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

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some people on Hoth aren’t heroes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Moreci, Christie Golden, and Hank Green

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

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

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

Katie Cook, Beth Revis, and Jason Fry

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

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

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

Seth Dickinson, Django Wexler, and Jim Zub

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

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

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

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

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

Spooky Force vision? Dark side machinations!?

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

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

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

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

Tracy Deonn, Michael Kogge, and Daniel Joe Older

22 – “What’s in there?”

“Only what you take with you.”

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

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

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

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

Zoraida Cordova, Sarwat Chadda, and Mackenzi Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Austin Walker, Martha Wells, and Brittany N. Williams

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

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

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

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

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

Rob Hart, Karen Strong, and Adam Christopher

You can’t spell #StarWars without Willrow Hood.

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

A side should always be taken.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your friends at Creation Entertainment unquote 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make of this list what you will.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello and Welcome to Episode 96 of Multiverse Tonight…

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The game costs 39.99.

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No word on any particular reopening date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Wars 

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In addition, there will be retail promotions with partners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DCC Fandome

More about The Multiverse:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The second half of DC FanDome is coming on September 12

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

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

Marvel

Box office report

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

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

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

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

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

Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:

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

Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool

Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain

A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely

Weakness or fatigue

Unexplained weight loss

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

When to see a doctor

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)
  1. Elvira, Mistress of the Comics.
  2. Discovery Thoughts on Such A Winters Day
  3. Some Music for the Peace Maker
  4. The Mandalorian Plays Monopoly
  5. Wonder Woman At Christmas Time

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to episode 91 of Multiverse Tonight!

DC

DC Fandome. Here are the highlights. 

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

A trailer was shown for Wonder Woman 84.

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

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

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

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

Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn

Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller

Sean Gunn plays Weasel

Pete Davidson plays Blackguard

Daniela Melchior plays Ratcatcher 2

Joel Kinnaman plays Colonel Rick Flag

Nathan Fillion plays TDK

Jai Courtney plays Captain Boomerang

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

Mayling Ng plays Mongal

David Dastmalchian plays Polka-Dot Man

Alice Braga plays Sol Soria

John Cena plays Peacemaker

Juan Diego Botto plays Presidente General Silvio Luna

Peter Capaldi plays The Thinker

Michael Rooker plays Savant

Flula Borg plays Javelin

Joaquín Cosío is Mayor General Mateo Suarez

Jennifer Holland plays Emilia Harcourt

Storm Reid plays Tyla

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Milestone imprint is making a return 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek  News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2020 Eisner Award Winners have been announced.

BEST SHORT STORY

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

BEST SINGLE ISSUE/ONE-SHOT

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

BEST CONTINUING SERIES

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

BEST LIMITED SERIES

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

BEST NEW SERIES

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

BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS

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

BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS

Winner: Guts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS

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

BEST HUMOR PUBLICATION

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

BEST ANTHOLOGY

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

BEST REALITY-BASED WORK

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

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—NEW

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

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—REPRINT

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

BEST ADAPTATION FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

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

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL

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

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL—ASIA

Winners in a tie vote:

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

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

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—STRIPS

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

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—COMIC BOOKS

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

BEST WRITER

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

BEST WRITER/ARTIST

Winner: Raina Telgemeier, Guts (Scholastic Graphix)

BEST PENCILLER/INKER OR PENCILLER/INKER TEAM

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

BEST PAINTER/DIGITAL ARTIST

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

BEST COVER ARTIST

Winner: Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)

BEST COLORING

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

BEST LETTERING

Winner: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)

BEST COMICS-RELATED PERIODICAL/JOURNALISM

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

BEST COMICS-RELATED BOOK

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

BEST ACADEMIC/SCHOLARLY WORK

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

BEST PUBLICATION DESIGN

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

BEST DIGITAL COMIC

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

BEST WEBCOMIC

Winner: Fried Rice Comic, by Erica Eng

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

The Boys has been renewed for season three.

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

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Show Notes Episode 72: The You Should Stay Home Edition & Episode 73: SOS Save Our Stores!

Tonight! Rosario Dawson wants to do Trek, George Takei has a message for you and Universal wants to make something Green, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse tonight!

Episode 72

Welcome to another episode of Multiverse Tonight. I hope you’re well. I’ve been busy with my new position at work. Let me point something out. Please stay at home unless you absolutely need something. I’ve seen a lot of people out at my store essentially just shopping because they’re bored. They’re easy to spot because they’re lazily walking around and shopping like nothing is wrong. Everyone needs to stay home as much as possible, Go home. Find something on tv, fix up your house. Don’t go to the store unless you are absolutely out of something essential.

Other than that, doing fine. Let’s get to the news, 

Star Trek

Rosario dawson is really on a role, she just finished up the limited run series Briarpatch on USA. But she’s eyeing two sci-fi franchises to add to her bucket list, speaking with Variety’s After Show Rosario told them quote “The two universes, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars.’ I get in those two, I’m telling you, man, that’s it. I will just retire. And then I can just concentrate on going to school and running for office. That would be it,” unquote Now she’s already rumored to have been cast as Ahsoka Tano but what role in Star Trek would be good enough for Rosario, well she has some ideas. She floated that even though she would be perfectly happy as a background character like a Romulan or Vulcan, she would really like to be a Q quote “I mean it would be great ‘cause then I could jump on ‘Discovery.’ I could be on ‘Picard.’ I just want to be with Jean-Luc Picard,” unquote Mmmmm. That could be interesting, but I don’t know if it’d work.  Perhaps they should first put her on the animated show first.

So time to check in with Jonathan Frakes, Frakes wa a guest at the GalaxyCon Live show and revealed that he had directed three episodes of Discovery season two and he contrasted who fans responded  to The Next Generation and how they’ve reacted to Discovery and Picard quote With Discovery, which I was privileged to be part of and still am, it was a similar vibe when that show came out. They didn’t want to find room in their hearts for another Star Trek, which there clearly is. One of the reasons that was not a factor in the launching of Picard was that the hardcore fans love Picard and were inclined to look forward to the show and look forward to having him and look forward to whatever story. Because they knew him and they knew who he was. I think the familiarity with all fandom is so important. It is like the canon of these shows… they want a touch point. And, it’s important, and it clearly worked, because Picard is wonderful. Unquote He added that even though they;re critical of Picard that they’re watching to make sure they hate it. 

And directing is one thing, but returning to acting? quoteIt was a thrill to be asked back as an actor, nerve-wracking, but a thrill. I thought Marina [Sirtis] was astounding when Patrick came to our home in “Nepenthe.” Spectacular! Unquote

And here’s hopeing he and Marina come back to the roles for Picard season two..

And now, George Takei….

https://youtu.be/kZtWeuYRcwU

Thank you George.  Stay Well, outlive Shatner.

Do you need some trek to watch? Paramount will be holding a virtual screening of Star trek II on April twenty fifth. Each virtual screening will allow viewers to watch and interact via text and video with other fans and the hosts for the screening, the Inglorious Treksperts podcast, Mark a Altman and Dare Dochterman, who will introduce the movie and hold a q&a afterwards. You can participate via the CYA app on Apple or Android or via a chrome browser on PC. It only costs 1.99 and can be purchased at cya.live.

Levar Burton is hoping that he gets the call  to appear in season two of Picard. Burton told Entertainment Weekly quote “I think it’s reasonable to assume that those people are part of Picard’s life,”. “Well, what the hell, absolutely. You’ll see us all.”“I’ve suggested to the producers that we find Geordi in a position where he’s teaching, passing his knowledge on to other people,” “We’ll see. [Alex Kurtzmann] and the folks in charge are doing an amazing job, when they call, whatever it is they want me to do, I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be spectacular.” unquote

Star Wars

Star Wars Day, May the fourth,  is a little less than a month away, and though a lot of us might be still stuck inside with a stay home order doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate with some new content. First up, Disney Plus will be airing the series finale of Star wars The Clone Wars, the teasers show the showdown of Mandalore. Ahsoka voice actress Ashely Eckstein talked to comic book nation about the end saying quote “I’ve been reading a lot of people’s comments and everyone wants to make the jump to the Siege of Mandalore. I mean, we’ve been waiting for that ever since Clone Wars was canceled at the end of Season Five. Thankfully, because of Star Wars Rebels we know that Ahsoka lives, we know that she survives but we don’t know how or why or what happened. So I had all those same questions. So I understand why everyone wants to jump straight to it. You really need the Siege of Mandalore to understand everything that happens in the Skywalker saga. It’s pretty incredible.”

Also out that day will be a documentary on the making of the hit series The Mandalorian, called Disney Gallery: the Mandalorian. The new eight-episode documentary series follows executive producer Jon Favreau as he invites the cast and crew of The Mandalorian to share a look at what went into the making of the groundbreaking program. Each episode of Disney Gallery will pull back the curtain on a different aspect of The Mandalorian, showing everyone how the first live-action Star Wars series came to life. There will even be never-before-seen footage and roundtables with the creative team. The first episode will air on May the fourth with new episodes being released every Friday.

There might be bad news for this year’s Star wars Celebration in Anaheim this August. Large scale events like the massive star wars con as well as concerts, sports games and comic cons might still be shuttered as California governor Gavin Newsom sapd that quote “The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine. Large scale events that bring in hundreds, thousand, tens of thousands of strangers..is not in the cards.” unquote Star Wars celebration would fit that definition as the con regularly brings in around 60 thousand fans. However, nothing is official yet.

The Star Wars Rogue One spinoff series looks like it has gained Thor actor Stellan Skarsgard according to Variety. Also joining the cast is new actor Kyle Soller. What roles either actor will play is not known as this time and their contracts are not yet final. The series is set to come to Disney plus next year, but there has been no confirmation if it’s still the case. 

The classic game Star Wars episode one racer is coming to Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on May fourth. The game will be the same as the original but with modernized controls, higher resolution models and trophies on Playstation. Aspyr’s VP of Publishing said in a statement about the release said quote “Star Wars fans can soon go full throttle with Aspyr’s update to the classic, fan-favorite, Star Wars Episode l: Racer,” “The beloved game has been modernized for the most optimal gaming experience on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Star Wars fans should get ready to steer their racer to victory and leave their opponents in the dust.” unquote 

Geek

Paramount has delayed Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi movie Infinite from August seventh 2020 to May twenty eighth 2021. The movie stars Mark as a man who discovers his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. He meets a group called the infinites who unlock the memories of his past lives in the hopes he can thwart an infinite who has a terrible plan for humanity. The movie is based on the novel The Reincarnationist Papers.. I guess time will tell if this movie is any good. I’ve never thought that Mark Wahlberg has had a great track record with scifi.

Bloodshot filmmaker David SF Wilson has been tapped to direct the sci-fi film Influx for Sony Pictures. The movie based on the 2014 book of the same name by Daniel Suarez is about a physicist who is locked away in a high tech prison just as he is about to make a huge breakthrough. He discovers that an hidden organization has keep taking technological advances for themselves, keeping them out of the hands of the rest of the world. So he and his fellow prisoners try to fight back. No release date is given.

Universal is looking to make a Green Hornet and Kato feature film. The company has optioned the rights to the characters after Amasia Entertainment won the motion picture franchise rights back in January. Universal Pictures President Peter Cramer said quote “The Green Hornet is one of the most iconic and beloved superhero tales ever created, and it has entertained generations of fans in every form of storytelling.  We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael, Bradley, and the entire Amasia team to launch an exciting new cinematic world for Britt Reid, Kato, and the Black Beauty, and we can’t wait to share it with global audiences soon.” The last Green Hornet movie starred Seth Rogen  and made around 228 million dollars worldwide. The Green Hornet isn’t the only property Amasia is producing, they are also making Dark Shadows Reincarnation for Warner Brothers TV.

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are now survivors of CoVid 19 and we’re all thankful that they survived. Tom was a guest on the National Defense Radio Show and talked about his and Rita’s experience with the virus saying quote “Rita went through a tougher time than I did,” “She had a much higher fever. She had lost her sense of taste and sense of smell. She got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks.”  unquote According to Mister Hanks, he had milder symptoms consisting of body aches and perpetual fatigue. Again, we are all so glad that they survived, we need Tom Hanks now more than ever.

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Tonight! JJ Abrams wants to go into the Dark Justice League business, Sam Raimi goes into the Strange business and Todd McFarlane gives his plans for the comics business, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Episode 73

Welcome to the comic book edition. Not a ton of news to report, so if you were looking for a short episode, here you go. We have a big con cancelation in the news today. A con that is near and dear to me has also been canceled this year. The Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS. Yep. they decided the risk wasn’t worth it this year and I agree. I’ll be there at my table next year.

DC 

We start with some breaking news,The Batman has been moved back it’s gone from June, 2021 to October 1st, 2021.  The Flash movie and Shazam! 2 have been moved from their original release dates.  The Flash will now open a month later, moving from June 3, 2022 to July 4th 2022 and Shazam! 2 gets a big push back going from April 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022. Anyone want to share a guess on if they’ll just bypass theaters all together and send both to HBO Max instead?

JJ Abrams, who some see as a villain, me personally I’m ambivalent. Has been confirmed to be getting a chance to crack into the DC universe as one of his first projects with Warner Brothers. It’s said that he’s going to make a Justice League Dark Series for their new streaming service HBO MAX, this is in addition to his The Shining spinoff Overlook and an original series called Duster.  In a statement HBO MAX chief content officer Kevin Reilly said quote “What an amazing start to our association with the wildly imaginative Bad Robot team under J.J. and Katie,” “What could be better than an original J.J. idea and then Warner Bros. letting them loose on iconic IP from Stephen King and the DC Universe and to provide more must-have programming on HBO Max.” unquote. It should be noted that Abrams isn’t the first to take a whack at a Justice League Dark anything. He follows in the footsteps of Guillermo del Toro. That version of the project ceased to be after the poor performance of the DCEU movies.

More delay news. Black Adam star Dwayne The Rock Johnson confirmed in an instagram video that filming is delayed due to coronavirus shutdown, it was originally scheduled to go into filming in the early summer, but will now have to start in August or September. Dwayne said quote “We still plan on shooting probably at the end of summer now, probably pushed into the end of August or September,”  “That is a project I hold near and dear to my heart and so I can’t wait to get started.”

Some good news though, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is ahead of schedule according to the director and should not have to delay it’s release date. Taking to twitter Mr. Gunn assured everyone that quote Right now there’s no reason for #TheSuicideSquad release date to move. We are on or ahead of schedule. We were extremely fortunate to wrap shooting & set up editing from our homes (due to a post production team & studio with foresight) before quarantine. Unquote The Suicide Squad is due in theaters on August sixth 2021.

Have you when you have gone to a store seen the tie in products for films that now aren’t coming to theaters, I’ve seen action figures for Black Widow and Doritos bags for Wonder Woman 84. Apparently another tie in wiill be a new Sweetart candy  based on Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso. Tropical Punch flavored Golden Ropes. The Soft and Chewy Sweetart Ropes will be out in stores next month.

Marvel

Sam Raimi will be taking on another Marvel Superhero. The director has confirmed that he will be replacing Scott Derrickson as the director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Speaking to journalists on a conference call, Raimi said quote “I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters,” Raimi said. “He was so original, but when we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project.”  Production on the sequel is now delayed because of the coronavirus crisis and has been delayed from MAy 2021 to November of 2021.

The production halt at Marvel is so bad that Marvel Entertainment will furlough some staff starting on April twenty sixth.. How many and how long has yet to be revealed.

However all is not bad news for Marvel fans, The final season of marvel’s agents of shield is right around the corner. The American Broadcasting Company has announced that season seven will begin airing on Wednesday May twenty seventh. The seventh season sees Coulson and the Agents stranded in 1931 New York City.

Geek

Diamond Comic Distributors is hoping to restart it’s distribution some time around the middle to late part of May. In a letter to retailers, publishers and others, they said quote “While there are many steps and conversations that need to happen between today and resuming distribution of new weekly product, we are currently targeting mid- to late-May with the hope that, as an industry, we can all work toward that timeframe,””Of course, as we have all seen, target dates sometimes need to be adjusted in this ever-changing new-normal. But we cannot wait for firm dates. We have started the planning process and are having these important conversations with publishers and retailers so that once we have more clarity, we are in a position to restart and scale operations over time.” Diamond has been shut down since March twenty fifth. DC apparently had other plans though as they have revealed in a press release that they will resume publishing monthly issues in April to be out on April 28th. I guess Diamond and DC have some talking to do .

Meanwhile comic book shops all over are hurting. And comic creators are reaching out to help. YA novelist Gwenda Bond, Teen Titans: Raven author Kami Garcia, Superman and Action Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, Harley Quinn writer Sam Humphries and writer/artist Phil Jimenez are working with other creators for a twitter auction. Creators run their own auctions by tweeting under the hashtag #creators4comics.  You bid on each auction in the thread for the item and the winning bidder donates directly to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Just go oer to creators the letter 4 comics dot com for all the details. https://www.creators4comics.com/

Jim Starlin is making a return to comics, three years after he retired his pencils due to health issues. Mr. Starlin is already working on Dreadstar Returns, a graphic novel revival of a character that he wrote and  drew back in the 80’s for several publishers. This time it will be from Ominous Press and he’s launched a crowdfunding campaign to ensure it’s completion. In an email to the Hollywood Reporter he told them quote “Three years back, I suffered some pretty serious damage to my right hand and left eye in a compressed air explosion,” Starlin told The Hollywood Reporter via email. “After I ‘healed,’ I found the eye worked well enough again but the hand would cramp up terribly after only about 15 minutes drawing with it. After three years of squeezing a rubber ball and other rehabilitating exercises, I’m now good for a couple of hours without taking a break. So I decided it was time to go back and visit with my ol’ pal, Dreadstar.” unquote The kickstarter has been successfully funded and as of the recording of this episode has 20 days to go. We’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/312724224/dreadstar-returns

Todd McFarlane has a plan to help the comics industry through the CoVid19 crisis. The legendary Spawn creator has talked to Forbes saying quote “I think the industry needs a consistent message. Whatever that message is, right or wrong, we need to be consistent, even if we have to adjust it.” “But we really need to speak with one voice, not four or five different publishers running four or five different programs and methodologies.” unquote He went on to say that if he was in charge he would have the industry’s biggest companies Marvel, DC, Image adn Dark Horse stand as a united front with free digital downloads in order to hook new readers as well as keep old fans engaged with the industry. He would then have several events to give people a reason to come back to stores with each company getting a turn in the spotlight. I think Todd is on to something here, to bad you won’t get these companies to want to work together.  Perhaps if we all work on getting their attention they might want to work together.

In the meantime, Mister McFarlane’s Spawn action figure Kickstarter has hit and surpassed a million dollars as of this writing it’s reached 1.6 million. Pledging forty dollars will get you a A 7-inch action figure with CLASSIC COSTUME IN MASK, folding cape, weapon(s), base and over 20 moving parts. Plus NEW original comic cover art by Spawn creator, Todd McFarlane.

Resealable clamshell and a collector box and slipcover for protection and display. Todd has also added four stretch goals that have all been hit. Look in our show notes for a link in our show notes. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spawnmasterworks/original-spawn-comic-and-toy-remastered-2020

Adult Swim has released its 2020 premiere slate

So, how serious are things? Serious enough to cancel the largest comic con in America. The San Diego Comicon for the year 2020 has been canceled. It’s sister con Wondercon Anaheim has also been canceled this year. San Diego has rescheduled for July 22 to the 25, 2021. Wondercon 2021 will be March 26-28, 2021. This is the first time in 50 years that SDCC has been canceled. People who have purchased badges for this year will have the option of a refund for a transfer to 2021’s con.

Voice Actor Danny Goldman has passed away at the age of 80. Danny was a longtime character and voice actor. He was in Young Frankenstein as the questioning medical student, THe Smurfs as Brainy Smurf and King Smurf as well as appearances in Batman the animated series, Mighty Max, Get Smart, Again, Criminal Minds, Robot Chicken, The New Scooby Doo Mysteries, chips and much much more. He passed away in LA on April twelfth.

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Show Notes: Episode 54: Death in Winter & Episode 55: A Grouch for All Seasons

Tonight! Baby Yoda says buckle up, Picard’s got more adventures coming and we say goodbye to three of the greats on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. This is episode 54, 

So, we’re halfway through December, are you ready to finish the year,. I think we’re all ready to get done with this year and get into 2020. This is the time of year it seems that things slow down. I’m always amazed that there’s enough to really report on. But a few things always come up.

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Star Wars

Baby Yoda wants you to know he still needs a carseat in the state of Mississippi. Or at least a Star Wars The Mandalorian fan wants you to  think that. The official twitter account for the Mississippi Department of Transportation posted a photoshopped highway sign that read quote Baby Yoda Uses the Force but still needs a carseat. Unquote They also captioned it with quote Buckle up. This is the way. #BabyYoda.

You know, Baby Yoda, Porgs, Ewoks. All cute, all more popular than almost anything else in the Star Wars Universe. Maybe they should just make a show starring Baby Yoda playing with Porgs and Ewoks. 

Speaking of the small green Muppet, Mandalorian Director Bryce Dallas Howard has broken her silence on how it was to keep the character a secret. Telling the Hollywood reporter quote “Agonizing,” Howard replied with a laugh. “I’ve been walking around for the last year with a face like the cat that ate the canary. I’m so, so, so excited to be a part of this and the phenomenon that Baby has become. The thing I was most nervous about was that my kids had been on set quite a bit. So they had seen Baby and interacted with Baby. When we were filming, my kids were 6 and 11; they’re now 7 and 12. When the kids went back to school, every single day I would say, ‘So, what are you not gonna talk about today?’ And they would say, ‘Baby!’ (Laughs) I’d be like, ‘That’s right!’ I would just consistently remind them that there’s no circumstance that could ever arise where they’re allowed to talk about Baby. Now, for them, it’s very confusing, because I’m like, ‘Oh, now, you can talk about Baby,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, okay.’ We’ve been having this routine for about a year now, and it’s fun; it’s really, really fun. Everyone is super pissed that there’s no merch. (Laughs) Everyone is like, ‘I want a Baby Yoda stuffed toy!’ But I think they made a good choice in not focusing there and just focusing on the storytelling.” unquote . And I’m still SO behind in watching it. Only watched episode one. Too much to watch so little time. 

The press tour for the final Skywalker movie is in full swing and JJ Abrams in an interview with Cinema Blend talked about Carrie Fisher’s role in the movie, despite her passing nearly three years ago. This involved using unused footage from The Force Awakens. JJ told them quote “Clearly we would have done other things had Carrie been around, but I will say despite her not being with us anymore, her presence in the movie is not inconsequential,” “She’s not being ‘added in’ so that she’s in the movie. And I would say that her story, her role, the importance of Leia, I would argue is as profound as what you’re saying even though she wasn’t here.””There was no way, as I’ve said before, to tell the story without Leia. She’s too important. It’s Skywalker saga. She is the living Skywalker in our story. You don’t want to start the story and say something happened to her in between movies. It didn’t feel right. We’d never recast it. A digital Leia wouldn’t work. There was no way to do it.” “When we looked at the footage from [Star Wars:] The Force Awakens, which I was obviously very familiar with, and realized we had a number of scenes we could use, and, and write scenes around, it was suddenly like, ‘Oh my God, we could tell the story with Leia in the film.” unquote

The rise of Skywalker comes out in just a few days from now. 

Disney is warning fans that the new Star Wars movie could trigger seizures with those people with epilepsy. Disney issued a statement with the Epilepsy Foundation that the film contains quote “several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights” that could affect those with photosensitive epilepsy. My guess would be flashes from lightsabers hitting together. Disney suggests that theaters post notices to warn of the risk. Flashing lights can trigger seizures in about three percent of individuals who have epilepsy. This isn’t the first time Disney has given this notice, they also did it for The Incredibles II.

Star Trek

The merger of Viacom and CBS is now official and the newly reunited company is busy merging, selling unneeded headquarters, eliminating duplicate positions and forth. 

This also means that the Star Trek movie and tv rights are now back under one roof. What will that mean for the franchise? New movies featuring the tv characters from the new shows?

So with that behind us, let’s check in with the Section 31 show. The new show is set to start filming once Discovery’s season three is done. CBS All Access executive vice president Julie McNamara talking to Vanity Fair said that the writers room under Alex Krutzman has been assembled quote “We are very excited about the Section 31 show and Michelle Yeoh is excited to do it,”. “She is in the current season of Discovery so she’s working on that right now but we have scripts getting written, and Alex has a writer’s room. We love what we’ve heard so far. It’s yet another tonality of Trek. As Alex has mapped it all out, each show has its own unique sort of voice and vision.”

Mr. Kurtzman has dropped some hints of the tone of the show comparing it to a Clint Eastwood style Western.. Saying quote It occupies an area of the Trek universe that’s never really been explored geographically. It has a new mythology to it, which is very interesting. And it puts Michelle’s character to the test in a lot of ways that Discovery can’t. In some ways it will be her Unforgiven, I would say.” Unquote 

And yesterday we got the news the Star Trek Picard will not be just a one shot series. The show has been renewed for season two. However Michael Chabon will not be a part of season two as he’s been named showrunner for the adaptation of the Cavalier and Klay novels over at showtime. No word on when the second season will be, but It’ll probably be in late 2020 or sometime in 2021.

William Shatner is going someplace he knows very well, Divorce Court. The soon to be Four Time Divorcee has filed for divorce from his wife Elizabeth, his wife of the past eighteen years. This will be a smooth divorce as Mister Shatner is a fan of prenuptial agreements. Bill first got married back in 1956, that lasted to 1969. His next one was from 1973 to 1994. His next marriage in 1997 didn’t last long ending with the death of Nerine Kidd in 1999. Odds are that this latest marriage will be his last. William Shatner is 88 years old.

Good news or bad news depending on what side of the coin your on. Quientin tarantino speaking with the consequence of sound dot net was asked if Star Trek was going to be part of hsi planned ten films. He replied quote I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet. In a strange way, it seems like this movie, Hollywood, would be my last. So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voilà kind of statement. I mean to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing and went, “Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the 10th one?” No, no don’t stop the planets from aligning, what are you, Galactus? If the Earth is saying do it, do it. Not that it was an argument, but a little thought, like, “Well, if I’m gonna go out like Max Ophüls style, Lola Montez, this is it, and if It’s not good, then all my other work is trash, alright.” This would have been the one. But in a weird way, it actually kind of freed me up. I mean, I have no idea what the story of the next one’s going to be. I don’t even have a clue. Unquote 

And now for some sad news Michael Lamper, husband of Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis has passed away. Marina broke the news on twitter saying quoteI’m going to be gone for a while. My beloved husband passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. For those of you waiting for a shoutout on Cameo, please forgive me I don’t feel up to i. I’ll let you know when the service is back on. Unquote Michael was a rock guitarist and musician who once portrayed an Acamarian Gatherer in the TNG third season episode The Vengeance Factor.  He and Marina married on June twenty first 1992 with Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn acting as groomsman in a traditional greek ceremony. His rock carrer saw him play with such musicians as Tommy Shaw from Styx, The Allman Brothers, Quiet Riot and Los Lobos. He was 61. My heart goes out to Marina.

Geek

The Matrix Four has cast Jonathan Groff in an unknown role. Groff is most recently known for his role voicing Kristoff in Frozen 2. Johnathan joins returning cast members Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris and Jessica Henwick.

Variety has learned that Will Poulter will not be in the Lord of the Rings series on Amazon. Variety has learned through their sources that scheduling conflicts will present him from being a part of it. As to what role he would have played is still unknown. 

Power Rangers is getting another big screen reboot, this time it will be at Paramount and will take it back to the 90’s. The Hollywood reporter reports that Paramount is currently in early negotiations with Johnathan Entwistle and would involve quote “a time-travel element that brings the kids to the 1990s, and in Back to the Future fashion, they have to find a way to get back to their present. Unquote 

To say that Disney had a very good year at the box office would be an understatement, The House of Mouse broke their own box office record of 7.6 billion set back in 2016 crossing the ten billion dollar ceiling. It should be noted that this doesn’t include it’s newly acquired Fox movies. If those are factored in the number would be nearly 12 billion.  Disney currently also holds six of the ten biggest movies of the year.

The Golden Globe nominations are out. Netflix walked away with thirty four nominations. Seventeen for motion pictures and 17 for television. HBO came in second with fifteen. The movie Marriage Story had the most for a film. While Chernobyl, the Crown and Unbelievable had the most for television. Geeky films getting nominations included Joker with four including Best Motion Picture, Best Director , Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and best score. Also getting nominations were Frozen 2, How to train your dragon the hidden world and toy story 4. Only one Geeky tv nomination Game of Thrones with one best actor nomination for Kit Harington.

Death seemed to be busy. A few minutes ago I talked about the death of Deanna Sirtis’s husband. Well, there are three more.

First off, we say goodbye to actor Robert Walker Jr. The actor passed away in Malibu on December sixth. He will be best known to people as Charlie Evans the boy raised by the Thasians who gave him omnipotent power in the episode Charlie X. He also appeared in episodes of The Time Tunnel, Bonanza, the Six Million Dollar Man and Chips. He also had a role in the movie Easy rider. In a statement his wife said about roebert quote “Bob always beat to his own drum and stayed true to himself in all of his endeavors,” his wife said in a statement. “Although an accomplished actor, his true art was living fully. He was a photographer, drummer, raconteur and gallery owner. His love of the ocean kept him in Malibu, and he had great tales of his adventures paddling to Catalina from there. Bob [also] had a constant interest in developing his internal martial arts practice.” He is survived by his wife, seven children and five grandchildren. He was 79.

Next is Star Trek writer Dorthy Catherine Fontana better known as DC Fontana. DC began as a secretary for tv writer Samuel A Peeples, while working for him, she became a professional writer writing stories for The Tall Man and Frontier Circus. Later she began working for Gene Roddenberry’s series The Lieutenant as a secretary for producer Del Reisman. Eventually she wanted to work for Gene directly and after finding out that she wanted to become a writer, Roddenberry encouraged her. In 1964, she would publish her first novel, a western called Brazos River co written with Harry Sanford.

When Roddenberry began working on Star Trek and with the encouragement of associate producer Robert Justmn, she began working on the show Where she wrote the teleplay for Charlie X She worked on ten episodes overall including tomorrow is Yesterday, This Side of Paradise, which got her a promotion to story editor, Journey to Babel, friday’s child, the ultimate computer, The city on the edge of forever, The Enterprise Incident, That which survives and The Way to eden. After Star Trek, she worked with Gene again on the Questor tapes ,Genesis II and Star Trek The Animated Series.

After that she worked on scripts for other shows including The Six Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run, Buck Rogers and The Waltons.

When the Star trek the Next Generation began, she went to Gene immediately where he pitched an idea to her that became the pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint. She would become an associate producer on the series but left during the first season due to reported  difficulties with writer Robert Lewin caused a bit of a falling out between her and Gene Roddenberry and she left. . She would later return to star Trek writing the Deep Space Nine episode Dax.

She also wrote the Star Trek bok Vulcan’s Glory and an episode of the fan made series Star Trek New Voyages.

DC Fontana is survived by her husband Dennis Skotak, who told the New York Times that the cause of her death was cancer. She was eighty years old.

Finally we say farewell to Rene Auberjonois, the actor known to Star Trek fans for his portrayal of 

Constable Odo on Star trek Deep Space Nine as well as directing eight episodes of the show. Rene was born in New York in 1940. After college he began his acting career in earnest working with theater companies in Washington DC, San Francisco , LA and New York. In 1968, he landed a role on Broadway appearing in three films simultaneously. A year later he would win a Tony Award for his role opposite Katharine Hepburn in Coco. He directed and acted in lots of productions over the years and was inducted into the American theater Hall of Fame in 2018.

His Film work is vast as well. He played Father Mulcahy in the film version of MASH, played a gangster in Police Academy 5, Dr. Burton in Batman Forever and appeared as Colonel West in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country. His final film role in a movie called Cortex has yet to be released.

But his most known work was in Television. He worked in that medium since 1966. Appearing in episodes of the Mod Squad, Night Gallery, The Jeffersons, Wonder Woman, LA Law, The Outer Limits, Chicago Hope, Stargate SG1, Frasier, Nash Bridges, Warehouse 13, the Good Wife and Many more. He is best known not only for his role as Odo, but the role of Clayton Endicott the third on the sitcom Benson as well as the role of Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal. His last tv role was in 2016 in four episodes of Madam Secretary.

He also did lots of voice over work appearing in the Disney’s the Little Mermaid Family Guy, The Smurfs, Snorks, Ducktales, Batman the Animated Series, the Pirates of Dark Water, The Savage dragon, Justice League and more as well as video games like, Star trek Deep Space Nine Harbinger, Uncharted 2 and 3, Fallout New Vegas, God of War and Star Trek Online. 

He died on December 8th from lung cancer that had metastasized. He is survived by his son Remy and daughter Tessa and his wife Judith. In a statement to the press his son Remy said that his father was a proud progressive and consummate professional and craftsman and praised his father’s work with Doctors Without Borders. He also said that he was a dedicated father and had a fantastic sense of humor. 

Rene Auberjonois was 79 years old.

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Tonight! Synder cut…subway sandwiches, Birds of Prey is not a sequel and we say Farewell to the man in the Big Bird on this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 55.

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DC

Are you starting to get tired of all the calls to release the Snyder cut of Justice League? It’s kinda one of those things that just won’t die. Well Subway restaurants have put in their two cents via twitter. Snyder fans started it by asking the company how many retweets it would take to get a donation of 10,000 sandwiches by Subway. Subway responded by saying that 5000 retweets in five hours would get it done. The fans came through Subway soon tweeted quote  So you’re fast… and since you did it in under 214 minutes we are going to up the donation to 15,000 subs! And oh yeah, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut unquote Good on them and good on the fans. My guess is that the cut will eventually see the light of day. Maybe if they all pledge to make some movie of Warner Bros a success that normally wouldn’t they’d get the studios attention?

The cinematographer for Black Adam, Lawrence Sher is making some high claims for what the movie will be. Telling Collier during a Q&A for Joker quote “One of my interests about it is to continue to sort of — and we’ve talked about it with Dwayne and obviously with Jaume and DC — can we continue to sort of reshape what a comic book movie is?” “Like yes, of course you want it to be entertaining and it has to make a decent amount of money so it can’t live in such a fringe place that it doesn’t bring people in, but can we do something inventive? So that’s the goal is to continue to try to do something a bit inventive with it.” That’s a big bold claim for a movie that we haven’t seen anything from yet. Hopefully he won’t end up eating those words.

So what do you think of Jokers potential for an Oscar Nomination? Well if the critics choice award nominations are any indication. There’s a chance. Joker has received seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Adapted Screenplay for Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Best Cinematography for Lawrence Sher, Best Production Design for Mark Friedberg and Kris Moran, Best Hair and Makeup, and Best Score for Hildur Guanadottir. They weren’t the only comics property to get some nominations: Avengers Endgame and Spiderman Far From Home got nominations for Best Action Movie. Avengers Endgame also got a nod for Best SciFi or Horror Movie as well as best visual effects. HBO’s Watchmen got a nomination for Best Drama, it faces off against Game of Thrones in that category but I think Watchmen’s got this. Watchmen’s Regina King got is up for Best Actress in  a Drama , Tim Blake Nelson is up for Best Supporting Actor, Jean Smart Watchmen and Gwendoline Christies is up for Best Supporting Actress. The twenty fifth Critics Choice Awards will be handed out on Sunday January twelfth.

Well here’s something to make you go huh? The upcoming Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn will have no ties to Suicide Squad according to BoP director Sue Kroll during a set visit by Screen Rant. She told them quote “You’ll see it in the movie, it’s a standalone movie, it’s not connected to Suicide Squad. It’s not a sequel, it’s not a continuation of that story. So it has nothing to do with her break out of prison. But you’re right, and we’ve been very upfront that this is about her emancipation. She and the Joker have broken up. This is her personal journey of discovery with these women. So it’s not related at all, so don’t try to apply linear logic to how the two go, because they don’t.” unquote She also told them that it has no similarities to Suicide Squad and that it was an oportunity to celebrate the amazing character. 

So let’s just unwind this this movie is…I’m assuming in the same universe as Suicide Squad, but it will in no way connect to Suicide Squad…not even a mention. They do realize that having Harley Quinn, the same character played by the same actress still connects it to Suicide Squad, don’t they? Maybe I should just stop and lie down for awhile, this is making my head hurt. Birds of Prey comes out on February seventh.

Let’s talk tv for a moment. The big Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover has had many cameos, Burt Ward’s Dick Grayson, Lucifer. Apparently Arrowverse producer Marc Guggenheim put out feelers to another star Nicolas Cage. In an interview with Indiewire Mr. Guggenheim said quote”We did reach out to Nic Cage,” Guggenheim revealed during an interview with Indiewire. “We reached out to a lot of people, and there were people who didn’t want to do it. There were people who would only do it for amounts of money that we could not ever afford. And there were other people who really wanted to do it, but couldn’t for scheduling. That was the case with a lot of, I have to say, the movie stars that we reached out to. The thing about movie stars is, they’re all shooting movies. And unless those movies are shooting in Vancouver, we’re kind of out of luck. But I have to say that the sheer number of actors that we did end up getting exceeded my expectation.” unquote. Too bad, he could have finally gotten to wear that Superman suit on screen. 

The Crisis will conclude on January fourteenth. Maybe next year they should do Zero Hour.

Marvel

Kevin Feige Marvel Studios president and chief creative officer of Marvel confirmed at Brazil’s CCXP19 con that Disney Plus’ Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be all about what happens to the falcon after endgame. Quote “We saw Old Man Cap hand that shield to Sam Wilson at the end of [Endgame], and the question is, what did he do with it next? What does it mean for Sam Wilson and that shield?” Feige said at Brazil’s CCXP19. “That’s a big responsibility, and that’s very much what the show focuses on and is about.” unquote Unfortunatly Wilson will have to deal with the US government’s U.S. Agent just in time for Helmut Zemo to come back on the scene. Sounds interesting, we still have no release date though other than the always enigmatic Fall 2020.

Speaking of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier they’ve added two new cast members Desmond Chiam and Miki Ishikawa have been added in two unknown roles. 

Also at CCXP19, in a sit down interview, Mr. Feige confirmed that the Marvel Multiverse will be something that will shape the MCU for a long time to come.“When we first started the MCU, it was all about Tony Stark. Introduce the world to Tony Stark and that Iron Man armor,” “Then [we] went on to teach people what Asgardians were and learn about super soldiers then bring them together in Avengers. I’ve always loved space movies and I’ve always loved big intergalactic tales, which is why we did Guardians and the audience came with us so we could do a movie like Endgame. I always wanted to do time travel, which we finally got to do in Endgame. The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to crack it open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series before it that’s not WandaVision and for movies after it in a big fun way.” unquote it’s also thought that the Loki series will tie into this in some way, Well we will have even longer to wait than Falcon and the winter soldier. WandaVision comes out in Spring of 21 and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness comes out May 7th of 21.

Speaking of WandaVision, some paparazzi photos from the set of the show have surfaced online and they show that the space faring version of SHIELD will be in the show. SWORD. SWORD aka the Sentient World Observation and Response Department was one of the properties that used to belong to the 20th Century Fox subset of Marvel characters.

Could Venom 2 get an  R rating. And you might be able to thank Joker’s Billion dollar box office for that. Venom Producer Matt tolmach told Cinema blend quote  I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating. … I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. … So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.

Prepare to relieve the greatest moments in Marvel’s eighty year history. Marvel Snapshots will see Kurt Busiek bring together several creative teams for these eight standalone double sized issues which will include characters from the Golden Age to today through the eyes of ordinary people. Alex Ross will provide the covers.

First off is Sub Mariner: Marvels Snapshot number one. Best Selling Novelist and emmy Award winning writer Alan Brennert and artist Jerry Ordway join forces to tell an unforgettable story about Prince Namor set during WORLD WAR II featuring Namor, Betty Dean and the All Winners Squad. Alan Brennert in a statement on Marvel dot com said quote “I can honestly say that I enjoyed working on this story more than any comics story I’ve done in years. I grew up reading (and loving) Marvel’s Golden Age heroes in the 1960s, in reprints in FANTASY MASTERPIECES. But I never thought I’d have a shot at writing them—especially the All-Winners Squad!—and I’m grateful to Kurt Busiek and Tom Brevoort for providing me the opportunity, and to Jerry Ordway for bringing it all to glorious life,”. “I’m enormously proud of ‘Reunion’ and honored to be the first story published in MARVEL’S SNAPSHOTS.” unquote

This year’s long journey begins this March at your local comic book store.

Marvel has postponed the release of issue five, six and seven of X-Men by a month. Issue five will now be out on January 29th, issue six will come on February twelfth and seven will come on the twenty sixth of February.

Geek

We start the Geek news with a record setting opening…and not a good one. Playmobil: The Movie just set the record for the Lowest Box Office for a film opening in over 2000 theatres. The movie based on the toys was sort of an answer to the Lego movie. Unfortunately, Playmobil is not as well known as Lego. Rotten Tomatoes has given the movie a sixteen percent. We will check what it did this weekend and how won the pre Star Wars box office in just a moment.

From one record to another potential record setter. Disney’s Frozen 2 just became the sixth film from the House of Mouse to cross the one billion dollar mark this year.  According to Variety, the movie has over six million internationally and three hundred six million in the US. It’s currently the eighth highest grossing movie of the year. We will see if The Rise of Skywalker makes it seven, it would have just 11 days to do so.

Dark Horse Comics is set to adapt Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology into a mini-series. The book was released back in 2017 and features Neil retelling norse mythology starring Thor, Odin, Loki and others. It has been adapted into a BBC radio production. Next year, it’ll be an 18 issue series adapted by Gaiman and P. Craig Russell with colors fromDave Stewart and Lovern Kindzierski, letters by Galen Showman and art from a round table of artists like Jerry Ordway and Mike Mignola. Norse Mythology will hit comic book stores on May 27th, 2020.

Dynamite Entertainment is getting into the novel business. The company has announced the formation of Dynamite Books. First up is Vampirella: Blood Invasion written by Nancy A Collins. Here’s the blurb quote “In Vampirella: Blood Invasion, Vampirella left her planet of Drakulon on a desperate quest to find another source of blood that her people need to survive. After years out of contact, the skies of Earth fill with an armada of ships from her home planet. Thrilled at first to see her people, Vampirella is horrified to learn of General Orlok’s plan for her adopted planet. She must choose between her own kind or to take up arms with her partner Pantha and join a rebel army led by Count Dracula, Evily the Witch and Doctor Frankenstein and his patchwork monstrosities.” unquote 

It’s out now along with a line of audiobook adaptations of existing novels including Shaft The Original Novel by Ernest Tidyman. Dynamite Books plans to release one new novel a month.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

Finally tonight we say goodbye to someone who was a big part of all of our childhoods, Caroll Spinney. You might not know that name but you’ll know the characters he played on Sesame Street, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. 

Caroll was born in Waltham Massachusetts on December twenty sixth 1933 and became interested in puppetry at a young age. After high school, he served in the Air Force where he created a comic strip called Harvey. After he left the service he moved to Las Vegas where he performed in the show Rascal Rabbit and a few years later he moved to Boston where he would eventually perform on Boston’s broadcast of Bozo’s Big Top.

IN 1960, he got married to his first wife Janice and had three children, they would divorce in 1971

In 1962, Caroll first met Jim Henson at a puppeteering festival, where Jim asked him if he wanted to talk about the Muppets, unfortunately due to a misunderstanding, Caroll didn’t know that he was being offered a job, He met Henson again in 1969 at a Puppeteer festival in Utah, where he was offered to talk about the muppets again. This time Caroll took him up on the offer and he joined the Muppeteers full time later that year, joining the cast of a new show called Sesame Street.

In 1979, Caroll would get married again this time to Debra jean Gilroy whom he would remain married to the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, Caroll would eventually develop dystonia and in October of last year, Spinney announced his retirement from Sesame Street, handing the role of Big bird to matt Vogel and Oscar to Eric Jacobson. 

In his long career, Caroll would win four Daytime Emmys, two Grammys, a gold record, a star of the Hollywood Walk of fame, the Library of Congress Living Legend Award and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Caroll passed away on December eighth at this home in Connecticut. He was eighty five years old.

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Show Notes: Episode 52:Baby Yoda’s Merchandising Bonanza and Episode 53: Sorry Robert, Batman IS a hero

Tonight! Star Trek 4 is back on, Baby Yoda is hotter than sliced bread and Trouble on the Satellite of love, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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So did you buy anything on Black Friday?  I did, have you noticed that I sound different bought myself a new AT 2020 mic from Sweetwater.com, I also upgraded my tv setup with an Amazon Fire TV Cube. It’s nice to be able to tell my digital assistant to turn on the tv. Picked up a few blu rays from work. Other than that not much, I have my eyes on convention season next year. 2020 is going to be a good year.

Anyway let’s get to the news…

Star Trek

Star Trek 4 is apparently back from the dead. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the Legion and Fargo creator Noah Hawley will direct the fourth film based in the JJ Verse. This film is, of course, a different film than the Quentin Tarantino movie that has been in gestation for a couple of years. And this is totally different than the movie that was in the works earlier this year that would have had Chris hemsworth back as Kirk’s father. Mister Hawley will produce the movie with his 26 Keys shingle alongside Bad robot. No idea on when this movie will be made or distributed.

CBS Television Studios and the Television Academy Foundation are joining forces to launch the Star Trek command training program, a new internship program for college students. The program will launch in 2020 and will reflect the Star Trek franchise’s core values of inclusion and diversity. The program will place two internes per semester on a current Star Trek series based in LA.  Selected interns will actively engage in the writers room, wardrobe design, on set production, animation and post production.

The Academy will oversee the application, vetting and enrollment of the interns and CBS will do the mentorships and program curriculum. The Academy foundation will also give the interns lifetime professional support through their alumni program. The application period starts now through January 21, 2020 with final selections being made at the end of March. 

William Shatner has been awarded The Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honors. The award is given to Canadians for outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Honors are given out by the Governor General of Canada from nominations from the public with recommendation from the Order’s Advisory Council.

He was actually appointed to the Order back in 2017, but he’s been apparently too busy to receive the award.

Doctor Seuss Enterprises is firing back at ComicMix after they lost the case over Oh The Places You’ll Boldly Go!, a parody of Oh the Place you’ll Go!. According to Bloomberg Law quote “ComicMix prevailed on summary judgment in March after more than two years of litigation. The trademark claims failed because the title didn’t mislead consumers, and artistic style and font aren’t protectable trademarks, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled.” unquote.

Now Dr. Suess enterprises is appealing the ruling and their being backed the Motion Picture Association of America who’s Amicus brief said quote “There is nothing original about merely combining or ‘mashing up’ protected expression from two copyrighted works to justify such a sweeping exception to the normal rules of fair use.”unquote 

When a decision is made, we will let you know.

Jack Johnson, a production illustrator for Star Trek The motion Picture will receive the lifetime achievement award  at the 24th annual excellence in production design awards. Jack has worked as a production illustrator, concept artist or art director on dozens of films like Goonies, edward Sissorhands, Independence Day and Beetlejuice. The award will be given on February first 2020.

Creation Entertainment has announced that the 2020 Star Trek Vegas Convention will be held on August fifth through ninth at the Rio Suites Hotel. The con will see the return of the Nevada Pops Orchestra on Saturday Night. If you’d like me to go there someday…you could always donate to the Patreon or Kofi, please.

Star Wars

The Mandalorians “Baby Yoda” character seems to be causing baby fever online ever since the character debuted in the first episode of the series. While not actually Yoda, the character will have merchandise hitting store shelves soon just in time for the holidays. His image has been plastered on shirts, mugs, bags, phone cases and tumblers on the shop disney site. It’s not great merchandise and seems kinda half assed. Hopefully better merch will come soon.

 JJ Abrams had a unique reaction to the death of Supreme Leader Snoke in the last jedi. He laughed. Talking with rolling Stone the director of The Rise of Skywalker said “When I read his first draft, it made me laugh because I saw that was [Johnson’s] take and his voice. I got to watch cuts of the movie as he was working on it, as an audience member. And I appreciated the choices he made as a filmmaker that would probably be very different from the choices that I would have made. Just as he would have made different choices if he had made Episode VII.” What did surprise him? Luke Skywalker he them quote “I felt the biggest surprise was how dark Luke was. That was the thing that I thought: “Oh, that was unexpected.” And that’s the thing The Last Jedi undeniably succeeds at, which is constant subversion of expectation. The number of things that happened in that movie that aren’t the thing you think is going to happen is pretty fun.”

In that interview JJ talked about Rey’s path since The Force Awakens and how she’s taken to the Force like a fish to water, even faster than her mentor Luke Skywalker. JJ said quote Yeah, spooky, right?”Abrams with a smile in an interview with Rolling Stone when the subject of Rey’s Force prowess came up. “It’s a fair point. It’s not an accident.”

Respawn entertainment Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has revealed a striking piece of backstory about Star Killer base. Namely that it used to be the Jedi Planet Ilum. The planet was located in what was known as the unknown regions and was a sacred Jedi site where Padways would harvest their kyber crystals for their own lightsabers. However after the fall of the Jedi, the Empire mined the planet and used the crystals for the primary weapons on the death stars. Apparently the First Order went even farther using the planet’s core to destroy the New republic. The game is now available on Playstation 4, Xbox one and PC.

You got tickets for opening night of the Rise of Skywalker, why not go dressed in style in your new Star wars sneakers from Adidas. There are three different styles. The Ultra Boost S&L designed after the X-Wing fighter with gray and orange colors and the phrases Stay on target and The force will be with you always on them.

The Ultra Boost 2019 is inspired by the Millenium Falcon and features a metallic yarn upper with metallic elements throughout, including the heel counter and cage. These elements will meld with a gray and blue upper and will come emblazoned with the phrases, “JUMP TO LIGHTSPEED” and, of course, “NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS.” Dope.

And the Adidas Alphaedge 4D with a uniquely 3D printed midsole and inspired by the death star. The shoe’s midsole will still be in the 4D line’s signature mint green while the upper will be a matte black. It’ll come with “THAT’S NO MOON” and “THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE” printed on the shoe. These shoes are now available on the Adidas website. 

And while we’re on the subject of Star Wars merchandising, Instant Pot has hopped on board with a Star Wars Collection of Instant Pot cookers exclusively at Williams Sonoma including a 6 quart R2-D2, Storm trooper or Darth Vader at 100 bucks apiece. A small 3 quart BB-8 at 80 bucks and an 8 quart Chewbacca for $120. These pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, sauteing, yogurt making, and a warming option. There are other appliances from Williams Sonoma including a Han Solo in Carbonite Roaster and a Porg Pie Bird. You can go to their site for more information and availability.

Geek

The end of the year starts award season, this time it’s the Hollywood Professional Association or HPA. They handed out their awards last week at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The winner of Outstanding Color Grading Theatrical Feature went to Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, Outstanding Color Grading for TV went to Game of Thrones for the episode Winterfell, outstanding editing for television over 30 minutes went to Stranger Things episode Chapter eight The Battle of Starcourt. Godzilla King of Monsters won Outstanding Sound Theatrical Feature and The Haunting of Hill House episode two Storms won Outstanding Sound for tv. The Lion King won outstanding visual effects theatrical. While Game of Thrones The Bells won the visual effects word for tv under 13 episodes and The Orville episode Identity Part II won for a show over thirteen episodes. 

Congratulations to all the winners.

Disney Plus and Netflix are coexisting… for now. According to a report in Business Insider, Disney Plus has yet to have had a major impact on Netflix.Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson suggests he has not seen an increase in the 1700 Netflix subscribers that he has surveyed who plan to cancel Netflix in favor of Disney plus. He said quote “We have not seen an increase in the percentage of Netflix subscribers who expect to cancel Netflix in favor of Disney+,”. “In other words, most existing Netflix subscribers appear to be trending towards multiple streaming video subscriptions.” unquote So I guess the question for 2020 becomes how many streaming services are too much?

Doctor Who Showrunner Chris Chibnall is not going anywhere, in fact he’s already working on season thirteen. In an interview with radio times, Chibnall pushed back against rumors that he would be leaving the show, rumors that have been going around since 2018. He told Radio times quote Please write this verbatim: Somebody made that up, it was a lie,” Chibnall said. “It’s 100% Grade-A—shall I say nonsense, or shall I say bullshit?”“We’re already planning the next series after this series unquote 

He also said that they would be taking more storytelling risks this season quote “It feels like a step up,” “It’s probably more ambitious than last year. Scale, storytelling, everything. I would say we are aiming to keep moving forward and up. There are bigger moments this year.“”Last year was a recruiting year for the show, and I think we managed to recruit some people for the show,”. “We’re building on last year. There are lots of new faces, a few old faces. There are some things trickling through, which might be important. It’s different! I think you always need to take new, big risks from a storytelling point of view.”

Doctor Who will return with season twelve in 2020.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple TV show hasn’t even premiered but Apple has already given the show an order for season 2. The first three episodes of Servant debuts on Apple TV this week. The show is about a young troubled couple who replace their newborn baby with a lifelike doll after their baby dies from health complications. It stars Lauren Ambrose, Nell Tiger Free and rupert Grint.

An analysis of viewer data collected and analyzed by Broadband Choices shows that viewership of The Walking Dead started after Negan’s first appearance in the season six finale Last Day on Earth. The first episode of Season Seven saw the gruesome executions of Abraham and Glenn. However it’s not all bad news Season 9 saw a noticeable uptick in the ratings and the current season  has been the highest rated season on Rotten Tomatoes.

Well everything must come to an end again and again. Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been canceled, for the thrid time in it’s history. This time by Netflix. Show host Jonah Ray revealed the bad news in a post quote “So, Netflix decided to not do another season of MST3K. We are off to Get Down in Lilyhammer while the OA helps us take it One Day at a Time. We will be in group therapy with Tuca & Bertie, Jessica Jones & Lady Dynamite. The sessions will be run by Gypsy (w/ Naomi Watts.)” Ray tweeted in a thread that name-checked the other shows that Netflix has canceled over the years. He went on to note that MST3K has always found a way “figure out how to survive,” singling out runs on Comedy Central, Syfy, Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic. “Now if only I can convince @shudder to pick us up and let us share a night with Joe Bob Briggs?” unquote MST3k has it’s known originally ran on Comedy Central for seven seasons, than on SciFi for 3 more seasons. It was revieved in 2015 by a Kickstarter campain and Netflix bought the streaming rights. Now the show is homeless again. Could it find a new home? I guess we will have to just wait and see. HBO, Apple, NBC do any of you wanna take a crack?

Finally tonight we say farewell to actor Michael J Pollard. He’s best known to sci fi fans for his guest appearance on the Star Trek episode Miri in 1966. He also acted on Lost in Space, I Spy, The Andy Griffith Show and The Lucy Show. He also played the homeless man in the Bill Murray holiday classic Scrooged and Mr. Mxyzptlk on the Superboy tv show.  He received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role of CW Moss in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde. He died at the age of 80 in Los Angeles from cardiac arrest.

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EPISODE 53

Tonight! Stargirl heads to the CW, Spider-Woman returns to comics and a long game of Monopoly, that and more on this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 53

Can you believe we’re in December already? This year has just booked along. So do you have a favorite comic book this year? Or a favorite comic book movie? What do you think was the biggest story of the year? I guess these are the questions you ask at the end of the year? I would be interesting to tap your brain. Drop me a message on Twitter, Facebook or email multiversetonight@multiversetonight.com or just go to the contact page on the website.

DC

A billion dollars makes people do crazy things. Like make sequels. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros is going forward with a sequel to Joker, bringing back Todd Phillips to direct and cowrite alongside Scott Silver. A deal for Joaquin Phoenix hasn’t been made but he most likely will be back as well.

On top of this, Todd Phillips met with Warner Bros Chairman toby Emmerich and got permission to develop solo movies for one or two other DC Villains. So I guess the question is who does he want to do a Joker type movie about?  Any thoughts.

Geoff Johns Stargirl series is heading to the CW. According to comicbook.com the series will first debut on the DC Universe app before getting a broadcast tv premiere a day later. Stargirl follows the adventures of high school student Courtney Whitmore played by Brec Bassinger as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to spot the villains of the past. The series is due in 2020.

The Rock, Dwayne Johnson speaking with comic book dot com confirmed that the Justice Society of America will be introduced in the Black Adam movie. The justice society was DC’s original super hero team debuting in the 1940’s. No idea on the line up for that team .

News recently came out that producer Hiram Garcia in working out how to cross over Black Adam and Shazam. Maybe they should meet in Shazam 2?

Some more the Batman casting news. Man is this movie getting overstuffed. Director Matt reeves confirmed that John Turturro will be playing crime boss Carmine Falcone, the leader of the Falcone Crime Family in Gotham. He joins Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright and Robert Pattinson in the film, due out in June 25 of 2021. We all should expect our casting calls to be in the movie any day now.

While we’re on the subject of The Batman. This story has me kinda puzzled. Robert Pattinson in a new interview with Today had an interesting response to why he wanted to be a superhero. Pattinson responded quote”Batman’s not a superhero,” Pattinson replied. “It doesn’t count. You need to have like magical powers to be a superhero.” unquote. And apparently he said something similar to The New York Times quote  “Batman’s not a hero, though. He’s a complicated character,” Pattinson explained. “I don’t think I could ever play a real hero—there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one.” unquote

Okay, Robert? Captain Sparkle Vampire? Batman is a hero. He’s just a dark superhero. His super powers are his brain. He can out think villians who have powers that would crush any other man. You might wanna read the source material before you defame the character. Okay Bob?

Some DC Comics news incoming Batman writer James Tynion the fourth has revealed his plans for the series when he takes it over in January. First up, Batman is going to “fix” Gotham City. James wrote in his newsletter THe Empire of the Tiny Onion quote  “He has just faced tremendous failure in the last year of story,” Tynion wrote, referring to the current “City of Bane” arc. “He lost his City, and lost his way… But now that he’s back, he has an almost manic intensity. He is going to fix things. He’s going to make it so nobody like Bane can ever do this to the city again.” unquote 

He will also keep the romance between Bruce and Catwoman going quote “With Selina on his arm, the ‘Playboy’ Bruce is dead,” Tynion continues. “Every waking minute is dedicated to the rebuild of Gotham City, both as Bruce Wayne as Batman. He is in control of every room he enters, and people are a little frightened of him. He is one of the richest people in the world, and he has experienced so much loss. But it’s clear he’s trying to make the city better. People admire him, because most people in his shoes would have left Gotham a long time ago.” unquote

However Tynion does say that the comic going forward will be an action horror superhero comic where the villains and Batman will be frightening quote “The villains of Gotham fear him, and he is going to take that fear and wield it like a weapon to get his city back under control,” writes Tynion. “Batman doesn’t just show up in broad daylight to scare his villains, he uses tricks and shadows, and voice modulation to make it seem like he can be anywhere and everywhere at once.” unquote He also compared Batman being like Michael Myers to the villains of Gotham. 

His run will have quote three big stories” that will also affect the other Bat titles and will have a rotating art team. Tony S Daniel, Guillem March and another unnamed artist.

His run on Batman begins January eighth with issue eighty six.

DC has announced a new Birds of Prey Giant will be released on January twenty-second , 2020. This special will come out just sixteen days before Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of ONe Harley Quinn comes out in theaters.

Marvel

A near mint copy of Marvel Comics Number One from 1939, the best copy of the comic in existence sold at auction for 1.26 million dollars at a public auction of vintage comics and comic book art held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas Texas on November twenty first. This copy was rated by the CGC at a 9.4. This comic also set a world record as the most expensive marvel comic book ever sold at auction. It was also the most expensive comic ever sold by Heritage auctions.

Spider-Woman is getting a new comic series, starting this March. The comic will be written by Karla Pancheco with art by Pere Perez. Jessica Drew aka Spider Woman recently came back to prominence after becoming a member of Marvel’s new Strikeforce team. Karala Pacheco is excited to tackle the character saying in a release quote I love Spider-Woman, and I’m incredibly excited to share this series with both new and old Jessica Drew fans alike. This is big, can’t miss, over-the-top action, some very surprising ‘venom blasts from the pasts,’ and also a TON of helicopter explosions. It’s a super fun adventure with a lot of twists and turns…and seriously, so many helicopter explosions. We’re taking Jess bigger and badder than she’s ever been before, and I can’t wait for readers to see what we’ve cooked up. Unquote 

New Ultraman comics are coming. Marvel and Tsuburaya Productions are teaming up for a series of new comics and graphic novels based on the Japanese anime series. The partnership was announced at the Tokyo Comic Con and was teased with art on Ultraman by artist Alex Ross. Marvel editor in chief CB Cebulski said in the press release quote “As one of the world’s most popular franchises, Ultraman has brought together some of the most passionate fandoms in pop culture today, and we can’t wait to bring his story to even more fans around the globe…Like Marvel, Ultraman captivated generations by telling spectacular stories grounded in the real world, and it continues to be a beloved classic through its television shows, movies, toys, games, comics, and more. We are so thrilled to introduce new chapters to the Ultraman Multiverse next year.” unquote 

Details about the new releases weren’t forthcoming, so we will have to wait for a later date to learn more. 

In an interview with GQ, Tim Blake Nelson revealed that The Incredible Hulk movie would have been the setup for The Leader to appear in three MCU films. Quote “I got called down to the lobby of the Mercer Hotel to meet Louis Leterrier and Gale Ann Hurd, who’s producer,” Nelson recalls to GQ. “They said, ‘We want you to play this science character,” and I’d read the script. He was a wildly eccentric guy, mainly in the second half of the movie.” “I thought that was interesting because I haven’t been in one of these movies before and they said, ‘Well, you’re going to become the villain in the next movie, so you’ll basically be signing up for three movies and you’re going to be this character called The Leader.’ And I thought ‘Oh my God, this is fantastic.'” unquote Unfortunately the film didn’t do well enough to get a sequel and ever since the Hulk has been a team-up character in other superhero’s movies. 

Tim Miller is now talking about his split from Deadpool over creative differences he had with star and producer Ryan Reynolds. He told KCRW’s The Business podcast quote “It became clear that Ryan wanted to be in control of the franchise,”  “You can work that way as a director, quite successfully, but I can’t. I don’t mind having a debate, but if I can’t win, I don’t want to play. And I don’t think you can negotiate every creative decision, there’s too many to make. So Ryan’s the face of the franchise, and he was the most important component of that, by far. So if he decides he wants to control it, then he’s going to control it.”“I’ve always been pretty good at the ‘moving on’ thing. I care deeply, and then you get to this point where you’ve gotta make a decision, and I’m pretty good about putting it in my rearview mirror. We had a meeting at Fox, and the writing was on the wall, so I said, ‘I get it. I’ll quit, and you guys can do what you need to do.’” unquote  Miller wanted more of a stylized sequel while Reynolds wanted to focus on the comedy . Deadpool 2 did quite well without Tim Miller, making 785 million at the box office. 

Venom 2 is starting filming under director Andy Serkis. Venom 2 will see the return also of Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady. Venom 2 will be out October second, 2020.

Geek

The Maxx will be made into a live action project courtesy of Channing Tatum’s Free Association and Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment. The Maxx is a character created by writer and artist Sam Keith and follows the adventures of a masked hero who protects the Jungle Queen in an otherworldly realm called the Outback, however in our world he resembles a homeless man with a mask, who’s mutterings and ramblings are just dismissed as mental illness. The Ma was first published by Image Comics back in 1993. And was brought to MTV in 1995 as part of the Oddities animation block.

Ever feel like a game of Monopoly can go on forever. Well now Hasbro has a version that will. The Monopoly: Longest Game Ever edition will be a test of your endurance. The game features 66 properties, three for each location and the game doesn’t end until someone owns all of them. Also, there is only one die and bankruptcy won’t end the game as the rules allow players to rip the bills in half along the dotted line. If you want to torture yourself and friends, you can find it on Amazon right now.

Christina Miller, president of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, turner Classic Movies and Boomerang will be leaving Warner Media at the end of the year. Miller in a statement said quote“This is not a decision I came to lightly,” “It’s one of the hardest I’ve had to make in my career. Ultimately, it feels like the right time for me to leave and take a little time to think about what comes next, but I do so, feeling immensely proud of the work we’ve done together and so grateful for the experience.” 

Miller has led the division for the past five years and is the latest WarnerMedia exec to hit the exit door since AT&T bought Time Warner. 

David N Weiss who has written Shrek 2, The Smurfs and The Rugrats movie and tv franchises has been chosen to receive the Writers Guild of american West’s 2019 Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award. His film credits include Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, The Two Rugrats movie and The two Smurfs movies. His tv credits include Rugrats, Cybill, Mission Hill and The Downtowners. Those last three he wrote alongside his writing partner J. David Stem.

Stem and weiss are currently writing a remake of Harvey for Netflix and Disenchanted, the sequel to Enchanted at Disney. WGAW president David A Goodman said about David  quote “David N. Weiss is not only a great writer, he has been a great leader of this guild,” “A passionate organizer, he has helped lead the union through some of its greatest struggles, including the continuing fight to get WGA coverage for our members’ animated work.” unquote 

Batman actress Joan Staley has passed away at the age of 79. Joan is known for her roles on the Dick Van Dyke show, 77 Sunset Strip, The Munsters and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

.She would be known to Batman fans for the role of Okie Annie on the Batman TV series episodes Come Back Shame and It’s How You play the game. Joan Staley passed away from heart failure on November 24th. She is survived by her husband Dale Sheets, her seven children, 10 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. 

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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Show Notes: Episode 48:Opening a Channel to The Orville & Episode 49: Dancing Down the Joker Steps

Tonight! Ewan McGregor finally gets to spill the beans, Could Janeway get a monument? And we talk about The Orville with a special guest  on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. 

So how was your Halloween? My wife and I had about 50 kids over the night. Not a lot of costumes as it was kinda cold. And then we had the time warp again a few days later, Daylight Savings time needs to be abolished. It’s no good for anyone. Especially me, I don’t get an extra hour of sleep, I get an extra hour of work at my job.

This episode we have an interview with Tom Costantino. An interview that we would have recorded last week except, he had to prep his family for a voluntary evacuation from a fire that was in the LA area. 

Anyway, Let’s start with the news…

Star Wars

We start with Star Wars news and Ewan McGregor who must feel so much better now that the news has been announced that he will be returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Disney Plus series. The actor told Men’s Journal that quote “It’s a fucking massive relief,” “Because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.” unquote. However he’s only being allowed to say that the show will be six hour long episodes. He also reveals that the story quote sits between Episode III and Episode IV unquote He also wants to quote “…get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.” unquote  I can see it. Right now ewan is just 17 years younger than Alec Guiness was when the film debuted.

Filming on the show will start in the summer of 2020 and will debut on Disney Plus in 2021.

The trailer for the Rise of Skywalker was big news and now the movie is showing up in everything including The United Airlines In Flight Safety video

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And speaking of the movie it smashed pre sale records in its first 24 hours, the JJ Abrams helmed movie has racked up more advanced ticket sales than any previous title in the series according to Atom tickets. Tickets went on sale after the trailer was released during Monday Night Football. It is also Atom tickets second biggest title in first day sales behind Avengers Endgame and has sold two and a half as many tickets as The Last Jedi. Although this has come with controversy from some circles saying that some entity bought up tickets in blocks in order to achieve this. I try to stay out of rumors until I see actual proof. 

In a stunner this past Tuesday, it was reported that Game of Thrones tv creators David Benioff and DB Weiss are out of a planned new Star Wars trilogy that had been announced over a year ago. Benioff and Weiss in a statement said quote “We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too,” . “Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything. But there are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away.” The first of the trilogy would have been out on December  sixteenth of 2022. This news comes after last months revelation that Kevin Feige was developing a Star Wars movie. Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm did express her appreciation of Benioff and Weiss and hoped to work with them in the future when their schedules weren’t so busy. However the duo did just sign a five year two hundred fifty million dollar deal with Netflix, so I guess they will be tied up for some time. Maybe Disney and Lucasfilm should ask for open submissions for the next trilogy?

So why have so many directors come and gone from the franchise? Apparently the answer might be creative control. According to a piece in Variety, in the beginning the filmmakers were promised a level of creative control. However multiple insiders that talked to Variety new ideas were commonly shot down as it seems that Kenedy and her team wanted people to stick to the company line.

Benioff and Weiss would have explored the distant past of the universe to explore how the Jedi came to be.  However the studio and the pair started to diverge on their vision for the new trilogy

Apparently the final straw was after pair signed their deal with Netflix, and Kathleen Kennedy not believing that they could focus on both projects at the same time.

I’m not going to recap the entire article here, but the article is fascinating and there’ll be a link to it in the show notes. https://variety.com/2019/film/features/star-wars-kathleen-kennedy-david-benioff-db-weiss-1203388611/

Star Trek

A lot of Voyager news this edition, first off, The Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective is currently seeking crowdfunding support to create and install a monument to the future Starfleet captain in her future hometown of Bloomington Indiana. The proposed monument would be a bronze bust of Janeway on a limestone base in the shape of a Starfleet insignia with stainless steel plating. It will have info on Janeway and her backstory and her connection to the town. Annd will be installed on Bloomington’s B-Line Trailer The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and is now live on Patronicity. Artisan Alley leads the campaign with permission from CBS Studios.  If they achieve their goal of at least 12,500 by December 21st, they will receive a matching grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. This January will be the 25th anniversary of the debut of the series on nUPN. They are about halfway to their goal.

Titan Books has announced The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway; The History of the Captain Who went Further Than Any Had Before. The book written by the Admiral and edited by Una McCormack. Recalls her journey through the Delta Quadrant. The book come out on July fourteenth, 2020.

Titan has also announced other Star Trek hardcovers in 2020. The art of Star Trek Discovery by Paula M Block and Terry J Erdmann. The book includes cast and crew interviews, photographs from the set, concept art and storyboards with never before seen content from the first two seasons. It comes out on April twenty-eighth, 2020.

Also coming out from Titan is Star Trek The artistry of Dan Curry, written by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson. It covers his emmy award winning work from the Next Generation through to Star Trek Enterprise The book will offer a look at some of Curry’s techniques and reflections on highlights from his Star Trek career in his own words. The book includes photos and illustrations from Curry’s own collection. It also contains contributions from Star Trek stars such as Michael Dorn and Scott Bakula. The book goes on sale on September 1, 2020.

Geek 

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series has a main villain. The series has cast Game of Thrones Joseph Mawley according to sources to the Hollywood reporter. Mawle is believed to be playing a character named Oren. He joins Will Poulter and Markella Kavenagh in the cast. Production on the show is set to begin in 2020. 

Stranger Things fourth season will consist of eight episodes. But the next season is still a ways off, Filming will start in January and will wrap in August. So we won’t have a summer premiere like the last season. Maybe a Halloween debut?

Netflix has released some preview photos for it’s new vampire series V Wars, based on the book series by Jonathan Maberry. The series follows a doctor and his best friend who has been transformed into a vampiric predator. Ian Somerhalder plays Dr. Luther Swann and Adrian Holmes plays Michael Fayne. Here’s the official synopsisDr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder) enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires. Unquote The ten episode first season will arrive on Netflix on December fifth. Just in time for Christmas.

Speaking of Netflix, they have renewed Katee Sackhoff’s series Another Life for season two. The series, which centers on Sackhoff’s astronaut Niko Breckinridge and her crew as they take on a high risk mission to investigate and alien artifact and find extraterrestrial intelligence. The ten episode season will begin production in 2020. Season one is out now.

Disney Plus will not rotate it’s content like other streaming service once the service debuts on the eleventh. A spokesman for Disney Plus confirmed to comicbook dot com that nothing licensed will be rotated each month and nothing from Disney’s Signature Collection will be rotated in or out. This is a change from the past when Disney used to bring out a classic movie for a limited time and the then put it back in the quote “Disney Vault” unquote 

Let’s get to that interview with The Orville Associate Producer and Editor Tom Costantino.

Thomas Townley: My guest today is part of one of my favorite shows, The Orville. He joins us from the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles. Please walk up my associate producer and editor Tom Costantino.

Tom Costantino: Yes, thank you. Actually they gave me a bump. It’s co-producer, hope producer.

Thomas Townley: Well, congratulations.

Tom Costantino: Oh yeah, it’s just a more, more work. [inaudible]

Thomas Townley: okay. Now, well, start off by telling us more about yourself and what you do on the show.

Tom Costantino: Uh, well I, uh, I’m, I’m happy to also be the supervising editor. I started on the pilots and have been here ever since. Um, I’m sort of in charge of all picture cutting and uh, I have some various other responsibilities which some above some of the things with social media, uh, comic con, uh, and a lot of other minutiae that I would never dare to bore you with. But uh, there is a lot, there’s a lot of big shows, so there’s a lot to do. So we all, it’s all hands on deck.

Thomas Townley: Okay. And what would you say this is the best part of your job?

Tom Costantino: Best part of my job actually is doing stuff like this, getting, having, having a real time interaction with, um, with uh, people who are very appreciative of the show and just, and, and also the fact that I’m a huge, you know, I mean I’m a huge scifi nerd and star Trek fan and I never thought that this font of useless information somehow earned me a living.

Thomas Townley: Well, I am deeply honored. Um, now some news dropped yesterday, deadline.com reported that Anne Winters as joining the cast as a series regular. Can you tell me anything about what her role is on the show?

Tom Costantino: I, unfortunately, I can’t, but she does play an integral part of the show and she’s awesome. Uh, sitting behind you. I have some dailies of her and, uh, yeah, we’re happy to, happy to have her. Um, but, uh, you know, a contrary to popular opinion. She’s not replacing Adrian. That’s all I’m going to say. That’s that. No, she’s a, yeah, she’s a, she’ll be with us, uh, this season and she’s gonna fit right into this crazy cookie bunch.

Thomas Townley: Awesome. And, uh, well, right now, where are you in the filming of the season?

Tom Costantino: Uh, we are, we are, uh, we’re, we’re only a few weeks into filming, uh, and we’re, uh, you know, we’re working on the first episode and some of the, uh, some subsequent other early episodes, uh, were not quite block shooting, but we’re trying to, you know, uh, you know, gather as much material as possible. Um, so, uh, yeah, we’re, we’re basically part of the way through the first episode and some others, not much past the third. Okay. It’s a nonlinear answer to a two or a nonlinear question. The, normally I would say, you know, I would have a more definitive answer, but we’re, we’re trying to gather as much material as possible.

Thomas Townley: Oh yeah. And, uh, I know, I know you have an, an NDA. There’s not really much you can tell us. Is there, is there any way, any kind of a hint you can give us.

Tom Costantino: about.

Thomas Townley: anything.

Tom Costantino: specifically? Uh, well, I kind of said this before, so I don’t want to be cliche, but, uh, you know, a lot of the, a lot of the story threads that people were loving in season two and season one, they will not be forgotten. You know, we’re not going to ever be serialized. It’s not our, it’s not our style, but we, we’re not going to forget our history. So I can totally say that. And you know, uh, I, I, this has been said before, but, but it’s true. You know, we had an identity part two and uh, tomorrow, sorry, that’s tomorrow. That’s the 12th day you have a road not taken. You know, we had like two of those and then some other ones, but now we have like seven of them. So…

Thomas Townley: Awesome.

Tom Costantino: Yeah. So we’re bigger.

Thomas Townley: Okay. And, uh, was kinda been your favorite episode so far?

Tom Costantino: Yeah. Ever?

Thomas Townley: Yeah.

Tom Costantino: Uh, you know, it’s a fight for me between, I mean, they’re, they’re all our babies, but, uh, you know, I have a soft spot for the Clare Isaac narrative, so I always will love , Into the Fold and A Happy Refrain, but I thought, you know, having to sit on the finale, uh, you know, that was, that was the most gratifying to sort of like live scroll that on Twitter and, and uh, so, so, but, uh, but I mean, as for my softspot, I would say it’s A Happy Refrain.

Thomas Townley: Cool. And, uh, has, as we know, this, uh, third season is going onto Hulu and they sent you some cookies I saw.

Tom Costantino: Yeah. Oh, good. Oh good. They looked good. Yeah, they’re sure. And they were like, they were like a shortbread cookies or something. I got one of the last ones. I didn’t even take that picture.

Thomas Townley: And, uh, also since, uh, Fox(sic, Disney) has merged with Hulu. Has, has Disney had any kind of contact or influence on the show yet?

Tom Costantino: Uh, yeah, I wouldn’t say influenced, but they’ve been very receptive. Uh, you know, we had a kickoff meeting with them, sort of catching them up on stuff. I mean, uh, you know,It’s mostly business as usual. We, we’ve been pretty lucky in terms of like, Fox has been really understanding in terms of, you know, what the show is and how much larger it can be than sort of network shows. And that’s why they kind of, you know, allowed the Hulu transition. And um, yeah, I mean there hasn’t been any sort of like, you know, any, I mean, I think people make bigger, not you personally, but they make bigger stories or like, you know, like, Oh my God, the corporate overlords are coming in. No, no, it’s not, you know, it’s not like that. I mean, there’s definitely infrastructure changes and really boring stuff, but everyone’s been pretty supportive so far. I, it’s, it’s, you know, it’s hard to, it’s hard to deny cause I’ve heard of other situations, but now granted we’re early into it. I mean, who knows? Ask me again in a year.

Thomas Townley: Okay. And, uh, well since you’re under the Disney umbrella, the Muppets are also under that Disney umbrella as well. Could you see other Muppets or than Kermit show up on the show, perhaps in the environment simulator?

Tom Costantino: Oh my God. I don’t know if we’ve ever, ever explored that a, I think we did get Kermit cleared. Um, I think there’s probably some legal loopholes we’ve got to get through, but I would also say that we probably have some other, probably pretty fun guest stars and other things before we’ll get to the Kermit stuff and the miss piggy stuff. However, that would be awesome to recreate that in the simulator.

Thomas Townley: Yeah. You don’t want, you know, I like to see, I’d like to see Ed jamming with Rowlf the dog.

Tom Costantino: Really? Yeah, I’ll mention that to Seth.

Thomas Townley: Yeah, that would, I think would be, that would be a really cool combo right there.

Tom Costantino: I love Rowlf.

Thomas Townley: Oh yeah. Oh yeah.

Tom Costantino: Originally. I mean, I’m assuming, I’m assuming maybe we can do, maybe we can link some of them with pigs in space or something and then we’re like, we’relike [inaudible]

Thomas Townley: Ooh, that’d be, that’d be cool right there. That’d be awesome. Um, okay, now you’re, you’re in your third season. Do you see, could you see any chance of an Orville movie in the far future?

Tom Costantino: Yeah, I mean, be honest if, if, if everyone’s willing and Seth is, it’s really, if Seth has it in him and, and, and the fates are right, sure. Why not? I think we’re all open. We’re all here as a labor of love. So I would imagine if, if he wanted to do it and people wanted to pay for it, that we would all stick around and try and, you know, blow people’s socks off for two hours and some odd minutes.

Thomas Townley: All right,

Tom Costantino: now I won’t rule it out.

Thomas Townley: Now let’s take a take a turn into merchandising here. Now the Orville has a comic books from Dark Horse comics and they’ve been very well received. Are there any plans for a novel based on the series?

Tom Costantino: Plans for a novel…. You know, I will, I will get you an answer. I don’t, I have not heard anything about a novel. I know that there might be more things in the vein of comic books, but if anywhere person were to do it, it would be, it would be Mr. David Goodman, Uber talented David Goodman. So next time I see him I will ask him, which will probably be tomorrow because I’ll see him on set.

Thomas Townley: Cool.

Tom Costantino: But that’s a good question. I actually actually don’t know. You know, we’re just starting to see fan films, which is exciting. So I’m just going to have that. 

Thomas Townley: [inaudible] cause cause that would, that would really go over well with me. I love, I love the old star Trek novels.

Tom Costantino: really.

Thomas Townley: back in the day and, and the Orville would seem like something that would go great with a novel.

Tom Costantino: Well, I think the comic was that basic idea, but I could imagine a world where, you know, where that, that can happen. But, uh, I, it’s funny, it’s one of those, it’s one of the few loopholes. I haven’t really, one of the things I haven’t really heard much about or been involved or there’s toys and other things come on away, but, uh, that I will check into.

Thomas Townley: Excellent. And finally, what is your favorite scifi show? Other than The Orville?

Tom Costantino: *grabs a Battlestar Galactica Colonel Viper ship and slaps it on the desk*

Thomas Townley: Battlestar Galactica.

Tom Costantino: I rarely have a visual aid, but you happen that I don’t know if you time that, but yeah, yeah, no, I mean, of course I love star Wars and you know, all these old Star Wars and uh, I mean, I, I mean as fan I like some more obscure stuff, but uh, you know, like the black hole and stuff. But, but the, uh, more than anything, these guys also have Doug Drexler down the hall. He gave me this. So cool. You know, that’s the most exciting thing so far of being able to interact with my, I don’t want to make them that much older than me, my childhood hero, but my hero of postproduction and makeup. So yes, I would say BSG.

Thomas Townley: Alright, awesome. Well, thank you very much for your time, Tom. And the…

Tom Costantino: I’m saying this publicly, apologize about the fires last week. Kind of screwed up our last meeting.

Thomas Townley: Oh, that’s it. That’s okay. You know, I hope you and everyone out there stay safe during the wildfire season. And uh, I hope we can talk again once the Orville debuts on Hulu next year.

Tom Costantino: Yes, please. We’d love to, I’ll bring, I’ll bring some friends. We’ll do, we’ll do some more and uh, but before then I will definitely get you to answer about the novels.

Thomas Townley: Oh, cool. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Tom Costantino: Alright, you have a good one.

Thomas Townley: You too.

Tom Costantino: We’ll talk soon. All right, bye.

Good interview.

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Episode 49

Tonight! The Bronx says stop dancing down our steps, Superman gets a new series and The Spiderverse comes again on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.

A few days ago I started playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch and it’s a very good game. However it is one that you will need to limber up your fingers for it. It uses almost all the buttons in rapid succession. 

By the way, if you’ve been watching HBO’s Watchmen, be sure to look at the Peteypedia on the shows website. It’s full of all sorts of backgoround on what’s happening in that weeks episode. 

I hope you tuned into the last episode, I had a great interview with Associate Producer and Editor Tom Constantino from the Orville, if you wanna hear what he said, just go back one episode in the feed.

Let’s get one with the news

DC

So you love the Joker movie and want to recreate Joaquin Phoenix’s dance down that set of stairs. That set of stairs is in the Bronx neighborhood of New York  at the corner of Shakespeare and Anderson in Highbridge and you might not want to go there. According to a report, residents of the community aren’t thrilled with the attention and one man decided to send a message by throwing eggs at some of the tourists descending the staircase. The man even videode himself and uploaded it to twitter shouting at the people quote “Y’all not spending no money in my store, but come and take pictures. Get the f*** out of here!” unquote In other words, be kind, spend a dime.

Brandon Routh is saying Goodbye to Legends of Tomorrow. The Former Superman, current The Atom star said goodbye via Instagram saying quote “My final day of filming with my #LegendsFamily. I love you all & appreciate the 5 seasons we’ve spent together.

It hasn’t always been easy, but I think that’s what makes it harder to leave—getting through the growing pains of the first few seasons has bonded us. 👊🏻 And made the last three seasons a blast! I’ve never been at a job this long, so this is new for me. 😢 I think I will miss you all and the fun we’ve had making this silly show on the #Waverider—as much as I’ll miss bringing #RayPalmer to life. Love & blessings on a great finish to the season. 🙏🏼❤️❤️❤️”

Both Routh and his wife Courney Ford who plays Nora Darhk are leaving the series. Series Executive Producers Phill Klemmer, Grainne Godfree and Keto Shimizu told Deadline quote “Brandon and Courtney have been invaluable members of the Legends family,” “They have always brought a level of passion and collaboration to their characters and to the show — both on and off the screen – that we deeply admire and for which we are eternally grateful.”

Speaking of endings. Arrow co-creator took to Twitter to explain the meaning behind the series finale’s title “Fadeout” in the post he displayed a drawing of a bow with callouts to what all the parts of the weapon . He circled the bottom of the bow which is called the Fadeout. Wonder if Starling city will be destroyed one time… 

Warner Bros tangentially Batman related Joker has passed Deadpool 2 to become the highest rated R rated movie. The film has totaled over 790 million dollars.. Deadpool 2 grossed in 785 million last year and the first deadpool garnered 782 million. Ryan Renolds congratulated Joker with a tweet saying quote “R-rated box office congratulatory posts aren’t like the ones you’re used to.” unquote . That was because it came with a redone pic of the movie poster with the words you mother f*cker , heart Deadpool , Neo, Pennywise, Jesus, Hugh Jackman, the Wolfpack, Mr. Grey, Ted

Batwoman’s ratings have slowly slipped down since the premiere, but the CW has confidence in the show giving it and Nancy Drew full season pickups. CW went on to emphasize that both shows Plus 3 and Plus 7 numbers are doing good. With double digit gains. Not only have they given batwoman a full season they have extended the season order from 13 to 22.

Lucifer is in the midst of filming its final season and Kelly Calrkson on her talk show got to visit the set with her mother and sister, while there Tom Ellis announced that the sixteen episode season will be split in two saying quote “Season 5 of Lucifer is going to be split into two halves. Netflix are gonna drop eight episodes and then there’s gonna be a little break, and then they’re gonna drop another eight episodes.” unquote There will also be a special black and white 1940’s themed episode with a musical flair. The release date has not been announced.

Wonder Woman 1984 director has all but confirmed that Pedro Pascal will play Maxwell Lord. She tweeted a pic of the character from the comics with “Well hello…Max” #WW1984 she tagged Pedro Pascal in the post, which is what is leading the speculation that Pedro will be Max.  The character was created back in 1987 and debuted in Justice League number one. He was first just a backer of the league but later turned into a more sinister character. Wonder Woman 1984 opens in theaters on June fifth, 2020. Seems like they better get crackin on that movie…

Superman is returning to tv. Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch will play the titular characters in Superman & Lois. Former Flash showrunner todd Helbing will be writing and executive producing the new series. And will follow Lois and Clark as they deal with all the problems of being working parents in today’s society. Of course, you know that Greg Brelanti will be executive producing the show alongside Helbing, Berlanti Productions Sarah Schechter and DC’s Geoff Johns. 

The CW is also working on a female focused arrow spinoff with Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy. So when will the CW just become the DCW already.

Marvel

One of the best jokes in Avengers Endgame was Captain America looking at his past self lying face down on the ground and remarking “This is America’s Ass. In an interview with Syfy Wire Endgame writer Christopher Marcus explained that originally it was only Tony Stark and Ant-man on the joke. But then it grew. He told them quote “It sort of grew on its own,” “The first thing that was there was Tony looking at Cap’s terrible Avengers outfit and going, ‘that suit does nothing for your ass.’ That stood on its own for a while, and then Ant-Man was added to the scene, and he said, ‘I think that’s America’s ass.’ And that was the joke for a while.” unquote His writing partner Stephen McFeely decided to add Cap in on the joke during the reshoots he told Syfy Wire quote “We redid the Cap on Cap fight, the ending of it, and that helped us tremendously,” “And then we needed to get out of that scene a little differently, and there [2012 Cap] was, slumped on the ground with his butt in the air.” unquote And movie magic was born.

By the way, Christopher Markus also talked with CinemaBlend and told the site that he would like to see MODOK as the next big bad. Quote “I always go back to the guy I always want to see on screen, which is MODOK,” “Also, part of me… it’s hard to say if he was officially destroyed, I wouldn’t mind seeing a third incarnation of Zola. Now in a robotic body. We got him from human to face on screen, I’d like him to get mobile now. I can’t say that’s going to happen, but it’d be fun.”

MODOK aka Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing was originally a guy named George Tarleton who was mutated after an accident that made his head huge and required a special hoverchair to move around. He first appeared in Tales of Suspense #93 back in 1967.

Payton reed is making it a three peat has the director has signed on to do the third movie in the Ant-man franchise, deadline has confirmed. Payton Directed the first two which did really well, Ant-man made 519 million and ant-man and the wasp made 622 million. Paul Rudd is, of course, expected to return. There’s no release date or production dates yet.

Sony announced on Halloween, the sequel to the Oscar award winning Spider-man into the Spider-verse will come to theaters on April 8th, 2022. The team of Lord and Miller will be back for the sequel. They also announced that another Sony Pictures animation project, a musical adventure story called Vivo that has songs from lin-Manuel Miranda will be pushed back to April 2021. Vivo was a project they acquired from Dreamworks and centers on a capuchin capuchin monkey with a thirst for adventure – and a passion for music – who makes a treacherous passage from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny. Quiara Alegría Hudes, Miranda’s collaborator on In the Heights, wrote the script with  The Croods director Kirk De Micco is directing.

A report from variety might spell a problem for Marvel’s Hawkeye series. Hailee Steinfeld is supposed to be up for the lead role in the series, but  she already has a role on Apple Plus’ Dickenson. When asked about it at the premiere for the show, she played coy about it saying quote “That, I don’t know about!” she said, seemingly caught off guard. “I don’t know,”“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Sources have told Variety that her deal with Apple might preclude her taking a role on a competing streaming service, although her team could always negotiate a fix for that.

If more detail comes out, I’ll let you know.

Some Marvel comics news, The X-Men comic lineup is expanding. THe two new titles were announced at the MCM comic con in London. First off is Giant Size X-men that will be an ongoing series of special issues written by Jonathan Hickman that will spotlight individual characters or small group of characters of X-Men each illustrated by different  artists. The first will star Jean Grey and emma frost with art by Russell dautherman.

The second is a four issue miniseries, X-men/Fantastic Four written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson. The story surrounds Franklin richards and the question of if he belongs on Krakoa or not. 

Both series will be out in February.

Marvel is teaming up with Sirius XM to make exclusive podcasts.  The shows will be available to SiriusXM subscribers with streaming access via connected devices and to all Pandora users. There will be four series to start with featuring Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Star Lord. There is a fifth series in the works with the characters teamed up. There will be an unscripted series that will look at Marvel’s history with a modern day lens and include talk shows and series dedicated to popular Marvel franchises. Another series that’s being worked on would be an interview show with celebrities. 

The deal doesn’t give SiriusXM ownership of the shows and they will be released widely after an undisclosed amount of time. The shows will come out weekly in 2020.

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger will not see a third season. The Freeform series has been canceled, possible due to the shakeup at Marvel Television with the departure of Jeph Loeb. Series creator and showrunner Joe Pokaski shared his feelings were everyone does. Twitter. Now this is a long post, so I’m only gonna give you a little of it. The rest you can read via a link in our show notes. https://twitter.com/JoePokaski/status/1187500131735572482?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1187500131735572482&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbr.com%2Fcloak-dagger-showrunner-reacts-cancellation%2F

He said quote So, yeah.  There are parts of me that feel gut-punched or angry at larger corporate forces, but the biggest feeling I have in my heart right now, by far, is pride.   I’m so fucking proud with what we got to do on unquote .

Geek

The Tom & Jerry movie has been moved forward on the calendar to December 23, 2020 the live action animated movie was supposed to come out in April of 2021. The movie is about Tom and Jerry getting kicked out of their home and moving to a new york hotel where Chloe Grace Moretz’s character must evict Jerry of lose her job… and hilarity ensues I guess. The film also features Michael Pena, Ken Jeong, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda.

The remake of The Witches with Anne Hathaway has also been moved up to October 9th 2020.

The Muppets are getting their own talk show on Disney Plus. Disney and the Jim Henson Company have announced a new comedy talk show called Earth to Ned. the 30 minute show will follow alien muppet Ned interview celebrities and will be apart of Disney Plus unscripted line up. The show will be executive produced by Brian Henson and Vince Raisa from The Jim Henson Company and Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley from Marwar Junction Prods.

Actor David Dastmalchian has a new comic book out the actor created the book, called Count Crowley: reluctant midnight monster hunter while on the set of Dune. he told the hollywood reporter quote “I was on break, sitting in my trailer, and I started jotting down this idea that had been woken up in me,” unquote the comic is set in 1983 and centers on a character named Jerri Bateman who ends up hosting a nightly Creature Feature on a small midwest station but soon learns that the job also includes hunting down monsters that are trying to control the world’s news and information.  The titular Count Crowley, her predecessor went missing.

David said of the series quote “I’m dealing with all these issues relevant to my own sobriety,” “My own struggles with interpersonal relationships. The way I relate to my family, dealing with feelings of shame, guilt, the giant growing pains we’re going through as society as a whole, and thinking about how all that filters through the metaphor of monsters battling monsters.” unquote 

The comic is out now.

Comedy Central has ordered a new animated web series from Bobby Moynihan called Loafy. Loafy is an animated comedy about a weed dealing manatee running a drug empire out of the Central Park Zoo. Bobby will write, act  and executive produce the series alongside Big Breakfasts Luke Kelly-Clyne. This show joins Blark and Son from Stoopid Buddy stoodios. Comedy Central VP of digital original development Steve elliot said quote “We are so excited for both of these series as we continue add(ing) original content to our growing digital portfolio,” said Comedy Central vp digital original development Steve Elliott. “It’s a great opportunity to work with Adam and Ben again after the success of the first season of Blark and Son. And clearly, now more than ever, the world needs a weed-dealing manatee and more Bobby Moynihan — not necessarily in that order.”

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

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Multiverse Tonight Episode 42Sci Fi Edition

Tonight! Fans want a statue for Nog, Picard and Discovery hit New York Comic Con and the Walking Dead Universe gets an unsurprising name all that and more  on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. So, how’s the new fall season hitting you. The wife and I have gotten into Evil on CBS. We’re glad that the Good Place is back on. 

So here’s a question for you? Is ten years too long to do a sequel? Zombieland Double Tap is coming out, the first one was ten years ago. And I find myself asking the question, is this too long to come out with the sequel. To prove that it’s too long, let’s take Independence Day Resurgence. Was a good movie, could have been a great movie, but it was just too long from the first movie to this one. The first one was in 1996, the sequel 20 years later, 2016. In other words, twenty years might  be too long. It might have been better to just relaunch the series with a new movie. Or maybe they should have put out the first back into theaters a month before first? Get people remembering the first one and then released the sequel? Either way, let’s come up with a rule, 20 years is too long. Will ten be too long? I guess we will see shortly. Personally, I think a sequel shouldn’t be more than 5 years after the previous one. More than that, you have to either reboot the whole thing or re release the previous one in wide release. Anyway, let’s get on with the news.

Star Trek

As we discussed in the last edition, the loss of Aron Eisenberg was sudden and it really hit the fan base hard. The outpouring of grief has been great and Some Star Trek fans have taken the initiative and have put up a petition on change dot org to have a statue of Captain Nog on display at Starfleet Academy in a future season of Star Trek Picard. It would make sense timeline wise as the show takes place decades after Deep Space Nine and the time period when Nog would or could  have been Captain. So far over two thousand six hundred have signed. We will have a link to the petition in the show notes. https://www.change.org/p/star-trek-creators-producers-fans-of-aron-petition-to-make-captain-nog-statue-at-starfleet-acadamy-canon-in-the-new-picard-series?recruiter=251534001&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=a6e88f00-c882-11e4-9219-e937fb5329ea

Asked at NYCC if Captain Nog could possibly be made cannon Alex Kurtzman said quote We saw that petition and obviously we would love to honor Aaron in any way possible, so we will look for any opportunity,” unquote So I’m guessing we see something in Picard season two. Perhaps we could get a mention in Lower Decks?

The second season of Picard, which has been revealed by Sir Patrick will start production in March of next year. He spoke about the show at the University of Huddersfield in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Speaking to Examiner Live Mister Stewart said quote“I am not giving up my stage work, though it may have to wait for now because there are three projects that I have finished, two films and the TV series, which all need promotion,” . “So I am clearing the decks for that and then there is also the possibility of a second Picard series filming in March next year.” unquote The show is eagerly awaited and will start airing on CBS All Access on January twenty third 2020 I wanna see this more than Discovery.

Star Trek Voyager’s commanding officer Kate Mulgrew took time out to commemorate the twenty fifth anniversary of her first ever scenes as Captain Kathern Janeway. She wrote on Facebook quote “It’s come to my attention that on this day, 25 years ago, I filmed my first scenes as Captain Janeway,”. “Thus, 25 years ago today I walked onto the Bridge and my life changed utterly. A singularly privileged and extraordinary journey on that intrepid vessel, with my beloved crew. How lucky I have been.” unquote. It should be noted that she was the second to take the role after actress Genevieve Bujold quit a few days into filming. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Voyager on the anniversary. Maybe we’ll get to see more Voyager characters in Picard than just Seven of Nine. Like Lieutenant JG Harry Kim?

IDW is helping celebrate the fortieth anniversary of 1979’s Star Trek The Motion Picture with a magazine sized facsimile edition of Marvel Comics Star Trek The Motion Picture Magazine.Here’s the official blurb:Star Trek: The Motion Picture Facsimile Edition

Marv Wolfman (w) • Dave Cockrum & Klaus Janson (a) • Bob Larkin (c)

An alien presence of enormous power enters Federation space, destroying three powerful Klingon cruisers and neutralizing everything in its path. As it heads toward Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk returns to the helm of an upgraded U.S.S. Enterprise and sets course to meet the aggressor head-on. This spectacular adaptation, featuring work by industry legends Marv Wolfman, Dave Cockrum, and Klaus Janson, boldly re-presented in its original form!

FC • 64 pages • 8-1/2” x 11” • $5.99

• Re-presented in its original magazine form!

• Includes all the original essays, interviews, and glossary!

This is scheduled for release on December 18th, which is just a week after the movie opened back in 1979.

Speaking of the Motion Picture it may have been a bit plodding, but it sure was pretty.  Titan Books is releasing a new coffee table book celebrating the art and visual effects of the first Star Trek movie called Star Trek The Motion Picture Inside The Art and Visual effects. Written by Jeff Bond and Gene Kozicki according to a press release from Star Trek dot com quote With this artistic guide, fans can celebrate the landmark 40th anniversary of The Motion Picture’s release by discovering the visual artistry that made this an enduring science-fiction classic. For the first time ever, explore archival material created by legendary Star Trek collaborators, including Robert Abel, Syd Mead, Ralph McQuarrie, Andrew Probert, and Ken Adams. 

Showcasing visionary special effects, concept art, scale models, matte painting and more, this stunning hardback coffee table book will be published on May 12, 2020, priced at $39.95 and £29.99.  unquote  Sounds interesting.N

New York Comic Con has brought us some news on Discovery and Picard. They released new trailers for both and CBS ALL Access has released the first short trek. Frankly I wouldn’t pay for Short Treks until Picard comes out, we got a release date. January twenty third 2020. The trailer seemed to confirm my suspicion that Data is just in Picard’s dreams. We also see our first look at old man Riker and Troi. Looks like they’re in retirement as well. So, let me take a moment to dissect the trailer. First off, it kinda confirms my suspicion that Data is just a dream of Picard’s. Two it looks like Starfleet Admirals are still a bunch of hardasses. Third I’m guessing he goes to The Rikers for help and they either turn him down or give him someone else to turn to for help.  Finally, we see a damaged Borg cube, we know we have two Ex Borg on this journey. So how do the Borg factor into this story, or is this just a side quest to Picard’s mission?

In the Discovery trailer, it looks like Burnham and the ship didn’t arrive at the same time. It also hints that the Federation might have collapsed at some point in the future as well. I’m gonna guess the Discovery will have to help rebuild the Federation. So I guess we’ll see sometime in 2020 when the show returns. 

Just wish they had something to show from Lower Decks,

Star Wars

Not often do I dip into politics on this show and for good reason, but the New York Times Opinion twitter feed, posted something cute after the United States House of Representatives finally opened an impeachment inquiry into the possible high crimes of Donald Trump, put up an informational  little Star Wars like crawl entitled “The Last Straw”. It’s very cute and I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://twitter.com/i/status/1177383602792927232

Disney Plus’ Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which should really be titled O! Kenobi. Has found a director, Deborah Chow, who has just finished up work on The Mandalorians first season will be directing on the show which will see Ewan McGregor back in Obi-Wan’s boots and finds the Jedi in Hiding eight years after the events of revenge of the sith. No word on when they get to work yet or what the plot exactly is. I wonder if we’ll get to see Luke, he should be about eight years old right? Maybe the show is Obi-Wan taking Luke on adventures. I hope it’s not just Obi Wan watching Luke through binoculars….cause that’s just creepy.

Kevin Feige’s newly announced Star Wars film is big news maker lately and Ming-Na Wen and Chris Evans want in.  Chris Evans volunteered for Feige’s project on Twitter in response to a Collider story asking which MCU actor people would want to see in a Star Wars movie. Evans replied with one word quote Me unquote .  Ming Na Wen chimed in to Chris’ response with her own quote Me Too #StarWars unquote. Wen is already expected to appear in The Mandalorian and has more than enough geek cred to be a good choice for a role in this new film. Would you like to see Ming Na Wen or Chis Evans in this project? Who else would be a good choice for a new Star Wars movie? Let me know on twitter, email or Instagram.

So… what’s in the future for everyone’s favorite wookie Chewbacca? Chewie actor Joonas Suotamo spoke with Radio Times about The Rise of Skywalker and Chewie’s role, but he played it very close to the vest saying quote “Well, we’re going to have to wait and see.” Refusing to confirm or deny Chewbacca’s fate, “I would love to see Chewie more, but everything depends on this next film and the story.” unquote . He might have been quiet on Chewies role, he did have glowing words for the movie telling the site quote “It’s a great story, and we’re gonna have to wait until December to see what that’s all about. Everyone’s back together, they’re going on a great adventure together, facing the ever-growing danger from the First Order. And that’s gonna be something to see.” unquote  Hopefully we might see Chewie in The Mandalorian. Frankly it would be nice to have a Chewie animated series.

Remember in the Force Awakens when Kylo destroyed his helmet? Well he unbroke it. JJ Abrams addressed his helmet, which you can see in the trailer and the new action figure that just came out on Force Friday. Abrams told Empire Magazine quote “Having him be masked, but also fractured, is a very intentional thing,” “Like that classic Japanese process of taking ceramics and repairing them, and how the breaks in a way define the beauty of the piece as much as the original itself. As fracted as Ren is, the mask becomes a visual representation of that. There’s something about this that tells his history. His mask doesn’t ultimately hide him and his behavior is revealed.”  They should have made a short film of him supergluing the mask back together. Hey Robot Chicken, there’s a free sketch idea for you! Your welcome.

Force Friday has arrived and the new Star Wars toys have arrived. https://ew.com/movies/star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-toys/?slide=6520926#6520926

Marvel will be relaunching the Star Wars comic book this January with a new creative team and story Lucasfilm confirmed at NYCC. The new series will take place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and will have Charles Soule as writer and art by Jesus Saiz. The official press release describes the new series as quote “In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance—for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!” unquote I’m surprised they would name anything after Grand Moff Tarkin after the death star blew up.

Geek

The third season of Stranger Things has come and gone. People waited in anticipation for news of Season Four. Well, your pleas have been answered. Season Four has been announced by Netflix with a new teaser trailer. The video ends with the cryptic “We’re not in Hawkins anymore,”. Road Trip! No date when the next season will arrive, but it’s likely in late 2020 or 2021.

The second season for Snowpiercer has been moved back to TNT, Warner Media announced this past week, the show based on the film had been announced to move from TNT to TBS The show has not had an easy life having lost two showrunners and two directors already. According to the Hollywood reporter, Chief Content Officer of HBO Max and President of TNT, TBS and TruTV Kevin Reilly explained quote “We’ve had the unique opportunity to more thoroughly test and explore where this show will best perform. While we are still adding dramas to TBS (such as Obliterated), after further research and consideration we’ve decided to keep Snowpiercer on TNT,” he said in a statement announcing the news. “Now that we’ve seen this incredible post-apocalyptic sci-fi series in its entirety, and better understand the audience this show will appeal to, we’re confident it will perform strongest on TNT.”A release date for season two has not been announced but the second season should arrive in Spring 2020. 

Disney will apparently be making another live-action Inspector Gadget movie according to a report from the hollywood reporter. The movie will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich who produced the live action Aladdin movie, Mikey Day and Streeter Sidell will write the script. The film, based on the 80’s cartoons about a detective full of gadgets last saw the big screen in 1999 with Matthew Broderieck in the role. It…didn’t perform great.  But merited a direct to DVD sequel a few years later. Disney is busy making live action versions of cartoon classics. Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, Cruella, Little Mermaid and Lilo and Stitch are all still on the docket.

The Walking Dead family of shows and movies has an official name and it’s kinda redundant. AMC posted on twitter that the title was The Walking Dead Universe. Wouldn’t the Walkerverse work better? Did they think we would confuse it with Walker Texas Ranger? Walker Texas Ranger by the way is getting a reboot starring Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki.

The showrunner for The Walking Dead is hinting that season ten will have more lighter moments than previously in order to balance out the tone of the show. Kang talking to tvline said quote “There’s a certain amount of fun even though there’s this really, really tense and scary thing that is ramping up with our people,”. “That’s something that we really wanted to explore with our people — a way to blow off steam. We’re all human at the end of the day, and you can’t always be living in a dark, nihilistic state. That’s really difficult. So for our people to be able to have these lighter moments helps them — and it helps the actors, too — deal with the seriousness of everything else that’s happening.” unquote  

We also learned at New York Comic Con that Lauren Cohan will be returning to the series.Cohen’s Maggie will return sometime in season 10 and than become a regular character again in season 11

The sequel to the reboot of Halloween. Halloween Kills is bring back characters from the past . Anthony Michael Hall will be back as Tommy Doyle, one of the kids that Laurie Strode was babysitting. Also returning will be Nancy Stephens Nurse Marion Chambers

, who was nearly killed by Michael in the original Halloween. Halloween ends will be in theaters i two years on October fifteenth 2021.

And finally, good news fans of the now Hulu Original Series The Orville, we got some news out of New York Comicon. A panel was held for the show with everyone but the always busy Seth Macfarlane and it was revealed their will be eleven episodes in season 3, now that may seem small, but it was also revealed that the episodes would be longer than they used to be up to twelve to fifteen minutes longer acording to orvile co producer Tom Costantino. The show will return about a year from now in late 2020.

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 Multiverse Tonight 45 Comic Book edition

Tonight! Sony and Disney get along, Rachael Maddow enters the Arrowverse and Todd McFarlane makes a world record on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. We’ve got a lot of good news in this show today. Fall is here, Winter is fast approaching. I suppose it’s good that I have a lot of things I can do indoors, I’ve picked up a lot of coffee table books, The DC Anatomy of a Metahuman book and Tobin’s Spirit Guide from Insight editions…they were on sale. Good price, nice books. 

Marvel

The Black Widow movie is in production and it looks like General Thunderbolt Ross might be showing up. Podcaster @_CharlesMurphy on twitter posted that quote William Hurt, aka Thunderbolt Ross, is currently on the set of what I believe to be additional photography for ‘BLACK WIDOW.’ ScarJo is not believed to be there. Could Ross be visiting with Yelena in a post credit scene setting up a ‘THUNDERBOLTS’ project? That I cannot confirm. Unquote  Last time we saw him was in Endgame paying his respects at the funeral for Tony Stark. Of course, this movie takes place between Captain America Civil War and Infinity War. Is he hunting Natasha after she defected in civil war? His he trying to recruit her for his own team? Guess we’ll have to wait and see when it comes out on May 1st 2020.

Variety reports that with Marvel Studios starting work on tv shows, the fate of Marvel Television seems to be up for some debate. According to several sources that have spoken with Variety, the consensus is that live action productions will all if not mostly be taken away from Jeph Loeb’s Marvel Television division and placed in the more powerful Kevin Feige’s camp in the future. An unknown TV lit agent who spoke to the publication said quote “Feige’s shows are so far beyond anything Marvel TV has been able to do,” “He has access to all of these MCU characters that the other Marvel live-action stuff just doesn’t, not to mention way bigger budgets.”

The budgets for the Marvel Studios projects would probably way higher than Marvel TV gets with budgets probably in the 100 million dollar range for six to eight episodes.. For comparison, the first seasons of Daredevil, Jesica Jones, Luke Cage,and Iron Fist combined was around 200 million.

Though Marvel Television has  its share of successes itself , the current slate of shows has atrophied to Runaways on Hulu, Cloak and Dagger at Freeform and the upcoming series Helstrom. However it should be noted that Marvel TV does have a lot of upcoming animated shows in its portfolio, including the new animated shows coming to Hulu. 

So, should Marvel Television stick to Animation and leave the TV shows to Marvel Studios instead? Or should they just fold themselves into Marvel Studios? What do you think?

Marvel Comics and Games workshop have announced that they are teaming up to publish comics based on the Warhammer line of tabletop games. Games Workshop announcement on their website posted quote “Marvel Comics are the name behind many of the world’s best-loved superhero characters (you know, like Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four),” Games Workshop stated as part of announcing the news. “With more than 80 years of comics experience, Marvel has built an amazing reputation for bringing together the best comic book writers and artists to forge stories that span generations. It’s not for nothing that Marvel has cemented itself as a household name.” unquote This isn’t Warhammers first foray into comics, having teamed up with Titan Comics, that deal ended last year. No titles, creative teams or release dates have been announced. 

Marvel and Sony have made a deal for more Spider-man. Thanks to Spider-man actor Tom Holland. Disney CEO Bob Iger appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Confirmed the actors involvement.  Telling Jimmy quote “We had an event called D23, which is a big Disney fan event; Tom was there because he’s a voice in a new Pixar movie called Onward with Chris Pratt,” Iger says. “And he said something onstage and it was clear that the fans wanted Tom back as Spider-Man made by Marvel and our Marvel production team.” The executive is of course referring to Holland’s emotional message to fans gathered at the convention, “I love you 3,000.”

“After D23, Tom reached out to folks who worked for me, ‘Could I please have Bob’s email address or phone number?’ Of course I’m very protected and they were very careful,” Iger continues. “I said, ‘Sure, have him contact me.’ And he did. We spoke. Basically he made a… he cried on the phone.”

To which Jimmy Kimmel replied, “Really?!”

Iger continued with a laugh saying  “No, not really. But it was clear that he cared so much and actually we care a lot about him. He’s a great Spider-Man. I actually felt for him, and it was clear that the fans wanted this to happen. So after I got off the phone with him I made a couple of phone calls to our team at Disney Studios and then I decided to call the head of Sony and I said, ‘We gotta figure out a way to get this done.’ For Tom and for the fans. And we did. That’s how it happened. He called me and I called them.”

 The deal is for two more movies. The sequel to homecoming in July 2021 and than another unknown movie. Both produced by Marvel Studios Kevin Feige. Disney will get a proportionally bigger cut of the profits, reportedly twenty five percent versus the previous cut of five percent, but will have to pay a proportionally twenty five percent of the production costs.  Sony will get the remaining monies, plus the distribution fee.

With the bad blood behind them, Deadline reports that Jon Watts in talks to return to the franchise for the third MCU Spiderman movie. 

During the X-Men panel at New York Comic Con Marvel announced a new ongoing series for Wolverine, his first since 2014. Wolverine #1 will be written by Benjamin Percy with art by Adam Kubert and Victor Bog don avic. Percy has experience writing about Wolverine having written Wolverine The Long Night and The Lost Trail podcasts. The series will debut in February.

DC

Brandon Routh has put the S back on. And as expected he’s going to be The Kingdom Come version of Superman. A photo of Brandon Routh was released with the actor in the costume with graying temples. Brandon Routh will join Tom Welling and Erica Durance will be in the crossover as the Smallville versions of Superman and Lois Lane. Routh will also be doing double duty as Ray The Atom Palmer. He will in turn be joined by a new Atom, Ryan Choi played by Osric Chau . The crisis crossover will begin on Supergirl on December eighth and continue on that week’s Batwoman and The Flash and than continue on January fourteenth on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.

Joining these stars in the crossover will be Ashley Scott who played Huntress on Birds of Prey, the WB series that lasted for threaten episodes in 2002.

Supergirl has a new suit and a new haircut this season, but they almost decided not to have her new haircut in the show. Costume Designer Victoria Auth told insider dot com quote “We were moving the whole concept of ‘Supergirl’ into a bit more sophistication, and I think she just thought, ‘new suit, new ‘do,'” Auth told Insider. “It kind of worked to balance each other. They were going to put her in a wig and hold on to the old cut, but then once they saw it, they thought it was a nice freshening.” unquote 

Didn’t Supergirl have a mohawk in one version in the comic books? Frankly I’ve always liked Supergirl with billowy Farrah Fawcett kinda hair, but that’s just me.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will be making an appearance on Batwoman. The Hollywood Reporter  says she will play DC Universe tv and radio personality Vesper Fairchild. IN the comics the character was one of Bruce Wayne’s one time girlfriends. Maddow will be seen once but heard in multiple episodes. Rachael shared her excitement on Twitter saying quote “I know no one’s going to believe this is true, but it’s true. I’m ‘Vesper Fairchild’ in the new Batwoman TV show that starts this Sunday night on The CW. (My character is soooo not me; turns out playing her is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done).”  Showrunner caroline dries said in a statement quote “We consider Vesper Fairchild to be the sardonic Voice of Gotham,” “In addition to Rachel’s interest in Batwoman, we thought she’d be the perfect casting choice because her own hard-hitting journalism wildly contrasts Vesper’s penchant for snark, gossip and criticism of female superheroes.”

And on the heels of that announcement comes this one, Sabastian Roche from the Man in the High Castle and Vampire Diaries has joined the cast of Batwoman as a recurring character named Dr. Campbell.

The Joker is getting a lot of mileage this year, isn’t he. Legendary filmmaker John Carpenter is getting his turn at the clown prince of crime as the writer of the comic The Joker Year of the Villain. Here’s the blurb: “In this one-shot special, Lex Luthor – now a human-alien hybrid – has made his appeal to the world, asking its citizens to embrace doom and give in once and for all to evil, humanity’s true nature. In exchange, he will grant them the tools to ascend to their ultimate selves. While some DC villains (and heroes) are willing to hear what “Apex Lex” has to offer, the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t going to wait around until Lex gets to him. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing.” The comic will be out this week.

Comedian and acgor Pete Davidson missed the preiere of SNL to film James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad in Atlanta.. Pete also went to a special screening of The Joker in Atlanta with the cast of the movie. James Gunn posted a picture of the cast on Instagram. “#TheSuicideSquad (and Pom). Many of us are doing weird things in this photo. After a screening of Joker (thanks @wbpictures!),” No word on when Pete will be returning to Saturday Night Live.

 At NYCC DC announced that they are releasing  a new official DC Timeline. In this timeline, Wonder Woman is the first superhero of the Golden Age. There are four eras on this time timeline, The first“Dawn of the Heroic Age,” includes the Justice Society of America, the All Star Squadron, and the Freedom Fighters. The Second“The Space Age,” began with Superman and featured the Justice League and Doom Patrol before giving way to The Third“The Age of Crisis,” starting with Crisis on Infinite Earths. And the fourth “The Flashpoint,”starting with Flashpoint the current era and extending into the future of the just-reintroduced Legion of Super-Heroes. I’m pretty happy to stay in the third. 

Geek

Todd McFarlane believes that there will be a Spawn Universe. Todd Speaking with comic book dot coms Jim Viscardi was asked if it was time to expand Spawn even title wise, Todd replied quote “So essentially there’s been a blink in the universe and it’s sort of awakened a bunch of things or it’s triggered a bunch of things. And so this battle that he’d been raging for 300 issues, almost exclusively as a solo act is now going to slowly morph into that,” “Not necessarily that he’s going to have a team, although that could be possible in the future. But that he’s not going to be alone and that there’s going to be other soldiers in this war because it’s a daunting task what he’s trying to do right now. And, he intellectually knows he can’t do it by himself. So he’s going to get help one way or another, whether he wants it or not, helps coming.” “The bigger sort of stories moving forward is what does all that mean? A) help is always good, but if the people helping you don’t have the same mindset or have their own agendas or have their own attitudes, then what seems like it should be a positive can turn into a neutral or a negative. And those are all the things that arguably any theme books go through, the mechanisms of who are all these individuals when they run into each other.” He also said that there would be some new material coming to the books. Saying quote And, then we’re going to start going from there and then building hopefully some new super villains if you will, that will be on par with the Clown and some of the other characters I’ve had in the book. But maybe in 10 years, we’ll be thought of in the same category as some of the big sort of iconic superheroes. Don’t know if it’ll happen, but I think it’s time. I think it’s time to just create my Spawn verse, if you will.

And with issue 301 The Guinness World Records will be giving Todd MacFarlane the world record for longest running creator owned superhero comic book series

Netflix’s Bojack Horseman is coming to an end with season 6. The last season will be presented in two parts, the first part will debut at the end of October and the second half at the end of January. IN a press release about it McFarlane talked about how long running series come in on the backs of a lot of people saying quote “As much as I am proud to be receiving this award, I gratefully accept it on behalf of all those who helped me the past 27 years on this journey.” unquote 

It’s now official. Kevin Smith’s next film will be Clerks 3. Kevin broke the news in a post on Instagram and a poster standing next to Jay Mewes and Jeff Anderson quote”3 CLERKS,” . “Thanks to the good folks at [Leeloo Multiprops], I got to see Randal! Jeff Anderson, Jay Mewes, and I spend Saturday signing stuff and catching up, seeing so much movie merch that’s been made over the last 25 years (hit the Leeloo site for sweet signed skateboards)! But even better than that? We talked about making a movie together. It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of New Jersey. It’ll be a movie that stars Jeff and Brian O’Halloran with me and Jay in supporting roles. And it’ll be a movie called CLERKS III!” unquote. This will be a new version of the script and not the old one that he wrote a few years back.

Disney Plus and Amazon have hit a snag. Amazon’s Fire TV might not get Disney Plus in a dispute over advertising. Amazon apparently wants the right to sell a quote “substantial percentage of the ad space on Disney apps,” unquote, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Disney is resisting. Let’s hope the two mega money giants come to an agreement by next month as Disney Plus is set to debut on November twelfth. 

Rick and Morty’s return is imminent! Adult Swim announced that Rick And Morty will be back for a five episode half season run on November 10th. Just remember that this is just the beginning as the show was renewed for 70 episodes. 

The peacock network NBC is putting into development a post apocalyptic civilization rebuilding drama called The Vault from Keshet Studios and Universal TV. The Vault is written by Jesse Lasky and centers around a cataclysmic event seemingly wipes out the planet, the survival of humanity rests upon Annie, a geobiologist who has been setting up a state-of-the-art facility in the Arctic known as the Vault. It houses a dozen experts in their respective fields all with specific skill sets that would be essential in rebuilding civilization.

Lasky executive produces with Keshet’s Avi Nir, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan and Alon Shtruzman. Lasky is managed by Echo Lake Entertainment.

Joker had a big opening weekend nearly matching Justice League and becoming Warner Bros Second Biggest Opening Weekend since Wonder Woman.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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