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20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!





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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Completely Worthless)

The multi-platform game Fortnite has taken the world by storm. Upon its release in 2017, it quickly became the most popular game across the masses. The game is free to play, though additional “skins” can be purchased, using the game’s currency “V-bucks,” which of course, must be purchased using real money. The weapons in the game, however, are 100% free.

Fortnite boasts a vast number of weapons that can all be found throughout the game’s various locations. Players can search chests and vending machines, inside of which loot can be found. Amongst this loot, players will find weapons, healing jugs, and other items. The contents of loot chests are a surprise each time. The location of these chests are fixed, however, and only a certain number will appear at a time.

There is yet another way to acquire items, however, which will cause other players to growl in frustration. In the game , players battle against each other, and the victor can gain all of the loot from those they defeat. Loot only lasts for that existing game, as each player starts over at zero after each match. Players also keep their eyes out for floor loot, llamas, and supply drops. The llamas look like a pinata from a birthday party. Destroying these will also produce various sought-after items. Supply drops contain a large amount of loot, and float in via a hot air balloon box.

While some loot chests include powerful items and weapons, others should be ignored, as they might contain some of these utterly useless weapons.

Here’s a list of the 10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Worthless).

21 Powerful: SCAR (Legendary)

Most Fortnite players know this Legendary Assault Rifle as SCAR and are eager to obtain it. SCAR stands for Special Combat Assault Rifle. This variant of the assault rifle packs a punch, as it rakes out 198 damage per second and has a 30-round magazine. It is the perfect weapon for medium range battles.

This assault rifle has great precision and can fire 5.5 rounds per second. Because of this, it is the main choice for every player’s arsenal.

This favorite weapon can be found in vending machines, floor loot, chests, and supply drops. Players have a 30.8% chance of getting it in a supply drop. It is based on the Belgian assault/battle rifle Fabrique Nationale SCAR, which was introduced in 2009.

20 Worthless: Guided Missile (Epic)

The guided missile was vaulted in season 3 following complaints of being too overpowered. However, it was re-released in the season 5.10 update with some changes. These alterations included reduced movement skill, reduced turn radius, and reduced damage. Using it makes players vulnerable to attacks from opponents, as you must be out in the open to fire it.

It delivers 74 damage to health and 400 damage to structures. We’re not saying that this weapon doesn’t get the job done, it just isn’t amongst the best weapons. The Epic Guided Missile is fun to use to destroy structures but that’s about it, as it is a risky weapon to use. Guided missiles can be found in chests and supply drops.

19 Powerful: Heavy Shotgun (Legendary)

The Legendary Heavy Shotgun is a heavier version of the Tactical Shotgun. It also has a longer range and an increased firing rate, with its overall damage per second being 77. With a higher range, it is great for mid to late gameplay when players are moving away from close-quarter contact. If you come across a Legendary Heavy Shotgun, you should definitely pick it up, as its powerful punch can help lead to victory.

This shotgun has a slight resemblance to the Franchi SPAS-12, which is an Italian manufactured shotgun. The Legendary Heavy Shotgun can be found in chests and supply drops. Players have a 50% chance of finding it in supply drops and only a 12.4% chance of finding it in chests.

18 Worthless: Pistol

This small firearm has two variants: Common and Uncommon. Most players will pass up this gun when they come across it or replace it quickly with something stronger. The damage it delivers is not the greatest, with 23-24 health and 23-24 structural damage. It does, however, have a 16-round magazine and a firing rate of 6.75 per second.

In close combat, it will get the job done, but be careful if you decide to go up against an opponent with a shotgun.

Using this firearm over long distances is a bad idea and a waste of time.  Starting out the match with this weapon gives players at least some fighting ability. Pistols are only found in floor loot.

17 Powerful: Compact SMG (Legendary)

While there are multiple versions of submachine guns in Fortnite, the Legendary Compact Submachine Gun delivers the most damage to structures and opponents at 22 and 21, respectively. It has a fire rate of 10 rounds per second and a magazine size of 40, with a reload time of 2.97 seconds. It also boasts 210 damage per second.

The Legendary Compact Submachine Gun is definitely a weapon that players want in their arsenal, so be sure not to pass it up. This Fortnite weapon was inspired by the FN P90, a Belgium made submachine gun that was created in 1990. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

16 Worthless: Scoped Assault Rifle

The Scoped Assault Rifle in Fortnite has two different variations: Rare and Epic. This weapon delivers a mere 23-24 health damage and 25-26 structural damage, respectively. One good thing that the Scoped Assault Rifle has going for it, though, is its pinpoint accuracy, which makes it easier to use than some other weapons.

The rifle has a 3.5 round per-second firing rate. We’re not saying that this rifle is not worth picking up, but it should be replaced by a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. This Fortnite weapon is loosely inspired by the AK-12, H&K 416, and the H&K G36C, combining an assault rifle with a sniper rifle.

15 Powerful: Grenade Launcher (Legendary)

The Legendary Grenade Launcher is the perfect choice for destroying structures, as it has a whopping 410 damage. It fires rockets from its 6 round magazine and has a reload time of 2.17 seconds. Damage to opponents is 110. This weapon is great to use against another players’ structures, which can lead to their elimination if they happen to be located nearby.

To use it efficiently, players must aim higher than their target to compensate for the arc trajectory.

Players should also avoid using in small areas, as the grenades can bounce back off of a surface before exploding. This weapon is inspired by the Mikor MGL that originated in South Africa in 1981. It can be found in chests and supply drops.

14 Worthless: Burst Assault Rifle (Common)

The Burst Assault Rifle has five different variations: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. The Common Burst Assault Rifle deals out 27 health damage and 81 structural damage. It does have a 30-round magazine with a 1.75 rounds per second firing rate, however.

Bullets are fired in bursts of 3 at a time. The rifle has a 2.9 second reload time. The Burst Assault Rifle is best used in medium range combat. It’s better to avoid using this rifle against far opponents, as it is not very effective. It can be found in chests, and floor loot.  The legendary version of this rifle can also be found in supply drops, as well as in chests and floor loot.

13 Powerful: Heavy Sniper (Legendary)

Delivering 51.81 damage per second to health and 1100 to structures, the Legendary Heavy Sniper Rifle is a devastating weapon. The only downside is the long reload time, as it takes 4.05 seconds each time. Compared to other sniper rifles in the game, it has less of a bullet drop. So it’s important to take this into account when aiming at targets.

Its long range ability makes it the perfect weapon to use against unsuspecting opponents at far distances. With the Legendary Heavy Sniper, players should find a location with a great vantage point like a tower. However, be sure to have good cover, since reloading takes a while. This weapon closely resembles the Barrett M82 Anti-Material Rifle, which was standardized by the U.S. military as the M107. It can be found in floor loot, chests, supply drops, and vending machines.

12 Worthless: Minigun

The Minigun may look like a firearm that packs a punch, but looks can be deceiving. The Minigun has two variations: Epic and Legendary. However, it the gun is often overlooked since it lacks power. Its health damage comes in at 18-19, while its structural damage is 32-33. It has a high fire rate at 12-rounds per second, which makes it good for destroying structures. Upon pulling the trigger of this machine gun, there is a short delay before it begins to fire.

This delay can be dangerous, however, especially if you’re facing off against opponents whose weapons aren’t as delayed.

Because of this, it’s better to replace it with a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. The Minigun can be found in chests and supply drops.

11  6. Powerful: RPG (Legendary)

This explosive weapon deals out a devastating amount of damage. It can deal out 413 damage to structures and 121 to opponents. The Legendary RPG also has a very large range, which makes it a great choice for taking out bases.

Surprisingly, players can also ride on the rockets and some have even used them to cross the entire map. In order to do this, multiple rockets must be fired for the continuous ride. This, however, is not the easiest thing to do. The Legendary RPG can be found in chests and supply drops. The real-life inspiration for this Fortnite weapon is the RPG-7. RPG is commonly known to stand for Rocket-Propelled Grenade.

10 Worthless: Dual Pistols

The Dual Pistols comes in two variations: Rare and Epic. Considered a step above the Pistol, the Dual Pistols is considered as a 2 round burst weapon. Players should make sure that they take time to aim when using the Dual Pistols, however, as this isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

The Dual Pistols deliver a health damage of 41 for the Rare variation and 43 for the Epic variation. Because of this, it is one of the most powerful pistols. However, it doesn’t stand up against many other weapons. Like other pistols, if this is the only weapon available, you should definitely pick it up, as it will deliver more damage than the pickaxe. The Dual Pistols can be found in chests and floor loot, though players are most likely to find it in chests.

9 Powerful: Double Barrel Shotgun (Legendary)

This Fortnite weapon comes as both Epic and Legendary variants. However, the Legendary version is much better. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is great for close range battle, as it delivers 228 damage per second to health and 90 to structures.

Though it is not ideal for long range use, it packs a punch in close quarters. 

If opponents put some distance between themselves and the business end of this shotgun, it will yield very little damage. It is, however, capable of delivering two shots rapidly. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is sure to take down any enemies who are unlucky enough to come face-to-face against it. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

8 Worthless: Stink Bomb

This nose hair-burning explosive releases a stinky gas cloud upon detonation. The gas appears as a yellow cloud and lasts about nine seconds. The Stink Bomb deals out 5 health damage every half-second and it can even bypass shields. Players that throw this unpleasant explosive must be careful, though, as they can also take damage from it. Teammates, however, will not suffer any damage from the Stink Bomb.

The Stink Bomb resembles real-life mustard gas or tear gas. It can be found in chests, floor loot, supply drops, and llamas. Though it can be dangerous, the Stink Bomb isn’t as threatening as many players assume. Because of this, it should be replaced as soon as players find a more powerful weapon.

7 Powerful: Damage Trap

Unlike other items on this list, the Damage Trap is a trap, and therefore is not a firearm. The Damage Trap can be placed on any surface that accepts traps. Players are able to place it on ceilings, floors, and even walls. It delivers 150 of damage to players’ health.

The Damage Trap is typically set and then left for unsuspecting and unfortunate players to come across. However, it can also be used by placing it down after trapping a player, so that they have no way to avoid it. Fortnite has had other traps in the past, but most of those have been vaulted. This uncommon weapon can be found in floor loot and supply llamas.

6 Worthless: Hand Cannon

Another pistol to make our list is the Hand Cannon, which has two variations: Epic and Legendary. While it can be useful against medium and long range targets, it is difficult to use in close range combat.

It also has a low fire rate of 0.8 rounds per second and, unfortunately, it isn’t very accurate.

However, if a player is lucky enough to land a shot on their target at close range, it will most likely get the job done. While it does deal out 60-62.4 health damage and 79-83 structural damage, it’s definitely worth replacing with a more powerful weapon later in the game. The Hand Cannon can be found in chests and floor loot.

5 Powerful: Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle (Legendary)

The Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle packs a heavy punch with its 15-round magazine. It has a 2.07 second reload time, which could be worse. It can also deliver 66.6 damage per second.

With the thermal scope, players have the ability to see chests, supply drops, llamas, and even enemy heat signatures. This makes the Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle a great scouting tool. Players would be crazy to pass this up if they came across it. Even without its thermal abilities, it is still a great weapon to have in any arsenal. It can be found in chests, supply drops, and floor loot. However, players have the highest chance at finding this weapon in a supply drop. It was inspired by an AR15 assault rifle.

4 Worthless: Tactical Shotgun

Fortnite has three variations of the Tactical Shotgun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. The Common version has the worst reload time of the three at 6.3 seconds. It delivers only 67 health damage and 50 structural damage.

In close quarters, it can be useful to suppress an enemy. However, it does not have the quickest of fire rates, with its rate stuck at 1.5 rounds per second. Out of all of the shotguns available in the game, the Tactical deals out the least amount of damage. However, it is better than some of the other weapons at close range, like the pistol or suppressed pistol. The Tactical Shotgun can be found primarily in floor loot.

3 Powerful: Heavy Sniper Rifle (Epic)

A tier down from its Legendary counterpart, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle deals 150 damage to health and 1050 damage to structures. Its reload time is a little long at 4.275 seconds, but it makes up for it in destruction.

Released during August 15th’s update, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle quickly became a fan-favorite with players who quickly began to experiment with the best situations for its use. Many players choose to carry two of these at once so that they can quickly switch between the two to deliver the most damage. While it may not have a quick fire rate at 0.33 rounds per second, it makes up for it in damage. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. Like the Legendary version, it resembles the real-life Barrett M82.

2 Worthless: Submachine Gun

Fortnite offers three variations of a Submachine Gun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. However, none of these are very powerful weapons. Both the health and structural damage of the three different types ranges from 17-19.  It does have a fire rate of 12 rounds per second, though, making it good for close to medium range combat.

Its magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds, which makes up for the low amount of damage that it deals out. It can get the job done, but overall, it is less powerful than a large number of the weapons offered in the game. It may look awesome, but it is definitely lacking. The Submachine Guns can be found in chests, floor loot, and sometimes in supply drops.

1 BONUS: Quad Launcher (Coming Soon)

According to an in-game notification, this long-awaited weapon will be making its debut in Fortnite very soon. In the notification, this weapon is said to “quickly fire up to 4 rockets to blanket an area with explosive damage.”

The Quad Launcher is a shoulder mounted rocket launcher and it is already building up a reputation, as many fans are excited for its introduction into the game. Players will have to wait to find out exactly how much health and structure damage this new weapon will deliver, though, as many details are still unknown. One thing is for sure, though: this anticipated rocket launcher will definitely be something to write home about.

Are there any other powerful or worthless Fortnite weapons that we missed? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 02:10:05 – Karis James

Star Wars 9 Filming Change Forces Adam Driver to Cancel College Appearance

Star Wars: Episode IX actor Adam Driver is forced to postpone a university appearance due to a scheduling change on the film. Director J.J. Abrams began production on the Skywalker saga’s grand finale earlier this year, after the project had gone through substantial behind-the-scenes changes. Abrams, of course, came in to replace Colin Trevorrow as helmsman, penning an all-new script alongside Chris Terrio after numerous stabs at the screenplay failed to impress Lucasfilm higher-ups.

Abrams’ arrival late in development meant things needed to be moved around. Originally, Episode IX was supposed to start principal photography this January in order to meet a May 2019 release date. However, it was pushed back to December 2019, meaning filming started later in the year. This caused some of the cast members to cancel previously arranged obligations, and now Driver is the latest to do so.

Related: What We Know About Star Wars 9’s New Cast Members

The user Riri19911 shared a statement from Driver’s management on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit, where the actor’s team announced Driver needed to postpone an appearance at a university. You can read it in full below:

Star Wars has just had a massive schedule change, and given what they need to shoot next week they need Adam to rehearse all day tomorrow. He feels terrible letting everyone down and doing this last minute, but has been left with no choice. This will be rescheduled at a later date.

It’s unknown exactly what circumstances led to the change, but right now, fans shouldn’t be too concerned. There are always a lot of moving pieces on something as massive as Star Wars, and it’s possible Abrams saw a window to shoot a specific sequence – which obviously involves Kylo Ren. It’s possible this is some kind of action set piece, given that it’s required Driver rehearses for an entire day. Lightsaber battles always involve high-end choreography that the actors need to learn. On the Last Jedi director commentary, Rian Johnson noted how Daisy Ridley and Driver performed their own stunts during the throne room fight, and odds are someone as method and committed as Driver wants to handle the action bits himself for Episode IX.

The Star Wars films of the Disney era haven’t always had the smoothest productions, with Solo being an obvious example. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like this situation on Episode IX is nearly as dire. While it’s certainly an inconvenience to have to switch things around at the eleventh hour, it sounds like it’s a matter of scheduled shoots getting moved around and won’t be a major setback. And fortunately for the university students, they’ll still have an opportunity to see Driver another time, once Star Wars 9 is all taken care of.

More: When We Think Lucasfilm Will Announce The Star Wars 9 Title

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2018-10-08 07:10:22 – Chris Agar

30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles

Landing a part in the latest major superhero movie release represents the pinnacle of many an acting career. Michael Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans and, to some extent, Robert Downey Jr might not be the household names they are today were it not for their comic book exploits.

However, while headlining the latest cinematic effort involving a caped crusader of some kind represents a dream come true for many, it’s proven to be something of a nightmare for a rare few. Bad scripts, difficult directors and a toxic work environment are just some of the many myriad reasons cited by the actors and actresses in this list – yet that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Studio politics, stalled contract negotiations or issues around costume, make-up and iffy computer effects have also played a role in making these superhero movies not-so-super for the stars involved.

More often than not, the resulting movie has been forgettable at best and downright terrible at worst – but there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, an actor ended up enduring a miserable time on an otherwise enjoyable project. Other times, far sinister things were going on, unbeknownst to many involved in the finished movie.

Plenty of flops feature on this countdown but some major moneymakers can be found too, with comic book movie properties tied to Marvel, 2000AD, DC and Titan Comics all present and not very correct. Yes, landing a part in the latest superhero movie blockbuster has represented the pinnacle of many an acting career down the years but for this lot, it represented the pits.

Here are 30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles.

30 Hugo Weaving – Red Skull

Hugo Weaving originally signed a multi-picture deal to play the Red Skull across various future Captain America movies. However, when the character returned in Avengers: Infinity War the character had been recast with The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand taking Weaving’s place. It wasn’t a huge shock.

A few years prior, The Matrix actor told Collider playing the Red Skull was “not something I would want to do again.”

“It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by,” he said. “I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”

29 Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of the fact things didn’t exactly go to plan with 2011’s Green Lantern. He even went as far as to include a gag, poking fun at the project, in Deadpool 2. Though it’s something he is able to laugh about now, it’s clear the actor regrets signing on that particular dotted line.

“When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script because the script didn’t exist,” Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. The experience did at least teach him some valuable lessons about making superhero movies which was good news for Deadpool fans.

28 Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba’s experience playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so bad it left her considering a career change. “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it,” Alba told Elle [via SyFy].

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer’. The director [Tim Story] was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'” She continued: “It all got me thinking: Am I not good enough?”

27 Ben Affleck – Daredevil

Ben Affleck doesn’t just regret starring in the 2003 movie adaptation of Daredevil, he hates it. Affleck let his feelings be known to TimeTalks [via NME] during a discussion about why he signed on for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck said: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

“The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he added.

“I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right,” Affleck stated.

26 Terrence Howard – War Machine

Terrence Howard has always blamed Robert Downey Jr for the fact he never got to reprise the role of James Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard told Watch What Happens Live [via Vulture].

Howard claims the studio offered to pay him “one-eighth of what we contractually had” and when he tried to call Downey Jr to talk about it “he didn’t call me back for three months.”

25 Idris Elba – Heimdall

Idris Elba’s experience working on Thor: The Dark World was so bad the actor described parts of it as “torture” to The Telegraph. In the interview, Elba recalled how he was forced to complete reshoots in London for the Thor sequel just days after return from filming the prestige biopic Mandela, in South Africa.

“In between takes I was stuck there [hanging from a harness], fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset, he said. “And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

24 Ryan Reynolds – Wolverine: X-Men Origins

Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool in Wolverine: X-Men Origins was plagued with problems, starting with the character’s appearance. “He wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that,” he told GQ.

Though Reynolds objected, the studio pressed on.

“The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”When the film leaked online and fans reacted angrily, Reynolds response was simple: “told you so”.

23 Ed Norton – Hulk

Ed Norton clashed with producers behind the scenes on The Incredible Hulk, having only agreed to play Bruce Banner on the proviso he could have a say on the script and direction of the film. Replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, Norton couldn’t resist having a dig at the film during an appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis.

“I tried to be like you,” he told Willis [via Indiewire]. “I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script…I thought we should make one Marvel movie as good as the worst Christopher Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking.”

22 George Clooney – Batman

Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin may have fallen flat with critics and fans alike but it proved to be a serious career wake-up call for its star, George Clooney. “Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role.”

Clooney successfully banished memories of his time as Batman with next three films: Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

21 Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones hated working on Batman Forever or, rather, he hated working with co-star Jim Carrey. “I was the star and that was the problem,” Carrey explained on Norm MacDonald Live [via THR].

The situation came to a head when Carrey ended up in the same restaurant as Jones during filming.

“I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said. “He went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

20 Topher Grace – Venom

Topher Grace never felt entirely comfortable in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom having bagged the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. “I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic,” he told Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast [via Cinemablend]. “And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it.”

Not only does Grace accept he was miscast, but he also agrees Tom Hardy is perfect for the role. “When I look at it now… [at Tom Hardy’s Venom movie] I go ‘That’s the guy.'”

19 Mickey Rourke – Ivan Vanko

Micky Rourke trashed the bigwigs over at Marvel Studios for what they did to his character Ivan Vanko, in Iron Man 2. Rourke told Syfy that he had worked hard with writer Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Russian villain and turn him into a three-dimensional character. Someone behind-the-scenes had other ideas though.

“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”

18 Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone was on the receiving end of some serious body shaming while working on Batman & Robin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone, who was a huge star following the success of Clueless, was under intense scrutiny over her weight with one critic reportedly observing she “looked more Babe than babe.”

When rumor got out on set that she was having issues with her costume fittings, a storyboard artist ever put together a joke cartoon of Batgirl, mocking Silverstone’s issues.

The fake poster for Clueless 2: The Casting of Batgirl might have gone down well with the guys in the film’s art department but studio bosses were far from impressed.

17 Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage has previously spoken of his disappointment at his two Ghost Rider movies, which he felt played it too safe. Speaking to JoBlo [via Bloody Disgusting], Cage explained that he and writer David S. Goyer had always envisioned the films as being gritty and, most importantly, R-rated.

“Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” Cage said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason, they just didn’t let us make the movie.” Though he believes there is the potential for someone else to take on the role and go down that dark path, Cage is done with the character.

16 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars And Stripes

Jim Carrey stunned social media ahead of the release of Kick-Ass 2 by denouncing the film and its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Carrey, who is an outspoken advocate for increased gun control, took to Twitter following the incident to explain that he could no longer support the film.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote [via The Guardian]. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

15 Michael Jai White – Spawn

He may have been among the first African American actors to portray a major comic book superhero but Michael Jai White has little love for his sole outing as Spawn. In fact, White is a much bigger fan of his small but powerful role as the gangster Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He even went as far as to conduct an interview with The Hollywood Reporter revisiting his performance alongside Heath Ledger.

During the interview, White couldn’t resist having a dig at Spawn: “There is no footage of me ever saying that I liked Spawn. I have never said that I thought that was a good movie.” Ouch.

14 Jared Leto – The Joker

Jared Leto was left far from happy with the version of Suicide Squad that made it to the cinemas. Asked by IGN whether any scenes involving the Joker were cut from the film, Leto let rip.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

13 Halle Berry – Catwoman

Halle Berry’s regret at signing up for Catwoman was clear to see when she decided to make an appearance at the annual Razzie Awards back in 2005. A celebration of the year’s worst films and performances, Berry ‘won’ the Worst Actress gong for her efforts in Catwoman and, in a surprising turn of events, was on hand to deliver a memorable acceptance speech.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh**, god-awful movie,” she said [via MTV], going on to mock the rest of her cast. “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”

12 Alan Cumming – Nightcrawler

Back when Alan Cumming was still in the frame to reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Scottish actor shocked journalists with his response to the news Bryan Singer would not be returning for the third installment.

“I’m not disappointed, I can’t deny it,” Cumming said [via Movieweb]. “I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of the film. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him on the film.”

Evidently, Singer and Cumming didn’t see eye to eye on X-Men 2 though the source of their fractious relationship has never been divulged.

11 Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde

Ellen Page took to Facebook in 2017 to accuse director Brett Ratner of harassment during their time together on 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. According to Page, Ratner mocked her sexuality during promotional work for the film. Page was only 18 at the time.

“‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” Page wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’”

10 Michael Fassbender – Magneto

Back in 2016, during the Toronto Film Festival’s pre-opening-night fundraising event, honoree Michael Fassbender surprised those in attendance by laying into his performance as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to Vulture, during a segment in which clips from several of Fassbender’s films were shown, Fassbender started “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment”.

“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest,” Fassbender said after the highlights reel finished. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like [making a face and flailing his arms around] some dude shouting.”

9 Jamie Bell – Thing

Rumoured unrest on the set of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, coupled with the movie’s bad reviews left a bad taste in the mouth of its star, Jamie Bell. “There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set,” Bell told the Los Angeles Times.

“Everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film,” stated Bell.

8 Josh Brolin – Jonah Hex

Production delays, directorial changes, script rewrites, reshoots, and some pretty heavy-handed editing helped make Jonah Hex one of the most disappointing comic book movies of all time. It’s something the film’s star, Josh Brolin, is only too aware of. In fact, he revealed in an interview with the Nerdist that he hates it just as much as everyone else.

“Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he said [via Collider]. “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”

7 Jennifer Garner – Elektra

While Ben Affleck bounced back from his Daredevil movie, Jennifer Garner never quite got going again after her spin-off effort, Elektra, bombed. Though Garner has never spoken openly about the film, her ex-boyfriend and close friend Michael Vartan revealed to Us Weekly [via SFGate] that the Alias actress was very unhappy with how the film turned out.

“I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful,” Vartan said. “She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Garner has never denied Vartan’s claims.

6 Edward Furlong – The Crow

The Crow: Wicked Prayer is an absolute stinker of a comic book movie and currently boasts a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s star, Edward Furlong, struggled to show much in the way of enthusiasm for the role during an interview with Movieweb.

Asked about how he prepared for the film’s starring role, Furlong said: “It’s sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people’s ass.” Given how it turned out, he must be regretting signing up for such flimsy reasons.

5 Chloë Grace Moretz – Hit-Girl

Chloe Moretz made her name as Hit Girl in Mark Millar’s original Kick-Ass but, despite the first film holding a special place in her heart, she’s always been less enthusiastic about the sequel.

During an appearance on a panel at the Provincetown Film Festival in 2018, Moretz made those feelings crystal clear. “I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way,” she said [via Cinemablend]. “Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

4 Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara played Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie and, in an interview with The Times[via Yahoo] revealed the negative aura surrounding the film made her “a little gun-shy” about seeing the finished film.

“You don’t always have to learn some incredible life lesson when making a s*** movie. Sometimes it’s just what happens,” she said. “[Fantastic Four] was a tricky shoot but you know when you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.”

3 Jamie Kennedy – The Mask

Son of the Mask saw Jamie Kennedy replace Jim Carrey as the franchise’s star, with almost unwatchable results.

Though the movie is widely regarded as one of the worst ever made, Kennedy’s biggest regret may boil down to the make-up he had to wear on the film.

“I wore it 6 days in a row, and after that it gets rough,” he told Movieweb. “I had ears in this one, and Jim Carrey didn’t in the first one, so they would like press against my real ears and cut the circulation, so I would have to like rub my ears a bit after having on the makeup to get the blood flowing again.”

2 Sylvester Stallone – Judge Dredd

Despite starring in such turkeys as Over The Top, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar, Sylvester Stallone’s biggest regret was reserved for another movie. “The biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd” he once declared [via Den of Geek]. “The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean, ‘Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones’, like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly.”

“The design work on it was fantastic, and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication,” he stated.

1 Lori Petty – Tank Girl

Lori Petty had a very particular gripe with the way things turned out for her Tank Girl movie: it was given an R rating. “There is nothing about that movie that is R. Nothing. Except there’s a woman talking s***. That’s why they rated it R. If they were going to rate it R I should have been butt-naked all the time, running around,” she told AV Club.

Tommy Boy came out that weekend, too, which is a hysterical movie, but it was rated PG-13. Do you know how many people bought Tommy Boy tickets and went to see Tank Girl? A billion.”

Are there any other superhero actors who regretted their roles? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-08 03:10:25 – Jack Beresford

Lethal Weapon Season 3 Review: The Series Can’t Replace Riggs But Tries Anyway

The drama surrounding FOX’s Lethal Weapon as it ended season 2 put the series’ future in question. Behind-the-scenes issues with series stars Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans spilled out into the entertainment news cycle, after it became clear the series would not be able to move forward with its current cast. Not long after, Crawford was let go, relieved of his duties of playing Martin Riggs, arguably the key ingredient to the long-running Lethal Weapon franchise. That left the series in the tricky position of either recasting Riggs, bringing in an entirely new character and actor to play him, or simply washing its hands of the whole thing and calling it a day on the series. FOX and Warner Bros., the studio that produces the series, chose option number two, bringing in Seann William Scott as former CIA agent turned LAPD officer Wesley Cole. 

However, finding a replacement for Crawford was just the beginning of Lethal Weapon’s post-Martin Riggs problems. Scott is perfectly capable of stepping into the spotlight and handling both the comedy and the action, and he even has a fine onscreen rapport with Wayans, but the biggest challenge facing the series at the start of season 3 has less to do with who steps in for the dismissed Crawford and more to do with how the show chooses to handle his departure and the lingering memory of Martin Riggs. And it’s there that the series, in its attempts to move on, while also attempting to end Riggs’ story in a poignant and significant way, runs headlong into the reality of its own behind-the-scenes tumult. Try as it might, the series can’t ignore evidence of the on-set animosity between its two stars. As such, any effort to paint Riggs and Murtaugh as true partners and the best of friends will inevitably raise a few eyebrows, necessary though it may be.

More: Magnum P.I. Review: An Action-Packed Reboot Without Much Personality

In other words, the season 3 premiere has its work cut out for it — especially in terms of its emotional credibility. The attempts to acknowledge the show’s past two seasons (as well as the film franchise, which certainly has its own problems), while also cultivating a future with a brand new character that simultaneously is and is not meant to be a facsimile of Martin Riggs, are admirable, even if the results are not entirely successful. 

Strangely, ‘In the Same Boat’ is as eager to let the past become the past as it is to insist Murtaugh is like really super sad Riggs is gone. The season begins with a jumbled opening sequence that replays the final moments of season 2, showing Riggs being shot by his own brother, before jumping to a hasty introduction for Cole, finding him in the Middle East, acting as a one-man army, while also befriending a young boy who is tragically caught and killed in the crossfire. A quick jump back to LA sees Murtaugh in the ER as Riggs is pronounced dead. The whole thing plays out like Baz’s death in TNT’s Animal Kingdom, though the circumstances behind the scenes are remarkably different. 

In both cases, though, each series were left to question how they could move forward after losing an integral part of the show’s cast. Lethal Weapon’s answer is to put Murtaugh in his sweats for six months to process the death of his partner, while falling deeper and deeper into a faux conspiracy that goes as far as it can before being mercifully tossed like a first draft. In short, Lethal Weapon doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to the fate of Martin Riggs. The character is most certainly dead, and his death is the result of actions taken by a single person. That’s it. As far as the season 3 premiere is concerned, the case is closed and it’s time to move on. 

As it turns out, moving on is tricky business. Cole ostensibly speaks for the series itself by saying, “I can’t ever replace [Riggs], so I won’t even try,” and to a certain extent that’s true, but not entirely. As archetypes go, Riggs and Cole are essentially interchangeable; the major differences being Cole doesn’t have a death wish and is actively engaged in making right certain wrongs from his past. That means repairing his relationship with is ex-wife, Natalie (Maggie Lawson), and their daughter Maya (Shay Rudolph), even if that means handing out parking tickets for the LAPD instead of being a super cool CIA agent. Of course, like Riggs, chaos seems to follow Cole wherever he goes, and that attraction to mayhem soon finds him face-to-face with the man who will be his new partner. 

There’s a whole subplot about Chechens with bombs and a plot to rob a bank in what sounds like a warmed over rehash of Die Hard With a Vengeance. But none of that really matters. What matters is whether or not Scott and Wayans can make a go of it, and whether Lethal Weapon will still be Lethal Weapon if they do. For his part, Scott does what the series asks of him. He’s engaging and charming, and admirably sells the action, while convincing the audience Cole is more than a character description that will appeal to males aged 14-35. As an added bonus, he doesn’t even roll his eyes when asked to say something about “chaos” roughly one hundred times in 43 minutes. 

Regardless the drama surrounding this new character, or Scott and Wayans’ onscreen chemistry, this effort is completely moot if audiences are uninterested in watching a Lethal Weapon series without Martin Riggs. The series can easily continue like this for years, and that would likely make FOX and Warner Bros. very happy. It’ll be interesting, then, to see if audiences will continue to tune in so that can happen.

Next: Manifest Review: NBC’s New Mystery Fails To Generate Much Intrigue

Lethal Weapon continues next Tuesday with ‘Need to Know’ @8pm on FOX.



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2018-09-25 07:09:40 – Kevin Yeoman

James Bond Rumor: Henry Cavill Eyed To Replace Daniel Craig After Bond 25

Henry Cavill is reportedly being eyed to be the next James Bond. In 2011, Cavill snagged the highly coveted role of Warner Bros. new Superman, but his superhero career hasn’t gone according to plan. After just three appearances, there’s been reports that Cavill is ready to leave the role behind. This comes on the heels of him being cast in the lead of Netflix’s The Witcher live-action series. While he may have a small screen franchise locked down, another one on the big screen may be headed his way.

One of the most talked about potential next roles for Cavill has been James Bond. Daniel Craig currently plays the role for MGM and Eon, but Bond 25 is scheduled to be his final outing. The studios will need someone to replace him eventually, and a new rumor suggests they already have their eyes set on Cavill.

Related: Every Bond 25 Update You Need to Know

Gossip site Crazy Days and Nights (via Comic Book) shared a blind item rumor last week that a studio was looking to cast a “foreign born former superhero” as a replacement in a long-running franchise. Today, the site revealed what that mystery rumor was about, and it was indeed in regard to Cavill being eyed to be the next Bond. This is still just a rumor at this point, but comes from the same site that recently shared Tom Cruise’s Green Lantern casting rumor. Since the validity of this rumor isn’t yet known, it’s best to take it with a grain of salt – or two.

Cavill is in many ways the prototypical casting choice for Bond, which is why many have fan-cast him in the role. He would be in his late 30s by the time he’d make his first appearance – especially with Craig’s Bond 25 now delayed till 2020 as it gets a new director. However, his age is barely a concern, if one at all. He looks the part, and basically auditioned for the role with Man from U.N.C.L.E. a few years back. With The Witcher possibly raising his star power and his stellar turn in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Cavill has everything one is looking for in James Bond.

Even though MGM and Eon may want Cavill for the role now, it’s unlikely that they’re looking too far into Bond’s future at present. They still need to square away Bond 25, get Craig’s final film released to the public, and make sure it delivers for fans, before worrying too much about what comes after. If it’s Cavill who plays 007 next, then great. He even believes he’s more prepared to play the role after his experience making Fallout. If today’s rumor is true, then he’ll get his shot at the job eventually.

MORE: Recasting DCEU’s Superman After Henry Cavill’s Departure

Source: Crazy Days and Nights (via Comic Book)



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2018-09-20 02:09:32 – Cooper Hood

13 Actors Who Could Replace Henry Cavill As Superman (And 12 We Don’t Want)

What is going on over at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment? On September 12th, the internet exploded over the news that Henry Cavill was reportedly departing from the role of Superman and the DC Extended Universe. The initial report — which stemmed from a dispute over scheduling a cameo in Shazam! — has led many to believe that Cavill will no longer play Superman and that the role will be recast or rebooted in a future film. Follow-up reports suggested the DC was already looking at replacements, but then DC made an official statement suggesting none of the news was true. To top it all off, Cavill posted an extremely cryptic video on social media that provides more questions than answers. Is he still Superman? Is he being replaced? Is this all one giant publicity stunt?

Whether he’s leaving the role or not, he probably doesn’t want to be remembered only as “the Superman in the bad DC movies” nor does he want his entire career to revolve around that character. Maybe he’s looking at other options, maybe it’s all a misunderstanding, but it seems as his tenure wearing the cape is in question. With that said, he can’t be Superman forever. While he’s hardly had the chance to prove himself as Superman, it seems that fans are already putting thought into his potential replacement. Hopefully Henry Cavill stays onboard, but if not, let’s take a look at who could possibly don the cape next.

Here are 13 Actors Who Could Replace Henry Cavill As Superman (And 12 We Don’t Want).

25 Good Choice: Michael B. Jordan

Recasting Superman with an actor of a different race is an idea that will both excite and outrage. One thing is certain though: Michael B. Jordan is at the height of his popularity, and he’s got the acting chops to handle the role. He’s reportedly the leading choice to replace Cavill already. He might be a little aloof for the warm and innocent Clark Kent, but he would be an inspired choice that would totally revamp the character.

Of course, fans have also suggested that he would also make a great Val-Zod, the Superman of DC Comics’ Earth- 2. An alternate dimensional Superman is still Superman, so why not?

24 Don’t Want: Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm is a popular choice among fans for both Superman and Batman. He’s likeable, talented, and he has the dark hair and strong jawline that superheroes tend to require. However, he’s just not right for Superman. We’re not saying he couldn’t pull it off — maybe it’s because of his time as Don Draper on Mad Men — but his cool, intense aesthetic seems more suited to Bruce Wayne than the chivalrous Man of Steel. Good thing too, as the news of Ben Affleck leaving the Batman role seems ever-present, and Hamm has confirmed interest in taking over.

Hamm for Superman? No thanks. Hamm for Batman? Yes, please.

23 Good Choice: Armie Hammer

Another very popular choice among fans, Armie Hammer was nearly Batman in the cancelled George Miller film Justice League Mortal and was reportedly in the running for Superman in Man of Steel. Henry Cavill was obviously the final choice, but why not give Hammer a shot? He has the good looks and he’s a very talented actor, and he’s already been up for at least two different superhero roles. He hasn’t had a part in any major blockbuster franchise, but perhaps that’s because he’s waiting for the right superhero role to come his way. Maybe this time?

22 Don’t Want: Channing Tatum

Tatum’s name has been in the mix for plenty of Superman fan-casting lists, but we’re not sure why. Sure, he’s handsome and he’s very funny, but his roles are never in line with Superman’s persona. It’s hard to separate Tatum from his comedic roles in films like 21 Jump Street and Logan Lucky, and it’s even more difficult to picture Superman as a lovable goof. This isn’t to say that he can only play goofy roles, but Tatum is at his most charismatic when he’s channeling his own brand of humor.

Besides, he’s probably busy with being chained to the Gambit film that may or may not actually exist.

21 Good Choice: James Marsden

He’s probably not the first person that comes to mind, but James Marsden would make a fantastic Superman. He’s best known for playing Cyclops in the X-Men films and he’s doing great work on Westworld as Teddy Flood, but he has the build and talent that would perfectly suit the red and blue boy scout. Marsden would make for a recognizable choice, but not so recognizable that it would take viewers out of the movie. Besides, he’s got that dashing all-American look and more than enough charisma to go around — and if you need proof of the latter, see Enchanted. 

20 Don’t Want: Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam hasn’t struck gold in his blockbuster movie roles, but he seems to fit the Superman mold. He’s handsome, fit, and has the tough exterior that comes with being a superhero. However, he tends to come off a bit too edgy and grizzled in his roles for someone as clean and idealistic as Superman. Is it possible that someone can seem too tough to play Superman? Charlie Hunnam might fall into that category… or maybe we’ve just been watching too much Sons of Anarchy. He might be better suited for a someone like Green Arrow —  after all, he looks just like the character without even trying.

19 Good Choice: Liam Hemsworth

If Warner Bros. wants a new superhero franchise after Cavill’s exit, than they had better start young. Liam Hemsworth, brother to Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, would make an interesting choice for Superman. Dark hair, handsome, built — he checks all of Superman’s physical boxes. His youth is both a pro and a con, as it might take some time before audiences can take him seriously as a fully-formed Superman, but his age also gives a franchise of films time to gestate without having to worry about the actor getting too old. He probably won’t be many fans’ first choice, but he might be worth consideration.

18 Don’t Want: Tom Hardy

Like Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hardy is way too rough-and-tumble to play Superman. He’s definitely a popular pick, but Hardy loves characters that are odd and eccentric — not quite the uplifting Superman persona fans would be used to. His role in Venom is evidence of this, and that movie isn’t even out yet. Don’t get us wrong, he’s a great actor, but he’s just not suited for someone so straightforward. Tom Hardy’s edge is iconic, and shoehorning him into a Superman costume may stifle that. But, if Venom fails and he ends up in the market for a new superhero role, he would make for a stellar Wolverine.

17 Good Choice: Sam Witwer

He might be one of the most obscure choices on this list, but Sam Witwer would make for a great Superman. Most would know him from the Star Wars universe (mainly as Starkiller in The Force Unleashed games), but he’s also played roles in smaller properties like Once Upon A Time, Battlestar Galactica, and coincidentally, Smallville. Like Henry Cavill at the time of his casting as Superman, Sam Witwer is a relatively unknown actor who wouldn’t bring much baggage to the role. Star Wars fans might need a minute for things to click into place, but he’s got the looks and charisma to take on a big role like Superman.

16 Don’t Want: Zac Efron

His Disney days are over, and Zac Efron has proven himself to be quite the hot commodity in Hollywood. He might sound like a good choice at first — young, fit, and still the heartthrob he used to be — but he’s still way too baby-faced to be a believable Superman. Even if Warner Bros. were to go younger with a new Superman, an entire generation still sees Efron as Troy from High School Musical. He’s also too charming for a  hopeful stoic like Superman — he would make a great Dick Grayson though, or even a younger Hal Jordan if a Green Lantern reboot ever comes to fruition.

15 Good Choice: Matt Bomer

Not only is he a critically acclaimed actor with a dense filmography under his belt, but Matt Bomer has actually played Superman before. He was the voice of Kal-El in the animated film Superman: Unbound and while his voice is certainly a good fit, he looks the part as well. He’s not famous enough for his appearance to be jarring, not unknown enough for fans to be unsure about his casting. He has a proven track record and would make for a solid choice, especially with great hair like that. Just give him Superman’s iconic strand of loose hair, and all he would need is a costume!

14 Don’t Want: Chris Evans

Chris Evans is perfect for the role. He’s got the looks, the build, and the attitude. He would make for a great Superman. Rather, he would make for a great Superman if he wasn’t so immediately recognizable as Steve Rogers in the Captain America films. Evans has more than proven himself to the Superman-type, main because of his work as Cap. Unfortunately, it will be way too hard for people to unsee the star-spangled costume. It would also cause an uproar in the Marvel and DC fan communities, so much so that Evans probably wouldn’t even want to glance at his social media. As perfect as it would be, he shouldn’t be Superman.

13 Good Choice: Justin Theroux

This one might be a bit outside-the-box, but Justin Theroux would make for an interesting choice. He’s not the typical muscled-out superhero type, though certainly in-shape. He’s also an older choice, though not so old that he would be unfit for the role either. He has a different kind of energy than your prototypical Superman, one that’s difficult to describe in the same way that it’s difficult to describe how Nicholas Cage was cast as Superman. Seeing as that did actually happen, though, maybe a Justin Theroux-led older Superman story is just what the franchise needs for a clean slate.

12 Don’t Want: Adam Driver

Adam Driver’s name has been tossed around in casting among fans, but he seems like the wrong way to go. He’s doesn’t really have the look and he tends to bring a darker, melancholy energy to his roles that might not work for a Superman so young. He’s also way too recognizable for his role as Kylo Ren in the Star Wars franchise. He’s definitely talented enough to bring something interesting to the Man of Steel, but nowadays he might be a bit too high-profile for job. Then again, similar words were spoken about Nicholas Cage during the cancelled Superman Lives.

11 Good Choice: Wes Bentley

Wes Bentley is best known for his roles in American Horror Story, The Hunger Games, and American Beauty —but could he work as Superman? He definitely has an edginess that the other choices don’t. He’s also a little on the smaller side in comparison to someone like Henry Cavill. With that said, he can certainly pull off the clean-cut Superman look. He might need to bulk up a bit, but Bentley makes this list as a runner-up that most fans probably didn’t think to consider. We’re all about these obscure picks, folks.

10 Don’t Want: Jake Gyllenhaal

He’s talented, popular, and somehow not apart of any major blockbuster franchise yet. While he was cast in Spider-Man: Far From Home a few months ago, Jake Gyllenhaal’s name is still in the running for DC superheroes — namely, Batman. With that said, many fans believe that his Clark Kent could be just as compelling, but we’re not so sure. Gyllenhaal might look the part, but he has played some seriously dark roles before. Jarhead, Donnie Darko, Prisoners, Nightcrawler — the guy isn’t exactly known for embodying hope in the roles he chooses. Because of this, he’d be much better suited for a young Batman. Superman? Not so much.

9 Good Choice: Ben Barnes

Can you picture Ben Barnes sporting the cape? You probably know him from more villainous roles — he portrays Logan Delos on Westworld and Billy Russo on Marvel’s The Punisher —but with that said, the guy has a charming look that might just work for the blue boy scout. He might need to bulk up for the role and shake his reputation as a smarmy antagonist, but he already has the handsome look you’d expect from Superman. He might just need to practice a few stoic faces before putting on the suit. Barnes isn’t the stereotypical Superman, but he’s certainly a viable choice.

8 Don’t Want: Nikolai Coster-Waldau

Game of Thrones fans probably know where this is going. He’s fit, he’s talented, and like everyone else on this list he’s extremely handsome, but it will be entirely too difficult for people to separate him from Superman,and one of Westeros’ most despicable personalities. And before comments flood in about how Jamie Lannister has softened up over the years, keep in mind that he will be going from that role to Superman, one of the most heroic figures in popular culture. We don’t deny that he has the talent, but this one is a bit of a stretch.

7 Good Choice: Sebastian Stan

Could Bucky Barnes be the next Supes? Sebastian Stan hit mainstream popularity because of his role as the Winter Soldier, but he’s done plenty of great work outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Gossip GirlOnce Upon A Time, The Martian, I, Tonya — he’s plenty talented, he has the look, and he could provide a certain sensitivity that most of the other choices don’t usually bring to their roles. He’s a recognizable face, but not as attached to his other roles as, say, his Captain America co-star. So, Sebastian Stan for Superman? It’s just an idea.

6 Don’t Want: Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender is extraordinarily talented, and his name is frequently found in the running for all sorts of roles in high-profile movie franchises. With that said, he’s probably the wrong choice for Superman. He’s definitely has the proper strong features, but he’s on the older, more recognizable side. Not to mention he brings an intensity to his roles that, while captivating, doesn’t work for the last son of Krypton. If anything, casting him as Superman wastes that intensity on a character that doesn’t require it. With that said, he could play a number of other roles in the DC Universe that would better suit his edge. Braniac, Ra’s Al Ghul, Sinestro — just not Superman.

5 Good Choice: Jesse Williams

How about more of an up-and-coming choice? Jesse Williams is known for his role on Grey’s Anatomy as well as his character in the video game Detroit: Become Human, and he seems like he would be a great alternative to the A-listers that are perhaps too recognizable as Superman replacements. He has the right build, good looks, and a sweeter, sensitive side in comparison to most of the other brawny choices on this list. He would be a new face on the blockbuster movie scene, and like many of the past Supermen, this could be the role that takes his career to new levels — along with revitalizing the character for a potentially new franchise.

4 Don’t Want: Jamie Dornan

We can’t deny that he looks the part. Good hair, athletic build, strong jawline — he’s a model, after all. With that said, looks aren’t everything, and Jamie Dornan just doesn’t seem like the blue boy scout type. Perhaps his work in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise is still too fresh in our minds, but he’s a bit intense for the iconic hero and maybe a little too… sultry? There’s no reason that Superman can’t be sultry necessarily, but those vibes just don’t work for the guy who you’d expect to save a cat from a tree. He’s in the right ballpark, but not quite Superman.

3 Good Choice: Richard Madden

Another candidate for a younger Kal-El, Richard Madden could fit the part really well. He’s a talented actor, he’s got the dashing looks (he did play the Prince in Cinderella, after all) and fans of Game of Thrones know that he can act the role of an upstanding leader any day of the week. He’s on the younger side, but those youthful looks are an edge when it comes to building a long-standing franchise. Maybe it’s hard to tell with the scruff, but he could really pull off a young Clark Kent. He just needs a shave — or he could opt for the Superman tradition and replace his facial hair with a CGI mouth. Either way, he’d be a great Superman.

2 Don’t Want: Brandon Routh

For those that don’t remember, Brandon Routh has already played Superman way back in 2006’s Superman Returns and he wasn’t bad, either! Unfortunately, it’s probably best that he didn’t return to the role. It’s not that he couldn’t swing it – he’s basically still the splitting image of a young Christopher Reeve. It’s just that DC fans already closely associate him with his work on the Arrowverse television shows. It would also confuse older audiences to see “that one guy from that one Superman movie” come back and replace Cavill’s Superman so soon, or even years from now. Unless he wants to, in which case, we doubt there would be many complaints.

1 Good Choice: Tom Welling

Let us pitch you an idea: a low-profile actor who is only famous to a certain generation, specifically for playing Superman, returns to the role on the big screen decades later?

Tom Welling could easily return for the adventures of an older Superman, perhaps at the end of his career and fathering a young Jonathan Kent, a.k.a. Superboy. It’s a bit specific, but think about it! Like Brandon Routh, he had his chance. However, Tom Welling hasn’t been a major star since his time on Smallville. He’s still got the good looks, he may be told to spend some time in the gym, of course, but it would be quite the crowd-pleasing recast.

What do you think about the Henry Cavill debacle? Are there any other actors who could play a new Superman? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!



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2018-09-14 06:09:35 – Jonathan Figueroa

Emma Watson to Replace Emma Stone in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women



Emma Watson is joining the cast of writer/director Greta Gerwig’s Little Women film adaptation. The Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast alum will take on the role that was previously intended for Emma Stone (who had to pass on the movie for as-yet unspecified scheduling issues).

The latest in a long line of screen adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved tale (which was originally published in the late 1860s), Gerwig’s Little Women is a traditional retelling that focuses on the experiences of the March sisters and their matriarch Marmee in post-Civil War Massachusetts. Gerwig will reunite with her Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet on the project, which has started to come together quickly since the filmmaker became formally attached to direct back in late June. Indeed, in the past month or so alone, Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) and Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects) have joined not only Ronan and Chalamet, but also Meryl Streep and Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) as members of the film’s cast.

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According to Variety, roles are still being worked out and it’s not clear yet which of the March sisters will be played by Watson in Gerwig’s take on Little Women. Stone was originally reported to be portraying Meg in the film, so it’s quite possible that Watson will ultimately wind up playing that same role herself. As for the rest of the cast: Ronan was previously said to be playing Jo (the second oldest March sister after Meg and the story’s protagonist), with Pugh playing Amy (the youngest March sister) and Scanlen portraying Beth, but all that could eventually change, it seems.

By the look of it, Little Women will indeed serve as Watson’s followup to her turn as Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of its own animated fairy tale musical, Beauty and the Beast (which became a huge success at the worldwide box office last year). Watson has been pretty selective with her post-Harry Potter film roles so far, having largely stuck to either period dramas, indie fare and/or filmmaker-driven projects like Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (with the obvious exception of Beauty and the Beast). For the same reasons, a role in Gerwig’s Little Women sounds very much like something in the onetime Hermione Granger’s wheelhouse.

Little Women itself is also (arguably) something that makes sense for Gerwig to tackle, given her previous work as an actor, writer and/or director. The setting of Alcott’s story may be far removed from the modern New Yorkers and/or Californians whose lives tend to be the focus of Gerwig’s films, yet the former’s novel deals with themes of class, (white) privilege, and young women coming of age that are all too similar to those that have been featured prominently throughout the latter’s oeuvre thus far. As such, there’s fair reason to think that Gerwig will succeed in putting a fresh and worthwhile spin on Little Women with her own cinematic interpretation.

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Little Women opens in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day 2019.

Source: Variety



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