Wednesday, September 19, 2018

GHOSTWOOD 041: "The Last Evening" is Up!

"One more question, Jacques.  You know, Leo told me all about that night up at the cabin with the girls.  I’m curious about the chip, how’d that happen?"
"(Laughs) It was that crazy bird."
"It had a thing for Laura.  Sayin' her name all the time like he’s in love or somethin'.  So we’re all partying, girls are all getting pretty high, everybody’s pretty crazy."
"You, Laura and Ronette."
"Leo lets Waldo out of the cage and the bird, he lands on her shoulder.  (Laughs) Laura, she’s all tied up.  Oh, she like that.  The bird, he starts peckin' on her shoulder, peckin' like, love pecks or somethin', (Laughs) you know what I mean.  So Leo, he’s doin' a number on her and Laura, she’s screamin' about the damn bird.  So Leo takes out a chip, puts it in her mouth, and says 'Bite the bullet, baby, bite the bullet'.  (Laughs)"
"Thanks for clearing that up."
-- Dale Cooper and Jacques Renault, Twin Peaks: "The Last Evening"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we continue our commentary tracks as we watch "The Last Evening," thTwin Peaks Season One finale, featuring the arrest and murder of Jacques Renault, the Packard Sawmill going up in flames, and the cliffhanger shooting of Special Agent Dale Cooper!


In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like the MC Chris "Twin Peaks" song, my Star Trek: The Next Generation Monopoly set, the passing of Burt Reynolds, Grandpa Beers, Paul Williams as The Penguin, the results of my first ten Twin Peaks 2018 trading card packs, "The Last Evening" deleted scene, Xan's hatred of Claude Rains, tuning out the floor-sweeping scene in "The Return", Dr. Jacoby's drink umbrella collection, Dr. Jacoby's parallel to Miriam Sullivan, Cooper playing blackjack, Blackie's card tricks, the creepy close-up on Jacques' mouth, Leo liking his women blinded by shampoo, Jack Palance in Batman, Andy's most badass moment ever, me being a Latchkey Kid to the extreme, Leo blaming Shelly for breaking his non-existent heart, Nadine's suicide attempt, Hank Jennings having antlers, Josie Packard's new AB+ lipstick shade, more of Catherine being a sociopath, Andy finding out Lucy is pregnant, Hank manipulating Norma's emotions, James making Cooper a mix tape, Leo not being able to set a VCR clock, One Eyed Jack's hunchback seamstress, Cooper literally leaving Andy hanging, the John Justice Wheeler Saga vs. the James Hurley Saga, Xan preparing for her trip to South Africaand more!

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Be sure to come back in three weeks as Xan and I continue our commentary tracks as we watch "May the Giant Be with You," thTwin Peaks Season Two premiere, featuring the first appearance of Carel Struycken as The Giant, Audrey Horne's awkward encounter with her father at One Eyed Jack's, and Ronette Pulaski waking up from her coma!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

First CAPTAIN MARVEL Trailer Teases Young Nick Fury & The Skrulls

She's not what you think she is.

Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for Captain Marvel, the upcoming film based on the Marvel Comics character, starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn.

The one-minute, 55-second teaser trailer opens with Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Larson), a former U.S. Air Force pilot, plummeting to Earth from high above and crashing into...a Blockbuster Video store.  Yep, this is the '90s, all right.

As Captain Marvel recovers while surrounded by VHS tapes, we hear a voiceover from Nick Fury (Jackson), who says, "War is a universal language.  I know a renegade soldier when I see one.  It never occurred to me that one might come from above."

We see Carol wearing a S.H.I.E.L.D. ball cap exploring a secret facility, as Nick Fury continues with his voiceover.  "Space invasion...big car chase...Truth be told, I was ready to hang it up, 'till I met you today."

The much younger, '90s Nick Fury comes into full view as we cut to a scene of he and Carol driving along a remote desert road.  "So," Fury begins, "you're not from around here."

"It's hard to explain," replies Carol.

She continues in a voiceover.  "I keep having these...memories," she says as we see a fleeting image of Carol in a flight uniform with her fellow pilot, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), the mother of another Captain Marvel from the comics, Monica Rambeau.  "I see flashes.  I think I had a life here...but I can't tell if it's real."

We see another quick image of Captain Marvel hanging upside down, forcibly restrained, as an alien device is doing something to her mind.  We also see Captain Marvel with other members of the Kree military group known as Starforce, followed by a brief shot of Mar-Vell (Jude Law), Carol's mentor and commander in Starforce.

As we glimpse the film's big bad Talos (Mendelsohn) and some other alien shapeshifter Skrulls on a beach, we hear Fury's voiceover say, "We have no idea what threats are out there."  Captain Marvel sizes up an old woman on a bus, and (presumably knowing she's actually a Skrull in disguise), suddenly punches her hard.

We see a fleeting image of a much younger, '90s Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Fury continues with "You can't do this alone.  We need you."  More images follow, including Captain Marvel and other Starforce members traveling underwater, with Carol wearing the helmet from the comics that gives her hair a "fauxhawk" look.

In a separate scene, Carol tells someone, "I'm not what you think I am."

The trailer ends with very dramatic music, as Captain Marvel powers up with glowing energy, her eyes blazing with power, and gets ready to pound some Skrulls.

If you'd like to check out the trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official Marvel Entertainment account on YouTube...

Captain Marvel is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019.

Monday, September 17, 2018

JOKER Recasts Brett Cullen as Batman's Father, Thomas Wayne

Looks like someone else will get to be murdered in Crime Alley instead.

ComicBook.com is reporting that Todd Phillips' upcoming Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix has recast Brett Cullen as DC Comics character Dr. Thomas Wayne, the father of Batman himself, Bruce Wayne.  In addition to Phoenix, Cullen joins a cast that includes Robery De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, and Frances Conroy.

Last month, Alec Baldwin was cast as Thomas Wayne, but shortly dropped out due to a scheduling conflict.  According to previous reports, this version of Thomas Wayne will depict him as "a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump."

Cullen, 62, has appeared in dozens of films, including The Dark Knight Rises as Congressman Byron Gilley, Ghost Rider as Barton Blaze, Apollo 13, Wyatt Earp, Red Dawn (2012), The Runaways, 42, and National Security.  His television appearances include episodes of Lost, The Incredible Hulk, Tales from the Crypt, M*A*S*H, V: The Series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Outer Limits (1998), Under the Dome, Castle, Ally McBeal, Walker, Texas Ranger, Once and Again, Without a Trace, Cold Case, Falcon Crest, Monk, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Desperate Housewives, The Young Riders, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, and Friday Night Lights.

Created in 1939 by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, Thomas Wayne first appeared in Detective Comics (vol.1) #33 as a gifted physician and philanthropist to Gotham City, who inherited the Wayne family fortune after Patrick Wayne.  In the maxi-series Batman: The Long Halloween, a flashback revealed that Thomas Wayne saved the life of gangster Carmine Falcone.  Falcone's father, Vincent Falcone, came to Wayne Manor and begged Thomas to save his dying son, who had been shot by rival gangster Luigi Maroni.  Thomas wanted to take the younger Falcone to the hospital, but Vincent insisted that nobody know about the shooting.  After saving Carmine's life, he was offered a reward or favor, but refused to accept any form of payment.

One night, when exiting a movie theatre, Thomas and his wife Martha Wayne were murdered by a mugger named Joe Chill, right in front of their son Bruce. This tragedy shocked Gotham and led to Park Row, the street where the murders occurred, being labeled Crime Alley.  The Wayne murders were the main cause of much of the corruption and crime in Gotham City.  Once it became clear that even wealthy, important people could be murdered so easily, citizens began to lose faith in the police, and the police themselves started to lose faith in their importance, leading to corruption within the force.  More importantly, however, the murders deeply affected Bruce as a child, later serving as the motivation for Bruce to eventually to fight crime as the superhero Batman.

Cullen will be the sixth actor to portray Thomas Wayne on screen, after David Baxt in the 1989 film Batman, Michael Scranton in the film Batman Forever, Linus Roache in the film Batman Begins, Grayson McCouch in the Fox series Gotham, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Joker is currently expected to arrive in theaters on October 4, 2019.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The CW Arrowverse Casts Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane

Hi, Lois Lane.  Welcome to the planet.

Deadline has word that The CW Arrowverse has cast Elizabeth "Bitsie" Tulloch as legendary DC Comics character Lois Lane.  The character will make her debut as part of the annual DC Arrowverse crossover involving CW shows The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl.

It's not known how many episodes Tulloch will appear as Lois, but Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman will be featured in all three episodes.

In an earlier statement from August, Supergirl executive producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner said, "We couldn't be more excited to introduce Lois Lane to the Arrowverse.  This dogged, determined and brave reporter will make for a strong partner to Superman and amazing addition to our universe of DC characters."

Tulloch, 38, is probably best known as Juliette Silverton/Eve on the NBC series Grimm.  She has appeared in the films Concussion and The Artist, and on episodes of Portlandia, Tyranny, Outlaw, Moonlight, House, Cold Case, and The West Wing.

Created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Lois Lane first appeared in Action Comics (vol.1) #1 as an aggressive, career-minded reporter for the Daily Star (the newspaper's name was changed to the Daily Planet in Action Comics (vol.1) #23 in 1940).  After Clark Kent joined the paper and Superman debuted around the same time, Lois found herself attracted to Superman but displeased with her new journalistic competition in the form of Kent.  Starting early as the 1940s, Lois began to suspect that Clark Kent was Superman, and started to make various attempts at uncovering his secret identity, all of which backfired because of Superman's efforts.

In 1986, after DC Comics rebooted its entire continuity following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, writer/artist John Byrne revamped Lois in the miniseries The Man of Steel (vol.1) as a former Army brat and tough-as-nails reporter who rarely needed rescuing.  She was depicted as strong, opinionated, yet sensitive.  Another major change made was that Lois did not fall in love with just Superman, although she was attracted to him.  Lois initially resented the rookie Clark Kent getting the story on Superman as his first piece when she had spent ages trying to get an interview.  Following Clark's brief rampage under the influence of the Eradicator, Lois was hesitant to forgive Clark for "selling out" to Collin Thornton and running Newstime Magazine, but forgave him in a span of mere minutes when he returned to "grovel for his job back".  Clark elected to repay Lois by finally letting go of his self-imposed inhibitions and passionately kissed her. The two became a couple, and eventually, Lois accepted a proposal of marriage.

Before they were able to be married, however, Superman died in Lois' arms after a battle royal with the monster Doomsday.  After a period of time, Superman returned to life, and both he and Lois resumed their relationship.  Upon discovering Clark still had her wedding ring within a handkerchief, Lois warmly broke down, teasing Clark and finally agreeing to become his wife.  In 1996, Lois and Clark were finally married in the comic book Superman: The Wedding Album.

In 2011, DC once again rebooted its entire continuity with The New 52, but just four years later, the pre-Flashpoint Lois and Clark returned in the miniseries Convergence, with had them dealing with the impending birth of their child, as Superman is called to protect the city.  Their son, Jonathan Samuel Kent, was born shortly after and eventually began to develop superpowers of his own as he grew older and learned the truth about his parents' true origins.

Tulloch will be the eighth actress to portray Lois Lane in live action, after Noel Neill in the movie serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman, and Adventures of Superman TV series; Phyllis Coates in the movie Superman and the Mole Men and Adventures of Superman; Margot Kidder in the four Superman films starring Christopher Reeve; Teri Hatcher in the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; Erica Durance in the TV series Smallville; Kate Bosworth in the film Superman Returns; and Amy Adams in the movies Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League.

The three-night Arrowverse crossover event begins with The Flash on December 9th, followed by Arrow on December 10th, and ending with Supergirl on December 11th.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Henry Cavill Out as Superman, WB Shifts Focus to SUPERGIRL Movie

Henry Cavill is up, up...and away.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that Warner Bros. is parting ways with Henry Cavill, who portrayed DC Comics' legendary character Superman in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League.

According to the article, Warner Bros. had been trying to get Cavill to do a Superman cameo in the upcoming DC Extended Universe movie Shazam!, but contract talks between Cavill's representatives and Warner Bros. broke down, affecting other potential Superman appearances.

One of THR's sources at Warner Bros. said the Shazam! deal fell apart because of scheduling conflicts, supported by previous reports that Cavill recently signed on to star in the Netflix series The Witcher.  However, another THR source stated that the Witcher commitment came after the impasse, suggesting a change in Warner Bros.' strategy.  "There's a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn't work," said their studio insider.  Another source said Warner Bros. is attempting a "reset button with the DC universe", moving the cinematic universe in another direction. 

A statement from a Warner Bros. spokesperson remarked, "While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged."

Cavill, 35, was cast as Superman in January 2011 for Man of Steel and recently appeared in the hit film Mission: Impossible--Fallout.  He's also appeared in the films The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Stardust, Immortals, The Cold Light of Day, Tristan & Isolde, Hellraiser: Hellworld, and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002).  He also played Charles Brandon on the Showtime series The Tudors.

In addition, the article claims the studio has shifted its focus to developing the Supergirl movie, which will be an origin story.  They also state that Warner Bros. isn't likely to make a solo Superman film for at least several years, according their source.  "Superman is like James Bond," said the source, "and after a certain run you have to look at new actors."

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SWAMP THING Reportedly Casts Derek Mears as...Swamp Thing

Do not bring your evil here.

Splash Report has revealed that the upcoming DC Universe series Swamp Thing, based on the DC Comics elemental creature, is considering Derek Mears for the title role.  It remains unclear, however, who will be playing Dr. Alec Holland, the scientist whose consciousness and memories form the basis for Swamp Thing.

Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets.  When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

The live-action DC Universe adaptation will be executive produced by Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow) who will also direct the pilot. Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Netflix’s Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners, with James Wan (Aquaman) set to executive produce the series alongside Verheiden, Dauberman, and Michael Clear.  The series is set to start filming this fall in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mears, 46, is best known as Jason Vorhees in the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th, the supervillain Dwarfstar on The CW's The Flash, and as Renzo in the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks.  He's also appeared in the movies Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and Predators.  His other television appearances include episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Comedy Bang! Bang!, Community, E.R., and The Shield.

Created in 1971 by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, Swamp Thing first appeared in House of Secrets #92 as Alex Olsen, a talented young scientist in early 1900's Louisiana, who was married to a woman named Linda.  Alex's assistant, Damian Ridge, was secretly in love with Linda and plotted the death of his friend.  He tampered with Olsen's chemicals, killing him in the explosion and dumped his body in the nearby swamp. Ridge used Linda's grief to convince her to marry him, only to one day become confronted with Alex Olsen again, now a risen humanoid pile of vegetable matter.  Olsen killed Ridge, but Linda did not recognize him and ran away leaving Olsen to wander the swamps alone as a monster.

The character was reinvented by Wein and Wrightson a year in Swamp Thing (vol.1) #1 as Dr. Alec Holland, a scientist who worked in a secret facility located in the Louisiana swamplands with his wife, Linda.  Together, they invented a bio-restorative formula that could solve any nations' food shortage problems.  Two thugs working for Nathan Ellery, head of the criminal organization The Conclave, barged into Alec's lab, knocked him out, and planted a bomb in the facility.  Alec woke up as the bomb exploded, and in flames, he ran into the swamp.  His body was drenched in the bio-restorative formula, and this affected the plant life of the swamp, imbuing it with Alec's consciousness and memories.  The newly conscious plant life formed a semblance of a human and rose up from the bog as the Swamp Thing, the latest in a long line of Earth elementals created when The Green is in need of protection.

The Swamp Thing originally thought that he was Alec Holland, transformed by the freak accident into a monster.  He sought to regain his human body, but often met opposition in the form of Anton Arcane and his ever-growing legion of "Un-Men".  After finally defeating Arcane, Swamp Thing was set upon by General Sunderland's men in a covert military operation.  The resulting attack blastws a hole in Swamp Thing's head and destroyed the lives of many of his friends.  Sunderland brought the Swamp Thing's body back to Sunderland Corporation to study and unlock the secret of the Bio-Restorative Formula.

Sunderland hired Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man, to study Swamp Thing's body, which he stored in a cryochest.  Over the course of his research, Floronic Man deduced that Swamp Thing is a plant that thinks it's Alec Holland, while the real Alec Holland died in the explosion.  Sunderland and Floronic Man parted on bad terms, so the scientist used Sunderland's automated computer systems to raise the thermostat in Swamp Thing's cryochest.  This allowed Swamp Thing's body to regenerate, and in his search for Sunderland, he stumbled across the Floronic Man's report, which sent him into a mindless rage.  He killed Sunderland and set off for the swamps.

Later on, Swamp Thing formed a close friendship with Anton Arcane's niece, Abby Cable. Her husband Matthew grew resentful of her disinterest in sex and turned to alcohol, further pushing her toward the Swamp Thing.  She asks for his help when her autistic students at Elysium Lawns are tormented by Kamara, the Monkey-King, and on the same night the demon attacked, Matthew left to help Abby.  However, his alcoholism caused him to crash his car, mortally wounding him.  To stay alive, he made a pact with the spirit of Anton Arcane, who possessed his body.  After weeks, Abby realized that the man she thought was her husband was actually her uncle Anton.  Her feeling of disgust sent her into a horrible shock.  Swamp Thing confronted the possessed Matthew, and with the guidance of the monster, discovered Abby's body.  

Enraged that Arcane sent the "soul" of his niece to Hell, Swamp Thing beat Arcane to a pulp, allowing Matthew's trapped spirit to cast the soul of the sorcerer out of his body and back to the netherworld.  This returned Matthew's control of his body, but left him comatose.  To set things right, Swamp Thing traveled into The Green, the Spirit World, and Hell, all to reclaim Abby's soul.  He was forced to fight off a legion of the damned, including Anton Arcane, but he prevailed again with the help of Etrigan the Demon.  After Abby returned to life, Swamp Thing and Abby confessed their love for each other.  To celebrate the beginning of their relationship, Swamp Thing grew hallucinogenic tubers for Abby to eat, enabling her to see the world as he does.

Mears will be the second actor to portray Swamp Thing in live action, after Dick Durock in the films Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing, and the 1990 Swamp Thing TV series.  The character has also appeared in various animated projects, including the Swamp Thing animated series (voiced by Len Carlson), Justice League Dark (voiced by Roger R. Cross), Batman and Harley Quinn (voiced by John DiMaggio), and Justice League Action (voiced by Mark Hamill).

Swamp Thing is expected to debut on DC Universe sometime in 2019.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

BLACK LIGHTNING Casts Sofia Vassilieva as Looker

Let's see who gets to love her more.

TVLine has revealed that the CW series Black Lightning has cast Sofia Vassilieva as Emily "Lia" Briggs, better known to DC Comics fans as the superhero (and occasional vampire) Looker.

Looker will appear in the show's upcoming second season and is the fourth member of DC Comics superteam The Outsiders to appear, after Black Lightning, Thunder and Grace.

Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil remarked, "It’s really going to be interesting, the way we approach that story…I think people will enjoy it, but also be challenged by it."

Vassilieva, 25, is probably best known as Ariel DuBois on the NBC series Medium and recently appeared as Worldkiller cult member Olivia on The CW's Supergirl.  In addition, she's appeared in the movie My Sister's Keeper and in episodes of Lucifer, Timeless, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Training Day, Notorious, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and The Agency.

Created in 1985 by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo, Looker first appeared in Batman and the Outsiders (vol.1) #25 as Emily Briggs, a mousy bank teller who lived a quiet life with her husband in Gotham City.  That all changed when she was kidnapped by people from the underground civilization known as Abyssia.  The Outsiders set out to rescue Emily and after a battle with the people of Abyssia, Emily's heritage was revealed to her.  As Halley's Comet passed by the Earth, Emily underwent a metahuman transformation, as well as becoming more conventionally attractive.

She learned she possessed the full spectrum of psionic abilities: telepathy, telekinesis, psychometry, enhanced metabolism, mind-control, psionic energy blasts, levitation, the creation of force shields, remote vision, and enhanced healing.  After leaving Abyssia to its people, Emily returned with the Outsiders and her astonished husband, Gregg.  She soon took on the name "Lia" as well as a more confident, yet self-centered, personality.  Emily's debut as Looker occurred after the Outsiders had been captured by the Masters of Disaster. After defeating the Masters of Disaster, she freed the Outsiders and was welcomed into their ranks.

Looker soon became somewhat of an outsider among Outsiders, which worsened when Windfall, a former Master of Disaster and peer of Halo, joined and the two were constantly involved in a rivalry of sorts.  In addition, Looker began a short affair with team leader Geo-Force during a time when they were stranded on an island but continued when they returned.  Eventually though, there was a mutual decision to call it quits, with the affair being unfair to Gregg and Geo-Force's girlfriend, Denise.

Some time later, Looker received a call for help from Abyssia.  Traveling to the underground city, Looker discovered that Abyssia had been taken over by a despot.  Looker invoked a challenge, and in the course of the battle, she was stripped of her beauty and much of her power.  Shortly afterwards, Geo-Force disbanded the Outsiders, and Lia returned to her previous life in Gotham City.  Through unknown circumstances, Looker regained her powers and was targeted by the Mud Pack, a group of various villains using the Clayface name, including Lady Clayface, whom Looker fought while a member of the Outsiders.  Lady Clayface duplicated Looker's form and powers in order to attempt to drive Batman insane,  but Looker was able to undo the damage, seeing into Bruce's mind and learning of his inner turmoil.  She ultimately helped Batman defeat the group and parted ways again.

When Geo-Force's homeland Markovia was overrun with vampires, Looker returned to action alongside the Outsiders.  An attempt by Queen Ilona to kill Geo-Force led to Looker running into their leader, Roderick.  Instantly enamored by her, Roderick transformed Lia into a vampire in the hopes of making her his bride.  After the transformation, Looker's existing powers were joined by some new abilities.  Due to previously being a metahuman, Emily was able to bypass some of the traditional vampiric weaknesses, such as vulnerability to sunlight.  The Outsiders are forced to become fugitives, due to Roderick having framed Geo-Force for the murder of Queen Ilona.  Once the vampires were defeated and the Outsiders' reputation was restored, the team unofficially disbanded.  Served with divorce papers and living under the vampiric curse, Lia broke all ties with her past life.

Black Lightning returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, October 9th.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

TITANTALK 007: "F#@% Batman" is Up!

"You don't know what I've become."
-- Dick Grayson, Titans

That's right, my fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast!  This time, we discuss the DC Universe and Titans premiere dates, the controversial first Titans trailer, and more casting news for Titans and Doom Patrol!


In this seventh episode, Jesse and I discuss things like the neverending DC Daily livestream hosted by Kevin Smith, the launch date for the DC Universe digital service, Titans debuting at the 2018 New York Comic Con before its official premiere date, DC Universe following the Hulu model of releasing new episodes, Jesse figuring out his Chromecast hookup, my surprise at the trailer not being more mainstream accessible, Cloak & Dagger and Runaways featuring teenagers dealing with more mature themes, the large negative-to-mixed reaction to the first trailer, DC Universe not paying enough attention to the tone-deafness of Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman, our full breakdown of the first Titans trailer, wanting an explanation for how Dick Grayson became a police detective so young, Dick Grayson acting like Jason Todd, context being everything, Dove being uncharacteristically brutal instead of pacifistic, more Titans and Doom Patrol casting news, Doom Patrol villain Mr. Nobodyand more!

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Be sure to come back later this month for Episode 008 as Jesse and I get ready for the premiere of Titans and share more casting news from the upcoming Doom Patrol spinoff!  Look for more of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

GHOSTWOOD 040: "Realization Time" is Up!

"Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  Every day, once a day, give yourself a present.  Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen.  It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee.  Like this."
"A present.  Like Christmas."
"Ah, man, that hits the spot.  Nothing like a great cup of black coffee."
-- Dale Cooper and Harry S. Truman, Twin Peaks: "Realization Time"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we continue our commentary tracks as we watch "Realization Time," the seventh episode from Twin Peaks Season One, featuring Cooper and Big Ed going undercover, Audrey's cherry stem trick, and the introduction of Victoria Catlin as Blackie O'Reilly!


In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like MC Chris' song "Twin Peaks", a health update on Xan's new cat, Zoey and Emily's Deschanel relationship to Eileen Hayward, the deleted scene with Johnny Horne, sending our best wishes to Al Strobel, the new Twin Peaks 2019 calendar, the 2018 Twin Peaks trading cards, a deleted scene from The Goonies, Cooper raising the bar by offering friendship to Audrey, more cold shoulders from Lucy to Andy, a special cameo from Xan's cat, Shelly freaking the hell out over shooting Leo, Audrey working the perfume counter, Emory Battis recruiting a new "Hospitality Girl", more words of wisdom from Dale Cooper, old console TVs, my sympathy for Nadine's rejection letter, Big Ed disguised as Ron Jeremy, that awkward moment when Catherine learns Ben Horne and Josie have taken out a life insurance policy on her, Leo shooting Waldo and ruining a huge spread of doughnuts, Kyle MacLachlan as Cary Grant, Donna's stealth cap, the Icelanders singing "99 Bottles of Beer", Audrey trying to fool Blackie with a Nathaniel Hawthorne reference, Audrey's cherry stem audition, Sheryl Lee's distinction between Laura and Maddy voices, the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, Catherine being a total sociopath, wondering who would attending our new convention Antarcticonand more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Xan and I continue our commentary tracks as we watch "The Last Evening," thTwin Peaks Season One finale, featuring the arrest and murder of Jacques Renault, the Packard Sawmill going up in flames, and the cliffhanger shooting of Special Agent Dale Cooper!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

DOOM PATROL Casts Timothy Dalton as The Chief

The Doom Patrol has a leader.

Deadline has word that the upcoming DC Universe digital series Doom Patrol has cast Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder, better known to DC Comics fans as The Chief, leader of the team of strange superheroes known as The Doom Patrol.

According to the article, The Chief is described as "a pioneer in medical science, searching the world over for those on the edge of death in need of a miracle.  Brilliant but controversial, Dr. Caulder will stop at nothing to help those he believes are in need, including his collection of strange heroes known as The Doom Patrol."

Doom Patrol is a spinoff from the DC Universe series Titans and is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man, Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby) and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero).  Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder, they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg (Joivan Wade).  Banding together, these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.

Dalton, 72, is a Welsh-born English actor best known as British secret agent James Bond in the films The Living Daylights and Licence to KillHe's also known as Lord President Rassilon in the 2009 Doctor Who story "The End of Time", Sir Malcolm Murray in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, Simon Skinner in the movie Hot Fuzz, Neville Sinclair in The Rocketeer, and Prince Barin in Flash Gordon (1980).  In addition, he's appeared in the films The Lion in Winter, Brenda Starr, Toy Story 3, and Looney Tunes: Back in Action.  

Created in 1963 by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani, The Chief first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 as Dr. Niles Caulder, a paraplegic gifted with a genius-level intellect.  At a young age, Caulder developed an interest in creating better life, proving to be both a brilliant inventor and engineer.  He received funding from a mysterious benefactor, which allowed him to succeed in creating a chemical capable of prolonging life.  Ultimately, it was revealed that the benefactor was a man called General Immortus, who hired Caulder to create a chemical to replace the one that had been prolonging his life for centuries but was now failing.  When the young scientist discovered the truth about his employer, he refused to continue the work.  Immortus responded by implanting an explosive device in Caulder's upper torso, which he could set off remotely, and any attempt to remove it while Niles lived would also detonate it.  Caulder eventually devised a plan to get the bomb out, but it cost him his ability to walk.

Caulder used his scientific knowledge to develop numerous inventions and innovations that made him wealthy.  He later founded and organized the team called the Doom Patrol to protect the innocent and fight crime, and to teach humanity to accept others who live as ostracized "freaks," who have been radically transformed from terrible accidents.  It was Caulder's genius that allowed the team's members to survive their various accidents, such as Caulder designing Robotman's android body and devising Negative Man's medicated bandages).

In a later incarnation of the Doom Patrol, Caulder was discovered working on a nanotechnology bomb that would destroy half the world and replace it with humans transformed into freaks of nature, under his theory that a better human race would rise from the destruction.  He murdered the original Tempest, Joshua Clay, to protect his secret but the Doom Patrol succeeded in stopping his plans.  During these events, he was decapitated by a creation of Dorothy Spinner's known as the Candlemaker.  Doctor Will Magnus, creator of the Metal Men, built a new body for the Chief, telling him that he should try helping the Patrol to make up for what he did.  Becoming suicidal with guilt, the Chief stated that he could never do enough to make up for his actions, and used his new body to rip off his head.  Magnus wa able to save the Chief by getting the head to a cryogenic chamber, but after this, the Chief existed solely as a severed head in a bucket of ice, subsisting on milkshakes.  He expressed remorse at his actions and rebuilt the Doom Patrol to continue their efforts in the war against weird crime.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as "The New 52", a young and healthy Niles Caulder was introduced in 2011's The Ravagers #4.  Operating a deep underground science and engineering facility located beneath Los Angeles, Caulder provided a headquarters and combat training for the team in their campaign against the organization of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. Infiltrating the compound, Caulder was captured along with the rest of the Ravagers by Deathstroke on the behest of Harvest.  During the events of Forever Evil, it was revealed that Caulder had created the Doom Patrol and seemed to be free from Harvest, but this Doom Patrol was unfortunately killed by Crime Syndicate of America members Johnny Quick and Atomica, except for Celsius and Tempest who, according to Lex Luthor, faked their deaths to escape him, prompting Caulder to make plans to "start over".

Dalton will be the second actor to portray The Chief in live-action, after Bruno Bichir in the DC Universe series Titans.  The character has also appeared in the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Richard McGonagle) and various DC Nation shorts (voiced by Jeffrey Combs).

Doom Patrol is scheduled to debut on the DC Universe digital service later in 2019.

Friday, August 31, 2018

DOOM PATROL Casts Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody

He's a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land...

Deadline has revealed that the upcoming DC Universe series Doom Patrol has cast Alan Tudyk as Eric Morden, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain Mr. Nobody.

According to the article, Mr. Nobody is described as "After exposure to unknown experiments by ex-Nazis in post-war Paraguay, the man formerly known as Eric Morden emerges as a living shadow able to drain the sanity of others as the enigmatic, and totally insane, Mr. Nobody."

Doom Patrol is a spinoff from the DC Universe series Titans and is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man, Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby) and Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero).  Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder, they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg (Joivan Wade).  Banding together, these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.

Tudyk, 47, is best known as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the Fox series Firefly and its film sequel, Serenity, and as the voice of the droid K-2SO in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  His other films include Deadpool 2, Justice League: War, 3:10 to Yuma (2007), A Knight's Tale, Moana, Zootopia, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Astro Boy, Ice Age, I Robot, and Patch Adams.  In addition, he's appeared on episodes of the TV series The Tick (2017), Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Powerless, Rick and Morty, Adventure Time, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Napoleon Dynamite, Suburgatory, Family Guy, Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dollhouse, V (2009), Arrested Development, and Frasier.

Created in 1964 by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premani, Mr. Nobody first appeared in Doom Patrol (vol.1) #86 as Eric Morden, a master criminal who once stole one of the Chief's lunar exploration droids, Rog, to impress the Brain in hopes of joining the Brotherhood of Evil

The character was reinvented in 1986's Doom Patrol (vol.2) #26 by Grant Morrison and Richard Case as Mr. Nobody.  Morden's former teammates the Brain and Monsieur Mallah had a fallout with him and promised to kill him returned.  Morden preferred to flee rather than face their wrath, so he hid for years in Paraguay.  Morden was already somewhat unstable, and allowed a Nazi scientist to expose him to a device called the White Room, which drove him irredeemably insane and converted his body into a mass of living virtuality that could drain the sanity from other humans.  He now looked like a two-dimensional artistic representation of a shadow and had an empty space on his chest in the shape of a heart.  The experience also convinced him the universe was "a drooling idiot with no fashion sense".  Calling himself the man of the twenty-first century, the first true virtual man, he rechristened himself Mister Nobody and organized the rebirth of a Brotherhood that shared his ideals.  Because of this, he chose not to reform the Brotherhood of Evil and instead initiated the Brotherhood of Dada, a group of lunatics that followed Morden's ideas to change the world.

Mr. Nobody recruited several bizarrely-powered individuals to form the first Brotherhood of Dada, including Sleepwalk, who has vast strength only when sleepwalking; Frenzy, a large, garishly-dressed dyslexic Jamaican man who can transform into a whirling cyclone; Fog, who can absorb humans into his being when in his gaseous form; and the Quiz, a Japanese woman with "every super-power you've never thought of."  The Brotherhood stole a psychoactive painting and used it to absorb the city of Paris, France, along with several members of the Doom Patrol.  They also unwittingly unleashed "the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse" from the painting.  Forced to help the Doom Patrol stop it, Patrol member Crazy Jane harnessed the power of the painting to transform the Horseman into a hobby-horse, releasing her teammates and the city of Paris, and trapping Mr. Nobody and his Brotherhood within the painting.

Mr. Nobody later escaped from the painting with the help of four members of his new Brotherhood of Dada -- Agent "!", Alias the Blur, the Love Glove, and Number None.  They stole the bicycle of Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann, and used its lysergic resonance to power Mr. Nobody's presidential campaign.  The US Government, unwilling to let Mr. Nobody become president, sent a super-powered agent named John Dandy after him, a man whose face is blank but has six other faces floating around him.  Dandy killed almost every member of the Brotherhood, including Mr. Nobody.  He threw one of his faces at Nobody, rendering the latter powerless and defenseless.  Dandy then impaled the now-human Mr. Nobody on a broken pole and removed what was revealed to be a mask.  Cliff Steele attempted to place the semiconscious Mr. Nobody back inside the painting, but it was apparently destroyed by gunfire from government agents before Steele could do so.  Mr Nobody then seemed to disintegrate.

Doom Patrol is expected to debut on DC Universe sometime in 2019.

GHOSTWOOD 039: "Cooper's Dreams" is Up!

"What did you see that night?  The night Laura Palmer was killed."
"Shhhh, (pats the log) I'll do the talking.  Dark.  Laughing.  The owls were flying.  Many things were blocked.  Laughing.  Two men, two girls.  Flashlights pass by in the woods over the ridge.  The owls were near.  The dark was--was pressing in on her.  Quiet then.  Later, footsteps.  One man passes by.  Screams far away.  Terrible, terrible.  One voice."
"Man or girl?"
"Girl.  Further up, over the ridge.  The owls were silent."
-- Dale Cooper and Margaret "The Log Lady" Lanterman, Twin Peaks: "Cooper's Dreams"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we continue our commentary tracks as we watch "Cooper's Dreams," the sixth episode from Twin Peaks Season One, featuring Jacques Renault's cabin in the woods, Julee Cruise music in the air, and introducing Don Amendolia as Emory Battis!


In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like my being able to breathe again, Emory Battis' vacuum fetish, David Patrick Kelly in The Crow, Cooper learning that Audrey is 18, Xan getting Dunkin' Donuts, the sticky copy of Flesh World magazine, nobody being able to decorate in Twin Peaks, Ed and Norma not getting what they want, James cutting his own hair, Maddy not drinking the Cherry Coke James bought her, Norma and Shelly's Day of Beauty, Dr. Jacoby dressing like Dougie dresses, Basement Five-O, Bobby's attitude being a facade, Jacques Renault's cabin being a time share, the Log Lady's tea party, wondering who put the poker chip in the cuckoo clock, the Icelanders singing "Home on the Range", another round of "Bob or Leland?", Jerry and Nadine being a good match if she wasn't into Dr. Amp, Shelly dropping out of high school, some Twitter feedback from Sebastian, Ghostwood being "hilarious as fuck", Xan's shitpost curationand more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Xan and I continue our commentary tracks as we watch "Realization Time," the seventh episode from Twin Peaks Season One, featuring Cooper and Big Ed going undercover, Audrey's cherry stem trick, and the introduction of Victoria Catlin as Blackie O'Reilly!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!