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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yet another player has entered the streaming wars - AT&T, having acquired Time Warner earlier this year, has announced plans for a Warner Media streaming service, debuting late 2019. Between Warners, Disney, and the still-nascent DC Universe, a clear pattern is beginning to emerge: the streaming landscape is going to be crowded, competitive and expensive.
And speaking of streaming developments, about which I've predicted but hoped in vain to be proven wrong - Daredevil is hanging up his horns. I would have been surprised if this weren't the case - Marvel wants to move all of its properties over to Disney's upcoming streaming service, and Netflix is extremely unhappy with the performance of its Marvel series. The viewership has been vanishing for each of these shows after season 1, and the critical failure of Iron Fist and The Defenders has meant this was a near-certainty. Sadly, it's now official. As fans, we can only hope that the last remaining Marvel/Netflix content - Jessica Jones season 3 and The Punisher Season 2 - see the light of day before this fun, if flawed, experiment in superhero television comes to a close.Read More
There is no denying that Disney is going through a tough, uncertain, transitory time. Marvel's Netflix universe is collapsing, as the creator of much of its content has left for DC Entertainment. Daredevil's future is uncertain, and it's looking as though all of this is headed towards an exodus from Netflix in favor of Disney's streaming service, set to launch in 2019. Of course, Marvel needs to stay healthy before they transition to their new, proprietary platform, as does Star Wars.Read More
It's episode 30, and I spent the weekend catching up on email from listeners (send me your questions or comments anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org). Interestingly, I've received a bunch of emails related to my thoughts on comics - or comic movies, TV shows, etc. I answer those, and briefly discuss the weird videogame show that I hosted from the early 2000s, and the band that was my most frequent guest on that show - you're familiar with them. They're nice guys, but - yeah, this was not my proudest moment by any stretch of the imagination. But you asked, so I'll tell you all about it.Read More