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13 Nov 21:46

Stranger Things 2: [SPOILER] Is Alive, EPs Confirm

by Renaldo Matadeen
Stranger Things 2: [SPOILER] Is Alive, EPs Confirm

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.


When Stranger Things Season 2 ended, fans were left guessing if the villainous Dr. Martin Brenner is actually alive. He appeared as a hallucination to Eleven thanks to the mental projections of Kali, a fellow test subject labelled Eight, and then in conversation when the duo almost killed Brenner’s former employee Ray Carroll, who revealed that he could take them to Brenner. According to the show’s executive producer Shawn Levy, Carroll is correct and Brenner is indeed alive and well.

“Whether or not people feel that episode [7] was entirely successful, the Duffers want to take some swings, and they know that they’re not gonna please everybody. But that feeling of the world getting a bit bigger especially coupled with the fact that it now seems clear that Brenner is alive, Brenner is out there,” Levy told Collider.

RELATED: How Stranger Things 2’s Ending Sets Up Season 3

“I, for one, think that that one scene with Modine and Millie in Episode 7 is one of the juiciest scenes, and it kind of brought me back to how haunting Modine is in that Brenner role,” he added. With Season 3 already in the works, Levy indicated that Brenner’s return could be explored, as well as the other test subjects like Eleven.

Now streaming on Netflix, Stranger Things Season 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery.

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09 Nov 22:03

Mark Hamill Admits He Was ‘Really Scared’ to Return to Star Wars

by Tim Adams
Mark Hamill Admits He Was ‘Really Scared’ to Return to Star Wars

One of the more stunning scenes in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens occurred in its final moments, as Mark Hamill finally returned to the screen as Luke Skywalker. Although he was only seen for a few seconds in that film, Hamill admits he was hesitant to reprise his iconic role after three decades.

RELATED: Star Wars: The Last Jedi BTS Footage Features Carrie Fisher

After not being involved in the Star Wars prequels, Hamill and Carrie Fisher were invited to lunch by franchise creator George Lucas, before Disney’s 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm, and asked whether they would be up for a return for the new trilogy. “I was completely stunned,” Hamill recalled to The New York Times. “Carrie, not a minute went by — she slapped the table and goes, ‘I’m in!’ I said, ‘Carrie, poker face!’”

“I was just really scared,” he added. “I thought, why mess with it? The idea of catching lightning in a bottle twice was ridiculously remote.”

There was also the fear that audiences wouldn’t want to pay to see aged versions of Luke, Han Solo, and Leia. “No one wants to see the 50-, 60-, 70-year-old versions of us, running around, bumping heads on the Death Star,” Hamill said. “It’s sad.”

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He ultimately rested his hopes on Harrison Ford declining an invitation to return for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To his surprise, however, Ford said yes. “Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no?” Hamill asked. “I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.”

Opening Dec. 15, director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Benicio del Toro as “DJ” and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo.

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09 Nov 21:50

Who Is Ronin? The Significance of Hawkeye’s Avengers 4 Identity

by Ian Cardona
Who Is Ronin? The Significance of Hawkeye’s Avengers 4 Identity

With the release of Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, everything will be in place for next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. With so much hype and excitement surrounding the mysterious yet undoubtedly massive cosmic team-up movie, everyone is wondering how every one of their favorite characters will factor into the plot, what Thanos will bring to the table, and how the Guardians of the Galaxy will react to meeting Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But Infinity War is only the first part of this milestone event. The final chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Three era, the still untitlted Avengers 4, is shrouded in even more mystery.

RELATED: Rumor: Hawkeye Assumes New Identity in Avengers 4

While the fate of many characters going out of Infinity War is being kept under wraps, some details have begun to surface as the cameras roll on Avengers 4. Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, is one of the earliest characters to have been confirmed for the sequel, with the actor himself posting a picture of the new haircut that his character would be sporting in the film — something that sparked quite a few theories regarding the character’s story arc across the two movies. Another piece of the Hawkeye puzzle recently fell into place as set pictures surfaced that seem to hint at a new superheroic identity for the Avengers’ premier archer.

clint barton as ronin

What we could see of Clint’s new costume points to the nigh-inevitable conclusion that Hawkeye will ditch his current codename to embrace another alter-ego. But who is Ronin, and what was his history in the comic books?

The masked ninja was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada in the former’s original New Avengers run, making a first appearance in New Avengers #11. While Maya Lopez, aka Echo, was the first character to take on the mantle, she wouldn’t be the last. A few years later, Clint Barton would adopt the secret identity. But why?

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08 Nov 21:04

Days Of Future Cast: 15 Fan-Made X-Men Photoshops Better Than What We Got

by Vincent Pasquill
Days Of Future Cast: 15 Fan-Made X-Men Photoshops Better Than What We Got

With six mainline X-Men movies, three Wolverine spinoffs, and Deadpool behind us, with another four movies on the way (New Mutants, Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2, and Gambit), plus two TV series, the X-Men franchise is one of the cornerstones of American superhero media. For all that, there’s been a lot of speculation on what could have been. The reboot that started with First Class brought with it a host of predictions and wishlists when it became clear that the entire cast was being replaced. When Deadpool teased Cable in the sequel with an after-credits scene, the internet exploded with theories. As rumors swirl that Hugh Jackman will finally retire after 17 years and seven movies as Wolverine, who will replace him is a question on everyone’s mind. But it’s not the only one.

RELATED: 15 Supervillain Fan-Casting Photoshops Way Better Than What We Got

This list is a look at a world that might have been, a Days of Future Past alternate history where things went a little differently in various casting directors’ heads. Some of these entries are for movies that haven’t come out yet, but the roles have already been cast and we’ve already seen promotional images of the characters.

THE ROCK AS APOCALYPSE

the rock apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse was, frankly, kind of disappointing. Another round of Magneto waffling between hero and villain, another disappointing villain, and another episode of the “Mystique is the real hero” show. There’s probably not a lot that could balance out the mediocre script and acting, but if anything could, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson playing Apocalypse to the full bombastic hilt would be it.

While this photoshop decided to give him a comically huge neck for some reason, picturing a hulking Apocalypse towering over his horsemen and the X-Men presents a far better (and more comics-accurate) image than average-height, average-build Oscar Isaac. And of course, someone somewhere thought The Rock was appropriate to play an Egyptian supervillain, as evidenced by his casting as Captain Marvel villain Black Adam.

TOM HARDY AS WOLVERINE

tom hardy wolverine

With Huge Jackman’s time as Wolverine coming to a close with Logan, speculation runs rampant as to who will replace him as the iconic angry Canadian mutant. Already seasoned in superhero films with his turn as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, he even has a pedigree to replace Jackman, having portrayed an Australian in Mad Max: Fury Road. Even Jackman himself wants Hardy for the role.

Hardy certainly has the acting and action movie chops to take the place of the ol’ Canucklehead, and is certainly a big enough guy for us to support his casting. Whether he can live up to Jackman’s 17-year run on the character is another story, and whether there are even enough Wolverine stories to tell after six movies is yet another wrench in the works.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON AS EMMA FROST

scarlett johansson emma frost

Making her cinematic debut in X-Men First Class, the White Queen of the Hellfire Club was, disappointingly, almost a complete non-entity. January Jones, normally a strong performer, played the part a little too far into “ice queen,” with none of the haughty, sarcastic and sexual character from the comics on display, reduced to little more than a prop and plot device. A large part of that is on the script, of course, but Jones also dropped the ball on what could have been a truly breakout performance.

Johansson, on the other hand, is a tried-and-true superhero actor, and while First Class came a year before Avengers, her continued excellence in the MCU shows that she’s comfortable in a superhero universe, while Jones clearly was not. Even further, her work in things like Lucy and Ghost In the Shell show that she can work with a bad script.

DANIEL CRAIG AS MAGNETO

daniel craig magneto

There’s no denying Michael Fassbender has done a fine job as Magneto, and Ian McKellen in the role is virtually untouchable. However, with Daniel Craig leaving behind the role of James Bond, and Michael Fassbender expressing an interest in the role, maybe it’s time for a swap? Few actors can match Craig’s on-screen charisma, and he would certainly bring new life to a role that has already fallen into rote as Magneto has, just as he did for Bond.

Although it’s unlikely Craig will step into the role of Mutant Master of Magnetism, if or when Fassbender steps into Bond, there are other X-Men casting rumors surrounding Craig, namely that he is in talks to play Victorian villain Mr. Sinister in the upcoming Gambit movie.

DIANNA AGRON AS POLARIS

dianna agron polaris

Lorna Dane is Magneto’s third child, after Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (although recent comics developments may mean she is now Magneto’s only child). Inheriting her father’s mutant mastery of magnetism, she’s something of a bit player in the main X-Men story, usually relegated to spinoffs that end up better than the main series like X-Factor, and, in the live action universe, spinoff TV series The Gifted.

While The Gifted is off to a strong start, and Emma Dumont is putting in a strong performance as Lorna, it’s no X-Factor. Dianna Agron is probably the best thing to come out of the teenage nightmare that was Glee, and she could certainly hold her own as the green haired Mutant Mistress of Magnetism; perhaps as an older, more experienced version compared to Dumont’s.

CHARLIZE THERON AS MYSTIQUE

charlize theron mystique

Mystique in the X-Men franchise has gone through some pretty drastic changes across the 17-year run of movies. Starting out with Rebecca Romijin’s almost-silent body-painted villain, the role moved on to an actual plank of wood, who had a star-making turn as a more morally ambiguous protagonist. While both performances have their merits, neither really live up to the comics or even the cartoon version of X-Men Evolution.

Charlize Theron, on the other hand, is unafraid to be sexy, unafraid to play the villain, has quite a bit of experience in action films, and most importantly, isn’t an actual plank of wood. With the possibility of the X-Men film universe moving away from a single narrative and into several different storylines across multiple time periods, there’s certainly a place for an older, non-wooden Mystique.

MORENA BACCARIN AS DOMINO

morena baccarin domino

This one is a little more of a plot speculation (since disproved) than a wishlist. Morena Baccarin of course played Deadpool’s love interest Vanessa Carlysle in Deadpool, but upon the announcement that mutant mercenary Domino would appear in Deadpool 2, speculation swirled as to who would play the longtime X-Force member. One popular theory was that Baccarin’s Vanessa would become Domino to match Wade Wilson’s change into Deadpool.

Although Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz was eventually cast in the role and will probably turn in an excellent performance (although her costume and makeup is a little disappointing to some fans), Vanessa in the comics is in fact a mutant with the power to copy others’ powers. This leaves some window open for Vanessa (and Baccarin) to become a second Domino.

JENNA DEWAN TATUM AS ROGUE

With Gambit barreling down the pipeline, and with Anna Paquin seemingly out as Rogue pretty definitively, theories once again begin to fly as to who will play the Ragin’ Cajun’s most famous love interest. Since Channing Tatum is already confirmed to play Gambit, it seems fairly obvious to cast his real-life actress wife as Rogue, not least because this image looks really good.

Pre-baked chemistry is probably the strongest argument, but Dewan Tatum also already has some experience with live-action superheroes, playing Lois Lane’s younger sister Lucy Lane on CW’s Supergirl. Although there’s no confirmation that Rogue will appear in Gambit, the filmmakers would be foolish to pass up an opportunity like this, and it could certainly open the door to reintroducing Rogue into the larger franchise.

LUPITA NYONG’O AS STORM

lupita nyongo storm

When Storm was announced to appear in X-Men Apocalypse, the fandom train hopped right on the speculation. Lupita Nyong’o quickly emerged as a fan favorite for Storm, having become a household name since her relatively recent success on the big screen.

After some surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) racist reasoning as to why and why not Nyong’o would be perfect/terrible for Storm, the role was eventually cast with Alexandra Shipp, who went on to be the best new face in the film. It would have been interesting to see Nyong’o as a slightly older Storm, but fortunately we’ll get to see her take another superhero universe in the upcoming Black Panther, wherein she plays Nakia, one of the titular hero’s Dora Milaje, or personal guard.

CLINT EASTWOOD AS OLD MAN LOGAN

clint eastwood wolverine

When Logan was announced, speculation ran rampant that it would be an adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Old Man Logan. While these theories were eventually confirmed, fans still wondered if Hugh Jackman would continue to play Wolverine, or if an older actor would be brought in. Among these theories was Clint Eastwood, well known for playing grumpy and growly old men.

While Eastwood is well past his action movie prime, he’s still an accomplished actor, and it would have been interesting to see a Wolverine that has lived so long as to actually age significantly. It would also have brought the movie more in line with the comic it loosely adapted, which sees Logan in a future pretty significantly different from our own

LILY COLLINS AS SCARLET WITCH

lily collins scarlet witch

Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch. has thus far been an almost-non-presence in the X-Men movies, with a possible cameo as Quicksilver’s much younger sister in Days of Future Past and a reference to her in Apocalypse. However, there has been no official confirmation that this character is Wanda, or if she even exists in this universe at all. She has, however, established herself over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by Elizabeth Olsen.

Lily Collins is a relatively unknown British actress, but after turning in a powerful performance in To the Bone, she certainly has demonstrated that she has talent and the capability to play a troubled young woman, much in the vein of Scarlet Witch and her many, many mental health issues. She could certainly bring the final missing piece of Magneto’s family to the big screen.

THOMAS KRETSCHMANN AS NIGHTCRAWLER

thomas kretschmann nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is one of those really popular characters that never gets enough justice in the movies. Vanishing from the original X-Men trilogy after appearing in X2 played by Alan Cumming, and reappearing younger for X-Men Apocalypse played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, he’s never quite landed in the public consciousness to the same degree as Storm or Wolverine. While Smit-McPhee is unlikely to be replaced for Dark Phoenix, there is still a possibility of X-films focusing on older X-Men later in the timeline.

Thomas Kretschmann is an excellent German actor probably best known to American audiences for playing Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Between experience in superhero films, a fine acting pedigree, and being German, he seems like a natural fit for Nightcrawler.

SUMMER GLAU AS X-23

x-23 summer glau

Logan introduced Wolverine clone and fan-favorite ass-kicking girl Laura Kinney, better known as X-23, to live action. Originally created for the X-Men Evolution cartoon, she made the jump to comics in NYX as a lady of the evening, written by Marvel’s current Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada. While Logan showed X-23 as younger than she’d ever been portrayed, fans speculated on an older X-23, more in line with her comics counterpart.

And who better than ass-kicking waif extraordinaire Summer Glau, cult famous for her turn in Firefly, and then proceeding to play basically the same character in every appearance since. She certainly has the action-star chops to play the role, and X-23 certainly fits into the mold of characters she’s played in the pas. And of course, an older X-23 would certainly be interesting to see, and a huge deal for her fans everywhere.

RINKO KIKUCHI AS DOMINO

rinko kikuchi domino

With Domino confirmed for Deadpool 2, fans started speculating. One wishlist included Rinko Kikuchi. Best known to Western audiences for her role as Mako Mori in Pacific Rim (to be reprised in the upcoming sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising), Kikuchi has had a pretty long career in Japan, showing herself to be an accomplished and talented actress in multiple languages.

The photoshop also just really evokes that sort of punk-ish aura that Domino can find herself with as well, even though it’s a fairly simple addition. Her performance in 47 Ronin as the morally ambiguous mercenary Witch also provide a strong argument for her capability to play equally morally ambiguous mercenary Domino. While actual Domino Zazie Beetz is a talented actress, she doesn’t have nearly the same breadth of experience as Kikuchi.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY AS CABLE

keira knightley cable

Let’s be real, this is the best one on the list. Springing out of an after-credits teaser of Deadpool, Deadpool teased that Deadpool 2 would include Cable, and jokingly hinted that Keira Knightley was being considered. While obviously the casting department for Deadpool 2 didn’t follow through on the joke, casting Josh Brolin as Cable, can you imagine if they did?

What if they went all in and cast a major character in a superhero action movie based entirely on an after-credits joke? Knightley playing post-apocalyptic future mutant savior Cable to the hilt in all his gruff and grim ’90s poster boy glory would have been amazing! One of the most petit actresses in Hollywood playing a character popularized by Rob Liefeld would also have been quite a coup! People wouldn’t even be mad that they gender-bent Cable. Okay, they would, but who cares about them?

Which other fan-casting photoshops have you seen that would rule? Let us know in the comments!

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08 Nov 21:03

The Flash: [SPOILER] Leaves the Team – And Central City

by Meagan Damore
The Flash: [SPOILER] Leaves the Team – And Central City

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Luck Be a Lady,” the latest episode of The Flash.


Wally West is taking a sabbatical from Team Flash. In “Luck Be a Lady,” the latest episode of The Flash, the speedster known as Kid Flash revealed that he is leaving Central City for Blue Valley in order to “focus on himself.”

Wally announced his decision in the wake of Hazard’s capture. “The city was about to blow up and no one realized I wasn’t here,” he said to the team. “I went to Earth-2. I had to talk to Jesse [about her decision to break up with me]. Hear it from her. She told me she needs to focus on herself, and I get it. And I think I have to do the same, right? So I’m leaving Central City. I’m going to go stay with a friend in Blue Valley for a while.”

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This revelation, of course, stunned the team. Nevertheless, Barry was quick to validate Wally’s decision. “Every hero has their own journey. If yours is taking you on a new path, you owe it to yourself to go,” he told Wally.

Wally responded by giving Barry a hug, then moved around the room to hug the rest of the team, pausing only when his father Joe pulled him aside. “I don’t want anything more than for you to find what you’re looking for, but I’ve spent so much time without you in my life. I don’t want to lose you,” Joe said tearfully.

“You’ll never lose me, Dad,” Wally replied. “Plus, I’m a speedster. You need me, and I’ll come running.” This opens the door for Wally to return whenever he is needed.

RELATED: It’s Time For The CW’s Flash To Think As Fast As He Runs

Notably, Wally will be headed to Blue Valley, a location which should sound familiar to longtime Flash fans. In the comics, Wally West was born and raised in Blue Valley, a town in northeastern Nebraska. The town is also the home of Pat Dugan, aka S.T.R.I.P.E., and Courtney Whitmore, aka Stargirl, who also appeared in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as a member of the Justice Society of America.

Team Flash won’t have to wait long to fill the gap left by Wally’s absence. In the next episode, “Elongated Journey Into Night,” Ralph Dibney — aka Elongated Man — will turn up in Central City.

Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.

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08 Nov 21:03

Capullo Shares Early Batman: The Red Death Concept Drawing

by Justin Carter
Capullo Shares Early Batman: The Red Death Concept Drawing

As part of the Dark Nights: Metal miniseries, DC Comics has released one-shot comics for each of the Dark Knights, who are dark, mashed up versions of Batman and other iconic Justice League members. Now, artist Greg Capullo has shared concept art of one of these Dark Knights: the Red Death, a Batman who took control of the Speed Force from the Flash of his Earth.

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The Red Death’s design originally played up more of the Batman elements. His wings look more Bat-like, and the classic fins that Bats wears on his boots were also included. True to the Metal event, there are also spikes on his shoulders that make him look menacing. In both designs, the Red Death certainly is one intimidating foe. If the Flash and Batman are dangerous individually, the two of them combined is something worse, as evidenced both here and in the Metal event.

The Red Death will go up against the Flash in The Flash #33, which goes on sale October 25.

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07 Nov 06:38

Report: Disney Puts The Squeeze On Theaters In “Secret” Terms For Star Wars: The Last Jedi

by Jude Terror

It looks like papa Disney has learned a few tricks from their subsidiary, Marvel Comics, and their use of incentive variants, price hikes, and other shrewd capitalist gimmickry to spike single-issue comic book sales revenue (often while decreasing actual readership). According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Disney is forcing theaters to agree to terms that some theater owners have called “the most onerous [they’ve] ever seen” before they’re allowed to show Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Further, the terms are secret, with the contracts individually watermarked to prevent anyone leaking them.

Thankfully, some anonymous theaters have revealed some of the terms.

According to the report, Disney is demanding 65% of ticket sales, compared to a usual 55%-60%, which the WSJ claims is a new benchmark. However, past Star Wars films have given Disney up to 64% of ticket sales. Additionally, the studio demands that theaters show Star Wars: The Last Jedi in their largest auditorium for at least a month, regardless of whether people are still buying enough tickets to fill it.

That move will force theaters who want to show The Last Jedi to relegate any potential competition, like December 20th’s Jumanji, into smaller auditoriums on their opening weekends, while The Last Jedi plays in a potentially empty or half-full auditorium. If a theater violates any terms of their agreement, which includes pulling any scheduled Star Wars screening, Disney collects an additional 5% of ticket sales, bringing their total cut up to 70%. That extra 5%, according to the report, is “unusual.”

While the box office has been slow in general this year, Disney continues to have a strong track record of producing hits, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi will undoubtedly be a big one. That gives Disney a huge amount of leverage over theaters, who can’t afford to miss out on one of the few movies guaranteed to be a big hit. That being said, some smaller independent theaters who have no hopes of selling four weeks of tickets to their largest auditorium are reportedly declining to show the movie.

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05 Nov 23:45

Henry Cavill Says DC Films Would Have Struggled Regardless Of Marvel’s Success

by Dan Wickline

It’s hard not to find a topic that isn’t divisive in this moment in history. Whether it’s political parties, views on statues or even the comic book company you support — everyone seems to be taking side and few are talking honestly and openly about their own failings. Then there is Henry Cavill, the DCEU’s Superman, who was talking to The Rake Magazine and the topic of Marvel vs. DC came up.

Cavill was very honest about the lack of critical success with the current slate of film up until Wonder Woman. And he doesn’t just lay the blame at the feet of the competition.

Henry Cavill

He said in the printed portion of the magazine:

Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle. There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.

I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero. It is the perfect setting in social politics right now, we need it, we want that perspective, and Wonder Woman has struck at the ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic. Any success within the superhero universe, especially within the DC Universe, is wonderful, because I want to keep telling the Superman story; selfishly, that works for me.

I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told. It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.

The man who plays the symbol of hope still has hope for this film universe. This sounds like it’s part of a bigger move away from the tone and look spearheaded by Zack Snyder in Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder stepping aside due to a family tragedy created an opportunity to try and tonally shift the upcoming Justice League film after the success of Wonder Woman.

As Geoff Johns takes more control over the direction of the universe and with the help of Joss Whedon, there is a growing hope among fans that DC will start making fun, exciting films, like Wonder Woman, the norm. It appears to be a hope Cavill shares.

Our chance to see if it works comes on November 17th as Justice League hits theaters with Cavill once more playing the Man of Steel.

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04 Nov 22:16

Flash Season 4: Where Is This Season Speeding Off To?

by Dan Wickline

It’s hard to tell what a new season is going to look like based off of the season premiere. Most of the time they use the first episode to clean up any cliffhangers and set the show back to status quo. This was always prevalent on X-Files where the season finales showed us hard evidence and Dana Scully was amazed only to have the genie put back in the bottle with the next season premiere and Scully return to being skeptical. But with the second episodes now in, we can look at what may be in store this season of the Arrowverse.Flash season 4

Going into this season of the Flash, the producers talked about wanting to get back some of the levity of the first season. Part of why it worked is that they had the Man in the Yellow Suit story building slowly in the background, but mostly the series dealt with the villain of the week formula that many new shows start with. With a character like the Flash, he has so many great villains that fans want to see, it made a lot of sense to do that. And they quickly built up the live-action rogues gallery. Later seasons had the big bad guy jump in early and Barry had to deal with the knowledge he wasn’t fast enough to beat them.

What we learned in the second episode is that there are twelve metas that The Thinker needs for whatever plan he has. He has the first, Kilg%re, locked up in Iron Heights prison exactly where he wants him. I’m guessing that this is going to be the status quo for a while. New metas being introduced on a regular basis with a couple episode stepping away from that formula. Next week looks like the character of Hazard may be the next one. But then when Breacher comes to town, that might be outside of the Thinker’s plan. We will likely be well into the second half of the season before Barry and the team are certain there even is a big bad for the season. The bigger focus will likely be where these metas are coming from.

Outside of the main story, the overall them so far seems to be relationships and communications. Barry and Iris couldn’t communicate. Gypsy didn’t let Cisco know how important their date was. Caitlin is obviously keeping secrets from the rest of the team. This may be why the character of Ralph Dibney is bring brought in. He’s an outside but as a detective he is extremely observant and may force some of the issues to the surface by not having been in the mix for the last three years.

The biggest piece of the puzzle we’re missing to see how this season is going to go is Harrison Wells. Each season has had a different Harrison Wells… evil Eobard Thawne in season 1, Earth-2 Harry obsessed with saving his daughter in season 2 and the fun loving, not so brilliant H.R. in season 3. Harry is supposed to be back next week with news that will get him a chilly reception. What is that news and will he be the Wells of the season? There was word that Tom Cavanagh would be playing yet another different version this season, but I think that might be referring to the character he will be playing in the Crisis on Earth-X crossover and not the one he’ll be most of the season… unless that one comes back to Earth-1 at the end.

The fun thing to do going into the rest of the season would be to scour old Flash comics looking for slightly obscure villains who might be part of the Thinker’s dirty dozen.

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04 Nov 22:13

After Joss Whedon Reshoots, Justice League Runtime Now 50 Minutes Shorter

by Jude Terror

When Joss Whedon took over Justice League following Zack Snyder’s departure to deal with a family tragedy, the director immediately embarked on reshoots, leading many to speculate that the alleged fake feminist was drastically altering the tone of the film. However, a new report seems to indicate that Whedon may have spent most of his time cutting out large swathes of the movie.

Back in March, a rumor was floating around that the runtime for Justice League would be 170 minutes, 20 minutes longer than even the outrageously long and terrible Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. At the time, DC producer Geoff Johns mocked, but did not deny the rumor. In any case, it was probably too early for a final cut of the film to be ready, so the runtime was bound to change.

However, a new report coming from multiple cinema chains including Regal and AMC says that the runtime given to the chains by Warner Bros is just 121 minutes, the shortest of any DCEU movie to date, despite featuring virtually every character to ever come from a DC comic book.

One can’t help but wonder if DC is taking a three bears approach to filming Justice League, and if, following Zack Snyder’s Justice League that was too long, and Joss Whedon’s Justice League that is too short, the studio will bring on a third director to make a film whose length is just right.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, so Warner Bros had better hurry up.

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02 Nov 21:17

Kevin Feige Explains A Major Change That Happened To The Original Iron Man Script

by Kaitlyn Booth

It turns out an early villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t supposed to die. According to UPROXXJeff Bridges revealed back in August that when he first signed on, Obadiah Stane wasn’t supposed to die:

“No, in the script, the script that I hired onto, my character lives! They open my suit up and I’m gone. But then when we got to shoot that scene, they didn’t open my suit up! I said, ‘Aren’t you going to open my suit up?’ They said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘You’re going to kill my guy?’ And they say, ‘Well, it’s a comic book. You could come back. Who knows?’ You know? But anyway.”

UPROXX recently talked to Marvel bossman Kevin Feige about the comment and what it meant:

“Well, that would be awesome to have him come back. That would be great. […] As you may recall, when he was hired, he was a secondary villain to the Mandarin. And as we were prepping the movie we realized we didn’t want to do the Mandarin in that movie. And when we took him out and made Obadiah the lead villain, Iron Man became what Iron Man became. But what was required is that Iron Monger [Obadiah Stane] had to go down into that arc reactor.”

Feige went on to explain that he and Iron Man director Jon Favreau thought that not only was the Mandarin kind of problematic he was also a bit too weird for the first movie in this new series of movies. We have to remember that this was 2008, so the world hadn’t come around to the weird superhero stuff yet. Thor was considered a “risky” movie at the time. It’s not surprising that they decided to hold off on some of the “weirdness” until they were sure this entire MCU thing would work out.

Will Bridges come back? He sounds open to it — and no one stays dead in comic books (well, except for Uncle Ben).

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30 Oct 20:58

DC's DOOMSDAY CLOCK First Major SPOILER Revealed

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DC said it was a sequel to WATCHMEN... and once you read this, you'll realize just how much it is.
30 Oct 20:53

John Williams' SUPERMAN Theme Returning For JUSTICE LEAGUE

29 Oct 21:49

Arrow Sticks The Landing On It’s New Night And Time

by Dan Wickline

I’ve been following the CW’s raitings numbers this week as the network officially started it’s 2017/2018 season. Most of the returning series have done well or went up while the new series have been a bit of a disappointment. Last night featured two returning series, Supernatural kicking off it’s 13th season in the same slot as last year while Arrow began season six on a new night and time.

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Riverdale moved to Arrow’s old slot, Wednesday at 8 PM and almost doubled it’s numbers, which left the question of how would Arrow do in the old Riverdale slot? Turns out the move didn’t affect the show that much at all. The numbers (1.6 million/0.6 rating 18-49) were on par with both the May finale (1.7/0.6) and the season 5 average (1.76/0.6)… so Arrow fans had no problem following the show to the new time. But the season premiere did much better than Riverdale did in the same slot last year (1.0/0.4). Meaning the swap has turned out as a win-win for the network as both time slots improved.

As for the earlier show, Supernatural had 2.1 million viewers and a 0.7 rating. This was up from the finale and the season average (1.7/0.6). This is the shows biggest audience in a year.

Now, unlike other networks, the early numbers are likely to go up as well as the shows were preempted by high school football in a lot of small markets… not something the other networks have to deal with most of the time.

 

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24 Oct 20:57

[Breaking] Grand Admiral Thrawn Novel Sequel Featuring Darth Vader

by Joshua Davison
Announcement for new Thrawn novel from NYCC
Thrawn Novel Announcement from NYCC

Coming out of New York Comic Con, a new Star Wars novel about Grand Admiral Thrawn novel has already been written Timothy Zahn, who wrote the prior novel released earlier this year.

It will follow up the previous Thrawn novel, and will feature the Grand Admiral teaming up with the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader.

Darth Vader's appearance announced for Thrawn novel
Darth Vader’s appearance announced for Thrawn novel

A publication date hasn’t been announced yet, but we will let you know as soon as we hear it.

For those who don’t know, Grand Admiral Thrawn is among the highest-ranking officers in the Galactic Empire and among the few non-humans to be promoted so high by the Emperor. He made waves in his original Expanded Universe appearances, showing up in both novels and games. He’s been resurrected in the new canon under Disney, even making an appearance in the Rebels series.

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24 Oct 20:49

Todd McFarlane Wants Everyone To Write Their Own Comic Books At NYCC

by Rich Johnston

Written by Amanda Gurall  at New York Comic Con

Todd McFarlane gave a passionate spotlight panel today where he implored anyone who wants to create a comic to do it now. He proposed that this is the best time to make your project because the major corporations own so many licenses that the only way they or the smaller companies can get new content is to look at the independent and new talent. It’s happening in television as well, because of the sheer number of outlets being financed both traditional and non. They are all scrambling for fresh content because they are locked out of most of the biggest titles by Disney and Warner Brothers, etc.

He spoke a bit about the founding of Image and how the power of numbers allowed them to create their own path between Marvel and DC and to attract the artists who were bouncing between them, unhappy. One of the keys to their success is allowing the artists to retain control over their own properties and to encourage them to make their own decisions. He mentioned that people like Robert Kirkman and Brian K. Vaughan are artists making their own way with their own control and doing it now, under modern circumstances.

“The average artist does one book a month, writers can do 2-5 a month. So I go, here’s why you will fail: you are popular writer A and you do five books. You do Thor and The Avengers for Marvel, you do Batman and The Flash for DC and you go do your fifth book, your own Rutabaga Man. Ok? Now I know you have a lot of fans but a lot of fans don’t have the money to buy everything you do. Are they going to buy big brand A,B,C or they going to buy this unknown book? It becomes low priority. If you had shut this spigot (big titles) off and did five books of Rutabaga Man, they will buy all of your stuff. Robert Kirkman came along and did this on his own for awhile and I said wow, he’s playing the game the way it should be played. He was doing it the way it should be done and advocating for other people as well.”

He also lamented that it’s getting harder to hire people to do comic books because they are making more short-term money drawing other artist’s work for conventions and on small commissions. Long term though they are hurting their career.

“If you never do any body of work they will never know who you are so you’ll only be able to raise your prices based on inflation. Where I can go do a sketch and it’s worth ten times as much because of my body of work. So I would put in a little bit of hard work and then take the easy street. As long as I have one eye and my hand moves I can theoretically make money as long as I have breath.”

McFarlane talked a bit about the meetings he is having with AMC for Sam and Twitch with Kevin Smith, they are waiting for the green light but next year we should be able to be discuss that show at next year’s NYCC.

He did not reveal anything new for the new Spawn film as they are in the budgeting stage now with production starting in February. He intends on doing one Facebook live each day of filming to show us behind the scenes “stupid stuff”. The film will be a fully R rated drama and not a super hero movie.

“It’s going to be dark, and it will come, and you will never, ever see Spawn’s full anatomy. I will have a shark in black water and if you’re not looking, and you’re swimming..then you are gone and he will fuck you up.”

Look for the new Stranger Things line of toys, an untitled project with HBO, more books and Of course Spawn, directed by McFarnane himself coming soon.

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19 Oct 19:55

Wonder Woman: 8 Of Her Lamest Villains (And 8 That Are Super Powerful)

by Octavio Karbank
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Wonder Woman: 8 Of Her Lamest Villains (And 8 That Are Super Powerful)

Princess Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman, is an emissary of love and peace — she loves everyone she meets. Ironically, those who wish her destruction and beset her at all sides don’t want her love and affection. From the moment she walked into Man’s World, Diana struggled to find her place. An outsider to many, she remained undeterred, constantly fighting in the name of righteousness in the hopes that one day Man’s World will no longer need her. Until that time however, Wonder Woman refuses to give up, despite having to contend with villains for all types and varieties.

RELATED: Left Wondering: 15 Issues With The Wonder Woman Movie We All Choose To Ignore

One of the world’s strongest beings, it takes a lot to significantly endanger Wonder Woman and even though she has plenty of enemies, some are goofy and lame, while others are diabolical and threatening. Not every bad guy can be a Cheetah or a Circe, sometimes you get a Paper Man or a Blue Snowman, but that only works to Wonder Woman’s advantage. The fewer world-ending bad guys she has to stop, the more time she can spend preventing practically harmless criminals from making bigger fools of themselves. Today at CBR we’re looking not only at 8 of Wonder Woman’s lamest villains, but also 8 of her strongest.

LAME: PAPER-MAN

One of Wonder Woman’s lamest, and generally weirdest, villains, was the Silver Age bad guy known as Paper-Man. Originally a normal guy named Horace, he worked at a chemical plan for the military, making some kind of special paper. Unfortunately for Horace, tragedy struck. He fell into one of the paper vats and was turned into flat, sentient piece of paper. Such an incident would probably be enough to make anyone jump on over in to crazy town, and that’s exactly what happened to Horace.

Now going by the name Paper-Man, he would manipulate his form to turn into paper airplanes and balls of paper, all in the name of wooing Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman. Which was ironic since he hated Wonder Woman. As you might imagine, Paper-Man wasn’t especially threatening…unless you hate the idea of paper cuts.

POWERFUL: ARES

Ares, the God of War, is among Wonder Woman’s most iconic foes. A being with neigh unlimited power, defeating his physical form isn’t enough; he’s fueled by war and the evil in men’s hearts. So long as there’s violence, Ares will be there. He’s fought Wonder Woman on multiple occasions and even if she pushes him back, it’s only by the skin of her teeth. Luckily for her, Ares prefers manipulating others into doing his bidding rather than engaging in physical combat.

That said, Ares can teleport, uses necromancy, and has superhuman strength, mind control, energy projection, telepathy and generally every other power out there. While physically Wonder Woman might not be able to beat Ares, she’s beaten him through more devious means. Once she hogtied him with her lasso, making him experience the suffering he’d wrought on the world, which made him abandon his mad quest for a time.

LAME: MOUSE MAN

Mouse Man, much as his name implies, was a tiny mouse-sized villain. Rather than using his mousiness for good, he joined the Academy of Arch-Villains and thought it would be a grand idea to attack Wonder Woman. Armed with uncanny swiftness and occasional mind-control, he was a marvelous annoyance to the Amazing Amazon. However, after she first defeated him, Wonder Woman locked Mouse Man in a birdcage.

Upon escaping, and with a grudge against the superhero, Mouse Man attacked Wonder Woman again, but accidentally shrunk her, which allowed Diana to knock him out with a piece of cheese. Later, he’d face defeat when she sneezed. Why Mouse Man continued going after one of the planet’s strongest heroes is a mystery onto itself. Rarely will you come across a lamer villain.

POWERFUL: DARKSEID

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Traditionally considered more of a nemesis to Superman, seeing as they’ve squared off multiple times, the fearsome New God is also a bane to not just Wonder Woman, but the Amazons as a whole. One of DC’s strongest beings, Darkseid is generally considered a threat to the entire cosmos. On multiple occasions, and for varying reasons, Darkseid has perpetually laid siege to Themyscira, otherwise known as Paradise Island, the home of the Amazons.

Usually his reasons involve something along the lines of godhood or questing for greater power, but every time he and his armies of malicious Parademon shock troops attack the island, Wonder Woman and her band of sisters are there to stop him. It hasn’t always been easy, as Darkseid has nearly proven victorious on more than one occasion.

LAME: ANGLE MAN

As physically imposing or downright threatening villains go, it wouldn’t be terribly difficult to take down Angle Man on your own. Since he first appeared in the Golden Age of comics, somehow this businessman, who’s only real ability was to work out every “angle” of a crime, proved a bother to poor Wonder Woman, who really just wanted to go and fight someone like the Cheetah or Ares. He was defeated multiple times, with little effort on Wonder Woman’s part. He later died during “Crisis On Infinite Earths”.

However, the infamous Angle Man would return during the Modern Age, receiving an update along the way. Yet no matter what modifications were made to him or his ridiculous costume, or even the inclusion of silly super powers, Angle Man never proved to be anything more than a lame villain.

POWERFUL: CIRCE

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The dreaded witch Circe hates Wonder Woman with a passion that will not be extinguished. For the longest time Circe has tried to kill Wonder Woman over and over again, and at least on one occasion, she’s succeeded. Going so far as to kick off Crisis-level events like “War of the Gods”, Wonder Woman has few enemies quite as deadly as Circe.

The sorceress is so powerful, she’s killed the god Hermes, transformed all the male superheroes into animal-human hybrids, and even mind-controlled Superman into nearly killing Wonder Woman. She’s been partly responsible for the “Amazons Attack!” event and constantly plagues Wonder Woman whenever she gets the opportunity. Even though the Princess Diana can befriend most of her villains, Circe consistently remains an evil wretch. Any emotional headway Diana makes with Circe lasts briefly.

LAME: THE BLUE SNOWMAN

The Blue Snowman is without question one of the more peculiar — and by peculiar we mean dumb — bad guys to cross Wonder Woman’s path. As it turns out, the Blue Snowman is actually a female scientist who disguises herself as a man so she can commit crimes. It’s a mystery why she didn’t just commit crimes as a woman. Did she think she’d be taken more seriously? It didn’t work. With no powers to speak of, Byrna Brilyant relied on her telescopic snow ray to create blizzards.

During the Golden Age, Wonder Woman, fed up with someone running around dressed as a blue snowman, locked Byrna up in the Amazon penal colony Transformation Island. She escaped and disappeared into obscurity for decades at a time. Probably for good reason too.

POWERFUL: GENOCIDE

Ruthless beyond measure and more dangerous than nearly anyone Diana faced, the villainess known as Genocide came as close as anyone ever has to killing Wonder Woman. The bizarre thing about this particular monster is that Genocide is Wonder Woman. Actually, Ares stole the dead body of Wonder Woman in the future, went back to the present era and the Secret Society of Super Villains and Dr. T.O. Morrow reassembled the corpse until a living engine of destruction.

Genocide would go on to defeat the Justice League, Wonder Woman, and even fused with the Lasso of Truth, something no villain had previously done. With an incredible array of abilities, Genocide proved nearly unstoppable. While Genocide eventually met defeat, she did not die, disappearing, and remaining out in the world until the next time she strikes.

LAME: ZARA, PRIESTESS OF THE CRIMSON FLAME

When you’ve got a title like Priestess of the Crimson Flame then you better be able to scare the dickens out of everyone you face; raining fire and brimstone down all those who dare oppose you. Zara never got the memo and instead relied on belly dancing to commit crime. With an intense hatred for men, and combing her belly dancing with her skills in pyrotechnics, Zara formed a cult, fought Wonder Woman, and lost badly.

Afterwards she joined Villainy Inc., who also housed such winners like the Blue Snowman. Ultimately, Zara had no powers and when all was said and done, all but one of her followers abandoned her, leaving her to join other misfit villains before she was forgotten to time, mentioned only in hushed whispers.

POWERFUL: DARK ANGEL

Dark Angel is a terrifying spirit that inhabits the body of its victims. She’s best known for inhabiting the body of Baroness Paula Von Gunther during World War II. At this time, Wonder Woman’s mother Hippolyta did battle with Dark Angel, but was never able to successfully eliminate her. Dark Angel even tried kidnapping young Princess Diana, but failed and accidentally kidnapped her double Donna Troy instead.

After that fracas was over, another version of her appeared following “Crisis on Infinite Earths”; this Dark Angel was actually the Donna Troy of Earth-Seven. She would constantly fight Donna and Wonder Woman and even spent some time psychologically torturing Supergirl. Dark Angel is incredibly powerful, able to teleport control her size, use mind control, and even time travel and alter the timestream.

LAME: FIREWORKS MAN

Fireworks Man, because all the other good names were taken, had the misfortune of being a nameless chemist in a Wonder Woman comic book. Somewhere along the way, he transformed himself into a being made of, well, fireworks, with the plan to steal a Wonder Woman statue. In his mind, this theft would symbolize defeating her. Of course Wonder Woman promptly arrived on the scene and was about to put an end to his shenanigans when Fireworks Man proved more formidable than her, or the reader for that matter, probably expected.

Spinning like a top, he knocked her into space with his fireworks, at which point Wonder Woman probably seriously contemplated her life’s choices. Fireworks Man began gloating about his imminent victory before his boasting left him distracted to get hit by a meteor. Is there a moral to the story? If not, it feels like there ought to be.

POWERFUL: SILVER SWAN

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A classic Wonder Woman villain, Silver Swan, or at least the Vanessa Kapatelis iteration didn’t start off as a diehard antagonist. Initially, Wonder Woman and Vanessa’s mom, Julia, were best of friends. As for Vanessa, she became jealous about her mother’s relationship with Diana, but eventually outgrew the negative feelings and befriended the Amazon.

That was until some of Wonder Woman’s villains took Vanessa, whose mother had just been crippled, and transformed her into the Silver Swan. Directing her anger over the incident at Wonder Woman, Silver Swan proved remarkably deadly, nearly defeating the Amazon on more than one occasion. With cybernetic enhancement and a destructive sonic scream, Silver Swan would plague Wonder Woman, even when the heroine was trying to save Vanessa from herself.

LAME: EGG FU

Egg Fu

Incredibly strange, and somewhat racist-looking, Egg Fu was a Chinese bad guy who inexplicably was shaped like a giant egg. First appearing in 1965 in Wonder Woman #157, Egg Fu wasn’t just an awful awful caricature, but he was a stupidly lame character too. Associating himself with criminal organizations like Intergang, Egg Fu brilliance was undermined by his general awfulness. While he might have started off as a serious threat all that came to end when he met Wonder Woman for the second time.

Or at least his relative, Egg Fu the Fifth did. Though he captures Diana and Steve Trevor, ensnaring her with her magic lasso Wonder Woman offers to dance for him. Egg Fu lets her dance which in turn allows Diana to perform a bracelet-clashing dance that cracks Egg Fu’s…egg, leaving him defeated. If Egg Fu sounds like a terrible character, it’s only because he is.

POWERFUL: DOCTOR CYBER

Many of Wonder Woman’s top adversaries are gods or cursed beings, but Doctor Cyber is a different blend of villain altogether. Relying on cybernetics and technology, Doctor Cyber was the head of a large global criminal and terrorist group. Yet after she got disfigured, a recurring trend for supervillains, she took a more hands-on approach to combating Wonder Woman. Donning a gold mask and a high tech exoskeleton, the cybernetic enhancements gave her the ability to shoot energy blasts and even made her strong enough to take on the Amazing Amazon.

However, no matter how great a power she achieved, Doctor Cyber would become obsessed with restoring her beauty, which in turn led to experimenting with planting her mind in Wonder Woman and then later Doctor Moon. Completely vicious and utterly unforgiving, Doctor Cyber is and was one of Wonder Woman’s most dangerous and formidable foes.

LAME: GIGANTA

These days, Giganta is a towering giant of a woman. She’s fearsome, impossibly strong, and also pretty intelligent (except for always wanting to fight Wonder Woman), but we’re not here to talk about that Giganta, but rather her Golden Age iteration. The original Giganta had an incredibly wacky and inane backstory. In it, the scientist Professor Zool mutated an ape named Giganta and turned her in an angry red-headed woman. Understandably, she was upset, even more so when the machine broke.

With nothing else to occupy her time, the ape-lady Giganta fought Wonder Woman over and over again, losing each and every time. After issue #28 of Wonder Woman, she wouldn’t be seen again until 1966 in issue #163; by then, she’d been modernized. Yet the original Giganta will always be a sore spot in Wonder Woman history.

POWERFUL: CHEETAH

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Whether it’s Barbara Minerva, Priscilla Rich, or even Deborah Domaine, the story of the Cheetah is a tragic case among Wonder Woman foes. That said, the Cheetah is also one of the strongest and most ruthless opponents Wonder Woman’s ever fought, and she’s fought Superman for goodness sake! Every woman to take on the mantle of the Cheetah finds herself cursed in one way or another, as it’s usually the prerequisite for harnessing the awesome power. From there, the Cheetah is typically driven insane, yet Wonder Woman never stops in trying to find a cure for her friends.

Despite Wonder Woman’s affection for Cheetah, this is one villain Diana can’t hold back against. The Cheetah has beaten Wonder Woman, nearly killed the Flash, and came this close to defeating the Justice League in the New 52 by herself. Diana’s most famous baddie, the Cheetah is practically nature’s wrath incarnate.

Which of these villains is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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19 Oct 19:52

SNL Teases Justice League Skit with Gal Gadot

by Brandon Staley
SNL Teases Justice League Skit with Gal Gadot

The Saturday Night Live Twitter account has teased the next big skit for the long-running weekend sketch comedy series: Justice League. An image uploaded to the account page shows one of the film’s iconic posters retrofitted to include members of the cast, including Kate McKinnon as the Flash and Kenan Thompson as Cyborg.

One of the characters not represented by an SNL cast member is Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, which should come as no surprise to fans of the show. Gadot, star of this year’s massively popular Wonder Woman who will reprise her role as the Amazonian warrior princess in Justice League, will host SNL this coming Saturday, Oct. 7.

RELATED: Justice League: Batman, Wonder Woman Head to the Batcave in New Photo

Little else I known about the sketch now, though Gadot and SNL have been playing up the actress’s Wonder Woman role in promotional material. One such short video saw Gadot erupting through a stage wall while the cast was rehearsing for an upcoming episode, which was Diana of Themyscira’s preferred way of making an entrance in Wonder Woman — loud and proud.

Saturday Night Live airs weekly every Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT. The series was created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol, first premiering in 1975. The show is currently in its 43rd season.

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19 Oct 19:45

Shyamalan’s Glass Begins Filming

by Jason Cohen
Shyamalan’s Glass Begins Filming

Director M. Night Shyamalan‏ has announced the start of principal photography on Glass, the third film in his Unbreakable trilogy.

RELATED: Shyamalan’s Glass Adds More Unbreakable Characters

“Seventeen years in the making,” the filmmaker wrote in the tweet accompanying an image of a clapboard emblazoned with the movie’s logo.

Starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, 2000’s Unbreakable centered on the discovery by David Dunn that he’s a real-life superhero. The thriller grossed $248.1 million worldwide.

Early this year, Shyamalan‏ released Split as a standalone sequel, starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley, about a man with 23 personalities who kidnaps and imprisons three teenage girls; Willis makes an appearance as Dunn. The movie was a commercial success, earning $276.9 million, and spurring Shyamalan‏ to begin production on Glass almost immediately.

RELATED: Glass Synopsis Surfaces Online

Glass will continue where Split left off, depicting Dunn’s pursuit of McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb. The character Mr. Glass will be revealed as the person behind many of the film’s events.

Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, Glass is slated for release Jan. 18, 2019. The film stars James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Beast, Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass and Sarah Paulson in an unknown role.

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28 Sep 19:51

Liam Neeson Un-Retires From Action Movies

by Tim Adams
Liam Neeson Un-Retires From Action Movies

In what may be the shortest retirement in recent history, Liam Neeson is returning to action movies.

The actor dropped the news Tuesday at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles during the red-carpet premiere of his film Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.

RELATED: Liam Neeson Announces Retirement From Action Films

“It’s not true, look at me! You’re talking in the past tense,” Neeson said when asked about his recent retirement. “I’m going to be doing action movies until they bury me in the ground. I’m unretired.”

The actor announced his retirement just a few weeks earlier while attending the Toronto International Film Festival, saying it felt like the proper time to leave action behind. “They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff,” Neeson said. “I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m sixty-fucking-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go, ‘Come on.’”

Even before his retirement/unretirement from action films, Neeson has two unreleased action movies coming down the pike: Hard Powder, in which he plays a snowplow driver desperate for revenge following the death of his son, and The Commuter, in which he’s a man caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his commute home. Both films are slated for release in 2018.

(via Variety)

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27 Sep 20:25

Mark Hamill Originally Thought Luke Starkiller Was Han Solo’s Sidekick

by Liam Nolan
Mark Hamill Originally Thought Luke Starkiller Was Han Solo’s Sidekick

Mark Hamill’s role as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’s 1977 film Star Wars catapulted the young actor and his co-stars to stardom. However, thanks to not having the full script and a confusing screen test with Harrison Ford, Hamill wasn’t aware he was reading for the film’s lead; instead, the iconic actor believed he’d be playing Han Solo’s sidekick.

RELATED: Paramount is Not Happy About JJ Abrams’ Return to Star Wars

Asked in a recent interview with official Star Wars website about whether the influence of classic movies and comic books drew Hamill to Star Wars, the actor responded that he actually wasn’t certain at first whether or not the movie was serious, and talked about his confusion regarding the role.

“I got that part without having read the entire script,” Hamill said. “I got a scene. First of all, there was a cattle call, where everybody in town that’s the right age goes in and they look at your size, your height, your looks, your this, your that. And you talk back and forth. They interview you, you don’t really hear them talk about the movie. And then you get the scene, you do the scene, and I’m trying to figure out, ‘Wait a second. Is this straightforward? Is it kind of a parody or an ironic sendup?’ I tested with Harrison [Ford] and I couldn’t [figure it out]. George [Lucas] just said, ‘Well, look, let’s just do it and we’ll talk about it later.’ Which is classic George, because you learn later that he says, ‘Let’s just do it,’ and then he never talks about it later.”

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It wasn’t until he read the script at home that he discovered he would actually be playing the film’s lead character, not Ford.

“But when I finally got the part and they said they were sending the script over, I was living by myself in a one-bedroom on the beach in Malibu,” Hamill recalled. “It was before I was married. And I get the script and I sit down, and I’ll never forget the chair I was sitting in, facing the ocean. I open the title page and it says, ‘The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as Taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga Number One: The Star Wars.’ And I thought, ‘Wait a second…’ Because when I tested, I figured Harrison’s a leading man. So I thought, ‘I’m playing his sidekick, right?’ Reading it, I’m going, ‘Wait a second. Wasn’t I reading for Luke Starkiller? This can’t be right.’ Anyway, I started reading it and you can imagine. I mean, ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.’ Then you read the crawl and you’re right in the action. It’s just such an economical example of storytelling.”

Prior to Star Wars, Ford had already worked with Lucas on 1973’s American Graffiti as well as Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 film The Conversation. Comparatively, Hamill had mostly worked on TV shows and didn’t have much big-screen experience.

The title for the script that Hamill provides in the interview corresponds to the film’s fourth draft. Eventually, Lucas would change the name of his main character, Luke Starkiller, to Luke Skywalker.

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Hamill will next appear as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Arriving Dec. 15, that film also stars Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

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27 Sep 20:19

‘Thrones’ Kit Harington & Rose Leslie Are Engaged! Check Your Swords!

by Ray Flook
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#KitHarringtonWife2018

Let me be the first to confess that I went into this post trying to line up a bunch of “You know nothing, Jon Snow,” “Red Wedding” and dragon jokes; but in the interest of love and marriage and all of that pleasant stuff, I’m going to avoid the snark and play this straight so I don’t step all over their good news.

With the hope that life doesn’t imitate art too much, Game of Thrones onscreen pairing Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) have formally announced that they are engaged and intending to marry. The couple’s families made the formal announcement in the”Forthcoming Marriages” section of the Times of London newspaper:

game thrones harington leslie engaged

“MR. K.C. HARINGTON AND MISS R.E. LESLIE. The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughters of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire.”

Harington and Leslie confirmed their romance to the public by appearing together and sharing a quick kiss on the red carpet at Britain’s 2016 Olivier Awards. Harington said his best ever memory of the show were the three weeks during the second season when they filmed in Iceland; and had this to say about Leslie and their relationship in an interview with L’Uomo Vogue last year:

game thrones harington leslie engaged

“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love. If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”

Harrington and Leslie appeared together on Game of Thrones for three season, with Leslie exiting the series after Season 4 while Harington has appeared in all seven seasons. Leslie is currently starring in the CBS All Access series The Good Fight, which was renewed for a 13-episode second season. Harington will next be seen in the BBC’s drama Gunpowder, a three-part series based around the Gunpowder Plot in London in 1605, before returning as Jon Snow to film the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones.

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25 Sep 01:08

‘Spielberg’: HBO Releases First Trailer for Steven Spielberg Doc

by Ray Flook

 

steven spielberg doc trailer hbo

For nearly 50 years, Steven Spielberg has changed the way we experience movies. Through films as diverse as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler’s List and Bridge of Spies, Spielberg has mostly let his craft to the talking for him…until now. The director finds himself in front of the camera as the focus of Spielberg, HBO‘s feature-length documentary that means to show fans more of the personal side to the man behind some of their favorite films.

Directed by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy (American Masters) and produced by Lacy, Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin, Spielberg is set to premiere on October 7th, exclusively through HBO and its affiliates (HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand).

Looking to draw back the curtain on a life and career that’s impacted so many for so long, Lacy recorded nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with Spielberg on a wide range of topics. The director is given the opportunity to open up about his childhood influences; discuss the difficulties he had transitioning from his success in television into film; examine what it was like to be known as “Mr. Blockbuster” and how that influenced him to take on more socially conscious work; and look back at the ways working in Hollywood shaped him personally.

The documentary also includes clips and behind-the-scenes footage from many of Spielberg’s films, including: Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and Saving Private Ryan.

Lacy didn’t solely rely on Spielberg for her documentary, however. The documentarian also included insights and perspectives from Spielberg’s friends, colleagues and family members. Ranging from actors and directors to producers and industry insiders, the lineup included: J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Zemeckis.

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25 Sep 01:05

LeBron James Goes In On Trump “We As American People Need To Come Together Even Stronger”

by Jeremy Konrad

LeBron James posted his thoughts on what Donald Trump had to say about fellow NBA star Stephen Curry‘s comments about his team the Golden State Warriors visiting the White House after winning the NBA title this past summer. The Warriors will not be visiting.

Now, he is taking it to another level. In a post on The Uninterrupted, James by video message had the following to add:

“We all know what happened at Charlottesville and the divide that caused and now it’s even hitting more home for me now because he’s now using sports as the platform to try and divide us,” LeBron James said.

“We all know how much sports brings us together, how much passion it has, how much we love and care and friendships and everything it creates. And for him to try and use this platform, even more, it’s not something I can stand for, it’s not something I can be quiet about.”

“We, as American people, need to actually just come together even more stronger man,” James said. “This is a very critical time and me, in the position I am, I had to voice this to ya’ll.”

LeBron James Goes In On Trump "We As American People Need To Come Together Even Stronger”

Many during the day today have been applauding LeBron James and his contemporaries for speaking their minds about the situation. The Warriors also released a statement as a team about their decision to stay away, even though Trump “revoked” his invite.

While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.
In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.

All of this is going to come to a head tomorrow around 9:30 AM est when the first NFL game kicks off for the day over in London when the anthem is played. Expect many kneeling players and plenty of sideline shots throughout the days games. It should be quite an interesting day in sports, finishing out a weekend where many athletes felt attacked by their own countries leader.

Maybe Trump is just jealous about this:

 

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25 Sep 01:02

‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’: CBS Scares Up Premiere Date, New Image

by Ray Flook
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What in the actual fucking fuck?

michael jackson halloween

Halloween is one of those holidays that usually finds itself yielding a new special or two, and this year won’t be any different as CBS has set the premiere date for and released the first official image from their new Michael Jackson-themed animated special Michael Jackson’s Halloween.

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The one-hour animated special is set to premiere on October 27 at 8:00 pm EST, and will feature Jackson’s acclaimed music as its soundtrack. Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons and Lucas Till are the voices featured in the special

Here’s CBS’s official synopsis for Michael Jackson’s Halloween:

“Created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate, Michael Jackson’s Halloween follows millennials Vincent (Till) and Victoria (Clemons), who meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an adventure culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.”

The special was created and produced by Optimum Productions, with animation production by Hammerhead. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, serve as executive producers. Daniel Chuba is the producer and Mark A.Z. Dippé is the director.

michael jackson halloween

The holiday special will come on the heels of the September 29 release of Michael Jackson’s Scream, a Halloween-appropriate compilation album that collects thirteen of Jackson’s “scariest” songs on CD and vinyl. The compilation also includes the five-song mash-up “Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)”

Here’s the track listing for Michael Jackson’s Scream, along with a sample from the Track 14 mash-up:

01 “This Place Hotel”
02 “Thriller”
03 “Blood On The Dance Floor”
04 “Somebody’s Watching Me”
05 “Dirty Diana”
06 “Torture”
07 “Leave Me Alone”
08 “Scream”
09 “Dangerous”
10 “Unbreakable”
11 “Xscape”
12 “Threatened”
13 “Ghosts”
14 “Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)”

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25 Sep 00:57

Star Trek: Discovery’s Uniforms, Decoded

by Kevin Melrose
Star Trek: Discovery’s Uniforms, Decoded

Star Trek has a long tradition of color-coded uniforms that signify in which divisions Starfleet personnel serve. Perhaps most memorably, on The Original Series command division was gold, science and medical were blue, and operations, engineering and security were red. Naturally, that approach continues on CBS’s franchise revival Star Trek: Discovery, with some notable alterations.

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Set a decade before Kirk, Spock & Co. set off on their five-year mission, the new show eschews the bright colors of The Original Series, and opts instead for uniforms more akin to those of Enterprise, the 2001-2005 drama that took place about a century earlier, during the early days of interstellar travel. The color piping on the blue fitted jumpsuits corresponded with each of the divisions of the beloved 1960s television series, but designated ranks with silver pips displayed on the right chest, rather than on the sleeves.

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Enterprise

“We looked at Enterprise,” executive producer Akiva Goldsman recently explained, “we looked at The Original Series, at that point in canon, and we tried to pull across the color palette.”

However, Discovery trades in the Skittles rainbow for something a little more subdued (albeit a lot more metallic), with gold, silver and bronze, a little closer to the divisional designations used in the unaired 1965 pilot “The Cage.”

“We are looking at doing the red, blue and gold shirts,” said costume designer Gersha Phillips. “We’ve come up with a system where we’re doing a foiled compression panel and delta panels that we’re putting in on the jackets that tell that same story of the departments.”

Command

Star Trek: Discovery command uniform

As with The Original Series and its prequel Enterprise, the Starfleet uniforms of Discovery use gold to designate the command division, which traditionally encompasses officers and crewmen in command (of course) and control functions. That includes captains, executive officers, helmsmen and navigators.

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On Star Trek: Discovery, First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) and Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) notably wear gold accents.

Science

star trek: discovery science division

Instead of the blue of The Original Series, silver is used on Discovery to specify the sciences division, which covers Starfleet officers and crewmen in scientific and medical research and control functions. Those can include a wide range of departments and duties, from sensors and research to surgery and medics.

On Discovery, science officers Saru (Doug Jones) and Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), and medical officer Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) notably wear silver accents.

Operations

star trek: discovery operations

The largest division of most any Starfleet crew, operations encompasses such functions as engineering, security, communications and tactical. On The Original Series operations personnel wore red, which gave rise to the term “redshirt,” meaning a stock character who dies soon after being introduced. However, on Discovery, operations officers and crew are designated by bronze accents on their blue uniforms.

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On the new series, operations personnel include security officer Lt. Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) and Cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman).

Ranks and Division Badges

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The color coding of the Starfleet uniforms on Star Trek: Discovery continues with the metallic badges, which correspond to the gold, silver and bronze of each of the divisions. What’s more, those badges display the division insignia as seen on The Original Series: the stylized star for command, a “ringed planet” for sciences and a spiral for operations.

But there’s a twist, with ranks on Discovery indicated with pips, akin to those of Star Trek: The Next Generation, only here displayed on the badges themselves: four pips for a captain, three for a commander, and so on.


In the United States, Star Trek: Discovery debuts Sunday, Sept. 24, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, before moving to the CBS All Access streaming service for subsequent episodes. In Canada, the series debuts on CTV and Space at 8:30 pm ET, with its second episode set to air immediately after on Space — subsequent episodes will air Sundays through Nov. 5. Internationally, the series will stream on Netflix.

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25 Sep 00:47

Rumored Gambit Movie Plot Details Include Classic X-Men Foe

by Renaldo Matadeen
Rumored Gambit Movie Plot Details Include Classic X-Men Foe

Fox’s Gambit film has been stuck in such developmental hell that star Channing Tatum had to come out and indicate to fans the project is still happening and that it’s restarting from scratch. Now, with the studio yet to firm up a director, full cast, or a production start date, some rumored plot details have emerged over at SplashReport.

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The details hint that the movie will be the Ocean’s 11 of comic book movies, with Gambit embroiled in heists over two periods of time. The movie will reportedly explore his comic book origins in the Guild of Thieves and the war between his LeBeau clan and the Boudreaux family, which his love interest Bella Donna belongs to. It will then jump forward to Gambit being hired by none other than Mister Sinister aka Nathaniel Essex to steal a mysterious trunk that was stolen by the Boudreaux clan, which will of course bring back demons of his past.

Sinister’s presence was felt in the after-credits of X-Men: Apocalyse when Essex Corp. was seen gathering Wolverine’s blood samples. Also, noteworthy is that for this second heist, Gambit will be recruiting Dani Moonstar, who is already due to appear in the New Mutants movie, and Jaime Madrox aka Multiple Man (who we last saw in X-Men: The Last Stand).

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These rumors come in the wake of the last director attached, Doug Liman, leaving after citing script issues. With the likes of Deadpool 2, New Mutants and now an X-Force movie all underway, it comes as no surprise that Fox will want to proceed with this fan favorite character to expand its superhero universe as quickly as possible.

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24 Sep 17:48

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22 Sep 19:58

Crisis On Earth-X Is The Arrowverse Punching Nazis Versions Of Themselves

by Dan Wickline
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This sounds fun

Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg said they conceived of this years crossover to be like the big Justice League / Justice Society ones of the past. But there is a lot more going on here. Earth-X in the comics is the home of the Freedom Fighters… which isn’t a random choice since there will be a new animated series on the CW Seed called Freedom Fighters: The Ray and Guggenheim says that there will two Ray’s involved in that including the Earth-1 version. Earth-X is the world if the Nazi’s had won World War II. So the crossover are the heroes of the Arrowverse punching Nazis.

Now let’s take a look at the heads around the outside looking at the fight. We have all of Team Flash with The Flash, Vibe and Killer Frost. From the Legends we have Firestorm, Heat Wave, Atom, White Canary, Zari (nice necklace) and Vixen. We have Supergirl and then we have from Team Arrow Wild Dog, Green Arrow, Black Canary and Mr. Terrific. Oh… and The Ray is there. Not included in the image: Citizen Steel, Elongated Man and Spartan.

Since we don’t know how soon into the series will get Elongated Man, that’s not a big deal. But no Steel is interesting… and no Spartan makes you wonder if Diggle makes it off Lian Yu in one piece.

When you pull into the center piece more, besides the image of Barry and Iris at the alter. You see a couple other interesting faces that might be spoiler-ish. On the bad-guy side we see Nazi (not sure what they’ll call them in the show) versions of Supergirl, Green Arrow, Reverse Flash and… Dark Archer? In the trailer for The Ray, we got to see these characters and the look a little different so it’s hard to say if that’s going to be Barry Allen or Eobard Thawne as their Flash… and might we get John Barrowman back for the crossover at least? It would be cool. Oh… and look on the bottom left corner… isn’t that one Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold? Hes on the good guy side.

If this piece by Phil Jimenez is accurate and they told him who to draw… then we’ll meet live-action The Ray (which means we should hear some casting news soon), and we might get to meet the other Freedom Fighters: Phantom Lady Black Condor and Red Tornado. We know Curtis survives Lian Yu and it looks like Wild Dog might be getting a mask upgrade.

Now that the episodes are filming, we should start getting more close. And the marriage of Barry and Iris is the “love is in the air” thing Guggenheim teased a while back. And they’re keeping the tradition in comics where weddings always attract bad guys.

Crisis on Earth-X will air in 4 parts, the Supergirl and Arrow part will air back-to-back Monday November 27th and then Flash and Legends will air back-to-back on Tuesday November 28th.

Crisis On Earth-X

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20 Sep 05:51

Linda Hamilton Is Returning For Terminator 6

by Kaitlyn Booth

It turns out she’ll be back too. It was announced today on The Hollywood Reporter that Linda Hamilton is making her return to the Terminator franchise. After twenty-five years and skipping three installments, Hamilton will join director James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the team is brought together yet again.

“As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return.” He adds, “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”

Linda Hamilton

We don’t know that much about this movie so far and it seems like pre-production is really just starting to get underway. This movie is being directed by Deadpool director Tim Miller since Cameron is too busy shooting approximately 1284 Avatar sequels. The old cast aren’t the only one’s that Cameron is bringing in though.

“We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story,” Cameron said. “We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters but we’ll have Arnold and Linda Hamilton’s characters to anchor it.”

In a movie about time travel it really makes sense that they’ll just roll with that and have a old and new versions of characters running around. It’s sort of like what X-Men did in Days of Future Past only it sounds like this is going to have those characters interact. The Hollywood Reporter is also saying that they’ll be treating this installment like a direct sequel to Judgement Day which makes sense. Might as well use the last movie everyone liked as your stepping stone.

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