Episode Nineteen – Kevin Smith’s Duck Season

Title: Kevin Smith’s Busy Season


Tonight!James Gunn is on a suicide mission, we check on the fate of Deadpool and Kevin Smith reboots on on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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DC News

We start DC News with new revelations about Harley’s possible relationship status in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. A photo of Margot Robbie in full costume has been leaked on twitter. A blowup of one of Harley’s tattoos that says “Harley plus Puddin” has Puddin crossed out. So it looks like the rumors are true and Harley is back on the , market. Any takers?


Birds of Prey will be in movie theaters on February seventh 2020.


And while we’re on the subject of Birds of Prey, there a rumor running around that it may lead into a trilogy, with Gotham City Sirens being number two and a Birds vs Sirens movie being the last part. Also included in that rumor is that Harley Quinn will be the thread connecting all the movies. This would be interesting if it turns out to be true. However it does seem that Warner Bros is shying away from connected movies at the moment, so it’ll be a wait and see.


However, looking at current films, Aquaman is still doing fine. The movies domestic box office total here in the US now stands at 318.7 million which beats out Iron Man which came in with 318.4 million back in 2008. The total box office for the movie which will have passed 50 days as of this moment equals one billion, 107 million, 822 thousand and 378. Pretty damn good for a movie that’s all wet.


Former Guardians of The galaxy director James Gunn might have settled on The Suicide Squad as his first project for the DC movie franchise, but according to the Hollywood reporter , he was offered several different choices including the Man of tomorrow, Superman. The Reporter says that their sources indicate that they offered him the cream of the crop in the superhero stable to bring him over to the DC Universe and he became very close to working on the Super dog Krypto. Instead he’s penned the script for The Suicide Squad., which seems to be more of a relaunch than a proper sequel if indications are correct.  We’re still a year away from the movie, who’s in it, will Gunn direct? The word is out that he’s officially in talks to take the reigns, When I find out, you’ll know.


The length of the now Ben Affleck-less The Batman script has been revealed. The movie which is do in 2021 has a lot of questions attached to it, but an update by the Hollywood Reporter indicates that the first draft has clocked in at 160 pages. Now the rule of thumb with scripts tends to be one page equals one minute. So right now it’s sitting around two and a half hours. Now this will most likely will be cut down. Director Matt Reeves recently opened up about the movie saying quote “Right now, I’m involved in The Batman,” said Reeves. “What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know. Aquaman is going to be very different from the Todd Phillips Joker movie, and that’s going to be different from Shazam and Harley Quinn. Warners believes they don’t have to try to develop a giant slate that has to have all the plans for how it’s going to connect. What they need to try and do is make good movies with these characters.” and that quote “It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” Reeves added. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”


The description of the movie has a “noir Batman tale is intriguing and has people wondering if it’s going to be influenced by the 13 issue maxi series, Batman The Long Halloween, which say Batman trying to figure out the identity of the killer known as Holiday. However Reeves has downplayed similar rumors in the past that he was adapting the Year One story line. We’ll have to wait and see what it is, when the movie hits theaters in June of 2021


The headline on Comicbook dot com says it all for this next story quote ‘The Dark Knight’ Composer Told Christopher Nolan the Music Was Too Loud.” Hans Zimmer believed that the music was so loud in the released cut of the movie that it took away from the actor’s acting. Talking to Vanity Fair, Hans said quote “I told Chris the music was too loud—you couldn’t hear the lines,”. “[Nolan] said, ‘I wrote them. I can do what I want.’ He was right; people do remember the lines. He could have done 200 different cop-out endings, but he put that ending on.” However, Hans has now come around to Nolan’s choice on the music. Quote
“It’s hard to pull off a satisfying ending, if you’re that ambiguous,” “One second longer, or one sentence or note different, and it would have been a different movie.” The Dark Knight went on to gross more than one billion dollars worldwide.


Warners announced that Super Pets will come to theaters in May 21, 2021. Not much is known about the movie outside of the release date. But with the name Super Pets, it’s not hard to guess the subject. The Super Pets hold a weird space in the DC Universe. They first debuted in 1962 and have been comprised of such pets as Krypto the Super-Dog, Streaky the Super-Cat, Bat-Cow, Flexi the Plastic Bird, Aquaman’s seahorse, Storm and  Ace the Bat-Hound. So are you ready for the Super Pets?


DC Universes Titans is gearing up to start filming season two in Toronto. According to a new update from the trade union for technical workers in the film and tv industry, the IATSE, production is set to start on March 20th and should wrap up September 9th.


The comic book series Y: the Last Man is finally seeing the screen as FX has announced that it has picked it up for the 2020 tv season. The series about Yorick Brown, the last surviving human male and his monkey Ampersand follows him as he travels to find his girlfriend following a plague that has wiped out all males on the planet. The comic book was written by Brian K Vaughan and with art by Pia Guerra and ran for 60 issues. The tv series from showrunner Michael Green and Aida Mashaka Croal will star Barry Keoghan as Yorick and also star Diane Lane. The series has had a long road to the cameras it’s been in development hell since 2007.


And congratulations are in over for Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood. The couple are now engaged, Melissa showed off the ring on her Instagram. The couple met on the set of Supergirl when wood was cast as the Daximite hero Mon-El. Good fortunes to the happy couple!


Marvel News


The first tv spot for Avengers Endgame aired during the Super Bowl pregame, and it game us a peak at a world with half a population. The Statue of Liberty covered with what might be refugee camps, empty stadiums. The remaining heroes including War Machine, back on his feet. Hawkeye’s new persona and the knowledge that it’s only a handful of months away. Griping.


We also got a look at the trailer for Captain Marvel, Lots to take in. A look at her fighter pilot past and her super heroic present. And skrulls, skrulls, skrulls. The tagline “Hope begins with a hero” Is that Hope for the Avengers in endgame? Looks like another good movie.


And according to Box Office dot com, Captain Marvel is on track to open somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred sixty million dollars on opening weekend. If it does so, it would be the seventh highest opening in the MCU. Box Office dot com has put the probable domestic box office run at four hundred forty million. Making it one of the MCU highest grossing domestic films.


Now featured in the trailer was Jude Law and his role of Yon-Rogg. Could you picture Keanu Reeves in the role instead? According to a new report from That Hashtag Show Charlie Murphy, reeves would have been in the role if not for John Wick Chapter 3. So since Keanu couldn’t play this part, what role do you think they should offer him next? Tell me on Instagram, Twitter of send me and email.


Deadpool 2 has passed the box office total for the first Deadpool movie thanks to the Chinese box office The original movie was never released in China, due to the movie being too graphic for Chinese censors. However, China did get Deadpool 2’s PG-13 version, Once Upon A Deadpool, released in china as Deadpool 2:I Love My Home. I don’t get the subtitle there. Anyway, China’s receipts pushed the international take for the movie to 1 million for the pg-13 version. All in all the two version combined have earned 786 million dollars world wide. The first Deadpool brought in $783.1 million worldwide. Awesome. By the way, Aquaman, over a billion dollars, just putting that out there for comparison….


And good news on seeing a Deadpool 3, In Disney latest conference call with investors of which I am one, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said that disney will continue to make R-Rated  and other adult Marvel Adventures after it finishes it’s take over of Fox. Quote “We will continue in that business,” “There’s certainly popularity” with those types of films. Unquote Iger also hinted that you probably won’t see the Marvel or Disney banner on those movies, and quote “carefully branding [R-rated films]…so we’re not in any way confusing the consumer,” unquote  Iger said.

Very very smart man.


Award season rolls on with the Annie Awards. And Spider-man INto the Spider-verse walked away with a total of seven awards. Best Editing, Production Design, Character Design, Character Animation in an Animated feature, writer for Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, Director for Bob Pershichetti, Peter Ramsey and Mr. Rothman and the big prize, Best Animated Feature.


Mary Poppins Returns walked away with Best Animated Special Production and outstanding achievement in a live action production, Bojack Horseman galloped off with the Annie for Best General audience Animated Television/Broadcast production and voice acting in an animated tv production for Will Arnett. Ralph Breaks the Internet got the Outstanding Achievement for Animated effects in an Animated feature production. Incredibles 2’s Dean Kelly came away with outstanding achievement for music in an Animated Feature and outstanding storyboarding. There were several other awards I didn’t mention here, go to the link in our show notes for a complete list of winners. https://annieawards.org/nominees


This will be a day long remembered. Kevin Smith took to twitter Monday to announce that he will be writing and directing a Howard The Duck animated series for Hulu. Quote Thank you to @Marvel & @hulu for letting me do fowl things to Howard in animation! But the *real* brains of our operation is a legit cartoon genius – the great Meatwad himself, Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s @DaveWillis2! Prepare to get Ducked hard! Unquote


Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Willis will be writing and executive producing the series while will see Howard stuck in a word he never made. His goal is to return to DuckWorld with the help of his gal pal Beverly but he’ll have to deal with evil doers like Dr. Bong who want to turn Howard into dinner.


Howard The Duck is one of four new Marvel animated series ordered by Hulu. Also in the pipeline is a M.O.D.O.K. series from Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum, Hit Monkey from Josh Gordon and Will Speck and Tigra And Dazzler from Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler. All four shows will culminate in a team up event entitled The Offenders. Now you might be asking, why disney isn’t saving them for Disney Plus. Well, All four series are adult oriented, so Disney doesn’t want show like this on Disney Plus.


Speaking of juicy news, at Hulu’s TCA presentation, Hulu Senior VP Craig Erwich, revealed that Hulu would be open to reviving the canceled Marvel Netflix series’.  Quote “Marvel has a ton of titles we’d be interested in. It kind of just depends on when they’re ready, [and] who, most importantly, is going to be behind these things.” Unquote. So don’t lose hope True Believers.


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Star wars news


BB-8 is a droid out of work now. BB-8 puppeteer Brian Herring tweeted out on February 1st  that quote Today was a wrap on BB-8. The last 5 years have been an amazing ride. Thanks to @jjabrams, Kathleen, Neal, #teamBB8 especially Dave and the entire cast & crew for the time of my life. Few people get to live the dream.  Thank you. #StarWars #IX #puppeteer #BB8 #StarWarsEpisodeIX unquote The Still untitled Episode nine comes out December 20th


The prequel trilogy was met with a fair amount of criticism and debridement by fans when they first came out, however in in an interview with Vanity Fair Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in those three movies, has noticed that the younger generations of Star Wars fans have embraced the movies in a different way.


Quote “Episode III was all green screen: they had us on green disks on a green floor with a green background, and a guy on the floor rotating u McGregor shared with Vanity Fair. “What keeps you emotionally grounded is the other actor. Episode II, I was on my own, speaking to thin air. But this scene was harrowing for Obi-Wan. I lose Anakin, and we see the danger of what it might lead to in Episodes IV, V, and VI. For all my moaning about green screen, I did enjoy playing Obi-Wan and this link to Alec Guinness.”  He added, “George Lucas wanted to do something very different with the prequels. That’s why people felt cheated. It was upsetting when people would laugh and joke about it. Now, many years later, the prequels meant a lot to the generation that were kids then. So from smirking, cynical opinions, now I’m getting feedback from the kids they were made for. I’m really happy about that.”


Ya know, frankly I liked the prequel trilogy.


So, have you seen the Amazon Alexa commercial from the super bowl?




Pretty funny, huh.


Lucasfilm has released details about the tie-ins for the new Galaxy Edge theme parks.  


First, from Marvel is the Galaxy’s Edge miniseries from Ethan Sacks with art by Will Sliney. Quote Black Spire Outpost has long been frequented by smugglers, merchants, and travelers from every corner of the galaxy looking to make their score on the infamous black market — or experience the exotic thrills the remote world of Batu alone has to offer. Aliens like the infamous Dok-Ondar, a proprietor of rare and one-of-a-kind antiquities, thrive on the unique opportunities which abound on the lawless outpost at the very edge of Wild Space in this all-new miniseries.


From Del Rey books comes, Black Spire written by Delilah Dawson and available on September 3rd the novel quote a prequel to the Disney Parks experience, General Leia Organa dispatches her top spy to Batuu in a desperate search for Resistance allies. Unquote

From Disney Lucasfilm Press comes Star Wars Myths and Fables written by George Mann with illustrations by Grant Griffin this middle grade novel quote The book features two stories that take place on the remote Outer Rim world of Batuu, plus many other untold tales from the edge of the galaxy, lushly illustrated in a style that pays homage to real-world children’s classics. Unquote

For the Young Adults comes A Crash of Fate written by Zoraida Cordova, quote Izzy and Jules were best friends until Izzy’s family abruptly left Batuu when she was six. Now she’s back, and Jules, the boy who never left, is unsure what to make of her. While on the run from vengeful smugglers and an angry pirate, the two friends will come to terms with who they are, and what they mean to each other. Unquote These two books are available on August 6th.


Galaxy’s Edge opens later this year.


With the recent polar vortex here in the U.S., Billy Dee Williams took to twitter to remind everyone…to wear their cape. From a real bdw on twitter quote Hey baby it’s really cold outside…

Thinking of everyone across the country battling below zero temperatures today. Stay safe and warm and if you have to go outside, don’t forget your cape! Unquote  That man is cooler than ever.


Star Trek news

Alex Kurtzman Executive Producer and showrunners speaking at the winter television critics association press tour said that they  had big ideas and that quote hopefully we’ll get the pickup and we’ll be off to the races” unquote About luring in fans who might be reluctant to pay for All Access to watch the series he told the audience. Quote “‘Trek’ has to evolve like all television has evolved in the last 5-6 years,” he said. “Our job is to give you a ‘Star Trek’ that you couldn’t possibly get on network television.” unquote On the subject of dealing with the cannon from the rest of the franchise, Kurtzman said “We certainly know that in order for ‘Trek’ to live on we will need to find ways to operate outside of canon as well and create new canon,”  “That’s part of the job.”


However on the subject of future show,

CBS EVP of Original Content Juliet McNamara said that their taking a quote measured approach to developing and releasing shows in this universe,” when talking about the subject of new Trek shows in the pipeline.


And on the subject of the Picard show, Alex Kurtzman told Deadline dot com that quote

“We’re asking how do we live to the spirit and tone that Next Gen set and also make it different,” “Patrick was very clear that he did not want to repeat what he had already done,”
“Patrick didn’t want to put handcuffs on us, he wanted us to have the freedom to explore the character and he said, ‘I will always know if it’s something that he would or would not do,’ and that’s the kind of conversation that we’re having as we build it scene by scene,”
Kurtzman also spoke to comicbook dot com about the Picard series quote “Well, I’ll tell you the first thing we all said is it has to feel grounded,” “No matter what choices we’re making about portraying the future, it has to feel grounded, because I think one of the things people have loved so much about Next Gen is that it is a very emotional, thoughtful, grounded piece of entertainment. And the easy thing to do is come up with crazy floating skyscrapers, and all the cliches of science fiction, and we’ve tried to avoid that across the board.

“So, in the production design, in the look of it, in the feel of it, it’s always about the small intimate personal details that you can still connect to now even though it’s taking place so far in the future.”


I have never had a problem with connecting with Star Trek. It’s not the locations, it’s the characters and the story. If you make the whole of continuity not make sense, than why would I want to watch it?


He also added that production begins this April.


And speaking about the star of the show, Patrick Stewart, while promoting The Kid Who would be king in London, Stewart was asked about the possibility of a Picard movie (didn’t they know he already did that? ) He responded quote “Oh lord, we’re set up with possibly three years of this show,” “So if there is a film, it’s a long way off.”


Exactly. Besides, if you want to do a Picard movie, do a young Picard movie with James McAvoy. Patrick could do the book ends in the movie.


By the way, The Discovery cast did a bit of Carpool Karaoke, this is where I draw the line, I’m not watching, plus you have to have an Apple device for that, and that’s where I draw the line too.


Now for some science news, Syfy Wire reports that researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley have created a whole new approach to 3D printing, similar to the replicator in Star Trek. The device, which looks similar to the Star Trek replicator projects light into resin, which than makes small objects in a matter of minutes. The new tech is based on computed tomography, used in medicine or industrial 3d imaging. But instead of traditional 3d imaging taking multiple x rays to make a 3d map, this reverse engineers the 3d object into 2d components which are then projected as slide of light into the gooey resin


There is a video on Youtube that shows more about this, we will have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5UsRDS-wqI


Kinda neat, now let’s continue progressing without that World War III or Eugenics war, can we?


Geek News

If you remember the end of Toy Story 3 the toys were handed down from Andy to a new kid Bonnie…and a happy ending was had by all?


Tim Allen hints that might not be the answer. Speaking with The View Allen said that quote “Toy Story 3 ended, originally, with the little girl just sitting there, but all of us saw that little girl smile, and Andy said with his eyes… [that] she might take care of these toys. Because we were originally, in Toy Story 3, waving on the porch, that was it. But it looked like maybe this little girl will take care of us. Well, maybe she didn’t take care of us so well.” unquote Hmmm.


And from the huh? File. Animal rights group PETA wants Pixar to get rid of Bo Peep’s crook. The character, who has absent in Toy Story 3, returns in Toy Story 4, complete with her shepards crook, which is the traditional tool of a shepherd. PETA’s Manager of Animals in Film and television Lauren Thomasson said in their statement.  Quote “I’m contacting you today about Bo Peep’s new look. Given that she was designed to have a “modern” look, why hasn’t she “lost” that outdated and cruel crook? You may not know that these “shepherd’s crooks,” are used solely to hook a sheep’s neck and force these gentle animals to move. That isn’t something that a progressive Bo Peep would countenance in 2019! A “badass” Bo Peep would likely bop the shearers, not the sheep. [A] symbol of domination over any animal is a thing of the past and not something that belongs in Toy Story 4. Won’t you please consider removing Bo Peep’s crook from the final animation?” unquote


I really don’t see what the fuss is about. I don’t think the kids that see this movie are gonna start buying crooks or herding sheep.


This year’s Super Bowl was underwhelming and the commercials really weren’t anything to write home about.  However one commercial was unique. It was directed by legendary director Ridley Scott. The commercial for Turkish Airlines called The Journey showcases Istanbul (not Constantinople) and features a plot of a cat and mouse chase across the city landmarks and showcasing the new airport. The version aired during the game was just a snippet with a longer version of the commercial on youtube.


Also at the Super Bowl was an ad for CBS All Access upcoming new version of The Twilight Zone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZsWrusH41I Looks cool.


Stephen King’s The Stand is coming back to television screens via CBS All Access. It’s officially been confirmed that the streaming service has ordered a 10 episode limited series based on the 40 year old King classic. This is the second time The Stand has been adapted into a mini series, the first was on ABC in 1994, where it was a four night event staring Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald. Stephen King in a press release stated quote “I’m excited and so very pleased that The Stand is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform. The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.” Production will begin this spring with a release date to be announced later.


A remake of Escape From New York is on the table again. This version is from screenwriter Leigh Whannell, who wrote Insidious and the upcoming movie Upgrade. This news arrives after word the Whannell is going to write and direct a remake of Universal Pictures The Invisible Man. John Carpenter, creator of Escape From New York is set to executive produce while Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce, directing has not been announced yet, but it’s expected that Whannell will direct as well as write.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Whannell’s version will retain elements of the original while bringing new ideas to the story. Just as long as they don’t change Snake Pliskin.


Thinking about things that should or should not be remade. CBS has ordered a pilot featuring a modern day Frankenstein.  The pilot will be about a quote San Francisco homicide detective who is mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. But as he resumes his old life and he and his wife realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection – Dr. Victor Frankenstein.  Unquote


I have a bad feeling about this.


Kevin Smith has announced that Jay And Silent Bob Reboot has been picked by up Saban Films for North American theatrical distribution. The new movie will take playful jabs at reboots, remakes and sequels Kevin Smith said quote “Last February, I almost died. So on the one year anniversary of my widow maker heart attack, as a celebration of life and a big ol’ F you to Death, my best friend and I will be rolling cameras on a sequel/remake/reboot of a movie we first made nearly twenty years ago! In Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back our herbal heroes found out Hollywood was making a movie based on them, so they journeyed out to Hollywood to stop it. But I’ve learned so much as a storyteller and have grown immensely as a filmmaker since then, so audiences can expect something completely different: In Jay & Silent Bob Reboot our herbal heroes find out Hollywood is making a reboot of the old movie that was based on them, so they journey out to Hollywood to stop it again. I offer my (literal) undying thanks to our amazing partners at Saban and Universal for making this dream come true and backing this cinematic silliness!”


I’m glad Kevin survived that heart attack and I am so looking forward to this new movie.


Finally we’re sad to announce the passing of actor Carmen Argenziano at the age of 75.  His acting career started in the early seventies, over the decades he has starred in such films as The Godfather Part II, Stand and Deliver, Gone in 60 seconds and Angels and Demons/

He also has had a wide variety of roles on tv, starting with a role in an episode of Columbo, he’s also shown up in The Bionic Woman, Cheers, Knight rider 2000, Melrose Place, Walker Texas Ranger, Babylon 5, House, but his biggest role, and the one he will probably be most remembered for is his role as Selmak/General Jacob Carter in 25 episodes of Stargate SG-1. There is no cause for his death yet, but he is survived by his wife, Lisa and his three children. Carmen Argenziano passed away at the age of 75.


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