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Justice League: Fan Art Brings Zack Snyder’s Darkseid to Life

Fans can now get an idea of how Darkseid could have looked in Justice League, thanks to some newly released fan art. Created by Jack Kirby, Darkseid made a cameo appearance on the page in 1970 before debuting fully in 1971’s Forever People #1. The character went on to become not only a staple Superman villain, but the nemesis of the entire Justice League. As one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, harboring a goal to wipe out all sentient life, the tyrannical ruler of Apokolips is one villain fans have long to see realized on the big screen, and fans came close with 2017’s Justice League. As part of Zack Snyder’s five-movie DCEU plan – which would have seen Justice League’s story told across two movies – Darkseid was expected to be the primary antagonist. Actor Ray Porter even completed work on the motion capture, face capture, and ADR for the role of Darkseid.

Unfortunately, Snyder ultimately had to step down midway into production due to a personal tragedy. Directorial duties then passed to Joss Whedon (The Avengers), who helmed extensive reshoots and restructured the plot. In the process, the action was reduced to one movie and Darkseid’s physical presence was excised from the story. Following the average critical reception and underwhelming box office performance, more and more fans emerged in campaigning to see Snyder’s original vision released. Those hopes are kept afloat by Snyder himself, who regularly posts new images from his version of Justice League. One such image offered fans a glimpse at Uxas – the being that would one day attain godhood via the Omega Effect and grow to become the intergalactic tyrant known as Darkseid.

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An online artist by the name of Jackson Caspersz Art took those images a step further. Using the images as a template, he brought to life his vision of how Darkseid might have looked if fully rendered within the DCEU. Posted on their official Instagram page, the artist mourns that the character never made his highly-anticipated debut in the team-up movie and hopes, like many, that DC and Warner Bros. one day figure out their cinematic issues. The images, which have already been met with a positive response, can be seen below:

There are conflicting reports regarding just how much of a “Snyder Cut” exists, though storyboard artist Jay Oliva recently clarified things. Oliva’s comments not only lined up with Screen Rant’s breakdown of the real state of Snyder Cut in January of 2018, but also spurred one fan’s passion to witness Snyder’s original vision. Campaigners are even looking to step up their efforts at SDCC this year. They aren’t alone, however, as Porter also backed fans’ endeavors; as did Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in Justice League, announcing that he’d like to see the original version released.

Although these aren’t as official as the images and videos being shared by Snyder and other members of the Justice League crew – including the recent Aquaman rescue scene – they remain no less impressive. Whether or not the film’s interpretation would have lined up with the artwork seen here seems destined to remain unknown. For all the criticisms levied at Snyder as a director, he is often able to capture some truly amazing visuals. As such, his version of Darkseid would most likely have been something to behold. Unless Warner Bros. gives in to the demand regarding Justice League, or ultimately come back around to the idea of adapting Darkseid in the future, such artwork as these will have to tide fans over.

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Source: Jackson Caspersz Art



2019-07-13 02:07:18

John Atkinson

The Justice League Are KILLERS in Marvel’s Universe

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Avengers #18

When the Avengers just aren’t enough to protect Earth, it’s time to call in Marvel’s own version of the Justice League. But the new Squadron Supreme couldn’t look more like an exact copy of DC’s greatest heroes if they tried. The only difference? This new team is made up of trained killers that make Batman v Superman look like a day at the park.

Since the team made a surprise appearance as a team handpicked and assembled by Agent Phil Coulson himself in Avengers #700, they have kept their presence in the Marvel Universe quiet. Now that their secrets are out, they are too: leaping into action as “D.C.’s greatest heroes!” Defenders of America’s capital, hence the name. But the comparisons to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the League go far deeper than a simple joker. The new Squadron Supreme of America is a dark, bloody, and sinister creation of Agent Coulson’s. And their idea of handling an invasion… is turning the invaders into a pile of blood and bones. We can’t imagine DC is going to like this one.

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The team makes their aforementioned, grand debut in the pages of Avengers #18, available at comic book stores now. For newcomers, the Squadron Supreme (now ‘of America’) is going to be hard to understand. Especially today, when DC’s own Captain Marvel movie ignores the MCU version, instead of getting to poke fun at the competition. Instead of poking, the Squadron Supreme is a lot closer to bludgeoning readers directly in their faces, once the team stands tall as the most obvious Justice League knockoff most readers will have ever seen.

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Originally reated by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, the Squadron Supreme was dreamed up as a playful recreation of the Justice League, used to battle Marvel as obvious “bad guys” for little more than a laugh among the readers.The Kryptonian Superman was re-imagined as Hyperion, Batman became (an African America) Nighthawk, Wonder Woman was now Power Princess born of ‘Utopia Isle,’ a home of warrior women., The Flash and Green Lantern got similar spoofs, but nothing like the latest rendition.

Now that the massive War of the Realms event has come to Marvel’s Earth, the Squadron Supreme has been pushed into action. And with their call to service in the public eye, they get a heroic introduction from Phil Coulson personally:

Nighthawk. Power Princess. Hyperion. Doctor Spectrum. The Blur. For months now (or has it been years?) they’ve been training in secret in the nation’s capital… honing their wondrous powers, working to become the greatest nation’s greatest super heroes. The Squadron Supreme of America. And they owe it all to one man. Agent Phil Coulson.

However, as we mentioned above, the issue also reveals the origins of the Squadron Supreme. And those have absolutely nothing in common with the DC counterparts. Instead of hailing from an alien world, a warrior island, or a Gotham City stand-in… these heroes have been created in a lab, with Phil Coulson overseeing every step of their growth and programming. And if the costumes they’ve been given seem to be heading a different direction than the Justice League (except for Wonder Wom–sorry, Power Princess) their approach to combat is aiming for a completely different audience.

Forget knockout punches, heat vision, tornadoes, gadgets, or energy constructs. The Squadron Supreme of America relies on brute strength and vicious violence to slaughter the Frost Giants in the nation’s capital. They may be the “heroes of D.C.” but the true version of the Justice League wouldn’t touch these murderers with a ten foot pole. We’re guessing readers will want to see the violence for themselves, but be warned: gruesome SPOILERS incoming…

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The issue opens by focusing on Hyperion, living a civilian life that might have been Clark Kent’s in another universe (which, come to think of it, the Marvel reality might actually be). Instead of working as a reporter at a major newspaper, Mark Milton has taken a job teaching children about American history. Like MCU fans know, Phil Coulson likes his heroes patriotic. Which is why Hyperion doesn’t love anything as much as the United States. Check out the character description offered in the issue for this new, happy-with-homicide Hyperion:

Mark Milton loves teaching American history. He loves seeing the spark in a student’s eye when they get excited about the country he holds so dear. But teaching is not why Mark was put on this Earth. Explosions in the distance. Now the entire city is screaming. This is why he was born, however many years ago that was. For this moment. He’s seven, maybe eight seconds away from the source of the scream. He’ll be there in two.

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The decision to have Hyperion tear open his dress shirt to reveal his Hyperion logo in classic Superman fashion is a clever and satisfying homage. But Power Princess stretches those boundaries beyond repair. Wearing Wonder Woman’s armor, using her weapons, and confirming her exact backstory… well, it’s not Marvel’s most subtle comedy. But when readers get insight into how she and Hyperion are created together, nude, and designed to lust after one another… things take a turn towards, to be fair, as creepy a tone as this story actually should have. Although we doubt many Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans will appreciate ANY version of Phil Coulson claiming a brutal Wonder Woman should be like “Thor, but with boobs.”

Readers are introduced to Princess Zarda during her boxing training, as her coach notes that she lives to be hit as well as give hits. The readers knows the truth about her sparring, and about the mystical item that makes it possible:

“It’s almost like you enjoy getting punched in the face.” Zarda only smiles when he says that. How could she explain the pain makes her feel alive? That without the special necklace from Utopia Isle that dampens her powers, Zarda wouldn’t feel anything at all? And the bones of this woman’s hand would’ve been shattered into a thousand pieces.

The new version of Nighthawk looks more like a knockoff version of Marvel’s Batman than any introduced before, but Kyle Richmond’s origin story is slightly different. Now a politician as opposed to a billionaire industrialist, Nighthawk possesses the exact same level of paranoia and suspicion that is often parodied as it pertains to Bruce Wayne. The real Bruce keeps tabs on his teammates, sure… but Nighthawk takes it to another, even colder level. It’s not really his choice of course, since Coulson is once again programming him with Bat-levels of

Since Washington, D.C. is a special federal district, its representative has no real voting power in congress. Kyle Richmond is a delegate without the full powers of a congressman. The weakest member of the House, some would say. They would be wrong.

The Blur and Doctor Spectrum only get a page or two in this issue, and the reasons are understandable. Spectrum’s origin story is simple (astronaut finds space crystal, becomes a soldier of the spectrum of light) but it’s The Blur’s powers that make for the most predictable, yet unquestionably disgusting kill of the issue. Having been exposed to countless hours of pop culture garbage and torture videos intended to fracture his mind, The Blur is unleashed upon a Frost Giant, using his speed not only to disorient the invader, but apparently remove his head from his body. The reader is spared the grisly sight, but can take comfort in the fact that this murderous version of The Flash still got a selfie with the severed head.

Since his fateful jog through a strange mist that altered his body chemistry, Stanley Stewart has worked as a mail carrier, window washer, dog walker, barista, and computer programmer. Sometimes all in the same day.

It’s unclear just how large a role the new, bloodthirsty, emotionless, and lab-grown Squadron Supreme of America is going to have in the future of the Marvel Universe. The same goes for Agent Coulson, the devious mastermind behind the new team of heroes loyal only to America. We would say it’s worth the joke, perhaps poking fun at DC’s darker film heroes, but this debut proves the Squadron is no longer a laughable imitation of the Justice League. With an army of non-human invaders for them to impale, eviscerate, detonate, and burn alive… well, let’s just hope these ‘heroes’ get called out as the villains they are sooner, rather than later.

Avengers #18 is available now from your local comic book store, or direct from Marvel Comics.

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2019-04-25 03:04:03

Andrew Dyce

10 Storylines In Justice League Canon We’d Like To See In The DCEU

The DC Extended Universe is a baby compared to how long countless other DC universes have been around. Having started in 2013, the DCEU seems to now be very slowly picking up the pace with the well-received films of Shazam! and Aquaman. Due to this upturn in both critical and commercial success, it’s time the universe sees more stories from established universes.

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Since all these universes are set in separate canons, none of them can be considered as non-canon unless explicitly stated by DC themselves. Thus, all the storylines we saw in TV shows, comics and animated media apply. Let’s see 10 of these storylines and characters we’d like to see introduced in the DCEU.

10 AMAZO Vs The Justice League

AMAZO was an android who had the ability to duplicate any superhero’s attributes – it didn’t matter if those powers were intrinsic or a weapon of the hero. This made AMAZO impossible to beat since he replicated every hero’s abilities and held them all in tandem.

He was best seen in an episode of the DC Animated Universe, where he duplicated the powers of the entire Justice League. After being manipulated by Lex Luthor, AMAZO went on a vendetta against him, and despite every member of the entire Justice League Unlimited going against him, AMAZO wasn’t fazed. This would make for an awesome story in the DCEU since it would feature every hero in that universe, and provide more of the manipulative Lex Luthor as opposed to the clown Luthor we saw in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

9 Tower Of Babel

Batman’s contingency plans mean he’s the most dangerous Justice League member. We saw in the 2017 Justice League film that his “Big Gun” plan was Lois Lane, but this contingency was nothing compared to the “Tower of Babel” from the comics.

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In this story, Ra’s Al Ghul got his hands on the contingency plans of Batman against every Justice League hero, and he used them to completely annihilate the faction. This storyline saw the League’s trust in Batman destroyed, before which they were all shown on their knees against Ra’s. The DCEU Justice League were handily defeated by a confused Superman, but imagine them all being beaten by someone as less powerful as Ra’s, especially all due to Batman.

8 Legion Of Doom

Unfortunately for us, since Justice League was far from a critical success, we won’t be seeing a Legion of Doom story in the DCEU. The end of the film obviously was indicating toward the Legion, as Lex Luthor called Deathstroke over and had plans for others, but it won’t be happening now.

What we could’ve seen in the proposed Justice League Part Two would be the Legion of Doom – a team generally comprising Lex, Joker, and all of the archenemies of the other superheroes. This would’ve blown away all disappointments from Justice League as the chance to see all these incredible supervillains going up against the Justice League would’ve been an instant sell.

7 Crisis On Infinite Earths

When the DCEU reaches that rich variety of characters the MCU has, then the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline will definitely need to be greenlit. In this comic issue, the DC Multiverse was turned upside down and the same characters interacted with different versions of themselves.

RELATED: 19 DCEU Storylines That Were Completely Abandoned

The main universe heroes of the DC comics had to team up with different universe versions to save the complete Multiverse. By bringing this into the DCEU, we’ll have the opportunity to see multiple versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and everyone else. It’ll be a wonderful opportunity to mix stories up and maybe keep different universe versions in the DCEU on a permanent basis.

6 Flashpoint

This storyline has had an enormous impact on the comics in that it completely changed the timeline established for decades and led into the “New 52” series for DC – basically, every story was rebooted.

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The plot had to do with The Flash traveling to an alternate timeline where every established status quo was in disarray. For instance, Thomas Wayne was Batman. With many critics calling the DCEU a mess, the “Flashpoint” story is the perfect way to fix everything up. There are hundreds of more possibilities with this story, and they can all be used to change the dynamic of the DCEU. Plus, we might get to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Batman.

5 CADMUS

This was the most political storyline from the DCAU, and probably the best. The CADMUS arc had Amanda Waller and the government pitted against Justice League – mainly Superman – as they believed the League would go rogue and take over the world. Lex Luthor masterminded events that led to Superman being greatly discredited and even ostracized by his fellow superheroes.

With the DCEU set to be expanded in the coming years, an inevitable confrontation between the government and the League would be the perfect story to cap off every new superhero’s introduction. This would also give the DCEU a very quality plot.

4 President Luthor

Lex Luthor has been elected as president a number of times across various mediums, so there’s not one specific plot the DCEU can pick from. In the comics, Luthor looked to discredit Superman once more and pinned blame on him for a Kryptonite asteroid heading toward Earth, despite Superman not being responsible for it – leading to Superman and Batman opposing him.

Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex has never been taken seriously in the DCEU. A story that forces him to at least pretend to be a sane man will be welcomed by everyone who want the devious and clever Lex to be part of the films.

3 Evil Superman

This was where Zack Snyder was initially heading toward with his vision for the DCEU before he was fired from his role. To be fair, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was an awful film to sit through, so you can’t blame viewers for hating it. However, it was supposed to be part of a bigger picture and we saw the evil Superman in Bruce’s nightmare.

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If used right, this story could come back. In one canon from DC storylines, Superman became evil after Lois Lane was killed. Some stories have her being killed by the Joker, while some have Lex Luthor carry it out; whatever way, Superman being evil will open up many possibilities for the rest of the Justice League heroes to shine.

2 Darkseid’s Invasion

The endgame for the Justice League stories in the DCEU was meant to be the invasion of Earth by Darkseid. Steppenwolf was generic to the bone, but that was because they were saving up for the real big bad, Darkseid, to take over the reins.

There’s still potential for Darkseid to arrive as people still love Superman, and the rest of the League’s individual films have so far been well received to warrant more appearances from them. Darkseid has invaded Earth in so many different stories that it’s impossible to just choose one. But the best choice would be where the heroes’ backs are against the wall and for them to use their wits to outsmart Darkseid.

1 The Justice Lords

In this story from the DCAU, the Justice League were pushed too far by Lex Luthor and resulted in the death of Flash, prompting Superman to incinerate Luthor in revenge. This led to them beginning a totalitarian regime on Earth and they became both feared and hated. It turned out these “Justice Lords” were an alternate reality version, and they crossed over to the main universe; they defeated the Justice League, following which our heroes had to rally and figure out how to beat this evil “Justice Lords” faction.

The DCEU will benefit from this as it’ll give us a story where the league will need to put up a united front. This will bring out the best in the characterization of all heroes and convey the dangers of going in too deep with good intentions.

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2019-04-21 01:04:08

Saim Cheeda

Shazam Finally Sets Up Justice League Dark in The DCEU

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Shazam!

The Shazam! movie has injected one of the most heartwarming and child-like superheroes into the DCEU, but it may have also opened the door for a team and film franchise Warner Bros. has struggled to get off the ground: the Justice League Dark.

At one time it seemed that Justice League Dark was a DCEU priority, with rumors even claiming that the studio wanted to anchor the franchise to star Colin Farrell as John Constantine. Those plans fell through when multiple directors left the project, which wasn’t all that surprising–how do you introduce magic to a world of Batman and Superman? How do you build a team as weird as Justice League Dark in the ‘serious’ style in place at the time?

Not only has David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! shown the way, but the movie’s plot is basically a prequel to a full-blown Justice League Dark movie. Audiences may not have noticed it, but the wizard Shazam giving Billy Batson his powers may be the same moment that new, magical heroes and villains were born across the entire DC movie universe. A new age hinted at in Suicide Squad, now finally under way.

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DC Comic fans knew going into Shazam! that the Rock of Eternity is one of the most important locations among the magical realm of the DC Universe. In the modern comics, the Rock was once a nexus, or gathering place of all magical energy, wizards, sorcerers, and other mystical energy throughout the ancient history of Earth. In the ongoing Shazam! comic series from writer Geoff Johns (who also wrote the New 52 origin comic that Shazam! is based on) the importance of the Rock of Eternity is spelled out clearly.

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The history lesson does a great job in explaining why introducing the Rock of Eternity–and selecting Billy as magic’s new champion–changes the entire landscape of the DCEU. Read it below:

“Centuries ago, the Rock of Eternity was in view for all to approach. And its doors were open to all in need. Its great halls were overseen by the Council of Seven Wizards and Sorceresses who took a vow to protect all magic! Until the Seven Sins were freed by the Dark Champion… and all but one of the Council were slaughtered. The last wizard chose to seal off the Rock of Eternity. And as the Rock became hidden from the world… so, too, did magic. Until a champion was needed again.”

It’s these words which open up Shazam! #1, continuing the story of The Shazam Family (Billy, Mary, Freddy, Darla, Eugene, and Pedro) by teasing just how much may have been unlocked thanks to the wizard Shazam. It’s too early to say that this story will be the one upon which the Shazam 2 movie is based, but one significant change was made to the comic book mythology in the movie. According to the wizard Shazam, the Rock of Eternity isn’t just the crossroads of DC’s magic, but “the source of all magic.”

A source that has now been unleashed upon the world. Admittedly, that’s the kind of twist that would take every DC fan by total surprise… if Suicide Squad hadn’t already warned that DC’s age of magic was about to begin.

When considering all the movies that might seem to share a connection to Shazam! most fans won’t put Suicide Squad at the top the list. That’s a bit ironic, considering that its villain is one of the most powerful magical beings yet established in the DCEU. Oh, and Shazam! has a direct Suicide Squad Easter Egg of its own. But the most important detail to come out of the rise of Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) is designed to comment on more than just her own film. For the fans who may not recall, Enchantress addresses the magically powered El Diablo by persuading him that a new age is beginning for those attuned as they are:

“It is our time. The sun is setting and the magic rises. The metahumans are a sign of change.”

At the time, it seemed to be one theory to explain the sudden emergence of superhumans. Enchantress saw it as magic’s return to the world–and now that Shazam! has been released, the accuracy of her words can finally be understood. The Seven Sins claim that that wizard Shazam’s powers have been failing for years, finally reaching the breaking point (right around the same time that Enchantress claimed magic was “on the rise” in the overall DCEU movie timeline).

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Based purely on the lines spoken by the wizard in Shazam! and the mythology expanded upon in Geoff Johns’ comic book sequel, there is no doubt that the selection of a champion and the removal of magic from the world are linked. When Shazam’s dark champion a.k.a. Black Adam went bad and wiped out the other wizards, the Rock was locked, magic was denied to the world, and Earth progressed as it has for centuries. Until Billy came along, that is.

Unfortunately, the wizards Shazam really should have given Billy some insight into his role as guardian of the Rock of Eternity,  and the responsibility of overseeing “the source of all magic.” Because the final scene of the movie proves he’s more interested in the Rock of Eternity as a superhero “lair” than a gate holding back all of the world’s magic. But if the wizard’s hold on magic has been weakening for years, then it’s possible DC’s magical heroes–like those of the Justice League Dark–aren’t necessarily born out of the events of Shazam!, but strengthened. That applies to both heroes and villains, of course.

From a storytelling standpoint, Shazam! gives a perfect explanation for a Justice League Dark movie addressing a growing sense of magical unrest, villainy, or simply power entering the world. Characters like John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, or Etrigan the Demon would all either sense it or be empowered by it, ensuring they’re all on the same page.

When the dam bursts (when Billy completely fails to hold back the centuries-old magic) the world would instantly become a place beyond the abilities or even understanding of the Justice League. The DCEU will need a Justice League Dark, with or without Shazam playing a part in the story. Since Constantine stole Billy Batson’s Shazam powers in the comics, he may want to sit this one out. But whatever the cast or crossover potential, Shazam! has given all the set-up needed to explore the magical realms of the DC Universe.

There’s still a chance that director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) will return to Justice League Dark, should the opportunity to do something truly ‘unconventional’ be in the cards. And who know? Perhaps the success of DC Universe’s Swamp Thing series convinces the studio that Guillermo del Toro’s idea of making the Justice League Dark movie a romance between Swamp Thing and his wife isn’t so outlandish after all.

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2019-04-17 07:04:50

Andrew Dyce

Justice League Actor Confirms Cut Darkseid vs Ares Battle

Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League is confirmed to have featured an Ares vs Darkseid fight that was ultimately cut. When Snyder was originally brought aboard the DC Universe, he was given almost complete creative freedom to do as he pleased. But, when audiences did not respond overwhelmingly positively to his vision, Warner Bros. stepped in to change Justice League before it even began filming.

That was not the only tinkering that was done to Justice League though, as major reshoots and rewrites happened while Snyder was still attached and after Joss Whedon took the reins. We’ve previously ran through all the known differences between the competing cuts of the film, and one major change that was made is the elimination of Darkseid. The ruler of Apokolips was set to appear during a flashback in an earlier attempt to conquer Earth. We previously revealed that a fight with Ares was part of the sequence, but this was completely removed from the theatrical cut of the film.

Related: Justice League Was Made Worse Without Darkseid

Actor David Thewlis from Wonder Woman was actually credited as playing Ares in the final cut of Justice League, but he’s barely noticeable. However, thanks to a recent post by the Instagram account dc_last_stand that reshared a completely different version of Ares, it’s been confirmed that Snyder’s cut featured an Ares and Darkseid brawl. Actor Nick McKinless confirmed our report of a Darkseid and Ares fight being removed from Justice League in the comments (as seen below), where he says he shot an entire fight scene with Darkseid that wasn’t included in the film.

One of the most important details here is that this fight sequence was, in fact, shot during production. This means that the Darkseid and Ares fight is not among the scenes that was scrapped before filming began. It was previously thought that this was the case based on the apparent switch that was made for Ares and Steppenwolf to fight, but even this version was never completed. Since the Darkseid and Ares fight was filmed, completing the visual effects is the only thing that would stop it from being included in the Snyder Cut of Justice League, should it ever be released.

This is the latest detail to come out about this cut scene too. Snyder just recently confirmed that he also had cast someone to play Darkseid during production, so it would appear that Ray Porter and Nick McKinless were the ones who got to bring this epic clash to life on set. As incredible as a Darkseid and Ares fight sounds, it’s still incredibly unclear if we’ll ever get to see it in a completed form. The plan may never have been for Darkseid to be the main villain of Justice League, but he would be established as a looming threat for the future with this setup and a tease of his future at the end of Snyder’s cut. If the footage never is released, fans should be able to piece together most of Darkseid’s original role with all this information.

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Source: dc_last_stand



2019-04-15 08:04:58

Cooper Hood

Zack Snyder Seemingly Confirms Justice League’s Rumored Darkseid Actor

Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League was recently confirmed to exist, and we’ve previously learned that Darkseid had a big role in the over 2 hours of missing footage, but we now know who Snyder cast to play the role of the Lord of Apokolips.

After Zack Snyder shot 100% of principal photography and directed several months of post-production work on Justice League, he was replaced by Joss Whedon, who implemented major script rewrites during late-in-production reshoots. The resulting movie still failed to gain praise from critics and marked a low-point for the entire DCEU at the box office.

RELATED: Justice League Was Made Worse Without Darkseid

In the 16 months since release, more and more details have come out about what the Snyder Cut of Justice League would look like, and we now know that it has at least 2 hours (probably more) of footage not in Whedon’s theatrical cut, and it would have featured Darkseid in a fairly significant role. With Zack Snyder confirming that the Snyder Cut exists, it stands to reason someone was chosen to help bring Darkseid to life in those missing scenes. Last week, The Film Exiles Podcast reported via an anonymous source that Snyder used actor and Audiobook reader Ray Porter to create Darkseid, and now Snyder is promoting Porter on the social network Vero.

While it’s not an explicit confirmation, between Porter liking tweets from fans on Twitter and Snyder replying “for Darkseid!” in the comments of his Ray Porter introduction post on Vero, it’s safe to say he’s corroborating the report. Snyder’s representative and Ray Porter have not yet responded to a request for comment.

With an actor like Ciarán Hinds cast as Steppenwolf, it’s surprising Snyder wouldn’t have looked for a bigger name for Darkseid as well, presuming he even had any dialogue. The big bad took more of a background role in Justice League including a confrontation with Ares during the history lesson flashback, similar to Sauron’s depiction in The Fellowship of the Ring, so there may not have been a need to cast a known actor just yet.

Still, it’s not clear if any of Darkseid’s scenes required dialogue and the actor’s only reaction to the news is that he has to honor his non-disclosure agreement, so it may not be until an eventual release of the Snyder Cut that we know his full participation. Even Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a credited voice actor, so there’s a wide range of possible levels of involvement for Porter. If Snyder originally intended for Darkseid’s role to be a surprise, it makes sense for him to choose a name that would fly under the rader.

Porter has many of the vocal qualities one would want in Darkseid, with a steely tone reminiscent of many previous versions of Darkseid, particularly Michael Ironside’s depiction in DC animation, such as the popular Justice League: Unlimited show, so its understandable why he was chosen. Snyder is also known for his eye for talent, casting a number of lesser-known actors in his films, most notably giving Ray Fisher his first Hollywood role as Cyborg in Justice League, so Porter wouldn’t be the most surprising of his casting decisions.

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Source: Zack Snyder (via Vero)



2019-04-14 12:04:38

Stephen M. Colbert

Zack Snyder Confirms A Snyder Cut Of Justice League Exists

Zack Snyder has confirmed the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League exists and it’s up to Warner Bros. if it’s going to be finished and released. For the past 16 months, since the release of Justice League, fans have been campaigning for Warner Bros. to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the movie, as envisioned before he was replaced by Joss Whedon, who made massive reshoots to alter the plot and tone.

Immediately after the movie’s release, nearly 180,000 fans petitioned for Warner Bros. to release the Snyder Cut, and in the months since have continued to campaign, including letter and phone call campaigns to Warner Bros. executives as more and more details about what happened behind the scenes and additional information revealing how the story was changed continued to come at a steady pace. At this point, it’s evident that Joss Whedon’s version of the movie was a far cry from Snyder’s. It wasn’t simply dialogue adjustments and connective tissue as suggested leading up to the movie’s release.

RELATED: Every Confirmed Change to Zack Snyder’s Version of Justice League

During his recent Director’s Cuts fundraiser event, Zack Snyder spoke with fans, confirming the cut does in fact exist. One fan recorded him on video saying “all I can say is… sure there’s a cut… it’s done. I have a cut. I have a bunch of them. So, it’s not like… that’s up to them [Warner Bros.].” While another corroborates this statement, indicating it also needs “a few CG tweaks.” He also put the number 214 on the event’s poster, and YouTuber Film Junkee reported that Snyder indicated this was because his cut is 214 minutes long.

This all lines up with Screen Rant’s reporting from January 2018 concluding Snyder completed principal photography, was well into post-production, and had picture lock, but still needed to finish VFX. Snyder didn’t specify the state of Junkie XL’s soundtrack, but based on the production timing, while Junkie XL may have completed some work on the soundtrack, it wouldn’t have been done just yet and would still need work, along with additional CG, for a truly release ready version.

The true hangup, as Snyder says, continues to be that Snyder doesn’t own the distribution rights, and Warner Bros. needs to be the one to green light its completion and release, which previous reporting has said they have no intention of doing. However, former WB Chairman and CEO, Kevin Tsujihara recently stepped down, meaning almost all the leadership from the time of that report has been replaced, so the situation could always change.

RELATED: Zack Snyder Reacts To Fans Wanting To See The Snyder Cut

For Warner Bros. to greenlight a release, they need to be convinced the demand is high enough. While both Zack Snyder and the Snyder Cut itself are both lightning rods of drama and attention, the studio needs assurances that translates into home media sales. Justice League already took an estimated $100 million loss at the box office, and made around $56 million in home media sales, which is barely over half as much as the previous DCEU average, so it’s understandable that the studio could have cold feet committing more money to finish the cut.

Fortunately for Snyder, more people seem to be gaining curiosity about what the Snyder Cut would actually be like, with people like Kevin Smith highlighting the original direction and supporting the call to release the Snyder Cut on his podcast. Snyder also recently generated over $80,000 by selling a t-shirt for a suicide prevention charity. While it’s a far cry from the tens of millions Warner Bros. would want to make from a Snyder Cut release, it’s only a t-shirt, and proves Snyder’s name alone has value.

With an ongoing slate of DC films, and Zack Snyder about to move on to Army of the Dead, it’s not clear what should be expected for an eventual Snyder Cut release, but the debate as to whether or not it even exists should be effectively over at this point as the conversation shifts to “when will we see it?”

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MORE: The DCEU’s Biggest Mistake Was Not Letting Zack Snyder Finish His Vision



2019-03-28 11:03:48

Stephen M. Colbert

Joss Whedon Keeps Joking About Justice League’s Reshoots

Joss Whedon continues to joke about the massive reshoots he oversaw for Justice League. Following a less than stellar response to Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. and DC Films began to rethink the future of the DC Extended Universe. Zack Snyder’s take on the DC characters divided audiences and made the studio wary that his dark and layered approach to the films was the right path. Changes were already being made to Justice League to lighten the tone and condense the sprawling story Snyder imagined, but the movie saw several more changes come after Snyder left the project due to the death of his daughter.

With Snyder stepping away, WB brought The Avengers director Joss Whedon onboard to take over post-production on Justice League. Whedon had previously been hired to write new scenes for reshoots, but his increased involvement saw him completely oversee the reshoots. The size of the reshoots were a major topic of conversation, and they were happening only a few months before the film’s release date. WB executives refused to delay Justice League to give it proper time in post-production, though, so they could receive their end of the year bonuses.

Related: The DCEU’s Biggest Mistake Was Not Letting Snyder Finish His Vision

Whedon is now ready to joke about the rushed nature of these reshoots. In response to a photo of John Wick’s dog being dusted from Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War, Whedon took to Twitter to joke that it isn’t too late for this to be reshot and added to Avengers: Endgame or John Wick: Chapter 3. On the surface, this is just him supporting the wild alternate universe this photo creates, but can also be read as a commentary on Justice League‘s own reshoots.

Even though the timetable issue is completely on WB, Whedon received plenty of blame from fans for how Justice League turned out. One quick look through the replies to this tweet will confirm this, as several fans responded to mention his work on DC’s superhero team up film. While it is easy to point the finger at Whedon since he oversaw the reshoots, all signs point to him just doing what WB wanted from Justice League to begin with.

The reshoots of Justice League may not have resulted in the movie that fans, critics, or the studios were hoping for, but it has signaled a change for the future of the DC Extended Universe that appears to be bright. Instead of trying to copy Marvel Studios’ formula for creating a tightly woven and intricately connected shared universe, WB and DC Films are opening up the world to give directors more freedom, both with the stories they tell and the tones. James Wan delivered an underwater epic in Aquaman, David F. Sandberg appears to have succeeded with his lighthearted approach to Shazam!, Matt Reeves may go to the 90s for The Batman, James Gunn is helping reboot Suicide Squad, and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 is freed of almost any connectivity. It may be disappointing that Justice League had to struggle to get to this place, but at least the future is bright and could help make an eventual Justice League 2 worth the wait.

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2019-03-22 05:03:16

Cooper Hood

20 Mistakes Fans Completely Missed In Justice League

Justice League was set up to be the revival of the DC franchise. After the success of Wonder Woman, the movie was expected to continue the legacy and bring DC movie back in the spotlight. However, the curse of two directors took a toll on the film and there were many continuity and production errors that ultimately resulted in a disjointed and confusing storyline.

The movie’s production started with Zack Snyder, the king of darkness and a DC filmmaker known for the doom and gloom. You can see elements of his work through the opening credits montage where the world is depicted as immoral chaos after the fall of Superman and the attack where bombers attempt to destroy four city blocks to trigger a new Dark Age.

Then, Snyder stepped down and Joss Whedon came in to finish the movie. He added a lighter, humorous vibe and abandoned many plot stories and continuations from Batman v Superman, such as Bruce’s Knightmare of an apocalyptic future and a time-traveling Flash. This change in direction can be seen throughout the entire movie and includes everything from continuity issues and plot confusions to wardrobe changes and CGI failures.

So, break out the magnifying glass and get ready to spot the changes as we explore the 20 Mistakes Fans Completely Missed In Justice League.

20 Aquaman Can’t Keep His Shirt on

During Superman’s resurrection scene, all eyes were on the Man of Steel. However, if you pay attention to the Man of Water, you may have noticed something unusual about his clothing. To start the resurrection process, Aquaman places Superman into the waters of the Kryptonian ship’s Genesis Chamber. He wades out into the water wearing his metallic, armored suit.

Then, Cyborg goes to set up the Mother Box and you can catch a glimpse of Aquaman in the background. Look closely and you’ll see that he’s no longer wearing his suit and is instead, shirtless and revealing his iconic tattoos.

19 Do Parademons Really Smell Fear?

Parademons can smell fear, which is why they swarmed all over Steppenwolf at the end of the movie. However, they seem to only be able to use their special sense when it’s convenient for the movie’s plot. Earlier in the movie, when Steppenwolf and the Parademons are terrorizing the S.T.A.R lab employees, Flash pulls Batman aside and tells him that he can’t help because he’s scared of bugs, guns, and people.

However, even with the Parademons in the next room, they’re incapable of smelling the fear that’s resonating off Flash. During the final battle, the Parademons also don’t swarm towards the family that’s evacuating when they’re clearly terrified as well.

18 The Janitor at S.T.A.R Labs Has the Wrong Badge

When Cyborg is first introduced, we see his dad working at STAR Labs. Before going home, he stops to talk to a janitor who reveals to the audience that his son has passed away. If you take a look at the janitor’s STAR labs employee badge, you may notice that it doesn’t quite look like him. The picture on the badge seems to be an older gentleman with white hair.

A couple of scenes later, we see the janitor again moping the floors. However, he must have figured out he was wearing the wrong badge because now he has one that looks like him.

17 Aquaman Doesn’t Know Piranhas

After Aquaman becomes subjected to Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth and starts rambling about his feelings, he tells Flash, “You say a word about this, you’ll meet every piranha I know.” However, this seems like an empty threat because Aquaman probably does not know any piranhas.

Aquaman is from Atlantis, which is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, and piranhas live in the lakes and rivers of South America. Seeing how Aquaman spends most of his time in salty ocean water, he has probably never come into contact or met a vicious, freshwater piranha. Aquaman seems to be all talk and no action.

16 A Moped or a Motorcycle?

As the Parademons descend on Russia, we watch as they take over a family’s home. If you pay close enough attention though, you may realize something in the yard changes throughout the scenes. When the family’s home is first shown, there is a small moped outside of their house. However, in the next scene, the moped transforms into a large motorcycle.

As the family runs out of the house, they run past the motorcycle, but it has magically turned back into a moped. However, as they drive away from the home, the kids take one last glance at their former home and see a motorcycle resting against the house once again.

15 The Moving Police Car

When Superman is resurrected, he has no recollection of who he is and starts to assault the rest of the Justice League. He tries to use his heat vision to attack Cyborg but instead hits a police car after Cyborg’s quick deflection.

The cop car catches on fire and we can see the remnants of it behind Cyborg after the attack. However, in the next scene, the exploded car somehow ends up behind Superman. It’s very odd, since it seems as if the car simply teleported its way to safety behind the Man of Steel.

14 The Case of the Disappearing Green Goo

After Aquaman saves the fisherman from a devastating storm, he heads to the bar for a rewarding glass of whiskey. When he gets his drink, though, Aquaman notices that his hands are covered in a green goo, which he also managed to leave on the whiskey glass.

After he drinks his glass, he reaches for the entire bottle and you might notice that he no longer has goo on his hands. It simply disappeared. The glass Aquaman was once drinking out of is also sitting on the table without any goo on it. So, maybe he just imagined the goo, or maybe Aquaman had a few too many glasses of whiskey.

13 Bruce Wayne’s Facial Hair

When Bruce meets up with Diana and tells her that he thinks there’s an attack coming, they are chatting inside the Bat Cave and the Dark Knight has a light, scruffy beard.

However, in the next scene, the two of them walk outside to talk more about Mother Boxes and it seems as though Bruce somehow had time to shave his beard as they walked out of the Bat Cave. This scene was clearly shot at an entirely different time and could be an indicator of the change in director. It seems strange, though, that it was completely missed.

12 The Gang of Parademons

When Steppenwolf is unifying the Mother Boxes, there is an entire CGI scene that places emphasis on the villain and his master plan. However, the crew probably spent too much time on making the scene look epically cool that they forgot to think about continuity.

Originally, when Steppenwolf is first shown, he has a swarm of Parademons standing right behind him to showcase his power. Then, the camera zooms out and the Parademons disappear. After this, the audience gets a glimpse of some of the destruction the unification is causing, and when the shot returns back to Steppenwolf, the Parademons behind him magically return.

11 Hippolyta’s Magical Cape

As Steppenwolf and his Parademons attack the Amazonians after opening the Mother Box, Hippolyta steals the box and attempts to trap the villain inside their chamber. In a suspenseful scene, the queen rushes to make it under the gate before it closes and seals her in.

However, there was no way she would’ve made it across with her cape still intact. In the scene right before the gate closes, Hippolyta slides across and her cape drags behind her. Then, when she reappears on the other side, her cape moves in front of her just to make the slide. This doesn’t make sense and the cape shouldn’t have actually made it through the collapsing gate.

10 The Justice League’s Hairdo

Throughout the entire movie, it’s clear to see that a lot of time passed between some of the shoots. This is because the characters hair changes ever-so-slightly between close scenes. The most noticeable hairdo failure is when Barry Allen meets Bruce Wayne for the first time.

As the two are talking, the shot cuts between close-ups of either Bruce or Barry. However, if you pay close attention to Barry, you may notice that his hairstyle changes during the conversation. This most likely indicates that the scenes were shot at very different times – or that Barry’s hair also grows at the speed of light.

9 Jim Gordon’s Disappearing Book

At GCPD headquarters, Jim Gordon is walking through the precinct and talking to another officer about the mysterious STAR Labs attacks and a suspect that looks like a “giant vampire” or “giant bat with huge fangs.”

When the scene first starts, Gordon is holding a book in his right hand while walking with the other officer. However, when the officer hands him the file in the very next shot, Gordon’s book disappeared. It miraculously vanishes so that Gordon has an empty hand to pick up the files on the Parademons.

8 Wonder Woman’s Shield

During the Justice League’s first fight with Steppenwolf, they’re in the underground tunnels of Gotham when a missile causes Gotham Harbor to flow right onto the battleground. While the heroes are watching the water enter the tunnels, take a look at Wonder Woman and notice that she doesn’t have a shield anywhere near her.

However, when Batman starts to take Flash away, Diana says, “You get him out” and her shield magically appears on her left arm. Then, in the next shot of her, the shield is on her back and her sword appears in her right hand. It’s as if Wonder Woman’s shield acts just like Thor’s Mjolnir and can be called to her at any time.

7 The Self-Healing Car

During the “Pet Cemetery” battle between Superman and the rest of the Justice League, the Man of Steel throws Batman straight into a Metropolis police car. This puts a huge dent in the vehicle and makes a blue piece fall off its undercarriage.

However, when the Justice League unleashes their secret weapon, the car seems to have healed itself. When Lois Lane appears to calm Superman, she stands right in front of the same police vehicle and the fallen blue piece has disappeared. It’s not on the ground and nowhere near the car.

6 Destroying Four City Blocks?

When we’re introduced to Wonder Woman in Justice League, she is stopping a criminal plot at a bank in London. She sneaks into the bank and uses the Lasso of Hestia to compel one of the criminals to identify who they are and reveal the group’s ultimate plan.

One criminal says, “You’re too late. The countdown’s already begun. In a few minutes, four city blocks PEW, while the world watches” However, the word “block”  is not a term that is widely used in the UK. It’s a saying that is used mostly in the U.S. and is odd to hear from a criminal with a clear accent from England.

5 Superman’s Indestructible Pants

When Aquaman places Superman in underwater to be resurrected, the Man of Steel is wearing the blue suit that he was buried in. When he’s awakened, a huge blast is shot out of him and this shirt is disintegrated. However, when he emerges from the blast, his pants are left completely intact. Are these indestructible pants, or did this just give the producers a reason to show Henry Cavill shirtless?

Superman was also submerged in water when he was brought back to life. However, when he lands at his memorial and fights the other members of the Justice League, he’s completely dry. His hair is flawless and there’s no water on his shirtless body.

4 9 Criminals Enter the Bank… Five Disappear

When the criminal group enters the bank to take hostages, you can count nine of them. Nine baddies that are threatening to blow up four city blocks and take hostages with them. However, when Wonder Woman comes to save the day and take them down, she only defeats four of them. The other five simply vanish.

The missing takedowns are probably due to a scene cut. Many of the shots of Wonder Woman taking down the criminals were featured in the Justice League trailer and were clearly taken out of the final movie.

3 Barry Allen is Only 7 Years Old

Cyborg creates a fake military record for Flash that features a pretty obvious mistake that should have been caught by the computer system or a military security guard. In the shot of Flash’s record, we can see that his birthday is clearly listed as November 6th, 2010. However, this would make Barry Allen seven years old at the time and well under the age limit for the military.

So, was this an embarrassing goof made by the producers? Or was this a joke and a sign of Cyborg calling Barry a child?

2 Aquaman’s Tattoos

As with any movie, it is incredibly hard to stay consistent when creating fake tattoos as extensive as the ones on Aquaman’s torso. However, Justice League seems to have completely given up on Aquaman’s tattoos.

Throughout the movie, the tattoos change ever so slightly between sequences. For example, when Bruce Wayne first meets Arthur Curry, Aquaman goes from having four rows of triangles on his pecs to three rows during the same conversation. Then, when Aquaman jumps into the water to end the conversation, you can see that he’s completely missing the bottom half of his tattoos.

1 The Timeline of the Mother Boxes

The biggest continuity mistake in Justice League involves a complete derailment from Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman. In Justice League, Cyborg tells the Justice League that the mother box came to life after Superman was defeated. On that night, he says the box “lit up like Christmas.”

However, in Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman is watching a video from Lex Luthor’s files that shows Silas Stone working with an activated Mother Box. We even see it reacting with Cyborg in the video, which was revealed long before the fall of Superman.

Did you notice any other mistakes in DC’s latest movie, Justice League? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-12-07 06:12:22

Jason Momoa Really Wants to See Zack Snyder’s Justice League Cut

Aquaman star Jason Momoa doesn’t hold back when asked about Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, making it clear he really wants to see it released. After the underwhelming theatrical performance of Justice League, the DCEU clearly needed a break, and that’s exactly what it got. By the time Aquaman releases in the U.S., it’ll have been more than a year since Justice League united six of DC’s most famous heroes on the big screen for the first time.

While it’s odd to consider a movie that grossed $657 million worldwide a failure, one must consider the fact that due to so much of Justice League being re-shot by replacement director Joss Whedon following Snyder’s departure from the project, the DCEU’s attempt at matching The Avengers ended up costing way more than the other entries into the franchise. Combine that with it holding the dubious distinction of being the lowest-grossing DCEU film, and Justice League’s status as a flop becomes undeniable, no matter how many individual viewers might have liked it. There’s no real excuse for a movie starring DC’s “holy trinity” of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman not to outperform Suicide Squad at the box office.

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For months now, many DC fans have been waging a crusade with one goal: convincing Warner Bros. and DC Films to release Zack Snyder’s original cut of Justice League. While it’s unknown for sure if a complete cut of Snyder’s vision even exists, the filmmaker has done nothing but add fuel to the fire by regularly releasing material from his cut that didn’t make the theatrical version, and even recently acknowledged the Snyder Cut movement directly for the first time. Now, when asked about the Snyder Cut by MTV News during an interview promoting Aquaman, Momoa added his voice to the chorus. The actor first acknowledged how studio politics usually prohibited people in his position from speaking their mind about such things, then proceeded to do just that, enthusiastically expressing his desire to see the Snyder Cut, complete with dropping an F-bomb. Check out the endearingly candid moment below.

While those involved with Justice League – including even Snyder himself – have usually deftly avoided questions about the original cut of the film, it’s quite refreshing to see Momoa just come out and say what he thinks, likely realizing that he’s currently in a prominent enough position with DC to avoid any reprimand or reprisal for doing so. After all, the buzz around Aquaman going into release is quite positive, and it looks like the film won’t perform as poorly at the box office as initially projected. If Aquaman serves to get the DCEU back on the right track critically and commercially, WB and DC will be too busy celebrating its success to care that Momoa disobeyed their seeming corporate directive.

Another factor in Momoa being so forthright is likely his well-known respect and admiration for Snyder, who personally cast the actor as Aquaman, and helped develop the character’s DCEU identity. Momoa has addressed some of the differences between Aquaman’s story in Snyder’s cut and Whedon’s cut before, and while he’s never disrespected Whedon or insulted the theatrical cut, he’s never really attempted to hide the fact that he preferred Snyder’s vision for both the project as a whole and Arthur Curry in particular. Here’s hoping fan’s eventually get to see Aquaman’s Justice League journey for themselves.

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Source: MTV News




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2018-12-07 06:12:17