James Wan’s Aquaman is surging at the box office. We break down the numbers on today’s podcast plus look at news for Wonder Woman 1984 and the Joker movie, New Gods, Doom Patrol, Stargirl and more.

Box office update for Aquaman

  • Cinemascore of A- (Wonder Woman – A, Man of Steel – A-, Suicide Squad and Justice League- B+, Batman v Superman – B)
  • Domestic opening weekend – $68 million ($72.7 million counting previews), $52 million second weekend
  • Domestic first week – ~ $137 million, ~ $189 million total
  • Over ~ $560 million internationally (as of yesterday); some smaller markets opening today, Italy on January 1, Japan on February 8
  • Now at ~ $748 million and rising

Principal photography has wrapped for Wonder Woman 1984Gal Gadot on Instagram

  • Long thank you message to the cast and crew
  • Shared 3 behind-the-scenes photos (with director Patty Jenkins)
  • Film in 4 “very different” locations in 3 different countries
  • Releases June 5, 2020

Filming has wrapped on Joker – director Todd Phillips on Instagram

  • Also thanks the crew and says he’s moving on to the editing room
  • Releases October 4, 2019

Most anticipated films of 2019 survey from Fandago for USA Today

  • Joker is #10 “Most anticipated movie”
  • Joaquin Phoenix is #8 “Most anticipated actor” for Joker
  • “Most anticipated new standalone comic book movie”; #2 – Joker, #4 – Shazam!

Possible main characters in New Gods –  Ava DuVernay on Twitter

  • Orion, Highfather, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Lightray, and Metron

Novel tie-ins for Shazam! from Harper Collins include:

  • Shazam!: The Junior Novel
  • Shazam!: Freddy’s Guide to Super Hero-ing

Limited double feature of The Death of Superman/Reign of the Supermen animated movies to appear in the UK  and Canada also

Final Season “Movie” trailer for Gotham – (YouTube)

  • Some old/some new footage
  • 4+ minutes

First look at DC Universe’s Doom Patrol series – Entertainment Weekly

Henry Thomas (E.T., The Haunting of Hill House) cast as Dr. Mid-Nite in Stargirl

  • Description from Entertainment Weekly – “Also known as the introspective surgeon Dr. Charles McNider, Dr. Mid-Nite is a brilliant and forward-thinking medical pioneer, and a founding member of the JSA. With his trusty owl, he acts as the team’s resident doctor and detective. “

3 members of the Injustice Society cast in Stargirl Deadline

  • The Injustice Society is a villain team that fights the JSA
  • Joy Osmanski as Tigress – “Protecting and providing for her family, Paula Brooks hunts the world’s most dangerous game – humans – as the Tigress.”
  • Neil Hopkins as Sportsmaster – “He sees his criminal pursuits as a game to win — and his competitors as targets to kill. The only thing more important to Crock than ‘the game’ is his family.”
  • Nelson Lee as Dragon King – “a deadly and mysterious hooded man…this controversial scientist has been experimenting on himself and his victims since the 1940s.”

First look at China Anne McClain (Jennifer) suited up as Lightning in Black Lightning

DC Universe has debuted DC Spotlight series

  • First episode will focus on Aquaman
  • Potential fill-in when no new shows?

Details for Detective Comics #1000 from DC Comics

  • “introduces a new version of the Arkham Knight to DC comics canon.”
  • Creators include Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, Tom King, Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and more
  • 96 pages, releases March 27 (80th anniversary of Batman/Detective Comics #27) for $9.99

*Spoilers* Season 2 of Titans TV Line and Entertainment Weekly

  • Showrunner Greg Walker – wanted to end season on cliffhanger, parts of produced episode 12 will be re-worked for Season 2 premiere

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