James Wan’s Aquaman has officially cleared $1 billion at the worldwide box office! We discuss that plus other news from the DC multiverse on today’s podcast.


Box office milestones for Aquaman

  • Has cleared $1 billion worldwide, 3rd DC movie to do so
  • Domestic – ~ $293 million
  • Worldwide – ~ $1.04 billion
  • Currently #2 for DC movies – The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion)
  • DC Movies adjusted for inflation (2018 ticket prices via Box Office Mojo) – The Dark Knight ($1.28 billion), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.25 billion) Superman ($1.17 billion)
  • Superhero origin films adjusted for inflation – Superman ($1.17 billion), 2002 Spider-Man ($1.29 billion), Black Panther ($1.35 billion)

Aquaman nominated for 2019 Visual Effects Society Awards in 2 categories – The Hollywood Reporter

  • Atlantis “Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature”
  • Third Act Battle “Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project”

WB reportedly wants to begin filming The Batman in November 2019 – The Hollywood Reporter

  • “Aaron (Couch): When will we hear who will lead Matt Reeves’ The Batman? Presumably, it won’t be Ben Affleck.
  • Borys (Kit): The script is basically in, although Reeves will continue tweaking it and working on it. And I’m hearing the studio wants to start shooting in November. So let’s say between now and then?”

New look at Shazam! from Total Films Magazine

  • Shazam/Sivana face-off
  • Freddy and Shazam
  • Cover sipping drink
  • Director David F. Sandberg – “The goal is to make Shazam! feel like, in some ways, that fun ’80s movie, like John Hughes or Back to the Future. “It’s just one of those movies that hopefully you’ll want to see over and over again. And also, it takes place at Christmas. It’s one of those where you go, ‘Oh, let’s watch this every Christmas!’ Hopefully.”
  • Zachary Levi on wanting to meet the Justice League –  “That would be amazing! Shazam would fit. The person he’d be closest to is The Flash because of their youth and humour. And we’ve gotta have Shazam and Superman interactions. They’re, like, the same, but totally different…”

Chris Pine (Steve Trevor) talk about Wonder Woman 1984 in interview with Variety

  • ‘This one is a little different for me tonally. The tables are turned, and I’m more of the deer in the headlights.”

Voice cast for Justice League vs. Fatal Five animated movie announced – The Hollywood Reporter

  • Will be executive produced by Bruce Timm and returns Kevin Conroy as Batman, George Newbern as Superman, and Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman
  • Diane Guerrero (Doom Patrol) will voice Jessica Cruz GL
  • Synopsis –  “Justice League vs. The Fatal Five finds the fate of the earth hanging in the balance when the Justice League faces a powerful new threat — the Fatal Five! Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman seek answers as the time-traveling trio of Mano, Persuader and Tharok terrorize Metropolis in search of budding Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz. With her unwilling help, they aim to free remaining Fatal Five members Emerald Empress and Validus to carry out their sinister plan. But the Justice League has also discovered an ally from another time in the peculiar Star Boy — brimming with volatile power, could he be the key to thwarting the Fatal Five? An epic battle against ultimate evil awaits!”
  • Miss Martian, Mister Terrific, Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl
  • Expected to debut in Spring 2019

WB to combine The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen into a single film for release later in 2019  

  • Will have “extended footage”


Luke Wilson (Old School, Idiocracy, The Royal Tenenbaums) cast as Pat Dugan/S.T.R.I.P.E. in Stargirl – (Deadline)

  • “Pat Dugan once went by the less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy, sidekick to a young hero known as the Star-Spangled-Kid and later Starman of the legendary Justice Society of America. Today, Pat has left his sidekick life behind him. But when his new step-daughter, Courtney Whitmore, discovers Pat’s secret past and takes on Starman’s legacy to become Stargirl, Pat is forced to come out of retirement and once again become a sidekick — to his step-daughter — this time piloting a 15-foot robot called Stripe.”
  • Geoff Johns says he wrote the Pat Dugan role with Wilson in mind

Brief footage of Watchmen from HBO’s 2019 preview teaser

  • Few seconds of footage, Jeremy Irons, Rorschach

Hong Chau (Big Little Lies) cast in Watchmen Deadline

  • Unknown who she will play, but Deadline believes her to be “Lady T”

Leonardo Nam (Westworld) cast in a recurring role in Swamp ThingDeadline

  • “Nam will play Harlan Edwards, a gay CDC specialist who is Abby’s (Reed) second-in-command.”

The CW announces spring premiere dates – (Entertainment Weekly)

  • 5th and final season of iZombie debuts Thursday May 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Season finale of Black Lightning is March 18
  • Legends of Tomorrow returns Monday April 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Arrow will switch to 9 p.m. starting Monday, April 15

DC and Vertigo Comics join Comixology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Amazon Prime

  • Select books now available on each of the services

DC ranks on 2018 comic sales lists – The Hollywood Reporter

  • Action Comics #1000 was the best-selling comic book issue of 2018
  • Batman #50 ranked 3rd, and Batman Who Laughs #1 was 9th
  • Graphic Novels – Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman is #5, Batman: White Knight is #8, and Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition is #9

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