10 CGI Characters That Hurt Their Movies (And 10 That Saved Them)

Computer generated imagery — more commonly known by its acronym — is both a blessing and a curse in the world of filmmaking.

On one hand, it allows filmmakers to execute intricate, fantastical elements the likes of which couldn’t be replicated via practical effects. On the other hand, if rushed or poorly developed, CGI can destroy audience immersion and turn a movie into little more than a laughing stock.

We’ve seen tons of breathtaking CGI over the years, and it has changed the very fabric of filmmaking culture. The silver screen has played host to imagery so sensational it would have, in the early days of the medium, looked like magic.

That said, some directors have taken a resolute stance against computer generated elements in their movies, instead opting to uphold the dying art of practical effects. A heavy reliance on puppetry and papier-mâché can also, if carried out carelessly, make a movie totally unwatchable.

Sure, Marvel’s Infinity War may have been a cinematic masterpiece, but it hardly makes up for the ugly CGI abominations they regularly released ten-odd years ago. Anyone remember the first two CGI Hulk movies?

From lovingly-rendered little green space swordsmen to lazily put together talking CGI cats and dogs, its safe to say that computer-generated imagery has been a mixed bag.

It doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, though, and, as we slowly transition into an era in which entire movies rely on nothing but this controversial computing method, we count the 10 CGI Characters That Hurt Their Movies (And 10 That Saved Them).

20 Hurt: Scooby Doo – Scooby Doo / Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Scooby Doo, Where Are You! is a time-honored Hanna Barbera animation classic that still exists in one form or another on air today.

While the long-running series, which got its start all the way back in 1969, has waned in popularity in recent years, plenty still hold fond memories of Saturday mornings spent glued to the tube watching Mystery Inc. unravel some strange goings-on.

Unfortunately, the early 2000s were a rough period for old Scoob, who had been totally mangled by his terrible CGI portrayal in a series of live action movies.

They may be charming for those who grew up with them, but those early CG-laiden Scooby Doo pictures are totally cringe-worthy now.

19 Saved: Caesar – Planet of the Apes Reboot Trilogy

Though an interesting interaction on the beloved 1968 original, the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy leaves something to be desired in that, though it sought to tell the tale of how humanity fell to their primate aggressors, it failed to capture much of the heart and intrigue of the original late ’60s early ’70s movies.

Nevertheless, the CGI present in these pictures was pretty breathtaking overall, especially in regards to Caesar and his maligned monkey mates.

It should come as no surprise that Andy Serkis — the motion capture expert now famous for his portrayal of Mowgli in The Jungle Book and Snoke in Star Wars: the Force Awakens — was behind this one.

18 Hurt: The Max Rebo Band – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Many Star Wars fans have harbored a vendetta against George Lucas ever since he released his series of original trilogy remasterings that, in the minds of many, totally besmirched the brand and tarnished the quality of these classic sci-fi movies.

While everyone has their nitpicks regarding these special editions, the unequivocal worst aspect has to be the far-beyond-awful Max Rebo Band whose awful CG visages pander directly to the camera and annoy everyone who once loved the beginning of Jedi.

This group of singing, dancing aliens is nothing short of abhorrent, and it totally ruins the otherwise awesome scene in Jabba’s palace.

The Force really isn’t too strong with these guys, that’s for sure.

17 Saved: Smaug – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

While Peter Jackson’s epic turn-of-the-century Lord of the Rings trilogy was as fantastic and well-developed as any Tolkien fans could possibly have hoped for, the recent trilogy focusing on The Hobbit — a precursor to the events which transpire in the aforementioned series — was perhaps a bit less enthralling and totally lacking in Elijah Wood appearances.

Despite focusing on the previously alluded-to adventures of Frodo Baggins’ adoptive uncle Bilbo, 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a bit lackluster.

It was made up for by the grand, awesome spectacle of its sequel due in no small part to the excellent antagonist Smaug.

As a fully-realized CGI dragon, Smaug was massive, scary, and way cooler than that dumb white orc from the first movie.

16 Hurt: Garfield – Garfield: The Movie

The year 2004’s Bill Murray-led children’s movie Garfield: The Movie was universally panned and was famously labeled as Murray’s only real regret in 2009’s hilarious zombified comedy Zombieland.

He may work as a character in the Sunday funny pages, but, as a Hollywood store, he’s more than forgettable.

Unfunny, meandering, and garish, it was a pain to see this once-beloved orange comic strip star butchered so thoroughly on the silver screen.

The worst aspect of the movie was how surprisingly poor the all CG main character looked when compared to his live action counterparts.

It was totally jarring to see a cartoon cat paired with a real-life dog, and it’s not the kind of thing audiences will ever again be all that eager to see.

15 Saved: Durotan – Warcraft

“Saved” is as strong word in this instance. Durotan, ex-Chieftain of the Frostwolf clan and one of the main characters in the Warcraft movie, is one of the few reasons to sit through this film at all.

Just about everyone found this movie to be flat out dull when it hit theaters back in 2016, and public opinion isn’t likely to change any time soon.

In fact, even hardcore fans of the game were hard pressed to pick out anything redeeming.

Based on the largely player-driven world of Azeroth, the realm featured in Blizzard’s notorious World of Warcraft MMO, this picture relied too heavily on CG to bring to life the land’s local fauna.

That said, Durotan was, at the very least, believable, and his demise was the only meaningful story beat present in the entire flick.

14 Hurt: Anaconda – Anaconda 3: Offspring

While the first movie in the much-maligned Anaconda horror film trilogy has found a place in movie history as a campy cult classic, Anaconda 3: Offspring is just terrible.

It was filmed on less than a shoestring budget and likely edited on someone’s old IBM Model 5100.

The story in this movie is, as one may well expect, verbose and horrible, but the real kicker is the computer-generated snake.

In fact, the snake is poorly rendered that it’s difficult to believe it’s in the scene at all, as it makes the actors’ already painful fake fear all the more cringe-worthy.

This thing wouldn’t look out of place in a PS1 game — that’s not hyperbole, it’s a fact. Sure, 1997’s Anaconda wasn’t great, but this is really in a league of its own.

13 Saved: King Kong – King Kong (2005 Remake)

In keeping with the trilogy that brought him fame, Peter Jackson once again delivered an epic, long-winded, fantastical movie, this time centered around the Hollywood Golden-era classic King Kong from 1933.

The script could certainly have been trimmed down a bit, and Jack Black’s role probably could have been re-cast, but little could tarnish the absolute spectacle of the titular gargantuan gorilla himself.

Audiences must have been blown away at the Empire State Building scene in the original movie, and viewers may have been similarly awed by the 2005 remake.

Kong is, if nothing, a visual marvel, especially in an era in which CG was still a relatively fledgling prospect.

It’s important to note that no actual gorillas were harmed during the production of this movie, though a few overworked animators may have lost their minds in the process.

12 Hurt: Blarp – Lost in Space

To be perfectly honest, the 1998 cinematic take on a live-action sci-fi show from the ’60s failed primarily due to some extraordinarily bad acting courtesy of Matt LeBlanc, but we’ll also lay blame at the feet of this Jim Henson-inspired CGI nightmare.

Blarp, some kind of simian alien monstrosity, seriously looks like he belongs in a PS1 FMV cutscene, and watching LeBlanc struggle with this obviously-fake being on screen is just nothing short of awful, and he does nothing to compensate for the dime-store CG on display.

There’s a scene in which the ex-Friends star is supposed to be holding the little creature, but it’s so obvious that he actually isn’t holding anything.

Lost in Space is a tragic example of how CGI can bring an already bad movie even lower, and we can only hope that Netflix’s Lost in Space series helped fans to forget this late ’90s foul-up.

11 Saved: Grand Moff Tarkin – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One seemingly set itself up for disaster by daring to directly proceed a movie that was released over forty years ago whose actors have long since past.

Peter Cushing, a British actor famous for portraying Grand Moff Tarkin in the original Star Wars movies, passed away over twenty years prior to Rogue One’s release, and it was surprising to see that he got so much posthumous screen time.

The CGI present in this sci-fi flick was so well done that some casual audience members weren’t even aware that Cushing was no longer around to play the role.

Of course, he does spend most the movie cooped up in a darkened Star Destroyer, which plays the the film’s advantage.

Some fans believe that Carrie Fisher will be getting the same treatment in the upcoming Episode IX, though the director has repeatedly denied these speculations.

10 Hurt: The Thing – The Thing (2011 Remake)

John Carpenter’s 1982 body horror masterwork The Thing has been praised so relentlessly over the years that there is hardly any need to keep gushing over it.

The 2011 remake, however, wasn’t nearly as well received due in no small part to its gross (literal and figurative) use of CGI.

The original movie was a triumph in terms of practical effect usage, but the remake, while expanding upon the frightening, grotesque monster design, looked just a little too digital.

The worst offender, however, comes from the final scene, which takes place in an alien spacecraft. Here, the Thing appears as an awful amalgamation of flesh with a human face awkwardly stitched to it, and it just doesn’t look all that great. 

The Thing will still give you nightmares, though they’ll probably have more to do with bad horror movie rehashings than anything else.

9 Saved: Godzilla – Godzilla (2014 Remake)

Godzilla has been a long running monster movie franchise since its Cold War-inspired Japanese ancestor first hit the scene in the 1950s.

While the 2014 remake was perhaps a bit more Cloverfield than it was a Godzilla movie due to the fact that it prioritizes human characters over the monster itself, it was nonetheless saved by the dazzling, larger-than-life computer generated effects that sold the towering reptilian as a truly scary sight to behold.

The original movies may have been great in their day, but a modern audience may find it difficult to look past the movie’s use of rubber suits and cardboard buildings.

The year 2014’s Godzilla is, at the very least, believable.

We possibly could have done with a bit more of Brian Cranston and a bit less of everybody else.

8 Hurt: Jabba the Hutt – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

While not quite as egregious as the aforementioned atrocity on display in the special edition of Return of the Jedi, Jabba the Hutt’s appearance in A New Hope is still pretty horrific for all the wrong reasons.

The scene was originally shot alongside the rest of the 1977 scenes, but it was scrapped and only re-introduced when CGI technology eliminated the need for a giant Jabba the Hutt puppet.

Jabba was actually human in the original scene, but was given a CGI overhaul to keep up with Star Wars canon.

Unfortunately, the giant slug monster looks wholly unrealistic standing next to Harrison Ford, and it takes away from the movie’s famous Cantina scene.

At least Jabba didn’t also shoot first — we have no idea what that might have looked like, but it surely wouldn’t have been pretty.

7 Saved: Beast – Beauty and the Beast (2017 Remake)

Beauty and the Beast is a beloved Disney animated classic that tells the tale of an unlikely romance while conveying the notion that beauty is much more than skin deep.

A heartfelt triumph in every regard, fans were dubious about the 2017 live action remake starring Emma Watson. Had the CG in this movie been even slightly off, the movie would have suffered greatly.

That, fortunately, wasn’t the case, and the Beast is nearly every bit as believable as Watson herself.

While not a movie for everyone — as few romance-centric flicks are — this modern, live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast really is something to behold.

While they were at it, they could have outfitted Gaston with a set of CG biceps to keep him more in line with his animated counterpart.

6 Hurt: Werewolves – Twilight Saga

Now that the hype surrounding The Twilight Saga had long since faded, it may be appropriate to point out that none of these movies were all that great.

They may have been entertaining during the height of the teen vampire romance craze, but they haven’t aged well and are almost certainly doomed to be forgotten to the annals of pop culture history.

Though the cardboard acting didn’t do the series any favors, the real let-down was the CG weverwolves, which looked anything but believable.

The last movie’s final battle scene is perhaps most at fault, and it was tough to watch a group of background actors awkwardly pretend to be mauled by a pack of werewolves.

Wolves don’t sparkle, though, so that is one point in their favor at least.

5 Saved: Gollum – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

As previously mentioned, Peter Jackson’s follow-up to his Lord of the Rings trilogy wasn’t quite as powerful as its predecessor and left some fans longing for the glory days of Christopher Lee and Elijah Wood.

However, one saving grace was the admittedly fan-serving inclusion of Gollum, that creepy little ring-obsessed cretin from the original series.

As another creation of CGI master Andy Serkis, Gollum and his riddles were easily the highlight of the recent trilogy’s first outing.

However, the movie instead opted to place an emphasis on orcs instead.

Plenty of audience members must have hurt their throats doing Gollum impressions while leaving the theater.

4 Hurt: The Scorpion King – The Mummy Returns

The year 2001’s The Mummy Returns would have been a decent action flick had it not been plagued with a series of downright awful special effects.

While the originals were B-reel horror greats, this new adaptation serves as little more than a mockery of the classic Boris Karloff movies.

The absolute worst offender — and perhaps one of the worst instance of computer generated imagery of all time — is the appearance of the titular Scorpion King.

Half scorpion, half Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson sculpted from wax and plastic, the fight scene with this thing is nothing short of hilariously terrible.

It may have been ambitious for its time, but conceptual possibilities don’t always work out.

The Rock stars in so many schlocky actions flicks these days that this has essentially faded to little more than career white noise by now.

3 Saved: Dobby – Harry Potter Series

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise is perhaps one of the most triumphant, detailed, and well-executed works of fiction we are liable to get in the next couple of decades.

Never before has a story intended for children gone on two spend upwards of eight feature movies, video games, plays, and even entire amusement parks.

That said, the film series may have been damaged early on had Dobby’s CG stand-in been underwhelming in The Chamber of Secrets.

Fortunately, the house elf was a series highlight, and his unfortunate demise in the seventh movie was nothing short of heartbreaking despite his incorporeal, all-CG role.

No, we’re not crying… we just spilled something on our face.

2 Hurt: Jar Jar Binks – Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

Hardly anyone will be willing to defend George Lucas’ extreme-overuse of digital effects in his oft-hated Star Wars prequel trilogy.

An incredible amount of these three movies felt overly-fake and almost cartoony, which stood in gross contrast to the very real, practical effect-laden original trilogy.

The crown jewel of computer animated misery, however, has unquestionably been awarded to the hapless, annoying Gungan Jar Jar Binks.

Stupid, grating, and overall terrible, Jar Jar’s inclusion in the movie was a total mistake, and his caricatured movements only made the already off putting Phantom Menace even harder to take seriously.

Subsequent movies have downplayed his role as much as possible, and he has yet to even be mentioned in the newer movies, which is all for the better as far as most fans are concerned.

1 Saved: Yoda – Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

Jar Jar Binks may have been nothing short of a digital abomination, but he was counteracted nicely by Jedi Master Yoda.

Though he appeared in puppet form in Phantom Menace, he was introduced as a fully-CGI character beginning with Attack of the Clones.

Many hardcore Star Wars fans weren’t pleased about this change at the time, but Yoda’s battle with Count Dooku in Clones and subsequent duel with Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith made this shift all the more palatable.

He may not have seemed quite the same, but getting to see Yoda and the Emperor duke it out was a treat few fans of the franchise saw coming.

He was actually returned to puppet form for his cameo in The Last Jedi, which seems to have been a bit of fan service to appease practical-effect hungry original trilogy fans.

What do you think? Are there any other CGI characters that hurt or saved their movies? Sound off in the comment section!



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2018-09-06 05:09:33 – Tanner Fox

Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Trophy List Is Full Of Puns & Comic References

Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment revealed the trophy list for Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 game ahead of the game’s official launch. The PlayStation title is one of the most anticipated games of this console generation so far, and the fact that it’s exclusive to one platform hasn’t weighed it down in any way. In fact, it may even contribute to a boost in PS4 sales in the fall and upcoming holiday season, especially with people looking to get the special PS4 Pro version that comes in all red.

The first reviews for Marvel’s Spider-Man went live a few days ago, with the vast majority of critics praising the game’s story and combat, as well as parts of its open world, which contains all of Manhattan Island in New York. Considering that this is Spidey’s first time headlining a triple-A game in years, it makes sense that the developer would give players a lot to do, such as completing various side missions, tasks, and puzzles, not to mention the actual story. And doing all that will result in lots of trophies.

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Leading up to Marvel’s Spider-Man launch on PS4, Insomniac and Sony revealed the full trophy list for the game. It includes 1 Platinum Trophy, 2 Gold Trophies, 10 Silver Trophies, and 38 Bronze Trophies. Collecting them all will result in a whopping 1230 points. Here’s the full trophy list for Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 game:

Bronze

  • Amazing Coverage – All Surveillance Towers activated
  • Short Fuse – Get Spectacular Or better in a Taskmaster Bomb Challenge
  • Fists of Fury – Get Spectacular or better in a Taskmaster Combat Challenge
  • R&D – Complete all Research Stations
  • Demon’s Emerge – Complete Act 1
  • The Six Assemble – Complete Act 2
  • End Game – Complete Act 3
  • Science FTW! – Craft 15 Upgrades
  • Knocking Down Kingpin – Defeat Fisk
  • Staying Positive – Defeat Li
  • Grounded – Defeat Electro and Vulture
  • Sting and Smash – Defeat Scorpion and Rhino
  • Shock and Awe – Defeat Shocker
  • Wing It – Traverse across the city rooftops
  • King of Swing – Complete a level 1 Traversal Benchmark
  • And Stay Down! – Complete a level 1 Combat Benchmark
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man – Complete all Side Missions
  • The Scientific Method – Craft your first Upgrade
  • Spider-Sensible – Perfect Dodge 10 attacks
  • Overdrive – Complete 10 Vehicle Takedowns
  • Hero for Higher – Perch atop Avengers Tower
  • Sightseeing – Photograph all Landmarks on the Map
  • Born to Ride – Ride the Subway five times
  • Sticky and Tricky – Chain four unique tricks before landing
  • Arachnophobia – Perform 75 Stealth Takedowns
  • Lost and Found – Collect five Backpacks
  • Spider-Man About Town – Greet 10 citizens
  • Cat’s Out of the Bag – Collect a Black Cat collectible
  • Ace the Base – Complete all objectives in a base
  • Ninja – Get Spectacular or better in a Taskmaster Stealth Challenge
  • Challenge Finder – Complete every Taskmaster Challenge in the city once
  • Tombstone Takedown – Defeat Tombstone
  • Bird Bane – Disturb 500 flocks of pigeons
  • Pigeon Hunter – Catch all of Howard’s Pigeons
  • Hug it Out – Knock together 10 pairs of enemies with Trip Mines
  • With Great Power – Pay respects at Ben Parker’s Grave
  • A Bit of a Fixer-Upper – Complete all optional projects in the lab

Silver

  • Neighborhood Watch – Complete all Faction Crimes in a district
  • A Suit For All Seasons – Purchase all Suits
  • Cat Prints – Track down Black Cat
  • Backpacker – Collect all Backpacks
  • Back in the Slammer – Take down each Prisoner Camp
  • Schooled – Complete all of the Corrupted Student missions
  • Mercenary Tactics – Take down each Sable Outpost
  • Inner Sanctuary- Take down each Demon Warehouse
  • Master of Masters – Defeat Taskmaster

Gold

  • I Heart Manhattan- 100 percent all districts
  • Superior Spider-Man – Unlock all Skills

Platinum

  • Be Greater – Collect all Trophies

It sure looks like neither studio wasted the opportunity to sneak in a few clever puns and comic references into the trophy list. For instance, defeating Martin Li, aka Mister Negative, results in the trophy titled “Staying Positive”, with perching atop the Avengers Tower resulting in obtaining the trophy, “Hero for Higher”. For those that don’t know, Spider-Man was once a member of the Marvel Comics superhero team Heroes for Hire, which was originally made famous because of it being started by Power Man (Luke Cage) and Iron Fist (Danny Rand). Of course, there are also plenty of other call-backs, like obtaining the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man trophy for completing all the side missions.

Players looking to collect them all and achieve 100% completion in the game will need to spend more than 20 hours in it, which is the approximate time it will take just to get through the main campaign. And with swinging across Manhattan consuming extra time, such an endeavor may take players more than a few dozen hours – but it will have been well worth it.

More: Here’s EVERY Unlockable Suit In Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Game



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2018-09-06 04:09:51 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Mattel Launches Film Division To Develop Movies Based On Iconic Toys

Mattel has announced the launch of Mattel Films – a division that will seek to develop and produce films based on the company’s iconic brands of toys. The company, known largely for producing toys such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Thomas and Friends, seeks to take on the film market, in which its rival, Hasbro, has seen much success.

This is not the toy company’s first attempt at the film industry. Mattel has had several film projects developed within their Playground Productions division – the largest of which was 2016’s Max Steel. Although Max Steel did not see success critically or commercially, Mattel has sought to continue their foray into blockbuster filmmaking. Earlier this year, the company announced that J.J. Abrams had joined them in a project to bring The Beastlies to the big screen. Mattel has also been working with Sony on a Barbie movie starring Anne Hathaway, which is set to be released in 2020. Now it appears the company is taking another step in their filmmaking efforts.

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Deadline reports that Mattel Films will be Mattel’s new movie production division. The division will be overseen by its executive producer Robbie Brenner, who produced the Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club. Speaking on this announcement, Mattel’s CEO and chairman, Ynon Kreiz, said:

“Mattel is home to one of the world’s greatest portfolios of beloved franchises, and the creation of Mattel Films will allow us to unlock significant value across our IP. Robbie is a gifted storyteller and a highly respected filmmaker with deep relationships in entertainment. She is the perfect leader to bring our celebrated brands to life.”

Brenner also shared in the excitement, saying, “There are so many stories to be told and so many imaginations to be captured by these iconic brands, and I look forward to working with Ynon and his team to do so.” As executive producer, Brenner will report to Kreiz.

Brenner has had a successful career producing a variety of films. Her latest film, Burden, won the Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and she has also overseen production of many other popular films, such as The Fighter, Mirror, Mirror, and Safe Haven. She is also a partner at The Firm – a film and TV production company – and is the current president of its film division. Adding executive producer to Mattel Films to the list will simply add more variety to an already diverse resume for the film executive.

While Brenner’s presence in the leadership of Mattel Films appears to be a strong first step for the division, Mattel still has quite a bit of ground to cover in the wake of their competitor, Hasbro. With the massive success of the Transformers franchise alone – not to mention other properties such as G.I. Joe and Ouija – Hasbro has dominated in their efforts to bring toys to life as blockbusters. However, with the number of sequels Hasbro is churning out from the same properties, as well as the popularity of another toy-based franchise in The Lego Movie and its spin-offs, the time may be right for Mattel to see some major film success.

More: Hasbro Developing Power Rangers Movie Sequel

Source: Deadline



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2018-09-06 04:09:40 – Andy Boettcher

Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch Wants to Continue Black Panther’s MCU Legacy

Lashana Lynch believes Captain Marvel will follow Black Panther‘s example and properly portray black characters. Marvel Studios is increasing the diversity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe quickly, and they’ve already seen the success that can be had as a result. Their 2018 year began with Black Panther, the first major superhero movie to be led by a person of color, but also one to feature a predominantly all black cast. Next year, they hope to achieve the same level of success with their first female-led movie, starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers.

Black Panther transcended the standard superhero movie wave to become a cultural phenomenon. It grossed $1.3 billion at the box office, earned rave reviews, and proved the notion that audiences wouldn’t go see a major film led by people of color was false. It also introduced several outstanding African-American characters into the MCU, and Lynch hopes she can help continue that with Captain Marvel.

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EW spoke to Lynch about her involvement with Captain Marvel as Carol Danvers’ best friend and fellow pilot Maria “Photon” Rambeau. She described her character as both strong and resilient, which are great traits to have for a woman in her position of work and as a single parent. Lynch states that she wants to continue Black Panther‘s legacy of accurately showcasing characters of color with Captain Marvel.

“I, especially after watching Black Panther, want to keep the black community in a place where they trust that every single African-American character in the Marvel universe is going to be represented positively, is going to be represented accurately, and is going to have a real through-line that the black community or people of color will be proud of. …I want Maria to be upstanding. I want her to have a voice, I want people to understand her and relate to her, and I want mothers to be proud that there’s a single mother in the MCU.”

Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther may be the first black hero to lead a MCU film, but there were a few other heroes of color who came before him. War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) are the most notable characters, and even though Lynch’s Maria Rambeau isn’t getting superpowers of her own, it shouldn’t be a surprise that she hopes her character comes across as well as those in Black Panther.

It’s still unclear how much screen time Lynch will ultimately have in Captain Marvel though. If she it’s a smaller role, she’ll hopefully make a quick impression. But, if Maria gets caught up in the Kree-Skrull war somehow, then audiences could get a long look at her. And, no matter how much screen time Maria has, she can leave her own legacy in Captain Marvel to pass on these qualities and ambitions to her daughter Monica Rambeau, who Marvel may be setting up for a major role after Avengers 4. If Maria is given the necessary time on screen in Captain Marvel, then hopefully she will resonate with people of color and single mothers all around the world, just as Lynch hopes.

More: Captain Marvel: Every Update You Need To Know

Source: EW



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2018-09-06 04:09:34 – Cooper Hood

The Incredibles: 25 Weirdest Things About Elastigirl’s Body

While over a decade passed without any of The Incredibles aging, the family has never been more popular with fans. Bob, Helen, and the Parr children: Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, may magically meet us from 1962 but their stories and battles are as relevant today as our own. Mrs. Incredible is the epitome of the working mother, giving her all to maintain a healthy, happy family while she maintains a demanding career.

Elastigirl once said, “I‘m at the top of my game! I’m right up there with the big dogs! Girls, come on. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.” She then married Mr. Incredible without ever dreaming of the legal woes Supers would experience. Helen adapted to normality better than Bob, perhaps because she didn’t have time to mourn her lost fame while she was the primary caregiver for three children.

Let’s not make Elastigirl’s life a myth of balance. Each day weighs to one side when managing a home, family, job and other roles. It’s all about the big picture, and Elastigirl’s abilities, particularly those she wields due to her own body, have proven useful both off and on the field as she manages home and a returns to crime-fighting in The Incredibles 2.

Seeing the mom take center stage as an independent hero was an unexpected delight in the long-awaited sequel. We wanted to learn more about her awesome powers.

From her obvious capabilities to the nuances only superfans notice, here are the 25 Weirdest Things About Elastigirl’s Body.

25 Charisma Is One Of Her Powers

It’s a weird power to have, but everyone from Gambit to Purple Man to Magneto has had it listed as their power at some point.

Charisma is a pretty fluid power,ranging from simple suggestive power to full-blown coercion, and we’re pretty sure Elastigirl doesn’t have the latter, even if you haven’t cleaned your room or finished your homework.

Still, there’s no denying that she’s a pretty charismatic character, and she has other cool powers gamers can tap into as well, including martial arts, acrobatics, medicine, stealth and military science.

24 She Has Super Strength

“Super strength” may not be listed among Elastigirl’s official abilities, but her mightiness is pretty obvious, whether she’s clinging to the side of a moving vehicle, carrying her entire family (plus cargo), or hurling around heavy machinery like it’s free weights.

While her husband may be the one known for his amazing strength, it’s pretty obvious that Elastigirl has some pretty incredible power of her own.

The very act of carrying her family in an RV during the first film, something that Mr. Incredible wasn’t be able to do, proves that.

23 She Can Stretch Up To 300 Feet

“She can stretch” is a complete underestimation of Elastigirl’s powers. We have seen Elastigirl stretch far enough to stretch far enough to stop moving vehicles, double-punch two villains while kicking another and move through buildings with a single step or two just by stretching her body.

While we don’t know her level of discomfort during a stretch she definitely makes it look easy.

The woman can stretch up to 300 feet, which is no small feat. No, it’s not the 1,500 feet that Mr. Fantastic can pull off, but given enough time, scientific development, and practice, who knows how far Helen could stretch?

22 Sometimes She’s Too Flexible

As with any superhero character, Elastigirl sometimes finds that her powers are as much of a hindrance as they are a boon in her career. The most obvious example is when she is too flexible and gets stuck in sticky situations, such in as a closing door.

One of her best scenes in the first film features a moment like this as she rescues her husband.

This scenario would be incredibly painful and even life-threatening to most of us, but for Helen Parr it seems to be mostly annoying as she contemplates the situation and quickly remedies her position using her abilities and wits.

21 She Can Pretty Much Fly

Who else do you know who, upon witnessing their baby hurling down from the sky, might request that you throw them up to catch said infant?

Elastigirl didn’t even hesitate when Jack-Jack was in need. She’s demonstrated her flight capabilities on several occasions.

Not only can she launch up to 80 feet in the air, but she can create a parachute out of her own flesh.

Those who argue that she can’t technically fly are the same people who argue that Storm and Jessica Jones can’t fly.

20 She’s Invulnerable (To An Extent)

Obviously, Elastigirl is mortal, but she’s largely invulnerable when it comes to physical peril. She takes the hits and keeps on giving them, whether that means dodging a kick or bullet, carrying an RV with her family in it with her own body, or being knocked from a plane in mid-air.

It would be interesting to test the limits of Elastigirl’s powers and see how invulnerable she truly is– without permanent damage, of course. After all, it’s still a Disney-Pixar movie, not Deadpool.

19 She Towers Over (And Out-Shouts) Her Husband

The original The Incredibles film is rife with 1960s references, making it easy to pinpoint where the film takes place. The arguments between Helen and Bob over Bob’s secret hero work, complete with a fuzzy bathrobe and the flicking of a table lamp on in the dark, are a part of that.

A big difference, however, is that Helen not only out-shouts her husband but towers over him in an argument, proving that no matter how big and powerful Mr. Incredible may be, Elastigirl can always be bigger.

That doesn’t mean better; there’s nothing big or great about their arguments. But the two are on more even footing than their initial appearances might seem.

18 She May Be Impervious To Bullets

While it’s not completely proven, many fans theorize that Helen Parr is impervious to bullets. It makes sense given her stretching capabilities.

We have seen many a bullet fired at her with no consequence.

That said, the same can be argued for her husband and children, but with Violet’s force field protecting the family it’s difficult to truly pinpoint who has bulletproof powers.

Given that Edna’s intuitive designs included bulletproof properties, it stands to reason that at least some of the Parrs could use some assistance in that department.

17 She’s Vulnerable To Mind Control

While we could list Elastigirl’s abilities all day, there are several powers that she obviously doesn’t have, and protection from telepathy is one of them. In the events of the second film, Helen is taken by a surprise attack when one of her supposed benefactors, Evelyn Deavor, turns out to be a pretty bitter villain with an anti-technology and pretty much anarchist agenda.

Although it was perhaps the most predictable moment of the film, Evelyn’s deception did reveal that despite Elastigirl’s quick thinking skills, she’s still susceptible to mind control.

16 She’s A Shapeshifter

While Elastigirl’s elasticity is obvious due to her name and just about any scene she stars in, it may not be so apparent that she is indeed a shapeshifter.

While she may not shift into a wolf or bear or any other creature, Elastigirl certainly has the ability to shapeshift into practical things that assist in her day-to-day work, whether it’s a parachute or a boat.

We don’t know the full extent of Elastigirl’s abilities, either, so it’s quite possible that she could stretch herself into a werewolf form if she so desired.

15 She Heals Fast

Although it’s not one of her more obvious powers, nor is it as impressive as the healing factors that characters like Wolverine and Deadpool are known for, Elastigirl has a pretty speedy recovery period.

Elastigirl is able to quickly bounce back after being knocked unconscious.

Any normal person who faced the battles that she, or any of her Super family members, went up against would definitely need a breather before heading back into the game, if not a mini vacation or a hospital stay.

14 She’s Not The Only Elastigirl

Pixar fans may not know it, but Helen Parr isn’t the only incarnation of Elastigirl. The DC character Elasti-Girl, a member of the Doom Patrol, first appeared in 1963’s My Greatest Adventure #80, right around the same time that Pixar’s Elastigirl was fighting crime.

Rita Farr Dayton had the ability to control her body shape and size, shrinking and stretching at will, very much like Helen.

Originally a film star, Rita was exposed to volcanic gas that gave her the abilities that made her into a superhero.

13 She May Have Superhuman Vision

Can you see a stray hair from several feet away? How about a tiny speck of rubble on the shoulder of your lying husband who was supposed to be bowling instead of getting an adrenaline rush from saving people from drama? Elastigirl can, which prompts many fans to believe that the superhero indeed has superhuman vision.

It’s not as much as a stretch as some other fan theories, but it’s also one that doesn’t have as much concrete support as her obvious powers. Still, it’s fairly obvious that Elastigirl has better sight than the average Jane, and Jack-Jack has to get his vision gene from somewhere.

12 Her many different Voices

The different incarnations of Elastigirl have all featured different voices. While Holly Hunter has lent her talents to both films as well as the Disney Infinity video game, Elizabeth Daily voiced the character in the 2004 video game, The Incredibles. Elastigirl had another voice still in Lego: The Incredibles, where Ally Johnson could be heard as Helen Parr.

While all of Mrs. Incredible’s voice actresses portrayed her in their own way, we think her Hunter voice is the most spot-on for her character’s personality.

11 She Does Most Of What Her Husband Does… In Heels

It’s an old but true trope: anything Mr. Incredible can do, his wife can do– in heels.

Why on earth does Elastigirl wear heels into battle?

It’s definitely something that most heroes should want to avoid. Those things would be a hindrance in battle and make zero sense as a part of her costume– likely posing as much risk as the dreaded cape that Edna so heartily despises, yet there they are.

The heels could be overlooked as a part of the 1960s motif or as a nod to the Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire dynamic, but in all honestly it detracts from her scenes a bit. Give the woman some sensible footwear, animators.

10 She’s Skilled At Hand-To-Hand Combat

While we believe that Elastigirl is more of a lover than a fighter in her post-hero days, when she has to fight, she certainly does it well.

It’s mesmerizing to watch her whoop some bad guy booty.

With her agility and graceful moves, it’s a cross between ninja mom and superhero dancer. She does everything with grace and skill, which likely come naturally with a power like elasticity.

While her fighting skills might best be described as improvisational, she certainly can handle herself in a fight.

9 She’s An Accomplished Pilot And Motorcyclist

Helen has some pretty cool non-fighting, non-superpower skills that are frequently utilized in the films.

Rather than gifts, these are talents that she obviously took time to develop.

Between the lingo (which Holly Hunter also studied in order to portray it accurately) and her actions, Mrs. Incredible has proven her mettle as an accomplished pilot.

We had no idea that she was also a skilled motorcyclist until we witnessed her handle a bike so effortlessly in the sequel. What other unseens skills does Elastigirl have?

8 She Doesn’t Get Rusty

Remember when Mr. Incredible returned to superherodom and had that Rocky-esque training montage? Despite the fact that he was the one who continue to save people in secret, he was also proved to be pretty out of shape.

His wife is another story. Helen’s had at least a dozen years of chasing babies, cleaning house, and caring for a family of five. That all likely helped to keep her more nimble than her husband, who did work at an office job.

In all fairness, most chores come so easily to Bob that he probably requires heftier training than Helen to truly stay in shape.

7 She’s Incredibly Resourceful

While other Supers often turn to brute force when grappling with an unexpected situation, Elastigirl is a true artist, using found objects in her work and making them work to her own advantage. Maybe it’s the mother in her, but she is used to working with what she’s got, whether it’s the very weapons poised against her, the vehicles in her near vicinity, or the machinery she’s known to wield so well.

Elastigirl is also the most resourceful in terms of networking. She seems to know the most helpful people, from Frozone, Edna, and Snug, to her new buddies in the second film.

6 She’s Produced Three Kids With Superpowers

Unlike most superheroes who have children, Elastigirl’s body actually shows the reality of family life and three pregnancies. She’s still pretty darn fit for a woman in her thirties. but it’s nice to see a hero with a somewhat more realistic body, particularly after producing three children with superhero powers of their own.

We have to wonder if the elasticity came in handy during pregnancy and delivery.

Regardless, the fact that she managed to give birth to an invisible baby, a speedster baby, and a baby with seemingly ever power is incredibly impressive.

5 She Is The Least Destructive Super

It’s a common complaint among normal people that supers leave too much destruction in their wake. It’s the very reason we’ve had a Civil War between the Avengers, a Batman v Superman fight. It’s also one reason why the Supers had to go into hiding in The Incredibles universe in the first place.

Partly due to the nature of her abilities, but also due to her own quick thinking and graceful moves, Elastigirl is one of the least destructive supers we’ve seen.

In most cases the damage she causes is far less than the damage and loss of life that she prevents in action.

4 She Uses Her Powers For Convenience

What superhero is going to deny themselves the perk of using their own powers in daily life? We’ve seen everyone from Scarlet Witch to Ant-Man utilize their skills under the dome of parenthood, not only to protect their children but as a simple matter of convenience.

Need to separate fighting children? Stretch your arms and keep them apart!

Hear the telltale signs of silence down the hall? We’re pretty sure Elastigirl extended her ears, if not her whole neck, in order to check on playing toddlers during Violet and Dash’s younger years.

3 She Has A Sharp Wit And Is A Quick-Thinker

Holly Hunter proved to be the perfect casting choice as Elastigirl’s voice. Her wry, gently sardonic tone and maternal concern is perfectly conveyed through Hunter’s intonation.

Helen’s sharp wit and quick critical thinking power is often accompanied by some pretty quick speech.

Elastigirl is handed a dangerous situation and forms a plan in minutes, booking a plane, taking care of her family and rescuing her husband as if it’s all a matter of managing a spreadsheet and carpool.

Even as curve balls, like stowaway children, are thrown her way, she takes it all in stride with her quick thinking.

2 She’ll throw a punch

Why did this plot exist at all? The overused suspicious wife plot was a common staple among 1960s entertainment. While people might laugh over Elastigirl punching Mirage in the face in The Incredibles for participating in supposed infidelity with Bob, it does more harm than good.

Pixar could have easily written a more female-friendly story instead of the bitter old rivals angle, which is may be Elastigirl got such a prominent and empowered role in The Incredibles 2 as a response.

1 She Is The Ultimate Supermom And Uses Her Body To Protect Those She Loves

Almost any mother can attest to using her body as a shield, cushioning device, or other instrument in order to protect her child, forfeiting comfort and safety to the point of surpassing logic. Elastigirl goes above and beyond that, scooping up her children and using her own body to deflect explosions, sheltering her kids from dangers they should never have to face.

While adrenaline kicks in to help many parents overcome obstacles, Elastigirl’s very body provides her with the means of protecting her family.

Do you have any info to add about Elastigirl’s body from The Incredibles? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-09-06 03:09:58 – Sara Schmidt

Spider-Man PS4 Includes Fun Reference to Tom Holland’s Web Slinger

Fun references to Tom Holland’s version of Spidey will be included in the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game. Spider-Man has been completely reintroduced in mainstream media in recent years. Marvel and Sony agreed to a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and cast a charismatic and acrobatic Holland to play the live-action version. Miles Morales is even getting a starring role in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but it will be Peter Parker (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) taking the lead in Spider-Man.

Unlike his last game that based on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Insomniac Games is telling a completely original and open-city story in Spider-Man. This has given the game incredible freedom to include as many characters and references to Spider-Man lore as it deems necessary, and it appears one of them will be a nod to Holland’s portrayal.

Related: Does Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Marvel’s Spider-Man game has a subtle but fun reference to one of Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s jokes: Peter’s lost backpacks. Holland’s version of Spidey frequently loses his backpack, which isn’t great for him as he leaves his clothes and other personal belongings in it when he being the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man. Here’s an example of what they look like:

This is just one simple reference to the current live-action Spider-Man, but it is more than just a gimmick. In the game, players will be able to locate and collect dozens of Peter’s misplaced bags. Once the webbed bags have been found, they can be unwebbed and searched to see what Peter left behind in this one. There’s several Easter eggs and additional fun callbacks to the game’s version of Spidey and overall Spider-Man lore. With over 50 of the bags located all around Manhattan, it may take some time for gamers to locate them all – but it’ll certainly be worth it, because finding all of them will result in yet another Homecoming Easter egg… of sorts.

The reveal of these backpacks comes just hours before Spider-Man officially launches on PS4. Reviews for the game have been rather impressive, and you can read Screen Rant’s own review right here. With Spidey fans set to dive into the game this weekend, many will surely attempt to find all of these bags before too long. The story mode on the default setting takes roughly 20 hours to complete, but those on easier or harder difficulties time in the story will differ. But, with the ability to ignore the story and just swing across Manhattan, players can always decide to prioritize these side quests first before finishing up the story. Either way, it’s clear Spider-Man packs plenty of adventures, content, and references.

More: Here’s EVERY Unlockable Suit In Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Game



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2018-09-06 03:09:40 – Cooper Hood

Hulu’s Veronica Mars Revival Plot & Filming Details Reportedly Revealed

Hulu’s upcoming Veronica Mars revival is expected to start filming in early 2019. Since the series cancellation in 2007, fans have been adamant about bringing it back. Two million dollars were raised in a Kickstarter campaign, which was eventually put towards a feature film in 2014. The movie picked up nearly a decade after the events of the show, with Veronica living in New York, and then being directed back home to Neptune, California. She eventually resolved to stay in her home town and resume her past life as a private investigator.

Last year, Kristen Bell stated that a revival would eventually happen, and that it was just a matter of working around conflicting schedules. It looks like the dream is finally coming true, with Hulu looking to officially revive Veronica Mars for another season, not just a movie. But the question is, assuming she’s still in Neptune, what is Veronica up against now?

Related: Veronica Mars Revival In The Works At Hulu With Returning Star Kristen Bell

TVLine reports that production on an eight-episode series will begin filming in Los Angeles from late October to March of next year. Opposite Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, who played her father Keith Mars, is also expected to reprise his role for the revival series.

Alongside Rob Thomas, executive producers and writers Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge are also expected to return. Ruggiero-Wright and Thomas co-wrote the script for the 2014 movie. Nothing has been confirmed about the new storyline, but it’s been reported that Veronica and Keith will resume their heroics by facing off against a serial killer. Casting is said to be progress for an older African-American actress to play a Neptune police officer, who will likely be a foil for the father-daughter duo.

For Hulu, this move has big potential to pay off, especially when paired with the massive success of The Handmaid’s Tale. Veronica Mars was a feminist murder-mystery that, despite its high school setting, never shied away from discussing misogyny, abuse, and sexual assault – often brutally. As in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which is also headed for a reboot, a popular girl’s carefree life is torpedoed by dark events that leave her unable to ignore the injustice around her. Seeing young women thrive on defeating evil as solo protagonists is still a relatively marginal premise, but one that’s being met with more and more success – as per fellow private investigator Jessica Jones. Meanwhile, on the CW (Veronica Mars‘ previous home), Supergirl and the Charmed reboot have heavily hyped up a Sunday night line up dedicated to female empowerment.

Depending on how legacy Veronica Mars fans react to the new season, a big expansion of Hulu original program may well happen in the near future. And it goes without saying that a more loyal fan base would be hard to come by.

More: 15 Behind The Scenes Secrets You Didn’t Know About Veronica Mars

Hulu’s Veronica Mars revival does not yet have a premiere date.

Source: TVLine



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John Cho Interview: Searching



John Cho is an actor best known for his comedic roles, especially in the Harold & Kumar and American Pie franchises. He has gotten action roles like Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek film series.  Now, Cho gets to show off his dramatic side in his newest film Searching. He plays David Kim, a father whose daughter goes missing at college.  Told mostly from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens, Cho pushes himself as an actor in this thriller.

Screen Rant: John, amazing job on this film. You guys started off, give me this Up moment from like the Pixar film in it, and then it just kind of breaks down from there. This film has a lot to do with technology, but its core and its heart, it’s about a father and what he would do a for his daughter. How far he’d go for his daughter. Why did this story resonate with you?

John Cho: First of all, the character was someone I could really, really easily relate to. Soon as your wife gets pregnant, you start worrying.  That worrying muscle is born and before your kids born. And it never really lets up. So, I get that. I was really excited about doing… contributing to this genre, make, playing in this particular sandbox. Because I hadn’t done this kind of movie, hadn’t done a thriller. I like them. They’re making less and less of them. And so, that was the real pull for me.

Screen Rant: It was crazy, because watching this film, I almost felt like I was almost living it with you.  And at times, during particular times in the film, you also, not only as an actor, but you’re also kind of playing a camera operator in a lot of scenes too. How difficult was that as an actor? Because you’re trained not to look at a camera. And in this film, you’re almost trained to have to look at a camera. So, how difficult was that for you?

John Cho: It was just weird. I mean, it was unsettling because I’m just doing everything the opposite of what I typically do. So, I just didn’t get a real rhythm going and I think maybe some of the discomfort was probably useful. I just didn’t have any handles to hold onto while making this movie. Yeah, it was unusual.

Screen Rant: Another part of this film that I really enjoyed was the story’s pretty deep. So, when you first opened the script and started reading through it, and you knew kind of what it was, what was your first initial reactions to that?

John Cho: I mean, there was a lot of huh, what, how? And the ending, I didn’t see coming. Did you see coming?

Screen Rant: No. But when you start seeing pieces click together and you can almost hear our audience be like, oh! It was those audible gasps.

John Cho: Yeah. So, for me, I said, all we have to do is advance the story. I didn’t sweat my acting that much, because I thought this story so good. All we have to do is stay true to… just tell the story. It’s a great who-done-it.

Screen Rant: Right, right, right. I mean, the story also touches on the downside of social media and technology, but also the helpfulness of it as well. What do you want people to take away from that?

John Cho: I don’t know if I’m trying to put anything out there, but for me I came to the realization that I’m online a lot more than I was willing to admit.  We’re just… I just thought it wasn’t online that much, but if you add up those minutes, it’s just, it’s a lot very quickly.

Screen Rant: A lot of self-reflection on this guy too once after seeing the movie.

John Cho: Oh yeah?

Screen Rant: A little bit. So, just changing gears for a second. A couple of weeks ago I was talking to Simon Pegg and he’s really –

John Cho: Who’s that? [playing confused]

Screen Rant: Your buddy Simon Pegg from Star Trek.

John Cho: That doesn’t ring a bell.

Screen Rant: He talked about how excited he was to for Star Trek 4. And now I know the Quintin Tarantino is a possibly doing a Star Trek? Where would you want to see that franchise go?

John Cho: Listen, the answer, it sounds trite, but goes where it always does. Which is, comment on the world we’re living in. Give us hope for… I feel like Star Trek appeals to the better angels that are in our nature. And…is that the phrase better angels in our nature?

Screen Rant: It is now.

John Cho: It is now. And so, I think it appeals to the best in humanity. And so, I’m sure wherever it goes it will be thinking about where we are as a people and how we can get better. And that is what I love about Star Trek.

MORE: Watch The Searching Trailer



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