Analog EP81: Superhero Fantasy Princess!

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back… and they’re finally talking about Doom Patrol! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer.

Trailers for Frozen II and DC Super Hero Girls, as well as news on Loki and Howard the Duck, and even some kick-ass new announcements! Check out the episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Pull Box: February 20

Gotham Girl’s story is so tragic, simply because of how much her and her brother have been used, abused, and tossed aside like trash. Left to suffer and fizzle out from their powers, or become corrupted infinitely by them. All she wants is her brother back, and to be a hero alongside them. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, she’s still a child and doesn’t see the cost that being a hero really holds. Who’s manipulating her is the real question, but all signs point to Bane as we continue down the rabbit hole of Tom King’s 100-issue arc.

I wasn’t expecting Brainiac and Lex Luthor to essentially be joined on a spiritual level to unleash Perpetua on the universe. I was expecting the usual villain betrayal, but that’s not exactly what Scott Snyder is about is it? This incredible retcon of the past of Lionel Luthor and his working with Vandal Savage before having his memories erased is so flawless that it fits like a puzzle piece in a blank space that we never knew we needed. It effortlessly gives Lex Luthor a grandiose history that takes him from hyper-intelligent mastermind, to destined villain. Fantastic.

Jacob Kane Cast in Batwoman Pilot

The pilot for The CW’s Batwoman series continues to expand its cast with Entertainment Weekly reporting that Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II) joining as the male lead, Jacob Kane. The Father of Ruby Rose’s titular Batwoman.

Kane is described as “a former military colonel with a chip on his shoulder for Batman, Jacob Kane now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows, and has made it his mission to protect his city better than the Dark Knight ever could. But it’s only a matter of time before his unwavering disdain for vigilantes puts him at odds with Gotham’s new caped crusader…who also happens to be his own daughter.”

First Details for Loki Emerge

It looks like we have some of our first details on the upcoming Disney+ streaming series, Loki. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has recruited Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty, HarmonQuest) to write the pilot, and serve as showrunner.

Additionally, it’s said that the series will follow a younger Loki as he traverse across time on Midgard, manipulating events across human history for his own amusement. Marvel is supposedly looking for a very Doctor Who vibe for the series.

First Trailer For Cartoon Network’s DC Super Hero Girls

Cartoon Network and DC Entertainment have shared the first trailer for the upcoming animated series, DC Super Hero Girls, premiering on March 8th. The series follows the adventures of Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, and their colorful cast of fellow heroes and villains.

Saving the day is super easy when you’re a Super Hero. But stopping evil in its tracks while keeping up grades and managing a social life, all before curfew? Ugh. That’s, like, super tough. DC Super Hero Girls are more than crime-fighting besties, they’re a diverse group of dedicated super-teens! Working together, they fight the battles of Metropolis and the battles of growing, up all at the same time. Always discovering new ways to control their powers and abilities, these awesome girls are quickly learning (sometimes the hard way) how to deal with the super challenges of being a teenage Super Hero. We all have the power to make a difference. Just make sure to use it for good or you’ll find yourself up against those tenacious teens, the DC Super Hero Girls.

New Trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Marvel Entertainment and Nintendo have revealed a new trailer for the upcoming, long-awaited sequel, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. The new trailer focuses on cooperative play, and attacking in the game, as well as the addition of Captain Marvel.

Gameplay will allow up to 4 players to play on the same TV, locally with 4 Nintendo Switch consoles, or online, making it the most dynamic Ultimate Alliance game yet.

MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order: For the first time in 10 years, the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns with four-player action and an original story … all exclusive to Nintendo Switch! Assemble your dream team from a huge cast of Super Heroes, including Marvel’s ultimate cosmic protector, Captain Marvel.

Pull Box: February 13

That ending was the most ridiculous, comic book thing I have ever seen and was not something I ever expected. This arc has been long and twisting, recalling many of the most important people throughout the life and career of Bruce Wayne and Batman. It’s been a perfect way to explore the past of Detective Comics, the book that started it at all as we approach the 1,000th issue. But to ask if I ever saw the evil kid-Bruce thing coming? No, that one was a little far out of left field for me. But kudos to the creative team here for sticking to their guns to create a memorable, and original story.

When the Deathbringers arrived, I expected them to just be those three giant robots. Then thousands of Hawkmen flew out and started destroying London, and the stakes suddenly seemed exceptionally high in the book. It’s obvious that Xanadu is going to figure out how to bring all of Carter Hall’s past lives back, including Ktar, the leader of the Deathbringers, who will prove indispensable in defeating them for the final time. My only wonder if where Hawkman will go after this? I truly hope that it stays an adventure book in the vein of Indiana Jones. That’s where he seems most comfortable.

Doctor Fate has gone sufficiently crazy, and become the evil threat to all of reality that he has always been set up to be. Who are these mysterious Lords of Order that he seems to have aligned himself with? We’ll find out soon, I’m sure. But meanwhile, the magical community is in pieces, with the remaining refugees thinking they had escaped to a separate dimension only to find out the worse had been yet to arrive. The Otherkind are a terrifying villain, but to find out that they’re mere pawns for a larger game is insane. Lastly, kudos to Man-Bat for scientifically working out magic to help save the day in a way, with the mysterious boy from earlier in the series, who seems like he will prove invaluable in the fight.

Jonathan Kent had one hell of an adventure, that’s for sure. Being ripped through a black hole to encounter the Crime Syndicate of Earth-3… as an eleven year old? Not high on the list of things I would enjoy doing. But, the well-timed arrival of Mongul, just so Superman had someone to take his frustrations out on was perfect. Mongul hasn’t truly been a threat in quite some time, particularly against a powered-up, frustrated Clark Kent. Superman’s frustration over missing his son growing up, especially someone who is so family-first the way he was raised. That has to be nearly impossible to deal with as a parent.

An issue that focuses on the plight of Odin, just a few short months before the War of the Realms begins, was one of the most necessary things to have. While he’s completely unable to show it, because of his misplaced pride and narcicissm, Odin truly loves his children, and regrets the way fate has treated him and his family. Despite all of that regret, he’s unable to do anything to fix it, and the internal struggle that rages on inside him is the focus here, rightfully so. Another deeply personal issue of Thor, moments before the biggest event Marvel has had in years, begins. Well played.

Is it possible that Gotham Girl was behind the attacks on Sanctuary? The attack that took the life of Wally West? Or at least a Wally West. We’re still unsure how that twist works, to be honest. It’s not likely that Claire is behind that attack, as we’ll certainly learn the perpetrator in the pages of Heroes in Crisis. But, this new development is certainly interesting. The chemistry between Batman and Flash is some of the best in comics because of how different they are as heroes, yet just how similar they are as people.

Marvel Partners With Hulu for Multiple Series

It would seem that Marvel Studios and Hulu’s partnership for The Runaways isn’t quite finished yet, as the two have announced a partnership for four new animated series, and a standalone special.
The streaming service has ordered animated series adaptations for M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, The Tigra & Dazzler Show and Howard the Duck, as well as the special The Offenders, which will bring all of these heroes together for a team-up mission in the same vein as The Avengers.

Quite the ridiculous premise seems to be ahead for these four, but with a fun twist on the characters and the eventual team-up to be had in the future, this is a promising endeavor. There is currently no release date for any of the specials.

Aquaman 2 Officially In The Works

It was only a matter of time, but after the first film’s massive success, Aquaman 2 is officially in the works at Warner Bros. According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. has lined up Aquaman screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick to pen the sequel. Johnson-McGoldrick co-wrote the first film alongside Will Beall.

While a director is currently not lined up, James Wan is finalizing a deal to return as an Executive Producer alongside Peter Safran. Wan has previously stated if he likes the script he would be interesting in returning to the Director’s chair.

Aquaman Spin-Off The Trench Now In The Works

Following the billion-dollar success of AquamanThe Hollywood Reporter has learned that, instead of a sequel, Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a spinoff to the DC blockbuster which will be based on the terrifying deadly Kingdom of the Trench. Newcomers Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald have been tasked with penning the script for The Trench, which is being described as an underwater horror feature set in the DC Universe.

Details are still being kept under wraps, but it’s said that the principal cast of Aquaman will not feature in any capacity, choosing to focus on world-building for the King of Atlantis.

First Live-Action Image from Avengers: Endgame

Thanks to the most unusual of sources we now have our first live-action piece of promotional art from Avengers: Endgame. The image of the six original Avengers was released as part of an Avengers: Endgame-themed contest run by popcorn company, Orville Redenbacher. The image gives us our first look at Hulk’s new costume, as well as a good look at Clint Barton in his new Ronin garb. It even shows new costumes for Captain America, and Black Widow.

“After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.”

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th.

Rachel Skarsten Cast in Batwoman

The upcoming Batwoman pilot has found its arch-nemesis, it would seem.
Deadline is reporting that Rachel Skarsten (Reign) is joining the Batwoman pilot as Alice, a Lewis Caroll-inspired villainess who may be closer to Batwoman than Kate Kane suspects. In the comics, Alice is Elizabeth Kane, Kate’s twin sister, though it’s unclear if that familial connection will remain in the show.

According to the report from Deadline, Alice will serve as Batwoman’s Joker, being “the leader of her own Lewis Carroll–inspired Wonderland Gang,” as well as being described as “swinging unpredictably between maniacal and charming.”

Kingsman: The Great Games Adds to Its Impressive Cast

Matthew Vaughan’s upcoming prequel, Kingsman: The Great Game, has added a few more big names it its cast, according to Empire Online. That comes in the form of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla) and Gemma Arterton (Byzantium). No details on their roles as of yet, but they will join Charles Dance, Daniel Bruhl, and Ralph Fiennes in what is shaping up to be quite an impressive ensemble cast. 

Kingsman: The Great Game is rumored to take place during World War I and explore the formation of the Kingsman using famous figures from history to twist things in surprising ways.

Analog EP79: The Cape of Opinion

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back from their wrestling break with a jam-packed episode! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer.
Trailers for Avengers: Endgame, The Twilight Zone, Birds of Prey, and the Umbrella Academy! Not to mention loads of news from all over the spectrum… even a new poster for Shaft, on this week’s episode of Analog! Check out the episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!
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Pull Box: February 6

Justice League has consistently been the best written comic since its debut, and all this issue did was set it further apart from the rest of the pack, with yet another fantastic retcon on the history of the Martian Manhunter. J’onn J’onnz is one of the bigger mysteries still left in the DC Universe, as his origin is still so simplistic and yet to be explored fully. The inclusion of Lex Luthor as a childhood friend with latent psychic abilities is certainly an interesting, and also sets the stage for Lex to turn his back on the Legion of Doom that he created as his elaborate plan begins to spin wildly out of control.

When Batman and Flash crossover, some of the best stories seem to happen organically, and this is certainly no different. Calling back to Batman’s very first Rebirth story, Gotham Girl has returned and she’s randomly attacking places that will bring various heroes into the fold. Particularly, Batman and The Flash. What she plans to do with them is still a mystery, but we know she’s attempting to revive her Brother, who seems to be hooked up to Bane’s Venom. Another clue as to who could be behind all of this?

A long, in-depth read about the time when Clark Kent first arrived in Metropolis. There have been numerous re-tellings of this same story, over and over again, and all of them are almost the same, but just like every other origin being re-told in comic book form, it just never gets old, and I’ll never pin-point why that is. While this book is certainly not required reading, it’s worth the time to check out if you’re a fan of Superman.

I don’t think I’ll ever get past how perfectly suited for the Green Lantern Grant Morrison’s writing is. It’s so bizarre, and the characters he concocts are beyond belief, as many alien species should be. It’s just confusing and bizarre enough to feel alien while you’re reading it, but things slowly pull themselves back together each and every time. While I thought that Morrison’s Lantern would be more of a mini-series, these smaller arcs support a longer run than expected, and I’m certainly ready for that.

Little by little, DC is exploring the annals and history of Darkseid and Apokolips more and more. We’re learning of its past, and the events leading up to Darkseid’s initial rise to power, while exploring his dynamics with the right hands that have ensured he stay at the top. Granny Goodness and her Female Furis have always been one of the more interesting side characters for the New Gods, and the exploration here was great. With that said, it’s a shame that sexism exists on a desolate planet like Apokolips, as well, with the Furies unknowingly taking part in a show of “female grace” for the detestable villains. I hope that they get what’s coming to them in this series, because it will be satisfying.

This moved at the strangest pace, and seems like it’s going to continue that way for a while. Despite having an all-star lineup of young heroes, they’re just sort of… coming together. By fate, or destiny perhaps, but it’s been this random series of events, bringing this random group of heroes together, and it seems weird and difficult to read in some strange way. Additionally, I love Teen Lantern, and really missed Impulse not being in this issue, as he is an absurd amount of fun in all of the books he is in. I hope he gets a solo book, soon.