Sandlot TV Show In The Works For Disney+ From Original Film’s Director

The Sandlot is getting its own TV show on Disney+ with the original film’s director returning. Released in 1993, The Sandlot was a coming of age story about a group of kids with a love for baseball. While the film was released in the ’90s, the events of the film took place in the summer of 1962.

The Sandlot has become a cult classic over the years, with the popularity of the movie never seeming to go away. Two direct to video sequels called The Sandlot 2 and The Sandlot: Heading Home came out in 2005 and 2007 respectively, but like most direct to video movies, they weren’t as well received as the original film. Last year it was announced that The Sandlot was getting a prequel film, but it was also revealed last month that The Sandlot was also getting a sequel TV series. Not much is known about the prequel film at this point, but some new information has come to light on the TV show.

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According to Variety, Disney+ will be developing The Sandlot series, with director David Mickey Evans returning to write and produce the show. When the series was revealed last month, it was believed that many of the actors from the first film would make a comeback for the sequel series, which is still believed to be the case at this point. That being said, it was also previously revealed that this TV show would take place in 1984 and focus more on the children of the original characters.

While The Sandlot is one example of a new show coming to Disney+, the House of Mouse has several other projects planned. Disney is developing several Star Wars TV shows, such as the highly anticipated The Mandalorian and the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel series starring Diego Luna. Disney has also made plans to create Marvel TV shows such as the Falcon and Winter Soldier series, as well as a series focusing on Scarlet Witch and Vision. On top of the original content, Disney is also planning on bringing all Pixar, Star Wars, and most Marvel movies to their new streaming service.

Fans have been waiting for a true sequel to The Sandlot for years, especially since the direct to video sequels received such negative reviews. While this news doesn’t reveal anything new about the plot of the show, having the series come to Disney+ is an intriguing revelation since The Sandlot was originally distributed by 20th Century Fox (which Disney of course recently acquired). With The Sandlot TV show landing at Disney+, fans are no doubt wondering what Disney has planned for other popular franchises. Needless to say, Star Wars and Marvel movies have been heavy hitters for Disney in recent years, but a TV series that revisits the characters from The Sandlot has a lot of prospect as well given the original film’s fanbase.

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Source: Variety

2019-04-12 05:04:36

Christopher Fiduccia

Grease Prequel Movie Titled Summer Loving In The Works

A Grease prequel movie, titled Summer Loving, is in the works. Back in 1978, Paramount decided to adapt the successful Broadway musical Grease to the big screen. The production had built up considerable momentum by that time and Hollywood seemed the next logical stop for such a proven crowd-pleaser.

Though the film version of Grease roughly follows the same plot as that of the stage version – a teenage “greaser” called Danny (played by John Travolta) falls for a respectable Australian transfer student Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and the two must learn to deal with the differences in their respective social circles – it did remove several characters, plot lines and songs from the original production. New songs were added, as well as characters and different scenarios were explored that had only been mildly alluded to in the Broadway version. Another change for Paramount was toning down the vulgarity and lewdness that was present in the stage production, in order to make the film version slightly more palatable to a wider audience demographic.

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Now, just after forty years since the big screen adaptation was released, THR has revealed that Paramount is looking to revive the Grease brand with a prequel. The new film will aim to recount the very first meeting between Danny and Sandy – which both teens sing to their friends about in one of the most well known songs from Grease, Summer Nights. In keeping with the song’s summertime references of teenage romance, the new film will be called Summer Loving.

As of this writing, there isn’t any information on when the film might be released, which actors could potentially fill the shoes of Travolta and Newton-John, or if any of the original Grease cast members will be returning. With the original film having been set in 1958, it stands to reason that Summer Loving will also be set in the ’50s. What we do currently know, however, is that the new film will be scripted by John August, who has long been a familiar talent in Hollywood, having written a variety of films for director Tim Burton, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Dark Shadows. August is also responsible for co-writing the script for Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin remake.

When it comes to musicals, Grease has proven that a well made production with memorable characters, dancing and songs can thrive at the box-office and beyond. It’s tempting to dismiss a Grease prequel as little more than an effort on the part of Paramount to revive past glories, but as the six time Oscar-winning La La Land proved as recently as 2016, there is still life left in the musical, and audiences will respond positively if it’s well done. That’s likely to be a source inspiration for Paramount as they get set to tell us more about Summer Loving.

More: 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Grease

Source: THR

2019-04-09 03:04:49

Mike Jones

Umbrella Academy Theory: The Commission Works For a Future Villain

The Commission, the villains of The Umbrella Academy, could well be working for a mysterious enemy who originates from the post-apocalyptic future. When Five arrived in the present day in The Umbrella Academy season 1, it didn’t take long for him to be pursued by time traveling assassins. The show revealed that these agents worked for “The Commission,” a mysterious group who were attempting to ensure time stayed on a predetermined course. Five had worked for them for a while, acting as an assassin who killed anyone who threatened the timeline.

The idea of the Commission is heavily adapted from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s original comics, in which Five had gotten caught up in the activities of a group called the Temps Aeternalis. In the comics, Hazel and Cha-Cha only appeared briefly, and they were two-dimensional at best; in fact, they unwittingly destroyed the entire planet when they stole a nuclear device, although that particular timeline was rewritten. In the Netflix series, however, they’re series regulars who are as important to the overall plot as the Umbrella Academy students themselves. Their boss, the Handler, is a recurring threat throughout season 1.

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For all they’re loosely lifted from the comics and appear prominently in The Umbrella Academy season 1, the Commission remain enigmatic. They’re sure to return in season 2, and if so it stands to reason some of their mysteries will finally be explained.

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Operating from a base in 1955, the Commission use advanced technology and their knowledge of temporal calculations to ensure that the timeline happens as they believe it’s supposed to. They monitor the entire timeline, and identify key moments in history when an individual’s free will risks pushing history in a different direction. That individual is then assassinated by one of their field operatives. Five was one of their best assassins, even tasked with the murder of US President J.F. Kennedy, and Hazel and Cha-Cha are also numbered among their top field agents.

The Umbrella Academy revealed that the Commission’s ultimate goal is to ensure the end of the world happens. They’ve been guiding human history towards the apocalypse: the moment when Vanya blasts a chunk of the Moon off and causes an extinction level event. The Commission justify this by insisting everything must happened as it is “supposed” to, but they don’t explain why they believe history has to go down this particular course. The apocalypse certainly wasn’t inevitable; after all, if that were the case they wouldn’t have needed to assassinate people at all. So why are they so committed to the end of the human race?

Meanwhile, although the Commission seem to all be human beings – albeit people picked up from different points in the timeline – they’re clearly using tech beyond anything humanity will ever develop. With the exception of Five, all their agents carry briefcases containing time travel technology. They have ways of communicating with their agents across time and space, and the Handler even possessed a means of stopping time. So not only are the Commission’s motives still relatively unexplained, their technology is also impossibly advanced.

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All this raises the possibility that the Commission is working for a post-apocalyptic race. When Five first jumped forward in time, he found himself in a post-apocalypse wasteland, the sole survivor of the human race. He was unable to return home, and spent years living there until he was finally approached by the Handler. Five briefly assumed the Commission would be dedicated to rewriting history and preventing the end of the world, but the Handler swiftly disabused him of that notion. She was quite relaxed about the apocalypse, and didn’t even accept that it was indeed the end of everything. Instead, she referred to it as “the end of… something.” It was an enigmatic comment that suggested the extinction of the human race was a necessary part of the timeline in order to allow something else to take humanity’s place as the dominant species on Earth.

This may well explain the Commission’s advanced technology. In the world of The Umbrella Academy, humanity never had the opportunity to develop the kind of tech used by the Commission. But perhaps this post-apocalypse race will have a closer affinity with time, and learned how to manipulate it. If that’s the case – if the next dominant life-form on Earth is a race of time-sensitives – then they would have realized that human free will could alter the timeline, preventing their coming into existence in the first place. Thus they’d found the Commission, to ensure the timeline remained stable, the human race was rendered extinct, and the right conditions developed for them to come into existence. It’s even possible that some of the Commission’s senior management are post-humans. Certainly the Handler seemed distinctly odd, and appeared to be able to freeze time without needing any technology at all.

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Naturally, at this stage this is only a theory, but it fits with everything in The Umbrella Academy season 1. What’s more, there would be a certain surreal irony to this idea that works perfectly with the tone and style of The Umbrella Academy. The post-apocalypse villains would essentially be using humans to police the timeline and ensure their own race was wiped out; it’s the kind of crazy idea that works in this series.

Assuming this theory is correct, the reality is that the end of The Umbrella Academy season 2 has seen their plans begin to fall apart. The apocalypse happened, but the Umbrella Academy students are about to try to rewrite history and avert it again. This time round, they’re almost all on the same page and they’re a lot more well-informed. What’s more, they’ve already proved too much for the Commission to handle, and Five knows all the Commission’s tricks. This is the post-human race’s worst nightmare.

Related: The Umbrella Academy’s Ending Was Revealed In Episode 3

It won’t be easy for them to resolve the crisis. First they’ll need to locate the Umbrella Academy, which won’t be easy; Five conducted a blind jump through time, meaning they could be anywhere or anywhen. Then they’ll probably need to intervene directly in order to beat them; they won’t be able to operate through third parties anymore. No doubt they possess a lot of tools and technology that they never passed on to the Commission; still, it remains to be seen whether or not that will be enough to beat the Umbrella Academy students. Especially if they can successfully stabilize Vanya; her power levels are off the charts, enough to pose a threat to anyone who wants to destroy them.

The interesting question, though, is whether the Commission is the only way these time-sensitives have attempted to manipulate the timeline. It’s entirely possible they’ve taken other strategies as well, and that the Commission is simply the most extreme. If the Handler was indeed a post-human, then it’s even possible they have sleeper agents planted throughout history, working hard to ensure the apocalypse happens exactly when it’s supposed to. It wouldn’t even be a surprise to find that these beings were somehow involved in the mysterious births of superhumans in the world of The Umbrella Academy in the first place.

More: What The Umbrella Academy Comics Reveal About Season 2

2019-03-24 01:03:36

Thomas Bacon

Watch: Avengers: Endgame Trailer With Deadpool In It Mostly Works

The latest Avengers: Endgame trailer hilariously includes Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool in a new fan-made video. Marvel Studios surprisingly dropped the second full trailer for the much-anticipated blockbuster last week with a mix of old and new footage. And it didn’t take long before fans hacked the Merc with a Mouth in there to put a fun twist in a rather serious clip.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Endgame will be the culmination of the 22-film arc that the MCU has been treading since 2008’s Iron Man. Picking up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, where Thanos (Josh Brolin) handed Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ first real defeat by wiping half of life in the universe using the completed Infinity Gauntlet, the ball is now on the heroes’ court as they plan to avenge the galaxy and make the Mad Titan pay for his crimes. Aside from the reconvening of the core Avengers, the film will also mark Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel’s (Brie Larson) return to Earth following the events of the 1995-set Captain Marvel, joining the bout against Thanos. However, there might be another hero who could factor in the upcoming film according to this brand new fan-made clip.

Related: Marvel Marketing VP Asks If Avengers: Endgame Should Have Any More Trailers

Courtesy of YouTube channel Mightyraccoon! comes the Endgame trailer with Deadpool. The mouthy mutant is inserted in every frame of the video and given his ability to break the 4th wall, he provides hilarious commentary on top of the original narration. At some points, he also fully interacts with the hero like helping a pre-super soldier serum Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and getting shot by Hawkeye’s daughter’s arrow. It’s also interesting that he continues to troll Black Widow especially since Reynolds was once married to Scarlett Johansson. Watch the full clip below:

The video’s done as a joke, but seeing Deadpool with the Avengers might soon become a reality. Disney’s in-process acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie assets is expected to be finalized in the next few days, meaning the rights of the X-Men, Fantastic Four and all their tie-in characters will return to Marvel after being managed separately over at Fox. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is still mum about their plans for the extensive character list that they can finally utilize in the MCU, but while rumors of reboot for the main X-Men saga and a brand new take on the Fantastic Four is likely, the Deadpool franchise is expected to be carried over. Whether that means that he’ll exist in the established lore or be in an alternate reality a la the comics remains to be seen. But knowing Feige’s goal of an interconnected universe, it’s not outside the realm of possibilities that Wade Wilson will find himself with the Avengers in the near future.

Assuming that this is going to be the case, it will be interesting how the difference between Deadpool’s and the MCU’s tones will be tackled, which was highlighted in the mash-up trailer. Then again, it’s also important to note that the Avengers: Endgame marketing has been leaning more on being serious rather than having the quippy humor that the franchise is known for. Once the Thanos debacle is resolved and everything clears up, it would be a delight seeing Wade go back-and-forth with not only quippers like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper), but also the more straight-cut characters like Captain America and T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman).

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Source: Mightyraccoon!

2019-03-18 04:03:36

Ana Dumaraog

Detective Pikachu Sequel Already In The Works From 22 Jump Street Writer

Detective Pikachu Taxi Cab

A sequel to Detective Pikachu is already in the works with 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel onboard to write the script. Positioned as one of Warner Bros.’ major tentpoles for the summer, Detective Pikachu has been steadily generating buzz since the first trailer debuted late last year. Fans are excited to see the world of Pokémon finally come to live-action, and the casting of Ryan Reynolds as the titular fast-talking sleuth gives it some extra star power to boot. Combining noir elements with all the possibilities of the Pokémon franchise, the movie certainly has an opportunity to be one of 2019’s most unique offerings.

The Pokémon brand remains as popular as ever, with a resurgence boosted by the success of mobile game Pokémon GO in 2016. Since there remains significant interest in fresh content from the franchise, it stood reason to believe WB and Legendary Pictures were hoping Detective Pikachu could be the start of a new movie series. As it turns out, that’s precisely the case, and the wheels are now in motion for a sequel to the upcoming live-action/animation hybrid.

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According to THR, Legendary has pegged Uziel to write a Detective Pikachu 2 script. Since the project is in the earliest stages of development, no other information was available at this time.

Charizard in Detective Pikachu

As of this writing, Detective Pikachu is still more than three months away from hitting theaters, so it’s a major vote of confidence in the movie that the studio is developing the followup now. In some cases, executives like to wait and see what they have before forging ahead on franchise plans, just in case a title doesn’t live up to commercial or critical expectations. But apparently, Legendary higher-ups love what director Rob Letterman delivered and want to stay in the Pokémon business. Obviously, it’s unknown what directions the sequel’s story could take, but it in all likelihood would involve everyone’s favorite crime-solving Pokémon teaming up with his human partner to solve a new case. Detective Pikachu marketing has played up the burgeoning friendship between Pikachu and Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), so it would be a shame if that dynamic wasn’t further explored in the next movie.

Detective Pikachu arrives at the multiplex two weeks after Avengers: Endgame, putting it in an ideal position to thrive during its box office run. Summer is always a competitive time of the year for ticket sales, but WB smartly positioned Pikachu, giving it a small cushion before Aladdin and Godzilla: King of the Monsters open at the end of May. It should have ample time to turn a healthy profit for the studio, especially when one considers the property’s global appeal. With the future of Deadpool up in the air due to the Disney/Fox acquisition, perhaps Detective Pikachu can become Reynolds’ meal ticket for the next few years.

More: Every Pokémon Confirmed for Detective Pikachu

Source: THR

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2019-01-25 01:01:22

Plastic Man Movie In the Works At DC Films

DC and Warner Bros. have reportedly begun development on a movie based on the classic comic book superhero Plastic Man, with Amanda Idoko on board as writer. The report comes as the studios are rolling out Aquaman, the latest DCEU standalone film, starring Jason Momoa as the undersea warrior. However, the original DCEU concept launched with movies like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice appears to be on the outs ever since the arrival of new DC Films head Walter Hamada.

What DC’s offerings will look like going forward is anyone’s guess, but the chances that the DCEU as established by Zack Snyder will continue look very slim. Instead, the DC and WB will be focusing on a slate of less serious comic book fare, including Shazam! and Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The one exception to the “less serious” approach would seem to be Todd Phillips’ Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix in an origin film about the famed villain, but that’s not set in the DCEU. Of course, DC will also release Wonder Woman 1984, the follow-up to 2017’s smash hit Wonder Woman.

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As reported by THR, DC Films and Warners have added another less-serious character to the upcoming slate, going forward on an adaptation of the classic comic Plastic Man. No director has yet been named to the project, but Amanda Idoko has been brought on to pen the script. Idoko’s other feature film credit is Breaking News in Yuba County, which is currently in pre-production with Allison Janney and Laura Dern in the cast, and The Help director Tate Taylor as helmer. Plastic Man is being described as a “comedic action-adventure” that will stay true to the “light-hearted and even silly” tone of the comics. Parks and Recreation actor Ben Schwartz, who’s interested in leading the Plastic Man live-action movie, tweeted his approval on seeing the news:

First published by Quality Comics in 1941, Plastic Man revolved around a crook named Patrick “Eel” O’Brien who acquired his super powers during a botched heist when he was doused with a mysterious liquid that left him with the ability to stretch his body into any shape. DC Comics picked up the title in 1956 and later gave Plastic Man his own TV show. Years later, Plastic Man would even become part of the Justice League (he was left out of the Justice League movie, however). Never a hugely popular character with general comic book fans, Plastic Man nevertheless developed a cult following and is particularly beloved among comic book creators.

Interestingly, Plastic Man is one of the few DC Comics characters whose stories were more-or-less comedic, often veering into surrealism and slapstick. At least according to early reports, the movie version of Plastic Man would retain the comics’ comedic elements, another sign that DC and Warners wish to move away from the DCEU. The big buzzword when it came to DC adaptations at Warners used to be “dark” but now the key word appears to be “fun.” It remains to be seen if these new, more light-hearted DC movies will score big at the box office. Meanwhile, the relatively fun Aquaman has already proven a big hit in China with $24M on its opening day, leaving the door open on an Aquaman sequel.

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Source: THR, Ben Schwartz/Twitter

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2018-12-07 12:12:56

Valiant’s Dr. Mirage Comic Adaptation In The Works At The CW

An adaptation of Dr. Mirage is currently in development at The CW. Created by Bob Layton and Bernard Chang, and published by Valiant Comics, the character debuted in 1993. Hwen Fong served as the original incarnation of the ghost-like superhero. In 2012, however, the character was retconned as female, retaining a similar origin story but embued with vastly different powers. The latter will serve as the basis of the show.

The CW is no stranger to comic book adaptations. It’s currently home to the Arrowverse, which will soon air its third annual crossover and expand to include a Batwoman series. The network is also responsible for bringing to life such graphic novel properties as iZombie and Black Lightning – not to mention the Archie Comics-inspired Riverdale. It has even delved into more animated fare, including Vixen, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, and Constantine: City of Demons.

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According to Deadline, The CW is adding to that extensive list with an adaptation of Dr. Mirage. With Reign co-creator Laurie McCarthy overseeing the script, Dr. Mirage will not connect to any of the other CW shows. An adaptation of the graphic novel was attempted before, by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle). Although McCarthy, who will also serve as executive producer alongside Dan Mintz, will work from the previous script, Dauberman will no longer be involved.

Able to communicate with the souls of the dead, The CW’s version of Dr. Mirage will work as a paranormal investigator. In a cruel twist of fate, however, the one soul she can’t commune with is the one she wants to most – that of her husband. McCarthy has a proven pedigree in such otherworldly and procedural fare, having worked on Ghost Whisperer and CSI: Miami. She has also worked on Felicity and Beverly Hills, 90210, which means her experience with serialized drama and romantic elements is equally noteworthy.

It’s unclear whether the character will prove as diverse as in the comics. Regardless, it’ll be a huge step forward for the network, having a female protagonist existing in a realm usually reserved for men. Apart from Olivia Moore in iZombie, the heroes of comic book, fantasy, and detective shows are generally male. As fans of Supernatural could attest, a female-led show of similar ilk is long overdue when it comes to The CW.

Although the character exists in what’s generally known as The Valiant Universe, it’s doubtful further heroes will show up. After all, Valiant Comics partnered with Sony Pictures to produce multi-film franchise around the most popular of them, including Bloodshot and Harbinger. Then again, given how the likes of Arrow are increasingly allowed to use big screen characters, never say never. Whatever the case, procedural elements crossed with an otherworldly serialized arc should make for an interesting blend. Coupled with a wealth of comic-book material to draw from, The CW could very well have another solid hit on their hands with Dr. Mirage.

More: Arrowverse Elseworlds Crossover Trailer Teases A Crisis Is Coming

Source: Deadline

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2018-12-06 06:12:24

The Flash Midseason Ending: Nora Works For Future [SPOILER]

WARNING: The following feature contains SPOILERS for the 100th episode of The Flash.

The Flash reveals that Nora West-Allen is working with the Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash, in the future. Previous episodes had hinted that the daughter of Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen from the year 2049 had several secrets she was hiding from her parents, as well as Team Flash. This was confirmed in the final scene of The Flash season 5 midseason finale, “What’s Past Is Prologue,” as Nora traveled forward in time to report to her master in-person.

The plot of The Flash‘s 100th episode saw the team trying to think of a way to counter the powers of Cicada – a serial-killer empowered by a meta-tech dagger which allows him to neutralize the powers of metahumans who gained their powers from exposure to dark matter. Nora hit upon the idea of building a piece of meta-tech of their own that could be used to neutralize Cicada’s dagger. suggesting a supercharged magnet that could hold the dagger in place and cancel-out its power-dampening abilities. This led to a scavenger hunt across time, as Barry and Nora returned to the scenes of several of Barry’s greatest battles to retrieve the materials they needed, including a piece of Savitar’s armor and the device Zoom used to steal Barry Allen’ speed.

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While Nora was otherwise preoccupied, Sherloque Wells made a study of Nora’s private journal and determined that it was written in some strange code he didn’t recognize, but Cisco identified as the strange code Barry briefly wrote in after his return from the Speed Force at the start of The Flash season 4. When Sherloque questioned Nora about the language, she claimed it was a special time-traveler language she invented that allowed her to keep track of things no matter what changes may have occurred in the timeline.

Later in the episode, we see Nora using the Gideon AI in the STAR Labs Time Vault to transmit her latest notes to someone else. When Gideon asks if Nora would like to attach a message, Nora says she’ll deliver the message in person and runs forward in time to Iron Heights Prison in the year 2049. We then see her approach the cell of a familiar looking figure – Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash, who is still in the guise of Harrison Wells.

Even devout fans of the Arrowverse may be wondering just how the Reverse-Flash can still be alive at any point in time. Barry Allen’s greatest enemy, who has changed the timeline more than once in his efforts to kill Barry Allen or stop him from becoming the Flash, was seemingly erased from existence in The Flash season 1 finale, after his ancestor, Eddie Thawne, killed himself in order to stop the Reverse-Flash from ever being born. A remnant of the Reverse Flash, desperate to outrun the Time Wraiths that sought to eliminate him for being part of a redundant timeline, formed the Legion of Doom in Legends of Tomorrow season 2, in a bid to recover the Spear of Destiny – an artifact that would give Thawne the power to rewrite reality so he could exist despite the paradox that should have killed him. But with Gideon saying that Nora is a “future recruit of the rebooted Legion of…” something before being cut off, considering she’s working with or for Thawne, it’s theoretically possible that Nora is a member of the Arrowverse‘s second Legion of Doom (if there ends up being one).

This final scene of The Flash season 5’s midseason finale raises many questions which have no easy answers, even beyond how Thawne is still alive in any form. Doubtlessly, the second half of season 5 of The Flash will reveal this as well as why Thawne is in a prison in 2049 and why he’s still wearing Harrison Wells’ face. There will also, hopefully, be answers as to just why Nora West-Allen is helping her father’s greatest enemy to gather information from the past. Perhaps the biggest and most frightening question of all is just what the Reverse-Flash is planning to do with this information once he has gathered everything he needs.

More: Theory: Flash Season 5’s Villain Isn’t Cicada, It’s [SPOILER]

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2018-12-04 08:12:17

Avengers: Infinity War Director Explains How the Soul Stone Works

Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo has offered details on how the Infinity Gauntlet’s Soul Stone works – both in battle, and outside of it. He and fellow director Anthony Russo revisited their summer blockbuster at a special Q&A screening of Infinity War, during which they shed new light on the movie’s plot developments and offered behind-the-scenes details.

The Soul Stone was perhaps the most mysterious of all the Infinity Stones before the movie’s release. Unlike, for example the Time Stone or the Mind Stone, we had yet to encounter the Soul Stone in a previous movie, and it was unclear where it was or even how it worked. Thanos eventually found the Soul Stone on the planet Vormir, and made the decision to murder his adopted daughter Gamora in order to receive it. On Vormir, we were also reunited with Captain America: The First Avenger villain Red Skull, who was a shadow of his former self, and had been charged with with watching over the Soul Stone.

Related: Avengers: Infinity War’s Soul Stone Location Explained

The Time Stone can be used to turn back time, and the Reality Stone can be used to alter reality, so it’s easy to see how those artifacts could be devastating in battle, but what exactly is the Soul Stone’s power? According to Collider, Russo offered clarification on this point during the Q&A:

“The Soul Stone obviously has the ability to manipulate your soul, the essence of who you are. One key moment where it’s used is where Doctor Strange turns into multiple Stranges and then Thanos uses the Soul Stone to eradicate all the fake Stranges and momentarily shoves Strange out of his own body, and Strange has to pull himself back in… Of course when Thanos goes to the Soul Stone itself, to speak to his dead daughter, he obviously has an ability to resurrect, conjure the spiritual representation of the people who are dead.”

Gamora’s spirit is actually trapped in a place called Soul World, a pocket dimension held within the Soul Stone. After successfully wiping out half of all life in the universe, Thanos visits Soul World and finds young Gamora there waiting for him. She asks him if he accomplished his goal, and he says that he did. She then asks, “What did it cost?” – to which a heartbroken Thanos replies, “Everything.” Some fans have theorized that the fact that Gamora still exists inside the Soul Stone means she could be resurrected in next year’s Avengers 4. Another popular theory is that the characters who died in “the snap” are trapped in Soul World with Gamora.

Russo said during the Q&A that the search for the Soul Stone was “the hardest story to come up with“:

“It was really when, the point where we decided that the movie was Thanos’ movie, we needed the lowest moment of the film to belong to him, so that’s when we started to develop the Soul Stone story. How could we create pain? How could we dimensionalize him so he went on this journey during the film.”

The Soul Stone currently still resides in the Infinity Gauntlet, but the Gauntlet was permanently damaged by the devastating impact of Thanos’ snap, so it’s unclear whether the Titan will still be able to use it to its full effect in the upcoming sequel. Regardless, the Soul Stone is one of the most interesting and mysterious Infinity Stones, and it’s hard to believe that we’ve seen all of its secrets and uses just yet.

More: Avengers: Infinity War’s Ending: What Happens, What It Means, & What’s Next

Source: Collider

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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