Netflix Adapting Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Books Into Feature Film

Netflix is turning Joe Ballarini’s children’s book series A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting into a feature film to be directed by Rachel Talalay. The film is going to primarily be an adaptation of the first book in Ballarini’s series. The project has been in the works since 2015, spearheaded by Walden Media and Montecito Pictures Company.

The three-book series is a throwback to kid horror mainstays like R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?, featuring middle school student Kelly and a secret society of babysitters protecting their young charges from nightmarish creatures such as the Boogeyman in order to save the world. In addition to writing the original books, Ballarini will pen the script for the upcoming adaptation. He recently provided the story and worked on the script for 2017’s My Little Pony: The Movie with Meghan McCarthy. Talalay’s recent credits include directing episodes of American Gods, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Flash, Supergirl, Sherlock, and several episodes of Doctor Who, including its 2017 Christmas special.

Related: Doctor Who Director Rachel Talalay Wants to Helm A Star Wars Film

Deadline reports that the Netflix adaptation will aim for the same family-friendly tone of the books. Walden Media, best known for its films based on popular children’s books such as HolesBridge to Terabithia, The BFG, and The Chronicles of Narnia series, first purchased the book’s film rights in 2015 with Montecito Pictures. The two companies will handle the film’s production. The project seems to just be coming together. There’s no word of casting or possible release dates yet, but having Talalay attached to direct does indicate the film is still moving forward after several years of no new developments.

Ballarini’s books have received positive reviews since the first book, simply titled A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, was released in 2017. The book was lauded for its dialogue, humor, and the way Ballarini weaved horror and drama into children’s fiction, capturing the tone of beloved campy horror. The second book, 2018’s A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting #2: Beasts & Geeks, received similar praise as a noteworthy entry in the niche genre of campy kid horror-adventure stories. The third book in the series, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting #3: Mission to Monster Island, is set to be released on July 2, 2019.

With the announced revival of Are You Afraid of the Dark? and the surprise success of the 2015 Goosbumps film, Netflix’s adaptation is a smart idea that can satisfy an under-served niche market. Talalay’s credits, particularly her experience in the mystery, horror, supernatural, and superhero genres, make her a strong choice to helm the project. Given the timeline of events, Ballarini likely moved directly from writing the books to penning the script for the adaptation. All parties involved in the project seem passionate about getting it made exactly as it should be. Hopefully, all the pieces involved will come together to make A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting a lighthearted horror romp that can stand with the classics of R.L. Stine.

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Source: Deadline

2019-04-15 06:04:42

Ricky Miller

GODZILLA 2 “3 Heads Monster” Trailer (2019) Millie Bobby Brown Movie HD

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2019-03-28 11:03:27

Stranger Things Theory: Season 3’s New Monster Is [SPOILER]

The trailer for Stranger Things season 3 introduces what looks to be a brand new monster – but could this creature actually be Jake Busey’s character, Bruce? The first-look footage was jam-packed with intriguing clues on what’s to come in Stranger Things season 3. The Duffer Brothers like to play coy when it comes to revealing story details, but they provided just enough to get fans theorizing.

No matter how long Stranger Things lasts in terms of seasons, the series has accomplished the status as one of the most popular TV shows in recent memory. The stellar cast featured many new faces that are now some of the most sought after actors in the industry. Some have even seen resurgences in their careers due to their roles in the series. It’s no question why anyone would jump at the chance to have a role in Stranger Things, which is why season 2 is filled with several new faces; some already established names while some are new.

Related: Stranger Things Theory: Eleven Will See The “Future” In Season 3

Among the new cast members is Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), who’s set to play Mayor Kline, a man more caught up in his own image than doing what’s best for the town. He’s also the one behind the construction of the Starcourt Mall, a key location for the plot of Stranger Things season 3. Then there’s Maya Hawke (Little Women) who plays Robin, a fellow co-worker of Steve at Scoops Ahoy! in the mall. Jake Busey (The Predator) will also make his Stranger Things debut in season 3, but it seems his role could be more significant than first thought.

  • This Page: Stranger Things Season 3 Has A New Monster & An Infection
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Each season, the Duffer Brothers take the lore surrounding the Upside-Down to a new level. First, there was the Demogorgon in Stranger Things season 1. Then, viewers were introduced to the Upside-Down’s even more menacing big bad, the Mind Flayer and its army of Demodogs in season 2. For Stranger Things season 3, the full-length trailer’s final moments gave viewers their first look at Stranger Things‘ new monster, one that’s even more mutated than the rest of them.

During the final 30 seconds of the Stranger Things season 3 trailer, Jonathan comes face to face with a ghastly-looking beast. The creature is unlike anything seen thus far in the series. It has crab-like appendages and a surplus of sharp teeth. The blood-soaked skin hints that this monster could have recently mutated from something – or possibly someone – else. Based on the first look footage, whatever this thing is, it’s definitely not a Demogorgon.

Related: Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Breakdown: 25 Secrets & Reveals

In Stranger Things season 2’s ending, it’s heavily implied that the Mind Flayer will return. Eleven sealed of the gate to the Upside-Down, trapping the Shadow Monster, but the creature is very much alive. Even though it will have its sights set on Eleven, the one person in Hawkins who could match its power, it seems likely that the creature will be back with a vengeance and ready to take down anyone who gets in its way. With this new creature also in the mix, the lives of those in Hawkins are about to get very difficult again.

At the end of Stranger Things season 2, all of the remaining Demodogs were killed when Eleven closed the gate. Many of them, including Dart, were still in the tunnels that the kids discovered under the pumpkin patch. The labyrinth of tunnels spread underneath the entire town of Hawkins, but the bodies of the dead Demodogs would’ve been left untouched – that is, until season 3.

Before Netflix dropped the official Stranger Things season 3 trailer, they released a season 3 teaser featuring rats scurrying through a warehouse. Netflix took to social media to hint at the significance of these little rodents proving their significance to the new season. The rats are shown again briefly in the full trailer, and their prominence to season 3 might be connected to the new monster. Rats can even be seen in the lower half of season 3’s official poster, which was released as part of the premiere date announcement.

Historically, rats have been known to spread disease. That doesn’t mean that the rats could be spreading the bubonic plague across Hawkins, but they could be carriers for something just as dangerous. If the rats ate the corpses of the Demodogs in the underground tunnels, it’s very possible they’re now carrying something linked to the Upside-Down. If the rats are infected, they could very well transmit that infection through humans. The fact that they’re running around above ground puts everyone at risk of catching the contagion.

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Actor Jake Busey will make his Stranger Things debut in season 3 as a new character named Bruce. Along with Mayor Kline and Robin, this trio of new characters will undoubtedly play major roles in the upcoming installment. Bruce is described as a cagey reporter for the Hawkins Post. Not much else is known about the character, but he’s quickly shown in the trailer walking down a hallway covered in blood. His location in the scene is very telling in connection to the footage of the new monster.

When Jonathan comes face to face with the monster at the end of the trailer, it looks to be the same exact hallway where Bruce is shown. It’s possibly a hallway in a hospital based on the lighting and items shown along the walls. The quick montage of scenes reveals that the monster is mutating as it approaches Jonathan at the end of the hallway. It’s plausible that Bruce was bitten by one of the rats and got infected, which ultimately turns him into this new monster. Earlier in the trailer, Jonathan and Nancy are shown what is presumed to be the office of the Hawkins Post. If they come in contact with Bruce or get into some disagreement with Bruce’s reporting methods, it would make sense why Jonathan would become a target.

Related: Why Stranger Things Season 3’s Trailer Uses A Song From 1971

If Bruce is infected, there will surely be others, right? Billy can also be seen in the trailer sporting a gnarly looking wound on his left forearm. While in the shower, he seems distressed about the wound spreading which might be the early signs of the mutation. If he, too, came in contact with one of the infected rats, he could be the next human to transform into a monster. If that is indeed the case, then the Upside-Down will soon have a new horde of monsters ready to wreak havoc on the town of Hawkins. This time around, killing the monsters would mean killing the town’s own friends and family. After all, the seventh episode of season 3 is even titled “The Bite,” thus indicating that someone becomes the target of a deadly encounter.

Even after battling the Demogorgon, a horde of Demodogs, and the Mind Flayer, Eleven and her crew will never be able to live a normal life without the worry of another threat. Their uneasiness is obviously warranted considering everything that they’ve been through. This time, however, it won’t just be a small segment of the town swept up into the danger. Even though Hopper has done a tremendous job in keeping the threat away from the entire town, it would be impossible to protect everyone from a potential, raging epidemic.

The previous monsters emerged from the Upside Down but an infection spread by animals means that the normal world is now threatened without the presence of the Upside-Down. There doesn’t need to be an opening of the gate or a break into the other dimension for the Upside-Down to affect the world. This makes any human a potential target. For a season described as darker and more action-packed, a wider threat would almost be impossible to contain.

The Upside-Down may no longer be a Hawkins problem after season 3; this might become a worldwide threat depending on the outcome. Would it be possible for the Mind Flayer to control those infected by the rats the same way it controlled the Demodogs? During the trailer, a quick shot of two women are shown and they look like they are being mind controlled. They are walking aimlessly with wide-eyes while Fourth of July celebrations can be seen in the background. The July 4th holiday is the perfect place for the contagion to spread as most of the townspeople converge to the fair. “One summer could change everything” is the tagline for Stranger Things season 3, after all, but it looks to be a warning for all that call Hawkins, IN, home.

More: What To Expect From Stranger Things Season 3

2019-03-24 04:03:46

Kara Hedash

Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker to Star in Post-Apocalyptic Monster Problems

The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker is set for a leading role in Monster Problems, from Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy. In addition to playing Daryl Dixon’s bad guy brother Merle on TWD, Rooker also made a lot of fans for his portrayal of Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel. Yondu indeed became a central character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and his send-off gave the film an unexpectedly poignant touch.

Long before joining the MCU as the man who kidnapped Peter Quill, Rooker made a skin-crawling impression in his debut feature, the intense drama Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Rooker would make more memorable supporting appearances in big movies throughout the ’80s and ’90s, including Mississippi Burning, JFK, Cliffhanger and Tombstone. His movie career had largely dried up however by the time Frank Darabont enlisted him to play Merle in season 1 of The Walking Dead. Later, Merle would return to TWD as a minion of the villainous Governor.

Related: TWD: 5 Characters Whose Departure Hurt the Series (And 5 We Could Care Less About)

As reported by Deadline, Rooker will once again find himself battling his way through the post-apocalypse, as he’s set to take on a starring role in the movie Monster Problems. Directed by Michael Matthews, the film is a coming of age story set in a post-apocalypse where monsters have overrun the earth. The film, produced by Stranger Things’ Levy, sees Rooker playing an expert hunter named Clyde who teaches survival skills to the film’s lead character Joel Dawson, who’s played by Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner). Reportedly, Paramount Players sees the film as a potential franchise starter.

Monster Problems is just the latest high-profile project to involve Levy after the breakout success of his Netflix series Stranger Things. On the directorial side of things, Levy will next tackle Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he’s a character in an open world video game. Levy is also attached to the long-gestating sequel to John Carpenter’s Starman, as well as the sci-fi movie Crater. The producer-director will also make time to launch a new incarnation of Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix. Of course, Levy’s Stranger Things is also getting set to return for a third season.

Given his track record as a genre producer and director with a horror bent, it’s not much of a surprise to see Levy once again conjuring monsters for his new movie Monster Problems. Fans of The Walking Dead‘s Merle Dixon will no doubt be delighted to see Rooker back out there doing battle with post-apocalyptic creatures again, this time as the good guy (and hopefully with both hands intact).


Source: Deadline

2019-03-20 04:03:59

Dan Zinski

The Masked Singer Theory: Who Is The Monster?

Who is The Monster on The Masked Singer? This misunderstood performer seems ready to reignite his career through FOX’s reality show. Based on the clues, The Monster is 33-year-old musician T-Pain, a Florida native associated with the auto-tone movement during the mid-2000s. 

On The Masked Singer, celebrities perform for an audience and four judges: Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke. At the end of each episode of The Masked Singer, the audience votes for their favorite masked singer, and the loser must reveal their identity. Each week, the celebrity performers reveal small clues through brief video clips.

Related: The Masked Singer Reveals Two New Identities in Double Elimination

Only The Bee, The Peacock, and The Monster remain in The Masked Singer‘s competition. Here’s what we know about the show’s fine-tuned yet monstrous performer and a hip-hop star who’s been criticized for his vocal approach.

Why The Monster Is T-Pain

For one, the tone of The Monster’s voice sounds a lot like T-Pain. What’s more telling, however, are The Monster’s claims that “people were saying that I wasn’t the real deal” and that he’s been “persecuted and vilified for sounding like a ringtone.” After being criticized for his auto-tunes, T-Pain, aka Faheem Rasheed Najm, re-emerged in a viral clip that showcased his real singing voice a few years ago. Since 2011, though, T-Pain has only released one album, which makes The Masked Singer an ideal platform for a comeback. Also, T-Pain’s southern roots align with The Monster’s origin story.

If T-Pain hopes to distance himself from auto-tune, it makes sense that he’d retreat into his “cave.” After all, The Monster claims that not everyone believes he’s a professional singer. He’s even seen flipping a board game titled “The Beat Machine,” and states that he’s “wanted this comeback for a decade.” The Monster repeatedly uses the word “swing,” and this is likely a reference to his recent rap battle with NBA player Lonzo Ball on TNT’s Drop the Mic. As for the “bad boy” and “puff and fluff” references, this seems like an attempt to misdirect viewers towards Puff Daddy – the founder of Bad Boy Records – or a musical acquaintance. All the clues points towards T-Pain staging a comeback by using his natural voice, and it’s also worth nothing that he’s indeed 5’8” tall – the same height as The Monster.

The genius of The Monster storyline on The Masked Singer is that younger viewers may not remember T-Pain, as he’s not been entirely relevant in the mainstream music industry over the past 10 years. After all, a lot has changed since T-Pain’s musical prime, and the auto-tune hook may simply be a nod to those who recall that T-Pain was, in fact, quite a big star during the mid-2000s, shortly before social media introduced a new wave of talent. All will be revealed in The Masked Singer finale, though.

More: The Masked Singer Theory: Who Is The Peacock?

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2019-02-26 02:02:02

Gotham Star Wants Penguin To Be A Monster By The End Of Season 5

Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin in Gotham

Gotham‘s Robin Lord Taylor promises that his version of The Penguin will be a ruthless monster by the time the series ends. The assortment of villains who have tormented Batman over the years is incredible. Perhaps no other hero in history has such an impressive gallery of rogues, from The Joker and The Riddler to Catwoman and Mr. Freeze, to relatively recent additions like Hush and Black Mask, Batman’s bad guys are arguably more iconic than the hero himself.

Fox’s Gotham is fueled by this idea. Set in a city before the emergence of Batman, the series deals with Jim Gordon and the GCPD’s futile efforts to combat the over-the-top villains of DC Comics, without the aid of iconic heroes like Batman. Throughout the show’s run, one of Gotham’s many breakout stars has been Robin Lord Taylor, who plays Oswald Cobblepot, better known as the Penguin.

Related: Gotham Cast Promises Plenty Of Moments Fans Want To See

During a recent visit to the New York City set of the series, we spoke with Robin Lord Taylor about his character’s unexpected popularity and how he wants that early audience sympathy to play into Penguin’s arc during this, the final 12 episodes in the series. When we asked him about reflecting on Penguin’s journey over the course of the series, he shared his gratitude toward the creative team of writers and producers who facilitated his role on the show:

I couldn’t have been asked to play a more dynamic, emotionally rich, intellectually complex character than The Penguin. To see where we all have taken the character, it blows my mind. That’s all I’m feeling right now. I’m so grateful and so proud of the work everybody’s done. It’s been amazing.

The Penguin in Gotham

Even among the esteemed ranks of Batman villains, The Penguin’s fandom, particularly for this incarnation, is palpably strong. We asked the actor about his considerable fandom, why his character is so particularly adored despite his long track record of heinous misdeeds, his face lit up with excitement, surely because of the plans the show has for the character:

It’s so weird! One of the stories that I’ve always tried to tell with this character, and just with the show in general, is that Gotham City is a place that beats people down and either turns them evil or into heroes. It’s a polarizing place. We start Gotham with someone of very low status, and who is just striving and striving. There is something sympathetic with Oswald in the beginning. Something identifiable, and something human inside of him. We see that he makes terrible decisions and does terrible things, but it’s out of necessity to survive. As we go forward in the fifth season, I want to see the culmination of all those years of being in Gotham and making those terrible decisions and watching someone’s humanity get stripped from him. When we end, I don’t want him to be likable. I want him to be a monster. That’s what this city has done to him. That’s what we’re working towards. It’s gonna be really amazing when we get there.

As Taylor explains, his character was able to be developed over the course of many years, from lowly underling to Fish Mooney to ruthless criminal kingpin. In addition to his charismatic performance, this dedication to long-term storytelling is a key factor in the character’s success with fans. Audiences have seen The Penguin’s rise over the course of the show’s lifespan. The apparent goal of season 5 will be to establish The Penguin as an irredeemable villain, a monster with no redeeming qualities who has crossed lines from which he can never return.

Of course, knowing internet fandoms, there are bound to be those who love the actor even more as his character becomes more and more evil. Eager fans won’t have to wait long to find out what happens with Penguin.

More: Every TV Show Ending In 2019

Gotham season 5 premieres January 3 on FOX.

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2019-01-02 01:01:55

GODZILLA 2 “Flying Monster” Trailer (2019) Millie Bobby Brown Movie HD

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Interview – R.L. Stine

Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year there’s a new Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The movie features a new cast of kids – played by Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) – who discover a lost Goosebumps book in a hidden room and unwittingly unleash a new season of terror, as Slappy the Dummy brings Halloween costumes to life and wreaks havoc on the city.

Jack Black reprises his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in Haunted Halloween , so to celebrate the movie’s release, Screen Rant spoke to the real R.L. Stine to find out about the new monsters on parade, and ask whether Black’s curmudgeonly portrayal of the author is accurate.

Related: Watch the Trailer For Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

I have to ask, because the movie’s about a secret Goosebumps book hidden in a box – is there actually a secret Goosebumps book somewhere out there?

R.L. Stine: No. I wish [laughs]. I wish there were some extra ones somewhere that I could pull out. No, no secret book… But it’s kind of creepy, these two boys go into this house and knock over something and find this book and it’s locked, and they unlock it. And that starts all the action. All the horrible action.

Are there any Goosebumps monsters in this movie that we didn’t see in the last one?

Stine: Well, there are gummy bears [laughs]. They didn’t have gummy bears. After the first one I said, “How will we ever do a sequel? You used every single monster in the first movie!” There was nothing left. But yes, there are some. There’s an ogre, for one thing. We didn’t have an ogre in the first one. And my very favorite scene is the one with the gummy bears. Cute little gummy bears and then they turn into monsters.

But they’re so cute, what harm could they possibly do?

Stine: Well, they grow teeth for one thing. And then they all stick together and become a huge blob and attack people. It’s a wonderful scene [laughs]. Very proud of that!

It seems like there aren’t a lot of scary movies aimed at kids, since so many horror movies involve blood and gore. Is there a special trick to terrifying kids?

Stine: No, it’s the same as for grown-ups, I think. I think it’s surprise, it’s travelling into the unknown where you don’t really know what’s next and you can’t see what’s coming up, and it’s a lot of twists and turns. I think it’s the same as doing horror for adults.

There’s a whole new cast of kids in this movie. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Stine: Well, there’s a delightful boy who’s building a replicas of Tesla’s lab, because Tesla’s real lab is actually in their town. And he’s fiddling with the electricity and he keeps blowing out all the electricity in the house, but he’s determined to do it. And his doing this leads to an amazing scene near the end at Tesla’s real lab. It’s a real Frankenstein type lab. I went to Atlanta, where we filmed the film… and they showed me these sets. These guys are geniuses! They built this amazing Frankenstein’s lab… I couldn’t believe what these guys could build. It was incredible.

So Slappy the Dummy is the ringleader in this movie again. What is it about Slappy that people love so much?

Stine: I don’t really get it [laughs]. I don’t know why a dummy coming to life is so scary. But people are really frightened of him, and he’s so popular now that every other Goosebumps book has to be a Slappy book. I think I’ve written about fourteen of them [laughs]. It doesn’t get any easier to think of plots about a dummy coming to life.

Maybe it’s also because he likes to insult people. People like comedy roasts, so maybe that’s why they like Slappy.

Stine: Well that’s why I like to write him – he’s really an insult comedian. That’s why I love writing him, because he’s so rude!

Do you think kids are easier to scare than adults, or harder?

Stine: Probably easier. Probably don’t have to work as hard to scare them. But you know, my audience – seven to twelve year-olds – I get them the last time in their lives they’ll ever be enthusiastic. And then when they turn twelve, they have to be cool… and they’re gone. But before then they love writing to an author, they love reading, they love hearing from you, they love going to things… it’s just the best audience.

Was Jack Black’s portrayal of you in the first movie accurate?

Stine: I love Jack. Not accurate at all! Nothing accurate. But he’s a great guy, I thought he was wonderful. He flew to New York in a blizzard to meet me, to try to figure out how he was going to play the character. And we had lunch and he was like, looking at me, right? [Laughs] And then he said, “Bob… what about the script is true about you?” And I said, “Nothing, not one thing, none of it’s true!” And he said, “I’m going to be a sinister version of you.” And that’s what he decided to do.. And then when it started filming he started talking like Orson Welles, right? He does, in that first film, and I said, “Jack, I’m from Ohio, I don’t sound like that!” But I thought it was really fun. What a weird thing, to be a character in a movie.

Seeing as, unlike Jack’s version of you, you don’t hate kids – is there a favorite interaction with a young fan that you’ve had?

Stine: I’ve had way too many. I’m just so lucky. Because I go out, I really talk to kids, I go to schools, and I really do like kids. And you know, I have a son and I have a grandson, who’s four and hilarious. And he’s taking after my son, he won’t read my books. That’s my son’s claim to fame, he never read one. Isn’t that horrible?

Does he tell you that all the time?

Stine: He bragged about it, how he never read one!

You should write him into a book so that he has to read it.

Stine: I did! I made him the star of a Fear Street book, it was a vampire book, and he was the star and he didn’t read that one either. In the very last paragraph of the book he gets bit in the neck. [Laughs] I got my revenge!

More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween arrives in theaters this weekend.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

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

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

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

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

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

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

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

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

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

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

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

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

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

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

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

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

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

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

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

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

14 The Musical Sequences

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

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

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

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

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

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

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

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

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

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

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

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

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

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

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

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

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

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

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

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

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

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

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

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

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

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

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

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

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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt