World War Z Sequel Begins Production in June, Confirms Producer

It seems World War Z 2 will finally begin production next June, according to one of the movie’s producers. Getting the first movie – which was directed by Marc Forster and based on a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof – onto the big screen was a long and arduous journey. While it wasn’t a direct adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed novel of the same name, it was still a different take on the zombie subgenre.

However, that doesn’t mean it revolutionized the horror genre. World War Z received generally positive reviews from critics and earned a whopping $540 million at the worldwide box office against an estimated production budget of $190 million, which was more than enough for Paramount Pictures to commission a sequel. But development on the follow-up installment lagged for years until the studio’s new chief came on board in 2017 and started to push it forward. Now, it’s slated to start filming next summer.

Related: Why Jurassic World 2’s J.A. Bayona Dropped Out Of Directing World War Z 2

In an interview with Variety on the red carpet for Beautiful Boy, producer Dede Gardner confirmed that World War Z 2 will begin production in June 2019. She also reaffirmed that Brad Pitt would be reprising his role from the first movie as Gerry Lane, with David Fincher on board to direct. Furthermore, producer Jeremy Kleiner provides an update on the script, saying that screenwriter Dennis Kelly is still working on it, but they’re quite happy with what they have so far.

It’s interesting that Paramount Pictures, especially under new leadership, still sees potential in this story despite it being more than five years since the first movie released. Sure, it performed well at the box office, but the zombie genre is even more crowded now than it was then. After all, Paramount recently and briefly started to develop a reputation for offloading properties they thought wouldn’t perform well in theaters, primarily to streaming giant Netflix. That’s why movies like Annihilation and The Cloverfield Paradox suddenly found themselves streaming online. But in the midst of all the apparent turmoil was World War Z 2, which kept on trudging forward.

Fincher started filming the second season of Netflix’s Mindhunter this past summer, so, given how adamant Gardner is about the June production start time frame, it seems the filmmaker has set aside time next summer to get the ball rolling on the long-awaited World War Z sequel. Whether they actually make that production start date remains to be seen, but at least fans can rest assured knowing the studio hasn’t forgotten about the movie.

Next: World War Z Horde Gameplay Trailer Recreates Movie’s Zombie Tsunami

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2018-10-08 08:10:30 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

SNL Distances Themselves from Kanye West During Weekend Update

The week after Kanye West’s unaired pro-Trump ramblings during the season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live, a few of the show’s cast members have made their feelings regarding the incident clear. Though Leslie Jones had previously expressed hope that the show might steer away from politics, that definitely wasn’t the case with this episode, which began with Matt Damon guest starring as Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. And things only got more political from there.

West, who performed as the musical guest for the Adam Driver-hosted episode, donned a “Make America Great Again” hat for his final performance of the night. While performing “Ghost Town” with Kid Cudi and 070 Shake, the rapper invited the SNL members up on stage to close out the night. Though the cameras were off by this point, West apparently took a break from singing to launch into an aimless rant that touched on Donald Trump, slavery, and the media that was captured by audience members like Chris Rock. A week later, the Weekly Update team was joined on air by Pete Davidson to discuss what happened.

Related: SNL Weekend Update Defies Censoring with ‘S-Hole’ Trump Sketch

Davidson began by commenting on West’s mental health and calling West’s speech “one of the worst, most awkward things” he’s ever experienced while working on the show, comparing it to an encounter with Chevy Chase. Davidson refutes West’s claim that he was bullied for wearing the MAGA hat but pointed out that everyone wears “stupid” things, including himself.

The comedian continued, addressing West’s belief that slavery isn’t real, and pointing out how wrong that is. He added that West is “a genius, but like, a musical genius,” thus insinuating that he doesn’t want to hear about politics from the rapper. Davidson then addressed the importance of mental health, albeit in joke form. West expressed that the person he is now is “the real” him, because he isn’t taking prescription medications. Davidson, who has been open about his own struggles with bipolar disorder, encouraged West to reconsider getting on medication, mentioning how well it works for him. He sent his point home with a well-received statement: “Being mentally ill is not an excuse to act like a jacka**.”

This is far from the first time that West has pushed the buttons of his peers in the entertainment community: a reference to the sunken place from Get Out sparked a tweet from the film’s writer and director Jordan Peele. He also hilariously sparked comparisons to Avengers: Infinity War big bad Thanos last month. West has been on SNL in the past, and this probably isn’t enough to earn him a ban, but considering his choice to shut down his social media accounts following the incident, he may not be willing to go back in the future.

More: Kenan Thompson to Star in New NBC Sitcom, Might Leave SNL

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2018-10-07 01:10:58 – Becca Bleznak

Damon Wayans Leaving Lethal Weapon TV Show

Damon Wayans has announced that he will be leaving FOX’s Lethal Weapon series. Based on the popular film franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon aired its first episode back in 2016. Rectify’s Clayne Crawford was cast in the role of Martin Riggs, Gibson’s character. Wayans, meanwhile, won the role of Glover’s character, Roger Murtaugh. The announcement of the series was met with an understandable amount of skepticism. The show ultimately debuted with mixed-to-positive reviews and solid ratings.

Over the course of the show’s second season, however, an apparent feud between the two stars was revealed. In a report, Wayans criticized Crawford for his conduct and behavior on set. The animosity peaked when Wayans was reportedly injured during an episode Crawford was directing. Many were quick to back up Wayans’ statements, revealing their own discomfort around the actor. FOX ended up firing Crawford ahead of season 3, choosing to kill off the Riggs character and replace him a wholly new one played by Seann William Scott.

Related: Lethal Weapon Season 3 Review: The Series Can’t Replace Riggs But Tries Anyway

With season 3 only two episodes in, the future of the show has once again been thrown into doubt. Speaking to EUR, Wayans revealed that he will quit the show at the end of the current 13-episode run. An apparently emotional Wayans explained that, as a 58-year-old diabetic, the 16-hour days were beginning to take their toll. He also conveyed that the strain was not only on his health but also his family and personal life. The dissonance of playing a “loving, supportive father/husband/ friend on TV” while being unable to be as such in real life was becoming too much. “I have seven grandkids. I’ve been missing recitals and graduations. To me, it’s just not worth it. There is a better way to live life.”

Wayans believes that the filming of the 13 episodes will provide more than enough time for FOX to find a replacement. It’s easy to imagine, however, that FOX may simply consider just wrapping up the show entirely at this point. After all, losing one actor and iconic character is tricky enough a situation to recover from, but two? It’s too early to tell how successful of an addition Scott will be to the show, and how season 3 will be received overall, but it’s difficult to picture anything Lethal Weapon without both Riggs and Murtaugh.

Although Scott’s character, Wesley Cole, is meant to be brand-new, he’s clearly a simple facsimile of Riggs. To have Wayans leave and the character coincidentally replaced by another cautious and by-the-book character will no doubt stretch the show’s credibility. Had the show simply replaced the actor rather than the character, things might have been different. As things stand, however, it might be better to have season 3 serve as a swan-song for the show as a whole.

More: Shane Black Has Never Watched The Lethal Weapon TV Series

Lethal Weapon airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.

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2018-10-03 03:10:58 – John Atkinson

SNL: Matt Damon is Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Season 44 Cold Open

Matt Damon surprises fans with an appearance in Saturday Night Live’s season 44 cold open, playing embattled SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. It hasn’t been a great few weeks for Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court after less than two years in office. With Trump’s own Republican party in control of the Senate, Kavanaugh looked poised to sail through the confirmation process. Unfortunately for him, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.

Following the conclusion of his confirmation hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh was accused of attempted rape by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged that a highly intoxicated 17-year-old Kavanaugh had tried to force himself on her during a high school house party. Kavanaugh adamantly denied the accusation, but has subsequently been accused of sexual misconduct by three more women. This past Thursday, Kavanaugh and Ford went in front of the committee to testify about her accusation against him.

Related: Kenan Thompson to Star in New NBC Sitcom, Might Leave SNL

While those who believe Kavanaugh innocent might consider his behavior justified, perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of his hearing opposite Ford was the judge’s combative and furious demeanor, including a long statement about how he felt the accusations against him were part of a smear campaign by the liberal side of the political aisle. It’s this argumentative and loud Kavanaugh that Damon embodied via his portrayal of the nominee during SNL’s season 44 cold open. The full sketch isn’t yet available online, but a clip of Damon as Kavanaugh can be seen below.

Over the course of the sketch, multiple members of the SNL cast were provided the opportunity to portray senators on the judiciary committee, including a guest appearance by former cast member Rachel Dratch as Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar. Perhaps the most hilarious bit of unconventional casting was SNL chameleon Kate McKinnon’s turn as South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, Kavanaugh’s most vocal Republican defender during the hearing. Also notable was Pete Davidson’s take on Rhode Island’s Sheldon Whitehouse.

Obviously, one’s enjoyment of the Brett Kavanaugh sketch will likely depend quite a bit on what side of the Kavanaugh confirmation debate one resides on. At this point though, SNL’s tendency to pull no punches in its sketches about the Trump administration or right-wing politics in general is well-known, and anyone still tuning in has no reason to be surprised at the treatment Kavanaugh received. What they might well have been genuinely surprised about though is that Matt Damon stopped by to play him.

More: Chevy Chase Has Some Very Harsh Words For SNL

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2018-09-29 10:09:49 – Michael Kennedy

Damon Caro Interview: Batman v Superman’s Warehouse Scene

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has always been a source of controversy, from Batman’s more brutal tactics to the “Martha moment,” but one thing most people can agree on is that Batman’s fight scene in the warehouse is one of the best comic book action scenes of all time, thanks to stunt coordinator Damon Caro and his stunt team. Caro has worked on every one of Snyder’s feature films, even participating in his more recent short film, Snow Steam Iron.

Snyder’s take on the DC universe has always been a source of controversy, eventually leading to him being forced off the production of Justice League, but his action and visuals have always been cited as a bright spot. Now that the DCEU is headed in a different direction, it’s the perfect opportunity to look on some of its impressive accomplishments. Screen Rant recently caught up with Damon Caro, who served as Batman v Superman’s stunt coordinator and second unit director, to talk about the warehouse fight, review the action-viz of Caro’s team performing the scene (embedded above), and discuss his involvement in the rest of the franchise.

Related: Exclusive: Batman v Superman Warehouse Behind The Scenes Stunt Video

Screen Rant: It’s really cool to see how this whole thing came together, especially for such a popular scene. It’s one of the more commonly praised aspects of the movie on social media.

Damon Caro: Yeah, I know it touched a lot of people, and I’m no different, you know, I sort of stated that in the email, but it was one of the most rewarding scenes that myself and my team have ever done… You know, ever since I was a kid, I wanted to see Batman fight that way, so it was awesome 40-some years later to have the opportunity to do that. To create it and have it so well received because I was a fan just trying to make him move the way I’ve always wanted him to, so it was really cool.

SR: To that point, one of the immediate comparisons people drew after seeing it was to the Arkham video games. That’s really one of the other places that he’s had that kind of style, stringing attacks together like that. Was that any sort of a direct influence on the scene?

DC: That’s funny because several people have asked me that about the Arkham game, and, no, I had never ever seen the game or a trailer or anything. I had seen some of the earlier Batman games, obviously, but it was really cool to hear, almost like the universal consciousness was at work. Mine was based on… I’ve been involved in several different methods of martial arts since the age of 10, so I had a very specific mindset of how Batman should fight, the technique, the styles and influences that I had in my head for a long time.

Obviously movies and comic books from my youth influenced me. I’m talking a long time ago. Enter the Dragon. Road Warrior, Mad Max, etc. When I create action I try to do it from whatever space I’m currently in. I look at the script and let the action be guided by story and the characters. I don’t really like imitation, I like to create something from the moment. Obviously I’m a product of great martial artists that come before me, and people involved in cinema, and, obviously I have influences that go deeper than I even know, but I feel like it’s more real and honest in the moment to create from your own space, and I guess maybe there is something here and there where I say “oh, I saw this movie once and they did this cool thing,” but not for this scene, no, it was all just from being a lifelong fan. Unfortunately I don’t have time to play games that often anymore. Last game I was good at was Halo. The first Halo, so that’s how old my video game skills are, but the [Arkham] comparison, people have asked me that many times, so that’s kind of cool, that we basically brought a video game character to life, which was another perk to it.

SR: Exactly. Well, it was in a much more grounded way in my opinion. In the game it’s designed for punching the buttons and stringing together combos, which, to a certain extent results in him being a little bit more of a superhuman, but I thought you got the human and older more brutal Batman really squarely in that scene.

DC: Yeah, you’re absolutely right. That’s from my earlier point of looking at story, looking at character, you could try and make him move like a twenty-five-year-old Batman, but he was a crusty veteran with a lot of miles on him, but obviously he’s still a stud, though, right? So he could still do some amazing things with his abilities and his training, but we really tried to ground it all – it was all live-action. There’s one digi-shot of when he comes through the floor and whips past camera. We did that more because we wanted him to be more ghost-like where you couldn’t see him, but other than that it’s all live-action. There’s a couple wire shots on the guys, and Batman drops in on a wire, but it’s all him in the suit doing it, and that was important to the character and his age, in addition to all the things you just stated. So yeah, that was all a big part of grounding us and how do we present this correctly.

SR: Right, and it was something we hadn’t seen in live-action before, so it was awesome to see that happen. Speaking of the story inspiration for it, the place that it happens in the movie is after a pivotal moment for Batman, and one of the things that people have pointed out about the movie is that he’s really brutal earlier on, and, intentionally or incidentally, caused several deaths in the chase scene. As far as I can tell in this scene, there’s no obvious people that die outside of the guy that grabs the grenade, which is kind of his fault anyway. Was that intentional, or is that supposed

to be an evolution for his character and the way he’s fighting here vs earlier in the Movie?

DC: Yes. 100%. I mean, in the chase scene he was dealing with dangerous dudes that were trying to kill him, but I feel he was driven more by hatred then. By the Martha rescue, he’s no longer fueled by resentment. That’s all clearly there and by design, as he just had the realization that Kal’s an alien, but they share the same humanity – the humans and the Kryptonians. So there’s definitely an evolution at this point. But regards to Batman’s mindset – again, if you ask Zack, the answer might be a bit different, but from my point of view, he also must be efficient, right? He had to get through that crew of mercenaries and navigate it as efficiently as possible while ensuring that they were going to be incapacitated at the very least because he had a limited timeframe, a small window, or Martha was dead. That was the whole point of having to get through it… Obviously guys’ arms are broken, and that’s after the guy shoots him several times, luckily in his bulletproof cowl. You will see, something that would sort of contradict that, if you noticed in that the action-viz that we shot in prep, it’s a little bit longer than what we shot for the film. and he does use one of the guys as a shield in that, but it didn’t make the movie because it didn’t fit for the cut. So that would have violated… but he uses him as a shield and the guy had a bulletproof vest on.

SR: Yeah, he wasn’t the one pulling the trigger.

D. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t break the guy’s arm for plugging him in the head a couple times, and after he is stabbed, he pins the guy to the wall with that same knife. But, yeah, it wasn’t his goal. Right? Don’t forget he blew up the trucks outside and also shoots KG Beast’s tank, but those were situations forced upon him by circumstance. None of it is vindictive or cruel, just necessary. It was all driven by his goal: “I need to get through these people and I need to incapacitate them at the very least, but I’ve got a bigger issue here I’ve got to get out.”

SR: Right, and that bigger issue is Martha. Speaking of her, you’re not credited as this, but if I’m correct, you portrayed the role of the gunman, presumably Joe Chill, in the opening scene.

DC: Correct. And that was just a silly credit issue with the studio And yeah, it’s Joe Chill. I play Joe Chill. Even IMDB wouldn’t accept it, it was kind of funny, but yes. That is true.

SR: You are credited as an F-18 pilot, which I don’t even remember because it’s much smaller.

DC: I Played the pilot earlier during the shoot in a scene that actually I was directing. Joe Chill, that was later. The F-18 scene didn’t make the cut of the movie.

SR: Ok, interesting. So since you did the rescue and also played Joe Chill you kind of both got to kill and rescue Martha. Was that something that was intentional? I know Zack likes to do fun parallels like that.

DC: No to my knowledge but you would have to ask Zack. It’s funny, in prep we called it “The Martha Rescue,” and then I think now it’s kind of known as the Batman Warehouse Fight, or

what do you commonly hear of it as?

SR: It’s typically called “The Warehouse Scene.”

DC: Early on we called it “Martha Rescue.” that’s something they might find cool or not, but I like Warehouse, we also called it ” The Warehouse Fight.” But that was actually the firstm thing we shot in the movie… we started in April 2014 with that scene. It was crazy. We always like to hit something big first. We attacked it, we shot it together, then Zack moved on and I shot several more days of second unit there. But the Joe Chill scene wasn’t until the end of 2014. The Joe Chill scene, that was actually in Chicago. That scene was at the sort of end of our run right before we went to New Mexico so that was probably October. That wasn’t by design. Normally I’m so busy and Zack often offers me parts “hey, play this role, you should play that role,” but I’m so busy. He wasn’t finding anybody he liked for the role, and it got down to we were scouting the location, we were still in Michigan and went to scout Chicago and one weekend on a Sunday we went down there and we were going to be in Chicago in like a month and he goes “why don’t you play this?” And I had a lot on my plate, I was shooting other second unit and coordinating, I said “I’ve got a lot going on. I appreciate it, but I’m just too thin.” I went home and I was thinking about it and a couple days later and I was like “are you kidding me? Ten years ago I would have wet my pants for an opportunity like this.” I get so focused behind camera. I’ve been behind camera for years mainly, that’s all I really do anymore. Second unit directing and that sort of thing. So that’s where my head was and I just had to stop and think and go “I have the opportunity to play Joe Chill. I have the opportunity to make Batman who he is.” So the next day at work, I go “hey man, if you haven’t cast that I’d actually love to play that, lets figure that out,” and that was it. That was really fun, it was good to do.

SR: That particular scene is something people chuckle at with just how many times we’ve seen it play out in live-action, but I always saw it as – you can’t tell the story without including it, and especially in this version because Martha ends up being so important, and you can’t do that without also showing the Wayne murder. Did any of the previous iterations inform how this one was created in terms of what you did or what you didn’t do?

DC: Good question. That would be a Zack question because those shots he drew. Many times in the bigger action sequences when he and I have collaborated, which has been every one of his films, we’ll have a meeting about it and he goes “go design it,” and I’ll come back with the master of it and then he’s like “awesome, hey, maybe add this, maybe add that.” So he gives a lot of freedom to me to just create that stuff, but every once in a while, like this is a smaller shot specific scene, so that was literally shot from his boards he drew. So I don’t know, he’d be the one to answer that question, I don’t know if he used any – I’m sure again, we know the mythology of it, we’ve seen Keaton’s, we’ve seen Nolan’s, and they’re there in our memories. He’s brilliant in his shot design and his essence of poetry and mythology in that telling, right? So we did shoot a viz, I just took his boards and my guys shot it really quick while we were in production just to make sure we got all the bugs worked out, but that was really Zack, he designed that with his drawings.

SR: And then that scene is kind of important to set up the whole Martha moment later on, which ended up being one of the more hotly debated moments of the film. Did you expect that to have a divisive response on set, or was that something that you figured would be more apparent to most audiences?

DC: You mean sort of the some people that don’t understand the concept or think it’s silly?

SR: Yeah, I think there’s a lot of people that, it didn’t – I liked it, so I might not be the person to explain why people have issue with it, but-

DC: It didn’t resonate with them. Yeah, I get it. I’m one of those people, too, like you. No, there was zero, zero conversation about “oh, people are going to have an issue with this or not understand it or think it’s silly.” It was – and it’s so funny, Zack and I had a conversation about that, I don’t know, a month ago, probably. That came up and I just said “I have never understood-” and I don’t listen to a lot of the haters, but I’ve heard the chatter of it a little bit, but I don’t understand what the disconnect was. What the problem is with how salient that line is and the connection between having the same mother’s name allows you to connect with someone you wanted to obliterate from the planet because you saw him as a threat to the human race. You saw him as a threat to humanity, then in that one moment, you realized he was an orphan and his mother’s… you saw him as you as you as a kid and you saw him in that light, so that enlightened you, that made you drop and see him now, not as the enemy, but as an ally. A fellow being who is trying to do the right thing, to reach justice. So no, crystal clear and very, like I said, it always made sense to me, so I’m perplexed by that one and I don’t know that I… I don’t have the answer to that one.

SR: I don’t either, so that’s why I asked.

DC: [laughs], I wish I could enlighten that to you, but you’re asking the wrong guy on that one.

SR: Now, you said that you also did a live-action pre-viz for the Wayne murder scene, do most scenes with any sort of action like that get a live-action pre-viz done? I know I saw from Justice League there was a CGI pre-viz from the Superman fight at heroes park. Would something that’s more effects-heavy get a CGI pre-viz instead, or does that one also have a live-action pre-viz?

DC: Excellent point. Justice League, I did the live-action stunt viz, pre-viz – we call them action-viz or stunt-viz just to differentiate from the effects pre-viz – they depend on size of the battle. For instance, if I go back, we did them for 300, we did them for Watchmen, for Sucker Punch, Man of Steel, and etc. But you can’t, depending on the project, you can’t do every little thing. If you want to talk specifically about Justice League, that was a little bit of a tricky thing because I started prepping that in LA and shot a pre-viz for the Old Bailey Wonder Woman, where she rescues the hostages, and I got pulled from that to go do Wonder Woman because I was replacing someone who was over there that didn’t work out. So I had to leave and go do Wonder Woman on the fly. So I didn’t get to pre-viz – there were a few others with the guys I left over there on Justice League, but I wasn’t there to sort of oversee it, and we didn’t get the normal process was in there where we did make these detailed vizzes. Perfect example, there were a lot more that were regular pre-viz for Justice League, but also, yes. The greater the powers, the more you’re going to have pre-viz.

Classic example is when we did Man of Steel. That Smallville battle was an awesome thing to be a part of- that one I still really like when he fights Faora and Nam-ek.

SR: Yeah, I think that’s one of the more underappreciated scenes. People must forget about it because it’s the start of, like, 2 hours of straight action so it must bleed together, but it’s one of the better ones.

DC: Yeah, and I really like that one because that was something we put a lot of time and effort into trying to figure out the concept of even how do we do this – because we use rudimentary viz FX when we’re creating action-viz, especially for flying, we meshed it with live-action. And we shot a really cool, really great action-viz for that. Unfortunately I can’t find that action viz, I only have a copy of the hybrid of us and viz FX, which ultimately what we do is pair the two -Action viz and pre-viz.

I’ve worked with viz FX supervisors DJ AKA John ‘D.J.’ Des Jardin and Bryan Hirota since Watchmen, It’s awesome collaborating with them. Juxtapose the Smallville battle with the end battle, Zod vs Superman, right? In Man of Steel. There was so much flying, and in order to do that at the insane level we wanted to, we did some action-viz, paired with a lot of the pre-viz. We would go and talk to the animators, and then we would do some motion capture then we’d blend all of it. We also used some old school type techniques for shooting.

One shot where Superman punches Zod several times, and the camera goes over one arm and he punches Zod and it goes to the other side and he punches him again as he flies forward. We were trying to figure this shot out on various rigs and wires etc” and I go “huh, stand on this little table, this little riser.” I pointed the camera vertically and said “Ok, now punch,” then I quickly moved the camera to his other shoulder “and punch”, and it looked much better than any of the other far more complicated options. Every time I see that shot it just makes me chuckle because it’s stuff I was doing when I was 10 years old screwing around with a Super 8 camera, you know? That was the best way to capture the shot even with all of the available modern technology. So that viz obviously involved a lot more help from viz FX, and they’re always a great team to work with. When shooting the action viz the large amounts of quick directional change flying gave us the most difficulty, so our viz FX brother helped out. Ultimately when we present it, we blend the two for all the production heads to see and everybody looks at them in production meetings, that way you go “oh wow, camera’s going to be here, we’re going to do this, how do we do that, that’s wire, that’s digi takeover.”

Martha Rescue Scene Stunt-Viz Credits

Director, Action designer: Damon Caro

Stunt coordinator: Tim Rigby

Co-designers and Camera:Ryan Watson, Wayne Dalglish, and

Guillermo Grispo

Riggers: Shawn Kaults, Steve Upton, Jimmy Hart, Shawn Robinson.

Performers: Rich Cetrone (Ben Affleck’s Stunt Double), Matt Rugette, Allen Jo, Lateef Crowder, Paul Darnell, Victor Lopez,

Mike Justus, Justin Williams, Jake Swallow, Sam Locc, Steve Brown, Freddy, Boucieges, Albert Valladares, Ryan Watson, Wayne Dalglish, and Guillermo Grispo

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2018-09-09 02:09:18 – Stephen M. Colbert

Vampire Diaries: 20 Things That Make No Sense About Damon And Elena’s Relationship

The core relationship in The Vampire Diaries is between Elena and Damon. Elena did have major friendships with others, and a romantic affair with Damon’s brother Stefan early on, but the show is ultimately about the love between Elena and Damon.

The problem with that is that their relationship occasionally doesn’t make sense. They have their moments of affection, hostility, and friendship, and while there are scenes that do make sense for each one, there seem to be even more that just don’t add up.

Every show has something about it that doesn’t make sense, no matter how hard the writers, creators, and producers attempt to make everything sensible. Sometimes it’s not on purpose, as continuity is forgotten or characters need to act a certain way– different from their usual behavior– to move the plot along.

Damon and Elena seemed to have more issues than any other couple on the show. Maybe that was because they were the focus, and for many episodes and arcs, they were involved in many other relationships – romantic and platonic.

Much of this list contains behaviors that conflict with previous scenes or dialogue. Some other entries extract parts of storylines that involve Damon or Elena and show you how much establishing those characters is important in keeping their relationship believable and consistent. There are, of course spoilers, so anyone who has yet to finish The Vampire Diaries should tread somewhat carefully.

Here are 20 Things That Make No Sense About Damon And Elena’s Relationship.

20 Damon’s Violent Streaks

Damon has a temper. Many of Damon’s violent actions occur because he’s upset with Elena or she has done something to spark his anger. He goes on reckless sprees, hurting many people in the process.

Elena overlooks this about Damon.

Even as a human, Elena’s moral character becomes weak when she glosses over the violence because a part of her sees the good in Damon. A small argument could be made that after she becomes a vampire, Elena understands what Damon goes through, butElena never had as many outbursts as Damon.

Is that enough to foster a solid relationship – friendship or romantic? For most couples, a temper that results in people getting wiped out would be a relationship-ender.

19 Books to TV Show Inconsistencies

The creators changed some aspects of Elena and Damon and their relationship from the novel series.

In the books, Elena was selfish and always got what she wants. This is different than the caring and loving person in the show. Damon is a completely different vampire who really hated his brother, Stefan.

However, the one thing that remained the same between the TV show and books is Damon’s reactions when he makes advances towards Elena. Elena in the books rejects him constantly, which causes him to lash out with jealousy.

If you haven’t read the books, Elena eventually chooses Stefan as her life partner for eternity.

18 Shallow Feelings from Elena

For many of the early seasons, Elena struggled with her feelings for Damon and Stefan. Damon tried to get her to confess her love for him. She fought it, but somehow managed to reciprocate the same kind of emotion back to Damon.

But that was only on the surface. Elena seemed like she couldn’t grasp what she was really feeling for Damon.

It was obvious to fans that, deep down, she still loved Stefan no matter what she felt for Damon.

That didn’t make sense, since she allowed those outward affections to overtake anything she had for Stefan. It’s almost like she was so defeated and exhausted from the emotions that it was easier for her to simply choose Damon.

17 Elena Forgives Damon For Everything

At its most basic level, Damon and Elena’s relationship is based on control, fear, and physical attraction. Unlike Elena and Stefan as a couple, Elena and Damon have no solid foundation to sustain a long-term relationship.

The main problem is that Damon abuses Elena emotionally and physically way too many times. She shouldn’t simply say, “I see something good in him” to stay with Damon. For example, Damon broke Elena’s hand when she tried to slap him out of frustration. He caught the hand and squeezed it until her bones snapped.

When Elenawent to save her boyfriend at a lake, Damon threw her into that lake because he was jealous. But Elena constantly forgives him, no matter how badly he treats her.

16 Damon loved her doppelganger first

Damon’s returned to Mystic Falls for one reason: to help the woman he loved – Katherine Pierce – for over a century escape the tomb she was in. When he went to free Katherine, he learned she had already left the tomb and never came looking for Damon.

He had been in love with Katherine, but she had never loved him back. As time went on, Damon grew to dislike Katherine. However, he started to befriend Katherine’s doppelganger, who happened to be Elena.

Wouldn’t this cause some awkwardness for Damon?

The woman he had loved for 145 years never returned those same feelings, but here is Elena, who he grew to like, then love. Emotions aside, Elena looking like Katherine probably should have caused more resentment, but things between them progressed as if Elena wasn’t a doppelganger.

15 Too many break ups and make ups

If you take a look at the Damon and Elena’s relationship from his point of view, you might get the impression that he’s indifferent to having Elena in his life. When they are together and “good” (meaning Damon hasn’t gone on a violent streak or done something to Elena’s friends) they are really good.

But they break up multiple times. Once, he claims he broke up with her when she attended college because he saw how he was changing her, so he broke up with her. He tends to cast their relationship, no matter what type it is, aside without another thought. He tries to move on.

When the desire is too great to resist, and they decide to get back together, all is forgiven, which is a big theme between Damon and Elena.

14 Damon shares blood with Elena while she’s still with Stefan

When The Vampire Diaries had Elena share Damon’s blood, creator Julie Plec said that it’s “a little bit of a shout-out to the books.” Blood sharing, we learn from the show, is a very intimate experience.

In one episode, Damon decides to share his blood with Elena. Except Elena is still with Stefan at this point. And being very intimate, as Plec says, “you really shouldn’t be doing it with anybody who’s not your one true vampire love.”

Elena had no idea what was going on, but Damon did.

Stefan was furious, but Elena didn’t seem quite as upset as Stefan. Once again, it was Damon’s selfish behavior that threw a wrench in things.

13 Damon attacked her little brother

In the season two episode “The Return”, Damon finds out that Katherine never loved him. He goes to Elena’s place to wait for her. When she shows up, Damon and Elena have a talk.

Damon informs Elena that she is hiding her true feelings for him from herself, so he kisses her. Elena finds it necessary to tell him that, while she truly cares about Damon, her life will always be with Stefan.

This angers Damon greatly. And in response to Elena, Damon finds her brother Jeremy and snaps his neck. Elena does tell Stefan that she hates Damon, but when Damon and her finally get together, the incident with her brother is completely forgotten. Jeremy did come back to life later.

12 Damon got with her mother

At the time Damon and Isobel start their relationship, Damon is a cured vampire. Damon had turned Isobel into a vampire, who then returned to Mystic Falls later. Isobel wished to cause harm to Elena, who happened to be her daughter.

Elena doesn’t seem bothered by the fact Damon got with her birth mother.

It is possible that Elena doesn’t know, but you have to assume when Isobel threatened Elena, she probably used her past with Damon to cause further issues.

Another reason Elena probably doesn’t seem bothered is that Damon and Isobel only had a physical affair. Still, if Elena had learned how violent he was to Isobel to make her leave town, Elena would be bothered.

11 Damon Used his Special Powers on Elena in the pilot

In the premiere episode, viewers were treated with a display of Damon’s powers. While Elena was sitting in a cemetery, writing in her diary, Damon conjured fog and crows.

Elena didn’t really freak out. She acted like it was an everyday occurrence. Perhaps she had other stuff on her mind, like the passing of her parents.

Even early on, Elena’s reaction to this new supernatural world around her was sometimes indifferent. With Damon, she focused on getting him to act good, despite knowing what he was capable of.

Maybe she wasn’t all that afraid because she knew something viewers didn’t: that the fog and crow powers would never be used again after the pilot.

10 Damon blames the Sire Bond for Elena’s love

The sire bond is a connection between a vampire and the person they turn. The sired then shows their loyalty by following the orders of their sire– sometimes called a master.

In The Vampire Diaries, Damon creates a sire bond by turning Elena. Elena realizes her strong love for Damon and professes her love to him, but Damon only thinks she is saying that because of the bond.

We learn in the show that the bond only affects actions, not emotions like love.

If anyone should know this, Damon should. He’s over 170 years old and was sired himself by Katherine. Why was he skeptical about her love confession? He pretty much flat-out didn’t believe it.

9 Elena Chooses Damon… Twice

The cornerstone relationship in The Vampire Diaries is between Damon and Elena. They each had other relationships, but it was their love and desire that took center stage in the television program.

Except Elena had to choose Damon twice, which, in the grand scope of the show, didn’t make sense. While the show was on the air – and even to this day – fans were either Team Damon or Team Stefan.

To choose to be with Damon more than once may have meant she had fallen out of love with him– or it could have meant Elena always had feelings for Stefan, who she probably fit better with anyway.

8 The Diaries

The word is in the name of the TV show. If the creators wanted to use the word “diaries” merely to represent an account of the lives in Mystic Falls, then they shouldn’t have teased viewers with actual diaries.

Stefan and Elena had diaries, which were catalysts to how they met. It was interesting to see her viewpoint of events through her human eyes, and vice versa with Stefan. It’s clear the diaries were important.

Thus, it’s understandable why they ended up together in the beginning. But what about Damon? He didn’t start writing in a diary until season 7 and it wasn’t really seen again.

With how much they had in common, Stefan and Elena should have stayed together. Damon and Elena just didn’t have the compatibility.

7 Elena’s Hallucination Relationship with Damon

When Damon perishes, Elena is extremely heartbroken, so she decides to do something drastic. Elena begins taking special substances to induce hallucinations of Damon. She doesn’t want to believe the person she loved is gone.

What she’s doing is dangerous, mainly because of the type and amount of substance she’s ingesting. Eventually, she sees the harm and goes to Alaric to remove the memories of Damon. What doesn’t make sense is what comes before.

Not one of her friends steps up to force some kind of intervention, subtle or direct.

Do some people see it and don’t care? Elena is having a ghost-relationship with Damon at this point, which is an unhealthy way to grieve, but most of her friends apparently feel it’s the right way for Elena. No matter how hazardous.

6 Damon turned Elena and pushed vampire blood on her

Vampires usually turns humans by biting their necks. For the most part, the humans who are turned don’t know what’s happening to them until it’s over and they wake as vampires. Some humans want to change. Elena, however, had no desire to become a vampire. Still, Damon turned her.

While Elena is trying to adapt to drinking animal blood, Damon pushes his own blood on her.

It could be considered selfish, but afterward, Elena was just fine with Damon turning her and giving her his blood. At least, the method wasn’t as painful and violent as some others on the show.

Could she have been angrier at Damon for doing what he did? Sure, but as Elena often did during the show, she forgave him.

5 Damon repeatedly compelled her

Because Damon has the ability to control others through “compelling,” most of his relationships progress this way– included his bond with Elena.

Damon “compelled” her on a few occasions, and essentially controlled her during the sire bond situation.

What makes no sense is that at no time did Elena realize this was happening to her, even when she wasn’t under Damon’s control. She never really questioned her actions while under the influence, nor did anyone step up to tell her some of the things she did or thought or said were out of character for her.

Also, no one ever decided to confront Damon about “compelling” or controlling others, especially Elena.

4 Damon Abused Elena’s Best Friend

Damon’s attitude towards Caroline was one of disdain and indifference. He continuously hurt Caroline through a variety of ways (which seems to be Damon’s modus operandi through life) including meaningless hook-ups and thinking that she was just something to play with.

In less than 24 hours, Damon has bit her neck, then attacked her the next morning. Later, Damon “compelled” Caroline to wear a dress he wanted to see her in. It got worse form there.

Elena was horrified at first to find out Damon treated her friend like this.

She even called him cruel, but all was forgotten when it came time to share her feelings for him. Elena should have at least been worried about being treated the same way.

3 Elena only loved Damon after she was turned

It was established in another part of this list that Damon uses his special abilities to get people and vampires to do what he wants. With Elena, he doesn’t let their romantic relationship progress as naturally as it should.

Instead, he hurries up Elena’s love for him. In many ways, Damon knew what he was doing and who he was hurting when he turned Elena into a vampire. He was definitely aware that Elena’s emotions would be heightened, especially after the sire bond.

In truth, Elena didn’t realize she had a deep love inside her for Damon until after she became a vampire. Is it possible that if she wasn’t turned she’d still be with Stefan?

2 Everyone Is Afraid of Damon

Damon has lived a long life (about 180 years) and has befriended many, fell in love with many, and made enemies of many. No one has ever really had the gumption to stand up to him — except Elena.

Damon wasn’t the most powerful vampire, and if enough people got together, they could find a way to put Damon in his place. But the demure little human, Elena, wasn’t afraid of him and had no issues calling him out when it suited her.

Unfortunately, it seems like she never really called out the bad things he did. Her reasoning was that she saw something in him that wasn’t all evil, even when he was visibly doing evil things.

1 Damon’s Love A Problem

As this list has established, Damon has a problem keeping his anger subdued. From the first episode, continuing through season after season, Damon lashes out at the smallest provocation.

In season 3, Damon gets his neck broken when Elena visits Ester. At that point, Elena calls Damon’s love “a problem.”

It’s easy to understand why: all you have to do is go back to any scene where Damon is mean to Elena.

Elena regrets the words and tries to apologize and make excuses, but Damon ignores all that. He goes out with Rebekah. A totally appropriate response, right? Never mind the fact that Elena has already forgiven him for so many things already.

What didn’t make sense about Damon and Elena’s relationship for you in The Vampire Diaries? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-09-07 04:09:33 – Gregory Thompson