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On the comic book edition, Michelle Gomez joins The Doom Patrol, Black Widow's unknown fate and we remember the creator of The Phantom Tollbooth.  All That and More on the comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Tonight! Michelle Gomez joins the Doom Patrol, will Black Widow come out in theaters? And  we remember the creator of The Phantom Tollbooth, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 119 of Multiverse Tonight


Michelle Gomez who has plenty of villain cred from Doctor Who and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is joining Doom Partol’s third season as Madame Rouge, the eccentric villainess who arrives at Doom Manor with a very specific mission (if only she could remember it). This role won’t be a guest spot, as she’s being referred to as a series regular. THe Third season will air exclusively on HBO max.

And while we’re on the casting couch, let’s welcome Spanish Actress Maribell Verdy to the Flash movie. The actress will be playing Barry Allen’s mother in the new DC movie. Maribel is best known for her work in Alfonso Cuarón 's Y Tu Mamá También and Guillermo del Toro' s Pan 's Labyrinth.  However while the movie has found the Flash’s mother, they’ll have to go to the drawing board for his father as actor Billy Crudup has had to drop out. Ezra Miller will be back as the Flash and will be joined by Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as different multiverses Batmen.

Teh Zatanna Movie from Bad Robot Productions has tapped Emerald Fennell who wrote and directed Promising Young Woman to write the script for the movie. Fennell is up for multiple Oscars this year. 

this  DC will be celebrating Green Arrow’s 80th Anniversary with an oversized 100 page one host.

The Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100 page Super Spectacular will will feature stories from the likes of Mike Grell, Jeff Lemire, Phil Hester, Otto Schmidt, Ben Percy, Tom Taylor, Devin Grayson, Stephanie Phillips, Mariko Tamaki, Ram V, Vita Ayala, Nicola Scott, Chris Mitten, Laura Braga, Max Fiumara, Brandon Thomas and others. It will also have several different collectible covers, the main one will be by Dan Mora and eight more one for each decades from 1940s Variant: Michael Cho

1950s Variant: Daniel Warren Johnson

1960s Variant: Neal Adams

1970s Variant: Derrick Chew

1980s Variant: Gary Frank

1990s Variant: Howard Porter

2000s Variant: Jen Bartel

2010s Variant: Simone Di Meo  

The special will be out on June twenty ninth and cost 9.99.

Warner Bros, DC Films and Chernin Entertainment are in development of an adaptation of Hourman. The adaptation is coming from Gavin James and Neil Widener. Hourman was created back in 1940 and has had three different incarnations. The reason the character is called Hourman was because the Miraclo compound that chemist Rex Tyler made would grant him super strength and endurance for one hour only. However which incarnation will be used in the film is unknown. Watch this space.

Season six of Supergirl will add too new recurring characters played by Jason Behr and Claude Knowlton. Knowlton will play a mild mannered aliten with a tragic past that will help Supergirl and her allies on their mission and Behr will be a famous or noted Kryptonian who plays a significant role helping Kara face circumstances beyond her control.  The sixth and final season of Supergril will premiere on March 30th.


Yondu is dead. Period. Writer director James Gunn said on Twitter quote As I’ve said before, Yondu is dead & will stay dead as long as I’m involved with the Guardians. His death means something to people & I’m not about to diminish that. Unquote Yondu died at the end of Guardians Vol 2 saving Star Lord. The third chapter in the Guardians saga will hit theaters in 2023.

The will it or won't it release in theaters question for Black Widow is still up in the air apparently. Disney CEO Bob Chapek told Bloomberg TV that the release pattern for Black Widow will be a last minute decision. Currently the movie is slated for theatrical release on May seventh. But speculation has been rumbling about that the film could instead have a dual release on Disney Plus as well as theaters When asked if the movie would stick to its release date Chapek said quote “Our situation and our conditions change,” “Just a few weeks ago, theaters in New York and Los Angeles weren’t even open. Now, all of a sudden they’re open, so we’re waiting to see how prospective theatergoers respond to these reopenings. We’re going to remain flexible. We’ll make the call probably at the last minute in terms of how these films come to market, whether it’s Black Widow or any other title.” “We love the theatrical window,” Chapek said. “We think it’s important for building our franchises. At the same time, we don’t think it’s the only way to do it. … We’ll see what happens over the next couple of months. So much is changing, it’s such a dynamic environment. It’s really hard to predict what’s going to happen with consumer behavior in the next month as it comes to re-emergence back into the world of normal. We’ll be watching the call carefully and make the call when we have to.” unquote 

Well Black Widows is not the only movie to get pushed back. Venom:Let There Be Carnage has been moved back a few months from June twenty fifth to September seventeenth. The sequel to the first Venom movie will be converted into 3D, Imax and other large format screens, so putting it out on digital isn’t really economical for Sony. They are hoping to have as much business as the first Venom had, the original movie grossed 850 million world wide. 

Benedict Cumberbatch is really enjoying working with Sam Raimi on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The actor shared with Collider quote "Sam, amazing. He's so collaborative," Cumberbatch shared with Collider. "God, he comes with the baggage of an icon. He's an incredible force, especially in this genre. But he's so humble, he's so nice, he's so appreciative, you really wanna serve him. And boy, when he's happy, you know you've done something right. He's so good at getting you there and getting it there. It's been a very, very collaborative process, this one. Our origin stories, I guess, and obviously the beasts that were the Avengers films to be a part of were a thrill, but you're kind of just along for the ride. You do the best with what you've already got given to do. The second time around, there's a bit more of, 'So, what do you want to do, and how do we go about solving this?' So it feels very creative. Scarily so, sometimes." unquote  Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected in theaters March twenty fifth 2022.


The Resident Evil reboot now has a title. Constantin Film and director Johannes Robert revealed the title at South by Southwest. Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City will adapt the events from the first two video games and feature characters like Chris and Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Leon S. Kennedy.

Scott Derrickson’s new Horror Film The Black Phone has cast It Chapter Two’s James Ransone in the movie as a character named Max. The movie, from Blumhouse and Universal is about quote The story concerns a kidnapped kid who finds himself in a soundproof basement surrounded by the remains of other victims. When night falls, the antique — and disconnected — telephone in the room begins to ring with the calls from the dead.'' Unquote Derrickson and C Robert Cargill adapted the script based on a short story by Joe Hill from Hill’s short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. Hill will serve as an executive producer on the movie.

The Simpsons have hit another milestone episode, seven hundred. The series was recently renewed for another two seasons which will lead to a grand total of 757 episodes. But could it make it to an even higher number? Al Jean, executive producer of the Simpsons told Variety quote “We’re going to definitely do 757,” “I wouldn’t say that’s the end but I don’t know how much further we can go.” unquote When asked if they could make it to 1000, he laughed and noted that it would take another twelve years to reach that feat. Perhaps in a reboot? Jean added quote “As soon as they cancel us, they’ll reboot us,” he said. “I’m confident, after I’m gone, there’ll be some sort of ‘Simpsons’ coming. It’s too ubiquitous to think that it’ll just disappear.”

The Rugrats reboot for Paramount Plus has added a plethora of actors to the cast Nicole Byer, Tony Hale and Natalie Morales will be taking on the roles of the parents on the show. Hale will play Chuckie’s father, Morales as Phil and Lil’s mother and Byer, with Omar Miller, as Susie’s parents. THey join Ashley Rae Spillers  and Tommy Dewey, as Tommy’s parents; Anna Chlumsky and Timothy Simons, as Angelica’s parents; and Michael McKean, as Grandpa Lou Pickles. They join original voice talents E.G. Daily (Tommy), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Cree Summer (Susie) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil). IN an interview with Deadline Nickelodeon President Brain Robbins addressed the decision to recast only the adult roles saying quote

 “First of all, we have all the original babies back, all the original cast back, which we are thrilled to have” Robbins said. “Some of the original actors — remember the show is 20-25+  years-old, and we thought there was an opportunity for new exciting comedic voices who grew up watching and being fans of the show and let them do cameos. So we are really excited about our adult cast on Rugrats.“ unquote No word on when the show will hit the service.

Universal has given a release date for the Puss in Boots Sequel, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, The movie will open in wide release on September twenty third 2022. Dreamworks has also put The Bad Guys on the schedule for April fifteenth 2022. THe Bad Guys had five bad guys Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula -- attempting their most challenging heist yet as they ultimately fail hard at trying to be good. The Bad Guys is directed by Pierre Perifel and is produced by Damon Ross and Rebecca Huntley. 

Birdgirl, the sequel to HArvey Birdman: Attorney At Law will premiere on Adult Sim on April fourth. Here's the synopsis In Birdgirl, 30-something Judy Ken Sebben inherits her father’s company, which would be great if that company weren’t built around the most socially irresponsible 20th Century products and practices that, on a good day, involves clearing redwood forests or operating for-profit children’s hospitals. From the halls of the company headquarters, she assembles the ragtag, non-overtime earning Birdteam. Together, they try to undo all the luridly dangerous decisions of the generation before or contain the havoc of one of their own “world-saving” products gone bad.Birdgirl stars Paget Brewster, Rob Delaney, Sonia Denis, Kether Donohue, John Doman, Negin Farsad, Tony Hale and Lorelei Ramirez. I’m looking forward to this, I loved Harvey Birdman.

Disney Plus’ live action Peter Pan & Wendy movie has expanded it’s cast by adding Alan Tudyk as Mr. Darling. The movie has started filming in Vancouver and will air on Disney Plus in 2022. He will be joining Alexander Molony as Peter Pan and Ever Anderson as Wendy.  Jude Law  as Captain Hook, comedian Jim Gaffigan as Smee and Yara Shahidi  as Tinkerbell,Molly Parker as Mrs. Darling and Alyssa Wapanatâhk will play Neverland resident Tiger Lily.

Everybody Hates Chris is getting a reboot, sort of. The series is being brought back as an animated series from CBS Studios. The series originally ran from 2005 to 2009 on UPN and on The CW and focused on comedian Chris Rock's childhood. Rock is expected to return as the narrator. No outlet has been chosen for the series. 

Haley Bennett has been cast in Eli Roth’s adaptation of the video game Borderlands that’s being made at Lionsgate. Bennett will play the key to the past of Cate Blanchett’s lilith. She joins Kevin Hart as Roland, Jamie Lee Curtis as Tannis, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Florian Munteanu as Krieg and Jack Black as Claptrap. No release date yet.

Marc Webb, the filmmaker behind the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies is directing the first two episodes of Just Beyond for Disney Plus. The Horror Comedy series is based on the RL Stine Graphic Series by Boom Studios. The eight episode series is being written and showrun by Seth Grahame-Smith and is currently in production in Atlanta.

The Razzie Award Nominations are out and Wonder Woman 1984 garnered three nominations  The nominees are: Worst Picture

365 Days

Absolute Proof


Fantasy Island


Worst Actor

Robert Downey, Jr.- Dolittle

Mike Lindell (The “My Pillow” Guy) – Absolute Proof

Michele Morrone,- 365 Days

Adam Sandler – Hubie Halloween

David Spade – The Wrong Missy

Worst Actress

Anne Hathaway – The Last Thing He Wanted AND Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Katie Holmes – Brahms: The Boy II AND The Secret: Dare to Dream

Kate Hudson – Music

Lauren Lapkus – The Wrong Missy

Anna-Maria Sieklucka – 365 Days

Worst Supporting Actress

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Lucy Hale – Fantasy Island

Maggie Q – Fantasy Island

Kristen Wiig – Wonder Woman 1984

Maddie Ziegler – Music

Worst Supporting Actor

Chevy Chase – The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee

Rudy Giuliani (As “Himself”) – Borat, Subsequent Movie Film

Shia LaBeouf – The Tax Collector

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Iron Mask

Bruce Willis – Breach, Hard Kill AND Survive the Night

Worst Screen Combo

Maria Bakalova & Rudy Giuliani (Yes, That Really IS Rudy Giuliani!) – Borat Subsequent Movie Film

Robert Downey Jr. & His Utterly Unconvincing “Welsh” Accent – Doolittle

Harrison Ford & That Totally Fake-Looking CGI “Dog” – Call of the Wild

Lauren Lapkus & David Spade – The Wrong Missy

Adam Sandler & His Grating Simpleton Voice – Hubie Halloween

Worst Director

Charles Band – All 3 “Barbie & Kendra” movies

Barbara Białowąs & Tomasz Mandes – 365 Days

Stephen Gaghan – Dolittle

Ron Howard – Hillbilly Elegy

Sia – Music

Worst Screenplay

365 Days

All 3 Barbie & Kendra Movies


Fantasy Island

Hillbilly Elegy

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel

365 Days (Polish Remake/Rip-Off of Fifty Shades of Grey)

Dolittle (Remake)

Fantasy Island (Remake/”Re-Imagining”)

Hubie Halloween (Remake/Rip-Off of Ernest Scared Stupid)

Wonder Woman 1984 (Sequel)

Apple TV Plus’ Central Park has gotten an Early renewal for Season Three. Season Two is set to start on June twenty fifth. Series creator Loren Bouchard declared on Twitter quote “Seasons 2 and 3 of Central Park mean 29 more episodes, and something like a 115 new songs,” series creator Loren Bouchard declared on Twitter. “The people who make this show dazzle me with their talent and ambition and sheer will. And Apple and 20th have shown their will too! I’m honored to be a part of something with this much chutzpah.” unquote 

The Powerpuff Girls live action series has cast Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron and Yana Perrault. Cameron will play Bubbles, Bennet will play Blossom and Yana Perrault will be playing Buttercup. The series will see the former child heroes  now twenty something sisters who don’t have very fond memories of fighting crime as children and are now faced with a decision to reunite and save the world or not. The series is in the pilot stage now with a script from Heather Regnier and Diablo Cody.

Ace Ventura three is reportedly in development at Amazon Prime. The hint came from an interview about Morgan Creek Entertainment, the film production company behind the original movie. In an interview with Park Circus, Morgan Creek stated quote "We’re pretty excited about our franchise developments with Exorcist and the Ace Ventura franchise..." Morgan Creek said in a statement to Park Circus. "During COVID, audiences have been in love and are thrilled to have beloved characters brought back with new stories. Ace Ventura will see a new day at Amazon as a major motion-picture/theatrical with the Sonic the Hedgehog writers." unquote  Sonic the Hedgehog was written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller.

Author Norton Juster has passed away. Norton was the author of The Phantom Tollbooth and The Dot and the Line. Norton was born in June second of 1929 and got into writing while on tour with the Navy, after being discharged he got a job in an architecture firm, He published his first book The Phantom Tollbooth in 1961, he would publish or edit twelve books in his career ranging from children’s fiction to nonfiction. All the while never quitting his day job, where he would go on to teach architecture and environmental design at Hampshire College from 1970 to 1992. The Phantom Tollbooth and The Dot and The Line were adapted into animated films by animator Chuck Jones. Juster passed away after complications from a stroke on March eighth, he was 91.

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