Black Adam Finds its Director

After years of rumors and development hell, Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson finally has a director, with The Rock’s recent Jungle Cruise collaborator, Jaume Collet-Sera to take the helm of the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the success of Shazam! earlier this year has put Black Adam high on the studio’s list, putting the long-awaited adaptation the fast track.

The Rock has been cast in the role of Black Adam for years, since 2014, so it’s no surprise to see fans excited for this project. Expect more news to come later this year.

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Analog EP93: Pokemon Half-Eaten Can of Beans

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are here to fill your ear holes with news and cover the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The first trailer for Onward, crazy DC casting news, and lots of cool video game news, including Death Stranding, and Pokemon Sword & Shield on this week’s episode 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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Swamp Thing Reportedly Cancelled by DC Entertainment

Continuing to show just how out of touch they truly are, the executives at Warner Bros. have decided to pull the plug on the DC Universe streaming series, Swamp Thing, cancelled it after just a single episode has aired. The decision was believed to have been made after executives weren’t keen on the direction the series had taken. The cast and crew supposedly received the notification of the cancellation of the series late last night.

The series premiered on May 31st, to generally positive reviews, making it unclear why the studio was so low on the adaptation. Swamp Thing will supposedly run out the remainder of its filmed episodes with the second episode premiering on June 7th.

UPDATE: It would seem creative differences were not the issue, after all. After a $40 million rebate filming rebate debacle in North Carolina with Warner Bros., the studio would only be getting a $14 million tax credit, which slashed nearly half the budget for Swamp Thing, making it unable to maintain its budget for a niche series. For more information, check out this Twitter thread.

First Official Poster for Wonder Woman 1984

Warner Bros. has announced that it will be skipping San Diego Comic-Con this year, with no Hall H presentation. However, they’re not slowing down as the studio also revealed the first teaser poster for Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to the ground-breaking first film. The psychedelic new poster shows Diana sporting a new set of armor, clearly inspired by her classic Golden Eagle armor from the comics.

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah. Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the Super Hero’s first outing, last summer’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office. “Wonder Woman 1984” will also be helmed by acclaimed director Patty Jenkins, and star Gal Gadot in the title role.

Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters on June 5th, 2020. You can hit the jump to check out the poster in full.

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Pull Box: June 5

The issue that all of us really needed, to be honest. A nice, long, exposition-filled issue that broke down everything we had learned up to this point and revealed just how far Bane had gone in his machinations against Batman. That Thomas Wayne was giving the exposition was a bit expected, but we still don’t know why he truly sided with Bane in all of this. Or even how he got here for that matter. With King out in 13 issues, we should certainly learn more, soon.

That was a million times better than the first issue of DCeased. A technological-biological hybrid virus corrupting the planet. Batman outwitting just long enough to learn the truth, and Dinah Lance is the new Green Lantern after killing an infected Hal Jordan. That’s insane! This is quickly becoming yet another awesome alternate-future story for the heroes, and I love it.

The Year of the Villain has officially begun! DC has so many incredible stories going at once right now, it’s mind-boggling. The World Forger is a member of the League now, shockingly, with the goal of finding his brothers, the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, which is an amazing twist if they’ll join up. But, Luthor is making his own moves and has the world in quite a predicament with the villains about to be armed to the teeth. Ahhh it’s so good!

This upended the status quo quite a bit for the Shazam Family. Sivana defeated Black Adam and waits at the Rock of Eternity. Billy’s adopted family now knows the truth, while his Dad waits outside. Now, the Wizard, Shazam, has returned to rescue the children from the Magiclands, while Funland prepares to go to war with the Earthlands. That’s a doozy of an issue, for sure.

Another fun, throwback romp to the glory days of Green Lantern and Green Arrow’s classic team-up. Though the addition of Grant Morrison certainly made this one a little strange and memorable. Using Dimension Zero was certainly a fun way to put these two back together. Now, Sinestro is back in the mix, as well, which should give Hal his much-needed adversary in this crazy story.

I knew the Gemworld couldn’t be trusted, and when Young Justice inevitably finds their way back there, hell will most certainly be paid. It was great seeing the team back together, recounting what’s happened up to this point for them and getting us all up to speed, the taking down Opal with very little trouble. I’m genuinely curious as to what Jinny Hex is hauling around in her truck, though.

The latest issue in Marvel’s best event in years was yet another win for the once-named “House of Ideas.” It’s been such a long time since such a great event came from Marvel, it’s refreshing to see this continuing to fire on all cylinders. Thor has nailed himself to Yggdrasil, just as Odin did before him, hoping to stop Malekith once and for all, while the Avengers fight back against the forces of evil. All of these cool changes to characters, as well as interesting “Ten Realm” related roles has even been a lot of fun.

Robert Pattinson is Officially Batman!

After months of speculation, Deadline has confirmed that Robert Pattinson will still as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ upcoming trilogy, starting with The Batman. Since his breakout role in the Twilight series soured his experience, Pattinson has largely stayed away from blockbuster films, choosing to expand his acting chops and proving himself one of the best actors on the planet in numerous indie darling films.

This is sure to be a controversial choice for some fans, but given his phenomenal acting chops, Pattinson deserves a chance at this, and I am truly excited at this prospect.

Mister Miracle Scribe to Co-Write New Gods Film

DC Entertainment has revealed that it has tapped Eisner Award-winning comic book writer, Tom King (Mister Miracle, Vision), to co-write its upcoming New Gods film alongside director, Ava DuVernay. According to The Wrap, it’s likely he’s been handed this massive gig after the success of his recent 12-issue miniseries, Mister Miracle, which starred Scott Free, aka Mister Miracle, and his wife, Big Barda, two of the New Gods that will be featured in the film.

While New Gods has not been officially announced, and has no release date, it’s good to see some movement on yet another anticipated DC Entertainment adaptation.

Analog EP92: They Call Him Joey Pants

After a short break, Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back with a new episode of Analog to cover the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Terminator: Dark Fate, Batwoman,Swamp Thing, and Jessica Jones, and a ton of news on Batman, Akira, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more on this jam-packed edition! 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: May 22 & 29

Leviathan remains one of the biggest mysteries running in the DC Universe, right now, and the way it’s been setup consistently throughout multiple books has been so damn fantastic. Now, it’s all coming to a head with Event Leviathan next month. We’ll get all the answers. The truth about who’s Leviathan, and who isn’t. That’s giving me goosebumps just thinking about it.

That was mind-boggling in so many ways. Doomsday Clock just opened the door for such amazing story-telling opportunities. The Metaverse! Superman has always been the centerpoint of it all, and using him in this way is so fantastic. It’s genius, and I’m so absurdly excited for what comes next.

Astrid Arkham certainly has a most destined origin story. The daughter of the Arkham Family, and the one person the inmates of the Asylum would happily give their lives for. Hidden under the nose of Batman as she watched and trained herself to best him. She is Batman’s antithesis, and most certainly an interesting new addition to the mythos.

A great annual issue bringing back an old villain with a new face. It’s always good to see some of the Batman’s lesser known villains used in these circumstances, though I hope that one day they’ll use the Phantasm in something like this. It would have been amazing to see the Phantasm used in the modern day Gotham that DC has built.

I love the chemistry that Lunella, aka Moon Girl, has with every single member of the Fantastic Four. She’s a fantastic character with her own mythos that meshes so well with Marvel’s First Family. On top of that, I’m waiting for the inevitability this is something throwing Franklin Richards back into overpowered God-mode, because that is honestly where he shines best.

Mordru naturally wants nothing to do with the Lords of Order, or the Otherkind. Both of which seem to be mad with power, and ready to destroy the world at any moment. But, once again, crafty Jason Blood, now an old man with Etrigan burned away from his soul, has a plan to stall Doctor Fate and his siblings. Does he know that Zatanna and Wonder Woman are the new Lords of Chaos?

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo cemented their status as one of the greatest creative teams in all of comic books years ago, but this is some next level stuff. Even after Dark Knights: METAL, this still manages to feel fresh and new. This is already one of 2019’s most must-read stories, and it’s only a single issue in.

There are still so many mysteries when it comes to Leviathan and their plan, moving forward. All this mega-sized issue did was open even more boxes of questions. Talia Al-Ghul no longer runs Leviathan, so who does? It’s nice to see the rest of the Justice League finally getting involved, helping this story feel even more larger than life than it was already was.

Since switching creative teams, The Terrifics has gotten somehow even better. The art is better, and the story is fun and interesting. There’s been a lot of “virtual game” stories in comics lately, but thus far, I’ve been far more vested in the trials and tribulations of Plastic Man, and his rag-tag group of friends. Though, I suppose I’m a little biased.

With only one issue of The Silencer left, sadly, it was nice to see Honor nearly get her happy ending. Defeating her “sister,” Smoke, and saving her family from the danger that Talia presented at the time. My only hope is that in the future we see more of Honor Guest. Particularly as Leviathan becomes more of a threat throughout the greater DC Universe.

To see The Flash like this is so damn refreshing. For months on end, he has been so pessimistic and down on himself, but now with this new origin he’s back to his old self. While he’s doubting things a bit, it’s to be expected. But Old Man Barry is ever the optimist, and it’s exactly where The Flash should be.

While the ending to Heroes in Crisis didn’t quite have the impact I thought it would, nor the reverberations through the greater DC Universe, it still accomplished exactly what it needed to do. Where Wally goes from here, on his journey to find the wife and kids he lost after Doctor Manhattan is the question. While Superman is the centerpoint of the Metaverse, Wally West is its engine, ensuring things continue to move forward.

I can’t say I was expecting Overman to be a Cyborg Overman during the time they’ve been building him up. It was an awesome twist that really shakes things up moving forward. Maybe the real Overman will return, changed by what he’s seen in the Universe? Maybe he’s even Superman, now. Discovering his Kryptonian heritage and embracing it? There’s a lot of interesting paths, now.

New Full Trailer for Swamp Thing Debuts

With its upcoming DC Universe streaming debut this Friday, the service has revealed a new, full trailer for Swamp Thing giving us our best look yet at what to expect from the horrors of the swamp. A better look at the disease the draws Abby Arcane home, as well as Dr. Jason Woodrue, Madame Xanadu, and even a quick shot of Blue Devil. With all of this to look forward to, Swamp Thing looks to be something special.

“Swamp Thing” centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Reed). When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.

Robert Pattinson May be the Next Batman

I don’t typically report casting this early in the process, but considering Batman is one of the biggest superheroes on the planet, it makes sense to follow this closely. Variety is reporting that Robert Pattinson is in final talks to play the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ upcoming prequel/reboot, The Batman, that will follow a younger Batman as he uses his detective prowess across Gotham to solve an unsolvable crime.

However, there’s a bit of a wrinkle in this news, as other outlets are reporting that Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla), and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) are all in the final running for the role, as well. Pattinson is rumored to be the studio’s first choice, with fans across the internet that only remember his Twilight days crying out for the casting to not happen. Pattinson has since become a legend of an actor, sticking to small-scale, emotional, indie films, rather than blockbuster movies. While many may not approve of the casting, Pattinson could absolutely pull this off.

In the end, though, it’s up to the studio to decide.

New Trailer for Swamp Thing Debuts

DC Entertainment has unveiled a new, frightening trailer for its upcoming live-action series for the DC Universe streaming service, Swamp Thing. The new trailer gives us a better look at Alec Holland in the series, before his transformation into the iconic avatar of the Green.

While DC Entertainment hasn’t released much, what we’ve seen of Swamp Thing has been impressively terrifying. Exactly what they’re hoping for. Swamp Thing debuts on the service on May 31st.

First Photos and Synopsis From Batwoman

With The CW’s DC Universe shows wrapping up their seasons through the next few weeks, The CW has ramped up promotion for their upcoming Ruby Rose-starring Batwoman series. Batwoman has been ordered to series, and is set to premiere later this year, and to celebrate we now have our first few images from the series, including a look at the Arrow-verse batsuit. You can hit the jump to view the photos, and read the extra long synopsis for Batwoman below.

“Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Enter Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and his military-grade Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with omnipresent firepower and militia. Years before, Jacob’s first wife and daughter were killed in the crossfire of Gotham crime. He sent his only surviving daughter, Kate Kane, away from Gotham for her safety. After a dishonorable discharge from military school and years of brutal survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father and his security firm, by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy).

“Although remarried to wealthy socialite Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), who bankrolls the Crows, Jacob is still struggling with the family he lost, while keeping Kate –– the daughter he still has –– at a distance. But Kate is a woman who’s done asking for permission. In order to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes –– a dark knight vigilante. With the help of her compassionate stepsister, Mary (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

UPDATE: The first full trailer has been posted!

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Pull Box: May 15

The twists and turns and conundrums at play these last few issues have been pretty wild, and honestly a bit difficult to follow at times in the later parts of this run on Batman. I know that it’s coming to quite the conclusion, and I can’t wait to see it, but these mind games that are being played on Bruce are pretty serious. They’re even getting to me.

Jor-El’s many enemies have united against him in an assassination attempt, disguised as a massive space battle that seems to be working pretty well. Then, showing his status and reputation across the Universe, Superman’s appearance puts a stop to it, immediately. But, Rogol Zaar is quite the villain. I’m not sure why Zod hesitated with Jon, perhaps seeing a Kryptonian boy was too much for him? Either way, the House of El has a united front, and that’s going to be tough to beat.

This battle against the World Forger and his Justice League is pretty intense, and the future Legion of Doom being the heroes in all of this is a fantastic twist. Luthor has always been manipulating them for his own ends, and after his transformation, he truthfully needs them no longer. With that in mind, they’re all cast aside, while the universe becomes a chained utopia. It’s pretty exciting, honestly.

Ah man, I love this book! Naomi is from an alternate Earth, where superheroes didn’t exist until a natural disaster that nearly cost the planet, everything. She looks so awesome, and the symbol in her eyes so greatly resembles the White Lantern emblem. The white light of life. With only one book left in this series, I really hope that we see Naomi pop up elsewhere, because she has been amazing.

That was how you go out in a blaze of glory. Lady Freyja and Odin haven’t been on good terms in years, but at the end of it all they destroy the Black Bifrost together, setting Malekith’s forces up for failure, and enraged and steeled the resolve of Thor, the key to this entire battle. I’m so impressed that Marvel has kept up this fantastic pace of great story-telling up to this point. I hope they can keep it going.

Another bit of clever gap-filling as each and every Avenger is getting their time to shine throughout the War of the Realms. It’s enveloped the entire planet, so naturally every major player has had a part to play. Kudos for it coming out so cohesive. Scenes are being re-played with new pieces that fit perfectly into place. It’s impressive.

Naturally, Thor’s wisdom is greater than any of us give him credit for. He chooses Spider-Man as the Midgardian ambassador for the League of Realms knowing full well that this battle has the likeliest possibility of diplomacy. So, of course, he sends the kindest Avenger there is. Or rather, the most “Midgardian” Avenger there is. Thor is certainly coming into his own through the course of this battle.

It’s pretty clever to choose the witty Giant-People, like Scott Lang, to go on an assassination mission to avenge a devoured Loki. It made for another light-hearted book in the War of the Realms that gave some levity, with a heavy back-drop behind it. The Frost Giants have been formidable through the war, but little by little their numbers are dwindling, as well as their strategic advantage.

King Shark Cast in The Suicide Squad

If you listen to my podcast here on Ph LEVEL, Analog, then you’ll know that we’ve been a proponent from the very beginning of the casting of Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) as King Shark in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Now, according to The Wrap, our wish has come true, as James Gunn has cast his longtime collaborator as the son of the Shark God. With Rooker out at Guardians of the Galaxy, it was only a matter of time before Gunn cast him in his next cinematic universe, and this level of perfect casting just doesn’t happen too often.

Michael Rooker joins an already impressive cast with David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, John Cena, and Idris Elba, as well as a returning Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, and Margot Robbie, reprising their roles from the 2016 film.

UPDATE: Michael Rooker has debunked this casting announcement, claiming it to be false. Unfortunately for us… Rooker is pretty known for messing with people until the time is right.