James Wan offers up a look at his underwater action scenes in . After a rather tumultuous year in 2017, Warner Bros. is hoping their lone 2018 DC film can once again. That's at least how one producer believes Aquaman is shaping up and it's easy to see why. They've allotted Furious 7 director James Wan creative freedom to flesh out Jason Momoa's rocker version of Arthur Curry in the character's solo film. He was a scene-stealer in after all.The underwater landscape of Atlantis has been largely untouched when it comes to Aquaman, even after a few scenes in Justice League and a tease from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Wan is looking to correct the wrong doings that came before, most notably the that allowed Atlanteans to communicate before. And now, it looks like he's teasing an action scene ahead of the movie's first trailer next month.Related: Wan posted a photo on of his "lifelike clone" Funko Pop! figure. However, he posted the photo while he's hard at work in the Warner Bros.' editing bay to make progress on Aquaman. Thanks to Wan's celebration, he also revealed a glimpse at an underwater fight scene. It isn't the best look, but there are some aspects to discuss. Let's first check out the photo:The warrior on the right appears to be wearing the traditional Atlantean armor. Although it is difficult to really be sure, there is a resemblance to the armor Patrick Wilson is wearing in the . The man on the left isn't wearing the same style of armor, though, so this may be part of an actual fight and not a training/sparring session between the army of Atlantis. If he isn't under the command of Orm and Vulko (Willem Dafoe), then he may be a Xebel Soldier for King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren).If this is Xebel and Atlantean warriors in combat, then it could be part of a scene that brings a previously released image to life. A standing opposite of one another in the ruins of The Council of Kings. This latest image from Wan could show that this isn't a friendly meeting and that the two sides will hash it out in an epic underwater battle. Should that prove to be the case, this could be one of the scenes we'll get to see in the first trailer, which . Whatever the case may be, we must now wait to see what these underwater fights will look like in motion.MORE: Source: The post appeared first on
June 23, 2018
joins a grand tradition of Mario spinoff games. It's a Mario sports game that is actually good. The bread and butter of the Mario franchise will always be the core platforming games but for years some of Nintendo's best spinoff gamers were those of arcade sports nature.Yet around the tail-end of the Nintendo Wii's life cycle and into the Wii U, Mario's sports games hit a huge slump. They were shallow, repetitive experiences that lacked any kind of complexity. Mario Tennis Aces however, is a return to form. It's not a perfect game and there are a few confusing and Nintendo-esque decisions that hold this one back, but Mario Tennis Aces is the perfect marriage of simple mechanics and deep gameplay that the House of Mario does oh so well.Related: The basic gameplay of Mario Tennis Aces is very straight-forward. The game can be played completely and quite proficiently with just three buttons and the joystick. This means that Mario Tennis Aces can be controlled with one Joy-Con or two of them joined together for a more traditional controller layout. A Swing Mode, which uses motion controls, is also available. It turns a single Joy-Con into a tennis racket. It's amusing and more responsive than Wii Sports but Tennis Aces is much more engaging when the game is played with a traditional controller and button set-up.During regular play, the four buttons on the Joy-Con's face are used to serve or return the tennis ball. Any of them can be used to return the ball but each button determines the type of rally (a lob, a slice or just a flat hit). What makes Mario Tennis Aces unique from its predecessors special moves players can perform with the left and right triggers which turn Mario Tennis Aces into a borderline fighting game.During a match of Mario Tennis Aces an energy meter will build up for each character. When the meter reaches its max, pressing both triggers at the same time activates a special (a character-specific move). It allows Mario, Waluigi or whoever to launch in the air and viciously spike the ball onto their opponents side of the court. The special shot is difficult for opponents to block making it advantageous with the tradeoff that it drains the entire meter, leaving you quite vulnerable.This is because the meter doesn't just dictate the special move. Pressing down the right trigger in regular gameplay uses some of the energy meter to slow down time. This can be very important in returning an opponent's special shot. In addition, a simple flick of the joystick will trigger a trick shot. A trick shot allows players to move far across the court, to the left, right and even behind while also using up some of the special meter.16 characters are available at launch (less than earlier Mario Tennis games) with more coming as free updates, the basic controls of Mario Tennis Aces never change but each character comes with special abilities that make them unique. Donkey Kong is more powerful, Toad is speedier, and Rosalina more technical. The unique abilities turn each Tennis Aces match into a fighting game bout. It's all about using moves at the right time. Not only in an effort to trip up your opponent but to have something to defend yourself. It can be frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of the gameplay loop, Tennis Aces becomes incredibly satisfying.The main attraction of Mario Tennis Aces is its multiplayer features. Local (up to four players) and online options are offered. There's more fun to be had playing locally but the online experience is still worthwhile (until players must pay to do this). The connection problems that seem to have disappeared. Gameplay is generally smooth and steady in online play but the overall experience is held back by some of Nintendo's handling of online tournaments. These tournaments are treated as a limited time mode (similar to Salmon Run in Splatoon 2) that will occur once a month and run for a couple weeks instead of letting players play when they wish.The weirder limitation is that while playing online with strangers the standard tennis scoring isn't available. Instead, every match is a tiebreaker round taking place on a random court. When playing online with friends, matches are much more expansive and customizable. Only random matches are given this strange limitation.The disappointment that's more inexcusable is the single player adventure mode. Adventure Mode has all the standard Nintendo charm and follows Mario hunting an evil tennis racket that can posses people, but gameplay-wise it's essentially a glorified tutorial mode. Adventure Mode, which takes around 6 hours to complete, is all about learning the ins and outs of the mechanics. It's not a satisfying experience in its own right.Yet, Mario Tennis Aces isn't for single player gamers. The game is for those who want to play multiplayer, local or online. Luckily, that's what Mario Tennis Aces does best.3.5/5More: Mario Tennis Aces is available now for $59.99 on Nintendo Switch. The post appeared first on
June 23, 2018
Marvel Studios' will have a big connection to . The most unique aspect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is how every film connects to the rest. That remains true with solo movies but also the bigger team ups. As far as the sequel to is concerned, it will have plenty of chances to connect to other films. The marketing has shown how it connects to and plays off the events of Captain America: Civil War, but it also has Thanos to deal with.There has been plenty of speculation over how Ant-Man and The Wasp could play with the ending to to this point. A new TV spot confirmed that the movie than previously believed too. And while it may bridge the gap a tiny bit, it will also have a directly connection to next year's untitled Avengers 4.Related: Marvel Studios released a new featurette for Ant-Man and The Wasp centering around Evangeline Lilly's titular character, but studio president Kevin Feige couldn't help but tease the importance of the film and its stars. Confirming what has long been expected, Feige says this isn't just a fun standalone movie, but is a big part of what is coming next: "Ant-Man and The Wasp also connects directly to Avengers 4. These characters are going to be very important going forward."It isn't a secret that Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Wasp are going to appear in Avengers 4, but their roles are just as mysterious as everything else that's surrounding the movie. Set photos have Ant-Man at the Battle of New York, while Lilly has said Wasp's role is a bit smaller. Still, the Avengers 3 & 4 writers teased this upcoming sequel is the , so Feige stating it also has a major connection to Avengers 4 just goes to show how important Ant-Man and The Wasp may end up being.How that comes to pass is up for debate at this point, but the most popular theory is thanks to the Quantum Realm. This featurette spends quite a bit of time talking about the Quantum Realm and the mission to rescue Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). But, there's plenty of speculation that this realm will be a major key to Avengers 4 and whatever plan the Avengers come up with to defeat Thanos. One of our own theories points to the for the heroes. Its becoming more and more clear that Ant-Man and The Wasp will be anything close to a throwaway, non-consequential installment in the MCU. Thankfully there's only a few weeks left until everyone figures out how and why.MORE: Source: The post appeared first on
June 23, 2018
Sam Elliott is a mythical American hero in the first poster for the profoundly weird-looking The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot. With his signature mustache and gravely voice, of grizzled, old school American manhood. His career stretches all the way back to the late 1960s when he appeared in a bit part in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Over the decades he's starred in endless successions of action movies and Westerns, including classics like Road House and Tombstone, becoming a quintessential cowboy actor (even when he's not playing a literal cowboy).In later years, Elliott became a cult hero thanks to in the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski, where he was paired with fellow grizzled icon Jeff Bridges. Now, a fixture as a supporting performer in mainstream films, from Hulk to Ghost Rider to Draft Day. And he was unforgettable as Ron Swanson's tree-hugging doppelganger Ron Dunn, the only person whose mustache could give Ron's mustache a run for its money, on the sitcom .Related: Now, in his newest role, Sam Elliott gets to pull off the most heroic feats of his long and storied career. Literally, Sam Elliott kills Hitler and then The Bigfoot. The first poster for the film The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot has arrived via - and it says just about all that needs to be said. See the poster below:The movie's official synopsis sounds exactly as weird as audiences might expect going by the movie's title and poster. But there appears to be something more going on here than just random weirdness. Read the synopsis:Sam Elliott stars as a legendary World War II veteran who many years ago assassinated Adolf Hitler – an incredible secret that he’s frustratingly unable to share with the world. One day, just as he’s coming to terms with rounding out his life, Calvin gets a visit from the FBI and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They need him to take out Bigfoot. This wondrous feature debut from writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski features visual effects by celebrated two-time Academy Award Winner Douglas Trumbull, who also co-produced alongside the great John Sayles and Lucky McKee. A fantastical discourse on the melancholia of old age and a singular blast of entertaining wit, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot also stars Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald, and Ron Livingston.There are major names involved in the making of this movie. In addition to Sam Elliott, independent filmmaker John Sayles has signed on as a co-producer. In the '80s, Sayles made his name in art house cinema with a string of acclaimed films including The Brother From Another Planet, Eight Men Out, City of Hope and Lone Star. With the Sayles stamp on the film, it's almost certain the movie will be something more than just a romp. Indeed, the synopsis promises "a fantastical discourse on the melancholia of old age." That being said, Sayles does have some history in pure schlock as well, having Battle Beyond the Stars.As the synopsis also reveals, the movie's visual effects were created by Douglas Trumbull, one of the greatest names in the history of VFX. If the title and synopsis for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot weren't enough to generate intrigue around this movie, those names should definitely do it. The film is set to premiere next month at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and then we'll know how exactly Sam Elliott pulls off his double feat of insane heroism.More: Source: The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
Right now, there are too many big games releasing on February 22, 2019. E3 2018 highlighted a few big titles that will be available by the end of 2018, like and , yet the overwhelming focus of the expo, no matter the platform, was on the games coming out in 2019.Many long awaited games are finally coming out next year after long development cycles. , but there are currently four major titles releasing on the same day at the end of the following month - in February. While they're all vastly different games and can arguably cater to different audiences, it's simply not a good idea to have four triple-A titles hit store shelves on the same day.Related: At the moment, the four video games releasing on February 22, 2019 are BioWare's (XB1, PS4, and PC), 4A Games' (XB1, PS4, and PC) Sumo Digital's (XB1 and PC), and Bend Studio's (PS4). While the first two games are multiplatform titles (which automatically makes them competitors), the latter two are first-party exclusives, which means they cater to consumers who own those specific platforms.The one thing that can be said in the defense of these games is, there isn't much overlap between them. Aside from the console exclusive games, Anthem is an online-only, science-fiction RPG, whereas Metro Exodus is a single-player shooter in an apocalyptic setting. The audience for one game isn't necessarily the audience for the other. And whether it's a disaster or a massive success, a lot is riding on Anthem. BioWare needs the game to be a critical and commercial success in the way that Mass Effect Andromeda wasn't, which is what (for now). After E3, Anthem does appear to have some goodwill behind it, so BioWare (and publisher EA) could get their wish in February. On the other hand, but its status as a PlayStation exclusive, coupled with good word of mouth, means it has a lot on its side. So the chances of either one of them moving seems unlikely.If any of the four games move, it will likely be Crackdown 3 and/or Metro Exodus. ; it was announced in 2015 and has already missed two major release windows. Another delay wouldn't be surprising and Microsoft could even earn some goodwill by moving Crackdown 3's release date up a week or two. Metro Exodus, meanwhile, is the smallest game of the bunch. The studio probably isn't expecting the same sales figures as an Anthem or Days Gone, but 4A Games still won't want to take on competition unnecessarily. Metro Exodus is best off releasing at a slow time in the gaming release cycle, where it can grab the most attention. Normally the end of February would be a good time but that's not the case in 2019.It's possible that none of these game will move their release date but that would be unwise. Unless the various gaming companies involved are expecting some, if not all, consumers to pay hundreds of dollars on a single day, they're best off adjusting their release dates, ever so slightly. It's the smartest thing to do, but only if the games are in completed states. No one wants to experience an unfinished game, which has been an increasingly prominent issue in the industry today.More: The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018
2018 has been a truly astonishing year for superhero movies. Black Panther, released in February, is at just under $700 million in North America as of this writing. Avengers: Infinity War, which came out at the end of April, is at well over $650 million. They are the #1 and #2 most successful superhero movies of all time. Deadpool 2, also released this year, will surely go over $300 million.These successes come on the heels of last year's blockbusters Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Logan, and Wonder Woman, all of which made between $200 million and $400 million. Before them, of course, were many other massive superhero hits. Clearly, audiences love this type of movie, and judging by the fact that they seem to be getting bigger and bigger, that love doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.On the flip side, there have also been some pretty big superhero flops. Believe it or not, if we break it all down, notorious duds like Catwoman, Judge Dredd, and Green Lantern aren't even the lower grossing! Using data provided by Box Office Mojo, not adjusted for inflation, we've compiled a list of the superhero movies that fared the worst at the nation's cinemas. Some you'll be familiar with, others are more obscure. We'll tell you how much each one made, and try to provide a little insight into why they failed to pull in audiences.These are the 25 Lowest-Grossing Superhero Movies Ever. The post appeared first on
June 22, 2018