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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FINAL ISSUE

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!

SUPERMAN #28

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

On the comic book edition, Spider-Man 3 gets Strange, Someone’s betting against Wonder Woman 84 and Soul skips the theater.  All that and more on this edition of multiverse tonight.https://multiversetonight.wordpress.comhttp://mtpodcast.comSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/multiverse)
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  3. Some Music for the Peace Maker
  4. The Mandalorian Plays Monopoly
  5. Wonder Woman At Christmas Time

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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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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Show Notes: Episode 78:Netflix or Quit & Episode 79: A Plea To Save Comics

Tonight! A postman turns heads, A look at the Lower Decks and a couple of goodbyes all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Welcome to episode 78 of Multiverse Tonight. Well what can be said. Things are…starting to form into a new kind of normal. Most restrictions have been lifted, mostly because people whined about them. So now it’s a wait and see to see when wave two hits and people realize that getting out next to each other on the beach isn’t such a good idea.  Just because you think you don’t have it doesn’t mean you don’t have it. And unless you one hundred percent trust the other person, assume they have it too. 

Let’s get on with the news.

Star Wars

A mailman in Colchester Vermont is turning heads. He, like all essential employees, has had to get used to wearing masks to do his job. So you might as well have fun with it. The unnamed mailman posted an image of himself on The Mandalorian reddit page of himself in a Mandalorian helmet painted in Postal Service colors with red trim around the frontal t and the usps logo on the front. Pretty spiffy. Keep up the good work Mando.

It’s been forty years since The Empire Strikes back and the line that would change the franchise forever. No, I am your father. fMark Hamill related on twitter about how that line was kept a secret saying quote The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film. When we shot it, Vader’s line was “You don’t know the truth, Obi-Wan killed your father.” Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas & I knew what would be dubbed in later. Agony keeping that secret for over a year! 😩 https://t.co/DcB2lW8AhC

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 24, 2020

Simon Pegg would like another go in the cinematic land of Star Wars. The actor, who portrayed Rey’s  boss on Jakku, Unkar Plutt. Now he’s interested in playing  a classic Star Wars bounty hunter Dengar in a future season of the Mandalorian. Dengar was one of the bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to find the Millenium Falcon back in The Empire Strikes back. He was portrayed by actor Morris Bush. Pegg has also portrayed the character albeit in the animated The Clone Wars series as well as Star wars Battlefront. He told Collider quote “I’ve mentioned it a few times, but surely, if Taika [Waititi, director] and [series creator Jon] Favreau decide to bring Dengar into The Mandalorian, then I have some form [of experience] in the past having played him in Star Wars: Battlefront and The Clone Wars,” unquote Pegg told Collider when asked to name the television show he’d most like to appear on as a guest star. “So just saying. I heard they just employed Katee Sackhoff to play a character that wasn’t in the movies but she played it before in a different Star Wars thing, so just saying.”

Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga has a release date. The game will be out for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on October 20th The game covers all the Star Wars movies from one to nine and Featuring interplanetary travel, wide, open worlds to explore, and over 200 characters from across the Star Wars saga, the new entry will also be offering a new take on the series’ combat, a host of sidequests, and more.

The Star Wars The High Republic books and comic books have been delayed due to the pandemic. The new era of storytelling set 200 years before the Phantom Menace during the height of the Republic. The first three books in the series. Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi and Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage to drop on January 5th, 2021. Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark will debut on February 2, 2021. New release dates for the Marvel and IDW comics have yet to be announced. 

Star Trek

Well Picard Season Two is delayed by the coronavirus. The original plans were to start in June. According to co-creator Akiva Goldsman in an interview with Collider quote “We were not shooting,” he says. “We were to start shooting in June, which I guarantee you we will not unless the world opens tomorrow. We had broken the season, we were about halfway through the writing of it. You know, we will start as soon as we can once the world opens, you know? Prep will have to resume, and then we’ll start. We know what it is, and it’s cool. And we’re excited by it, and I feel like we learned a lot from season one. It’s… of the things I have in my life it is the one that is most imminent when the world opens. It’s the one that feels like that’s the thing, at least in my life, that’s going to come back fastest. Unquote  The good news there is that they’re working on the show and given the extra time they’ve got now, it should be one hell of a show.

Akiva also offered an idea of how many seasons the show is targeting saying quote “I mean, I think we have discussed it as both a 3 season show, a 5 season show, a “let’s just keep going forever” show… But we certainly… Star Trek: Picard in my view will go as long as Patrick Stewart wants to do it… As I’m sure you know, he was not interested in coming back. And we did a lot of… really good collaborative story breaking and talking and you know and I think he’s particularly delighted in a good way about having come back. And we will rely on that good will until he feels he’s done.”

And while we’re on Trek shows. Slash Film had an interview with Star Trek Lower Decks co-creator Mike Mcmahan. He said quote “I’m a huge Star Trek fan, and nobody needs a Star Trek comedy that made fun of Star Trek or punched down on Star Trek, nor was I interested in doing that that. I was interested in writing a Star Trek that could be canon, that follows the rules of other Star Trek shows that I loved, and has everything that you love about Star Trek, including the way you tell stories. But I’m a comedy writer. I’m never gonna write a serious Star Trek, so the way that we handled it is it’s on a ship that isn’t the capital ship. It’s not about the bridge crew. It’s about the lowest officers on that ship. But when we’re breaking stories for the lower decks, every episode also has a proper Star Trek episode that’s happening to the bridge crew, and our lower deckers aren’t involved in it. However, you can’t have a big sci-fi thing happening on a starship and not have it effect them because that’s their whole world. So if you’re watching Lower Decks, you’re getting a full Star Trek episode from the perspective of people who are having their own social and emotional stories and their own sci-fi stories, but they just aren’t on the bridge. They don’t have the information the bridge is getting, and they don’t have the responsibility.” unquote 

This show allowed McMahan to stretch his comedic legs, Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites are more intentional comedies. So how to do it on Lower Decks? Mike explained quote 

“A big thing that was important to me was figuring out how do we comedically access these characters. How can these characters be funny and not break Star Trek? You can’t have a Morty [from Rick and Morty] in Star Trek. You can’t just have a stupid person in Starfleet, otherwise it breaks the aspirational paradigm of what humanity is like in Starfleet. So our leads are foils for each other, but they’re very much ingrained in Star Trek.” unquote He then broke down the characters quote “You have Ensign Beckett Mariner, who is sort of like our Tom Cruise/Maverick, where she’s amazing at Starfleet stuff, and she’s incredibly knowledgeable, but she just hates following the rules and she bristles at the military structure. She wants to do whatever she wants. She’s kind of like Captain Kirk if Kirk wasn’t a captain and didn’t have the power. Kirk would follow his gut, and she follows her gut.Then, Ensign Brad Boimler also knows everything about sci-fi stuff, and is also an amazing Starfleet crew member, but he’s so by-the-book and so burdened by following the rules that he can’t follow his gut. So the comedic friction there is that they both want the same thing, they’re both good at this stuff, but emotionally and from a human level, they’re completely different about how they do it.” unquote 

He also talked about people having concerns about the show being a comedy saying quote “Star Trek has always had comedy in it. Every series of Star Trek has funny characters, funny episodes, and those always live in the B-stories for the most part. That, to me, is what I love about Star Trek. So it’s really taking that aspect of it and letting that shine. I can’t wait for you guys to see it, because it’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. It feels like it fell out of another dimension in the 90s where they were making a funny Next Generation era show.” unquote 

This show sounds so interesting. So when can we see it CBS?

Geek

If you’re not using your Netflix, you’re gonna lose it.  The streaming giant has announced in emails to subscribers and in app notifications that inactive consumers will be given an ultimatum of sorts. Do you wanna stay subscribed? If no response is given your account will be deactivated. Eddy Wu, director of product innovation, said in a statement. Quote “We’re asking everyone who has not watched anything on Netflix for a year since they joined to confirm they want to keep their membership. And we’ll do the same for anyone who has stopped watching for more than two years,’ Two years without watching? I think Netflix is doing those people a solid. That’s money wasted by these people. 15 times 24 is three hundred sixty dollars. Watch something, will ya?

Variety reports in an exclusive that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might just postpone the 2021 Oscar awards all together.  Their sources, who spoke to Variety on condition of anonymity, say that the plan hasn’t been set in motion yet. Just saying that it’s likely. Currently the telecast is set to air on abc on February 28, 2021. There has also been a rule change introduced as well because of closed theatres. Normally a movie would have to have a seven day run at an LA County theater to qualify. But they’re allowing films that have been released digitally if they were originally going to have a theater run, but couldn’t. Theatrical runs in New york, chicago, Miami, Atlanta and the Bay Area are also being allowed.

Netflix has purchased the historic Egyptian Theatre from Los Angeles nonprofit American Cinematheque.  The Egyptian will remain home to the American Cinematheque, with Netflix planning to invest in the theater’s renovation and will use the revitalized space for special events, screenings and premieres. The Egyptian opened on Hollywood Boulevard in 1922 and was home to the first Los Angeles movie premiere, “Robin Hood,” starring Douglas Fairbanks.

The Matrix 4 has added two months of additional time to it’s production schedule. Warner Bros hopes that production can restart in early July. Filming began in February in San Francisco but stopped in Berlin in Mid march when the coronavirus became a problem. The film is scheduled for next year.

Jamie Lee Curtis and her Comet Pictures productions have signed a three year deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse. The first project under this new deal will be Jamie Lee Curtis direceting the eco horror movie Mother Nature. The movie centers around climate  change and Jamie Lee wrote it with Russell Goldman, who has been appointed head of development for film and television at Comt pictures. In a statement, Ms. Curtis said quote “I’m 61, and my motto now is: ‘If not now, when? If not me, who?’ I’m excited to have a creative home to explore my own ideas and others. Jason and his team have made me feel welcome. Comet is ready to bring these stories to screen life,” Jason Blum added qute “Jamie is a force of nature and was a real partner on Halloween. So it’s both an honor and incredibly apt that she’s making her first feature film as a director with Mother Nature.” unquote 

What We Do In The Shadows has been renewed for a third season. Season two has been doing great aeraging 3.2 million viewers on tv and digital platforms. “We’re incredibly happy that critics and audiences are all in on Shadows,” Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment said in a statement quote  “Week in and week out, the producers, writers and our amazing cast continue to make one of the funniest and best comedy series on TV.” unquote 

The sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is going ahead and Scot Derrickson has been named director. Maggie Levin will write the script. The original movie from 19856 was a box office bomb but has become a cult classic over the years. Jim’s daughter Lisa Henson will be producing the sequel with brother Brian Executive Producing it.  Scott Derrickson is known for the exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still and Doing the first Doctor Strange movie. Scott passed on doing the second one. I’m a bit apprehensive on this one folks, is there really a need for a sequel? Especially with David Bowie no longer being with us?

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service is developing a comedy based on the Hans Christian Andersen Little Mermaid story. The show will be called Washed Up and will see The Mermaid fifteen years after the events of the story, now miserable and in a loveless marriage. But when her father suddenly dies, she suspects foul play and embarks on an epic adventure to save not only the underwater kingdom but the surface world as well.  The show comes from Writer Director Gracie Glassmeyer and will be produced by CBS Television Studios.

Finally tonight we remember a couple of actors first, Twilight actor Gregory Tyree Boyce, who played Tyler Crowley in the first Twilight movie is dead. If you don’t remember the movie, his big scene was almost hitting Bella with his car and Edward stopping the car with his bare hands. In recent years, he had turned his energy to opening up a Wing restaurant called West Wings. He and his girlfriend were found dead in their Las Vegas Condo. The cause of death has not been disclosed. He was thirty years old. 

We also remember actor Richard Herd. I know some of you out there are saying who? You may not know the name but you have seen him time and time again. Sci-fi fans will know him for his roles in the original 1983 miniseries V playing the Visitor’s Supreme Commander John, he also appeared on Seaquest DSV as Admiral William Noyce and Star Trek Voyager where he played Admiral Owen Paris, father of Tom Paris. But to comedy fans, he is known for his role of George Costanza’s boss Mr. Wilhelm on the sitcom Seinfeld.  Richard was born in 1932 in Boston Massachusetts. His first big role was in the movie Hercules in New York in 1970, playing a presenter on tv. He would go on to have roles in movies like All the President’s Men, the China Syndrome, Private Benjamin, Planes Trains and Automobiles, The Mule and more. But on tv, he was all over the place, first appearing in the 1973 show Pueblo, he would make appearances on Kojak, the rockford files, The Streets of San Francisco, Eight is Enough, Starsky and Hutch, Hart To Hart, Mash, Dallas, The Greatest American Hero, 36 episodes of TJ Hooker as Capt. Dennis Sheridan as well as four episodes of Simon and Simon, Hardcastle and McCormick, The A Team, Murder she wrote, Matlock, The Golden Girls, Quantam Leap, Star Trek The Next Generation as the Klingon L’Kor in the episode Birthright Pts 1 and 2, the list goes on and on and on, his final tv appearance was in a 2018 episode of Hawaii Five-o. Richard Herd passed away from cancer on May twenty sixth at the age of 87, he is survived by his wife Patricia and his four children.

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Tonight! Batwoman jumps ship, Sony makes a Jackpot? And some thoughts on comic distribution, all that and more on this edition of multiverse tonight.

Welcome to episode 79 of Multiverse Tonight.

So I’ve been having a thought. The problem with comics today is that they’re hard to find, unless you happen to have a comic book shop. You know what comic book publishers really need to do? 

Let me tell you a story. When I was a kid back in the 80’s you could buy comics in grocery stores. There wasn’t a huge selection, but there were a few titles. I was interested in Star Trek comics and that’s where I first found them. Now think about that. Comics. Available. Not in a niche store in a strip mall somewhere. No, where everyone could find them and get their hands on them. Since then, you can’t find comics in anyplace but comic book stores for the most part. Yes, I know, there are some at Walmart, but that’s just back issues mainly. There are some specially produced comics there, but what I’m getting at is that comics need to be more widely available, get these comics into grocery stores, convenience stores and other retailers and while we’re at it, the comics at Walmart need to be in a more convenient place, get read of the tabloids and put the comics there, or with the magazines in electronics. So hey, DC, Marvel, Image and other publishers, let’s look to the past to save this industry.  Now let’s get on with the news. 

DC 

The CW’s Batwoman series is now short one Batwoman as actress Ruby Rose abruptly has left the series after just one season in the role. The show, which had been renewed for a second season, is expected to return next January, but will now have to recast the title role. Ruby Rose in a statement said quote “I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”

“I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created,”. “Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me. Thank you to everyone who made season one a success – I am truly grateful.” unquote Deadline reports that she was not happy during the filming of the first season and her behaviour on set made everyone else miserable too. So it sounds like this might have been the best for all involved.

The other big DC news of the past couple of weeks was the announcement that not only does the Zack Snyder version of Justice League exist, but it will be released on HBO Max. The new version is getting the full backing of Warner Bros pictures and they are providing Zack and his wife with the resources to properly get it done. There are various reports saying that to complete such a task might cost between 20 and 30 million dollars and might require the actors to return for some Additional dialogue recording, but nothing has been released about that. Roger Greenblatt, chairman of Warner Media Entertainment and Direct to Consumer said in a statement quote “Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes,“”At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures.” unquote

 Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS and truTV

Added quote .”When Zack and Debbie shared the extraordinary vision of where Zack wanted to take Justice League, my team and our counterparts at Warner Bros. took it as a mission to solve the many issues that stood in the way,””Thanks to the partnership at Warner Bros. and the relentless pursuit of the entire WarnerMax team we are able to deliver this incredibly exciting moment for Zack, the fans and HBO Max.”

So there you have it, you just have to wait till next year and we can see if it was all worth it. Could be great, could be garbage, who knows.

So now that we have the Snyder cut, is there a special cut of Suicide Squd….say an Ayers Cut?  Short answer is yes. For the long answer we go to Director David Ayers twitter which reads quote “Of course it exists. And it is almost complete except for some visual effects.” unquote  Should such a cut ever see the light of day, Ayer has confirmed that there are hours of footage of Leto as Joker and a larger role for Harly Quinn, lus a stronger connection to Justice League. So does anyone want to see it?

Lucifer’s Season six has retained the services of it’s  star Tom Ellis. Now there is nothing left but to start writing and get rolling….

Lucifer is cancelled, not the series, the comic.March’s Lucifer issue eighteen will be the final issue, but don’t fear issues nineteen to twenty four will be released as a graphic novel, no date has been set for the graphic novel.

DC Comics has also announced that Catwoman will be getting a new creative team starting with September’s issue twenty five. The new team will be writer Ram V and artist Fernando Blanco. V previously guested on Catwoman fourteen and fifteen. We will get to see a preview of their style in the Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular which will be released this week.

The Hollywood reporter notes that Bane masks have apparently become a hot commodity amid the pandemic, with the requirements that people wear masks, Plastic adult bane masks are sold out at a number of costume sites, although they’re not really approved for wear during a pandemic. However if you want a Bane mask that you can use, etsy makers have been producing cloth versions, with most going for around twenty dollars. 

Marvel

Marvel’s Iron MAn Virtual reality Demo from developer Camouflaj is now available. The full game won’t be released until July 3rd, but you can get the demo now from the Playstation Network. Available in the demo is the “Malibu” tutorial mission,Interactive Stark Jet cinematic starring Tony, Friday & Pepper Potts,”Out of the Blue” Stark Jet gameplay mission,Flight Challenge optional mission and the Advanced Combat Challenge optional mission. In addition to the demo Sony announced a new Playstation VR bundle with the Iron Man game on Blu Ray disc, a Playstation vr headset, playstation camera, two playstation move controllers and a PS VR Demo Disc available for preorder for $349.99.

Sony Pictures has hired writer Marc Guggenheim to write the script for a movie based on the crime fighting character Jackpot. Yep Jackpot that…that…who the hell is Jackpot? She apparently is a character in the orbit of Spider-man and according to the Deadline article quote 

Jackpot is a superheroine with exceptional strength, and her history in the comics is a complicated one. First incarnation was Sara Ehret, a scientist, who, while pregnant, is doing gene therapy research and is exposed to “Lot 777,” a virus that rewrote the DNA in her cells. Her baby is born healthy but she realizes in addition to being a new mom she has superhuman strength after she is forced to save her family. Eventually, she tired of the crime fighting burden and hands the suit to Alana Jobson, an ambitious pal who takes over the character but must ingest a Mutant Growth Hormone to live up to Jackpot’s superhuman abilities. Long story short, she is killed when teaming with Spider-Man to track down the villain Menace and is killed in action. A guilt-ridden Ehret returns to the job, keeping her identity secret as she raises a family while fighting crime. Unquote And now Sony wants to make her into a movie. So here’s the question folks, will you want to see this movie? Who should play Jackpot? 

Marvel is rereleasing Avengers and Iron Man 3 into theaters….but not here. Sorry. The two MCU movies are being released into theaters in Hong Kong in order to entice people back to the theaters. The movies will be in theaters there from now until June tenth. The Hollywood Reporter believes that more Marvel movies could be rereleased in coming months. Would it be a good idea for Disney to do the same for theaters in the United States and Europe?

X-Men Star Nicholas Hoult wants another turn to play Beast if X-Men is rebooted for the MCU. He told Variety quote “That was a fun evolution and that’s something that I’m always looking for is how a character changes. And I think there’s a lot more to explore with that character,””So I’d be interested to know where they see it going next.” unquote It’s unknown when such a reboot will occur.

Geek

Boom! Studios has announced a new Mega Man comic book series called Mega Man Fully Charged, based on the animated series of the same name. The six issue series is in partnership with WildBrain Ltd and Dentsu Entertainment USA and will be written by Mega Man tv writers AJ Marchisello and Marcus Rinehart and will be drawn by Stefano Simeone. Here’s how Boom Studios describes the series. Quote “After Mega Man’s father Dr. Light is kidnapped, a shocking truth rocks Mega Man’s world as it seems the Robot Masters know more about his secret history than he does. But as Dr. Wily’s machinations trigger Mega Man’s forgotten memories of the brutal human/robot war, our hero is left to question just who he is and if he can trust anything or anyone – including the man he calls father.” unquote

Master of the universe revelation showrunner Kevin Smith in an interview with IMDB has confirmed that the show is a sequel to the original 80’s animated series. Saying quote “It’s not like every other thing you knew about the characters is BS or whatever. We honor what went before. Our first episode is designed to feel like the next episode if they kept going in the classic run.” unquote There is still no release date.

Deadpool creator and Image Comics co-founder Rob Liefeld has never been short of words and now he has a new podcast in which he talks about comics. The podcast is called Robservations with Rob Liefeld and is available where you get podcasts.

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie went from being a joke when the first trailer was released to being a pretty well recieved movie. So much so that The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Paramount has greenlit the sequel with Jeff Fowler returning to direct and Pat Casey and Josh Miller returning to write.

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Show Notes: Episode 76: An All Access Pike & Episode 77: A Little Sandman in Your Ears

Tonight! Pike rides again! The Mandalorian gets some new actors and we remember two funny men. All that and more on this scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 76 of Multiverse Tonight. 

Things are going okay here in Kansas. Restrictions are starting to lift a little bit, but frankly not enough people are wearing masks. People, until we have a vaccine or a cure for this, we need to ensure that we don’t spread anything around. Anyway, I’d like to give a shout out to the guys over at Pop Goes The Culture. They are allowing me to boost the signal so to speak and get out in front of more people. So, thanks guys. Now let’s get to the news.

Star Trek

The adventures of Anson Mount’s Captain Pike won’t end with season two of Discovery. CBS All Access has announced that it has ordered Star Trek Strange new worlds straight to series. The new show will follow Pike and the crew of the Enterprise in the decade before Kirk takes the reigns. Returning will be Anson Mount of course as Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Una aka Number One and Ethan Peck as Mr. Spock.  Akiva Goldsman will be writing the series premiere based on a story he co wrote with Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Goldsman, Kurtzman and Lumet will serve as the main executive producers with Henry Alonso Myers, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth also as executive producers and . Aaron Baiers, Akela Cooper, and Davy Perez as co-executive producers. Akiva Goldsman in a statement said quote “This is a dream come true, literally,” said  Goldsman. “I have imagined myself on the bridge of the Enterprise since the early 1970s. I’m honored to be a part of this continuing journey along with Alex, Henry and the fine folks at CBS. unquote This makes the fifth new Star trek series, joining Discovery, Picard, Short Treks and Lower Decks. There are a couple more still in development including a Nickelodeon series and a Section 31 series.

CBS All Access will be getting a makeover with a new name. In a first quarter earnings call with investors, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish said that the rebranding will happen quote “as soon as [CBS All Access] expands to incorporate more of the company’s cable brands and library programming.” The streaming service already incorporates content from CBS and Paramount, but soon the service will bring in content from ViacomCBS’ cable brands like Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET, Smithsonian, MTV and Paramount Network. No definitive details on when a name change might be affected. Or when more Trek content is coming? Where is that Lower Decks series!

There has been now specific word on when the show will arrive and in an interview with Inverse dot com Show runner Mike McMahan said that quote “I can’t give you a specific answer on when that’s coming out,” “but we’re still working on it and we’re on track for when we have planned, which is this year.” unquote. Well I guess that’s something. While we wait, Check out his other new show, Solar Opposites on Hulu.

A Star Trek Voyager novel is coming out this October.  In “To Lose The Earth ”, quote “As the crew of the Full Circle fleet works to determine the fate of their lost ship, the Galen, a struggle for survival begins at the far edge of the galaxy. New revelations about Species 001, the race that built the biodomes that first drew the fleet to investigate planet DK-1116, force Admiral Kathryn Janeway to risk everything to learn the truth.” unquote The book is written by Kirsten Beyer.

Patrick Stewarty is echoing the hope for more Next Generation cast appearances in future episodes of Picard telling Gold Derby quote “In meetings when we talked about bringing in members of The Next Generation crew, that was one of the things I was most passionate about, which was not only should Picard have changed during the 18 years that had passed, but the same has to be applied to Counselor Troi, to Commander Riker, to whoever it is,” he says. “And by the way, I am very hopeful we will see more of The Next Generation crew before we say goodbye to Picard. And that is just what they did, and there is no better example than the episode.”

Star Trek Online has announced the Year of the Klingon with a new major multipart 2411 story focused on the Klingons. Existing Klingon content will also be getting a much needed overhaul. In a post on the STO website quote “[A]s part of this long-planned, face-of-the-game changing story, we’re taking a little time to focus on our most honorable allies. We love our Klingon content – who doesn’t love a story that involves descending into Grethor and fighting a god? – but a lot of it is old, and doesn’t contain the technical improvements we’ve made to the game over the years. So we’re spending time and resources to give these pieces of content visual and gameplay facelifts. Over the next twelve months (maybe more), you’ll see new Klingon character models for some of our classic characters like J’Mpok, updated skins for the classic Klingon ships like the Bird of Prey, new environments and cutscenes to refresh this old but beloved content.” unquote 

Star  Wars

Happy Anniversary to the Empire Strike Back! The arguably best part of the original trilogy turns 40 this week. It opened in theaters on May 21, 1980. Made on a budget of 18 million dollars, it went on to gross 547.9 million by the end of it’s run. It was rereleased with a Special Edition back in 1997.

The Mandalorian will have a visit from the original man in the Mandalorian armor, Boba Fett. The bounty hunter will be making an appearance in the second season of the hit Disney Plus series. Boba will be played by Temuera Morrison who portrayed Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones.

Also reportedly cast for season two is Katee Sackoff. According to Slash Film dot com, Katee will be appearing as Mandalorian leader Bo-Katan Kryze, who Katee has voiced in both the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. According to the site, Sackhoff and Lucasfilm are keeping the news under wraps. Also cast is actor Timothy Olyphant. His character is unknown at this time. 

Dave Filoni will be returning to the directors chair for the Mandalorians second season, Filoni, who also serves as executive producer directed the first and fifth episodes of the first season will be directing just one this season. Speaking with Deadline he said quote “I just did one episode this coming season,” “I’m really excited about it, I wrote it and directed it, so you know, that’ll be a fun thing for me, and I’ve been learning from Jon [Favreau]. He’s a great mentor. You know, to be in that situation in a live-action show with someone like him and a fantastic team of people, it’s a really fortunate place for me to land because you’re with people that can really help you and realize the things that you’re trying to do story-wise.” unquote

Geek

CBS has picked up the Silence of The Lambs sequel series Clarice, Clarice will follow Agent Starling, six months after the events of the movie have taken place. Here’s what the official press release says quote “CLARICE, from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, and starring Rebecca Breeds (“Pretty Little Liars”) in the title role, is a deep dive into the untold personal story of brilliant and vulnerable FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, six months after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” Kal Penn, Nick Sandow, Michael Cudlitz, Lucca De Oliveira and Devyn A. Tyler also star. Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet and Heather Kadin are executive producers for MGM Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout. Aaron Baiers is a co-executive producer.” unquote Not the first time the Hannibal story events have been touched upon, NBC did Hannibal, which took place in and around the events of the first novel in the Hannibal series Red Dragon.

Stephen King’s 2014 novel Revival will be getting a big screen adaptation from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, the guys behind last year’s Doctor Sleep adaptation. Flanagan is writing the script and might possibly direct. The novel centers around the relationship between a heroin addicted musician and a dubious minister with an unknown agenda.

Jerry Bruckheimer is bringing back National treasure, this time for tv. If it’s given a go it would go to Disney Plus. Mr. Bruckheimer told Collider quote “We’re certainly working on one [National Treasure] for streaming and we’re working on one for the big screen. Hopefully, they’ll both come together and we’ll bring you another National Treasure, but they’re both very active. … The one for Disney+ is a much younger cast. It’s the same concept but a young cast. The one for theatrical would be the same cast,” unquote He went on to tell Collier that the pilot script and season outline have been presented to Disney Plus. So it sounds like no Nick Cage. Either this is a prequel or a total reimagining.

A Disney Plus series based on the Percy Jackson series of books is currently in the early stages of development according to author Rick Riordan. IN a  statement he said quote

Unquote Hopefully this will have a better reception than the movie got.

Disney Plus is moving around the release dates for some movies. Avengers Infinity War is coming to the service on June 26th, Solo A Star Wars Story is comin on July 10th and Ant-Man and the Wasp will debut on Disney Plus on August 14th. 

Now to something everyone wants to see, Disney Plus announced that a filmed production of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will hit the streamer on July 3rd, over a year before it was slated to be released to theaters. In a statement Mister Miranda said quote “I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought ‘Hamilton’ to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” Miranda said in a statement. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney Plus for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4 weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.” Disney paid 75 million for the rights to the filmed rendition and there are still plans for a fully produced big screen version, but that’s not in the immediate future. 

Now let’s close out this podcast remembering those who have left us in the past couple of weeks or so. First off, Fredd Willard passed away on May fifteenth. From natural causes. Fred was popular for acting as an affable but goofy character; he has more than three hundred eleven acting credits to his name. Appearing in everything from tv shows like Get Smart, Laverne & Shirley, Fernwood tonight, America 2-Night, The Love Boat, Fame, Married with Children, Roseanne, Sister Sister, Lois & Clark The New Adventures of Superman, Mad About You, Hercules, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy,Modern Family and many many more, his last tv role will be in the series Space Force. He starred in such films as  Silver Streak, Fun With Dick And Jane, This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Idle Hands, Austin Powers the Spy who Shagged Me, Best In show for which he was nominated for five awards ,winning two, A Mighty Wind, Anchorman the Legend of Ron Burgundy, Wall-E, Mascots and many more, his final film role in 2018’s The Bobby Roberts Project. He is survived by his Daughter and grandson, He was 86 years old.

We also remember Jerry Stiller,Comic and Father of Ben Stiller. He was half of the husband and wife comedy team of Stiller and Meara and portrayed Frank Costanza’s dad on Seinfield and the dad on the King of Queens. He also acted in his son’s films Zoolander, Zoolander 2 and The Heartbreak Kid, he died of natural causes at the age of 92.

We also lost Little Richard, one of the pioneers of rock and roll. Little Richard came to prominence in 1956 with Tutti Frutti and followed that up with songs like Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, Lucille and Good Golly Miss Molly. Born Richard Wayne Penniman on December fifth 1932, in Macon Georgia, he became a teen idol. In 1986 he became one of the first ten inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won a lifetime achievement Award at the 1993 Grammys. MST3k fans will best remember him for his appearance in the Catalina Caper episode. Little Richard passed away from bone cancer in Nashville Tennessee, he was 87.

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Tonight! Swamp Thing rises again, Mark Waid and Neal Adams join their powers for the first time and we take a moment to remember Martin Pasko, all that and more on the comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 77 of Multiverse Tonight! So how’s the past couple of weeks been. For me, it’s been interesting, I bought myself the newest car I’ve ever had a 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback, my health is well and I hope yours is too. Comic books are slowly coming back. Stores are starting to slowly reopen. Things are okay for now. Are things great? No, but I think people are adjusting.

DC

Are you ready for Batman to get…darker? According to one of the stars of The Batman Andy Serkis, get ready for darker. Speaking with LADbible, Serkis said that the movie will be more intense than previous DCU movies and that his Alfred Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne will have a real emotional connection at the center of the script. He also said that his Alfred will be a very different take from previous versions. Saying quote “He [Caine] was fantastic. His Alfred was legendary, I couldn’t even begin to go there, really. You find it for yourself. It’s like playing these iconic roles in Shakespeare, you go back, you revisit them and you have to make it your own, and see what it is about the character that connects with you and your personal venn diagram,” unquote Andy also revealed that they were only halfway finished when production halted due to the pandemic and a restart has not been set yet.  You know, I don’t want a darker Batman, I want a detective Batman. Can we see that instead? Please?

Swamp Thing has always been able to rise from the swamps..now he’s arisen from cancelation as the CW has picked up the series from DCUniverse. No details have been given as to new production on new episodes.

Season Two of Doom Patrol will be coming to both DC Universe and HBO Max on June twenty fifth. The first episode of the season sees quote “DC’s strangest group of heroes — Cliff Steele aka Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Jane aka Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) — are back again to save the world. That is, if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the members of the Doom Patrol now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal by Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton), while confronting their own personal baggage. And as each member faces the challenge of growing beyond their own past traumatic experiences, they must come together to embrace and protect the newest member of the family: Dorothy Spinner (Abigail Shapiro), Niles’ daughter, whose powers remain a mysterious but real threat to bringing on the end of the world.”

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is coming to Audible and it’s a bit of an all star cast. James McAvoy will provide the voice of Morpheus, also known as Dream of the Endless. Dream’s sister, Death, is played by Kat Dennings. Taron Egerton takes on the role of John Constantine. Andy Serkis is Matthew the Raven. Michael Sheen plays Lucifer. Bebe Neuwirth is the Siamese Cat. Riz Ahmed plays the nightmare called the Corinthian. Gaiman will serve as the narrator. Supporting cast includes Justin Vivian Bond as Desire, Arthur Darvill as William Shakespeare, William Hope as Doctor Destiny, Matthew Horne as Hob Gadling, Reginald D. Hunter as J’onn J’onzz, Sue Johnston as Unity Kinkaid, Paterson Joseph as the Demon Chronzon, Josie Lawrence as Mad Hettie, Anton Lesser as Doctor John Hathaway, Joanna Lumley as Lady Johanna Constantine, and Miriam Margoyles as Despair. The cast will be adapting the first three Sandman graphic novels with Dirk Maggs directing the adaptation. Here’s the blurb quote “When The Sandman, also known as Lord Morpheus—the immortal king of dreams, stories and the imagination—is pulled from his realm and imprisoned on Earth by a nefarious cult, he languishes for decades before finally escaping. Once free, he must retrieve the three “tools” that will restore his power and help him to rebuild his dominion, which has deteriorated in his absence. As the multi-threaded story unspools, The Sandman descends into Hell to confront Lucifer (Michael Sheen), chases rogue nightmares who have escaped his realm, and crosses paths with an array of characters from DC comic books, ancient myths, and real-world history, including: Inmates of Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, Doctor Destiny, the muse Calliope, the three Fates, William Shakespeare (Arthur Darvill), and many more.“

The Sandman audio drama debuts on Audible on July 15th.

Some sad news, The Flash actor Logan Williams, who died at the of sixteen last month, died of an overdose of the opioid fentanyl. His mother revealed to the New York post that her son had been battling addiction for three years. She told the outlet quote “His death is not going to be in vain,” “He’s going to help a lot of people down the road.” unquote If you or someone you love is addicted to opiods, get help.INthe united states call 1800 662 Help

THE CW’S FOURTH QUARTER 2020 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

MONDAY

8-8:30 PM —  Whose Line Is It Anyway?

8:30-9 PM —  Whose Line Is It Anyway?

9-10 PM — Penn & Teller: Fool Us

TUESDAY

8-9 PM —  Swamp Thing

9-10 PM — Tell Me A Story

WEDNESDAY

8-8:30 PM — Two Sentence Horror Stories

8:30-9 PM — Dead Pixels

9-10 PM — Coroner

THURSDAY

8-9 PM — Supernatural

9-10 PM — The Outpost

FRIDAY

8-8:30 PM — World’s Funniest Animals

NEW SERIES

SUPERMAN & LOISIn SUPERMAN & LOIS, after years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the world’s most famous superhero, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin, “Teen Wolf”) and comic books’ most famous journalist, Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch, “Grimm”), come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever – dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society. Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass, “Little Fires Everywhere”) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin, “The Peanuts Movie”) could inherit their father’s Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older. Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui, “Entourage”), a local loan officer who also happens to be Clark’s first love, and her Fire Chief husband Kyle Cushing (Erik Valdez, “Graceland”). The adults aren’t the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as the Kent sons are reacquainted with Lana and Kyle’s rebellious daughter, Sarah (Inde Navarrette, “Wander Darkly”). Of course, there’s never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois’ father, General Samuel Lane (Dylan Walsh, “Nip/Tuck”) looking for Superman to vanquish a villain or save the day at a moment’s notice. Meanwhile, Superman and Lois’ return to idyllic Smallville is set to be upended when a mysterious stranger (Wolé Parks, “All American”) enters their lives. Based on the characters from DC created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, SUPERMAN & LOIS is written and executive produced by Todd Helbing (“The Flash”) and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns. The series is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

WALKER — a reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” stars Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) as Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He’ll attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son (Kale Culley, “Me, Myself and I”) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenage daughter (Violet Brinson, “Sharp Objects”) and navigate clashes with his family – an ADA brother (Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”) who stepped in during Walker’s absence, his perceptive mother (Molly Hagen, “Herman’s Head”) and his traditional rancher father (Mitch Pileggi, “The X-Files”). Walker’s former colleague is now his Ranger Captain, (Coby Bell, “The Game”). Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history) played by Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”), while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. The show also stars Jeff Pierre as Trey Barnett. WALKER is written and executive produced by Anna Fricke (“Being Human,” “Valor”), and executive produced by Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore and Jared Padalecki. WALKER is from CBS Television Studios in association with Rideback.

MIDSEASON

KUNG FU — A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents (Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky will rely on her tech-savvy sister (Shannon Dang), pre-med brother (Jon Prasida), Assistant District Attorney and ex-boyfriend (Gavin Stenhouse), and new love interest (Eddie Liu) as well as her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice … all while searching for the ruthless assassin (Gwendoline Yeo) who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her. Inspired by the original series created by Ed Spielman, KUNG FU is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Quinn’s House and Berlanti Productions, with writer/executive producer Christina M. Kim (“Blindspot,” “Lost”) and executive producers Martin Gero (“Blindspot,” “LA Complex”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Riverdale”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Riverdale”).

THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH — The bucolic tranquility of Greylock, New Hampshire is upended when a massive vein of coltan – an incredibly valuable mineral used in tech – is discovered under the town. State-backed mining company Lydon Industries swoops in with plans to extract the mineral … plans that include wiping Greylock off the map. With her friends and family in danger of losing their homes, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper (Stella Baker) vows to stop Lydon’s bulldozers. It won’t be easy. Leading Lydon’s efforts is Sarah’s estranged brother, Danny Cooper (Luke Mitchell). After enduring a difficult childhood at the hands of his mother, former state senator Ellen Cooper (Megan Follows), Danny is eager to exact his revenge on a community he feels abandoned him. Sarah enlists her friends – fellow teacher Corinne Dearborn (Hope Lauren), police officer Amy “AJ” Johnson (Nia Holloway), and diner manager Grover Simms (Ian Duff) – in the fight against Danny, but there seems to be no way to stop the town’s impending demise … Until Sarah proposes an oddly intriguing solution: Greylock could declare independence. Citing various historical maps, she explains that the land on which Greylock sits was never properly claimed by the United States. If Sarah and her friends can convince the town to vote for independence, Greylock would gain international sovereignty and could protect its land for good. With the help of a group of supporters that includes three of her teenage students – LA transplant Maya Jimenez (Izabella Alvarez), introspective outsider Tyler Easterbrook (Forrest Goodluck), and preppy “popular girl” Bella Whitmore (Landry Bender) – Sarah and her friends win the vote. And after a federal judge agrees that Greylock isn’t – and never was – part of the United States, the town becomes a new nation. Now, Sarah and her allies must confront an even more daunting task: building a country from scratch. Executive Produced by Jeffrey Paul King (“Elementary”), Marc Webb (“Why Women Kill), Mark Martin (“Rendition”), Jeff Grosvenor and Leo Pearlman, THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH is a production of CBS Television Studios in association with Fulwell 73 and Black Lamb.

THE CW’S NEW SEASON PRIMETIME SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2021

(New Programs in UPPER CASE)

MONDAY

8-9 PM — All American

9-10 PM — Black Lightning

TUESDAY

8-9 PM — The Flash

9-10 PM — SUPERMAN & LOIS

WEDNESDAY

8-9 PM — Riverdale

9-10 PM — Nancy Drew

THURSDAY

8-9 PM — WALKER

9-10 PM — Legacies

FRIDAY

8-9 PM — Penn & Teller: Fool Us (New Night)

9-9:30 PM — Whose Line Is It Anyway? (New Night)

9:30-10 PM — Whose Line Is It Anyway? (New Night)

SUNDAY

8-9 PM — Batwoman

9-10 PM — Charmed (New Night)

Marvel

Rob Liefeld Creator of Deadpool and lots of other things, is someone who likes to freely share his opinions. Speaking with Comicbooks doe coms Talking Shop. It’s been two years since Deadpool 3, so what’s the hold up on the third one? Rob puts the blame on Marvel, quote “I blame Marvel…blame Marvel that that hasn’t happened yet,” Liefeld says. “They are the reason it isn’t happening. Whatever conundrum or it didn’t fit into your master plan, just commission it. Okay, commission it. You know if Frank Frazetta was still around, you would say, ‘Frank paint for me.'”  

“If Ryan(Reyonlads) is making Deadpool 3 right now, that’s because Marvel hasn’t allowed it to be yet and that’s all I’m saying,” he adds. “So, do I have a lot of faith in that system? Dude, I have no idea. So this is where I’m not that, I’m not giving you the answers you want. I’m like yeah, yeah. Look if it happens, terrific.”

Liefeld also thinks that Hugh Jackman will return to the cim=nematic X-Men franchise. When asked if he could see another actor in the role he said in an interview with Inverse quote “I’m stuck on Hugh Jackman,” “Having met Hugh, having loved Hugh, there is only Deadpool because of Wolverine… I was doing Deadpool [in the comics] to get to Wolverine. Wolverine was always the goal.” unquote, what would your choice as a new Wolverine be?

Fox’s final X-Men production, The New Mutants has been given a theatrical release date of August 28th in the year 2020 …or will it? This movie has been in the can for more than 2 years now. First slated for release in april of 2018, then getting pushed to February of last year, then to August of 2019. Then Fox was sold to Disney and it was moved to April 3rd of 2020…and then the pandemic. Yep, it’s been a long strange trip…maybe Disney should just put it out on Disney Plus and digital? Do they really think this will be a great money maker?

Marvel Entertainment is shuttering it’s digital comics shop. The publisher in an email to subscribers announced that digital comics purchased on the site will will automatically be available under your account in the Marvel Comics app. The company is also integrating a function where you can sync up the Marvel mobile app with your comiXology account so that your purchases are available both mobile and on a computer, without having to double-dip. This is an interesting move considering that Marvel and DC have been pushing digital  hard during the pandemic.

Speaking of comics, Marvel Comics have announced a new series teaming up writer Mark Waid with artist Neal Adams for the first time ever. The series titled Fantastic Four Antithesis will introduce a new villain as well as giving Adams a  crack at the Silver Surfer. Mark in a statement said quote “Working with Neal Adams has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. To share the page with a man of his talent is an honor,” Waid said in a statement provided by the publisher. “The story begins with the Fantastic Four struggling to prevent an extinction event on Earth and just goes more cosmic from there. We all know of Galactus, but until now, no one has met his Antithesis.” Adams added quote “I have always had the sense of missing the chance to draw the Fantastic Four,” Adams added. “It was a quiet sense, since I’ve had every opportunity to do my favorites. More, I felt Kirby and Buscema had done it all, hadn’t they…? When Marvel’s Tom Brevoort asked if I’d like to do the Fantastic Four, I knew I had to ask for Galactus and the Silver Surfer as well. I am humbled and thankful to Tom for the opportunity.” Here’s the official synopsis quote The soaring sentinel of the space-ways may have finally met his match in the all-new series FANTASTIC FOUR: ANTITHESIS – the first full-length Fantastic Four story ever illustrated by industry legend Neal Adams! Adams is joined by Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Captain America, Fantastic Four), who jam-packs this tale with a fan-favorite roster of Fantastic Four heroes and villains! Together, this celebrated creative team created a new nemesis for the Fantastic Four guaranteed to send shockwaves throughout all of fandom. Who or what is the Antithesis, and will the combined might of the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer, and Galactus himself be enough to defeat it? Find out more when FANTASTIC FOUR: ANTITHESIS #1 hits comic shops in August! Unquote 

Geek

Disney Plus’ new short form improvisational comedy series, Muppets Now has finally been given a time frame for it’s premiere on the streamer, Buried in a press release for the Disney Family Sing Along Volume 2 was mentioned quote “fans of The Muppets can also see more of Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends in the upcoming Disney+ series, Muppets Now, premiering this summer.” unquote Well I guess that’s better than the nebulous soon.

Now an update on the Spawn Kickstarter. If you;ll remember in a past episode I talked about how Todd McFarlane was raising money on Kickstarter to make a new Spawn Action Figure. Well that kickstarter finished with 3.4 million dollars. Congratulations Todd and all those who backed him.

A new Smurfs video game is in the works from game publisher Microids and developer OSome Studio. The game will be a 3D action adventure game with a brand new story inspired by the comics of The Smurfs creator Peyo. In a statement Microids Vice President Elliot Grassiano said quote “We are delighted for concluding this new partnership with IMPS! Thanks to this trans-generational license and the talent of OSome Studio, a long time Microids partner studio which worked on several family games, we are confident in bringing together all gamers in the wonderful world of the Smurfs,” Elliot Grassiano, Vice-president of Microids, said as part of the announcement. “The worldwide success met by the Smurfs will also allow us to increase our brand awareness overseas and position Microids as a major player internationally.” unquote 

The Mallrats Sequel Twilight of the Mallrats has a new actor as Kevin Smith tweeted that actress Aparna Brielle will star in the movie Smith tweeted quote “Aparna will play Brodie Bruce’s daughter Banner Bruce in the movie I hope to shoot next – TWILIGHT OF THE MALLRATS.” unquote Smith also confirmed that Shannen Doherty will be back to play Rene, earlier this year Shannen revealed that she has Stage four cancer. 

Tonight we remember Comic and tv Writer Martin Pasko, who passed away on May tenth.He was born in Quebec in 1954. He started his comic writing career in 1972 writing for Superman, DC Comics Presents, Superman Family, Justice League of America, Wonder Woman and Saga of Swamp  Thing. He also wrote for Disney Comics’ Roger Rabbit comic, and Marvel’s Gargoyles and Star Trek. His tv work began in the 80’s writing for shows like Max Headroom, Buck rogers in the 25th century, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gi Joe and others, in the 90’s he worked on Batman the Animated Series as well as the movie Batman Mask of the Phantasm. He won a Daytime Emmy for his work on Batman. In a facebook post former DC president Paul Levitz wrote, “[T]he odds are you’ve read his work, credited or not, or enjoyed a comic or cartoon or tv show or even a theme park event he made better, even as he relentlessly complained about the difficulties of making it as good as it ‘should’ be. Marty didn’t have a genius for making anything easy (especially for him), but he had a real genius for making creative magic.” Martin Pasko was 65.

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Show Notes Episode 74: What Would the Great Bird of The Galaxy Say? & Episode 75: Marvel Comics are Coming Back!

Welcome to Episode 74 of Multiverse Tonight. May the Fourth be with you. So I don’t know about any of you listening outside the united states, but here things are starting to open up a bit.  Spring Fever has set in, and not caused by Co-Vid. People are getting out and Fishing and Camping. Some businesses are starting to open back up with qualifications. Social Distancing, masks, cleaning routines and so forth. I wish they’d open up the hair salons, I need a haircut.  Let’s get on with the news.

STar Trek

Alex Kurtzman is someone who can be seen as a devil or a saint depending on who you ask. He’s partially responsible for the first two JJ Trek movies and then a co-creator of Discovery, now he’s the head of the Star Trek franchise. So, we might as well get to know him, the man sat down with the Star Trek Picard Official Collector’s Edition Magazine from Titan and opened up about how Trek has taken over his life and his hopes that The Great Bird Gene Roddenberry would be proud of what he’s done. About how involved with the shows he is, he’s in deep saying quote I very much enjoy it. My involvement, it’s not just in the writing of it. I post all the shows, so that means I cut them, and I’m involved all the way down to the color timing and mixing. That’s a lot of work. But… I’ll show you how I enjoy it. My wife and son actually deliberately like to stay out of any knowledge of what I’m doing until it airs. So, when it airs, we all sit down and watch together, and I see it fresh through their eyes, which is really fun, because it’s the culmination of all the work, and now we get to sit together as a family and enjoy it. And, in a funny way, isn’t that what Star Trek has always been about? People sitting together as a family and loving it?

I’m now at the point where I’m eating, breathing, dreaming Star Trek. And I love it! I love it for one reason. The work itself is very challenging, but it’s also some of the most satisfying work I’ve ever done, and I think that the reason why is because I’m recognizing and seeing in so many people that I meet how critically important it is to their lives. I see that Star Trek has influenced people’s lives in a real way. It’s not just a form of entertainment. It’s an inspiration for the kind of people they want to be, or the kinds of things they choose to pursue in their careers or the principles they want to live by. That’s put such a tremendous responsibility on our shoulders to deliver and to maintain that message.

And what would he do if he could somehow meet Gene Roddenberry, who died back in 1991? Quote It’s funny. I think about that, actually, probably more frequently than I should [laughs]. I hope that he recognizes that, well… First of all, he’d probably take issue with me for the amount of conflict the characters have. I know that was a big thing he struggled with on Next Gen. But my hope would be that he would recognize now, from his grand perspective in the sky, how much that opened the door for Star Trek’s endurance, and how much it’s iterated and changed and yet has remained, I believe, very true to his vision. There isn’t really a day that goes by where we don’t think very consciously about how he would want the messaging of Star Trek to go, and is what we’re doing consistent with the messaging of Star Trek, as he envisioned it? It’s really important to all of us. I hope he would appreciate it. I hope he would be proud. You can pick up the magazine on Amazon now.

Season Three of Discovery will see a tonal shift for the series, according to Jonathan Frakes speaking with comic book dot com quote “Discovery has primarily to do with Sonequa’s character, as you’ll see. At the end of season two, we flash-forwarded I think 930 years. Michael Burnham has found a new core, not to mention a new partner in crime. So again, there’s a big tonal shift on that show, less driven by the pain and guilt of her past and more about the magical reunification of the Discovery crew and wherever she went off to,” “God knows where she went as the Red Angel. So those two things coming back together is very much the theme, and how grateful everyone is and what’s next. It’s got a lot of action-adventure and not so much pain.” unquote That partner in crime he was referring to is a new character played by David Ajala named Book.

By the way, about Riker’s appearance at the end of Picard? Frakes’ appearance was filmed on a redressed Discovery bridge in Toronto while he was busy directing one of his third season episodes. No idea of when Discovery Season Three will show up, but by now most of those people who have canceled their subscriptions would like to know. Kinda helps with budgeting.

Lawsuits never die. A while back a district court ended the copyright lawsuit against ComicMix’s Oh the Places You’ll Boldly Go!, a parody of Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Place You’ll Go! That federal district court judge back in March of last year, ruled that it was a parody and did make fair use of copyrighted material. Now, it’s gone to the next level and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing the appeal. There are two big issues in the case. One What is fair use? Two, what effect does fair use have on the potential market.   There’s a great article on the Hollywood Reporter about this, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes and when a decision is handed down, I’ll let you know.

Star Wars

Surprise! The Rise of Skywalker was released to Disney Plus a couple of months early just in time for the annual May the Fourth geek holiday. The Rise of Skywalker made for more than a billion dollars world wide. An impressive feat for any film. However the film was the least profitable of the sequel trilogy, even lower than Rogue One but higher than Solo.

We also have some breaking news. Star Wars dot com has announced that Acadmy Award winner taika Waititi will be directing and co writing a new Star wars feature film  with Oscar Nominated Writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

In addition to that news, Emmy nominated writer Leslye Headland is currently developing a new untitled Star Wars series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the series,

The Cassian Andor series is busy staffing up. This time, they’ve added actresses Genevieve O’Reilly and Denise Gough to the pre Rogue One based show. O Reilly will play the same role she played in the movie, Mon Mothma. Ms. Gough’s character is still unknown. There is still no start date for production but the series has had some shifts behind the scenes, The Hollywood Reporter learned that Tony Gilroy, a co writer of the Rogue ONe movie will now show run the show replacing Stephen Schiff. Gilroy will also direct the first couple of episodes.

Playstation 4 owners? You’ve been given a caution flag on the last lap. Last episode I told you about Star Wars Episode One racer coming to Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on May twelfth, will now Playstation owners won’t get the game until May 26th. Aspyr posted on twitter about the delay quote “We have an update on the launch of Star Wars Episode l: Racer,” Aspyr shared on social media. “Unfortunately, we’ve just learned that we will have to delay the game on PlayStation 4 until May 26.” no reason for the delay was given, but it sounds like it’s on Playstation’s end.

The world might be in a state of shut down and restart right now, but work continues on The Mandalorian Season 2. Director Rick Famuyiwa told Variety that quote “We’ve been hunkered down in the post process, it’s been a challenging and great experience so far, but it’s good to have that to take my mind away from the daily madness that we’re living at the moment.” unquote Season 2 is due on Disney Plus in October.

And on that merchandising for The Mandalorians breakout star The Child is in full effect, now there’s a Star Wars the Mandalorian The Child edition of monopoly with the child full face on the box, the game pieces are all of the Child and you play by buying and selling Hideouts and Common Houses and use Camtono and Bounty Puck cards. The game retails for 19.99

The VR game Vader Immortal will be coming to Playstation VR this summer. All three episodes will be available for one individual purchase, giving fans the chance to experience Vader Immortal in its entirety.A canonical part of the Star Wars galaxy, Vader Immortal is a cinematic, narrative adventure connected to the events of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire — also produced by ILMxLAB — and is set between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope.

Geek

Chris Pine needs something to do. Why not another franchise? Mr. Pine is in negotiations to star in a reboot of The Saint based on the 1920’s book series, which was turned into a 1960’s series starring Roger Moore and a 1997 film starring Val Kilmer. The story is about Simon Templar aka the Saint, a Robin Hood type character who travels the wor;d. The film will be directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Paramount sees this movie has a potential start to a Mission Impossible ty[e movie series. No idea when production would start.

Speaking of mission Impossible, Mission Impossible seven has been pushed back four months from July 23, 2021 to November 19,2021. The July 23rd date will no be given to the sci fi film The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt, which had originally been set to open this December

The moving of Mission Impossible has bumped Dungeons and Dragons to May 27,2022. Mission Impossible 8 has also been moved going from November fourth 2022 to August fifth 2022..

AMC Theaters, when they open up, if they open up. Won’T be showing anything from Universal. First. AMC has announced that unless it has no product to show, it’s not going to open any of it’s theaters, which seems to be the sentiment from other theater chain owners. AMC is also in dire straits due to its debt load which might cause the theater chain to declare bankruptcy if it can’t avoid it. 

However when they do open, they won’t  be showing anything from Universal as AMC CEO Adam Aron announced in a published letter to Universal Chairman Donna Langley. The source of the tiff? Trolls World Tour. Yep, that silly Trolls movie was originally going to be sent to theaters, like all big movies, but was instead shunted to digital downloads when the pandemic caused theaters to close. And it was a big hit, making Universal one hundred million in rental fees since April tenth.So good that NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shull told the Wall Street Journal that it quote  “exceeded our expectations and demonstrated the viability” of on-demand video. Unquote And that when theaters opened they expect to release theaters in both formats, implying that they would be released in theaters and in digital simultaneously. In response to those remarks, AMC will quote will no longer play any Universal movies in any of our theaters in the United States, Europe or the Middle East unquote. AMC also added that this was no idle threat.  So if AMC is your only option for theater movies, I would start writing emails today. If you wanna see the next Fast and the Furious movie next year.

And joining AMC in the Universal boycott is Regal Entertainment, parent company Cineworld Group in a statement said quote “Cineworld’s policy with respect to the window is clear, well known in the industry and is part of our commercial deal with our movie suppliers. We invest heavily in our cinemas across the globe and this allows the movie studios to provide customers all around the world to watch the movies in the best experience. There is no argument that the big screen is the best way to watch a movie.””Universal unilaterally chose to break our understanding and did so at the height of the Covid-19 crisis when our business is closed, more than 35,000 employees are at home and when we do not yet have a clear date for the reopening of our cinemas. Universal’s move is completely inappropriate and certainly has nothing to do with good faith business practice, partnership and transparency.”

Unquote   Kinda sounds like the theater companies are getting scared.

From movie showing to movie making. Ryan Reynolds and Shawn Levy are reteaming for a new untitled time travel adventure for Skydance according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie, which originally was called Our Name is Adam will see Reyonolds character traveling back in time to help his thirteen year old self. Together they encounter their late father, who is the same age as Reynolds. The story is written by Jonathan Tropper and the movie has been in and out of development at Skydance and Paramount since 2012 when it had Tom Cruise in the lead role.

Time travel seems to be popular. James Wann and Don Murphy are teaming up to adapt Hunting Season , a sci-fi time travel story by Frank m. Robinson. The script will be written by Derek Kolstad who wrote the John Wick franchise. Hunting Season follows the story of a law officer from the future who is declared an enemy of the state and sentenced to be executed by being sent into the past and stalked by a posse. The man is given a three day head start to acclimate to the new time and find a way to survive.

Hey look kids, Orville news! The Orville season three is still on it’s way, coming to Hulu and Jonathan Frakes has only heard good things, however he won’t be directing this season revealing to comic book dot com that Star and creator Seth McFarlane and Producing Director John Cassar will direct every episode of the season. However Frakes is hoping to get to play in an acting way saying quote”I keep waiting for a phone call. I am available. I’ve got a beard,” “I would just like to be, just like I hoped and dreamed of being on [The Big Bang Theory], there’s certain things, the absurdity factor, like the Pez dispensers and the garden gnomes, certain benchmarks we all want to reach.” unquote. Maybe I should bug Tom Costantino about that, see if he can make something happen.

HBO is working on a new series based on the Hellraiser movies. The show would come from writers Mark Verheiden and Michael Dougherty and David Gordon Green. This is seperate from the movie reboot of the franchise that’s coming from SpyGlass Media. The show will be a continuation and expansion of the film series .

Finally tonight, we say goodbye to actor Gene Dynarski. Gene made a few appearances in the Star Trek Franchise First appearing as miner Ben Childress in Mudd’s Women, then playing Krodak, in The Mark of Gideon. He would return on the Next Generation as Commander Quinteros in the episode 11001001. His other roles include Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Duel, an Episode of Batman as well as Seinfeld, The XFiles, The ATeam, Little House on the Prairie and much more. He passed away in a rehabilitation center in Studio City California on February 27th. He was 86.

We also say farewell to actor Sam Lloyd best known for his role of Ted on Scrubs and Cougar town, passed away on April 30th. He will be known to genre fans for  roles in 1997’s Flubber and Galaxy Quest. He also had roles on dozens of shows from Night Court to Seinfeld to The Drew Carey Show to 3rd Rock from the sun, the West Wing, Modern Family and more. Usually playing a very deadpan character. Sam was also an accomplished singer singing in an acapella group The Blanks and a Beatles Tribute band called The Butties. This past January he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor which also became metastatic lung cancer that spread to his liver, spine and jaw. He is survived by his wife Vanessa, his one year old son Weston and his uncle Christopher Lloyd. He was 56 years old.

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Marvel comics is returning, Greg Berlanti gives to covid relief and Tank Girl is back!

Welcome to the Comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight.   This is episode seventy five, getting ever closer to one hundred. Think life will get back to normal by time that episode number hits?

Spring Fever has hit and we need something to do, don’t we.  Apparently it’s camping and fishing here in Kansas.  It’ll be a wait and see as people start mingling more if Covid 19 cases start to go up here. The stay at home order is lifting and things are being slowly opened back up. Even some stores like comic book stores could open…but will they have new comics to stock? That’s a big question right now. And will we ever be more news then we know what to do with again? I guess we’ll see. Let’s get to the news….

DC

Wonder Woman 1984 might be out so late that the doritos bags will have changed by the time it hits theaters in August. But we now have it’s official rating . Wonder Woman 84 is rated PG13 by the MPAA due to sequences of action and violence. Of course, it could always be pushed back again. Even the stars don’t know if it’ll make the date. Actress Connie Nielsen told ABC News quote “I don’t know about the August deadline there. We can all cross fingers and I sure hope so,”. “The invention of a remedy against this virus will certainly make everything a lot easier. Everyone is waiting to get back to work as well, we’re all waiting to get started on our next projects, so having access to either a vaccine or at least a remedy will be a good thing for us all.” unquote

The Batman will see Colin Farrell in facial prosthetics to play Penguin. Not quite to the level that Danny Devito was in for Batman returns. Maybe a sharp beaked nose? Trouble is I think Colin Farrell should definitely be in a fat suit as a fit penguin doesn’t seem right.

Wanna watch the DC Universe original animated series Harley Quinn, but don’t wanna pay for it? The first season will be airing on Syfy on Sundays in May starting this past Sunday. It’ll be airing at 11 pm Eastern Time. Season two is currently airing on the DC Universe app.

Arrowverse Producer Greg Berlanti has donated a million dollars to Corona virus release efforts. Berlanti will create a 6 hundred thousand emergency assistance fund for those working on Berlanti Productions and 4 hundred thousand will go to the SAG AFTRA COVID relief fund, the actors fund and the Motion Picture television Fund Emergency relief Fund. The Berlanti fund will mainly be for productions that were shut down mid production like Batwoman, Doom Patrol, The Flash, Riverdale, The Flight Attendant, Supergirl, and  Prodigal Son. 

Marvel

J August richards, who plays Dathlok on Marel’s Agents of Shield and now apperars on the NBC series Council of Dads has officialy come out as gay. He came out on Instagram Live with his co star Sarah wayne Callies quote  “If I think about why I even got involved in this industry, it was really to combat oppression,” “I knew how I was affected by the people of color I saw on television, or that I didn’t see on television, so this being a married, gay man, with a family … on television, I don’t take anything I do lightly, and you have an opportunity to put an image into millions of homes. I wanted that image to be honest and I wanted it to be correct.”, “Honestly, it required me to show up fully in a way that I don’t always when I’m working. I knew that I could not portray this gay man honestly without letting you all know that I am a gay man myself. I’ve never done that with the people that I’ve worked with.” “That responsibility carried me to do that because I knew how important it is to other people out there like me, who would need to see that role model.”

It will be a while before we see Thor Love and Thunder but according to Chris Hemsworth it’s the best he’s read in years. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hemsworth said,“It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read in years. It’s Taika at his most extreme, and at his best. If the version I read is the one we get running with, it’s going to be pretty insane.” unquote Maybe taika should get Chris to do a guest shot on What we Do in the Shadows. Thor Love and Thunder is now scheduled for February eleventh, 2022.

More pushed back movie news. Doctor Strange and the Multiverese of Madness has been pushed all the way from November fifth 2021 to March 25, 2022. That’s the second push back for the movie, the first was from May to November.

The next Spiderman movie has been moved back from the summer of 2021 to November fifth 2021.

Also moving is Spider-Man into the Spider Verse 2 going from April eighth, 2022 to October 7, 2022.

Marvel Comics will be returning to store shelves on May 27th. But with a very limited group of titles. Out on My 27th will be Wednesday, May 27:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN No. 43

AVENGERS No. 33

MARAUDERS No. 10

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA No. 1

VENOM No. 25

Wednesday, June 3:

ASTONISHING X-MEN BY JOSS WHEDON & JOHN CASSADAY OMNIBUS HC

GHOST RIDER VOL. 1 TPB

MEPHISTO: [CLASSIC] TPB

SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC

SPIDER-MAN & VENOM: DOUBLE TROUBLE GN-TPB

SW DARTH VADER POSTER BOOK

THE AMAZING MARY JANE VOL. 1: DOWN IN FLAMES, UP IN SMOKE TPB

X-MEN VOL. 1 TPB

Wednesday, June 10:

BLACK CAT No. 11

DAREDEVIL No. 20

DEADPOOL No. 5

EXCALIBUR No. 10

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN No. 17

NEW MUTANTS No. 10

Wednesday, June 17:

CONAN: THE BOOK OF THOTH TPB

DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY VOL. 3 TPB

DAWN OF X VOL. 5 TPB

IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL. 17 TPB

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AVENGERS VOL. 20 HC

SILVER SURFER OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (NEW PRINTING)

STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION HC

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: BIG SQUIRRELS DON’T CRY GN-TPB

Wednesday, June 24:

2020 RESCUE No. 2

CAPTAIN AMERICA: MARVELS SNAPSHOTS No. 1

EMPYRE No. 0 AVENGERS

IMMORTAL HULK No. 34

IRON MAN 2020 No. 4 FLUORESCENT

SPIDER-HAM No. 5

STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS No. 3

THOR No. 5

AMAZING FANTASY OMNIBUS HC (NEW PRINTING)

FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: NAME IS DOOM TPB

IRON MAN: THE ULTRON AGENDA TPB

MARVEL-VERSE: BLACK WIDOW GN-TPB

MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE OMNIBUS HC

YONDU TPB (JAN201055)

Wednesday, July 1:

DAWN OF X VOL. 6 TPB

EXCALIBUR TPB

INFINITY GAUNTLET MARVEL SELECT HC v MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 3 HC

MARVEL’S BLACK WIDOW PRELUDE TPB

TIMELY’S GREATEST: THE GOLDEN AGE SUB-MARINER BY BILL EVERETT – THE POST-WAR YEARS OMNIBUS HC

WHAT IF? CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 4 TPB

X-MEN MILESTONES: MESSIAH WAR TPB

YOUNG AVENGERS BY GILLEN & MCKELVIE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TPB

Wednesday, July 8:

BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA No. 8

DR. STRANGE No. 5

EMPYRE No. 0 FANTASTIC FOUR

GHOST RIDER No. 7

MARVELS X No. 4

STRANGE ACADEMY No. 2

X-FORCE No. 10

X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS EXTENDED CUT No. 1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER VOL. 7 TPB

IMMORTAL HULK VOL 2 HC

MARAUDERS VOL. 1 TPB

MARVEL MONOGRAPH: THE ART OF FRANK CHO TPB

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN POSTER BOOK TPB

MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN (NEW PRINTING)

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC

STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: LEGACY VOL. 3The next week will see eight collections, but no single issues. Marvel described the new revised release schedule as quote “a balanced release schedule for its comics and trade collections as the industry continues to restart distribution and comic shops begin to reopen and adapt to current social distancing policies,” adding that the company is releasing new comics “in the most thoughtful way we can for fans, creators, and the industry during these unpredictable times.”

Geek

Guilmemmo Del toro is bringing you some More Scary Stories to tell you in the dark. Paramount has greenlit the sequel to the 2019 movie based on the short story collection by Alvin Schwartz. Guilermo will write the screen story along with Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman with Andre Ovredal returning to direct the sequel.

Tank Girl is back with  a new publisher. This time Albatross Funnybooks, the publisher of the Goon. Previously the character has been published at DC, IDW, Image and Titan. The new series will be called King tank Girl and will be written by co creator Alan Martin with art by Brett Parson. According to Eric Powell, the Publisher of Albatross Funny Books quote “Alan Martin and Brett Parson have been doing some amazing Tank Girl stuff lately, and Brett just did a run of The Goon for us […] they kind of approached me and were like, ‘Hey, we’re looking for another home for Tank Girl, would you be interested?’ And, you know, of course I was interested because it fits right in with everything we’ve been doing. It’s a character that I think sets beside all the comics we have very, very nicely.” Its original launch was planned differentyly, quote “So this was supposed to be our big announcement that was launching in July. Our big Comic-Con push,” Powell admitted. “Comic-Con is now canceled and we’re scrambling to try to figure out when our releases are actually gonna happen. But, since it’s the apocalypse, I thought everybody would like to know that Tank Girl is coming to Albatross Funnybooks.”unquote King Tank Girl is scheduled for the fall.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that a follow-up for the upcoming Snake-Eyes Gi Joe Origins is already in the works. The Snake Eyes movie doesn’t open until October, but writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse are already in negotiations to write it. Snake Eyes is being used to reboot the GiJoe Movie Franchise.

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Show Notes: Episode 70: Spring is Cancelled & Episode 71: A Purse From A Sow’s Ear

Tonight! Obi-Wan gets a new writer, Marina Sirtis has a virtual party and we remember a lot of people, all that and more on this edition of multiverse Tonight!

Episode 70:

So I hope you’re still well, I’m doing okay. We in Kansas are under a stay at home order, but my job is considered essential. So off I go 5 nights a week and in a couple of weeks, I’ll be moving to days, so my recording schedule is probably going to change.  For those of you outside the US who think our leadership has totally botched this, you’re right.

Star Wars

The Rise of Skywalker could have been a completely different movie several times over. The final Skywalker Saga film was written by one writer, scrapped and then rewritten again. Well hints of what that movie would have been have been coming out these past few weeks including in a book called The art of Star Wars the rise of Skywalker that is out now. It has different takes on Rey, Ben solo and an early scene from the movie. The scene would have had Rey encountering a giant serpent in the forest near the rebel base. Luke Fisher, creature concept designer Luke Fisher said about it quote “Initially, Rey was to encounter the serpent in the surrounding forest of the rebel base,” “Upon presenting a round of designs, J.J. informed us that it was no longer in the script, but he would look at the designs anyway. He really liked the direction I’d taken with serpent designs and joked that maybe they should write it back into the script.”

“I presumed that was the last we’d see of the serpent. Sometime later, we got word that it had indeed been written back in, this time in an underground cave system,” unquote The book is out now and retails for around twenty eight dollars.

Solo A Star Wars Story….didn’t do so well. It limped along at the box office and got poor reviews. So bad that the Star Wars one off series of films were axed. But would it surprise you that a social media campaign has been spurred called #MakeSolo2Happen and Ron Howard has been quoted as saying that a sequel wouldn’t be out of the question.

The Obi-Wan series which was yanked back for retooling has a new writer. Variety reports that Joby Harold has been sent in to replace Hossein Amini. Harold was previously executive producer of John Wick 3 and wrote Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. Ewan McGregor is still slated to reprise Ben kenobi. No additional details about when we’ll see the series have been presented.

Well sorry to squash you like the Emperor squasing the rebellion, but ain’t happening according to writer Jonathan Kasdan. The writer took to twitter in response to a tweet about it saying quote Don’t think anyone’s pursuing a Solo sequel at the moment @KenobiJj  I think a feature, at this point, would be a tough sell & the D+ Star Wars slate is really…pretty packed, all shows I’m looking forward to. My work on Indy is long over but I’m excited there’s forward movement! He also followed up on why it couldn’t just be converted into a show for Disney Plus saying quote Certainly appreciate but hard to advocate for & here’s why: with multiple SW series in development/production, set at different points in the timeline. Without knowing what stories they’re telling (& I don’t) hard to know what a Solo series would even be with so much on the way. Unquote. So in other words, not likely. You’d have better luck kissing a wookie.

With the Coronovirus putting Disney’s business in carbonite, Disney’s Chairman Bob Iger has announced that he will forgo his salary, while New Disney CEO Bob Chapek will just take half his salary. If you’re wondering what his salary is, an email obtained by the Hollywood Reporter puts Chapek’s base salary at 2.5 million with an annual target bonus of 7.5 million and an annual long term incentive grant of 15 million.  Iger’s pay last year was around 47.5 million. I applaud this, I think Chapek could cut his pay to just a million or so and make sure those Disney employees get every dime they deserve, as this crisis will probably last a few more months.

Star Trek

Star Trek Picard is done for the season. I loved it, I loved how it put Data’s demise in Nemesis in context and I think with a good enough ending that Brent Spiner can finally put the character to bed.  

However for some the show has been controversial, they’ve been unhappy with the state of the Federation at this point, with the drug use, saying that the characterization of Picard is wrong. 

In an interview with variety, Showrunner Michael Chabon told them he knows that the show is divisive and he doesn’t mind at all.

Responding to a question about the fan response he said that quote It’s been pretty exciting. I think inevitably I spent a fair amount of time looking around on Twitter and Reddit, you know, trying to get a sense of people’s responses. Twitter’s kind of a horrible place, too, so I wasn’t really encouraged to spend too much time looking around. But then I came up with this forum, setting up an Instagram story once a week to take people’s questions. One of my children showed me how you could use Instagram in that way, and that’s been really fun for me. As someone who spent a fair amount of time over the years on Memory Alpha, looking on Reddit, enjoying the way people enjoy “Star Trek” online — it’s been so fun to see [the show] getting absorbed into the kind of greater corpus of “Star Trek.” What makes me feel good is when I see it being treated, in a sense, the same by fans as previous versions of the show. Unquote  By the way, did you know that he’s a fan? In fact he hated the first season of The Next Generation when it premiered. It wasn’t until the second season that he started to see how good it could be. And he knows where the haters are coming from saying quote As someone who’s watched a lot of “Star Trek,” you’re comparing something that you have now seen once with huge expectations, to something that in some cases you’ve seen hundreds of times. It takes a while for you to shed your expectations, your biases, your prejudices. I was prejudiced in favor of Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy. It took a long time to lose that. Unquote

IN the interview he also talks about how the fan response doesn’t factor into the prep for season two.  He says in the interview that season two WILL be different from season one. And that they’ve been emboldened by the success of season one. 

Folks I could go on and on about this article, but it would be pointless of me, be sure to head on over to variety dot com and read it’s an interesting look at the first season of Picard and the man behind it. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://variety.com/2020/tv/features/michael-chabon-star-trek-picard-1203544717/

Patrick Stweart was a guest on the official Star Trek Picard Podcast and talked about Picard’s state of mind and his future post the first season He told host Dominic Patten quote He has no idea where he is at because he has no idea what the future now might hold for him, which is what I think makes the matter of season two so exciting. He has pulled off a very, very successful mission throughout the first 10 episodes of season one. And he feels that therefore he can be certain that his abilities have not become fractured. His skills as an ambassador, as a negotiator, as a decision maker, are still present. Given that he can bring to them the right sort of mental attitude and focus. I think…he is actually excited by the ignorance that he feels about the future. He doesn’t know, and he would rather be at the point of undertaking something he doesn’t know anything about than sitting on the veranda at his vineyard in France. Unquote   Very interesting, Picard right now is essentially living on borrowed time. He’s been granted a few more years of life, so what will he do with the time he has left? I kinda doubt it’ll be going back to his vineyards in France.

In the same podcast Akiva Goldsman gave an update on where they are on the plot of season two saying that they are still working it out. Michael Chabon in an article with The Hollywood Reporter, Chabon talked about how thrilled he was to write for Whoopi Goldberg’s Guinan. Saying quote  It’s amazing. I’ve gone back to rewatch some of the more key Guinan episodes from Next Gen, the major Picard and Guinan moments. She’s such an amazing actor; I can’t wait.

Season two is gonna be interesting. 

The Covid 19 virus has ruined many a celebration. Social distancing has meant that weddings have had to be held with 10 or fewer people. Funerals have had to be a very intimate affair and birthdays have had to become drive bys or done in cyber space and so when Marina Sirtis, who just celebrated her sixty fifth birthday couldn’t have her cast mates from The Next Generation together to celebrate, the cast came together via Zoom to wish her a happy birthday.  Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, and Wil Wheaton. Marina posted a screen shot of the meeting on twitter with the caption I have the best friends in the world. Considering everything, this was the best birthday present. Unquote Gates added on her twitter quote “Different shot, but same amazing group. What a blast it was to chat away….and laugh. felt so good, and Levar wrote quote “Overcoming the distance… #family.” unquote Happy Birthday Marina.

Turning to shows other than Picard, Jonathan Frakes speaking with Star Trek Magazine, talked about season three of Discovery said quote  Discovery feels to me like my home show now. I just finished Episode 3, Season 3. We’re far in the future now and Burnham has been separated from the [Discovery] crew, and then they reunite. I was talking with Sonequa. We were talking about acting. She’s one of those actors – not unlike Patrick – where you can give a note and it’s like a fine musician. It’s just enough to get in tune on that particular beat, or that micro transition, as opposed to when you give a note to somebody who doesn’t have the technique, and they drop everything else and only play the note you’ve just given them. Sonequa and Patrick and most of these actors have that [technique]. I said to her, “This character is so appealing and interesting and complicated, and always has been, but there’s a little more joy [now].” She said to me, “Because Burnham is now no longer driven by fear and guilt.” I thought, “Wow.” unquote Sounds like we’re gonna be getting a different Michael Burnham this season.

About the challenges of the show’s new setting 930 years from the last season he said quote They are all so thrilled. That’s the adventure, technically, financially, emotionally. You can create worlds that nobody has seen before because you’re not limited by anything. That’s freeing. But it’s also completely exhausting because even a show this big has to stay on a budget. Everything can’t be created digitally. Some of the stuff has to be real. We just have to have some things you can touch. In the future, obviously, there could be a lot of stuff that’s holographic or where your mind is connected to something. These are all things we know are coming, just from the way we use our iPhones to run our lives and plan our trips. So, finding a future that’s futuristic but is practical to shoot has been fascinating. You can’t get caught up in the technology. It is about maintaining a basic core of why we’re there, which is to tell emotionally compelling stories. That has been the driving force, as opposed to the other way 

around. Nobody is making the mistake of, “This has to look cool.” It’s great when things look cool, but if you don’t give a damn about the people or what’s happening, it doesn’t matter. Unquote  Star Trek Magazine issue seventy five is out now. 

Geek

Netflix, much loved and needed  as it is today, is still a business and Variety has confirmed that both V-Wars and October Faction have been canceled by the streamer. Both shows were produced by IDW Entertainment. Some good news for IDW though, as Locke Locke & Key has been given the green light for a second season.  Still need to work on watching season one of Locke & Key.

This year is turning into a real crap fest for theater owners this year. Pretty much the whole spring and fall movie season has been lost. Well good news the National Association of Theater Owners and the Pioneers Assistance Fund has created an initial 2.4 million dollar fund to help provide financial assistance to movie theater owners who are in a pickle with this pandemic.  The two organizations have said that the first part of this plan will be a grant program that will provide a stipend to theater workers that meet specific criteria such having worked for a minimum of five years.  

Speaking of films, the Hollywood foreign Press association, the people who bring us the FGolden Globe awards is altering their film eligibility rules for the 2021 awards because of the pandemic. With theaters shuttered until such time as this is under control, the Golden Globes has suspended the rule that a film must be screened for HFPA members at a third party facility in the greater los angeles area. Instead according to an article in Variety quote  The new guidelines state that distributors must contact the HFPA to arrange a screening date on the official HFPA calendar that meets the timing requirements of the Golden Globes eligibility rules. Distributors must provide all HFPA members with a screening link or a DVD copy of the film on the date that the screening is scheduled so that members may view it at home. It will be in effect from March 15 through April 30, 2020. Unquote. This is kind of similar to how the Oscars are picked. So far the Oscars haven’t announced any changes for next year, but watch this space.

Cult Classic Horror Director Stuart Gordon has passed away at the age of 72 from organ failure. Gordon is known for writing and directing Re-Animator and From Beyond. Writing Honey I Shrunk The Kids and producing Honey I Blew Up the Kid, writing 1993’s Body Snatchers, writing, directing and producing Space Truckers and much more. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Purdy and his three children.

Bond Girl Honor Blackman, who starred as Pussy Galore in the James Bond classic Goldfinger has passed away at the age of 94. She also starred in the first two seasons in the British series The Avengers as Cathy Gale, but quit to appear in the third Bond Film. She also starred as Hera in 1963’s Jason and the Argonauts. An accomplished Judo expert, she published a book in 1966 called Honor Blackman’s Book of Self Defense. Honor was married twice and had two adopted children and four grandchildren. She died of natural causes. 

The Coronavirus has claimed Star Wars actor Andrew Jack. Andrew, who was also a British dialect coach, worked with over 200 actors including Robert Downy Jr, Pierce Brosnan on his James Bond Movies, he created the Middle Earth Accents and taught elvish and Black Speech for the lord of the rings movies. And so much more. He can be seen in the Star Wars sequel trilogy movies The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi as Caluan Ematt and voiced Moloch in Solo A Star Wars Story and at the time of his passing he was working on The Batman. His widow Gabrielle Rogers wrote on Twitter about his passing quote “We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus two days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him”. Unquote. He was 76 years old.

The coronovirus has also claimed another actor who’s appeared in Star Wars, acotr Jay Benedict. Amonth his first roles ever was that of Deak, one of Luke Skywalkers friends, however the scene ended up on the cutting room floor. He also played the role of Newt’s father in Aliens and had an apperance in The Dark Knight Rises. He was 68 years old. 

Coronovirus has claimed another actor. Lee Fierro, who is best known for playing Mrs. Kintner, the mother of the second Jaws victim in the classic movie has passed away from complications from the virus according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times. Lee was a resident of Martha’s Vineyard originally, but had been living in an assisted care facility in Ohio when she died. She was 91 years old.

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Tonight! The comic industry is in peril and everything has been pushed back on this edition of multiverse tonight!

Welcome to Episode 71, I will admit right here that the comic edition is a bit of a struggle to put together these days, no new comic product coming out, no new tv or movie product really coming out. But I believe that it’ll come together, even if it’s just a few news items. As I mentioned in Episode 70, I’m taking a new job at work and will now be working the day shift. I don’t know my schedule yet, so be sure to watch the Multiverse Tonight social media accounts for any changes.

DC

Marvel and DC, in a rare show of cooperation. Will be delaying the release of digital comic books for one week while brick and mortar stores are shut down due to the social distancing measures, this comes just days after Diamond Distributors announced it would not be shipping any product until future notice.  As to how long this will continue is unknown. If you are a comic book store owner in the United States and need to know how the government can help you keep the doors open, go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s website.

And while we wait for any new product, why not buy every DC comic ever made in one collection. Sotheby’s announced that it will be auctioning DC Complete: The Ian Levine Collection, a collection that includes every DC Comic published from 1935 to 2016. The collection has more than 40,000 comics and is now available to be viewed online at Sotheby’s website. 

From one Apocalypse to another. Comicbook.com has learned that the DC animated movie Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will serve as the capstone to the Justice League animated universe started in 2013’s Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox. The movie features Matt Ryan’s John Constantine, Jerry O’Connell’s Superman, Tony Todd’s Darkseid, Rosario Dawson’s WonderWoman and Rainn Wilson’s Lex Luthor. The movie is set for digital release on May fifth with a Bluray release on May 19th.

Zack Snyder during a live commentary for Batman V Superman revealed several key points. First That every shot in the film was storyboarded. So many storyboards he has them in four volumes. And that he encourages the crew to look at the storyboards rather than the script. Two, Ben Affleck got in trouble with the stunt supervisor for the way he hoped out of the helicopter in the opening scene and that Amy Adams does not like flying in helicopters. Three, The collapse of Wayne Tower was intentionally reminiscent of  nine eleven and that it was important for the quote psychic trauma unquote to Bruce Wayne. A source of secondary trauma second only to the death of his parents Also that the massive amounts of damage sustained by Metropolis during the Superman Zod fight was because quote “I don’t like the idea that there’s no consequence, that these characters get to knock around in our world and don’t create and solve giant problems.” unquote Four, The Superman in Africa scene was originally going to be a much bigger scene, but Snyder decided to go simpler. Snyder also saw a five movie arc and that dead is dead. Jimmy Olsen was never going to come back quote “The ones that die off, die off for a reason,” “hopefully they teach us something as they go” unquote Olsen’s death would have had larger consequences if the arc had continued. Lastly, Mister Snyder said that he was interested in exploring how Superman’s mortality is perceived and how it changes when it becomes tied to foreign wars and political hearings. Quote “Superman with his clean morality having to deal with these grey areas is what this whole thing is about,” There were a lot more points and I’ll have a link in the show notes to an article at the hollywoodreporter it’s an interesting look .https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/zack-snyder-shares-secrets-lost-batman-v-superman-sequels-1287433

A little business news, Warner Media, the corporate entity that has the life and death of DC in its hands. Has named a new CEO, Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar will be taking over from John Stankey who is moving over to the role of president and COO of parent company AT&T . Kilar will be reporting to Stankey starting on May first.  Stankey about Mr. Kilar said quote Adding Jason to the talented WarnerMedia family as we launch HBO Max in May gives us the right management team to strategically position our leading portfolio of brands, world-class talent and rich library of intellectual property for future growth.” unquote Kilar is well suited to oversee HBO Max, being the founding CEO of Hulu from 2007 to 2013.

Marvel

Professor X James McAvoy is helping to save the United Kingdom in real life, The actor has donated two hundred seventy five pounds which is roughly  three hundred forty thousand dollars US to the UK Health Service for Protective Gear desperately needed for this Coronavirus Crisis. He donated the money to the crowdfunding campaign Masks for Heroes, which was set up by a group of doctors in the United Kingdom to raise money for masks, visors and gloves, Mr. McAvoy’s money pushed the total so far to 700,000 pounds (868, 000 US) more than three times the original goal. In a video on Instagram the actor said quote “We’ve all heard stories about doctors and nurses having to buy their own personal protective equipment from the Internet or DIY stores, and the products aren’t good enough and frankly neither is that situation,” he said in an Instagram video. “Not only does it put the doctors and nurses at risk of contracting COVID-19 themselves, but it puts them at a higher risk of passing it on to their patients, or their patients family and giving them COVID-19. This situation is truly urgent, and time is of the essence.”

McAvoy also took time to praise the health workers at the NHS who he said were “fighting a war” against COVID-19.  “Thank you so much to the NHS for everything you’ve done for me in my life,” he said. “You’ve been there since the day I was born. You’ve saved my life in the past and, who knows, you may save my life again in the future. And I’m so glad we’re trying to raise some money to help save your lives going forward.” unquote Good job, Professor X. And for those of you listening in the UK, stay safe and if you would, drop me a line and let me know how you’re doing.

The Black Widow movie is doing the Corona Virus shuffle and will head to theaters on November sixth, which was when Marvel’s The Eternals movie would have come out. It’s not the only one to get pushed back. Ryan Reynolds comedy Free Guy is moving from July third to December eleventh. Indian Jones 5 is moving from 2021 to 2022. The Disney animated movie Soul is set for June 19th, The Live action Mulan is now due July 24th, SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run is scheduled for July 31st. Wonder Woman 84 is set for August fourteenth, Bill & ted face the music a week later on the twenty first and Monster Hunter is scheduled for Labor Day weekend. That is unless they get pushed back again. Or moved to another platform. Disney’s Artemis Fowl movie has already been moved to Disney Plus.

Marvel Comics wants to give you something to keep you busy while you’re waiting around the house. Free Digital Comics. All you need is to use  Marvel Unlimited via the app or the website. The comics can be accessed until May fourth without a need for payment info or a trial subscription. Comics include Avengers vs. X-Men

Civil War

Amazing Spider-Man: Red Goblin

Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1

Thanos Wins by Donny Cates

X-Men Milestones: Dark Phoenix Saga

Avengers: Kree/Skrull War

Avengers by Jason Aaron Vol. 1: The Final Host

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Fourever

Black Widow Vol. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted

Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More

Hachette is putting out Marvel Comics retrospective The Marvel Art of Georg Perez in December. George is known for his multiple runs on The Avengers from 1970 to the 90s. He also penciled the first part of the Infinity Gauntlet limited series.  Perez retired from comics in January of 019. Here’s a description of the book quote “Celebrating the artistic legacy of a true Marvel Comics legend! George Pérez first wowed fans in the 1970s, building a phenomenal reputation as a super-team illustrator without peer on Avengers, Inhumans and Fantastic Four! His talents graced the super hero action of Marvel Two-In-One, the martial arts mayhem of Deadly Hands of Kung Fu and the monster madness of Man-Wolf in Creatures on the Loose! Years later, Pérez demonstrated his cosmic grandeur by wiping out half the Marvel Universe along with Thanos in Infinity Gauntlet! And as the Avengers made a heroic return in 1998, so too did Pérez, joining writer Kurt Busiek to usher Earth’s Mightiest into a new era of greatness. Nobody can draw an army of heroes in a single image better than George Pérez!” unquote 

The Hollywood reporter reports that Antman 3 might have found it’s writer in Rick and Morty writer and co producer Jeff Loveness. Director Peyton Reed is set to return as director with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily set to return as well. According to their sources, the writing has commenced.

Geek

Ryan Reynolds is no stranger to playing a video game character. Variety reports that the actor is in talks to star in the film adaptation of the classic Don Bluth animated game Dragon’s Lair for Netflix. The movie will be produced by Reynolds Maximum Effort production company as well as Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and Trever Engelson, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Jon Pomeroy. The writers behind the Lego Movie and Scary Stories to tell in the dark, Dan and Kevin Hageman will write the script based on the game . Dragon’s Lair told the story of Dirk the Daring as he attempted to rescue Princess Daphne from the clutches of the dragon Singe and the wizard Mordroc. 

Stephen King’s new book, If It Bleeds will be coming out a week early. The book is a compilation of novellas, and will be released on May fifth. Here’s the blurb quote “From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas — Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds — each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening places,” King’s website describes. “The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including The Body (Stand By Me) and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption). Like Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.”

The freshman Fox animated show Duncanville has been handed an order for a second season, The series from Amy Poehler has been doing very well okay on live tv, but better on digital platforms. The other new series Bless the Harts has also been given a second season. Fox will also be expanding it’s animated lineup with two new shows Housebroken and The Great North.

The new Minions movie, Minions Rise of Gru has been pushed back to next year, the movie was scheduled for July second of this year, but instead will debut on July 2nd 2021. Also moved is Illumination’s sequel Sing 2, which has been bumped from July second 2021 to make room for the Minions and will instead come out in time for christmas on December 22, 2021. That move bumped the film version of the Broadway musical Wicked from it’s release date, it has yet to be rescheduled.

Also rescheduled has been Morbius, Uncharted, Peter Rabbit 2 and Ghostbusters Afterlife. Morbius movies from July 31, 202o to March 19th 2021. Uncharted goes from MArch fifth 2021 to October eighth, 2021. Peter Rabbit 2 goes from August seventh 2020 to January fifteenth 2021 and Ghostbusters Afterlife goes from this July tenth to March fifth 2021. 

Locke and Key will be back for season 2 on Netflix. The series based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez’s IDW comic book’s pickup was announced on the show’s twitter account. Variety caught up with co Showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill who told the paper quote We are thrilled to be continuing the journey of Locke & Key alongside all of our amazing collaborators,” “We are grateful to Netflix for all their support, especially at this difficult time, and look forward to bringing you the exciting next chapter of our story.” unquote No return date has been announced.

Season eleven of Archer has been pushed back, the season was supposed to start on May sixth but will be pushed back to sometime later this year. According to a statement from FX Networks, the delay is due to production challenges and scheduling issues. The show is made in Georgia.

A couple of passings to report. First off, this person may not be a comic book, sci fi or really a geeky celebrity, but for those of us who watched the show wings, we know him as the scumbag owner of AeroMass Airlines on the 1990’s Cheers spinoff Wings. Actor David Schramm has passed away. David Schramm was a founding member of the New York based The Acting Company and made his first appearance on Broadway in 1973. From 1990 to 1997, he played Roy Biggins, the owner of the competing airline to struggling Sandpiper Air. He is the only actor in the show to have appeared in every episode. He was 73 years old.

Sadly, this one was tragically young. Teen actor Logan Williams, how portrayed young Barry Allen in the flashbacks on The Flash suddenly passed away at the young age of sixteen. His co-star and series lead Grant Gustin posted a tribute to the actor on Instagram saying quote Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I’m sure an unimaginably difficult time for them. Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone.

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Tonight! It’s a world wide Pandemic, so what does that mean for entertainment, let’s find out on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Multiverse Tonight 68

Welcome to Episode 68 of Multiverse tonight. Wow. What a difference two weeks makes. To start off with, I hope this episode finds you well and safe, wherever in the world you are. Two weeks ago, I was doing okay, the world was doing okay and then the Coronavirus breaks out and all hell breaks loose. 

My family and I are all fine so far. Kansas has had kind of a slow spread to the contagion. Just a lot of bare store shelves at Walmart and Dollar general stores. But it’s comin’ this way and it’s only a matter of time.

The people I really feel sorry for are the small store owners, like comic book shops, the movie theater owners, the entertainers, the comic book creators, etc.  People, do me a favor. Try to shop or support these people instead of buying massive quantities of toilet paper. Right now we need entertainment to keep our minds of this world of crap we’ve found ourselves in. Let’s go on with the news.

Star Wars

Disney, in order to be nice during this time of Coronavirus, has released the Rise of Skywalker a few days early…on digital. The film was supposed to have been released on March seventeenth, but was instead released March thirteenth. It’s available on Vudu, Apple TV,Itunes, Google play, FandangoNow and Amazon. You can get it in HD or SD for 19.99 or the 4k version for 24.99.

However, the digital release was missing something. Deleted Scenes. However it does have the documentary The Skywalker Legacy, Pasaana Pursuit about the land speeder chase, Aliens in the Desert about the aliens in the desert scenes, D-O Key to the Past about D-O, Warwick and Son about Warwick Davis returning to the Ewok costume and cast of creatures , which is pretty self explanatory. Also the digital exclusive The Maestro’s Finale about John Williams.

Rosario Dawson has joined The Mandalorian season two as fan favorite Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano. The character was Akakin Skywalker’s padawan in the Clone Wars animated series and had a role in the Rebels animated series. Season two is due out in October.

Show runner Damon Lindelof says he’d love to do something with Star Wars…when he’s not going to be blamed for ruining it. Speaking with Fandom dot com he said quote “And, at some point, but certainly not in the immediate future, I feel like I would love to do something in the Star Wars universe,” “Maybe a decade from now when I would no longer be blamed for ruining it. That would be a hoot.” Hmmm. You know, I would like to see what Lindeloff would do with Star Wars. Might be interesting.

Star Trek

CBS and Simon and Shuster have a new Star Trek Discovery novel in the pipeline, this time aimed at the Section 31 storyline. Star trek Discovery Die Standing looks at the life of Emperor Phillippa Georgiou, after her exile into the regular star trek universe. The book will show how she transitioned into the Section 31 role and her desire to either try to build a new Empire or go in whole heart into her new role. The book will also see her cross paths with the third host of the Dax symbiont Emony. Here’s the synopsis quote “No one in the history of histories has lost more than Philippa Georgiou, ruler of the Terran Empire. Forced to take refuge in the Federation’s universe, she bides her time until Section 31, a rogue spy force within Starfleet, offers her a chance to work as their agent. She has no intention of serving under anyone else, of course; her only interest is escape.”But when a young Trill, Emony Dax, discovers a powerful interstellar menace, Georgiou recognizes it as a superweapon that escaped her grasp in her own universe. Escorted by a team sent by an untrusting Federation to watch over her, the emperor journeys to a region forbidden to travelers. But will what she finds there end the threat—or give “Agent Georgiou” the means to create her old empire anew?

:John Jackson Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War, the acclaimed Star Trek: Prey trilogy (Hell’s Heart, The Jackal’s Trick, The Hall of Heroes), and the novels Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown; Star Wars: A New Dawn; Star Wars: Kenobi; Star Wars: Knight Errant; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith—The Collected Stories; and fifteen Star Wars graphic novels, as well as the original work Overdraft: The Orion Offensive. He has also written the enovella Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies. A comics industry historian and analyst, he has written for franchises including Halo, Conan, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Battlestar Galactica, Mass Effect, and The Simpsons. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.”

Star Trek Discovery Die Standing goes on sale on July fourteenth.

CNN Business says that the one thing that helps CBS ALL Access stand out is Star Trek, speaking with senior analyst Jeff Bock from the entertainment research firm Exhibitor Relations. Jeff told them quote “Star Trek is as important to ViacomCBS as Star Wars is to Disney,” “Basically, it’s a never-ending stream of content.”  ViacomCBS is trying to make the most of the Star Trek franchise even saying on a recent earning call that they are taking the franchise and quote  “extending it across the house,” unquote. Julie McNamara executive VP and head of programming for CBS All Access has called it quote … a great tentpole for us.” unquote  Do you agree?

By the way, if you’re needing some fresh trek to watch and you don’t want to pay for All Access, Star Trek Short Treks is coming to Bluray and DCD in June. The collection of short subjects will have nine of the episodes including  “Runaway,” “Calypso,” “The Brightest Star,” “The Escape Artist,” “Q&A,” “The Trouble With Edward,” “Ask Not,” “Ephraim & Dot,” and “The Girl Who Made the Stars.” The Children of Mars episode is the only one not in the collection. Probably to be included on the home release of Star trek Picard. Also included is some documentary features, each about a particular episode. Also included is a making about the short treks and two commentaries on Runaway and Ask Not. The disc will be released on June second.

Star Trek Picard has hired writer and podcaster Marc Bernardin as a supervising producer on season two. Bernardin, besides being Kevin Smith’s co-host on Kevin Smith’s Fatman Beyond podcast, has written on Syfy’s Alphas and Hulu’s Castle Rock. Bernardin isn’t new to Star Trek, having worked as an intern on Star trek Deep Space Nine.

Picard showrunner Michael Chabon would love to make an MCU Adam Warlock movie. This came from an Instagram Q&A session when he was asked if there were any superheroes he connected with.  This is not the first time he’s expressed interest in Adam Warlock, in a 2012 interview with the New York Times, he also mentioned that Warlock would be a dream project for him.

Discovery star Sonequa Martin Green is expecting. The actress revealed this on Instagram with a photo of herself and her husband Kenric Green and their son with the caption Adding another passenger to the Green train! All aboard little lady, this train is fueled by Love and we’re already overflowing with it for you unquote. Star Trek Discovery is currently not in production having wrapped on season three back in February.

Creation Entertainment has announced a big get for the 19th annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. Kelsey Grammer will be making his first ever convention appearance. Mister Grammar might be best known to some as Frasier Crane from Cheers and Frasier or Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons, but to Trek fans he is known for his appearance as Captain Bateson in the Season five next Gen episode Cause and effect. It’ll be very interesting to see…if the con happens….

As the coronavirus has continued to spread around the world, shaking hands as a form of greeting has become ill advised. So what to replace it with. Some fans, including some lawmakers have suggested a greeting familiar to Star Trek fans everywhere. The Vulcan greeting.  For those of you who don’t know. That would be a raised hand with your palm to your greetee with your fingers splayed between your ring and middle fingers. An attending physician at a closed door meeting of the House Demoratic Caucus even suggested it. So, while we wait for this Pandemic to end, shall we enlighten others? Live long and prosper.

Geek

So let’s go down a list of every production either shut down or delayed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, shall we? We have, The Witcher, the Handmaid’s tale, the Amazon Lord of the Rings series, that Goonies pilot, Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wandavision, Supernatural, Snowpiercer, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead shows, Batwomen, Y: The Last Man, The Wheel of Time, The Flash, Superman and Lois, Riverdale, Carnival row, Supergirl, Lucifer, Pennyworth, The Orville and a lot of pilots. On the film side, The Avatar sequels, Matrix 4, uncharted, Fantastic Beasts 3, The Batman, Jurassic world Dominion, Shang-Chi, the Little Mermaid, Nightmare Alley, Home Alone, Peter Pan & Wendy, Shrunk, and  Mission Impossible 7. A lot of these have only shut down for a couple of weeks, some even longer.

To complicate matters for movie fans in the United States , AMC, Regal

and other theater chains have shut down. AMC will be shut down for six to twelve weeks. So the Summer movie season is pretty much gone. Even the Razzies ceremony was cancelled, instead the awards were announced via Youtube video. The Razzies were supposed to be handed out on March fourteenth. Winner for Worst Picture was Cats, Worst Actor went to John Travolta in The Fanatic as well as trading Paint, Hilary Duff took away the Worst Actress for The Haunting of Sharon tate, James Corden won Worst Supporting Actor for his role in Cats, he joins Rebel Wilson who got the Worst Supporting Actress award for Cats, Worst Screen combo went to any two people on the screen of Cats, Tom Hooper for Worst Director for Cats and also took away worst screenplay with Lee Hall for Cats, Rambo Last Blood won Worst remake, rip off or sequel as well as Worst reckless Disregard for Human life and public property and Eddie Murphy won the Razzie Redeemer award for Dolomite is my name. They all deserve what they got…admit it.

Right now an estimated 120,000 entertainment industry crew jobs have been lost by this pandemic

But there is help, Netflix has created a 100 million dollar relief fund for the hundreds of thousands suddenly without work in hollywood as productions have shut down for the outbreak. In a letter on Netflix’s company blog the chief content officer said quote”This community has supported Netflix through the good times, and we want to help them through these hard times, especially while governments are still figuring out what economic support they will provide. Most of the fund will go towards support for the hardest hit workers on our own productions around the world… This is in addition to the two weeks pay we’ve already committed to the crew and cast on productions we were forced to suspend last week.”  unquote The money will not just be for netflix productions but the industry as a whole. Netflix is also donating to the SAG AFTRA Covid 19 Disaster Fund, and the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance in the U.S., as well as another million split between the AFC and Fondation des Artistes. Good deal, we shall get past this.

While we wait for The Orville, Dark Horse Comics has announced a season 2.5 comic mini series made up of two two issue series, the first is called  Launch Day. quote in which seemingly hostile Krill ships cross into Union space and the Orville intercepts. Captain Mercer learns they are en route to a planet that left the Union decades ago, under mysterious circumstances. Scans have discovered a moon-sized construct above the planet, and the Krill intend a preemptive strike against the presumed weapon. But is it? Unquote  Orville Executive Producer David A Good man will be on writing duties, joined by artist David Cabeza and colorist Michael Atiyeh. And will be out on June third.

The American Box Office officially hit a new low this past weekend. Zero.  As in nothing as in all theaters have been shuttered and nothing new was released so Zero.  Not even any official reporting. According to Box Office Mojo, the final box office report was on Thursday the nineteenth with a total of 143, 641 dollars for all 36 films in just 233 theaters.

Actor Lyle Waggoner has passed away. The actor best known for The Carol Burnett Show and the 80’s Wonder Woman series died of illness at his home on the seventeenth of March. Waggoner started out as an announcer on the Carol Burnett Show, but soon became an actor in the sketches. After leaving the Carol Burnett Show, he got hired for the role of Colonel Steve Trevor Jr on the 1975 wonder Woman series where he worked aside Linda Carter for four years. Among his other acting credits are “Charlie’s Angels,” “Happy Days,” Mork & Mindy,” “The Golden Girls,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Ellen,” “The Naked Truth” and “That ’70s Show”. His last on screen acting role was in 2005’s “The War at Home,” but in 2017 he made an appearance on the Carol Burnett Show 50th anniversary special. Lyle Waggoner passed away at home after a long illness, he was 84.

And now let’s end with something to soothe the soul. A little moment of Zen if you will. Patrick Stewart reading Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. Take it away Sir.  https://twitter.com/i/status/1241506250086666241

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Welcome to Episode 69 of Multiverse tonight. Wow. What a difference two weeks makes. To start off with, I hope this episode finds you well and safe, wherever in the world you are. Two weeks ago, I was doing okay, the world was doing okay and then the Coronavirus breaks out and all hell breaks loose. 

My family and I are all fine so far. Kansas has had kind of a slow spread to the contagion. Just a lot of bare store shelves at Walmart and Dollar general stores. But it’s comin’ this way and it’s only a matter of time.

The people I really feel sorry for are the small store owners, like comic book shops, the movie theater owners, the entertainers, the comic book creators, etc.  People, do me a favor. Try to shop or support these people instead of buying massive quantities of toilet paper. Right now we need entertainment to keep our minds of this world of crap we’ve found ourselves in. Let’s go on with the news.

DC

Production on Y The Last Man might have stopped due to the Coronavirus. Kind of ironic considering it takes place after a male apocalypse happens on the Earth. Coincidentally, the show has gained a cast member according to Deadline Elliot Fletcher has joined as Yorrick’s best friend Sam. The character is described as quote “Hero Brown’s best friend, and enabler. His background (he grew up in poverty with absent parents), has made him resourceful and resilient in a world where surviving men are greeted with suspicion or worse. Street smart but occasionally self-destructive, he is wry and funny, with a big heart.” unquote . The show starring Barry Keoghan as Yorrick is due out later this year. Maybe, we’ll see.

Another production closed due to Covid 19 is The Batman. Interestingly enough originally it was gonna continue filming but with precautions, however they halted it a few days ago as it was filming in London.  However there are a couple of tidbits to report on. Peter Sarsgaard on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert revealed that his character will be named Gil Colson and will be a shady Gotham politician. Aren’t all Gotham politicians shady?

Actor Jeffrey Wright, who is playing Jim Gordon in the movie hinted at  fans on Instagram that The Long Halloween is gonna see some love in the movie.  Posting a pic of the trade paperback edition of the mini series with the words Another for the culture. The Long Halowween was written and illustrated by the team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale and took place  at the beginning of Batman’s career as he tried to solve the mystery of the holiday killer.

Aquaman 2 is on the horizon and in a now deleted tweet by Aquaman 2 writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick tweeted a response to a fan question that might point at Black Manta.  In response to a question about what would be a good comic book to read while being locked down, David responded quote “Hmm…good question,” “We’re not taking any one particular comic book story and adapting it, but if you want to know the vibe we’re going for, pick up pretty much any Silver Age story featuring Black Manta.” unquote So if this hint is strong, it looks like Black Manta will strike back against Aquaman in the sequel. Aquaman 2 is due in theaters in December 2022.

Even with the coronavirus stopping or delaying productions and right now DC’s Black Adam is due to start filming this summer (my guess is that it’s up in the air right now) Of course, that doesn’t mean that Dwayne the Rock Johnson stops training. As he posted in Instagram quote  “Same game, different levels. Same hell, different devils. Training for Black Adam, where the devils may change, but hell still stays the same. #dcuniverse #blackadam⚡️ shooting begins this summer @jonbrandoncruz  unquote With a picture of him sweaty and working out. You know what would be more interesting if he said he was no longer working out. That would really be news. Black Adam is due in theaters in December of 2021…unless …

Well while you’re self quarantining yourself, read a comic, Batman number 96 introduces us to a new villain Clown Hunter. James Tynion the fourth indroduced the character in his Tiny onion newslaetter saying quote “Jorge and I just created a new character named CLOWNHUNTER, who shows up in Batman #96, part two of Joker War. I am very, very, very excited about him, and the absolutely brutal wrench he’s going to throw into the mix of that story.” unquote   Guessing he’s not fond of the Joker…or circuses.

Marvel

Let’s start with a couple of quick hits here,Productions have shut down on Loki and shang-chi due to the coronavirus. But we do have some news not covid 19 related…

With Damon Lindelof done with HBO’s Watchmen, he’s looking for other pastures. Perhaps  he could lend his craft to the Marvel Brand? Speaking with Fandom dot com, Damon said quote “I think that doing something in the Marvel universe, anywhere in the Marvel Universe, would be really potentially exciting for me, especially as they start to get a little bit more experimental,” Lindelof says. “Some of the things that I’ve seen for WandaVision, for example, just feel like, ‘Okay, now we’re getting somewhere’. Particularly in a television space.” unquote  He also told them that he wouldn’t mind playing in the Star Wars sand box either.

Iron Man would have gotten…Strange, if a scene had stayed into Infinity War. Kevin Smith on his Fatman Beyond [podcast confirmed that a scene with Doctor Strange in Iron Man’s armor was shot. Mr. Smith knows because he’s seen a photo of it shot by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Quote “There’s footage or a photo of Robert Downey Jr wearing the cape that came out long before Infinity War came out, so we know they shot it,” Smith said. “We know personally (Smith and his co-host Marc Bernardin) that they shot it because when the writers (came and spoke to us at the house before they left they were like ‘You wanna see something?’ And they pulled out the phone and literally showed us, not just a drawing cause that’s what’s going around the internet is there’s a drawing and it looks badass, but they showed us f***in Sherlock in the Iron Man f***in suit man. Like wearing the suit, with Tony standing next to him wearing the cape, and we were like ‘WHAT THE F***,’ and they were like ‘We can’t say, never talk about it.’ Then it’s out in the world and I’m like ‘We saw that photo!’ It looked badass.” unquote That would be interesting to see. I know there is an artist rendering of it, but I would love to actually see it.

Zendaya has been confirmed to return for the third MCU Spider-man movie, the actor Tom Holland revealed in an interview with Th ePhillippine Daily Inquirer. Production is due to start in July in Atlanta.

Here’s a new book for you to pick up. Marvel has announced a new America Chavez Limited Series. The series called America Chavez: Made in the USA will be written by Kalinda Vazquez and will be drawn by Carlos Gomez. The series will showcase America’s origins and powers and promises ripple effects for America and the world around her. Kalinda in a statement said quote “From the moment America Chavez was introduced into the Marvel Universe I was a fan,” Vazquez said. “It’s such an honor to have the opportunity to tell an America story, and I couldn’t be more excited to have been invited onto this project. Working with Sana Amanat, Annalise Bissa and the rest of the editorial team at Marvel has been so fantastic and I can’t wait for the world to see the incredible artwork that Carlos Gomez has created for this book! In this series, America is going to be tested as she’s never been tested before, and the challenges that she’ll have to face will only force her to pull from even deeper from that well of strength and ferocity that we know lies within her…” unquote America Chavez Made in the usa number one comes out in stores in June.

Geek

We start the Geek News with the reschedule shuffle. Many comic cons have had to either cancel or reschedule their shows because of Covid 19. One of the big ones has been the Emerald City ComicCon which was originally supposed to happen a few weeks ago, but was put on hold. Now it’s been moved to August the twenty first to twenty third. Ticket exchanges for the new event are happening now. 

I was supposed to be at Planet Comicon this past weekend, but it was aso rescheduled and will now happen in August as well, the fourteenth through the sixteenth.

Disney is releasing Onward early to digital. With the virus closing down movie theaters, the company will now make the Pixar movie with the talents of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt available to buy digitally now and it will debut on Disney Plus on April third in the US. It’s now the only movie to hurry up amid the crisis. Paramount will put Sonic the Hedgehog up for purchase on March 31, months ahead of the physical release on May nineteenth. Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot will come out on March twenty fourth along with The Invisible Man, Emma, the Hunt and Trolls World Tour. It’s even been rumored that wonder Woman 1984 might get a quickie digital release, but that’s been shot down. 

A decision about holding the Comicon International: San Diego will not be made until June according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Currently the San Diego Convention Center has been temporarily turned into a homeless shelter during the CoVid 19 pandemic. Currently the con is scheduled for July 23 to the 26th. WonderCon, it’s sister show in Anaheim was scheduled to take place next month, but it’s been delayed.

Gamestop has decided in the wake of the pandemic to shutter its physical locations and switch to processing only digital orders. Physical stores will be offering a curbside pickup service or other eCommerce deliveries. Gamestop will be paying employees for the eliminated hours for the next two weeks based on the past 10 weeks average hours.

More to pile on here, Diamond Comics Distributors, which if you didn’t know is the company that distributes new comics to retailers across the US has shut down. The company released a statement that said quote “As everyone knows, the world faces ever-increasing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its effects on the comics & collectibles and tabletop gaming industries have been felt far and wide. We are hearing from thousands of retailers that they can no longer service their customers as they have in the past, many of them forced to close by government action or resort to in-person or curbside delivery. Even those still open are seeing reduced foot traffic in most cases, a situation that seems likely to worsen with time.

“Our publishing partners are also faced with numerous issues in their supply chain, working with creators, printers, and increasing uncertainty when it comes to the production and delivery of products for us to distribute. Our freight networks are feeling the strain and are already experiencing delays, while our distribution centers in New York, California, and Pennsylvania were all closed late last week. Our own home office in Maryland instituted a work from home policy, and experts say that we can expect further closures. Therefore, my only logical conclusion is to cease the distribution of new weekly products until there is greater clarity on the progress made toward stemming the spread of this disease.” Unquote

To put it succinctly. The company will not be sending any product with an on sale date of April, for the foreseeable future until the Covid 19 crisis is under control. 

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Show Notes: Episode 66: Let The Child waffle about Picard & Episode 67:That Batmobile is not street legal

Tonight! The Why of Picard, The Child makes waffles and we remember the Man who brought Ming The Merciless to life! All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight! 

Welcome to Episode 66 of Multiverse tonight. I have some sad news to start this episode. I’ve had a death in the family. Our dog Fanny has passed away. She stopped eating and drinking a few days ago and then on Sunday she passed away. It hurts, but I know I’ll get over it. To quote George Carlin, “Life is a series of dogs.” unquote And Fanny was a very good dog.

Star Trek

So you’ve been watching Star Trek Picard, but you have concerns about the violence in darkness especially the recent scenes in the episode Stardust City rag where we saw poor Icheb getting unwanted surgery and Seven of Nine deciding to go all Dirty Harry on the person who killed her friend. Some fans have even taken their concerns to Showrunner Michael Chabon on his Instagram. His answer quote “I am not unambivalent about the violence, myself,” Chabon writes on Instagram. “The choice was not made lightly, though it was made collaboratively, and therefore with a good deal of conversation and debate among the creators. And so I assure you that it is not there simply ‘because we can,’ or because we are trying, as you somewhat uncharitably put it, to be ‘in.’ My partners would all have their own reasons for its presence in this story, as some of us had our own reasons for shying away from it. For me, it came down to this: there has always been violence (and even torture) in Star Trek. Sometimes that violence has been implicit, sometimes explicit, according to the dictates of censorship, the nature of the situation being depicted, the aesthetic of individual creators, or technical and/or budgetary limitations. And the reason that there has always been violence in Trek is that Trek is art, and there has always been violence—implicit and explicit—in art. It belongs there. It belongs in any narrative about human beings, even human beings of the future. Violence, often, *is* the narrative. Its source. Its engine. The question of whether it’s “too much” or not is ultimately a matter of taste. Personally, I come out closer to the “less is more” end. But that is just me. In the end, I saw how little time and space we had to convey a sense of Seven’s history post-Voyager, and the things that drive and haunt her. I decided, with my partners, that intensity was warranted. Seven lives outside the rationale confines of the Federation, because that is where she finds her sense of purpose. But life is hard, out there. If it wasn’t, people wouldn’t need her help so badly. And she wouldn’t have found such a compelling reason to carry on, in spite of her history of trauma. But, I hear you.” unquote

In other words, it was a necessary evil in order to tell the story

However Mister Chabon wasn’t finished, he also talked about the show’s tone and how it reflects our current reality. Quote “First of all, I think that the phrase (or a version of it) ‘Star Trek has always reflected its time” is open to multiple, potentially conflicting interpretations,’ he writes. “It can mean, ‘Individual Star Trek series have always (consciously) reflected thematically many of the most pressing issues of the time when they were made.’ I think that’s the sense intended by people involved with making the two current series, and it’s pretty obviously true—starting with persistent themes of nuclear annihilation, racial prejudice, mechanization, totalitarianism vs liberal democracy, on TOS, through DS9 with its themes of individual vs group identity, chosen family, reason vs faith, and the inevitable moral compromises of war. (That’s only the *conscious* ways in which Trek has reflected the times in which it was made.) But the phrase could also be taken the way (I think) you take it: that the world, the milieu depicted by Star Trek—the characters and their interactions, their capabilities and limitations as individuals, the social institutions and mores and technologies and economics and culture—reflects the world and era in which it was made. I think you’re saying that this is wrong, that here is exactly where Trek doesn’t, hasn’t. and *shouldn’t* reflect the world and times. That it has always presented its crews, Starfleet, and the Federation as improvements, as realizations of our best potential, as aspirational. If Trek has reflected our world, it’s in a kind of utopian funhouse mirror, where everything looks better. I would say that by and large that has been true, though possibly not as to the degree that many Trek fans claim, or feel. But there’s another side to the world—the people and society—depicted in Star Trek, which is all the characters, planets, cultures, mores and interactions that take place outside of Starfleet, the Federation. Many of these “outside” cultures and characters—the empires and alliances and unions— *have* deliberately reflected aspects of our world, with its all imperfection, intolerance, brutality, its humiliations and injustices, its evils. I don’t mean just in a thematic sense, but in the behavior of individual non-Federation, non-Starfleet characters, in the construction of societies around prejudices and inequalities, violence, lust for power, etc.

“That brings us to Picard. In the one, long, ten-part story we’re telling, we’re asking two questions about the greater world of Star Trek (i.e, the Federation *and* everything outside the Federation). One—a venerable Star Trek question, with a long pedigree in previous series and films: What happens when the Federation, the Roddenberry Federation with all its enlightened and noble intentions, free from want, disease, (internal) war, greed, capitalism, intolerance, etc., is tested by forces inimical to its values? What happens when two of its essential principles; (security and liberty, say) come into conflict? The answer has to be—at first, it buckles. It wobbles. It may, to some extent, compromise or even betray its values, or at the very least be sorely tempted to do so. If not, there’s no point asking the question, though it’s a question that any society with aspirations like ours or the Federation’s needs to ask. If nothing can ever truly test the Federation, if nothing can rock its perfection, then it’s just a magical land. It’s Lothlorien, in its enchanted bubble, untouchable by the Shadow. And, also, profoundly *inhuman*. To me it’s the humanity of the Federation—which means among many admirable things, its imperfection, its vulnerability and the constant need to defend it from our own worst natures—that makes it truly inspiring. The other, related question we’re asking is: What about the people who live outside, at the edges (or even within) the Federation but who, for various reasons, aren’t quite *of* it. Ex-Starfleet officers, refugees, people like Seven who served on a Starfleet ship but was never actually in Starfleet. People who have fallen through the cracks, or fallen victim to their own weaknesses. What is life like for people who, for whatever reason, live beyond the benevolent boundaries of the Federation—where, for example, post-scarcity is a dream, and there is a monetary economy? Again, there is precedent for this kind of story on Trek, but the fact that our story only resolves over ten episodes, not one, or two, or four out of a season of 23, might make it feel, sometimes, that there is more darkness, more trauma in our characters’ lives. More *struggle.* This show unquestionably has darker tonalities than some others (DS9 is the standout exception). It lives more in the shadows, where the Federation’s light can’t always reach. That isn’t to condemn, criticize, undo, break or, god knows, betray the Federation or Gene Roddenberry’s vision. Shadow defines light.

Every new Trek series since TNG has sought to escape what can feel like the confines of previous series, not simply of canon (which can also be a strangely liberating force) but of the kinds of stories, about the kinds of characters and societies, that have already been told. Each new series has expressed this impulse to “light out for the territories” in a different way. TNG went a century into the future of TOS. DS9 went onto a station full of aliens that was both beyond the edge of the Federation and next to a wormhole that led to the Gamma Quadrant. VOY put 70k light-years between it and its predecessors, and introduced a raft of new species and worlds. ENT went deep into the early past of the Federation. Next season’s DIS goes to the Trek universe’s far-future.

“The space we found for Picard is not ‘dark Federation.’ It’s one of people who live and work at or beyond the margins of the Federation who travel beyond its boundaries to find the truth.” unquote Well we can definitely say he’s a writer, that was a lot of words.

He also had more to say on Twitter when asked if  there was a connection between the state of the Federation in Picard and the state of the Federation in the 32nd century that Discovery season three will take place in. Mister Chabon replied quote “‘Federation downfall?’ What Federation downfall? The Federation is still very much alive and well and home to trillions (quadrillions?) of safe, housed, fed, educated citizens with the potential to lead fulfilling lives,” Chabon said. “There was a crisis 15 years ago, in the wake of the costly Dominion War and the Romulan emergency, which had a negative impact on the lives of many people, including most of our principal characters, in one way or another, during which Starfleet (and by extension the Federation) did not acquit itself well – in Picard’s eyes. From Admiral Clancy’s viewpoint, which is likely the mainstream view, Picard’s attitude was unrealistic, quixotic, and even dangerous. She may be right! They may both be right, and both wrong. But that was fifteen years ago, and the Federation is still going strong. Perhaps in the eyes of some it lost its luster, its air of invulnerability, its claim to the moral high ground, a process that began during DS9 times. That is hardly a ‘downfall’, though.” unquote

As to another fans question as to why Picard doesn’t make reference to the Dominion War in the show Chabon answered that he had planned to originally but was convinced not to by colleagues that doing so might confuse newer fans. Bad move Chabon, for one. Fans know about it. New fans will go back and watch DS9 to find out about it or they’ll find out about it from the internet. It’s all right to have continuity that not everyone has seen. People are adaptable. You’re kinda telling us that we’re not smart enough to do the homework. Again, bad move. Trust your audience.

Robert Picardo says that he’s in talks to appear in season two of Picard. He could either appear as the EMH creator Lewis Zimmerman, an EMH, or The Doctor. He’s quoted as saying “I am pleased that they (CBS) have expressed interest in me,” “They have reached out to my agent about next season. So I’m looking forward to seeing what it is. As you know I play two characters, primarily the Doctor but also Lewis Zimmerman. Lewis Zimmerman, the engineer who created the Doctor’s program, certainly would have aged. He’s in the same timeline as Patrick Stewart and all the [Star Trek: The Next Generation] folk. The Doctor, of course, like Data doesn’t age, but there are ways to address that, as we all know. I joked the other day that my daughter does visual effects, that’s exactly what she does is digitally correct actors so I said, ‘If they hire the two of us, she could make me look 25 years younger. Anyway, it will interesting to see when something happens, if something but, but I might have a chance to be onscreen with Jeri again. It would be an honor and a delight, obviously, to have scenes with Patrick Stewart so, you know, we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Star Trek Voyager is turning twenty five, so far we’ve seen Jeri Ryan return as seven of nine on Picard and  a group getting a monument erected in Captain Janeway’s hometown of Bloomington Illinois. Now 455 films is producing a documentary about the series. 455 films has previously done the Star Trek documentaries, the Captains, Chaos on the Bridge and For the Love of Spock. Studio president David Zappone hinted about what was coming on twitter saying quote  “Okay. Who likes Star Trek Voyager, and thinks it deserves to have a documentary to commemorate its 25th anniversary?” unquote He also confirmed that they will be filming during Star Trek : The Cruise IV filming testimonials from Voyager fans. The cruise this year has a Voyager theme and guests on the cruise include Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Robert Picardo, Roxann Dawson, Ethan Phillips, Tim Russ, and Garrett Wang. No word on when the documentary will be out, but I’m guessing this fall.

So, have you ever been watching the classic episode The Trouble with Tribbles and wondered how long it would have taken to fill up the ship with the cooing balls of fur? No? Well someone has to answer questions like this. So a group of undergrads at the University of Leicester in the UK calculated the growth rate of the tribbles and published a paper on it. It was a relatively simple calculation involving an exponential formula. Spock gave the initial set of variables in teh episode estimates that each tribble (born pregnant) can give birth to ten more tribbles in 12 hours and puts the number of tribbles on board after just three days at 1,777,561. The students, assuming that Spock’s assessment was correct and presuming that no tribbles died. They came to the estimate that it would take 18.4 x10 to the 9th power and also estimated that it would take 18.4×109 tribbles to entirely fill the USS Enterprise. That’s 18 billion, 400 million tribbles. So under those conditions, they came to the conclusion that it would take 4.5 days for tribbles to completely fill the ship. That’s a lot of tribbles. Of course, in the episode the tribbles had been poisoned to death by contaminated quadrotriticale. In that case the authors proposed a further paper saying quote “A further calculation including a ‘death term’ could be done, to find out how long it would take for the population to become extinct, if there was an unlimited supply of toxic grain,” unquote 

Some sad news. Star Trek Discovery actor Kenneth Mitchell, who has played three different Klingons in Discovery’s first two seasons: Kol, Kol-Sha and Tenavik has revealed that he has been diagnosed with ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was originally diagnosed back in 2018. A few months ago in October, he was forced to use a wheelchair. In an interview with People magazine he said quote “The moment that they told us it was [ALS], it was like I was in my own movie,” “That’s what it felt like, like I was watching that scene where someone is being told that they have a terminal illness. It was just a complete disbelief, a shock.” “I’ll never forget, one of my Star Trek co stars told me, because they had dealt with some trying times with illnesses and stuff, and I remember them communicating to me, saying, ‘You have a choice. You can look at this in many different ways, but maybe try to look at this like a gift where you get to experience life in a way that most people don’t,” unquote However, he’s not going to try to be down about it, he told People that he and others are  looking into new roles with his diagnosis in mind.

Star Wars

Are you gonna be in Las Vegas anytime soon? If you are, hop on down to Immersion Vegas at Fashion Show mall. To see “Fans Strike Back” a 10 thousand square foot exhibition showcasing superfan Daniel Prada’s collection that includes more than 600 collectivles, figurines,costumes, models and light sabers. The exhibit will also showcase a sixteen foot Jabba the hutt and a recreation of an Imperial I – class Star Destroyer main bridge. No opening date for it yet. But tickets will be priced at twenty nine dollars plus taxes and fees for adults and fifteen plus for kids 11 and younger. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://thefansstrikeback.vegas

Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo has a new baby daughter. Joonas and his wife Milla Pohjasvaara welcomed their second child on Friday the twenty eighth.  The man who took over the role of Chewy during the final movie in the sequel trilogy posted an announcement on Instagram with a caption on a photo of his daughter saying quote “We have some exciting news: we were blessed to welcome the newest member of our family!”“Our little princess (or senator, or general, or whatever she wants to be!) was born this week and is doing great. Unquote He went on to thank the hospital staff. And ended it with quote Welcome to the world Princess Bacca! Unquote He would later clarify that she has not been named yet and that Bacca is just a nickname. When her and her brother are older, maybe they should all go trick or treating as the Chewy family…or show up at Star Wars celebration in costume….or film an all new Star Wars holiday special….nah.

One of the complaints about the rise of skywalker was the feel of missing scenes. By the way, as an old timer, as someone who’s been around the block, the one thing I can tell you if you want different takes of scenes or missing scenes, check out the novelization of the comic adaptation. And sure enough, the novelization for The Rise of Skywalker has something that was missing when Ben Solo passed away. His last words. According to the book it goes like this quote  “A voice came to her through the Force, clear and strong. I will always be with you, Ben said, “She smiled. Let the truth of it wash over her. ‘No one’s ever really gone,’ she whispered.” unquote Bly the way, if you’re wondering if Ben’s force ghost “shows” up in the book? Nope. It’s been confirmed that there’s not a ghost of a chance of that. The novelization of Star Wars the rise of Skywalker comes out on March seventeenth The comic adaptation which sounds like it will have some added material as well, will come out this summer in June and the movie comes out on digital on that date and the disc versions hit shelves on March thirty first.

The Mandalorian will be premiering on ProSieben in Germany on MMarch 22nd prior to the launch of Disney Plus on March twenty fourth. The First episode will air as part of a Star Wars night on the broadcaster that ends with the German Free t premiere of The Last Jedi. However there is bad news for Amazon Fire users in germany as according to German tech News Site Heise Onlinen, Disney recently removed the Amazon media player from it’s supported device list. If that changes before launch I’ll let you know.

The Mandalorians Visual Production Supervisor for ILM Visual effects Ian Milham gave some behind the scenes explanations of how some of the scenes were brought to life. On twitter he wrote quote, For space fights, we populated the scene with lasers and explosions in different quadrants and distances, hooked them up to custom buttons on the iPad, and let the director go to town. Like playing X-Wing vs. TIE on a 70 ft screen. Season two of the Mandalorian comes out in October.

By the way there is now an official The Child Waffle Maker, although since it prints The child and The mandalorian logo on it, it looks more like a pancake than a waffle. A relatively flat waffle is always a pancake. If you want one they cost about 40 dollars and can be preordered from Gamestop. Gamestop, it’s still a thing.

Lucasfilm is preparing to launch new adventures in an old point in Star Wars history. Star Wars The High Republic takes place at the Galactic republic and Jedi Order’s high point some 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. Since this unexplored section of Galactic history is untapped the creators have free reign to make what they want. New adventures, new characters and new merchandising. In a statement Lucasfilm Publishing creative director Michael Siglain about this new venture said quote  “Star Wars: The High Republic features the Jedi as we’ve always wanted to see them — as true guardians of peace and justice. This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Jedi and the Galactic Republic are at their height. But of course, into this glorious new era something wicked this way comes,” says Lucasfilm publishing creative director Michael Siglain. “This initiative will give readers young and old a new corner of the galaxy to explore through rich, meaningful stories. Plus, readers will learn what scares the Jedi.”

The first books and comics are set to debut at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August with Star Wars The high republic ight of the Jedi being a massive interconnected story that’s told across various formats by various publishers. Including Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray, Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland, Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing comic book series)Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older (IDW Publishing comic book series), Star Wars: The High Republic by Cavan Scott (Marvel comic book series) and Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (Adult novel,

Geek

Syy has announced that the Magicians will be ending this April. THe show’s fifth season will be it’s last. The show, based on the series of novels by the same name, premiered back on Syfy in January of 2016 and has been one of the most consistent shows Syfy had on it’s schedule.  In a statement the channel said quote “‘The Magicians’ has been a part of our Syfy family for five fantastic seasons. As we near the end of this journey, we want to thank John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Henry Alonso Myers, Lev Grossman, and our entire brilliant cast, crew, writers and directors for their beautiful creation. But most of all, we thank the fans for their tremendous support and passion. Because of you, magic will be in our hearts forever,”

SYFY is definitely on a streak now, they’ve also canceled the third annual Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Marathon. The past couple of years, the network has aired all the Leprechaun movies back to back, this year it will just show Leprechaun’s Revenge and Leprechaun Returns.  Well I guess you can always stream the rest.

Jason Blum would love to build himself a Frankenstien….movie. Talking with the Evolution of Horror Podcast the producer said quote “I’d love to do Frankenstein. I’ve tasked our filmmakers with trying to figure out just straight Frankenstein,“”Again, I don’t know if someone else is doing it, I don’t know anything about it, but I would love to try and I’m waiting for the great idea. The Invisible Man, I agree, the best ideas feel like, ‘My gosh, it’s so obvious, why didn’t that happen before?’ If we could come up with something as good for Frankenstein, I’d love to try that.” unquote 

Octavia E. Butler’s novel Dawn will be made into a tv series for Amazon. The drama has been given a direct to series order will be written and directed by Victoria Mahoney who was the second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, she will be teaming up with Ava DuVernay, the director of Disney’s big budget A Wrinkle in Time adaptation. The novel was published in 1987 and follows s 

around an African American woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race some 250 years after a nuclear war. There is no word on when it will be produced or aired.

The tenth season of American Horror Story will have Macculy Culkin joining the cast for the new story. Ryan Murphy shared the news of the casting with an instagram video of what resembled the opening credits to the tune of Orville Pecks’ Dead of Night. Season ten will premiere in the fall of 2020.

Stranger things Finn Wolfhard is set to star in the thriller movie Rules For Werewolves based on a short film of the same name that also started Finn. The film will be based on writer Kirk Lynn’s debut novel which he also adapted for the screen. Deadline reports that the film quote “investigates the rituals and rhythms of a pack of wild teens as they break in and loot a new home, leaving someone (or something) behind for the cops to find.” unquote/ It’s also being reported that the movie will be done in one single take, mostly.

Well we’re gonna have to wait to find out about the new shows coming out in the Fall 2020 season. Due to fears about the spreading CoVid 19 corona virus, a lot of upfronts have been either cancelled or postponed. Also the new James Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed back from April to November and Peter Rabbit 2 has been pushed back from April to August. I’m guessing we’ll have to learn about what will get quickly cancelled some other way.

Actor Max Von Sydow has passed away. The man born Carl Adolf von Sydow was born on April 10, 1929 in Lund Sweden He grew up to star in more than 100 films and tv shows, including eleven films by famed director Ingmar Bergman including The Seventh Seal which saw him playing a chess game with death. Modern movie fans might know him as Father Lankester Merrin from The Exorcist and The Exorcist II, Ming The Merciless from Flash Gordon, King Osric in Conan the Barbarian. Doctor Kynes in Dune. The voice of Vigo the Carpathian in Ghostbusters II, Judge Fargo in Judge Dread, Director Lamar Burgess in Minority Report and Lor Saan Tekka in Star Wars The Force Awakens and many many more.

He was married twice and had two sons. Max Von Sydow died on March eighth at the age of 90.

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Epidsode 67

Tonight! Lucifer’s sixth season might be reality, The Sandman becomes an audio drama and Etch A Sketch goes variants. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight! 

Welcome to Episode 67 of Multiverse tonight. I’ve had quite a month. Got my tax refund, bought a second monitor for my studio, grieved over the loss of a favorite dog, now I have Planet Comicon in Kansas City in a week.  I don’t exactly know what I’ll get from Planet Comicon, some photos, definatly an interview with Author Dayton Ward, maybe an interview with an author or comic book person or two. We will see. This Con isn’t just a work thing for me, it’s really the only true vacation I get. Now if you’d like to see me go to more cons, you have to help fund me. Just go to my website Mutiversetonight.com.

DC

It looks like Lucifer might just get that sixth season. TV Line is reporting that Tom Ellis finalized a new deal for season six and a couple of weeks ago co showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson have inked season six deals. Netflix is currently in talks with Warner Bros TV to bring about one more season of the show. The show was rescued by Netflix back in 2018 after three seasons on Fox. Come on Warner Bros, just one more time!

Nathan Fillion is well traveled. He’s been in lots of franchises. Firefly, Buffy, the MCU and animated green lantern,  etc. His upcoming appearance in the Suicide Squad will be new franchise. So why join the DC Universe easy. Two words quote “James Gun.” Nathan told ET Canada quote “James Gunn (is) one of the people in my life that when he calls I just pick up the phone and say ‘yes to whatever you’re about to say, it’s yes, the answer is yes,'” “James Gunn is an amazing storyteller, that guy understands story and he loves to tell story. So when he wants to do something you know it’s gonna be fun, you know it’s gonna be satisfying… So here he is with Suicide Squad 2, he asks me to come down. What can I say about it? It’s so secret, I get stressed when people talk about it. Here’s what I can tell you though, huge scope. I’ve never done anything so big.” unquote. 

The movie is still filming, having wrapped the Panama part of its production and is scheduled for release August sixth 2021.

Also wrapped work on the movie is actor David Dastmalchian. That news came via James Guns instagram saying quote “And that’s a wrap on @dastmalchian who gave me this amazing art by @lukas.ketner as a wrap gift! I happened to be wearing my @countcrowley T-shirt (Dave and Lukas’s great comic series). Thanks David – you’ve been amazing to work with in every way. I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve cooked up. ❤️,” unquote

Police in Moscow towed a homemade Batmobile. The replica on the Batmobile from Batman v Superman. According to a Moscow interior ministry spokesman, the vehicle was too wide for the city streets and had not been certified as roadworthy. The vehicle and it’s 32 year old driver was stopped in Moscow on a Saturday in western Moscow and towed away wrapped in tape and black plastic.  The cost of the vehicle was about 842,100 american.

The Batman has moved along the past couple of weeks. A photo of a batsuit has leaked as well as a pic of the batmobile. Too say I’m just not impressed yet….eh.  Well now a new member has joined the cast, Gill Perez-Abraham is in another unknown role. Gil has appeared on Orange is the New Black and Pose and he will also be seen in The walking Dead’s NEW spinoff The Walking Dead World beyond. Yep. Dear Warner Bros, I need more info than that. And while we’re on it AMC? STOP IT WITH THE WALKING DEAD, we’re tired of it already.  Anyway.

FX’s Y The last Man is still around and it has a new Yorick Brown. Variety has learned that Ben Schnetzer will be taken over the role. Originally Barry Keoghan was slated to star in the show based on the DC Comics series of the asme name. But he left earlier this month. Mr. Schnetzer joins a cast that includes Diane Lane, Imogen Poots and Amber Tamblyn. The show will start production in April.

Statues of Batman and Wonder Woman have been erected in London’s Leicester Square. To commemorate the three hundred fiftieth anniversary of the London landmark, bronze statues commemorating various cinematic icons have been put in the area. Batman’s statue depicts him on a rooftop standing triumphantly as he looks down at the ground below. Wonder Woman showcases the warrior princess charging forward and busting through a wall. Leicester Square have become synonymous with the british film industry for years. Movies have premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square Cinema, the Prince Charles Cinema has become famous for screening various cult favorites. Other statues include Paddington Bear, Mr. Bean, Mary Poppins, Laurel and Hardy, Bugs Bunny and Don Lockwood from Singin’ in the Rain. The statues will stay there until June.

Jim Lee says Dan Didio is irreplaceable. During his panel at C2E2, by the way for coverage of that, head on over to Scifi4me dot com. Jason and his wife were there all weekend and have some interesting takes, so go check it out. Anyway, at the panel DC last publisher standing and Chief Creative officer Jim Lee indicated that Didio will not be replaced quote “There’s continually new things going on, and I look at being sole publisher now and the team I’m working with. Much more in trenches now than ever before.” “We’ve been with Warner Bros. for decades,” “The actual strategy for DC is to put publishing at center of what we do. It’s the engine of all the movies, TV, cartoons, we do. And so its my intent going forward as the Publisher, to lean into the collective years of my team.” unquote.

By the way, those who have been concerned about DC’s demise. Lee  said quote “To address some of the stuff that is out there, there’s rumors… speculation,” Lee explained. “I wouldn’t put any credence into it. DC has been around for 85 years, and we’ll be around for another 85 years. I hope to be doing this panel in 85 years.” unquote. Unless he’s a head in a jar, my guess is no.

DC’s The Sandman will be adapted into a multipart audio drama for Amazon’s Audible. The series will be narrated and executive produced by Sandman co creator Neil Gaiman and written and directed by Dirk Maggs. In a statement Neil said quote “Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio form,” Gaiman said in a statement. “I’m glad it didn’t happen, because we are in a Golden Age of audio drama right now, and Dirk and I are much better at what we are doing. This is a rich audio adaptation of The Sandman graphic novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star cast.” The audio drama is scheduled to come out this summer with plans for French, German, Italian and Spanish editions soon after.

Marvel

Production on any level is demanding. But it’s really demanding if you’re making an action packed series like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Star Anthony Mackie spoke with The Daily Beast about the demands on Marvel’s newest series and if there was any pressure. He told them quote . “Not at all. I feel like, if we’re going to fail, we should fail 100 percent. Don’t fail halfway,” Mackie said with a laugh. “But it’s been fun, man. There’s so much stuff going on in the Marvel Universe since Disney has gotten involved, and we have a really supportive team. It’s Victoria [Alonso] and Louis [D’Esposito] and Kevin [Feige] and all the other guys over there—we always have people we can talk to if we feel like stuff isn’t going right. So it’s been great. We’ve definitely stumbled a few times, but we’re running full steam ahead to get these shows done.” unquote The Falcon and The Winter Soldier comes to Disney Plus this August.

Speaking of the Disney Plus family of Marvel shows. Moon Knight is still a ways away…and it looks like it might be much later. According to Geeks WorldWide dot com, the filming date for the series has been pushed back to mid november at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. The lead has also not been casted yet for the role of Marc Spector, apparently they’re looking for a Zac Efron type.

Checking in with the She Hulk Show. Mark Ruffalo has confirmed that he’s in preliminary talks to appear in the show, which makes sense since Jennifer gets her powers because of a blood transfusion with her cousin. Marvel hasn’t cast She Hulk Jennifer Walters yet, but they are looking for an Alison Brie type. I don’t know maybe just hire Alison Brie? 

Whoops. I’m guessing Vin Diesel wasn’t supposed to talk about this, but the actor in an interview to promote the Bloodshot movie, said quote “I am waiting and excited for my friend James Gunn to knock this next one out of the park,” Diesel said during an interview in promotion of his upcoming Bloodshot movie. “He took The Suicide Squad so he’s about to embark on it. Thor will also, the director talked to me about Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy.” “That’ll be very interesting, nobody knows, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.” unquote Now, yes, the news isn’t too much of a surprise as Thor did leave Earth with the Guardians, the question becomes how much of the Guardians we will see as the story is supposed to surround Jane Fosters gaining the power of Thor. Thor Love and Thunder comes out on November fifth, 2021.

The latest issue of Production Weekly reports that Spider-man Three will shoot under the title Serenity Now. Which is apparently taken from the sitcom Seinfeld. Which is appropriate because Homecoming shot under the title Summer of George, while far from home shot under the title Fall of George. Co Producer Eric Hauserman Carroll has said that the pick code names that make them giggle. Production is set to get underway in July.

Tom Holland,on the press tour for Pixar’s Onward  has revealed to MT International that Sony had a contingency plan in case Sony and Marvel Studios did take Spiderman from the MCU quote “The future of Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony we had a really, really wonderful idea of how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU,” “Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were really confident they were going to do justice and make a film that was the caliber that Spider-Man requires.” “But that said, I’m really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel that’s where he belongs now. I’m really grateful that Bob Iger and Tom Rothman allowed me to be a part of the process of bringing him home. It was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever: I saved Spider-Man.” unquote Don’t give yourself a big head Tom. You won’t be able to fit in your Spider suit. Stay humble.

Black Panther was a huge success, not only was it a great movie, but it had a great soundtrack and a real chart topper thanks to the song Pray for Me by Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend. However, they’re in trouble now as TMZ reports that a lawsuit has been filed against Kendrick and The Weekend for an alleged eight count of illegal sampling in the track with quote intent to conceal the infringement”” unquote. The lawsuit was filed by Yeasayer which claims that the samples were taken from their 2007 song Sunrise. The band claims that Sunrise uses a distinctive choral performance that incorporate the bands own voices in a high falsetto. Yeasayer are asking for all the profits from Pray for me, Damages and an injunction blocking further sales and airplay of the song.

In a big announcement, Marvel Entertainment announced their creative team for a new comic series based on Tsuburaya Productions Ultraman.  Riters Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom will be co writers with Francesco Manna and Ed McGuinness on art. No launch date for the series has been given yet, but more info is due in the near future.

Geek

The Silence of the Lambs sequel series pilot Clarice has found it’s lead. Rebecca Breeds from The Originals and Pretty Little Liars will play the FBI Agent. The series is being shepherded by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. The series will take place in 1993 and will tell the story of Clarice as she goes into the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of washington.

The Boys is coming back and it’s not the tv series, it’s the comic. It’s been eight years since the last issue and now Garth Ennis is teaming back with Russ Braun for The Boys: Dear Becky. CBR dot com asked Garth how getting back into the series has been. He said quote Terrific. I hadn’t quite realized what an appalling mood I was in about the state of the world until I began to write about it in this series, and of course, there’s no better character for me to write when I’m pissed off than Billy Butcher. He’s even better than Frank Castle, whose problem is that he doesn’t know how to enjoy life. Billy does. Unquote . By the way Garth has no involvement with the second season of the Amazon show except reading the scripts. The Boys: Dear Becky #1 from Dynamite Entertainment goes on Sale in April.

The Official Pokemon Youtube channel has released this years top ten Pokemon, according to Pokemon fans. This year’s top Pokemon went to Greninja, a water/dark type Pokemon that first appeared back in 2013 in Pokemon X and Y.

So, did you see the Sonic the Hedgehog movie? It looks like redoing the look of Sonic did the trick as it’s generally gotten good reviews. Now you might ask yourself, why was it just Sonic and Dr. robotnik? Why not say a character like Knuckles is a part of the movie? Comic book dot cm had an interview with director Jeff Fowler. He told them quote “For this first film, we really were just looking at the 1991 game and just see where it all started and just keep it simple,” “Just really try to nail Sonic and Robotnik and just set up their rivalry because you don’t … I mean, I love … There’s a lot of great characters in Sonic universe, but it’s the most important thing is just to get Sonic set up and just tell a little bit of an origin story with him, and just do it in a way that really makes everyone fall in love with him as a character and just be rooting for more. And then, if all that goes well, then we can kind of open it up and bring in some of these other characters that fans know and love. And yeah, I mean, no one’s more excited than me to have that opportunity.” unquote Which you gotta admit, it’s the right approach. Knuckles or Tails can always show up in the sequel.

Monopoly has done well with it’s umpteen different versions of Monopoly, so I guess it’s etch a skech’s time At New York Toy Fair 2020, Spin Master announced a series of limited edition etch sketches to celebrate the drawing toys sixtieth anniversary. There’s the diamond edition with black diamond contoured frame and clear diamond knobs, a Stan Lee edition with a colorful comic border and stan lee face knobs, the monopoly edition with a game board frame and go and go to jail square knobs, a nasa edition with a space themed border and planet knobs and a rubiks cube edition with a mosaic border and rubik’s cube shaped knobs.  They will cost between 21 and 29 dollars and will ship in June.

Boom Studios has announced that Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, a twelve issue miniseries based on the netflix series will have a new creative team series. With issue number nine comes writer Matthew Erman and artist Mi-Gyeong Jo. The comic is designed to introduce the untold histories of key characters from the show. The new arc will give the origin story of All Maudra Mayrin, the Gelfling leader. In the story,  Mayrin takes her place as the leader of all Gelfling clans, but she feels unprepared for the great responsibility before her. When whispers of a Gelfling rebellion reach her, she must decide who she can trust—and if she herself is truly worthy of this responsibility. The print comic will be on store shelves on May 27th.

Paramount is making a movie based on the cartoon series MASK. F. Gary Grey will direct and they have tapped Chris Bremner, who co wrote the latest Bad Boys movie to write it. MASK was a toy and cartoon from 1985. MASK stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, an elite strike force that fought crime and terrorism. Their opponents were VENOM which stand for Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem.  No possible release date has been given. 

Dark Horse comics has announced a Prequel mini series for The Umbrella Academy. The six issue series titles You Look Like Death will focus on Seance aka Klaus and will be written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon with art by INJ Culbard. Garbriel Ba will draw covers. The official blurb reads quote “Roughly ten years before the events of Apocalypse Suite, 18-year-old Séance gets himself kicked out of the Umbrella Academy. With his allowance discontinued by Hargreeves, he takes to a place where his ghoulish talents will be appreciated––Hollywood. After a magical high on a vampire-drug-lord’s stash, Klaus needs help, and doesn’t have his siblings there to save him.” unquote In a statement Gerard Way said quote”For a long time, I had wanted to tell the story of Klaus Hargreeves’ life after the Umbrella Academy disbanded and before the events of Apocalypse Suite,” Way said in a statement. “I imagined a pretty wild decade for Klaus– full of ups and downs, seedy places, supernatural excursions, and internal battles within himself. I am thrilled to finally be able to tell this story with my co-writer Shaun Simon, who sees the world of the UA as clearly as I do. Also thrilled to work with such an amazing art and lettering team in I.N.J. Culbard and Nate Piekos.” unquote

The first issue of You look like Death comes out on June seventeenth 2020 and season two of the Netflix series comes out later this year.

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Show Notes: Episode 64: Harrison Ford Knows No Force Ghost & Episode 65: Didion’t Worry, Smith’s Happy

Keywords: Star Trek , Star Wars, Picard, Liam Neeson, The Orville,Harrison Ford, The Mandalorian, Sasha Banks, Boba Fett, Kansas City Chiefs, Pete Buttigieg,  Evan Evagora, Michael Chabon,Jeri Ryan, Rick Moranis, The 100, Stargate, Indiana Jones, The Goonies, Chris Evans, 

Tonight! Liam Neeson is done with Star Wars and Batman, we learn more about Picard’s hired assassin and Chris Evans wants to cause someone pain! All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight! 

Welcome to Episode 64 of Multiverse tonight.

So we’re at the halfway point on Star Trek Picard, what have you thought of it so far? I’ve enjoyed it so far but, last week’s episode was kinda dark. You had the deaths of a recurring Voyager character and a Next Gen guest star. I wonder when we run across Riker and Deanna Riker? I was kind of expecting that they’d show up during Jonathan Frakes run of directing episodes, but so far nothing. I’m also curious as to what will be the follow up show after this season is done. I’m hoping for Lower Decks. I think that would be a good palate cleanser, something lite and funny.

A little Orville news to report. Producer Tom Costantino showed an all new much larger orchestra recording a new arrangement of the theme song. I can’t wait to hear it.

Star Wars

Han Solo died in The Force Awakens only to reappear as a force ghost in The Rise of Skywalker, so I guess the question is why? Harrison Ford, talking with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live. As to Han’s death he said quote “I figured that his utility had been exhausted, bled out, and was … well, I was willing to die for the cause. Bring some gravitas,” unquote. As far as Han’s appearance in the rise of Skywalker quote “No good deed goes unpunished.””J.J. said, ‘This is a good idea. I, J.J., have decided that this is a good idea and I would like you to do it,” unquote When Kimmel pushed if he trusted JJ Abrams Ford quipped quote “Don’t you?” unquote

By the way, don’t ask Harrison about details. When a reporter for USA Today asked if his return in The Rise of Skywalker was because he was a force ghost or just a figment of Ben Solo’s imagination the actor replied quote “A Force ghost? I don’t know what a Force ghost is,” 

“Don’t tell anyone,” “I’m not talking loud enough for your recorder. I have no (expletive) idea what a Force ghost is. And I don’t care!” unquote. Keep in mind he only works in outer space…

The Mandalorian will have someone new to play with in season 2, According to the Mat Men Wrestling Podcast, WWE Superstar Sasha Banks will be appearing in the show.  Could she be in charge of something? After all her wrestling nickname is The Boss.

Disney Plus will soon be coming to the rest of the world, but even though The Mandalorian season one is all out in the US, doesn’t mean that everyone else won’t have to wait as well. 

Disney Plus’ UK twitter account has released the news that , like the US release, each episode will be doled out one at a time. Disney Plus and The Mandalorian will debut in the UK on March twenty fourth.

Liam Neeson is out of the Star Wars and Batman phase of his career. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight the actor who has been QuiGon Jinn and Ra’s Al Ghul says he has no interest in returning to either. Quote “I’ll be honest with you, no. It’s not. I’m really not a huge fan of the genre. I think it’s Hollywood with all the bells and whistles and the technical achievements and stuff — which I admire — but I have no desire to go into the gym for three hours every day to pump myself up to squeeze into a Velcro suit with a cape,” “I admire the actors and I know some of the actors who do it — and do it fantastically. It’s just not my genre, it really isn’t. The first Star Wars, I was in that, that was 22 years ago, and I enjoyed that, because it was novel and that was new. I was acting to tennis balls, which were ultimately going to be little fuzzy furry creatures and stuff. That was interesting, acting-wise, to try and make that seem real, but that was the last. It’s quite exhausting.” unquote Kinda sounds like he just doesn’t wanna go back to the gym again.

The Fett Man is back. Boba Fett is back in Star Wars Bounty Hunters number one.  The new comic from Marvel Comics from writer Ethan sacks and artist Paolo Villanelli. Here’s the blurb quote NEVER BETRAY A BOUNTY HUNTER – ESPECIALLY IF IT’S BOBA FETT! Years ago, VALANCE and fellow bounty hunters BOSSK and BOBA FETT took on a mission that went sideways in a bad way after Valance’s mentor, NAKANO LASH, violently betrayed them. Valance’s team barely escaped with their lives. He never thought he’d face his old mentor ever again…until Lash finally resurfaces under mysterious circumstances. Every bounty hunter in the galaxy wants a piece and Valance is hell-bent on getting to the prize first. He has a score to settle—but so does Boba Fett!

ETHAN SACKS (OLD MAN HAWKEYE and GALAXY’S EDGE) and PAOLO VILLANELLI (VADER: DARK VISIONS and JEDI FALLEN ORDER – DARK TEMPLE) are teaming up to bring you the bounty hunter adventure you’ve been waiting for this March! Star Wars Bounty Hunters number one is due out March fourth.

So you love the Mandalorian and the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, what do you do? Get a tattoo celebrating both of course. A fan decided to get inked following the win. The tattoo features Coach Andy Reid in the Mandalorian armor and MVP Patrick Mahomes as the Child. https://twitter.com/thecheckdown/status/1229842434172964864/photo/1

Me personally I’d never get a tatoo but to each thier own.

Star Trek

Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg is a confirmed trekkie. Speaking with Fox News the candidate spoke of his love of Star Trek Picard. “I finally figured out how to do the app so that I can watch Star Trek: Picard,” Buttigieg revealed on Fox News. “I’m a huge Star Trek fan so I’m really excited to see where it goes. I grew up on The Next Generation. I was all about that.” https://twitter.com/i/status/1230120511348322307

And I’m all about free and fair elections. So get out there and vote!

The newest recruit on Star Trek Picard’s mission is the Romulan sword fighter Elnor played by Evan Evagora. The Australian actor, who is also in the new Fantasy Island movie, spoke with comic book dot com about finding Elnor’s character and his relationship with Jean-Luc Picard. On how much he had to train to be good with those swords he said quote I have no background in sword fight training whatsoever. I do have a very heavy boxing background, which can be used during fight scenes and stuff. It was pretty much the day I landed in LA, I got a phone call asking me if I could come down to the studio. So I came down to the studio. I met the stunt team. I met my amazing stunt double. Anytime you see Elnor running along walls, or running up and then flipping off stuff, that’s him. He can just do it way better than I can, and he makes me look amazing.

In terms of the sword fighting, I went to the studio and I was given my prop sword, and we began going through sword fighting sequences and scenes from the show to start practicing. So the majority of the stuff that you see, I’m doing, in terms of fighting and swordplay. Unquote  On if he considers Elnor to be an outsider type character like Spock or Data, he told them quote Yeah, I’d say he does. Every version of Star Trek has that character who’s trying to understand the world and is looking at everything with a fresh face. And I think Elnor continues that. Unquote 

As to what will be coming up for Elnor in the rest of the season, Evan was evasive, but he did tell them quote I don’t really want to give much away, but I will say there’s some nice moments between Seven of Nine and Elnor. I don’t really want to give too much away, because it would just spoil the story, and there’s some really great moments. But that really sticks out in my memory. I have some really good scenes with Michelle Hurd, as well as Patrick. Really it’s been a great ensemble cast, and I think we all work well off of each other. And I think you’ll see how all of our stories interconnect and intertwine, and how we each deal with the similar trauma we’ve experienced, but how it’s affected each one differently. Unquote 

Picard showrunner Michael Chabon is busy answering fans’ questions. One response he had was to why all the swearing? His answer quote “Listen. No human society will be perfect, because no human will ever be perfect,” Chabon says. “The most we can do — and as Star Trek ever reminds us, must do — is aspire to perfection, and work to make it so. Norkon forden perfectunun, as a wise Yang once said. Until that impossible day, s–t is going to continue to happen. And when it does, humans are going to want to swear.

“The absence of swear words in Star Trek was never a matter of Federation principle, it was a matter of FCC rules. Writers of previous eras had no choice. They were censored. Searing is one of humanity’s most ancient, sensible, and reliable consolations. Personally I would consider any society that discouraged, banned or abandoned the use of curse words to be a f—ing dystopia.” unquote  In other words, the swear words were always there, they just couldn’t get passed the censors. I think it’s okay, but they should make a censored version for family viewing.

And what’s up what Commodore Oh and the sunglasses, when a true Vulcan have second eyelids that would handle the bright sun?  His response was that he’s well aware that a Vulcan wouldn’t need sunglasses and suggested that its a hint. What does this accoutrement tell us about Commodore Oh. HINT HINT. Let’s just put it this way, if something seems off, maybe you should log that away for later in the story.

Is Rebecca Romijn’s Number One coming back for an encore? The actress in a recent interview where she was launching her own line of jewelry spoke to fashion site The Daily Front Row. Told them quote “I’ve also been working on Star Trek here and there, but I can’t really talk about that,” unquote She can’t talk about it? Isn’t all her Star Trek stuff out? Or is there something that hasn’t been released. Are we making too much about her choice of words?  Probably. If anything does develop, I’ll let you know.

Jeri Ryan’s seven of nine finally appeared in the fourth episode of Picard. However it wasn’t easy for Jeri to find Seven’s voice again.The Hollywood reporter spoke with the actress before the season began. When asked about what the biggest change she had experienced with the new show she said quote “The scale of the show. The scale of these sets, the costumes, it’s crazy. It’s like you’re doing a feature film every week.unquote She was also surprised by the technical set design quote  

“In one of my scenes, where I had to go in and work a console, we go in for the first rehearsal and I had to touch buttons and the screen actually does something! And I totally flipped out, like: ‘Oh my god, actually having buttons that work!” unquote

She also talked about her first day working with Sir Patrick Stewart on the set quote “My first scene, the big scene, was the one you see in the trailer, when we’re in his office/ready room. That was my first day on set. It was daunting — not just because it was Patrick — but because I was still petrified — or ‘Patrick-fied’ — of if I could find the character again. I was still trying to figure out who she was.” unquote. However she did have backup in finding her character thanks to Jonathan Frakes quote “I was so fortunate because Jonathan Frakes was directing my first episode. So with that, I knew I was in good hands. [Frakes], more than anyone else, would get the importance of revisiting and being true to these characters. Because the challenge for me is: Where has she been for nearly 20 years? Finding her voice was the hardest thing for me; when I read the first script — I just couldn’t hear her voice anywhere.” 

Ryan went on to recall that it took her the first couple of takes before she felt like she “found Seven,” but once she did, “Frakes just sort of walked in and said ‘there she is.’” unquote

Her return was excellent and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. This is good.

Geek

Well here’s a pleasant surprise. Rick Moranis is returning to acting after a 23 year hiatus to raise his children after the death of his wife. He will be back in a new sequel to Honey I shrunk the kids titled Shrunk. The new movie will star Josh Gad as Rick Moranis son Wayne Szalinkski and be directed by Joe Johnston who also directed the original movie back in 1989. Rick has not appeared in a live action film since 1994’s Little Giants.

The prequel series to The CW’s The 100 has started casting. According to Deadline, Iola Evans from Amazon’s Carnival Row, Adain Bradley from the CW’s Riverdale and Leo Howard of Why Women Kill have been cast in a backdoor pilot for the yet to be titled prequel. The backdoor pilot episode will air sometime during the seventh and final season of the show.

The Stargate franchise has been quiet since 2011. MGM tried to gauge interest in a new series a couple of years ago with a prequel webseries, but it apparently didn’t do enough to convince the studio to go ahead with anything new.. Comic Book dot com checked in with creator Roland Emmerich to see where things are with anything new. Emmerich said quote”Yeah, I kind of talked a little bit with MGM about Stargate,” Emmerich said in an interview. “But I think this is going nowhere because there was another TV show, and they kind of realized that if it’s like some sort of a mixed bag.” unquote   It seems to me that if Stargate fans want to see a new series, they’d better show up or it’ll be a long time before anything new is seen.

The fifth Indiana Jones movie will start filming in just a few months according to Harrison Ford. The actor, in an interview with Ellen said that it would start sometime this summer or late summer. Seemingly implying that it would be around July or August. The movie was originally scheduled to be out this May but has been pushed back all the way to July tenth of next year. Let’s just hope it’s better than the Crystal Skull.

Goonies never say die. Well it looks like Fox Television has begun development on a sorn of Goonies reboot. The show is about a troubled teacher who attempts to make a shot for shot remake of the cult film with three students. Here’s the description quote “After failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret with her, Stella Cooper returns to her distressed automotive hometown to substitute teach. She finds inspiration, hope and ultimately salvation when she agrees to help three students who are pursuing their filmmaking dreams by putting on an impossibly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of one of their favorite movies — The Goonies. Over the course of the season of the potential series, their passion will inspire a town in desperate need of hope in this love letter to the power of cinema, storytelling and dreams.” unquote Don’t hold your breath though, This project is untitled and just in the project stage.

HBO’s  sci fi comedy Avenue 5 has been renewed for season two. The show starring Josh Gad and Hugh Laurie trapped on a space liner with horrible people seems to have gotten over with a lot of people. I’ve been enjoying it.

The Hollywood reporter has broken the news that Chris evans is currently in negotiatons to play dentist Orin Scrivello in Greg Berlanti’s reboot of Little Shop of Horors. Warner Bros is making the movie and other possible actors up for roles include Scarlett Johansson and taron Egerton. No possible release date is known.

This story is both sad and a little strange,  Veteran stuntwoman Cheryl Sanders who has performed in Back to the Future Part II, VI Warshawski, The Thomas Crown Affair and the Lethal Weapon series was killed in a shootout outside a million dollar home in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Fox 6 News in Ohio reports that Cheryl Sande and her husband were shot and killed after they allegedly threatened her ex husband Robert Duncan and his wife in their driveway.Officers responded to the shooting on February thirteenth in Miami Township Ohio and found the couple dead outside her ex’s house. Sanders and her husband don’t live in Ohio, they live in North Carolina according to the county attorney.

Sanders ex told the police that Cheryl pulled up in a car, got out and went towards Duncan’s wife Molly. According to Sheriff Gene Fisher, Cheryl Sanders was quote “threatening to kill the guy’s wife and (Robert Duncan) fired upon that person,” Both Robert and Cheryl Sanders died from multiple gunshots. Apparently this was not the first time Cherl Sanders had attempted this. Apparently this had been a long planned murder attempt as there was a survailance camera  put on the the house that broadcast to a cellphone found in the couples car and Robert Sanders had multiple form of id on him.

The investigation is still continuing. 

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Tonight! Birds of Prey disappoints, Bob Iger thinks he’s owed a beer and Kevin Smith masters an all star cast of the Universe, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to episode 65 of Multiverse Tonight! Well. What do you know. I know one thing. Rumors are just that rumors. I’ve been seeing rumors online that Dan Didio’s exit from DC Comics is some sort of precurreser to AT&T selling off DC Comics or stopping production of comics, ecetera. You need to look at this with a critical eye. One. no reliable sources. The site that has this story doesn’t name where this info is coming from. 2. No cooberation. No other site is reporting this news. If something like that was happening other news sites and more repetable sites would have the story. In other words, don’t believe it until it happens or it gets better coverage.

DC

Patty Jenkins thinks of Steve Trevor like an Indiana Jones type of character in Wonder Woman 1984.quote  “He’s not beta at all. He’s a super alpha who can absolutely wear his discomfort on his sleeve,”. “So, from day one, I was always saying that it should almost be like Wonder Woman meets Indiana Jones, where Indiana would never be emasculated. Chris just very naturally has that quality. You can tell by meeting him that he’s warm and he’s chill and he truly appreciates women.”  unquote 

So what does Pine think of his character’s journey in the movie Speaking with Entertainment Weekly he said quote “In the first movie, I played the world-weary soldier who has seen all the depravity that humankind is capable of displaying,” “And in this one I get to be much more wide-eyed and joyful. My role is really just as a friend, lover, boyfriend-cum-bodyguard who’s trying his best to help Diana on her mission. I’m like the Watson to her Holmes.” unquote

Entertainment Weekly also spoke with Kristen Wiig about her transformation into the role of Cheetah quote “I did not really know so much about Cheetah,” “Before I even talked to Patty [Jenkins], there was an idea that maybe it might be about being a villain for the movie, so I went online and looked at all the villains of Wonder Woman to try to figure out which one, because I was so excited. And I was really, really happy to find out it was her.” “I’ve never really played someone who walks into the room and owns it — especially when she starts out so insecure and self-deprecating,” Wiig said. “We didn’t want to see Barbara in Cheetah, and I didn’t want to see Kristen in Cheetah, either.” unquote Wonder Woman 1984 opens on June fifth.

Birds of Prey had a disappointing first weekend, so what did Warner Bros do? Retitled the film, Worked for Edge of Tomorrow didn’t it.? Birds of Prey And the Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is now Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. not a bad idea. Speaking to the Verge, a representative for the studio said that the title change was to help search expansion for ticket sites. Which sounds a lot like people weren’t searching for Birds of Prey, they were searching for Harley Quinn. I wonder if you call a movie Birds of Prey, maybe push the Birds of Prey and not Harley Quinn? I mean if Harley is the entire plot of the movie, call it Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey.

The good news is the film has made back it’s money. Let’s see how it did in the box office report

BOX OFFICE REPORT

DC Universe’s Doom Patrol will be getting a little larger next season. Actress Abigail Shapiro is joining up as The Chief Niles Caulder’s daughter Dorthy and NCIS New Orleans’ Karen Obilom is coming as Roni Evers, a military vet with a mysterious past who meets Cyborg Vic Stone in a PTSD support group.

Longtime Co-Publisher of DC Comics Dan DiDio is out at DC Comics.  Dan is best known for Infinite Crisis, The new 52, DC Rebirth and Doomsday Clock. Dan has been co-publisher for the past10 years. This seems to leave Co-Publisher Jim Lee in the driverseat as sole publisher and Chief Creative Officer. DiDio’s exit comes just prior to an announced new relaunch that would further dismantle  parts of the 2011 reboot. It is unclear at this time if that relaunch will be delayed or canceled.

The Supergirl comic will end with issue number forty two in May. The issue will be written by Jody Houser with art by Rachel Stott and will pit Supergirl against the US Military. There are currently no plans for a new series.

Some early images of Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit have come out, but meanwhile those faithful who still want the Snyder cut have launched a renewed campaign for the Holy Grail of the Snyder Cut of Justice League. The social media profiles for WarnerMedia owned companies are getting comment bombed. For example, the HBO Max instagram page has hundreds if not thousands of demands that HBO Max stream the cut of the movie.  By the way, there is still no verification if such a cut ACTUALLY exists. So they might just be yelling into the void. 

Lucifer’s fifth season has been scheduled as it’s last but could it get a sixth? According to TVLine dot com, Netflix is currently in talks with Warner Bros Television to make a new final season. Season five is currently in its final weeks of production on it’s final sixteen episodes. Neither Netflix nor Warner Bros has acknowledged or denied the report.

DC has been in the Anniversary business for the past few years Putting out specials for Action Comics and Detective Comics now it’s Green Lanterns turn. DC will be celebrating the Green Heros 80th this year. The first green lantern first hit print in 1940’s American Comics  number sixteen written by Bill Finger and drawn by Martin Nodell. To celebrate this, DC is putting out the Green Lantern eightieth Anniversary 100 page super spectacular featuring Lanterns like Alan Scott, Hal Jordan,Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and many more. There will be a main cover by Liam Sharp and eight variant covers for the eight decades from various artists. And the stories will come from Geoff Johns, Darryl Banks, Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie, Sina Grace, Mike Grell, Jeff Lemire, Ron Marz, Denny O’Neil, Fernando Pasarin, Ivan Reis, Rafa Sandoval, Mariko Tamaki, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and more. The comic will hit store shelves on May twentieth and will retail for 9.99.

Marvel

Avengers Endgame not winning an Oscar was kind of a disappointment. Well it’s not winning that makes history or infamy take your pick. Avengers Endgames shut out at the Oscars marks the first time that a film has become the highest grossing movie of all time but didn’t win an oscar. Endgame made nearly 2.8 billion dollars worldwide .

The United Kingdom has some new heroes. Marvel is introducing a brand new team called The Union in the Empyre crossover event with the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. The tagline for the event is quote Thanos is dead-so who is the biggest power in the Universe? Unquote  The Union is written by Paul Grist and has art by Andrea Di Vito and cis out now.

Michael Pena is unsure about  the fate of his Marvel Antman sidekick character Luis. The Hollywood reporter talked with Pena on the press junket for his new movie Fantasy Island and they asked if he ever found out, he said quote “I have no idea. Ant-Man 3 is not going to be shot for another year or so. After my involvement in the first two Ant-Man movies, we really won’t even know what’s going to happen until one to two months before we film,” explained Peña. “I have no idea what’s happening to be honest. Right now, Marvel is in a really cool position where they can break hearts by who they bring back and who they don’t. But, I’m still interested even though I have no idea what’s gonna happen, and I can’t wait to find out.” unquote However he is hopeful that he will be returning to the MCU Speaking with coming soon dot com he said quote  “For the last one, I didn’t really know what capacity I was going to come back in or if I was going to come back,” Peña previously said to ComingSoon. “I think they’re a year away from filming, I think it would be great if I could do a third one. But you never know, especially with all the stuff that happened in Endgame. Right now, Marvel’s in a situation where they can crush some expectations, they’re gonna have to crush some expectations of other characters, not just mine, so hopefully I make the cut.” unquote

Well I think it would be tragic to do a third ant man film and not have the series hype man. He’s one of a kind.

So last summer, the big story was the Spider-man fight followed by the ambassadorial effort of  Spider-man tom Holland that resulted in a peace treaty between Sony and Disney. Now Disney CEO Bob Iger thinks Tom Holland owes him a little something cool and refreshing. Mister Iger wrote on Twitter quote “Last night’s premiere of @Pixar latest film, #Onward, gave me a chance to see @MarvelStudios friends–#ChrisPratt and #TomHolland! Tom owes me a “pint” for saving @SpiderMan!”

Unquote Actually that’s not a bad idea. Maybe they should invite Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra and make it a beer summit, maybe iron some more of these Marvel rights out. Make it a huge shared universe? Whata say?

So have you ever watched the Marvel movies and that quick succession of comic book pages and wondered about the kissing couple that can be seen around the 6 second mark in the sequence? Well a fan on Quora has figured out who they are. Deverick Jenkins has figured out that they are Angelica Jones aka Firestar and Vance Astrovik aka Justice. You know what’s interesting about those two, They are mutants. Technically making them the first Mutants in a Marvel Studios film. Kinda neat. Now if Marvel Studios would just get down to using those mutants…

According to a new report from Illuminerdi, Sony is interested in Michelle MacLaren to direct the Spider-man movie. MacLaren is best known for working on shows like Game of Thrones, Better call Saul and Breaking Bad and if chosen this would be her first feature film. The same report also says that they are looking into Alicia Vikander for the lead role of Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman. When more is announced, I’ll let you know.

Well Avengers Endgame might have not gotten an Oscars, but they’re bound to get a blimp from the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Endgame walked out with eleven nominations. Also up for awards are A Series of unfortunate Events, Power ranger Beast Morphers, Stranger Things, The Flash, The Simpsons, Captain Marvel, Spider-man Far From HOme, Star Wars the Rise of SkywalkerFrozen 2, the Lego Movie 2, The Lion King, Secret Life of Pets 2, Toy Story 4 and many many more. The awards will be slimed out on March 22nd on Nickelodeon.

Geek

 Kevin Smith’s Netflix Master of the Universe series Revelation has announced it’s cast and man is it star heavy. The cast includes:

·Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) as Skeletor 

·Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300) as Evil-Lyn 

·Chris Wood (Supergirl, The Vampire Diaries) as Prince Adam / He-Man 

·Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions) as Teela 

·Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans) as Man-At-Arms 

·Stephen Root (Office Space, Barry) as Cringer 

·Diedrich Bader (Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite) as King Randor / Trap Jaw

·Griffin Newman (The Tick, Vinyl) as Orko 

·Tiffany Smith  (Behind Enemy Lines, Supernatural) as Andra

·Henry Rollins (Johnny Mnemonic, Lost Highway) as Tri-Klops 

·Alan Oppenheimer (original Skeletor) (Westworld, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) as Moss Man 

·Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman, Justice League) as Sorceress 

·Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman & Robin) as Queen Marlena

·Justin Long (Galaxy Quest, Live Free or Die Hard) as Roboto 

·Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) as Stinkor 

·Phil LaMarr (Mad TV, Justice League) as He-Ro

·Tony Todd (Candyman, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Scare Glow

·Cree Summer (DC Super Hero Girls, Vampirina) as Priestess

·Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman, ThunderCats) as Beast Man

·Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Crisis on Infinite Earths) as Mer-Man

·Harley Quinn Smith (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) as Ileena

Kevin told Newsarama that the only note he got from Netflix was to treat it seriously, quote like Shakespeare. So he tasked his writer’s room quote “We went in with this mantra of, like, nobody is winking and nobody’s acting like this is weirdness,” Smith said. “ManAtArms, Stinkor, or no, it’s all played incredibly Game of Thrones-straight.” “If you like the style of Castlevania, just put HeMan through that filter, and it has that feel and look to it,” “It’s anime style.”

No released date for Masters of the Universe Revelation won’t air until 2021.

If the report from DisInsider is true, Disney is working on another live action version of another animated movie. This time it will be Rupunzel, which was animated in the Tangled movie a decade ago. Michael De Luca and Kristen Burr are reportedly executive producing it with Zoe Kent, Jessica Virtue and Lucy Kitada. No director has been announced.

 According to Variety, Disney is working on a sequel to it’s live action Aladdin movie. The sequel is expected to be a theatrical release like the first one and will be a completely new idea and not based on the direct to video animated sequels The return of Jafar and Aladdin and the king of thieves. Right now it’s unclear if Guy Ritchie will return to direct but the films starts are all expected to return, but nothing is in place yet.  Comic book dot com can confirm that John Gatis and Andre Berloff will be writing the script.

Todd McFarlane has announced a Kickstarter campaign at the 2020 Toy Fair. This Kickstarter will recreate the original line of Spawn toys that were made with the Todd toys logo, all released with classic packaging but with the modern sensibilities and techniques that mcFarlane toys have become known for. Todd McFarlane said quote I’m going to start with him (points to original Spawn) and hopefully we’ll end up getting to all six of these, but we’re going to take that original Spawn and we’re going to do it and put it into a retro packaging, but we’re going to use a modern-day sculpt of it.” The Kickstarter isn’t live yet, but will be under the Masterworks category on Kickstarter. I like a good Kickstarter, I give to the Rifftrax kickstarter every year.

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