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.

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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

Spider-Man: Every Iron Man Reference Hidden In Far From Home

Warning: SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home ahead.

Spider-Man: Far From Home follows Peter Parker as he copes with the death of his mentor, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), with the film featuring a string of references to the fallen hero. The inaugural Marvel Cinematic Universe hero met his end in Avengers: Endgame after he made the sacrificial play to ensure the universe was free of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) threat. Stark put on the secondary Infinity Gauntlet he made and wielded the power of all six Infinity Stones, snapping the Mad Titan and his minions away, which killed him in the process. Stark left a grateful world behind, but those who were close to him continue to grieve his demise, including Peter.

Stark’s death is an integral part of Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s story, so while he’s no longer physically present, his presence loomed large in the sequel. Spider-Man: Far From Home tackled how Tony’s death affects how Peter operates as a superhero moving forward. Plagued with questions about who’s going to be the next Iron Man, Peter was initially skeptical of becoming the Spider-Man again, opting to go on a recreational trip to Europe without the burden of being the friendly-neighborhood hero. Incidentally, the primary MacGuffin of Far From Home is a piece of Stark technology known as E.D.I.T.H. (Even Dead I’m The Hero). It’s accessed by the very same sunglasses that the genius, billionaire wore during the battle in New York against Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. The glasses were left behind for Peter to use, while Mysterio’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) ruse was all to get his hands on them.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home paid homage to Tony Stark in various ways throughout the movie. From murals to direct references, here are all the hidden tributes to MCU’s Iron Man in various forms in the Spider-Man: Far From Home.

MidTown’s “In Memoriam” Newscast

In an effort to fully acknowledge the ramifications of the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home opened up with an “In Memoriam” as part of MidTown Tech’s newscast. It addressed the events surrounding Thanos’ snap now called The Blip. Through the fittingly amateur-looking video set to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Aways Love You,” the high school remembered all those we’ve lost during the battle against the Mad Titan, such as Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Tony Stark.

Far From Home’s Iron Man Murals

Throughout Spider-Man: Far From Home, Iron Man murals can be seen – even inside Peter’s classroom, supposedly made by the students themselves. Giant illustrations of the fallen hero, on the other hand, are visible in some of the cities, starting with a massive one in New York. Spider-Man attends the charity work hosted by Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), but as he was plagued with questions about who’s going to be the next Iron Man, the overwhelmed hero abruptly left and swung to a roof to get some alone time. There, he saw an artwork of Iron Man looming large, further highlighting the enormous void that Tony Stark left after his demise.

Peter opted to move forward by joining the much-needed recreational trip to Europe, but even across the pond, he’s haunted by the tragic demise of Stark as the world remembers Iron Man. He’s greeted by another gigantic mural of the fallen Avenger immediately after he lands in Venice. When the trip moved to Prague instead of Paris, thanks to Nick Fury-disguised Talos’ ministrations, Peter once again came across another street art of Stark. This time, however, it was in a smaller form at the side of the street. After he handed out E.D.I.T.H. to Mysterio, Peter excitedly walks back to their hotel when he passes by a graffiti of Iron Man with candles, photos, and flowers offered for the hero.

Out of all the three Iron Man murals in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the one from Prague is arguably the most meaningful. While its predecessors were more massive in scale, the smaller artwork also subtly featured Stark’s face mashed up with his Iron Man helmet. It was also spotted right after Peter haphazardly chose to fully take his hands off of the mission, easily giving up E.D.I.T.H. despite that fact that Stark had specific orders to give it to him.

The Heart of Iron In-Universe MCU Movie

Even high above the sky, it didn’t seem like Peter can escape his grieve over Stark’s death in Spider-Man: Far From Home. During his flight from New York to Venice, he was forced to sit with the chatty Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr) after his scheme to sit with MJ (Zendaya) backfired. Annoyed at the circumstance, he checked the in-flight entertainment aircraft and there were several in-universe films tackling some of the most recent events in the MCU, including The Heart of Iron: The Tony Stark Story. As the title suggests, the in-universe movie is a 114-minute feature-length documentary that chronicles the life and legacy left behind by the world’s greatest hero, Tony Stark.”

Related: Yes, Mysterio’s Henchman Really Was In Iron Man 1

AC/DC’s “Back in Black” Song From Iron Man 1

Outside of his budding romance with Aunt May, the involvement of Happy Hogan in Spider-Man: Far From Home is mostly in reference to Tony Stark. Jon Favreau’s MCU character was used sparingly in the movie, but he was utilized effectively. At his lowest point in the film having been defeated by Mysterio twice, Peter called Happy to pick him up in the Netherlands via the Stark Jet. The pair bonded over their shared loss during their heart-to-heart talk and it was an integral moment in the young hero’s arc as he prepared to fully take on the responsibility of defeating Mysterio.

But without any Spider-Man suit with him, Happy gave Peter access to Stark’s secret workshop in the aircraft. Peter gladly jumped on the  opportunity to create his own armor, and the whole sequence was executed that it paralleled to how Stark tinkered on his technology. In fact, a number of Spider-Man comic suits appeared in the Stark lab. Happy further highlighted that parallel when he put on AC/DC’s “Back in Black” – the opening song to Iron Man. It’s a meta-reference more than anything, but there’s something poignant about Happy watching this new hero work like he did with his deceased friend/boss.

Marvel Studios developed Stark and Peter’s relationship over the years after the former’s entry in the MCU via Captain America: Civil War. Since then, they’ve appeared in three more films – Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first film in this version of Spider-Man that Iron Man is no longer around, and obviously, Marvel had to acknowledge this significant change. But the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home also signals Peter coming out of the shadow of his mentor. While his relationship with Stark will remain to be an integral part of his character, he will have his own identity separate from Iron Man moving forward.

Next: Spider-Man: Far From Home Confirmed The MCU’s Civil War Is Over

2019-07-13 07:07:14

Ana Dumaraog

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Dropped A Kirk Reference At The Last Minute

Star Trek: Discovery made its first reference to James T. Kirk in its season 2 finale, “Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2.” In an episode packed with references and homages to past Star Trek films and series, the Kirk reference was a subtle one, but perhaps the most important one.

While the Discovery and the Enterprise engaged in a dazzling battle against Control’s Section 31 fleet, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Spock (Ethan Peck) were executing their plan to pull the Discovery – and the precious sphere data stored in the ship’s computer – into the far future, where Control could never use it to conquer the galaxy. But, as often happens with these sort of schemes, things did not go exactly to plan. Burnham realized she had to travel back in time with her own Red Angel suit and create the signals that would set the events of the season in motion. She was able to pull that off, but when she returned to her relative present she found that Spock’s shuttle had been damaged, and realized her adoptive brother would not be coming with her to the future.

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Finale Explained

After expressing their affection for each other, Burnham gives one last piece of advice to the brother she’ll likely never see again:

“There is a whole galaxy out there, full of people who will reach for you. You have to let them. Find that person who seems farthest from you and reach for them. Reach for them. Let them guide you.”

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, incoming showrunner Michelle Paradise confirmed that line was indeed about the relationship Spock will eventually have with Jim Kirk, his commanding officer and best friend for a significant portion of his life. It’s an interesting echo of one of the final scenes of J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film, where the Prime Universe Spock (played by the late great Leonard Nimoy) encourages his younger self (Zachary Quinto) to remain in Starfleet and embrace the friendship with Kirk that will come to define them both. This once again makes Michael Burnham a crucial player in Star Trek canon – albeit one that will likely never be recognized in Federation history, as the surviving crew of the Enterprise and Starfleet Command agree to stick with their story that the Discovery was destroyed, not sent to the future.

It seems unlikely we’ll ever get to see Peck’s version of Spock make good on that final promise to his sister. There’s a growing demand to see a spinoff featuring Spock and Anson Mount’s Captain Pike have adventures on the Enterprise, but Kirk wouldn’t take over for Pike for another decade or so. Even if we don’t get to see a new version of that relationship, Burnham will likely find out that her brother flourished in her absence – assuming there are still Federation records in the 32nd century.

Retconning Michael Burnham into Spock’s backstory was always Star Trek: Discovery’s most polarizing decision, and one that meant the show – and Burnham in particular – was often weighed down with issues of prequelitis. But the fact that Burnham planted the seeds for what would prove to be Star Trek’s most iconic friendship just about makes it all worth it.

Next: Star Trek: 25 Wild Revelations About Kirk And Spock’s Relationship

2019-04-21 05:04:22

Dusty Stowe

Shazam! Every Easter Egg & Secret DC Reference

After years of waiting, Shazam! has finally arrived, bringing the first superhero movie story to actually put a fan of DC superheroes in the starring role. And in a world filled with Batman, Superman, and the rest of the Justice League, there are far too many Easter Eggs, DC Comics references, and secret references to catch in even multiple viewings.

There is plenty to discuss about the future DCEU movies to follow Shazam! and how Billy Batson’s role could grow larger as a result. And given just how strange the post-credits scenes for Shazam! are going to seem to anyone but the most dedicated comic book readers, audiences might think the only secret details or bits of fan service are aimed at the hardcore fans of Shazam comics. But to make sure that no fan of the movie ends up missing some of the coolest Easter Eggs, impossible to catch inside jokes, and comic book and pop culture references, we’re breaking each and every one of them down. From Annabelle dolls to Batman and Joker references, we’ve got them all in one place.

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Needless to say there will be SPOILERS for Shazam! as we dissect the movie’s secrets, scene by scene. Here is our complete breakdown of Shazam! Every Easter Egg & Secret Reference.

If you told us years ago that two of the most anticipated and surprisingly well received DC movies would come from the minds of two directors with horror sensibilities, we would have had questions. But after James Wan blew the doors off the box office with Aquaman, and now David F. Sandberg brings the most child like superhero to life, the responses speak for themselves. But neither forget where they came from.

Thankfully, the nightmare inducing cameo from the Annabelle doll isn’t as difficult to spot the second time around. In Aquaman, Annabelle lay at the bottom of the ocean, difficult to spot among other ocean floor refuse. To find her in Shazam! audiences won’t have to wait long, either. When the police officers first enter the pawn shop at Billy’s urging, keep your eyes on the shelf in the lower left side of the screen, and lock eyes with Annabelle before you can even prepare for it.

When Billy Batson speaks with the social worker trying to find him a home now that he’s fled from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, the assortment of smiley face mugs, balls, and buttons on her desk might seem like some dark humor (considering how distinctly unhappy both Billy and his social worker seem to be with the current situation).

But knowing just how large the shadow of Alan Moore’s Watchmen graphic novel looms over the medium, and Zack Snyder’s film version is pointed to in contrast to his own DC film, fans asked director David F. Sandberg is the allusion was as clear as some claimed. His response? A simple “of course,” confirming the Easter Egg for fans in the know.

Before fans get too excited by the Watchmen smiley faces to miss the scene’s other clever inside jokes, pay close attention to the small plastic toy to the left of the frame (from Billy’s point of view). Considering the context, the smiley faces make sense–even if the attempt to lighten the mood may not be a success. But a small plastic figure if a crocodile? Try explaining that.

We can’t give a justification in the fiction of the film, but fans know that a nod to crocodiles is no coincidence at all (and this isn’t even the most memorable Easter Egg related to them). But as an appetizer of what’s to come, and the other allusions to crocodile comic characters like Sobek, or the evil Crocodile Men Captain Marvel once fought, it’s a fantastic touch.

Look, we’re as disappointed as anyone that the Shazam! movie didn’t find a way to insert an anthropomorphized, walking, talking, sapient tiger man. If they had, we might even have allowed them to not explicitly namr him “Mr. Tawny,” the comic book character known and beloved by ever Captain Marvel fan. But even in the movie’s lighter, adventurous tone, that would be hard to buy. Sadly, there isn’t even room for Billy to enchant a regular, or even stuffed tiger into a massive version (like the New 52 comic reboot).

What fans do get are a ton of nods to “Talky” Tawny connected to Billy’s love of tigers. His desire for a stuffed version is called back to in beautiful fashion, and most fans will spot the tiger stitched onto his backpack. What they might miss are the two tiger heads screwing his cape into the lightning bolt on his chest, as well.

The references and mentions of Superman are hard to call out as Easter Eggs since they’re counting on audiences catching them, and recognizing that these movie characters inhabit a world as filled with superheroes as our own. But a direct reference to Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie? Now THAT is something else entirely.

No, we’re not referring to the use of the John Williams theme, either. There are too many superhero-themed newspaper headlines in Freddy Freeman’s bedroom to spot, let alone read upon the first viewing. And the same could be said for the newspapers tossed or highlighted by Daily Planet editor Perry White in Donner’s classic. However, a headline like “CAPED WONDER STUNS CITY” isn’t one that’s easy to forget. So when it returns this time around, it’s one of the movie’s most exciting, and unexpected surprises.

Even after Freddy Freeman explicitly introduces his collection of Justice League souvenirs as proof of his fandom, viewers are guaranteed to miss at least some of the incredible items scattered throughout the room. The Superman mug, hat, and action figures might be caught (and are actual merchandise available in our own works, too).

But his books examining superhero psychology and its impact on the human world, an issue of TIME Magazine published shortly after the attack on Metropolis by General Zod, and others are going to require eagle eyed scanning, and another excuse for repeat viewings.

Page 2: The Rock of Eternity’s Secrets & a Smallville Nod!

If you’re a fan of DC Comics, you know actor John Glover, even if the role is different. But one thing is for sure: when Shazam! begins by driving home just how awful the Sivana family is to young Thaddeus, his insulting father is going to feel… familiar. For more reasons than it seems at first, as a matter of fact, since he possesses an innate believability in the role of a man responsible for raising a future supervillain.

Most DC fans will know Glover for his time as Lionel Luthor, father of Lex Luthor in the TV series Smallville–where he was also a corporate genius, also had a complicated relationship with his twisted, villainous, bald son, and also got what was coming to him. Hey, when it works, it works.

Even for casual fans, it’s easy to tell that when Billy Batson steps out of his subway train and into the magical Rock of Eternity, he’s picking his way through some of the most iconic magical relics and artifacts that the DC Comics Universe has to offer. Thankfully, audiences don’t need to look too hard to see how the movie has adapted the same locations and artifacts from Geoff Johns’ New 52 comic book.

The easiest to spot is the enormous gilded mirror propped near the entryway. As tempting as it will be for the fairy tale fans to see this as a nod to the “mirror mirror on the wall” from the classic Snow White story, the mirror is actually host to its own entity, named Francesca. The face in the mirror doesn’t appear in the movie, but that’s doesn’t mean she won’t in the future.

We wish we could give a clear explanation of the fiddle burning with magical flames next to Francesca’s mirror, beyond an assumed connection to the Roman Emperor Nero fiddling as the city burned. And the same goes for the golden helmet positioned nearby (it isn’t the Helmet of Nabu, unfortunately for Doctor Fate fans). But one item that looks practically identical to the comics is the glass case holding the devious caterpillar Mr. Mind.

The changes are worth noting, of course: the Wizard of the movie seems to be far more generous a jailer than his comic book counterpart. Where Mr. Mind was held inside a glass flask, inside a glass case, the movie version is given greenery to perch upon (and presumably eat). It worked out terribly for both of them, in the end.

No, once again, the Helmet of Fate doesn’t make an appearance in the Shazam! movie’s version of the Rock of Eternity (not that we can spot, anyway). The above image is taken from NBC’s Constantine, and the relic fans should be paying close attention to is the golden scepter located behind the Helmet. That triangular-topped golden wand is the real treasure, and actually CAN be seen in the Rock of Eternity’s entryway.

The scepter is known as the Ibistick, and it is the key magical device used by Ibis the Invincible. He’s a Golden Age throwback if there ever was one, first appearing in 1940 in the pages of Fawcett Comics (the same birthplace as Billy Batson). It’s a clever throwback to fans of the early days of fantasy and magic adventure comics, but we wouldn’t expect this Egyptian prince to be awoken by the Ibistick in our modern world any time soon.

What started as a common thread between Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, and Justice League has now become a full blown touchstones for any DCEU movie. We’re referring to the tendency of the films to pause their plots, and enjoy a flashback or expositional sequence usually involving storytelling, recounting of history, and often employing a wondrous physical medium or art style to do it.

Shazam! is no exception, as the Wizard scatters glowing gold energy from his staff to tell his story through a magical moving diorama. The story tells Billy about the Council’s previous champion, and his work in destroying all of them save the Wizard Shazam. Fans know that this fallen champion is none other than Black Adam. And even if Dwayne Johnson has yet to appear as Black Adam, enemy to Shazam, it’s nice to see him play a role in the story all the same.

The movie brings many scenes from Geoff Johns’ 2011 comic reboot to life exactly as they’re depicted on screen, but it also preserves one of the biggest changes that series made to the original. Previous to that series the heroes of the Shazam Family resided in Fawcett City, USA. It was a nod to the original Fawcett Publications than created and published stories starring Billy Batson, then known in his superhero identity as “Captain Marvel.” The rebooted comic lifted the action to Philadelphia, and the movie does the same.

The fimmmakers still found a way to pay homage to the character’s beginnings, however, by having Billy and the rest of the foster kids attend Fawcett Central, a school named in honor of the first publisher to make Captain Marvel a superhero rivaling even Superman in his golden years.

Page 3: ACE Chemicals, and Captain America!

Yes, believe it or not the Shazam! movie doesn’t just reference Batman through use of his batarangs or “caped crusader” nickname, but using his greatest enemy, The Joker. Well, at least the chemical company that indirectly led to the birth of the Joker when the man he was before tumbled into a vat of madness inducing toxins. Toxins that bleached his skin, dyed his hair, and snapped his psyche for good.

Oddly enough, ACE Chemicals is also the birthplace of Billy Batson’s superhero identity, since they own the warehouse where he and Freddy test out his powers on camera. The ACE Chemicals logo is only visible on the massive steel tanks filling the space in one shot, but keep a look out and you can’t miss that iconic logo.

The legality of the Shazam/Captain Marvel name means that DC only makes general, passing jokes to the name that the hero originally claimed. But thanks to one invented moniker by Freddy Freeman, fans may be able to confirm that Shazam takes place in the same universe as Marvel’s Avengers.

When Freddy begins to upoad video after video of Billy’s superhero exploits and abilities, he does so under a variety of names. The most commonly visible are “Red Cyclone” and “Thundercrack,” but at least one described him as “ZAP-tain America.” That’s a clever name, given his superpowers over electricity… but the joke really only makes sense if Captain America is a common icon. Either as a living hero or a comic book invention, it’s nice to see DC and Marvel can play nice outside of the spotlight.

The odds that both Marvel and DC’s versions of the superhero “Captain Marvel” would release a movie within weeks of eachother must be astronomical, but they are making the most of it. Stars Zachary Levi and Brie Larson are sharing the love, and the Shazam! movie actually makes a Captain Marvel joke, even if fans will miss it in all but the rarest of circumstances.

Among the names Freddy cooks up for Billy’s hero, the worst is without question “Captain Sparklefingers.” Believe it or not, that’s a reference to Carol Danvers, as her modern comic series from writer Kelly Sue DeConnick makes the same joke. With Carol referred to playfully as “Princess Sparklefists”–a nickname actually made into MCU canon by the tie-in novel–at least Billy Batson gets to have the “Captain” name back.

Fans would assume that it would be Ben Affleck’s version of Batman being referenced in this movie, considering it’s part of the DCEU. But just as Christopher Reeve’s Superman legacy is incorporated, so too is Christian Bale’s take on Batman. At least judging by Billy Batson’s vision of the ultimate superhero lair.

When Freddy describes the kind of secret base they’re looking for to a real estate agent, his vision is an acceptable, universally cool castle. But Billy? Billy is looking for a base overlooking water, with a waterfall that you can drive through to access. That’s a perfect and key description of the Batcave from Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, and as unforgettable to fans as it is to Billy.

At this point its practically mandatory for a superhero movie or TV show to adapt a super hero’s signature catchphrase. Or lacking that, at least use their most iconic exclamation when pushed to the limits. For the original Billy Batson of the comics, that’s an old fashioned “Holy Moley!”–and the movie delivers it twice.

Fans will remember when Shazam first zooms beneath the bus teetering off a bridge, and let’s out an exasperated “Holy Moley” in response to… well, having no idea how to solve the problem. But it’s also the very first words Billy speaks when he enters the film, feigning a ‘gee golly’ innocence to get the better of the police.

The explosion of DC Universe merchandise is felt the strongest when Billy and Sivana’s first fight smashes into a toy store filled with Justice League toys. And director David F. Sandberg made a point of explaining that every product in the store is available in the real world. In fact, that meant the studio needed to approve every toy, so as not to confirm characters they had yet to adapt, or work into canon.

Which makes the appearance of the Batman: Superheavy mech so exciting. The armor can be seen as Billy flees the toy aisles (what looks like the Fisher Price version), but in the comics, it’s the mech suit worn by Jim Gordon in the absence of Bruce Wayne. So if it exists as a product for kids in the DCEU… can we confirm Jim wore the suit at some point in the past? Intended or not, we’re just going to assume.

Page 4: Director Cameos, Lucky Numbers, and Crocs!

From the very first time that the makers of Shazam! were allowed to discuss the movie, the description “Superman meets Big” became a common summation. And for obvious reasons, since the Tom Hanks movie about a kid who wishes to be an adult basically IS the story of Shazam, just with added muscles and superpowers. So it’s only right that the movie pay direct homage.

By this point, there will be many in the audience who never saw Big, and therefore never saw the film’s use of a floor-based keyboard. The version of the scene is much shorter with Billy and Sivana, and a lot less friendly. But a terrific moment for any older fans who have yet to recognize the similarities.

The specific reason that Billy Batson was abandoned has changed over the years, and the scene with his mother Rachel is a total invention for the movie. But one of the nicest details in the otherwise tragic story comes when Eugene explains the information he has found on Billy’s birth parents. Specifically, their names.

Marilyn audiences get to meet, but Billy’s father is only referred to as “C.C. Batson”–a reference to C.C. Beck, one of the creators of Captain Marvel back in his earliest Fawcett days.

Fans won’t need to be told the significance of the number 7 in this story. But we’re willing to bet that the frequency of the number will contain a few surprises. Obviously, the seven deadly sins and the Council of Wizard’s numbering seven can be explained as intentionally matched.

But once you start adding in the fact that Billy’s mother was just 17 when she left him, and now lives in apartment 707, and even the Subways system is shortened to SEPTA–the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority–is based on the number, it starts to look more and more like Billy Batson was destined to be connected to magic long before he ever realized.

You don’t show your sense of humor in the run up to release as much as director David F. Sandberg has without allowing yourself to get in on the fun. And from our first viewing, and speaking with Sandberg on the set of the movie, it looks like he has multiple roles in the movie, whether they’re credited or not. And slipping into one of the Crocodile Men suits is just the beginning.

We are almost certain that the voice of Marilyn’s new boyfriend–the one rudely shouting at her during her entire conversation with Billy–is voiced by Sandberg himself. Which would make a lot of sense… more than the rumors that he also supplies the monotone robotic voice of Mr. Mind in the post-credits scene.

When the kids are fleeing from Sivana and his Seven Sins by running through the halls of the Rock of Eternity, they come upon a sight guaranteed to delight ever fan of the comics: a collection of doors promising to open upon all manner of magical scenes. The first? The gloriously wondrous vision of a group of Crocodile Men sitting at a table, playing cards.

This is the payoff to the earlier crocodile tease with Billy’s social worker, and one that could be a sign of much bigger things in a Shazam! sequel. In the simplest, modern version of the mythology, the Crocodile Men are… well, just intelligent crocodiles. Originally, they were villainous alien henchmen, so whichever origin fans prefer until proven otherwise.

Fans will likely be so enamored with the Rock of Eternity after their first viewing, they won’t feel a need to wonder if there are other doors, to other realms, where magic is allowed to shape reality in more ways than our own. But it’s true: and the movie might actually give audiences their first glimpse of the nightmarish Monsterlands that contain enough evil to wipe out every peaceful people.

In the comics, humans reside in The Earthlands, just one of–you guessed it–seven different magical realms. The only one permanently closed off from the others is The Monsterlands. And while they’ve never been shown or explored in the comics, they would probably look something like the doorway opened by Mary: foggy, mysterious, and enticing… until it tries to kill you. Fingers crossed for the sequel.

Page 5: The Shazam Family, Justice League & Superman!

Remember the mirror we mentioned earlier, visible in the Rock of Eternity and bearing the face of a being named Francesca? In the comic upon which this Shazam! origin is based, Francesca takes it upon herself to urge Billy to do the right thing (appearing to him in reflections om everyday objects, even puddles). All the while trying to make him see that the Wizard granted him a “secret spell” he must eventually unlock.

Since the movie does away with Francesca, the Wizard is given similar dialogue hinting that Billy must “open his heart” so he may share his magic. In the comics, the spell is literally spoken as “Family is what it can be, not what it should be.” While the movie doesn’t make it a literal spell cast, it does make it the theme of the entire story.

What’s better than a kid who can transform into a demigod superhero by uttering a magical word? How about an entire family of kids transforming into heroes? It’s the moment that audiences will be talking about for years to come, not only because of the surprise and impact, but because of just how well it recreates the very same moment from the New 52 comic.

From their costumes to their powers, the superhero versions of Freddy, Darla, Pedro, Eugene, and Mary are taken straight from the printed page. In fact, the movie takes their specialization of powers and goes even further. Pedro remains the strongest (stronger than Shazam), Darla the quickest, and Eugene has a gift for using electricity (in the comics, he can ‘talk’ to technology). But in the movie version, it’s only Freddy who can fly. A poetic touch, considering he would “give anything” to be able to walk or run, let alone soar.

The arrival of the Shazam Family may be the emotional payoff of the entire movie, seeing Darla become a hero, Pedro become strong, Freddy fly, and more. But it follows the emotional climax of the film when the foster siblings go “all hands on deck” and grab hold of the Wizard’s staff to gain their powers. It’s also here where one of the most subtle jokes lands for comic fans.

Billy instructs the kids to do as he did, and “say my name” to have the lightning give them powers, too. But when the kids utter Billy’s name, he corrects them, explaining it’s Shazam’s name that has the magic. In the original comics Billy turned Freddy Freeman into a hero first. As “Captain Marvel, Jr.” Freddy got his powers from Billy indirectly, meaning he actually would need to shout “Captain Marvel!” to gain his own. In hindsight, it’s a weird hierarchy, so the movie is right to say so.

Seeing Adam Brody appear as the “grown up” version of Freddy Freeman is worth the price of admission alone, as millions of viewers suddenly remember who actor Jack Dylan Grazer’s comedy reminds them of. But the transformation actually gives Brody his second chance to join the DC Universe–and he’s not alone.

Back when director Frank Miller was trying to get his Justice League: Mortal movie off the ground and filming in Australia, Brody was already on set ready to play The Flash. The film has the plug pulled before cameras could start rolling, which also meant that DJ Cotrona–who plays the muscle bound adult version of Pedro–didn’t get to play Superman, either. Oh well, second time is the charm.

Most die-hard fans caught a hint or two of Superman’s cameo in the final scene before the movie officially released. And while the actor in the suit is never shown, there are a few details to note. For starters, the Superman suit has been changed from Justice League and Batman v Superman, featuring more red around the hips and ‘belt’ than when Henry Cavill wore it.

But the bigger treat for fans is the introduction of John Williams’ classic theme song for the Man of Steel. Director David F. Sandberg maintained that he didn’t use the music cue during the toy battle between Batman and Superman as a leaked trailer suggested. But he does use it in this final beat, although subtle enough to miss.

Readers will have to forgive us, since we’re still trying to process the fact that the Shazam! movie not only ends with the introduction of Mr. Mind, master mental manipulating caterpillar… but that it keeps completely faithful to the comics. Right down to the voice box he uses to communicate with his prey–we mean his partner, Dr. Sivana. How did he manage to escape the Rock of Eternity and make it to Sivana’s prison cell moving at the pace of a regular caterpillar? Don’t ask. Because seeing him speak through a robotic speaker is incredible. But getting to hear it? That is glorious.

Those are all the Easter Eggs, comic book references, and secret inside jokes fans are likely to miss that WE could spot in Shazam! But if you found some that even we failed to spot, be sure to share them on the comments.

MORE: Everything We Know About Shazam 2

2019-04-05 09:04:48

Andrew Dyce

Pet Sematary 2019’s IT Reference: How To Do Stephen King’s Universe Right

Pet Sematary 2019 has a reference to Derry, the fictional Maine town that appears across Stephen King’s writing but made famous by IT. Far from just a wink to one of the author’s most famous works, this sees movies based on King begin to properly embrace the shared universe aspect of his books.

A readaptation of King’s 1983 novel (the previous movie released in 1989), Pet Sematary is set on the outskirts of Ludlow, Maine and presents a lot of classic elements of the author, from articulated trucks to century-spanning spirits. The film follows the Creed family who gets ensnared with the Wendigo after the death of their cat Church, then daughter Ellie (toddler Gage in the book). It’s a rather self-contained story – the new movie doesn’t even go that far into Ludlow itself – although has some big universe teases.

Related: Every Stephen King Movie Ranked, From Worst To Best

On the way back to Ludlow, Rachel (Amy Seimetz) gets stuck in a traffic jam on the outskirts, at which point a road sign for Derry can be seen. Derry is best known as the town menaced every 27 years by IT in the form of Pennywise the Clown, but predates that 1986 novel by a few years, with references in stories as diverse as The Body (the inspiration for Stand By Me) to The Running Man (nothing like the movie) and appearances in subsequent books.

The IT reference in Pet Sematary comes from the source, but that it happens so innocuously is a key step in the evolution of Stephen King on film. There have been almost 50 movies based on his books (depending on how you count) that have managed to translate much of what makes the writing so popular, defining New England horror as a legitimate genre. But one thing that most Stephen King movies have avoided is how everything is supposed to exist in a proper, connected universe; places and sometimes people intersect in surprising ways that reward King superfans with a tapestry of stories to explore (that doesn’t get in the way for newcomers).

2017’s The Dark Tower did attempt to introduce this idea similar to how the book series connected various threads together, but that wound up being a marketing ploy using photos of The Overlook than it was anything of substance in the hastily-edited film itself. Last year’s Castle Rock TV show on Hulu managed to tie things together much more successfully, with a mixture of meta casting and sharp writing constructing a world teeming with references, but that was still very much targeted at the King faithful.

Pet Sematary‘s IT reference takes this to a much bigger scale. Pennywise is a true cultural icon after IT made $700 million at the box office, and Pet Sematary is similarly poised for impressive returns. Of course, the reference doesn’t go much further than that: a reference. It’s not indicative of a connection between the new movie and IT: Chapter Two due out later this year, mainly thanks to book rights, with different studios owning different stories: Pet Sematary is a Paramount release, IT a New Line production for Warner Bros.

Related: How The IT Franchise Can Continue After Chapter Two

But that isn’t the point. There should be no expectation for IT and the Wendigo to cross paths – their similar modus operandi never yields a direct connection. In contrast to how every Easter egg in a Marvel movie is deemed to tease something big in the future, in Stephen King’s mythology it’s fun background. To see Derry get a casual namedrop in Pet Sematary, a film totally unrelated, is the big deal.

Next: What To Expect From A Pet Sematary 2

2019-04-05 08:04:13

Alex Leadbeater

Halloween 2018: Every Reference And Connection To The Original Film

John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the most influential and beloved horror films of all-time. The movie has inspired countless slasher films that followed as well as several sequels, reboots and remakes. The success of these films varied, none living up to the original. However, in 2018 a new Halloween was released and infused the franchise with some new life.

RELATED: Halloween 2018 Is The Best Since The Original Says John Carpenter

The new film is a direct sequel to the original, finding Laurie Strode and Michael Myers coming face-to-face again 40 years later. Though the film updates the story, it was obviously made with great love of the original in mind. Halloween 2018 is filled with fun references and connections to the 1978 version for fans to enjoy. Here are some of the ones you might have missed.

18 Loomis

As much as Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, Dr. Samuel Loomis has been an integral part of this franchise. The psychiatrist treated Michael before becoming convinced that the man was nothing but pure evil who had to be stopped. Loomis was played by Donald Pleasence in five of the Halloween films.

Pleasence passed away in 1995 but his presence is still felt strongly in the 2018 film. Michael’s new psychiatrist, Dr. Sartain is a protégé of Loomis and is even referred to as the “new Loomis” by Laurie. We are also hear tape recordings of Loomis and see photographs as a nod to a character and actor who were a big part of the original films’ legacy.

17 The Mask

Few things are as iconic in the horror genre than Michael Myers’ white mask. Who knew a repurposed William Shatner mask could be so scary?

Obviously, the mask makes a reappearance here, and unlike some of the other sequels, it is explained this is Michael’s original mask. In the opening seen, we see true crime podcasters attempting to speak to Michael and bring along the mask to tempt him. It proves to be a deadly mistake for them as Michael is soon reunited with his favorite Halloween costume.

16 The Opening Credits

The original film did a wonderful job setting up the tense and foreboding feeling of the film all leading up to Michael’s killing spree on Halloween night. One aspect that really helps with this is the amazing opening title sequence.

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With a simple shot of a jack-o-lantern and Carpenter’s amazing score really help set the mood. The new film wisely recreates that opening. Although, in a clever twist, we see the jack-o-lantern reverse decomposing, seeming to hint at the return of Michael after all these years.

15 Carpenter’s Involvement

One major bonus that this film has is direct involvement from John Carpenter himself. Carpenter wrote and directed the original, and while he was consulted on some of the early sequels, he eventually distanced himself from the franchise and subsequent remakes.

The mastermind of the original film is credited as Executive Producer on this film and was apparently consulted on certain aspects of the film. But most significantly, Carpenter also created new music for the film which compliment his original score very nicely.

14 Walking To School

Halloween 2018 has fun recreating a lot of the similar shots and settings of the original film. Along with feeling like a nice nostalgic return to the town of Haddonfield, it also keeps audiences on their toes to revisit the places Michael already stalked through.

RELATED: Halloween: Original Michael Myers Actor Open to Returning for Sequel

Mirroring the original scene when Laurie and her friends walking to school, this film recreates it with Laurie’s grand-daughter, Allyson and her friends. Although we don’t see Michael watching them like in the original, the threat of him looms heavy.

13 Watching From Afar

Much of the first act of the original Halloween is dedicated to Michael stalking Laurie and creepily watching her from afar. There is the aforementioned walk to school, and even more memorable, the shot of Michael outside Laurie’s classroom. Halloween 2018 references this moment, but it is Laurie watching Allyson.

It seems like an obvious nod to the original, but fits in the themes of the film. Laurie, no longer the victim, is a survivor watching over her family while waiting for Michael’s return.

12 Lonnie

One of the most random connections to the original film comes through Allyson’s boyfriend, Cameron Elam. As it turns out, Cameron’s father is Lonnie Elam, the young boy who bullied Tommy Doyle in the original film.

It’s a rather strange reference as Lonnie was hardly an important character in the first film. However, the movie does have some fun with the connection as Allyson’s father keeps bringing up how terrible of a kid Lonnie was when he was younger.

11 The Shape

Though he has always been known as Michael Myers, the killer in the Halloween films also went by another name. In the first film, he is referred to as The Shape in the final credits.

Not only is Michael credited as The Shape in this film in a nod to the original, but he is actually referred to by this title for the first time by Laurie. It’s a creepy title for the killer and helps to cement the fact that, although he has a name, Michael Myers seems to be more than just a man.

10 Breakout

While Halloween 2018 does have some fun with its own story, it follows the original plot. In both film, Michael begins the film behind bars only to breakout and terrorize Haddonfield on Halloween night.

Appropriately, the breakout in the sequel pays homage to the similar situation in the original. In this film, a father and son come across the eerie sight of the asylum patients wandering in the middle of the road after their transport bus crashed. The scene is similar to the original when Loomis comes across the patients in the dark road following Michael’s original escape.

9 The Murder Of Judith Myers

The murder of Judith Myers, Michael’s sister, kicked off his bloodlust all those years ago. And Michael seems to find some importance in that first kill. In the original film, Michael steals Judith’s tombstone from the cemetery and displays it with Annie’s body later on.

The tombstone makes another appearance in this film as those nosy podcasters visit the grave site and narrate about the death as we see flashbacks to the famous POV opening sequence. It’s a good reminder that all these years later, all this carnage began with a horrific act of a small child.

8 The Babysitter Murders

Some fans of the original will know that the original title of the film was The Baby Sitter Murders. The script took place over the course of several days and did not involve Halloween. Due to budget restrictions, it was decided the timeframe would be shorter and take place of Halloween. The rest is history.

RELATED: Jason Blum Wants to Make 10 More Halloween Movies

While Halloween is much more effective, the original title does get a nod as Officer Hawkins refers to “The Baby Sitter” murders that Michael committed 40 years prior.

7 Familiar Jumpsuit

While Michael’s mask is instantly recognizable, his jumpsuit is just as important to his famous look.

Halloween 2018 manages to have Michael recreate his original costume all in one violent scene. He stalks the podcasters down to a remote gas station where he kills them and retrieves his mask, but not before killing a poor gas station attendant and stealing his jumpsuit. It might be a bit convenient that he finds someone who shares his size, but let’s not nitpick.

6 Sheet Ghost

While Michael can sometimes seem like he’s just a mindless killer, he has shown that he also has a flair for the dramatic. He does this a few times in the 2018 film, displaying his victims in creative ways, and he even recreates one of his most famous kills.

RELATED: 20 Wild Details Behind The Making Of The Halloween Movies

In the original, after killing Bob, Michael dons his ghost sheet costume to go terrorize Linda. This time around, Michael uses the ghost sheet trick to display Vicky’s body which Hawkins discovers.

5 Laurie Takes Charge

One of the thrills of the 2018 Halloween is seeing Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie turn into a complete badass. But while she is in full-blown warrior mode here, Laurie was certainly tough in the original film as well.

While her friends were killed left and right, Laurie fought back and even managed to protect the young children she was babysitting. She is still in protector mode in this film, and gets to repeat her famous line, “Do as I say” as she tries to keep her family alive.

4 Friendly Neighbors

In these slasher movies, you have to wonder how a killer manages to chase down and murder several screaming teenagers without anybody noticing. In the original Halloween, this is basically explained away with indifference as Laurie runs to a neighbor’s house for help only for them ignore her pleas and turn off their porch lights.

There’s a nice reference to that rather cold moment when Allyson desperately runs to a neighbor’s home, banging on the door and the porch light comes on in response. It seems Haddonfield has become of more neighborly place in the last few decades.

3 The Prey Becomes The Hunter

The relationship between Michael and Laurie is much different in this film. Yes, Michael is still very dangerous after all these years, but now Laurie is as well. It’s a real thrill that this movie reverses the roles in the third act, with Laurie now hunting Michael.

This leads to some great moments that callback to the original but now it is Laurie in killer mode. We see famous shots like Laurie emerging from the shadows the same way Michael did. But the best moment is when Laurie is thrown from the balcony then does Michael’s famous disappearing act.

2 Myers House

The Myers house has become a somewhat iconic location in this series. While none of the 2018 film actually takes place there, it is referenced with a small doll house in Laurie’s home that seems to resemble that famous house closely.

RELATED: Halloween Producer Explains Why Two Sequels Weren’t Filmed Back-to-Back

The doll house does raise a few questions. Did Laurie have it made to remind herself of Michael or is it a coincidence? Either way, it’s a nice nod and the shot of the doll house burning at the end might signal the end of a chapter.

1 Breathing

The last we see of Michael Myers in this film, he’s in a rather precarious spot. Locked in Laurie’s basement while flames engulf the room, he seems like a goner. However, we’ve learned many times that Michael doesn’t die easily.

At the end of the original film, Michael escapes and his breathing can be heard as the film cuts to black. Similarly, as the credits to the 2018 film come to an end, that same deep breathing can be heard, hinting that Michael will return.

NEXT: Ranking Every Halloween Movie, From 1978 To 2018

2019-03-20 05:03:47

Colin McCormick

Star Trek: Discovery Has A Bloody Star Trek VI Klingon Reference

Star Trek: Discovery season 2, episode 9, “Project Daedalus”, contains a bloody callback to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In the final film starring the original Star Trek cast, Starfleet assassins wearing environmental suits and gravity boots boarded the Klingon flagship to assassinate Chancellor Gorkon. In “Project Daedalus”, Michael Burnham leads an away team to infiltrate Section 31’s forward operating base that intriguingly echoes that infamous moment from Star Trek VI.

In Star Trek: Discovery season 2, Section 31 has been a thorn in the side of the U.S.S. Discovery and the tension was exacerbated in the previous episode, “If Memory Serves”, when the Discovery and the black ops agency raced to Talos IV to retrieve Burnham and Spock. The Discovery got to Burnham and Spock and warped away but was labeled a fugitive vessel now on the run from Section 31 and Starfleet Command. In “Project Daedalus”, Admiral Katrina Cornwell came aboard the Discovery to confirm the shady dealings of Section 31; it turns out the true enemy of the Federation is Control, the spy agency’s artificial intelligence threat assessment program, which is seeking to evolve and wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy.

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The Discovery’s gambit was to take the fight to Section 31’s headquarters, where Commanders Michael Burnham, Nahan, and Airiam beamed aboard to take out Control. The base’s environmental controls were deactivated and lacked artificial gravity so the away team wore EV suits and gravity boots. As they explored the base, the Starfleet Officers found floating corpses belonging to the Starfleet Admirals who were in charge of Section 31, including Admiral Patar, a Vulcan logic extremist – all of them were murdered by Control. The away team also encountered pools and globules of blood floating in the Zero-G environment.

All of this cleverly harkened back to the similar scene in Star Trek VI – which is set in 2293, 36 years after the events of Star Trek: Discovery season 2 – when an assassin’s phaser almost doomed the chance of peace between the Klingons and the Federation.

How Star Trek: Discovery Homaged Star Trek VI

In Star Trek VI, there was a secret conspiracy by Starfleet, Klingon, and Romulan agents to prevent a détente between the Klingon Empire and the Federation. Two Starfleet assassins wearing EV suits and gravity boots beamed to Kronos One, the Klingon flagship, to kill Chancellor Gorkon. A cloaked Bird of Prey hiding beneath the Starship Enterprise fired a photon torpedo that disabled Kronos One’s artificial gravity; once aboard, the killers attacked the helpless Klingons with phasers. Without gravity, the phaser blasts caused the Klingons’ pink blood to burst out of their bodies and free-float in pools around the ship – which looked just like the corpses and blood Burnham and her team encountered in Star Trek: Discovery’s homage.

In “Project Daedalus”, not only is there also a secret conspiracy, but the away team’s gravity boots landing on Section 31’s base were purposefully emphasized as an extra ode to Star Trek VI: Spock and his protégé Valeris were trying to save Captain Kirk and Doctor McCoy from being framed for the assassination and led a hunt throughout the Enterprise for the two pairs of gravity boots the assassins wore, which would prove the real assassins were still aboard Kirk’s ship. Further, Section 31’s forward operating base is a converted former prison, which is another nod to Star Trek VI, since Kirk and McCoy were sentenced to life imprisonment on the Klingon prison planet Rura Penthe (known throughout the galaxy as “the aliens’ graveyard”).

Related: Star Trek: Discovery Broke Tradition For Its Best TOS Callback Yet

The Star Trek VI sequence that Star Trek: Discovery honored was especially memorable thanks to it being an early use of CGI in a Star Trek movie. Prior to Star Trek VI‘s release in December 1991, the most famed use of computer-generated effects was the liquid metal T-1000 in James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day from July of that same year. The T-1000 was, in fact, the next level of CGI from Cameron’s water alien in 1990’s The Abyss. Star Trek VI utilized similar CGI to create the Klingons’ pink blood globules floating around the interior of Kronos One. Though the effects look primitive and cartoon-ish by Star Trek: Discovery’s modern, feature film-quality standards, this was a fun callback to one of the best Star Trek movies by the CBS All-Access prequel.

Next: Star Trek: Discovery Made Spock’s Banter With McCoy Even Better

Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays @ 8:30pm on CBS All-Access and internationally the next day on Netflix.

2019-03-17 06:03:23

John Orquiola

Captain Marvel: EVERY Easter Egg & Secret Reference

Warning: SPOILERS for Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel has finally arrived in the MCU, and as fans hoped, setting her origin story more than a decade before The Avengers first teamed up has resulted in too many Easter Eggs and secret MCU connections for fans to possibly catch in one viewing. Luckily, we’re here to help.

There will be much to discuss once the credits roll, from the most shocking Captain Marvel spoilers, to the ways in which the post-credits scene sets up Avengers: Endgame. But to make sure that Marvel fans don’t end up missing some of the coolest Easter Eggs, impossible to catch inside jokes, and comic book and pop culture references, we’re breaking each and every one of them down. Whether it’s Carol’s tentacled cat, a tribute to the late Stan Lee, or the ways in which Captain Marvel is retconning the MCU’s future, we’ve got them all in one place.

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Needless to say there will be SPOILERS for Captain Marvel (and every MCU movie that came before). Here is our complete breakdown of Captain Marvel: Every Easter Egg & Secret Reference.

As the first MCU film to be released following the passing of comic book icon Stan Lee, Captain Marvel goes to extra lengths for a dedication. That begins with the opening credits sequence, typically a (now longer than ever) montage of different movie and comic book artwork. But for Captain Marvel, it’s Stan Lee’s many iconic cameos that are given the spotlight, along with footage of Lee from outside of his on-screen appearances.

That said, a tradition is a tradition, which means he also makes a cameo in the movie itself–with yet another uncommon twist. Casual viewers will be able to spot Lee as a passenger on the train boarded by Carol in pursuit of her Skrull target. But film buffs will appreciate the script for Mallrats he’s reading aloud, rehearsing his lines. The Kevin Smith film made strong use of Lee playing himself, and with its release in 1995, the timeline of Captain Marvel matches up nicely.

The movie may not dive into the vast Kree Empire as much as some fans will hope, especially considering the surprisingly small roles played by both Korath and Ronan (prior to their appearances in the first Guardians of the Galaxy). But what’s there is largely faithful… with one exception. And believe us, the change in this case is for the better. A point made perfectly clear when audiences realize what the ‘Supreme Intelligence’ looks like in the comics.

Yon-Rogg begins the story by informing Carol–sorry, ‘Vers’ that “communing with the Supreme Intelligence” is a valuable part of every Kree soldier’s development. However, seeing the actual Intelligence itself is forbidden. Considering that in the comics, the fusion of the greatest minds the Kree ever produced takes the form of a massive, multi-eyed, misshapen head, few fans will take issue with this twist for the movie version.

When the first lengthy trailers for Captain Marvel showed Carol Danvers in not only her Kree uniform and helmet, but with her hair forming a mohawk out the top of it, fans rejoiced. But for those who don’t actually know the story or the comic book source material, the feature may seem a bit strange. It all started when writer Kelly Sue DeConnick decided that a new costume was just what Carol needed for her promotion to Captain Marvel in her new, 2012 comic series.

The idea of a helmet that forced Carol’s hair up into a mohawk as it deployed was too intriguing a design to forget, and as DeConnick explained to Polygon, her request of a redesign by acclaimed artist Jamie McKelvie would have cost her… had Marvel editorial not been instantly sold on the look, which is largely adapted for the film, as well:

“I called Jamie and was like, ‘Alright, I want you to make a bet with me. I bet if you do a Carol Danvers redesign for Captain Marvel that Marvel will buy the design from you. And if I win this bet, then I get a redesign and you get paid. And if I lose this bet, I will pay for the redesign… My husband would have murdered me, because you don’t front money for billion dollar companies. I mean, I would have murdered me, that’s nonsense.”

The days of Blockbuster Video may be dead and gone, but the value of nostalgia lives on – as evidenced by most crowd reactions to Carol crashing smack into a Blockbuster (back in 1995). And believe it or not, the scenes really were shot using the last Blockbuster Video store in America, located in Bend, Oregon. A title it now holds after the other Alaskan stores were forced to close up shop, landing it its place in MCU history.

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But there’s one extra detail to the store itself that fans shouldn’t miss, and it may stand out to some. Specifically, those viewers who find that the “Blockbuster Video” logo and sign affixed to the roof of the store seems… off. It may be forgotten now, but Blockbuster Video made the change to simply “Blockbuster” branding and signage in 1996, which lasted until the company’s last days. In the timeline of the film, that is still one year away. But it’s the store shelves that hold the best Easter Eggs…

Page 2: Carol ‘Avenger’ Danvers, Her Creator Cameo & More

Viewers might think that the films chosen to populate the shelves of the Blockbuster Video were selected based purely on their release dates, and that is partly true (the store shelves are filled with period-appropriate VHS tapes). But it’s True Lies that gets a stand out moment, and the meaning of the tribute may be lost on younger fans. For the unfamiliar, True Lies is the film being advertised by the cardboard standee of Arnold Schwarzenegger which has its head vaporized, leaving his co-star Jamie Lee Curtis grinning all by herself.

Those who have seen True Lies know that it resonates for several reasons. The first movie to cost over $100 million to make, ushering in an age of blockbuster films Marvel now produces annually. It’s a tale of spycraft, deception, and double-crossing, just like Carol’s. It also happens to include one of the most iconic uses of a fighter jet ever committed to film. In fact, that fighter jet prop would eventually wind up being repainted for use in The Avengers (2012), cushioning the Hulk’s fall while battling Thor.

With Carol’s career as a test pilot turned outer space traveler, it’s impossible to imagine a version of the movie that doesn’t pay tribute to The Right Stuff. A film now homaged in new films more than its seen by new audiences, it tells the story of the first American astronauts like Chuck Yeager, Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and the other Air Force test pilots whose willingness to push “higher, further, faster” helped put mankind into space.

The film may have been wiped from Carol’s mind along with the rest of her memories, but there’s no question she would have either seen it, or known the stories of these brave pilots herself. So when she picks up a copy of the film off a Blockbuster shelf and considers it, we would like to think that yet another piece of the woman she was is unlocked.

Since it’s Kelly Sue DeConnick’s modern version of Carol Danvers that made the jump to the MCU, it only seems right that the writer should get to jump in on the fun. And believe it or not, audiences can spot DeConnick in the 1995 version of Los Angeles, but they’ll need to keep a sharp eye out.

After Carol follows the passenger train all the way to its destination, she tries–but fails–to keep and eye on her target Skrull. Walking out into the crowds of passing commuters, it’s clear that the Skrull could now be anybody… including Kelly Sue DeConnick, who brushes past Carol. DeConnick is actually the first person Carol sees once stepping off the train, easy to spot thanks to her hair and signature spectacles. She gives Carol a suspicious once-over, which Carol all too happily returns.

As tempting as it may be to say that the Captain Marvel movie is adapting one modern version of Carol’s origin story, the truth is far more interesting. The film does follow the lead of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s modern relaunch of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, right down to her movie costume. But the movie also pays tribute to the Captain Marvel often overlooked, or dismissed as less ‘real’ than either Mar-Vell or Carol Danvers.

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We’re referring to the Skrull Khn’nr, who was revealed to be ‘in disguise’ as the original Mar-Vell as part of Marvel’s Secret Invasion storyline. His story required the Skrulls to actually be the deceitful, invading army that the Kree of the film claims them to be, but Khn’nr’s own decisions mirror Carol’s more than many fans may realize. Once Khn’nr realized that he had only been programmed to believe he was Mar-Vell, and a hero, he instead became one. Defying his Skrull superiors and choosing to protect Earth, embracing the new identity and memories he had been given, it’s easy to see how the MCU version takes the best aspects of his story, as well.

While the reveal of Carol Danvers’ official Air Force callsign isn’t revealed until the movie’s final scene, it’s the moment fans are going to be talking about, so we should address it now. Yes, Carol Danvers had a callsign in the comics. And no, it sure wasn’t Carol ‘Avenger’ Danvers. In fact, the name she went by was about as far away from such a badass moniker as you can get.

As Carol explained on a date back in Ms. Marvel #11 (2007), her callsign is (or was) ‘Cheeseburger.’ She got that name the way that people would assume… once they consider the intense g-forces that pilots undergo in training. Apparently Carol decided to enjoy herself a hefty burger before one memorable training session, lost the contents of her stomach, and was forever graced with a name in honor of the disaster. But we guess The Cheeseburger Initiative has less of a ring to it.

Page 3: Nick Fury’s Protector, Goose The Flerken, and Mar-Vell

It’s also worth pointing out that even though Nick Fury changed his famous Avengers Initiative to pay homage to Carol Danvers, the original name he had for his plan was an Easter Egg, too. Uniting superpowered people to act as ‘protectors’ might seem like an unimaginative moniker, but for fans of the Kree Empire, it’s anything but a random designation. Because ‘Protector’ also happens to be the name of another Kree soldier… and eventually, another version of Captain Marvel.

Granted, it took place in an alternate reality, where Noh-Varr was just one of a larger group of Kree diplomats who faced catastrophe, and was eventually stranded on Earth. Noh-Varr eventually adopted a heroic persona in tribute to Mar-Vell, claiming titles like Captain Marvel, Marvel Boy… and yes, Protector.

There’s no question which moment of the movie is guaranteed to be the biggest, most unexpected surprise. And for most older comic fans, they’ll be as convinced as the average moviegoer that Goose the Cat is… well, just a cat. And the irrational fear exhibited by Talos and the Skrulls? Nothing but a joke! But to those who have read Captain Marvel’s more recent comics–particularly her crossover with the Guardians of the Galaxy–the movie is all one big countdown to the Flerken doing what she does best.

Aside from changing the cat’s name from Chewie to Goose (one famous wingman to another), the abilities demonstrated by the Flerken, chiefly the explosion of killer tentacles from inside of its mouth, are exactly the same as the comics. By the end of the movie, Dr. Lawson selecting such a beast as her personal pet makes a lot more sense, knowing that the Kree will someday come calling. And the actual physiology of those tentacles helps explain Goose’s later role, as well.

The biggest twist of the film, and one guaranteed to enrage those already bristling at the feminist conversation surrounding Captain Marvel, is made to Carol’s mentor. To the American government she is simply Dr. Wendy Lawson. But to the universe at large… she is Mar-Vell, the original Kree superhero to bear the title ‘Captain Marvel.’ With a gender swap and some origin story re-imagining, of course.

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Marvel Comic fans know that Carol Danvers is not the first to claim the title Captain Marvel, and actually took years to accept the moniker out of respect for its original owner. To her, it was the name earned and owned by Mar-Vell, the Kree hero who accidentally passed his superhuman powers onto her. The MCU ended up falling in line with our own theory that Mar-Vell would be Annette Bening’s character, but actually follows a less shocking re-telling than the latest comics. There, Carol’s Kree mother is the source of her powers. In the film, it’s Mar-Vell’s research that makes Carol superpowered, not her genes.

Before the mysterious power source at the heart of Mar-Vell’s research is revealed to be The Tesseract, the actual faster-than-light aircraft she was designing seems to be most important. In the end it’s simply one use of the Tesseract’s technology. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be a terrific Easter Egg for Marvel comics fans. And it all starts with the test aircraft’s official name: ASIS.

The name isn’t random, but drawn directly from the Ultimate Captain Marvel version of the Kree soldier’s backstory. In that parallel Earth, whose costumes and designs have heavily influenced the MCU as a whole, the Asis aircraft was also the brainchild of Dr. Mar-Vell. Or as he’s known in this parallel reality, ‘Geheneris HalaSon Mahr Vehl.’ In that version of the story, Carol Danvers was head of security for the entire project, with the Kree leader transforming himself into Dr. Philip Lawson to help complete the aircraft. A nice nod for the Ultimates fans, even if it will be missed by most.

Considering how long it has been since the first Avengers movie made good on Nick Fury’s ‘Initiative,’ not to mention how much the state of the MCU has changed, audiences can be forgiven for not remembering every tiny detail about the team-up. For starters, the significance of Project Pegasus, the name of the top secret research group working on the Tesseract under Fury’s supervision… oh, and the project originally started by Mar-Vell, to create technology capable of giving the Skrull refugees a homeworld well beyond the reach of the Kree Empire.

The name isn’t brought up much after the opening scenes of The Avengers, but Captain Marvel reveals that Carol Danvers isn’t just responsible for the team’s eventual name, but making sure there was any promising work done by Dr. Lawson at all. Now we just have to wonder how quickly Fury moved from being completely stunned by the existence of alien technology to weaponizing it like Hydra did during World War II.

Page 4: Carol’s Suit Colors, Starforce, and ‘Photon’ Herself

Of all the mysteries surrounding Carol’s journey from Kree soldier to an Avenger in Endgame, none was more obvious than exactly how her green Kree uniform would be transformed into her signature red and blue suit. Not just what would inspire the change, but how it would actually change color, in a practical sense. In the film the colors are revealed to be adjustable with all color combinations apparently possible. Which means an opportunity to pay homage to even more of the hero’s Marvel Comic history.

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The first color shift results in a suit of red, yellow, and black, the color scheme made famous by both the original Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers in her Ms. Marvel persona. The black and silver suit may call back to Jonathan Hickman’ s S.H.I.E.L.D. variant. But it’s the second-to-last combination of white and green that will be best for comic fans. That’s the very first uniform worn by Mar-Vell upon his arrival to Earth, and remains a faithful color scheme for any Kree soldier in the comics universe.

Captain Marvel may not end up being too much of a prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, but it does help to flesh out the cosmic side of the MCU. In one of the most unexpected and pleasant surprises for Guardians fans, Carol Danvers also makes one of the most often nitpicked elements of James Gunn’s series officially explained, in-canon. We’re referring, of course, to her “universal translator.”

When Carol first attempts to communicate with the security officer in charge of planet C-53’s district (a.k.a. the shopping center security guard parked outside of the Blockbuster Video), he’s initially too stunned to respond. Carol double checks that her “universal translator” is successfully translating her words into English, which it is. But that’s also the explanation that director James Gunn claimed explained human-alien dialogue in Guardians. In other words, not every character in Marvel’s Universe actually speaks English, too. Now it’s official, even if it’s never stated in the Guardians films themselves.

With a name like Ronan the Accuser, you would have expected the title to have come into play when the villain was introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy. Yet Ronan’s official rank within the Kree Empire isn’t even referenced in his first MCU film, described as simply a renegade military figure having broken off from the rest of the Kree. Aside from one moment in which he claims that the people of Xandar “you stand accused” of treachery for which he must claim vengeance, it would be safe to assume that he is simply ‘Ronan’ in the MCU, plain and simple.

Captain Marvel helps to clear up the issue, while still making a change to the canon. When detailing Starforce’s mission onto the planet Torfa, Yon-Rogg states that the planet will first be carpet-bombed by “The Accusers.” Eventually, it is revealed to be a name reserved for the heavy Kree warships and their commanders fond of bomb dropping. It’s still a big change from the police force of the comics, but it’s nice to know Ronan once had more company. And just what the Kree consider an appropraite means of accusing their enemies…

With Carol Danvers first seen as a member of Yon-Rogg’s Starforce in trailers, it was hard to see how they would actually remain faithful to the comic book versions. After all, the Starforce was a group of Kree supervillains, artificially enhanced to be stronger and deadlier than the average member of their race. Eventually the movie versions live up to that nefarious legacy as well. But with some clever changes to their names and appearances.

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The Kree military uniforms are easy enough to establish a team mentality (more than their comics book costumes, at any rate). But the subtlest detail is the effort made to work their comic book-y names into the language and culture of Hala. Atlas becomes Att-Lass, Doctor Minerva becomes Minn-Erva, with Bron-Char, Korath, and Yon-Rogg rounding out the roster.

There was some early confusion in the plot details surrounding Captain Marvel when it came to her closest friend and fellow test pilot, considering that’s a character most comic fans would know as Monica Rambeau. But thanks to the time jump backwards, it seems Marvel Studios is hedging their bets. In the movie version, it’s Maria Rambeau who is the colleague and peer of Carol Danvers prior to her Kree transformation. Her daughter Monica is still years away from becoming her own form of superhero. Her own version of Captain Marvel, as a matter of fact.

Whether or not future MCU movies (Endgame, perhaps?) deliver on the passage of time and have Carol meet the now-adult Monica, comic fans know her original fate. Monica Rambeau became Captain Marvel herself, before taking the identity of ‘Photon’ among others. That name is also included in the MCU canon as the official callsign used by her mother, Maria.

Monica Rambeau doesn’t get to listen in on the alien antics being discussed between Carol, her mother, Fury, and the Skrulls, but the future Photon does get to make an impact. First, by helping Carol figure out a new color scheme for her Kree bodysuit. And second, by getting a nickname all her own… even if it wasn’t actually hers in the comic books. But we suppose that one admiring ‘Lieutenant Trouble’ is just as well.

In the comics, the pet name was given by Carol to Katherine “Kit” Renner in her modern comics. Carol was a friend to both Kit and her mother Marina when not adventuring in outer space. Since Carol’s days on Earth are destined to be numbered in the MCU, there won’t be much opportunity to make a similar friend. But if a sequel sees a little girl profess to be Carol’s biggest fan, then Kit is as good as canon, as far as we’re concerned.

Page 5: Captain Marvel Goes Binary, Avengers: Endgame Cameo & More!

Carol Danver spends most of the film having her powers reined in, either by her own insecurities and uncertainty, or by the Kree device apparently embedded in her neck to keep her from becoming too powerful for them to control. But when the movie reaches its climactic battle, and Carol decides the time has come to unleash all the power infused into her by Mar-Vell’s light speed engine, the gloves don’t just come off… they burn off. And make way for a version of Captain Marvel fans may not have dreamed they would actually see.

For the record, Captain Marvel still looks like herself most of the time in comics, even when wielding her powers at maximum level. But when pushed to an even higher level, Carol Danvers became something else entirely in the comics: Binary. Taking the form of a flaming warrior is one thing on the comic book page, but seeing Carol Danvers become Binary in the MCU is a sight to behold, as she makes short work of a Kree bombing run once upgrading her output.

Continuing the tradition of Marvel movies using their credits scenes to offer a big tease of the coming threat, and deliver a laugh paying off an earlier joke, it’s the first scene fans are going to be talked about. Technically, the first Captain Marvel credits scene ended up leaking online even before the movie was released to the public, in what looks and sounds to be a scene lifted from Avengers: Endgame. A scene in which the heroes are struggling to decipher just what signal Fury’s pager is sending, and to whom.

It’s then that Carol chooses to appear, searching for Fury (and in for some intensely heartbreaking news). The questions still remain: How did Carol survive/miss the larger Infinity War? Why doesn’t she seem to have aged? Where has she been for the last two decades? At least she seeinf this scene fans know that Endgame will have no choice but to answer at least some of those nagging riddles.

Finally, there’s the other Captain Marvel post-credits scene to talk about. The one that finally explains how the Tesseract was transported out of the stomach(?) of Goose the Cat, and back into the archives of S.H.I.E.L.D. so that it can be researched as part of Project Pegasus’ next evolution. The actual science behind Goose’s ability to consume the Tesseract is a conversation for another day, but thankfully, the Flerken’s propensity for regurgitating is as strong as a normal Earth house cat.

The final post-credits scene confirms that Goose is till hanging around Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. office days, possibly weeks after the events of the movie. Perhaps as a form of peace offering, having cost him his eye with a single swipe, Goose decides to vomit the Tesseract back onto Fury’s desk. Thus completing the timeline issue presented in the film, explaining how the Infinity Stone got from Mar-Vell’s custody into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s.

Hear us out. No, it’s not an insult to say that the presence of a poster for Babe (1995) is also in honor of Carol Danvers. Again, the timing makes enough sense to justify its presence in the Blockbuster, and the singular movie is a solid reference to get audiences laughing. But dig a bit deeper into the story that Babe was telling, and a direct parallel can be drawn between the Sheep-Pig and Carol Danvers, the Human-Kree.

Think about it: Babe is picked up as an object, and placed in the custody of a sheepdog (along with the rest of her young). Eventually, Babe wants nothing more than to be accepted in that same role, as part of that family, but is nevertheless seen as an outsider at odds with expectations. In the end, Babe proves that he can not only be as good at guiding a lost flock as the sheepdogs born into that occupation, but excels based on his own abilities and sheer determination.

Those are all the Easter Eggs, Marvel Comics connections, MCU setups, and pop culture references and inside jokes we could spot on our first viewing of Captain Marvel, but are there any we missed? Be sure to let us know.

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Stephen Amell Teases Huge Smallville Reference In Elseworlds Crossover

Arrow star Stephen Amell is teasing a major Smallville reference in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover “Elseworlds”, which will unite Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Superman. The three-night event will be comprised of The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl, but will exclude Legends of Tomorrow. The story will entail Barry and Oliver swapping bodies with each other due to a unexplained shift in reality that the two will have to investigate. The crossover will also see the introduction of Gotham City and Ruby Rose as Batwoman along with the Arrowverse debut of Lois Lane, played by Elizabeth Tulloch.

Long before the Arrowverse ever existed, there was Smallville, a TV series centered on a young Clark Kent as he goes through high school, learns how to use his powers, saves the world, and fights alongside other superheroes, like the Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Hawkman. The CW series lasted for 10 seasons and ended with Clark Kent donning the iconic suit and becoming Superman.

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A recent photo of Stephen Amell with Smallville stars Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum caused speculation that the two would be reprising their roles as Clark Kent and Lex Luthor respectively in “Elseworlds”. Amell has since debunked this theory in a Facebook video by explaining that the two are actually collaborating with Amell for his Nocking Point wine business. However, Amell goes on to tease that one particular moment in the crossover will drop a huge reference to the Superman prequel series. Amell also notes that the scene in question may not make it into the final cut.

It is not a Smallville reunion, although I think it becomes pretty clear in the promos for the crossover that there are Smallville elements, at least, in terms of location. And if you’re a fan of Smallville, and I have no idea if they’re going to keep this in the final cut, but there’s a treat for you in there. … Full disclosure, I’ve never seen an episode of Smallville before. Sorry! I wasn’t that into comic book TV shows when I was growing up. I’ve since seen a couple, for very obvious reasons. But as someone who wasn’t a diehard fan of Smallville, this moment in the crossover made me jump out of my seat. If you’re a fan of Smallville, you may want to put down rubber sheets or something like that, because, quite frankly, you might piss your pants.

One possible place for a Smallville reference will come in the first hour of the crossover. According to the episode synopsis, Barry and Oliver will travel to Earth-38’s version of Smallville to meet Supergirl and Superman. The scenes in Smallville could include a prop or location from the original show, such as the “Welcome to Smallville” sign or the Kent Farm. Another possibility is that multiple realities will be visited in “Elseworlds”, and that one of these realities is the world of Smallville.

Fans of the series have long-requested some sort of acknowledgement of Smallville in the Arrowverse. The introduction of a multiverse in The Flash opened the door for Smallville to exist as one of the Arrowverse’s many alternate timelines. Apparently, The Flash TV series from the 1990s will somehow be incorporated, since the show’s star, John Wesley Shipp, will be suiting up in his Flash costume in the event. This adds even more fuel to the theory that “Elseworlds” will finally be able to give Smallville fans what they want from the Arrowverse.

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“Elseworlds” kicks off with The Flash on Sunday, December 9, and continues with Arrow on Monday, December 10, and Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11, on The CW.

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The Flash Premiere Had The Arrowverse’s First Batwoman Easter Egg

The fifth season premiere of The Flash surprised fans by making the first official reference to the existence of Batwoman, months ahead of her first scheduled appearance during the annual Arrowverse crossover event this winter. The episode also dropped a number of references to the classic comic book mini-series Crisis On Infinite Earths, which has been hinted as an eventual occurrence in the future of the Arrowverse.

Batwoman’s arrival in the Arrowverse was first announced shortly before San Diego Comic Con 2018, when the news broke that The CW was considering developing a television series based around Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne who unintentionally followed in his footsteps when she became a vigilante. It was later confirmed that not only was The CW developing the series, but they intended to introduce Kate Kane as part of Elseworlds – the next annual Arrowverse crossover event. Ruby Rose, of Orange Is The New Black fame, was ultimately cast in the role of Kate Kane.

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The nod to Batwoman came near the end of the third segment of “Nora.” The action of the episode centered around Nora West-Allen, the future daughter of Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen, accidentally traveling back in time to before she was born and meeting her parents shortly after they got married. Barry quickly realized something was up when Nora seemed more concerned about spending time with him than doing the same with Iris and asked Nora, point blank, if that had anything to do his disappearance during a crisis in 2024, which he had read about in a future newspaper. Nora responded by showing Barry a newspaper from her time – the year 2049 – and confirming that he never returned home and that she grew up without a father.

Published 25 years to the day after the original article from the future, which was first seen in the first episode of The Flash, the 2049 article discusses the same crisis, but with a bit more detail. The 2024 article mentioned The Flash disappearing while fighting alongside Green Arrow, The Atom, and Hawkgirl. The 2049 article lists a larger number of heroes being involved in the battle, including Batwoman. The article says:

“But in the years following the crisis, accounts only grew more contradictory. Some eyewitnesses remember dozens of other heroes present, including Green Arrow, Batwoman, and Elongated Man. Others remember heroes thought lost in time, like The Atom, or from other worlds, like Supergirl. Some even contend they saw Reverse-Flash leading an army of ‘shadow demons’.”

It is interesting to note that Batwoman is mentioned in the same sentence as Green Arrow and Elongated Man – two heroes who frequently fight alongside The Flash on Earth-One. Until now, it had not been confirmed what Earth in the Arrowverse Kate Kane would be based on, though most assumed she would be from Earth 38 – the same Earth as Supergirl – as that would make it easier for the two to team-up in the future, in the same way that Batman and Superman frequently join forces in the comics. The wording of the article would suggest, however, that Kate Kane will be from Earth-One.

The mention of Reverse-Flash leading an army of shadow demons is another point of interest, given that shadow demons were the main mooks of The Anti-Monitor – the villain of the Crisis On Infinite Earths mini-series, where The Flash seemingly died saving the multiverse. The article also makes mention of The Psycho Pirate – another super-villain who had a major role in the events of The Crisis. It has long been suspected that the Arrowverse would eventually reenact Crisis On Infinite Earths in live-action and this latest bit of news about Batwoman from The Flash premiere seems to make that probability all the more certain.

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2018-10-10 07:10:43 – Matt Morrison