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.

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.

Akira Gets a Release Date and Director

In what is most certainly massive news for Hollywood, it’s been revealed that the long-in-development-hell live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s critically acclaimed, Akira, will hit theaters on May 21, 2021. That also happens to be the same day that John Wick: Chapter 4 will hit theaters, so expect one of those to move around a bit.

Additionally, Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) has been attached to direct the project after rumors of him circling the project started several months ago. The logline for the project can be found below.

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. 

Mortal Kombat Movie Gets a Release Date

After the successful release of Mortal Kombat 11 this past month, Warner Bros. has decided to move forward (finally!) on the live-action adaptation of Mortal Kombat. The film is set for release on March 5th, 2021, with director Simon McQuoid at the helm, and James Wan producing.

The script is still being developed, but McQuoid is a commercial director with a good eye, and James Wan is a talent the likes of which Hollywood hasn’t seen in quite some time, so expect this to be something special.

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.

Batwoman Ordered to Series at CW; First Trailer

The CW has officially sent Batwoman to a series order, which seemed like a foregone conclusion with Arrow wrapping up next season. Starring Ruby Rose as Kate Kane, the first teaser trailer above gives us our first good glimpse of the character as she stands in her first solo live-action series.

Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) penned the script and will serve as showrunner, while Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns will exec produce along with Greg Berlanti. While there’s no premiere date set just yet, expect to hear plenty more at SDCC later this year.

Analog EP90: We’re In The Endgame Now

SPOILER WARNING!

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back to cover the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

The insane Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, and Suicide Squad casting, as well as over an hour of Avengers: Endgame chat! Spoiler warning! 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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Ratcatcher Cast in The Suicide Squad

The cast of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad continues to surprise, with Variety reporting that the director has cast Portuguese model/actress Daniela Melchior in the role of Ratcatcher. Ratcatcher started as a late-80’s Batman villain named Otis Flannegan who has the ability to telepathically communicate with and control rats. While Flannegan is a male, the film will see the role gender-swapped, with a mysterious connection to Deadshot rumored, as well.

Flannegan joins David Dastmalchian, John Cena, and Idris Elba, alongside a returning Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and Joel Kinnaman. The Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 6th, 2021.

MAX LVL Radio: Godzilla – Bear McCreary feat. Serj Tankian

Warner Bros. Pictures has given us a small glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters soundtrack, and it’s quite possibly one of the most absurd covers I have ever heard. Film composer Bear McCreary composed the track with System of a Down lead singer, Serj Tankian, handling vocals in the cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s classic love letter to the king of kaiju.

MAX LVL is a curated selection of single songs currently available on the official Ph LEVEL Spotify playlist.

First Full Trailer for Swamp Thing Revealed

DC Entertainment has revealed the first full trailer for its upcoming streaming series, Swamp Thing, showing that producer, James Wan, is going back to his horror roots for this outing with the Earth elemental. Packed with the first footage from the series, we’re shown hints of The Floronic Man, Blue Devil, and much more.

Starring Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, Andy Bean as Alec Holland, and Derek Mears as Swamp Thing, as well as Kevin Durand as the Floronic Man. Maria Sten co-stars as Liz Tremayne, with Henderson Wade as Matt Cable, and Jennifer Beals as Lucilia Cable. Jeryl Prescott is portraying Madame Xanadu, while Ian Ziering is playing Daniel Cassidy, with Will Patton and Virginia Madsen also starring in the series as Avery and Maria Sunderland. Swamp Thing premieres on May 31st.

Krypton Season 2 Trailer Now Online

The first trailer for SyFy’s Krypton season 2 is now online, giving us our first look at Lobo, as well as Doomsday, and the return of Brainiac and Zod. There are plenty of Superman villains in play here, but if the show’s wildly successful first season was any indicator, they seem to be in good hands.

The second season of Krypton premieres on June 12th, whereas the first season is now available to stream in its entirely on the DC Universe streaming service.

Iain Glen Cast as Bruce Wayne in Titans Season 2

In the final episode of the first season of Titans, Batman went on a rampage, with Bruce Wayne only being seen in the shadows, in what was revealed to be a nightmare from Dick Grayson. Now, the second season of Titans is set to show the man himself, albeit a bit older than we’re used to. According to Deadline, Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) has been cast as an older take on Bruce Wayne.

“After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.”

Shazam! 2 Officially in the Works

It’s been less than a day since Shazam! won the weekend box office, exceeding expectations with a $50+ million domestic opening. Now, The Wrap has confirmed that Warner Bros. has already greenlit a sequel to the film, with director David F. Sandberg already offering to return, though his new contract has yet to be finalized.

This news comes after Dwayne Johnson congratulated the cast and crew, building hype for his eventual turn as Black Adam, the longtime nemesis and anti-hero to Shazam. With Shazam! currently in theaters, Joker is next for DC Entertainment in October, with a much-lauded trailer just released.