaters. The film will arrive on the streaming service just in time for the kids to unwrap the presents on Christmas Day. In international markets, the film will be released theatrically. Soul is about a band teacher named Joe Gardner, played by Jamie Foxx who gets the chance of a lifetime to play in the best jazz club in town, until he takes the wrong step and ends up out of body. The film is co0 directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers and also stars Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs. It also features music from Late Show band leader Jon Batiste and a score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Heavy Metal is launching its own Creator Owned comics imprint called Magma Comix. They’ve hired former IDW Publishing managing editor Denton J Tipton to run it with an eye on launching in Spring of 2021. Magma will offer what Heavy Metal is calling original and sophisticated genre fiction from creators like Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell, Captain America artist Butch Guice, and model Jade Lagardère. THe first titles for the imprint are Chasing the Dragon by Denton J. Tipton, menton3, and Gil Lazcano launching at the end of February, Amber Blake by Jade Lagardère, Butch Guice, Dan Brown, and Gil Lazcano, a graphic novel due at the end of March, and The Modern Frankenstein by  Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli, Pippa Bowland, and Simon Bowland due out at the end of April.

At New York Comic Con, TV series creator Robert Kirkman said that the Invincible  animated show will have the same flavor as the original comics. The eight part series is set to air on Amazon Prime Video in 2021. Each episode will be an hour long and will be the first show from the deal tht Amazon Studios made with Kirkman. Invincible is about Mark Grauyson, played by Steven Yeun, who would be a normal teen, if not for the fact that his dad is the most powerful superhero on the planet. The show will feature the voices of JK Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Michael Dorn and more.

Netflix has said Thanks, but no thanks to a series based on Mark Millar’s comic The Magic Order. The project had been in early pre production in Prague with a targeted 2021 start. Deadline reports that Netflix is still high on The Magic Order Intellectual Property and hopes to maybe make it into a series at some point in the future, just not now. The Magic Order was part of Netflix’s 2017 acquisition of Mark Millar’s Millar world Imprint. 

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Show Notes: Episode 96:The Mandalorian Plays Monopoly & Episode 97: Some Music for the Peace Maker

Tonight! We coulda had a Q movie, The Mandalorian plays Monopoly and Harrison Ford is cleared to fly again, all that and more on the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and Welcome to Episode 96 of Multiverse Tonight…

Star Trek

Q made an appearance on Star Trek Lower Decks. We could have seen him on the big screen if Jonathan Frakes had his way, during a Galaxy Con Virtual Panel, Mr. Frakes revealed that he wanted to bring John de Lancie in a Q for at least one of the movies. He had pitched the ultimate Q adventure saying quote “That was my pitch. Well, from my good fortune of getting involved with the movies. I kept saying, ‘When is our finest nemesis going to be in the movies?’ I’m still surprised that wasn’t so.” unquote John De Lancie, who was also on the panel chimed in quote”The place that they never got into it, which is too bad. Which was: What is the Continuum? Other than a road in the desert that goes on, and the shingle in the old gas station,”I actually—which I’m not going to tell people, even now—I did create a backstory on that, which would have been really interesting. But I think it’s actually someplace that would require a great deal of imagination, and I think the audience would go. So I wish that they had gone there.“

SyfyWire broke the news of two new Star Trek Books focused on female characters, Revenant by Alex R White features Jadzia Dax and Kira Nerys and Shadow Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clark with Deanna Troi, Beverly Crusher and Worf set during the seventh season of The Next Generation. On the acquisition of the two novels Senior Editor and Licensing Manager Ed Schlesinger said quote For decades, the Star Trek franchise has been at the forefront of diversity and inclusion, and we’re truly thrilled to be introducing Alex’s and Cassandra’s distinct and acclaimed voices to the ST novel program.” unquote. No words on then they will be released.

Sorry European listeners, Destination Star Trek London 2020 has been postponed to, you guessed it 2021.Just like Destination Star Trek Germany, the delay is due to the ongoing pandemic, the message on the official website reads quote “Dear Star Trek fans, We hope you are all well and have been staying safe these last few difficult months. We really have missed you! Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 it is with great sadness we must postpone this November’s Destination Star Trek event in London. We hope you understand that our most important consideration is your health and safety and at the moment there is just no way to bring you the event that you deserve and ensure you are safe at it. So, we have decided to move Destination Star Trek to a time when we can hopefully all be together in a risk-free environment, and so enjoy the event.

“The good news is that we have a new date of 12th to 14th November 2021, where all the Covid-19 issues should be behind us and we can bring you the best Star Trek event ever! 🙂 We still plan to centre it around Voyager’s anniversary, since it’s not fair that we were not all able to celebrate it properly this year and we know they are still really looking forward to seeing you, as you are them! We will also be adding new guests from all corners of the Star Trek franchise, so maybe your favourite will be there, and we are always open to hearing suggestions!

“Tickets already purchased will be automatically valid for the new date and will be transferred across. You do not need to do anything else and just keep your original ticket which will be valid for the new date. If you cannot make the new date then you can get a voucher from us that you can use for any Destination Star Trek event, in Germany or the UK, or on any DST product, up until December 2021. If not used by then we will issue a straight refund to you. Please let us know at enquiries@destinationstartrek.com if you want to take a voucher rather than just have your tickets moved over to the new date. “Our aim is always to bring you the best Star Trek event we can. With a new series of Discovery coming in October we have plenty of exciting new adventures to bring us into 2021 and through to November and an event that we promise will be worth the wait! We think we will all deserve an extra special party over the event!!!! Thank you all for your patience and continued support. Live Long and Prosper.”

Star Wars

Star Wars has unveiled a brand new Lightsaber inspired by King Arthur’s Excalibur in the new Star Wars The High Republic. The High Republic is the new Star Wars book and comics line and launches in 2021. THe High Republic takes place 200 years before the Skywalker Saga when the Jedi were a universal peacekeeping force. So they have lightsabers with hilts like medieval knights, of course. The caption on some new concept art says quote  “During the time of the High Republic, Jedi Master Stellan Gios ascended through the ranks of the Jedi Order as the Padawan of Jedi Master Rana Kant. As a young Padawan learner, he developed a strong connection with fellow Jedi Avar Kriss and Elzar Mann, though they were apprenticed to different masters. Gios is regularly the voice of reason amongst the three, focused on upholding the Jedi tradition.

“….Gios’ lightsaber is an elegant weapon with a crossguard and a longer hilt that allows him to easily wield it with two hands like a broadsword. The crossguard’s quillons point forward when the saber is not in use, and the weapon rests in a holster that leaves the saber easily accessible. the hilt features striking black, gold, and silver details. When the saber ignites, the crossguard blades push the quillions outward, forming caps to the blades and creating a secondary guard.” unquote Illustration manager Jeff R. Thomas speaking to star wars dot com said about the design quote “When designing Stellan’s lightsaber, I looked at the iconic lightsabers that have already been established. He needed an iconic weapon that could stand beside the other famous lightsabers, but at the same time be unique to him and evoke the time period of the High Republic… We wanted to implement a more traditional crossguard, but I still wanted to include the saber-blade into the crossguard design, so that Stellan would be able to defend himself against saber attacks. That’s where Excalibur came into play. What would a lightsaber version of Excalibur look like?

I started sketching and came up with a silhouette I really liked, but the practicality of holstering/sheathing it nagged at me until I had the idea that the crossguard didn’t have to be stationary. Perhaps it could activate or deactivate with the saber. So after some more sketches and some back and forth with Lucasfilm, it was decided that the crossguard would activate as opposed to always being open, which would give the saber the slimmer silhouette while holstered and would lend itself to some great visuals when activating.” unquote 

The Mandalorian merchandising machine moves on. This time Hasbro brings us, Star Wars The Mandalorian Monopoly, this is different from the Child edition of Monopoly which was announced back in May.

Mandalorian Monopoly is out now and allows you to play as The Mandalorian , Cara Dune IG-11 or Kuiil , each with special abilities. Like standard monopoly the player with the most credits wins, but it’s a bit different, here’s the amazon description quote INSPIRED BY THE TV SERIES: This Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian edition board game is inspired by the The Mandalorian live-action TV series on Disney Plus

MONOPOLY TOKENS: The Mandalorian fans can play as a favorite character from the series: The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, IG-11, or Kuiil. Each character has a special ability depicted on their Character card

THE CHILD: When a player passes or lands on The Child’s space, (the character who fans call “Baby Yoda”) they take the Child token and can use their character’s ability plus The Child’s unique ability

BATTLE IMPERIAL ENEMIES: Includes an Incinerator Stormtrooper, Death Trooper, and Moff Gideon enemy tokens that can change gameplay and lead to battles. If an Imperial enemy gets The Child, game’s over

BUY HIDEOUTS: Buy hideouts and earn Imperial credits by charging rent unquote 

The game costs 39.99.

Season two of The Mandalorian is coming next month and Jon Favreau is already writing season three, well according to star Giancarlo Esposito it could go a little longer than that. Speaking With People Magazine  he said quote “We’re living in a universe that is huge and there’s so much to explore, so I think this show is going to lay the groundwork for the depth and breath that’s gonna come in Season Three and Season Four, where you’re really gonna start to get answers,” unquote So at least four seasons. Think they’ll stop there or maybe do a movie.

The FAA has officially closed the books on Harrison Ford’s oopsy daisy earlier  this year at the Hawthorne Airport in Los angeles. To remind you of what happened, Mister Ford’s plane crossed a runway while another place was about to take off. According to the FAA statement shared with The Hollywood reporter quote “The FAA has closed the case involving the pilot who crossed a Hawthorne Municipal Airport runway without authorization on April 24, 2020. The FAA required the pilot to take a remedial runway incursion training course. When the pilot successfully completed the course, the FAA closed the case with no additional action,” “Mr. Ford crossed the airport’s only runway in his aircraft after he misheard a radio instruction from ATC,” Ford’s statement read. “He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error. The purpose of the flight was to maintain currency and proficiency in the aircraft. No one was injured and there was never any danger of a collision.” unquote Harrison Ford is 78 and if he stops flying he might make it to 79.

ShopDisney dot com has limited edition apparel and lightsabers from Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge now available for sale you’ll find both adult and kid size robes and tunics and lightsaber replicas, t-shirts, pins and accessories. But move fast, one these sell out they are gone for good. 

Geek

Amazon has shown off it’s new streaming service Luna. The service which has rolled out for early access in the US doesn’t do lengthy downloads, so that a game will start as easily as a Netflix movie. Luna will also have a special curated Channel called Luna Plus that will give subscribers early access to new titles for only six dollars a month.

 Like resident Evil seven, Control and Panzer Dragoon. Ubisoft will also offer titles like FarCry 5 on the platform on the day of the games launch.

Amazon owned  Streaming service Twitch will be integrated into the service and will allow players to easily stream games. 

Luna will also work across devices including Fire TV PC, MAc and iOS with Android coming soon. Players can use a keyboard mouse or bluetooth controller or you can buy Amazon’s own controller for fifty dollars.

According to James Comeron, Avatar 2 has finished filming and Avatar 3 is 95 percent complete, the director revealed this during a video chat with Arnold Schwarzennegger during the 2020 Austrian World Summit. He told the summit quote “COVID hit us like it hit everybody,” he said. “We lost about four and a half months of production. As a result of that, we’ve rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That’s been announced already.”“Now that doesn’t mean I have an extra year to finish the film because the day we deliver ‘Avatar 2,’ we’ll just start working on finishing ‘Avatar 3,” Cameron said. “So where we are right now, I’m down in New Zealand shooting, we’re shooting the remainder of the live-action. We’ve got about 10% left to go. We’re 100% complete on ‘Avatar 2’ and we’re sort of 95% complete with ‘Avatar 3.’”“Avatar 2” set for Dec. 16, 2022; “Avatar 3” slated for Dec. 20, 2024; “Avatar 4” to debut on Dec. 18, 2026; and “Avatar 5” on Dec. 22, 2028. I gotta say, good idea on spacing them out makes sure people aren’t tired of the franchise by the time the last one comes out.

The Hot Wheels movie now has writers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Neil Widener and Gavin James have been tapped to write the movie based on the Mattel toy car line. No further details on what kind of plot you get from Hot Wheels or any other detail for that matter.

Cineworld, the parent company of US based Regal Cinemas is sitting out  the rest of 2020 and closing all of it’s theaters until 2021. This comes in response to MGM deciding to hold off on releasing the new James Bond film, No Time To Die until next April, it was expected to be released next month. Regal is the second biggest theater chain in the US and these closures will impact 28, 000 US and 5,500 UK employees. Cineworld confirmed this with a statement on Monday quote In response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cineworld confirms that it will be temporarily suspending operations at all of its 536 Regal theatres in the U.S. and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theaters in the U.K. from Thursday, 8 October 2020.” Unquote 

No word on any particular reopening date.

I wouldn’t blame them if they did as the box office recovery has kind of collapsed. With very little new movies on the market, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was almost beaten by the 1993 Halloween classic Hocus Pocus.

Game of Thrones actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson and his wife Kelsey Henson have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy.  His wife announced via Instagram quote

 “Our beautiful baby boy made his grand entrance into the world at 11:19 AM on September 26th 2020 after a short and intense six hours. 3530 grams and 52 cm. The birth was the most powerful, life changing, empowering thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. We are all doing well and settling in at home as three!” unquote Congrats to the happy couple. The mountain now has a hill.

This story is bizarre, an unknown attacker punched actor Rick Moranis in Manhattan’s upper west side last week. The NYPD says that footage of the attack shows that the actor was simply walking by when the individual punched him in the head sending him to the ground. The sixty seven year old Mr. Moranis, went to the hospital afterwards and reported pain in the head, back and hip. The NYPD has put a 2500 dollar reward for any info that leads to the arrest of the assailant.

Emmy Winning Producer Kevin Burns who guided the 2006 remake of The Poseidon Adventure and Netflix’s Lost in space reboot has died. Kevin’s company Prometheus Entertainment made the History series Ancient Aliens, Food Paradise, The Un Xplained with William Shatner, The Curse of Oak Island and other shows. He won a primetime Emmy in 2002 for the rebooted Biography and a daytime Emmy in 2003 for Hollywood Rocke The Movies The 1970, hosted by David Bowie. bBurns produced over 800 hours of TV during his career, he passed away from a heart attack at the age of 85.

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Tonight! Peace Maker gets his own series, Nick Fury might be getting his own series and we remember Helen Reddy. I’ll be your candle on the water, on Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to episode 97 of Multiverse Tonight, the comic book edition…

Dc

The Berlanti productions are headed back to filming soon. Supergirl’s final season started production this past week, while The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow are also just getting started. Superman & Lois, Titans, Stargirl will all start filming at the end of October and Doom Patrol will return to production in January,

Although Supergirl might have to be delayed a few days, as star Melissa Benoist and husband Chris Wood as they announced the birth of their son, Huxley Robert Wood. Mellisa announced the happy news on her Instagram with a photo of her boys little hands and the caption “Huxley Robert Wood got here a few weeks ago and this little boy is everything. Unquote Congrats to the happy couple.

Mellissa will have plenty of time with her new child next year, as it’s been announced that season six will be the final for the series. On Instagram Mellisa posted quote To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless,” Benoist wrote. “She’s had that impact on me, too. She’s taught me strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful.”

She added, “I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.”

She ended her message with “el mayarah”, Kryptonian for “stronger together.”

Also starting back up is filming for The Batman, The news of this come from a listing in Production Weeklyd and Screen Magazine which portends that the movie will be shooting in Chicago in the later half of October. The filming will reportedly take place in downtown Chicago and feature extensive driving sequences.

Aldis Hodge has signed on to play Hawkman in Black Adam according to a report confirmed by Variety. The actor who starred in The Invisible Man, as well as a Star Trek Short Trek is deep in negotiation for the part that will see him join Dwayne The Rock Johnson as Black Adam and Noah Centineo as the superhero Atom Smasher. Black Adam is scheduled for release on December twenty first 2021.

John Cena’s Suicide Squad character Peace Maker is getting an HBO Max spinoff series. Warner Media broke the news in a press release saying quote “Oh f*ck, it’s Peacemaker! HBO Max is set to explore the origins of the Peacemaker character, the master of weapons from the highly anticipated upcoming The Suicide Squad film, in the new Max Original action-adventure-comedy series Peacemaker. HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order of eight episodes for the first season of the show. John Cena will reprise his role from The Suicide Squad movie to star in the series, and the film’s acclaimed writer/director James Gunn will write all eight episodes of Peacemaker and will direct multiple episodes, including the first. Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran will serve as executive producers of the series, with Cena as co-executive producer. Based on characters from DC, Peacemaker will be produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. Peacemaker is scheduled to begin production in early 2021, prior to Gunn beginning work on the next Guardians of the Galaxyfilm. Unquote The series will extend the world that James Gunn is creating for the movie James Gunn in a statement said quote “Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.” unquote 

Batwoman has cast Gotham Actor Alex Morf as killer Victor Zsasz who is quote ″a charismatic, skilled hitman with high, unpredictable energy. He proudly carves tally marks onto his skin for every victim he kills.” unquote  Mork played gang leader Sykes in the final season of Gotham

Marvel

Black Widow, Eternals and Shang Chi have been pushed back again. Black Widow will now release on May seventh, 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will release on July ninth and finishing out 2021 is Eternals on November fifth. This makes WandaVision the first title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4, most likely just one episode will air in December possibly on Christmas Day. Still in various states of production are Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, a Captain Marvel sequel, Black Panther II, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The Disney+ platform will soon house Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel.

PS4 owners will not be able to upgrade to the PS5 remaster of the title. Sony, in a statement to Kotaku said quote”Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered is an enhanced version of Marvel’s Spider-Man, and is included as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5,” Sony says in the statement, provided to Kotaku. “In addition, players who purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PlayStation 4 can upgrade at no additional cost to the PS5 version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and can take advantage of a paid-upgrade to download Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.”

“There are no plans currently to offer Marvel’s-Spider-Man: Remastered as a standalone,” the statement continues. “Players with a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 can purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition to experience Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered on PS5. Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 also will be backwards compatible on PS5.”

Marvel Comics has announced the return of SWORD. December will see the launch of the new x-men series from writer Al Ewing and artist Valerio Schiti. SWORD is tasked with bringing the mutant order of Krakoa to outer space. Here’s the blurb: In the startling aftermath of X OF SWORDS, mutant kind will take the bold next step in claiming their destiny by relaunching the Sentient World Observation & Response Directorate to deal with all things extra-terrestrial on behalf of Earth. The events of this series will have a tremendous impact not only on the X-Men’s world but the Marvel Universe as a whole, as the mutants of S.W.O.R.D. warp the cosmic landscape forever. The stellar cast includes Magneto, Abigail Brand, Cable, Frenzy, Wiz-Kid, Fabian Cortez, former Avenger Manifold, and many other fan-favorite mutants who will be stepping into the spotlight in a major way. Unquote Mutants…in…Space!

Samuel L Jackson is back as Nick Fury and this time it’s for a new Disney Plus series. According to Variety , the exact plot is unknown but multiple sources have confirmed that Samuel L Jackson will star with Kyle Bradstreet wil write and executive produce. The last time Nick Fury was seen was in Spiderman Far From Home’s post credit scene. No official announcement has been put out yet.

Ya know, the funny thing about messing around with movie release dates is the merchandising doesn’t stop. Companies like Mattel and Kellogs, aren’t going to hold on to the merchandise until your film gets released, they’re gonna put it out on their timetable. Such it is with Mattel’s new Black Widow Barbie dolls. The dolls were set to be out in time for the movie and this upcoming holiday season, but now the film has been set back to next May. There are two black Widow barbies one with a Natasha Romanoff like Barbie in her black suit and another in her new white suit. Both have armored shoulders, knee-high boots, utility belt, dual batons, holsters, and Widow’s Bite bracelets. Both figures stand at 11.5-inches tall and feature poseable arms and legs. These signature barbies run about 50 dollars at places like Amazon.

The next Spider-man will feature a villain that we’ve seen before, Jamie Foxx, who played Electro in The Amazing Spider-man 2 is apparently in talks to reprise the role for the next Spiderman movie with Tom Holland, due for release on December seventeenth 2021. Nothing official has been released about it, although Jamie Foxx wrote on Instagram quote “Super excited to be part of the new marvel Spider-Man new installment,” “And i won’t be blue in this one!! but a thousand percent badass!!! He later deleted the post. 

Geek

The Simpsons new season has started, did you notice the change? This year Carl Carlson is no longer being voiced by HAnk Azaria, bjt is now being played by actor Alex Desert. Desert might be known from the CBS Sitcom as Jake Malinak, he’s also appeared on Boy Meets World, voiced Nick Fury on The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Captain Julio Mendez as The Flash.

Over at Family Guy they have cast Youtube Star Arif Zahir as the new voice of Cleveland Brown. Zahir will take over for Cleveland this season, taking over for Mike Henry who voiced the character since 1999. In a statement Mike Henry said quote “Arif’s vocal talent is obvious, but his understanding of Cleveland and his respect for the character give me confidence that he is in the right hands,” Henry said. “I look forward to getting to know Arif and working with him to make sure Cleveland stays every bit as awesome as he has always been.” Arif’s impressions including Clevland Brown, Donald Trump, Barack Obama and others has gotten over 6 million viewers on Youtube. 

Amazon Prime’s series, The Boys, is getting a spinoff show. The as yet untitled spinoff is being written by The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg and will be set at America’s only college for young superheroes run by the shady corporation Vought International. It will be a TV-MA series and is being described as part college show and part Hunger Games.

Lionsgate has inked a first look deal with Vertigo Entertainment, the production company behind It and the Lego Movie. The deal will cover anything outside tv, where Vertigo has a deal with Sony Pictures TV. First from the deal will be the Horror THriller Cobweb.

Robert Zemeckis redo of Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches is skipping theaters and going straight to HBO Max instead on October twenty second., originally it was going to open this coming weekend, however international fans, you’ll still get to see it in theaters starting on October twenty eighth. The Witches is based on the classic children’s novel about a young boy played by Jahzir Kadeem Bruno who, while staying at a hotel with his grandmother, played by Octavia Spencer happens upon a gathering of witches led by the Grand High Witch, played by Anne Hataway. They plan on turning the world’s children into mice. The movie also features Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock and Kristin Chenoweth. 

The son of daredevil Evel Kenievel is suing Disney over the parody character of Duke Caboom from Toy Story 4.

A federal Trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas alleges that the character of Duke was improperly based on the larger than life Evel. Evel’s son Kelly Knievel who heads K and K has had publicity rights to the Evel Knieval name since 1998. And he said that the moviemakers never sought permission to use his father’s likeness. Walt Disney Company in a response to the lawsuit said via corporate spokesman Jeffrey R Epstein said it will defend itself vigorously against what it calls meritless claims. Knieval is seeking more than $300,000. Eval Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69 from lung disease.

TKO Studios has unveiled its third wave of titles that will be on sale in November. The Pull, a science fiction epic about people with less than a week to live, by Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, the upcoming Commanders in Crisis) and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (Black Panther vs. Deadpool); Lonesome Days, Savage Nights, a new private investigator crime drama from Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Salvatore Simeone (co-founder of TKO Studios), and Szymon Kudranski (Punisher); and Redfork, a horror story about an ex-con from Alex Paknadel (Arcadia) and Nil Vendrell (Shirtless Beard-Fighter!). All three new titles will launch on November ninth with preorders opening on October sixteenth.

The 2020 Harvey Award winners have been announced. Book of the Year: Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)

Digital Book of the Year: The Nib edited by Matt Bors (thenib.com)

Best Children or Young Adult Book: Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC Comics)

Best Manga: Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama (Kodansha Comics)

Best International Book: Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated by Janet Hong (Drawn and Quarterly)

Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel: Watchmen by HBO, based on Watchmen (DC Comics)

The awards will be presented via a virtual ceremony on October ninth 

Yara Shahidi from Black-ish and Grown-ish fame  has gotten the role of Tinkerbell in Disney’s live action version of Peter Pan. She joins Jude Law as Captain Hook, Alexander Molony as Peter Pan and Ever Anderson as Wendy.

The Savage Dragon wants you to vote for the Democratic ticket in this year’s US Presidential Election. Image revealed an alternate cover to Savage Dragon #253 featuring Malcolm Dragon endorsing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Malcolm Dragon is of course the son of the original Savage Dragon who endorsed Barack Obama back in 2008.

Valiant is relaunching Harbinger in 2021. The comic will be retitled The Harbinger and will be written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and drawn by Robbi Rodriguez and will pick up the story of Peter Stanchek. Jackson Lanzing in a statement said quote “The Harbinger is the next big step forward in the Valiant Universe and Peter Stanchek’s promised rebirth as a hero, a leader, and a revolutionary,” “It’s unapologetic in its politics, diverse in its cast, and intimate in its drama. Collin and I love to tell stories that balance character deconstruction and social analysis, and there’s no one in comics who needs a little deconstruction and social awareness more than Peter.” unquote The comic will launch in Summer of 2021.

Tonight we note the passing of singer and actress Helen Reddy, best known for the 1972 song I am Woman as well as Delta Dawn, Leave Me Alone and others. She had a short lived tv variety show as well as a couple of movie roles in Airport 75 and Pete’s Dragon, which is one of my favorite Disney Movies.

In a statement her daughter Traci and her son Jordan said quote “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th 2020 in Los Angeles. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.” unquote She reportedly has been suffering from Dementia since 2015 and died in the care of the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Samuel Goldwyn Center for Behavioral Health in Woodland Hills, California, she was 78.

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Show Notes Episode 94: The Mandalorian’s Bounty of Emmys & Episode 95: Wonder Woman at Christmas Time


Tonight! Baby Yoda makes toast, CBS All Access gets a new name, The Emmy Awards and we remember Dame Diana Rigg. Mrs. Peel.. We’re needed on Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and Welcome to episode 94. This year just doesn’t play fair, does it. Now it’s really turned the heat up on the election by taking Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg making this election THE most important election in living memory. If you  can vote, do it. 

Star Wars

The second season of The Mandalorian will be headed back to Tatooine. The series visited Mos Eisley in season one and hinted at the presence of Boba Fett. Could season two have something to do with Boba? Who knows. New episodes start on Disney Plus on October 30th.

The Baby Yoda merchandising train just keeps going. The muppet has made a mint for the mouse. This time it’s a toaster. Yep, a toaster. The green 2 slice toaster has an illustration of Mando and The Child on the side and makes toast with the face of the child burned in it.  It retails for about 35 dollars. 

If you’ve ever wanted to shoot Lego Greedo, you’re about to get your chance. Lego’s Mos Eisley Cantina set is coming. This is a deluxe version of the previous sets and is designed for master builders. The final product will measure over 7.5” (19cm) high, 20.5” (52cm) wide and 23” (58cm) deep when opened up and includes a removable roof, attachable buildings, Landspeeders minifigs of Ponda Baba, Dr. Evazan, Garindan, Kardue’Sai’Malloc, three members of the Cantina band, Jawa, Sandtroopers, a Dewback, and more. Plus, the set is also packed with details like a “Wanted” poster featuring R2D2 and C- 3PO, and the kyber crystals hidden in one of the exterior buildings.

The 3187 piece set comes out on October first for the price of a big screen tv, 349.99.  

Daisy Ridley’s Rey wasn’t always going to be the granddaughter of the Emperor. They were toying with several possible suspects including at one point being the descendant of Obi-Wan. Telling Josh Gad quote “No, at the beginning they were toying with an Obi-Wan connection,” Ridley said of the dangling plot thread. “There were different versions and at one point she was no one… it kept changing.” unquote. Frankly, I don’t think the parentage of Rey is anything substantial. It’s a minor detail. Not worth getting upset over.

Obi-Wan will finally get to go in front of cameras for Disney Plus next spring according to series star Ewan McGregor. Ewan told Entertainment Weekly quote”Spring next year we start, so I’m really excited about it,” McGregor shared with Entertainment Tonight. “I’m super excited about it, it’s going to be great I think. There’s no talk of [a second season] it’s pretty much as I understand it a standalone season. But we’ll see, who knows?” unquote

Star Trek

Star Trek Discovery is coming to Star Trek Fleet Command. Scopely’s Star Trek Discovery Arc is the first non-KElvin Timeline Star Trek Property in the game. You get the Discovery ship, officers like Michael Burnham and Saru, a battle pass that offers new content and resources, and Anomaly Events that allow players to battle alongside the Discovery for a limited time.

A new official Star Trek podcast is now out. CBS Television Studios and the Star Trek Global Franchise Group announced the new podcast called Star Trek The Pod Directive. Hosting the podcast is Lower Decks star Tawny Newsome and comedian Paul F Tompkins. According to the press release quote “With unparalleled access to Star Trek luminaries, celebrity super-fans and behind-the-scenes creative professionals, Star Trek: The Pod Directive takes a smart, witty and thoughtful look at all things Trek – both old and new. Offering a high-level discussion of the themes, ideas, and characters that resonate across the history of the franchise’s storied universe, episodes will also explore the brand’s 50-plus-year legacy and influence. Each episode features an in-depth personal interview with a notable guest, coverage of a Star Trek event, or a discussion of a specific topic with one or more guests.” Guests slated for the show include Ben Stiller, Michelle Hurd, Mike McMahan, Stacey Abrams, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Jeff Russo. Episodes will be weekly coming out on Mondays through the beginning of November.

In advance of Star Trek Discovery and to celebrate Star Trek’s anniversary. ViacomCBS put out a new updated Star Trek timeline. The timeline showcases  on the timeline include The launch of the NX Enterprise, The founding of the Federation, the Kelvin timeline divergence, Star Trek Discovery going all the way to The Lower Decks and Star Trek Picard and ending in Discovery’s third season in the distant future. https://www.startrek.com/videos/watch-a-timeline-through-the-star-trek-universe

Speaking of Discovery’s third season, Kenneth Mitchell is no stranger  to the show, having played three different Klingons in the show’s first two seasons, this time he’s back without having to sit in a long makeup season. Speaking with the Official Star Trek Magazine he talked about his new character quote “I’m playing a human character,” Mitchell says. “It’s beautiful, and I’m excited for the fans to meet him. I am also thankful for the continued support of Alex (Kurtzman), Michelle Paradise, Olatunde (Osunsanmi), Jonathan Frakes and everyone at Secret Hideout, who made it happen for me.” unquote However don’t look for him right away as his character doesn’t show until later in the season.

We also received news that CBS All Access will be rebranding itself to 

The more universal name Paramount Plus early next year. The new name will also come with an expansion of origins content and it’s archive of programming.  One of the reasons for the change was addressed by ViacomCBS president and CEO Bob Bakish telling Variety quote “Paramount is an iconic and storied brand beloved by consumers all over the world, and it is synonymous with quality, integrity and world-class storytelling,” said Bob Bakish, president-CEO of ViacomCBS. “With Paramount Plus, we’re excited to establish one global streaming brand in the broad-pay segment that will draw on the sheer breadth and depth of the ViacomCBS portfolio to offer an extraordinary collection of content for everyone to enjoy.” Unquote New shows in the work include another reboot of THe Game, a spinoff of the CW and BET show Girlfriends and a 10 issue limited series about producer Al Ruddy’s experiences of the shooting of The Godfather.

A little news about Strange New Worlds, during the show’s Star Trek Day panel, Rebecca Romijn hinted that Number One’s back story will be told quote “Well, like ‘The Cage’ being such an old pilot, the writers have this very unique opportunity where they’ve had this character that’s existed since the beginning of the canon, and she’s never been written,” Romijn says. “I can’t wait to find out how vast her skill set is. What are the arrows in her quiver? My number one question is, ‘What’s her backstory?’ And I had a delightful meeting with the writers’ room a couple of months ago, and they floated an idea for Number One’s backstory that I’m not going to share right now because it blew my mind when they said it, but that’s all I can say.” unquote 

Some movie news. Noah Hawley told Variety that his movie is in a state of stasis until the new president of the studio recalibrates. He told them that they had finished the script and gotten to the designer hiring phase when the pause button was pressed.  He also said that it would have been a completely different cast of characters quote “We’re not doing Kirk and we’re not doing Picard,” he says. “It’s a start from scratch that then allows us to do what we did with ‘Fargo,’ where for the first three hours you go, ‘Oh, it really has nothing to do with the movie,’ and then you find the money. So you reward the audience with a thing that they love.”

Geek

Congratulations are in order to Stranger Days and Black Widow star David Harbour and singer Lily Allen as the two tied the knot in Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend. The couple got the marriage license the day before and it was officiated by an Elvis Impersonator. David Harbour released a photo of the happy couple on Instagram.

The Oscars aren’t gonna look so white in the future. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new Inclusion requirements for the Best Picture category. For the 2022 and 2023 Oscars ,  a film will submit a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form to be considered for best picture. Beginning in 2024, for the 96th Oscars, a film submitting for best picture will need to meet the inclusion thresholds by meeting two of the four standards. All other categories will keep their current requirements.

Neve Campbell is returning to the Scream Franchise as Sidney Prescott for a new Scream movie from Spyglass and Paramount Entertainment. According to the press release the new movie will return to the fictional home of the original movies, Woodsboro, California.

The Emmy are here and a whole lot different in this pandemic year. First off is the Creative Arts Emmys, walking away with awards is The Mandalorian which got awards for 

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-camera Series (Half-hour) — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 7: The Reckoning)

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-hour) — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 1: The Mandalorian)

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-hour) And Animation — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 1: The Mandalorian)

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-hour) And Animation — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 2: The Child)

Outstanding Special Visual Effects — (The Mandalorian, Chapter 2: The Child)

Outstanding Character Voice Over Performance – Taika Watiti

Outstanding Music Composition for a series original dramatic score

Watchmen which won for Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes

 Sharen Davis (costume designer)

 Valerie Zielonka (costume supervisor)

 For Watchmen: It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice (2019)

Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie

 Gregory Middleton

 For Watchmen: This Extraordinary Being (2019)

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie

 Henk Van Eeghen

 For Watchmen: A God Walks into Abar (2019)

Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special   (Original Dramatic Score)

 Trent Reznor (music by)

 Atticus Ross (music by)

 For Watchmen: It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice (2019)

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie

 Douglas Axtell (production mixer)

 Joe DeAngelis (re-recording mixer)

 Chris Carpenter (re-recording mixer)For Watchmen: This Extraordinary Being (2019)

Outstanding Casting For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special – 2020
Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special – 2020

Regina King won lead actress in a limited series or movie.

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson won for best writing in a limited series or movie.

Yahya Abdual Mateen II – Supporting Actor in a limited series or movie

Watchmen won the emmy for Outstanding Limited Series

The Netflix animated show Big Mouth’s Maya Rudolph won for Character Voice Over performance and Outstanding Derivative Interactive Program

“Big Mouth Guide to Life” , Cosmos Creating Possible Worlds won Best Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series , Star Trek: Picard: Absolute Candor won the Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special., Stranger Things for Outstanding Sound Editing. Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation (Juried) – 2020

WINNER:

Genndy Tartakovsky, as Storyboard Artist

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal

“Spear And Fang”

Adult Swim

Cartoon Network Studios

Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation (Juried) – 2020

WINNER:

Scott Wills, as Art Director

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal

“Spear And Fang”

Adult Swim

Cartoon Network Studios

Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation (Juried) – 2020

WINNER:

Stephen DeStefano, as Character Designer

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal

“A Cold Death”

Adult Swim

Cartoon Network Studios

Outstanding Animated Program

*WINNER* Rick And Morty (Adult Swim)

“The Vat Of Acid Episode”

Outstanding Children’s Program

*WINNER (TIE)* Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance (Netflix)

The Jim Henson Company

Lisa Henson, Executive Producer

Halle Stanford, Executive Producer

Louis Leterrier, Executive Producer

Jeffrey Addiss, Co-Executive Producer

Will Matthews, Co-Executive Producer

Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Co-Executive Producer

Blanca Lista, Co-Executive Producer

Ritamarie Peruggi, Produced by

*WINNER (TIE)* We Are The Dream: The Kids Of The Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest (HBO)

HBO Documentary Films in association with Know Wonder

Mahershala Ali, Executive Producer

Amatus Karim Ali, Executive Producer

Mimi Valdés, Executive Producer

Julie Anderson, Executive Producer

Amy Schatz, Produced by

Diane Kolyer, Produced by

The Matrix 4 will be a love story according to star Keanu Reeves. Speaking with the BBCs The ONe Show, he described the plot as quote “We have a wonderful writer and director, Lana Wachowski, and she’s really written a beautiful, beautiful script that is a love story, it’s inspiring, it’s another version of a kind of call to wake up, and entertains, great action. And all will be revealed,”

One note before we get to our final story tonight, right before taping I learned of the death of actor Michael Lonsdale had passed away at the age of 89. Lonsdale appeared in over 200 films and TV shows during his 60-year career, though most fans know him best as the villain in the 1979 James Bond movie, Moonraker. Appearing as Hugo Drax in Moonraker, Lonsdale established himself as one of the most memorable Bond villains over the years, going toe-to-toe with Sir Roger Moore’s 007 in a fight for the fate of the world. 

Tonight we remember Dame Diana Rigg, the british actress who is best known for starring as agent Emma Peel on the classic british series The Avengers in the sixties.Diana was born in Donchester in 1938 When she grew up,   Rigg started with a successful career as a stage actress in 1957, joining The Royal Shakespeare Society in 1959. She started her television career with a bit part in a tv production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She hit it big in 1965 during the fourth series of The Avengers, she left the show in 1968, a year later she was opposite George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, her character was the only won to win James Bond’s hand in marriage (only to meet her end at the end of the film.) She’d go on to many other shows and movies in the future including movies The Worst Witch, and The Great Muppet Caper and shows like You, Me and The Apocalypse, Doctor Who,and  Game of Thrones. She won during her acting career the Bafta Award, a Tony Award, an Emmy Award and in 1994 was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Diana Rigg died in her London home on September tenth from cancer, she was 84.

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DC

Catwoman did one thing for Halle Berry’s career and it wasn’t to end it.  The actress says the Razzie award winning bonfire of a comics movie made her want to direct. Telling Variety quote “The story didn’t feel quite right,” Berry explained to Variety. “I remember having that argument: ‘Why can’t Catwoman save the world like Batman and Superman do? Why is she just saving women from a face cream that cracks their face off?’ But I was just the actor for hire. I wasn’t the director. I had very little say over that.” unquote She’s currently directing a new sports drama called Bruised.

Wonder Woman 1984 has been moved to Christmas, as it has been chased through the 2020 calendar to the literal end. In a statement WW 1984 director Patty Jenkins said quote “First and foremost let me say how much Gal and I love all our devoted Wonder Woman fans around the world, and your excitement for ‘WW84’ couldn’t make us happier or more eager for you to see the movie,””Because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer. With the new date on Christmas Day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you!” unquote THe new release date puts it a week after the new adaptation of Dune, West Side Story and Coming 2 America, the sequel to Coming to America. We will still see if any of those hold true.

December also brings us winter, in DC’s case it’s an Endless Winter. Ron Marz and Andy Lanning are queuing up the next DC crossover event Justice League Endless Winter. The mini series, told over the Justice League titles and bookended by two specials will run the entire month of December, in an interview with Comic Book Resources, Marz an d Lanning promoted the crossover that sees parallel storylines between the present day DCU and 10 century Vikings battling the new villain The Frost King. Marz told the site quote 

The seeds of the story are really planted in the 10th century and, as you see the issues, you’ll see that literally and figuratively. Every issue will have this sequence set in the 10th century which includes what we’re calling, for our own purposes, the Justice League Viking which is Hippolyta, Black Adam, Viking Prince and Swamp Thing. The notion being that there’s a collection of heroes in every era, and this is the heroes that come together in that era. What goes on in the past very much dictates how this comes back in the present — and I guess we can say the threat is called the Frost King — how the mistakes in the past dictate how things go in the present and learning the lessons in the past is what is the necessary function for the Justice League now. There are connections to the past that dictate how things go in the present, both for good and for ill. Unquote 

Batman Beyond comic is being axed with December’s issue 50. Part of the fallout from the WarnerMedia cuts at DC. Here’s the promo for the final issue quote: The finale of Dan Jurgens’s iconic run on Batman Beyond finds Terry McGinnis accused of crimes he didn’t commit! When one of his greatest rogues, the formidable Inque, poses as Batman and causes havoc around Gotham City, Wonder Woman will stop by to confront Batman Beyond. Will Terry be able to convince her that he’s innocent or will he find himself the enemy of one of the DC Universe’s greatest heroes? The epic conclusion of the series is here!

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Also coming to an end is Brian Michael Bendis’  run on Action Comics and Superman. Issues Action Comics #1028 and Superman #29 will be the end, but he’s not finished with DC Comics. But future projects are not known at this time.ACTION COMICS #1028

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The powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson wrap up their run on Action Comics with “House of Kent: Epilogue”! With the final fate of Metropolis’s underworld revealed at last, it’s time for each member of the House of Kent to face their unknown futures head on, including Lois, Conner, Jon, Kara, Jimmy, and, of course, Clark Kent! This standalone Superman story connects threads from Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Superman, Justice League, Legion of Super-Heroes, and other unforgettable series in epic—and unexpected—ways!

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It’s the Man of Steel’s last stand in this final Superman tale by the superstar team of Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado! Superman comes face to face with an alien race that he desperately wants to help before it is too late. As the cosmically powered race known as the Synmar aim their deadly power at the Man of Steel’s adopted planet, Superman finds himself pushed past anything he has ever faced! Get ready to experience a powerhouse moment for Superman that’s been years in the making!

Now let’s talk about the second installment of DC Fandome, the second one was titled Explore The Multiverse…

The sequel to the first Shazam movie, Shazam! Fury of the Gods will definitely see more of the Shazam family in action. Director David F Sandberg said at DC Fandome quote “Now they’re all superheroes, they’re all a family with superpowers. And now we finally get to see that,””We only got a glimpse of that in the first movie, so that’s something to look forward to.” The movie should start shooting next year and will be released in November of 2022.

The Flash season seven will definitely look at the mysterious speedster Godspeed this season. Showrunner Eric Wallace said about the mystery quote  

“I don’t like spoilers, let’s just say there was a certain speedster who wore a white costume, whose clones kept showing up,” Wallace explained. “Really, Team Flash has to deal with that, but we never caught the real guy or girl. Let’s just say we might find out that mystery this season.”  

Also discussed was how events in our world will affect the series, especially Joe. Eric Wallace said quote “The world right now is on fire,” “We have to look at what’s around us. It definitely informs specifically Joe’s story, but in a good way, and in a positive way because we need to be socially responsible as artists. Yes, I love comic books, and The Flash, but I’m a person first. We have to be people first and work together to make the world a better place. I believe that that’s where those changes are coming from so yeah, you’ll notice some changes, definitely.”

The Batwoman season looked at Javica Leslie stepping into the Batwoman role. Showrunner Caroling Dries talked about Javicas audition saying quote “When Javicia auditioned, it was obvious to everyone watching the tape in like five seconds,” Dries explained. “[It was] over Zoom and I texted somebody on the computer in the chat like ‘Oh she gets it!’ It just was so clear that Javicia was meant for this role. And then when I talked to her she said, ‘You know, I feel like I am Ryan. My friend heard me audition and she was like ‘Yo, you are Ryan.” It just feel like destiny, which is kind of one of the themes of the season.”

“And then the other thing she did, which I didn’t even see until after I knew she was Batwoman, was she had this athlete reel or athleticism reel, of all of like a montage of all of her [stunt],” Dries added. “One of the things that she did was pushing this giant tire over, like somersaults. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, all I needed to do is see you.’ I told her ‘You had me a tire flip.’ She just brings everything, sort of – intellect, emotion, heart, athletics. Everything you know you want in your hero. I think she had to do a really hard thing which is take a role for a script that didn’t exist yet. And she was willing to trust us with it. So that’s awesome.” unquote

Also talked about during the panel is what the other characters will think of this new Batwoman. Nicole Kang said quote “I’m especially excited to see this new relationship happen, in the wake of Mary dealing with this mysterious disappearance, and how she decides to sort of take it and take it hard,” Nicole Kang, who plays Mary Hamilton on the series, explained. “She’s been a person who, I think, is always looking for family, is always looking for community, is always looking for somebody to see her. Which is, I think, a huge source of why the clinic exists for her, there are just much deeper personal reasons for that. And I think Mary and Ryan sort of have that in common, perhaps, which is why I think Mary really looks to Ryan, in this way.”

“I’m actually really excited because there was this triangle between Alice, Kate Kane, and Mary,” Kang added. “And, you know, without Kate actively in that triangle. I’m really really interested to see sort of Mary, and Alison’s relationship and where that goes. Because there’s a lot that has been dealt with, and Kate was a buffer of sorts, between them and so without that, anything could happen.” unquote 

Rachel Skarsten said about Alice’s reaction quote “I think Alice is just going to be peeved,” Skarsten revealed. “Here she has this beautifully intricate plan for the demise of her sister! And that will have been foiled. But she is also going to have a lot to be worried about, since we’re introducing a new character Safiyah, who Alice had talked about in the last season. The introduction of Safiyah will be intriguing just because this is a sort of a backstory of Alice that we haven’t had the opportunity to see before.” unquote New episodes are due next year.

The Flash movie was also presented. Producer Barbara Muschietti hinted that quote “Well, I want you to go see it, so I’m not going to tell you a lot,” Muschietti explained. “But what I will tell you is that it’s a ride. It’s going to be fun and exciting and there are a lot of DC characters in it. Flash is the superhero of this film because he is the bridge between all of these characters and timelines. And in a way, it restarts everything and doesn’t forget anything.” unquote Sounds like this movie might be a soft reboot of the DCU movies. Let’s hope in the direction of less GrimDark.

Superman and Lois will see a new Superman Suit according to showrunner Todd Helbing talking about the suit worn by Tyler Hoechilin in the arrowverse appearances quote “Originally, when you came on for the crossovers, that suit just wasn’t built to sustain a series,” “And I think just in everything that we were talking about earlier, you know, ‘Crisis’ gave us this fresh slate. Yeah, let’s, let’s make a new suit. So, there’s gonna be a really badass Superman suit in this show.”

The series stars Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, Jordan Elsass as Jonathan Kent, Alex Garfin as Jordan Kent, Superman and Lois’ sons, as well as Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lana Lang and Erik Valdez as Lana’s husband, Kyle Cushing. The show is expected this January.

Changes are coming to the DC Universe streaming service, first up, Harley Quinn, Doom Patrol and Titans are moving to HBO Max. So what does this mean for the DC Universe? It’s becoming Infinite, come January it will be rechristened DC Universe Infinite and will have 24,000 comics from DCs library with new comics added to the service six months after their release date, plus online only books like Harley Quinn Black + White + Red and Batman The Adventures Continue will be on the service after only 3 months. The service will also finally expand to international markets in the summer of 2021.

Marvel

THe Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, aka MODOK will be getting his own comic this December. MODOK: Head Games comes from Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum, the showrunners for Hulus MODOK series. This won’t be Patton’s first rodeo, having written issues for DC, MArvel and Dark Horse before. The series will run for four issues wil art by Scott Hepburn, with Cully Hamner, Skottie Young, and Doaly providing covers for MODOK: Head Games #1. The comic is about quote “MODOK is the ruthless and brilliant leader of the terrorist organization AIM, outsmarting heroes and outmaneuvering his cutthroat colleagues gunning for his position,” it continues. “But when he begins to be haunted by memories of a family he never had, it leaves him unsure if he is losing his freakishly-large mind, or if perhaps there is a lot more to this enormous mind… or if there is something more sinister behind these visions.” Issue one comes out on December second. 

Avengers Endgame is not the end of Thor’s story, neith will Thor Love and Thunder be.Chris Hesmworth has confirmed that he will be Thor a while longer telling Poland’s  Elle Man quote “Are you crazy ?! I’m not going into any retirement period,” said Hemsworth. “Thor is way too young for that. I’m only 1500 years old! It is definitely not a film that I say goodbye to this brand. At least I hope so.” unquote Thor Love and Thunder is due in theaters on February 11, 2022. Hopefully the pandemic will be done by then

The X-men comic spinoff Children of the Atom has a new release date. The comic from Vita Ayala And Bernard Chang was delayed due to the pandemic. In a statement Marvel announced quote “The mystery surrounding CHILDREN OF THE ATOM will finally be answered when the previously announced series by writer Vita Ayala and artist Bernard Chang debuts this January. As the latest title to explore the new era of mutantkind following Jonathan Hickman’s House of X, CHILDREN OF THE ATOM will introduce a brand-new team of young X-Men characters. Inspired by their favorite mutants, these gifted youngsters will keep both the X-Men and fans guessing about who they are and where they came from. More than just mere sidekicks, the cast of CHILDREN OF THE ATOM will have a major impact on the world of the X-Men when they burst onto the scene next year!” unquote 

December will see the debut of Marvel Action: Origins #1 A new monthly series from IDW Publishing, The series will be illustrated by Lanna Souvanny and each issue will tell the origin stories of one villain and one hero.  The series will be written by Christopher Eliopoulos and illustrated by Lanna Souvanny. In the announcement Christopher said quote”Creating a gateway for young readers to learn more about the amazing characters of the Marvel Universe is a dream job,” says Eliopoulos in the Marvel Action: Origins announcement. “In this series, readers are going to learn about the emotions and inner thoughts of these heroes and villains while learning about values and character. It’s a series that shows the character behind the characters!” unquote   

Disney Plus’ She Hulk series has found its Jenifer Walters/She Hulk. They’ve hired Emmy award winner Tatiana Maslany, known best for Orphan Black to play the cousin of Bruce Banner, who gets Gamma irradiated powers after getting a blood transfusion from Bruce to save her life. Fortunately, she remains intelligent when she hulks out. Kat Coiro will be directing episodes of the series with Jessica Gao serving as writer and showrunner.

Other tv shows in the Disney Plus Marvel line up include Wandavision, which will arrive later this year, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Ms. Marvel, Loki and Moon Knight.

Geek

We begin Geek News tonight with a moment of good news, Keeping up with the Kardashians will be ending in 2021. Our long national nightmare is over…anyway…

Paramount Animation has acquired the rights to the Image Comics title Stray Dogs and has hired Game Night writer Mark Perez to write and Gary Dauberman to produce the adaptation described as quote “Silence of the Lambs meets Lady and the Tramp.” Don’t bother looking on shelves for the comic, Image hasn’t released the comic yet. The comic comes from Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner, known for their work on IDW’s My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.   A true horror story…

Sony has pulled Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated movie Connected a month before it was due to be released. The description of the movie is quote “Sony Pictures Animation’s Connected is an original animated comedy from director Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls) and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie), about an everyday family’s struggle to relate while technology rises up around the world! When Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time.”

“Katie and Rick are joined by the rest of the family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda (voiced by Maya Rudolph), her quirky little brother Aaron (voiced by Mike Rianda), and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi for the ultimate family road trip. Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over. With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!” unquote No word on if it will get a new release date or will just be sent out on Video On Demand.

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth movie is getting a one shot from Boom! Studios. The prestige miniseries will use an oversized art format. Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Masquerade comics out this December. Here’s the details quote: You’re invited to the ball of the season! But all is not as it seems with the guests of Jareth’s famous Masquerade, as one of the partygoers slowly awakens to the reality of her topsy-turvy existence in the Goblin Kingdom after Sarah’s escape from the ball. As this mysterious participant puts together the pieces of who she is and where she is, her discoveries could unravel the very fabric of this fantasy world!

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Masquerade #1 features main cover art by artist Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman) and variant cover art by Evan Cagle (Strange Skies Over East Berlin)

2020 has taken a lot from us and now it’s taken one of my favorite shows, Adult Swim announced that it has canceled The Venture Bros after seven seasons. Jackson Publik confirmed the terrible new via twitter saying quote 

“Unfortunately, it’s true: ‘Venture Bros.’ has been canceled. We got the highly disappointing news a few months ago, while we were writing what would have been season 8. We thank you, our amazing fans, for 17 years of your kind (and patient) attention. And, as always, we love you. Unquote However there might be a ray of hope in this dark cloud, Variety spoke with Adult Swim who said that they were looking for a way to continue the story with Jackson and Doc Hammer. So maybe an online only show? Say on HBO Max?  Please?

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Tonight! Daisy Ridley thinks about her career, George Takei still wants a series and Gollum gets his own game. All that and more on this scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hi Welcome to Multiverse Tonight episode 92! I’m your host Thomas Townley. Well I’ve been playing some Dragon Quest on the Switch to have something different to play. I played that game when I was a kid and it was called Dragon Warrior on the NES.

Star Wars 

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, actress Daisy Ridley claims that being in Star Wars may have hurt her career, but it’s not all bad saying quote “It was so sad to finish [Star Wars],” Ridley explained. “When the film was released, I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It was such a huge chapter. And, weirdly, the past few months of not having much… Obviously now it’s really nice to be working, but not having much [at the time] I feel like I processed the last five years. To be forced to slow down, it was good mentally for me because [Star Wars was] a big thing in my life.”

“Weirdly, at the beginning of the year nothing was coming through,” Ridley continued. “I was like, ‘Aww! No one wants to employ me.’ …There were actually loads of things that I auditioned for at the beginning of the year and didn’t get any of them. I had that moment of ‘Oh my god!’ and then just thought ‘everything in its right time.'” unquote You see there, even though she thought that Star Wars might be a hindrance to her career, she has a positive mental attitude toward it, and it’s pt like she’s hurting for money. She has work on the board now, such as the adaptation of Chaos Walking with TOm Holland and voice work in Asteroid Hunters and The Inventor, she is also been cast to star in the fantasy drama Kolma and the World War II biopic A Woman of No Importance.

Well while we wait for a new movie or two, we can always play on Batuu thanks to The Sims 4. Electronic Arts and Maxis have announced their next expansion will be The Sims 4 Star Wars Journey to Batuu. The expansion pack will allow players to explore Batuu, interact with Star Wars characters like Rey and the Resistance or Kylo Ren an The First Order, completing missions will unlock new clothing and decoration options and allow players to make their own droids. and see the sights like Ogas cantina and what would be the Smugglers Run ride in the real world. . The Sims Executive producer and GM Lyndsay Perason said in a press release quote “With The Sims, we’ve always strived to create content that takes players’ imaginations beyond their limits to tell fun and unique stories in the game, and with The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu, they’ll be able to take their Sims on an adventure to the edge of the galaxy,” “We’re such big Star Wars fans, and set out to create an authentic and immersive Star Wars experience for players that also embodies the self-expression and deep storytelling possibilities with The Sims.” unquote  The game will be out on September eighth on PC, Playstation four and Xbox one and retail for $19.99. Kinda a surprisingly low amount, I was kinda expecting a higher, more gougingly amount.

Speaking of games, at Gamescom 2020 developer TT Games and publisher Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment revealed a first look at the gameplay for Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga, they also revealed that the game won’t be out for next year until spring 2021. It’s coming out for PS4, Xbox one, PC and Switch

The Mandalorian is headed back to Disney Plus for season two on October thirtieth and Carl Weathers’ Greef Kraga is back. Carl Weathers tweeted about it. With the simple message Greef Karga is back! #BePeace

Star Trek

Hey CBSViacom, George Takei still wants to make a Sulu series. In an interview with Star Trek dot com, he responded to the question about if they should do a Sulu series next with quoteGood idea. As a matter of fact, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Sulu got his own captaincy. The first scene is a shot of this huge, magnificent starship called the Excelsior, and then it zooms in on the bridge, and there’s a brand new Captain seated confidently at that center chair, elegantly sipping his cup of green tea: Captain Sulu. There’s this huge explosion in the galaxy, and the sound waves come rippling over and turn the ship into turmoil, and I shoot shields and the drama begins. That’s a nuclear explosion on the Klingon nuclear planet. 

At the critical point when we’re at the peak of drama, and Kirk is about to be blown up by the Klingons, to the rescue comes Captain Sulu with his Excelsior. He says, “Target that explosion and fire,” and then blows the Klingons to smithereens, thus saving the life and career of Captain Kirk. At the end, as all classic Star Trek episodes end, on the bridge of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk looks at the view screen ahead of him, and the giant image of Captain Sulu. And he stands up and says, essentially, “Thank you for saving my ass,” and Sulu looks down and says, “Good to see you in action one more time, Captain,” and he roars off. 

Scotty and McCoy are looking at the big ship Excelsior and, McCoy says, “Wow, it’s a great ship,” and Scotty chimes in, “Aye, but not so big of a Captain, I think.”  That’s a Captain Sulu movie — it shouldn’t have been subtitled The Undiscovered Country. It should be ‘Captain Sulu To The Rescue’. It’s the best of the Star Trek movies. Unquote  I think they could do it as a limited series with Sulu looking back at his life as he approaches the end of it. That way he can be the bookend of the episodes with Young Sulu being played by another younger actor.

Well with the pandemic CBS needs shows and CBS All Access has shows to spare. The Ifancy Network is set to air season one of Star trek Discovery beginning on September 24th and 10 PM Estern time. Season Three of the show is set to debut on October fifteenth.

Star Trek TV shows are coming to the Star Trek Fleet COmmand mobile game, Sopely and Viacom CBS Consumer Products announced on Monday that all the Trek shows will show up in the game, before it was just the Kelvin Timeline movies. In Star Trek: Fleet Command players choose their crew, the missions they take on, and the alliances they form. Choices made in-game will impact how new storylines intersect as new content begins to roll out over the coming months. 

Now you too can toast to honor like the Klingons do. Wines that rock, has announced that it’s next release of Star Trek themed wines will include a 2018 Klingon Bloodwine Cabernet Sauvignon and a United Federation of Planets Special Reserve 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. Both wines, along with the Chateau Picard Cru Bourgeois and Special Reserve United Federation of Planets Old Vine Zinfandel, are available exclusively at StarTrekWines.com. Wines that Rock even teamed up with the Klingon Assault Group and the Klingon Language Institute to get everything from the design of the bottle, the language and the wine as Klingon as possible. Each bottle will have one of four separate corks featuring Klingon proverbs. The wines are available for pre order now and will be shipped on September seventeenth, the Klingon Day of Honor.

Geek

A new Lord of the Rings game is coming to the next Gen Xbox and Playstation consoles  as well as the current version of the systems as well as PC and Nintendo Switch. The Lord of the Rings Gollum will be focused on the adventures of Gollum and his life before the Fellowship of the Ring. According to Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO and Co Founder of Daedalic Entertainment quoteThe Lord of the Rings is one of the most epic and renowned stories of all time – it’s an honour for us to have the opportunity to work on our own contribution to this universe,” Carsten Fichtelmann, CEO and Co-Founder of Daedalic Entertainment, said previously. “In Gollum, players will assume the role of one of the most iconic characters in Middle-earth. We tell Gollum’s story from a perspective never seen before, in any storytelling medium, all the while staying true to the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkien.”  Unquote the game is scheduled for 2021.

Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead Prequel and Anime Series in the Works. This is before the movie is even out. Netflix has greenlit the prequel and anime spinoff which will see  Dave Bautista, Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick and Ella Purnell voice their characters from the movie. The movie, Army of the Dead will see Dave Bautista’s character lead a group of mercenaries who try to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted in a zombie infested Las Vegas, Nevada. The movie should come out some time in 2021.

Leslie Hamilton Freas has passed away. Leslie is the identical twin sister of Terminator star Linda Hamilton. Freas appeared in Terminator 2 Judgement Day as a stunt double for her sister and the cyborg version of Sarah Conner. No word has been released of why she passed away, but she is survived by her 3 children and her siblings Laura, Linda and Fred and her stepbrother Jeffery Payne. She was 63 years old.

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Tonight! Javica Leslie is looking forward to the cape and cowl, Akon wants to build his own Wakanda and we remember the King of Wakanda, Chadwick Boseman. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hi and welcome to episode 93 of Multiverse Tonight and welcome to September. Man did the news of Chadwick Boseman passing hit you as hard as it did me. I’m just a few months older than him, but the fact that he persevered in spite of having cancer these past four years is pretty inspiring. I’ll have more on him a little later in the podcast. 

DC

Apparently some people are curious as to why the Robin in the new Gotham Knights game is Tim Drake and not another Robin. Comic book dot com asked Gotham Knights creative director Patrick Redding quote “So Tim Drake was our Robin choice right from the start and for reasons that I’m not going to get it to yet, because it does tie into the broader arc of the story, and we will talk about that a little later,” Redding said. “Tim was the right Robin to be the newest Robin for where we’re at, and as well for us, it allowed us to have a teenage Robin who was nevertheless still a physically formidable and physically credible fighter. Even though he has more of a stealth focus and a bit more of a focus in terms of how he’s using his gadgets and using the tricks and detective intuition that he has, we still wanted a Robin that could credibly go through a full evolutionary arc that would end with him being the new Dark Knight of Gotham City.”

“So that for us made a lot of sense, and it’s great because if you’re familiar with the lore and you know your way around the various stories about Tim Drake, it’s not like completely unexplored territory,” Redding said. “People have asked the question of, ‘Where’s Tim going? What’s he turning into?’ People sense that he might be a better detective than Bruce Wayne on some level, but he also has some of Bruce’s other core idiosyncrasies as well and what is that going to evolve into? So for us, it’s really fun, narratively and in terms of his progression. He’s a character who I love thinking about because what kind of urban legend does Tim Drake create about himself when he is on the path to Knighthood?” unquote Gotham Knights will be out in 2021.

Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright, who’s playing Jim Gordan in The Batman, spoke with Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show about how this version of Batman will be different from other comics movies. Saying quote “We have an opportunity,” Wright explained. “Comic book films have sucked a lot of oxygen from the cinematic room. But with Batman, we have an opportunity to use all of the trappings of that genre to explore some things in an American city through a lens of crime, corruption that are really grounded and relevant and interesting. So the detective work there is an exploration of Gotham but it also becomes an exploration of a city very much like New York City.” unquote 

Actress Javica Leslie is ready to be histories first black Batwoman and the significance isn’t lost on her telling the Hollywood Reporter quote “This really had nothing to do with me and everything to do with my people and with little Black girls.” unquote  But she’s not just an actress, but she’s also a lifelong Batman fan. She also says she has the physicality already to play a superhero saying quote “I’m very active in my personal life,” she says, “so being able to allow that to be my work, that’s heaven for me. I do Muay Thai. I do fitness training. I run. Anything that’s active I’m always down for, so this is going to be like playing on the playground every day.” Although she hasn’t been able to get  work yet, she’s made good use of her time. Saying quote “I’ve just been taking this little bit of time we have left, exercising, getting back in shape, getting my adrenaline and my momentum back up, enjoying time with family and friends while I can before work starts,” she says. “It’s been a good season, a season of rebuilding and reconnecting with  myself.” unquote 

Changes are coming behind the scenes at DC Comics, DC announced that Daniel Cherry has been hired as Senior VP and General Manager of DC Comics, he’ll  oversee business affairs editorial, talent services, marketing, sales, brand, and direct-to-consumer content for DC. Cherry isn’t from a comics background but a video game one as has formerly worked for Activision Blizzard as the chief marketing officer of the companies esports division, before that he worked for the New Jersey Devils NHL franchise. Cherry will take care of business while Publisher Jim Lee will, according to DC quote “Lee will bring his unmatched creativity, passion and innate knowledge of the DC characters and canon to the company’s efforts to evolve the brand and create relevance for new audiences around the world,” unquote Think of things like DC Fandome, stuff like that.

The Batman has a problem, or should we say Robert Pattinson has a problem.

Production on the movie has stopped after Robert Pattinson tested positive for Covid19 according to a report citing sources close to the film’s production. Vanity Fair reports that it has confirmed the report through a highly placed source. 

DC has announced Batman Day 2020. With a press release quote”DC today unveiled plans for a global Batman Day celebration on September 19, 2020, inviting fans of all ages around the world to participate in a wide range of Batman-themed activities to honor the iconic DC Super Hero. For the first time, fans have the opportunity to drive along with a ‘Batman and The Riddler’ theme on Waze. And to complete the experience, you can listen to the Waze and DC SuperHero or Super-Villain playlists on Spotify while driving via the Waze Audio Player feature. Plus, free digital comics, free activity kits for kids, a Batman Virtual 5K/10K Run/Walk, and even a digital mystery to solve in which fans can put on their cape and cowl and transform into their strongest self. Fans can also team up with Batman to protect Gotham City in a series of digital activities, such as joining the celebration on social media and helping Batman to piece together a series of clues left behind by The Riddler. If you can decode these mischievous hints, you’ll unlock exclusive, limited-time reveals! The adventure begins when the virtual Bat-Signal lights up at 12PM PT, September 18, on the @DCComics Twitter.

The new Waze Batman theme allows for more than 100 million monthly active Waze users to ride along with Batman and The Riddler from August 31 to October 31. Waze drivers can opt to hear directions in the style of Batman, voiced by Batman: The Animated Series actor Kevin Conroy, as well as select a custom Batmobile icon and Batman mood. Drivers who want a slightly more villainous experience can select The Riddler voice directions (voiced by actor Wally Wingert), mood and custom vehicle. Waze users worldwide can experience the Batman theme in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Experience Batman: Caped Crusader Training: Are you ready to team up with Batman? In the week leading up to Batman Day, fans will have a chance to immerse themselves in all things Batman. Each day, visit BatmanDay.com to find new activities, such as DIY cape and cowl instructions, a how-to video about creating your own Bat-Signal, and more!

Batman Virtual 5K/10K Run: Get your cape on and participate in the Batman Virtual 5K or 10K Run/Walk. Launching on August 31 in partnership with RAM Racing, the Batman Virtual Run allows participants to run their own race during the day or under the darkness of night (but with reflective gear for safety!). Registered participants will receive an exclusive collection of Batman-branded gear, including a premium quarter-zip pullover, finisher’s medal, cap and more. Learn more and register at https://dcbatmanrun.com/.

Injustice 2 Mobile will feature back-to-back Batman Arenas, along with a special Classic Batman Invasion Event. Players will also be treated to a free Batman Day Gift and various sales on in-game chests and bundles.

DC Legends will celebrate the protector of Gotham this Batman Day! Players who login on September 19 will receive a special treat, and can check out the store to unlock and boost up their favorite Gotham SuperHero or Supervillain with a promo sale.

DC Universe Online is celebrating Batman Day with an in-game Batwing form change trinket, free for all players, and a new Riddler-inspired aura for members between September 14-20.

DC’s digital subscription service, DC UNIVERSE, will also be celebrating with some exciting news you won’t want to miss!

Batman Around the World: Fans in Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, China and Japan can enjoy special offers, give-aways and exclusives on a variety of Batman comics.

Italy Cartoon Network will host Batman themed programming starting on September 14 on CN+1.

Fans can register now for the virtual Batman run/walk in Brazil (https://www.yescom.com.br/batman).

In Japan, UNIQLO UT will be launching a collection of t-shirts and hoodies featuring Batman and other DC characters by renowned artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, in all UNIQLO stores on September 18.

Fans in the UK will be able to enter competitions for the chance to win Batman bundles.

In addition, there will be retail promotions with partners.

Free Digital Comics & Activity Kits: DC will offer free digital comics including the first chapter of Batman: Curse of the White Knight graphic novel by Sean Gordon Murphy for adults and teens.

Fans of any age can enjoy the free digital editions of Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 and the first chapter of the Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime graphic novel. Readers can find them at DCcomics.com and ReadDC.com as well as Apple, ComiXology.com, Google, Overdrive, Madefire and Nook.

Families can enjoy the timeless DC Super Hero with free activity kits to print at home, available at http://www.BatmanDay.com.

Explore more of the Batman universe with a curated reading list on http://www.BatmanDay.com.

Watch Batman:HBO Max will celebrate with a Batman takeover of the DC Brand Hub from September 18-19.

Key Cartoon Network international territories across APAC and EMEA will host exclusive Batman-themed programming and stunts for kids in September.

Shop Batman: Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC are also joining forces with an extensive list of retail partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, iTunes, Walmart, GameStop and Google Play, among others who will have special Batman promotions.

Global partners such as LEGO, SpinMaster and Funko will release exclusive Batman products in celebration of the DC Super Heroes big day.

Our Batman Day digital comics book sale will feature more than 400 eBooks and 3,000-plus digital comics, discounted as low as 99c for periodicals and as low as $5.99 for ebooks here.

Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is celebrating Batman Day with the Batman 100 Project! Hero commissioned 100+ top artists to do original drawings on DC’s Batman #75, and the originals will be auctioned at Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com/Batman100) September 13-19.

Fans can join in on social media using the hashtag #BatmanDay and visit http://www.BatmanDay.com for the latest news and updates.”

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More about The Multiverse:

WatchVerse: Panels include the official introduction of WBTV’s Batwoman, as well as Superman & Lois, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl, Black Lightning, expanded versions of The Flash (TV) and Titans panels that debuted during Hall of Heroes, and so much more. Plus, keep an eye out for breaking news throughout the day.

InsiderVerse: In the InsiderVerse, fans can go behind the scenes with the master artisans who bring DC to life in all its forms, from comic books to games, TV, movies, theme parks, consumer products and more.

Blerd & Boujee: Blerd & Boujee programming celebrates Blerd (aka “Black nerd”) culture and its impact around the globe, featuring diverse artists, voices, musicians and content.

FunVerse: Fun is the name of the game in the FunVerse, and a perfect place to share your DC fandom. Read hundreds of free digital comics, strike a pose at the selfie station, explore the Joker Escape Room, and much more.

YouVerse: Where FANS are the stars. Check out more than 17,000 fan art, cosplay, and user-generated content submissions from around the world, and don’t forget to vote for your favorites.

All of the above “‘Verses” content can be streamed exclusively at DCFanDome.com and available globally, across desktop and mobile, and in 9 languages.

Key art from various movies, video games, TV series, and more will also be coming to the DC FanDome storefronts on Designed By Humans and Amazon. DC says that new products from Design by Humans and Amazon will include stickers, mouse pads, mugs, wall art and phone accessories.

The second half of DC FanDome is coming on September 12

Shazam 2 will start filming in the first quarter of 2021 according to star Zachary Levi, they have to start soon because as he said on the Dan Fogler 4D Xperience quote “They announced that we were gonna do a sequel pretty much right after we premiered. They knew we were tracking well enough, they were happy enough with the numbers,” “So they have been steadily and earnestly working on the script for the sequel and I think Q1 of next year is the idea.”

“COVID has kind of made everything a little bit up in the air, but very much the intent is to make another one,” “We gotta get to it fast, the kids are growing fast.”

Marvel

Box office report

Variety reports that Sony Pictures TV is working on a live action Silk tv show with Phill Lord and Chris Miller as executive producers. Sony is also looking to get Lauren Moon to write the show, it’s believed that Lauren’s similar heritage to Silk, Korean American will give the show the right insight into Silk’s cultural heritage.

Music Mogul and hip hop recording artist Akon wants to build a city based on Wakanda. The artist announced plans via social media that he is a third of the way to building the six billion dollars he needs to make it happen. The city would be in the west African country of Senegal. On the website for the project it says about Akon City quote “The developed economy aims to adapt future development. The current evolution required a flexible infrastructure to accommodate new real estate development. The fast pace of global changes, economic progress, Poverty, and technology race, continuously causing Senegal to face various new challenges,” “AKONCITY will play a vital role in the quest for solutions to these challenges. The knowledge we generate and the professionals we train are expected, and quite rightly, to help in providing local solutions as well as a critical component of human development.”

The statement continued, “It is these professional’s individuals who develop the capacity and analytical skills that drive local economies, create new industries, support civil society, lead capable governments, and make critical decisions that will affect the entire economy.”For more on this city go to the website for it akoncity dot com, we will have a link to it in the show notes. http://www.akoncity.com

Usually I save the sad news for the end of the broadcast, but this one hit kinda hard. Tonight we remember Actor Chadwick Boseman who passed away after a four year long battle with colon cancer. I think what hit everyone hard was not only was no one really aware of the colon cancer, but that he’s had stage three cancer since 2016. Which means that while he was filming Black Panther, he was in the midst of this.

Let’s start at the beginning, Chadwick Boseman was born in South Carolina on November twenty ninth, 1976. He grew up and went to Howard University in Washington DC and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts for directing. Interestingly enough, one of his teachers was actress Phalicia Rashad. He got his first tv role in 2003 in an episode of Third Watch and he also was a recurring character on All My Children that year, but after voicing concerns about the racist stereotyping in the scripts, he was fired, ironically Michael B Jordan, his futute Black Panther co star would take over the role. He would also appear in Law & Order, CSI NY, ER, Castle, and Fringe. His first movie role was in 2008’s The Express The Ernie Davis Story. In 2013, he was cast as Jackie Robinson in the biopic 42. He also starred in Draft Day and another biopic role in Get on Up, this time as James Brown. In 2016, he got to become a superhero as Black Panther in Captain America Civil War, before he got to star in Black Panther though he played future supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall in the biopic Marshall, which he also co produced.   In 2018 and 2019, he played Black Panther in the Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War and the sequel Avengers Endgame. After that he starred and produced 21 bridges and was cast in the Spike Lee Netflix series Da 5 Bloods. His final projects are the movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Marvel’s What If?. He was just a few months younger than me. He was 43. So if you’re about 45 and older, check with your doctor, Let’s make cancer go away. If you have any of the following symptoms or have a family history, see your doctor now. Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:

A persistent change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool

Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool

Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain

A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely

Weakness or fatigue

Unexplained weight loss

Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. When symptoms appear, they’ll likely vary, depending on the cancer’s size and location in your large intestine.

When to see a doctor

If you notice any persistent symptoms that worry you, make an appointment with your doctor.

Talk with your doctor about when to begin colon cancer screening. Guidelines generally recommend that colon cancer screenings begin around 50. Your doctor may recommend more frequent or earlier screening if you have other risk factors, such as a family history of the disease.

Geek

Semi retired WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio is getting his own cartoon show on Cartoon Network. At the 2020 PixelAtlFestival the following description was given quote “Rey Mysterio will tell the story of one of the most iconic luchador, a figure admired by all and star of the ring, but he will also delve into a great secret: unimaginable forces threaten our world and he will be a fundamental part of that fight. When their number one fan discovers this secret, together they will immerse themselves in a world where the excitement and adrenaline of wrestling coexists with mystery, mythology, history, magic and supernatural beings.” quote  During the panel ReyRey said about the project quote “After 35 years of career and multiple achievements, I was still missing something. I always wanted an animated series with the character of Rey Mysterio and when the Hermanos Calavera presented their idea to me, I was immediately captivated. Working with Cartoon Network has been incredible, I can’t think of anyone better than this group to make this project a reality.”

Archie Comics flagship title, Archie is taking a break ending a streak that lasted seventy eight years. The most recent issue Archie number 713 went on sale back on July twenty ninth and so far no new issues have been announced or solicited marking the first time since 1942 that no new issues have come out. Newsarama reports that this may be caused by the coronavirus pandemic disrupting things. So I guess we’ll just wait and see.

IDW Publishing has a new publisher, the company has announced that former Disney Publishing Worldwide executive editor nachie Marsham will be taking the reigns of the company after previous publisher, Jud Meyers was fired back in August.

Netflix has announced that the new season of Carmen Sandiego, season three will drop on the service on October first. The series second season ending left things wide open for season three.

Nintendo in a new Nintendo Direct announced a celebration of Super Mario’s 35 anniversary. They are releasing Super Mario 3D allstars, a collection of the 3d mario games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy that will be available from September eighteenth  until March 2021. There will be a special 35 player version of Super Mario bros that will be available from October first to the end of March. Also coming in February of 2021 will be Super Mario 3D World Plus Bowsers Fury for the Switch. There will also be Mario Kart Live Home Circuit which allows you to play Mario Kart in real life, the release of Super Mario All Stars on the Nintendo Switch Online and the Game and Watch Super Mario Bros, a fresh take on the classic Game & watch systems of the past. There will also be special items at the Nintendo NY store and store.nintendo.com as well as special events in Super Mario Maker 2, Splatoon 2 Animal Crossing New Horizons and Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

And as we close out the news tonight, we should note the passing of DC Comics artist and cartoon storyboarder Jim Janes.  Jim worked on DC Comics in the early eighties including fifteen issues of Legion of Super-heroes and he storyboarded such animated shows as RoboCop: Alpha Commando, Extreme Ghostbusters, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd century, Exosquad, the animated adaptation of The Karate Kid and 1987’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. , Swamp Thing, Batman: The Animated Series, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: The Animated Series and X-Men: The Animated Series. That’s an impressive set of credentials. He was 72 years old.

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Show Notes Episode 90: Strange New Worlds, Familiar Old Format & Episode 91: FanDome, ThunderDome, DomeDome

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Tonight! Ewan McGregor’s costly divorce, Strange New Worlds with an old format and we remember actor Ben Cross. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse tonight!

Hi Welcome to Multiverse Tonight, I’m your host Thomas Townley.

Star Wars

Disney’s Rogue One prequel series has a co-star for Diego Luna, Adria Arjona has joined the Disney Plus series. Arjona is known for Netflix’s 6 Underground and will be in Sony’s Morbius movie. The series still has yet to be granted a title.

And while we’re on the subject of Disney Plus Star Wars series, According to making star wars dot com, production sources familiar with the Obi-wan series production have indicated that the series will start filming next month with exterior shots filmed somewhere in Southern California.

Maybe production is being sped up because of Ewan McGregor’s divorce settlement. According to various sources, The actor has agreed to split his royalties from all the movies and tv shows he made before May 2017 with this ex-wife, Eve Mavrakis. He will also be handing her alimony to the tune of 35, 868 a month, and 14, 934 a month in child support. He will also be giving her five of his cars, their LA home, and half a million dollars in cash.  Ouch.

This Christmas, Disney Plus is gifting us with a new Star Wars Holiday Special, this time instead of a goofy live-action one it will be The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special. The forty-five minute show will feature the animated Legos in the spirit of the original 1978 special. According to executive producer Josh Rimes quote “We wanted to give a wink and a nod to the original,” “It’s a celebration of the saga. A lot of characters will be interacting with different characters and perhaps even different versions of themselves at different ages.”  unquote The story will involve Rey and BB-8 heading out on a quest to quote “gain a deeper knowledge of the Force, but their visit to a mysterious Jedi Temple sends them careening through time and space.” unquote The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special will be released on November seventeenth on Disney Plus.

The Clone Wars might be over but there’s still more to be told in audiobook form. The animated cast members are providing their voices to the audiobook edition of Star Wars The Clone Wars Stories of Light and Dark anthology. Returning to reprising their roles are Corey Burton (Cad Bane and Count Dooku), Nika Futterman (Asajj Ventress), Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Catherine Taber (Padmé Amidala), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and Sam Witwer (Maul). The book has ten stories retelling episodes from Clone Wars and a new Nightsisters story. The book goes on sale on August twenty-fifth.

Star Trek

If you’re in the mood for more Picard, there are plenty of tie ins to go and things to buy. First off is the Picard season one soundtrack on oldfashioned vinyl.. The limited-edition release is pressed on two 140 gram ‘Transparent Green W/ Splatter’ vinyl platters, and features printed inner sleeves and a gatefold jacket. The vinyl release comes out on October 9th and can be bought for $32.98. There will also be a 2021 calendar so you can mark the time till next season. And the show is coming to Blu-ray, it arrives on October sixth.  In November, we get the book Star Trek The Wisdom of Jean-Luc Picard from Simon & Shusters Adams Press and edited by Chip Carter. The book has 208 pages and will be out on November tenth.

Star Trek Strange New Worlds will be a different format than Picard and Discovery, one that’s more familiar to older Trek fans. Episodic. Alex Kurtzman participating in the Deadline Emmy Contenders panel updated everyone about the new series taking place on Pike’s Enterprise quote I think Strange New Worlds, under the guidance of Henry Myers and Akiva Goldsman, it’s going to be a return in a way to TOS [Star Trek: The Original Series]. We are going to do stand-alone episodes. There will be emotional serialization. There will be two-parters. There will be larger plot arcs. But it really is back to the model of alien-of-the-week, planet-of-the-week, challenge-on-the-ship-of-the-week. With these characters pre-Kirk’s Enterprise. I think what people responded so much to in all three characters is this kind of relentless optimism that they have. And that they are at the young phase of their careers. unquote, He also spoke about Pike keeping his optimism despite having knowledge of his fate learned during his time on Discovery. Quote That Pike, who has experienced this extraordinary trauma, which he is famous for. It is how he knows how he is going to die. The idea is, how does a character who knows how he is going to die live optimistically from that point on and lead a ship? It’s a great question. I have never seen a show where a character knew that already. You have to have an inherent optimism in your world view in order to say, “I am going to get up every morning knowing how it is going to end for me.” And still, lead everybody to be the best versions of themselves. Unquote  

Alex Kurtzman in an interview with Gold Derby noted that writing is ahead of schedule on the Trek Productions at the moment. The Discovery writer’s room has already started on season four of the series and that Strange New Worlds is scheduled to begin production next year. He told them quote “We’ve been running all of our writers’ rooms on Zoom, and the silver lining is that we’ve been actually been able to get quite ahead on the scripts for upcoming seasons of Discovery, and Picard, and Strange New Worlds, which is going to be shooting next year, and Section 31.” unquote He also talked about how the pandemic slowed post-production on Discovery, including having the musicians recording their instruments individually and having Jeff Russo having to mix it all together. Season Three of Discovery starts on October fifteenth.

Next year might see more Trek and a new name for CBS All Access. A new profile on Financial Times about ViacomCBS Chairperson Shari Redstone reports that the media conglomerate has a shortlist for a new super streamer and the leading contender is Paramount Plus. The apparent motivation for rebranding CBS All Access is that management believes that the CBS name skews older and that the Paramount name might have a broader appeal. After all, they did rebrand the SpikeTV channel into the Paramount Network.

David Tennant, during a Reddit AMA session, said that he would like to have a part in the Star Trek Universe. This wouldn’t be too far to go for Tennant after all he’s been Doctor Who, he’s been a part of the Marvel universe on Jessica Jones and a part of the Harry Potter universe as well.  Maybe they can make him a part of Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds, or a part of Section 31.   Anywhere they could put him, he’d probably be great.

Nichelle Nichols’s family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help sue her former caretaker who they allege financially abused her while pretending to protect her interests. All funds raised will pay for the legal fees and has a goal of 100,000 dollars, right now it’s about 64 percent to its goal. For more information about it look up the Shields Up, Nichelle Nichols! GoFundMe campaign or click on the link in the show notes. https://www.gofundme.com/f/shields-up-nichelle-nichols

Well while we’re on legal news, we have a final judgment in the Star Trek Discovery Tardigrade case. If you’ll recall in my past episodes, I talked about how Tardigrade video game Anas Abdin claimed that the Tardigrade story in the first season of Star Trek Discovery was similar to the story in his video game Tardigrades. The US District Court in the Southern District of New York dismissed his claims back in September, it was appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and they have come back affirming that CBS and Netflix did not infringe on the work of Mister Abdin because the works aren’t similar enough and that the use of Tardigrades aren’t enough saying quote “Abdin’s space-traveling tardigrade is an unprotectable idea because it is a generalized expression of a scientific fact—namely, the known ability of a tardigrade to survive in space,” the court said. “By permitting Abdin to exclusively own the idea of a space-traveling tardigrade, this Court would improperly withdraw that idea from the public domain and stifle creativity naturally flowing from the scientific fact that tardigrades can survive the vacuum of space.” The court also found that the elements of the Tardigrade game were uncopyrightable stock themes from scifi and that his human characters weren’t similar enough to the Discovery ones. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ip-law/cbs-beats-copyright-claims-over-star-trek-discovery

The next Star Trek novel is up for preorder, Greg Cox brings us Star Trek A Contest of Principles, the book sees the crew of the Enterprise split between competing missions. While Captain Kirk is observing elections on a newly democratic planet, while Spock is searching for Doctor McCoy after Bones is kidnapped from a nearby planet and is being forced to study a deadly sickness. Here’s the blurb quote “An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox set during the original five-year mission!

The planet Vok is holding its first free elections after years of oppressive military rule. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise have been dispatched by Starfleet to serve as impartial observers, but remaining neutral proves a challenge, as Kirk confronts a tangled web of scandal, conspiracy, and assassination plots—with the stability of an entire sector at stake.To make matters worse, Dr. Leonard McCoy has vanished while on a mission of mercy to Braco, a nearby planet only a system away. With Kirk unable to abandon his vital mission on Vok to hunt for his friend, it’s up to First Officer Spock and Christine Chapel to lead a team in search of the missing doctor, even if it means risking whatever fate befell McCoy.

Unknown to his friends and crewmates, however, McCoy has been spirited away to another world, Ozalor, where he’s expected to find a cure for a mysterious ailment plaguing a member of the planet’s ruling family. Torn between his Hippocratic oath and his desire to escape, McCoy finds himself at the center of deadly palace intrigues—and a struggle for power that may ultimately consume all three worlds! Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels and short stories. He has also written the official movie novelizations of War for the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and the first three Underworld movies, as well as books and stories based on such popular series as Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI, Farscape, The 4400, Leverage, The Librarians, Roswell, Terminator, Warehouse 13, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Zorro. He has received three Scribe Awards from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, as well as the Faust Award for Life Achievement.”

Star Trek: A Contest of Principles goes on sale on November 10th.

Geek

Oscar-nominated director Garth Davis will be directing the second sequel to Tron. The movie has been languishing in development hell since 2017 with Jared Leto attached to star. Mr. Leto on Instagram posted quote “I’m struck with such gratitude for the opportunity to bring this movie to life, especially as both the original video game and the film affected me so deeply as a young child,” “The fact that I get to be a part of this new chapter is mind-blowing.” unquote  Tron Legacy made 400 million and enough interest to make a sequel. No expected release date yet.

Netflix has bought a trilogy of Fear Street movies from Disney. The movies are based on the RL Stine teen horror series. The movies are already complete having been produced by Fox and originally intended for release this past June, but they were pulled due to the pandemic. The Fear Street books are based in a fictional Ohio city. No word on when they will be released.

The Nutty Professor is getting a reboot, Project X Entertainment’s James Vanderbilt, William Sherak and Paul Neinstein have landed the rights to it, they previously rebooted the Scream franchise. No studio is attached to it yet.

Hey, there’s actually a box office to report on. Let’s start at number 9. Back to the Future with 140,000. 8 is Jurassic Park with 180,000 7. Peninsula with 210,000. 6. Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back with 230,000. Number five Cut Throat City 240,000. Number four the Goonies with 260,000. Number 3 Words on Bathroom Walls with 462,000, number two The SpongeBob Movie Sponge On the run with 550,000 and number one with a bullet Unhinged which comes in with four million 60 thousand.

Tonight we remember actor Ben Cross, who passed away after a battle with cancer on August eighteenth from cancer. He will best be known for movies like 1981’s Chariots of Fire, 1995’s First Knight, 2004’s Exorcist The Beginning, and his role as Sarek in 2009’s Star Trek. His television credits include The short-lived remake of Dark Shadows in 1991, appearances on the 80’s Twilight Zone, The Ray Bradbury Theater, Tales from The Crypt, Poltergeist The Legacy and Twelve Monkeys. He is survived by his wife and two children from his first marriage. He was 72.

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Tonight! What came from DC’s first Fandome, Marvel puts Wolverine in three colors and theaters open up, but is it a good idea? All that and more on the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 91 of Multiverse Tonight!

DC

DC Fandome. Here are the highlights. 

The Batman had a trailer and it was revealed that the movie is only 30 percent shot, the film is scheduled for 2021.

A trailer was shown for Wonder Woman 84.

A trailer was shown for Justice League The Snyder Cut and it looked damn good. But be prepared for a long show it will be put up on HBO MAX in four hourlong installments.

The new game Gotham Knights was revealed, it’s a co-op adventure game starring Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood fighting to protect Gotham City after the apparent death of Batman. They will face the Court of Owls and other members from the Dark Knights’ rogue gallery.

The Flash movie was revealed. With Barry Allen getting a new Batman made costume and confirmation that The Flash will be time traveling in order to change the DC Multiverse. They also hinted at revisiting classic DC Movies with concept art showing the flash teaming up with Michael Keaton’s Batman.

At the Suicide Squad panel, James Gunn revealed every character for the movie Idris Elba plays Bloodsport

Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn

Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller

Sean Gunn plays Weasel

Pete Davidson plays Blackguard

Daniela Melchior plays Ratcatcher 2

Joel Kinnaman plays Colonel Rick Flag

Nathan Fillion plays TDK

Jai Courtney plays Captain Boomerang

Steve Agee plays the on-set King Shark and John Economos

Mayling Ng plays Mongal

David Dastmalchian plays Polka-Dot Man

Alice Braga plays Sol Soria

John Cena plays Peacemaker

Juan Diego Botto plays Presidente General Silvio Luna

Peter Capaldi plays The Thinker

Michael Rooker plays Savant

Flula Borg plays Javelin

Joaquín Cosío is Mayor General Mateo Suarez

Jennifer Holland plays Emilia Harcourt

Storm Reid plays Tyla

Gunn said that this was quote “by far the most fun I’ve ever had making a movie,” unquote  He also confirmed on twitter quote I can confirm #TheSuicideSquad is 100%, zero interference, no-holds-barred ME, &, again, I can’t wait for you guys to get a glimpse of it at #DCFanDome. (Yes, I’m pimping FanDome a lot, but that’s because I know how exciting it’s going to be – for my film & other stuff too!😬) unquote 

A Suicide Squad game was already reveled from Rocksteady Studios. It’s another co-op game and will be out in 2022 for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Black Adam was teased with Dwayne Johnson revealing that along with Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher we will see the Justice Society of America, no casting news year but the cast will include Hawkman, Cyclone and Doctor Fate.

Conversely, Shazam 2’s panel revealed that it will be called Shazam Fury of the Gods and will be out in November of 2022.

Aquaman w was teased only with a note from James Wan that it was quote “a little bit more serious, a little bit more relevant to the world that we’re living in today.” unquote 

Sandman on Netflix’s panel had Neil Gaiman saying that the show will be faithful to the books, but slightly looser and that the pandemic has allowed for more work on the scripts.

Titans season three will see Jason Todd becoming the Red Hood and will see Barbara Gordon becoming GCPD commissioner and Dr. Jonathan Crane’s Scarecrow making an appearance on the show. 

The Milestone imprint is making a return 

All isn’t sunshine and lollipops at DC WarnerMedia has laid off dozens from the company including editor-in-chief Bob Harris, senior VP of publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, VP global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham, and executive editor Mark Doyle, who oversaw the rollout of the Black Label graphic novels. Jim Lee remains the CCO. According to sources about a third of the editors are getting laid off. Insiders have also told the Hollywood reporter that a majority of the staff at DC Universe are gone as well, seeming to indicate that the streaming service might not be long for this world. Also gone is DC Direct, the in house merchandising and collectibles arm, ending its 22-year long history of making green lantern rings and batarangs. 

In the interim DC Comics has named Marie Javins and Michele Wells as Interim Editors in Chief. Javins was in charge of digital strategy at DC and Wells was head of the Young Adult Imprint. In an interview about that change with the Holly wood Reporter, DC Publisher Jim Lee said quote “We thought it would be a great pairing to bring them together to help draft and organize the content we’re doing along these lines,” Lee said. “Across digital, across global, we want to make sure we have diversity and inclusivity and making it in a way that we have authenticity to the storytelling that we’re doing.

“It’s really about consolidating all of our efforts and having every editors involved in all these directives and also organizing, broadly speaking, in content that is for kids 6 to 11 and then 12 to 45,” he continued. “It’s about consolidating format and oversight to a smaller, more concentrated editorial group.”. Unquote He also confirmed that comics at DC aren’t dead and that they are very much in the business of making comics. They will just be making less comics saying quote …we will be reducing the size of the slate. But it’s about looking at everything and looking at the bottom 20 percent, 25 percent of the line that wasn’t breaking even or was losing money. It’s about more punch for the pound, so to speak, and increasing the margins of the books that we are doing. It was about aligning the books to the franchise brand content we’ve developed and making sure that every book we put out, we put out for a reason. unQuote  He also disputed the rumor that DC will be only selling trades and that Marvel will start publishing DC’s comics. 

There’s a lot more of this interview, if you want to read it, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dcs-jim-lee-companys-future-we-are-still-business-publishing-comics-1307413?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

The Joker’s new sidekick Punchline is getting her own origin story one-shot. Punchline number one arrives in November. The issue is written by Batman writer and Punchline co-creator James Tynion IV and Sam Johns and has art from Mirka Andolfo with a cover by Yasmine Putri and a variant cover by Frank Cho. The story follows the consequences of her role in the joker war. Quote Punchline is the story of Alexis Kaye, and how she’ll take Leslie Thompkins, Harper Row, and Cullen Row on a harrowing journey that reveals her radicalization to The Joker’s ideology. Unquote It’ll be out on November tenth.

This  December DC Comics is releasing Through the ’80s The end of eras hardcover and it will include the entire text of Alan Moore’s unproduced Twilight of the Superheroes proposal… Twilight of the Superheroes was something that Moore proposed before he left DC in 87. Twilight would have restored the Multiverse and would have taken place in a future ruled by superhero dynasties and chronicled the final battle between heroes, villains and aliens. The hardcover will also feature issues from various 80’s DC comics as well as essays. It comes out on December fifteenth and costs 49.99.

Swamp Thing will premiere on The CW on October sixth with a 90-minute premiere. It was canceled by DC Universe, but don’t expect it to get a second season on The CW. CW President Mark Pedowitz said in May quote “At the moment, it’s just the one season,” “I do not know if it would come back. Obviously that would be a discussion for Warner Bros. and The CW. But at this time, Swamp Thing is just the episodes we have.” unquote, In other words, big ratings might be enough to get a second season. So if you really want it, show up for it.

Marvel

Marvel Comics is exiting the Age of Khonshu and is welcoming us to Enter The Phoenix. Here’s the official teaser quote “Keep an eye on Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s latest Avengers epic, THE AGE OF KHONSHU for startling revelations about Moon Knight amidst a thunderous clash with a disgruntled god bent on reshaping the world in his image! Then, gear up for the grand return of the cosmic chaos-bringer of life and death in Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s ENTER THE PHOENIX, on sale in December!”

Marvel Comics is making a new anthology series, Wolverine: Black, White, and Blood. The series will see stores drawn in Black and White with just a splash of Red. Launching in November, each issue has three stories taking place at various points in our heroes life. Episode one will have a story with Gerry Duggan and Adam Kubert taking place at Weapon X, Matthew Rosenberg and Joshua Cassara show Wolverine undercover with Nick Fury and Declan Shalvey gets Logan into a deadly trap. Future issues of Wolverine: Black, White & Blood include stories by Vita Ayala, Chris Claremont, Saladin Ahmed, Donny Cates, Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Greg Land, Salvador Larroca, Kev Walker, Chris Bachalo, Leonard Kirk, and others. The series starts this November.

Geek

Theaters are opening back up and it looks like new movies like THe New Mutants and Tenet will finally hit the big screen, but is it such a good idea to go? Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson doesn’t think so. He took to twitter to push for everyone to stay home instead quote “Don’t go see Tenet or any other movie in theater. There, I said it,” unquote. I think he might be right, I frankly won’t be going unless it’s a matinee with very very few people or if we can get this under control with a vaccine.

New York Comicon is …yep…you guessed it going virtual. The online event will take place from October 8th to the 11th via their Youtube channel, the first panels to be announced are Star Trek American Gods and Hulu/FX. Fans will get to interact with the panels via Youtube live chat and ReedPops Discord channel. Reed Pop will also have a virtual marketplace for autographs, videos, and professional workshops.

Brandon Lee’s costume from The Crow has sold at auction for 25,000 according to Kruse GWS Auctions. The distressed black shirt, leather pants, and trench coat were worn in multiple scenes in the 1994 classic. The star died after being accidentally shot during the making of the film. 

Apple and Google have both banned Fortnite from their respective app stores. Publisher Epic Games is now suing both Apple and Google. In a statement to Deadline dot com Apple said quote “Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines,” Apple said in a statement provided to Deadline. “We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.” unquote Apparently this is over Epic allowing people to skip the Apple and Google stores and allow players to pay Epic directly.

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Show Notes: Episode 88 – Robots. Now with Feeling Skin! & Episode 89 – Will We Ever See the New Mutants?

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Tonight! Warner Herzog takes a break, Paramount puts the breaks on one of the Star Trek movies and Genre TV does well at the Emmy nominations. All that and more on the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight episode 88. I’m on vacation from my day job this week, gonna try to catch up on some books and movies that have been piling up. One thing I haven’t been missing is Star Trek Lower Decks. I loved the first episode, very funny, full of Star Trek references. This show should be taken as a love letter to the history of Star Trek. Stop thinking about it as a serious show, it’s not it’s a comedy, it’s not here to be an allegory or a morality tale, think of it as the dish of ice cream. I am looking forward to the entire season, well done CBS. Let’s get on with the news.

Star Wars

The Mandalorian novel from Del Rely has been delayed. The novel by Adam Christopher will now be out in the fall of 2021.

Spekind of the Mandalorian, Wwarner Herzog plans on taking a break from acting to get back to his own films. Speaking with the BFI at Home series on Youtube. He said “I have done a lot more acting recently, and I have to review it, because it takes away too much attention from the real things that I’m doing.” unquote. His documentary Fireball has been acquired by Apple TV Plus.

The new Star wars game show Star Wars Jedi temple Challenge host Ahmed Best speaking with the Coffee with Kenobi podcast revealed the origins of his character on the show Kelleran Beq saying quote “In my idea of Kelleran Beq, the reason why he has a purple lightsaber and the purple kyber crystal is because, in my mind, purple lightsaber wielders have an intimate relationship with both the Light Side and the Dark Side,” Best revealed to Coffee With Kenobi. “It takes a special Jedi to be able to balance those two.”

He added, “‘Kelleran’ is a name that I came up with because I like this idea of names being derivatives. ‘Wilhelm’ automatically turns into ‘William’ after generations and generations and accents change and regions change and I wanted to find a way to tie the sequels and the prequels together in Kelleran Beq. And I played a character, because of Anthony Daniels, in [Star Wars:] Attack of the Clones named ‘Achk Med-Beq,’ which was so duly named, and ‘Kelleran,’ to me, sounds like the origins of the name ‘Kylo Ren,’ so I wanted to have Kelleran be the root name to Kylo Ren and as you go down generations, you get to Kylo Ren.” unquote Okay.

The comic book Star Wars Doctor Aphra, won the award for Outstanding Comic Book at the GLAAD Awards, it beat out BOOM!’s The Avant-Guards and Lumberjanes, Comixology’s Liebestrasse, DC Comics’ Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, First Second’s Bloom and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Image’s Crowded and The Wicked + The Divine, and Marvel’s Runaways. Doctor Aphra was created for the Star Wars Darth Vader comic. The Doctor is a morally amibquous acchelogist and a lesbian.

PS5 and Xbox Series X players will be getting a  Star Wars game. Star Wars Squadron is coming to the next gen consoles, however it will not have any upgrades over it’s planned versions on PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the blurb “Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience Star Wars: Squadrons. Buckle up and feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron. Pilots who enlist will step into the cockpits of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets and fight in strategic 5 vs. 5 space battles. Modify your starfighter and adjust the composition of your squadron to suit varying playstyles and crush the opposition. Pilots will triumph as a team and complete tactical objectives across known and never-before-seen battlefields, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.” Star Wars Squadron Will be out on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October second and on PS5 and Xbox Series X sometime in November.

A bit of science news now, usually we talk of Star Trek inspiring scientific advances, this time it’s Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic hand that has inspired researchers at the National University of Singapore to bring the feeling of touch to electronic skin. According to scientists at the university they have built electronic skin that can be used by robots and prosthetic limbs that recreate the sense of touch. The e-skin known as Asynchronous Coded electronic Skin consists of a network of sensors that are connected via a single electrical conductor and can give the robots or humans with a prosthetic limb  the ability to feel pain, temperature, shape and texture. Assistant professor Benjamin Tee in an interview with Reuters said quote “When you lose your sense of touch, you essentially become numb … and prosthetic users face that problem,”

“So by recreating an artificial version of the skin, for their prosthetic devices, they can hold a hand and feel the warmth and feel that it is soft, how hard are they holding the hand.” unquote This would be a big boost to amputees, very nice. 

Star Trek

Breaking News! Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios announced that award-winning director and producer Ben Hibon (Codehunters) would direct, co-executive produce, and act as the creative lead of Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated series Star Trek: Prodigy. The CG-animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning, and salvation.

Paramount Pictures has decided to not go ahead with Noah Hawley’s Star Trek movie. If you’ll remember Hawley’s movie was given the greenlight by the studio.. The studio had also been working on a movie with Quentin tarantino, no word on the fate of that one. No word on the next movie in the franchise or if they’ll just stick to tv shows for now.

Congratulations to Sonequa Martin Green on the birth of her daughter Saraiyah Chaunte Green. Sonequa shared the news on Instagram with photos of her and her husband Kenric Green. On Instagram, Martin-Green writes, “We welcomed our sweet baby girl last Sunday, July 19th at 8:32 in the morning. It was a profoundly beautiful home birth, and now both of our children have been born in the water. We never felt that anything was missing, but now that she’s here, we feel a perfect sense of completeness. Her name is Saraiyah Chaunté Green, she’s got Mommy’s initials and Mommy’s middle name. She’s utterly perfect, just like her brother. Thanks be to Yeshua, she’s the final piece to our Love-given puzzle.” unquote.

Star Trek Lower Decks is out and animation studio Titmouse has started an exclusive t-shirt club featuring ten  exclusive shirts, one for each new episode. Each shirt is available for one week between each new episode and then it’s gone forever. . You can get them at titmousestuff.com for $20 dollars. 

Geek

Courteney Cox is returning to the  role of Gale Weathers for the upcoming Scream reboot. Spyglass Media Group and Paramount made the announcement  and they also said filming should start later this year in Wilmington, NC. The movie is being directed by directors Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett with a script written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Courtney is joined by David Arquette.

Christopher Eccleston will be reprising the role of the Ninth Doctor for the Audio series Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish Productions and BBC Studios. The audio series will be released as four separate box sets each with three episodes The first will be released in May 2021. No plot details at this time. Eccleston in a statement said quote “After 15 years, it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing” No word on any plot details.Each volume will run about two hundred forty minutes and have a price point of 19.99 with the entire series will cost 88 dollars.

The Emmy nominations were announced The Mandalorian walked away with fifteen nominations including Drama Series, Sound Mixing, Special Effects, stunt coordination, cinematography, fantasy or sci fi costumes, sound editing, voice over, production design, 3 nominations for outstanding single-camera picture editing drama, outstanding prosthetic makeup, music and Guest Actor in a drama for Giancarlo Esposito

Watchmen made off with the most nominations of any show with 26 nominations including limited series, lead actor in a limited series or movie for Jeremy IronsLead Actress in a limited series for Regina King,Supporting actor and actress nominations for Yahya Abdual-Mateen II, Jovan Adepo, Louis Gossett Jr. and Jean Smart and several technical emmy nominations. Also receiving nominations were The Good Place, Westworld, Big Mouth, Central Park, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers , Rick and Morty, BoJack Horseman, Robot Chicken, The Handmaid’s Tale, What we do in the shadows and more. The Emmy Awards Will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC on September twenty. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/emmys-2020-nominations-complete-list-1234715939/

Tonight we say goodbye to the legendary pitchman for Quaker Oats and actor Wilford Brimley. Anthony Wilford Brimley was born in Salt Lake City on September twenty seventh 1934. He dropped out of high scheel at the age of fourteen and worked as a cowboy. He joined the Marines during the Korean War and served in the Aleutian Islands for three years. He also later worked as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes, a ranch hand, wrangler and a blacksmith. While blacksmithing for film and television, at the encouragement of his friend actor Robert Duvall, he started acting during the 1960’s as an extra and stunt man in Westerns like Bandolero and True Grit. His big break came when he was cast on The 70’s tv series The Waltons showing up in eight episodes. From there he starred in films such as The China Syndrome, The Thing, Cocoon, Remo Williams The Adventure Begins, Cocoon The Return, The firm among others. His television roles included appearances on Kung Fu, the tv film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, Walker Texas Ranger and Seinfeld. He also was a frequent star in commercials for Quaker Oats, Liberty Medical and the American Diabetes Association. Wilford was diagnosed with type II diabetes in 1979. Wilford came down with a kidney condition in June of 2020 and died on August first in a hospital in St George Utah, he was eighty five.

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Tonight! Looking forward to the next Wonder Woman movie, Could the New Mutants get pushed back once again? And what’s Pixar’s next film? All that and more on the comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 89 of Multiverse Tonight. I’m your host Thomas Townley. If you’re listening to this the week it comes out, well I’m on vacation. I was supposed to be at Planet Comicon this week, but well I’ve covered that in the last episode. Frankly, I’m just happy to have an extended period of time off from work, I’m starting to get annoyed having to answer the same questions over and over again. Where is blank? Do you have blank? Etcetera, Etcetera. 

However, it’s nice to be able to sit back in my easy chair and read a book or watch a movie or show that I haven’t gotten to. Well let’s see what we’ve got in the news.

DC

The Flash movie will be a time travel film according to Director Andy Muschettii, it’s been proposed that the movie will be a soft reboot of the DC Universe movie franchise. Muschietti in a radio interview said quote “It is a story of time travel: Flash travels back to try to save his mother,” Muschietti said. “It is a spectacular action movie but it has a big heart.” unquote So this makes me wonder how his version will differ from the animated version of the same story? Any ideas?

Warner Bros and DC Comics have announced a new animated movie with a twist. Batman: Death in the Family based on the 1988 comic book event which featured a call in to decide if Robin number 2, Jason Todd lived or died at the hands of the Joker, he, well, died.  This new version will be updated for the present with an interactive Blu-ray that will allow the viewer to make the famous choice using their remote control. Also on the Blu-ray will be four new animated shorts featuring Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death and The Phantom Stranger. The Blu0ray will be out on October thirteenth for 24.98.

The Harley Quinn animated series is now out on HBO Max, both seasons one and two have been put up on the new streaming service so fans who haven’t had the opportunity to see it can now watch it. This is leading to speculation about the demise of the DC Universe app, but so far no indications about it’s collapse have been forthcoming.

A little business news here, Could EA be hinting at an acquisition of WB Games? The Warner Bros owned game studio has been rumored to have a for sale sign on it. The hint came during EA’s quarterly investor call when EA CGO Blake Jorgensen said that quote it;s more interested than ever” unquote at acquiring studios and that any future acquisitions would include big assets. If EA bought Warner Games it would get IP like Mortal Combat and license to make games based on LEGO, Harry Potter , Game of Thrones and the DC Universe. Other rumored parties interested in acquiring WB Games are Activision, Take Two Interactive and Microsoft. If such a deal goes down, I’ll let you know.

Wonder Woman 2 hasn’t even been able to get into theaters but Wonder Woman 3 is already being thought of. Last month director Patty Jenkins said that she’d paused on development of the third film. However in an interview with German publication Geek, Ms. Jenkins revealed that Wonder Woman number 3 will most likely be her final run with the character. Saying quote “[Wonder Woman 1984] gave me a chance to do a lot of things that I couldn’t accommodate in the first movie.” . “I was so happy to tell the Wonder Woman origin story. It was almost her birth, but we really haven’t seen what she is capable of. It is exciting for me to show her at the peak of her strength. But it is also very important that she fights an internal struggle: she is a Goddess and tries to help humanity. She is not only someone who fights evil, she tries to show bad people how to improve. It’s an interesting dilemma.”

“The next one is probably my last Wonder Woman movie,” , “so I have to put everything I want to show there. We have to think carefully.”

Lucifer season five comes to Netflix on August twenty first and it’s about to get a little meta. Accoring to TVLine, Episode Three deals with a murder taking place on the set of a Warner Bros tv show about a quote devilish hunk and his police detective paramour. 

DC Comics in puting the Wildstorm series Gen13 back in print.

The series was a massive hit back in the 90s and will now be avaliable in a new Deluxe edition hardcover coming next year. The new trade will be called Gen13: Starting over and will be out in May of 2021 and will be a reprinting of the previous collected editin from 2002, but with new trade dress and cover. 

DC Fandome, DC’s virtual comic con has revealed its lineup of hosts, presenters and special guests. Names include Adam Brody, Amy Smart, Brandon Vietti, Brenton Thwaites, Brett Dalton, Chris Pine, Christopher Priest, Cress Williams, Conor Leslie, Dan Jurgens, Damon Lindelof, Danica McKellar, David F. Sandberg, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, G. Willow Wilson, Grant Morrison, Greg Berlanti, Greg Weisman, Idris Elba, James Gunn, Jason Fabok, James Wan, Minka Kelly, Mark Waid, Marc Guggenheim, Kode (BossLogic) Abdo, Nathan Fillion, Patty Jenkins, Tara Strong, Timothy Dalton, Tom King, Val Kilmer, Viola Davis, Zachary Levi and Zack Snyder. The event takes place on Saturday August 22nd starting at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time. Go to DCFANDOME.com for more information.

Marvel

Will The New Mutants ever see the light of day? The film is supposed to be out on August 28th of this year, however promotional materials for the movie from Taiwan are casting some doubt on that being an absolute.  The promo’s there changed from August 28th to  the always ambiguous Coming Soon.

SOme have wondered if it might just go straight to say Disney Plus, however Director Josh Boone says that’s not an option saying quote “With most movies, you sign contracts that guarantee a theatrical release, so it needs to open to ever go digital in the first place,” Boone says. “We just, too, would like to see people to see it in the theater. But it needs to obviously be at the right time when it’s safe to go back.”  unquote. So in other words, it needs to be in theaters first.

Well while we wait for that, production must go on. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has gone back into production in Australia according to a news station in the country. They sent the crew back to work constructing sets for the picture and they reported that the cast has returned as well. The movie was in production when the pandemic hit forcing a halt to the production as well as pushing the release date from February 2021 to May 2021.Shang-Chi will star Simu Liu in the titular role with Tony Leung as The Mandarin and also starring Awkwafina and RFonny Cheng.

Marvel’s new digital game, MArvel Duel has launched in select markets in Thailand, INdonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. The game is a strategy card game where you create a roster of heroes and villains to collect and battle with. “The power to save the Marvel universe is in your hands! Marvel Duel is a fast-paced strategy card game featuring the world’s greatest Super Heroes and Super Villains,” an overview of the game said. “A mysterious evil force has altered the most iconic events of Marvel history. Restore the universe by summoning your favorite characters and outsmarting your opponents with effective strategies! Assemble your deck, save the universe!” unquote However don’t plan on playing it soo, The game was never intended for a global release, so it might be a fame just for those markets. 

According to a report from Business Insider, in 2017, Marvel apparently considered taking the Spider-man title of off Miles Morales. Laging sales caused the publisher to explore possible phasing out the common legacy superhero names for it’s younger more diverse characters and replacing them with new code names. According to former Marvel assistant editor Charles Beacham quote “It would have made him less important,” Charles Beacham, a former assistant editor at Marvel who addressed the diversity concerns in the story, said. “He becomes Spider-Man with an asterisk. It takes away the power for kids who relate to this character.” unquote However as you well know, Marvel didn’t go through with it. Good call.

Geek

IDW Publisher Jud Meyers has been ouster from his posistion at the head of IDW after only three weeks on the job. Late Friday night, IDW put out a short statement to the press saying that it had quote parted ways with Jud Meyers unquote Before his ousting he had been places on administrative leave and IDW president Jerry Bennington has been acting as publisher in the meantime. 

Pixar has announced its next Feature Film, Luca. The movie will take place on the Italian Riviera and feature the coming of age story of a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer.  Here’s the official press release quote Pixar Animation Studios announced today that its next feature film release will be Luca. Directed by Academy Award®️ nominee Enrico Casarosa (La Luna) and produced by Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3), Luca is set to open in U.S. theaters June 18, 2021.Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.

“This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in Luca,” director Enrico Casarosa said in a statement. “So in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian seaside, our film will feature an unforgettable summer adventure that will fundamentally change Luca.”

Luca arrives in theaters on June eighteenth 2021.

Funko is looking back with it’s Retro Toy line of Funko Pops based on classic Mattel and Hasbro toys. Including Barbie, GiJoe, Stretch Armstrong, Operation,Play-doh, My Pet Monster and  Mr. Potato Head. You can grab them from your favorite retailer or grab some exclusive ones including Mr. Monopoly at Target.

Twenty two years after it’s last episode Animaniacs is back. The series debuts on Hulu on Friday November twentieth. There will be thirteen new episodes featuring Yakko, Wakko, Dot and Pinky and the Brain. And remember grownups, it’s not meant for you, but for your kids. 

I’d like to close tonight noting the passage of WWE Superstar Kamala. Who has passed away at the age of seventy this past saturday. New of his passing was broken by the twitter for the Cauliflower Alley Club saying quote The CAC family wishes to extend our sincerest condolences to the family friends and fans the world over upon the news that the legendary James “Kamala” Harris has passed away at the age of 70. Rest in Peace James.” unquote. He made his debut in 1978 and worked for Continental Wrestling Association, Mid-South Wrestling and World Class Championship Wrestling before making his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1984. He worked for the WWF in the late eighties and early nineties and would make sporadic appearances later, usually in gimmick battle royals. His last match was in 2006. His health deteriorated in his later years, high blood pressure and diabetes cost him his legs in 2012. So here’s to you Kamala, the Ugandan Giant.

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What do you do when there’s no Comicon and you have vacation time scheduled? Catch up.

So, I’ve been off this week, I was supposed to be at Planet Comicon 2020 Take 2, of course, that didn’t happen.

So what do you do when you have a week off from work? Catch up. I’ve been trying to catch up on shows and movies I’ve missed. I’ve watched Tron Legacy the other day, I wasn’t impressed. I finally sat down and watched the first episode of Brave New World in Peacock, I thought it was interesting enough to keep watching.

I’ve also been putting together goodie boxes to give away at future comicons. I’ve got about a dozen put together, If you’d like one, donate and I might just send you one, they’re full of all sorts of geeky things.

Other than that, I hope you are well and let’s finish out the year better than we entered it.

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Show Notes: Episode 86:The Trek To 2021 & Episode 87: We Can Be Heroes

Tonight! James McAvoy wants another of Patrick Stewart’s roles, Star Wars movies get moved and some news tidbits from Comicon the home game, all that and more on this sci fi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the Scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight episode 86. Well we’re getting deep into summer now. Too bad, we can’t go to the movies really. If the year ended right now Bad Boys four life would be the number one film of the year.  Kinda sad really. I actually got to go to an actual movie theater and see a movie the other week. My mother in law rented out the local theater here in Kingman to have a mask required screening of Bohemian Rhapsody. Very good movie. Well let’s see what’s in the news today starting with Star Trek news. 

Star Trek

James McAvoy wants to take over for Patrick Stewart again, this time not as Professor Xavier, but as Jean-Luc Picard. Talking with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, The Scottish star  said quote ‘Jimmy, that is the only world that exists, in which I play a young Jean-Luc Picard,’

‘Any other world is just an alternate reality in a bad episode of Star Trek. It’s happening!’ He then added: ‘If they don’t hire me I’m going to make it on my phone! I’m calling that right now. 

I’m doing the virtual lockdown equivalent of rubbing my scent all over Patrick’s face and saying, “This territory is mine!”’ James then laughed: ‘All other bald actors can f*** off! It’s me!’ unquote. Well let’s think about that. He was a good professor X, now I don’t know if I could see him as a young Picard on an episode of Picard, but if they do a reboot of Star Trek The Next Generation I suppose he might make a good choice for that.

I’m looking forward to Lower Decks next month on CBS All Access, The official abbreviation has been given, CBS Consumer Products exec John Van Citters announced on Twitter quote Per the combined powers of myself, @MikeMcMahanTM and the glory of Kirk and Spock, it is LDS. unquote  I like it LDS is good, By the way, the official merchandise is now available at shop.startrek.com. They have a logo shirt and mug available. Lower Decks will premiere on CBS All Access on August sixth, it will also be on CTV Sci-Fi Channel and Crave in Canada on August sixth as well. Those of you outside the US and Canada no word yet.

And speaking of Lower Decks, Deadline dot com has learned that commedican Paul Scheer will be on the show as Lt. Commander Andy Billups, the Chief Engineer of the Cerritos, making him the boss of Ensign Rutherford, played by Eugene Cordero.

And this news just breaking today, season three of Star Trek Discovery will start on October fifteenth, which is just one week after the conclusion of Lower Decks first season. 

The panel at Comic Con at home Star Trek ‘s new Nickelodeon show Star Trek Prodigy was talked about The show follows a group of lawless teens who find a derelict Starfleet ship and sue it for adventure, salvation and a search for meaning. The show is being developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman. The CG animated show will debut on Nickelodeon in 2021.

Star Trek Picard season one will arrive on Bluray and DVD and a limited edition Steelbook on October sixth. The show will have behind the scenes featurettes, a commentary for episode 1, looks at the aliens , crew and props, deleted scenes and gag reel and the short trek Children of Mars .

The fifth Star Trek The Cruise has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new date for the cruise will be February twenty sixth to March fifth 2022. The cruise will take place aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and will feature dozens of trek quests. For more information go to StarTrekTheCruise dot com.

Doctor Who and Star Trek actor Maurice roeves has passed away at the age of 83. The Scottish actor’s agent posted the following statement on Twitter quote “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of our wonderful client Maurice Roeves,”“Maurice had a hugely successful career in both theatre and screen which spanned several decades, starting in his home country of Scotland and moving to London and the United States.“He was loved by his legions of fans for many of his performances, including Vince Diver in Tutti Frutti, Stotz in Doctor Who, a Romulan captain in Star Trek and Colonel Edmund Munro in The Last Of The Mohicans.

“Maurice loved nothing more than being on set with his fellow actors and worked right up until the end, recently being seen in the BBC series The Nest at the start of this year.

“As well as being a truly dedicated and gifted actor, he was also a real gentleman and a delight to have as a client. We will miss him greatly and our thoughts and love go out to Vanessa and his family.” unquote  He also had a role in 1995’s Judge Dredd, Cheers, Baywatch, Days of our Lives and many other shows. We send our condolences to the UK.

Star Wars

Reopening of Disney properties, I’m sure not everyone is clamoring to go and visit Star Wars Galaxies Edge. Well good news, there’s a book for that, Syfy Wire posted an exclusive look at the book Star Wars Galaxies Edge Traveler’s Guide to Batuu. Author Cole Horton told them to quote “We always had in mind that this could be for people who hadn’t yet been to the land and it could also be for people who have been to Galaxy’s Edge,”. “I never anticipated writing it in the context of a pandemic and now, something like this could provide people a way of going to this place, even when all of us are staying home for a while. I think now, knowing where we’ve come, I’m even more excited that this is gonna be out there in the world and hopefully, it provides people a way of experiencing Batuu while we’re all sheltering in place.” unquote THe book was influenced by the Rick Steves travel guides of the 20th century and is told from the point of view of Eloc Throno and his droid companion, the book is now on Sale. you can look at the preview for it at  Syfy wire, th elink is in the show notes. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/star-wars-galaxys-edge-travelers-guide-to-batuu

Giancarlo Esposito will be back for season two of the Mandalorian, due out in October. But he says he’s promised that it was going to be great saying  about conversations he’s had with showrunner Jon Favreau quote “I’ve had a chance to have some conversations with him. So, I haven’t seen any of [Season] 2 yet, but it’s gonna be power-packed, and I think in Jon’s mind, he’s probably already writing [Season] 3.”

Disney has announced that the new series of Star Wars films will be delayed a year. 

Untitled Star Wars previously dated December 16, 2022 moves to December 22, 2023

Untitled Star Wars previously dated December 20, 2024 moves to December 19, 2025

Untitled Star Wars previously dated December 18, 2026 moves to December 17, 2027

Taika Waititi has confirmed to the BBC that he’s in the process of writing a new film. He couldn’t give any details other than quote “We’re writing” but at least that’s something, so here’s to that.

Geek  News

Well streaming services have been doing well this year with the pandemic and all, no more than Netflix, which in its second quarter investor letter reported that the company netted 10.1 million new subscribers. They also made 6.15 billion in revenue netting a payout of $1.59 a share.  HOwever they think the second half of 2020 won’t be so lucrative saying quote “We expect less growth for the second half of 2020 compared to the prior year,” Netflix’s letter continues. “As we navigate these turbulent circumstances, we’re focused on our members by continuing to improve the quality of our service and bringing new films and shows to people’s screens.” unquote By the way, I hold a couple of shares of Netflix stock.

The big budget movie Tenet has been taken completely off the schedule by Warner Bros. It was due in theaters next month after being twice delayed. And now a market Analyst for Cowen, doesn’t think that theater will be open until next year saying quote “We had previously assumed that the spread of COVID-19 would be relatively halted, with social distancing requirements significantly lessened by late 2020,” Creutz “We have now extended that timeline out to at least mid-2021; the situation remains very fluid, and we do not rule out the possibility that the impact could last even longer.””We now expect domestic theaters to be largely closed until mid-2021, in part because we don’t think studios will be interested in releasing their largest movies into a capacity-constrained footprint.” unquote He’s probably right

Idris Elba is on the side of free speech, specifically old shows with outdated depictions of race. He told Radio Times quote “I’m very much a believer in freedom of speech,” the actor said. “But the thing about freedom of speech is that it’s not suitable for everybody.”

Elba continued, “To mock the truth, you have to know the truth. But to censor racist themes within a show, to pull it – wait a second, I think viewers should know that people made shows like this.” “Out of respect for the time and the movement, commissioners and archive-holders pulling things they think are exceptionally tone-deaf at this time – fair enough and good for you. But I think, moving forward, people should know that freedom of speech is accepted, but the audience should know what they’re getting into… I don’t believe in censorship,” he added. “I believe that we should be allowed to say what we want to say. Because, after all, we’re story-makers.” unquote I’m just gonna leave this here without comment.

Bill and Ted Face The Music is coming to theaters and on demand on September first, instead of being pushed back to 2021.

What We Do in the Shadows season three will spend some time exploring Colin Robinson’s origins, during the panel at SDCC Comic Con at home executive producer Paul Sims told fans that “there might be a search that [Colin] goes on” in order to gain a better understanding of himself. He also hinted that Nandor might be searching for love.

The Orville stars Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes have filed for divore a second time. They first filed papers in July of last year, but it was withdrawn in November. Now it’s apparently on again. Perhaps having to shelter together didn’t work out? We will never know. But we don’t have to worry about the next season of the show, it was filmed before the pandemic and should debut on Hulu this fall.

Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88 from Natural Causes. Regis has had a long long career, holding the Guiness world record for the most hours on US Television. His TV work began in 1962 as the announcer for The Tonight Show. In 1964 he got his own show , which didn’t last long. He’s shown up on many shows, sometimes as himself. He’s appeared on Get Smart, rowan and martins laugh in, Chips, Fantasy Island, Kung Fu: the Legend Continues, Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of bel-air, Spin City, the Simpsons, Hercules, Family Guy But he’s most famous for being the host of game shows like Password Plus, the New Hollywood Squares, who wants to be a millionaire and many more. But he’s best known for sitting next to Kathie Lee Gifford or Kelly Ripa or his wife Joy on the Live with…show starting in 1988. He has also co-hosted the Miss America pageant, appeared at Wrestlemania VII and so much more. He is survived by his wife and kids.

We also mourn Mythbusters star and White Rabbit Project host Grant Imahara. Who passed away suddenly of a brain aneurysm at the age of 49. Grant was a brilliant electrical engineer and roboticist by training when he joined MythBusters in the third season and was with the show until 2014 when he, Kari Byron and Tori Belleci left. They would reunite for Netflix’s short lived White Rabbit Project.  He was born in LA on October 23rd of 1970 and studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California. After graduation he got a job at Lucasfilm;s THX labs. During his time there he became chief model maker  specializing in animatronics working on the Star Wars Prequels, The Matrix Sequels, Galaxy Quest, The Lost World Jurassic Park and other films. In 2000, he competed on Battlebots and was the first season Middleweight runner up.  He then joined Mythbusters, A fan of Star Trek, he got to play Hikaru Sulu in the fanmade web series Star Trek Continues. Grant is survived by his family, as he was engaged once, but never married. He will be missed.

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Tonight! Batgirl’s series ends, The Maestro’s story begins and a Rick and Morty star almost meets and end. All That and more on this comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight 

Welcome to episode 87 of Multiverse Tonight. You know originally I was supposed to be getting ready to go to the redo of this year’s Planet Comicon in Kansas City, but like everything else and because we Americans can’t get our act together, here we are. Oh well, at least we can always do the home game. Hopefully we can get our act together so 2021 is much better. Anyway, let’s start the news.

DC

DC will be releasing a comic book prologue to Wonder Woman 1984 this September, the special will initially be exclusive to Walmart for the first week before being released to the general market. It will have two stories. One by Louise Simonson and Wonder Woman 84 associate producer Anna Obropta and illustrated by Bret Blevins and will see Wonder Woman deal with a hostage situation at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the second story from Steve Pugh and Marguerite Sauvage will see a villain attempt to steal Diana’s lasso. The cover art comes from Nicola Scott. Wonder Woman 1984 number one will be released in Walmart on September 20th and will be in comic book stores on September 29th. Wonder Woman 1984 will be in theaters on October second…we hope.

DC is bringing back American Vampire for one more run. The series from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque and colorist Dave McCaig  is coming back with American Vampire 1976. Scott Snyder in a statement said quote “The characters in ‘76 are in a really dark place in terms of the fight against evil,” “The ’70s mirror our current era in many ways: the anxiety, the fear, and the re-examination of American identity. The book opens on Skinner Sweet working outside of Vegas doing death-defying Evel Knievel-style stunts, trying to die. There’s a kind of Son of Sam plot in New York City with Cal and Travis, a political thriller plot with Felicia, and all sorts of ’70s iconography. It’s my favorite arc so far.” unquote American Vampire 1976 No. 1 will be released digitally and in comic book stores on October 20.

The current Batgirl series will end with issue number fifty. Writer Cecil Castel lucc i confirmed the news on Twitter saying quote It’s been announced that 50 is the series finale of Batgirl. Wanted to say that end has been in the works for a long time! It was planned because there were other things upcoming that didn’t happen. Fiercely proud of bringing Babs to here! Meanwhile 47 out next w(ee)k!” unquote The extra sized issue will be out on October 27th and will be priced at $5.99

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman will not be dumbed down for tv according to the best selling author who serves as writer, producer and advisor for the Netflix series. Speaking with Radio Times, Neil said quote “The joy for doing it as a Netflix series is we aren’t in the place where we’re throwing things out,” Gaiman told the Radio Times (via Bleeding Cool). “In fact, it’s the other way round. Sometimes that means that a lot more stuff gets to happen because we have room for it. But we’re never throwing things out, and we’re never abandoning things. And that, in itself, is a complete joy.” unquote This should make any fan of the comic book series happy. No release date for the Netflix series has been announced.

Could Keanu Reeves star in a new Constantine movie? Probably not,but never say never, we are getting a new Bill and Ted movie after all. Constantine director Francis Lawrence in a recent interview with Slash Film spoke about his original plans for a sequel or if he would want to do it today, he said quote “I think we all wanted to do it. It was successful enough,” Lawrence explained. “We wanted to make a responsible, more R-rated movie. By responsible, I mean we’d make a movie that wouldn’t cost quite as much as the original, which we thought was going to be PG-13. We worked on the sequel for a while. It was tricky to come up with where to take it. What I really liked about the first one was it was a really personal story, so I thought it’d be a mistake to get caught up in the supernatural gobbledygook. The idea of a personal story was really interesting, and that was the hard thing to come across.”

“We have been talking about it recently,” “It’s always stuck with all of us because we all love the movie, and especially realizing there’s a real cult following for this movie, it’d be fun to make. Keanu, Akiva, and I have actually talked about it.” unquote That movie is now fifteen years old.

Black Adam has a new actor joining the cast. Noah Centineo will be joining as the hero Atom Smasher. Atom Smasher has previously appeared in an episode of The Flash. The film will eventually get in front of cameras, but when is up in the air right now.

DC has announced a new Watchmen Sequel called Rorschach. The twelve issue project comes from Tom King and Jorge Fornes and is set 35 years after Watchmen and sees Rorschach emerge and attempt to assassinate President Redford.

Marvel

Hulu’s Marvel series Helstrom has an official release date of October sixteenth. The show follows Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, who use their powers to track down the worst of humanity.”

Well we will have more time to kill until we learn of the fallout for Peter Parker in the next Spider-man movie. The third movie in the current franchise has been pushed back a little over a month to December seventeenth 2021. Will it be moved again?

Marvel is cancelling Strikeforce with August’s issue number nine. Here’s the blurb for it quote “It’s a death match of no-holds-barred sports entertainment – at the center of King Deadpool’s Monster Island,” “Strikeforce finds themselves divided between their mission to contain the dangerous Vridai and the sweet, sweet taste of competitive victory. Can this team of misfits stay together long enough to complete their mission?” unquote Originally there were to be ten issues of the comic, but the  corona virus caused it to be shortened.

The Maestro’s origin tale will finally be told. Peter David is returning to the Incredible Hulk to write how Future Imperfect’s Hulk became twisted enough to become the ruler of the world. In a statement, Mister David said quote “I had no idea that when I first created the Maestro for Future Imperfect, that he would have the kind of popularity and staying power he has now,” “Until now, I’ve only been able to allude to his origins, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to explore them in this series, and I can’t wait for fans to see all the artwork that’s been coming in!” Here’s the blurb quote Almost 30 years after the landmark story Future Imperfect, legendary INCREDIBLE HULK scribe Peter David returns to the far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro — the master of what remains of the world. With astounding art from HULK veteran Dale Keown and up-and-comer Germán Peralta, Maestro will answer questions that have haunted Hulk fans for years — and inspire some new ones. How did the world fall and the Maestro rise? What happened to the world’s heroes in between? And where is the Hulk we know and love? Find out here! Maestro number one hits shelves in August.

Marvel’s Hawkeye Series for Disney Plus has got a quiver full of directors. Bert and Bertie, the directors best known for Amazon’s Troop Zero have been tapped to helm a couple of episodes. Also directing will be Rhys Thomas, who has directed Saturday Night Live and Amazon’s Comrade Detective. Jeremy Renner will be back reprising his role of Hawkeye as he mentors a new archer Kate Bishop, Hailee Steinfeld was tapped to play Kate, but there has been no indication that a deal had been struck. Hawkeye was supposed to debut this Fall, but has been corona-dealayed. 

Chris Evans truly embodies Captain America. The actor, so moved over the story of 6 year old Bridger Walker of Cheyenne Wyoming who saved his younger sister from a dog attack receiving 90 stitches for his heroic act, that the actor sent him a personal message and gifted him his own Captain America shield. He sent a video message that said quote “Pal, you’re a hero, what you did was so brave, so selfless — your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you,”. “Keep being the man you are, we need people like you. Hang in there, I know recovery might be tough, but based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s much that can slow you down.” unquote Robert Downey Junior and Tom Holland also sent messages to Bridger. Robert Downey Junior promising something even better than a shield by the boy’s next birthday and Tom Holland inviting him to the set of the third Spiderman movie to see the Spidey suit unclose

Geek

Amazon has made a new game free to Amazon Prime members via Twitch Prime until August seventh, Prime members can download Vane.Vane takes place in a ruined desert, where a strange golden dust has transformed a free-spirited bird into a determined young child, which somehow sets off a chain of events that will reshape the world itself. After August seventh, the game will cost you twenty dollars.

Lego and Nintendo has partnered up to make a Lego version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The set has 2600 pieces. In a statement, Maarten Simons, the creative lead on the Lego Nintendo Entertainment System said quote “Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now,” “Many adults still fondly remember that first time they saw Mario leap across the small screen, even if the graphics were a lot simpler than they are today. With the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, we’re letting them truly indulge in that nostalgia, re-creating one of the most-loved consoles of all time so they can see the Super Mario from their childhoods once again – and even to share the experience of gaming in the 1980s with their own children.” The Lego NES is a mechanically functional Lego version of the game system, it comes with a buildable retro tv and a flat 8 bit mario figure  that goes on the scrolling tv screen. Also included is a Lego Mario from the Lego Super Mario Starter Course, that once plugged in reacts to the onscreen enemies, obstacles and power ups like the real game. The Lego NES will be available from Lego retail stores and lego dot com starting on August first for 229.99 In 2021, it will be available from other retailers.

Rob Liefeld’s Snake-Eyes deadgame number one has officially sold out and will be going back to the presses for a second printing.  The comic took just a day to reach the sold out status. This second printing will come out with a new second cover from Rob Liefeld Liefeld in a statement said quote “As I have shared with anyone and everyone, Snake Eyes is a dream assignment and getting to depict G.I. Joe characters is one of the great thrills of my career,“”I am so excited that fans of all ages showed up and consumed our first issue and sold us out! Thank you to everyone at IDW and all the fine folks at Hasbro for this opportunity — and huge thanks to all the fans for your support. The best is yet to come!”

Disney’s adaptation of The One and Only Ivan will be going to Disney Plus instead of theaters. The One and Only Ivan is the story of Ivan, a 400 pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog and other animals. He only has a few memories of the jungle, but when a new baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he wants to be.  The live action and CGI movie features the voices of Sam Rockwell as Ivan, Angelina Jolie as Stella, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Chaka Khan, Mike White, Brooklyn Prince, Ron Funches,and  Phillipa Soo, round out the voice cast. They are joined in live action by Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston. It will premiere on Disney Plus in august.

Keanu Reeves is teaming up with writer Matt Kindt to write a new twelve issue limited series from Boom! Studios. BRZRKR will be a monthly series with art by alessandro Vitti which is being described by the writers as action packed and hyper violent and quote “centers on a warrior who looks a lot like a certain beloved actor and has walked a blood-soaked path across the world for centuries. In present day, the Berzerker does dangerous jobs for the U.S. government in exchange for the truth about his existence.” unquote Keanu told USA Today quote”We’re excited about what’s happening,” “The story’s taking some really interesting twists and turns.”  Unquote BRZRKR comes to comic stores on October seventh.

Director Richard Linklater is making a new animated movie for Netflix, called Apollo 10 ½ A Space Age Adventure, the film is set against the backdrop of the Apollo moon Mission in 1969 and is inspired by Linklaters childhood in Houston Texas and tells the story from two interwoman perspectives, the astronaut and mission control view of the moon landing and the perspective of an excited kid watching the action on tv.  The live action part of the movie wrapped up in March and the animated part will be done by Minnow Mountain in Austin and Submarine in the Netherlands. Apollo 10 ½ will star Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins, Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman, and Danielle Guilbot. No release date has been given buy I, guessing 2021 or 2022.

Usagi Yojimbo is finally getting his own animated series. The samurai rabbit that was created by Stan Sakai back in 1984 has previously made appearances in the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series will get a new show at Netflix, the show called Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles. The series will have Sakai overseeing the show has executive producer along with Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as EPs along with Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Chris Tongue and Atomic Monster’s Wan, Michael Clear and Rob Hackett. Candie and Doug Langdale will be showrunners as well as executive producers.

The Walking Dead is getting a full color rerelease. The comic is getting an issue by issue reissue in glorious color. The original comic was drawn, but not colored. Dave McCaig will color the so called deluxe revival of the series with variant covers from artists like David Finch, tony moore, Julian Totino Tedesco and Arthur Adams. The first issue of the Walking Dead Deluxe will hit shelves on October seventh with two issues released every month thereafter. 

Little disturbing news Rick and Morty voice star Spencer Grammer is recovering  after being attacked by an intoxicated man. Spencer is the Daughter of Kelsey Grammer and the voice of Summer Smith on Rick and Morty. This past Friday shis was at an outdoor cafe in New York City called the Black Ant . A man who appeared intoxicated according to reports came to the cafe near closing time and demanded to be served. He was refused  and that’s when things escalated. Spencer speaking with US Weekly said quote “My friend and I did what anyone else would do in the same situation,” “Several others, predominantly women, were also attempting to prevent the altercation from escalating,” The man responded to this by slashing her with a knife and stabbing one of Spencers friends. She told US Weekly quote “I sustained a laceration on my arm, and my friend was stabbed in the back, but thankfully he suffered no serious internal injuries. We expect to recover quickly. We want to thank the first responders and the staff at Bellevue Hospital, who provided us with excellent care. They fought an incredible battle this year. It was very moving for us to have the opportunity to thank them in person.” unquote the unidentified man ran away and has not been apprehended. We wish Spencer and her friend good health.

The 2020 Eisner Award Winners have been announced.

BEST SHORT STORY

Winner: “Hot Comb,” by Ebony Flowers, in Hot Comb (Drawn & Quarterly)

BEST SINGLE ISSUE/ONE-SHOT

Winner: Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

BEST CONTINUING SERIES

Winner: Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)

BEST LIMITED SERIES

Winner: Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram (Image)

BEST NEW SERIES

Winner: Invisible Kingdom, by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS

Winner: Comics: Easy as ABC, by Ivan Brunetti (TOON)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS

Winner: Guts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS

Winner: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second/Macmillan)

BEST HUMOR PUBLICATION

Winner: The Way of the Househusband, vol. 1, by Kousuke Oono, translation by Sheldon Drzka (VIZ Media)

BEST ANTHOLOGY

Winner: Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, edited by Diane Noomin (Abrams)

BEST REALITY-BASED WORK

Winner: They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (Top Shelf)

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—NEW

Winner: Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second/Macmillan)

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—REPRINT

Winner: LaGuardia, by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

BEST ADAPTATION FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

Winner: Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books)

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL

Winner: The House, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL—ASIA

Winners in a tie vote:

Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translation by Michael Arias (VIZ Media)

Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama, translation by Stephen Kohler (Kodansha)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—STRIPS

Winner: Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, edited by Alexander Braun (TASCHEN)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—COMIC BOOKS

Winner: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: The Complete Grasscutter Artist Select, by Stan Sakai, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

BEST WRITER

Winner: Mariko Tamaki, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC); Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan); Archie (Archie)

BEST WRITER/ARTIST

Winner: Raina Telgemeier, Guts (Scholastic Graphix)

BEST PENCILLER/INKER OR PENCILLER/INKER TEAM

Winner: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan)

BEST PAINTER/DIGITAL ARTIST

Winner: Christian Ward, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

BEST COVER ARTIST

Winner: Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)

BEST COLORING

Winner: Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, Hellboy and the BPRD (Dark Horse); Gideon Falls (Image); Silver Surfer Black, Spider-Man (Marvel)

BEST LETTERING

Winner: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)

BEST COMICS-RELATED PERIODICAL/JOURNALISM

Winner: Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne

BEST COMICS-RELATED BOOK

Winner: Making Comics, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

BEST ACADEMIC/SCHOLARLY WORK

Winner: EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)

BEST PUBLICATION DESIGN

Winner: Making Comics, designed by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

BEST DIGITAL COMIC

Winner: Afterlift, by Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo (comiXology Originals)

BEST WEBCOMIC

Winner: Fried Rice Comic, by Erica Eng

Archer Season eleven will arrive on FXX on Wednesday September sixteen tenth, don’t have FXX? No problem, it will arrive on FX on Hulu on the seventeenth. Season eleven finally sees Archer waking up from the coma he was put in three four seasons ago, putting the show into three seasons of shows set in his dreams. They didn’t reveal much during their comicon at home panel but they did say that Simon Pegg and Jamie Lee Curtis will guest star this season.

The Boys has been renewed for season three.

Marvel’s newest Darth Vader series will tie into The Rise of Skywalker 

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Show Notes: Episode 80:SciFi4Me For You & Episode 81:Legends of the Dark Knight’s Editor

Tonight! Star Trek changes it’s invasion date, Ahmad Best plays Jedi and we talk with the folks over at SciFi4Me’s H2O Podcast,  all that and more on this scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Welcome to episode 80 of Multiverse Tonight. The times keep getting weirder and weirder. Only halfway through the year, First a plague, then riots. Please folks, I think Rodney King said it best during the LA Riots, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Let’s get on with the news.

Well, it seems that after decades of not playing Captain Kirk, William Shatner says that he would be open to returning to the role, but with some conditions. Bill spoke with Metro UK about Star Trek. He told them quote ‘If they wrote it and it made reasonable sense then I’d love to [revive Captain Kirk],’I wouldn’t do a series,’ he continued. ‘If the role was written properly and it wasn’t a cameo or gratuitous; being there just to show my face, I wouldn’t do that.’ unquote He also told them that he hasn’t been approached by Star Trek Picard, nor has he watched it.  So in other words, it sounds like he’d do it if they made a Star Trek Kirk series. Frankly, I think we might be fine without him, stary retired William, stay retired. 

One series we won’t be seeing any guest stars from any Generation old or not so old will be Star Trek Discovery. The show is now in the far too distant future, thirty-second century AD. Producer Akiva Goldsman, who worked on seasons one and two before moving on to Picard and Strange New Worlds, has some ideas about what the post Federation future might entail.  He told Collider quote “I’m not on Discovery now. I just know things,” Goldman prefaces in discussion with Collider about the end of Discovery’s second season. “We all helped build that idea, all the way back to Season One. Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, the original showrunners from season one, that idea dates all the way back to that. I think it’s a spectacular idea, which is to go post the timeline we know. I think Alex Kurtzman has really been deeply involved in the building out of what Season Three looks like and what that post-Federation future is. I’ve seen some of it because we all work together in the same, or we did, place with lots of Star Trek pictures on the wall and editing bays and things. It seems awesome to me. It’s not a final frontier, but it’s a new one.”

Jonathan Frakes has confirmed that he will direct an episode of Star Trek Strange New Worlds telling Syfy Wire quote I’ve been asked to direct, and I’m looking forward to it very much.

I’ve had great experiences with all three of them. Anson and I worked through finding Captain Pike. And Ethan and I worked through finding who Spock was. And the mantle of Spock, in particular, was so complicated and so emotionally taxing and was such huge shoes to fill, and Ethan felt it. Rebecca and I have a long relationship from back on The Librarians, and we have a fabulous working shorthand, so it will be great getting back to the floor with three old friends.

The annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas has been postponed and moved.  According to Star Trek dot com, the con will be moving to the Caesars Forum Conference Center Las Vegas, a brand new 375 million dollar state of the art facility with direct access to the host hotel, the newly renovated Harrah’s Las Vegas. The new date will be December ninth to the thirteenth, 2020. Las Vegas in winter, that’s a bit of a step up from Vegas in the August heat. Right now William Shatner, Kelsey Grammer and  Walter Koenig are confirmed as guests. If you’re going, go to the creationent.com website to find out more.

Star Wars

We start Star Wars news with a breaking story. Star Wars Celebration 2020 has been canceled. Instead the Convention will take place in Anheim on August 18-21 2022.

Ahmed Best has finally earned his lightsaber, the actor best known for portraying Jar Jar Binks in the prequel trilogy will now portray Jedi Master Kelleran Beq in the Jedi Temple Challenge that will debut on StarWarsKids.com. The series is described as quote Ahmed Best, known to many fans as Jar Jar Binks from the Star Wars prequels, hosts the show as a new Jedi, Master Kelleran Beq. Best guides players through three rounds of trials as they vie to become Jedi Knights and wield the iconic symbol of the guardians of peace and justice, the lightsaber. Accompanying Best is Mary Holland (Veep, Upright Citizens Brigade) who voices the wise-cracking protocol droid companion AD-3, and Sam Witwer, who gives a unique voice to the dark side of the Force. Witwer recently reprised his role as the voice of Darth Maul in the critically acclaimed final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” unquote Ahmed Himself posted on Instagram a pic of himself in his Jedi robes with the caption quote “Balance is one of the challenges in [Jedi Temple Challenge] and something I truly believe in,” “The inspiration behind the #lightsaber has to do with the balance of peace and justice. I chose #purple because of the balance between the red and blue #kybercrystal. The leather on the hilt is large enough for one hand. I took inspiration from a Filipino Martial Art that I study called #Escrima and #musashimiyamoto for a one-handed style of fighting. #keleranbeq is nicknamed #thebladedhand for his effectiveness with the one-handed lightsaber style and the empty hand which wields #theforce simultaneously like another #lightsaber.” unquote 

The Baby Yoda merchandising machine roles on. This Christmas, you can expect Christmas Decorations. The Baby Yoda nutcracker stands at 9.5 inches tall and has a red base with snowflakes on it and a gold nameplate. It’s part of the Kurt S Adler Star Wars collection which includes Baby Yoda stocking, a Darth Vader tree skirt, a Sith Trooper nutcracker, and more. You can preorder the nutcracker at ENTERTAINMENT EARTH for $49.99

Star Wars The Mandalorian has added the director of Netflix’s Extraction Sam Hargrave as a second unit director for the second season of the Disney Plus series. He told Collider that he’s confident that season two will top the explosive action of the first season.

The anthology book, Star Wars From a Certain Point of View is getting a sequel. The new book is called From a Certain Point of View: the Empire Strikes Back. Here’s the blurb quote “The anthology series From a Certain Point of View is set to return with From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, celebrating 40 years of Episode V and arriving November 10th. Like its predecessor, From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back will feature 40 stories by 40 authors reimagining the classic sequel through the eyes of background characters — heroes, villains, droids, and creatures.” Unquote  Authors that will be a part of this include Tom Angleberger, Sarwat Chadda, S.A. Chakraborty, Mike Chen, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Córdova,Delilah Dawson,Tracy Deonn,Alexander Freed,Jason Fry,Christie Golden,Rob Hart,E.K. Johnson,Lydia Kang,Rebecca F. Kuang,Michael Kogge,C.B. Lee,Mackenzi Lee,John Jackson Miller,Michael Moreci,Daniel José Older,Mark Oshiro,Amy Ratcliffe,Beth Revis,Lilliam Rivera,Emily Skrutskie,Karen Strong,Catherynne M. Valente,Austin Walker,Martha Wells,Django Wexler,Kiersten White,Gary Whitta,Brittany N. Williams,Charles Yu,Jim Zub

It has also been announced that the authors are foregoing their fees, instead, it’s going to First Book, a non-profit that provides new books, learning materials, and other supplies to educators and organizations that serve children in need. Del Rey’s parent company, Penguin Random House, will donate $100,000 to First Books. Disney and Lucasfilm will also donate 100,000 children’s books, valued at $1 million, to support the organization.

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The Cinematographer for Denis Villeneuve’s production of Dune is comparing the new production of Dune to Star Wars The Mandalorian. Director of Photography Greg Fraser who has also worked on Rogue ONe and the Mandalorian told Collider how Dune compares to Star Wars saying quote “It was quite fun because I had to forget a lot of Star Wars when I was making Dune,”. “It wasn’t hard, though. Denis and I spoke clearly about how the film should look and should feel, and the formats and this and that, so it was not hard to swerve and change lanes. There were some similarities like the deserts. I mean listen, ultimately I’m positive George Lucas was inspired by Dune when he made Star Wars. I don’t know if that’s sacrilegious to talk about, but there are a lot of similarities in some areas, so you could tell he was definitely influenced by that. So I had to be careful doing both [Dune and The Mandalorian] and not to repeat myself. Also not just for the sake of the movie, but for fun. I hate to do the same thing twice.” Dune stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, and Charlotte Rampling. It opens in theaters on December 19th.

Roland Emmerich is bringing another disaster film to theaters. Moonfall sees the moon on a collision course with earth after an unknown force knocks the moon out of orbit. With weeks to impact a team embarks on a do or die mission to land on the moon and save the human race. Patrick Wilson will play a former astronaut whose career ended in disgrace when his last mission ended in tragedy but hold a clue to the disaster, Charlie Plummer plays his Son and Halle Berry plays Patricks’ former co-workers. The movie also features Josh Gad as the person who figures out that the moon is out of orbit. Lionsgate hopes to release the film in 2021.

The Peabody Awards Winners have been announced. The thirty programs selected are quote “the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019.”

Here are this year’s 30 Peabody award winners.

ENTERTAINMENT

“Chernobyl”

HBO Miniseries and SKY in association with Sister, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games (HBO)

“David Makes Man”

Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television

(OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

“Dickinson”

Apple / wiip / Anonymous Content / Tuning Fork Productions / Sugar 23 Productions (Apple TV+)

“Fleabag”

All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios (Prime Video)

“Ramy”

Hulu, A24 Television (Hulu)

“Stranger Things”

Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment (Netflix)

“Succession”

HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries, and Gary Sanchez Productions (HBO)

“Unbelievable”

Timberman-Beverly Productions, Sage Lane Productions, Escapist Fare, Katie Couric Media, and CBS Television Studios for Netflix (Netflix)

“Watchmen”

HBO in association with White Rabbit, Paramount, Warner Bros. Television and DC (HBO)

“When They See Us”

Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films, Array Filmworks for Netflix (Netflix)

DOCUMENTARIES

“Apollo 11”

CNN Films (CNN)

“For Sama”

FRONTLINE PBS, Channel 4 News, ITN Productions, Channel 4 (PBS)

“Independent Lens: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING”

A production of Idiom Film, LLC and Louverture Films, in association with Field of Vision (PBS)

“POV: Inventing Tomorrow”

Fishbowl Films, Motto Pictures, 19340 Productions, Shark Island Institute, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, IQ190 Productions, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

“POV: Midnight Traveler”

Old Chilly Pictures LLC, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service (PBS)

“POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs”

Final Cut for Real, Mouka Filmi, STORY, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

“POV: The Silence of Others”

Semilla Verde Productions, Lucernam Films, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service, Latino Public Broadcasting, El Deseo (PBS)

“Surviving R. Kelly”

Bunim/Murray Productions and Kreativ Inc. for Lifetime (Lifetime)

“The Edge of Democracy”

A Busca Vida Filmes Production in association with Violet Films for Netflix (Netflix)

“True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality”

HBO Documentary Films and Kunhardt Films (HBO)

PODCAST/RADIO

“Dolly Parton’s America”

Osm Audio and WNYC Studios (WNYC)

“Have You Heard George’s Podcast?”

BBC Sounds/George the Poet Ltd. (BBC Sounds)

“In the Dark: The Path Home”

American Public Media (APM Reports)

“Threshold: The Refuge”

(Auricle Productions)

NEWS

“A Different Kind of Force: Policing Mental Illness”

(NBC News)

“American Betrayal”

NBC News, Engel Unit (NBC/MSNBC)

“Long Island Divided”

(Newsday)

“The Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America”

(CNN)

“Unwarranted”

(WBBM-TV)

CHILDREN’S & YOUTH

“Molly of Denali”

WGBH Educational Foundation, Atomic Cartoons (PBS Kids

What we do in the Shadows will have to do season three without writer and actor Jemaine Clement. Clement told Entertainment Weekly quote “The writers will have to figure that one out because I won’t be in the writers’ room next season,” Clement told EW. “I’m leaving them with this big problem to work out. I think it’s a good idea to end on a big cliffhanger, we did the same thing last season. Now they can figure out how to get out of this big mess.” unquote and don’t expect him to appear again next season quote “You can’t expect that!” Clement said of his theoretical return in later seasons. “I wasn’t even going to do this until the day before, because we had trouble getting anyone in time. We were hoping we’d get someone who has played a vampire before, like in ‘The Trial’ last season with the vampire council, but we didn’t have enough time. So I happened to be in Toronto, where we shoot the show, so I put my wig on again, but it wasn’t planned.” unquote 

More movie shifting news, Warner Bros. has announced that Godzilla vs Kong will be moving from this Thanksgiving to May 21st, 2021. This in turn is causing The Matrix 4 to be moved from May 21, 2021 to April Fools day 2022. The Witches remake has also been delisted and the Tom & Jerry movie is going from December 23rd, 2020 to may 21, 2021 and finally the next James bond movie, No Time to Die has actually been moved up by five days to November 20, 2020.

Mad Magazine’s legendary artist Al Jaffee has announced his retirement at the ripe old age of 99 after a 56-year career, this officially makes him the longest working comic artist in history. So to mark his farewell, Mad Magazine will salute Jaffee with a special tribute issue, one of the last to feature new material it will include Als final Fold-In, 65 years after he first made his Mad Magazine debut. Congratulations to Al, enjoy your retirement, no matter what length it may be. 

Tonight we say goodbye to actor Anthony James. Mister James was a prolific actor. Known for his tall, lanky appearance and his pockmarked face. He had an intense screen presence. He was born on July 2nd, 1942 as James Anthony moved to LA when he was eighteen. And made his first on-screen appearance in an episode of the 1966 NBC series T.H.E. Cat. He has appeared in episodes of The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Hawaii Five-O, The mod squad, Police Story, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Knight Rider, V, Riptide, The A-Team and many more.  He will be known to Star Trek fans for his guest appearance in the first season episode The Neutral Zone as Sub Commander Thei. He also appeared in the movies Naked Gun 2 1/2  The Smell of Fear and Unforgiven. He passed away at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer.

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Tonight!,DC drops Diamond, Marvel has issues with a Chinese trademark and we remember one of the greats Denny O’Neil all that and more on this edition of multiverse tonight.

Welcome to episode 81 of Multiverse Tonight. The news floodgates have started to open and boy is there controversy. There are even some people who think that AT&T might be getting ready to cut DC Comics loose. This comes after AT&T is looking for a buyer for Warner Bros Games. My guess would be no as the Intellectual Property is worth too much.  While we’re speaking of DC, let’s start with the DC News.

DC

DC had a busy couple of weeks, starting with Batwoman and going to our first story.

DC Comics has ended it’s 25 year distribution relationship with Diamond, the largest distributor in comics. During the pandemic, Diamond distribution was forced to briefly shut down, DC decided to use alternate distributors Lunar Distribution, owned by DCBS and UCS Comic Distributors owned by New York City’s Midtown Comics. DC will also use Penguin random House for distribution help.  A DC Representative told Comicbook dot com in a statement quote  “After 25 years, DC and Diamond Comic Distributors are ending their long-standing relationship,” a DC representative told ComicBook.com in a statement. “Moving forward, comic book retailers can obtain their DC books from Penguin Random House, or their books and periodicals through Lunar or UCS comic book distributors. DC continues to be committed to providing the Direct Market with best in class service and the fans with the world’s greatest comic books.” unquote   The hows haven’t been announced yet. But most likely Penguin would distribute the graphic novels and collected editions and USC and Lunar would distribute the single issues. Now some retailers have reacted badly to the news, frankly, I think it’s too early to say anything yet. This could be a good thing, this could be bad, it’s a big thing.

And in some news that just broke yesterday, DC and Diamond have extended their agreement to fulfill orders of in-stock comic periodicals previously offered for sale, fulfilling reorders through July 31.

This extension of their agreement means that local comic shops can order back issues of any DC comic released before June 23 through Diamond at least through the end of July. Order fulfillment will depend on whether Diamond has copies available. Additionally, when it comes to graphic novels or collections, retailers will be able to order books that were offered through Diamond for Final Order Cut-off June 1 or before through mid-December of this year. For shops serviced by Diamond U.K., orders for new and backlist DC offerings can be ordered through the end of 2020.

The other big news is that there’s gonna be a new Batwoman in town as the showrunners for BatWoman have decided not to recast the role of Kate Kane, but instead create a brand new character. A casting notice was discovered by fans on Reddit but was quickly pulled down. According to the casting call the character of Ryan Wider quote “is about to become Batwoman. She’s likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.” unquote 

However it doesn’t mean the character of Kate Kane is dead Showrunneer Caroline Dries said in a statement quote “As a lesbian who’s been working as a writer for the past fifteen years, I’m well aware of the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope and I have no interest in participating in it,” said Dries. “That’s why it’s important to me as the showrunner to clarify any misinformation out there about Kate Kane and recasting Batwoman. Like you, I love Kate Kane — she’s the reason I wanted to do the show. We’ll never erase her. In fact, her disappearance will be one of the mysteries of season two. I don’t want to give away any of our surprises, but to all our devoted fans, please know that LGBTQ+ justice is at the very core of what Batwoman is and we have no intention of abandoning that.” unquote 

By the way, just an observation,  Wonder Woman 1984 would have been in theaters right now. It’s very interesting in stores right now as all the merchandising is there, but the movie isn’t going to be out for a long time. It’s been pushed back to October second.

Superman will be getting a new villain in September’s Superman issue 25. Synmar is a warrior created to be the standard-bearer for an alien race from the deep in outer space. Here’s the blurb, quote “A colossal new threat to Superman, the planet Earth, and the DC Universe arrives on the scene in this extra-sized anniversary issue!,” “This unique warrior called the Synmar was created to represent an entire alien race. He’s trained his entire life — but for what purpose? As the antithesis of everything Superman stands for, Synmar launches his aggression toward Earth — to destroy the Man of Steel and every being on the planet! This is what Superman was born to protect us from!” unquote Sounds interesting.

Marvel

Marvel has a dispute on its hands, the WandaVision trademark has been challenged by Wanda Group, a Hong Kong based company. Wanda Group, according to Wikipedia is a Chinese multinational conglomerate based in Beijing. It is a private property developer and owner of Wanda Cinemas and the Hoyts Group, as well as a majority shareholder of AMC Theatres. It would be unclear how WandaVision the marvel show could be confused with Wanda Group the company, but I guess this is a matter for the courts. Watch this space.

Well while they wait, may it’s time to start filming again. Paul Bettany, the actor who plays Vision in the show has canceled a convention appearance at the Tampa Bay Comic-Con, They facebook post for the cancelation says quote “We finally received word from Paul Bettany’s representation, and unfortunately Paul had to cancel his appearance at TBCC this year due being called back by Disney for WandaVision filming in July, in Los Angeles. We’re working on guest additions!” unquote. So it sounds like a good chance, rumors are also abounding that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier might be picking up filming soon too. 

The spider-man Into The Spider-Verse Sequel has begun production. Lead Animator Nick Kondo shared the teaser trailer on twitter with the post quote First Day on the job! Unquote However, it’s a long ways off, it won’t be in theaters until 2022.

While we’re waiting for 2021 will be a big year for Sony with lots of movies banked up because of the coronavirus. Sony revealed that Uncharted, Ghostbusters Afterlife, Uncharted, and Morbius will all be available in IMAX next year. 

Geek. 

The Eisner Award nominations have been announced. IDW and Image lead the way with thirteen nominations for IDW and eleven for IDW.

The awards are normally handed out at San Diego Comic-con, however, that’s not gonna happen with the con canceled this year. However, the organizers have announced that the results will be revealed some time in July. The full list of nominees will be available in the show notes.

The full list of nominations is below.

Best Short Story

“Hot Comb,” by Ebony Flowers, in Hot Comb (Drawn & Quarterly)

“How to Draw a Horse,” by Emma Hunsinger, The New Yorker, https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/how-to-draw-a-horse

“The Menopause,” by Mira Jacob, The Believer, https://believermag.com/the-menopause/

“Who Gets Called an ‘Unfit’ Mother?” by Miriam Libicki, The Nib, https://thenib.com/who-gets-called-an-unfit-mother/

“You’re Not Going to Believe What I’m About to Tell You,” by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal, https://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Coin-Op No. 8: Infatuation, by Peter and Maria Hoey (Coin-Op Books)

The Freak, by Matt Lesniewski (AdHouse)

Minotäar, by Lissa Treiman (Shortbox)

Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

Sobek, by James Stokoe (Shortbox)

Best Continuing Series

Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)

Criminal, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)

Crowded, by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt (Image)

Daredevil, by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto (Marvel)

The Dreaming, by Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely et al. (DC)

Immortal Hulk, by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy José et al. (Marvel)

Best Limited Series

Ascender, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Image)

Ghost Tree, by Bobby Curnow and Simon Gane (IDW)

Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram (Image)

Naomi by Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, and Jamal Campbell (DC)

Sentient, by Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Walta (TKO)

Best New Series

Doctor Doom, by Christopher Cantwell and Salvador Larocca (Marvel)

Invisible Kingdom, by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Once & Future, by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)

Something Is Killing the Children, by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera (BOOM! Studios)

Undiscovered Country, by Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandini (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers

Comics: Easy as ABC, by Ivan Brunetti (TOON)

Kitten Construction Company: A Bridge Too Fur, by John Patrick Green (First Second/Macmillan)

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books)

A Trip to the Top of the Volcano with Mouse, by Frank Viva (TOON)

¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, by Raúl the Third (Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and Zachariah Ohora (Little, Brown)

Best Publication for Kids

Akissi: More Tales of Mischief, by Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin (Flying Eye/Nobrow)

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls, by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic Graphix)

Guts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)

New Kid, by Jerry Craft (Quill Tree/HarperCollins)

This Was Our Pact, by Ryan Andrews (First Second/Macmillan)

The Wolf in Underpants, by Wilfrid Lupano, Mayana Itoïz, and Paul Cauuet (Graphic Universe/Lerner Publishing Group)

Best Publication for Teens

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh (DC)

Hot Comb, by Ebony Flowers (Drawn & Quarterly)

Kiss Number 8, by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw (First Second/Macmillan)

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second/Macmillan)

Penny Nichols, by MK Reed, Greg Means, and Matt Wiegle (Top Shelf)

Best Humor Publication  

Anatomy of Authors, by Dave Kellett (SheldonComics.com)

Death Wins a Goldfish, by Brian Rea (Chronicle Books)

Minotäar, by Lissa Treiman (Shortbox)

Sobek, by James Stokoe (Shortbox)

The Way of the Househusband, vol. 1, by Kousuke Oono, translation by Sheldon Drzka (VIZ Media)

Wondermark: Friends You Can Ride On, by David Malki (Wondermark)

Best Anthology

ABC of Typography, by David Rault (SelfMade Hero)

Baltic Comics Anthology š! #34-37, edited by David Schilter, Sanita Muižniece et al. (kuš!)

Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, edited by Diane Noomin (Abrams)

Kramer’s Ergot #10, edited by Sammy Harkham (Fantagraphics)

The Nib #2–4, edited by Matt Bors (Nib)

Best Reality-Based Work

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob (One World/Random House)

Grass, by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translation by Janet Hong (Drawn & Quarterly)

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, by Lucy Knisley (First Second/Macmillan)

Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight, by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (Hill & Wang)

My Solo Exchange Diary, vol. 2 (sequel to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness), by Nagata Kabi, translation by Jocelyne Allen (Seven Seas)

They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (Top Shelf)

Best Graphic Album—New

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second/Macmillan)

Bezimena, by Nina Bunjevac (Fantagraphics)

BTTM FDRS, by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore (Fantagraphics)

Life on the Moon, by Robert Grossman (Yoe Books/IDW)

New World, by David Jesus Vignolli (Archaia/BOOM!)

Reincarnation Stories, by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

Bad Weekend by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)

Clyde Fans, by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

Cover, vol. 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack (DC/Jinxworld)

Glenn Ganges: The River at Night, by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)

LaGuardia, by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Rusty Brown, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium

Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made, by Josh Frank, Tim Hedecker, and Manuela Pertega (Quirk Books)

The Giver, by Lois Lowry and P. Craig Russell, (HMH Books for Young Readers)

The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel, by Margaret Atwood, adapted by Renee Nault (Nan A. Talese)

HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, vols. 1–2, adapted by Gou Tanabe, translation by Zack Davisson (Dark Horse Manga)

The Seventh Voyage, by Stanislaw Lem, adapted by Jon Muth, translation by Michael Kandel (Scholastic Graphix)

Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Diabolical Summer, by Thierry Smolderen and Alexandre Clerisse, translation by Edward Gauvin (IDW)

Gramercy Park, by Timothée de Fombelle and Christian Cailleaux, translation by Edward Gauvin (EuroComics/IDW)

The House, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

Maggy Garrisson, by Lewis Trondheim and Stéphane Oiry, translation by Emma Wilson (SelfMadeHero)

Stay, by Lewis Trondheim and Hubert Chevillard, translation by Mike Kennedy (Magnetic Press)

Wrath of Fantômas, by Olivier Bouquet and Julie Rocheleau, translation by Edward Gauvin (Titan)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

BEASTARS, by Paru Itagaki, translation by Tomo Kimura (VIZ Media)

Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translation by Michael Arias (VIZ Media)

Grass, by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translation by Janet Hong (Drawn & Quarterly)

Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary Edition, by CLAMP, translation by Melissa Tanaka (Kodansha)

The Poe Clan, by Moto Hagio, translation by Rachel Thorn (Fantagraphics)

Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama, translation by Stephen Kohler (Kodansha)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

Cham: The Best Comic Strips and Graphic Novelettes, 1839–1862, by David Kunzle (University Press of Mississippi)

Ed Leffingwell’s Little Joe, by Harold Gray, edited by Peter Maresca and Sammy Harkham (Sunday Press Books)

The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1916–1918, edited by R.J. Casey (Fantagraphics)

Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, edited by Alexander Braun (TASCHEN)

Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, by Violet and Denis Kitchen (Beehive Books)

Pogo, Vol. 6: Clean as a Weasel, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

Alay-Oop, by William Gropper (New York Review Comics)

The Complete Crepax, vol. 5: American Stories, edited by Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)

Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)

Moonshadow: The Definitive Edition, by J. M. DeMatteis, Jon J Muth, George Pratt, Kent Williams, and others (Dark Horse Books)

Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: The Complete Grasscutter Artist Select, by Stan Sakai, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

That Miyoko Asagaya Feeling, by Shinichi Abe, translation by Ryan Holmberg, edited by Mitsuhiro Asakawa (Black Hook Press)

Best Writer

Bobby Curnow, Ghost Tree (IDW)

MK Reed and Greg Means, Penny Nichols (Top Shelf)

Mariko Tamaki, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC); Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan); Archie (Archie)

Lewis Trondheim, Stay (Magnetic Press); Maggy Garrisson (SelfMadeHero)

G. Willow Wilson, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse); Ms. Marvel (Marvel)

Chip Zdarsky, White Trees (Image); Daredevil, Spider-Man: Life Story (Marvel); Afterlift (comiXology Originals)

Best Writer/Artist

Nina Bunjevac, Bezimena (Fantagraphics)

Mira Jacob, Good Talk (Random House); “The Menopause” in The Believer (June 1, 2019)

Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, Grass (Drawn & Quarterly)

James Stokoe, Sobek (Shortbox)

Raina Telgemeier, Guts (Scholastic Graphix)

Tillie Walden, Are You Listening? (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Ian Bertram, Little Bird (Image)

Colleen Doran, Snow, Glass, Apples (Dark Horse)

Bilquis Evely, The Dreaming (DC)

Simon Gane, Ghost Tree (IDW)

Steve Pugh, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC)

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Painter/Digital Artist

Didier Cassegrain, Black Water Lilies (Europe Comics)

Alexandre Clarisse, Diabolical Summer (IDW)

David Mack, Cover (DC)

Léa Mazé, Elma, A Bear’s Life, vol. 1: The Great Journey (Europe Comics)

Julie Rocheleau, Wrath of Fantômas (Titan)

Christian Ward, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist

Jen Bartel, Blackbird  (Image Comics)

Francesco Francavilla, Archie, Archie 1955, Archie Vs. Predator II, Cosmo (Archie)

David Mack, American Gods, Fight Club 3 (Dark Horse); Cover (DC)

Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)

Julian Totino Tedesco, Daredevil (Marvel)

Christian Ward, Machine Gun Wizards (Dark Horse), Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Coloring

Lorena Alvarez, Hicotea (Nobrow)

Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Middlewest, Outpost Zero (Image)

Matt Hollingsworth, Batman: Curse of the White Knight, Batman White Knight Presents Von Freeze (DC); Little Bird, November (Image)

Molly Mendoza, Skip (Nobrow)

Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, Hellboy and the BPRD (Dark Horse); Gideon Falls (Image); Silver Surfer Black, Spider-Man (Marvel)

Best Lettering

Deron Bennett, Batgirl, Green Arrow, Justice League, Martian Manhunter (DC); Canto (IDW); Assassin Nation, Excellence (Skybound/Image); To Drink and To Eat, vol. 1 (Lion Forge); Resonant (Vault)

Jim Campbell, Black Badge, Coda (BOOM Studios); Giant Days, Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship (BOOM Box!); Rocko’s Modern Afterlife  (KaBOOM!); At the End of Your Tether (Lion Forge); Blade Runner 2019 (Titan); Mall, The Plot, Wasted Space (Vault)

Clayton Cowles, Aquaman, Batman, Batman and the Outsiders, Heroes in Crisis, Superman: Up in the Sky, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (DC); Bitter Root, Pretty Deadly, Moonstruck, Redlands, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Reaver  (Skybound/Image); Daredevil, Ghost-Spider, Silver Surfer Black, Superior Spider-Man, Venom (Marvel)

Emilie Plateau, Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin (Europe Comics)

Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)

Tillie Walden, Are You Listening? (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

Comic Riffs blog, by Michael Cavna, http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/comics/

The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, RJ Casey, and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)

Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes (Hogan’s Alley)

Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, edited by Qiana Whitted (Ohio State University Press)

LAAB Magazine, vol. 4: This Was Your Life, edited by Ronald Wimberly and Josh O’Neill (Beehive Books)

Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne, http://www.WomenWriteAboutComics.com

Best Comics-Related Book

The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell (Abrams)

The Book of Weirdo, by Jon B. Cooke (Last Gasp)

Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe (Dark Horse)

Logo a Gogo: Branding Pop Culture, by Rian Hughes (Korero Press)

Making Comics, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny, by Paul Tumey (Library of American Comics/IDW)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

The Art of Pere Joan: Space, Landscape, and Comics Form, by Benjamin Fraser (University of Texas Press)

The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets, by Kevin Haworth (University Press of Mississippi)

EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)

The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life, edited by Andrew Blauner (Library of America)

Producing Mass Entertainment: The Serial Life of the Yellow Kid, by Christina Meyer (Ohio State University Press)

Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond: Uniting Different Cultures and Identities, edited by Fusami Ogi et al. (Palgrave Macmillan)

Best Publication Design

Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe, designed by Ethan Kimberling (Dark Horse)

Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, designed by Anna-Tina Kessler (TASCHEN)

Logo a Gogo, designed by Rian Hughes (Korero Press)

Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, designed by Paul Kopple and Alex Bruce (Beehive Books)

Making Comics, designed by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

Rusty Brown, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

Best Digital Comic

Afterlift, by Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo (comiXology Originals)

Black Water Lilies, by Michel Bussi, adapted by Frédéric Duval and Didier Cassegrain, translated by Edward Gauvin (Europe Comics)

Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin, by Tania de Montaigne, adapted by Emilie Plateau, translated by Montana Kane (Europe Comics)

Elma, A Bear’s Life, vol. 1: The Great Journey, by Ingrid Chabbert and Léa Mazé, translated by Jenny Aufiery (Europe Comics)

Mare Internum, by Der-shing Helmer (comiXology; gumroad.com/l/MIPDF)

Tales from Behind the Window, by Edanur Kuntman, translated by Cem Ulgen (Europe Comics)

Best Webcomic

Cabramatta, by Matt Huynh, http://believermag.com/cabramatta/

Chuckwagon at the End of the World, by Erik Lundy, https://hollowlegcomics.tumblr.com/chuckwagon 

The Eyes, by Javi de Castro, https://www.javidecastro.com/theeyes

Fried Rice Comic, by Erica Eng, https://friedricecomic.tumblr.com

 reMIND, by Jason Brubaker, https://is.gd/T7rafM

Third Shift Society, by Meredith Moriarty, https://www.webtoons.com/en/supernatural/third-shift-society/list?title_no=1703

Speaking of San Diego Comic Con, even though it’s not on this year. They are presenting a virtual version with Comi-con@home beginning on  Wednesday, July 22nd. and running to the 26th. It will include panels, giveaways, news, and more. You’ll also be able to print out your own con badge best of all it’s completely free. In a statement, SCC Spokesman David Glanzer said quote “For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe,” said SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer. “Though stay-at-home conditions makes this a very difficult time, we see this as an opportunity to spread some joy and strengthen our sense of community.” unquote I’m guessing this will not be a good excuse not to go to work.

Disney is moving another movie straight to Disney Plus instead of theaters. The one and Only Ivan is based on a 2012 children’s book by KA Applegate. The film mixes Live action and CGI to tell the story of Ivan, a 400 pound gorilla played by Sam rockwell who lives in an enclosure in a suburban mall with Stella the elephant played by Angelina Jolie and Bob the dog played by Danny Devito. Ivan starts to remember his life in the jungle with a new baby elephant named Ruby arrives, played by Brooklyn Prince. The movie comes to Disney Plus on August 21st.

Genius Brands International has named former CEO of the Fox Kids Networks Margaret Loesch as executive chair of its new online ad-supported streaming service Kartoon Channel! Which launched this week. The Kartoon Channel (which is Kartoon with a K) will offer over 4,000 episodes of content from Genius Brands catalog including Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab, Baby Genius, Martha Stewart & Friends, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, Gisele Bündchen’s Gisele & The Green Team, Gummi Bears, Shark Academy, DaJammies, Amber the Ambulance, Dino the Dinosaur, Ethan the Dump Truck, IncrediTales, OneZeez and Super Geek Heroes  The streaming service is aimed at kids 2 to eleven and should be carried on all platforms. 

In an attempt to help draw customers back to comic book shops and maybe mitigate some of the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, AfterShock Comics is putting out a special, 48-page anthology comic, Support Our Shops (S.O.S.).

The comic will be provided free to stores, tand will showcase works from such writers as Zac Thompson, Jamie McKelvie, Jerry Ordway, Cullen Bunn and Aaron Douglasand artists Gordon Purcell, Leila Leiz, Szymon Kundranski, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, Cliff Richards and Don Kramer; with cover art by David Mack. Publisher Joe Pruett in a statement said quote  “This benefit book celebrates the central and critical role that comic shops have always played in fostering a love of the medium among fans – many of whom have gone on to become creators in their own right,” “It might be a drop in the bucket, but it’s a hell of a drop in the bucket. These are heartfelt stories, crafted by creators with deep, lasting connections to the comic shops of yesterday, today and, we have no doubt, tomorrow.”unquote 

Comic book stores that rank among Diamond’s top 200 AfterShock accounts will receive 20 free copies of S.O.S. per storefront with June 24 orders. Ten free copies will go to the next 300 stores in the rankings. Any stores that are not among the rankings may still request copies of S.O.S.. The aim is for comic book store owners to either give away the copies or sell them at a suggested price to make up for recent losses.

Tonight we say Goodbye and Thank you to Dennis “Denny” O’Neil. Denny is legendary and some would say that he was as important to DC as Stan Lee was to Marvel. He not only shaped Batman from the ’70s to the 90’s as the Batman group editor.  He along with Neal Adams shaped Green Lantern and Green Arrow, using the characters to tackle racism, poverty, and a variety of topics. Denny was born in May 1939 and got started in comics as Stan Lee’s assistant in the mid-’60s. He would later that decade start writing for Charlton Comics with occasional work for DC and Marvel. IN the 70’s he and Adams were tasked with bringing the Dark Knight out of the campiness that the 60’s Batman tv show had let it into. The duo brought Batman back to the original that Bill Finger and Bob Kane created, leaning into the dark, gothic and mysterious elements of Batman and Gotham City. There work is with us today in every modern Batman movie.

His work on the Green Lantern/Green Arrow series put Hal Jordan in the role of cosmic cop to Oliver Queen’s protester, both spending time showing each that the world was not just black and white but shades of grey He also did runs of Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and The Question. He also wrote episodes of Batman The Animated Series, Gi Joe, Logans Run, and Superboy

Later, Denny would co-create Azrael with Joe Quesada, he also created Ra’s al Ghul (and his daughter Talia), Leslie Thompkins, and Richard Dragon and leading Batman through Knightfall, he even wrote the novelization, which I happen to own a copy, he called Knightfall one of the more interesting experiences of his life. He did do some work outside of DC and Marvel.  His graphic novel of The Shadow 1941 for Dynamite was so great, his friend and colleague Rick Stasi said quote I couldn’t pick just one aspect of Denny’s contributions. His SHADOW was phenomenal work! No one handled The Shadow like Denny! Unquote He also wrote novellas that have been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction and Fantastic Stories.

Denny never lost his love for comics, he wrote the DC Guide to Writing Comics and taught a comics writing course at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts. He was also a multiple award winner winning multiple Shazam Awards, several Goethe Awards, and a two-time Inkpot Award winner.

Dennis “Denny” O’Neil died on June 11th from natural causes, he was 81 years old. His final work is in the Joker 80th Anniversary special. 

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