July 2, 2020

A Twenty-One Bat Nipple Salute

A Twenty-One Bat Nipple Salute

On the comic book edition, You too can own Deadpools head, DC invites you too the FanDome and we remember Joel Schumacher all that and more on this edition of multiverse tonight.

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Tonight! You too can have Deadpool’s head, DC invites you into the Fandome and we remember the man who brought you Bat nipples, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!


Marvel

Would you like to get a head? How about  Deadpool's head. Well, now you can. Hasbro has unveiled the Marvel Legends Interactive Electronic Deadpool Head. Here’s the official details quote "The Marvel Legends Deadpool’s Head is a premium, electronic, interactive, app-enhanced collectible with over 600 SFX and phrases, multiple sensors, and motors for expressive movement. Using the free app, set Deadpool up to play pranks, insult your friends and loved ones, or wake you up every morning… maybe even on time!" The head is in full scale. It is fully interactive with a free app that will allow you to make wake tell jokes, pranks, and insults.You can order him from stores like Entertainment Earth, Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart for 99.99, it will be released in September.  Also coming out is a new set of Marvel Legends figures including Pirate Deadpool, Warpath, Blue Deadpool, Shiklah (with Jeff the Baby Land Shark), Sunspot, Maverick, and Black Tom Cassidy that come together to form an X-Factor Strong Guy Build-A-Figure.


The NBA wants to resume the season with eight games followed by a sixteen team playoff, in order to do this and to ensure the players don’t get exposed to COVID 19, the players would be sequestered at Disney World resorts in Orlando Florida and the season, so to speak, would be played at ESPN World Wide Sports at Disney world. So what does this have to do with geek news? Well the teams will need entertainment as they won’t be able to get out, so entertainment will be given to them including getting to see Marvel’s Black Widow about two months before it gets released to the general public. How they will keep the players from spoiling it for the rest of us is….okay let’s face it they’ll spoil it for us. Maybe they should rethink this idea. Black Widow is due in theaters on November fifth.


Meanwhile new content must be made, especially new Marvel movies. According to star Salma Hayek, Marvel’s The Eternals will be doing reshoots soon. Posting to Instagram quote In anticipation of reshoots, I finally had to do my roots. Quote With pics of her hair before and after. The Eternals had managed to wrap up principal photography before the pandemic shut all productions down. They have a bit of time to complete everything, The Eternals is set to be released into theaters two days before my next birthday, February twelfth, 2021.


Marvel’s big 2020 event Empyre will kick off next month, the story will draw upon the Kree skrull war and planet hulk and the young avengers for inspiration. Here’s the blurb quote EMPYRE, the legendary epic that will shatter the Marvel Universe, will at last land in comic shops this July. 

After millennia of war, Emperor Hulkling has united the Kree and Skrull empires into one powerful Alliance – and only the Avengers and Fantastic Four stand in their path as their armada bears down upon the Earth. Be sure to read EMPYRE #1, on sale July 15th in comic shops and on the Marvel Comics App, to find out!


The Immortal Hulk is ending with issue number fifty., but never fear, 

Marvel Comics is making She-Hulk Immortal. A one shot ting up the Empyre cross over from Al Ewing and Jon Davis Hunt with a cover by Immortal Hulk artist Joe Bennett will see the events of Empyre and their lasting effects of jennifer Walters life. The synopsis reads like this quote IN THE WAKE OF EMPYRE, JEN WALTERS GOES IMMORTAL! The events of EMPYRE have changed everything for Jennifer Walters. Now she seems to have a new lease on life…but things are never that simple for the gamma-powered. Al Ewing gives She-Hulk the 'IMMORTAL' treatment with a horrifying stand-alone tale!" unquote  She-Hulk Smash.


DC


The Y: The Last Man series, originally picked up by FX has been moved exclusively to the FX on Hulu tab on Hulu instead of airing on FX itself. This announcement came as part of Hulu’s Upfronts presentation, also moved to FX on Hulu is the American Horror Story spinoff series American Horror Stories. A release window for both series has not been given.


DC Comics and HBO Max are joining forces for a new digital comic series called To The Max. a comic book series featuring stories about ordinary people reaching their maximum potential when they get transformed into extraordinary superheroes with the help of Max the dog. To the Max, Max is the dog….anyway the series will be a free download and will be short with three eight-page chapters featuring three people who met Max the dog and gain different superpowers. And to tie it into HBO Max, the comics are filled with easter eggs and nods to shows on HBO MAx like Friends, Game of thrones, etc Yep, you got it, folks, it’s an ad shaped like a comic book, who knows, might be interesting. You can find it at the dc comics website.


And if DC teaming up with HBO Max wasn’t enough, how about DC teaming up with Spotify to make exclusive podcasts. Spotify, DC and Warner Bros have announced a multiyear partnership to produce a lineup of audio dramas featuring DC characters. Additionally, Spotify expects to draw on Warner Bros other titles to create more standalone series. Spotify hasn’t said when the first DC podcast will arrive, but what is known is that Spotify will handle all the marketing, advertising and distribution, and Warner Bros subsidiary Blue Ribbon Content will create and produce the shows. Spotify, if you want to acquire this show, I’ll need at least six figures on that check…


DC Comics has postponed the six-issue sequel to Brian Michael Bendis’ Event Leviathan, event Leviathan: Checkmate so that the series can be quote "rescheduled to align with the upcoming DC Universe storylines". The series has been delayed a couple of times now, it was first expected on April 22nd, then moved to June second. Event Leviathan Checkmate is supposed to set up a new Checkmate composed of Green Arrow, Talia Al Ghul, The Question, and Lois Lane.


Virtual conventions seem to be the thing to do now that gathering together is not a good idea, warner bros has announced its own virtual con DC FanDome! FanDome sounds like a post-apocalyptic geek battle arena.” Are you going to the Fandome tonight? Barry’s challenged Chuck to a duel!”... Anyway, DC Fandome will be a twenty-four-hour one-day event on august twenty-second starting at ten am pacific time and is open to everyone across the globe, let’s hope they bought extra servers. The event will allow fans to see highly anticipated announcements, exclusive footage, and news from WB Games, film, TV, and comics and will have panels with casts and creators from DC shows including the much-ballyhooed Snyder Cut of Justice League. Warner Bros, CEO and Chairwoman Ann Sarnoff said in a statement quote 

“There is no fan like a DC fan,” “For more than 85 years, the world has turned to DC’s inspiring heroes and stories to lift us up and entertain us, and this massive, immersive digital event will give everyone new ways to personalize their journey through the DC Universe without lines, without tickets and without boundaries. With DC FanDome, we’re able to give fans from around the world an exciting and unparalleled way to connect with all their favorite DC characters, as well as the incredible talent who bring them to life on the page and screen.” unquote More details when we get them.



Geek

IDW is working on a new comic book based on RL Stine's Goosebumps. The five-part Goosebumps Secrets of the Swamp will be the third Goosebumps series that IDW has done since they got the rights in 2017. This mini-series will be done by Marieke Nijkamp who wrote The Oracle Code graphic novel for DC and illustrated by Yasmin Flores Montanez with colors by Rebecca Nalty. In a statement Nijkamp said quote “I have fond memories of Goosebumps terrifying me as a kid, and I'm thrilled to get to play around in Fever Swamp now,”. “Secret is a story all about finding your place in a new town, figuring out who your friends are, and dealing with the deadly monsters that lurk in the shadows. With Yasmin bringing the characters to life in such a wonderful way, I hope you'll get caught in its snare too. Of course, in Fever Swamp, all secrets have sharp teeth, so best be careful you don't get bitten.” unquote Goosebumps secrets of the swamp comes out in September.


The Emerald City Comicon 2020 has been canceled. The Seattle con was originally scheduled for March 12th to the 15th but was rescheduled because of coronavirus concerns, it was then going to be on August twenty-first to the twenty-third, but now has been canceled to be replaced by a digital event in August. The 2021 edition will be March forth to the seventh. All tickets for the canceled con will be refunded.


Daria, the 90’s MTV animated show is getting a spinoff, MTV studios has announced the adult animated series will star Tracee Ellis ross from Black-ish as Jodie. The show will follow Jodie as she graduates from college and enters the complicated real world.  The series is created by Grace Edwards who will also be it’s head writer. The air date has yet to be announced.


Dungeons and Dragons is getting its own cookbook. Ten Cent Press is making Heroes’ Feast: The official Dungeons and Dragons Cookbook, it will have 80 recipes based on the cultures and monsters found in the game. The book was written by Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Michael Witner, the team behind Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana. There are recipes for snacks, main courses, desserts and drinks, each with a story about the dishes such as Bytopian Shepherd’s Bread, Iron Rations, savory Hand Pies, and Hogs in Bedrolls, Amphail Braised Beef, Hommlet Golden Brown Roasted Turkey, Drow Mushroom Steaks, and Moonshae Seafood Risotto. Desserts and cocktails include Heartlands Roseapple & Blackberry Pie, Yawning Portal Biscuit, and Chultan Zombie. The book can be pre-ordered now at Amazon for the price of thirty-five dollars. It comes out on October twenty-fifth.


Free Comic Book day has gotten fat in quarantine. It’s now Free Comic Book Summer. Diamond Comics Distributors has announced that the event will take place in comic book stores across the country with brand new free comics every week from July to September. Retailers will receive five to six free titles in their weekly shipments. There will be 45 titles total from publishers like Marvel, Image, Boom, Dark Horse, IDW, DC, and more. The event starts on July fifteenth. We’ll have a list of the comics and when they arrive in stores in the show notes.


COMICS AVAILABLE ON JULY 15

BOOM! Studios | POWER RANGERS: RANGER SLAYER

IDW Publishing | MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC

Marvel Comics | X-MEN

Chapterhouse Publishing | CAPTAIN CANUCK BEYOND AND CAPTAIN BATTLE

Papercutz | ASTERIX

Yen Press| THE WEIRN BOOKS


COMICS AVAILABLE ON JULY 22

Valiant Entertainment | VALIANT 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

AfterShock Comics | DARK ARK: INSTINCT

Drawn & Quarterly | MANHWA: CONTEMPORARY KOREAN COMICS

Marvel Comics | SPIDER-MAN/ VENOM

Titan Comics | HORIZON ZERO DAWN #0


COMICS AVAILABLE ON JULY 29

Archie Comics | ARCHIE BLUE RIBBON PRESENTS

Dark Horse Comics | STRANGER THINGS/ MINECRAFT

DC Comics | BATMAN OVERDRIVE/ BATMAN: ONCE UPON A CRIME

Dynamite Entertainment | THE BOYS #1

Golden Apple Books | RICHARD FAIRGRAY’S MONSTER SHOWCASE

RH Graphic | STEPPING STONES/ MAX & THE MIDKNIGHTS


COMICS AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 5

Artists, Writers & Artisans | THE RESISTANCE

BOOM! Studios | LUMBERJANES: FAREWELL TO SUMMER

New England Comics | THE TICK

Penguin Workshop | ZOO PATROL SQUAD: KINGDOM CAPER

TOKYOPOP | BIBI & MIYU/ THE FOX & THE LITTLE TANUKI

Image Comics | INVINCIBLE #1

COMICS AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 12

Dark Horse Comics | NORSE MYTHOLOGY/ CRITICAL ROLE

Albatross Funnybooks | HILLBILLY: THE LIZARD OF RUSTY CREEK CAVE

Drawn & Quarterly | LITTLE LULU: NO BOYS ALLOWED

Oni Press | SUPER MERCADO MIX TAPE

Titan Comics | BLADE RUNNER 2019


COMICS AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 19

Macmillan/ First Second Books| INVESTIGATORS: TAKE THE PLUNGE SNEAK PEEK

Fantagraphics Books | DISNEY MASTERS: DONALD DUCK

Papercutz | THE LOUD HOUSE FCBD 2020 SPECIAL

UDON Entertainment | STREET FIGHTER #100: RYU VS. CHUN-LI

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | CBLDF & BOOM! DEFEND COMICS

Gemstone Publishing | THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING - FCBD 2020


COMICS AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 26

Random House Children’s Books | ONLY A MATTER OF SPACE TIME

Graphix | DONUT THE DESTROYER

Rebellion | BEST OF 2000 AD ISSUE #0

Vault Comics | BRANDON SANDERSON’S DARK ONE #1

IDW Publishing | USAGI YOJIMBO

COMICS AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 2

Ten Speed Press | JACK KIRBY: THE EPIC LIFE OF THE KING OF COMICS

Graphix | OWLY: THE WAY HOME

Insight Comics | MEAN GIRLS: SENIOR YEAR

VIZ Media | NARUTO/ SAMURAI 8

Benitez Productions | LADY MECHANIKA


COMICS AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 9

VIZ Media | THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS / SPLATOON: SQUID KIDS COMEDY SHOW

Humanoids | ENTER THE INCAL

Kodansha Comics| SUE AND TAI-CHAN PREVIEW


Nickelodeon is bringing back The Smurfs to television. The network announced that LAFIC Belgium and IMPS will produce this new series. This will be a CG animated series and will debut in 2021. A line of toys will also arrive in stores in 2022. 


Disney has a new animated feature planned from Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Jared Bush. According to Disney Insider , Encanto, which translates as charm in English quote centers on a young girl and her family in Brazil, who all have magical powers. Sadly, the young girl has no powers. The film’s music will be done by Lin_Manuel Miranda. No word on when it’s expected in theaters, but Disney Insider seems to think it will be a November 2021 release. 


The Writers Guild of America West has reached a 5 and a quarter million dollar settlement with Disney over interest on late residuals owed on the Simpsons, Family Guy, the Cleveland Show, American Dad and Futurama. The guild says that this is the largest interest-only settlement in history. Already 250 writes have received checks. And I’m sure with the shutdown that money is really needed right now. 

Fox has already renewed its newest animated sow The Great North even before it’s premiered. The show, from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard will be a midseason launch and shows how Fox is aggressively ramping up its slate of animated shows. The Great North is about the Alaskan adventures of The Tobin family. Beef is the dad played by Nick Offerman, His daughter Judy played by Jenny Slate has artistic dreams of wanting out of the family fishing boat and into the mall. Rounding out the family is Judy’s older brother Wolf played by Will Forte and his finance HoneyBee, played by Dulce Sloan, middle brother Hamm played by Paul Rust and then your old little brother Moon played by Aparna Nacherla. Judy gets advice from her boss, Alyson played by Megan Maullaly and her imaginary friend singer Alanis Morissette, voiced by Alanis herself.


The new Spongebob Squarepants movie, Sponge on the Run is running away from movie theaters and will instead premiere on digital instead in early 202. Before going to CBS All Access.  The movie was originally going to theaters on Memorial Day Weekend, but was going to be rescheduled for August seventh. 




Joel Schumacher, a man who was both loved and revealed by fans and critics alike has passed away.  Joel was born in New York City and studied Fashion earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, After working in the fashion industry for awhile working for Revlon and Bendel’s department store, he realized his passion for filmmaking and moved to LA where he began his media work as a costume designer working for movies like Woody Allen’s Sleeper. Schumacher’s first screenplay came in 1976 with the musical drama Sparkle, he also wrote screenplay’s for Car Wash and The Wiz. He finally got his big screen directorial debut with The Incredible Shrinking Woman with Lily Tomlin. The rest of the eighties saw him make films like DC Cab, St Elmo's Fire, and  The Lost Boys. IN the 90’s He directed movies like Flatliners, Falling Down, Dying Young, The Client A Time To Kill  and gained the ire of Batman fans directing Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, which effectively ended the 80’s Batman franchise. He even admitted years later that he shouldn’t have listened to the studio execs who wanted more of a kids movie. IN the 2000’s Joel slowed down, being more selective in what he made. This century saw Tigerland, Phone Booth, The Phantom of the Opera, which he also executive produced the music, The Number 23 and Trespass.  He also made music videos for INXS, Lenny Kravitz, Seal, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, and The Killing Floor. He passed away on June 22nd, after a years-long battle with cancer, he was eighty years old.


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