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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.


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.

RELATED: Avengers: Infinity War Smashes China Presales Record

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.


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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 is that another original actor is moving on with the season finale. Spoilers ahead…


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.)


“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.”

Mark Hamill
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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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20 Mar 06:08

Krypton Season 1: How ‘Man of Steel’ Led to the Story of Superman’s Grandfather

by Dan Wickline

Syfy has released a new 22-minute featurette for their upcoming series Krypton. The video includes appearances from the cast of the new series as well as comic creators Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and more. It gives an idea of how the idea for the series grew from David S. Goyer working on the Man of Steel and how he wanted to stress that Superman was an alien, and he did that with the opening sequence that took place on Krypton. It was the scene and talking with Johns that made things come together for the story of Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) and his having to save Krypton from Brainiac (Blake Ritson) with the help of Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos).


We learn in the new series, which takes place 200 years before Kal-El heads to Earth, that there is amazing advances in technology on Krypton — but there is also corruption and Machiavellian politics going on behind the scenes, which is the reason for the fall of the House of El. Their approach is that the planet is late in its life-cycle, and the resources have become scarce. The society is divided by class, and those in charge don’t care at all about those on the lower end. The planet is ruled by a theocracy, and Seg’s grandfather, Val-El, is sentenced to death for claiming there was more life in the universe. And while the story focuses on the House of El, it also tells the story of the House of Zod. The featurette goes into even more detail and gives you a pretty good idea of what the show is going to be, at least in the beginning.

I’ve had a chance to watch a couple of the early episodes and will say I was pleasantly surprised. It’s far more than I expected and is very enjoyable.

Krypton debuts on March 21st on Syfy.

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20 Mar 05:41

Mackenzie Davis in Talks to Star in Terminator Reboot

by Mary Anne Butler

The futuristic cyborg dust has just settled after the most recent Terminator reboot, but it looks like we’re going to be getting another one before too long. Unlike the more recent films in the franchise, though, this new reboot will have James Cameron involved, with Linda Hamilton and reportedly Arnold Schwarzenegger returning too.

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On top of that, there is the announcement that Halt and Catch Fire star Mackenzie Davis is in talks to be the star of this upcoming reboot. News about what her role may be is scarce, but The Hollywood Reporter says she’ll be a “solder-assassin on a mission, a human character”.

Could this mean maybe a human sent to take down either John Connor or Kyle Reece? Or possibly a full reset of the timeline, where instead of Sarah this new character becomes the face of the human resistance? Who knows!

Davis most recently was featured in Blade Runner: 2049 as a Pris-styled pleasure model replicant who helped agent K and his Joi get a little closer in the physical realm. She also appeared in Sir Ridley Scott‘s The Martian as the telescope tech who discovered the survival of Mark Watney.

This is really exciting, and the possibilities are endless for what this new story could be. There was the reveal of a Terminator 3 script that was never realized where Sarah Connor (Hamilton) had actually faked her death, and was alive and well continuing her resistance training in Mexico.

We’ll let you know if/when the casting becomes concrete, and any other information that comes our way about the project.

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02 Feb 06:17

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Might Have Paul Bettany In Their Vision For S3

by Mary Anne Butler

While yes, I’m still struggling to wrap my head around the choice to completely recast the absolutely fabulous award-winning ensemble from Netflix’s The Crown for season 3, some of the names being mentioned are pretty good.

It was announced earlier this year that Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter will be taking over the role of Princess Margaret from the amazing  Vanessa Kirby.  Which is amusing because the Oscar nomination for Carter was for playing Princess Margaret’s mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2010’s The King’s Speech.

Olivia Coleman will be taking over the role of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from Golden Globe winning actress Claire Foy, who has inhabited the monarch admirably.  Foy is mostly what sold me on the series, within the first episode of the first season, I knew it was something special, and her performance into season 2 continued to be masterful.

Paul Bettany at the Los Angeles premiere of “Mortdecai” held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, USA on January 21, 2015.
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The chatter today  (at least from Variety) is that Paul Bettany, our favorite sports announcer (Chaucer in A Knight’s Tale) and pink Avenger, may be on board to take over the role of Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh  from Matt Smith.  The Daily Mail says  executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie have met with Bettany’s reps in Hollywood to talk about him joining the series.

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 16, 2017: Matt Smith at the BAFTA Los Angeles BBC America TV Tea Party 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel
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Smith told Seth Meyers on a recent visit to the late night talk show, that he thinks he knows who’s taking on his role. “I don’t want to speculate too much, but yeah, no, he’s brilliant, if it’s the person I think it might be,” he said. “And he’s incredibly handsome as well. I’ve morphed into someone far better looking than I.”

The Mail goes on to say that The Crown execs and casting director are in the process of finding the right set of folks to play adult Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Diana Spencer for reportedly the next 20 episodes of the series (we’re thinking that means 2 seasons) to portray the courtship and eventual wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The Crown s3 hasn’t been officially ordered by Netflix yet, but the production company (obviously)  is moving full steam ahead on plans for it and season 4.  Theoretically we wouldn’t be seeing s3 until sometime in 2019, if not later. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now on Netflix.

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06 Jan 20:34

The Crown Season 3 Casts Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret

by Mary Anne Butler

Netflix original drama series The Crown is more than likely planning a time jump for their third season.  This isn’t just a theory I’m putting out there because it sounds cool, but because of a casting announcement that just happened. Variety just announced that Helena Bonham Carter has been brought on board for the third season of the series to play Princess Margaret. If you know the show (but really you should, it’s fabulous) you’re aware that HRH Princess Margaret has been played by Vanessa Kirby.

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This news comes after Netflix announced that Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, The Night Manager) would be replacing series lead Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II for season 3.

No word yet on who will be replacing Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip.

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Season 2 of the series is currently streaming on Netflix.

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06 Jan 20:31

Sources: Philbin expected to rejoin Packers


Oh sweet Jesus, why??

Former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is expected to rejoin coach Mike McCarthy's staff, sources told ESPN. Philbin left Green Bay in 2012 to become the Miami Dolphins' head coach.
31 Dec 03:55

15 Mind-Blowing Pieces of Unused Last Jedi Concept Art

by Kayleena Pierce-Bohen
15 Mind-Blowing Pieces of Unused Last Jedi Concept Art

The Last Jedi has swept the nation with nostalgia and new world building alike. It has answered some of the questions raised in The Force Awakens, as well as provided some new mysteries. Whether audiences loved it or hated it, it built on the foundation of wonder inherent to the original trilogy and bridged the gap to an exciting and emotional final act we can look forward to next year.

Star Wars has always prided itself on providing truly immersive environments with hundreds of unique and exotic alien species. Few franchises have dedicated themselves so vigorously to publishing resources that explore the many creative properties involved in the expansive reaches of space set forth by the films. In this way, fans have been able to get glimpses of not only what appeared in the films, but what didn’t make the final cut (yet still helps to flesh them out). CBR has gathered some truly amazing pieces of concept art that went unused in The Last Jedi, but whose elements may linger in the final cut, or inspired ultimate designs. Phil Szostak’s book The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi boasts a collection of never before seen concept art gems.


The luxurious, vice ridden city of Canto Bight is like Mos Eisley for the rich and famous. There, a “wretched hive of scum and villainy” is cloaked in a gossamer veil of excess and affluence on the planet of Cantonica. Patrons from all corners of the galaxy come to gamble at the card tables, stuff tokens in machines of chance, and bet on exciting races. Nothing is out of reach for the customer with the right amount of chips; a truth Rebels Finn and Rose discover when they visit the planet hoping to find a master code breaker.

This piece shows the sprawling cohort of high-rollers, from Mallastarian aristocrats to high class Twi’lek escorts, in one of the many gorgeously outfitted gambling halls. It looks very similar to what audiences see in The Last Jedi, though perhaps a bit more muted, and more densely populated.


The evil version of BB-8, while as adorable as his colorful counterpart, is resolutely loyal to the First Order. His sinister appearance is in keeping with all First Order tech, designed to intimidate and frighten in shades of red, chrome, and black. Traditionally, the Empire had several counterparts to R2-D2 (all black of course), as the Rebels weren’t the only ones in the galaxy using astromech droids.

This little ball of doom has a squarer head than similar BB series astromech droids, as well as red sensors. The First Order wasn’t known for treating its droids like companions or friends, so it has a cold, malicious demeanor. Despite hype about his interactions with BB-8, the two don’t have any scenes together aboard Supreme Leader Snoke’s flagship Star Dreadnought, Supremacy.


The epic finale of The Last Jedi occurs in a battle on the planet of Crait, a planet that used to house a Rebel base long since abandoned. It becomes the last recourse for escape from the First Order dreadnaught fleet when pods from the last Resistance cruiser land on its surface. Much like Hoth, it’s blanketed in white save for the red salt that lurks beneath its opaque landscape.

Kylo Ren has joined the ground assault to make sure the last remnants of the Resistance are wiped out. He lands his shuttle in front of the troop carriers to confront his former master face to face, hoping to obliterate any chance the Rebels have at escaping. This piece looks similarly to what appeared in the final cut of the film, save for the fact that Crait didn’t have two suns.


When Rey locates the famous Luke Skywalker on the remote planet of Ahch-To, she seeks answers to the mysteries of The Force. She knows that something has awakened inside her, but cannot focus her newfound abilities. The Force Awakens introduced many possibilities for Rey’s character, including the fact that she would be trained in the Jedi arts by Luke Skywalker (although that wasn’t guaranteed based on their initial meeting).

In this piece, Rey is seen brandishing Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber, the first lightsaber that Luke Skywalker ever learned to wield. She’s pointing it at Luke and challenging him, while wearing traditional Jedi attire. In the film, she wore similar clothing to what she wore growing up on Jakku, and never wore a Jedi tunic or robes.


After Finn and Rose spend time on Cantonica trying to find a crackerjack code breaker, they discover the dark side of the lush environment of the gambling city of Canto Bight; racing. The horse-like, furry creatures known as Fathiers with large ears and forlorn expressions are typically beasts of burden on Cantonica but also used for racing.

Rose uses the plight of the abused Fathiers as an analogy for the injustices in the galaxy, a truth that Finn is all too familiar with. When they set the Fathiers free, they begin a stampede to freedom throughout Canto Bight, but unlike in this piece of unused concept art, the stampede was never so concentrated, and took place through the streets of Canto Bight and through some of the gambling halls.


When last we saw Captain Phasma, she was being held hostage by Finn, Chewie, and Han Solo as they infiltrated Starkiller Base. She had been Finn’s superior officer when he was still a stormtrooper and, and initially thought he showed great promise. Finn is pretty pleased when he gets to tell Phasma what to do, and Han suggests they throw her down into a trash compactor. Her fate was unknown when Starkiller Base was destroyed.

When Phasma reappears and squares off against Finn aboard Supreme Leader Snoke’s flagship Star Dreadnaught Supremacy, he loses no time in trying to take her out before she can see him executed. When he gets in a solid headshot, part of her helmet is damaged and we see a glimpse of her face. This piece shows a more lithe Phasma, with more of her face visible in the reflections of her helmet.


Luke’s very first Jedi training began with attempting to wield his father’s lightsaber. Under Obi-Wan’s watchful eye aboard the Millennium Falcon, he wielded the Jedi weapon against a training droid that hovered overhead, orbiting him and shooting low intensity lasers that he was expected to parry. When he was unsuccessful the traditional way, Obi Wan suggested that he wear a helmet that had a visor to obscure his vision. Ironically, without the aid of his sight, he had to rely on the Force to guide his movements, allowing him to block the droid’s laser beams.

In this piece, we see Rey surrounded by dozens of training droids. Instead of a lightsaber she’s wielding the same staff she used on Jakku, applying the same technique as Luke against the droid’s attacks. This scene was never utilized in the film, but would have been a nice homage.


Like the cantina sequence in A New Hope, the scenes in Canto Bight harkened back to the debauchery and salacious mischief found in the Mos Eisley spaceport. To the rhythmic music of samba beats and exotic steel drums the galaxy’s rich and famous swirled around in dazzling outfits that audiences had only gotten glimpses of on metropolitan planets like Coruscant.

Patrons like this long necked, oblong headed female humanoid were in abundance, though it’s difficult to gauge whether she ended up in any of the many scenes taking place in the gambling halls. Though she is elegant enough to be found in the famous gambling city on Cantonica, certain screen time was allocated for fan favorite species that were more recognizable, leaving these beauties on the cutting room floor.


The remote planet of Ahch-To where Luke Skywalker secluded himself from the galaxy was not entirely uninhabited. Though he was the only human in residence, other species dwelled there with him. There were the giant green manatee cow things called thala sirens, who were flippered marine mammals that produced a green milk safe for human consumption, and spetan channelfish that Luke used for food. And in terms of sentient beings, there were the Caretakers, looking like the lovechild of a bald parakeet and a turtle. They kept up the remains of the ancient Jedi dwellings and kept the sacred texts safe.

In The Last Jedi, the Caretakers ended up looking much more reptilian and were devoid of the colorful patches we see in this concept art. It’s hard to determine whether they’re praying, fishing, or both.


When the last of the Resistance fleet has to abandon ship and crash its pods on the surface of Crait, a planet covered in white salt, they find they are not alone on the planet. Referred to as “crystal critters” by Finn, these fox like creatures with coats that appear to be made from shards of ice or “crystals” are in fact Vulptex.

They were designed to bear a resemblance to glass chandeliers, and when they run they make a similar “tinkling” sound. While the vulptices in this concept art look a little more dog like, the film version ended up looking slightly more feline, almost like a glacial lynx. These elegant creatures don’t get a lot of screen time, but they add a unique element of beauty to grim circumstances.


Porgs, those lovable, oh-so-marketable little creatures on Ahch-To that combine all the best features of pugs and puffins. In fact, there is a practical reason that they exist; too many puffins were getting in the shots of The Last Jedi that porgs were created to combat the problem. Then they were made to be as cute as feasibly possible because why not?

Rather than the colors of an Australian Shepard, Porgs were almost purple, yellow, blue, and anywhere in between. However, since nothing on Ahch-To ended up being very bright colored but instead rather drab, the porgs were colored in the brown, beige, and white color palette you see in the film. Since they’re equally as mammalian looking as avian, it makes sense that their “plumage” isn’t all that vibrant.


In order to allow time for the last remaining Resistance ships to make the jump to hyperspace, Finn, Rose, and their new codebreaker ally need to sneak aboard Supreme Leader Snoke’s Star Dreadnaught Supremacy and disable the tracking device that’s able to lock onto any ship and follow it into hyperspace. Otherwise, the Resistance would keep jumping across the galaxy and the First Order would be seconds behind, regardless of their coordinates.

To accomplish their dangerous task, the Rebels have to disguise themselves as First Order officers, which look an awful lot like traditional Imperial officers. BB-8 has also managed to disguise himself as a fancy copying machine. Obviously their codebreaker looks different because well, he’s not Benicio Del Toro who would be our first guess as to what a “codebreaker” would look like.


Once the First Order discovers that the last remnants of the Resistance fleet have escaped in pods to the salt soaked planet of Crait, all hope seems lost. Down they descend with a ground assault, protecting a giant battering ram that uses “Death Star tech” to essentially focus a giant laser beam at the reinforced blast door in front of the abandoned Rebel base. The few remaining Resistance pilots, captained by flying ace Poe Dameron and reinforced by Finn and Rose, engage the ground assault with aging rust buckets that threaten to fall apart at every turn.

Though the final battle in the film has all the elements contained in this concept art, the First Order’s ground assault vehicles end up resembling Imperial AT-AT’s than they do these hulking crab-leg beasts.


While audiences were divided on whether or not Kylo Ren was actually a worthy successor to Vader when he appeared in The Force Awakens as the villain of a new Star Wars trilogy, The Last Jedi shows a much more aggressive version of the dark side warrior. If there was any doubt about his capability for savagery, it is put to rest by the sheer undiluted anger that seems to course through his veins with every temper tantrum.

Would skinhead Kylo Ren have made for a scarier villain? It’s possible, especially since he’s acquired a shiny new scar across his face and towers over the other members of the cast. But ultimately he doesn’t need so drastic a change in appearance; ditching the helmet was statement enough.


Audiences were introduced to the fabled Knights of Ren in The Force Awakens, in which a group of Dark Jedi, led by Kylo Ren, slaughtered Luke’s Jedi Academy students and burnt his Jedi Temple to the ground. Originally, we were to see more of them in The Last Jedi, and not just in flashback sequences seen by Rey as part of mysterious visions.

Sadly, the Knights of Ren were never seen again, nor were they mentioned. There are several flashback sequences involving that time period, including scenes of the temple burning and amidst the rubble, Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren, but no infamous warriors. Were they created by Kylo on the spot, or were they an ancient order? The galaxy will never know, but this concept art shows what they might have looked like if we’d seen them.

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29 Dec 21:07

Star Wars: Mark Hamill Has a Second, Secret Role in The Last Jedi

by Renaldo Matadeen
Star Wars: Mark Hamill Has a Second, Secret Role in The Last Jedi

Actor Mark Hamill didn’t just reprise his role as Luke Skywalker for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he also had a second mysterious role.

RELATED: Star Wars: They Chose the Wrong Jedi For the [SPOILER] Scene

In the movie’s closing credits, Hamill is tagged as another character called Dobbu Scay. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Hamill said when asked about the character in a Q&A panel. “I’m not telling. I like playing the mystery of it all.”

He did admit that the character can be found in the movie’s Canto Bight casino scene. Hamill is disguised as one of the gambling aliens in the scene where Finn and Rose are trying to find a hacker to go up against the First Order. Hamill asked director Rian Johnson to place him there, as he wanted to play a CGI role.

RELATED: Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Most Unforgivable Plot Holes

“I said I’d love to do a CGI thing, and he said sure,” Hamill said. “And I got to go to the set of the casino and see in detail 150 extras in jaw-dropping costumes.”

Regarding the name, Dobbu Scay, Johnson admitted it was a fun anagram of editor Bob Duscay’s name. As for how to spot Hamill, well, the best bet would be via his iconic voice. Seeing as he’s voiced the Joker in so many DC Comics animated properties, this alone should challenge fans to now go and try to find the elusive Dobbu Scay.

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29 Dec 06:47

Supergirl Season 3: Brainiac 5 to Make First Appearance When Series Returns

by Dan Wickline

After getting beaten into unconsciousness, the Girl of Steel looks like she could use some help — and that is exactly what she is going to get when Supergirl returns on January 15th. The mid-season finale showed us Samantha Arias (Odette Annable) fully awaken as Reign, and when she confronts Kara (Melissa Benoist), the battle does not go well for Supergirl. In truth, it’s barely even a battle. Kara is left unconscious on the ground as the citizens of National City, her sister, and her friends look on.


And she will remain unconscious when the show returns.

SUPERGIRL: “Legion of Superheroes” (Monday, Jan. 15 at 8/7c)

Struggling to heal from her injuries inflicted by Reign, Supergirl remains in a dreamlike state, unable to be reached. Mon-El recruits one of the Legion members, Brainiac-5 (Defiance‘s Jesse Rath), to try to bring her back. Meanwhile, Reign continues her rampage on the city so the DEO teams up with the Legion of Superheroes to try to stop her.

With Mon-El (Chris Wood) and Saturn Girl, AKA Imra Ardeen (Amy Jackson), already out of their pods, that leaves three more Legion of Superheroes to be revealed. We’ve known for some time, however, that Brainiac 5 was one of them when the Jesse Rath casting was announced. The interesting thing will be to see who the other two members are. Will they be Cosmic Boy and Lightning Lad, the other two founding members along with Saturn Girl? Will this tie in at all with the strange caterer’s appearance (Jessica Parker Kennedy) in the Crisis on Earth-X crossover during Barry and Iris’s wedding? Some have speculated her to be Dawn Allen, while others say she’s Barry’s granddaughter, XS, from the Legion. It’s been confirmed that Kennedy will be back, but not necessarily on which show. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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27 Dec 22:01

Game of Thrones: Series Finale Script Made the Cast Cry

by Taylor Williams
Game of Thrones: Series Finale Script Made the Cast Cry

The table read for the final season of Game of Thrones was an emotional roller coaster, according to series star Sophie Turner.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Turner revealed the finale’s script received a standing ovation from the cast, with some tears being shed as well. “We had the read-through a while ago and at the end of it, we were all on our feet, applauding and crying,” Turner said. “We had everyone there, everyone who’s had any part in this. It was amazing.”

RELATED: Game of Thrones Won’t Return Until 2019, Sophie Turner Says

Turner explained that the cast closed themselves off from the outside world during the reading. “We closed the blinds and shut ourselves off from the rest of the world and had six hours in this room just reading it through and crying and laughing,” she said. “We had our emotional bit and then we thought, ‘Well now we’ve got eight months. We’ve still got a while to get through!'”

Game of Thrones‘ final season is setting up to be of epic proportions. Former star Jason Momoa recently promised that the final season is “going to be the greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV. It’s going to be unbelievable. It’s going to f— up a lot of people.”

RELATED: Game of Thrones: HBO Reveals Directors For Final Season

The final season of Game of Thrones is expected in 2019, but has yet to be given an official release date. The penultimate season is now available in its entirety on HBO Go and HBO Now. Based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the hit drama stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

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22 Dec 07:16

Dave Chappelle Talks Trump Supporters in NSFW Netflix Clip

by Ray Flook
Credit: Netflix

The 2016 election might be a little over a year behind us, but comedian Dave Chappelle still has some things to get off his chest. His new Netflix stand-up special Dave Chappelle: Equanimity is set to arrive on New Year’s Eve, so the streaming service has released a preview that has the comedian giving his perspective on what it was like voting alongside Donald Trump supporters and the interactions he had with them.

Here’s the pretty-much-NSFW clip from Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, debuting December 31st:

“I’ve never had a problem with white people ever in my life, but, full disclosure, poor whites are my least favorite. We’ve got a lot of trouble out of them. And I’ve never seen so many of them up close. Looked at them right in their coal-smeared faces. And to my surprise, you know what I didn’t see? I didn’t see one deplorable face in that group. Saw some angry faces and some determined faces but they felt like decent folk. I’m not even lying! No, they did … I felt sorry for them. I know the game now. I know that rich people call poor white people ‘trash.’ And the only reason I know that is I made so much money last year that the rich whites told me they say it at a cocktail party.

“… I stood in line with them like all Americans are required to do in a democracy, nobody skips the line to vote … and I listened to them. I listened to them say naive poor white people things: ‘Donald Trump is going to go to Washington and he’s gonna fight for us.’ I’m standing there thinking, ‘you dumb motherf****r … you are poor. He’s fighting for me!’”

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Here’s a look at the original teaser for the special, which shows Chappelle moving on from The Walking Dead‘s Negan to some “stranger things”:

Emmy Award-winning comedy titan Dave Chappelle is capping a banner year with a stand-up event packed with scorching new material, self-reflection and tough love. Chappelle holds court in a special homecoming performance filmed in front of a packed house at the historic Warner Theater in Washington D.C. In “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity,” the comedian hilariously revels in taking on culture and class, politics and the specter of getting old.

Entertainment Weekly

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22 Dec 07:15

How Rian Johnson Hid a Classic Star Wars Reference into The Last Jedi

by Kaitlyn Booth

There is a tradition in Star Wars movies for someone to say the words “I have a bad feeling about this.”

However, when fans watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi they noticed that no one said the words. Fans asked writer and director Rian Johnson was asked about it on social media. In an interview with The Huffington Post Johnson confirms that the the line is in the movie it’s just a little harder to spot.

Warning for very minor spoilers for The Last Jedi.

As Poe Dameron is approaching the First Order fleet in his x-wing and BB-8 makes a series of beeps. Poe replies with “come on now buddy. Only happy beeps.” It turns out that was the line.

“Yes!” he said with a laugh. “Good catch!” Johnson told us he thought it would be cool to sneak in the iconic phrase. “It seemed like a fun character to deliver that line,” he said. “I think originally I had Poe respond, ‘Oh, I got a good feeling about it. Keep your chin up.’ And then I made it a little less explicit just to make it more fun.”

Some people in the Star Wars universe can understand droids but not everyone and we, as the people watching, are some of those people. That means we didn’t understand BB-8 we also didn’t understand a series of beeps that R2-D2 says to Luke later in the movie.

Though Johnson happily corroborated that Easter egg, he was more vague about a line that comes from R2-D2 later in the film. At one point, Luke tells R2 to “watch your language.” Asking about what R2 said there proved a little too much for Johnson. The director said the words were “not fit for print!”

Turns out those little beeps and boops could be hiding some very bad words. R2 would swear after the crap he’s seen over the years.

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. It’s out now.

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22 Dec 07:14

[SPOILERS] Rian Johnson Talks Luke Skywalker’s Place in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

by Kaitlyn Booth

One of the big things that was going to come out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is what happened to the famous Luke Skywalker. He didn’t even have a line in The Force Awakens so no one was really sure what was going to happen in The Last Jedi. It has proven to be a point of contention among fans and Business Insider spoke to writer/director Rian Johnson about Skywalker and how actor Mark Hamill reacted. However, Luke and how he is handled in the movie is a huge spoiler so consider this your spoiler warning.
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The Luke we meet in the movie is not the wide eyed young farm boy from A New Hope or even the Jedi master from Return of the Jedi. This is a sad and broken old man that has crumbled under the weight of his own failures. It’s a fascinating direction to take the character and one that Johnson found challenging to write.

Yeah. It’s something that, early in the process, the first thing I had to crack in the movie is why Luke is on that island. I had to figure out something that made sense, and you don’t know much about where’s Luke’s head is at coming out of “The Force Awakens.” But what you do know is his friends are out fighting the good fight, and he’s taken himself out of the equation. So for me growing up, I know Luke as a hero. I know that he must think he’s doing the right thing by taking himself out of the equation, and that means he thinks the best thing for the galaxy is that he’s not a part of this and, by extension, that the Jedi are not a part of this. So that leads you down a certain path.

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By the end of the movie we see Luke die, at peace, after humiliating Kylo Ren and giving the Resistance time to escape. While it’s an ending that a lot of fans have a problem with it is one that became clear to Johnson as he was writing the movie.

As I worked out that his arc was going to be coming to a place where he does this big heroic act that is going to be spread throughout the galaxy — basically taking back the mantle of Luke Skywalker, a Jedi master, a legend — it just slowly became clear to me that it would be this big grand act. It would be an act of mythmaking. And if there was ever going to be a place in this entire trilogy to give him this emotional moment of a goodbye, this was probably going to be the most emotionally potent place to do it.

This was the ending the character seemed to want and he got it. Luke says he went to the island to die and he did exactly that but not after saving lives and, once again, becoming a legend even in death. This was Luke’s “coda” but Johnson admits that he isn’t writing the next one so he doesn’t know if things are going to change in Episode IX.

Yes, exactly. But I also have to say I’m not writing the next one, and I’m not sure what J.J. [Abrams] and [screenwriter] Chris Terrio are going to do in the next one with Luke. But setting up possibilities for the next one, honestly, it seems much like Obi-Wan going where he did after “New Hope.” The possibilities seemed even more exciting in terms of what Luke’s place could be in the next chapter with him entering into this other realm as opposed to him having a lightsaber and being with our heroes. It opened more possibilities as opposed to fewer. I was holding my breath when I did it and I realized all these things, though I also thought, “S—.”

Hamill has gone on record to say that he wasn’t happy with the direction that Johnson decided to take Luke, though he later clarified his statements when they came out as him hating the movie, when Johnson describes his reaction as something Hamill didn’t want to hear.

It wasn’t the thing he wanted to necessarily hear. [Laughs.] Understandably so. Mark had all these years to think what Luke’s triumphant return would be. Luke’s the hero coming back into this story, and the fact that this character and this movie could not be that — this character in this movie was by necessity what he had to be, and also in relation to Rey, that brought its own necessity.

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Hamill, like the rest of us, has spent the last several decades coming up with how Luke’s story would evolve after Return of the Jedi and this wasn’t what he had in mind. That is the core of a lot of people’s problems with this movie. However, as Johnson points out, having Luke just be a good guy who shows up to save the day isn’t necessarily an interesting movie to watch because there is no character conflict.

If he comes in as just an optimistic fighter for the good guys, that gives Rey nothing to bounce up against — that’s just an older version of Rey. So it’s not what Mark had in his head initially, and that’s why he’s spoken very openly about his being caught off guard by the script and where the character ends up. But I knew this is where it had to be. We got into the conversations, and we got into the work, and we talked, and we argued, and we discussed, and that process ended up being very good for the character and also for our working relationship. It was a very good one.

Part of being a director and a writer is sometimes listening to what your actors have to say. In this case it was talking to the man who made us all fall in love with Luke Skywalker in the first place and making it a collaborative effort.

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. It’s out now.

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22 Dec 07:11

As Bendis Bids Farewell to the Marvel Universe, His Books Either Move On or Get Cancelled

by Joe Glass

When Brian Michael Bendis announced his shock departure from Marvel last month, many had wondered how it would affect the titles he currently had his hands on. Well, the Marvel March 2018 solicitations seem to have answered for at least two of these titles.

First up, Defenders seems to be all over. There is no solicitation for the series in March, meaning February’s Defenders #10 will likely be the final issue.


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  • Daredevil takes on the underworld single-handed as KINGPINS OF NEW YORK reaches a dramatic crescendo!
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Easily one of the best comics Marvel was putting out on the shelves, it seems Defenders will not survive the departure of writer Bendis. Where David Marquez winds up after the series ends is also currently unknown.

However, one of Bendis’s other titles, Jessica Jones, is not going anywhere. Featuring a solicit in the March solicitations, March’s issue reads as thus:


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  • As the creators of Jessica Jones leave her to an all-new team next issue, they bid her farewell with one last very special, fully painted story — a truly incredible tale that no one ever gets to see. Be here for an unforgettable issue that ties threads together from all over the amazing Marvel Universe.
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As the solicits suggest, Jessica Jones says goodbye to Bendis but affirms that the series continues with a whole new creative team the next issue. So at the very least, Jessica Jones will keep going.

But the street level team of heroes that is Defenders will die in the gutter with Bendis jumping ship to DC. Which is a real shame, as it was a helluva fun title.

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16 Nov 22:00

The Crow: Jason Momoa Teases Start of Production on Reboot

by Liam Nolan
The Crow: Jason Momoa Teases Start of Production on Reboot

Actor Jason Momoa has teased that production on the long-gestating reboot of The Crow will start soon.

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Momoa shared a photo of Eric Draven/The Crow’s iconic makeup on his Instagram. The image itself comes from a fan poster by LostMind. The actor also posted a photo of himself with director Corin Hardy. “I’ve been waiting for sooooo long. @corinhardy let’s do this brother aloha j,” Momoa wrote alongside the pictures.

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A remake/reboot of the 1994 film had been in development at Relativity Media for a decade before eventually landing at Sony Pictures in September. It wasn’t entirely clear if Momoa and Hardy were still attached to the project after its move, but Momoa’s post seems to confirm that they are.

Based on James O’Barr’s cult comic, The Crow centers on Eric Draven, who’s resurrected by a supernatural crow to avenge his own murder and that of his girlfriend. The Crow Reborn is expected to be more faithful to the original comic than Alex Proyas’ 1994 film. In 2016, Proyas called a reboot/remake of the movie “unnecessary.”

Edward R. Pressman, who produced the original film, will produce the remake alongside Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow.

RELATED: The Crow Reboot Takes Flight At Sony

Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), The release date for the The Crow Reborn is currently unknown. Jason Momoa will star as Eric Draven/The Crow.

(via ScreenRant)

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16 Nov 21:57

Feige Said First Thor Film Was MCU’s ‘Most Difficult Tonal Challenge’

by Nicole Sobon

From the outside looking in, this always appeared to be the case. Interesting to have it confirmed from the insiders.

Feige Said First Thor Film Was MCU’s ‘Most Difficult Tonal Challenge’

The third Thor film only hit theaters stateside last weekend, yet the film has already grossed an impressive $500 million at the worldwide box office and helped propel the Marvel Cinematic Universe past $5 billion. However, while Thor: Ragnarok continues to smash box expectations — with the film set to take in another $61 million this weekend — it’s easy to forget that the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t always set to be a blockbuster success. In fact, according to Thor director Kenneth Branagh, it was very much sink or swim in the beginning especially when it came to introducing the God of Thunder, a character that proved to be tonally difficult to capture.

RELATED: Thor: Ragnarok Mjolnir In Memoriam Video Hammers Home Thor’s Loss

While promoting his latest film, Murder on the Orient Express, Uproxx spoke to Branagh about directing the first Thor movie, which was set to follow on the heels of Iron Man, a smashing success, and The Incredible Hulk, a film that didn’t work as well as Marvel had hoped. According to Branagh, at that point, it was still a huge risk for the MCU, and the success of Thor played a vital part in whether they’d move forward with their original overarching, interconnected plan.

When asked if the operation would have fallen apart if the first Thor movie didn’t work, Branagh revealed that was essentially how they all felt. Not only did they have the task of introducing a brand new character, but they also had to successfully capture a new tonal direction in this cinematic universe, which proved to be a daunting task in itself.

No question that Kevin Feige used to say to me, “This is the single most difficult tonal challenge for us, to make this movie work in itself and fit into this large universe.” In fact, I think Thor, and in Chris Hemsworth’s performance, becomes an absolutely integral part.

Thankfully, they managed to overcome the tonal challenges, for the most part. While the Thor franchise has seen its complaints — mainly with Thor: The Dark World — there’s no denying that Branagh and company managed to successfully introduce the God of Thunder to a wider audience.

RELATED: How Star Wars Influenced THAT Thor: Ragnarok Reveal

In theaters now, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Karl Urban as Skurge.

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16 Nov 21:55

Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragons’ Designs Are Based On… Chickens?

by Geoff Miller
Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragons’ Designs Are Based On… Chickens?

In Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons have blossomed from mythic beginnings to becoming true game-changers over the course of the show’s seven seasons, but fans might be shocked to learn the poultry-themed origin story of their designs.

In an interview with Gamespot, Thilo Kuther, who is the CEO of special effects company Pixomondo, revealed that the studio first started working for the HBO fantasy drama back in Season Two when Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion were just tiny creatures, but as the beasts grew bigger and bigger over time, the crew sought out chickens as a real-life anatomical base.

Kuther recalled, “When they got bigger in Season Three and Four, there was a lot of, ‘So if a dragon is this big, how can it lift itself up?’ What is it? Is it a bat? Or is it a bird? Is it an eagle? And the amount of energy that went into these discussions is beyond belief. That’s why they went to [grocery store chain] Trader Joe’s and bought a chicken, and took it apart, and said, ‘So, how does that work?'”

RELATED: Game of Thrones: HBO Reveals Directors For Final Season

Kuther also added that in addition to the hands-on dissection experiments, his team researched YouTube footage of bats and chickens in flight as inspiration for the creatures’ movements and mannerisms. The studio’s hard work seems to have paid off, as the flying emissaries of Khaleesi’s quest for Westerosi dominance are widely-considered one of the most realistic dragon designs of any television series or movie to date.

Game of Thrones’ final season has yet to be given a release date, but the penultimate season is now available in its entirety on HBO Go and HBO Now. Based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, the hit drama stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

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