Saturday, March 17, 2018

THE FANDOM ZONE 131: "The Real Deal" is Up!

"That other thing we talked about.  I want you to promise me that you'll do that, no matter what happens."
"No.  No, no, it's not important, especially now.  It's...That's...It's just symbolic.  It wouldn't even change anything."
"Symbols are important.  Institutions are important.  People need things to believe in, Fitz, especially now.  People need hope."
-- Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "The Real Deal" 

Finally back in The Fandom Zone, Karen and I have returned with another new episode of The Fandom Zone PodcastThis week's reviews of comics on television include:

Lucifer 3x16: "Infernal Guinea Pig"
The Flash 4x15: "Enter Flashtime"
Gotham 4x13: "A Beautiful Darkness"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5x12: "The Real Deal"  (Episode #100)

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like Karen's naturally curly hair, my meeting David Tennant, Ray Fisher, Ezra Fisher, and Matt Ryan at Wizard World Cleveland, Karen's recent migraine issues, our new review format, Charlotte being a big ol' control freak, wanting an episode of Lucifer like The Office, Cain and Abel not being the Cain and Abel from The Sandman, Mazikeen still being pissed off that Dr. Linda and Amenadiel hooked up, the Roy Orbison song "Mystery Girl", wondering why Barry didn't just run back through time only eight minutes to prevent a nuclear weapon from exploding, the return of Jay Garrick and Jesse Quick, Harry telepathically sharing the memories of his dead wife with his daughter Jesse, my shared moment with Sean Pertwee over bad karaoke, Poison Ivy's plant chestbursters, Bruce experiencing a vision of his future Batman self, Alfred as Secret Agent Man, the Joker dressing the Penguin up in a clown suit, the Michigan J. Frog Alien from Spaceballs, Deke trying way too hard to be cool, the long-awaited return of Deathlok, Ghost Rider's brother Ghost Runner, everyone being pissed that Coulson didn't tell them that he's dying, waiting for Yo-Yo's bionic arm replacements, expecting Fitz & Simmons' wedding to go horribly wrong, a sick Justina making for an unhappy Fandom Zone Podcast, teasing Karen's secret projectand more!

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Be sure to come back soon as Karen and I review new episodes of The CW's iZombie, The Flash, and Black Lightning, and Fox's Gotham, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Final AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Trailer Teases Captain America vs. Thanos

Avengers Reassemble!

Marvel has released the final trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, giving us a look at the Black Order and what appears to be major confrontation between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin).

The two minute, fifteen second trailer opens with an upside down view of Manhattan as we hear a voiceover from Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Thanos' adopted daugher, who says, "The entire time I knew him, he only ever had one goal...to wipe out half the universe.  If he gets all the Infinity Stones, he can do it with a snap of his fingers.  Just like that."

"Tell me his name again," replies Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.).


We then see images of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) leaving his school bus, putting on his Spider-Man mask, and web swinging off a bridge.

"We've got one advantage," Iron Man says in a voiceover as we see him flying after a spaceship.  "He's coming to us."

"We have what Thanos wants," Iron Man continues as Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) activates the Eye of Agamotto, "so that's what we'll use."

Steve and the other Avengers arrive in the African nation of Wakanda, where Steve shakes the hand of Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who is accompanied by his Dora Milaje bodyguards.  We then see T'Challa's sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) looking down at a hologram of The Vision (Paul Bettany) in the palm of her hand.

The trailer cuts to a different scene, where Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is talking with Iron Man, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Spider-Man.  "Let's talk about this plan of yours," he says to Tony.  "I think it's good, except, it sucks, so let me do the plan and that way, it might be really good."

Tony rolls his eyes and replies, "Wow."

We then see Black Panther and Steve Rogers on a flying craft, leading the Wakandan forces into battle alongside Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Steve's longtime friend The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).

"The end is near," remarks Thanos in a voiceover as we see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) briefly blinding Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) with a burst of lightning, "and when I'm done, half of humanity will still exist."

We glimpse the larger Thanos squeezing Thor's head in the palm of his hand, causing his agony as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and the Black Order look on.  Thanos then crushes the Tesseract in the palm of his other hand.

As the battle in Wakanda begins, Thanos remarks in another voiceover, "Perfectly balanced, as all things should be."  We see Corvus Glaive torturing Doctor Strange, followed by Thanos saying "I hope they remember you."

This is immediately followed by Thanos' large Infinity Gauntlet coming down on Steve, who blocks it and struggles to hold it back with everything he has, much to Thanos' surprise.

A final scene has Spider-Man awkwardly meeting Doctor Strange, with Peter offering his hand, saying "I'm Peter, by the way."

"Doctor Strange," replies the Sorcerer Supreme.

"Oh!" exclaims Peter.  "Using our made-up names.  Then I am Spider-Man."  This is followed by a brief shot of Spider-Man swinging into the chaotic battle from before.

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

Avengers: Infinity War will arrive in theaters on April 27, 2018.

Ava DuVernay to Direct DC's THE NEW GODS Film Adaptation


Deadline is reporting director Ava DuVernay is closing a deal with Warner Bros. to direct a big-budget film adaptation of DC Comics characters The New Gods.  Back in December, DuVernay answered a question on her Twitter account stating that her favorite superhero was "Big Barda.  Many reasons."

According to the article, Warner Bros. has tapped Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) as the screenwriter, who will develop the story and work closely with DuVernay.  The article also claims there is no connection to other DC films, although New Gods character Steppenwolf was the featured villain in last year's Justice League.

DuVernay is best known for her films Selma, which was nominated for Best Picture in the 2015 Academy Awards, and for the recent adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.  In 2017, she was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13th, and her other films include The Door, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow, and This is the Life: How the West Was One.

Created in 1971 by Jack Kirby, the New Gods first appeared in The New Gods (vol.1) #1 as natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet filled with unspoiled forests, mountains, and rivers and is ruled by Highfather, while Apokolips is a nightmarish, polluted and ruined dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits, ruled by the tyrant Darkseid.  The two planets were once part of the same world, a planet called Urgrund (German for "primeval ground"), but it was split apart millennia ago after the death of the Old Gods during Ragnarök.

In Kirby's saga "The Fourth World", Darkseid sought the Anti-Life Equation, which would allow him to control the thoughts of all living beings.  Opposing him was Orion, his son raised by Highfather and his enemies on New Genesis.  Other characters caught in the deadly battle included the Forever People, Mister Miracle (the son of Highfather raised on Apokolips, who triumphed over a torturous childhood to become the world's greatest escape artist), and Lightray, the heroic warrior of New Genesis. Their adventures would take them to Earth where the war continued.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as The New 52, is was revealed that Darkseid and Highfather (Izaya) were some of the only survivors of a previous larger world, where they were brothers and peasants.  Their world was also inhabited by colossal beings known as Old Gods, who spent much of their time brawling with each other, feeding off the worship of the "mudgrubbers", whose lives were often lost in the battles.  One day, the man formerly known as Uxas, having tired of his idol's destructiveness, decided to spark a war between them which would in turn devastate their world fatally wounding his sister, Izaya's first wife. After which he opted to kill all the wounded Old Gods, steal their powers and bring about a new order.  One by one, the Old Gods were destroyed by Darkseid, who became more horrific in turn as he leeched their essence from them.  As Darkseid's schemes started to tear the planet apart, Highfather ran with his wounded Avia in hand towards one of the last and greatest of the Old Gods, acknowledging his time had come and passed he chose to pass on the last of his power to reward Izaya's beloved's devotion to them.  Empowered in a blinding flare of light, Highfather arose a New God to battle Darkseid.  The brothers, now equal, tore the world apart during their battle, leaving them to rebuild on the remains, which became Apokolips and New Genesis.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Danny Boyle Confirmed as Director of JAMES BOND 25

James Bond is about to go silver.

Metro USA has confirmed rumors that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will be directing the untitled 25th installment of the James Bond film franchiseDaniel Craig is set to return as James Bond, which will be his fifth Bond film after Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre.

When asked if he was going to oversee James Bond 25, Boyle responded, "We are working on a script right now.  And it all depends on that really.  I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment.  We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks, then Bond would be right at the end of the year.  But we are working on them both right now."

Boyle, 61, is an English director, producer and screenwriter who won Best Director at the 2009 Academy Awards for his 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire.  In 2010, his film 127 Hours was nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.  His other films include Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting, Steve Jobs, 28 Weeks Later, The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, and Shallow Grave.

Boyle also named James Bond 25's screenwriter.  "We’ve got an idea.  John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment.  And it all depends on how it turns out.  It would be foolish of me to give any of it away."

James Bond 25 is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 8, 2019.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

TITANS Rumored to Cast Curran Walters as Jason Todd

Could Titans be having a death in the family?

Heroic Hollywood is reporting that the upcoming DC Universe digital series Titans may have Curran Walters as Jason Todd, better known to DC Comics fans as the second Robin who grows up to become the superhero vigilante known as the Red Hood.

Twitter user @KylePuth has posted several reports from recent Titans filming of Episodes 6 and 7 in Canada, including the following post of a picture of himself with Curran Walters...
Another post three days later states that Puth has just seen Walters in costume, although he did not state the specific character he would be playing.  Episode 7 is rumored to be titled "Jason Todd", which certainly fuels this particular rumor.

Walters has appeared in the movie 20th Century Women and on episodes of the television series New Girl, Game of Silence, Girl Meets World, Too Close to Home, Alexa & Katie, and Speechless.

Created in 1983 by Gerry Conway and Don Newton, Jason Todd first appeared in Batman (vol.1) #357 as the son of circus acrobats Joseph Todd and Trina Todd, who were killed by a criminal named Killer Croc, and was later adopted by Bruce Wayne.  Distinguished by strawberry blond hair, Todd wore various pieces of Dick Grayson's old childhood disguises as a costume to fight crime until Grayson presented him with a Robin costume of his own. At that point, Todd dyed his hair black, and grew as the second Robin under Batman's tutelage.

In 1987, the character was revamped in Batman (vol.1) #408 by Max Allan Collins and Chris Warner.  Due to the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Jason Todd was reworked as a young street orphan who first encountered Batman while attempting to steal the tires off the Batmobile in Crime Alley, the very place where Batman's parents were murdered years before.  The son of Willis and Catherine Todd, Jason lived on the East end of Gotham in the Park Row district called Crime Alley.  Catherine was a drug addict who died of an overdose some time before he began living on the street.  Willis, a former medical student, was working as hired muscle for Two-Face and had disappeared suspiciously following a botched assignment.  Bruce Wayne saw that Todd was placed in a school for troubled youths—which turned out to be Ma Gunn's School for Crime.  Jason earned the Robin mantle a short while later by helping Batman apprehend the gang of thieves.  However, Todd didn't start wearing the Robin costume until six months of training.  Batman noted that while Todd didn't possess Dick Grayson's natural athleticism and acrobatic skills, he could become a productive crimefighter by channeling his rage.  He also believed that if he didn't help the boy, Todd would eventually become part of the "criminal element".

Over a year later, during the Batman storyline "A Death in the Family", Jason Todd discovered that Catherine Todd was not his biological mother, and he ran away to find the woman who gave birth to him.  After following a number of leads, Todd finally tracked his biological mother Sheila Haywood to Ethiopia, where she worked as an aid worker.  After being overjoyed to be reunited with his real mother, he soon discovered that she was being blackmailed by the Joker, using her to provide him with medical supplies.  Sheila was embezzling from the aid agency and as part of the cover-up, she handed her own son, having arrived as Robin, over to the Joker.  The Joker beat the boy brutally with a crowbar, and then left him and Sheila in a warehouse with a time bomb.  Sheila and Jason tried desperately to get out of the warehouse, but were still inside as the bomb went off.  Batman arrived too late to save them, and found Jason's lifeless body in the rubble.  Sheila lived just long enough to tell Batman that Jason died trying to protect her. Todd's death haunted Batman, and he considered it his greatest failure.  He kept the second Robin's uniform on display in the Batcave as a reminder.

Years later, while trying to discover the identity of a mysterious figure plotting against him, Batman discovered that Tim Drake, Jason's successor as Robin, has been kidnapped.  He confronted the kidnapper, and was stunned he discover that he was apparently an adult Todd, standing at his own desecrated grave site.  Batman subdued this mystery "Jason" and discovered that it was Clayface impersonating Todd.  However, Todd's actual body was missing from its grave.  It was later revealed that Todd had indeed died at the hands of the Joker, but when Superboy-Prime altered reality from the paradise dimension in which he was trapped by throwing punches against the barrier keeping him from the rest of the universe causing temporal ripples, Jason Todd was restored to life, broke out of his coffin, and was eventually hospitalized.

Todd later paid a group of mercenaries to help him return to Gotham.  Upon arriving, he enacted a plan to get revenge on Batman, whom he resented for refusing to kill the Joker and thus avenge his death.  After successfully capturing the Joker (who failed to recognize him), Jason contemplated burning his killer alive after dousing with gasoline.  However, Jason realized that he didn't want the Joker to die, but desired to punish the villain with Batman.  Jason spared the Joker and decided to wait for the right opportunity, later reappearing in Gotham City as the Red Hood.  Red Hood assumed control over several gangs in Gotham City and started a one-man war against Black Mask's criminal empire, eventually resolving his feelings toward Batman.

In 2011, DC Comics rebooted its continuity with The New 52, with Jason's new origin changing the manner in which Batman first met Todd (stealing medicine from Leslie Thompkins, after she had treated him from a brutal beating).  In this version, the Joker was responsible for orchestrating the major moments of Todd's life, such as his father's imprisonment and death, his mother's overdose, his introduction to Thompkins, and his adoption of the Robin identity.  He soon joined a group called the Outlaws, along with the superheroes Arsenal and Starfire.

This will be the first time the character will appear in live action, although the Red Hood has appeared in the animated project Batman: Under the Red Hood (voiced by Jensen Ackles).

Titans is expected to debut on the DC Universe digital service sometime in 2018.

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 107: "The Shakespeare Code" is Up!

"But are we safe?  I mean, can we move around and stuff?"
"Of course we can.  Why not?"
"It's like in those films -- if you step on a butterfly, you change the future of the human race."
"Then don't step on any butterflies.  What have butterflies ever done to you?"
-- Martha Jones and the Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Shakespeare Code"

You guessed it, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, we're joined by special guest companion Christine Peruski to review "The Shakespeare Code", the 2007 episode from Series Three of Doctor Who, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones!

In this episode, Jesse, Christine and I discuss things like Jesse and Christine's Game of Thrones Sadness List, Christine's Doctor Who background, Torchwood being Jesse's Doctor Who gateway drug, Christine's favorite Doctors and companion, my meeting David Tennant at Wizard World Cleveland, David Tennant in Hamlet with Sir Patrick Stewart, my seeing the Globe Theatre in London, the Doctor relating to Shakespeare, Christine using Gwen Cooper's Welsh accent in an audiobook recording, the problem with Martha Jones being the Tenth Doctor's rebound from Rose Tyler, Martha as Doctor Who's first black lead companion, the difference between UK and American actors staying with a series before moving on to something else, the Carrionites and the magic on Doctor Who, the Harry Potter references
, my Reverse the Polarity segment, the correct pronunciation of J.K. Rowling, new feedback from Holly from Wisconsin and Paul from Australiaand more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Jesse and I review "Infamy of the Zaross", the 2017 Doctor Who audio adventure from Big Finish Productions, starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Billie Piper as Rose Tyler and Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

GHOSTWOOD 030: "The Tapes of Agent Cooper" is Up!

"Diane, what you are about to hear is deeply disturbing..."
-- Special Agent Dale Cooper, "Diane...": The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper

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 review the 1990 Simon & Schuster Audio book "Diane..." - The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper, performed by Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper and set during the events of Twin Peaks Season 1 and the Season 2 premiere.


In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like Xan's recent trip to Spain, Xan getting the 100-year-old Phantom of the Spanish Flu, the first Twin Peaks season being Josie-centric, picturing Laura Dern as Diane Evans listening to Cooper's tapes, Kyle MacLachlan getting nominated for a Grammy, Henry Winkler and the Ron Howard movie Night Shift, remembering our first iPods, Xan as a walking & talking Simpsons quote machine, wondering why you would rent-to-own a pocket cassette recorder, Xan as Kim Carnes, wondering if everyone in the Blue Rose Task Force is expected to wear black suits, the disposition of Cooper's worldly goods, the vanishing roadside diners, Cooper geeking out about finding an "R" under Laura Palmer's fingernail, wondering why Cooper's recording stops just as he holds up a small box of chocolate bunnies, wondering who exactly was the mysterious "J" in Laura's diary, Cooper trying to solve JFK's assassination, Twin Peaks breaking ground with fishes in percolators, Canadian geese being total dicks, Cooper needing a cold shower after finding Audrey naked in his bed, Leo Johnson killing Waldo the myna bird, wondering whatever happened to Eric Da Re, Donna Heyward being a total jerk to Dr. Jacoby and Harold Smith, the presence of Nichelle Nichols, our mutual love of Tron and Tron: Legacy, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Xan and I explore the roots of Twin Peaks and review David Lynch's first feature-length film, the surreal 1977 cult classic Eraserhead!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Jon Favreau to Write & Produce STAR WARS Live-Action TV Series

Star Wars is finally hitting the small screen.

The official Star Wars site has announced that Jon Favreau will write and executive produce a new live-action Star Wars television series for Disney's upcoming streaming service.

Favreau, 51, is a longtime Star Wars fan, and is appearing as an alien in the upcoming movie Solo: A Star Wars StoryPreviously, he voiced the Mandalorian warrior Pre Vizskla in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  He remarked, "If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you.  I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure."

Favreau is best known as Happy Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and as the director of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Elf, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Cowboys & Aliens, and The Jungle Book (2016).  As an actor, he's appeared in the films Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Iron Man films, Daredevil, Batman Forever, The Jungle Book (2016), Entourage, The Wolf of Wall Street, John Carter, Swingers, and Rudy.

"I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.  "Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe.  This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base."

The untitled Star Wars live-action series currently does not have a release date.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

THE BOYS Casts Jack Quaid as Wee Hughie

Not Simon Pegg?  Come on...

Deadline has word that the upcoming Amazon series The Boys, based on the Dynamite Entertainment comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, has cast Jack Quaid as Wee Hughie.  He joins Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk and Erin Moriarty as Starlight.

According to the article, Wee Hughie is described as "After the death of his girlfriend by fast-moving Superhero A-Train (Jessie Usher), Hughie is approached by a mysterious 'government agent' named Billy Butcher, who drags Hughie into a covert war against a group of superheroes who are not what everyone thinks they are."

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as 'the Boys,' who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.

Quaid, 25, is the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, and probably best known as Marvel in the film The Hunger Games.  His other movies include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Rampage, Logan Lucky, Tragedy Girls, and Just Before I Go.

Created in 2006 by Ennis and Robertson, Wee Hughie first appeared in The Boys #1 as Hugh Campbell, an adopted child who grew up in rural Scotland.  He had a rather bizarre childhood, including a period of trauma from exposure to a giant tapeworm, the shock of being present when an airline pilot suddenly had a mental breakdown mid-flight, and a childhood friend called Det with an unnaturally powerful stench.

While attending a carnival with his girlfriend, Robin, they admitted their love for another, but Robin was accidentally killed during a superhero brawl between A-Train (a member of the premier superhero team the Seven) and a supervillain, while A-Train was traveling faster than the speed of sound.  Hughie, holding his dead girlfriend's arms, went into emotional shock because of the entire experience.  Due to this experience, Billy Butcher recruited him to take Gregory Mallory's vacated spot on the Boys, and later injected him with Compound V, without Hughie's permission.  

Hughie was an innocent to the Boys' world, which often resulted in him becoming hesitant in his actions.  Shortly after his first combat experience which resulted in his accidental killing of Blarney Cock, he became extremely worried about repeating the action, which nearly resulted in the escape of Swingwing in a subsequent operation.  He also became gradually disgusted with Butcher's easy willingness to torture their enemies and the others' apathy towards it.  As the series progressed, and the bloodshed gradually increased, Hughie grew angry with Butcher's dismissal of the constant violence ("big boys' rules") used in their operations.

Eventually, Hughie met Annie January, a.k.a. Starlight from the A-Train's superhero team The Seven.  The two happened to sit in the same park bench in Central Park, and Starlight was amused by Wee Hughie's thick Scottish accent.  The two strangers talked and they both experienced a positive lift in mood, although they chose not to tell the other about their real jobs.  The two soon began dating, with Annie believing her relationship with Hughie was "more precious than gold".  She intended to quit the Seven and move out, but was terrified Hughie would reject her if he found out what she did to get into the Seven.  This unfortunately proved to be true, with Hughie leaving their relationship after she revealed her true identity.  

During the events of the attempted coup of the US Government by the Seven's leader, the Homelander, Butcher captured A-Train with the hopes of getting Hughie to finally understand what it meant to be one of The Boys.  He made Hughie listen to recorded conversations of them discussing Robin, hoping to convince him to murder A-Train.  Hughie couldn't bring himself to kill the captured superhuman, so Butcher started playing further conversations of the Seven, a tactic Hughie saw through and refused to be provoked. However, when the tape reached the Seven's plan to hire Starlight so they could degrade her, Hughie finally snapped and kicked A-Train's head completely off.

In the aftermath of the fight with The Seven, Butcher told The Boys that Hughie was going to be second in command, which infuriated his teammates, due to Butcher's revelation that Hughie sought out the position, a deliberate act by Butcher.  It soon became clear that Butcher had been trying to get the team out of the way so he could carry out a mass murder of superhumans, even though the act would also likely kill those who only have trace amounts of Compound V in their system from simple interaction, which would mean the deaths of hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people.  Realizing that Butcher needed to be stopped, Hughie prepared by going to Mother's Milk's home and drinking his mother's breast milk, which allowed him to match the far stronger and older Butcher.  The two then fought one another other, ultimately ending with Hughie's victory.

By the end of the series, Annie left New York and Hughie behind, due in part to Hughie's continued discomfort around her.  She returned in the final issue, with the characters once again together, having decided to give their relationship another chance after both the Boys and the Seven were ended.

The Boys is expected to debut on Amazon sometime in 2019.

LEGION Season 2 Full Trailer Hints at War with The Shadow King

What's the last thing you remember?

After several teasers, FX has released the first full trailer for the second season of Legion, based on the Marvel Comics character.  The 90-second trailer teases a time jump and the upcoming war against Season 1 Big Bad, the Shadow King.

The trailer opens with memory artist Ptonomy Wallace (Jeremie Harris) asking David Haller (Dan Stevens), "What's the last thing you remember?"  We see David waking in a field somewhere, followed by a number of strange fleeting images.

"Where you been?" asks Sydney "Syd" Barrett (Rachel Keller), David's mutant girlfriend as we see a quick replay of the Season 1 cliffhanger where David was transported inside a small, floating orb device and kidnapped by a person, or persons, unknown.

We see fleeting images of David in some form of monastery meditating and the burned visage of David's former interrogator Clark (Hamish Linklater).

"I remember...trees," David replies.  "And...dancing?"  Suddenly, we see Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement), Melanie Bird's mutant husband and one of the founders of Summerland, participating in an elaborate dubstep dance number with David and Lenny Busker (Aubrey Plaza).

"We'll talk later," says Ptonomy.  "Okay," nods David.

"After you left," Ptonomy says to David in a different scene, "we joined Division 3, started working together to fight our real enemy..."

"The Shadow King," finishes David as we glimpse the true face of Amahl Farouk, the Shadow King (Navid Negahban).  

Syd asks, "You think he's infecting people somehow?"

"We all die eventually," remarks Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), David's psychiatric therapist.  "The real tragedy is forgetting to live."

Syd warns "It's coming" as we see a strange, oval-shaped coffin being raised.

"What's coming?" asks David as we see the coffin being opened, revealing the Shadow King inside.

Fleeting images of the previous Shadow King (Aubrey Plaza) tormenting Cary Loudermilk (Bill Irwin) and bizarre women in black leotards with page boy haircuts and mustaches follow, as the mustached women tell David, "The end of everything.  Do not fail."

"She lives in the future you're going to destroy," remarks the Shadow King to David, "and when you do, she will cease to exist."

David tells Syd he loves her and Syd replies, "Love...isn't gonna save us."

More images follow, this time of the Shadow King (Plaza) and Oliver lounging in a swimming pool side by side, the Shadow King (Plaza) handcuffed in the back of a truck with heavily armored police or soldiers, and David lying in the center of a floor marked with a large black number 6.

"You still trust him?" asks Ptonomy.

"He's my man," replies Syd confidently as we end with a close-up smirk from David.

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

Legion returns to FX for Season 2 on Tuesday, April 3rd.

THE BOYS Casts Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk

We have the first member of The Boys.

Deadline has word that the upcoming Amazon series The Boys, based on the Dynamite Entertainment comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, has cast Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk.

According to the article, Mother's Milk (real name unknown) is described as "Second in command of The Boys, he’s a great detective, highly intelligent and observant and an intuitive investigator."

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as 'the Boys,' who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.

Alonso, 43, is probably best known as Billy Soto on the NBC series The Mysteries of Laura, and as Fenix Caulderon in the movie Fast & Furious 6.  He's appeared in the movies Detroit, Avatar and Constantine, and on episodes of Deception, Breakout Kings, Southland, Bones, Entourage, NCIS and CSI: Miami.

Created in 2006 by Ennis and Robertson, Mother's Milk first appeared in The Boys #2.  Born to a poor family in Harlem, Mother's Milk is the only member of The Boys to be born with Compound V in his blood.  His mother was employed as a worker at a factory owned by Vought-American, which had previously been used as a laboratory experimenting on Compound V.  Most of the women who worked there subsequently died or suffered from severe medical conditions.  Mother's Milk's brother was born mentally disabled, and later died due to complications related to Compound V.  His father spent years trying to fight Vought- American in the courts and, despite winning one case, he ultimately died while working on a follow-up case.

It was eventually revealed that Mother's Milk's name was related to the fact that due to the Compound V in his body, he had to continue nursing from his mother at an advanced age to survive.  When he was a child, his mother tried to wean him multiple times but he got progressively sicker and weaker each time, until his heart stopped the last time she tried.

To support his mother and his new wife, Mother's Milk decided to join the Army and became a member of the Army boxing team.  During the Army heavyweight championship, his Compound V derived powers suddenly activated and he accidentally punched off his opponent's head.  While being held as a prisoner by the military, he was approached by Billy Butcher and Greg Mallory with an offer to join the Boys and accepted.  Mother's Milk served as Butcher's second-in-command in the Boys and his calm logic was often an anchor within the team.  Butcher mentioned him as the glue holding the team together.

After Mother's Milk had been with The Boys for a year, Butcher accompanied him to rescue Mother's Milk's infant daughter Janine, whose mother, a drug addict, was incapable of raising her properly.  The pair rescued Janine from her mother's then-residence, a crack house whose addicts smoked crack cut with Compound V.  Mother's Milk. was later present at the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge, where he attempted to help a woman from a falling car.  Although he maintained his hold on her, she could not get free of her seat belt and was torn in half, dying in his arms.  The experience would haunt Mother's Milk, and serve as additional motivation for continuing the fight against Vought-American.

Later, Mother's Milk discovered that his ex-wife and daughter were in a pornographic movie together.  He was understandably furious at this revelation, and left to deal with the family issue.  Mother's Milk soon received a call from his daughter, telling him that she wasn't in her right mind, and has run away from her mother.  Mother's Milk attempted to get her location, but she stated that she wanted to be left alone, and when she was well, she would call him back to let him know.  He did, however, track her down, during which it was revealed that Butcher murdered the producers and cast of the adult film, including brutally murdering Janine's mother in front of her.  His final words, meant both as a warning and as a threat, were for Janine to leave Mother's Milk alone.

After he had a meeting with The Boys about stopping Butcher from using a weaponized version of the Compound V on the rest of the superhumans, Butcher questioned why he wasn't trying to fix his issues with his daughter, thinking that would get him out of the picture for good.  Mother's Milk questioned if Butcher was really going through with the plan and Butcher offered him a chance to walk away, but to no avail.  They started fighting one another, where Butcher revealed to him that he thought of killing his mother as well.  Before Mother's Milk could land a decisive blow, Butcher pulled out a grenade and stuffed it into Mother's Milk's mouth as it exploded.  Mother's Milk was left in critical condition, and Butcher later stopped Mother's Milk from breathing and killed him, while stating that he had no mates.

The Boys is expected to debut on Amazon sometime in 2019.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

TITANTALK 003: "Titans: Rebirth" is Up!

"My name is Wally West.  I'm the Fastest Man Alive.  I used to be Kid Flash...but I'm not a kid anymore.  And all my friends have forgotten me."
-- The Flash (Wally West), Titans: Rebirth #1: "Titans: Rebirth"

That's right, my fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast! 

In this third episode of our three-part rollout, Jesse and I discuss Jesse meeting comics legend Jim Shooter, Jesse stepping away from mainstream comics in The New 52 era, recapturing the past in the DC Rebirth era, the pre-Rebirth era miniseries Titans Hunt, old school Titans villain Mister Twister, Arsenal's douchey backwards baseball cap, Dan Abnett writing the Titans as a family again, Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West, Flash villain Abra Kadabra, Titans Vol. 2: Made in Manhattan, Wally and Superman being the only superheroes in the DC Universe that remember what happened before Flashpoint, the new Titans Tower, Tempest and Omen's budding romance, trust issues with the Titans' Justice League mentors, Justice League villain The Key, Geoff Johns writing a Doom Patrol episode of Titans, more characters coming up on the Titans TV show, speculating on some possible upcoming Titans TV characters, an update on the Nightwing movieand more!

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