Lex Luthor Is The Big Villain Of Supergirl Season 4 (& He’s Awesome)

Supergirl finally introduced Lex Luthor, setting him up as the big bad of season 4. While many predicted this development as soon as it was announced that actor John Cryer had been cast in the role, few could have anticipated just how well he would play the part of Superman’s arch-enemy. Fewer still guessed just how deeply and from what sources his introductory episode, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, would draw upon in crafting the most comics-accurate vision of Lex Luthor in years.

Surprisingly little has been said about Lex Luthor in the world of the Arrowverse to date. His sister Lena Luthor was introduced as a regular member of Supergirl‘s cast in season 2, with Lena attempting to redeem her family’s name and their company in the wake of Lex’s incarceration on a variety of charges. It was said that Luthor and Superman were once friends who had worked together to repel hostile alien invasions of Earth, but that Lex’s more violent methods did not sit well with Superman and Luthor eventually grew to resent Superman’s popularity with the public when the industrialist felt he was doing all the real work. This grudge eventually led Luthor to blame Superman for attracting the attention of dangerous alien criminals and to devote his life to destroying his former ally.

Related: Supergirl Rips Off Marvel Again – Except This Time It’s Venom

Supergirl season 4, episode 15 opens with a flashback to the spring of 2015, showing that Lex was arrested after somehow turning Earth’s sunlight red in a bid to depower Superman. When the story returns to the modern day, Lex has just been transported to Luthor Manor. After having a stroke in prison and being determined to have developed inoperable cancer after injecting himself with Kryptonite as part of his efforts to keep Superman away from him, Luthor is allowed to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest. It is here that he begins badgering Lena to test a wonder-cure she is developing using a Kryptonite derivative called Harun-El on him, figuring he has nothing left to lose.

All of these concepts are taken directly from the original Superman comics, where Luthor discovered that Kryptonite radiation was deadly to humans (if not quite so fast-acting as it is with Kryptonians) after he began wearing a ring made of Kryptonite to keep Superman at bay and later developed cancer. He also briefly turned the sun red in a bid to save Earth from an invasion of hostile Kryptonians during the War of the Superman storyline in 2010. The show even managed a clever nod to DC Super Pets and the Krypto the Superdog show, with Lex telling Lena a story about a dog named Ignatius he owned before she was adopted into the Luthor family; Lex has a pet named Ignatius in both realities, though those pets are iguanas rather than dogs.

It is Jon Cryer’s performance as Lex, however, which sells the character. While many suspected that Cryer’s joining the cast of Supergirl was purely a casting stunt (Cryer infamously played Lex Luthor’s nephew Lenny Luthor in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace), few were left picturing Cryer as a bald, bearded Alan Harper by the episode’s end. Cryer’s performance seemed to draw deeply from both Gene Hackman’s performances as Lex Luthor opposite Christopher Reeves’ Superman and the popular image of Luthor from the comics as a sarcastic show-off who can’t help but flaunt his intelligence and his superiority. For instance, even while suffering a seizure under the watch of an utterly indifferent government agent, Lex can’t help but compare himself to Jesus of Nazareth, muttering “Don’t blame him. He knows not what he does,” before dryly adding “He’s on a government salary, after all.”

In this, while Cryer’s Luthor might be compared to his character from Two And A Half Men in having a similar humor, that is the only way in which Cryer will remind viewers of his most famous role in modern television. It will surprise no one that Lex is able to cure his condition by the episode’s end after hijacking his sister’s research and is able to effortlessly kill his handlers with the mansion’s secret defenses. The episode ends on a cliffhanger, with Lex staring down a newly arrived Supergirl, as he is escaping Luthor Manor by helicopter, suggesting a big battle to come next week.

More: Supergirl’s Latest Episode Ripped Off The Incredible Hulk

2019-03-18 04:03:36

Matt Morrison

25 Awesome Areas In Grand Theft Auto V Casuals Had No Idea About

What a wild, wild ride Grand Theft Auto V has had. It originally launched way back in 2013 (which is an eternity in video game years) and quickly became a phenomenon.

Players, critics, Rockstar shareholders (and their partners who want to add that extension to their house)… everybody just loved the game. It continues to sell incredibly well (it was the 11th best-selling title of last year, even though it’s over five years old), despite the fact that just about everybody in the known universe surely owns it by now.

Yes, the controversial crime ‘em up series has always been popular, but what was it about this entry in particular? It’s got to be the whole open-world thing. These sorts of titles have become increasingly popular and ambitious in recent years, and Grand Theft Auto V was one of the first titles to really push the envelope in terms of scale.

The game may not be about an open ‘world’ as such (in contrast to something like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Skyrim), but Los Santos was perhaps the biggest, living-est breathing-est city that games could muster back in 2013. Like Marvel’s Spider-Man’s take on New York City, it was a stunning achievement. It still is.

With that in mind, it stands to reason that there’d be a whole wealth of secrets, easter eggs, and places that casual players have never seen. Have you visited Grand Theft Auto V’s very own Bermuda Triangle? Or the mysterious Coveted Cove? Or even the ghostly shores of that haunted beach? Probably not, so buckle up for a tour with a difference.

25 The Mysterious Mountain Mine

On a map as large as Grand Theft Auto V’s, there are bound to be all kinds of obscure little areas that most players wouldn’t ever really find. Only the hardened explorers who hunt every sidequest on every square inch of land need apply.

The mountain mine (as we’ve reported before) isn’t an obscure little area (it’s pretty darn big, in fact) but it’s certainly a neat find. It’s shut behind a big wooden door, which can be easily disposed of by one of the many explosive surprises that all Grand Theft Auto players have on their person at all times.

What awaits you inside? A series of confusing, narrow passages, and a decades-old body (we suggested that its 1940s-era clothing, and this whole situation, may be a reference to fellow Rockstar properties L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption).

24 The Tennis Coach’s REAL House

If there’s one word to describe the life of the average Grand Theft Auto protagonist, it would probably be drama. From C.J. to Niko to Michael, Franklin, and Trevor, these people sure don’t lead boring lives.

Early in GTA V’s story, Michael discovers his wife and her tennis coach, Kyle Chavis, in an unfortunate position. He follows the man back to what he believes is the tennis coach’s own home, and manages to destroy the place by pulling it down the cliff it’s built on.

He soon discovers that the house was actually the property of Martin Madrazo, the ruthless and wealthy businessman. Just across from this once-beautiful home, though, players can find what appears to be Chavis’s real place, a much smaller and more humble home. There are tennis balls, rackets, and a ball machine all around the premises.

23 Mount Chiliad

Now, of course, Mt Chiliad is a location that’s pretty darn difficult not to find. It’s just about the biggest and most obvious thing on the whole map.

We’re not looking for the mountain itself, though. What’s important here is the fact that, being such a large piece of the Los Santos landscape, there are all kinds of secrets squirreled away here.

One of the more minor (yet particularly intriguing) mysteries surrounds a  piece of art on the mountainside, on the left side of the upper half of the mountain (via Paleto Bay). As we reported over on TheGamer, in the original version of the game, this depicted a man’s face (said to be that of Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman). In the later re-release for current-gen consoles, it’s the outline of a chicken instead.

22 The Taco Van Of Mysteries

Now, barrelling around Los Santos in the finest multi-million dollar cars is fun and all, but that’s not all there is to the game. Often, you can get just as much joy out of taking one of the sillier, novelty vehicles out for a spin.

You don’t want to race in a fire truck, hearse, or the like, true enough. They’re hilarious to just scoot around in, though, which is why lots of you will probably want to know about the holy grail of road-faring ridiculousness: the Enormous Taco Truck™.

To get your hands on this magnificent vehicle, you’ll have to head to the north of Sandy Shores (between the hours of 1 and 2 pm, which is when the truck spawns). It’s just… there, ripe for the taking, and it’s fantastic.

21 Seaside Spooks

Now, there was always going to have to be a lot of shoreline, beaches, and ocean in Los Santos. After all, how else could GTA V’s luxury vehicle manufacturers sell us their fancy boats and ships?

Naturally, this being Grand Theft Auto, the beaches of the city have their own distinctly grown-up stories to tell. Pretty darn intense ones, too.

There’s a certain campsite that players can visit after the hour of 11pm, which is littered with tents. If you stick around, you’ll start to hear disembodied voices, which soon descend into moans and screams. Did something distinctly Friday the 13th-flavored happen here?

20 The Coveted Cove

As we’ve already established, this is Grand Theft Auto we’re talking about. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows around here, that’s for darn sure. It’s an intense, ethically-questionable, often bad world. One that Trevor exists in, perhaps the most hilariously intense character ever created.

Even so, however, Los Santos is also just absolutely stunning in places. Certain areas, like the so-called Coveted Cove, could be ripped straight from a travel agent’s catalog.

It’s found on the east coast, at the south end of the San Chianski mountains (Blaine County). A little cove with a water-filled cave, it’s a beautiful natural location that features in the mission Coveted (hence the unofficial name).

Inside, you’ll find a some curious treasure: a grenade launcher, along with a letter scrap and a spaceship part.

19 The Fort Zancudo Underground Lab

That name alone is probably enough to strike fear in the hearts of players in the know. However high-leveled and well-equipped you are, Fort Zancudo is not a location to take lightly.

The guards of the military base take their job very, very seriously. If you even breathe within 10,000 yards of their territory, they’ll come after you.

Visiting is more than worth a try, though, for several reasons (more coming up later in this rundown). For one thing, there’s a secretive underground lab you can access here, after installing a certain mod. Riding down the elevator here gives you access, taking you to a dark, spooky lab that could house all manner of experiments.

18 The Los Santos Bermuda Triangle

That’s right, friends. You’ve surely heard of the Bermuda Triangle, a mysterious area off the coast of Florida/Bermuda/Puerto Rico. According to legends and conspiracy theories, this area harbors some kind of inexplicable force, which has led all kinds of vessels to become lost in (and over) its waters.

In Grand Theft Auto Online, players have discovered an odd bug that seems to replicate the effects of the famous Bermuda Triangle. As USGamer explains, there’s an area between the Paleto Bunker, the north of Paleto Bay and the Yachts A Series (yes, it forms a triangle) where the usual rules of physics don’t apply. Due to a strange bug, entering this area in a ship or a plane can cause you to be teleported away without said vehicle.


17 Oh, Give Us A Home Where The Aliens Roam

As fans and rabid conspiracy theorists will know, GTA V is rife with alien references. We’ve already touched on the fact that there’s a spaceship part to be found in the Coveted Cove, but that’s just the start of things. If you’re dedicated enough to achieve 100% completion of the game’s story mode, UFOs will begin to appear in Blaine County and Los Santos itself. Their appearances are triggered at certain times and by certain weather conditions, as detailed by IGN.

If the player collects all of the scattered spaceship parts, a tiny craft will be produced (and you’ll unlock the Space Docker). What does all of this mean? It’s tough to say, but presumably, the truth is out there.

16 Back We Go To Fort Zancudo

On the subject of all of this spacecraft business, we’ve already seen that Fort Zancudo is a place that ties in with all these rumours and odd happenings. Not only is there that unexplained base deep in the building, but you’ll see a strange glowing UFO in the skies here at 3am each day.

Do you know what else you can find here? A minigun, that’s what. It’s certainly not an easy trip up to the Control Tower to get it, though. As I say, the guards around here are not trained to have nice little plates of cookies and a trouser press ready for visitors, like a snooty hotel. They will simply end you.

It’s just as tough to get back out of the tower as it is to get in, but that’s exactly what makes it such an adventure.

15 Jetpack Mountain

Ah, yes. When it comes to rumors, secrets, and what-ifs within GTA V, this is one of the other major ones. Perhaps it’s not as intriguing as those aliens and their UFOs, but people just will not stop talking about that darn jetpack.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas players will be familiar with this one, as it was an unlockable piece of equipment in that game. As for V, though, it was nowhere to be seen in the game itself. However many very fine toothcombs have been run through every single inch of the title.

Finally, though, we discovered what was at the heart of the mountain (the secret bunker), and the jetpack was available in Grand Theft Auto Online as of the Doomsday Heist update.

14 Franklin’s Apartment

Now, Franklin’s apartment isn’t exactly what you’d call a secret location. After all, the game thrusts you right in through the door, on multiple occasions, for story purposes. You just can’t miss it.

That’s one of the great things about the game, though: the observant player will notice little nods and references in the most mundane and mandatory places.

In the Casa de Franklin, then, take a closer look at his record collection. You’ll see albums by OG Loc and Madd Dogg, who have appeared previously in the series. A throwaway detail, you might think, but a touch that fans are sure to appreciate and a signature Rockstar move.

13 Making Movie Magic

If there’s one thing the Grand Theft Auto series is known for, it’s… well, controversy and sparking endless debates about violent video games. If there’s another thing, though, it would be the pop culture references.

GTA V snarks on absolutely everybody and everything, from the rampant consumerism of L.A. (the city on which Los Santos is based) to the movie world.

As previously reported at TheGamer, if you’re flying a chopper at the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness between 8 and 9pm, you’ll witness a scene straight out of Thelma and Louise. A lone car will be surrounded by police on the edge of a cliff. An officer will tentatively approach the vehicle, and… there goes the car over the cliff.

12 Here, There Be (Sea) Monsters!

Of course, most of the action of GTA V takes place in the city. That’s the beauty of the ‘world’ Rockstar has created. It’s about consumerism, the cult of celebrity, all these sorry things that make up big city life.

As such, we’re only given a small amount of the ocean to play with/in. That’s not to say that those murky waters don’t hold secrets of their own, though. South of Chumash on the San Andreas coast, you’ll find the skeleton of a vast whale, and a pretty darn unsettling sight it is too. Still, it’s neat that this highlights the importance of searching everywhere.

11 Raton Canyon’s Yeti

Ah, yes. One of the most elusive and popular cryptozoological beasts of all, the yeti has appeared in all kinds of video games (heck, even Plants vs Zombies). It’s been rumoured to appear in even more, but eagle-eyed players have spotted it for sure in GTA V.

The Predator mission tasks you with taking down a trio of high-priority targets. While seeking them out from your helicopter, you’ll briefly catch a glimpse of the stealthy creature among the trees. It’s very tough to make out under normal conditions, but you do have the advantage of an infra-red scope.

Using that, you can clearly see its unmistakable form.

10 Jesco White’s Shack In The Hills

If you’re familiar with Jesco White, ‘The Dancing Outlaw,’ you’ll know that he’s most famous for two things. His inimitable dancing style and the documentary movies that have been made about him.

With GTA V trying to encapsulate just a little bit of what it means to be from the West, maybe it’s no surprise that White makes an appearance in the game. Not only does he voice the DJ of the Rebel Radio station, but he also shows up himself in the Alamo Sea region. There he is, dancing to an Ozark Mountain Daredevils song as only he can.

Those are some smooth moves you have, Mr. White.

9 Under The Sea

Well, that’s successfully got that The Little Mermaid song stuck in your heads for the rest of the day. We’re sorry.

Never mind that, though. The important thing here is that it’s easy to get caught up in all the usual trappings of street racing and such that the game offers. Racing modes are pretty extensive at this point, after all; it’s like a game in itself.

Don’t forget, though, that there are other much quirkier ways to spend your time in Los Santos. Have you headed down to the depths of the ocean in a submersible? Well, friends, you’re missing out of you haven’t.

8 Vinewood Hills

Of course, there had to be a Vinewood Hills in the game. When you’re making a big snarky monument to everything Los Angeles is, there’s one target that you just can’t miss. It’s a huge, garish fish in a barrel, and it’s called Hollywood.

Vinewood Hills sports its own take on that famous sign, as most players will already know. There’s something else to find here, though, that so many probably overlooked.

The Vinewood Zombie, as he’s known, isn’t in the business of eating brains and staring in Michael Jackson’s unsettling music videos. He comes in peace and will stop to chat like any friendly NPC. To find him, head on over to the corner by the cinema.

7 Halo’s Master Chief Makes A Cameo

Speaking of the in-game cinemas, there’s another interesting secret surrounding them. Specifically, the Cinema Doppler in Vineland. Head on over there, and you’ll find somebody very dear to the hearts of Xbox fans everywhere: Master Chief.

That’s right. the much-ballyhooed hero of the Halo franchise is here, just doing nothing in particular outside the theatre. Well, more accurately, it’s just a guy dressed as him, but that’s still quite a thing to behold.

If you’ve been to any conventions, you’ll respect this guy’s effort. The time and money people put into their Iron Man and Master Chief armor, huh? Amazing.

6 Right There In The Very First Mission…

Oh, yes indeedy. You thought the introduction to the game would be a quick, easy, comfortable sort of affair, free of any outside shenanigans? Well, that’s not the case here. Right from the off, Rockstar wanted to send out a clear message that this is a title rife with blink-and-you’ll-miss-it secrets.

When making their getaway during that fateful bank robbery, our antiheroes take off down a snowy road. You’re supposed to turn before the bridge, but if you continue to the river to the right, you’ll see something astonishing: an alien frozen in the water beneath the bridge.

As USGamer explains, you won’t be able to stop and take in this sight (the mission is instantly failed if you don’t hurry), but it’s all the more alarming for that.

5 The Lost Reference To… Lost

As we’ve firmly established by now, GTA V is riddled with references to the supernatural and mysterious. The yeti, the Bermuda Triangle, aliens and UFOs… there’s all sorts of super-strange stuff going on here.

It’s only appropriate, then, that Rockstar also added a nod to the most mysterious, strange and what-the-heck-is-happening TV show of all: Lost.

That iconic ‘hatch’ from the show can actually be found in Los Santos. In this universe, it’s located far to the east, by the coast near the San Chiasci Mountain Range. You can use the submersible to get close, but you can’t actually reach it.

4 Your Buddies’ Homes

One of the more interesting departures for the game, in terms of mechanics, was the whole three separate protagonist thing. Most of the time, you can freely switch between Trevor, Franklin, and Michael on the fly, taking control of them during… whatever they happened to be occupied with at the time. That can be hilarious in itself, particularly when switching to the ever-unpredictable Trevor.

We know all of this, though. What you may not know is that you’re usually free to visit the other protagonists’ homes, and Rockstar programmed in something a little special for these occasions. If you creep around their house, that character will call you and ask what you’re doing there. If you instead choose to shoot or fire explosives at their homes (this is Grand Theft Auto, after all, who needs a reason?), they’ll call and furiously demand that you stop.

It’s just another neat little touch you may never have seen in some of the game’s best-known locations.

3 The Strange Snowman

That’s just the way Rockstar do things. They take the most mundane locations and throw in the most unexpected easter eggs. It’s one of the things that make their game worlds such a joy to explore.

Take the Fridgit factory in Cypress Flats, for instance. It’s… well, it’s a standard-issue factory, and there are a whole lot of those in any big city. It’s one of those places that you’d just let flash by, not expecting anything of any real interest to be hidden there.

Enter the site, though, and you’ll notice a set of heavy doors just slightly ajar. Look through them and you’ll notice a friendly grinning snowman inside, among some crates and boxes. You can’t enter the room, so there’s no real point to it, but it’s an intriguing one nonetheless. Why not just make it so the doors weren’t open at all and there was nothing inside? Because it’s Rockstar we’re talking about, that’s why.

2 Vinewood Cemetery’s Furry Visitor

The animal lovers among you surely know the story of Greyfriar’s Bobby. This loyal little Skye terrier remained at the Greyfriar’s Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland for years after his owner’s passing, waiting and hoping for him to return.

That’s the story, anyway. As SVG reports, the tale may have been invented around a stray dog in order to bring in more business to local restaurants.

That’s a little too cynical for some of us, though, so let’s stick with the traditional version of the tale. With Rockstar North being located in Edinburgh, it’s natural that they’d feel an affinity with the story of Greyfriar’s Bobby, and so, if you visit the Vinewood Cemetery, you’ll find a little terrier pining at one of the graves.

1 The Walk Of Fame

Finally, there’s another lovingly-crafted slice of the game that many players will never pause to appreciate: the Walk of Fame. As you’ve surely guessed, it’s a snarky take on the real-life star-studded path, situated in Los Angeles’s Hollywood Boulevard/Vine Street.

In Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, you’ll find over 2,600 little tribute to some of entertainment’s biggest and brightest stars. Everyone from Harrison Ford to Michael Jackson (two different Michael Jacksons, in fact) is represented here.

The Vinewood Walk of Fame in GTA V, meanwhile, celebrates a host of different characters from across the franchise. Long-time Grand Theft Auto fans will love the nostalgia.

2019-03-16 08:03:59

Chris Littlechild

Colin Hanks Shares A Really Awesome Story About Luke Perry

The entertainment world is still reeling from the tragic death of Luke Perry, and as fellow actors continue to pay tribute, more unheard stories about his life are beginning to surface, including from Colin Hanks. Perry, who was only 52-years-old, passed away just days after suffering a massive stroke at his home in California.

Perry first skyrocketed to stardom due to his role as Dylan McKay on the teen drama Beverly Hill, 90210 (which just announced a six-episode event series). He maintained teen heartthrob status throughout the 1990s while continuing his rise to fame. Perry’s loyal fanbase stayed with him during his career, but a new generation of fans was introduced to the actor with his role on Riverdale. Perry played the role of Fred Andrews, the hard-working and sensible father of lead character Archie. The role was viewed as a career resurgence of sorts. There’s no word on what will happen to Perry’s character on the CW series, but production was halted as a result of his death. Perry finished his work on the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood prior to his passing.

Related: 10 Biggest Changes Riverdale Made From The Archie Comics Canon

As the heartbreaking news of Perry’s passing spread, many fans, friends, and colleagues took to social media to honor the beloved actor. Many knew Perry as a family man, renowned for his random acts of kindness. One particular story that stands out comes from Hanks. The actor took to Instagram to share an amazing story about Perry breaking up a fight between two young brothers with the help of some balloons.

Hanks and his wife were once on a flight from Mexico when they noticed two young brothers arguing. The kids spent hours fighting, crying, and carrying on much to the chagrin of the rest of the passengers. Just before the plane landed, a man came from first class to save the day. With the use of some balloons, the man managed to calm the kids down. Hanks later realized that the “balloon man” was Perry who he had never met before. After praising each other’s work in the industry, Perry shared that he travels with balloons for those situations. The encounter left a lasting impression on Hanks as he vowed: “I’ll be damned if I don’t start traveling with some spare balloons.

The above touching tale from Hanks pulled at the heartstrings of many readers. This goes to show how much of an impact Perry had on others. Whether someone knew him personally or admired him from afar, the sentiments are the same. As if anyone needed another reason to respect and appreciate Luke Perry, a story like this exists. His loss will continue to be felt, but as more stories from his life inevitably come out, his legacy will only continue to grow.

Next: Riverdale Season 3 Shuts Down Production, Producers Release Statement

Source: Colin Hanks/Instagram

2019-03-05 06:03:16

Kara Hedash

Awesome Live-Action PUBG Short Film Debuts from Kong: Skull Island Director

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is finally coming to PlayStation 4, and they have released an epic live-action trailer to prove it. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the trailer is comprised of just over two minutes of hilarious, action-packed goodness. Vogt-Roberts may not have the longest Hollywood CV, but he has taken a considerable leap in recent years. Following his directorial debut – 2013’s indie, festival darling The Kings of Summer – the young director is best known for helming the second installment of Legendary’s MonsterVerse franchise: Kong: Skull Island. Opting to move away from that world, Vogt-Roberts has since turned his attention to adapting Metal Gear Solid for the big screen.

Commonly referred to as PUBG, the fellow video game property was first released in 2017. Inspired by the popular Japanese film, it kickstarted the Battle Royale genre of games, selling over 5 million copies in three months. A version of the game was eventually released on Xbox One. However, it has been frequently plagued by performance issues, bugs, and aggressive monetization tactics, including insanely expensive DCEU skins. Despite that, and the fact it has since been surpassed by Fortnite in terms of popularity, PUBG still boasts a solid fanbase. In an effort to reclaim and expand on that base, the game will next release on the PS4. Although many fans were pleased with the announcement, there are also those that consider the move far too late.

Related: How Jordan Vogt-Roberts Plans to Make Metal Gear Solid Great

In celebration of the imminent launch, a trailer was released on the official PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds YouTube channel. Although billed as a trailer, the video plays more like a short film, with Vogt-Roberts’ big screen sensibilities shining through. The video stars Nick Robinson and Jason Mitchell, who previously worked with Vogt-Roberts on Kings of Summer and Kong: Skull Island, respectively. After parachuting into a real-world version of the game’s environment, Mitchell is beset by numerous gun-toting threats with only a frying pan (and some perfectly punctual allies) for protection. Check it out below:

Screen Rant spoke previously with Vogt-Roberts, at San Diego Comic-Con, regarding his inspirations for Metal Gear Solid. He also shared his thoughts on video game adaptations in general. Believing that movies have a tendency to absorb elements from games, Vogt-Roberts opposes the view that there are no decent video-game films. Citing Snowpiercer and Edge of Tomorrow as examples, he believes that such adaptations work best when not directly adapting them.

That belief can be seen not only in Metal Gear Solid concept art but this new short film-style trailer. Nothing seen in the trailer can actually be executed in the game, after all. Well, except wiping out your opponents, that is. Instead, the trailer retains the general themes and concepts represented in the game. It also emphasizes the epic, tense, and amusing scenarios that can arise in the game – all of which serve to make the genre so addictive. With a big screen Resident Evil reboot coming, Hollywood isn’t giving up on mining material from games. Thankfully, Vogt-Roberts is helping to pave the way and show them how it’s done.

More: Battle Royale Video Games Could Make $20 Billion Next Year Alone

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on the PlayStation 4, as well as PC, Xbox One, and mobile devices.

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2018-12-07 05:12:28

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Completely Worthless)

The multi-platform game Fortnite has taken the world by storm. Upon its release in 2017, it quickly became the most popular game across the masses. The game is free to play, though additional “skins” can be purchased, using the game’s currency “V-bucks,” which of course, must be purchased using real money. The weapons in the game, however, are 100% free.

Fortnite boasts a vast number of weapons that can all be found throughout the game’s various locations. Players can search chests and vending machines, inside of which loot can be found. Amongst this loot, players will find weapons, healing jugs, and other items. The contents of loot chests are a surprise each time. The location of these chests are fixed, however, and only a certain number will appear at a time.

There is yet another way to acquire items, however, which will cause other players to growl in frustration. In the game , players battle against each other, and the victor can gain all of the loot from those they defeat. Loot only lasts for that existing game, as each player starts over at zero after each match. Players also keep their eyes out for floor loot, llamas, and supply drops. The llamas look like a pinata from a birthday party. Destroying these will also produce various sought-after items. Supply drops contain a large amount of loot, and float in via a hot air balloon box.

While some loot chests include powerful items and weapons, others should be ignored, as they might contain some of these utterly useless weapons.

Here’s a list of the 10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Worthless).

21 Powerful: SCAR (Legendary)

Most Fortnite players know this Legendary Assault Rifle as SCAR and are eager to obtain it. SCAR stands for Special Combat Assault Rifle. This variant of the assault rifle packs a punch, as it rakes out 198 damage per second and has a 30-round magazine. It is the perfect weapon for medium range battles.

This assault rifle has great precision and can fire 5.5 rounds per second. Because of this, it is the main choice for every player’s arsenal.

This favorite weapon can be found in vending machines, floor loot, chests, and supply drops. Players have a 30.8% chance of getting it in a supply drop. It is based on the Belgian assault/battle rifle Fabrique Nationale SCAR, which was introduced in 2009.

20 Worthless: Guided Missile (Epic)

The guided missile was vaulted in season 3 following complaints of being too overpowered. However, it was re-released in the season 5.10 update with some changes. These alterations included reduced movement skill, reduced turn radius, and reduced damage. Using it makes players vulnerable to attacks from opponents, as you must be out in the open to fire it.

It delivers 74 damage to health and 400 damage to structures. We’re not saying that this weapon doesn’t get the job done, it just isn’t amongst the best weapons. The Epic Guided Missile is fun to use to destroy structures but that’s about it, as it is a risky weapon to use. Guided missiles can be found in chests and supply drops.

19 Powerful: Heavy Shotgun (Legendary)

The Legendary Heavy Shotgun is a heavier version of the Tactical Shotgun. It also has a longer range and an increased firing rate, with its overall damage per second being 77. With a higher range, it is great for mid to late gameplay when players are moving away from close-quarter contact. If you come across a Legendary Heavy Shotgun, you should definitely pick it up, as its powerful punch can help lead to victory.

This shotgun has a slight resemblance to the Franchi SPAS-12, which is an Italian manufactured shotgun. The Legendary Heavy Shotgun can be found in chests and supply drops. Players have a 50% chance of finding it in supply drops and only a 12.4% chance of finding it in chests.

18 Worthless: Pistol

This small firearm has two variants: Common and Uncommon. Most players will pass up this gun when they come across it or replace it quickly with something stronger. The damage it delivers is not the greatest, with 23-24 health and 23-24 structural damage. It does, however, have a 16-round magazine and a firing rate of 6.75 per second.

In close combat, it will get the job done, but be careful if you decide to go up against an opponent with a shotgun.

Using this firearm over long distances is a bad idea and a waste of time.  Starting out the match with this weapon gives players at least some fighting ability. Pistols are only found in floor loot.

17 Powerful: Compact SMG (Legendary)

While there are multiple versions of submachine guns in Fortnite, the Legendary Compact Submachine Gun delivers the most damage to structures and opponents at 22 and 21, respectively. It has a fire rate of 10 rounds per second and a magazine size of 40, with a reload time of 2.97 seconds. It also boasts 210 damage per second.

The Legendary Compact Submachine Gun is definitely a weapon that players want in their arsenal, so be sure not to pass it up. This Fortnite weapon was inspired by the FN P90, a Belgium made submachine gun that was created in 1990. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

16 Worthless: Scoped Assault Rifle

The Scoped Assault Rifle in Fortnite has two different variations: Rare and Epic. This weapon delivers a mere 23-24 health damage and 25-26 structural damage, respectively. One good thing that the Scoped Assault Rifle has going for it, though, is its pinpoint accuracy, which makes it easier to use than some other weapons.

The rifle has a 3.5 round per-second firing rate. We’re not saying that this rifle is not worth picking up, but it should be replaced by a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. This Fortnite weapon is loosely inspired by the AK-12, H&K 416, and the H&K G36C, combining an assault rifle with a sniper rifle.

15 Powerful: Grenade Launcher (Legendary)

The Legendary Grenade Launcher is the perfect choice for destroying structures, as it has a whopping 410 damage. It fires rockets from its 6 round magazine and has a reload time of 2.17 seconds. Damage to opponents is 110. This weapon is great to use against another players’ structures, which can lead to their elimination if they happen to be located nearby.

To use it efficiently, players must aim higher than their target to compensate for the arc trajectory.

Players should also avoid using in small areas, as the grenades can bounce back off of a surface before exploding. This weapon is inspired by the Mikor MGL that originated in South Africa in 1981. It can be found in chests and supply drops.

14 Worthless: Burst Assault Rifle (Common)

The Burst Assault Rifle has five different variations: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. The Common Burst Assault Rifle deals out 27 health damage and 81 structural damage. It does have a 30-round magazine with a 1.75 rounds per second firing rate, however.

Bullets are fired in bursts of 3 at a time. The rifle has a 2.9 second reload time. The Burst Assault Rifle is best used in medium range combat. It’s better to avoid using this rifle against far opponents, as it is not very effective. It can be found in chests, and floor loot.  The legendary version of this rifle can also be found in supply drops, as well as in chests and floor loot.

13 Powerful: Heavy Sniper (Legendary)

Delivering 51.81 damage per second to health and 1100 to structures, the Legendary Heavy Sniper Rifle is a devastating weapon. The only downside is the long reload time, as it takes 4.05 seconds each time. Compared to other sniper rifles in the game, it has less of a bullet drop. So it’s important to take this into account when aiming at targets.

Its long range ability makes it the perfect weapon to use against unsuspecting opponents at far distances. With the Legendary Heavy Sniper, players should find a location with a great vantage point like a tower. However, be sure to have good cover, since reloading takes a while. This weapon closely resembles the Barrett M82 Anti-Material Rifle, which was standardized by the U.S. military as the M107. It can be found in floor loot, chests, supply drops, and vending machines.

12 Worthless: Minigun

The Minigun may look like a firearm that packs a punch, but looks can be deceiving. The Minigun has two variations: Epic and Legendary. However, it the gun is often overlooked since it lacks power. Its health damage comes in at 18-19, while its structural damage is 32-33. It has a high fire rate at 12-rounds per second, which makes it good for destroying structures. Upon pulling the trigger of this machine gun, there is a short delay before it begins to fire.

This delay can be dangerous, however, especially if you’re facing off against opponents whose weapons aren’t as delayed.

Because of this, it’s better to replace it with a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. The Minigun can be found in chests and supply drops.

11  6. Powerful: RPG (Legendary)

This explosive weapon deals out a devastating amount of damage. It can deal out 413 damage to structures and 121 to opponents. The Legendary RPG also has a very large range, which makes it a great choice for taking out bases.

Surprisingly, players can also ride on the rockets and some have even used them to cross the entire map. In order to do this, multiple rockets must be fired for the continuous ride. This, however, is not the easiest thing to do. The Legendary RPG can be found in chests and supply drops. The real-life inspiration for this Fortnite weapon is the RPG-7. RPG is commonly known to stand for Rocket-Propelled Grenade.

10 Worthless: Dual Pistols

The Dual Pistols comes in two variations: Rare and Epic. Considered a step above the Pistol, the Dual Pistols is considered as a 2 round burst weapon. Players should make sure that they take time to aim when using the Dual Pistols, however, as this isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

The Dual Pistols deliver a health damage of 41 for the Rare variation and 43 for the Epic variation. Because of this, it is one of the most powerful pistols. However, it doesn’t stand up against many other weapons. Like other pistols, if this is the only weapon available, you should definitely pick it up, as it will deliver more damage than the pickaxe. The Dual Pistols can be found in chests and floor loot, though players are most likely to find it in chests.

9 Powerful: Double Barrel Shotgun (Legendary)

This Fortnite weapon comes as both Epic and Legendary variants. However, the Legendary version is much better. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is great for close range battle, as it delivers 228 damage per second to health and 90 to structures.

Though it is not ideal for long range use, it packs a punch in close quarters. 

If opponents put some distance between themselves and the business end of this shotgun, it will yield very little damage. It is, however, capable of delivering two shots rapidly. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is sure to take down any enemies who are unlucky enough to come face-to-face against it. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

8 Worthless: Stink Bomb

This nose hair-burning explosive releases a stinky gas cloud upon detonation. The gas appears as a yellow cloud and lasts about nine seconds. The Stink Bomb deals out 5 health damage every half-second and it can even bypass shields. Players that throw this unpleasant explosive must be careful, though, as they can also take damage from it. Teammates, however, will not suffer any damage from the Stink Bomb.

The Stink Bomb resembles real-life mustard gas or tear gas. It can be found in chests, floor loot, supply drops, and llamas. Though it can be dangerous, the Stink Bomb isn’t as threatening as many players assume. Because of this, it should be replaced as soon as players find a more powerful weapon.

7 Powerful: Damage Trap

Unlike other items on this list, the Damage Trap is a trap, and therefore is not a firearm. The Damage Trap can be placed on any surface that accepts traps. Players are able to place it on ceilings, floors, and even walls. It delivers 150 of damage to players’ health.

The Damage Trap is typically set and then left for unsuspecting and unfortunate players to come across. However, it can also be used by placing it down after trapping a player, so that they have no way to avoid it. Fortnite has had other traps in the past, but most of those have been vaulted. This uncommon weapon can be found in floor loot and supply llamas.

6 Worthless: Hand Cannon

Another pistol to make our list is the Hand Cannon, which has two variations: Epic and Legendary. While it can be useful against medium and long range targets, it is difficult to use in close range combat.

It also has a low fire rate of 0.8 rounds per second and, unfortunately, it isn’t very accurate.

However, if a player is lucky enough to land a shot on their target at close range, it will most likely get the job done. While it does deal out 60-62.4 health damage and 79-83 structural damage, it’s definitely worth replacing with a more powerful weapon later in the game. The Hand Cannon can be found in chests and floor loot.

5 Powerful: Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle (Legendary)

The Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle packs a heavy punch with its 15-round magazine. It has a 2.07 second reload time, which could be worse. It can also deliver 66.6 damage per second.

With the thermal scope, players have the ability to see chests, supply drops, llamas, and even enemy heat signatures. This makes the Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle a great scouting tool. Players would be crazy to pass this up if they came across it. Even without its thermal abilities, it is still a great weapon to have in any arsenal. It can be found in chests, supply drops, and floor loot. However, players have the highest chance at finding this weapon in a supply drop. It was inspired by an AR15 assault rifle.

4 Worthless: Tactical Shotgun

Fortnite has three variations of the Tactical Shotgun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. The Common version has the worst reload time of the three at 6.3 seconds. It delivers only 67 health damage and 50 structural damage.

In close quarters, it can be useful to suppress an enemy. However, it does not have the quickest of fire rates, with its rate stuck at 1.5 rounds per second. Out of all of the shotguns available in the game, the Tactical deals out the least amount of damage. However, it is better than some of the other weapons at close range, like the pistol or suppressed pistol. The Tactical Shotgun can be found primarily in floor loot.

3 Powerful: Heavy Sniper Rifle (Epic)

A tier down from its Legendary counterpart, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle deals 150 damage to health and 1050 damage to structures. Its reload time is a little long at 4.275 seconds, but it makes up for it in destruction.

Released during August 15th’s update, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle quickly became a fan-favorite with players who quickly began to experiment with the best situations for its use. Many players choose to carry two of these at once so that they can quickly switch between the two to deliver the most damage. While it may not have a quick fire rate at 0.33 rounds per second, it makes up for it in damage. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. Like the Legendary version, it resembles the real-life Barrett M82.

2 Worthless: Submachine Gun

Fortnite offers three variations of a Submachine Gun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. However, none of these are very powerful weapons. Both the health and structural damage of the three different types ranges from 17-19.  It does have a fire rate of 12 rounds per second, though, making it good for close to medium range combat.

Its magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds, which makes up for the low amount of damage that it deals out. It can get the job done, but overall, it is less powerful than a large number of the weapons offered in the game. It may look awesome, but it is definitely lacking. The Submachine Guns can be found in chests, floor loot, and sometimes in supply drops.

1 BONUS: Quad Launcher (Coming Soon)

According to an in-game notification, this long-awaited weapon will be making its debut in Fortnite very soon. In the notification, this weapon is said to “quickly fire up to 4 rockets to blanket an area with explosive damage.”

The Quad Launcher is a shoulder mounted rocket launcher and it is already building up a reputation, as many fans are excited for its introduction into the game. Players will have to wait to find out exactly how much health and structure damage this new weapon will deliver, though, as many details are still unknown. One thing is for sure, though: this anticipated rocket launcher will definitely be something to write home about.

Are there any other powerful or worthless Fortnite weapons that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-10 02:10:05 – Karis James

Assassin’s Creed: 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – the latest installment in Ubisoft’s wildly popular video game franchise – has finally landed on shelves. Set in Ancient Greece, Odyssey gives players the opportunity to assume the role of a mercenary from either Athens or Sparta, and to take part in a mythology-infused recreation of the Peloponnesian War.

The game features an even greater emphasis on the RPG elements first introduced in its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and boasts multiple endings that are triggered by the player’s actions. Odyssey also sees the return of the controversial Hitbox combat engine which debuted in Origins – albeit in a significantly enhanced form. Thanks to these and other challenging core mechanics – not to mention the daunting size of the game’s virtual environment – Odyssey should prove suitably tough for more casual gamers. But for seasoned veterans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise? Not so much.

Indeed, gamers who have followed the series since the very first entry way back in 2007 aren’t likely to struggle. On the contrary, we expect them to flourish, putting to good use the skills and knowledge they’ve gleaned from the past 11 games in the series – not to mention the six spin-off entries – to finish the main quest in record time.  This will leave them free to start focusing on tracking down Odyssey’s hidden Easter eggs, secret areas, and other bonus content clueless rookies don’t have a chance of tracking down unaided.

Here’s a list of 20 Things Only Experts Know How To Do In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

20 Find The Legend Of Zelda Easter Egg

Of all the many classic video game franchises, few are as unanimously beloved by both gamers and developers alike as The Legend of Zelda series. The team at Ubisoft clearly rank amongst this iconic Nintendo series’ admirers – as the easter egg they tucked away in Odyssey proves.

In a tip of the hat to the most recent Zelda instalment, Breath of the Wild, a Korok – a small humanoid figure made out of clay, flower petals and twigs – can be found on the Pandora’s Cove coastline. Although this hidden tribute is now the most well-known Easter egg in the game, experts had no trouble tracking it down on their own within mere days of Odyssey’s release!

19 Achieve The Secret Ending

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marks a dramatic change in direction for the franchise – from purely action/adventure outings to something closer to an action/RPG hybrid. This is reflected in how important the player’s actions are to the game’s overall narrative, and in particular, how that narrative reaches its climax.

Indeed, what the player decides to do – or just as importantly, say – will determine how events unfold next, and ultimately determine which of the game’s multiple endings they achieve.

Most players should be able to reach at least one ending.

If you complete every side quest and make all of the right decisions to unlock the secret, ultra ending, ensuring the best possible finale for your mercenary.

18 Visit Atlantis

As soon as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting was announced, fans immediately began speculating over whether the fabled lost city of Atlantis would be part of its virtual environment. The good news is that Ubisoft hasn’t missed a trick, and Atlantis does indeed count among the many sunken locations scattered across the game’s humongous map. The bad news? It’s highly likely that only experts will be capable of uncovering the most eagerly anticipated (not to mention coolest) secret area in Odyssey.

The steps involved are extremely taxing, requiring players to traverse treacherous terrain, solve fiendish riddles posed by the Sphinx and dispatch a bevy of mythological horrors like Medusa, the Cyclops and the Minotaur!

17 Recruit Legendary NPCs Early

Over the course of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, players can enlist NPCs to serve as crew members aboard their ship, the Adrestia. Recruiting a high calibre crew is a great way to upgrade the Adrestia – so the trick is to bring legendary NPCs into the fold. Casual gamers will wait until they unlock these characters by completing quests, however experts are aware of a hidden mechanic that speeds up the whole process.

There’s a less publicized gameplay mechanic which enables you to recruit legendary NPCs by defeating them in combat using non-lethal takedowns.

Better yet, once your ship’s roster is made up entirely of legendary NPCs, you unlock the “Argonauts” trophy, too!

16 Regain The Cyclops Eye

One of the most frustrating moments in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey arrives early on, when you’re forced to give up the Cyclops’ Eye during Sequence 1. It’s not exactly the most classy of disposals, either: to put it bluntly, you squeeze it up the rear end of a poor, unsuspecting goat. If you’re scratching your head over this last revelation, then just trust us: it makes sense at the time!

Rookies will write off the Eye as a lost cause, but experts up to speed on the game’s secrets won’t give up so quickly. By engaging in an exhaustive goat-hunting expedition in Kephallonia, they’ll recover this valuable artifact, earning the dubious “Stink Eye” achievement, as well.

15 Change Their Ship’s Figurehead

Long-time fans of the series will recall that in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, you could easily customize your ship’s decorative figurehead as part of the normal upgrade process. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that carries over to Odyssey – and only expert players are likely to work out the secret method of doing this.

For starters, you need to defeat a boss – not exactly a walk in the park itself, by the way – and then behead them.

Once this has been take care of, if you scroll through the inventory of ship upgrade options, you’ll see your new souvenir listed. Select it, and voila! The Adrestia will have itself a brand new (and rather creepy) figurehead!

14 Track Down All Of The Cultist Clues

The underlying mythology of the Assassin’s Creed franchise incorporates several shadowy organisations – and Odyssey is no exception. The latest entry in the series introduces the nefarious Cult of Kosmos, and players aiming to get the most out of game’s story need to track down and eliminate key members of the group. In order to do so, they’ll have to swap their mercenary’s helmet for their detective’s cap, as the cultists’ whereabouts are only revealed by clues sprinkled through Odyssey’s sprawling Ancient Greece setting.

Some of these hints can be uncovered with little effort, whereas others will prove elusive to all but the most seasoned of gamers!

On the plus side, all of this running around pays off, as only players who chase down every single cultist will get to experience the game’s whole story.

13 Unlock Evie Frye

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – the ninth video game in the main series – is headlined by twins Jacob and Evie Frye. Of the two siblings, Evie is arguably the more memorable – which is probably why she’s an unlockable character in Odyssey. Now, before you get too excited, bear in mind that Evie is a legendary NPC, so you won’t get to play as her directly.

Still, it’s incredibly cool to recruit her as a crew member on your ship, provided you’re an Ubisoft Club member with enough XP to afford her. See, unlocking Evie requires players to part with 7,500 XP in exchange for the “Master Assassin” badge, which only long-time fans of the franchise will have amassed!

12 Access Battle Royale Mode

Battle royale games like Fortnite and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds are currently the hottest thing on the block. Making the most of modern online multiplayer capabilities, games in this genre pit a pack of players against each other in thrilling, last-man-standing contests.

Obviously, this stands in stark contrast to the single-player, open world experience offered by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – until experts stumble across the “Call to Arms” sidequest. Found by scouring the island of Melos, this mission – which requires skilled players to wipe out 99 consecutive enemies – represents a thinly-veiled attempt by Ubisoft to acknowledge (or should that be “cash in on”?) the popularity of the battle royale genre!

11 Find The Black Panther Easter Egg

Black Panther is currently the second highest grossing film of 2018, and with that success comes a considerable fanbase, too. At least some of the developers at Ubisoft fall within that category, if the Black Panther Easter egg included in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is anything to go by. As experts will have no doubt already discovered, the game contains a fairly faithful recreation of Black Panther’s two most notable scenes: the duels that occur at the base of a waterfall.

This is staged at the Gortyn Waterfall, where players can first spectate on the melee using Eagle Vision.

That’s not all, though: it’s also possible to clamber up the cliff where the fight is going down, and actually confront the pair of brawlers yourself!

10 Discover Sam Fisher’s Goggles

So far we’ve focused solely on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Ancient Greece setting – which disregards the fact that certain sections of the game are set in a present day safe house. Anyone unfamiliar with the franchise’s convoluted (some would say downright insane) science fiction elements, just trust us when we say that this does make sense.

Regardless of whether or not you buy into this more far-fetched aspect of the Assassin’s Creed mythology, there are multiple Easter eggs to dig up during these segments. Not all of these relate to the franchise either – just ask the experts who’ve unearthed the iconic, three-lensed night vision goggles worn by Sam Fisher, the protagonist of Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell games!

9 Stumble Across The Sword In The Stone

The team at Ubisoft has done a remarkable job of recreating an utterly convincing (albeit wildly fantastical) rendition of Ancient Greece in Odyssey. This awesome attention to detail is reflected in almost every aspect of the virtual environment, particularly the character and weapon design. We say “almost”, because at least one item experts will undoubtedly come across whilst roaming the game map definitely does not fit the time period depicted: the Sword in the Stone from Arthurian legend. Fortunately, this gag is an intentional mistake on the developer’s part.

Unfortunately, you can’t remove this legendary blade from its Lakonia resting place.

That’s a real shame: historical accuracy be damned – there’s always a place for Excalibur in our armory!

8 Locate The Rabbid Figure

Another easter egg squirrelled away in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s modern era safe house setting, the Rabbid figure is hard to spot if players blitz through these sequences. However, experts tend to favor a more methodical approach – even when confronted by the franchise’s moments of less than engaging gameplay.

These long-time campaigners will cast their eyes over every inch of the safe house, which means snooping around each room, no matter how empty it appears to be. This will eventually lead them to the shelves of a particularly untidy room. Here, they’ll spy the Rabbid toy – a cute shout-out to Ubisoft’s all-ages Rayman franchise, accompanied by a line of dialogue (“Bwaah?”) associated with these bunny-like characters.

7 Acquire The Epic Unicorn Skin

It doesn’t matter what mythology we’re talking about: unicorns are invariably treated as an incredibly rare species. Certainly, this carries over to the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, where players can indeed transform their horse into one of these awe-inspiring creatures – provided they can get their hands on a unicorn pelt.

They sport an eye-watering 6,400 Drachmae price tag!

Rookies who are feeling flush will plump for either the Black Unicorn or undeniably amazing (though sadly, non-flying) Pegasus skins, purchased with real-world cash from the Ubisoft Store. On the other hand, genuine experts prefer to earn their keep, and will trawl merchant stalls for the appropriately named, randomly-spawing Epic Unicorn skin, which leaves rainbow hoof prints.

6 Home Town Pride

The developers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey hail from Ubisoft’s Montreal headquarters, based in Quebec. Like the citizens of any city or town, these guys and gals are proud of the place they call home – so much so that they managed to sneak a Quebec-related easter egg into the game!

It’s something that will almost certainly go unnoticed by less observant gamers, but experienced players – the type of people who scan the entire game environment for secret material – will discover a travel magazine whilst rifling through the safe house. The destination this mag is promoting? Why, Quebec, of course! True, it’s not exactly the most exciting bonus content in Odyssey, but it’s a nice touch all the same.

5 Put The Arena Spikes To Good Use

A key trait which separates veteran Assassin’s Creed players from newcomers is the willingness of the former to experiment with their surroundings. Take the spikes that dotted around the Arena in Odyssey.

Rookies will probably dismiss these as mere set dressing and completely ignore them once the fighting breaks out.

Don’t expect experts to make the same mistake, though. Already clued up on just how interactive the game worlds in the franchise can be, these gamers will immediately identify the potential for the spikes to deal damage to their opponents. The next thing you know, the edges of the Arena will begin to resemble a shish kebab vendor who trades in skewered would-be gladiatorial champions!

4 Reminisce About The Frye Twins

It turns out Assassin’s Creed Syndicate isn’t the only instalment in the franchise to take place in London – Odyssey does, too. True, the vast majority of the game is set in Ancient Greece, but its modern era sections unfold in London, something that won’t come as a shock to more attentive players.

After all, just by gazing out of the safe house windows, you can take in a decent view of London’s famous skyline, with what tourists would recognize as Big Beg especially prominent. What’s more, if you allow yourself a moment to properly contemplate the sight before your eyes, you’ll even trigger a line of dialogue that references Jacob and Evie Frye, the lead characters in Syndicate!

3 Discover All Of The Underwater Locations

As you might expect from a virtual environment that recreates the entire Aegean Sea, Atlantis isn’t the only submerged area on the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey map.

The ocean floor of Ubisoft’s vision of Ancient Greece is littered with dozens of hidden locations brimming with valuable treasure.

Anyone prepared to embrace their inner Jacques Cousteau will be in for a real treat. That said, given the sheer amount of exploration required to pinpoint all of these sunken locations – fun fact: at 130km², Odyssey’s map is 62% bigger than the already massive world of Origins – we’d wager only experts will visit all of them.

2 Get All Of The Other Endings As Well

Sure, everybody wants to get the best possible Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ending – you know: the super secret, totally awesome one we mentioned earlier. Even so, part of being an expert is also having a completist streak, which is why we think they’ll figure out how to achieve Odyssey’s eight other possible endings, as well.

This might not sound like much, but it’s actually quite a feat, for two main reasons. First of all, this game is absurdly long – the main quest alone clocks in at 40 hours of gameplay – so repeating it again and again is no picnic. Secondly, they’ll need to ensure they get every single word and deed right, in order to arrive at their desired conclusion!

1 Climb Up The Naked Statue

Full disclosure: this entry is unashamedly juvenile in nature, given it revolves around players scaling up a male statue and dangling from part of its anatomy (three guesses which part). Regardless, we’re positive that even the most mature expert will decide to do just that, when they pass by this landmark early on in Odyssey – honestly, it’s just too hard to resist.

You’ll be rewarded for your childish antics if you do.

Performing this act initiates a wry line of dialogue from the player’s mercenary, which just goes to show that Ubisoft definitely predicted this becoming a thing. Although to be honest, they hardly needed the talents of one of Ancient Greece’s oracles to foresee it!

Did we miss out any other things that only experts know how to do in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-09 06:10:21 – Leon Miller

7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It)

It’s been over twenty years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s groundbreaking pilot hit TV screens and it remains one the most beloved and influential shows of all time. The series subverted expectations, in the process shattering illusions of what people thought television was capable of. It forever altered the pop culture landscape, introducing audiences to a feminist icon they could truly identify with. The show popularized serialized storytelling at a time when TV programs were largely episodic and even changed the way that viewers talked by introducing them to “Buffy speak.”

By taking the idea that high school is Hell quite literally, Joss Whedon was able to use werewolves, witches, and vampires to explore themes of desire, female empowerment, and addiction. The writers personified feelings such as isolation, alienation and humiliation, using them to ground fantastical situations in those very real emotions.

Buffy was praised for a great many things, from snappy dialogue to clever plotting. However, one of the most vital elements of Whedon’s magnum opus was undoubtedly the amazing characters with which he chose to populate this world. These players were as lovable as they were relatable and the series continues to resonate with viewers of all ages. However, not all characters introduced to the series could be as awesome as Buffy, Willow, or Xander. While certain new additions had an undeniably positive effect on the series as a whole, there were also a few that BtVS would’ve been better off without.

Here are 7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It).

20 Saved – Spike and Dru

Sunnydale got its very own Sid and Nancy when Spike and Drusilla showed up in season 2 episode “School Hard”, quickly establishing themselves as the new Big Bads in town. They were never meant to last as long as they did, but stellar performances from James Marsters and Juliet Landau gave both characters a stay of execution. These two didn’t just shake up Sunnydale, but the show’s entire mythology. They were living proof that vampires were capable of genuine emotion. Their intense bond and amazing chemistry made fans fall hard for the couple. 

Spike, of course, went on to play a much larger role in the series as a whole. Writers kept finding new ways to justify his continued existence and fans never complained, because no one wanted the vampire gone.

19 Hurt – Riley

Buffy needed to move on from Angel, but did she really have to take up with “Captain Cardboard”? Riley Finn (Mark Blucas) first appeared in the season 4 premiere, “The Freshman”, and went on to hurt the show in ways almost too numerous to list.

With him came the Initiative, which remains the storyline that most BtVS fans would rather forget.

Even after the organization was no longer part of the narrative, Riley continued to overstay his welcome. Viewers were forced to deal with his constant whining and eventually, his infidelity. These were all plot points that the show could’ve done without. It was sad when Riley helicoptered out of Buffy’s life, but only because we care about her feelings. Ultimately, no one really missed him.

18 Saved – Tara

Now this is how you create a new love interest. Oz and Willow had become one of the show’s most beloved couples and fans were as heartbroken as she was over his sudden departure. Replacing the werewolf was going to be just as difficult as finding a way for Buffy to get over Angel. However, the show chose to go in a new direction entirely with Tara Maclay, who debuted in season 4 episode “Hush”. Not only was she a woman, but she also complemented Willow in very different ways than Oz had.

Not all viewers embraced this storyline initially, but Amber Benson’s performance quickly won most of them over. Before long, fans became incredibly invested in Willow and Tara’s relationship. In many ways, they became the show’s central couple, as well as its emotional anchor.

17 Saved – Anya

Much like James Marsters, Emma Caulfield earned more time on the show through her impressive performance. Her arc wasn’t meant to last much past her first appearance in season 3 episode “The Wish”.  Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins went from human to vengeance demon and back again. She was over 1100 old, but had completely lost touch with her humanity before meeting the Scoobies.

It was more than Anya’s evolution that made her special, though. She was the character who posed the questions that most people want to ask but think that they shouldn’t. Whether ruminating on love, loss, or the simple cold truth of mortality, Anya always said exactly what she meant. Even her lack of tact was charming. The former demon brought a different perspective to the group, as well as some undeniable humor.

16 Hurt – Dawn

This is kind of a tough one, because the storyline surrounding Dawn’s existence was one of the show’s best. Her introduction in the season 5 premiere, “Buffy vs. Dracula”, was particularly genius. Dawn was dropped into the series as if she had always been there, leaving viewers wondering if they had missed earlier clues of Buffy having a sister.

Dawn herself was always little more than an annoyance to most fans.

It didn’t help that Michelle Trachtenberg played the character as younger than she was. This wasn’t all her fault, as Dawn was initially meant to be portrayed by a younger actress. The main problem wasn’t season 5 Dawn anyway. In later years, writers clearly weren’t sure what to do with her, giving Buffy’s sister one ludicrous plot line after another: “Dawn’s in trouble. Must be Tuesday.

15 Saved – Glory/Ben

Glory is one of the greatest Big Bads ever to appear on BtVS. Debuting in season 5 installment “There’s No Place Like Home”, she brought the season-long threat to a whole new level. Glory wasn’t just another demon. She was a literal god, just trying to get back to her home sweet Hell. However, it was more than just sheer power that made Glory such a great villain. Clare Kramer’s manic performance is what really set her apart.

Introduced an episode before Glory, Ben (Charlie Weber) was serviceable enough.

What really brought depth to the kind doctor was the revelation that he and Glorificus were sharing a body.

This was one of the show’s most successful twists. Seriously, no one saw it coming.

14 Saved – Wesley

While it can be argued that the character of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce was utilized far better on Angel, there’s no denying that the stuffy new Watcher was another great addition to the cast of BtVS. Debuting in season 3 installment “Bad Girls”, Alexis Denisof imbued Wesley with undeniable heart and humor, despite the character’s uptight personality.

Aside from Wesley himself, it was the dynamic between him and Giles that helped to elevate the series during season 3. We got to explore a whole new side Buffy’s Watcher. It was one thing to know about his “Ripper” past, but it was the juxtaposition of Rupert and Wesley that truly proved how awesome Giles actually was – not that we didn’t love him already.

13 Hurt – Warren

The Trio is kind of everyone’s least favorite Big Bad. However, while Jonathan and Andrew were both worthy additions to the series, Warren never had any redeeming qualities. He first appeared in season 5 episode “I Was Made to Love You” and proved himself a total creep immediately.

Although Warren started out as a punchline, he turned out to be a misogynistic monster.

Adam Busch did an excellent job of making the character incredibly unlikable, but it was Warren’s cruelty that brought season 6 to the lowest of places. “Dead Things” was one of the most brutal episodes of BtVS, and not in a good way. Plus, no Buffy fan will ever forgive him for firing the gun that took Tara’s life. Warren did a lot of damage and his character was never compelling or likable enough to outweigh that fact.

12 Saved – Oz

Fans fell in love with Daniel “Oz” Osbourne (Seth Green) around the same time that Willow did. From the moment he appeared in season 2 episode “Inca Mummy Girl”, he was pretty much smitten with her – even in her Hallowe’en costume. Unlike Xander, Oz actually realized how awesome Willow was and fans were overjoyed to see her finally properly appreciated.

Oz was so beloved, in fact, that even though he left under truly awful circumstances, many viewers were still torn when he came back for Willow. A lesser character could never have remained in fans’ hearts after such indiscretions. In the end, the writers found someone even better for Willow, but it speaks volumes that so many viewers were willing to forgive Oz after he locked himself in a cage with Veruca.

11 Hurt – Veruca

Veruca (Paige Moss) made her first appearance in season 4 episode “Living Conditions”. Oz may have thought that she was pretty cool, but viewers noticed that something was off about her.

Most Buffy fans are pretty protective of Willow and no one liked seeing her relationship with Oz threatened.

It’s not that it makes no sense that something would break up Willow and Oz. They dated in high school and many such relationships do not survive the transition to college. The main issue was the werewolf herself. Veruca was kind of over the top, from her musical performances to her evil machinations. Perhaps she was meant to be a two-dimensional mustache-twirling villain. Regardless, no one mourned Veruca after Oz ended her life.

10 Saved – Mayor Wilkins

Fans were introduced to Mayor Richard Wilkins in season 3 episode “Homecoming”. Sure, he was a major Big Bad whose ascension plans would’ve left the world in ruins, but he was also incredibly polite. BtVS has often excelled at creating villains that fans still kind of rooted for. The Mayor was one of the best, and not just because he was such a formidable opponent.

Richard’s relationship with Faith gave his character real depth. Much like the love that Spike and Dru shared with one another, the Mayor’s affections for his protégée made him much more human, which in turn made viewers care more about him. Plus, Harry Groener’s pitch-perfect performance made it impossible not to enjoy Mayor Wilkins.

9 Hurt – Kennedy

Kennedy was as much of an epic fail as Riley. The writers proved that they could craft more than one great love interest for Willow, so what happened with her? Introduced in season 7 episode “Bring on the Night”, Kennedy (Iyari Limon) was spoiled, argumentative and honestly, kind of bland. The key to a great TV relationship is making both characters compelling in their own right.

While fans came to love both Oz and Tara rather quickly, you’d be hard pressed to find many Kennedy fans out there.

There was nothing about Willow’s new girlfriend to even distinguish her from the other Potential Slayers, save her bad attitude. Willow deserved better and so did fans.

8 Saved – Faith

Shaking up things from the moment she arrived in season 3 installment “Faith, Hope and Trick”, Faith Lehane was Buffy’s dark reflection. The Slayers were incredibly different from one another and yet, undeniably two sides of the same coin. Eliza Dushku’s magnetic performance brought so much passion and energy to the role, and she had no trouble fitting in with the rest of the cast.

Faith provided new depth not only for the slayer line, but also to the idea of what it actually means to be Slayer. Before Faith’s arrival, fans had never seen a Slayer go rogue. However, it didn’t matter how far Faith went. Viewers were always hoping that she could somehow redeem herself. Thanks to her time on Angel, she was given that chance.

7 Saved – Robin

Robin Wood’s (D.B. Woodside) debut in season 7 premiere “Lessons” initially painted the new school principal as another villain lurking in the shadows. However, much like the rest of the characters on BtVS, appearances are often deceiving. Not only was Robin one of the good guys, but he was also the son of New York-based slayer, Nikki. The series teased this out slowly until fans realized the truth shortly before it was revealed.

It was a pretty genius move.

Although it’s easy to hate on Robin for his sneak attack on Spike, the vampire did off his mother, so his frustration can be understood. In the end, Robin turned out to be a great addition to the Scoobies, bringing both new perspective and an actual bag of tricks to the mix.

6 Hurt – Adam

Buffy almost always managed to deliver the goods when it came to the season-long Big Bad: compelling characters, with humor and even a bit of heart. The series excelled in that moral grey area, making viewers sympathize with villainous even as they committed unforgivable acts. Sadly, Adam (George Hertzberg) was a giant exception to this success.

The ersatz Frankenstein’s monster – or Walsh’s monster, as the case may have been – first appeared in season 4 episode “A New Man”. The only cool thing he ever really did was skewer his creator, Maggie, who was also not a great addition to the series. All in all, Adam was very powerful, but a boring villain. Defeating him required a major deus ex machina, which would’ve been fine if he had been a better character in the first place.

5 Saved – Andrew

Andrew Wells, aka Tucker’s brother, initially seemed as irredeemable as Warren Mears. When we met him in season 6 episode “Flooded”, he was a whiny coward with nothing even resembling a moral compass. After Andrew returned the following year, the first thing he did was take his best friend’s life.

Most fans weren’t happy to see him again, but somewhere over the course of season 7, this changed.

Like BtVS has done with the best of its characters – most of whom, let’s be real, have done some terrible things – the show found a way to endear him to viewers. Andrew may not have exactly been instrumental in Buffy’s battle with the First, but the former villain definitely brought some levity to a fairly dark season. He also provided an excellent example of the power of compassion.

4 Saved – Kendra

Interestingly, Bianca Lawson was originally cast in the role of Cordelia Chase. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the actress was forced to take a smaller part in BtVSIf we can all just put aside her painfully awful accent, everyone can probably admit that Kendra herself was a pretty cool addition to the series.

Fans were introduced to the other slayer in season 2 installment “What’s My Line Part 1”. She appeared initially to be another enemy, but instead proved vital in saving Angel’s life. Kendra’s existence answered important questions about the slayers and it was this new line, beginning with her, that later allowed for the introduction of Faith. The juxtaposition of Kendra and Buffy was also quite interesting, as they each approached their calling so differently. She also helped Buffy see that slaying was more than just a job.

3 Hurt – Forrest

Another irritating and useless season 4 addition, Forrest Gates (Leonard Roberts) was introduced in “The Initiative”.

He was little more than a foil for Riley and Buffy’s relationship.

Forrest’s feelings for his fellow soldier bordered on obsession and there was nothing interesting about him in his own right.Riley’s other pal Graham may have been boring, but at least he wasn’t so annoying. Forrest was self-righteous and obviously had very little going on in the way of an actual life. No one mourned him after he his passing. The worst part about Forrest’s demise was that it wasn’t even the last we saw of him, because Adam chose to reanimate his husk. Even then, he was still a total drag.

2 Saved – Jonathan

Jonathan Levinson (Danny Strong) had a continuing presence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for years after his first appearance in season 2 installment “Inca Mummy Girl”. He was always on the periphery, being picked on, rescued or taken advantage of. Prior to joining the Trio, Jonathan was at the center of season 3 episode “Earshot” and season 4 installment “Superstar”. The former was incredibly poignant and the latter, a hilarious change of pace.

Many fans were surprised to see Jonathan pulled by the dark side, but he never fully committed like his cohorts did. Less obviously evil than Warren and not as easily manipulated as Andrew, he eventually saw the error of his ways. Sadly, by the time Jonathan made an effort to redeem himself, it was too late. That opportunity was stolen from him by his best friend.

1 Saved – Angelus

None of Buffy’s greatest Big Bads were quite as personal or painful to witness as Angelus. Aside from the unfortunate implications of essentially punishing Buffy for being intimate with her boyfriend, there is no denying that the second half of season 2 was the show at its best. This was due in large part to David Boreanaz’s villainous turn.

Two people who were so in love destroying each other was utterly brutal and completely gut-wrenching. It also led to some of BtVS’s most empowering moments. Buffy was just a teenage girl shouldering the weight of the entire world. Feeling as though she had lost everything led to the epiphany that she still possessed what mattered most. Much of the series is about surviving life on life’s terms. More than just enduring this pain, Buffy managed to recover from it.

What new characters do you feel hurt or saved Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-06 04:10:54 – Jamie Gerber

Awesome New Hell Fest Trailer is a Throwback to 1980s Slasher Films

The final trailer for the upcoming slasher film Hell Fest has been released, with a retro style that brings back the vibe of slasher films from the 1980s. It’s fair to say that Halloween season has officially begun, with events like Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in full swing, and a couple of horror films to be released in the coming weeks, starting with CBS Films’ Hell Fest.

Directed by Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension), Hell Fest follows college student Natalie (Amy Forsyth), her best friend Brooke (Reign Edwards), and her roommate Taylor (Bex Taylor-Klaus) as they take a trip to Hell Fest, a traveling Halloween carnival with mazes, rides, and more. Things take a turn when the group finds themselves running from a costumed killer, who’s definitely not part of the show. Hell Fest falls into the slasher subgenre, and the studio decided to pay homage to classic slashers from the ’80s in its final trailer.

Related: Hell Fest Red Band Trailer

From the logos at the very beginning, to the narrator and the filters, this Hell Fest trailer (released by CBS Films) is done in the style of a horror film from the ‘80s, with a heavy grindhouse-style vibe. Following this line, the trailer highlights the gory aspects of the film, as well as the chase by the masked killer, with the tagline “visit a park where the monsters are fake, but the terror is real”. Check it out below.

The slasher subgenre had its peak in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, with films such as Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and experienced a brief resurgence in popularity in the late-’90s, thanks to films like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. In the years since, slashers have never fully gone away, but have yet to hit another major comeback period. Hell Fest has some horror experts on its team: although it’s only Plotkin’s second feature film as director, he has other experience in the horror genre having served as editor on films like Get Out and Happy Death Day. The script was penned by Seth M. Sherwood (Leatherface), Stephen Susco (The Grudge), and Akela Cooper (American Horror Story), with Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) as a producer.

The popularity of haunted house mazes and other scary Halloween attractions has only increased in recent years, thanks in part to mazes that push boundaries to extremes and offer full-horror experiences, safer experiences such as Halloween Horror Nights, and films like The Houses October Built. It’s definitely not a bad time for a wide release film set in these type of seasonal attractions. Hopefully, Hell Fest will offer more than gory deaths and horror clichés, and will earn a place among the top tier of slasher cinema.

More: 2018 Fall Movie Preview: The 30 Films To See

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2018-09-25 08:09:16 – Adrienne Tyler

Avengers vs. X-Men Movie Imagined in Awesome Fan Posters

Marvel Studios will soon have access to the X-Men and new fan-made posters highlight the potential of an Avengers crossover. Twentieth Century Fox has had the big screen rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four for the last two decades. In that time, they’ve made a number of films in their franchise, but one aspect that fans have been longing for is a major crossover with other Marvel properties. Since Fox never quite got the Fantastic Four right, they never appeared on the big screen with the X-Men, while the “rivalry” between the studios stopped any larger crossovers with the Avengers from happening.

Now that Disney is in the process of acquiring Fox as a whole, Marvel Studios will finally have control over the X-Men. Although no plans for their introduction have been announced or even discussed, fans are already dreaming of what it will be like to see some Marvel heavyweights appear together in a live-action setting for the first time.

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BossLogic shared his take on the eventual crossover with mocked up designs for an Avengers vs X-Men movie. The teaser poster has the Avengers “A” in the middle with a larger X-Men logo behind it, while the three claw marks across tease the involvement of both Wolverine and his Adamantium claws. When it comes to the other poster design, BossLogic shows Iron Man landing on the ground with what appears to be a destroyed Avengers tower around him. And based on Magneto’s helmet, it would appear he is responsible.

This movie may just be a dream for fans right now, but something like Avengers vs X-Men will surely happen in the future. As Marvel Studios figures out how to bring these characters into the MCU in Phase 4 and 5, conflict will undoubtedly rise between the various superhero teams and what they stand for. Marvel Studios already pitted Iron Man and Captain America against each other in Captain America: Civil War, so over time another split between heroes could be the catalyst for such a blockbuster event.

Before this theoretical movie can happen, though, Marvel must first establish the X-Men in the MCU. They may already have a built-in secret weapon to do so if they make Scarlet Witch the first mutant. From there, they’ll still need to form the X-Men, grow them as characters, and more before they think about how they can make them fight whatever Avengers are left. Unless Avengers 4 doesn’t kill the original Avengers, then this exact fan-poster won’t happen. Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man is one of the most popular candidates to die, so he may never have the chance to battle Magneto. As disappointing as that may be for some, the MCU is loaded with heroes who could be better equipped to battle the brilliant mutant in such a crossover.

MORE: How to Introduce Mutants in the MCU (Without Breaking Continuity)

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2018-09-21 02:09:34 – Cooper Hood