It’s Oscar Eve! I’ll toss out a few Oscar Predictions towards the bottom of today’s round-up, but let’s get to what’s making headlines today in the world of comics-based entertainment.

– In a piece about a possible future Gal Gadot project, Deadline has reported that the actress will begin filming Wonder Woman in the fall. If that’s indeed the case, the never quite made official release date of June 23rd, 2017 sounds pretty likely to be met for the Michelle MacLaren production.

– The official Daredevil Netflix series twitter feed teased out the following photo yesterday:


The indication being that Daredevil’s father Jack Murdock fought The Absorbing Man at some point in the series’ history. Though, depending on the age that Creel is portrayed as, this could present a bit of a continuity issue since Creel appeared as an adversary of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. team during the first few episodes of this current season. Perhaps his power keeps him from aging?

Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates has been cast as the lead in the upcoming feature film adaptation of Officer Downe, based on the Image comic by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham. Officer Downe will mark the directorial debut of Shawn Crahan aka Clown, co-founder of the metal act Slipknot, while Casey is penning the script.

– And finally, Supergirl now has a matriarchal figure for Melissa Benoist‘s Kara, as Nashville‘s Laura Benanti has signed on to play Alura Zor-El. Alura will be a recurring role in the series, offering her daughter guidance that echoes through space and time.

While Torsten will have a much better and comprehensive write-up on The Beat shortly, for whatever it’s worth, here are my Oscar predictions for tomorrow night in the major categories.:

Best Picture: Birdman

Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash (no guts, no glory over here!)

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

Best Editing: Sandra Adair, Boyhood


  1. In the original story, Battling Jack Murdock went up against Crusher Hogan.

    I used to wonder whether he was Happy Hogan’s ethically-shaky uncle, and the reason Happy quite boxing…


  2. What Bugs Me This Oscar Season Dept.:

    You might be right about the Boyhood wins, but man, I thought that was a tremendously overrated movie. It’s an okay slice of life — but ‘best’ anything? Meh. After seeing it, I thought: if you stripped it of its’ gimmick and instead cast actors of different ages in the brother and sister roles — what would be left? Any real surprises or revelations? Or just a rather mild, ambling passage of time with not a lot of drama or distinction.

    If you want to see the same idea of watching children grow older over time, albeit in documentary form, buy or rent Michael Apted’s far superior ‘Up’ series (starting in 1964 with ‘7 Up’ and updated every seven years through 2013 with ’56 Up’). And to be fair, since Boyhood was filmed over 12 years, watch just two of Apted’s chapters back-to-back and ask yourself, which is more raw, honest and riveting?

    Soapbox rant over. My apologies.

  3. Hey Charlie,

    I enjoyed Boyhood and admire it in places, but high-five on that Apted recommendation. I’ve loved the Up series since I discovered it back in 2007 or so.

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