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Dwayne Johnson Thinks A Black Superman Will Happen Soon

Dwayne Johnson states his belief that one day cinematic comic book adaptations will see a version of Superman played by a black actor. The action star is next to be seen in The Fast and the Furious spin off Hobbs & Shaw, which features a line where Idris Elba’s villainous super soldier Brixton Lore declares himself “black Superman.”

Recent years have seen POC characters from comics begin to receive greater prominence in movie adaptations, with the likes of Black Panther and Miles Morales’ Spider-Man headlining their own movies, while the likes of Falcon, War Machine and Captain Marvel’s Maria Rambeau have played important supporting roles. It’s also worth noting that the film often seen as the first Marvel movie of the modern age, the pre-MCU Blade, has a black protagonist.

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The subject came up when Johnson was interviewed by Variety at the world premiere for Hobbs & Shaw. When asked about how he believes Hollywood is handling inclusion and diversity in its superhero output, he was optimistic, stating that Marvel has done a “tremendous job.” Regarding DC, he has a more personal perspective – Johnson is of mixed race descent, with a black Nova Scotian father and a Samoan mother – from his upcoming starring role in the standalone film of Shazam villain Black Adam. A for the subject of a black Superman specifically, he finally quips, “You’re looking at him!” You can watch the whole statement below.

A precedent for a black Superman already exists in DC Comics canon, in the shape of Kryptonian refugee Val-Zod on the New 52’s version of Earth 2. After spending most of his life inside his escape capsule he developed agoraphobia, and had only started to overcome it with the help of Lois Lane’s Red Tornado when he was called upon to battle Kal-El, who had been revealed as a clone under the control of Darkseid for an invasion of Earth by the forces of Apokolips. Ultimately victorious over the mockery of his planetary brother, he subsequently took on the mantle of Superman and began reclaiming the world from the invaders.

From his inception, Superman has largely been portrayed as white, but such a skin tone is often seen as a ‘default’ with little bearing on who the character is, meaning that should an adaptation see them played by an actor of a different ethnicity, it would not alter the character’s fundamental nature. Such a change was recently seen in the DCEU’s Aquaman, where a character historically depicted as a pale blonde man was portrayed by the Hawaiian Jason Momoa. Having a black actor play Superman would certainly cause a stir and possibly an internet outcry even bigger than any other time a similar announcement has been made, such as recently regarding Halle Bailey as The Little Mermaid or Lashana Lynch in the next James Bond movie. The very purpose of Superman as a character is to embody everything that is good and admirable about humanity, something for which a pale skin tone is not specifically required, meaning that anyone with merely the right kind of presence, charisma and physicality would suit the role. Perhaps Idris Elba isn’t so short of the mark after all.

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Source: Variety



2019-07-15 01:07:47

Andrew Marshall

Joker: KILLER SMILE is Coming To DC’s Mature Black Label

Everybody’s favorite Batman villain is getting an all-new miniseries with Joker: Killer Smile, a mature, dark, and “horrifying” new story released under DC’s prestige Black Label this Halloween.

The series has just been announced from writer Jeff Lemire (Green ArrowGideon FallsEssex County) and artist Andrea Sorrentino (Green ArrowGideon Falls). The clown prince of crime is already hands-down one of the darkest characters of the Batman mythos, if not all of comic book history. And with Killer Smile, Lemire and Sorrentino are ready to tell their version of his story.

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In this new series, the Joker is locked away in Arkham Asylum (no surprise there). With his infamous partner in crime Harley Quinn getting her own HARLEEN series from Black Label, this new tale finds Joker under the care of not Dr. Harleen Quinzel, but a new mental health professional doctor, Dr. Ben Arnell. As we’ve seen in the past, Joker will do anything to get his way, and it doesn’t seem like things will be different in this miniseries. As the series’ plot synopsis warns, “as he gets his hooks deeper and deeper into the mind of his prey, Joker sets off a chain reaction of mayhem that will threaten to tear down not only Gotham City but the soul of this idealistic man, and his young family, too.” The Joker knows his best chance at getting out of Arkham Asylum is to get his doctor on his side. Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?

However, rest assured this is a whole new story, and a new interpretation of the Joker. One intended to show the true depths of his depravity, promising a version that is “new” and “horrifying” which, for the Joker, is saying something. Letting him into your life is always a bad move, so what story will pull Dr. Arnell in when everyone in Gotham knows Joker is an unsolvable problem? Will he go to bat (pardon the pun) to protect, or possibly even free the Joker? And if so, will this new character’s story be cut short as quickly as seems likely?

Getting to work with my long-time collaborator Andrea Sorrentino on a Joker story is very exciting,” shares Lemire. “The Joker is an iconic character and we wanted to create something that challenges readers to look at him in a new and horrifying way.

Sorrentino adds, “This story has pushed me as a creator to aspire to new heights in storytelling. That little spark of madness in the Joker gives me an opportunity to play with the pacing, the layouts and the storytelling in a way that few other characters would allow.

The fact that this story is being released as part of DC Black Label means it can go places normal Batman comics can’t, going even darker and more twisted than some readers may expect–thanks to the books being targeted squarely at mature audiences. Joker: Killer Smile is a three-part story that will debut October 30, 2019, releasing every other month following.

Next: DC’s Best Graphic Novels Re-Releasing Under Black Label


2019-07-11 04:07:09

Tessa Smith

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 7 Trailer (2019) Netflix Series HD



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2019-06-26 15:10:30

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2019-06-24 09:10:02

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2019-05-22 14:52:35

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2019-05-21 14:46:52

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2019-04-25 08:38:34

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch: Guide To Get The Secret Ending

It’s no secret that Black Mirror’s choose-your-own-adventure installment was an overwhelming success, with widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. So great was its success, that Netflix has decided to take on more projects of this nature, posting job openings looking for game designers to create more interactive content.

Part of this feature’s success was the fact that viewers were afforded so many choices throughout the story. Story arcs were numerous and diverse, and the ending to the story was heavily dependent on the choices that the user makes, however, there is one secret ending that seems nearly impossible to access. Let’s take a look at the choices that you need to make throughout the game in order to unlock this particular scene.

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11 Select The Sugar Puffs, The Thompson Twins Cassette, Hit Accept, Then Reject

When Dad provides two kinds of cereal to choose from for breakfast, pick the Sugar Puffs, not the Frosties.  Interestingly enough, this is where most viewers already go wrong, as the stats for Bandersnatch show that more than 60 percent of Netflix viewers choose Frosties.

In what seems like yet another menial selection, Stefan must choose between listening to the Thompson Twins or Now That’s What I Call Music 2 while riding the bus. Once again, this choice is more important than it seems, as it is imperative to choose the Thompson Twins in order to keep the secret ending in play.

At this stage, Stefan arrives at Tuckersoft, the gaming company that wants to hire him to create the Bandersnatch game. Here he meets Colin, a game designer at Tuckersoft whom he deeply admires, and Tucker, CEO of the company.

Tucker offers Stefan the choice to make Bandersnatch in the offices of Tuckersoft alongside a team of designers. Stefan must accept this offer. This choice results in Bandersnatch tanking and a game reviewer giving it zero out of five stars, and the viewer must select reject when taken back to this crossroad a second time.

10 Select Yes In The Therapist’s Office, Choose The Bermuda Triangle, Shout At Dad, And Visit Dr Haynes

When Stefan is given the option to speak about his mother, choose yes. This will reveal his traumatic childhood story and once the flashback is playing, the younger Stefan will refuse to go with his mother.

When visiting the record store, pick The Bermuda Triangle as opposed to Phaedra. The selected vinyl will play in a montage of Stefan’s game design. When Dad walks in and asks Stefan about lunch, Stefan immediately gets angry. Here, shout at Dad rather than throw tea over the computer.

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Upon hearing Stefan’s reaction, Dad drives him back to the therapist. As Stefan stands outside the entrance, he spots Colin walking across the street. Choose to enter the therapist’s office, instead of going after him.

9 Pull Earlobe, Take The Pills, Follow Colin, Pick Yes, Choose Stefan

Out of stress, Stefan must choose between pulling his earlobe and biting his nails. Pick the earlobe. When you have to choose between taking the pills and disposing of them, take them.

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The last option will take viewers back to the choice between following Colin and going to the therapist. This time, pick Colin. When Colin offers Stefan some drugs, select yes. He will then proceed to hear Colin’s bizarre theories on life. Colin then suggests that one of them jumps off the balcony to prove his theory. Stefan must jump, and this will reset to when Stefan must choose what to do with the pills.

8 Hit The Desk, Pick Up Book, PAC, Throw Tea Over Computer

Once again, Stefan’s temper builds when developing the game. Choose to hit the desk out of frustration. Upon deciding to get some sleep, Stefan must choose between taking a book and a family photo with him to bed. Take the book.

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Stefan will then attempt to access Dad’s safe and input a password. Select PAC. After unearthing a disturbing conspiracy, users will go back to the scene where Stefan loses his temper. This time, throw tea over the computer.

7 P.A.C.S., Dial 20541, Choose Netflix, Try To Explain To Stefan And Then Decide To Tell Him More

Once again attempting to access the safe, input P.A.C.S. as the password. Losing touch with reality, Stefan shockingly kills his dad. At this point, Stefan must dial the number to Dr. Haynes’ office correctly and threaten to kill her in the same way he killed his dad.

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Stefan then lands himself in jail and users must decide whether or not to continue the story. Here, you must continue and face a scene where Stefan seems to think that someone is controlling him. He then calls out, “Who’s There”, to which the viewer must respond with “Netflix”.

6 F**k Yeah, Kick Him In The Balls, Who’s There?, Back Off, Then Kill Dad

When telling Dr. Haynes about Netflix, she asks if he would like more action if he was a Netflix viewer watching this scene. Respond in the affirmative. Stefan then has the option to fight his therapist or jump out the window. Ensure that he throws coffee in her face and fights her. At this point, Dad appears in the fight. Choose to kick him in the balls rather than karate chopping him.

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Viewers are then taken back to when the point where Stefan asks, “Who’s There”. Choose to display the White Bear Symbol on the computer monitor at this point. Once again, Stefan loses control and must contemplate killing dad. Follow the sequence above.

5 Bury The Body, Respond With “Yes”, He Jumped, Chop Up The Body This Time

Stefan must now decide between burying his dad’s body and chopping it up. Choose to bury it. As Tucker calls to ask if the game will be ready by the end of the day, respond with yes.

Kitty will then ask where Colin is. Tell her that Colin jumped off the balcony. Kitty then claims that this never happened, and the dog subsequently digs up Stefan’s dad’s body later that night. Once again, the jail ending is reached.

4 Destroy Computer, Get The Toy Rabbit From Dad, Repeat The Previous Process

Again, Stefan is frustrated during the process of game development. Destroy the computer, as opposed to throwing tea over it.

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Then repeat the process of picking up the family photo at bedtime, showing Stefan the White Bear symbol, chopping up Dad’s body and destroy the computer yet again.

3 PAX, Display White Bear Symbol, Repeat The Process With Dad

Repeat the process of typing in PAX as the password to Dad’s safe, displaying the White Bear on Stephan’s computer screen.

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This time when trying to access Dad’s safe, use the password “PAX”. From there, the process with Dad will repeat itself, where you will have to chop up his body, destroy the computer and get the toy rabbit.

2 Input TOY As Password And Say Yes In The Flashback Sequence

Once again, Stefan is faced with choosing a password for accessing Dad’s safe. This time, pick TOY. In a flashback, Stefan’s mom asks if he will accompany her on the train. Young Stefan must say yes

1 Enjoy The Secret Ending

This ending contains some surprising Easter eggs, including a QR Code leading to the Tuckersoft website if a ZX Spectrum Emulator is used to scan the scene’s audio. In addition, a downloadable game is available on the “Nohzdyve” page of the Tuckersoft website.

NEXT: How To Get The BEST Ending In Black Mirror: Bandersnatch


2019-04-25 05:04:08

Mathew Cohen

Men in Black: International Trailer #2 Reveals a New Alien Threat

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are saving the world (and looking good) in the new trailer for Men in Black: International. In the years since Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith finished their run on the Men in Black trilogy, Sony has toyed with various ideas for continuing the franchise. The studio came shockingly close to crossing the property over with their Jump Street movies at one point, but ultimately abandoned the concept in favor of a more traditional continuation with International.

International is set in the same continuity as the first Men in Black trilogy, but takes place at the MIB organization’s UK branch (rather than the U.S.) Emma Thompson is reprising her Men in Black 3 role as Agent O here, with F. Gary Gray (The Italian JobFate of the Furious) directing, and Thor: Ragnarok duo Hemsworth and Thompson filling the hole left by Jones and Smith. With less than two months to go before the movie hits theaters, its marketing machine is revving up again.

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The previous Men in Black: International trailer introduced Thompson as M, a new MIB recruit who gets partnered with the more experienced and laid-back Agent H (Hemsworth). Overall, the trailer focused less on the film’s plot and more on the sci-fi gizmos and gadgets that M and H used to fight all manner of law-breaking aliens on their adventures. Sony has now unveiled a new promo that shines the spotlight on the actual narrative, as you can see below.

As mentioned, the new trailer delves a little deeper into the plot-line here, including M’s backstory and how she comes to join the Men in Black in the first place. The preview further highlights Liam Neeson as High T, the head of MIB’s UK branch, and Kumail Nanjiani as the voice of the tiny alien Pawny, along with a fresh threat in the form of shape-shifting extraterrestrials that are capable of impersonating MIB agents. And as you might expect, there are jokes that play on the cultural differences between the UK and U.S. (see: the steering wheel bit), as well as the fact that it’s called the “Men in Black”, yet features several women among its ranks.

On the whole, Sony appears to have taken an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to continuing the Men in Black franchise here. It’s not necessarily a bad strategy, either; there’s still plenty of fun to be had with this universe – from its zany aliens to its equally over the top sci-fi technology – and the addition of new actors (especially Hemsworth and Thompson, who continue to have great onscreen chemistry) should help to liven up the formula in International. That being said, the film is clearly aiming to kick off a new series of movies following M and H, so we’ll just have to wait and see if that’s really something audiences are interested in.

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Source: Sony


2019-04-25 03:04:08

Sandy Schaefer

10 Choose Your Adventure Games To Play If You Liked Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch dipped into the nostalgia many who lived through the 1980s have for a format of books called “Choose Your Own Adventure”. While the movie was certainly innovative, the format was nothing new as anyone who read those books remembers.

One of the best aspects of the movie was the reintroduction of that format to the people who experienced it decades earlier, but it also introduced the concept of “Choose Your Own Adventure” to a new generation. As it happens, there are tons of video games that embraced the format long before Black Mirror: Bandersnatch came along, and these ten are the best of them all.

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10 UNTIL DAWN

Until Dawn is a disturbingly bloody and gory horror game that centers around the player’s choices, which directly correlate to who survives the night. The game is set in a remote cabin where a group of teenagers is holed up for the night. As the player makes their way through the story, they are presented with various choices that direct the gameplay.

The right choice in one instance might see multiple people escape the horror while the wrong choice in another part of the story might result in everyone’s death. The game has a short enough playthrough that it’s fun to replay the game to see if you can’t get different people out each and every time you play it.

9 HER STORY

While most games in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” format follow a character as they progress through a story making choices, Her Story is a bit different. Play works by listening to interviews of a murder suspect from an old police computer. The choices come into play regarding how you listen to those tapes.

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Depending on the search terms you use, and how well you pay attention to the dialogue, the story will unfold in different ways. Ultimately, this will result in a harrowing tale with strange and shocking twists that will differ each time you play the game depending entirely on the choices you make throughout.

8 THE STANLEY PARABLE

The Stanley Parable plays much like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, but it also shares some similarities to earlier text-based games like Zork in that much of the decision-making involves determining where you go and what you do when you get there.

The game features narration that helps direct the player to choose between one or more actions that ultimately drive the story. As it comes to a conclusion, the players can find themselves in one of the many hilarious endings to the game, which almost demands multiple playthroughs just to see how it could have gone with different choices.

7 THE WOLF AMONG US

Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us follows the company’s familiar format of a graphics-intensive “Choose Your Own Adventure”, but with a twist. The game is a combination of a fantasy-noir adventure story, which breaks the genre and helps to redefine it with its rich story and beautiful graphics.

From small choices that seem to have little consequence to larger decisions that clearly define how the story unfolds, players are faced with both to help instruct how the story plays out. This is a game where the decisions definitely matter, and because there are so many, no single playthrough will be the same as any other.

6 HEAVY RAIN

Heavy Rain is a great “Choose Your Own Adventure” game for the PS4 that centers around trying to find and stop a killer. The Origami Killer is on the loose, and it’s up to the player to find out exactly who is carrying out the deadly tromp through the city.

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Gameplay features an ability to make choices via dialogue interactions with different characters. As the player proceeds through the game, saying the right thing might help to find the killer while saying the wrong words could end up getting someone else killed making this game incredibly reliant on dialogue choices more than anything else.

5 REIGNS: HER MAJESTY

For anyone who has ever used dating apps like Tinder, this may be the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ game for you! In Reigns: Her Majesty, players are given the option to make decisions by either swiping left or right, but those decisions have an impact on how the game develops.

Each time you make a swipe from one side to the other, your kingdom’s subjects will carry out tasks and help you to build a and improve your gameplay. Your decisions based on their wishes will help to build your dynasty making this a fun, yet simple game that follows the format.

4 STORIES UNTOLD

Stories Untold combines many of the elements familiar to the Choose Your Own Adventure game format. Taking elements from text-based adventure, puzzle solving, and first-person exploration games, this episodic horror fuses them all within a 1980s technology themed adventure.

The game takes place in England back in 1986 (Pretty close to Bandersnatch there), and features four episodes. Making the right choice will determine how everything plays out as the player determines exactly what kind of story they want to play. Each episode starts out as a single game of sorts until they all come together in the end to form a cohesive tale.

3 LIFE IS STRANGE

Life Is Strange is one of those genre-defining games that helped to refine the “Choose Your Own Adventure format into a new format of gaming. The game follows the story of a teenager who can rewind time to make new decisions different than the ones made previously.

This is done to try and uncover the secrets that have plagued her coastal town in Oregon. There are tons of mystery elements spread throughout the game, which help to make the decisions the player makes differ each time they play through Life Is Strange as they build to the inevitable twist fans of Bandersnatch are sure to love.

2 THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON ONE

Building from the hit comic book and television series, Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season One tells its own unique story within the series’ popular premise. This game features the levels of suspense you would expect from a zombie horror title, but it gets intense as you progress through the game.

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Each decision you make determines how the story will unfold, but it’s not as simple as choosing one path or another. Many decisions will directly result in whether or not the people around you live or die, which makes this one of the most harrowing and intense games in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” format.

1 UNDERTALE

Undertale is a unique sort of game on this list because while it does follow a “Choose Your Own Adventure” format, it does so in a way that is entirely different from the other games listed here. Instead of making decisions based on dialogue or pathways, the story changes based on your interaction with enemies.

When you find an enemy, you are given the option to either fight or befriend them. Whatever your decision, the gameplay will unfold differently, and it could go on to be a lovely tale or end in a more darker one similar to the way many viewers came to the end of Bandersnatch.

NEXT: 15 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About Undertale


2019-04-23 03:04:25

Jonathan H. Kantor