All posts by Trae Dorn

Trae is the tallest of the hosts, and he is certain it’s because he is the oldest. This is (at the very least) why he is the baldest. Trae co-founded Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con and refuses to apologize for it. Which he probably should. Trae also writes the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell he has time to actually do anything anymore. He says he has time because he “does it all quite poorly.”

Zachary Levi Will Suit Up to Star in DC’s ‘Shazam!’

It’s now been announced that Zachary Levi has been cast as the other Captain Marvel in DC’s upcoming Shazam! movie. Levi will of course play the “adult” that child Billy Batson transforms into when she says the magic word. Of course, whether that character will retain the “Captain Marvel” name or just go by “Shazam!” remains to be seen.

Levi is, of course, best known for his starring role in the television series Chuck, as well as his parts in Heroes Reborn, Tangled and (of course) Thor: The Dark World. He’s a talented performer, and has both the action and comedy chops a Shazam! movie needs.

The Shazam! movie has a screenplay (written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke) and is being produced by Peter Safran. Beyond that, we have few details about the movie as it’s still early in development.

But man, they couldn’t have done better casting (one half of) the lead.

Via Deadline

The New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Bright’ is Full of Elves, Orcs, and Explosions

Another trailer dropped for Bright this week, and Netflix’s first foray into blockbuster film making continues to look really, really good. It hits the same notes that we’ve seen in earlier promotional materials for the film.

Will Smith plays a cop who gets assigned an Orcish partner (played by Joel Edgerton). There’s tension between them (as there’s an obvious racism allegory happening with the Orcs), and the two run across someone with a magic wand. A magic wand is, apparrently, “like a nuclear bomb that grants wishes.”

So, y’know, a little bit of a big deal.

This is the most I’ve ever been excited about a David Ayer film in my life. I mean, it’s a buddy cop modern fantasy film — we haven’t exactly seen that before. Getting something new out of Hollywood apparently took a streaming service.

Bright hits Netflix on December 22nd.

It’s Godzilla Fights Spaceships in the new ‘Godzilla: Monster Planet’ Trailer

We’ve gotten a couple of trailers already for the upcoming anime film Godzilla: Monster Planet, and now we have yet another one. And this one has Godzilla fighting spaceships.

That’s pretty neat.

For those of you who don’t speak Japanese (including me actually), the film is set in the distant future where monsters have taken over the earth. Humanity tried to get away and find a new home, but was unable to find a suitable new planet. Stuck with the choices of “Earth” or “Going off to die in a vacuum,” they have to go back and actually deal with Godzilla.

Godzilla: Monster Planet comes to theaters in Japan this November, followed by an international release on Netflix.

Episode 109 – A Thing That Happened

On this episodes we celebrate Star Trek: Discovery‘s renewal, discuss Doctor Who‘s announced new companions, feel relief at the Han Solo movie finally having a title, get confused at the Settlers of Catan movie, and get elated that Constantine will get to be bisexual on Legends of Tomorrow.

Gen also went to Anime Fusion, and we discuss the differences between Wisconsin and Minnesota cons.

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James Mangold Working on Potential X-23 Movie Script

Hugh Jackman’s swansong as Wolverine in this year’s Logan was amazing, and with Dafne Keen’s breakout performance as X-23 it should be no surprise that some people are asking what’s next for that corner of Fox’s X franchise. The obvious answer is to follow up on what happens to X-23 in this near-future world — and that seems to be the direction that things are going.

According to THR, Logan director James Mangold is working on a potential script for an X-23 centric sequel. Now, before you get too excited, remember that this is just an early stage for any project like that, and we have no indication that the sequel has been greenlit by Fox.

But man would it be neat if it does.

Via THR

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed For a Second Season

Well, it’s official — Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a second season by CBS All Access. Marc DeBevoise, president and CEO at CBS Interactive, told THR:

In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise […] We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished and are thrilled to be bringing fans a second season of this tremendous series.

We don’t know the actual numbers for CBS All Access, but what that effectively means is “Star Trek: Discovery is the only show anyone is watching on our entire streaming service, please keep paying for it.”

The bad news is that the second season likely won’t hit screens until 2019 at the earliest, though that’s not as far as it seems (as the second half of the first season won’t air until 2018).

Honestly, this is pretty exciting. Discovery may not a be a perfect show, but it’s still a very strong first season for a Star Trek installment all things considered. The fact that CBS is willing to give the show more time to find itself is heartening.

Y’know, assuming CBS All Access doesn’t fold before that second season gets here.

Via THR

Three New Companions Announced for ‘Doctor Who’

With Doctor Who changing showrunners and Doctors next series, most of us have been wondering who would end up joining Jodie Whitaker in the Tardis next year. Well we now have an answer, as it’s been announced that the thirteenth Doctor won’t just have one companion but three, as Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, and Bradley Walsh will be playing Yasmin, Ryan, and Graham respectively.

Walsh was the subject of rumors earlier this year that he’d been cast as a new companion, but it seemed odd to go with an actor that old on his own. Combined with the additional two companions though, that choice seems to make a bit more sense.

Whitaker is, of course, expected to assume the role of the Doctor at the end of this year’s Christmas special, with the three new companions joining in the next series due to air in 2018.

A ‘Traci Thirteen’ Television Series Is in Development at The CW

It looks like The CW is far from done filling its lineup with comic book properties. Apparently not satisfied with six comic book shows (with two more on the way), the network is apparently now developing a series called Project 13 centered around the DC characters Traci Thirteen and her father Dr. Terrance Thirteen.

I have those numbers right, don’t I? I mean the network currently airs Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, and iZombie, with Black Lightning coming soon an The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina arriving in 2018. Did I miss anything?

Anyway, Project 13 (as one would guess) will be centered around the paranormal. Elizabeth Banks (yes, that Elizabeth Banks) and Max Handelman will executive produce through their company Brownstone Productions. Daegan Fryklind will also serve as an executive producer, and is writing the project. Fryklind is probably best known for her work creating the television series Bitten (based off the book by Kelley Armstrong).

As we always warn, a show like this is still early in development and may never end up on screens. But man, this could be pretty cool if it does make it.

Via Variety

Netflix Gives Us a New Trailer For ‘The Punisher’ Along With a Release Date

Netflix’s newest entry into the MCU is the forthcoming The Punisher series. And while we’ve gotten a couple of trailers, there have been some concerns that the streaming service would delay the show’s release in the wake of one of the largest mass shootings in American history (which did prompt the cancellation of the show’s panel at New York Comic Con).

Well, it looks like Netflix is marching forward, releasing another trailer for the show and finally giving us a solid date for when the first season will be released: November 17th.

Honestly, it’s a Punisher series. As long as this country continues it’s ongoing problems with gun violence, there probably won’t ever be a tasteful time to release a show about a white guy with an arsenal who shoots lots of people. It’s one of the reasons I’ve never been too fond of the character. Based on their track record though, Netflix is capable of putting enough nuance in the series where I’m more than willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

I guess we’ll all find out when The Punisher comes out in a month.