Analog EP84: Blue In The Face

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back from their hiatus with one of the biggest episodes ever! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer.

Trailers for Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, and Toy Story 4, as well as tons of news from Marvel, Disney, and DC Entertainment on casting and directorial fronts. The return of James Gunn, as well as his next project, and Google’s crazy new game system. All on this week’s massive 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: March 20

Sometimes you just need issues like this. No crazy arcs, no over-arching stories and hints. Just a single issue, with little to no dialog, some incredible art, and a frantic foot chase between the Joker and Batman through Gotham. Brutality reigning supreme as the two try to one-up each other, and take the other down. This was a gorgeous issue that really eased up on the tension in favor of just telling a good, simple story.

These future designs for the Justice League are incredible, with particular focus on Superman and Flash. Even Wonder Woman has a kick-ass future design, and it’s great. In fact, this future is clearly too good to be true. Some insane form of deceit from Mxylptlk to be sure, but how is the more important question here. I absolutely cannot wait for the next issue of this. Batman sees through the veil, not trusting what he’s seeing, and J’onn and Kendra have had thir eyes opened to the truth. But what is the truth?

Naomi is full of some crazy twists and turns, with her small town seeming more and more like a small refugee camp for aliens than anything. Dee the mechanic is a Thanagarian, her parents are both aliens from another world, and what does that make her? Her connection to Superman implies Kryptonian, but that just seems like such a reach. So many mysteries, with such loving and fantastic characters are really making this book great.

After years and years of build-up, it’s finally here! The War of the Realms is upon us, and every God across the realms will be sucked into the largest conflict that Yggdrasil will ever see. Jane Foster is in complete remission, opening the door for her return, and Thor has finally come to terms with the loss of Mjolnir, tossing his last remaining piece into the sun, to return it to the rest of its remains. The Earth’s heroes are ready to fight one hell of a war, and I’m certainly ready to read it.

Chella Man Cast as Jericho in Titans Season 2

After casting Deathstroke in the upcoming second season of the DC Universe streaming series, Titans, DC Entertainment has added YouTube star, Chella Man, as his son, Jericho. Chella Man is a deaf activist and transgender model making waves for his outspoken nature. This will be his acting debut, with Jericho’s character description below:

“Son of the infamous DC villain Deathstroke (played by Esai Morales), Joseph Wilson is the Titan known as Jericho. Mute after his father failed to rescue him from having his vocal cords severed by assassins, Jericho has the unique ability to possess anyone just by making eye contact. This gentle natured yet proud hero has proven himself a formidable Titan”

Florence Pugh to Star in Black Widow

The solo Black Widow film continues to move forward, as The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family) is in final talks to star opposite Scarlett Johannson in the movie. Pugh will play a spy “on the same level” as Natasha Romanoff.

Black Widow is said to be a prequel, and will give us insight into the Black Widow’s dark past as a KGB assassin before being scooped up by Nick Fury for S.H.I.E.L.D. Perhaps we’ll see more of Samuel L. Jackson de-aged in this film? I suppose we’ll see as more details develop in the film.

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Ezra Miller Re-Writing The Flash with Grant Morrison

It seems the last remnants of the old DC Extended Universe haven’t quite finished the series yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, star Ezra Miller (Justice League) has been clashing with writer/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming) over their creative vision for The Flash solo film. Daley and Goldstein are opting for a lighter tone, while Miller wants a darker run at the character. To appease the star, Warner Bros. has hired Miller and superstar scribe Grant Morrison to re-write the script.

While this move is puzzling, having Morrison attached lends some credibility to the duo. DC Entertainment has had considerably more success with its lighter films, as both Wonder Woman and Aquaman, lighter in tone, went on to be box office smashes. Meanwhile, the darker Justice League’s entire box office run was topped by Avengers: Infinity War in a single weekend. Those kind of numbers don’t bode well for the future of gritty, dark superhero films.

James Gunn Reinstated for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

In a shocking about-face, Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios and Disney have reinstated James Gunn as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Several months after a manufactured controversy forced Disney to fire the much-loved director, Disney CEO Alan Horn has said he’s met with Gunn numerous times, and after discussion regarding his handling of the matter and public apology, the studio has opted to bring him back.

Backlash from all sides seem to have won out, as principle cast members of the previous Guardians of the Galaxy films, as well as Kevin Feige himself have stood up for Gunn in the time since. Gunn has since signed on to direct the upcoming reboot for The Suicide Squad starring Idris Elba and Margot Robbie, which still seems to be next on his busy docket.

Regardless of what happens next. It’s nice to have Gunn back at the helm of the franchise that he brought to critical acclaim.

Pull Box: March 13

Jonathan Kent is most certainly worthy of whatever title of hero he wants up to this point. The hell that Ultraman put him through, and his subsequent escape and survival both show how much he’s grown, and learned to do what’s necessary to stay alive. All while still keeping the strong heart that his parents have nurtured all these years. I’ll miss fun-loving Jonathan Kent, which I never thought I would say about a kid-hero not named Impulse. But teenage Jonathan Kent has proven he’s more than worthy.

We all knew what was coming. It’s been building to it this entire time, with Carter Hall’s previous reincarnations becoming an army of Hawkman to stop the Deathbringers. With that in mind, it was still really cool to see it. This arc has been a great way to retcon Hawkman and modernize him for a new audience. I only hope they keep going, and keep pushing the adventure side of it all. Hawkman as an explorer is far more interesting than Hawkman as a superhero.

This served as a nice refresher for James Jesse, the original Trickster, some details here and there to fit the new narrative of his character. It was clearly meant for newer fans that have come in from the series, but it was a solid issue nonetheless. It established Trickster as a threat to Central City, setting him up for the biggest con of all time as he manipulates The Flash and his many allies, clearly being one step ahead of them all throughout.

The Lords of Order have shown themselves in full, with their true power about to wipe out the entire realm of Myrra. Meanwhile, the previous Doctor Fate has shown himself to be an ally of the Justice League. Unfortunately, the team’s two heavy hitters, Wonder Woman and Zatanna are off on their own dangerous adventure searching for Mordru and Circe, who seems to have her own agenda. She clearly knows something that everyone else doesn’t Perhaps she’s the one behind this? Then there was the off-hand comment about Zatanna’s Father. Is Zatara the true mastermind? So many questions!

Even the Titans have been catapulted into the real world, with two of the most ancient and powerful beings to ever grace the summit of Olympus just hanging out in the Rocky Mountains. Something tells me our furry friends that we’ve been following are a little more than just an audience perspective. Could they be attracting this danger somehow? Something is starting to seem quite off, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it could be. There are just too many factors at play here to really know where this story is heading.

New Trailer for Avengers: Endgame Now Online

Following the release, and subsequent record-breaking opening weekend, of Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios has released a new full-length trailer for Avengers: Endgame giving us our best look yet at the upcoming film. The new trailer gives us confirmation of Captain Marvel being with our heroes in the film, as well as Iron Man and Nebula confirmed to find their way back to Earth fairly early on in the film. We even get a look at the rumored Quantum Realm suits for the team, which are quite impressive in motion.

Avengers: Endgame looks to shatter quite a few records when it releases on April 26th, being the final chapter in The Avengers saga, and ending the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel’s Shang-Chi Finds its Director

The upcoming live-action adaptation for Marvel’s Shang-Chi is taking a massive step forward to becoming a reality today, as Deadline has learned that Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle) has been tapped to helm the upcoming film. The report stresses that Marvel is looking to take a similar approach to Shang-Chi as it did with Black Panther, putting a strong emphasis on cultural mainland China and its traditions and customs. The film will also include a predominantly Asian cast, marking Marvel’s first Asian lead film.

Cretton’s previous credits include a collaboration with Captain Marvel star, Brie Larson, and he will be directing the film from a script by Wonder Woman 1984 writer, David Callaham.

Titans Season 2 Adds Deathstroke

I’m not sure what it is about him, but despite the countless live-action versions of Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, that we’ve seen, it never gets old to see him added to a DC property. Titans season 2 is no different as DC Entertainment has announced that they’ve cast Esai Morales (NYPD Blue), as the world’s deadliest assassin.

“Slade Wilson is known for being DC’s deadliest assassin,” reads the official press release detailing this take on the character. “While serving his country, Slade became an elite soldier before government testing enhanced his physiology to near superhuman levels, putting him on a path of darkness and revenge. To his family, Slade is a father and husband, but to the rest of the world, he is feared by many as the infamous Deathstroke; selling his services to the highest bidder as the ruthless assassin that never gives up and never misses.”

Marvel Developing What If? Animated Anthology Series

According to /Film, Marvel Studios is developing an animated anthology series based on the Marvel What If? series of comics for Disney+. Kevin Feige will produce the series, though it will obviously not be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though the report speculates several actors could lend their voices to the series, reprising their roles from the MCU.

The Marvel What If? series re-imagines key events in Marvel History, rewriting them to speculate what could happen if certain details changed, though it’s currently unknown which stories are being adapted. Expect more information soon, as it develops.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Now Online

Warner Bros. Animation has shared the first official trailer for the upcoming crossover animated film, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The trailer gives us an idea of the story, based on the comic by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II. The film boasts an incredible roster of heroes and villains, with both heroes’ bevy of rogue’s making an appearance, with an all-star voice cast to boot.

Check out the announcement post for more information on the massive cast, with Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hitting shelves on March 31st.

James Gunn’s Suicide Squad Roster Revealed

With production set to begin later this year, we now have our first bit of news on James Gunn’s upcoming soft reboot, The Suicide Squad, which will feature a new roster for the most part, with Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, and Idris Elba replacing Will Smith as Deadshot. Collider dropped the news, and as expected for James Gunn, he’s made some pretty off-the-wall choices.

First up is Ratcatcher, who will be gender-swapped from the comics, as the studio is looking to cast a woman of any age or nationality. She is described as “an exterminator in Gotham City that turning to a life of crime, aided by an army of small rodents she can communicate with and control. She’s also a fan of poisonous gas.”  She is also set to be mentored in the film by Deadshot.

Next is King Shark, a super-villain and humanoid who is believed to be the son of the Shark God. He was last seen in live-action on The Flash.

Then there’s the most insane choice: Polka-Dot Man. Another Batman villain, he’s described as being able to “grow multi-colored polka dots on his body that he can turn into fireballs and other weapons. For the most part, he’s embarrassed about his awkward abilities.”

Lastly, there’s Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith, an agent of peace whose motives are driven by an extremist form of pacifism that makes him so committed peace that he would kill for it. The report indicates that James Gunn is eyeing his friend Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) for this role.

It’s currently unknown if Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg will return, as well as Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.

Pull Box: March 6

The ramifications of this issue are massive. Now comes the question… is Doomsday Clock canon? Or just a side-story? Either way, Firestorm was created by the government, as well as Rex Mason, and even Kirk Langstrom, aka Man-Bat. Not to mention the entire Justiec League was defeated by Doctor Manhattan fairly easily. Though they got in some good hits, his abilities just proved too much. Only Ozymandias knows the true secrets behind his abilities, but Batman seems to know more than he lets on, thanks to the journal of Rorschach. This book is moving slowly, but it’s starting to ramp up finally.

It’s been so long since we’ve seen The Question, that just seeing him in this issue elevates it. Couple that with his interrogation of Selina in regards to her leaving Bruce and you have some fantastic tension. Particularly with him getting her to admit she lied about the note. But how did she lie? She did truly believe she would him back, and that the world needs him. So, what’s different? Does this have anything to do with Bane’s massive plan that involves the Bat’s entire Rogue’s gallery?

This was a fantastic, light-hearted issue of Justice League with a strong story at its core, that quickly became more and more serious. The introduction of the Future Superman was perfectly executed, but something seemed off about him. Now, thanks to the shocking end of this issue we know that something was off. Was Mxylptlk messing with him? Was it a trap for Superman all along? Or did someone intervene? How will he escape a trap… an entire galaxy of a trap, made specifically for him?

This was probably the best issue yet of Grant Morrison’s crazy run on Green Lantern. Jordan infiltrating the Blackstars, and choosing the name Blackstar Parallax for his “reborn life” was chill-inducing. Now, Adam Strange is in the mix as DC’s space-faring adventurers slowly start to fill out the pages of this ever-growing story. The earlier issues were a bit ridiculous, but Morrison’s found a groove, now, and it’s firing on all cylinders for this newest arc.

They managed to pack a lot of good stuff in this issue! Not only did we get a heartfelt reunion between Conner Kent and Bart Allen, two heroes that have been sorely missed since the beginning of Rebirth and beyond, but we even learned how Conner got to GemWorld in the first place. Not to mention he has a beard, and a wife and son! Conner has a son! Does that make Superman and Lex a Grandfather of sorts? I would love to see the look on Clark’s face when he learns that Conner has a family. He’ll most certainly be proud.