Batman's best friend, father figure, and - well, butler - has an origin series, Pennyworth, coming to Epix July 28. In the first trailer, released today, we meet a young Alfred, who meets a young Thomas Wayne and kicks a whole lot of Cockney ass, setting himself up to be a butler to Thomas' son, a lunatic who lives out his own personal Die Hard every single night. Tonight, I play the trailer and discuss my first impressions of the show.Read More
Jessica Jones' third and final season hits Netflix on June 14. Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/7DBKS2qH51I
And here's a video featuring Krysten Ritter in her behind-the-camera role as director: https://youtu.be/EVItgluTbvQ
The reviews are mixed, and it's certainly sad to see the show end, but the Marvel/Netflix universe has ultimately been a failure. Like DC's movies, they skipped a few too many steps in their zeal to build up to the anticlimactic Defenders, and so as soon as Iron Fist debuted with a thud, the writing was sort of on the wall. Here's to a great future for Krysten Ritter, who I hope to see on Hulu's upcoming new season of Veronica Mars. As for her character, and those of the other street level heroes who have had a turn on Netflix, it's not likely we'll be seeing them again for a few years, unless we're watching reruns on Netflix.
But in the meantime, Jessica Jones' last go-round sees her facing off against her friends, her family, her own demons, and a legitimately scary, obscure Marvel villain who is a straight-up violent psychopath.Read More
Tonight, neither of the big two is spared, as DC Universe has given us every possible sign that it has no intention of improving, that it is little more than a scam, and that their mistaken belief that shooting in North Carolina would net them $30 Million. Sadly, they ONLY got 16.3 million, which is actually 4.3 million more than North Carolina ever gives anyone, ever. But that’s why Swamp Thing was abruptly cut short a few weeks ago, why production was halted, and why today, 6 days after the well-received series premiere, Swamp Thing was cancelled.Read More
Apple had many announcements at this year’s WWDC, including upgrades to iOS and MacOS, and a new OS for iPads called iPad OS. I know, I have no idea where they get these amazing names from either! Then again, my podcast is just called The Matt Sager Podcast, so maybe I’m not really in a position to be calling out anyone on rather on-the-nose product names.Read More
It's been a busy week for television/streaming shows: Swamp Thing had its series premiere - I like it, and encourage you to try it, but with some caveats which I discuss tonight. I don't discuss anything that happens on the episode itself, because the Matt Sager Podcast, unless and until it is stated otherwise, is a spoiler-free zone. I will say, that if you are a DC Universe subscriber, it adds value to your membership. It's not a reason to start a new subscription, though. So, good but there's still not a service's worth of programming here.Read More
Archer season 10, or Archer: 1999 brings back the crew that once comprised a bumbling, privatized group of intelligence operatives named I.S.I.S., a concept which, for several reasons, has not aged well. So, in keeping with the show’s recent seasons of new milieus each season, this go-round looks like a retro-futuristic, dystopian vision of the “future” of 1999, as imagined by 1970’s sci-fi movies, and TV shows like Space: 1999.Read More
Hellboy is ending its run theaters, not with a bang but with a whimper to the tune of $40 million worldwide. By contrast, the movie cost $50 million to produce, not including the expenses of marketing and promoting the film. So, between that and the dismal reviews, this has been a loss all around.
Hellboy star David Harbour is finally speaking out about the film, which was said to be fraught with production issues including numerous personal battles between Harbor and director Neil Marshall, which included such fun as Harbour walking off the set in frustration, and rewriting his own scenes - also, one assumes, in frustration. But Harbour is keeping things very classy, and in fact a bit confusing as, to avoid burning bridges, he sort of blames it all on Marvel movies being the gold standard for all comic movies, an argument with a lot of holes which I discuss - but then Harbour goes into a whole weird rap about flavors of chocolate, and I sort of think he may be getting distracted and hungry. All this and more, on tonight’s steak and ice cream, I mean Matt Sager Podcast!Read More
Tom King had just told the Hollywood Reporter that Batman #85 would herald a twist that would "Change the Character for a Generation” - a change which would unfold over the final 15 issues of King’s run - when word abruptly came down that, instead, King would depart the title at issue 85, as opposed to his original planned 100-issue arc.Read More
It's not just you, me, our friends and families, and every user of IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes who hated the Game of Thrones series finale. Political superstars Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez express their disappointment with the episode, and its message. You can watch their video (spoilers, obviously) here: https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1130864643063328768
New York Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand vents her own disgust with the finale in two videos, which you can watch here: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kirsten-gillibrand-game-of-thrones_n_5ce3e1c3e4b075a35a2d3e4dRead More
Well, we have some Batman casting news: Robert Pattinson is the next Dark Knight. Thoughts? Yeah, I'm still processing it all, too. It's certainly a conversation starter, so let's start the conversation, and hope for the best. Sorry, Armie Hammer, your Sisyphean quest to be the Bat has come to a close. I also know who the villains are - they're a blast from the past, and frankly the whole thing sounds like a huge disaster, but you never know. In any case, let's lay out everything we now know about The Batman, and start speculating about where all this is going.Read More
After a medical time out to deal with a feline emergency, my kitties are fine and the Matt Sager Podcast is back! Thank you for being patient, and I bring good news! I have both dates, and trailers, for the upcoming Black Mirror season 5 and Rick and Morty season 4!Read More
It’s another big trailer day, as HBO's upcoming Watchmen series gets its first teaser, and the Loser's Club returns in the first trailer for It: Chapter Two. Watchmen has been described rather specifically by showrunner Damon Lindelof as neither a reboot nor a retelling, but a "remix." There's a lot of evidence of that methodology visible in the short trailer, as an army of Rorschachs and a police force almost entirely clad in strange yellow face masks suggests a different kind of story than the Watchmen graphic novel and it's film adaptation. There do seem to be a couple of references to the more recent portrayals of the Watchmen universe in the pages of DC Comics, specifically The Button and Doomsday Clock. You can watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/zymgtV99Rko
And then there's It. It takes a lot of guts to return to your lousy hometown, especially when it's actually the home of a supernatural, murderous, possibly immortal demon that wears the extra-scary guise of a clown. But then again, I guess there's a reason that the Loser's Club are heroes. Get a look at their return to Derry, Maine, as adults, and a taste of the fear to come, in this trailer for It: Chapter Two - https://youtu.be/zqUopiAYdRgRead More
The trailer for Legion’s third and final season is up, and it looks like the underrated marvel mutant show is going out with a bang Highlights of the trailer are an appearance from poppa Charles Xavier, and David taking Cerebro for a spin. And some important questions are raised - is time travel possible, ethical, and smart for David to be attempting? For that matter, is David really the hero or the villain of this story? Check out tonight’s podcast, and watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/D8Vl1fuGn1A
Legion season 3 premieres on FX June 24.
Plus, Marvel has announced dates for its next 8 movies, after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. No other information, like which movies these will be, but based on hints - and what we know of Marvel’s recent cinematic announcements like the development of an Eternals movie, and business moves like Disney’s acquisition of Fox, let’s speculate! Send my your thoughts and guesses: email email@example.com, call (646) 535-4788, or listen to the end of tonight’s podcast for more ways to get in touch with me.Read More
Tonight’s episode contains some spoilers for Heroes in Crisis, up to and including issue #8.
I love it when you ask me questions - sometimes, like tonight, I dedicate an entire episode to the question of, have I come around to enjoying Heroes in Crisis? The short answer is “no,” the long answer is this episode of the Matt Sager Podcast. Enjoy, and remember you can ask me anything, any time! You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call (646) 535-4788, or listen to the end of this episode for more ways to get in touch with me.Read More
I saw Avengers: Endgame, and loved it - and I consider myself very lucky, not only because it was so very great but because all of my social media and news feeds are rife with spoilers. Even the articles, essays and videos I've seen with "spoiler warning" in their title, go on to give away huge plot points in the headline, and then really hammer it home with an accompanying thumbnail. Not cool, and while we're at it why do even legitimate news websites think it's OK to start posting similarly spoiling headlines within minutes of Game of Thrones airing?
Enough with the spoilers, please! When more of you have had a chance to see Endgame, and when I'm comfortable that I won't be contributing to the epidemic of spoiling, I'll give my full review. For tonight, I'm being very vague but I'm very happy to say it's the best of Marvel's films to date. For more details - not too many more, don't worry - listen to tonight's episode.Read More
I’m heading out to go experience Avengers: Endgame, all 3 hours and 1 minute of the movie that currently has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of any Marvel movie to date. And I haven’t read any of the guides as to when it’s safe to go to the bathroom, for fear of spoilers, but if you want to go in prepared, I certainly don’t blame you. Just do a Google search for “Avengers Endgame Bathroom Breaks,” there are tons of guides available, but be careful because they all give out some plot points, which is why I didn’t read them. No spoilers!Read More
The reviews are in - mostly via Twitter, but people who have seen the premiere of Avengers: Endgame are gushing with praise. Tonight I share some of the glowing praise, and as I read the tweets there are a few actual interviews showing up, from The Hollywood Reporter and The Atlantic, but those are spoiler-ish, so I pretty much stick to the tweets. The consensus seems to be that these are going to be 3 amazing hours, after which the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same again.Read More
There’s a lot of new information available about Spider-Man: Far from Home, not the least of which is that it - not Avengers: Endgame - is the last movie in Marvel Phase 3/The Infinity Saga. But that’s not all, there’s also new information about the specifics of Spidey's relationship with Nick Fury, some more speculation about Mysterio, the villains calling themselves The Elementals, and why Spider-Man’s biggest supporter/father figure appears to not be in this film.Read More
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