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Lion King’s Beauty And The Beast Reference Is The Movie’s Worst Moment

Disney’s CGI remake of The Lion King contains a very cringeworthy Beauty and the Beast reference that not only takes viewers out of the film but feels entirely out of place considering what else is happening at the time. Following up his critically acclaimed and commercially successful live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, director Jon Favreau took it upon himself to do a CGI remake (using live-action filming techniques, hence why it’s referred to as a live-action remake) of The Lion King, one of the highest-grossing and most beloved Disney animated films ever made.

Coming out 25 years after the original animated film hit theaters, The Lion King remake is almost a frame-by-frame recreation of the story, but with certain updates parsed throughout – to the story, comedy, and music. A significant portion of these updates is played through dialogue and the conversations that some of the characters have with each other. There are also key differences between the animated and CGI films, such as how Scar kills Mufasa. But then there’s the Beauty and the Beast reference.

Related: The Lion King 2019 Cast & Character Guide: Who Voices Which Animal?

In the animated Lion King movie, Timon and Pumbaa are tasked with creating a diversion so that Simba and Nala can get past them. This is when Timon does the hula and presents Pumbaa as a cooked pig, luau style. But 2019’s The Lion King remake changes that scene. Instead of Timon doing a hula dance, he stands on top of Pumbaa and recites the beginning of Beauty and the Beast‘s iconic song, “Be Our Guest”, in which the candlestick Lumière presents Belle’s dinner to her.

Beauty and the Beast was one of the more recent Disney live-action remakes, so it makes sense that either Favreau or the studio would throw in a reference to it, especially since the movie wrapped production long before films like Aladdin and Dumbo released. But the thing is, it feels like more of a pat on the back for Disney and a reminder of what they’re doing than a proper reference. And this isn’t the first time that something like this has happened. Recently, Disney snuck in a reference to A Wrinkle in Time in Avengers: Endgame. That was also quite strange.

Overall, the Beauty and the Beast reference is meant to generate applause and laughter from longtime Disney fans and those who’ve recently seen the 2017 live-action remake from Bill Condon. But the Lion King remake incorporates this reference at a cost to its story and pacing. Given how quintessential the Lion King property is to Disney, the remake needed to justify its modern updates and changes – and this Beauty and the Beast reference wasn’t worth the alteration.

Next: All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development


2019-07-19 01:07:10

Mansoor Mithaiwala

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2019-07-16 13:00:27

Spider-Man: Ranking the Villains, From all the Movie Universes

Over the last ten years, Spider-Man has come in many shapes and forms on the big screen, with several incarnations adapted from the comics to live-action. While we have a number of actors taking on the web-slinging role, all of the films have had several iconic Spidey villains come to life from the pages of the comics. With the latest Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, hitting theaters recently, it’s time to rank the many villains that we have seen on the big screen.

RELATED: 10 Actors We’d Like To See Play Villains In The Next MCU Spider-Man Movie

Disclaimer: this list is focusing solely on the villains who pretty much served as the big bad or shared the position as the main antagonist in the same film. So don’t expect any of the Shockers, the supporting villains from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and more. If you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home, be aware of some major spoilers below.

11 Venom (Spider-Man 3)

The controversial disaster that was Spider-Man 3, the end of Sam Raimi’s trilogy, came with more negatives than positives for several reasons. One of them was Topher Grace’s Eddie Brock a.k.a. Venom as the sequel brought the Symbiote to life in live-action. Given that Raimi hadn’t even planned for Venom to serve a large role in this installment, it’s understandable why the execution was also a mess in the end. At the same time, this is also one of those cases where the actor was completely wrong for the role.

10 Green Goblin (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

While the Marc Webb franchise started strongly, it, unfortunately, ended too soon with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In an effort of fleshing out an attempted cinematic universe rather than make a strong sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was crowded with plot points and baddies. One of them was Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn who in this re-imagination of the Spider-Man universe became the Green Goblin way too fast.

RELATED: 10 Spider-Man Villains That Might Be Too Weird For The MCU

There was never a problem with DeHaan as Harry, but it was the idea of making him into the Goblin so quickly. In a film that was already dealing with a major threat, introducing Harry for the first time in this franchise and making him into a villain without getting to explore the character first, was a big downfall. It almost felt like his transformation only happened so he could fulfill the role of getting Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) killed, adapting the classic comic.

9 Green Goblin II (Spider-Man 3)

With James Franco’s Harry Osborn, this is where things went into the right direction. The trilogy took its time to get Harry from being Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) to one of his enemies, only to be redeemed in the end. Despite the many rushed aspects of Spider-Man 3, Harry’s journey into being the next Goblin felt earned. It also helped that at the end, Harry does make the heroic sacrifice after the big showdown.

8 Electro (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

Jaime Foxx brought Max Dillon a.k.a Electro to life in the second installment in the Webb franchise, meant to be the big antagonist of that film. Setting Max up as someone who had a pretty sad life, it was easy to connect with him and understand how his messed up transformation got to his mind.

RELATED: Every Spider-Man Comic Suit Teased By Stark’s Plane Lab In Far From Home

It was also brilliant setting Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) up as his idol only for him to be turned into the person Max hated the most. While it was inspired to use the Ultimate Electro look, it would have still been appreciated if his green and yellow costume had somehow been adapted rather than some dull black leather suit.

7 Kingpin (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought the Spidey universe into animation and did a lot of characters right. One of them was the powerful Wilson Fisk a.k.a the Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) whose plot was both villainous, but also tragic. Wilson has always been one of the more complex forces in the Spider-Man mythology and this film made sure to introduce that aspect to new fans. The idea that he was simply trying to find his family from a different universe was heartbreaking, despite the fact that it was putting New York at risk.

6 Sandman (Spider-Man 3)

Set to be the actual main baddie in Spider-Man 3, Thomas Haden Church was actually the best villain out of the trio we had. Similarly to other villains, Flint Marco was also set up as a tragic foe for Spider-Man. From him initially trying to save his very sick daughter to being the man who accidentally shot Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) in the first movie, you were able to feel for Sandman.

RELATED: All 8 Spider-Man Movies Ranked (Including Far From Home)

One of the pivotal scenes that pulls your heartstrings is when Flint explains to Peter what actually happened that night and how Ben’s death was a complete accident. Despite this sequel’s weakness, the Sandman was definitely not one of them.

5 Green Goblin (Spider-Man)

While we have yet to see Norman Osborn join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Willem Dafoe’s take on the character in the first Spider-Man movie is still one of the most iconic portrayals. While the costume can be discussed, it doesn’t take away from the great performance of Dafoe and the role he would play in Harry’s journey despite dying at the end of this film. There is too much to love from this incarnation, from the fights with Spider-Man, the famous Goblin voice, and so much more.

4 Lizard (The Amazing Spider-Man)

In The Amazing Spider-Man, we got off to a strong start in terms of villains with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) a.k.a. the Lizard. This is definitely that franchise’s best villain simply because this was a man who didn’t actually want to be evil. All he wanted was to help humanity evolve further when it came to health as he was looking to gain a new arm. The connection that they set up between him and Peter through Richard Parker (Campbell Scott) was one of the brilliant moves of that film. It also helped that the design for the Lizard was absolutely amazing. Similarly to Electro, this was also another tragic enemy who wasn’t evil for the sake of being evil.

3 Vulture (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

When Spider-Man officially joined the MCU, the franchise got off to a strong start and part of that was Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes a.k.a. the Vulture. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we see Adrian as pretty much Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) but as a regular guy. It was a smart move to open the film up from Adrian’s point of view where the system screwed him over when all he wanted was to be a good man for his family. You could actually understand where he was coming from even though his methods were probably not ideal. However, it still doesn’t change the fact that the Vulture is one of the best villains we have seen in the live-action Spider-Man films.

2 Doctor Octopus (Spider-Man 2)

From the Raimi trilogy, the award for the strongest antagonist goes to Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius a.k.a. Dr. Octopus. Sticking to the tragedy that some of these Spidey villains go through, in Spider-Man 2 we see how a good man like Otto was taken by the darkness after an unfortunate accident. Setting him up as a role model for Peter only to become one of the most dangerous men that New York ever faced was compelling in itself. Then we have the Octopus aspect that needs to be praised given that this was done back in 2004. All of this is what makes Molina’s performance of Dr. Octopus so memorable to this day.

1 Mysterio (Spider-Man: Far From Home)

While we have had so many powerful portrayals of some of Spider-Man’s greatest foes, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck a.k.a Mysterio took the idea of being a Spidey villain to a whole new level. It’s hard to pick what is loved more about his Mysterio. For starters, the film really showcased the idea of a villain who was a special effects maker while also being a complete mastermind. It could have been easy to make him cheesy, but instead, Spider-Man: Far From Home made him the best villain that any Spider-Man film has had thus far. He also gets bonus points for being able to mess with Peter (Tom Holland) big time despite the fact that he is dead. From all the amazing action scenes against Spidey to the execution of his trickery and illusion, Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio earns the number 1 spot without a doubt.

NEXT: Every Spider-Man Comic Suit Teased By Stark’s Plane Lab In Far From Home


2019-07-15 01:07:35

Andy Behbakht

Greta Gerwig to Cowrite Barbie Live-Action Movie, May Also Direct

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are set to cowrite the live-action Barbie movie, with Gerwig also being eyed to direct. A live-action film based on Mattel’s immensely popular Barbie fashion doll-turned multimedia brand has been in development for just short of ten years now. The project has changed studios a few times along the way, but is currently set up at Warner Bros. and is expected to serve as their first collaboration with the recently-formed Mattel Films production company.

While Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway were attached to star in previous iterations of the film, they’ve since moved on and been replaced by Margot Robbie (who’s also producing through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner). There’ve been even more changes in screenwriter than lead actor during the movie’s development, with names like Oscar-winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully) and Bert Royal (Easy A) among those who’ve turned in a draft at some point. More recently, Wonder Woman helmsman Patty Jenkins was reportedly being considered to direct the film. However, she shot down that rumor herself near the beginning of this year.

Related: Margot Robbie Confirms DC’s Birds of Prey is Less Male Gaze-y

According to The Wrap, real-life partners and fellow filmmakers Gerwig and Baumbach have now closed a deal to write a new live-action Barbie movie script. The former isn’t set to direct just yet, but she’s said to have dibs on the job if she ultimately decides she wants it.

In terms of their film collaborations, Gerwig and Baumbach have worked together on such acclaimed projects as Frances Ha and Mistress America (both of which they cowrote, with Gerwig starring and Baumbach directing). Gerwig went on to make her directing debut with 2017’s Lady Bird, a much celebrated and (very) loosely autobiographical coming of age dramedy that was nominated for Best Picture and snagged Gerwig Oscar nods for both her writing and directing. Her sophomore feature, an adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women, is due to reach theaters this December, and is expected to become an Oscar contender in its own right.

The prospect of Gerwig and Baumbach working on a live-action Barbie movie is unexpected, but more than welcome, especially with Robbie starring and Gerwig potentially directing. What could’ve easily been a lazy attempt to cash-in on the enduring popularity of the Barbie brand is currently shaping up to be a creatively worthwhile adaptation of a best-selling toy instead. (Dare we say, even the next LEGO Movie?) The film is technically scheduled to arrive in May 2020, but it’s safe to assume at this point that WB is planning to delay Barbie to give its future director – be it Gerwig or not – the time that they need to avoid having to rush things.

NEXT: Little Women First-Look Photos Reveal Greta Gerwig’s Adaptation

Source: The Wrap


2019-07-15 01:07:07

Sandy Schaefer

How Legion’s Professor X Compares To X-Men Movie Versions

Legion has finally revealed its version of the iconic mutant Professor X – but how does he compare to his X-Men movie counterparts played by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy? In Legion, Charles Xavier is the biological father of David Haller, the show’s ultra-powerful mutant protagonist (or antagonist, depending on where we are in the story). For its first two seasons, Xavier was never directly evoked, but hinted at through some familiar imagery, like an empty wheelchair. But for Legion’s final season, the man himself will be making an appearance. Games of Thrones and Doctor Who alum Harry Lloyd appeared as the famous mutant telepath – sporting a full head of hair – in the season’s third episode, a flashback sequence telling the surprisingly sad story of how David’s parents fell in love.

We obviously have only spent one episode with Lloyd’s Xavier, but it’s already easy to see there are some important differences between this version and the movie versions. The biggest difference is the most obvious – this version of Xavier is the father of David Haller. This is not something Legion just conjured up; David Haller was a crucial figure in the X-Men comics in the 90s, serving as a catalyst for the line-wide Age of Apocalypse event. It’s a scenario rich with possibilities, and keeping Xavier off the board until the story’s climax was an inspired choice for Legion. It’s possible the film versions of Xavier could have fathered a child with Gabrielle Haller, but there was never any indication of that. This is an aspect of the character that the films never explored, which is not surprising. Legion is a dark, intimate story that wouldn’t have worked in a two-hour blockbuster, squeezed in between scenes of Wolverine stabbing people and Dark Phoenix scowling.

Related: Legion Introduces Professor X (& Reveals David’s Problems Are His Fault)

This version of Xavier also exists in a different era than the movie versions. While the X-Men films have always played it fast and loose with its own continuity, Stewart and McAvoy are ostensibly portraying the same version of the character, who was seen in X-Men: First Class to be a man in his mid-20s by 1961. In Legion, Xavier fought in World War II at about the same age, two decades earlier than the film version. This Xavier was deeply affected by the horrors he endured during the war, which led him to a post-war psychiatric ward. Xavier didn’t think much of the doctors, but used his time there to help others through their issues with his psychic abilities, including Gabrielle Haller. Charles and Gabrielle would fall in love, and Xavier altered the minds of the psych ward doctors to arrange their early release so they could start their lives together. Unfortunately, that little bit of hubris on Xavier’s part my prove to be his damaged son’s undoing.

Despite the fact he’s the benevolent face of mutantkind, Xavier has never been a morally pure character, which has always held true in the live action adaptations as well. Stewart’s Professor X made some ethically questionable choices regarding Wolverine and Jean Grey, and McAvoy’s Xavier was such a constant, selfish screwup that it was occasionally difficult to understand why anyone would follow the guy. This is definitely the case with Lloyd’s Xavier, who makes quick, self-serving decisions without thinking through the possible consequences. It would seem that cost him his wife, and may end up costing David his life.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Legion’s version of Charles Xavier. There’s been no hint that the X-Men exist, or that Xavier even started a school for mutants. Also, another surprisingly dark scenario is starting to seem more and more likely. In the comics, Xavier never knew about his son until he was an adult, but it’s starting to seem highly improbable that Xavier didn’t know this version of David. He raised him at least for a little while with Gabrielle before the Shadow King took hold, and we’ve still not seen the exact fallout from that. But most importantly, will we finally get to see David confront the man who abandoned him as an infant, damning him to years of psychic torture? It’s the biggest question Legion has yet to resolve, and the answer is likely coming as the series hurtles toward its conclusion.

Next: Legion Reveals David’s Plan (& It’s More Green Lantern Than X-Men)


2019-07-13 12:07:07

Dusty Stowe

Comic-Con 2019 Schedule: Best Movie/TV Panels (& What Will Be Revealed)

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 is right around the corner, and the convention’s schedule is packed with panels for some of the biggest TV shows and movies. From The Walking Dead to the first look at what’s coming next from Marvel Studios, it’s shaping up to be a very busy weekend, so we’ve put together a guide to the best panels, when they’re taking place, and what reveals to expect. This year Comic-Con kicks off on Wednesday, July 17th and concludes on Sunday, July 21st.

While SDCC is first and foremost a hub for all things comic book-related, this year there won’t be a Warner Bros. panel in Hall H – which means no previews for upcoming DC movies like Joker or Wonder Woman 1984. Disney has its own fan convention, D23 Expo, which is taking place in August, so the studio will be holding back some trailers and previews until then. For example, there won’t be a Star Wars panel in Hall H this year, so don’t expect any big reveals related to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker or upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian. In addition to Warner Bros., Sony and Universal are also skipping Hall H this year, which means no reveals for Venom 2, Morbius, or Jurassic World 3.

Related: Why Marvel Studios Skipped Comic-Con in 2018

That’s what you won’t see – so what about what you will see? Marvel has a big presence at Comic-Con 2019, with Marvel Games and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD panels in Hall H on Thursday, Writing Avengers: Endgame and A Conversation With the Russo Brothers on Friday, and the big Marvel Studios panel on Saturday, where we’re expecting to see some of what’s coming up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Four. HBO is also making a big push, with panels for Westworld season 3, His Dark Materials, and Game of Thrones. Meanwhile, horror fans can look forward to some footage from IT Chapter Two at ScareDiego and a new look at Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

No matter where your pop culture tastes lie, there’ll be something to look forward to at SDCC 2019 – whether you’re attending the convention or just following along with the biggest reveals online. Here’s a schedule for the biggest panels, which guests will be in attendance, and what we can expect to see.

Thursday 18th July – 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm BST

Paramount Pictures’ big Hall H presentation at SDCC 2019 is Terminator: Dark Fate, the sixth installment in the long-running sci-fi action franchise. Series mainstay Arnold Schwarzenegger will be a guest on the Terminator: Dark Fate panel, alongside Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and director Tim Miller. Expect a new trailer at the very least, along with some behind the scenes reveals.

Thursday 18th July – 1:30pm PDT/4:30pm EDT/9:30pm BST

Moderated by Greg Miller, the Marvel Games panel will feature Marvel Games VP and executive director Bill Roseman along with other panelists from Marvel Games. Expect to see trailers and gameplay footage from upcoming titles Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Marvel’s Iron Man VR, and Marvel’s Avengers.

Thursday 18th July – 3:30pm PDT/6:30pm EDT/11:3opm BST

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is getting its first ever Hall H panel this year, with stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward in attendance. They’ll be joined by executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb. Expect a sneak peek of what’s to come in the upcoming season 6 finale, as well as some teases for what lies ahead in season 7.

Thursday 18th July – 4:45pm PDT/7:45pm EDT/12:45am BST

HBO’s first big Hall H panel of the weekend is His Dark Materials, offering a look at what’s to come in the upcoming TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy. Cast members Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ruth Wilson will be in attendance, and we can probably look forward to seeing a new trailer for the series, which will premiere later this year. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session.

Friday 19th July – 10:00am PDT/1:00pm EDT/6:00pm BST

Go back to the very start of Avengers: Endgame with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, as they chat to Backstory editor-in-chief Jeff Goldsmith about the challenge of writing two epic superhero movies back-to-back. Though the panel’s name only mentions Avengers: Endgame, we can naturally expect extensive discussion of Avengers: Infinity War as well. We may get to see some more behind-the-scenes footage and concept art, and learn about alternative endings or deleted scenes.

Friday 19th July – 11:00am PDT/2:00pm EDT/7pm BST

A discussion about the process of writing Avengers 3 and 4 will be immediately followed by a panel that digs into the enormous undertaking of filming the two movies. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo will talk about their journey with Marvel Studios and what lies ahead for their new production company AGBO. The directors teased on Twitter that they will be showing some kind of footage, but we don’t know exactly what it will be.

Friday 19th July – 12:00pm PDT/3:00pm EDT/8:00pm BST

The final day of Comic-Con will coincide with Fear the Walking Dead‘s season 5 mid-season finale, though the show will only be on break for a few weeks before returning in August. Fans can probably expect to see either a teaser for the mid-season finale or a preview of what’s to come in the second half of the season during SDCC’s Fear the Walking Dead Hall H panel. In attendance are cast members Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Maggie Grace, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Austin Amelio, Alexa Nisenson, Karen David, Jenna Elfman, and Rubén Blades. They’ll be joined by Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, as well as executive producers Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, Robert Kirkman, Gale Ann Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero, and co-executive producer Michael Satrazemis. The panel will be moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.

Friday 19th July – 1:00pm PDT/4:00pm EDT/7:00pm BST

Immediately following the Fear the Walking Dead panel in Hall H is parent show The Walking Dead. There will be a first-look trailer for The Walking Dead season 10, and the cast and producers will discuss the process of filming the upcoming season. In attendance is Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, as well as executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Ann Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero, as well as cast members Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Avi Nash, Cooper Andrews, Ryan Hurst, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, and Cailey Fleming.

Friday 19th July – 2:15pm PDT/5:15pm EDT/10:15pm BST

Netflix’s new fantasy series The Witcher, based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski and the video games by CD Projekt RED, is getting a big Hall H showcase at SDCC 2019. No guests have yet been confirmed for this panel, but we can probably expect to see star Henry Cavill and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, as well as supporting cast members. There hasn’t yet been a trailer released for The Witcher, so the first footage will almost certainly be making its debut at Comic-Con.

Friday 19th July – 3:30pm PDT/6:30pm EDT/11:30pm BST

A panel for Amazon’s new series The Boys, based on the comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, is taking place in Ballroom 20, with cast members Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, and Karen Fukuhara in attendance. They’ll be joined by executive producers Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Jessie T. Usher, and Elisabeth Shue, and the panel will be moderated by Aisha Tyler. The series is set to premiere the week after Comic-Con 2019, on July 26, so we may well get to see a final trailer and possibly early confirmation of a season 2 renewal.

Friday 19th July – 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT/1:30am BST

Game of Thrones may be over, but it’s doing a “victory lap” at SDCC 2019, with a Hall H panel and Q&A session. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss aren’t yet confirmed to be in attendance, but fans can expect to see cast members Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Conleth Hill, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed several episodes including “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Bells,” will also be in attendance. It’s possible that HBO may use this as an opportunity to reveal a glimpse what’s coming next in the Game of Thrones prequel series, which began filming last month.

Saturday 20th July – 11:30am PDT/2:30pm EDT/7:30pm BST

Big things are happening in the Star Trek universe, and you can find out all about them in Hall H’s Enter the Star Trek Universe Panel. This 90-minute presentation will cover the upcoming third season of Star Trek: Discovery, as well as the highly-anticipated Star Trek: Picard and new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green will be in attendance alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin, and Martin-Green’s co-star Tig Notaro will moderate the panel. Star Trek: Lower Decks‘ panel will feature co-creator Mike McMahan and other guests, and will offer a first look at the upcoming series.

Finally, Star Trek: Picard‘s panel will include the legendary Sir Patrick Stewart, alongside co-stars Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway. Executive producers Kurtzman and Kadin will also be on this panel, along with Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman. We’ve already seen a short teaser trailer for Star Trek: Picard, but hopefully this panel will be accompanied by the release of a full trailer.

Saturday 20th July – 1:15pm PDT/4:15pm EDT/9:15pm BST

HBO’s cerebral sci-fi series Westworld is set to return for season 3 in 2020, and fans can get an early look at the next chapter of the story during Comic-Con’s Westworld III panel in Hall H. In attendance are cast members Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright, along with showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The first full-length trailer for Westworld season 3 made its debut alongside the season finale of Game of Thrones, and focused mainly on Paul’s character, so expect to see more of Dolores’ journey in the Comic-Con trailer.

  • Batwoman – Saturday 20th July – 10:30am PDT/1:30pm EDT/6:30pm BST
  • Arrow – Saturday 20th July – 3:30pm PDT/6:30pm EDT/11:30pm BST
  • Supergirl – Saturday 20th July – 4:15pm PDT/7:15pm EDT/12:15aam BST
  • Black Lightning – Saturday 20th July – 5:00pm PDT/8:00pm EDT/1:00am BST
  • The Flash – Saturday 20th July – 5:45pm PDT/8:45pm EDT/1:45am BST

The CW’s superheroes are dominating SDCC 2019’s Saturday in Ballroom 20, with five panels that include four of the Arrowverse shows and solo series Black Lightning. The Batwoman presentation in the morning will include a screening of the pilot episode and a Q&A session regarding the newest of the Arrowverse series, and we can expect first-look trailers for the other shows’ upcoming seasons ahead of their return in the fall. Notably absent from the lineup is Legends of Tomorrow, which is also returning this fall for season 5.

Saturday 20th July – 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT/12:00am BST

The lengthily-titled Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: A Master Class with Guillermo del Toro, The Making of a Monster Panel will take place in the Horton Grand Theatre. As the name suggests, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark producer Guillermo del Toro will be in attendance, along with director André Øvredal. The panel will reveal a new monster that will be featured in the upcoming movie, which is based on the book of the same name by Alvin Schwartz. It seems likely that attendees will get to see exclusive footage of a scene from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark featuring this new monster.

Saturday 20th July – 5:15pm PDT/8:15pm EDT/1:15am BST

Easily the biggest and most-exciting panel of the Comic-Con weekend, this 90-minute Marvel Studios presentation will offer a first look at what’s to come in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The official program offers very little information, saying only that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will be on the panel along with “surprise panelists.” Black Widow has been filming for some time now and is assumed to be the first of Marvel’s 2020 releases, so we may well get a trailer for that movie. There’s a good chance that Marvel will also unveil the full upcoming slate of Phase Four movies, as they did for Phase Three all the way back in 2014. We have some idea of what’s coming next in the MCU, but be ready for some surprises during this panel.

Saturday 20th July – 7:00pm PDT/10:00pm EDT/3:00am BST

DC’s streaming entertainment platform DC Universe has a two-hour presentation dedicated to its original series, which will offer trailers and footage from Titans, Doom Patrol, Young Justice: Outsiders, and a first look at upcoming animated series Harley Quinn. “Select producers and stars” will be in attendance, and its possible that there will be surprise announcements of other upcoming projects for DC Universe.

The incredibly long-lived fantasy horror series Supernatural is finally coming to a close with season 15, and it’s getting ready to go out in style at Comic-Con 2019. In attendance are series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Alexander Calvert, as well as executive producers Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Brad Buckner, and Robert Berens. The Hall H panel promises a special video presentation, which will most likely be a trailer for Supernatural season 15.

More: Comic-Con 2019: All The Movie & TV Trailers To Expect



2019-07-13 10:07:43

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Comic-Con 2019 Schedule: Best Movie/TV Panels (& What Will Be Revealed)

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 is right around the corner, and the convention’s schedule is packed with panels for some of the biggest TV shows and movies. From The Walking Dead to the first look at what’s coming next from Marvel Studios, it’s shaping up to be a very busy weekend, so we’ve put together a guide to the best panels, when they’re taking place, and what reveals to expect. This year Comic-Con kicks off on Wednesday, July 17th and concludes on Sunday, July 21st.

While SDCC is first and foremost a hub for all things comic book-related, this year there won’t be a Warner Bros. panel in Hall H – which means no previews for upcoming DC movies like Joker or Wonder Woman 1984. Disney has its own fan convention, D23 Expo, which is taking place in August, so the studio will be holding back some trailers and previews until then. For example, there won’t be a Star Wars panel in Hall H this year, so don’t expect any big reveals related to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker or upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian. In addition to Warner Bros., Sony and Universal are also skipping Hall H this year, which means no reveals for Venom 2, Morbius, or Jurassic World 3.

Related: Why Marvel Studios Skipped Comic-Con in 2018

That’s what you won’t see – so what about what you will see? Marvel has a big presence at Comic-Con 2019, with Marvel Games and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD panels in Hall H on Thursday, Writing Avengers: Endgame and A Conversation With the Russo Brothers on Friday, and the big Marvel Studios panel on Saturday, where we’re expecting to see some of what’s coming up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Four. HBO is also making a big push, with panels for Westworld season 3, His Dark Materials, and Game of Thrones. Meanwhile, horror fans can look forward to some footage from IT Chapter Two at ScareDiego and a new look at Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

No matter where your pop culture tastes lie, there’ll be something to look forward to at SDCC 2019 – whether you’re attending the convention or just following along with the biggest reveals online. Here’s a schedule for the biggest panels, which guests will be in attendance, and what we can expect to see.

Thursday 18th July – 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm BST

Paramount Pictures’ big Hall H presentation at SDCC 2019 is Terminator: Dark Fate, the sixth installment in the long-running sci-fi action franchise. Series mainstay Arnold Schwarzenegger will be a guest on the Terminator: Dark Fate panel, alongside Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and director Tim Miller. Expect a new trailer at the very least, along with some behind the scenes reveals.

Thursday 18th July – 1:30pm PDT/4:30pm EDT/9:30pm BST

Moderated by Greg Miller, the Marvel Games panel will feature Marvel Games VP and executive director Bill Roseman along with other panelists from Marvel Games. Expect to see trailers and gameplay footage from upcoming titles Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Marvel’s Iron Man VR, and Marvel’s Avengers.

Thursday 18th July – 3:30pm PDT/6:30pm EDT/11:3opm BST

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is getting its first ever Hall H panel this year, with stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward in attendance. They’ll be joined by executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb. Expect a sneak peek of what’s to come in the upcoming season 6 finale, as well as some teases for what lies ahead in season 7.

Thursday 18th July – 4:45pm PDT/7:45pm EDT/12:45am BST

HBO’s first big Hall H panel of the weekend is His Dark Materials, offering a look at what’s to come in the upcoming TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy. Cast members Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Ruth Wilson will be in attendance, and we can probably look forward to seeing a new trailer for the series, which will premiere later this year. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session.

Friday 19th July – 10:00am PDT/1:00pm EDT/6:00pm BST

Go back to the very start of Avengers: Endgame with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, as they chat to Backstory editor-in-chief Jeff Goldsmith about the challenge of writing two epic superhero movies back-to-back. Though the panel’s name only mentions Avengers: Endgame, we can naturally expect extensive discussion of Avengers: Infinity War as well. We may get to see some more behind-the-scenes footage and concept art, and learn about alternative endings or deleted scenes.

Friday 19th July – 11:00am PDT/2:00pm EDT/7pm BST

A discussion about the process of writing Avengers 3 and 4 will be immediately followed by a panel that digs into the enormous undertaking of filming the two movies. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo will talk about their journey with Marvel Studios and what lies ahead for their new production company AGBO. The directors teased on Twitter that they will be showing some kind of footage, but we don’t know exactly what it will be.

Friday 19th July – 12:00pm PDT/3:00pm EDT/8:00pm BST

The final day of Comic-Con will coincide with Fear the Walking Dead‘s season 5 mid-season finale, though the show will only be on break for a few weeks before returning in August. Fans can probably expect to see either a teaser for the mid-season finale or a preview of what’s to come in the second half of the season during SDCC’s Fear the Walking Dead Hall H panel. In attendance are cast members Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Maggie Grace, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Austin Amelio, Alexa Nisenson, Karen David, Jenna Elfman, and Rubén Blades. They’ll be joined by Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, as well as executive producers Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, Robert Kirkman, Gale Ann Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero, and co-executive producer Michael Satrazemis. The panel will be moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick.

Friday 19th July – 1:00pm PDT/4:00pm EDT/7:00pm BST

Immediately following the Fear the Walking Dead panel in Hall H is parent show The Walking Dead. There will be a first-look trailer for The Walking Dead season 10, and the cast and producers will discuss the process of filming the upcoming season. In attendance is Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, as well as executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Ann Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero, as well as cast members Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Avi Nash, Cooper Andrews, Ryan Hurst, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, and Cailey Fleming.

Friday 19th July – 2:15pm PDT/5:15pm EDT/10:15pm BST

Netflix’s new fantasy series The Witcher, based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski and the video games by CD Projekt RED, is getting a big Hall H showcase at SDCC 2019. No guests have yet been confirmed for this panel, but we can probably expect to see star Henry Cavill and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, as well as supporting cast members. There hasn’t yet been a trailer released for The Witcher, so the first footage will almost certainly be making its debut at Comic-Con.

Friday 19th July – 3:30pm PDT/6:30pm EDT/11:30pm BST

A panel for Amazon’s new series The Boys, based on the comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, is taking place in Ballroom 20, with cast members Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, and Karen Fukuhara in attendance. They’ll be joined by executive producers Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, Jessie T. Usher, and Elisabeth Shue, and the panel will be moderated by Aisha Tyler. The series is set to premiere the week after Comic-Con 2019, on July 26, so we may well get to see a final trailer and possibly early confirmation of a season 2 renewal.

Friday 19th July – 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT/1:30am BST

Game of Thrones may be over, but it’s doing a “victory lap” at SDCC 2019, with a Hall H panel and Q&A session. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss aren’t yet confirmed to be in attendance, but fans can expect to see cast members Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Conleth Hill, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright. Miguel Sapochnik, who directed several episodes including “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Bells,” will also be in attendance. It’s possible that HBO may use this as an opportunity to reveal a glimpse what’s coming next in the Game of Thrones prequel series, which began filming last month.

Saturday 20th July – 11:30am PDT/2:30pm EDT/7:30pm BST

Big things are happening in the Star Trek universe, and you can find out all about them in Hall H’s Enter the Star Trek Universe Panel. This 90-minute presentation will cover the upcoming third season of Star Trek: Discovery, as well as the highly-anticipated Star Trek: Picard and new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green will be in attendance alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin, and Martin-Green’s co-star Tig Notaro will moderate the panel. Star Trek: Lower Decks‘ panel will feature co-creator Mike McMahan and other guests, and will offer a first look at the upcoming series.

Finally, Star Trek: Picard‘s panel will include the legendary Sir Patrick Stewart, alongside co-stars Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway. Executive producers Kurtzman and Kadin will also be on this panel, along with Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman. We’ve already seen a short teaser trailer for Star Trek: Picard, but hopefully this panel will be accompanied by the release of a full trailer.

Saturday 20th July – 1:15pm PDT/4:15pm EDT/9:15pm BST

HBO’s cerebral sci-fi series Westworld is set to return for season 3 in 2020, and fans can get an early look at the next chapter of the story during Comic-Con’s Westworld III panel in Hall H. In attendance are cast members Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright, along with showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The first full-length trailer for Westworld season 3 made its debut alongside the season finale of Game of Thrones, and focused mainly on Paul’s character, so expect to see more of Dolores’ journey in the Comic-Con trailer.

  • Batwoman – Saturday 20th July – 10:30am PDT/1:30pm EDT/6:30pm BST
  • Arrow – Saturday 20th July – 3:30pm PDT/6:30pm EDT/11:30pm BST
  • Supergirl – Saturday 20th July – 4:15pm PDT/7:15pm EDT/12:15aam BST
  • Black Lightning – Saturday 20th July – 5:00pm PDT/8:00pm EDT/1:00am BST
  • The Flash – Saturday 20th July – 5:45pm PDT/8:45pm EDT/1:45am BST

The CW’s superheroes are dominating SDCC 2019’s Saturday in Ballroom 20, with five panels that include four of the Arrowverse shows and solo series Black Lightning. The Batwoman presentation in the morning will include a screening of the pilot episode and a Q&A session regarding the newest of the Arrowverse series, and we can expect first-look trailers for the other shows’ upcoming seasons ahead of their return in the fall. Notably absent from the lineup is Legends of Tomorrow, which is also returning this fall for season 5.

Saturday 20th July – 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT/12:00am BST

The lengthily-titled Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: A Master Class with Guillermo del Toro, The Making of a Monster Panel will take place in the Horton Grand Theatre. As the name suggests, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark producer Guillermo del Toro will be in attendance, along with director André Øvredal. The panel will reveal a new monster that will be featured in the upcoming movie, which is based on the book of the same name by Alvin Schwartz. It seems likely that attendees will get to see exclusive footage of a scene from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark featuring this new monster.

Saturday 20th July – 5:15pm PDT/8:15pm EDT/1:15am BST

Easily the biggest and most-exciting panel of the Comic-Con weekend, this 90-minute Marvel Studios presentation will offer a first look at what’s to come in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The official program offers very little information, saying only that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will be on the panel along with “surprise panelists.” Black Widow has been filming for some time now and is assumed to be the first of Marvel’s 2020 releases, so we may well get a trailer for that movie. There’s a good chance that Marvel will also unveil the full upcoming slate of Phase Four movies, as they did for Phase Three all the way back in 2014. We have some idea of what’s coming next in the MCU, but be ready for some surprises during this panel.

Saturday 20th July – 7:00pm PDT/10:00pm EDT/3:00am BST

DC’s streaming entertainment platform DC Universe has a two-hour presentation dedicated to its original series, which will offer trailers and footage from Titans, Doom Patrol, Young Justice: Outsiders, and a first look at upcoming animated series Harley Quinn. “Select producers and stars” will be in attendance, and its possible that there will be surprise announcements of other upcoming projects for DC Universe.

The incredibly long-lived fantasy horror series Supernatural is finally coming to a close with season 15, and it’s getting ready to go out in style at Comic-Con 2019. In attendance are series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Alexander Calvert, as well as executive producers Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Brad Buckner, and Robert Berens. The Hall H panel promises a special video presentation, which will most likely be a trailer for Supernatural season 15.

More: Comic-Con 2019: All The Movie & TV Trailers To Expect



2019-07-13 10:07:43

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Every Batman Movie, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes Score | ScreenRant

Batman is arguably the superhero with the most disparity in his big-screen appearances. Zack Snyder may have given us a Superman with no red undies, but Joel Schumacher gave us a Batman with nipples on his suit, Chris McKay gave us a zany Lego version of Batman, and Christopher Nolan gave us a cinematic study of the American city disguised as a Batman movie.

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The Batman movies are a curious thing, because a couple of them are considered to be among the greatest movies ever made and a couple of them are considered to be among the worst movies ever made. So, here is Every Batman Movie, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes Score.

10 Batman & Robin (11%)

This movie was so bad that Joel Schumacher apologized for it. Everything in the movie looks like it was designed to be a toy, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Mr. Freeze has far more corny one-liners than credibility, and by adding nipples and a codpiece to the iconic Batsuit, Schumacher managed to make the Dark Knight, the most serious character in comics history, laughable.

Some critics also noted the movie’s homoerotic overtones – not in a subtle Fight Club way; in a distracting, on-the-nose, closeups-of-Batman’s-butt way. Although it’s dressed up like a gloomy $160 million blockbuster, Batman & Robin feels like a bad, overlong episode of the ‘60s TV series.

9 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (27%)

Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has the components of a good movie, but it has the same problem as Iron Man 2 – focusing too much on setting up the wider cinematic universe to be a great film in its own right – and worse than that, the setup went nowhere. At least with Iron Man 2, all the Easter eggs were leading somewhere.

In BvS, it seems as though the producers were just throwing random flashbacks and flashforwards and Easter eggs at the wall to see what stuck, and sadly, none of it did. But Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight had the makings of an excellent Batman.

8 Batman Forever (39%)

Sure, Batman Forever is camp, but at least Jim Carrey’s performance as the Riddler works in the unusual tone’s favor, even if Tommy Lee Jones feeds off his energy and gives us a wackadoo Two-Face. Val Kilmer did a pretty good job of playing both a suave Bruce Wayne and a cool-as-a-cucumber Caped Crusader, but problems start to arise when Chris O’Donnell’s Robin shows up.

Robin is Batman’s young mentor. He works best as a naive kid who isn’t ready to fight crime. Their on-screen relationship should be similar to Tony Stark and Peter Parker in the MCU. O’Donnell’s Robin was in his mid-twenties.

7 Justice League (40%)

With Superman absent for most of Justice League, the burden fell on Batman to lead the team, and that felt disingenuous to the character. He’s not a leader; he’s a lone wolf. It’s a shame that Warner Bros. threw out a lot of Zack Snyder’s story ideas and instead reshaped the script to copy what worked with The Avengers (including hiring Joss Whedon to add humor, for God knows what reason), because it made the movie a total mess.

Snyder initially wanted a distant-future setting, an evil Superman in a black suit, and an expansion of the “Knightmare” concept. If Warner Bros. had been willing to take those risks, perhaps this would be a lot higher on the list.

6 Batman (71%)

Tim Burton was the perfect choice to direct a Batman movie, because his sumptuous gothic visuals go hand-in-hand with the world of Bruce Wayne. His Gotham City landscapes were inspired by Fritz Lang’s seminal sci-fi epic Metropolis, while Jack Nicholson’s Joker is straight out of a horror movie.

RELATED: Joker Movie: 6 Things We Want To Happen With Arthur Fleck (And 4 We Don’t)

Burton’s take on Batman is far more stylized than Nolan’s, but that doesn’t mean it’s worse. Batman is one of the most groundbreaking and influential comic book movies of all time, since it told studios that audiences would turn out in droves to see a darker, gloomier, more adult-oriented superhero film if it was well-made.

5 Batman Returns (78%)

The Rotten Tomatoes algorithm judges Tim Burton’s second big-screen take on the Batman comics to be superior to his first, and while Batman Returns wasn’t as revolutionary as the first one, Burton did go bigger and better with the sequel. This movie introduced the notion of two villains in the same movie – a perfectly cast Danny DeVito as the Penguin opposite an equally perfectly cast Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman – and that’s a formula that’s carried through the Batman movies ever since.

Batman Returns is a little gloomier and scarier than Batman (the rule of thumb with sequels is to go darker, but there wasn’t much darker territory for Burton to cover after his 1989 original), but the focus is still on character-building, plotting, and superhero action.

4 Batman Begins (84%)

Origin stories, by their very nature, aren’t very exciting. We don’t want to watch a guy training to be a superhero – we want to watch a superhero fighting crime. However, with Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan did a fine job of making an origin story movie that wasn’t boring.

When Bruce Wayne is training with the League of Shadows, we’re not waiting for him to become Batman, because we’re intrigued. What helps is that Nolan explores the origin of Batman beyond simply showing why he hates crime and dresses like a bat. For the first time on the big screen, Nolan showed us how Batman learned to fight.

3 The Dark Knight Rises (87%)

Third movies are tricky, because they have to build on the first two, conclude the trilogy, and live up to the enormous hype. In the case of The Dark Knight Rises, that hype was ridiculous. Christopher Nolan had to top The Dark Knight, which many critics consider to be one of the greatest movies ever made, and to his credit, he did a pretty good job.

He followed up the opening IMAX bank heist with an opening IMAX plane heist; he followed up Heath Ledger’s Joker with Tom Hardy’s Bane (not quite as chilling or mesmerizing, but arguably as iconic); and he followed up Batman sacrificing his reputation with Batman sacrificing himself. The Dark Knight Rises may not have bested The Dark Knight – and, to be fair, that was probably impossible – but it came pretty darn close.

2 The Lego Batman Movie (90%)

This Batman-centric spin-off from The Lego Movie was far better than it had any right to be, to put it lightly. Chris McKay used the opportunities presented by the silliness of Lego animation and no need to tie the film into a wider universe to throw everything we’ve ever wanted to see in a Batman movie at the screen.

RELATED: 10 Actors We’d Like To See Play Villains In The Next MCU Spider-Man Movie

On the whole, The Lego Batman Movie is a spot-on parody of the Batman comics – showing Bruce Wayne as an immature man-child who refuses to grow up, reducing Batman and the Joker’s relationship to a romcom-esque “will they/won’t they?” dynamic etc. – but it all has a lot of heart.

1 The Dark Knight (94%)

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight has the freshest Rotten Tomatoes score of any Batman movie, which will surely surprise no one. Heath Ledger set the gold standard for cinematic supervillains with his portrait of the Joker as an unpredictable agent of chaos, while Christian Bale added more depth to Batman’s dual nature than he did before and subtle performances from Michael Caine as Alfred and Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon built on the film’s overriding humanity.

The Dark Knight is a Michael Mann-style thriller that explores crime and corruption in Gotham in a way that feels as real as The Wire’s study of crime and corruption in Baltimore.

NEXT: 10 Ways Robert Pattinson’s Younger Batman Could Change The DCEU


2019-07-13 09:07:01

Ben Sherlock

Shang-Chi Movie: Marvel Trying To Cast Chinese Lead Very Soon

For Shang-Chi, Marvel Studios is reportedly looking to cast its lead role soon, with only Chinese actors in contention – possibly for a reveal at San Diego Comic-Con. With all three of 2019’s Marvel Cinematic Universe installments officially released (the last being Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Far From Home), fans are looking ahead at the wide open landscape of Phase 4. Bob Iger, CEO of Marvel’s parent company Walt Disney Studios, promised fans that the upcoming MCU Phase 4 slate would be revealed this summer, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has assured reporters on multiple occasions that announcements would be made following the release of Far From Home.

Although no official announcements have been made, the Black Widow movie is filming, The Eternals is casting, and Shang-Chi has a director in Destin Daniel Cretton, if not a star – just yet. So fans know a little about what to expect from Phase 4. For its part, Shang-Chi will mark Marvel Studios’ first feature with an Asian-American lead, and it appears the studio and the film’s creatives are dedicated to making sure they do the superhero justice. Now, according to the latest reports, it seems Marvel Studios is moving quickly to cast the lead role of Shang-Chi, and they’re being particular in their search for the next MCU hero.

Related: Every Marvel Movie Coming After Spider-Man: Far From Home

Variety’s Justin Kroll reported on Twitter that Marvel is putting out test offers to a group of actors for the role of Shang-Chi. Per Kroll, Marvel is “adamant” the men are of Chinese descent specifically, not another Asian ancestry, to portray the Chinese superhero. As of yet, it’s unclear if Marvel Studios and an actor will reach a deal in time for San Diego Comic-Con, but the studio has roughly one week to do so. Marvel Studios is set to hold a SDCC panel on Saturday, July 20 in Hall H.

Given Shang-Chi will be the first major Chinese superhero in the MCU, the role is highly coveted. A number of actors in Hollywood have publicly put their names forward, including Grey’s Anatomy’s Alex Landi and Inhumans‘ Mike Moh – though it’s unclear if they also reached out to Marvel Studios. Meanwhile, a recently rumored short-list for Shang-Chi included Ludi Lin (Power Rangers). Though it’s unclear how much truth was in that report, Lin was born in China so he may be in contention after all.

However, it’s not yet known who exactly Marvel Studios sent test offers to. At least fans can take heart in Marvel Studios being dedicated to having a Chinese actor play the Chinese Shang-Chi character. Fans will have to wait and see who eventually gets cast as Shang-Chi, but they may not need to wait too long. With Marvel Studios holding a Hall H panel at SDCC next weekend, there are sure to be plenty of Phase 4 announcements – including, perhaps, who will play the lead role in Shang-Chi.

Next: How Marvel’s Shang-Chi Movie Can Avoid Iron Fist’s Mistakes

Source: Justin Kroll/Twitter



2019-07-13 07:07:17

Molly Freeman

Captain Marvel: 10 Things In The Movie That Only Make Sense If You Read The Comics

The first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to debut in 2019 was Captain Marvel, the origin movie for the titular superhero and (technically) a prequel to The Avengers. The movie tells how the defiant airforce pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) became Capt. Marvel – the strongest Avenger and possibly one of the most powerful beings in the whole universe.

But in her move from the pages of a comic book to the big screen, Capt. Marvel changed a lot and left a lot of interesting and important details in translation. While these changes aren’t detrimental to her presence in the MCU, their absences make certain events and abilities a bit hard to understand. Here are 10 things in Captain Marvel that only make sense if you read the comics.

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10 The Kree-Skrull War

From the day that she started fighting for the Kree, Capt. Marvel was told that their duty was to exterminate the shapeshifting Skrulls. The Krees’ irrational hatred of the Skrulls is briefly mentioned in the movie – where it’s revealed that the Skrulls are war refugees being oppressed by the Kree – but the comics provide a different in-depth explanation.

The races have been at war for generations and their conflict hit a boiling point when the Kree attacked a Skrull solar system. Desperate, the Skrulls called the Avengers for help while the half-Kree Capt. Marvel begrudgingly sided with the Kree.

9 Goose’s Digestive Tract

Capt. Marvel’s cat Goose isn’t just an ordinary pet because it’s actually a Flerken: an alien that hides giant tentacles, fangs and hundreds of its eggs within its body. It also just so happens to look like a regular Earth cat.

Flerkens’ stomachs are also known to be pocket realities that can hold and digest pretty much anything, including objects and beings larger than it. This is how Goose can store her tentacles in her small frame and swallow the Tesseract before puking it out without suffering any major damage despite eating an Infinity Stone.

8 The Source Of Her Powers

In the movie, Carol Danvers becomes Capt. Marvel after an experimental engine powered by the Tesseract’s energies explodes in her face. Miraculously, she isn’t harmed and instead receives incredible superpowers.

Similarly, Capt. Marvel gets her powers from a Kree device in the comics but this time it’s from the Psyche-Magnitron – something designed to bestow superpowers to a designated target or user from the start. As a result, Capt. Marvel gained super strength, flight, enhanced senses, photonic blasts, and more following the life-threatening incident.

7 Her Inhibited Strength

Capt. Marvel is one of the most powerful superheroes in both the comics and the MCU. Her raw power surpasses even the cosmic scales, which is why a measly Kree inhibitor keeping her in check didn’t make much sense.

The only way this could be justified is if Capt. Marvel was brainwashed, which happened a lot in the early comics. To subdue her, villains like the Brood, MODOK, and Supreme Intelligence convinced Carol that she wasn’t that powerful. The Kree in the movie had it easy since Carol lost her memories in the blast, making her conditioning less troublesome.

6 Her Nigh-Invulnerability

Over the course of her movie. Capt. Marvel takes a lot of punishment from either Kree soldiers or ships and barely receives a scratch. This isn’t the result of luck, but her passive superhuman abilities in action.

Not only can she absorb energy and force before firing it back at its source, but she also has a quick-acting healing factor that allows her to recuperate in the heat of battle. This could help explain how she effortlessly wiped out a Kree war fleet while tanking Thanos’ Hulk-stopping punches and a Power Stone blast later in Endgame.

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5 Her Photon Blasts

It’s unclear what exactly the Tesseract’s energies did to Capt. Marvel and how they gave her an assortment of powers, one of which is the ability to fire concentrated photon shots from her hands.

A possible explanation lies in the comics, specifically when the Brood experimented on her and gave her the ability to manipulate the stars’ energies into photon blasts. This is referred to as “The Binary,” since the ability allows Carol to wield the energies of a binary star as a blast of yellow energy. Canonically, there are few beings who can surpass Capt. Marvel’s Binary Form.

4 Her Military Background

Despite suffering from amnesia and being conditioned by the Kree, Capt. Marvel retains her combat prowess and even improves her skills with the addition of her newfound superpowers.

This is because Carol’s airforce training on Earth is heavily engrained in both her body and mind. While glimpses of her army days and some flight training are shown in the movie, her military background is a lot more grueling and extensive in the comics. This is also why she exudes leadership and commands respect wherever she goes – she’s military authority incarnate.

3 Capt. Marvel’s Network

By being born on Earth and being trained by the Kree, it’s established in the comics that Capt. Marvel networked around the universe. This may explain her expansive knowledge of the cosmos despite being a (temporarily) brainwashed Kree soldier with limited memories.

In her cinematic appearances, Capt. Marvel is familiar with the universe’s many planets and races, even guiding the Skrulls to their new homeworld. It’s implied that she knows exactly how to help different worlds affected by Thanos’ snap, though it’s never shown. Perhaps her many galactic connections proved useful during these off-world missions.

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2 Her Seventh Sense

Capt. Marvel always seemed to appear at the right moment, coming in the nick of time to save the day. This was best seen in her Avengers appearances when she lucked into Tony Stark and arrived at the last minute to turn the tides of war against Thanos.

If Carol retained her Seventh Sense from the comics, her conveniently great timing would make a lot more sense. Simply put, this instinct allows her to feel major changes anywhere in the universe. This could also be why she left Earth post-Infinity War, sensing trouble on a cosmic scale.

1 The Real Carol Danvers

Despite being different sides of the same person, the stoic Kree fighter Vers and the rebellious human pilot Carol have overlapping traits that made it hard for some to differentiate the two.

Carol had a similar dual identity in her earlier comics, but it’s better laid out. Previously, Ms. Marvel was an entirely new persona that Carol could switch to – not unlike Billy Batson and Shazam. The trade-off was that Carol lost her emotions whenever she became the hot-blooded Kree warrior. If not for Prof. Xavier’s help, Carol would never have been able to feel anything as Ms. Marvel.

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Angelo Delos Trinos