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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I'm wrapping up the week of extra-short podcasts, working through a cold! I don't say this to complain, but because it's glaringly obvious how different I sound. I figured I'd best prepare you for that, in addition to another shorter episode than usual. I'll be back on Monday with longer shows, free from any major health issues, but for now let's celebrate that we've made it to episode 75 of the Matt Sager Podcast! Thanks to all of you, of course. You're the best. I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season.
Oh, and I finally joined DC Universe - it's on sale, I couldn't resist. If you've been on the fence like me, I'd take the plunge now (and in fact, I did) - you still get 3 days to make sure you're satisfied before it becomes official, and you get charged. I'll check in next week with my impressions, and although I haven't enjoyed Titans so far, I'm pretty psyched for the season finale, which looks absolutely bonkers: https://youtu.be/O8bl2Vurk7MRead More
It's a quick one tonight, with me just checking in and sharing some funny stuff from the news, and some exciting developments behind the scenes here at Matt Sager Podcast HQ. Also, pardon the TMI, but I have serious TMJ from my recent dental surgery.
So it's a quick one tonight, but worth the listen if only for the description of my surgery, a reminder to contact me - it's been a while since we've had a good game of "What's in the Box?" - and also, a great story about Christian Bale meeting Donald Trump, who apparently thought he was talking to Batman. The leader of the free world, everybody. We're all definitely doomed, but hopefully we'll last long enough for me to start working with a co-host.
Henry Cavill is apparently out as Superman in the DC Extended Universe, and reports are flooding in that Ben Affleck will follow him out the door, leaving someone else to take on the mantle of Batman.Read More
In which I start doing daily podcast episodes, because why wait a week? I'll still make a bigger deal of those weekly episodes, as I continue to recruit co-hosts, writers, voice actors and other talent (you could be part of it, too: email firstname.lastname@example.org).Read More