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Because of its exotic nature, the Asian continent has been a subject of fascination for Western culture, leading to stories where Caucasian men travel there and bring something unusual back.  One of the prime examples of this is Doctor Strange, who traveled to Tibet and learned mystical arts from the wise yet powerful Ancient One.

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Continuing with this same tradition was Iron Fist, whose training in the fictional city K’un Lun gave him the power to emit energy that makes him physically deadlier.  Having made appearances in different media, let us rank the various costumes he’s worn over the years.

10 Iron Fist Netflix Series

Following the success of Netflix’s Daredevil series, Marvel Television gave the go-ahead to adapt other lesser-known superheroes to the streaming platform including Iron Fist.  While the first season of his show was universally panned, the second did better by contrast.  But that doesn’t change the fact that Iron Fist never got to wear his iconic costume.

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While something akin to it was teased in The Defenders crossover series according to Comic Book, the closest thing we got was the above outfit.  Though it gets points for simplicity, it looks like a poor man’s attempt at replicating Green Arrow’s costume from the first season of Arrow with a yellow bandana covering the bottom-half of his face.

9 Classic Comic-Book Costume

Now the above costume may seem silly at a glance, it makes sense in context.  Back in the 1970s, martial arts movies were incredibly popular with the Bruce Lee ones being among the top-ranking ones.  This was also the decade where popped collars and fancy belts were among the most common articles of clothing worn during this time.

So naturally, Iron Fist embodies these two things since he officially debuted in 1974.  Yet despite this costume’s silliness by today’s standards, it has “Survived for decades” as stated by Inverse.  Plus, given that the current Marvel movies embrace the goofier elements of their comic-book counterparts it’s a shame we didn’t get to see a version of this outfit in Netflix’s Iron Fist.

8 The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Animated Series

Following the success of the Iron Man films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began to take shape leading to the eventual release of The Avengers which served as a launchpad for the films to come.  In preparation for the latter, Disney XD released an animated series called The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes which ran for two seasons before being succeeded by Avengers Assemble after The Avengers movie performed well.

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Because both series borrow elements from the Avengers comic-books, a lot of characters appeared including Iron Fist.  As the above picture shows, he’s sporting the classic outfit straight from the comic-books with a few minor changes including a bigger collar and the dragon tattoo on his chest looking slightly different for a faithful yet slightly new take on the character.

7 Iron Fist (Orson Randall)

Since the collaboration between Marvel Television and Netflix ended recently, all the superhero shows on the latter platform have been abruptly cancelled.  This in turn left many unresolved plot threads, including the mention of a character named Orson Randall towards the end of Iron Fist’s second season.

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While the Iron Fist that most people know of is Danny Rand, the heir to a wealthy business who got stranded in K’un Lun after his parents died, he’s far from the only one.  Another inheritor of the Iron Fist technique was Orson, who fought in World War I and went into hiding until later according to IGN.  Hence, Orson’s Iron Fist outfit resembles that of a soldier but with the same yellow mask thus making it unique though still recognizable.

6 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Video Game

Known for its impressive roster of characters, the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance video games allow players to create custom teams of up to four superheroes and/or villains while adapting elements from the comic-books.  In the case of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, it’s a direct adaptation of the Civil War event comic which also inspired the movie Captain America: Civil War.

So among the characters that can be played is Iron Fist, whose costume is much better than the outfit from the Netflix series.  The combination of black yellow and green goes really well together, with the overall outfit being very ninja-like aesthetically which makes it stylish.

5 The Immortal Iron Fist (2006)

As is the case with any comic-book ever conceived, a reboot always comes along every few decades.  So was this the case with Iron Fist, whose initial solo series in the 1970s didn’t do very well.  Thus, he only appeared in other comic-books until 2006 when he got a new solo series titled The Immortal Iron Fist.

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In it his origin changed to being one in a long line of people who inherited the Iron Fist title, as before it was just him, and he got a new costume.  Sleeker in design with the dragon tattoo being replaced by a symbol stitched onto the front of his suit, it’s less goofy than the original and seems more practical in its sleekness which therefore makes it more appealing.

4 Ultimate Spider-Man Animated Series

Not to be confused with the comic-book series of the same name, Ultimate Spider-Man was another animated series that premiered on Disney XD alongside The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  While the series primarily focused on its titular hero, it also brought in other heroes including Iron Fist who is reimagined as a teenager.

Thus, his appearance was slightly altered along with his costume.  Compared to the previous ones, his blond hair is now sticking out from underneath the mask he wears and the dragon symbol looks different as well making for a bolder reinterpretation of the modern Iron Fist outfit.

3 Fear Itself (2011)

Published in 2011, the Fear Itself comic-book miniseries focused on the Avengers battling a fallen god called Serpent who sets out to reclaim the throne of Asgard from his brother Odin.  In the process, Iron Man forges new costumes and weapons for the Avengers to wield in their fight against Serpent’s generals known as the Worthy.

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At the time, Iron Fist was an Avenger and so he got a new outfit along with an Asgardian mace attached to a chain.  In the above picture alongside Doctor Strange, it’s clear the outfit adds yellow-orange lines to the modern Iron Fist costume with the dragon symbol glowing the same color creating a very Neo-martial arts look.

2 Power Man And Iron Fist (2016)

When Iron Fist’s first solo series ended in the 1970s, he was paired up with another lesser-known Marvel superhero called Power Man (better known as Luke Cage these days).  Together, they formed the superhero team Heroes for Hire while their comic-book series Power Man and Iron Fist did surprisingly well.

Then in an effort to promote the Iron Fist Netflix series, Marvel rebooted Power Man and Iron Fist in 2016 giving the heroes new outfits in the process.  Now sporting a dark green tracksuit with yellow sneakers and a smaller collar around his neck, Iron Fist embodies “A living Bruce Lee tribute” Inverse proclaims by blending elements from his original and newer costumes.

1 Weapon Of Agamotto

Among the mystical artifacts that Doctor Strange is known to wield is the Eye of Agamotto, which in the MCU movies was actually one of the Infinity Stones.  In the comic-books, though, the Eye of Agamotto’s origins are a lot more complicated involving an extra-dimensional being called Agamotto who could perceive various things across time and space even dispelling illusions which the Eye was capable of as well.

During The New Avengers comic-book series in 2010, Strange had to give up the Eye due to being corrupted by a demon leading to a series of battles over who would possess it.  Eventually, the Eye ended up in Iron Fist’s hands and he was given a new costume that was basically a white-and-gold palette swap of his traditional green-and-yellow one.  Shiny and visually stunning, it’s hard not to look at. 

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2019-07-21 05:07:39

Ursula Nizalowski

RDJ & Chris Evans Make Fun of Captain America’s Avengers Costume

Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans make fun of Captain America’s costume from The Avengers. It’s been almost seven years since the Joss Whedon directed blockbuster brought together all MCU Phase 1 heroes for an epic mission against Loki. Much has happened to the characters since then, both collectively and separately, but they’re all set to band back together at the end of this month for Avengers: Endgame.

Hailed as the culmination of everything that’s transpired in the MCU, the film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, with the story written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The movie’s global press tour is in full swing following its big L.A. press conference this week. But considering the burning anticipation for the film, evidenced by the ridiculously high demand for tickets that clogged several online retailing sites, Marvel Studios can probably get away with not executing any traditional marketing. That said, the fact that it could be the final mission for Downey’s Tony Stark/Iron Man and Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America as well as their Phase 1 cohorts means the multi-city press activities are providing fans some great engagements among actors, including this latest one.

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It all started with Downey posting a short clip of Evans on the set of The Avengers having difficulties putting his parachute on as they go off to follow Loki after he’s been snatched by Thor. Captioning his tweet “This is what happens when they aren’t designed by Stark” and tagging Evans, it was funny in itself, but his co-star’s reply elevated the hilarity. Quoting Downey’s original upload, Evans retorted by tweeting: “I’m assuming you mean the parachute. However you DID design that costume, so I think they cancel each other out.” The two playfully ribbing each other online isn’t a new thing, but fans nevertheless dig it, especially considering their supposedly numbered days in the MCU. Check out their back-and-forth exchange below:

While Downey and Evans have really good rapport outside of their superhero personas, things are a bit different with their characters. Stark and Rogers have repeatedly argued during their stint as Avengers members, but they’ve always resolved it at the end of the day for the greater good. That wasn’t the case, however, when the events of Captain America: Civil War happened. Between their discord about the Sokovia Accords and Bucky’s involvement with the death of Howard and Maria Stark, the movie ended with the the pair going separate ways. This made it easier for Thanos to attack, seeing the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fractured, and eventually win in Avengers: Infinity War. But with another chance at defeating the Mad Titan in Endgame, Stark and Rogers need to come together to put up a united front against the intergalactic villain.

Them patching things up has already been teased in the film’s special look, but with the Russo’s admitting to footage manipulation, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that their actual reunion is saved for the film. Regardless,  it’ll be one of the most emotional moments in the Phase 3 capper. As for Cap’s (and the team’s) newest red and white suit for the upcoming film, there’s a good chance that Stark may have something to do with it. But with the concept of time travel factoring into its narrative, fans will see Evans don his old suit circa the Battle of New York, as revealed in prior set photos.

It’s an understatement to say that a pivotal part of the reason why the MCU has become this successful is because of its actors, particularly its pioneering ones. Despite a couple of re-castings, the core six remained intact throughout the years since The Avengers until Endgame. As fans grew invested in their characters, they’ve also become more interested in the actors themselves, and it’s easier to get behind them considering that they genuinely seem to get along and enjoy what they’re doing.

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2019-04-13 08:04:44

Ana Dumaraog

DC Universe’s Stargirl First Look Image Reveals Costume, Teases S.T.R.I.P.E.

The DC Universe Stargirl TV show first look image reveals Courtney Whitmore’s (Brec Bassinger) superhero costume ahead of the series’ early 2020 premiere. DC Universe launched on Batman Day 2018 and shortly after, the service’s first original series, Titans, premiered. The company was so confident in their live-action take on the DC Comics Teen Titans team that they renewed Titans for season 2 ahead of the show’s initial debut. But Titans is just one of many DC Universe originals planned for subscribers. Others include a mix of live-action and animated fare, like Young Justice: Outsiders, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn and Stargirl.

Based on the DC Comics superhero of the same name, Stargirl tells the story of Courtney Whitmore, the step-daughter of Pat Dugan aka. the Star-Spangled Kid (Luke Wilson), who discovers her step-father’s superhero costume. Courtney is resentful of Pat for marrying her mother and moving them from a metropolitan area to the much more rural Nebraska and she dons the superhero costume in an act of rebellion. However, Courtney becomes a superhero in her own right and eventually takes on the mantle of Stargirl. Now, ahead of Stargirl’s DC Universe premiere, the company has unveiled a first look at Bassinger in costume as the titular superhero.

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Out of the official DC Universe panel at WonderCon this weekend, the streaming service revealed fans’ first look at Stargirl’s Courtney Whitmore suited up and ready for superhero action. The costume is incredibly accurate to Stagirl’s from the comics, down to the star details on her sleeves and the red gloves. Further, Courtney’s holding on to the Cosmic Staff, which she receives from Jack Knight aka. Starman (Joel McHale) in the comic books. Take a look at the Stargirl image below.

Further, DC Universe announced Stargirl is expected to premiere in early 2020, slightly later than the previously revealed Fall 2019 window. It’s possible Stargirl was delayed slightly to make room for Titans season 2, which now debuts Fall 2019. The change comes to the DC Universe TV series release schedule revealed at New York Comic Con 2018, where Titans held its world premiere screening. Now it appears Stargirl will premiere a little later than previously expected, but not too much later.

In terms of Stargirl’s costume, the quality is perhaps a little better than that of Legends of Tomorrow’s Stargirl. But that version of Stargirl was a member of the Justice Society of America during the 1940s and her costume may have been on the simpler side to fit the time period. Certainly, DC Universe’s Stargirl looks much more modern. What may be most interesting about this image, though, is what it only partially reveals: Pat Dugan’s robotic suit S.T.R.I.P.E. Part of the robot’s leg and hand can be seen behind Courtney, giving fans an idea of the sheer size of S.T.R.I.P.E. in the upcoming TV show.

While we likely won’t get a Stargirl trailer until much later this year ahead of the show’s 2020 premiere, this first look image should tide over fans till then. Still, fans will no doubt be looking forward to seeing Stargirl in action as soon as possible.

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Stargirl premieres early 2020 on DC Universe.

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2019-03-29 06:03:08

Molly Freeman

Final Look at Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker in Costume as Filming Reportedly Wraps

Fans have gotten one final glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix in Joker, as filming on the project has reportedly wrapped. It was over a year ago that Warner Bros. announced Joker, with the film acting as an origin story for the iconic Batman villain. The film stars Phoenix as the Joker, a.k.a. Arthur Fleck, and is being directed by Todd Phillips, best known for his comedic work.

While superhero movies are often quite secretive during production, fans have been kept up to date on the development of Joker. Aside from Phoenix, Zazie Beetz was cast as Sophie Dumond, and Robert De Niro was cast as the character Murray Franklin. Fans have also been treated to an array of set photos from Joker, including some that revealed Joker’s costume for the movie, as well as others that depicted the Joker wreaking havoc in New York. Each adaption of the character tends to have their own unique style, and Joker seems to be no exception, with possible inspirations drawn from serial killer John Wayne Gacy and Heath Ledger’s version of the character. Now fans have yet another look at this Joker’s design, as more set photos have been released.

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In images provided by Daily Mail, Phoenix can be seen in his full Joker costume and makeup as he poses for still photos as the Clown Prince of Crime. He also posed on a steep set of stairs as his character’s alter ego Arthur Fleck, as well as for a scene involving Beetz’s character. Beetz can be seen walking down the stairs with a small child, as Phoenix lurks at the top of the stairway. The set photos give fans yet another great look at both characters, and additionally Daily Mail is also reporting that production has wrapped on Joker, although this has yet to be officially confirmed by those involved with the production.

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While Phoenix’s Joker movie is the next Joker film fans will see, it certainly isn’t the only movie in development that revolves around the Clown Prince of Crime. Warner Bros. Pictures has a total of six Joker-related films in development, which includes Phoenix’s origin story and several films revolving around Jared Leto’s version of the Joker. While Leto may not be done with the villain role just yet, Phoenix’s take on the Joker seems to be much more popular with comic book fans.

With the gritty approach Phillips seems to be bringing to the film, it makes sense that Joker might be rated R. Many people are speculating that Joker will help Warner Bros. reboot the DCEU, while also being a part of their non-DCEU line of films; rumored to be called DC Dark or DC Black. Others have theorized that Joker could even lead to the downfall of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Regardless of how the movie does or doesn’t effect the DCEU and the MCU, Joker will more than likely draw a lot of people into the theater.

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Source: Daily Mail



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2018-12-03 09:12:50

Dick Grayson Thinks Nightwing’s Costume is Coolest, Too



The Batman family may rely on capes, cowls, and gadgets, but Nightwing has relied on nothing but his signature suit and streak of blue to win fans. So it shouldn’t really surprise anyone that Nightwing himself, Dick Grayson, ranks his superhero suit as one of DC’s coolest.

Not that Dick Grayson would ever be the kind of superhero to brag about such a thing (there are too many… questionable Nightwing costumes in his past to get an ego). But now that he’s gotten some distance from the role, turning it over to DC’s new Nightwing, the former sidekick is finally able to see his threads with fresh eyes. Will acknowledging how good it looks to be Nightwing help lure him back into the role?

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After Nightwing took a bullet to the head, the status quo went out the window where Dick Grayson was concerned. He recovered, thankfully, but with his memories of everything past his circus upbringing wiped clean, he decided to embrace change. He was raised a nomad, and would become one again – even if it meant letting down Batman, Alfred, and even his undying love, Batgirl. Until now he’s managed to chart his own course as the Nightwing persona was adopted by a new vigilante. But in Nightwing #53, he finally ends up crossing paths with his replacement… and can’t help but take mental stock, seeing how everyone else sees Nightwing for the very first time.

Let’s cover the most obvious problem fans are going to have with Dick Grayson’s comments here: Yes, it IS hard to believe that any other human could fill out the Nightwing suit as well as the former Robin. That said, the appearance of Detective Alphonse Sapienza speaks for itself – proving the Blüdhaven police department demands the same level of athleticism as its rooftop vigilantes. Either way, Dick’s response shows that even for superheroes, they may not know how good they have it until passing on their name and costume to a successor.

What may get the Nightwing fans even more stirred up is the implication that Dick Grayson might be implying Detective Spaienza looks cooler than he did in his previous version. Since the most notable changes “Sap” made to the suit involve his handgun and holster, Dick noting his “cool” appearance may even prove controversial among those who believe guns and Bat-heroes don’t mix. But that was the old Dick Grayson – we’re looking at the brand new ‘Ric’ Grayson, now. Without the influence of his friends, who knows what he might be interested in these days (or how long before he comes to his senses)?

For the meantime, those interested in weighing in on the debate can check out the first pages of Nightwing #53 or pick up their own copy in physical and digital comic shops everywhere. And, of course, sound off in the comments as to whether or not you share Dick Grayson’s opinion that Nightwing’s uniform shines no matter who’s wearing it.

Nightwing #53 is available now from DC Comics.

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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.

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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.

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2018-10-10 07:10:43 – Matt Morrison

Spider-Man: Far From Home First Teaser Poster Spotted At Licensing Expo

Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home gets a teaser poster as the promotional image is spotted at the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 event in London. Thanks to a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. Since then, Holland’s wall-crawling superhero has headlined his own movie in Spider-Man: Homecoming and teamed up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. Next, Spidey will return for Avengers 4, then the beloved Marvel hero will kick off Phase 4 of the MCU with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Despite Peter Parker becoming the victim of Thanos’ snap as part of Infinity War’s cliffhanger ending, we know the web-head will return somehow – whether that means Avengers 4 will use time travel, though, remains to be seen. Holland and stars of Homecoming returned to work this summer as Spider-Man: Far From Home has been filming across Europe. Set photos from the Spider-Man sequel have offered looks at MCU characters joining the Sony movie, including Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill. Now, a promo poster for Spider-Man: Far From Home has also surfaced.

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Instagram user Dirtees posted a group of photos from the floor of the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 expo in London, United Kingdom this week. The fourth photo in the post (which can be located by clicking through the series of photos below) features a hanging promotion image for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It appears to be an image of Spider-Man from Homecoming that was repurposed with the Spider-Man: Far From Home movie logo. Take a look at the image below.

Of course, Sony can use images of Spider-Man from Homecoming for the Far From Home posters because Peter Parker is expected to be wearing the same superhero suit. Previously, Holland confirmed Spider-Man will wear the Homecoming suit in the sequel, despite upgrading to the Iron-Spider suit for Infinity War. However, based on Far From Home set photos, Spider-Man will also don a stealth suit that’s all black. Fans have theorized this suit is inspired by Spider-Man Noir, but how exactly Spidey gets the black suit for Far From Home remains to be seen. All we know for now is that Peter Parker will trade in his red and blue costume for something more covert (or, perhaps it’s a separate mode built into the old suit by Tony Stark).

Unfortunately, this Spider-Man: Far From Home promotional poster doesn’t reveal anything new from the movie – neither in terms of the web-head’s suit nor otherwise. That said, with Far From Home set to hit theaters in July 2019, we aren’t too far off from Sony kicking off marketing for the Spider-Man sequel. While there are two MCU movies due in theaters before Far From HomeCaptain Marvel and Avengers 4 – their close release dates mean the marketing pushes for each film will inevitably overlap. Plus, given how secretive Marvel Studios has been with Avengers 4, it’s entirely possible we’ll see some official artwork for Spider-Man: Far From Home even before the Phase 3 capper releases a trailer. For now, fans will have to wait and see – and make due with Holland’s occasional social media reveals and the Spider-Man: Far From Home set photos.

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2018-10-10 02:10:45 – Molly Freeman

New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!



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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Roger Ebert once wrote that The Rocky Horror Picture Show was less a movie and more of a “social phenomenon.” This is probably the most accurate way to describe the 1975 rock musical, as it just isn’t an ordinary film. First released to a less-than-stellar reception, Rocky Horror eventually found long-lasting fame from an unlikely source: audience participation. Its original theatrical run didn’t garner much praise, but the film came into its own when theaters began showing it at midnight screenings, now infamous for the almost ritualistic ways the audience dresses, shouts, and flings objects at the screen.

Rocky Horror is a legend of cult cinema– one of the few movies that has earned that title again and again. The film follows what appears to be a whole married couple, Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon), as they stay the night at a spooky old mansion owned by Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry, in the performance that rocketed him to stardom). What ensues is a celebration of kitsch, camp, horror, and science fiction cinema, a musical that makes very little logical sense but is a ton of fun.

Naturally, a film like that has to have a riveting story behind the scenes. Written by Richard O’Brien and directed by Jim Sharman, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has just as many crazy details behind the camera as in front of it. Those details will be counted down here, and we’ll get straight to it, as we can see you tremble with antici…

Pation. This is 20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

20 It originally had a different title

The original stage version of the movie had a whirlwind creative process, with Richard O’Brien whipping up the show with his artist and actor friends fairly quickly. As it happens, they were originally rehearsing the show under a different title.

It was called They Came From Denton High due to the story being set somewhere near Denton, Texas.

Obviously, that didn’t last, but O’Brien and director Jim Sharman didn’t change it until the very last minute. Sharman suggested the name change just before previews of the stage show, based on the genres they were spoofing. Thus was “The Rocky Horror Show” born (only the movie had the extra “Picture” in the title, naturally).

19 Brad and Janet were replaced

The cast of Rocky Horror is mostly unchanged from the stage show to the movie. Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman kept their creative team mostly intact, too, so when you’re watching the movie it should really feel like you’re just seeing a filmed version of the stage show. Well, except for a few roles.

Aside from the high-profile cameo from Meat Loaf and a few other replacements, the protagonists were also switched out.

The original actors for Brad and Janet wanted to reprise their roles, but studio executives at Fox felt they needed two US actors in those parts to help sell the movie. Rocky Horror fans can’t complain, as Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon did a great job as Brad and Janet, but we feel for those two original actors whose roles were taken from them.

18 The story behind the lips

Everyone who has seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show– not to mention plenty of people who have only seen the poster– are familiar with the lips that open the film. This iconic image is actually the product of several people working together, rather than just one actress.

The lips that appear in the film are Patricia Quinn’s (who also played Magenta), but she’s only lip-syncing the song “Science Fiction/Double Feature” even though she did in the stage show. The singer is actually creator Richard O’Brien. And the lips on that famous poster are those of somebody else entirely, former model Lorelei Shark.

17 The costume designer didn’t want to do it

Costume designer Sue Blane is credited with much of The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s lasting appeal thanks to her designs that spoofed the traditions of cinema and leaned heavily into camp. The movie wouldn’t be the same without her, but it almost had to do just that, as she wasn’t interested in the project at first.

In fact, Blane herself says that it took director Jim Sharman meeting with her personally and getting her tipsy before she saw the light. Blane didn’t like the idea of doing a silly project for very little money, but when she found out Tim Curry and a bunch of her other favorite colleagues and friends were already committed to the show, she relented. Thank goodness for that.

16 Tim Curry wasn’t new to corsets

Tim Curry has a long and storied career on the stage and screen, and his rise to prominence came largely thanks to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Given that it was his first hit movie role, people tend to forget that Curry wasn’t a complete rookie. Case in point: Curry had actually starred in a similar stage show before originating the role of Frank N. Furter in Rocky Horror’s stage incarnation.

Curry had also worn a corset in a production of The Maids.

Costume designer Sue Blane had worked that same production. For Rocky Horror, Blane says she simply asked the theater for the same corset for Curry to wear. Naturally, Blane remarked that Curry took to the corset “like a duck to water.”

15 Susan Sarandon’s sickness

Cinema can be a fickle thing– while you’d expect film sets to be glamorous affairs, with every possible amenity available to the actors, you would occasionally be very wrong. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was no picnic to make, as the cast and crew had to endure unheated sets while filming scenes in pools.

This might not sound like a big deal, but it was for Susan Sarandon, who fell ill during production. The filmmakers had nothing but kind words for her after her gritty effort to push through with the work, as they mentioned that she was literally “shaking with fever” on set but kept on going in spite of that.

14 Rocky was supposed to talk

Sometimes you’ve just gotta improvise when you’re making a film. While the creative team behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show might have thought they had the perfect casting when they got Peter Hinwood to play the character of Rocky Horror, they changed their minds when they found out he was a model who had zero acting experience. Rocky Horror originally had dialogue in the film, but after watching Hinwood act, Sharman and O’Brien elected to remove all his speaking parts.

Another singer dubbed over the character’s singing parts, so Hinwood’s voice never actually shows up in the film.

Clearly, they were in love with his looks, but not the way he sounded.

13 You can book a room where it was filmed

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was filmed at Oakley Court in England, a castle that had been host to several horror films in its past. While it may not have been the most welcoming place for the film crew in 1975 (at the time, it had no heating and few bathrooms), it’s doing a better job of that nowadays.

Oakley Court is now a ritzy hotel, allowing guests to stay in the location that was the home to many of their favorite spooky movies from days gone by. Nowadays, of course, the hotel advertises its proximity to LEGOLAND more than it does its connection to film history, but we’d like to think there are still a few Rocky Horror fans who make the trip.

12 The David Bowie connection

This might seem unrelated to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but it isn’t.

Pierre LaRoche was one of the creative forces behind David Bowie’s now-iconic Ziggy Stardust look, but that wasn’t the only influential job the makeup artist held.

LaRoche was also the person film producers turned to when they wanted a makeup redesign for the characters in Rocky Horror. While Sue Blane gets the lion’s share of the credit for the character designs in the film, we shouldn’t forget that it was Pierre LaRoche who actually came up with the makeup designs. Though the make-up is a touch more subtle than costumes, it’s still one of the main reasons the visuals of the film are so fun to watch.

11 Meat Loaf didn’t actually drive the motorcycle

Singer and occasional actor Meat Loaf has a memorable turn in Rocky Horror as Eddie, the delivery boy and partial brain donor to Rocky, who is tragically stabbed by Frank N. Furter. Eddie gets a fun entrance, bursting out of a freezer on a motorcycle, but the problem is that Meat Loaf didn’t actually ride that motorcycle. Aside from a few less dangerous wide shots, Meat Loaf left the actual driving to a stunt man as he says he didn’t feel comfortable doing anything risky on it.

For the close-up shots that needed to look like Eddie was on the motorcycle, the crew rigged up a wheelchair for Meat Loaf to ride.

That way, safety didn’t need to be sacrificed. Or that was the theory, anyway, as the wheelchair didn’t turn out to be that safe anyway.

10 The on-set injuries

Though it wasn’t Jim Sharman’s debut feature, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was not a film staffed by the most experienced team. This is perhaps reflected best by the apparently high number of on-set injuries that occurred– even ignoring the on-set illnesses, including Sarandon’s.

In the same interview, Meat Loaf describes an incident that happened while he was sitting in his wheelchair, where it fell off a ramp on the set, shattered a camera, caused a few cuts on Meat Loaf’s face and arm, and snapped a stand-in’s leg in two. While some efforts were made for safety, injuries ran rampant even with the wheelchair.

9 The skeleton inside the clock was real

One of the single most famous props in all of Rocky Horror is the skeleton clock; a coffin that has a clock face set on the front. The reveal that there is a skeleton inside the coffin is a fun moment in the movie, but the filmmakers dropped another bombshell in later years: the skeleton inside was real.

The skeleton clock actually lived on past the film.

In 2002, Sotheby’s auction house in London sold the clock for an exorbitant sum, 35,000 pounds. Adjusting for inflation, that would be approximately $63,000 today. Even true Rocky Horror fans might balk at that price, if the real human remains inside weren’t a turn-off.

8 Steve Martin auditioned for Brad

Whatever you think of Barry Bostwick’s performance as Brad in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, have you ever considered how different it might have been if another actor had taken on the role? Well, according to rumors and stories even repeated by the likes of Newsday, the role almost went to Steve Martin.

Given that Martin went on to star in a fairly similar movie musical, Little Shop of Horrors, this shouldn’t be too big a surprise.

Martin apparently auditioned for the role of Brad, but lost out to Bostwick. Maybe he played the antagonist in Little Shop of Horrors as a way to soothe the hurt of rejection.

7 It got terrible reviews when it first came out

Nowadays, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is viewed as one of the greatest classics of midnight cult cinema, as its popularity has only grown amongst its fans since its release. But to become a cult hit, you usually have to be a theatrical flop, and Rocky Horror was exactly that, both critically and commercially.

Some critics straight-up hated the film when it was first released, and others simply ignored it. Partially because of the counter-culture the film represented and the lack of a conventional plot structure, some seemed offended it even existed. Even today, many critics view the film more as an audience experience than a genuinely good movie.

6 Frank N. Furter’s villainous inspiration

The unquestionable star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is Dr. Frank N. Furter, the role Tim Curry originated on the London stage and reprised in the film. Even critics who didn’t like the film enjoyed Curry’s assured and magnetic performance. That makes sense, given all the larger-than-life figures Curry took inspiration from to create the character.

Writer Richard O’Brien describes Frank as a combination of Vlad the Impaler and Cruella De Vil, which makes a lot of sense, but Curry didn’t stop there. On top of those villainous ancestors, he added a posh accent, said to be modeled on both Elizabeth II and Curry’s own mother. That’s one doozy of a mixture for the role, and obviously it worked to perfection.

5 It was a stage show first

When Richard O’Brien first set out to tell his story, it was a work of theater, as that was his primary area of expertise. Thus, The Rocky Horror Picture Show started out as The Rocky Horror Show– the “Picture” part was added for the film. O’Brien wrote the play in his spare time, then gathered some of his friends in London to help him make it.

The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1973, and it was an immediate hit, moving to larger venues soon after. The show ran for weeks and weeks and eventually attracted the notice of producers, even Hollywood. This is the origin story for Rocky Horror— we wouldn’t have the film is the London stage show hadn’t been so popular.

4 The writer is Riff Raff

Given its reputation as one of the true classics of cult cinema, viewers today may not know that the original writer– playwright of the stage show, co-screenwriter of the movie, and Riff Raff in both, Richard O’Brien had never professionally written anything before the script for The Rocky Horror Show and its film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That’s right, Rocky Horror is a debut work, by a person who never even wanted to be a writer.

O’Brien was living in London as an actor, struggling to make ends meet, and mostly wrote it just to keep himself occupied.

Luckily for him, the project resonated with his artistic friends, and they helped him turn it into the phenomenon it became.

3 O’Brien never thought it would be a big deal

Even when The Rocky Horror Show was making waves on the London theater circuit, it never registered with Richard O’Brien that he might have created a real hit. In an interview, O’Brien recalls when producer Michael White told him he thought this would be something big. “I said, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’ and walked away. It just didn’t register.”

For a while, it seemed like O’Brien was right to think it wouldn’t be a big deal. The film didn’t do well commercially when it came out, despite the popularity of the play, and it looked like that would be the end of the Rocky Horror story. But midnight viewers began to flock to the showings known for audience participation, and the film’s long-lasting appeal proved to be its greatest strength.

2 The writer thinks it was successful because it’s childish

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was originally written by a young actor with no writing experience, who just wanted something fun to occupy his time. Richard O’Brien, the writer in question, thinks that this process lent the show a quality of childlike naïveté, which contributed to its eventual popularity. In an interview, O’Brien said the show’s innocence is “very endearing and not threatening.” Continuing, he mentioned that every character in the show may appear to be intelligent or “sophisticated, but they’re really not.”

This quality allows young viewers to identify with the energy of the film, making it appeal to adolescent viewers.

O’Brien think this might be the key behind the social phenomenon that is Rocky Horror.

1 Originally, it started in black and white

The writing and directing team of Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman had a lot of grand ideas for the film adaption of Rocky Horror, but not all of them were allowed to come to pass. Chief among these was the plan to film the opening section of the movie in black and white.

The film would have burst into color when Frank N. Furter made his entrance.

Everyone who has seen the movie remembers that scene– now imagine if it had this added bit of pizzaz, with the first frame of color coming on a shot of Tim Curry’s lips. Susan Sarandon lamented that they weren’t allowed to make this vision a reality, as studio executives rejected the idea due to budgetary concerns.

Do you have any The Rocky Horror Picture Show trivia to share? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-08 05:10:06 – Eric McAdams

Arrowverse Creator Addresses Ruby Rose Batwoman Casting Controversy

Arrowverse co-creator Greg Berlanti is finally addressing the ongoing controversy surrounding Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman in The CW’s DC Comics-based shared universe. Earlier this summer, it was announced ahead of San Diego Comic-Con that the network would be adding Batwoman to the list of their already extensive DC superheroes, with the potential to spin off the character into her own standalone series down the line. Then, it was later revealed that Rose had been cast as the titular character.

Shortly after the announcement of Rose’s casting as Batwoman, the actress suffered from a sudden wave of bullying, which ultimately amounted to relentless gate-keeping. Some people believed that she simply wasn’t right for the part, which is a fair opinion to have of someone who has been cast in a notable role, but then there were plenty of others who attacked the actress for not being gay enough to portray Kate Kane. It wasn’t long after that Rose decided to shut down her Twitter account and close off her Instagram comments to the public as a result.

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In an interview with THR at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards in September, Arrowverse franchise producer Greg Berlanti addressed the controversy surrounding Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman, saying that outrage against certain decisions is a tale as old as time in Hollywood. However, it’s not something that producers should be fazed by. Here’s what he said in full:

“Whenever you’re bringing change about in any form, there are always conversations that happen. I go all the way back to Dawson’s Creek. Twitter didn’t exist, but we would get boxes of letters expressing opinions in all directions from were we making enough change, should we be making more change, or why did we feel like we needed to do these things? It’s always part of the process, so just focus on the story and make the best episode that you can.”

Berlanti also made sure to point out that the potential Batwoman TV series was still in the pilot stage. For those that aren’t aware, Rose is slated to make her debut as the iconic superhero in this year’s Arrowverse crossover event, Elseworlds, which will take place across three shows – Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl; Legends of Tomorrow will not be joining the crossover this time – over three nights. Furthermore, the entire crossover is supposed to take place in Gotham, which audiences saw for the first time in the official Elseworlds poster that debuted earlier this month.

Whether the network gives Batwoman a series order remains to be seen, but the character’s popularity and the potential for more stories centered in Gotham will most likely be determined by the Elseworlds crossover this December. Regardless of all the bullying Rose has received online, she is still on board to portray Kate Kane in her first live-action television debut. In fact, Arrow star Stephen Amell recently teased Rose trying on the Batwoman costume for the first time, seeing as the cast and crew should be filming the crossover soon (if they haven’t done so already).

More: Elseworlds: Everything You Need To Know About The Arrowverse Crossover

Source: THR



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2018-10-08 04:10:39 – Mansoor Mithaiwala