The Tick Season 2: Why The Volume Of Superhero Projects Calls Out For The Tick

As Amazon launches season 2 of The Tick, creator Ben Edlund discusses why the saturation of comic book and superhero projects in film and TV is essentially a call for the hero to return. Edlund’s blue-suited creation has been around in one form or another for more than three decades, and in that time has made his way to fans in the form of comic books, an animated series, and two live-action television shows. 

The second live-action series, which stars Peter Serafinowicz as the Tick and Griffin Newman as his timid but determined sidekick, Arthur, has come about during a time when superhero film and television projects aren’t just popular, they’re the dominant form of entertainment. With films like Avengers: Endgame breaking box-office records before it has even been released, and the summer movie season filled with one new comic-related project after another, it’s no wonder. But as Edlund sees it, The Tick works as a response to the phenomenon; it’s a chance to spoof what’s popular, but also to probe the reasons why it is that way. 

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In a recent interview with Screen Rant, Edlund discussed the ubiquity of superhero content, saying he feels the character’s recent return to television is born of a desire to look into the popularity of superheroes and their cultural dominance. Edlund said: 

“Those are sort of, they’re linked, in a sense, because it’s the ubiquity that calls out for the Tick. We would have just stayed quiet, but the tremendous volume … It is such a phenomenon in our culture. Maybe only rivaled previously by Westerns, as far as something that kind of takes over. It’s like pervasive romance with an alternate universe that … It used to mean something. It’s definitely wide-open to lampoon, but also to investigate. That’s kind of what The Tick has been a vehicle for me to do.

Tick’s been a vehicle for that investigation previously, and for each [version] that I’ve done of him… investigating that period of both the medium and the time for superheroes in the culture. This sort of cried out, after the profusion and the endurance of this particular wave of superhero films and TV shows, because the Tick himself has a kind of good, long heritage. It felt it was time to go back to work.”

Newman agrees. While speaking with Screen Rant in a separate interview, the actor discussed how The Tick, in many ways, opens the door for a necessary commentary on “peak superhero culture.”

“I’ve been living with this character for three years. At the time that we shot the pilot I felt like the culture is never gonna be more superhero saturated then it is now. This is clearly the peak superhero culture and that’s why this a good time to bring the Tick back to comment on it, and now three years later, the culture is somehow even more superhero inundated. I remember in 2008 people said this clearly has to be the end of superhero culture and then the two superhero movies that summer were Iron Man and The Dark Knight, which then defined the next 10 years of superhero culture. I think it’s a thing that’s not gonna go away anytime soon. I think what’s gonna keep changing is our relationship to these stories. These stories are gonna continue to be in dialogue with whatever’s going on in the culture and The Tick as a property has always been in dialogue with whatever’s going on in superhero culture, standing there as a funhouse mirror to whatever’s going on there.”

The Tick is certainly has plenty of experience working as a funhouse mirror to the world of comic book heroes and villains. With those characters at an all-time high in terms of visibility and popularity, it stands to reason that Tick and Arthur are the irreverent heroes the genre needs right now. 

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The Tick season 2 is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. 

2019-04-05 10:04:35

Kevin Yeoman

10 Unrealized Joss Whedon Projects We Want To See

Joss Whedon is fanboy royalty, crafting both original works that find a huge fan base, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, and adaptations that please fans of the source material, like the first two Avengers movies (although particularly the first one). His movies and TV shows haven’t all been huge hits (even if the ones that aren’t huge commercial hits do become cult hits), which means he doesn’t always have an easy time getting funding for his projects. Sometimes, things fall apart – it happens all the time in Hollywood – and we’re left to wonder about what could’ve been. Here are 10 Unrealized Joss Whedon Projects We Want To See.

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10 Buffy The Animated Series

Since the Buffy fan base is one of the biggest in genre TV history, there have been a bunch of spin-offs in and out of development since it went off the air. One was Buffy the Animated Series, a cartoon show that would’ve brought back all our favorite characters with a zanier tone. Sarah Michelle Gellar wasn’t interested, but Alyson Hannigan and David Boreanaz were open to returning. Comic book writer Jeph Loeb and Daredevil season one showrunner Steven S. DeKnight were among the writers who worked on the series before the network Fox Kids shuttered and no other networks were interested in developing it.

9 Afterlife

In the ‘90s, Joss Whedon sold his script for this supernatural thriller for $1.5 million, and yet whoever spent that money on it never got it into production. Its premise sounds deliciously complex, as it revolves around a government scientist who dies and later wakes up with his mind imprinted on the body of a mindless serial killer known as “the Snowman.” The script sounds like it could’ve turned out to be a horror classic if it was in the hands of the right director,

8 Batgirl

In 2017, Joss Whedon was hired to write and direct a movie about the Batgirl character for the DC Extended Universe. This was after he’d stepped in to finish the Justice League shoot when a personal tragedy forced Zack Snyder to step down from the director’s chair. However, by February 2018, Whedon had dropped out of the project, saying he couldn’t come up with the right story to do the character justice on the big screen. It’s unclear if Warner Bros. will still do the movie with a different writer-director or if it’s just been canceled altogether, but Whedon’s version would’ve been awesome.

7 Wastelanders

In 2011, it was reported that Joss Whedon was collaborating with Warren Ellis on a web series about the apocalypse called Wastelanders. Ellis is a jack of all trades, having written Iron Man’s “Extremis” comic book arc, the video game Dead Space, and the source material of the Red movies. As it turns out, bad timing was the downfall of this project. It was announced right before Whedon was hired by Marvel Studios to make the first Avengers movie. And then right after that, he was signed on to make the second Avengers movie. So, the project unfortunately never materialized.

6 Suspension

This is a spec script Whedon wrote in the ‘90s for an action thriller that was described as “Die Hard on a bridge.” While “Die Hard on a bridge” might not sound as awesome a premise as “Die Hard on an airplane” or “Die Hard on a battleship” or “Die Hard in an intergalactic prison,” in Whedon’s hands, it surely would’ve turned out to be something great.

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Remember, “Die Hard on a bus” doesn’t sound like a great idea, but it became Speed, one of the greatest action movies ever made. In fact, Whedon did some uncredited script doctor work on Speed, so it’s right in his wheelhouse.

5 Batman: Year One

Before Christopher Nolan successfully revived the Batman movie franchise with Batman Begins, a bunch of people had a crack at doing a reboot. The Wachowski siblings submitted a script that was rejected, Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct for a while, and Joss Whedon wrote a script based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Batman: Year One, a dark retelling of the Caped Crusader’s origin story. Whedon created a whole new villain for his script, a character inspired by Hannibal Lecter, and he also reportedly depicted Bruce Wayne as “a morbid, death-obsessed kid” who is called into action when he saves a girl from being attacked in an alley.

4 Ripper

Ripper is one of many mooted Buffy spin-off projects that have been announced and sadly fallen through. This one was meant to be a spin-off about Rupert Giles, with Anthony Stewart Head signed up to reprise the role, either in the form of a miniseries or a made-for-TV movie. The last that was reported about the project was a 90-minute special. However, that was over ten years ago and all we’ve had in that time is a comic book storyline that was likely adapted from unused material from this project. It could still happen eventually, but it sure is unlikely.

3 Goners

Not a lot is known about Joss Whedon’s script for Goners, but it’s been described as a fantasy thriller with a female lead named Mia. Whedon’s intention with the movie was to revitalize the horror genre: “I’ve been seeing a lot of horror movies that are torture porn, where kids we don’t care about are mutilated for hours, and I just cannot abide them…[Goners] is an antidote to that very kind of film, the horror movie with the expendable human beings in it. Because I don’t believe any human beings are.” Some of the themes and ideas in the Goners script were reused for The Cabin in the Woods, but we’d still like to see Goners.

2 Wonder Woman

The DCEU’s Wonder Woman solo movie turned out pretty fantastic. Gal Gadot is incredible in the lead role and Patty Jenkins did such a great job of directing it that she was on Time magazine’s shortlist for 2017’s Person of the Year as a result of it.

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Still, Joss Whedon has shown himself to be a great director of superhero blockbuster movies with the Avengers movies, and he’s famous for writing and directing strong female roles, so it would’ve been interesting to see his take on the character. It would’ve been set during World War II, so his unused material might even have inspired the DCEU’s WWI-set story.

1 Alien 5

Before Ridley Scott decided to make a sort-of-but-not-really prequel to the Alien franchise with Prometheus, the studio was trying to put together a fifth installment to revolve around an adult Newt from Aliens and a resurrected Ellen Ripley. Joss Whedon was hired to write it, having previously written the fourth installment. His script was passed between a few directors like Danny Boyle and Peter Jackson before finally landing in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s hands. For God knows what reason, Jeunet rewrote Whedon’s script as a comedy, Sigourney Weaver hated it, and the whole thing was called off. Whedon’s vision for Alien 5 was probably pretty great.

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2019-03-16 11:03:04

Ben Sherlock

5 Marvel Projects Confirmed For 2019 (And 15 Possibilities)

Ever since Marvel Studios released Iron Man in 2008, superhero movies have taken the box office by storm. Superhero films today are often the most anticipated movies that come out each year, but Disney isn’t the only movie studio to release superhero flicks.

Each movie studio seems to be raking in the money when it comes to superhero movies, with the rights for certain characters belonging to certain companies. For example, Warner Bros. has secured the rights to several DC characters, Sony still has the rights to Spider-Man and his villains, and 20th Century Fox also had the rights to many superheroesm such as X-Men and the Fantastic Four. However, Disney has acquired these characters as the house of Mouse has recently bought out 20th Century Fox.

Even though Disney has obtained the rights to these characters, they aren’t currently a part of the MCU since they have yet to establish them in their universe. With that being said, there are still several Marvel projects from Fox and other movie studios that are coming out in 2019 that are not a part of the MCU, and even more that have been rumored. With the popularity of superhero movies, ideas are often fast-tracked to the box office, which means that some of these rumored superhero movies likely won’t come out in 2019, but they certainly have the potential to.

Without further ado, here are the 5 Marvel Projects Confirmed For 2019 (And 15 Possibilities).

20 Possibility: All Female Into The Spider-Verse Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hasn’t even been released yet, but there are already rumors about more movies set in the animated Spider-Verse world. One of the possible sequels fans could see is an all-female Spider-Verse film. In the upcoming movie, Spider-Gwen and Peni Parker are two of the Spider-People who are rumored to be included in their own animated film.

That being said, there are tons of other female Spider-Man characters within the pages of comic books that could make their way into the movie. Characters such as Madame Web, Spider-Woman, Lady Spider, and Spinneret, could all possibly make appearances in the movie, but that is only scratching the surface of potential characters.

19 Possibility: Morbius, The Living Vampire

With the success of Venom, Sony seems to be developing several more movies revolving around Spider-Man’s villains. Morbius, The Living Vampire is one of these films, and Sony has confirmed this is the next Spider-Man related project they will be working on.

Jared Leto may still be a part of the DC Extended Universe as the Joker, but he will also become a part of a Marvel movie, as he has been cast as Morbius. Leto will star as the biochemist turned vampire, while the mobir will be directed by Daniel Espinosa, who formerly directed films like Life, Easy Money, and Safe House. Morbius is expected to begin filming in February 2019.

18 Possibility: X-Force

One of the biggest superhero franchises outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the X-Men series. While most of the movies in their series have been rated PG-13, Deadpool broke the system by being rated R. Both Deadpool and Deadpool 2, were big hits but Deadpool 3 isn’t necessarily a for sure thing just yet.

That being said, plans for X-Force are moving forward, especially since director Drew Goddard is now finished working on Bad Times at the El Royale. The X-Force team was previously teased in Deadpool 2, but the superhero team is supposed to be getting their own movie soon. The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but with the popularity of Deadpool, the movie could be fast-tracked for a 2019 release

17 Confirmed: The Punisher Season 2

Fans have been wanting to see the Netflix superhero characters make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years, but that doesn’t seem likely any time soon. Kevin Feige has not only shut down this idea, but several of the Netflix superhero shows have already been canceled. So far, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil have all been canceled, but The Punisher season 2 is still coming to Netflix in 2019.

It is unclear whether the show will be canceled after the season comes out, but with several of the other shows getting canceled, it seems likely. The Punisher was introduced to the Netflix superhero universe when he appeared in Daredevil season 2, but he eventually got his own spin-off series.

16 Possibility: X-23

While Hugh Jackman may have retired from the role of Logan, aka Wolverine, the X-Men movies are far from being over. There are several X-Men projects in development, including one that focuses on a character from the Oscar-nominated movie Logan. In Logan, Dafne Keen played a character named Laura, who is also known as X-23.

Director James Mangold and X-23 creator Craig Kyle are currently working on a spin-off movie revolving around X-23, but not a lot is known about the project. Many people would like to see Dafne Keen return to the character she played in 2017, but unfortunately, it isn’t even known if she will be returning just yet.

15 Possibility: Kitty Pryde

Yet another X-Men movie rumored to be coming soon is Kitty Pryde. The film is currently going under the title 143, a reference to Uncanny X-Men #143.  In the comic Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat, is being stalked by a demon from another dimension. Deadpool director Tim Miller is supposedly directing the movie, with Brian Michael Bendis working as a writer.

Although Ellen Page is currently playing the character in the X-Men franchise, it is unknown on whether Page would return to the role, or if the character would be recast with someone else. Regardless of who plays the character, the movie appears to be happening.

14 Possibility: Doctor Doom

Doctor Doom is one of Marvel’s oldest supervillains, often being the antagonist for the superhero team The Fantastic Four. So far, the character has been adapted for a movie three times. First in 1994 with the failed Fantastic Four movie, again in 2005 for Fantastic Four and the sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and once more in 2015 for the horrific Fantastic Four reboot.

The Fantastic Four movies often have trouble with fans and critics, but it appears Doctor Doom is coming to the big screen again for a solo movie. It is believed that the film will be a mix of genres, being comparable to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

13 Confirmed: Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix might have been delayed a number of times, but it looks like the X-Men movie is finally coming to the big screen in 2019. The story of Jean Grey as the Dark Phoenix was previously attempted in 2006 with X-Men: The Last Stand, but 20th Century Fox is trying again with Sophie Turner in the role.

The movie will take place in 1992, around ten years after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse. Dark Phoenix was postponed to 2019 to allow for reshoots, but it isn’t currently believed that this film will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Dark Phoenix currently has a release date of June 7, 2019.

12 Possibility: Black Cat

Sony was at one point developing a movie called Silver and Black, which would have told the stories of the Spider-Man characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. Sony has now revealed that each character will get their own solo film instead of combining the two stories into one movie. Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, first debuted in 1979 for the comic The Amazing Spider-Man #194.

Felicity Jones played Felicia Hardy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2; however, her character never transformed into Black Cat. Black Cat was also a big character for the recent PS4 game Spider-Man, but she will soon be seen up on the big screen.

11 Possibility: Multiple Man

Another X-Men character expected to get his own movie is Multiple Man. The character Jamie Madrox first appeared in Giant Size Fantastic Four #4 in February 1975. The character has made an appearance in the X-Men film universe, for the film X-Men: The Last Stand, and was played by Eric Dane.

A Multiple Man movie was announced near the end of 2017, but not a lot has happened since then. James Franco is supposed to star and produce the film with Simon Kinberg, but with the Disney and 20th Century Fox merger happening, the opportunity for the film may be too late. That being said, this could be one reason why the movie may be fast-tracked for a 2019 release.

10 Possibility: Kraven The Hunter

While there are multiple Spider-Man projects currently in development, one that is expected to happen soon is Kraven the Hunter. Even though Venom received mixed reviews, the movie still made a lot of money which could make Kraven the Hunter happen sooner rather than later.

The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 in 1964, but the story that is believed to be used for the film is from the Kraven’s Last Hunt storyline. The character has appeared in a number of Spider-Man comic books and video games over the years, but he has yet to get his big screen adaptation. With the popularity that Spider-Man has right now, this seems like a project Sony will want to get out quick.

9 Confirmed: Legion Season 3

While the X-Men movie series is still going strong, the TV side of the X-Men franchise is going well also. As of right now, there are two X-Men TV shows on air. The Gifted airs on Fox and is set in a world where humans and mutants don’t get along. The second half of season 2 is set to debut on New Year’s Day, and Legion is also confirmed to be returning in 2019.

Legion is considered to be the best of the two shows, with two seasons having aired on FX since 2017. While The Gifted revolves around several mutants, Legion centers on a character named David Haller, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, before realizing that he has superpowers. Legion season 3 doesn’t currently have a release date, but will return in 2019.

8 Possibility: Venom 2

Upon confirmation that Sony was developing a Venom solo movie without Spider-Man, many fans were concerned about the project. The marketing for the film didn’t help the movie much, with the first trailer getting heavily criticized by fans. Upon the movie’s release, it got mixed reviews, but still ended up doing great at the box office, meaning a sequel is inevitable.

Many people thought that if Venom flopped the rights to Spider-Man might be sold to Disney, but with the success of Venom, that seems unlikely to happen. Venom is supposedly fighting Carnage in the sequel, but Sony hasn’t currently set a release date for the symbiote filled movie.

7 Possibility: Silk 

While Sony is expanding their Spider-Man franchise by making solo movies about Spider-Man’s villains, they are also making solo movies about other heroes in the Spider-Man universe. One of these characters is Silk, who goes by the alter ego Cindy Moon. She has many of the same powers as Spider-Man, but also has an eidetic memory, organic web-shooters, and an advanced form of the Spider-sense called Silk-sense.

Moon actually appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. The character was a student at Midtown School of Science and Technology with Peter, who was also part of his decathlon team. She was played by Tiffany Espensen, but Sony will likely recast the role for their solo movie.

6 Possibility: Silver Sable

Even though Black Cat and Silver Sable won’t be featured in the same superhero movie, each character will get their own movie thanks to Sony. Sony must be confident in their plans to develop movies for lesser-known characters like Silver Sable, because they seem to have a lot of these types of films in development.

While comic book fans likely know everything there is to know about Silver Sable, many people probably just know her from her appearance in the Spider-Man PS4 game. Like most of Sony’s Spider-Man projects, not a lot is known about Silver Sable, but now seems like the perfect time for her solo movie since she played a big role in the Spider-Man video game.

5 Confirmed: The New Mutants

Much like Dark Phoenix, The New Mutants was also delayed until 2019 for reshoots. Many fans are looking forward to The New Mutants since it will be one of the few superhero movies that mix horror with the superhero genre. The story revolves around a group of mutants being held in a facility against their wills, and the trailer seems to effectively capture this horror.

The movie will be directed by Josh Boone, and actors such as Charlie Heaton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Maisie Williams will star in the film. The New Mutants will be released on August 2, 2019, as long as it doesn’t get delayed again.

4 Possibility: Jackpot

Another Spider-Man related character that will be getting their own movie from Sony is Jackpot. Jackpot is a relatively new character to the Spider-Man universe, with the character first appearing in the Spider-Man: Swing Shift series in 2007. The character’s alter ego was originally Sara Ehret, but in 2008, Alana Jobson took over the superhero persona.

While the character was at one point an important part of the Spider-Man universe, she hasn’t been seen in a comic book since 2010, which is odd since she will be getting her own spinoff movie. Aside from the fact that the film will be made, not much else is known about Jackpot, but maybe Sony will surprise everyone with a 2019 release date.

3 Possibility: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is fast approaching, but Sony has already announced that they are developing a sequel to the animated adventure. So far, reviews for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have been incredible, and there are even some rumors that the movie will be nominated for Best Animated Feature come Oscar season.

That being said, a sequel to the film shouldn’t be a big surprise given that the first movie has already been getting great reviews. Joaquim Dos Santos will be in charge of directing the sequel, and while a 2019 release date is unlikely, stranger things have happened in Hollywood when it comes to a release date.

2 Possibility: Nightwatch

Hopefully fans don’t get sick of Spider-Man characters, because there are apparently a ton of Spider related movies coming. One of these characters is Nightwatch; a superhero first appearing in Marvel comics in the ‘90s. Nightwatch may have similar powers to most superheroes, but his costume is what made him stand out among other heroes.

His suit was made of self-replicated nanites, and his cape moved in accordance with his subconscious thoughts. Much like all of the other Spider-Man spinoff movies, virtually nothing is known about the Nightwatch movie. Sony could move forward with more well-known characters first, but it is still possible that Nightwatch could see a 2019 release date if production is rushed.

1 Confirmed: Jessica Jones Season 3

Superhero movies may be popular on the big screen, but Netflix proved that characters can be just as successful on the small screen. Netflix’s superhero shows started with Daredevil in 2015, but over the next several years, more superhero titles were added to the streaming service. Jessica Jones was added in the same year as Daredevil, only Krysten Ritter’s show came out closer to the end of the year as compared to Daredevil.

Many of Netflix’s superhero shows have been canceled recently, but the third season of Jessica Jones will debut in 2019. However, the show’s fate after 2019 unclear. The show could continue on the streaming service, but it is likely to get canned after the third season premieres.

Are there any other Marvel projects you want to see in 2019? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-08 09:12:20

13 DC Projects Coming In 2019 (And 12 We Have To Wait For)

While Marvel always seems to be providing constant entertainment on both television and movie sceens worldwide, DC’s not as far behind as you may think. With the new DC Universe streaming service now providing additional streaming content to accompany the Arrowverse shows and the DCEU, there’s never been so much fresh content for fans of the brand.

While there are only two DCEU films coming in 2019, there are far more projects than you think coming on the way in future years or in early stages of production. Whether they’re DC Universe exclusive shows like Doom Patrol, DCEU tentpoles like Wonder Woman 1984, animated movies like Reign of the Supermen, or returning favorites like Young Justice: Outsiders, there’s something for every DC fan on the horizon. With the likes of Daredevil and the other Netflix Marvel shows going by the wayside as Disney ramps up to the launch of its own streaming service, comic fans could use some more quality comic book-inspired content, particularly on the more mature side, which has become an under-represented market these days.

Then there are those movies and shows that lie beyond the wall of 2019, which also deserve recognition. DC is bring us the Rock-starring Black Adam, the Harley Quinn-headlined Birds of Prey film, and so many more. Do not make a mistake of underestimating Warner Bros. and DC as all of these projects do indicate an impressive, content-filled future for DC-branded films and shows.

Here are 13 DC Projects Coming In 2019 (And 12 We Have To Wait For).

25 2019: Shazam!

While Shazam used to have the same level of name recognition as Superman decades ago, he’s become something of a forgotten gem. Now that DC seems intent on trying to expand its universe with more “obscure” characters, Shazam can establish himself again as one of DC’s most popular heroes.

Shazam! stars Asher Angel/Zachary Levi as Billy Batson, a young man who after coming into contact with a magical wizard that grants him the ability to become a super-powered hero if he simply says the magic word: Shazam! Expect lots of laughs and plenty of heart when Shazam! comes out on April 5th.

24 Wait: Wonder Woman 1984

While the anticipated sequel to the much-beloved Wonder Woman has been shoved all the way to mid-2020, that doesn’t mean fans can’t get excited with some story details. Set during the Cold War, Diana is conflicting with the Soviet Union while also combating a new capable opponent in a villainous presence named Cheetah.

The sequel’s setting seems perfect during this time where ’80s-related media is seemingly even hotter than they were during the 1980s themselves. Add in the potential for social commentary about the modern age, an apparent resurrection of Steve Trevor, and you’ve got a compelling sequel on your hands. Wonder Woman 1984 comes out June 5th, 2020.

23 2019: Joker

The Clown Prince of Crime is, at last, receiving the solo movie treatment. Todd Phillips (The Hangover series, War Dogs) is directing what appears to be an extremely twisted, ’70s-inspired film about a failed comedian who decides to take a drastically new direction with his life.

Starring Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, and Robert De Niro, Joker plans on redefining everyone’s favorite psychotic clown in more ways than one. With on-set photos depicting a chaotic experience and the promised R-rating, you can expect this film to remind audiences why they love this character in all his wicked glory. Joker comes out October 4th, 2019.

22 Wait: Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)

This Harley Quinn spinoff may have a brand new name and a whole lot of exciting components. What’s to get excited about? How does Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) teaming up to take on Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask in a violent, R-rated explosion of personality for two hours sound?

While Joker vs. Harley Quinn and Gotham City Sirens also involve Quinn, it seems this film will really be her standout moment. Director Cathy Yan and Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson are prepped to provide an action movie that hasn’t been seen within any other comic book movie. It certainly goes beyond just being a Suicide Squad spinoff. Birds of Prey comes out February 7th, 2020.

21 2019: Doom Patrol

If you’ve been keeping up with DC’s Titans series, you have already been introduced to the Doom Patrol. Robotman, Elasti-Woman, Negative Man, and other fresh faces will be gathered for an all-important mission given to them by Cyborg. Looking to be a mix of X-Men and Suicide SquadDoom Patrol will be unlike any series preceding it. Extremely personable characters, each with their own personal struggles and quirks, make up one odd, loving family.

Starring Matt Bomer, Brendan Frasier, April Bowlby and James Bond himself Timothy Dalton, Doom Patrol warrants your attention. The new series is expected to premiere around in 2019 on the DC Universe service.

20 Wait: Suicide Squad 2

Even with the Joker and Harley Quinn movies on the way, there’s still Suicide Squad 2 barrelling toward us. Currently back in the development process since Birds of Prey “borrowed” many of Suicide Squad 2‘s original script ideas, the sequel is reportedly being reimagined by creative behind Guardians of the Galaxy: James Gunn.

With the marketing for Suicide Squad being compared to Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he seems like a great candidate for the job. It’s unclear which members of the Squad will return and which ones will be replaced, but definitely expect big changes. Suicide Squad 2‘s release is TBA.

19 2019: Swamp Thing

The Swampy Green Giant is finally getting his own series, and it’s coming to the DC Universe app soon. From producer James Wan (director of Aquaman and The Conjuring films) comes a live-action interpretation of Alec Holland and his transformation from a normal man to something far more. After coming into contact with a swamp-borne virus, he is presumed deceased– but is he?

Included with this tale of bayou mysticism are a mix of horrific sights, heroism, fantasy, and even some beauty. Holland will struggle with his attempts to retain his humanity as he becomes something quite monstrous. Swamp Thing is due for release approximately between late May-August of next year on the DCU app.

18 Wait: Cyborg

With this character’s appearance in Justice League and strong fan base thanks to the Teen Titans series, you’d expect a standalone to be confirmed by now, right? Cyborg has been pushed back to mid-2020.

Even if you think he doesn’t need one, it’s been “implied” that his cut Justice League scenes were removed so they could be utilized in a Cyborg movie. There’s a significant amount of Victor Stone’s story that has yet to be told, and it deserves to be shared. Cyborg is slated for release April 3rd, 2020.

17 2019: Young Justice: Outsiders

At long last, Young Justice lives again. Five years and one cancellation later, the series is back with Young Justice: Outsiders. Serving as the third season of the series, Outsiders involves two superhero teams (The Team and The Outsiders) as they attempt to disrupt metahuman trafficking as a result of events from the previous season.

All of the original cast members are returning to play their characters and it looks like the stakes have never been higher with Darkseid not too far from the action. Young Justice Outsiders will premiere January 4th on DC Universe.

16 Wait: The Flash

Back to characters who are missing chunks of their story, where’s Barry Allen’s movie? The Flash has gone through a series of creative shifts and departures but has seemingly found its leaders in John Francis Daley and Johnathan Goldstein (Game Night).

The project was initially rebranded to be Flashpoint, but there isn’t much known about the story at the moment. The pair promised a movie similar in tone to the Back to the Future movies. The Flash is scheduled to begin production late 2019.

15 2019: Stargirl

With all current DC comic book movies and shows centering on adults dealing with the troubles of superheroism, it’s time that they show a high schooler taking on this struggle. Stargirl sees high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore inspire those around her to form a crime-fighting squad that would eventually become the Justice Society of America.

The series is being handled by Geoff Johns, the original creator of the character. With the all-too-familiar structure of shows on the Arrowverse, Stargirl should provide fans something much different in both tone and structure. Stargirl is expected to come out September/October on DC Universe.

14 Wait: The Batman

Initially a Batman-certified solo film with Ben Affleck set to direct, write, and star in the movie, things have changed tremendously following his stepping down. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Planet of the Apes series) now serves as director and screenwriter.

It’s currently unclear what direction Reeves will take with the film. Rumors have stated it could be a prequel or it could be a standalone set after the events of Justice League. Affleck’s status with the film has been questioned, but until proven otherwise, he’s still set to star. The Batman‘s release date is TBA.

13 2019: Harley Quinn

If you thought Harley Quinn’s popularity was already at its peak, you haven’t seen anything yet. Before her announced live-action movies, there’s the Harley Quinn show. Voiced by The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco, HQ involves Harley and her best friend Poison Ivy as they go on many different, wildly violent adventures.

Bolstering a greatly talented cast and pitch-perfect animation, this show intends to prove why fans love this Ms. Quinzel so much. With (according to Harley herself) gratuitous violence and plenty of curse words bleeped, this should be a very different animated show than fans are used to. Harley Quinn is expected to debut mid-October on DC Universe.

12 Wait: Green Lantern Corps.

The Ryan Reynolds-starring Green Lantern film from 2011 may still be fresh in people’s minds, but Green Lantern Corps. sounds like a project determined to bring respect back to the Lantern name. Described as “Lethal Weapon in space” by Warner Bros., the film will feature Hal Jordan and John Stewart as the main characters.

Green Lantern Corps. was originally written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel), but has since added on Geoff Johns to rewrite the script. With Johns’ expertise on Green Lantern, having written one of the character’s best outings back in 2015, things sound promising for the project. Green Lantern Corps. is scheduled to release July 24th, 2020.

11 2019: Gotham Season 5

The wild, boldly unpredictable series  set in pre-Batman Gotham city is drawing to a close with its fifth season in 2019. Even after less-than-stellar ratings, Fox gave the show an opportunity to finish off its long-developing origin story. Expect proceedings to be chaotic, villain-filled, and uncompromisingly-odd.

Villains like Bane, Harley Quinn (at least a version of her), and more are expected to enter the chaos too, adding their own craziness to the show. A grand finale is surely on the table for this series when Gotham‘s fifth season debuts January 3rd on Fox.

10 Wait: Black Adam

Considering Dwayne Johnson’s ability to be all over Hollywood, it’s incredible that he hasn’t appeared in a comic book movie. Black Adam is a film that will remedy this fact. Initially slated to star in David F. Sandberg’s Shazam!, WB elected to separate the two, allowing for the character to be better developed. This way, the character’s downward spiral into villainy could be properly captured.

Plot-wise, Black Adam will see the titular character attempt to fight his way out of slavery in Khandaq. The film’s tone is expected to be gritty like the source material and will apparently involve several DC heroes. Black Adam‘s production is set for late 2019.

9 2019: Krypton Season 2

Krypton debuted its first season this year and earned a renewal by Syfy. The show takes place 200 years before the birth of Superman and involves Seg-El, the grandfather of Kal-El, as he attempts to earn redemption for his family name and maintain Krypton’s safety so that Superman may one day live.

Much like Gotham, the show deploys recognizable villains like General Zod and Brainiac to keep things interesting, with season 2’s inclusion of Lobo only raising the stakes further. Superman fans can easily have a blast with this series. Krypton season 2 will debut some time in 2019 on Syfy.

8 Wait: Batgirl

With Batman on the big screen and both Nightwing and Batwoman on TV, the Bat-family has been spreading across the DC brand. Batgirl would only end up increasing that spread, and many fans would be happy to see it.

Regardless of which version of the character is used, Batgirl is a character with rich history across each of its interpretations. Originally set to be directed and written by Joss Whedon, but he departed the project in February 2018. There’s no one in the directing chair at the moment, but Christina Hodson (Remember her? She’s writing Birds of Prey!) will be the screenwriter. Batgirl‘s production start is TBA.

7 2019: Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

DC Animation brings Diana Prince back to the spotlight for the first time since 2009 with Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. Although the long delay between standalone Wonder Woman animated movies was a result of low initial sales, the character’s success in live-action has earned her another shot.

Little information is known about Bloodlines, but you can expect DC to unveil more when its animated films begin releasing next year. The film comes at a good time as Wonder Woman fans have to wait until 2020 for Wonder Woman 1984. Bloodlines can help keep the hype train chugging along until then. Wonder Woman: Bloodlines comes out sometime in 2019 to DVD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand.

6 Wait: Booster Gold/Blue Beetle

Although there have been rumors of two separate Blue Beetle movies (one with Ted Kord and the other with Jaime Reyes), it seems there’s only one with an actual script. The finished script, written by Zack Stentz (X-Men First Class, Thor) also happens to involve a certain friend of Blue Beetle’s, Booster Gold. The recently Jamie Reyes vehicle has Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer on board as screenwriter.

Stentz’s would be primarily centered around Booster Gold, but the two would frequently be together. Stentz has stated on his Twitter account that he’s done with the script, but it still needs to get the confirmation from WB. Booster Gold/Blue Beetle‘s production is TBA, as is Blue Beetle‘s.

5 2019: Batman: Hush

In Batman Hush, Bruce Wayne fights against his worst enemy: himself. Okay, it’s not literally himself, but rather someone who takes his identity and pretends to be him, forcing the real Bruce Wayne to take action.

Hush is an animated adaptation of the classic Batman comic by Jeph Loeb. Batman will face off against Poison Ivy, Ra’s al Ghul, The Joker, and the titular villain Hush. If you’ve never read the original graphic novel, check Hush out. It’s worth it just to see one of Batman’s most memorable stories– and one of his most underrated villains.

4 Wait: Lobo

The alien bounty hunter Lobo is apparently getting the big-screen treatment. While he’s making his live-action debut on Krypton, the screenplay for his film is currently being reworked by Jason Fuchs to allow for a less-demanding production budget.

In development since 2009, Lobo has gone through some changes, initially having Guy Ritchie and Brad Peyton as directors. They didn’t pan out, but in February 2018, WB began courting Bay for the job, which may not work out either. Lobo‘s production start is TBA.

3 2019: Reign of the Supermen

A continuation of 2017’s The Death of Superman, Reign of the Supermen sees Metropolis and the rest of the world react to Superman’s passing. With Supes out of the picture, multiple different versions of the hero appear, eager to take up his mantle.

Coming from the same team as TDoSReign is a project that should live up to the quality of its predecessor, particularly with an excellent cast filling out the voice cast. Reign of the Supermen comes out January 29th, on DVD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand.

2 Wait: New Gods

Few would expect the director of Selma to be the one leading a New Gods film, but Ava DuVernay’s passion for the characters makes her a great choice. After all, she’s the one who pitched the movie to DC Films.  Fans got a glimpse of them during Justice League‘s “Who’s that Steppenwolf guy?” sequence, and this film would greatly expand on that setup.

The film is in early development as it searches for a screenwriter, but DuVernay apparently intends to adapt Jack Kirby’s 1984-85 run of the series. Few other details are available on the project, but don’t sleep on it quite yet. It could be something really special. New Gods‘ production date is TBA.

1 2019: Watchmen

A decade after Zack Snyder’s big screen adaptation comes HBO’s Watchmen TV series. With showrunner Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), a score from Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, and a cast including Regina King, Jean Smart, and Jeremy Irons, the series clearly has a pedigree– now we just need to figure out what it’s about!

Though Jeremy Irons is reportedly playing iconic Watchmen character Ozymandias, the series is rumored to be set decades after the time period of the original story.

Which DC project are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-06 03:12:41

Does First Man Have An After-Credits Scene?

You’ve been to the Moon and back with Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, does First Man have an after-credits scene in store for you? The new film from Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) is about the first man to walk on the lunar surface, exploring Armstong’s family life as much as his humanity leaping actions.

It’s a very different sort of biopic for sure. While all the key moments are there – Neil joining NASA, the near-fatal Gemini 8 mission, the successful and unforgettable Apollo 11 landings – the film takes a more abstract approach, with documentary-style filming and moments of reflection creating something more personal than a peek behind the curtain. One of the biggest aspects of this is the lack of any end cards that explain what happened to First Man‘s key players after the Moon landings.

Watch: The First Man Trailer

And if you’re expecting to find out more by sticking around in the theater, you’re out of luck: First Man does not have an after-credits scene. However, there are two very good reasons to still stick about. The first is Justin Hurwitz’s score. In the movie itself, it’s a stunning blend of grounded and magical styles, evoking 2001 and Interstellar while still being its own thing, and the credits suite is a perfect cap. Second, there’s the use of archive NASA recordings at the end that serve as both a reminder of the reality of this story and how space exploration continued beyond the Moon landings.

It shouldn’t be too surprising that First Man doesn’t include anything after the credits. Even with it shirking a lot of drama genre conventions, it’s not going to dip its toe into a trope typically saved for superhero movies. The story of both the Space Race and Neil Armstrong are completed by the movie’s end, so there’s no greater narrative to explore – even if that final scene is rather ambiguous. A stinger showing Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the US flag in the Moon would be humorous, but again not totally fitting.

There’ll be other ways to keep up with the talent involved. Chazelle is going to be giving the big screen a break, but is set to direct the first two episodes of upcoming musical Netflix series The Eddy and is writing a project for Apple TV. Ryan Gosling has no other acting projects lined up, but Claire Foy will be back in cinemas next month for The Girl In The Spider’s Web (but not on Netflix for The Crown, where the role of Queen Elizabeth has been recast with Olivia Coleman).

Next: First Man’s Moon Sequences Are Meant To Be Seen In IMAX

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2018-10-11 03:10:50 – Alex Leadbeater

Black Panther 2 Moving Forward With Ryan Coogler Set to Write & Direct

Ryan Coogler is confirmed to return to write and direct Black Panther 2. Marvel Studios found massive success earlier this year with the launch of Black Panther. It was the first MCU movie to star a person of color in Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The movie featured almost an entirely black cast and wound up receiving rave reviews, in addition to earning over $1 billion at the box office.

Due to the success, there’s been heavy speculation about the status of a sequel. There’s been no official word from Marvel Studios about where the movie stood, let alone the status of the film’s cast. However, the biggest focus for many was whether or not writer-director Ryan Coogler would return.

Related: Michael B. Jordan Open to Black Panther 2 Return

THR has now confirmed that Ryan Coogler is indeed returning to Wakanda. They’ve confirmed that he’ll write and direct Black Panther 2 for Marvel Studios. Production is currently expected to get started in late 2019 or early 2020.

Coogler returning to direct Black Panther 2 has been expected for some time, but now it is nice to finally have the confirmation that he’s returning. He’d signed up for other projects since Black Panther hit theaters, so he took his time deciding to return to Wakanda. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously said he wanted Coogler to make the sequel. They’re doing just that with this announcement, as they may have wanted to get the sequel moving even quicker because of just how big of a hit the original was.

Now that Coogler is locked in for Black Panther 2, the hope to shoot the sequel in late 2019 or early 2020 will depend on a few things. The first will be Coogler finishing the script and getting it into the proper place to actually start production. Feige previously said they have a “pretty solid direction” for the sequel’s story, so this may just be a matter of Coogler putting pen to paper. The other major step that will need to be completed is actually aligning the franchise’s multiple stars’ busy schedules. Boseman is continuing to take on new projects, while breakout cast members like Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira have also continued to book future movies.

Although Marvel has yet to confirm Coogler’s return or even that they’re making Black Panther 2, the longterm planning on their part clued many in on this timetable for the sequel. They previously dated untitled Marvel movies into 2022, and the February 2021 release date was quickly pointed to by many as Black Panther 2‘s likely landing spot. This reported production schedule should only reaffirm that belief. Of course, Marvel doesn’t plan on announcing any of their future projects officially until after Avengers 4 hits theaters, so it may still be several months before Coogler’s involvement and Black Panther 2‘s release date become officially official. But for now, his involvement has been confirmed by several sources and is a great step forward for the sequel.

MORE: Letitia Wright Wants Shuri to Become Black Panther

Source: THR

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2018-10-11 01:10:10 – Cooper Hood

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

Godzilla Vs Kong Movie Casts Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry

Brian Tyree Henry is set to join the cast of Godzilla Vs Kong. Legendary is getting into the cinematic universe game with the MonsterVerse and are building towards their big crossover in style. Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla launched the universe in 2014 and was followed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ ’70s-set Kong: Skull Island. They’ve now established the two monsters, but are giving Godzilla a sequel next year to further set up their upcoming confrontation. That will happen in the appropriately titled Godzilla Vs Kong, directed by Adam Wingard.

The crossover movie has been getting itself into position to start filming, which was previously reported to start at the beginning of this month. There’s so far been no indication that this has actually happened and it would be difficult to do so without the entire cast set. The biggest star so far is Millie Bobby Brown reprising her role from Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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Variety now reports that Emmy-nominated Atlanta actor Brian Tyree Henry is joining the cast of Godzilla Vs Kong. There’s no details about who he will be playing, only that it is described as a “significant” role. This could make him either a hero or a villain in the larger story, both of which Henry’s shown the ability to succeed in.

Henry is best known and recognized for his work in FX’s Donald Glover comedy/drama, and has only continued to line up future projects. He was already seen this year in smaller roles in Hotel Artemis and White Boy Rick, but has three more movies coming out by the end of the year. Supporting roles in Widow and If Beale Street Could Talk have already put him on the receiving end of great critical praise, while he’s also providing the voice of Miles Morales’ dad in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He still has a third season of Atlanta, Amy Adams’ drama The Woman in the Window, Melissa McCarthy’s comedy Superintelligence, and the Child’s Play reboot in his future as well. Now that we can add Godzilla Vs Kong to his upcoming filmography, Henry will continue be someone audiences become very familiar with.

The cast of Godzilla Vs Kong extends beyond just Henry and Brown, though. The movie also brought Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Deadpool 2 star Julian Dennison on board earlier this year. There were even rumors that Black Panther‘s Danai Gurira was being eyed for a major role in the movie, but that has yet to be confirmed. Even if that doesn’t pan out, the movie is off to a great start with its casting. None of the stars may be certifiable box office draws just yet, but that’s why a battle between Godzilla and King Kong is at the center of the film. And, who knows, by the time Godzilla Vs Kong arrives in theaters, the constant exposure Henry is getting could make him a major selling point.

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Source: Variety

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2018-10-10 05:10:45 – Cooper Hood

The Disney-Fox Deal Will Close January 2019

The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox’s major merger is coming together faster than anticipated and will now officially be completed on January 1, 2019. Fox has plenty of success over the years through a variety of media outlets, but determined they could not properly compete in the movie and TV space. They looked to sell these branches of the company and quickly found Disney to be their preferred buyer. Comcast attempted to pull the deal out from under Disney’s reaches, but simply made them pay them pay $71 billion for Fox’s assets instead of the initial $54 billion bid.

There has been plenty of resistance to the deal because of the monopoly Disney continues to grow and the job losses that will come from it. From Disney’s perspective, they view the Fox acquisition as a great way to enhance their library of content prior to launching their own streaming service late next year. Throughout the process, it was anticipated that summer 2019 would be when the deal would close, but it’ll actually be much sooner.

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Variety shared the news that 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice told Fox employees the merger will be “ready to close” on January 1, 2019. This effectively means that 2018 will be the final year for this current look of Fox and moves up the timeline for the merger as a result.

Disney and Fox shareholders officially approved the terms of the merger back in July, less than a month after the Department of Justice approved the deal on their own. The studios have since been seeking approval in various countries around the world, while also figuring out the new hierarchy of Disney in a post-merger landscape. For Rice’s part, he’s joining Disney as a top TV executive. Disney recently made several of these types of moves official, while other executives have already found jobs elsewhere for when the merger closes.

The accelerated timetable of the deal comes after reports that a late 2018 finalization could be possible. They will miss this mark by a day it appears, as both studios now hope to become one at the turn of the calendar year. This is all barring some unforeseen mishap with the deal, but considering how well the deal has gone so far, it is difficult to imagine anything coming up now that would hinder them from completing the deal on Jan 1. After all, Rice told this to all of Fox’s current employees in a town-hall setting at their Los Angeles studio, so they must be confident that this date will stick. How quickly changes, such as cancellation of some projects or Marvel Studios’ plans for the X-Men, are made from then on remain to be seen. But, we do at least now know when the merger will be completed.

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2018-10-10 01:10:31 – Cooper Hood

15 Rules The Cast Of Counting Cars Is Forced To Obey

The guys working at Count’s Kustoms may not seem like a the type who are keen on rule-following, and, for the most part, that is true. There really aren’t all that many stated rules in the domain of Danny Koker and crew, but everyone has lines that they would prefer remain uncrossed.

That said, Danny and the crew of Counting Cars do have a few unstated laws that must be adhered to on the set. While the History network may not be as interested in staging dramatics and scenarios as their competitors, that isn’t to say that they haven’t laid out a few orders which need to be followed in order to keep the show interesting for the viewer. It may betray the tough guy bravado of the show, but rules are rules, no matter how many hot rods you’ve restored.

Some of these rules are relatively petty and simple, while others might raise an eyebrow or two and hint at a darker history behind these Las Vegas-based body shop workers. Danny, Mike and company haven’t caused all that many controversies when compared to some other big-name reality TV stars out there, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a couple of skeletons in their closet. Again, there don’t appear to be all that many hard-and-fast rules on the set of Counting Cars, but there are at least a few things that cast members know to keep an eye out for.

Here are the 15 Rules The Cast Of Counting Cars Is Forced To Obey.

15 Only Approach Certain People About Their Cars

A major focal point of many Counting Cars episodes is Danny’s frequent run-ins with random car owners. He’s often been filmed approaching people on the street or following someone home in order to track them down and make a deal for their car. These moments are, as most viewers may have guessed, almost always staged.

This is a pretty important rule for the cast to follow, however, as following hot rod owners home and offering to buy their cars is a pretty good way to creep out your clientele and make viewers think you’re a huge weirdo.

While Danny may have done something like this once or twice in his private life, these instances are commonly pre-arranged for the show. Stalking someone with the intent of bartering for their car is probably illegal anyway, though it does make for some interesting TV. Most of the Counting Cars guys aren’t actors by trade, either, and their performance sort of ruins the facade at times.

14 Get Every Fact Straight

If there’s one rule that Danny Koker does his best to follow, it is this one. Danny and the rest of the Counting Cars crew have frequently been called out and ridiculed by trivia-loving car aficionados for small mistakes they have made on air. Event the smallest of inaccuracies get pointed out, and it may call the integrity of Count’s Kustoms into question for the hardest of the hardcore.

For instance, Danny was once noted to have been incorrect about the year in which Chevy first started producing the Corvette: he said it was 1954, but it was actually 1952. It is a mistake he has yet to live down in some circles, and he’s since been sure to get his facts straight when he’s on camera.

13 Keep an Eye Out

Again, this isn’t necessarily a written rule, and it may seem like common sense for most business owners, but Danny and the rest of the guys working at Count’s Kustoms need to do their best to make sure burglary and theft aren’t taking place under their noses. This may sound like a no-brainer, but these things have happened more than once in the autoshop’s history.

From stolen trailers to ransacked houses and full-on employee embezzlement cases, Counting Cars hasn’t had a totally spotless run.

As a result, the guys at Count’s Kustoms need to keep an eye on their surroundings as well as on their co-workers, which doesn’t exactly create grounds for a healthy work environment.

12 The Customer is Always Right

The guys at Count’s Kustoms have taken on some pretty ludicrous jobs over the years, and this is partially because, as a rule, they try not to refuse any customization requests. This definitely isn’t something that’s been set in stone, as Koker and his employees have certainly turned some people away over the course of the show’s history, but it rarely ever happens.

Though they specialize in motorcycles and cars, the Counting Cars crew has accepted vans, busses, and even boats in the past, which certainly made for some interesting TV. It probably isn’t in Danny’s best interest to take on literally every project which comes through his door, but they certainly seem to try.

11 Keep Them Coming

Time is money, and the crew working behind the scenes at Count’s Kustoms sure like to keep busy. Though Counting Cars never really gets into the inner workings of the shop, Danny has said that they never have fewer than fifteen projects going at one time.

Given that each project is a pretty hefty investment in terms of time and resources, this is a pretty major commitment.

As a result, Count’s Kustoms has taken on a bunch of new employees over the years, and they don’t seem to show any signs of slowing down any time soon. Though the show’s popularity may eventually fade, Danny and his employee’s work probably won’t.

10 Stick to the Budget

Danny Koker is known to be very conservative both politically and fiscally. He is extremely protective of his money despite the fact that he has plenty of it to spare, and he never overspends except in very particular situations. Though it may not be an explicitly laid out rule in his shop, Danny’s employees are doubtlessly aware of the fact that they really need to stick to a budget.

The Count himself has shown his financially conservative nature when haggling, and he has been known to walk away from deals he finds unfair. This doesn’t show up all that often in the show, of course, because most of the drama is scripted and most of the bartering has already been pre-arranged. Those close to Danny, however, will know the truth.

9 Don’t Rush It

Count’s Kustoms may take on no fewer than fifteen projects at a time, but most of these projects take quite a while to complete. This is never really shown on the show, though, as the Counting Cars producers like to expedite things for the sake of viewer interest, but customization jobs are known to take 12 to 24 months to complete on average.

This may sound like an insane amount of time, but there really aren’t many places in the world that offer customization options like Count’s Kustoms.

Though some projects cruise through the shop in as little as ninety days, most employees know not to rush things.

8 Don’t Mention Danny’s Dad

Danny Koker’s father, a well-respected man who taught Danny everything he knows about autobody customization, bequeathed his extensive collection of rare cars to his son when he passed away. These vehicles hold an incredible amount of sentimental value to the Count’s Kustoms owner, and, though he has shown parts of the collection off in recent years, he doesn’t like to work on them.

Danny has said that his father’s passing is still a tough subject for him, and, as a result, most of his employees know better than to bring it up. In fact, even Counting Cars regulars should know better than to mention those cars or suggest working on them. While this may one day change, it remains a point of contention in Danny’s garage.

7 Don’t Bring up the Bandana

This really isn’t an unspoken rule, as Danny’s look has been the subject of occasional workplace antics over the years, but it should be said that Danny doesn’t seem all that keen to reveal what’s going on underneath his iconic bandana.

Many have speculated that he is covering some sort of facial deformity or unsightly tattoo, while others believe that he is abnormally committed to his rock-and-roll look.

The most likely explanation is that he isn’t eager to show off his receding hairline. Though this is little more than speculation, it does explain why Danny is often pretty defensive in regards to his dress. Those close to him might poke fun, but fans may want to avoid the subject.

6 Be Careful When Haggling

Danny Koker has stated on multiple occasions that the success of his show has made haggling at car shows much more difficult. As a typical enthusiast, the Count never seemed to have a problem getting his way on the showroom floor.

However, once his profile was raised, sellers began recognizing him more often and attempting to upsell him. This has become a major headache to the penny-pinching autobody overhauler, and anyone working with him should ensure that they don’t overpay when bartering. Danny is most likely very grateful for all of the good that the show has done his business over the years, though he could almost certainly go without this one annoying quirk.

5 Don’t Mention Danny’s Family

In keeping with his conservative values, Danny Koker typically doesn’t like to reveal all that much about his family or his private life. This is completely fair, and most Counting Cars fans will understand that his reality TV star status doesn’t require him to relay all of his personal matters to the public.

That said, Danny is abnormally protective of his loved ones, and very little is known about his wife and kids.

His wife, Korie Koker, co-owns Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill with her husband, though her private life remains largely undisclosed. Counting Cars cast members should almost certainly know better than to go prying into Danny’s personal life while the cameras are rolling.

4 Don’t Break The Fourth Wall

The guys on Counting Cars may seem like larger-than-life celebrities at times, but it is important to remember that they are actually people, and Count’s Kustoms is an actual business that will continue to operate independently of the show once the production crew heads home.

That said, though it may be an actual business, much of the situations covered on the show aren’t genuine. Whether played up for the sake of drama or totally fictional, much of the on-air hijinx covered on Counting Cars is dramatized. The Counting Cars cast is careful not to break the illusion, though, and everyone seems pretty eager to play along. There seems to be a rule against fourth wall breaks while on set, and it seems to have gone pretty much unbroken over the years.

3 Politics Are a No-Go

In today’s radically partisan climate, few shows are all that eager to take sides or show any sort of political bias at all. That said, Counting Cars star Danny Koker was an avid supporter of the current leader of the United States during his campaign in 2016. This should come as no surprise given his conservative background, but it remains a major point of contention among many viewers.

Rather than bring up a potentially costly political debate on-air, the Counting Cars crew is pretty careful to keep their lips sealed concerning the subject.

The time may well come when things of that nature can be discussed more freely, but Count’s Kustoms is better off free of political drama for the time being.

2 Forget About Scott Jones

Scott Jones, the ornery store manager featured in the first and second seasons of Counting Cars, isn’t brought up all that much these days. He was hardly mentioned at all in the third season, and he seems to have been totally absent from every subsequent episode since then.

Fans have speculated that he was actually fired as a result of an embezzlement scheme, while others believe he simply grew tired of the daily grind and returned to his hometown. It’s tough to know exactly what happened to Jones, though none of the Counting Cars cast members seem all that eager to bring it up. This probably isn’t an explicitly stated rule, but most will know better than to bring up Scott on camera.

1 Don’t Deal With Vince Neil

Show lead and shop owner Danny Koker has met quite a few celebrities through his business, and his rock-and-roll band side project has also put him in contact with some pretty interesting characters. Koker has, in one way or another, come to be pretty good friends with ex-Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil.

Though it started out as a pretty lucrative relationship for Koker and his show, the Counting Cars cast soon decided that their relationship with Neil was detrimental to the show’s good standing.

After that, they by-and-large disbanded any professional connections to the singer, though Koker and Neil are said to have remained friends. Even so, it isn’t likely that the ex-rocker will be making any appearances on the show any time soon. The bottom line is that Vince is bad news, and the cast can’t mention him anymore.

Are there any other rules that the cast of Counting Cars has to follow? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-09 05:10:54 – Tanner Fox