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Game of Thrones Prepares For The Battle of Winterfell in Season 8 Photos

The Battle of Winterfell has begun in six new photos from Game of Thrones season 8. The White Walkers and their army of the dead are indeed on their way to overrun Winterfell, where the living are prepared to make their stand. It’s anyone’s guess who will live and who will die when the biggest battle ever on Game of Thrones begins.

Last week’s Game of Thrones episode took a deep breath before the epic battle of all epic battles with a slower episode that, among other things, gave Arya and Gendry a chance to get together before facing almost certain death. The episode also saw Jaime and Brienne sharing a touching moment, as Jaime made his former captor an official Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Of course, the episode also saw Jon Snow finally confessing his lineage to Daenerys, a confession that may have instantly turned Jon from Daenerys’ beloved into her bitterest rival.

Related: Game Of Thrones Theory: The Night King is at King’s Landing, Not Winterfell

Ahead of Sunday night’s premiere, HBO has shared six new images from the next episode, whose title has not been officially revealed (via EW). As one might expect, there isn’t a lot of spoiling going on, but the images definitely tease that there is intense drama to come as the White Walkers arrive. See the images below:

A couple of the shots are taken straight from the previously released Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 teaser, including the image of Jon Snow looking terrified about something, and another one of Brienne and Jaime getting set to fight side by side. There’s also a shot of Jon Snow and Daenerys on a hillside gazing down on the battlefield, presumably getting ready to swoop down with their dragons as part of the plan to lure the Night King into the open by exposing Bran. Sansa clearly figures prominently in the episode as she appears in two images, one alone and one with Arya (is this their final goodbye?). And in a last image, Varys and Tyrion Lannister are huddled together in the crypt, which is presumably the safest place in all of Winterfell (but might in fact be a death trap).

After last week’s episode, which no doubt was the last time some fan-favorite characters will ever be seen enjoying a peaceful moment, the action on Game of Thrones is set to ramp up to levels that have never been seen before. Many characters who have been around for years are undoubtedly going to die in coming weeks, leading to repeated moments of grief for diehard fans. Many theories are also about to be put to the test, as HBO’s classic fantasy series finally comes to a close. When all is said and done, there will no doubt be a lot more surprises as well.

More: Game of Thrones Season 8: Everything We Know About The Battle of Winterfell

Game of Thrones season 8 continues Sunday April 28th at 9pm on HBO.

Source: EW


2019-04-24 01:04:22

Dan Zinski

Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 Trailer: The Battle Of Winterfell Is Here

The Battle of Winterfell is coming, at least according to the newest trailer for Game of Thrones season 8. The series has had its fair share of blockbuster-sized blowouts, beginning with the Battle of Blackwater and continuing on through the series with showstoppers like ‘The Watcher on the Wall’ and ‘Hardhome’ and the ‘Battle of the Bastards.’ This being the series’ final season, and the stakes being higher than they ever have been before (the fate of the world resting in the hands of the the armies amassed at the Stark family home will do that) it stands to reason that the third episode will pull out all the stops in order to rank as high if not higher than all that have come before. 

The episode will have plenty of time to leave its mark, as the previously released runtimes of season 8’s installments have revealed that episode 3 clocks in at a dragon-sized 1 hour and 22 minutes. That’s in addition to the series bringing in its resident battle master Miguel Sapochnik (who delivered both ‘Hardhome’ and ‘Battle of the Bastards’) to direct the battle and perhaps outdo even his own past handiwork.

More: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Review: Reunions & Introductions Raise The Series’ Stakes

That episode 3 would be the Battle of Winterfell was more or less assumed as soon as the details of the season started to come out, and it was essentially confirmed with the release of the episode’s runtime and the name of its director. And while the season thus far has been made up of character moments and narrative payoffs, all in an attempt to add emotional weight to the looming conflict, there’s still quite a lot that fans don’t know. And despite there now being a trailer promising yet another battle episode, HBO’s still playing things very close to its vest. Check out the trailer for the next episode below: 

Perhaps the most telling, and possibly unsettling, aspect of the new trailer is that, like all trailers for Game of Thrones season 8, the Night King is conspicuously absent. Episode 2 ended with a sizable army of White Walkers making their way to Winterfell, but the icy guy in charge was nowhere to be seen, much less his trusty steed, the reborn Viserion. Those two were last seen bringing down the Wall, and now their lack of screen time is beginning to feel as portentous as the Carpenter-esque screams of little Ned Umber in the season premiere. 

Still, even without the Night King or Viserion there’s plenty to wonder and speculate about with regard to what’s really going to go down at Winterfell next week. It’s undoubtable that many will fall — even some favorites — but even that may be eclipsed by whatever it is the Night King has cooking. 

Next: Bosch Season 5 Review: TV’s Most Reliably Entertaining Cop Show Returns

Game of Thrones season 8 continues next Sunday @9pm on HBO.


2019-04-21 08:04:26

Kevin Yeoman

Hobbs & Shaw Trailer #2 Hypes Fast & Furious’ First Battle Sequence

The second trailer for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw has arrived. Announced shortly after The Fate of the Furious hit theaters two years ago, Hobbs & Shaw brings the titular characters (Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw) together for an adventure of their own. Johnson and Statham’s onscreen chemistry in Fate of the Furious was part of the inspiration for the spinoff to begin with, so it’s only fitting that the Hobbs & Shaw marketing has played up the relationship (bromance, romance – you decide) between the pair in the film.

Written by Fast & Furious scribe Chris Morgan and directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2), Hobbs & Shaw pits its hot-headed leads against Brixton (Idris Elba), a mercenary terrorist who’s been genetically enhanced to have (quite literally) bullet-proof skin. Universal showed off some fresh material from the movie earlier this month at CinemaCon, including clips of Brixton calling himself the “black Superman” and waging a massive battle with Hobbs and his brothers on their home turf in Hawaii. Now, some/most of that footage has been made available in the form of a new trailer.

Related: Dark Phoenix Final Trailer Reveals How Jean Gets the Phoenix Name

Universal has dropped the latest Hobbs & Shaw trailer online, ahead of its premiere in theaters with (most likely) Avengers: Endgame next week. You can check it out in the space below.

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Source: Universal



2019-04-18 04:04:28

Sandy Schaefer

Justice League Actor Confirms Cut Darkseid vs Ares Battle

Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League is confirmed to have featured an Ares vs Darkseid fight that was ultimately cut. When Snyder was originally brought aboard the DC Universe, he was given almost complete creative freedom to do as he pleased. But, when audiences did not respond overwhelmingly positively to his vision, Warner Bros. stepped in to change Justice League before it even began filming.

That was not the only tinkering that was done to Justice League though, as major reshoots and rewrites happened while Snyder was still attached and after Joss Whedon took the reins. We’ve previously ran through all the known differences between the competing cuts of the film, and one major change that was made is the elimination of Darkseid. The ruler of Apokolips was set to appear during a flashback in an earlier attempt to conquer Earth. We previously revealed that a fight with Ares was part of the sequence, but this was completely removed from the theatrical cut of the film.

Related: Justice League Was Made Worse Without Darkseid

Actor David Thewlis from Wonder Woman was actually credited as playing Ares in the final cut of Justice League, but he’s barely noticeable. However, thanks to a recent post by the Instagram account dc_last_stand that reshared a completely different version of Ares, it’s been confirmed that Snyder’s cut featured an Ares and Darkseid brawl. Actor Nick McKinless confirmed our report of a Darkseid and Ares fight being removed from Justice League in the comments (as seen below), where he says he shot an entire fight scene with Darkseid that wasn’t included in the film.

One of the most important details here is that this fight sequence was, in fact, shot during production. This means that the Darkseid and Ares fight is not among the scenes that was scrapped before filming began. It was previously thought that this was the case based on the apparent switch that was made for Ares and Steppenwolf to fight, but even this version was never completed. Since the Darkseid and Ares fight was filmed, completing the visual effects is the only thing that would stop it from being included in the Snyder Cut of Justice League, should it ever be released.

This is the latest detail to come out about this cut scene too. Snyder just recently confirmed that he also had cast someone to play Darkseid during production, so it would appear that Ray Porter and Nick McKinless were the ones who got to bring this epic clash to life on set. As incredible as a Darkseid and Ares fight sounds, it’s still incredibly unclear if we’ll ever get to see it in a completed form. The plan may never have been for Darkseid to be the main villain of Justice League, but he would be established as a looming threat for the future with this setup and a tease of his future at the end of Snyder’s cut. If the footage never is released, fans should be able to piece together most of Darkseid’s original role with all this information.

MORE: Darkseid’s Arc in Zack Sndyer’s Justice League Was Way Bigger Than We Thought

Source: dc_last_stand



2019-04-15 08:04:58

Cooper Hood

Avengers: Endgame Toys Tease Hulk’s Return In Thanos Battle

An Avengers: Endgame toy set may reveal when the Hulk returns. In three weeks, Marvel Studios will release the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed movie, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The culmination of everything that has transpired in the MCU in the last decade, the movie will put the original franchise heroes at the forefront of the story as they come after Thanos, who left the galaxy in shambles following The Decimation in Avengers: Infinity War. This means that after missing action for the most of Avengers 3, Bruce Banner’s green-rage alter-ego will inevitably return to help take down the Mad Titan.

Emerging in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok from 2017 after he ventured into space by the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Hulk was living the gladiator life in Sakaar being the Grandmaster’s unbeatable champion. That was until Thor roped him in to help defeat Hela and save the Asgardians. They succeeded on their mission, but even before they were able to make their way to Earth, they were hijacked by Thanos who was looking for the Tesseract/Space Stone that Loki had. Infinity War opened with a battle between the Mad Titan and the Hulk, with the latter easily beaten and sent crashing to the Sanctum Sanctorum bearing the news that the villain and his men were coming. This set the events of the movie in motion, but fans never saw the Hulk for the rest of the movie.

Related: Is Hulk Strong Enough To Defeat Thanos In The MCU?

Given this, one of the burning mysteries in Endgame surrounds the expected return of the Hulk. And now, fans may have an inkling when the transformation happens thanks to a tie-in figures for the movie. The set offers glimpses of Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thanos and a raging Hulk, wearing what seems to be his brand new costume. The Mad Titan’s toy stepping on the Avengers’ logo somehow confirms that the Avengers HQ will be the back drop for an action set piece in the movie. This insinuates that Bruce finally turns into his alter-ego to help his teammates battle the villain in their own turf. Check the official Diamond Select figures to see for yourself (hat tip CBR)

Endgame‘s Avengers HQ battle has been teased by a couple of other toy sets coupled with some snippets from trailers. So while there’s no explicit confirmation that it will be the case in the film, it’s safe to say now that the heroes will find themselves engaged in a battle in their own backyard regardless on when it’s going to be in the film. All surviving characters convening in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ base camp, including Banner, were mulling over the people they know who have perished from Thanos snap. It’s unclear what triggers the Hulk to return after refusing for the most of Infinity War. Popular theory is that he was spooked by how Thanos easily beat him, but the Russos confirmed that he’s not afraid of the Mad Titan. And if the two-pack Funko Pop is any indication, he’ll have another crack at the villain in Endgame.

While many are waiting for Banner’s transformation to Hulk, it’s also important to learn what really caused their discord in Infinity War. Assuming that they survive past the events of Avengers: Endgame, it will be pivotal in what their dynamic will be moving forward. Ragnarok revealed a more intuitive Hulk and from the looks of it, Banner is able to retain some memories when he’s his alter-ego evidenced by his recollection of Thanos’ attack on the Asgardian refugee ship.

More: Avengers: Endgame May Show Infinity War’s Biggest Missing Scene

Source: CBR


2019-04-05 08:04:02

Ana Dumaraog

Game of Thrones First Hinted At The Battle of Winterfell in Season 2

Game of Thrones set up season 8’s Battle of Winterfell all the way back in season 2. HBO’s fantasy drama may be all about plot twists and surprise deaths, but the more that fans explore this world, the more they see that many of the biggest moments may have been foreshadowed (or even spoiled) well ahead of time…

The Battle of Winterfell, the biggest on-screen battle ever that will see the armies of the dead and the living finally come together, definitely isn’t a twist – Game of Thrones fans have been expecting the White Walkers to face off against the armies of Westeros since they were first introduced. However, fans may be surprised to look back and realize that it was originally mentioned in the show as early as the second and third seasons – thanks to Melisandre and her visions in the flames.

Related: Game of Thrones Theory: Jon Snow Isn’t Azor Ahai – He’s Lightbringer

The first potential mention of the Battle of Winterfell may have been in the season 2 finale, “Valar Morghulis”, when Stannis first saw a vision in the flames. This is after his resounding defeat at the Battle of Blackwater, when Stannis is still reeling from the loss of his fleet and most of his army. He attacks Melisandre, and nearly kills her, before she shows him something… and while it isn’t immediately clear what that is, it’s enough for him to keep her at his side, to keep fighting – and to head North. Later, in the season 3 episode “Second Sons” (episode 8), Stannis reveals to Davos what he saw: I saw a vision in the flames. A great battle in the snow. I saw it.

It’s possible, of course, that the battle Stannis saw was his own fight in the North, the one that eventually cost him his life. However, when Melisandre returns to Castle Black after that battle (and Jon Snow’s “death”) fans are given a little more information about Melisandre’s visions of a snowy battle. While standing over Jon’s body, Melisandre says “I saw him in the flames fighting at Winterfell”. At this point in the series, Jon had never fought at Winterfell – he had only been at the Wall.

Again, it’s conceivable that this battle is the Battle of the Bastards, however, that battle was technically fought just outside Winterfell, while the Game of Thrones season 8 Battle of Winterfell is going to take place inside the castle walls. It’s also worth pointing out that there would be little reason for Melisandre to have visions of the Battle of the Bastards rather than any other major battle – she has been searching for the resurrected Azor Ahai since the first season, who is connected to the White Walkers and the fight for Westeros. The Battle of the Bastards, while incredibly important in the grand scheme of Westerosi politics (and in making Jon Snow the King In The North), isn’t directly connected to the fight with the White Walkers, whereas the Battle of Winterfell is. She does reference visions of seeing the banners of the flayed man falling, but there is no reason to think that these two visions are the same – especially because the Battle of the Bastards didn’t involve snow – something else that she has said she sees in the flames, which Stannis saw as well.

Put all of this together, and it seems clear: the battle that Melisandre has been seeing in the flames since the start isn’t a battle that Stannis fought or the Battle of the Bastards. It’s Game of Thrones season 8’s biggest battle of them all: the White Walkers against Jon Snow’s forces at Winterfell. Of course, Melisandre isn’t exactly the best when it comes to interpreting her visions, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t accurate… and that those first hints of the Battle at Winterfell haven’t been dropped from very early on.

Next: Game of Thrones Theory: The Starks Are Descended From White Walkers

Game of Thrones returns for its final season on April 14 on HBO.


2019-03-22 01:03:13

Rose Moore

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2019-03-14 13:18:41

Alita: Battle Angel Was (Just) A Box Office Success

Now that Alita: Battle Angel has been in theaters for about a month, it’s clear the film was a box office success – but only barely. After lingering in development for several years, the manga adaptation from producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez finally hit theaters this February, looking to deliver a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. It’s no secret this genre hasn’t fared particularly well in the past (Ghost in the Shell), but Alita proved to be an outlier in that regard. With stunning visual effects and a creative team with obvious love for the source material, the film was generally well-received by critics.

Despite some narrative shortcomings, the general consensus was that Alita was worth checking out on the big screen. As a result, the film exceeded box office expectations. Initially, it was thought to be a major bomb with only $23 million in its opening weekend, but it ended up grossing around $43 million over Presidents Day. That’s by no means a record-breaking figure, but it was still an impressive haul in relation to the projections. With business for Alita starting to decline in the wake of Captain Marvel, it’s time to examine the movie’s overall box office performance and what it means.

Related: Every Alita Movie Change From The Anime

Domestically, Alita didn’t leave much of a sizable impression. Its U.S. gross of $78.3 million is only 20.5 percent of the film’s total global total. As one can imagine, it was the international box office that propelled Alita to its status as a success. Significantly bolstered by China ($127.4 million), Alita currently stands at $382.4 million worldwide. Like the opening weekend numbers, that figure isn’t exactly jaw-dropping, but it still illustrates there was some interest in seeing Alita in theaters. There are several examples from years past of films being salvaged by a strong showing overseas, and this is just the latest instance.

Alita was budgeted for about $170 million, meaning its break even point was approximately $340 million. It’s obviously past that point, turning an extremely minor profit in the process. The margin is around $42.4 million, which admittedly isn’t anything to write home about, but proof this won’t go down as a loss for Fox. Alita is still playing in theaters and will continue to add what it can to its totals before bowing out, and then there will be the subsequent home media release to add some ancillary revenue to the bottom line. For a film that was one time pegged to be a disaster, this is a welcome turn of events.

Related: Alita Could Have Been A Hit (But James Cameron Chose Avatar Instead)

Fox proved to be incredibly savvy with their handling of Alita. Some might recall it was scheduled to be the studio’s big tentpole release over the 2018 holiday season, where it would have almost definitely been overshadowed by more high-profile titles like $1 billion hit Aquaman and Bumblebee. If Alita stayed in that window, the end results would not have been pretty. Instead, Fox decided to move it to the less-competitive period of February, where Alita basically ran unopposed as the main genre film in town. It arrived one month after Glass and there was still a sizable cushion before Captain Marvel premiered. The release date switch helped Alita stand out instead of getting lost in the shuffle.

Ultimately, Alita looks like it will fall into a nuanced, tricky middle ground in regards to the box office. It goes down as another win for Cameron (and people still continue to doubt him), though it’s a far more subdued one when compared to the heights of Titanic and Avatar. Since Alita was not a runaway smash, it paints a murky picture when discussing the property’s cinematic future because the final gross might not be high enough to warrant any followups. With Fox about to transition into a new era, executives will have to take a long, hard look at the numbers.

Page 2: What Alita’s Box Office Means for Possible Sequels

As stated earlier, there have been plenty of times when a film underwhelms domestically, yet still spawns a franchise thanks to the international box office. Pacific Rim is one of the more famous examples. Guillermo del Toro’s creature feature grossed $411 million worldwide against an $190 million budget and got a followup in 2018. Granted, that film, Pacific Rim Uprising, did not perform well ($290 million globally against a $150 million budget), but it still illustrates studios are willing to give a fringe series a chance if the original movie is successful enough. With China ranking as the second-largest film market, there’s incentive to develop projects audiences there might be interested in.

Unfortunately for Alita, it may not get a second opportunity to appeal to moviegoers. Though the film is in the black, it’s not like Fox saw a sizable return on their investment. Any other Alita movies will most certainly need a budget in a similar range of the original ($170+ million), so a case can be made that from a pure business perspective, it simply isn’t worth it. M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass went down as a disappointment compared to Split, but Universal should still be happy with the results because that film made $245.3 million worldwide against a budget of only $20 million. To put things in perspective, Alita cost more than Captain Marvel to make and will end up grossing considerably less. For many reasons, that’s not a straightforward apples-to-apples comparison, but it’s hard to argue why the studio should bankroll a second Alita film. Even Cameron may have difficulty with that.

Related: Alita Cast – Who Plays What Character

There’s also the matter of the impending Disney/Fox acquisition, which is finally cleared to be official next week. Much has been made over what the deal means for Marvel characters like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, but it impacts several other franchises too. Alita is one of them, and Disney may opt to pull the plug on it. Even if they don’t kill it right away, it’s unlikely Alita becomes a pressing priority for the Mouse House. Things would be different if it made more money, but with Disney going so far as to put the X-Force spinoff on hold until further notice, fans of Alita may have to accept that this property is one-and-done in regards to the movies. Disney simply has too much else going on with all of their other subsidiaries and they need to take time to figure out what they’re going to do with Fox and all of the other in-development projects under that umbrella.

It’s a shame, because Alita was a promising enough start for a new sci-fi franchise, introducing viewers to a strong heroine and immersive world that could have been fleshed out further in more installments. The source material is certainly rich and expansive enough to carry at least a trilogy, but that doesn’t seem like it will pass. Again, the film’s cumulative gross (while marginally successful) is to blame here because it pales in comparison to similar titles. Just because something made its money back doesn’t make it a major hit. Fox did the right thing by taking the necessary steps to ensure Alita didn’t catastrophically bomb, but everyone involved was probably hoping for a little bit more when it was all said and done.

More: What An Alita Sequel Could Be About

2019-03-12 01:03:18

Chris Agar

gen:LOCK Season 1 Finale Review: An Extended Battle Sequence Offers A Necessary Punch

The season 1 finale of gen:Lock, the Rooster Teeth anime featuring an impressive cast of voice talent that includes Michael B. Jordan, Maisie Williams, Asia Kate Dillon, Dakota Fanning, and David Tennant, essentially boils down to one massive, extended battle sequence. The decision to focus on spectacle is ultimately a smart move for the animated series, as the central storyline of gen:LOCK has been thin to from the start. And although there have been some surprising developments, like the discover that Jordan’s Julian Chase is also literally his own worst enemy, the show’s skill set lies almost entirely in providing cool visuals of giant robots defying the laws of physics and pummeling one another into the ground. 

The season has mostly been building to this point, with the Vanguard crew of gen:LOCK mech pilots discovering that no matter how powerful their robot avatars might be on their own, there’s no substitute for a team effort. It’s as fragile a conceit as the one the rest of the series is based on — a war between a mostly faceless authoritarian regime and the brave soldiers fighting what was a losing war against them — but the show makes the message work in its own plucky way. gen:LOCK also relies on some equally fragile concepts, like the team coming together to share a single mind in order to overcome the seemingly insurmountable force that is Nemesis (i.e., Julian Chase) and his nano-based super robot thingy. 

There have been not-so subtle hints of Ghost in the Shell and other popular series, like Gundam and Voltron, floating around the narrative for the past seven episodes, but, for what it’s worth, gen:LOCK has tried to make its mech-based, technologically advanced world into something all its own. By the end of ‘Identity Crisis,’ it’s not quite there, but there are signs that, if the series were to continue, the show might be able to develop its characters and its world into something that isn’t as two-dimensional as its animation. 

Much of that has to do with the way the season finale forces Julian to make a choice, one that fundamentally alters who he is as he gives up his only (tentative) physical link to what he believes is his humanity. By breaking the rules of the procedure that allows him and his teammates to embody the giant mechs, Julian ostensibly abandons his already broken body, a move that pushes him closer to becoming the very thing he’s fighting. There is, admittedly, something interesting in the idea, that he is willfully flirting with disaster and courting the same scenario that drove his other self mad and turned him into, well… the team’s nemesis. With less than a half an hour with which to work, it’s understandable that gen:LOCK tends to put an emphasis on action rather than the flimsy existential nature of Julian’s dilemma and, ultimately, his choice, but it’s also possible that the final battle could have been cut short to better explore the nature of the changes Julian was about to undergo. 

Despite some of the surface-level problems of the story, gen:LOCK nevertheless managed to take some bold steps in its first season. Those mainly had to do with the twist of who Nemesis really was, and the fact that David Tennant’s Dr. Rufus Weller didn’t survive the late-season attack that nearly crippled the Vanguard. Those sort of moves generate a certain amount of intrigue, and can give the series what seems like very high stakes — which is useful in a world where characters can survive certain death by a variety of means (as Julian proves). But it’s also a technique that is sure to experience diminishing returns if that’s all it relies on. (Just look at the difference between Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead for a good example of how a show needs to have more than just the idea that anyone can die at any time to be successful in the long run.)

gen:LOCK ends its first season by looking to the future, and by hinting at a greater emphasis on the individual characters of the main team, even as they will inevitably toy more with the idea of literally becoming one in order to overcome their greatest obstacles. If the series can strike the right balance between the two, it might also overcome its storytelling obstacles to become something far more compelling. 

Next: The Widow Review: A Slow-Burn Mystery Squanders A Great Kate Beckinsale

gen:LOCK season 1 is available in its entirety on Rooster Teeth.


2019-03-09 11:03:02

Kevin Yeoman

Alita: Battle Angel Super Bowl TV Spot Promises Mind-Blowing Action

The Alita: Battle Angel Super Bowl 2019 TV spot hypes the 3D visuals and spectacle from Robert Rodriguez’s live-action adaptation. Terminator 2 and Titanic director James Cameron spent somewhere in the vicinity of a decade working on a big-budget version of Yukito Kishiro’s famous cyberpunk manga. However, the filmmaker’s commitment to launching and expanding the Avatar franchise forced him keep pushing his Alita movie to the back-burner. Finally, in 2015, Rodriguez took over as the project’s director, with Cameron remaining onboard as a producer.

Alita began to move along steadily after that and is currently in the final stretch of marketing, with less than two weeks left before it hits theaters. The movie stars Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner trilogy) as Alita, a young cybernetic woman who sets out to learn the truth about who she is and where she comes from, after being rescued from a junkyard by the kindly Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz). Of course, as the film’s Super Bowl commercial reminds us, the visual effects and action are as much its stars as Salazar and her human cast-mates.

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Fox’s Alita Super Bowl LIII TV spot has been released online, following its premiere during the actual game. See for yourselves in the space below.

Amusingly, the Alita Super Bowl TV spot includes a quote from Screen Rant’s own Padraig Cotter and his Alita early reactions round-up, where the film was praised for being a “mind-blowing [3D] adventure”. Official reviews for the movie has since begun to roll in and the early critical word of mouth is far more mixed by comparison. So far, most everyone agrees that Alita‘s set pieces and visuals are pretty spectacular and benefit from being viewed in the largest 3D format available (like the Super Bowl TV spot claims). At the same time, critics have described the screenplay by Rodriguez, Cameron, and Laeta Kalogridis (Terminator Genisys) as a bit of a mess that has trouble condensing Kishiro’s dense mythology into a three-act film.

Still, Alita‘s the only live-action “event” film on the horizon for the next month, until Captain Marvel arrives in March. No doubt, Fox is hoping the Super Bowl spot convinces more people to give the movie a shot in theaters, based on its eye candy and the lack of competition. Alita‘s currently projected for a soft box office opening, which isn’t good news given its $150-200 million cost and Fox’s hopes of a franchise. Still, if people like what they saw during the Super Bowl commercial and word of mouth improves, Alita may yet surpass expectations.

MORE: Read Screen Rant’s Alita: Battle Angel Review

Source: 20th Century Fox



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