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Marvel and 20th Century Fox Developing New Mobile RPG

Could this game get the Marvel family back together again?

News Matthew Byrd
Jul 27, 2017

Marvel and Fox will continue the spirit of cooperation in the name of cash by co-developing a new action-RPG mobile game with Fox owned game studio, Aftershock. 

“Aftershock is creating something special and we are thrilled to finally announce this news,” said Marvel's Senior VP of Games and Innovation, Jay Ong, in an official statement. "The game will be the full package: an exciting storyline, epic moments with Marvel super heroes and super villains, and incredible visuals that truly bring our characters to life. It’s shaping up to be one of our biggest and boldest projects in our mobile portfolio, and we know it will exceed our fans’ expectations.”

The matter of how the game will exceed expectations remains up for debate. The only thing we know about this project is that it will likely be a dungeon crawler-lite kind of experience (as is pretty typical with mobile RPGs) and that it will include some PvP elements. There's also a fairly good chance that this could be a spiritual successor of sorts to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series which was recently re-released on consoles and PC. 

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Of course, the pertinent part of this particular announcement is that developer Aftershock is owned by Fox. As Fox so happens to also control the rights to certain Marvel properties - namely X-Men - it's entirely possible that this upcoming mobile title will feature both MCU heroes and Fox-controlled characters. That would prove to be a huge deal moving forward if both studios are willing to continue this level of cooperation. 

If you're not familiar with developer Aftershock, that's likely because the studio has yet to release a game (they're currently also working on a mobile strategy title based on Avatar). However, Aftershock is comprised of former employees from studios like Blizzard and EA. 

There is no word on this game's official title, release date, or pricing structure at this time.

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Stephen King’s It: New Trailer Is Terrifying

Here's a new look at the It remake. Be warned: it is absolutely terrifying...

News Den Of Geek Staff
Jul 27, 2017

Page 1 of 5The Dark Tower Trailer, Release Date, Cast, & Much More

We all float down here, according to Warner Bros., which is taking another stab at one of Stephen King's most hideous creations: the demonic clown Pennywise. Based on the 1986 novel It, the new movie is the first big screen adaptation of the story, following a very popular TV miniseries in the early 90s, starring the inimitable Tim Curry in the role of the killer clown. In case you haven't seen it, it's responsible for the world's growing fear of clowns.

This new take, starring Bill Skarsgard and directed by Andy Muschietti, could be even darker, judging from the first trailers. 

Here's everything we know:

It News

A new, terrifying trailer has arrived for the first part of the It remake. Check it out below:

It Release Date

It will arrive on on September 8, 2017.

Producer Dan Lin confirmed to Collider that this film is the first installment in a planned two-parter. If this movie, which tells the story from the point of view of the Losers Club when they were kids, is successful, the plan is to make the second film about the Losers Club as adults and their final showdown with Pennywise.

It Trailer

Here's the second trailer released for It:

The first It trailer is perhaps the most terrifying thing since The Shining. Watch it below:

It Rating

The It movie will be rated R, confirmed producer Dan Lin while speaking with Collider. Said the producer about how the film earned its R rating:

It is a rated-R movie. If you’re going to make a “Rated-R movie”, you have to fully embrace what it is, and you have to embrace the source material. It is a scary clown that’s trying to kill kids. So of course that’s going to be a rated-R movie. The kids are amazing. You very much get a Stand by Me vibe as far as their camaraderie and the way they joke with each other and that they really care for each other. They do have a scary crown that’s taken over the town of Derry, so it’s going to be rated R.

It Synopsis

Here's the official synopsis from WB:

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids is faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

It Cast

Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) will take over killer clown duties from Will Poulter (We're the Millers), who departed the project shortly after director Cary Fukunaga. 

Pennywise the Clown is one of the most terrifying and evil characters King has ever created. Taking the shape of a clown named Pennywise, it eats little children and manipulates them into doing his bidding. It's been around for centuries, returning every three decades to terrorize the town of Derry, Maine—one of King's favorite places to have everyone murdered. Let's hope Mr. Skarsgard can live up to Curry, King's original novel, and fan expectation. 

Skarsgard joins Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom), Nicholas Hamilton (Henry Bowers), Owen Teague (Patrick Hockstetter), Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), Steven Williams (Leroy Hanlon), Stephen Bogaert (Al Marsh), Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie), Pip Dwyer (Sharon Denbrough), Logan Thompson (Victor Criss), and Jake Sim (Belch Huggins).

Richard "Richie" Tozier will be played by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard. The funny member of the Losers' Club with the scotch-taped glasses apparently got lost on July 4th. Young Tozier was played by Seth Green on the 1990 TV adaptation of It. Harry Anderson played him as an adult.  

Owen Teague, who plays the son of Ben Mendelsohn on Bloodline at Netflix, will play Patrick Hocksetter, one of the bullies who torment the Losers Club. Hocketter is a psycho who falls under the sway of the evil clown without even looking at the deadlights. His fridge is filled with animals he’s killed.

It Director & Writer

Andres Muschietti (Mama) is directing. He took over the struggling pre-production from True Detective season one's Cary Fukunaga. Gary Dauberman (Annabelle) has written the current screenplay adaptation of Stephen King's novel. 

There are few things more impressive in the horror genre than earning the approval of the King of Horror himself. Stephen King has seen a cut of Muschietti's adaptation of It and gave it a thumbs up. Said King on his Facebook page:

Andy Muschietti's remake of IT (actually it's Part 1--The Losers' Club) succeeds beyond my expectations. Relax. Wait. And enjoy.

Posted by Stephen King on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Not a bad review of Mr. Muschietti. The rest of us will have to wait a few more months to watch the film. The second half of It - the one about the adult Losers Club - is said to start filming very soon. 

It Photos

Three new images from the film arrived as well, and they're absolutely terrifying. Check them out below:

Barbara Muschietti also released a picture of Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier. It's pretty retro and cool. Check it out:

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Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise the Clown is preparing to terrorize the children of Derry in 2017. His version of Stephen King's infamous monster looks a bit less party-friendly than Tim Curry's version, in fact. Check out Pennywise hanging out in the sewers in this new photo from EW:

It has officially finished filming. A new picture to commemorate the end of filming appeard on producer Barbara Muschietti's Instagram. Check it out below:

EW revealed the first full look at Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise the Clown. As you might expect, the costume is quite terrifying, guarranteed to terrify a whole new generation of children. Check it out if you dare:

The costume was created by award-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Mad Men). Says Bryant of the costume, "The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time," revealing that the costume takes inspiration from the Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras.

"There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume," Bryant says. "The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality."

Child-like is not the word I would use...

Here's the first picture of the actors who will make up the Losers Club:

Here's the very first picture of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown:

It Poster

Oh, and here's a new poster, too:

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Comrade Detective Trailer: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dub Cop Show Spoof

Amazon’s Comrade Detective has Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt dubbing dialogue in a 1980s-style Romanian cop show.

News Joseph Baxter
Jul 27, 2017

While Amazon’s Comrade Detective is a TV series that heralds the headlining duo of Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, don’t expect to see them. That’s because the series, a faux-vintage, retro-1980s Romanian cop show (a flourishing genre if there ever was one,) features Romanian actors onscreen with the voices of the headlining stars, along with an impressive array of supporting voice actors. Indeed, the Comrade Detective trailer plays to its odd retro vibes from the outset with the sight of Tatum watching the footage – out of necessity – on a VCR.

Comrade Detective Trailer

The Comrade Detective trailer immediately sets its audacious tone with a faux-fourth-wall-breaking prologue in which Channing Tatum (as himself,) receives a VHS copy of a “favorite forgotten Romanian television show.” What pops up is an over-the-top cop show, riddled wantonly with cliché, starring Romanian actors Florin Piersic Jr. and Corneliu Ulici, filled with hilarious dialogue from familiar voices.

All the unbridled jingoism associated with 1980s American action movies manifests in the Bucharest-set Comrade Detective, except it promotes Soviet-era Communist ideals, notably with an antagonist in a sniper-rifle-wielding villain wearing a Ronald Reagan mask. All in all, it’s a kooky concoction that hearkens back to voice-dubbed comedy offerings such as Woody Allen’s 1966 standard bearer What’s Up, Tiger Lilly? and Steve Oedekerk’s 2002 cult classic Kung Pow: Legend of the Fist.

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Comrade Detective Story

Here is Amazon’s official synopsis of Comrade Detective.

In the thick of 1980’s Cold War hysteria, the Romanian government created the country’s most popular and longest-running series, Comrade Detective, a sleek and gritty police show that not only entertained its citizens but also promoted Communist ideals and inspired a deep nationalism. The action-packed and blood-soaked first season finds Detectives Gregor Anghel and Iosef Baciu investigating the murder of fellow officer Nikita Ionesco and, in the process, unraveling a subversive plot to destroy their country that is fueled by — what else — the greatest enemy: capitalism. Though the beloved show was sadly forgotten about after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has been rediscovered and digitally remastered now with its main heroes voiced by Tatum and Gordon-Levitt. Comrade Detective is a true portal into a time and place and a powerful reminder of what art can be—and it is now ready to be seen by the modern world on a larger scale than ever before.

Comrade Detective Cast

Besides lead dubbers Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Comrade Detective also features the voices of Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Chloë Sevigny, Fred Armisen, Jake Johnson and Colleen O'Shaughnessey. Additional guest voices include Bobby Cannavale, Tracey Letts, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton Duplass, Jerrod Carmichael, John Early and Bo Burnham, as well as a duo of Oscar winners in Mahershala Ali and Kim Basinger.

The series was created by the duo of Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka, who wrote the screenplay for the 2011 Jonah Hill-starring comedy The Sitter, as well as TV shows such as Animal Practice and Dice. Rhys Thomas (SNL) serves as director.

Comrade Detective Release Date

Comrade Detective arrives to clean the mean streets of Bucharest of capitalists and other undesirables when it premieres on Amazon Prime on August 4.

American Horror Story Season 7: ‘Cult’ Gets New Teaser, Poster

american horror story season 7 teaser

Gotta give it to Ryan Murphy: for every answer he gives you about American Horror Story: Cult, he raises about a dozen new questions. Murphy’s game of “tease-the-fans” rages on this week with a new teaser and official poster for the show’s upcoming Season 7 ahead of its Tuesday, September 5th premiere.

Fans spent months trying to figure out what all the teases Murphy was sending out really meant, desperate to know the name for this season and if it would give them any more clues to the overall theme. Murphy used the spectacle that is Comic-Con International (SDCC) to formally make the announcement:

And then an additional teaser after the announcement:

Murphy teased American Horror Story‘s upcoming season for over two months with casting announcements and seemingly random images, including one that more than implied that Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) from Season 4’s Freak Show would be making his presence known…and he might be bringing some of his fellow “freaks” along with him.

american horror story season 7 teaser

As previously announced, American Horror Story: Cult will include returning cast members Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Adina Porter, and Cheyenne Jackson; as well as new cast members Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), Billy Eichner (Difficult People), Colton Haynes (Arrow), Leslie Grossman (Nip/Tuck), Alison Pill (The Newsroom) and Lena Dunham (Girls).

American Horror Story: Cult is using the 2016 election as an inspiration and backdrop for the story, beginning with the night of the election itself. While the turbulent election might serve as the season’s theme, Murphy wants viewers to know that if they’re expecting to see Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump running for their lives from a crazed, knife-wielding Twisty, they’re going to be disappointed:

american horror story season 7 teaser

“I think people literally think Sarah Paulson is playing Hillary Clinton, and I wanted to clarify that that is not true. Horror Story is always about allegory, so the election is allegory. It’s our jumping off point. It is about the election we just went through and what happened on that night and the fallout of that night, which to many people, from all sides of the camps is a horror story. And you know, that show is always so fun when it’s about the zeitgeist and what we’re doing now. You’ll see them (Clinton and Trump) on television. The first 10 minutes of the season, this season, takes place in a very eerie macabre way on election night and there’s something terrible that happens in the lives of our characters on election night as they’re watching it all go down. Which in itself was a horror story, so it’s like a horror story upon a horror story.”

PREVIOUSLY:

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Starts Recruiting Members Sept. 5

American Horror Story Season 7: Lena Dunham To Guest Star

‘American Horror Story’ Season 7: Twisty the Clown’s Back!

American Horror Story Season 7: ‘Cult’ Gets New Teaser, Poster

Cully Hamner Draws Blue Beetle In The DC Comic Art Academy

One of my favorite artists popped into the DC Comic Art Academy this week. Cully Hamner who is know for his work on Green Lantern: Mosaic, Blue Beetle, Black Lightning: Year One and of course the Warren Ellis series Red that was turned into two Bruce Willis movies. Looks like Cully is working his way through the rainbow on book titles. He design of the Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle with a much more alien and sentient armor is one of the more unique and beloved character redesigns in the last fifteen years.

Cully Hamner

Hamner sits down to draw Blue Beetle while telling the story of getting the call from Dan DiDio, telling him about the project and how they wanted him to look more Mech. Hamner didn’t think the could do that consistently issue after issue, so he put together what he thought was a bit more human with a Power Rangers feel and DC went for it. He also talked about getting into the industry at a time it wasn’t hard to get hired, it was hard to stay hired… something he has done for 25 years now. Hamner didn’t go to school for art, but he apprenticed with a Disney artist named Don Howard as they did advertisement and government work. His advice to potential artists, learn to draw first then realize that it’s only about 20% of the job… the rest is storytelling and getting into the characters head.

Hamner revealed that his very first work in comics was for an issue of Dark Horse Presents that was never published, so it likely sits in a drawer over at the Dark Horse offices still today.

Cully Hamner Draws Blue Beetle In The DC Comic Art Academy

Avengers: Infinity War Will Explore Vision And Scarlet Witch’s Relationship

Marvel's Vision and Scarlet Witch have a quite odd relationship in the comics. Though Vision is a type of android called a "synthezoid," created by Ultron under slightly different circumstances than in the films, he has a full-blown romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch. Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, may be a mutant, but she has a hell of a lot more in common with humans than androids. In the realm of comics, one barely bats an eye at this type of relationship, but such a move may raise eyebrows in the film environment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, the films have gotten wackier and wackier as the universe has aged, with the genre embracing the strangeness of the comics more than ever before, but the MCU still remains more realistic than the comics, avoiding the weirdest characters and plot-lines in favor of mostly more grounded fare. 

We've seen hints at a kinship between Scarlet Witch and Vision in previous MCU films, and the Comic Con poster for Avengers: Infinity War saw the pair in a pose that suggests a certain closeness. But will Scarlet Witch and Vision ever be involved in a full romantic relationship as in the comics? We Got This Covered asked Scarlet Witch herself, actress Elizabeth Olsen, if her romance with Vision would be explored in Avengers: Infinity War:

"In any other world I would say, 'I don’t know,' but because there are paparazzi photos that kind of spoil things for fans – I think it’s safe to say that we now get to explore that part of the comic book. We get to introduce and really explore their relationship. It creates a really exciting arc for me and I’m so lucky I get to work with (Paul) Bettany all the time now. [laughs]"

Wow, how's that for an honest answer doesn't dance around the question? I doubt we'll ever see human and synthezoid sex in a Disney film, but even a kiss could take human / robot relations to the next level in the MCU. 


RELATED: Avengers: Infinity War Promotional Poster - The Gang's (Nearly) All Here!


As previously mentioned, Marvel Studios has been laying the groundwork for this development since the introduction of both characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ever since Vision rescued Scarlet Witch from a crumbling Sokovia, the two have felt a kinship, explained by linking both their origins to the Mind Stone at the heart of Loki's staff. This is simply taking what Marvel Studios has built one step further.

What do you think about including Vision and Scarlet Witch's relationship in Avengers: Infinity War? Is there not enough time for it, or do you think it will it strengthen emotional moments? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Avengers: Infinity War Will Explore Vision And Scarlet Witch’s Relationship

Marvel's Vision and Scarlet Witch have a quite odd relationship in the comics. Though Vision is a type of android called a "synthezoid," created by Ultron under slightly different circumstances than in the films, he has a full-blown romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch. Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, may be a mutant, but she has a hell of a lot more in common with humans than androids. In the realm of comics, one barely bats an eye at this type of relationship, but such a move may raise eyebrows in the film environment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, the films have gotten wackier and wackier as the universe has aged, with the genre embracing the strangeness of the comics more than ever before, but the MCU still remains more realistic than the comics, avoiding the weirdest characters and plot-lines in favor of mostly more grounded fare. 

We've seen hints at a kinship between Scarlet Witch and Vision in previous MCU films, and the Comic Con poster for Avengers: Infinity War saw the pair in a pose that suggests a certain closeness. But will Scarlet Witch and Vision ever be involved in a full romantic relationship as in the comics? We Got This Covered asked Scarlet Witch herself, actress Elizabeth Olsen, if her romance with Vision would be explored in Avengers: Infinity War:

"In any other world I would say, 'I don’t know,' but because there are paparazzi photos that kind of spoil things for fans – I think it’s safe to say that we now get to explore that part of the comic book. We get to introduce and really explore their relationship. It creates a really exciting arc for me and I’m so lucky I get to work with (Paul) Bettany all the time now. [laughs]"

Wow, how's that for an honest answer doesn't dance around the question? I doubt we'll ever see human and synthezoid sex in a Disney film, but even a kiss could take human / robot relations to the next level in the MCU. 


RELATED: Avengers: Infinity War Promotional Poster - The Gang's (Nearly) All Here!


As previously mentioned, Marvel Studios has been laying the groundwork for this development since the introduction of both characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ever since Vision rescued Scarlet Witch from a crumbling Sokovia, the two have felt a kinship, explained by linking both their origins to the Mind Stone at the heart of Loki's staff. This is simply taking what Marvel Studios has built one step further.

What do you think about including Vision and Scarlet Witch's relationship in Avengers: Infinity War? Is there not enough time for it, or do you think it will it strengthen emotional moments? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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New STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Character Images Provide Our First Look At Supreme Leader Snoke In The Flesh

Snoke was introduced via a holographic image in The Force Awakens, but now a new batch of character photos from Star Wars: The Last Jedi reveal the villain's true form, and it's not a pretty sight...

The Return Of That Feminist Agenda T-Shirt (Marvel Comics Spoilers)

It was the cover that launched a thousand threads on 4chan/co: “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda” sported by Mockingbird on the cover of her solo comic written by Chelsea Cain. It was a mocking cover that was seized upon my critics looking for an actual feminist agenda at Marvel comics — as if equality of vote, opportunity, and pay was somehow a bad thing.

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Nevertheless, it was attacked as everything that was wrong with Marvel Comics, turning some of their superhero comics into titles that women and girls might be more likely to read. And then seized on by others as everything that could be right about Marvel Comics — for exactly the same reason.

The controversy saw Marvel rename the second collection of the series to “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda” and put the cover on the front. By then, the series had already been cancelled, but the second collection performed a lot stronger than expected and has gone through multiple printings.

With Marvel Legacy, and a move seen by some as away from the diversity that Marvel’s comics currently enjoy, is there room for such a cover again? Well, yes, possibly. Quite literally in fact.

Because I get the nod from folk at San Diego Comic-Con that The Amazing Spider-Man #789 will feature Peter Parker sleeping in Mockingbird’s apartment. On the couch, of course — and wearing her “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda” shirt.

The Return Of That Feminist Agenda T-Shirt (Marvel Comics Spoilers)

SDCC ’17: Danger and Eggs represents LGBTQ community both on and off screen

By Daniel Lodge Danger and Eggs is a children’s animated show on Amazon about D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant), a “daredevil girl who is out for adventure”, and her best friend Phillip the Egg (Eric Knobel), who’s “a little more safety-conscious, but along for the ride.” Danger and Eggs portrays LGBTQ themes throughout the show and […]

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We haven't seen a beating like this since Mustafar.

Family Fun At The LEGO Scooby Doo! Blowout Beach Bash SDCC Panel

Sunday is family programming day at SDCC every year, so what better way to kick it off than to attend the LEGO Scooby Doo! Blowout Beach Bash panel and watch the movie with my 12-year-old son? The movie features Scooby and the Gang in their second direct-to-video Lego movie release.

The movie finds the Scooby Gang trying to prove they can enjoy themselves without having to investigate a mystery, so they head to a beach town to attend its annual beach bash. Of course, wherever the Mystery Machine goes, trouble is sure to be waiting for them. The gang has to investigate the mystery of the ghost pirates attacking the town, and at the same time try to see if they can behave like normal cool kids. Like the beach movies of the 1960s, there is even a song and dance number.

Once the movie finished, it was time for the panel to take the stage. Appearing on the panel were Director Ethan Spalding, Producer Rick Morales, Grey Griffin (Daphne), and Matthew Lillard (Shaggy).

Director Ethan Spalding, Producer Rick Morales, Grey Griffin, and Matthew Lillard

Going straight to audience questions, one person wanted to know what world the Lego Scooby movies exist in. Morales said that Lego Scooby was a thing of its own, but that it was based on the classic Scooby Doo cartoons. One of the panels funniest moments was when a little kid asked Lillard to do one of his lines from Scream, “I’ll be right back,” in his Shaggy voice. Lillard complied, but also jokingly questioned, “What is wrong with America?”

So now down to the most important thing: how was the movie? To be fair, I’m not the audience the movie is aimed at. I will say there were certainly some moments that an adult would enjoy; however, the most important opinion belongs to my son. As soon as the panel ended, he asked if I would buy the movie for him on Blu-ray as soon as it comes out. Lucky for him, the film is out now and available wherever you buy your movies. So it seems if you have a kiddo who likes LEGO and Scooby Doo, this might be a perfect choice.

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Family Fun At The LEGO Scooby Doo! Blowout Beach Bash SDCC Panel

U.S. Studios Don’t Need U.S. Audiences Anymore

Stop me if you've heard these: Wonder Woman is the highest-grossing film of the summer. The latest Transformers is a flop. Valerian has no chance to make its budget back. All of these statements are false (well, maybe not the one about Valerian...). That is, if you're looking at the worldwide box office. While many news sites continue to primarily report on movies' success (or lack thereof) in the good ol' United States, increasingly, U.S. studios are looking to foreign shores to not only pad their films' numbers, but to justify entire franchises.

In 1989, Tim Burton's Batman was the quintessential franchise starter. It had a memorable actor in Michael Keaton playing the hero and movie legend Jack Nicholson played the film's villain. On a budget of $35 million, the movie scored $251 million in the U.S. box office, and immediately warranted a sequel. It also made a cool $160 million in foreign theaters, or about 39% of its total earnings. That's certainly a significant number, but when you consider that "foreign theaters" potentially includes the entire globe, from South America to Western Europe to east Asia, it was readily apparent that the foreign box office wasn't deserving of the attention that United States filmgoers received.

Fast forward a decade, and Bryan Singer's X-Men again catapulted superhero films into the stratosphere. While not as successful as Batman, X-Men received a sequel, started a franchise and, arguably, ignited the current superhero genre craze. Its numbers, however, played quite different. X-Men made "only" $157 million on a $75 million budget. While it's difficult to calculate just how much of the proceeds a film studio actually receives on a movie, many box office watchers will estimate that the cost of print and advertising roughly matches the budget of the film. If that's true, the film ultimately cost around $150 million, and 20th Century Fox barely made a profit. But throw in the foreign box office, another $139 million, and there's suddenly much more room for a sequel. 

And while X-Men increased its foreign share of income to 47%, it was probably 2002's Spider-Man that really had film studio execs looking far and wide for profit. Spider-Man, the Sam Raimi film starring Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire, had a huge-for-the-time budget of $139 million. it was a resounding smash in the U.S., earning back $403 million, but in foreign markets, it actually outdid the U.S. with another $418 million, for a worldwide total of $821 million. If we take into account advertising, as well as the cut from eh theater, that means Sony made about $263 million dollars in pure profit on Spider-Man.

Iron Man was then released in 2008. It scored only 45% of its total gross in foreign markets, so in 2010, Iron-Man 2, which included a China-centric bonus scene for audiences in that country, jumped the foreign total to 50%. This strategy, reportedly at the behest of Disney, may represent the first time a huge blockbuster aimed for the Chinese market. Since then, the rapidly growing Chinese consumer has been a favorite target of U.S. studios. 

Now consider Star Wars. 2015's The Force Awakens made a boatload across the globe, including a by-that-time average 55% of its grosses in foreign markets. Its non-sequel follow-up, Rogue One, specifically included two well-known Chinese actors and a more diverse cast in general in a clear bid to attract more foreign viewers. In this case, the strategy didn't pay off, as Rogue One split its total gross between the domestic and foreign markets, but that hasn't stopped U.S. studios from continuing after the foreign golden goose.

Looking at just this summer's movies, it's more clear than ever that some franchises only succeed thanks to the foreign box office. This is great if your favorite film series needs the extra help, but consider this: sometime soon, perhaps now even, we'll be treated to film after film only because the foreign market demands it. That'll mean more movies in your theater catering not to American tastes and sensibilities, but to foreign ones. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. After all, a handful of foreign films come to the U.S. everywhere and do fine, particularly those with "Studio Ghibli" on them. Americans are also avid consumers of other countries' media, primarily including anime. But it is a different world indeed when American movie studios show American audiences American-made movies aimed at foreign viewers. 

Let's examine some of this year's biggest films and look at the impact of the foreign market on their success:

Wonder Woman

Even without its foreign total, Wonder Woman would be a profitable and successful film. But the foreign numbers show a franchise that still has room to grow. With only half of its tally coming from overseas audiences, it seems that the American audience's appetite for a female-led superhero franchise isn't quite the impetus to hit the theater for foreign movie-goers. Had Wonder Woman appealed to foreign audiences as much as its domestic fans, it would be the biggest movie of the summer. Instead, it's barely beating out Pirates of the Caribbean, and lags behind Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which has a normal 45/55 split between its domestic and foreign totals.

Transformers: The Last Knight

With a budget over $215 million, Transformers is a catastrophic flop in the U.S., earning back only $127 million. Without foreign audiences, that looks to inflict quite the loss. But Transformers is an example of just the type of movie foreign audiences, and particularly Chinese ones, eat up. While Wonder Woman is a cheery, hopeful, action-drama, its setting of World War I can be problematic to attracting Asian audiences. Even further, though Wonder Woman has many special effects-laden battles, a sword-and-shield wielding Amazon can't compete with giant, fighting robots. Transformers has brought in almost 77% of its money from foreign movie-goers for a whopping total of $547 million worldwide. Because of this, you can bet that while Americans have cooled on the once-hot franchise, many more Transformers films are coming.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales & The Mummy

I include these films together because they are both huge foreign earners and they both succeed on the same principles: special effects and globally-recognized movie stars. While neither has a fighting robot in it, Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise. Consider this: Tom Cruise's last five films, including two Jack Reacher movies, all grossed over 63% of their revenue totals overseas. Depp isn't quite as bankable, but several of his films have foreign grosses in the high 70s and low 80s. While it looks like the Pirates franchise might still be on its last legs, and the Universal Monsters-verse still struggles, Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise are going to keep getting high profile work.

Despicable Me 3

It's crazy now to think that the Shrek series ever came to an end. Many audiences today forget how successful it was, but Dreamworks killed the franchise in 2010 after Shrek Forever After failed to make as much domestically as its predecessors (a still-robust $238 million). However, each film in the franchise continued to grow its foreign audience, and by 2010, Shrek's global total was a huge 68% foreign, with a whopping total of $752 million worldwide for Dreamworks. With a decision to kill that series, it's no wonder Dreamworks has struggled since. 

Universal isn't making the same mistake with its Despicable Me franchise. Despicable Me 3 barely made half of what part 2 did in the United States, and while its foreign grosses also shrank, they did at a much lower rate. The latest entry in this franchise made 70% of its money overseas and with a budget of only around $80 million, a worldwide haul of $732 million is still hugely profitable. It also can't be ignored that these films are made for a very reasonable budget that practically guarantees a profit. Prepare yourself for more minions in the coming years.

I'll add here that Dreamworks scored a foreign hit with Boss Baby. The movie did an average $174 million here in the States, but that represents barely a third of its worldwide total. Smurfs: The Lost Village, from Sony, seemed to disappear as quickly as it arrived, but not before it gobbled up $150 million in just foreign totals - or 77% of its total gross.

Cars 3

Opposite Despicable Me, it's hard to imagine that Pixar's racing-centric franchise will ever see the light of day again. With Disney's focus on attracting a global audience, the Cars franchise just doesn't have it. Doing only so-so domestically, Cars 3 managed only a 42% foreign gross number for just north of $100 million. Without a released budget, it seems there was enough room in the total ($250 million) for Disney to avoid a loss, but likely just barely. Goodbye, Cars, you were the franchise we loved to hate.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Continuing in the trend of Spider-Man films, Homecoming is already making a huge amount of money in foreign markets. At 56% of its global gross, Spider-Man: Homecoming's share of international grosses is about normal for a blockbuster today, and that's great for a film based in New York about a white American kid. Spider-Man also happens to be the #1 comic book character worldwide, scoring more than a billion dollars a year across the globe in average franchise-related sales, so it isn't a surprise that Homecoming has scored big.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

If you'll notice, I didn't include films released in the last couple of weeks. Movies usually don't hit foreign markets all at the same time, so determining a movie's success or failure at the global box office can take a while. But I include Valerian here because after its opening weekend of a paltry $17 million, it's only projecting out to a domestic total in the low $40 million range. For a movie with a reported budget of anywhere from $175-210 million, it's going to need have a global tally of around $400 million to keep financiers from losing their shirts. That means it'll need around $360 million, or an unheard of 90% of its gross, from foreign markets! If it has a chance to do that, it's only because, in truth, Valerian is a French film and could potentially tap into the European market much more than U.S. films.


Are you prepared for a future cineplex full of fighting robots and Tom Cruises? Does the appeal to foreign audiences frighten or excite you? And do you think any of this will change the domestic audience? Tell me all this and more in the comments below, or tweet at me @LRM_Brian. 

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U.S. Studios Don’t Need U.S. Audiences Anymore

Stop me if you've heard these: Wonder Woman is the highest-grossing film of the summer. The latest Transformers is a flop. Valerian has no chance to make its budget back. All of these statements are false (well, maybe not the one about Valerian...). That is, if you're looking at the worldwide box office. While many news sites continue to primarily report on movies' success (or lack thereof) in the good ol' United States, increasingly, U.S. studios are looking to foreign shores to not only pad their films' numbers, but to justify entire franchises.

In 1989, Tim Burton's Batman was the quintessential franchise starter. It had a memorable actor in Michael Keaton playing the hero and movie legend Jack Nicholson played the film's villain. On a budget of $35 million, the movie scored $251 million in the U.S. box office, and immediately warranted a sequel. It also made a cool $160 million in foreign theaters, or about 39% of its total earnings. That's certainly a significant number, but when you consider that "foreign theaters" potentially includes the entire globe, from South America to Western Europe to east Asia, it was readily apparent that the foreign box office wasn't deserving of the attention that United States filmgoers received.

Fast forward a decade, and Bryan Singer's X-Men again catapulted superhero films into the stratosphere. While not as successful as Batman, X-Men received a sequel, started a franchise and, arguably, ignited the current superhero genre craze. Its numbers, however, played quite different. X-Men made "only" $157 million on a $75 million budget. While it's difficult to calculate just how much of the proceeds a film studio actually receives on a movie, many box office watchers will estimate that the cost of print and advertising roughly matches the budget of the film. If that's true, the film ultimately cost around $150 million, and 20th Century Fox barely made a profit. But throw in the foreign box office, another $139 million, and there's suddenly much more room for a sequel. 

And while X-Men increased its foreign share of income to 47%, it was probably 2002's Spider-Man that really had film studio execs looking far and wide for profit. Spider-Man, the Sam Raimi film starring Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire, had a huge-for-the-time budget of $139 million. it was a resounding smash in the U.S., earning back $403 million, but in foreign markets, it actually outdid the U.S. with another $418 million, for a worldwide total of $821 million. If we take into account advertising, as well as the cut from eh theater, that means Sony made about $263 million dollars in pure profit on Spider-Man.

Iron Man was then released in 2008. It scored only 45% of its total gross in foreign markets, so in 2010, Iron-Man 2, which included a China-centric bonus scene for audiences in that country, jumped the foreign total to 50%. This strategy, reportedly at the behest of Disney, may represent the first time a huge blockbuster aimed for the Chinese market. Since then, the rapidly growing Chinese consumer has been a favorite target of U.S. studios. 

Now consider Star Wars. 2015's The Force Awakens made a boatload across the globe, including a by-that-time average 55% of its grosses in foreign markets. Its non-sequel follow-up, Rogue One, specifically included two well-known Chinese actors and a more diverse cast in general in a clear bid to attract more foreign viewers. In this case, the strategy didn't pay off, as Rogue One split its total gross between the domestic and foreign markets, but that hasn't stopped U.S. studios from continuing after the foreign golden goose.

Looking at just this summer's movies, it's more clear than ever that some franchises only succeed thanks to the foreign box office. This is great if your favorite film series needs the extra help, but consider this: sometime soon, perhaps now even, we'll be treated to film after film only because the foreign market demands it. That'll mean more movies in your theater catering not to American tastes and sensibilities, but to foreign ones. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. After all, a handful of foreign films come to the U.S. everywhere and do fine, particularly those with "Studio Ghibli" on them. Americans are also avid consumers of other countries' media, primarily including anime. But it is a different world indeed when American movie studios show American audiences American-made movies aimed at foreign viewers. 

Let's examine some of this year's biggest films and look at the impact of the foreign market on their success:

Wonder Woman

Even without its foreign total, Wonder Woman would be a profitable and successful film. But the foreign numbers show a franchise that still has room to grow. With only half of its tally coming from overseas audiences, it seems that the American audience's appetite for a female-led superhero franchise isn't quite the impetus to hit the theater for foreign movie-goers. Had Wonder Woman appealed to foreign audiences as much as its domestic fans, it would be the biggest movie of the summer. Instead, it's barely beating out Pirates of the Caribbean, and lags behind Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which has a normal 45/55 split between its domestic and foreign totals.

Transformers: The Last Knight

With a budget over $215 million, Transformers is a catastrophic flop in the U.S., earning back only $127 million. Without foreign audiences, that looks to inflict quite the loss. But Transformers is an example of just the type of movie foreign audiences, and particularly Chinese ones, eat up. While Wonder Woman is a cheery, hopeful, action-drama, its setting of World War I can be problematic to attracting Asian audiences. Even further, though Wonder Woman has many special effects-laden battles, a sword-and-shield wielding Amazon can't compete with giant, fighting robots. Transformers has brought in almost 77% of its money from foreign movie-goers for a whopping total of $547 million worldwide. Because of this, you can bet that while Americans have cooled on the once-hot franchise, many more Transformers films are coming.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales & The Mummy

I include these films together because they are both huge foreign earners and they both succeed on the same principles: special effects and globally-recognized movie stars. While neither has a fighting robot in it, Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise. Consider this: Tom Cruise's last five films, including two Jack Reacher movies, all grossed over 63% of their revenue totals overseas. Depp isn't quite as bankable, but several of his films have foreign grosses in the high 70s and low 80s. While it looks like the Pirates franchise might still be on its last legs, and the Universal Monsters-verse still struggles, Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise are going to keep getting high profile work.

Despicable Me 3

It's crazy now to think that the Shrek series ever came to an end. Many audiences today forget how successful it was, but Dreamworks killed the franchise in 2010 after Shrek Forever After failed to make as much domestically as its predecessors (a still-robust $238 million). However, each film in the franchise continued to grow its foreign audience, and by 2010, Shrek's global total was a huge 68% foreign, with a whopping total of $752 million worldwide for Dreamworks. With a decision to kill that series, it's no wonder Dreamworks has struggled since. 

Universal isn't making the same mistake with its Despicable Me franchise. Despicable Me 3 barely made half of what part 2 did in the United States, and while its foreign grosses also shrank, they did at a much lower rate. The latest entry in this franchise made 70% of its money overseas and with a budget of only around $80 million, a worldwide haul of $732 million is still hugely profitable. It also can't be ignored that these films are made for a very reasonable budget that practically guarantees a profit. Prepare yourself for more minions in the coming years.

I'll add here that Dreamworks scored a foreign hit with Boss Baby. The movie did an average $174 million here in the States, but that represents barely a third of its worldwide total. Smurfs: The Lost Village, from Sony, seemed to disappear as quickly as it arrived, but not before it gobbled up $150 million in just foreign totals - or 77% of its total gross.

Cars 3

Opposite Despicable Me, it's hard to imagine that Pixar's racing-centric franchise will ever see the light of day again. With Disney's focus on attracting a global audience, the Cars franchise just doesn't have it. Doing only so-so domestically, Cars 3 managed only a 42% foreign gross number for just north of $100 million. Without a released budget, it seems there was enough room in the total ($250 million) for Disney to avoid a loss, but likely just barely. Goodbye, Cars, you were the franchise we loved to hate.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Continuing in the trend of Spider-Man films, Homecoming is already making a huge amount of money in foreign markets. At 56% of its global gross, Spider-Man: Homecoming's share of international grosses is about normal for a blockbuster today, and that's great for a film based in New York about a white American kid. Spider-Man also happens to be the #1 comic book character worldwide, scoring more than a billion dollars a year across the globe in average franchise-related sales, so it isn't a surprise that Homecoming has scored big.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

If you'll notice, I didn't include films released in the last couple of weeks. Movies usually don't hit foreign markets all at the same time, so determining a movie's success or failure at the global box office can take a while. But I include Valerian here because after its opening weekend of a paltry $17 million, it's only projecting out to a domestic total in the low $40 million range. For a movie with a reported budget of anywhere from $175-210 million, it's going to need have a global tally of around $400 million to keep financiers from losing their shirts. That means it'll need around $360 million, or an unheard of 90% of its gross, from foreign markets! If it has a chance to do that, it's only because, in truth, Valerian is a French film and could potentially tap into the European market much more than U.S. films.


Are you prepared for a future cineplex full of fighting robots and Tom Cruises? Does the appeal to foreign audiences frighten or excite you? And do you think any of this will change the domestic audience? Tell me all this and more in the comments below, or tweet at me @LRM_Brian. 

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The Return Of Wizard Magazine: A Guide To Comics?

Bleeding Cool is getting word that either Wizard World, or someone who has licensed the name, is preparing a new Wizard Magazine.

Wizard Magazine: A Guide To Comics launched out of the back of a comic shop in July 1991. With its high-end production values and monthly updating price guide in the back, it was a hit in comic book stores and on the newsstands, soon reaching a monthly circulation of more than 100,000 copies, outselling many of the big name comics it covered. It is most associated with the rise of Image Comics and Valiant Comics, both of which received considerable coverage by Wizard.

wizard magazineThe magazine also spawned several ongoing magazines dedicated to similar interests such as ToyFare for toys and action figures, Inquest Gamer for collectible game cards, Anime Insider for anime and manga, and Toy Wishes for mainstream toy enthusiasts. Robot Chicken is based on “Twisted ToyFare Theater”. But after 20 years of publication, it was down to around 17,000 copies a month and the magazine was cancelled, as the publisher switched its focus to the successful Wizard World conventions that continue to span the country.

Wizard alumni are everywhere in and around the comic book industry. Many, including its main editors Mike Cotton, Brian Cunningham, and Pat McCallum, all in senior roles at DC Comics, and many were recruited for DC’s recent Direct Currents and Rebirth magazine. William Christensen and Mark Seifert formed Bleeding Cool’s publisher Avatar Press. Recently, founders Gareb Shamus and Pat Shamus suffered a Shamus-ectomy from Wizard World the company — could they be returning to the magazine that made their names so big?

Print or website? Magazine or app? As it stands, I don’t yet know — but I do know that writers are being approached.

You know, the upcoming Wizard World Chicago would be an ideal place to launch such a project.

The Return Of Wizard Magazine: A Guide To Comics?

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT October 2017 Solicitations

HERO CATS, PRINCELESS, and more.

STAR WARS: Untitled HAN SOLO Movie Officially Announces John Powell As Composer

The notoriously troubled production has officially announced that How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Bourne franchise composer John Powell will score the upcoming Han Solo film...

THINK TANK Finale Leading to World World War III? ANIMAL #4 Preview

THINK TANK: ANIMAL reaches its conclusion.

NOMINATIONS: For Moment of the Week 7/26/17 *Spoilers*

NOMINATIONS: For Moment of the Week 7/26/17 *Spoilers*

Which moment from a comic this week caught your interest?


 

 

   

 

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 Moment and Indie Moment of the Month for June have begun! Vote now or forever hold your peace!!! 

 

 Your WINNER for MOMENT OF THE WEEK 7/19/17:

 

Superman 27 - Page 10Superman 27 - Page 11 

Jon asks his parents to make a quick detour so he can go bodysurfing. At Niagara Falls - Superman #27 

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This thread will contain SPOILERS!!! And lots of them. If you haven't read this week's comics yet, go read them before continuing into this thread, or risk being spoiled!

 

PLEASE NOTE!!!!!! ]Remember to include the title and issue number of the comic you are nominating. Otherwise I will be forced to disqualify your nomination, and nobody wants that!

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The Rules:

1. Each nomination must be a moment in a comic released the week of the thread. This does not include weekly previews, trade paperbacks, or back issue digests. For new comics check out Midtown Comics release dates.

 

2. Everyone can make ONE nomination. You can either nominate a moment yourself or second/third/fourth/fifth an already existing nomination. However, second/third/fourth/fifth will not count per nominating and thus earn entry above in Top Nominations. You want in that list you must nominate something.

 

3. It must be an actual moment involving the actions or statements of a comic character in an issue. No "This writer returns to the series", "this artist draws this character", "the book is better", etc.

 

4. If you want to change your nomination, there are a few factors involved:

---> A) No one can have seconded your nom.

---> B) If it is clear for you to change your nom, you must edit your original post or the new post will be disqualified as being a double nomination.

---> C) You can change your second, third, etc. by editing your original post before the nomination period ends.

 

Moments on the poll do not have to be seconded. If there is room in the poll, moments that were nominated but not seconded will be added based on the order they were nominated.

 

6.  Again, please be specific on the comic title, issue number and moment. Also be clear that you are actually nominating or seconding something ... statements such as "Yeah, that was a cool moment" aren't clear. You must nominate a single moment in the comic and can't nominate the whole issue. Once more, if you don’t include the issue and number the moment will not be included.

 

7. The thread for nominations will go up on Wednesday (new comic day) at 11:00 PM (Central) or when Zechs arrives later that night and posts in the previous week thread announcing voting is closed. The nominations will go until 2:00 PM (Central Time) Sunday Afternoon, or whenever Zechs arrives and will post in the thread stating, “It’s over.” and will start the poll. If a new comic day falls on a holiday week in American, then the thread will be made for that day (be it Tuesday or Thursday). Regardless, nominations will STILL conclude on Saturday deadline.

 

8. Please be civil when commenting on other people's nominations. But feel free to discuss them in this thread.

 

9. In case there is debate on WHEN exactly a title came out, http://www.midtowncomics.com  or the official websites of said publishers (be it Marvel, DC, Darkhorse, etc.) will be the final word on the quarrel.

 

10. Any nominations not following the above rules will be disqualified. Unless of course if Zechs, who is feeling sad for the person who missed the rule and might give them time to provide the correction. Then he will pester bk into putting the nomination in the poll. Of course this wouldn’t be a problem if Zechs wasn’t granted the glorious powers of a moderator, which one day such power will be Zechs, oh yes they will his.

 

11. If at five nominations are not made, Zechs will choose some, but they will all count as one nomination, not multiple thus making sure balance is preserved.

 

12. AKA the Rulk rule. If several moments are tied past the deadline of 11:00 PM (Central Time) Wednesday (or holiday date when new comics arrive in the US) or when Zechs arrives that night, then voting will continue on in sudden death for eight more hours, until one is decided. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.

If one isn’t still decided, then Zechs will provide the deciding vote, regardless if he has voted already. So if that isn't enough reason to get a ton of votes on that additional day than you're just dooming yourself to give Zechs another vote.

 

13. AKA the Hobgoblin rule. Roderick Kingsley Hobgoblin moments when winning for three days straight automatically win the poll. No last day or second voting changes it to troll the ruler of this thread.

 

Only ONE can rule as the Moment of the Week!

 

 

Top Ten Nominators of All Time...

 

1.) GLX- (430 Nominations)

 

2.) Zechs- (420 Nominations)

 

3.) e_galston- (202 Nominations)

 

4.) Johnny Smith (167 Nominations)

5.) IvCNuB4 - (160 Nominations)

6.)  Kravis (145 Nominations)

7.) Stephen Day- (126 Nominations)

8.) rdrsfn82- (102 Nominations)  

9.) fieldy RICHARDS- (93 Nominations)

blcdude (93 Nominations)

10.) Porcelain38- (92 Nominations)

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Starlord- (81 Nominations)

HNutz (64 Nominations)

God-Man (63 Nominations)

BubbaKanoosh- (57 Nominations)

Greg- (52 Nominations)

Knuckles McSmasher- (44 Nominations)

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Pink Daddy (1 Nomination)

Sunless (1 Nomination)

Jim Gramm (1 Nomination)

tomc (1 Nomination)

GiveWaraChance (1 Nomination)

John Condor (1 Nomination)

B1CaNobody (1 Nomination)

Socky (1 Nomination)

bluemanhattangroup (1 Nomination)

TimH (1 Nomination)

Bilal Khawaja (1 Nomination)

Scintillant-H (1 Nomination)

Arkanian (1 Nomination)

the_isolator (1 Nomination)

Arkanian (1 Nomination)

Manuel Prez (1 Nomination)

Ameht Dominguez (1 Nomination)

James Burke (1 Nomination)

 

Hall of Shame

 

sdsichero (-1 Nomination)

John Lewis Hawk (-25 Nominations)

 

 



Written or Contributed by Zechs


Transformers: Lost Light #8 Features Trans Women Transformers

It wasn’t that long ago that all Transformers were, de facto, were referred to as male. Hasbro decided that they were “boys’ toys” and so there was no room for female robots.

But boys (eventually) grow up (some of them). In later iterations that changed, and female Transformers characters emerged. They were initially seen as aberrations, but eventually gained a presence — albeit a minority one — within the Transformers universe of comics, toys, cartoons, and movies. They were (slightly) more than Smurfettes.

And of late, we have has trans and non-binary Transformers as well. Transformers: Lost Light by James Roberts and Jack Lawrence has been a pioneer in the way Transformers have portrayed themselves regarding gender and romantic intent.

Hence, this week’s issue with art by Priscilla Tramontano and Joana Lafuente featuring Transformers Anode and Lug, talking about their expressed designations. In previous issues they had been presented as a male or gender-neutral couple.

A little corrective misgendering, followed by an explanation for the paucity of female Transformer robots.

It’s what happens when you step out into the big wide world, and the possibilities available to you expand exponentially…

And then business is done, new terms are defined and accepted, and on with the plot. Anode and Lug, two trans women transformers together as a couple. I mean, if any media IP franchise should have trans representation, it should be one that actually has the word in its name. Robots in disguise no longer…

Transformers: Lost Light #8 is published this week by IDW Entertainment.

THE HUNT IS ON! Ever lost something and spent forever looking for it? Try visiting Troja Major, the lost property capital of the universe. Just bear in mind that it’s better known by another name: the Howling Town. And the Autobots are about to find out why.
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In Shops: Jul 26, 2017 SRP: $3.99

Transformers: Lost Light #8 Features Trans Women Transformers

Infant Crying Opens A Portal To Hell In BABYTEETH #3 Preview

Have kids? You might understand.

Second Printings For Generation Gone, Generations: Hulks, Snotgirl, Shirtless Bear Fighter, And Edge Of Venomverse

Image Comics is running off second printings for Snotgirl #6, Shirtless Bear Fighter #2 and Generation Gone #1 — all hitting stores on August 23rd.

While Marvel Comics has second printings for Edge Of Venomverse #2 and #3, Generations: Banner Hulk And Totally Awesome Hulk (yes, it’s not out yet) — all for August 30th.

Let’s take a look at what you’ll be getting:

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SNOTGIRL #6
(W) Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie Hung (A/CA) Leslie Hung
NEW STORY ARC!
From the creator of Scott Pilgrim! Lottie Person is a glamorous fashion blogger living her best life — at least that’s what she wants you to think. The truth is, she’s an allergy-ridden mess who may or may not have killed somebody! THIS MONTH: Spring is the season for mystery, madness & mucus as Lottie meets her adoring public, Coolgirl has a change of heart, and we learn more than we ever wanted to know about Cutegirl!In Shops: Jul 05, 2017
SRP: $2.99

SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #2 (OF 5)
(W) Jody LeHeup, Sebastian Girner (A) Nil Vendrell (CA) Andrew Robinson
Savage, wild-eyed bears are attacking cities across America, and only the Shirtless Bear-Fighter can stop them! But as Shirtless punches his way through wave after wave of not-so-friendly fozzies, one question looms large in his furious mind…just what is driving these bears so damn crazy? Enter…THE HILLBILLY WARLOCK!In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

GENERATION GONE #1
(W) Ales Kot, Andre Araujo (A/CA) Andre Araujo
America, 2020. Three young hackers with nothing to lose. A secretive scientist with a plan. One final job.
What happens when you’re poor, angry, and get superpowers you never asked for? Skins + Unbreakable = GENERATION GONE, sort of- if you also include multiple trips to the sun, weird black goo, a breakup fight inside a nuclear factory, love, hate, anger, loss…and survival. GENERATION GONE is for every kid struggling out there. It’s about what it means to be young in the USA, 2017.In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $4.99

GENERATIONS BANNER HULK & TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1
(W) Greg Pak (A) Matteo Buffagni (CA) Dale Keown
• BRUCE BANNER. AMADEUS CHO. Both have carried the curse of the Hulk. Now they come face-to-face at last – but will they meet as friends or foes?
•  Fan-favorite Hulk scribe GREG PAK is joined by red-hot artist MATTEO BUFFAGNI (X-MEN BLUE) for a time-bending tale that will finally answer the question on everyone’s minds: WHO IS THE STRONGEST ONE THERE IS?
Rated T+In Shops: Aug 02, 2017
SRP: $4.99

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #2
(W) Christopher Hastings (A) Irene Strychalsk (CA) Francesco Mattina
A PINK NIGHTMARE!
•  The wall-breaking wunderkind we call Gwenpool gets ahold of the VENOM SYMBIOTE and turns into a sword-slinging, web-swinging master of disaster!
•  But it won’t all be fun and games when Gwenpool comes across something huge… something that will directly lead to the Venom event of 2017!
Rated T+In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #3
(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Tigh Walker (CA) Francesco Mattina
THE SYMBIOTIC SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE!
•  Robbie Reyes was just an average, ordinary super hero with a flaming skull…
•  …right up until he found himself bonded with a dangerous extraterrestrial symbiote!
•  Don’t miss the first daring drive of the HOST RIDER!
Rated T+In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Second Printings For Generation Gone, Generations: Hulks, Snotgirl, Shirtless Bear Fighter, And Edge Of Venomverse

Suburbicon Trailer: George Clooney’s Next Directorial Effort Pushes Matt Damon To The Limit

Oh, the 1950s. The heyday of the American Dream. A picturesque time full of white picket fences, pruned yards, men in suits, and pastel colors. Of course, we know the era was less than perfect, and the upcoming flick, Suburbicon, shows that off in spades.

Starring in this dark comedy are Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac. Suburbicon marks George Clooney’s sixth feature film, and the first one since the underwhelming Monuments Men, which hit theaters back in 2014. I’m especially interested in this one, because the Coen Brothers were involved in the writing for this one, and this very much looks like their trademark mix of violence and comedy. Combine that with Clooney’s hand in directing, and you have something worth checking out.

In addition to the trailer above, Paramount Pictures also released a poster below. Check it out!

The official trailer for Suburbicon is below:

"Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon."

Suburbicon is set to hit theaters on October 27, 2017.

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The very first Ringo Award nominations are out

The Ringo Awards are a new comic book industry award that s chosen by fans and pros and the first noms are out.  The process of getting the nominations hasn’t been entirely spelled out, but a pro jury – Jamar Nicholas, John Haines, Hannah Means-Shannon, Jose Villarubia and Chris Powell – chose some, and a […]

A New Mobile Action-RPG Game Based On MARVEL Characters Is On The Way From Aftershock Studios

Yes, Marvel and 20th Century Fox have finally teamed up - although it's actually for a new action-RPG mobile video game that Fox subsidiary, Aftershock Studios, is currently developing.

Spencer Wilding Joins The Cast Of HAN SOLO; Will Darth Vader Make An Appearance?

According to multiple reports, Spencer Wilding (Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) has been cast in the upcoming Han Solo film - but will we see him suit up as the iconic villain once more?

Valiant Reboots Website, Offers Free #1 Issues As Jumping-On Points

The Valiant Entertainment website will never be the same again following a reboot that launched today! According to a press release just sent out by Valiant, the publisher is revamping its website as a way to help readers become invested in the world of Valiant comics.

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Now on ValiantEntertainment.com, readers will be treated to such luxurious modern amenities as responsive web design, newsletter signup, and daily news updates. And though the company hasn’t yet been as forward-thinking as Bleeding Cool’s intrusive auto-play video ads, they are offering some other cool things as well, including some tools to help new readers figure out how to purchase and read Valiant comics:

Detailed release and event calendars

Throughout 2017 and beyond, Valiant is traveling the world to bring the most renowned universe of heroes in comics to a town near you! Now, keep up with all of Valiant’s upcoming releases and convention appearances…and, if that’s not enough, follow them backward as well with a complete record of all of Valiant’s modern release and tour dates!

Complete comics catalog

Navigate each and every title behind Valiant’s record-shattering resurgence with a complete breakdown of every comic book, trade paperback, deluxe edition hardcover, and omnibus from 2012 onward! Each entry features a distinct synopsis, complete cover gallery, interior page preview, and a link to find your local comic shop!

Official reading orders

Not sure where to jump into the adventures of your favorite heroes? For the first time online, fans can now browse a selection of official Valiant reading orders and suggested starting points for each of its biggest series!

Merchandise and more

Browse Valiant’s massive selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and accessories – alongside mugs, buttons, games, wall art, and much more – at Valiant’s all-in-one destination for Valiant merchandise online!

But perhaps most industry-changingly of all, Valiant is going to offer first issues of 12 of its titles as jumping-on points, taking a cue from Bill Jemas‘s defunct Double Take publishing venture. Interesting, since Jemas was rumored to be jockeying for an executive role at Valiant from Valiant’s Chinese investors, DMG. Is this the first sign of Jemas’s influence, or simply parallel creativity?

Whatever the case, here are the comics you can read for free as part of the website reboot:

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (2012) #1
Written by Fred Van Lente; Art by Clayton Henry
Continued in ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 1: THE MICHELANGELO CODE TPB 

BLOODSHOT (2012) #1
Written by Duane Swierczynski; Art by Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi
Continued in BLOODSHOT VOL. 1: SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE TPB

BLOODSHOT REBORN #1
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Mico Suayan
Continued in BLOODSHOT REBORN VOL. 1: COLORADO TPB

THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE #1
Written by Jen Van Meter; Art by Roberto de la Torre
Continued in THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE TPB

DIVINITY #1
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by Trevor Hairsine
Continued in DIVINITY TPB

FAITH (LIMITED SERIES) #1
Written by Jody Houser; Art by Francis Portela
Continued in FAITH VOL. 1: HOLLYWOOD & VINE TPB

HARBINGER (2012) #1
Written by Joshua Dysart; Art by Khari Evans
Continued in HARBINGER VOL. 1: OMEGA RISING TPB

HARBINGER RENEGADE #1
Written by Rafer Roberts; Art by Darick Robertson, Juan Jose Ryp, and Raul Allen
Continued in HARBINGER RENEGADE VOL. 1: THE JUDGMENT OF SOLOMON TPB

NINJAK #1
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by Clay Mann and Butch Guice
Continued in NINJAK VOL. 1: WEAPONEER TPB

QUANTUM AND WOODY (2013) #1
Written by James Asmus; Art by Tom Fowler
Continued in QUANTUM AND WOODY VOL. 1: THE WORLD’S WORST SUPERHERO TEAM TPB

THE VALIANT #1 
Written by Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt; Art by Paolo Rivera
Continued in THE VALIANT TPB

X-O MANOWAR (2012) #1
Written by Robert Venditti; Art by Cary Nord
Continued in X-O MANOWAR VOL. 1: BY THE SWORD TPB

To jump on board this exciting new initiative in comics that comics industry experts have called “a shoe-in for best website award at the Harveys,” head over to ValiantEntertainment.com.

Valiant Reboots Website, Offers Free #1 Issues As Jumping-On Points

Legendary Voice Actress June Foray Dies at 99

Best known as Rocky the Flying Squirrel, June Foray was the voice of generations of animation.

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Jul 27, 2017

June Foray, the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale from The Bullwinkle Show, Granny and Witch Hazel on the Looney Tunes cartoons, and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, died Thursday, July 27. She was 99.

With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old,” Dave Nimitz, A close friend of Foray’s, confirmed on Facebook. “She is resting peacefully now with her beloved sister Geri and Sam her brother-in-law. I'm going out of my mind with the loss and losing all three of them within the last month-and-a-half but they're in a better place now truly cherish my time with June and in the family for the last 14 years. She is now in heaven with her family and my mother if I don't respond right away. Please forgive me I need to disappear from Facebook for a while. Saturday we are having a private family only memorial for Sam so it’s very bittersweet for me.”

Foray was the recognizable voice of generations of animation characters.

“June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc, Mel Blanc was the male June Foray,” director Chuck Jones is credited as saying. Her first official voicing of Granny came in 1955’s Red Riding Hoodwinked.

Foray was born on September 18, 1917 in Springfield, Massachusetts. She got her first radio job when she was 12 years old, and was doing regular radio voice work by the time she was 15. She also made comedy albums with Stan Freberg.

Foray broke into film in 1950 as the voice of Lucifer the cat in Cinderella for Walt Disney Studios. She also voiced a mermaid in Peter Pan, the mother of Lambert the Sheepish Lion, Grammi Gummi on Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Grandmother Fa in Mulan in 1998.  

Among her many characterizations was Nell from Dudley Do-Right, Peter Parker’s Aunt May in Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends, Foray played the milkmaid on Fractured Fairy Tales, Magica De Spell and Ma Beagle in DuckTales,  Lena the Hyena and Wheezy Weasel in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Jokey Smurf and Mrs. Sourberry in the 1980s TV show The Smurfs. She also did voices for Curious George, Alvin & The Chipmunks, The Smurfs, DuckTales, The Real Ghostbusters, Felix The Cat, Mulan, Family Guy, The Powerpuff Girls, and Ursula in the new George of the Jungle series on Cartoon Network Britt Irvin became the first person ever to voice a character previously played by Foray when taking over the part in 2011.

Foray voice was by no means limited to cartoons. She played Talking Tina on The Twilight Zone, and did voices on shows like Get Smart. She played little Ricky’s puppy on a 1957 episode of I Love Lucy, and barked for Jerry Lewis on his 1950s single “The Puppy Dog Dream.” Foray was the voice of Betty Rubble in the pilot episode of the cartoon series The Flintstones, when Fred and Wilma had the original last name the Flagstones. She also played  Grandma Howard on Teen Wolf.

The voice actress went before the camera as a Mexican telephone operator in an episode of Green Acres. She played the sock-puppet talk-show host Scary Mary on an episode of Married... with Children in 1991. She made cameo appearances in 1992's Boris & Natasha and 2000's The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and as herself on an 1984 episode of The Duck Factory. Foray’s only appearance in a major film role was as a high priestess of a fire cult in Sabaka.

Foray only put in one guest appearance on The Simpsons as the receptionist for the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper Babysitting Service in the season one episode "Some Enchanted Evening."

June Foray was married to Bernard Barondess from 1941 to 1945, and writer/director Hobart Donavan from 1954 until he died in 1976.

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AMC Developing ’90s Chicago Crime Drama ‘Gang Leader For A Day’

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Sudhir Venkatesh’s best-selling book Gang Leader for a Day will be making the transition from page to screen as AMC announced it is developing a drama series adaptation from Ben Watkins (Burn Notice, Hand of God), Edward Burns (Public Morals and tapped to star) and production company Radar.

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Watkins will be adapting Venkatesh’s novel for television, based on a story described by publisher Penguin/Random House as:

“When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty–and impress his professors with his boldness. He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded inside the projects under JT’s protection. From a privileged position of unprecedented access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang’s complex hierarchical structure. Examining the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, and often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, Gang Leader for a Day also tells the story of the complicated friendship that develops between Venkatesh and JT–two young and ambitious men a universe apart.”

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Venkatesh is a professor of sociology and African-American studies at Columbia University and the author of 2016’s Floating City.  His writings, stories, and documentaries have appeared in The American Prospect and on PBS and National Public Radio’s This American Life. He currently resides in New York City.

Watkins will be executive producing the series through his Blue Monday Prods. alongside Burns and his long-time production partner Aaron Lubin through their Marlboro Road production company, as well as Radar partners Ted Field, Michael Napoliello and Mike Weber. Watkins’ Blue Monday Prods. producing partner Eli Dansky will also serve as a producer, along with Radar’s Maria Frisk.

AMC Developing ’90s Chicago Crime Drama ‘Gang Leader For A Day’

Game Of Thrones: The Final Scripts Are Finished, Potential Spinoffs Addressed

With the faster pace of Game of Thrones seventh season it is apparent that the final act of what is arguably the greatest television show ever has begun. Events and journeys that, in past seasons, would have taken several episodes to reach fruition are now happening within the episode in which they began, or will be realized in the next episode. For example, last week Jon Snow received an invitation to Dragonstone, normally, Jon would have arrived there maybe 3-4 episodes later, but we know from this week’s promo that he will indeed be in Daenerys Targaryen’s throne room come Sunday. This all reiterates that there is no time to waste for the rest of this story. Fans have waited patiently for six years, and now comes our reward.

Today we learn from Collider that as far as the writing aspect, Game of Thrones is finished. That's right. The scripts for the final season have been completed. Bittersweet indeed, but with talk of the final season potentialy being pushed back to 2019, us fans are wondering when we may see the epic last episodes of our favorite show. The showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are currently mapping out a timetable for how long Season 8 will take to shoot using storyboards, “It’s a big season. They’re trying to get a sense of how long it’s going to take them to shoot this,” said network programming president, Casey Bloys.


RELATED: Game Of Thrones Season 7 Will See A Power Struggle Between Sansa & Jon


So… will we get Season 8 in 2018? 2019? This still remains up in the air until Benioff and Weiss work out the shooting schedule. We all know the current season was delayed close to two months due to the showrunners wanting to shoot in ‘real’ winter. While Bloys did address the spinoffs in the works, he did reiterate that the Game of Thrones is absolutely the current focus of the team.

"The number one priority in all of this is the final season of Game of Thrones. I don’t want any spinoff or anything that detracts or distracts from that. That season will happen, my guess is it would be at least a year before you saw anything else. What I don’t want is the attention to be drawn from the final season, which I think is going to be epic and amazing, and somehow have the distraction of a new Game of Thrones airing right after it. I think it’s best to separate it, and that’s what we’ll do."

I can’t say I disagree with him, even though us fans will surely eat up anything thrown at us that is Game of Thrones related, we can wait for the spinoffs. We want the show we love ended right, ended with the same quality and consistency we have grown accustomed to over the last several years.

Are you content with Game of Thrones being the main focus, or do you want them to get started on the spinoffs earlier rather than later so that there will be no gap in between the end of Game of Thrones and the new show? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Nick Spencer Stops Tweeting So Much; Twitter Stock Drops Dramatically

Twitter shares have dropped more than 11% following a 30-plus-day dearth in Bleeding Cool articles about Nick Spencer’s tweets.

There was a time, not so long ago, where we couldn’t go a week without publishing a Nick Spencer Fanboy Rampage article. Sometimes more than one. The superstar Marvel writer transitioned seamlessly from producing daily hundred-tweet rants about last year’s presidential campaign to producing hundred-tweet rants arguing with any person on the internet who dared criticize his Secret Empire storyline. There’s a reason Spencer is a professional writer, after all.

But somewhere along the way, Spencer just…stopped. Maybe he was tired of seeing his name in Bleeding Cool headlines like “Nick Spencer, Like Shakespeare, Knows What It’s Like To Have Readers Turn On Him,” “Nick Spencer Takes Break From Taking Break From Political Tweets To Declare Social Fabric Rapidly Degrading,” “Marvelsplaining: Nick Spencer Tells Us Why Never-Ending Relaunches Are Actually A Good Thing,” “Marvel’s Nick Spencer: Idea That Stories Should Be Escapism In Today’s World Is ‘Irresponsible, Cowardly Argument’,” “Fanboy Rampage: Nazi-Punching The Global Conversation Via Twitter With Nick Spencer, Mags Visaggio, And Alex de Campi,” “Fanboy Rampage: Nick Spencer Vs. Critics, Nerdist, And Occasionally DC Comics For Some Reason,” “Who Will Defend Event Comics? Writer Of Marvel’s Secret Empire, Nick Spencer, Will,” “In Ploy To Solve Comics’ Late Shipping Problem, Nick Spencer Urges Twitter Mass Exodus,” “Fanboy Rampage: Nick Spencer Vs. DC Rebirth Over Sales Numbers And Success,” “On The Morality Of Punching Nazis, With Nick Spencer, Lexi Alexander, And A Special Guest Appearance By Richard Spencer,” “A Day In The Life Of Nick Spencer’s Post-Hillary Twitter Account,” “As U.S. Election Looms, Clinton Surrogate Nick Spencer Steps Up Crucial Twitter Game,” “Nick Spencer’s Punchy-Kicky Superhero Comics Too High Brow For Average Reader,” “Report: Comic Book Writer’s Tweets Are Dems’ Secret Weapon To Win Election,” “SDCC: Nick Spencer’s The Oath Will Ask Readers To Pledge Support For Hillary Clinton,” “Report: Nick Spencer Catatonic After Valiant Secures Clinton Cameo,” “Report: Clinton Campaign Concerned With Nick Spencer’s Latest Captain America Twist (Spoilers),” “Marvel Prepares Electro-Shock Machine For Thursday Q&A With Clinton Surrogate Nick Spencer,” “Report: Nick Spencer Slept For Two And A Half Hours Last Night After Hillary’s Primary Wins,” and “Report: Marvel Seeking More Captain America Fill-In Writers As Spencer To Devote Even More Time To Clinton Campaign Tweets.”

Or maybe he’s been too busy writing his upcoming run on Amazing Spider-Man. Who knows?

The only thing certain is that there’s a direct correlation between the decline in Spencer’s Twitter rampages and Twitter’s drastic stock drop, even if other websites like sandwich-themed Hollywood gossip site The Wrap are trying to link it to Twitter’s Q2 financial report.

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With Spencer taking it easy, Dan Slott having blocked everyone on the internet who disagrees with him (but still following and subtweeting about them), and Tom Brevoort claiming to quit the social media service, there’s no one to take up the slack of trolling Marvel’s readers with insults, condescending arguments, and gaslighting. And it’s clear that, without that vital component, Twitter is suffering. We’re all suffering.

Hopefully, Nick Spencer will name-search himself on Twitter and fly into a seething rage upon seeing someone dislike Secret Empire soon, before it’s too late and we all have to go back to MySpace.

Nick Spencer Stops Tweeting So Much; Twitter Stock Drops Dramatically

Exclusive: Stills From Open Water 3 Cage Dive

The ocean is a very scary place to be abandoned and especially in shark infested waters

Open Water 3 Cage Dive is the next installment in the franchise that brings the fear of ocean survival into theaters.

The film stars Joel Hogan, Josh Potthoff, Megan Peta Hill and Pete Valley. It’s written and directed by Gerald Rascionato.

Here’s the synopsis:

In this intense thriller, three friends from California head to the rugged Australian coast for a cage-dive encounter with deadly Great Whites. But after attracting a swarm of vicious sharks their tour boat is destroyed by a massive rogue wave. As clouds gather and darkness descends, the three friends find themselves alone and defenseless, afloat in the chilly ocean as hungry man-eaters begin to circle. With little hope of rescue, they must fight to survive using only their courage.

Open Waters 3 Cage Dive will be in theaters, On Demand and available on Digital HD on August 11.

LRM has the chance to exclusively bring you the photo gallery of stills from the movie.

Check it out below.

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True Detective Season 3: Mahershala Ali Set To Star, 5 Scripts Complete

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Though an official greenlight has yet to be announced, HBO confirmed rumors from earlier this month that actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, House of Cards) has been cast to star in a potential third season of True Detective, the cable network’s crime anthology series. Speaking on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys also confirmed that he has read scripts for the first five episodes of Season 3 and is a fan of what he’s read so far:

“I have read five scripts for a third season. I’m very very impressed and excited about what I’ve read. I don’t want to give away the storyline, but I really think they’re terrific.”

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Ali has seen his star rise over the past few years with commanding performances in projects as diverse as House of Cards, Marvel’s Luke Cage and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. But it would be his breakout performance as Juan in Moonlight that would turn him into one of today’s most sought-after actors, earning him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor. Of special note: Ali is the first Muslim actor to ever receive an Academy Award.

Ali shared the news through his Instagram account:

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Bloys was asked why a third season of True Detective had yet to be officially announced, responding that HBO is looking to secure a director or directors for the season before giving the new season a greenlight. Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts Of No Nation) directed all eight episodes of the first season, while the second season was divided among several directors including Justin Lin (Fast Five) and Jeremy Podeswa (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones).

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True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is involved in the show’s third season, with David Milch (Deadwood) coming on-board for the assist. The first season of the anthology series starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and premiered in 2014 to both commercial and critical success. Fans and critics alike found the second season (starring  Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams) uneven and lacking the intensity of the first season, putting the future of the series in doubt.

True Detective Season 3: Mahershala Ali Set To Star, 5 Scripts Complete

Live Long And Prosper With Three New STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Entertainment Weekly Covers

Entertainment Weekly has released a trio of covers featuring the cast of Star Trek: Discovery, including Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) and Jason Isaac (Harry Potter). Check them out here...

New Full IT Trailer Gives Us Our Best Look At Pennywise Yet

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. Last week, the folks over at San Diego Comic-Con had an opportunity to check out a brand new trailer for the film, and it didn’t take long for audiences to sing its praises. Now, New Line has released the trailer to the general public, and man is it dope.

The new full trailer for IT gives us our most extensive look at Pennywise the Clown yet, as well as an actual idea of what he’ll sound like. While there are some Stephen King fans who chastise the film for making Pennywise so overtly terrifying, we can’t really blame them for taking this route. The concept his superb, and as it stands he really makes for a great villain for the kids to go up against.

The official synopsis for IT is below:

“When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.  
IT stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant, TV’s Hemlock Grove) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise.  An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) and Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic).
“Muschietti is directing IT from a screenplay adapted by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman.  Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti are producing, with Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk serving as executive producers.”

What did you think of this brand new trailer? Let us know your thoughts down below!

IT hits theaters on September 8, 2017.

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The Exorcist Season 2 Release Date, Cast, Plot News, and SDCC Details

The Exorcist season 2 has cast Li Jun Li. Plus, everything else we know about the second season...

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Den Of Geek Staff
Jul 27, 2017

You don’t need a time machine to take you get back to the 16th century to catch an exorcism. The guiding lights behind Fox’s supernatural horror series The Exorcist came to Comic-Con to talk about season 2. 

The Exorcist Season 2 News

Deadline reports that Li Jun Li has been cast as Rose, a social worker in a group home located on a private island in Seattle that the main characters will investigate. Rose is described as a "by-the-books rule follower who arrives to investigate whether Andy is still capable of caring for the children without a maternal figure in the home. Though she’s a strict follower of the rules and boundaries that come with her profession, it becomes clear that she and Andy have a history, and Rose is the first who is able to see through Andy’s brave front. Having grown up in foster care herself, she understands the difficulty of creating a stable home for these children and can relate to them easily."

More news as we learn it!

The Exorcist Season 2 SDCC Details

The Exorcist panel at San Diego Comic-Con assembled Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera, Sense8), Father Marcus (Ben Daniels, House of Cards), Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan, Skyfall), and executive producers Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four), and Sean Crouch (Numb3rs).Jeremy Slater, the creator, and Sean Crouch, the executive producer, and  Deadpool's Brianna Hildebrand. The panel was moderated by Deadline Senior Editor Dominic Patten.

The Exorcist panel told the Comic-Con faithful the devil will be found somewhere offshore the Pacific Northwest on an island for lost kids near Seattle.

“We’re going to see a foster home, a group for troubled kids,” Jeremy Slater told fans. “John [Cho]’s character is the patriarch, and Brianna [Hildebrand] is one of the kids in his care.”

The Exorcist season 2 will see the series develop as an anthology. The first step in the progression is to move away from Chicago, where the urban elite put on much too vulgar a display of power.

“Going into this season, the reason we switched it up from an upper-class urban family was to give it a nature look; the blues and greens make it feel more cinematic,” Sean Crouch explained. “It opens the sandbox to play in other types. A lot of Japanese horror is nature-based, and that can influence where we’re going this season.”

The roving priests of season 1 are striking out for new horrors, but the producers warned we may not have seen the last of the Rance family. The tortured descendants of Regan might put in a cameo if “there’s a story reason behind it and not a gratuitous one,” according to Slater.

The series will also continue to follow the devilish doing of the institution of the church. Kurt Egyiawan’s Father Bennett will go to the sacred heart of matter, the Vatican.

“They have an Office of Exorcism which has been around for a thousand years and we’re playing into the reality of that,” Crouch said. “How does this (the exorcisms) effect the greater Catholic Church?”

Hildebrand didn’t say much about her foster child character, but promised “she’s going to be kicking ass.”  

This is Hildebrand’s second dip into the supernatural genre after the horror comedy Tragedy Girls.

“I enjoyed the prosthetics and the blood,” she admitted. 

Read and download the full Den of Geek SDCC Special Edition magazine here!

The Exorcist Season 2 Setting

The Exorcist season 1 was set in Chicago, 40 years after the Georgetown exorcisms. The series was more than just a TV adaptation of a beloved horror movie, and you can expect The Exorcist Season 2 will continue to play with expectations. Hence the jettisoning of most of the core cast and moving the location from Chi-Town to the Pacific Northwest. Further...

The Exorcist Season 2 Cast

John Cho (Star Trek, Sleepy Hollow, Selfie) will play Andrew Kim, a former child psychologist who runs a foster home on a private island in the Pacific Northwest for at-risk kids. Deadpool co-star Brianna Hildebrand will play troubled teen Verity. Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels and Kurt Egyiawan will be returning to brave the hell of series regular cast. 

The Rance family at the center of The Exorcist series was dispatched, and Geena Davis, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey, and Alan Ruck will not be back. 

“A potential season two would find Marcus, Tomas and Bennett tasked with helping a new family or a new case of possession,” Slater told Bloody Disgusting last year.  “Our challenge now is to create a new family that you care about just as much as the Rances, and to find ways to make their story feel just as compelling and unique as what came before.” But, he cryptically added, “that doesn’t mean we’ll never see any of the Rances again.”

In the meantime, fans can expect new cast members Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead to Deadpool fans) and the rebooted Star Trek's John Cho to join the cast.

Cho will play Andrew Kim, a former child psychologist who runs a foster home on a private island off the coast of Seattle for five at-risk kids. One of the kids is a read demon who catches the attention of roving exorcists Tomas Ortega and Marcus Keane. Hildebrand will play Verity, a teen about to turn 18, and on her way out of the house.

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The Exorcist Season 2 Release Date

The Exorcist Season 2 premieres on Friday, Sept. 29.


Robot KIRK? Klingon Starfleet? SPOCK’s Not a Vulcan? STAR TREK: BOLDLY GO Boldly Goes There In October

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Meet Marvel’s 1,000,000 BC Avengers: Phoenix, Iron Fist, And Agamotto – A Modern Stone-Age Family

Hot off the heels of DC’s 2016 Flintstones series, Marvel is taking its own trip to the distant past for the industry-changing Marvel Legacy one-shot by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic. But unlike The Flintstones, which was a unique and interesting take on the concept conveyed throughout a year-long monthly series, Marvel Legacy will change the Marvel Universe and the comics industry forever in one super-sized (and super-priced) special kicking off a line-wide not-a-relaunch event. Isn’t that so much better?

Yesterday, Marvel previewed two of the members of the 1,000,000 BC Avengers: Black Panther and Starbrand. Like yesterday’s teasers, today’s are drawn by Mike Deodato. Today, we get to meet Phoenix, Iron Fist, and Agamotto The All-Seeing. The teasers don’t tell us much, other than the fact that everyone shops at the same loincloth store in 1,000,000 BC. But they’re nice to look at, even if Phoenix’s head is a bit too small for her body.

Dinosaurs will be punched in the freaking face (we assume) when the Marvel Legacy oversized one-shot hits stores in September.


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Meet Marvel’s 1,000,000 BC Avengers: Phoenix, Iron Fist, And Agamotto – A Modern Stone-Age Family

Blu-Ray Review Fargo: 20th Anniversary Edition (Steelbook)

Fargo made an immediate impact on cinemas across the country when it opened in 1997. This isn’t about an astounding technique or new technology. When you went to see Fargo, the screen was blinded in a whiteness from blizzard snow and untainted clouds. In a few seconds you knew if the projector had scratched up the 35mm film and where the stains were on the movie screens. My local screen resembled a hotel sheet during one of those ultraviolet light sanitary tests they do on TV. What movie theater thinks of cleaning their screens? The thing is when Fargo arrived on VHS, it let people know to break out the Windex to get the dust of their old big tube TV. And now with Fargo: 20th Anniversary Steelbook Blu-ray, you’ll grasp how clean is the flat screen on the HDTV.

Jerry Lundegaard (Shameless‘ William H. Macy) is a car dealership manager who has been doing shady business practices on the job. He has a two part plan to get him out of his hole. The first part is to get his father-in-law (Harve Presnell) to advance him the cash for a real estate deal. The second part is to have his wife (Kristin Rudrüd) kidnapped by two goons (The Big Lebowski‘s Steve Buscemi & Peter Stormare). Both plans go horribly wrong when the father-in-law wants to buy the property and take control of the ransom. The kidnappers screw up when they get pulled by a state trooper in Brainerd, Minnesota. Instead of playing it cool, the trooper is shot to death. This puts Brainerd police chief Marge Gunderson (Almost Famous‘ Frances McDormand) on the trail. Her main clue is the trooper called in temporary plates that link back to Jerry’s dealership. She heads to Minneapolis not knowing that there’s so more killings and a kidnapping in such a sweet city.

Fargo is a tale of shadowy figures in the blindly white landscape. William H. Macy is a horrible character and yet he does his best to be Minnesota nice with his treachery. For the Coens, the film stands out for it’s lack of camera trickery. The freezing temperatures make you not want to move the lens too much. This less flashy approach suits the material properly. It’s an unassuming film that turns out to be full of complicated ugliness. There is a person being fed to a wood chipper. Fargo lost out on Best Picture Oscar to The English Patient which is a shame. This little tale of darkness in Minnesota has proven to be more enduring than that bloated epic romance that has faded a bit after the hype. Nothing about Fargo has faded.

The video is 1.85:1. The high definition transfer brings out the whiteness of the snowy shots. The audio is a 5.1 DTS-HD MA that gives a bit more of the local sounds in your ears. There’s also 2.0 DTS-HD with dubs in French and Spanish. The movie is subtitled in English.

Audio Commentary with Roger Deakins, the cinematographer. He talks about the issues from shooting in snow and freezing weather. This is a master class on how to work with the Coens. He explains that elements came from various criminal cases. So far Deakins has been nominated 13 times for an Oscar and has yet to win which is a shame.

Minnesota Nice (27:48) is the making of featurette made during the production for the theatrical release. Buscemi talks in his wardrobe.

Interview with Coen Brothers and Frances McDormand (20:32) is from the Charlie Rose Show. The trio are relaxed around the table promoting the film. Charlie goes after the based on a real crime angle, but the brothers stick tight to their story.

Theatrical Trailer (1:58) sets up the crime, snow and Minnesota accents.

Television Spot (0:34) flirts with the concept that this might be a real crime drama.

American Cinematographer Article (15:57) is the article about Roger Deakins printed large on the screen. You’ll need your pause button to read in peace.

Still Photos (5:53) covers the production and promotional pictures.

Shout! Factory presents Fargo: 20th Anniversary Steelbook. Directed by: Joel Coen. Screenplay by: Joel & Ethan Coen. Starring: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell & Peter Stormare. Running Time: 98 minutes. Rated: R. Released: August 8, 2017.

Watchmen: Lindelof Not Doing “Literal Translation,” HBO President Says

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In a statement that might not go over well with fans of Alan Moore‘s seminal comic book series, HBO President Casey Bloys told IGN that the cable giant’s adaptation of Watchmen will not be a “literal translation” of the work. Interviewed during the Television Critics Association’s (TCA’s) ongoing press tour, Bloys revealed that Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) would be going beyond the source material and that the original 12 issues were not being turned into a chapter-style mini-series.

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“I don’t want to talk too much about it, but Damon is thinking about it in a way exactly as you describe it. Which is, how do you take the material and derive from it a TV show, without making it a literal translation? … Damon is one of the smartest, most passionate, most thorough writers I’ve ever worked with, so he’s really thinking about this in amazing ways. Again, I don’t want to talk about the details of it, but when you sit with him and you see the way his mind works it’s really kind of amazing.”

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It was originally announced in late June that Lindelof was in talks to develop an adaptation of Moore’s comic book series for HBO, with the expectation being that Lindelof would be starting over from the cable network’s first efforts at an adaptation in 2014. Though it’s still early for specific details, Lindelof has made no secret of how much he admires the original work and his nervousness in attempting any kind of adaptation:

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“I’ve been very vocal about my love for those twelve issues that eventually became a graphic novel; that they were completely and totally inspiring for all the storytelling that I did subsequently, and that I owe a debt to it. So, is that piece of material something that’s really interesting to me? Yes, but I do feel like I have to weigh the balance of ‘Should it exist?’ before I decide to take it on, and I’m sort of in that process now. I hold the source material in such high regard; it would literally be the worst feeling in the world to screw it up.”

Watchmen: Lindelof Not Doing “Literal Translation,” HBO President Says

“You’ll Float Too” – This New Trailer For Stephen King’s IT Is Sure To Cause A Few Sleepless Nights

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Stranger Things: David Harbour On Sheriff Hopper’s Arc In Season 2

David Harbour was spot on with his portrayal of the skeptical small town sheriff. Used to daily routines of dealing with teenagers stealing garden gnomes, Harbour’s Sheriff Hopper slowly began to realize that there was indeed something out of this world going on in his town. MTV News caught up with Harbour at San Diego ComicCon and asked him what may be in store for his character in the second season of Stranger Things.

"It's a year later, and one of the most subtle, interesting arcs of this season to me is what happens to a person when they take a heroic action and they become somewhat of a superhero and what that does to their ego and what it does to their sense of control issues and what it does to maybe where they feel like they start to overextend themselves and they have to check their ego or be humbled again," he said. "That's a humiliating thing for Hopper to feel, but it's a very human thing."

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It will be interesting to see how Sheriff Hopper handles his newfound fame within the town of Hawkins, and how his previous experiences will prepare him for the next adventure, as the giant spider-like creature in the trailer may be a much bigger problem than the Demogorgon from Season 1. Harbor also said that the Stranger Things team is very dedicated to the show and wants to give fans the best experience possible.

"There's really very little nonsense going on and we really want to make the best work. "We really do care now about our fanbase and we want to make something really beautiful and really special, something that you can watch over and over again and really love."

What are your thoughts on where Season 2 will take Sheriff Hopper? Let us know in the comments down below!

Stranger Things returns to Netflix on October 27, 2017.

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SOURCE: MTV News

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WATCH: The 2017 HeroesCon Mega-Panel celebrating Eisner and Kirby at 100

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Meet the SORCERER SUPREME, IRON FIST, PHOENIX Of MARVEL LEGACY #1’s 1,000,000 B.C. AVENGERS

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Mark Buckingham And Steve Rude Replace Nick Bradshaw And Klaus Janson On ‘Manhunter Vs Sandman’

That’s quite the artistic change! Manhunter Special #1, one of a series of books that DC Comics is publishing in August has had quite the artistic lineup changed. The book originally features a Manhunter Vs Sandman story drawn by Nick Bradshaw. But he has been replaced by Miracleman and Fables‘ Mark Buckingham.

You know, it’s been quite some time since Mark Buckingham worked on a Sandman comic…

While the Etrigan The Demon back up story scheduled as drawn by Klaus Janson, is now by Steve Rude.

Here are the switching solicitations:

BEFORE:

MANHUNTER SPECIAL #1
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN DiDIO • Art by NICK BRADSHAW • Backup story written by SAM HUMPHRIES • Backup story art by KLAUS JANSON • Cover by BRUCE TIMM
Big-game hunter and private detective Paul Kirk has marshaled his skills to fight crime as the masked vigilante known as Manhunter. But now crime has reached epidemic proportions that may push him to the limits—and draw the attention of the Golden Age heroes Sandman and Sandy! Plus: a short story featuring Etrigan the Demon by writer Sam Humphries and artist Klaus Janson and a Golden Age reprint.

AFTER:

MANHUNTER SPECIAL #1
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(W) Keith Giffen & Various (A) Mark Buckingham, Steve Rude (CA) Bruce Timm
Big-game hunter and private detective Paul Kirk has marshaled his skills to fight crime as the masked vigilante known as Manhunter. But now crime has reached epidemic proportions that may push him to the limits – and draw the attention of the Golden Age heroes Sandman and Sandy! Plus: a short story featuring Etrigan the Demon by writer Sam Humphries and artist Steve Rude.
This issue also includes the stories “The Face Behind the Mask,” from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #13, “Rocket Lanes of Tomorrow,” from REAL FACT COMICS #1 and “A World of Thinking Machines,” from REAL FACT COMICS #2, all featuring art by Jack Kirby.

Still on sale August 24rd, 48 pages, $4.99

Mark Buckingham And Steve Rude Replace Nick Bradshaw And Klaus Janson On ‘Manhunter Vs Sandman’

Deadpool 2: Colossus Actor Teases More Of The Character In The Sequel

While the X-Men franchise has ultimately been served pretty well with the long-running franchise, there is a negative side to these films. In keeping the focus on Wolverine, Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique, they’ve given a lot of other characters the short end of the stick. Among those characters have been Jubilee, Angel, Gambit, Juggernaut, and of course, Colossus. Yes, all of these characters have had some screen time, but not really enough to make a solid impact, and that’s the main downside when you have a cast of 127 mutants.

While it’s impossible for the studio to actually take time to properly focus on some of these characters, the fact that Fox is willing to actually split the X-Men's related characters up into different franchises has already made a difference with one pretty big character. I’m talking about Colossus. This is a guy who plays a pretty big role in the comics, but has often been relegated to backseat roles in the films (like that badass scene in X-2 when he helped Wolverine protect all the kids). The first film to actually allow him to do something on screen for a meaningful amount of time (and in a Russian accent, no less) was Deadpool.


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Well, if you were hoping for more of him in the next film, you’re in luck. Speaking with THR, Deadpool 2 actor Stefan Kapicic, who plays Colossus, teased that there would be plenty more of the metal mutant to go around.

"He didn't have time at all in the X-Men movies, and he's one of the iconic characters. He needed that space, and thank God [director] Tim Miller and Ryan and Fox decided to give him a spot, which will continue to grow. That's the thing I can say … the sequel will answer many questions, which people are asking right now. Because all the questions I can see on the net are answered in the sequel."

Consider us intrigued. I personally really enjoyed the Boy Scout performance that we saw from Colossus. It was a real genuine take on the character many had grown to love for the comics, without all the baggage of having to stand in the shadow of the rest of the X-Men. With Deadpool 2 seemingly going bigger and better, a part of me was worried that he’d be left behind in the dust, but we’re happy to see that that won’t be the case.

Are you excited to see more of Colossus? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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‘Shooter’ Season 2: Ryan Phillippe Injury Ends Season With Episode 8

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Though it was readily expected that series lead Ryan Phillippe‘s off-set injury would impact the show’s second season in some way, USA Network confirmed speculation on Wednesday that their drama series Shooter will be shortened to only eight episodes this season instead of the originally ordered and announced ten episodes.

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Phillippe suffered a broken leg during a family outing on July 16 that required him to have surgery, though he is expected to make a full recovery. Filming was already completed on the first eight episodes, with Phillippe in the midst of shooting the season’s ninth episode when the accident occurred. USA Network, Paramount TV and Universal Cable Prods. made the decision to end the season with Episode 8 to give the actor enough time to fully recover for a full third season. Helping their decision is that it appears Episode 8 can work as a proper season finale and satisfactorily wrap-up the second season. Paramount TV issued a statement to Deadline on the decision: “Our priority is Ryan’s recovery, and after conversations with our partners at USA and UCP we’ve decided that we will wrap S2 with episode 208.”

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For his part, Phillippe has been communicating with fans of Shooter through social media since the accident; including live-tweeting the show’s season premiere and being a part of a Twitter Q&A:

From USA Network’s website:

“Shooter, is a drama based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg. The co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions comes from executive producers Wahlberg (Ballers, Boardwalk Empire) of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson (Ballers, Boardwalk Empire) of Leverage Entertainment; and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, The Real O’Neals). John Hlavin (The Shield) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Simon Cellan Jones (Bloodline) directed the pilot.

Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) is a producer on the project and will star as Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Omar Epps (House) plays Isaac Johnson, a former Marine and former commanding officer of Swagger. Now a Secret Service Agent, he solicits Swagger’s expertise for a clandestine operation that has disastrous results.”

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Comic Book Reviews for July 26, 2017

It was another big week of comics, even as the industry recovered from the insanity that is Comic-Con. DC delivered pivotal new chapters of books like The Flash, Action Comics and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Marvel kept the Secret Empire train rolling and kicked off a prequel to Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy game. Oni Press gave us the comic book sequel to Rick and Morty's "Interdimensional Cable" episodes. And Boom Studios launched their second monthly Power Rangers comic.

Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.

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ONE OR DONE: GOTG the comic based on the game based on the comic…oh and B.P.R.D gets a new title.

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Henry Cavill Comes Forward About His Mustache

Right before San Diego Comic-Con, Ben Affleck had to deal with the rumors that he did not want to play Batman after Justice League and that the studios were going to find a way to take him out of the equation. At SDCC during Warner Bros. Pictures Hall H presentation, he was able to take a moment to clear those rumors up for now. Henry Cavill, on the other hand, has his own rumors to deal with.

The rumors around the web were that the re-shoots Warner Bros. needed to do were causing big problems for Cavill. Why? This is because of the fact that he had grown a mustache for the film he is currently working on for Paramount Pictures, the next Mission: Impossible. He had expected to finish filming Mission: Impossible before having to put on Clark Kent's iconic suit for Justice League, but that did not happen, so his mustache would have to be digitally removed from the film because Paramount Pictures would not allow him to shave it off while the film was in production.

Given how out of control the rumor about his mustache had become, Cavill took to Instagram to clear up the rumor stating:

"Dear followers, it is time to finally set the record straight in this mustache fiasco. Pictured above, is not a set on MI6 but is in fact the latest in a series of weapons being designed by Warner Bros and Paramount Studios to combat the entity known as, 'Henry Cavill's Moustache'. There has been no discussion over whether to shave or not to shave for the JL reshoots, simply a relentless campaign to put an end to the seemingly inexorable conquest of this despotic 'stache. It is not a question of IF I should shave -- it is a question of how can we possibly be victorious against such a beast without bringing our own doom raining down upon us." 

Here is the original post with the photo he posted.

Dear followers, it is time to finally set the record straight in this moustache fiasco. Pictured above, is not a set on MI6 but is in fact the latest in a series of weapons being designed by Warner Bros and Paramount Studios to combat the entity known as "Henry Cavill's Moustache". There has been no discussion over whether to shave or not to shave for the JL reshoots, simply a relentless campaign to put an end to the seemingly inexorable conquest of this despotic 'stache. It is not a question of IF I should shave - it is a question of how can we possibly be victorious against such a beast without bringing our own doom raining down upon us. #MI6 #JusticeLeague #HenryCavillsMoustache #HopeIsAllWeHaveLeft #MoustacheImpossible

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So it looks like once again the internet blows another rumor our of proportion. Although I will say that some of the images that people have come up with of Superman with a mustache are hilarious. I am also impressed at how many media outlets (including this one) have taken time out of their busy schedule to write about Superman's mustache. What do you guys think? Has this story been blown out of proportion? Chime in Below! 

Justice League slams into theaters November 17, 2017.

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HBO’s Watchmen May Not Be Sticking To The Original Storyline

HBO is currently developing a Watchmen series helmed by Damon Lindelof. Based on the characters of Alan Moore's limited series published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987. The artwork was handled by Dave Gibbons and the colors were done by John Higgins. In 2009, Zack Snyder released the feature film Watchmen. Then again in 2012 DC Comics published a series of comic books titled Before Watchmen that served as a prequel to the original series; strangely this series did not have the input of any of the original creators. Currently the Watchmen (specifically Dr. Manhattan) are being used to help restore the DC Universe by essentially blaming Manhattan for a lot of the changes that were made post Flashpoint. We will see them very soon again in Geoff John's stand alone mini series Doomsday Clock this November.

As far as HBO's adaptation, HBO president Casey Bloys told IGN in an interview that the television show would not be a straight adaptation:


"I don't want to talk too much about it, but Damon is thinking about it in a way exactly as you describe it," Bloys said. "Which is, how do you take the material and derive from it a TV show, without making it a literal translation?"

Bloys also mentioned that he thinks that they would probably have to create new material for the television show that is not in the original graphic novel. Which is completely understandable as Moore's graphic novel is a single story that would only really be able to be used for a single season. 

In the interview he continues to praise Lindelof:


"Damon is one of the smartest, most passionate, most thorough writers I've ever worked with," Bloys continued, "So he's really thinking about this in amazing ways. Again, I don't want to talk about the details of it, but when you sit with him and you see the way his mind works it's really kind of amazing."

Moore's Watchmen is a great story that I have read several times, and the film adaptation by Zack Snyder is one of the best comic book movies of all time, in my opinion. Taking the source material and creating new stories for the characters is something that I would welcome. Is this something that you would like to see HBO do? Or would you prefer they stay true to the source material and only have it around for one season? Chime in Below!

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Inaugural MIKE WIERINGO COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS Nominees

To be awarded at Baltimore Comic-Con.

MARVEL Developing Action-RPG With 20th CENTURY FOX

A new variation on the long-standing partnership.

Mighty Thor 700 to have Adam Hughes 1:100 Variant Plus Marvel’s Biggest Week In October

the week of October 18th 2017 will be possibly the biggest week for Marvel comics in a while. Not only are they putting out Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk in one week, but they will have a special issue of Thor, Mighty Thor #700 featuring a 1:100 Thor cover by legendary cover artist Adam Hughes.

Not only that, but the story is entitled, “Death of Mighty Thor Part 1”
So what is in store for the 700th issue?

Seems that Mangog has arrived to bring final judgement. War Thor will battle him. Jane’s cancer takes a turn for the worst. No hammer can see her this time as the clock ticks down. “It’s the beginning of the end that will lead to the most dramatic return in the Marvel Universe!”

Of course, no cover art is shown in Diamond yet.


WARWICK DAVIS Joins STAR WARS: HAN SOLO (& His WILLOW Director)

Nub Nub.

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers: Blue Beetle #11 Shatters Status Quo & A Major DC Icon Is Hunting Jaime Reyes?

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers for Blue Beetle #11 follow.

Bad guys lose and Blue Beetle and team win.

Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson, still has concenrs about Jaime Reyes and the Blue Beetle scarab, but exits Team Blue Beetle and leaves Jaime Reyes in Ted Kord’s care; which Ted was doing anyway.

The rest of Team Blue Beetle also disband including OMAC and Teri Magnus, the Flash from the 31st Century.

Just thought I’d share this cool pic of the Kord Industries building; just sharing because its a cool design.

Lastly, who is hunting Blue Beetle now? Well none other than…

…Batman!

A2Z Analysiz: WWF SummerSlam 1992 (Bret Hart, British Bulldog)

SummerSlam 88-92

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Wembley Stadium, London, England – Monday, August 31, 1992

Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Money Inc. vs. Legion of Doom

Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster have their manager Jimmy Hart with them, and Hawk and Animal have both Paul Ellering and Rocco in their corner. Hawk and DiBiase start it off, and it doesn’t take much for DiBiase to bail to the floor. Animal makes him pay for it and throws him right back in the ring. Hawk clotheslines DiBiase right back out and Animal adds another clothesline before throwing DiBiase back in. IRS tags in and Animal follows suit. Obviously Animal dominates here and the crowd loves them some LOD. Hawk tags back in and IRS is able to subdue him with a sleeper. After a brief time in the hold Hawk backs IRS into the corner to break it, and then whips IRS into the other corner and follows him in with a clothesline. Hawk goes up top but this time misses a clothesline and he tumbles to the floor. DiBiase issues a bodyslam and dumps Hawk back in the ring for more punishment. Money Inc. keeps Hawk away from Animal for several minutes and they wear him down. At one point Hawk is able to make the tag but the referee doesn’t see it so he won’t allow it. Even though he allowed Money Inc. to do the same thing. Referees are dumb. Anway, Hawk makes the hot tag in view of the referee next time, so Animal is allowed to come in and clean house. The LOD get rid of IRS and go for the Doomsday Device on DiBiase. IRS makes it back in to break that up and Hawk knocks him to the apron. Animal shoves DiBiase into IRS and then catches him with a nice powerslam to get the pin at 12:00. That felt a little longer than it was, but for the most part it was a servicable tag team formula opener. I think Legion of Doom were gone soon after this.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: Nailz vs. Virgil

Nailz dominates in the early going, and when Virgil tries to put together some offense Nailz just cuts him off and chokes him. Virigl keeps trying to fight but Nailz chokes him down and throws him to the floor. Nailz slams Virgil’s face off the ring apron repeatedly. Back in the ring Virgil again tries to fire up but to no avail. Nailz then locks Virgil in a Choke Sleeper and Virgil’s lights go out at 3:17. That was a sloppy squash.
Rating: ½*

MATCH #3: Rick Martel vs. Shawn Michaels

This is a rare heel versus heel match up, with the added stipulation (put in place by Sensational Sherri) that they may not hit each other in the face. They start with some fast-paced back and forth, with both men eager to show up the other. Both men also throw in little cheats every opportunity they have. Martel scores the first big blow when he hurls Michaels to the floor. He goes outside and lures Sherri in for a nice hug. Martel then turns his attention back to Michaels and brings him back to the ring. Momentum continues to shift and Michaels takes control as both men continue to cheat as often as possible. Things get heated and they start hitting each other in the face! That’s what Sherri did not want. Both men cock their fists and Sherri “faints” on the apron. Michaels and Martel both go to the floor and fight each other over who is going to tend to the fallen Sherri. They start throwing fists and fight each other down the aisle for a double-countout at 8:08. That was quite different from most matches of the time, with the heel versus heel and no punching dynamic going on. It was a little short to really get good, but it’s still quite fun and memorable.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: World Tag Team Championship Match – Natural Disasters vs. Beverly Brothers

Earthquake and Typhoon have been the Champions since 7.20.92, and this is their first major defense. They dominate in the early going, using their weight to squash the Beverlys and throw them around. Blake is able to avoid getting squashed between the two behemoths in the corner, and the brothers take control. Beau and Blake isolate Typhoon and try to keep him grounded, thus neutralizing his size and strength advantage. This goes on for several minutes. Beau goes after Earthquake to distract the referee, allowing Blake to hit Typhoon with the Genius’s metal scroll. As a kid I was CONVINCED that was the end. Earthquake breaks up the cover with a hard elbow drop though. Then the hot tag is made and Earthquake is a natural disaster afire. Earthquake hits a nice belly-to-belly suplex. Man, he could move. Blake comes in and tries to help his brother but they both get bowled over. Typhoon tosses Blake to the floor and Beau gets squashed in the corner. Earthquake hits a big powerslam and then the Earthquake Splash to get the pin at 10:24 along with a monster pop. That was fine fomula stuff and about all one could reasonably expect given the participants.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: Repo Man vs. Crush

Repo attacks at the bell but Crush just shrugs him off and does military presses with him. Crush dominates with his size and power advantage. He goes to the top rope and misses a knee drop. Repo Man tries to take advantage but Crush is all like, “nah, that’s cool.” When Repo goes to the top rope for a cross body block, Crush catches him in a powerslam. Crush then locks on the Cranium Crush and it’s over at 4:03. That seemed more fitting for an episode of Superstars than a major pay-per-view.
Rating: *

MATCH #6: WWE Championship Match – Ultimate Warrior vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Savage has been the Champion since 4.5.92, and this is his third major defense. Things get heated right away between these two former rivals. Both are now good guys but there is still tension stemming from their feud in 1991 in which Warrior temporarily ended Savage’s career. Savage takes the first advantage and goes to the top rope for an ax handle but Warrior buries a fist into his midsection. Warrior presses the advantage and puts together a string of moves but misses an elbow drop. The challenger perseveres and is quickly back on offense. Savage fights back and clotheslines Warrior to the floor. He brings him right back in and covers for two. Savage hits an ax handle from the top rope but Warrior doesn’t feel it. A second one takes Warrior off his feet for a near-fall. Savage goes for a cross body block but Warrior catches him and hits a backbreaker for two. Warrior keeps the pressure on, working on Savage’s back. Savage comes back with a neckbreaker for a two-count. He can’t stay on offense though due to his injured back. Warrior goes for a clothesline but Savage ducks and Warrior crashes hard to the floor. Savage follows with the flying ax handle. He abuses Warrior on the floor for a bit and brings him back in the ring for a cover. Then Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair make their way to ringside. During the buildup to this match they promised that one of the two combatants in this match had secured Perfect’s managerial services. Flair is in full wrestling gear for some reason. Meanwhile, Warrior has regained control. Warrior goes for a big splash but Savage gets his knees up. Savage covers for two. He and Warrior then clothesline each other and both men are down. They take turns covering each other but get two. Perfect makes his first impact on the match by tripping Savage, and it looks like Warrior has sold out. The referee gets bumped and Warrior continues to beat on Savage. Warrior hits an ax handle from the top rope but the referee is slow to count so it only gets two. The challenger argues with the referee and the Champion delivers the High Knee, causing the referee to get dumped to the floor. Savage hits a piledriver but there is no ref to count of course. He tries to revive the ref and Perfect gets in the ring to seemingly help Warrior, but he holds Warrior instead and Flair blasts him with brass knuckles! Perhaps Savage is the one who sold out!? Savage slams Warrior down and hits the Diving elbow drop. Warrior kicks out at two! Warrior starts to Hulk Up and he delivers a series of clotheslines. He hits a diving shoulder block and then the Press Slam. Warrior then goes for the Big Splash but Flair cracks him across the back with a steel chair! Savage gets up and sees that Warrior is down, and he knows he didn’t do it. The Champion is angry with Perfect, but he goes to the top rope anyway. Savage seems to have second thoughts, so he turns toward Flair and leaps at him, only to get swatted out of the air with a chair! The Champion injures his knee and is unable to crawl back to the ring and gets counted out at 26:15. This match gets overshadowed by Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog in the main event, but this is a hell of a match. The pace they cut was intense, and the underlying mystery of who would have Flair and Perfect on his side was intriguing. Savage and Warrior had ridiculous chemistry, and while this wasn’t on the level of WrestleMania VII, this is a bit of a lost gem that doesn’t get enough credit.
Rating: ****

MATCH #7: Kamala vs. Undertaker

Undertaker hammers away right from the beginning and chokes the Ugandan giant. He dominates, avoiding a charge in the corner and hitting Old School (not yet called as such). Undertaker tries Old School again and this time Harvey Whippleman helps Kamala slam Undertaker down to the mat. They take the battle to the floor, where Kamala controls with strikes and kicks. Kamala slams Undertaker’s head off the steps. Back in the ring Kamala keeps up the pressure but Undertaker ducks a clothesline and hits the Chokeslam. Undertaker hits a flying clothesline and he goes for the Tombstone but Kimchee runs in for the DQ at 3:40. It was probably wise to keep that one short.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #8: Intercontinental Championship Match – Bret “Hit Man” Hart vs. British Bulldog

Hart has been the champion since 4.5.92, and this is his third major defense. They try to psyche each other out in the early going. Bulldog shows his power advantage early, and Hart comes back with some scientific wrestling. The challenger comes back by going after Hart’s arm. The champion weathers the storm and starts systematically wearing the challenger down. Bulldog gets a few hope spots in there but Hart is able to thwart his comeback attempts. He even abuses Bulldog outside the ring. Bret continues to dominate, and really wears Bulldog down with a sleeper. Bulldog fights his way out of it and press slams Hart into the ropes, which I’m surprised to say I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do since then. Although if you believe Bret Hart, Bulldog probably just dropped him accidentally because he was sucking so much wind the entire match. Bulldog gets some offense in now and Hart withstands his attacks. He even kicks out of the Running Powerslam, and winds up with a German Suplex for two. Bulldog comes back with a huge superplex but it only gets two. Hart comes back and locks on the Sharpshooter and Bulldog reaches the ropes. Moments later Hart tries a sunset flip and Bulldog kneels down and hooks the legs to get the pin at 25:11. Bret claims he held Bulldog’s hand through that match (which is a feasible story), but however they did it this match still holds up as awesome.
Rating: *****

Death Note Producer Comments On Changes To Margaret Qualley’s Character

Last Thursday night we had the opportunity to screen Death Note during our San Diego Comic-Con coverage. Since then, the internet has exploded with mixed review of the beloved Manga and anime series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata. Here at LRMOnline in Joseph Medina's review of the film he grades it a "B" stating that, "Death Note may not win any awards, but it’s a fun, stylized genre flick that makes for one hell of an entertaining thrill ride." Overall, I must say that I agree with his review. You can check it out in the link below.

Without giving up too many details about the film I wanted to take a moment to talk about Margaret Qualley's character, Mia Sutton. This is director Adam Wingard's take on Misa Amane, who if your familiar with is not that great of a character. She was more of a fan of Light aka Kira than even a sidekick. In Wingard's version of the character Mia plays a huge role in pushing the plot forward. Although I will say that her drive at times even seemed to overshadow Light's character, played by Nat Wolff.

Producer Roy Lee talked about how this change in Mia's character came about during the special screening we attended:

“When we were developing the script, we were stuck on one major plot point -- which fans of the original will know maybe what’s going to happen -- and Adam came in his first meeting, and pitched something about Margaret’s character. The change was amazing. I loved it. Everyone else loved it, and I hoped fans of the original source material will actually like what happens.”

For this film to be adapted from a 12-volume series, and an anime that was 37 episodes long, there was no doubt that there were going to have to be some major changes to make the film work. The change in Mia's character has to be my favorite change as it was something that I did not expect going into the theater, and it takes the plot in a different direction that we have not seen before.

I completely understand why some critics did not enjoy the film and why a lot of fans are upset about all the changes that Wingard has made to the story and characters, but the fact of the matter is that there is not enough time to cover all of the plot points from the original story. This means that Wingard and the rest of the creative team had to come up with a new story that although different, still has the characteristics of the Death Note property. We'll have to wait until next month so see what fans think of the film. How do you feel about all the changes that have been made to Death Note? Are you looking forward to seeing Mia have a larger role in the film? Chime in below!

Death Note drops into Netflix August 25, 2017.

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Rick and Morty Season 3 Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and More News

There's an absolutely mind-bending amount of stuff out there about Rick and Morty Season 3, and we have it all right here.

News Joe Matar Chris Longo
Jul 27, 2017

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Rick and Morty Season 3 is almost here, so calm down already, will ya? We've been aggregating all the most relevant Rick and Morty Season 3 info and #content (sorry) in this here handy article.

Rick and Morty Season 3 Release Date

Co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, storyboard artist Erica Hayes, and voice of Mr. Goldenfold Brandon Johnson held a “spontaneous” livestream event on June 29th on AdultSwim.com. They showed a trailer for Season 3 which showed a lot of violence, the characters riding roller coasters, the characters in a Mad Max: Fury Road parody, some Pickle Rick, and a bunch of Summer being cloned and embiggened.

They also confirmed that Justin and Dan hate each other, that the show is canceled, that the Rick and Morty team cured syphilis, and then that Season 3 would premiere in 2021.

Psych!

Then they revealed the real premiere date. Rick and Morty Season 3 will air Sunday, July 30th at 11:30 PM EST.

To clarify: they're airing the first episode (the one they showed in April) at 11:00 pm, and then at 11:30 you'll get to see Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 2. Cool, right?

Rick and Morty Season 3 Trailers

So we don't know what to call this latest Rick and Morty Season 3 trailer. Is it a trailer? Does this count as a trailer? It's really just a crazy, trippy promo where they experiment with different animation styles. And it rules.

Oh, and it has a neat Batman '89 homage in there amongst all the other craziness. You should probably watch it. It's awesome.

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the first episode of season three.

Don't worry, those new episodes are coming soon enough... 

This doesn't exactly count, but it's still awesome:

Check it out:

Rick and Morty Season 3: Where To Watch Online

For those ready to cut cable, there are options to stay up to date on Rick and Morty. Sling, DirecTV Now and Playstation Vue all stream Cartoon network/Adult Swim live. You can find out more information on those services here. 

Past episodes of Rick and Morty are available through AdultSwim.com and Hulu. You can also buy the season one Blu-ray on Amazon, and the season 2 Blu-ray, too!

Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode Guide

At a Magic City Comic Con panel, Harmon revealed that Rick and Morty season 3 will comprise 14 episodes. Season 1 ran for 11 episodes, while season 2 was cut down to 10. 

Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 1: The Rickshank Rickdemption

Click here to read our review of the premiere!

We also calculated how many Jokes Per Minute there were in the episode!

Air Date: April 1, 2017

Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 2: Rickmancing the Stone

Air Date: TBA - Summer 2017

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DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers: Wonder Woman #27 Reveals Who Is Hunting Diana, But Who Is This Hunter?

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers for Wonder Woman #27 follow.

I admittedly get my Wonder Woman fix by reading DC Rebirth’s monthly series Trinity that features Wonder Woman alongside Superman and Batman. That will change when I start reading Wonder Woman twice monthly later in the Fall of 2017 when James Robinson takes over as writer.

Until then, I’ll peruse current issues of WW to see what’s up. The current issue, WW #27, ended with…

…Wonder Woman being wanted dead or alive and someone being identified as wanting take that bounty.

Who is she? Perhaps we’ll find out next month or, if I missed a previous issue with this lethal lady in it, drop me a line please.

Riverdale Season 2: Jughead’s Evolution And Archie’s Spiral

Hear what to expect from Riverdale's next season from Archie and Jughead themselves.

News Chris Cummins
Jul 27, 2017

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So far, San Diego Comic-Con has been huge for fans of Riverdale. Last night, Josie and the Pussycats gave a surprise concert (during which Camila Mendes and Madelaine Petsch joined the group), and today all of the cast have been on hand to sign autographs for fans and look ridiculously adorable posing for pictures with Doug the Pug before dishing on season two at the show's second-ever panel at the con.

Earlier this afternoon, Den of Geek's Chris Longo got to speak with Archie and Jughead themselves -- KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse -- about the huge response to Riverdale, hamburgers and the lack thereof, and what fans can expect from the drama's sophomore year.

First up, burgers. The absence of Jughead's notorious appetite was easily the show's biggest problem during its first year. As you may remember, it wasn't until the season finale that the legendarily carnivorous character finally got to chomp down on a hamburger. Shameful really. But don't blame Sprouse, as he had long wanted Jughead's insatiable hunger to be a key component to the character on the show.

"Jughead's eating is obviously one of the most crucial parts of the dynamic of the comics," he told us, adding "but it's also so comical that it had the chance to break the fourth wall. And so that was kind of difficult." Sprouse went to to say that he pitched showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa a take on Jughead that drew influence from the source material as well as a certain popular manga. "I had pitched him very much like an L representation from Death Note, where he's just this character that's constantly eating."

But does this mean we will get to Jug indulging his meat tooth non-stop when Riverdale returns in October? "We definitely get to see lots more of that in season two," says Sprouse. "But he's also homeless and has no source of income, so his eating is being informed by his ability to get his hands on food when he can."

Another difference from the way Jughead is portrayed on TV than in the comics is that he is now in a relationship with Betty Cooper, a change that Sprouse feels speaks of how the character has evolved over the course of Archie Comics' 75-year history. "He started as a woman hater, which is something that probably wouldn't fly politically anymore,"  he smartly observes, before stating "a misogyny Jughead is not really the best narrative."

"Then there was asexual Jughead," in which Sprouse references Chip Zdarsky's newly Eisner-winning run on the character's solo title, "and in this he's in love with Betty." As many longtime Archie fans will be quick to mention, there's room for all of these iterations of the character, a point that the actor who brings him to life seems to agree with vigorously. "This is a new universe. We're not the digests, we're not the (Mark) Waid comics. But he definitely goes towards a more original kind of Jughead telling."

Original yes, and, at the risk of sounding heretical to true diehards, one that fits in perfectly with the show's gritty, melodramatic aesthetic. Besides, TV's Jughead is still a character who gets to espouse a soliloquy about how weird he is, so his essence is most definitely intact.

Meanwhile, New Zealand native KJ Apa finds himself in the unique position of playing "America's Typical Teenager" (as the comics so often refer to Archie). So, what does he think about the show becoming a burgeoning phenomenon? "I was really surprised," he says in an accent that is light years away from how his Archie sounds. "When I first read that pilot I didn't really know what to think. I thought this could be either really good or...it's risky."

A risk that has clearly paid off, with Riverdale getting an early second season renewal and now being binge-watched by new fans on Netflix. It's something that Apa seems to feel genuine gratitude for. "I'm really thankful," he declares. "I think that we're all really lucky that our show is blowing up like this after the first season."

Like Sprouse, Apa also seems to have an understanding of Archie's lengthy history. "I think the fact that we've come from such a big franchise, and that we're the first ones to really put these characters to life off the comic book is part of the reason why it's so successful."

But why does Cole Sprouse think the show has resonated? " I think we set out to do quality work with talented actors and interesting writing, and when all the right ingredients are in the pot it's going to make a good dish," he adds. "I think it's very validating to see the fan reaction that we have." Although he adds that with validation must also come caution. "The validation you have to be super careful about, because the second you start letting that validation inform the narrative or inform the characters or inform anything like that, you're actually doing yourself a tremendous disservice. It's been funny finding that balance." 

The first season of Riverdale was able to deftly find that balance, and its left Sprouse appreciative of the response so far. "But obviously it feels great. As actors, we want to resonate. As storytellers, we want to resonate. The fact that people are (reacting well) makes me feel fantastic."

As the just-released teaser of Riverdale's second season indicates, things are about to get much darker in the once-innocent small town. So what, if anything can the show's core duo tell us about where their characters go next?

Apa clues us in to where we find the oft-shirtless ginger at the start of the season. "Archie's dealing with his dad just being shot, which kind of spirals him." He also suggests that this isn't the happy-go-lucky version of the character we are used to. "We see a whole side of Archie that we haven't seen before, which carries on through the whole season." How so exactly?  "He wants revenge, and it gets gnarly real quick," Apa states with a sense of determination, and maybe even a little foreboding.

And as for Archie's hat-wearing pal? Well, Sprouse gives us some insight. "Jughead is placed with one foot on the North side and one foot on the South side in a brewing civil war. His life is forcing his actions into a certain kind of narrative that's forcing him to recognize he can't make everyone happy. And he's going to lose a lot and gain a lot."

Consider us intrigued for sure. Unfortunately, we have to wait until October 11 when the show's second season premieres to see how this all plays out...

Read and download the full Den of Geek SDCC Special Edition magazine here!

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SDCC ’17: Interview: “Legend of Korra” Writer Michael DiMartino and Artist Irene Koh

On August the 8th, the first book in the Legend of Korra: Turf Wars graphic novel trilogy, published by Dark Horse, will be released. First announced two years ago, a lot of hype has since surrounded the comic. Series co-creator Michael DiMartino has been busy with writing the story, with Irene Koh working alongside as […]

Marvel Comics Legacy Spoilers: Where Are The Top 5 Missing Leads In This New Marvel Comics Era?

Marvel Comics Legacy Spoilers follow.

Marvel Comics has launched the Legacy initiative for its superhero titles. It’s a back to basics respecting your roots creative initiative including, in some cases, going back to legacy numbering.

Well, among my fave Marvel characters, 5 are MIA in Legacy so far; or in 1 case was MIA as I was writing this and then was no longer MIA.

(5) Silver Sable and the Wild Pack

Well, they were missing until Tuesday.

Silver Sable and the Wild Pack

(4) Battlestar

He was was in the Wildpack and also aligned with Captain America…

USAgent and Battlestar in Captain America dos

(3) USAgent

…who became the USAgent; a silly name, but a cool character.

USAgent

(2) Cardiac

I just like his look.

Cardiac Vs Spider-Man

(1) Damage Control

What a great concept.

Damage Control #1

Who are you missing from Marvel Legacy?

That said, I could have opened this article by citing Squadron Supreme, Thunderbolts and the Prowler, but I’ve been complaining about their stealth cancellations for months. I miss these characters too along with the 5 on this list.

Marvel’s Defenders: Is Claire Temple the White Tiger?

Here's the case for Claire Temple playing the White Tiger in the Marvel Netflix universe...

Feature James Hunt
Jul 27, 2017

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Warning: contains spoilers for all Marvel Netflix shows to date.

The reception to Marvel’s Netflix shows has varied considerably from series to series - but something almost everyone agrees on is that Rosario Dawson’s character, Claire Temple, has been a highlight of them all. Like a Netflix Agent Coulson, it seems clear she’ll serve as the character who ultimately unites the team during the crossover series, The Defenders.

But it's possible her role is destined to be even more substantial than that. The ending of Iron Fist in particular hints that Claire may take the step Coulson never did and join the ranks of the (occasionally) costumed adventurers. We can't help but wonder: is she secretly playing a version of the White Tiger?

There are a few things that make us think so.

1. Claire literally has claws

At the end of Iron Fist, having been trained up in martial arts by Colleen Wing - a former member of The Hand, no less - Claire takes some tiger claw-type weapons off the wall saying “I believe these are mine.” It’s a small beat, but clear setup for her future appearances.

We already know her experiences on the sidelines of superhero battles have left her with a desire to defend herself in case The Hand come calling again - which, let's face it, they will. Now, having completed her training, she won't feel like she has to wait for her friends to rescue her. As a Hand-trained fighter, she's officially capable of mounting a solid defence of her own.

But more could be going on. The choice of weapon clearly wasn’t random. She could have fought with a sword, with a staff, with anything. Why give her a signature weapon so identifiable and unconventional if they aren’t hinting at something?

2. She secretly wants to be a superhero

At one point in Iron Fist, Claire, Danny and Colleen have Madame Gao imprisoned, leading her to attempt to get under their skin with her own brand of brutal but perceptive needling. When she talks to Claire, Gao essentially tells her “you hang onto the coattails of people who have special abilities because you want to be like them.”

Claire denies it, of course, but Gao isn’t wrong in what she tells the others. Is she also right about Claire?

3. She’s the hero the MCU needs

The diversity row that surrounded Iron Fist means Marvel/Netflix are more aware than ever that they need to keep pace with the demands and sensibilities of audiences. For the most part, the Netflix shows have been quite good at putting forward characters who aren’t just white guys, especially compared to the movies. But despite the occasional appearance of Robbie Reyes, the Ghost Rider, in Agents of SHIELD, there’s still no Hispanic superhero lead in the MCU, and only a handful of women, most of whom are white.

The White Tiger has been Hispanic in several incarnations – the first was Hector Ayala, the fourth was Angela Del Toro, and the fifth was Ava Ayala. The character has also been female in three different incarnations (the second was a female tiger who was mutated into human form by the High Evolutionary).

So in terms of rebalancing a universe that needs more characters of colour, more women and specifically more Hispanic people full stop, Marvel could do far, far worse than to give Rosario Dawson a bit more prominence. Especially given that she’s one of the biggest names to be attached to those shows, she's already being under-utilised.

4. The White Tiger is a Hero for Hire

The second White Tiger was introduced to co-star in the 1990s Heroes for Hire comic series, and was a member of that team alongside Luke Cage and Danny Rand. Angela Del Toro, the fourth White Tiger, was set up in her role by Matt Murdock and later worked with both Luke and Danny.

It’s clear, then, that the White Tiger moves in the same circles as the street-level heroes of The Defenders. She’d be a natural fit for that group of characters on screen just as she is in the comics.

5. Claire Temple is already a composite character

One obvious argument against this theory is that Rosario Dawson isn’t playing a character named for any of the existing White Tigers. As a supporting character in the Luke Cage comics, Claire Temple was a Doctor and Luke’s love interest – but in the Netflix shows, she’s been largely merged with a character named Linda Carter who provides medical assistance for street-level superheroes as “Night Nurse”.

Given that the White Tiger lacks much in the way of a definitive identity – there have been five, after all, only one of which has had any significant cross-media presence – it wouldn’t be a huge leap to imagine Marvel evolving Claire’s character into the White Tiger for The Defenders rather than trying to create a new one.

6. White Tiger rumours are already out there

In August 2016, several sites reported that Marvel had shot a number of short taster pilots for consideration as future Netflix shows. White Tiger was one of those rumored to be under consideration. Speculation was shot down by various sources, but that doesn’t mean it had no basis in reality.

It could be that the rumor grew out of a decision to turn Claire into the White Tiger ahead of The Defenders' production. It might also be that Marvel DID try the idea out, then rejected it, which left them with a free character to use elsewhere. That's how Ghost Rider ended up on Agents of SHIELD, after all.

Interestingly, former White Tiger Angela Del Toro was mentioned in Jessica Jones, but as a PI Jessica suggests as an alternative to herself, rather than as the FBI investigator she is in the comics. That name didn't get pulled out of nowhere.

Of course, at this point it’s little more than a fan theory. There’s no reason Claire couldn’t become a better fighter without assuming a costumed identity. Perhaps Rosario Dawson doesn't want an expanded role in the Netflix MCU. Maybe it's something that'll happen after The Defenders, rather than before. But clearly, the pieces are there for it to happen. We’ll find out soon whether this is just wishful thinking.

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Live Action Remake Considered by Disney

Disney is potentially looking to The Hunchback Of Notre Dame for its next live action take on an animated movie.

News Brendon Connelly
Jul 27, 2017

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Even while Beauty And The Beast is warming up the shelves in Sainsbury and Aladdin is filling up the UK's sound stages (while Mulan pre-production continues in parallel with the complex VFX work needed for The Lion King), Disney continues to pillage its attic full of toys even further. Another 'brand deposit' movie seems to be on the way, once again taking an older, already-loved property and finding new ways to sell it to us, even as our nostalgia for the original is being simultaneously rekindled.

This time it's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, previously realised as Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale's undervalued, overlooked, again-topical animated musical, and then adapted for the stage. Composer Alan Menken has been interviewed by the NME and while he couldn't come out and confirm the existence of the project he did the very next best thing.

"I can’t say anything yet," Menken said, "but I think Hunchback would make an amazing live action musical."

It's maybe not news to know that Disney is in the business of doing this stuff and won't stop, maybe ever; it's great news, however, they they seem to be keeping Menken involved.

Expect Hunchback... oh, years from now, sometime after Dumbo, The Little Mermaid and all of the others we discussed above. Whenever it is, however, I'm already cautiously looking forward to it.

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Is Marvel’s Odin More Powerful Than Marvel’s Zeus?

Is Marvel’s Odin More Powerful Than Marvel’s Zeus?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at brianc@cbr.com).

Reader Aaron W. wrote in with a straightforward question:

Between Zeus and odin who do you think would win Asgardian vs Olympian

This is a weird one, because Marvel, for the most part, has had this big thing about presenting a certain segment of the Marvel god pantheon was being basically equals of each other. When they introduced the concept of the Council of the Gods, one of the things that stood out (besides Marvel including some gods who are parts of actual current organized religions, leading to some complaints and some quick back-pedaling on the identities of some of the gods there) is the idea that they’re all roughly peers and that no god there was greater than his/her brethren…

We saw this again in Journey Into Mystery #627, during the “Fear Itself” storyline, where Odin’s older brother, the Serpent, was ravaging Earth and Odin was debating whether it made sense to just wipe Earth out and start all over again, if that’s what it took to stop the Serpent. The other gods disagreed with this plan and Zeus was quite happy to let Odin know what he felt about the plan…

However, while they might SAY that the gods in the Council of Gods are all pretty much equal, that certainly isn’t what they’ve down over the years. Odin has pretty clearly been shown to be demonstrable more powerful than the other gods. Odin’s Odinforce has far outstripped anything Zeus’s magical lightning bolts have ever done. Odin has sent the entire population of Earth to another dimension just to have an open playing field while he battled Surtur on Earth and once he was done, he brought the people back and then TURNED BACK TIME so that any damage done by Surtur would be erased, and yet Surtur was still trapped, outside of the time alterations of Odin. That’s how powerful Odin is. And he didn’t even act like it was all that big of a deal.

This isn’t even getting into the whole “Odin was the main force through the creation of the Destroyer armor, which can punch through CELESTIAL ARMOR!”

But I think perhaps the best argument in favor of Odin over Zeus came in Thor Annual #8 by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Tony DeZuniga. The story was a re-telling of the Trojan War, only an amnesiac Thor ended up getting involved in the battle and getting mad when the Greek gods kept interfering. So Thor took on Zeus himself and handled himself very well against the Greek All-Father…

Zeus ends the fight by reminding Thor of the truce between Olympus and Asgard, and Thor agrees to back down if Zeus agrees to stop being involved in the Trojan War (we see at the end, though, that a similarly amensiac Loki suggested the Trojan Horse to Odysseus). Okay, now compare that to any fight between Thor and Odin and there is no comparison. Odin wipes the floor with Thor every time they fight. So the fact that Thor was able to hold his own against Zeus speaks volumes and I think is good enough evidence to say that between Odin and Zeus, Odin is more powerful than Zeus, perhaps even more than just “Slightly more powerful.”

Thanks for the question, Aaron! If anyone ELSE has a question they’d like to see me address, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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DC Comics Rebirth & Dark Nights Metal Spoilers: Scott Snyder Contradicts Dan DiDio On Shazam / Captain Marvel Status? Is He Part Of Dark Matter?


DC Comics Rebirth and Dark Nights Metal Spoilers involving Shazam and the Captain Marvel Family follow.

During San Diego Comic Con 2017 (SDCC 2017), which occurred over the last weekend, DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio indicated that DC loved the character of Shazam, but didn’t have the right pitch yet.

Well, in a recent interview, Dark Nights: Metal writer Scott Snyder seemed to contradict DiDio in a way that may make fans happy.

    I’m not allowed to say [what DC’s plans are for Shazam]. But we have tremendous enthusiasm and interest for that character, and I think you’ll start to see clues of a lot of stuff coming with him in different ways in the future in Metal.

    I can say that there are definitely big plans at DC for Shazam and for Captain Marvel and the whole Marvel family.

Hmmm. That seems promising. Will we get a Dark Matter branded Shazam title?

That Time That the Flash Worked for the I.R.S.

That Time That the Flash Worked for the I.R.S.

In every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Feel free to e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Reader Fernie wrote in with this suggestion (well, technically, he asked me how this came about, but still)…

Okay, so when Wally West got his own solo series as the Flash in 1987 (by Mike Baron, Jackson Guice and Larry Mahlstedt), the first issue ended with a shock (okay, the ACTUAL ending involved Vandal Savage, but right before that) when Wally West discovers that he has won the lottery on his 20th birthday!

He accepted the money the next issue…

Baron’s run ended with Flash #14 (by Baron, Mike Collins and Larry Mahlstedt) and he gave incoming writer, William Messner-Loebs, a fresh start by revealing that Wally not only lost all of the lottery money but he now OWED a whole lot of money!

So during Loebs’ run, Wally was constantly strapped for cash. That’s why he joined Justice League Europe in the first place, as they paid a stipend.

The thing is, he also ended up owing the U.S. government a whole pile of money and finally, in Flash #52 (by William Messner-Loebs, Greg LaRocque and Jose Marzan), he decided to just throw himself on the mercy of the Internal Revenue Service and see what they could do and, sure enough, they decided to put him to work!

As it turned out, the guy that they sent the Flash after had made his money on the stock market by breaking down the barriers between our world and Hell itself and then possessed a demon and then also created a small group of powerful elemental demons that served him. All of this just so that he could manipulate the stock market! However, chasing the Flash around was so much trouble that he just decided to pay the debt off…

Loebs was on the way out, as well, though, so he had a storyline where an old Golden Age villain, the Icicle, decided to leave his fortune to the Flash when he died. The Icicle’s grandson did not like this and he became the new Icicle and tried to kill the Flash. After defeating him, the Icicle’s granddaughter also decided to fight the Flash, but in COURT!

Wally was working out a deal where the money would go to fund a series of charities and that each of the charities would then pay him to be their bodyguard and he would easily clear six figures. Then he and the granddaughter were kidnapped by Wally’s friend, the reformed villain known as the Pied Piper, who showed them the good their money could do for the homeless in the area.

In the end, the granddaughter decided to become the new Icicle herself and she offered to pay off Wally’s debts…

Since the debts seemed to be done with when the new writer, Mark Waid, took over, it seems likely that that is how it got resolved. Loebs did a wonderful job clearing everything up so that Waid could take over the book with a clean slate. One of the best jobs I’ve seen by a writer in that regard, as Loebs had been on the book since Flash #15. Mark Gruenwald also did a good job with that with Captain America, also a book that Waid took over, oddly enough.

Thanks to Fernie for suggesting this one (in a roundabout way)! If anyone has a suggestion for another bizarrely awesome comic book for this column, feel free to e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com! I love hearing from you all!

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SPOILERS: Captain America Seemingly Just Murdered Another Fan-Favorite Hero In SECRET EMPIRE #7

The latest issue of Secret Empire once again contained some major shocks and surprises but the apparent death of a fan-favourite member of The Avengers is sure to rub at least some fans up the wrong way!

It Doesn’t Sound Like HBO’s WATCHMEN TV Series Will Be Sticking All That Closely To The Comics

Zack Snyder delivered an extremely faithful take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen but it doesn't sound like the TV series will as the plan is to expand the world and avoid a literal translation.

Is There Really a Doctor Doom Credit Card?

Is There Really a Doctor Doom Credit Card?

This is the Great Comic Book Detectives, where readers send in requests for the names of comic books that they remembered reading years ago and I try to find them for them! Send any future requests to brianc@cbr.com!

This is a bit of an odd one. Reader Martin from Argentina wrote in with two Mike Mignola drawings involving Doctor Doom:

I wanted to ask you about this image of Dr Doom’s signed by Mignola. It’s it real or is a montage? There is another similar image, of Latveria like a tourist spot.

I’m not 100% positive what Martin is trying to say with the “montage” comment (as noted, Martin is from Argentina, so some language issues would only be natural), but I’m pretty sure he’s asking whether these drawings were legitimate or just a joke. And the answer to that is basically “Where did they come from?” and thus I decided that this really fits best under Great Comic Book Detectives, since it is about finding an obscure comic book more than anything else (as finding the comic would find the answer Martin is looking for).

In any event, it’s from a 1990 comic book magazine that Marvel did that was a parody of “Year in Review” type magazines that you get from Time Magazine or Newsweek. Along with recapping the 1990 Marvel Year (returns from the dead, major storylines, stuff like that), the magazine was designed with fake ads that looked like they could exist in the “real” Marvel Universe. Including this Doctor Doom ad…

This was actually the SECOND year that Marvel did this magazine. They debuted it in 1989 and Mignola had an ad in that one, as well, the aforementioned Mignola tourism ad…

So there you go, Martin. It’s not FULLY a joke but it is pretty much a joke.

Okay, that’s it for this installment of the Great Comic Book Detectives! If anyone else has an obscure comic book that they’d like me to track down, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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COMICS: Who Are THE AVENGERS Of 1,000,000 BC? Meet The First Two Members Here

Marvel Legacy #1 will introduce a team of prehistoric Avengers and now some new Mike Deodato artwork has been released which offers up a very interesting look at that era's Black Panther and Starbrand...

Did SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer Just Confirm He’s Still Helming GOTHAM CITY SIRENS?

It was reported yesterday that David Ayer was no longer attached to take the helm of Gotham City Sirens but a new social media post from the filmmaker seems to say otherwise! Find out more after the jump!

MARVEL LEGACY Resurrects Marvel Trading Cards – As Variant Covers

MARVEL LEGACY brings back another classic Marvel concept.

Blood Drive Episode 7 Review: The Gentleman’s Agreement

Slink cleans up the competition with an eye on the sexbot in Blood Drive's The Gentleman’s Agreement.

This Blood Drive review contains spoilers.

Blood Drive Episode 7

Blood Drive, season 1, episode 7, “The Gentleman’s Agreement,” casts asides any doubts of loyalty in the series. There is none. Loyalty is weakness, even to Heart Enterprises, producer of the most horrific extravaganza to hit network TV. 

Blood Drive is extremely self-referential. It is self-aware, self-deprecating, occasionally self-defecating, and positively narcissistic in its allegiance to itself. Self-referencing is a wonderful artistic conceit. All the best artists do it. The Beatles did it. The Simpsons do it. This reviewer does it all the time. He’s doing it now. The most glaring examples come during the board room meetings, which might be a stand in for the Syfy channel offices. The Blood Drive race is more than entertainment to the man at the top. Sure, he started it as a way to test a new propulsive technology that went on to restructure the world economy, but that is not enough.

“This race is the greatest sacrifice in human history,” the CEO of Heart tells his sycophantic supplicants. “It’s a blood-stained altar. The gore-soaked peak of a Mayan temple. The smoke from an erupting volcano on Mount Olympus. And that pleasing aroma is not for a god, it’s for Heart Enterprises, the most powerful corporation in the known universe.” This guy doesn’t think much of himself, he thinks less of Slink, and he’s only giving The Gentleman enough rope to make a cravat for himself.

There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s fucking gorgeous. He’s also a gentleman. Not just any gentleman. But The Gentleman. As The Gentleman, Andrew Hall has his tongue so far up his cheek it might take The Scholar (Darren Kent) to get it unstuck. His smirking restraint is contagious, but his manners are impeccable. He even gives lessons. This is where he comes undone. Power goes to his head, which is a good trait for a Heart Enterprise employee, to the point that he wants to blow up all the heads around him, if only to ensure the Master of Ceremonial Top Hat doesn’t find a better fit.

Slink (Colin Cunningham) is off the Blood Drive. Demoted to janitorial duties, he decides to clean up Heart Enterprise. He does it in the most enterprising way. He enlists the very man whose sole mission in life is to bring the Blood Drive down: Officer Arthur Bailey’s (Alan Ritchson) partner Christopher Carpenter (Thomas Dominique). This is exactly the kind of strategy that made Slink Slink. He is always thinking a few steps ahead in the chess match of life. He’s taken the queen and locked her up in a psych ward just to lure Grace (Christina Ochoa) into a hard life on the road.

Aki (Marama Corlett) has Christopher totally brainwashed, Slink says. Indeed, we saw a complete breakdown of the cop’s personality before he got in debt to Heart Enterprises with that $20 million eye, under the undulating underminer. The eyes are the windows of the soul, but as Aki is a sexbot and therefore has no soul, Slink gives Christopher a window into her own video feed channel. “The Slinks,” a retro family horror show from the black and white fifties, is always playing on channel 691.

Last week we learned Christopher has a crush on a friendly Fast Food Drive-Through Girl (Frances Sholto-Douglas), giving us a rare glimpse into his pre-Blood Drive life, and an insight into his relationship with Arthur.  This is enough of a glitch in Christopher’s new system for a street-level coup de tat at Heart.

Slink unearths a monster. Created as a toss-away during secret genome enhancer experiments, he is an unstoppable force. His creator, Dr. Vermaak, put all Heart Enterprises most potent chemical compounds together in one beaker and shook. What came out had the potential to be more addictive than smack, stronger than Red Rapture, more destructive than the atomic bomb. Or the end result could have been just a bunch of shit mixed together. What the compound creates is a way to put Blood Drive back on a fast track to debuting at number one when it hits the networks.

Sadly, or happily, we get the last memo from Heart executive Stacey Fung, and it’s a post-op production note to Slink. Natalie Mendoza, who plays Fung, led her friends down the most grueling sperlunking track as Juno in The Descent and its sequel, and after the guy at the top, has the most commanding presence at Heart Enterprises, Her voodoo doll face has been the only force on Blood Drive to subjugate Slink.

A less interesting curve we’re thrown comes early, Grace agrees to be Officer Arthur Bailey’s (Alan Ritchson) eye witness in the case he’s building against Heart Enterprises. Her sister’s gone, so she figures what’s she racing for? We saw Grace break down at the end of last week’s episode, opening her up to the possibilities of breaking free. She’s doing the right thing, and it scares me. Right things tend to go wrong when wrong is right. A more interesting twist would be Grace let Arthur cloven hoof it out of there and have both their brains blow up.

But Blood Drive is not Game of Thrones. They throw Red Weddings like wrenches every week, they even bring cake.

4/5
Review Tony Sokol
Jul 26, 2017

Former Iron Fist Showrunner Loosely Connects Inhumans To Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Former Iron Fist Showrunner Loosely Connects Inhumans To Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

But is that a smart move?

Source: Valnet Inc. Presents Comic Book Resouces

Former iron Fist showrunner Scott Buck talked up his new show Inhumans at San Diego Comic Con, alongside actress Ellen Woglom, who plays Louise, a scientist who gets swept up into the world of the Inhumans and the Royal Family. 

"We first meet our world in the city of Attilan, which is on the dark side of the moon," Buck said. "These are Inhumans who have been up there for countless generations, for a very long time. We come into a situation where we are focusing on our Royal Family, the leaders of Attilan, where a small family crisis threatens to disrupt their entire civilization. That's where the season launches us."

Buck shot down the idea that the Inhumans are aliens, stating that they are a different branch of humanity.

"Are they really aliens? They all originated on Earth centuries ago, before they went to the moon. You could simply say they are Earthlings who built a second home on the moon, and now they are returning."

The reason for their return was revealed in the trailer, as Triton goes to Earth to investigate a Terrigen leak in the ocean, which occurred in the season two finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, when the Terrigan crystals were thrown in the ocean. Buck further connects the two shows.

"We have seen 'nuhumans' on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but this is completely different. These are Inhumans who know exactly who they are and know the importance of their powers. They know the importance of their Terrigen ceremony which is the holiest, most ritual ceremony in their civilization. I think the 'nuhumans' who inhabit Earth have no idea what's going on. They are distant relatives of our characters."

Woglom weighed in with details about her character, a human, instead of a nuhuman or Inhuman.

"I am the eyes and ears for the audience," Woglom said. "[The audience] will learn about this world, and I'll be discovering it simultaneously with everyone else." Buck added, "She's also a scientist and approaches everything with a very analytical mind. She's never quick to say, 'that's impossible, that can't happen."

Buck also touched on the show's standing within the larger Marvel Universe.

"She's aware of everything that's happened in the world. All of our characters are aware of what's happened in the Marvel Universe. She's aware that there are people out there who possess super powers, so she'll be a little bit more ready to be among them."

Marvel's Inhumans is set to premiere in IMAX September 1 and on ABC September 29.



Written or Contributed by Tim Midura


Damon Lindelof Hasn’t Met With HBO About Adapting Watchmen

Damon Lindelof Hasn't Met With HBO About Adapting Watchmen

Or so he claims...

Source: TV Line

A month ago, news reports went around that Damon Lindelof is in talks to adapt Watchmen for HBO. Lindelof gave an interview recently where he discussed the inevitable reboot of Lost, which is still unlikely to make any sense, and touched on his HBO adaptation of Watchmen, or lack thereof.

"As of right now, I haven't had any meetings with HBO about Watchmen," Lindelof told TV Line. "I've been very vocal about my love for those 12 issues ... that they were completely and totally inspiring for all the storytelling that I did subsequently, and that I owe a debt to it. I do feel like I have to weigh the balance of 'should it exist' before I decide to take it on, and I'm sort of in that process now. I hold the source material in such high regard, it would literally be the worst feeling in the world to screw it up ... all I can say is I'm thinking about Watchmen a lot right now."

DC Comics has been in the business of fucking Watchmen co-creator Alan Moore since the 1980s, when the rights to Watchmen were supposed to revert to him and artist Dave Gibbons, when the book went out of print, but never has, allowing DC to release new collected editions, movies, coloring books, ill-conceived prequels, an R-rated adpatation, and kitchen appliances branded with Watchmen iconography. DC's latest fuck you to Moore was bringing the Watchmen characters into the main DC Comics continuity.

Reports of Lindelof's Watchmen may have been greatly exaggerated, but it's only a matter of time before it gets a TV adaptation. In an EXXXCLUSIVE, Moore told The Outhouse, in a 79 page response that was edited down to one sentence, "Oh, fuck me."



Written or Contributed by Tim Midura


Alterna Brings Comics Back To Newsstands

Alterna Brings Comics Back To Newsstands

The company previously switched floppies from premium paper stock to newsprint.

Source: Press Release

After lowering floppy prices to between $1.50 and $1.99 due to switching to newsprint from more expensive premium paper stocks, Alterna Comics has signed a deal with PDG to bring comics back to newsstands. More than 300 stores will be part of the initial test market, which will roll out August 1. The initiative has already started at Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. Alterna is currently in talks to expanding the program to Five Below and Toys "R" Us stores.

"Our newsstand deal with PDG mostly concentrates on areas that don't have a local comic shop," added Alterna publisher Peter Simeti. "Titles will also be released to newsstand two to three months after they've been distributed to comic shops, so readers can find our titles first through their local shop, which we strongly encourage. Our newsstand expansion is just that, an expansion, it's not meant to replace the comic shops that we've loved working with on this newsprint initiative – it's only meant to bring our comics to more places, particularly to people that don't have a comic shop in a reasonable distance from them. I strongly feel that comics need to be in a larger variety of stores and with PDG we'll be able to do that."

Alterna Comics newsprint line includes ADAM WRECK, AMAZING AGE, LILITH DARK, MR. CRYPT, MOTHER RUSSIA, THE CHAIR, TRESPASSER, SCRIMSHAW, and THE WICKED RIGHTEOUS.



Written or Contributed by Tim Midura


Big Little Lies Season 2 in Development

Big Little Lies Season 2 hasn't been confirmed by HBO, but they are exploring story options with novelist Liane Moriarty.

News
Den of Geek Staff
Jul 26, 2017

Could Big Little Lies Season 2 happen? At first, we thought it was a longshot. The HBO series is based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, and the show has already worked through that in its six episodes. HBO programming president confirmed at the TCA that HBO has asked Moriarty to "take a crack" at a Big Little Lies Season 2 story.

In a recent interview, Reese Witherspoon told Deadline, “We had initial conversations with (author) Liane Moriarty and she’s thinking about it, it’s up to her.” “She is writing ideas and we’re hopeful,” said Nicole Kidman, “The characters are all so strong and to just leave them would be sad.”

While the show hasn't brought in quite the viewership that some of HBO's other dramatic offerings have, it has a wildly devoted and vocal fanbase. There's definitely an appetite for Big Little Lies Season 2 if HBO is willing to try and work something out with Liane Moriarty and David E. Kelley.

Moriarty told The Sydney Morning Herald that the producers of Big Little Lies have asked her to come up with some potential ideas for a Season 2.

I'm absolutely open to it because, once I started thinking, it was too much fun to see what I could do and to see these characters again. And there's definitely places you can go ... The obvious thing is, first of all, I think we could bring in more of Bonnie's story from the book.

This is nice to hear, given that Bonnie's backstory (that she grew up with an abusive father) was largely ignored in Season 1 of the HBO drama. Speaking about the narrative decision, Moriarty said:

My original reaction was what have they done? How have they left that out? But a lot of people have said that they could tell [what was Bonnie's true story], there had been little hints and that you can take that away. It's implied in her performances and some little lines. I think I might have preferred to have had it in there but I wouldn't argue against it either. It also leaves open the possibility of season two.

9 Character-Driven Whodunnits to Watch After Big Little Lies

Moriarty said that Big Little Lies Season 2 would also potentially focus on Celeste's character and what her process of grief and (hopefully) healing looks like. Moriarty elaborated:

That's the question that's also a really interesting thing, when you've been through a relationship like that, how do you feel now? How would she feel? She's grieving. She's still grieving for the end of a terrible relationship and I think that would be a really interesting thing to explore. So there's a whole lot of different storylines.

Moriarty said that the cast is "pretty keen" to do another season, as they all loved working together. However, they would want the story "to be right" for a Season 2 to happen.

If Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are willing to figure things out with HBO and Liane Moriarty, and if the fans are vocal enough, it sounds like there could be a chance for a second season of the show. If nothing else, Reese Witherspoon is apparently up for it.

So, we wouldn't necessarily hold our breath for Big Little Lies Season 2, but if you're determined to make it happen, you should tweet at HBO as often as possible and let them know that there's plenty of interest in a second season for the acclaimed drama with the incredible cast.

Will Riverdale Season 2 Introduce Supernatural Elements Like Afterlife With Archie?

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa talks about how weird and otherworldly the series might get.

News Chris Cummins
Jul 26, 2017

The past few years have seen a darkness come to the pages of Archie Comics, thanks to the inspired horror writing of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. First came Afterlife with Archie, a collaboration with artist Francesco Francavilla that turned the industry on its head by mashing up the classic Archie characters with zombie terror. Comparisons to Afterlife and The Walking Dead came quick, but in reality the book owed more to Romero and Lovecraft than Robert Kirkman.

After the title's immediately success, the Archie Horror imprint was born, and a follow-up title, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, was soon commissioned. Again featuring scripts from Aguirre-Sacasa and featuring suitably creepy and autumnal art from rising comics star Robert Hack, this ongoing series took a more psychological terror approach -- which isn't to say that there wasn't heaps of gore to be found.

Soon, the writer who was once issued a cease-and-desist from Archie due to an amateur production that utilized the characters, found himself as the company's Chief Creative Officer. Then came Riverdale. His ongoing showrunning duties for the series means that fans of Afterlife and Sabrina have found themselves enduring long waits between the issues (from a fan's POV though let me tell you, much rather this than the titles get cancelled or replace Aguirre-Sacasa as writer). Meanwhile, Archie has recently announced a new title, Jughead: The Hunger under their new horror imprint, Archie's Madhouse.

All of this context isn't even getting into the freaky fun of the short-lived Chilling Adventures in Sorcery in the '70s, or how Archie books of the era regularly featured otherworldly weirdness. The point here is, that Riverdale has been a weird place for awhile. So it only makes sense that this strangeness would eventually rear its creepy head on Riverdale too.

In the past, Aguirre-Sacasa has hinted that elements of Afterlife with Archie may turn up on Riverdale. That, coupled with the fact that Sabrina the Teenage Witch's arrival was hinted at throughout the show's first season means that plans to get a bit supernatural on the series are underway.

Or are they?

Our Chris Longo spoke with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa today at San Diego Comic Con to find out. Here's what Archie's horror master had to say:

I love horror stuff, and I'm always trying to get horror imagery and beans in that. We've talked a lot about it. We've started a pretty aggressive suspenseful noir storyline that has definite horror elements. It's not specific to Afterlife but it very much is a suspense kind of thing. so there are different kinds of horror, I think there's also some psychological horror in this season. But no elements of Afterlife so far. But we're only on episode 5.

That's a decidedly non-committal answer to be sure. But our money is on the fact that you'll eventually see Riverdale getting supernatural. When exactly? Well, that's the question isn't it. Try to figure it out...if you dare. Bwahahahaha.

Read and download the full Den of Geek SDCC Special Edition magazine here!

Inside Pulse Wrestling’s WWE SmackDown Live Rankings 07.26.17

Welcome to the WWE SmackDown Live Rankings by Inside Pulse Wrestling.

In these rankings we take the top 10 contenders for the WWE World Championship, and Top 5 for each the SmackDown Live Woman’s Championship, & SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship. In the rankings we take 3 major factors into account:

-Win/Loss since the last ranking
-Amount of TV Time dedicated to a particular character and/or storyline
-Logical storyline progression

A new ranking report will be released after the first SmackDown Live after a Pay-Per-View event.

WWE World Champion – Jinder Mahal (since 05.21.17)
1. John Cena (NR)
2. Shinsuke Nakamura (5)
3. AJ Styles (4) (United States Champions since 07.25.17)
4. Randy Orton (1)
5. Kevin Owens (2)
6. Chris Jericho (NR)
7. Sami Zayn (7)
8. Baron Corbin (3)
9. Rusev (NR)
10. Mike Kanellis (NR)

Cena has returned, and after beating Rusev, he goes right to the front of the line for the WWE Championship, as he meets Nakamura next week for #1 contendership. Orton drops quite a bit after 3 months at the top of the contendership. Jericho has returned, and while it might be a one-shot deal, he deserves his spot.

WWE SmackDown Live Woman’s Champion – Naomi (since 04.02.17)
1. Natalya (4)
2. Charlotte Flair (3)
3. Becky Lynch (4)
4. Tamina (NR)
5. Carmella (2)

Nattie has a hard-fought title shot coming her way at SummerSlam. The rest pretty much falls in line from the Elimination Match at Battleground.

WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions – The New Day (since 07.23.17)
1. The Usos (Champs)
2. Breezango (3)
3. Hype Bros (2)
4. The Ascension (5)
5. The Colons (4)

New Day has become the new champs! The rest of the Tag Division seems to be floundering around, mainly centered around who attacked Breezango!

The next Smackdown Live Rankings are scheduled for August 23, after SummerSlam!

HBO Developing Miniseries About Chernobyl Disaster

Jared Harris will investigate the Chernobyl accident in HBO miniseries.

News
Tony Sokol
Jul 26, 2017

HBO is developing Chernobyl, a miniseries about the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history. The five-part miniseries will star The Crown and Mad Men actor Jared Harris as Soviet scientist Valery Legasov, who was picked by Kremlin to investigate the accident. Chernobyl is written by Craig Mazin  (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and will be directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad).

According to the official synopsis:

Chernobyl  dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. The miniseries is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. Chernobyl reveals how and why the disaster happened, telling the stories of the heroes who fought and fell.

The Chernobyl nuclear accident a killed 31 people on April 26, 1986, and spread cancer-causing radiation across Pripyat, in what was then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union that still lingers. A late-night safety test failed and set off reactor design leading to a steam explosion and a fire that lasted about nine days.

“From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told,” Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, said in a statement. “It will engage – and enrage – our viewers, as well as audiences around the world.”

“The scale of the production makes it a perfect first project for our co-production partnership with HBO, encapsulating our ambition to develop high-end drama with international viewpoints and casting,” said Gary Davey, Sky’s managing director of content.

Chernobyl will begin production in Lithuania in Spring 2018. It will be executive produced by Carolyn Strauss, Jane Featherstone and Craig Mazin, and co-executive produced by Chris Fry and Johan Renck. This is the first collaboration between HBO and Sky Television.

SOURCE: VARIETY

Game of Thrones: 10 Things We Learned

We were there for the Game of Thrones San Diego Comic-Con panel, and we learned 10 new things while watching it.

Feature David Crow
Jul 26, 2017

For the first time ever, Game of Thrones is actually on the air at the same time that San Diego Comic-Con is in full-swing. Thus this creates a curious dynamic with the fan favorites who showed up for thunderous applause in Hall H around the same time that the new season was airing. There was Sophie Turner, aka Sansa Stark, as well as Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Conleth Hill (Varys), and making his Comic-Con debut, Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm).

But the one who received the warmest welcome is without a doubt the panel moderator: the gone but never forgotten Kristian Nairn. Indeed, Hodor came back from the dead like a Winterfell bastard to host the panel and receive the biggest cheer from the Comic-Con faithful.

Of course, the most tantalizing news out of the panel was the new season 7 sizzle reel, which you can watch again right here, but we’ve rounded up plenty of other amusing details, stories, and anecdotes from the event which continues to prove that the Game of Thrones cast is still the one you most want to party with if you ever come by San Diego’s way in July.

Gwendoline Christie Thinks Brienne Likes Tormund’s Attention

One of the funniest aspects out of Game of Thrones in the past two seasons is the awkward “courtship,” for lack of a better word, between Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Brienne of Tarth. The humor is derived from Tormund’s unusually forward (and awkward) flirtations, which simply makes Brienne annoyed and uncomfortable. But according to the actress who plays her, Brienne also enjoys these moments of social uneasiness too.

When it comes to being viewed as both a warrior and a desirable woman by the wildling, Christie says, “I mean, who doesn’t like being appreciated as both, really? I don’t think that’s really what she’s invested in at all. I think she’s finding it incredibly awkward. But underneath any awkwardness is always a potential secret enjoyment.”

She then turns it to the audience. “What do you all think? Does she like it? Or does she like someone else?” And like that, the actress intentionally set off a shipping war amongst the fans.

Sophie Turner Thinks Sansa Cannot Be Played by Littlefinger Ever Again

While much in the media has been made about Littlefinger turning Sansa Stark against her adopted brother Jon Snow, Turner seems to signal this is unlikely because she thinks Sansa has learned much from Littlefinger and the other King’s Landing manipulators she’s faced—including how to play them right back. Indeed, Turner suggests Sansa cannot be played at all anymore and is every bit the master game of thrones participant.

“I think initially, there was definite manipulation on Littlefinger’s part,” Turner says. “But you know, as Sansa has grown and been a prisoner by all these master manipulators, especially Littlefinger, she’s been silently absorbing and learning, and adapting, and in my opinion, she’s just as good at playing the game as he is at this point.” When the audience cheers in approval, Turner adds, “Thanks guys!”

Liam Cunningham Does Not Think Davos Can Ever Be Really Happy

Davos Seaworth has been through a lot. He’s risen from smuggler to knight, to even Hand of the King. Yet in the process, he’s seen his only son die, and the king he pledged fealty to turn into a deranged monster before dying himself. Now he serves a better, budding monarch in Winterfell, yet the actor who plays him doubts Davos will ever be truly happy again.

“Him being promoted from small-time criminal to being sucked into this web, this game, there’s very little room,” Cunningham reflects on Davos’ capacity for peace. ”I think it reflects real life, people end up in powerful positions. You can’t have a simple life anymore, you’re playing games, you’re paranoid, the whole thing. But I think he feels he has a responsibility to be there, to try to keep whoever it may be on the right track, because he’s distant and he’s loyal, and he doesn’t have that addiction for this horrible drug that is power. So his head is a little bit clearer than some. I love the guy’s simplicity. He is who he is, and he’s not a complicated character. It’s really nice to play somebody like that. Play those little colors.”

Gwendoline Christie Sees Overlap in the Cultural Impact of Star Wars & Game of Thrones

When fans were allowed to ask questions, of course someone brought up that Gwendoline Christie is both Brienne of Tarth on the HBO flagship and Captain Phasma in the new Star Wars trilogy from Disney. Christie was asked which fanbase is more passionate, and she gave a courteous dodge by saying they’re equal. But then she more intriguingly compared the role Star Wars has had in her life, and what she hopes Game of Thrones will be for future generations.

Says Christie, “Star Wars is something that many of us have grown up with and gives us something that, actually, I feel is a sense of hope. That’s how I feel about Star Wars. I feel like I’ve come home. And it’s amazing the way that Game of Thrones is seven, we’re going into the seventh season now, but there’s a similar feeling, which I think is matched in the passion and love, and I look forward to the resonance of Game of Thrones carrying on through people’s lives, so they have that same feeling of hope and love for it.”

Sansa Stark is ‘Woke,’ and a Natural Politician Unlike Jon Snow

Sophie Turner was also asked whether Sansa Stark maintains any semblance of the girlish idealization for romance and courtly love she harbored in season 1. While Turner says that Sansa is no longer looking for love from any man (much to the despair of one male fan crying in the back of the hall), she does think Sansa is “woke” to the realities of the world.

“I don’t think she’s like season 1 Sansa,” Turner admits. “She’s not really looking for a relationship or love at the moment. I think she’s kind of done with that. I think she’s always on the search for happiness, because she doesn’t see the world through rose-tinted glasses anymore. I think she sees a reality of the situation. In terms of seeing men in a different light? I think she sees the world in a different light. I don’t think men in particular... She’s woke now, guys. She’s real woke. She’s cautious, she trusts no one, whether it be man or woman, whether it’s family member or not, she trusts no one. And I think that’s important when you play the game of thrones.”

However, she does think Jon and Sansa can get their act together, for she views Jon as a classic military man and herself as a politician who he needs, just as much as she needs him.

“It’s about them finding that balance and finding that collaboration,” Turner contends. “But it’s proving quite difficult. He’s the military man, she’s the politician, but I think they both need to realize that they need to stop fighting for ultimate power and just work together.”

Nathalie Emmanuel Has to be Sown into Her Costumes

The first fan question of the day was whether any of them had trouble with the show’s notoriously elaborate costumes. Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays the ace interpreter Missandei, did admit that having to be sown into all her costumes isn’t ideal.

Says Emmanuel, “I definitely have to be sown into my costumes, which is really problematic when you need the bathroom. Because every time you need to go, you have to cut out and then get sowed back in.”

Game of Thrones Season 5

While Hodor’s Costumes Smelled Like Real Pigs

After the above anecdote, Kristian Nairn chimed in that he too had costume difficulties of a different sort—and it was the smell!

“I grew up on a farm, and the only time I have smelt something that smells like my costume after six years is when I go into like a sty of pigs. I can literally smell my costume [on the animals].”

At this point Gwendoline Christie interjects, why in the Seven would his costume smell like pigs?! It’s only supposed to look filthy, not be it! Nairn sheepishly added that every year they’d put another layer of clothing on it as Hodor went North, and he sweated more and more.

Brienne is Fighting for Equality, Even if She Doesn’t Know It

Gwendoline Christie continued to prove to be highly eloquent throughout the panel, such as when she relayed that Brienne is searching for equality now that she has found and rescued Sansa Stark, returning her home like she pledged she’d do to Catelyn Stark. After that, it’s become about improving the culture of this world in her own small way.

“It doesn’t matter if a person lives or dies, it goes into that person’s daughters,” Christie says of Brienne’s unwavering dedication to the late Lady Stark. “And it is significant that they are her daughters, to return the Stark girls home. And even in her own way, I think that Brienne feels that it’s one small thing for one person or two people, that that’s going to perpetuate a sense of good, which maybe subconsciously creates a better sense of equality. And that is what I think is driving her. It’s that she’s connecting to an idea that’s greater than herself.”

(Almost) Everyone Wants Hodor Back

Perhaps due to the simple fact that he played one of the most beloved characters, who had one of the worst, teary-eyed deaths imaginable, Nairn asked a pointed question: who would every actor who still enjoys a living character like to resurrect from the dead? Unsurprisingly many—especially Isaac Hempstead-Wright who spent the first several seasons riding on Nairn’s back in his younger days—had to give a tip of the hat to Hodor. But here are the full answers:

Gwendoline Christie: “Two people. Obviously, one was a magnificent presence in the series and who happens to be hosting this panel. And also Catelyn Stark.”

Alfie Allen: “I would say, Khal Drogo. I liked him.”

Conleth Hill: “Catelyn and you [Nairn].” After Nairn said he doesn’t technically have to say that, Hill didn’t miss a beat. “Okay not you.”

Jacob Anderson: “I’m still hurting about Ned, still breaks my heart. I also have a flame for Barristan Selmy. Pour one out for Barristan.”

Sophie Turner: “I just really liked working with Jack Gleeson so much that I have to say Joffrey.” You could sense her satisfaction when the audience booed her choice of summoning the name of demon spawn incarnate. (Joffrey that is, Jack Gleeson’s a peach.)

Liam Cunningham: “Yeah, I have no choice, I have to say my baby girl Shireen. That still hurts big time.”

Nathalie Emmanuel: “I think I am still heartbroken about Hodor. Like I honestly can’t put it quite into words… so I think my answer is Hodor, like truly.”

John Bradley: “The first legitimate answer is Robb Stark. And the second answer is if there was one character I wish they hadn’t killed, it would be Jon Snow, just to save us having to talk about it every five minutes for a year. That was a pretty crummy year.”

Isaac Hempstead-Wright: Sitting next to his onscreen, surrogate big brother, Hempstead-Wright sarcastically rubs his chin, pretending as if he didn’t have a good answer. Finally, he says, “Actually some of the direwolves,” which earns a round of both laughter and some boos. Then he breaks his own smile and says, “No, it’s you.”

The Night’s King is from Philly

One of the most surreal, only at Comic-Con moments came during audience Q&A. A wonderfully authentic cosplayer came up dressed like the Night’s King, but stayed entirely “in-character,” while asking his question… which is all the more impressive since the Night’s King doesn’t actually talk. Demanding fealty, and promising them their dragons nor direwolves can save this cast, the icy fiend asked if they looked forward to rising again as “children of the cold.”

This tickled Liam Cunningham to no end, who then turned things around on the enthusiastic fan.

“We don’t have much choice in the matter do we?” Cunningham replied. “I didn’t realize the Night King was from California.”

Taking this very earnestly, the fan responded he’s from Philadelphia. “Sorry, [the mask] made you sound like you’re from the valley,” Cunningham shot back. Eventually though, he and the rest of the cast complimented just how cool that costume was as the Night’s King took his leave, likely to plan his next attack on the Wall.

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New Warriors TV Series Casts Keith David

The New Warriors will be a Marvel TV series, and the roster will feature fan favorite, Squirrel Girl.

News Mike Cecchini
Jul 26, 2017

Are you ready for a half-hour comedy series set in the Marvel Universe? One that features younger heroes with offbeat codenames and superpowers? Well, you'd better be, because Marvel and ABC are developing New Warriors as a 10 episode series on Freeform. Kevin Biegel will write the first episode and serve as showrunner.

The New Warriors first appeared in Marvel Comics in the late '80s/early '90s, and featured young heroes with unfortunate names like Night Thrasher and Speedball. 

The series has just added Keith David as Ernest Vigman, described by THR as "a caustic municipal employee who butts up against the hopeful energy of the New Warriors." Vigman appears to be an original creation, not a character from the comics.

Here's the official synopsis from Marvel:

“Marvel’s New Warriors” is about six young people with powers living and working together.  With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world… Even if the world isn’t ready.  Not quite super, not yet heroes, “Marvel’s New Warriors” is about that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once — except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.

Milana Vayntrub (This is Us) has landed the all-important role of Squirrel Girl (via THR). The character is descibed (in case you aren't reading the comics) as "a totally empowering fan girl—tough, optimistic and a natural leader. Doreen is confident and has the powers of a squirrel… She’s acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is that she has faith in people and teaches them to believe in themselves."

The full cast list (via THR) with descriptions (courtesy of TV Line) follow...

Squirrel Girl - Milana Vayntrub

Superpower: “The powers of a squirrel, the powers of a girl” (i.e. she is acrobatic, strong, can fight… and can talk to squirrels)

A natural leader, Doreen is confident and tough, but not innocent. Her greatest quality is her optimism. She also takes her pet squirrel, Tippy Toe, everywhere.

Mister Immortal - Derek Theler

Superpower: Cannot die. Ever. Maybe. So he says.

The team troublemaker and lothario, Craig is kind of like “The Most Interesting Man Alive,” except he’s more cocky than confident and, at times, charmingly grumpy. Although Craig’s superpower seems amazing, he hasn’t made use of it at all. (He’s lazy and figures if he has all the time in the world to learn how to fight, what’s the rush?)

Night Thrasher -  Jeremy Tardy

Superpower: None

A local “hero” with his very own YouTube channel, Dwayne is brilliant, strong, noble and maybe a bit full of himself. But he also deeply believes in justice – at least his version of it. Dwayne hides the fact that he comes from a really rich family because he’s afraid he’ll lose his street cred.

Speedball - Calum Worthy

Superpower: Can launch kinetic balls of energy

Having grown up watching Quinjets take off from Avengers Tower, Robbie loves the idea of being a hero. Alas, while you would think that throwing kinetic balls of energy would be awesome and effective, his are completely out of control.

Microbe - Matthew Moy

Superpower: Can talk to germs

Zack is a shy hypochondriac whose ability nearly makes him a telepath – the germs tell him where you’ve been, what you ate and who you hung out with. As such, it’s impossible to keep secrets around him.

Debrii - Kate Comer

Superpower: Low level telekinetic; trickster

Confidently out as a lesbian, funny and quick-witted Deborah has experienced deep loss in her personal life as a direct result of super “heroics.” She’s the one who calls people on their BS and has no fear of putting her opinions out there.

"Marvel's New Warriors have always been fan favorites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favorites as well," Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb said in a statement. "After the amazing experience we've had with Freeform on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger we can't think of a better place for our young heroes."

We'll probably see New Warriors hit Freeform in 2018. We'll update this with more information as it becomes available.

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Stranger Things’ Actor Talks Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is going to be a lot darker than previous on-screen iterations.

Rise of the Blood Queen actor David Harbour (Stranger Things) went on camera with IGN's Terri Schwartz at San Diego Comic Con and got to talking about the long-awaited reboot of Hellboy, where he explained his love of the Hellboy comic and movies:

"One of the most gratifying things was that Mike Mignola, the director Neil Marshall and Larry Levin and Lloyd Gordon, the producers, all watched 'Stranger Things' and I think they all literally, like, Mike told me they just called each other and were, like, 'this guy should play Hellboy,'" said Harbour.

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Steven Universe: The Evolution of ‘Love Like You’

Rebecca Sugar reveals her thought process over the three years of writing the Steven Universe ending theme.

Feature Shamus Kelley
Jul 26, 2017

Steven Universe is a series with eleven-minute episodes so it doesn’t exactly have time for a full-length credits sequence. It does have time for about ten seconds worth of credits, though. In most episodes we get snippets of a song titled “Love Like You.” At first only an instrumental version was played but over the show’s run it was slowly expanded on. Variations of the instrumental were used and then lyrics were added.

With only about ten seconds the whole song was never played in one go, although fans did their best to edit the song together. Finally the whole song was officially pieced together on the Steven Universe soundtrack.

While the song sounds seamless now, the lyrics were written over three years by Rebecca Sugar (who also does vocals). 

“We wrote it in pieces,” says Sugar, “It started as a song from the point of view of, sort of, all Gems and just sort of a thesis of the entire show towards Steven but also kind of made towards my own brother.”

Reading the song’s opening lyrics what Sugar says totally makes sense and can be interpreted in those multiple ways.

If I could begin to be
Half of what you think of me
I could do about anything
I could even learn how to love like you

When I see the way you act
Wondering when I’m coming back
I could do about anything
I could even learn how to love like you

Love like you

“When I started it I thought “oh, this is about an alien that’s looking at a human being who loves them, and the sort of secret meaning of this is they don’t have the capacity to feel this way because they’re an alien.”

As Steven Universe went on however, the storyline of the series evolved and the Gems began to demonstrate more love towards each other and Steven. The song however began to take on a more bleak tone. 

I always thought I might be bad
Now I’m sure that it’s true
‘Cause I think you’re so good
And I'm nothing like you.

Look at you go
I just adore you
I wish that I knew
What makes you think I’m so special?

Sugar says that by the time she was writing that portion of the song she was deep into the show and was, “going through a real crisis of confidence. That (part of the song) was coming from a different place, from a very real place where I was just like, ‘why are people looking to me. It’s not right.'”

Fans and others were coming out of the woodwork to thank Sugar for the show.

“People had been able to speak to their families in these wonderful new ways, people who had become comfortable in themselves in these incredible ways that I hadn’t been able to do, where I was just like, ‘I’m so inspired by everyone, why are they thanking me?’”

A year later, as Sugar finished the song she had an epiphany about what she’d already written.

“The beginning was not what I had thought it was about at all. It’s not a silly, secret meaning about an alien that doesn’t understand humans. It’s about, the fact that I had always loved my brother and had these people who would love me unconditionally in my life and because of my own insecurity I was never able to be there 100% for them.”

Reread the ending lyrics of the song and that meaning becomes abundantly clear.

If I could begin to do
Something that does right by you
I would do about anything
I would even learn how to love

When I see the way you look
Shaken by how long it took
I could do about anything
I could even learn how to love like you

Love like you
Love me like you

Sugar was stunned that the song, “is actually maybe one of the most human things I’d ever written and I had written it by accident.”

While “Love Like You” can still be freely interpreted to be about any of the Steven Universe characters, learning about its roots in Rebecca Sugar’s own life just makes it all the more special.

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Shamus Kelley could even learn how to love like you. Follow him on Twitter! 

‘Marvel Legacy’ Promos: Stamps & Prehistoric Avengers

'Marvel Legacy' Promos: Stamps & Prehistoric Avengers

Marvel Value Stamps return and a better look at two prehistoric Avengers

Source: Various at Newsarama.com

Marvel is dialing up the nostalgia with their Marvel Legacy initiative. Not only are they going back to the old numbering system for some of their titles, but as they promised before, adding fan-related items they used to offer. One of the things Marvel used to include with their comics back in 1974-1976 were Marvel Value Stamps. Certain issues of comics would include these "stamps" (really just part of the comic page, but framed with an illustrated stamp perforation to resemble a postage stamp. Fans could cut out and collect these stamps and paste them into a book that could be ordered. So if you ever bought a back issue and a rectangular shape was cut out of it, well maybe this is why.

Well, they're back! It doesn't seem like you'd need scissors for them this time though as they are:

… on inserts within the regular cover editions for all first issue Marvel Legacy titles, beginning with titles debuting in October

 

There will be 53 stamps to collect, and Marvel will be making available a collectible stamp album to be revealed at a later time.

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Note that there were "new" Marvel Value Stamps, as sort of a cute addition to some of the Marvel Handbooks, and also in 2006's Marvel Spotlight issues.

Also Marvel Legacy related is another look at a couple of the 1,000,000 B.C. Avengers. As noted previously, these Avengers will appear in Marvel Legacy #1, and is composed of Odin and Agamotto, and prehistoric versions of Black Panther, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Phoenix, and Star Brand. We already got a sneak peek of the team, but here are a couple of "posters" for the 1,000,000 B.C. Avengers Black Panther and Starbrand by Mike Deodato:

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Marvel Legacy #1 hits shelves in September.

 

Vintage Marvel Value Stamps images and information was from mvstamps.com.



Written or Contributed by sdsichero


True Detective Season 3 Confirms Mahershala Ali

HBO isn't messing around. True Detective Season 3 confirms Mahershala Ali to star.

News Chris Longo
Jul 26, 2017

True Detective season 3 may be closer than you think, and it looks like they're halfway towards a crucial pairing. The Tracking Board first broke the news that Mahershala Ali will be one of the stars of True Detective Season 3. This would certainly consider the top notch casting the show is known for, and Ali won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight. He's been one of the hardest working people in the business recently, popping up in everything from Marvel's Luke Cage to Free State of Jones and Hidden Figures.

The news was confirmed at TCA, where HBO programming president Casey Bloys also announced that five scripts for the third season have been completed.

Recently, Entertainment Weekly gleaned the first details of who else is involved in True Detective Season 3. According to that report, series creator Nic Pizzolatto has already penned at least the first two episodes.

In a move that many fans and critics anticipated, it appears HBO brought on a second writer to help Pizzolatto shape the narrative of True Detective Season 3. HBO vet David Milch (creator of Deadwood, John from Cincinnati, and Luck) has come on to work with Pizzolatto:

“The extent of Pizzolatto and Milch’s collaboration is still early days and not yet formalized. Obviously, Milch’s experience as a writer will be a key component, but for the record he’s not expected to serve as the True Detective showrunner (at this stage, there is no specified season 3 showrunner). Also keep in mind a third season has also not yet been greenlit, so new episodes are far from certain.”

The news confirms HBO's original programming president Casey Bloys insistance that True Detective season 3 is still in Nic Pizzolatto's hands, albeit with some fresh eyes on the new scripts. Speaking at TCA Winter Tour, Bloys said: "I don’t have anything on paper yet but I know there are some ideas going back and forth. I don’t want to rush it. I don’t want to do anything just to get it on the air." 

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In 2015, the premium cabler locked up an overall deal that will have the creator of True Detective in the fold until 2018. It was then reported that a new season of True Detective was still on the table, with Pizzolatto having the option to either re-work the creative structure of the series, hire a writing staff, bring in a new showrunner or go at it alone again. Regardless, he would remain an executive producer.

True Detective Season 3 Release Date

The earliest we'll see True Detective Season 3 is some time in 2018.

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Thor: Ragnarok: Goldbum, Thompson Offer Insight on Grandmaster’s Role

Thor: Ragnarok: Goldbum, Thompson Offer Insight on Grandmaster’s Role

Thanks to Comic-Con International in San Diego, we have a better idea of what Thor: Ragnarok‘s Grandmaster will be like. Stars Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Rachel House were on hand at the event to discuss the film, which led to some insight on Grandmaster’s mysterious character.

“I’ve been around for millions of years, but no, no, I’m still, more than ever… I’m present and engaged and interested in everything in the moment,” Goldblum, the Grandmaster himself, told IGN. “More than anything, I like to play. After billions of years, my wisdom and greatest thrill comes from playing and putting people together to have fun and stuff. So I put these two together for a massive match.”

RELATED: To Surtur, With Love: Who the Hell Is Thor’s Fiery Foe?

Asked if the Grandmaster’s connection to the Collector will come into play in the movie, Goldblum said, “I don’t know that it does. I don’t know that anyone mentions my brother, but I’m thinking about him, so it comes into play… and I also think that these matches — these gladiatorial matches — feed into my credo, which is, ‘Where there’s struggle, there’s life.’ And I love life!”

Speaking to ComicBook.com, Thompson explained her connection to the Grandmaster, which she described as a “work relationship.” “I bring the Grandmaster things that may be of interest to him, and one of those happens to be Thor. [The Grandmaster is] always grouping people together in fights, and I brought The Hulk to him, and so I bring Thor as a would-be contender, and hilarity ensues,” she said.

RELATED: Thor: Ragnarok Could Be Marvel’s Shortest Film to Date

House, who starred in director Taiki Waititi’s Hunter for the Wilderpeople, also teased her relationship with Grandmaster as well as the Asgardians her character Topaz encounters. “I’m very protective of the Grandmaster,” she shared with ComicBook.com. “And if anyone messes with his affections then I’m gonna get a bit, you know, grumpy.”

“When you’re standing next to the Grandmaster, who can destroy anything with his wand-thing — and he’s millions of years old — no one compares to the Grandmaster,” she added.

Opening November 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.

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Jon Stewart Brings First Standup Special in 20 Years to HBO

Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart returns to standup with first special in a generation.

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Tony Sokol
Jul 26, 2017

HBO finally found a slot for Jon Stewart. They tried giving him an animated show, which fell through, but the premium network signed him to a four-year deal. They’re hosting his first standup show in 20 years. That’s a generation, the generation that grew up watching The Daily Show for some of the most informed news TV had to offer.

Stewart’s roots are in standup. He came up in the late night slots at the Comedy Cellar. His first gig on Comedy Central was Short Attention Span Theater, which he co-hosted with Patty Rosborough in 1991. He moved to MTV the year after with You Wrote It, You Watch It. Stewart was on a short list to take over David Letterman’s slot at Late Night, did The Jon Stewart Show on MTV, and  wound up filling in for the freak, Craig Kilborn, in 1999. First Stewart was as goofy as Kilborn, then he got seriously funny and changed the news narrative forever.

Stewart took an extended vacation to write and direct Rosewater, a political thriller from a funny man that put a human face on torture. Rosewater won the Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review.

Stewart left The Daily Show in the hands of Trevor Noah.  Stewart hosted the Academy Awards twice, wrote the bestselling book Naked Pictures of Famous People, and co-authored the bestselling books America (The Book): A Guide to Democracy Inaction and Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race. Stewart’s previous HBO credits include the standup special Jon Stewart: Unleavened, hosting the special George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy, Mr. Show with Bob and David and a recurring role on The Larry Sanders Show. He appeared the Adam Sandler film Big Daddy, the one-joke documentary The Aristocrats, and Death to Smoochy. He was also a teacher with a very keen eye in the horror film The Faculty.

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