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Dwayne Johnson Thinks A Black Superman Will Happen Soon

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

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

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

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

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

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Source: Variety



2019-07-15 01:07:47

Andrew Marshall

Scientist Explains What Would Happen to Earth After Thanos’ Infinity War Snap

A scientist at UCLA has explained what would happen in real life if Thanos’ snap were to actually take place. Following the 2018 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War, many fan theories have developed about a post-snap world. Some have questioned whether the Mad Titan’s snap would resemble the biblical rapture, while others have speculated about the remaining population’s ability to survive. Now, scientists and the writers of Infinity War and Endgame, have gotten involved in the discussion, and it doesn’t look good for Earthlings.

Infinity War ends with Thanos finally locating all six Infinity Stones, and loading them into his Infinity Gauntlet. In a literal snap, 3.8 billion people are erased from the Earth, reduced to ash, including some Avengers. Without the full Avengers team to protect the world, the remaining population is left vulnerable and defenseless. Despite big MCU consequences, much more would be at stake if this sort of thing were to really happen. True, there would be more food to go around, shelter and resources left for survivors, but an Earthly utopia like Thanos anticipates at the end of Infinity War is likely just the stuff of fantasy.

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Justin Christensen of the UCLA Physics Department recently explained to Fandom the likely aftermath that would ensue following a mass population reduction, like in Infinity War, and it isn’t pretty. If 50% of the world’s population were wiped out in an instant, this would take the population back down to where it was in the year 1970, which as it turns out, would not be as huge a cut as needed to make a big positive impact. People would likely repopulate the Earth back to its 2019 population rather quickly, and we would be back to where we started. Christensen also mentions that if pilots, bus drivers, air traffic controllers and the like were all instantly snapped away, the number of non-snap related fatalities to follow would be significant. Clean water and electricity would be luxuries of the past, as would other vital things needed for human survival, such as medical supplies.

But what if more than the human population were effected? Fans have speculated about whether or not all living organisms are included in the snap or not, and the answer would drastically alter the world as we know it. Writers of Infinity War and Endgame Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have somewhat answered this question. They have both claimed that the snap would only impact “sentient life“, or only intelligent and conscious life forms like humans and animals. Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has given conflicting statements about this topic, but his remark that the snap wiped out “All life!” is largely responsible for the confusion. Many have interpreted this utterance to mean that microbes, plants, and other lifeforms are included in the snap, and the internet has been buzzing with theories ever since. If this were to happen in reality, Christensen explains that the “complex and fragile relationships between many different species” would be effected, and “many ecosystems [would] change completely, and there could be species that never recover.

There would undoubtedly be a handful of unforeseen consequences, should a real life Infinity War-style snap ever happen. If 50% of all the Earth’s lifeforms were to disappear, there would not only be fatalities as a result of people vanishing out of thin air, but there would be notable changes to the Earth’s environment. If the ecosystem is changed, then the food chain is changed, and perhaps the entire landscape of the planet as well. The livability of the Earth for those left standing in the literal dust would decline significantly. Even if sentient life is the only life affected by the snap, the consequences far outweigh the potential good that would come out of it. So, although Thanos may have had an arguably somewhat noble idea in trying to save the Earth from the same fate as his home planet, the likelihood of things turning out as planned would be slim in the real world.

More: Paul Rudd Wonders Why Ant-Man/Thanos Endgame Theory Has to Involve the Butt

Source: Fandom


2019-04-23 08:04:46

Taylor Charendoff

Accel World Season 2 Updates: Will It Happen?

The first season ended in 2012 so will Accel World season 2 ever happen? Accel World is based on the light novel series of the same name by author Reki Kawahara (Sword Art Online) and takes place in 2046. The story follows a bullied boy named Haruyuku who escapes from real-life into virtual reality games. His skill brings him to the attention of popular girl Kuroyukihime, who introduces him to a secret program called Brain Burst, which allows users to speed up their brainwaves and essentially stop time.

To earn points for Brain Burst, players have to fight each other in a huge virtual game. Kuroyukihime wants Haruyuku’s help to defeat the faction leaders of Brain Burst and reach the top level to meet the creator of the game. Accel World has also spawned video games and received a spinoff movie called Accel World: Infinite Burst in 2016 that took place after the final episode of season 1.

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The first season covered roughly the first few volumes of the light novel series, which is still ongoing. Fans have been wondering if there will be an Accel Burst season 2 to wrap up the anime series too, so will there be another series to take viewers back to the accelerated world?

Accel World Season 2 Was Never Officially Announced

While the first season performed well, Accel World season 2 has yet to be confirmed. The author of Accel World once spoke of pushing for another season in 2014 but Sunrise, the animation studio behind the show, was busy on other projects. Since then, little has been heard.

Given the amount of time that’s passed since the end of Accel World season 1 without any sign of a second season, it would appear there are no plans to continue the anime series. That said, the franchise has continued on with various video games and other spinoffs, so there’s still hope.

Accel World Season 2 Release Date

Since Accel World season 2 has yet to be confirmed there’s no release date set for it. The franchise marks its tenth anniversary in 2019 so there’s a chance another series might be announced soon, but fans are urged to be cautious considering how long it’s been since the anime finished airing.

Accel World Season 2 Story

If Accel World season 2 moves ahead it will likely cover the rest of the light novel series and continue the main characters quest to meet the game’s creator. Fans were also left somewhat unsatisfied with the 2016 movie Accel World: Infinite Burst, where half of the movie simply reused footage from the series with some new narration. With Sunrise still busy on projects like Mobile Suit Gundam and City Hunter, it seems unlikely the show will return in 2019.

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2019-04-19 10:04:49

Padraig Cotter

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Movie Updates: Will It Happen?

Fans would love to see a Harry Potter And The Cursed Child movie come together, but will a big screen version of Harry’s “final” adventure ever happen? The Harry Potter movies are based on the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling, with the first movie being 2001’s Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone. The release of a new movie would become a major event over the next decade, with the series coming to a close with the eighth installment Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011.

Of course, the Harry Potter brand is much too popular to simply stop, so the franchise has continued in other avenues. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them from 2016 is a prequel film set over 60 years before the original Harry Potter film, which follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). The second film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, featured a younger version of Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. Harry’s story also continued in stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, written by Jack Thorne from a story co-written by Rowling, which opened to critical acclaim in 2016.

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The play follows a grown-up Harry and his son Albus as they have to deal with some new revelations from the past. Talk of a Harry Potter And The Cursed Child movie cropped up from the moment the play was announced, but will it actually happen?

J.K. Rowling Has Ruled Out A Cursed Child Movie

J.K. Rowling has squashed talk of a Harry Potter And The Cursed Child movie anytime it comes up. To the author, not only does the story represent the final adventure of the title character but it will remain a play. She’s taken to social media numerous times an unconfirmed reports crop up suggesting Warner Bros are pursuing a new movie or potential trilogy from the play, reaffirming there are no plans, which is something the studio has also stated.

The Fantastic Beasts Franchise Is The Current Priority

The Fantastic Beasts movie franchise was originally intended to be a trilogy, but it was confirmed in late 2016 the story would span five films instead. On the movie side of the Harry Potter universe, the studio remains committed to the Fantastic Beasts storyline. That said, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald was something of a critical and box-office disappointment to the studio. The third movie is set for release in 2020, but if doesn’t perform to expectations either, the five-movie plan might be revised.

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Daniel Radcliffe Is Open To Returning As Harry Potter – Eventually

Daniel Radcliffe hasn’t closed the door on the idea of returning as Harry Potter, but he wants to focus on other projects for now. The star was only 11 when he starred in the first movie and the juggernaut the series became would span a decade of his career. Radcliffe has since branched out to different kinds of parts, from horror movie Horns to dark comedy series Miracle Workers. Harry Potter is 37 during the events of Cursed Child, so Radcliffe has a few more years to go before he’s in the right age range for a potential movie adaptation.

Realistically, a Harry Potter And The Cursed Child movie will almost certainly happen, but not for many years. Radcliffe is too young to play older Harry, the stage play is still a huge success and the Fantastic Beasts spinoff series is still going. A Cursed Child movie is a license to print money, and further spinoffs focusing on Harry’s children beyond that is also a possibility. Fans will just have to be a little patient for the project to come together.

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2019-04-17 03:04:55

Padraig Cotter

Game Of Thrones Totally Teased An Arya/Gendry Romance (But Will It Happen?)

Warning: Spoilers Ahead For Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1

Game of Thrones season 8 appears to be setting up a new romance between two character who haven’t seen each other in years: Arya and Gendry. The season 8 premiere was packed with big moments, from Jon Snow riding a dragon to Jon Snow finding out that he is really Aegon Targaryen. The Starks were reunited, Yara Greyjoy was rescued by Theon, the Army of the Dead has destroyed its first house in the North, and Euron finally got to bed Cersei – and those are just the most momentous scenes.

There’s little doubt that this final season is going to be an incredible rollercoaster, and that the political intrigue isn’t going to take a back seat to the battle scenes – and there’s another element to the series that is also going to be front and center: romance. Jon and Daenerys are making quite the couple (although fans will have to see how that pans out given Sam’s conversation with him), and Brienne/Tormund fans can’t wait to see their favorite not-couple return. But there’s one more potential pairing that was a pretty big deal in episode one: Arya Stark and Gendry.

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Arya and Gendry are first seen right at the start of “Winterfell”, as Arya is in the crowds of smallfolk, watching Daenerys and Jon march their army to Winterfell. Arya’s face goes through an impressive number of emotions as she sees Jon and then the Hound (who she believed was dead, after she left him wounded on a hillside several seasons ago). However, when she sees Gendry, her face breaks into an honest smile – and with Gendry now forging weapons in Arya’s home, these two are going to be seeing a lot more of each other.

In addition to Arya’s opening smile, Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1 also spent some time on the first real meeting between Arya and Gendry, when Arya comes to visit him at the forges. The scene between them is almost painfully cute, and obviously flirtatious from the first moments, when Gendry stumbles over his compliment before awkwardly landing on “you look good.” From there, the two warm up to each other a little, with Gendry referencing their previous encounters by calling her Lady Stark, and teasing her about being “just another rich girl.” Amongst all this cuteness, there is a purpose to Arya’s seeking him out – she wants him to make her a new weapon. It gives her a great reason to see him (despite, as he points out, that she already has a sword and a Valyrian steel knife), and it gives fans plenty more chances to see them together again.

This isn’t the first time that a romance between the two has been hinted at, either. When they first met, Arya was too young and scared to truly see Gendry as a romantic interest, but they have always been close. It’s also worth noting that in Game of Thrones‘ pilot episode, Robert Baratheon was trying to marry Joffrey to Sansa, saying that the Starks and Baratheons should rule the Seven Kingdoms together. “I have a son, you have a daughter. We’ll join our Houses,” Robert told Ned Stark. Turns out Joffrey wasn’t a Baratheon, but this powerful pairing – of Gendry and Arya – could still happen in the end.

Of course, just because this romance has been hinted at, it doesn’t mean it will actually happen. Fans are expecting a bloodbath at the Battle of Winterfell, and even if both Gendry and Arya survive, they would have to essentially be the only ones to do so in order to take the throne; otherwise they would have some serious opposition. It’s also not likely that they would want the throne – Gendry is happy in the background, and hasn’t pushed his claim, and Arya is so much happier in the shadows that she hid with the smallfolk when her brother returned with the Queen. Even if it doesn’t happen, however, fans can grin over the obvious flirtation, as well as the call-out to the Princess Bride, as Gendry “declares his love” for Arya in the way that Westley does to Princess Buttercup: “As you wish…” But only time will tell if these two characters end up together.

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Game of Thrones season 8 airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO.


2019-04-17 03:04:32

Rose Moore

I Am Number Four Updates: Will A Sequel Happen?

The first movie was supposed to kick off a brand new franchise but will an I Am Number Four sequel ever happen? Following the huge success of the Twilight movies, studios quickly snapped up other young adult book properties that could be turned into movie franchises. While franchises like The Hunger Games would blossom, others like Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant would stall at one entry.

I Am Number Four from 2011 was adapted from the first book in the Lorien Legacies series and starred Alex Pettyfer, Teresa Palmer and Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood). The movie follows John Smith, a humanoid alien from a planet called Lorien. John’s race is being hunted down by aliens called Mogadorians, who have to kill loriens in order. After the first three are killed, John becomes a target and has to use his powers like increased speed and strength to survive. Michael Bay briefly considered directing the film but opted out to focus on Transformers: Dark Of The Moon instead, with D.J. Caruso coming onboard to helm the project.

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There were seven books in the Lorien Legacies series, but disappointing box-office returns meant I Am Number Four sequel plans were quickly put in doubt. Will the next book in the series The Power Of Six ever be adapted?

The Power Of Six Was Put On Hold

Screenwriter Marti Nixon (Sharp Objects) confirmed plans for an I Am Number Four sequel were put on the back burner following the reception to the movie. I Am Number Four received mostly mediocre reviews but managed to gross $150 million worldwide, which is around three times its production budget.

While those numbers are solid, they clearly weren’t enough to convince the studio The Power Of Six was worth pursuing. This is a shame since Number Six, played by Teresa Palmer, was regarded as a highpoint of the first film and the sequel would have put a focus on her character.

Will The Power Of Six Ever Happen?

There has been little talk of an I Am Number Four sequel in the years since. D.J. Caruso mentioned during an interview in 2013 that Dreamworks was exploring ways to continue the franchise, but nothing appears to have come from those conversations. Considering the amount of time that’s passed since the release of the first movie, a direct follow-up is unlikely. There’s a chance I Am Number Four could be remade or retooled as TV series in the future, but the chances of a sequel featuring the return of Alex Pettyfer and Teresa Palmer are pretty low.

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2019-04-16 03:04:05

Padraig Cotter

10 Things That Need To Happen Before Preacher Ends

Preacher will end with its fourth season on AMC. The good news is that the network revealed the end of the series in advance, so the showrunners can put together a final season that will end the story in a satisfying manner. Of course, looking at where Preacher is now compared to that point in the comic books makes it clear there is a lot that happened that will have to be omitted or skimmed over.

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Of course, Preacher has also proven over the first three seasons that it isn’t dedicated to retelling the story from the comics verbatim and has no problem drifting away from the source material — as Arseface’s journey and the introduction of Hitler proves. With that said, here is a look at things that need to happen before the final episode of the final season of Preacher takes place. Spoilers follow for events in Preacher comic books.

10 CASSIDY DISMEMBERED

Season 3 of Preacher saw Cassidy captured by The Grail and chained up in the bottom of a pit along with a captured angel as well. Fans of the comic books know what is likely coming. The Grail start to torture Cassidy and bring in a torture specialist to inflict as much pain on the vampire as possible.

They break him down, dismember him, and take him to the brink of death but he never gives up his buddy Jesse. Then, Jesse shows up and saves Cassidy’s life. It is a nice moment and one of two big moments for the conflicted vampire in the comics that should make it to the small screen.

9 JESSE FINDS HIS MOM

Jesse needs to separate from Tulip for at least one or two episodes so the final season of Preacher can recreate the storyline of Jesse learning his mother is still alive and well, but hiding from her evil family — who he finally vanquished at the end of season 3.

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In the comics, Jesse’s mom is a waitress and lives a peaceful life around people who care about her, a great change from the horrors she experienced with her own mother in Angelville. Jesse is able to reconnect with his mom at this point, and when he learns she is in a good place, it frees him up for the final battle.

8 ARSEFACE FALLS IN LOVE

As season 3 showed, Arseface is still horribly angry that Jesse is still alive and left him in Hell for no reason way back in season 1. There needs to be closure between the two men before Preacher comes to an end. However, Arseface deserves so much more than that for his own story.

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In the comics, Arseface ended up in a town where he met a girl who was mutated from inbreeding and had one giant eye in the middle of her face. Despite this, people love her because she has a good heart. She also has mental problems and can’t see how people really look — instead, seeing them looking like cows, giant soda bottles and more. In Arseface, she saw a handsome man and the two fell in love.

7 JESSE VS. GOD

God has been a coward for most of the series and has tried to use Tulip to get Jesse to stop looking for him and leave him alone. It is time for Jesse and God to finally have their confrontation. As in the comics, the two need to realize that they are at a stalemate and won’t be able to settle things as Jesse hoped they could.

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Jesse and God have to face off, even though that is not the battle that will end things. Jesse has Herr Starr with while The Saint of Killers helping, but a one-on-one needs to finally happen in the final season of Preacher.

6 THE SPACEMAN

When it comes to moments from the comic books, the story of the Spaceman is one that doesn’t have to happen but it would be an amazing standalone episode if they can give time for this meeting. For those who haven’t read the Preacher comic books, the Spaceman moment has Jesse sitting down for drinks with a man and listening to a story.

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This man served in Vietnam with Jesse’s father and tells a story about how his dad was a real hero at the time. While the Vietnam era is out of the playbook with the television show’s timeframe, a similar story where Jesse learns more about his dad would be a nice bow on his story if he gets to meet his mom again as well.

5 SHOWDOWN AT THE ALAMO

With only one season left, there is a good chance that the Preacher TV show has the final battle between Jesse and Herr Starr take place at Masada. This could provide a great backdrop for the final war, but that is not where this series needs to end. Jesse needs to head to Masada to save Cassidy but then he needs to return to Texas.

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The final battle between Herr Starr and Jesse needs to take place at the Alamo, just as it did in the comic books. The entire theme of the final stand at the Alamo is too perfect for Jesse’s story to pass on it for anywhere else.

4 TULIP’S BREAKDOWN

Tulip went through hell in the comic books and she has remained slightly unscathed on the television show, outside of an unfortunate death. She has rejected God’s deals twice and there has to be a reckoning coming for the tough-as-nails Texan. The final season of Preacher needs to see Tulip suffer some before she comes back stronger than ever.

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The final season of Preacher needs to have Tulip separated from Jesse due to him betraying her by lying and leaving her behind for her own safety. This should lead to her wondering what she is really fighting for before the final battle when she comes back stronger than ever.

3 HERR STARR’S DEFEAT

Herr Starr’s defeat in the comic books was perfect. He was a jerk who used and discarded people. He was someone who deserved no mercy and killed even those who believed in his cause the most. Non-comic book fans who have been watching the show with no idea of what happens in the comics could be in for a surprise if they take it in the direction of the books.

While it is expected that Jesse will be the man to finally kill Herr Starr, that is not what happened in the comic books. As a matter of fact, Jesse was very busy in another fight when Tulip made her way through the Grail, guns blazing, and finally took down Herr Starr herself. Making Tulip the hero to beat The Grail would be the perfect end for her television character.

2 CASSIDY’S SACRIFICE

Cassidy betrayed Jesse more than once — not because he was an evil man but because he was a vampire on the road to Hell and failed to do the right thing even when given the chance. However, the final battle for Jesse in the comics was not against Herr Starr or God, but against his best friend Cassidy.

The two men battled it out, all while telling each other how disappointed they were with Cassidy’s actions. Jesse was angry and Cassidey remorseful and they beat the hell out of each other to prove it. Then, as the sun came up, Cassidy sacrificed himself after making a secret deal with God to save Jesse and release his friend from Genesis once and for all. It was the perfect hero moment for Cassidy.

1 SAINT OF KILLERS VS GOD

The most controversial moment in the comic books needs to be how they end the final season of Preacher. The Saint of Killers spent much of his life in Hell and when he wasn’t there, he was on a mission to kill and kill and kill again. He deserves peace and this moment is his chance to win that peace.

As readers of the Preacher comics know, the Saint of Killers made his way into Heaven and laid waste to the angels that kept screwing things up. He then waited patiently and when Jesse was finally rid of Genesis and God felt safe enough to return, he faced the Saint of Killers and his gun and took the bullet to the head that finally ensured the Saint could rest once and for all.

NEXT: Preacher: How Do Jesse’s Genesis Powers Work?


2019-04-15 11:04:15

Shawn S. Lealos

Ponyo 2 Updates: Why A Sequel Probably Won’t Happen

The original was another enchanting animated classic from Studio Ghibli but Ponyo 2 probably isn’t going to happen. Hayao Miyazaki is the co-founder of the legendary Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation studio responsible for films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Miyazaki also directed those entries and is rightly acclaimed as one of the greatest living filmmakers.

Ponyo from 2008 was Miyazaki’s tenth film and tells the story of a boy who discovers a goldfish who turns out to be an underwater princess. Ponyo was another Ghibli film about the wonder of childhood and while it contains darker moments, it’s also just a joyful adventure. The movie’s English language dub also contained an all-star cast, including Matt Damon, Tina Fey and Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok).

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While Ponyo was a critical and commercial success, a sequel looks highly doubtful. Here’s why Ponyo 2 probably won’t happen.

Hayao Miyazaki Wanted To Make Ponyo 2 – But Was Overruled

Surprisingly, Hayao Miyazaki was actually interested in making Ponyo 2 but he was talked out of it. Miyazaki initially wanted to follow up Ponyo with a sequel, but producer Toshio Suzuki convinced him to adapt his own manga The Wind Rises instead. Miyazaki was reluctant at first since the subject matter, a biopic of Jiro Horikoshi who designed fighter planes during World War 2, wasn’t typical Studio Ghibli fare.

His staff convinced him to press ahead with the project, which was released in 2013 to great acclaim. The film was also intended to be Miyazaki’s final feature film, but it was later announced he was working on a new project dubbed How Do You Live?

Studio Ghibli Don’t Really Make Sequels

Another barrier in the way of Ponyo 2 is that Studio Ghibli has never made a feature-length sequel to one of their projects. Miyazaki’s interest in making Ponyo 2 is one of the rare times the animation studio has even flirted with making a follow-up. In 2002 they released The Cat Returns, a spinoff of their 1995 movie Whisper Of The Heart, and in 2003 Miyazaki also directed Mei And The Kittenbus, a short film sequel to My Neighbor Totoro.

Miyazaki will be busy for at least a couple more years with How Do You Live? and it’s doubtful any other filmmaker at Studio Ghibli would be brave enough to tackle Ponyo 2. It’s possible once the legendary director is finished with his next project he could revisit the sequel but realistically he will likely make good on his threat of retirement. Ghibli has historically chosen not to make sequels either, so the odds of Ponyo 2 happening aren’t great.

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2019-04-15 03:04:54

Padraig Cotter

Elementary: 10 Things That Need To Happen Before It Ends

The world is not starved for Sherlock Holmes adaptations, but Elementary still manages to stand out from the crowd. Debuting on CBS in 2012, this modern-day take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s temperamental detective stars Jonny Lee Miller as a blunt yet protective Holmes and Lucy Liu as a tough and intelligent Watson.

Last December, CBS announced that Elementary‘s next season, Season Seven, would be its last. With just thirteen episodes to go, there isn’t much time left to wrap up loose ends, and for fans to say goodbye to this version of the world’s most famous detectives. Here are ten things that absolutely, positively must happen before Sherlock and Joan solve their last case.

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10 RETURN TO NEW YORK

One of the most notable changes Elementary made from its source material was to move Holmes and Watson from London to New York. At the end of last season, the show moved them back to England, as Sherlock fled to avoid a murder charge and Joan followed.

We’re sure this dynamic duo will spend at least the first episode or two in England, solving murders and perhaps even tangling with Sherlock’s old frenemy, London cop Gareth Lestrade, one last time. But Robert Doherty, the show’s creator and executive producer, has already confirmed that Holmes and Watson will return to New York sooner rather than later.

9 RESOLUTION WITH GREGSON

Captain Thomas Gregson (played by Aidan Quinn) has been Holmes and Watson’s greatest ally in the New York Police Department since day one. But Season Six saw their relationship strained to what very well might be the breaking point. Gregson’s daughter, Hannah, murdered Michael Rowan, a serial killer, and Gregson tampered with evidence to protect her.

Gregson blamed Sherlock for his daughter’s actions, since Michael only murdered people to get Sherlock’s attention. This upcoming season is our last chance to see a resolution to this conflict. Will that resolution involve a scene where Sherlock and Gregson make up? Or has this affair driven a permanent wedge between these two old friends?

8 MURDER!

Well, duh. The show wouldn’t exist if Holmes and Watson didn’t have murders to investigate every seven days. But because Season Seven will be the last, we expect the showrunners to up the ante in terms of the murderers’ creativity, motives, and general weirdness.

Ordinary, run-of-the-mill murders never interest Sherlock, and they certainly won’t do for Season Seven. We want to see the show really go out with a bang, maybe even literally. The previous season featured a serial killer obsessed with “helping” Holmes by orchestrating murders for him to solve. What will Elementary come up with to top that?

7 MORLAND HOLMES

Sherlock did not have the happiest childhood, in large part thanks to his distant and demanding father, Morland (John Noble). The Holmes patriarch first appeared in Season Four, when Sherlock fell off the wagon at the end of the previous season.

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After annoying his son for a while, Morland left to take over Moriarty’s criminal empire in the hopes of dismantling it from the inside. We haven’t heard too much from him since. Surely Season Seven will devote some time to how Morland has been getting on in the criminal underworld, and perhaps even have him achieve his goal of destroying Moriarty’s organization.

6 ARE YOU THERE, MORIARTY?

No Sherlock Holmes adaptation would be complete without an appearance from his most infamous nemesis, Moriarty. Played by Natalie Dormer, Jamie Moriarty once posed as an artist, Irene Adler, to get close to Holmes and determine how much of a threat he was to her illegal activities.

Last we heard, Moriarty was in prison and nursing an obsession with Joan Watson. Sherlock managed to get her to agree to a ceasefire so long as his father was alive, but Morland is old and not in the best of health. So it seems like Moriarty may soon come back and try to wrest her criminal empire from the Holmeses.

5 BELL’S CAREER

Aside from Gregson, Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) works the most with Holmes and Watson. But he has been a detective for a while now, and more than once he has expressed interest in advancement. And yet he has been reluctant to leave his current position, afraid that his friends and his boss would feel like he was abandoning them.

In Season Six, Bell applied to join the U.S. Marshals Service, with some help from Sherlock. Certainly, no one deserves a successful career more than Marcus Bell, and we hope Season Seven sees him settle into whatever role he wants.

4 CLYDE

This could very well be the most important item on the list. Clyde has been Sherlock’s — and, by default, Joan’s — pet turtle for several seasons. He may have but a small role in Elementary, but he has provided critical, albeit unwitting, assistance on more than one occasion.

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But what happened to Clyde when Sherlock and Joan fled to England last season? Did they take Clyde with them? If so, how is he adjusting to life across the pond? If not, who is looking after him while they’re away? The showrunners wouldn’t be so cruel as to leave us hanging on the all-important subject of Clyde, would they?

3 BABY YES, BABY NO

In Season Six, Joan decided to try to adopt a baby. Sherlock was supportive in his own way, and Joan went ahead with the application process. If you’ve seen the show, however, you already know that she has encountered more than her fair share of obstacles on the road to motherhood.

Last time we checked in with Watson’s efforts to adopt, things weren’t going well, and Joan was confronted with the very real possibility that her unconventional profession and living arrangements might get in the way of her becoming a parent. Will Season Seven see her finally adopt a baby, or will she have to accept that motherhood is not her destiny?

2 SAY GOODBYE TO OLD FRIENDS

In addition to the core cast of main and supporting characters, other characters have come and gone through the years. One of the most prominent is Kitty Winter, Sherlock’s former protege. Her story arc was nicely resolved in Season Five, when she retired to raise her son, but not everyone was so lucky.

The characters we would most like to see return in Season Seven include Alfredo, Sherlock’s former sponsor and current good friend; Ms. Hudson, another close friend who makes sweaters for Clyde; and Fiona Helbron, an autistic computer hacker who dated Holmes before abruptly disappearing from his life.

1 BEST FRIENDS FOREVER

Sherlock and Joan have grown closer as the series has progressed. While Sherlock hardly wanted anything to do with Joan at first, by the end of Season One he named a new bee species for her. Refreshingly, the duo isn’t involved romantically or physically. But they are as close as two people can be.

The show often focuses on their evolving relationship and just how far each will go to ensure the other’s safety. Season Seven won’t feel satisfying without another affirmation of their deep love for each other. We look forward to one last, big, unconventional display of affection between these most unusual besties.

NEXT: Every Watson In Sherlock Adaptations, Ranked


2019-04-14 11:04:44

Eileen Gonzalez

Supernatural: 10 Things That Need To Happen to Sam Before It Ends

As fans wonder just how we’re going to bid adieu to the lovable Moose who’s too precious for this world, we also know that Sam Winchester needs to have some resolution during the 15th and final season of Supernatural. It’s been a long and winding Road So Far, from Sam’s supernatural demon-given powers to his many loves lost to the time he went without a soul and broke all of our hearts running on pure id.

And as much as the brothers have been through, there’s still plenty of highway left to travel for Sammy and Dean. There are a few loose ends to wrap up as well as some closure that Sam deserves before he’s gone.

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10 Gone But Not Forgotten

Of course, we don’t WISH for the end of the brothers, but we all know it really needs to happen if we’re going to honor all of their sacrifices and history. What makes the most sense in terms of the world that’s been created is that the two would meet their end in a meaningful way, rejoining their parents together in Heaven as heroes.

Having them rid the world of monsters completely would make zero sense, so it would only be natural for the show to end by leading into a new spin-off series with fresh monster hunters taking over where they left off, or even a whole new spin on the series. The brothers also deserve a true hunter send-off with a proper burial.

9 Closure With Bobby

Just where is our original Bobby Singer? We have no idea what happened to him, and we haven’t seen REAL Bobby since season 10. All we know is that he broke the rules of Heaven so he may be rotting away in Heaven’s prison for all we know. This is a huge unresolved story for Sam and Dean! Bobby is the boys’ surrogate father and there’s no way we can end the season without some kind of closure regarding not only his whereabouts but Bobby’s end, too.

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Many fans believe Bobby got a beautiful send-off the first time he was offed and deserves something no less than that before he’s truly gone.

8 Reunion With Jess

Jessica Lee Moore might have been the love of Sam’s life, but she met her untimely end just by being that in the first episode of the show. Not only does Jess deserve the happiness that was stolen from her all because of Yellow Eyes’ scheme, but Sam deserves to go back in time and live the life he dreamed with his fiancee before their missing father, his big brother and an evil demon changed everything.

In a perfect world, Sam would reunite with Jess in a peaceful afterlife. That might be too perfect for Supernatural standards, but it’s what they both deserve.

7 Closure With Adam

Remember Sam and Dean’s half-brother Adam who was basically told, “Bye, boi!” and left to endure the worst that Hell has to offer for eternity when it was his older brothers who were supposed to be doomed to his fate? It’s been nearly a decade since Adam was unjustly left to suffer in the cage and we owe it to him to get him out.

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Fans have speculated for years that this will be resolved in the final season of the show, and wonder if Adam will be involved in the final demise of the brothers somehow. Sammy needs to help atone for Adam’s terrible fate and gain closure with his younger brother.

6 Laptop Love

We all know how much Moose loves his laptop, so there should be one last hurrah this final season regarding his computer. Maybe they’ll be a joke about it, but, even better, maybe we’ll get the story on his love for Deep Cove Bike Shop. He’s got to love something to put its sticker on his beloved laptop, right? Or maybe we’ll get an answer regarding all of the many emails Sam gets, like the one from a person called “Ross,” whose subject lines include “Important” and “WTF.”

Perhaps it was Ennis Ross from the Supernatural: Bloodlines spin-off? After all, Ennis was training for a different career when his fiancee was slain, much like Sam’s own backstory. Of course, it’s more likely that it refers to Eugenie Ross-Leming, a writer and executive producer on the show.

5 Face Off With Amy’s Son

When Dean took out Jacob Pond’s monster mother in the heart-wrenching episode “The Girl Next Door,” Jacob vowed to return the favor someday. Amy had been under Sam’s protection at the time, and it really didn’t seem like a fair episode, especially since the brothers have let other monsters, like vegetarian vampires, survive before. Why not use Amy to take out other monsters if she needs to survive that way?

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Some kind of resolution with Jacob is needed, and some fans have even speculated that he’ll be the doom of the brothers during the final season of the show.

4 Demon Powers

Many fans weren’t satisfied to learn that Sam’s demon powers just vanished unceremoniously, especially since, according to Ruby, the demon blood he drank to maintain them was “just a crutch,” and like a demonic Care Bear, he’d had the power within him all along. What if those powers remained latent in him all this time?

Going back to the same powers that started this whole adventure would make the story come full circle, and it could lead to interesting plot twists. What if Sam is destined to become the new ruler of Hell? It would be a wild twist but it could also do some good, with him saving people in the process.

3 Resolution With Jesse Turner

Remember the half-demon, half-human Jesse Turner? We met him in season 5’s “I Believe the Children Are Our Future,” but he sent himself away when he discovered Lucifer’s big plan for him for the Apocalypse… and we never heard from him again.

It’s one of the most frustrating dropped plots of the show since Turner has the potential for both good and evil. Who knows what a half-demon is capable of? When last we saw Jesse, he wanted to remain on the side of good, so it would be interesting to see him interact with Sam, a character who has also always wanted to side against evil yet had to battle his own dark side many times.

2 An Epic Prank

Remember when the brothers used to prank each other? Granted, there hasn’t been a lot of time for pranks between saving the world and attempting to remain alive, but we haven’t really seen many pranks on the show since season five, and those were really Gabriel’s pranks. Fans who’ve followed the cast outside of the show have seen loads of pranks, from Misha Collins’ GISH shenanigans to Ellen’s world domination bid to all the amazing gag reels we’ve seen over the years, but the brothers themselves haven’t really done much since Dean pranked Sam with itching powder.

It’s a little too lighthearted for many episodes, but it would be fantastic to see some of this goofy brother camaraderie one last time.

1 A Family Reunion

After everything Sam has endured with Dean over the years, the man deserves a long, peaceful rest with the people he loves most. Ending up in Heaven with his brother, mother and father–not to mention his fiancee and other friends he’s lost along the way–would give him that. It might be too saccharine of an ending after all the darkness we’ve witnessed over the years, but it’s what the hunter deserves after giving up everything he ever wanted to chase the family business to make people safe.

Sure, he messed up quite a bit along the way, as did his brother, but they’re only two human brothers facing all of the monsters who lurk in the shadows and the scale should tip in their favor before the season ends.

NEXT: 10 Things We’ll Miss About Supernatural After It Ends


2019-04-14 01:04:39

Sara Schmidt