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Jane Foster Just Became Marvel’s NEW Queen of Asgard

Marvel Comics has just made Jane Foster Queen of Asgard in this week’s War of the Realms #2. Writer Jason Aaron took over the Thor franchise back in 2012, and for the last seven years his ongoing story has been building to a head. This year’s Marvel Comics event, “War of the Realms,” is the climax of everything Aaron has been doing all along.

Jane Foster has been a major part of Aaron’s run. Under Aaron’s pen, Jane was transformed from a secondary character into a series lead when she proved herself worthy to wield Mjolnir. Jane Foster understood that the cosmos needs a Thor, and she was willing to pay a heavy price in order to meet that need; Jane had been diagnosed with cancer, and unfortunately the transformation into Thor reversed any positive effects from her chemotherapy. But that didn’t stop her, not least when the Mangog attacked and destroyed Immortal Asgard. She transformed into Thor one final time in order to defeat the Mangog, a victory that led to the destruction of Mjolnir, and barely survived thanks to Odin’s intervention.

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Jane’s chemotherapy has been successful, and there’s no longer a trace of cancer in her system. As such, as War of the Realms #2 reveals, when Malekith and his forces invade Earth Jane is keen to take to the front lines. She strikes a crucial blow against the leader of the Dark Elves, striking down his War Witches and giving Doctor Strange a chance to teleport the Avengers to safety so they can regroup and launch a counter-attack. With Odin exhausted and in need of the Odinsleep, Freyja considers a desperate suicide mission in order to rescue Thor from Jotunheim. She cannot leave the Asgardian refugees without a leader – and so she names Jane Foster All-Mother of Asgard in her place.

It’s testimony to the sheer scale of the “War of the Realms” event that such a momentous act happens in just two panels, and that Jane is entirely distracted watching monitors showing Malekith’s forces overrunning New York. While Jane is by no means the star of this event, Aaron is ensuring she’s a constant presence in the background. Given Jane is no longer suffering from cancer, it may well be that she will once again wield one of Thor’s hammers and become a Goddess of Thunder; certainly Malekith appears to believe that she could prove to be a major threat to his plans, given his forces prioritized her as a target along with Odin and Freyja in War of the Realms #1.

Asgard has never been in a worse position, with the Realm Eternal ravaged by the Mangog, Heimdall blinded, and Odin bitter and broken. With Thor stranded on Jotunheim, the Asgardian refugees will need all Jane’s wisdom if they’re going to be of any use in the battle against Malekith.

War of the Realms #2 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.

More: THOR’s Death Makes MCU Jane Foster Even Worse


2019-04-18 02:04:19

Thomas Bacon

25 Actors Who Became Unrecognizable For A Role

There’s plenty of examples of actors changing their looks for a specific movie role, but here’s 25 of the most impressive physical transformations ever put on screen. The job of an actor is to inhabit whatever role they are set to play, and the process of doing so can vary greatly depending on the project. It may be as simple as using makeup or changing their hair style, but accents, mannerisms, and the physical resemblance are often left up to the actor to pull off.

These types of physical transformations can be required for roles across all genres. They have resulted in major actors packing on pounds of muscle to play a superhero or athlete or even losing a significant amount weight. In many instances, an actor committing to changing their body can result in high praise and even an Oscar win.

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In Screen Rant’s latest video, we take a look at 25 actors who significantly changed their appearance for a role. Whether they gained weight, added muscle, or slimmed down, some of the biggest actors on the planet are included in this list. Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth’s superhero physiques as Star-Lord and Thor are particularly impressive. Check out the video featured at the top of this post for the full list of entries.

One of the clear through lines with this list is the prestigious nature of many with eight Oscar winning transformations included. Natalie Portman won for her slimmed down dancer role in Black Swan, as did Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables, Ben Kingsley in Gandhi, and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. On the flip side, Hillary Swank’s turn for Million Dollar Baby, Robert De Niro’s in Raging Bull, and Charlize Theron in Monster are great examples of adding weight helping take home awards. Will Smith’s transformation in Ali, Tom Hanks losing 55 pounds for Cast Away, and Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo didn’t result in a win, but they all did get nominated.

However, the king of the physical transformations is Christian Bale. Even though Jake Gyllenhaal got two mentions on the list for his contrasting looks in Nightcrawler and Southpaw, Bale loses and gains weight regularly for his roles. His only Oscar win came from his skinny look in The Fighter, and he’s also received nominations for gaining a substantial amount of weight for American Hustle and Vice. Plus, he’s shown the ability to look the part of a superhero through the Dark Knight trilogy, proving there is no look that he can’t achieve. His next role in Ford v. Ferrari doesn’t require a dramatic change to his appearance though, but early buzz around footage that was recently shown indicates Bale will turn in another great performance regardless.

MORE: Christian Bale’s 10 Greatest Roles, Ranked


2019-04-06 10:04:44

Cooper Hood

Superman Just Became a Grandpa, Thanks to Superboy

Superboy fans have waited years for Conner Kent to return to the main DC Universe, and the wait is finally over. But we weren’t expecting him to be a husband and father when he made his comeback.

Hard as it may be to believe, that’s exactly the plot twist that has taken place in Young Justice. After years of wondering if Superboy had been erased in Flashpoint, it was Bart Allen a.k.a. Impulse who learned the truth by running smack into the chest of Conner Kent. While Jonathan Kent was becoming his own Superboy in DC’s Rebirth, the clone of Superman and Lex Luthor was living his own life in another dimension. And he definitely wasn’t alone.

It was Superman, his genetic ‘father’ who named him Kon-El and welcomed him into the Kent family. Will Superman extend that same honor to his new daughter-in-law and grandchild once they return to the main DC Universe?

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Fans are going to need this reveal in some context, so we’ll do our best to keep the updated story simple (something the comic series itself has struggled with in early issues, dropping readers into half a dozen confusing scenarios already). The short version? Wally West broke Bart Allen out of the Speed Force a few months back, which was just in time to meet up with Tim Drake, Cassie Sandsmark, Ginny Hex, and Teen Lantern – the roster of the new Young Justice. And just in time to help them defend the world from a squad of knights originating from ‘Gemworld,’ a fantasy realm in DC’s reality, determined to find and defeat Earth’s famous Superman in combat.

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They met the heroes of Young Justice instead, before their wormhole flipped into reverse, and sucked all the DC heroes back to their Gemworld home. Bart expected to find plenty of things when he started his superspeed scouting, but Conner Kent in his signature leather jacket was definitely not one of them. Needless to say, Bart is ecstatic to be reunited with one of his best friends. Unfortunately, their meeting is cut short by the arrival of Gemworld’s authorities. And Impulse being Impulse, he can’t help but make the situation worse, challenging the guards until they deliver a blast of electricity strong enough to take him out of the fight.

But before Bart is knocked down, Conner does offer something of an explanation for his presence in Gemworld. As he explains to Bart, and as the issue itself explains in flashbacks to Conner’s adolescent days, the early Superboy smashes his way through a S.T.A.R. Labs facility in search of answers regarding the alien beast he has just helped them defeat. When one punch reveals a room filled with gems and workers in hazmat suits, Superboy can barely react before he, too, is sent warping through space and into Gemworld. There he has stayed ever since.

Conner informs Bart that the world isn’t so bad: he’s apparently found life as a gem farmer, in keeping with his half-Kent roots. But the real reason Conner avoids any fight, and drops to his knees when the guards come calling is only revealed after Bart is shocked (for the first time). It isn’t just himself he has to worry about, but his wife and child, too.

Needless to say, there will be MAJOR SPOILERS coming next…

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The appearance of a young, dark haired woman cradling an infant (wrapped in the standard red blanket for exiled Kryptonian infants) and looking to Conner for reassurance may seem like a solid tease upon which to end the issue. But Conner soon confirms what readers will hope, but not dare believe: the unknown woman really is his wife on Gemworld, which makes the child’s parentage almost certain.

RELATED: Superman’s Original Kryptonian Wife & Child Revealed

Conner Kent’s family is going to warm the hearts of Superboy fans, whether it’s the comic book or Young Justice animated version of the Young hero they know best. And even Superman would be delighted to see that Conner may be only half Kryptonian, but that’s more than enough to pass on the El Family spitcurl. All things considered, the strongest indication that the child truly is Conner’s.

The bad news for the mystery wife and enigmatic infant is that Superboy seems destined to end this peaceful existence as a gem farmer – although the choice may not be his. With the knights denied their chance to do battle with Superman of Earth, they can’t help but notice that Conner wears the same symbol on his chest. When one of the Dark Lord’s warriors claims he is also from Earth, and recognizes Conner’s clothing originating from there (and him along with it), the hero’s hand is forced.

So, will he be forced to exercise his true superpowers and shatter this quiet, peaceful existence into dust? Or will the arrival of his wife and child remind him why he left Earth, Superman, and every other young superhero behind? Obviously even more questions remain to be asked: are Superboy’s wife and child exactly as they seem? Will Conner bring them with him and escape from Gemworld back to Earth? Will Superman be a different man, now that he’s been made a grandfather? And most importantly, is this version of Superboy even aware of the life he lived before DC’s reboot, and subsequent Rebirth? The exact continuity that writer Brian Michael Bendis is keeping to or completely ignoring for Young Justice has been difficult to decipher.

Hopefully Bendis has a plan, but either way, we won’t let that spoil any of the fun for now. And if fans of the newly resurrected Young Justice cartoon needed another reason to experience the teams comic book rebirth, well, you don’t usually get a better reason than Superboy’s new wife and child. No matter how this shocking reveal ultimately plays out.

Young Justice #3 is available now from your local comic shop, and directly from DC Comics.

MORE: The FUTURE Superman Has Been Revealed By DC


2019-03-15 11:03:05

Andrew Dyce

10 Weirdest Things That Became Harry Potter Canon Thanks To ‘The Cursed Child’

I’ve been in the Harry Potter fandom for a long time. I started reading the books when I was seven and I’m now… well, old. That means I was around when Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was first announced. Originally, there was a rumor that it was going to be about Harry’s days with the Dursleys, which I was excited for. Then it was announced it would take place after the epilogue, and I was a bit more wary, but still excited.

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I’ve since read the script and I, er—kind of wish it wasn’t a thing and I’d been left to my own devices and headcanons. Listen. I am or was a diehard Potter fan, but I would kind of like to pretend this doesn’t exist. There’s just too much to wrap my head around.

10. There Was A Rumor Scorpius Was The Son Of Lord Voldemort

Scorpius was described as looking like Draco, so I’m not sure why this rumor was a thing, but there we have it—it is canon that people genuinely believed Scorpius was the son of Lord Voldemort. The rumor alone seems like a reach to me. Scorpius has pretty clear Malfoy features and even if these had been magically altered why would Draco, of all people—who switched sides in the war eventually—be raising Voldemort’s son?

Of course, this wasn’t true, but even there being so much as a rumor seemed pretty baseless. I mean, how nuts would it for Voldemort to have a kid?! Oh wait…   

9. Lord Voldemort Does Have An Actual Child

Delphi was posing as Amos Diggory’s niece but, as it turns out, she was the love child of Bellatrix Lestrange and Lord Voldemort. It seems really weird to suddenly introduce a character that’s the child of the books’ major villain, and almost a bit cliche—was there not a better plot than a randomly evil child of the Dark Lord?

I didn’t like Delphi herself as a character either. I mean, aside from the fact she was evil, she just wasn’t as interesting as she could have been for the child of the two most evil people to ever grace the pages of the books.  

8. Which Means He Was Lovers With Bellatrix Lestrange

I can’t. I just can’t.

Lord Voldemort was painted as being heartless. He wasn’t capable of love. The circumstances of his birth were so tragic that he wasn’t capable of being a normal human and loving like a normal human would. I get that Bellatrix was pretty enamored with him, because she was obvious about it despite being married to someone else, but why did he entertain it? Even if he didn’t love her, he doesn’t seem the type to mess around with her either… let alone risk having a baby with her.

Yeah. This whole thing was a bit much for me. Sorry Delphi, not buying it.

7. Harry Told Albus He Wishes He Wasn’t His Son

Harry was born to loving parents but before he could even begin to form memories, he had to go and live with the Dursleys. With them, he was neglected and abused, and he grew up knowing exactly what it was to feel unloved. He grew up knowing what bad parenting was. So even in a snap moment, why would he say something like this?

A temper isn’t a good reason—Harry knows better than that. I’ve been in some pretty heated parents with my fight too and they’ve never once said they wished I wasn’t their child. A real ouch moment.

6. Albus Was Sorted Into Slytherin

This seems so weird and yet, it’s actually the most believable thing on the list.

Albus seemed really concerned about being sorted into Slytherin, as Harry was. Harry asked the hat to be put in Gryffindor and was, and he shared this knowledge with Albus, who was relieved to hear it. But in this play, Albus was sorted into Slytherin anyway, despite knowing he could ask for Gryffindor and being deeply insecure about the whole thing.

I don’t know. After the epilogue, I feel like Albus would have asked for Gryffindor, but I suppose I get him embracing Slytherin. Still. It is our choices who show what we truly are…

5. The Trolley Witch Was A Monster

Scorpius and Albus, at one point, discover that the trolley witch is actually a monster designed to keep students from escaping the Hogwarts Express. Er… What?

Seems a bit risky, but what else do we expect from the school who puts students in danger constantly?

This one just seemed bizarre. I haven’t seen the play on stage so I’m sure it looked visually great to have that scene, but coming from someone who just read it all written down… This was another small thing that just ended up being hard to buy. At least this was a pretty small scene that was over quickly. Onto the next weird thing.

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4. Hermione’s Whole Personality Was Dependent On Marrying Ron

Now, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child explored a lot of alternate timelines. It’s important to note before I go on that these were alternate timelines based on circumstances—all of them were considered possible. They weren’t fabrications, they were things that might have actually happened based on the butterfly effect of something small changing.

I really hate the implication that if Hermione hadn’t married Ron, she became a very mean professor, less successful and less happy than her married-to-Ron self. Hermione was great on her own. She didn’t need Ron to make her a good person. It seemed kind of insulting to give an unmarried version of her such an awful personality.

3. Draco Malfoy Would Have Become A Monster Had Voldemort Won

If Voldemort had won the war, apparently Draco Malfoy failing in his mission to kill Dumbledore and trying to switch sides wouldn’t have mattered, because he became an awful Ministry official who would encourage attacks on Muggles.

Errrr. What?

Listen. I know Draco Malfoy could be a jerk. I know he wasn’t a particularly nice person in school. But it was pretty firmly clarified in the books that he wasn’t evil, just spoiled and extremely misguided. It seems weird that circumstances could have pushed him to this.

If I knew there was this version of Draco that could have existed, I would have punched him if I were told this as Harry after I stuck up for him so much.

2. There Was A Possibility Of Cedric Joining The Death Eaters

Cedric Diggory, like all of the other characters in this play, deserved better.

Here was the thing about Cedric. He was a Hufflepuff so he was a good, loyal, hard-working person. He even seemed to feel bad when people were being mean to Harry because they thought Harry posed a threat to Cedric winning the Triwizard Tournament. And yet, we’re supposed to believe that because he was humiliated once, he went on to become a Death Eater?

Seems far-fetched, but okay…

There’s just so much about this play that is hard to believe. I get that it had to look good, but surely the characters could have stayed more loyal to themselves…

1. There Was Also A Possibility Of Dementors Patrolling Hogwarts

Another weird thing about that alternative timeline—Umbridge had dementors patrolling Hogwarts.

This seems bizarre for a bunch of reasons but mostly, how could students concentrate and do their best with dementors patrolling the school? Even the inquisitorial squad surely hated it there, because they would constantly feel awful. Even Umbridge.

I’m not trying to be a killjoy! Like I said, I’ve heard this play looked amazing on stage. But if you read it as a book, a lot of really, really weird things became canon.

As a collective fandom, can we just agree to pretend this doesn’t exist? Okay? Good!

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2018-12-12 03:12:02

8 Prequels That Completely Flopped (And 22 That Became Massive Hits)

It’s become more and more common that movies are being set up to have sequels during their development stages. Larger, connected universes are becoming more and more of the norm. This is nothing new, but it’s fascinating when you realize that there are a large number of prequels currently in development.

Sequels are always going to be popular, since they continue a story after it’s ended, but sometimes looking back to the origins of different characters can be an even more worthwhile experience. Even now, there are prequel movies for the Kingsman series, SpongeBob SquarePants, and even The Sopranos in development. The Transformers prequel spinoff, Bumblebee, is also fast approaching.

Prequels may have a lot of appeal, but they also face a lot of pressure, since fans tend to have high expectations. Prequels are often created because sequels can’t be done or because the original cast isn’t interested in returning. Prequels can be tough, but when they’re given the proper opportunity, they can sometimes shed light on crucial parts of a story that fans wouldn’t have otherwise known about.

With that said, here are the 8 Prequels That Completely Flopped (And 22 That Became Massive Hits)!

30 Massive Hit: Amityville II: The Possession

The original The Amityville Horror became a pillar of the haunted house subgenre of horror, and so it didn’t come as a surprise when a slew of sequels followed in the wake of the original’s success. Amityville II: The Possession adopts an interesting approach, as it actually explains the events around the first family that perishes in the infamous house, the Montellis.

It’s not a bad concept, but the movie is incredibly dark and hopeless. The movie doesn’t have the best reputation in the franchise, but it still turned a profit of $7.5 million off of its modest $5 million budget.

29 Massive Hit: Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Some prequels dig into unanswered questions from the original movies that demanded answers, while others can be just blatant crash grabs that take advantage of a property’s popularity. There was no need to tell the origin story for the fun, lowbrow comedy, Dumb & Dumberer, and yet a prequel was made anyway.

Without Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, these dopey characters don’t connect nearly as well. The movie even feels a little less relevant now that an actual to Dumb & Dumberer has been made. In spite of these concessions, When Harry Met Lloyd turned out a legitimate profit. The movie doubled its budget at the box office.

28 Completely Flopped: The Thing (2011)

John Carpenter’s The Thing remains a horror classic to this day, so people were rightfully suspicious when a remake was announced. The year 2011’s The Thing doesn’t hold a candle to the original movie, but it deserves some credit for how it functions as both a remake and a prequel to the original. It even subtly connects some dots from the 1982 film.

This modern take would go on to lose $6.5 million, since it only made $31.5 million at the box office off of its $38 million budget. The funny thing is that this movie technically made more money than the original, but the budget on John Carpenter’s movie was a lot smaller ($15 million).

27 Massive Hit: Hannibal Rising

Hannibal Lecter has been at the top of “Best Villains” lists for decades. Anthony Hopkins gave the character horrifying life, and ever since Silence of the Lambs, there’s been a real desire for more of this cannibalistic monster.

Thomas Harris was pressured to write more Hannibal Lecter stories, and the result was Hannibal Rising, an unnecessary prequel that looks at the character’s formative childhood years. Naturally, a movie followed suit, and even though it made a profit off of the public’s morbid fascination with the idea, critics attacked the movie and it was not considered “good.” In spite of the negative reviews, though, the $50 million movie would make $82.2 million at the box office.

26 Massive Hit: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

The 2003 remake of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre turned out to be such a success that they were eager to monopolize on this popularity and build a new franchise. This led to the release of a prequel in 2006, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, that looks into the grimy, developmental years of the twisted Hewitt family, specifically the young Leatherface.

The movie mixes morbid backstory with a conventional slasher tropes that are set against the events of the Vietnam War. The film isn’t seen as a high mark in the franchise, but the movie tripled its budget at the box office and was a commercial success.

25 Completely Flopped: Mallrats

Mallrats is Kevin Smith’s second movie, but it actually takes place a day before the events of Clerks and is technically a prequel to Smith’s previous movie. Mallrats follows Quint and Brodie, two slackers who go through a number of schemes at the local mall, all in the name of love. Mallrats shows Smith continuing to refine his style and slowly develop his growing “Askewniverse.”

Smith made Mallrats on a meager budget of $6.1 million, but it only brought in $2.1 million at the box office, which was a considerable hit for Smith following the success of Clerks. Smith would properly regroup and deliver a critical and commercial winner with his next movie, Chasing Amy.

24 Massive Hit: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Snow White and the Huntsman got a lot of attention due to the behind-the-scenes drama involving the movie’s director, Rupert Sanders, and the movie’s star, Kristen Stewart. The film turned out to be a hit, but to avoid more drama, the future of the franchise instead decided to focus on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. The prequel would also be set before Snow White ever enters the picture.

Accordingly, The Huntsman: Winter’s War takes a very Game of Thrones approach to its story and capitalizes on the royal politics and power plays that take place within the kingdom. This angel appeared to work, but barely, as the $115 million movie made $165 million at the box office.

23 Massive Hit: The Scorpion King

Before Tom Cruise attempted to breathe new life into The Mummy, the Brendan Fraser-led franchise saw a huge amount of success. The quirky movie turned into a huge franchise that explored many different characters.

For instance, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s turn as series villain, the Scorpion King, proved to be so popular that he was even given his own prequel movie and parallel series. This was an early glimpse into just how much star power Dwayne Johnson has, since the movie brought in $165.3 million on a budget of $60 million. Clearly a lot of people wanted to watch The Rock lead an action movie.

22 Completely Flopped: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

After the cancelation of David Lynch’s television phenomenon, Twin Peaks, he decided to follow-up the series with a feature movie. However, rather than answering the many lingering questions that remained, Lynch instead opted to tell a melancholy prequel story that looked at the final week of Laura Palmer’s life and the events that lead into the television show.

The movie delivers a crushing character study that’s pure Lynch, but it’s not what mainstream fans of the show were expecting. This translated to a small box office return and the movie lost over $5 million. Fire Walk With Me may technically have been a failure when it was released, but it has only become more popular over time.

21 Massive Hit: Red Dragon

The sequel to Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, had a spotty reception with critics and audiences alike, but viewers still seemed hungry for more of Hannibal Lecter. As a result, Thomas Harris’ first novel in the Hannibal Lecter saga, Red Dragon, was adapted with Ed Norton in the lead as Will Graham.

The results were an awkward, uneven movie that tries to find excuses to inject Lecter into the narrative (granted, Lecter was also growing older at this point). The film may be a weak final product, but it made $209.1 million at the box office, which was more than double of its $78 million budget.

20 Massive Hit: Alien vs Predator

Fans had been clamoring for a crossover epic between the Alien and Predator series for ages, so it surprised a lot of viewers when Alien vs Predator actually came out. Due to the excitement that was built up around this showdown, it was pretty clear that this movie was going to make money, even if it was a complete disaster.

While Alien vs Predator isn’t a complete failure, it is a giant mess that largely squanders its potential and angers two fervent fanbases in the process. It even had a PG-13 rating. In spite of the negative reception, though, the movie made a whopping $172.5 million on a $60 million budget.

19 Massive Hit: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name Trilogy remains a high mark of the Western genre. The movies all feature breathtaking cinematography, incredible scores, and minimalist performances from Eastwood that helped make him famous.

The concluding chapter in the saga, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is often considered to be the strongest of the three movies, but many don’t realize that it’s also a prequel since it’s set during the Civil War. The movie made $25.1 million in North America, but the film’s budget was only $1.2 million.

18 Completely Flopped: Butch And Sundance: The Early Days

It’s always a little disheartening when a classic movie gets a lazy prequel that cheapens the original movie’s legacy. George Roy Hill’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a beloved piece of cinema. Ten years after its release, this prequel was put together, and both of the movie’s iconic roles were recast.

The film looks at the outlaws’ exploits before they become notorious, but it never really justifies its existence. Audiences responded accordingly and the movie only brought in around $5 million on a budget of $9 million, effectively making it a dud.

17 Massive Hit: Paranormal Activity 3

The whole reason why the Paranormal Activity franchise became such a huge hit was due to the fact that the movies could be made with a very small, micro-budget due to their found footage-look. With each new film, the franchise became increasingly intricate.

When it came time for Paranormal Activity 3, thoughthe franchise decided to go back to 1988 to look at the initial paranormal events that roped in Kristi and Katie. It’s a smart approach that respects the series’ continuity and takes place before the series is running on fumes. Paranormal Activity 3 made a profit of $202 million off of its $5 million budget.

16 Massive Hit: X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class began as Matthew Vaughn’s attempt to reboot the franchise and get away from the fallout of X-Men: The Last Stand. Vaughn’s work with First Class would prove to be so impressive that it would not only reinvigorate the public’s interest in the series, but also incorporate and re-frame the original movie trilogy in a brilliant way.

­X-Men: First Class looks at the genesis of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr’s friendship and the actions they take that will eventually define the ­X-Men series. The movie, which is set during the Cold War, effectively puts the series back on track. The film brought in $353.6 million off of a budget that was somewhere between $140-160 million.

15 Completely Flopped: Pan

Joe Wright’s Pan is an ambitious, flashy spectacle, but it’s interesting to note how audiences weren’t completely onboard with the new story. Pan functions as an origin story for the whimsical Peter Pan and depicts his induction into the fantasy land and his early friendship with Hook as they take on the enemy pirate, Blackbeard.

Pan cost $150 million to make and it was panned by both critics and audiences alike. The movie still brought in $128.4 million, but that amounted to a loss for the studio and no other Peter Pan adventures would be pursued after.

14 Massive Hit: The Godfather Part II

The Godfather Part II is widely heralded as one of the best sequels of all time, but due to the movie’s bifurcated narrative, it also functions as a prequel that explores a young Vito Corleone as he takes up a life of crime. The Godfather Part II wisely plays with Michael Corleone’s present and his father’s past, and juxtaposes the similar paths that the two took and their many differences.

It’s a great character study, and because of this, the movie made somewhere between $47.5-57.3 million in North America off of its modest $13 million budget. Audiences learned that it’s important to never go against the family and to trust in this prequel.

13 Massive Hit: Annabelle

The Conjuring connected cinematic universe has turned into one of the most profitable horror series of all time, and after the runaway success of James Wan’s two Conjuring movies, the series began looking at strong directions for spin-offs series.

The creepy doll, Annabelle, that made a strong impression in The Conjuring, was the first to get its own series. Annabelle turns back the clock and looks at the doll’s evil roots and the family that she plagued before the Warrens gained possession of her. Overall, many fans saw it as one of the weaker Conjuring movies, but it was still a huge success at the box office, making $257 million off of a budget of $6.5 million. 

12 Massive Hit: Prometheus

There was a lot of excitement when Ridley Scott announced that he’d be returning to the Alien franchise, albeit with a series of stories set far before the events of the original movie. Prometheus certainly has ties and makes references to Alien, but it’s much more cerebral and spiritual than the outright horror film Alien.

Prometheus digs into mankind’s very existence and answers some very heady questions, while also establishing a deep mythology. Prometheus connected with critics and audiences alike for the most part, and because of this, the movie brought in $403.4 million at the box office from a budget that was somewhere between $120-130 million.

11 Completely Flopped: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For operates as both a prequel and a sequel and weaves a complicated timeline. The first Sin City proved to be a colossal success and fans were eager for a sequel. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller eventually gave the viewers what they wanted, but it happened nearly a decade after the original movie’s release.

What was once cutting edge was now no longer impressive and the magic of the first movie had largely worn off. The film only brought in a little over half of its $65 million budget at the box office, and it became clear that there’d be no third Sin City movie.

10 Massive Hit: Oz The Great And Powerful

Properties like Wicked helped show that prequels to The Wizard of Oz can work under the right circumstances. There were some reservations in place when Sam Raimi announced that he’d be tackling a prequel with James Franco set to play Oz, however.

The creative filmmaker really latched onto Baum’s rich world and created a loving companion piece to the original classic. Oz The Great and Powerful isn’t perfect, but it has fun with its characters. The movie received a mixed reception, but it still saw impressive box office returns. It made over double its $200 million budget at the box office, bringing in $493.3 million.

9 Massive Hit: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

For all intents and purposes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is meant to be a reboot of the famous Planet of the Apes franchise. That being said, it could also be argued that this movie works as a prequel to the original franchise, since the movie is set before apes take over the planet.

The film takes the boiled down approach to look at one ape, Caesar, and his development, hinting at how apes will grow to take over mankind. Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ new direction proved to be a tremendous success, as it made $481.8 million at the box office and would go on to spawn its own trilogy.

8 Massive Hit: Puss In Boots

The Puss in Boots character from the Shrek franchise proved to be so popular that he was given his own series of movies that would allow the unscrupulous character to meet his full potential. Puss in Boots is set before the feline character ever encounters Shrek, but the movie is a mostly self-contained caper that comes down to friendship in the end.

Puss in Boots proved that the character could survive on his own, and much like the Shrek movies, it  immediately found commercial success. The $130 million film made $555 million at the box office, bringing in a profit of over $400 million.

7 Completely Flopped: The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas

The first Flintstones live-action feature movie was a weird example of lightning in a bottle, since the fun setting and sublime casting turned out to be a success. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas came out six years later, and even though it retained the original movie’s director, the entire cast was changed and the energy wasn’t as electric the second time around.

The movie tells the story of how Fred and Wilma first meet and begin their romance. It’s a fun angle, but it wasn’t enough for audiences. The film made just under $60 million off of its $83 million budget, which meant that it took a significant hit.

6 Massive Hit: Monsters University

Pixar sequels are always wildly successful, but Monsters University decided to buck the norm by delivering a prequel adventure instead. Monsters University looks at how beloved monsters Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became friends in the first place, with the entire thing set against a frat comedy that’s somehow the perfect fit for a kids’ movie.

Monsters University doesn’t disappoint and finds a worthwhile, engaging story for the return of these characters. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the $200 million movie would make $744.2 million at the box office, leading to a profit of over half a billion dollars.

5 Massive Hit: Casino Royale

The James Bond series has been an institution for decades, but Casino Royale turned out to be a formative movie for the franchise. Not only did it introduce the world to Daniel Craig’s take on the character, but it also went back to James Bond’s roots and examined his origin story, which is something that the previous movies had never done before.

Casino Royale marks a more mature Bond film that’s carried the same momentum to this day and is still felt. Casino Royale made a big impression on audiences and brought in $600 million at the box office off of its $150 million budget.

4 Massive Hit: The Hobbit Trilogy

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy became touchstone movies for the fantasy genre, so many people were excited when it turned out that he’d also be adapting Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Reception became a little more mixed, though, when it was revealed that The Hobbit would span a trilogy of films and that these movies would use an abundance of CGI.

Despite their mixed reception and the drop in quality after Lord of the Rings, the movies still collectively brought in nearly $3 billion at the box office on a combined budget of $782 million. The movies were huge commercial successes.

3 Completely Flopped: Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist

The story behind the prequel to The Exorcist is a sad case of overbearing studio meddling. Paul Schrader began work on an Exorcist prequel, but when the studio thought that it wasn’t overtly scary enough, they hired Renny Harlin to take over and do his own version of the project.

Harlin released Exorcist: The Beginning, which made money, but was a critical failure. Accordingly, the studio decided to finish and release Schrader’s movie to try and recoup losses, putting out Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist. However, the film had an extremely limited theatrical release, as it was only played on 110 screens, so it only made $251,495 at the box office on its $30 million budget.

2 Massive Hit: Star Wars Episodes I-III

The Star Wars prequel trilogy has a very negative reputation both among the Star Wars community and the general public. It was undeniably exciting when George Lucas announced this trilogy, but the movies are plagued with issues and seem to have frustrated fans more than genuinely pleased anyone (though they were not without their strong moments and performances).

Even though the movies are mocked in present day, it’s hard to deny their box office appeal. The films collectively brought in nearly $2.5 billion at the box office, while the combined budget of the trilogy was only $343 million. Lucas clearly knew how to turn out a profit.

1 Massive Hit: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Steven Spielberg struck gold with Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, and it was clear that more exciting adventures with Harrison Ford’s suave archaeologist were imminent. The next movie in the series, The Temple of Doom, is an undeniably pulpier film that really lays on the serial-inspired action tropes.

The movie also happens to be a prequel, as it technically takes place before the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s not a crucial detail that’s fundamental to enjoying the movie, but it’s interesting to note its chronology. Temple of Doom had a modest budget of $28.2 million and would make a staggering $333.1 million at the box office.

Are there any other prequels that became massive hits or flopped? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-12-03 01:12:41

How Game of Thrones Prevented Set Photos From Spoiling the Series Finale

When it comes to avoiding spoilers for Game of Thrones, filmmakers are taking no chances for season 8. The story of Game of Thrones started in 1996 when author George R.R. Martin published his book titled A Game Of Thrones, which stands as his first entry in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. His series of novels is what HBO decided to adapt into Game of Thrones which came on the air in 2011.

The show has been running for seven seasons, but Game of Thrones very quickly became one of HBO’s most popular TV shows. The series has a truly ensemble cast including actors like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey. All of these characters survived the end of season 7, but it is up in the air whether they will survive the eighth and final season. Thankfully, spoilers for the upcoming season haven’t leaked yet, which is because HBO is taking special precautions to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Related: Emilia Clarke Commemorates Game Of Thrones Ending With New Dragon Tattoos

According to EW, HBO is using new high-tech instruments to make sure drones cannot fly over filming locations called a “Drone Killer“. Previously, Game of Thrones has had leaks due to flying drones and even actual photographersAs explained by actress Sophie Turner at New York Comic Con, “If a drone flies above sets, there’s a thing that can kill the drones, which is really cool. It creates a field around it and the drones just drop. It’s very X-Men.” While this new development will no doubt help contain spoilers on the highly anticipated season, the show has still had trouble in the past keeping elements of the plot a secret.

Last August, hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO which contained Game of Thrones scripts as well as the cast’s personal information. The leak was a big blow to HBO as people were less inclined to tune in if the episodes had been spoiled. The filmmakers behind the newest season seem to not be playing games when it comes to season 8. In addition to this, the Game of Thrones scripts now supposedly vanish after the scenes have been filmed. It was also rumored that the show would film multiple endings, but those rumors have since been debunked by the cast.

Even though Game of Thrones is still quite a ways away, the eighth season is looking to be the biggest one yet (despite being the shortest in number of episodes). After all, this season will feature the biggest battle in Game of Thrones history. The series will also have to effectively tie up each of the characters storylines and finally reveal who will sit atop the Iron Throne. Regardless of what HBO has in store for fans, they are doing everything they can to ensure that this season doesn’t get spoiled early.

More: Game of Thrones’ Jamie Lannister Didn’t Think He Would Live to Season 8

Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO in 2019.

Source: EW



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2018-10-11 05:10:42 – Christopher Fiduccia

Does Bad Times At The El Royale Have A Post-Credits Scene?

Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale sees the writer-director try his hand at a ’60s-set noir thriller, but does it have a post-credits scene setting up a sequel or clearing up the ending? Goddard made a name for himself in Hollywood as a writer, working on TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias. He made his directorial debut on 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods, a film he co-wrote with Joss Whedon. The movie became a hit with critics and well-remembered by horror fans for its handling of tropes typical to the genre. Now, Goddard returns to film directing with this year’s Bad Times at the El Royale.

The movie follows seven strangers over the course of one night in the ’60s at a motel called the El Royale, which sits on the border between California and Nevada. The star-studded cast includes Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny and Lewis Pullman as guests of the motel and the concierge working at the establishment. As the movie progresses, viewers follow the various characters throughout the night and gain insight into the backstories before arriving at the El Royale.

Related: Screen Rant’s Review of Bad Times at the El Royale

Now that the movie is in theaters, fans of Goddard – and/or those intrigued by the Bad Times at the El Royale trailers – have a chance to check it out, but they may be wondering if there’s an extra scene after the credits. Unfortunately, Bad Times at the El Royale does not have a post-credits scene, which means the movie wraps up entirely before the credits start to roll. While it’s always worth it to watch the credits of a film and get an idea of who was involved in making it, Bad Times at the El Royale doesn’t feature any extra teaser or scene at the very end.

Those who have seen Bad Times at the El Royale know the movie doesn’t quite leave room for a sequel, though there are undoubtedly ways one could be done. Still, it makes sense that the film doesn’t feature a post-credits scene setting up a follow-up. It’s relatively clear that there won’t be a sequel to the movie – just like there won’t be a sequel to Cabin in the Woods – but not all post-credits scenes are explicitly sequel teasers. Some are simply an additional scene that offer added context or insight into the main movie.

For instance, a Bad Times at the El Royale post-credits scene could have cleared up the mystery of who was on the film reel that’s discussed throughout the movie. Instead, viewers are left to ponder who might be the man on that reel (which was, no doubt, Goddard’s intention). So, while there may have been a way for Bad Times at the El Royale to incorporate a post-credits scene, it also doesn’t necessarily need one. At the end of the day, whether or not a movie includes a post-credits scene is up to the director and Goddard chose not to include one for Bad Times at the El Royale.

Next: Bad Times At The El Royale’s Ending & Big Mysteries Explained



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2018-10-11 04:10:56 – Molly Freeman

Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers

The Flash Premiere Had The Arrowverse’s First Batwoman Easter Egg

The fifth season premiere of The Flash surprised fans by making the first official reference to the existence of Batwoman, months ahead of her first scheduled appearance during the annual Arrowverse crossover event this winter. The episode also dropped a number of references to the classic comic book mini-series Crisis On Infinite Earths, which has been hinted as an eventual occurrence in the future of the Arrowverse.

Batwoman’s arrival in the Arrowverse was first announced shortly before San Diego Comic Con 2018, when the news broke that The CW was considering developing a television series based around Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne who unintentionally followed in his footsteps when she became a vigilante. It was later confirmed that not only was The CW developing the series, but they intended to introduce Kate Kane as part of Elseworlds – the next annual Arrowverse crossover event. Ruby Rose, of Orange Is The New Black fame, was ultimately cast in the role of Kate Kane.

Related: First Look At Ruby Rose In Costume As Batwoman In Arrowverse Crossover

The nod to Batwoman came near the end of the third segment of “Nora.” The action of the episode centered around Nora West-Allen, the future daughter of Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen, accidentally traveling back in time to before she was born and meeting her parents shortly after they got married. Barry quickly realized something was up when Nora seemed more concerned about spending time with him than doing the same with Iris and asked Nora, point blank, if that had anything to do his disappearance during a crisis in 2024, which he had read about in a future newspaper. Nora responded by showing Barry a newspaper from her time – the year 2049 – and confirming that he never returned home and that she grew up without a father.

Published 25 years to the day after the original article from the future, which was first seen in the first episode of The Flash, the 2049 article discusses the same crisis, but with a bit more detail. The 2024 article mentioned The Flash disappearing while fighting alongside Green Arrow, The Atom, and Hawkgirl. The 2049 article lists a larger number of heroes being involved in the battle, including Batwoman. The article says:

“But in the years following the crisis, accounts only grew more contradictory. Some eyewitnesses remember dozens of other heroes present, including Green Arrow, Batwoman, and Elongated Man. Others remember heroes thought lost in time, like The Atom, or from other worlds, like Supergirl. Some even contend they saw Reverse-Flash leading an army of ‘shadow demons’.”

It is interesting to note that Batwoman is mentioned in the same sentence as Green Arrow and Elongated Man – two heroes who frequently fight alongside The Flash on Earth-One. Until now, it had not been confirmed what Earth in the Arrowverse Kate Kane would be based on, though most assumed she would be from Earth 38 – the same Earth as Supergirl – as that would make it easier for the two to team-up in the future, in the same way that Batman and Superman frequently join forces in the comics. The wording of the article would suggest, however, that Kate Kane will be from Earth-One.

The mention of Reverse-Flash leading an army of shadow demons is another point of interest, given that shadow demons were the main mooks of The Anti-Monitor – the villain of the Crisis On Infinite Earths mini-series, where The Flash seemingly died saving the multiverse. The article also makes mention of The Psycho Pirate – another super-villain who had a major role in the events of The Crisis. It has long been suspected that the Arrowverse would eventually reenact Crisis On Infinite Earths in live-action and this latest bit of news about Batwoman from The Flash premiere seems to make that probability all the more certain.

More: The Flash Fixes Plot Hole By Secretly Changing Arrowverse History



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2018-10-10 07:10:43 – Matt Morrison

Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details Only True Potterheads Knew About Wormtail

For a lot of reasons, Peter Pettigrew, AKA “Wormtail”, may be one of the creepiest characters in all of the Harry Potter series. First and foremost, is the rather strange decision on the part of author J.K. Rowlings, to make Pettigrew’s animagus form hang around so closely with a preteen Ronald Weasley. With that particularly large elephant out of the room, we can get into some of the more unnerving, crazy, and interesting facts about this Voldemort supporter.

Everyone knows Wormtail to be the man who betrayed Lily and James Potter’s location to Voldemort, who sought to destroy them and their newborn son after finding out that Harry may one day defeat him. Although Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life backfired (quite literally), this moment it did cement Wormtail as one of Tom Riddle’s most famous supporters. In addition to this, Wormtail also got away with it all by blaming Sirius Black for that horrible night.

In many ways, Wormtail was the most unlikely member of Voldemort’s inner circle. He didn’t have the dedication to Voldemort’s evil agenda that Lucius Malfoy did. Nor did he have the obsessive nature of the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange. At the end of the day, Wormtail was a coward, and that why he let betrayed his friends to become part of one of the darkest cults of all time. Despite all he has done, Wormtail was still a far more engaging character than most fans may recall.

Without further ado, here are 20 Crazy Facts About Wormtail.

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

When Peter Pettigrew arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he lined up with the rest of the First Years to await The Sorting Hat’s decision on which House he would join. While in line, he met both Sirius Black, who uttered his contempt for Slytherin House, and James Potter. Immediately, Pettigrew took a liking to these boys and longed to be Sorted with them.

When he finally was placed under The Sorting Hat, Pettigrew waited a whole five minutes to be placed in Gryffindor.

This is what was called a “Hatstall.” The Sorting Hat clearly saw that this character was suitable for more than one house. Although Slytherin would be the obvious alternative choice, Hufflepuff was one as well.

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

Due to Peter Pettigrew’s friendship with James, Remus, and Sirius, he joined The Order of the Phoenix after his time at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to combat Voldemort and his sycophantic followers during the First Wizarding War. This was the time when Voldemort returned from traveling abroad and sought to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-born magical folk. Although Pettigrew wasn’t a fan of Voldemort’s ideology, he was part of the Order purely because his friends were. It was a community for him. He did not have the same passion for the cause as the other members did.

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

Much like Peter Pettigrew wasn’t a true believer in the Order of the Phoenix, he wasn’t one of Voldemort’s dedicated followers either. He did not share the same lust for dominance over the Wizarding World, nor the same level of intolerance.

When Pettigrew became a spy for Voldemort, it was purely out of fear.

Wormtail, at the end of the day, is an opportunist. He is someone who will do just about anything to survive, and that included betraying his best friends in order to remain on the powerful dark wizard’s good side. In many instances, especially in the books, Wormtail even couldn’t bear Voldemort’s violence and occasionally attempted to suggest alternative measures to achieve his dark desire.

17 McGonagall Didn’t Like Him, even as a kid

If there’s one thing that Minerva McGonagall has never done, it’s mince words. First and foremost, this Transfiguration professor and Gryffindor Head of House is brutally honest. In the books, she was honest about how she felt about Peter Pettigrew during his time at Hogwarts.

Of course, McGonagall taught him Transfiguration as well as watched over him as the H.O.H. She claimed that Pettigrew “hero-worshipped” both James Potter and Sirius Black. In fact, she even described him as a “lump of a boy” who constantly followed Sirius around like his lap-dog. She even claimed that Peter was “stupid” as well as “foolish.” However, Minerva clearly grew to have some respect for him once he joined the Order. She even spoke sadly about him before she learned that he was the one responsible for the betrayal and not Sirius.

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

As most fans know, Peter Pettigrew was one of the Mauraders, the small group of friends that consisted of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Peter even decided to become an animagus in order to make Remus feel more comfortable with the fact that he was tragically turned into a werewolf. The fact that Pettigrew could turn into a rat at will was something that came in handy after he was forced to fake his own demise in order to properly frame Sirius Black.

Due to his fear of being caught, Pettigrew lived as a rat for a solid 12 years.

He was eventually discovered by Sirius and Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

15 He Chose The Weasleys As Owners To Avoid The Death Eaters

After Pettigrew faked his demise, he chose to live as a rat in order to both keep up his lie as well as to avoid the Death Eaters. At this stage, many of Voldemort’s followers were unknown to the authorities and lived amongst the common-folk. Due to the fact that Voldemort’s apparent demise happened due to Pettigrew’s information, the Death Eaters believed that Pettigrew was a traitor and therefore sought to destroy him.

Wormtail knew that he stood a better chance at staying alive if he picked a “good” family to stay with. Eventually, he came to be Percy Weasley’s possession and was handed down to Ron. Presumably, Wormtail (as “Scabbers”) stayed with the Weasleys because he knew that the family would treat him right as well as shield him from Voldemort’s secret followers.

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

Although Wormtail didn’t mean to, he almost completely ruined Hermione and Ron’s friendship in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Throughout the book and the film (to a lesser extent), Ron was constantly trying to save Scabbers (AKA Wormtail) from Hermione’s carnivorous new cat, Crookshanks. When Wormtail heard that Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban and was poking around the Hogwarts grounds, he decided to flee, faking his demise a second time.

In the book, he bit himself in order to leave blood that suggested that Crookshanks had finally taken him out.

It completely convinced Ron, and the pair’s relationship nearly ended until the truth was revealed. This is just another instance of Peter Pettigrew doing anything necessary to remain alive.

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

A lot of fans of Harry Potter who haven’t paid close enough detail to the books wonder how Wormtail and Voldemort were reunited before the events of The Goblet of Fire. Well, the truth is Wormtail learned from fellow rats that a dark force was living in a forest in Albania. This force ended up being Voldemort himself, who was living off the animals in the forest. However, Voldemort was just clinging to life in his shriveled-up form.

Wormtail lured a prominent ministry witch, who was on vacation in Albania, into the forest and then proceeded to force information out of her that helped persuade Voldemort to take him back into his good graces.

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

Aside from finding Lord Voldemort in a forest in Albania and giving him some vital information about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament from the ministry official he lured into the forest, Wormtail also stayed in Voldemort’s good graces due to the fact that he kept him alive. At this point, Voldemort was simply a shriveled up humanoid creature who barely had any power at all.

With Wormtail’s help, he managed to stay strong enough to last until the end of The Goblet of Fire when he was “reborn.”

Wormtail was able to do this because he milked the venom out of Nagini, Voldemort’s giant snake who will appear in human form in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This venom provided Voldemort with the rudimentary body we see in Goblet of Fire.

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

When Wormtail traveled to Albania to seek Voldemort, he ran into a ministry official who he forced into telling him legitimate information about the goings on at Hogwarts. This included the upcoming Triwizard Tournament that they would get Harry Potter to take part in, as well as the fact that Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody would be the next Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Another piece of information this ministry official gave was that there was a Voldemort supporter hiding out in England. This ended up being Barty Crouch Jr., who, with the help of Wormtail, tracked down Mad-Eye Moody and captured him. Crouch then famously continued to take locks of Mad-Eye’s hair in order to brew a Polyjuice Potion that turned him into Mad-Eye.

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

As we found out through various flashbacks during Harry’s time learning legilimency from Severus Snape, Severus was teased and pushed around by Harry’s father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew as a child. Pettigrew probably wouldn’t have been the one to instigate this, but he was happy to play along with what the “cool kids” were doing. That, after all, was sort of his M.O. However, in their later years, Snape got his revenge on Wormtail after Voldemort ordered Wormtail to live with Snape at Spinner’s End in order to help him with various things.

Wormtail ended up being Snape’s punching bag and personal servant.

In fact, Snape treated him quite poorly, which, without a doubt had more to do with Wormtail betraying Lily Potter than anything else.

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

Lord Voldemort may not have had the ability to love anything except for himself, and even that is arguable, but he certainly had some appreciation and respect for certain members of his cult. At one time, he had immense respect for Lucius Malfoy, but that went away after Lucius continued to fail him. Bellatrix and Snape seem to be in his good graces constantly as they appeared to be his most ardent supporters. Snape, specifically, was the one he thought was infiltrating Dumbledore and the Order.

Wormtail is a different story entirely. Voldemort never liked Wormtail at all. He put up with him because Wormtail helped to keep him alive. But even before Voldemort’s first downfall, the villain knew that Wormtail was only around out of fear, not out of duty or respect.

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

Throughout the course of the Harry Potter series, two very different powerful magical folk made comments on Wormtail’s lack of power. The first was Wormtail’s old Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall, who claimed that he was far less talented than his friends when it came to magic. Then there’s Voldemort, who always regarded his servant as particularly weak. The truth is, they were mostly right about him.

He was a hopeless dueler, only besting opponents when catching them off-guard.

However, there are a couple of instances where he’s shown more potential than even he believed. One of these moments was when he caused an explosion that ended the lives of twelve Muggles and allowed him to get away from Sirius Black.

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

You can say a lot about Peter Pettigrew, including his cowardly demeanor, but one thing you can’t say is that he was dumb. On the contrary, Wormtail was actually pretty intelligent. This cunning helped him frame Sirius for the crime that he committed, as well as search out Voldemort.

Wormtail’s intelligence also allowed him to be quite the opportunist. This trait perhaps sums him up the most, as from the start of things he knew how to get in with the “right” crowd. When the tides changed and there was a better group to be associated with, that’s exactly where Wormtail would end up. A fool wouldn’t be able to navigate situations like this, let alone stay on Voldemort’s good side.

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

Being an opportunist didn’t quite go over well when it came to Voldemort’s closest servants. First of all, many of them, including Bellatrix Lestrange, were there because they either believed in Voldemort’s cause or Voldemort himself.

Many of these Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a clinger; someone who was merely there to survive and never truly fought for what they believed in.

Another major source of the dislike the Death Eaters had for Wormtail had to do with Voldemort’s first downfall. This event happened on Wormtail’s information. When Voldemort was seemingly annihilated after attacking Harry Potter, many Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a traitor who purposefully led Voldemort to his grave.

5 His Hand Was Cursed

Although the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies didn’t explore Wormtail’s silver hand, it was certainly talked about in detail in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Wormtail first got this magical silver hand after he severed it from his body while resurrecting Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire. However, it came with a catch.

The catch with Wormtail’s replacement hand was that it was cursed. Sure, the hand had magical properties, including being impervious to certain jinxes, but it also led to his downfall. Though Wormtail didn’t receive a proper final scene in the films, his demise in the books occurred when he was planning to do good on his “life debt” to Harry. Wormtail’s magical hand turned on him, wrapped around his neck, and took his life.

4 He was insecure about his body

Every single person on the planet has their own set of insecurities. This is true of all of the characters within J.K. Rowling’s masterful series. For Wormtail, it was his stature. Not only was his short height an issue for him, but his weight and shape particularly bothered him. He no doubt compared himself to the more traditionally handsome James Potter and Sirius Black while growing up.

Due to actor Timothy Spall’s height, Wormtail was portrayed a taller than he was in the books.

However, when he first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, he was around the same height as a 13 and 14-year-old Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione would grow to be taller, while Pettigrew remained the same height.

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

J.K. Rowlings described Peter Pettigrew has had some of the qualities of a rat, especially after living as one for a solid twelve years. These traits included watery eyes, grubby skin, a pointed nose, and even a squeaky voice that followed him after he revealed himself in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to make sure audiences absolutely knew that Pettigrew would have maintained some of his rat-like qualities after his twelve-year stint. These added details included extra nostril hair, knuckle hair, two big teeth, and a consistency between Scabbers’ fur and Wormtail’s locks. Hiding his neck with the right coat also made Wormtail’s rat-like look more believable. These details also came in handy for Wormtail’s visual transition back into his animagus form as he escaped.

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

Wormtail didn’t keep his distance the day after Voldemort’s downfall in Godric’s Hollow. He made sure he was nearby as he hoped his information would be useful. Voldemort, of course, wanted to take out a young Harry Potter due to the prophecy that stated that the boy could lead to his demise. Unfortunately for Voldemort, his attempt on Harry’s life backfired and he was practically disintegrated.

Wormtail deduced this once he came across the rubble of the house. He then found Voldemort’s iconic phoenix-feathered wand and took it for safe keeping.

He later gave it back to Voldemort once he was strong enough to use it once more.

There’s no telling where exactly Wormtail stored the wand while living as a rat for twelve years.

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

Wormtail’s connection to the Marauders, Lupin (Mooney), Sirius (Padfoot), and James (Prongs) was fully realized the day that he met his end. This is because Wormtail’s demise (at least in the book) was very similar to those of his three classmates.

All four of them, in one way or another, passed away while trying to protect or save Harry.

James met his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort that day in Godric’s Hollow. Sirius was protecting Harry when he was struck by Bellatrix’s curse. Lupin fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry a moment to escape from Dolohov, who was later revealed to have taken Lupin out. Finally, Wormtail’s cursed hand turned on him the moment he was about to let Harry go, honoring his life-debt.

What do you think is the craziest fact about Wormtail in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments below!



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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker