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2019-05-28 14:43:31

WHEN THEY SEE US Trailer (2019) Teen Drama, Netflix Series HD



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2019-04-19 15:16:19

Warner Bros. Reportedly Worried Johnny Depp Drama Will Hurt Fantastic Beasts 3

Recent reports suggest that Warner Bros. is worried that Johnny Depp’s ongoing drama with his ex-wife Amber Heard hurting Fantastic Beasts 3. A couple years ago, Depp came under fire after Heard accused the actor of being physically abusive to her during their time together. The decision to have Depp return for last year’s sequel to Fantastic Beasts was met with controversy, but director David Yates spoke out in defense of the casting. Production on the third entry was to begin this summer, but was delayed till later this fall.

The Harry Potter spinoff series launched in 2016 and was originally planned to be a trilogy, but was extended to a five-film series after J.K. Rowling determined more movies would benefit the story. Depp stars in the series as the powerful dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. Depp has confirmed that he’ll return for Fantastic Beasts 3, but the controversy surrounding him could affect the film moving forward. Earlier this year, Depp filed a lawsuit against Heard over the abuse allegations, and he’s denied all of Heard’s claims. Despite that, high-level executives at Warner Bros. are reportedly concerned that Depp’s involvement with Fantastic Beasts could send the wrong message.

Related: J.K. Rowling Promises Fantastic Beasts 3 Will Answer Questions

Per Page Six, Warner Bros. is reportedly worried that Depp’s drama could effect Fantastic Beasts 3. The report continues by mentioning that if Warner Bros. continues to stick by Depp, it could say a lot about the company’s values. Many high-level female executives are worried about working with Depp, and how it’ll effect the morale of female employees at the studio. This comes just after Heard’s recent court documents described in vivid detail how Depp allegedly beat, choked and tormented her. Adding to that, many at Warner Bros. feel Rowling’s public support of Depp has boxed them into a corner, as they continue to wonder how to deal with Depp’s role in the Fantastic Beasts series.

With Warner Bros. fresh off Kevin Tsujihara stepping down as chairman and CEO after his involvement in a sexual misconduct scandal went public, Depp’s continued association with the studio could lead to further backlash on not only Depp but the studio as well. According to actor Dan Fogler, the decision to change production around for Fantastic Beasts 3 was due to the film being larger in scale compared to the previous entries. More time was needed to prep and to avoid rushing the project, but there could be more to it than that. With Depp’s involvement casting a dark cloud on the movie, perhaps this time prior to production will be used to decide whether or not to replace the veteran actor. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald had enough controversy surrounding it due to its poor reception and overstuffed storyline, but Depp’s casting as Grindelwald also didn’t sit well with many moviegoers.

How Warner Bros. chooses to handle the situation remains to be seen, but Fantastic Beasts 3 isn’t expected to release till sometime next year. That gives the studio enough time to sort out any issues they may have with Depp, and replace him if necessary. Of course, losing Depp would still be a huge loss if the studio doesn’t have a suitable replacement to fill his role as Grindelwald. With Fantastic Beasts 3 set to begin production later this year, fans should expect more updates as the fall nears.

More: Fantastic Beasts 3 Theory: How Dumbledore Breaks The Blood Pact

Source: Page Six


2019-04-13 01:04:26

Eric Trigg

Ben is Back Review: Julia Roberts Made a Drug Addiction Drama Too

Buoyed by the affecting performances from Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, Ben is Back makes for a compelling (though uneven) exploration of addiction.

The new project by writer/director Peter Hedges, Ben is Back is the latest film or TV show to deal with drug addiction and recovery in recent months. Whereas Felix Van Groeningen’s movie Beautiful Boy tackles the topic in the context of a memoir and Mike Flanagan’s Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House explores the subject through the lens of supernatural horror, Hedge’s film examines the realities of how addiction impacts people (and those around them) through a mix of familial drama and, to a lesser degree, the crime genre. The end results are mixed, but otherwise commendable in their own right. Buoyed by the affecting performances from Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, Ben is Back makes for a compelling (though uneven) exploration of addiction.

As Ben is Back starts out, Holly Burns (Roberts) and her family – including Ivy (Kathryn Newton), her teenaged daughter from her first marriage, and Holly’s two young children with her second husband Neal (Courtney B. Vance) – are preparing for their church’s Christmas Eve celebration that night. Holly is then shocked when she and the others return home to find Ben (Lucas Hedges), her 19-year old son, who has spent the last 77 days remaining drug-free in rehab. Ben quickly explains that he’s just there for Christmas Day (with the permission of his sponsor) and will resume his treatment right after.

When both Ivy and Neal make it clear that neither of them thinks Ben’s visit is a good idea, he agrees to head back to rehab early before Holly strikes a deal with him and the others: Ben can stay for the holiday so long as he remains under her strict supervision. At first, things seem to be working out, even as Ben’s presence opens up old emotional wounds in not only Holly, but also Ben himself and other people who were affected by his past drug use. However, before he knows it, Ben’s past catches up to him, leaving it to Holly to take drastic action, in the hope that it’s not too late to save her son.

The first half of Ben is Back bears a resemblance to something like Peter Hedges’ Pieces of April (or director Jonathan Demme and writer Jenny Lumet’s own drama dealing with drug addiction recovery, Rachel Getting Married), in that it focuses on family dysfunction and the maelstrom of emotions that Ben stirs up in Holly and the rest of her clan, upon his return. Hedges’ script work is strongest in this segment of the film, as it digs into the complicated and frequently conflicting feelings that Holly experiences, as well as Ben’s own struggle to be truly honest about himself and the effects that his actions continue to have on his loved ones (especially his mother). Roberts and Lucas Hedges’ performances are likewise the most moving during this portion of the film, as are those from Newton and Vance. Indeed, much of what the cast doesn’t explicitly say, but rather implies through their actions or references to the past, ends up being as important as what their characters do talk about directly.

While Ben is Back doesn’t fly off the rails during its second half, it does change gears, and not necessarily for the better. This is the section of the film that shifts into being more of a grounded crime drama, in the sense that it focuses on Ben and Holly as they deal with various shady people from Ben’s past. Problem is, along the way, the movie fails to develop the more important story threads from its first half (like the conflict within the Burns family or a subplot involving a death in Ben’s past) in a truly satisfying way. It seems that Peter Hedges’ intent here was to give the film’s overarching narrative a firmer structure by ramping up the stakes in its latter half, but the execution feels contrived and calculated, compared to the way the drama unfolds up to that point. Beautiful Boy also had a difficult time crafting a three-act story that shines a light on the realities of drug addiction and why staying clean is so hard for those in recovery, and it’s a challenge that Ben is Back doesn’t fully overcome either.

Hedges, as a director, nevertheless does a good job of drawing out captivating performances from his ensemble cast and keeps Ben is Back moving along at a steady pace (and even wraps everything up well below the two-hour mark). The cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh (The PianoThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty) further serves to anchor the film’s story and character drama, making heavy use of handheld camerawork and intimate closeups in the process. Ben is Back‘s visuals are pretty unvarnished overall, but that allows it to paint a fittingly bleak portrait of its wintery small-town backdrop and, in turn, the troubled world that allowed Ben’s drug use to thrive in the first place. Less successful, however, are the film’s efforts to generate suspense with the editing and sequencing during its latter half; much like his work as a writer, Hedges the director is (understandably) better at handling the drama aspect, when it comes to drama-thriller storytelling.

For the large part, Ben is Back is concerned more with telling a meaningful personal story than making any kind of big statement with its up close and personal look at drug addiction. At the same time, the film does nod to the larger issues that it touches upon here, like the modern opioid epidemic in the U.S. and the social privilege that Ben is afforded as a young white male, but wouldn’t have otherwise. Still, it might be for the best that Ben is Back doesn’t go further than that (lest it wind up biting off more than it can chew), and is instead content to let its fictional narrative speak for itself, in that regard.

It may not be as strong as this year’s major awards season contenders on the whole, but Ben is Back is an otherwise perfectly respectable drama on its own terms – one that also makes for a worthwhile addition to the recent slate of films and TV shows that take a hard look at the tumultuous process of drug addiction rehabilitation and recovery. Roberts and Lucas Hedges (who, yes, is also Peter Hedges’ son) are equally good in their roles here and fans of either/both actors’ previous work may want to give this one a look in theaters, for that reason alone. With so many “big” movies coming out in December, something like Ben is Back could be a nice alternative for those seeking something a bit more intimate in scale.

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Ben is Back is now playing in select U.S. theaters and will expand to additional markets over the forthcoming weeks. It is 103 minutes long and is rated R for language throughout and some drug use.

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2018-12-07 05:12:32

Prodigy Review: Spiritual Drama Delivers Mixed Results

Prodigy plays with some big ideas and heady themes, but doesn’t fully develop all of them as it struggles to truly connect with audiences.

Marking the feature-length debut of director Nathan Leon (who previously helmed shorts such as D.O.A. and Limbo), new drama Prodigy is hoping to make a minor splash as it hits VOD. Nominated for four International Christian Film and Music Festival awards (including Best Picture), it certainly has a more intriguing pedigree than the typical straight-to-video release, giving indie fans hope for a rewarding counter-programming option to check out this holiday season. There’s no denying Leon has an ambitious vision, but he isn’t entirely successful in the execution. Prodigy plays with some big ideas and heady themes, but doesn’t fully develop all of them as it struggles to truly connect with audiences.

Prodigy is set in the not-too-distant future, where teenage boy Caleb Black (Embry Johnson) is an individual with the ability to seemingly receive messages from a higher power, allowing him to accurately predict potentially apocalyptic events. After the first two of Caleb’s prognostications come true, tensions start to mount in anticipation for the third. Various parties, including the government, have a keen interest in Caleb, hoping to make sense of it all and figure out a plan.

Caleb refuses to give information about his third message to any official, saying he’ll only speak to his estranged father, Erick (Cory Kays). When the two are reunited, Caleb expresses his desire to break free of the facility where he’s being held and trek to a mysterious location, where he’ll receive another message that could alter human history. Erick reluctantly agrees to help, embarking on a dangerous journey that could change the very fabric of his personal beliefs.

Leon also penned the Prodigy script, and his approach to the writing is a tad flawed. He essentially thrusts viewers right into the thick of the story, not always taking the necessary time to properly set up character dynamics and relationships. Things start to become clearer as the movie progresses, but the early going can be a little tricky to follow as Leon rushes through establishing a universe where the supernatural is possible. It’s nice to see the filmmaker demonstrate a trust in his audience to pick up on what’s happening, but the first act definitely could have benefitted from having a little more room to breathe before Leon dived head-first into the road trip/chase aspect that propels a majority of the plot.

As for the craftsmanship: Leon maintains a steady hand on the material, moving the film along at a nice pace to ensure viewers never lose interest in Prodigy’s genre elements. The situations the characters find themselves in don’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but there’s still enough at stake in the core narrative (from both a personal and worldly perspective) for people to care about what happens. Having said that, Leon isn’t as smooth handling the thematic angles of Prodigy, laboring his characters with (at times) heavy-handed dialogue about topics like fate vs. free will and the existence of divine beings controlling our destinies. Again, this is fairly complex subject matter for a first-time feature director to tackle, but it’s certainly a little rough around the edges as Leon tries to reach viewers with his message. Some audience members may be turned off a bit by its perceived preachiness.

Erik and Caleb are meant to be the emotional foundation of Prodigy, and things aren’t entirely convincing on that front. While Kays and Johnson have some strong scenes together, the father-son bond Leon is hoping to flourish doesn’t completely shine through for the whole movie. The chemistry between the two leads doesn’t always light up the screen, but the shortcomings might be more of a byproduct of the writing than the individual performances. Both Kays and Johnson do a good job with the material they have to work with; the former doing a riff on a typical broken soul haunted by past tragedy and the latter accurately portraying a “gifted” child burdened with an overwhelming responsibility. The characters definitely fit into old archetypes, but for the purposes of the film, they work.

The supporting cast fares a little worse, primarily because Prodigy is loaded with secondary players. The film is hampered by one too many story threads (there are multiple parties pursuing Erik and Caleb on their journey), and a couple of these eventually reach uneventful conclusions that illustrate how superfluous they are. Streamlining the core narrative would have helped matters and allowed certain characters to make more of an impact. As it stands, the standouts here include Brian Tyrrell as the government’s Dr. Faron (an admittedly clichéd corporate suit villain) and Hailey Henry as Maya, a waitress who offers to help Erik and Caleb. The script gives the actress some fascinating layers to explore, though the character’s arc feels a little unearned. Other actors like Tyler Roy Roberts as Jericho and King Amir Allahyar as Gabriel are relegated to being generic mercenaries on the hunt for the heroes.

In the end, Prodigy deserves points for swinging for the fences in its attempt to give audiences a fully rewarding experience, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark across the board. The ideas and themes presented have been explored with a little more grace and nuance in films prior, though interested viewers should still be able to have interesting discussions about its subject matter after watching it. For a first-time feature director, Leon clearly has some talent that he’ll hopefully be able to refine as his career moves forward. Naturally, Prodigy will be low on many’s must-see lists this December, but it might be worth checking out for its target demographic.

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Prodigy is now available on VOD. It runs 110 minutes and is not rated.

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2018-12-04 03:12:59

The Favourite Review: Royal Court Drama Gets The Lobster Treatment

Armed with Lanthimos’ trademark weirdness and three great lead performances, The Favourite is a truly unique spin on the typical royal court drama.

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has been making sardonic, idiosyncratic, and otherwise, well, strange movies since the early 2000s, but it wasn’t until 2015’s dystopian “love story” The Lobster that he became a proper awards season contender. Lanthimos is back in the Oscar race this year with The Favourite, a film that takes a very awards season-friendly genre (the royal court drama) and gives it a decidedly Lanthimosian makeover, for lack of a better description. The movie has already been honored with the top prizes at events like the Venice International Film Festival and is poised to keep its winning streak going from here… and with fair reason. Armed with Lanthimos’ trademark weirdness and three great lead performances, The Favourite is a truly unique spin on the typical royal court drama.

The Favourite goes back in time to the early 18th century, where England is at war with France and Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) sits on the throne. Anne, who is incredibly frail both physically and mentally, relies heavily on her confidant Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), Duchess of Marlborough, to essentially run the country and oversee the war effort, even as members of her court – namely, Robert Harley (Nicholas Hoult), the 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer – attempt to undermine Sarah’s rulings. Enter Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), Sarah’s cousin who lost her noble stature years ago due to her father’s gambling, and has made her way to Anne’s palace, in the hope of securing a position.

After some early stumbles, Abigail manages to impress Sarah and her standing (and living conditions) improve significantly for it. Abigail thereafter begins to make a bid to win the Queen’s favor, especially after she learns just how intimate Sarah and Anne’s relationship really is. However, this also puts her in direct conflict with Sarah’s interests – and when Sarah becomes wise to Abigail’s scheming, the pair find themselves in a fierce competition to become the Queen’s true favorite… one that definitely won’t end happily for the loser.

The Favourite cowriter Deborah Davis set to work on the film’s screenplay as far back as the late 1990s, before producer Ceci Dempsey (who also worked on The Lobster), screenwriter Tony McNarma (Ashby), and Lanthimos got involved. In its final movie form, the project makes for a fascinating combination of bleak (and occasionally downright bizarre) comedy and political satire, with its exploration of the intrigues and machinations of Queen Anne’s royal court. At the heart of all the madness is the love triangle between Anne, Sarah, and Abigail – a dynamic that’s equal parts funny, peculiar, and surprisingly touching in its own ways. Indeed, by examining their relationship under a microscope, The Favourite is able to offer a study of the politics of sex and love that thematically compliments Lanthimos’ work on The Lobster and its own observations about power dynamics and how twisted human relationships can seem, from a certain point of view.

Lanthimos’ films certainly tell their stories “from a certain point of view” and that comes through loud and clear in The Favourite. The movie is as beautifully off-kilter visually as it is narratively, thanks to the cinematography by DP Robbie Ryan (The Meyerowitz Stories) and its heavy use of unsettling fisheye lenses, dancing tracking shots, and equally skewed, yet stylish, wide-angle shot compositions. As a result, The Favourite simply looks as unhinged and quirky at it story feels, even when nothing particularly unusual is happening… which, to be fair, isn’t very often. Even if Lanthimos hadn’t shot the film in this fashion, The Favourite would still be gorgeous to look at, thanks to the exquisitely detailed sets and production design by Fiona Crombie (who did equally great work on 2015’s Macbeth retelling), and the evocative royal garbs by costume designer Sandy Powell (who, between this and Mary Poppins Returns, has really outdone herself this year alone). Still, the unconventional photography adds the right touch of curiosity to the proceedings.

Admittedly, though, The Favourite might have come off as all brains and style with no heart were it not for the terrific work by Colman, Weisz, and Stone. While the former two have collaborated with Lanthimos before (namely, on The Lobster), this film gives them a chance to shine in new ways as Anne and Sarah – characters who can go from petulant, vicious, and cruel to playful, sincere, and/or vulnerable within the blink of an eye – and the pair very much rise to the occasion. The same goes for Stone, who’s excelled at balancing comedy and drama before, but has never gotten to play a character who’s quite as darkly funny, guileful, and on the whole messy as Abigail. The Favourite is Colman, Weisz, and Stone’s show above all else, but Hoult still manages to leave his mark as the slippery Earl Harley; a character who would gladly stab you in the back, if he felt it served his purposes. The same goes for Joe Alwyn in his scenes as Samuel Masham, a member of Anne’s court who gets in way over his head when he decides to pursue Abigail.

Keeping all that in mind, though, it’s worth mentioning that (at the end of the day) The Favourite is very much a Lanthimos film is ways both good and, well, less so. As impressive as the movie’s craftsmanship and performances are, its director’s approach to storytelling and morose sense of humor aren’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea – and because his methods serve The Favourite quite well as a whole, it makes the moments where his approach doesn’t work stand out all the more, by comparison. This film is arguably one of Lanthimos’ more accessible offerings to date (certainly more so than, say, last year’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer), but it’s also in keeping with his previous efforts behind the camera and may leave some moviegoers feeling understandably cold and frustrated for it (even those who are fascinated by the story at the heart of the film). For these reasons, it’s difficult to recommend The Favourite to everyone, without some caveats.

Those who loved Lanthimos’ previous films, on the other hand, will definitely want to give The Favourite a look in theaters (no asterisks necessary), as will those who want to keep up with year’s awards season frontrunners. Likewise, those who have been waiting for an Oscar-friendly period piece that really puts its leading ladies at the forefront – and/or isn’t afraid of messing with the genre’s formula in weird and comically off-putting ways – may find what they’ve been searching for here. Either way you cut it, The Favourite really is unlike anything else that’s playing in theaters right now (or will be arriving before 2018 draws to a close).

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The Favourite is now playing in select U.S. theaters and will expand to additional markets over the forthcoming weeks. It is 121 minutes long and is rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language.

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2018-12-03 03:12:08

Taylor Kitsch To Star In HBO Drug Dealer Drama

Former Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch is set to star in and produce a new HBO drama about a drug dealer rendered comatose by his own product. More than simply an extension of the Reagan-era “Just Say No!” anti-drug campaign, the new drama is reportedly a family/drug drama hybrid with a metaphysical angle, one that will make for a potentially intriguing new series that welcomes Kitsch back to the premium network a few years after he co-starred in True Detective season 2 as doomed police officer Paul Woodrugh. 

Though Kitsch is still best known for his portrayal of hard-luck high school football star Tim Riggins on NBC’s Friday Night Lights, he recently earned praise for his portrayal of cult leader David Koresh in Paramount Network’s Branch Davidian limited series, Waco. Though his role in True Detective came years earlier, his performance as Koresh put the actor firmly back in familiar dramatic territory, following a foray into action-heavy feature films with Battleship, John Carter, and Savages.

More: The Little Drummer Girl Review: A Gorgeous, Gripping Spy Thriller

As reported by Deadline, Kitsch is now set to take another lead role on TV, albeit in what will presumably be an ongoing series in HBO’s as-yet-untitled drama. The series is created by former Sons of Anarchy writer John Barcheski, and will be co-written by Robert Munic (Star, Empire). 

A synopsis sees the series take a two-pronged approach to its central narrative after a bad batch of his own product leaves Chris Klug  (Kitsch) in a “temporary vegetative state.” The circumstances that led to Klug’s condition prove to be deliberate, as he was, in fact, betrayed by an individual close to him. The series intends to unravel the mystery of who wanted Klug dead through flashbacks, all while the character navigates what is referred to as his “present-day purgatory.”

In all, it sounds like a potentially compelling dramatic conceit, one that certainly bares traces of Barcheski’s time on Sons of Anarchy, and will perhaps blend that hard-edge soap operatic element with something more abstract, though whether or not the show intends to go that route with its depiction of its main character’s vegetative state remains to be seen. At the very least, it will be nice to have Kitsch back on television and in a lead role no less. 

Next: Vikings Season 5B Review: Power And Revenge Drive A Methodical Premiere

Screen Rant will have more details for you on Taylor Kitsch’s HBO series as they are made available. 

Source: Deadline



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Does First Man Have An After-Credits Scene?

You’ve been to the Moon and back with Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, does First Man have an after-credits scene in store for you? The new film from Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) is about the first man to walk on the lunar surface, exploring Armstong’s family life as much as his humanity leaping actions.

It’s a very different sort of biopic for sure. While all the key moments are there – Neil joining NASA, the near-fatal Gemini 8 mission, the successful and unforgettable Apollo 11 landings – the film takes a more abstract approach, with documentary-style filming and moments of reflection creating something more personal than a peek behind the curtain. One of the biggest aspects of this is the lack of any end cards that explain what happened to First Man‘s key players after the Moon landings.

Watch: The First Man Trailer

And if you’re expecting to find out more by sticking around in the theater, you’re out of luck: First Man does not have an after-credits scene. However, there are two very good reasons to still stick about. The first is Justin Hurwitz’s score. In the movie itself, it’s a stunning blend of grounded and magical styles, evoking 2001 and Interstellar while still being its own thing, and the credits suite is a perfect cap. Second, there’s the use of archive NASA recordings at the end that serve as both a reminder of the reality of this story and how space exploration continued beyond the Moon landings.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that First Man doesn’t include anything after the credits. Even with it shirking a lot of drama genre conventions, it’s not going to dip its toe into a trope typically saved for superhero movies. The story of both the Space Race and Neil Armstrong are completed by the movie’s end, so there’s no greater narrative to explore – even if that final scene is rather ambiguous. A stinger showing Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the US flag in the Moon would be humorous, but again not totally fitting.

There’ll be other ways to keep up with the talent involved. Chazelle is going to be giving the big screen a break, but is set to direct the first two episodes of upcoming musical Netflix series The Eddy and is writing a project for Apple TV. Ryan Gosling has no other acting projects lined up, but Claire Foy will be back in cinemas next month for The Girl In The Spider’s Web (but not on Netflix for The Crown, where the role of Queen Elizabeth has been recast with Olivia Coleman).

Next: First Man’s Moon Sequences Are Meant To Be Seen In IMAX



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2018-10-11 03:10:50 – Alex Leadbeater

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!





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20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore

The horror anthology hit TV show American Horror Story just might be the magnum opus of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. Scarier and more riveting than any of the duo’s other projects, the spine-tingling series features a new theme and characters every season that are all still linked to each other’s universe. From the casting announcements to the series hints, theme reveals, and each season’s unique introductory visuals, it’s riveting entertainment all around. Even so, some seasons fall further off the mark than others, with many episodes barely even registering on the “horror” radar while others left us scratching our heads wondering what the heck just happened.

The thing is, we tend to give glaring errors, plot flops, and other things wrong with the show a pass because we love it so much. From intriguing horror to irresistible characters, from unexpected plot twists to some of the best storytelling on TV, American Horror Story keeps us coming back, not because it’s flawless but because it’s still addictive despite, and sometimes because of, its many flaws.

We might love a character and conveniently forget that he or she is a monster. We’ll keep tuning in even after an entire sequence left us feeling disgusted, embarrassed for the actress who had to play out the scene, or even angry at the creators themselves. It’s just that addictive.

We love it and we’ll keep coming back for me, even with these 20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore.

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

With a name like American Horror Story, you might expect every episode to be a scream-fest. That’s just not the case, especially in seasons four and five. While there’s no shortage of horror-inducing characters in these seasons, they didn’t really give us nightmares like previous and subsequent seasons were able to do.

Were we jaded from all the mutants, ghosts, zombies, and other creatures in previous seasons?

Both Freak Show and Hotel fell short on promises of terror, often vying for more intense drama (a calling card of Falchuck and Murphy) instead. While we still received interesting stories, Gaga’s vampire and Twisty the Clown just weren’t all that scary.

19 There’s No Reason Given For All The Hotel Vampire Kids

In season five, Hotel, Lady Gaga’s character, The Countess Elizabeth, is a little less fabulous than we expected her to be. Perhaps she couldn’t live up to the Gaga we all know and love already. One of the things that just made zero sense about the character was her propensity to collect children and turn them into little vampires. Does Elizabeth have an old woman in the shoe complex? Is she just that bored? What is the point?

Here’s the thing about kids in horror movies: they add instant scare-factor. Take a look at most scary film kids, from Village of the Damned to The Others and you’ll see the scariest moments. The fact that the vampire kid collection wasn’t even scary was a pretty big letdown.

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

Season six of AHS, Roanoke, was able to recover some of the lost ground from the previous two less-scary seasons but still suffered from the lack of the one and only Jessica Lang. The season saw a return to the haunted house theme, always popular in AHS history, and wove in some new elements, like the whole “based on a true story” theme.  Between Deliverance-like hillbillies and more incredible Kathy Bates, Roanake was much better-received than Hotel, but it had some weird unexplained moments, like teeth randomly falling from the sky.

Not only do the teeth inexplicably fall while Matt is at work, but they also disappear.

The reason why is never given, prompting us to chalk this one up to “random scare tactic.”

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

While we definitely applaud Murphy and Falchuck’s use of mythology throughout American Horror Story, it often makes no sense. Gabourey Sidibe was fantastic as Queenie, the young and lonely witch who gave as well as she got, used LaLaurie as her own personal racist slave, and really deserved main credits billing. But there was that one time she tried to hook up with a grotesque Minotaur…

While the inclusion of adult content is pretty standard in AHS, getting involved with a man who has bull’s head sewed over his own is pretty far out there. It didn’t make any sense, nor did Queenie’s own survival following the incident (or anything else including the Minotaur, really), so we just move along and say that there’s nothing to see here.

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

Zoe Benson, portrayed by Taissa Farmiga, starts out as a compelling character in the third season of American Horror Story, Coven. She has unique powers that pay homage to classic horror and a long journey ahead.

Tossing in a love interest is a great way to derail a personal growth story.

That’s what happened to Zoe with Kyle, her resurrected boyfriend played by Evan Peters. While we’re glad that Murphy and Falchuck used Kyle to illustrate that mothers can be abusive to their sons just as much as fathers can, “life without Kyle” as Zoe’s own personal hell is really stupid and overly angst-ridden.

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

When it comes to American Horror Story, many fans reacted to the inclusion of aliens in season two, Asylum, in the same way that fans of Indiana Jones reacted to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For many horror fans, aliens don’t enter the territory without very specific rules, and you certainly don’t add aliens into an already-existing story for a scare factor.

The aliens of AHS also just weren’t scary. Sure, they made Pepper more interesting and gave convenient explanations for a few weird happenings, but at the end of the day mixing aliens in with mutants, a mean nun, demons, and war criminals just doesn’t work. It’s a hodgepodge of plot devices tossed together like a salad with too many kinds of dressing. Sometimes simpler is just better.

14 The Musical Sequences

We get that Sister Jude is losing her mind in this tenth episode of season two, Asylum, but must we lose ours as well? The episode itself was gripping, but watching Jessica Lange sashay through “The Name Game” wasn’t nearly as eerie as it should have been. It played off as more of an homage to the creators’ Glee in a way that didn’t work.

While some critics enjoyed the mind-boggling number, many of us like to pretend it never happened.

It’s not the last time the showrunners implemented a bit of music and dance, either. Season four, Freak Show, featured several ditties, including a rendition of “Come As You Are” by Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and Lange singing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

The mutants created in Dr. Arden’s horrific experiments are the stuff of nightmares, and they definitely present an interesting side story among the rest of the godawful happenings at Briarwood Manor in season two of American Horror Story, Asylum. Their issue, of course, is that they disappear off the radar without much of a peep.

Once turned into a mutant and taken to a hospital, Shelley, played by Chloë Sevigny as a homage to the many women unjustly committed to asylums throughout history, seems as if she may be able to lead the authorities toward Arden, but alas, Joseph Fiennes’ conflicted yet greedy Monsignor Timothy Howard takes her out instead. We don’t hear much about them afterward. What happened to the mutants?

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

Anne Frank was lobotomized by the evil Dr. Arden from Briarcliff Manor in season two, Asylum. Not only does this make zero sense, but it also really does a disservice to Anne Frank’s memory. There is a lot of artistic license taken with historical figures throughout American Horror Story, from Delphine Lalaurie to James March. Even characters used as backgrounds for new characters, like Nellie Bly’s inspiration for Lana Winters, often seems a bit much, especially when the representation is so loose.

The misrepresentation or grand re-representation of historical figures is nothing new.

Our own history books present complete falsehoods about everyone from Christopher Columbus to Paul Revere. Perhaps it’s just so glaring because we acknowledge that now, particularly during an age of “fake news” awareness.

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

One of the most exciting elements of a new season of American Horror Story is always the opening sequence and the slowly-revealed spoilers. Cast announcements and cool visuals trickle in until we finally get to see that first episode with its incredible casting graphics. The creepy opening sequence does much more than announce the cast: it revs us up like the announcer for a really scary joust about to take place.

The only problem is that it often goes downhill from there. While season 1 typically delivered, the casting graphics in seasons like Freak Show were actually scarier than the episodes themselves. That’s a real problem if we are supposed to be watching a horror program.

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

They were a successful execution of “the scary children” in a way that the little vampire entourage of the previous season just couldn’t seem to manage, so maybe that’s why Murphy and Falchuck decided to never let the “pig boys” of season six be seen again.

Aside from the fact that the boys could have made for some truly scary storytelling, the problem here isn’t just that they had no deeper involvement in the story than “check out these creepy kids” but that they don’t even have a resolution. Why the kids say, “Croatoan!” and why they drink pig milk remains unknown, and we may never know what happened to the charming little tykes.

9 No Consequences for the bad things the “good guys” do

As fans of American Horror Story, we sure do forgive a lot of murderers, don’t we? When someone bad finally goes good, all of their wicked deeds don’t seem to be as problematic. Even sweet Nan takes out Joan. Misty Day, otherwise a kind hippie, offs a couple of guys with alligators.

Were these warranted attacks? Maybe, but that doesn’t erase the fact that many characters end the lives of others and we pretty much turn a blind eye toward it like we wouldn’t if they occurred in real life. Of course, from people returning from the grave to mutant attacks near an asylum, there’s really not a lot in the show that applies to real life.

8 There’s Really No War Between The Coven And The Voodoo Witches

During season three, Coven, there’s a big build up about an oncoming war between the coven and the voodoo witches of the area. Both are led by powerful women, and who wasn’t excited to see Fiona, played by Jessica Lange, and Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett, go up against one another?

While there was plenty of tension and a zombie attack, it pretty much stopped there, especially after the witch hunters came to town.

AHS often builds up to something we’re expecting and completely abandon it for another plot instead. While we get that they want to keep us on our toes, broken promises do leave us unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

7 Zoe And Madison Gave Their Souls To Azaezel And It Never Came Up Again

When the bus full of frat boys who assaulted Madison wrecks, taking out all of the monsters on board on Madison’s whim, it’s satisfying. Even seeing Kyle taken out doesn’t bother some of us, given that we’ve already seen Evan Peters return from the grave before and wouldn’t be surprised if he returned. He may have stopped his “brothers” but he certainly tried to help them not get caught, making him complicit in the attack.

When Zoe and Madison decide to put “boy parts” together to resurrect Kyle as the perfect Frankenstein boyfriend, they sell their souls to Azaezel in order to do so, and yet it never comes up again. Given that both girls bite the dust during the show, shouldn’t that at least be an issue?

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

It was one of the most pointless plot points to ever be inserted into a season of American Horror Story. During season six, Roanoke, we’re treated to a reality show type of setting where re-enactors help us understand what happened to the Millers in “My Roanoke Nightmare”, an obvious play on so many other popular reality-based ghost hunting and experience shows. That’s an intriguing concept that works well for much of the season, but then we’re hit with reality-ception.

Getting all of the actors and people involved in actual events together for the blood moon event is one thing, but what about the disclaimer that nobody even survived the ordeal? If that’s true (which makes sense, since this is Roanoke), how did we get the footage in the first place?

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

Scathach, the mythical warrior from the Isle of Skye in Irish folklore, is an incredible character. It’s too bad we didn’t really get to know her in season six, Roanoke.

Lady Gaga’s Scathnach has a plethora of powers, is said to be the first Supreme and yet has no real point in the series.

The witch does a few nefarious things here and there, from purchasing souls to rendering people evil and insane, but in the grand scheme of things she has no real point except to serve as one of those random elements of horror woven in to just be spooky. Given the history of the traditional character, it would be amazing to see Murphy and Falchuck to use this as a tie-in for a more myth-heavy season.

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

Character losses in the American Horror Story realm are pretty much like those in any comic book series: you don’t ever count them as permanent. Even when an entire series ends and you believe a character to be truly gone, they may return in another season! It’s definitely not a new tactic to have characters return from the grave; it’s a strategy used in everything from Dallas to Supernatural.

It makes us feel a little more jaded and a little less invested when tragedy does strike.

Oh, Fiona is sick? Oh, Ethel’s not going to make it? It’s too often meaningless. We want to feel affected, and we can’t help but worry a bit because we do love these characters, but deep down we’re always still wondering when they’ll return.

3 Twisty’s “Resolution” Is Basically A Deus Ex Machina

Season four’s big villain, Twisty the Clown, turned out to be much more Bozo than Pennywise. Sure, he was scary-looking, and he had the tragic backstory to boot, but Twisty’s crimes felt more garden variety scary movie than the monstrous panache we’d expect from AHS.

Twisty, played by John Carroll Lynch, even had a disappointing resolution as a character. Not only was he never really sorted out by a main character or a victim bent on revenge, but he was literally yanked out of the show to join Edward Mordrake’s nightmarish troupe, collecting the clown’s soul after hearing his tale of woe.

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

One of the characters fans most resonated with in season three, Coven, was Misty Day, played by the talented Lily Rabe. Misty’s character screamed Supreme, from her unique abilities to her lack of really caring about the position.

Misty was all about fairness, being kind to animals, and protecting the vulnerable, making her a fantastic character to root for.

Unfortunately she was also a red herring. Falchuck and Murphy offed her in such a terrible way in a Hell made up of her own personal vivisection nightmare, which made zero sense given her ability to bring things back to life so easily. Misty didn’t deserve her ending, but neither did Nan and many other characters.

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

Tate Langdon is one of the most romanticized characters in the history of AHS. The season 1 character is a doting friend, devoted boyfriend who would do anything for Violet, and speaks volumes of teen angst to many a smitten heart. It doesn’t hurt that Evan Peters, who plays Tate, is easy on the eyes as well. Is that why it’s so hard to remember that Langdon is such a deplorable character?

Tate is a school shooter. He took the lives of several classmates and should represent what we most despise and do not condone in this nation right now. He also assaulted Violet’s mother, Vivian, causing her to become pregnant with his Antichrist baby. How can anyone still crush on this guy knowing what harm he’s done?

What other problems with American Horror Story do fans overlook? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt