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18 Jul 06:10

Batwoman: 25 Things Arrowverse Fans Should Know About Their New Favorite Hero

by Derek Stauffer
Batwoman: 25 Things Arrowverse Fans Should Know About Their New Favorite Hero

As every year goes by, the Arrowverse is gets just a little bit bigger. The next season of The CW’s superhero universe won’t add another superhero series to the line-up or even pull the metaphorical trigger had have Black Lightning become an official part of the world. Yet, despite all of that, a new and major hero is being added. The next annual Arrowverse crossover will introduce Batwoman to the CW’s constatly expanding universe. Batwoman, otherwise known as Kate Kane, will meet Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, Kara Danvers and the rest as the heroes finally travel to the city of Gotham. Even though Batwoman’s male counterpart, Batman is one of the most popular heroes ever, little is known about Batwoman. Batman would need no introduction in the Arrowverse. Batwoman, however, is a little more obscure and non-comic fans might not know anything about her.

Batwoman’s name shouldn’t fool anyone. The female Dark Knight is it a lot more than Batman with a different set of chromosomes. Batwoman might take her name from the biggest hero in Gotham but she’s very much her own hero, while she’s wearing the costume and in her civilian life. In fact, Batwoman will properly fit into the Arrowverse far better and in a far cleaner fashion than Batman. Only the most hardcore comic fans are truly excited about Batwoman joining the Arrowverse but everyone who watches the shows, even the most casual fans, should be counting down the days to her introduction. There’s a lot to love and know about Batwoman.

BATWOMAN COULD BE ON EARTH-1 OR EARTH-38

Although Batwoman will be introduced in the next Arrowverse crossover we don’t know what Earth she’ll call home. She could belong to Earth-1, with Green Arrow and Flash, or Earth-38, with Supergirl and Superman. There’s evidence for either.

Supergirl has dropped a few references to Batman, although not by name, and has called out Gotham City. Arrow, meanwhile, had Oliver Queen namedrop Bruce Wayne and Gotham both in season 6. This means that Batwoman could conceivably belong to either reality. Although hopefully it’s Earth-38 as Kara needs more heroes on her own Earth.

BATWOMAN WAS REINTRODUCED IN 2006

Batwoman has quickly climbed to the top of many fans’ best DC characters. However, she’s a relatively new addition. Kate Kane, the Batwoman who will join the Arrowverse, was only introduced in 2006 in the pages of the weekly comic book event 52.

Kate Kane first appeared as a civilian in 52 #7 and it was only later she was revealed to be the vigilante Batwoman. So, she’s entering that Arrowverse with much less of a comic book history than all the other heroes.

THE TWO BATWOMEN

While Kate Kane is a new-ish character, Batwoman isn’t a new title. The first Batwoman was Kathy Kane, no relation. She appeared in 1956 due to the Comics Code Authority which “cleaned up” comics and instituted several ridiculous changes. Batwoman was a love interest for Batman that existed to convince people that Batman and Robin weren’t gay.

In 2011, Kathy Kane was reintroduced as Katherine Webb. This Kathy joined the spy organization Spyral and became its super-secret leader. She wasn’t even close to being Batman’s ally, let alone love interest.

THE EVIL TWIN SISTER

It might sound soap-opera-y but so does a lot of comics. However, one of Batwoman’s biggest enemies, if not her main one, is her twin sister Beth. As children Beth and Kate were separated, for reasons that will become clear later in this list.

They met again later in life, when Beth, going by the name Alice, showed up as a new villain in Gotham. Alice had  some disturbed plans and only spoke in lines from Lewis Caroll’s books. Batwoman has repeatedly tried to redeem her sister but it’s been a slippery slope.

THE COUSIN OF BATMAN

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Beth/Alice isn’t Kate’s only costumed relative. Batwoman is also directly related to Batman. Kate Kane is the cousin of Bruce Wayne. Kate Kane’s father, Jacob Kane, is one of Martha Kane’s brothers. Martha would meet, marry and take the name of Thomas Wayne, becoming the mother of Batman.

The exact ages and birth order of the Kane children have always been in flux but it’s never seemed like Jacob and Martha were especially close. Although the Kane and Wayne families do revolve in the same social circles.

SHE WAS INSPIRED BY BATMAN

It’s only after Kate Kane became Batwoman that she discovered her cousin was the vigilante hero. However, when Kate was just Kate her life was saved by The Dark Knight. Kate was attacked while walking on the Gotham streets and Batman swooped in to save her. When Batman disappeared for a year, Batwoman was inspired by his example and took up the mantle of Batwoman becoming her own hero.

The Arrowverse doesn’t necessarily need to follow this origin story for their Batwoman. Although, if do they follow the comics, the existence of Batwoman implies there’s a Batman.

SHE’S SUPER RICH

The Kane Family isn’t quite as wealthy as the Waynes. Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor are considered two of the wealthiest people in the DC Universe. Yet even if the Kane Family is a few billions shy of the Waynes, they’re still stupidly rich.

Like Batman, Batwoman uses her family’s wealth to fund her vigilante operations. Kate doesn’t need to work a day in her life and instead can be a socialite/vicious vigilante with all her free time. Since Oliver lost his fortune in Arrow, it’s been awhile since the Arrowverse has had an independently wealthy hero.

HER DAD IS HER ALFRED

For Bruce Wayne, his closest ally is his father figure Alfred Pennyworth. For Kate Kane, her closest ally is her actual father, Jacob Kane. Jacob is a mostly retired and highly decorated Colonel in the army. Jacob is one of the few people that knows his daughter is Batwoman.

He brings his military expertise into guiding his daughter as Batwoman and the two typically talk in military jargon while in the field. This father/daughter duo would fit quite well in the Arrowverse where the relationships between parents and children is typically discussed.

SHE LOST HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG

Kate has a mostly happy relationship with her dad. However, she’s still a superhero so that means she has at least one deceased parent. Kate’s mother, Gabi, was also a member of the military. This is where she met Jacob. It’s also how the family was torn apart.

When Kate was a girl, she was attacked and taken along with her mother and sister. Kate was believed to be the only survivor. Yet it was later revealed that while Gabi met her end, Beth survived and was separated from her family during the attack. This is what started Beth down the journey to becoming Alice and broke the Kane Family forever.

SHE WORKS IN GOTHAM CITY

The size of Gotham City seems rather impossible. Looking at things logically, there are way too many heroes and villains in one singular metropolitan area to seem possible. Yet Batwoman, along with 75% of the Batfamily, works and operates mainly in Gotham City.

Although she occasionally brushes shoulders with Batman and the rest, Kate mainly works alone or works alone with her own team. Batman might consider Gotham his turf, but he’s sharing it with a lot of heroes.

SHE DOESN’T JUST BURROW BATMAN VILLAINS

The truly impressive thing about Batwoman working in Gotham is that she rarely, if ever, faces off against Batman’s own villains. Batwoman isn’t going face-to-face with The Joker or engaging in a battle of wits with The Riddler on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean Batwoman’s never met Batman’s rogues gallery.

In DC Rebirth’s initial run of Detective Comics, Batwoman was much closer to the classic Batman mythology. However, Kate has many of her own villains that have no interest in Batman. Any of them could show up in the Arrowverse crossover.

SHE’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST LGBTQ HEROES…

The Arrowverse has always been very welcoming and open about representing different types of superheroes. The make-up of the Arrowverse is a lot like the real world with characters of different colors and orientations. Batwoman will add to that diversity as she’s DC’s most prominent gay hero.

It’s ironic that the original Batwoman was created to dissuade people from the notion that Batman and Robin were gay because Kate Kane is very open about her personal preferences. Kate, as Batwoman or in her personal life, is out and proud. This will undoubtedly make its way into the Arrowverse.

…BUT MALE HEROES HAVE HAD CRUSHES ON HER

Kate Kane is out and proud but not every male hero has gotten the message. In fact, when Batwoman first showed up, Nightwing was quite smitten with her. Upon first meeting Batwoman, Nightwing tried several times to woo Kate. She was, obviously, not all that into him. Grayson eventually got the message but not until after making a bit of fool of himself.

There’s not many unattached straight male heroes in the Arrowverse. Yet the chances one of them flirting or showing interest in Batwoman, only for her to go in the complete opposite, sounds pretty likely.

SHE WAS ENGAGED TO MAGGIE SAWYER

Though there’s a chance Batwoman could be on Earth-1 or Earth-38, the latter seems like the odds-on favorite. This is because Supergirl has already introduced a rather important Batwoman supporting character, Maggie Sawyer. Maggie isn’t Kate Kane’s only major girlfriend but she’s one of her most longest running and serious. Maggie and Kate were even engaged for a time, before tragically breaking off their relationship.

It’s unknown if Supergirl’s Maggie did date Kate Kane but it’s possible. Maggie has been out for much longer than her eventual Supergirl fiancée, Alex Danvers. It’s possible she could’ve been with Kate first.

DC WOULDN’T LET KATE GET MARRIED

Kate and Maggie got engaged during the New 52 era of DC Comics. They got very close to the altar but infamously DC forbade the creative team from going through with the marriage. This caused the writers, J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, to resign from the Batwoman series.

DC head Dan Dido had to give the lame excuse that none of their heroes could get married. Happiness didn’t lead to interesting stories. DC has since reversed that lame position but the damage was done when it came to Kate and Maggie — their relationship is over (for now).

SHE ALSO DATED THE QUESTION

Maggie Sawyer and Kate’s romance made headlines. However, it’s not the only Batwoman relationship that was a source of interest. Before the New 52 reboot of the DC Universe, Kate Kane’s main love interest was Renee Montoya. Renee and Kate met and initially dated when Renee was still a cop and in the closet.

Yet when Renee was publicly outed and took over the mantle of the superhero The Question, their romance was reunited, and it got very serious. Renee’s Question has yet to show up in DC Rebirth but there’s always a chance. If not, the Arrowverse could always provide a Bat and Question reunion.

SHE’S JEWISH

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The religious life of superheroes is rarely discussed unless it’s somewhat out of the ordinary. For example, everyone pretty much assumes that Superman is white bread protestant because of everything else in his background, but Superman rarely talks about God. With Kate Kane and Batwoman, her religion is in the forefront of her character.

Kate is very open about being Jewish and celebrating her faith. This will, undoubtedly, make its way into the Arrowverse. Felicity Smoak is the big Jewish representative of the Arrowverse and it’d be a shame if Batwoman and Felicity don’t connect over it.

THE LIFE OF A FORMER SOLDIER

Kate grew up as military brat being shipped around the world because of her mother and father. Yet this isn’t Kate’s only military connection. When she came of age, Kate joined the military herself. Kate quickly established herself and was enrolled in West Point Academy.

It’s during her training at West Point that Kate gained all the military techniques that she would eventually carry over to her military life. Kate isn’t the military anymore, but she’s treats her crusade as Batwoman like it’s a war.

SHE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE MILITARY

Kate would’ve stayed in the military and likely joined the army if it wasn’t for one big aspect of her personality: She’s gay. At West Point, Kate engaged in a romantic relationship with her roommate. Kate’s commanding officer confronted her about it and gave her a chance to lie. Kate, though, refused. Kate admitted to her relationship and under the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” she was expelled from West Point.

Given the Arrowverse’s capacity for tackling real-life political issues, this will almost certainly come up in the crossover. Especially if Batwoman interacts with (current) DEO Head Alex Danvers.

NOT A BATMOBILE BUT A BATCYCLE

Even though Batwoman’s suit is, objectively, much better than Batman’s own, she still borrows a lot from her cousin. Batwoman has her own Bat Cave, her private operations and even her own Bat Tools. Yet there’s one way that the two differ, ever so slightly. Batman has the Batmobile but Batwoman has the Red Knight One. This is Batwoman’s fancy codename for her motorcycle.

True, Batman has his own Batcycle. Yet his is not nearly as impressive or used quite as often as Red Knight One. The sleek cycle if Batwoman’s main transportation and method from getting to one crime to another.

SHE HAS HER OWN SIDEKICK

The original Batwoman had her own sidekick, Bat-Girl. This Bat-Girl was different from the one most fans know although she still was meant to be a love interest for Robin. Kate Kane though was given her own sidekick shortly after her introduction. Since Batgirl was already taken, that sidekick got her own name. Kate Kane roams the night with her niece Bette Kane, aka Flamebird.

Bette Kane probably won’t make her way onto the Arrowverse crossover — there’s enough heroes already. But if the Arrowverse wants to have a Batwoman series, and they should, Bette would be a natural inclusion.

THE SUPERNATURAL KNIGHT

Magic has always been an element of the Arrowverse but it’s come into clearer focus after the second season of Legends of Tomorrow, with the demon Mallus being the main villain and Constantine becoming a more active character. So it’s rather fitting that now Batwoman is joining the Arrowverse as she’s always been a very supernatural character.

Batwoman has faced off and/or worked with vampires, werewolves and all manners of monsters. Batwoman takes the gothic elements of Gotham very seriously which should make her introduction into the Arrowverse more unique than her being Batman… but a woman.

SHE WAS ALMOST RITUALLY SACRIFICED

The supernatural elements of Batwoman really emerged in her solo series. Yet from the start, prophecy was involved in her story. During 52, which introduced Batwoman, the organization Intergang became convinced that Batwoman was the answer to prophecy in the mystical Crime Bible.

Intergang believed they had to sacrifice Batwoman to fulfill the prophecy. They actually nearly succeeded, and it took The Question swooping in to save Batwoman at the literal last second to stop the craziness that was going down.

THE DEO CONNECTION

In the Arrowverse, the DEO is the very altruistic group that works hand-in-hand with Supergirl to neutralize extraterrestrial threats. In the comics, the DEO is a little shadier. The DEO, which still stands for the Department of Extranormal Operations, deals with aliens in the comics but more often with monsters and supernatural baddies.

Batwoman has worked off and on with the DEO in the comics. However, she’s never truly trusted them or vice versa. If the Arrowverse’s Batwoman has a history with the DEO, it’ll be predate Kara Danvers joining them but it’s possible.

BATMAN AND BATWOMAN’S RIVALRY

The natural assumption with Batwoman joining the Arrowverse is that Batman won’t be far behind. While it’s true that it’ll be difficult to do Batwoman’s origins without mentioning Bruce Wayne, the two aren’t really that friendly. Batwoman and Batman are frequently at odds in the comics.

Often, Batwoman and Batman tolerate each other more than really work together. Batwoman and Batman both want peace for Gotham but their methods often differ with dramatic results. Recently Batman even threatened to take away Batwoman’s superhero name because she didn’t “deserve” it.

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18 Jul 06:02

Movie Legends: How Harlan Ellison Got an Acknowledgement on Terminator

by Brian Cronin
Movie Legends: How Harlan Ellison Got an Acknowledgement on Terminator

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Some errant comments from James Cameron got Harlan Ellison a special credit at the end of Terminator.

On the home video release of 1984’s The Terminator, there is the following credit…

It’s a very interesting credit, as it doesn’t really say “based on Harlan Ellison’s work” or anything like that, just a general “Hey, here’s an acknowledgement.”

How that acknowledgment came to be is a curious case of movie history that, due to various agreements, we’ll probably never get the FULL story on how it happened, but from what we do know, it sounds like a few errant comments from James Cameron ended up getting Ellison the credit.

Okay, in case you’re unfamiliar with either “Soldier” or The Terminator, let’s fill in the blanks a bit.

The Terminator is about a robot (dubbed the Terminator) that is sent back in time (from the future to the present of 1984) to kill the mother of the man who will later lead a counter-revolution against the robots following the robot uprising. An agent from the future is sent to stop the Terminator from achieving his goal (as an aside, I did a Movie Legends years ago about how close OJ Simpson came to playing the Terminator role).

“Soldier” is an episode of the Outer Limits by Harlan Ellison, adapted from Ellison’s short story, “Soldier From Tomorrow,” about two soldiers in the future (in a future where people are pretty much built just to continually fight an unending war) who are caught in a timewarp. One of them ends up in 1964, where he is befriended by a man who slowly teaches the man from the future how to live his own life outside of being a “soldier” until the other soldier also ends up in 1964. The original soldier sacrifices himself to save his new friends.

As you might have noticed, the two stories are not particularly similar. However, the opening of The Terminator is extremely similar to the opening of “Soldier.” We see the fighting in the distant future, we see the people sent back in time and we see them end up on a city street. The first few minutes of the film and the first few minutes of the TV episode were very similar.

When Harlan Ellison saw the movie, he instantly felt that his story had been used for the film’s opening. He contacted Orion Pictures and they were initially dismissive, but Ellison had a trump card.

First off, Ellison’s friend, screenwriter and producer Tracy Torme, had told Ellison before the movie even came out that he had visited the set of the film and when he asked where the story came from, Cameron had told him, “Oh, I ripped off a couple of Harlan Ellison stories.”

More damning, though, was an infamous Starlog interview with Cameron. Here is the article as it was published. However, apparently the article as published wasn’t what was originally written. From David Brennan on JamesCameronOnline.com,

So, Ellison and his attorneys then contacted Hemdale (the financiers of The Terminator) and Orion (the movie’s distributor) to discuss a payment or settlement, with the obvious threat of a lawsuit in case none was offered. And soon after this initial contact, Ellison’s complaint received even more support. A Houston criminal defense attorney might have agreed that Ellison seemed to have some grounds for a lawsuit

“About a week after my attorney contacted Hemdale, I got a call from the editor of Starlog magazine. ….It turned out Cameron had given an interview to Starlog and, after I began inquiring at Hemdale, [The Terminator producer Gale Anne] Hurd sent Starlog a legal demand to see the interview.” According to Ellison, Gale Anne Hurd then modified Starlog’s article on The Terminator. She omitted a quote from Cameron in the article that read, “’Oh, I took a couple of Outer Limits segments.’” The reason that the Starlog editor had contacted Ellison was to provide him with the original version of the article, the one without Gale Anne Hurd’s editing. Said Ellison, “At this point we went to Hemdale and to Orion and we said, ‘I’m afraid we got him with the smoking gun. Now do you want to do something about this or do you want us to whip your ass in open court? We’d be perfectly happy to do it either way.’” Between the account of Tracy Torme and the Starlog interview, the attorneys for Hemdale and Orion quickly realized that they wanted no part of a lawsuit, by Ellison’s accounts. “They took one look at this shit and their attorneys said, ‘Settle.’”

It is disputed exactly how much money Ellison got besides the acknowledgement credit. He said 65-70,000, but other reports said it was closer to 400,000 all said and done.

The fact that they settled on a relatively weak infringement claim (it’s literally the first three minutes of the film and that’s it) certainly does suggest that Ellison is not lying when he says that the Cameron comment was edited out of the Starlog article. That’s a huge smoking gun.

Hemdale, the financiers of the film, and Orion were willing to go to court still on the matter, but only if Cameron was willing to pay them if they lost.

Cameron later recalled, “It was a nuisance suit that could easily have been fought. I expected Hemdale and Orion to fight for my rights, but they abandoned me. The insurance company told me if I didn’t agree to the settlement, they would come after me personally for the damages if they lost the suit. Having no money at the time, I had no choice but to agree to the settlement. Of course there was a gag order as well, so I couldn’t tell this story but now I frankly don’t care. It’s the truth. Harlan Ellison is a parasite who can kiss my ass”

So, again, the fact that they settled sure does make it sound like Cameron’s comments were what hurt them, so I’m willing to go with this legend as….

STATUS: True

Thanks to David Brennan for his excellent article that I linked to earlier. Great, great work on the topic. Thanks to my buddy, Chris Nowlin, for asking me to look into this.

Be sure to check out my archive of Movie Legends Revealed for more urban legends about the world of film.

Feel free (heck, I implore you!) to write in with your suggestions for future installments! My e-mail address is bcronin@legendsrevealed.com.

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18 Jul 05:56

REPORT: Avengers 4 Title Confirmed

by Joshua Olivieri
REPORT: Avengers 4 Title Confirmed

When Avengers: Infinity War was first announced, it was hyped up as a two-part movie, with both installments boasting the Infinity War subtitle. However, Marvel scrapped those initial plans, keeping the third Avengers film Infinity War and giving the fourth film a new title. Well, they’ve been extremely tight-lipped about that mysterious new title, but a new report on a cinematographer’s website may have just revealed, finally, what the film will be called.

RELATED: Your Avengers 4 Title Theory Isn’t Right, But It May Be Close

Cinematographer Trent Opaloch is known for working on directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s Marvel movies. He previously worked on Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. According to the credits on his website, he also worked on Avengers 4, which he lists as Avengers: End Game (via Omega Underground).

While this title has yet to be confirmed, it does have a lot of weight behind it, considering its source. However, Joe Russo previously indicated the Avengers 4 title wasn’t spoken in Infinity War. “End Game,” of course, was said by Doctor Strange in the film’s third act.

RELATED: Avengers 4 Leaked Art Highlights Captain America’s Uniform and Ant-Man

Avengers 4 will release on May 3, 2019.

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18 Jul 05:52

John Wick: 15 Secrets Only Real Fans Know (And 10 Juicy Rumors About Part 3)

by Sarah LaPointe
John Wick: 15 Secrets Only Real Fans Know (And 10 Juicy Rumors About Part 3)

Beginning in 2014, the John Wick franchise has quickly evolved into a worldwide phenomenon. Following a retired assassin’s desire for revenge, the first film grossed over $88 million while the second reached an overwhelming $171 million. Intended to be a story about “the worst man in existence [finding] salvation,” the first film sets out to explore the vulnerable, emotional side of a violent killer as he seeks revenge. Centering around themes of loyalty and betrayal, the second film has John Wick playing a dangerous game when he is forced to return to a life he had wished to keep dead and buried. Inspired by classic action thrillers, much of the adoration for the films is due to the attention to detail regarding the visual effects and choreography.

Seeking to finish the last chapter of Wick’s story, a third and final installment of the John Wick films was announced in January 2018. After breaking a cardinal rule, Wick finds himself the target of his fellow assassins and is forced to rely on himself and the few remaining allies he has to survive. The final film teases a return of familiar faces and the introduction of new foes as well as new locations for the famed killer to seek refuge. In an attempt to satisfy the growing interest in exploring more of the assassin’s complex universe, various spin-off series have also been announced. Seeking to gain entrance into this criminal underworld, CBR has compiled a list of secrets and rumors regarding the John Wick films.

FACT: BETTER WITH AGE

During the first film’s initial stages, John Wick was supposed to be much older. Given his legendary mythic status as a “Boogey-Man” figure, Wick was written as “a man in his mid-sixties.”

For believability purposes, Basil Iwanyk, head of Thunder Road Pictures, stated he’d prefer “someone who is not literally older, but who has a seasoned history in the film world.” Though close in age, Keanu Reeves’ impressive acting career proved he was up to the challenge of portraying the hardened assassin.

FACT: ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN

Despite being the reason for Wick’s return to his vigilante lifestyle, the directors were given notes by the studio department heads not to kill off Daisy. The assassin receives the beloved beagle as a gift from his late wife. When he’s attacked by Iosef and his men, they savagely beat Daisy and leave her beside Wick to find when he wakes up.

Trainer Kim Krafsky remarks filming the death scene was emotional, especially for Omer Barnea who played the killer: “He felt horrible. Every time the director yelled ‘cut”, he just picked up the dog and cuddled him.”

FACT: ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT

Casting the role of Viggo’s arrogant son Iosef came easy for the directors, who chose Game of Thrones alum Alfie Allen. Wanting the audience to sympathize with Wick over losing Daisy and his determined need for revenge, they purposely sought an actor who “looked like a complete [jerk].”

As Theon Greyjoy, Allen was able to draw from his character’s narcissistic and ignorant personality and amplify it during his performance as Iosef. In complete contrast to both these characters, the directors found Allen to be genuinely charming and nice.

FACT: ONLY A FLESH WOUND

Michael Nyqvist, who plays Viggo Tarasov, suffered a horrible injury on set when his head was sliced open during a fighting scene. The event resulted in a severed ear and required 80 stitches. Due to the severity of his injury, numerous scenes during the end of the film had to be re-shot to hide the actor’s noticeable scar.

As Viggo, Nyqvist plays the leader of one of New York’s most notorious crime families. Upon completing an “impossible task,” he released John Wick from his employment to care for his ailing wife.

FACT: MISCHIEF MAKER

Dean Winters plays Viggo’s closest associate Avi, who underestimates John Wick’s killing capabilities. After placing a sizeable bounty on Wick’s head, Avi is contacted by Miss Perkins, who seeks to put an end to the feared assassin’s long reign of terror and claim the fortune for herself.

Some may recognize Winters as the Allstate Insurance spokesperson Mayhem. Portraying everything from “an emotionally-compromised teenage girl” to “a four year-old ring bearer with a bad habit of swallowing stuff,” Winters has made a hilarious career out of demonstrating all of the awful things that can happen to those without insurance.

FACT: RESPECTING THE MASTERS

During hand-to-hand fighting scenes in the film, John Wick shows himself as a practitioner of traditional Japanese jujutsu. His reliance on head and arm throws demonstrates his training as a Judoka; someone who practices Judo which emphasizes a competitive takedown of an enemy using hand and feet strikes.

In contrast, Wick’s rival Miss Perkins uses Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which emphasizes the use of a person’s smaller frame against a larger person; relying on chokeholds and joint locks to take their opponent down. One of these techniques can be seen when Perkins uses her jacket to put Wick in a wing choke hold.

FACT: LOCKED AND LOADED

Along with demonstrating impressive fighting techniques, John Wick is also an expert marksman. During various confrontations, Wick changes between shooting styles. In restricting, confined situations, he uses a Center Axis Relock stance which emphasizes a “close-to-body firearm hold.” By holding the gun closer to their face, the stance allows the shooter to have better vision when targeting their subject.

When it comes to shooting with longer ranges, Wick uses a Weaver or Isosceles stance. Positioning his feet “in a boxer stance” and holding the gun with both hands allows Wick to have “faster, follow-up shots” to take down his opponent.

FACT: FANCY FOOTWORK

One of the most intense fighting sequences in the first film is the Red Circle nightclub scene when John Wick attacks Iosef and his men. Despite the complexity of the choreography, Keanu Reeves was able to learn and memorize it all within the first day of shooting.

Not only that, but Reeves performed the scene while suffering from the flu with a fever of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Reeves, he performed roughly 90% of his stunts in the film.

FACT: A LITTLE MORE ACTION PLEASE

The directors’ commentary for the first film reveals the original cut was over two hours long, which led to them cutting over 39 minutes of footage. One scene that had to be edited was the ending fight between John and Viggo due to their belief that “Viggo shouldn’t really pose a big physical threat to Wick.”

David Leitch also admitted “there’s a ton of great shots… that’s just Keanu Reeves walking in cool environments” that had to be left on the cutting-room floor.

FACT: GUN-FU FIGHTING

In order to be better prepared for the action-packed sequel, Reeves had to undergo intense weapons and fighting training for three months. The training involved practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, driving lessons, and “Gun-Fu.” Training under champion competitive shooter Taran Butler, Reeves was able to “expand martial arts beyond hand-to-hand combat to encompass gun-play.”

In this film, Reeves performed roughly 95-98% of his own stunts. The only ones he didn’t perform were when his character gets hit by a car and his fighting scene with Cassian in which he falls down the stairs.

FACT: CAR-FU FIGHTING

One of the most unique aspects of John Wick: Chapter Two is the use of “car-fu.” Using cars as weapons, the fight sequence in the taxi warehouse “took three months to choreograph.”

Stunt coordinator Darrin Prescott praised Reeves as “one of the best actor-drivers in the business,” though during one of the scenes in which he has to drive backwards, Reeves admitted “I hit the car so hard, I ripped the steering wheel.” To better illustrate the “vehicular mayhem,” the crew used realistic quality crash-test dummies to get an understanding of how certain joints would react to such intense injury.

FACT: A MOMENT TO REFLECT

Inspired by the mirror scene in Enter The Dragon, director Chad Stahelski sought to re-create it in Chapter Two. Despite comments that such a complex scene would take too much time and money to create, Stahelski was adamant on showing Wick’s reflection on his two dueling personas: “the grieving husband” versus “the assassin.”

Using three dozen moveable mirrors, the crew spent hours determining the correct angles and staging visual gags throughout the scene. They took three months to plan choreography that would hide the cameras’ reflections, but also highlight the skilled gunfights that would take place in such a maze-like area.

FACT: SHARPENING HIS SKILLS

Borrowing from Joker’s playbook in The Dark Knight, Wick uses a pencil to kill two assassins wanting to collect the bounty on his head. The act was hinted at in the previous film where Viggo tries to instill fear in his son after learning he attacked John Wick: “I once saw him kill three men in a bar… with a pencil, with a [expletive] pencil.”

Reeves revealed he had to fight for the scene to be included in the film: “I wanted to have a pencil fight… I kept saying ‘Where’s the pencil fight?'”

FACT: DO YOU BELIEVE IN FATE

In John Wick: Chapter Two, Reeve is reunited with his Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne who plays Bowery King. As leader of The Soup Kitchen, an underground intelligence organization using operatives disguised as New York’s homeless population, King is able to spy on everyone.

In The Matrix franchise, Fishburne played Reeves’ mentor Morpheus who strongly believes Neo is “The One” who will end the Machine War. While the actors enjoyed their reunion, they also praised the lasting legacy their first film together still has: “It’s a huge blessing to know you’ve done something that has affected people the way The Matrix has.”

RYMOR: AN AUDIENCE WITH THE DIVINE

In a deleted scene, John Wick pays a visit to the Vatican. After a brief encounter with the front desk clerk, Wick is given permission to speak to a high-ranking member of the Catholic faith, who greets him with the same words tattooed across his back: “Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat” meaning “Fortune Favors The Bold.”

A reason for both the inclusion and removal of the scene has yet to be known, but one theory on Reddit suggests Wick might be a literal “Hitman of God” and goes on to hint at a possible connection between the holy Catholic Church and the seedy underworld in which the assassins operate.

RUMOR: BACK FOR MORE

Formerly referred to as “Alpha Cop,” the third installment of the John Wick trilogy is now known as Parabellum. While weapons experts know the new title references a German automatic firearm, it also issues a warning to “prepare for war.” The title is fitting, seeing as how we last we saw John Wick excommunicated and on-the-run for breaking the law of the Continental to never kill on their property.

As for the strange work-in-progress title, some believe “Alpha Cop” may have been in reference to NYPD Officer Jimmy, who visited John on two occasions, curious about whether the retired assassin was “working again.”

RUMOR: ON THE RUN

Picking up where the last film ended, the final installment in the trilogy will see John Wick on-the-run after being made a worldwide target for his fellow assassins. Set to be released May 17, 2019, the film’s synopsis reveals that after being completely cut off, Wick will be forced to stay alive by any means necessary.

The directors purposely wanted to drive the character toward the realization “he’s starting to become a little anti-establishment.” No longer confined to “the rules and world that he lived by,” Wick is free to leave as much devastation in his wake as he pleases.

RUMOR: THE END OF AN ERA

Seeking “a nice completion to Mr. Wick’s journey,” the third installment promises to wrap up the loose ends left over by the previous films. The film is teased to delve into Wick’s personal background and how he earned the mythic “Baba Yaga” title. It will also provide more history behind the secretive council known as The High Table.

Though fans of the film franchise would like to see it expand further, director Stahelski sees Wick’s tale coming to an end with the trilogy. To dull the anguish over seeing their beloved assassin’s story ending, various spin-offs are in the works offering more insight into John Wick’s world.

RUMOR: MORE RESERVATIONS EXPECTED

Referred to as John Wick: Parabellum, the last film in the trilogy promises to introduce new faces. One includes Halle Berry, who will be playing a character named Sophia. Judging by the photo above, it appears she may be a among the guests of the Continental.

Slated to make appearances are Anjelica Huston, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillion, and Jason Mantzoukas. The later all play various assassins while Huston has been teased to portray the Director of the mysterious High Table.

RUMOR: BACK FROM THE DEAD

Along with a new cast, a few returning faces have been teased to make an appearance. Ruby Rose and Common are rumored to reappear as Ares and Cassian. Last we saw them, both had been left for dead after being stabbed by John Wick. Leaked footage from the set suggests confirmation of these rumors, but IMDB has yet to list them as part of the cast for the third installment.

Laurence Fishburne is also rumored to return as Bowery King, a former frenemy of Wick turned possible ally. Confirmed to return are Ian McShane as Continental Hotel owner Winston and faithful concierge Charon.

RUMOR: SEEKING A FRIEND

With both familiar and new faces joining the cast of John Wick 3, one person Reeves has expressed interest in having among the cast is Tilda Swinton. Having previously worked together in Constantine and Thumbsucker, the actor revealed he’d love the opportunity to join forces again, saying, “She’s a remarkable person and actress, so I’m all aboard with that!”

Swinton expressed her desire for a reunion during promotion for Snowpiercer. Though a match made in Heaven, no word has been made regarding the actress’ possible involvement in the film.

RUMOR: A NEW VILLAIN

Remaining unconfirmed, a persistent rumor suggests Hiroyuki Sanada will be playing the villain in John Wick 3. Speculation has it that he will be the leader of the Japanese crime syndicate known as The Yakuza. Despite their violent nature, this mafia-style organization is well-known for a sense of honor and loyalty. If the rumor proves true, this will be the second time Reeves and Sanada have worked together; having co-starred in 47 Ronin.

Various articles and leaked footage suggests instead of Sanada, Mark Dacascos will be facing off against John Wick. Though well-known as the chairman of Iron Chef America, Dacascos is also a well-respected martial artist and film actor.

RUMOR: NEW LOCATION(S)

Keeping in mind the assumption of a Japanese villain, one of the locations suggested for John Wick 3 is Tokyo. Screenwriter Derek Kolstad revealed his vision of having Wick’s “defining character moment” in the beautiful city.

Stahelski expressed his desire to explore the United Kingdom, Paris, and possibly the Middle East. Spain and Russia have also been reported as possible filming destinations while Reeves sought to have his character venture to Jerusalem; a location “older and more mythic” than the second film’s Rome.

RUMOR: CHECKING IN

With the John Wick franchise coming to an end, Starz announced a spin-off series focusing on The Continental. Being the safe-haven for New York’s assassins, the series would delve into the “compelling characters who inhabit this underground world.” Not wanting to veer from their source material, the show would also provide “thunderous fight sequences and intensely staged shootouts.”

Though still kept under-wraps, Lionsgate expressed a desire to expand the franchise with a La Femme Nikita-inspired series called Ballerina. The show would follow a young female assassin seeking revenge against her family’s murderer(s).

RUMOR: DIVINE INTERVENTION

Inspiration for the John Wick franchise may have come from Greek and Roman mythology. Taking into consideration various character names, many draw their source from Greek gods and mythic monsters. If the hotel is considered “the Underworld,” Charon is paid in gold coins to “ferry” each guest to his / her room. In Chapter Two, Wick faces off against Ares, named after the God of War.

Other characters reference famous emperors: combining William Dafoe’s Marcus and John Leguizamo’s Aureilo to form “Marcus Aureilo” and Franco Nero’s ode to Julius Caesar. Wick’s wife Helen could also reference Helen of Troy, known as “the most beautiful woman in the world.”

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18 Jul 05:43

It: Chapter 2 Cast Assembles in James McAvoy Photo

by Justin Carter
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It: Chapter 2 Cast Assembles in James McAvoy Photo

The members of the Losers Club have gathered for a much-needed reunion.

With filming under way on It: Chapter 2, James McAvoy has captured a photo of series of snapshots of himself and his co-stars, including Jessica Chastain, Isiah Mustafa and Bill Hader. Additionally, McAvoy has a photo of himself with Jaeden Lieberher and Jack Dylan Grazer. McAvoy plays the older version of Lieberher’s character Bill Denbrough. This photo comes not long after Jessica Chastain used her own Instagram to tease her role as the older counterpart to Sophia Lillis’ Beverly Marsh.

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The second film of the It duology will jump ahead to the present day, with the Losers Club all grown up and moved away from Derry, Maine. But the time has come to keep their promise to return to their home town and bring an end to Pennywise’s reign of terror, unaware that in the near 30 years of waiting, he’s grown even stronger. Although the film primarily stars the older actors, the kids from the 2017 original will return as well to reprise their original roles in flashbacks.

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In theaters Sept. 6, 2019, It: Chapter 2 stars James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isiah Mustafa, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Teach Grant and Bill Skarsgard.

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18 Jul 00:05

Luke Cage Has A Secret ‘Crossover’ with Cloak & Dagger That You Totally Missed

by Meagan Damore
Luke Cage Has A Secret ‘Crossover’ with Cloak & Dagger That You Totally Missed

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Luke Cage Season 2, now streaming on Netlix.


It’s official: Cloak & Dagger definitely shares the same corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Luke Cage. In the Season 2 episode “If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Right,” the Netflix series referenced a key character from the freshman Freeform show, in what might be Marvel Netflix’s first mention of a Marvel TV series outside its own network. As it turns out, Luke Cage characters Misty Knight and Nandi Tyler know Cloak & Dagger‘s Brigid O’Reilly.

Following the death of Captain Tom Ridenhour, Misty visited in his former office. There, she discovered he had kept her badge and gun, though she had turned them in when she quit in an earlier episode. As she struggled to maintain her composure, Nandi joined her. Nandi revealed that Ridenhour had never told anyone Misty quit. What’s more, considering Ridenhour’s death and the departure of a few other detectives, Nandi was sure Misty would be back.

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“Inspector West called. Callahan is in Maui, and O’Reilly moved to New Orleans,” Nandi explained. “None of them know you quit. West said until One Police Plaza sends somebody else, you’re the highest ranking detective here. You’re in charge.”

The mention of O’Reilly here is, of course, paramount. Considering Cloak & Dagger takes place in New Orleans, it seems very likely that the O’Reilly namedropped on Luke Cage is the same character that appears in the flesh on Cloak & Dagger. What’s more, on Cloak & Dagger, O’Reilly’s coworkers have made it abundantly clear she is from out of town.

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In “Stained Glass,” Cloak & Dagger‘s third episode, Detective Connors taunted O’Reilly with the fact she isn’t from New Orleans. “I thought the NYPD only hired the best and brightest,” he said. When he told her she owed him a beer, he added, “Make sure it’s none of that Brooklyn hipster shit.”

At this point in Cloak & Dagger, O’Reilly hasn’t specified where exactly she transferred from. Luke Cage Season 2, however, establishes she worked in Harlem. It’s possible, then, that she has past experience with enhanced individuals like Luke Cage, which may prepare her to work with Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson. Considering this major reference, we might even hear her refer to the events of Luke Cage in a future Cloak & Dagger episode. Regardless, Luke Cage proves once again that the MCU is all connected.


Streaming now on Netflix, Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 stars Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Alfre Woodard, Theo Rossi, Mustafa Shakir, Gabrielle Dennis, Rosario Dawson and Reg E. Cathey.

Airing Thursdays at 8 pm ET/PT on Freeform, Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt as Tandy Bowen/Dagger and Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone Johnson/Cloak, as well as Andrea Roth as Tandy’s mother Melissa Bowen, Gloria Reuben as Tyrone’s mother Adina Johnson, Miles Mussenden as Tyrone’s father Michael Johnson, Carl Lundstedt as Tandy’s partner in crime Liam, James Saito as Dr. Bernard Sanjo and J.D. Evermore as Detective Connors.

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18 Jul 00:04

Spider-Man: Far From Home Fan Art Is the Venom Crossover We Crave

by Renaldo Matadeen
Spider-Man: Far From Home Fan Art Is the Venom Crossover We Crave

As Spider-Man actor Tom Holland adds his voice to the chorus that wants to see Peter Parker suited up against Venom, some fans are already envisioning that might look like.

Bringing together the events of Avengers: Infinity War and the title of the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, artist Boss Logic envisions a wall-crawler who is “Far From Home,” and being enveloped by the alien symbiote.

The timing couldn’t be better given Holland’s statements at ACE Comic-Con in Seattle, where he indicated he would indeed like to fight Venom some day. However, that doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon, as Sony’s Venom movie isn’t part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Holland’s Spider-Man exists in the MCU as part of a co-production deal between Marvel Studios and Sony, but many of the related characters, including Venom, do not.)

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Still, there have been rumors of a Holland cameo in director Ruben Fleischer’s Venom, so perhaps there remains a glimmer of hope that he could face off against Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock, eventually.

Opening Oct. 25, Sony’s Venom stars Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Scott Haze, and Reed Scott. Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei. The film opens July 5, 2019.

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16 Jul 06:14

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12 Jul 22:59

Superman Cover Unites the Man of Steel with a Sworn Enemy

by Tim Adams
Superman Cover Unites the Man of Steel with a Sworn Enemy

Yesterday, Brian Michael Bendis took over the DC Comics Instagram account, where he posted behind-the-scenes pictures and videos of the publisher’s writers summit. One such post revealed artist Ivan Reis’ penciled cover to Superman #5, featuring the Man of Steel standing side-by-side with one of his fiercest enemies, General Zod.

Bendis’ post reads, “The Cover to Superman number five by @ivanreisart @joeprado2017 this is chapter 5 in the year-long United Saga #zod #manofsteel #actioncomics #superman #bendisdcinstatakeover”

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Another revelation in the Instagram post is the potential name of the writer’s year-long Superman story arc: “United Saga,” or merely “United.” A big question leading into Superman #5 will be what events have transpired that will lead the Man of Steel to stand with a sworn enemy like General Zod? Aside from both characters hailing from the destroyed Krypton, they have fundamentally different viewpoints when it comes to humanity.

The weekly Man of Steel miniseries is setting the stage for the relaunch of Action Comics and Superman, which will mark Bendis’ big debut as the writer of both series. General Zod was last seen in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #40-41, where he established a new home for his family and the Eradicator.

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12 Jul 20:04

20 Unused Pieces Of Arrowverse Concept Art (That Would Change Everything)

by Brian Cronin
20 Unused Pieces Of Arrowverse Concept Art (That Would Change Everything)

In the world of superhero television series, one of the most important stages in the production of the shows is in the concept art stage. This is the time that the wonderful artists working for Arrow, Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl actually design the costumes that the actors on the show will wear. This is so important because this is the point where the wild ideas of the writers actually become realities.

However, concept art still is, by its very definition, just a concept and not a reality. Therefore, while the Arrowverse concept artists have been tremendous in actually getting their vision translated to the actual screen, there are going to be times when their designs do not make it into the show. Sometimes, the changes are just slight ones, while other times it is more notable. Money often plays a role, as a design is determined to be too cost-prohibitive to use on the show. Sometimes the changes are notable enough that they really would have changed the direction of the shows had they made it onto the air. We will take a look at 20 examples of these unused Arrowverse concept art drawings that would have changed everything.

REVERSE FLASH (EOBARD THAWNE)

When it comes to designing superhero costumes for television and film, there is a major question that has to be asked of all production designers — how dark do we want to get? When superhero movies were still a relative rarity, the first X-Men film in 2000 said, in effect, “Remove all possible color!” The X-Men went from the comic book outfits that were filled with colors to the plain black leather outfits of the film. The film even poked fun of the comic book costumes, famously riffing on Wolverine’s yellow spandex.

Of course, one of the Flash’s biggest villains wore a costume that was precisely that! Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash, wore an almost all-yellow costume. Therefore, when Maya Mani and Andy Poon debated the design of the Reverse Flash’s costume on Season 1 of the Flash, they initially tried to overload the yellow with lots of extra design elements to tamper it down. Had they gone with that design, it would have likely informed all of their design work going forward on the show.

SUPERGIRL

Famously, the costumes for the first three major solo heroes of the Arrowverse, namely Green Arrow, Flash and Supergirl, were all designed by 12-time Academy Award-nominated (and four-time Academy Award-winning) costume designer, Colleen Atwood. Atwood did a wonderful job with Arrow and Flash, but she probably got the most attention for her work on Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl costume. Atwood put so much attention into the design that she specifically had Benoist lay on a bench during a fitting so that Atwood could see what it would look like in flight.

Interestingly, though, Atwood specifically noted about Supergirl’s bare legs, “I feel like there’s a real love for Americana with Supergirl, and I wanted to really embrace that heart of women — there’s enough skin out there in the world, it’s not for everybody and Melissa was just the right person to pull it off.” While that is a fine sentiment, the initial design for Supergirl by Atwood seemingly does show a decent amount of Supergirl’s bare legs. In the final costume, that is all covered in shaded tights. The reaction to the costume would have certainly been a lot different had Supergirl’s legs not been covered in the final costume.

BATMAN BEYOND

Generally speaking, when you see concept art of a character, that means that that character is set to appear on a television series or a film. That is why that the internet went nuts in March of 2018 when Andy Poon, the acclaimed concept artist on a number of Arrowverse series, revealed on his Instagram account a concept art drawing of Terry McGinnis, the Batman of the future that starred in the animated series, Batman Beyond. Was this a sign that the future Batman was going to show up in the Arrowverse? Perhaps as part of the time-traveling Legends of Tomorrow?

As it turned out, it was all a bit of a false alarm as this was just Poon doing some concept art for fun on his own. Still, his design work was so good that it really makes you want to see McGinnis is the Arrowverse, right? Recently, there have been some mentions in Arrowverse episodes that seem to suggest that Batman actually does exist in this universe, so maybe it is not so crazy to think that this version of Batman might actually show up. If so, that would certainly mark a major change in the Arrwoverse as a whole.

FIRESTORM

Outside of the issue about how colorful you want to get your costumes to look in person, probably the next biggest issue when it comes to designing costumes for film and television is the sheer cost that is involved in the production of the costume. Perhaps no regular hero in the Arrowverse made that clearer than Firestorm. You see, the entire set-up of Firestorm involved the use of heavy-duty computer graphics. Just how much computer graphics would be needed, however, were reliant on how the costume was designed.

When the CW first revealed concept art for the cast of Legends of Tomorrow in action, it showed a Firestorm who had a much more intricate costume that would have required a good deal more computer graphics to make it look good. This was before it was revealed precisely which Firestorm was going to be in the show. When the show came out, the design was different and more streamlined. However, even with the streamlined look, Firestorm was still a difficult look to reproduce on a regular basis and the show would often have to come up with explanations as to why Jefferson Jackson and Martin Stein would have to split up so that they could not form Firestorm.

MARTIAN MANHUNTER

Hilariously enough, Martian Manhunter only became a character on the Supergirl TV series because of a joke that the producers made about actor David Harewood’s ears. Harewood had been cast as the alien-hating head of the DEO, Hank Henshaw. One of the producers noted that Harewood’s ears almost looked alien and that if they ever needed to cast the Martian Manhunter, that Harewood would be perfect. Then producer Geoff Johns thought that, hey, why not just reveal that Martian Manhunter was Henshaw?

While he was excited to play such a major character, Harewood was concerned about the makeup that would be involved, noting, “Andrew gave me this model of a green Martian, and at first, I was a bit horrified. I thought, ‘I’m going to be playing Shrek for the next seven years.’ I was anxious because I could see hours of prosthetic makeup and that was simply not something I wanted to do. But then I started reading it, and I was blown away.” The original design for Martian Manhunter by Alan Villanueva, though, was probably a bit too elaborate for the show’s special effects department. They did a good job coming pretty darn close to Villanueva’s design, though, just slightly less realistic.

CANARY

In the early days of the Arrowverse, it was a difficult decision as to just how much to lean into the “superhero” style designs of characters. If you recall, when Oliver Queen first returns to Starling City and starts killing people who had “failed the city” in his mind, he not only was not called the Green Arrow, he didn’t even have any sort of colorful superhero name at all. He was just “The Hood.” Not only that, but he literally did not wear a mask! He just covered his face with grease paint. It was not until he met Barry Allen that Oliver began to adopt a domino mask.

Similarly, then, that was a question that the producers were asking themselves about the rest of the Arrowverse. Should they deck out in masks or should they go without them? It was a question that was still in their minds when they first designed Sara Lance’s debut as the Canary. Her initial concept art for her first appearance shows the character without a mask. When she showed up on the show, though, she was now rocking a domino mask herself. It would be interesting to think of how the show would look if they had gone in that direction.

REVERSE FLASH (DANIEL WEST)

As you will see on the rest of the list, the biggest departures from the concept art to the actual character on the show is definitely John Gallagher’s designs. In the case of this Reverse Flash design art, he went so far as to try to adapt an entirely different character into the one on the series.

You see, in the “New 52” relaunch of the Flash in 2011, the Reverse Flash was actually Daniel West, the brother of Iris West! Their mother had died when they were young, which drove their father to become an abusive alcoholic. Daniel eventually grew so sick of their abuse that he decided to save his sister and himself by trying to kill his father. He pushed him down a flight of stairs, paralyzing him but not killing him. Daniel then left home and become a criminal. Later, he gained speed powers and learned that he could run fast enough to go back in time. His plan was to make Iris respect him by killing their father. The Flash stopped him. Daniel later joined the Suicide Squad and died in action. Naturally, having the Reverse Flash be someone else entirely would dramatically change the shape of the series.

MULTIPLEX

One of the ways that the Flash changed the Arrowverse forever is that it opened the universe up to the concept of more colorful heroes and villains. For instance, the producers of Arrow initially were reluctant to ever even have a real super-powered character on the series and even went out of their way to come up with “realistic” superpowers like the Mirakuru super soldier serum that gave Deathstroke his enhanced abilities. When the Flash was so successful, Arrow reversed course and has had a number of super powered heroes and villains since then.

However, when the Flash debuted, there was debate there, too, over how over-the-top to go with their villains. Note that the first villain on the series, Cylde Mardon, had no superhero name and no costume. The second villain on the series, Multiplex, had the ability to make duplicates of himself but the question remained whether he would wear a real super villain costume. After showing a variety of more traditional masked looks, the ultimate design was sans mask. This made it clear that, early on at least, the Flash was going to follow Arrow‘s footsteps and keep the villains a little more down to Earth. That quickly went out the window, but it cold have gone out the window even earlier in the series!

GIRDER

Again, when it comes to dramatic changes between concept art and the show itself, you are often going to find yourself with a John Gallagher piece. In the case of Girder on the Flash, the difference is like night and day. Gallagher designed the character like he looked in the comics. Girder fell into a vat of liquid metal and scrap parts, transforming into a walking metal man, decked out with the various metal bits that were in the vat when he gained his abilities.

In the TV series, though, they decided to avoid the excess metal and just have Girder become purely a metal man. That was an important decision, because it allowed Girder to be used more frequently in the series. If they had actually tried to use computer graphics to make the comic book version of Girder appear in the show, it would be a King Shark situation where they would only be able to show him for a few seconds at a time. We would have missed out on some interesting dynamics in the series like the fact that, in his previous life before gaining his powers, Girder knew both Barry and Iris from school.

SLADE WILSON

In some ways, concept art can be really tricky when it comes to actually being a guide towards the show itself. A perfect example of this is the depiction of Slade Wilson from the early days of Arrow. It is almost a certainty that Maya Mani and Andy Poon were working without a specific actor in mind when they came up with their design for the mercenary Wilson, who was set to team-up with Oliver Queen in the flashbacks set on the mysterious island in Season 1 of Arrow.

Thus, their design could really only be used in terms of the costume itself and not how the actor playing Slade would look. However, concept art typically at least has a rough estimate of what the actor is supposed to look like in the role and Manu Bennett’s portrayal of Slade Wilson did not even come remotely close to looking like this concept art. If you stretch a bit, you can note that it looks like he probably has some of the facial scars from the drawing, but that’s about it. Not only that, but the whole spirit of the character in the drawing is different from Bennet’s Wilson, in that the Slade in the drawing is reserved and distant while Bennett played Slade as a bombastic type.

REVERSE FLASH (EOBARD THAWNE)

So we have one piece of concept art for the Reverse Flash where they seemingly tried to de-emphasize the yellow as much as they could, now let us look at a different artist’s approach that took things in the completely opposite direction. John Galagher’s concept art often embraces the over-the-top comic book feel of characters. In other words, he tends to try to take the character directly from the page to reality as much as he can. So when it came time for him to design a look for the Reverse Flash, he went old school and basically just used the actual costume that the Reverse Flash wears in the comics.

Of course, instead of spandex, the outfit looks like it is yellow leather, but the effect is essentially the same — it looks like it leapt off of the comic book page. This, naturally, has the opposite effect of the previous design. While that outfit tried to de-emphasize the yellow, this one embraced it fully. That would have the possibility of coming out looking silly when seen in reality. When it comes down to it, the perfect solution would be a sort of middle ground between the Mani/Poon design and the Gallagher one and that is precisely what the show ended up doing.

CAPTAIN COLD

When the “New 52” relaunched all of DC’s titles, it gave writers a chance to completely re-interpret the DC Universe of characters. In many cases, the characters were barely changed. Besides being de-aged along with the rest of the DCU and thus no longer married to Iris West, Barry Allen generally maintained a fairly consistent portrayal in the “New 52” as he did in the earlier continuity. However, some characters received changes that almost seemed to be just for the sake of change, like how Flash’s Rogues suddenly all had their weapons integrated into their very being.

Thus, instead of having a cold gun, Captain Cold could literally just create blasts of cold himself. When John Gallagher did concept art for Captain Cold for the Flash TV series, he had Cold wearing his “New 52” costume and he is shown with cold powers, as well. Oddly enough, he also has a cold gun for some reason. Fairly quickly, Geoff Johns changed Captain Cold so that he went back to just the cold gun and to his familiar older costume design. The Flash TV series stuck with the gun idea and had him wear a close approximation of his original comic book costume on the show.

FLASH (ARMOR)

As noted, the big change in the Arrowverse when it comes to costume design was when Colleen Atwood gave the Flash one of the brightest costumes that the nascent Arrowverse had ever seen. What’s funny about that, of course, is that it really was not all that bright of a costume. However, the fact, though, that it used a primary color like red throughout it was still a bold choice. This soon led to brighter and brighter costumes on all of the various shows of the Arrowverse.

The Flash had gone through three different versions of his costume by the end of Season 3. In Season 4, the Flash debuted a new costume that was designed by Cisco in case Barry Allen made it out of the Speed Force prison he was trapped in at the end of Season 3. The costume contained a lot of extra little gizmos and technological advantages, although these “advantages” didn’t help so much when they ran afoul of a criminal named Killg%re who could control technology. In their initial design of the new costume, Maya Mani and Andy Poon leaned into the “armor” aspect of the costume but they eventually pulled back from making the Flash look too much like a really fast Iron Man.

LIVEWIRE

An interesting aspect of the Supergirl series has been the way that the producers have adopted a number of the members of Superman’s rogues gallery to make them foes of Supergirl instead. One of the villains that made this transition was Livewire, who was a popular villain from the 1990s Superman Animated Series and later made her way into the official DC Universe continuity. In the original version of the electricity-driven super villain in Supergirl, costume designer Kiersten Ronning and concept artist Alan Villanueva came up with a striking goth look for Livewire.

The problem with that design, though, is that it did not fit the character that they ultimately came up with on the show. On Supergirl, Livewire is actually a shock jock who works for CatCo that complained about Supergirl so much that Cat Grant decides to take away her talk show. Since she is under a two-year contract, she can’t fire her, so she instead transfers her to the traffic helicopter beat before she is struck by lightning and became Livewire. The original design was for a much different take on the character, who ultimately redeemed herself later on the series and became an ally of Supergirl in the fight against Reign.

GRODD

When it comes to Grodd, the gorilla subject who gained telepathic powers in the particle accelerator explosion in Flash, it is probably unfair to point out the differences between the depiction of the villain on the series and how concept artist John Gallagher drew him. This is because the show actually has done an excellent job with Grodd. Considering that the entire character has to be generated using computer graphics, the show does a marvelous job. Remember, this is the same series that had King Shark show up for 10 second clips in the dark.

Grodd, in the meantime, has been featured prominently in a number of episodes. One episode even saw Grodd sent to Gorilla City on Earth-2 and take over that city. So the show managed to do a convincing city of gorillas! Producers and artists should be commended for how good of a job that they have done with Grodd and his corresponding characters. However, that does not change the fact that Gallagher’s design for the character is even cooler than the one that we saw on the series. It is likely asking for too much to expect them to be able to replicate Gallagher’s Grodd design on the budget of a TV series, but we can still pine for it a little bit, can’t we?

FELICITY AS A SUPERHERO

Longtime Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim once said about Felicity Smoak that the one thing he wouldn’t do with the character was to make her an outright superhero. He told Entertainment Weekly, ” I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I have zero intention of ever putting Felicity in a mask and costume on Arrow.” So that made her appearance in Season 2 of Legends of Tomorrow such a major event. You see, time had been altered by the Legion of Doom so that the present was basically a dystopia and Felicity was one of the only people fighting back against their oppressors.

The Legends, though, were under the control of the Legion of Doom and this was proven when Sara Lance actually snapped the neck of the alternate reality Felicity! Luckily, time was fixed, so this reality did not actually come to pass. It’s interesting to note that, while show artists designed a superhero costume for Felicity to wear for the episode, complete with a mask, when the episode was actually released, Felicity wore the costume but not the mask. Who knows if perhaps people would have gotten such a kick out of Felicity in full superhero attire that it might have seeped into the regular universe!

JESSIE QUICK

Just like Arrow, what began on Flash as a superhero with a small support staff has slowly blossomed into a team with a number of superheroes on it. Not only superheroes, but in the world of the Flash, he is not even the only speedster on the team! While he fought super fast villains in the first three seasons of the show, he also managed to add three super fast allies, as well, with Jay Garrick, Wally West and Jessie Quick all showing up on the show in the first three seasons.

When Jessie Quick debuted, there was some debate over exactly how connected she should be to the Flash. In the comics, after all, Jessie Quick was her own type of superhero and not directly tied into the Flash mythos. So when Jessie’s first costume was designed, she did not have the Flash logo on her chest. However, they ended up deciding to tie her in more directly and so she ultimately gained the famous logo on her costume. She was firmly on “Team Flash.” Perhaps not quite as obvious as Wally becoming “Kid Flash,” but she was still pretty darn committed to the cause before she began to travel to other Earths where she could be a superhero in her own right.

PROMETHEUS

In the comic books, Prometheus has a fiendish set-up. He has a special helmet that feeds him information directly into his brain. He can upload all sorts of things and then instantly become an expert in whatever he uploaded. If he wants to speak Russian, he can upload Russian to his mind. If he wants to be able to figure skate, he can upload skating into his brain. He actually used this helmet to defeat Batman in hand to hand combat!

When the concept art began for Prometheus in Arrow Season 5, his mask was originally more technologically-designed like the original comic book mask. Ultimately, though, artists decided on a more simple mask for the villain. However, the character ended up being technologically savvy, so it was perhaps a case of them not wanting to spoil just how dangerous the villain would end up being, with us being fooled into thinking that he was “just” a simple fighter. That might have been the right decision, but it is fair to say that a lot of the designs that Maya Mani and Andy Poon came up for the alternate looks for his helmet/mask looked really cool, so it is a shame that we did not get to see them on the series.

EARTH X GUARDIAN

When it comes to designing alternate reality costumes, it seems like it is always a lot of fun to mess around with designs to come up with some fresh and new ideas. Amanda Riley and Greg Hopwood certainly took advantage of that opportunity when they designed an outfit for James Olsen to wear in the “Crisis on Earth-X” crossover between the four Arrowverse series in 2017. However, despite the fact that the concept art was the only place where the character was actually called the Guardian, there was another notable change between the concept art and the finished product.

The concept art has the Guardian rocking an American Flag motif on his chest, which is a clever twist on both Captain America’s famous costume and the fact that, on Earth-X, the rebels on the planet are all Americans, so a patriotic theme was appropriate. However, the finished costume in the actual episode took the Captain America comparison to a whole new level that was not predicted in the concept art. The shield was a plain one in the design for the character, but in the actual episode, it becomes a flag-like design, as well. Besides being a bummer that it was a world controlled by the Nazis, Earth-X also was a pain because they eliminated this version of the Guardian before we could appreciate it for too long.

RIVAL

A major concern that a costume designer has for a TV series is that it might end up feeling repetitive. In other words, if you are making costumes for a team of archers or a team of speedsters, how do you avoid hitting the same notes on all of the costumes? That was a concern that the Flash series had with the villains, as well, as there was a similar sort of “dark leather” approach that was used for a few different bad guys on the show.

That approach likely led to the problem with Rival’s costume in Season 3 of the series. The Rival was a rogue of Kid Flash in the alternate reality that Barry Allen created when he went back in time to save his mother’s life. When Barry returned reality to normal (mostly), a villain remembered the other reality and created the Rival in this reality, as well. His initial design was awesome-looking, but it was also extremely similar to the design of Zoom, the main villain of Season 2. So they shifted the costume dramatically and ended up with a weird-looking mask that was way too big for Rival’s head.

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12 Jul 19:49

New DC Films Chief Inherited a ‘Sh*tshow’

by Ian Cardona
New DC Films Chief Inherited a ‘Sh*tshow’

Suicide Squad 2, a Joker solo spin-off, Birds of Prey, New Gods, The Batman, a separate Joker project, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Flashpoint, a Deathstroke-fronted film — these are all DC Extended Universe movies that Warner Bros. announced over the past year. There were so many different projects thrown in the air that it was getting difficult keeping track of them all, and now it appears as if the new DC Films Chief Walter Hamada is cleaning house.

Following the recent departures of DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Hamada, who was named the head of Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment movies last January, is finding himself with a big task on his hands. According to The Hollywood Reporter, an insider close to the scene said that Hamada “walked into a shitshow, and he’s trying to clean it up.”

RELATED: All the Joker Movies DC Supposedly Has In Development

Trouble began brewing a long time ago, following the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which failed to connect with audiences and critics alike. Following that, Warner Bros., who were entrusting Zack Snyder with his vision of the DCEU, felt compelled to salvage Justice League and turn it into a lighter, more hopeful affair.

The plans for all of the following DC movies have been constantly shifting and changing ever since, and now Hamada seems intent on streamlining the large number of films that are actively in development.

RELATED: Rumor: Justice League Script Turmoil Began Before Whedon Arrived

Next up on Warner Bros. DCEU docket is James Wan’s Aquaman solo film, which will hit theaters Dec. 21. After this, fans can look foward to David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! which bows April 5, 2019 and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, slated for a Nov. 1, 2019 release.

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01 Jul 19:28

Humberto Ramos Warping Marvel Characters Together for New Comic? #WhoGetsWarped

by Rich Johnston

Marvel Comics writer Al Ewing tweeted out the first one.

A mashup between Iron Man and Mjolnir, called Iron Hammer, designed by Humberto Ramos.

Then Marvel Editor-In-Chief CB Cebulski followed with Arachknight, a smash up of Spider-Man and Moon Knight.

I get the feeling there may be more to come… and yes it does feel a little like the Amalgamverse… but just for Marvel.

UPDATE: Here we go… editor Jordan White tweets out Ghost Panther.

 

 

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01 Jul 19:27

Has Geoff Johns Remembered Justice League: Rise Of The Seven Seas?

by Rich Johnston

Last year we ran a piece asking the question, whatever happened to Geoff Johns‘ teased and promised Justice League story Rise Of The Seven Years, as we now celebrate five years of empty promises… and we’ve heard nothing but crickets from Geoff and DC since then.

Until last week when in the wave of Aquaman movie hype The Aquaman Shrine tweeted,

Well, it seems highly likely they may just be right and have the edit to back it up. Pictured are the rulers of the “Seven Seas” of Atlantis — separate kingdoms that resulted when Atlan caused the continent to sink beneath the wave thousands of years ago (see Geoff’s New 52 run). As of now the only kingdoms we know of are the Atlantean capital of Atlantis and Xebel, the penal colony where Mera is from.

Rise of the Seven Seas was originally to be a Justice League/Aquaman event and it’s clear Geoff planned to introduce a whole lot more into his Sea King mythos. New rulers and kingdoms now likely to be introduced first in the December movie rather than the comics.

Well, will the Seven Seas ever make its way back into comics canon? Scott Snyder has teased the second arc of his Justice League run to be a big Aquaman story-line… Kelly Sue DeConnick is believed to be taking on the Aquaman comic as well as part of the DC Creative Refresh…. and Geoff Johns didn’t mention Aquaman in his lineup of titles. But doesn’t mean that in his new position he couldn’t get an Aquaman comic away that toes in with the movie, showing his original comic book plans for the storyline…

And who’s the classic Aquaman villain referenced in The Shrine’s tweet? That would make three or four for the movie eh? But who’s counting on their trident, er pentadent right?

 

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01 Jul 19:19

The Shanghai Dragons Finish Overwatch League With a 0-40 Record

by Gavin Sheehan

It may not be their finest moment, but the Overwatch League just set a new esports record with the Shanghai Dragons this week. Usually, when a new league or tournament or round-robin starts up, you expect some teams to do better than others, and some to do worse than others. After losing their match on June 16th to the San Francisco Shock, the Shanghai Dragons officially have become the worst team in all of esports history by having an impressive 0-40 record. To put this into context, teams in other leagues that have a long season and bad records usually pick up a handful of wins along the way, or those who go winless usually don’t have as long of a season as the Dragons do.

The Dragons, however, managed to go winless over the course of several months, even with roster changes and bringing in one of the best Overwatch players in the world with Geguri. Obviously, there’s going to be some restructuring with this team in the off-season while those who are still under contract (and may not be for long) watch the Stage Four finals today and the playoffs from home. But it does sound like they’ll be back for the second season, as shown in their Twitter post after the match below.

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26 Jun 14:04

Does Jordan Peele Want to Make a ‘Gargoyles’ Something for Disney?

by Mary Anne Butler

Is Oscar winner Jordan Peele working on a possible Gargoyles project? According to a highly irreverent piece from entertainment newsletter The Ankler and writer Richard Rushfield, he might be.

By Peabody Awards (Keegan-Michael Key / Jordan Peele) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Ankler suggests that Peele might “walk in and says he wants to do a new version of Gargoyles.”

This is in no way an actual report of something that happened, or at the very least, Rushfield is trying really hard to make this ‘report’ as much of a “what if” as he possibly can without outright saying anything has happened. An example from the newsletter:

“How do you turn down Jordan Peele? Well, you can’t. Who wants to be responsible for that decision? So in the absence of a good reason to say no, but prevented by their Big IP box from saying yes, Disney is slow walking the decision. It’s hoping, it seems, that they’ll run out the clock, he’ll sign other deals elsewhere, and the project will just fade away.”

Slashfilm goes on to say that Rushfield’s thoughts as to why Disney didn’t glide on the idea right away was Peele’s idea being “too much of a risk”. Perhaps the lack of decisiveness is purely a timing issue though, and maybe they’ll change their minds as audience reaction to this possibility.

It’s happened before — a timely “leak” of possible information of an upcoming project prompts action — much like that Deadpool test footage from a million years ago that eventually became the record-breaking R-rated film we know now.

I personally hope Gargoyles is NOT remade or touched, as the ’90s Disney animated series remains my personal favorite cartoon ever. The mix of magic and legend with incredible artwork, and the best Star Trek voice cast assembled continue to make it a special tv series which I rewatch at least once a year.  (Except for, you know, the lack of a complete series release).

We’ll let you know if Peele or Disney responds to this possible thing.

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21 Jun 07:23

Why Hulk May Wear a New Suit in Avengers 4

by Justin Carter
Why Hulk May Wear a New Suit in Avengers 4

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hulk is going through perhaps his biggest change to date.

What appears to be promotional art for the upcoming Avengers 4 surfaced earlier today showing the surviving heroes of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet-powered snap banding together, and the strongest Avenger is wearing not just black pants, but a black (or purple) top as well. Assuming the art in question is real — it looks like it would be used for backpacks or a lunchbox, yet has no artist’s signature — it could mean a number of things for Hulk.

For most of Infinity War, Bruce Banner was unable to summon his other half when he needed it, including during the film’s climactic battle of Wakanda. Whenever Bruce tried to transform, the change would actually stop midway, and it didn’t seem like a solution with an easy fix. The choice of whether or not to be Hulk has never been up to Bruce fully, and the time without his other half has likely given him a new outlook on a side of himself he didn’t think he wanted, and a solution to his transformation issue.

RELATED: Amadeus Cho Debuts a New Look as a Different Kind of Hulk

It’s possible that Hulk’s new outfit is laced with something capable of triggering a transformation when Bruce needs it. It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility; with Stark still alive, he and Banner could easily conceive of such a suit for Bruce to use, one that combines the former’s tech with the latter’s gamma-focused research.

There also appears to be blue lines along the edges of his forearms, which could mean that if our Stark suit theory is true, Shuri may have had a hand in making it as well. After all, it would make sense to incorporate some Wakandan Black Panther tech into the outfit. Plus, with Hulk’s mental state being somewhat fragile at the moment, the added protection a vibranium-laced outfit would provide could help boost the Jade Giant’s confidence levels a bit for the next time he finds himself face to face with Thanos.

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03 Jun 03:52

White Knight Reveals the Dark Truth About Batman’s Motivations

by Jon Arvedon
White Knight Reveals the Dark Truth About Batman’s Motivations

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Batman: White Knight, by Sean Gordon Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth, on sale now.


What is it that makes Batman tick? What motivates him to wage what’s oftentimes a one-man war on the dark, criminal underbelly of Gotham City?

In the main DC Universe, it’s his determination to ensure what happened to him as a child – witnessing his parents’ murder – never happens to anyone else, which means vanquishing the city of crime. However, that’s in the main DCU, and in Batman: White Knight #8, writer/artist Sean Gordon Murphy reveals the Dark Knight’s equally dark motivations for donning the cape and cowl in this gritty, alternate continuity.

RELATED: White Knight Takes Batman & Gordon’s Relationship to the Next Level

After saving Gotham from the Neo Joker, Batman meets with Commissioner Gordon to relinquish the keys to his Batmobiles, as he believes they can do more good for the city if they’re in the hands of the GTO. “You were right,” Batman says. “I should have shared my technology long ago. It might have saved a lot of lives.”

Batman quickly changes the subject, though, and – perhaps for the first time in his career – shares the brutally honest truth about why he fights crime. Bringing up the time he nearly killed The Joker, he concedes that it was hardly the first time he almost crossed the line – it was just the first time Gordon knew about.

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I enjoy hurting criminals, Jim,” Batman says. “I don’t use a gun and I don’t take lives – but that doesn’t always make me the good guy. Sometimes it’s vindication to be as brutal as I want. And that made criminals like The Joker even worse.”

RELATED: White Knight Creator Teases a ‘Secret Batman Project’

This, of course, mirrors the longstanding debate from the main DCU about whether Gotham’s criminals are responsible for Batman, or, conversely, if Batman is responsible for them. After all, it wasn’t until Bruce Wayne first emerged as the Caped Crusader that criminals in the city began to evolve from mobsters and thugs to full-fledged super-villains.

Unlike the Batman of the main DCU, though, this iteration of the character is more willing to accept that, perhaps he’s to blame for why criminals such as The Joker became so extreme in the first place. Well, at least he’s more willing to do something about it, as the issue ends with Batman realizing he needs to share his identity with Gotham to truly gain the city’s trust.

Should Murphy’s “secret Batman project” turn out to be a continuation of White Knight (which the writer/artist is on record as wanting to work on), it will be interesting to see how the city that’s long lived in fear of the Dark Knight reacts to the discovery that he’s none other than Bruce Wayne.

KEEP READING: Batman: White Knight’s Final Variant Is Super-Spoilery – Or Is It?

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31 May 22:50

Arrow Season 6: Anatoly Knyazev Says the Words Green Arrow Fans Have Been Waiting For

by Dan Wickline

This seems to be the Arrow news day with the season finale queuing up for tomorrow night. DC All-Access shared a clip from the episode called ‘Life Sentence’, and we’ll finally see the showdown between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). The clip name drops an very important group in Green Arrow’s history and does it in the most casual way. Longtime fans of the character will be excited. The clip has spoilers, so be warned.

Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

It’s a rather long scene for a sneak peek, but well worth watching. It starts with Oliver trying to make amends with John Diggle (David Ramsey) by having a second Green Arrow costume made so they both can wear it. That leaves two questions: are we supposed to believe that Digg wore the one Oliver wears? ‘Cause they are very different sizes. And two, who makes these costumes? Is it Cisco (Carlos Valdes)? If so, when does he have the time? Digg declines the costume, saying he wanted the mantel, but it’s special because Oliver made it so and that it would diminish it if there were two of them. They shake hands and seem to be past the animosity… thankfully.

The scene switches as Anatoly Knyazev (David Nykl) walks into the police station — which I guess we can assume the FBI helped take back — and turns himself in, bringing Oliver an address where Diaz wants to meet in an hour. Anatoly also tells Oliver that Diaz won’t be alone; he’s bringing the Longbow Hunters. Oliver explains that they’re a group of three assassins that even the League is afraid of, but they haven’t been seen in over 50 years.

The Longbow Hunters have a long history in the Green Arrow comics from all the way back to Mike Grell‘s seminal work on the character in the three-part The Longbow Hunters series that introduced the character of Shado, to a return a few years back led by Richard Dragon aka Ricardo Diaz Jr. When it was announced that Diaz would be part of the season, the question of the Longbow Hunters came up — but this is the first they’re even being mentioned this season.

The Arrow season 6 finale will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.

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29 May 14:00

Captain Marvel: Annette Bening’s Role Reportedly Revealed

by Renaldo Matadeen
Captain Marvel: Annette Bening’s Role Reportedly Revealed

Following news that four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening has joined the cast of Captain Marvel, a new report indicates that she will play Carol Danvers’ mother.

Initially, Bening was said to be playing a scientist. With this latest rumor, then, it seems the Marvel Cinematic Universe is making tweaks to the character, known as Marie Danvers in the comics. Likewise, Marvel Studios has also changed up the origin of Brie Larson’s character, with Danvers now painted as a U.S. Air Force pilot whose DNA fuses with that of an alien in a life-changing experience.

RELATED: Annette Bening Joins Captain Marvel Movie

This leads to her becoming a superhero, thrusting her into the middle of an intergalactic conflict with the Kree and Skrulls. Coincidentally, Danvers’ story will then continue in Avengers 4 — something the MCU already teased in the post-credits of Avengers: Infinity War.

RELATED: Where Is Captain Marvel During Avengers: Infinity War?

Already filming in Los Angeles, Bening will join the 1990s-based Captain Marvel, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, and Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto and McKenna Grace in as-yet-undisclosed roles.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel arrives March 8, 2019.

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29 May 13:55

Avengers 4: Gwyneth Paltrow Confirms Major Infinity War Theory

by Sam Stone
Avengers 4: Gwyneth Paltrow Confirms Major Infinity War Theory

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.


There might be a big change coming for a certain Avenger in the as-yet untitled followup to Avengers: Infinity War. As spotted by an eagle-eyed fan on Twitter, Gwyneth Paltrow may have let slip a huge spoiler about Avengers 4 that could see a seismic shift in the relationship between her character Pepper Potts and Tony Stark.

“Pepper and Tony have had a real long journey together,” Paltrow said in a recent interview for Marvel’s Official Avengers: Infinity War magazine. “She obviously starts as his dutiful assistant, and then the relationship evolves, and now this decade later they’re married, and they have a child. Their relationship has evolved in all of the ways that great romances evolve.”

RELATED: An Avengers 4 Pregnancy Would Give an MCU Original the Perfect Sendoff

The revelation that Tony and Pepper are married and have a child fuels rumors that there may be a time jump in between Infinity War and Avengers 4, as the heroes recover from the traumatic events of the previous film.

This could also confirm the theory that Pepper Potts is pregnant during the events of the third Avengers film, first posited by Tony Stark himself as the two enjoy a pleasant jog through New York City. Sharing a dream from the previous night, Tony suspects his fiancée may be expecting and suggests they name the hypothetical child after Pepper’s eccentric uncle Morgan. While Pepper initially denies the insinuation, she tries to tell Tony that he’s “going to be –” before having her phone call cut off as her fiancé leaves Earth’s orbit on board an alien spaceship.

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If true, this adds emotional resonance to Iron Man’s role in the upcoming Avengers movie and provides another significant milestone — and perhaps the perfect sendoff — for Tony’s decade-long character arc within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Helmed by returning directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the Avengers 4 film is due to hit theaters on May 5, 2019.

via ComicBook.com

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29 May 13:53

No, James Gunn Won’t Set Guardians 3’s Opening Scene to Smash Mouth

by Ananda Dillon
No, James Gunn Won’t Set Guardians 3’s Opening Scene to Smash Mouth

Sometimes the Twitterverse collective is able to accomplish the impossible. However, other times, the Twitterverse asks and doesn’t receive. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is often happy to answer fan questions and provide insight into Marvel Studios films, but when fans ask too much, he’s not afraid to shut them down, and quick.

As is often the case with Twitter, when one person floats an idea, its easy for a horde of others to swoop in and support it. So when a fan tweeted to Gunn suggesting that, because the first two Guardians of the Galaxy feature 1970s and ’80s songs, perhaps it’s time to incorporate a ’90s track. And, really, is there any tune more ’90s than Smash Mouth’s “All Star”?

Music is a huge aspect of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, serving as the main connection Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) has to his home planet, Earth. However, he only has music from his childhood, mainly the ’70s and a bit from the ’60s, because his mother made him mixtapes. Unfortunately, this particular GotG fan doesn’t know his music as well as Gunn does. The filmmaker clarifies there wasn’t an ’80s song in either film, something he’s clarified on more than one occasion.

Still, this is Twitter, and fans tend to take an idea and run with it. Plus, there is the slightest bit of wiggle room now that Star-Lord is in possession of a Zune full of music that may be more varied. But Gunn has provided the last word on the issue. When asked if he would please set the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to Smash Mouth’s “All Star,” his answer leaves no room for interpretation.

You have to hand it to Gunn for his artistic integrity and not bending to fan demands and wishes. And thank goodness Gunn has better musical tastes than some of his Twitter followers.

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29 May 13:52

Dave Bautista Improvised Drax’s Funniest Line in Infinity War

by Ian Cardona
Dave Bautista Improvised Drax’s Funniest Line in Infinity War

“I’ll do you one better… Why is Gamora?!”

This line, as delivered by Drax the Destroyer during a heated moment between the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, was perhaps one of the funniest bits of Avengers: Infinity War. And, as it turns out, it wasn’t even in the script.

In an extensive interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Infinity War screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus revealed that actor Dave Bautista actually came up with the line during shooting.  “The script only said, ‘Where is Gamora?’ ‘I’ll do you even better: Who is Gamora?'” Markus said. “And then one day Bautista just goes, ‘I’ll do you one better: Why is Gamora?'”

RELATED: Why Infinity War Didn’t Resolve a Certain Captain America: Civil War Storyline

The writers may not have come up with the line, but they were quick to recognize the genius of it. “It’s like, ‘OK, you’re very good at your job,'” Markus remarked. It’s also a testament to how in tune Bautista is with the live-action version of Drax, the character he helped create alongside Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.

This comes on the heels of the revelation that actor Tom Holland improvised the “I don’t want to go” line Peter Parker says to Tony Stark before dying, making it clear that directors Joe and Anthony Russo were quite open to letting the actors come up with their own material during the shoot of the film.

RELATED: Adam Warlock Won’t Appear in Avengers 4, Either

In theaters now, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.

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13 May 06:51

Arrow Season 6: [Spoiler] to Leave Series at End of Season

by Dan Wickline

With Arrow season six speeding towards it’s conclusion, it’s not surprising to learn of that certain cast members won’t be back for season seven. We already knew that Willa Holland was leaving the series and they had the goodbye episode of Thea Queen a few episodes back. But word from THR.com is that another original actor is moving on with the season finale. Spoilers ahead…

Arrow

One of my personal favorite characters on the show, Quentin Lance, will not be back for season seven. Paul Blackthorne has been with the series since it’s debut, playing the police detective who hated Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) because is daughter Sara (Caity Lotz) was on the Queen’s Gambit when it went down. But the character has been through a lot including seeing Sara come back, watching his other daughter Laurel (Katie Cassidy) follow in his alcoholic footsteps only to turn it around and become Black Canary. See Sara for real then be brought back to life, be promoted to Captain and then lose his job. Start helping the Green Arrow, then see Laurel die because he had made a deal with Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) and then reneged on it… and then have the evil doppelganger of Laurel come to Earth-1…  so yeah, he’s had it rough.
With Blackthorne leaving, that means only Amell and David Ramsey are left from the pilot. Emily Bett Rickards appeared a bit later in the series and became a recurring character and then regular. This is yet another big change for the series to go with co-showrunners Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle stepping aside at the end of the season to be replaced by Beth Schwartz. Also Colton Haynes who plays Roy Harper, has been announced as a regular for season seven.
Prior to Arrow, Blackthorne had appeared in quite a few different series including 24, Big Shots, Lipstick Jungle and played Harry Dresden in Syfy’s one-season adaptation of The Dresden Files.
The Arrow season six finale airs May 17th on The CW.

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13 May 06:48

[SPOILERS] Avengers: Infinity War Writers Talk Balancing Characters and Doctor Strange

by Kaitlyn Booth

When it comes to juggling a huge writer Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely had quite a job ahead of them in Avengers: Infinity War. This was a huge cast and making sure people got to see their favorite characters have a moment and tell a story was going to be tough. The two writers spoke to The Hollywood Reporter but to get into some of the character decisions they made we’re going to need a spoiler warning. If you haven’t seen the movie yet it’s probably best to come back to this one another time.
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There were a few fans that were a little let down that their favorite character didn’t get a lot of screen time. One of the people you would expect to be front and center was Steve Rogers aka Captain America but, in reality, he ended up not having that much to do. For Markus that ended up being by design.

Some of the people, when you weigh up who you are seeing, seem to take a little bit of a backseat in this one. When we did crack them, what we realized was they had far more potential in the movie coming next year, just in terms of how their character would be tested by the story. I’m not telling you what the story is. I will say there is less Steve Rogers and Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) than you might expect in this movie [Infinity War]. Because they are such hard-bitten people, when a threat comes, they stand there and they take the threat. They don’t crack. They don’t whimper. They don’t start talking about all their failed opportunities. So, there isn’t that much to explore, especially when you don’t have a lot of time. But there’s a lot later.

McFeely went on to say that creating the two movies at the same time made it much easier to justify shortchanging a character like Steve or Natasha in one movie when they can have a much larger presence in the next movie.

We cracked them both [Infinity War and Avengers 4] together, so we had to give ourselves permission to say that some people are going to get more in the next movie.

Doctor Strange was one of the characters that has a lot to do in Infinity War. We get a chance to really see the extent of his powers and his decision to give up the Time Stone at the end is arguably the reason for the snap. McFeely was also a little surprised at just how much Doctor Strange popped up.

We were surprised he popped so much. You always worry when you put somebody next to Robert Downey Jr., they are going to be the straight man, right? To a degree that’s OK, but we wanted him to get his licks in. But also, he ends up being in a movie with such peril, he ends up being the reasonable adult in the room. I think a lot of audience members look to him and go, “Oh, it’s going to be OK, Doctor Strange is here. He’s got a handle on this.”

For Markus it wasn’t hard to get Doctor Strange right but that he had a very different perspective compared to the other heroes. While everyone was fighting for something Strange had a real sense of purpose that some of the other heroes lacked.

He’s got the widest perspective available, so it’s like, “Thank God, somebody gets it.” His place in all of this solidified when we got to the line, “If it comes down to the Time Stone, you [Tony Stark] or the kid [Spider-Man], I won’t hesitate to let either one of you die.” This is a person with responsibilities so far beyond heroism even that he becomes a fascinating addition.

Strange was the one who said that giving up the Time Stone was “the only way” and he looked into the future to see the only version where the Avengers won. We can only assume him saving Tony Stark puts that one in fourteen million chance into motion.

Summary: As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Anthony Mackie. It’s out now.

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13 May 04:58

Rob Liefeld Wants Someone Who Can Draw ‘Bad Ass Female Gladiators’ for Glory Relaunch

by Rich Johnston

Rob Liefeld, co-founder of Image Comics, has put the word out, He is looking for a new artist for a revival of one of his comic book properties. Before it becomes a Netflix show.

We presume that doesn’t mean female gladiators with poorly drawn bottoms. Though you never know…

Glory was created by Rob Liefeld and first appeared in Youngblood Strikefile in 1993 from Image Comics.

A half-Amazonian, half-Demon warrior, she was based on Wonder Woman and is basically everything you think a nineties comic was. The daughter of Lady Demeter of the Amazonians and the demon Lord Silverfall of the Underworld, she was raised in her mother’s world and trained by the Amazonians, and emerged as their finest warrior. However, she also struggled to control the savagery which was her paternal gift/curse. Not at home in either Amazonia or the Underworld, Glorianna went to the world of man.

During World War II, Glorianna fought for the Allied forces against the Nazis, alongside Supreme. For a time she worked with Die-Hard and SuperPatriot as the team called ‘Allies’.She was part of the second and third Brigade teams.

Then Alan Moore got hold of her for a relaunch for Awesome Entertainment.  Giving her a human identity by a waitress named “Gloria West”, in order to experience humanity. Only one issue was published then, but the issue was reprinted and continued for another two issues from Bleeding Cool’s publisher Avatar Press. Her backstory was extended to supervising a team called ‘Danger Damsels’ decades ago.

In 2011, Image Comics published a radical departure from Joe Keatinge and Sophie Campbell. The Amazons and Demons were now extraterrestrials and Glory was redesigned to be an albino, far more muscular and covered in battle scars, battling her way through dystopia.

Which version will Rob Liefeld be wanting now?

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13 May 04:53

James Gunn Reveals Name of [Spoiler, Also Spoiler] in Avengers: Infinity War

by Mary Anne Butler

Filmmaker and resident cool dude James Gunn continues to reveal tidbits of information via his social media accounts. If you haven’t seen the most recent MCU film, there will be a spoiler in this here piece, so maybe find something else to read if you’re at all concerned.

Darn those pesky spoilers; another day or two and we’ll stop with the [SPOILERS] in our Avengers: Infinity War coverage.

Today on Twitter, Gunn revealed the name of the new spaceship used by his band of heroes from Guardians of the Galaxy as seen in Avengers: Infinity War.  You may recall Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) had a ship in the first GotG film called the Milano, after his favorite Terran actress of the day, Alyssa Milano.

It of course was torn apart in the action during Ronan The Accuser’s attack on Zandar, but the Nova Corps rebuilt it at the end of the first Guardians film.  Then, in the action of Guardians Vol 2, the rebuilt ship was docked inside the Eclecto, the Ravager ship.  You can draw your own conclusions about the supposed 4 year gap between Vol 2 and Infinity War, chances are there was need of a new ship in there somewhere.

From the trailers (hopefully you’ve seen those if you’re still reading) for Infinity War, you see the Guardians greet Thor (Chris Hemsworth) aboard a ship, which is NOT the Milano.  This new ship, as James Gunn revealed, is named after another notable Earth entertainer.

Someone of course was quick to point out that the Mix Tapes have been music from the 70’s up til this point, to which Gunn responded:

So there you have it, the new ship is called The Benatar, which I’m totally going to say is an ode to “Ready Player One” (the book, note the quotes) and Art3mis’s home-base planet.

He then revealed that the Eclecto is still around.

Avengers: Infinity War is currently in theaters now, and breaking box office records right and left.

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13 May 04:51

After Seeing Avengers: Infinity War – What About Avengers 4? (SPOILERS)

by Rich Johnston

There are minor spoilers here regarding Avengers: Infinity War but we’re only repeating what is necessary for this discussion, everything else will be couched in innuendo. Yes, every other site has gone full spoiler. But this is for people who have seen the film and are intrigued to know what might come next.

Well, that would be Ant Man And The Wasp and Captain Marvel. As mentioned in the movie, both Ant-Man and Hawkeye are under house arrest during the attack on New York and Wakanda. Odds are that will be lifted for Avengers 4 – and could Hawkeye be in Ant-Man And The Wasp as well? A period Captain Marvel movie will also tee up that character for Avengers 4 too. And explain why she was never called on for the first two Avengers films. Some kind of Kree suspended animation that all it takes is a pager to free her from?

For those who want an idea what might happen after the cliffhanger, buying The Infinity Gauntlet comic book might give you an idea – though the story is very different, it shares a lot of the plot beats and themes. It may see a reversal of fortunes for some, but not all.

The big question of the movie comes down to those who chose to sacrifice a stone to save a person, or vice versa and the price they paid. For many, Gamora and Nebula, Gamora and Quill, Scarlet Witch and Vision, the relationship was clear. But Doctor Strange and Tony Stark? They had only just met and, frankly, had got off the wrong foot. He already said that he would have let Spider-Man and Tony Stark die rather than lose the Time Stone, so why bargain it away for Tony’s life?

Well, two things. Firstly, he used the Time Stone to look into the future, through one million, six-hundred and fifty versions of reality to find only one in which they won.

He handed over the stone after an epic fight with Thanos believing he had won fair and square.

He told Tony Stark that it was the only way. Not the only way to save Tony, but the only way in which they save half the universe.

And, for some reason, that involved keeping Tony alive, And handing over the Time Stone. Without the Time Stone, the Mind Stone would have been lost to Thanos. Leaving Thanos with only four Stones and a fully alive universe.

Is that in then? With four stones he is still unstoppable and would scythe through universe far more effectively than before, laying waste to all who cross his path?

But with all six Stones, he accomplished it all at once. And is at peace. But will that somehow be his undoing?

In the comics that comes from a number of sources. Thanos loses the Infinity Gauntlet when he becomes a cosmic god and leaves his earthly form behind…

…allowing Nebula to snatch the gauntlet and take the power for herself.

It involved Adam Warlock being part of the soul gem.

And Warlock being able to take the Gauntlet from Nebula and deny it from Thanos.

But there was that final scene where Thanos saw Gamora. The young Gamora. Where was she? In the Soul Stone perhaps? A soul for a soul stone, remember. Will she be her father’s undoing? With him, with his Infinity Gauntlet and defeating Thanos? And you’ll need the Time Stone in the Gauntlet to put things right…

There’s no indication as to which way the movie will go. But the ending being part of Doctor Strange’s ineffable plan and maybe Gamora being in the Soul Stone… that’s where I would be looking.

 

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02 May 13:59

CW’s Arrow Gets New Showrunner: Beth Schwartz Promoted

by Mary Anne Butler

Arrow, the first of several CW network DC Comics-based drama television series, just got a new showrunner for its upcoming seventh season. It’s sort of one of those reminders that sometimes, starting low and working hard really can pay off.

Beth Schwartz, who started as a writing assistant on the first season of Arrow, has been promoted as of today to showrunner for the upcoming seventh season. The series just ended its sixth season last week, and co-showrunners Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle have stepped down from their positions.

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Schwartz originally began her career as a production staffer on the ABC dramedy series What About Brian, executive produced by J.J. Abrams. She came into the CW scene as Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti‘s assistant waaaaaay back during the Everwood days. (She also wrote two episodes of one of my favorite TV dramas Brothers and Sisters, not important to The CW, really, but important to me.)

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“We are all so incredibly thrilled to announce Beth Schwartz as the new showrunner of Arrow. She has been a source of some of the show’s most exciting and memorable moments from the beginning,” Berlanti said. “Beth is a true leader and a captivating storyteller, and we all can’t wait for the audience to see what she and her team dream up as they take Arrow into its next big chapter.”

Guggenheim has also stepped down from his other co-showrunning duties on Legends of Tomorrow, and Phil Klemmer will be taking over.

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31 Mar 21:14

Mark Hamill Wants Luke Skywalker to Be a Spooky Force Ghost

by Kaitlyn Booth

“No one is ever really gone” was the line to remember from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There is a certain important person who is now gone in the Star Wars universe, and that is Luke Skywalker as played by the legendary Mark Hamill. But since no one is ever really gone, and the idea of force ghosts are a very confirmed thing, there is always a chance that Luke could return in Episode IX. Hamill recently spoke to the Radio Times about whether or not they’ve asked him to return in some capacity.

“We haven’t really discussed it, so it’s all in JJ’s hands,” Hamill said. “But you know, there’s a certain sense of closure for me. JJ gave me one of the most spectacular entrances, certainly of my career, maybe in all of film history. I don’t know if anybody’s been talked about for two hours and then shows up for 30 seconds before the end credits roll.”

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Hamill did think his sendoff in The Last Jedi was pretty awesome, but he did admit that he wished they could have put it off until Episode IX.

“And what a spectacular exit Rian [Johnson, director of The Last Jedi] gave me!” he said, while also admitting that part of him hoped that his ‘exit’ could have taken place in Episode IX instead. ‘Now,’ I said, ‘can’t we push this [Luke’s death] off to Nine so I can have a beginning, a middle and an end?’ Now I have a beginning and an end. But all things considered – especially when I thought that we would never come back at all – you know I have nothing to complain about. So whether I’m in it or not in it at all, I’m fine with Nine.”

Hamill does have some ideas about how Luke could return, and one of them is really leaning into the idea that a force ghost is a ghost, and all of the connotations that go with that.

“Well I thought, if he’s a Force Ghost I’d love to see him used in a way that hasn’t been done before,” Hamill said. “I mean let’s use the word ghost! That implies that it’s frightening.”

Once again Hamill says that he has ideas but that they aren’t very good much — in the same way he admitted that he had his own ideas about where Luke would go after Return of the Jedi.

“What if he… even in some other form, I think it’d be funny… well, I don’t want to give it away. I do have ideas; most of them are so terrible that they don’t consider them at all! But like I say, I don’t know if I am going to be back,” he concluded. “One of the things that really informs this movie is that line, ‘Forget the past; kill it if you have to.’ And so far they’re doing a really great job.”

It’s not so much “forgetting” or “killing” the past as it realizing that you need to move beyond the past. Star Wars needs to move beyond the original trilogy if Disney wants to keep it going forever like they intend to. People get older, the passage of time is inevitable — and that’s something that the Marvel movies are running into as well.

Summary: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver.

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31 Mar 20:57

Luke Skywalker Still Loving His Blue Milk in Star Wars Comics

by Rich Johnston

Luke Skywalker likes his milk. This is almost canon, as Aunt Beru gave him blue Bantha milk in the first Star Wars movie (albeit it in a deleted scene), and it has turned up in a few places since.

But in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he preferred to milk his own. And drink it with more of a greener. And fandom flipped, rather.

But in yesterday’s Star Wars #45 from Marvel Comics, it was all he could think about, visiting a bar with Chewbacca and Han Solo. In Star Wars #44, the issue concluded with Han making this joke.

Which Luke seemed to take to heart in yesterday’s new comic, part of the new Star Wars canon, and set after the first movie.

Get the man a milk, Han…

And yes, this is starting to be an obsession for the boy. It’s like he’s in a Japanese anime bath house, the amount he suddenly seems to be getting through. But milk drinking is a trope synonym for innocence, youth, and androgyny.

Even when drinking a toast to fallen comrades. And yes, the milk is blue. And you know what? It runs in the family…

In his newsletter yesterday, Star Wars comic writer Kieron Gillen addresses the Thala-Siren in the room. “I wrote all the milk jokes before I’d saw The Last Jedi, btw. You can imagine my face.”

Is it this face, Kieron? Is it?

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