28 March 2017

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The X-Files #12

“Skinner,” Part 1 (of 2): Assistant Director Walter Skinner finally gets the spotlight! When a face from the past resurfaces, Skinner must confront painful memories of the Vietnam War in his effort to keep a dark secret from being exposed.

  • Executive produced by The X-Files creator Chris Carter!

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Comic Book History of Comics #5

The inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of comics, graphic novels, and manga continues in four-color glory! This issue, the award-winning Action Philosophers team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey bring you FANBASE COMICS, SUPERHERO EVOLUTION, and OUTER SPACE!

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28 March 2017

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Animal Noir #2

Manny Diamond’s search for his uncle’s wife’s missing prey fantasy movie heats up! As Manny tries to get info from the former star, she puts him on track to meet up with a former co-worker and anti-prey-film activist. With such a passionate companion in tow, will Manny be able to keep his head down away from hungry lions, drugged out monkeys, hippo mobsters and the cops?

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28 March 2017

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Transformers: Lost Light #4

RODIMUS, MEGATRON and the exiled crew of the Lost Light realize that there’s only one thing they need to do before they can resume their quest. Unfortunately, that thing is “save the world.” Can the AUTOBOTS overcome the odds and save the day? To be honest, probably not.

  • Some characters might die! Oh no!
  • Variant cover by E.J. Su!

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28 March 2017

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Cosmic Scoundrels #2

After discovering last issue that their big score was actually a baby, the Scoundrels are faced with a choice: keep the kid and start calling themselves Cosmic Scoundrels & Son… or sell him to the highest bidder at The Fence, an intergalactic black market space mall, home of chromosomal bath houses, discount hadron colliders, and dudes named ‘Hairbath.’

  • Plus, the Fist Puncher gets an upgrade and does some actual fist punching! Magic spit bubbles, magic wristbands, and choking hazards abound (not recommended for humanoids under 3)!
  • Andy Suriano is an Emmy and Annie Award-winning artist who has worked on such iconic series as Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars!
  • Matt Chapman is a writer of Disney’s Gravity Falls and the co-creator of Disney XD’s Two More Eggs and Homestar Runner!

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28 March 2017

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Biff to the Future #3

Biff Goes To TownThey say you can never go home again, but no one told that to Biff Tannen. With a growing fortune and his eyes set on Hill Valley, Biff returns to claim the city and grow it in his toxic image with the creation of BIFFCO ENTERPRISES. As a result, the Hill Valley Civic Committee is formed to stop Biff by any means necessary. But will tragedy dissolve them before they get their chance?

  • Variant cover by Anthony Marques!

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28 March 2017

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Weird Love #17

Shocking, scintillating and WEIRD stories like “Too Young For Love”, “High School Affair,” “Teacher’s Pet,” and the weirdest of all, “Miss Atwood and the Fountain of Youth.” PLUS THREE MORE NOT-TO-MISS SCANDALS! Don’t miss this issue or I’ll have to see you after class!

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #238

The hunt for Dawn Moreno continues, as Zartan chases after the newest student of the Arashikage clan. He intends to bring her back to Cobra… dead or alive!

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Gabriel Rodriguez’ Locke & Key Artist’s Edition Covers Portfolio

Presenting a selection of some of the finest and most inventive cover images from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’ best-selling and critically acclaimed horror series, all in the IDW award-winning Artist’s Edition format. 12 intricate and thought-provoking images by Rodriguez, all scanned directly from the original art and delivered in a lovely hardcover case.

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Haunted Horror: The Screaming Skulls and Much More

You’ll scream with terror when you experience these terrifying Pre-Code stories sure to rot your brain! Never collected together in book form, you’ll thrill when you read under your dark covers: “Terror of the Nightmares,” “Headless Horror,” “Death Ala Carte,” “The Devil from the Deep,” and macabre more! The Ghastly Award-winning Haunted Horror series presents–in large-format bloody-color–carefully restored walking zombies, screaming skulls, and ravenous cannibal monsters!

  • Rue Morgue Magazine wails, “Classic stories! These stories are just plain fun and perfectly accomplish what good comics should: they entertain!”

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Posted by Bill Barnes

Discover 5 WORLDS, a magical new graphic novel series filled with adventure and mystery.



Unshelved comic strip for 3/28/2017

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This classic Unshelved strip originally appeared on November 5, 2005.

 
 
Everything is A LOT at the moment, right? It can feel like everything is out of our control. Our actions get drowned out by newsreels of permanent despair, and every new dawn brings a chorus of 'Those fuckers did what now?' It's easy to believe what fascists want us to believe - nothing we do makes a difference and we may as well give up.

To counter this narrative, which is designed to keep us from beating them down, I thought it might be useful to start signal-boosting things that got DONE over the course of a month. My goal - to produce a five-item list, each month, of ways people improved the world and made a difference, big or small, in the middle of this political wasteland. Regular people are pushing back, and resistance is anything but futile.
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Posted by Allison Shoemaker

Supergirl Recap: Mon-El and Mommie Dearest

Kevin Smith has returned to “Supergirl,” and he brought his giant convenient space-gate with him.

The Mon-El fans out there must be relieved that Smith didn’t pack light. For a minute there, it seemed that “Supergirl” was prepared to wrap up, at least temporarily, this Mon-El story. For all Chris Wood’s charms — and they’re plentiful indeed — it’s not been entirely good for the show as a whole to have a sort of sleeper protagonist, to say nothing of one on which so much of this season has focused. “Supergirl” has been an ensemble show from the beginning, giving nearly every member of the cast an episode in which they take focus, but unlike Winn’s Toyman outing in season one, or Alex’s rogue Dad-rescuing mission a few weeks ago, the Mon-El installments tend to push Kara to the sidelines. It’s all about how she affects him, not how they interact or what his journey says about her own. You know, Supergirl’s journey. The one with her name in the title.

That said, it’s easy to understand how the “Supergirl” writing team might want to write for Mon-El (and for Wood). From moment one in this episode, he’s clearly off-the-charts grateful to be back with Kara, a Kara who is not dead in a musical but alive and ready for breakfast. It’s a vibe that Wood sells the hell out of, as he so often does, and what writer wouldn’t want that kind of fun and watchability at the center of everything? Before Kara can dig into that delicious poached egg, however, there’s a news flash, and an alien with a laser eyepatch is wreaking havoc. Our heroine flies off to deal with this ruiner of breakfasts, and Mon-El starts laundry.

Turns out this friendly guy (who either gets knocked out or dies, it’s unclear, after Kara shoves her hand into his eyepatch and whatever is beneath it) is a bounty hunter, and his target is none other than the Last Daughter of Krypton. J’onn, Alex and Mon-El all beg Kara to lay low — alien battles aren’t great for public safety, or for a city’s architecture for that matter — and while she’s clearly grumpy about it, she agrees. Fast forward to board game night, interrupted by, you guessed it, a bounty hunter.

While not all of the fights in “Distant Sun” (get it?) are stellar, this is a fun one. This telepathic Boba Fett turns Mon-El into a deadly weapon, leading to a fight between the two lovebirds that’s mostly funny, rather than anguished. Two nice people have never apologized more in human history. Guardian attempts to put a stop to things, but it’s Winn who saves the day, armed with nothing but a stapler. Once they’ve got this bad guy in one of the DEO’s nifty cells, Alex seems eager to get some good torturin’ in (they’ve really doubled down on the whole “Alex has lots of questionable impulses” thing this season), but it’s J’onn who steps up. If the Mon-El fight is the most entertaining of the episode, this is a close second, as two psychic forces bear down on each other without a single punch being thrown.

So the psychic spills his jiggly-brained guts: the bounty on Kara’s head was offered up by the Daxamites. While this doesn’t surprise Mon-El, it’s a slightly unexpected twist for the audience. While the Daxamite royal family were the obvious suspects, their outright denial and Mon-El’s continued suspicion seemed to suggest that the story would follow a familiar pattern, ultimately exonerating Queen Rhea and King Lar Gand and bringing them closer to their son. Neat, tidy, vaguely heartwarming.

Related: Melissa Benoist says current politics make Supergirl “more meaningful”

Not so! While Kevin Sorbo’s Lar Gand was ultimately exonerated (and offed!), turns out that Queen Rhea is, in fact, a murderous piece of work. If the Mon-El/Kara fight is the episode’s most entertaining, and the J’onn psychic beatdown the most unusual, then this one has to be the best, in which Teri Hatcher wields two Kryptonite blades as she kicks the ever-loving crap out of Kara. It’s too much for Mon-El, who volunteers as tribute. With that, he’s back on his parents’ ship, where a speech about a more progressive future for Daxam lands him in a cell, presumably for years.

Luckily, Kevin Smith brought that magic gate, so Winn does some smart technology stuff and in a flash, J’onn’s battling the Daxamites while disguised as Kara and Winn’s saving Mon-El, who quotes “Star Wars” to his friend as thanks. (It’s the best moment in the episode, followed narrowly by Kara’s reaction to bacon.) Lar Gand breaks up the ensuing showdown between J’onn, Kara, Rhea and her guards, and Mon-El and the DEO team speed back to earth, where more mushy conversations about inspirational stuff await them.

Then Rhea stabs Lar Gand while they’re hugging. If you’ve never popped the phrase “Hercules disappointed” into YouTube, now’s the time.

In a truly bizarre subplot, Alex and Maggie poke their heads out of their love-bubble when Maggie recognizes an ex from years past. The atmosphere is incredibly tense, and for some reason, Alex takes this as her cue to get weirdly involved in the drama of a long-dead relationship. After waiting for the ex in question outside a hotel, Alex prepares to dress her down before the truth comes out: Maggie brought about the end of the relationship by cheating.

Is this all just set-up for a lovely conversation between Alex and Maggie about the latter lowering her guard? Probably. Is that scene beautifully acted and well-written? Sure. It’s still a serious head-scratcher. Unless season two of “Supergirl” is trying to show us that Alex is emotionally unstable and doesn’t really recognize strange or inappropriate behavior as such, these choices don’t make sense. The fact that they work at all is a credit to Chyler Leigh, who really does get better and better in this role.

Oh, and President Wonder Woman has a nefarious scheme of some sort, which we know because “Distant Sun” reminds us that she’s an alien. See you April 24!

Airing Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, “Supergirl” stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood and Chris Wood.

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Posted by Gary Snyder

A few light flakes of snow

Fall in the feeble sun;

Birds sing in the cold,

A warbler by the wall. The plum

Buds tight and chill soon bloom.

The moon begins first

Fourth, a faint slice west

At nightfall. Jupiter half-way

High at the end of night-

Meditation. The dove cry

Twangs like a bow.

At dawn Mt. Hiei dusted white

On top; in the clear air

Folds of all the gullied green

Hills around the town are sharp,

Breath stings. Beneath the roofs

Of frosty houses

Lovers part, from tangle warm

Of gentle bodies under quilt

And crack the icy water to the face

And wake and feed the children

And grandchildren that they love.



“Kyoto: March” from Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems copyright © 2004 by Gary Snyder. Used by permission of Counterpoint Press.

Source: Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems(Shoemaker Hoard, 2004)

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Posted by Liam Nolan

Paramount Pulls Terminator Genisys Sequel from Schedule

Paramount has removed a listing for the sequel to “Terminator: Genisys” from its release schedule. The movie, which was tentatively titled “Terminator 3,” was scheduled for release June 29, 2018 (via The Wrap).

RELATED: James Cameron Returning to Terminator Franchise, Tim Miller in Talks to Direct

Though it’s uncertain what this announcement means for the future of the franchise — David Ellison, the CEO of Skydance Productions, said earlier this month that there would be a big announcement relating to the series this year. Ellison’s statement comes only a few months after news broke that James Cameron, to whom the rights to the series will revert in 2019, was in talks with “Deadpool” director Tim Miller to do a “reboot and conclusion” of the franchise.

“Terminator: Genisys” did okay in theaters, making $440.6 million on a $155 million budget. However, the film failed to cross the $100 million mark in North America, making most of its money overseas instead. The film was also critically panned and currently sits at a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes.

RELATED: James Cameron Believes New, Relevant Terminator is Absolutely Possible

The franchise began with “The Terminator” in 1984. Directed by James Cameron, the first installment followed the T-800, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, attempting to kill Sarah Connor. The android assassin was tasked by the advanced artificial intelligence Skynet with killing Sarah before she could give birth to John Connor, the future leader of the Resistance.  The second movie, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” saw the T-800 reprogrammed to protect Sarah and her young son John against another one of Skynet’s attempts to kill John. “Terminator: Genisys” marked Schwarzenegger’s first return to the iconic role since 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”

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Posted by Tim Adams

NBA Star Tim Duncan Names Daughter After Beloved Marvel Character

Former NBA superstar Tim Duncan has never been one to hide his comic book fandom. When it came time for the all-star and his longtime girlfriend Vanessa Macias to name their first child together, the couple decided on a name very familiar to fans of Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Quill.

RELATED: Tim Duncan Raises $60K for Charity with Custom Punisher Car

Along with Duncan being a fan of comics, Macias is also an ardent writer. “My girlfriend, she also writes a lot too, so it’s like a pen quill,” Duncan commented on Road Trippin’ with RJ and Channing. “It’s a combination of all the things.”

In 2015 the former San Antonio Spur raffled a custom Punisher-themed car — a 2013 Dodge Challenger — crafted by his BlackJack Speed Shop for charity, earning $60,000 for ChildSafe, a child abuse prevention and treatment non-profit located in San Antonio.

RELATED: Spurs’ Tim Duncan Hands “Punisher” #11 The Keys in Retailer Variant

The car — and Duncan himself — appeared on a retailer variant cover of Marvel’s “The Punisher” #11, released in 2014 and illustrated by Mike Choi. The cover features Duncan as an auto mechanic handing over the keys to a car, which sits in the background, with one of his NBA Championship rings on full display. At the time the cover was released, it was announced the plan was to auction the car to benefit a San Antonio-based charity.

(via Fox Sports)

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Posted by Liam Nolan

Lara Croft Looks Beat Up, Exhausted in New Tomb Raider Photo

A new image of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft has surfaced from the upcoming “Tomb Raider” reboot.

The picture, which appeared on IMDB just after the first official photos of Vikander in the role were released, shows the actress looking tired, caked in dust, and holding a climbing ax. The image seems to take place in a desert environment, which is different from the other pictures released as they’ve featured Lara in a forest/jungle and by the sea.

“Tomb Raider” will follow a young Lara Croft, following the lead of the 2013 video-game reboot of the series, “Tomb Raider.” The movie features a 21-year-old Lara who, after refusing to take over her missing father’s global business empire, decides to investigate his disappearance. This search leads her to his last known location: a tomb on an island off the coast of Japan.

RELATED: Tomb Raider Reboot Casts Dominic West as Lara Croft’s Father

The 28-year-old Swedish actress has starred in a number of acclaimed films, including “Jason Bourne,” “Ex Machina,” and “The Danish Girl,” for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Vikander is the second person to play Lara Croft on the big screen, following Angelina Jolie. Jolie’s two outings in the role were successful, with her “Tomb Raider” movies having grossed a combined $431 million worldwide.

“Tomb Raider” will open on March 16, 2018. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug, who directed 2015’s “The Wave. The movie also stars Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft, Walton Goggins as Father Mathias Vogel and Daniel Wu as Lu Ren.

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Posted by Vincent Yeung

Godzilla Sequel Circles Straight Outta Compton Star

O’Shea Jackson Jr., known for his performance in “Straight Outta Compton,” may be joining the cast of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

Jackson is currently in negotiations for a role in the sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla” reboot, reports Variety. Further details on his character have yet to be revealed. Jackson joins the movie’s cast that so far includes “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. Ken Watanabe, who played Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, is expected to be the only original cast member to return for the upcoming installment.

RELATED: Godzilla: King of the Monsters has Production Date, Shooting Location 

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is the third MonsterVerse movie developed by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. The latest MonsterVerse film, “Kong: Skull Island,” made a successful debut, earning $61 million in its opening weekend.  Following “King of the Monsters,” 2020 plans to bring together the two baddest beasts on the block for an ultimate showdown in “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

Jackson received critical acclaim after he portrayed his real life father and N.W.A member Ice Cube in 2015’s biopic “Straight Outta Compton.”

RELATED: Godzilla: King of the Monsters Adds the Conjuring’s Vera Farmiga

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is directed by Michael Dougherty and written by Dougherty and Zach Shields. The movie smashes its way into theaters on March 22, 2019.

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Posted by Paul Pimenta

Batwoman: 15 Things You Need To Know

A modern heroine for a modern age, Batwoman, a.k.a. Kate Kane, is one of DC’s most recognized LGBTQ+ superheroes. Ironically, her origins initially portrayed her as the exact opposite. Kathy Kane, as she was originally known, made her comic debut in “Detective Comics” #233 (July 1956), as Batwoman, a glamorous, smart, and very straight superhero, who perfectly rivaled Batman. Created by writer Edmond Hamilton and artist Sheldon Moldoff under the direction of editor Jack Schiff, she was intended as a love interest for the Dark Knight.

RELATED: Wonder Woman’s Bracelets: 15 Things You Need To Know

Although she was scrubbed from DC’s character roster in 1964 and then wiped from existence in 1985 during the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” maxi-series, she returned in 2006 as an entirely new Batwoman, purged from her previous social and romantic constraints and more badass than ever! Here are 15 things that you should know about her.

SHE’S GAY

Batwoman kissing Maggie Sawyer

Yup, and she’s proud of it! Not only was she given a revamped costume that was originally intended for Barbara Gordon, she was also given a new sexual identity. Unlike her Silver Age counterpart, she’s not attracted to Batman, not by a long shot! Katherine “Kate” Kane as she’s now known first entered the DC universe in “52” #7 and her past relationship with Gotham Police Detective Renee Montoya is revealed in that issue. The controversial decision to make her a gay character proved popular with fans and the LGBTQ+ community alike, and DC Comics Senior Vice-President and Executive Editor, Dan DiDio, stated the reason for this decision being their desire to diversify the DC universe.

Inside the DC universe, her sexuality has also had profound consequences. After the death of Bruce Wayne, writer Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams III gave Kate Kane the lead role in “Detective Comics” and, in that series, we find out that while studying at the United States Military Academy, she was accused of having a lesbian relationship with her roommate, an accusation which she refused to deny. She’s then forced to leave the academy, and this becomes a defining moment in her life. Although not the first lesbian character to be associated with Batman, she’s certainly the most high-profile one.

SHE’S JEWISH

DC Heroes Wishing Happy Holidays

It’s hard to imagine Batman, let alone any superhero, having time for cultural and religious inclinations. One thing that has always alluded Batman, much to his detriment, is any kind of life beyond his identity as the Caped Crusader. Sure he may watch the odd movie or two, and have occasional random encounters with various female superheroes, but those are shallow pastimes. Part of the great appeal that Batwoman has is her well-rounded identity. More than just being “a gay superhero,” she’s also shown to be a Jewish woman in a way that flows naturally instead of representing her as token lesbian of Jewish faith.

Greg Rucka introduces us to this aspect of her life in the “DC Infinite Holiday Special” (2006) where, shortly before kissing Renee Montoya, the two celebrate Hanukkah together on Christmas Eve. It’s a compelling background like this that enables modern day readers to connect with the new Batwoman, and it’s no wonder that her popularity skyrocketed after appearing in “Detective Comics.” Although there are other Jewish superheroes such as Martin Stein (Firestorm), Batwoman is again the most high-profile and the most obvious of the bunch.

SHE’S STINKING RICH

The Kane Affair

“52” #7 also gives us a detailed account of Batwoman’s intriguing origin.  Her mother and father, Jacob and Gabrielle Kane, worked in military intelligence, moving all around the world as they were promoted again and again, and presumably earning a lot of money! Kate had a twin sister named Beth and, on their twelfth birthday, their mother took them to an expensive restaurant to eat chocolates and waffles.

As expected, they were kidnapped on the way. Her mother was executed and her sister was caught in the crossfire between kidnappers and soldiers, apparently dying. Despite this, her father recovered pretty well, going on to marry billionaire weapons heiress Catherine Hamilton. Kate was instantly raised to the lofty status of wealthy socialite, giving her the perfect alter ego and a lot of money to burn on her lavish lifestyle. As both Kate Kane and Batwoman, she rivals Bruce Wayne in every way.

SHE KNOWS HOW TO PARTY

Batwoman in a bar

It’s rare to see Batman or the other members of the team goofing around or taking time to relax. Bruce Wayne can be seen at parties, drinking and socializing, but we know it’s all a complicated act to protect his true identity as Batman. Kate Kane on other hand, was never pretending. After being kicked out of the military academy for admitting to being in a lesbian relationship with her roommate, she moved back to her hometown of Gotham City, and there became a notorious night owl, drinking and dancing the night away, every night.

During this time she also dropped out of college, broke up with her girlfriend at the time (more on this in entry #9) and generally had no purpose in life. A flashback in “Detective Comics” shows us how on one of these nights, she was attacked by a mugger as she left a club. After defeating him, Batman showed up to help, inadvertently inspiring Kate to forsake her partying in favor of becoming a vigilante.

SHE HAS A MILITARY BACKGROUND

Batwoman's Training

Leaving the United States Military Academy wasn’t the end of her experience with the military, it was only the beginning. In her early crime-fighting days, she used stolen military equipment and armor to outfit herself as Batwoman, and that’s when things got really interesting. The backstory given in “Detective Comics” tells us that Jacob Kane forgave her when she was kicked out of the military academy, seeing that his daughter had the integrity and the courage to stick with her convictions. But then he went and did something extra awesome when he found out she was using stolen military equipment to fight crime. In this instance, he not only forgave her, but also used his military connections to empower her, sending her on an intense two years of training around the world. In this respect, Batwoman differs greatly from the other members of team Bat in that she wasn’t personally trained by Batman and had to earn her place on the team rather than being invited.

On a side note, in “Flashpoint,” an alternate timeline created by the Flash, she actually has a short career as a soldier. In “Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance” #2, Kate is killed alongside most of her team while attempting to attack a Jihadist training camp.

HER DAD SUPPORTS HER

Batwoman and her father

Unlike most of the other superhero dads who are either dead, absent or just plain evil, Kate’s dad has always been her most loyal supporter. Knowing her secret puts him at great risk, a fact that doesn’t seem to faze him, because when she returned to Gotham City, he had another surprise waiting for her: her very own Batsuit and Batcave (of a sort) built right into the family home!

Of course her dad has taken things a bit too far at times, like when he formed his own Bat-army in “Detective Comics” #934 and invited her to lead it with him, although desperate times did call for desperate measures with a semi-crazy newly resurrected Batman on the loose. Extreme examples aside, how many superhero dads support their children in this way and how many are still alive to stand by their side? Batwoman having one living parent (and a step-mum) gives her character a touch of much-needed humanity that we can all appreciate.

SHE DATED THE QUESTION

Huntress with The Question and Batwoman

Isn’t she gay? Yup, nothing has changed there, much to Nightwing’s dismay (more on that later). The Question we’re referring to here is Renee Montoya, the incarnation of the questionable (pun intended) detective turned superhero who premiered prior to the New 52 era of DC Comics. Technically, they didn’t date when Montoya was actually the Question; she was still just a young traffic cop at the time, and ended up dating Kate instead of arresting her for speeding.

She must have some charm! “Detective Comics” details their brief tryst and break up, which occurred after Batwoman confronted Montoya about hiding her sexuality from her friends and family. They never rekindled their love affair, but did partner up to solve crimes in “Detective Comics” #936. And although it’s non-canon, in “Injustice Gods Among Us Year 4” #3, a depressed Montoya overdoses on super pills while attempting to take out Superman and Batwoman gets pretty choked up about it, so much so that she tries (and almost succeeds) to kill Wonder Woman in revenge.

SHE HAS AN EVIL TWIN

Batwoman's twin sister

Turns out Elizabeth “Beth” Kane wasn’t so dead after all. Dead siblings always come back to wreck their superhero brothers or sisters’ lives, because for some reason, they’re never interested in catching up over coffee. Created by Greg Rucka and J.H. William III, Beth was first seen in “Detective Comics” #854 as the Religion of Crime supervillain known as Alice, the pieces of her origin story slowly coming together during this arc.

She survived her kidnapping, but subsequently went insane, joining the Religion of Crime and creating a persona for herself that was based on the main character in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” stories. She quickly rose to power within the crime syndicate and kidnapped Colonel Kane in the hopes of acquiring a toxic gas. In the resulting conflict between her and Batwoman, she falls from a plane, only to be resurrected in a strange sarcophagus (it never ends!). Eventually, Alice/Beth is taken to an offshore treatment facility by Jacob Kane in the hopes that her mind could be restored.

SHE’S A MASTER OF STEALTH

Batwoman and Huntress sneaking up on Superman

A prerequisite for any member of team Batman is to be able to move like a ninja, as Batman himself has demonstrated considerable skill in this area throughout the years. Take, for example, “All-Star Batman” #1, where he manages to make himself and Two-Face disappear even after being shot in the back beforehand! How does Batwoman match up to this incredible display of ninja prowess? Pretty well actually.

In fact, she even manages to sneak up on Supergirl at one point, which very few heroes have ever managed to do. Batman himself also compliments her as a master of stealth, which is high praise indeed! “Detective Comics” #233 introduces Batwoman with the following introduction: “no other man has ever rivaled Batman as a champion of the law, nor matched his superb acrobatic skill, his scientific keenness, his mastery of disguise and detective skill! But now, in one suspenseful surprise after another, Batman finds he has a great rival in the mysterious and glamorous girl… The Batwoman!””

SHE HAS A SUPERHERO COUSIN

Batwoman and Flamebird

Following the events of “Infinite Crisis,” Batwoman also gets her own sidekick in the form of her superhero cousin Bette Kane, a.k.a. Flamebird. In “Detective Comics” #856, Bette moves to Gotham City to enroll in Gotham University. She encounters her cousin at a party thrown for the Gotham City Police Department, and tries to talk to her, only to be blown off. In Detective Comics #862, Bette asks Kate for help with letting go of her past (she previously tried to be a superhero but failed miserably).

Unfortunately, Bette is soon kidnapped by the Cutter, a serial killer who really wants to cut off her ears in order to create what he feels is the perfect woman. As can be expected, Batwoman comes to the rescue before he can succeed and somehow reveals her identity in the process, prompting Bette to request to be her partner. Kate begins to train her and, over time, she becomes a formidable martial artist, and learns to use pyrotechnical weapons.

SHE’S RELATED TO BRUCE WAYNE

Kathy Kane and Batman

Okay so this one might get a little complicated due to the fact that nobody stays dead in the comic book universe. So the original Silver Age Batwoman, let’s call her Batwoman I, was Kathy Kane. However, her original name was Kathy Web, and she married into the Kane family via Nathan Kane. Why does that matter? Well Nathan Kane was actually Martha Wayne’s younger brother, making Batwoman I Bruce Wayne’s aunt! To make matters worse, she was enamored with Batman for a time and they even dated! This all takes place during Grant Morrison’s 2011 “Batman Incorporated” series. The relationship develops until Bruce and Kathy get engaged, only for it all to be called off when Kathy discovers that a Nazi supervillain named Dr. Dedalus is actually her long-lost dad! Kathy is subsequently killed by the League of Assassins in “Detective Comics” #485 only to reappear decades later to shoot Talia al Ghul in the Batcave. That’s just too much drama, even for Batman.

By the way, Kathy Kane’s niece is Bette Kane, who is Kate Kane’s cousin. They’re all related to Batman! It’s all too much.

SHE WAS NEARLY RITUALLY SACRIFICED

Batwoman bloodied

In this case, nearly doesn’t mean saved at the last minute, it means actually stabbed in the heart by a crazy cultist named Bruno Mannheim, the leader of Intergang. How the heck did that happen? Well it all starts in “52” #25 when Intergang discovers and begins to follow the words of the Crime Bible, the sacred text that teaches criminals to be uber evil. Intergang discovers a prophecy in it that they believes relates to Kate Kane and, by issue #48 of the series, they’ve kidnapped her, intending to sacrifice her in a ritual that will reduce Gotham to flames.

Montoya manages to stop the ritual, but not before Bruno stabs Batwoman in the heart. However the joke’s on Bruno, because superheroes don’t go down that easily, especially not members of team Bat! Kate pulls the knife out of her chest and fatally stabs Bruno in the back with it! Thanks to the quick actions of Montoya, and a little help from technology that just happens to be available, Kate survives, although her breathing is forever impaired. Phew!

SHE WAS A FEMALE FURIE

Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Giganta and Catwoman as Female Furies

Who are the Female Furies you ask? Imagine a group of super-angry, superhuman women, each as powerful as Wonder Woman and fanatically loyal to Darkseid. Oh and they’re also led by the psychotic Granny Goodness, one of the most evil villains in the DC universe. Somewhere along the line, the original Furies decide to betray Darkseid and are almost all killed or exiled for their betrayal.

During the events of Grant Morrison’s “Final Crisis,” Catwoman, Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Giganta are all brainwashed into becoming Darkseid’s newest Female Furies. They are given appearances that are similar to the four original Female Furies and Batwoman is possessed by the spirit of Mad Harriet, one of her Furie predecessors who was accidentally killed when Apokolip’s Dog Soldiers shot her instead of Mary Marvel. The possessed Batwoman wears the deceased Furie’s energy gauntlets, her Batsuit, and wields twin pistols. The energy gauntlets she gains are extremely powerful, able to damage even the strongest of meta-humans.

SHE WAS ONCE A FILMMAKER

Kathy Kane filmmaker

Is there anything Batwoman can’t do? Well when there’s two of you, a lot more can be accomplished, and it was Batwoman I, Kathy Kane, who was an aspiring independent film director in her early life. Taking place in “Batman Incorporated,” the tale told describes Kathy meeting and falling madly in love with Nathan Kane, the aforementioned sibling of Martha Wayne. Nathan himself was a millionaire, and as a token of his undying love for Kathy, purchased a circus for her as a birthday present.

Alas, Nathan met a tragic end, while Kathy was recruited into a spy organization named Spyral by the mysterious Agent-33, who tasked her with discovering Batman’s true identity. That’s why she disguised herself as Batwoman to gain his attention! Unfortunately, her plans were scuppered when the two fell in love, which we addressed earlier. Kathy goes on to become the head of Spyral, taking up the moniker of Agent Zero.

NIGHTWING HAD A THING FOR HER

Batwoman and Batman

In “52” #28  after Montoya learns of Intergang’s plans to sacrifice Kate, she and the previous incarnation of the Question return to Gotham, joining forces with Batwoman in issue #30. Following on from these events, Nightwing joins the trio in “DC Infinite Holiday Special.” Dick Grayson had recently returned from an epic trip retracing the journey that Bruce Wayne took to become Batman, and he had broken off his engagement to Barbara Gordon.

Kate Kane is portrayed as being extremely attractive with porcelain skin, so how could he resist this femme fatale? In fact a year after “52” commences the Penguin says to Batman “Why don’t you bring that new Batwoman? I hear she’s kind of hot.” Even supervillains want to try their luck with Batwoman! Nightwing quickly falls for her and gives her an official Batarang on Christmas Eve, hoping to sweeten the deal. Unfortunately for him, she’s not interested and instead chooses to spend the night with Montoya, whom she still carries a torch for at this point.

Got another tantalizing tidbit about Batwoman? Share it in the comments!

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Stephen King’s It Scares Up A New Image

The new “It” film remake has released a brand-new picture of Pennywise, and it’s just the right amount of creepy. It’s so creepy, we don’t even need to see Pennywise’s entire face to know that he’s out for some kid flesh.

The picture, posted to USA Today, shows Pennywise’s (Bill Skarsgård) face mostly covered by an ominous red balloon. The picture gives us a better idea of how the film will look, and it appears that it’s aiming to be even scarier than the original 1990 miniseries (which immortalized Tim Curry as the scariest clown alive).

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Some of the other pictures the site posted for its readers include the cast of kids — Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grzer, and Sophia Lillis. Like in any good ’80s film centered around kids, the ragtag group must work together to defeat Pennywise and gain revenge — Lieberher’s character, Bill Denbrough, lost his brother to the demon.

Director Andrés Muschietti, who said the film is the first of two focusing on Pennywise, said the film will explore the process of children coming of age and learning about death.

“It happens in the book, this coming of age and kids facing their own mortality, which is someting that in real life happens in a more progressive way and slowed down,” he said. “There’s a passage [in the book] that reads, ‘Being a kid is learning how to live and being an adult is learning how to die.’ There’s a bit of a metaphor of that and it just happens in a very brutal way, of course.”

“It,” based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, will be in theaters September 8.

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15 Reasons Iron Fist Needs A Second Season

With the launch of Marvel’s “Iron Fist,” all four of the originally planned Marvel Netflix series are now available for viewing before each of their heroes get together for “The Defenders” sometime later in 2017. While “Iron Fist’s” Danny Rand and Colleen Wing will continue some of their individual arcs in “The Defenders,” it would be a shame for their story to end there and it would be absolutely disappointing to see them just shoehorned into another Marvel series as glorified cameos going forward.

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From the introduction of exciting new characters like Davos, Bakuto and the Meachums to the use of magic and international locations, “Iron Fist” has proven that it has more than enough unique content to justify an additional season (or maybe even more!). Here are 15 reasons why “Iron Fist” needs a second season.

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Iron Fist” Season One.

STEEL SERPENT

Iron Fist - Davos / Steel Serpent

In the “Iron Fist” comic books, Steel Serpent (also known as Davos) is one of Danny Rand’s more-popular villains and is considered by many to be a sort of anti-Iron Fist due to his costume’s visual similarities to Danny’s and his ability to steal the power of Shou-Lao from Danny Rand for himself. He is the son of Danny’s mentor, Lei Kung The Conqueror, and has even been known to associate himself with the villainous group, Hydra.

Davos made his live action debut in the second half of “Iron Fist’s” first season and made a lasting impression on audiences in part due to the brilliant performance by Sacha Dhawan, and the decision to introduce him as an ally with good, though ultimately flawed, intentions. The character is already well on his way to becoming the supervillain he was meant to be and audiences deserve to see him reach his destination. With his past friendship with Danny and his new partnerships with Joy Meachum and Madam Gao, Davos would make for the perfect antagonist for Danny in Season Two.

DANNY’S JOURNEY

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Something that really set “Iron Fist” apart from other series was its strong focus on mental health, abuse and bullying. Danny Rand was a character who was intensely bullied from a young age by Ward Meachum, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the plan crash that killed his parents, and was physically and emotionally abused by the monks at K’un-Lun over a 15-year period.

Impressively, the first season of “Iron Fist” was more about the beginning of Danny’s journey to recovery instead of the unrealistic quick fix that most shows try to do. The show also made efforts to humanize the homeless, who often suffer from mental disabilities, in several episodes and took great lengths to show that mental illness was not just something that made Danny Rand superficially more interesting on a character bio; it was a condition that continued to affect his life, personal wellbeing and his relationships with others. Danny has become Marvel’s champion for the bullied and abused and this needs to be explored further in a second season.

NEW POWERS

Iron Fist

In the first season of “Iron Fist,” one of the continuing subplots that ran throughout was the fact that while Danny Rand may have been chosen to be the Iron Fist, he still had a long way to go in his mastering of the magical powers granted to him by Shou-Lao. Bakuto was the one to teach Danny how to heal with his powers, something the Iron Fist didn’t even know that he could do, and the footage of a previous Iron Fist showed that with proper training, an Iron Fist can actually channel his or her chi into both hands, not just the one as Danny has been doing.

The arrival of Davos in the second half of the season also made it obvious that Danny wasn’t as proficient in hand-to-hand combat as he claimed he was and some observations made by Colleen Wing suggested that he lacked experience with some weaponry such as swords. There’s some huge opportunities here for character growth and even some exploration of why Danny Rand was chosen to be the Iron Fist when he’s obviously lacking in so many areas.

THE SOKOVIA ISSUE

Captain America Civil War

“Captain America: Civil War” changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) by introducing the Sokovia Accords, a piece of legislation that requires all powered individuals to register their names and powers with world governments. The Sokovia Accords have already been mentioned in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with both Slingshot and Quake having signed the papers, but so far this new law hasn’t seemed to have made much of an impact with the heroes in the Netflix corner of the MCU. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have both managed to avoid signing the Accords as has Daredevil so this does need to be addressed soon.

With Danny Rand being the most obviously powered member of The Defenders with his glowing fist and ability to heal, the hero would be an obvious target by officials looking to crack down on unregistered individuals. He’s also fairly easy to find due to his lack of costume and position at Rand Enterprises. It would make sense for the general public and the press to begin asking questions about where he stands on the issue of registration. This could be a major arc in Season Two, provided the time jump threads itself throughout the Netflix universe.

MORE KICK-ASS MUSIC

Iron Fist Soundtrack

Viewers and critics may be divided on “Iron Fist’s” first season but something that most people can agree upon is the super strong soundtrack curated by Trevor Morris, who had previously composed music for movies such as “Immortals,” “Olympus Has Fallen” and “Hard Target 2” in addition to several popular TV series like “The Tudors,” “The Borgias,” “Vikings,” “Reign” and “Dracula.”

“Iron Fist’s” opening credits and background music featured a brilliantly retro vibe that seemingly drew from classic kung fu movies in a way not dissimilar to what Quentin Tarantino did with “Kill Bill.” This influence was blended with the style of music used in modern science fiction fantasy favorites like “Tron Legacy” and the result was something that was truly unique and dramatically different from what audiences had heard in “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage.” Another season of “Iron Fist” would mean more great music from Trevor Morris and that can only be a good thing.

SHANG CHI

Shang Chi was a Marvel Comics character who was inspired by the popular “Kung Fu” TV show of the 70s, making his comic book debut in “Special Marvel Edition” #15 (Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin, December 1973), just five months before Iron Fist arrived on the scene in “Marvel Premiere” #15 (Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, May 1974). The character is often referred to as “The Master of Kung Fu” and while he was originally known for his incredible martial arts skills, has now been given the power to create identical copies of himself.

Given the character’s expertise and Danny Rand’s need for a new mentor to help improve his martial arts, Shang Chi is an obvious choice for a new character to introduce in a potential second season of “Iron Fist” and could take the show to even greater heights. Shang Chi could even help Danny through many of his mental problems and the show’s writers could easily rewrite the character slightly to have some knowledge of the Iron Fist’s powers that he could pass onto Danny. Season One dipped its toes into the martial arts corner of the MCU and Season Two could dive right in.

DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON

Misty Knight Luke Cage

Marvel’s numerous Netflix series have been playing musical chairs with their characters for a while now. In addition to the character of Claire, who has appeared in every series so far, viewers have also seen Luke Cage play a supporting role in “Jessica Jones,” Jeri Hogarth offer support in “Iron Fist,” and will soon see “Daredevil’s” Karen Paige in the upcoming “Punisher” series. “Iron Fist” Season Two could easily borrow another existing character from a different series to boost its own prestige and the most likely candidate is “Luke Cage’s” Misty Knight.

Not only is Misty Knight a major love interest for Danny Rand in the comic books (the two actually shared the first interracial superhero kiss in comics), she’s also destined to team up with “Iron Fist’s” Colleen Wing to form The Daughters of the Dragon. Misty Knight also has a strong connection to Luke Cage, who eventually becomes Danny Rand’s best friend which makes her connection to the series even stronger. “Iron Fist” Season Two needs to happen and adding Misty Knight to the cast would make it a must-see.

ROMANCING THE FIST

Iron Fist Colleen Wing

One of the strongest aspects of the first season of “Iron Fist” was the relationship between Danny Rand and Colleen Wing. The two martial artists grew to be true equals over the course of the season, not only with their skills and intellect but also in regards to their personal experience with loss, being controlled and focusing their rage on something bigger than themselves. Danny Rand and Colleen Wing became partners before lovers and even after they took their relationship to the next level, they still worked together cohesively and with mutual respect.

This relationship really needs to continue to be explored more and a proper second season of “Iron Fist” is really the only way to do it justice. Both characters have a lot of growth to do individually and together and there’s also the possibility that they could in fact be bad for each other as Claire pointed out in the season finale. Where do they go from here? “Iron Fist” Season Two would tell us.

CHIKARA DOJO TAKE 2

Iron Fist - Colleen Wing

A lot of time was spent focusing on Rand Enterprises in Season One of “Iron Fist.” This was entirely justified as it helped establish exactly what world Danny Rand was returning to and also explored what exactly Danny was looking for, once he did. Unfortunately, this extra focus came at the expense of time spent on other characters and plot points, namely Colleen Wing’s Chikara Dojo.

It is established late in the season that Bakuto was the one who helped Colleen open the karate and kendo school, but what wasn’t clear was where the fate of the dojo now stands after Colleen has killed Bakuto and left The Hand. It would be in keeping with the character for her to continue running it (though with some obvious changes to the graduation process), but she could also be too busy for it now that she’s helping the legendary Iron Fist and the other Defenders save New York City. The fate of Chikara Dojo and Colleen Wing’s future likely won’t be covered in “The Defenders,” which means that fans will need a second season of “Iron Fist” to explore this potential storyline.

GO GO, MADAME GAO

Iron Fist - Madame Gao

Madame Gao has been a presence in the Marvel Netflix series since the first season of “Daredevil” and viewers finally got to find out more about her in “Iron Fist” due to her connections to The Hand and the mystical city of K’un-Lun, which she claimed to have visited and possibly even lived there in the past. “Iron Fist” also revealed that Madam Gao is significantly older than she appears and answers to someone much higher than her in the Hand chain of command.

Despite all of these new trinkets of information, though, there’s still plenty more to find out about when it comes to this mysterious woman. Who was she when she was younger? How old is she exactly? Is she the Crane Mother from the comic books, and if so, does she indeed play a larger role in the creation of K’un-Lun in the MCU? Does she have any other powers? All of these questions need answering and a second season of “Iron Fist” is the most organic place to do so.

MORE CITIES OF HEAVEN?

Iron Fist - K'un Lun

“Iron Fist” introduced K’un-Lun to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but right now it’s unclear if the other Cities of Heaven exist. In the “Iron Fist” comic books, there were originally thought to be only the Seven Cities of Heaven, but relatively recently (in “Immortal Iron Fist” #13, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, David Aja, 2008), an eighth city was revealed to exist. Like K’un-Lun, these Cities of Heaven only connect to Earth after certain periods of time; however, it is also possible for individuals to create secret gateways. This is forbidden, though.

Bringing the other Cities of Heaven into the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon could offer some fantastic material for further storylines with additional characters now being able to visit New York from these other cities. An entire season could even follow Danny Rand and Colleen Wing as they travel the globe in search of the other cities’ locations. This would not only create a Marvel series that was completely unlike any of the company’s other offerings, but also stand out as a unique concept among most other shows on Netflix in general.

HEROES FOR HIRE

Luke Cage

In comics, there are certain partnerships that define a franchise: Batman and Robin, Captain America and Bucky… and Luke Cage and Iron Fist. These two superheroes began teaming up in the late 70s where they became a progressive example of how two people from vastly different backgrounds could work together as equals; they have long since enjoyed one of Marvel’s most iconic friendships.

Luke Cage and Iron Fist have already been confirmed to be meeting in “The Defenders,” but after that miniseries is over, the relationship needs to continue with a possible Danny Rand cameo in the second season of “Luke Cage” and a Luke Cage cameo in a second season of “Iron Fist.” Luke Cage has already succeeded as a supporting character in “Jessica Jones” Season One and there’s no reason he couldn’t do the same again in another series. The character would definitely bring something new to Danny’s world and could also bring along with him an officer by the name of Misty Knight who could team up with Colleen Wing.

MORE MARTIAL ARTS

Iron Fist Danny Rand

One aspect of “Iron Fist” that set it apart from the other Marvel Netflix series was its celebration of different forms of martial arts. With Danny Rand being trained in kung fu and Colleen Wing being a pro at kendo and karate, viewers were rewarded with a sharp contrast of fighting styles that isn’t normally seen on screen. Not only did this variety in martial arts make for some fun scenes between characters as they exchanged training tips from their personal style, but it was also quite educational and reminded the viewers that, like how there’s no one Asian culture, there are many forms of martial arts as well.

Being such a strong platform for educating people on fighting styles, a second season of “Iron Fist” could really expand on this idea and incorporate other characters, who use something other than kung fu or karat,e such as capoeira or muay thai.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Madame Gao from Iron Fist

While “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” for the most part stuck with Hell’s Kitchen as their location of choice, and “Luke Cage” focused heavily on Harlem, “Iron Fist” broke out of the single-location style of its predecessors and set its storyline not only in Chinatown and a variety of other New York locations but also abroad in Mainland China and even K’un-Lun. Even the characters were rather international with Danny Rand having grown up overseas in K’un-Lun and Colleen Wing being from both Chinese and Japanese heritage and now living in New York.

With “Iron Fist” already established as a rather global series in its first season, a second season could really embrace this and bring in more characters from diverse backgrounds while also exploring other locations around the globe to tell the “Iron Fist” story. Colleen Wing flashbacks in Japan would be welcomed by many, as would a present-day visit to the country for more information on The Hand. A storyline that sends Danny and Colleen around the globe in search of the other Cities of Heaven could also be exciting, as would some business trips to some of Rand Enterprises’ international offices.

POST-DEFENDERS DANNY

Danny Rand and Colleen Wing’s storylines may be continuing in “The Defenders” but odds are that (at least) one more season will be needed to reveal what happened to K’un-Lun after the first season finale, how Colleen manages to cope with abandoning The Hand, and what, if any, progress Danny experiences with his PTSD and other mental issues.

The biggest questions, though, will be related to how meeting and joining up with the other Defenders will affect Danny. For the most part, Danny prefers to work alone. How will being part of a team impact how he approaches problems going forward? “The Defenders” will also introduce Danny to not only Luke Cage but also Misty Knight. Will the Luke Cage and Iron Fist friendship be as strong in the shows as it is in the comics? What about that Misty Knight romance? “Iron Fist” Season Two could answer all of these questions.

Would you like to see a second season of “Iron Fist” on Netflix? Which characters or storylines would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!

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"In Zemo's case, he really is kind of an inverted Bucky. I felt like that's really consistent with how the character's been shown. The character has always sort of sought Steve's approval even when he's trying to kill him. There's kind of an obsessive quality to Zemo when it comes to both Steve and his father. To me, it says that there's something besides hatred here, that there's a desire to be understood by somebody, a desire to connect with somebody." -- Nick Spencer

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Rogue One: Fan-Made VHS Commercial Takes Us Back to the ’80s

Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, people actually had to leave their homes to purchase giant cassettes in order to watch their favorite movies when they left the theaters.

Thankfully, you don’t have to leave your couch in order to get “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” on Digital HD, DVD or Blu-ray come April 4, but filmmaker Damian Kazan imagines such is the case with a retro VHS trailer for the Star Wars spinoff.

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The fan trailer opens with the ubiquitous “Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” in pitch perfect trailer voice circa the 1980s. “The mission comes home,” Trailer Voice tells us.

The impressive edit features grainy, nostalgic VHS image quality, quotes from present-day reviews and, unlike the actual trailers for “Rogue One,” footage from the film. You can also message Kazan through Youtube or Instagram if you’re interested in getting that boss VHS cover in the trailer and slapping it on your DVD case.

The efforts clearly come from a place of admiration. Kazan also has a Kickstarter (ending Wednesday!) for his own Star Wars story “Lord Vader.” If the idea of a Darth Vader fan film makes you roll your eyes, you should watch the goosebump-inducing teaser below, and instantly relive your complicated feelings about “Revenge of the Sith”:

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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will land onto DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD April 4.

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American Gods Unleashes 10 Character Posters

Producer Bryan Fuller has tweeted out ten posters for the upcoming “American Gods” TV series.

These posters feature characters Shadow Moon, Mr. Wednesday, Bilquis, Laura Moon, Mr. Nancy, Mad Sweeney, Technical Boy, Easter, Czernobog, and Mr. World. In addition to showcasing a picture of the actor playing the role, each image contains a short tagline describing the character. For example, Czernobog is described as “The God of Evil” while Laura Moon is described as “The Dead Wife.” Each poster also makes reference to its respective character’s power, with Mr. Nance’s featuring a spider on his shoulder, with a spiderweb in the corner, and Mad Sweeney’s showing the character tossing gold into the air.

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“American Gods” is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Hugo Award-winning novel of the same name. The series and book focus on Shadow Moon, who is given an early release from prison after finding out that his wife, Laura Moon, has been killed. Shadow Moon is then pulled into an escalating conflict between the Old Gods and New by Mr. Wednesday, a con artist who is more than he appears. The book has also recently been adapted into a comic by Dark Horse, which is fitting considering Gaiman’s history writing comics.

“American Gods” premieres on April 30, 2017. The show is produced by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Kristin Chenoweth as Easter, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, and Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy.

(via Screen Rant)

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Firefly: 15 Things We Love Most About The Verse

Every once in a blue moon, a TV show comes along that manages to resonate with viewers so deeply, so completely that it gains a life far longer and fuller than it might otherwise have enjoyed. In 2002, that show was “Firefly,” a Joss Whedon creation that welded together everything fans loved about a rousing space opera with the down-home grittiness and can-do attitude of the Wild West. At last, space finally felt like a true frontier.

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Alas, the show’s network didn’t feel the same love for Whedon’s vision of the future. Fox cancelled the show after airing only 11 episodes on a fluid schedule that kept it off of viewers’ radar. Fans still love the Verse, though, and despite a feature film, loads of comics and a ton of merch, still clamor for the next chapter in Serenity’s journey through the Black. Here are 15 reasons why.

SPOILER ALERT! All kinds of “Serenity”-related spoilers ahead from the comics, movie and TV Show.

THE VERSE

After humanity fled Earth-That-Was, they began the long process of terraforming the moons and planets of a star cluster that took a full generation’s life cycle to reach. Once there, the old Terran superpowers of China and the United States flourished within the confines of the central planets, their cultures eventually coalescing into the Union of Allied Planets. On the Rim, the outer planets had no need of the new Alliance’s strictly regulated existence and set about fighting for the freedom to determine their own paths. The resulting Unification War shattered many worlds and set back the development of several others, in the most brutal conflict in human history.

The rebel Browncoats became outcasts, flouting authority while scraping out a meager existence far from Alliance strongholds. Despite this, the Verse is a colorful place that combines aspects of the dominant Western and Chinese cultures; where resourcefulness and loyalty are valued more highly than a good education and a successful career. This is especially true on the Rim, where technology and resources are often in short supply, meaning a person relies on their wits and often their guns to survive.

THE BALLAD OF SERENITY

Firefly Sonny Rhodes

Joss Whedon put a lot of thought into every aspect of “Firefly.” From the opening theme song to the show’s unique and diverse cultural backdrop, every facet of the production drove the creation of a believable fictional world that was equal parts science fiction and western. An integral part of luring viewers into the Verse, “Firefly’s” theme song was written by Whedon and performed by Sonny Rhodes, the self-styled Disciple of the Blues and immediately set the tone for each episode.

A simple, straight-forward ballad not without its own grounded lyricism, the song is inspired by the Battle of Serenity Valley, the bloodiest conflict of the Unification War, which also precipitated the final surrender of the Browncoats. Rhodes’ world-weary, gravelly vocals evoke the never-say-die attitude of the stubborn rebels, who still fight for freedom in the face of devastating loss by living their lives on the edges of civilization, thumbing their noses at the Alliance: “I don’t care, I’m still free. You can’t take the sky from me.”

COLORFUL LANGUAGE

Firefly Language

Like “Firefly’s” theme song, an important aspect of the show’s success was its use of language. While the highly educated inhabitants of the Alliance’s central planets regularly use a polished fusion of English and Mandarin, solid diction and polite elocution are much rarer outside the Core. Along the Border, where a person’s survival isn’t open for debate, plain speaking is a valuable trait, so you won’t find much in the way of educated rhetoric.

That being said, Whedon’s use of Mandarin not only set “Firefly” apart from franchises like “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” but also provided another mode of expression for his protagonists. If that additional outlet most often came in the form of florid Chinese cursing, then so much the better. Whedon and his team of writers were able to float suspect dialogue past ignorant network censors, who typically had no idea just how colorful this extra avenue of expression could get. Although accurate, Chinese viewers maintain the Mandarin spoken on the show sounded garbled, while others sought out translations of their favorite lines, enjoying the more immersive viewing experience.

ROMANTIC TENSION

Firefly Romance

“Firefly” was a show with a little something for everyone, including oodles of romantic tension between the ship’s rascally crew. Arguably the most visible manifestation of romance on the ship was found in the relationship of married couple Zoe and Wash, who, for a time, provided a core of stability around which the other crewmembers’ more chaotic affairs revolved. Although their relationship came to an abrupt end when Wash was murdered by Reavers in “Serenity,” this marriage of opposites was one of the series’ most engaging romances.

The simmering romantic tension between Mal and Inara also bears mentioning, their on-again, off-again attraction fueling numerous memorable exchanges, while keeping viewers desperate to see them finally bump uglies, on the hook throughout the series. Complicated by Mal’s crude observations of Inara’s profession as a Companion, their relationship evolved over the course of the series and film, withholding payoff until Dark Horse Comics’ “Leaves on the Wind” limited series, where the turbulent couple is finally shown in a romantic relationship.

ENGAGING VILLAINS

Firefly Reavers

In another departure from the conventional space opera formula, “Firefly” lacked an external big bad such as the Romulans or the Borg. Rather the main antagonist was the Alliance and even it was founded upon altruistic motives of providing prosperity and equality for all. However, like all human systems, the Alliance was flawed, tainted by greed and corruption and the misguided belief they could make people better.

This led to the creation of the Reavers, a race of mutated nomadic cannibals that came about as a result of clandestine experimentation on the hidden planet of Miranda. The most feared beings in the Verse, the Reavers are self-mutilating killers and rapists, who pillage the border planets without mercy or remorse. In between the Alliance and the Reavers, the Verse also boasts an eclectic collection of criminals, grifters and outcasts all looking to make a quick score. The most dangerous of these is undoubtedly Adelai Niska, the owner of the artificial satellite Skyplex and a notorious crime boss with an unhealthy passion for torture.

SOCIAL RELEVANCE

Firefly Companion

The Verse is a complicated quadrant of space with its own complex social structures and established societal norms. In some ways, it’s more forward-thinking than our present circumstances; in others it still has a ways to go. Companions, for example, are strictly regulated legal prostitutes, who actually enjoy a fair amount of political power and often act as diplomats. A Companion House on one’s planet or moon is a sign of cultured civilization and brings with it certain economic boons. Cultural diversity is also widespread, with different races living in relative harmony.

That isn’t to say prejudice is absent from the Verse. It simply occurs along socio-economic lines. The Alliance seeks a homogenized, sterile society, in which safety and prosperity are bought for with one’s individuality. Freedom is a fluid concept in “Firefly.” Those in the Core believe they live free simply because they are rich and protected by the Alliance, while those living on the Border believe they are rich because they live free of Alliance interference. At the end of the day, it is this economic and philosophic divide that spurs the likes of Mal and his crew to carve their own paths.

SUBSTANCE OVER SPECTACLE

Firefly Low Tech

Unlike many science fiction television shows and movies, the special effects in “Firefly” don’t overwhelm the story. Spectacle never comes before substance and special effects exist solely to support the plot. That isn’t to say they aren’t an important part of the series. In fact, in 2003, “Firefly” won the Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. However, a limited budget and uncertain broadcast schedule, not to mention the show’s setting and tone required a certain amount of restraint in the application of huge special effects sequences.

Following the “Star Wars” franchise’s cue, Whedon and company used technology to illustrate the difference between the Alliance and the outer planets. Just as the Rebels made due with whatever resources they could cobble together, so too the settlers of the border planets rely on innate ingenuity and low-tech solutions to get by. In contrast, the Alliance’s sleek powerful vessels and cutting edge science appear sterile and devoid of humanity. The show’s special effects play into the look and feel of the series, underscoring the crew’s constant struggle for survival on the fringes of a civilization that seemingly wants for nothing.

THE SPINOFFS

Firefly Spinoffs

After its cancellation, “Firefly” achieved cult status fairly quickly. Its universal appeal rivals that of more established sci-fi franchises, even if its rabidly loyal fans are fewer in number. Thanks to the success of the DVD collection, there have been several ancillary spinoffs into other media, ranging from film to comic books. The feature film sequel “Serenity” was a rousing success and provided closure for fans craving the truth behind River’s mysterious abilities and provided an accessible port of call for new fans to board the titular Firefly class transport ship.

Dark Horse Comics has also published a cycle of one-shots and miniseries exploring the pasts of beloved characters like Wash and Shepherd Book and chronicling the present circumstances of Mal and his crew. There’s also an online role-playing game reportedly in the works (yet to be released, gorram it!) featuring voice work provided by several original cast members. While the future may be a little bleak in terms of movie or TV sequels, there are still many ways to visit the Verse.

GROUNDED ACTION & ADVENTURE

Firefly Action

Whether they were defending a beleaguered whorehouse, lifting a valuable artifact from Earth-That-Was or performing a daring train heist, the crew of Serenity have never been strangers to a little action and adventure. Life among the border planets is never dull, especially for folks wanted by the Alliance. Staying one step ahead of the Feds requires daring, no little cunning and the intestinal fortitude to take jobs of a risky nature. For viewers, this translated into plenty of derring-do, as Mal somewhat recklessly led his crew into one dangerous job after another.

The action in “Firefly” is grounded in a way many other space operas aren’t, usually occurring on-planet rather among the stars in epic space battles. This allowed the production to keep its budget in check while still exploiting the inherent adventure of landing on new planetary outposts each week. Unlike the crew of the Enterprise, whose mission was to explore the galaxy, the misfits of Serenity welcomed the viewer on board, taking them on an adventure of exploration that felt more organic and down-to-earth.

TOP-NOTCH WRITING

Firefly Whedon

Joss Whedon noted in the special features of the “Firefly” DVD collection that the threat of constant cancellation forced the show’s writers to write every scene like it was their last. And it shows. Although it was difficult to appreciate during its original airing in 2002, because Fox made the harebrained decision to broadcast the series’ episodes out of order, the storytelling is on point for all 14 installments. Plotting, pacing and dialogue worked in near-perfect synchronization as Whedon and his collaborators peeled back the skins of their characters and deepened our understanding of the Verse they lived in.

Growing out of Whedon’s pure vision of the Verse, scripts turned in by writers like Jane Epenson, Jose Molina, “The Tick” Creator Ben Edlund and showrunner Tim Minear struck a wonderful balance between character-driven action, succinct exposition and illuminating world-building. “The Train Job” is an excellent example of how the writers expanded our knowledge of both Mal’s motivations and the ongoing plight of the border planets. After successfully robbing a train of desperately needed medicine for Adelai Niska, Mal returns the purloined goods, when they realize just how sick the people they stole it from really are.

IT TICKLES THE FUNNY BONE

Firefly Humor

Part of “Firefly’s” popularity stems from its lack of pretension. This is a show that is at times laugh-out-loud funny, reveling in the interplay between its diverse characters and finding humor in the darkest corners of the human psyche. The show never takes itself too seriously but also thankfully lacks the annoying self-awareness that usually comes with self-deprecation. It would be easy to attribute much of the series’ comedy to Wash’s quirky diatribes or Jayne’s coarse utterances but “Firefly’s” sense of humor manifests from several sources.

Some of the funniest scenes revolve around River’s interactions with her crewmates, most notably Shepherd Book. Their classic ongoing parlay about the nature of faith is smart and still timely, while River’s encounter with the Shepherd’s unfettered locks is full of a strange whimsy. Equal parts crackling dialogue and undeniable chemistry between the entire cast, the humor in “Firefly” remains one of the show’s most endearing qualities.

STRONGEST WOMEN IN THE VERSE

Firefly Zoe

Joss Whedon gained his reputation for writing strong female characters as the creator of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.” It’s a hallmark of his writing and clearly evident in all of his work, regardless of medium. “Firefly” boasts several extremely strong women in both major and minor roles. Zoe Washburne is a fierce warrior woman, whose career in the military ended with the defeat of the Browncoats. Just as capable as her captain, Zoe’s stalwart nature and fighting prowess never outweigh her femininity. In “Heart of Gold,” she refuses to let her dangerous lifestyle get in the way of motherhood as she argues for having a child with Wash.

Inara is another example of strength of a different kind. Disciplined, alluring and mysterious, Inara’s Companion training and clean record allows her to fill the role of ship’s ambassador in various points of call. More than a match for Mal intellectually, she has no problem knocking him down a peg or two, captain or not. Then there’s Kaylee, the ship’s mechanic, whose genius with machines is only outstripped by the love she feels for her family on Serenity.

FAMILY DYNAMIC

Much of “Firefly’s” charm can be traced back to its engaging cast. Each member of Serenity’s nine-person crew fulfills a specific role on the ship, whether it be of a practical nature, such as ship’s pilot, or more intangible, such as the sense of innocent whimsy evoked by River Tam’s presence. Even the gruff, rude, crude Jayne Cobb adds an important piece to Serenity’s family dynamic, playing the sketchy uncle with the itchy trigger finger with obvious relish. Inara is the nurturing mother figure, Zoe the fierce lioness, willing to do anything to protect the pride and Shepherd Book provides for his family’s spiritual needs—such as they are.

None of this would have been possible if it hadn’t been for some truly inspired casting. Whedon and company sought out actors with natural chemistry to fill the ranks of Serenity’s crew, eschewing big name stars for talented up-and-comers willing to set aside their egos and buy in to Whedon’s vision of the Verse. There is an obvious and undeniable personal connection between all of the cast members that allows for easy repartee and delightful improvised moments.

CAPTAIN MALCOLM REYNOLDS

Firefly Captain

It’s a time-honored tradition in science fiction that all great spaceships need a great captain. The Millennium Falcon had Han Solo; the Enterprise had James Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard. Serenity has Malcolm Reynolds. One part revolutionary and one part swashbuckling rogue, Mal was born on the doomed border planet Shadow, far from the Core and served as a Browncoat in the Unification War, fighting against the Alliance. Disillusioned by the Independent Planets’ surrender and haunted by his wartime experiences, not to mention the destruction of Shadow by Alliance bombers, Mal is a conflicted man torn by the need to do the right thing, while foraging on the fringes of a regimented society he fought against.

Fiercely loyal to his crew and ship, particularly Zoe Washburn, who served beside him throughout the war, Mal would lay down his life for any one of them. More than just a crew, they are his surrogate family and would make the same sacrifice for him. His call to arms in “Serenity,” upon uncovering proof of the Alliance’s complicity in the creation of the Reavers, was an instant classic of sci-fi, introducing the phrase, “I aim to misbehave” into geek vernacular.

SERENITY: NO PLACE THEY’D RATHER BE

Firefly Ship

Just as every great ship needs a great captain, so too does every great captain need a great ship. Serenity is that ship. More Millenium Falcon than she is U.S.S. Enterprise, Serenity is a 03-K64-Firefly class transport ship, commissioned in 2459. Mal picked her up for a song and immediately fell in love. Named after the disastrous Battle of Serenity Valley, in which the Browncoats unconditionally surrendered to the Alliance, Mal’s old boat has lived through her fair share of battles since coming into his possession. Constantly in need of repair and forced to perform in a variety of situations typically outside her wheelhouse, Serenity is arguably the most valuable (and beloved) member of Mal’s crew.

In “Out of Gas,” an explosion cripples Serenity, essentially scuttling her in deep space with failing life support. Through flashbacks, the episode shows just how important the ship is to her captain and crew, as Mal recalls how he first found her and the rest of his family. It becomes abundantly clear by episode’s end that without Serenity, Mal and the rest of his crew wouldn’t have grown into family much less have a place they could all call their home among the stars.

What’s your favorite thing in the Verse? Let us know in the Comments!

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Posted by Rob Cave

Love is Love Comic Raises $165k for Orlando Pulse Victims

By all accounts, “Love is Love” — the recent comics collaboration between DC Comics and IDW Publishing celebrating the lives and loves of those affected by the 2016 mass shooting at The Pulse, a gay bar and nightclub in Orlando, Florida — has been an incredible success.

According to the Washington Post, not only has the book, which consists of a series of one- and two-page strips from a wealth of top comics talent, claimed a spot atop the New York Times’ best-sellers list, it has now raised over $165,000 for the OneOrlando Fund. All of this will now benefit those affected by the attack, which resulted in 49 people being killed and a further 53 being injured.

RELATED: IDW and DC to Honor Victims of Orlando Shooting with All-Star Anthology

“I am overwhelmed by the response to ‘Love is Love,’” Marc Andreyko, the project’s curator, told the newspaper. “I never would have imagined that this project would not only raise so much money, but touch so many lives.”

The book, which has also received a GLAAD Award nomination for outstanding comic, features the work of Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder and Paul Dini, among many others. It also features contributions from “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling and comedian Patton Oswalt, as well as a foreword by “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins.

RELATED: REVIEW: “Love is Love” Anthology Is a Moving Tribute

The OneOrlando fund will be administered by the charity Equality Florida, whose chief executive Nadine Smith described the project as an “inspiring and powerful way to respond in the face of tragedy,” adding in a statement that “we must uproot the hatred that breeds discrimination and violence, and having top storytellers and illustrators combine their talents makes ‘Love Is Love’ a potent and accessible tool.”

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Melissa Benoist Says Current Politics Make Supergirl ‘More Meaningful’

This past January, millions took to the streets in multiple cities across the world for the Women’s March, taking place one day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, in support of many issues facing women in society. Out of the many headlines from that day, one of the more memorable ones was the image of “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist and the pointed message on her handmade sign, held proudly at the march’s hub in Washington D.C.: “Hey Donald, don’t try to grab my pussy — it’s made of steel.”

The sign — a reference to the highly publicized and widely condemned 2005 “Access Hollywood” audio recording of Trump that surfaced during the 2016 campaign trail, bragging that his fame allowed him to “grab [women] by the pussy” — helped further identify Benoist herself as a strong voice for women, beyond her famous role on The CW’s DC Comics-based series. As she told CBR earlier this month on the red carpet in Hollywood before the show’s PaleyFest panel, the complicated direction of current events have made the role mean even more to her.

“It definitely became more meaningful to me, especially that day,” Benoist told CBR. “I had always felt a sense of responsibility to young women and girls playing this role, and to be a good influence, and to represent strength and courage and ‘hope, help and compassion,’ which is Supergirl’s motto. Being at that march definitely lit a fire under my butt, so to speak.”

Although “Supergirl” remains firmly entrenched in a very fictional setting — the president on that show is Olivia Marsdin, played by Lynda Carter — recent episodes have dealt with real-world issues in its own way, mainly from Cadmus’ campaign to rid Earth of aliens, in a clear parallel to immigration rights.

“I think what we’ve been doing on the show with Cadmus and their scary ideals, it does kind of mirror [current events],” Benoist said. “I’m really proud of our writers for taking the chance to do that. I hope we just keep going.”

Beyond that, in her civilian role of Kara Danvers, Supergirl is also a reporter, and Benoist is keenly aware of the importance of that job in the age of “fake news.”

“Kara’s a journalist, and the media right now is necessary for truth and honesty to come out,” Benoit said. “So Kara’s going to be playing a big part in that. Snapper Carr [Ian Gomez], too.”

“Supergirl” airs 8 p.m. Mondays on The CW, with a new episode, “Distant Sun,” airing tonight.

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DC, Tony Isabella Reach Agreement on Black Lighting

It seems Tony Isabella and DC Comics have come to a new agreement concerning the writer/artist’s work on the pioneering African American superhero Jefferson Pierce, A.K.A. Black Lightning.

Isabella and DC have released a joint statement, which Isabella has now published on his blog, that reads: “DC Comics/Entertainment and Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella have reached a mutually-beneficial agreement on Tony’s past and future contributions to the company. DC is pleased it will again have access to Tony’s talents and insights. Tony is thrilled to be once again associated with one of the top entertainment powerhouses of our era. This is good news all around.”

RELATED: REPORT: “Black Lightning” Character Breakdown, Synopsis Revealed

The wording on the statement seems significant, as Isabella has long held that he alone created “Black Lightning,” whereas DC had asserted that the character had been co-created by Isabella and Trevor Von Eden as part of a work-for-hire agreement. It now seems DC accepts Isabella’s version of events.

News of a thawing in relations between the two parties first surfaced two years ago, but this latest announcement seems to hold out the prospect of Isabella producing more comics at DC in the future.

RELATED: The CW’s “Black Lightning” Casts Cress Williams in Lead Role

The CW’s recent move to commission their own “Black Lightning” TV pilot, after Fox passed on their own pilot featuring the character, may have also have had an influence.

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Arrow: Vigilante Is Someone You’ve Seen Before, Guggenheim Says

Despite causing trouble for Oliver Queen throughout Season 5 of “Arrow,” Vigilante is still on the loose in Starling City. In recent weeks, the villain has taken a backseat to Prometheus — and now we know viewers will have to sit tight for quite some time to see the character unmasked.

The show’s executive producer, Marc Guggenheim, assures fans that Season 6 will answer the question of Vigilante’s true identity.

“We know who it is, but we were kind of intrigued by the idea of having a mystery that led into the next season,” Guggenheim told Screener at Paleyfest 2017. “We were excited at the prospect of just letting this play out for a little while longer, and it gives us something cool to do in Season 6.”

RELATED: Arrow: Katie Cassidy Will Return As Series Regular For Season 6

After the identity of Prometheus was revealed to be district attorney Adrian Chase, the alias of Vigilante in the DC comics, fans were left scratching their heads. If Chase isn’t Vigilante, then who is he? According to Guggenheim, the character is someone we’ve already encountered before.

“As a general rule, I’m not a fan of mystery characters who when you take off the mask the audience goes, ‘What a minute, I’ve never seen that person before in my life.’ I’m probably not spoiling anything by saying whoever’s underneath the Vigilante mask, you’ve seen that person before,” Guggenheim said.

RELATED: Arrow: Captain Boomerang Actor Teases Return

Airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, “Arrow” stars Stephen Amell as the Green Arrow, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance and Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt.

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27 March 2017

Posted by Christen Bejar

15 Mistakes Made In Logan

Hugh Jackman’s run as the bloody whirlwind of rage and violence known as Wolverine has finally come to a close with “Logan.” The film was a far more dramatic take on the character, focusing on his new painful reality as one of the last remaining X-Men. Logan crosses paths with a young girl named Laura, who boasts healing powers and claws similar to him. The two make an unlikely duo as they plot a trip across the country in search of a haven.

RELATED: Wolverine In The Movies: 15 Things You Didn’t Know

“Logan” was in rare form, pushing an R-rating for its debut. The film boasted gory violence, gritty drama and focused more on hitting deep emotional beats rather than fluffing up supervillains. Overall, “Logan” was a rousing success in comparison to previous Wolverine-centric movies, but it still had some missteps in its execution.

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “LOGAN.”

TIMELAPSE

Dafne Keen as Laura, Sir Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier and Hugh Jackman as Logan in "Logan"

Part of the foundation of “Logan” is that Gabriela has to get Laura to a meeting point in North Dakota in a few days’ time. Their timeline gets considerably strained, as they presumably drive from just south of the Mexican border through a variety of States. They make stops at a casino, a small farm, get sidetracked by attackers and Logan even passes out in the road at one point to awaken some unknown amount of time later.

Despite all this, they somehow managed to make it to the meeting point with time to spare. This in a viewing experience was not as cohesive as it could have been. It certainly didn’t merit a countdown timer by any means, but considering the amount of lengthy stops the characters made in a variety of States, it’s dizzying to keep up with a sense of real time passing in the film. This in turn kills some of the urgency behind Gabriela’s initial request, as well as the plot movement itself.

MISSED THE BOAT

Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier in confinement in "Logan"

Part of why Logan is working a garbage job as a chauffeur in the Southwest is so he can scrounge up enough money to buy a yacht. The former X-Man planned to take Charles Xavier out to the middle of the ocean, away from people he could potentially hurt, and wile away their days. This plan went awry when Donald Pierce reveals that he’s aware of Logan’s movements and suspicious he’s been hiding the ailing Xavier. Wolverine panics, attempting the fast track the boat sale with limited funds, when Gabriela approaches him with an offer promising lots of extra cash.

This way of getting Logan to be motivated in taking up Gabriela’s job was paper thin at best. Considering how he was in full-on panic mode the moment he talked to Pierce, why would Wolverine be totally comfortable abandoning Xavier for several days in order to earn the rest of the boat money? Not only was it a cheap way of rolling Logan into the whole Transigen mess, the boat itself never really reached its important status (symbolic or not) that its characters amped it up to be.

COMICS META

Hugh Jackman as Logan in "Logan"

During their travels, Logan finds a stash of “X-Men” comic books in Laura’s backpack. He chides her, saying that it’s largely full of untrue events written to make the real stuff more exciting and sell issues. At one point, Logan discovers that the location Gabriela directed him to deliver Laura to, is actually the same coordinates in the comic. This furthers his irritation with Laura, as well as his disbelief that the Eden meet up point actually exists.

Even though it was a bit of a fourth wall break for “Logan,” the existence of the comics in such a darker take on X-Men seemed off-putting. Sure, it’s used as a way for Wolverine to think Laura has her head filled with nonsense, but the question of Eden’s existence seemed like one that could easily be posed without the books in question. The comics also appear as a strong piece of pop culture within the film’s universe. One would think Logan would have gotten a cut of the royalties to pay for a boat by now, instead of wasting his days carting around drunken prom dates to scrounge up cash.

ADAMANTIUM BULLETS

Hugh Jackman as Logan in "Logan"

Early on in the film, Caliban confronts Logan about an adamantium bullet he found in the former X-Man’s belongings. He accuses Wolverine of planning to kill himself with it once Xavier has passed. The item changes hands however, as Laura took it from Logan while he was resting at the new mutants camp and asks him about it. In the climax of the film, she loads it into a firearm and handily wastes X-24 with a single head shot.

Even if Logan somehow procured a specially made ammunition of the rare metal, this is still a convenient plot device at best. Early on in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” the clawed hero took one of these bullets to the head, which resulted in memory loss rather than death. Why then, would this single shot completely obliterate X-24’s brains (a souped up Logan clone) and put him down for good? Regardless of this universe’s continuity, the whole adamantium bullet schtick worked about as well in “Logan” as it was in its first cinematic debut.

DOOMED MUNSONS

Eriq La Salle as Will Munson and Hugh Jackman as Logan in "Logan"

During their travels, Charles, Laura and Logan assist a family with retrieving their horses from a busy highway. The folks in question are Will, Kathryn and Nate Munson, whom offer dinner at their home as a way of thanks (to which Xavier happily agrees). The trio of mutants stay at the family’s farm and enjoy a nice reprieve from their desperate escape from the Reavers. Unfortunately, the baddies hone in on them, unleashing the X-24 clone on the innocents. The super mutant ruthlessly kills every member of the family, while Logan and Laura barely escape with their lives.

The Munsons were a positive force in the film, but were difficult to watch with the knowledge that something probably was going to go wrong for them as soon as they crossed paths with Logan. Even Wolverine himself keeps harping to Charles that something terrible will befall the family because of the trio. Due to this, the great messages of kinship and heft behind the Munsons were largely underserved by the foreboding plot that would have them all sadly killed.

USE OF CALIBAN

Stephen Merchant as Caliban in "Logan"

Caliban is introduced in the film as a caregiver of sorts to Xavier. He cleans, preps meals and even irons Logan’s shirts. The character gets a change in status though, when he’s captured by the Reavers and forced to track Laura, Charles and Logan. Caliban leads the mercenaries across several states on the trail until finally catching up at the Munson farm. In a final act of defiance, the mutant sets off grenades in his cell in attempts to kill Pierce, but fails.

The issue for Caliban in “Logan” is more so that his role in the plot seemed redundant. This being due largely to the fact that despite their best efforts, Laura, Logan and Charles are leaving a fairly obvious trail. Between the gas station incident with Laura threatening a clerk and an entire casino being stricken by one of Charles’ telepathic seizures, the group is not traveling under the radar as well as they hoped. Even after Caliban dies, the Reavers seem to track down Laura and Logan all the way to the border just fine. Caliban was a good addition to “Logan,” but not really a necessary one.

THREAT OF DONALD PIERCE

Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce with the Reavers in "Logan"

Donald Pierce in the film is largely seen as the head honcho of the Reaver squad of soldiers. He approaches Logan and asks him about Gabriela, while subtly hinting that he knows of the former X-Man’s activities secreting Charles away. Pierce seems to take the recapture of Laura personally, as he ruthlessly sends out squad after squad in pursuit. Donald however, does appear to answer to Dr. Zander Rice in their operations. Pierce seems content with keeping distance, relegating himself to firing the odd round at the mutants or sticking to surveillance.

The problem with Pierce is that he wasn’t an incredibly threatening presence in the movie. At first he was shown as an unsettling unknown factor, but as the film progressed, the danger he posed seemed to grow less and less. Despite having a modified robotic arm, he doesn’t really do much outside of yelling at his underlings or delivering exposition. Even his demise at the hands of the younger mutants was a testament of how helpless of a bad guy he turned out to be.

LESS VIOLENCE FOR LAURA

Dafne Keen as Laura in "Logan"

“Logan” was Wolverine’s first R-rated film outing and finally was able to show the true extent of the character’s signature violence. Straight out the gate, the character was seen gutting a group of thugs off a highway in a gory, amazing mess. Laura also had a share of the violence in her scraps with the Reavers. She leaped, sliced and diced alongside her father in a deadly whirlwind that was hardly stopped.

The issue with this is that the violence for Laura lacked the same punch that Logan’s did. One such example would be where Laura decapitates a member of the Reavers, but it’s done off screen and she emerges with the head moments later. Some of her claw strikes were obscured through windows or simply alluded to as well. Given the film’s freedom to show the real violence of Logan’s, it seemed a real misstep to dial down Laura’s share of that. If anything, X-23 is supposed to be the far more deadlier of the pair, but “Logan” only appeared to infer the extent of her brutality.

DR. RICE

Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice in "Logan"

Dr. Zander Rice is introduced a bit later in the movie as a Transigen scientist. He is seen in Gabriela’s videos as a lead researcher on the mutant experimentation project and later coerces Caliban into accurately tracking the escaped trio. Turns out that Rice had successfully cloned Wolverine into X-24, and can order him to dispatch whomever he pleases. Zander wants to recover and destroy the escaped experiments, as they interfere with his tight grip on mutant creation.

In the grand scheme of things, Rice turned out to be a rather unnecessary character in tagging along with the Reaver operation. Despite Donald’s claim otherwise, X-24 doesn’t appear to really take Zander’s directions all that well. Rice himself isn’t a fighter, and simply monologues for a minute before getting swiftly cut down towards the end of the film. For all his evil machinations, he was an odd addition to the character cast, especially given how much of the bad guy action is relegated to Pierce and his Reavers in the movie.

NO WESTCHESTER FLASHBACK

Sir Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier in "Logan"

Throughout the film, subtle hints are dropped about what exactly has happened to the previous X-Men. Charles himself seems mystified, asking Logan if he did something to make them all disappear. After Xavier suffers a seizure and sends an entire casino into paralytic shock, a radio report is heard comparing the event to the “Westchester Incident” several years past. Later of course, Charles recounts the event and realizes he had accidentally killed a number of the X-Men during an unchecked seizure.

While there is some beauty leaving some things to the imagination, this seemed like a mistake for a few reasons. As “Logan” was a much darker take on things, it would have furthered Charles’ tragic deterioration by showing the damage he caused. It could have even revealed Xavier’s underlying want to forget the whole thing, before actually gaining a form of dementia. Seeing as how the movie was so keen to show the characters at their lowest, viewing just a glimpse of this tragedy that begun the downward spiral for both Xavier and Logan would have made for a fuller dive into this depressing new mutant reality.

REVEALING WOLVERINE’S SICKNESS

Hugh Jackman as Logan in "Logan"

Logan begins his latest solo film a wheezy, groaning, hobbling mess of a man that doesn’t improve much over its run time. He walks with a noticeable limp, has dwindling eyesight and his wounds aren’t healing as fast as they should. Caliban tries talking to Logan about what could be the cause, but the former hero shrugs it off. He also shrugs off suggestions of treatment from a small-town doctor, remarking that nothing could heal what ails him. Eventually during his standoff with Rice, Logan indicates that the metal bonded to his bones are “poison.”

Burying this reveal behind such a quick, throwaway line truly undersold the whole thing. If the cause had simply come up during Caliban’s conversation, Logan’s activities thereafter would have carried more punch in showing that every use of his claws was literally killing him. It also would have affected the dynamic of Wolverine’s boat plan, as he may have wanted to get himself and Charles away from people before his body inevitably gave out. This would have compiled onto a good sense of urgency for the character, but it was unfortunately sold short in its final reveal.

RACE TO EDEN

Dafne Keen as Laura in "Logan"

Once Laura and Logan make it to the meeting spot in North Dakota with the other young mutants, they rest for a day and decide to set out for the Canadian border after. All of the children were led to believe that there is a sanctuary of sorts called Eden just across to the other country. The kids begin their travels, only to be hotly pursued by the Reavers. Dr. Rice and Pierce are in tow, and madly order that the children be captured before they reach the border. The young mutants are intercepted, but Logan arrives on the scene and ends up sacrificing himself so they may reach their destination.

The odd thing here is why was it such a race? Rictor yells at his friends to get to the border, but what exactly would happen when they got there? The Reavers have already chased Laura and Logan through Mexico and the United States, so the idea that the border to Canada would suddenly be off limits to them is laughable. The urgency here was pushed hard, but had no backbone to it.

X-24

Hugh Jackman as Logan in "Logan"

Whether it be dealing with an uncooperative Xavier or a practically feral Laura threatening innocent folks, Logan is juggling a lot of problems on top of his own. The issues compound when it is revealed that a different clone of Wolverine, X-24, is being used as a weapon by Rice in recovering his experiment. The new and improved copy is relentless, brutally dispatching anyone who stands in the way of his mission objective.

The entirety of “Logan” is largely dedicated to focusing on the individual lives of its characters, rather than fluffing up some major supervillain or catastrophic plot for world domination. This is why it is so off-putting when the movie essentially introduces the Terminator done Wolverine style to the fray. Instead of simply trying to keep his body going for a few more weeks, Logan is tasked with taking on a super-mutant foe that eliminates his moral conundrums in dealing with Xavier with a swift claw stab. X-24 might have been cool to see in action, but his presence truly threw off the far more grounded tone of the film.

LOGAN’S DEATH

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in "Logan"

Throughout the film, Logan suffers tremendous damage. He’s been shot, stabbed and brutally beaten in his journey to deliver Laura to the meeting point. When he tries to deter the Reavers from capturing the young mutants in their race to Eden, X-24 is set upon him. The two fight, but Logan is overpowered easily, and X-24 impales him onto a nearby fallen tree. After Laura dispatches the clone, Wolverine remarks experiencing a moment of “what life looks like” (which Xavier described earlier) and dies.

Logan himself contemplates putting a bullet in his own head if it means freedom from his pain of existence. Given just how much the man has gone through, it seems silly that he was done in by a tree of all things. Wolverine was suitably brutal in this go round and his death could have been an equally as violent end. For a film that boasted a definitive end to Logan, he could have gotten a better death than being haphazardly thrown onto a fallen log in an incidental killing.

LAURA AND LOGAN’S RELATIONSHIP

Hugh Jackman as Logan and Dafne Keen as Laura in "Logan"

Logan finds out fairly early in the movie that Laura was not Gabriela’s daughter (as she first claimed), but rather his biological child by way of experimental cloning. When they speak with each other, Laura questions her father’s disbelief in Eden and why he’s no longer the hero from all the “X-Men” comics. He generally shrugs off her concerns before admitting that despite his supposed heroism, he has failed to save those whom he’s closest to. In his final parting words, Logan tells his daughter to avoid becoming what Transigen had created her as: a mindless weapon.

Even though this was touted as a huge central point for the film, its delivery fell flat. The two characters largely don’t speak to each other directly until Charles is killed. When they do talk, Logan scolds Laura nonstop for her “nonsense” beliefs about Eden and sees her as a burden. An attempt was made to cement their father-daughter relationship while Wolverine recovered, but it came off as more of a self-deprecating confession for Logan than anything else. All this combined to make Laura’s tearful sob of “daddy” to her father as he died feel terribly tacked on, instead of heart-wrenching.

Where do you feel like the “Logan” movie dropped the ball? Be sure to tell us in the comments section!

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Posted by Tim Adams

Bourne Director to Adapt Bendis & Andreyko’s Torso

Brian Michael Bendis (“Ultimate Spider-Man”) and Marc Andreyko’s (“Batwoman”) comic book “Torso” is heading to the big screen as “Ness” from director Paul Greengrass (“Jason Bourne”) and Paramount Pictures (via Variety).

RELATED: From “Alias” to “Ultimate Spider-Man” — Brian Michael Bendis’ Greatest Runs

The screenplay was written by Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) and will be produced by Greengrass, Greg Goodman, John Davis, and John Fox from Davis Entertainment in conjunction with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel. Bendis and Andreyko will have executive producer credits; no actors are currently attached to the project.

Originally published by Image Comics in 1998 and later re-released through Marvel Comics’ creator-owned Icon imprint, “Torso” was written and drawn by Bendis and co-written by Andreyko. The series explores a serial killer in Depression-era Cleveland who leaves carved up, limbless torsos as his calling card. Bendis and Andreyko’s protagonist is American Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, who’s fresh off bringing down notorious gangster Al Capone. The Torso case pushes Ness to the limit and proves to the character that some evil transcends order and reason.

RELATED: Bendis Sends Care Package to Young Spidey Fan Hit by Car

This is not the first time Hollywood has flirted with the project — other names that have circled the project include David Fincher and David Lowery.

“Ness” hasn’t been given a release date.

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Posted by Teresa Jusino

Image via Imeh Bryant for the Paley Center

Image via Imeh Bryant for the Paley Center

While the brilliant ladies and showrunners of Westworld were whisked off the red carpet almost as quickly as they had come, there was plenty of opportunity to hear what they had to say during PaleyFest’s Westworld panel, which ended up being one of the most delightful and funny evenings I’ve had in a long time. Surprising, given the near-complete seriousness of the show itself.

Before the panel came out, we were treated to a 90-second clip featuring Westworld bloopers. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Dolores flipping the bird at Arnold’s voice, or alternately seeing a horse take a crap right next to her as the camera pulls back for a long, dramatic shot. I’d gotten used to thinking of the animals as hosts on the show, so I never really pondered the logistics of horses on set but, yeah, that was probably a regular occurrence!

Then the cast and Executive Producers came out for the panel, which was moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen and was an exercise in figuring out new and exciting ways to tell fans nothing. Co-creator Jonathan Nolan is a lockbox when it comes to Westworld secrets, whereas his Co-creator (and wife) Lisa Joy seems to be the kind of person who will spill all the secrets if you look at her the wrong way. (Wanna know Westworld secrets? Corner her in conversation at a party when she’s by herself. She’ll tell you everything.)

Meanwhile, the actors know absolutely nothing about what’s coming for Season Two, and they barely knew what was going on even as they were filming Season One! Despite the fact that Nolan and Joy developed the show as “one 10-hour movie” rather than 10 1-hour episodes, and had the story of the season written before they began filming (which is how they’re approaching S2, and why it’s going to take so long for more Westworld to arrive), they didn’t tell the actors anything ahead of time. So, the actors just had to trust the direction they were given in any one scene, even if they didn’t understand what the motivations for certain things were.

Image via Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center

Image via Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center

For example, Ed Harris and Jimmi Simpson had no idea that they were playing older/younger versions of each other until they got to filming the last couple of episodes, and it was only certain practical things that tipped Simpson off. Simpson told the story of how one day, one of the hair and make-up artists on the show came up to him and randomly asked him if he’d mind having his eyebrows re-shaped. It was only after his eyebrows were done that he started thinking about why they were doing that, and it occurred to him that they’re probably trying to get him to look like someone else. Suddenly, he thought, “Am I…am I Ed?”

He then started paying much more attention to Harris whenever he was playing The Man in Black. He also remembers passing Joy on set once this thought had occurred to him, and he asked her “Am I Ed?” and she immediately made an Oh my God, I got caught! face and ran away before she could give anything away. She says, “I felt bad, because I didn’t want him to feel insecure about his eyebrows!” To which Harris responded, “I’m just wondering what’s wrong with my eyebrows.”

Apparently, Evan Rachel Wood was the best of the cast in figuring out answers (or, at least getting the closest) to Westworld‘s myriad twists and turns, and the cast confirmed that she figured out she was Wyatt pretty early on.

Image via Imeh Bryant for the Paley Center

Image via Imeh Bryant for the Paley Center

Wood got emotional when talking about how much the role of Dolores has meant to her, calling it by far the best role she’s ever played. And she loved that information was kept from them until last-minute, because “everything was so raw and fresh” as they played each scene. She said that her ability to play a naive host that knew nothing of the world was made easier, because “it helped that a lot of the time I didn’t know what was going on.”

Thandie Newton, however, made sure to emphasize that Wood’s performance was due more to her skill than to the logistics of how they received information from the showrunners, calling her Dolores “a tour-de-force performance” and gushing over the intricacies of Wood’s portrayal. Wood returned the favor, praising Newton’s Maeve, and each of them expressed the regret that they barely shared any scenes together and the hope that they would be able to do so more in Season Two. (BTW, I WANT THIS TOO, KTHXBYE!)

Newton went on to praise the show, particularly in the context of early criticism of the show that was wary of its depiction of violence against women. When Nolan and Joy first told Newton that she’d be playing a madam in this world, she thought, “do you know that I fight violence against women in my spare time?” She was skeptical, until they explained their vision for the show, which won her over right away.

“That was the point,” she explains, regarding the harsh depiction of the treatment of the female hosts in the beginning, followed by their self-emancipation by the end. “Look at where we are, and where we can go from here.” As she continued to film, she grew more and more confident that the show was far from demeaning, and that there’s a huge difference between depicting harsh realities, and exploiting them. She was thrilled that Nolan and Joy are the kinds of showrunners who expect their cast and crew to be as political in their work as they choose to be in the rest of their lives, and so Newton “was an activist every single day I went to work.”

Westworld is going to be part of the solution,” she said, emphatically. “Not part of the problem.”

Image via Imeh Bryant for the Paley Center

Image via Imeh Bryant for the Paley Center

As is the case with all the PaleyFest 2017 panels, the full Westworld panel will be available on Hulu, a PaleyFest sponsor, in a few days. So, I’ll just share a couple more fun or interesting tidbits I thought you’d enjoy!

WESTWORLD PANEL TIDBITS

  • Jonathan Nolan on what attracted him to developing Westworld as a series: “[It’s] about everything we’d ever want to take on.” Though many themes course through the show, he ultimately sees it as a show about human nature. “We’re so fucked up,” he says. “Especially in the past year, we’re struggling with so many questions about human nature.”
  • Executive Producer, Roberto Patino, agreed, saying “There’s a fun, fertile playground to play in when you’re indicting humanity.”
  • Thandie Newton on acting while nude: “It’s one less thing to worry about!” [laughs]
  • As Jonathan Nolan directed the moment where Bernard tells Maeve that even her choices are part of a created narrative, since Jeffrey Wright had just found out that his own character was a host, and they each had just received this script not that long ago, Newton was completely raw and really, genuinely pissed in the scene. So much so that Nolan had to ask her to rein it in, like, a lot. She humorously describes smashing the data pad Bernard gives Maeve to bits, completely losing her shit, as Nolan continually tells her, “all you have to do is snap that thing in half and be cool.”
  • Nolan describes the moment Maeve gets off the train at the end of the Westworld S1 finale as “the birth of Free Will,” and “the first decision she’s ever made.”
  • James Marsden took the role of Teddy, in part, because he was looking forward to acquiring new skills like shooting and riding horses, but “I didn’t know I’d spend the whole season learning how to get shot.”
  • Everyone thinks the show is a better experience if you let it work on you, rather than trying to figure out the twists before they’re revealed. Marsden says, “When you let the show come to you…it’s a more satisfying experience in my opinion.” Nolan thinks the fan engagement in trying to figure things out is great on one hand, but on the other hand, he wishes people wouldn’t “guess a twist and blog about it…you spend two years working on something…” Joy suggests people speculate with their friends in real life rather than post things publicly online, but that ultimately “I don’t believe knowing the end spoils things.” She likens it to revisiting favorite films and shows, or rereading favorite books. Storytelling is storytelling, and people generally appreciate a story well told even if they know how it’s going to end. Nolan jokingly suggests writing our speculations down and mailing them to ourselves registered mail, so that when the season is over we can open the envelope up and brag then. Meanwhile, Thandie loves watching the fan responses on Twitter, but is amazed that people can watch a show and tweet at the same time.
  • Joy also loves fan art, so keep it coming, people!
  • Wood talked about the time Marsden made the connection between the hosts, and their own lives as actors: how both hosts and actors have to pretend to be other people, have their narratives told to them, and how the performance is always layered on top of a real personality, etc.
  • Ed Harris explained that Nolan and Joy had him at his character name, The Man in Black, saying, “How do you pass that up.” He goes on to say that he was impressed by their vision for the show, and felt safe trusting them to tell a good story. “Whether I understand it, that’s not the point,” he says. Rather, it’s his job to be an actor and help them create their vision. He has no problem following them blindly. Unless, of course, they want to drag him into Samurai World next season. “I don’t wanna wear a samurai suit, and I’m saying that publicly.”
  • Jimmi Simpson was amazed that they even wanted him for this show, considering his track record is mostly in comedy. He read for both William and Logan, and figured he’d be playing Logan, because that kind of a broad villain seemed more in his wheelhouse. When he was cast as William, he was worried, as William is much harder for him to wrap his head around. But ultimately he was thrilled with the role. He also talked about how when he first heard they were doing a TV version of the Westworld film, “I thought it was gonna be like a little CHiPS remake.” Nolan and Joy laughed hysterically at the notion. Simpson got more and more nervous as the high-caliber cast continued to grow, thinking, “Wait, Jeffrey Wright is gonna be in this? Wait, Anthony Hopkins is gonna be in this? Are you kidding me?”
  • Regarding the amazing music on the show, Joy was able to tell us one thing about Season Two. Now that she and Nolan are parents to a new daughter, they’ve been listening to a lot of children’s music, and there’s a song from one animated film their daughter loves that has made its way into the player piano on Westworld. Joy tells us to expect “a strange shout-out to a cute kids’ song.”

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Need to catch up on HBO’s Westworld? Remember that we’ve got some very thorough recaps going on here at TMS. Hopefully, reading those and chatting with fans in the comments will help us all get through the long wait for Season Two!

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27 March 2017
Well, I'm at home right now. My car, however, is still at work. It's been one of those days. :-/

For something like four years now, my car does this odd thing where from time to time it just... won't start properly. The radio turns on. The AC turns on. The light turns on. But the engine itself doesn't actually turn on. If I leave it alone for 5-10 minutes, it will usually start working on its own, but once in a blue moon it takes an hour or two of ignoring it before the problem resolves itself.

Today was apparently one of those rare times where it takes forever to start working again. At least, that's what I'm hoping. If it's still not working tomorrow, then the panic will start gaining a foothold.

When it pulls a stunt like this, jump starting the car doesn't actually fix the problem because it's not actually the battery that's the issue. Since my only other option was hanging around the parking lot for an hour or two and hoping it eventually started (which I didn't particularly want to do), one of my coworkers gave me a ride home. It's usually not an issue to leave a car in the parking lot overnight (not unless it's there for several nights in a row, at least), so she's going to pick me up in the morning and give me a ride back tomorrow in the hope that it will be working again by then.

My fingers are very much crossed that it's the same issue as always and the car starts normally tomorrow. It's been ages since it didn't turn on properly after 5-10 minutes, though, so I can't help but be a bit worried. If it doesn't work tomorrow, well, then I can start panicking about trying to raise money for even more car bills.

Happy Monday?
 
 
 
 
 
 
27 March 2017

Posted by <a href="/users/AndersAndrew/pseuds/Andy%20podfic" rel="author">Andy podfic (AndersAndrew)</a>

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Bruce plisse les yeux, soudainement soupçonneux, mais il n’a pas le temps de dire quoi que ce soit.
“Je crois… Si tu le voulais, je crois que je pourrais te laisser m’attacher”, annonce Dick sur le ton de qui réfléchit à haute voix, mais avec dans ses yeux bleus une lueur prédatrice qui ne laisse aucun doute sur la délibération de ses mots.

Words: 5, Chapters: 1/1, Language: Français

 
 
 
27 March 2017

⌈ Secret Post #3736 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 28 secrets from Secret Submission Post #533.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
 
 
27 March 2017

Posted by <a href="/users/AndersAndrew/pseuds/Andy%20podfic" rel="author">Andy podfic (AndersAndrew)</a>

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Dick repense parfois à cette nuit dans le puisard, à la voix de Bruce, à l’intimité terrifiante, sans commune mesure avec le sens des mots prononcés mais simplement née du fait que Bruce ait répondu à sa demande, lui ait parlé sans s’arrêter quand il en avait besoin alors qu’ils communiquent si peu, alors que tous leurs mots sont froids et efficaces, liés à la mission. Il réfléchit à ce qu’a dit Bruce ce soir-là, à la cadence des syllabes ; à ce qu’il n’a pas dit.

Ou : la fic dans laquelle ils se comportent enfin comme des adultes et se parlent (ou du moins essaient).

Words: 5, Chapters: 1/1, Language: Français

 
 

Posted by randi2204

For today’s edition of [community profile] fandom_grammar, we have a pair of words that are quite commonly confused, particularly in scenes where you definitely wouldn’t want them to be confused. Let’s tackle shutter and shudder, with some help from the characters of Voltron.

I shudder to think of closing the shutters.
 
 

Posted by Jessica Lachenal

It’s no secret that singer Sia prefers to keep her face, well… a secret. But in a recent appearance on Sesame Street, she showed up in her iconic black and white wig, only this time without the long bangs that previously obscured her face. It’s not like her face is that much of a secret–any decent look on Google can turn up images of her performing pre-Sia fame. But this song on Sesame Street is her first major appearance without a mask on in years. Also, she’s totally bringing back some Big Comfy Couch vibes with that nose on. (via MTV News)

Everything is terrible.

What’d you see today, palfriends?

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Posted by Vivian Kane

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While we’ve seen some truly stellar stand-out journalism over the last year or so, much of the mainstream media has spent the last campaign cycle and current presidency under fire for its commitment to trying to exist without a spine.

It can be frustrating when media hosts and pundits praise Donald Trump as finally discovering his inner president after managing to read off a teleprompter for a full hour without falling asleep or yelling about his “many enemies.” You might be angry when you read that major outlets are still scrambling to find seemingly any reason at all to explain why Clinton won, when study after study can’t help but support the idea that those very outlets had extraordinarily biased coverage that demonized Clinton while normalizing Trump. (Not that you can place the whole of the blame on their feet. But it would be nice to cut the deflection in maybe half.)

And then there’s Ted Koppel. A legendary figure in the history of modern news, Koppel–who guided viewers through the Iranian hostage crisis–doesn’t have a place in the current state of attack-based, yelling-over-each-other news. He talks slowly, and softly, and thoughtfully; and hearing him speak to someone like, say, Sean Hannity, you might think he would get easily steamrolled, in this era when “right” has become synonymous with “loudest.”

Luckily, we would be wrong.

This weekend, CBS Sunday Morning gave us Ted Koppel exploring the “great divide” in politics and news. Koppel says that “a Pew study finds 81% of voters say they cannot agree with the other side on basic facts, which may owe something to the president’s campaign against ‘fake news.'”

So Koppel chose to talk to Hannity, one of the greatest examples of blowhard fact-shunning. And while Hannity tried to protest that the American people can tell the difference between an opinion show and a news show, Koppel wasn’t convinced. Because maybe if “opinion” shows offered opinions on facts, rather than opinions on opinions masquerading as facts (or were at least honest with the public about which is which), things would be different.

Hannity asked him, “You think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”

Koppel’s response: “Yeah.”

Did you watch the clip to the end? To the moment when this brilliant, soft-spoken man shuts Hannity the eff down for trying to interrupt him? Okay, good.

 

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27 March 2017
 
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209 icons @ [community profile] insomniatic.
 
 
27 March 2017
 
96 | boys over flowers
92 | justice league
21 | wonder woman


209 icons @ [community profile] insomniatic.