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

On the sci-fi edition, No DLC for Star Wars Squadrons fans, No Con for Star Trek fans, A new Hunger Games movie for other fans and Thomas shares his thougts on Discovery’s first episode of season three.   All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!https://multiversetonight.wordpress.comhttps://mtpodcast.comSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/multiverse)
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  3. The Mandalorian Plays Monopoly
  4. Wonder Woman At Christmas Time
  5. The Mandalorian’s Bounty of Emmys

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

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

Star Wars

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to episode 91 of Multiverse Tonight!

DC

DC Fandome. Here are the highlights. 

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

A trailer was shown for Wonder Woman 84.

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

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

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

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

Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn

Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller

Sean Gunn plays Weasel

Pete Davidson plays Blackguard

Daniela Melchior plays Ratcatcher 2

Joel Kinnaman plays Colonel Rick Flag

Nathan Fillion plays TDK

Jai Courtney plays Captain Boomerang

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

Mayling Ng plays Mongal

David Dastmalchian plays Polka-Dot Man

Alice Braga plays Sol Soria

John Cena plays Peacemaker

Juan Diego Botto plays Presidente General Silvio Luna

Peter Capaldi plays The Thinker

Michael Rooker plays Savant

Flula Borg plays Javelin

Joaquín Cosío is Mayor General Mateo Suarez

Jennifer Holland plays Emilia Harcourt

Storm Reid plays Tyla

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Milestone imprint is making a return 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel

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

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

Geek

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

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

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

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

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Show Notes: Episode 88 – Robots. Now with Feeling Skin! & Episode 89 – Will We Ever See the New Mutants?

On the sci-fi edition, No DLC for Star Wars Squadrons fans, No Con for Star Trek fans, A new Hunger Games movie for other fans and Thomas shares his thougts on Discovery’s first episode of season three.   All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!https://multiversetonight.wordpress.comhttps://mtpodcast.comSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/multiverse)
  1. Discovery Thoughts on Such A Winters Day
  2. Some Music for the Peace Maker
  3. The Mandalorian Plays Monopoly
  4. Wonder Woman At Christmas Time
  5. The Mandalorian’s Bounty of Emmys

Tonight! Warner Herzog takes a break, Paramount puts the breaks on one of the Star Trek movies and Genre TV does well at the Emmy nominations. All that and more on the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight episode 88. I’m on vacation from my day job this week, gonna try to catch up on some books and movies that have been piling up. One thing I haven’t been missing is Star Trek Lower Decks. I loved the first episode, very funny, full of Star Trek references. This show should be taken as a love letter to the history of Star Trek. Stop thinking about it as a serious show, it’s not it’s a comedy, it’s not here to be an allegory or a morality tale, think of it as the dish of ice cream. I am looking forward to the entire season, well done CBS. Let’s get on with the news.

Star Wars

The Mandalorian novel from Del Rely has been delayed. The novel by Adam Christopher will now be out in the fall of 2021.

Spekind of the Mandalorian, Wwarner Herzog plans on taking a break from acting to get back to his own films. Speaking with the BFI at Home series on Youtube. He said “I have done a lot more acting recently, and I have to review it, because it takes away too much attention from the real things that I’m doing.” unquote. His documentary Fireball has been acquired by Apple TV Plus.

The new Star wars game show Star Wars Jedi temple Challenge host Ahmed Best speaking with the Coffee with Kenobi podcast revealed the origins of his character on the show Kelleran Beq saying quote “In my idea of Kelleran Beq, the reason why he has a purple lightsaber and the purple kyber crystal is because, in my mind, purple lightsaber wielders have an intimate relationship with both the Light Side and the Dark Side,” Best revealed to Coffee With Kenobi. “It takes a special Jedi to be able to balance those two.”

He added, “‘Kelleran’ is a name that I came up with because I like this idea of names being derivatives. ‘Wilhelm’ automatically turns into ‘William’ after generations and generations and accents change and regions change and I wanted to find a way to tie the sequels and the prequels together in Kelleran Beq. And I played a character, because of Anthony Daniels, in [Star Wars:] Attack of the Clones named ‘Achk Med-Beq,’ which was so duly named, and ‘Kelleran,’ to me, sounds like the origins of the name ‘Kylo Ren,’ so I wanted to have Kelleran be the root name to Kylo Ren and as you go down generations, you get to Kylo Ren.” unquote Okay.

The comic book Star Wars Doctor Aphra, won the award for Outstanding Comic Book at the GLAAD Awards, it beat out BOOM!’s The Avant-Guards and Lumberjanes, Comixology’s Liebestrasse, DC Comics’ Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, First Second’s Bloom and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Image’s Crowded and The Wicked + The Divine, and Marvel’s Runaways. Doctor Aphra was created for the Star Wars Darth Vader comic. The Doctor is a morally amibquous acchelogist and a lesbian.

PS5 and Xbox Series X players will be getting a  Star Wars game. Star Wars Squadron is coming to the next gen consoles, however it will not have any upgrades over it’s planned versions on PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the blurb “Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience Star Wars: Squadrons. Buckle up and feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron. Pilots who enlist will step into the cockpits of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets and fight in strategic 5 vs. 5 space battles. Modify your starfighter and adjust the composition of your squadron to suit varying playstyles and crush the opposition. Pilots will triumph as a team and complete tactical objectives across known and never-before-seen battlefields, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.” Star Wars Squadron Will be out on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October second and on PS5 and Xbox Series X sometime in November.

A bit of science news now, usually we talk of Star Trek inspiring scientific advances, this time it’s Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic hand that has inspired researchers at the National University of Singapore to bring the feeling of touch to electronic skin. According to scientists at the university they have built electronic skin that can be used by robots and prosthetic limbs that recreate the sense of touch. The e-skin known as Asynchronous Coded electronic Skin consists of a network of sensors that are connected via a single electrical conductor and can give the robots or humans with a prosthetic limb  the ability to feel pain, temperature, shape and texture. Assistant professor Benjamin Tee in an interview with Reuters said quote “When you lose your sense of touch, you essentially become numb … and prosthetic users face that problem,”

“So by recreating an artificial version of the skin, for their prosthetic devices, they can hold a hand and feel the warmth and feel that it is soft, how hard are they holding the hand.” unquote This would be a big boost to amputees, very nice. 

Star Trek

Breaking News! Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios announced that award-winning director and producer Ben Hibon (Codehunters) would direct, co-executive produce, and act as the creative lead of Nickelodeon’s upcoming animated series Star Trek: Prodigy. The CG-animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning, and salvation.

Paramount Pictures has decided to not go ahead with Noah Hawley’s Star Trek movie. If you’ll remember Hawley’s movie was given the greenlight by the studio.. The studio had also been working on a movie with Quentin tarantino, no word on the fate of that one. No word on the next movie in the franchise or if they’ll just stick to tv shows for now.

Congratulations to Sonequa Martin Green on the birth of her daughter Saraiyah Chaunte Green. Sonequa shared the news on Instagram with photos of her and her husband Kenric Green. On Instagram, Martin-Green writes, “We welcomed our sweet baby girl last Sunday, July 19th at 8:32 in the morning. It was a profoundly beautiful home birth, and now both of our children have been born in the water. We never felt that anything was missing, but now that she’s here, we feel a perfect sense of completeness. Her name is Saraiyah Chaunté Green, she’s got Mommy’s initials and Mommy’s middle name. She’s utterly perfect, just like her brother. Thanks be to Yeshua, she’s the final piece to our Love-given puzzle.” unquote.

Star Trek Lower Decks is out and animation studio Titmouse has started an exclusive t-shirt club featuring ten  exclusive shirts, one for each new episode. Each shirt is available for one week between each new episode and then it’s gone forever. . You can get them at titmousestuff.com for $20 dollars. 

Geek

Courteney Cox is returning to the  role of Gale Weathers for the upcoming Scream reboot. Spyglass Media Group and Paramount made the announcement  and they also said filming should start later this year in Wilmington, NC. The movie is being directed by directors Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett with a script written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. Courtney is joined by David Arquette.

Christopher Eccleston will be reprising the role of the Ninth Doctor for the Audio series Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish Productions and BBC Studios. The audio series will be released as four separate box sets each with three episodes The first will be released in May 2021. No plot details at this time. Eccleston in a statement said quote “After 15 years, it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing” No word on any plot details.Each volume will run about two hundred forty minutes and have a price point of 19.99 with the entire series will cost 88 dollars.

The Emmy nominations were announced The Mandalorian walked away with fifteen nominations including Drama Series, Sound Mixing, Special Effects, stunt coordination, cinematography, fantasy or sci fi costumes, sound editing, voice over, production design, 3 nominations for outstanding single-camera picture editing drama, outstanding prosthetic makeup, music and Guest Actor in a drama for Giancarlo Esposito

Watchmen made off with the most nominations of any show with 26 nominations including limited series, lead actor in a limited series or movie for Jeremy IronsLead Actress in a limited series for Regina King,Supporting actor and actress nominations for Yahya Abdual-Mateen II, Jovan Adepo, Louis Gossett Jr. and Jean Smart and several technical emmy nominations. Also receiving nominations were The Good Place, Westworld, Big Mouth, Central Park, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers , Rick and Morty, BoJack Horseman, Robot Chicken, The Handmaid’s Tale, What we do in the shadows and more. The Emmy Awards Will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC on September twenty. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/emmys-2020-nominations-complete-list-1234715939/

Tonight we say goodbye to the legendary pitchman for Quaker Oats and actor Wilford Brimley. Anthony Wilford Brimley was born in Salt Lake City on September twenty seventh 1934. He dropped out of high scheel at the age of fourteen and worked as a cowboy. He joined the Marines during the Korean War and served in the Aleutian Islands for three years. He also later worked as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes, a ranch hand, wrangler and a blacksmith. While blacksmithing for film and television, at the encouragement of his friend actor Robert Duvall, he started acting during the 1960’s as an extra and stunt man in Westerns like Bandolero and True Grit. His big break came when he was cast on The 70’s tv series The Waltons showing up in eight episodes. From there he starred in films such as The China Syndrome, The Thing, Cocoon, Remo Williams The Adventure Begins, Cocoon The Return, The firm among others. His television roles included appearances on Kung Fu, the tv film Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, Walker Texas Ranger and Seinfeld. He also was a frequent star in commercials for Quaker Oats, Liberty Medical and the American Diabetes Association. Wilford was diagnosed with type II diabetes in 1979. Wilford came down with a kidney condition in June of 2020 and died on August first in a hospital in St George Utah, he was eighty five.

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Tonight! Looking forward to the next Wonder Woman movie, Could the New Mutants get pushed back once again? And what’s Pixar’s next film? All that and more on the comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 89 of Multiverse Tonight. I’m your host Thomas Townley. If you’re listening to this the week it comes out, well I’m on vacation. I was supposed to be at Planet Comicon this week, but well I’ve covered that in the last episode. Frankly, I’m just happy to have an extended period of time off from work, I’m starting to get annoyed having to answer the same questions over and over again. Where is blank? Do you have blank? Etcetera, Etcetera. 

However, it’s nice to be able to sit back in my easy chair and read a book or watch a movie or show that I haven’t gotten to. Well let’s see what we’ve got in the news.

DC

The Flash movie will be a time travel film according to Director Andy Muschettii, it’s been proposed that the movie will be a soft reboot of the DC Universe movie franchise. Muschietti in a radio interview said quote “It is a story of time travel: Flash travels back to try to save his mother,” Muschietti said. “It is a spectacular action movie but it has a big heart.” unquote So this makes me wonder how his version will differ from the animated version of the same story? Any ideas?

Warner Bros and DC Comics have announced a new animated movie with a twist. Batman: Death in the Family based on the 1988 comic book event which featured a call in to decide if Robin number 2, Jason Todd lived or died at the hands of the Joker, he, well, died.  This new version will be updated for the present with an interactive Blu-ray that will allow the viewer to make the famous choice using their remote control. Also on the Blu-ray will be four new animated shorts featuring Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death and The Phantom Stranger. The Blu0ray will be out on October thirteenth for 24.98.

The Harley Quinn animated series is now out on HBO Max, both seasons one and two have been put up on the new streaming service so fans who haven’t had the opportunity to see it can now watch it. This is leading to speculation about the demise of the DC Universe app, but so far no indications about it’s collapse have been forthcoming.

A little business news here, Could EA be hinting at an acquisition of WB Games? The Warner Bros owned game studio has been rumored to have a for sale sign on it. The hint came during EA’s quarterly investor call when EA CGO Blake Jorgensen said that quote it;s more interested than ever” unquote at acquiring studios and that any future acquisitions would include big assets. If EA bought Warner Games it would get IP like Mortal Combat and license to make games based on LEGO, Harry Potter , Game of Thrones and the DC Universe. Other rumored parties interested in acquiring WB Games are Activision, Take Two Interactive and Microsoft. If such a deal goes down, I’ll let you know.

Wonder Woman 2 hasn’t even been able to get into theaters but Wonder Woman 3 is already being thought of. Last month director Patty Jenkins said that she’d paused on development of the third film. However in an interview with German publication Geek, Ms. Jenkins revealed that Wonder Woman number 3 will most likely be her final run with the character. Saying quote “[Wonder Woman 1984] gave me a chance to do a lot of things that I couldn’t accommodate in the first movie.” . “I was so happy to tell the Wonder Woman origin story. It was almost her birth, but we really haven’t seen what she is capable of. It is exciting for me to show her at the peak of her strength. But it is also very important that she fights an internal struggle: she is a Goddess and tries to help humanity. She is not only someone who fights evil, she tries to show bad people how to improve. It’s an interesting dilemma.”

“The next one is probably my last Wonder Woman movie,” , “so I have to put everything I want to show there. We have to think carefully.”

Lucifer season five comes to Netflix on August twenty first and it’s about to get a little meta. Accoring to TVLine, Episode Three deals with a murder taking place on the set of a Warner Bros tv show about a quote devilish hunk and his police detective paramour. 

DC Comics in puting the Wildstorm series Gen13 back in print.

The series was a massive hit back in the 90s and will now be avaliable in a new Deluxe edition hardcover coming next year. The new trade will be called Gen13: Starting over and will be out in May of 2021 and will be a reprinting of the previous collected editin from 2002, but with new trade dress and cover. 

DC Fandome, DC’s virtual comic con has revealed its lineup of hosts, presenters and special guests. Names include Adam Brody, Amy Smart, Brandon Vietti, Brenton Thwaites, Brett Dalton, Chris Pine, Christopher Priest, Cress Williams, Conor Leslie, Dan Jurgens, Damon Lindelof, Danica McKellar, David F. Sandberg, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, G. Willow Wilson, Grant Morrison, Greg Berlanti, Greg Weisman, Idris Elba, James Gunn, Jason Fabok, James Wan, Minka Kelly, Mark Waid, Marc Guggenheim, Kode (BossLogic) Abdo, Nathan Fillion, Patty Jenkins, Tara Strong, Timothy Dalton, Tom King, Val Kilmer, Viola Davis, Zachary Levi and Zack Snyder. The event takes place on Saturday August 22nd starting at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time. Go to DCFANDOME.com for more information.

Marvel

Will The New Mutants ever see the light of day? The film is supposed to be out on August 28th of this year, however promotional materials for the movie from Taiwan are casting some doubt on that being an absolute.  The promo’s there changed from August 28th to  the always ambiguous Coming Soon.

SOme have wondered if it might just go straight to say Disney Plus, however Director Josh Boone says that’s not an option saying quote “With most movies, you sign contracts that guarantee a theatrical release, so it needs to open to ever go digital in the first place,” Boone says. “We just, too, would like to see people to see it in the theater. But it needs to obviously be at the right time when it’s safe to go back.”  unquote. So in other words, it needs to be in theaters first.

Well while we wait for that, production must go on. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has gone back into production in Australia according to a news station in the country. They sent the crew back to work constructing sets for the picture and they reported that the cast has returned as well. The movie was in production when the pandemic hit forcing a halt to the production as well as pushing the release date from February 2021 to May 2021.Shang-Chi will star Simu Liu in the titular role with Tony Leung as The Mandarin and also starring Awkwafina and RFonny Cheng.

Marvel’s new digital game, MArvel Duel has launched in select markets in Thailand, INdonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. The game is a strategy card game where you create a roster of heroes and villains to collect and battle with. “The power to save the Marvel universe is in your hands! Marvel Duel is a fast-paced strategy card game featuring the world’s greatest Super Heroes and Super Villains,” an overview of the game said. “A mysterious evil force has altered the most iconic events of Marvel history. Restore the universe by summoning your favorite characters and outsmarting your opponents with effective strategies! Assemble your deck, save the universe!” unquote However don’t plan on playing it soo, The game was never intended for a global release, so it might be a fame just for those markets. 

According to a report from Business Insider, in 2017, Marvel apparently considered taking the Spider-man title of off Miles Morales. Laging sales caused the publisher to explore possible phasing out the common legacy superhero names for it’s younger more diverse characters and replacing them with new code names. According to former Marvel assistant editor Charles Beacham quote “It would have made him less important,” Charles Beacham, a former assistant editor at Marvel who addressed the diversity concerns in the story, said. “He becomes Spider-Man with an asterisk. It takes away the power for kids who relate to this character.” unquote However as you well know, Marvel didn’t go through with it. Good call.

Geek

IDW Publisher Jud Meyers has been ouster from his posistion at the head of IDW after only three weeks on the job. Late Friday night, IDW put out a short statement to the press saying that it had quote parted ways with Jud Meyers unquote Before his ousting he had been places on administrative leave and IDW president Jerry Bennington has been acting as publisher in the meantime. 

Pixar has announced its next Feature Film, Luca. The movie will take place on the Italian Riviera and feature the coming of age story of a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer.  Here’s the official press release quote Pixar Animation Studios announced today that its next feature film release will be Luca. Directed by Academy Award®️ nominee Enrico Casarosa (La Luna) and produced by Andrea Warren (Lava, Cars 3), Luca is set to open in U.S. theaters June 18, 2021.Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.

“This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in Luca,” director Enrico Casarosa said in a statement. “So in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian seaside, our film will feature an unforgettable summer adventure that will fundamentally change Luca.”

Luca arrives in theaters on June eighteenth 2021.

Funko is looking back with it’s Retro Toy line of Funko Pops based on classic Mattel and Hasbro toys. Including Barbie, GiJoe, Stretch Armstrong, Operation,Play-doh, My Pet Monster and  Mr. Potato Head. You can grab them from your favorite retailer or grab some exclusive ones including Mr. Monopoly at Target.

Twenty two years after it’s last episode Animaniacs is back. The series debuts on Hulu on Friday November twentieth. There will be thirteen new episodes featuring Yakko, Wakko, Dot and Pinky and the Brain. And remember grownups, it’s not meant for you, but for your kids. 

I’d like to close tonight noting the passage of WWE Superstar Kamala. Who has passed away at the age of seventy this past saturday. New of his passing was broken by the twitter for the Cauliflower Alley Club saying quote The CAC family wishes to extend our sincerest condolences to the family friends and fans the world over upon the news that the legendary James “Kamala” Harris has passed away at the age of 70. Rest in Peace James.” unquote. He made his debut in 1978 and worked for Continental Wrestling Association, Mid-South Wrestling and World Class Championship Wrestling before making his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1984. He worked for the WWF in the late eighties and early nineties and would make sporadic appearances later, usually in gimmick battle royals. His last match was in 2006. His health deteriorated in his later years, high blood pressure and diabetes cost him his legs in 2012. So here’s to you Kamala, the Ugandan Giant.

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