Episode Ten

Cold Open:Tonight! Kathleen Kennedy re-ups, Dorn speaks up about Discoverys Klingons and  Toys R Us is rising from the grave on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

I’m Thomas Townley. Hello and Welcome to Multiverse tonight and now we’re in double digits. Episode 10. I began this show only four months ago, but it feels like years. I’d like to say special thanks to you the listener for coming here, and if you’re brand new, Let me boil down what I do here. Multiverse Tonight is a geek news podcast that comes out every other week. There are five segments to this show, Star Trek, Star Wars, DC, Marvel and Geek News.  I’d also like to remind you that over on our Twitch channel, I’ve been playing Star Trek Online and just to shake things up, I’ve been playing some The Sims 4 as well, feel free to join me late Sunday and Monday nights. If you’re a player of STO, feel free to join me and join our Fleet, just search , for Multiverse Tonight.

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Star Wars news
We begin Star Wars news with some behind the scenes news. The Hollywood reporter has revealed that Lucasfilm head  Kathleen Kennedy’s will remain with the Force for at least the next three years. Kennedy, who has watched over Lucasfilm after it was purchased by Disney from George Lucas in 2012. Has seen four new Star Wars films that have grossed nearly 4.5 billion dollars at the global box office and other merchandising and licensing that have brought billions more to the mouse’s wallet. Her watch hasn’t been without controversy however, as the situation and subsequent failure of Solo at the box office and her firing of directors on Rogue One and Episode 9 hasn’t won her friends. Disney’s reaction to the reactions on the Last Jedi and Solo was a change of strategy that saw a slowdown of movie content with the Star Wars story one off movies being dropped for now and a new potential trilogy being commissioned from Rian Johnson.


It looks like Lucasfilm will be trying our more new stuff on the television level with Jon Favreau’s live action series and the new Clone Wars and Resistance animated series.


And speaking of Favreau’s new series, Making Star Wars dot net is reporting that the still unnamed series has begun filming, the site showcased some photos of a set taken from a long distance away. The scuttlebut is that the show willl be about the Mandalorians after the fall of the Empire some three years after Return of the Jedi and will take place in familiar locals like Mandalore and Tatooine https://makingstarwars.net/2018/09/jon-favreaus-live-action-star-wars-television-series-starts-filming-next-week-first-set-photos/


We don’t know who Dominic Monaghan will be playing in Episode 9, but we now know how long he’ll be seen,.He told the Distraction Podcast  Quote“[Director] J.J. [Abrams] is a friend of mine and he said to me that at some point I’d get the opportunity to read the script,” “[He told me], ‘Just be aware of the fact that there are massive sequences in Act Two, there are massive sequences in Act Three but because we’re shooting Act One first, I’ve put you in there and you seem to not be around as much in Act Two and Act Three but that’s because that’s what we’re doing first so I want you here, I want you invested. So read the script but just know there won’t be long until there’ll be a re-draft of those things and we’ll see you a little bit more’. So I read it, and the script is amazing and obviously there isn’t a lot I can say.”


One of the big moments of The Last Jedi was Leia’s demotion of hotshot pilot Poe Dameron after he disobeyed orders. Well in the final issue of the  Star Wars Poe Dameron comic, he may

Have obtained some redemption. During a conversation with Leia, Poe makes a case that they need more help and that is actions are worth the risk. She finally agrees and reinstates him to commander. Could this mean that in Episode IX, Poe will settle down in to a leader and not just another cocky flyboy?


And speaking of comic books, Star Wars Resistance will see it’s own companion series, the german site Jedi-Bibliothek reports that Star Wars artist Ingo Romling speaking at Noris Force Con revealed that he was working on the new comic. Romling couldn’t reveal much about the project, but was very enthusiastic about the designs of the series. He also said that this would feature very anime inspired designs and will be different from the ones IDW will be bringing to Star Wars Adventures in November.


According to a new study abstract by UCLA Phd candidate Morten Bay most of the Twitter hate about the Last Jedi was done by bots.

His study claims quote “that while it is only a minority of Twitter accounts that tweet negatively about The Last Jedi, organized attempts at politicizing the pop culture discourse on social media for strategic purposes are significant enough that users should be made aware of these measures, so they can act accordingly.”


His paper, called Weaponizing the haters: The Last Jedi and the strategic politicization of pop culture through social media manipulation, shows that 50.9 percent of people negatively tweeting about the movie were quote “politically motivated or not even human” a number of these users appeared to be Russian trolls. Morten even found that the overall backlash against the movie wasn’t even that great with only 21.9 percent of the tweets analyzed being negative to begin with.


It just goes to show, it’s not hate, it’s Twitter trolls.


Star Trek


We got photo evidence from Patrick Stewart on Twitter that he and the writers room are hard at work on the first season of the still untitled Picard series. Star Trek The Retired Generation sounds about right. In the X-Men films, Patrick played Professor X, before handing the reins over to James McAvoy who played Professor X in the past. Now McAvoy has offered his services to play young Picard if the need arises. He posted on Instagram quote “Need a flashback guy????” “Just saying @sirpatstew I’ve got previous experience and will work for autographs.”

He might be kidding, but wouldn’t it be great to see? It would be some of the greatest stunt casting in history!

And speaking of actors who want to be on stage with Patrick Stewart in the new series, Rosario Dawson, who has starred in tons of genre shows from the Netflix Marvel show to Men in Black II to Clerks II has expressed an interest.

Speaking at the Tribeca TV Festival, Dawson said quote“I grew up loving Star Trek and I’m still waiting for my holodeck,” Dawson said (via Inverse). “My favorite is Next Generation because of Jean-Luc Picard. If they need a Klingon for the new series, well, have you seen my fivehead?”
She also said that quote “I love Star Trek because I always marveled at the idea of a world without capitalism.

Well, I hope if she does do a Klingon, it’s the Worf kind and not the Discovery kind.


And we have some more on the show from NYCC, speaking to TrekMovie at the con, ep’s Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin said that the plan for the Picard show is an ongoing series running multiple seasons the show is expected to begin filming in April 2019, however they couldn’t say when the show would be released however if it follows the same pattern as Discovery it would debut in early 2020.  During the Discover panel, Kurtzman said that they are four week in writing. https://trekmovie.com/2018/10/06/exclusive-star-trek-executive-producers-reveal-picard-series-production-details/


And speaking of Klingons, the world’s best known Klingon portrayer, Michael Dorn has weighed in on the Discovery version of Klingons.Speaking to the audience at the Rose City Con along with Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis he said,“In a general sense, in every iteration of Star Trek – outside of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine and all those Klingons – the producers were trying to make it their own and put their own stamp on the Klingons,” “So, they decided ‘We are going to do something different than everybody else,’ and I think that is what they came up with for Discovery. There is no rhyme or reason to it, or to any of the stuff, so I think it is just a matter that they want to put a stamp.”


He also said that he doesn’t envy the actors who have to put on that makeup. Quote “I am actually really glad that I am not in that makeup, because if you go online and look up YouTube of Mary Chieffo – just a wonderful sweetheart – but what they do to that poor girl is mind-boggling. There are three makeup artists working the whole time on her…I mean, it’s okay. It’s just another iteration.”


So…my guess is that if they ever did a Star Trek Worf series, they couldn’t convince him to update Worf to the Discovery version of Klingons.


And as I mentioned, Marina Sirtis was also at Rose City Con and she admitted that she hasn’t watched Discovery. Explaining that quote If CBS thinks I am going to pay to watch Star Trek, they are demented. I will wait until I go to England and watch it on Netflix, which I pay for anyway.” un quote and Thank You. I don’t think I have anything to add to this.


Moving on, According to Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, Mission Impossible movie director Christopher McQuarrie would like to helm Star Trek. Liefeld tweeted out. ““Chris McQuarrie would love a shot at Star Trek!” “‘Yeah, give it to me!’ Would prefer a movie rather than television.”


The future of Star Trek movies is still currently in doubt, with Star Trek 4 negotiations at a stand still with the Chris’. Maybe it’s time to chuck the JJ Verse and start the McQuarrie verse?


The new trailer for Discovery was released at New York Comic Con and I must say, I’m intrigued. There was a lot more detail about this seasons plot as well as our first view at Number One and a bearded Spock. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://youtu.be/x6eoD9rQHL4


IDW is bringing together the crew from TOS, TNG, DS9 and Voyager in an expansive Star Trek mini series in 2019. Here’s the official synopsis:When a dispute between godlike beings threatens the galaxy, it will take all of Starfleet’s best captains to stop them. James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, and Benjamin Sisko must go head-to-head in a competition rigged by the arrogant Q and his nigh-omnipotent cohorts. It’s being written by the team of Scott and David Tipton with art by David Messina.


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DC Comics

Ton of casting news to go over as the Distinguished Competition ramps up production for its streaming service shows and new movies.


Warner Bros. has cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Helena Bertinelli aka Huntress in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie She spoke to People TV about it Quote “I got the call when I was at the airport to come here, yesterday, so it’s super recent, but for the past couple of weeks I’ve been talking about it with the director and going in and meeting with different people involved with the project, so becoming more and more familiar with it,” “It was great news to get. I’m really, really excited to get to learn how to use a bow and arrow.” It should probably be noted that the character doesn’t use a bow and arrow, she uses a crossbow.


And joining Mary Elizabeth will be Rosie Perez, who will be playing Renee Montoya


Anyway, during a screening of their new Titans series at New York Comic Con, fans were surprised by a released at the upcoming Harley Quinn animated series starring The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco as Harley Quinn. Kaley will be the fifteenth person to voice the character which was originated on Batman The Animated Series by arleen Sorkin.


Also announced for Doom Patrol is former star of White Collar Matt Bomer who will join the series as Negative Man. On a side note, during the Q&A for Titans, fellow Doom patrol cast member told the audience in attendance that the series would debut on DC Universe on December 12th.  Warner Bros quickly retracted that and stated that it was still set to debut in 2019.


Moving on to Swamp Thing, Actress jennifer Beals has been added to the cast and will play the role of completely original character Sheriff Lucilla Cable. The character is described by DC as quote Tough as nails and pragmatic, Sheriff Lucilia Cable’s fierce devotion to her son, Matt, is rivaled only by her sworn duty to serve and protect the town of Marais. As the community she has dedicated her life to defending is beset by strange forces, Lucilia must double down in her efforts to safeguard everyone she holds dear. I wonder if that makes her to anchor character that a lot of the show will revolve around.


Onto Syfy’s Krypton, We know have a actor for the role of Lobo as it has been announced that Irish actor Emmett Scanlan will show up as the Intergalactic Bounty Hunter. This is not his first time in a role like this as he has been in Guardians of the Galaxy and played Detective Jim Corrigan on two episodes of Constantine…too bad we never got to see him become The Spectre.


Shazam! Director David Sandberg has announced that there will be less  than 20 post credit stinger scenes. The director left that response to a fan on an instagram post. What number do you think it’ll be? Pick your number and let me know!


Zach Snyder had a plan for Batman. A deadly one. Replying to a post by a Fan on the social media App Vero, that showed Superman carrying Batman’s Body with a caption “What we may have seen in the 5 story arc.” Snyder replied with a simple, but cryptic “of course” This leads to speculation that Batman’s death could have possibly been the outcome of Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie.


Constantine will be returning to network tv…albeit in animated form. The CW will air the CW Seed animated movie City of Demons as Constantine: The Legend Continues after the season premiere of Arrow on Monday October 15th. The special will be hosted by Constantine himels, Matt ryan and will include a special preview of the upcoming season of Legends of tomorrow which returns to the CW the following week on the 22nd.


The Venom stands alone Although there were initial attempts to attach the Spiderman less Venom to the MCU, Venom producer Matt Tolmach told Latino Review Media that the first film in the SUMC is a standalone. Quote “The truth is we set out to make a standalone movie. It is a standalone Venom movie,” Unquote He went on to say that though the opportunities for storytelling were wide open, they just wanted to make a film about Eddie Bock and Venom. How ever he didn’t close the door for anything in the future. Quote “It’s a standalone. But we can do lots of things, and we’ll see where the next story takes this.” Unquote So perhaps someday we might see Venom return to the main MCU.


The sudden release of the trailer for Dark Phoenix left some wondering why the sudden release? Variety may have found out why. The trailer, while it mixed interest from fans in the United States did extremely well in China. So Fox has changed it’s release date to June 7, 2019, so it could gain more premium theaters and take advantage of the China response. This is the second release date delay for the X-Men less X-Men film. Originally it had been slated for this November and then moved to Valentines Day, 2019.  So, given that Fox now has plenty of time to get this film right, will it be a winner? What do you think?


By the way, also getting a change of date, is Gambit, which is getting pushed back by nearly a year from June 7, 2019 to sometime in March 2020. The movie, which still has Channing tatum attached to star as the energy throwing mutant is still in development, but we have yet to hear about a director. Hmmm. Probably the reason it’s getting pushed back. I wonder if it’ll survive once Disney gets its hands on the studio?


Speaking of Venom, Venom star Reid Scott, who plays Dr. Dan Lewis in the movie was asked by Comicbook.com if he’d like to play Mr. Fantastic, and although Reed Richards was Quote “one of his favorites” unquote  he would rather work for the brand of Superman. Quote “I still like Plastic Man, because it’s just so silly and out there,”
“And because he was a thief, he was a pickpocket, he’s got this checkered past, and stuff like that. I tend to like characters that go through some sort of accident. I’ve always been sort of fascinated by that — I used to love Swamp Thing, and Toxic Avenger, and stuff like that — but Plastic Man was just so frickin’ weird, man. He was cool.” unquote.  Ya know, I love Plastic Man and given that Shazam is looking like it’s got a sense of humor, perhaps Warner Brothers could pull this off.


Has Chris Evans officially put down the shield? The Captain America star took to Twitter to announce that he’s finished the still untitled Avengers 4. Quote Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful. Unquote So I guess we’ll have to wait for the movie to be sure.


Tessa Thompson’s portrayal of Valkyrie was one of the big characters in Thor Ragnarok, however she wasn’t seen anywhere in Infinity War, so did Valkyrie meet a similar fate as the Asgardians or disintegrated by Thanos’ snap? Tess, replying to the question on twitter replied, quote No, she’s in one piece and THRIVING. That’s been confirmed by co-director Joe russo at a Q&A at the University of Iowa. He told them that several escape pods were dispatched before the battle with Thanos and most likely she was in one to help protect the civilians. So perhaps we’ll see her in Avengers 4.


A leaked video from the set of Spider-man Far From Home seems to confirm that Jake Gyllenhaal will portray the Spider-man villain Mysterio


And on the Netflix front, Lesley ann Warren is joining the cast of Daredevil for the third season which debuts on the streaming service on October 19th.


She will be playing Mrs. Falb, who is described as a woman of high morals and steely resolve, who is uncompromising in her beliefs, even if it means making powerful enemies.


And I know what your saying, where is the comic news? Well here ya go, Captain Marvel is getting a new ongoing series. The series which debuts in January will come from writer Kelly Thompson artist Carmen Carnero, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and editors Sarah Brunstad and Wil Moss and will come after a reworked origin story in The Life of Captain Marvel mini series which is out now.


Geek News


The film adaptation of Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining has added Bruce Green wood in the role of Doctor John. He joins Ewan Mcgregor as Danny Torrence who will be up against Rose the Hat, played by Rebecca Ferguson, the head of a cult that feeds of the energy created by those with The Shining Doctor Sleep will be out on January 24, 2020.


If your a fan of The Walking Dead, I’m sure you’re sad that Andrew Lincoln is leaving the show. Even Norman Reedus tried to talk him out of it. Quote “He told me like ages in advance and, of course, I tried to talk him out of it and, ‘Move your family to New York! I’m in New York, you know it’s an hour and a half!’ I did all of the tricks but I understood why he left, you know, I get it. I totally get it. He had two kids and you live a million miles away.”


Warner brothers has tapped Portlandia director and co creator Jonathan Kirsel to direct a new live action Sesame Street movie and it will be a musical. Warner Bros will co-finance with MGM.  The film is not a certainty however but the fact that it’s got a director is a step closer.


Netflix has a slate of new sci fi shows. First up is October Faction, the show follows two monster-hunters Fred and Deloris Allen who having traveled the world tracking down monsters, return to their hometown in New York. They are joined with their two teenagers Geoff and Viv. Fred and Delores discover the town is not so peaceful however, so they have to clean up the town while staying under cover. The show will have a ten episode season and the premiere date has not been announced.


The next on the list  is The I-Land. I’m guessing this is not a show about the letter I. The show opens with 10 people who awaken on a dangerous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there. Before long, they discover the world there are inhabiting is not what it seems.  The group will have to rise to the occasion and be better versions of themselves or die being the worst. The I-Land will star Natalie Martinez, Kate Bosworth, and Alex Pettyfer. The series will have seven episodes.

And lastly is Warrior Nun, the show follows a 19 year old woman who wakes up in a morgue given a new lease on life and with a divine artifact is embedded in her back, she now fights demons on earth on behalf of an ancient order. Meanwhile forces from heaven and hell are trying to find her so they can take control of her. Slated for 10 episodes for the first season. And comes from showrunner Simon Barry.


Over at Hulu, They have picked up Crossing Swords from John Harvatine the fourth and Tom Root, the executive producers behind Robot Chicken. Hulu Original 10 episode animated series will debut on the platform in 2020.


Crossing Swords stars Nicholas Hoult as Patrick a peasant who gets a squire position at the castle. The job soon turns into a nightmare when he learns that the kingdom is run by sex crazed monarchs, crooks and charlatans. To top that off, Patrick’s valor makes him the black sheep of his family and now his criminal siblings have returned to make his life a living hell. Crossing Swords will feature the voice talents of  Luke Evans, Seth Green, Tony Hale, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Breckin Meyer, Adam Pally, Adam Ray, Tara Strong and Alanna Ubach.


A Stranger Things prequel novel will be released in february of 2019, The novel called Stranger things: Suspicious Minds will center around Dr. Martin Brenner and Terry Ives. The novel centers around quote Eleven’s mother and her time as a test subject in the MKUltra program, which the series has only begun to scratch the surface on. Unquote The book is a collaboration between Netflix and Del Rey and is expected to be the first in a series of novels from Stranger Things.


Friday the 13th Screenwriter Victor miller has won in a legal battle over the franchise. Miller sued over the rights to the movie and after a trial was given summary judgement.  In the judges ruling he decides that Victor Miller is an independent contractor and not an employee of the producers at the time of the writing. There could still be future legal battles over the character of Jason, as the character that Miller created was a young boy who drowned, and not the adult monster that appears in the sequels after  I’ll have a link to the article about it from the hollywood reporter in the show notes, so you can read those for yourself.



Speaking of things that come back from the dead, toys R us is coming back. The company, which recently went under has cancelled the bankruptcy auction that would’ve sold off the brand name and intellectual property. According to the Wall Street Journal, the controlling lenders of the company decided to change course and announced they will try to revive the chain using the Toys and Babies R us names. According to the companies filing in court they explained that while they did get qualified bids, they decided that reorganization was the best use of the assets. They also cited recover to creditors and benefits to stakeholders as reasons for the change of heart. So i guess we’ll all be toys R us kids again soon.


According to Variety, a live action Mega Man film is in development at 20th century Fox. Capcom is working on this with Chernin Entertainment and Masi Oka on the movie with Catfish’s Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman who will write and direct.


Blade Runner 2049 screenwriter Michael Green will partner with Mike Johnson to pen an in cannon Blade Runner comic series for Titan Comics and Alcon Media Group. Michael Green said quote “Every iteration of the Blade Runner world throws the window open a little wider. Mike and I can’t wait to see what we find outside.” The new series is part of a new line of comics and graphic novels by Alcon and titan which will be cannon to the classic sci fi world.


Batman artist and Ultraverse co creator Norm Breyfogle has passed away on September 26th. He had a long career working for DC  where he revitalized Detective Comics alongside Alan Grant he also worked on titles like Shadow of the Bat, Batman: Holy Terror, Batman Beyond Unlimited, and Batman Birth of the Demon. He also worked at Marvel where he co created the Ultraverse and helped launch Prime. He also worked on Avengers, Black Panther, Hellcat, Marvel Fanfare, and Moon Knight. He also did some work for Archie, First and Image comics.

Norm Breyfogle was beloved by the fans and coworkers and they came to his aid after he suffered a stroke in 2014 donating nearly 90,000 dollars to help cover his media bills. DC, Marvel and the Hero Initiative also offered him aid. Norm Breyfogle was 58.


Will vinton, known for Claymation and his distinctive waxed mustache has passed away after a long twelve year battle with Multiple Myeloma on October 4th. . Will was the founder of Will Vinton Studios in Oregon and was called the Godfather of Portland animation. He began his career as a former architectural student. He recruited others and began shooting miniatures. In 1975, he won an Oscar for the animated short film Closed Mondays. In the 80’s and 90’s , his Will Vinton Studios became the largest stop motion studio in the US. In 1986, he was hired by Sun-Maid and the California Raisin Advisory Board to animate The California Raisins. Characters that became so popular, they even had a primetime special on CBS in 1988 and a follow up special in 1990 called The Raisins:Sold Out!: The California Raisins II.

By the end of the 90’s Vinton studios was looking for more funds and brought in outside advisors including Nike owner Phil Knight. In 2002 however Vinton lost control of the studio after Knight became the majority shareholder and forced him out. Will would later sue for damages and ownership of his name. The studio would then change its name to Laika. Vinton would later found a new production facility Will Vinton’s Freewill Entertainment and he taught at the Portland branch of the art institutes. Will Winton was 70 years old.


And we also say goodbye to Walking Dead Actor scott Wilson who passed away on october 6th from complications from leukemia.


Scott is known by most fans for portraying Hershel Greene on the walking dead from 2011 to 2014 and his character will show up again this season as well. A native of Georgia,  His filmography is extensive beginning with In the Heat of the Night and In Cold Blood in 1967. He’s acted in such films as The Right Stuff, Young Guns II, The last Samurai and The Heartbreak Kid. He’s also acted in an episode of the X-Files, 9 episodes of CSI, 5 episodes of Damien and 6 episodes of The OA. He is survived by his wife, Heavenly. Scott was 76 years old.


Well that’s all the news for tonight.

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