Grant Gustin's Barry Allen on might get an all-new look in season 5 of his CW TV series. When Barry Allen was last seen in the Arrowverse, it was at a huge time of upheaval in his life. The Thinker had just been defeated, Barry's friend Ralph Dibny was saved and (most importantly) a woman not much younger than himself showed up at his door and introduced herself as from the future.Jessica Parker Kennedy, who plays Nora, will be a . It's unclear how long Nora will last on The Flash, but her arrival should bring some big changes to the superhero series - or, to Barry's emotional life if nothing else. Yet those changes might also be cosmetic as reports are circling that Barry will get even closer to a comic accurate outfit in season 5 of The Flash.Related: The rumors of The Flash's new costume come from . The publication has received two new "leaked" photos from the pre-production of The Flash season 5. The first is a bit of concept art and shows Grant Gustin wearing a much more segmented and less bulky version of his usual speedster suit. The new costume is reportedly not leather but made entirely of spandex and sewn together. A test photo of a new prototype suit has also been leaked and shows Gustin wearing a much slimmer Flash suit that exposes more of his lower face and neck.There's a chance, even a high one, that both leaks are entirely fake. The prototype outfit looks suspiciously photoshopped. Assuming this isn't all a ruse, though, it would make sense for The Flash to receive a new costume. The reason is directly tied into the arrival of his time-traveling daughter. After introducing herself to her (younger) parents, Nora gave Barry his from the future. As comic fans know, the ring (which bears The Flash symbol) contains Barry's entire costume for easy access. The ring has been seen before on the series but in the hands of villain Reverse Flash or Flashes from other universes. Barry Allen has never had a permanent Flash ring.If Barry were to get a new costume out of Nora's ring from the future, the one described and seen in the leaks would fit. It's very similar in design to the outfit that Barry Allen wore throughout most of his career in The Flash comics. The prototype is reminiscent of Barry Allen's look from The Flash: Rebirth, where the speedster was "resurrected" after a long absence in the Speed Force. It's a storyline that The Flash TV show adapted (very loosely) during . If the new suit did appear in season 5 that would delay things slightly but the Arrowverse has never been slavish to the source material.In addition, The Flash has received a new costume or slight change to his costume in every season of the series so far. The Flash's outfit in season 4, which was much brighter and more colorful than anything previous, was the biggest change yet for the superhero series. If the leaks are true, the new season 5 costume wouldn't be a radical departure, but it definitely would be a significant visual change for the character.More: The Flash season 5 premieres Tuesday October 9 on The CW.Source:
August 08, 2018
Warning: SPOILERS Ahead For Suicide Squad #45 DC's is headed to Atlantis, but they are down a few members... meaning it's time for Amanda Waller to bring some new people in to shore up the team. Thanks to the events of the past few months, the squad is down to just three members when Suicide Squad #45 begins (and one of them is still injured). Harley Quinn is still her usual unstoppable self, but she's joined only by Deadshot, who is recovering from the wounds he suffered at .The final teammate? A grieving Killer Croc. And the mission? To re-sink Atlantis.Related: Following the events of the Atlantean Civil War in recent issues of Aquaman, , and the governments of the surface world are none too happy about it. Some consider it an invasion while others see the Atlanteans as allies, no matter how their city's elevation may change.Amanda Waller, of course, feels that Atlantis would be better off back where it used to be. So it falls to the Squad to make that happen - with the help of a magical bomb. However, she's also bringing in some new members to help out on this major mission.The two that Waller has decided to bring out of Belle Reve are Lord Satanis and Master Jailer. Lord Satanis is a sorcerer from the far future, and it will be up to him to deal with the magical payload that the Suicide Squad are taking down to detonate below Atlantis. Master Jailer, meanwhile, is a genius engineer and security expert, capable of building complex traps and picking any lock. On this mission he will be the one to break the Squad into Atlantis. Both are being controlled by the usual bomb-in-the-head Waller special, and Master Jailer is also being offered a clean record for his help.Both Master Jailer and Lord Satanis will be familiar to fans of Superman comics, but Master Jailer may also be a familiar face to those fans of the Arrowverse. Jeff Branson portrayed the Master Jailer, aka Carl Draper, in an early episode of . However, the Arrowverse version of the character is very different to the one in the comics; Supergirl's Carl Draper was an alien from the planet Trombus, a former Fort Rozz guard who ran into Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) when he was attempting to hunt down and kill the escapees of the Kryptonian prison. The comic version is very much a human, and simply a fantastic locksmith and security expert.This new Suicide Squad's adventures in Atlantis will continue for the next few issues of the series, as the gang struggles to balance out a desire to complete their mission without harming the people of Atlantis. Innocent civilians who happen to be hiding below the surface in the lower levels of the city - where the Squad are supposed to be setting off their magical bomb!Only time will tell how well Lord Satanis and Master Jailer will fit into the Squad, and whether they will be willing to kill families in order to get the job done.Suicide Squad #45 is now available from .Next:
August 08, 2018
Disney brings The Nutcracker to life with all the whimsical splendor it can muster in the new trailer for . The Mouse House has spared no expense in re-imagining E.T.A. Hoffman's story-turned Tchaikovsky ballet for its modern slate of live-action fairy tale movies, based on the latest footage.Nutcracker and the Four Realms was directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, A Dog's Purpose), before Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Captain America: The First Avenger) came aboard for reshoots. Lest anyone think this is a situation where the movie's original director was essentially replaced during reshoots, Johnston only filled in for Hallström because he was busy at the time with another project. Tthe pair have since agreed to share directing credit, thus solidifying the idea that the final version reflects their mutual creative vision. You can check out the latest Nutcracker trailer in the space above.Related: Judging by script by newcomer Ashleigh Powell shapes the story into a hero's journey that follows young Clara (Mackenzie Foy) into a parallel world on the eve of the winter holidays. There, she teams up with the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley) and a soldier (Jayden Fowora-Knight) to restore order to things by doing battle with the tyrannical Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren). Of course, it wouldn't be The Nutcracker without at least a little ballet, which is where comes into play as "The Ballerina".The Nutcracker and the Four Realms combines Hallström's gentle fairy tale storytelling with Johnston's technical showmanship to produce a movie that - in the trailers, anyway - certainly looks like a winter holiday confection. It will be interesting to see how the film's reception compares to other recent live-action Mouse House offerings, given that Disney fans don't have nostalgia for The Nutcracker the way they did for the smash hit remakes of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, for example.Something else Disney has to account for here is Morgan Freeman, who plays Clara's godfather Drosselmeyer and is currently facing . As it happens, the character doesn't have a huge role in the film, so the Mouse House has elected to further downplay Freeman's involvement by leaving him out of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms one-sheet (see above). On the other hand, the Drosselmeyer character features rather prominently in the second theatrical trailer, so the studio isn't exactly trying to make his involvement here a secret. Time will tell how that approach works out for them.MORE: Source:
August 08, 2018
A sequel to 2017's is finally moving forward with Paramount and Hasbro. The Power Rangers made a big return to the big screen last year with the release of Paramount's live-action reboot. The big budget turn for the team didn't prove to be a financially successful turn however, as the movie grossed just $142 million worldwide. This performance was a huge blow to the hopeful franchise, as Saban and Paramount previously discussed .After that disappointing box office performance, Power Rangers opened strong on home release and has found a following hoping for another run. This looked less likely when and it looked like a reboot was on the horizon instead of a sequel. That's no longer the case though, as now looks to be in development.Related: shared the exciting news. The most relevant line of the post confirms that Paramount and Hasbro's All Spark Pictures are going to develop another Power Rangers movie that's a sequel to the 2017 film.Hasbro will work with a film studio to develop a new Power Rangers movie as a follow-up to the 2017 release.Ever since Hasbro acquired the Power Rangers brand, they've . However, it was believed that they would reboot the franchise instead of sticking with one that didn't turn a profit at the box office. Hasbro could be looking towards the future though, and banking on the talented cast's profiles continuing to rise. Dacre Montgomery was a standout of season 2 and is returning for season 3. Naomi Scott is going to be in Disney's live-action and next year too. Plus, with a villain and the Green Ranger needed, more star power could come.The big question on the minds of many will be why the decision has been made to go forward with Power Rangers 2. A smaller budget could've helped turn the film closer to being a box office success, but a sequel will need to be better received critically. From Hasbro's perspective though, one reason why they chose this path . Power Rangers toy sales went though the roof last year, and even if all of the success isn't due to the popularity of the movie, it is at least a factor. Hasbro could look at the merchandising numbers to possibly justify another installment.This sequel is still in the very early stages though, so don't expect it to hit theaters anytime soon. They'll have to decide whether or not director Dean Israelite will be brought back, and he's before. The young and rising cast could also take some time to book due to their filming schedules. However, the development process will need to go extremely well before scheduling starts to become part of the picture.MORE: Source:
August 08, 2018
Ahead of Sony's movie hitting theaters, and hopefully kicking off their Spider-Villain Universe, Todd McFarlane has looked back at what led to the creation of the now-iconic character. Venom debuted in 1988, on the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #300. The Venom symbiote has had many hosts over the years, but Eddie Brock has always been the most popular and enduring of them all. Originally conceived as a new nemesis for Spider-Man, Eddie Brock/Venom was eventually spun-off into his own series and evolved into more of an antihero.One such series, Lethal Protector, will serve as a major inspiration for the upcoming film, which also stars Riz Ahmed as and Michelle Williams as Anne Weying. Though anticipation for the film was originally lukewarm at best, more recent trailers have won people over. Even Topher Grace, who was the first to bring the character to the big screen in Sam Raimi's ill-received Spider-Man 3, . There's still no word on whether the film will indeed be R-rated, as fans hope, but director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), , is definitely offering a more traditional, comic-book accurate version of the character. Albeit without the canonical backstory and, potentially, .Related: Looking back rather than forward, however, Todd McFarlane took to to reflect on the real-life genesis of the character. Displaying some classic, black and white artwork, McFarlane revealed that Venom was born from a desire to see Peter Parker back in his traditional red and blue costume. "Marvel said they would bring back the 'classic' look in issue 300 if I joined the book (which I did on issue 298). The problem was...what to do with the black costume?" Little did he - or anyone - know that something as simple as switching a costume would ultimately spawn one of the most popular comic-book characters of all-time. Check out the full post below:Clearly, Venom is as much on his mind as it is on fans. It could be argued that he himself wishes he was helming the adaptation of his own co-creation. Fans would no doubt have rejoiced. And it wouldn't be the first time. He is currently adapting for Blumhouse another of his comic creations, - a property he would love to see in a . He also just recently posted a video to be more akin to how he envisions it.On the other hand, what he will ultimately make of the film as a whole remains to be seen, though McFarlane has been quite vocal in praising what he has seen thus far. Also, given that it was 30 years ago this year that he and David Michelinie devised the character, he's more likely experiencing a combined bout of nostalgia and excitement that fans can no doubt relate to.More: Source:
August 07, 2018
One of the most controversial lines from the newest trailer came straight from the comics. The best look yet at the movie based on the iconic Marvel character comes in Sony's second and likely final full trailer, which premiered a week ago and has amassed over 27.6 million YouTube views as of this writing. There's plenty of new footage to be seen of the instantly recognizable Symbiote alien after it takes over the body of Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), as well as the character's unnerving voice. Much of the new trailer in San Diego, but it's now available everywhere.However, a lot of the focus on the new trailer is not related to the CGI, or , or any of the new characters, or the plot. There's been some controversy over a pair of lines in the trailer, one of which may sound too silly for a creature as deadly as Venom without context. But as it turns out, one of them was not made up out of thin air - it came from one of the original Marvel comics.Related: As noted in a new story at , the line in question that's caused a bit of an uproar on social media did not come straight from the minds of Venom's writing team. It was actually pulled from The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #374. The comic-inspired line is in the middle of the trailer, when Venom threatens a hapless victim with the following: "Eyes, lungs, pancreas ... so many snacks, so little time."However, there's another line in the that apparently was not inspired by the comics, and caused a similarly strong reaction. Near the end of the trailer, Venom stares down a man in a convenience store and tells him: "We will eat both your arms, and then both of your legs, and then we will eat your face right off your head. You will be this armless, legless, faceless thing, won’t you? Rolling down the street, like a turd in the wind." Search Twitter for "Venom" and "turd", and the results are a healthy mix of anger and dumbfounded frustration.Many fans have been left to wonder how one can even picture a "turd in the wind", or the point of using such a turn of phrase to describe an armless, legless, faceless corpse. It may be hard to get the most outraged fans to take their focus off that one quote and look at the , and the fact that it . But there's at least a silver lining that the "snacks" quote is pulled straight from something Venom actually said in the original comics.People may still hold it against the writers that they chose that quote, of all things, to include as one of Venom's one-liners against his victims. But it's at least consistent with how the character communicated in the Amazing Spider-Man comics, and there's little wrong with being faithful to the source material. There could be a longer, more complicated debate that unfolds over the "turd in the wind" line, though. Ultimately, if Venom lives up to the hype in terms of story and action, a couple of over-the-top one-liners won't do much to take away from its impact.More- Source:
August 07, 2018
Vanessa originally wasn't killed off in , but rather a victim of a broken heart. The violent action and raunchy jokes were a big part of 's DNA. However, another major key to the film's success was the surprisingly great romance between Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Their relationship was at the heart of the first film, making their future together something fans were eager to see more of. But when Deadpool 2 came around, the film .The move was shocking and caused a divide between viewers. It made Deadpool 2 the latest culprit to fridging, the concept of killing or injuring a female character to provide an emotional arc for the male hero. Her death only amplified Wade's rage as they finally decided to try and have a kid together. While the movie's story ultimately decided to kill her, earlier ideas kept her alive.Related: Deadpool 2 is currently available on digital and with that comes the release of the audio commentary. One of the earlier bits of information director David Leitch revealed was in regards to alternate ideas for Vanessa, where he confirmed that they didn't originally plan on killing her, "We had versions where they broke up and she left him - instead of dying." He says they decided against those options due to this being the only working option that gave Deadpool the emotional arc they were looking for.Leitch previously by using the same reasoning, so this isn't a surprising statement on his part. Wade and Vanessa splitting up could've solved some of the issues around the use of her, but it is impossible to say whether or not it would resonate as well. They already spent time apart in the first film, so splitting them again may have felt too much like a retread. However, removing her from the equation altogether may not have been the best option either.Now that Vanessa is back alive, she will hopefully receive some better treatment if she makes any future appearances. She has powers and an alter ego of her own in the comics, so in the franchise. That is, as long as the Deadpool trilogy carries on once the Fox-Disney merger is complete. Disney's currently saying Deadpool 2 won't be the last, and for the sake of Vanessa, we can only hope so.MORE:
August 07, 2018
A much-discussed Easter egg recently discovered in may just be an optical illusion. Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is set to make her debut in next year's Captain Marvel before coming to the rescue of the half-dusted heroes in , and so naturally fans are excited for any clues they can find.This triumphant entrance was teased in , where Nick Fury sent a space-pager message out through space (and possibly time) to the superhero he knew from the 1990s. The connection was rather simple, given Captain Marvel's recognizable logo appearing on the pager, but another recently-spotted Easter egg nodding to the character is a little more complex.Related: The release of Avengers: Infinity War on home video has brought with a wealth of new information and observations about the monster hit. One of the biggest has been that Cull Obsidian, the hulking member of Thanos' Black Order (renamed from the comics' Black Dwarf), appears to have some cloth dangling from his waist in the exact same color scheme and design as . It's a connection as sly as it is striking, but it's also not actually real.Cull Obsidian's Colors Don't Match Captain MarvelIt may seem surprising that it's taken this long for Cull Obsidian's Captain Marvel connection to be noticed; Avengers: Infinity War released in late-April and made over , yet only now has the detail come to light. And that's because it's all a trick of the light.While the images haven't been doctored, they are a result of the muted lighting of the New York City showdown making Cull Obsidian look a different color to what he is. Promotional art and merchandise for the character reveal the truth: that the cloth - and indeed everything about his body that appears to be red - is presented as orange. This means that, at the very least, it's not in Captain Marvel's colors.However, the design of the markings - with two bold colors separated by a dual golden line - is still heavily evocative of Captain Marvel and thus worthy of further discussion.Could The Cloth Link Cull Obsidian To The Kree?To say that Cull Obsidian has part of Captain Marvel's costume may be a step too far, but it's worth reminding that her costume isn't totally random in design. Carol Danvers gets her powers from and her costumes across various alter egos - Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird, and finally Captain Marvel - have typically taken inspiration from him; her latest comic iteration, which the movie is expected to follow, is a meld of his Kree style and her Earth-based airforce outfit.Related: Set photos for Captain Marvel have further revealed a , based on comic lore possibly an authentic Kree uniform which will make way for the expected blue-red-and-gold. This tells us that the Kree of the MCU (who have been heavily explored in but only minimally on the big screen) have various color schemes. As such, the design of Cull Obsidian's cloth may instead be evoking the Kree in general; it's totally possible one warrior wore orange-and-blue - possibly even Mar-Vell himself - and ran afoul of one of Thanos' children.That is, of course, just speculation and it's just as likely that, like the coloring, the design too is random and unrelated to any other Marvel character. For now, don't expect any great connection between Cull Obsidian and Captain Marvel; Terry Notary, who played the character in Avengers: Infinity War, hasn't been linked to the prequel debut, and his character is already dead ahead of her Avengers 4 appearance.Next:
August 07, 2018
NOTE: Box office figures as of August 5, 2018-Now that has been in theaters for about a month, we can safely say the film was a box office success - but only by a slim margin. The franchise's smallest hero coincidentally also posts some of its smallest commercial figures. Scott Lang made his MCU debut back in 2015, and the original Ant-Man earned a modest $180.2 million domestically. That ranks near the bottom of the property's all-time charts, ahead of only The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk. Still, considering the moderate budget (around $130 million), Ant-Man's $519.3 million global haul ensured a sequel.That film arrived earlier this summer, hot on the heels of . Up to that point, Marvel had been enjoying arguably their most successful year at the box office, with and Infinity War combining to earn . Nobody expected Ant-Man and the Wasp to come near the record-breaking numbers of those two, but it seemed to be in a position to do well for itself. In the end, the sequel did OK, but the results are far from what Marvel is accustomed to now.Ant-Man and the Wasp's Domestic Box OfficeWhile analysts always figured , it was believed the film would go as high as $80 million in its first three days. That would have been a substantial improvement over the original, which earned $57.2 million in its debut a few years back. In actuality, , a figure that only topped four other MCU installments - three of which were from the Phase 1 days before Marvel Studios truly became the powerhouse it is.Related: In stark contrast from most Marvel movies (including the first Ant-Man), Wasp held on to the #1 position for just a single weekend. In its second frame, it was handily defeated by the animated film . At this point, the MCU usually stays on top for multiple weekends; Infinity War was the reigning champ for three weeks, while . By comparison, Ant-Man and the Wasp had very weak legs, which could largely be attributed to its generally-positive word-of-mouth. The film , but the reviews were far less enthusiastic than the MCU's other offerings this year. Many were in agreement that it was a fun, if light, romp. Ant-Man and the Wasp was intentionally positioned as a palate cleanser following the death and destruction of Infinity War, but it didn't feel like necessary viewing for casual moviegoers.Because of this, Ant-Man and the Wasp currently stands at $195.6 million in the U.S. Out of the 20 MCU entries released to date, that ranks 16th. It's only ahead of Thor, Ant-Man, The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk. There's a chance it could eventually move past The Dark World ($206.3 million), but it likely won't get any higher than that. Business has been in steady decline for the film for a few weeks, as evidenced by its $6.3 million intake this past weekend. It may be able to hang around for a few more weeks, especially with August having few high-profile films to offer, but Ant-Man and the Wasp is on its way out of American theaters. It's done a majority of its damage already.Since the film wasn't a massive hit domestically, it needed a strong showing overseas in order to turn a profit. Ant-Man and the Wasp's international release pattern was a bit more complicated due to Marvel's curious decision to stagger the dates due to the World Cup. It still hasn't opened in a few countries, but by now we have enough data to accurately gauge its performance worldwide.Page 2 of 2: Ant-Man and the Wasp's Worldwide Box OfficeEveryone is in agreement that , but what's unclear is the final budget total. Some reports point to it being around $162 million, while others suggest a much higher $195 million. Both of those possibilities do not include marketing and distribution. Going by the general rule of thumb, then, the movie's break even point was either $324 million or $390 million. Judging by the first movie's global total, either one of those was perfectly manageable.As of this writing, Ant-Man and the Wasp has earned $426.9 million worldwide. When weighted against either of the proposed budgets, the movie is in the black - for either $102.9 million or $36.9 million. Of course, neither of those is particularly anything to write home about, and far from what Marvel usually earns. Black Panther's profit margin ended up at approximately $900 million, while Infinity War cleared more than $1 billion. Even when compared to Marvel's 2017 films (which is more fair), Ant-Man and the Wasp doesn't even come close. This is slightly concerning, since most MCU first sequels saw a substantial increase when compared to the original. Ant-Man and the Wasp may make a little more than Ant-Man worldwide, but it won't be a significant improvement.Related: Fortunately, Ant-Man and the Wasp has yet to open all around the globe. It took a while, but Marvel's latest (August 24). The film is also set to debut in Italy, Portugal, and Japan in the second half of August, which will boost its numbers. Most important, of course, is China, which ranks as the second-largest film market in the world. The first Ant-Man made $105.3 million in the Middle Kingdom, so it stands reason to believe Wasp will end up in that ballpark. If it does, the film's global total will raise to around $532.2 million, drastically changing the aforementioned profit figures for the better. Obviously, the film wouldn't be in any danger of losing money if it never secured a Chinese release, but now it's in a stronger position to thrive and go down as an honest hit instead of a mild one.Marvel has kept their post-Avengers 4 plans close to the chest, so it's unknown if an Ant-Man 3 will happen. The likes of Paul Rudd and Peyton Reed have discussed the possibility, but that's far from confirmation. It'll be interesting to see if Ant-Man and the Wasp's performance influences Marvel's decision making moving forward. There's obviously more widespread interest in other sub-franchises they have at their disposal, so they may opt to have Scott and Hope van Dyne be supporting characters in other films, much like how the Hulk's role has evolved over the past handful of years.-With $17 billion earned over 10 years, Marvel is certainly in a position of luxury and can afford to have some smaller movies like Ant-Man. Not everything they release needs to break records or hit $1 billion to be considered successful, especially now that they're putting out three movies per year. And while Wasp was certainly one of the lowest-grossing MCU films, it was by no means a disaster because the studio kept the budget in check. This isn't a situation where Disney is taking losses. Marvel might prioritize other brands moving forward, but they know they can find success with even their smallest heroes.MORE:
August 07, 2018
has revealed the cast for its latest Stephen King adaptation, In The Tall Grass. The story revolves around a brother and sister who, upon hearing a young boy's cry for help, venture into a field in Kansas only to discover there may be no way out - and that something evil lurks within the tall grass. Co-written with his son and fellow best-selling novelist, Joe Hill, the novella was originally published in Esquire magazine back in 2012. The film, however, is set to be feature-length and will be helmed by Splice and Cube director Vincenzo Natali.King adaptations are, once again, all the rage, with airing now on Hulu and everything from and to and currently in various stages of production. The film will actually be the third of Netflix's original films to be adapted from the works of the acclaimed horror maestro. - a claustrophobic tale of a woman (an impressive Carla Gugino) left trapped, alone and handcuffed to a bed, when her husband suffers a heart attack during an attempt to spice up their marriage - was released in 2017. Later that same year, Netflix released , a Thomas Jane-starring psychological thriller about a rancher who, along with his hesitant son, conspires to murder his wife for financial gain. Both were widely praised by critics, audiences, and , so it makes sense that the streaming service would seek to extend the streak.Related: According to , production is already underway on In The Tall Grass. The film will star 's Patrick Wilson, who can next be seen in . He replaces X-Men's James Marsden, who had to drop out due to the all-too-familiar scheduling conflicts. Alongside Wilson, the film will feature Laysla De Oliveira and Harrison Gilbertson, who will no doubt play the set-upon siblings. Avery Whitted (Sidney Hall), Rachel Wilson (Backstabbers for Beginners), and Will Buie Jr. (Bunk’d) round out the rest of the cast.Wilson is a solid casting choice. Though nothing has been revealed in terms of what role he will be playing, he is more than able to play likable and/or menacing as the script requires. Just look at Hard Candy. Equally, Natali has a pedigree when it comes to the horror genre, as well as managing the kind of tight, tense action sequences seen on .The adaptation of King properties have generally been hit and miss. For every raging success like, there are stark disappointments like . That could go double when it comes to stretching out a relatively short story into something around the two-hour mark. It could even go triple, given the fact that the bulk of the story takes place in one, closed in location. . Given Netflix's success at bringing that story to life, they have definitely earned the benefit of the doubt.Next: Netflix will release In The Tall Grass worldwide in 2019.Source:
August 07, 2018
Fan artist BossLogic is giving fans a glimpse of what Henry Cavill could look like as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's live-action TV show. The DC movie star recently revealed that he fancies swapping his role as the .First appearing in Andrzej Sapkowski's series of short stories, Geralt became the main protagonist of CD Projekt Red's The Witcher series. A huge part of the video game world since 2007's The Witcher, Geralt is expected to be the lead of Netflix's upcoming adaptation. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is currently hard at work on The Witcher series and promises that parts like "soon."Related: As Hissrich narrows her shortlist of potential names to play Geralt, shared his own rendition of what Cavill could look like in the part. Take a look below. Best-known for playing Clark Kent/Superman in the unofficially titled DCEU, Cavill has left his cape and tights behind to star in other movies like , and most recently, . As one of Hollywood's biggest names, casting Cavill may seem a little out of reach for Netflix, but let's remember that he is no stranger to TV screens thanks to a starring role on Showtime's The Tudors.While Geralt is usually depicted as older - especially in the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - BossLogic certainly makes Cavill look the part. The Witcher already promises to be one of Netflix's most exciting original shows, but just imagine the power of adding Cavill as the lead. What's more, as a self-confessed fan of the books and having "blasted through" The Witcher 3 twice, he's definitely done his research when it comes to embodying Geralt.With everything from to , (another) to making their way off consoles and into the world of TV or cinema Hollywood is trying its hardest to break that video game curse. Also, in a post- era as a attempts to steal the limelight, a fantasy epic like The Witcher could cash in on the hype.Just as some of the industry's biggest stars are embracing their geeky side and love of video games. Even if Cavill doesn't get his wish to dye his hair white and play Geralt of Rivia, at least Netflix's The Witcher knows he will be tuning in to see the adventures unfold.More: Source:
August 07, 2018
Sony's is intended to be the beginning of a Spider-villains universe - but realistically, the studio needs to recast Spider-Man to reach its full potential. In 2015, Marvel Studios and Sony launched an unprecedented deal that saw the latest iteration of Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, join the MCU. But Sony was still determined to do their own thing with the Spider-Man franchise, and those plans begin with this year's Venom and the animated .So far, though, the most intense debate has been whether or not the Sony Spider-villain movies are considered part of the wider MCU or not. First reports were that Venom was a separate, distinct project, but producer Amy Pascal confused the issue when she described the Sony spinoffs as . She seemed to be describing the same kind of relationship the TV shows have with the Marvel movies. But her comment was followed by a stream of supposed "clarifications," both from herself and Kevin Feige, all of which essentially served to muddy the water. The latest update seems to be that Venom is not part of the wider MCU at all; was forthright in claiming that it wasn't, while the most recent sources have described Venom and the rest of the Spider-villain films as " from last year's Spider-Man: Homecoming."Related: A core problem is that it's not easy to see how some of Sony's proposed spinoffs can work without Spider-Man. have revealed the tongue-slavering symbiote's rewritten origin, one centered upon a crashed alien spaceship and illegal experiments by the Life Foundation. But while Venom is the star of a comic book franchise in his (their?) own right, some of the other spinoffs feature characters who've only ever really existed in the context of their relationship with Spider-Man. Take Black Cat, for example; barring a couple of crossover miniseries with Wolverine, of all people, she's best known for her flirtatious relationship with the wall-crawler, serving as his version of Catwoman - sometimes ally and even lover, sometimes opponent. Many viewers are skeptical as to whether or not these films can work without Spider-Man.This Page: The Sony Movies Need More Than Tom Holland "Cameos"Next Page: The Problem with Tom Holland "Cameos"There are persistent rumors that Sony's workaround for this will be a string of Tom Holland cameos, with one believed to happen in Venom. Sources close to the production told Screen Rant that one scene in Venom sees Life Foundation boss Carlton Drake leading a school field trip around the building. That tidbit led us to suggest that perhaps will simply be a glimpse of Peter Parker as one of the students, presumably on an extended trip with his school. If that's the case, it would seem that Sony wants viewers to believe their films are at least tangentially connected to the MCU, even if they don't want to make it explicit.But is that really enough? This would essentially be the same kind of ambiguous relationship the MCU movies have with the TV shows, with cameos only ever working one-way. The Marvel TV shows, such as , , and , reference the movies; but the films never reference the small-screen adventures. Indeed, the very fact characters are consigned to the TV shows precludes them from appearing on the big screen. With Vincent D'Onofrio playing Kingpin in Daredevil, . Luke Cage will never join a team of Avengers, given Mike Colter plays the "bulletproof black guy" in his own Marvel Netflix series.In exactly the same way, the Sony Spider-villain movies would only ever have the most subtle nods to the MCU. Tom Hardy's Venom will never make the jump into a Spider-Man film, meaning the much-loved rivalry between Venom and Spidey will never be brought into the MCU. The same is true with Black Cat; there's never going to be a scene in which she attempts to seduce the wall-crawler (in the Ultimate Comics universe, such a flirtatious moment came to a hilarious end when Black Cat realized how young Spider-Man really is). The Tom Holland cameos won't resolve this issue; they'll underscore it, reminding viewers that this Spider-villains film franchise can only ever be loosely connected.Related: These Characters Need Spider-Man EventuallyThe problem facing Sony is that each of these characters is originally designed to serve as a foil for Spider-Man. It's true that the web slinger's rogues gallery is one of the best developed in the entire comic book industry, but each of these characters works best in stories that explore their relationship with Spider-Man. Venom is compelling as an antihero precisely because he contrasts so markedly with Spider-Man; even , inspiration for Sony's Venom movie, saw Spider-Man pursue his old foe to San Francisco. Black Cat works best as an awkward love interest, challenging Peter Parker's morality. "" is the most memorable story featuring Kraven the Hunter, but that will now never be reproduced accurately on the big screen. Using these characters without Spider-Man will simply leave the Sony Spider-villain universe feeling diminished and impoverished, with anyone familiar with the comics knowing the films could be so much more.It's possible Sony is attempting to fill this gap with the character of . In contrast to the other properties Sony is developing, Silk is no villain; she's a hero who was created by writer Dan Slott back in 2014, bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker. Many of Cindy Moon's powers are analogous to Spider-Man's, although she has natural webbing. But, again, simply introducing a Spider-Man-esque character will serve to highlight Peter Parker's absence.Page 2 of 2: Why Recasting Spider-Man is a Good IdeaThere's one way Sony can fill this Spider-Man-sized hole in their shared cinematic universe, and that's dropping all pretense that these spinoffs are part of the MCU and recast Spider-Man. Sony could perhaps go for an older, even slightly darker, iteration of the wall-crawler; perhaps one similar to Andrew Garfield's. That would suitably differentiate their version of Spider-Man from the MCU's. Where Tom Holland's Spider-Man would interact with MCU heroes like Iron Man and Doctor Strange, Sony's iteration would romance the Black Cat, clash with Venom, and struggle to survive the threat of Kraven the Hunter.It's not like Sony are unaware of this potential. This year's animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, even sets the precedent; it establishes the idea that , and introduces different versions of Peter Parker. Viewers don't seem to mind one bit.Related: Warner Bros. is taking a similar approach with the Joker. There are no less than in various stages of production, with both Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix tapped to play the Clown Prince of Crime. The studio clearly believes that, so long as the different iterations of the Joker are distinctive enough, viewers will be fine with seeing multiple portrayals of the same character on the big screen. The same is true of the Flash; although Warner Bros. initially worried about the possibility of brand dilution, pulling from after they decided to push ahead with , the studio seems to have relaxed a lot. Ezra Miller's portrayal of Flash is very different to Grant Gustin's TV version, and the average viewer isn't even bothering to compare them.In just the same way, if Sony cast the right actor as Peter Parker, they should be able to generate the same kind of positive buzz and push ahead with a far stronger franchise.Is Sony Allowed to Recast Spider-Man?But there's one snag; it's entirely possible that Sony isn't allowed to recast the role of Spider-Man. It all depends upon the . If Marvel Studios is making solo Spider-Man films, is Sony prohibited from direct use of Peter Parker? Would they be able to cast a Spider-Man who serves as a secondary character, rather than the star of a film? Naturally, the full status of the deal is a closely-guarded secret, so there's no way to know for sure. But even if the contract is silent on this matter, that doesn't mean Sony will want to take the risk and damage the goodwill.More: It's also very possible that Sony actually wants their spinoffs to be loosely set in the wider MCU. By that reading, they're hoping their films will profit from the overarching Marvel brand, and that cameos and subtle nods will be enough to satisfy general viewers. There's certainly precedent for this idea; after all, the Marvel TV shows remain successful in spite of the fact their tie-ins will only ever be subtle and one-way. Every loose connection is celebrated by viewers with real delight. If Sony does intend to take this approach - and the ambiguous and confusing comments to date definitely leave that possibility open to the studio - then recasting Spidey is out of the question.Right now, Sony's approach appears to be to hint that their spinoffs are set in the wider MCU, without making it explicit. It's an understandable approach, as it hopefully allows the studio to benefit from the hugely successful shared universe. But, in the long run, it's a self-defeating one; it impoverishes the characters and concepts Sony hopes to explore, removing some of their best character dynamics and most compelling arcs. Sony would be wise to ditch the MCU, and to bring in their own version of Spider-Man to serve as a foil for this world of Spider-Man villains.More:
August 07, 2018
has removed its review of rogue-like Metroidvania game Dead Cells after YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming noticed some major similarities between its review and that put out by IGN's Nintendo editor Filip Miucin. At the moment, the company is apparently investigating this alleged plagiarism.Dead Cells itself is a game with heavy rogue-like leanings, as the player adventures around a constantly changing castle. With no checkpoints and a nod to the Dark Souls series of games in terms of learning through failure, the game has had an extremely good reception from critics so far. However, this controversy could heavily overshadow the release of the game overall.Related: Boomstick Gaming, who also goes by the name of Deadite, released his review of Dead Cells in July but recently noticed some serious similarities in IGN's own review of the title. Over the run of the two reviews, the notion that it could all be a coincidence potentially goes out of the window and is instead replaced by some serious allegations of plagiarism. Those looking for a side-by-side analysis can find one below, courtesy of .Off the back of this allegation of plagiarism, IGN itself has begun to investigate. Both the written and video review of Dead Cells have been removed, with the written review instead replaced with an editor's note. "As a group of writers and creators who value our own work and that of others in our field, the editorial staff of IGN takes plagiarism very seriously," reads the . "In light of concerns that have been raised about our Dead Cells review, we’ve removed it for the time being and are investigating."Should IGN find that its review did plagiarize the work of Boomstick Gaming, then it shows a serious betrayal of trust from the company, particularly since Boomstick Gaming is a relatively small channel with 14,000 followers as of the time of writing. The fact that the review came from one of the site's editors makes it a much bigger headache for IGN than if it was from a contributor as well.It's not the only time that review quality and integrity has been called into question, with cases such as the hitting such big names as PewDiePie, and similar happening with EA and Battlefield 4. There's no excuse for ethical failures from reviewers or trusted personalities in gaming, whether with reviews such as this or the gambling controversy that hit Counter-Strike over CSGO Lotto. After all, gaming is big business, and one look at some of the payouts found in proves that ignorance is not an excuse.More: Sources: ,
August 07, 2018