The Morning Watch: Jeff Goldblum Explains Ragnarok, Batman vs Elmer Fudd & More

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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, Jeff Goldblum tries to explain the meaning of Ragnarok in the title of Marvel Studios’ upcoming sequel Thor: Ragnarok. Plus, comic book artist and writer Neal Adams created a radio play version of the comic Batman vs Elmer Fudd, and Gal Gadot stars in a pre-recorded Saturday Night Live sketch that was cut for time last weekend.

Leading up to the release of Thor: Ragnarok, the Marvel Studios social media team is keeping things lively with a little Jeff Goldblum to keep us occupied. The Jurassic Park and Independence Day star reads tweets from various fans trying to define what “Ragnarok” means, and he expands upon them as only Jeff Goldblum can. For more, check out io9’s assembly of the best Jeff Goldblum moments, and check out more from the rest of the cast right here.

Next up, comic book artist and writer Neal Adams decided to pay tribute to his new favorite comic book, Batman vs Elmer Fudd, but turning it into a half motion comic, half radio play. Adams doesn’t do a bad Elmer Fudd, though his Batman does need some work, and it’s a fun way to experience one of the more unique comic book offerings in recent memory.

Finally, watch this pre-recorded Saturday Night Live sketch that was intended for the episode hosted by Gal Gadot, but ended up being cut out of the final show due to time constraints. It’s actually better than half the sketches we saw during that episode, featuring Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett doing a cheesy 90s rap while the world goes to hell around them.

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‘Batman Ninja’ Anime Arrives in 2018 from ‘Afro Samurai’ Creator

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While DC Entertainment is just beginning their expansion into standalone live-action films featuring the most popular superheroes from DC Comics, the DC Universe Original Movies from Warner Bros. Animation are have been bringing some of the biggest comic book storylines to life for the past decade. Soon fans will see a Victorian spin on The Dark Knight in Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, and now we have word of Batman getting an anime makeover in another animated feature.

Batman Ninja is a new direct-to-video animated movie that will reimagine Batman as a ninja, complete with anime style animation. Sweetening the deal is the fact that Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki is working on the Batman anime, which will have a panel at New York Comic-Con next weekend revealing more about the Batman Ninja anime.

ComicBook.com found out about Batman Ninja and has this official description of the NYCC panel:

“Warner Bros. Japan and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment team for an eye-popping addition to the Batman animated legacy with Batman Ninja, a spectacular, all-new anime film coming in 2018. Be among the first to witness the premiere of colorful footage from this imaginative take on Batman and many of his connected characters. Panelists will include director Jumpei Mizusaki, character designer Takashi Okazaki, screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima, English-language screenwriters Leo Chu & Eric Garcia and some potential special guests.”

As we said, Takashi Okazaki is best known for creating the badass Afro Samurai. Meanwhile, director Junpei Mizusaki is best known for his work on the anime adaptation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and writer Kazuki Nakashima has worked on the likes of Kamen Rider Fourze and Kill La Kill. That should satisfy anime fans who likely don’t want this to be a weak imitation of the popular animation style from Japan.

As for who those special guests are, it will likely be the voice actors bringing Batman and other DC Comics characters to life, but that’s just speculation on our part. Since previous animated DC movies have used voice talent from the the DC Comics animated TV shows, it wouldn’t be surprising if some of those talents were involved in this project, but we’ll have to wait until next weekend to find out more.

The previously released Batman: Gotham Knight featured a segment called “Field Test” that had a style that was as close to anime as The Dark Knight has come (seen up top), but Batman Ninja will be a feature length anime arriving sometime in 2018. Hopefully the release date will be announced at NYCC.

As soon as we learn more about Batman Ninja, we’ll let you know.

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Superhero Bits: Batman is The Murder Machine, The Flash is the Favorite in Justice League & More

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How did Star-Lord‘s helmet sell for at auction? What is Batman doing as an evil version of Cyborg called The Murder Machine? Did Sam Wilson get a poor send-off as Captain America in Marvel Legacy? What are The Wasp and Ghost up to in a new set video from Ant-Man and The Wasp? Which member of the Justice League is the collective favorite according to DC’s Geoff Johns? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Ezra Miller reminds everyone how he got cast as Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in the upcoming Justice League.

Star-Lord‘s helmet from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy fetched $ 160,000 at an auction by Prop Store.

Digital artist Timetravel6000v2 created a stylish DC TV poster in the style of the Justice League movie poster.

Ron Perlman has made peace with the existence of the Hellboy reboot, but he wouldn’t talk about it on Reddit.

Groot and Star-Lord end up on a snowy sleigh ride chase in a new animated short from Marvel and Funko.

Brie Larson says playing Captain Marvel will lose her things in life that she loves, but think it will be worth it.

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DC Comics unveiled a new batch of covers featuring artwork inspired by the upcoming Justice League movie.

Disney struck a new partnership with National CineMedia to provide sneak peeks of Marvel movies in theaters.

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Superhero Bits: Batman: Arkham Video Games May Be Over, Nicolas Cage Talks Superman & More

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How much did Spider-Man: Homecoming make in its opening weekend at the China box office? Which character did James Gunn say will not be making an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Will there be anymore Batman: Arkham video games in the near future? Would Kevin Conroy ever voice a Marvel character? What very Nicolas Cage-y thing did Nicolas Cage say about his abandoned Superman movie with Tim Burton? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Director Josh Boone shared this image from the set of The New Mutants, featuring the comic book title logo.

Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle talked about Samandra Watson, an FBI agent debuting in season six.

Spider-Man Homecoming Chinese Poster

Spider-Man: Homecoming pulled in $ 70.2 million in its opening weekend in China, which is quite the debut.

Margot Robbie believes she’ll be playing Harley Quinn again in 2018, but she doesn’t know for which movie.

Here’s a sneak peek of the Wonder Woman gag reel coming on the home video release of the DC Comics movie.

Director James Gunn says fans shouldn’t expect to see Vance Astro appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

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Netflix released a batch of new photos from Marvel’s The Punisher, as well as a poster, but still no release date yet.

Production on the Spider-Man spin-off Venom has been pushed nearly a month with a start date of October 23.

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Superhero Bits: Batman (Kinda) Comes to ‘Gotham’, Kevin Conroy Like Joker Origin Idea & More

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Why does young Batman on Gotham look like some kind of gimp? What do the first reactions have to say about Hulu’s new Marvel series The Runaways? Would Tom Welling ever play Clark Kent again? Why does Kevin Conroy think The Joker origin spin-off is a good idea? When can you see the Vixen animated web series airing on The CW? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Spider-Man Legacy Collection

There’s a Spider-Man Legacy 4K Ultra HD collection with five movies, including the Spider-Man 3: Editor’s Cut.

The animated Vixen web series will have a broadcast debut as a two-hour premiere event on The CW on August 30th.

If you’ve never read World War Hulk, this edition of Marvel’s TL;DR tells you everything you need to know.

The Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman video games from Telltale will be made available on Nintendo Switch.

Check out an adorable picture of the teleporting dog known as Lockjaw from Marvel’s new series Inhumans.

Some early reactions to Hulu’s upcoming Marvel series The Runaways have already started to hit social media.

A promo for  the upcoming fourth season of Gotham shows David Mazouz suited up as a gimp-like Batman.

Spider-Man: Homecoming has finally surpassed Iron Man at the domestic box office by hitting $ 318.8 million.

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Superhero Bits: Creepy Hybrid Batman and Joker, Jonah Hex in the Future, Supergirl in Riverdale & More

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What would Patty Jenkins change about Wonder Woman in retrospect? Have you seen the new creepy Joker and Batman hybrid? Could we see Jonah Hex return to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but in the future instead of the West? Will Supergirl be stopping by Riverdale at some point? What’s up with Tony Stark‘s new chest piece in the next Avengers movies? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

How It Should Have Ended made the full version of their “Here Comes My Arrow” parody song available online.

A video from the set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver teases an action sequence involving a giant panda for some reason

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Funko POP Exclusives

Funko has some new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 POP Vinyl figures coming to a few different retailers this fall.

Jared Leto downplayed some of his odd, publicized behavior on the Suicide Squad set in a recent radio interview.

Marvel Studios Exceptional Minds

Marvel Studios is teaming with Exceptional Minds to help aspiring visual effects designers with autism find work.

Josh Brolin impressed the muscular Dave Bautista with how quickly he got into shape to play Cable in Deadpool 2.

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The Batman Who Laughs” is a twisted version of The Joker as Batman with a bunch of creepy Robins with him.

Marvel TV‘s Senior VP of Original Programming Karim Zreik says there’s a Jessica Jones-esque show in the works.

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Superhero Bits: Batman vs The Punisher, Avengers 4 Heads to Tokyo, Heroes for Hire & More

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Is there a Heroes for Hire series in the works to follow The Defenders on Netflix? What would it be like if Batman fought The Punisher? Will Psylocke be coming back in any future X-Men movies? Need a rundown of who the Justice League villain Steppenwolf is? Are the Thor: Ragnarok credits scenes already complete? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

This fanmade movie trailer imagines a comic battle that will never happen between Batman and The Punisher.

Cort Lane, vice president of Marvel Animation, talks about why their characters are more relatable than DC.

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James McAvoy does not like having to shave his head to play Professor X for the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

The Gotham City Garage comic book is turning Commissioner Gordon‘s daughter Kara Gordon into Supergirl.

The cast of The Flash talks about the new villain The Thinker and what fans can expect from the fourth season.

Agent Carter and Captain America franchise star Hayley Atwell praised Wonder Woman for being “a triumph.”

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Concept artist Rodney Fuentebella shows off some alternate designs for Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

A new photo from the set of the fourth season of The Flash shows Grant Gustin in a new suit as the Scarlet Speedster.

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Sequel Bits: ‘Star Trek 4’ Update, Another ‘Simpsons’ Movie, and Is Deathstroke in ‘The Batman’?

Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Joe Manganiello knows whether or not he’ll appear in The Batman, but will he tell us?
  • Zachary Quinto gives an update on the progress of Star Trek 4
  • One of the stars of Baby Driver will play a major role in the Mamma Mia sequel
  • Sarah Paulson boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable sequel
  • The latest odds of a Simpsons Movie sequel
  • And more!

Despite appearing in costume as Deathstroke in some footage from the Justice League set, it remains unclear if True Blood and Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello will actually show up in that movie, in Matt ReevesThe Batman, or in nothing at all. THR caught up with him and asked him if he has any info on his status as the assassin character now that Ben Affleck stepped down as the director of the Batman solo film, and Manganiello was non-committal:

I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it.

When asked if he knew when we would find out, he replied, “It’s not up to me. That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and D.C.” So he’s just reiterating his statements from March, which basically boiled down to, “we’ll see.”

Star Trek 4 Development

Zachary Quinto, the actor plays Spock in the latest iteration of live-action Star Trek films, gave a brief update to Entertainment Tonight about the status of Star Trek 4:

“I’m expecting [the film to come together], but it’s a process. It’s always this way. It’s like, “Yes, we’re going to do it!” But then there are many steps in that process – writing a script being primary among them – and I know that’s what they’re working on now. I think we’re all really excited to go back and we’ll do that whenever the phone rings and it’s J.J. [Abrams] on the other end. But yeah, it is a process. There is years between the first few movies – I think four years between the first two and three between the second and the third. So we are kind of on track. It was two years ago we shot the last one and it came out last year so I feel we are still in the strike zone.”

He also said he didn’t think he’d be interested in making a cameo appearance on Star Trek: Discovery, saying “There is an endless combination of possibilities of stories and characters. I don’t feel like they will need me.” Still, he didn’t slam the door entirely on the possibility, so if the right story comes along, we might see his Spock on the small screen.

Baby Driver - Deborah (Lily James) and Baby (Ansel Elgort)

Baby Driver and Cinderella star Lily James will star in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! for Universal. She’ll play the younger version of Meryl Streep‘s Donna, and the film will bounce back and forth in time “to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.” Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski will reprise their roles from the 2008 movie.

Pamela Adlon in Better Things

Pamela Adlon, the star and co-creator of the FX comedy Better Things, has joined the cast of Paramount’s Bumblebee movie. She’ll play the mother of Hailee Steinfeld’s character in the studio’s first Transformers spin-off film, which is being directed by Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight.

Director M. Night Shyamalan announced that The People vs. O.J. Simpson star Sarah Paulson has boarded his new movie Glass, which is the sequel to Unbreakable and Split. He ended the message with “#powerhouse,” which could easily be referring to Paulson’s acting abilities or…hear me out…what if she’s playing a superhero named Powerhouse in this movie? GET PUMPED, AMERICA.

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Ten years after The Simpsons Movie hit theaters, director David Silverman and producer Al Jean gave an update to EW about a possible sequel:

I’d love for there to be another one. We’re still a ways away from it. We talk about this and that. We’re thinking it over, but nothing’s happening just yet.…. It’s still daunting because it really knocked the stuffing out of us to do the movie and the show at the same time.

I’d say [it’s in] the very earliest stages. I certainly am cautious about a couple things. I wouldn’t want it to be risky in terms of budget, and I would not want it to be anything that we did purely for the money. I would want it to be a really great movie. I personally feel no need for another one unless it’s great.

Sounds like they’re still recovering from the last one, and while they have some ideas kicking around, I don’t expect to see Another Simpsons Movie (or whatever it ends up being called) any time soon.

the predator cast

While appearing at Comic-Con, Olivia Munn spoke a bit to Yahoo about the upcoming sequel The Predator, which she stars in alongside Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, and a handful of others.

“We just wrapped and it comes out next summer. I’m so excited about it. It’s really cool because it’s a standalone. We have the inspiration and we’re in the world of Predator, so we have all the other movies that exist [in that franchise], but we don’t need to acknowledge them. It’s a really cool movie because it feels very present day, and it’s a great ensemble of amazing, funny, comedic actors, too.”

She also talked about the “visceral” and “jarring” experience of seeing the Predator himself on set for the first time, praising the film’s use of practical effects, so that should give fans something to look forward to. The Predator blasts its way into theaters on August 3, 2018.

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Superhero Bits: Green Lantern Comic Reboot, Batman Coming to Gotham, She-Venom & More

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Will Batman ever make his debut on Gotham? How many days did the initial Spider-Man: Homecoming writers have to write their pitch for Marvel? Are you ready for a Green Lantern reboot from DC Comics? Do you want to get your genes tested at San Diego Comic-Con as a promotion for The Gifted? Will She-Venom appear in the Venom spin-off? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Marvel goes behind the scenes at Sphero to get a closer look at the company’s new interactive Spider-Man toy.

Director Stephen Surjik says The Punisher series on Netflix is more of an adult drama than other Marvel shows.

Gag gift from @peter_deming We start shooting tomorrow! Wish us luck! #newmutants #xmen

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Director Josh Boone confirmed New Mutants has officially started production this week with this gag film slate.

io9 points out that the Spider-Man: Homecoming cross-promotion with Audi betrays a key piece of Spidey lore.

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more get ready to head back to school in this Walmart commercial.

Sony and Synchrony Bank have given $ 25,000 to a STEM focused school inspired by Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming gets posters inspired by The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Taxi Driver.

Sean Pertwee, better known as Gotham‘s Alfred Pennyworth, wants to see the show’s cast in a Batman movie.

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‘Transformers 5’ Opens with Franchise Low as ‘Wonder Woman’ Surpasses ‘Batman v Superman’ Domestically

Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight took the #1 spot this weekend as expected, but that opening was the lowest the franchise has seen thus far by a rather significant margin as a lot of attention will now turn toward the film’s international run. Meanwhile, WB’s Wonder Woman is still tearing up the box office as it has now become the highest grossing release within the DC Extended Universe and it is showing little sign of stopping. Only one of the previous four Transformers featu…
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