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  • New Episodes – 10/25/2014 (After Hours, Monster Squad, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and More)

    With Halloween just around the corner, it’s not at all surprising that so many of our entries today feature monsters, from classic ones such as Dracula and the Wolf-Man to the latest terrifying cinematic demon:  a mirror.  One wonders how Dracula would fare against such a supernatural entity.  Anyway, there are, obviously, many scary scenes ahead, and not a few spoilers, so proceed with caution, Saturday morning viewers.  (Parents strongly cautioned.)

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  • Will Lex Luthor Be in the Suicide Squad?

    Who would have thought, with a slate of movies that includes Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and a Green Lantern reboot, that the Suicide Squad would be getting so much speculation?  Probably anyone who isn’t surprised the movie is coming so “early” in the DC Cinematic Universe.  This is a film with a lot of potential, being the first superhero film on the schedule to feature villains, and not just anti-heroes, as the main characters.  Well, we might get to add one more villain to that movie’s roster:  Lex Luthor.

     

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    Set to be played by Jesse Eisenberg in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we might just see the greatest criminal mind of our time either joining, leading, and/or underwriting this group of supervillains who are working off their life (and sometimes death) sentences by taking jobs the United States government wants done without anyone knowing.  Well, depending on what happens to Luthor in BvS, he may end up on the roster of Amanda Waller’s disposable task force.

     

    This would be a bit of a step backwards for Luthor, who, in recent years, has rarely been arrested or even outright connected to anything illegal.  He’s too smart for that.  On the other hand, he could still be a “behind the scenes” man for Waller and the Squad, providing extra intel, planning, and occasionally resources.  Warner Bros. may even be setting the Squad up to be the villains in a Justice League movie or two, which would explain why they need to release the movie in 2016 ahead of 2017’s Justice League: Part 1.  If that’s the case, then I hope he isn’t the only character crossing over from BvS.

     

    I also lean towards the behind the scenes role for him because, as Deadline points out, Jesse Eisenberg has a lot on his plate, including sequels to at least one, possibly two, of his more recognizable roles.  He could be the DCCU’s Loki, drawing in the supervillain elements.  Luthor is the connective tissue for a number of comic storylines, and he could easily fill that role for DC and Warner Bros.; schedule permitting, of course.

     

    Stephen Monteith still (cautiously) supports Eisenberg’s casting as Luthor, and thinks putting him in Suicide Squad will give him a better chance to prove himself than even Batman v Superman will.  You can buy Stephen’s original fiction at Lulu.com.


  • Another “Supernatural” Spin-Off Coming?

    BloodlinesDid you see the “backdoor pilot” for Bloodlines during this past season of Supernatural?  I have to admit, I missed it; but from all accounts, I dodged a silver bullet.  Apparently, it sucked, and fans of the show are just as happy that it didn’t get picked up for a full series.  Showrunner Jeremy Carver, though, still wants to see a spin-off of the popular series.  Both he and the show’s creator, Eric Kripke, feel that they just need to find the right story to tell.

     

    They’re right about that, by the way.  If you just want to make another show about monsters and the slaying of those monsters, then you can make a new series any time you want.  People like characters, though, and stories that help them learn more about those characters, even as they learn more about the world those characters inhabit.  Maybe, Carver muses, they just need to devote more than one episode of the main show to the “new ensemble” so people can start to care more about them.  Personally, I doubt that was the real problem.

     

    I’ve seen plenty of these backdoor pilot episodes in recent years, and in some cases, I went on to love the shows that grew out of them.  NCIS: LA is one of my favorite shows, and NCIS itself originally started as a backdoor pilot on the show JAG.  But when I was younger, they almost never did things that way.  When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began, they just launched right into the series, with an excellent sendoff by Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of The Next Generation.  And TNG itself received a sendoff from DeForest Kelley as Admiral Leonard McCoy.  That and giving popular characters their own series are the two main methods of creating spin-offs with which I’m familiar.

     

    There is another option, though:  create an all-new cast, all-new setting, all-new stories within the same universe and just drop the audience in there cold.  It’s not all that common, but it can be successful.  Prequel series are more prone to it, for obvious reasons, and there can still be a connection through clever use of time travel (or…bloodlines).  One of the proposals I made for a Supernatural spin-off last February included a period setting, where a hunter in the 1800s could encounter such iconic “monsters” as Dracula, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jack the Ripper, and Dr. Frankenstein and his creation.  Far from being just another Van Helsing, though, this character could also have fantastic steampunk-style adventures with Captain Nemo, or encounter H.G. Wells and travel through time (which, if you still want to use a backdoor pilot method, could lead to his running into Sam and Dean Winchester in the future/present).

     

    New TV shows draw in audiences all the time, sometimes with the help of another popular show, but often on their own strengths.  Whatever form the next Supernatural series takes, it needs two things to make it a success:  strong characters and strong storylines.  You know, like every successful series.

     

    Or, maybe the franchise just dies with them.

    Or, maybe the franchise just dies with them.

     

    Stephen Monteith hopes someone from the CW is willing to do a Supernatural: Steampunk series, but if they’re not, then he’ll just have to write the stories himself.  You can read his stories at Lulu.com.


  • Zombie Month: The Crow

    crow (image credit - crankycritic.com)This October is Zombie Month at Fourth-day Universe.  Each day, we’ll bring you a new example of these mostly creepy, sometimes charming creatures.  The fourth week is Revenants, the kind of undead who want revenge more than they want brraaaaiiiinnnssss! *cough* Sorry.  Anyway, today’s example is about as straightforward a revenant as they come:  Eric Draven, from The Crow.

     

    Based on the comic by James O’Barr and directed by Dark City‘s Alex Proyas, The Crow tells the story of a guitarist and his fiancée who are attacked by a group of killers and rapists on “Devil’s Night”.  One year after their brutal murders, Eric Draven is brought back to our world for a chance to punish the gang.  Brandon Lee, in his last role ever, played Draven, with Ernie Hudson portraying the cop who tried to solve his murder and Michael Wincott as the crime lord “Top Dollar” who stands in the way of his vengeance.

     

    The eponymous crow is how Eric returns to the land of the living.  The opening narration goes:

     

    People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.

     

    And, that’s essentially it.  Revenants can sometimes bring themselves back, if they were a witch or a sorcerer or someone else with “power” in life, but more often than not, it takes an outside force to give them the opportunity they seek.  Crows just happen to be one of the creepier “forces”.

     

    If Stephen Monteith is brought back from the dead for vengeance, then he’d rather it be by a bear, or a big black dog, something that can help him tear his enemies to pieces…not that he’s ever given it any thought, of course.  You can find his writings on Lulu.com.


  • Zombie Month: Black Lanterns

    This October is Zombie Month at Fourth-day Universe.  Each day, we’ll bring you a new example of these mostly creepy, sometimes charming creatures.  The fourth week is Revenants, zombies brought back to life with one thing on their undead minds:  revenge.  While there are plenty of undead characters in the DC Comics universe, the best example of a zombie apocalypse comes in the form of the Black Lantern Corps.

     

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    Everyone who knows comics knows of the Green Lantern Corps; well, they know Green Lantern, at least.  Not many people know why they’re “green”, though, or that there is a whole spectrum of Corps.  There are, in fact, Green, Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Indigo, and Violet, all seven colors.  Each Corps is powered by a different emotion.  The Green Lanterns and their rings are powered by “will”, Sinestro’s Yellow Lanterns use fear, and so forth.  The Black Lanterns, though, are powered by death, and their Corps seeks to eliminate all life in the universe.

     

    The Black Lantern Corps may not count as true revenants, since it’s technically the rings, their central “Power Battery”, and the dark hand behind it all who want revenge and not the Lanterns themselves (or don’t they?).  They certainly act like revenants, though.  The superheroes who are risen from the dead are chosen for their darkness in life, their unrequited anger, and their ability to turn that anger on the still-living heroes who face them.  Characters who were truly at peace in life can’t be “recruited” in death.  And defeating them is neither as simple as a headshot nor as straightforward as resolving their “unfinished business”.  The Blackest Night crossover event in DC Comics was more about the extermination of all life than it was about revenge.  So, yeah, it’s not a perfect revenant example; but it sure is cool.

     

    The only thing scarier than Batman is Zombie Batman.

     

    Stephen Monteith apologizes for making you scream in terror at Zombie Batman.  Read some of his original fiction at Lulu.com to take your minds of it.


  • Hoverboards, How Do They Work?

    Have you seen any of the Back to the Future movies?  How about Star Wars or Star Trek?  Or that awful Street Fighter movie?  Or The Jetsons?  You know what these all have in common?  Hover-technology.  And there exists a Kickstarter campaign to make it a (practical) reality.  Though “Hendo Hoverboards” is technically a project devoted to making a working hoverboard, the Hendersons claim the technology can be applied on any scale.

     

    Hendo Hoverboard (image credit - kickstarter.com)

     

    It’s very technical, and I hate to say it breaks down to clever use of magnets.  You can visit their Kickstarter page, as well as their website, if you want more details.  For now, all you need to know is it’s cool, it’s cutting edge, and for $10,000, you can own one of the first hoverboards in existence; and just in time for Marty’s fight with Griff and his gang.

     

    Stephen Monteith can’t even ride a normal skateboard, but if he had an extra ten grand, then he’d definitely donate.  Help him raise the money by buying his original fiction at Lulu.com.


  • A Live-Action “Static Shock” Show?

    Statictv (image credit - es.doblaje.wikia.com)As if the current Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine series and the forthcoming iZombie, Supergirl, and Teen Titans adaptations didn’t ensure DC would pretty much dominate the live-action television field, we know now that Warner Bros. is ordering a live version of the popular Static Shock series.  The show centered around a young African-American named Virgil Ovid Hawkins who had the power to control electromagnetism.  His animated series lasted for four seasons and had several crossovers with popular DC Animated Universe characters such as Green Lantern, Batman, and Superman.

     

    The announcement that he’ll be getting a live-action series came as part of a larger slate of adaptation announcements, including a series based on the Critters movie franchise, a new animated Justice League project, and a live-action Mortal Kombat project that should coincide with the release of the Mortal Kombat X video game.  You won’t see these shows on “regular television”, unfortunately.  The series are all being ordered through their revamped digital “Blue Ribbon Content” division.  It’s not impossible, however, that they’ll make it to television some day.

     

    Stephen Monteith is forced to admit that he’s never actually seen an episode of Static Shock, though he did see his appearances on Justice League Unlimited.  You can buy his original fiction at Lulu.com.


  • Is DC Hiring a Horror Director?

    jameswan (image credit - coffeeforreal.blogspot.com)James Wan may have recently wrapped filming on Fast & Furious 7, the latest installment of the popular action series, but his roots are in horror.  He’s written, produced, and/or directed some of the most iconic modern horror movies, including Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring.  With that kind of résumé, it’s difficult to imagine which of DC’s upcoming films Warner Bros. would want him to direct.  And yet, according to We Got This Covered, he’s wanted for “an important movie for New Line and Warner Bros or DC”.

     

    It’s a vague and very nonspecific announcement, and that conspicuous “or” means it doesn’t have to be a DC film.  On the other hand, if it is, then it doesn’t necessarily have to be one of the movies announced recently.  As you may have noticed, neither Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s adaptation of The Sandman nor Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark project were even mentioned in the slate of DC movies.  If we accept Neil Gaiman’s explanation, that Sandman is Vertigo and not really DC, then that leaves us a whole host of possibilities for Wan’s film.  Yes, he could be directing his FF7 star Dwayne Johnson in Shazam!, or he could be adapting 100 Bullets or Animal Man or even one of the characters who would build towards JL DarkDeadman seems like the perfect candidate, in that case.  What do you think?

     

    Stephen Monteith thinks a horror-themed movie is just what DC needs to “change the game”; one of the things it needs, at least.  You can read his original fiction at Lulu.com.


  • Sharknado 3: Yes, Really

    Sharknado (image credit - seedoff.net)That’s my proposed title for the unbelievable third installment in what has become a TV movie phenomenon unheard of since The Death of the Incredible Hulk.  Syfy has always made their bones with cheesy “Original Movies” about giant, mutant, and/or mythical monsters, and they’ve always been at their best when they’ve embraced the cheesiness of it all.  Zod knows they wouldn’t be able to bank on winning any special effects awards.  Still, it shocked everyone and surprised no one when 2013’s Sharknado got a sequel this last summer called, cleverly enough, Sharknado 2: The Second One.  I’m not kidding, I think that’s pretty clever, in the same satirical way this mini-franchise has been poking fun at the whole mini-genre Syfy has originated.

     

    That’s why I think, when the third movie is released at some point in 2015, it should be called Sharknado 3: Yes, Really.  They already have a tagline, “Feast Coast”, which is in keeping with the spirit of the first movie’s tagline, “Enough Said”.  (They really know how to put the “fun” in functional.)  The target of this new weather-themed monster movie will be nearly the entire eastern coast of the United States, from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, FL.  As someone who lives in Virginia Beach, VA, and therefore directly in the path of this unnatural disaster, I’ll be keeping my eyes wide open for any flying fish, CG or otherwise.

     

    Stephen Monteith would love to be smart enough to come up with something as stupid as Sharknado.  Until he reaches that height (or sinks to that depth), you can read his original fiction at Lulu.com.


  • Zombie Month: The Flood

    This October is Zombie Month at Fourth-day Universe.  Each day, we’ll bring you a new example of these mostly creepy, sometimes charming creatures.  The third week is Alien Zombies, the kind where aliens hijack your body for themselves (which stretches the definition of “zombie”, I admit, but considering what we did with vampires… *shrugs*).  There are a lot of zombies in video games, even alien zombies, but my favorite is from the HALO series:  The Flood.

     

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    HALO” refers to planet-sized rings in space that, in addition to being habitable, are also capable of destroying all sentient life in the universe.  Ironic, no?  They were built by the Forerunners, an extinct species that are now worshipped by a collective of religious aliens known as the Covenant.  In the video games, you fight the Covenant, but you also need to defend yourself against that which destroyed the Forerunners in the first place:  The Flood.

     

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    (Okay, I promise to stop ending paragraphs like that.)  The Flood are a parasitic alien race that infect every sentient race they encounter.  They didn’t actually destroy the Forerunners; the Forerunners destroyed themselves and used their Haloes to destroy all sentient life in an attempt to starve the Flood out of existence.  100,000 years later, we can see that it didn’t work.  Still, it drives home two really big points:  One, the Flood are not sentient themselves, and two, they were enough of a threat to convince a hyper-advanced race that it was better for all life to end than for it to be absorbed by the Flood.  That certainly sounds like a zombie apocalypse to me.

     

    Stephen Monteith used to play Halo with his brothers all the time, until the family scattered to the winds.  Help fund a family reunion by buying his original fiction at Lulu.com.



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