June 20, 2022

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Thomas is back from Smallville Con plus Joker II is a go, Wonder Man is going to series, Kate Mulgrew is interested in returning and a childrens book to Bounty Hunters, plus we remember Artist Tim Sale and Actor Phillip Baker Hall, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Tonight! Joker gets a sequel, Wonder Man gets a series, Discovery gets a start, Star Wars gets a Bounty Hunter and we remember Artist Tim Sale. All That and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight.

-Smallville Con

- Monday Night Raw in Wichita


THe open beta for the new Smash Bros-like game Multiverses will take place next month and it’s been revealed that progress that the player makes during the beta will carry over when the game goes live. For those unfamiliar with MultiVersus, it's an upcoming fighting game featuring characters from various Warner Bros. properties. At launch, the game will feature icons such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Shaggy, Bugs Bunny, and more. Rumors suggest that the roster could be adding basketball legend LeBron James in the near future, as well as Gizmo from the Gremlins franchise.MultiVersus is set to release later this year on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

The series based on Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner's Dead Boy Detectives has hired Beth Schwartz as co-showrunner and executive producer according to Variety. Schwartz will now co-show run the series with Steve Yockey. This is not the first time Schwartz has been at the helm of a show based on a DC property, as she served as the showrunner on the final two seasons of “Arrow” at The CW. She is also known for the Netflix series “Sweet Tooth,” on which she was the co-showrunner for the show’s first season.The show is described as a ghost story that explores loss, grief, and death through the lens of Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland, two dead British teenagers, and their very alive friend, Crystal Palace.

A Joker sequel is officially in the offing. Todd Phillips confirmed on his Instagram account that the script had been written and shared a photo of Joaquin Phoenix reading it. The cover of the script reads Joker: Folie a Deux, which is a psychiatric syndrome where two or more people begin to share delusions.


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is coming to physical media next month on July 26th on 4k Bluray, blu ray, DVD and a limited edition best buy steel book edition. 

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Special Features:


Audio commentary by Sam Raimi, Richie Palmer, and Michael Waldron


Method to the Madness – Join various crew members and Marvel employees in interviews as they discuss their love of Sam Raimi and all the details of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that makes it quintessentially Raimi.

Introducing America Chavez – In this short and fun profile piece, we'll learn about America's humble beginnings in the comics. We'll meet Xochitl Gomez and discuss the complications her character's unique power presents for the future of the MCU.

Constructing the Multiverse – Writing a feature film for Marvel is no easy task. In this playful yet informative featurette, we'll dive into the challenges that writer Michael Waldron faced in creating the twisting and turning story of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.


Gag Reel – Take a look at some of the fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Deleted Scenes

A Great Team – A journalist questions Doctor Strange's integrity.

Pizza Poppa – Bruce is relieved when Doctor Strange's spell ends.

It's Not Permanent – Bruce tries to accuse Doctor Strange of being an imposter.

Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature

The movie comes to streaming this Wednesday on Disney Plus.

The Disney Plus series Ironheart has added Westworrlds Manny Montana as a series regular opposite Dominique Throne. Details of the character are being kept under wraps.

And Marvel’s THunderbolts movie has added Jake Schreier as its director with Black Widow’s Eric Pearson set to write the script and Kevin Feige producing with reports that indicate that the film could start production next summer. Schreier is best known for directing the 2012 indie darling Robot & Frank and the 2015 adaptation of John Green's novel Paper Towns. He has also helmed episodes of Beef and Dave, as well as music videos for Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. It had previously been rumored that a Thunderbolts movie could be in the works to begin production sometime in 2023.

Sony’s Prime Video-bound Silk series is getting started. Producer Phil Lord told Deadline that the series is quote "We're developing all that stuff with great care and there's a really exciting start for Silk," Lord teased. "It's coming along. There'll be news someday soon." The series would follow fan-favorite Marvel Comics character Cindy Moon, who has previously been described in casting descriptions for the series as a Korean-American between 19 and 29 years old who is a kid from Queens who is on her own for the first time. Although she's a total beginner in law enforcement and fighting crime, she is said to love the feeling of beating up criminals to let her frustrations out and has an affinity for the '80s and '90s pop culture. She also struggles with her identity and heritage, but she tries to focus on her family, friends, and relationships.

The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Wonder Man will get his own series from Destin Daniel Cretton the filmmaker of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and writer-producer of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Community Andrew Guest. Guest will serve as head writer of the series, while Cretton will exec produce and possibly direct an episode or more. Cretton is working via his overall deal with Marvel Studios, signed late last year in the glow of Shang-Chi’s success. Wonder Man is one of Marvel’s oldest characters, first introduced in 1964 in the pages of Avengers No 9. He was initially a villain and only appeared sporadically in the early Marvel Age, until being reconceived as a hero (and Avenger) in the late 1970s.

In the 1980s, the character really came into his own. Known as Simon Williams, he was a founding member of the Los Angeles-based West Coast Avengers and, with a look that included a turtleneck, a red jacket, and sunglasses, became a celebrity thanks to his day job as an actor and stuntman.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns game from 2K and Firaxis Games will come out for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store on October 7th. THe game quote In Marvel's Midnight Suns, players take on the role of the Hunter – the first customizable original hero in the Marvel Universe, brought back to life from a centuries-long sleep to lead the Midnight Suns, with heroes spanning across the Avengers, X-Men, Runaways, and more," the official description of the new video game reads in part. "Forced to unite in opposition to Lilith, Mother of Demons and parent to the Hunter, the Midnight Suns must rise up against the darkness in the face of fallen allies and with the fate of the world at stake."

Star Trek

Star Trek Discovery season five has started filming. Showrunner Michelle Paradise on Twitter announced the start of production with a photo of the Orange Cone with the quote "Day 1 of #StarTrekDiscovery season 5!," Paradise tweeted. "For those asking for spoilers, I'm happy to announce that Orange Cone is indeed returning… and she brought her conelings with her! They did a great job staying quiet and still during takes. I managed to sneak some pics. (shhh… don't tell…)"

Kate Mulgrew would be interested in returning as Janeway in live-action. Currently, she’s come back as a hologram version and live version for the animated Star Trek Prodigy and as the mirror universe version of Janeway for Star Trek Online. Speaking with Comic book dot com to promote Showtimes The Man Who Fell TO Earth she responded to a question on if she will make a surprise appearance in Picard's final season she replied quote "Well, I think Picard is done unless I'm quite mistaken," Mulgrew notes (she's not mistaken). "I think they've finished, but it's not likely that Janeway will show up on Picard. But who knows what will happen to her in the future? There seems to be, as I said to you earlier, a tremendous resurgence here, a rather vital one. So for the first time, I'm actually looking at it with new eyes. I wonder what would happen if Janeway were to come back to live-action."

Star Wars

Taika Waititi the director/creator and actor is planning a different kind of Star Wars movie. In a recent interview with Total Film saying quote “Look, I think for the Star Wars universe to expand, it has to expand. I don’t think that I’m any use in the Star Wars universe making a film where everyone’s like, ‘Oh great, well that’s the blueprints to the Millennium Falcon, ah that’s Chewbacca’s grandmother.’ That all stands alone.” I would like to take something new and create some new characters and just expand the world, otherwise, it feels like it’s a very small story.” unquote IN other words, he wants it to be set IN the Star Wars Universe but not just with the familiar characters, planets, etc.

The Bounty Hunters of the Star Wars Universe are getting a lot of use lately. Between The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian, we’ve seen plenty of hunters. A new illustrated in-universe guide to the bounty hunters of the Star Wars universe aimed at children is coming out in November to help fill in some knowledge. Star Wars: THe Secrets of the Bounty Hunters is a Hardcover book by author Marc Sumerak with illustrations by Sergio Gomez Silvan. Here’s the blurb quote Join wily pirate Hondo Ohnaka to learn about the galaxy’s shadowy underworld in Star Wars: The Secrets of the Bounty Hunters. Young fans will uncover fascinating stories about the most infamous denizens of scum and villainy, all accompanied by incredible artwork and interactive features, such as pop-ups, booklets, and lift-the-flap inserts.

• LEARN ABOUT THE STAR WARS UNDERWORLD: In this in-universe book, Ohnaka recounts fascinating tales about the galaxy’s most famed bounty hunters. Hondo also delves into the wider world of bounty hunters, sharing all he knows about notorious starships, dangerous underworld tech, and more.

• ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS: Spanning films, television shows, books, comics, and video games, Star Wars: The Secrets of the Bounty Hunters highlights the galaxy’s greatest bounty hunters—including Boba Fett, Din Djarin, Fennec Shand, IG-11, Zam Wesell, Cad Bane, Aurra Sing, Bossk, Dengar, and more.

• DISCOVER EXCITING INTERACTIVE FEATURES: Pop-ups, booklets, and lift-the-flap inserts will thrill young fans, making for an engaging experience while delving into stories about the galaxy’s bounty hunters.

• AMAZING ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS: Star Wars: The Secrets of the Bounty Hunters contains beautiful illustrations that will enthrall child and adult readers alike. Complete with a frameable 11 x 17 poster of the cover art, this book is the ideal gift for any Star Wars fan.

The book comes out on November first and retails for 27.99

Some new Star Wars Lego sets were revealed at Lego COn 2022. Revealed was an AT-TE Walker, which includes 5 LEGO Minifigures – Commander Cody, a 212th Clone Gunner, and 3 212th Clone Troopers – to pit against 3 Battle Droid LEGO figures and a buildable Dwarf Spider Droid, plus assorted cool weapons. 

Also shown off was a Lego version of Cad Bane’s ship THe Justifier THe 1022-piece set has a 

rear engine that folds up and down for flight and landing, a detailed cockpit, spring-loaded shooters on the wingtips, and a ‘laser’ jail cell to imprison Omega. There are 4 LEGO Star Wars™ Minifigures of Cad Bane, Omega, Fennec Shand, and Hunter with cool weapons and accessories, plus a Todo 360 LEGO droid figure.

It was also revealed at the con that Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga has crossed the five million player mark. 


Sesame Street is being turned into a musical. It’s been announced that Rockefeller Productions and Sesame Workshop are teaming up for Sesame Street: The Musical, an Off-Broadway stage adaptation of the iconic children's television series. Previews for the musical are set to start on September 8 according to Variety and opening night is scheduled for September 22nd. The production will run through November 27th Sesame Street: The Musical will be directed and produced by Rockefeller and will feature many beloved characters, including Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, and Gabrielle. The production will also feature some of Sesame Street's classic songs as well as new ones created for the production and special guest stars from Broadway and beyond. A full cast for the production has not yet been announced but is expected at a later date. Rockefeller Productions specializes in family entertainment and has previously done productions that include The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Paddington Gets in a Jam, and Disney's Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation.at Theater Row. 

Legendary Entertainment and the creators of Cobra Kai are teaming up to bring the 90’s video game Duke Nukem to the silver screen. The game has become a billion-dollar franchise since its inception in 1991, however, it’s a long ways from getting in front of a movie camera, As a writer has not been hired yet.

We’re getting a new Sleepy Hollow retelling, Paramount and Lindsey Beer will tackle the project. Beer will write, direct and produce alongside Todd Garner and Spencer Walken of Broken Road Productions. THe last time the classic American tale was made for anything was for a Fox tv series last decade. No details are known at this time.

TNT’s Snowpiercer series will end with The Fourth Season, according to a TNT network spokesman quote “We can confirm that Snowpiercer will end after a successful, multi-season run on TNT,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement to Deadline. “Its talented writers, actors and crew took an extraordinary premise and brought it to life in thrilling ways. It was critically acclaimed, had a significant impact on the post-apocalyptic genre and now remains in the hearts and minds of fans forever.” unquote 

Disney’s next live action version of a Disney Animated movie will be Hercules. Guy Ritchie, who also did the live action Aladdin for the studio has been tapped for this adaptation as well. 

The film will be produced by AGBO, the production company run by Avengers: Endgame directors Joe & Anthony Russo. The studio is in the process of hiring writers after Dave Callaham wrote a first draft.

Netflix has set a premiere month for Dragon Age :Absolution. THe series is based on the game of the Dragon Age game from Bioware, will be set in Tevinter and and features an ensemble of new characters inspired by Dragon Age lore, including elves, mages, knights, Qunari, Red Templars, demons and other special surprises. The series will drop on Netflix in December.

Speaking of Netflix, The sequel to The Old Guard has signed Uma Thurman and Henry Golding to the cast. They’re set to star alongside returning cast members Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The first one was one of Netflix’s most popular films with 186 million viewed hours i the first 28 days of release back in July of 2020 and is based on the graphic novel series created by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández followed a covert team of immortal mercenaries that were suddenly exposed, fighting to keep their identity a secret just as an unexpected new member was discovered. Details with regard to the sequel’s plot have thus far been kept under wraps, but the project appears to be gaining momentum.

The Boys has been renewed for a fourth season. The series based on the best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson just started its third season over on Amazon. According to Amazon, the worldwide viewership for The Boys has grown by +17% from season two, and +234% from season one.

Ghostbusters will get some fill in story between Afterlife and the new movie codenamed Firehouse. Announced during Ghostbusters Day, celebrated annually on the anniversary of the original Ghostbusters film's release on June 8, 1984, the limited edition series comes from Hellboy publisher Dark Horse Comics. The untitled series will be set in the continuity of Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the decades-later direct sequel to father Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters and 1989's Ghostbusters II. The series has been confirmed to be in canon.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced the first round of celebrities and creatives that will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2023. In the movie category, persons that will receive stars include Independence Day star Bill Pullman, Kill Bill's Uma Thurman, Wedding Crashers Vince Vaughn, Hairspray director John Waters, and Fast & Furious stars Ludacris and Paul Walker (Posthumous). Academy Award nominated actress Juanita Moore (1959's Imitation of Life) will also receive a star. In the television category, stars will be given to The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau, The Office's Mindy Kaling, comedian Martin Lawrence, Cobra Kai star Ralph Macchio, Saturday Night Live's Garrett Morris and Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo.

"The panel thoughtfully selected these talented individuals, and we can't wait to celebrate them as they become part of Hollywood's history with the unveiling of their star on the world's most famous walkway," Ellen K.. Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's Walk of Fame selection panel, said in the press conference announcing the news (via Variety). Stars will also be awarded for music artists including The Jonas Brothers, Marc Anthony, Irving Azoff, Sheila E, Lenny Kravitz, Jenni Rivera (Posthumous), Blake Shelton and Charlie Wilson. The live theater and live performance category will also add three stars including Lang Lang, Melba Moore, and Pentatonix.

Dates for when these many ceremonies will be held have not been scheduled just yet, but according to the press release from The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce "Recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection before they expire." They note that any upcoming ceremonies will be announced ten days before they're held.

Actor Phillip Baker Hall, who has been in almost everything, but is best remembered as library cop Lt. Bookkman in a 1991 episode of Seinfeld has passed away. The actor had more than 100 tv appearances in his long five decade long career including such shows as Bojack Horseman, Children's Hospital, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Psych, The West Wing, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Cheers and many many more. He also appeared in movies like  Midnight Run, Ghostbusters II, Air Force One, Boogie Nights, The Truman Show, The 1998 remake of Psycho, Bruce Almighty, and many others.  Phillip Baker Hall is survived by his wife and four children. He passed away from complications from emphysema at his California home on June 12. He was 90 years old.

And tonight we remember legendary comic book artist Tim Sale, Tim was born on May first 1956 and spent his early life in Seattle Washington. He started his career doing art for the fantasy book series Myth Adventures, but the vast body of his work was with writer Jeph Loeb, creating such DC books as the "Year 1"-centered Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Specials,[11] Batman: The Long Halloween,[12] Batman: Dark Victory,[13] as well as Superman for All Seasons[14] and Catwoman: When in Rome.

At Marvel comics they would do similar work with Daredevil: Yellow,[16] Spider-Man: Blue,[17] Hulk: Gray and Captain America: White.

Sale also worked with Darwyn Cooke on the Superman Confidential series in 2007.

Sale also did artwork for the tv show Heroes, where Jeph Loeb worked as writer and producer.

Sale won an Eisner Award in 1999 for "Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team". 

Jim Lee said about him in an Instagram post quote “Tim Sale was an amazing artist, draftsman and storyteller,” Jim Lee, the chief creative officer and publisher of DC Comics, wrote in an Instagram post. “Beyond the taut chiaroscuro style which became his trademark. Tim clearly put a premium on storytelling, clarity and pacing — cherishing emotion above all. His stories were beautifully visceral, nuanced and evinced deep humanity. Tim simply had no use for surface banality.”


On June 13, 2022, Jim Lee announced Sale had been admitted to the hospital with severe health issues. Representatives of Sale later confirmed he was in the hospital while asking for privacy.[24] Three days later, Sale died on June 16, from kidney failure.[1][25][26] "He is survived by his mother; his sister, Maggie Sale; and his partner, Susan Bailey."

Tim Sale was 66 years old.

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