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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Episode 38: Is D23 in The Matrix & Episode 39: Sony and Disney head towards Spider-Divorce

Episode 38

Tonight! CBS and Viacom start setting up house, we have Star Wars news from D23 and Keanu Reeves is a busy busy man. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. D23 was held this past weekend and we have quite a few pieces of information on Star Wars in this episode and we will cover the Marvel Universe news in the comic book edition. By the way, on the apple podcasts entertainment news chart , we’ve gone as low as twelth and as high as number 4. Pretty nice. Help me keep it up and share the show with others.

Star Trek
We start Star Trek news this time, much the way we started the last, with the impending merger of CBS and Viacom. The two parties have come to an agreement.The rejoned companies will go by the name ViacomCBS with Bob Bakish as CEO of the combined entity, this will take several months to complete…let me say that again …SEVERAL MONTHS TO COMPLETE. So this won’t be one company until 2020 and only after regulatory approval. So if you read or see any headlines talking about what this means for Star Trek right now. It means nothing. No plans have been proposed. So take everything with a huge grain of salt.

Speaking of the merger, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the top candidates for the Democratic nomination for president has already raised serious concerns over the potential merger of CBS and Viacom. She tweeted quote “First Disney acquired 21st Century Fox.
Now CBS and Viacom are merging.
Consolidation raises serious concerns for consumers, employees, and the entire sector. The Department of Justice should be paying close attention. Unquote. Variety thinks that Warren is afraid of the many mergers in hollywood these days could lead to price hikes, layoffs and possible monopolies. She’s not alone in this as the reaction on Wall Street has been a mixed bag with some raising questions over the new company’s management structure and if it will allow for maximizing its assets. I’ll keep covering this and when the merger is complete, i’ll tell you.

So..on to other Star Trek news. Well little tidbits from Star Trek Las Vegas are still surfacing. Jason Isaacs would love to play the prime universe Captain Lorca. Now, Jason Issacs knew it was a single season gig, but…speaking at a con panel he told the audience quote “I knew going in that I was doing just one season,” “It felt like a great thing to do and I felt fine about it, but as I got close to everyone and close to and understood the significance of Star Trek and the brilliant storytelling and what it means in the world, I felt the loss of that.” “How do you know I am not already? Of course, I would do it. I loved it!” Isaacs teased. He went on to say that he’s even remained in contact about the idea with the show’s producers. “So, I have talked to them plenty. Where and when? Nobody ever dies. There is a Prime Lorca. There are three different shows coming out and multiple seasons, and if I can squeeze back into that eight-year-old’s uniform, would do. Who wouldn’t want to do it again? They are timeless stories.” unquote. Now we should mention here, that he gets to voice Prime Universe Lorca in Star Trek Online. Of course, he could always show up in the Section 31 series…

And for those of you who have not seen Star Trek Discovery season two and don’t want to pay for CBS All Access, you’re just a few months away from the Blu-ray release of the season. The four disc set includes all the episodes plus the Short Treks Runaway and The Brightest Star plus two hours of special features including featurettes, audio commentaries on four episodes, cast interviews, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. The set will be released on November twelfth and can be yours for the price of $44.99.

One of the perennial stories has been Michael Dorn calling for a Star Trek Worf series, much like the falling of the leaves or the annual of the Monarch butterflies to and from Mexico. Michael Dorn will call for a series. Well he thinks now might be a good time, especially with the Star Trek iron hot. Appearing at the Keystone Comic Con in Philadelphia he said that he’s still trying to get a pilot made and believes that it would be perfect for this new era of Star Trek television saying quote “I am trying to get them to do my Worf pilot,” Dorn said . “I wrote it in 2012-13, and it’s been going like this: a lot of interest, no interest, a lot of interest, no interest … A guy who was a producer at this one place that I was pitching it came up to me before the meeting and [said], ‘I gotta tell you, your character meant so much to me’ … It fits so well into this new Star Trek universe. It just fits right in there. We’ll see.” unquote His TNG co star Marina Sirtis who was also there on the panel piped up and added quote “I read [his pilot script] and I called him up and said, ‘How did you do that?. He had all the action stuff minutely detailed… I was very impressed with my best friend.” unquote
Hey CBS, why not do it. Even if it’s just a mini series do it. You won’t be sorry. I think everyone would be happy to see Worf in action at least one more time.

Star Wars
Star Wars news starts off with the new new trilogy. Ya know, the one that follows the current one that has nothing to do with the Skywalker saga. David Benioff and DB Weiss might not write all three films in their new Star Wars trilogy. According to a source that talked to the Hollywood Reporter, they have apparently only committed to writing one of the films instead of writing all three. This news comes after the revelation that the duo have been tapped by Netflix for an exclusive deal to create new content for the streaming service. They still intend to finish everything they’ve been tapped to do including the new trilogy, a Kurt Cobain movie for Universal and an adaptation of Dirty White Boys for Fox.

Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak has recently begun a thread on twitter where he does some Myth busting of long held myths from the franchise. The first one was quote Darth Vader is from the German (or Dutch) for “Dark Father”

  1. “General Vader/Imperial Commander” appears on an early-1974 list of potential character names by George Lucas
    (screenshots from @jwrinzler’s essential Making of #StarWars book series) unquote

Other myths busted so far have been the design of the AT-aTs, and Slave One, the origins of Chewbacca’s name and the influence of Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art on the original Star Wars. You can follow Phill at @phillszostak on twitter.

Bad new Rebels, Star Wars Resistance is coming to an end with season two. It was confirmed with the release of the season two trailer quote “The story picks up after a harrowing escape from the First Order, as the Colossus and all its residents find themselves lost in space, pursued by Agent Tierny and Commander Pyre. Kaz and team also face a myriad of new dangers along the way including bounty hunters, a suspicious Hutt, General Hux, and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. Meanwhile, Tam grapples with her future and where her true allegiance lies, with her friends or the First Order. The thrilling final season will showcase how the unlikeliest of heroes can help spark hope across the galaxy.” unquote
The season premiere of Star Wars Resistance on Sunday, October 6th at 10 p.m. ET on the Disney Channel.

So have you been to Galaxy’s Edge? Has anyone been to Galaxy’s Edge? Apparently attendance is not what they’ve been expecting. In a recent earnings call CEO Bob Iger reported that attendance at Disneyland was down. This has had a repercussion of hours being cut for the employees. Fox Business spoke to a who obviously decided to remain anonymous. The anonymous source told the network quote

“Wait times this summer for the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride were expected to be over 2 hours long all summer, but in reality, the lines have been averaging half that or less,”. “As a result, the company has been forced to cut our hours. The need for us to work simply isn’t there.”

“Our hours have been cut to as low as 30-35 hours some weeks, even though we have both worked for the park for years,” they continued. “It makes life challenging when your paychecks get cut unexpectedly.
“I feel the problem is Star Wars took too long to build so they rushed the opening with only one cool feature. The only other big ride isn’t even scheduled to open until the end of the year,” unquote
A spokesperson for Disney told Fox Business quote “Full-time cast members know that they are regularly scheduled between 30-40 hours per week and that they’re schedules vary depending on a number of factors,”
In other words, now is a perfect time to visit…if you just want to look around, build a droid, shop for souvenirs. If you’re looking for more of the rides to do. You might want to wait until next year.

Star Wars fans can rejoice as The Clone Wars will be revived for Disney Plus, arriving on the service for February 2020. However, there is some sad news as well. This will be The last season for the show. Supervising Director Dave Filoni when asked about it said quote “It will conclude the story that [George Lucas] and I started together. There could be stories after that that take place with a lot of those characters. But especially for me directing Clone Wars, being that hands on, I wrote and directed the final four episodes. It’s the end of something I feel really good about.”

We got some D23 tidbits here. So it’s time for a rapid fire round.
Lucasfilm officially announced an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney Plus.
Ming-Na Wen has been cast in The Mandalorian.
Jon Favreau says he’s approaching The Mandalorian like he’s making a big screen movie.
The Rogue One Prequel Series will begin filming next year and will reunited Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, no title has been given yet. Also to be shooting in 2020 will be the Obi Wan series.
Kerri Russels Rise of Skywalker character will be an old friend of Poe Damerons
Carrie Fisher will still a major role in the Rise of Skywalker, Abrams called Fisher’s Leia the heart of the story
The poster for The Rise of Skywalker was released showcasing Rey and Kylo battling underneath the face of The Emperor.
An updated official timeline for the Star Wars tv and movie universe was released and it shows that the Obi-Wan series take place in the same period as Solo

Geek

Plenty of Keanu Reeves related news . First a couple of pieces of some cast news from Bill and ted Face The Music. First off George Carlin’s daughter Kelly will be playing a big role in the movie. Geore played the role of Rufus in the first two bill and ted movies. Ed Solomon bill and Ted Creator and Ed Solomon, the creator and writer of the Bill and Ted movies said about Kelly’s character quote”There’s also a character in the movie named Kelly, which is George’s daughter’s name, who has a very significant role in the journey, so George is a deep, deep part of it.” unquote

Also joining the cast is Holland Taylor, who you might remember her role as the mom on two and a half men. In Face The music she will be playing the Great Leader. They join Brigette Lundy-Paine (Billie Logan), Samara Weaving (Thea Preston), Anthony Carrigan, Kid Cudi, Beck Bennet, and Kristen Schaal in the movie which comes to theaters on August 21, 2020. By the Way, the movie just wrapped a few days ago.

Now it’s been announced that Keanu and Carrie Ann Moss will be in a fourth Matrix movie in an exclusive to variety, Warner Bros chairman Toby Emmerich announced that Moss and reeves will reprise their roles in the sequel penned and directed by Lana Wachowski is one half of the Wachowskis who penned the original trilogy. Roland in the announcement said quote “We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.” unquote In addition to Wachowski, the script will be co written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell and produced by Grant Hill and Wachwowski. The film s being aimed to begin production in the first half of 2020. Now when are we gonna get a new Speed movie?

Now for a bit of non Keanu related geek news. Power Rangers star Ludi Lin is currently in talks to play Liu Kang in a new Mortal Kombat movie, if cast he would join Joe Taslim who is set to play SubZero in James Wan produced adaptation. The movie is being directed by Simon McQuoid and written by Greg Russo and is being made to achieve an R rating that will include the fatalities that feature prominently in the games.

Now let’s take a look at the box office report.
So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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Episode 39

Tonight! Could Harley Quinn show up in the new Suicide Squad movie?, We have Marvel news from D23 and Apu is here to stay, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Are you ready for Disney Plus? Disney sure seems to be busy sweetening the pot.

DC
Joqauin Phoenix speaking with the italian newspaper Il Venerdi talked about how he came up with his Joker’s laugh. Telling them quote “I started [with the laugh],” “I watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, a neurological disorder that makes individuals laugh uncontrollably.” unquote

The movie arrives in theaters this October.

Could James Gunn be hinting that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will be in his The Suidcide Squad movie? Jame Gunn on Instagram showed off a series of photos. The photos came with the caption quote Many thanks to the lovely folks from @microsoft who set us up with a #KingSharkade for the cast and crew’s downtime during pre-production and production on #TheSuicideSquad. The third picture he put up shows him putting tiles on a large scrabble board. He is putting up tiles to spell King Shark. Which will intersect with tiles that spell Harley. Could he be hinting that both Harley and King Shark will be in the movie? The Suicide Squad is set to be in theaters in August 6th 2021.

Birds of Prey (and the fantabulous emancipation of one harley quinn) will be getting some new action scenes added to it in reshoots. Stuntman and John Wick director Chad Stahelski, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Stahelski will be brought into help design new action scenes and oversee some second unit photography. His stunt firm 87 eleven has been working on the movie since it started production. Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th 2020.

Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller reunited outside of the Justice League movie to protest the building of the Thirty Meters Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Momoa posted a picture with Miller in a gallery on Instagram. The protests are over the erection of the telescope on land that the native Hawaiians consider sacred. As a result of Jason Momoa’s participation in the protest, the shooting of Aquaman 2 had to be delayed. The protest has been going on for more than 40 days at the time of the recording of this episode.

This being Batman’s 80th anniversary, Insight Editions has announced Batman:The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film and Beyond as tribute to the hero. The book features a forward by Michael Keaton, and introduction by Kevin Conroy, a preface by Dennis O’neil and is filled with interviews with people who have worked on Batman in the comics, film and television, photos, sketches and a rejected 40 page film treatment submitted to Warner Bros by Bob Kane in 1986 called The return of Batman. The 400 page hardcover is available for preorder right now and is on sale for $67.24 on Amazon and will be released on October 29th.

Batman might be turning 80 this year, but he doesn’t look as good as Julie Newmar who just celebrated her 86th birthday. Julie, who appeared as Catwoman on the 1966 Batman TV show celebrated with a portrait on Instagram. And though her hair might be white now, she still looks good. Happy Birthday Julie.

Well one show that will not be having a happy birthday is Krypton, which will not be getting a third season. The Superman prequel was given it’s walking papers by SyFy. Also not going forward was the planed Lobo spinoff. Krypton centered around Superman’s grandfather Seg-el has a young man trying to save not only Krypton, but his future grandson. The show might be saved as Variety says that quote According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, studio Warner Horizon Television plans to shop the series to other outlets. Unquote

It’s kind of a shame too, according to showrunner Cameron Welsh, Krypton’s third season would have included ramifications of the Rann Thanagar war and would have seen the Omega Men. Shame.

Marvel
All hell has broken loose as negotiations have apparently broken down between Marvel and Sony over future uses and movies with Spider-man in the MCU. Sources that have spoken with comicbook.com have said that negotiations are still ongoing and that one of the sticking points is Kevin Feige’s producer credits on future Spider-Man based properties. According to some reports Disney CEO Bob Iger had been looking for a new deal that would get Disney an even 50 percent split of the revenues also some reports have said that Marvel and Feige want more of a hand in developing the characters related to Spider-Man that Sony has the rights too like Morbius and Venom. The current deal is a 5/95 split with Disney getting five percent and Sony getting the lion’s share, which makes sense since Sony financed the whole productions of the Spider-man films. Hopefully they’ll be able to work this out, especially after the way they ended Far From Home.

Of course, Disney will be just fine financially with or without the wall crawler. Disney is now the only studio to ever have five different movies to cross the one billion dollar mark in a single year. Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Aladdin, Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame all passed a billion dollars this year. Could they see a sixth? Probable movies in Disney’s upcoming slate are Frozen 2 and Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker.

Some Black Panther 2 news to report/ Martin Freeman has confirmed that he will reprise his role of Everett Ross in the sequel. Not much else to report on the movie in fact it’s not expected to appear until Marvel’s Phase 5 slate.

JJ Abrams Spiderman miniseries comes out in a little over a month and Marvel is in promotion mode, releasing a trailer for the comic. The trailer showcases Abrams and sons approach to the material and shows off the art of Sara Pichelli. Also included in the trailer is the first official look at the new villian Cadaverous.

Batman has the batcave, arrow has the arrowcave. Does Captain Marvel need a Marvel cave? Apparently she does. In Captain Marvel number 9, the hero shows off her new base of operations to Jessica Drew. The cave located in Maine includes a jet fighter, Carol’s old costumes and computers. Captain Marvel issue number 9 is available now.

At Disney’s Annual convention D23 Marvel and Disney are celebrating Marvel’s 80th anniversary and they are presenting a panel for Marvel Comics number 1000 with an exclusive cover for the event. The cover features Mickey Mouse handing a birthday cake to Spider-man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Iron Man and Captain America. Guests of the panel will be given a copy of the variant edition.The book written by Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing and will feature contributions from Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, George Perez, Peter David, Brad Meltzer, Adam Goldberg, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Neil Gaiman, and many more. The story features “The Eternity Mask an artifact that is passed from character to character across the Marvel Universe.
Disney has announced a Spidey and His Amazing Friends Animated Series not for Disney Plus, but Disney Junior. The series will premiere on the channel in 2021 and will feature Peter Parker, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen. The show is of course, aimed at Preschoolers and will feature the Spider friends teaming up with other heroes to defeat playfully evil foes and save the day.

Marvel and Disney also unveiled a Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur cartoon. Laurence Fishburne will serve as executive producer alongside Helen Sugland and Kim Possible producer Steve Loter. the series follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her ten-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger. The series will be on the Disney Channel, no word on the date yet.

Lots to unpack from D23 So let’s do a lightning round.
Disney announced three new series for Disney Plus coming in 2021. Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk. Kevin Fiege also confirmed that Ms. Marvel will appear in the upcoming films.
Wyatt Russell has been cast as US Agent for The falcon and the winter soldier
Emily VanCamp will be returning as Sharon Carter for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Loki will a six episode six hour series and will be directed by Kate Herron
.WandaVision will be directed by Game of Thrones Helmer Matt Shakman
The Eternals has been confirmed to be the Earliest MCU Movie taking place way before the events of Captain America The First Avenger
Marvel has cast Gemma Chan as Sersi and Barry Keoghan as Druig in The Eternals. They join Kit Harington who will be the Black Knight.
Black Panther 2 will be coming to theaters on May sixth, 2022
Geek
Elvis Presley might be coming to Netflix soon in a new animated adult action comedy called Agent King. The show is being co create and produced by Priscilla Presley, Elivs’ ex wife and features Elvis moonlighting as quote “a covert government agent who fights to keep America safe”while also keeping his cover as the king of rock and roll. Archer Alum Mike Arnold will write and show run the show

Kevin Smith has the power! Kevin Smith broke the news at Power-Con by announcing a new He-Man Series for netflix. The series called Masters of the Universe: Revelation will pick up where the original 80’s series left off. Kevin at the panel said quote “I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” Smith said. “In ‘Revelation,’ we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!” unquote Kevin will executive produce and showrun the series. He is joined by executive producer Rob David, the vice president of Mattel Tv and he authored He-Man The Eternity War. Writers on the series include Eric Carrasco, tim Sheridan, Diya Mishra and his Fatman Beyond co-host Marc Bernrdin. Powerhouse Animation will oversee the animation.

Disney Plus has decided not to move forward with the series Book of Enchantment which would have been based on some of Disney’s iconic villains and would have been based on the Villians book series written by Serena Valentino. The series would have told the origin stories of such characters as Ursula, The Beast from Beauty and the beast, Maleficent and the Wicked Queen from Snow White.

The Muppets are coming to Disney Plus. Announced at Disney Plus was Muppets Now, a new short form unscripted series. The series will have guest stars and will be on the service in 2020

There was also a first time at D23, a panel on one of Disney’s newest acquisitions, The Simpsons. Revealed at the panel was that Apu would be staying on the show, despite the controversy raised over the character. Executive Producer Al Jean said that there had been discussions with Disney over doing a sequel to The Simpsons movie or even a spinoff series. EP Matt Selman added quote “I think Disney would be supportive of anything we wanted to do, maybe a crazy limited series with a side character or a movie that we surprised you with, they’ve been really creatively supportive and this is going to afford so many new ways to do the show than just the traditional format,”

Disney released a trailer for the live action Lady and The Tramp movie it won’t be in theaters and instead will be exclusive to the Disney Plus service and will be available when Disney Plus launches on November 12th.

Let’s break Disney Plus down here for a second. At the panel for the service, it was revealed that Disney Plus will have 5000 episodes of content from The Disney Channel library. A new Lizzie McGuire series starring Hillary Duff and a new Phineas and Ferb movie. Pixar will have a couple of new shows as well Forky Asks a Question and Monsters at Work The series follows Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman). Other original voice stars John Ratzenberger, Jennifer Tilly and Bob Peterson are set to return and will be joined by franchise newcomers Ben Feldman (Superstore), Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Henry Winkler (Barry), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Alanna Ubach (Coco), Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Resistance) and Aisha Tyler (Archer). . and unscripted shows like One Day at Disney and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. The service will cost subscribers 6.99 a month or 69.99 a year and will allow subscribers to use four simultaneous streams and 4k at now extra cost. Guess the balls in Netflix’s court now.

Pixar’s next movie Soul has a cast. Soul imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul formed and perfected in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of playing at legendary New York jazz club The Blue Note. After the wrong step into an open sewer grate, Joe ends up out of his body and back into his soul in the other realm — with some existential work to do before he might land his big gig.
“Soul” also stars Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, Questlove, and Phylicia Rashad. Academy Award winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails were also revealed to be composing the score at D23. Soul comes out on June 19th 2020.
Finally, the Florida State prison system has banned several comics and graphic novels. Banned titles include Absolute Watchmen, Adventures of Superman, Blade, The Walking Dead and Stan Lee’s how to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. According to information from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the state claims that the comics are a threat to the safety and security of the prison. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund says that this is a First Amendment issue and that the books pose no threat.
I don’t think they’re right. How dangerous is Stan Lee’s book after all?
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Episode Twenty-Six: The Orville and What’s Next

Tonight! Shows are renewed and canceled, Anne Hathaway gets witchy and loot boxes get investigated on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! So have you enjoyed the season finales? The Game of Thrones has been lost or won, The Big Bang Theory has been blown up, shows have been renewed or cancelled. Lots of good and bad. Frankly,  I thought the finale of the Big Bang Theory was good. However for an episode about changes in life, they kinda left Raj out. Raj got nothing. He ended his relationship with his fiancee to be and that was it, nothing. Not one thing really changed for Raj. I think he kinda got the short shrift. Kinda sucked or him.

I heard a lot of people thought this wrap up season of Game of Thrones sucked, I wouldn’t know, I never was really interested in it.

I am getting things put together for Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS next month, 1 month to be exact. And I planning things for the con including some team ups with SciFi4Me.

So next episode is our one year anniversary. Who knows maybe i’ll change up the theme music, if you have some well wishes or suggestions, if you wanna make me a new logo whatever, just send them along, twitter, email, facebook all those links are on our website. Multiverse Tonight.com and while you’re there check out the show notes, drop a dime through our affiliate links, and more. If you do make something I can use, I might make it worth your while.

Anyway, let’s get on with the news

DC Comics

According to Variety in an exclusive I might add, Robert Pattinson, yes that Robert Pattinson from the Twilight films, is in negotiations to be the star in Matt Reeves The Batman movie which is still scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021. However it’s not a done deal, so watch this space. Personally, I just don’t see it.

Rumors have been floating around the next suicide squad movie. Well despite rumors to the contrary, Michael rooker will not be playing King Shark in James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad. The rumor has been floating around the past few weeks, but in an instagram post Rooker shooker shot it down. With a simple quote Da…..Not unquote. Well I guess I’m inclined to believe Mr. Rooker.  Of course, he could be lying…. After all he usually plays a villian….

More rumor news… Geeks Worldwide reports that Benicio del Toro is Warner Bros. top choice to be the villain of The Suicide Squad as a character codenamed The Mayor. The character is described as a “irascible old warrior that lives for war”

A new teaser for the Batman’s butler Prequel Pennyworth has been released and Pennyworth is a badass. Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2y4qdiT4vo The EPIX series tells the tory of a 20 year old  Alfred Pennyworth played by Jack Bannon, who just recently completed his duties as a British SAS soldier. To find a new line of work, Alfred forms a new private security company and gets into business with a young billionaire by the name of Thomas Wayne played by (Ben Aldridge).

So, you might be asking your self, how is Pennyworth this kind of bad ass, simple. Executive producer Danny Cannon explains quote “I went back and watched Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer movies, and the first couple of James Bond movies, because going back to that Cold War kind of story telling I liked going back into this period because all of our Berlin movies and Russian espionage movies, it was like the British version of westerns,” unquote

We also have a teaser for HBO’s Watchmen series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zymgtV99Rko

And a trailer for Batwoman https://youtu.be/vrIiPcv4_iY

Marvel

Bad news for Dark Phoenix hopes at the box office,  According to Variety, early tracking for the latest X-Men movie is showing that it will come in at number 2 behind The Secret Life of Pets 2 when it hits theaters, June 7th. The Secret Life of Pets is expected to get around 65 million while Phoenix is expected to get around 50 million.

According to Disney’s CEO and the man most likley to be called the King of All Media, Bob Iger, man he makes a lot of news, During the Disney company’s quarterly call Bob Iger spoke about Marvel’s Phase Four and hinted that details about Phase 4 would probably begin to come to light later this summer. And that some of the hints were in Endgame itself.  Quote “If you watch, and I hope you did, Avengers: Endgame, there were a lot of clues in that film as to movies that may be coming,” Iger said. I guess we’ll have to wait for it to be released on digital and blu-ray to comb over that movie within an inch of it’s pixels.  By the way, Avengers Endgame will hit the Disney Plus streaming service on December eleventh, a month after the new service starts with the release of Captain Marvel.

However if you want to see Captain Marvel sooner then that, it will be released on digital platforms on May twenty eighth and on Blu-ray and DVD on June eleventh. The release will come with deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette focused on The Origin of Nick Fury..

During that same call, Iger also revealed that his newest acquisition 20th Century Fox will be scaling back it’s production schedule to just five or six movies a year. That’s about half as many films as the studio released just two years ago. Pretty much prioritizing franchises like Deadpool, Avatar and Kingsman. \\

The Russo Brothers have officially left the Marvel buildings…but they might be tempted back for the right project. Talking to business insider, Anthony Russo said quote “We love Marvel, we have the most amazing working relationship with them, and we’re very close with them,” “Maybe there will be an idea that comes up in the future, but there is none now.” unquote Joe added quote “It’s just about finding the right story that inspires us,” “That’s why we get out of bed every day.” Could that be a Fantastic Four or X-men story? Joe said quote “I love Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four,” “Doctor Doom was always one of my favorite villains.” He also said he loves Wolverine.

However It’ll be awhile before we get to see any of that as the former Fox held characters probably won’t be seen for at least a few years probably later. But who knows, one day the X symbol will arise in the west from Disney HQ and the Russos will answer the call.

Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has previously stated it could be around 5 years before we see the X-Men in the MCU, though undoubtedly part of that equation will be Wolverine, one of it not the most popular mutant in Marvels universe.

Avenger’s Endgame has been dethroned at the box office, by John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum, The Keanu Reeves movie grossed over 57 million in its opening weekend, endgame fell by over 53 percent to rake in just 29.4 million. However, Endgame total box office has now topped 2.6 million and has passed Avater on the Domestic All time box office chart.

Star Trek

Trek head Alex Kurtzman talking with the LA Times dropped some info on the Section 31 show that’s currently in development. He told them that the spinoff is looking at some popular film and tv works as touchstones for the story.

“We looked to shows like Killing Eve, to franchises like Mission: Impossible, things that were complicated on a plot level but also a character level. I think it’s fun for people to see a show with a protagonist who’s entirely unreliable. At the end of the day, she’s going to do the right thing, but in the exact wrong way.” unquote

He also spoke of the former Emperor Georgiou character.

Quote “People locked in on Georgiou as being a wonderful oddity,” Kurtzman says. “She is wicked, devious, manipulative and yet somehow radiates this incredible heart. People love her.

Keep in mind, if the series is picked up, and right now there’s no reason why not, given that CBS is in a streaming war with everyone else and needs original content, it won’t be till after the next season of Discovery.

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The Picard series formally has a title and it’s Star Trek Picard. Not really original. Perhaps they should have called Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Burnham? Any way, we didn’t get much about it other than a logo and a short clip of Picard not in a Starfleet uniform anymore. The series, still in production will be out on All Access later this year in the United States, on Amazon internationally and on Space and Z in Canada.

By the way, in that same article in the LA Times, Kurtzman said about the Picard series, quote “The mandate was to make it a more psychological show, a character study about this man in his emeritus years. There are so few shows that allow a significantly older protagonist to be the driver.”“What happens when circumstances have conspired to not give him the happiest of endings?” “Hopefully, it’s a reinforcement of [Star Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry’s vision of optimism. He’s going to have to go through deep valleys to get back to the light.” unquote Just as long as it’s not all darkness, I’m good.

We Also have news that the new adult edged animated comedy series Star Trek Lower Decks had its first table read. The series from Mike McMahn, who is also the head writer for Rick and Morty is still a ways away from coming out. If you’ll remember the last episode a new teen centered animated series was also announced for Nickelodeon.

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will be showcasing Star Trek Discovery season two in a multimedia exhibit called Star Trek Discovery Fight For The Future. The exhibit will cover two floors of the Paley Center and will showcast the creative process and feature production and concept art, models, props, costumes and set pieces including the Discovery’s captain’s chair, full prosthetic makeup busts and more. David Stapf, president of CBS Studios said quote“Coming off a successful season two of Star Trek Discovery, we are excited to partner with the Paley Center to give fans and visitors an opportunity to see and interact with drawings, costumes and set design from the series,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “This exhibit will allow fans a tactile experience never before seen beyond the studio’s stages.” unquote The exhibit will be up until July 7th.   

Star Wars

Star Wars The Mandalorian star Werner Herzog in an interview with the associated press has revealed that he’s never seen a Star Wars movie.  Quote “I have to confess I never saw a single one,” Herzog shared with the Associated Press. “I’ve seen some trailers, I’ve seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids, and so… it’s all a new mythology of a time of some sort of heroics, and it has created new mythologies, and you better take them seriously. Yes, they’re out there, and don’t ignore them.”

If you’re wondering why he’s here, the answer is Jon Favreau, Herzog explains quote

“The Mandalorian, I was invited by Jon Favreau — who started this whole series — to act,” “I looked at the screenplays and I had the feeling, although I know very little about Star Wars, I had the feeling yes, I could do it. It’s a character in whom you cannot trust. And I said yes, I can do that.” unquote

Star Wars: The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12th.

Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and directors JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg went on a personal tour of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge with Galaxy’s Edge creator Scott Trowbridge. Me. Iger tweeted about it quote “Best way to impress your friends…give them a personal tour of @starwars Galaxy’s Edge!

#stevenspielberg, #jjabrams, Kathy Kennedy with Imagineer & Galaxy’s Edge creator, Scott Trowbridge.” unquote with pictures of them in front of the Millenium Falcon and sitting around the iconic Falcon game board.  Galaxy’s edge will open at Disneyland on May 31st. Wonder if they were also showed out after four hours as well.

Speaking of Disney, they have announced that three more Star Wars films will start hitting theaters with the first one in 2022 and the next two spaced out every two years following.  So why every other year? Well, they announced that the Avatar sequels will be in the odd years. So 2021, Avatar 2, 2022 star wars 10, 2023 Avatar 3, 2024 Star Wars 11, etcra. Personally, I think I’ll skip Dances with Smurfs 2….err Avatar 2.

EA is seeing potential dollar signs with Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. During a recent earnings call, EA said that they expect Fallen Order to sell between six and eight million copies by March 31, 2020.  They came about these expectations by how well Star Wars Battlefront II sold in the same amount of time. The game will be released on November 15th on PS4, Xbox one and pc.

Last issue we talked about the passing of Peter Mayhew, the original Chewy.

Nick Hague an astronaut currently on the International Space Station saluted Mr. Mayew on twitter, quote Honoring Peter Mayhew (also known as Chewbacca) up here on @Space_Station. Thank you Peter for inspiring generations of explorers. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6ErMQGXoAA_wVi.jpg unquote he also included a picture of Mayhew posted on a window of the station that was looking at earth. Very nice.

Geek News

We are fully loaded with Geek News this week.

Starting with someone who has had a lot of time with remakes, Anne Hathaway. This time Anne is in Robert Zemeckis’ remake of the 1990 cult classic which was based on the 1983 novel by Roald Dahl, The Witches. Ms. Hathaway about the new version and how much it’s different from the 90’s version. Anne said quote “ I think the stories will be the only thing that is familiar. I think everything else is totally from the mind of Robert Zemeckis and I’m really excited.” unquote.

Zemeckis is on record as saying that the movie will be a more accurate version of Roald Dahl’s original work, than the 1990 Jim Henson production. Zemeckis called the French site Allocine quote We’re going to set it in the Gothic South of the 1960’s. It’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of with story.”

Anne Hathaway will be playing the Grand High Witch and Octavia Spencer will be playing the grandmother. The boy will be played by newcomer Jahzir Bruno. The Witches will hit theaters on October 16, 2020.

Have you seen the new trailer for It Chapter 2? Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqUopiAYdRg

Looks really good.

Speaking of It. Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise, the IT of the story says that playing the role for the second movie was even more difficult. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bill said quote “After we wrapped, I was in my childhood home in Sweden, sitting having coffee with my mom at our kitchen table, and realized, ‘Oh, holy sh–, I don’t have to deal with this relationship anymore!'”. “It was a very quick shift of just feeling better, like ‘Oh my God, I’m relieved that I don’t have to deal with the darkness of the character.’ I likened it to an exorcism — him exiting my body and getting rid of the Pennywise toxins.” Even with that release he couldn’t get himself and Pennywise quote separated telling EW quote “I was home, done with the movie, and I started having very strange and vivid Pennywise dreams,”. “Every night, he came and visited. It was in the shape of either me dealing with him, sort of Pennywise as a separate entity of me, and then also me as Pennywise in circumstances that I didn’t appreciate. Like, I’m Pennywise and I’m really upset that I’m out in public and people are looking at me.” “This was a process of letting go of the monster,” “It was amazing. It’s a daunting but exciting thing to sort of revisit him again.” Well Bill I hope you’re having sweet dreams right now. Keep Pennywise at bay.  If you need someone to check under your bed, I think I know some women who would be happy to oblige.

The New York State Fair wants the writers of The Simpsons to come to the Fair in person. After a recent episode featured a song making light of upstate new york aired on the show , the head of the New York state fair has invited the staff of tv longest running animated series to prove that the region is not a joke. New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner said in a statement quote “We want the show’s writers to see the very best of New York and the Fair is the perfect place to highlight the diversity and vitality of one of the nation’s largest economies. We know it’s just a tv show, we can certainly take a joke and we love The Simpsons, but there’s so much that’s great about the region.” unquote. Director Waffner added in the statement that they would be given free admission and a gift basket of local foods.  No word on if the writers will take him up on the offer.

Comic Publishers Oni Press and Lion Forge are merging. Both companies are hoping that this will strengthen their library of Intellectual properties and they can then use the combined company to spread out to media platforms like film and animation.

Current Oni Press Publisher, James Lucas Jones will be president of the new company. Oni Press’ biggest hit to date was Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Loot boxes might get the ban hammer from Congress. Missouri senator Josh Hawley has introduced legislation to ban explotative microtransactions, including Loot Boxes and pay to win systems.

The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act would mirror the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act  and target games that are aimed at users under 18 years old. Under the bill, such games would not be allowed to have loot boxes and would take aim at pay to win mechanics like having to spend money to buy additional time or a special weapon to help you win.

Senator Hawley in a statement said “When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction,” “And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”

The bill has an uphill climb to ever make it to a law. First it would have to make it into committee’s in the senate and than the house and the likelihood of it getting out of committee are remote. If it does make any progress, we will let you know.

Adult Swim is full of off beat shows including Harvey Birdman the show that took Hanna Barbera hero Birdman and turned him into a lawyer for other Hanna Barbera characters. Now Adult Swim has announced that Birdgirl will be getting her own spinoff series on the network. The show, starting Paget Brewster as the titular Birdgirl doesn’t have a launch date yet.

Netflix has had a stream of good luck with Dark Horse properties Polar and The Umbrella Academy. Now Dark Horse and Netflix have signed a first look deal that gives Netflix the first pick of Dark Horse Properties for future tv shows or movies. Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson in a statement said quote “We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix. We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.” unquote and Cindy Holland VP of Original content for Netflix added quote “Following the success of The Umbrella Academy, we’re excited to extend our relationship with Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes — branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment — that we think our members will love.” Netflix really needs the content now after Disney and now WarnerMedia have announced that they will be withdrawing their properties from other streaming services in order to start their own.

And speaking of streaming. Disney has now taken full control of Hulu after Comcast agreed to eventually sell their stake of the service to the Walt Disney Company. The sale price would probably be around 5.8 billion dollars and would probably not happen for at least five years. Under the terms of the deal, Comcast agrees to license NBC shows to Hulu until 2024 with the option to pull the content after three years. Comcast will also give up three seats on hulu’s board. Hulu currently has around 28 million subscribers.

Warner Bros new Matrix sequel has gotten a boost.  During an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, John Wick director and Matrix stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski said quote “I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved. And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.” unquote The movie is currently being written by Zac Penn and is said to be more of a revival than a reboot.

Mel Gibson is going to play Santa. Yep. A new Action Comedy movie called Fatman will star Mel and will tell the story of quote “a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus who is fighting his business decline.” There’s an interesting and amusing twist to the story, though, as “a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.” Unquote The movie is being directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms from a script they wrote. Are you interested in Mel Gibson as Santa Claus?

I’m so happy, The network upfronts, the week when the broadcasters pitch their new fall lineup to mainly advertisers has happened. Not a lot of genre tv on the networks unless you’re networks letters are C and W.

First off, let me say how happy I am that The Orville did get it’s order for a third season. Thank you New Fox. However we will have to wait till Thursday night football ends in 2020 for that new season to start.

While we’re talking Fox. They had a new show on the schedule sure to make you distrust your digital assistant speaker. Next. Here’s the trailer https://youtu.be/jFR3KsBrHRQ

Yep, killer AI. I hate to be this guy, but wouldn’t it just end up taking over the world in episode one?

And the best news to come out of the upfronts came from Warner Media. Rick and Morty season four  https://youtu.be/dIdk61KN1to

And remember this is just the start of seventy new episodes that were ordered by Adult Swim. Awesome.

Bad News, Amazon is not picking up The Tick for a third season. The announcement was made by Tick creator Ben Edlund quote “I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.”  Unquote

Disney’s feature film length reimagining of the 90’s cartoon series Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue rangers now has a director. Akiva Schaffer, a member of the Lonely Island, he also co directed Popstar: Never Stop Stopping and Hulu’s Pen15, will be taking on the live and cq hybrid picture. No plot details have come to light, however it’s being described as being meta, self referential and cool. Yep. Also no word on if this well actually make theaters or just go straight to Disney Plus. My bet would be the later.

Host of Wild Kingdom, Jim Fowler has passed away. Younger kids might not know him, but Fowler co hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins starting back in 1963. He was also a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where he brought Johnny in contact with many amusing animals. Here’s a clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cFLFKyu5iY

Jim was always interested in wildlife when he was a kid, He studied zoology in college , where he was also a star baseball player. He could have played for the Phillies or Yankees but he turned them down to pursue a career as a naturalist.

Jim Fowler was 89 years old.

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