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

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

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

Welcome to Episode 64 of Multiverse tonight.

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The investigation is still continuing. 

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

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

DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

·Stephen Root (Office Space, Barry) as Cringer 

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

·Griffin Newman (The Tick, Vinyl) as Orko 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Show Notes Episode 56:Goodbye 2019 & Episode 57: Hello 2020

Tonight! It’s the end of the decade, but not the end of the news on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. This is episode 56, 

Welcome to the last episode of the year. I would add the “of the decade” line, but I haven’t been broadcasting all decade. You know, I could have just not done a new episode this week, I know lots of podcasts that take a vacation between Christmas and New Years, but that’s just not me.

I would like to thank you for listening to my words today. 2020 looks like it’s gonna be a busy year, lots of new movies, new show ideas in the offing and so forth. Who knows, maybe I’ll create a second podcast? Of course, you can always help me out by showing me some appreciation by donating money or tweeting at me etcetera. Let’s have a good 2020 and be sure to think about your decisions, weather in the voting booth or elsewhere. Let’s get it on….

Star Wars

I’m gonna admit right now, I’m not gonna have a lot of Star Wars news in this episode, you know why? Most of the news that comes out at this time is about things in and around the rise of skywalker. Which I haven’t seen , so I’m kinda avoiding spoilers right now. I will be seeing it, just not till after the first of the year.  But there are a few news items….

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To start off, Since it’s new years, you’ll want to drink to the new year, how bout a new cocktail from The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal. The actor shared a picture of a green cocktail with two lime wedges for ears and what looks like prunes for eyes on Instagram with the captain quote To getting through the holidays with a little bit of force. Good luck, everyone.” unquote What his cocktail was made from is anyone’s guess. There are probably dozens of permutations of a Baby Yoda cocktail on the internet. One version served at the Golden Tiki  bar in Las Vegas according to the las vegas review journal has Rhum agricole, demerara syrup and fresh lime juice, finished with a spritz of absinthe andLuxardo cherry eyes and lime wedge ears. His sense of style is provided by his bar napkin Jedi robe, tied with a piece of twine, and a bar-straw lightsaber . So if you wanna try one, I guess you should fly to vegas, or figure it out yourself. Drink at your own risk, it could be evil….

And speaking of The Child, I bet you think the lack of merchandise is particularly evil, Well blame Donald Glover for the lack of merchandise for Baby Yoda.

The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau says that  a conversation with Donald about Beyonce during the Lion King remake convinced the director to be more reserved. Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter”We were talking about music and pop culture and he was saying that what people really like now is to be surprised, because it doesn’t happen that much,” “When Beyoncé did an album, she would just put it online and everybody would react to it. Just putting it out there spurred a conversation that would become more viral and bring more genuine attention than any marketing.” quote Disney is now going full speed ahead with merchandise for the character named The Child including dolls, Funko pops and shirts. However the slowness to get on the sales wagon might have cost Disney around three million or about how much they made in a couple of hours of showings of The Rise of Skywalker.

By the way, preorders for the Blu ray of The Rise of Skywalker are available now. Including a 4k ultra hd blu ray set of the entire nine film saga on 27 disks that retails for two hundred forty nine dollars. No release date has been officially announced but it’s guesstimated to come around the end of March.

If you noticed that Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico was barely in the Rise of Skywalker, don’t believe the haters that it was because her character was disliked. Instead it was just a matter of her original role in the film. Chris Terrio, the writer of The Rise of Skywalker explained to Awards Daily quoteWell, first of all, J.J. and I adore Kelly Marie Tran. One of the reasons that Rose has a few less scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie’s footage in the way we wanted to. We wanted Rose to be the anchor at the rebel base who was with Leia. We thought we couldn’t leave Leia at the base without any of the principals whom we love, so Leia and Rose were working together. As the process evolved, a few scenes we’d written with Rose and Leia turned out to not meet the standard of photorealism that we’d hoped for. Those scenes unfortunately fell out of the film. The last thing we were doing was deliberately trying to sideline Rose. We adore the character, and we adore Kelly – so much so that we anchored her with our favorite person in this galaxy, General Leia.” unquote

Never fear fans, The Mandalorian WILL be back, creator and Showrunner Jon Favreau has confirmed on twitter that the Disney Plus series will launch in the Fall of 2020. Rumors are that several established Skywalker saga characters will make appearances on the show.

Star Trek

The only reason for me to get CBS All Access is almost here, Star Trek Picard is just days away and there’s plenty of supplementary material to go over, the comic series is out now and in February comes the book, Star Trek Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack. Much like the comic book, this is another prequel to the series and will introduce some of the characters that we will see in the show. No word on the exact plot of the book, but it will be out just 3 days before my birthday on February 11th.

Meanwhile, that other Star Trek  Discovery might just be closer to its third season premiere than we thought. Sonequa Martin Green, speaking with Radio Times dot com said of the third season quote“It’s definitely coming up 2020,” “And I would venture to say closer to early 2020 than anything, but yeah, it’s going to be incredible. I can tell you that. I think it’s a stunning season.

“That’s why it’s so stirring to me… in like this moment right now, to talk about the beginning, that’s what is so interesting to me – to be where we are now, but to know where we came from. And I really think we did what all shows should do, and got better with age and get better with time It’s really quite gripping to see where we’ve come and how we continue to build and grow, to higher heights and deeper depths.” unquote. Season three sees the Discovery now in the far future. Where they will be no tribble at all with established continuity. 

Pocket Books is looking back at the untold era between The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Kahn with Star Trek The Higher Frontier by Christopher L Bennett. The novel also connects to the original series episode Is There In Truth No Beauty? And features Dr. Miranda Jones and the Medusan ambassador. Here’s the blurb quote “Investigating the massacre of a telepathic minority, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise confront a terrifying new threat: faceless, armored hunters whose extradimensional technology makes them seemingly unstoppable. Kirk must team with the powerful telepath Miranda Jones and the enigmatic Medusans to take on these merciless killers in an epic battle that will reveal the true faces of both enemy and ally!” unquote The novel will be out on March tenth. 

IDW has released the Star Trek comic book listing for those coming out in March, fist up they introduce us to the mirror Universe Kahn …wait wouldn’t that just be Nhak? NHHHHHHHAAAAKKK! In Star Trek Hell’s Mirror. Not only do we return to the mirror universe we are shepherded by JM DeMatteis who is returning to the Star Trek universe for the first time in 40 years. His last contribution was the final issue of Marvel’s Star Trek series in 1982. Here’s the blurb: Legendary writer J.M. DeMatteis returns to Star Trek for the first time in nearly 40 years! And it’ll be well worth the wait, as he tackles two of the franchise’s most popular concepts: Khan Noonien Singh and the Mirror Universe! Unquote the book has art by Matthew Dow Smith and retails for 4.99

Also out is Star Trek Year Five issue 12 written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly with art by Stephen Thompson. Here’s the blurb quot eAt last—the moment you’ve been waiting for since the first page of issue #1! With a villain revealed, a stranded crew, and a ship on a collision course with total destruction, Captain James T. Kirk will have to face the biggest challenge of his life on his own!Written by showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Green Arrow, Nightwing, Gotham City Garage) this is a perfect jumping-on point before the second year of the series begins. It retails for 3.99. You can preorder those and other comics from mycomicshop and things from another world. Links to those are in our affiliate marketplace on our home page.

Not often I speak of he who should not be named. But American President Donald Trump has created the United States Space Force, when he signed a new defense budget into law. The newest branch of the military will be kind of a hand me down right now with a small staff of 200 military and civilians mostly US air force as it will be under the aegis of the Air Force Dept. and a budget of 40 million. Tech Entrepreneur Elon Musk seemed to praise this development by; quoting two words,quote Starfleet Begins unquote

Hate to tell you this Elon, I don’t think exploring space is what these guys wanna do. 

May twenty third will be a special day in the city of Bloomington Indiana. A few episodes back I told you about the fundraising campaign to get a monument erected in Bloomington celebrating the fact that the city will be the birthplace of Captain Kathryn Janeway. The Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective met its goal of 12,500 and will receive matching funds from the Indiana Housing and Community Development. So on May twenty third, just 3 days after the fictional characters birthday, a bust bearing the likeness of Kate mulgrew’s character will be unveiled in downtown Bloomington. The bust will be on a limestone base shaped like the Starfleet delta and include an informational tablet about the captain of the Voyager.

Geek

ViacomCBS now owns a forty nine percent stake in Miramax. They bought it fromMiramax owner  Qatar based BeIN media Group for a total of three hundred seventy five million dollars. ViacomCBS will pay one hundred fifty million upfront and the rest will be in forty five million a year for five year in funds to produce new film and tv projects. Paramount will get an exclusive long term deal for Miramax’s back catalog. President and CEO of Viacom CBS Bob Bakish in a statement said quote“Miramax is a renowned global studio, responsible for some of the most iconic films of the last three decades, including ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Kill Bill’ and more,” “This partnership with beIN will be a unique opportunity to gain access to a valuable library, deepening our already substantial pool of IP at a time when demand for premium content is only accelerating. We look forward to working closely with the Miramax management team as we explore new ways to deliver its titles across a variety of platforms and create new, compelling projects.” unquote Now if they wanna make me happy, release Kevin Smith’s movies all in High Def.

It’s the end of the year and that means lists. Forbes has released a list of the highest paid Youtubers and it’s not me. Did you know we have a Youtube channel? Anyway. The number one on the list was Ryan Kaji, the q year old kid behind Ryan’s World. He has 22.9 million subscribers and made 26 million dollars. I wonder who the new Youtube FTC rules will affect his channel since I’m guessing most of his views are from kids. Also on the list is Dude Perfect, Anastasia (Rad-zin-skaya) Radzinskaya and PewDiePie among others. PewDiePie is apparently taking a break from Youtube and has also quit twitter. Maybe he’s decided to look at the world outside of just four walls. 

Uncharted has possibly lost another director. Director Travis Knight might be leaving Uncharted, based on the video game series of the same name, Travis made his directorial debut last year with Bumblebee. Insiders are blaming the exit on schedulting issues as Actor Tom Holland has a Spiderman  movie due out in July of 2021 and that production might push Uncharted back away fronm the December 18th 2020 date. Tom Holland will be playing Drake in Uncharted and Mark Wahlberg will play Drake’s friend Sully.

The rise of Skywalker has done very well at the box office, posting the second best domestic Christmas Day ever and had reached over half a billion by the day after Christmas. So let’s take a look at the box office report and see what it’s got now. 

And now that we took a look behind, let’s look ahead at what’s coming 2020:

February 14: Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)

February 28: The Invisible Man (Universal)

March 27: Mulan (Disney)

April 8: No Time To Die (Eon Productions/MGM)

May 15: A Quiet Place sequel (Paramount)

May 15: Scoob! (Warner Bros.)

May 22: Fast & Furious 9 (Universal)

May 22: The Spongebob Movie (Paramount)

May 29: Artemis Fowl (Disney)

June 19: Soul (Pixar)

June 26: Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount/Skydance)

July 10: Ghostbusters: Afterlife film (Sony)

July 24: Jungle Cruise (Disney)

July 24: Untitled Sony animated film

August 7: Infinite (Paramount)

August 7: The Empty Man (Disney)

August 21: Bill & Ted Face the Music (Orion)

September 4: Monster Hunter (Sony)

September 11: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (New Line)

September 18: The Croods 2 (Universal/DreamWorks Animation)

September 18: The King’s Man (Fox)

September 18: Without Remorse (Paramount)

September 18: Untitled Phil Lord & Chris Miller animated film (Sony)

October 16: Untitled Warner Bros. ‘event’ film

November 13: Red Notice (Universal)

November 20: Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros.)

November 25: Untitled Disney animated

December 18: Dune (Warner Bros.)

December 18: Uncharted (Sony)

December 23: Cruella (Disney)

December 25: Untitled third Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.)

December 25: The Tomorrow War (Paramount)

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Episode 57

Tonight! It’s a new year and a new decade, but the news rolls on in this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 57.

Welcome to 2020. So how was 2019 for you, read anything good? Watch any good tv or movies? Are you ready for this year? Me personally, I’m at a point in my life where the years just run together. It’s only when you look at the big picture do you see how much it all changed.

DC

So Watchmen was a pretty great show. But something we never got? A cameo with President robert redford. The actor became president in the Watchmen Universe after nixon.  Apparently showrunner Damon Lindelof did leave the door open for a cameo but it was not to be. Lindelof told collider quote “We wrote Robert Redford a letter, describing our intention with his usage in the show. And, also, what our general sense of what Watchmen was to us. And, an incredibly high esteem in which we hold him both as an actor, and a purveyor of the arts. And, also, as a prominent progressive liberal, who shares many of the same ideologies with a number of us, behind the scenes. And, we left the door open in that letter, should he choose to respond to it, that we would invite him to come and play on the show, if he were game. He’s a very busy man, and he has yet to respond to the letter. But, hopefully, one day we will cross paths, and that door will always be open,” unquote Unfortunately there are currently no plans for a second season.

Well unfortunately there won’t be another season of Lucifer either, however congratulations to the show are in order as the show has been named number one on tv times most streaming series list. The list is based upon global data from the apps users. It beat our Stranger Things, 13 reasons why, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Umbrella Academy, Black Mirror and more. Lucifers final season is currently in production.

Todd Phillips director of the mega hit Joker wants you to keep an open mind when it comes to the origins of the Joker, quote “There’s many ways to look at the movie. He might not be Joker,”. “This is just a version of a Joker origin. It’s just the version this guy is telling in this room at a mental institution. I don’t know that he’s the most reliable narrator in the world, you know what I’m saying?” unquote Phillips said this in Joker Vision and Fury on of the featurettes on the home video release. In other words, there is no defined Joker backstory, it’s whatever he feels like.

Mark Hamill is thankful this season, sure not for the Rise of Skywalker and the end of The Skywalker Saga, but for a role just as famous. Mark took to twitter and tweeted out a few Joker centric images with the tweet quote I can’t tell you how much 1 single role has meant to me. Because of him people recognized the gleeful psycho within-Because of him a new career of megalomaniacal villainy opened up & I was now able to frighten young children-I will be grateful for that…Forever🃏#BeingTheJoker unquote To some he will always be Luke Skywalker, but to others he will forever be the Joker.

DC’s Geoff Johns is teasing some Green Lantern news is coming. Speaking with Newsarama he said quote “It’s a really exciting year to have Doomsday Clock finished up,” “I’m doing more comics. Stargirl trailer’s out. Wonder Woman’s on its way. And a lot of work with Green Lantern outside comics that hopefully you’ll hear about soon.” unquote So what could this Green lantern project be, a Green Lantern Corps movie? Green Lantern The series on HBO Max perhaps. Whatever it is, remember, no animated suits. Just green, the only thing that should be animated are the ring creations.

Black Panther star Michael B Jordan was asked by MTV News if there was any truth to the rumors of him playing Superman in the future.  The actor responded quote “I’ve been rumored to play Morpheus to Superman to Power Rangers and everything in between, so it’s like, I’m kind of used to the rumors I’m playing something,” he said. “But anything that I do dive into has to be done the right way. It has to be full of authenticity.” unquote. Michael is a fan of comics and Variety has reported that he doesn’t want to commit to playing Superman when he has so many other projects on his plate. 

In a tweet this past Saturday, David Ayer’s confirmed that Suicide Squad would have had more of a connection to Justice League of an original plot element involving Enchantress stayed in.”It was supposed to be a boom tube as she was under control of a motherbox,” “All the Apokalypse [sic] elements were stripped out late in the game. The machine concept was an attempt to create a ticking clock and world threat.” unquote.  Hmmm. DO you think they should have kept the boomtube in?

I don’t know how to feel about this one. Okay, you might have figured out the past few episodes that I really don’t care for Robert Pattinson. He just doesn’t work as an actor for me and his casting as Batman in Matt reeves The Batman is *sigh* Well Mr. Pattinson recently did an Interview with The Guardian where he revealed how sick he was of questions about the movie and that he just wanted to get down to filming already saying quote “I’m already remembering what it’s like to talk about a movie where there’s an expectation. Whenever you say anything, people are like, ‘Argh! You idiot!’ Like, dude, I haven’t even started yet,” unquote When the interviewer pointed out that the having this role is a lot to live up to Pattinson said quote “But there is no harsher critic of myself than myself, so I don’t need to worry about anyone else.” unquote When asked what he might do if the movie totally bombs, Pattinson giggled and gave shot back quote “Porn,” “But art house porn.”  unquote I’m conflicted. I don’t know if I’d rather see him do porn or not. He might be a terrible porn actor as well. 

DC has announced that Superman issue nineteen, the first since Superman revealed to the world his secret identity will be pushed back a couple of weeks from January 8th to the 22nd. Issues 20 and 21 however are still on schedule.

The New York Times best selling authors Shannon and Dean Hale are writing a new graphic novel for young readers. Diana Princess of the Amazons looks at the pre Wonder Woman’s life as a young girl on an island with no other children. Themyscira after all never had any children on it, just strong adult warriors. The book has artwork by Victoria Yang, who is a veteran of animation and it making her debut for DC Comics. Shannon has always been a fan of Wonder Woman growing up with the character and even driving a minivan with the Wonder Woman logo on the hood.  Newsarama asked the couple when they chose to do a story about her as a child and Shannon replied quote We were fascinated with the idea of growing up as the only kid in your entire world. And that’s just not something we’d seen explored very deeply with Wonder Woman.

Yes, she’s an Amazon, and she’s incredibly strong and has a sense of justice and is one of the most powerful superheroes. And we’ve seen her relationship with her sisters on Themyscira.

But what was it like before that?What did it feel like to be the only kid?

Given that we were writing these books for younger readers, I thought that was something kids would be really fascinated with. Imagine being the only kid in your entire world, and then imagine that everyone else is an immortal, perfect warrior.

How do you find your place there?

That’s where we began.

Diana Princess of the Amazons comes out on January seventh.

MArvel

Ryan Renoylds appearing on Live with Kelly and Ryan confirmed that they are currently working on Deadpool 3. He told the hosts quote “Yeah we’re working on it right now with the whole team,” “We’re over at Marvel [Studios] now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.” unquote So I’ guessing same Deadpool with access to the MCU? Maybe? We can hope.

Kevin Fiege is backing off the idea that Doctor Strange and the multiverse of Madness is a horror movie telling the New York Film Academy that quote “I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a horror film, but … it’ll be a big MCU film with scary sequences in it.” unquote He also confirmed that some new characters will be debuting in the movie as well. “The next Doctor Strange film, for instance, features some new MCU characters which will be making their debut in that movie you won’t expect or won’t guess who it is but we found a cool way to make it work because we want to make a particular type of movie there and there was a character who we always wanted to do something with who will fit really well there.”unquote Who it will be is still a mystery.

At the same event, Feige was asked how Marvel determines which chatacteres will make the jump from the comic page to the big screen and his answer contained a bit of news quote “Sometimes you’re choosing the title hero, you’re choosing which main character or main team you want to bring to the screen,”“And often times, as you’re making and developing the movie, [asking], ‘Who will come into it? Who will fit into it?’”

“Like Shang-Chi, we’ve wanted to make that movie for a long time. We want to make a movie with a 98% Asian cast,” “And then you talk about, as you develop the movie, what other heroes can you bring into it, if you need them? And in the case of Black Panther [in Captain America: Civil War], it was the greatest thing that ever happened.”

Shang-Chi and teh Legend of the ten rings will star Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and will lead off Marvel Studios offerings in 2021.

Marvel’s What If series will have a longer season than any other Disney Plus Marvel show. WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and oki all have six episode seasons. But in a new interview with Buzzfeed Brazil, Kevin Feige revealed that What If will have a ten episode first season. Quote “I’m very happy that we’re doing the What If…? series for Disney+ right now, and I’ve seen most of them. We have ten for Season 1, we’re already working on the next ten for Season 2,” he said. “We’ve revealed one that is very exciting, we’ve talked about it for years, which is the one where Peggy Carter gets the Super Soldier serum and becomes Captain Carter. That’s the very first episode, and I’m excited for people to see that. I’m excited to see the finished version of that, and I’m excited for the world to see it.”“What If…? is based on a comic series that we’ve loved for years, where they take a storyline you know and change one element, and see how things could get different,” Feige said. “So the 23 films of the MCU that you know are gonna showcase one little difference in each episode, and see how things change.” The show will be narrated by Jeffery Wright as the Watcher and feature an all star cast from the Marvel movies. But be prepared to wait, we’re still about 18 months away as it will premiere in Summer of 21.

James Cameron does what James Cameron does.  And he seems to be certain that his Avatar sequels will break the current all time global box office record set by Avenges Endgame. He told USA today that quote “I think it’s a certainty,” “But let’s give Endgame their moment and let’s celebrate that people are going to the movie theater.””I don’t want to sound snarky after I took the high road (by offering congratulations),”. “But they beat us by one quarter of a percent. I did the math in my head while driving in this morning. I think accountants call that a rounding error.” So let’s look at the math. Avengers Endgame made 2, 797, 800, 564 globally beating our Avatar’s 2, 029, 450, 992 that’s a difference of 768 million 349 thousand 572 dollars. That’s more than a rounding error. Avatar 2 is coming on December seventeenth of 2021.

Geek

Valiant Entertainment is getting back in the video game biz. This time the company is joining forces with Blowfish Studios to do games based on Bloodshot and Ninjak. The last time there were video games was back in the mid 90’s when the company was owned by Acclaim Entertainment. Valiant is hoping for a bit of a renesauce next year with a movie based on Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel that is set to open on February twenty first. They are also working on a Harbinger movie and a tv series based on Quantum & Woody.

Facebook and the Pokemon Company  launched two Pokemon games on the Facebook gaming platform. Pokemon Tower Battle is available worldwide right now and has players staking Pokemon to create towers. The other, Pokemon Medallion Battle is a digital card battle strategy game but is only available in the Asia Pacifice region right now. 

So let’s look forward to this year in comic book movies

February 7: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

March 13: Bloodshot (Sony) [new date]

April 3: The New Mutants

May 1: Black Widow

June 5: Wonder Woman 1984

July 31: Morbius (Sony)

October 16: G.I. Joe Snake Eyes (Paramount)

November 6: Eternals

Comic creator Gerry (Alan-guilan) Alanguilan has passed away. Alanguilan is best known as the inker on titles like Wetworks, X-Men, Superman: Birthright, Wolverine and Fantastic Four, usually alongside penciler Leinil Francis Yu. He also created his own comic books, Johnny Balbona, Humanis rex!, Elmer, Timawa and Where Bold Stars go to Die in his native Philippines. Marvel editor in chief CB Cebulski tweeted about him quote “Another wonderful person taken from us too soon. An amazingly talented writer and inker, mentor to younger artists, and advocate for global comics, the comics world and Filipino art community lost a friend and hero today.” unquote The cause of his death has not been disclosed. Gerry Alanguilan was 54 years old.

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

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

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight.

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 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.

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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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