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Thor Is The Only Original Avenger With A Real MCU Future

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the only one of the original six Avengers who has a real future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with Thor: Love and Thunder. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that Thor’s adventures will continue; after all, the Asgardian hero is 5,000 years old, which means his time with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is a mere blip in his epic life. But the God of Thunder has also received the MCU’s most exciting reinvention, so that just as his fellow heroes’ stories wrapped up in Avengers: Endgame, Thor was getting his second wind.

In Phase 3 of the MCU, Thor had suffered more loss than any of the other Avengers. Director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok delighted fans by being a giddy, irreverent comedy, but while Thor’s team-up with Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) was a colorful romp on the surface, the film was underscored by tragedy. By the end of Ragnarok, Thor had lost his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), his beloved hammer Mjolnir, his homeworld, and even his eye. Thanos (Josh Brolin) immediately wiped out half of the Asgardian people in Avengers: Infinity War and Thor failed to save the universe by not aiming for Thanos’ head. The God of Thunder was a physical and emotional mess in Avengers: Endgame, but while Thor maybe have put on a lot of extra weight, he proved he was indeed still worthy and ultimately gained the self-confidence to leave Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy to seek out his new destiny.

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So, Thor is actually poised for a brighter future, unlike the rest of the founding six Avengers. Endgame gave Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) a happy ending but took him off the board as Captain America. Meanwhile, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) sacrificed his life to save the world from Thanos’ invasion, leaving the MCU without Iron Man. Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) also gave up her life on Vormir so that the Avengers could acquire the crucial Soul Stone; Black Widow is the first Phase 4 movie out of the gate in 2020, but it’s a prequel set after Captain America: Civil War and it remains to be seen if there will be any hint of Natasha returning from the dead. The complicated rights to Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) keep the Green Goliath from getting a solo movie, and there’s no indication yet of what the future for Hulk will be. Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) is co-heading a Hawkeye TV series on Disney+ with his protege Kate Bishop, but he could possibly pass the torch and bow out.

Meanwhile, with Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor becomes the first and only Avenger to receive a fourth solo film. Taika Waititi’s sequel is poised to be a new beginning for the former King of Asgard, and there could be even more sequels after that. It’s a remarkable turnaround for Thor, considering that originally he wasn’t considered one of the most popular Avengers (especially after Thor: The Dark World). But Thor: Ragnarok tapped into Chris Hemsworth’s irrepressible comedic chops and between Ragnarok, Infinity War, and Endgame, Thor was the subject of a fascinating story arc where the God of Thunder was broken down and then rebuilt in ways no one saw coming. The fact that he’s still Fat Thor at the conclusion of Endgame signals that anything is possible for the self-proclaimed Strongest Avenger.

Part of Thor’s future, at least in Love and Thunder, will encompass the Odinson sharing the mantle of Thor with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Following the popular recent Marvel Comics storyline, Jane will be chosen to be worthy of Mjolnir and become the new Goddess of Thunder – which is yet another intriguing twist in Thor’s unpredictable life. Love and Thunder returns Jane Foster to Thor’s irreverent supporting cast, which includes Valkyrie and Korg (Taika Waititi), and there could even be more alternate Thors in the film. While it’s anyone’s guess what happens next after Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor has now eclipsed his fellow Avengers and the immortal Asgardian’s very real MCU future looks mighty.

Next: Predicting Marvel’s NEW Phase 4 Slate Through To 2023


2019-11-30 03:11:17

John Orquiola

Marvel’s Future Nova is [SPOILER] and It’s Not a Joke

Warning: SPOILERS for Conan 2099 #1

In the world of Marvel Comics, Conan the Barbarian is a man removed from his own time. Pulled from his timeline and homeland of Cimmeria into the present-day, Conan currently fights as a member of the deadly Savage Avengers. Now readers know he also stays in the present day, and succeeds in his mission to become king. But the bigger surprise is that in Marvel’s future, Conan the Barbarian ultimately swaps his crown for a helmet… to become the Nova of 2099.

The new Marvel 2099 event is underway, promising to change the future of Marvel Comics forever. The event has already shown the future Punisher at home in his dystopian future, while the new Captain America Roberta Mendez fights for freedom. And even if fans hate the idea of their favorite hero passing on their mantle to a new generation, even the most opinionated reader can’t be too upset about Conan being given the helmet of a Nova Corps officer asking for help with his dying breath.

Related: Marvel Confirms The 2099 Universe Is Its One, TRUE Future

In the years since Conan fought as a Savage Avenger, it’s shown that he finally achieved his quest of becoming a king in the years leading up to 2099. One day, a witch would come to his throne seeking a place by his side. Conan recognized the witch as the villainous Morgan Le Fay, looking for a new ruler to manipulate. As Conan drives his sword through her chest, she curses him to live until the sun burns the Earth under his feet, and she will live within his mind until then, attempting to drive him mad.

With a crown above his brow, Conan ultimately kept his people safe from invaders. But in the present day of 2099 his people face a foe he could not fight with muscle and steel: climate change. Unable to bear ruling over dust, Conan gives up his crown to scatter his people across the land, giving them a fighting chance. And once more, the Barbarian wanders… until a new fate comes hurtling through the sky to crash into the Earth before him.

In a tale right out of Green Lantern Hal Jordan’s own origin story, Conan finds a dying Nova Corps member who pleads for the warrior to return his helmet to the Nova Corps. Conan takes the helmet, but recalling the helmet from his earlier days fighting alongside Marvel’s heroes, Conan has his own intentions. Conan sets out across the lands, until he finds himself at a tower that once acted as the Nova Corps Citadel. Long dead in this grim future Los Angeles, it becomes clear to both Conan and the building’s computerized systems that he has become the last Nova on Earth (if not the galaxy). Recognizing the damaged helmet Conan bears, the headquarter obeys his wishes to take him — and the spirit of Morgan Le Fay that has possessed his mind — off to the stars.

Confusion sets in as Morgan tries to understand Conan’s intentions. Conan intends to rid himself of his curse, by flying the ship into the sun: burning the earth under his feet. The ship quickly complies once he says a contagion dwells within him, initiating purification protocols. As the ship begins to burn away, and Morgan Le Fay with it, Conan puts the Nova helmet on and is spared from the burning ship. Free of his curse, Conan puts his back to Earth and turns to the stars to begin a new quest… for a new crown. It’s a tale fans shouldn’t miss, and they can find the full credits and plot synopsis for the issue can be found below:

  • CONAN 2099 #1
  • Written by: Gerry Duggan
  • Art by: Roge Antonia
  • Cover Art by: Geoff Shaw
  • EONS FROM HOME, THE BARBARIAN BATTLES THE CIVILIZATION OF 2099! In the far flung future of 2099, will barbarism finally triumph over an endangered civilization?  When CONAN THE BARBARIAN entered the Marvel Universe with the SAVAGE AVENGERS, he stayed to conquer and claim his kingship in modern times.  Now cursed by a mystic to live beyond his years, when Conan’s new kingdom is threatened, he swings his blade once more!  But as the calamity in 2099 bears down on his secluded realm, will the future shock unseat the barbarian king?  An unforgettable chapter unlike anything you’ve ever seen in the saga of Conan! Parental Advisory

Conan 2099 #1 is available now from your local comic book store, or direct from Marvel Comics.

Next: Marvel’s Next ANNIHILATION Event Begins in New Preview


2019-11-30 02:11:03

Kirk Smith

DC Movie Future Explained: Every New Reveal About Upcoming Slate

DC’s movie universe (unofficially titled DC Extended Universe) is going through a lot of changes, and the future is looking quite bright for the franchise. DC hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to live-action films, with Man of Steel kickstarting in 2013 what fans know as the DCEU. Superman’s solo adventure was followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which introduced Ben Affleck as the new Dark Knight, and Suicide Squad, with both films not doing well with critics. Even though Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was a box office hit and was praised by critics, the underperformance of Justice League later that year prompted Warner Bros. to do some major changes.

After the release of Aquaman (which is currently the highest-grossing DCEU film) and Shazam!, Warner and DC are ready to begin a new era of films that will hopefully give this connected universe the boost it needs. First in line is the return of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey, followed by Wonder Woman 1984. Next are Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which will introduce Robert Pattinson as the new Caped Crusader, and Black Adam, finally making its way to the big screen with Jaume Collet-Serra in charge of directing. The last project on the list with a confirmed release date is Aquaman 2, reuniting Jason Momoa with director James Wan.

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However, there are a couple of characters whose fate in the DCEU has been left in the air. There are no signs of a second Superman film (Batman v Superman isn’t a proper sequel to Man of Steel), Green Lantern might or might not stick to television for now, and the Flash’s future is still uncertain. Luckily, a bunch of details on the future of DC’s movie universe have been revealed, giving some clarity to the characters that have been left hanging and adding more to the already confirmed titles.

The DCEU already has a Superman thanks to Henry Cavill, who has played the man of steel in three films and is reportedly under contract to reprise the role in one more film. However, in September 2018 it was reported that Henry Cavill had left DC’s universe, though this was never actually confirmed. In a recent interview, Cavill said he hasn’t given up the role, even if there haven’t been any updates on Superman’s future in the DCEU.

Unsurprisingly, Superman’s fate is still a mystery, but that doesn’t mean the studio hasn’t been working on it. According to Variety’s report, Warner has been approaching “lots of high-profile talent” to help boost the character and make him relevant again. Among those Warner has talked to are J.J. Abrams, who recently denied any discussions with the studio, and Michael B. Jordan. Abrams’ company Bad Robot recently signed a massive production deal with WarnerMedia, so it’s not that surprising that the studio discussed some ideas with him regarding Superman. As for Michael B. Jordan, Variety explains he pitched Warner on a vision for the character, but he isn’t ready to commit as the project wouldn’t start filming anytime soon and he already has other projects lined up.

Although Birds of Prey doesn’t come out until February 2020, and The Batman is still in pre-production (with a release date scheduled for June 2021), Warner has planned ahead and is ready to give characters in both films chances to grow. Key cast members in both films are said to have contract options to appear in sequels and standalone films – it all depends on how well the first ones perform, both in terms of box office numbers and reception from viewers. That said, fans shouldn’t lose hope on a Harley Quinn solo adventure, or any other character from Birds of Prey and The Batman that might have a big impact on the audience.

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The most anticipated title in DC’s upcoming wave of films is, arguably, The Batman. With Matt Reeves on board as writer and director, Robert Pattinson playing the Dark Knight, and the addition of villains like Catwoman, the Riddler, and the Penguin, The Batman is building up a lot of anticipation. To add up to the excitement, it has been reported that the studio discussed having the entire film take place in Arkham Asylum, but instead only a handful of scenes will be set at Gotham’s high-security prison. Arkham has housed many memorable villains from Batman’s universe, most notably the Joker, Harley Quinn, the Riddler, and the Penguin – and taking into account that these last two are set to appear in the film, it makes sense that Arkham will be featured.

Fans have been speculating The Batman will be based on Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s limited comic book series The Long Halloween, more so after the addition of John Turturro as mob boss Carmine Falcone. In that storyline, Falcone and his family are hunted by a serial killer known as Holiday, prompting him to recruit a number of Batman villains to work for him. The confirmation of Arkham as setting, even if not a predominant one, will surely fuel speculation on The Long Halloween serving as basis for the film even more.

Green Lantern is one of those characters that DC has been especially careful with after that failed live-action film back in 2011 with Ryan Reynolds as the title character. Green Lantern Corps was announced in 2014 but it hasn’t moved past pre-production, instead going back and forth between “in development” and “on hold”. In 2017, David S. Goyer and Justin Rhodes joined the project as screenwriters, but in 2018, Geoff Johns was brought in to rewrite the script. Aside from that, there haven’t been any substantial updates… until now.

Green Lantern Corps reportedly remains a priority, and Johns will present a script by the end of 2019. Although this is a big step towards the right direction for Green Lantern, there’s still a lot of work to do for the film to finally happen. Variety shares that the project may be presented to J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot in hopes that they will be interested in producing. Of course, there’s also the Green Lantern TV show in development for HBO Max with Greg Berlanti as producer, which could lead to his involvement in the film.

Related: Every Green Lantern Superhero Explained

The world of superhero films is starting to embrace the creative perks that making an R-rated film can bring, and DC might be leaning into that with some of its upcoming titles. Following the example (though not the style) of Todd Phillips’ Joker, Birds of Prey and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad could be R-rated too. Birds of Prey has been described as a “humorous, spirited, girl gang adventure”, but that doesn’t mean it will be suitable for all audiences. As for The Suicide Squad, the first film was heavily criticized for keeping a PG-13 rating, so the studio might have learned its lesson and is now giving James Gunn the freedom to make a proper R-rated film focused on a (new) gang of supervillains.

Just like Green Lantern, the Flash has been trapped in development hell for a couple of years. The Flash was first announced in 2014 and even got a 2018 release date, but pre-production didn’t go as smoothly as the studio expected. After multiple rewrites and various directors joining and dropping out, in July 2019 Andy Muschietti was announced as director, with Christina Hodson joining as screenwriter. The Flash still doesn’t have a projected release date, but according to Variety, the creative team has already begun working on it. Hodson will reportedly finish the script before moving on to write a screenplay for Batgirl, but production won’t be able to start until 2021, as Ezra Miller is busy with the third Fantastic Beasts film.

The Flash won’t be the only DC film shooting in 2021 – Aquaman 2 is expected to begin shooting in early 2021, with James Wan directing once more. Given that the first Aquaman film was a big success for Warner and DC, they are looking to expand this side of their universe with The Trench, a spinoff based on the group of vicious undersea creatures introduced in the first film. The future of DC’s movie universe is looking quite promising, and hopefully all of its upcoming projects will continue their course without further obstacles.

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2019-11-26 01:11:43

Adrienne Tyler

Great Scott!: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Back To The Future

Robert Zemeckis’ time travel comedy Back to the Future is widely regarded to be one of the greatest movies ever made. The actors are all perfect in their roles (particularly the central duo of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown), the script makes expert use of the plant-and-payoff screenwriting technique, and the deft direction makes the dense plot feel light and breezy. Despite the fact that it would become an instant hit due to positive word-of-mouth marketing by audience members, Back to the Future didn’t exactly race to the screen at 88 mph. It had a troubled production. Here are 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Back To The Future.

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10 The script was rejected 44 times before being accepted

It’s hard to imagine any movie producer or studio executive receiving the near-perfect screenplay for Back to the Future and not wanting to make it, given what a classic the film has become. But when Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale were first sending out the script, it was rejected 44 times. Almost every major studio wanted nothing to do with it, with Disney reasoning it was too risqué with the storyline of a mother falling for her son and every other studio reasoning it wasn’t risqué enough compared to other contemporary comedies. The film school at the University of Southern California now uses Back to the Future’s impressive script as their ultimate model for “The Perfect Screenplay.”

9 Jeff Goldblum was considered for the role of Doc Brown

It’s impossible to imagine anyone other than Christopher Lloyd in the role of Doc Brown. Lloyd nailed all of Doc’s mannerisms, his manic energy, erratic line delivery, all-over-the-place mental state, and even his slapstick scenes, which are hard to pull off. But Lloyd wasn’t the only actor that the producers considered for the part. They also looked at John Lithgow, who might’ve given a more sensitive portrayal of Doc; Dudley Moore, who might’ve gone more over-the-top with the line delivery; and the immortal Jeff Goldblum, who might’ve played the role even zanier and out there than Lloyd eventually did.

8 Screenwriter Bob Gale got the idea from his dad’s yearbook

One day, when screenwriter Bob Gale was between projects, he found himself flicking through his dad’s high school yearbook. This started a train of thought that led Gale to contemplate whether or not he and his dad would’ve been friends if they’d been teenagers going to school at the same time.

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Gale figured that he’d only be able to know this for sure if he went back in time. This led him to the concept that would eventually grow into Back to the Future. Gale has since maintained that seeing if he’d be friends with his dad as a teenager is what he’d do if he had access to a real-life time machine.

7 Mark Campbell provided Marty McFly’s singing voice

If the synching of Michael J. Fox’s mouth movements and Marty McFly’s singing voice seems a little off in scenes like the climactic “Johnny B. Goode” performance, that’s because it wasn’t actually Fox’s voice. A professional musician named Mark Campbell was brought in to do all of Marty’s singing, and he is even credited as “Marty McFly” in the film’s closing credits. Campbell’s biggest claim to fame — aside from providing Marty’s singing voice in Back to the Future, that is — is his tenure as the lead singer of the popular band Jack Mack and the Heart Attack in the ‘80s.

6 The studio head tried to change the title to Spaceman from Pluto

Sid Sheinberg, the head of Universal Pictures, used to annoy the crew of Back to the Future by incessantly sending them notes. The most egregious example of this is when he sent them a memo asking to change the title (he didn’t think anyone would watch a movie with the word “future” in the title, which is ridiculous) to Spaceman from Pluto. The resounding consensus among the crew was that such a title would tank the film, so executive producer Steven Spielberg sent Sheinberg another memo telling him what a great “joke” his title suggestion was. Sheinberg was so embarrassed that he never brought it up again.

5 Doc’s hunch came from Christopher Lloyd being so tall

One of Doc Brown’s defining characteristics is his hunch. In most of his scenes, he’s hunched over. It contributes to his “mad scientist” aesthetic, but it turns out that wasn’t the reason the hunch was added to his character. When Back to the Future began production, it became apparent to the crew that Christopher Lloyd was noticeably taller than Michael J. Fox. Lloyd stands at 6’1”, while Fox is 5’4½”. This made it tough for the camera crew to frame the two actors in the same shot. So, Doc was given a hunch so that he could appear in closeups with Marty.

4 Lea Thompson’s old lady makeup took three hours to apply

Back in the days before digital de-aging technologies would be pioneered in Hollywood, prosthetics and makeup were required to make actors look a different age. Lea Thompson was 23 years old when she took the role of Lorraine McFly in Back to the Future, but the opening scenes set in the present day required her to appear 47 years old.

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On the days that Thompson was shooting these scenes, she had to sit in the makeup chair for three hours while the effects were being applied. Thompson has said that she terrified her mother when she went home in the makeup.

3 Hill Valley should be familiar to fans of The Twilight Zone

In the very first episode of Rod Serling’s groundbreaking run of The Twilight Zone, “Where is Everybody?,” a man awakens in a small town he doesn’t recognize and is shocked to discover that there’s nobody there. Anyone who’s seen this brilliant episode will notice that the town looks awfully similar to Hill Valley from the Back to the Future trilogy. That’s because it was shot on the same backlot as the classic Twilight Zone installment. Robert Zemeckis even shot the scene in which Marty wanders through the town square in 1955 similarly to how the scene from The Twilight Zone episode was shot.

2 Test audiences didn’t realize the movie was a comedy

When the test audiences were first brought in to watch Back to the Future, for whatever reason, no one told them the movie was a comedy. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale were confused as they surveyed the audience’s reaction during the movie — the jokes weren’t landing, because they didn’t realize they were jokes. When Einstein the dog is put in the DeLorean to test Doc’s time machine, the audience froze up, expecting something to go wrong with the experiment and something terrible to happen to the dog. It’s interesting to picture an audience’s reaction to a comedy that they don’t know is a comedy.

1 Michael J. Fox almost didn’t play Marty McFly

Michael J. Fox was always the producers’ first choice for the role of Marty McFly, and it’s easy to see why, but his commitments to the sitcom Family Ties meant that he couldn’t make the shoot. His co-star Meredith Baxter was on pregnancy leave, so Fox was carrying the whole show. Back to the Future began shooting with the producers’ backup actor, Eric Stoltz (perhaps best known for playing Vincent Vega’s heroin dealer in Pulp Fiction). Six weeks into filming, the producers decided Stoltz was wrong for the role and fired him. By then, Baxter was back on Family Ties and Fox was able to juggle both the TV show and the movie.

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2019-11-18 01:11:56

Ben Sherlock

The Future Captain America is [SPOILER] After Steve Rogers

Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Amazing Spider-Man #34

To celebrate the 80th year of Marvel Comics, the comic book publisher is thinking about the future — another 80 years down the road, to a time when Marvel 2099 will actually become ‘the world outside your window.’ The event has officially begun now that Spider-Man 2099 Miguel O’Hara has traveled back to present day Marvel. But he’s not on a vacation: he’s come for help in saving the future from total chaos… and confirmed the identity of the future Captain America, too.

As much as fans may hate to picture it, there will come a time when even the super-soldier serum won’t be able to prevent Steve Rogers’ death. Fans of the Avengers movies watched that very scene play out in Endgame, where the most obvious question was posed to movie audiences: who will become Captain America AFTER Steve? The MCU may not have answered that riddle, but in the comic people have been pondering the question far longer — and come up with several answers. The future Marvel 2099 universe had its own answer, but now that Spider-Man 2099 has started the event, the future identity of Captain America has changed in one crucial way. No longer is Roberta Mendez the Captain America of future, but the one bound to take the role in the future of Marvel’s main universe.

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The reasons that Miguel O’Hara has returned from the future for help in protecting it aren’t totally clear (and that’s the story likely to be unraveled in the coming weeks). But in Marvel’s official preview, a new vision of Miguel’s future is offered. Granted, it’s beginning to grow fuzzier and fuzzier the longer he stays in our present day. But the vision of Captain America is clear enough for anyone to make out. Take a look:

The woman in the Captain America 2099 suit is Roberta Mendez, who has been established as the successor to Steve Rogers in the possible 2099 future. But things are different now, thanks to Amazing Spider-Man editor Nick Lowe. As part of the official launch trailer for Marvel 2099, Lowe emphasized the meaning of this event’s return by stating Miguel’s reality is more than just a “possible” future:

The story is huge! And like a Spider-Man story should be, also really small, and about Peter Parker and his life, and everything that’s going on.This isn’t an alternate timeline! This isn’t a What ‘If?’…! This is the future of the Marvel Universe!

There’s really only one way to take Lowe’s comments, since using the term “the Marvel Universe” in this context would refer to Marvel’s main, ‘616’ Universe. Longtime fans know that in a different timeline — Earth-15061 — Danielle Cage becomes the future Captain America, and prior to this story the 2099 future was designated as Earth-23291. It’s unclear if that will be altered to follow the spirit, if not the literal words of Lowe’s comment. But fans now know: Robert isn’t just a possible Captain America, but the heroine in the role in “the future of the Marvel Universe!”

Amazing Spider-Man #34 will be available at your local comic book shop on November 20th, 2019.

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2019-11-17 05:11:12

Andrew Dyce

Terminator: 5 Things We Want From Future Movies (& 5 Things We Don’t)

Terminator: Dark Fate recently made its way into theaters to mixed reception and a less than stellar box office opening. Some of the CGI was lacking and much of the plot felt like Deja Vu, but it was a treat to see Linda Hamilton on-screen as Sarah Connor and the opening action scenes were spectacular.

Related: 10 Things That Make No Sense About Terminator: Dark Fate

While the creators have expressed interest in a sequel, it is still up in the air whether or not one will happen. If this new plot and ensemble does continue, we have several ideas for things we want to see, and several things we want them to avoid at all costs.

10 Don’t Want: PG-13 Rating

Terminator: Salvation and Genysis both got slapped with a PG-13 rating. The lack of blood took the grit out of the franchise’s world. Thankfully, Dark Fate delivered on its promise of gruesome R-rated action. If future installments continue, here’s hoping they retain the violence.

Not every Terminator fan is a gorehound, but the rating also signifies increased creative freedom. Besides, when a killer robot from the future smacks somebody, you’d best believe there will be some blood.

9 Want: Smaller Scale

Dark Fate’s first set-piece is a brutal hand to hand bout in a car manufacturing plant followed by a bombastic car chase. It is easily the highlight of the film, and the following action scenes only try to go bigger. Unfortunately, they destroy the suspension of disbelief.

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Future films should opt for a smaller scale akin to the first two movies. T2 is still a big-budget blockbuster, but the action scenes feel believable by the franchise’s logic. It would also help make the scenes look better, because some of the shots’ obvious CGI in the new film are hard to watch.

8 Don’t Want: Catchphrases

The first two Terminator outings coined countless catchphrases which the sequels use ad nauseam. It worked in T2 as a cute callback and the third movie has a comedic bent which also made them acceptable. After those, however, the repetition of “I’ll be back” and “come with me if you want to live” gets exhausting.

The franchise should really ditch these if they want to push forward, instead of banking on nostalgia. A better way to pay tribute would be to simply craft the greatest action movie of the past two decades.

7 Want: John Connor

John Connor’s part in Dark Fate is insultingly small and undoes all the victories he and Sarah achieved in Judgment Day. After the opening scene, he is out of the picture. His character in Terminator 3 was a logical next step, as he is a drifter on the run, haunted by his destiny that never came to pass, but this wasn’t good enough for Dark Fate, apparently.

Bringing him back may seem impossible, but with time travel anything can happen. An older, scruffy Edward Furlong could make a comeback as a new version of the character, battle-hardened by his command after Judgment Day.

6 Don’t Want: Legion

Legion is likely here to stay, but replacing Skynet moves the franchise away from its identity and also is at the root of one of Dark Fate’s biggest problems. If they chose to retcon the three films after Terminator 2, why does it retread so much of those films’ grounds? Genysis replaced Skynet in the sixth movie already, and Terminator 3 reveals Judgment Day’s inevitability, which is exactly the point Dark Fate makes with Legion’s creation.

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Sure, maybe Terminator: Genysis was lackluster, but it’s always better to push forward in a canon rather than reset it. The Resident Evil games are a great example of a series getting back on track without rebooting the timeline.

5 Want: Less CGI

Terminator 2 is hailed to this day for its visual effects. Part of why they work so well is the sparse use. Digital effects really only come into play when the T-1000 engages in his shapeshifting. Dark Fate, on the other hand, has an overabundance of CGI, and most of it is poor.

Granted, it is probably impossible to film actors hanging outside a crashing plane, but it shouldn’t be done if it cannot appear convincing. Perfect visuals often come with the right mixture of practical effects and CGI, like Jurassic Park.

4 Don’t Want: So Many Writers

Dark Fate has three screenwriting credits and five names under the story. That’s a whole lot of talent behind the script of a two hour movie. It cannot be stated for certain, but this could be a contributing factor to some of weaker aspects of the story. With so many people bouncing ideas around, it can be hard to give a script focus and make everything work together.

Related: 5 Reasons The Terminator Franchise Should End (And 5 Reasons It Shouldn’t)

Terminator and its sequel both have two names under the screenplay, with the former having a third contributor for dialogue. James Cameron also wrote and directed those two, meaning more cohesion between the words on the page and the action on screen. If a sequel happens, it should take this cue from the originals.

3 Want: New Framing Device

The recent release has the same framing device as the first two outings. While this idea was original in 1984 and the 1991 film added to the concept, it feels tired in 2019. A future film should find a new way to tell the story rather than sending a robot back in time to change the future.

The question remains whether audiences would accept this, however. Not everybody was crazy about Terminator: Salvation, after all.

2 Don’t Want: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Some would say Arnold is integral to the franchise, but just as many could say he is holding it back from trying something new. Maybe the franchise can be bigger than his stardom. His comedic relief in Dark Fate is welcome, but he feels shoehorned in.

Future installments could tell a good story without bringing the T-800 into the picture. Of course, if there is a sensible place for him in the next film, audiences would happily welcome him with open arms.

1 Want: More Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton got into tip-top shape for her glorious return as Sarah Connor. It is incredibly hard to get back into form at an older age when one hasn’t been steadily keeping up with their fitness, but she put in the work and fully delivered.

Hopefully it is not a one and done situation for Linda, and she steps back into Sarah’s shoes once again in the near future. At the very least, she better get more roles in other high profile Hollywood films soon.

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2019-11-07 03:11:18

Jason Wojnar

Star Wars Future: Kevin Feige Will Reportedly NOT Take Over Lucasfilm

Despite reports of Kevin Feige developing a Star Wars movie leading to speculation he will take over Lucasfilm from Kathleen Kennedy, that is reportedly not the plan. Over the past decade, Feige has lead the Marvel Cinematic Universe to massive success, with multiple films earning more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Meanwhile, since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the Mouse House has relaunched George Lucas’ beloved sci-fi franchise to – mostly – resounding success. This December, the Skywalker Saga will conclude with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is expected to be another massive hit.

However, much of the future beyond The Rise of Skywalker, at least in the theatrical space, is unknown. Although Lucasfilm had two separate film series in the works, one from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and another from Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, the former was recently cancelled as the creative duo exited the project. That said, Johnson’s movies are still in production, and Feige is also developing a Star Wars movie. Marvel’s Feige being involved in Star Wars lead to speculation among fans that Disney was bringing in the executive to help the Star Wars franchise as a whole.

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According to a new report from Variety, though, that’s not the case. Variety reports insiders say there’s no plan to give Feige a larger role in the Star Wars franchise or Lucasfilm than the movie he’s currently developing. Further, Variety cites analysts who predict Star Wars is a strong enough brand to withstand any behind-the-scenes issues, which means Feige may not be needed to right any ship. After all, aside from Solo: A Star Wars Story, each of Disney’s Star Wars movies have grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, with The Force Awakens earning $2 billion.

After Solo performed below expectations, despite mostly positive reviews from fans and critics alike, there were rumors that Kennedy would exit Lucasfilm. Similarly, the number of director firings – including Benioff and Weiss as well as Solo’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller – and cases of Lucasfilm needing to step in, like with Rogue One’s reshoots, have fueled the speculation about Kennedy’s future at Lucasfilm. The announcement of Feige developing a Star Wars movie only added further fuel to the fire. However, it appears those at Disney and Lucasfilm are much less concerned; Kennedy even extended her Lucasfilm contract last year. So Feige’s involvement in a Star Wars project does not signal a shift in the branch’s leadership.

In terms of what’s next for the Star Wars movie franchise following The Rise of Skywalker, that remains to be seen. Lucasfilm still has a 2022 release date set aside for Star Wars, and there’s time for the studio to figure out what will hit theaters in that window – if they haven’t already. It seems unlikely that Feige’s Star Wars movie will release in 2022 considering he’s plenty busy with the MCU, especially now that the X-Men and Fantastic Four are under his control. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a few years at least before Feige’s Star Wars movie hits theaters.

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Source: Variety


2019-10-30 03:10:27

Molly Freeman

James Gunn Suggests Not All Future DC Movies Are Connected

Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad writer/director, James Gunn recently commented on DC’s ever-changing continuity. Following the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, the monumental success of Iron Man, and subsequent MCU, Warner Bros began to establish their own cinematic universe beginning with 2013’s Man of Steel. Much in the same way that Iron Man conceived the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers, Man of Steel led into Zack Synder’s Justice League; however, the latter never reached the former’s level of acclaim, some would say due to Snyder’s exit. After seemingly abandoning their goal of a closely interconnected universe, the most recent DC films have inspired a fair amount of confusion.

When Snyder dropped out of Justice League due to personal reasons, Warner Bros did everything they could to try and salvage the team-up (including Joss Whedon-led rewrites and re-shoots). The blockbuster received mixed reviews from critics and ultimately lost the studio money. It was time to rethink Warner Bros’ approach; a paradigm of what Warner Bros had done well in their DCEU efforts can be seen in 2017’s Wonder Woman. The character of Diana Prince was introduced in 2016’s Batman v. Superman (another mediocre entry), but her solo debut was a critical and commercial hit. A big factor in that success seemed to be its distinctiveness from other DCEU entries. Since Justice League, Warner Bros. has had a string of solo hits in the form of Aquaman, Shazam! , and Joker.

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The success of DC’s solo films have only reinforced Warner Bros’ ongoing course correction. Any Justice League sequels have been delayed indefinitely, Henry Cavill has pushed pause on Superman, and Ben Affleck has given up his role as Batman. However, the dark knight’s narrative hasn’t been abandoned. It was recently announced that Robert Pattinson would be taking on the role in a Matt Reeves-directed film, The Batman. Part of Bruce Wayne’s iconic origin story was even briefly featured in Joker. With so many disjointed and ominous threads left dangling in the DCEU,  fans have been speculating how films like Reeves’ The Batman will tie into other DC outings (if at all). A fan asked The Suicide Squad director, James Gunn whether his film would have any connection to Reeves’ The Batman on Instagram, and he responded with the following.

Gunn is best known for working on the MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy films and possesses an astute understanding of comic books. Gunn’s response implies a broad connection; the comics sometimes reference one another, but to varying degrees. David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which came out during an optimistic time for the DCEU, followed a team of expendable supervillains assembled by the U.S. government for a top-secret mission. The film was a critical failure and Gunn has since been given the creative freedom to helm a soft reboot. In the original, Ben Affleck’s cape crusader makes a brief (albeit unnecessary) appearance. This has many fans wondering if Pattinson’s Batman will appear in Gunn’s version. Gunn’s comment is probably just a diplomatic way of saying no, given the studio’s rediscovered appreciation for standalone pieces.

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy is considered to be some of the best work Warner Bros has done with its DC source material. Those films were concerned less with a master-plan or an extended universe and more with bringing comic books to life in whatever way that felt organic. When the credits rolled on Nolan’s films, Warner Bros. made the mistake of mimicking what Marvel had achieved with the MCU. The resulting lack of originality and overall contrived vibe of the DCEU arguably led to its failure. While there may still be some connectivity in whatever remains of the DCEU, the focus and style of its stories will seemingly be left up to the creative direction of each individual piece’s writers and directors.

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Source: Instagram



2019-10-28 05:10:14

Josh Plainse

Batman/Superman Writer Teases The Future of DC’s Comic Universe

When The Flash: Rebirth put writer Joshua Williamson in charge of Barry Allen’s fate, fans knew the speedster was in good hands. But after years of expanding the mythology of the Speed Force, and re-imagining Batman’s two best stories with Flash, Williamson’s role has grown much, much bigger.

With Batman/Superman assembling a corrupted army serving DC’s most terrifying villain in years, Williamson, along with James Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, is plotting the future of the entire DC Universe. Screen Rant had the chance to speak with Williamson during NYCC to find out what’s in store for The Flash (both present day and far future), how friends are becoming enemies to Batman and Superman, and more. The full interview can be found below.

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First things first: they put Old Man Barry in Batman Beyond!

I know. I know. It was super weird. They didn’t tell me until I saw the cover. And I was like, ‘Well, that makes sense.’ It’s okay because of the stuff that’s coming up in our plan. Because the idea is that even though the timeline reset itself after Year One, Barry still grows up into Old Barry, so he would still be around. I mean it’s cool. I feel like people liked him and like his look. So we’re not done with him.

Was that the first time you’ve had that feeling of, ‘I’m now one of the guys who’s created stuff that’s going to be used for years’?

Yeah, I’m nervous about it. With Barry you can’t be, but… Bendis called me one day and was like, ‘You’ve got to be zen about these things.’ You work in these giant franchise things… the only one that I’m a little sensitive about is Godspeed. He’s the only one I’m a little like, ‘Let me know if someone’s going to use him.’ They’ve tried a couple times, and I’m just like, ‘Please don’t.’ I think they were going to do something with a prison break, so they were like, ‘Can we use Iron Heights?’ I was like, ‘No, I’m literally going to be using it and I need all the people in Iron Heights.’ I try to cooperate. But I think the trick is that if you have an actual story, then you can win out. Not if you’re just like, ‘No I don’t want you to.’ Godspeed ii the only one I’m sensitive about. I don’t want anyone else trying, not just yet. Not until I got him to a certain place, and then it will be, ‘Go for it.’

The last time we talked, I asked how you could turn Billy Batson evil.

[Laughs]

Now I know in that moment, and as Jim Gordon was revealed, and Supergirl was revealed, going through all of that. You were just thinking, ‘Wait until Issue #2 when Superman turns evil.’ That moment when The Batman Who Laughs gets his old buddy back, where is his head at in this point of the story? Because this is basically the Superman he never got to create.

Well I mean listen, if you’re–think about it from The Batman Who Laughs’ perspective. On his world he was a member of the Justice League, he had his whole Batman family, and he killed all of them off. Because his thing is, ‘I kill whatever I think could beat me.’ But there’s a part of him that thinks maybe he might have been too rushed in that decision. Because he didn’t get to use those people. Now he’s here so he’s like, ‘Who can I use?’ It really came from the thought of just… if you’re The Batman Who Laughs, if you want to create an army that’s going to go up against not just the heroes of the DCU, but also the villains–who do you get? The answer’s obvious: Superman. That’s the first one you go after. So why wouldn’t he? Why wouldn’t that be the first person he would go after?

He goes and he gets Shazam and some of the others first, but it’s all strategic. Every character was picked for strategic reasons. So with Blue Beetle, with Jaime, he picked him because he knew people would underestimate him. He knew that people don’t realize how powerful Blue Beetle is, and how great a hero he is. So he thinks, ‘If I can get him, they’re going to underestimate him. They’re just going to see him as some kid.’ So that’s part of it, and also there’s the technology aspect because of the Scarab. Going to get Donna Troy, because Donna Troy is a Titan, and he knows that would hurt the heroes, to know that he pulled in one of the Titans. And because Donna’s angry, you know? She’s mad about everything that’s been going on with the Titans. So he’s able to go with her because he knows what that would mean to everybody. And then Shazam, you go back to Underworld Unleashed that Mark Waid and Howard Porter did, you saw that Neron was trying to corrupt Superman because he was the most pure. But it wasn’t. It was Shazam. I wanted to go back to that idea, that if you can corrupt Shazam, who is one of the most powerful and one of the most pure, you can corrupt anybody. So it was really a show of force. Which is also why he’s the first we revealed.

Supergirl I can’t get into too much because it’s too spoilery for stuff that actually happens in the book. Gordon was kind of built-in, because of stuff that was going on in The Batman Who Laughs. We knew he was going to infect somebody who would hurt Batman. Someone who Batman is close to. And then Hawkman because of his connections with the Dark Multiverse. We already established all that stuff with him way back during [Dark Nights: Metal] and the idea that he had been connected with Barbatos, connected with The Batman Who Laughs. That was the big motivation there. Hawkman is one of the greatest warriors in the DCU, so if you need a warrior, a tank, you need somebody you can use as a weapon, this is who you get. So I felt like it was strategic. We saw it like Batman Who Laughs. Who would I go after if I needed people who could help me win? And we wanted to be surprising, that’s part of it. There’s a weird mix of obvious and not obvious.

There’s just the littlest hint that Billy gives that… it isn’t just as simple as turning evil.

It’s not, yeah. There’s definitely a series of one-shots to support some of that stuff. It’s not just like you’re turned evil or twisted. You’re giving in to your worst impulses, and this side of yourself that’s selfish and mean. It’s like what Scott was talking about… how you can do what’s right or what’s wrong, but sometimes there’s a grey area where you can make a decision. To be uncaring, selfish, and not caring about people, and only caring about yourself. That’s what’s happening to them. Look at Donna, she is so angry about what’s happened with the Titans. She blames the adult superheroes, She’s an adult, you know, but she blames Batman and Superman. So when she goes up against them that’s what she’s mad about.

It’s funny because we’ve only seen Shazam so far, because he’s a 13 or 14 year-old kid, right? So you’re seeing this edge-lord version of a teenager who all of a sudden is just like, ‘I’m going to start cussing!’ That’s why I wrote him the way I did. Like, let’s write him as a kid who’s suddenly like, ‘I’m going to be a bad kid now!’ You know, what is his version of that? ‘I’m going to cuss!’ So I wrote him in that state of mind. The other ones you’re going to see they’re not quite like that. They’re not going to come out and be like, ‘Hee hee hee ha ha ha.’ It isn’t like that. You’re going to see them and be like, ‘Oh they look different, but it’s still them.’ They’re just saying what they feel is the truth.

It already feels like a special Batman and Superman story, even just for the little moments like… the idea of seeing Batman scrambling through someone else’s Batcave looking for a solution. And of course when Superman goes evil, you have Batman chiming in with ‘They say I’m crazy.’ How has it been writing those?

Oh, it’s the most fun part.

Because you are still dealing with serious storylines, but other times it’s hard to find those moments of levity.

I wanted it to be fun. So much of what we do now is so dark, and so we definitely live in the land of darkness at times. But it can’t always be that, so I wanted it to be about these two heroes, you know? Have it be fun. There’s a lot I could talk about with this, but you know, ‘The hero is only as good as their villain’? So I’m going to ask you this. Let’s say I give you a flashlight, okay? If you go outside into broad daylight and turn that flashlight on… you know it’s on because you turned it on. But you don’t need it. You can’t see it, right? Where would you turn that flashlight on? You turn it on in the dark. I wanted to show that the best way to show how bright our heroes are, and how much they shine, how much they are symbols of good and hope. The only way to really see how bright they are is to put them in the darkness. So that’s part of what the story is. The stuff that James and Scott and I have been building is, we’re showing the darkness to show you how bright they are. That’s part of the story with Batman/Superman, is we’re able to show how bright they are, but also how fun they are. There’s still a little bit of buddy-cop comedy, they poke eachother, they’re sort of antagonists in their relationship, but we know they trust eachother, and we know that they’re friends. So that’s really what I wanted. That’s why I feel like it has that fun feeling, even though there’s dark stuff happening all the time.

I guess readers are prepared to see that difference between the dark and the light… even if they may not win, as seems to be how this is going to play out.

Well… I mean the story we’re telling is long. Like we were talking about earlier. Scott and James and I have been building this story since 2016, and it’s changed, and it’s evolved, and it’s gotten bigger in some places. And now with what’s happening in Justice League, all the stuff coming with Batman/Superman is there are wins. But you guys have to understand, I think once we get there you’ll see that we’re going to lose some battles, we’re going to win some battles, and then we’ll get to the big war eventually.

Speaking of smaller battles, as a lifelong Captain Cold fan–who has always insisted Leonard is Barry’s rival, not his enemy–the current comics look to offer the first time Leonard Snart has gotten equal footing with Barry, now that he has his powers from Lex. Was this a personal Manifesto for you? It seems like every writer who writes Captain Cold sets out to remind fans what’s great about him.

I wanted to show why he’s awesome. But it’s really weird, sometimes you’ve got to make somebody who they’re not, so they can find out who they are. So Captain Cold is a Rogue, he’s not an ‘end of the world’ style supervillain. He’s about this code, and his family. I wanted to show that part, but to really show that I needed to show that… he needs to realize it, too. We know that, but he needs to see it. So I wanted to get him to the place where he can learn it. Yeah, I’ve been building this story with Cold gradually since the beginning, leading all the way through this storyline right now. That moment with Barry–not to get too spoilery, but there’s a moment where Barry and Leonard are alone for a moment, and they talk about it. They have a moment where they’re kind of forced into a situation together, and they talk about it. I wanted to have one last thing to say about Leonard, and that scene is going to have it.

I think everybody who works on The Flash, you want to work on certain characters, and you want to say something about them. Like with Trickster, I had a thing with him and Trickster. Or The Turtle. I wanted to show The Turtle could be scary, and do one great Turtle story. Because, no offense to anybody else who’s done a Turtle story, there are actually some really cool ones, but they’re really short and little. Geoff [Johns] did a really great issue of Flash with Howard Porter where The Turtle is in it for like half the issue. And it’s great, and he’s scary, and he’s twisted, and then he never got to pick it up again. I wanted to pick that up like, ‘Look you saw this taste, let’s build out on that.’ And it was great because I got to have Howard Porter draw it.

That’s the key, I think, to writing The Flash. You have to get your head into the villain a little bit, and really try to think of Barry and the villain at the same time. That the villain can’t just be an obstacle he’s running around, or something to hurdle over. They have to bounce off eachother. In the first arc I had Godspeed do that, it was intentional to have Godspeed be somebody that Barry could bounce off of. Or with Eobard, my favorite arcs are the ones where the villain–I think I had the most understanding of them. So Eobard, Gorilla Grodd, Hunter, and then the Rogues… those are always the ones I look back at, the ones where I had the strongest villains, that I’m most happy with throughout.

I know fans are going to have their calendars marked for December, because all of these dates are lining up beautifully to bring one year to an end and another one start. Can you tease how Batman/Superman is going to lead into that?

Yeah, in December the three books are Justice League #38, Batman/Superman #5, and then Year of The Villain: Hell Arisen. Those are the three books. Everything is important, like Scott was saying, everything is building to something. But for that particular day those are the three books that are going to connect them. That day you’ll see how it’s all adding up to something bigger, and then everything will stat coming together in December. I feel like you could probably read… I think the order to read them in is Batman/Superman, and then Justice League, then Year of The Villain. Because Batman/Superman takes place concurrently but before Doom War.

I’ll give you the opportunity to heap some praise on your buddy James taking over Batman. What do people have to look forward to?

Oh it’s awesome. I’ve read the first issue, it’s great. He has so many awesome plans coming. James has wanted to write that book forever. That’s definitely a dream thing for him. He loves Batman, and… he wanted that book really badly. So again I’m really happy for him. The stuff he was talking about doing, and the story he’s telling, it’s very good, and there’s a lot of really fun stuff coming in that book. I don’t want to spoil anything for him, but he has a lot of really fun stuff coming in that book. It’s really cool. There’s things that like–because I know the whole thing, I know the whole story. Not just the first bit but the whole thing. And yeah, it’s awesome. I was jealous. There was stuff in there that I was like, ‘Aw man, I wish I had thought of that!’ There’s things in there… ‘I’m so jealous you get to tell this story.’ So yeah, he’s doing really cool stuff.

Finally, I have to point out to you that Old Man Barry… a lot of people responded to his introduction by noting how sexy he is. Do you care to respond?

You should talk to Howard [Porter]. Actually I’ll say this: I make a point in the script to talk about Barry and I tell Howard sometimes: ‘You gotta make Barry sexy, man.’ So yeah, we put it in there for Old Man Barry specifically, from the very, very beginning. We first introduced him earlier than Year One, in Flash #26. So that was something Howard and I talked about. But yeah, there are specific parts–there was actually a scene in Year One where Barry opens the door and he’s just got out of the shower, and Iris is there. I wrote this whole thing to Howard, I wrote like a page basically of just being like, ‘Howard, this is really important to me: you need to make the sexiest drawing of Barry Allen you’ve ever done in your life. This needs to be the one, from this moment forward, that people use.’ Because he had his shirt open, and I was like, ‘You’ve got to make this like the one, man. This has to be the moment people are like, ‘Holy shit, Barry has a runner’s body, and he looks amazing.’ He had it where he was wearing sweatpants, but he was clearly not wearing underwear so it’s like hip… he knew what he was doing.

So yeah, the times that it’s in there I try to be like, ‘Howard… this is important to me’ [Laughs]. Howard is awesome. Howard is the best dude. He’s one of those artists I’ve worked with that I would work with forever, man.

The Flash #81 and Batman/Superman #3 are available now at your local comic book shop.

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2019-10-25 11:10:51

Andrew Dyce

Riot Games Discusses Teamfight Tactics RNG, Future Plans

Riot Games is changing the role randomness plays in Teamfight Tactics, aiming to make RNG-based setbacks less frustrating. All auto-battler games require some amount of RNG, but it appears Riot wants to make its League of Legends spin-off a little less random in the Set 2: Rise of the Elements update.

After first introducing Teamfight Tactics as a temporary League of Legends game mode in June 2018, Riot made Teamfight Tactics a permanent part of the League of Legends ecosystem. The title, Riot’s take on a popular Dota 2 mod called Dota Auto Chess, quickly gained momentum, reaching 33 million monthly players by September. The game had solid competition in Auto Chess, which dropped Dota and went standalone in June, and Dota Underlords, Valve’s official version of the mod, but Teamfight Tactics seems to have ultimately proven more popular. At the time of writing, Teamfight Tactics has more viewers on Twitch than either of its contenders – though its current numbers are much lower than its initial, nearly bigger than League of Legends numbers.

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In a recent blog post, Riot Games discussed its plans for Teamfight Tactics‘ future, including how the developer will be approaching randomness, going forward. According to Riot, randomness is a core part of Teamfight Tactics, since being able to adapt to and play around the randomness a match presents is one of the ways players show their skill. But, Riot said, in updates such as its item distribution system patch, it has taken strides to move towards “controlled randomness.” This is something the team plans to continue in the future by limiting the number of potential effects random items and abilities can have on gameplay.

In addition to reducing frustration with less RNG, Riot said it plans to make the game more balanced in other ways. For example, the team feels there are currently too many disabling abilities in-game, which prevent players from taking any actions. Riot feels these abilities are necessary to some extent, but it plans to include less disables in Set 2. Riot also said that its teams are aiming for more balance among Champions and that Set 2 will include more soft counter Traits than hard counters.

Teamfight Tactics already had some so-called bad luck protection, but it appears Riot felt these were not enough for players. Following the blog post, Riot Games released information about the new rotation of champions being introduced in Set 2, detailing the new element and class systems. Between these changes and Riot’s promises of less frustrating, more controlled random elements, Rise of the Elements could end up being a largely positive change for Teamfight Tactics fans frustrated by RNG.

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Source: Riot Games


2019-10-25 05:10:18

Camden Jones