How are the ratings for Marvel’s Inhumans doing after a few weeks? When will Justice League tickets go on sale? What did director David Fincher say that disparaged Marvel Studios and other blockbusters? Which Justice League superhero is getting the social media spotlight this week? What does the granddaughter of Wonder Womancreator Professor Marston think of the new biopic? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Get a sneak peek at “Tribute,” the second episode of the current sixth season of Arrow, coming this Thursday.
A possible look at the planets featured in the Han Solo movie.
An interview with the editor of From a Certain Point of View.
Author Meg Cabot shares her love for Aunt Beru.
Ron Howard shares more Han Solo set pics.
Pablo Hidalgo answers some pressing (and nerdy) canon questions.
A new Thrawn novel is on the way.
Making Star Wars says they know every planet that shows up in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off movie. And here they are:
And if you’re not the person who knows what all of those names mean instantly (and props to those of you who do!), they offer a breakdown of each planet is at the link above. However, many of you may be familiar already with Corellia (Han Solo’s home planet) and Kessel, which is most famous for a certain “run.”
However, at least one of those planets shouldn’t come as a surprise. Director Ron Howard confirmed Corellia on Twitter with a picture from the film’s set.
StarWars.com has a great interview with Elizabeth Schaefer, the editor tasked with assembling the 40 short stories collected in the new book From a Certain Point of View. Here’s a sample:
At the very start of this project, I sat down in front a blank Excel sheet and proceeded to fill in the names of all of my favorite authors. It was a dream list of people I’ve always wanted to work with. The craziest thing was how many of them said yes. The first-timers were universally invested in getting the lore right. Everyone wanted recommended reading lists — I think Sabaa Tahir went out and bought Star Wars:Kenobi on the spot to make sure her Tusken Raider story felt authentic!
You can read the whole thing at the link above.
In another great StarWars.com interview, author Meg Cabot explains why she chose to write about Aunt Beru in From a Certain Point of View and how this minor character is far more important than most people realize:
I chose Beru Lars right away. I was actually super paranoid that someone else might have chosen her first. But fortunately, the Force was with me. One of the reasons I wanted Beru so much is that I had just seen a guy dressed up for Halloween as a stormtrooper, carrying a sign that said “I Shot Aunt Beru.” After I finished laughing at how funny that was, because it was a little funny, I got mad. The Aunt Berus of this galaxy and the next never get any respect! I mean, I get it, it’s a funny gag…but without Aunt Beru, Luke would never have saved the galaxy. So I’d been kind of looking for a way to tell Aunt Beru’s side of the story when Elizabeth [Schaefer, the editor of From a Certain Point of View] contacted me. I still feel like the Force had something to do with it.
If you don’t have time to read From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars Explained has put together a handy video explaining how the 40 short stories plug a bunch of tiny plot holes scattered across the movies. That’s pretty handy for all the nerds out there (we say with love, counting ourselves among the nerds).
Meanwhile, Star Wars Explained has dedicated another episode to R5-D4, the red astromech droid that Uncle Owen almost bought instead of R2-D2. And this new story diverges from its original expanded universe story. You can learn how in the video above.
In other book news: Thrawn is back. In book form! And Timothy Zahn, who created the character in the old extended universe and returned him to the new canon with this year’s new Thrawn novel, is returning to the blue-skinned military mastermind. A new book is coming next year and you can check out a mysterious teaser above…
“Yeah, I’m really happy [and] really excited. I actually sent him an email and asked him if the real reason is because he misses me. And I think that’s what it is – that’s the only reason why he came back, and I appreciate that.”
Yeah, we’d miss hanging out with John Boyega, too. But in an interview with Coming Soon, Boyega removed the wink and spoke a bit more seriously about working with Abrams again on Episode 9:
“I think what’s fantastic is it feels like it’s coming back full circle. I don’t know nothing about the script, the story. I don’t know where Finn’s going, I don’t know where Rey is going, but definitely I feel this is the war to end all wars in this movie. I’m interested to know how he will handle that. I’m asking so many questions and I haven’t had a chance to kinda sit down and write J.J. a message just to say congratulations and I’m stoked. My fixation now is that he needs to get some SLEEP and GEAR UP because we’re doing another one of these movies, mate! But I think he’s gonna do a great job, as always. He’s J.J.”
What is the best-selling comic book of the year? How long is Thor: Ragnarok? What role could Jeff Goldblum have played in Captain America: The First Avenger? When can we expect a new trailer for Black Panther? Can you guess what Justice League has been rated by the MPAA? What can we expect from the Arrowverse crossover wedding this year? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Injustice 2 will be adding Atom to the mix of playable characters very soon. Check out his powers on display here.
Which superhero stunt team has been hired to work on Venom? Which 1980s classic inspired the technology for Black Panther? Why didn’t the X-Men series Hellfire Club ever get off the ground? What’s Cable doing with a shopping cart of guns on the set of Deadpool 2? Which DC Comics superhero is the next to join Injustice 2? Which decade will Ant-Man and the Wasp flashback to? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Injustice 2 is introducing Ryan Choi as Atom, complete with the subatomic power of the quantum bio-belt.
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.
First, a few follow-ups from last week. In case you were not already sold on visiting Disney’s California Adventure for Halloween (and c’mon, you should be, even NASA scientists have turned out), Disney Parks Blog has shared some nifty photos of the Cars characters in costume. On Twitter, they also posted a pic of the Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house at Disneyland Park.
Fans of this seasonal version of the ride, based on Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-motion musical, might get a kick out of seeing old concept art for a Nightmare Before Christmas attraction that never came to be. The design above comes by way of Disney Imagineer Christopher Merritt. Disney and More has some additional illustrations posted.
In another life, perhaps, we could have had coffin ride vehicles. Alas, parkgoers in Anaheim will just have to make due with the sight of grim grinning ghosts. Or they can always bask in the return glow of a new and improvedFantasmic!, which still boasts the best black dragon of any show by that name.
On December 16, the day after Star Wars:The Last Jedi hits theaters, Hollywood Studios will be hosting a sequel of its own for Star Wars:Galactic Nights. This special, one-night-only event, which requires a separate admission ticket, will allow fans to don costumes and enter the park — on a red carpet, no less — for an epic Star-Wars-themed party.
In addition to the regular Star Wars attractions on offer at Hollywood Studios, there will be an interview with one of the stars of the franchise, as well as a panel discussion on the future of Star Wars:Galaxy’s Edge. And get this: there will be Ewoks on hand, and a DJ, meaning the whole thing could theoretically dissolve into a teddy bear luau like at the end of Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars fans, this is your chance to celebrate the love (yub, yub)! Galactic Nights lasts from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. You can find more information about it on StarWars.com. Tickets are available on the Disney World website.
Will the Nightwing movie in the works make reference to the character’s past? Did you know Billy Ray Cyrus was once given his own comic book? Is Marvel Comics finally done with the evil Captain America? Will Justice League have any post-credits scenes? Did you know Marvel once wanted Liam Hemsworth to play Thor more than Chris Hemsworth? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Descendants 2 star Sofia Carson guests on Marvel’s Spider-Man on Disney XD as Sandman’s estranged daughter.
CBS won’t lift the Star Trek Discovery review embargo until it airs.
The Game of Thrones season 7 Blu-ray is packed with new details and bonus content.
Karate Kid spawned three sequels and a reboot, all about the scrappy underdog — the first two about Ralph Macchio’s Daniel, whose mantle was then picked up by Hilary Swank and (kind of) Jaden Smith — who bests the all-American bully. But what happens to the bully of the story?
Thirty years later, and he gets his turn to be the hero too. William Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence, who was the abrasive, blond bully who terrorized Daniel in the first Karate Kid will get the spotlight in Cobra Kai, the YouTube Red 10-episode comedy series named after Johnny’s dojo in the film. In new plot details of Cobra Kai released by MovieHole, Johnny is now a down-on-his-luck septic tank cleaner who is so ragged that he gets mistaken for a homeless man. Desperate, he reopens the old Cobra Kai dojo and ends up taking in a bullied convenience store clerk named Miguel, finding himself on the other side of the story. While his reopened dojo once again puts him at odds with his old foe Daniel, who is a successful businessman with a perfect life, the two may end up teaming up against the new age bullies: ‘wrestler’ Kyler and his thug brothers who think karate is a “joke.”
Hopefully when the series rolls around in 2018, it’ll make bring back Bananarama’s iconic “Cruel Summer” once again.
It looks like The Punisher will be both an origin story and a continuation for Jon Bernthal‘s Frank Castle after he left his burning house at the end of Daredevil season 2 with a weapons cache in hand and vengeance on his mind. The new official stills showing flashbacks of his time as a United States Marine, as well as interactions with Daredevil‘s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and a whole cast of new characters including Ben Barnes as Billy Russo (the civilian name of the villain Jigsaw), former NSA analyst Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), young veteran Lewis Walcott (Daniel Webber), Frank’s old friend Curtis Hoyle (Jason R. Moore), CIA agent Rawlins (Paul Schulze), Micro’s wife Sarah Lieberman (Jaime Ray Newman), Homeland agent Sam Stein (Michael Nathanson), and his partner Dinah (Amber Rose Revah).
A new synopsis for the series has also been revealed:
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.
Though Bernthal is a genre television pro, appearing in supporting roles in The Walking Dead and Daredevil, this will be his first time leading a superhero series — and it’s all thanks to his scene-stealing turn in the second season of Daredevil. In an interview leading up to the series’ premiere on Netflix this fall, Bernthal spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the burden of becoming a leading man, even if the man is a murderous, vengeful vigilante.
“It might be the Frank Castle inside me, but I’m always thinking things could be headed for the worst. I’m horrified all the time. Look, there was an unbelievable response to the Frank we put out there in Daredevil, and it means the world to me, and I’m so grateful, and I do not want to let people down.”
Bernthal goes on to talk about how Frank reflects the darkness “in all of us,” but what I want to know is when Kastle (the ship name for Karen Page and Frank Castle) is going to happen. Come one, she’s in three out of the 12 promotional stills! I need them to make doe eyes at each other for 12 episodes.
Would you like to see Gotham star David Mazouz play Damian Wayne in the DC Extended Universe? Which Agents of SHIELD star will be directing an episode for the fifth season? What was the original title for X-Men? Who will be a new member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Comics? What does Lou Ferrigno think about Hulk talking in Thor: Ragnarok? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
The Teen Titans are part of a new LEGO Dimensions expansion along with Beeltejuice and The Powerpuff Girls.
Former Hulk actor Lou Ferrignogave his opinion on the big guy talking in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.
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.