The Suicide Squad is shaping up to be as great as Suicide Squad, the original, was terrible. With James Gunn on board and the DC Extended Universe looking to move forward and continue their string of critical and commercial hit movies, the news today is even more exciting. Will Smith is out as Deadshot, which would be a shame - except he’s being replaced with Idris Elba, which immediately raises the excitement level for the Suicide Squad. They deserve a second chance, just as James Gunn does - and there’s a lot of real great story to be mined from the source material. With Gunn directing, Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, and Elba brining his amazing acting chops to the table as Deadshot, this movie could redeem the Squad, the DCEU, and potentially be one of the best comic movies of the next decade.Read More
In the wake of the world premiere of Captain Marvel, the first reviews have begun to arrive, and trolls are frothing over every negative word, as they continue obsessing over utterly inoffensive (and true) remarks made by Brie Larson. Nothing like an aggrieved white male. Speaking of, James Woods has called for a boycott and - I’m sure this is totally innocent - urging everyone to see a rather lousy looking action movie instead. I’m sure he doesn’t have any personal and/or financial interests in this, and that this isn’t just the worst kind of cynical opportunism. That said, I’m not going to take him up on the suggestion, or even participate in any of this nonsense. I’ll see the movie Friday, and if I like it I’ll say so. If I don’t like it, I’ll say that too. It’s not as though every great Marvel character has had stellar movies - see Thor 1 and 2, or Iron Man 2 and 3, and you’ll see what I mean. A great character can survive 1, or even 2 stinker solo films, and still go on to win your heart and brighten the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Oh and by the way I was attacked last night! I’m fine, and the attempted mugging was unsuccessful - but hey, some real life drama to go along with all this speculation about superhero movies and television, that’s always exciting.Read More
Luke Perry has left us way too soon. Many people who worked with Perry, who died of a massive stroke at the age of 52, are heartbroken and grief-stricken. Riverdale has shut down so that the cast and crew can mourn Perry, who played Archie’s father Fred Andrews.
I'm even broken up about it, and I met Perry once, for maybe 3 minutes, over 20 years ago. It turns out that it's way to easy for the good to die young, and while you should always appreciate your life and your friends and loved ones, read this if you're wondering why strokes are even more dangerous for young men like Perry than for the elderly, here's the very sad explanation: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/03/04/luke-perry-death-stroke-middle-age-adult-centers-disease-control/3057585002/
In happier news, the world premiere of Captain Marvel is tonight (even though there was already a world premiere in the UK, but everything on that side of the pond is a bit confusing at the moment - not that we in the US have any claim of normalcy).Read More
Despite James Murdoch allegedly confiding that Bones was, during its long run, Fox's biggest earner, Fox has been found guilty of fraud, lying and cheating the cast and creators of the show, and are going to have to pay $179 million for their, and I'm quoting the arbitrator here, "reprehensible" behavior. I know, who would have believed Fox would ever be capable of such a thing? I mean those lovely skeletons on Fox and Friends seem like lovely people to me, as does Laura Schlessinger - but apparently there are some bad hombres over there, who somehow missed the memo that you don't ever want to tangle with David Boreanaz in a legal environment - did these executives somehow miss Angel season 5?
In any case, and in all seriousness, I applaud the cast and creators of Bones for fighting the good fight, and congratulate them for their huge victory. For the complete story, here's an excellent summary from the Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-rocked-by-179-million-bones-ruling-lying-cheating-reprehensible-studio-fraud-1190346Read More
I had bit of rant on Friday’s episode - https://www.spreaker.com/user/7228931/episode-108-captain-marvel-speculation - against the weaponizing of Rotten Tomatoes against Captain Marvel. The film was being flooded with negative reviews, which is absurd because none of the reviewers had see the film - they can’t, it’s not out yet! So, Rotten Tomatoes, by allowing this hate campaign - or, for that matter, accepting positive reviews - RT was not only allowing trolls to sabotage a major motion picture, but destroying their own credibility as a legitimate review site.
Clearly my rant - and perhaps an angry phone call or two from Kevin Feige - had an impact, as yesterday Rotten Tomatoes purged the false reviews, and established some changes that will hopefully block trolls from the platform entirely.Read More
The 91st Academy Awards went much better than many - certainly better than I - expected. While there were no disasters of the sort the Oscars endured in 1989, the last time they went hostess, there were a few sad commentaries on the state of film, culture and politics, which is sadly not surprising in the least.
However there was a lot to love, and I celebrate that - for instance, Black Panther won 6 out of the 7 awards that it was nominated for, shattering the notion that comics-based movies aren't Oscar-worthy. It's about time, and this movie more than any other comics inspired film - with the possible exception of the Dark Knight - represents everything great about the genre.Read More
Captain Marvel is set to premiere, and with it, the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins. So why are so many fans convince that Brie Larson hates white men, and review-bombing the movie on Rotten Tomatoes? For that matter, why are people who are actually excited for the amazing-looking movie allowed to leave reviews when none of these people have seen the movie? Kind of kills your credibility, RT - maybe wait until it’s possible that some of these people have actually seen the film, and developed an opinion rather than a bizarre conspiracy theory? I’m just saying.
Meanwhile, there’s been some speculation - which, after a few hours, is of course being reported all across the internet as fact - which I actually do find interesting. It involves Captain Marvel and a nasty encounter with Rogue of the X-Men, which happened in the comics and which will be possible soon as Disney completes its takeover of Fox. I actually think there might be something to this, and if not there should be - it's a neat idea.Read More
I can't believe that I'm talking about Jussie Smollett, but this is important. His false hate crime is an act of such stupidity, such selfishness and so dangerous, it may very well make it more difficult for real victims, in ways which we can only imagine. Just as Smollett was an actor I'd never heard of up until now, the devastating impact of his crime has propelled him to the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons, the fallout won't reveal itself until the next awful, and real, hate crime plays out in court. It would be nice to think that the victim won't face distrust and prejudice because of this one dumb guy, but we'll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, I'm still reeling from learning that Empire was co-created by Danny Strong, AKA Todd Krakow from Billions and Jonathan Levinson from Buffy! So, I hate to join the national conversation about this idiot, but it's too important to ignore. This will, I hope, be my last word on the Smollett story, but like so many of our national nightmares, it may linger.Read More
Jussie Smollett, known for his work on the television show Empire, is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. After making a police complaint alleging that he was attacked by two men, it has since been revealed that these attackers - who were imprisoned for 48 hours before the narrative began to dramatically change - were allegedly paid by Smollett, who trained and paid them for the staged "assault." But of course it gets weirder - the attackers, who are brothers, have both been featured extras on Empire, and one of them was also at one time the actor's personal trainer.
And so the brothers, who cooperated fully with the police investigation, are free and now the police want to talk to Smollett - who has suddenly gone into seclusion, after first conducting a few interviews describing the rage and pain he felt over the attack. So as he hides from police, he is being written out of Empire - for the short term or for good, I imagine, is still yet to be decided, but it's very difficult to understand what he was thinking, or what he believed he stood to gain, from lying to police which could actually land him in prison. Meanwhile as the story develops, it's now been revealed that Smollett was convicted of providing false information to the police - along with a DUI charge - back in 2007.
The other empire on my mind tonight is GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow's nutty lifestyle website, which is allegedly worth $250 million. Paltrow will have more time to focus on it going forward, as it's confirmed that Avengers: Endgame will mark her final appearance in a Marvel movie. I wish her all the best, as long as she doesn't go back to selling giant jade eggs that she advocated placing someplace very uncomfortable. Selling a lifestyle is all well and good, as long as it's safe - if you ever catch Paltrow talking about "Yoni Eggs," however, I'd advise you run, don't walk, away from GOOP and towards whoever regulates that sort of thing.Read More
I hate to be right, but anyone paying attention could see this was coming: Netflix has cancelled The Punisher and Jessica Jones, the latter of which will air its third and final season, and that will mark the end of the Netflix Marvel Universe.
It was some of the best superhero TV I’ve ever seen - Iron Fist and, to a lesser extent, The Defenders, being the exceptions to the rule. I hope that the cast and crew of these shows end up working on great projects, and that these properties are given new life when Disney Plus premieres later this year.
Thanks so much to Mike Colter, Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Krysten Ritter, Finn Jones, and the massive, stellar casts of these great series - not to mention their amazing writers and showrunners - for elevating the art form, and hopefully influencing future shows of such high quality.Read More
It’s a great day for freaky superheroes, as today sees the premieres of Doom Patrol on DC Universe, and Umbrella Academy on Netflix! Let’s talk about the past, present, and future of weird comics, and properties based on them.
Let’s also speculate about why DC Comics has, over the past week or so, cancelled a ton of upcoming omnibuses, Absolute Editions, and other collections of comics that some of us were looking forward to!Read More
We finally have an update on the Breaking Bad movie, first announced on the Matt Sager Podcast way back in November 2018! Much of my speculation turns out to have been correct, and there are some new details about both the plot and distribution of the movie. Now, I want a date! And trailers! Ah well, all good things in time, insert platitude about patience here, etc. Movie me, bitch!Read More
The trailer for Tolkien was released today - it’s the biopic that tells of a quiet, peaceful, solitary soul, called to a great adventure known as World War I. It’s clear that this movie is about how real events shaped the fantasy world of Middle-Earth that Tolkien would create upon his return home. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Girzu81oS8QRead More
And so begins the second hundred episodes of the Mat Sager Podcast! I’m still sick, I’ll tell you all about it, but more importantly lets talk about the drama we saw at the Grammys, which are doubtless going to pale before an even more tense Oscars broadcast. This could all be avoided, but then again so could these incessant awards shows, so clearly we - many of us, anyway - enjoy all the sniping and backbiting on some level.
Also, Marvel has signed up with Hulu for 4 new animated series - 3 featuring one or two characters, and a 4th series, The Offenders, which sees our heroes, villains and ducks joining forces as a street-level superteam. Huh. I wonder if that isn’t a bit of meta commentary on some other streaming service that Marvel has teamed up with in the recent past - nah. This couldn’t be intended as a middle finger to Netflix, Marvel is WAY too classy for something like that.Read More
We’ve made it to 100 episodes! So pardon my voice, but I’m working through a cold - and, I think, using what might be the last few words I have left before losing my voice - because I just felt a need to celebrate, and to thank you for all you’ve done to make these first 100 episodes so special. Brace yourself for another 100, and please let me know if you're enjoying these nightly shows, or if you prefer a weekly format, or a few times a week, etc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call (646) 535-4788, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways of getting in touch with me.
Following up on a recent episode of this podcast (https://www.spreaker.com/user/mattsager/episode-88-starry-skits), ABC has officially confirmed that the Academy Awards will have no host for the first time in 30 years, and if you want to get tangled in logic knots, you can read the hilarious take on this disaster as a great thing, a huge victory even, from ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke. Yeah, the last time we tried this it was a huge success, nothing embarrassing in the 1989 Oscars at all!
But really, if you want to follow along with me from just one bit of that disastrous show that I play tonight, you can find "The Stars of Tomorrow," which the Academy believed in 1989, hindsight being 20/20 and all that: https://youtu.be/uAQ9Taunh7w
Plus, one of my favorite series is about to air it's last season on FX - but the network has also picked up a new series that promises to be amazing: Y The Last Man! If you're unfamiliar with this brilliant series, you buy it in paperback, hardcover, or digital for ComiXology here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2DUHOD3Read More
Another of my predictions has come true - that’s twice this week. Time to either enroll in the Xavier Institute, or maybe get some training from Scatman Crothers in how to use my gift wisely.
As I suggested would happen on a recent episode of this podcast (https://www.spreaker.com/user/mattsager/episode-97-black-panther-and-aquaman-tri), Ben Affleck has officially exited The Batman, Matt Reeves’ cinematic relaunch of the Dark Knight slated for release in 2021.
Deadline reports, and Affleck has confirmed on Twitter, that The Batman will feature a younger Bruce Wayne, and will follow an origin story based on, or similar to, the classic Batman: Year One.Read More
It's time for another round of What's in My Box, in which I answer questions on anything and everything. Tonight, people are wondering why I'm annoyed by Bill Maher once again, and here's a link to the video that set me off, and which I discuss tonight: https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/bill-maher-stan-lee-real-time-785005.
And on a much more enjoyable topic, I am asked for my opinions so far of the Boom Studios comics based on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. I've been waiting for an excuse to remark on these comics, so strap in for my many thoughts on both series.Read More
Black Panther took home the SAG Award for outstanding by an ensemble - finally someone I voted for won! Check out Chadwick Boseman’s beautiful acceptance speech here: https://youtu.be/SgASaCn8XXs
Meanwhile Aquaman is officially the highest grossing film of all time, and the start of a bold, exciting new direction for the DC Extended Universe. And speaking of the DCEU, check out this teaser trailer for Birds of Prey: https://youtu.be/ZmolALUrODI
And here's the first trailer for Agents of SHIELD Season 6: https://youtu.be/DrAZA39RiHk
Finally, Bill Maher continues to be irrelevant and begs to be put out to pasture - and did I accidentally curse Rent Live? If so, I apologize.Read More
I tried to tackle this topic on Wednesday, and found myself so overcome with rage that I ran another episode instead. I've done some thinking on it, and while I'm no less outraged, I'm able to discuss the horrifying, damning coverage by The Atlantic of Bryan Singer's alleged decades of serial child sex abuse. You can read the piece here: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/bryan-singers-accusers-speak-out/580462/Read More
It’s been a brutal day for media companies, who are laying off huge amounts of staff as they struggle to keep up with the ever-changing economy, to say nothing of technology and how to best attract readers and keep their advertisers happy. As the corporate boats at Verizon Media, BuzzFeed, DC Comics and others struggle to stay afloat, they are throwing staff overboard in massive numbers.Read More