Swamp Thing’s first season is still set for a May 31 premiere on DC Universe - however, it’s been abruptly cut short from 13 episodes to 10, and different reasons for this have been cited by different sources. Some say it’s a matter of creative differences, while others think that it’s a matter of Warner Bros. preparing to launch their own streaming service, and as owners of DC they may be preparing to scrap DCU and absorb its programming. Personally, I don’t thing those reasons are mutually exclusive, and I actually think it’s a combination of the 2.Read More
It’s been a rough couple of days, for several reasons, a couple of which I need to vent just a bit: Apple’s support of it’s own products: iMacs, and iCloud, is so utterly incompetent and disinterested that I can’t help but wonder why they’re branching out into streaming, gaming and news while their actual computer business is essentially an empty shop in which someone forgot to turn off the lights.
But as disappointments go, Apple has nothing on Hellboy - well at least Milla Jovovich and Mike Mignola are standing by this steaming heap, which is kind of admirable but also a bit pathetic and more than a little arrogant - we know we did a great job, it’s every single reviewer and audience member that failed to grasp our genius! I am in agreement with them that this will one day be a cult classic, but not for the reasons that they think it will. Think Rocky Horror, or better yet The Room.Read More
Star Wars Episode 9 has a new title, and a new trailer! You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/adzYW5DZoWs
The trailer raises many questions, not the least of which is it’s very curious title, suggesting that Rey’s secret heritage may finally be revealed. But she’s not alone - Kylo Ren has his lightsaber back, and perhaps his helmet, too! Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker is giving her guidance, though perhaps as some disembodied Force spirit, or through teachings which he’s written or recorded for her? Mark Hamill himself warns of Star Wars fatigue, and has some less than kind things to say about the current state of LucasFilm, on the Hollywood Reporter’s 'Awards Chatter' podcast: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/mark-hamill-podcast-interview-typecasting-star-wars-fatigue-emmy-contending-knightfall-role-1199983Read More
Bob Iger's presentation to Disney shareholders today was livestreamed, and a lot more exciting than your average shareholders meeting. Iger took the stage at Disney's Buena Vista HQ to announce the details of their long-awaited upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus. From the date, to the astonishingly low price, to programming and even a look at the interface. I took a lot of notes, and have followed the coverage, and I've got the details on this huge new multimedia platform on tonight's episode of The Matt Sager Podcast!Read More
I often wish that I weren't correct, particularly when the film adaptation of a comic favorite looks terrible - as in Neil Marshall's reboot of Hellboy. The original films, directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Ron Perlman and Selma Blair, were groundbreaking, loyal to the source material, visionary, and fun! The new version is - not that. It's currently vacillating between 10-11% on Rotten Tomatoes, where reviewers are just pounding poor David Harbour, who is used to much better treatment in the press do in large part to his excellent performance on the Netflix hit Stranger Things.Read More
The Ant-Man theory, like many theories born on Reddit, is an insult to both science and religion. It also involves Thanos' butt, is gross, and has spawned a song, which - sigh - you can enjoy here: https://youtu.be/p0-SmLRq4Hw
In other movie news, you need to hurry up and see Shazam and Pet Sematary, so that I can start talking about how amazing they are! Clearly I'm not the only one who saw them over the weekend, since they both raked in more than $50 million. Not too shabby, tabby!Read More
The first trailer for the Todd Phillips-directed Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, has arrived. There's a lot to unpack here, but what really caught my eye was a younger-looking Robert DeNiro, who is appearing in the Martin Scorsese-produced film, set in the early '80s as an eerily familiar looking late night talk show host. Sadly, this isn't Rupert Pupkin, but the imagery does ring true in this movie about a sad clown, and there are all kinds of Batman Easter eggs, though the movie itself looks like a combination of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's version of the Joker's origin from Batman: The Killing Joke, with just enough differences that this could be an "Elseworlds" kind of story. You can watch for yourself here: https://youtu.be/t433PEQGErc
Also, Happy Birthday to Robert Downey, Jr.! He actually has a birthday present for us - a fun crossword puzzle, which you can see here: https://twitter.com/RobertDowneyJr/status/1113828746891370496
Also, the Angel 20th anniversary reunion rumors persist - the latest cast member to hint at exciting things to come? None other than J. August Richards, aka Charles Gunn!Read More
A new trailer (or more specifically, a 'special look') for Avengers: Endgame was released today, driving enthusiasm for the movie to the point where AMC, Fandango and other websites that sell movie tickets, crashed! You can watch the trailer here (but be mindful of potential spoilers, and don't go crashing Fandango): https://youtu.be/KCSNFZKbhZERead More
This per Joe Russo, who at a premiere for Avengers: Endgame in India, went on to say that “Tom Holland has a hard time keeping his mouth shut.” It’s not entirely unfair , as you can see an entire timeline of Holland’s spoilage here: https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2452310/the-times-tom-holland-has-spoiled-marvel-secretsRead More
Tonight's episode is all about comic characters on screens big and small tonight, as a listener asks me for my thoughts on the Hellboy reboot, and well, based on what I've seen so far, I'm not terribly impressed. Hope springs eternal, however, and on that note Sophie Turner throws a little shade at X-Men: The Last Stand, saying that her titular role in the upcoming Dark Phoenix is not just another take at the classic X-Men storyline, but that her version of the character is "done right." Oh, snap! Meanwhile, Maisie Williams has no more hope than we do that we'll ever see the New Mutants movie, or in what form and on what platform.
At least Gotham will be ending with what appears to be a pretty major bit of fan service, as the poster for the 2-part finale suggests we'll finally see Bruce Wayne suit up!Read More
Angelina Jolie has reportedly signed on with Marvel, to play a character in their upcoming Eternals movie! Her character has not been named, but my money’s on Circe. Any other guesses? Agree or disagree, I’d love to hear from you so make sure to listen to the end of tonight’s podcast for all of my contact information.
Meanwhile, DC is reportedly yet again striking omnibuses, and other trade hardcover and paperback collections, which is always a downer. This one really hurts, as it includes an omnibus dedicated to the Bronze Age adventures of the best villain ever, and the later works of the inimitable Jack Kirby.Read More
Let's go over all the highs and lows of Apple’s many new services, from news to gaming to their new streaming service, Apple TV Plus! Also, now we know why Steven Spielberg has really been so down on Netflix, and it’s both exciting and tremendously disappointing. I mean, if you love his work as I do, it’s great, but if you respected him as I do - sort of - it’s a big let-down, and a clear conflict of interest. But - Amazing Stories!! So, it’s all exciting, if a bit huge and not yet entirely clear. The new Apple credit card sound amazing, although it is all sort of becoming a bit of a company store.Read More
Oh, Zack Snyder - go home, you’re drunk. Snyder is still sticking with his vision of the DC Universe and championing a Batman who kills (and lies and commits atrocities in tandem with the government), which is frankly shocking. How anyone could create Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, and Justice League, and not be even a little embarrassed at their incompetence, poor storytelling, and near-universal panning from audiences and critics, and not feel a twinge of regret, is mind-blowing to me. But Snyder let fans have an earful of why superheroes are all monsters, and we should suck it up if we don’t like it. He also gets a little sexual and just generally awful and creepy. Watch the Dunning-Kruger Effect in action, at this video from Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/DC_Cinematic/comments/b4vrku/other_snyder_on_having_batman_kill_in_bvs/Read More
Sorry for the abbreviated week - the Matt Sager Podcast will either go weekly, or a few times a week at regular intervals, or resume nightly broadcasts next week. One of the reasons for the lack of episodes this week has been the recording and editing of Robot Mutant, my new show co-hosted by my old friend Bill Kates! Check out our pilot episode here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/mattsager/robot-mutant-pilot-episodeRead More
Disney continues to grow, changing the media landscape dramatically with today’s acquisition of Fox. For comics and movie fans, this is great news because the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be in far better hands, and a fully cohesive Marvel Cinematic Universe is in our future.
For the world, mergers like this do tend to have some nasty blowback. Expect layoffs and other, unpredictable, side effects from this colossal merger, which enlarges Disney but shrinks the already dwindling set of corporate conglomerates that control all media in the U.S. and worldwide. I’m not trying to kill the mood, but I think we should be prepared - based on surviving a few mergers myself, I can speculate. As I said, I am fairly certain that the X-Men and Fantastic Four are going to be great. They could hardly be worse at this point, but Kevin Feige probably has great things in store, with the blowups and changes following Avengers: Endgame leading to a much larger stable of characters, for use in movies and of course to stream, possibly as ongoing series, on Disney Plus.Read More
Kevin Tsujihara is out as Warner Bros. CEO, in the wake of a vile sex scandal involving Brett Ratner, his production partner James Packer, and an actress named Charlotte Kirk. There are no heroes in this tale, although I kind of already thought that Brett Ratner was kind of villainous. Kirk herself has seemingly swept up Neil Marshall, who has devoted his schedule post-Hellboy to booking work for her, and failing that, to create projects for her himself. Love is a funny thing, and love between narcissists is kind of grotesque. This is the same story that resulted in Bryan Singer being removed as director on Red Sonja, so the only ones left to be penalized for their gross behavior are Ratner and Packer. Let's see some consequences for the middle-men, which come to think of it would be a much more fitting name for their production company.
Meanwhile, Ezra Miller is apparently trying to solidify his role as The Flash in the upcoming movie spotlighting the speedster, by writing a dark, unpleasant script that flies in the face of DC's stated mission of a less grim cinematic universe, as evidenced by Aquaman and the upcoming Shazam. So of course the brilliant Miller has partnered with Grant Morrison for a grim and gritty Flash script, and fighting with directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. His deal to produce a script that everyone agrees on expires in May, and I'm willing to bet that we're going to find out about yet another DC re-casting sometime in early June.Read More
Disney made two very smart decisions today: they’ve rehired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and they’ve returned Danai Gurira to the Avengers: Endgame poster, and this time they included her name along with the rest of the characters, at the top of the poster. These were both very preventable errors, but at least Marvel and Disney are capable of recognizing, and correcting, their mistakes.
If only Arrested Development fared as well. The final episodes of season 5, and probably the last of the series, trickled onto Netflix today and the once-amazing show, which should be thriving in the age of Trump, went out with a whimper.Read More
I've noticed that even my trolls are pretty civil, so I'd like to thank you for that - it's very refreshing in this day and age to have someone disagree with you politely and - better yet - continue to subscribe to your podcast! And so, since even those who disagree with me have heard me out on Captain Marvel being a generally good film and not a threat to white men, here's the video I've referred to on recent episodes. It's from June 2018, and Brie Larson's acceptance speech for the Crystal Award (this is from the Crystal + Lucy Awards), she calls for more diversity among critics, and at no point does she say that she doesn't want men to see her movies, or for that matter even mention Captain Marvel. If this really upsets you, I'd advise therapy: https://variety.com/video/brie-larson-crystal-lucy-awards-critics/
Speaking of Captain Marvel, the character currently known as Shazam is on track to have the highest domestic box office earnings next week, and Pet Sematary should do quite well too, coming in second place: https://variety.com/2019/film/box-office/shazam-box-office-opening-weekend-early-tracking-1203162051/
Also - let's talk about the new trailer for Avengers: Endgame that dropped today: https://youtu.be/TcMBFSGVi1cRead More
I’ve been getting loads of questions today about the actors who were caught up in the college admissions scandal, mentioned on last night’s podcast - http://tinyurl.com/y277jsuk - about why Felicity Huffman has been arrested, and both Lori Loughlin and her husband are being charged, but Huffman’s husband William H. Macy has so far avoided any legal troubles. I have to admit I’m puzzled, since Macy is actually named in the criminal complaint, but I’m happy to speculate.
In the meantime, I'm very happy to report that Bryan Singer has been fired from Red Sonja. Another toxic entertainment business figure with decades of abuse scandals for which he hasn't even tried to repent, he has no place on a film set until there's been a full investigation of his many alleged crimes.
Lastly, two shows are returning for the second half of their seasons on Netflix - one (Arrested Development) has aged terribly, while the other (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) is doing amazing, bold things with its characters and storytelling. Check out the poster for CAOS Part 2, coming to Netflix April 5, here: http://tinyurl.com/yxlylcn3Read More
Not long ago on this podcast (on the episode titled ‘Let Your Freak Flag Fly’) I mentioned several DC Comics cancellations that I found unfortunate. The axing of upcoming Vertigo series Second Coming was perhaps the most understandable, however unfortunate. Completely perplexing was the cancellation of the Absolute Swamp Thing Volume 1 trade hardcover, which would have collected some of the most-loved modern comics by titans like Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, and Rick Veitch.
I’m happy to report that Second Coming is getting a - well, a second coming, as it’s been picked up by Ahoy Comics, and DC came to their senses and re-scheduled Absolute Swamp Thing, which you can pre-order from Amazon (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2TxoGokRead More