5 Fantastic Four Stories We Want To See In The MCU (& 5 We Don’t)

With Disney acquiring a bunch of Fox’s assets in one of the biggest deals in the history of the film industry, we’ll be seeing, among other things, a lot of Marvel’s characters joining the MCU. Those characters include the X-Men, the Silver Surfer, and yes, the Fantastic Four. After two previous attempts to adapt the Fantastic Four comics for the big screen by Fox failed to please fans or critics, hopefully Marvel Studios will be able to do the characters justice.

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10 Don’t want to see: Days of Future Present

“Days of Future Present” was the sequel to the acclaimed X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past.” And while both storylines were well-received by both fans and critics, we only need to look at how much Bryan Singer’s adaptation of the “Days of Future Past” storyline messed up the X-Men movie franchise’s timeline and continuity to know that time travel plots really screw up a series of superhero films. A few years later, fans would be so put off by the incongruous timelines that the X-Men movies would be a shadow of their former selves and Fox would be selling the rights back to Marvel. Let’s not get off on the wrong foot.

9 Want to see: 1-2-3-4

This storyline by the great Grant Morrison began with Reed Richards vanishing and only escalated from there. It was just a miniseries, making the story the perfect length to be translated almost directly into a feature-length film. The problem with the oversaturated superhero movie market is that it’s getting harder and harder to keep the excitement up in the third act. We’ve seen the world get threatened by and saved from alien threats dozens of times. Fortunately, “1-2-3-4” ends with an earth-shattering climax that will satisfy even today’s moviegoing audiences, as the fabric of reality – not just New York City – is at stake.

8 Don’t want to see: Ultimate Fantastic Four

The Ultimate Fantastic Four storyline inspired the 2015 reboot starring Miles Teller and Kate Mara. That movie was even worse than the original Ioan Gruffudd/Jessica Alba ones, because like the Ultimate Fantastic Four storyline, the characters were much younger. They all looked like teenagers and it was tough to take them seriously as scientists or as superheroes.

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The Fantastic Four need to be an older generation of heroes, especially if they make it into the MCU. There’s enough young blood out there. The Fantastic Four are the adults of Marvel Comics. Reed and Sue are at their best when they’re married and have kids.

7 Want to see: The Inhumans Saga

Before Galactus’ momentous debut in the Fantastic Four canon, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby toyed around with the idea of the Inhumans, the secret society of superpowered individuals living on the fringes of civilization. ABC tried to bring the Inhumans characters into the MCU with a TV series back in 2017, but it was slated by critics and audiences alike and the show was canned after just eight episodes. “The Inhumans Saga” from the Fantastic Four comics is a terrific storyline that would be a great second chance for the MCU’s depiction of the Inhumans in addition to a Fantastic Four reboot.

6 Don’t want to see: Marvel Knights 4

Written by playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Marvel Knights 4 isn’t really a superhero comic. It focuses less on the science fiction elements and more on the characters’ day-to-day lives. There are no high-stakes battles with villains or big action sequences. It’s more of a situational storyline than the kind of grandiose epic that make for the best superhero movies. At first, it’s interesting to see the characters in a different light, and Aguirre-Sacasa nailed the characterization of each member of the team, but the 30-issue series very quickly became one of the most boring runs in comic book history and not many people missed it when Marvel decided to cancel it.

5 Want to see: Spider-Man/The Human Torch #1-5

This would have to be after the Fantastic Four reboot introduces the characters into the MCU, and maybe even after that, when they’ve been fully ingratiated into the ensemble cast. But if the Fantastic Four are joining the MCU, then we need to see Spider-Man and the Human Torch team up. They’re the two most juvenile superheroes in New York and their team-ups are among the most fun storylines in Marvel canon.

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To see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man pair up with whoever Marvel casts as the third big-screen (well, technically fourth, but Roger Corman never released the FF movie he made on the cheap in the ‘90s just to retain the rights) version of the Human Torch would fulfill many a comic book fan’s dream.

4 Don’t want to see: The Council of Reeds

You know the Council of Ricks in Rick and Morty? It’s an absurd idea, right? A governing body run by a bunch of alternate versions of one guy that only governs that guy’s actions across the multiverse? Well, it wasn’t a wholly original idea. It was a parody of a similar idea from the Fantastic Four comics: the Council of Reeds. There was an entire storyline built around the organization in the comics, and while it might be an interesting gimmick to see a group of the same actor on the screen at the same time (it was admittedly a lot of fun when Daniel Radcliffe did it in the second-to-last Harry Potter movie), it would ultimately be too crazy to be taken seriously.

3 Want to see: Unthinkable

Doctor Doom is one of the greatest villains in Marvel Comics history – maybe the best – and he still has yet to be properly portrayed on the big screen. Julian McMahon and Toby Kebbell’s incarnations haven’t captured what makes him a terrific villain, and that is his diplomatic immunity. His political alliance with Latveria means that he can go to America, commit a crime right in front of a cop, and get away with it. It’s about time he was done justice in a movie, and what better way to that than by adapting “Unthinkable,” Mark Waid’s definitive Doctor Doom storyline, for the screen? The storyline sees Doom kidnap Reed Richards and Sue Storm’s kids, forcing the Fantastic Four to travel to Latveria to save them.

2 Don’t want to see: Fantastic Four #16

The Invisible Woman’s whole existence is pretty sexist. A cosmic storm gives three men awesome superpowers like flame manipulation and fists made of rock, and then gives the only woman in the group the ability to not block her husband’s view of the TV while she’s doing housework and not much else. This was back in the ‘60s and Sue Storm, despite being a brilliant scientist, was basically the team’s personal maid. In Fantastic Four #16, the team was trapped in the Microverse and the villain threatened to make Sue their maid. There wasn’t the slightest hint of irony and that was the whole conflict of the story. If this story made it to the screen, it would be a huge step backwards for female superheroes.

1 Want to see: The Galactus Trilogy

“The Galactus Trilogy” isn’t just considered to be the greatest Fantastic Four story; it’s been called “the indisputable pinnacle of the so-called Silver Age of comic books” by the Atlantic. That’s pretty high praise. The storyline sees the Fantastic Four struggling to battle Galactus, with the Silver Surfer and the Skrulls thrown in for good measure. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer teased the arrival of Galactus, but that movie didn’t grasp the stakes and weight of his presence. Galactus is the devourer of planets! He is well and truly fearsome. Without question, he would give Thanos a run for his money as the MCU’s most powerful villain.

NEXT: 10 Characters From The X-Men Movies Who We Hope Get Their Own Movie

2019-04-23 05:04:26

Ben Sherlock

DC Needs More Stories Like Shazam – And Less Like Titans

The success of Shazam! is proof that Warner Bros. needs to trust in the essential essence of DC Comics’ characters and not turn everything into a “grim and gritty” revision like Titans. While the DC Universe series has proven the most popular of the streaming service’s original shows so far, it would be foolish to credit the show’s success purely to its mature themes and dark storyline.

The question of how deeply DC Comics’ adaptations into live-action films and television should delve into darkness has been a matter of debate since the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the subsequent production of Man of Steel with Zack Snyder. While Snyder is a popular director with a rabid fan base, many comics fans and general audiences were unimpressed with his Dark Knight Returns influenced take on Superman and Batman. As a result, the DC Extended Universe is now diversifying its tone with movies like Shazam!, with directors tackling those projects they are passionate about rather than being beholden to a single aesthetic or strict continuity.

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The same issues dominated the Arrowverse – the shared universe made up of various DC Comics inspired series on the CW network. Many Arrowverse storylines were sidelined due to Warner Bros. efforts to prevent brand dilution, such as allowing two versions of the Suicide Squad to exist simultaneously. Warner Bros. also originally encouraged the series to maintain the same serious tone with little sense of individuality. Thankfully, it seems that Warner Bros. has learned from their mistakes and now the new series on DC Universe are being allowed to be their own thing, even deviating from their source material, as in the case of Titans.

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Shazam! Lightened-Up The DCEU

While Wonder Woman and Aquaman both took a lighter approach than Snyder’s vision, Shazam! shows the true tonal flexibility of DC Comics movies. Ignoring the strong visual metaphor of a hero whose chest emblem literally glows, Shazam has been considered an even more incorruptible champion of goodness and decency than Superman in the comic books and cartoons for decades.

While it isn’t impossible to do a “grim-and-gritty” take on Shazam (Alan Moore did a wonderful deconstruction of the concept with his revival of Miracleman, for instance), the character does not lend itself well to traditional reimaginings of how “modern” superheroes should act. Take for instance, the classic superhero ethic against killing an enemy and the argument this is unrealistic. While it is believable an Amazon warrior might kill or that Arthur Curry would use lethal force in defense of his kingdom, most audiences could never accept Shazam casually killing someone. Ignoring the distastefulness of a child killing, it just grinds too far against the grain of the established orthodoxy of the character from the comics. The Wisdom of Solomon can always find a better way.

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The creative team behind Shazam! understood this and stayed true to the character’s original concept as a children’s power fantasy – the twin dreams of being an adult and having superpowers. The child’s view of the world and the sheer joy of that wish coming true infuses every frame of Shazam’s run time. Attempting to ground that narrative in reality would only serve to kill the core concept of the character.

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How Levity Saved The Arrowverse

The same issues could be seen in the Arrowverse, which suffered from executive meddling on multiple fronts. Arrow, for instance, was forced to kill off their version of the Suicide Squad and plans for an intensive event involving them and the terrorist organization HIVE, as part of season 4. At the same time, all the series apart from Arrow suffered somewhat was they were encouraged to be more realistic, despite being founded entirely on unrealistic comic book concepts. This was generally met with audience disapproval, as in the case of the darker storyline of season 3 of The Flash, which saw Barry Allen fighting his evil alternate-future self for the love of his life.

Perhaps the best example of this conflict is Legends of Tomorrow. The series is generally agreed to have gotten off to a weak start, with its original storyline gathering characters from Arrow and The Flash to stand against the immortal world-conqueror Vandal Savage. Rather than trust in the original concept of Vandal Savage as a caveman made immortal after making contact with a glowing meteor, his name and concept were broadly applied to the Hawkman villain Hath-Set – an evil Egyptian priest whose revolution cursed himself and his rulers, Prince Khufu and Priestess Chay-Ara, to an endless cycle of reincarnation.

Somehow, the utter silliness of the name Vandal Savage and the overblown complexity of the Hawkman mythology were considered less problematic for general audiences than the idea of a super-powered caveman trying to take over the world. Unfortunately,this, coupled with a botched execution of the romantic subplot centering around the two Hawk-heroes, resulted in everything relating to their storyline being jettisoned from the show after season 1. After that, Legends of Tomorrow seemed to fully embrace the general weirdness of the DC Universe and played up the absurdity while still trusting in the core concepts of its characters to ring true.

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Perhaps no single episode better exemplifies this than “Beebo the God of War” – the season 3 mid-season finale, which saw the Legends having to restore the natural course of history after the first Vikings to colonize North America began worshiping a stuffed animal called Beebo. While the idea that an anachronistic toy could inspire the Vikings to conquer a continent is silly, it is no more absurd than a billionaire scientist building a super-suit that lets him shrink or any of the other character concepts behind the various Legends. Most feel the show has become even stronger in season 4, thanks to the addition of warlock John Constantine, who is as surly and sarcastic as he was in his own show but no less immune to the insanity that routinely comes up on Legends of Tomorrow. This is further proof that sticking to a concept that works will continue to work, regardless of the setting.

Why Doom Patrol Is Superior To Titans

When the first trailer for Titans was released, it grabbed immediate attention by having Robin drop the F-bomb in regards to his mentor. The show itself would present a more bloody, violent and all around gritty vision of the classic Teen Titans characters. It would pick up viewers as its first season continued, but also earned the scorn of comic-book purists and critics, who felt the show seemed desperate to distance itself from its youth-friendly origins. When this show was described as mature, it meant that it was full of blood, cursing, nudity and other things that result in small children being asked to leave the room.

Doom Patrol, by contrast, had not ever been intended to be a children’s property. Even when the characters were first created for a Comics Code Authority approved book in the 1960s, their adventures seemed to be aimed at teenagers who could appreciate that superpowers aren’t always a blessing. The Doom Patrol series that followed, even before they made the leap to DC Comics’ mature imprint Vertigo, were also decidedly meant for mature readers.  In this case, however, mature meant capable of handling more complex stories.

Both shows tackle disturbing ideas and adult subject matter, but Doom Patrol does so in a way that seems far less juvenile and forced than on Titans. While the character of Robotman unleashes a considerable amount of profanity, it is justified by his frequent astonishment at the unbelievable events around him. This is far more effective than the casual f-bombs dropped by Dick Grayson on Titans, which come off as a tween’s attempt to sound grown-up, with a similar effect. Again, we see how staying true to the core concept of the characters improves the quality of the adaptation.

DC Comics Can Have It Both Ways

Thankfully, those who enjoy their darker, more serious fare like Titans can live in co-existence with those who prefer the brighter, more idealistic and funnier side of DC Comics. The DC Universe is a big place and there is room for those who want more horrific content like the upcoming Swamp Thing series and the teens and tweens and teens and old-school superhero fans for whom Stargirl is intended. The key, as with the Shazam! movie, is to remain true to the spirit of the characters as they were created and trust that the right audience will discover what made them so beloved for so long.

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2019-04-14 08:04:15

Matt Morrison

10 Thor Stories We’d Love To See In A Possible Thor 4

Despite the overwhelmingly positive response to Taika Watiti’s comedic and colorful Thor: Ragnarok, we may never see Thor in a fourth solo movie. With Avengers: Endgame promising to start over the MCU fresh with a new batch of heroes, effectively ending the 11-year journey of the O.G. Avengers like Iron Man, Cap, and yes, Thor.

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Whether he’ll actually die in the movie remains to be seen, but Chris Hemsworth has strongly hinted that he wants to jump ship from the MCU after the newest Avengers movie. Still, never say never. Here are 10 Thor Stories We’d Love To See In A Possible Thor 4.

10 Thor: Ages of Thunder

After Avengers: Endgame likely changes the face of the Avengers team forever, Thor will either die or take a step back to live his own life for a while. Thor: Ages of Thunder actually tells stories from Thor’s youth as he irresponsibly battled his way through Vikings, Enchantresses, and Frost Giants.

Given how Taika Watiti recharacterized Thor as a wild, fun-loving, humorous guy who likes to get into danger, fight his way out, and look good doing it, this could be the perfect way for Thor’s character to leave the MCU – on his own terms, having a blast, saving Asgard.

9 Siege

Thor had to sit out Captain America: Civil War due to his character arc taking him to rediscover himself and eventually get spit out of a wormhole on Sakaar. To make up for that, he could get his own solo movie that acts as a semi-Avengers movie. In Siege, Thor has to defend Asgard from the arrival of Norman Osborn (a.k.a. the Green Goblin, Spider-Man’s most famous foe) and his team of Dark Avengers.

Loki makes the ultimate sacrifice (depending on whether or not he’s actually dead in the MCU, this could make it to the movie, too) and Captain America shows up to help Thor protect his homeworld. Maybe this is what Joe Russo meant when he said Chris Evans “isn’t done” with the role of Cap.

8 The Unworthy Thor

The Unworthy Thor sees a disgraced Thor losing the ability to wield his hammer Mjolnir (in the MCU, this would be his axe Stormbreaker instead). He’s deemed unfit to wield it anymore and someone else gets a hold of his iconic weapon instead. This sends Thor on a dark journey that takes him outside the universe itself, where he discovers another Mjolnir!

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It would be great to have Thor wielding a hammer in the MCU again, and this would also be a fantastic way to advance his character development as he slips up and we realize he isn’t the stalwart hero we thought he was. Plus, more Hela!

7 “Whom the Gods Would Destroy” (Thor #126-128)

This Stan Lee storyline from the Silver Age would have to be tweaked in order to fit into the MCU, since it heavily involves Odin, but the crux of its dramatic backbone would make an interesting setup for a solo movie. With Odin angry that Thor has revealed his identity as a Norse god to Jane Foster, he takes away half his power – just as he happens to be battling Hercules and, after losing half his abilities, also loses the fight.

After that, Hercules becomes a celebrity and Thor becomes a has-been who has to claw his way back. Peter Parker loses his powers in Spider-Man 2 and that’s regarded as the greatest superhero movie ever made, so there must be some merit to it as a plot point.

6 Thor: The Mighty Avenger

Roger Langridge’s eight-part limited series Thor: The Mighty Avenger is very much in line with the MCU in terms of its tone, style, and characterization of Thor. The series portrays him as a goofy, yet lovable fish out of water who is banished to Earth (specifically, Oklahoma) where he rekindles his relationship with Jane Foster.

Thor’s relationship with Jane is great in the comics – particularly in this one – and it’s a shame that the movies haven’t made it work yet, as Natalie Portman’s Jane remains one of the MCU’s most-hated characters. An adaptation of this series could be the way to finally do her justice.

5 “Thor Disassembled” (Thor Vol. 2 #80-85)

This one could easily tie into Avengers: Endgame, which some fans predict will involve traveling to Asgard. After “Avengers Disassembled” brought the devastation to Asgard, Thor had to face Ragnarok once again in the “Thor Disassembled” storyline. Yes, Ragnarok was already covered in Thor: Ragnarok, but in the comics, Thor has been faced with a few different Ragnaroks.

There have been a bunch of times that he’s had to prepare for a prophecy that warns about the end of the world. And in this one, the story was actually quite self-aware in its handling of the seemingly endless cycle of Ragnaroks. Thor was given the chance to stop the Ragnaroks once and for all and begin his eternal slumber (which would give Chris Hemsworth an out after doing one last MCU movie).

4 Loki: Agent of Asgard

Loki has always been a fan-favorite character in the MCU (and the comics, frankly), so hardly anyone would object to him getting a larger role in Thor 4. In Loki: Agent of Asgard, Loki finally grows up and uses his trickery for good. Thor would have to be added into the story for a movie version, but that would be easy enough. It would essentially be a spy movie that explores the brothers’ complicated relationship.

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Okay, Loki was killed off in Avengers: Infinity War, but based on the fact he used the wrong hand to stab Thanos, most fans believe this was just a projection by the God of Mischief and that he’s actually still alive. If Avengers: Endgame proves this to be true, then maybe we could see an adaptation of Loki: Agent of Asgard in the future.

3 The Eternals Saga

In The Eternals Saga, some of the newer Marvel writers attempted to bring Jack Kirby’s Eternal and Celestial characters out of their own universe and into the broader world of Marvel Comics. Thor and Asgard were integral to integrating these new beings into the wider Marvel-verse.

Marvel Studios announced recently that they were developing an Eternals movie and courting Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani (has there ever been a more eclectic pairing in movie history?) to star. So, pairing Thor with the Eternals could be a great way to usher in the new heroes of the MCU while fazing out the old ones.

2 “The Midgard Serpent” (Thor #380)

After Hela summoned Surtur and brought about Ragnarok, destroying Asgard in the process, the fourth Thor movie will have to go even bigger, and “The Midgard Serpent” could be the way to go about it. In the storyline, Thor has to take on Jörmungandr, a gigantic snake also known as the Midgard Serpent.

Conveniently, the Midgard Serpent comes after him right after a curse is placed on him by Hel that weakens his bone structure. He’s already the size of a thumbtack compared to the Midgard Serpent, so his chances of defeating the snake are very slim. It would be incredibly cinematic if it were portrayed on the silver screen.

1 Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 – The God Butcher

One of the most beloved Thor storylines of all time, Jason Aaron’s “The God Butcher” arc would be the perfect way to follow up Thor’s story after Avengers: Endgame. It’s been all but confirmed that the plot of Endgame will heavily involve the use of time travel in Earth’s mightiest heroes’ attempts to defeat Thanos.

In Aaron’s storyline, three different versions of Thor from three different periods of time team up to take on Goor the God Butcher, perhaps the Norse god’s most infamous foe of all time. It would take the MCU to dark places, but maybe that’s what Phase Four will be all about.

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2019-04-12 09:04:14

Ben Sherlock

5 X-Men Stories We Want To See In The MCU (And 5 We Don’t)

With the deal between Disney and Fox finally starting to go through, we’re closer than ever to seeing the X-Men join the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Whether the stories will be rebooted or all our favorite characters will be recast or they’ll branch off on their own, separate from the Avengers/Guardians storylines, all remains to be seen. But one thing is pretty clear: within the next couple of years, Marvel will be adapting their own X-Men stories for the big screen. So, here are 5 X-Men Stories We Want To See In The MCU (And 5 We Don’t).

10 Want to see: Avengers vs. X-Men

We’ve seen Batman v Superman, whose title was shortened by fans to BvS, so why not adapt the “Avengers vs. X-Men” comic book storyline, which is often referred to as AvX? What better way to welcome the X-Men to the Avengers-verse than by adapting the storyline in which the two teams face off?

The story is wider and deeper than even Infinity War, so it would be a great next step for the MCU. There are also plenty of great one-on-one battles between our favorite superheroes. It could be a way to redo Captain America: Civil War with the epic scope, grand scale, and huge cast of characters it deserves.

9 Don’t want to see: The Dark Phoenix Saga

Enough with trying to adapt Chris Claremont’s “The Dark Phoenix Saga” already! It’s one of the greatest X-Men stories ever told, but we saw a butchered adaptation of it in X-Men: The Last Stand and we’ve got another one that doesn’t look promising coming up this summer.

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After those two travesties, Marvel should just forget “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and move on to other stories. It’s like how after Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both had stabs at a Spider-Man origin story, there was no need for the MCU’s Tom Holland to bother with it. The X-Men producers should be taking notes.

8 Want to see: Proteus

The X-Men movies don’t necessarily have a “villain problem,” but outside of Magneto, they haven’t managed to bring any truly memorable villains to the screen. That could all change with an adaptation of “Proteus,” the story of Moira MacTaggert’s dangerously powerful mutant son who eventually escapes the island he’s held on to wreak havoc against the world.

What would make it work for the movies is the chance it gives the X-Men to really team up and work together to bring down a common enemy. This could even be Marvel’s first X-Men movie, because it’s not an origin story, but it is a good relationship-establishing story.

7 Don’t want to see: Onslaught Saga

The “Onslaught Saga” storyline was a huge one in the comics, but it shouldn’t necessarily be brought to the screen. It started off involving the X-Men and then the devastating effects of the Onslaught itself involved everyone in the wider Marvel universe in the story.

There’s time travel and ambiguous character deaths and pocket dimensions that tie everything together. However, it led the Marvel universe into a dead end, followed by a years-long creative lull. The fear with a movie adaptation would be that it could be so big and so devastating that it leaves the franchise with nowhere to go.

6 Want to see: Gifted

Actually getting Joss Whedon in to write and direct an adaptation of his “Gifted” comic book storyline would be the icing on the cake, but the run itself stands on its own as a classic X-Men run, rather than relying on the crutch of being written by Joss Whedon.

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Whedon’s signature sharp dialogue and seamless plotting are on display in the comic, which brought back a bunch of fan-favorite characters, including Colossus, and told a heavy story about a mutant cure. With so-called “gay conversion therapy” getting more attention in the media, this could be a poignant story to adapt.

5 Don’t want to see: House of M

Brian Bendis and Olivier Coipel’s storyline “House of M” is a controversial X-Men story for its flawed premise. In it, Scarlet Witch starts wiping out mutants to rid the world of them. The issue with that is that there are a ton of ways to remove mutant powers without going all genocidal, like those collars we saw in Deadpool 2.

Sure, the focus on Scarlet Witch would be a great way to ingratiate the X-Men into the world of the MCU. It uses a key player from the Avengers movies without having to bring in one of the big dogs like Captain America or Iron Man or Thor. But the problem is the story itself. It wouldn’t make a great movie, and it doesn’t even really make a great comic book.

4 Want to see: Marvel Team-Up #100

At some point in the comics, Storm and Black Panther got married. They fell in love and Storm became the Queen of Wakanda. The pair later divorced, but they had a great run. They even fought off villains together. Once, Black Panther was killing Klaw while Storm fended off the Deathlok army with a hurricane, and it was an incredible show of the strength of their partnership.

Point is, they’re a real (super)power couple. Joe Quesada, who was Marvel’s editor-in-chief when the union was first introduced, praised the pairing as the Marvel equivalent of “Lady Diana and Prince Charles.”

3 Don’t want to see: Apocalypse: The Twelve

Apocalypse is one of the X-Men’s greatest foes and, despite the lackluster attempt to bring him to the screen in 2016 with the limp X-Men: Apocalypse, there is still room for an effective big-screen translation of the character. However, “Apocalypse: The Twelve” is not it.

For starters, the way he’s killed at the end is completely underwhelming. He is combined biologically with Cyclops and then Cyclops kills the supposedly immortal spirit of Apocalypse from the inside. Also, the story makes Wolverine a villain as he is taken and transformed into the horseman Death by Apocalypse. It sounds interesting on paper, but we want Wolverine, not Death.

2 Want to see: X-cutioner’s Song

The X-Men story “X-cutioner’s Song” is one of the most beloved in the series’ history. It starts with Professor X being infected with a dangerous virus by Cable as part of a huge conspiracy revolving around Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Mister Sinister.

This will probably involve recasting a lot of roles, including that of Professor X, but the MCU’s casting team is pretty good. We all accepted Tom Holland as the third Spider-Man in a decade, Andy Dwyer as an action hero etc. – they’ll figure out the right actors to cast. Cable’s involvement would cross over the Deadpool movies into the MCU, too.

1 Don’t want to see: X-Men: The End

Some fans predicted that the next Avengers movie’s subtitle would be “The End” before it was revealed to be Endgame. But that wouldn’t have been a fitting title. It’s called Endgame, because we see the “endgame” of the Avengers’ whole mission, but it’s not “the end” of the story. “X-Men: The End” was written as a finale for the X-Men, and it’s filled with a bunch of interesting revelations about characters (including MCU favorites like Carol Danvers).

But at the end of the day, we don’t want finales in the world of ongoing superhero stories. Logan worked, because it was the end of Wolverine, but the beginning of a bright future for a group of young mutants. In the end, these stories need to look forward to the future with hope. That’s why we’re all going so crazy about Thanos’ finger-snap – the Avengers lost!

NEXT: How The Incredible Hulk May Have Set Up Wolverine In The MCU

2019-03-29 02:03:56

Ben Sherlock

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Teaser Trailer: The Book Reads You

Alvin Schwartz’s creepy children’s horror stories come to life in the trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-produced Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Published from 1981-1991, Schwartz’s three Scary Stories collections were inspired by a variety of older folk stories and urban legends about everything from wicked scarecrows to vengeful ghosts, Death itself, and even the occasional polite, if misunderstood, monster.

CBS Films acquired the Scary Stories movie rights in 2013, and had writers like John August (Frankenweenie) and Saw sequel duo Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton work on the film adaptation, before bringing del Toro aboard. The Shape of Water director is credited for the film’s screen story and served as a producer here, with André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) calling the shots from a script by del Toro’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia collaborators, Dan and Kevin Hageman.

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The film’s marketing got underway in February with a poster and Super Bowl TV spots that nodded to some of Schwartz’s more infamous stories, like “The Red Spot”, “Harold”, and “The Big Toe”. CBS Films has now released a Scary Stories teaser trailer online, ahead of its premiere in theaters. The studio also unveiled a pair of posters this week that once again reference “The Red Spot” and the Pale Lady character from Schwartz’s books (who even showed up in the Super Bowl spots). You can check out the latter one-sheet after the trailer, below.

As seen in the teaser, Scary Stories takes place in a small American town called Mill Valley, circa 1968, and follows a group of young teens as they investigate the mystery of Sarah Bellows – a tortured young girl who lived on the edge of town in the now-abandoned Bellows mansion, several years ago. However, upon discovering Sarah’s secret writings (where she wrote about the horrible experiences she had in life), the unsuspecting kids find themselves being menaced by the various monsters and ghouls that Sarah wrote about.

Schwartz’s original short stories were disconnected, but it seems the film adaptation uses a plot device that strings them together and, in turn, allows for all manner of gnarly specters, spirits, and creatures to show up (including ones that aren’t from the original collections, like the Jangly Man in the trailer and Super Bowl promos). Beyond that, Scary Stories looks and feels a bit like a del Toro movie, but his storytelling approach appears to meld well with Øvredal’s horror filmmaking style so far.

And on a related note: between the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark teaser and the Godzilla: King of the Monsters “Beautiful” promo from earlier, it’s been an… interesting day for trailers using “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

MORE: The Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2019

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2019-03-28 01:03:27

Sandy Schaefer

Wolverine: The Lost Trail is as Overtly Political As The Best X-Men Stories

Wolverine: The Lost Trail dives into the political allegory that has fueled the best X-Men and comic book stories of the past half-century. A podcast series from Marvel and Stitcher Radio, Wolverine: The Lost Trail picks up where Wolverine: The Long Night left off, telling a new story about Logan (Richard Armitage) on a violent quest of violence and redemption in the Louisiana bayou.

During a roundtable interview with the cast of the series, the stars of Wolverine: The Lost Trail reflected on how the show, like all the best X-Men stories, is based on the political and social anxieties of the present day. Some of the most important X-Men stories of all-time have leaned hard into politics; as early as their inception in the 1960s, X-Men was seen as an analog for the Civil Rights Movement, with the differing philosophies of Professor Xavier and Magneto being compared to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, respectively. The movies, comics, and various animated series are peppered with subtext and overt comparisons to a variety of issues, from gay rights to genocide and the irrepressible “fear of the other” that so frequently is invoked by politicians and hatemongers who seek to consolidate power for themselves.

Related: Wolverine: The Lost Trail Podcast Gets a Trailer

In the real world, the very existence of certain groups of people is political, and there’s no getting around that fact. Hate crimes are committed against people for no reason other than that they exist. In the Marvel universe, mutants are different, and are thus targeted for their otherness. Overt political themes are not something that authors have added on top of the X-Men lore over the decades; political action is woven into the very DNA of the X-Men. The entire X-Men canon is a celebration of diversity. In a world where terrorists target innocent victims based solely on their race or religion, celebrating diversity is nothing short of a political statement, and for an X-Men tale to deliver anything less would be a disservice to nearly sixty years of storytelling.

Wolverine represents a protector of the mutant community; someone who takes action when the innocent are attacked just for being different, but who perhaps contributes to the general public’s fear of mutants. Richard Armitage, who plays Wolverine in the series, explains:

“Every time the word mutant comes up in a pejorative way I get a little kind of flinch. I feel very protective towards them. I don’t think it’s by accident that (this theme) appears in this season. I think there is social relevance to what is going on in the world at the moment. These are people who are desperately in need, and ostracized and rejected by society.”

Further, Armitage is none-too-subtle when he discusses the power of villain Jason Wyngarde, better known to comics fans as Mastermind:

“I think the mutant community, in their search for a safe haven, they are tempted into something malevolent by Jason Wyngard. That’s an allegory in and of itself. I’m really fascinated with Jason Wyngard. Just this idea of somebody who can manipulate the mind of somebody to believe something that isn’t true… To me, that’s an allegory for propaganda, let’s just say. I was thinking, ‘Wow, what an amazing villain,’ and then, realizing… Oh, are we living in that?”

There are factions in the comic book fandom who want comics to steer clear of political timeliness, for these stories to be naught more than good guys in capes fighting bad guys in capes. There are factions who interpret the very presence of a hero of color (Black Panther) or a female hero (Captain Marvel) to be a bridge too far, not realizing that their expression of fear and outrage towards such movements is itself a harshly political stance, completely unaware that they are invoking the same “snowflake” mentality of which they so often accuse their enemies. Actor Rachel Holmes, who plays Maureen in Wolverine: The Lost Trail, states it with a blunt righteousness:

“We’re living in really hard times. That’s cards face up. I don’t need to pretend. If you don’t want to believe that, you need to have a reality check. Don’t tell me these stories don’t matter. My family hails from the Caribbean, from Jamaica. My father just told me that his grandfather lived his most of his life as a slave. There’s an African term, Sankofa. It means looking back to see where you’re headed.”

Wolverine: The Lost Trail is knee-deep in politics, and proudly tells a provocative story about people who are forced to fight for their right to exist in a world which fears and hates them for being different. It’s the same story X-Men has been telling for generations, through comics, movies, television, and – now – podcasts. Any X-Men fan who is surprised or distraught by this knowledge clearly doesn’t understand the fundamental principles of love, respect, and tolerance which inspired Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1963. This political awareness is why X-Men has withstood the test of time and will continue to endure into “the not too distant future” and beyond.

More: 15 Mutants Who Have Led The X-Men

Source: Wolverine Podcast

2019-03-17 09:03:08

Zak Wojnar

Even The X-MEN Know How Boring Their Stories Have Gotten

You just can’t have an X-Men movie, comic, game, or TV show these days without relying on the same old villains and social commentary. And now, even the Marvel mutants are aware of how old the story has gotten.

The very first X-Men movie showed a new audience the inherent symbolism and metaphor of mutantkind, but the moral and social truth it arrived at wasn’t exactly complicated: “hating entire races of people is wrong.” And one movie after another, the message remained just as bland, and just as obvious. Thankfully, the new heroes of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men relaunch are also aware of just how boring the story has gotten, too.

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The reference is clearly meant as a wink to the fans, with Uncanny X-Men #1 starting a new chapter of one of Marvel’s most iconic X-books. There’s the usual battling of dinosaurs and an out of control horde of Multiple Men, as is to be expected. But just like clockwork, the action shifts to Senator Ashton Allen giving a speech to throngs of reporters and citizens about the threat of mutantkind, “weapons of mass destruction walking among us” normal, human, Americans.

As the young Jubilation Lee watches from the crowd, she can’t help but feel the weight of every other “boring politician in a suit” to have made the same speech, using the same terms, and – wouldn’t you know it – conclude by outlining plans to get a “mutant vaccine” out to the public as quickly as possible. It’s nice for readers to know that in these trying times, even the writers know that Americans of Marvel Comics hating mutants on principle is established tradition.

But the joke becomes a lot less funny in the next two issues, as angry crowds surround the Xavier School brandishing the same old “DIE MUTIES” picket signs, shouting the same words of hate, with seemingly no purpose or larger commentary whatsoever. By that point, even the observation that the crowds demanding these outsiders “go back to where they came from” are really not all that original in their hate chants has lost its self-aware humor. Same old X-Men, same old opposite-of-subtle racism.

The real tragedy is the comic readers (ourselves included) who gave the benefit of the doubt to the new Uncanny creative team in the first issue, assuming the self-aware look at the usual form of bigotry, xenophobia, and racism flung towards their heroes meant this time would be different. Is it worse, or better, if readers know that the boring antagonists are being knowingly recycled? And worst of all, the detail that actually seemed to make Senator Ashton Allen different, and potentially far more interesting has also proved fruitless, seemingly a false start.

Rather than painting mutants as villains and monsters (which the crowds do anyway in subsequent issues) Senator Allen paints them as victims to their uncontrollable gifts, as much as anyone. That language, that the vaccines will help minimize risk, damage, and trauma for mutant and non-mutant child alike, could be offensive. But in the Marvel Universe, where mutants unable to control their powers wreak immeasurable havoc on a weekly basis, and even Professor X has been forced to remove a child’s power, Senator Allen at least has an argument more compelling than “mutants are scary and bad.”

Hopefully the Senator’s promise will return in Uncanny X-Men #4, and bring some of the nuance we glimpsed back with him. Until then, readers will have to take comfort in knowing that as boring and unoriginal as the crowds of “Go Home Muties” are to them, they’re just as dull to the X-Men, too.

Uncanny X-Men #3 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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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

The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Is Aiming For An R-Rating

Doctor Sleep – the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – is aiming for an R-rating, according to director Mike Flanagan. Just about as long as there have been Stephen King books, there have been Stephen King movies. King’s first published novel, 1974’s Carrie, was translated into a film by no less a director than Brian De Palma in 1976. Ever since, King’s work has remained a go-to source for Hollywood studios, including several franchises. However, while sequels to King-based movies are common, very rarely are they based on actual follow-ups by the author.

The reason for that is simple: King doesn’t write sequels often. For the most part, King is content to let his stories stand alone, outside of the Easter eggs and select recurring characters he enjoys throwing in for fans as a way to establish that most of his work takes place in the same universe. While some notable exceptions exist – The Dark Tower saga, the Mr. Mercedes books – King generally prefers to tell new stories, rather than revisit his old ones. Which is what made King’s decision to release a sequel to The Shining in 2013 such a delight for his longtime fans.

Related: Ewan McGregor Says Doctor Sleep Movie is Faithful to Stephen King’s Book

While most King diehards would be unlikely to argue that Doctor Sleep measures up to its classic predecessor – a novel many hold up as one of King’s all-time best – reaction to the book – which focuses on the adult life of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), decades after the spirits of the Overlook Hotel corrupted his father Jack – was largely positive. Now, five years later, Warner Bros. is prepping a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. For anyone worried that King’s sequel will be sanitized of violence, adult content, and language in order to draw in more viewers with a PG-13, director Mike Flanagan tells Collider that the film will likely be rated-R.

The news that Doctor Sleep is aiming for an R-rating is sure to please both fans of King and fans of the horror genre as a whole. While there have certainly been good horror films made with a PG-13-rating, too often studios are all too willing to compromise a story’s content in order to make it more accessible to a wider theatrical audience. For example, one need only look at the heavily compromised Dark Tower movie, although to be fair, the rating was hardly its biggest problem. Thankfully, with the runaway success of films like and Deadpool and Warner Bros’ 2017 King adaptation IT, studios are becoming less resistant to the idea that a film can be both R-rated and hugely successful financially.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of years for King fans, as 2019 will see both IT: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary hit theaters, with both films also expected to receive R ratings. A Netflix original film adaptation of King and son Joe Hill’s novella In The Tall Grass is also slated for next year, while Doctor Sleep will arrive in early 2020. In the meantime, Hulu’s Castle Rock series is set to return for season 2, while the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes show continues to air, and CBS All Access is in development on a limited series adaptation of The Stand. It’s good to be the King, and right now, it’s good to be one of his fans.

More: 25 Crazy Facts Behind The Making Of The Shining

Source: Collider

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2018-10-10 08:10:58 – Michael Kennedy