10 Things JK Rowling Planned On Including In Harry Potter (But Ended Up Scrapping)

These days when people think about J.K. Rowling they often think about all of the changes she has made to Harry Potter canon after the fact. With Pottermore, the Fantastic Beasts movies, and her Twitter, Rowling just can’t stop talking about the franchise and adding and changing things about the canon. However, there were some things that Rowling almost included in the books but ended up cutting out. These moments could have changed the books significantly, but instead, they were put in the bin.

Here are 10 things that J.K. Rowling almost included in Harry Potter but didn’t.

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One major thing Rowling almost included was having Arthur Weasley die. When Arthur was attacked by Nagini in Order of the Phoenix, he almost died but ended up fully recovering. However, things could have gone very differently. Arthur was originally going to die in this book, but Rowling scrapped this idea because she was too attached to the character and felt he was the only good father figure left in the books. Instead, she killed both Lupin and Tonks at the end of the series.  Luckily, Arthur Weasley survived since he’s such a good character and great father.


Hermione’s parents aren’t really a big part of the books. She does talk about them sometimes, but they are Muggles and live a very separate life from Hermione’s. However, Hermione’s dad almost played a more important role in the books.

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When Rowling was first writing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she had the Grangers and the Potters know each other. She had the Potters living out an on island and the Grangers go out to help them after they hear an explosion from where they lived on the mainland. Hermione’s dad was originally the one who saved Harry and brought him to the Dursley’s, but she instead gave that role to Hagrid.


Draco Malfoy is Harry’s rival and an overall bully in the books. But, he originally wasn’t the only one. Rowling almost had Theodore Nott play a bigger role in the books as another son of a Death Eater. The two would have been equals as well as rivals, and Nott was meant to be more clever than Malfoy was. However, this character was mostly cut out. This was probably for the best as dealing with Malfoy was more than enough and having two rival bullies for Harry Would have been too much.


The Weasleys are known for being a family that always gets sorted into Gryffindor. They are known for being good and brave wizards, but they almost had a distant cousin who was a Slytherin.

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Their second cousin, Mafalda Weasley, was almost included in the Goblet of Fire to be Hermione’s rival. This character was going to be used to divulge secrets about Harry during the tournament. Instead of Mafalda, Rita Skeeter was used instead, and the Weasley’s didn’t have to deal with having her around either.


While Mrs. Figg was a cat lady, and even Dolores Umbridge had a weird obsession with cats, we never see a character completely obsessed with dogs. Hagrid loved animals of all kinds, including dogs, but he was mostly focused on magical creatures. Rowling almost included a character in Goblet of Fire named Mopsy who was an old witch who loved dogs. This character was going to see Sirius in his Padfoot form and take him in to take care of him. She was taken out of the story because an editor said she didn’t really add to the plot.


Hermione and Harry are both only children, whereas Ron comes from a big family. However, Hermione wasn’t always going to be an only child. Rowling almost gave her a younger sister who was a Muggle. This could have added an interesting dynamic.

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But, it probably wouldn’t have added too much to the plot given that Hermione’s family is rarely talked about at all. Rowling ended up not including this character, but it’s interesting to think about how Hermione’s life and personality might have been slightly changed if she had been an older sister.


The last words of the books have become pretty iconic and well known. “All was well” is a phrase that all big Potter fans know, and it’s popular in art and even tattoos. However, this phrase wasn’t always going to be the last words in the books. For a long time, Rowling had said that the last word of the series would be “scar.” The change to focus more on a positive note was likely a good choice.


Dudley and Harry were never friends growing up, and Dudley was quite the bully. But, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dudley seems to have turned over a new leaf and isn’t as mean to Harry. Rowling almost ended up giving Dudley a magical child.

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The family was going to be at King’s Cross with Harry and the rest in the epilogue. This idea was scrapped as Rowling didn’t think any wizarding genes would survive when mixed with Vernon’s DNA. Luckily, however, Harry and Dudley are still on “Christmas card” level of affection according to Rowling.


Trelawney wasn’t a very good divination teacher, although she did give those two real prophecies. Another character who was a skilled seer was cut from the books early on, however. In Sorcerer’s Stone, Rowling almost had a character named Mopsus who was blind and able to predict the future.

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Rowling cut the character because it made the plot to0 complicated. Rowling said that the character’s existence would have lowered the drama in the story and was unnecessary.


The biggest change Rowling cut from the books was Ron Weasley dying. She said that she considered having Ron die sometime in the middle of the series, but never revealed exactly when or how it would have happened. Luckily, this didn’t happen as this would have changed the books dramatically. We can’t imagine half of the series without Ron, and this would have seemed like one trauma too many for Harry to have to endure.

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2019-04-20 03:04:04

Amanda Steele

Full Star Wars Celebration 2019 Mural Revealed – Including Episode 9

The full Star Wars mural at Celebration Chicago – including the Episode IX section – has officially been revealed. This weekend, the galaxy far, far away takes center stage in the Windy City, with Lucasfilm going the extra mile to make their trademark convention a memorable experience for attendees. It goes without saying there are plenty of big panels planned over the next few days, spotlighting the various corners of the franchise and teasing upcoming projects.

It’s been said before, but 2019 is a massive year for Star Wars. More than four decades after George Lucas started the Skywalker saga with the original film, Lucasfilm is at long last bringing this story to a close in Episode IX. Though the studio has several other movies and television shows in the works, J.J. Abrams’ film will be the final chapter in a story audiences have been following since 1977, marking the end of an era. That incredible history is on display in full force during Celebration Chicago.

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Those walking through McCormick Place have probably already seen the beautiful Star Wars mural, which acts as an illustrated timeline of the franchise to date. The 11 feature films and both animated shows are represented. When Celebration kicked off, the last part of the mural was covered in black tarp, keeping the Episode IX art hidden from public view. But now, it’s finally been revealed for all to see. Check it out in the space below, via @DanielKennedyDK:

It goes without saying there isn’t anything too spoilery here; the artists were likely working with minimal Episode IX assets to draw from, so they were limited with what they could include. Perhaps the biggest reveal is Kylo Ren’s reconstructed helmet, which is held together by the red adhesive material that was reported on late last year. The section is a nice blend of sequel trilogy and legacy characters, with the Resistance’s big three (Rey, Finn, and Poe) appearing alongside Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO. That works as a depiction of what the modern movies – and Episode IX in particular – represent. Chewie and the droids have been here since the very beginning, so it’s only right for them to have spots at the end of the mural. Odds are, this is their last rodeo on the big screen.

As great as it is to see Artoo and Threepio on the Episode IX portion, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll have sizable roles in the film. After all, Captain Phasma is a curious inclusion on the Last Jedi section, even though she hardly had any screen time in the sequels. It’s quite plausible everyone’s favorite dynamic droid duo were include for sentimental reasons than anything else; wile both have had moments in The Force Awakens and Last Jedi, they’ve been background players within the larger context of the plot. Many fans would enjoy to see that change for Episode IX, so it’ll be interesting to see how everything plays out.

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Source: @DanielKennedyDK

2019-04-12 06:04:04

Chris Agar

Every DCEU Movie Ranked From Worst To Best (Including Shazam!)

How does Shazam! compare to the rest of the DCEU? Find out in our ranking of all the DC Extended Universe movies so far, from 2013 to 2019!

The DCEU kicked off with 2013’s Man of Steel, and this year’s Shazam! is the seventh installment in the blockbuster franchise. It’s fair to say a lot has changed in that time. The early DCEU was heavily influenced by auteur director Zack Snyder, but as the franchise continued Warner Bros. began to move away from Snyder’s plans. Where DC had started off with major and well-known heroes like Superman and Batman, they’re now celebrating heroes who’ve never been seen before on the big screen; Wonder Woman was a gigantic success, Aquaman broke $1 billion worldwide, and box office tracking for Shazam! is positive. Stylistically, there’s a marked contrast between these first films and the recent blockbuster successes, largely because the studio pivoted in response to disappointing critical and popular response. That makes it very interesting to compare and contrast these six different movies.

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So how would we rank the DCEU movies to date? Here, we’ll run through every film in this franchise so far, ranking them from worst to best. Every movie will be critically assessed, with strengths and weaknesses carefully examined to justify its placement.

When Warner Bros. first announced Justice League, they intended it to be the triumphant culmination of everything the DCEU had been working towards since 2013. Unfortunately, it all went badly wrong; director Zack Snyder left partway through production, with Joss Whedon taking over and conducting a massive amount of additional photography. The result is a Frankenstein’s Monster of a film that’s true to neither Snyder nor Whedon, and fails to complete the plotlines seeded in previous movies. Henry Cavill’s CGI-replaced mustache is infamous, but the whole movie suffers from the enforced changes.

Whereas previous DCEU movies Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were essentially social parables told through the lens of a superhero film, Justice League plays it straight – and as a result, feels very much lacking when compared to its predecessors. It’s telling that, over a year after Justice League‘s release, the only conversation about it is still about whether or not the legendary Snyder Cut still exists. Viewers were utterly disappointed by the blockbuster, and still like to imagine there’s a version out there that is actually good.

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The second film in Zack Snyder’s loose trilogy of DC movies, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice marks the point at which the DCEU truly became divisive. Batman v Superman was scorned by critics, but is viewed as a cult classic by fans of Snyder’s cinematographic style. The difference in opinions is best exemplified by the film’s scores on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes; it has a Critic Score of just 27 percent against an Audience Score of 63 percent.

Few would deny that Batman v Superman has problems, though; incredibly, it even fails to deliver on the promised battle between DC’s two iconic heroes. The fight is set up, but ends with remarkable speed and in a way that frankly feels as though it comes out of the left-field (Martha remains infamous). It then pivots into an entirely different movie, one that makes the bold but questionable decision to kill Superman.

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It’s possible to be too critical of Batman v Superman, though. Its greatest strength is undeniably the remarkable depth of imagery and symbolism woven into the film by Snyder, with Superman portrayed as a complex and conflicted Christ-figure set against a contemporary backdrop. The introduction of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is one of the high points, with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer creating an iconic and unforgettable score for the scene.

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Before Justice LeagueSuicide Squad was another DCEU film fundamentally altered once production had wrapped. In early 2016, Warner Bros. grew concerned that the tone of David Ayer’s film didn’t match with the inspired marketing campaign, with the disappointing box office performance of Batman v Superman reportedly leading them to change strategy. In the end, the final theatrical cut was essentially two different versions – one from the director, one a trailer house – stitched together during post-production and feeling more than a little unfinished. The introductory sequence presents the team’s backstory in a series of flashbacks, interspersed with the kind of fun graphics that featured in the trailers. Unfortunately, and rather jarringly, those graphics are then ditched completely for the rest of Suicide Squad. To give a sense of just how disjointed this movie really is, there are no less than two scenes in a row in which Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller explains why the world needs Suicide Squad and just what the team is supposed to be about.

As choppily edited as Suicide Squad may be, it has some inspired casting. The real stars are Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Davis’ aforementioned Waller, both of whom inhabit their roles perfectly. Indeed, it’s telling that Warner Bros. has moved Harley Quinn to the forefront of their plans for the future, with the troubled antihero leading Birds of Prey.

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel reimagines Superman as a 21st Century superhero who is equally feared and distrusted by the world at large. Taking the baton from Christopher Nolan’s work in The Dark Knight Trilogy, the auteur director creates a beautiful and dramatic retelling of Kal-El’s origin story, spending more time exploring the planet of Krypton than any previous Superman adaptation. Cavill’s grim portrayal contrasts markedly with Christopher Reeves’, but fits the aesthetic and tone of the nascent DCEU.

In contrast to what would come, it was less the ideas and more the action that proved controversial, specifically the final battle; it’s CGI-heavy, and the amount of destruction caused by the fight between Superman and Zod is startling. As a standalone film, Man of Steel was exciting; indeed, it could even have served as the perfect beginning for a loose series of Superman movies in the style of Nolan’s Batman films. Somewhat unfortunately, it became so much more; it’s the foundation on which every subsequent DCEU movie was built, meaning Snyder’s take on Superman (which is frankly “Elseworlds”-esque) was twisted to be the mainstream interpretation of the character.

Starring Jason Momoa as the titular hero, this year’s Aquaman is one of DC’s strongest films to date. It’s not a perfect movie – there are problems with the CGI, and the glorified “treasure hunt” plot doesn’t quite work – but Aquaman is buoyed by director James Wan’s lavish world-building as he explores DC’s version of Atlantis. Momoa is perfectly cast, and there’s tremendous chemistry between him and his co-star, Amber Heard. Wan is a horror director by trade, and that shows in his use of the Cthulhu mythos and an attack by the monstrous race known as the Trench. In a beautiful thematic twist, though, these monsters prove to be the Sea King’s first army – and his most reliable allies. The plot acknowledges that Aquaman is commonly mocked for being a superhero who can talk to fish, and turns that much-derided ability into his greatest power.

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Aquaman contrasts markedly with the earlier DCEU films. Where Man of Steel was dark and somber, Aquaman has a zany energy that just about sustains it. The film could probably have done with a little bit of editing in the middle, but on the whole it’s a very effective movie indeed.

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Undeniably the most influential film in the DCEU to date, Wonder Woman broke the glass ceiling for female superheroes. Patty Jenkins’ movie was lovingly-crafted, and proved that a female-led superhero flick could be a success – it grossed over $800 million worldwide. Jenkins and star Gal Gadot undoubtedly made a perfect team, with Wonder Woman presented as a complex, layered individual who was battling to bring an end to all war. The standout scene is one in which Wonder Woman steps into No Man’s Land, drawing enemy fire and giving the Allies a chance to push forwards. It was an action sequence like no other in the superhero genre before or after; more of a character moment than an out-and-out brawl, it symbolized everything the movie was going for.

As with all of the DCEU films, Wonder Woman has its weak points, most pointedly an overlong CGI battle in the third act that undercuts certain themes and doesn’t deliver otherwise. But none of that stops it being one of the best, and most important, superhero movies in recent years.

In terms of sheer, unadulterated fun David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! just can’t be beaten. Starring Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as the adult superhero he transforms into, Shazam! is a wild and irreverent ride. The marketing had focused on the humor, and almost all the jokes land perfectly, but tonally Shazam! blends light and dark with effortless ease. The emotional core of the film is the relationship between Billy and his foster-brother Freddy (Jack Dylan Crazer), which shines a light on Billy’s self-centered character and ultimately forces him to wake up to the fact that he has all the family he needs.

It’s the third act that differentiates Shazam! from many other superhero films. Superhero blockbusters often struggle to make their finale work, losing their themes in a pretty standard “beat the bad guy” action sequence or a CGI-fest. In the case of Shazam!, though, the script pulls all the threads together in an emotionally satisfying way. While it’s true that some of the secondary characters don’t really get enough time to shine, that’s an understandable problem given how many foster-siblings Billy has. Hopefully, the sequel will build on that, and prove that lightning can strike twice.

How would you rank the DCEU movies? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

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2019-04-06 04:04:38

Thomas Bacon

Disney Confirms Entire 2019 Slate – Including New Mutants Movie

Walt Disney Studios confirms their upcoming movie slate at CinemaCon 2019, including live-action films, Marvel, Star Wars and their Fox properties, like Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants. Each year, movie studios, press and other industry professionals descend on Las Vegas, Nevada, for CinemaCon, the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) to preview what lays ahead for Hollywood. Typically, studios tease their biggest upcoming movies with footage and presentations from cast, directors and other members of the creative teams.

Already during CinemaCon 2019, Warner Bros. revealed the first Joker movie trailer, previewed Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), showcased the very first footage from the highly anticipated horror sequel IT Chapter Two and unveiled new footage from Godzilla King of the Monsters and Detective Pikachu. Earlier today, Universal Pictures previewed a new Hobbs & Shaw trailer along with a host of other movies that include The Secret Life of Pets 2, Ma,Paul Feig’s Last Christmas and Tom Hooper’s live-action Cats musical. Now, the Mouse House is pulling out all the stops for their first CinemaCon presentation since the Disney-Fox deal closed last month.

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During their presentation at CinemaCon 2019, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn revealed the full slate of upcoming movies for this year, including Fox acquisitions like Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants. The full list of movies is as follows: Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Breakthrough, Penguins, Avengers: Endgame, Tolkien, Aladdin, Dark Phoenix, Ad Astra, Toy Story 4, Stuber, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Spies in Disguise, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Woman in the Window, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Ford v Ferrari, Frozen II, Star Wars: Episode IX and Call of the Wild.

Much of this slate should come as little surprise because it largely combines those of Disney and Fox. It includes all the major Disney releases the Mouse House had slated for 2019, along with those that Fox had slated prior to the deal. As such, Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants being included was to be expected. The slate didn’t include an exact date for The New Mutants, but based on its placement, it may be retaining its current August release.

In recent months, the status of The New Mutants has been under a great deal of scrutiny. It was originally meant to release in 2018, but Fox ordered reshoots to make The New Mutants scarier. However, despite the release date being delayed twice, the reshoots haven’t actually been filmed yet. As a result, even the stars of New Mutants don’t know what’s going on with the movie. It was expected Disney would make a decision about the film’s fate. As of now, it appears Disney is planning to theatrically release New Mutants this year.

However, while this is Disney’s current slate, it could potentially change in the coming months. The New Mutants isn’t the only movie on this slate that seems unlikely to make its release date. The sci-fi film Ad Astra is supposed to debut in May but marketing has yet to begin, causing some to wonder whether it will actually release next month. So, although Disney’s 2019 slate looks promising with a mixture of high profile and smaller releases, it remains to be seen if everything goes according to plan.

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2019-04-03 03:04:59

Molly Freeman

Ghostbusters 2020 Director Confirms Main Cast, Including McKenna Grace

Jason Reitman, co-writer and director of the upcoming 2020 Ghostbusters sequel, has confirmed a few new members of the film’s cast, including Captain Marvel’s McKenna Grace. Though there are still plenty of shoes to fill in the new film, the confirmed cast has certainly set a strong foundation for announcements to come.

Ignoring Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters remake with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, Reitman’s upcoming sequel is set within the same universe as his father’s – filmmaker Ivan Reitman – original two films from 1984 and 1989, respectively. The third film in the franchise will follow a younger team of paranormally-inclined heroes, though any specific details regarding the plot have yet to surface. As of now, the film will reportedly center around a group of teenagers, and while there have been some names considered for various parts, Jason Reitman has officially confirmed who he’s brought aboard.

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Reitman tweeted the casting announcement, confirming that Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard and The Leftovers’ Carrie Coon will star, while also revealing that McKenna Grace, who starred as Young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, has been cast as well. Though he didn’t offer any details about their roles, he wrote, “Meet the family.” This suggests that he’s either welcoming them into the Ghostbusters family or that the characters are related to each other in the film. Check out the tweet below:

Aside from this new venture, all three actors are more than familiar with big-budget blockbusters. After finding success on Stranger Things, Wolfhard broke out on the big screen with 2017’s IT, and he’ll be showing up in the sequel this fall. Meanwhile, aside from Captain Marvel, Grace is the lead character in the upcoming entry in the Conjuring Universe, Annabelle Comes Home, and Coon recently played the villainous Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War.

From the looks of it, the most obvious assumption is that the new Ghostbusters will see Coon playing the mother to Wolfhard and Grace. However, the bigger question has to do with what Coon’s connection might be to the original Ghostbusters. Assuming she’s one of the original member’s daughters, then Reitman’s tweet might be hinting at a family even bigger than this new trio. And if that’s the case, on one hand, having the kids play Peter Venkman’s grandkids opens the door for Bill Murray to play a significant role; but on the other hand, having them related to Egon Spengler would be a touching nod to the late Harold Ramis.

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2019-03-29 09:03:03

Danny Salemme

Epic Game Store Improvements Planned, Including Cloud Saves & More

Epic Games is setting its sights even higher. After snatching the much coveted Metro Exodus right out from under Steam’s nose, it now looks like some Epic Game Store improvements are on the horizon. Valve might want to keep itself on its toes with all these quality-of-life changes that are being shared by the Epic Games team.

After shaking up the ecosystem with a successful launch last year, as well as the myriad of issues surrounding both Valve and the Steam store that have been publicized, it looks like the Epic Game Store is looking to outdo its competition by adding a bunch of new features that users have been consistently requesting.

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In an unprecedented show of transparency, it appears that Epic Games has disclosed the team’s Trello board in an attempt to show consumers who use the store exactly what sort of quality-of-life changes they can expect. The team has mapped out multiple time-sensitive goals in their roadmap of the Epic Game Store, including changes like offline mode functionality, regional pricing, and a much-improved search engine for the store. A lot of the features are already ones that have been integrated into the Steam store for quite some time, so it’s more a matter of ensuring that the Epic Game Store improvements flesh out the problem areas that may have held it back from direct competition with Valve.

Ever since the launch of the Epic Game store back in December last year, there have been constant comparisons between the Unreal Engine maker’s product and the services already established by market giants like Valve and EA. Every time something new finds a home on the Epic Game store is a fresh chance for these comparisons, and with the store proving that it can net big titles and sustain sales even in its relatively skeletal form, what problems could that pose for competitors once all the bells and whistles are polished up?

These Epic Game Store improvements have the opportunity to ensure that Steam is left in the dust, especially with everything that could possibly go wrong with review bombing and store curation looking increasingly like a feature and not a bug with Valve. With a bunch of major releases still to come in 2019, a more fully-featured Epic Game Store could very well become more attractive to publishers than other alternatives.

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Source: Trello

2019-03-15 05:03:28

Ginny Woo

How Game of Thrones Prevented Set Photos From Spoiling the Series Finale

When it comes to avoiding spoilers for Game of Thrones, filmmakers are taking no chances for season 8. The story of Game of Thrones started in 1996 when author George R.R. Martin published his book titled A Game Of Thrones, which stands as his first entry in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. His series of novels is what HBO decided to adapt into Game of Thrones which came on the air in 2011.

The show has been running for seven seasons, but Game of Thrones very quickly became one of HBO’s most popular TV shows. The series has a truly ensemble cast including actors like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey. All of these characters survived the end of season 7, but it is up in the air whether they will survive the eighth and final season. Thankfully, spoilers for the upcoming season haven’t leaked yet, which is because HBO is taking special precautions to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Related: Emilia Clarke Commemorates Game Of Thrones Ending With New Dragon Tattoos

According to EW, HBO is using new high-tech instruments to make sure drones cannot fly over filming locations called a “Drone Killer“. Previously, Game of Thrones has had leaks due to flying drones and even actual photographersAs explained by actress Sophie Turner at New York Comic Con, “If a drone flies above sets, there’s a thing that can kill the drones, which is really cool. It creates a field around it and the drones just drop. It’s very X-Men.” While this new development will no doubt help contain spoilers on the highly anticipated season, the show has still had trouble in the past keeping elements of the plot a secret.

Last August, hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO which contained Game of Thrones scripts as well as the cast’s personal information. The leak was a big blow to HBO as people were less inclined to tune in if the episodes had been spoiled. The filmmakers behind the newest season seem to not be playing games when it comes to season 8. In addition to this, the Game of Thrones scripts now supposedly vanish after the scenes have been filmed. It was also rumored that the show would film multiple endings, but those rumors have since been debunked by the cast.

Even though Game of Thrones is still quite a ways away, the eighth season is looking to be the biggest one yet (despite being the shortest in number of episodes). After all, this season will feature the biggest battle in Game of Thrones history. The series will also have to effectively tie up each of the characters storylines and finally reveal who will sit atop the Iron Throne. Regardless of what HBO has in store for fans, they are doing everything they can to ensure that this season doesn’t get spoiled early.

More: Game of Thrones’ Jamie Lannister Didn’t Think He Would Live to Season 8

Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on HBO in 2019.

Source: EW

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Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Johnny Depp is finally addressing those who oppose his casting in the upcoming Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, including how they have affected writer J.K. Rowling. Last year, following the release of the first cast photo for the film, the author expressed her support of the casting. Rowling, along with director David Yates, skated around the concerns, saying that she is “genuinely happy” to have him on board.

Controversy regarding Depp’s involvement in the beloved franchise came about around the time of the first film. Depp had been embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, over allegations of domestic violence. The Aquaman actress responded to a statement made by Warner Bros. (the studio behind both films), sharing the joint statement released by the pair following their divorce, but indicating that she is not necessarily in support of her ex.

Related: Johnny Depp Confirms Fantastic Beasts 3 Return As Grindelwald

Now, Depp is speaking out for the first time about his role, and a little about the various allegations against him. In an interview with EW, the actor remarks that he “felt bad” that Rowling was called to defend her choice to cast him. However, he maintains that he is innocent, remarking that he is suing The Sun for defamation. He insists that Rowling is aware of his innocence, which is why she supports him. “She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it,” he says.

The allegations he speaks of goes beyond those made by Heard. In July, Depp was sued for assault surrounding an incident that allegedly occurred on the set of his film City of Lies. The actor fought back, claiming that the accusations were false and he didn’t ever touch the defendant, location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks. In August, just a month before the film’s scheduled release, City of Lies was pulled, though it’s unknown if this was connected. But in the case of Fantastic Beasts, things continue on as they have.

The studio has clearly fully embraced Depp in the role. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, he appeared separate from his fellow actors during the Warner Bros. panel, making a speech as Gellert Grindelwald. He is also featured prominently in the latest image for the Fantastic Beasts sequel, front and center with his back to the viewer as the rest of the characters, including Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander and Judd Law’s young Albus Dumbledore, face forward looking at him. Now that it’s been announced that he’ll be returning in the third film, it seems as though everyone has decided to lean in and ignore the problematic allegations against Depp, even as they persist.

More: Johnny Depp’s Casting In Fantastic Beasts 2 Is A Mistake

Source: EW

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2018-10-11 03:10:55 – Becca Bleznak

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

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

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

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

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

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

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

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

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

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

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

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

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

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

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

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

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

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

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

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

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

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

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

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

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

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

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

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

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

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

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

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

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

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

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

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

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

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

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

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

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

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

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

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

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

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

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

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

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

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

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

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

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

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

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

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

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

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

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

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

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

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

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

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

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

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

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

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

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

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

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

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

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

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

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

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

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt